Moon Boy

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Moon Boy
Moon Boy TheMico.jpg
Moon Boy by The Mico ©

Allegiance House Baratheon of King's Landing
Varys (unconfirmed)
Born At Westeros[1]
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (appears)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Moon Boy is the royal jester and fool of King Robert I Baratheon's court in the Red Keep.[2] His given name is unknown.

Appearance

See also: Images of Moon Boy

Moon Boy is pie-faced, and he wears the motley clothing common to fools.[3][4] He has big, round eyes and carries a rattle.[5]

The acrobatic man is able to cartwheel,[6] walk on stilts,[7][8] and juggle.[6]

Moon Boy is considered a simpleton,[9][5] though Sansa Stark and Dontos Hollard suspect him of not being as simple as he seems.[3][10]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Moon Boy performs during the royal feast during the Hand's tourney, making witticisms about the various nobles in attendance and walking on stilts. His song about the High Septon makes Septa Mordane laugh.[3]

A Clash of Kings

King Joffrey I Baratheon strips knighthood from Dontos Hollard[11] and names him a fool lower than Moon Boy.[9]

Moon Boy jokes that the High Septon is so pious he has a meal for each of the Seven whenever he eats.[12]

Dontos tells Sansa Stark he thinks that Moon Boy has been in the employment of Varys of years. Dontos claims to hear all sorts of things as a fool he never heard when he was a knight.[10]

A Storm of Swords

After Sansa weds Tyrion Lannister, Moon Boy and Dontos dance during the feast.[13]

At the breakfast before Joffrey's wedding to Margaery Tyrell, Moon Boy makes farting sounds with his cheeks and sings rude songs about the guests.[14] During the feast following the wedding, Moon Boy chases Butterbumps on stilts and pelts Dontos with dates.

After Ser Jaime Lannister confesses to Tyrion that Tysha was never in fact a whore, Tyrion becomes furious and tells Jaime that their sister Cersei, Jaime's longtime lover, has been having sex with their cousin, Ser Lancel Lannister, and Ser Osmund Kettleblack. Tyrion sarcastically adds, "and probably Moon Boy for all I know."[15]

A Feast for Crows

Moon Boy and Cersei Lannister, by David Sourwine © Fantasy Flight Games

Moon Boy and Butterbumps entertain during the wedding feast of King Tommen I Baratheon and Margaery.[16] The fool capers when Cersei, the Queen Regent, meets with members of the merchants guilds.[17] When Tommen is permitted to name the last five of Cersei's dromonds, he chooses Moon Boy for one, but is dissuaded by the master of ships, Aurane Waters.[18]

At Darry, Jaime confronts his cousin Lancel about Cersei. Lancel admits that he had sex with her, and Jaime wonders how many more men his sister has slept with. He then wonders if Tyrion's comment about Moon Boy was just a gibe.[19] Jaime later has a dream where he finds his sister having sex with Moon Boy, after which he kills the fool and smashes Cersei's teeth to splinters.[20]

Moon Boy dubs the new High Septon as the High Sparrow.[21]

Moon Boy is present when Cersei Lannister hears that the Faith of the Seven has arrested Margaery Tyrell. He appears dumbstruck.[5]

A Dance with Dragons

Jaime continues to be bothered by Tyrion's remark about Cersei and Moon Boy.[22]

Quotes

The king's own fool, the pie-faced simpleton called Moon Boy, danced about on stilts, all in motley, making mock of everyone with such deft cruelty that Sansa wondered if he was simple after all.[3]

Sansa Stark's thoughts

The Spider pays in gold for any little trifle. I think Moon Boy had been his for years.[10]

Tyrion: Our present High Septon is a trained seal who barks prettily on command. Moon Boy is more like to annul my marriage than he is.
Tywin: Perhaps I should have married Sansa Stark to Moon Boy. He might have known what to do with her.[23]

Cersei is a lying whore, she's been fucking Lancel and Osmund Kettleblack and probably Moon Boy for all I know.[24]

A fool he may be, but he wears his folly honestly.[5]

Cersei Lannister's thoughts

References