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Top 10 Badass Daenerys Targaryen Moments

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Laura Keating
These aren’t just the most badass Daenerys Targaryen moments, but some of the best scenes in Game of Thrones. We’ll be looking at the fieriest, bravest, cleverest, and all-round boss moments from the Mother of Dragons. We’ve considered moments from the first to the penultimate season, so beware that here be spoilers! WatchMojo ranks the most badass Daenerys Targaryen moments. What do you think is the most badass Daenerys Targaryen moment? Let us know in the comments!

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Daenerys of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals – and Total Badass. Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top Ten Badass Daenerys Targaryen moments.

For this list we’ll be looking at the fieriest, bravest, cleverest, and all-round boss moments from the Mother of Dragons. We’ve considered moments from the first to the penultimate season, so beware that here be spoilers!

#10: Walking into a Burning Funeral Pyre
“Fire and Blood”

When we first meet Daenerys, she’s meek and unsure, living under the thumb of her abusive older brother. Having grown up begging in the Free Cities, she has no real sense of her place in the world. Her marriage to Khal Drogo starts off as a nightmare, but with her new position as Khaleesi, her confidence begins to grow, and after Drogo’s death she’s finally certain about who she is. Walking into his funeral pyre, she’s finally confident and in control of her choices – even though others may doubt. When he emerges from the flames with three newly-hatched dragons, it’s awesome proof to her followers that there’s much more to her than meets the eye.

#9: Break the Wheel

Daenerys and Tyrion make a fearsome team. But although Tyrion is good at the Game, Daenerys prefers to forge her own path. A conqueror with a winning-streak under her belt, she has ambitious plans and it’s not just to maintain the status quo. She doesn’t just want to win the Game, she’s going to throw the Game out and start again with new rules. This scene proves that she’s unlike anyone else contending for the Iron Throne. While they fight on the ground, she’s got a dragon’s-eye view of the wider landscape. Her ambition is sky-high, and her self-assurance intoxicating, which these six little words demonstrated perfectly.

#8: Burning the Warlock
“Valar Morghulis”

The illusions in the House of the Undying tested Daenerys’ resolve in every way. But when it comes to saving her dragons and continuing her quest, nothing can distract her - not even an illusion of Khal Drogo. When she does find her little lizard children, the blue-lipped wizard Pyat Pree seems to have the upper hand. It’s a tight spot, but Daenerys’ remains unflappable, knowing that she’s got fire on her side. At the word “dracarys” her baby dragons turn the creep to a crisp. All without Dany breaking a sweat.

#7: Mhysa

When Daenerys arrives in Slaver’s Bay, she’s disgusted by the masters’ treatment of their slaves. So in Yunkai, she decides to overthrow them, taking over the city and giving the slaves their freedom. As the newly-freed people gather before her, they begin to call out “mhysa” - the Ghiscari word for mother. It’s a moment made all the more meaningful by the fact that Daenerys is sure that she can’t have children of her own. As she wanders out into the crowd, her new people lift her up in their arms. We’ve seen others rule with fear - but by commanding with compassion, Daenerys inspires true devotion in her followers.

#6: Burning the Khals
“Book of the Stranger”

In both Westeros and Essos, it’s very much a man’s world. As the widow of a Khal, Daenerys was supposed to act like a widow, return Vaes Dothrak, and join the Temple of the Dosh Khaleen. As she disobeyed this law, Khals at the khalar vezhven claim that they’ll decide what to do with her. But Dany is having none of it; only she decides her fate. Tipping the braziers one by one, she torches the Khals. This is Daenerys at her most confident yet, her deepening smile proof that she was in control even when she seemed cornered.

#5: First Time Riding a Dragon
“The Dance of Dragons”

After Daenerys grudgingly reopens Daznak’s Pit, the Sons of the Harpy see their chance to strike. Drogon has been M.I.A. for a while now, last sighted flying over the Valyrian Peninsula. But just in the nick of time, he lands in the arena to defend Dany. To get him out of harm’s way, Daenerys climbs onto his back and takes to the sky, just like her ancestors once did. The moment between her and her dragon is touching, and the initially unsure but then resolute climb onto Drogon’s back as the music swells is a defining moment in her character.

#4: Battle of Meereen
“Battle of the Bastards”

With Meereen under attack, Daenerys meets with the Masters of Slavers’ Bay. They begin to set strict terms of surrender, when Daenerys stops to correct them . . . Their condescension disappears when Drogon flies in, right on cue. All the Masters can do is watch as Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion burn ships to ash, while on the ground Daario and the Dothraki finish off the Sons of the Harpy. During her climb from the bottom to the top, Daenerys has learned how to bring together forces from different backgrounds - from dragons to Dothraki to the Unsullied. And it’s what makes her such a force to be reckoned with here.

#3: Burning Kraznys / Breaker of Chains
“And Now His Watch Is Ended”

As a young woman, Dany is often underestimated. It’s a mistake that few men make twice, After enduring the insults of Astapor slave-trader Kraznys mo Nakloz in silence, she surprises him with her ability to speak and understand Valyrian . . . and a deal of her own. Well, Valar Morghulis, jerk. Coming early in season three, this moment sets the tone for her wider character arc, and proves that she has a lot more cunning than anyone gives her credit for. We’ve seen her overcome physical hardships, but here we got to see just how calculating she could be as well.

#2: Beyond the Wall
“Beyond the Wall”

Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow don’t see eye-to-eye at their first meeting. Jon is suspicious that he’s just like all the others vying for the Iron Throne, and she assumes that his refusal to bend the knee shows that he’s hard-headed. But when Jon undertakes a dangerous mission beyond the Wall in a last-ditch effort to convince the south of the White Walker threat, it's Dany to the rescue! For this, she’s earns Jon’s respect and loyalty, but loses a dragon. It’s a devastating moment, but proves once again what she’s willing to do to protect the realm and those dear to her.

Before we unveil our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

Entombing Daxos
“Valar Morghulis”

Letting Her Brother Have His Golden Crown
“A Golden Crown”

Eating a Horse Heart
“A Golden Crown”

Telling Yara How It Will Be
“Battle of the Bastards”

Sailing to Westeros
“The Winds of Winter”

#1: Burning Jaime's Army
"The Spoils of War"

Even before Robert’s Rebellion overthrew House Targaryen, dragons hadn’t been seen in the Seven Kingdoms for almost a century and a half. When Daenerys reveals Drogon to the Lannister forces, she does so in the most badass manner possible. Jaime’s look of incredulity and awe is completely justified. Not only is she riding a dragon into battle, she’s done the impossible twice by bringing a huge Dothraki army across the Narrow Sea to Westeros. As she turns his army to ash, she really is unstoppable - and every inch a Queen.

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