Diriliş: Ertuğrul

Diriliş: Ertuğrul (transl. "Resurrection: Ertuğrul") is a Turkish historical fiction[1] and adventure television series created by Mehmet Bozdağ, starring Engin Altan Düzyatan in the title role. It was filmed in Riva, a village in the Beykoz district of Istanbul, Turkey, and premiered on TRT 1 in Turkey on 10 December 2014. The show is set in the 13th century and centers around the life of Ertuğrul, the father of Osman I, who was the founder of the Ottoman Empire.

Diriliş: Ertuğrul
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Also known asErtugrul Ghazi
Resurrection: Ertugrul
Ertugrul
GenreHistorical
Adventure
Islamic
Created byMehmet Bozdağ
Directed byMetin Günay
StarringEngin Altan Düzyatan
Composer(s)Zeynep Alasya
Country of originTurkey
Original language(s)Turkish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes150 (448 on Netflix) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Kemal Tekden
Production location(s)Riva, Turkey
Running time105–165 minutes (Netflix 42–44 minutes)
Production company(s)Tekden Film
Release
Original networkTRT 1
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV) 4K UHD
Audio format5.1 Surround Sound
Original release10 December 2014 (2014-12-10) –
29 May 2019 (2019-05-29)
Chronology
Followed byKuruluş: Osman
External links
Website
Production website

The show has been well received in Turkey and abroad, particularly in Pakistan and Azerbaijan.[2][3][4] However, several countries in the Arab world have banned the show and fatwas have been issued against it.[5][6][7]

Plot

Season 1

After saving Şehzade Numan, Şehzade Yigit and Halime Sultan, Ertuğrul puts the Kayı in a series of problems with the Templars and a powerful Seljuk man, Karatoygar. A problem also arises with Kurdoğlu, who betrays Ertuğrul and Suleyman Shah, his blood brother and also father of Ertuğrul and Bey of the Kayı. They attempt to migrate to Aleppo however are stopped by Nasir, a traitor working for the Templars. Ertuğrul kills him and successfully convinces the Emir of Aleppo to see the truth. Finally settled in Aleppo, Suleyman Shah orders the Kayı to siege the Templar castle. They succeed and the Kayı celebrate and Turgut Alp marries Aykiz, his childhood sweetheart and only love. Soon after, Ertuğrul also marries Halime. The Kayı migrate to the Seljuk-Mongol borders in Anatolia near Erzurum, following the will of Suleyman Shah before he died.

Season 2

In the second season, Ertuğrul is captured by the Mongols, led by Bayju Noyan. Meanwhile, the Kayi Tribe led by Hayme Ana seeks refuge with the Dodurga Tribe, led by Korkut Bey, her brother. They were attacked by Mongols and there were many casualties. When the Kayis go in search for Ertugrul, they find his ring in a pile of burnt coal and assume that he is dead. Halime is devastated but is revived when Ertuğrul returns. Ertuğrul's escape from the Mongols and subsequent return to his tribe creates internal strife between him and his cousin Tugtekin, the head alp (warrior) of the Dodurga. As Noyan had nailed his hand, he was incapable of holding a sword. Thus, his head of alp title is taken away from him and he is neither an alp nor a head. Meanwhile, Aytolun (Hayme Ana's sister in law – Korkut Bey's second wife), plots behind his back to help her brother Gümüstekin become the margrave with the help of Emir Sadettin Kopek. Ertuğrul is sent on exile by Hayme Ana. Tugtekin confronts him but Ertuğrul tells Tugtekin that his alp Kocabash is a traitor and the Mongols would be arriving. As soon as Ertuğrul leaves, Kocabash changes sides with Noyan and his soldiers injure Tugtekin badly and presume him to be dead. Kocabas goes to the nomad tent and tells everyone that Ertuğrul killed Tugtekin. Ertuğrul chops his head as a punishment when he arrives at the nomad tent. Korkut throws a knife at him which pierces Hayme Ana. On the execution of Ertuğrul, his Alps save him and Tugtekin appears which makes the situation better. Head of Alps is taken back from Tugtekin and given to Gundogdu. Gökçe marries Tugtekin. The tension is further escalated with the arrival of Sungurtekin, Ertuğrul's long lost brother. Aytolun and Goncagul steal the Oghuz seal from Sungurtekin. Aytolun poisons Korkut and herself and puts the blame on Banu Çiçek, Korkut's adoptive daughter. However, Ertuğrul shows Gundogdu and Hayme Ana her reality and stops Gundogdu from marrying Goncagul. They go to war secretly with Gümüstekin, Aytolun and Goncagul follow Selcan and Halime to the stream bed. After a fierce fight, Aytolun takes advantage of Halime's pregnancy and knee's her on her womb. Halime faints and Aytolun attempts to chop her head off but is killed by an arrow shot by Abdurrahman alp. Goncagul runs away. Noyan and Goncagul fall in love and kidnap Gokce from the nomad tent who kills Goncagul. Noyan later martyrs both Gokce and Tugtekin. Ertuğrul's first son, Gündüz is born. Turgut stomps off angry because Ertuğrul does not let him kill Noyan and take his revenge. Ertuğrul mortally wounds Noyan who attempts to kill Gündüz. After defeating Gümüstekin and Noyan, the tribe is split between joining Ertuğrul on the Western border of Anatolia, or staying with Gundogdu and Sungurtekin. Moreover, till that time Ertuğrul's cousin Tugtekin and his uncle Korkut are dead. In the end, Ertuğrul, his brother Dundar, Halime Hatun, Gündüz, and Hayme Ana, along with 400 other people journey to the western edge of Anatolia, leaving behind the rest of the Kayi Tribe. Sadattein Kopek's soldiers attack them and kill Yigit Alp. Bogac tries to kill Gündüz, but is killed by Turgut, who rescues Gündüz and is made head of Alps by Ertugrul. They migrate to a new fertile land near the Byzantine-Seljuk border.

Season 3

In the third season, Ertugrul deals with the Çavdar (Çavuldar or Candaroğlullari) tribe, the most powerful tribe in the western region of Anatolia. Led by Candar Bey and his children Ural, Aslihan, and Aliyar, the Cavdars are very skilled at trading. However, Ural is devious and seeks his father's beylik, and does anything to achieve this. Following Ertugrul's conquest of the Hanli Bazar, Ural Bey is sentenced to death for his role in destroying property, killing Ertugrul's Alps, and killing the Tekfur(governor) of Karacahisar Castle. With the help of Emir Sadettin Kopek, Ural is freed and seeks help from Vasiliyus the new commander of Karacahisar, who seeks a bloody war with the Turks. Later, Dundar bey falls in love with Gunyeli but Gunyeli hatuns father serves Ural. Dundar was warned by Halime Hatun but takes her warning lightly. Dundar believed Gunyeli wasn't like her father so he told her he and Dogan were going to Konya on a secret mission. Gunyeli reported this information to her father who then informed Ural Bey. On their way to Konya they were attacked by Ural Bey and Vasilius resulting in Dundar being taken prisoner and Dogan Alp killed. During absence of Ertugrul and Cavdar's new bey Aliyar. Ural tries to become bey of his tribe but is defeated and killed. Ertugrul bands together with Aliyar Bey to defeat Vasiliyus, but Aliyar Bey dies along the way. Savcı, Etugrul's son Savci is born and Bamsi marries Helena who later becomes Muslim and changes her name from Helena to Hafsa Hatun. The Seljuk Sultan comes to examine his western borders, and Vasiliyus tries to capture him, but is killed by Ertugrul in a combat. To strengthen his ties with the Cavdars, Ertugrul requests Turgut to marry Aslihan, who accepts after much persuasion, solely for his tribe. Ertugrul is also given the title of Uç Bey by Sultan Alaeddin, which angers Kopek who vows to destroy Ertugrul. In the end, Ertugrul is sent by Sultan to protect his eastern borders from Mongols. They were ambushed because of Emir saddetins hints he gave to Tekfur Ares (the new Tekfur replacing Vasiliyus) resulting in Bamsi getting injured and Dervish Ishaq being martyred, Ertugrul is also seriously injured and captured by some slave traders.

Season 4

In the fourth season, the Kayılar mourn Ertugrul's death. Aslihan deals with the arrival of Bahadir Bey, her uncle who seeks her beylik. Meanwhile, Ertugrul is actually alive and captured by a slave trader. Dundar becomes the bey of the Kayilar and tries to sell Hanli Bazar and move back to Gundogdu's tribe, but is stopped by the appearance of Ertugrul. Ertugrul banishes Dundar and reclaims Hanli Bazar and declares war on the Byzantines after his son Gunduz is kidnapped by Ares. After Bahadir Bey's treachery, Ertugrul executes him and conquers Karacahisar, leaving Ares to go on the run. The conquest of Karacahisar leads to Ertugrul making a move against Kopek, whose treachery threatens the Seljuk state. Following a failed ambush, Ertugrul captures Ares and promises to set him free if he confesses to the Sultan about Kopek's misdeeds. The plan nearly works, however, Kopek is saved by Altun Aba and the Sultan's wife Mahperi Hatun, who seeks to make her son Giyaseddin the Sultan. Kopek is exiled, and sends his men after Ares, who is saved when Ertugrul shows up. Ares converts to Islam and becomes Ahmet, and serves as a spy for Ertugrul. Sultan requests a meeting with Ertugrul, who explains everything to him. However, the Sultan is poisoned by this meeting by Kopek, and dies in the hands of Ertugrul. Meanwhile, Turgut and Bamsi save their wives, Titan and Angelos are killed and the traitor Marya is caught. Giyaseddin becomes the new Sultan and imprisons Ertugrul until Ibn Arabi rescues him. Meanwhile, Gunalp Bey, Kopek's adopted son captures Karacahisar and Ertugrul's alps and tries to have them executed, only to be stopped by Ertugrul. Ertugrul attempts to convince Gunalp of Kopek's wrongdoings, but fails. Kopek kills Giyaseddin's brother Kilic Arslan and seizes power in the palace. Giyaseddin issues an execution warrant for Kopek, who has enough power now to become the sultan. Aslihan Hatun takes Aliyar's sword and secretly leaves the tribe with the intention to kill Kopek. She fails causing her death and Sadettin to nearly die. With the help of Sungurtekin and Husamettin Karaca, Ertugrul chops off Kopek's head in an epic showdown. The feasts begin, but are cut short with Halime's death following Osman's birth. The Mongols start to make a move on Anatolia and Ogedei Han sends Bayju Noyan, back from the dead, as an envoy to the Seljuk. Noyan and Ertugrul team up to deliver a peace treaty, but it is broken when Ogedei Han dies. Noyan's sister, Alangoya, infiltrates the Kayi tribe and causes chaos, only to be killed by Hayme. The season concludes with the Kayi Tribe beginning their migration to Söğüt, and Noyan planning his siege upon Anatolia, which is historically known as the Battle of Köse Dağ.

Season 5

The fifth season takes place 10 years after the Battle of Köse Dağ, (not shown in the series) where the Mongols took over the Seljuk state. The arrival of the new tax collectors, the Umuroğullari, disrupts the balance of Sogut. Dragos, a disgraced Byzantine commander seeks to conquer Sogut.

The Bey of the Umuroğlu tribe, Umur Bey is then killed in Sogut by Dragos (who is disguised as the bell ringer) and the blame is put on Gündüz, Umur Bey's daughter, Ilbilge, who vows to get justice, tries to kill Gündüz which only makes things worse.

Beybolat Bey arrives. He is a Seljuk assassin that works with the Mongols to wipe out rebelling Oğuz Tribes, under the fake name of Albaşti. Ertugrul's brothers are on the run from Albasti and hide in the mountains. Gündüz has also been proved innocent by now. Uranos arrives as the new Lefke commander, attacks Beybolat Bey and his caravan who is transporting tax collections to Konya and also kidnap Ilbelge. Uranos then pretends to be Dragos in front of Ertugrul. Ertugrul gets the idea that Uranos is lying and decides to set the counter-trap. That further builds the tension. Meanwhile Beybolat and Emir Bahattin plan to capture Artuk bey and question him about the chest which results in Artuk bey losing his eyesight.

Ertugrul raids the Mongols and steals the tax gold in order to start a huge war. This leads to Emir Bahattin's death with Albasti and Dragos still at large. Hulagu Han sends Commander Alincak and Subutay to raid the Kayi tribe. They command Ertugrul to hand over the chest or else they take Osman's life. Ertugrul refuses to hand over the chest & allies with Dragos and Lefke Castle.

Ertugrul trades the chest (the real contents of which he took, and replaced instead with falsified documents) for the right to his tribe back, and humiliates Alincak. When he realizes Alincak is going after Sultan Izzettin Kaykavus, Ertugrul rescues him and pins the blame on Berke Han, the leader of the Golden Horde. He gives the location to Kaykavus to Alincak in exchange for Gundogdu's pardon, which would allow him to restore his tribe.

Ertugrul retakes Sogut and his beylik back and removes all the Umur alps and flags. Beybolat, angry at Ertugrul, kidnaps his nephew Suleyman and kills him under the guise of Albasti. Alincak captures Mergen, who he realizes is a spy, and tortures him until Ertugrul rescues him. During the fight between Ertugrul and his alps and Alincak and Albasti, Bamsi comes late, which results in Alincak escaping and Gunduz getting injured.

Hafsa and her kids are attacked by Albasti's men, who kidnap Aybars. Ertugrul finds out the truth about Uranos, traps, and later captures him, asking him to tell him who the real Dragos is. The bell ringer is put in prison, but escapes by killing Oguz Alp. Bamsi goes after Aybars but is trapped by Albasti's men. Beybolat shows up and kills the fake Albasti, thinking he has fooled Ertugrul. Bamsi disobeys orders and kidnaps Alincak to give to Dragos, who has Aybars. Ertugrul saves Bamsi from Dragos's trap, kills Alincak, and captures Dragos.

Beybolat makes a deal with Dragos that will help him escape from Ertugrul. On the day of Dragos's execution, Beybolat betrays Dragos and helps Ertugrul and his alps kill Dragos's men who infiltrated Sogut. Ertugrul kills Dragos. Bamsi is injured severely during the fight, but survives and is forgiven by Ertugrul. Ertugrul meets with Ilbilge, and both realize that Beybolat is Albasti. Ertugrul and Ilbilge set a trap for Beybolat. Beybolat reveals himself to be Albasti, shocking Ilbilge. Ertugrul engages in battle with Beybolat and Gundogdu makes an appearance, injuring Beybolat. Beybolat, to escape, jumps off a cliff into a river below and floats downstream unconscious. He is rescued by Arikbuka, a commander of Hulagu Han, feared spy, and blood brother of Alincak.

Ertugrul and Gundogdu make plans to negotiate with Berke Han to start a war with the Mongols. Mergen is tailed by Arikbuka when meeting with Berke Han's men and unknowingly leads them to Ertugrul's meeting place. A battle ensues between the Mongols and Beybolat on one end and Ertugrul and his alps on the other. Bamsi finds traces of arrows used to rescue Beybolat and brings them to Gundogdu, who identifies them as Arikbuka's and sets off to rescue Ertugrul. Dumrul and Mergen are martyred in the battle, with Turgut severely injured by Beybolat and near dead, and Ertugrul severely injured and captured. Gundogdu sets off to look for Ertugrul. Arikbuka is informed that Gundogdu is searching for them and plans a trap.

Sirma meets with Umurogullari beys to try and usurp the beylik from Ilbilge and reinstate Beybolat. Beybolat is ambushed by Ilbilge and Abdurrahman while taking Ertugrul to Arikbuka's secret cave. Ertugrul kills Beybolat and tells Ilbilge to take the corpse to her tribe. Gundogdu falls into Arikbuka's trap and is poisoned with gas. Ertugrul saves him and Arikbuka goes on the run. Ilbilge brings back the corpse of Beybolat, enraging Sirma.

Ertugrul ventures to meet Berke Han with his alps to bring news of the situation in Anatolia and to tell him of a spy. Berke Han is misled by the spy, who is his closest advisor. Gundogdu and Selcan leave the tribe when news from Sungurtekin arrives saying that Dundar is taking care of an injured Iltekin and they are needed in their camp. Turgut and Ilbilge lay an ambush for the Mongol spy and capture him. Ertugrul meets with Berke Han and nearly fails before telling him of the spy.

Ertugrul and his alps fall into Arikbuka's trap but are saved by Berke Han who reveals that they tricked the spy. A fight ensues and Arikbuka walks away again. Sirma Hatun confronts Ilbilge and poisons her, but is killed by a dying Ilbilge. The spy and Arikbuka create a trap but are foiled and killed by Berke Han and Ertugrul. Ertugrul marries Ilbilge and the alps and Ertugrul leading riding their horses into war while Osman is saying he will carry the resurrection and the Kayi flag all over the world.

Episodes

Season Episodes[8] Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 26 (Netflix breakdown: 76) December 10, 2014 (2014-12-10) June 17, 2015 (2015-06-17)
2 35 (Netflix breakdown: 103) September 30, 2015 (2015-09-30) June 8, 2016 (2016-06-08)
3 30 (Netflix breakdown: 91) October 26, 2016 (2016-10-26) June 14, 2017 (2017-06-14)
4 30 (Netflix breakdown: 90) October 25, 2017 (2017-10-25) June 6, 2018 (2018-06-06)
5 29 (Netflix breakdown: 88) November 7, 2018 (2018-11-07) May 29, 2019 (2019-05-29)[9]

Cast and characters

Played by Character Description Seasons
Engin Altan Düzyatan Ertuğrul Gazi Third son of Suleyman Shah and Hayme Hatun. Husband of Halime Sultan. In end of season 5, husband of Ilbilge Hatun after Halime's death in season 4. The father of Gündüz Alp, Savcı Bey and Osman Gazi I, founder of the Ottoman Empire. Brother of Gündoğdu, Sungurtekin, Dündar and Gökçe (adoptive). Adoptive brother and brother-in-law of Selçan Hatun. After the death of his father, he battled the invading Mongols before leading a portion of the tribe to the western borders of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum and establishing himself as the Bey of his own Kayi tribe. Later became a senior operative of Sultan Alaeddin Kayqubad I. Conquered Hanli Pazar (public market) and earned the title of "Uç Bey" (margrave or Principality Bey) of the westernmost principality of the sultanate. As an Uç Bey, he conquered Karaçahisar Castle. The only major bey to not be corrupted by the Mongols, which leads to his head being a target for Mongol and Seljuk operatives. Emir of Söğüt and the surrounding area, the last place of the Seljuk Empire not controlled by Mongols. Düzyatan said of his character "...actually, we do not have too much sources about that era. Our sources are just about 7 pages. We know that he was a real hero."[10] 1-5
Serdar Gökhan Süleyman Shah Long-serving Bey of the Kayi Tribe and father of Ertuğrul, Gündoğdu, Sungurtekin and Dündar. Adoptive father of Selcan, Gökçe, Turgut, Dogan and Bamsi. Grandfather of Gündüz, Savci, Osman Gazi I, Süleyman Alp and Iltekin. Father-in-law of Halime Hatun and Selcan Hatun. Dies at the end of Season 1 due to a combination of complications with his boil and drowning. Appears in Ertuğrul, Hayme Hatun and Osman's dreams. 1
Hülya Darcan [tr] Hayme Hatun Mother of Ertuğrul, Gündoğdu, Sungurtekin and Dündar. Widow of Süleyman Shah. Adoptive mother of Selcan, Gökçe, Turgut, Doğan and Bamsi. Grandmother of Gündüz, Savci, Osman Gazi I, Süleyman Alp and Iltekin. Mother-in-law of Halime Hatun, Ilbilge Hatun and Selcan Hatun. Hanım of the Kayi Tribe. Has a strong personality and is a constant source of guidance, wisdom and encouragement for her family. 1-5
Didem Balçın Selcan Hatun Daughter of Alptekin Bey. Wife of Gündoğdu Bey. Adoptive daughter and daughter-in-law of Süleyman Shah and Hayme Hatun. Elder sister of Gökçe Hatun. Mother of Suleyman Alp and Iltekin Bey. Originally evil but repented with the help of Ibn 'Arabi and became one of the fiercest Kayi women. She is a great asset to her adoptive brother Ertugrul's cause although she sided with her husband, Gundogdu, when the Kayi Tribe split. She becomes a mother figure to Ertugrul's children after Halime's death. Has a knack for sensing evil intentions, at times alienating the unsuspecting people around her, and has a sharp tongue. Returns in Season 5 but leaves with Gündoğdu when news comes from Sungurtekin regarding Iltekin. 1-2, 5
Kaan Taşaner Gündoğdu Bey Eldest son of Suleyman Shah and Hayme Hatun. Older brother of Ertuğrul, Sungurtekin, Gökçe (adoptive) and Dundar. He became the leader and Bey of the portion of the Kayı Tribe who did not want to go with Ertuğrul to the Western borders of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum - taking his tribe to the eastern borders. Later rebels against the Mongols and Seljuk State and escapes with the second branch of the Kayı Tribe to rejoin Ertugrul in Söğüt along with his brothers, Selcan, and two sons Suleyman Alp and Iltekin Bey. Helps fight Beybolat with Ertugrul and creates plans to instigate a war between Berke Khan and Hulagu Khan with Ertugrul. Is much wiser and understanding at the end of Season 5, and stands steadfast with his brother. 1-2, 5
Esra Bilgiç Halime Sultan Wife of Ertuğrul and the mother of Gündüz Alp, Savcı Bey and Osman Gazi I, founder of the Ottoman Empire. The daughter of Shahzade Numan, older sister of Yigit Alp and niece of Sultan Alaeddin Kayqubad I of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rûm. Daughter-in-law of Suleyman Shah and Hayme Hatun and sister-in-law of Gundogdu, Selcan, Sungurtekin, Gökce and Dündar. She became the Hanim of the Kayı Tribe after Ertuğrul became the Bey of the Kayı. She fought against many enemies along with her husband. Very loyal to her husband and his cause. She was very valiant and often fought along with her family in order to protect her tribe. She dies from childbirth after giving birth to Osman. 1-4
Yaman Tumen (Season 3–4) & Arif Diren (Season 5) Gündüz Bey Oldest son of Ertuğrul Gazi and Halime Sultan. Eldest brother of Savcı Bey and Osman Gazi I. Is headstrong and a great fighter. Can be a little rash and still has a lot to learn about being an alp. Is in love with Irene, the daughter of a Byzantine Tefkur (Governor). He is protective of his younger brothers. 2-5
Kerem Bekişoğlu Savcı Bey Second son of Ertuğrul Gazi and Halime Sultan. Younger brother of Gündüz Alp and elder brother Osman Gazi. He is interested in science rather than being an Alp. He believes that the state should be governed not by sword, but by knowledge and reason. He spends a lot of time with Artuk Bey due to his interest in science and medicine. 3-5
Emre Üçtepe Osman Bey Youngest son of Ertuğrul Gazi and Halime Sultan. Brother of Gündüz Alp and Savcı Bey. Despite his young age, he is separated from his peers with his wit and courage. He is a dashing and assertive child. Osman's eye is constantly on the outside world. He has a curious personality. Ertugrul knows his character well and tries to rein him in. Has dreams of Suleyman Sah and aspires to hold the honor of his tribe. Will eventually create the Ottoman Empire. 4-5
Osman Soykut Ibn Arabi Andalusian Sufi mystic and spiritual leader of the East. Mentor of Ertuğrul. Helps Ertuğrul and his friends. He is extremely wise and patient. He does not appear in season 5 due to his death in that point of time, although his voice is heard in the very last scene of the series when Ertugrul goes to war. 1-4
Cengiz Coşkun Turgut Alp Adoptive brother of Ertugrul Gazi and blood brother of Bamsi Beyrek and Doğan Ap. One of the three original Alps of Ertuğrul along with his blood brothers. Ertugrul’s best friend and fellow warrior. Adoptive son of Suleyman Sah and Hayme Hatun. Son-in-law of Deli Demir and widower of Aykiz Hatun and Aslihan Hatun. Is captured by the Templars in Season 1 and is tortured and brainwashed into becoming a knight named ‘Judas’. Turgut marries Aykiz Hatun, his childhood sweetheart, in Season 1. At the end of season 2, after losing his wife and father-in-law, he is appointed Chief Alp of the Kayi tribe. Becomes Ertugrul’s spy in Hanli Pazar before becoming Bey of the Cavdar Tribe through his marriage to Aslihan Hatun. In season 5, he works along with Mergen for Ertugrul as spies. Fights with an axe instead of a traditional sword. Later serves Ertugrul's son Osman. 1-5
Nurettin Sönmez Bamsi Beyrek Adoptive brother of Ertugrul Gazi and blood-brother of Turgut Alp and Doğan Alp. One of the three original Alps of Ertuğrul along with his blood brothers. Adoptive son of Suleyman Sah and Hayme Hatun. Husband of Hafsa Hatun and father of Aslihan and Aybars. Very loyal and good-hearted. Somewhat slow-thinking and prone to emotional outbursts. Fights with two swords. Is loyal to Ertugrul and enjoys fighting against the enemy. He becomes Chief Alp of Kayi Tribe after Turgut’s marriage to Aslihan Hatun. 1-5
Cavit Çetin Güner Doğan Alp Adoptive brother of Ertugrul Gazi and blood brother of Turgut Bey and Bamsi Beyrek. One of the three original Alps of Ertuğrul along with his blood brothers. Adoptive son of Suleyman Sah and Hayme Hatun. Banu Cicek's husband and father of Doğan Alp Jr. He is smaller in stature than his counterparts, but has a sharp wit. Plays a major role in the conquest of Karaçahisar even though he was martyred before the conquest. Is killed by Ural with the help of and Vasilius. 1-3
Arda Anarat (Season 1–2) & Batuhan Karacakaya (Season 3–4) Dündar Bey Youngest son of Süleyman Shah and Hayme Hatun. Younger brother of Gundogdu, Selcan (adoptive), Sungurtekin, Gökce (adoptive) and Ertuğrul. Brother-in-law of Selcan Hatun, Halime Hatun and Ilbilge Hatun. The paternal uncle of Gunduz, Savci and Osman Gazi I. Although he is very loving & loyal towards Ertuğrul & his family, he gets swayed by the influence of others and makes wrong decisions, due to his naiveté. Received a blow to his head after confronting Titus in Season 1, which possibly may have contributed to his naiveté through brain damage. Is banished to Gündoğdu's tribe in Season 4 for attempting to sell Hanli Pazar and leave the Byzantine borders, but makes an offscreen appearance between Season 5 and Kuruluş: Osman to take care of the tribe while Ertuğrul is at war. 1-4
Mehmet Çevik Deli Demir The blacksmith of the Kayi tribe, and storyteller. A loyal friend of Suleyman Shah. Father of Aykız Hatun, father-in-law of Turgut Alp and adoptive father of Turali Alp. Several times he stated he had 2 sons who got killed before the series. He has a strong personality and is extremely kind with children. Is highly loved and respected by everyone. Is killed by Tangut. 1-2
Hande Subaşı Aykız Hatun Daughter of Deli Demir. Childhood sweetheart and first wife of Turgut Alp. Very talented with a bow. She was the first woman to support Halime Hatun on her arrival at the Kayi tribe. When Turgut loses his memory, she takes excellent care of him. She is the first person he recalls. Very loyal and faithful to Turgut Alp. Dies as a martyr after being burnt alive while fighting the Mongols at the beginning of Season 2. 1-2
Burcu Kıratlı Gökçe Hatun Daughter of Alptekin Bey. Adoptive daughter of Suleyman Shah and Hayme Hatun. Younger sister of Selcan Hatun and adoptive sister of Gundogdu, Sungurtekin, Dündar and Ertugrul. Wife of Tuğtekin Bey. Hanim of the Dodurga Tribe. She had an unrequited love for Ertuğrul, thus becoming jealous of Halime Hatun and sustaining an injury to save his life. However, she grows to love her husband Tuğtekin. Is killed by Noyan along with her husband. 1-2
Diler Ozturk Alptekin Bey Biological father of Selcan and Gökçe Hatun. He led a rebellion in the Kayi tribe against Suleyman Shah, who killed him before the beginning of the series. He is only seen when Selcan Hatun has a vision of him. 1
Hüseyin Özay Korkut Bey Bey of the Dodurga Tribe and the older brother of Hayme Hatun. Father of Tugtekin Bey and adoptive father of Banu Cicek. Uncle of Gündoğdu, Sungurtekin, Ertuğrul and Dündar. Widower of Duru Hatun and husband of Aytolun Hatun. Admires his nephew Ertuğrul and struggles to choose sides between him and his son. Is poisoned by Aytolun, who also poisons herself to cover her tracks. 1-2
Uğur Güneş Tuğtekin Bey Son of Korkut Bey and Duru Hatun. Step-son of Aytolun Hatun. Adoptive brother of Banu Cicek. Husband of Gökçe Hatun. Cousin of Ertuğrul and his brothers and nephew of Hayme Hatun. Chief Alp and later Bey of the Dodurga tribe after his father's death. Originally, he is majorly against Ertuğrul but after he saves him he joins him in favour of migration. However, he is killed by Noyan but still encourages the migration before his death. 2
Duru Hatun Korkut Bey's first wife and Tuğtekin's mother. Hanim of the Dodurga Tribe. Killed by Aytolun Hatun. Only seen in Korkut Bey's dreams.
Ayberk Pekcan Artuk Bey An experienced phycisian of the Dodurga tribe. One of the respected and wise Beys there. Joined Ertuğrul and the Kayi tribe in the journey to the Western borders of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum. He became Ertuğrul's right-hand man in administering the Hanlı Bazaar and Karacahisar Castle. He is very loyal to Ertuğrul and his cause. He is often regarded as the second in command of the tribe. Is permanently blinded by Batur Alp when Beybolat and Emir Bahattin are searching for the chest. 2-5
Ezgi Esma Kürklü Banu Çiçek A hatun of the Dodurga tribe. Adoptive daughter of Korkut Bey and Duru Hatun. Adoptive sister of Tuğtekin Bey. Childhood friend of Selcan Hatun. Wife of Doğan Alp. Mother of Doğan Alp Jr. A brave woman and skilled in swordsmanship. She becomes a hatun of the Kayı tribe and Halime Sultan's bodyguard after her marriage. Doesn't appear after Season 3. 2-3
Tolga Sala Hamza Alp Gündögdu Bey's senior Alp. Disillusioned by misunderstandings towards Gündögdu Bey, particularly being falsely accused of being a traitor, he bears a hatred towards Gundogdu, Tugtekin and the Dodurga Tribe and, as such, he defects to Noyan. However, he repents later and helps Gündögdu Bey catch Noyan. Killed by Noyan. 1-2
Celal Al Abdurrahman Alp Loyal Alp of Ertuğrul. Chief guard of Suleyman Shah, Hayme Hatun and Ertugrul Bey. Good friends with Turgut Alp, Doğan Alp and Bamsi Beyrek. Is falsely accused of being a traitor in Season 2 along with Hamza Alp. Becomes Ertugrul’s spy on Noyan under the guise of being a traitor, before serving as Hayme Hatun’s personal guard. Migrated with Ertugrul to the Byzantine borders and joined him in battles, Becomes Chief Alp for a short period of time in Season 5, replacing Bamsi Beyrek. 1-5
Gökhan Oskay Kaya Alp He was an Alp of Dodurga nomad tribe and Korkut Bey's guard. Later he becomes one of Ertuğrul's Alps and joined him to the Western border after Tuğtekin's death. Martyred whilst spying on Ural. Not to be confused with Süleyman Shah’s father Kaya Alp. 2-3
Melih Özdoğan Samsa Alp One of Tuğtekin Bey's alps. Blood brother of Bogaç Alp and Kocabash Alp. He later became one of Ertuğrul's senior alps after Tuğtekin's death. He is very loyal to both Tuğtekin and Ertuğrul. Is killed while protecting the Kayi catapults from Titan. 2-4
Edip Zeydan Dumrul Alp One of Ertuğrul's senior Alps and also a fellow spy and friend of Haçaturyan Usta in Karaçahisar Castle. Mostly battles alongside Samsa Alp and Günküt Alp. Is killed by Arikbuka's men while fighting very bravely. 1-5
Hakan Serim Günküt Alp One of Ertuğrul's senior Alps. He likes to joke, especially with Bamsı Alp and is often at the receiving end of a friendly banter. 1-5
Levent Öktem Petruccio Manzini, Üstad-ı Azam Knights Templar Grand Vizier of the Order Council. His main purpose is to destroy the Muslims and recapture Jerusalem. Later stabbed with a poisoned dagger by Isadora and then finally beheaded by Turgut. 1
Serdar Deniz Titus Commander of Knights Templar.and ustad petruchio right-hand man but later betrays him and wanted be the head of the palace wants revenge for Ertugrul killing his brother Bisol. Is beheaded by Gundogdu after a battle with Ertugrul. 1
Dilek Serbest Isadora Niece of Ustad Petruccio, is supportive of Ertugrul, is killed by Petruccio while she fatally stabs him with her poisoned dagger. 1
Iskender Altin Giovanni / Ömer Dervish Father of Isadora and Elanora. Imprisoned by the Templars. Later, is killed by Petruccio Manzini. 1
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Emir El-Aziz

Ayyubid Emir of Aleppo, grandson of Salah ad-Din Ayyubi. Manipulated by the Templars who infiltrate his palace. Has a sister named Leyla. Not shown after Season 1. 1
Burak Temiz Shahzade Yiğit / Yigit Alp Son of Shahzade Numan, younger brother of Halime Hatun, brother-in-law of Ertugrul and nephew of Sultan Alaeddin Kayqubad I. Blood brother of Dündar Bey. Kidnapped by Ustad Petruchio and then later by Noyan. Killed by Bogac Alp’s men on Sadettin Kopek's instructions. 1-2
Sedat Savtak Shahzade Numan Exiled prince of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum. Father of Halime Hatun and Shahzade Yiğit. Brother of Sultan Alaeddin Kayqubad I. Is killed by Afşin Bey for trying to declare himself Sultan. 1
Turgut Tunçalp Afşin Bey Loyal Commander of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, he is often carrying out secret missions for the state. Don't appear after Season 1. 1
Gökhan Atalay Atabey Şahabeddin The uncle of Emir El-Aziz. Vizier of Aleppo. Is beheaded by Titus as soon as returning to Aleppo who sends his head to the Kayi tribe. 1
Büşra Çubukçuoğlu Leyla Sultan Sister of Emir El-Aziz and niece of Atabey Şahabeddin. She had great admiration for her uncle Şahabeddin and helped Ertugrul flee from the palace after he saved Şahabeddin from beheading. 1
Reshad Strik Claudius / Ömer Alp A great Knight that was assigned to assassinate Ibn Arabi only to become his pupil as a Muslim and later saves Ertuğrul's life. Played a key role in the conquest of the Templars’ castle by the Kayis. Is killed by Titus when he discovers he is a spy. 1
Barış Bağcı Bayju Noyan One of the Commanders of the Mongols, appointed by Ögedei Khan to expand Mongol power in Anatolia. In season 2, he gives Ertugrul a hard time throughout damaging the Kayi tribe in various ways. In the end of season 2, Ertugrul destroys him inflicting several severe wounds and thinks that he is dead. However, he comes back from the dead and reappears in season 4 and on the appointment of Ogedai, goes to the Sultan and then to Ertugrul to deliver a peace treaty. During this, Ertugrul saves him from the Templars. The peace treaty is going well but is broken when Ogedei dies. Attempts to kill Ertugrul but Ertugrul and his Alps escape through the sea route. In season 5, his death is mentioned by a Mongol commander and later by Arikbuka as well that Noyan was killed by Hulagu Han because of Mergen but his death is not shown. 2,4
Gönül Nagiyeva Alangoya/ Almıla Noyan's younger sister. Almıla is the name she uses to deceive Ertuğrul and infiltrate the Kayi tribe. Is killed by Hayme Hatun. 4
Hande Soral İlbilge Hatun Daughter of Umur Bey from the Umuroğlu tribe and sister of Beybolat Bey and Sirma Hatun. Second wife of Ertugrul Bey. She is a brave hatun, skilled in swordsmanship, loyal to her father and the state, and always seeking justice. Her intense emotions have sometimes led her to act irrationally. She is deeply in love with Ertuğrul, but tries to hide her feelings. Sides with Ertuğrul while her brother and sister ally with the Mongols. Becomes the Hatun of the Umurogullari, and later marries Ertugrul. 5
Can Kahraman Kara Toygar Traitor of the Templars in Seljuk Sultanate. He imprisons Gundogdu to get Halime, Shahzade Numan and Yigit. However, is caught by Kayis and freed by Titus. He also forces Afsin Bey to kill Shahzade Numan. Doesn't appear after season 1. 1
nanny / governess is the governess of Aleppo she raised al aziz and Layla after there parents died al azi sends her to prison when he found out that she helped ertugul out . Her name is unknown 1
Kaptan Gürman Geyikli Lives in the forest. Helps Ertuğrul on his quest. Don't appear after Season 2. 2
Fahri Öztezcan Ilyas Fakih Imam of Kayi tribe. He was very scholarly and spiritual man. Later never makes any appearance. 1
Eren Sakcı Efrasiyab Iranian merchant. Secretly cooperating with Noyan. Kidnapped Selcan Hatun on Noyan's command. Don't appear after Season 2. 2
Marcus Petruccio's loyal soldier. Killed when he fails to bring Ertuğrul to him by Petruccio. 1
Muharrem Özcan Tangut A Mongol. Noyan's right-hand man. But later he betrayed him, wanting to be the commander of the troops. Is killed by Sungurtekin and his body is sent to Noyan. 2
Hakan Vanlı Kurdoğlu Bey Blood brother of Suleyman Shah and leader of many nomad families of the Kayi tribe. Ertugrul and Gundogdu's cunning uncle. Took a dark turn after his wife and children were martyred by Mongols, bearing a deep hatred for his blood brother. Secretly plots with the Templars to make himself the Bey of the Kayi tribe. Initially succeeds but fails to kill Ertugrul and Suleyman Shah and is thus overthrown. Is beheaded by Ertugrul. 1
Burak Çimen Nasir Commander of Aleppo, Emir El-Aziz's right hand man, conspires against Atabey Sahabeddin and serves the Templars. Has his throat slit by Ertugrul in the Kayi tribe. 1
Çaglar Yigitogullari Ulu Bilge Saman The shaman of the Mongols. Communicates with the 'spirits'. Loyal to Noyan. Turgut throws an axe into his head during a battle, killing him. 2
Sezgin Erdemir Sungurtekin Bey Second son of Suleyman Shah and Hayme Hatun. Brother of Gundogdu, Selçan (adoptive), Ertugrul, Gökçe (adoptive) and Dündar. Brother-in-law of Halime Sultan, Selcan Hatun and Ilbilge Hatun. Paternal uncle of Gündüz, Savci And Osman. He disappeared for years after being captured by Noyan, with his family thinking he was dead. However, he reappears as the Sultan's spy to the Mongols. He later returns to the tribe after the Mongols found out about him being a spy because of a traitor, presumably Sadettin Köpek. Sides with his older brother, Gundogdu, and does not migrate with Ertugrul, but later joins him to kill Emir Sadettin Köpek and again with Gundogdu to escape the Mongols. 2,4
Kaan Çakir Ögedei Han Son of Genghis Khan and Second Great Khan of the Mongol Empire. Dies a mysterious death only to help Ertugrul escape the Mongol camp. 4
Atila Engin Cardinal Thomas A cardinal. Not shown after Season 1. 1
Zaynep Aydemir Eftelya/Esma Knights Templar spy acting in the palace of El-Aziz. Secretly Emir El-Aziz's lover. Not shown after Season 1. 1
Burak Hakkı Sultan Alaeddin Kayqubad I Sultan of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum who was followed by the Anatolian Turkish tribes. A highly respected Sultan who brought the sultanate to its zenith. Is poisoned by Emir Sadettin Kopek and dies as a result. 3-4
Sinem Uslu Mahperi Hatun Sultan Alaeddin's first wife and Prince Gıyaseddin's mother. Her greed for her son to ascend the Seljuk throne causes her to cooperate with Emir Sadettin Köpek. However, she later repents and asks for forgiveness. 4
Burak Dakak Prince/Sultan Gıyaseddin Sultan Alaeddin's oldest son with his wife Mahperi Hatun. He is loyal to the state (his father) and bares no ill will to his younger brother and stepmother. He is level-headed and sensible man. He becomes Sultan of the Seljuk Sultanate after his father's death. He stood by Ertuğrul and denounced his mother's wrongdoing. 4
Hasan Küçükçetin Atabey Altun Aba Mahperi Hatun's loyal servant. The tutor of Prince Gıyaseddin. Has the same ambition as Mahperi Hatun to make the Prince became the heir apparent. Is killed by Emir Sadettin to cover his tracks. 4
Murat Garipağaoğlu Emir Sadettin Köpek A traitor who allies with anyone against Ertugrul and the Seljuk state. An important Seljuk court administrator and Minister of Sultan Alaeddin Kayqubad I. Deputy head of Seljuk State, before poisoning Sultan Alaeddin and briefly becoming de facto Sultan in Season 4. Adoptive father of Günalp Bey, before Ertugrul convinced Günalp of Köpek’s wrongdoings. A consistent adversary of Ertuğrul, his only motive is to seize complete power & control of Seljuk Empire for himself, and to become Sultan. Poisons and kills Sultan Alaeddin for this objective. Manipulates and abuses his state authority for his personal aims. He was in love with Aslihan Hatun and was furious when she married Turgut Bey. He ends up killing her but is later beheaded by Ertugrul, with the help of Sungurtekin and Turgut. 2-4
Arda Öziri Göktuğ Emir Sadettin Köpek's loyal aid. Is killed by Ertugrul when he was attempting to kill Ares/Ahmet. 3-4
Erden Alkan Candar Bey Leader of Çavdaroğlu tribe. Father of Aliyar Bey, Ural Bey, and Aslihan Hatun. Initially supports Ertugrul but then turns against him after Ertugrul refuses to marry Aslihan. Dies while trying to save Ural from beheading in Hanli Bazar. 3
Kürşat Alnıaçık Ural Bey Eldest son of Candar Bey. Eldest brother of Aliyar Bey and Aslihan Hatun. Husband of Colpan Hatun. Very ambitious and will do anything to get what he wants. Seeks his father’s beylik. Relentlessly tries to kill his brother Aliyar and rival Ertugrul. Is beheaded by Ertugrul in an epic showdown. 3
Osman Albayrak Batuhan Alp Ural Bey's loyal alp. He later betrays him when he realizes that Ural broke his promise to him. Is killed by Ertuğrul. 3
Cem Uçan Aliyar Bey Second son of Candar Bey. Younger brother of Ural Bey and elder brother of Aslihan Hatun. Brother-in-law of Turgut Bey. Bey of the Cavdar Tribe. Pious, scholarly and a level headed young man. Formidable archer as well as a master detective. Forms a strong, unshakable bond of brotherhood with Ertuğrul. In battles, wields his trademark two-pointed sword & dagger, seemingly inspired by Zulfiqar the legendary sword of the Fourth Caliph, Hazrat Ali. Became Bey of the Cavdar tribe for a short time after the death of his father. Is killed by Vasilius. 3
Gülçin Santırcıoğlu Çolpan Hatun / Ekaterina Wife of Ural Bey and daughter of former Tekfur (governor) of Karaçahisar Castle. Sister-in-law of Aliyar Bey and Aslihan Hatun. Daughter-in-law of Candar Bey. She is of Greek origin and is secretly Christian. Her death is spoken of but not shown. 3
Mualla Sahin Aybüke A hatun of the Cavdar tribe. Çolpan Hatun's maid. Çolpan suffocates her to cover her tracks. 3
Gülsim Ali Aslıhan Hatun Daughter of Candar Bey. Younger sister of Ural and Aliyar Bey. Second wife of Turgut Bey. Hanim of the Cavdar Tribe. Hatun of the Cavdar Tribe after Aliyar's death. She marries Turgut Bey after Ertugrul suggests the union for a political alliance. However, her and Turgut fall in love with one another. She is killed by Emir Sadettin Köpek who was in love with her while she was trying to kill him. 3-4
Mario Blind old man who stays at the Knights Templar palace. Gives important letters to Ustad Petruchio and informs Isadora and Elanora that their father is alive and locked up in a cage, Hanged to death. 1
Gökhan Bekletenler Haçaturyan Usta An Armenian gold miner and gold smith who became a slave. Freed by Ertugrul and became his spy in Karacahisar Castle. A good spirited person. Is killed by Ural. 3
Burçin Abdullah Hafsa Hatun /Helena Daughter of the Byzantine Karacahisar Tekfur (Governor) and comes from a noble lineage. Later lives with the Kayı Tribe and became Bamsi Beyrek's wife, converting to Islam and changing her name to Hafsa. Has two children, Aslihan and Aybars. Takes a leadership role in the managing of the tribe after Halime Sultan's death and the absence of Ertugrul's sisters until Selcan Hatun returns. 3-5
Orhan Kiliç Atsız Bey A famous Seljuk commander who saves Ertuğrul when Ertuğrul was captured by Simko. Later becomes Ertuğrul's spy in Karaçahisar Castle in the time of Tekfur Ares. Is killed honorably by Ares and Titan while spying on them. 4
Evren Erler Kocabash Alp One of Tuğtekin's Alps. Blood brother of Bogac Alp and Samsa Alp. He is a spy for the Mongols and foils many of Ertuğrul's plans. It is unclear why he serves the Mongols, and whether he is a Turkish traitor or a Mongol infiltrator. Is beheaded by Ertuğrul. 2
Attila Kiliç Bogaç Alp He was Tuğtekin's loyal Alp and also his and Samsa's blood brother. However, he is annoyed and insecure when Bamsi beats him in a friendly fight, storming off. Due to his fury against Ertuğrul for killing Gümüştekin Bey, he cooperates with Emir Sadettin Köpek to kill Ertuğrul. Has his throat slit by Turgut. 2
Elif Sümbül Sert Amanda A Greek perfume trader at Hanli Pazar, she is also revealed to be a paramour and accomplice of Ural Bey. Is killed by Ural. 3
Daniel Christian man who helps Afsin Bey escape Knights Templar palace. Afsin escapes but Daniel is caught and killed by Marcus on Petruchio's instructions. 1
Evrim Solmaz Aytolun Hatun Korkut Bey's second wife after Duru Hatun's death. However, Aytolun murdered Duru to be Korkut Bey's wife. Sister of Gümüstekin Bey and aunt of Goncagül Hatun. Step mother of Tuğtekin. Became Korkut Bey's wife only to help her brother's cunning mission. Tries to kill Halime and Selcan Hatun but is killed by Abdur Rahman Alp. 2
Zeynep Kiziltan Goncagül Hatun Daughter of Gümüstekin and niece of Aytolun. Involved with her father and aunt's secret mission. Her father wants her to be Gundoğdu's future second wife to smooth his mission, but the plan was canceled. Is killed by Gökçe. 2
Mehmet Polat Gümüstekin Bey Aytolun's older brother, Korkut Bey’s brother-in-law. Worked for the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, specifically for Emir Sadettin Köpek. Wants to become the Uç Bey, or margrave, of the easternmost part of the Seljuk State. Seeks to marry his daughter to Gundogdu to keep Kayi Tribe in his power, but Ertugrul and Hayme Hatun manage to stop the plan. Is beheaded by Ertugrul. 2
Sedef Şahin Maria Simon's sister. Expert in poisons. A lady of the Templars. Killed by Turgut with her own poison dagger. 3
Lebip Gökhan Ustad Simon/Bapist Yeahya Owner of Hanli Pazar and local master & commander of Knights Templar. Killed by Ural for covering his own tracks. 3
Çağdaş Onur Öztürk Vasilius Originally a Byzantine military commander, he is later promoted as Tekfur (Governor) of the Karaçahisar Castle. Obsessed with the idea of driving away all Turks from his lands. He plots ceaselessly against Ertuğrul. Is not afraid of anything. Killed by Ertugrul. 3
Fırat Topkorur Tüccar Hasan / Petrus Originally works for the Templar Simon. Cooperates with Vasilius to fight Ertuğrul. Vasilius slits his throat in Hanli Bazaar. 3
Cemal Hünal Ares / Ahmet The Tekfur (Governor) at the Karaçahisar Castle, Vasilius' successor who was sent by the Byzantine Emperor. Ertuğrul's enemy who later became a Muslim and Ertuğrul's ally after a dream of him meeting Ibn Arabi. Is killed by Noyan. 3-4
Hakan Onat Angelos A Byzantine Knight. Son of the Bilecik Tekfur, Kritos. Is beheaded by Bamsi, leaving his father wanting revenge. 4
Hasan Şahintürk Bilecik Tekfur Kritos Tekfur (Governor) of the Bilecik. Seeking revenge in Ertuğrul for killing his son. Tried to do everything to prevent Ertuğrul from migrating to Söğut. Is killed by Alangoya who brings his head to the Kayi tribe to make a good impression. 4
Ertuğrul Postoğlu Bahadir Bey Aslıhan's, Ural's and Aliyar's uncle. Candar Bey's younger brother. Veteran of the wars in the east. Bey of his own branch of the Çavdar tribe. Wanted to be the head of his elder brother's tribe and will stop at nothing to become the Bey of all the Çavdar tribe. Is beheaded by Ertugrul. 4
Gürbey Ileri Sancar Bey Bahadir Bey's son. His hot tempered behaviour made him exiled by Ertuğrul. Has a big hatred towards Turgut Bey. He was Aslıhan's, Ural's and Aliyar's cousin. Killed by Ertugrul in front of his father. 4
Engin Öztürk Günalp Bey His father, Tayı Bey, was the commander in chief, loyal to Sultan Alaeddin. He, alongside his wife and troops, were killed for being loyal to the state. Emir Sadettin Köpek "rescued" Günalp, since he was the only one who survived the attack of his family. Günalp is fiercely loyal to the state like his parents. He is also devoted to Emir Sadettin Köpek, and considered him as his father. However he is completely unaware of Köpek's true nature and crimes. Later he became Ertuğrul's ally and the commander in chief of Karacahisar Castle. 4
Ogün Kaptanoglu Titan An experienced Byzantine Knight. Sent by the Emperor to works alongside Tekfur Ares. Is powerful, skilled and fights with a sword and dagger. Also burns Kayi's catapults and kills Samsa alp. Killed by Turgut after he reminds him of how he killed Samsa. 4
Ozlem Aydin Elanora Second niece of Petruchio Manzini. Isadora's younger sister, a kind hearted girl who is eager to find out whether her father is alive. When she finds out, she goes to him but is caught and killed by Petruchio and Marcus. 1
Sera Tokdemir Marya Simko, a slave trader, gave her to Ares as a present, which the real cause he gave her is to spy on Ares. She was rescued by the Kayi tribe when they took over the castle and she married Artuk Bey. She betrayed the Muslims by sending secret messages to Titan. Emir Sadettin Köpek helped her to escape after she was caught, in exchange she had to spy on Bilecik Tekfur Kritos. Is killed by Kritos when he discovers she was spying on him. 4
Ali Buhara Mete Mergen (formerly Eynece) A Mongol who pretends to be Alangoya's brother. Known for his accuracy with the bow and arrow and his exceptional tracking skills. He ran away when Alangoya was killed, and later became a Muslim and a spy for the White-Bearded Men and Ertuğrul. Is responsible for Noyan's death. Is later killed by Arikbuka. 4-5
İlker Aksum Dragos One of the most respected commanders of Byzantine. However, he betrayed and make his own secret organization, planning to take over Soğut from Ertuğrul. Is disguised as the Sogut church's bell-ringer and gives the task of being Dragos to Uranos. He plots many times against Ertugrul but Ertugrul foils his traps and plans. Is caught and finally beheaded by Ertugrul in Sogut. 5
Dursun Ali Erzincanlı Imam of Söğüt The pious, beloved, universally revered Imam of Ertugrul's principality; Islamic studies teacher of the local children, including Osman. Plays a similar role to Ibn Ul Arabi. He is an unwavering source of guidance and support for Ertugrul. 5
Ali Ersan Duru Beybolat Bey/Albaştı Son of Umur Bey and Bey of the Umuroğlu after his father's death. Older brother of İlbilge Hatun and Sırma Hatun. Unbeknownst to Ertuğrul, is a Seljuk assassin that works with the Mongols to wipe out rebelling Oğuz Tribes, under a fake name of Albaştı. Vows to kill Ertugrul and his brothers, and wipe out the Kayı tribe. Also very aggressive and bloodthirsty and overconfident in his abilities to trap Ertugrul. His traps failed as Ertugrul had the foresight to thwart them and realizes that he is Albasti. Later is confronted by Ilbilge and Ertugrul and reveals himself, providing the final piece to the puzzle. Escapes Ertugrul's clutches and teams up with Arikbuka to finish off Ertugrul and the Kayilar once and for all. Is finally killed by Ertugrul when he is ambushed by Ilbilge and Ertugrul's alps while taking a captured Ertugrul to Arikbuka's cave. 5
Armağan Oğuz Ataç Bey Servant of the Umuroglu Tribe. Killed by Beybolat Bey for failing to protect his father and his inability to cook meat with blood on. 5
Süleyman Karaahmet Berke Han Leader of the Golden Horde and a grandson of Genghis Khan. Allies with Ertugrul. 5
Unal Silver Umur Bey Bey of the Umuroğlu. Father of Beybolat Bey, Ilbige and Sirma Hatun. Tasked by the Seljuks to collect taxes in Soğut, replacing Ertugrul, and has an ambition to become the new Bey of Principality. He is tactless and rude. Killed by Dragos, who then framed Gunduz for the murder, instigating a huge rift between the Kayı and the Umuroğlus. 5
Karabek A traitor cooperating with Noyan gives news about Sadettin Kopek to Noyan later on he enters Dodurga tribe causes trouble which nearly gets Ertuğrul executed however he is caught and locked up in a cell, freed by Gumustekin. However Ertuğrul and his Alps hunt him down and interrogate him. Killed by Tangut so that he would not reveal anything. 2
Öykü Çelik Sırma Hatun Youngest daughter of Umur Bey and younger sister of İlbilge and Beybolat. Loyal to her brother; sinister, ambitious, vengeful, bossy, cold, and calculated. Attempts to work with Arikbuka to get revenge for her brother. Killed by a dying Ilbilge Hatun. 5
Ali Savaşçı Emir Bahattin The Emir of Seljuk in Konya who is a puppet of the Mongols. Tasked to collect taxes and deliver secret chest to Hülagü Khan. Is jealous of Ertuğrul's power over Soğut, and is an adversary who seeks to put Ertuğrul in check. Works closely with Mongol commanders and Beybolat Bey/Albaştı to put Söğüt into chaos; is eventually killed by the Mongols for his failure to meet their demands. 5
Halit Özgür Sarı Süleyman Alp The eldest son of Gundoğdu and Selcan. Older brother of Iltekin. Nephew of Ertugrul, Sungurtekin, Gokce and Dundar. Cousin of Gunduz, Savci and Osman. Is caught and tortured severely by Beybolat in order to find Gondogdu's location. Despite the torture, he never gives away the location and is mercilessly killed by Beybolat Bey/Albaştı. 5
Iltekin Bey The youngest of Gundogdu and Selcan's sons. Younger brother of Süleyman Alp. Cousin of Gündüz, Savci and Osman. Not shown but mentioned frequently. Is the reason Gundogdu and Selcan return to the eastern Kayi tribe after Sungurtekin brings word of his condition. 5 (mentioned)
Uğur Karabulut Uranos Commander of Lefke Castle and another puppet of Dragos. Falsely reveals himself to be Dragos to Ertuğrul in order to trap him, however his plan fails and he is taken to Sogut where he is beheaded by Ertuğrul. 5
Korel Cezayirli Sadrettin Konevi Renowned scholar and student of Ibn Arabi. One of the rebels against the Mongols and is under Ertuğrul's protection. Is very wise. 5
Mertcan Tekin Sultan Izzedin Kaykavus Son of Sultan Kaykhusraw II. Grandson of Sultan Aladdin and Mahperi Hatun. 5
Engin Benli Commander Alıncak Hulagu Khan's most feared commander. Ruthless, bloodthirsty, and shows no mercy. He is killed by Ertuğrul. 5
Hüseyin Gülhuy Subutay Hülagü Khan's commander. Is killed by Turgut whilst trying to capture Sultan Kaykavus. 5
Şafak Baskaya Yinal Beybolat's right-hand man. Killed by Bamsi. 5
Muhammet Kaya Batur Alp Bahattin's right-hand man who serves Albasti after his death. Killed by Turgut. 5
Ogüzhan Yarimay Ogüz Alp One of Ertuğrul's senior alps who is good friends with Turgut Bey. Martyred by Dragos. 4-5
Meliksah Ozen Meliksah Alp One of Ertugrul's senior alps. Is close to Gunkut and Dumrul. 1-5
Emre Ercil Arikbuka Hulagu Khan's most feared spy in Anatolia. Rescues Beybolat Bey and helps him in his plans to destroy Ertugrul. Plots to disrupt the partnership between Ertuğrul and Berke Khan. Is killed by Ertuğrul whilst Berke Khan kills his spy Qiyat. 5
Boğaçhan Talha Peker Turali Alp A young orphaned boy who becomes close with Deli Demir and Ertugrul's alps. Adoptive son of Deli Demir. Aspires to be an alp. Is extremely devastated when Deli Demir dies and is put in Artuk Bey's care. He is cheeky and mischievous. Becomes close to Turgut as they share loss. He's doesn't appear after Season 2. 2
Gokhan Karacik Dervis Ishak Apprentice of Ibn Arabi and friend of Ertuğrul. Later stays in the Kayi tribe on Ibn Arabi's request. Then become teacher of the children of Kayi tribe and assistant of Artuk Bey. Martyred in Ares' ambush. 1-3
Mehmet Pala Kutluca Alp Chief Guard of Candar Bey and loyal to Aliyar Bey. Then become the Chief Alp of Cavdar tribe. Is martyred by Ural while protecting the Cavdar tribe. 3
Cenk Kangoz Philip A commander of Knight Templar. Works with Ustad Simon. Is killed by Turgut. 3
Sedat Erdis Alpargo He was the loyal friend of Kurdoglu and traitor of his tribe. However, is killed by Ertuğrul while he was inside the healing tent. He also injures Gökçe before his death. 1
Atabey Ertokuş Emir of Erzurum, Good friends with Ertuğrul. Hamza tries to kidnap him from caravansaray but is saved by Ertuğrul's cousin Tuğtekin. Gives Ertuğrul information about his long lost brother Sungurtekin. Is shot and martyred by Noyan's commander Tangut. 2
Esma Hatun She was Aslihan's caretaker/helper. Later, she was paid by Emir Sadettin to poison Aslihan and Turgut on their wedding night. Is killed by an Alp to so she wouldn't confess to Ertuğrul about Emir Sadettin. 3
Enes Göçmen Aybars Bey Son of Bamsi Beyrek and Hafsa Hatun. Younger brother of Aslihan. 5
Çağla Naz Karği Aslihan Hatun Daugter of Bamsi Beyrek and Hafsa Hatun. Sister of Aybars. She was named in honour of Aslihan Hatun, Turgut Bey's wife, after her death. 5
Dogan Alp Jr Son of Dogan Alp Sr and Banu Çiçek Hatun. Born after his father's death. Not to be confused with his martyred father Dogan Alp Sr. Is only shown as a baby. 3
Aysun Demir İlçin Hatun Nurse of Kayi Tribe, Artuk Bey's assistant. 5
Esra Balikci Mengü Lady Servant of Ilbilge Hatun from the Umuroğlu tribe. 5

Production

The series is written and produced by Mehmet Bozdağ and directed by Metin Günay. The theme music is by Alpay Göktekin. Broadcasting began in December 2014 on TRT 1 (Turkey).

Bozdağ stated:

An artist's task is to reconstruct history. The history changes with the opinion of the author. And for one thing, there is very little information about the period we are presenting – not exceeding 4–5 pages. Even the names are different in every source. The first works written about the establishment of the Ottoman State were written about 100–150 years after the its establishment. There is no certainty in this historical data. But history has a soul. We think that we describe the spirit of the 13th century in history. We are shaping a story by dreaming.[11]

As for the choreography of the show, Nomad, the special choreography crew of movies such as The Expendables 2, 47 Ronin, and Conan the Barbarian, was invited to Turkey. The crew prepared special choreographies for actors, horses, and other scenes.

There are 25 horses on the set, attended by a veterinarian. All are maintained on a horse farm in Riva. A special area similar to a zoo (but on a smaller scale) was created for all the animals which appear in the show, which include sheep, goats, nightingales and partridges.

The TV series is a milestone in Turkey with respect to its administration of art. Copper and other metallic accessories are accumulated from various parts of Turkey.[12]

A representative of TRT stated that the series "aim to strengthen the nationhood sentiment of Turkish people by teaching the audience how the Turkish state came into existence, through a combination of history and quality entertainment."[13]

Reception

Rating figures marked Diriliş: Ertuğrul as the best breakthrough Turkish TV series of the 2014 Season. The first episode shook Turkish social media after it was aired.[14] Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, president of Turkey, visited the set with his family more than once.[15] The series has been called a Turkish Game of Thrones, and fans include Venezuela's president Nicolás Maduro.[10][16]

The series is one of Turkey's most successful television exports, and echoes with the message of Erdoğan and his party. According to professor Burak Ozcetin, "They are, in a way, rewriting the Ottoman history for the current Turkish public."[17]

Along with Turkey, the series is popular in Azerbaijan, due to a perceived common heritage.[2]

It has been very successful in Pakistan (ratings were even better than in Turkey) and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has publicly said that he is a big fan of the show.[18]

The series has attracted audience from several other countries especially those with large Turkish or Muslim populations.[19]

South Asia

The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, praised the show publicly and recommended people in Pakistan to watch it.[10] Requesting the state-owned Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) to dub the Turkish series into Urdu and broadcast it on TV, he commented that the series promoted an understanding of Islamic history, culture, values and ethics. PTV secured television rights for the series from TRT, and the first episode was eventually aired in Pakistan on the first day of Ramadan (24 April) in 2020.[20][21][22][23]

The show is called Ertugrul Ghazi in Pakistan,[24] and was noted to be a major success there particularly due to Khan's recommendation, and also partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine. PTV's YouTube channel for the series had gained over 5 million subscribers as of June 2020.[25][3][4][26] According to PTV, the series in Urdu had acquired a viewership of over 130 million people as of mid-May.[27] Several of the actors expressed gratitude for the attention from Pakistani fans, Engin Altan Düzyatan and Esra Bilgiç adding that they would like to visit the country.[28][29]

In Pakistan, media has expressed concern that the series is yet another foreign import, like Bollywood.[1][30] Pervez Hoodbhoy added that the series portrays Islam as violent and may increase Islamophobia.[31][32] Jibran Nasir says that Diriliş: Ertuğrul is creating an identity crisis among Pakistanis.[32]

The series is also quite popular with Indian Muslims and in Jammu and Kashmir[16] where people see it as inspiration to their freedom struggle despite internet shutdowns.[33] A Kashmiri public relations professional said "Every Kashmiri must watch it. A small tribe of 2,000 people triumph. It's inspirational. If you have a goal and the will to achieve it, nothing can come in your way."[33] Abhinav Pandya, author, compares Diriliş: Ertuğrul's success in India with that of the Israeli drama Fauda, saying that "Just as Fauda fandom signals the shift of India's influencers towards a more militant and exclusionary nationalism, the Ertugrul craze is a signpost written for the alienation of many of India's 180 million Muslims from that dominant political culture and their search for solidarity elsewhere. "[34]

Arab World

On 10 February 2020, Diriliş: Ertuğrul was banned in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Egypt's Dar al-Ifta al-Misriyyah announced it was forbidden to watch the series. It also targeted Turkey's President Erdoğan in a statement, stating that his intention was to restore the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East and restore sovereignty over the Arab countries that had previously been under Ottoman rule.[35] Despite the ban, the series remained quite popular in these countries.[5]

International broadcast

Country Network Series premiere
  Afghanistan Tolo TV September 2014
  Albania TV Klan October 2015
  Algeria Echorouk TV October 2017
  Arab World Qatar TV
4shbab
Al Noor TV
Al Yarmouk TV
Daawa Channel
January 2017
  Azerbaijan ATV December 2015
  Bangladesh Ekushey Television
Maasranga Television
September 2016
April 2017
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Hayat TV August 2018
  Brazil Netflix September 2016
April 2018
  Canada Netflix June 2019
  Chile Televisión Nacional de Chile February 2018
  Indonesia Trans7 August 2015
  India Netflix June 2017
  Jordan Amman TV October 2018
  Kazakhstan Channel 31
Qazaqstan
March 2016
2018
  Pakistan Hum Sitaray
Netflix
PTV
August 2015
June 2019
April 2020
  Romania Prima TV 16 November 2015
  Somalia MCTV May 2019
  South Africa Netflix

iTV
DSTV

November 2018
  Northern Cyprus TRT 1 December 2014
  Tunisia Hannibal-TV October 2017
  United Arab Emirates Netflix November 2018
  United Kingdom Netflix November 2018
  USA Netflix June 2017
  Uzbekistan Zoʻr TV [ru] June 2018
  Venezuela Venezolana de Televisión
TVes
November 2018
  Tanzania Azam Two 13 July 2020

Sequel

Kuruluş: Osman, focused on Osman I, began in November 2019.

See also

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