Originally Posted by mdchiefsfan
I see Varys as more of a self serving person, much like Littlefinger. He just goes about it a different way. By different way, I guess, I mean his asperations aren't as high as Littlefinger's. Maybe, if we saw what Varys was like when he was younger, trying to become a Lord, we would see him more like Baelish, but as it stands he seems content with his station, therefore he just needs to keep himself alive and worthwhile.
I think he uses that line, "My duty is to the realm," as a means to convince whomever he is speaking with of his dedication and as a way of appearing to desire an alliance (as long as it benefits him). He will give aid to anyone that can gain him favor and will help maintain his position, but as soon as his position is in question, he severs that tie. As we saw with Ned.
He has no allegiances, no loyalties. He just uses the info he collects to stay a step ahead of the game and provides just enough intel to everyone to make himself seem needed and important.
I wonder about this. Should be really interesting to watch him grow/develop. Maybe he really is all about the realm, and nothing but the realm. But I have some thoughts about it, and I'm guessing it's more complicated than that.
Either way, I love Varys. He's one of my favorites.