|“||Actually, I don't care about that. I mean, the cards are very interesting and I don't want to discount what you do. But I didn't really come here to have my future told to me. I'm quite okay with finding that out myself.||”|
—Gansey, after receiving the Death card in his reading
Richard Campbell Gansey III, mostly referred to just as Gansey, is a student who attends Aglionby Academy. He is friends with Ronan Lynch, Adam Parrish, Noah Czerny, and Blue Sargent, who are aiding him in the search for the supposedly deceased Welsh King, Owen Glendower.
He also befriends Henry Cheng in TRK.
As a child, Gansey—who has a deadly allergy to wasps—stumbled across a nest of them in the woods, outside of his family home. He was viciously attacked, but, as he lay dying, he heard the words: "You will live because of Glendower. Someone else on the Ley line is dying when they should not, and so you will live when you should not." Gansey miraculously survived this encounter—though it left him traumatized—and it sparked his intense desire to find the ancient Welsh king, Glendower.
Gansey went to a variety of different high schools during his teenage years; though, never for long. He leapt from place to place, often following the Ley lines, continuing his research regarding Glendower. These travels lead him to various places around the world, including Britain, where he met Professor Malory, a supernatural enthusiast who had was sensitive to energy, and had already conducted his own research into the Ley lines. He stayed in Britain for a fairly long amount of time; however, one day, while traveling along a line with Malory, he suffered a panic attack, triggered from the memory of his near death experience. This event haunted Gansey; later, he got into a terrible argument with Malory, and left without a word. At some point, his travels took him to Poland, where he met a man who was able to follow the directions of the Ley lines, as long as he was singing—a memory Gansey later recounts to Blue.
There, he met fellow student Ronan Lynch, the son of the wealthy Irishman Niall Lynch; the two became close friends, despite their seemingly clashing personalities. Later when Niall Lynch was killed by The Gray Man, Gansey helped Ronan survive through the pain of loss (which had changed Ronan largely) allowing the latter to move into Monmouth with him when he was forbidden from returning home.. When Gansey left for D.C for a weekend in The Dream Thieves Ronan didn't really know how he would cope and found himself very hurt over the whole event, they part with Gansey telling Ronan "while I'm gone, dream me the world. Something new for every night." They consider each other Family—Brothers.
Later, Gansey met Adam Parrish, a local boy who had gained a scholarship to Aglionby, when Gansey had broken down in his Camaro and Adam, a mechanicly skilled boy, helped Gansey fix it. They became good friends—despite Ronan's displeasure—and their contrasting backgrounds, though, the latter remains a point of contention between the two. Adam and Gansey do fall out regularly for breif spots of time, generally concerning Gansey 'trying to buy Adam' or for 'unwanted pity' the latter issues probably resulting from Adams mentally and physically abusive upbringing. They consider each Best Friends, sharing very strong platonic love.
At some point, Gansey met Noah Czerny—who he assumed was a student—and befriended him; eventually, Noah moved into Monmouth with Gansey and Ronan. [Spoilers.........] in addition Noah was murdered on the leyline at the same time Gansey was killed by hornets when he was 10 years old (Noah,17). They were in ways connected, Noah being a large reason of Gansey miraculously still living, the voice quoted as Glendower spoke; "you will live because of Glendower. Someone else on the Ley line is dying when they should not, and so you will live when you should not." the Leyline is mostly the reason why Noah wasn't entirely dead (a ghost who loves glitter and his friends etc). —Gansey is quite haunted by the fact that he lived when Noah died when both should have not.
He first hears the voice of Blue Sargent on a recording speaking to his spirit on St marks eve (April 25th). He actually meets Blue for the first time shortly after the beginning of the raven boys. They meet at Nino's the local Pizza Diner where she works. In the brief converse they had, (Gansey had approached her to try and ask her out for Adam) he managed to insult Blue vastly, accidentally referring to her as a prostitute. Their relationship plays out further after Blue briefly dates Adam. Later feelings start to develop on both behalfs and they keep their relationship secret for months steady and cautious as Gansey learns of the curse held by Blues lips and his foretold death by them. They consider one another Best friends and True love. Gansey states that he knew he loved her because; she makes him converse they had, (Gansey had approached her to try and ask her out for Adam) he managed to insult Blue vastly, accidentally referring to her as a prostitute. Their relationship plays out further after Blue briefly dates Adam. Later feelings start to develop on both behalfs and they keep their relationship secret for months steady and cautious as Gansey learns of the curse held by Blues lips and his foretold death by them. They consider one another Best friends and True love. Gansey states that he knew he loved her because; she makes him quiet like henrietta and he can sleep when he speaks to her.
He also befriends Henry Cheng in TRK who had created a somewhat infatuation with Gansey and his group of 'magical' friends. Henry pursued a mission to enter the circle (which he did note to feel guilty for). The friendship really starts when both Blue and Gansey join Henry and the Vancouver crowd for a toga party, which proceeds to making rough plans to travel together to Venezuela. Henry had shared and kept personal secrets with Gansey Strengthening elements of new born trust. The friendship is declared in the outback of the fresh eagle grocery store "I take it we're friends now", Henry said. "We must be," Gansey replied. "Jane says it should be so." "It should be so." Blue agreed.
Gansey is an intelligent individual. In terms of personality, there is noted to be—particularly by Blue—"two Ganseys". One is a fragile, slightly eccentric, passionate young man who is dedicated to his dogged search for an ancient Welsh king, is an insomniac, chews mint leaves, drives a loud orange Camaro, and has a miniaturized model of Henrietta in his apartment. The other is a charismatic man who can socialize easily and manipulate others, ruling as a "king" of Aglionby Academy. This difference is said to be visible in his expression.
However, Gansey has shown himself to be a caring, loving friend. He did not desert Ronan when the latter became reckless and violent, after his father's death, and often covers for him and fixes his mistakes. He stands by Adam even when they argue bitterly over Gansey's money and Adam's abusive home life. He gives Noah his own room in Gansey's home, Monmouth Manufacturing, even though the former is rarely there.
Physical descriptionEditGansey is described as a handsome young man. He is noted to be tall with a square build, and short, tousled brown hair with hazel eyes and a straight nose. He has been said to look "presidential" and "all-American".
At Aglionby, he wears the uniform: a sweater with a raven monogram, a white shirt and a tie, paired with khaki chinos. Outside of school, he often wears cargo pants, colorful collared shirts and Topsiders. In the book trailer by Maggie Stiefvater, Gansey was portrayed as white.
He has poor eyesight, and wears contact lenses most of the time; in private, he usually wears wire-framed glasses.
- Camaro: Gansey has an old orange Camaro, which he has named "The Pig"
- Leather journal: a fat journal with leather wrappings, where he keeps all his discoveries and notes about Glendower. Filled with glued-in book passages, maps, notes and others, it has become utterly worn.
- Gansey does not believe in coincidences.
- Gansey loves pizza and is a regular at his favorite hang-out spot: Nino's. His regular pizza order is a large, deep-dish, half sausage, half avocado.
- Gansey suffers from insomnia.
- Gansey regularly chews on mint leaves.
- Gansey is destined to die.
- Gansey touches his lower lip with his thumb when he is thinking. Blue is fascinated by this habit.
- Gansey was once captain of the Aglionby Crew Team.
- Gansey has boat shoes that Blue once spat water on out of spite.
- Gansey doesn't walk like "normal people", he walks with strides.