History ASongOfIceAndFire / TropesSToZ

17th Jan '18 4:28:48 PM marigold_lesley
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* ThoseTwoGuys: Irri and Jhiqui.
28th Nov '17 5:56:05 PM nombretomado
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* SacredHospitality: The laws of hospitality are considered very important in Westeros. The legend of the Rat King suggests that the gods will take vengeance on those who break them. Several characters specifically plan their aggressive actions so as not to break the laws of hospitality. Catelyn urges Robb to request bread and salt from a hostile host as soon as possible to ensure that his stay is safe. [[spoiler:The fact that guests were slaughtered in the Red Wedding makes the betrayal doubly outrageous in the eyes of Westeros.]] The idea is apparently [[TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar extended to prisoners of war]], as Robb worries that [[spoiler:Rickard Karstark's murder of two Lannister squires under Robb's protection]] will look like betrayal of guest right.

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* SacredHospitality: The laws of hospitality are considered very important in Westeros. The legend of the Rat King suggests that the gods will take vengeance on those who break them. Several characters specifically plan their aggressive actions so as not to break the laws of hospitality. Catelyn urges Robb to request bread and salt from a hostile host as soon as possible to ensure that his stay is safe. [[spoiler:The fact that guests were slaughtered in the Red Wedding makes the betrayal doubly outrageous in the eyes of Westeros.]] The idea is apparently [[TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar [[UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar extended to prisoners of war]], as Robb worries that [[spoiler:Rickard Karstark's murder of two Lannister squires under Robb's protection]] will look like betrayal of guest right.
25th Nov '17 8:10:07 AM alnair20aug93
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* SameSurnameMeansRelated: Justified, where only the feudal nobility have surnames, and two identical surnames means at least some kind of relation. There are distant cadet branches which are no one remembers exactly how related to the main House (such as the Lannisters of Lannisport), but they still are distant relatives and not just guys with the same last name.
** Averted with any nobleborn bastards, who are given a surname based on the region they're born in rather than inheriting their parent's name. For example, [[HeroicBastard Jon]] and [[BastardBastard Ramsay]] Snow are unrelated; they just happen to both have grown up in the North.
30th Oct '17 10:12:06 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** Falia Flowers seems to think her story comes directly from ''Literature/{{Cinderella}}'': a pretty girl is forced to work like a slave in her own father’s house by her stepmother and stepsisters, and then gets rescued and marries royalty to live happily ever after. Most of it is true enough, except said royalty is [[TheDreaded Euron Greyjoy]]. “No happily ever after” is a mild way of putting it.
29th Oct '17 5:22:16 PM AutumnLeaves
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** Falia Flowers seems to think her story comes directly from ''Literature/{{Cinderella}}'': a pretty girl is forced to work like a slave in her own father’s house by her stepmother and stepsisters, and then gets rescued and marries royalty to live happily ever after. Most of it is true enough, except said royalty is [[TheDreaded Euron Greyjoy]]. “No happily ever after” is a mild way of putting it.
9th Oct '17 6:22:18 PM NubianSatyress
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* TopWife:
** Aegon "The Conqueror" Targaryen [[BrotherSisterIncest married both his sisters]], Rhaenys and Visenya; however, he loves the former more than the latter. Of course, both of them compete for Aegon's affection. Later on, Visenya puts her son, [[TheCaligula Maegor the Cruel]], into the Iron Throne ahead of Rhaenys' grandsons who are lawful heirs of Aenys I, Aegon and Rhaenys' son. Ironically, the majority of the Targaryen descendants came from Rhaenys' bloodline.
** Though he was never married, Prince Oberyn Martell is very promiscuous and had eight bastard daughters from five women. Among the five women who bore his daughters, Ellaria Sand is his closest and most favorite lover and is also the mother of his four younger daughters. If ever Oberyn marries someone else for political reasons, Ellaria would be considered to be his mistress
19th Sep '17 4:50:55 PM urutapu
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** Theon's uncle Aerion goes from a hedonistic party animal to a grim priest after almost drowning. Of course, drowning followed by resuscitation ''is'' baptism in his religion, but Aerion's drowning was accidental.

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** Theon's uncle Aerion Aeron goes from a hedonistic party animal to a grim priest after almost drowning. Of course, drowning followed by resuscitation ''is'' baptism in his religion, but Aerion's Aeron's drowning was accidental.
19th Sep '17 4:50:23 PM urutapu
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** Theon's uncle Aerion goes from a hedonistic party animal to a grim priest after almost drowning.
** The Elder Brother Brienne meets on the Quiet Isle claims he was reborn from his previous criminal life after almost drowning in the Trident. [[Spoiler: It's implied the Hound underwent a similar spiritual transformation, and is the limping man digging graves for the monastery]]

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** Theon's uncle Aerion goes from a hedonistic party animal to a grim priest after almost drowning.
drowning. Of course, drowning followed by resuscitation ''is'' baptism in his religion, but Aerion's drowning was accidental.
** The Elder Brother Brienne meets on the Quiet Isle claims he was reborn from his previous criminal life after almost drowning in the Trident. [[Spoiler: It's implied the Hound underwent a similar spiritual transformation, and is the limping man digging graves for the monastery]]monastery]].



** Also consciously averted. The War of Five Kings is never told from the perspective of any of the Kings, but the people around them. While the POV characters may see their relevant King in a positive light (particularly Davos and Catelyn), avoiding giving the Kings POV chapters creates a level of distance between them and the readers, meaning the characters are more likely to be judged on their decisions and the consequences of their actions rather than on their emotions, intentions or inner-thoughts.

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** Also consciously averted. The War of Five Kings is never told from the perspective of any of the Kings, but the people around them. While the POV characters may see their relevant King in a positive light (particularly Davos and Catelyn), avoiding giving the Kings POV chapters creates a level of distance between them and the readers, meaning the characters are more likely to be judged on their decisions and the consequences of their actions rather than on their emotions, intentions or inner-thoughts.inner thoughts.
19th Sep '17 1:35:52 PM DrSleep
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* SymbolicBaptism: Happens a few times:
** Theon's uncle Aerion goes from a hedonistic party animal to a grim priest after almost drowning.
** The Elder Brother Brienne meets on the Quiet Isle claims he was reborn from his previous criminal life after almost drowning in the Trident. [[Spoiler: It's implied the Hound underwent a similar spiritual transformation, and is the limping man digging graves for the monastery]]
10th Sep '17 1:26:14 PM cherrychels
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** {{Invoked|Trope}} by Aemon (in backstory) towards his younger brother who became the UnexpectedSuccessor; he tells him he must "kill the boy and become the man", and thus stop going by his cutesy childhood nickname "Egg" and become "Aegon".

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** {{Invoked|Trope}} by Aemon (in backstory) towards his younger brother who became the UnexpectedSuccessor; he tells him Aegon he must "kill the boy and become the man", and thus stop going by his cutesy childhood nickname "Egg" and become "Aegon".



--> '''Jorah Mormont''': The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are.

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--> ---> '''Jorah Mormont''': The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are.



-->'''Barristan Selmy''': Not all men are meant to dance with dragons.

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-->'''Barristan --->'''Barristan Selmy''': Not all men are meant to dance with dragons.



** [[spoiler: Jon Snow. In ''A Dance with Dragons'', while he makes every effort to save everyone from [[GreaterScopeVillain the Others]], including trying to build peace and rescue the wildlings -- whom Jon views as men, women and children who deserve to be safe, which contrasts the (albeit prejudice) views of many in the Night's Watch -- he primarily uses these humanitarian reasons to save aforementioned human lives on members who do not view the wildlings this way and only see them as enemies. Yet, the ''one'' argument that may win opponents to Jon's efforts -- the argument that any dead north of the Wall will rise as wights and join the [[ZombieApocalypse oncoming army of the dead]], so they have to save the wildlings from becoming wights -- is the argument Jon uses only twice. At the end of the book, it looks to the Watch that he is getting involved in the realm by intending to bring the fight to Ramsey Bolton after receiving a series of threats from Ramsay, thereby breaking the Watch's stance on neutrality. Sealing the deal, he neglects to keep his protective direwolf with him in the interest of avoiding bloodshed, despite Melisandre's warnings. He is blindsided when he is stabbed in a mutiny staged by some members of the Night's Watch.]].

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** [[spoiler: Jon Snow. In ''A Dance with Dragons'', while he makes every effort to save everyone from [[GreaterScopeVillain the Others]], including trying to build peace and rescue the wildlings -- whom Jon views as men, women and children who deserve to be safe, which contrasts the (albeit prejudice) prejudiced) views of many in the Night's Watch -- he primarily uses these humanitarian reasons to save aforementioned human lives on members who do not view the wildlings this way and only see them as enemies. Yet, the ''one'' argument that may win opponents to Jon's efforts -- the argument that any dead north of the Wall will rise as wights and join the [[ZombieApocalypse oncoming army of the dead]], so they have to save the wildlings from becoming wights -- is the argument Jon uses only twice. At the end of the book, it looks to the Watch that he is getting involved in the realm by intending to bring the fight to Ramsey Bolton after receiving a series of threats from Ramsay, thereby breaking the Watch's stance on neutrality. Sealing the deal, he neglects to keep his protective direwolf with him in the interest of avoiding bloodshed, despite Melisandre's warnings. He is blindsided when he is stabbed in a mutiny staged by some members of the Night's Watch.]].



--> '''Meribald''': War seems a fine adventure, the greatest most of them [peasants] will ever know. Then they get a taste of battle.

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--> ---> '''Meribald''': War seems a fine adventure, the greatest most of them [peasants] will ever know. Then they get a taste of battle.



--> '''Robert''': I swear to you, I never felt so alive as when I was winning this throne, nor so dead as now that I have.

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--> ---> '''Robert''': I swear to you, I never felt so alive as when I was winning this throne, nor so dead as now that I have.



* XtremeKoolLetterz: Several of the houses' names {e.g. Blackfyre and Blacktyde) have a "Y" where an "I" would normally be. This is somewhat reminiscent of real-life examples in names, such as "Smyth," which could either be linguistic offshoots of common words/names or deliberate affectations.

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* XtremeKoolLetterz: Several of the houses' names {e.(e.g. Blackfyre and Blacktyde) have a "Y" 'y' where an "I" 'i' would normally be. This is somewhat reminiscent of real-life examples in names, such as "Smyth," which could either be linguistic offshoots of common words/names or deliberate affectations.
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