History Characters / ASongOfIceAndFireHouseLannister

27th Apr '16 5:32:08 PM Beiahnu
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The [[OldMoney richest]] house in Westeros. They control the Westerlands, with its hills and rich gold mines, and claim to descend from [[TricksterArchetype Lann the Clever]], who is said to have stolen sunlight for his hair and winkled Casterly Rock from House Casterly using only his wits. The Lannisters are powerful and controlling, and completely merciless to those they view as weak. They are effectively the royal house and become the nemesis of the Starks early on. They have notable similarities to the historical Borgia dynasty, as well as drawing some inspiration from various members of the UsefulNotes/WarsOfTheRoses. They have a second, unofficial motto -- "A Lannister always pays his debts" -- which is an invitation to {{Good Samaritan}}s and a warning to [[BadSamaritan Bad ones]]. Their members are beautiful, with [[GreenEyes Green Eyes]] and [[BlondesAreEvil blonde hair]], and their sigil is a [[KingOfBeasts golden lion]] on a red field.

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The [[OldMoney richest]] house in Westeros. They control the Westerlands, with its hills and rich gold mines, and claim to descend from [[TricksterArchetype Lann the Clever]], who is said to have stolen sunlight for his hair and winkled Casterly Rock from House Casterly using only his wits. They are of First Men origin, though they don't follow neither the Old Gods nor the customs of the heritage anymore since the Andal Invasion. The Lannisters are powerful and controlling, and completely merciless to those they view as weak. They are effectively the royal house and become the nemesis of the Starks early on. They have notable similarities to the historical Borgia dynasty, as well as drawing some inspiration from various members of the UsefulNotes/WarsOfTheRoses. They have a second, unofficial motto -- "A Lannister always pays his debts" -- which is an invitation to {{Good Samaritan}}s and a warning to [[BadSamaritan Bad ones]]. Their members are beautiful, with [[GreenEyes Green Eyes]] and [[BlondesAreEvil blonde hair]], and their sigil is a [[KingOfBeasts golden lion]] on a red field.
27th Apr '16 7:00:10 AM outlander2012
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* BigBrotherInstinct: To Genna certainly, and Kevan as well, most likely. Genna notes that she loved him for being the only one to protest at their father [[spoiler: marrying her off to Walder's Frey's second son]].
-->'''Genna Frey''': [[spoiler: I was seven when Walder Frey persuaded my lord father to give my hand to Emm. His second son, not even his heir. Father was himself a thirdborn son, and younger children crave the approval of their elders. Frey sensed that weakness in him, and Father agreed for no better reason than to please him. My betrothal was announced at a feast with half the west in attendance. Ellyn Tarbeck laughed and the Red Lion went angry from the hall. The rest sat on their tongues. Only Tywin dared speak against the match. A boy of ten. Father turned as white as mare's milk, and Walder Frey was quivering. How could I not love him after that? That is not to say I approved of all he did, or much enjoyed the company of the man he became ... but every little girl needs a big brother to protect her. Tywin was big even when he was little.]]
19th Apr '16 8:53:12 AM 20person
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** In addition, some fan theories speculate that this prophecy is also related to the Doom of Valyria, since the Lannisters used gold from Casterly Rock to purchase their sword Brightroar from the Valyrians.

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** In addition, some fan theories speculate that this prophecy is also related to the Doom of Valyria, since the Lannisters used gold from Casterly Rock to purchase their sword Brightroar from the Valyrians. For extra irony, a spinoff theory has the Targaryens be the ones who accepted the payment and made the sword.
19th Apr '16 8:51:38 AM 20person
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** In addition, some fan theories speculate that this prophecy is also related to the Doom of Valyria, since the Lannisters used gold from Casterly Rock to purchase their sword Brightroar from the Valyrians.
17th Apr '16 4:12:09 PM Euodiachloris
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* BattleOfWits: Almost the whole family is all over this trope like a rash, both when it comes to playing the Game of Thrones... and just being a bunch of snarky, trolling wise-crackers. It is even said to go as far back as their purported founder, the legendary [[TheTrickster trickster-figure]], [[ManipulativeBastard Lann]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Clever]]. They ''do'' also manage to provide [[WorldOfSnark a lot of the snark for the whole series]], each in their own, unique ways and to varying degrees [[SnarkToSnarkCombat It's practically a family curse]], as it means [[SubvertedTrope they aren't as effective as they could be when using those wits against others as a team]]. However, many manipulative and analytic crowning moments are the trade-off.

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* BattleOfWits: Almost ''Almost'' the whole family is all over this trope like a rash, both when it comes to playing the Game game of Thrones...thrones... and just being a bunch of snarky, trolling wise-crackers. It is even said to go as far back as their purported founder, the legendary [[TheTrickster trickster-figure]], [[ManipulativeBastard Lann]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Clever]]. They ''do'' also manage to provide [[WorldOfSnark a lot of the snark for the whole series]], each in their own, unique ways and to varying degrees degrees. [[SnarkToSnarkCombat It's practically a family curse]], as [[DysfunctionJunction it means means]] [[SubvertedTrope they aren't as effective as they could be when using those wits against others as a team]]. However, many funny, manipulative and analytic crowning moments are the trade-off.trade-off to constantly sharpening your claws on each other.
17th Apr '16 4:04:39 PM Euodiachloris
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* BattleOfWits: Almost the whole family is all over this trope like a rash, both when it comes to playing the Game of Thrones... and just being a bunch of snarky, trolling wise-crackers. They do manage to provide [[WorldOfSnark a lot of the snark for the whole series]], each in their own, unique ways and to varying degrees [[SnarkToSnarkCombat It's practically a family curse]], as it means [[SubvertedTrope they aren't as effective as they could be when using those wits against others as a team]].
** Also comes with the flip-side to knowing you have wits to battle with: TooCleverByHalf and attacks of SmugSnake Syndrome are enduring traits that crop up whenever a Lannister relies too much on being the most cunning person in the room. In both the best and worst of them.

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* BattleOfWits: Almost the whole family is all over this trope like a rash, both when it comes to playing the Game of Thrones... and just being a bunch of snarky, trolling wise-crackers. It is even said to go as far back as their purported founder, the legendary [[TheTrickster trickster-figure]], [[ManipulativeBastard Lann]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Clever]]. They do ''do'' also manage to provide [[WorldOfSnark a lot of the snark for the whole series]], each in their own, unique ways and to varying degrees [[SnarkToSnarkCombat It's practically a family curse]], as it means [[SubvertedTrope they aren't as effective as they could be when using those wits against others as a team]].
team]]. However, many manipulative and analytic crowning moments are the trade-off.
** Also comes with the flip-side to knowing you have wits to battle with: TooCleverByHalf TooCleverByHalf, YouTalkTooMuch, the VillainBall and attacks of SmugSnake Syndrome are enduring traits that crop up whenever a Lannister relies rather too much on being the most cunning person in the room. In both the best and worst of them.
17th Apr '16 3:40:11 PM Euodiachloris
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* BattleOfWits: Almost the whole family is all over this trope like a rash, both when it comes to playing the Game of Thrones... and just being a bunch of snarky, trolling wise-crackers. They do manage to provide [[WorldOfSnark a lot of the snark for the whole series]], each in their own, unique ways and to varying degrees. [[SnarkToSnarkCombat It's practically a family curse]], as it means [[SubvertedTrope they aren't as effective as they could be when using those wits against others as a team]].

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* BattleOfWits: Almost the whole family is all over this trope like a rash, both when it comes to playing the Game of Thrones... and just being a bunch of snarky, trolling wise-crackers. They do manage to provide [[WorldOfSnark a lot of the snark for the whole series]], each in their own, unique ways and to varying degrees. degrees [[SnarkToSnarkCombat It's practically a family curse]], as it means [[SubvertedTrope they aren't as effective as they could be when using those wits against others as a team]].team]].
** Also comes with the flip-side to knowing you have wits to battle with: TooCleverByHalf and attacks of SmugSnake Syndrome are enduring traits that crop up whenever a Lannister relies too much on being the most cunning person in the room. In both the best and worst of them.
15th Apr '16 6:55:11 PM Tianzi
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* IDidWhatIHadToDo: His general defense for all his atrocities and something which a loyal toady like Pycelle readily regurgitates, describing Tywin as a man who who made tough decisions and as such was above the petty judgment of most people.

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** He also acts offended because Tyrion even questions him about the mentioned incident, claiming that Tyrion can't possibly accuse him of ordering a rape... even though he has done it at least once, involving a 14-year old girl and ''a garrison of soldiers''.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: His general defense for all his atrocities and something which a loyal toady like Pycelle readily regurgitates, describing Tywin as a man who who made tough decisions and as such was above the petty judgment of most people. However as we get to know Tywin more closely it becomes increasingly clear that is not the case.



* NotSoAboveItAll: He may show contempt for both his father Tytos and his son Tyrion for openly indulging their lusts, but the fact that he has his own implied weakness for prostitutes shows that he's subject to the same weaknesses (if more discreet about it). His own hypersensitivity to any slight, however minor, also demonstrates that even his seemingly-stoic patience has its limits (though he rarely blows up openly).

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* NotSoAboveItAll: Although Tywin indeed is a remarkable figure, he doesn't really always hold himself to the standards he holds other to.
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He may show contempt for both his father Tytos and his son Tyrion for openly indulging their lusts, but the fact that he has his own implied weakness for prostitutes shows that he's subject to the same weaknesses (if more discreet about it). His own hypersensitivity to any slight, however minor, also demonstrates that even his seemingly-stoic patience has its limits (though he rarely blows up openly).
7th Apr '16 7:41:34 AM Beiahnu
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* {{Irony}}: Upon Tywin's [[spoiler:assassination]], Kevan is summoned by Grand Maester Pycelle to become Lord Regent and Protector of the Realm for the child king Tommen I. This is a higher position than Tywin had ever accomplished for all his years of trouble and ambition. [[spoiler:However, this power lasts Kevan about five minutes before Varys fills him with crossbow bolts]].
30th Mar '16 10:13:02 AM igordebraga
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* LovableRogue: Tyrion might be an oversexed alcoholic who's not above manipulating or inflicting pain, but he's shrewd, educated, and has great sympathy for fellow outcasts and mistreated, making him one of the most popular characters of the series.
* LovableSexManiac: Became infamous in Westeros for seemingly knowing every brothel possible. Then again, this sex drive all started because of what happened with [[TheLostLenore Tysha]].
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