History Characters / ASongOfIceAndFireHouseStark

20th Apr '18 9:58:34 AM Redder
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* HypercompetentSidekick: During the Rebellion he was this to Robert. He was almost Robert's equal in combat, and was much smarter and more sensible, and proved a much better peacetime leader as Lord of Winterfell than Robert did as king. As well as that, he was the one who won the Battle of the Bells and the one who took control of Kings Landing after Tywin sacked it. As Cersei pointed out, if he had simply sat on the Iron Throne after forcing Jaime off it, a lot of people would have supported his claim over Robert's.

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* HypercompetentSidekick: During the Rebellion he was this to Robert. He was almost Robert's equal in combat, and was much smarter and more sensible, and proved a much better peacetime leader as Lord of Winterfell than Robert did was as king. As well king and as that, Hand, he was far more involved in the one who won the Battle running of the Bells and the one who took control of Kings Landing after Tywin sacked it. As Cersei pointed out, if he had simply sat on the Iron Throne after forcing Jaime off it, a lot of people would have supported his claim over Robert's.kingdom.
20th Apr '18 9:03:49 AM Redder
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* IJustWantToBeYou: Not the Starks themselves, but they seem to bring this out in others. Several characters are shown to have greatly desired to be a part of House Stark, only to turn extremely bitter when it never happened, namely Robert Baratheon, Theon Greyjoy and Barbrey Dustin.

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* IJustWantToBeYou: Not the Starks themselves, but they seem to bring this out in others. Several characters are shown to have greatly desired to be a part of House Stark, only to turn extremely bitter when it never happened, namely Robert Baratheon, Theon Greyjoy and Barbrey Dustin.
20th Apr '18 8:05:35 AM outlander2012
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* ThisIsUnforgivable: [[spoiler: The Faith of the Seven are outraged by Eddard's execution outside the Sept of Baelor (particularly since the High Septon had been promised Ned would be spared and allowed to join the Night's Watch). After his beheading, the Faith brands the execution an outrageous and unforgivable act of sacrilege that profaned the holy precincts with blood]].
19th Apr '18 12:24:29 AM cherrychels
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* LikeFatherLikeSon: In sharp contrast to Sansa, who looks like her mother but shares more traits with her father, Arya looks like a Stark, and while the hot-bloodedness could stem from the Stark's "wolf blood" like with her Uncle Brandon and her Aunt Lyanna, it could just as well come from Catelyn. Neither of them truly accept gender expectations of their social statuses to be passive ladies. [[spoiler: Both Arya and Catelyn are also hell-bent on revenge and kill everyone that wronged them.]]

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* LikeFatherLikeSon: In sharp contrast to Sansa, who looks like her mother but shares more traits with her father, Arya looks like a Stark, and while the hot-bloodedness could stem from the Stark's "wolf blood" like with her Uncle Brandon and her Aunt Lyanna, it could just as well come from Catelyn. Catelyn as well. Neither of them truly accept Westerosi gender expectations of their social statuses to be passive ladies.ladies and both are passionate and devoted to their loved ones. [[spoiler: Both Arya and Catelyn are also hell-bent on revenge and kill everyone that wronged them.]]



* LossOfIdentity: [[spoiler:This is part of what she needs to accomplish to become a Faceless Man assassin. Though she continues to insist that she is no one, her refusal to give up Needle, a symbol of her connection with her family and home, and her ever growing ability to warg, prove that her identity is still intact.]]

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* LossOfIdentity: [[spoiler:This is part of what she needs to accomplish to become a Faceless Man assassin. Though she continues to insist that she is no one, her refusal to give up Needle, a symbol of her connection with her family and home, and her ever growing ever-growing ability to warg, prove that her identity is still intact.]]
19th Apr '18 12:15:28 AM cherrychels
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** Eddard's son, Robb, becomes this after he dies and Robb is proclaimed the King in The North.

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** Eddard's son, Robb, becomes this after he dies and Robb is proclaimed the King in The the North.



** A pretty straight example with Bran and Rickon, since Bran is a relatively enlightened seven-year old thrust into a position of great responsibility, while Rickon is three-years old and has a huge temper.

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** A pretty straight example with Bran and Rickon, since Bran is a relatively enlightened seven-year old seven-year-old thrust into a position of great responsibility, while Rickon is three-years old three-years-old and has a huge temper.



* OneSteveLimit: House Stark frequently reuses names like most feudal dynasties. Brandon is the runaway winner with at least fifteen throughout history, Benjen clinches second with five, and there are a multitude of names based around "Edd" (Eddard, Edwyle, Edwyn, Edrick, Edderion ect.). Names based on "Rick" (Rickard and Rickon) are also popular.

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* OneSteveLimit: House Stark frequently reuses names like most feudal dynasties. Brandon is the runaway winner with at least fifteen throughout history, Benjen clinches second with five, and there are a multitude of names based around "Edd" (Eddard, Edwyle, Edwyn, Edrick, Edderion ect.etc.). Names based on "Rick" (Rickard and Rickon) are also popular.



** If Eddard's elder brother had not died tragically, Ned could possibly have been married off to a House without male heirs, alleviating the lack of extended family. However even with the death of the Stark first born, Ned seemed to have been going some way to remedy this with three legitimate sons and two daughters and may have gone on to have more, but this was cut short by... well, ''everything''.

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** If Eddard's elder brother had not died tragically, Ned could possibly have been married off to a House without male heirs, alleviating the lack of extended family. However However, even with the death of the Stark first born, firstborn, Ned seemed to have been going some way to remedy this with three legitimate sons and two daughters and may have gone on to have more, but this was cut short by... well, ''everything''.



** Ned Stark also doesn't quite get into the intricate byzantine nature of King's Landing where one has to pretend to be nice socially while secretly plotting your colleague's death and disgrace. He assumes that despite his personal dislike with Varys, Petyr and even Cersei, he should try and find some common ground with them and work consensually, which leads him to agreeing things he didn't agree on (like financing an expensive tourney which he didn't want) without actually putting forth his own ideas, and likewise leading him out of basic decency to warn Cersei to protect her children.

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** Ned Stark also doesn't quite get into the intricate byzantine Byzantine nature of King's Landing where one has to pretend to be nice socially while secretly plotting your colleague's death and disgrace. He assumes that despite his personal dislike with Varys, Petyr and even Cersei, he should try and find some common ground with them and work consensually, which leads him to agreeing things he didn't agree on (like financing an expensive tourney which he didn't want) without actually putting forth his own ideas, and likewise leading him out of basic decency to warn Cersei to protect her children.



** An angry mob at King's Landing attacks Joffrey and nearly drags Sansa from the horse. Sandor cuts them down and rescues her. Another noble woman was gang raped during this riot, so this could have been Sansa's fate had she not been rescued.

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** An angry mob at King's Landing attacks Joffrey and nearly drags Sansa from the horse. Sandor cuts them down and rescues her. Another noble woman noblewoman was gang raped gang-raped during this riot, so this could have been Sansa's fate had she not been rescued.



** She is also the only sibling to treat Jon differently. The others always refer to him as their brother but Sansa insists on calling him her half brother and will correct people who say brother.



** To Daenerys Targaryen. Sansa is what would have happened to Daenerys if Daenrys didn't have the mechanisms to fight back and if she weren't surrounded by prophecy. It's fair to point out that Dany greatly relied in the charity of others to survive up to the events of AGOT and these same people might be pushing these gifts for her to fulfill said prophecy. While Sansa is largely a political pawn, Dany has several people on her back trying to make her an ideological pawn. Both see themselves as dissatisfied with their aspirations once they fulfill them: Sansa has dreamt of a courtly, glamorous life; Dany was told all her life she is a natural-born leader who is meant to rule ó but once they come to realize these aspirations, they both find out that the reality of their aspirations is far more crushing, dangerous and difficult than either of them could know. Both are very attractive but have found little advantage to it. Both have been separated from their families. Sansa has four brothers (Robb, Jon, Rickon and Bran) who love her while Daenerys' own brother (Viserys) uses her as a pawn and treats her poorly. [[spoiler: In more recent events, they both are trying to shed their personae and become more pragmatic... only that Dany has dragons and hasn't used them.]]

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** To Daenerys Targaryen. Sansa is what would have happened to Daenerys if Daenrys Daenerys didn't have the mechanisms to fight back and if she weren't surrounded by prophecy. It's fair to point out that Dany greatly relied in the charity of others to survive up to the events of AGOT and these same people might be pushing these gifts for her to fulfill said prophecy. While Sansa is largely a political pawn, Dany has several people on her back trying to make her an ideological pawn. Both see themselves as dissatisfied with their aspirations once they fulfill them: Sansa has dreamt of a courtly, glamorous life; Dany was told all her life she is a natural-born leader who is meant to rule ó but once they come to realize these aspirations, they both find out that the reality of their aspirations is far more crushing, dangerous and difficult than either of them could know. Both are very attractive but have found little advantage to it. Both have been separated from their families. Sansa has four brothers (Robb, Jon, Rickon and Bran) who love her while Daenerys' own brother (Viserys) uses her as a pawn and treats her poorly. [[spoiler: In more recent events, they both are trying to shed their personae and become more pragmatic... only that Dany has dragons and hasn't used them.]]



* GildedCage: Her position as Joffrey's future queen. She's in a beautiful castle surrounded by servants, material comforts, and guards...as a glorified hostage, betrothed to a sadistic monster who killed her father while her family is being destroyed. Oh, and the noble guards dressed in gleaming white there to protect the whole family (which technically includes her)... beat her on her royaler fiancé's orders.

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* GildedCage: Her position as Joffrey's future queen. She's in a beautiful castle surrounded by servants, material comforts, and guards...as a glorified hostage, betrothed to a sadistic monster who killed her father while her family is being destroyed. Oh, and the noble guards dressed in gleaming white there to protect the whole family (which technically includes her)... beat her on her royaler royal fiancé's orders.



* HelloNurse: She starts the story as an eleven year-old girl, but quickly starts growing up; everyone starts to praise her beauty and virtually every male character who can get away with it attempts to molest her (with the only exception being [[MaritalRapeLicense the who one actually has the "right" to do it]], [[spoiler:Tyrion Lannister]]). And the exception is an ''exception'' only because of scruples and not lack for interest. Meanwhile Sansa herself is fantasizing about [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Sandor Clegane]], who she has romanticized by [[UnreliableNarrator misremembering]] their not so great interactions. Such as that time he forced her onto her bed with a blade at her throat.

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* HelloNurse: She starts the story as an eleven year-old eleven-year-old girl, but quickly starts growing up; everyone starts to praise her beauty and virtually every male character who can get away with it attempts to molest her (with the only exception being [[MaritalRapeLicense the who one actually has the "right" to do it]], [[spoiler:Tyrion Lannister]]). And the exception is an ''exception'' only because of scruples and not lack for interest. Meanwhile Sansa herself is fantasizing about [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Sandor Clegane]], who she has romanticized by [[UnreliableNarrator misremembering]] their not so great interactions. Such as that time he forced her onto her bed with a blade at her throat.



* InAnotherMansShoes: [[spoiler:After assuming the identity of Alayne Stone, Littlefinger's bastard daughter. Although she ''is'' still quite privileged by bastard standards as she is allowed to order servants about, she still desponds over not being able to wear the clothes and jewels she wishes to since that would threaten her cover. Of course, it's a much better life than [[GildedCage where she was in Kings Landing]] and she realizes that.]]

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* InAnotherMansShoes: [[spoiler:After assuming the identity of Alayne Stone, Littlefinger's bastard daughter. Although she ''is'' still quite privileged by bastard standards as she is allowed to order servants about, she is still desponds over saddened by not being able to wear the clothes and jewels she wishes to since that would threaten her cover. Of course, it's a much better life than [[GildedCage where she was in Kings Landing]] and she realizes that.]]



* IJustWantToBeLoved: One of her main gripes with her being cast down from her WideEyedIdealist situation is that no one has made the slightest effort to approach her with romantic intentions. In [=AFFC=] she is already resigned with the fact that no one will marry her out of love.

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* IJustWantToBeLoved: One of her main gripes with her being cast down from her WideEyedIdealist situation is that no one has made the slightest effort to approach her with romantic intentions. In [=AFFC=] ''A Feast For Crows'', she is already resigned with to the fact belief that no one will marry her out of love.



** Also with her mother, Catelyn. While Arya is on the run, she sees a positive mother figure in Lady Smallwood in ''A Storm of Swords'' and more than anything longs to get back to her mother. When she witnesses [[spoiler:the Red Wedding, she is devastated by the thought that her mother died and goes through [[FiveStagesOfGrief several stages of grief]], finally coming to accept that her mother is gone when Nymeria finds and pulls Catelyn's naked corpse out of the river. Nymeria, who is a part of Arya, also is fiercely protective of Catelyn's corpse and only runs away when humans arrive.]] Arya also names herself after her mother when she arrives in Braavos and roams the streets as a fish merchant. Ironically, Arya fears (rightfully in Robb's case), that her mother wouldn't ransom her back, when Catelyn actually tries everything, even freeing Jaime, to get her daughters back and reminds Robb of Arya's rights to her heritage, when Robb intends to disinherit Sansa and name Jon his heir, should he fall in battle.

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** Also with her mother, Catelyn. While Arya is on the run, she sees a positive mother figure in Lady Smallwood in during ''A Storm of Swords'' and more than anything anything, longs to get back to her mother. When she witnesses [[spoiler:the Red Wedding, she is devastated by the thought that her mother died and goes through [[FiveStagesOfGrief several stages of grief]], finally coming to accept that her mother is gone when Nymeria finds and pulls Catelyn's naked corpse out of the river. Nymeria, who is a part of Arya, also is fiercely protective of Catelyn's corpse and only runs away when humans arrive.]] Arya also names herself after her mother when she arrives in Braavos and roams the streets as a fish merchant. Ironically, Arya fears (rightfully in Robb's case), that her mother wouldn't ransom her back, when Catelyn actually tries everything, even freeing Jaime, to get her daughters back and reminds Robb of Arya's rights to her heritage, when Robb intends to disinherit Sansa and name Jon his heir, should he fall in battle.



* LikeFatherLikeSon: In sharp contrast to Sansa, who looks like her mother but shares more traits with her father, Arya looks like a Stark, and while the hot-bloodedness could stem from the Stark's "wolf blood" like with her Uncle Brandon and her Aunt Lyanna, it could just as well come from Catelyn. Neither of them are also truly accepting their social status as passive ladies. [[spoiler: Both Arya and Catelyn are also hell-bent on revenge and kill everyone that wronged them.]]

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* LikeFatherLikeSon: In sharp contrast to Sansa, who looks like her mother but shares more traits with her father, Arya looks like a Stark, and while the hot-bloodedness could stem from the Stark's "wolf blood" like with her Uncle Brandon and her Aunt Lyanna, it could just as well come from Catelyn. Neither of them are also truly accepting accept gender expectations of their social status as statuses to be passive ladies. [[spoiler: Both Arya and Catelyn are also hell-bent on revenge and kill everyone that wronged them.]]



The youngest Stark, a spirited and energetic four-year-old boy. Over the course of the story he grows scared and violent when his world disintegrates around him. His pet wolf, Shaggydog, is unique among the direwolves for being completely black and unusually savage.

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The youngest Stark, a spirited and energetic four-year-old boy. Over the course of the story story, he grows scared and violent when his world disintegrates around him. His pet wolf, Shaggydog, is unique among the direwolves for being completely black and unusually savage.



Lord Eddard's fourteen-year old [[HeroicBastard illegitimate]] son. Like his uncle Benjen Stark and many Starks before him, Jon joins the Night's Watch and is eventually elected Lord Commander. His direwolf is Ghost, white and silent.

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Lord Eddard's fourteen-year old fourteen-year-old [[HeroicBastard illegitimate]] son. Like his uncle Benjen Stark and many Starks before him, Jon joins the Night's Watch and is eventually elected Lord Commander. His direwolf is Ghost, white and silent.
18th Apr '18 11:39:34 AM CRay
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** She ''begged'' Ned to accept Robbert's offer to become The Hand of the King, and to get Sansa engaged to Joffrey. This led to her family being separated, traumatized, and (to her knowledge) picked off throughout the series.

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** She ''begged'' Ned to accept Robbert's Robert's offer to become The Hand of the King, and to get Sansa engaged to Joffrey. This led to her family being separated, traumatized, and (to her knowledge) picked off throughout the series.



* SpoiledBrat: It's implied she was very sheltered growing up, and it shows. Though she is genuinely compassionate and gentle, her upbringing and immaturity at the start of the series can lead to her acting somewhat bratty and arrogant in the first book, especially towards Arya.

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* SpoiledBrat: SpoiledSweet: Like with Arya, she is both this and a RoyalBrat. It's implied she was very sheltered growing up, and it shows. Though she is genuinely compassionate and gentle, her upbringing and immaturity at the start of the series can lead to her acting somewhat bratty and arrogant in the first book, especially towards Arya.



* StrongFamilyResemblance: She's supposedly the spitting image of her mother at the same age.

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* StrongFamilyResemblance: She's supposedly the spitting image of her mother at the same age. Naturally, she resembles her aunt Lysa as well, [[spoiler:which may be one of the reasons why Robert Arryn also views her as a [[ParentalSubstitute mother figure]] and has a PrecociousCrush on her.]]
18th Apr '18 1:46:13 AM CRay
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* ActionSurvivor: Arya survives many dangerous and violent situation throughout her story despite not being physically strong or trained in arms. From the fourth book onward, she progressing toward being an assassin.

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* ActionSurvivor: Arya survives many dangerous and violent situation throughout her story despite not being physically strong or trained in arms. From the fourth book onward, she is progressing toward being an assassin.



* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: With Sansa. Arya admits to herself at one point in the story that she wouldn't mind playing the "princess" and dressing to fit the part if it meant that she would be with Sansa again.

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With Sansa. Arya admits to herself at one point in the story that she wouldn't mind playing the "princess" and dressing to fit the part if it meant that she would be with Sansa again.again.
** Also with her mother, Catelyn. While Arya is on the run, she sees a positive mother figure in Lady Smallwood in ''A Storm of Swords'' and more than anything longs to get back to her mother. When she witnesses [[spoiler:the Red Wedding, she is devastated by the thought that her mother died and goes through [[FiveStagesOfGrief several stages of grief]], finally coming to accept that her mother is gone when Nymeria finds and pulls Catelyn's naked corpse out of the river. Nymeria, who is a part of Arya, also is fiercely protective of Catelyn's corpse and only runs away when humans arrive.]] Arya also names herself after her mother when she arrives in Braavos and roams the streets as a fish merchant. Ironically, Arya fears (rightfully in Robb's case), that her mother wouldn't ransom her back, when Catelyn actually tries everything, even freeing Jaime, to get her daughters back and reminds Robb of Arya's rights to her heritage, when Robb intends to disinherit Sansa and name Jon his heir, should he fall in battle.



** Although she is loved by her father, mother and brothers, she feels like this about her place in the Stark family and among the ladies at Winterfell due to her rebellious nature and desire to pursue unladylike pursuits. Her other siblings are comfortable in their roles or find an outlet for their skills, while Arya struggles with ladylike skills (embroidery, music, managing her appearance) and her genuine talents are overlooked or inappropriate for her position and gender (riding, sword fighting, maths, and befriending the smallfolk). On top of that, she's subject to bullying by Sansa and Jeyne. Of all her siblings, she is closest with her brother Jon, who she identifies closely with -- partly because they are both the only Stark children in the current generation to inherit Stark look and partly because, though they are both loved by their family, do not feel like they fully fit in.

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** Although she is loved by her father, mother and brothers, she feels like this about her place in the Stark family and among the ladies at Winterfell due to her rebellious nature and desire to pursue unladylike pursuits. Her other siblings are comfortable in their roles or find an outlet for their skills, while Arya struggles with ladylike skills (embroidery, music, managing her appearance) and her genuine talents are overlooked or inappropriate for her position and gender (riding, sword fighting, maths, and befriending the smallfolk). On top of that, she's subject to bullying by Sansa and Jeyne. Of all her siblings, she is closest with her brother Jon, who she identifies closely with -- partly because they are both the only Stark children in the current generation to inherit the Stark look and partly because, though they are both loved by their family, they do not feel like they fully fit in.



* BondCreatures: Like all the Starks, she has a potential to be a warg. It's theorized that the reason she's not doing well with her [[spoiler:Faceless Man training]] is because part of her is still running around Westeros, in the form of Nymeria. In the fifth book, while blind, she begins to skinchange into cats during her dreams and a twice while she is awake. In short, she's heading towards being a full-blown [[TheBeastmaster twoskin skinchanger]] with a bit more practice to learn control and the opportunity to settle on a specific feline to work with. Of her siblings, only Bran shows this flexibility in skill, and although, he trumps her in ''how'' flexible, he has had training while Arya hasn't.

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* BondCreatures: Like all the Starks, she has a potential to be a warg. It's theorized that the reason she's not doing well with her [[spoiler:Faceless Man training]] is because part of her is still running around Westeros, in the form of Nymeria. In the fifth book, while blind, she begins to skinchange into cats during her dreams and a twice while she is awake. In short, she's heading towards being a full-blown [[TheBeastmaster twoskin skinchanger]] with a bit more practice to learn control and the opportunity to settle on a specific feline to work with. Of her siblings, only Bran shows this flexibility in skill, and although, although he trumps her in ''how'' flexible, flexible he is, he has had training while Arya hasn't.



** When traveling northward with Yoren and the Night's Watch recruits, Arya alone doesn't want to spend the night in an abandoned village because she rightly guesses that the villagers fled for a reason. Everyone dismisses her as craven, then Lannister's knights come to raid the village and attack and kill most of their party, including Yoren.

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** When traveling northward with Yoren and the Night's Watch recruits, Arya alone doesn't want to spend the night in an abandoned village because she rightly guesses that the villagers fled for a reason. Everyone dismisses her as craven, then Lannister's Lannister knights come to raid the village and attack and kill most of their party, including Yoren.



* FilleFatale: [[spoiler:Seduces [[SoftspokenSadist Raff The Sweetling]], gets him in her room and [[{{Revenge}} then kills him the same way he killed Lommy]] in TWOW ]]

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* FilleFatale: [[spoiler:Seduces [[SoftspokenSadist Raff The Sweetling]], gets him in her room and [[{{Revenge}} then kills him the same way he killed Lommy]] in TWOW ''The Winds of Winter''.]]



** According to WordOfGod, her sister Sansa was created as her foil. Despite being as different as night and day, their quests becoming increasingly parallel as {{fallen princess}}es who shed their initial idealism and sense of identity in order to survive.
** Like Daenerys Targaryen, Arya Stark is a highborn fallen on hard times who has lost much of her family and has spent much time living in squalor in a foreign land. Their quests also involve the supernatural and the pursuit of justice. Unlike Daenerys, though, Arya is more likely to process and review a situation or person before preemptively taking action. For example, Daenerys orders the crucifixion of 163 slavers in immediate and symbolic retribution against those among them who crucified enslaved children, without proper trials or observation of their specific involvements and willingness to change, and the political gains or drawbacks in keeping around such persons. Arya at first can't afford that kind of spontaneity while trying to survive war-torn Westros, and is forced to keep track of her environment more strenuously, and thus pay attention to what sort of actions the likes of Sandor versus the Tickler take, both of whom were originally on her kill list, [[spoiler: but one of whom is later removed]]. Honing such information-gathering skills winds up to her advantage after she reaches the Free Cities.
** Varys. From great information-gathering abilities to [[spoiler: mummering]] Arya is becoming more like him every page, yet the two have never had an interaction together. In a way, this mirrors Sansa and Littlefinger's lessons, except Littlefinger is feeding Sansa with his teachings, Arya's teacher has been life.

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** According to WordOfGod, her sister Sansa was created as her foil. Despite being as different as night and day, their quests becoming become increasingly parallel as {{fallen princess}}es who shed their initial idealism and sense of identity in order to survive.
** Like Daenerys Targaryen, Arya Stark is a highborn fallen on hard times who has lost much of her family and has spent much time living in squalor in a foreign land. Their quests also involve the supernatural and the pursuit of justice. Unlike Daenerys, though, Arya is more likely to process and review a situation or person before preemptively taking action. For example, Daenerys orders the crucifixion of 163 slavers in immediate and symbolic retribution against those among them who crucified enslaved children, without proper trials or observation of their specific involvements and willingness to change, and the political gains or drawbacks in keeping around such persons. Arya at first can't afford that kind of spontaneity while trying to survive war-torn Westros, Westeros, and is forced to keep track of her environment more strenuously, and thus pay attention to what sort of actions the likes of Sandor versus the Tickler take, both of whom were originally on her kill list, [[spoiler: but one of whom is later removed]]. Honing such information-gathering skills winds up to her advantage after she reaches the Free Cities.
** Varys. From great information-gathering abilities to [[spoiler: mummering]] mummering]], Arya is becoming more like him every page, yet the two have never had an interaction together. In a way, this mirrors Sansa and Littlefinger's lessons, except Littlefinger is feeding Sansa with his teachings, Arya's teacher has been life.



** Margaery Tyrell. Cersei sends informers to spy on Margaery to get any dirt on her. What she found out was a woman who enjoyed horse-rising, hawking, talking to and befriending smallfolk, not caring about getting dirty to fit in with them, collecting things she found in nature, a sea-lover and an all-around fun person. That's exactly like Arya as Sansa described her, which makes it all the more ironic since she wanted a sister like Maragery. Margaery is what Arya could have become if her tragedy never happened to her, but also shows Sansa is a very inconsistent judge of character, because the things she disliked in Arya she adored in Margaery. Margaery is also what Arya could have become had her interests and willpower been accepted and made the most of, rather than being told she was inferior to her older sister's type of proper lady.

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** Margaery Tyrell. Cersei sends informers to spy on Margaery to get any dirt on her. What she found out was a woman who enjoyed horse-rising, horse-riding, hawking, talking to and befriending smallfolk, not caring about getting dirty to fit in with them, collecting things she found in nature, a sea-lover and an all-around fun person. That's exactly like Arya as Sansa described her, which makes it all the more ironic since she wanted a sister like Maragery.Margaery. Margaery is what Arya could have become if her tragedy never happened to her, but also shows Sansa is a very inconsistent judge of character, because the things she disliked in Arya she adored in Margaery. Margaery is also what Arya could have become had her interests and willpower been accepted and made the most of, rather than being told she was inferior to her older sister's type of proper lady.



* GenerationXerox: Her similarity to her aunt Lyanna in both appearance and temperament is frequently noted. A scene Bran witnesses from the past even shows Lyanna calling Benjen "stupid" when they were children, which Arya frequently calls people.

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* GenerationXerox: Her similarity to her aunt Lyanna in both appearance and temperament is frequently noted. A scene Bran witnesses from the past even shows Lyanna calling Benjen "stupid" when they were children, which Arya frequently calls people.people, and he initially mistakes Lyanna for Arya.



* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Miraculously averted despite it being her family's FatalFlaw early on and all her older family members -- sans Jon -- falling prey to it. While Ned, Catelyn, Robb and Sansa's faith in the wrong people has catastrophic consequences for them [[note]] Ned and Catelyn trusting Littlefinger and Sansa idolizing Cersei and Joffrey causes Ned's death and Sansa's imprisonment, and Robb believing the Freys and Boltons are genuine allies leads to the Red Wedding [[/note]] Arya's survived on her instincts alone for most of the series. She dislikes the Lannisters from the get-go and very savvy while on the run in a brutally wartorn Westeros. The few people she does choose to trust, such as [[{{HeroicBastard}} Gendry]], usually turn out to be [[{{TrueCompanions}} good calls.]]
* HotBlooded: Her father says she has "the wolf blood", like her aunt Lyanna.

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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Miraculously averted despite it being her family's FatalFlaw early on and all her older family members -- sans Jon -- falling prey to it. While Ned, Catelyn, Robb and Sansa's faith in the wrong people has catastrophic consequences for them [[note]] Ned and Catelyn trusting Littlefinger and Sansa idolizing Cersei and Joffrey causes Ned's death and Sansa's imprisonment, and Robb believing the Freys and Boltons are genuine allies leads to the Red Wedding [[/note]] Arya's survived on her instincts alone for most of the series. She dislikes the Lannisters from the get-go and is very savvy while on the run in a brutally wartorn Westeros. The few people she does choose to trust, such as [[{{HeroicBastard}} Gendry]], usually turn out to be [[{{TrueCompanions}} good calls.]]
* HotBlooded: Her father says she has "the wolf blood", like her aunt Lyanna. Or [[LikeFatherLikeSon like Catelyn]].



** Much earlier in ''A Game of Thrones'', she managed to not fall for a Lannister trap, when a ship supposedly to take her home was surrounded by Lannister men in Stark clothes. She just changed her way noticing this.



** She is able to see there are good among bad too, such as she understood Shitmouth was not a cruel man, albeit him being part of the Moutain's Men, the a gang known for raping, pillaging, burning.
** Much earlier, she managed to not fall for a Lannister trap, when a ship supposedly to take her home was surrounded by Lannister men in Stark clothes. She just changed her way noticing this.

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** She is able to see there are good among bad too, such as she understood Shitmouth was not a cruel man, albeit him being part of the Moutain's Mountain's Men, the a gang known for raping, pillaging, burning.
** Much earlier, she managed to not fall for a Lannister trap, when a ship supposedly to take her home was surrounded by Lannister men in Stark clothes. She just changed her way noticing this.
burning.



* IHaveManyNames: She takes on number of identities to survive: Arry, an orphan boy; Weasel, servant at Harrenhal; Nymeria/Nan, cupbearer to Roose Bolton; Salty, when aboard the ''Titan's Daughter'' on her way to Braavos; Cat of the Canals, an orphan from King's Landing whose father was killed by a bravo; Beth, a blind beggar girl. As an acolyte of [[spoiler: the Faceless Men]], this number can be expected to rise dramatically.

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* IHaveManyNames: She takes on a number of identities to survive: Arry, an orphan boy; Weasel, servant at Harrenhal; Nymeria/Nan, cupbearer to Roose Bolton; Salty, when aboard the ''Titan's Daughter'' on her way to Braavos; Cat of the Canals, an orphan from King's Landing whose father was killed by a bravo; Beth, a blind beggar girl. As an acolyte of [[spoiler: the Faceless Men]], this number can be expected to rise dramatically.



* IMissMom: Said directly and indirectly, it's clear that despite the constant criticism from her mother about her looks and feeling a bit like the family's BlackSheep, Arya deeply misses Catelyn.
** When Arya and the Brotherhood without Banners arrive at Acorn Hall, she doesn't mind being treated like a child by Lady Smallwood and is unusually polite towards her, not shunning the ladylike clothes she is given and genuinely feeling sorry after tearing the dress. Arya later wonders if she could have stayed with Lady Smallwood [[spoiler:after going back to her mother becomes impossible]].
** When Arya is asked to take a new name and wander the streets of Braavos as a merchant, she wishes to name herself "Cat", her mother's nickname.



* ItWasAGift: When the Faceless Men tell Arya she must [[LossOfIdentity give up all her possessions]], Needle is the one gift she's is unable to throw away, so she hides it instead.
* JudgeJuryAndExecutioner: When Arya, Cat of the Canals, encounters a deserter from the Night's Watch, she leads him into a dark alley and cuts his throat, following the traditions of her culture's executions of deserters. Her trainer in [[spoiler: the Guild of the Faceless Men]] is trying to break her of this habit, telling her that their order is made up solely of executioners, and their god is judge and jury.

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* ItWasAGift: When the Faceless Men tell Arya she must [[LossOfIdentity give up all her possessions]], Needle is the one gift she's she is unable to throw away, so she hides it instead.
* JudgeJuryAndExecutioner: When Arya, Cat of the Canals, encounters a deserter from the Night's Watch, she leads him into a dark alley and cuts his throat, following the traditions of her culture's executions of deserters. Her trainer in [[spoiler: the Guild of the Faceless Men]] is trying to break her out of this habit, telling her that their order is made up solely of executioners, and their god is judge and jury.



* LikeFatherLikeSon: In sharp contrast to Sansa, who looks like her mother but shares more traits with her father, Arya looks like a Stark, and while the hot-bloodedness could stem from the Stark's "wolf blood" like with her Uncle Brandon and her Aunt Lyanna, it could just as well come from Catelyn. Neither of them are also truly accepting their social status as passive ladies. [[spoiler: Both Arya and Catelyn are also hell-bent on revenge and kill everyone that wronged them.]]



* LossOfIdentity: [[spoiler:This is part of what she needs to accomplish to become a Faceless Man assassin. Though she continues to insist that she is no one, her refusal to give up Needle, a symbol of her connect with her family, and her ever growing ability to warg, prove that her identity is still intact.]]

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* LossOfIdentity: [[spoiler:This is part of what she needs to accomplish to become a Faceless Man assassin. Though she continues to insist that she is no one, her refusal to give up Needle, a symbol of her connect connection with her family, family and home, and her ever growing ability to warg, prove that her identity is still intact.]]



* NaiveNewcomer: While she was never ''as'' naive or overly-trusting as Sansa, Arya was completely unaware of how cruel and cold the world could really be. She didn't understand the consequences of striking a prince (even in defense of an innocent person) or acting out in public. There are hints that she believed some of the things in songs as well (again, though not to the same extent as Sansa); for example, she initially believed in the KnightInShiningArmor ideal too and thought if she could reveal herself to Lady Whent, Lady Whent would take care of her (as oppose to assuming she was just a lying commoner).

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* NaiveNewcomer: While she was never ''as'' naive or overly-trusting as Sansa, Arya was completely unaware of how cruel and cold the world could really be. She didn't understand the consequences of striking a prince (even in defense of an innocent person) or acting out in public. There are hints that she believed some of the things in songs as well (again, though not to the same extent as Sansa); for example, she initially believed in the KnightInShiningArmor ideal too and thought if she could reveal herself to Lady Whent, Lady Whent would take care of her (as oppose opposed to assuming she was just a lying commoner).



** [[{{Irony}} She has some traits actually more reminiscent of Catelyn than Ned's]]. Other than have the same CharacterTic, mother and daughter are shown to be both more [[HotBlooded emotional and violent]] in their thoughts and actions than, for example, Sansa or Ned. They are both more practical and cynical about the people who surround them, which Ned and Sansa ([[BreakTheCutie at first]]) are not. Both Arya and Catelyn are strongly concerned with justice, but said justice often converges in [[{{Revenge}} desire of vengeance]]. [[spoiler: Catelyn's [[CameBackWrong new identity]] as Lady Stoneheart takes this UpToEleven, as she has executed anyone she believes was involved with the Red Wedding, not unlike her daughter's revenge list of people who hurt her and her family, and they are both very unlike to forgive them, no matter what their reasons are.]]

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** [[{{Irony}} She has some traits actually more reminiscent of Catelyn than Ned's]]. Other than have having the same CharacterTic, mother and daughter are shown to be both more [[HotBlooded emotional and violent]] in their thoughts and actions than, for example, Sansa or Ned. They are both more practical and cynical about the people who surround them, which Ned and Sansa ([[BreakTheCutie at first]]) are not. Both Arya and Catelyn are strongly concerned with justice, but said justice often converges in [[{{Revenge}} desire of vengeance]]. [[spoiler: Catelyn's [[CameBackWrong new identity]] as Lady Stoneheart takes this UpToEleven, as she has executed anyone she believes was involved with the Red Wedding, not unlike her daughter's revenge list of people who hurt her and her family, and they are both very unlike to forgive them, no matter what their reasons are.]]



* ProgressivelyPrettier: Implied, though Arya is oblivious to it. She starts the series out being called "Arya Horseface" by Sansa and Jeyne. When she's [[SheCleansUpNicely bathed and put in a dress]] at Acorn Hall, [[ShipTease Gendry]] says she looks "nice". When she walks down the streets of Braavos, she notes that men call out to her; she's doesn't notice why they're doing it, but they're mostly likely cat-calling her.
* ReplacementGoldfish: It's implied that the reason Ned indulged in her {{Tomboy}}ish traits (see the appointment of a private fencing tutor), it's because he wants to see her little sister Lyanna again through Arya, without [[ShellShockedVeteran reliving the memories from Robert's Rebellion]]. But, [[DeliberateValuesDissonance as described above]], Ned expects her to grow out of this rebellious phase, so it's a bit {{downplayed}}

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* ProgressivelyPrettier: Implied, though Arya is oblivious to it. She starts the series out being called "Arya Horseface" by Sansa and Jeyne. When she's [[SheCleansUpNicely bathed and put in a dress]] at Acorn Hall, [[ShipTease Gendry]] says she looks "nice". "nice" and Lady Smallwood calls her pretty. When she walks down the streets of Braavos, she notes that men call out to her; she's she doesn't notice realize why they're doing it, but they're mostly likely cat-calling her.
* ReplacementGoldfish: It's implied that the reason Ned indulged in her {{Tomboy}}ish traits (see the appointment of a private fencing tutor), it's is because he wants to see her his little sister Lyanna again through Arya, without [[ShellShockedVeteran reliving the memories from Robert's Rebellion]]. But, [[DeliberateValuesDissonance as described above]], Ned expects her to grow out of this rebellious phase, so it's a bit {{downplayed}}{{downplayed}}.



* SpoiledBrat: Similarly to the rest of the Stark kids, Ned indulged her quite a bit by Westerosi standards, never punishing her for disobeying and giving her sword lessons, and she often antagonizes her older sister, though is generally a kind girl. Part of Arya's arc is the Deconstruction of her being a RebelliousPrincess, where she realizes how much better she had it as a noblewoman than a commoner on the run.

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* SpoiledBrat: SpoiledSweet: Crosses with RoyalBrat. Similarly to the rest of the Stark kids, Ned indulged her quite a bit by Westerosi standards, never punishing her for disobeying and giving her sword lessons, and she often antagonizes her older sister, though is generally a kind girl.girl and quickly makes friends with anyone. Part of Arya's arc is the Deconstruction of her being a RebelliousPrincess, where she realizes how much better she had it as a noblewoman than a commoner on the run.



* TrueCompanions: Despite their class difference, she becomes this with Gendry and Hot Pie, taking them into her "pack" and admits they're the only friends she has, even considering offering to be his family.

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* TrueCompanions: Despite their class difference, she becomes this with Gendry and Hot Pie, taking them into her "pack" and admits they're the only friends she has, even considering offering to be his their family.
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** She is also the only sibling to treat Jon differently. The others always refer to him as their brother but Sansa insists on calling him her half brother and will correct people who say brother.


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* {{Changeling}}: At one point Sansa began to speculate Arya really was a [[TheFairFolk snark or grumkin]] child who had swapped with the real daughter.
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* BecomingTheMask: During Arya's journey she takes on different names and roles in order to survive. While she never loses who she is, Arya sometimes gets so deep into her new roles that she refers to them as different and independent entities. [[spoiler:The Faceless Men try to bring this about deliberately as part of their training, in which their assassins think of themselves as "no one" and take on the personality (and face) of the person they're impersonating. Sure enough Arya starts to think of herself as Cat of the Canals, a StreetUrchin in Braavos, but her 'wolf-dreams' (see BondCreatures), her refusal to give up Needle, and her execution of a Night's Watch deserter show that her original identity is still resisting.]]
** [[spoiler: The resisting of her original identity can be also seen in that the names she used so far in Braavos all have a connection to Arya's past -- Cat was her mother's nickname, Beth the name of Ser Rodrik Cassel's daughter and Mercy is a connection to Sandor Clegane and the "gift of mercy".]]
* BigBrotherWorship: To Jon and, to a lesser extent, Robb.
* BlackSheep: Although she is loved by her father, mother and brothers, she feels like this about her place in the Stark family and among the ladies at Winterfell due to her rebellious nature and desire to pursue unladylike pursuits. Her other siblings are comfortable in their roles or find an outlet for their skills -- Robb is set to become the future Lord as Winterfell, Sansa fulfills the expectations of a ProperLady and wife, Bran wants to be a knight, Rickon is the baby of the family, and her half-brother [[HeroicBastard Jon]] (who, albeit, also feels like somewhat of an outsider due to his illegitimacy) is closely mentored by their father alongside Robb. However, Arya is unable to find an outlet for her [[ActionGirl talents]] and fails to be a proper lady like her mother and older sister. Sansa and her friend Jeyne bully her, she struggles with ladylike skills (embroidery, music, managing her appearance) and her genuine talents are overlooked or inappropriate for her position and gender (riding, sword fighting, maths, and befriending the smallfolk). Of all her siblings, she is closest with her brother Jon, who she identifies closely with -- partly because they are both the only Stark children in the current generation to inherit Stark look and partly because, though they are both loved by their family, do not feel like they fully fit in.

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* BecomingTheMask: During Arya's journey she takes on different names and roles in order to survive. While she never loses who she is, Arya sometimes gets so deep into her new roles that she refers to them as different and independent entities. [[spoiler:The Faceless Men try to bring this about deliberately as part of their training, in which their assassins think of themselves as "no one" and take on the personality (and face) of the person they're impersonating. Sure enough Arya starts to think of herself as Cat of the Canals, a StreetUrchin in Braavos, but her 'wolf-dreams' (see BondCreatures), her refusal to give up Needle, her usage of names that have a connection to her past [[note]]"Cat" was her mother's nickname, "Beth" was the name of Ser Rodrik Cassel's daughter, and "Mercy" is a connection to Sandor Clegane and the "gift of mercy".[[/note]] and her execution of a Night's Watch deserter show that her original identity is still resisting.]]
** [[spoiler: The resisting of her original identity can be also seen in that the names she used so far in Braavos all have a connection to Arya's past -- Cat was her mother's nickname, Beth the name of Ser Rodrik Cassel's daughter and Mercy is a connection to Sandor Clegane and the "gift of mercy".]]
* BigBrotherWorship: ''Adores'' her older half-brother Jon, whom she bonds with over being outsiders. To Jon and, to a lesser extent, Robb.
* BlackSheep: BlackSheep:
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Although she is loved by her father, mother and brothers, she feels like this about her place in the Stark family and among the ladies at Winterfell due to her rebellious nature and desire to pursue unladylike pursuits. Her other siblings are comfortable in their roles or find an outlet for their skills -- Robb is set to become the future Lord as Winterfell, Sansa fulfills the expectations of a ProperLady and wife, Bran wants to be a knight, Rickon is the baby of the family, and her half-brother [[HeroicBastard Jon]] (who, albeit, also feels like somewhat of an outsider due to his illegitimacy) is closely mentored by their father alongside Robb. However, skills, while Arya is unable to find an outlet for her [[ActionGirl talents]] and fails to be a proper lady like her mother and older sister. Sansa and her friend Jeyne bully her, she struggles with ladylike skills (embroidery, music, managing her appearance) and her genuine talents are overlooked or inappropriate for her position and gender (riding, sword fighting, maths, and befriending the smallfolk).smallfolk). On top of that, she's subject to bullying by Sansa and Jeyne. Of all her siblings, she is closest with her brother Jon, who she identifies closely with -- partly because they are both the only Stark children in the current generation to inherit Stark look and partly because, though they are both loved by their family, do not feel like they fully fit in.



* DanceBattler: Arya's water dancing.

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* DanceBattler: Arya's water dancing.dancing, which was in the rhythmic, dance-like Braavosi style.



* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype

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* HyperAwareness: She is very observant at the start of the series, but her training focuses on heightening that ability. She is the only character to figure out there was something off [[spoiler: about Roose Bolton, a mistake that cost her mother, and her brother their lives.]]

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* HyperAwareness: She is very observant at the start of the series, but her training focuses on heightening that ability.
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She is the only character to figure out there was something off [[spoiler: about Roose Bolton, a mistake that cost her mother, and her brother their lives.]]



* JudgeJuryAndExecutioner: When Arya, Cat of the Canals, encounters a deserter from the Night's Watch, she leads him into a dark alley and cuts his throat, following the traditions of her culture's executions of deserters.
** Her trainer in [[spoiler: the Guild of the Faceless Men]] is trying to break her of this habit, telling her that their order is made up solely of executioners, and their god is judge and jury.

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* JudgeJuryAndExecutioner: When Arya, Cat of the Canals, encounters a deserter from the Night's Watch, she leads him into a dark alley and cuts his throat, following the traditions of her culture's executions of deserters.
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deserters. Her trainer in [[spoiler: the Guild of the Faceless Men]] is trying to break her of this habit, telling her that their order is made up solely of executioners, and their god is judge and jury.



* {{Motifs}}: The water motif is the most prominent element in her chapters: She loves water, fights as a 'water dancer,' "calm as still water" is a frequent refrain of hers, she repeatedly gives water to those in need, and spends most of the series either in the ''River''lands or Braavos, the city of canals. Water also represents change and adaptation, which Arya does a lot and the motif mirrors her father's "Ice" motif -- but while Ned couldn't adapt in the South, Arya's flexibility allows her to survive.

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* {{Motifs}}: {{Motifs}}:
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The water motif is the most prominent element in her chapters: She loves water, fights as a 'water dancer,' "calm as still water" is a frequent refrain of hers, she repeatedly gives water to those in need, and spends most of the series either in the ''River''lands or Braavos, the city of canals. Water also represents change and adaptation, which Arya does a lot and the motif mirrors her father's "Ice" motif -- but while Ned couldn't adapt in the South, Arya's flexibility allows her to survive.



* ObliviouslyEvil: As a rather young skinchanger from a culture which generally brands the skill as a myth, Bran does things with it that he considers harmless thanks both to ignorance and youthfulness. Fully-trained and socially integrated skinchangers from beyond-the-Wall with an unbroken ethical code steeped in tradition would, however, call a few of his self-taught tricks "abominable", if not downright Evil.

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* ObliviouslyEvil: ObliviouslyEvil:
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As a rather young skinchanger from a culture which generally brands the skill as a myth, Bran does things with it that he considers harmless thanks both to ignorance and youthfulness. Fully-trained and socially integrated skinchangers from beyond-the-Wall with an unbroken ethical code steeped in tradition would, however, call a few of his self-taught tricks "abominable", if not downright Evil.



* PrecociousCrush: On Meera, as revealed in ''A Dance With Dragons''.

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* PrecociousCrush: On Meera, who is in her teens, as revealed in ''A Dance With Dragons''.
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* AncestralWeapon: ''Ice'', a five-foot long greatsword made of Valyrian steel. It's one of the last houses to have one. [[spoiler:It was melted down and turned into smaller swords after Eddard's death. Brienne's Oathkeeper is one of them.]]
** The current greatsword is a relatively young weapon (~400 years old), though the Starks of Winterfell always have had a legendary tradition of a sword by the name of ''Ice'' since the Age of Heroes, from which the current weapon was named.

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* AncestralWeapon: ''Ice'', a five-foot long greatsword made of Valyrian steel. It's one of the last houses to have one. [[spoiler:It was melted down and turned into smaller swords after Eddard's death. Brienne's Oathkeeper is one of them.]]
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]] The current greatsword is a relatively young weapon (~400 years old), though the Starks of Winterfell always have had a legendary tradition of a sword by the name of ''Ice'' since the Age of Heroes, from which the current weapon was named.



* AStormIsComing: Unlike other houses, their words are not a boast or declaration, but a warning.
** It doubles as a BadassBoast in conjunction with their old title of Kings of Winter, implying the Starks are either grade-A asskickers that fall on their enemies like winter, or that when winter comes you'd better fall behind the Starks if you want to survive it.



* BigGood: Despite all the trouble they get into for their principles, the Starks are still well-loved and respected in the North.

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* BigGood: BigGood:
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Despite all the trouble they get into for their principles, the Starks are still well-loved and respected in the North.



* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Brandon and Lyanna's wolf-blooded wildness may put them in the foolish sibling category, while honorable Eddard fills the role of the responsible sibling. Benjen is somewhere in the middle.

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* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling:
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Brandon and Lyanna's wolf-blooded wildness may put them in the foolish sibling category, while honorable Eddard fills the role of the responsible sibling. Benjen is somewhere in the middle.



* IJustWantToBeYou: Not the Starks themselves, but they seem to bring this out in others.
** Several characters are shown to have greatly desired to be a part of House Stark, only to turn extremely bitter when it never happened, namely Robert Baratheon, Theon Greyjoy and Barbrey Dustin. This may have even been true of [[spoiler:Rhaegar Targaryen, as well.]]

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* IJustWantToBeYou: Not the Starks themselves, but they seem to bring this out in others.
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others. Several characters are shown to have greatly desired to be a part of House Stark, only to turn extremely bitter when it never happened, namely Robert Baratheon, Theon Greyjoy and Barbrey Dustin. This may have even been true of [[spoiler:Rhaegar Targaryen, as well.]]



* NotSoDifferent: Stark forces RapePillageAndBurn just as much as their Lannister counterparts. Although at least the Starks do their best to punish the perpetrators whenever possible and ''try'' to keep their wars as "clean" as possible, and make an effort to reign in the excesses of bannermen like [[TokenEvilTeammate Roose Bolton]], whereas the Lannisters actively encourage people like [[AxCrazy Gregor Clegane]] and [[PsychoForHire Vargo Hoat]] to be as brutal and monstrous as possible in order to incite fear in their enemies.

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* NotSoDifferent: NotSoDifferent:
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Stark forces RapePillageAndBurn just as much as their Lannister counterparts. Although at least the Starks do their best to punish the perpetrators whenever possible and ''try'' to keep their wars as "clean" as possible, and make an effort to reign in the excesses of bannermen like [[TokenEvilTeammate Roose Bolton]], whereas the Lannisters actively encourage people like [[AxCrazy Gregor Clegane]] and [[PsychoForHire Vargo Hoat]] to be as brutal and monstrous as possible in order to incite fear in their enemies.



* AStormIsComing: Unlike other houses, their words are not a boast or declaration, but a warning.
** It doubles as a BadassBoast in conjunction with their old title of Kings of Winter, implying the Starks are either grade-A asskickers that fall on their enemies like winter, or that when winter comes you'd better fall behind the Starks if you want to survive it.



* AmbiguousSyntax: In [[spoiler: Bran's weirwood vision about a younger (presumably just back from Robert's Rebellion)]] Ned praying once at the weirwood, he hears Ned saying a rather cryptic prayer about his hopes for Robb and Jon growing up ''close as brothers'', [[spoiler: which may mean either that they're half-brothers who should grow up loving each other like full-blooded brothers or that they aren't blood brothers, but blood ''cousins'', and Ned hopes for Jon and Robb to grow up close as brothers. This last one goes straight up to fuel [[EpilepticTree Jon Snow's parentage theory]].]] Ned's prayer for Robb and Jon is granted because Jon and Robb ''do'' have a very close relationship as brothers.

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* AmbiguousSyntax: In [[spoiler: Bran's weirwood a vision about of a younger (presumably just back from Robert's Rebellion)]] Ned praying once at the weirwood, he hears Ned saying says a rather cryptic prayer about his hopes for Robb and Jon growing up ''close as brothers'', [[spoiler: which may mean either that they're half-brothers who should grow up loving each other like full-blooded brothers or that they aren't blood brothers, but blood ''cousins'', and Ned hopes for Jon and Robb to grow up close as brothers. This last one goes straight up to fuel [[EpilepticTree Jon Snow's parentage theory]].]] ''brothers'' at all, depending on Jon's parentage. Ned's prayer for Robb and Jon is granted because Jon and Robb ''do'' have a very close relationship as brothers.



** For obscure reasons, he didn't bring the mortal remains of his companions that stormed the Tower of Joy, nor did he return to collect these remains. This slight made him the enemy of Barbrey Dustin, the widow of Lord Willam;
*** Elaborating on this point, Eddard made a point in burying Lyanna and Brandon at the crypts under Winterfell when only the Kings in the North and the Lords of Winterfell are supposed to be buried there. Though he argued to Bran that he did it to pay tribute to his siblings, there are undertones of ulterior motives for this decision; for example, he did not pay nearly the same respect to his fallen comrades by not even bringing their mortal remains and choosing to bury them at Dorne, and gave no reason for the slight;

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** For obscure reasons, he didn't bring the mortal remains of his companions that stormed the Tower of Joy, nor did he return to collect these remains. This slight made him the enemy of Barbrey Dustin, the widow of Lord Willam;
*** Elaborating on this point,
Eddard made a point in burying Lyanna and Brandon at the crypts under Winterfell when only the Kings in the North and the Lords of Winterfell are supposed to be buried there. Though he argued to Bran that he did it to pay tribute to his siblings, there are undertones of ulterior motives for this decision; for example, he did not pay nearly the same respect to his fallen comrades by not even bringing their mortal remains and choosing to bury them at Dorne, and gave no reason for the slight;slight, which made him the enemy of Barbrey Dustin, the widow of Lord Willam;



** The decision of making Theon Greyjoy his ward raises an ambiguous situation on its own. Theon was brought under his wing as a hostage to prevent Balon Greyjoy from rising in rebellion again under the threat of killing the child; Ned made a point in keeping Theon at an arm's length, but given his reaction at the assassination of the Targaryen children during Robert's Rebellion years before, it's uncertain that Ned would have been able to do the deed if Balon even flinched. Balon eventually revolted, but by that time, Ned had already been executed and Theon had returned to the Iron Islands;
*** Arguably he fostered Theon at Winterfell for the same reason he suggested to foster Robert Arryn back in Winterfell in ''Literature/AGameOfThrones''. After Balon's rebellion probably there was no way to let Theon stay with his family. The options available were Robert's DeadlyDecadentCourt or ''Tywin Lannister''. Since we know too well what Ned thinks about Tywin's fostering, probably he thought himself as the lesser evil.

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** The decision of making Theon Greyjoy his ward raises an ambiguous situation on its own. Theon was brought under his wing as a hostage to prevent Balon Greyjoy from rising in rebellion again under the threat of killing the child; Ned made a point in keeping Theon at an arm's length, but given his reaction at the assassination of the Targaryen children during Robert's Rebellion years before, it's uncertain that Ned would have been able to do the deed if Balon even flinched. Balon eventually revolted, but by that time, Ned had already been executed and Theon had returned to the Iron Islands;
*** Arguably he
Islands[[note]]He may have fostered Theon at Winterfell for the same reason he suggested to foster Robert Arryn back in Winterfell in ''Literature/AGameOfThrones''. After Balon's rebellion probably there was no way to let Theon stay with his family. The options available were Robert's DeadlyDecadentCourt or ''Tywin Lannister''. Since we know too well what Ned thinks about Tywin's fostering, probably he thought himself as the lesser evil.[[/note]].



* DeliberateValuesDissonance: As much as Ned loves his daughters, his wife and his sister Lyanna, he does have a patriarchal view of society. He feels that his sister was too "willful" and Arya is the same and this will bring problems for the latter. Even though he indulges Arya by having her train in the Braavosi manner, he sees this as a passing fancy and hobby that he doesn't take seriously, hoping that eventually Arya will outgrow it and have an ArrangedMarriage like other noble women. This makes him [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero a product of his time and place in Westerosi customs]] not far away from the nobility's values. However he is being very fair for his time in allowing this.
** For this reason he also underestimates the threats posed by Daenerys and Cersei. [[spoiler:The latter proves fatal.]]

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: As much as Ned loves his daughters, his wife and his sister Lyanna, he does have a patriarchal view of society.
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He feels that his sister was too "willful" and Arya is the same and this will bring problems for the latter. Even though he indulges Arya by having her train in the Braavosi manner, he sees this as a passing fancy and hobby that he doesn't take seriously, hoping that eventually Arya will outgrow it and have an ArrangedMarriage like other noble women. This makes him [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero a product of his time and place in Westerosi customs]] not far away from the nobility's values. However he is being very fair for his time in allowing this.
** For this reason he also underestimates the threats posed by Daenerys and Cersei. [[spoiler:The latter proves fatal.]]Cersei, which leads to very dire consequences.



* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Helped overthrow a 300 year old dynasty but doesn't feel that he deserves his roles as Lord of Winterfell or Hand.

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* HeroicSelfDeprecation: HeroicSelfDeprecation:
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Helped overthrow a 300 year old dynasty but doesn't feel that he deserves his roles as Lord of Winterfell or Hand.



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** Likewise, when we compare how she treats Jon with say, House Hewett, who forced the illegitimate daughter, Falia Flowers, to be the family servant, or with Cersei Lannister, who threatens and actually commits the murder of any of Robert's bastard children in her orbit, Catelyn's treatment of Jon is pretty decent by comparison (FairForItsDay) and it didn't otherwise adversely affect Jon's childhood. In ''A Clash of Kings'', while Catelyn reflects on Ned's protectiveness of Jon and who Jon's mother might be, she even wonders if Jonís mother prays for him the way she prays for her own son.
* DespairEventHorizon: The Red Wedding breaks Catelyn. [[spoiler:After her firstborn dies and she's revived, she goes over the edge.]]
** Argueably it already started when it appeared Bran and Rickon were killed by Theon, leading to her decision to free Jaime in desperation to at least save her daughters.

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** Likewise, when we compare how she treats Jon with say, House Hewett, who forced the illegitimate daughter, Falia Flowers, to be the family servant, or with Cersei Lannister, who threatens and actually commits the murder of any of Robert's bastard children in her orbit, it becomes obvious that Catelyn's treatment of Jon is pretty decent by comparison (FairForItsDay) fair for its day and it didn't otherwise adversely affect Jon's childhood. In ''A Clash of Kings'', while Catelyn reflects on Ned's protectiveness of Jon and who Jon's mother might be, she even wonders if Jonís mother prays for him the way she prays for her own son.
* DespairEventHorizon: DespairEventHorizon:
** Comes very close when Bran and Rickon were killed by Theon, leading to her decision to free Jaime in desperation to at least save her daughters.
**
The Red Wedding breaks Catelyn. [[spoiler:After her firstborn dies and she's revived, she goes over the edge.]]
** Argueably it already started when it appeared Bran and Rickon were killed by Theon, leading to her decision to free Jaime in desperation to at least save her daughters.
]]



* {{Hypocrite}}:
** Tells Ned he can't trust Robert on the basis of their childhood together because the years are bound to have changed him, and then tells Ned he can trust Littlefinger because she and Littlefinger grew up together.

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* {{Hypocrite}}:
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{{Hypocrite}}: Tells Ned he can't trust Robert on the basis of their childhood together because the years are bound to have changed him, and then tells Ned he can trust Littlefinger because she and Littlefinger grew up together.



* IronicEcho: Invoked. When she returns as [[spoiler:Lady Stoneheart]], she takes great delight in playing "The Rains of Castamare" each and every time she executes one of the people who wronged her and her family. Doubly so when it's a Frey, as she relishes seeing the horror on their face when they hear the music under which they reveled with wild abandon being used to herald their own deaths. She'd laugh if she could.
* IronLady: Catelyn is proud, strong, honorable and upright. She holds duty over desire as a governing principle of behavior, has a strong grasp of politics and possesses considerable insight into what makes Westeros run. Even Renly Baratheon acknowledges her when they meet:
-->'''Renly:''' Go softly, [[FrontlineGeneral Lord Randyll]], I fear youíre overmatched.

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* IronicEcho: Invoked. When she returns as [[spoiler:Lady Stoneheart]], she takes great delight in playing "The Rains of Castamare" Castamere" each and every time she executes one of the people who wronged her and her family. Doubly so when it's a Frey, as she relishes seeing the horror on their face when they hear the music under which they reveled with wild abandon being used to herald their own deaths. She'd laugh if she could.
* IronLady: IronLady:
**
Catelyn is proud, strong, honorable and upright. She holds duty over desire as a governing principle of behavior, has a strong grasp of politics and possesses considerable insight into what makes Westeros run. Even Renly Baratheon acknowledges her when they meet:
-->'''Renly:''' --->'''Renly:''' Go softly, [[FrontlineGeneral Lord Randyll]], I fear youíre overmatched.



** This is something that curiously happens to yet another two Tullys, namely Edmure and Lysa, and to similarly disastrous consequences. Edmure is not made aware of Robb's strategies, so he unwittingly loses a great opportunity for taking advantage for the Northern host; Lysa is made to [[spoiler:poison her husband by a man that she's not aware doesn't love her back]]. Someone really has to talk to those guys, man!



* OnlySaneWoman: Somewhat subverted. Catelyn is one of Robb's most level-headed advisers but, more often than not, her personal beliefs and desires lead her to make irrational and ill-thought actions, as well as urging on several occasions courses of action that lack any consideration of the bigger picture and focusing only on the well-being of herself and her family. Ironically, this behavior is detrimental to the cause of her House and causes considerable difficulties to the North and Riverlands' war efforts.

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* OnlySaneWoman: Somewhat subverted.Played with. Catelyn is one of Robb's most level-headed advisers but, more often than not, her personal beliefs and desires lead her to make irrational and ill-thought actions, as well as urging on several occasions courses of action that lack any consideration of the bigger picture and focusing only on the well-being of herself and her family. Ironically, this behavior is detrimental to the cause of her House and causes considerable difficulties to the North and Riverlands' war efforts.



* SettleForSibling: Enforced. She was promised to Brandon Stark, but after the Mad King had him executed, she married his brother Eddard to unite the Stark and Tully houses.

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* SettleForSibling: Enforced.Invoked. She was promised to Brandon Stark, but after the Mad King had him executed, she married his brother Eddard to unite the Stark and Tully houses.



* AlphaBitch: At the start of the series, Sansa is the leader of the group of young Winterfell girls, Jeyne Poole and Beth Cassel, all of whom at best are aloof to and, at worst, bully the outsider Arya. Of the three, it is known that Sansa and Jeyne call Arya "Horseface" and demean her over her physical appearance and lack of ability when it comes to fitting into social norms.
** LovableAlphaBitch: However, she does genuinely love her friends from Winterfell and family. From her perspective, her treatment of Arya is something she has a right to do, particularly since their primary instructor, Septa Mordane, encourages and compliments Sansa's skills while discouraging Arya's behavior.

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* AlphaBitch: At the start of the series, Sansa is the leader of the group of young Winterfell girls, Jeyne Poole and Beth Cassel, all of whom at best are aloof to and, at worst, bully the outsider Arya. Of the three, it is known that Sansa and Jeyne call Arya "Horseface" and demean her over her physical appearance and lack of ability when it comes to fitting into social norms.
** LovableAlphaBitch:
norms. However, [[LovableAlphaBitch she does genuinely love her friends from Winterfell and family. From her perspective, her treatment of Arya is something she has have a right to do, particularly since their primary instructor, Septa Mordane, encourages and compliments Sansa's skills while discouraging Arya's behavior.nicer side]].



** Sandor calls her "little bird" and demands a song from her.
*** Initially, he calls her like that because she is taught to repeat her handlers' words, like a bird from the Summer Islands; mockingly, that would be a parrot. Later, the meaning changes to something less mocking.

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** Sandor calls her "little bird" and demands a song from her.
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her. Initially, he calls her like that because she is taught to repeat her handlers' words, like a bird from the Summer Islands; mockingly, that would be a parrot. Later, the meaning changes to something less mocking.



** [[spoiler:As of right now, she resides in the Vale of Arryn. The sigil of House Arryn is a falcon.]]

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** [[spoiler:As By the end of right now, ''A Feast for Crows'', she resides in the [[spoiler:the Vale of Arryn. The sigil of House Arryn is a falcon.]]



* BigBrotherWorship: To Robb, somewhat. She doesn't precisely play the trope straight, but she does have shades of it internally (as she has to publicly declare him a traitor in order to keep her head.) Justified as Robb's forces are her best hope of getting out of King's Landing.
-->''Robb will kill them all'', she thought, exulting.

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* BigBrotherWorship: BigBrotherWorship:
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To Robb, somewhat. She doesn't precisely play the trope straight, but she does have shades of it internally (as she has to publicly declare him a traitor in order to keep her head.) Justified as Robb's forces are her best hope of getting out of King's Landing.
-->''Robb --->''Robb will kill them all'', she thought, exulting.



* ForcedToWatch: [[spoiler:She's made to watch as her father's execution after being told that he would be shown mercy. Later Joffrey takes her out of her rooms and makes her stare at her father's head as it rots on a spike.]]

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* ForcedToWatch: [[spoiler:She's She's made to watch as her at [[spoiler:her father's execution after being told that he would be shown mercy. Later Joffrey takes her out of her rooms and makes her stare at her father's head as it rots on a spike.]]



* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: She begins as one, thinking everyone who is highborn and pretty to be good. She's even determined to see Joffrey as PrinceCharming and Cersei as TheHighQueen. As soon as she sees their true colours, her worldview changes and she stops being this, being able to judge people somewhat more accurately. Still, since she feels she can't pick up on who her allies are, she just starts to seclude herself from the world whenever feasible, assuming everyone wants to hurt her.
** Interestingly she is one among a handful of characters to realize that there's something rather... [[{{Yandere}} off about Littlefinger.]]
** Her chapters on the books show her as a very perceptive and meticulous young lady, though she is still a diamond in raw.

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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: HorribleJudgeOfCharacter:
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She begins as one, thinking everyone who is highborn and pretty to be good. She's even determined to see Joffrey as PrinceCharming and Cersei as TheHighQueen. As soon as she sees their true colours, her worldview changes and she stops being this, being able to judge people somewhat more accurately. Still, since she feels she can't pick up on who her allies are, she just starts to seclude herself from the world whenever feasible, assuming everyone wants to hurt her.
** Interestingly Her chapters in the books generally show her as a very perceptive and meticulous young lady, though she is still a diamond in raw. For example, she is one among a handful of characters to realize that there's something rather... [[{{Yandere}} off about Littlefinger.]]
** Her chapters on the books show her as a very perceptive and meticulous young lady, though she is still a diamond in raw.
]]



* LossOfIdentity: According to WordOfGod, Sansa is losing her identity [[spoiler: and becoming Alayne Stone]].
--> '''George R. R. Martin:''' Sansa may be dead as well. [[spoiler: There's only Alayne Stone.]]
** In ''A Feast for Crows'', [[spoiler:after assuming the identity of Alayne Stone, her chapters are titled "Alayne", she's called that by the narrative, and she thinks of Littlefinger as "her father"]].

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* LossOfIdentity: LossOfIdentity:
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According to WordOfGod, Sansa is losing her sense of identity. In ''A Feast for Crows'', [[spoiler:after assuming the identity [[spoiler: and becoming of Alayne Stone]].
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Stone, her chapters are titled "Alayne", she's called that by the narrative, and she thinks of Littlefinger as "her father"]].
--->
'''George R. R. Martin:''' Sansa may be dead as well. [[spoiler: There's only Alayne Stone.]]
** In ''A Feast for Crows'', [[spoiler:after assuming the identity of Alayne Stone, her chapters are titled "Alayne", she's called that by the narrative, and she thinks of Littlefinger as "her father"]].
]]



* LovableAlphaBitch: Her initial characterization has shades of this. Haughty and patronizing, she bullies her little sister, Arya, by calling her names, telling her she should have died, and belittling her appearance. But despite this, Sansa is still overwhelmingly innocent and can be sweet, as well.

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* LovableAlphaBitch: Her initial characterization has shades of this. Haughty and patronizing, she bullies her little sister, Arya, by calling her names, telling her she should have died, and belittling her appearance. But despite this, Sansa she does genuinely love her friends from Winterfell and family. From her perspective, her treatment of Arya is still something she has a right to do, particularly since their primary instructor, Septa Mordane, encourages and compliments Sansa's skills while discouraging Arya's behavior. And on top of that, she is overwhelmingly innocent and can be sweet, as well.sweet.



* NotSoDifferent: Her and Jon. Although they seem to be like the [[SiblingYinYang South and North]] siblings at the beginning, it's actually apparent that they have more in common than it seems. Both Jon and Sansa share many character traits with Ned, like their naive idealistic views on the world (which were both crushed when they left Winterfell) and their observant nature.
** At the beginning of the series, both Sansa and Jon are the WideEyedIdealist. Because of their shared sheltered upbringing by protective parent(s), Jon and Sansa both have [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor idealized notions of their respective aspirations]] -- Jon's dream of becoming a member of the Night's Watch and Sansa's dream of going to the royal court and being betrothed to a prince. Both learn the reality of things rather quickly when they get to fulfill said aspirations.

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* NotSoDifferent: NotSoDifferent:
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Her and Jon. Although they seem to be like the [[SiblingYinYang South and North]] siblings at the beginning, it's actually apparent that they have more in common than it seems. Both Jon and Sansa share many character traits with Ned, like their naive idealistic views on the world (which were both crushed when they left Winterfell) and their observant nature.
** At the beginning of the series, both Sansa and Jon are the WideEyedIdealist. Because of their shared sheltered upbringing by protective parent(s), Jon and Sansa both have [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor idealized notions of their respective aspirations]]
-- Jon's dream of becoming a member of the Night's Watch and Sansa's dream of going to the royal court and being betrothed to a prince. Both learn the reality of things rather quickly when they get to fulfill said aspirations. Both are also notably observant.



* ProperLady: Just like her mother.

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* ProperLady: Just like her mother.mother, she is a great example of feminine grace and has impeccable social skills.
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