History Characters / ASongOfIceAndFireHouseStark

15th Apr '17 11:29:28 AM JulianLapostat
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* ThePeterPrinciple: Ned was a brilliant Lord Paramount of the North, perfectly understanding the regional dimensions, traditions, and the unique ideas of justice that work in the North, but that didn't quite translate into being a Hand of the King for the Seven Kingdoms, a fact which he is himself aware of and tries his best to overcome but fails:
** In the North, where a lot of his power and authority depends on the personality and honour of the Lord, in King's Landing, a lot of the power is based on information, leverage and threats, since unlike the North where the Starks are the unquestioned masters of the land, in King's Landing he's merely first among equals, and while he understands the need for being collegiate, his unfamiliarity, distrust as well as justified paranoia prevents him from perfectly utilizing his office leading to a GoldenMeanFallacy where on the one hand he cannot trust the people within King's Landing but on the other hand his mindset is committed with traditions, which hampers him from throwing his weight around, and hire and fire people and surround himself with his own appointments which is what Tyrion does in Book 2 (Bringing in Jacelyn Bywater and Bronn into his team).
** 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.
** Ironically, the one remaining legacy of Ned Stark's tenure as Hand comes from him using his office but in an accidental way. Jaime Lannister's attack on him and Jory in the streets of King's Landing, prevented Ned from personally intervening and arresting Gregor Clegane in the Riverlands, an attack that Tywin planned as an ambush hoping to bait Ned to intervene personally, capture and hold him hostage. Instead Ned's injury leads him to charge Beric Dondarrion and other lords to intervene under the banner of King Robert Baratheon, a host that Tywin would have to attack and risk treason. This eventually leads to the formation of the Brotherhood Without Banners [[spoiler:which is currently being led, fittingly enough, by his reanimated wife]].



* TooDumbToLive: He's clever enough, he just is too nice and noble a man to actually use the information he gathers--for example, his death could have been averted if he'd been okay with killing some guards and frightening some children. Though that said, neither Cersei nor Tywin thought killing him was a good idea, and he like them probably assumed it was too ''stupid'' to be a real risk; unfortunately, like everyone else, he underestimated RoyalBrat Joffrey and ManipulativeBastard Littlefinger.
** [[spoiler:As of ''A Feast For Crows'', Littlefinger has revealed himself to be TheChessmaster who arranged for the death of Jon Arryn, set to start a WarForFunAndProfit, and was a StalkerWithACrush with a grudge against Ned's wife. It's therefore strongly implied that Littlefinger intended to kill Ned from the outset, so this is probably a DownplayedTrope- Ned's honor only made killing him easier.]]
** While warning Cersei was meaningless when [[spoiler: Littlefinger]] was on his whole plan anyway, and accepting [[spoiler: Littlefinger's]] offer to become a regent for Joffrey wouldn't have prevented a civil war when both [[spoiler: Stannis and Varys]] only waited for a better moment to reveal Joffrey's real parentage and start it anyway, Ned does make one dumb mistake: not ensuring that his own daughters are securely guarded and on the way out of King's Landing ''before'' the expected moment of his showdown with Cersei. Sending them out with the evening tide could not possibly save them in case of his attempt to depose Joffrey and Cersey going wrong in the morning, as it did. In fact, when Varys is trying to convince Ned to confess to the false accusations against him, it's his argument that Sansa is still in King's Landing that really hits home for Ned.
9th Apr '17 12:27:22 AM JulianLapostat
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* DarthVaderClone: [[spoiler:As Lady Stoneheart, she's a rare female example. She has vocal distortion, dresses in black and usually covers her face in a hood, has become vengeful and cold upon the death of a loved one, believes her entire family is dead and has become a FallenHero in the eyes of the people who remember her former self]].

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* DarthVaderClone: [[spoiler:As Lady Stoneheart, she's a rare female example. She has vocal distortion, dresses in black and usually covers her face in a hood, has become vengeful and cold upon the death of a loved one, believes her entire family is dead and has become a FallenHero in the eyes of the people who remember her former self]].self. One major difference is that while Vader serves TheEmpire, Catelyn/Stoneheart leads the Resistance in a distinctly darker phase]].
6th Apr '17 6:47:29 AM cherrychels
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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Sex with Ned is portrayed not as a pleasure but as performing her duty to bear children.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Sex with Ned is portrayed not as a pleasure pleasure, but as performing her duty to bear children.
6th Apr '17 6:44:24 AM cherrychels
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* HumiliationConga: [[spoiler: Ned wasn't at Bran's side when the boy was crippled, was forced to kill Sansa's pet direwolf, was almost crippled in a fight with Jaime Lannister, betrayed, imprisoned and finally killed along with his entire retinue. Even in death he is in a bind, as his mortal remains disappeared without a trace on the way to Winterfell, which was razed to the ground.]]

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* HumiliationConga: [[spoiler: Ned wasn't at Bran's side when the boy was crippled, was forced to kill Sansa's pet direwolf, and was almost crippled in a fight with Jaime Lannister, Lannister. He was then betrayed, imprisoned and finally killed along with his entire retinue. Even in death death, he is in a bind, bind -- as his mortal remains disappeared without a trace on the way to Winterfell, Winterfell -- which was razed to the ground.]]



* AdultFear: She spends most of the series consumed by this, with her children scattered and in danger. [[spoiler: By the time of her death, she comes to believe that they're all dead or lost to her forever. And of course Robb was murdered ''right in front of her'']].

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* AdultFear: She spends most of the series consumed by this, with her children scattered and in danger. [[spoiler: By the time of her death, she comes to believe that they're all dead or lost to her forever. And And, of course course, Robb was murdered ''right in front of her'']].



* DidntThinkThisThrough: Her freeing Jaime. Ignoring the dozen ways he and Brienne could have been waylaid trying to cross a war zone and how the release would affect Robb's position, the basis for the trade was Tyrion promising to release her daughters in exchange for Jaime. This promise was made at the same time as he sent men under a truce banner to murder some Riverrun guardsmen and free Jaime by force. This means Catelyn had made a very drastic action based on the word of someone who had already proved to be willing to violate promises.

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* DidntThinkThisThrough: Her freeing Jaime. Ignoring the dozen ways he and Brienne could have been waylaid trying to cross a war zone and how the Jaime's release would affect Robb's position, the basis for the trade was Tyrion promising to release her daughters in exchange for Jaime. This promise was made at the same time as he sent men under a truce banner to murder some Riverrun guardsmen and free Jaime by force. This means Catelyn had made makes a very drastic action decision, resulting in a significant action, based on the word of someone who had already proved to be showed he was willing to violate promises.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Sex with Ned is portrayed not as a pleasure, but her duty to bear children.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Sex with Ned is portrayed not as a pleasure, pleasure but as performing her duty to bear children.



** She truly believes that [[HeroicBastard Jon]] (or his children) will try to steal Winterfell from her kids based on common Westerosi belief against all illegitimate children. She also thought [[TokenEvilTeammate Roose Bolton]] was a good man for Robb to make his second-in-command, as opposed to [[UndyingLoyalty the Greatjon.]] (In fairness, Bolton might have stayed loyal had Cat and Robb made better choices, but as early as the first battle he was working to undermine House Stark's power by ensuring Robb's troops took the brunt of the casualties.)
** Her distrust of Jon is based on the societal assumption that all bastard-born children are treacherous and overtly ambitious, leading to her misjudgement of Jon, who loves and is loyal to his trueborn siblings. The thing is, the infamy linked with illegitimacy is based off of accounts of the bastard children who did wrong and these are the ones who become famous. Bastard children who remain loyal and loving don't get that same attention (unless you're something spectacular such as a Dragonseed, like Addam of Hull, or a Great Bastard, like Bloodraven). As seen in the books, how a bastard child turns out depends on how they are raised, just like any other child. Taking Jon as an example -- since Ned raised, loved, and taught Jon well alongside his trueborn children -- Jon grows up to be honorable, loyal, and loves his trueborn siblings.

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** She truly believes [[TokenEvilTeammate Roose Bolton]] is a good man for Robb to make his second-in-command, as opposed to [[UndyingLoyalty the Greatjon.]] In fairness, Bolton might have stayed loyal had Cat and Robb made better choices, but as early as the first battle, he was working to undermine House Stark's power by ensuring Robb's troops took the brunt of the casualties.
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believes that [[HeroicBastard Jon]] (or his children) will try to steal Winterfell from her kids based on common Westerosi belief prejudice against all illegitimate children. She also thought [[TokenEvilTeammate Roose Bolton]] was a good man for Robb to make his second-in-command, as opposed to [[UndyingLoyalty the Greatjon.]] (In fairness, Bolton might have stayed loyal had Cat and Robb made better choices, but as early as the first battle he was working to undermine House Stark's power by ensuring Robb's troops took the brunt of the casualties.)
** Her distrust of Jon is based on the societal assumption that all bastard-born children are treacherous and overtly ambitious,
children, leading to her misjudgement of Jon, who loves and is loyal to his trueborn siblings. The thing is, the infamy linked with illegitimacy is based off of accounts of the bastard children bastard-born individuals who did wrong and these are the ones who become famous. Bastard children who remain loyal and loving don't get that same attention (unless you're something spectacular such as a Dragonseed, like Addam of Hull, or a Great Bastard, like Bloodraven). As seen in the books, how a bastard child turns out depends on how they are raised, just like any other child. Taking Jon as an example -- since Ned raised, loved, and taught Jon well alongside his trueborn children -- Jon grows up to be honorable, loyal, and loves his trueborn siblings.
6th Apr '17 6:21:10 AM cherrychels
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The Great House ruling the North, the largest but most sparsely populated territory of the Seven Kingdoms, and the lands most vulnerable to Westeros' long winters, which last for years at a time. They are a grim house of iron will, holding to the old laws and customs of the First Men, being the only Great House that does so. They trace their ancestry from a legendary fellow named Bran the Builder, who helped raise the Wall as well as Winterfell itself, and almost every generation of Starks has had a "Brandon" amongst their ranks. The Starks ruled as the Kings of Winter until Aegon's Conquest, when Torrhen Stark saw wisdom (or perhaps the hopelessness of resistance) and bent the knee. For this he became known as "The King Who Knelt," but the North was one of the only kingdoms not to be ravaged by the war. Their sigil is a grey direwolf, ([[CanisMajor a large species of wolf]] that is no longer seen below the Wall) on a white/silver field.

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The Great House ruling the North, the largest but most sparsely populated territory of the Seven Kingdoms, and the lands most vulnerable to Westeros' long winters, which last for years at a time. They are a grim house of iron will, holding to the old laws and customs of the First Men, being the only Great House that does so. They trace their ancestry from a legendary fellow named Bran the Builder, who helped raise the Wall as well as Winterfell itself, and almost every generation of Starks has had a "Brandon" amongst their ranks. The Starks ruled as the Kings of Winter until Aegon's Conquest, when Torrhen Stark saw wisdom (or perhaps the hopelessness of resistance) and bent the knee. For this he became known as "The King Who Knelt," but the North was one of the only kingdoms not to be ravaged by the war. Their sigil is a grey direwolf, ([[CanisMajor a large species of wolf]] that is no longer seen below south of the Wall) on a white/silver field.



** Arya gets to run away from all her noble privilege. [[spoiler:Fleeing for her life and WalkingTheEarth in the midst of a civil war, and subject to the dangers that befall non-nobles, such as forced servitude]].

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** Arya gets to run away from all her noble privilege. [[spoiler:Fleeing for her life and WalkingTheEarth in the midst of a civil war, and subject to the dangers that befall non-nobles, a world of danger, such as forced servitude]].



** Jon Snow to Ned Stark [[spoiler: The quieter younger (or [[HeroicBastard illegitimate]]) son who grew up in the shadow of their older brother, the Stark heir. Neither expect to become Lord of Winterfell and spent their later formative years away from home (Castle Black and the Vale respectively) after their family is separated, but end up in line for the succession due to their brother's tragic death. Both risk everything to rescue a beloved little sister.]]

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** Jon Snow to Ned Stark Stark: [[spoiler: The quieter younger (or [[HeroicBastard illegitimate]]) son who grew up in the shadow of their older brother, the Stark heir. Neither expect to become Lord of Winterfell and spent their later formative years away from home (Castle Black and the Vale respectively) after their family is separated, but end up in line for the succession due to their brother's tragic death. Both risk everything to rescue a beloved little sister.]]
6th Apr '17 6:13:16 AM cherrychels
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** [[spoiler:Roose Bolton solidifies his rule over the North by having his son Ramsay marry an imposter Arya.]]

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** [[spoiler:Roose Bolton solidifies his rule over the North by having his son Ramsay marry an imposter posing as Arya.]]



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** Jon Snow to Ned Stark [[spoiler: The quieter younger (or [[HeroicBastard illegitimate]]) son who grew up in the shadow of their older brother, the Stark heir. Neither expect to become Lord of Winterfell and spent their later formative years away from home (Castle Black and the Vale respectively) after their family is separated, but end up in line for the succession due to their brother's tragic death. Both risked everything to rescue a beloved little sister.]]

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** Jon Snow to Ned Stark [[spoiler: The quieter younger (or [[HeroicBastard illegitimate]]) son who grew up in the shadow of their older brother, the Stark heir. Neither expect to become Lord of Winterfell and spent their later formative years away from home (Castle Black and the Vale respectively) after their family is separated, but end up in line for the succession due to their brother's tragic death. Both risked risk everything to rescue a beloved little sister.]]
6th Apr '17 6:04:27 AM cherrychels
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* GreyEyes: Although the current Stark generations (save Jon and Arya) has mostly taken after Catelyn Tully, the traditional Stark appearance has grey eyes. Said grey eyes reflect their coat of arms (a ''grey'' direwolf), evoke the [[GrimUpNorth cold and grim lands]] they rule, and also the sullen and stern personality is often attributed to his components.

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* GreyEyes: Although the current Stark generations (save for Jon and Arya) has mostly taken after Catelyn Tully, the traditional Stark appearance has grey eyes. Said grey eyes reflect their coat of arms (a ''grey'' direwolf), evoke the [[GrimUpNorth cold and grim lands]] they rule, and also the sullen and stern personality is often attributed to his components.



** Jon Snow to Ned Stark [[spoiler: The quieter younger (or bastard) son who grew up in the shadow of their older brother, the proper Stark heir. Never expected to become Lord of Winterfell and spent formative years away from home (the Wall and the Vale respectively) but ended up in line for the succession due to their brother's tragic death. Both risked everything to rescue their beloved little sister.]]

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** Jon Snow to Ned Stark [[spoiler: The quieter younger (or bastard) [[HeroicBastard illegitimate]]) son who grew up in the shadow of their older brother, the proper Stark heir. Never expected Neither expect to become Lord of Winterfell and spent their later formative years away from home (the Wall (Castle Black and the Vale respectively) after their family is separated, but ended end up in line for the succession due to their brother's tragic death. Both risked everything to rescue their a beloved little sister.]]



** Her distrust of Jon is based on the societal assumption that all bastard-born children are treacherous and overtly ambitious, leading to her misjudgement of Jon, who loves and is loyal to his trueborn siblings. The thing is, the infamy linked with illegitimacy is based off of accounts of the bastard children who did wrong and these are the ones who become famous. Bastard children who remain loyal and loving don't get that same attention (unless you're something spectacular such as a Dragonseed, like Addam of Hull, or a Great Bastard, like Bloodraven). As seen in the books, how a bastard child turns out depends on how they are raised, just like any other child. Taking Jon as an example -- since Ned raised, loved, and taught Jon well alongside his trueborn children -- Jon grows up to be honorable, loyal, and loves his trueborn siblings.



* MotiveMisidentification: Her vilification of Jon is based on the societal assumption that all bastard-born children are treacherous and overtly ambitious, leading to her [[HorribleJudgeofCharacter misjudgement of Jon, who loves and is loyal to his trueborn siblings.]] The thing is, the infamy linked with illegitimacy is based off of accounts of the bastard children who did wrong and these are the ones who become famous. Bastard children who remain loyal and loving don't get that same attention (unless you're something spectacular such as a Dragonseed, like Addam of Hull, or a Great Bastard, like Bloodraven). As seen in the books, how a bastard child turns out depends on how they are raised, just like any other child. Taking Jon as an example -- since Ned raised, loved, and taught Jon well alongside his trueborn children -- Jon grows up to be honorable, loyal, and loves his trueborn siblings.



* 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.]]

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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 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.]]



* WiseBeyondTheirYears: An increasingly dark example given the hell she's witnessed but she demonstrated this as early as the first book. After the Trident incident when Cersei and Joffrey had Lady and Mycah killed, Arya - all of nine years old - is the only Stark who realizes how ObviouslyEvil the pair are and is wary of them. (The fact she cares about the smallfolk and so takes the death of a mere butcher's boy seriously while other nobles dismiss it helps).

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* WiseBeyondTheirYears: An increasingly dark example example, given the hell she's witnessed she witnesses but she demonstrated demonstrates this as early as the first book. After the Trident incident when Cersei and Joffrey had have Lady and Mycah killed, Arya - -- all of nine years old - -- is the only Stark one present who realizes how ObviouslyEvil the pair are and is wary of them. (The them (the fact she cares about the smallfolk and so takes the death of a mere butcher's boy seriously so seriously, while other nobles dismiss it it, helps).
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** Sansa and Arya switch around with this. Sansa sees Arya as the Foolish Sibling to her own Responsible Sibling, and admittedly their parents admit Arya is more difficult to control, but post-Trident incident, though -- at times -- Sansa herself can come off as the Foolish Sibling early in the first book when she runs to Cersei.
* FrequentlyBrokenUnbreakableVow: Starks often make promises and oaths, which they always fully intend to fulfill when making them, but almost never manage to do on account of [[CrapsackWorld life]] or [[HonorBeforeReason other obligations]] standing in their way. Some get more regularly and increasingly broken over time than others; some get exploded in a single incident. Jon's oaths to the Night's Watch get frequently pummeled, for example. Robb's vows to various of his bannermen, too, unravel several times. Arya has extraordinary issues with promising to train properly and poor Sansa would just like a situation stable enough to know ''what'' vows she can try to uphold. Caitlyn holds some kind of record when it comes to private promises she makes to herself. And, Ned has, with one unknown promise to his sister, frequently compromised many other vows he holds dear.

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** Sansa and Arya switch around with this. this in the first book. Sansa sees and most adults see Arya as the Foolish Sibling to her own Sansa's Responsible Sibling, and admittedly their parents admit as Arya is more difficult to control, but post-Trident incident, though -- at times -- control. However, to the readers, Sansa herself can come off comes across as the Foolish Sibling early in Siblings thanks to the first book when she runs to Cersei.
Trident incident and stupidity trusting Joffrey and Cersei, while Arya is more savvy and insightful.
* FrequentlyBrokenUnbreakableVow: Starks often make promises and oaths, which they always fully intend to fulfill when making them, but almost never manage to do on account of [[CrapsackWorld life]] or [[HonorBeforeReason other obligations]] standing in their way. Some get more regularly and increasingly broken over time than others; some get exploded in a single incident. Jon's oaths to the Night's Watch get frequently pummeled, for example. Robb's vows to various of his bannermen, too, unravel several times. Arya has extraordinary issues with promising to train properly and poor Sansa would just like a situation stable enough to know ''what'' vows she can try to uphold. Caitlyn Catelyn holds some kind of record when it comes to private promises she makes to herself. And, Ned has, with one unknown promise to his sister, frequently compromised many other vows he holds dear.



** Robert's Rebellion and the War Of The Five Kings both begin because of a Stark's failed rescue attempt.
** The charismatic Brandon Stark got killed for trying to rescue his sister. [[spoiler:His nephew Robb]] would also die for similar reasons. Another nephew, [[spoiler:Jon Snow]] also runs into trouble in ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'' by deciding to recklessly follow his BigBrotherInstinct.

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** Robert's Rebellion and the War Of The Five Kings both begin because of a Stark's failed rescue attempt.
attempt. Many of the individual characters also end up mirroring the arcs of the previous Stark generation.
** The charismatic Ned Stark to Rickard Stark: [[spoiler: Unjustly executed by a mad, cruel king which triggers a country-wide civil war.]]
** Robb Stark to
Brandon Stark: [[spoiler: The eldest Stark got killed for son, heir to the North and expected to be a great leader only to be brutally murdered as a young man while trying to avenge/save their father.]]
** Jon Snow to Ned Stark [[spoiler: The quieter younger (or bastard) son who grew up in the shadow of their older brother, the proper Stark heir. Never expected to become Lord of Winterfell and spent formative years away from home (the Wall and the Vale respectively) but ended up in line for the succession due to their brother's tragic death. Both risked everything to
rescue his sister. [[spoiler:His nephew Robb]] would also die for similar reasons. Another nephew, [[spoiler:Jon Snow]] also runs their beloved little sister.]]
** Sansa Stark to Catelyn Tully: [[spoiler: A proper lady used as a pawn in marriage alliances. Their initial betrothal fell apart due to war (Brandon's murder and Joffrey turning on the Starks) and they were quickly forced
into trouble second choice options (Ned and Tyrion/Harry Hardyng) while being subject to Littlefinger's unwelcome affections.]]
** Arya Stark to Lyanna Stark: [[spoiler: The rebellious Stark daughter with "wolf blood" who gets separated from her family during the war and whose favourite older brother (Jon and Ned respectively) moves hell and high water to save. Has links with a Baratheon (Gendry and Robert) who mourns them deeply after they're dead or presumed so.]]
** Bran Stark to Benjen Stark: [[spoiler: The younger son, more removed from the politics and bloodshed of Westeros's fight for the throne. Ends up going North and uncovering the deeper mysteries and powers at work
in ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'' by deciding to recklessly follow his BigBrotherInstinct.Westeros.]]



** Sansa and Arya are valued primarily as hostages, for their potential as candidates for marital alliances (or sex for the less ambitious), or for their high social standing. Otherwise, people simply see them as naive, witless children who can be manipulated as pawns, used and abused by others. Sansa catches on to this and uses it as a shield for the most part, all the while perfecting her PolitenessJudo and SilkHidingSteel traits; [[spoiler: under the tutelage of Littlefinger, she is set to become one of the most cunning players of the game of thrones as well as one of the most powerful women in Westeros. Meanwhile, ten year old Arya is off of everyone's radar because she's been on the run since escaping King's Landing and is now hidden away across the Narrow Sea, where she is learning to become an assassin. She is becoming a truly frightening ProfessionalKiller with a huge vendetta to fulfill.]]

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** Sansa and Arya are is valued primarily as hostages, a hostage, for their her potential as candidates a candidate for marital alliances (or sex for the less ambitious), or for their her high social standing. Otherwise, people simply see them her as a naive, witless children child who can be manipulated as pawns, a pawn, used and abused by others. Sansa catches on to this and uses it as a shield for the most part, all the while perfecting her PolitenessJudo and SilkHidingSteel traits; [[spoiler: under the tutelage of Littlefinger, she is set to become one of the most cunning players of the game of thrones as well as one of the most powerful women in Westeros. Meanwhile, ten year old ]]
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Arya is even more so, even at the beginning of the series she's just the younger and fairly disappointing Stark daughter lacking her sister's talents or grace, and foolishly socializes with lowborns and sword masters rather than nobles. Then she falls off of everyone's radar altogether when she escapes Kings Landing and after a while everyone assumes she must be dead because she's been there's no way a gently born ten year old girl could survive on the run since escaping King's Landing in war-torn Westeros for that long. [[spoiler: Unbeknownst to them, she not only survived the likes of Harrenhall but fought back, actually reached her mother and brother in time to see them die, and is now hidden away across the Narrow Sea, where she is learning to become an assassin. She is becoming a truly frightening ProfessionalKiller with a huge vendetta to fulfill.]]
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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's fairly wary of the nobles at court 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.]]

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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's fairly wary of She dislikes the nobles at court 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.]]
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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 put their 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. (Being fairly wary of the nobles at court from the get-go and incredibly suspicious while on the run. The few times she does trust someone it usually pays off).

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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 put their 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. (Being She's fairly wary of the nobles at court from the get-go and incredibly suspicious very savvy while on the run. run in a brutally wartorn Westeros. The few times people she does trust someone it choose to trust, such as [[{{HeroicBastard}} Gendry]], usually pays off). turn out to be [[{{TrueCompanions}} good calls.]]



* WiseBeyondTheirYears: An increasingly dark example given the hell's she witnessed but she demonstrated this as early as the first book. While Sansa and Ned either idolize or underestimate the Lannisters, Arya - all of nine years old - is the only one who properly realizes how ObviouslyEvil they are after killing Mycah an It's also one of the reasons she was the only Stark to escape Kings Landing, as Ned and Sansa's misplaced trust in Cersei got them [[spoiler: killed and taken prisoner respectively]]

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* WiseBeyondTheirYears: An increasingly dark example given the hell's she hell she's witnessed but she demonstrated this as early as the first book. While Sansa After the Trident incident when Cersei and Ned either idolize or underestimate the Lannisters, Joffrey had Lady and Mycah killed, Arya - all of nine years old - is the only one Stark who properly realizes how ObviouslyEvil they the pair are after killing Mycah an It's also one and is wary of them. (The fact she cares about the reasons she was smallfolk and so takes the only Stark to escape Kings Landing, as Ned and Sansa's misplaced trust in Cersei got them [[spoiler: killed and taken prisoner respectively]]death of a mere butcher's boy seriously while other nobles dismiss it helps).
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