History Characters / ASongOfIceAndFireHouseTargaryen

21st Feb '17 7:05:47 PM jenmic
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** He also has elements of the Trojan princes Paris and Hector from Literature/TheIliad. Like Paris, his abduction of a woman promised to another started a war. Like Hector, he was loved and admired by everyone who knew him, was slain on the battlefield by the [[ItsPersonal vengeful]] leader of the enemy forces, and his death preceeds the ruin of his family and their dynasty.
* NobleTopEnforcer: He seems to have been a (mostly) nice guy himself, but Rhaegar fought to keep his cruel and paranoid father on the Iron Throne during Robert's Rebellio; however, he was neither ignorant of nor comfortable with Aerys's madness and may have been planning to curb his father's powers before things went south.

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** He also has elements of the Trojan princes Paris and Hector from Literature/TheIliad. Like Paris, his abduction of a woman promised to another started a war. Like Hector, he was loved and admired by everyone who knew him, was slain on the battlefield by the [[ItsPersonal vengeful]] leader of the enemy forces, and his death preceeds precedes the ruin of his family and their dynasty.
* NobleTopEnforcer: He seems to have been a (mostly) nice guy himself, but Rhaegar fought to keep his cruel and paranoid father on the Iron Throne during Robert's Rebellio; Rebellion however, he was neither ignorant of nor comfortable with Aerys's madness and may have been planning to curb his father's powers before things went south.
10th Feb '17 9:37:15 PM Snowsky
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* ThePigPen: In his later years, he became so afraid of blades that he refused to cut his hair or his fingernails. As a result, his hair and beard grew filthy and matted, while his nails turned into nine-inch yellow claws.
3rd Feb '17 6:09:25 AM morenohijazo
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** The Targaryen family carried out generations of BrotherSisterIncest to preserve their Valyrian looks, connection to dragons and the apparent magical powers that likely kept them from being even more deformed because of the repeated incest, but by the time of the main series no one has been able to successfully hatch a dragon for several generations. Until Daenerys comes along and not only hatches three but proves she has the legendary resistance to fire near the end of the first book. Additionally she's one of the most likely candidates for the [[TheChosenOne Azor Ahai]], who will defeat [[OurZombiesAreDifferent The Others]].
26th Jan '17 10:17:33 PM Eievie
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!!!This is a listing of members of House Targaryen that appear in the {{Fantasy}} series ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Visit [[Characters/ASongOfIceAndFire here]] for the main character index. Beware of unmarked spoilers.
!!!For the main Crownlands entry, [[Characters/ASongOfIceAndFireCrownlandsHouses see here]].

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!!!This is a listing of members of House Targaryen that appear in the {{Fantasy}} series ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Visit [[Characters/ASongOfIceAndFire here]] for ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.
!!!For
the main character index. Beware of unmarked spoilers.
index, see [[AC:[[Characters/ASongOfIceAndFire here]]]]
!!!For the main Crownlands entry, [[Characters/ASongOfIceAndFireCrownlandsHouses see here]].
[[AC:[[Characters/ASongOfIceAndFireCrownlandsHouses here]]]]
24th Jan '17 2:42:42 AM priestessofdan
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* {{Determinator}}: He had no interest in martial training as a youth until he read ''something'' that convinced him he needed to become a warrior. So he did.



* WarriorPoet: He was one, but with more emphasis on the poet part than a warrior. For most of his life he completely ignored martial training and spent his days and nights reading and playing the harp. One day he read something that convinced him he needed to be a warrior. He quickly became one of Westeros' finest warriors.
* WarriorPrince: He took part in the Battle of the Trident. Even before that, he took up the sword and ''made'' himself into this trope by sheer hard work, despite his more scholarly leanings.
* TheWisePrince: The characters who had a high opinion of Rhaegar think of him this way.
* YourCheatingHeart: In the Tourney at Harrenhal, he publicly spurned his wife, Elia, in front of many noble witnesses by giving the crown of the Queen of Love and Beauty to Lyanna Stark. Elia's reaction to this is not recorded but one imagines she wasn't thrilled... unless, maybe, she was in on the reasons (yeah: there is ''so'' much we don't know about the incident). To say nothing of his later following through on that public token-giving and kidnapping Lyanna.

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* WarriorPoet: He was one, but with more emphasis Emphasis on the poet part than a warrior. For most of his life he completely ignored martial training and spent his days and nights reading and playing the harp. One day he read something that convinced him he needed to be a warrior. He quickly became one of Westeros' finest warriors.
"poet"
* WarriorPrince: He took part in the Battle of the Trident. Even before that, he took up the sword and ''made'' himself into this trope by sheer hard work, despite his more scholarly leanings.
was a prince who was a fine warrior
* TheWisePrince: The characters who had a high opinion of Rhaegar think of him this way.
So his supporters say
* YourCheatingHeart: In the Tourney at Harrenhal, he He publicly spurned his wife, Elia, in front of many noble witnesses both nobles and smallfolk by giving the crown of the Queen of Love and Beauty to Lyanna Stark. Elia's reaction to this is not recorded but one imagines she wasn't thrilled... unless, maybe, she was in on the reasons (yeah: there is ''so'' much we don't know about the incident). To say nothing of his later following Then he followed through on that public token-giving and kidnapping Lyanna.ran off with her.
23rd Jan '17 11:31:50 AM priestessofdan
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** [[spoiler:Barristan Selmy thinks that he and Lyanna eloped out of sincere, mutual love]]

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** [[spoiler:Barristan Selmy thinks that he and eloped with Lyanna eloped out of sincere, mutual sincere love]]



* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Despite being infamous for kidnapping and raping a teenage girl, Rhaegar is thought highly of by Cersei, Jaime, Viserys, Dany, and Barristan. Mind you, Cersei, Viserys and Dany are pretty biased... as are those like Robert, who outright paint him as a villain. It's complicated. Though it has to be noted that Eddard Stark, who probably has more reason to hate Rhaegar than Robert himself, privately notes of Rhaegar's character that in contrast to Robert, he would never be the kind to sleep with every whore in sight.
* WarriorPoet: He is said to have been one, but with more emphasis on the poet part than a warrior. For most of his life he completely ignored martial training and spent his days and nights reading and playing the harp. One day he read something that convinced him he needed to be a warrior. He quickly became one of Westeros' finest warriors.

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* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Despite being infamous for kidnapping His supporters (and some of his enemies) continue to think well of him even after he allegedly kidnapped and raping a teenage girl, Rhaegar is thought highly of by Cersei, Jaime, Viserys, Dany, and Barristan. Mind you, Cersei, Viserys and Dany are pretty biased... as are those like Robert, who outright paint him as a villain. It's complicated. Though it has to be noted that Eddard Stark, who probably has more reason to hate Rhaegar than Robert himself, privately notes of Rhaegar's character that in contrast to Robert, he would never be the kind to sleep with every whore in sight.
raped Lyanna.
* WarriorPoet: He is said to have been was one, but with more emphasis on the poet part than a warrior. For most of his life he completely ignored martial training and spent his days and nights reading and playing the harp. One day he read something that convinced him he needed to be a warrior. He quickly became one of Westeros' finest warriors.
23rd Jan '17 9:52:23 AM priestessofdan
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* OpenSecret: Played with. His reasons for kidnapping Lyanna are cause for speculation, but there was no effort whatsoever to conceal the fact that he'doesn't run away with her. It is unknown whether he didn't care or he thought it ''had to happen'' regardless of the consequences.

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* OpenSecret: Played with. His reasons for kidnapping Lyanna are cause for speculation, but there was no effort whatsoever to conceal the fact that he'doesn't he'd run away with her. It is unknown whether he didn't care or he thought it ''had to happen'' regardless of the consequences.
23rd Jan '17 9:49:31 AM priestessofdan
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* FamousLastWords: "''Lyanna...''" Daenerys only says that he whispered the name of the woman he loved when she sees him die in the House of the Undying, but the [[AllThereInTheManual official encyclopedia]] says he said Lyanna's name.

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* FamousLastWords: "''Lyanna...''" Daenerys only says that he whispered the name of the woman he loved when she sees him die in the House of the Undying, but the [[AllThereInTheManual official encyclopedia]] says he said it was Lyanna's name.



* MadDictatorsHandsomeSon: King Aerys was not always [[IWasQuiteALooker ugly]] or [[SanitySlippage mad]], Rhaegar is in the collective imagination (don't mind [[{{Archenemy}} Robert Baratheon]]) as the Mad King's handsome and noble son, who'd have made a great king.

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* MadDictatorsHandsomeSon: King Aerys was not always [[IWasQuiteALooker ugly]] or [[SanitySlippage mad]], but Rhaegar is in the collective imagination (don't mind [[{{Archenemy}} Robert Baratheon]]) as the Mad King's handsome and noble son, who'd have made a great king.



** He also has elements of the Trojan princes Paris and Hector from Literature/TheIliad. Like Paris, his abduction of a woman promised to another started a war; and like Hector, he was loved and admired by everyone who knew him, was slain on the battlefield by the [[ItsPersonal vengeful]] leader of the enemy forces, and his death preceeds the ruin of his family and their dynasty.
** His actions are also reminiscent of Lancelot of Arthurian legend. Both were handsome, honorable men who were considered to be the greatest knights of their generations. And, like Rhaegar, Lancelot was openly infatuated with Guinevere, who was married to King Arthur, and he publicly abducted her, which resulted in wars that ultimately led to the Round Table's destruction and King Arthur being usurped and killed.
* NobleTopEnforcer: Though he seemed to (mostly) be an all-around nice guy himself, Rhaegar fought to keep his cruel and paranoid father on the Iron Throne in Robert's Rebellion. However, he most certainly was neither ignorant of nor comfortable with Aerys' madness and may have been planning to curb his father's powers before events turned sour.
* OpenSecret: Played with. His reasons for kidnapping Lyanna are greatly speculated upon, but there was no effort whatsoever to conceal the fact that he got away with her; everyone found out immediately and it turned into the biggest clusterfuck the Targaryens had ever seen. Whether he thought that he would get away with it with complete impunity is not known, but there is no question that he did it ''very publicly''. Either he didn't care, or this is something that ''absolutely had to happen'' regardless of the consequences.
* OutOfCharacterMoment: Very little is known about Rhaegar and his motivations for allegedly kidnapping and raping Lyanna, but various characters have pointed out that it wasn't quite like that and the fact that Rhaegar is held at such a high esteem among friend and foe (save Robert) alike raises even more questions as of the "official" story regarding the incident.
* PosthumousCharacter: Died years before the series began.
* PresentAbsence: He's been dead since before the series began, but his actions and legacy have cast a long shadow over the present day. One might get an idea of his importance by the fact that of all the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, he's the one who provides the TitleDrop and [[spoiler: major hints about the prophecy of the [[TheChosenOne Prince That Was Promised]].]]

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** He also has elements of the Trojan princes Paris and Hector from Literature/TheIliad. Like Paris, his abduction of a woman promised to another started a war; and like war. Like Hector, he was loved and admired by everyone who knew him, was slain on the battlefield by the [[ItsPersonal vengeful]] leader of the enemy forces, and his death preceeds the ruin of his family and their dynasty.
** His actions are also reminiscent of Lancelot of Arthurian legend. Both were handsome, honorable men who were considered to be the greatest knights of their generations. And, like Rhaegar, Lancelot was openly infatuated with Guinevere, who was married to King Arthur, and he publicly abducted her, which resulted in wars that ultimately led to the Round Table's destruction and King Arthur being usurped and killed.
dynasty.
* NobleTopEnforcer: Though he seemed He seems to have been a (mostly) be an all-around nice guy himself, but Rhaegar fought to keep his cruel and paranoid father on the Iron Throne in during Robert's Rebellion. However, Rebellio; however, he most certainly was neither ignorant of nor comfortable with Aerys' Aerys's madness and may have been planning to curb his father's powers before events turned sour.
things went south.
* OpenSecret: Played with. His reasons for kidnapping Lyanna are greatly speculated upon, cause for speculation, but there was no effort whatsoever to conceal the fact that he got he'doesn't run away with her; everyone found out immediately and it turned into the biggest clusterfuck the Targaryens had ever seen. Whether he thought that he would get away with it with complete impunity her. It is not known, but there is no question that he did it ''very publicly''. Either unknown whether he didn't care, care or this is something that ''absolutely had he thought it ''had to happen'' regardless of the consequences.
* OutOfCharacterMoment: Very little Little is known about Rhaegar and his motivations Rhaegar's motivation for allegedly kidnapping and raping running off with Lyanna, but various characters have pointed out that it wasn't quite like that and the fact that Rhaegar is held at such a high esteem among friend and foe (save Robert) alike raises even more questions as of about both Rhaegar and the "official" story regarding the incident.
story.
* PosthumousCharacter: Died He died years before the series began.
* PresentAbsence: He's been dead since before the series began, but his actions and legacy have cast a long shadow over the present day. One might get an idea of his importance by the fact that of Of all the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, he's the one who provides the TitleDrop and [[spoiler: major hints about the prophecy of the [[TheChosenOne Prince That Was Promised]].]]



* PurpleEyes: Like many other Targaryens, Rhaegar had purple eyes. But his were a dark indigo rather than the usual Targaryen lilac.
* TheQuietOne: He was known to be very quite and reserved, and in childhood spent little time with other kids.
* TheRashomon: The motivations of his actions and the aftermath of those are greatly speculated upon in-universe and accounts differ:
** According to Robert Baratheon, he kidnapped and raped Lyanna; this is the most common attribution in general (mainly because singing some other version would probably lose you a tongue, or something else, if ''King'' Robert, a High Lord who supported him in the rebellion or any other government official heard about it);
** [[spoiler:Lyanna could have eloped with him voluntarily; this could have been out of sincere love]]; this is argued by Barristan Selmy;
** [[spoiler:Lyanna might have eloped with him as a second wife just to fulfill prophecy (by begetting Jon Snow?) and/or escape an unwanted marriage -- from Eddard's own recollections, she was less-than thrilled at the thought of marrying Robert and might have hoped to out-trump his claim on her by marrying or becoming the official consort of a Prince]];
** [[spoiler:Rhaegar might have lured or convinced her to come voluntarily (or vice versa), but had to abandon her to fight his father's war.]]
* SecondHandStorytelling: We only ever hear about Rhaegar through the reminiscing of other characters, some of whom have glowing memories of him. Others... not so much.
* SuperiorSuccessor: Well, when TheCaligula fathers TheWisePrince it's easy to see him as such. Unfortunately, his one and only IdiotBall blew up his dynasty before he could actively prove to be a better king than his father, but still there were the premises.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: In her vision Daenerys almost confused him with Viserys but Rhaegar was taller, fitter and obviously more handsome.
* TeenGenius: By all accounts, he was extremely intelligent, to the point that the maesters were greatly impressed by his wits and spent most of his childhood among the books. Also he seemed to excel in anything he put on his mind.
* TogetherInDeath: With Lyanna Stark. Robert later remarks: "Rhaegar won, damn him. I killed him, Ned, I drove the spike right through that black armor into his black heart, and he died at my feet. They made up songs about it. Yet somehow he still won. He has Lyanna now, and I have ''[[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen her]]''."
* TheUnchosenOne: Rhaegar believed he was "The Prince who was Promised" but apparently realized this destiny belonged to his son Aegon, or his children as a whole, since he claimed that "the dragon must have three heads". [[spoiler: And that could have been one of the reason he ended up with Lyanna Stark, since his wife was unable to have children after giving birth to the second. Still, it would be rather dramatic if it turns that TheChosenOne was after all his child with Lyanna, or even worse his yet-to-born ''sister''.]]

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* PurpleEyes: Like many other Targaryens, Rhaegar had purple eyes. But his His were a dark indigo rather than the usual Targaryen lilac.
compared to his brother's lilac and sister's violet.
* TheQuietOne: He was known to be very quite and reserved, and in childhood he spent little time with the other kids.
kids as a child.
* TheRashomon: The motivations of his actions and the aftermath of those are greatly speculated upon No one in-universe (or out) is sure why he did and accounts what exactly he did. Accounts differ:
** According to Robert Baratheon, Baratheon claims that he kidnapped and raped Lyanna; this Lyanna. This is the most common attribution story in general (mainly Westeros, probably because singing some other another version would probably lose you a tongue, or something else, if ''King'' Robert, a High Lord who supported him result in the rebellion or any other government official heard about it);
arrest (or worse) for treason
** [[spoiler:Lyanna could have [[spoiler:Barristan Selmy thinks that he and Lyanna eloped with him voluntarily; this could have been out of sincere love]]; this is argued by Barristan Selmy;
** [[spoiler:Lyanna might have eloped with him as a second wife just to fulfill prophecy (by begetting Jon Snow?) and/or escape an unwanted marriage -- from Eddard's own recollections, she was less-than thrilled at the thought of marrying Robert and might have hoped to out-trump his claim on her by marrying or becoming the official consort of a Prince]];
** [[spoiler:Rhaegar might have lured or convinced her to come voluntarily (or vice versa), but had to abandon her to fight his father's war.]]
sincere, mutual love]]
* SecondHandStorytelling: We only ever hear about Rhaegar through the reminiscing of other characters, some of whom have glowing memories of him. Others... not so much.
him and some who don't.
* SuperiorSuccessor: Well, That happens when TheCaligula fathers TheWisePrince it's easy to see him TheWisePrince. How he actually would have done as such. Unfortunately, his one and only IdiotBall blew up his dynasty before he could actively prove to be a better king than his father, but still there were the premises.
fuels fandom speculation.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: In her vision Daenerys almost confused confuses him with Viserys in the House of the Undying, but Rhaegar was taller, fitter fitter, and obviously more handsome.
* TeenGenius: By all accounts, he He was extremely intelligent, to the point that where he was impressing the maesters were greatly impressed by his wits and spent most of his childhood among the books. Also he seemed to excel in anything he put on his mind.
at a very young age.
* TogetherInDeath: With Lyanna Stark. Lyanna. Robert later remarks: says: "Rhaegar won, damn him. I killed him, Ned, I drove the spike right through that black armor into his black heart, and he died at my feet. They made up songs about it. Yet somehow he still won. He has Lyanna now, and I have ''[[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen her]]''."
* TheUnchosenOne: Rhaegar believed he was "The Prince who was Promised" but apparently until he realized this destiny belonged to his son Aegon, or his children as a whole, since he claimed that "the dragon must have three heads". [[spoiler: And that could have been one of the reason he ended up with Lyanna Stark, since his wife was unable to have children after giving birth to the second. Still, it would be rather dramatic if it turns that TheChosenOne was after all his child with Lyanna, or even worse his yet-to-born ''sister''.]]heads".
23rd Jan '17 9:12:40 AM priestessofdan
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* DeadGuyJunior: "Rhae" is a common prefix in Targaryen names (his mother's name was "Rhaella", for instance). Daenerys later named her son "Rhaego" and one of her dragons "Rhaegal" after her dead brother, which is sweet. Ser Rhaegar Frey was named after him when Rhaegar was still alive, but the name is still jarring.

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* DeadGuyJunior: "Rhae" is a common prefix in Targaryen names (his mother's name was "Rhaella", for instance). Daenerys later named her son "Rhaego" and one of her dragons "Rhaegal" after her dead brother, which is sweet.brother. Ser Rhaegar Frey was named after him when Rhaegar was still alive, but the name is still jarring.



** PrinceCharming: He was universally acknowledged as the most handsome man in Westeros, and as well a chivalrous, intelligent and good king material. Sadly, a PrinceCharming probably wouldn't abduct the daughter of a powerful lord (even if he loves her), leading to a mass-destroying war. Whatever his motivations were, they are yet to be heard.
** KnightInShiningArmor: Aside from his already cited qualities and his fatal mistake, he's pretty much a deconstruction of the traditionally chivalrous heroes of a classic fantasy, since the readers know too well that in the CrapsackWorld of Westeros are inevitably doomed. Although a skilled warrior, RealityEnsues when he faces BloodKnight Robert Baratheon and his ''huge'' warhammer. As pointed out by Ser Jorah:

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** PrinceCharming: He was universally acknowledged as the most handsome man in Westeros, and Westeros as well a chivalrous, intelligent as being chivalrous and good king material. Sadly, intelligent, but a PrinceCharming probably wouldn't abduct the daughter of a powerful lord noblewoman (even if he loves her), leading an act which lead to a mass-destroying war. Whatever his motivations were, they are yet to be heard.
CivilWar.
** KnightInShiningArmor: Aside from his already cited His aforementioned qualities and flaws aside, his fatal mistake, he's pretty much a deconstruction of skills at the traditionally chivalrous heroes of a classic fantasy, since the readers know too well that in the CrapsackWorld of Westeros are inevitably doomed. Although a skilled warrior, RealityEnsues knightly arts were less than helpful [RealityEnsues when he faces faced] BloodKnight Robert Baratheon and his ''huge'' warhammer. As pointed out by Quoth Ser Jorah:



* ElegantClassicalMusician: And he was that good that could bring tough ladies like Cersei Lannister and Lyanna Stark to tears with his beautiful harp music.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: At least [[spoiler:Jon Connington]] did...
* FamousLastWords: "''Lyanna...''" His death scene is never actually shown, but the [[AllThereInTheManual official encyclopedia]] says this was his last word. Daenerys also had a vision of him in the House of the Undying whispering a woman's name with his last breath, a thing that supports this knowledge.
* FlowersOfRomance: What hinted everyone about his attraction to Lyanna Stark was crowning her Queen of Love and Beauty with a crown of blue winter roses, the traditional flower of her country and also Ned Stark recalls that there was plenty of roses in Lyanna's chamber at the Tower of Joy. Blue roses are still the symbol of their fateful liaison.

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* ElegantClassicalMusician: And he He was that so good that he could bring tough ladies like Cersei Lannister and Lyanna Stark to tears with his beautiful harp music.
tears.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: At least Well, [[spoiler:Jon Connington]] did...
Connington did...]]
* FamousLastWords: "''Lyanna...''" His death scene is never actually shown, Daenerys only says that he whispered the name of the woman he loved when she sees him die in the House of the Undying, but the [[AllThereInTheManual official encyclopedia]] says this was his last word. Daenerys also had a vision of him in the House of the Undying whispering a woman's name with his last breath, a thing that supports this knowledge.
he said Lyanna's name.
* FlowersOfRomance: What hinted everyone about The first hint of his attraction to interest in Lyanna Stark was crowning her Queen of Love and Beauty with a crown of blue winter roses, the traditional flower of her country and also country. Ned Stark recalls that there was plenty of roses in Lyanna's chamber at the Tower of Joy. Blue roses are still the symbol of their fateful liaison.



** Robb Stark. Both are [[WarriorPrince Warrior Princes]] widely thought of as TheAce and BigGood, with a HundredPercentAdorationRating, and are in-universe [[MemeticBadass Memetic Badasses]]. Both made bad decisions in regards to a woman (Rhaegar eloping with/kidnapping Lyanna Stark, Robb [[spoiler:marrying Jeyne Westerling]]) that required breaking marriage-related vows (Rhaegar's vows to Elia Martell, Robb's [[spoiler:marriage alliance with the Freys]]) and ultimately [[spoiler:got them killed]]. They were both possibly motivated by family history regarding childbearing (Rhaegar's wish to fulfill the Prince That Was Promised prophecy, Robb's fear of siring a bastard like his father). After their deaths, former supporters remain deeply devoted to their memories, and [[spoiler:plot to put their heirs (Aegon VI and Rickon Stark) on the throne]]. Both are entirely shown to us from others' perspectives, Robb being one of the only Starks who is not a viewpoint character, and Rhaegar being one of the most notable [[PosthumousCharacter Posthumous Characters]], leaving them subject to a lot of AlternateCharacterInterpretation. Both are also brothers to two characters often speculated to be TheChosenOne [[spoiler: (though actually Jon may very well be Rhaegar's son instead of Robb's brother.)]]
** Bael the Bard. The parallelisms between their lives are uncanny, like it was no coincidence. The former heir of Westeros was a WarriorPrince who shared Bael's taste for [[WarriorPoet songs]], Stark ladies, [[FlowersOfRomance blue winter roses]] and [[AbductionIsLove style of courtship]]. Both their love affairs with Lady Stark brought misery to House Stark and ultimately to their deaths - Lord Brandon almost died without heirs but Bael's son with his daughter is the next Lord Stark who ends up [[{{Patricide}} killing Bael himself]]; Rhaegar Targaryen just invited a civil war that killed another Brandon Stark and ultimately leads to his death - and while Lady Stark eventually gave birth to Bael's son and commits suicide after his death, Lyanna Stark died [[spoiler: but not without strong hints she had just [[DeathByChildbirth given birth to Rhaegar's son before dying]].]]
* HeroesPreferSwords: Used a sword against Robert Baratheon during the Battle of the Trident, though despite being a reportedly decent person it is quite arguable if he could be called a hero (the whole irresponsibly disappearing and letting his insane father cause a war and in doing so killing thousands of people, destabilizing the kingdom, causing lots of extremely serious problems for years to come and causing his own family to be deposed from the throne). Also, it did not go well for him considering the fact that Robert used a warhammer (being a much better weapon for knights in armor and Robert being a much better warrior).
* HeterosexualLifePartners: The best of his friends was the Kingsguard Arthur Dayne, whom (according to Barristan Selmy) he trusted more than anyone and put on guarding Lyanna Stark when Rhaegar was away to fight Robert Baratheon.
* ICouldaBeenAContender: Rhaegar all had the promise of being TheGoodKing - but died before he could fulfill his potential.
* IdiotBall: While he probably couldn't predict that his father was going to burn a Lord Paramount to death, he should have realised that kidnapping and/or spiriting away Lyanna Stark, the daughter of one powerful high lord (and betrothed to another) without anything remotely close to their permissions, was ''never'', ever going to end well, whatever the circumstances. To say nothing of the fact that he left his actual wife (yeah, the one who was the sister to the Prince of Dorne and closest ally of the Iron Throne), his children, young brother and his mother with his completely insane father and at his whims and mercy. Yeah, Rhaegar was a great family man.
** He also made the tactically braindead choice to cross the Trident, even though Robert was on the offensive; rather than wait for Robert to come to him and thus have the advantage of having his army on dry land with the high ground, he instead decided to charge straight across, which naturally gave all the advantages straight to Robert, resulting in his death.

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** Robb Stark. Both are [[WarriorPrince Warrior Princes]] widely thought of as TheAce and BigGood, with a HundredPercentAdorationRating, and are in-universe [[MemeticBadass Memetic Badasses]]. Both made bad decisions in regards to a woman (Rhaegar eloping with/kidnapping Lyanna Stark, Robb [[spoiler:marrying Jeyne Westerling]]) that required breaking marriage-related marital vows (Rhaegar's vows to Elia Martell, Robb's [[spoiler:marriage alliance with the Freys]]) and ultimately [[spoiler:got them killed]]. They were both possibly motivated by family history regarding childbearing (Rhaegar's wish to fulfill the Prince That Was Promised prophecy, Robb's fear of siring a bastard like his father). After their deaths, former supporters remain deeply devoted to their memories, and [[spoiler:plot to put their heirs (Aegon VI and Rickon Stark) on the throne]]. Both are entirely shown to us from others' perspectives, Robb being one of the only Starks who is not a viewpoint character, and Rhaegar being one of the most notable [[PosthumousCharacter Posthumous Characters]], leaving them subject to a lot of AlternateCharacterInterpretation. Both are also brothers to two characters often speculated to be TheChosenOne [[spoiler: (though actually Jon may very well be Rhaegar's son instead of Robb's brother.)]]
** Bael the Bard. The parallelisms between their lives are uncanny, like it was no coincidence. The former heir Prince of Westeros was a WarriorPrince who Dragonstone and the King-Beyond-the-Wall shared Bael's a taste for [[WarriorPoet songs]], Stark ladies, [[FlowersOfRomance blue winter roses]] and [[AbductionIsLove style of courtship]]. eloping]]. Both of their love affairs with Lady Stark women brought misery to House Stark and ultimately to their deaths - Lord Brandon almost died without heirs but Bael's son with his daughter is the next Lord Stark who ends up [[{{Patricide}} killing Bael himself]]; Rhaegar Targaryen just invited a civil war that killed another Brandon Stark and ultimately leads to his death - and while Lady Stark eventually gave birth to Bael's son and commits suicide after his death, Lyanna Stark died [[spoiler: but not without strong hints she had just [[DeathByChildbirth given resulted in the birth to Rhaegar's son before dying]].]]
of heroes, if Lyanna and Rhaegar are Jon's biological parents]].
* HeroesPreferSwords: Used He used a sword against Robert Baratheon during the Battle of the Trident, though despite being a reportedly decent person it is quite but it's arguable if whether he could be called a hero (the whole irresponsibly disappearing and letting his insane father cause a war and in doing so killing thousands of people, destabilizing the kingdom, causing lots of extremely serious problems for years to come and causing his own family to be deposed from the throne). Also, it did not go hero. It didn't end well for him considering the fact that Robert used a warhammer (being a much better weapon for knights in armor and Robert being a much better warrior).
him.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: The His best of his friends and oldest friend was the Kingsguard Ser Arthur Dayne, whom who (according to Barristan Selmy) he trusted more than anyone and put on who he left guarding Lyanna Stark when Rhaegar was away he went to fight Robert Baratheon.
* ICouldaBeenAContender: Rhaegar had all had the promise of being TheGoodKing - TheGoodKing, but he died before he could fulfill his potential.
* IdiotBall: While he probably couldn't predict that his father was going to burn a Lord Paramount to death, kill Rickard and Brandon Stark, he should have realised that kidnapping and/or spiriting away Lyanna Stark, the daughter of one powerful high lord (and paramount and betrothed to another) without anything remotely close to their permissions, another, was ''never'', ever ''never'' going to end well, whatever the circumstances. To say nothing of the fact that he left publicly humiliated his actual wife (yeah, the one who was the sister (sister to the Prince of Dorne and Dorne, the closest ally of the Iron Throne), Throne) and left her, his children, young brother younger brother, and his mother with at the mercy of his completely insane father and at his whims and mercy. Yeah, Rhaegar was a great family man.mad father.
** He also made the tactically braindead choice to cross crossed the Trident, even though Robert was on the offensive; rather than wait offensive, when he could have waited for Robert to come to him and thus have had the advantage of having his army on dry land with the high ground, he instead decided to charge straight across, which naturally gave all the advantages straight to Robert, resulting ground. This resulted in his death.



* InformedAbility: Rhaegar is considered by many to be the ultimate in Westerosi martial arts, a great soldier, fighter and Knight, but it's not made clear what he did to earn this reputation. He was barely two or three years when the Battle of Ninepenny Kings took place, and there weren't any major wars or conflicts between then and the Rebellion. Rebellions by the Kingswood Brotherhood and the Darklyns of Duskendale were fields of honor for Ser Arthur Dayne and Ser Barristan respectively, yet both of them saw Rhaegar as their leader and superior. The one major military engagement he took part in was the Battle of the Trident, which he lost despite outnumbering the Rebels with 5000 extra men.
* InheritanceMurder: His father suspected him of plotting this. Aerys left the Red Keep for the first time in years to attend the Harrenhal Tourney because he believed Rhaegar would be plotting with other high lords to get rid of him. Granted, Aerys was ridiculously paranoid, but it's not outside the realm of possibility.
* KickTheDog: While Barristan notes their relationship was amiable, it appears that Rhaegar stopped being so tender to Elia when he noticed Lyanna Stark. First by humiliating his wife in front of hundreds, if not thousands, of people by snubbing her and crowning Lyanna as Queen of Love and Beauty, and then by running off with her, in whatever shape or form it took.
* LastOfHisKind: Often called "The Last Dragon". Daenerys [[spoiler:and Aegon VI]] beg to differ. He was indeed the last formal Targaryen crown prince.
* TheLostLenore: A rare [[spoiler: LGBT]] male example. [[spoiler: His friend Jon Connington harbored romantic feelings for him and plans to restore his son mostly to honor his memory, as he partially blames himself for Rhaegar's downfall.]]
* LoveRuinsTheRealm: His apparent kidnapping of Lyanna for personal reasons triggered a civil war during which himself and most of his immediate family members were brutally killed. It also led to decades of stagnation and further strife that continually hark back to the direct consequences of that event. Whoops?
* MadDictatorsHandsomeSon: Although King Aerys was [[IWasQuiteALooker neither ugly]] [[SanitySlippage nor mad]], Rhaegar was always in the collective imagination (don't mind [[{{Archenemy}} Robert Baratheon]]) the Mad King's handsome and noble son, who'd have made a great king some day.
* MagneticHero: Although Robert's victory made sure he had the HistoricalVillainUpgrade treatment, it's to be noted that many different characters (some of them are even enemies between each other) were loyal to him (like [[KnightInShiningArmor Ser Barristan]], [[BloodKnight Jaime Lannister]]), loved him ([[TheVamp Cersei Lannister]], possibly Lyanna Stark and [[spoiler: [[StraightGay Jon Connington]] ]]) or at least respected him (like Jorah Mormont or even ''Ned Stark'' seems to not hold much grudge against him, as he mentally drew a comparison between him and Robert which was somewhat favorable to Rhaegar). [[TheRashomon It's part of what makes his true legacy so mind-screwing]].
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: To Edward the Black Prince. Seen as the ultimate embodiment of medieval chivalry and subject to a great deal of romance in his life and after his death, and regarded as the ultimate Great-King-That-Never-Was, at least by his supporters.

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* InformedAbility: Rhaegar is Many considered by many to be him the ultimate in Westerosi martial arts, a great soldier, fighter and Knight, chivalry ideal, but it's not made clear what he did failed to earn this reputation. He was barely two show either the social dignity or three years the military aptitude necessary when the Battle of Ninepenny Kings took place, and there weren't any major wars or conflicts between then and the Rebellion. Rebellions by the Kingswood Brotherhood and the Darklyns of Duskendale were fields of honor for Ser Arthur Dayne and Ser Barristan respectively, yet both of them saw Rhaegar as their leader and superior. The one major military engagement he took part in was the Battle of the Trident, which he lost despite outnumbering the Rebels with 5000 extra men.
time came.
* InheritanceMurder: His father suspected him of plotting this. Aerys left the Red Keep for the first time in years to attend the Harrenhal Tourney tourney because he believed Rhaegar would be was plotting with other high lords to get rid of him. Granted, It's heavily implied that this time Aerys was ridiculously paranoid, but it's not outside the realm of possibility.
''right''.
* KickTheDog: While Barristan notes says their relationship marriage was amiable, it appears that but Rhaegar stopped being so tender to embarrassed and shamed Elia when after he noticed Lyanna Stark. First Stark, first by humiliating snubbing his wife in front of hundreds, if not thousands, thousands of people by snubbing her and crowning to crown Lyanna as Queen of Love and Beauty, Beauty and then by running off with her, in whatever shape or form it took.
her.
* LastOfHisKind: Often He is often called "The Last Dragon". Daenerys [[spoiler:and Aegon VI]] beg to differ. He was indeed the last formal Targaryen crown prince.
Dragon".
* TheLostLenore: A rare [[spoiler: LGBT]] male example. [[spoiler: His friend Jon Connington harbored romantic feelings for him and plans to restore his son mostly to honor his memory, as he partially blames himself for Rhaegar's downfall.death, and Jon plans to restore Rhaegar's son to the throne in his honor.]]
* LoveRuinsTheRealm: His apparent kidnapping of Lyanna for personal reasons triggered a civil war during which himself that ended with him and most every member of his immediate family members were brutally killed. It also but two dead, and this led to decades of stagnation and further strife that continually hark back to the direct consequences of that event. Whoops?
* MadDictatorsHandsomeSon: Although King Aerys was not always [[IWasQuiteALooker neither ugly]] or [[SanitySlippage nor mad]], Rhaegar was always is in the collective imagination (don't mind [[{{Archenemy}} Robert Baratheon]]) as the Mad King's handsome and noble son, who'd have made a great king some day.
king.
* MagneticHero: Although Robert's victory made sure he had the ensured a HistoricalVillainUpgrade treatment, it's to be noted that but many different characters (some of them are even enemies between each other) were and are loyal to him (like [[KnightInShiningArmor Ser Barristan]], [[BloodKnight Jaime Lannister]]), loved him ([[TheVamp Cersei Lannister]], possibly Lyanna Stark and [[spoiler: [[StraightGay Jon Connington]] ]]) or at least respected him (like Jorah Mormont or even ''Ned Stark'' seems to not hold much grudge him, seemingly past the point of reason. Even Ned Stark, who fought against him, as he mentally drew a comparison between him and Robert which was somewhat favorable positively contrasts Rhaegar to Rhaegar).his own friend Robert. [[TheRashomon It's part of what makes his true legacy so mind-screwing]].
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: To Edward the Black Prince. Seen Both are seen as the ultimate embodiment of medieval chivalry and subject to a great deal of romance romanticism in his life and after his death, and they are regarded as the ultimate Great-King-That-Never-Was, at least by his by supporters.
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The eldest child of Aerys II and Rhaella, and his father's heir. He is a PosthumousCharacter - everything readers know about him is filtered through SecondHandStorytelling. Characters such as Cersei Lannister, Jaime Lannister, Barristan Selmy, and his sister Daenerys Targaryen (who never met him) have shown a high regard for him. He was despised by Robert Baratheon, who considered him an ArchEnemy, due to Rhaegar's (supposed) kidnapping and rape of his betrothed Lyanna Stark, whom Robert loved.

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The Rhaegar was the eldest child of Aerys II and Rhaella, Rhaella and his father's heir. He is a PosthumousCharacter - PosthumousCharacter, and everything the readers know about him is filtered through SecondHandStorytelling. Characters such as like Cersei Lannister, Jaime Lannister, Barristan Selmy, and his sister Daenerys Targaryen (who never met him) have shown a high regard for him. He was despised by speak well of him while Robert Baratheon, who considered Baratheon considers him an ArchEnemy, due to Rhaegar's (supposed) kidnapping and rape of his betrothed Lyanna Stark, whom Robert loved.Stark.



* TenMinuteRetirement: At the earlier stages of Robert's Rebellion he was missing and nowhere to be found, and likely spent that time at Tower of Joy. Eventually came back to speak with his father, took charge of the royal forces and ([[TheHeroDies fatally]]) face Robert Baratheon at the Trident.
* HundredPercentAdorationRating: He seemed to have been fairly beloved by commons and high born before the incident with Lyanna Stark. However, the exact reason for this is not specified - which is weird. Targaryen loyalists still adore him.
* AbductionIsLove: The official tale says that Rhaegar kidnapped Lyanna against her will. Some characters say he loved her. A couple hint it may not have been against her will, even if her fiancee, brothers and father very much hated the very idea of her getting stolen from under them. [[EpilepticTrees Welcome to Hearsayville]].
* TheAce: He's described as having been a highly respected and very handsome man who excelled at anything he put his mind to.
* AloofOlderBrother: To Viserys, due to a huge age gap (Rhaegar was in his late teens when Viserys was born) and Rhaegar generally not being that close to people. Viserys was never at his level in looks, wits and combat skills (although the latter is justified since Viserys ended up an ImpoverishedPatrician before receiving any proper training) and also Ser Barristan implies Viserys was a little [[RoyallyScrewedUp troubled since childhood]].
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Tons In-Universe. The entire situation with Lyanna Stark is kept very ambiguous and accounts about it differ from character to character, ranging from villainy and romanticism to plain stupidity. To the reader's eye, Rhaegar's path was also, and mostly, driven by a [[BecauseDestinySaysSo prophecy]].
* AntagonisticOffspring: WordOfGod said the relationship between father and son was increasingly bitter, as the king was [[SanitySlippage more and more paranoid]] and [[GreenEyedMonster jealous]] of his Hand [[EvilChancellor Tywin Lannister]] and [[TheWisePrince his own son]], to the point of getting out of the Red Keep for the first time after Duskendale to attend the tournament at Harrenhal... because Varys had told him that his son had arranged it to make alliances to overthrow him. And there are hints that Rhaegar really ''was'' planning to overthrow him, or at least [[AbdicateTheThrone force his retirement from active ruling]], though given [[TheCaligula his father's madness]], one could wish he'd done this earlier.
* ArchEnemy: To Robert Baratheon. Well, [[CockFight the swine outright swiped his girlfriend]] and [[ItsPersonal she died, dammit...]]
* ArrangedMarriage: To Elia Martell. By all accounts seems that at least they got along well before he met Lyanna Stark.
* BadassBookworm: Rhaegar was more interested in scholarly pursuits than in being a warrior, until he decided that his destiny dictated that he become a warrior.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: He had absolutely no interest in knightly training growing up, preferring to play the harp and study as a scholar. Until he read '''something''' that made him show up at the training yard the next morning and tell the master-at-arms, ''"I shall require a sword and mail. It seems I must become a warrior."''
** The prophecy about [[TheChosenOne The Prince Who Was Promised]] haunted his life, it seems. He first believed he would fulfill the prophecy, but changed his mind and decided his son Aegon would. Oh, and the dragon must have [[TheChosenMany three heads]].
** [[spoiler: There is a possibility that this is one of the reasons he eloped with Lyanna Stark]]; see TheRashomon.
* BigGood: Almost universally loved before the whole Lyanna event. [[spoiler:Targaryen supporters currently want to put Prince Aegon on the Throne because he is Rhaegar's son and ''not'' for his being Aerys' grandson]].
* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: He was born among the flames of the Tragedy of Summerhall, the freat fire were King Aegon V, Prince Duncan and Lord Commander Duncan the Tall lost their lives. The shadow of this tragedy will haunt him for all his life.
* BlackKnight: He was described as wearing black armor.
* BlingOfWar: The Targaryen dragon coat of arms on his armor was made of rubies.
* ByronicHero: Rhaegar repeatedly stated to have had "melancholy eyes", that matched his brooding nature. And [[ElegantClassicalMusician he played the harp]]. 'Nuff said (TropesAreNotBad!). He was also born under inauspicious circumstances (the Tragedy at Summerhall) and often mused about it. And most of all the true meaning of his actions are still shrouded in mystery and fount of speculations in-universe and out.
* DeadGuyJunior: "Rhae" is a common prefix in Targaryen names (his mother's name being "Rhaella", for instance). Daenerys later named her son "Rhaego" and one of her dragons "Rhaegal" after her dead brother, which is sweet. One of the numerous Freys named his son Rhaegar, which is ridiculous.

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* TenMinuteRetirement: At He was nowhere to be found during the earlier stages early days of Robert's Rebellion Rebellion, but he was missing and nowhere eventually returned to be found, and likely spent that time at Tower of Joy. Eventually came back to speak with his father, took take charge of the royal forces and ([[TheHeroDies fatally]]) [[TheHeroDies fatally]] face off with Robert Baratheon at the Trident.
* HundredPercentAdorationRating: He seemed to have been fairly was beloved by commons and high born highborn before the incident with Lyanna Stark. However, the exact reason for this is not specified - which is weird. Stark, and Targaryen loyalists still adore him.
* AbductionIsLove: The official tale says that Officially, Rhaegar kidnapped Lyanna against her will. Some will, but some characters say he loved her. A couple hint it may not have been against her will, even if her fiancee, brothers and father very much hated the very idea of her getting stolen from under them.there are hints she went willingly. [[EpilepticTrees Welcome to Hearsayville]].
* TheAce: He's described as having been a highly respected He was well-respected and very handsome man who handsome, and he excelled at anything he put his mind to.
to. Barristan Selmy calls him "able."
* AloofOlderBrother: To Viserys, due to a huge age gap (Rhaegar who was in his late teens born when Rhaegar was seventeen, because of that and Rhaegar's distant personality. Viserys was born) and Rhaegar generally not being that close to people. Viserys was never at reached his level in looks, wits and wits, or combat skills (although the latter is justified since Viserys ended up an ImpoverishedPatrician before receiving any proper training) skills, and also Ser Barristan implies Viserys furthermore he was a little [[RoyallyScrewedUp troubled since childhood]].
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Tons In-Universe. The entire situation What happened with Lyanna Stark is kept very ambiguous ambiguous, and accounts about it differ from character to character, ranging from villainy and to romanticism to plain stupidity. To the reader's eye, Readers know that Rhaegar's path was also, and mostly, driven by a [[BecauseDestinySaysSo prophecy]].
prophecy]], but how that comes together is still uncertain.
* AntagonisticOffspring: WordOfGod said says that the relationship between father and son was grew increasingly bitter, as the king was became more [[SanitySlippage more and more paranoid]] and [[GreenEyedMonster jealous]] of his Hand [[EvilChancellor Tywin Lannister]] and [[TheWisePrince his own son]], to the point of getting out of son]]. Aerys did not leave the Red Keep for the first time four years after Duskendale the Defiance of Duskendale, but he left to attend the tournament at Harrenhal... Harrenhal because Varys had told him that his son Rhaegar had arranged it to make alliances to overthrow him. And there There are hints that Rhaegar really ''was'' planning ''did'' plan to overthrow him, or at least [[AbdicateTheThrone force his retirement from active ruling]], though given ruling]]. Given [[TheCaligula his father's madness]], one could might wish that he'd done this so earlier.
* ArchEnemy: To Robert Baratheon. Well, Rhaegar [[CockFight the swine outright swiped disappeared with his girlfriend]] betrothed]], and [[ItsPersonal she died, dammit...]]
died]].
* ArrangedMarriage: To Elia Martell. By all accounts seems that at least they got They seem to have gotten along well before he met Lyanna Stark.
* BadassBookworm: Rhaegar was more interested in scholarly pursuits than in being a warrior, until he decided that his destiny dictated that he become must a warrior.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: He had absolutely no interest in knightly training growing up, preferring to play the harp and study as a scholar. Until scholar, until he read '''something''' that made him show up at the training yard the next morning and tell the master-at-arms, ''"I shall require a sword and mail. It seems I must become a warrior."''
** The prophecy about [[TheChosenOne The Prince Who Was Promised]] haunted him his life, it seems. entire life. He first believed he would fulfill the prophecy, but he changed his mind and decided his son Aegon would. Oh, and the dragon must have [[TheChosenMany three heads]].
**
heads]]. [[spoiler: There is a possibility that this is one of the reasons This might be why he eloped with Lyanna Stark]]; see TheRashomon.
* BigGood: Almost He was almost universally loved before the whole Lyanna event. whatever happened with Lyanna. [[spoiler:Targaryen supporters currently want to put Prince Aegon on the Throne because he is Rhaegar's son and ''not'' for his being because he is Aerys' grandson]].
* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: He was born among the flames of during the Tragedy of Summerhall, the freat freak fire were where King Aegon V, Prince Duncan and Lord Commander Duncan, Ser Duncan the Tall Tall, and many others lost their lives. The shadow of this tragedy will haunt haunted him for all his whole life.
* BlackKnight: He was described as wearing wore black armor.
* BlingOfWar: The Targaryen dragon coat of arms on his armor was made of rubies.
* ByronicHero: Rhaegar repeatedly stated to have He was born under inauspicious circumstances, which he often dwelled upon, he was well-liked but introspective and introverted, he had "melancholy eyes", that matched his brooding nature. And an... interesting romantic history, and [[ElegantClassicalMusician he played the harp]]. 'Nuff said (TropesAreNotBad!). He was also born under inauspicious circumstances (the Tragedy at Summerhall) and often mused about it. And most of all Also, the true meaning purpose of his actions are is still shrouded in mystery and fount of speculations mystery, in-universe and out.
* DeadGuyJunior: "Rhae" is a common prefix in Targaryen names (his mother's name being was "Rhaella", for instance). Daenerys later named her son "Rhaego" and one of her dragons "Rhaegal" after her dead brother, which is sweet. One of the numerous Freys Ser Rhaegar Frey was named his son Rhaegar, which after him when Rhaegar was still alive, but the name is ridiculous.still jarring.
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