History Characters / GameOfThronesHouseLannister

6th Feb '17 10:50:36 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* CantCatchUp: She can play speed chess well against her somewhat dim-witted husband and the honorable-to-a-fault Ned Stark, but after removing these two and moving a rank up she quickly finds herself out of depth. The fact that she doesn't have any control over her psychotic son whom she has made a king doesn't help a bit. Even after he's dead and her far kinder and gullible second son is on the throne, she's still outplayed by those around her. Her only advantage is that she is willing to do things others consider downright stupid, which leaves them unprepared as they assume she would ''never'' try it. And even this begins to fade as players like [[GenreSavvy Margaery]] [[XanatosSpeedChess Tyrell]] figure out how Cersei plays the game.

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* CantCatchUp: She can play speed chess well against her somewhat dim-witted husband and the honorable-to-a-fault Ned Stark, but after removing these two and moving a rank up she quickly finds herself out of depth. The fact that she doesn't have any control over her psychotic son whom she has made a king doesn't help a bit. Even after he's dead and her far kinder and gullible second son is on the throne, she's still outplayed by those around her. Her only advantage is that she is willing to do things others consider downright stupid, which leaves them unprepared as they assume she would ''never'' try it. And even this begins to fade as players like [[GenreSavvy Margaery]] [[XanatosSpeedChess Margaery Tyrell]] figure out how Cersei plays the game.
5th Feb '17 10:44:24 AM LtFedora
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'''Tywin:''' Yes, I think you would, Reginald. And, because you're my cousin, I might even let you wake form that sleep! Go! I'm sure your wife must miss you.\\

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'''Tywin:''' Yes, I think you would, Reginald. And, because you're my cousin, I might even let you wake form from that sleep! Go! I'm sure your wife must miss you.\\
30th Jan '17 1:12:07 PM LtFedora
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** Also to Renly Baratheon. Both of them are competent politicians in their own right. But while Renly is confident on his potential as a king to aa fault by openly berating his older brother Stannis in public, Kevan knows his place as the younger brother of a leader and devotedly serves as his subordinate.

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** Also to Renly Baratheon. Both of them are competent politicians in their own right. But while Renly is confident on his potential as a king to aa a fault by openly berating his older brother Stannis in public, Kevan knows his place as the younger brother of a leader and devotedly serves as his subordinate.
22nd Jan '17 8:48:46 AM TPPR10
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the books, when Cersei's hair is cut off by the Faith they shave her completely bald. In the show, they leave her with BoyishShortHair that isn't completely unattractive. She also has a perfect physique, while in the corresponding part of the book her body is described as having lost part of its beauty due to Cersei's age and pregnancies. That said, the series makes little effort to polish Lena Headey's natural minor blemishes as Cersei[[note]]her crow's feet are clearly visible in the picture above, for example[[/note]], so the general idea of "beauty somewhat weathered by age" still gets across, particularly when she's paired in scenes with the blossoming Sansa Stark and the young, in-her-prime Margeary Tyrell.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Although still one of the villains, Cersei said,Tywin is far more sympathetic here than she is in the books. [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Not that this is particularly difficult]]:
** In the show, she and Robert had a child at one point; but it died of a fever shortly after being born. In the books, Robert got her pregnant once, after which she had the child aborted behind his back.
** Season 1 also implies that she genuinely loved this child by Robert, and their private conversation together suggests that she still had feelings for Robert himself at the time the child was born (saying she loved him "For quite a while, actually."), despite knowing he didn't love her back. These changes introduce a much more tragic and human side to her character, whereas in the corresponding book there's no real indication that she wasn't a cruel, contemptuous and hateful person from the start. In the books, Cersei already despises Robert before they marry because he killed Rhaegar, her lifetime crush, and she has no problem having sex with Jaime the morning of her wedding day.
** Her promiscuity is toned down in the TV series. Aside from Lancel and Jaime, in the books she has "[[SexForServices affairs]]" with at least three other men (the Kettleblack brothers) and also beds another woman (Lady Taena), all of which are AdaptedOut in the show.
** She has a much lower body count in the show. Two of her greatest KickTheDog moments from the second book, ordering the deaths of Robert's bastards and Tyrion, are done by Joffrey instead. Also her habit of sending random people to ColdBloodedTorture in the fourth book is entirely absent from the show. [[spoiler:Of course, you can point out she reverses this big time in her orchestration of the Green Trial, racking up possibly the biggest kill count of major characters since the Red Wedding.]]
** In the books, Cersei's love for Jaime is a twisted form of narcissism, as she sees Jaime as what she could have been were she a man (something she ''does'' wish), and when he returns from the war he's so changed that she no longer finds him appealing, so their relationship pretty much ends. In the show there is more genuine love between them, and their relationship continues after his return.
** In the books, Cersei finds little wrong in Joffrey, passing off his cruelty as 'willfulness'. In the show, she's aware that he's a monster and grieves about that, but as his mother she loves him regardless, which makes her a more tragic character. To be fair, Joffrey is also nicer to her in the books.
** In the books she has no problem having sex next to Joffrey's corpse. In the show she clearly wants nothing to do with it.
** Kicking Tyrion about is nothing heroic, but in the show it's clear that she loved her late mother and mourned her death. In the books, it's mentioned that lady Joanna once found out about her twin children's affair and separated them for a time, but soon died. The tone of Cersei's narration makes clear that it was one obstacle out of the way for her.
** She has much better reasons to be wary of Margaery than in the books and despite getting Loras arrested by the Faith Militant was an underhanded move, well, at least this time she didn't frame anyone (and she has gone after him in the books as well for far more petty reasons, albeit in a different fashion).
** {{Subverted}} come the Season 6 finale, when [[spoiler:Cersei's remaining [[CryForTheDevil sympathetic]] qualities go out the window and she reveals herself to be even more petty, thoughtless, cruel, ruthless, destructive, and dangerous than her book counterpart ever was with the Green Trial.]]
* AdaptationalIntelligence: Some of her petty and idiotic schemes from the books are instead done by Joffrey in the show, which makes her less StupidEvil, and she actually tries to renegotiate the terms with the Iron Bank instead of just telling to screw themselves and have the kingdom falling into debt and bad credit. Lots of her smarts come from being all around less narcissistic and hateful so she can actually think instead of assuming she knows everything.
** Like many of her more sympathetic adaptational qualities, [[SubvertedTrope this ultimately goes out the window as of the Season 6 finale]]. Cersei's StupidEvil machinations, while successful, ultimately make her ''the'' number one target of ''every'' single other faction in Westeros with absolutely no allies.
* AdaptationalModesty: Her book counterpart is described as a MsFanservice character. Here, she's only seen nude once [[FanDisservice and it's far from titillating]].
* AdaptationalVillainy:
** In the books, her hatred of Tyrion is in part because of a prophecy that her younger brother will be the cause of her downfall. [[labelnote:From the Books...]]Although she was cruel to the baby Tyrion before receiving said prophecy and it's clear she was also following daddy's example in seeing her younger brother as a little monster.[[/labelnote]] The show removes that part of the prophecy and instead implies that Cersei blames Tyrion for the death of their mother.
** Cersei's motivation for empowering the High Sparrow also changes in the show. In the book, she makes him the High Septon in order to have the protection of the Faith Militant. She didn't try to have them to target the Tyrells until after she became suspicious that they were in cahoots with Tyrion. In the show, she empowers the High Sparrow and his followers solely to get back at Margaery.
** Come the Season 6 finale, [[spoiler: Cersei's AdaptationalHeroism is completely gone when she blows up a large majority of the nobles in King's Landing (including Margaery Tyrell and most her family) during The Green Trial, [[WordOfGod something the showrunners claim to have come up with on their own.]] For all of Book Cersei's [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen many, many, MANY faults]], not even she has come close to what is the equivalent of dropping a nuclear bomb on her own city to kill a bunch of people with no attention whatsoever paid to the massive collateral damage.]]
* AdmiringTheAbomination:
** She is quite impressed with the killing power of Gregor Clegane and is quite keen to ensure that he retains the same killing power after his poisoning. She's also highly curious about Qyburn's experiments, giving him the patronage that no reasonable or sane institution like the Citadel or Pycelle would touch with a ten foot pole.
** Seems quite disappointed during a flashback to her teens when Maggy the Frog is an ordinary-looking woman and not a terrifying monster as described.
* AgeLift: Like Jaime. She's 40 here, putting several years between her and her book counterpart.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Her Walk of Shame through King's Landing has her leaving bloodied footprints in her wake by the end of it. Luckily for Cersei, she has Qyburn to attend to them.
* AintTooProudToBeg: After Tywin forces her to marry Ser Loras, she is reduced to tearfully begging her father not to make her do it. It doesn't work.
* TheAlcoholic: Season 2 sees an increasing number of scenes where she has a cup close to hand. During the attack of Stannis Baratheon on King's Landing, she's drunk throughout. By Season 5, she has a LadyDrunk reputation. Between Cersei and Tyrion, it seems like a safe bet that the Lannisters are genetically predisposed to alcoholism. [[labelnote:From the Books...]]Other Lannisters from (relatively recent) Westerosi history that would also stand as evidence of this genetic predisposition, such as Lord Tytos Lannister, Tywin and Kevan's father. This may go a long way in explaining why Tywin has such a grudge against it. Also serves as a trait she shares with her late husband Robert, where as Queen Regent she increasingly turns to drink while crumbling under the pressure of ruling seven kingdoms and politicking the great and good of the royal court to keep her children safe.[[/labelnote]]
* AmbiguousDisorder: Cersei has a black and white view of friends and enemies (with nearly everyone falling under the latter), is prone to risky behaviors such as her incest and alcoholism, has a poor control of her emotions, and difficulty empathizing with anyone who's not her kids. It's widely theorized by the fan base that she has Borderline Personality Disorder.
* AmbitionIsEvil: The only trait she inherit from her Lord father and her brothers didn't. Never satisfied with her station in life, she is by far the most power-hungry of the Lannister siblings, always equating power with victory, no matter the cost.
* AnalogyBackfire:
** When Ned confronts her on her incestuous relationship with Jaime, she responds that the Targaryens did the same thing for centuries. The same Targaryens that produced the "Mad King" Aerys... even more of a backfire when Joffrey turns out to be more like Aerys than anyone thought. She even directly [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this in the second season when she confesses to Tyrion how sad she is that Joffrey turned out like he did. But, as Tyrion points out, she may have actually beaten the odds the Targaryens confronted (that every other Targaryen goes mad), in that two of her three children by incest are actually extremely decent people.
** During "Blackwater", she tries to comfort Tommen with the fable of the lion who was meant to be king and was in a forest filled with evil things such as stags. Tommen points out that stags aren't evil creatures, they only eat grass.
* ArchEnemy: She's never short of foes thanks to her "everybody who is not us is an enemy" line of thinking, but there are some who stand out:
** Her despised brother Tyrion is this to her in Season 2, mostly because their father has seen fit to trust the outcast of the family with greater authority than her. What should be a straightforward defense of King's Landing is hampered by Cersei constantly working behind his back out of spite. This carries on to Season 3 but fades somewhat as both become marginalized from power by Tywin, and even become mildly conciliatory towards each other due to their similar predicaments. Season 4, however, cements Tyrion as her most despised enemy when she decides with no evidence he murdered Joffrey and dedicates her life to having him humiliated and executed.
** With Tyrion's fall from power, her eventual daughter-in-law Margaery Tyrell is increasingly regarded as this, mostly because Cersei sees her for the [[YouAreWhatYouHate overly ambitious two-faced social climber]] that she is and Cersei wants nothing less than absolute control over her sons Joffrey and Tommen. To compound things, Cersei has been warned about an arch-rival since childhood, and someone like Margaery fits the description as far as Cersei is concerned.
--->'''Maggy the Frog:''' Queen you shall be, till there comes another. Younger and more beautiful. To cast you down and take all that you hold dear.
** The High Sparrow becomes this to her in a much more conventional way, since she's a major obstacle in establishing the theocracy he wants.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: In Season 6, when Kevan initially is reluctant to go along with her plan to seize control from the Faith Militant, Cersei asks him, "Do you want Lancel back? Or have you given him up for good?"
* ArrangedMarriage:
** With Robert. She initially saw it as a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage up until Robert came to her drunk and [[WrongNameOutburst called her by his late betrothed's name]] on their wedding night.
** Tywin commands her to marry Ser Loras. [[WeAreNotGoingThroughThatAgain She's not amused]], but this one falls through as Tywin is not there to enforce it, what with his terminal bowel problems.
* AuthorityInNameOnly: Cersei's title as Queen Mother only holds weight before Joffrey, and later Tommen, were officially wed. Despite sitting in on Small Council Meetings, Cersei technically has no real authority. [[spoiler: Her title as Queen Cersei, first of her name, also counts as this since she only gained this position after [[KillThemAll killing most of her political enemies]] and [[TyrantTakesTheHelm usurping the position for herself]] and she has no allies to speak of apart from Jaime and those at King's Landing.]] And even those are under extreme question at this point.
* AwfulWeddedLife: Her marriage to Robert was a long, bitter failure as she confesses to Ned and Sansa. Her only source of happiness and comfort was her affair with Jaime (which is sad in itself) and their children.
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Season Six ends with her on the Iron Throne and her most immediate enemies dead, though it's rather clear she has more.]]
* BadassBoast: Cersei's declaration that "House Lannister has no rival" definitely sounds badass, even if she is the only one who believes it.
* BattleBallgown: She sports one of these in the last half of "Blackwater", though as the next entry down makes it abundantly clear it's just all for show.
* BelievingTheirOwnLies: She has a tendency to do this and even use it to her advantage. Prince Oberyn discusses Cersei trying to gain sympathy from him by discussing Myrcella in a blatant attempt to turn him against Tyrion; he notes that she might have even been sincere or started believing it while she was lying.
-->'''Tyrion:''' Making honest feelings do dishonest work is one of her many gifts.
* BerserkButton: Mocking her about her incestuous relationship with Jaime is a quick way of pissing her off--she responded to Littlefinger doing so by nearly having her Kingsguard slit his throat, gives a cruel retort to Tyrion when he jokes about it and is seen giving Ellaria Sand a DeathGlare when she indirectly mentions it.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: In "Blackwater", she obtains nightshade from Maester Pycelle and angrily retorts that she knows what 10 drops of it does (kill you) and also has Ilyn Payne stand guard over the women taking shelter for the purposes of killing them if the Red Keep is breached. And at the climax of the battle she opts to sit on the Iron Throne with Tommen and is just about to give them both poison when her father bursts in. She believes that Stannis's men would gang-rape her multiple times before killing her, and torture Tommen to death as a false pretender to the throne.
* BigBad: Although there's a plethora of villains, in Season 1 Cersei serves most clearly as the main antagonist. She's a threat to the Starks, the Crown and the Realm in general due to her scheming. She subsequently becomes a BigBadWannabe, with the more competent and intelligent Tywin falling into place. In Season 5, she temporarily manage to take this position, only to be put back as a BigBadWannabe by the High Sparrow. She regains her position as BigBad with a vengeance after [[spoiler: killing the Sparrows and Tyrells and taking the crown for herself.]]
* BigBadWannabe:
** Cersei plays the game well during Robert's reign, but this is only because she's playing it against the Starks, who are too honorable for their own good. Once her crazy son is on the throne, she loses control in short order. Her plan to be the [[ManBehindTheMan Woman Behind The Throne]] fails spectacularly when Joffrey orders Ned Stark executed and she's powerless to stop him. In Season 2, Tyrion constantly manages to out plan her with ease, and in Season 3, her father is clearly running things despite Cersei outranking him as Queen Regent, and outright says to her face that she isn't as smart as she think she really is.
** This becomes painfully obvious in Season 5; with Tywin dead and Tyrion on the run, she is now the highest ranking member of her family ruling the capital and she still can't get anything done right. Her attempted manipulation of Tommen is undermined by Margaery and, instead of trying to properly rule the kingdom like her father would have done, she instead spends her time trying to humiliate and undermine Margaery [[StupidEvil despite their being literally no benefit in doing so]]. In order to get things done she turns the Sparrows into the Faith Militant and makes them do all of her dirty work which seemingly turns out well for her... until it's revealed that the Faith where merely biding their time until they had enough power to hold her accountable for her own actions. In short, despite trying to set herself up as a {{Chessmaster}} she ultimately [[UnwittingPawn gets used as a pawn instead]].
** As mentioned above, she ditches the "Wannabe" part with a vengeance [[spoiler:by burning all of her rivals to death with wildfire in the Season Six finale and assuming the Iron Throne. With Joffrey and the Boltons dead, this makes her the most powerful and antagonistic of all the human characters and firmly the Big Bad, outclassed only by the Night's King, who's more a force of nature than a character]].
* BigNo: When Tyrion arranges for Myrcella to be taken away.
* BigSisterBully: Was always unpleasant and cruel to her little brother Tyrion. As noted by Oberyn, she called him "a monster" to strangers and presented him as a freak and openly abused him when he was a baby.
* BreakTheHaughty: In her imprisonment in the Faith, she resorts to sipping water from the floor of her filthy cell. Her walk of atonement is specifically designed to do this, and by the end Cersei is sobbing.
* BreakThemByTalking: After forty years of emotional torment from her father, she finally gets her own back by revealing the truth of her and Jaime's relationship, leaving him stammering that it can't be true.
-->'''Cersei:''' ''Your legacy is a '''LIE'''''!
* BrokenBird: Her conversations with Sansa during the siege of Blackwater and her own descriptions of how she once loved Robert reveal her to be this. She had hoped for real happiness from her marriage, from being the Queen, but is appalled at what a sham it had become and has lost any ideals she once had.
* BrotherSisterIncest: With Jaime. It's a huge part of her character and Bran Stark's discovery of this dark secret is one of the catalysts of the series.
* TheBully: Cersei gets a kick out of throwing her weight around and making underlings squirm. Pycelle is probably her favorite punching bag.
* CantCatchUp: She can play speed chess well against her somewhat dim-witted husband and the honorable-to-a-fault Ned Stark, but after removing these two and moving a rank up she quickly finds herself out of depth. The fact that she doesn't have any control over her psychotic son whom she has made a king doesn't help a bit. Even after he's dead and her far kinder and gullible second son is on the throne, she's still outplayed by those around her. Her only advantage is that she is willing to do things others consider downright stupid, which leaves them unprepared as they assume she would ''never'' try it. And even this begins to fade as players like [[GenreSavvy Margaery]] [[XanatosSpeedChess Tyrell]] figure out how Cersei plays the game.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: She has moments of fragility and self-pity where she laments the hardships of the regency that have fallen on her. Given her pettiness and dismal management, nobody really empathizes with Cersei.
* CharacterTics: And beyond, Cersei is constantly smirking when she's too pleased with herself, which happens all the time when nobody puts her in her place. Her brows usually go in sync too.
* ChristmasCake: The Tyrells are reluctant to marry her specifically because she's too old. Although it's not cultural perception in this case, but a legitimate doubt if a 40-years old woman in a medieval setting is suitable to give birth to a heir.
* CorneredRattlesnake: If her back is to the wall she will do things that while not safe for her in the long run will make her enemies regret pushing her [[spoiler: as reviving the Faith militant and exploding the sept shows.]]
* CorruptPolitician: Cersei has all the makings of a crooked politician (dishonesty, underhandedness, a sleazy private life, disregard for the law, self-entitlement, paranoia, [[ListOfTransgressions etc]]) and very few of the attached EvilVirtues beyond ambition and determination. She's also occasionally murderous, but much less so than other courtiers or her book counterpart, [[spoiler: until she goes genocidal and blows up the Great Sept of Baelor with wildfire, killing hundreds, if not thousands.]]
-->'''Cersei:''' When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die.
* CreateYourOwnVillain:
** Even ''she'' finally catches on the fact that her methods of raising Joffrey [[TheCaligula didn't pan out so well]]. Not to mention applying a little bit of incest in his actual creation.
** Blaming Tyrion for Joffrey's murder with no evidence and doing everything in her power to see him convicted drove him into the service of Daenerys. They may not have liked each other prior, but at least Tyrion didn't have any intentions of removing her from power.
** She learned in a hard way that giving power to religious fanatics is not a pragmatic thing to do, especially if you were bedding your brother and cousin.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has her moments of this, especially in Season 2.
* DespairEventHorizon:
** Although she doesn't become a monster, after she and Robert have a conversation where it initially looks like they're [[HopeSpot going to reconcile and improve their relationship]], she is then rejected by Robert. This scene ends with Robert asking her how she feels, and her responding that she [[EmptyShell doesn't feel anything]]. Her subsequent actions make a lot more sense in light of this.
** If she hadn't crossed it before, she certainly does when Joffrey dies in her arms in "The Lion and the Rose".
** Turns out there was still some sanity for her to lose, which she finally does when [[spoiler:Tommen abandons her to her fate in the hands of the Sparrows, which prompts Cersei to mass murder all of her enemies she can at once - along with a good chunk of bystanders - and even give up on her son himself.]]
* DidNotThinkThisThrough:
** When Tyrion demands TrialByCombat when accused of killing Joffery, Cersei rather shrewdly chooses [[TheDreaded The Mountain]] as her champion, believing no-one would fight against him on Tyrion's behalf. However she fails to consider Oberyn Martell, the only man in King's Landing who ''wants'' to fight Ser Gregor, declaring himself Tyrion's champion. Worse still her daughter, Myrcella Baratheon, was currently residing with the Martells in Dorne. When the Red Viper is slain, Myrcella's life is essentially forfeit.
** In Season 5, she fails miserably at her father's level of scheming, trying to manipulate the extremist Sparrow sect into doing her dirty work. Pity she overlooked that her cousin Lancel, who had been privy to all her own dirty dealings, was one of their number. There's also her lack of concern for antagonizing House Tyrell, who the royal family are now wholly dependent on for their food supply.
** At the end of Season 6, [[spoiler:she manages to take the Iron Throne by arranging the deaths of the High Sparrow, Margaery, and anyone else that might oppose her. In doing so, she has declared war on the Tyrells by murdering all their heirs, even though the Tyrells are the main supplicants of food for the capital, which will create chaos. She is already a deeply unpopular ruler who will only be moreso with the strife she's created and the absence of the popular Queen Margaery. By the looks of everyone in the court during her coronation, her culpability in the bombing of the Great Sept of Baelor is readily apparent. She might have even lost the trust of Jaime, who doesn't have fond memories of the last guy who saw using wildfire on his own citizens as a solution to his problems. Cersei might be the queen, but she is the queen of a capital where everyone wants her dead. Then again, she gets to kill her enemies and to sit on the throne for a while, which in her mind might be just what she wanted.]]
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: Her son Joffrey's wedding feast happens in a bright morning and everything seems fine until Joffrey's IncurableCoughOfDeath at which point Jaime and Cersei rush to his side only for him to gasp his final breaths in his mother's arms.
* DissonantSerenity:
** A particularly disturbing one happens in Season 4: at the end of Tyrion's trial by combat, her champion the Mountain crushes Prince Oberyn's head into a bloody pulp all the while boasting how he raped and murdered his sister before killing her children. Pan to Cersei, who looks as happy she ever does.
** [[spoiler:After Tommen's body -- in a rare moment of GoryDiscretionShot, to boot -- is shown to her, she doesn't show much reaction, making it one of her most disturbing moments in the series.]]
* DomesticAbuse: Robert strikes her, although unlike in the books, there's no indication that he ever did so before. For Cersei, it's very much the final straw.
* DramaticIrony: [[spoiler: She never figures out that the real culprit for Joffrey's death is Olenna and not Tyrion as she believes. By murdering Olenna's entire family and effectively extinguinshing her entire House, Cersei unknowingly avenges her son's death by taking away everything his killer held precious.]]
* DumbBlonde: While Cersei isn't a ''complete'' moron, Tywin perfectly assesses her when he says that she is nowhere near as intelligent as she thinks she is. Her main flaw is that she continually underestimates people, and her level of misguided arrogance about her supposed political brilliance prevents her from seeing that she is wrong. She loses control of Joffrey almost immediately after he becomes king, and most of her attempts to dispose of Tyrion are laughable failures.
* EnfantTerrible: Was no more charming when she was younger.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Implied that, unlike in the books, Cersei loved her mother.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:
** In a twisted, narcissistic way because she mainly views them as an extension of herself, Cersei deeply loves her children and twin brother... but not enough not to manipulate her sons for her powerplays or not hop into bed with Lancel while Jaime's away. However, she seems to be more in love with the idea of ''having'' children to act as smaller versions of herself than them ''being'' her children as individuals.
--->'''Tyrion:''' Say what you will of Cersei, she loves her children. She is the only one I'm certain had nothing to do with this murder, which makes it unique as King's Landing murders go.
** Subverted in "The Winds of Winter", [[spoiler: as although she makes sure that Tommen is not in the Sept when she blows it up with wildfire, he's not put under any security afterwards and he commits suicide over the death of his wife (whom he actually did love) and his people. Cersei doesn't even bother to give him a proper burial, she just tells Qyburn to burn his body and throw the ashes on the ruins of the sept where his siblings and grandfather were interred, then has herself crowned the Queen.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: She ''does not'' approve several of Joffrey's actions, such as ordering Ned Stark's execution and ordering a massacre of children.
-->'''Cersei''': Robert was a drunken fool, but he didn't enjoy cruelty.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Trades her dresses for an all-black wardrobe (which invokes the late Tywin's casual outfit very closely) in "The Winds of Winter", [[spoiler: just in time to massacre the Sparrows, the Tyrells and usurp the throne.]]
* EvilCounterpart: To Catelyn. Both are MamaBear types who can be utterly ruthless, hold grudges hard, have difficulty controlling their newly-crowned sons and deal with the loss of children. However, Catelyn is HappilyMarried, is comfortable in her station in life and is good to most people, while Cersei is trapped in an ArrangedMarriage, yearns for even more power and is mean and petty.
* EvilEyebrows: Along with her constant smirking, Cersei also usually has one or both eyebrows raised. They don't match her hair colour, which by contrast makes them all the more sinister.
* EvilFeelsGood: "Confesses" in the season six finale that she really enjoyed every evil thing she ever did in her life. Murder, incest, and even the act of confessing all of this to a helpless captive brought her joy. Not to mention, she [[EvilGloating got away with lying to the High Sparrow about her affair with Jaime.]]
* EvilIsPetty: Cersei won't miss an opportunity to make someone miserable, assuming she can get away with it. Best typified in "The Lion and the Rose", in which to make herself feel better at her son's wedding, she walks around ''looking'' for people to be a jerk to -- first making Brienne feel awful about herself, then telling Pycelle to feed the wedding feast leftovers to the dogs instead of the poor (as Margaery had commanded). When Tywin asks her why she's smiling, she tells him it's just the little pleasures in life. Finally, Cersei is noticeably smiling during the ultra-humiliating play of the War of Five Kings, when even Tywin is forcing himself to suppress one -- after all, they're sitting alongside the bereaved of two of the titular kings! This plays into her StupidEvil tendencies, as she'll act to hurt someone who's wronged her in the short term without regard to the long-term consequences.
* EvilMatriarch: A {{deconstruction}} of one for the Lannisters-Baratheons. While she genuinely loves her children ([[AbusiveParents despite being an abusive mother]]) and [[MamaBear would do anything to protect or avenge them]], some of her actions prove to be a greater threat to the safety of her children than those of her enemies (who are often far more intelligent and competent than she is). In the end [[spoiler:her last remaining child commits suicide because of her, but by that time Cersei is too far gone to even care.]]
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: The haircut she receives at the end of Season 5 makes her bear an absolutely ''terrifying'' resemblance to Joffrey. [[spoiler: By the end of Season 6, we now know that Joffrey didn't just get his insanity and penchant for irredeemable cruelty from incest. Most of it was from '''her'''.]]
* EyeScream: Seems to be a favourite method of punishment of Cersei's -- Tyrion recounts she had a servant girl beaten until she lost an eye when she was ''nine'', and in 'The Wars To Come', she threatens to have [[HotWitch Maggy's]] eyes gouged out if Maggy wouldn't tell Cersei her future.
* FatalFlaw:
** Hubris. Cersei thinks she's way better than she really is and better than anybody else, which makes her think nothing about hurting people, and in her arrogance, she is reckless, deaf to council and unable to evaluate herself or make any kind of amends.
** Additionally, her complete inability to play any sort of long game. Cersei only ever seems to plan for the moment, and this almost always blows up in her face later. To get back at Margaery, she empowers the Faith Militant with no consideration as to how this would affect King's Landing, only caring that Margaery would suffer. They turn on her as soon as it's convenient, and King's Landing comes within a hair's breadth of becoming a theocracy.
* FauxAffablyEvil: She can pretend, and at rare moments her beauty and charm allows her to come across as decent. It's what fools Sansa for so long.
* ForTheEvulz: By the finale of season six, she has more or less embraced this. She admits to a captive whom she is about to have slowly tortured to death that her main motivation for the evil things she's done in her life was that it all made her feel so damn good.
* FreudianExcuse: Her hatred for Robert stems from him using her as a ReplacementGoldfish for Lyanna, to say nothing of his other ugly traits.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: She is ''not'' a pleasant person and groomed Joffrey to follow in her footsteps. In "You Win or You Die", she fully metamorphoses into this trope when she orchestrates a HuntingAccident for Robert. She shows snobbish disdain for the people of King's Landing and LackOfEmpathy for her subjects. Tyrion initially assumes it was her who gave the order for the purge of Robert's bastard children, and she doesn't admit that it was something Joffrey ''really'' shouldn't have done.
* GreenEyedMonster: During Cersei's brief chat with Brienne at Joffrey and Margaery's wedding, she can't help but let slip a note of jealousy towards the strong, independant lady knight. Cersei also hates Margaery because she gains influence after marrying Cersei's sons, while Cersei's power wanes, and also because the Tyrell Queen is far more popular in King's Landing than Cersei is and ever will be.
* HatesSmallTalk: Cersei hates chat that doesn't get to the point.
* TheHeavy: In Season 1. In the series' first story arc, Tywin entrusts her with the task of seizing the throne on behalf of the Lannister clan and ruling King's Landing while he crushes all contesting forces to their family's claim in the field; she performs well at first until her son Joffrey becomes king...
* HiddenDepths: Doubly so when Stannis's invasion approaches; she quotes Tywin on the subject of war and surprisingly she's the one who thinks up a defense via wildfire. She orders its mass-production and keeps this plan hidden from Tyrion. Her actual implementation is fraught with potential problems, however (shooting it from the city could easily burn the city down), so when Tyrion finds out he hijacks the plan and goes his own way with it.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** In Season 2, Cersei urges Joffrey to call off his betrothal to Sansa in favor of Margaery Tyrell, making her partially responsible for most of the troubles she suffers over the next three seasons.
** In Season 3, jealous of Margaery's influence over Joffrey, Cersei enlists Littlefinger to find ''anything'' that she can use against the Tyrells. Littlefinger discovers that they plan to betroth Loras to Sansa, so Littlefinger tells Cersei, Cersei tells Tywin, and Tywin decides to take the initiative by marrying Tyrion to Sansa, and ''Cersei to Loras'', with the consent of none of them.
** Cersei's stupidity and half-assed schemes catch up to her in Season 5 when the Sparrows she empowered finally arrest her for her lack of piety, namely her incestuous relationships.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: To a fair extent, yes. Like her father, she'll never see anything positive about Tyrion, even if it's dancing in front of her, which often make her vastly underestimate him, even as she fears him by distorting what he's capable of, as well. She started to wise-up about Joffrey, but had been in denial for years about how unstable he actually was (answer: VERY) -- this very denial caused ''soooooo'' many problems, it's unreal. And, then there's her tendency to belittle anybody who has faith in anything other than power or gold, which caused her to to massively misread the High Sparrow, for one. Listen to her tone when she says she has nothing to fear from him because "he's a religious man". It screams "an idiot I can use" in subtext. Rather badly judged, there, Queenie. Almost as bad as deciding that you've managed to cow a tail-tucked Lady Olenna Tyrell...
* HumiliationConga:
** Much like her brothers, Season 3 is one long demonstration of Cersei getting knocked down a peg. Joffrey begins to disregard her. Margery proves to be far better at wrapping Joffrey around her fingers, and it becomes apparent to her that any power she had at King's Landing was quickly fading. And the icing on the cake was that [[ParentalFavoritism despite being Tywin's favorite]], he treats even ''her'' as an UnwittingPawn and plans to ship her off to marry Loras so that he can have more power.
** It only gets worse from there. By the penultimate episode of Season 6, Cersei has been completely outplayed by everyone in King's Landing, leaving her a powerless joke to everyone who knows her. [[spoiler: Two of her children are dead, she's banned from the Small Council meetings or any prominent position in the royal court, her third child has completely turned on her, she was stripped naked and walked through the streets of King's Landing, she's been formally charged with incest and treason and is facing a trial she cannot hope to win, and [[LaserGuidedKarma all of it is entirely her fault.]]]] Even Olenna rubs it in Cersei's face that she's lost.
** [[WhamEpisode The season six finale]] then [[DeconstructedTrope demonstrates]] why humiliating and antagonizing an unstable and vicious individual who has a MadScientist and a FrankensteinsMonster knight on her side [[WhosLaughingNow is a bad idea.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** She calls Margaery a harlot and a whore, despite herself having committed adulterous incest with her brother. She also despises Margaery for manipulating the king and trying to become a power behind the throne... which, unlike Cersei, Margaery would prove seemingly ''successful'' at.
** So, Cersei's cheating on Robert with Jaime was presented by herself as somehow justified by "true love" and her and Jaime "belonging together", adding that to her husband being an UnwantedSpouse who was [[ReallyGetsAround whoring around himself]] anyway? Fine... until Jaime is gone and Cersei starts shagging a cousin behind her "true love's" back, as part of manipulating him to help kill her husband Robert.
** Cersei is deeply offended that Tywin played favorites with his children, favouring the gifted Jaime. Cersei has no problem playing favorites by focusing on her firstborn son Joffrey. Myrcella and Tommen are pretty much ignored unless there is some setback on the horizon.
** She looks down on and tries to insult Ellaria Sand for being a bastard, but all three of her children are illegitimate and pretenders to both the throne and to her own House.
** She deeply loves Tommen because he is her son, but shows little respect and concern for the actual individual, not thinking twice before undermining and manipulating him or before hurting the woman he loves because Cersei's powerplays come first. At most, she views herself as a WellIntentionedExtremist.
* IfOnlyYouKnew: She threatens Tyrion that one day he'll love one woman and she will take her away just to spite him. That's precisely what happened to Tyrion's first love Tysha. Tyrion's response is to stare at her with utter disdain and leave without saying a word.
* IgnoredEpiphany: There were moments in earlier seasons where Cersei ''tries'' to be nice to people: Sansa, Tyrion, her son Tommen, and Myrcella. She also understands that [[MyBelovedSmother doing everything in her power to protect and prop up Joffrey]] isn't such a good idea. Then Joffrey dies, she immediately forgets her past kindness, and goes on a petty revenge binge that ultimately leads to [[spoiler:her unleashing the biggest atrocity in recent Westerosi history just so she can be queen]].
* IJustWantToBeYou: According to Creator/LenaHeadey, this is Cersei's FreudianExcuse for her incest with Jaime. There's subtle hints of it in the show too, such as Cersei discussing what she would do in Jaime's place, lamenting the fact that she was born a woman, and even doning [[BattleBallgown an armored dress]] when the Battle of the Blackwater looks to be turning in Stannis's favor. In Season 3, it is implied that she prefers metallic accoutrements to her dresses because she associates it with armor. This in turn ''may'' something to do with her spitefulness at Brienne at the Purple Wedding, Brienne having seemingly defied her supposed station far more successfully than Cersei ''and'' being noticeably close(r) to Jaime.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[DefiedTrope No.]] When Tommen [[spoiler:turns on her and sides with Margaery and the High Sparrow, Cersei opts to bomb the Sept of Baleor and kill all of his chosen allies. She spares Tommen himself, but her reaction after he commits suicide because of her actions pretty much confirms that she's already given up on him.]]
* InfantImmortality: Averted. She mentions to Catelyn and later discusses with Robert how their first child died shortly after birth due to a fever.
* InadequateInheritor: After Tywin is killed by Tyrion, Cersei is left to fill her daddy's shoes as the real power behind throne and as a [[TheChessmaster political intrigue mastermind]] in Season 5. Having no foresight nor grasp of realpolitik, she fails on an epic scale when her [[HoistByHisOwnPetard attempts to sabotage Margaery backfires]]. It shows that Cersei is no Tywin, by a long shot. [[spoiler:Even taking the throne for herself by killing everyone else that had a claim to it is likely to lead to her getting deposed in short order, given how many enemies she makes doing it.]]
* InformedAttractiveness: Cersei is widely praised as one of the most beautiful noblewomen of Westeros.
* InterruptedSuicide: Tywin breaking the door in "Blackwater" stops her from proceeding with her son Tommen, because she was convinced the city would fall to the unflappable Stannis.
* IronicEcho: She begins shrieking, "I am the Queen!", exactly the same way Margaery did when she was arrested by the Faith Militant. It's also not dissimilar to what her [[EnfantTerrible beloved son]] said previously, "I am the KING!"
* ItsAllAboutMe:
** While she has more than enough specific examples (listed below), lots of fans have noted that Cersei is very likely a [[AmbiguousDisorder textbook narcissist]], sharing many qualities with them. Cersei sees herself as far more intelligent and powerful than she actually is. Her love for her brother Jaime is because she sees him as a reflection of herself if she were a man (which is also why she is notably distraught over his missing hand rather than any impact that it could ever have on his life). She loves her children, but moreso as extensions of herself than as human beings. She takes any perceived (real or not) slight extremely seriously and will often come up with forms of DisproportionateRetribution for it, [[EvilIsPetty even when she has absolutely]] [[StupidEvil nothing to gain by doing so]]. She also often tends to devalue and ruthlessly criticize and tear down those who come into contact with her. So, truly, due to the way Cersei's mind works, she is almost fundamentally incapable of ''not'' thinking everything is about her and ties back to her. So even on a more general level, Cersei is truly incapable of placing anyone's interest before her own.
** She regards Jaime as a poor sight at the start of Season 4, complaining about her being left alone to suffer a siege in the capital despite being surrounded by servants and with several bodyguards, which she obviously thinks is so much worse than Jaime being a prisoner dragged from camp to camp, losing his hand, and being humiliated and despised.
** Her main reason for accusing Tyrion for Joffrey's murder amounts to her believing that Tyrion did it to hurt her personally. It doesn't matter that Tyrion might had have much more legitimate motives for killing Joffrey; to Cersei, the motive ''must'' have been that he wanted to get back at her specifically and Joffrey just happened to be collateral damage.
** In "The Children", she tells Tywin that she's be willing to burn House Lannister to the ground so long as she remains Queen and gets to have her children. [[spoiler:In the season 6 finale, we see this wasn't an idle threat when she literally burns down a good chunk of the city's skyline to take out the Faith Militant, Margaery, and everyone else that opposes her to make sure she stays in power.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Unfriendly or hostile by default, petty, vindictive, and an overall unpleasant person to be around. It goes without saying that she HatesSmallTalk.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** It might be mainly because she's a bitch who revels in seeing others suffer, but what she says to Sansa during the Battle of Blackwater about marrying Joffrey is pretty accurate. Likewise, her assessment of Queen Margaery is mostly motivated by jealousy, but that doesn't mean she isn't right in seeing Margaery as a two-faced social climber.
** While still hiding the fact of BrotherSisterIncest and giving birth to bastards, during her "confession" about adultery, Cersei angrily calls out the High Sparrow on DoubleStandard, reminding him [[ReallyGetsAround what kind of a man she had been cheating on]]. Unfortunately for her, her conversation partner is unfazed, as he thinks AllCrimesAreEqual and the king is now dead and out of reach anyway.
* KickTheDog: As she walks.
** An almost literal incident, when she has Sansa's direwolf killed because Arya's direwolf -- who attacked Joffrey to defend her mistress -- is unavailable. It's also probably her purest example of this trope in the show: it's her first, showing what kind of a human being she is, involves an actual dog and is ''completely'' unprovoked -- she knows full well that Lady wasn't involved with Joffrey's accident and Sansa, Lady's owner actually ''sides'' with him and Cersei.
** In general, her treatment of Sansa when the latter is a hostage of the Lannisters in King's Landing, though this is strangely mixed with occasional PetTheDog moments.
** Denounces Tyrion's relationship with Shae to their Lord Father, knowing full well how Tywin deals with Tyrion's ladies of company.
** Tyrion's trial is a prolonged HumiliationConga orchestrated by her to inflict as much psychological pain as possible (though in her view it's KickTheSonOfABitch, as she mistakenly thinks that Tyrion murdered her son).
* KickTheSonOfABitch: In Season Six's finale she finally gets back at [[spoiler:Septa Unella, by throwing several goblets of wine at her face, chanting 'Confess! Confess!', calling her out of her hypocrisy and gloating about the truth of the crimes Cersei herself has been accused of. It quickly morphs into DisproportionateRetribution though, as she subjects the septa to death by torture in hands of Ser Gregor.]]
** She also likely orchestrated [[spoiler: Grand Maester Pycelle being stabbed to death by various harlots and Qyburn's child spies.]]
* KissingCousins: With Lancel while Jaime is being held captive.
* LadyDrunk: Cersei's trusty goblet is never far from her hand.
* LadyMacBeth: She's behind some of Robert and Jaime's callous or outright evil decisions.
* LargeHam: Especially when drunk.
* LaserGuidedKarma:
** She once gloated over having Ned Stark in the Black Cells. In Season 5, she is tossed into one of the cells by the Faith Militant and the High Sparrow begins to collapse her house of cards, hard.
** She also visits Margaery in her cells, specifically to rub it in. Then in ''the very same episode'', she gets thrown into an even worse one.
** She gloats over Tyrion being forced into an ArrangedMarriage, only to find that her father has the same fate in mind for her.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Cersei would like to believe that she is the female version of her father, but she has all of his worst qualities and none of his talents. All she manages to achieve is a lacklustre imitation of Lord Tywin.
* LoveIsAWeakness: She believes this, because LoveMakesYouDumb and compels you to do things you know you shouldn't to keep them happy and safe. The only people Cersei advises Sansa to love are her children since a mother has no choice in that.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Apparently, she used to have feelings for Robert when they married, but DomesticAbuse and Robert's love for Lyanna Stark brutally changed that. Her relationship with Jaime doesn't seem to bring out the best in her either.
* MadBomber: [[spoiler:Cersei outdoes the Mad King and actually manages to "burn them all" when she blows her King's Landing enemies in a wildfire plot.]]
* TheMaidenNameDebate: She was never referred to as Cersei Baratheon while Robert is still alive.
* MamaBear: She goes to extremes when it concerns protecting her children:
** When it looks like Stannis Baratheon will sack King's Landing, she even prepares to poison her youngest to spare him from getting murdered by the victorious enemy troops... albeit because such a massacre is exactly how her father came to renewed power and influence.
** She is willing to "burn House Lannister to the ground" in order to stay at King's Landing protecting Tommen, according to her. But in reality, her lust for power is also a big factor, if not bigger.
** When she receives Myrcella's necklace from the Dornish as an implied threat, Cersei is ''furious'' and declares she will have Dorne burnt down if they dare hurt her.
** Her determination to have Tyrion executed after the poisoning of Joffrey also falls under this trope. As opposed to Tywin, who is just glad to have TheMillstone out of the way and is willing to use a convenient scapegoat, Cersei genuinely believes that the accused person is guilty and seeks to avenge her child.
* ManipulativeBitch: She's able to manipulate the likes of Ned, Jaime, Lancel, Sansa and a few others...but sharper characters like Tywin, Tyrion, Varys and such aren't fooled by her machinations.
* MeaningfulName: Cersei is likely named in tribute to Circe (pronounced the same way) -- the beautiful, duplicitous sorceress from ''Literature/TheOdyssey''.
* MoodWhiplash: Due to Tywin's WhamLine. Just before that, she had been shamelessly gloating over the fact that Tywin was going to force Tyrion to marry Sansa... and then Tywin tells her of his plans for her, and she's brought nearly to tears.
-->'''Tywin''': You're still fertile. You need to marry again and breed.\\
'''Cersei''': I am '''Queen Regent''', not some broodmare!\\
'''Tywin''': You are '''my daughter'''! You will do as I command and you will marry Loras Tyrell!
* MotiveDecay: A big part of her character at the start was that she loved her children and wanted them on the throne but as they die one by one she decides to take the throne for herself and grow distant of Tommen as time goes one.
* MoralMyopia: She has a tendency to view things as heinous when being done to her or her children, and as okay when done to other people. See also {{Hypocrite}}.
** She is greatly angered when Tyrion arranges for a marriage between Myrcella and House Martell, but has no problem mocking Sansa about beheading more of her family members before her wedding to Joffrey.
** In Season 3, she [[SmugSnake smugly smiles]] when Tywin orders Tyrion to marry Sansa, and nearly breaks into tears when he orders her to marry Loras in turn.
* MrsRobinson: In addition to being Lancel's cousin, she's also old enough to be his mother. The same would apply to her [[ArrangedMarriage relationship]] with Loras Tyrell, if not the fact that both of them are equally repulsed by their engagement to each other.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Non-romantic variety. [[spoiler: Cersei has Pycelle killed because he was the only other one Tommen was willing to listen to.]]
* MyBelovedSmother: She tried to be this for her children but has so far failed at it, rather spectacularly with Joffrey becoming an uncontrollable monster, Myrcella being spirited off to Dorne specifically to get her out of Cersei's clutches, and with Tommen being virtually a non-entity to her -- so it's far too late to start anew when he becomes King.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: As Joffrey rises to ever new heights of cruelty and perversion, she finally acknowledges that having three inbred children with her twin brother ''wasn't'' such a great idea -- considering what it did to the Targaryens -- to say nothing of putting the most unstable of them on the Iron Throne itself. She breaks down in tears from the sheer knowledge that the son she loves (despite everything) is a psychopath. Nevertheless, in later episodes she undergoes a mild SelectiveObliviousness.
* {{Narcissist}}: Much like her father, she considers herself vastly superior to almost everyone around her and expects treatment commensurate with her bloated sense of self-worth. Additionally, she displays a pronounced LackOfEmpathy as evidenced by her inability to view [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes her own children]] as individuals with thoughts and feelings entirely separate from her own.
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: She feels like she is suffering under this in the male dominated Westerosi society, but Tywin bluntly tells her the real reason for her lack of power and influence beyond her family name is that she isn't as capable as she thinks she is; it can also be surmised that at least some of her apparent jealousy at Brienne of Tarth is how Brienne ''is'' by all appearances a relatively self-made woman whose family name isn't nearly as important to who Brienne became and what she achieved.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Cersei is based on several queens with poor reputations -- Queen Isabella, She-Wolf of France, Queen Catherine De'Medici of France, and from the WarOfTheRoses - Margaret d'Anjou and Elizabeth Woodville.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: After about six seasons of being sidelined, outmaneuvered, and humiliated by the other players of the Game, [[spoiler:Cersei snaps and has all of her rivals in King's Landing wiped out with wildfire before usurping the Iron Throne as Queen. She is directly responsible for killing as many or more major characters than anyone else has over all six seasons.]]
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: A prophecy implies (states in the books) that this tragedy would befall her. Her first child with Robert died because of fever and Joffrey and Myrcella begin to fulfill it when they were poisoned in Seasons 4 and 5. [[spoiler:It's completed in the finale of Season 6 when her brutal machinations drive Tommen to [[DrivenToSuicide commit suicide]]]].
* PowerHair: A full season after her TraumaticHaircut, [[spoiler: she ascends as the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms]].
* ParentalFavoritism: She gives much more love and attention to Joffrey than to Tommen and Myrcella. Considering the effects, the younger children probably have benefited from that.
* PerpetualFrowner: Her very prominent brows emanate hatred even during her rare moments of levity.
* PetTheDog:
** She comforts Catelyn after Bran "falls" from the window. Despite the incident happening because of her (though she wasn't the perpetrator) Cersei's sympathy for Catelyn as a fellow mother who had her child hurt seems actually honest.
** She convinces Joffrey to do something nice for Sansa during "Lord Snow", referencing her own unhappy arranged marriage.
** On the event of Sansa's first menses, she counsels her on how best to survive a marriage to Joffrey.
** During Tyrion's wedding, she tries to divert a lecherous Joffrey away from Sansa. A somewhat weak and quickly abandoned effort but well-intentioned nevertheless.
** Briefly comforts a nervous Melara during the flashback of her as a teenager.
* PragmaticVillainy: Despite generally being StupidEvil, there are a few moments when even Cersei realizes that petty revenge is a bad idea.
** Knows full well that a tame wolf is better than a dead one, so she plans to have Ned stripped of titles and lands and sent to the Night's Watch, though her plan fails when her son instead orders Ned's death. There is an element of EvenEvilHasStandards here, albeit expressed in a cruel IronicEcho: since Ned planned to exile her rather than allowing her and her children to be murdered, it is sort of "fair" to "only" plan to exile the Starks rather than killing them.
** In the second season, even she seems taken aback by Joffrey's order to kill Robert's bastard children, not necessarily because of [[EvenEvilHasStandards personal standards]], but because something like murdering children and babies draws the wrong type of attention. She even seems offended that Tyrion initially thinks she was the one who ordered it.[[labelnote:From the books...]]In the books, the purge of Robert's bastards was all her idea and Joffrey was unaware/uncaring of it, making for another point where Tyrion had to rein her in[[/labelnote]] However, she's also too prideful to admit he was wrong to do so.
* {{Pride}}: A theme for the Lannisters. They all have a slightly different take on it.
-->'''Cersei''': He's attacked one of my brothers, and abducted the other. I should wear the armor, and you the gown. ''[Robert strikes her]'' I shall wear this like a badge of honor.
* ProperlyParanoid: In a stark contrast to her book self, towards Margaery. Although Cersei started some of the antagonism herself, she's correct in her assumption that the younger queen is a shrewd politician with her eyes on being the power behind the throne; which goal requires removing Cersei from her position.
* PyrrhicVillainy:
** Cersei's smirking victory over Tyrion and later the Tyrells become meaningless as it comes with a high price. Her champion Ser Gregor Clegane winning over Oberyn Martell in Tyrion's trial on Joffrey's murder breaks new tensions from Dorne and leads to Myrcella's death. Jaime, out of sympathy for Tyrion, helps him escape only for Tyrion to kill Tywin on the way out, leaving the kingdom in her less-than-capable hands. Her reinstatement of the Faith Militant as a means to get back at the Tyrells backfires when she herself gets arrested and punished for her own crimes [[spoiler:which also leads her own son Tommen to accept the Faith as part of their alliance to the Iron Throne]].
--->'''Olenna''': You have no support, not anymore. Your brother is gone; the High Sparrow saw through that. The rest of your family abandoned you. The people despised you. You're surrounded by enemies, thousands of them. You're going to kill them all by yourself? You've lost, Cersei. It's the only joy that I've find in this misery.
** The Season 6 finale is this UpToEleven. [[spoiler:She wipes out all of her enemies in one fell swoop using wildfire beneath the Sept of Baelor, but in doing so she drives her son Tommen over the edge, both figuratively and [[DrivenToSuicide literally]], and in the process kills basically everyone that would be capable of running the city, much less the entire kingdom. It is also strongly implied that her twin brother and lover, Jaime, is completely disgusted by Cersei's actions and now despises her, emotionally isolating her from everyone she cares about. Her only counsel is the MadScientist Qyburn, and the Mountain as her personal muscle. She's positioned herself in a way that no one in King's Landing can challenge her, but she doesn't rule much beyond that demesne, and she has added the plentiful Reach to the list of enemies of the increasingly powerless crown. She may not reign long; soon after Cersei's coronation, Daenerys Targaryen sails to Westeros with the support of Tyrion and Lady Olenna of House Tyrell, uneasy but former allies alienated by Cersei.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Gives a nasty one to Tyrion in Season 2 after he makes a crack about her and Jaime's "relationship":
--->'''Cersei''': You're ''funny''. You've always been funny. But no joke will match the first one, will they? You remember--back when you ripped my mother open on your way out of her and she bled to death.\\
'''Tyrion''': ...She was my mother too.\\
'''Cersei''': Mother gone. For the sake of you. There's no bigger joke in the world than that.
** She tries to give one to her father midway through Season 4 (about how he's so self-centred about his family legacy he neglects his real family) but Lord Tywin turns it round on her in his ignominiable style. At the end of the season though she succeeds, thanks to dropping the bombshell of her {{twincest}}.
* RegentForLife: One of the reasons she's turning progressively against Joffrey with each passing episode is that he ruined her plan to become his RegentForLife. It's her own damn fault for being a moron, but still. [[spoiler:After all of her children die, she actually steps up and takes the crown for herself.]]
* TheResenter: Especially for Jaime, but also for her father, husband and even Tyrion due to their respective positions of power which she believes came from the fact that they're men. While the society of Westeros ''is'' very sexist and she may have had a point back then, she's filled about twenty years since with exactly resenting others and doing nothing constructive with her own position of power as the damn ''queen'', which has led to the present situation where Cersei's completely justifiably being denied power due to her incompetence. Visibly so towards Brienne of Tarth, who by her achievements and not being nearly as reliant on being a Tarth as Cersei is on being a Lannister, much less on being beautiful, pokes a sharp hole in Cersei's worldview.
* RevengeBeforeReason: She tends to focus on harming her -- real or imaginary -- enemies, and think about the consequences... uh, sometime later. Maybe. A shining example is her ploy to undermine the Tyrells in Season 5. Not only does Cersei's claim to power rely on the Lannister-Tyrell alliance (meaning that, if the Tyrells are undermined, ''she'' is undermined), Cersei's scheme directly results in her own imprisonment, public humiliation, and complete loss of political power and control. [[KnowWhenToFoldEm Most halfway intelligent people would realize they've lost and do their best to mitigate the damage and avoid future misery]]. [[DefiedTrope Cersei is not one of these people]], and actually proceeds to she tops herself in Season 6's finale when she [[spoiler:blows up the Sept of Baelor during the Green Trial, destroying all of her opponents in Kings Landing, along with a good part of the city. It's one of the very few plans she actually executes successfully, but it leaves her as ''the'' target of pretty much every remaining faction in Westeros. Of course, by that time her sanity is so long gone it's hard to even speak of "reason".]]
** A perfect example is also her willingness to have Sansa dead because she suspects that the latter poisoned Joffrey (she didn't). But she does not take it into a consideration one bit that Joffrey caused so many misfortunes to Sansa including the execution of her father as well wanting to give her the head of her brother.
* SanitySlippage: She is much more calm, collected, and rational in the first season than she is in the second. Her loss of Jaime and Joffrey's increasingly out of control attitude, complemented by her father's suddenly dismissive attitude towards her don't seem to be doing well for her mental faculties. Her despair over her daughter Myrcella's impending ArrangedMarriage can't help, either. She comes within inches of poisoning Tommen during "Blackwater" when she thinks that Stannis is about to break down the door. In "The Lion and the Rose", she's outright screaming with rage at Tyrion, as she believes he poisoned Joffrey, and by Season 5 she's noticeably resorting to alcohol continuously, further worsening her condition. By the end of Season 6, she's clearly gone off the deep end. [[spoiler:She not only blows up the Sept of Baelor and dozens of nobles within, including her uncle Kevan and three of the four Tyrells, but she doesn't care at all that Tommen kills himself in the aftermath.]]
* ScrewYourself: Her incest with Jaime is, [[WordOfGod according to the cast and crew]] and in consonance with her thoughts in the books, her attempt to get as close as she can to making this a reality. She sees Jaime as [[IJustWantToBeYou what she was actually meant to be]] and denied the privilege of being by being born a woman. Thus by having sexual intercourse with Jaime, she is, in her own mind, [[ShapedLikeItself screwing herself]]. As such, to Cersei it's not incest but rather ''incredibly'' metaphorical masturbation.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Maggy the Frog told her that all three of her children would die. [[spoiler:Cersei's own actions, in various ways, lead to this outcome. Joffrey dies because Cersei coddled him and then couldn't control him when he was made king, which led to him being poisoned because he was out of control. Myrcella died because the Mountain killed Oberyn, which in turn only happened because Cersei was determined to punish Tyrion for killing Joffrey without any proof that he was responsible. Finally, Tommen kills himself after Cersei detonates the wildfire under the Great Sept of Baelor, killing Margaery among many others.]]
* ShadowArchetype: Cersei is the picture of what could have gone wrong with several other female characters who shared some characteristics with her:
** To Sansa. They were both sheltered daddy's girls from noble families, living a fantasy of marrying a PrinceCharming, which in both cases has gone horribly wrong, leaving them both disillusioned. Sansa's kinder nature and not actually spending years in a horrible marriage have left her in a better mental shape than Cersei, for now at least.
** Tywin notes a similarity between a young Cersei and Arya in their spirited and rebellious natures. However, Cersei was forced by Tywin to conform to the standard submissive role for a Westerosi woman, and put her energy into becoming an evil queen.
** Both Tyrell women, Margaery and Olenna, share many traits with Cersei -- they're manipulative, willing to use seduction (in Olenna's case, in the past) to further their goals and were "blessed" with not particularly politically competent husbands. Olenna and Cersei also share ruthlessness and and similarities in their acts go as far as committing a regicide and letting an innocent man take the fall. However, by growing (at least in Margaery's case) in a household where the female role was valued and taught -- instead of being reduced to a property of a man and a piece to haggle -- and being ''sane'', they get out of their roles everything Cersei couldn't: Margaery is a popular queen and gets to manipulate even Joffrey, and Olenna is the real head of her family who has raised a capable heiress and is the closest thing the series has to a female Tywin.
* ASharedSuffering: Shows a short-lived sisterly attitude towards Tyrion after Tywin reminds them both of the [[SarcasmMode joy]] of living under his domineering thumb.
* ShedTheFamilyName: [[spoiler: Cersei again takes up the Lannister name as Queen regnant instead of Baratheon.]]
* SheIsTheKing: [[spoiler: Becomes the ruling Queen of the Seven Kingdoms in the Season 6 finale.]]
* SiblingRivalry: Displays an open animosity towards Tyrion, which gets incensed when their father entrusts him with power. She [[CainAndAbel has wished the death of Tyrion]] since the day he was born. Tyrion doesn't reciprocate beyond the occasional quip because intellectually and humanely, he's way above her level. She also harbors some resentment over Tywin favouring Jaime.
* SmugSmiler: There probably isn't a character from any medium ever, to compete with that contemptible, irritating smirk that she wears constantly.
* SmugSnake:
** While she is indeed a somewhat competent/lucky schemer, she is not as brilliant as she thinks herself to be and her self-entitlement, pettiness, and overconfidence often renders her blindsided, and she always struggles to grasp that she's in over her head when she has been outplayed. Her own father even points out that she overestimates her own intelligence.
--->'''Lord Tywin:''' I don't distrust you because you're a woman. I distrust you because you're not as smart as you think you are. You've allowed that boy to ride roughshod over you and everyone else in this city.
** During her dinner with Tyrion in "The Prince of Winterfell", she gloats over the fact that she's holding Tyrion's whore hostage, while both Tyrion and the viewers know she's got the wrong woman altogether. Not that that makes Tyrion any less pissed at her contemptible behavior.
** Despite considering herself a keen player in the game of thrones, none of her plans ever truly succeed. Indeed, in most cases, her actions end up backfiring on her horribly, particularly her plan to rule Westeros behind the scenes while Joffrey sat on the throne. The most Cersei ever appears to achieve are very small, petty victories over people much less powerful than her, and that desire for short-lived sense of satisfaction irrespective of whether it actually improves her position or accomplishes anything in the long run is textbook SmugSnake.
* SpeakIllOfTheDead: She has no qualms posthumously calling Renly Baratheon a "degenerate" in "Dark Wings, Dark Words". [[{{Hypocrite}} This is coming from a woman who had three children with her twin brother]].
* StrongFamilyResemblance:
** Young Cersei looks ''strikingly'' similar to her daughter, Myrcella. The fact that Myrcella's a product of Cersei's incest with her own ''twin'' brother ''might'' have something to do with this.[[note]]Exact same genes, give or take a few[[/note]]
** With her hair cut off by the Faith Militant, she bears an unsettling resemblance to Joffrey.
* StupidEvil:
** Tyrion and Tywin separately note this about her. Her vile and foolish tendencies are always present, to the point where Tywin is quick to empower his much disparaged son Tyrion to mitigate Cersei's calamities.
** She cares nothing about public sentiment and doesn't realize that throwing people out of her city will draw their ire and how the ire of the mob is dangerous for kings and queens.
--->'''Tyrion''': Listen to me, 'queen regent'. You're in danger of losing the people.\\
'''Cersei''': The people? Heh. You think I care?\\
'''Tyrion''': You may find it difficult to rule over millions who want you dead.
** Her understanding on the actual military threats posed by Stannis Baratheon and Robb Stark is likewise tenuous at best, to the point that Tyrion's victory at Blackwater is almost in spite of her efforts, rather than because of it (her only contribution is getting the wildfire made, a plan Tyrion co-opted because she likely would have burned King's Landing to the ground by accident). Of course, a lot of these may be due to her rapidly becoming a not very functioning [[TheAlcoholic addict]].
** Once the sensible influences or restraints of Tyrion and Tywin are gone, Cersei goes one step further and engages in one petty, short-sighted scheme after another, culminating in her empowering the Faith Militant as a petty revenge scheme against the Tyrells with [[DidntThinkThisThrough zero regards for the potential blowback]]. She's called out on this one multiple times.
* ThickerThanWater: She spoiled her first son Joffrey from day one, but was horrified when he became increasingly psychopathic and insane, starting to indulge in regular cruelties and atrocities. She later acknowledges to Margaery that even at his most evil she still loves Joffrey out of some sense of maternal care and loses it completely when he dies in her arms.
* TooCleverByHalf: She is indeed well-versed in the games of subterfuge and underhanded politics amongst the Westeros' nobles, but she fancies herself to be better than she actually is, causing her to often severely underestimate her opponents. Ironically, this also works in her favor, since her opponents often assume she's too rational to do something stupid, only to be blindsided when she does it anyway.
* TraumaCongaLine: Episodes 2 and 3 of Season 4 are nothing but this for Cersei. First, Joffrey is assassinated using a horribly painful poison, and then her father totally ignores her when she asks him not to [[BrutalHonesty lecture Tommen about how bad a king Joffrey was]] before taking Tommen away, and then she has a...[[QuestionableConsent rather uncomfortable sexual encounter]] with Jaime next to her son's corpse while she's mourning.
* TraumaticHaircut: Has her precious golden locks cut off by the Faith Militant.
* TroubledAbuser: Between her experiences with her abusive husband, controlling, emotionally abusive father and uncontrollable, psychopathic son, Cersei takes it out on whom she has a chance at the moment. Sometimes it's Tyrion (though it tends to backfire on her). More often it's [[TheChewToy Sansa]].
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour:
** She proudly recalls the time she had a 9 year old servant girl beaten to blindness for stealing a necklace, when she was of the same age.
** "Mockingbird" reveals that during a visit Oberyn and Elia had at Casterly Rock when they were children, Cersei freely tormented a baby Tyrion in front of them by pinching his penis and talking about how she wished he had died. She only stopped tormenting Tyrion because Jaime made her stop.
** We finally get a glimpse of [[TeensAreMonsters teen Cersei]] in Season 5, she's about as charming as you would think. When Maggy the Frog refuses to tell her fortune, a teenage Cersei threatens to have her eyes gouged out.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: [[spoiler: In the Season 6 finale, after killing most of her political enemies in a wildfire explosion and Tommen's suicide, Cersei forcibly takes the Iron Throne and names herself Queen.]]
* TheUnfavourite: In Season 3, her father makes it clear that due to her failure to control Joffrey, he regards her as little better than Tyrion. Also note that while Tywin may not ''like'' Tyrion, he does respect Tyrion's intelligence and in this respect treats him as an equal. The same can't be said for Cersei.
* UngratefulBastard: Never has anything good to say about Tyrion or Loras, despite both of them being vital in saving her and Tommen's lives at the battle of Blackwater. Tywin even calls her out on her ingratitude for the Tyrells. Probably the most blatant example of this was her framing Ned Stark as a traitor after he warned her to save herself and her children; though it was mixed with PragmaticVillainy, since they would be forced to go into exile if she accepted Ned's scenario.
* UnwittingPawn: After transforming the Sparrows into the Faith Militant and giving them free rain to imprison any ''deviants'' towards the Gods, which ends up getting both Loras and Margaery captured, she confidently assumes that she is controlling them like puppets. It never occurs to her until it's too late that the now all powerful fundamentalist organisation would imprison her for her own deviant lifestyle once they no longer needed her.
* TheUsurper: Although it's her sons who get to sit on the Iron Throne, not herself, it's her actions which usurp said throne to her family. [[spoiler:And as "The Winds of Winter" she finally seizes it for herself.]]
* VillainProtagonist: She is clearly the viewpoint character during the Faith in King's Landing storyline in Season 6.
* VillainousBreakdown:
** She angrily loses her cool when Tyrion shows up in a meeting of the Small Council, and much to her chagrin reveals that he's acting Hand of the King.
** She's in this mode for the entire episode "Blackwater", although it's a less hammy example then usual.
** In "The Lion and the Rose". Cersei visibly ''shatters'' as Joffrey dies helplessly in her arms.
** In "The Gift", she goes from being a SmugSmiler for the majority of Season 5 to screaming "I am the queen!" as she is dragged away to the Black Cells by the High Sparrow's Faith Militant.
** Her sanity worsens as her situation does throughout season six. This ends up being the dangerous version, since she's desperate and crazy enough in the finale to [[spoiler:use the wildfire caches in King's Landing to simply kill all of her rivals at once.]]
* VillainousFriendship: With Qyburn, who is the only person to visit her during her imprisonment by the Faith, and the first person to cover her after her walk of shame.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Like all of Tywin's children, she craves his appreciation. Like all of Tywin's children, she doesn't get it, because a) she screws up, b) daddy doesn't ''do'' appreciation to begin with.
* WhamLine
** She reveals the truth to Tywin in "The Children":
---> '''Cersei''': Everything they say about Jaime and me is true... your legacy is a ''lie''!
* WhileRomeBurns: She smiles and triumphantly sips a glass of wine [[spoiler:as she watches the wildfire cache burn down the Great Sept of Baelor, along with all of her rivals in it, in the distance]]. She's clearly enjoying the awful spectacle.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: "Everyone who is not us is an enemy."
* WomanScorned: After Robert makes clear that he never loved her and their marriage didn't have a chance to work, and strikes her (in a different scene), he doesn't live for long. Years of cheating and humiliating her probably didn't help his case, either.
* WomenAreWiser: At times.
** She is completely right about Margaery Tyrell not being as harmless as she seems. Joffrey ignores her.
** Cersei herself believes this trope to be true, in tandem with AllMenArePerverts; during her pathetic attempt to blackmail Tyrion she says that thinking with their penises is a FatalFlaw present in all men. Again, playing into her {{Hypocrite}} character. She considers men's uncontrollable sexual desires to be their biggest weakness, and yet her own sexual desires for Jaime that she either couldn't or wouldn't control despite the knowledge that the whole affair could backfire horribly is what ultimately leads to all of the events in the series.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: As Joffrey is only 16, she's technically the ruling sovereign of the Seven Kingdoms; her official title is even "Queen Regent". She even tries to assert her authority as such early on, but Joffrey takes a shotgun to that notion with six little words: "[[WhamLine Ser Ilyn, bring me his head]]!" She still attempts to rule while Joffrey spends his time performing various cruelties, but Tyrion compromises much of her power and repeatedly outmanoeuvres her when she tries to take it back, Tywin wastes no time controlling everyone once he comes back from fighting the war, and then the Tyrells join in by marrying Margaery to both of Cersei's sons, making Margaery the would-be reigning Queen.
* WickedCultured: As could be expected of a rich young woman from a noble house, Cersei recieved an excellent education.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: Not so much as in the books, but in the end of the day Cersei is a philanderer, a drunkard and an incompetent ruler, not unlike her hated late hubby (albeit in a different style).
* YourCheatingHeart: First cheats on Robert with Jaime, then on Jaime with Lancel. While Robert is her UnwantedSpouse, she has proclaimed Jaime tto be her OneTrueLove, making cheating on him the ultimate proof that she isn't loyal to any man.
* YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: Strongly implied to be a factor in hating Tyrion. Leads to what is probably her best comeback.
-->'''Cersei''': Mother gone. All for the sake of you. There's no bigger joke in the world than that.
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: While not as hated as her son Joffrey, the common folk of King's Landing don't like her much at all. Her haughty, crappy treatment of the subjects and the rumors of incest certainly don't do a lot to change that.
** [[spoiler: Her destruction of the Sept of Baelor which killed hundreds if not thousands of people, including Margery, Loras, Mace, and Kevan, and her grab for the Iron Throne after Tommen's subsequent suicide cemented her position as the most hated person in Westeros.]]
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[[folder:Ser Jaime Lannister]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:''"[[LoveMakesYouEvil I don't blame him, and I don't blame you. We don't get to choose who we love.]]"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/NikolajCosterWaldau

->''"There it is. There's the look. I've seen it for seventeen years on face after face. You all despise me. Kingslayer. Oathbreaker. A man without honor."''

Twin brother of Cersei, and older brother of Tyrion. A member of the Kingsguard, and Lord Commander after the forced retirement of Ser Barristan until his own forced retirement.
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* TheAce: Generally considered to be one of the greatest swordsmen in Westeros, if not ''the'' greatest. Subtly combined with BrilliantButLazy: When he tries he's almost as cunning, charismatic, and socially dominating as his father and little brother, but he's personally unambitious and is only ever recognized in-universe for his sublime swordsmanship and pretty face.
-->'''Littlefinger:''' I bet on Ser Jaime in the jousting, as any sane man would...
* ActionDad: The biological father of Joffrey, Tommen and Myrcella and is a renowned badass.
* AdaptedOut:
** His confession to Tyrion about Tysha at the end of ''A Storm of Swords'', which caused them to part on a very sour note. Instead, since Jaime doesn't tell him this, their parting is much more heartwarming.
** His arc in the books after Tywin's death involves reforming the Kingsguard, beefing up security, trying and failing to offer Cersei good advice, this is instead traded for [[AdaptationExpansion a trip to show!Dorne]].
* AdaptationalBadass: In regards to losing his sword hand, [[BroughtDownToBadass Jaime is still shown to be a somewhat able swordsman while sparring with Bronn]]. In the books, not so much. Though, Book!Jaime compensated for that by becoming a badass general, administrator and diplomat and that aspect is missing in Seasons 4 and 5, though it appears in Season 6.
* AdaptationDistillation: His arc in Season 4 has him taking over for Kevan Lannister as Tyrion's quasi-lawyer and Go-Between between him and Tywin. In the books he comes far too late to King's Landing, well after Joffrey's death, and doesn't get much chance to interact with his little brother, though the crucial climactic conversation between them, despite additional time to be built up in the season, is AdaptedOut.
* AdaptationalHeroism:
** Jaime in the books even after the beginning of his RedemptionQuest is quite blunt and jerkish, and after the loss of his hand tries to cultivate a more distant and intimidating demeanour, whereas Jaime in Season 4 barring one or two interactions is often quite nice. The scene where he asks Tywin to spare his brother for instance is quite far apart from Book!Jaime at least in levels of earnestness and sincerity.
** His interactions with Brienne (with whom he already has a fair bit of ShipTease in the novels) tend to be warmer in the show than in the books, especially later on.
* AdaptationalVillainy: He gets a few more KickTheDog moments than in the books:
** He murders his young cousin Alton Lannister, who idolised him, as part of an escape attempt, which incidentally makes him a kinslayer, the only thing ''worse'' than a kingslayer.
** In the book, the sex scene with Cersei in front of Joffrey's corpse was consensual; in "Breaker Of Chains", it is at best grudging, at worst forced by Jaime. The context change doesn't help either: In the books, Jaime has only just returned to King's Landing after spending most of the war a prisoner and losing his hand and son and is so starved for intimacy that he ignores Cersei's initial protestations. In the show, he's been around for a few weeks, making his actions a lot less seemingly impulsive.
*** However, it is worth noting that WordOfGod states this is ''not canon'' and the scene was meant to be consensual.
* AgeLift: Is 40 in "Two Swords", making him older than his book counterpart at the same point in the story (though also three years ''younger'' than his actor).
* AffablyEvil: It's kind of hard to remember to hate the guy when he's joking with Tyrion or trading war stories with Jory Cassel... and then he brutally stabs the latter through the eye. Quite the turnaround to further remind the audience of the "evil" part.
* AnArmAndALeg: Locke chops off his hand out of spite.
* AntiHero: In the third season, the reveal of his heroic HiddenDepths and the selfless deeds he commits establish him firmly in this category. As it stands, he's somewhere between a PragmaticHero and an UnscrupulousHero by virtue of the murkier things he's done in the name of family.
* AntiVillain: His characterization in the first two seasons. A man who doesn't hesitate to kill a child or a kin for his own benefit but who possesses some sympathetic traits and standards.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion:
** To Brienne.
---> '''Jaime:''' Tell me, if your precious Renly commanded you to kill your own father and stand by while thousands of men, women, and children burned alive, ''would you have'' done ''it''? ''Would you have kept your oath then?''
** Delivers one to Walder Frey in "The Winds of Winter".
---> '''Jaime:''' We gave you the Riverlands to hold the Riverlands. If we have to ride North and take them back every time you lose them...why do we need you?
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: A gifted man full of hubris because he's one of the best swordsmen in the Seven Kingdoms ''and'' a Lannister. His smugness starts to wear off in Season 3, slowly at first, what with getting his ass kicked by Brienne, and dramatically after "Walk of Punishment", a turning point where most of the arrogance is well and truly gone. While he still tries to reassure his lord father that not being as good with his left hand doesn't matter as long as he's better than anyone else, an honest conversation with Tyrion shows that most of his self-confidence is gone.
* ArtificialLimbs: He is fitted with a golden hand in Season 4 when he returns to King's Landing. Subverted in that it doesn't function as anything but a display and Jaime remarks that [[HookHand a hook]] would be more practical, but much to his luck, he does manages to use it as a life-saving [[BarehandedBladeBlock improvised shield]]. It's also an effective tool for slapping, As the Freys learned the hard way during Season 6.
* TheAtoner: Jaime is trying his best to reform. He saved Brienne, sent her on a quest to try and save the Stark girls in order to fulfill Catelyn's vow, saved Tyrion from death, and once again aspires to be a dutiful Kingsguard no matter how soiled his reputation... and after Tywin's death and Tyrion's abandoning the city, Jaime sails to Dorne in an attempt to protect his 'niece' Myrcella from retaliation for the death of Oberyn Martell.
* BadassBoast
-->'''[To Jory]''' I'm going to open your lord up from balls to brains and see what Starks are made of.\\
'''[To Lady Stark]''' There are no men like me. Only me.
* BadassDecay: Goes through this in-universe as from the beginning of the series onwards as we see him captured, beaten by a woman, and finally having his hand cut off and with it ''all'' of his prodigious prowess as a swordsman. He is regarded as this in Season 4, with his own father and Cersei regarding his career as a Knight as over and Joffrey essentially calling him a has-been.
* BadassInCharge: As Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.
* BadassLongcoat: He attires while not in his Kingsguard armor are mostly this.
* BaitTheDog: Two humanizing scenes have him bonding with Jory and his young cousin, Alton. Jory gets a callous answer in the end and before long, both of them are rather casually killed by Jaime.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: In Season 5, he discovers the one real advantage a fake hand gives him in a sword fight.
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Cersei in Season 1. The two of them are the seasons primary threats and antagonists.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Tyrion. Cersei notes that he was always the one to defend his little brother from the abuses of his father, sister, and society. This even extended to setting up the MeetCute with Tysha, which is part of why the two of them get along so well (in the book, Tyrion explicitly narrates that his UndyingLoyalty to Jaime is in thanks for giving him [[IJustWantToBeLoved a taste of love]]). In Season 4, he's probably the only major figure to publicly support Tyrion's innocence and it's implied that he would have dueled on his behalf if he had both hands. He finally defies both his father and sister and arranges with Varys to break Tyrion out of prison, giving one final, loving hug before they part ways.
* BigDamnHeroes: He returns to Harrenhal just in time to rescue Brienne from a live bear.
* BodyguardBetrayal: The source of his infamous nickname Kingslayer. Even worse for him, in that it was [[TheCaligula Aerys]] that he killed, and while almost everyone is happy for such a monstrous man to be dead, they still dislike Jaime for having broken his oath to protect the king, and it has no small part in his resentment towards Ned Stark. Somewhat justified by the high premium that is (at least publicly) placed on honor[[labelnote:From the books...]]Ned Stark was the first to find Jaime sitting on the Iron Throne and Aerys II at the feet thereof, so he believed that Jaime had at least considered usurping the throne[[/labelnote]].
* BloodKnight: Loves a good fight, but is also courageous and (in most cases) honorable, as demonstrated by him sparing Ned after one of his men "taints" the victory by stabbing Ned in the leg.
* BreakTheHaughty: Despite numerous forces attempting to break him down (see HumiliationConga), Jaime remains as [[SmugSnake smug]] and [[ArrogantKungFuGuy arrogant]] as ever ''right'' up until the moment where he loses his hand.
* BrilliantButLazy:
** Shows no greater ambition than to be a member of the Kingsguard. This contrasts with his father who remade the Lannisters as the strongest house (and seems to consider Jaime a JadedWashout), his sister who tried to make herself the power behind the throne, and his brother who ruled King's Landing (and wants Casterly Rock). Jaime displays cunning with his manipulation of Steelshanks and Locke, but rarely uses it.
--->'''Lord Tywin''': You're blessed with abilities that few men possess. You're blessed to belong to the most powerful family in the Kingdoms, and you're still blessed with youth. And what have you done with these blessings? You've served as a glorified bodyguard for two kings, one a madman, the other a drunk [...] I need you to become the man you were always meant to be. Not next year, not tomorrow...now.
** It's also a {{deconstruction}} in that Jaime's laziness leads to him having few real accomplishments. Moreover, in the book describing the achievements of each member of the Kingsguard, his page is ridiculously small and the only notability compared to other members is his killing of Aerys... so as a swordsman he's practically a LivingLegend, but as a member of the Kingsguard he is a ButtMonkey.
** Come Season 6 and he is growing out of it. [[spoiler: Jaime confronts the High Sparrow, immediately tries to approach the small council to do something about the situation in Dorne and then when it's clear that unity is needed to take on the Faith Militant he not only convinces Kevan and Olenna to work with Cersei again, but its clear from Olenna's face that she's thinking "This boy knows his shit".]]
* BrokenAce: It is shown that he is incredibly bitter about his reputation as the 'Kingslayer', and that no matter what he does, he'll always be remembered as [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder someone who will change sides at the drop of a hat.]]
* BrotherSisterIncest: With Cersei.
* ButtMonkey: By Season 4, he has this status among his family, having sat out of the war as a captive and NobleFugitive, getting his hand chopped off in the process while the war was won without him doing anything significant. His relationship with Cersei is cold, his father is disappointed in his continual insistence to serve in the Kingsguard, and even his "nephew" King Joffrey mocks him for being a FailureHero. Not as much as Tyrion, but a drastic comedown from being his father's favourite. Even Loras, his future brother-in-law, easily defeats him in PassiveAggressiveKombat which Jaime himself had initiated.
* ByronicHero: The darker end of this trope. Killing the Mad King was the best thing he ever did, but doing so cost him his integrity and everyone hates Jaime for it. This has made him an outcast in Westeros society. He continues to be haunted by the Mad King's last words (the king came very close to torching all of King's Landing), and his true reasons for Kingslaying are a closely-guarded secret very few other people know. As a consequence, Jaime decided to embrace his amoral image by doing dark things in the name of self-preservation - such as pushing Bran off the tower and killing his cousin - although he is trying his best to reform. Jaime is also handsome, a prodigy with a sword, both proud and self-loathing, cynical, and has a very sharp wit. Oh, and he's had an incestuous affair with his own sister for several years.
* ChildProdigy: On the one hand, his dyslexia made him a slow learner in some aspects, but on the other hand, he was already a brilliant swordsman during his childhood. He tells Bronn that he hasn't used sparring swords since he was nine. He became the youngest Kingsguard in history, joining the order at the age of 16.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Zigzagged trope. This is his reputation. In reality, his killing of King Aerys is far more complex: Aerys told him to kill his own father and was also planning on burning down and killing everyone in King's Landing. Unfortunately, Jaime's pride and pessimism discouraged him from revealing that true reason for killing Aerys. On the other hand, if word were to ever get out that Jaime had brutally killed his younger cousin, Alton Lannister, then he would be known as a ''kinslayer'', the ''only'' thing worse than being a kingslayer in Westeros, as well.
* CluelessChickMagnet: Jaime is oblivious to the attention he gets from women because he's only interested in Cersei (or Brienne), which Bronn points out with considerable irritation.
* CompositeCharacter: Jaime takes over for Balon Swann, a Kingsguard knight sent by Cersei to return Myrcella to the Capital. Jaime did not go to Dorne in the books.
* ConflictingLoyalty: A recurring theme for him all through the series:
** The Kingslayer delivers a trope-defining remark to Lady Catelyn Stark pointing out that the oaths about honoring your family and honoring your King are forced to be helplessly contradictory sooner or later.
--->'''Jaime:''' So many vows. They make you swear and swear. Defend the king. Obey the king. Obey your father. Defend the innocent. Protect the weak. But what if your father despises the king? What if the king massacres the innocent? It's too much. No matter what, you're forsaking one vow or the other."
** As he revealed to Brienne, Jaime broke his oath and killed the Mad King when he decided to explode huge quantities of wildfire hidden beneath King's Landing. This action saved 500,000 lives but came at the price of his honor and universal contempt for soiling his office.
** On his return to King's Landing, Jaime is once again torn between family and duty. His oath to Catelyn Stark to safeguard Sansa and Arya are complicated by her death and changed political landscape. When Joffrey dies and Tyrion is arrested and Sansa is suspected, Jaime is caught between his father, sister and his little brother, his promise to Catelyn Stark and his decision to honor his vows to the Kingsguard as best as possible. No easy task. He eventually decides to go against his family in secret, giving Brienne help to rescue Sansa, and working with Varys to rescue Tyrion.
* ConscienceMakesYouGoBack: He was willing to leave Brienne to her fate at first, but couldn't go through with it and managed to convince his escorts to go back to Harrenhal for her. Although to be fair he ''did'' initially think she was going to be ransomed and went back to force the issue at once when he heard that Locke had refused the ransom offer.
* CoolBigBro: Undoubtedly to Tyrion- he's even seen bringing him some extra prostitutes before the feast in the first episode!
* CoolSword: Oathkeeper, the Valyrian steel sword Lord Tywin gives him, made from House Stark's Ice, at the beginning of Season 4. It lacks some of the more spectacular elements of its book counterpart (namely its highly distinctive rippling red-and-black blade), but its handle is still ludicrously baroque. Eventually, he gives it to Brienne.
* CripplingOverspecialization: While he's perfectly cunning and intelligent for a warrior, Jaime has built his entire life, career, reputation, and self-respect around being one of the best ''swordsmen'' in the kingdom... who then loses his sword hand early in Season 3.
-->'''Jaime:''' It's a good thing I am who I am. I'd have been useless at anything else.
* {{Cuckold}}: Jaime is completely oblivious that Cersei slept with their cousin Lancel even when he returned to King's Landing after Cersei was arrested and punished by the Faith Militant. Granted that Cersei never told him the true reason why she got arrested as it would open more skeletons in the closet. [[labelnote:From the books]] Tyrion told Jaime that "Cersei's fucking Lancel, Osmund Kettleblack, and Moonboy for all I know" before they parted in bad terms which led to Jaime having doubts on Cersei's faithfulness to him. When he went to the Riverlands, he confronted Lancel about the affair and Lancel confessed that he did slept with Cersei and helped her kill Robert. Eventually, Jaime began to despise Cersei and refused to help her when the Faith Militant got her. This is in contrast to the show where Jaime left Cersei in good terms with no doubts and he didn't talk to Lancel before leaving to the Riverlands.[[/labelnote]]
* CynicismCatalyst: The death of the Mad King Aerys Targaryen II at his hands: Turns out that instead of switching sides at the last minute like his father did, the ''real'' reason he killed Aerys was to prevent Aerys from using wildfire to [[KillEmAll annihilate]] [[TakingYouWithMe everyone]] in King's Landing. One of his most truly noble and selfless acts resulted in everyone derisively referring to him as "Kingslayer". That's part of the reason he's become so bitter and lacking in empathy towards others.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Confesses this problem to Tyrion, noting that his instincts with his left hand are nowhere near the skills of his perfectly-trained right hand.
* DeadpanSnarker: He tends to slip at least one of these into every conversation he makes. But of particular note:
-->'''Jaime:''' King in the North! You know, I expect you to leave me at one castle or another for safekeeping but you just drag me along camp to camp. Have you grown fond of me Stark, is that it? I've never seen you with a girl.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Towards Brienne.
* {{Determinator}}: Makes no less than five escape attempts throughout his captivity. At one point, gasping for breath in the mud after having one of his hands chopped off, he still disarms a Bolton soldier with his left and tries to fight a group of others.
* DidNotThinkThisThrough: Jaime is incredibly impulsive. The problem being that many of his spur-of-the-moment actions either don't further his cause or outright make his problems worse. To wit:
** Attacking Ned Stark and his men did nothing to free Tyrion from Catelyn Stark.
** His murder of Rickard Karstark's son in a poorly thought out escape attempt only made many Stark bannerman all too eager to kill him.
** He freed Tyrion, only for the latter to use the newfound freedom to murder their father.
** His attempt to bring Myrcella back from Dorne wasn't well thought through either, and ends in failure.
** He's called out on his impulsiveness InUniverse more than once. Noteably by Cersei and Bronn.
--->'''Cersei:''' You're a man of action, aren't you? When it occurs to you to do something you do it. Never mind the consequences.\\
'''Jaime:''' I like to improvise.\\
'''Bronn:''' That explains the golden hand.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight:
** Tells Bronn he wants to go out in the arms of the woman he loves.
** Myrcella collapses and dies in Jaime's arms after they have a first and sweet father-daughter conversation.
* TheDogBitesBack: It's been implied that his murder of Aerys was a case of this. [[labelnote:From the books...]]This is confirmed, since among other things Jaime was forced to stand by and listen as Aerys brutally raped his wife Rhaella and whilst Brandon and Ricken Stark were horrifically killed, and Jaime would "go inside" his own mind when that happened, implying that it left him with a degree of PTSD.[[/labelnote]]
* TheDragon: He's trusted by Lord Tywin with half of the Lannister forces and attains some glory in the field, but his war days are quickly ended when he gets ensnared by Robb Stark.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** Not his first scene, but being able to shove a child out a window with only a flippant little comment about "The things I do for love" is a pretty big moment.
** Gets a second one in "The Kingsroad" while talking to Jon Snow.
** His first scene where he gets a significant number of lines to himself, onscreen, in fact, is the scene where he's joking around with Tyrion in the brothel. That episode is Jaime in a nutshell, really -- dangerous, doesn't mind killing children, loves his family.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:
** He and Cersei are clearly very much in love, and he's very protective of his brother Tyrion, not to mention he's the only member of his immediate family who ''doesn't'' blame Tyrion for the death of their mother Joanna Lannister.
** Despite not approving of Joffrey's rudeness and general attitude, he loves him enough to shove several people out of his way and rush to his side, desperately trying to help him. Tragically (sort of), it doesn't work.
** Though he's not really close to them (as he had to pretend to be their 'uncle' for most of their lives), he does care about Myrcella and Tommen.
* EveryoneHasStandards:
** Knocks down a soldier who unceremoniously stabs Ned in the leg during his duel with the latter. When talking with his father in "You Win or You Die", he comments that this act made him spare Ned's life as killing him in this situation wouldn't be "clean."
** He also feels contempt for rapists. So what the fuck was that in "Breaker of Chains"?
** The reason he killed Aerys -- he wanted to burn down King's Landing with wildfire.
** Unlike his father, sister, and his son, he has no problem with homosexuality and even sympathises with them, given his own affection.
** Defies Cersei's wishes by having Brienne find Sansa and take her to safety so that Cersei can't harm her, and giving up his sword Oathkeeper to her for that purpose.
** In the Season 6 finale, he is absolutely horrified to see the mass murder and destruction Cersei has wreaked upon King's Landing and their own family.
* EvilCounterpart: To Ser Loras Tyrell. They're both arrogant, highly-skilled warriors, Lords Commander of a family member's Kingsguard, brothers to a queen, and have a socially unacceptable romantic relationship, but the Knight of Flowers has yet to do anything as heinous as pushing a kid out of a window or murdering his own cousin in cold blood. Loras and Margaery are a BrotherSisterTeam, whereas Jaime and Cersei are engaged in BrotherSisterIncest. Although Loras is jealous of Brienne, he doesn't actually want to harm her, and even comes to her defense when Margaery accuses her of murdering Renly, whereas Jaime attempts to kill Brienne (who was merely trying to escort him safely to King's Landing, albeit in chains) in "Dark Wings, Dark Words". Loras tries to engage in polite small talk with Jaime in "The Lion and the Rose", and the older knight suddenly escalates it to a verbal confrontation by threatening his life.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Grows an appropriately [[http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/33700000/Jaime-Lannister-jaime-lannister-33779441-1600-1200.jpg leonine one]] while in Northern captivity in Season 2 and keeps it thick into the rest of Season 3. He chops it all off in Season 4, wearing his hair short again once he returns to the luxury of King's Landing.
* FacialDialogue: After losing his hand, whenever someone starts to bring up the subject of his incest and parenthood, even if indirectly, Jaime usually produces a begging "Please don't." wounded gaze.
* FailureHero: How the Lannisters see him after he returns; King Joffrey and Cersei both note that they survived a siege without him and the war was won without him playing a major role and he for his part, sat out of it as a captive and returned as a cripple. This is amplified furthermore when Joffrey gets poisoned at his own wedding in full view of everyone, with Jaime not able to do nothing but watch. It's worse in the TV show because his book counterpart wasn't even ''present'' at King's Landing at the time. And then his actions directly lead to Tywin's death. Harshly, but accurately [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech summed up]] by Cersei:
--> '''Cersei''': Tyrion may be a monster, but at least he killed our father on purpose. You killed him by mistake.
* FireForgedFriends: With Brienne, eventually.
* {{Foil}}: To Ned and, later, Brienne; his code of flexible morality contrasts their [[HonorBeforeReason strict adherence]] to their own code of honor. The insults and disrespect he gets when returning to his family, are very similar to what Theon experienced when returning to Pyke.
** He relentlessly mocks the laws of gods and men. Is known for being a pretty bad guy but has a far more cruel older sibling (Cersei is the older twin). Is a very skilled swordsman and while he claims to not care about others he risks his life for a female companion. Jaime Lannister or Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane? Oddly they've never interacted on screen.
** Jaime has everything Tyrion lacks or craves. Handsome, tall, a dashing duelist adored by the smallfolk and by his family and even treated with some consideration by his father. Jaime could commit all kinds of follies and still be the golden son.
* {{Gaydar}}: He claims to have known that Renly was a "tulip" from the moment the boy first arrived at court.
* GlorifiedSpermDonor: He sired all of Cersei's children, but wasn't a father figure to them from fear that people might get suspicious about their paternity. As of Season 5, he begins to regret this. Cersei tells him he has no right to call Myrcella his daughter, and Myrcella herself says he doesn't really know her.
* GloveSlap: He gets a rough version of this during his training, when Bronn yanks his golden hand off and then slaps him to the ground with it.
* GreenEyedMonster: Even though he is fully aware that Tywin had arranged the forced betrothal between Cersei and Loras, and that the latter is a gay man, he is ''very'' jealous that Loras will marry Cersei while he himself cannot. Jaime threatens Loras' life over this issue when they meet at the Purple Wedding (although it backfires spectacularly).
* GuileHero: After losing his sword hand, he's forced to rely on his wits and cunning to accomplish tasks, such as playing on Steelshanks' sense of self-preservation to help him save Brienne from the bear pit.
* HandicappedBadass: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]. He still manages to be a fairly competent fighter after having his right hand cut off, but he's understandably perturbed about losing most of his physical prowess, his only noticeable trait to the outside world (he is the ''Kingslayer'' after all) and skilled fighters like Bronn can easily knock him down, forcing Jaime to [[CombatPragmatist learn how to improvise]]. Though he does take out a Dornishman with the help of his golden hand, so there's that.
* TheHeart: Subtle, but there. He's the only Lannister who likes ''all'' the other Lannisters, and the only Lannister ''all'' the other Lannisters like. When he's captured by Robb and imprisoned for a season and a half, the rest of his family start tearing each other to pieces. Indeed in Season 4, during the course of Tyrion's trial, he's become the go-between between Tywin, Cersei and Tyrion, though his public support for Tyrion rankles his father and Cersei. And once he's forced to choose loyalties between different family members, things really fall apart.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Jaime's morality has been a roller-coaster over the course of the series.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: He considers himself this. Shown to be at least partially true in Season 3, when he reveals that he assassinated Aerys Targaryen to prevent him burning King's Landing to the ground.
* HeroicBSOD: After losing his hand, he completely shuts off from the world and refuses to eat until Brienne snaps him out of it.
* HiddenDepths:
** On rare occasions, he has demonstrated considerable empathy with others, much like Tyrion. He sympathises with Renly and Brienne for suffering for their love, and is genuinely distraught that he is so hated and held in contempt by the entire realm, including by men he admires and likes, for what he (with good reason) considers to have been a selfless and noble act.
** He demonstrates that he can come up with decent plots if he really needs to, such as his attempt to deal with the High Sparrow in Season 6. That plan fell through, but in fairness even Lady Olenna was blindsided by the High Sparrow's scheming in that instance.
* HollywoodAtheist: He seems to hold no faith for the Old Gods nor the New and seems to be disdainful of religious people, if his exchange with Catelyn is an indication. He even uses the old 'Problem of Evil' thing.
-->'''Jaime:''' If your gods are real, and if they're just, why is the world so full of injustice?
* HonorBeforeReason:
** Why he spared Ned Stark, as defeating him after being stabbed from behind "wouldn't have been clean."
** He finds Bronn's CombatPragmatist tactics in poor taste.
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: After he loses his hand, this happens to him both figuratively and literally.
* HumiliationConga: After his fight with Eddard Stark, he's berated by his father for being rash and stupid, and then subsequently defeated in the field and captured by Robb Stark. He then spends the next year or so as a prisoner trotted from camp to camp and kept in a grubby pen, covered in his own filth. When he's finally freed from captivity, he's escorted, in chains, by a stoic woman whom he's constantly at odds with. His attempted escape ends with him losing a sword fight to said woman, being recaptured by the enemy, and, finally, losing his sword hand. This continues when he returns to King's Landing where his family openly mocks him for sitting out for most of the war as a captive and losing his hand in the process, his own sister turns him away from her because of his loss of limb.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo:
** His rationale for killing Aerys.
** He also justifies this as his reason for throwing Bran out the window, since it risked exposing him and Cersei, which could lead to their deaths and that of their children. (Given that that his ''failure'' to do so kicked off the War of Five Kings, he may have had a point!)
* IHaveYourWife: Has been captured by the Starks, who plan to use him as a hostage against Cersei. [[labelnote:From the books...]]Also the reason why The Mad King kept Jaime in the capitol during Robert's Rebellion, even though all the other White Swords was sent out to fight--Ser Barristan Selmy, Ser Jonothor Darry, and Prince Lewyn Martell of Dorne to the ruby ford, where the latter two died alongside Rhaegar Targaryen; and Ser Oswell Whent, Ser Arthur Dayne, called "Sword of the Morning," and Lord Commander Gerold Hightower, the White Bull himself, to the Tower of Joy in Dorne, where Eddard Stark and his companions slew them whilst trying to rescue Lyanna. Aerys's plans were very straightforward: if House Lannister were to raise its banners in rebellion, Aerys could easily have Jaime killed. The Mad King had already made this threat to Prince Doran Martell -- "I have your brother in the Kingsguard AND your sister as my daughter-in-law" -- which is why Dorne fought for House Targaryen.[[/labelnote]]
* InformedAbility: Despite being repeatedly told of his skill with a sword in the series, we never actually see him win a fight.
* InSeriesNickname: The Kingslayer. He really doesn't like it. He assassinated Aerys, the last Targaryen king, which emptied the throne for Robert. However, it also gave him a really bad reputation because he was a member of the [[PraetorianGuard Kingsguard]], who were supposed to ''defend'' the king with their lives. This has made the people see him as [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder a man who will quickly change his loyalty when it suits him]]. [[labelnote:From the books...]]His other nicknames are Oathbreaker and the Young Lion.[[/labelnote]]
* InsultBackfire: He underestimates Loras in "The Lion and the Rose", believing that the young man would be an easy victim for his snark and threats, but the Knight of Flowers can fight with words just as well as he fights with swords. Jaime is even a little stunned by how easily Loras is able to hurt his feelings with a single, biting line.
-->'''Jaime''': Luckily for you, none of this will happen, because you will never marry her [Cersei].\\
'''Loras''': ''(smiles smugly)'' And neither will you. ''(pats Jaime on the arm)''
* InterserviceRivalry: Jaime has nothing but contempt for the Night's Watch. He subtly mocks Jon Snow's decision to join it in the first episode. Then there's this quote from the Season 5 Blu-ray lore.
-->'''Jaime''': (The Kingsguard) holds no lands, take no wives and father no children like the Night's Watch except with a ''real job to do''.
* {{Irony}}: He killed one insane, inbred king rather than let him burn the capital of Westeros to the ground with [[GreekFire Wildfire]]. He and his twin sister produced the insane idiot whose earliest acts upon taking the Iron Throne started the War of Five Kings. And now said sister has become just as insane and murderous as the king Jaime killed twenty years ago.
* JerkJock: A relatively smooth talking version
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Consistently arrogant, and has a knack for causing the audience to want to see him killed. Not necessarily all that far from being completely unsympathetic, although he is saved from this by having ''[[EvenEvilHasStandards some]]'' standards.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** When Catelyn tries to insult him by calling him 'Kingslayer', Jaime points out that the king in question was an insane monster. Catelyn calls him out on taking vows as a knight and Jaime counters by saying that several of his vows clashed. Then Jaime points out that Ned Stark, while honourable, was not without his flaws either and Catelyn herself hardly fulfills the ideals of "Family, Duty, Honor" either, since she was never able to love Jon Snow, her husband's illegitimate son and an innocent child, and resented him. Of course, this loses effect [[spoiler:once it turned out that [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold Ned never broke his vows]]]].
** When Robb confronts Jaime about Stannis' accusations that "Robert's" children with Cersei are bastards born of her incest with Jaime, Jaime notes that if such an accusation were true, that would make Stannis the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, "how convenient for him." He also notes Robb has no proof of this, nor does Stannis, so it might as well just be gossip.
** When Robert demands to know what the Mad King's last words where when Jaime betrayed him, Jaime responds, "He said the [[MadnessMantra same thing he'd been saying for hours]]. [[KillEmAll Burn them all.]]," which tells the viewers that the death of this King was by no means a tragedy.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: In the third season, right after performing a more-or-less selfless act of good, he resumes being cocky and overconfident and karma catches up with him in the form of having his right hand chopped off.
* KickTheDog:
** A small moment when Brienne acts as TheConscience and asks him to safeguard Sansa, Jaime who has been receiving TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from nearly everyone after returning to King's Landing calls her ugly.
--->'''Jaime:''' Are you sure we are not related? Ever since I've returned, every Lannister has been a miserable pain in my arse. Maybe you are a Lannister too, you've got the hair for it, not the looks.
** His murder of Alton Lannister is rather cruel.
** Him threatening to kill Edmure's son and every Tully in Riverrun to make him comply is pretty cruel, too.
* KickTheMoralityPet: On his return to King's Landing, he goes so far low as to to force himself on Cersei, when they are right next to their son's corpse in the sept.
* KnightInShiningArmor: A literal knight in literally shining armor, he certainly ''looks'' the part. [[SubvertedTrope His actions, on the other hand...]].
* KnightInSourArmor: He's much closer to this as of Season 4. For a long time, he was scornful of the double standards of chivalry as far as how Westeros regards his "kingslaying" and how in their eyes, he's dishonored himself for all time. Despite this, Jaime does value the Kingsguard and does aspire to the example of the likes of Ser Barristan. He tells his father, Tywin, that while he has soured his honor for killing a king, he won't sour it by abandoning the Kingsguard altogether.
* KnightTemplarBigBrother:
** He seems to be one of the very few people who genuinely loves and cares for Tyrion, and he thus reacts badly when Tyrion's safety is threatened. Cersei also mentions that he would have killed Robert if he found out about the DomesticAbuse in "You Win or You Die". He also refuses to kill Tyrion when Cersei asks him to after Joffrey's death.
--->'''Jaime''': He's my brother. He's ''our'' brother.
** It doesn't appear to apply to anyone who's not his immediate blood relative, for his younger, (and admittedly distant) cousin, the worshipful and friendly Alton Lannister, was cruelly killed by Jaime, so in order to escape captivity.
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: He admits to having made a fool out of himself as a boy when he got to be the squire of his hero Ser Barristan Selmy for a day.
** His facial expressions indicate he's quite impressed by Oberyn's fighting skills when he duels the Mountain.
* LIsForDyslexia: When he was a boy. Lord Tywin was undeterred, however, by the Maester's diagnosis and sat him down for four hours every day until he learned. For this, Jaime resented his father for a long time.
** If you listen closely enough in "You Win or You Die", Jaime has a slight bit of trouble reading Ned Stark's letter to Tywin summoning him to court; he pauses at certain words and sounds out every syllable as a child would, an interesting and realistic contrast to his spoken eloquence. As he points out to Locke, he learned a lot of fancy words during those sessions with his father, but it doesn't mean reading's necessarily easy.
* LackOfEmpathy: Aside from his immediate family, Jaime has a lot of trouble understanding the emotional state of other people. Or at least taking such into account when thinking. This is either because he's genuinely an idiot in regards to this, or much like his brother, he can't resist a snark.
** Though it turns out he does have a HiddenHeartOfGold, the same thing which led him to make his life-defining choice of killing Aerys. It was hidden so well, even he's forgotten about it. Brienne brings it out in him and he has trouble adjusting to his post-douchebag life in King's Landing, populated as it is by his family.
* LaserGuidedKarma: The first action committed by him is throwing Bran Stark off the Tower, crippling him for life and shattering the little boy's dreams of being a knight. In the course of the war which this action triggers, he's captured and kept inactive, doing very little heavy fighting and then when he mouths off too much, becomes a cripple himself by losing his hand, shortening his future as a knight and damaging any dreams ''he'' might have had of being mentioned alongside the likes of Ser Barristan, Ser Arthur Dayne, and Ser Duncan the Tall.
* TheLawOfDiminishingDefensiveEffort: Can be seen in his sword-fighting strategies, before and after his maiming. Before his sudden limb removal, Jaimie fought very aggressively, always putting his opponent on the defensive and never letting them even consider attacking him. After he loses the ability to kill most men with a flick of his wrist, he fights completely defensively, relying on his still-perfect footwork and maneuvers where his lackluster hand can't win.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: His interaction with Brienne, particularly near the end of Season 3.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: [[spoiler: Come Season 6 and he sounds exactly like Tywin, what with his new mentality of exacting retribution, taking back everything that is theirs and only the Lannisters being important.]]
* LoveMakesYouEvil: He throws Bran out of a window to conceal his forbidden affair with Cersei, and later assures her that he would kill everyone in the world if that's what it took for them to be together.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Admits to Myrcella he is her father, embracing her properly for the first time. She then almost immediately dies of poison.
* ManipulativeBastard: Tries his ''hand'' at this with Locke and loses it. Afterwards, he edges more towards GuileHero territory.
* MasterSwordsman: Ironically, one of the few remaining knights of the Kingsguard who actually ''earned'' that position and ''isn't'' just a Lannister political appointee. However, after the loss of his hand, he's no longer as competent a swordsman as he once was.
* MeaningfulName: J'aime is a French expression for 'I love'. Considering he is the only Lannister to be on good terms with all the others and that he is motivated by his genuine love for his family (each as individuals, unlike Tywin), this is probably not a coincidence.
** Also, "Jaime" comes from the Hebrew "Jacob," meaning "one who supplants," referencing how Tywin still considered him his true heir despite his other children being more suitable. Interestingly, the Biblical Jacob (literally, "one who holds the heel") came into the world holding his twin's heel, which is exactly what Jaime did.
* MemeticBadass: In-universe; everyone knows he's an accomplished fighter.
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: His period of suffering after losing his hand, what Brienne calls "one taste of the real world where people have important things taken from them", has made him far more introspective, kinder and restrained for the most part.
* MrFanservice: Seen naked quite a few times. Although on some of those occasions, [[FanDisservice he's screwing Cersei or suffering from debilitating injuries]].
* MoralityPet: He isn't nice at all on his return to King's Landing, as evident when he forces himself on Cersei but Tyrion and Brienne bring out the best in him, and he's incredibly nice and generous to them.
** Myrcella is his in Season 5, going all the way to Dorne with only Bronn for backup specifically to rescue her, [[OverprotectiveDad showing subtle disapproval at seeing her kissing Trystane]] and generally worrying a lot about her wellbeing. Sadly, she dies just after he admits he's her real father.
* NeverLiveItDown: Derogatorily known and addressed as "Kingslayer" by everyone in-universe, even his allies. Even those who rebelled against the Mad King and knew that he was insane criticize Jaime for it and are [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder very wary of him]]. Jaime insists that people should be grateful for it. And, once we learn the rest of the story, it turns out he's right. Still, people despise him less because he killed the king and more because he broke his oath as a member of the Kingsguard. So, properly, he should simply be known as Oathbreaker, but that's not as punchy or specific as Kingslayer, so he's stuck with the latter.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** In his youth, Jaime [[EngineeredHeroics engineered]] a RescueSex scenario in the benefit of Tyrion. His younger brother, unaccustomed to kindness, fell in love and married the girl, who was actually a sex worker. Tywin put an end to it; he pimped her out to his whole guard and forced Tyrion to watch, leaving him mentally scarred for life.
** On the way back to King's Landing, he hears that Locke rejected Brienne's father's offer of a ransom, since he found a mere 300 gold dragons an insult coming from an island full of sapphires. Now where did he get that idea? OhWait. (In fairness, he then turns right around and rescues her.)
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Anytime Jaime tries to do something good, it only causes him trouble:
** His first truly selfless act, convincing Locke to not rape Brienne, eventually results in his hand being chopped off.
** His murder of [[TheCaligula The Mad King]] when he was about to burn [[OmnicidalManiac King's Landing and all its people]] in his backstory got him a reputation for ChronicBackstabbingDisorder that haunts him to this day.
** Buying a whore to give his little brother some experience ended with her being gang raped on his father's orders to psychologically torture Tyrion.
** Freeing his little brother who was falsely accused of a crime he didn't commit. Problem is Tyrion has become so embittered by betrayal from his friends and family that after being released, he takes a detour and kills his father, making Jaime an unwitting accomplice in said crime.
** Jaime insistence on leading an army to kill the High Sparrow for retribution of Cersei's torture at his hands. Because Tommen ended up pledging his allegance to him, Jaime ends up getting his title stripped and exiled from King's Landing.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: The other reason his killing of Aerys ruined his reputation is the fact that not only did he break his vows to protect him, but he did so when his father's army was in King's Landing. As a result, everyone thinks he did it to help Daddy and/or save his own skin. This is decidedly not the case.
* TheOathBreaker: Breaking the oath of the Kingsguard makes many see him as the lowest of the low, it being a literal [[InTheBack backstabbing]] made it even worse. He makes it clear that his oaths were inherently contradictory, but few people pay heed to his side of the story. His refusal to go public with the depths of Aerys' madness didn't help matters much.
* OddFriendship: Seems to be slowly developing one with Bronn from Season 4 onwards.
* OhCrap:
** When Robb interrogates him and brings out Grey Wind, where he's literally seeming as if he's about to piss himself. So much for 'not fearing death'.
** When Brienne curbstomps the three Northmen, he's open-mouthed, having twigged that, yeah, she probably ''could'' beat him. A suspicion that's confirmed when he actually does fight her and she damn near ruins him.
** When Locke presses his knife right into his eyeball, he starts ''crying''. Then, after a second or two of pure shock, he screams his guts out when Locke cuts off his hand with a giant "'''OH FUCK!'''" look on his face.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In Season 3, after losing his hand there are subtle signs that Jaime is changing, as he rants about why he hates being called Kingslayer after years of silence and shows hints of sexual attraction to a woman other than Cersei.
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: Two of his children, Joffrey and Myrcella, die by his side, poisoned, with poor Jaime being powerless to do anything about it. [[spoiler:His last child, Tommen, was DrivenToSuicide by Cersei's actions while Jaime was out of King's Landing.]]
* PapaWolf:
** In "The Lion and the Rose", he shows these tendencies for the first time in the series. When Joffrey is poisoned and dying, Jaime shoves several people out of the way and runs right to his side in order to try and save him, shouting his first name. Somewhat tragically, it's no use. He also has a small but quite sweet moment with Tommen when he crosses paths with him in Joffrey's crypt, telling him he'll make sure he's all right. Of course, Tommen is unaware Jaime is his father, but still.
** Perhaps his biggest PapaWolf moment has come in Season 5 when Jaime personally travels to Dorne with only Bronn for backup to rescue Myrcella from the wrathful Sand Snakes, even if he is doing it partly to appease Cersei and is still calling himself Myrcella's "uncle", it's obvious [[{{Determinator}} he'll do whatever it takes to get his daughter back.]]
* ParentalFavoritism: Jaime is the Lannister sibling who receives the least disdainful treatment from Tywin, who trusts him with half of his army, praises him on occasion and considers him his heir even though by law Jaime cannot inherit as a member of the Kingsguard. Cersei and Tyrion, who both love Jaime, are still resentful of this blatant favoritism. Tyrion in particular points out that he will never be recognized for all his accomplishments even though he's by far Tywin's most capable descendant, while Jaime is still Tywin's designated heir even after forfeiting his inheritance, murdering a king, losing his sword hand and screwing his own sister, which caused a countrywide scandal and a SuccessionCrisis that almost destroyed the Lannister bid for the Iron Throne.
-->'''Tyrion:''' You're the golden son. You could kill a king, lose a hand, fuck your own sister, you'll always be the golden son.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: He stabbed the Mad King in the back.
* PetTheDog:
** Despite the clear animosity between them, he tells Ned that his father and brother were very brave and genuinely means it.
--->'''Jaime:''' He was very brave, your brother. And your father too. They didn't deserve to die like that.
** Even though he was quite happy to mock Renly's sexual orientation just to get a rise out of Brienne, he shortly afterward expresses some very genuine empathy for them, with a subtle implication that he had his own [[BrotherSisterIncest relationship with Cersei]] in mind.
---> '''Jaime:''' I don't blame him. And I don't blame you. We don't get to choose who we love.
** After he and Brienne are captured by Locke, he warns her that they most likely intend to rape her and then attempts to persuade her not to fight back so she doesn't get herself killed as well. When that fails, he ends up saving her himself by persuading Locke that she'd be much more valuable to him if she's alive and un-raped. Later, he jumps into a freaking bear pit, ''unarmed'', to try and save her.
** In "The Lion and the Rose", he gets an odd one in the sense that the dog is an utter asshole. When Joffrey is poisoned and dying, Jaime shoves several people out of the way and runs right to his side in order to try and save him. Somewhat tragically, it's no use. Granted, he's a member of the Kingsguard, so it could just as easily have been a matter of duty.
** In Season 5, he sticks his neck out to prevent Bronn from being executed for striking Prince Trystane while they were trying to secretly rescue Myrcella, insisting that he, being Bronn's superior, was at fault and should be the one punished.
** In Season 6, his first action upon arriving at the Riverlands (after taking Black Walder down a peg) is to order Edmure Tully bathed and fed. In the next episode, when Brienne offers him back the sword that he gave her, Oathkeeper; he gently declines, affirming that it's ''hers'' and always will be.
* {{Pride}}: Often comes across as very arrogant and uncaring of others. However his father Tywin points out this is merely how he wants to be viewed.
-->'''Jaime:''' I could care less what anyone thinks of me.\\
'''Tywin:''' No, ''that's'' what you want people to think of you.
* QuizzicalTilt: Jaime's reaction after seeing Brienne slay three soldiers without any effort.
* RealityEnsues: After snatching a sword from Brienne and freeing himself, Jaime challenges her to a sword fight. Being malnourished and weakened from his time as a prisoner of war, the battle goes decidedly in Brienne's favour.
* RedBaron: The Kingslayer.
* RedemptionQuest: After returning to King's Landing, he's making more of an effort to live up to his vows and duties as a Knight, telling people who consider him a failure and has-been that he still has time left.
** More specifically, while Catelyn didn't intend for it to be his redemption quest, seeing him as beyond redemption, after losing his hand and growing close with Brienne, Jaime shows a sincere desire to want to return Catelyn's daughters back to her. After Catelyn's death, he sends Brienne to keep them protected from Cersei and anyone who might hurt them.
* TheRival: He is Ned's constant antagonist for much of Season 1. Their animosity stems from Ned being vocal against the Lannisters' Sack of King's Landing and Jaime stabbing King Aerys InTheBack.
* SmugSnake: Until losing his sword hand
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Breaks Tyrion out of the dungeons and helps him escape being executed for a crime he did not commit.
* ShipTease: Between him and Brienne in Seasons 3 and 4. It's much less subtle than in the books.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: His Season 5 story arc. After spending most of the season traveling to Dorne and infiltrating the city to rescue Myrcella, he fails to save her and she dies in his arms.
* ShutUpHannibal: In Season Six, he gives one to Walder Frey in the Season Finale about how Walder Frey is no conqueror and would amount to ''nothing'' without relying on the Lannisters. Walder can only splutter in response.
* ShutUpKirk: Gives two of these to Catelyn when she tries to give him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. First when she calls him out for being the "Kingslayer", he retorts that Aerys was a terrible king and the oaths he took were contradictory. Then, when she confronts him for being a man without honour, he points out [[BigGood Ned]] wasn't entirely honourable by fathering an illegitimate son out of wedlock and then explains she failed to uphold the Tully words because of her resentment of her husband's illegitimate son, [[HeroicBastard Jon Snow]].
* SignificantWardrobeShift: His casual outfit during his command of the Second Siege of Riverrun in Season 6 is a curious composite of Tyrion and Tywin's outfits (the color scheme mostly harkening Tyrion's suit as Acting Hand of the King, while the design of the upper garment is more Tywin's). Quite appropriate, considering his turn into the capable commander and politician Tywin and Tyrion probably wanted him to be.
* SincerityMode: Seems to go into this as he's trying to explain what's [[RapeAsDrama going to happen]] to Brienne when they are captured by Stark bannermen. One of his [[JerkassWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold]] moments.
* SingleTargetSexuality: He tells Catelyn Stark that he has only ever been with Cersei and no-one else. Before using that little fact to point out her husband Ned did not show her any such loyalty when he fathered a bastard. Subverted ever so slightly in the episode "Kissed By Fire", where he checks out Brienne in the bath for a second when feverish.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: Upon his return to King's Landing, he immediately feels out of place after everything he's been through. On top of that, while his return would have been huge news, no one even recognizes him due to how different he looks. Cersei almost immediately notices his less cocky, more contemplative demeanor (along with his missing hand).
* SympatheticMurderer: He killed King Aerys, thereby damning him as dishonourable scum in the eyes of the whole kingdom, in order to save the whole of King's Landing and his father from a wildfire trap that the Mad King had laid beneath the city.
* SympatheticPOV: The focus on his character in Season 3 got him a large number of sympathy points, painting him as a TragicVillain and showing off his heroic HiddenDepths.
* SympathyForTheHero: Shows some for Ned, as well as Ned's father and brother.
* TalkToTheFist: Jaime's way of shutting up the obnoxious Black Walder Rivers when he scoffs at his accurate criticism and [[TooDumbToLive disregards his warning]]? A backhanded slap. [[PowerFist With his golden hand.]]
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: After Myrcella's death in Season 5, Jaime backslides into this rationale. In his own words: "fuck everyone in the world who isn't us."
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Many people, including Ned Stark, consider Jaime, the Kingslayer, a vile knight beyond redemption after his BodyguardBetrayal of Aerys. In reality, it was the polar opposite to this trope, but no one other than Brienne knows nor cares at this point.
** This is Jaime's reaction to Tyrion's murder of Tywin, even telling Bronn he will kill Tyrion if he ever sees him again.
* TooCleverByHalf: Gifted, influential, casually manipulative, and smart-mouthed, he loves to contemptuously upstage chivalric foes but eventually goes too far and overplays his hand. Then he loses it.
* TookALevelInKindness: Especially in his interactions with Brienne, and in Season 4, his more introspective and softer demeanour takes people by surprise. Indeed, when he lapses back into his former swagger, as demonstrated by his confrontation with Loras in "The Lion and the Rose", he fails miserably.
* ToxicFriendInfluence: Or more Toxic Incestual Twin Sister Influence. Cersei tends to bring out the worst in him. [[spoiler:Cersei's wildfire plot may finally wake him up to this.]]
* TragicVillain: He knows that he's detested by society, all for a single act that he considered heroic and which saved countless lives.
* {{Troll}}: Jaime gets a kick out of verbally taunting Catelyn, and doesn't seem to mind whether he gets beaten with a rock or bound in a dozen chains so long as he can piss Catelyn off. And when Catelyn decides to free Jaime and have Brienne escort him to King's Landing, he taunts Brienne non-stop through an endless stream of insults. It's amazing that Brienne hasn't strangled him yet. Probably because she swore to get him to King's Landing safely (for a given value of safe) but ''still'', Jaime cannot ''shut up''.
-->'''Brienne''': I will NOT let you provoke me.\\
'''Jaime''': I already have!
* UnresolvedSexualTension: By mid-Season 3, his relationship with Brienne approaches that of an old married couple, and when they eventually [[spoiler: have a quite affectionate reunion on Season 6, [[ShipperOnDeck Bronn wonders if they are fucking]].]]
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: By never going public with the Mad King's plan to destroy King's Landing with wildfire, [[spoiler:Jaime left the door open for Cersei to eventually find and employ it herself. Hundreds if not thousands of people died along with a good chunk of the city, all because he kept silent]].
* VitriolicBestBuds: Becomes this with Brienne eventually. When he makes fun of her looks in Season 4, it comes across more like friendly ribbing, at least coming from Jaime.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Killed his king to save a city and his father. Crippled a boy to protect his sister. Threatened to kill a man's newborn to end a siege. What's sad is that the consequences of these acts always come back to haunt him.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Jaime's most compassionate acts in his life are known only to Brienne. In the first case he killed the Mad King to save King's Landing from a wildfire explosion that would have murdered hundreds of thousands of innocents, and in the second he lied to Locke to spare Brienne's life.
%% * WickedCultured
* TheWorfEffect: Is defeated with almost contemptuous ease by Brienne in the second episode of Season 3, demonstrating just how incredibly good ''she'' is.
* WorfHadTheFlu: Mostly because he'd been chained up with inadequate food and exercise prior to his journey with Brienne, making him completely out of practice, and he still has chains on his wrists and ankles when he instigates the fight. [[labelnote:In the books...]]The fight in the books is much closer; Jaime holds his own and even gains the upper hand (despite the presence of his manacles) until he realizes that in his weakened state, Brienne is stronger than him (this is notable, because his great physical strength has been mentioned before). The fight goes on until he slips on wet stones, allowing Brienne to get a victory... just before the Bloody Mummers show up. [[/labelnote]]
* WorthyOpponent:
** He seems to regard Lord Eddard Stark as one, especially after Eddard was capable of holding his own in a fight against Jaime.
--->'''Jaime:''' Brave man that Ned Stark, but terrible judgment.
** However, he also clearly has a lot of resentment for the "Honorable Ned Stark" for how he thinks he wouldn't even give him a chance to explain why he killed Aerys, and judging him as being a dishonorable wretch for this genuinely well intentioned and heroic action, despite Ned not being as squeaky clean as others believed.
* WouldHurtAChild: Throws Bran Stark out of a window in the first episode after the boy [[HeKnowsTooMuch witnesses the twincest]]. He "hoped the fall would kill him".
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: When [[SmugSnake Walder Frey]] gloats about retaking Riverrun and refers to himself and Jaime as "two Kingslayers", Jaime is visibly disgusted and lashes out at him with a ShutUpHannibal.
* ZeroApprovalGambit: Killed King Aerys, sacrificing his good name and honor in the eyes of the people, to prevent him killing every single person in King's Landing.

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[[folder:Tyrion Lannister]]

See Characters/GameOfThronesDaenerysCourt.
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[[folder:Ser Kevan Lannister]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:''"I did not return to the capital to serve as your puppet."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Ian Gelder

->''"Both Baratheon brothers have taken up against us. Jaime captured, his armies scattered...it's a catastrophe."''

Lord Tywin's younger brother and second in command. Uncle to Cersei, Jaime, and Tyrion, and father to Lancel, Martyn, and Willem Lannister.
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the books, he's described as being a little chubby and having round shoulders.
* AdaptationDyeJob: In the books, Kevan is blonde whereas TV Kevan has Gelder's gray hair. Doesn't help him look like he's younger than Tywin, even though Gelder is actually younger than Charles Dance.
* AscendedExtra: His scene in 5x02 alone is more memorable than all his previous screentime put together. Many viewers should be excused if they take this as a RememberTheNewGuy situation.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: One thing that makes him dislike the Sparrows more than Cersei,they took Lancel and misses his son.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Considerably more mild mannered than Tywin, he can actually hold his own in tirades and has actually schooled Cersei when she assumed him as a YesMan.
* TheBusCameBack: After two seasons of being absent, he returns, in an understatedly triumphant fashion, in the first episode of season 5. He is briefly PutOnABus again after he storms out from Cersei's puppet council and goes back to Casterly Rock, but returns again to serve as Hand of the King when Cersei falls from grace.
* TheCassandra: Early in season 5, he tells Cersei that the Sparrows are dangerous fanatics, and should not be given power or treated lightly. [[StupidEvil She doesn't listen]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Usually he's nothing short of a gentleman, but Kevan has no patience for Cersei's bullshit, so he lets the snark fly loose when dealing with her.
-->'''Cersei''': There is to be a royal announcement. \\
'''Kevan''': There is.\\
'''Cersei''': I was not informed. \\
'''Kevan''' (''dryly''): There is to be a royal announcement. In the throne Room. At this very moment.
* DemotedToExtra: Has a single appearance in Season 2. AdaptedOut of Season 3, whereas in the books he becomes the Master of Laws following the Battle of the Blackwater. Also in Season 4, his interactions with Tyrion as a Go-Between for Tywin and quasi-lawyer are taken over by Jaime Lannister.
* TheDogBitesBack: Refuses to meet Cersei as soon as he returns to the Capital. In the books, Cersei wasn't allowed to meet anyone until they got a forced confession from her. But Qyburn comes and meets her before so apparently she does have visitation rights.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath [[spoiler: Kevan was killed alongside the High Sparrow, the Faith Militant, the Tyrells and countless other people in the explosion of Great Sept.]]
* {{Foil}}:
** To Ned Stark. The younger sibling of a family who ends up in a position of power after the death of his brother. Like Ned Stark, he's also a highly honorable and uncrompromising man of justice who ends up as a loyal, if reluctant, Hand to a buffoon King.
** Also to Renly Baratheon. Both of them are competent politicians in their own right. But while Renly is confident on his potential as a king to aa fault by openly berating his older brother Stannis in public, Kevan knows his place as the younger brother of a leader and devotedly serves as his subordinate.
* HonestAdvisor: Although he refuses the job, it's clear he would be one for Cersei. Being an experienced soldier and a member of her family, he's no YesMan.
-->'''Kevan:''' I did not return to the capital to serve as your puppet. To watch you stack the Small Council with sycophants.
* MinorMajorCharacter: A senior officer and member of the family who is given a very limited role, as Tywin employs him all over the kingdom. Late in season 5 he is appointed Hand of the King, despite having barely appeared since season 1, except from two episodes at the start of the season.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Kevan is the first Hand since Ned to have this attitude towards his King (rather than manipulate him).
* NumberTwo: To his brother, Lord Tywin.
* RankUp: Kevan is appointed Hand of the King by Grand Maester Pycelle after Cersei is arrested by the Faith.
* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: Drops an epic one on Cersei in the small council chamber.
-->'''Kevan:''' I returned to the capital to pay my respects to my brother, and to you, and to serve the King. I did not return to the capital to serve as your [[YesMan puppet]]. To watch you stack the Small Council with [[YesMan sycophants]]. Sending your own brother away--\\
'''Cersei:''' My brother has left the capital to lead a sensitive diplomatic mission.\\
'''Kevan:''' What mission? \\
'''Cersei:''' [[InsaneTrollLogic That is not your concern as Master of War]].\\
'''Kevan:''' I do not recognize your authority to dictate what is and is not my concern. You are the Queen Mother. Nothing more.\\
'''Cersei:''' You would abandon your king in his time of need?\\
'''Kevan:''' If he wants to send for me, I'll be waiting for him. At Casterly Rock!
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** In "Fire and Blood", Kevan is willing to make peace with the Starks since the Lannisters only went to war with the Starks and Tullys because Catelyn humiliated Tywin by kidnapping Tyrion, which pales in comparison to their bigger problem of Robert's brothers challenging Joffrey's claim to the throne. As Tyrion explains, the peace deal would have worked if Joffrey hadn't killed Ned, destroying any chance of Robb stopping his war efforts.
** In Season 2, he advises Tywin to tell Joffrey and Cersei to flee King's Landing before Stannis attacks, and regroup at Casterly Rock. Tywin completely rejects this idea, and while it would be politically disastrous for the Lannister family if they fled, it is clear that his refusal is largely because of his own pride.
** In Season 5, he is the only person to speak out against Cersei, pointing out that she is stacking the council with her own sycophants, and refuses to act as her puppet. He states he is loyal to the King, but ''only'' to the King, not his mother.
** In season 6 he purposefully locks Cersei out of Small Council meetings. Considering Cersei's scheming is the sole cause of the entire Sparrow crisis and one of the primary causes ''this entire war'' is occuring, one can see why that'd be a wise move.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Refuses to be a puppet dancing on the strings of Cersei, quits the Small Council the very moment he's appointed Master of War, and returns to Casterly Rock, declaring he's willing to return if [[AchillesinHisTent the King calls for him]].
* SiblingYinYang: Is far nicer than his brother, as demonstrated by his relief in seeing Tyrion back safe and sound in "The Pointy End" -- a stark contrast to Tywin's own reaction.
* SpareToTheThrone: Is this to his elder brother Tywin.
* StaringDownCthulhu: In King's Landing most people are utterly terrified of Cersei's monstrous, resurrected henchman. Kevan Lannister, however, is completely unimpressed and treats him more as a nuisance than a threat.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Compared to the rest of Tywin's bannermen. He's the brother who inherited some of Lord Tytos' mild traits.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: On the receiving end of this. Cersei thinks that he'll be a YesMan to her due to his loyal service to Tywin. She's surprised to learn that he ain't a pushover.
* UndyingLoyalty: He follows the King's commands, no matter what they are.
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[[folder:Ser Lancel Lannister]]

See Characters/GameOfThronesTheFaithOfTheSeven for tropes associated with Lancel Lannister.
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[[folder:Martyn and Willem Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' Dean-Charles Chapman & Timothy Gibbons

The younger sons of Ser Kevan Lannister. Taken hostage by the Northern armies and held at Riverrun.
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* AscendedExtra: In the books, they are just mentioned. Now, they have two scenes. In an amusing sense, Dean Charles Chapman is this. He went from one of the Lannister twins to King Tommen himself.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: They -- or at least Martyn -- believe the tales that Robb turns into a wolf and devours the flesh of his enemies.
* ChildSoldiers: Squires, to be exact.
* CompositeCharacter: Martyn takes the place of his cousin Tion Frey, who is a Lannister on his mother's side.
* DeathByAdaptation: While Willem Lannister meets his end in the books, his twin Martyn is also killed in the show, instead of Tion Frey. This is in keeping with the show's substituting the Frey descendants of Tywin's sister Genna with Lannisters to [[PragmaticAdaptation avoid]] the explanation of there being Freys both on the Stark and the Lannister side.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Probably the only Lannisters where this trope applies, rather than that other one.
* IHaveYourWife: Averted, because they are rather worthless hostages when compared to Sansa.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Instead of going through the trouble of finding twin actors or having one actor play the two brothers, they are made into younger and older brother.
%%* TheQuietOne: Willem.
* RevengeByProxy: In revenge for the deaths of his sons (one in battle, the other at the hands of the Kingslayer) Lord Rickard Karstark and his men murder the twins despite them only being guilty of being born Lannisters.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: They are two small, sacrificial characters. Their murders lead to Robb losing the support of House Karstark, to an apparently renewed alliance with House Frey and to the Red Wedding.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Tommen grew up to look identical to his cousin Martyn in the next season. But given how much incest is in their family, can anyone blame them?
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[[folder:Ser Alton Lannister]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:''"[[HarsherInHindsight I'll remember it all, until I die.]] [[HeroWorshipper That was the best day of my life.]]"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Karl Davies

Another cousin to the main three, captured by Robb Stark and used as a negotiator.
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* AscendedFanboy: Of Jaime, since he got to squire for him when he was younger.
* CanonForeigner: Partly substituting Cleos Frey, to avoid spending time explaining his connection to the Lannisters. Although Cleos didn't get killed by Jaime.
* EtTuBrute: Killed by Jaime, his own older cousin, after telling him that he's his number one fan and that he would do anything to help him.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Is not mentioned after his death, neither by his murderer nor his jailers. All we see is his bloodied face. The only reference is vague, when Jaime tells Cersei about how he 'murdered people' in order to make it back to her. Averted in "The Mountain and the Viper"; when talking with Tyrion before the trial by combat, Jaime brings up cousin-killing, and looks rather awkward and guilty while he and Tyrion then chat about another deceased cousin of theirs, called Orson. In "Home", when Jaime lists his sins, he mentions that he killed his own cousin.
* HeroWorshipper: The sheer depth of his admiration for Jaime is apparent in nearly his every word, which only makes it more shocking and tragic when Jaime kills him in a bid to escape captivity.
* MauveShirt: He exists mostly as just a device, but he does get some decent character-building prior to his brutal death.
* MythologyGag: When Jaime is trying to locate Alton in the family tree, he asks him if his mother is "the fat one", only to correct himself by saying "No, there is only ''one'' fat Lannister. If she was your mother, you would know it." The book counterpart to Alton, Cleos Frey, is the son of Genna Lannister, an aunt of Jaime that is notoriously obese.
* NiceGuy: No wonder he's just a ''distant'' cousin.
* SacrificialLamb: Killed in the first scene where he is given real dialogue.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lady Joanna Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' N/A

->'''Cersei Lannister:''' You've always been funny. But none of your jokes will ever match the first one, will they? You remember? Back when you [[DeathByChildbirth ripped my mother open on your way out of her and she bled to death]]?\\
'''Tyrion Lannister:''' ...She was my mother too.

The wife of Tywin Lannister and the mother of Cersei, Jaime, and Tyrion. She died giving birth to Tyrion before the beginning of the series.
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* DeathByChildbirth: She died giving birth to Tyrion. Tywin and Cersei loathe Tyrion, and [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild regard him as some sort of murderer]] because of it.
* KissingCousins: Joanna was actually Tywin's first cousin, though such marriages actually aren't unusual among the aristocracy of the Seven Kingdoms. The practical result is that her surname was already "Lannister" even before she married Tywin. In part, this also informs how much of a hypocrite Tywin is. He plans to force all three of his children to marry against their will to secure political alliances, demanding that they put the good of the family above their own personal happiness. Problem is, Tywin ''himself'' married for love - marrying a first cousin meant he didn't secure a marriage alliance with another powerful Great House.
* TheLostLenore: For Lord Tywin; she was the only thing that gave him any real happiness.
* MissingMom: For Jaime, Cersei, and Tyrion.
* MoralityChain: She seemed to serve as this for Tywin and Cersei, who both loved her dearly.
* PosthumousCharacter: She died long before the events of the series.

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[[folder: Lord Tytos Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' N/A

->''"He was a good man. But a weak man... a weak man who nearly destroyed our House and name."''
-->-- '''Tywin Lannister'''

The late father of Tywin and Kevan Lannister. He was a kind and generous lord, but his time as the head of the Lannisters was a period marked by decline for the House due to several poor investments, which nearly bankrupted the family. He also allowed himself to be openly mocked at court, which eventually resulted in the rebellion of the vassal House Reyne of Castamere and Tywin's rise to infamy as he personally put down the rebellion in his father's place, completely eradicating House Reyne in the process.
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* BumblingDad: Tytos is remembered as a good man who nearly ruined House Lannister.
* ExtremeDoormat: By reputation, which thus directly contributed to the rebellion of his vassals House Reyne of Castamere.
* GenerationXerox: His trait as a WeakWilled ruler was inherited by his great-grandson, Tommen.
* GoodParents: He's remembered fondly as a parent by Tywin, who even breaks out a rare smile whilst reminiscing about him. However, his skills as a liege Lord left much to be desired, especially in his elder son's eyes. [[FreudianExcuse A fact that drove Tywin to be a strong ruler who distanced himself emotionally from his children]].
* HeadInTheSandManagement: Tywin's review on his rule. The eldest son had to step in when brewing, unattended conflicts were mismanaged for far too long.
* NiceToTheWaiter: Tytos had his kennelmaster (the grandfather of Gregor and Sandor), knighted for saving his life from a lioness - thus making the latter the forebear of House Clegane. Though typical for the series, [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished this one act of kindness led to killing machines Ser Gregor Clegane and Sandor Clegane when they enter the Lannister service as loyal hitmen.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: Tytos is long-dead by the time the events of the series begin.
* UnfitForGreatness: He was a well-meaning but weak Lord Paramount, a bad mix in the cutthroat world of Westeros.
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[[folder:Reginald Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' Patrick Fitzsymons

->''"We've worked through the night, my lord. Perhaps we'd profit from some sleep."''

An officer in the army of House Lannister. He is a distant relative of Lord Tywin and is sent home to the Westerlands for insubordination.
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* CanonForeigner: There is no such Reginald Lannister in the books, as the Tywin at Harrenhal subplot was entirely original to the series.
* GetOut: As told to by Tywin Lannister for his blatant disrespect.
* {{Nepotism}}: As usual in Westeros, but Reginald is a peculiar case that openly annoys his benefactor.
-->'''Reginald:''' We've worked through the night, my Lord. Perhaps we'd profit from some sleep.\\
'''Tywin:''' Yes, I think you would, Reginald. And, because you're my cousin, I might even let you wake form that sleep! Go! I'm sure your wife must miss you.\\
'''Reginald:''' ... My wife's in Lannisport...\\
'''Tywin:''' Well, then you'd better start riding. ({{beat}}) Go, before I change my mind and send her your head! If your name wasn't Lannister, you'd be scrubbing out pots in the cook's tent. Go.
* TooDumbToLive: It's an absolute miracle (aided by the fact that his surname is Lannister) that Reginald is still alive after his ridiculous behavior at Tywin's war council. He begins eating when Tywin hasn't started eating, keeps eating as Tywin speaks (both are signs of disrespect that even Amory Lorch doesn't dare engage in) and then makes a sarcastic comment directly to Tywin's face! Anyone in Westeros with half a brain knows to be afraid of Tywin at the best of times. Reginald is missing half that brain. Tywin outright promises him that he will kill him if he doesn't GetOut.
* UpperClassTwit: It's clear that Reginald has spent his life in easy comfort, acting entitled and irritable to the point of bitching to Tywin.

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[[folder:Orson Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' N/A

->''"It filled me with dread. Piles and piles of them, years and years of them. How many countless living, crawling things smashed and dried out and returned to the dirt? In my dreams I found myself standing on a beach filled with beetle husks, stretching as far as the eye could see. I woke up crying, weeping for their shattered little bodies."''
-->-- '''Tyrion Lannister'''

A deceased cousin of Jaime, Tyrion and Cersei, who was brain-damaged from infancy.
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* AlmightyIdiot: He was God among the beetles he smashed. A common theory is that Orson is a metaphor for a mindless God/nature/evolution.
* AnimalMotifs: His name Orson means "Bear Cub" which clashes with the Lion theme of the family but also supports his blind, animal-like nature.
* ButtMonkey: He was the only Lannister even less respected than Tyrion. In fact, Tyrion often picked on Orson and was one of the most vocal bullies, since tormenting the mentally ill was the only time Tyrion could feel like AllOfTheOtherReindeer.
* CanonForeigner: There's no counterpart to Orson in the books. The closest thing he has is Tyrion's joking claim that his father locked up "drooling cousins" deep within Casterly Rock for being embarrassments.
* ChildhoodBrainDamage: His wet nurse dropped him on his head as an infant.
* CosmicHorrorStory: According to some interpretations, Orson represents the blind randomness of a world that has no higher purpose. We can try to look for things like "reasons" or "purpose" as much as we want, or we can make up our own. In the end, the world goes on grinding all the little living creatures into the dust while we search for meaning.
* {{Foil}}: To his cousin Tyrion, as they are both Lannisters with disabilities. But while Tyrion is an extremely intelligent dwarf who dislikes killing, Orson was mindless and lived only for senseless violence.
* PosthumousCharacter: He died years ago, when he was kicked in the chest by a mule.
* RiddleForTheAges: Tyrion has spent several years wondering why Orson was obsessed with smashing beetles in the garden. Fans of the show seem to believe Orson represents either the author George R. R. Martin himself (he senselessly kills his characters while the fans wonder why), or the random cruelty of the Gods, or the meaningless nature of the universe.
* ShadowArchetype: Orson (the actual character, not what he metaphorically represents) sounds like he was the Lannister equivalent of Hodor, though more tragic and disturbing than everyone's favorite GentleGiant.
* ShaggyDogStory: Tyrion spent several years in intellectual contemplation, wondering why Orson killed all those insects, and trying to find a deeper meaning or purpose for their deaths. He couldn't find one.

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[[folder:Ser Stafford Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' N/A

->''"Using some vile sorcery, your brother fell on Stafford Lannister with an army of wolves. Thousands of good men were butchered."''
-->-- '''Lancel'''

An officer of House Lannister, and one of Tywin's many cousins. Killed at the Battle of Oxcross by the Northmen.
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* GeneralFailure: As with most Lannister commanders not named Tywin. Even though the Lannister forces had surrounding Oxcross completely under lockdown, they failed to account for the Stark direwolves, allowing Robb to get the jump on him and his men with the help of Grey Wind. [[labelnote:From the books...]]Tyrion thinks very little of his uncle, and most are well aware that his son Daven would make a far better commander.[[/labelnote]]
* InTheBack: How he was killed. Rickard Karstark was the one who ended Stafford's life when he personally drove a spear through him.
* TheGhost: He doesn't even appear onscreen. Not alive, anyway. He's certainly among the many Lannister casualties shown in the battle's aftermath.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Doesn't even get any screen time before being killed. The same is true of the books, as he's only mentioned briefly before and after the battle.
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the books, when Cersei's hair is cut off by the Faith they shave her completely bald. In the show, they leave her with BoyishShortHair that isn't completely unattractive. She also has a perfect physique, while in the corresponding part of the book her body is described as having lost part of its beauty due to Cersei's age and pregnancies. That said, the series makes little effort to polish Lena Headey's natural minor blemishes as Cersei[[note]]her crow's feet are clearly visible in the picture above, for example[[/note]], so the general idea of "beauty somewhat weathered by age" still gets across, particularly when she's paired in scenes with the blossoming Sansa Stark and the young, in-her-prime Margeary Tyrell.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Although still one of the villains, Cersei said,Tywin is far more sympathetic here than she is in the books. [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Not that this is particularly difficult]]:
** In the show, she and Robert had a child at one point; but it died of a fever shortly after being born. In the books, Robert got her pregnant once, after which she had the child aborted behind his back.
** Season 1 also implies that she genuinely loved this child by Robert, and their private conversation together suggests that she still had feelings for Robert himself at the time the child was born (saying she loved him "For quite a while, actually."), despite knowing he didn't love her back. These changes introduce a much more tragic and human side to her character, whereas in the corresponding book there's no real indication that she wasn't a cruel, contemptuous and hateful person from the start. In the books, Cersei already despises Robert before they marry because he killed Rhaegar, her lifetime crush, and she has no problem having sex with Jaime the morning of her wedding day.
** Her promiscuity is toned down in the TV series. Aside from Lancel and Jaime, in the books she has "[[SexForServices affairs]]" with at least three other men (the Kettleblack brothers) and also beds another woman (Lady Taena), all of which are AdaptedOut in the show.
** She has a much lower body count in the show. Two of her greatest KickTheDog moments from the second book, ordering the deaths of Robert's bastards and Tyrion, are done by Joffrey instead. Also her habit of sending random people to ColdBloodedTorture in the fourth book is entirely absent from the show. [[spoiler:Of course, you can point out she reverses this big time in her orchestration of the Green Trial, racking up possibly the biggest kill count of major characters since the Red Wedding.]]
** In the books, Cersei's love for Jaime is a twisted form of narcissism, as she sees Jaime as what she could have been were she a man (something she ''does'' wish), and when he returns from the war he's so changed that she no longer finds him appealing, so their relationship pretty much ends. In the show there is more genuine love between them, and their relationship continues after his return.
** In the books, Cersei finds little wrong in Joffrey, passing off his cruelty as 'willfulness'. In the show, she's aware that he's a monster and grieves about that, but as his mother she loves him regardless, which makes her a more tragic character. To be fair, Joffrey is also nicer to her in the books.
** In the books she has no problem having sex next to Joffrey's corpse. In the show she clearly wants nothing to do with it.
** Kicking Tyrion about is nothing heroic, but in the show it's clear that she loved her late mother and mourned her death. In the books, it's mentioned that lady Joanna once found out about her twin children's affair and separated them for a time, but soon died. The tone of Cersei's narration makes clear that it was one obstacle out of the way for her.
** She has much better reasons to be wary of Margaery than in the books and despite getting Loras arrested by the Faith Militant was an underhanded move, well, at least this time she didn't frame anyone (and she has gone after him in the books as well for far more petty reasons, albeit in a different fashion).
** {{Subverted}} come the Season 6 finale, when [[spoiler:Cersei's remaining [[CryForTheDevil sympathetic]] qualities go out the window and she reveals herself to be even more petty, thoughtless, cruel, ruthless, destructive, and dangerous than her book counterpart ever was with the Green Trial.]]
* AdaptationalIntelligence: Some of her petty and idiotic schemes from the books are instead done by Joffrey in the show, which makes her less StupidEvil, and she actually tries to renegotiate the terms with the Iron Bank instead of just telling to screw themselves and have the kingdom falling into debt and bad credit. Lots of her smarts come from being all around less narcissistic and hateful so she can actually think instead of assuming she knows everything.
** Like many of her more sympathetic adaptational qualities, [[SubvertedTrope this ultimately goes out the window as of the Season 6 finale]]. Cersei's StupidEvil machinations, while successful, ultimately make her ''the'' number one target of ''every'' single other faction in Westeros with absolutely no allies.
* AdaptationalModesty: Her book counterpart is described as a MsFanservice character. Here, she's only seen nude once [[FanDisservice and it's far from titillating]].
* AdaptationalVillainy:
** In the books, her hatred of Tyrion is in part because of a prophecy that her younger brother will be the cause of her downfall. [[labelnote:From the Books...]]Although she was cruel to the baby Tyrion before receiving said prophecy and it's clear she was also following daddy's example in seeing her younger brother as a little monster.[[/labelnote]] The show removes that part of the prophecy and instead implies that Cersei blames Tyrion for the death of their mother.
** Cersei's motivation for empowering the High Sparrow also changes in the show. In the book, she makes him the High Septon in order to have the protection of the Faith Militant. She didn't try to have them to target the Tyrells until after she became suspicious that they were in cahoots with Tyrion. In the show, she empowers the High Sparrow and his followers solely to get back at Margaery.
** Come the Season 6 finale, [[spoiler: Cersei's AdaptationalHeroism is completely gone when she blows up a large majority of the nobles in King's Landing (including Margaery Tyrell and most her family) during The Green Trial, [[WordOfGod something the showrunners claim to have come up with on their own.]] For all of Book Cersei's [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen many, many, MANY faults]], not even she has come close to what is the equivalent of dropping a nuclear bomb on her own city to kill a bunch of people with no attention whatsoever paid to the massive collateral damage.]]
* AdmiringTheAbomination:
** She is quite impressed with the killing power of Gregor Clegane and is quite keen to ensure that he retains the same killing power after his poisoning. She's also highly curious about Qyburn's experiments, giving him the patronage that no reasonable or sane institution like the Citadel or Pycelle would touch with a ten foot pole.
** Seems quite disappointed during a flashback to her teens when Maggy the Frog is an ordinary-looking woman and not a terrifying monster as described.
* AgeLift: Like Jaime. She's 40 here, putting several years between her and her book counterpart.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Her Walk of Shame through King's Landing has her leaving bloodied footprints in her wake by the end of it. Luckily for Cersei, she has Qyburn to attend to them.
* AintTooProudToBeg: After Tywin forces her to marry Ser Loras, she is reduced to tearfully begging her father not to make her do it. It doesn't work.
* TheAlcoholic: Season 2 sees an increasing number of scenes where she has a cup close to hand. During the attack of Stannis Baratheon on King's Landing, she's drunk throughout. By Season 5, she has a LadyDrunk reputation. Between Cersei and Tyrion, it seems like a safe bet that the Lannisters are genetically predisposed to alcoholism. [[labelnote:From the Books...]]Other Lannisters from (relatively recent) Westerosi history that would also stand as evidence of this genetic predisposition, such as Lord Tytos Lannister, Tywin and Kevan's father. This may go a long way in explaining why Tywin has such a grudge against it. Also serves as a trait she shares with her late husband Robert, where as Queen Regent she increasingly turns to drink while crumbling under the pressure of ruling seven kingdoms and politicking the great and good of the royal court to keep her children safe.[[/labelnote]]
* AmbiguousDisorder: Cersei has a black and white view of friends and enemies (with nearly everyone falling under the latter), is prone to risky behaviors such as her incest and alcoholism, has a poor control of her emotions, and difficulty empathizing with anyone who's not her kids. It's widely theorized by the fan base that she has Borderline Personality Disorder.
* AmbitionIsEvil: The only trait she inherit from her Lord father and her brothers didn't. Never satisfied with her station in life, she is by far the most power-hungry of the Lannister siblings, always equating power with victory, no matter the cost.
* AnalogyBackfire:
** When Ned confronts her on her incestuous relationship with Jaime, she responds that the Targaryens did the same thing for centuries. The same Targaryens that produced the "Mad King" Aerys... even more of a backfire when Joffrey turns out to be more like Aerys than anyone thought. She even directly [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this in the second season when she confesses to Tyrion how sad she is that Joffrey turned out like he did. But, as Tyrion points out, she may have actually beaten the odds the Targaryens confronted (that every other Targaryen goes mad), in that two of her three children by incest are actually extremely decent people.
** During "Blackwater", she tries to comfort Tommen with the fable of the lion who was meant to be king and was in a forest filled with evil things such as stags. Tommen points out that stags aren't evil creatures, they only eat grass.
* ArchEnemy: She's never short of foes thanks to her "everybody who is not us is an enemy" line of thinking, but there are some who stand out:
** Her despised brother Tyrion is this to her in Season 2, mostly because their father has seen fit to trust the outcast of the family with greater authority than her. What should be a straightforward defense of King's Landing is hampered by Cersei constantly working behind his back out of spite. This carries on to Season 3 but fades somewhat as both become marginalized from power by Tywin, and even become mildly conciliatory towards each other due to their similar predicaments. Season 4, however, cements Tyrion as her most despised enemy when she decides with no evidence he murdered Joffrey and dedicates her life to having him humiliated and executed.
** With Tyrion's fall from power, her eventual daughter-in-law Margaery Tyrell is increasingly regarded as this, mostly because Cersei sees her for the [[YouAreWhatYouHate overly ambitious two-faced social climber]] that she is and Cersei wants nothing less than absolute control over her sons Joffrey and Tommen. To compound things, Cersei has been warned about an arch-rival since childhood, and someone like Margaery fits the description as far as Cersei is concerned.
--->'''Maggy the Frog:''' Queen you shall be, till there comes another. Younger and more beautiful. To cast you down and take all that you hold dear.
** The High Sparrow becomes this to her in a much more conventional way, since she's a major obstacle in establishing the theocracy he wants.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: In Season 6, when Kevan initially is reluctant to go along with her plan to seize control from the Faith Militant, Cersei asks him, "Do you want Lancel back? Or have you given him up for good?"
* ArrangedMarriage:
** With Robert. She initially saw it as a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage up until Robert came to her drunk and [[WrongNameOutburst called her by his late betrothed's name]] on their wedding night.
** Tywin commands her to marry Ser Loras. [[WeAreNotGoingThroughThatAgain She's not amused]], but this one falls through as Tywin is not there to enforce it, what with his terminal bowel problems.
* AuthorityInNameOnly: Cersei's title as Queen Mother only holds weight before Joffrey, and later Tommen, were officially wed. Despite sitting in on Small Council Meetings, Cersei technically has no real authority. [[spoiler: Her title as Queen Cersei, first of her name, also counts as this since she only gained this position after [[KillThemAll killing most of her political enemies]] and [[TyrantTakesTheHelm usurping the position for herself]] and she has no allies to speak of apart from Jaime and those at King's Landing.]] And even those are under extreme question at this point.
* AwfulWeddedLife: Her marriage to Robert was a long, bitter failure as she confesses to Ned and Sansa. Her only source of happiness and comfort was her affair with Jaime (which is sad in itself) and their children.
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Season Six ends with her on the Iron Throne and her most immediate enemies dead, though it's rather clear she has more.]]
* BadassBoast: Cersei's declaration that "House Lannister has no rival" definitely sounds badass, even if she is the only one who believes it.
* BattleBallgown: She sports one of these in the last half of "Blackwater", though as the next entry down makes it abundantly clear it's just all for show.
* BelievingTheirOwnLies: She has a tendency to do this and even use it to her advantage. Prince Oberyn discusses Cersei trying to gain sympathy from him by discussing Myrcella in a blatant attempt to turn him against Tyrion; he notes that she might have even been sincere or started believing it while she was lying.
-->'''Tyrion:''' Making honest feelings do dishonest work is one of her many gifts.
* BerserkButton: Mocking her about her incestuous relationship with Jaime is a quick way of pissing her off--she responded to Littlefinger doing so by nearly having her Kingsguard slit his throat, gives a cruel retort to Tyrion when he jokes about it and is seen giving Ellaria Sand a DeathGlare when she indirectly mentions it.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: In "Blackwater", she obtains nightshade from Maester Pycelle and angrily retorts that she knows what 10 drops of it does (kill you) and also has Ilyn Payne stand guard over the women taking shelter for the purposes of killing them if the Red Keep is breached. And at the climax of the battle she opts to sit on the Iron Throne with Tommen and is just about to give them both poison when her father bursts in. She believes that Stannis's men would gang-rape her multiple times before killing her, and torture Tommen to death as a false pretender to the throne.
* BigBad: Although there's a plethora of villains, in Season 1 Cersei serves most clearly as the main antagonist. She's a threat to the Starks, the Crown and the Realm in general due to her scheming. She subsequently becomes a BigBadWannabe, with the more competent and intelligent Tywin falling into place. In Season 5, she temporarily manage to take this position, only to be put back as a BigBadWannabe by the High Sparrow. She regains her position as BigBad with a vengeance after [[spoiler: killing the Sparrows and Tyrells and taking the crown for herself.]]
* BigBadWannabe:
** Cersei plays the game well during Robert's reign, but this is only because she's playing it against the Starks, who are too honorable for their own good. Once her crazy son is on the throne, she loses control in short order. Her plan to be the [[ManBehindTheMan Woman Behind The Throne]] fails spectacularly when Joffrey orders Ned Stark executed and she's powerless to stop him. In Season 2, Tyrion constantly manages to out plan her with ease, and in Season 3, her father is clearly running things despite Cersei outranking him as Queen Regent, and outright says to her face that she isn't as smart as she think she really is.
** This becomes painfully obvious in Season 5; with Tywin dead and Tyrion on the run, she is now the highest ranking member of her family ruling the capital and she still can't get anything done right. Her attempted manipulation of Tommen is undermined by Margaery and, instead of trying to properly rule the kingdom like her father would have done, she instead spends her time trying to humiliate and undermine Margaery [[StupidEvil despite their being literally no benefit in doing so]]. In order to get things done she turns the Sparrows into the Faith Militant and makes them do all of her dirty work which seemingly turns out well for her... until it's revealed that the Faith where merely biding their time until they had enough power to hold her accountable for her own actions. In short, despite trying to set herself up as a {{Chessmaster}} she ultimately [[UnwittingPawn gets used as a pawn instead]].
** As mentioned above, she ditches the "Wannabe" part with a vengeance [[spoiler:by burning all of her rivals to death with wildfire in the Season Six finale and assuming the Iron Throne. With Joffrey and the Boltons dead, this makes her the most powerful and antagonistic of all the human characters and firmly the Big Bad, outclassed only by the Night's King, who's more a force of nature than a character]].
* BigNo: When Tyrion arranges for Myrcella to be taken away.
* BigSisterBully: Was always unpleasant and cruel to her little brother Tyrion. As noted by Oberyn, she called him "a monster" to strangers and presented him as a freak and openly abused him when he was a baby.
* BreakTheHaughty: In her imprisonment in the Faith, she resorts to sipping water from the floor of her filthy cell. Her walk of atonement is specifically designed to do this, and by the end Cersei is sobbing.
* BreakThemByTalking: After forty years of emotional torment from her father, she finally gets her own back by revealing the truth of her and Jaime's relationship, leaving him stammering that it can't be true.
-->'''Cersei:''' ''Your legacy is a '''LIE'''''!
* BrokenBird: Her conversations with Sansa during the siege of Blackwater and her own descriptions of how she once loved Robert reveal her to be this. She had hoped for real happiness from her marriage, from being the Queen, but is appalled at what a sham it had become and has lost any ideals she once had.
* BrotherSisterIncest: With Jaime. It's a huge part of her character and Bran Stark's discovery of this dark secret is one of the catalysts of the series.
* TheBully: Cersei gets a kick out of throwing her weight around and making underlings squirm. Pycelle is probably her favorite punching bag.
* CantCatchUp: She can play speed chess well against her somewhat dim-witted husband and the honorable-to-a-fault Ned Stark, but after removing these two and moving a rank up she quickly finds herself out of depth. The fact that she doesn't have any control over her psychotic son whom she has made a king doesn't help a bit. Even after he's dead and her far kinder and gullible second son is on the throne, she's still outplayed by those around her. Her only advantage is that she is willing to do things others consider downright stupid, which leaves them unprepared as they assume she would ''never'' try it. And even this begins to fade as players like [[GenreSavvy Margaery]] [[XanatosSpeedChess Tyrell]] figure out how Cersei plays the game.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: She has moments of fragility and self-pity where she laments the hardships of the regency that have fallen on her. Given her pettiness and dismal management, nobody really empathizes with Cersei.
* CharacterTics: And beyond, Cersei is constantly smirking when she's too pleased with herself, which happens all the time when nobody puts her in her place. Her brows usually go in sync too.
* ChristmasCake: The Tyrells are reluctant to marry her specifically because she's too old. Although it's not cultural perception in this case, but a legitimate doubt if a 40-years old woman in a medieval setting is suitable to give birth to a heir.
* CorneredRattlesnake: If her back is to the wall she will do things that while not safe for her in the long run will make her enemies regret pushing her [[spoiler: as reviving the Faith militant and exploding the sept shows.]]
* CorruptPolitician: Cersei has all the makings of a crooked politician (dishonesty, underhandedness, a sleazy private life, disregard for the law, self-entitlement, paranoia, [[ListOfTransgressions etc]]) and very few of the attached EvilVirtues beyond ambition and determination. She's also occasionally murderous, but much less so than other courtiers or her book counterpart, [[spoiler: until she goes genocidal and blows up the Great Sept of Baelor with wildfire, killing hundreds, if not thousands.]]
-->'''Cersei:''' When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die.
* CreateYourOwnVillain:
** Even ''she'' finally catches on the fact that her methods of raising Joffrey [[TheCaligula didn't pan out so well]]. Not to mention applying a little bit of incest in his actual creation.
** Blaming Tyrion for Joffrey's murder with no evidence and doing everything in her power to see him convicted drove him into the service of Daenerys. They may not have liked each other prior, but at least Tyrion didn't have any intentions of removing her from power.
** She learned in a hard way that giving power to religious fanatics is not a pragmatic thing to do, especially if you were bedding your brother and cousin.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has her moments of this, especially in Season 2.
* DespairEventHorizon:
** Although she doesn't become a monster, after she and Robert have a conversation where it initially looks like they're [[HopeSpot going to reconcile and improve their relationship]], she is then rejected by Robert. This scene ends with Robert asking her how she feels, and her responding that she [[EmptyShell doesn't feel anything]]. Her subsequent actions make a lot more sense in light of this.
** If she hadn't crossed it before, she certainly does when Joffrey dies in her arms in "The Lion and the Rose".
** Turns out there was still some sanity for her to lose, which she finally does when [[spoiler:Tommen abandons her to her fate in the hands of the Sparrows, which prompts Cersei to mass murder all of her enemies she can at once - along with a good chunk of bystanders - and even give up on her son himself.]]
* DidNotThinkThisThrough:
** When Tyrion demands TrialByCombat when accused of killing Joffery, Cersei rather shrewdly chooses [[TheDreaded The Mountain]] as her champion, believing no-one would fight against him on Tyrion's behalf. However she fails to consider Oberyn Martell, the only man in King's Landing who ''wants'' to fight Ser Gregor, declaring himself Tyrion's champion. Worse still her daughter, Myrcella Baratheon, was currently residing with the Martells in Dorne. When the Red Viper is slain, Myrcella's life is essentially forfeit.
** In Season 5, she fails miserably at her father's level of scheming, trying to manipulate the extremist Sparrow sect into doing her dirty work. Pity she overlooked that her cousin Lancel, who had been privy to all her own dirty dealings, was one of their number. There's also her lack of concern for antagonizing House Tyrell, who the royal family are now wholly dependent on for their food supply.
** At the end of Season 6, [[spoiler:she manages to take the Iron Throne by arranging the deaths of the High Sparrow, Margaery, and anyone else that might oppose her. In doing so, she has declared war on the Tyrells by murdering all their heirs, even though the Tyrells are the main supplicants of food for the capital, which will create chaos. She is already a deeply unpopular ruler who will only be moreso with the strife she's created and the absence of the popular Queen Margaery. By the looks of everyone in the court during her coronation, her culpability in the bombing of the Great Sept of Baelor is readily apparent. She might have even lost the trust of Jaime, who doesn't have fond memories of the last guy who saw using wildfire on his own citizens as a solution to his problems. Cersei might be the queen, but she is the queen of a capital where everyone wants her dead. Then again, she gets to kill her enemies and to sit on the throne for a while, which in her mind might be just what she wanted.]]
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: Her son Joffrey's wedding feast happens in a bright morning and everything seems fine until Joffrey's IncurableCoughOfDeath at which point Jaime and Cersei rush to his side only for him to gasp his final breaths in his mother's arms.
* DissonantSerenity:
** A particularly disturbing one happens in Season 4: at the end of Tyrion's trial by combat, her champion the Mountain crushes Prince Oberyn's head into a bloody pulp all the while boasting how he raped and murdered his sister before killing her children. Pan to Cersei, who looks as happy she ever does.
** [[spoiler:After Tommen's body -- in a rare moment of GoryDiscretionShot, to boot -- is shown to her, she doesn't show much reaction, making it one of her most disturbing moments in the series.]]
* DomesticAbuse: Robert strikes her, although unlike in the books, there's no indication that he ever did so before. For Cersei, it's very much the final straw.
* DramaticIrony: [[spoiler: She never figures out that the real culprit for Joffrey's death is Olenna and not Tyrion as she believes. By murdering Olenna's entire family and effectively extinguinshing her entire House, Cersei unknowingly avenges her son's death by taking away everything his killer held precious.]]
* DumbBlonde: While Cersei isn't a ''complete'' moron, Tywin perfectly assesses her when he says that she is nowhere near as intelligent as she thinks she is. Her main flaw is that she continually underestimates people, and her level of misguided arrogance about her supposed political brilliance prevents her from seeing that she is wrong. She loses control of Joffrey almost immediately after he becomes king, and most of her attempts to dispose of Tyrion are laughable failures.
* EnfantTerrible: Was no more charming when she was younger.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Implied that, unlike in the books, Cersei loved her mother.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:
** In a twisted, narcissistic way because she mainly views them as an extension of herself, Cersei deeply loves her children and twin brother... but not enough not to manipulate her sons for her powerplays or not hop into bed with Lancel while Jaime's away. However, she seems to be more in love with the idea of ''having'' children to act as smaller versions of herself than them ''being'' her children as individuals.
--->'''Tyrion:''' Say what you will of Cersei, she loves her children. She is the only one I'm certain had nothing to do with this murder, which makes it unique as King's Landing murders go.
** Subverted in "The Winds of Winter", [[spoiler: as although she makes sure that Tommen is not in the Sept when she blows it up with wildfire, he's not put under any security afterwards and he commits suicide over the death of his wife (whom he actually did love) and his people. Cersei doesn't even bother to give him a proper burial, she just tells Qyburn to burn his body and throw the ashes on the ruins of the sept where his siblings and grandfather were interred, then has herself crowned the Queen.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: She ''does not'' approve several of Joffrey's actions, such as ordering Ned Stark's execution and ordering a massacre of children.
-->'''Cersei''': Robert was a drunken fool, but he didn't enjoy cruelty.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Trades her dresses for an all-black wardrobe (which invokes the late Tywin's casual outfit very closely) in "The Winds of Winter", [[spoiler: just in time to massacre the Sparrows, the Tyrells and usurp the throne.]]
* EvilCounterpart: To Catelyn. Both are MamaBear types who can be utterly ruthless, hold grudges hard, have difficulty controlling their newly-crowned sons and deal with the loss of children. However, Catelyn is HappilyMarried, is comfortable in her station in life and is good to most people, while Cersei is trapped in an ArrangedMarriage, yearns for even more power and is mean and petty.
* EvilEyebrows: Along with her constant smirking, Cersei also usually has one or both eyebrows raised. They don't match her hair colour, which by contrast makes them all the more sinister.
* EvilFeelsGood: "Confesses" in the season six finale that she really enjoyed every evil thing she ever did in her life. Murder, incest, and even the act of confessing all of this to a helpless captive brought her joy. Not to mention, she [[EvilGloating got away with lying to the High Sparrow about her affair with Jaime.]]
* EvilIsPetty: Cersei won't miss an opportunity to make someone miserable, assuming she can get away with it. Best typified in "The Lion and the Rose", in which to make herself feel better at her son's wedding, she walks around ''looking'' for people to be a jerk to -- first making Brienne feel awful about herself, then telling Pycelle to feed the wedding feast leftovers to the dogs instead of the poor (as Margaery had commanded). When Tywin asks her why she's smiling, she tells him it's just the little pleasures in life. Finally, Cersei is noticeably smiling during the ultra-humiliating play of the War of Five Kings, when even Tywin is forcing himself to suppress one -- after all, they're sitting alongside the bereaved of two of the titular kings! This plays into her StupidEvil tendencies, as she'll act to hurt someone who's wronged her in the short term without regard to the long-term consequences.
* EvilMatriarch: A {{deconstruction}} of one for the Lannisters-Baratheons. While she genuinely loves her children ([[AbusiveParents despite being an abusive mother]]) and [[MamaBear would do anything to protect or avenge them]], some of her actions prove to be a greater threat to the safety of her children than those of her enemies (who are often far more intelligent and competent than she is). In the end [[spoiler:her last remaining child commits suicide because of her, but by that time Cersei is too far gone to even care.]]
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: The haircut she receives at the end of Season 5 makes her bear an absolutely ''terrifying'' resemblance to Joffrey. [[spoiler: By the end of Season 6, we now know that Joffrey didn't just get his insanity and penchant for irredeemable cruelty from incest. Most of it was from '''her'''.]]
* EyeScream: Seems to be a favourite method of punishment of Cersei's -- Tyrion recounts she had a servant girl beaten until she lost an eye when she was ''nine'', and in 'The Wars To Come', she threatens to have [[HotWitch Maggy's]] eyes gouged out if Maggy wouldn't tell Cersei her future.
* FatalFlaw:
** Hubris. Cersei thinks she's way better than she really is and better than anybody else, which makes her think nothing about hurting people, and in her arrogance, she is reckless, deaf to council and unable to evaluate herself or make any kind of amends.
** Additionally, her complete inability to play any sort of long game. Cersei only ever seems to plan for the moment, and this almost always blows up in her face later. To get back at Margaery, she empowers the Faith Militant with no consideration as to how this would affect King's Landing, only caring that Margaery would suffer. They turn on her as soon as it's convenient, and King's Landing comes within a hair's breadth of becoming a theocracy.
* FauxAffablyEvil: She can pretend, and at rare moments her beauty and charm allows her to come across as decent. It's what fools Sansa for so long.
* ForTheEvulz: By the finale of season six, she has more or less embraced this. She admits to a captive whom she is about to have slowly tortured to death that her main motivation for the evil things she's done in her life was that it all made her feel so damn good.
* FreudianExcuse: Her hatred for Robert stems from him using her as a ReplacementGoldfish for Lyanna, to say nothing of his other ugly traits.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: She is ''not'' a pleasant person and groomed Joffrey to follow in her footsteps. In "You Win or You Die", she fully metamorphoses into this trope when she orchestrates a HuntingAccident for Robert. She shows snobbish disdain for the people of King's Landing and LackOfEmpathy for her subjects. Tyrion initially assumes it was her who gave the order for the purge of Robert's bastard children, and she doesn't admit that it was something Joffrey ''really'' shouldn't have done.
* GreenEyedMonster: During Cersei's brief chat with Brienne at Joffrey and Margaery's wedding, she can't help but let slip a note of jealousy towards the strong, independant lady knight. Cersei also hates Margaery because she gains influence after marrying Cersei's sons, while Cersei's power wanes, and also because the Tyrell Queen is far more popular in King's Landing than Cersei is and ever will be.
* HatesSmallTalk: Cersei hates chat that doesn't get to the point.
* TheHeavy: In Season 1. In the series' first story arc, Tywin entrusts her with the task of seizing the throne on behalf of the Lannister clan and ruling King's Landing while he crushes all contesting forces to their family's claim in the field; she performs well at first until her son Joffrey becomes king...
* HiddenDepths: Doubly so when Stannis's invasion approaches; she quotes Tywin on the subject of war and surprisingly she's the one who thinks up a defense via wildfire. She orders its mass-production and keeps this plan hidden from Tyrion. Her actual implementation is fraught with potential problems, however (shooting it from the city could easily burn the city down), so when Tyrion finds out he hijacks the plan and goes his own way with it.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** In Season 2, Cersei urges Joffrey to call off his betrothal to Sansa in favor of Margaery Tyrell, making her partially responsible for most of the troubles she suffers over the next three seasons.
** In Season 3, jealous of Margaery's influence over Joffrey, Cersei enlists Littlefinger to find ''anything'' that she can use against the Tyrells. Littlefinger discovers that they plan to betroth Loras to Sansa, so Littlefinger tells Cersei, Cersei tells Tywin, and Tywin decides to take the initiative by marrying Tyrion to Sansa, and ''Cersei to Loras'', with the consent of none of them.
** Cersei's stupidity and half-assed schemes catch up to her in Season 5 when the Sparrows she empowered finally arrest her for her lack of piety, namely her incestuous relationships.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: To a fair extent, yes. Like her father, she'll never see anything positive about Tyrion, even if it's dancing in front of her, which often make her vastly underestimate him, even as she fears him by distorting what he's capable of, as well. She started to wise-up about Joffrey, but had been in denial for years about how unstable he actually was (answer: VERY) -- this very denial caused ''soooooo'' many problems, it's unreal. And, then there's her tendency to belittle anybody who has faith in anything other than power or gold, which caused her to to massively misread the High Sparrow, for one. Listen to her tone when she says she has nothing to fear from him because "he's a religious man". It screams "an idiot I can use" in subtext. Rather badly judged, there, Queenie. Almost as bad as deciding that you've managed to cow a tail-tucked Lady Olenna Tyrell...
* HumiliationConga:
** Much like her brothers, Season 3 is one long demonstration of Cersei getting knocked down a peg. Joffrey begins to disregard her. Margery proves to be far better at wrapping Joffrey around her fingers, and it becomes apparent to her that any power she had at King's Landing was quickly fading. And the icing on the cake was that [[ParentalFavoritism despite being Tywin's favorite]], he treats even ''her'' as an UnwittingPawn and plans to ship her off to marry Loras so that he can have more power.
** It only gets worse from there. By the penultimate episode of Season 6, Cersei has been completely outplayed by everyone in King's Landing, leaving her a powerless joke to everyone who knows her. [[spoiler: Two of her children are dead, she's banned from the Small Council meetings or any prominent position in the royal court, her third child has completely turned on her, she was stripped naked and walked through the streets of King's Landing, she's been formally charged with incest and treason and is facing a trial she cannot hope to win, and [[LaserGuidedKarma all of it is entirely her fault.]]]] Even Olenna rubs it in Cersei's face that she's lost.
** [[WhamEpisode The season six finale]] then [[DeconstructedTrope demonstrates]] why humiliating and antagonizing an unstable and vicious individual who has a MadScientist and a FrankensteinsMonster knight on her side [[WhosLaughingNow is a bad idea.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** She calls Margaery a harlot and a whore, despite herself having committed adulterous incest with her brother. She also despises Margaery for manipulating the king and trying to become a power behind the throne... which, unlike Cersei, Margaery would prove seemingly ''successful'' at.
** So, Cersei's cheating on Robert with Jaime was presented by herself as somehow justified by "true love" and her and Jaime "belonging together", adding that to her husband being an UnwantedSpouse who was [[ReallyGetsAround whoring around himself]] anyway? Fine... until Jaime is gone and Cersei starts shagging a cousin behind her "true love's" back, as part of manipulating him to help kill her husband Robert.
** Cersei is deeply offended that Tywin played favorites with his children, favouring the gifted Jaime. Cersei has no problem playing favorites by focusing on her firstborn son Joffrey. Myrcella and Tommen are pretty much ignored unless there is some setback on the horizon.
** She looks down on and tries to insult Ellaria Sand for being a bastard, but all three of her children are illegitimate and pretenders to both the throne and to her own House.
** She deeply loves Tommen because he is her son, but shows little respect and concern for the actual individual, not thinking twice before undermining and manipulating him or before hurting the woman he loves because Cersei's powerplays come first. At most, she views herself as a WellIntentionedExtremist.
* IfOnlyYouKnew: She threatens Tyrion that one day he'll love one woman and she will take her away just to spite him. That's precisely what happened to Tyrion's first love Tysha. Tyrion's response is to stare at her with utter disdain and leave without saying a word.
* IgnoredEpiphany: There were moments in earlier seasons where Cersei ''tries'' to be nice to people: Sansa, Tyrion, her son Tommen, and Myrcella. She also understands that [[MyBelovedSmother doing everything in her power to protect and prop up Joffrey]] isn't such a good idea. Then Joffrey dies, she immediately forgets her past kindness, and goes on a petty revenge binge that ultimately leads to [[spoiler:her unleashing the biggest atrocity in recent Westerosi history just so she can be queen]].
* IJustWantToBeYou: According to Creator/LenaHeadey, this is Cersei's FreudianExcuse for her incest with Jaime. There's subtle hints of it in the show too, such as Cersei discussing what she would do in Jaime's place, lamenting the fact that she was born a woman, and even doning [[BattleBallgown an armored dress]] when the Battle of the Blackwater looks to be turning in Stannis's favor. In Season 3, it is implied that she prefers metallic accoutrements to her dresses because she associates it with armor. This in turn ''may'' something to do with her spitefulness at Brienne at the Purple Wedding, Brienne having seemingly defied her supposed station far more successfully than Cersei ''and'' being noticeably close(r) to Jaime.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[DefiedTrope No.]] When Tommen [[spoiler:turns on her and sides with Margaery and the High Sparrow, Cersei opts to bomb the Sept of Baleor and kill all of his chosen allies. She spares Tommen himself, but her reaction after he commits suicide because of her actions pretty much confirms that she's already given up on him.]]
* InfantImmortality: Averted. She mentions to Catelyn and later discusses with Robert how their first child died shortly after birth due to a fever.
* InadequateInheritor: After Tywin is killed by Tyrion, Cersei is left to fill her daddy's shoes as the real power behind throne and as a [[TheChessmaster political intrigue mastermind]] in Season 5. Having no foresight nor grasp of realpolitik, she fails on an epic scale when her [[HoistByHisOwnPetard attempts to sabotage Margaery backfires]]. It shows that Cersei is no Tywin, by a long shot. [[spoiler:Even taking the throne for herself by killing everyone else that had a claim to it is likely to lead to her getting deposed in short order, given how many enemies she makes doing it.]]
* InformedAttractiveness: Cersei is widely praised as one of the most beautiful noblewomen of Westeros.
* InterruptedSuicide: Tywin breaking the door in "Blackwater" stops her from proceeding with her son Tommen, because she was convinced the city would fall to the unflappable Stannis.
* IronicEcho: She begins shrieking, "I am the Queen!", exactly the same way Margaery did when she was arrested by the Faith Militant. It's also not dissimilar to what her [[EnfantTerrible beloved son]] said previously, "I am the KING!"
* ItsAllAboutMe:
** While she has more than enough specific examples (listed below), lots of fans have noted that Cersei is very likely a [[AmbiguousDisorder textbook narcissist]], sharing many qualities with them. Cersei sees herself as far more intelligent and powerful than she actually is. Her love for her brother Jaime is because she sees him as a reflection of herself if she were a man (which is also why she is notably distraught over his missing hand rather than any impact that it could ever have on his life). She loves her children, but moreso as extensions of herself than as human beings. She takes any perceived (real or not) slight extremely seriously and will often come up with forms of DisproportionateRetribution for it, [[EvilIsPetty even when she has absolutely]] [[StupidEvil nothing to gain by doing so]]. She also often tends to devalue and ruthlessly criticize and tear down those who come into contact with her. So, truly, due to the way Cersei's mind works, she is almost fundamentally incapable of ''not'' thinking everything is about her and ties back to her. So even on a more general level, Cersei is truly incapable of placing anyone's interest before her own.
** She regards Jaime as a poor sight at the start of Season 4, complaining about her being left alone to suffer a siege in the capital despite being surrounded by servants and with several bodyguards, which she obviously thinks is so much worse than Jaime being a prisoner dragged from camp to camp, losing his hand, and being humiliated and despised.
** Her main reason for accusing Tyrion for Joffrey's murder amounts to her believing that Tyrion did it to hurt her personally. It doesn't matter that Tyrion might had have much more legitimate motives for killing Joffrey; to Cersei, the motive ''must'' have been that he wanted to get back at her specifically and Joffrey just happened to be collateral damage.
** In "The Children", she tells Tywin that she's be willing to burn House Lannister to the ground so long as she remains Queen and gets to have her children. [[spoiler:In the season 6 finale, we see this wasn't an idle threat when she literally burns down a good chunk of the city's skyline to take out the Faith Militant, Margaery, and everyone else that opposes her to make sure she stays in power.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Unfriendly or hostile by default, petty, vindictive, and an overall unpleasant person to be around. It goes without saying that she HatesSmallTalk.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** It might be mainly because she's a bitch who revels in seeing others suffer, but what she says to Sansa during the Battle of Blackwater about marrying Joffrey is pretty accurate. Likewise, her assessment of Queen Margaery is mostly motivated by jealousy, but that doesn't mean she isn't right in seeing Margaery as a two-faced social climber.
** While still hiding the fact of BrotherSisterIncest and giving birth to bastards, during her "confession" about adultery, Cersei angrily calls out the High Sparrow on DoubleStandard, reminding him [[ReallyGetsAround what kind of a man she had been cheating on]]. Unfortunately for her, her conversation partner is unfazed, as he thinks AllCrimesAreEqual and the king is now dead and out of reach anyway.
* KickTheDog: As she walks.
** An almost literal incident, when she has Sansa's direwolf killed because Arya's direwolf -- who attacked Joffrey to defend her mistress -- is unavailable. It's also probably her purest example of this trope in the show: it's her first, showing what kind of a human being she is, involves an actual dog and is ''completely'' unprovoked -- she knows full well that Lady wasn't involved with Joffrey's accident and Sansa, Lady's owner actually ''sides'' with him and Cersei.
** In general, her treatment of Sansa when the latter is a hostage of the Lannisters in King's Landing, though this is strangely mixed with occasional PetTheDog moments.
** Denounces Tyrion's relationship with Shae to their Lord Father, knowing full well how Tywin deals with Tyrion's ladies of company.
** Tyrion's trial is a prolonged HumiliationConga orchestrated by her to inflict as much psychological pain as possible (though in her view it's KickTheSonOfABitch, as she mistakenly thinks that Tyrion murdered her son).
* KickTheSonOfABitch: In Season Six's finale she finally gets back at [[spoiler:Septa Unella, by throwing several goblets of wine at her face, chanting 'Confess! Confess!', calling her out of her hypocrisy and gloating about the truth of the crimes Cersei herself has been accused of. It quickly morphs into DisproportionateRetribution though, as she subjects the septa to death by torture in hands of Ser Gregor.]]
** She also likely orchestrated [[spoiler: Grand Maester Pycelle being stabbed to death by various harlots and Qyburn's child spies.]]
* KissingCousins: With Lancel while Jaime is being held captive.
* LadyDrunk: Cersei's trusty goblet is never far from her hand.
* LadyMacBeth: She's behind some of Robert and Jaime's callous or outright evil decisions.
* LargeHam: Especially when drunk.
* LaserGuidedKarma:
** She once gloated over having Ned Stark in the Black Cells. In Season 5, she is tossed into one of the cells by the Faith Militant and the High Sparrow begins to collapse her house of cards, hard.
** She also visits Margaery in her cells, specifically to rub it in. Then in ''the very same episode'', she gets thrown into an even worse one.
** She gloats over Tyrion being forced into an ArrangedMarriage, only to find that her father has the same fate in mind for her.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Cersei would like to believe that she is the female version of her father, but she has all of his worst qualities and none of his talents. All she manages to achieve is a lacklustre imitation of Lord Tywin.
* LoveIsAWeakness: She believes this, because LoveMakesYouDumb and compels you to do things you know you shouldn't to keep them happy and safe. The only people Cersei advises Sansa to love are her children since a mother has no choice in that.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Apparently, she used to have feelings for Robert when they married, but DomesticAbuse and Robert's love for Lyanna Stark brutally changed that. Her relationship with Jaime doesn't seem to bring out the best in her either.
* MadBomber: [[spoiler:Cersei outdoes the Mad King and actually manages to "burn them all" when she blows her King's Landing enemies in a wildfire plot.]]
* TheMaidenNameDebate: She was never referred to as Cersei Baratheon while Robert is still alive.
* MamaBear: She goes to extremes when it concerns protecting her children:
** When it looks like Stannis Baratheon will sack King's Landing, she even prepares to poison her youngest to spare him from getting murdered by the victorious enemy troops... albeit because such a massacre is exactly how her father came to renewed power and influence.
** She is willing to "burn House Lannister to the ground" in order to stay at King's Landing protecting Tommen, according to her. But in reality, her lust for power is also a big factor, if not bigger.
** When she receives Myrcella's necklace from the Dornish as an implied threat, Cersei is ''furious'' and declares she will have Dorne burnt down if they dare hurt her.
** Her determination to have Tyrion executed after the poisoning of Joffrey also falls under this trope. As opposed to Tywin, who is just glad to have TheMillstone out of the way and is willing to use a convenient scapegoat, Cersei genuinely believes that the accused person is guilty and seeks to avenge her child.
* ManipulativeBitch: She's able to manipulate the likes of Ned, Jaime, Lancel, Sansa and a few others...but sharper characters like Tywin, Tyrion, Varys and such aren't fooled by her machinations.
* MeaningfulName: Cersei is likely named in tribute to Circe (pronounced the same way) -- the beautiful, duplicitous sorceress from ''Literature/TheOdyssey''.
* MoodWhiplash: Due to Tywin's WhamLine. Just before that, she had been shamelessly gloating over the fact that Tywin was going to force Tyrion to marry Sansa... and then Tywin tells her of his plans for her, and she's brought nearly to tears.
-->'''Tywin''': You're still fertile. You need to marry again and breed.\\
'''Cersei''': I am '''Queen Regent''', not some broodmare!\\
'''Tywin''': You are '''my daughter'''! You will do as I command and you will marry Loras Tyrell!
* MotiveDecay: A big part of her character at the start was that she loved her children and wanted them on the throne but as they die one by one she decides to take the throne for herself and grow distant of Tommen as time goes one.
* MoralMyopia: She has a tendency to view things as heinous when being done to her or her children, and as okay when done to other people. See also {{Hypocrite}}.
** She is greatly angered when Tyrion arranges for a marriage between Myrcella and House Martell, but has no problem mocking Sansa about beheading more of her family members before her wedding to Joffrey.
** In Season 3, she [[SmugSnake smugly smiles]] when Tywin orders Tyrion to marry Sansa, and nearly breaks into tears when he orders her to marry Loras in turn.
* MrsRobinson: In addition to being Lancel's cousin, she's also old enough to be his mother. The same would apply to her [[ArrangedMarriage relationship]] with Loras Tyrell, if not the fact that both of them are equally repulsed by their engagement to each other.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Non-romantic variety. [[spoiler: Cersei has Pycelle killed because he was the only other one Tommen was willing to listen to.]]
* MyBelovedSmother: She tried to be this for her children but has so far failed at it, rather spectacularly with Joffrey becoming an uncontrollable monster, Myrcella being spirited off to Dorne specifically to get her out of Cersei's clutches, and with Tommen being virtually a non-entity to her -- so it's far too late to start anew when he becomes King.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: As Joffrey rises to ever new heights of cruelty and perversion, she finally acknowledges that having three inbred children with her twin brother ''wasn't'' such a great idea -- considering what it did to the Targaryens -- to say nothing of putting the most unstable of them on the Iron Throne itself. She breaks down in tears from the sheer knowledge that the son she loves (despite everything) is a psychopath. Nevertheless, in later episodes she undergoes a mild SelectiveObliviousness.
* {{Narcissist}}: Much like her father, she considers herself vastly superior to almost everyone around her and expects treatment commensurate with her bloated sense of self-worth. Additionally, she displays a pronounced LackOfEmpathy as evidenced by her inability to view [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes her own children]] as individuals with thoughts and feelings entirely separate from her own.
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: She feels like she is suffering under this in the male dominated Westerosi society, but Tywin bluntly tells her the real reason for her lack of power and influence beyond her family name is that she isn't as capable as she thinks she is; it can also be surmised that at least some of her apparent jealousy at Brienne of Tarth is how Brienne ''is'' by all appearances a relatively self-made woman whose family name isn't nearly as important to who Brienne became and what she achieved.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Cersei is based on several queens with poor reputations -- Queen Isabella, She-Wolf of France, Queen Catherine De'Medici of France, and from the WarOfTheRoses - Margaret d'Anjou and Elizabeth Woodville.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: After about six seasons of being sidelined, outmaneuvered, and humiliated by the other players of the Game, [[spoiler:Cersei snaps and has all of her rivals in King's Landing wiped out with wildfire before usurping the Iron Throne as Queen. She is directly responsible for killing as many or more major characters than anyone else has over all six seasons.]]
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: A prophecy implies (states in the books) that this tragedy would befall her. Her first child with Robert died because of fever and Joffrey and Myrcella begin to fulfill it when they were poisoned in Seasons 4 and 5. [[spoiler:It's completed in the finale of Season 6 when her brutal machinations drive Tommen to [[DrivenToSuicide commit suicide]]]].
* PowerHair: A full season after her TraumaticHaircut, [[spoiler: she ascends as the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms]].
* ParentalFavoritism: She gives much more love and attention to Joffrey than to Tommen and Myrcella. Considering the effects, the younger children probably have benefited from that.
* PerpetualFrowner: Her very prominent brows emanate hatred even during her rare moments of levity.
* PetTheDog:
** She comforts Catelyn after Bran "falls" from the window. Despite the incident happening because of her (though she wasn't the perpetrator) Cersei's sympathy for Catelyn as a fellow mother who had her child hurt seems actually honest.
** She convinces Joffrey to do something nice for Sansa during "Lord Snow", referencing her own unhappy arranged marriage.
** On the event of Sansa's first menses, she counsels her on how best to survive a marriage to Joffrey.
** During Tyrion's wedding, she tries to divert a lecherous Joffrey away from Sansa. A somewhat weak and quickly abandoned effort but well-intentioned nevertheless.
** Briefly comforts a nervous Melara during the flashback of her as a teenager.
* PragmaticVillainy: Despite generally being StupidEvil, there are a few moments when even Cersei realizes that petty revenge is a bad idea.
** Knows full well that a tame wolf is better than a dead one, so she plans to have Ned stripped of titles and lands and sent to the Night's Watch, though her plan fails when her son instead orders Ned's death. There is an element of EvenEvilHasStandards here, albeit expressed in a cruel IronicEcho: since Ned planned to exile her rather than allowing her and her children to be murdered, it is sort of "fair" to "only" plan to exile the Starks rather than killing them.
** In the second season, even she seems taken aback by Joffrey's order to kill Robert's bastard children, not necessarily because of [[EvenEvilHasStandards personal standards]], but because something like murdering children and babies draws the wrong type of attention. She even seems offended that Tyrion initially thinks she was the one who ordered it.[[labelnote:From the books...]]In the books, the purge of Robert's bastards was all her idea and Joffrey was unaware/uncaring of it, making for another point where Tyrion had to rein her in[[/labelnote]] However, she's also too prideful to admit he was wrong to do so.
* {{Pride}}: A theme for the Lannisters. They all have a slightly different take on it.
-->'''Cersei''': He's attacked one of my brothers, and abducted the other. I should wear the armor, and you the gown. ''[Robert strikes her]'' I shall wear this like a badge of honor.
* ProperlyParanoid: In a stark contrast to her book self, towards Margaery. Although Cersei started some of the antagonism herself, she's correct in her assumption that the younger queen is a shrewd politician with her eyes on being the power behind the throne; which goal requires removing Cersei from her position.
* PyrrhicVillainy:
** Cersei's smirking victory over Tyrion and later the Tyrells become meaningless as it comes with a high price. Her champion Ser Gregor Clegane winning over Oberyn Martell in Tyrion's trial on Joffrey's murder breaks new tensions from Dorne and leads to Myrcella's death. Jaime, out of sympathy for Tyrion, helps him escape only for Tyrion to kill Tywin on the way out, leaving the kingdom in her less-than-capable hands. Her reinstatement of the Faith Militant as a means to get back at the Tyrells backfires when she herself gets arrested and punished for her own crimes [[spoiler:which also leads her own son Tommen to accept the Faith as part of their alliance to the Iron Throne]].
--->'''Olenna''': You have no support, not anymore. Your brother is gone; the High Sparrow saw through that. The rest of your family abandoned you. The people despised you. You're surrounded by enemies, thousands of them. You're going to kill them all by yourself? You've lost, Cersei. It's the only joy that I've find in this misery.
** The Season 6 finale is this UpToEleven. [[spoiler:She wipes out all of her enemies in one fell swoop using wildfire beneath the Sept of Baelor, but in doing so she drives her son Tommen over the edge, both figuratively and [[DrivenToSuicide literally]], and in the process kills basically everyone that would be capable of running the city, much less the entire kingdom. It is also strongly implied that her twin brother and lover, Jaime, is completely disgusted by Cersei's actions and now despises her, emotionally isolating her from everyone she cares about. Her only counsel is the MadScientist Qyburn, and the Mountain as her personal muscle. She's positioned herself in a way that no one in King's Landing can challenge her, but she doesn't rule much beyond that demesne, and she has added the plentiful Reach to the list of enemies of the increasingly powerless crown. She may not reign long; soon after Cersei's coronation, Daenerys Targaryen sails to Westeros with the support of Tyrion and Lady Olenna of House Tyrell, uneasy but former allies alienated by Cersei.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Gives a nasty one to Tyrion in Season 2 after he makes a crack about her and Jaime's "relationship":
--->'''Cersei''': You're ''funny''. You've always been funny. But no joke will match the first one, will they? You remember--back when you ripped my mother open on your way out of her and she bled to death.\\
'''Tyrion''': ...She was my mother too.\\
'''Cersei''': Mother gone. For the sake of you. There's no bigger joke in the world than that.
** She tries to give one to her father midway through Season 4 (about how he's so self-centred about his family legacy he neglects his real family) but Lord Tywin turns it round on her in his ignominiable style. At the end of the season though she succeeds, thanks to dropping the bombshell of her {{twincest}}.
* RegentForLife: One of the reasons she's turning progressively against Joffrey with each passing episode is that he ruined her plan to become his RegentForLife. It's her own damn fault for being a moron, but still. [[spoiler:After all of her children die, she actually steps up and takes the crown for herself.]]
* TheResenter: Especially for Jaime, but also for her father, husband and even Tyrion due to their respective positions of power which she believes came from the fact that they're men. While the society of Westeros ''is'' very sexist and she may have had a point back then, she's filled about twenty years since with exactly resenting others and doing nothing constructive with her own position of power as the damn ''queen'', which has led to the present situation where Cersei's completely justifiably being denied power due to her incompetence. Visibly so towards Brienne of Tarth, who by her achievements and not being nearly as reliant on being a Tarth as Cersei is on being a Lannister, much less on being beautiful, pokes a sharp hole in Cersei's worldview.
* RevengeBeforeReason: She tends to focus on harming her -- real or imaginary -- enemies, and think about the consequences... uh, sometime later. Maybe. A shining example is her ploy to undermine the Tyrells in Season 5. Not only does Cersei's claim to power rely on the Lannister-Tyrell alliance (meaning that, if the Tyrells are undermined, ''she'' is undermined), Cersei's scheme directly results in her own imprisonment, public humiliation, and complete loss of political power and control. [[KnowWhenToFoldEm Most halfway intelligent people would realize they've lost and do their best to mitigate the damage and avoid future misery]]. [[DefiedTrope Cersei is not one of these people]], and actually proceeds to she tops herself in Season 6's finale when she [[spoiler:blows up the Sept of Baelor during the Green Trial, destroying all of her opponents in Kings Landing, along with a good part of the city. It's one of the very few plans she actually executes successfully, but it leaves her as ''the'' target of pretty much every remaining faction in Westeros. Of course, by that time her sanity is so long gone it's hard to even speak of "reason".]]
** A perfect example is also her willingness to have Sansa dead because she suspects that the latter poisoned Joffrey (she didn't). But she does not take it into a consideration one bit that Joffrey caused so many misfortunes to Sansa including the execution of her father as well wanting to give her the head of her brother.
* SanitySlippage: She is much more calm, collected, and rational in the first season than she is in the second. Her loss of Jaime and Joffrey's increasingly out of control attitude, complemented by her father's suddenly dismissive attitude towards her don't seem to be doing well for her mental faculties. Her despair over her daughter Myrcella's impending ArrangedMarriage can't help, either. She comes within inches of poisoning Tommen during "Blackwater" when she thinks that Stannis is about to break down the door. In "The Lion and the Rose", she's outright screaming with rage at Tyrion, as she believes he poisoned Joffrey, and by Season 5 she's noticeably resorting to alcohol continuously, further worsening her condition. By the end of Season 6, she's clearly gone off the deep end. [[spoiler:She not only blows up the Sept of Baelor and dozens of nobles within, including her uncle Kevan and three of the four Tyrells, but she doesn't care at all that Tommen kills himself in the aftermath.]]
* ScrewYourself: Her incest with Jaime is, [[WordOfGod according to the cast and crew]] and in consonance with her thoughts in the books, her attempt to get as close as she can to making this a reality. She sees Jaime as [[IJustWantToBeYou what she was actually meant to be]] and denied the privilege of being by being born a woman. Thus by having sexual intercourse with Jaime, she is, in her own mind, [[ShapedLikeItself screwing herself]]. As such, to Cersei it's not incest but rather ''incredibly'' metaphorical masturbation.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Maggy the Frog told her that all three of her children would die. [[spoiler:Cersei's own actions, in various ways, lead to this outcome. Joffrey dies because Cersei coddled him and then couldn't control him when he was made king, which led to him being poisoned because he was out of control. Myrcella died because the Mountain killed Oberyn, which in turn only happened because Cersei was determined to punish Tyrion for killing Joffrey without any proof that he was responsible. Finally, Tommen kills himself after Cersei detonates the wildfire under the Great Sept of Baelor, killing Margaery among many others.]]
* ShadowArchetype: Cersei is the picture of what could have gone wrong with several other female characters who shared some characteristics with her:
** To Sansa. They were both sheltered daddy's girls from noble families, living a fantasy of marrying a PrinceCharming, which in both cases has gone horribly wrong, leaving them both disillusioned. Sansa's kinder nature and not actually spending years in a horrible marriage have left her in a better mental shape than Cersei, for now at least.
** Tywin notes a similarity between a young Cersei and Arya in their spirited and rebellious natures. However, Cersei was forced by Tywin to conform to the standard submissive role for a Westerosi woman, and put her energy into becoming an evil queen.
** Both Tyrell women, Margaery and Olenna, share many traits with Cersei -- they're manipulative, willing to use seduction (in Olenna's case, in the past) to further their goals and were "blessed" with not particularly politically competent husbands. Olenna and Cersei also share ruthlessness and and similarities in their acts go as far as committing a regicide and letting an innocent man take the fall. However, by growing (at least in Margaery's case) in a household where the female role was valued and taught -- instead of being reduced to a property of a man and a piece to haggle -- and being ''sane'', they get out of their roles everything Cersei couldn't: Margaery is a popular queen and gets to manipulate even Joffrey, and Olenna is the real head of her family who has raised a capable heiress and is the closest thing the series has to a female Tywin.
* ASharedSuffering: Shows a short-lived sisterly attitude towards Tyrion after Tywin reminds them both of the [[SarcasmMode joy]] of living under his domineering thumb.
* ShedTheFamilyName: [[spoiler: Cersei again takes up the Lannister name as Queen regnant instead of Baratheon.]]
* SheIsTheKing: [[spoiler: Becomes the ruling Queen of the Seven Kingdoms in the Season 6 finale.]]
* SiblingRivalry: Displays an open animosity towards Tyrion, which gets incensed when their father entrusts him with power. She [[CainAndAbel has wished the death of Tyrion]] since the day he was born. Tyrion doesn't reciprocate beyond the occasional quip because intellectually and humanely, he's way above her level. She also harbors some resentment over Tywin favouring Jaime.
* SmugSmiler: There probably isn't a character from any medium ever, to compete with that contemptible, irritating smirk that she wears constantly.
* SmugSnake:
** While she is indeed a somewhat competent/lucky schemer, she is not as brilliant as she thinks herself to be and her self-entitlement, pettiness, and overconfidence often renders her blindsided, and she always struggles to grasp that she's in over her head when she has been outplayed. Her own father even points out that she overestimates her own intelligence.
--->'''Lord Tywin:''' I don't distrust you because you're a woman. I distrust you because you're not as smart as you think you are. You've allowed that boy to ride roughshod over you and everyone else in this city.
** During her dinner with Tyrion in "The Prince of Winterfell", she gloats over the fact that she's holding Tyrion's whore hostage, while both Tyrion and the viewers know she's got the wrong woman altogether. Not that that makes Tyrion any less pissed at her contemptible behavior.
** Despite considering herself a keen player in the game of thrones, none of her plans ever truly succeed. Indeed, in most cases, her actions end up backfiring on her horribly, particularly her plan to rule Westeros behind the scenes while Joffrey sat on the throne. The most Cersei ever appears to achieve are very small, petty victories over people much less powerful than her, and that desire for short-lived sense of satisfaction irrespective of whether it actually improves her position or accomplishes anything in the long run is textbook SmugSnake.
* SpeakIllOfTheDead: She has no qualms posthumously calling Renly Baratheon a "degenerate" in "Dark Wings, Dark Words". [[{{Hypocrite}} This is coming from a woman who had three children with her twin brother]].
* StrongFamilyResemblance:
** Young Cersei looks ''strikingly'' similar to her daughter, Myrcella. The fact that Myrcella's a product of Cersei's incest with her own ''twin'' brother ''might'' have something to do with this.[[note]]Exact same genes, give or take a few[[/note]]
** With her hair cut off by the Faith Militant, she bears an unsettling resemblance to Joffrey.
* StupidEvil:
** Tyrion and Tywin separately note this about her. Her vile and foolish tendencies are always present, to the point where Tywin is quick to empower his much disparaged son Tyrion to mitigate Cersei's calamities.
** She cares nothing about public sentiment and doesn't realize that throwing people out of her city will draw their ire and how the ire of the mob is dangerous for kings and queens.
--->'''Tyrion''': Listen to me, 'queen regent'. You're in danger of losing the people.\\
'''Cersei''': The people? Heh. You think I care?\\
'''Tyrion''': You may find it difficult to rule over millions who want you dead.
** Her understanding on the actual military threats posed by Stannis Baratheon and Robb Stark is likewise tenuous at best, to the point that Tyrion's victory at Blackwater is almost in spite of her efforts, rather than because of it (her only contribution is getting the wildfire made, a plan Tyrion co-opted because she likely would have burned King's Landing to the ground by accident). Of course, a lot of these may be due to her rapidly becoming a not very functioning [[TheAlcoholic addict]].
** Once the sensible influences or restraints of Tyrion and Tywin are gone, Cersei goes one step further and engages in one petty, short-sighted scheme after another, culminating in her empowering the Faith Militant as a petty revenge scheme against the Tyrells with [[DidntThinkThisThrough zero regards for the potential blowback]]. She's called out on this one multiple times.
* ThickerThanWater: She spoiled her first son Joffrey from day one, but was horrified when he became increasingly psychopathic and insane, starting to indulge in regular cruelties and atrocities. She later acknowledges to Margaery that even at his most evil she still loves Joffrey out of some sense of maternal care and loses it completely when he dies in her arms.
* TooCleverByHalf: She is indeed well-versed in the games of subterfuge and underhanded politics amongst the Westeros' nobles, but she fancies herself to be better than she actually is, causing her to often severely underestimate her opponents. Ironically, this also works in her favor, since her opponents often assume she's too rational to do something stupid, only to be blindsided when she does it anyway.
* TraumaCongaLine: Episodes 2 and 3 of Season 4 are nothing but this for Cersei. First, Joffrey is assassinated using a horribly painful poison, and then her father totally ignores her when she asks him not to [[BrutalHonesty lecture Tommen about how bad a king Joffrey was]] before taking Tommen away, and then she has a...[[QuestionableConsent rather uncomfortable sexual encounter]] with Jaime next to her son's corpse while she's mourning.
* TraumaticHaircut: Has her precious golden locks cut off by the Faith Militant.
* TroubledAbuser: Between her experiences with her abusive husband, controlling, emotionally abusive father and uncontrollable, psychopathic son, Cersei takes it out on whom she has a chance at the moment. Sometimes it's Tyrion (though it tends to backfire on her). More often it's [[TheChewToy Sansa]].
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour:
** She proudly recalls the time she had a 9 year old servant girl beaten to blindness for stealing a necklace, when she was of the same age.
** "Mockingbird" reveals that during a visit Oberyn and Elia had at Casterly Rock when they were children, Cersei freely tormented a baby Tyrion in front of them by pinching his penis and talking about how she wished he had died. She only stopped tormenting Tyrion because Jaime made her stop.
** We finally get a glimpse of [[TeensAreMonsters teen Cersei]] in Season 5, she's about as charming as you would think. When Maggy the Frog refuses to tell her fortune, a teenage Cersei threatens to have her eyes gouged out.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: [[spoiler: In the Season 6 finale, after killing most of her political enemies in a wildfire explosion and Tommen's suicide, Cersei forcibly takes the Iron Throne and names herself Queen.]]
* TheUnfavourite: In Season 3, her father makes it clear that due to her failure to control Joffrey, he regards her as little better than Tyrion. Also note that while Tywin may not ''like'' Tyrion, he does respect Tyrion's intelligence and in this respect treats him as an equal. The same can't be said for Cersei.
* UngratefulBastard: Never has anything good to say about Tyrion or Loras, despite both of them being vital in saving her and Tommen's lives at the battle of Blackwater. Tywin even calls her out on her ingratitude for the Tyrells. Probably the most blatant example of this was her framing Ned Stark as a traitor after he warned her to save herself and her children; though it was mixed with PragmaticVillainy, since they would be forced to go into exile if she accepted Ned's scenario.
* UnwittingPawn: After transforming the Sparrows into the Faith Militant and giving them free rain to imprison any ''deviants'' towards the Gods, which ends up getting both Loras and Margaery captured, she confidently assumes that she is controlling them like puppets. It never occurs to her until it's too late that the now all powerful fundamentalist organisation would imprison her for her own deviant lifestyle once they no longer needed her.
* TheUsurper: Although it's her sons who get to sit on the Iron Throne, not herself, it's her actions which usurp said throne to her family. [[spoiler:And as "The Winds of Winter" she finally seizes it for herself.]]
* VillainProtagonist: She is clearly the viewpoint character during the Faith in King's Landing storyline in Season 6.
* VillainousBreakdown:
** She angrily loses her cool when Tyrion shows up in a meeting of the Small Council, and much to her chagrin reveals that he's acting Hand of the King.
** She's in this mode for the entire episode "Blackwater", although it's a less hammy example then usual.
** In "The Lion and the Rose". Cersei visibly ''shatters'' as Joffrey dies helplessly in her arms.
** In "The Gift", she goes from being a SmugSmiler for the majority of Season 5 to screaming "I am the queen!" as she is dragged away to the Black Cells by the High Sparrow's Faith Militant.
** Her sanity worsens as her situation does throughout season six. This ends up being the dangerous version, since she's desperate and crazy enough in the finale to [[spoiler:use the wildfire caches in King's Landing to simply kill all of her rivals at once.]]
* VillainousFriendship: With Qyburn, who is the only person to visit her during her imprisonment by the Faith, and the first person to cover her after her walk of shame.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Like all of Tywin's children, she craves his appreciation. Like all of Tywin's children, she doesn't get it, because a) she screws up, b) daddy doesn't ''do'' appreciation to begin with.
* WhamLine
** She reveals the truth to Tywin in "The Children":
---> '''Cersei''': Everything they say about Jaime and me is true... your legacy is a ''lie''!
* WhileRomeBurns: She smiles and triumphantly sips a glass of wine [[spoiler:as she watches the wildfire cache burn down the Great Sept of Baelor, along with all of her rivals in it, in the distance]]. She's clearly enjoying the awful spectacle.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: "Everyone who is not us is an enemy."
* WomanScorned: After Robert makes clear that he never loved her and their marriage didn't have a chance to work, and strikes her (in a different scene), he doesn't live for long. Years of cheating and humiliating her probably didn't help his case, either.
* WomenAreWiser: At times.
** She is completely right about Margaery Tyrell not being as harmless as she seems. Joffrey ignores her.
** Cersei herself believes this trope to be true, in tandem with AllMenArePerverts; during her pathetic attempt to blackmail Tyrion she says that thinking with their penises is a FatalFlaw present in all men. Again, playing into her {{Hypocrite}} character. She considers men's uncontrollable sexual desires to be their biggest weakness, and yet her own sexual desires for Jaime that she either couldn't or wouldn't control despite the knowledge that the whole affair could backfire horribly is what ultimately leads to all of the events in the series.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: As Joffrey is only 16, she's technically the ruling sovereign of the Seven Kingdoms; her official title is even "Queen Regent". She even tries to assert her authority as such early on, but Joffrey takes a shotgun to that notion with six little words: "[[WhamLine Ser Ilyn, bring me his head]]!" She still attempts to rule while Joffrey spends his time performing various cruelties, but Tyrion compromises much of her power and repeatedly outmanoeuvres her when she tries to take it back, Tywin wastes no time controlling everyone once he comes back from fighting the war, and then the Tyrells join in by marrying Margaery to both of Cersei's sons, making Margaery the would-be reigning Queen.
* WickedCultured: As could be expected of a rich young woman from a noble house, Cersei recieved an excellent education.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: Not so much as in the books, but in the end of the day Cersei is a philanderer, a drunkard and an incompetent ruler, not unlike her hated late hubby (albeit in a different style).
* YourCheatingHeart: First cheats on Robert with Jaime, then on Jaime with Lancel. While Robert is her UnwantedSpouse, she has proclaimed Jaime tto be her OneTrueLove, making cheating on him the ultimate proof that she isn't loyal to any man.
* YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: Strongly implied to be a factor in hating Tyrion. Leads to what is probably her best comeback.
-->'''Cersei''': Mother gone. All for the sake of you. There's no bigger joke in the world than that.
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: While not as hated as her son Joffrey, the common folk of King's Landing don't like her much at all. Her haughty, crappy treatment of the subjects and the rumors of incest certainly don't do a lot to change that.
** [[spoiler: Her destruction of the Sept of Baelor which killed hundreds if not thousands of people, including Margery, Loras, Mace, and Kevan, and her grab for the Iron Throne after Tommen's subsequent suicide cemented her position as the most hated person in Westeros.]]
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[[folder:Ser Jaime Lannister]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:''"[[LoveMakesYouEvil I don't blame him, and I don't blame you. We don't get to choose who we love.]]"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/NikolajCosterWaldau

->''"There it is. There's the look. I've seen it for seventeen years on face after face. You all despise me. Kingslayer. Oathbreaker. A man without honor."''

Twin brother of Cersei, and older brother of Tyrion. A member of the Kingsguard, and Lord Commander after the forced retirement of Ser Barristan until his own forced retirement.
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* TheAce: Generally considered to be one of the greatest swordsmen in Westeros, if not ''the'' greatest. Subtly combined with BrilliantButLazy: When he tries he's almost as cunning, charismatic, and socially dominating as his father and little brother, but he's personally unambitious and is only ever recognized in-universe for his sublime swordsmanship and pretty face.
-->'''Littlefinger:''' I bet on Ser Jaime in the jousting, as any sane man would...
* ActionDad: The biological father of Joffrey, Tommen and Myrcella and is a renowned badass.
* AdaptedOut:
** His confession to Tyrion about Tysha at the end of ''A Storm of Swords'', which caused them to part on a very sour note. Instead, since Jaime doesn't tell him this, their parting is much more heartwarming.
** His arc in the books after Tywin's death involves reforming the Kingsguard, beefing up security, trying and failing to offer Cersei good advice, this is instead traded for [[AdaptationExpansion a trip to show!Dorne]].
* AdaptationalBadass: In regards to losing his sword hand, [[BroughtDownToBadass Jaime is still shown to be a somewhat able swordsman while sparring with Bronn]]. In the books, not so much. Though, Book!Jaime compensated for that by becoming a badass general, administrator and diplomat and that aspect is missing in Seasons 4 and 5, though it appears in Season 6.
* AdaptationDistillation: His arc in Season 4 has him taking over for Kevan Lannister as Tyrion's quasi-lawyer and Go-Between between him and Tywin. In the books he comes far too late to King's Landing, well after Joffrey's death, and doesn't get much chance to interact with his little brother, though the crucial climactic conversation between them, despite additional time to be built up in the season, is AdaptedOut.
* AdaptationalHeroism:
** Jaime in the books even after the beginning of his RedemptionQuest is quite blunt and jerkish, and after the loss of his hand tries to cultivate a more distant and intimidating demeanour, whereas Jaime in Season 4 barring one or two interactions is often quite nice. The scene where he asks Tywin to spare his brother for instance is quite far apart from Book!Jaime at least in levels of earnestness and sincerity.
** His interactions with Brienne (with whom he already has a fair bit of ShipTease in the novels) tend to be warmer in the show than in the books, especially later on.
* AdaptationalVillainy: He gets a few more KickTheDog moments than in the books:
** He murders his young cousin Alton Lannister, who idolised him, as part of an escape attempt, which incidentally makes him a kinslayer, the only thing ''worse'' than a kingslayer.
** In the book, the sex scene with Cersei in front of Joffrey's corpse was consensual; in "Breaker Of Chains", it is at best grudging, at worst forced by Jaime. The context change doesn't help either: In the books, Jaime has only just returned to King's Landing after spending most of the war a prisoner and losing his hand and son and is so starved for intimacy that he ignores Cersei's initial protestations. In the show, he's been around for a few weeks, making his actions a lot less seemingly impulsive.
*** However, it is worth noting that WordOfGod states this is ''not canon'' and the scene was meant to be consensual.
* AgeLift: Is 40 in "Two Swords", making him older than his book counterpart at the same point in the story (though also three years ''younger'' than his actor).
* AffablyEvil: It's kind of hard to remember to hate the guy when he's joking with Tyrion or trading war stories with Jory Cassel... and then he brutally stabs the latter through the eye. Quite the turnaround to further remind the audience of the "evil" part.
* AnArmAndALeg: Locke chops off his hand out of spite.
* AntiHero: In the third season, the reveal of his heroic HiddenDepths and the selfless deeds he commits establish him firmly in this category. As it stands, he's somewhere between a PragmaticHero and an UnscrupulousHero by virtue of the murkier things he's done in the name of family.
* AntiVillain: His characterization in the first two seasons. A man who doesn't hesitate to kill a child or a kin for his own benefit but who possesses some sympathetic traits and standards.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion:
** To Brienne.
---> '''Jaime:''' Tell me, if your precious Renly commanded you to kill your own father and stand by while thousands of men, women, and children burned alive, ''would you have'' done ''it''? ''Would you have kept your oath then?''
** Delivers one to Walder Frey in "The Winds of Winter".
---> '''Jaime:''' We gave you the Riverlands to hold the Riverlands. If we have to ride North and take them back every time you lose them...why do we need you?
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: A gifted man full of hubris because he's one of the best swordsmen in the Seven Kingdoms ''and'' a Lannister. His smugness starts to wear off in Season 3, slowly at first, what with getting his ass kicked by Brienne, and dramatically after "Walk of Punishment", a turning point where most of the arrogance is well and truly gone. While he still tries to reassure his lord father that not being as good with his left hand doesn't matter as long as he's better than anyone else, an honest conversation with Tyrion shows that most of his self-confidence is gone.
* ArtificialLimbs: He is fitted with a golden hand in Season 4 when he returns to King's Landing. Subverted in that it doesn't function as anything but a display and Jaime remarks that [[HookHand a hook]] would be more practical, but much to his luck, he does manages to use it as a life-saving [[BarehandedBladeBlock improvised shield]]. It's also an effective tool for slapping, As the Freys learned the hard way during Season 6.
* TheAtoner: Jaime is trying his best to reform. He saved Brienne, sent her on a quest to try and save the Stark girls in order to fulfill Catelyn's vow, saved Tyrion from death, and once again aspires to be a dutiful Kingsguard no matter how soiled his reputation... and after Tywin's death and Tyrion's abandoning the city, Jaime sails to Dorne in an attempt to protect his 'niece' Myrcella from retaliation for the death of Oberyn Martell.
* BadassBoast
-->'''[To Jory]''' I'm going to open your lord up from balls to brains and see what Starks are made of.\\
'''[To Lady Stark]''' There are no men like me. Only me.
* BadassDecay: Goes through this in-universe as from the beginning of the series onwards as we see him captured, beaten by a woman, and finally having his hand cut off and with it ''all'' of his prodigious prowess as a swordsman. He is regarded as this in Season 4, with his own father and Cersei regarding his career as a Knight as over and Joffrey essentially calling him a has-been.
* BadassInCharge: As Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.
* BadassLongcoat: He attires while not in his Kingsguard armor are mostly this.
* BaitTheDog: Two humanizing scenes have him bonding with Jory and his young cousin, Alton. Jory gets a callous answer in the end and before long, both of them are rather casually killed by Jaime.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: In Season 5, he discovers the one real advantage a fake hand gives him in a sword fight.
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Cersei in Season 1. The two of them are the seasons primary threats and antagonists.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Tyrion. Cersei notes that he was always the one to defend his little brother from the abuses of his father, sister, and society. This even extended to setting up the MeetCute with Tysha, which is part of why the two of them get along so well (in the book, Tyrion explicitly narrates that his UndyingLoyalty to Jaime is in thanks for giving him [[IJustWantToBeLoved a taste of love]]). In Season 4, he's probably the only major figure to publicly support Tyrion's innocence and it's implied that he would have dueled on his behalf if he had both hands. He finally defies both his father and sister and arranges with Varys to break Tyrion out of prison, giving one final, loving hug before they part ways.
* BigDamnHeroes: He returns to Harrenhal just in time to rescue Brienne from a live bear.
* BodyguardBetrayal: The source of his infamous nickname Kingslayer. Even worse for him, in that it was [[TheCaligula Aerys]] that he killed, and while almost everyone is happy for such a monstrous man to be dead, they still dislike Jaime for having broken his oath to protect the king, and it has no small part in his resentment towards Ned Stark. Somewhat justified by the high premium that is (at least publicly) placed on honor[[labelnote:From the books...]]Ned Stark was the first to find Jaime sitting on the Iron Throne and Aerys II at the feet thereof, so he believed that Jaime had at least considered usurping the throne[[/labelnote]].
* BloodKnight: Loves a good fight, but is also courageous and (in most cases) honorable, as demonstrated by him sparing Ned after one of his men "taints" the victory by stabbing Ned in the leg.
* BreakTheHaughty: Despite numerous forces attempting to break him down (see HumiliationConga), Jaime remains as [[SmugSnake smug]] and [[ArrogantKungFuGuy arrogant]] as ever ''right'' up until the moment where he loses his hand.
* BrilliantButLazy:
** Shows no greater ambition than to be a member of the Kingsguard. This contrasts with his father who remade the Lannisters as the strongest house (and seems to consider Jaime a JadedWashout), his sister who tried to make herself the power behind the throne, and his brother who ruled King's Landing (and wants Casterly Rock). Jaime displays cunning with his manipulation of Steelshanks and Locke, but rarely uses it.
--->'''Lord Tywin''': You're blessed with abilities that few men possess. You're blessed to belong to the most powerful family in the Kingdoms, and you're still blessed with youth. And what have you done with these blessings? You've served as a glorified bodyguard for two kings, one a madman, the other a drunk [...] I need you to become the man you were always meant to be. Not next year, not tomorrow...now.
** It's also a {{deconstruction}} in that Jaime's laziness leads to him having few real accomplishments. Moreover, in the book describing the achievements of each member of the Kingsguard, his page is ridiculously small and the only notability compared to other members is his killing of Aerys... so as a swordsman he's practically a LivingLegend, but as a member of the Kingsguard he is a ButtMonkey.
** Come Season 6 and he is growing out of it. [[spoiler: Jaime confronts the High Sparrow, immediately tries to approach the small council to do something about the situation in Dorne and then when it's clear that unity is needed to take on the Faith Militant he not only convinces Kevan and Olenna to work with Cersei again, but its clear from Olenna's face that she's thinking "This boy knows his shit".]]
* BrokenAce: It is shown that he is incredibly bitter about his reputation as the 'Kingslayer', and that no matter what he does, he'll always be remembered as [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder someone who will change sides at the drop of a hat.]]
* BrotherSisterIncest: With Cersei.
* ButtMonkey: By Season 4, he has this status among his family, having sat out of the war as a captive and NobleFugitive, getting his hand chopped off in the process while the war was won without him doing anything significant. His relationship with Cersei is cold, his father is disappointed in his continual insistence to serve in the Kingsguard, and even his "nephew" King Joffrey mocks him for being a FailureHero. Not as much as Tyrion, but a drastic comedown from being his father's favourite. Even Loras, his future brother-in-law, easily defeats him in PassiveAggressiveKombat which Jaime himself had initiated.
* ByronicHero: The darker end of this trope. Killing the Mad King was the best thing he ever did, but doing so cost him his integrity and everyone hates Jaime for it. This has made him an outcast in Westeros society. He continues to be haunted by the Mad King's last words (the king came very close to torching all of King's Landing), and his true reasons for Kingslaying are a closely-guarded secret very few other people know. As a consequence, Jaime decided to embrace his amoral image by doing dark things in the name of self-preservation - such as pushing Bran off the tower and killing his cousin - although he is trying his best to reform. Jaime is also handsome, a prodigy with a sword, both proud and self-loathing, cynical, and has a very sharp wit. Oh, and he's had an incestuous affair with his own sister for several years.
* ChildProdigy: On the one hand, his dyslexia made him a slow learner in some aspects, but on the other hand, he was already a brilliant swordsman during his childhood. He tells Bronn that he hasn't used sparring swords since he was nine. He became the youngest Kingsguard in history, joining the order at the age of 16.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Zigzagged trope. This is his reputation. In reality, his killing of King Aerys is far more complex: Aerys told him to kill his own father and was also planning on burning down and killing everyone in King's Landing. Unfortunately, Jaime's pride and pessimism discouraged him from revealing that true reason for killing Aerys. On the other hand, if word were to ever get out that Jaime had brutally killed his younger cousin, Alton Lannister, then he would be known as a ''kinslayer'', the ''only'' thing worse than being a kingslayer in Westeros, as well.
* CluelessChickMagnet: Jaime is oblivious to the attention he gets from women because he's only interested in Cersei (or Brienne), which Bronn points out with considerable irritation.
* CompositeCharacter: Jaime takes over for Balon Swann, a Kingsguard knight sent by Cersei to return Myrcella to the Capital. Jaime did not go to Dorne in the books.
* ConflictingLoyalty: A recurring theme for him all through the series:
** The Kingslayer delivers a trope-defining remark to Lady Catelyn Stark pointing out that the oaths about honoring your family and honoring your King are forced to be helplessly contradictory sooner or later.
--->'''Jaime:''' So many vows. They make you swear and swear. Defend the king. Obey the king. Obey your father. Defend the innocent. Protect the weak. But what if your father despises the king? What if the king massacres the innocent? It's too much. No matter what, you're forsaking one vow or the other."
** As he revealed to Brienne, Jaime broke his oath and killed the Mad King when he decided to explode huge quantities of wildfire hidden beneath King's Landing. This action saved 500,000 lives but came at the price of his honor and universal contempt for soiling his office.
** On his return to King's Landing, Jaime is once again torn between family and duty. His oath to Catelyn Stark to safeguard Sansa and Arya are complicated by her death and changed political landscape. When Joffrey dies and Tyrion is arrested and Sansa is suspected, Jaime is caught between his father, sister and his little brother, his promise to Catelyn Stark and his decision to honor his vows to the Kingsguard as best as possible. No easy task. He eventually decides to go against his family in secret, giving Brienne help to rescue Sansa, and working with Varys to rescue Tyrion.
* ConscienceMakesYouGoBack: He was willing to leave Brienne to her fate at first, but couldn't go through with it and managed to convince his escorts to go back to Harrenhal for her. Although to be fair he ''did'' initially think she was going to be ransomed and went back to force the issue at once when he heard that Locke had refused the ransom offer.
* CoolBigBro: Undoubtedly to Tyrion- he's even seen bringing him some extra prostitutes before the feast in the first episode!
* CoolSword: Oathkeeper, the Valyrian steel sword Lord Tywin gives him, made from House Stark's Ice, at the beginning of Season 4. It lacks some of the more spectacular elements of its book counterpart (namely its highly distinctive rippling red-and-black blade), but its handle is still ludicrously baroque. Eventually, he gives it to Brienne.
* CripplingOverspecialization: While he's perfectly cunning and intelligent for a warrior, Jaime has built his entire life, career, reputation, and self-respect around being one of the best ''swordsmen'' in the kingdom... who then loses his sword hand early in Season 3.
-->'''Jaime:''' It's a good thing I am who I am. I'd have been useless at anything else.
* {{Cuckold}}: Jaime is completely oblivious that Cersei slept with their cousin Lancel even when he returned to King's Landing after Cersei was arrested and punished by the Faith Militant. Granted that Cersei never told him the true reason why she got arrested as it would open more skeletons in the closet. [[labelnote:From the books]] Tyrion told Jaime that "Cersei's fucking Lancel, Osmund Kettleblack, and Moonboy for all I know" before they parted in bad terms which led to Jaime having doubts on Cersei's faithfulness to him. When he went to the Riverlands, he confronted Lancel about the affair and Lancel confessed that he did slept with Cersei and helped her kill Robert. Eventually, Jaime began to despise Cersei and refused to help her when the Faith Militant got her. This is in contrast to the show where Jaime left Cersei in good terms with no doubts and he didn't talk to Lancel before leaving to the Riverlands.[[/labelnote]]
* CynicismCatalyst: The death of the Mad King Aerys Targaryen II at his hands: Turns out that instead of switching sides at the last minute like his father did, the ''real'' reason he killed Aerys was to prevent Aerys from using wildfire to [[KillEmAll annihilate]] [[TakingYouWithMe everyone]] in King's Landing. One of his most truly noble and selfless acts resulted in everyone derisively referring to him as "Kingslayer". That's part of the reason he's become so bitter and lacking in empathy towards others.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Confesses this problem to Tyrion, noting that his instincts with his left hand are nowhere near the skills of his perfectly-trained right hand.
* DeadpanSnarker: He tends to slip at least one of these into every conversation he makes. But of particular note:
-->'''Jaime:''' King in the North! You know, I expect you to leave me at one castle or another for safekeeping but you just drag me along camp to camp. Have you grown fond of me Stark, is that it? I've never seen you with a girl.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Towards Brienne.
* {{Determinator}}: Makes no less than five escape attempts throughout his captivity. At one point, gasping for breath in the mud after having one of his hands chopped off, he still disarms a Bolton soldier with his left and tries to fight a group of others.
* DidNotThinkThisThrough: Jaime is incredibly impulsive. The problem being that many of his spur-of-the-moment actions either don't further his cause or outright make his problems worse. To wit:
** Attacking Ned Stark and his men did nothing to free Tyrion from Catelyn Stark.
** His murder of Rickard Karstark's son in a poorly thought out escape attempt only made many Stark bannerman all too eager to kill him.
** He freed Tyrion, only for the latter to use the newfound freedom to murder their father.
** His attempt to bring Myrcella back from Dorne wasn't well thought through either, and ends in failure.
** He's called out on his impulsiveness InUniverse more than once. Noteably by Cersei and Bronn.
--->'''Cersei:''' You're a man of action, aren't you? When it occurs to you to do something you do it. Never mind the consequences.\\
'''Jaime:''' I like to improvise.\\
'''Bronn:''' That explains the golden hand.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight:
** Tells Bronn he wants to go out in the arms of the woman he loves.
** Myrcella collapses and dies in Jaime's arms after they have a first and sweet father-daughter conversation.
* TheDogBitesBack: It's been implied that his murder of Aerys was a case of this. [[labelnote:From the books...]]This is confirmed, since among other things Jaime was forced to stand by and listen as Aerys brutally raped his wife Rhaella and whilst Brandon and Ricken Stark were horrifically killed, and Jaime would "go inside" his own mind when that happened, implying that it left him with a degree of PTSD.[[/labelnote]]
* TheDragon: He's trusted by Lord Tywin with half of the Lannister forces and attains some glory in the field, but his war days are quickly ended when he gets ensnared by Robb Stark.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** Not his first scene, but being able to shove a child out a window with only a flippant little comment about "The things I do for love" is a pretty big moment.
** Gets a second one in "The Kingsroad" while talking to Jon Snow.
** His first scene where he gets a significant number of lines to himself, onscreen, in fact, is the scene where he's joking around with Tyrion in the brothel. That episode is Jaime in a nutshell, really -- dangerous, doesn't mind killing children, loves his family.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:
** He and Cersei are clearly very much in love, and he's very protective of his brother Tyrion, not to mention he's the only member of his immediate family who ''doesn't'' blame Tyrion for the death of their mother Joanna Lannister.
** Despite not approving of Joffrey's rudeness and general attitude, he loves him enough to shove several people out of his way and rush to his side, desperately trying to help him. Tragically (sort of), it doesn't work.
** Though he's not really close to them (as he had to pretend to be their 'uncle' for most of their lives), he does care about Myrcella and Tommen.
* EveryoneHasStandards:
** Knocks down a soldier who unceremoniously stabs Ned in the leg during his duel with the latter. When talking with his father in "You Win or You Die", he comments that this act made him spare Ned's life as killing him in this situation wouldn't be "clean."
** He also feels contempt for rapists. So what the fuck was that in "Breaker of Chains"?
** The reason he killed Aerys -- he wanted to burn down King's Landing with wildfire.
** Unlike his father, sister, and his son, he has no problem with homosexuality and even sympathises with them, given his own affection.
** Defies Cersei's wishes by having Brienne find Sansa and take her to safety so that Cersei can't harm her, and giving up his sword Oathkeeper to her for that purpose.
** In the Season 6 finale, he is absolutely horrified to see the mass murder and destruction Cersei has wreaked upon King's Landing and their own family.
* EvilCounterpart: To Ser Loras Tyrell. They're both arrogant, highly-skilled warriors, Lords Commander of a family member's Kingsguard, brothers to a queen, and have a socially unacceptable romantic relationship, but the Knight of Flowers has yet to do anything as heinous as pushing a kid out of a window or murdering his own cousin in cold blood. Loras and Margaery are a BrotherSisterTeam, whereas Jaime and Cersei are engaged in BrotherSisterIncest. Although Loras is jealous of Brienne, he doesn't actually want to harm her, and even comes to her defense when Margaery accuses her of murdering Renly, whereas Jaime attempts to kill Brienne (who was merely trying to escort him safely to King's Landing, albeit in chains) in "Dark Wings, Dark Words". Loras tries to engage in polite small talk with Jaime in "The Lion and the Rose", and the older knight suddenly escalates it to a verbal confrontation by threatening his life.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Grows an appropriately [[http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/33700000/Jaime-Lannister-jaime-lannister-33779441-1600-1200.jpg leonine one]] while in Northern captivity in Season 2 and keeps it thick into the rest of Season 3. He chops it all off in Season 4, wearing his hair short again once he returns to the luxury of King's Landing.
* FacialDialogue: After losing his hand, whenever someone starts to bring up the subject of his incest and parenthood, even if indirectly, Jaime usually produces a begging "Please don't." wounded gaze.
* FailureHero: How the Lannisters see him after he returns; King Joffrey and Cersei both note that they survived a siege without him and the war was won without him playing a major role and he for his part, sat out of it as a captive and returned as a cripple. This is amplified furthermore when Joffrey gets poisoned at his own wedding in full view of everyone, with Jaime not able to do nothing but watch. It's worse in the TV show because his book counterpart wasn't even ''present'' at King's Landing at the time. And then his actions directly lead to Tywin's death. Harshly, but accurately [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech summed up]] by Cersei:
--> '''Cersei''': Tyrion may be a monster, but at least he killed our father on purpose. You killed him by mistake.
* FireForgedFriends: With Brienne, eventually.
* {{Foil}}: To Ned and, later, Brienne; his code of flexible morality contrasts their [[HonorBeforeReason strict adherence]] to their own code of honor. The insults and disrespect he gets when returning to his family, are very similar to what Theon experienced when returning to Pyke.
** He relentlessly mocks the laws of gods and men. Is known for being a pretty bad guy but has a far more cruel older sibling (Cersei is the older twin). Is a very skilled swordsman and while he claims to not care about others he risks his life for a female companion. Jaime Lannister or Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane? Oddly they've never interacted on screen.
** Jaime has everything Tyrion lacks or craves. Handsome, tall, a dashing duelist adored by the smallfolk and by his family and even treated with some consideration by his father. Jaime could commit all kinds of follies and still be the golden son.
* {{Gaydar}}: He claims to have known that Renly was a "tulip" from the moment the boy first arrived at court.
* GlorifiedSpermDonor: He sired all of Cersei's children, but wasn't a father figure to them from fear that people might get suspicious about their paternity. As of Season 5, he begins to regret this. Cersei tells him he has no right to call Myrcella his daughter, and Myrcella herself says he doesn't really know her.
* GloveSlap: He gets a rough version of this during his training, when Bronn yanks his golden hand off and then slaps him to the ground with it.
* GreenEyedMonster: Even though he is fully aware that Tywin had arranged the forced betrothal between Cersei and Loras, and that the latter is a gay man, he is ''very'' jealous that Loras will marry Cersei while he himself cannot. Jaime threatens Loras' life over this issue when they meet at the Purple Wedding (although it backfires spectacularly).
* GuileHero: After losing his sword hand, he's forced to rely on his wits and cunning to accomplish tasks, such as playing on Steelshanks' sense of self-preservation to help him save Brienne from the bear pit.
* HandicappedBadass: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]. He still manages to be a fairly competent fighter after having his right hand cut off, but he's understandably perturbed about losing most of his physical prowess, his only noticeable trait to the outside world (he is the ''Kingslayer'' after all) and skilled fighters like Bronn can easily knock him down, forcing Jaime to [[CombatPragmatist learn how to improvise]]. Though he does take out a Dornishman with the help of his golden hand, so there's that.
* TheHeart: Subtle, but there. He's the only Lannister who likes ''all'' the other Lannisters, and the only Lannister ''all'' the other Lannisters like. When he's captured by Robb and imprisoned for a season and a half, the rest of his family start tearing each other to pieces. Indeed in Season 4, during the course of Tyrion's trial, he's become the go-between between Tywin, Cersei and Tyrion, though his public support for Tyrion rankles his father and Cersei. And once he's forced to choose loyalties between different family members, things really fall apart.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Jaime's morality has been a roller-coaster over the course of the series.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: He considers himself this. Shown to be at least partially true in Season 3, when he reveals that he assassinated Aerys Targaryen to prevent him burning King's Landing to the ground.
* HeroicBSOD: After losing his hand, he completely shuts off from the world and refuses to eat until Brienne snaps him out of it.
* HiddenDepths:
** On rare occasions, he has demonstrated considerable empathy with others, much like Tyrion. He sympathises with Renly and Brienne for suffering for their love, and is genuinely distraught that he is so hated and held in contempt by the entire realm, including by men he admires and likes, for what he (with good reason) considers to have been a selfless and noble act.
** He demonstrates that he can come up with decent plots if he really needs to, such as his attempt to deal with the High Sparrow in Season 6. That plan fell through, but in fairness even Lady Olenna was blindsided by the High Sparrow's scheming in that instance.
* HollywoodAtheist: He seems to hold no faith for the Old Gods nor the New and seems to be disdainful of religious people, if his exchange with Catelyn is an indication. He even uses the old 'Problem of Evil' thing.
-->'''Jaime:''' If your gods are real, and if they're just, why is the world so full of injustice?
* HonorBeforeReason:
** Why he spared Ned Stark, as defeating him after being stabbed from behind "wouldn't have been clean."
** He finds Bronn's CombatPragmatist tactics in poor taste.
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: After he loses his hand, this happens to him both figuratively and literally.
* HumiliationConga: After his fight with Eddard Stark, he's berated by his father for being rash and stupid, and then subsequently defeated in the field and captured by Robb Stark. He then spends the next year or so as a prisoner trotted from camp to camp and kept in a grubby pen, covered in his own filth. When he's finally freed from captivity, he's escorted, in chains, by a stoic woman whom he's constantly at odds with. His attempted escape ends with him losing a sword fight to said woman, being recaptured by the enemy, and, finally, losing his sword hand. This continues when he returns to King's Landing where his family openly mocks him for sitting out for most of the war as a captive and losing his hand in the process, his own sister turns him away from her because of his loss of limb.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo:
** His rationale for killing Aerys.
** He also justifies this as his reason for throwing Bran out the window, since it risked exposing him and Cersei, which could lead to their deaths and that of their children. (Given that that his ''failure'' to do so kicked off the War of Five Kings, he may have had a point!)
* IHaveYourWife: Has been captured by the Starks, who plan to use him as a hostage against Cersei. [[labelnote:From the books...]]Also the reason why The Mad King kept Jaime in the capitol during Robert's Rebellion, even though all the other White Swords was sent out to fight--Ser Barristan Selmy, Ser Jonothor Darry, and Prince Lewyn Martell of Dorne to the ruby ford, where the latter two died alongside Rhaegar Targaryen; and Ser Oswell Whent, Ser Arthur Dayne, called "Sword of the Morning," and Lord Commander Gerold Hightower, the White Bull himself, to the Tower of Joy in Dorne, where Eddard Stark and his companions slew them whilst trying to rescue Lyanna. Aerys's plans were very straightforward: if House Lannister were to raise its banners in rebellion, Aerys could easily have Jaime killed. The Mad King had already made this threat to Prince Doran Martell -- "I have your brother in the Kingsguard AND your sister as my daughter-in-law" -- which is why Dorne fought for House Targaryen.[[/labelnote]]
* InformedAbility: Despite being repeatedly told of his skill with a sword in the series, we never actually see him win a fight.
* InSeriesNickname: The Kingslayer. He really doesn't like it. He assassinated Aerys, the last Targaryen king, which emptied the throne for Robert. However, it also gave him a really bad reputation because he was a member of the [[PraetorianGuard Kingsguard]], who were supposed to ''defend'' the king with their lives. This has made the people see him as [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder a man who will quickly change his loyalty when it suits him]]. [[labelnote:From the books...]]His other nicknames are Oathbreaker and the Young Lion.[[/labelnote]]
* InsultBackfire: He underestimates Loras in "The Lion and the Rose", believing that the young man would be an easy victim for his snark and threats, but the Knight of Flowers can fight with words just as well as he fights with swords. Jaime is even a little stunned by how easily Loras is able to hurt his feelings with a single, biting line.
-->'''Jaime''': Luckily for you, none of this will happen, because you will never marry her [Cersei].\\
'''Loras''': ''(smiles smugly)'' And neither will you. ''(pats Jaime on the arm)''
* InterserviceRivalry: Jaime has nothing but contempt for the Night's Watch. He subtly mocks Jon Snow's decision to join it in the first episode. Then there's this quote from the Season 5 Blu-ray lore.
-->'''Jaime''': (The Kingsguard) holds no lands, take no wives and father no children like the Night's Watch except with a ''real job to do''.
* {{Irony}}: He killed one insane, inbred king rather than let him burn the capital of Westeros to the ground with [[GreekFire Wildfire]]. He and his twin sister produced the insane idiot whose earliest acts upon taking the Iron Throne started the War of Five Kings. And now said sister has become just as insane and murderous as the king Jaime killed twenty years ago.
* JerkJock: A relatively smooth talking version
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Consistently arrogant, and has a knack for causing the audience to want to see him killed. Not necessarily all that far from being completely unsympathetic, although he is saved from this by having ''[[EvenEvilHasStandards some]]'' standards.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** When Catelyn tries to insult him by calling him 'Kingslayer', Jaime points out that the king in question was an insane monster. Catelyn calls him out on taking vows as a knight and Jaime counters by saying that several of his vows clashed. Then Jaime points out that Ned Stark, while honourable, was not without his flaws either and Catelyn herself hardly fulfills the ideals of "Family, Duty, Honor" either, since she was never able to love Jon Snow, her husband's illegitimate son and an innocent child, and resented him. Of course, this loses effect [[spoiler:once it turned out that [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold Ned never broke his vows]]]].
** When Robb confronts Jaime about Stannis' accusations that "Robert's" children with Cersei are bastards born of her incest with Jaime, Jaime notes that if such an accusation were true, that would make Stannis the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, "how convenient for him." He also notes Robb has no proof of this, nor does Stannis, so it might as well just be gossip.
** When Robert demands to know what the Mad King's last words where when Jaime betrayed him, Jaime responds, "He said the [[MadnessMantra same thing he'd been saying for hours]]. [[KillEmAll Burn them all.]]," which tells the viewers that the death of this King was by no means a tragedy.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: In the third season, right after performing a more-or-less selfless act of good, he resumes being cocky and overconfident and karma catches up with him in the form of having his right hand chopped off.
* KickTheDog:
** A small moment when Brienne acts as TheConscience and asks him to safeguard Sansa, Jaime who has been receiving TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from nearly everyone after returning to King's Landing calls her ugly.
--->'''Jaime:''' Are you sure we are not related? Ever since I've returned, every Lannister has been a miserable pain in my arse. Maybe you are a Lannister too, you've got the hair for it, not the looks.
** His murder of Alton Lannister is rather cruel.
** Him threatening to kill Edmure's son and every Tully in Riverrun to make him comply is pretty cruel, too.
* KickTheMoralityPet: On his return to King's Landing, he goes so far low as to to force himself on Cersei, when they are right next to their son's corpse in the sept.
* KnightInShiningArmor: A literal knight in literally shining armor, he certainly ''looks'' the part. [[SubvertedTrope His actions, on the other hand...]].
* KnightInSourArmor: He's much closer to this as of Season 4. For a long time, he was scornful of the double standards of chivalry as far as how Westeros regards his "kingslaying" and how in their eyes, he's dishonored himself for all time. Despite this, Jaime does value the Kingsguard and does aspire to the example of the likes of Ser Barristan. He tells his father, Tywin, that while he has soured his honor for killing a king, he won't sour it by abandoning the Kingsguard altogether.
* KnightTemplarBigBrother:
** He seems to be one of the very few people who genuinely loves and cares for Tyrion, and he thus reacts badly when Tyrion's safety is threatened. Cersei also mentions that he would have killed Robert if he found out about the DomesticAbuse in "You Win or You Die". He also refuses to kill Tyrion when Cersei asks him to after Joffrey's death.
--->'''Jaime''': He's my brother. He's ''our'' brother.
** It doesn't appear to apply to anyone who's not his immediate blood relative, for his younger, (and admittedly distant) cousin, the worshipful and friendly Alton Lannister, was cruelly killed by Jaime, so in order to escape captivity.
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: He admits to having made a fool out of himself as a boy when he got to be the squire of his hero Ser Barristan Selmy for a day.
** His facial expressions indicate he's quite impressed by Oberyn's fighting skills when he duels the Mountain.
* LIsForDyslexia: When he was a boy. Lord Tywin was undeterred, however, by the Maester's diagnosis and sat him down for four hours every day until he learned. For this, Jaime resented his father for a long time.
** If you listen closely enough in "You Win or You Die", Jaime has a slight bit of trouble reading Ned Stark's letter to Tywin summoning him to court; he pauses at certain words and sounds out every syllable as a child would, an interesting and realistic contrast to his spoken eloquence. As he points out to Locke, he learned a lot of fancy words during those sessions with his father, but it doesn't mean reading's necessarily easy.
* LackOfEmpathy: Aside from his immediate family, Jaime has a lot of trouble understanding the emotional state of other people. Or at least taking such into account when thinking. This is either because he's genuinely an idiot in regards to this, or much like his brother, he can't resist a snark.
** Though it turns out he does have a HiddenHeartOfGold, the same thing which led him to make his life-defining choice of killing Aerys. It was hidden so well, even he's forgotten about it. Brienne brings it out in him and he has trouble adjusting to his post-douchebag life in King's Landing, populated as it is by his family.
* LaserGuidedKarma: The first action committed by him is throwing Bran Stark off the Tower, crippling him for life and shattering the little boy's dreams of being a knight. In the course of the war which this action triggers, he's captured and kept inactive, doing very little heavy fighting and then when he mouths off too much, becomes a cripple himself by losing his hand, shortening his future as a knight and damaging any dreams ''he'' might have had of being mentioned alongside the likes of Ser Barristan, Ser Arthur Dayne, and Ser Duncan the Tall.
* TheLawOfDiminishingDefensiveEffort: Can be seen in his sword-fighting strategies, before and after his maiming. Before his sudden limb removal, Jaimie fought very aggressively, always putting his opponent on the defensive and never letting them even consider attacking him. After he loses the ability to kill most men with a flick of his wrist, he fights completely defensively, relying on his still-perfect footwork and maneuvers where his lackluster hand can't win.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: His interaction with Brienne, particularly near the end of Season 3.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: [[spoiler: Come Season 6 and he sounds exactly like Tywin, what with his new mentality of exacting retribution, taking back everything that is theirs and only the Lannisters being important.]]
* LoveMakesYouEvil: He throws Bran out of a window to conceal his forbidden affair with Cersei, and later assures her that he would kill everyone in the world if that's what it took for them to be together.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Admits to Myrcella he is her father, embracing her properly for the first time. She then almost immediately dies of poison.
* ManipulativeBastard: Tries his ''hand'' at this with Locke and loses it. Afterwards, he edges more towards GuileHero territory.
* MasterSwordsman: Ironically, one of the few remaining knights of the Kingsguard who actually ''earned'' that position and ''isn't'' just a Lannister political appointee. However, after the loss of his hand, he's no longer as competent a swordsman as he once was.
* MeaningfulName: J'aime is a French expression for 'I love'. Considering he is the only Lannister to be on good terms with all the others and that he is motivated by his genuine love for his family (each as individuals, unlike Tywin), this is probably not a coincidence.
** Also, "Jaime" comes from the Hebrew "Jacob," meaning "one who supplants," referencing how Tywin still considered him his true heir despite his other children being more suitable. Interestingly, the Biblical Jacob (literally, "one who holds the heel") came into the world holding his twin's heel, which is exactly what Jaime did.
* MemeticBadass: In-universe; everyone knows he's an accomplished fighter.
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: His period of suffering after losing his hand, what Brienne calls "one taste of the real world where people have important things taken from them", has made him far more introspective, kinder and restrained for the most part.
* MrFanservice: Seen naked quite a few times. Although on some of those occasions, [[FanDisservice he's screwing Cersei or suffering from debilitating injuries]].
* MoralityPet: He isn't nice at all on his return to King's Landing, as evident when he forces himself on Cersei but Tyrion and Brienne bring out the best in him, and he's incredibly nice and generous to them.
** Myrcella is his in Season 5, going all the way to Dorne with only Bronn for backup specifically to rescue her, [[OverprotectiveDad showing subtle disapproval at seeing her kissing Trystane]] and generally worrying a lot about her wellbeing. Sadly, she dies just after he admits he's her real father.
* NeverLiveItDown: Derogatorily known and addressed as "Kingslayer" by everyone in-universe, even his allies. Even those who rebelled against the Mad King and knew that he was insane criticize Jaime for it and are [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder very wary of him]]. Jaime insists that people should be grateful for it. And, once we learn the rest of the story, it turns out he's right. Still, people despise him less because he killed the king and more because he broke his oath as a member of the Kingsguard. So, properly, he should simply be known as Oathbreaker, but that's not as punchy or specific as Kingslayer, so he's stuck with the latter.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** In his youth, Jaime [[EngineeredHeroics engineered]] a RescueSex scenario in the benefit of Tyrion. His younger brother, unaccustomed to kindness, fell in love and married the girl, who was actually a sex worker. Tywin put an end to it; he pimped her out to his whole guard and forced Tyrion to watch, leaving him mentally scarred for life.
** On the way back to King's Landing, he hears that Locke rejected Brienne's father's offer of a ransom, since he found a mere 300 gold dragons an insult coming from an island full of sapphires. Now where did he get that idea? OhWait. (In fairness, he then turns right around and rescues her.)
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Anytime Jaime tries to do something good, it only causes him trouble:
** His first truly selfless act, convincing Locke to not rape Brienne, eventually results in his hand being chopped off.
** His murder of [[TheCaligula The Mad King]] when he was about to burn [[OmnicidalManiac King's Landing and all its people]] in his backstory got him a reputation for ChronicBackstabbingDisorder that haunts him to this day.
** Buying a whore to give his little brother some experience ended with her being gang raped on his father's orders to psychologically torture Tyrion.
** Freeing his little brother who was falsely accused of a crime he didn't commit. Problem is Tyrion has become so embittered by betrayal from his friends and family that after being released, he takes a detour and kills his father, making Jaime an unwitting accomplice in said crime.
** Jaime insistence on leading an army to kill the High Sparrow for retribution of Cersei's torture at his hands. Because Tommen ended up pledging his allegance to him, Jaime ends up getting his title stripped and exiled from King's Landing.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: The other reason his killing of Aerys ruined his reputation is the fact that not only did he break his vows to protect him, but he did so when his father's army was in King's Landing. As a result, everyone thinks he did it to help Daddy and/or save his own skin. This is decidedly not the case.
* TheOathBreaker: Breaking the oath of the Kingsguard makes many see him as the lowest of the low, it being a literal [[InTheBack backstabbing]] made it even worse. He makes it clear that his oaths were inherently contradictory, but few people pay heed to his side of the story. His refusal to go public with the depths of Aerys' madness didn't help matters much.
* OddFriendship: Seems to be slowly developing one with Bronn from Season 4 onwards.
* OhCrap:
** When Robb interrogates him and brings out Grey Wind, where he's literally seeming as if he's about to piss himself. So much for 'not fearing death'.
** When Brienne curbstomps the three Northmen, he's open-mouthed, having twigged that, yeah, she probably ''could'' beat him. A suspicion that's confirmed when he actually does fight her and she damn near ruins him.
** When Locke presses his knife right into his eyeball, he starts ''crying''. Then, after a second or two of pure shock, he screams his guts out when Locke cuts off his hand with a giant "'''OH FUCK!'''" look on his face.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In Season 3, after losing his hand there are subtle signs that Jaime is changing, as he rants about why he hates being called Kingslayer after years of silence and shows hints of sexual attraction to a woman other than Cersei.
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: Two of his children, Joffrey and Myrcella, die by his side, poisoned, with poor Jaime being powerless to do anything about it. [[spoiler:His last child, Tommen, was DrivenToSuicide by Cersei's actions while Jaime was out of King's Landing.]]
* PapaWolf:
** In "The Lion and the Rose", he shows these tendencies for the first time in the series. When Joffrey is poisoned and dying, Jaime shoves several people out of the way and runs right to his side in order to try and save him, shouting his first name. Somewhat tragically, it's no use. He also has a small but quite sweet moment with Tommen when he crosses paths with him in Joffrey's crypt, telling him he'll make sure he's all right. Of course, Tommen is unaware Jaime is his father, but still.
** Perhaps his biggest PapaWolf moment has come in Season 5 when Jaime personally travels to Dorne with only Bronn for backup to rescue Myrcella from the wrathful Sand Snakes, even if he is doing it partly to appease Cersei and is still calling himself Myrcella's "uncle", it's obvious [[{{Determinator}} he'll do whatever it takes to get his daughter back.]]
* ParentalFavoritism: Jaime is the Lannister sibling who receives the least disdainful treatment from Tywin, who trusts him with half of his army, praises him on occasion and considers him his heir even though by law Jaime cannot inherit as a member of the Kingsguard. Cersei and Tyrion, who both love Jaime, are still resentful of this blatant favoritism. Tyrion in particular points out that he will never be recognized for all his accomplishments even though he's by far Tywin's most capable descendant, while Jaime is still Tywin's designated heir even after forfeiting his inheritance, murdering a king, losing his sword hand and screwing his own sister, which caused a countrywide scandal and a SuccessionCrisis that almost destroyed the Lannister bid for the Iron Throne.
-->'''Tyrion:''' You're the golden son. You could kill a king, lose a hand, fuck your own sister, you'll always be the golden son.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: He stabbed the Mad King in the back.
* PetTheDog:
** Despite the clear animosity between them, he tells Ned that his father and brother were very brave and genuinely means it.
--->'''Jaime:''' He was very brave, your brother. And your father too. They didn't deserve to die like that.
** Even though he was quite happy to mock Renly's sexual orientation just to get a rise out of Brienne, he shortly afterward expresses some very genuine empathy for them, with a subtle implication that he had his own [[BrotherSisterIncest relationship with Cersei]] in mind.
---> '''Jaime:''' I don't blame him. And I don't blame you. We don't get to choose who we love.
** After he and Brienne are captured by Locke, he warns her that they most likely intend to rape her and then attempts to persuade her not to fight back so she doesn't get herself killed as well. When that fails, he ends up saving her himself by persuading Locke that she'd be much more valuable to him if she's alive and un-raped. Later, he jumps into a freaking bear pit, ''unarmed'', to try and save her.
** In "The Lion and the Rose", he gets an odd one in the sense that the dog is an utter asshole. When Joffrey is poisoned and dying, Jaime shoves several people out of the way and runs right to his side in order to try and save him. Somewhat tragically, it's no use. Granted, he's a member of the Kingsguard, so it could just as easily have been a matter of duty.
** In Season 5, he sticks his neck out to prevent Bronn from being executed for striking Prince Trystane while they were trying to secretly rescue Myrcella, insisting that he, being Bronn's superior, was at fault and should be the one punished.
** In Season 6, his first action upon arriving at the Riverlands (after taking Black Walder down a peg) is to order Edmure Tully bathed and fed. In the next episode, when Brienne offers him back the sword that he gave her, Oathkeeper; he gently declines, affirming that it's ''hers'' and always will be.
* {{Pride}}: Often comes across as very arrogant and uncaring of others. However his father Tywin points out this is merely how he wants to be viewed.
-->'''Jaime:''' I could care less what anyone thinks of me.\\
'''Tywin:''' No, ''that's'' what you want people to think of you.
* QuizzicalTilt: Jaime's reaction after seeing Brienne slay three soldiers without any effort.
* RealityEnsues: After snatching a sword from Brienne and freeing himself, Jaime challenges her to a sword fight. Being malnourished and weakened from his time as a prisoner of war, the battle goes decidedly in Brienne's favour.
* RedBaron: The Kingslayer.
* RedemptionQuest: After returning to King's Landing, he's making more of an effort to live up to his vows and duties as a Knight, telling people who consider him a failure and has-been that he still has time left.
** More specifically, while Catelyn didn't intend for it to be his redemption quest, seeing him as beyond redemption, after losing his hand and growing close with Brienne, Jaime shows a sincere desire to want to return Catelyn's daughters back to her. After Catelyn's death, he sends Brienne to keep them protected from Cersei and anyone who might hurt them.
* TheRival: He is Ned's constant antagonist for much of Season 1. Their animosity stems from Ned being vocal against the Lannisters' Sack of King's Landing and Jaime stabbing King Aerys InTheBack.
* SmugSnake: Until losing his sword hand
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Breaks Tyrion out of the dungeons and helps him escape being executed for a crime he did not commit.
* ShipTease: Between him and Brienne in Seasons 3 and 4. It's much less subtle than in the books.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: His Season 5 story arc. After spending most of the season traveling to Dorne and infiltrating the city to rescue Myrcella, he fails to save her and she dies in his arms.
* ShutUpHannibal: In Season Six, he gives one to Walder Frey in the Season Finale about how Walder Frey is no conqueror and would amount to ''nothing'' without relying on the Lannisters. Walder can only splutter in response.
* ShutUpKirk: Gives two of these to Catelyn when she tries to give him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. First when she calls him out for being the "Kingslayer", he retorts that Aerys was a terrible king and the oaths he took were contradictory. Then, when she confronts him for being a man without honour, he points out [[BigGood Ned]] wasn't entirely honourable by fathering an illegitimate son out of wedlock and then explains she failed to uphold the Tully words because of her resentment of her husband's illegitimate son, [[HeroicBastard Jon Snow]].
* SignificantWardrobeShift: His casual outfit during his command of the Second Siege of Riverrun in Season 6 is a curious composite of Tyrion and Tywin's outfits (the color scheme mostly harkening Tyrion's suit as Acting Hand of the King, while the design of the upper garment is more Tywin's). Quite appropriate, considering his turn into the capable commander and politician Tywin and Tyrion probably wanted him to be.
* SincerityMode: Seems to go into this as he's trying to explain what's [[RapeAsDrama going to happen]] to Brienne when they are captured by Stark bannermen. One of his [[JerkassWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold]] moments.
* SingleTargetSexuality: He tells Catelyn Stark that he has only ever been with Cersei and no-one else. Before using that little fact to point out her husband Ned did not show her any such loyalty when he fathered a bastard. Subverted ever so slightly in the episode "Kissed By Fire", where he checks out Brienne in the bath for a second when feverish.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: Upon his return to King's Landing, he immediately feels out of place after everything he's been through. On top of that, while his return would have been huge news, no one even recognizes him due to how different he looks. Cersei almost immediately notices his less cocky, more contemplative demeanor (along with his missing hand).
* SympatheticMurderer: He killed King Aerys, thereby damning him as dishonourable scum in the eyes of the whole kingdom, in order to save the whole of King's Landing and his father from a wildfire trap that the Mad King had laid beneath the city.
* SympatheticPOV: The focus on his character in Season 3 got him a large number of sympathy points, painting him as a TragicVillain and showing off his heroic HiddenDepths.
* SympathyForTheHero: Shows some for Ned, as well as Ned's father and brother.
* TalkToTheFist: Jaime's way of shutting up the obnoxious Black Walder Rivers when he scoffs at his accurate criticism and [[TooDumbToLive disregards his warning]]? A backhanded slap. [[PowerFist With his golden hand.]]
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: After Myrcella's death in Season 5, Jaime backslides into this rationale. In his own words: "fuck everyone in the world who isn't us."
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Many people, including Ned Stark, consider Jaime, the Kingslayer, a vile knight beyond redemption after his BodyguardBetrayal of Aerys. In reality, it was the polar opposite to this trope, but no one other than Brienne knows nor cares at this point.
** This is Jaime's reaction to Tyrion's murder of Tywin, even telling Bronn he will kill Tyrion if he ever sees him again.
* TooCleverByHalf: Gifted, influential, casually manipulative, and smart-mouthed, he loves to contemptuously upstage chivalric foes but eventually goes too far and overplays his hand. Then he loses it.
* TookALevelInKindness: Especially in his interactions with Brienne, and in Season 4, his more introspective and softer demeanour takes people by surprise. Indeed, when he lapses back into his former swagger, as demonstrated by his confrontation with Loras in "The Lion and the Rose", he fails miserably.
* ToxicFriendInfluence: Or more Toxic Incestual Twin Sister Influence. Cersei tends to bring out the worst in him. [[spoiler:Cersei's wildfire plot may finally wake him up to this.]]
* TragicVillain: He knows that he's detested by society, all for a single act that he considered heroic and which saved countless lives.
* {{Troll}}: Jaime gets a kick out of verbally taunting Catelyn, and doesn't seem to mind whether he gets beaten with a rock or bound in a dozen chains so long as he can piss Catelyn off. And when Catelyn decides to free Jaime and have Brienne escort him to King's Landing, he taunts Brienne non-stop through an endless stream of insults. It's amazing that Brienne hasn't strangled him yet. Probably because she swore to get him to King's Landing safely (for a given value of safe) but ''still'', Jaime cannot ''shut up''.
-->'''Brienne''': I will NOT let you provoke me.\\
'''Jaime''': I already have!
* UnresolvedSexualTension: By mid-Season 3, his relationship with Brienne approaches that of an old married couple, and when they eventually [[spoiler: have a quite affectionate reunion on Season 6, [[ShipperOnDeck Bronn wonders if they are fucking]].]]
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: By never going public with the Mad King's plan to destroy King's Landing with wildfire, [[spoiler:Jaime left the door open for Cersei to eventually find and employ it herself. Hundreds if not thousands of people died along with a good chunk of the city, all because he kept silent]].
* VitriolicBestBuds: Becomes this with Brienne eventually. When he makes fun of her looks in Season 4, it comes across more like friendly ribbing, at least coming from Jaime.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Killed his king to save a city and his father. Crippled a boy to protect his sister. Threatened to kill a man's newborn to end a siege. What's sad is that the consequences of these acts always come back to haunt him.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Jaime's most compassionate acts in his life are known only to Brienne. In the first case he killed the Mad King to save King's Landing from a wildfire explosion that would have murdered hundreds of thousands of innocents, and in the second he lied to Locke to spare Brienne's life.
%% * WickedCultured
* TheWorfEffect: Is defeated with almost contemptuous ease by Brienne in the second episode of Season 3, demonstrating just how incredibly good ''she'' is.
* WorfHadTheFlu: Mostly because he'd been chained up with inadequate food and exercise prior to his journey with Brienne, making him completely out of practice, and he still has chains on his wrists and ankles when he instigates the fight. [[labelnote:In the books...]]The fight in the books is much closer; Jaime holds his own and even gains the upper hand (despite the presence of his manacles) until he realizes that in his weakened state, Brienne is stronger than him (this is notable, because his great physical strength has been mentioned before). The fight goes on until he slips on wet stones, allowing Brienne to get a victory... just before the Bloody Mummers show up. [[/labelnote]]
* WorthyOpponent:
** He seems to regard Lord Eddard Stark as one, especially after Eddard was capable of holding his own in a fight against Jaime.
--->'''Jaime:''' Brave man that Ned Stark, but terrible judgment.
** However, he also clearly has a lot of resentment for the "Honorable Ned Stark" for how he thinks he wouldn't even give him a chance to explain why he killed Aerys, and judging him as being a dishonorable wretch for this genuinely well intentioned and heroic action, despite Ned not being as squeaky clean as others believed.
* WouldHurtAChild: Throws Bran Stark out of a window in the first episode after the boy [[HeKnowsTooMuch witnesses the twincest]]. He "hoped the fall would kill him".
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: When [[SmugSnake Walder Frey]] gloats about retaking Riverrun and refers to himself and Jaime as "two Kingslayers", Jaime is visibly disgusted and lashes out at him with a ShutUpHannibal.
* ZeroApprovalGambit: Killed King Aerys, sacrificing his good name and honor in the eyes of the people, to prevent him killing every single person in King's Landing.

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[[folder:Tyrion Lannister]]

See Characters/GameOfThronesDaenerysCourt.
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[[folder:Ser Kevan Lannister]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:''"I did not return to the capital to serve as your puppet."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Ian Gelder

->''"Both Baratheon brothers have taken up against us. Jaime captured, his armies scattered...it's a catastrophe."''

Lord Tywin's younger brother and second in command. Uncle to Cersei, Jaime, and Tyrion, and father to Lancel, Martyn, and Willem Lannister.
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the books, he's described as being a little chubby and having round shoulders.
* AdaptationDyeJob: In the books, Kevan is blonde whereas TV Kevan has Gelder's gray hair. Doesn't help him look like he's younger than Tywin, even though Gelder is actually younger than Charles Dance.
* AscendedExtra: His scene in 5x02 alone is more memorable than all his previous screentime put together. Many viewers should be excused if they take this as a RememberTheNewGuy situation.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: One thing that makes him dislike the Sparrows more than Cersei,they took Lancel and misses his son.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Considerably more mild mannered than Tywin, he can actually hold his own in tirades and has actually schooled Cersei when she assumed him as a YesMan.
* TheBusCameBack: After two seasons of being absent, he returns, in an understatedly triumphant fashion, in the first episode of season 5. He is briefly PutOnABus again after he storms out from Cersei's puppet council and goes back to Casterly Rock, but returns again to serve as Hand of the King when Cersei falls from grace.
* TheCassandra: Early in season 5, he tells Cersei that the Sparrows are dangerous fanatics, and should not be given power or treated lightly. [[StupidEvil She doesn't listen]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Usually he's nothing short of a gentleman, but Kevan has no patience for Cersei's bullshit, so he lets the snark fly loose when dealing with her.
-->'''Cersei''': There is to be a royal announcement. \\
'''Kevan''': There is.\\
'''Cersei''': I was not informed. \\
'''Kevan''' (''dryly''): There is to be a royal announcement. In the throne Room. At this very moment.
* DemotedToExtra: Has a single appearance in Season 2. AdaptedOut of Season 3, whereas in the books he becomes the Master of Laws following the Battle of the Blackwater. Also in Season 4, his interactions with Tyrion as a Go-Between for Tywin and quasi-lawyer are taken over by Jaime Lannister.
* TheDogBitesBack: Refuses to meet Cersei as soon as he returns to the Capital. In the books, Cersei wasn't allowed to meet anyone until they got a forced confession from her. But Qyburn comes and meets her before so apparently she does have visitation rights.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath [[spoiler: Kevan was killed alongside the High Sparrow, the Faith Militant, the Tyrells and countless other people in the explosion of Great Sept.]]
* {{Foil}}:
** To Ned Stark. The younger sibling of a family who ends up in a position of power after the death of his brother. Like Ned Stark, he's also a highly honorable and uncrompromising man of justice who ends up as a loyal, if reluctant, Hand to a buffoon King.
** Also to Renly Baratheon. Both of them are competent politicians in their own right. But while Renly is confident on his potential as a king to aa fault by openly berating his older brother Stannis in public, Kevan knows his place as the younger brother of a leader and devotedly serves as his subordinate.
* HonestAdvisor: Although he refuses the job, it's clear he would be one for Cersei. Being an experienced soldier and a member of her family, he's no YesMan.
-->'''Kevan:''' I did not return to the capital to serve as your puppet. To watch you stack the Small Council with sycophants.
* MinorMajorCharacter: A senior officer and member of the family who is given a very limited role, as Tywin employs him all over the kingdom. Late in season 5 he is appointed Hand of the King, despite having barely appeared since season 1, except from two episodes at the start of the season.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Kevan is the first Hand since Ned to have this attitude towards his King (rather than manipulate him).
* NumberTwo: To his brother, Lord Tywin.
* RankUp: Kevan is appointed Hand of the King by Grand Maester Pycelle after Cersei is arrested by the Faith.
* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: Drops an epic one on Cersei in the small council chamber.
-->'''Kevan:''' I returned to the capital to pay my respects to my brother, and to you, and to serve the King. I did not return to the capital to serve as your [[YesMan puppet]]. To watch you stack the Small Council with [[YesMan sycophants]]. Sending your own brother away--\\
'''Cersei:''' My brother has left the capital to lead a sensitive diplomatic mission.\\
'''Kevan:''' What mission? \\
'''Cersei:''' [[InsaneTrollLogic That is not your concern as Master of War]].\\
'''Kevan:''' I do not recognize your authority to dictate what is and is not my concern. You are the Queen Mother. Nothing more.\\
'''Cersei:''' You would abandon your king in his time of need?\\
'''Kevan:''' If he wants to send for me, I'll be waiting for him. At Casterly Rock!
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** In "Fire and Blood", Kevan is willing to make peace with the Starks since the Lannisters only went to war with the Starks and Tullys because Catelyn humiliated Tywin by kidnapping Tyrion, which pales in comparison to their bigger problem of Robert's brothers challenging Joffrey's claim to the throne. As Tyrion explains, the peace deal would have worked if Joffrey hadn't killed Ned, destroying any chance of Robb stopping his war efforts.
** In Season 2, he advises Tywin to tell Joffrey and Cersei to flee King's Landing before Stannis attacks, and regroup at Casterly Rock. Tywin completely rejects this idea, and while it would be politically disastrous for the Lannister family if they fled, it is clear that his refusal is largely because of his own pride.
** In Season 5, he is the only person to speak out against Cersei, pointing out that she is stacking the council with her own sycophants, and refuses to act as her puppet. He states he is loyal to the King, but ''only'' to the King, not his mother.
** In season 6 he purposefully locks Cersei out of Small Council meetings. Considering Cersei's scheming is the sole cause of the entire Sparrow crisis and one of the primary causes ''this entire war'' is occuring, one can see why that'd be a wise move.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Refuses to be a puppet dancing on the strings of Cersei, quits the Small Council the very moment he's appointed Master of War, and returns to Casterly Rock, declaring he's willing to return if [[AchillesinHisTent the King calls for him]].
* SiblingYinYang: Is far nicer than his brother, as demonstrated by his relief in seeing Tyrion back safe and sound in "The Pointy End" -- a stark contrast to Tywin's own reaction.
* SpareToTheThrone: Is this to his elder brother Tywin.
* StaringDownCthulhu: In King's Landing most people are utterly terrified of Cersei's monstrous, resurrected henchman. Kevan Lannister, however, is completely unimpressed and treats him more as a nuisance than a threat.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Compared to the rest of Tywin's bannermen. He's the brother who inherited some of Lord Tytos' mild traits.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: On the receiving end of this. Cersei thinks that he'll be a YesMan to her due to his loyal service to Tywin. She's surprised to learn that he ain't a pushover.
* UndyingLoyalty: He follows the King's commands, no matter what they are.
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[[folder:Ser Lancel Lannister]]

See Characters/GameOfThronesTheFaithOfTheSeven for tropes associated with Lancel Lannister.
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[[folder:Martyn and Willem Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' Dean-Charles Chapman & Timothy Gibbons

The younger sons of Ser Kevan Lannister. Taken hostage by the Northern armies and held at Riverrun.
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* AscendedExtra: In the books, they are just mentioned. Now, they have two scenes. In an amusing sense, Dean Charles Chapman is this. He went from one of the Lannister twins to King Tommen himself.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: They -- or at least Martyn -- believe the tales that Robb turns into a wolf and devours the flesh of his enemies.
* ChildSoldiers: Squires, to be exact.
* CompositeCharacter: Martyn takes the place of his cousin Tion Frey, who is a Lannister on his mother's side.
* DeathByAdaptation: While Willem Lannister meets his end in the books, his twin Martyn is also killed in the show, instead of Tion Frey. This is in keeping with the show's substituting the Frey descendants of Tywin's sister Genna with Lannisters to [[PragmaticAdaptation avoid]] the explanation of there being Freys both on the Stark and the Lannister side.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Probably the only Lannisters where this trope applies, rather than that other one.
* IHaveYourWife: Averted, because they are rather worthless hostages when compared to Sansa.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Instead of going through the trouble of finding twin actors or having one actor play the two brothers, they are made into younger and older brother.
%%* TheQuietOne: Willem.
* RevengeByProxy: In revenge for the deaths of his sons (one in battle, the other at the hands of the Kingslayer) Lord Rickard Karstark and his men murder the twins despite them only being guilty of being born Lannisters.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: They are two small, sacrificial characters. Their murders lead to Robb losing the support of House Karstark, to an apparently renewed alliance with House Frey and to the Red Wedding.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Tommen grew up to look identical to his cousin Martyn in the next season. But given how much incest is in their family, can anyone blame them?
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[[folder:Ser Alton Lannister]]

[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Lannister_Alton_6629.png]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"[[HarsherInHindsight I'll remember it all, until I die.]] [[HeroWorshipper That was the best day of my life.]]"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Karl Davies

Another cousin to the main three, captured by Robb Stark and used as a negotiator.
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* AscendedFanboy: Of Jaime, since he got to squire for him when he was younger.
* CanonForeigner: Partly substituting Cleos Frey, to avoid spending time explaining his connection to the Lannisters. Although Cleos didn't get killed by Jaime.
* EtTuBrute: Killed by Jaime, his own older cousin, after telling him that he's his number one fan and that he would do anything to help him.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Is not mentioned after his death, neither by his murderer nor his jailers. All we see is his bloodied face. The only reference is vague, when Jaime tells Cersei about how he 'murdered people' in order to make it back to her. Averted in "The Mountain and the Viper"; when talking with Tyrion before the trial by combat, Jaime brings up cousin-killing, and looks rather awkward and guilty while he and Tyrion then chat about another deceased cousin of theirs, called Orson. In "Home", when Jaime lists his sins, he mentions that he killed his own cousin.
* HeroWorshipper: The sheer depth of his admiration for Jaime is apparent in nearly his every word, which only makes it more shocking and tragic when Jaime kills him in a bid to escape captivity.
* MauveShirt: He exists mostly as just a device, but he does get some decent character-building prior to his brutal death.
* MythologyGag: When Jaime is trying to locate Alton in the family tree, he asks him if his mother is "the fat one", only to correct himself by saying "No, there is only ''one'' fat Lannister. If she was your mother, you would know it." The book counterpart to Alton, Cleos Frey, is the son of Genna Lannister, an aunt of Jaime that is notoriously obese.
* NiceGuy: No wonder he's just a ''distant'' cousin.
* SacrificialLamb: Killed in the first scene where he is given real dialogue.

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[[folder:Lady Joanna Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' N/A

->'''Cersei Lannister:''' You've always been funny. But none of your jokes will ever match the first one, will they? You remember? Back when you [[DeathByChildbirth ripped my mother open on your way out of her and she bled to death]]?\\
'''Tyrion Lannister:''' ...She was my mother too.

The wife of Tywin Lannister and the mother of Cersei, Jaime, and Tyrion. She died giving birth to Tyrion before the beginning of the series.
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* DeathByChildbirth: She died giving birth to Tyrion. Tywin and Cersei loathe Tyrion, and [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild regard him as some sort of murderer]] because of it.
* KissingCousins: Joanna was actually Tywin's first cousin, though such marriages actually aren't unusual among the aristocracy of the Seven Kingdoms. The practical result is that her surname was already "Lannister" even before she married Tywin. In part, this also informs how much of a hypocrite Tywin is. He plans to force all three of his children to marry against their will to secure political alliances, demanding that they put the good of the family above their own personal happiness. Problem is, Tywin ''himself'' married for love - marrying a first cousin meant he didn't secure a marriage alliance with another powerful Great House.
* TheLostLenore: For Lord Tywin; she was the only thing that gave him any real happiness.
* MissingMom: For Jaime, Cersei, and Tyrion.
* MoralityChain: She seemed to serve as this for Tywin and Cersei, who both loved her dearly.
* PosthumousCharacter: She died long before the events of the series.

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[[folder: Lord Tytos Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' N/A

->''"He was a good man. But a weak man... a weak man who nearly destroyed our House and name."''
-->-- '''Tywin Lannister'''

The late father of Tywin and Kevan Lannister. He was a kind and generous lord, but his time as the head of the Lannisters was a period marked by decline for the House due to several poor investments, which nearly bankrupted the family. He also allowed himself to be openly mocked at court, which eventually resulted in the rebellion of the vassal House Reyne of Castamere and Tywin's rise to infamy as he personally put down the rebellion in his father's place, completely eradicating House Reyne in the process.
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* BumblingDad: Tytos is remembered as a good man who nearly ruined House Lannister.
* ExtremeDoormat: By reputation, which thus directly contributed to the rebellion of his vassals House Reyne of Castamere.
* GenerationXerox: His trait as a WeakWilled ruler was inherited by his great-grandson, Tommen.
* GoodParents: He's remembered fondly as a parent by Tywin, who even breaks out a rare smile whilst reminiscing about him. However, his skills as a liege Lord left much to be desired, especially in his elder son's eyes. [[FreudianExcuse A fact that drove Tywin to be a strong ruler who distanced himself emotionally from his children]].
* HeadInTheSandManagement: Tywin's review on his rule. The eldest son had to step in when brewing, unattended conflicts were mismanaged for far too long.
* NiceToTheWaiter: Tytos had his kennelmaster (the grandfather of Gregor and Sandor), knighted for saving his life from a lioness - thus making the latter the forebear of House Clegane. Though typical for the series, [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished this one act of kindness led to killing machines Ser Gregor Clegane and Sandor Clegane when they enter the Lannister service as loyal hitmen.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: Tytos is long-dead by the time the events of the series begin.
* UnfitForGreatness: He was a well-meaning but weak Lord Paramount, a bad mix in the cutthroat world of Westeros.
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[[folder:Reginald Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' Patrick Fitzsymons

->''"We've worked through the night, my lord. Perhaps we'd profit from some sleep."''

An officer in the army of House Lannister. He is a distant relative of Lord Tywin and is sent home to the Westerlands for insubordination.
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* CanonForeigner: There is no such Reginald Lannister in the books, as the Tywin at Harrenhal subplot was entirely original to the series.
* GetOut: As told to by Tywin Lannister for his blatant disrespect.
* {{Nepotism}}: As usual in Westeros, but Reginald is a peculiar case that openly annoys his benefactor.
-->'''Reginald:''' We've worked through the night, my Lord. Perhaps we'd profit from some sleep.\\
'''Tywin:''' Yes, I think you would, Reginald. And, because you're my cousin, I might even let you wake form that sleep! Go! I'm sure your wife must miss you.\\
'''Reginald:''' ... My wife's in Lannisport...\\
'''Tywin:''' Well, then you'd better start riding. ({{beat}}) Go, before I change my mind and send her your head! If your name wasn't Lannister, you'd be scrubbing out pots in the cook's tent. Go.
* TooDumbToLive: It's an absolute miracle (aided by the fact that his surname is Lannister) that Reginald is still alive after his ridiculous behavior at Tywin's war council. He begins eating when Tywin hasn't started eating, keeps eating as Tywin speaks (both are signs of disrespect that even Amory Lorch doesn't dare engage in) and then makes a sarcastic comment directly to Tywin's face! Anyone in Westeros with half a brain knows to be afraid of Tywin at the best of times. Reginald is missing half that brain. Tywin outright promises him that he will kill him if he doesn't GetOut.
* UpperClassTwit: It's clear that Reginald has spent his life in easy comfort, acting entitled and irritable to the point of bitching to Tywin.

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[[folder:Orson Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' N/A

->''"It filled me with dread. Piles and piles of them, years and years of them. How many countless living, crawling things smashed and dried out and returned to the dirt? In my dreams I found myself standing on a beach filled with beetle husks, stretching as far as the eye could see. I woke up crying, weeping for their shattered little bodies."''
-->-- '''Tyrion Lannister'''

A deceased cousin of Jaime, Tyrion and Cersei, who was brain-damaged from infancy.
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* AlmightyIdiot: He was God among the beetles he smashed. A common theory is that Orson is a metaphor for a mindless God/nature/evolution.
* AnimalMotifs: His name Orson means "Bear Cub" which clashes with the Lion theme of the family but also supports his blind, animal-like nature.
* ButtMonkey: He was the only Lannister even less respected than Tyrion. In fact, Tyrion often picked on Orson and was one of the most vocal bullies, since tormenting the mentally ill was the only time Tyrion could feel like AllOfTheOtherReindeer.
* CanonForeigner: There's no counterpart to Orson in the books. The closest thing he has is Tyrion's joking claim that his father locked up "drooling cousins" deep within Casterly Rock for being embarrassments.
* ChildhoodBrainDamage: His wet nurse dropped him on his head as an infant.
* CosmicHorrorStory: According to some interpretations, Orson represents the blind randomness of a world that has no higher purpose. We can try to look for things like "reasons" or "purpose" as much as we want, or we can make up our own. In the end, the world goes on grinding all the little living creatures into the dust while we search for meaning.
* {{Foil}}: To his cousin Tyrion, as they are both Lannisters with disabilities. But while Tyrion is an extremely intelligent dwarf who dislikes killing, Orson was mindless and lived only for senseless violence.
* PosthumousCharacter: He died years ago, when he was kicked in the chest by a mule.
* RiddleForTheAges: Tyrion has spent several years wondering why Orson was obsessed with smashing beetles in the garden. Fans of the show seem to believe Orson represents either the author George R. R. Martin himself (he senselessly kills his characters while the fans wonder why), or the random cruelty of the Gods, or the meaningless nature of the universe.
* ShadowArchetype: Orson (the actual character, not what he metaphorically represents) sounds like he was the Lannister equivalent of Hodor, though more tragic and disturbing than everyone's favorite GentleGiant.
* ShaggyDogStory: Tyrion spent several years in intellectual contemplation, wondering why Orson killed all those insects, and trying to find a deeper meaning or purpose for their deaths. He couldn't find one.

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[[folder:Ser Stafford Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' N/A

->''"Using some vile sorcery, your brother fell on Stafford Lannister with an army of wolves. Thousands of good men were butchered."''
-->-- '''Lancel'''

An officer of House Lannister, and one of Tywin's many cousins. Killed at the Battle of Oxcross by the Northmen.
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* GeneralFailure: As with most Lannister commanders not named Tywin. Even though the Lannister forces had surrounding Oxcross completely under lockdown, they failed to account for the Stark direwolves, allowing Robb to get the jump on him and his men with the help of Grey Wind. [[labelnote:From the books...]]Tyrion thinks very little of his uncle, and most are well aware that his son Daven would make a far better commander.[[/labelnote]]
* InTheBack: How he was killed. Rickard Karstark was the one who ended Stafford's life when he personally drove a spear through him.
* TheGhost: He doesn't even appear onscreen. Not alive, anyway. He's certainly among the many Lannister casualties shown in the battle's aftermath.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Doesn't even get any screen time before being killed. The same is true of the books, as he's only mentioned briefly before and after the battle.
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* Tranquil Fury: Very good at this in his scenes with Joffrey

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* Tranquil Fury: Very good at this in calmly establishes his scenes with Joffreypower by sending Joffrey to his room. All without raising his voice.
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the books, when Cersei's hair is cut off by the Faith they shave her completely bald. In the show, they leave her with BoyishShortHair that isn't completely unattractive. She also has a perfect physique, while in the corresponding part of the book her body is described as having lost part of its beauty due to Cersei's age and pregnancies. That said,Tywin is a good person.

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\n* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the books, when Cersei's hair is cut off by the Faith they shave her completely bald. In the show, they leave her with BoyishShortHair that isn't completely unattractive. She also has a perfect physique, while in the corresponding part of the book her body is described as having lost part of its beauty due to Cersei's age and pregnancies. That said, the series makes little effort to polish Lena Headey's natural minor blemishes as Cersei[[note]]her crow's feet are clearly visible in the picture above, for example[[/note]], so the general idea of "beauty somewhat weathered by age" still gets across, particularly when she's paired in scenes with the blossoming Sansa Stark and the young, in-her-prime Margeary Tyrell.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Although still one of the villains, Cersei is far more sympathetic here than she is in the books. [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Not that this is particularly difficult]]:
** In the show, she and Robert had a child at one point; but it died of a fever shortly after being born. In the books, Robert got her pregnant once, after which she had the child aborted behind his back.
** Season 1 also implies that she genuinely loved this child by Robert, and their private conversation together suggests that she still had feelings for Robert himself at the time the child was born (saying she loved him "For quite a while, actually."), despite knowing he didn't love her back. These changes introduce a much more tragic and human side to her character, whereas in the corresponding book there's no real indication that she wasn't a cruel, contemptuous and hateful person from the start. In the books, Cersei already despises Robert before they marry because he killed Rhaegar, her lifetime crush, and she has no problem having sex with Jaime the morning of her wedding day.
** Her promiscuity is toned down in the TV series. Aside from Lancel and Jaime, in the books she has "[[SexForServices affairs]]" with at least three other men (the Kettleblack brothers) and also beds another woman (Lady Taena), all of which are AdaptedOut in the show.
** She has a much lower body count in the show. Two of her greatest KickTheDog moments from the second book, ordering the deaths of Robert's bastards and Tyrion, are done by Joffrey instead. Also her habit of sending random people to ColdBloodedTorture in the fourth book is entirely absent from the show. [[spoiler:Of course, you can point out she reverses this big time in her orchestration of the Green Trial, racking up possibly the biggest kill count of major characters since the Red Wedding.]]
** In the books, Cersei's love for Jaime is a twisted form of narcissism, as she sees Jaime as what she could have been were she a man (something she ''does'' wish), and when he returns from the war he's so changed that she no longer finds him appealing, so their relationship pretty much ends. In the show there is more genuine love between them, and their relationship continues after his return.
** In the books, Cersei finds little wrong in Joffrey, passing off his cruelty as 'willfulness'. In the show, she's aware that he's a monster and grieves about that, but as his mother she loves him regardless, which makes her a more tragic character. To be fair, Joffrey is also nicer to her in the books.
** In the books she has no problem having sex next to Joffrey's corpse. In the show she clearly wants nothing to do with it.
** Kicking Tyrion about is nothing heroic, but in the show it's clear that she loved her late mother and mourned her death. In the books, it's mentioned that lady Joanna once found out about her twin children's affair and separated them for a time, but soon died. The tone of Cersei's narration makes clear that it was one obstacle out of the way for her.
** She has much better reasons to be wary of Margaery than in the books and despite getting Loras arrested by the Faith Militant was an underhanded move, well, at least this time she didn't frame anyone (and she has gone after him in the books as well for far more petty reasons, albeit in a different fashion).
** {{Subverted}} come the Season 6 finale, when [[spoiler:Cersei's remaining [[CryForTheDevil sympathetic]] qualities go out the window and she reveals herself to be even more petty, thoughtless, cruel, ruthless, destructive, and dangerous than her book counterpart ever was with the Green Trial.]]
* AdaptationalIntelligence: Some of her petty and idiotic schemes from the books are instead done by Joffrey in the show, which makes her less StupidEvil, and she actually tries to renegotiate the terms with the Iron Bank instead of just telling to screw themselves and have the kingdom falling into debt and bad credit. Lots of her smarts come from being all around less narcissistic and hateful so she can actually think instead of assuming she knows everything.
** Like many of her more sympathetic adaptational qualities, [[SubvertedTrope this ultimately goes out the window as of the Season 6 finale]]. Cersei's StupidEvil machinations, while successful, ultimately make her ''the'' number one target of ''every'' single other faction in Westeros with absolutely no allies.
* AdaptationalModesty: Her book counterpart is described as a MsFanservice character. Here, she's only seen nude once [[FanDisservice and it's far from titillating]].
* AdaptationalVillainy:
** In the books, her hatred of Tyrion is in part because of a prophecy that her younger brother will be the cause of her downfall. [[labelnote:From the Books...]]Although she was cruel to the baby Tyrion before receiving said prophecy and it's clear she was also following daddy's example in seeing her younger brother as a little monster.[[/labelnote]] The show removes that part of the prophecy and instead implies that Cersei blames Tyrion for the death of their mother.
** Cersei's motivation for empowering the High Sparrow also changes in the show. In the book, she makes him the High Septon in order to have the protection of the Faith Militant. She didn't try to have them to target the Tyrells until after she became suspicious that they were in cahoots with Tyrion. In the show, she empowers the High Sparrow and his followers solely to get back at Margaery.
** Come the Season 6 finale, [[spoiler: Cersei's AdaptationalHeroism is completely gone when she blows up a large majority of the nobles in King's Landing (including Margaery Tyrell and most her family) during The Green Trial, [[WordOfGod something the showrunners claim to have come up with on their own.]] For all of Book Cersei's [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen many, many, MANY faults]], not even she has come close to what is the equivalent of dropping a nuclear bomb on her own city to kill a bunch of people with no attention whatsoever paid to the massive collateral damage.]]
* AdmiringTheAbomination:
** She is quite impressed with the killing power of Gregor Clegane and is quite keen to ensure that he retains the same killing power after his poisoning. She's also highly curious about Qyburn's experiments, giving him the patronage that no reasonable or sane institution like the Citadel or Pycelle would touch with a ten foot pole.
** Seems quite disappointed during a flashback to her teens when Maggy the Frog is an ordinary-looking woman and not a terrifying monster as described.
* AgeLift: Like Jaime. She's 40 here, putting several years between her and her book counterpart.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Her Walk of Shame through King's Landing has her leaving bloodied footprints in her wake by the end of it. Luckily for Cersei, she has Qyburn to attend to them.
* AintTooProudToBeg: After Tywin forces her to marry Ser Loras, she is reduced to tearfully begging her father not to make her do it. It doesn't work.
* TheAlcoholic: Season 2 sees an increasing number of scenes where she has a cup close to hand. During the attack of Stannis Baratheon on King's Landing, she's drunk throughout. By Season 5, she has a LadyDrunk reputation. Between Cersei and Tyrion, it seems like a safe bet that the Lannisters are genetically predisposed to alcoholism. [[labelnote:From the Books...]]Other Lannisters from (relatively recent) Westerosi history that would also stand as evidence of this genetic predisposition, such as Lord Tytos Lannister, Tywin and Kevan's father. This may go a long way in explaining why Tywin has such a grudge against it. Also serves as a trait she shares with her late husband Robert, where as Queen Regent she increasingly turns to drink while crumbling under the pressure of ruling seven kingdoms and politicking the great and good of the royal court to keep her children safe.[[/labelnote]]
* AmbiguousDisorder: Cersei has a black and white view of friends and enemies (with nearly everyone falling under the latter), is prone to risky behaviors such as her incest and alcoholism, has a poor control of her emotions, and difficulty empathizing with anyone who's not her kids. It's widely theorized by the fan base that she has Borderline Personality Disorder.
* AmbitionIsEvil: The only trait she inherit from her Lord father and her brothers didn't. Never satisfied with her station in life, she is by far the most power-hungry of the Lannister siblings, always equating power with victory, no matter the cost.
* AnalogyBackfire:
** When Ned confronts her on her incestuous relationship with Jaime, she responds that the Targaryens did the same thing for centuries. The same Targaryens that produced the "Mad King" Aerys... even more of a backfire when Joffrey turns out to be more like Aerys than anyone thought. She even directly [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this in the second season when she confesses to Tyrion how sad she is that Joffrey turned out like he did. But, as Tyrion points out, she may have actually beaten the odds the Targaryens confronted (that every other Targaryen goes mad), in that two of her three children by incest are actually extremely decent people.
** During "Blackwater", she tries to comfort Tommen with the fable of the lion who was meant to be king and was in a forest filled with evil things such as stags. Tommen points out that stags aren't evil creatures, they only eat grass.
* ArchEnemy: She's never short of foes thanks to her "everybody who is not us is an enemy" line of thinking, but there are some who stand out:
** Her despised brother Tyrion is this to her in Season 2, mostly because their father has seen fit to trust the outcast of the family with greater authority than her. What should be a straightforward defense of King's Landing is hampered by Cersei constantly working behind his back out of spite. This carries on to Season 3 but fades somewhat as both become marginalized from power by Tywin, and even become mildly conciliatory towards each other due to their similar predicaments. Season 4, however, cements Tyrion as her most despised enemy when she decides with no evidence he murdered Joffrey and dedicates her life to having him humiliated and executed.
** With Tyrion's fall from power, her eventual daughter-in-law Margaery Tyrell is increasingly regarded as this, mostly because Cersei sees her for the [[YouAreWhatYouHate overly ambitious two-faced social climber]] that she is and Cersei wants nothing less than absolute control over her sons Joffrey and Tommen. To compound things, Cersei has been warned about an arch-rival since childhood, and someone like Margaery fits the description as far as Cersei is concerned.
--->'''Maggy the Frog:''' Queen you shall be, till there comes another. Younger and more beautiful. To cast you down and take all that you hold dear.
** The High Sparrow becomes this to her in a much more conventional way, since she's a major obstacle in establishing the theocracy he wants.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: In Season 6, when Kevan initially is reluctant to go along with her plan to seize control from the Faith Militant, Cersei asks him, "Do you want Lancel back? Or have you given him up for good?"
* ArrangedMarriage:
** With Robert. She initially saw it as a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage up until Robert came to her drunk and [[WrongNameOutburst called her by his late betrothed's name]] on their wedding night.
** Tywin commands her to marry Ser Loras. [[WeAreNotGoingThroughThatAgain She's not amused]], but this one falls through as Tywin is not there to enforce it, what with his terminal bowel problems.
* AuthorityInNameOnly: Cersei's title as Queen Mother only holds weight before Joffrey, and later Tommen, were officially wed. Despite sitting in on Small Council Meetings, Cersei technically has no real authority. [[spoiler: Her title as Queen Cersei, first of her name, also counts as this since she only gained this position after [[KillThemAll killing most of her political enemies]] and [[TyrantTakesTheHelm usurping the position for herself]] and she has no allies to speak of apart from Jaime and those at King's Landing.]] And even those are under extreme question at this point.
* AwfulWeddedLife: Her marriage to Robert was a long, bitter failure as she confesses to Ned and Sansa. Her only source of happiness and comfort was her affair with Jaime (which is sad in itself) and their children.
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Season Six ends with her on the Iron Throne and her most immediate enemies dead, though it's rather clear she has more.]]
* BadassBoast: Cersei's declaration that "House Lannister has no rival" definitely sounds badass, even if she is the only one who believes it.
* BattleBallgown: She sports one of these in the last half of "Blackwater", though as the next entry down makes it abundantly clear it's just all for show.
* BelievingTheirOwnLies: She has a tendency to do this and even use it to her advantage. Prince Oberyn discusses Cersei trying to gain sympathy from him by discussing Myrcella in a blatant attempt to turn him against Tyrion; he notes that she might have even been sincere or started believing it while she was lying.
-->'''Tyrion:''' Making honest feelings do dishonest work is one of her many gifts.
* BerserkButton: Mocking her about her incestuous relationship with Jaime is a quick way of pissing her off--she responded to Littlefinger doing so by nearly having her Kingsguard slit his throat, gives a cruel retort to Tyrion when he jokes about it and is seen giving Ellaria Sand a DeathGlare when she indirectly mentions it.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: In "Blackwater", she obtains nightshade from Maester Pycelle and angrily retorts that she knows what 10 drops of it does (kill you) and also has Ilyn Payne stand guard over the women taking shelter for the purposes of killing them if the Red Keep is breached. And at the climax of the battle she opts to sit on the Iron Throne with Tommen and is just about to give them both poison when her father bursts in. She believes that Stannis's men would gang-rape her multiple times before killing her, and torture Tommen to death as a false pretender to the throne.
* BigBad: Although there's a plethora of villains, in Season 1 Cersei serves most clearly as the main antagonist. She's a threat to the Starks, the Crown and the Realm in general due to her scheming. She subsequently becomes a BigBadWannabe, with the more competent and intelligent Tywin falling into place. In Season 5, she temporarily manage to take this position, only to be put back as a BigBadWannabe by the High Sparrow. She regains her position as BigBad with a vengeance after [[spoiler: killing the Sparrows and Tyrells and taking the crown for herself.]]
* BigBadWannabe:
** Cersei plays the game well during Robert's reign, but this is only because she's playing it against the Starks, who are too honorable for their own good. Once her crazy son is on the throne, she loses control in short order. Her plan to be the [[ManBehindTheMan Woman Behind The Throne]] fails spectacularly when Joffrey orders Ned Stark executed and she's powerless to stop him. In Season 2, Tyrion constantly manages to out plan her with ease, and in Season 3, her father is clearly running things despite Cersei outranking him as Queen Regent, and outright says to her face that she isn't as smart as she think she really is.
** This becomes painfully obvious in Season 5; with Tywin dead and Tyrion on the run, she is now the highest ranking member of her family ruling the capital and she still can't get anything done right. Her attempted manipulation of Tommen is undermined by Margaery and, instead of trying to properly rule the kingdom like her father would have done, she instead spends her time trying to humiliate and undermine Margaery [[StupidEvil despite their being literally no benefit in doing so]]. In order to get things done she turns the Sparrows into the Faith Militant and makes them do all of her dirty work which seemingly turns out well for her... until it's revealed that the Faith where merely biding their time until they had enough power to hold her accountable for her own actions. In short, despite trying to set herself up as a {{Chessmaster}} she ultimately [[UnwittingPawn gets used as a pawn instead]].
** As mentioned above, she ditches the "Wannabe" part with a vengeance [[spoiler:by burning all of her rivals to death with wildfire in the Season Six finale and assuming the Iron Throne. With Joffrey and the Boltons dead, this makes her the most powerful and antagonistic of all the human characters and firmly the Big Bad, outclassed only by the Night's King, who's more a force of nature than a character]].
* BigNo: When Tyrion arranges for Myrcella to be taken away.
* BigSisterBully: Was always unpleasant and cruel to her little brother Tyrion. As noted by Oberyn, she called him "a monster" to strangers and presented him as a freak and openly abused him when he was a baby.
* BreakTheHaughty: In her imprisonment in the Faith, she resorts to sipping water from the floor of her filthy cell. Her walk of atonement is specifically designed to do this, and by the end Cersei is sobbing.
* BreakThemByTalking: After forty years of emotional torment from her father, she finally gets her own back by revealing the truth of her and Jaime's relationship, leaving him stammering that it can't be true.
-->'''Cersei:''' ''Your legacy is a '''LIE'''''!
* BrokenBird: Her conversations with Sansa during the siege of Blackwater and her own descriptions of how she once loved Robert reveal her to be this. She had hoped for real happiness from her marriage, from being the Queen, but is appalled at what a sham it had become and has lost any ideals she once had.
* BrotherSisterIncest: With Jaime. It's a huge part of her character and Bran Stark's discovery of this dark secret is one of the catalysts of the series.
* TheBully: Cersei gets a kick out of throwing her weight around and making underlings squirm. Pycelle is probably her favorite punching bag.
* CantCatchUp: She can play speed chess well against her somewhat dim-witted husband and the honorable-to-a-fault Ned Stark, but after removing these two and moving a rank up she quickly finds herself out of depth. The fact that she doesn't have any control over her psychotic son whom she has made a king doesn't help a bit. Even after he's dead and her far kinder and gullible second son is on the throne, she's still outplayed by those around her. Her only advantage is that she is willing to do things others consider downright stupid, which leaves them unprepared as they assume she would ''never'' try it. And even this begins to fade as players like [[GenreSavvy Margaery]] [[XanatosSpeedChess Tyrell]] figure out how Cersei plays the game.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: She has moments of fragility and self-pity where she laments the hardships of the regency that have fallen on her. Given her pettiness and dismal management, nobody really empathizes with Cersei.
* CharacterTics: And beyond, Cersei is constantly smirking when she's too pleased with herself, which happens all the time when nobody puts her in her place. Her brows usually go in sync too.
* ChristmasCake: The Tyrells are reluctant to marry her specifically because she's too old. Although it's not cultural perception in this case, but a legitimate doubt if a 40-years old woman in a medieval setting is suitable to give birth to a heir.
* CorneredRattlesnake: If her back is to the wall she will do things that while not safe for her in the long run will make her enemies regret pushing her [[spoiler: as reviving the Faith militant and exploding the sept shows.]]
* CorruptPolitician: Cersei has all the makings of a crooked politician (dishonesty, underhandedness, a sleazy private life, disregard for the law, self-entitlement, paranoia, [[ListOfTransgressions etc]]) and very few of the attached EvilVirtues beyond ambition and determination. She's also occasionally murderous, but much less so than other courtiers or her book counterpart, [[spoiler: until she goes genocidal and blows up the Great Sept of Baelor with wildfire, killing hundreds, if not thousands.]]
-->'''Cersei:''' When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die.
* CreateYourOwnVillain:
** Even ''she'' finally catches on the fact that her methods of raising Joffrey [[TheCaligula didn't pan out so well]]. Not to mention applying a little bit of incest in his actual creation.
** Blaming Tyrion for Joffrey's murder with no evidence and doing everything in her power to see him convicted drove him into the service of Daenerys. They may not have liked each other prior, but at least Tyrion didn't have any intentions of removing her from power.
** She learned in a hard way that giving power to religious fanatics is not a pragmatic thing to do, especially if you were bedding your brother and cousin.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has her moments of this, especially in Season 2.
* DespairEventHorizon:
** Although she doesn't become a monster, after she and Robert have a conversation where it initially looks like they're [[HopeSpot going to reconcile and improve their relationship]], she is then rejected by Robert. This scene ends with Robert asking her how she feels, and her responding that she [[EmptyShell doesn't feel anything]]. Her subsequent actions make a lot more sense in light of this.
** If she hadn't crossed it before, she certainly does when Joffrey dies in her arms in "The Lion and the Rose".
** Turns out there was still some sanity for her to lose, which she finally does when [[spoiler:Tommen abandons her to her fate in the hands of the Sparrows, which prompts Cersei to mass murder all of her enemies she can at once - along with a good chunk of bystanders - and even give up on her son himself.]]
* DidNotThinkThisThrough:
** When Tyrion demands TrialByCombat when accused of killing Joffery, Cersei rather shrewdly chooses [[TheDreaded The Mountain]] as her champion, believing no-one would fight against him on Tyrion's behalf. However she fails to consider Oberyn Martell, the only man in King's Landing who ''wants'' to fight Ser Gregor, declaring himself Tyrion's champion. Worse still her daughter, Myrcella Baratheon, was currently residing with the Martells in Dorne. When the Red Viper is slain, Myrcella's life is essentially forfeit.
** In Season 5, she fails miserably at her father's level of scheming, trying to manipulate the extremist Sparrow sect into doing her dirty work. Pity she overlooked that her cousin Lancel, who had been privy to all her own dirty dealings, was one of their number. There's also her lack of concern for antagonizing House Tyrell, who the royal family are now wholly dependent on for their food supply.
** At the end of Season 6, [[spoiler:she manages to take the Iron Throne by arranging the deaths of the High Sparrow, Margaery, and anyone else that might oppose her. In doing so, she has declared war on the Tyrells by murdering all their heirs, even though the Tyrells are the main supplicants of food for the capital, which will create chaos. She is already a deeply unpopular ruler who will only be moreso with the strife she's created and the absence of the popular Queen Margaery. By the looks of everyone in the court during her coronation, her culpability in the bombing of the Great Sept of Baelor is readily apparent. She might have even lost the trust of Jaime, who doesn't have fond memories of the last guy who saw using wildfire on his own citizens as a solution to his problems. Cersei might be the queen, but she is the queen of a capital where everyone wants her dead. Then again, she gets to kill her enemies and to sit on the throne for a while, which in her mind might be just what she wanted.]]
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: Her son Joffrey's wedding feast happens in a bright morning and everything seems fine until Joffrey's IncurableCoughOfDeath at which point Jaime and Cersei rush to his side only for him to gasp his final breaths in his mother's arms.
* DissonantSerenity:
** A particularly disturbing one happens in Season 4: at the end of Tyrion's trial by combat, her champion the Mountain crushes Prince Oberyn's head into a bloody pulp all the while boasting how he raped and murdered his sister before killing her children. Pan to Cersei, who looks as happy she ever does.
** [[spoiler:After Tommen's body -- in a rare moment of GoryDiscretionShot, to boot -- is shown to her, she doesn't show much reaction, making it one of her most disturbing moments in the series.]]
* DomesticAbuse: Robert strikes her, although unlike in the books, there's no indication that he ever did so before. For Cersei, it's very much the final straw.
* DramaticIrony: [[spoiler: She never figures out that the real culprit for Joffrey's death is Olenna and not Tyrion as she believes. By murdering Olenna's entire family and effectively extinguinshing her entire House, Cersei unknowingly avenges her son's death by taking away everything his killer held precious.]]
* DumbBlonde: While Cersei isn't a ''complete'' moron, Tywin perfectly assesses her when he says that she is nowhere near as intelligent as she thinks she is. Her main flaw is that she continually underestimates people, and her level of misguided arrogance about her supposed political brilliance prevents her from seeing that she is wrong. She loses control of Joffrey almost immediately after he becomes king, and most of her attempts to dispose of Tyrion are laughable failures.
* EnfantTerrible: Was no more charming when she was younger.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Implied that, unlike in the books, Cersei loved her mother.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:
** In a twisted, narcissistic way because she mainly views them as an extension of herself, Cersei deeply loves her children and twin brother... but not enough not to manipulate her sons for her powerplays or not hop into bed with Lancel while Jaime's away. However, she seems to be more in love with the idea of ''having'' children to act as smaller versions of herself than them ''being'' her children as individuals.
--->'''Tyrion:''' Say what you will of Cersei, she loves her children. She is the only one I'm certain had nothing to do with this murder, which makes it unique as King's Landing murders go.
** Subverted in "The Winds of Winter", [[spoiler: as although she makes sure that Tommen is not in the Sept when she blows it up with wildfire, he's not put under any security afterwards and he commits suicide over the death of his wife (whom he actually did love) and his people. Cersei doesn't even bother to give him a proper burial, she just tells Qyburn to burn his body and throw the ashes on the ruins of the sept where his siblings and grandfather were interred, then has herself crowned the Queen.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: She ''does not'' approve several of Joffrey's actions, such as ordering Ned Stark's execution and ordering a massacre of children.
-->'''Cersei''': Robert was a drunken fool, but he didn't enjoy cruelty.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Trades her dresses for an all-black wardrobe (which invokes the late Tywin's casual outfit very closely) in "The Winds of Winter", [[spoiler: just in time to massacre the Sparrows, the Tyrells and usurp the throne.]]
* EvilCounterpart: To Catelyn. Both are MamaBear types who can be utterly ruthless, hold grudges hard, have difficulty controlling their newly-crowned sons and deal with the loss of children. However, Catelyn is HappilyMarried, is comfortable in her station in life and is good to most people, while Cersei is trapped in an ArrangedMarriage, yearns for even more power and is mean and petty.
* EvilEyebrows: Along with her constant smirking, Cersei also usually has one or both eyebrows raised. They don't match her hair colour, which by contrast makes them all the more sinister.
* EvilFeelsGood: "Confesses" in the season six finale that she really enjoyed every evil thing she ever did in her life. Murder, incest, and even the act of confessing all of this to a helpless captive brought her joy. Not to mention, she [[EvilGloating got away with lying to the High Sparrow about her affair with Jaime.]]
* EvilIsPetty: Cersei won't miss an opportunity to make someone miserable, assuming she can get away with it. Best typified in "The Lion and the Rose", in which to make herself feel better at her son's wedding, she walks around ''looking'' for people to be a jerk to -- first making Brienne feel awful about herself, then telling Pycelle to feed the wedding feast leftovers to the dogs instead of the poor (as Margaery had commanded). When Tywin asks her why she's smiling, she tells him it's just the little pleasures in life. Finally, Cersei is noticeably smiling during the ultra-humiliating play of the War of Five Kings, when even Tywin is forcing himself to suppress one -- after all, they're sitting alongside the bereaved of two of the titular kings! This plays into her StupidEvil tendencies, as she'll act to hurt someone who's wronged her in the short term without regard to the long-term consequences.
* EvilMatriarch: A {{deconstruction}} of one for the Lannisters-Baratheons. While she genuinely loves her children ([[AbusiveParents despite being an abusive mother]]) and [[MamaBear would do anything to protect or avenge them]], some of her actions prove to be a greater threat to the safety of her children than those of her enemies (who are often far more intelligent and competent than she is). In the end [[spoiler:her last remaining child commits suicide because of her, but by that time Cersei is too far gone to even care.]]
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: The haircut she receives at the end of Season 5 makes her bear an absolutely ''terrifying'' resemblance to Joffrey. [[spoiler: By the end of Season 6, we now know that Joffrey didn't just get his insanity and penchant for irredeemable cruelty from incest. Most of it was from '''her'''.]]
* EyeScream: Seems to be a favourite method of punishment of Cersei's -- Tyrion recounts she had a servant girl beaten until she lost an eye when she was ''nine'', and in 'The Wars To Come', she threatens to have [[HotWitch Maggy's]] eyes gouged out if Maggy wouldn't tell Cersei her future.
* FatalFlaw:
** Hubris. Cersei thinks she's way better than she really is and better than anybody else, which makes her think nothing about hurting people, and in her arrogance, she is reckless, deaf to council and unable to evaluate herself or make any kind of amends.
** Additionally, her complete inability to play any sort of long game. Cersei only ever seems to plan for the moment, and this almost always blows up in her face later. To get back at Margaery, she empowers the Faith Militant with no consideration as to how this would affect King's Landing, only caring that Margaery would suffer. They turn on her as soon as it's convenient, and King's Landing comes within a hair's breadth of becoming a theocracy.
* FauxAffablyEvil: She can pretend, and at rare moments her beauty and charm allows her to come across as decent. It's what fools Sansa for so long.
* ForTheEvulz: By the finale of season six, she has more or less embraced this. She admits to a captive whom she is about to have slowly tortured to death that her main motivation for the evil things she's done in her life was that it all made her feel so damn good.
* FreudianExcuse: Her hatred for Robert stems from him using her as a ReplacementGoldfish for Lyanna, to say nothing of his other ugly traits.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: She is ''not'' a pleasant person and groomed Joffrey to follow in her footsteps. In "You Win or You Die", she fully metamorphoses into this trope when she orchestrates a HuntingAccident for Robert. She shows snobbish disdain for the people of King's Landing and LackOfEmpathy for her subjects. Tyrion initially assumes it was her who gave the order for the purge of Robert's bastard children, and she doesn't admit that it was something Joffrey ''really'' shouldn't have done.
* GreenEyedMonster: During Cersei's brief chat with Brienne at Joffrey and Margaery's wedding, she can't help but let slip a note of jealousy towards the strong, independant lady knight. Cersei also hates Margaery because she gains influence after marrying Cersei's sons, while Cersei's power wanes, and also because the Tyrell Queen is far more popular in King's Landing than Cersei is and ever will be.
* HatesSmallTalk: Cersei hates chat that doesn't get to the point.
* TheHeavy: In Season 1. In the series' first story arc, Tywin entrusts her with the task of seizing the throne on behalf of the Lannister clan and ruling King's Landing while he crushes all contesting forces to their family's claim in the field; she performs well at first until her son Joffrey becomes king...
* HiddenDepths: Doubly so when Stannis's invasion approaches; she quotes Tywin on the subject of war and surprisingly she's the one who thinks up a defense via wildfire. She orders its mass-production and keeps this plan hidden from Tyrion. Her actual implementation is fraught with potential problems, however (shooting it from the city could easily burn the city down), so when Tyrion finds out he hijacks the plan and goes his own way with it.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** In Season 2, Cersei urges Joffrey to call off his betrothal to Sansa in favor of Margaery Tyrell, making her partially responsible for most of the troubles she suffers over the next three seasons.
** In Season 3, jealous of Margaery's influence over Joffrey, Cersei enlists Littlefinger to find ''anything'' that she can use against the Tyrells. Littlefinger discovers that they plan to betroth Loras to Sansa, so Littlefinger tells Cersei, Cersei tells Tywin, and Tywin decides to take the initiative by marrying Tyrion to Sansa, and ''Cersei to Loras'', with the consent of none of them.
** Cersei's stupidity and half-assed schemes catch up to her in Season 5 when the Sparrows she empowered finally arrest her for her lack of piety, namely her incestuous relationships.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: To a fair extent, yes. Like her father, she'll never see anything positive about Tyrion, even if it's dancing in front of her, which often make her vastly underestimate him, even as she fears him by distorting what he's capable of, as well. She started to wise-up about Joffrey, but had been in denial for years about how unstable he actually was (answer: VERY) -- this very denial caused ''soooooo'' many problems, it's unreal. And, then there's her tendency to belittle anybody who has faith in anything other than power or gold, which caused her to to massively misread the High Sparrow, for one. Listen to her tone when she says she has nothing to fear from him because "he's a religious man". It screams "an idiot I can use" in subtext. Rather badly judged, there, Queenie. Almost as bad as deciding that you've managed to cow a tail-tucked Lady Olenna Tyrell...
* HumiliationConga:
** Much like her brothers, Season 3 is one long demonstration of Cersei getting knocked down a peg. Joffrey begins to disregard her. Margery proves to be far better at wrapping Joffrey around her fingers, and it becomes apparent to her that any power she had at King's Landing was quickly fading. And the icing on the cake was that [[ParentalFavoritism despite being Tywin's favorite]], he treats even ''her'' as an UnwittingPawn and plans to ship her off to marry Loras so that he can have more power.
** It only gets worse from there. By the penultimate episode of Season 6, Cersei has been completely outplayed by everyone in King's Landing, leaving her a powerless joke to everyone who knows her. [[spoiler: Two of her children are dead, she's banned from the Small Council meetings or any prominent position in the royal court, her third child has completely turned on her, she was stripped naked and walked through the streets of King's Landing, she's been formally charged with incest and treason and is facing a trial she cannot hope to win, and [[LaserGuidedKarma all of it is entirely her fault.]]]] Even Olenna rubs it in Cersei's face that she's lost.
** [[WhamEpisode The season six finale]] then [[DeconstructedTrope demonstrates]] why humiliating and antagonizing an unstable and vicious individual who has a MadScientist and a FrankensteinsMonster knight on her side [[WhosLaughingNow is a bad idea.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** She calls Margaery a harlot and a whore, despite herself having committed adulterous incest with her brother. She also despises Margaery for manipulating the king and trying to become a power behind the throne... which, unlike Cersei, Margaery would prove seemingly ''successful'' at.
** So, Cersei's cheating on Robert with Jaime was presented by herself as somehow justified by "true love" and her and Jaime "belonging together", adding that to her husband being an UnwantedSpouse who was [[ReallyGetsAround whoring around himself]] anyway? Fine... until Jaime is gone and Cersei starts shagging a cousin behind her "true love's" back, as part of manipulating him to help kill her husband Robert.
** Cersei is deeply offended that Tywin played favorites with his children, favouring the gifted Jaime. Cersei has no problem playing favorites by focusing on her firstborn son Joffrey. Myrcella and Tommen are pretty much ignored unless there is some setback on the horizon.
** She looks down on and tries to insult Ellaria Sand for being a bastard, but all three of her children are illegitimate and pretenders to both the throne and to her own House.
** She deeply loves Tommen because he is her son, but shows little respect and concern for the actual individual, not thinking twice before undermining and manipulating him or before hurting the woman he loves because Cersei's powerplays come first. At most, she views herself as a WellIntentionedExtremist.
* IfOnlyYouKnew: She threatens Tyrion that one day he'll love one woman and she will take her away just to spite him. That's precisely what happened to Tyrion's first love Tysha. Tyrion's response is to stare at her with utter disdain and leave without saying a word.
* IgnoredEpiphany: There were moments in earlier seasons where Cersei ''tries'' to be nice to people: Sansa, Tyrion, her son Tommen, and Myrcella. She also understands that [[MyBelovedSmother doing everything in her power to protect and prop up Joffrey]] isn't such a good idea. Then Joffrey dies, she immediately forgets her past kindness, and goes on a petty revenge binge that ultimately leads to [[spoiler:her unleashing the biggest atrocity in recent Westerosi history just so she can be queen]].
* IJustWantToBeYou: According to Creator/LenaHeadey, this is Cersei's FreudianExcuse for her incest with Jaime. There's subtle hints of it in the show too, such as Cersei discussing what she would do in Jaime's place, lamenting the fact that she was born a woman, and even doning [[BattleBallgown an armored dress]] when the Battle of the Blackwater looks to be turning in Stannis's favor. In Season 3, it is implied that she prefers metallic accoutrements to her dresses because she associates it with armor. This in turn ''may'' something to do with her spitefulness at Brienne at the Purple Wedding, Brienne having seemingly defied her supposed station far more successfully than Cersei ''and'' being noticeably close(r) to Jaime.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[DefiedTrope No.]] When Tommen [[spoiler:turns on her and sides with Margaery and the High Sparrow, Cersei opts to bomb the Sept of Baleor and kill all of his chosen allies. She spares Tommen himself, but her reaction after he commits suicide because of her actions pretty much confirms that she's already given up on him.]]
* InfantImmortality: Averted. She mentions to Catelyn and later discusses with Robert how their first child died shortly after birth due to a fever.
* InadequateInheritor: After Tywin is killed by Tyrion, Cersei is left to fill her daddy's shoes as the real power behind throne and as a [[TheChessmaster political intrigue mastermind]] in Season 5. Having no foresight nor grasp of realpolitik, she fails on an epic scale when her [[HoistByHisOwnPetard attempts to sabotage Margaery backfires]]. It shows that Cersei is no Tywin, by a long shot. [[spoiler:Even taking the throne for herself by killing everyone else that had a claim to it is likely to lead to her getting deposed in short order, given how many enemies she makes doing it.]]
* InformedAttractiveness: Cersei is widely praised as one of the most beautiful noblewomen of Westeros.
* InterruptedSuicide: Tywin breaking the door in "Blackwater" stops her from proceeding with her son Tommen, because she was convinced the city would fall to the unflappable Stannis.
* IronicEcho: She begins shrieking, "I am the Queen!", exactly the same way Margaery did when she was arrested by the Faith Militant. It's also not dissimilar to what her [[EnfantTerrible beloved son]] said previously, "I am the KING!"
* ItsAllAboutMe:
** While she has more than enough specific examples (listed below), lots of fans have noted that Cersei is very likely a [[AmbiguousDisorder textbook narcissist]], sharing many qualities with them. Cersei sees herself as far more intelligent and powerful than she actually is. Her love for her brother Jaime is because she sees him as a reflection of herself if she were a man (which is also why she is notably distraught over his missing hand rather than any impact that it could ever have on his life). She loves her children, but moreso as extensions of herself than as human beings. She takes any perceived (real or not) slight extremely seriously and will often come up with forms of DisproportionateRetribution for it, [[EvilIsPetty even when she has absolutely]] [[StupidEvil nothing to gain by doing so]]. She also often tends to devalue and ruthlessly criticize and tear down those who come into contact with her. So, truly, due to the way Cersei's mind works, she is almost fundamentally incapable of ''not'' thinking everything is about her and ties back to her. So even on a more general level, Cersei is truly incapable of placing anyone's interest before her own.
** She regards Jaime as a poor sight at the start of Season 4, complaining about her being left alone to suffer a siege in the capital despite being surrounded by servants and with several bodyguards, which she obviously thinks is so much worse than Jaime being a prisoner dragged from camp to camp, losing his hand, and being humiliated and despised.
** Her main reason for accusing Tyrion for Joffrey's murder amounts to her believing that Tyrion did it to hurt her personally. It doesn't matter that Tyrion might had have much more legitimate motives for killing Joffrey; to Cersei, the motive ''must'' have been that he wanted to get back at her specifically and Joffrey just happened to be collateral damage.
** In "The Children", she tells Tywin that she's be willing to burn House Lannister to the ground so long as she remains Queen and gets to have her children. [[spoiler:In the season 6 finale, we see this wasn't an idle threat when she literally burns down a good chunk of the city's skyline to take out the Faith Militant, Margaery, and everyone else that opposes her to make sure she stays in power.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Unfriendly or hostile by default, petty, vindictive, and an overall unpleasant person to be around. It goes without saying that she HatesSmallTalk.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** It might be mainly because she's a bitch who revels in seeing others suffer, but what she says to Sansa during the Battle of Blackwater about marrying Joffrey is pretty accurate. Likewise, her assessment of Queen Margaery is mostly motivated by jealousy, but that doesn't mean she isn't right in seeing Margaery as a two-faced social climber.
** While still hiding the fact of BrotherSisterIncest and giving birth to bastards, during her "confession" about adultery, Cersei angrily calls out the High Sparrow on DoubleStandard, reminding him [[ReallyGetsAround what kind of a man she had been cheating on]]. Unfortunately for her, her conversation partner is unfazed, as he thinks AllCrimesAreEqual and the king is now dead and out of reach anyway.
* KickTheDog: As she walks.
** An almost literal incident, when she has Sansa's direwolf killed because Arya's direwolf -- who attacked Joffrey to defend her mistress -- is unavailable. It's also probably her purest example of this trope in the show: it's her first, showing what kind of a human being she is, involves an actual dog and is ''completely'' unprovoked -- she knows full well that Lady wasn't involved with Joffrey's accident and Sansa, Lady's owner actually ''sides'' with him and Cersei.
** In general, her treatment of Sansa when the latter is a hostage of the Lannisters in King's Landing, though this is strangely mixed with occasional PetTheDog moments.
** Denounces Tyrion's relationship with Shae to their Lord Father, knowing full well how Tywin deals with Tyrion's ladies of company.
** Tyrion's trial is a prolonged HumiliationConga orchestrated by her to inflict as much psychological pain as possible (though in her view it's KickTheSonOfABitch, as she mistakenly thinks that Tyrion murdered her son).
* KickTheSonOfABitch: In Season Six's finale she finally gets back at [[spoiler:Septa Unella, by throwing several goblets of wine at her face, chanting 'Confess! Confess!', calling her out of her hypocrisy and gloating about the truth of the crimes Cersei herself has been accused of. It quickly morphs into DisproportionateRetribution though, as she subjects the septa to death by torture in hands of Ser Gregor.]]
** She also likely orchestrated [[spoiler: Grand Maester Pycelle being stabbed to death by various harlots and Qyburn's child spies.]]
* KissingCousins: With Lancel while Jaime is being held captive.
* LadyDrunk: Cersei's trusty goblet is never far from her hand.
* LadyMacBeth: She's behind some of Robert and Jaime's callous or outright evil decisions.
* LargeHam: Especially when drunk.
* LaserGuidedKarma:
** She once gloated over having Ned Stark in the Black Cells. In Season 5, she is tossed into one of the cells by the Faith Militant and the High Sparrow begins to collapse her house of cards, hard.
** She also visits Margaery in her cells, specifically to rub it in. Then in ''the very same episode'', she gets thrown into an even worse one.
** She gloats over Tyrion being forced into an ArrangedMarriage, only to find that her father has the same fate in mind for her.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Cersei would like to believe that she is the female version of her father, but she has all of his worst qualities and none of his talents. All she manages to achieve is a lacklustre imitation of Lord Tywin.
* LoveIsAWeakness: She believes this, because LoveMakesYouDumb and compels you to do things you know you shouldn't to keep them happy and safe. The only people Cersei advises Sansa to love are her children since a mother has no choice in that.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Apparently, she used to have feelings for Robert when they married, but DomesticAbuse and Robert's love for Lyanna Stark brutally changed that. Her relationship with Jaime doesn't seem to bring out the best in her either.
* MadBomber: [[spoiler:Cersei outdoes the Mad King and actually manages to "burn them all" when she blows her King's Landing enemies in a wildfire plot.]]
* TheMaidenNameDebate: She was never referred to as Cersei Baratheon while Robert is still alive.
* MamaBear: She goes to extremes when it concerns protecting her children:
** When it looks like Stannis Baratheon will sack King's Landing, she even prepares to poison her youngest to spare him from getting murdered by the victorious enemy troops... albeit because such a massacre is exactly how her father came to renewed power and influence.
** She is willing to "burn House Lannister to the ground" in order to stay at King's Landing protecting Tommen, according to her. But in reality, her lust for power is also a big factor, if not bigger.
** When she receives Myrcella's necklace from the Dornish as an implied threat, Cersei is ''furious'' and declares she will have Dorne burnt down if they dare hurt her.
** Her determination to have Tyrion executed after the poisoning of Joffrey also falls under this trope. As opposed to Tywin, who is just glad to have TheMillstone out of the way and is willing to use a convenient scapegoat, Cersei genuinely believes that the accused person is guilty and seeks to avenge her child.
* ManipulativeBitch: She's able to manipulate the likes of Ned, Jaime, Lancel, Sansa and a few others...but sharper characters like Tywin, Tyrion, Varys and such aren't fooled by her machinations.
* MeaningfulName: Cersei is likely named in tribute to Circe (pronounced the same way) -- the beautiful, duplicitous sorceress from ''Literature/TheOdyssey''.
* MoodWhiplash: Due to Tywin's WhamLine. Just before that, she had been shamelessly gloating over the fact that Tywin was going to force Tyrion to marry Sansa... and then Tywin tells her of his plans for her, and she's brought nearly to tears.
-->'''Tywin''': You're still fertile. You need to marry again and breed.\\
'''Cersei''': I am '''Queen Regent''', not some broodmare!\\
'''Tywin''': You are '''my daughter'''! You will do as I command and you will marry Loras Tyrell!
* MotiveDecay: A big part of her character at the start was that she loved her children and wanted them on the throne but as they die one by one she decides to take the throne for herself and grow distant of Tommen as time goes one.
* MoralMyopia: She has a tendency to view things as heinous when being done to her or her children, and as okay when done to other people. See also {{Hypocrite}}.
** She is greatly angered when Tyrion arranges for a marriage between Myrcella and House Martell, but has no problem mocking Sansa about beheading more of her family members before her wedding to Joffrey.
** In Season 3, she [[SmugSnake smugly smiles]] when Tywin orders Tyrion to marry Sansa, and nearly breaks into tears when he orders her to marry Loras in turn.
* MrsRobinson: In addition to being Lancel's cousin, she's also old enough to be his mother. The same would apply to her [[ArrangedMarriage relationship]] with Loras Tyrell, if not the fact that both of them are equally repulsed by their engagement to each other.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Non-romantic variety. [[spoiler: Cersei has Pycelle killed because he was the only other one Tommen was willing to listen to.]]
* MyBelovedSmother: She tried to be this for her children but has so far failed at it, rather spectacularly with Joffrey becoming an uncontrollable monster, Myrcella being spirited off to Dorne specifically to get her out of Cersei's clutches, and with Tommen being virtually a non-entity to her -- so it's far too late to start anew when he becomes King.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: As Joffrey rises to ever new heights of cruelty and perversion, she finally acknowledges that having three inbred children with her twin brother ''wasn't'' such a great idea -- considering what it did to the Targaryens -- to say nothing of putting the most unstable of them on the Iron Throne itself. She breaks down in tears from the sheer knowledge that the son she loves (despite everything) is a psychopath. Nevertheless, in later episodes she undergoes a mild SelectiveObliviousness.
* {{Narcissist}}: Much like her father, she considers herself vastly superior to almost everyone around her and expects treatment commensurate with her bloated sense of self-worth. Additionally, she displays a pronounced LackOfEmpathy as evidenced by her inability to view [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes her own children]] as individuals with thoughts and feelings entirely separate from her own.
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: She feels like she is suffering under this in the male dominated Westerosi society, but Tywin bluntly tells her the real reason for her lack of power and influence beyond her family name is that she isn't as capable as she thinks she is; it can also be surmised that at least some of her apparent jealousy at Brienne of Tarth is how Brienne ''is'' by all appearances a relatively self-made woman whose family name isn't nearly as important to who Brienne became and what she achieved.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Cersei is based on several queens with poor reputations -- Queen Isabella, She-Wolf of France, Queen Catherine De'Medici of France, and from the WarOfTheRoses - Margaret d'Anjou and Elizabeth Woodville.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: After about six seasons of being sidelined, outmaneuvered, and humiliated by the other players of the Game, [[spoiler:Cersei snaps and has all of her rivals in King's Landing wiped out with wildfire before usurping the Iron Throne as Queen. She is directly responsible for killing as many or more major characters than anyone else has over all six seasons.]]
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: A prophecy implies (states in the books) that this tragedy would befall her. Her first child with Robert died because of fever and Joffrey and Myrcella begin to fulfill it when they were poisoned in Seasons 4 and 5. [[spoiler:It's completed in the finale of Season 6 when her brutal machinations drive Tommen to [[DrivenToSuicide commit suicide]]]].
* PowerHair: A full season after her TraumaticHaircut, [[spoiler: she ascends as the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms]].
* ParentalFavoritism: She gives much more love and attention to Joffrey than to Tommen and Myrcella. Considering the effects, the younger children probably have benefited from that.
* PerpetualFrowner: Her very prominent brows emanate hatred even during her rare moments of levity.
* PetTheDog:
** She comforts Catelyn after Bran "falls" from the window. Despite the incident happening because of her (though she wasn't the perpetrator) Cersei's sympathy for Catelyn as a fellow mother who had her child hurt seems actually honest.
** She convinces Joffrey to do something nice for Sansa during "Lord Snow", referencing her own unhappy arranged marriage.
** On the event of Sansa's first menses, she counsels her on how best to survive a marriage to Joffrey.
** During Tyrion's wedding, she tries to divert a lecherous Joffrey away from Sansa. A somewhat weak and quickly abandoned effort but well-intentioned nevertheless.
** Briefly comforts a nervous Melara during the flashback of her as a teenager.
* PragmaticVillainy: Despite generally being StupidEvil, there are a few moments when even Cersei realizes that petty revenge is a bad idea.
** Knows full well that a tame wolf is better than a dead one, so she plans to have Ned stripped of titles and lands and sent to the Night's Watch, though her plan fails when her son instead orders Ned's death. There is an element of EvenEvilHasStandards here, albeit expressed in a cruel IronicEcho: since Ned planned to exile her rather than allowing her and her children to be murdered, it is sort of "fair" to "only" plan to exile the Starks rather than killing them.
** In the second season, even she seems taken aback by Joffrey's order to kill Robert's bastard children, not necessarily because of [[EvenEvilHasStandards personal standards]], but because something like murdering children and babies draws the wrong type of attention. She even seems offended that Tyrion initially thinks she was the one who ordered it.[[labelnote:From the books...]]In the books, the purge of Robert's bastards was all her idea and Joffrey was unaware/uncaring of it, making for another point where Tyrion had to rein her in[[/labelnote]] However, she's also too prideful to admit he was wrong to do so.
* {{Pride}}: A theme for the Lannisters. They all have a slightly different take on it.
-->'''Cersei''': He's attacked one of my brothers, and abducted the other. I should wear the armor, and you the gown. ''[Robert strikes her]'' I shall wear this like a badge of honor.
* ProperlyParanoid: In a stark contrast to her book self, towards Margaery. Although Cersei started some of the antagonism herself, she's correct in her assumption that the younger queen is a shrewd politician with her eyes on being the power behind the throne; which goal requires removing Cersei from her position.
* PyrrhicVillainy:
** Cersei's smirking victory over Tyrion and later the Tyrells become meaningless as it comes with a high price. Her champion Ser Gregor Clegane winning over Oberyn Martell in Tyrion's trial on Joffrey's murder breaks new tensions from Dorne and leads to Myrcella's death. Jaime, out of sympathy for Tyrion, helps him escape only for Tyrion to kill Tywin on the way out, leaving the kingdom in her less-than-capable hands. Her reinstatement of the Faith Militant as a means to get back at the Tyrells backfires when she herself gets arrested and punished for her own crimes [[spoiler:which also leads her own son Tommen to accept the Faith as part of their alliance to the Iron Throne]].
--->'''Olenna''': You have no support, not anymore. Your brother is gone; the High Sparrow saw through that. The rest of your family abandoned you. The people despised you. You're surrounded by enemies, thousands of them. You're going to kill them all by yourself? You've lost, Cersei. It's the only joy that I've find in this misery.
** The Season 6 finale is this UpToEleven. [[spoiler:She wipes out all of her enemies in one fell swoop using wildfire beneath the Sept of Baelor, but in doing so she drives her son Tommen over the edge, both figuratively and [[DrivenToSuicide literally]], and in the process kills basically everyone that would be capable of running the city, much less the entire kingdom. It is also strongly implied that her twin brother and lover, Jaime, is completely disgusted by Cersei's actions and now despises her, emotionally isolating her from everyone she cares about. Her only counsel is the MadScientist Qyburn, and the Mountain as her personal muscle. She's positioned herself in a way that no one in King's Landing can challenge her, but she doesn't rule much beyond that demesne, and she has added the plentiful Reach to the list of enemies of the increasingly powerless crown. She may not reign long; soon after Cersei's coronation, Daenerys Targaryen sails to Westeros with the support of Tyrion and Lady Olenna of House Tyrell, uneasy but former allies alienated by Cersei.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Gives a nasty one to Tyrion in Season 2 after he makes a crack about her and Jaime's "relationship":
--->'''Cersei''': You're ''funny''. You've always been funny. But no joke will match the first one, will they? You remember--back when you ripped my mother open on your way out of her and she bled to death.\\
'''Tyrion''': ...She was my mother too.\\
'''Cersei''': Mother gone. For the sake of you. There's no bigger joke in the world than that.
** She tries to give one to her father midway through Season 4 (about how he's so self-centred about his family legacy he neglects his real family) but Lord Tywin turns it round on her in his ignominiable style. At the end of the season though she succeeds, thanks to dropping the bombshell of her {{twincest}}.
* RegentForLife: One of the reasons she's turning progressively against Joffrey with each passing episode is that he ruined her plan to become his RegentForLife. It's her own damn fault for being a moron, but still. [[spoiler:After all of her children die, she actually steps up and takes the crown for herself.]]
* TheResenter: Especially for Jaime, but also for her father, husband and even Tyrion due to their respective positions of power which she believes came from the fact that they're men. While the society of Westeros ''is'' very sexist and she may have had a point back then, she's filled about twenty years since with exactly resenting others and doing nothing constructive with her own position of power as the damn ''queen'', which has led to the present situation where Cersei's completely justifiably being denied power due to her incompetence. Visibly so towards Brienne of Tarth, who by her achievements and not being nearly as reliant on being a Tarth as Cersei is on being a Lannister, much less on being beautiful, pokes a sharp hole in Cersei's worldview.
* RevengeBeforeReason: She tends to focus on harming her -- real or imaginary -- enemies, and think about the consequences... uh, sometime later. Maybe. A shining example is her ploy to undermine the Tyrells in Season 5. Not only does Cersei's claim to power rely on the Lannister-Tyrell alliance (meaning that, if the Tyrells are undermined, ''she'' is undermined), Cersei's scheme directly results in her own imprisonment, public humiliation, and complete loss of political power and control. [[KnowWhenToFoldEm Most halfway intelligent people would realize they've lost and do their best to mitigate the damage and avoid future misery]]. [[DefiedTrope Cersei is not one of these people]], and actually proceeds to she tops herself in Season 6's finale when she [[spoiler:blows up the Sept of Baelor during the Green Trial, destroying all of her opponents in Kings Landing, along with a good part of the city. It's one of the very few plans she actually executes successfully, but it leaves her as ''the'' target of pretty much every remaining faction in Westeros. Of course, by that time her sanity is so long gone it's hard to even speak of "reason".]]
** A perfect example is also her willingness to have Sansa dead because she suspects that the latter poisoned Joffrey (she didn't). But she does not take it into a consideration one bit that Joffrey caused so many misfortunes to Sansa including the execution of her father as well wanting to give her the head of her brother.
* SanitySlippage: She is much more calm, collected, and rational in the first season than she is in the second. Her loss of Jaime and Joffrey's increasingly out of control attitude, complemented by her father's suddenly dismissive attitude towards her don't seem to be doing well for her mental faculties. Her despair over her daughter Myrcella's impending ArrangedMarriage can't help, either. She comes within inches of poisoning Tommen during "Blackwater" when she thinks that Stannis is about to break down the door. In "The Lion and the Rose", she's outright screaming with rage at Tyrion, as she believes he poisoned Joffrey, and by Season 5 she's noticeably resorting to alcohol continuously, further worsening her condition. By the end of Season 6, she's clearly gone off the deep end. [[spoiler:She not only blows up the Sept of Baelor and dozens of nobles within, including her uncle Kevan and three of the four Tyrells, but she doesn't care at all that Tommen kills himself in the aftermath.]]
* ScrewYourself: Her incest with Jaime is, [[WordOfGod according to the cast and crew]] and in consonance with her thoughts in the books, her attempt to get as close as she can to making this a reality. She sees Jaime as [[IJustWantToBeYou what she was actually meant to be]] and denied the privilege of being by being born a woman. Thus by having sexual intercourse with Jaime, she is, in her own mind, [[ShapedLikeItself screwing herself]]. As such, to Cersei it's not incest but rather ''incredibly'' metaphorical masturbation.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Maggy the Frog told her that all three of her children would die. [[spoiler:Cersei's own actions, in various ways, lead to this outcome. Joffrey dies because Cersei coddled him and then couldn't control him when he was made king, which led to him being poisoned because he was out of control. Myrcella died because the Mountain killed Oberyn, which in turn only happened because Cersei was determined to punish Tyrion for killing Joffrey without any proof that he was responsible. Finally, Tommen kills himself after Cersei detonates the wildfire under the Great Sept of Baelor, killing Margaery among many others.]]
* ShadowArchetype: Cersei is the picture of what could have gone wrong with several other female characters who shared some characteristics with her:
** To Sansa. They were both sheltered daddy's girls from noble families, living a fantasy of marrying a PrinceCharming, which in both cases has gone horribly wrong, leaving them both disillusioned. Sansa's kinder nature and not actually spending years in a horrible marriage have left her in a better mental shape than Cersei, for now at least.
** Tywin notes a similarity between a young Cersei and Arya in their spirited and rebellious natures. However, Cersei was forced by Tywin to conform to the standard submissive role for a Westerosi woman, and put her energy into becoming an evil queen.
** Both Tyrell women, Margaery and Olenna, share many traits with Cersei -- they're manipulative, willing to use seduction (in Olenna's case, in the past) to further their goals and were "blessed" with not particularly politically competent husbands. Olenna and Cersei also share ruthlessness and and similarities in their acts go as far as committing a regicide and letting an innocent man take the fall. However, by growing (at least in Margaery's case) in a household where the female role was valued and taught -- instead of being reduced to a property of a man and a piece to haggle -- and being ''sane'', they get out of their roles everything Cersei couldn't: Margaery is a popular queen and gets to manipulate even Joffrey, and Olenna is the real head of her family who has raised a capable heiress and is the closest thing the series has to a female Tywin.
* ASharedSuffering: Shows a short-lived sisterly attitude towards Tyrion after Tywin reminds them both of the [[SarcasmMode joy]] of living under his domineering thumb.
* ShedTheFamilyName: [[spoiler: Cersei again takes up the Lannister name as Queen regnant instead of Baratheon.]]
* SheIsTheKing: [[spoiler: Becomes the ruling Queen of the Seven Kingdoms in the Season 6 finale.]]
* SiblingRivalry: Displays an open animosity towards Tyrion, which gets incensed when their father entrusts him with power. She [[CainAndAbel has wished the death of Tyrion]] since the day he was born. Tyrion doesn't reciprocate beyond the occasional quip because intellectually and humanely, he's way above her level. She also harbors some resentment over Tywin favouring Jaime.
* SmugSmiler: There probably isn't a character from any medium ever, to compete with that contemptible, irritating smirk that she wears constantly.
* SmugSnake:
** While she is indeed a somewhat competent/lucky schemer, she is not as brilliant as she thinks herself to be and her self-entitlement, pettiness, and overconfidence often renders her blindsided, and she always struggles to grasp that she's in over her head when she has been outplayed. Her own father even points out that she overestimates her own intelligence.
--->'''Lord Tywin:''' I don't distrust you because you're a woman. I distrust you because you're not as smart as you think you are. You've allowed that boy to ride roughshod over you and everyone else in this city.
** During her dinner with Tyrion in "The Prince of Winterfell", she gloats over the fact that she's holding Tyrion's whore hostage, while both Tyrion and the viewers know she's got the wrong woman altogether. Not that that makes Tyrion any less pissed at her contemptible behavior.
** Despite considering herself a keen player in the game of thrones, none of her plans ever truly succeed. Indeed, in most cases, her actions end up backfiring on her horribly, particularly her plan to rule Westeros behind the scenes while Joffrey sat on the throne. The most Cersei ever appears to achieve are very small, petty victories over people much less powerful than her, and that desire for short-lived sense of satisfaction irrespective of whether it actually improves her position or accomplishes anything in the long run is textbook SmugSnake.
* SpeakIllOfTheDead: She has no qualms posthumously calling Renly Baratheon a "degenerate" in "Dark Wings, Dark Words". [[{{Hypocrite}} This is coming from a woman who had three children with her twin brother]].
* StrongFamilyResemblance:
** Young Cersei looks ''strikingly'' similar to her daughter, Myrcella. The fact that Myrcella's a product of Cersei's incest with her own ''twin'' brother ''might'' have something to do with this.[[note]]Exact same genes, give or take a few[[/note]]
** With her hair cut off by the Faith Militant, she bears an unsettling resemblance to Joffrey.
* StupidEvil:
** Tyrion and Tywin separately note this about her. Her vile and foolish tendencies are always present, to the point where Tywin is quick to empower his much disparaged son Tyrion to mitigate Cersei's calamities.
** She cares nothing about public sentiment and doesn't realize that throwing people out of her city will draw their ire and how the ire of the mob is dangerous for kings and queens.
--->'''Tyrion''': Listen to me, 'queen regent'. You're in danger of losing the people.\\
'''Cersei''': The people? Heh. You think I care?\\
'''Tyrion''': You may find it difficult to rule over millions who want you dead.
** Her understanding on the actual military threats posed by Stannis Baratheon and Robb Stark is likewise tenuous at best, to the point that Tyrion's victory at Blackwater is almost in spite of her efforts, rather than because of it (her only contribution is getting the wildfire made, a plan Tyrion co-opted because she likely would have burned King's Landing to the ground by accident). Of course, a lot of these may be due to her rapidly becoming a not very functioning [[TheAlcoholic addict]].
** Once the sensible influences or restraints of Tyrion and Tywin are gone, Cersei goes one step further and engages in one petty, short-sighted scheme after another, culminating in her empowering the Faith Militant as a petty revenge scheme against the Tyrells with [[DidntThinkThisThrough zero regards for the potential blowback]]. She's called out on this one multiple times.
* ThickerThanWater: She spoiled her first son Joffrey from day one, but was horrified when he became increasingly psychopathic and insane, starting to indulge in regular cruelties and atrocities. She later acknowledges to Margaery that even at his most evil she still loves Joffrey out of some sense of maternal care and loses it completely when he dies in her arms.
* TooCleverByHalf: She is indeed well-versed in the games of subterfuge and underhanded politics amongst the Westeros' nobles, but she fancies herself to be better than she actually is, causing her to often severely underestimate her opponents. Ironically, this also works in her favor, since her opponents often assume she's too rational to do something stupid, only to be blindsided when she does it anyway.
* TraumaCongaLine: Episodes 2 and 3 of Season 4 are nothing but this for Cersei. First, Joffrey is assassinated using a horribly painful poison, and then her father totally ignores her when she asks him not to [[BrutalHonesty lecture Tommen about how bad a king Joffrey was]] before taking Tommen away, and then she has a...[[QuestionableConsent rather uncomfortable sexual encounter]] with Jaime next to her son's corpse while she's mourning.
* TraumaticHaircut: Has her precious golden locks cut off by the Faith Militant.
* TroubledAbuser: Between her experiences with her abusive husband, controlling, emotionally abusive father and uncontrollable, psychopathic son, Cersei takes it out on whom she has a chance at the moment. Sometimes it's Tyrion (though it tends to backfire on her). More often it's [[TheChewToy Sansa]].
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour:
** She proudly recalls the time she had a 9 year old servant girl beaten to blindness for stealing a necklace, when she was of the same age.
** "Mockingbird" reveals that during a visit Oberyn and Elia had at Casterly Rock when they were children, Cersei freely tormented a baby Tyrion in front of them by pinching his penis and talking about how she wished he had died. She only stopped tormenting Tyrion because Jaime made her stop.
** We finally get a glimpse of [[TeensAreMonsters teen Cersei]] in Season 5, she's about as charming as you would think. When Maggy the Frog refuses to tell her fortune, a teenage Cersei threatens to have her eyes gouged out.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: [[spoiler: In the Season 6 finale, after killing most of her political enemies in a wildfire explosion and Tommen's suicide, Cersei forcibly takes the Iron Throne and names herself Queen.]]
* TheUnfavourite: In Season 3, her father makes it clear that due to her failure to control Joffrey, he regards her as little better than Tyrion. Also note that while Tywin may not ''like'' Tyrion, he does respect Tyrion's intelligence and in this respect treats him as an equal. The same can't be said for Cersei.
* UngratefulBastard: Never has anything good to say about Tyrion or Loras, despite both of them being vital in saving her and Tommen's lives at the battle of Blackwater. Tywin even calls her out on her ingratitude for the Tyrells. Probably the most blatant example of this was her framing Ned Stark as a traitor after he warned her to save herself and her children; though it was mixed with PragmaticVillainy, since they would be forced to go into exile if she accepted Ned's scenario.
* UnwittingPawn: After transforming the Sparrows into the Faith Militant and giving them free rain to imprison any ''deviants'' towards the Gods, which ends up getting both Loras and Margaery captured, she confidently assumes that she is controlling them like puppets. It never occurs to her until it's too late that the now all powerful fundamentalist organisation would imprison her for her own deviant lifestyle once they no longer needed her.
* TheUsurper: Although it's her sons who get to sit on the Iron Throne, not herself, it's her actions which usurp said throne to her family. [[spoiler:And as "The Winds of Winter" she finally seizes it for herself.]]
* VillainProtagonist: She is clearly the viewpoint character during the Faith in King's Landing storyline in Season 6.
* VillainousBreakdown:
** She angrily loses her cool when Tyrion shows up in a meeting of the Small Council, and much to her chagrin reveals that he's acting Hand of the King.
** She's in this mode for the entire episode "Blackwater", although it's a less hammy example then usual.
** In "The Lion and the Rose". Cersei visibly ''shatters'' as Joffrey dies helplessly in her arms.
** In "The Gift", she goes from being a SmugSmiler for the majority of Season 5 to screaming "I am the queen!" as she is dragged away to the Black Cells by the High Sparrow's Faith Militant.
** Her sanity worsens as her situation does throughout season six. This ends up being the dangerous version, since she's desperate and crazy enough in the finale to [[spoiler:use the wildfire caches in King's Landing to simply kill all of her rivals at once.]]
* VillainousFriendship: With Qyburn, who is the only person to visit her during her imprisonment by the Faith, and the first person to cover her after her walk of shame.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Like all of Tywin's children, she craves his appreciation. Like all of Tywin's children, she doesn't get it, because a) she screws up, b) daddy doesn't ''do'' appreciation to begin with.
* WhamLine
** She reveals the truth to Tywin in "The Children":
---> '''Cersei''': Everything they say about Jaime and me is true... your legacy is a ''lie''!
* WhileRomeBurns: She smiles and triumphantly sips a glass of wine [[spoiler:as she watches the wildfire cache burn down the Great Sept of Baelor, along with all of her rivals in it, in the distance]]. She's clearly enjoying the awful spectacle.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: "Everyone who is not us is an enemy."
* WomanScorned: After Robert makes clear that he never loved her and their marriage didn't have a chance to work, and strikes her (in a different scene), he doesn't live for long. Years of cheating and humiliating her probably didn't help his case, either.
* WomenAreWiser: At times.
** She is completely right about Margaery Tyrell not being as harmless as she seems. Joffrey ignores her.
** Cersei herself believes this trope to be true, in tandem with AllMenArePerverts; during her pathetic attempt to blackmail Tyrion she says that thinking with their penises is a FatalFlaw present in all men. Again, playing into her {{Hypocrite}} character. She considers men's uncontrollable sexual desires to be their biggest weakness, and yet her own sexual desires for Jaime that she either couldn't or wouldn't control despite the knowledge that the whole affair could backfire horribly is what ultimately leads to all of the events in the series.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: As Joffrey is only 16, she's technically the ruling sovereign of the Seven Kingdoms; her official title is even "Queen Regent". She even tries to assert her authority as such early on, but Joffrey takes a shotgun to that notion with six little words: "[[WhamLine Ser Ilyn, bring me his head]]!" She still attempts to rule while Joffrey spends his time performing various cruelties, but Tyrion compromises much of her power and repeatedly outmanoeuvres her when she tries to take it back, Tywin wastes no time controlling everyone once he comes back from fighting the war, and then the Tyrells join in by marrying Margaery to both of Cersei's sons, making Margaery the would-be reigning Queen.
* WickedCultured: As could be expected of a rich young woman from a noble house, Cersei recieved an excellent education.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: Not so much as in the books, but in the end of the day Cersei is a philanderer, a drunkard and an incompetent ruler, not unlike her hated late hubby (albeit in a different style).
* YourCheatingHeart: First cheats on Robert with Jaime, then on Jaime with Lancel. While Robert is her UnwantedSpouse, she has proclaimed Jaime tto be her OneTrueLove, making cheating on him the ultimate proof that she isn't loyal to any man.
* YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: Strongly implied to be a factor in hating Tyrion. Leads to what is probably her best comeback.
-->'''Cersei''': Mother gone. All for the sake of you. There's no bigger joke in the world than that.
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: While not as hated as her son Joffrey, the common folk of King's Landing don't like her much at all. Her haughty, crappy treatment of the subjects and the rumors of incest certainly don't do a lot to change that.
** [[spoiler: Her destruction of the Sept of Baelor which killed hundreds if not thousands of people, including Margery, Loras, Mace, and Kevan, and her grab for the Iron Throne after Tommen's subsequent suicide cemented her position as the most hated person in Westeros.]]
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[[folder:Ser Jaime Lannister]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:''"[[LoveMakesYouEvil I don't blame him, and I don't blame you. We don't get to choose who we love.]]"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/NikolajCosterWaldau

->''"There it is. There's the look. I've seen it for seventeen years on face after face. You all despise me. Kingslayer. Oathbreaker. A man without honor."''

Twin brother of Cersei, and older brother of Tyrion. A member of the Kingsguard, and Lord Commander after the forced retirement of Ser Barristan until his own forced retirement.
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* TheAce: Generally considered to be one of the greatest swordsmen in Westeros, if not ''the'' greatest. Subtly combined with BrilliantButLazy: When he tries he's almost as cunning, charismatic, and socially dominating as his father and little brother, but he's personally unambitious and is only ever recognized in-universe for his sublime swordsmanship and pretty face.
-->'''Littlefinger:''' I bet on Ser Jaime in the jousting, as any sane man would...
* ActionDad: The biological father of Joffrey, Tommen and Myrcella and is a renowned badass.
* AdaptedOut:
** His confession to Tyrion about Tysha at the end of ''A Storm of Swords'', which caused them to part on a very sour note. Instead, since Jaime doesn't tell him this, their parting is much more heartwarming.
** His arc in the books after Tywin's death involves reforming the Kingsguard, beefing up security, trying and failing to offer Cersei good advice, this is instead traded for [[AdaptationExpansion a trip to show!Dorne]].
* AdaptationalBadass: In regards to losing his sword hand, [[BroughtDownToBadass Jaime is still shown to be a somewhat able swordsman while sparring with Bronn]]. In the books, not so much. Though, Book!Jaime compensated for that by becoming a badass general, administrator and diplomat and that aspect is missing in Seasons 4 and 5, though it appears in Season 6.
* AdaptationDistillation: His arc in Season 4 has him taking over for Kevan Lannister as Tyrion's quasi-lawyer and Go-Between between him and Tywin. In the books he comes far too late to King's Landing, well after Joffrey's death, and doesn't get much chance to interact with his little brother, though the crucial climactic conversation between them, despite additional time to be built up in the season, is AdaptedOut.
* AdaptationalHeroism:
** Jaime in the books even after the beginning of his RedemptionQuest is quite blunt and jerkish, and after the loss of his hand tries to cultivate a more distant and intimidating demeanour, whereas Jaime in Season 4 barring one or two interactions is often quite nice. The scene where he asks Tywin to spare his brother for instance is quite far apart from Book!Jaime at least in levels of earnestness and sincerity.
** His interactions with Brienne (with whom he already has a fair bit of ShipTease in the novels) tend to be warmer in the show than in the books, especially later on.
* AdaptationalVillainy: He gets a few more KickTheDog moments than in the books:
** He murders his young cousin Alton Lannister, who idolised him, as part of an escape attempt, which incidentally makes him a kinslayer, the only thing ''worse'' than a kingslayer.
** In the book, the sex scene with Cersei in front of Joffrey's corpse was consensual; in "Breaker Of Chains", it is at best grudging, at worst forced by Jaime. The context change doesn't help either: In the books, Jaime has only just returned to King's Landing after spending most of the war a prisoner and losing his hand and son and is so starved for intimacy that he ignores Cersei's initial protestations. In the show, he's been around for a few weeks, making his actions a lot less seemingly impulsive.
*** However, it is worth noting that WordOfGod states this is ''not canon'' and the scene was meant to be consensual.
* AgeLift: Is 40 in "Two Swords", making him older than his book counterpart at the same point in the story (though also three years ''younger'' than his actor).
* AffablyEvil: It's kind of hard to remember to hate the guy when he's joking with Tyrion or trading war stories with Jory Cassel... and then he brutally stabs the latter through the eye. Quite the turnaround to further remind the audience of the "evil" part.
* AnArmAndALeg: Locke chops off his hand out of spite.
* AntiHero: In the third season, the reveal of his heroic HiddenDepths and the selfless deeds he commits establish him firmly in this category. As it stands, he's somewhere between a PragmaticHero and an UnscrupulousHero by virtue of the murkier things he's done in the name of family.
* AntiVillain: His characterization in the first two seasons. A man who doesn't hesitate to kill a child or a kin for his own benefit but who possesses some sympathetic traits and standards.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion:
** To Brienne.
---> '''Jaime:''' Tell me, if your precious Renly commanded you to kill your own father and stand by while thousands of men, women, and children burned alive, ''would you have'' done ''it''? ''Would you have kept your oath then?''
** Delivers one to Walder Frey in "The Winds of Winter".
---> '''Jaime:''' We gave you the Riverlands to hold the Riverlands. If we have to ride North and take them back every time you lose them...why do we need you?
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: A gifted man full of hubris because he's one of the best swordsmen in the Seven Kingdoms ''and'' a Lannister. His smugness starts to wear off in Season 3, slowly at first, what with getting his ass kicked by Brienne, and dramatically after "Walk of Punishment", a turning point where most of the arrogance is well and truly gone. While he still tries to reassure his lord father that not being as good with his left hand doesn't matter as long as he's better than anyone else, an honest conversation with Tyrion shows that most of his self-confidence is gone.
* ArtificialLimbs: He is fitted with a golden hand in Season 4 when he returns to King's Landing. Subverted in that it doesn't function as anything but a display and Jaime remarks that [[HookHand a hook]] would be more practical, but much to his luck, he does manages to use it as a life-saving [[BarehandedBladeBlock improvised shield]]. It's also an effective tool for slapping, As the Freys learned the hard way during Season 6.
* TheAtoner: Jaime is trying his best to reform. He saved Brienne, sent her on a quest to try and save the Stark girls in order to fulfill Catelyn's vow, saved Tyrion from death, and once again aspires to be a dutiful Kingsguard no matter how soiled his reputation... and after Tywin's death and Tyrion's abandoning the city, Jaime sails to Dorne in an attempt to protect his 'niece' Myrcella from retaliation for the death of Oberyn Martell.
* BadassBoast
-->'''[To Jory]''' I'm going to open your lord up from balls to brains and see what Starks are made of.\\
'''[To Lady Stark]''' There are no men like me. Only me.
* BadassDecay: Goes through this in-universe as from the beginning of the series onwards as we see him captured, beaten by a woman, and finally having his hand cut off and with it ''all'' of his prodigious prowess as a swordsman. He is regarded as this in Season 4, with his own father and Cersei regarding his career as a Knight as over and Joffrey essentially calling him a has-been.
* BadassInCharge: As Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.
* BadassLongcoat: He attires while not in his Kingsguard armor are mostly this.
* BaitTheDog: Two humanizing scenes have him bonding with Jory and his young cousin, Alton. Jory gets a callous answer in the end and before long, both of them are rather casually killed by Jaime.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: In Season 5, he discovers the one real advantage a fake hand gives him in a sword fight.
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Cersei in Season 1. The two of them are the seasons primary threats and antagonists.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Tyrion. Cersei notes that he was always the one to defend his little brother from the abuses of his father, sister, and society. This even extended to setting up the MeetCute with Tysha, which is part of why the two of them get along so well (in the book, Tyrion explicitly narrates that his UndyingLoyalty to Jaime is in thanks for giving him [[IJustWantToBeLoved a taste of love]]). In Season 4, he's probably the only major figure to publicly support Tyrion's innocence and it's implied that he would have dueled on his behalf if he had both hands. He finally defies both his father and sister and arranges with Varys to break Tyrion out of prison, giving one final, loving hug before they part ways.
* BigDamnHeroes: He returns to Harrenhal just in time to rescue Brienne from a live bear.
* BodyguardBetrayal: The source of his infamous nickname Kingslayer. Even worse for him, in that it was [[TheCaligula Aerys]] that he killed, and while almost everyone is happy for such a monstrous man to be dead, they still dislike Jaime for having broken his oath to protect the king, and it has no small part in his resentment towards Ned Stark. Somewhat justified by the high premium that is (at least publicly) placed on honor[[labelnote:From the books...]]Ned Stark was the first to find Jaime sitting on the Iron Throne and Aerys II at the feet thereof, so he believed that Jaime had at least considered usurping the throne[[/labelnote]].
* BloodKnight: Loves a good fight, but is also courageous and (in most cases) honorable, as demonstrated by him sparing Ned after one of his men "taints" the victory by stabbing Ned in the leg.
* BreakTheHaughty: Despite numerous forces attempting to break him down (see HumiliationConga), Jaime remains as [[SmugSnake smug]] and [[ArrogantKungFuGuy arrogant]] as ever ''right'' up until the moment where he loses his hand.
* BrilliantButLazy:
** Shows no greater ambition than to be a member of the Kingsguard. This contrasts with his father who remade the Lannisters as the strongest house (and seems to consider Jaime a JadedWashout), his sister who tried to make herself the power behind the throne, and his brother who ruled King's Landing (and wants Casterly Rock). Jaime displays cunning with his manipulation of Steelshanks and Locke, but rarely uses it.
--->'''Lord Tywin''': You're blessed with abilities that few men possess. You're blessed to belong to the most powerful family in the Kingdoms, and you're still blessed with youth. And what have you done with these blessings? You've served as a glorified bodyguard for two kings, one a madman, the other a drunk [...] I need you to become the man you were always meant to be. Not next year, not tomorrow...now.
** It's also a {{deconstruction}} in that Jaime's laziness leads to him having few real accomplishments. Moreover, in the book describing the achievements of each member of the Kingsguard, his page is ridiculously small and the only notability compared to other members is his killing of Aerys... so as a swordsman he's practically a LivingLegend, but as a member of the Kingsguard he is a ButtMonkey.
** Come Season 6 and he is growing out of it. [[spoiler: Jaime confronts the High Sparrow, immediately tries to approach the small council to do something about the situation in Dorne and then when it's clear that unity is needed to take on the Faith Militant he not only convinces Kevan and Olenna to work with Cersei again, but its clear from Olenna's face that she's thinking "This boy knows his shit".]]
* BrokenAce: It is shown that he is incredibly bitter about his reputation as the 'Kingslayer', and that no matter what he does, he'll always be remembered as [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder someone who will change sides at the drop of a hat.]]
* BrotherSisterIncest: With Cersei.
* ButtMonkey: By Season 4, he has this status among his family, having sat out of the war as a captive and NobleFugitive, getting his hand chopped off in the process while the war was won without him doing anything significant. His relationship with Cersei is cold, his father is disappointed in his continual insistence to serve in the Kingsguard, and even his "nephew" King Joffrey mocks him for being a FailureHero. Not as much as Tyrion, but a drastic comedown from being his father's favourite. Even Loras, his future brother-in-law, easily defeats him in PassiveAggressiveKombat which Jaime himself had initiated.
* ByronicHero: The darker end of this trope. Killing the Mad King was the best thing he ever did, but doing so cost him his integrity and everyone hates Jaime for it. This has made him an outcast in Westeros society. He continues to be haunted by the Mad King's last words (the king came very close to torching all of King's Landing), and his true reasons for Kingslaying are a closely-guarded secret very few other people know. As a consequence, Jaime decided to embrace his amoral image by doing dark things in the name of self-preservation - such as pushing Bran off the tower and killing his cousin - although he is trying his best to reform. Jaime is also handsome, a prodigy with a sword, both proud and self-loathing, cynical, and has a very sharp wit. Oh, and he's had an incestuous affair with his own sister for several years.
* ChildProdigy: On the one hand, his dyslexia made him a slow learner in some aspects, but on the other hand, he was already a brilliant swordsman during his childhood. He tells Bronn that he hasn't used sparring swords since he was nine. He became the youngest Kingsguard in history, joining the order at the age of 16.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Zigzagged trope. This is his reputation. In reality, his killing of King Aerys is far more complex: Aerys told him to kill his own father and was also planning on burning down and killing everyone in King's Landing. Unfortunately, Jaime's pride and pessimism discouraged him from revealing that true reason for killing Aerys. On the other hand, if word were to ever get out that Jaime had brutally killed his younger cousin, Alton Lannister, then he would be known as a ''kinslayer'', the ''only'' thing worse than being a kingslayer in Westeros, as well.
* CluelessChickMagnet: Jaime is oblivious to the attention he gets from women because he's only interested in Cersei (or Brienne), which Bronn points out with considerable irritation.
* CompositeCharacter: Jaime takes over for Balon Swann, a Kingsguard knight sent by Cersei to return Myrcella to the Capital. Jaime did not go to Dorne in the books.
* ConflictingLoyalty: A recurring theme for him all through the series:
** The Kingslayer delivers a trope-defining remark to Lady Catelyn Stark pointing out that the oaths about honoring your family and honoring your King are forced to be helplessly contradictory sooner or later.
--->'''Jaime:''' So many vows. They make you swear and swear. Defend the king. Obey the king. Obey your father. Defend the innocent. Protect the weak. But what if your father despises the king? What if the king massacres the innocent? It's too much. No matter what, you're forsaking one vow or the other."
** As he revealed to Brienne, Jaime broke his oath and killed the Mad King when he decided to explode huge quantities of wildfire hidden beneath King's Landing. This action saved 500,000 lives but came at the price of his honor and universal contempt for soiling his office.
** On his return to King's Landing, Jaime is once again torn between family and duty. His oath to Catelyn Stark to safeguard Sansa and Arya are complicated by her death and changed political landscape. When Joffrey dies and Tyrion is arrested and Sansa is suspected, Jaime is caught between his father, sister and his little brother, his promise to Catelyn Stark and his decision to honor his vows to the Kingsguard as best as possible. No easy task. He eventually decides to go against his family in secret, giving Brienne help to rescue Sansa, and working with Varys to rescue Tyrion.
* ConscienceMakesYouGoBack: He was willing to leave Brienne to her fate at first, but couldn't go through with it and managed to convince his escorts to go back to Harrenhal for her. Although to be fair he ''did'' initially think she was going to be ransomed and went back to force the issue at once when he heard that Locke had refused the ransom offer.
* CoolBigBro: Undoubtedly to Tyrion- he's even seen bringing him some extra prostitutes before the feast in the first episode!
* CoolSword: Oathkeeper, the Valyrian steel sword Lord Tywin gives him, made from House Stark's Ice, at the beginning of Season 4. It lacks some of the more spectacular elements of its book counterpart (namely its highly distinctive rippling red-and-black blade), but its handle is still ludicrously baroque. Eventually, he gives it to Brienne.
* CripplingOverspecialization: While he's perfectly cunning and intelligent for a warrior, Jaime has built his entire life, career, reputation, and self-respect around being one of the best ''swordsmen'' in the kingdom... who then loses his sword hand early in Season 3.
-->'''Jaime:''' It's a good thing I am who I am. I'd have been useless at anything else.
* {{Cuckold}}: Jaime is completely oblivious that Cersei slept with their cousin Lancel even when he returned to King's Landing after Cersei was arrested and punished by the Faith Militant. Granted that Cersei never told him the true reason why she got arrested as it would open more skeletons in the closet. [[labelnote:From the books]] Tyrion told Jaime that "Cersei's fucking Lancel, Osmund Kettleblack, and Moonboy for all I know" before they parted in bad terms which led to Jaime having doubts on Cersei's faithfulness to him. When he went to the Riverlands, he confronted Lancel about the affair and Lancel confessed that he did slept with Cersei and helped her kill Robert. Eventually, Jaime began to despise Cersei and refused to help her when the Faith Militant got her. This is in contrast to the show where Jaime left Cersei in good terms with no doubts and he didn't talk to Lancel before leaving to the Riverlands.[[/labelnote]]
* CynicismCatalyst: The death of the Mad King Aerys Targaryen II at his hands: Turns out that instead of switching sides at the last minute like his father did, the ''real'' reason he killed Aerys was to prevent Aerys from using wildfire to [[KillEmAll annihilate]] [[TakingYouWithMe everyone]] in King's Landing. One of his most truly noble and selfless acts resulted in everyone derisively referring to him as "Kingslayer". That's part of the reason he's become so bitter and lacking in empathy towards others.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Confesses this problem to Tyrion, noting that his instincts with his left hand are nowhere near the skills of his perfectly-trained right hand.
* DeadpanSnarker: He tends to slip at least one of these into every conversation he makes. But of particular note:
-->'''Jaime:''' King in the North! You know, I expect you to leave me at one castle or another for safekeeping but you just drag me along camp to camp. Have you grown fond of me Stark, is that it? I've never seen you with a girl.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Towards Brienne.
* {{Determinator}}: Makes no less than five escape attempts throughout his captivity. At one point, gasping for breath in the mud after having one of his hands chopped off, he still disarms a Bolton soldier with his left and tries to fight a group of others.
* DidNotThinkThisThrough: Jaime is incredibly impulsive. The problem being that many of his spur-of-the-moment actions either don't further his cause or outright make his problems worse. To wit:
** Attacking Ned Stark and his men did nothing to free Tyrion from Catelyn Stark.
** His murder of Rickard Karstark's son in a poorly thought out escape attempt only made many Stark bannerman all too eager to kill him.
** He freed Tyrion, only for the latter to use the newfound freedom to murder their father.
** His attempt to bring Myrcella back from Dorne wasn't well thought through either, and ends in failure.
** He's called out on his impulsiveness InUniverse more than once. Noteably by Cersei and Bronn.
--->'''Cersei:''' You're a man of action, aren't you? When it occurs to you to do something you do it. Never mind the consequences.\\
'''Jaime:''' I like to improvise.\\
'''Bronn:''' That explains the golden hand.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight:
** Tells Bronn he wants to go out in the arms of the woman he loves.
** Myrcella collapses and dies in Jaime's arms after they have a first and sweet father-daughter conversation.
* TheDogBitesBack: It's been implied that his murder of Aerys was a case of this. [[labelnote:From the books...]]This is confirmed, since among other things Jaime was forced to stand by and listen as Aerys brutally raped his wife Rhaella and whilst Brandon and Ricken Stark were horrifically killed, and Jaime would "go inside" his own mind when that happened, implying that it left him with a degree of PTSD.[[/labelnote]]
* TheDragon: He's trusted by Lord Tywin with half of the Lannister forces and attains some glory in the field, but his war days are quickly ended when he gets ensnared by Robb Stark.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** Not his first scene, but being able to shove a child out a window with only a flippant little comment about "The things I do for love" is a pretty big moment.
** Gets a second one in "The Kingsroad" while talking to Jon Snow.
** His first scene where he gets a significant number of lines to himself, onscreen, in fact, is the scene where he's joking around with Tyrion in the brothel. That episode is Jaime in a nutshell, really -- dangerous, doesn't mind killing children, loves his family.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:
** He and Cersei are clearly very much in love, and he's very protective of his brother Tyrion, not to mention he's the only member of his immediate family who ''doesn't'' blame Tyrion for the death of their mother Joanna Lannister.
** Despite not approving of Joffrey's rudeness and general attitude, he loves him enough to shove several people out of his way and rush to his side, desperately trying to help him. Tragically (sort of), it doesn't work.
** Though he's not really close to them (as he had to pretend to be their 'uncle' for most of their lives), he does care about Myrcella and Tommen.
* EveryoneHasStandards:
** Knocks down a soldier who unceremoniously stabs Ned in the leg during his duel with the latter. When talking with his father in "You Win or You Die", he comments that this act made him spare Ned's life as killing him in this situation wouldn't be "clean."
** He also feels contempt for rapists. So what the fuck was that in "Breaker of Chains"?
** The reason he killed Aerys -- he wanted to burn down King's Landing with wildfire.
** Unlike his father, sister, and his son, he has no problem with homosexuality and even sympathises with them, given his own affection.
** Defies Cersei's wishes by having Brienne find Sansa and take her to safety so that Cersei can't harm her, and giving up his sword Oathkeeper to her for that purpose.
** In the Season 6 finale, he is absolutely horrified to see the mass murder and destruction Cersei has wreaked upon King's Landing and their own family.
* EvilCounterpart: To Ser Loras Tyrell. They're both arrogant, highly-skilled warriors, Lords Commander of a family member's Kingsguard, brothers to a queen, and have a socially unacceptable romantic relationship, but the Knight of Flowers has yet to do anything as heinous as pushing a kid out of a window or murdering his own cousin in cold blood. Loras and Margaery are a BrotherSisterTeam, whereas Jaime and Cersei are engaged in BrotherSisterIncest. Although Loras is jealous of Brienne, he doesn't actually want to harm her, and even comes to her defense when Margaery accuses her of murdering Renly, whereas Jaime attempts to kill Brienne (who was merely trying to escort him safely to King's Landing, albeit in chains) in "Dark Wings, Dark Words". Loras tries to engage in polite small talk with Jaime in "The Lion and the Rose", and the older knight suddenly escalates it to a verbal confrontation by threatening his life.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Grows an appropriately [[http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/33700000/Jaime-Lannister-jaime-lannister-33779441-1600-1200.jpg leonine one]] while in Northern captivity in Season 2 and keeps it thick into the rest of Season 3. He chops it all off in Season 4, wearing his hair short again once he returns to the luxury of King's Landing.
* FacialDialogue: After losing his hand, whenever someone starts to bring up the subject of his incest and parenthood, even if indirectly, Jaime usually produces a begging "Please don't." wounded gaze.
* FailureHero: How the Lannisters see him after he returns; King Joffrey and Cersei both note that they survived a siege without him and the war was won without him playing a major role and he for his part, sat out of it as a captive and returned as a cripple. This is amplified furthermore when Joffrey gets poisoned at his own wedding in full view of everyone, with Jaime not able to do nothing but watch. It's worse in the TV show because his book counterpart wasn't even ''present'' at King's Landing at the time. And then his actions directly lead to Tywin's death. Harshly, but accurately [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech summed up]] by Cersei:
--> '''Cersei''': Tyrion may be a monster, but at least he killed our father on purpose. You killed him by mistake.
* FireForgedFriends: With Brienne, eventually.
* {{Foil}}: To Ned and, later, Brienne; his code of flexible morality contrasts their [[HonorBeforeReason strict adherence]] to their own code of honor. The insults and disrespect he gets when returning to his family, are very similar to what Theon experienced when returning to Pyke.
** He relentlessly mocks the laws of gods and men. Is known for being a pretty bad guy but has a far more cruel older sibling (Cersei is the older twin). Is a very skilled swordsman and while he claims to not care about others he risks his life for a female companion. Jaime Lannister or Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane? Oddly they've never interacted on screen.
** Jaime has everything Tyrion lacks or craves. Handsome, tall, a dashing duelist adored by the smallfolk and by his family and even treated with some consideration by his father. Jaime could commit all kinds of follies and still be the golden son.
* {{Gaydar}}: He claims to have known that Renly was a "tulip" from the moment the boy first arrived at court.
* GlorifiedSpermDonor: He sired all of Cersei's children, but wasn't a father figure to them from fear that people might get suspicious about their paternity. As of Season 5, he begins to regret this. Cersei tells him he has no right to call Myrcella his daughter, and Myrcella herself says he doesn't really know her.
* GloveSlap: He gets a rough version of this during his training, when Bronn yanks his golden hand off and then slaps him to the ground with it.
* GreenEyedMonster: Even though he is fully aware that Tywin had arranged the forced betrothal between Cersei and Loras, and that the latter is a gay man, he is ''very'' jealous that Loras will marry Cersei while he himself cannot. Jaime threatens Loras' life over this issue when they meet at the Purple Wedding (although it backfires spectacularly).
* GuileHero: After losing his sword hand, he's forced to rely on his wits and cunning to accomplish tasks, such as playing on Steelshanks' sense of self-preservation to help him save Brienne from the bear pit.
* HandicappedBadass: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]. He still manages to be a fairly competent fighter after having his right hand cut off, but he's understandably perturbed about losing most of his physical prowess, his only noticeable trait to the outside world (he is the ''Kingslayer'' after all) and skilled fighters like Bronn can easily knock him down, forcing Jaime to [[CombatPragmatist learn how to improvise]]. Though he does take out a Dornishman with the help of his golden hand, so there's that.
* TheHeart: Subtle, but there. He's the only Lannister who likes ''all'' the other Lannisters, and the only Lannister ''all'' the other Lannisters like. When he's captured by Robb and imprisoned for a season and a half, the rest of his family start tearing each other to pieces. Indeed in Season 4, during the course of Tyrion's trial, he's become the go-between between Tywin, Cersei and Tyrion, though his public support for Tyrion rankles his father and Cersei. And once he's forced to choose loyalties between different family members, things really fall apart.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Jaime's morality has been a roller-coaster over the course of the series.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: He considers himself this. Shown to be at least partially true in Season 3, when he reveals that he assassinated Aerys Targaryen to prevent him burning King's Landing to the ground.
* HeroicBSOD: After losing his hand, he completely shuts off from the world and refuses to eat until Brienne snaps him out of it.
* HiddenDepths:
** On rare occasions, he has demonstrated considerable empathy with others, much like Tyrion. He sympathises with Renly and Brienne for suffering for their love, and is genuinely distraught that he is so hated and held in contempt by the entire realm, including by men he admires and likes, for what he (with good reason) considers to have been a selfless and noble act.
** He demonstrates that he can come up with decent plots if he really needs to, such as his attempt to deal with the High Sparrow in Season 6. That plan fell through, but in fairness even Lady Olenna was blindsided by the High Sparrow's scheming in that instance.
* HollywoodAtheist: He seems to hold no faith for the Old Gods nor the New and seems to be disdainful of religious people, if his exchange with Catelyn is an indication. He even uses the old 'Problem of Evil' thing.
-->'''Jaime:''' If your gods are real, and if they're just, why is the world so full of injustice?
* HonorBeforeReason:
** Why he spared Ned Stark, as defeating him after being stabbed from behind "wouldn't have been clean."
** He finds Bronn's CombatPragmatist tactics in poor taste.
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: After he loses his hand, this happens to him both figuratively and literally.
* HumiliationConga: After his fight with Eddard Stark, he's berated by his father for being rash and stupid, and then subsequently defeated in the field and captured by Robb Stark. He then spends the next year or so as a prisoner trotted from camp to camp and kept in a grubby pen, covered in his own filth. When he's finally freed from captivity, he's escorted, in chains, by a stoic woman whom he's constantly at odds with. His attempted escape ends with him losing a sword fight to said woman, being recaptured by the enemy, and, finally, losing his sword hand. This continues when he returns to King's Landing where his family openly mocks him for sitting out for most of the war as a captive and losing his hand in the process, his own sister turns him away from her because of his loss of limb.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo:
** His rationale for killing Aerys.
** He also justifies this as his reason for throwing Bran out the window, since it risked exposing him and Cersei, which could lead to their deaths and that of their children. (Given that that his ''failure'' to do so kicked off the War of Five Kings, he may have had a point!)
* IHaveYourWife: Has been captured by the Starks, who plan to use him as a hostage against Cersei. [[labelnote:From the books...]]Also the reason why The Mad King kept Jaime in the capitol during Robert's Rebellion, even though all the other White Swords was sent out to fight--Ser Barristan Selmy, Ser Jonothor Darry, and Prince Lewyn Martell of Dorne to the ruby ford, where the latter two died alongside Rhaegar Targaryen; and Ser Oswell Whent, Ser Arthur Dayne, called "Sword of the Morning," and Lord Commander Gerold Hightower, the White Bull himself, to the Tower of Joy in Dorne, where Eddard Stark and his companions slew them whilst trying to rescue Lyanna. Aerys's plans were very straightforward: if House Lannister were to raise its banners in rebellion, Aerys could easily have Jaime killed. The Mad King had already made this threat to Prince Doran Martell -- "I have your brother in the Kingsguard AND your sister as my daughter-in-law" -- which is why Dorne fought for House Targaryen.[[/labelnote]]
* InformedAbility: Despite being repeatedly told of his skill with a sword in the series, we never actually see him win a fight.
* InSeriesNickname: The Kingslayer. He really doesn't like it. He assassinated Aerys, the last Targaryen king, which emptied the throne for Robert. However, it also gave him a really bad reputation because he was a member of the [[PraetorianGuard Kingsguard]], who were supposed to ''defend'' the king with their lives. This has made the people see him as [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder a man who will quickly change his loyalty when it suits him]]. [[labelnote:From the books...]]His other nicknames are Oathbreaker and the Young Lion.[[/labelnote]]
* InsultBackfire: He underestimates Loras in "The Lion and the Rose", believing that the young man would be an easy victim for his snark and threats, but the Knight of Flowers can fight with words just as well as he fights with swords. Jaime is even a little stunned by how easily Loras is able to hurt his feelings with a single, biting line.
-->'''Jaime''': Luckily for you, none of this will happen, because you will never marry her [Cersei].\\
'''Loras''': ''(smiles smugly)'' And neither will you. ''(pats Jaime on the arm)''
* InterserviceRivalry: Jaime has nothing but contempt for the Night's Watch. He subtly mocks Jon Snow's decision to join it in the first episode. Then there's this quote from the Season 5 Blu-ray lore.
-->'''Jaime''': (The Kingsguard) holds no lands, take no wives and father no children like the Night's Watch except with a ''real job to do''.
* {{Irony}}: He killed one insane, inbred king rather than let him burn the capital of Westeros to the ground with [[GreekFire Wildfire]]. He and his twin sister produced the insane idiot whose earliest acts upon taking the Iron Throne started the War of Five Kings. And now said sister has become just as insane and murderous as the king Jaime killed twenty years ago.
* JerkJock: A relatively smooth talking version
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Consistently arrogant, and has a knack for causing the audience to want to see him killed. Not necessarily all that far from being completely unsympathetic, although he is saved from this by having ''[[EvenEvilHasStandards some]]'' standards.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** When Catelyn tries to insult him by calling him 'Kingslayer', Jaime points out that the king in question was an insane monster. Catelyn calls him out on taking vows as a knight and Jaime counters by saying that several of his vows clashed. Then Jaime points out that Ned Stark, while honourable, was not without his flaws either and Catelyn herself hardly fulfills the ideals of "Family, Duty, Honor" either, since she was never able to love Jon Snow, her husband's illegitimate son and an innocent child, and resented him. Of course, this loses effect [[spoiler:once it turned out that [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold Ned never broke his vows]]]].
** When Robb confronts Jaime about Stannis' accusations that "Robert's" children with Cersei are bastards born of her incest with Jaime, Jaime notes that if such an accusation were true, that would make Stannis the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, "how convenient for him." He also notes Robb has no proof of this, nor does Stannis, so it might as well just be gossip.
** When Robert demands to know what the Mad King's last words where when Jaime betrayed him, Jaime responds, "He said the [[MadnessMantra same thing he'd been saying for hours]]. [[KillEmAll Burn them all.]]," which tells the viewers that the death of this King was by no means a tragedy.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: In the third season, right after performing a more-or-less selfless act of good, he resumes being cocky and overconfident and karma catches up with him in the form of having his right hand chopped off.
* KickTheDog:
** A small moment when Brienne acts as TheConscience and asks him to safeguard Sansa, Jaime who has been receiving TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from nearly everyone after returning to King's Landing calls her ugly.
--->'''Jaime:''' Are you sure we are not related? Ever since I've returned, every Lannister has been a miserable pain in my arse. Maybe you are a Lannister too, you've got the hair for it, not the looks.
** His murder of Alton Lannister is rather cruel.
** Him threatening to kill Edmure's son and every Tully in Riverrun to make him comply is pretty cruel, too.
* KickTheMoralityPet: On his return to King's Landing, he goes so far low as to to force himself on Cersei, when they are right next to their son's corpse in the sept.
* KnightInShiningArmor: A literal knight in literally shining armor, he certainly ''looks'' the part. [[SubvertedTrope His actions, on the other hand...]].
* KnightInSourArmor: He's much closer to this as of Season 4. For a long time, he was scornful of the double standards of chivalry as far as how Westeros regards his "kingslaying" and how in their eyes, he's dishonored himself for all time. Despite this, Jaime does value the Kingsguard and does aspire to the example of the likes of Ser Barristan. He tells his father, Tywin, that while he has soured his honor for killing a king, he won't sour it by abandoning the Kingsguard altogether.
* KnightTemplarBigBrother:
** He seems to be one of the very few people who genuinely loves and cares for Tyrion, and he thus reacts badly when Tyrion's safety is threatened. Cersei also mentions that he would have killed Robert if he found out about the DomesticAbuse in "You Win or You Die". He also refuses to kill Tyrion when Cersei asks him to after Joffrey's death.
--->'''Jaime''': He's my brother. He's ''our'' brother.
** It doesn't appear to apply to anyone who's not his immediate blood relative, for his younger, (and admittedly distant) cousin, the worshipful and friendly Alton Lannister, was cruelly killed by Jaime, so in order to escape captivity.
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: He admits to having made a fool out of himself as a boy when he got to be the squire of his hero Ser Barristan Selmy for a day.
** His facial expressions indicate he's quite impressed by Oberyn's fighting skills when he duels the Mountain.
* LIsForDyslexia: When he was a boy. Lord Tywin was undeterred, however, by the Maester's diagnosis and sat him down for four hours every day until he learned. For this, Jaime resented his father for a long time.
** If you listen closely enough in "You Win or You Die", Jaime has a slight bit of trouble reading Ned Stark's letter to Tywin summoning him to court; he pauses at certain words and sounds out every syllable as a child would, an interesting and realistic contrast to his spoken eloquence. As he points out to Locke, he learned a lot of fancy words during those sessions with his father, but it doesn't mean reading's necessarily easy.
* LackOfEmpathy: Aside from his immediate family, Jaime has a lot of trouble understanding the emotional state of other people. Or at least taking such into account when thinking. This is either because he's genuinely an idiot in regards to this, or much like his brother, he can't resist a snark.
** Though it turns out he does have a HiddenHeartOfGold, the same thing which led him to make his life-defining choice of killing Aerys. It was hidden so well, even he's forgotten about it. Brienne brings it out in him and he has trouble adjusting to his post-douchebag life in King's Landing, populated as it is by his family.
* LaserGuidedKarma: The first action committed by him is throwing Bran Stark off the Tower, crippling him for life and shattering the little boy's dreams of being a knight. In the course of the war which this action triggers, he's captured and kept inactive, doing very little heavy fighting and then when he mouths off too much, becomes a cripple himself by losing his hand, shortening his future as a knight and damaging any dreams ''he'' might have had of being mentioned alongside the likes of Ser Barristan, Ser Arthur Dayne, and Ser Duncan the Tall.
* TheLawOfDiminishingDefensiveEffort: Can be seen in his sword-fighting strategies, before and after his maiming. Before his sudden limb removal, Jaimie fought very aggressively, always putting his opponent on the defensive and never letting them even consider attacking him. After he loses the ability to kill most men with a flick of his wrist, he fights completely defensively, relying on his still-perfect footwork and maneuvers where his lackluster hand can't win.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: His interaction with Brienne, particularly near the end of Season 3.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: [[spoiler: Come Season 6 and he sounds exactly like Tywin, what with his new mentality of exacting retribution, taking back everything that is theirs and only the Lannisters being important.]]
* LoveMakesYouEvil: He throws Bran out of a window to conceal his forbidden affair with Cersei, and later assures her that he would kill everyone in the world if that's what it took for them to be together.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Admits to Myrcella he is her father, embracing her properly for the first time. She then almost immediately dies of poison.
* ManipulativeBastard: Tries his ''hand'' at this with Locke and loses it. Afterwards, he edges more towards GuileHero territory.
* MasterSwordsman: Ironically, one of the few remaining knights of the Kingsguard who actually ''earned'' that position and ''isn't'' just a Lannister political appointee. However, after the loss of his hand, he's no longer as competent a swordsman as he once was.
* MeaningfulName: J'aime is a French expression for 'I love'. Considering he is the only Lannister to be on good terms with all the others and that he is motivated by his genuine love for his family (each as individuals, unlike Tywin), this is probably not a coincidence.
** Also, "Jaime" comes from the Hebrew "Jacob," meaning "one who supplants," referencing how Tywin still considered him his true heir despite his other children being more suitable. Interestingly, the Biblical Jacob (literally, "one who holds the heel") came into the world holding his twin's heel, which is exactly what Jaime did.
* MemeticBadass: In-universe; everyone knows he's an accomplished fighter.
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: His period of suffering after losing his hand, what Brienne calls "one taste of the real world where people have important things taken from them", has made him far more introspective, kinder and restrained for the most part.
* MrFanservice: Seen naked quite a few times. Although on some of those occasions, [[FanDisservice he's screwing Cersei or suffering from debilitating injuries]].
* MoralityPet: He isn't nice at all on his return to King's Landing, as evident when he forces himself on Cersei but Tyrion and Brienne bring out the best in him, and he's incredibly nice and generous to them.
** Myrcella is his in Season 5, going all the way to Dorne with only Bronn for backup specifically to rescue her, [[OverprotectiveDad showing subtle disapproval at seeing her kissing Trystane]] and generally worrying a lot about her wellbeing. Sadly, she dies just after he admits he's her real father.
* NeverLiveItDown: Derogatorily known and addressed as "Kingslayer" by everyone in-universe, even his allies. Even those who rebelled against the Mad King and knew that he was insane criticize Jaime for it and are [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder very wary of him]]. Jaime insists that people should be grateful for it. And, once we learn the rest of the story, it turns out he's right. Still, people despise him less because he killed the king and more because he broke his oath as a member of the Kingsguard. So, properly, he should simply be known as Oathbreaker, but that's not as punchy or specific as Kingslayer, so he's stuck with the latter.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** In his youth, Jaime [[EngineeredHeroics engineered]] a RescueSex scenario in the benefit of Tyrion. His younger brother, unaccustomed to kindness, fell in love and married the girl, who was actually a sex worker. Tywin put an end to it; he pimped her out to his whole guard and forced Tyrion to watch, leaving him mentally scarred for life.
** On the way back to King's Landing, he hears that Locke rejected Brienne's father's offer of a ransom, since he found a mere 300 gold dragons an insult coming from an island full of sapphires. Now where did he get that idea? OhWait. (In fairness, he then turns right around and rescues her.)
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Anytime Jaime tries to do something good, it only causes him trouble:
** His first truly selfless act, convincing Locke to not rape Brienne, eventually results in his hand being chopped off.
** His murder of [[TheCaligula The Mad King]] when he was about to burn [[OmnicidalManiac King's Landing and all its people]] in his backstory got him a reputation for ChronicBackstabbingDisorder that haunts him to this day.
** Buying a whore to give his little brother some experience ended with her being gang raped on his father's orders to psychologically torture Tyrion.
** Freeing his little brother who was falsely accused of a crime he didn't commit. Problem is Tyrion has become so embittered by betrayal from his friends and family that after being released, he takes a detour and kills his father, making Jaime an unwitting accomplice in said crime.
** Jaime insistence on leading an army to kill the High Sparrow for retribution of Cersei's torture at his hands. Because Tommen ended up pledging his allegance to him, Jaime ends up getting his title stripped and exiled from King's Landing.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: The other reason his killing of Aerys ruined his reputation is the fact that not only did he break his vows to protect him, but he did so when his father's army was in King's Landing. As a result, everyone thinks he did it to help Daddy and/or save his own skin. This is decidedly not the case.
* TheOathBreaker: Breaking the oath of the Kingsguard makes many see him as the lowest of the low, it being a literal [[InTheBack backstabbing]] made it even worse. He makes it clear that his oaths were inherently contradictory, but few people pay heed to his side of the story. His refusal to go public with the depths of Aerys' madness didn't help matters much.
* OddFriendship: Seems to be slowly developing one with Bronn from Season 4 onwards.
* OhCrap:
** When Robb interrogates him and brings out Grey Wind, where he's literally seeming as if he's about to piss himself. So much for 'not fearing death'.
** When Brienne curbstomps the three Northmen, he's open-mouthed, having twigged that, yeah, she probably ''could'' beat him. A suspicion that's confirmed when he actually does fight her and she damn near ruins him.
** When Locke presses his knife right into his eyeball, he starts ''crying''. Then, after a second or two of pure shock, he screams his guts out when Locke cuts off his hand with a giant "'''OH FUCK!'''" look on his face.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In Season 3, after losing his hand there are subtle signs that Jaime is changing, as he rants about why he hates being called Kingslayer after years of silence and shows hints of sexual attraction to a woman other than Cersei.
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: Two of his children, Joffrey and Myrcella, die by his side, poisoned, with poor Jaime being powerless to do anything about it. [[spoiler:His last child, Tommen, was DrivenToSuicide by Cersei's actions while Jaime was out of King's Landing.]]
* PapaWolf:
** In "The Lion and the Rose", he shows these tendencies for the first time in the series. When Joffrey is poisoned and dying, Jaime shoves several people out of the way and runs right to his side in order to try and save him, shouting his first name. Somewhat tragically, it's no use. He also has a small but quite sweet moment with Tommen when he crosses paths with him in Joffrey's crypt, telling him he'll make sure he's all right. Of course, Tommen is unaware Jaime is his father, but still.
** Perhaps his biggest PapaWolf moment has come in Season 5 when Jaime personally travels to Dorne with only Bronn for backup to rescue Myrcella from the wrathful Sand Snakes, even if he is doing it partly to appease Cersei and is still calling himself Myrcella's "uncle", it's obvious [[{{Determinator}} he'll do whatever it takes to get his daughter back.]]
* ParentalFavoritism: Jaime is the Lannister sibling who receives the least disdainful treatment from Tywin, who trusts him with half of his army, praises him on occasion and considers him his heir even though by law Jaime cannot inherit as a member of the Kingsguard. Cersei and Tyrion, who both love Jaime, are still resentful of this blatant favoritism. Tyrion in particular points out that he will never be recognized for all his accomplishments even though he's by far Tywin's most capable descendant, while Jaime is still Tywin's designated heir even after forfeiting his inheritance, murdering a king, losing his sword hand and screwing his own sister, which caused a countrywide scandal and a SuccessionCrisis that almost destroyed the Lannister bid for the Iron Throne.
-->'''Tyrion:''' You're the golden son. You could kill a king, lose a hand, fuck your own sister, you'll always be the golden son.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: He stabbed the Mad King in the back.
* PetTheDog:
** Despite the clear animosity between them, he tells Ned that his father and brother were very brave and genuinely means it.
--->'''Jaime:''' He was very brave, your brother. And your father too. They didn't deserve to die like that.
** Even though he was quite happy to mock Renly's sexual orientation just to get a rise out of Brienne, he shortly afterward expresses some very genuine empathy for them, with a subtle implication that he had his own [[BrotherSisterIncest relationship with Cersei]] in mind.
---> '''Jaime:''' I don't blame him. And I don't blame you. We don't get to choose who we love.
** After he and Brienne are captured by Locke, he warns her that they most likely intend to rape her and then attempts to persuade her not to fight back so she doesn't get herself killed as well. When that fails, he ends up saving her himself by persuading Locke that she'd be much more valuable to him if she's alive and un-raped. Later, he jumps into a freaking bear pit, ''unarmed'', to try and save her.
** In "The Lion and the Rose", he gets an odd one in the sense that the dog is an utter asshole. When Joffrey is poisoned and dying, Jaime shoves several people out of the way and runs right to his side in order to try and save him. Somewhat tragically, it's no use. Granted, he's a member of the Kingsguard, so it could just as easily have been a matter of duty.
** In Season 5, he sticks his neck out to prevent Bronn from being executed for striking Prince Trystane while they were trying to secretly rescue Myrcella, insisting that he, being Bronn's superior, was at fault and should be the one punished.
** In Season 6, his first action upon arriving at the Riverlands (after taking Black Walder down a peg) is to order Edmure Tully bathed and fed. In the next episode, when Brienne offers him back the sword that he gave her, Oathkeeper; he gently declines, affirming that it's ''hers'' and always will be.
* {{Pride}}: Often comes across as very arrogant and uncaring of others. However his father Tywin points out this is merely how he wants to be viewed.
-->'''Jaime:''' I could care less what anyone thinks of me.\\
'''Tywin:''' No, ''that's'' what you want people to think of you.
* QuizzicalTilt: Jaime's reaction after seeing Brienne slay three soldiers without any effort.
* RealityEnsues: After snatching a sword from Brienne and freeing himself, Jaime challenges her to a sword fight. Being malnourished and weakened from his time as a prisoner of war, the battle goes decidedly in Brienne's favour.
* RedBaron: The Kingslayer.
* RedemptionQuest: After returning to King's Landing, he's making more of an effort to live up to his vows and duties as a Knight, telling people who consider him a failure and has-been that he still has time left.
** More specifically, while Catelyn didn't intend for it to be his redemption quest, seeing him as beyond redemption, after losing his hand and growing close with Brienne, Jaime shows a sincere desire to want to return Catelyn's daughters back to her. After Catelyn's death, he sends Brienne to keep them protected from Cersei and anyone who might hurt them.
* TheRival: He is Ned's constant antagonist for much of Season 1. Their animosity stems from Ned being vocal against the Lannisters' Sack of King's Landing and Jaime stabbing King Aerys InTheBack.
* SmugSnake: Until losing his sword hand
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Breaks Tyrion out of the dungeons and helps him escape being executed for a crime he did not commit.
* ShipTease: Between him and Brienne in Seasons 3 and 4. It's much less subtle than in the books.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: His Season 5 story arc. After spending most of the season traveling to Dorne and infiltrating the city to rescue Myrcella, he fails to save her and she dies in his arms.
* ShutUpHannibal: In Season Six, he gives one to Walder Frey in the Season Finale about how Walder Frey is no conqueror and would amount to ''nothing'' without relying on the Lannisters. Walder can only splutter in response.
* ShutUpKirk: Gives two of these to Catelyn when she tries to give him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. First when she calls him out for being the "Kingslayer", he retorts that Aerys was a terrible king and the oaths he took were contradictory. Then, when she confronts him for being a man without honour, he points out [[BigGood Ned]] wasn't entirely honourable by fathering an illegitimate son out of wedlock and then explains she failed to uphold the Tully words because of her resentment of her husband's illegitimate son, [[HeroicBastard Jon Snow]].
* SignificantWardrobeShift: His casual outfit during his command of the Second Siege of Riverrun in Season 6 is a curious composite of Tyrion and Tywin's outfits (the color scheme mostly harkening Tyrion's suit as Acting Hand of the King, while the design of the upper garment is more Tywin's). Quite appropriate, considering his turn into the capable commander and politician Tywin and Tyrion probably wanted him to be.
* SincerityMode: Seems to go into this as he's trying to explain what's [[RapeAsDrama going to happen]] to Brienne when they are captured by Stark bannermen. One of his [[JerkassWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold]] moments.
* SingleTargetSexuality: He tells Catelyn Stark that he has only ever been with Cersei and no-one else. Before using that little fact to point out her husband Ned did not show her any such loyalty when he fathered a bastard. Subverted ever so slightly in the episode "Kissed By Fire", where he checks out Brienne in the bath for a second when feverish.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: Upon his return to King's Landing, he immediately feels out of place after everything he's been through. On top of that, while his return would have been huge news, no one even recognizes him due to how different he looks. Cersei almost immediately notices his less cocky, more contemplative demeanor (along with his missing hand).
* SympatheticMurderer: He killed King Aerys, thereby damning him as dishonourable scum in the eyes of the whole kingdom, in order to save the whole of King's Landing and his father from a wildfire trap that the Mad King had laid beneath the city.
* SympatheticPOV: The focus on his character in Season 3 got him a large number of sympathy points, painting him as a TragicVillain and showing off his heroic HiddenDepths.
* SympathyForTheHero: Shows some for Ned, as well as Ned's father and brother.
* TalkToTheFist: Jaime's way of shutting up the obnoxious Black Walder Rivers when he scoffs at his accurate criticism and [[TooDumbToLive disregards his warning]]? A backhanded slap. [[PowerFist With his golden hand.]]
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: After Myrcella's death in Season 5, Jaime backslides into this rationale. In his own words: "fuck everyone in the world who isn't us."
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Many people, including Ned Stark, consider Jaime, the Kingslayer, a vile knight beyond redemption after his BodyguardBetrayal of Aerys. In reality, it was the polar opposite to this trope, but no one other than Brienne knows nor cares at this point.
** This is Jaime's reaction to Tyrion's murder of Tywin, even telling Bronn he will kill Tyrion if he ever sees him again.
* TooCleverByHalf: Gifted, influential, casually manipulative, and smart-mouthed, he loves to contemptuously upstage chivalric foes but eventually goes too far and overplays his hand. Then he loses it.
* TookALevelInKindness: Especially in his interactions with Brienne, and in Season 4, his more introspective and softer demeanour takes people by surprise. Indeed, when he lapses back into his former swagger, as demonstrated by his confrontation with Loras in "The Lion and the Rose", he fails miserably.
* ToxicFriendInfluence: Or more Toxic Incestual Twin Sister Influence. Cersei tends to bring out the worst in him. [[spoiler:Cersei's wildfire plot may finally wake him up to this.]]
* TragicVillain: He knows that he's detested by society, all for a single act that he considered heroic and which saved countless lives.
* {{Troll}}: Jaime gets a kick out of verbally taunting Catelyn, and doesn't seem to mind whether he gets beaten with a rock or bound in a dozen chains so long as he can piss Catelyn off. And when Catelyn decides to free Jaime and have Brienne escort him to King's Landing, he taunts Brienne non-stop through an endless stream of insults. It's amazing that Brienne hasn't strangled him yet. Probably because she swore to get him to King's Landing safely (for a given value of safe) but ''still'', Jaime cannot ''shut up''.
-->'''Brienne''': I will NOT let you provoke me.\\
'''Jaime''': I already have!
* UnresolvedSexualTension: By mid-Season 3, his relationship with Brienne approaches that of an old married couple, and when they eventually [[spoiler: have a quite affectionate reunion on Season 6, [[ShipperOnDeck Bronn wonders if they are fucking]].]]
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: By never going public with the Mad King's plan to destroy King's Landing with wildfire, [[spoiler:Jaime left the door open for Cersei to eventually find and employ it herself. Hundreds if not thousands of people died along with a good chunk of the city, all because he kept silent]].
* VitriolicBestBuds: Becomes this with Brienne eventually. When he makes fun of her looks in Season 4, it comes across more like friendly ribbing, at least coming from Jaime.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Killed his king to save a city and his father. Crippled a boy to protect his sister. Threatened to kill a man's newborn to end a siege. What's sad is that the consequences of these acts always come back to haunt him.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Jaime's most compassionate acts in his life are known only to Brienne. In the first case he killed the Mad King to save King's Landing from a wildfire explosion that would have murdered hundreds of thousands of innocents, and in the second he lied to Locke to spare Brienne's life.
%% * WickedCultured
* TheWorfEffect: Is defeated with almost contemptuous ease by Brienne in the second episode of Season 3, demonstrating just how incredibly good ''she'' is.
* WorfHadTheFlu: Mostly because he'd been chained up with inadequate food and exercise prior to his journey with Brienne, making him completely out of practice, and he still has chains on his wrists and ankles when he instigates the fight. [[labelnote:In the books...]]The fight in the books is much closer; Jaime holds his own and even gains the upper hand (despite the presence of his manacles) until he realizes that in his weakened state, Brienne is stronger than him (this is notable, because his great physical strength has been mentioned before). The fight goes on until he slips on wet stones, allowing Brienne to get a victory... just before the Bloody Mummers show up. [[/labelnote]]
* WorthyOpponent:
** He seems to regard Lord Eddard Stark as one, especially after Eddard was capable of holding his own in a fight against Jaime.
--->'''Jaime:''' Brave man that Ned Stark, but terrible judgment.
** However, he also clearly has a lot of resentment for the "Honorable Ned Stark" for how he thinks he wouldn't even give him a chance to explain why he killed Aerys, and judging him as being a dishonorable wretch for this genuinely well intentioned and heroic action, despite Ned not being as squeaky clean as others believed.
* WouldHurtAChild: Throws Bran Stark out of a window in the first episode after the boy [[HeKnowsTooMuch witnesses the twincest]]. He "hoped the fall would kill him".
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: When [[SmugSnake Walder Frey]] gloats about retaking Riverrun and refers to himself and Jaime as "two Kingslayers", Jaime is visibly disgusted and lashes out at him with a ShutUpHannibal.
* ZeroApprovalGambit: Killed King Aerys, sacrificing his good name and honor in the eyes of the people, to prevent him killing every single person in King's Landing.

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[[folder:Tyrion Lannister]]

See Characters/GameOfThronesDaenerysCourt.
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[[folder:Ser Kevan Lannister]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:''"I did not return to the capital to serve as your puppet."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Ian Gelder

->''"Both Baratheon brothers have taken up against us. Jaime captured, his armies scattered...it's a catastrophe."''

Lord Tywin's younger brother and second in command. Uncle to Cersei, Jaime, and Tyrion, and father to Lancel, Martyn, and Willem Lannister.
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the books, he's described as being a little chubby and having round shoulders.
* AdaptationDyeJob: In the books, Kevan is blonde whereas TV Kevan has Gelder's gray hair. Doesn't help him look like he's younger than Tywin, even though Gelder is actually younger than Charles Dance.
* AscendedExtra: His scene in 5x02 alone is more memorable than all his previous screentime put together. Many viewers should be excused if they take this as a RememberTheNewGuy situation.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: One thing that makes him dislike the Sparrows more than Cersei,they took Lancel and misses his son.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Considerably more mild mannered than Tywin, he can actually hold his own in tirades and has actually schooled Cersei when she assumed him as a YesMan.
* TheBusCameBack: After two seasons of being absent, he returns, in an understatedly triumphant fashion, in the first episode of season 5. He is briefly PutOnABus again after he storms out from Cersei's puppet council and goes back to Casterly Rock, but returns again to serve as Hand of the King when Cersei falls from grace.
* TheCassandra: Early in season 5, he tells Cersei that the Sparrows are dangerous fanatics, and should not be given power or treated lightly. [[StupidEvil She doesn't listen]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Usually he's nothing short of a gentleman, but Kevan has no patience for Cersei's bullshit, so he lets the snark fly loose when dealing with her.
-->'''Cersei''': There is to be a royal announcement. \\
'''Kevan''': There is.\\
'''Cersei''': I was not informed. \\
'''Kevan''' (''dryly''): There is to be a royal announcement. In the throne Room. At this very moment.
* DemotedToExtra: Has a single appearance in Season 2. AdaptedOut of Season 3, whereas in the books he becomes the Master of Laws following the Battle of the Blackwater. Also in Season 4, his interactions with Tyrion as a Go-Between for Tywin and quasi-lawyer are taken over by Jaime Lannister.
* TheDogBitesBack: Refuses to meet Cersei as soon as he returns to the Capital. In the books, Cersei wasn't allowed to meet anyone until they got a forced confession from her. But Qyburn comes and meets her before so apparently she does have visitation rights.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath [[spoiler: Kevan was killed alongside the High Sparrow, the Faith Militant, the Tyrells and countless other people in the explosion of Great Sept.]]
* {{Foil}}:
** To Ned Stark. The younger sibling of a family who ends up in a position of power after the death of his brother. Like Ned Stark, he's also a highly honorable and uncrompromising man of justice who ends up as a loyal, if reluctant, Hand to a buffoon King.
** Also to Renly Baratheon. Both of them are competent politicians in their own right. But while Renly is confident on his potential as a king to aa fault by openly berating his older brother Stannis in public, Kevan knows his place as the younger brother of a leader and devotedly serves as his subordinate.
* HonestAdvisor: Although he refuses the job, it's clear he would be one for Cersei. Being an experienced soldier and a member of her family, he's no YesMan.
-->'''Kevan:''' I did not return to the capital to serve as your puppet. To watch you stack the Small Council with sycophants.
* MinorMajorCharacter: A senior officer and member of the family who is given a very limited role, as Tywin employs him all over the kingdom. Late in season 5 he is appointed Hand of the King, despite having barely appeared since season 1, except from two episodes at the start of the season.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Kevan is the first Hand since Ned to have this attitude towards his King (rather than manipulate him).
* NumberTwo: To his brother, Lord Tywin.
* RankUp: Kevan is appointed Hand of the King by Grand Maester Pycelle after Cersei is arrested by the Faith.
* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: Drops an epic one on Cersei in the small council chamber.
-->'''Kevan:''' I returned to the capital to pay my respects to my brother, and to you, and to serve the King. I did not return to the capital to serve as your [[YesMan puppet]]. To watch you stack the Small Council with [[YesMan sycophants]]. Sending your own brother away--\\
'''Cersei:''' My brother has left the capital to lead a sensitive diplomatic mission.\\
'''Kevan:''' What mission? \\
'''Cersei:''' [[InsaneTrollLogic That is not your concern as Master of War]].\\
'''Kevan:''' I do not recognize your authority to dictate what is and is not my concern. You are the Queen Mother. Nothing more.\\
'''Cersei:''' You would abandon your king in his time of need?\\
'''Kevan:''' If he wants to send for me, I'll be waiting for him. At Casterly Rock!
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** In "Fire and Blood", Kevan is willing to make peace with the Starks since the Lannisters only went to war with the Starks and Tullys because Catelyn humiliated Tywin by kidnapping Tyrion, which pales in comparison to their bigger problem of Robert's brothers challenging Joffrey's claim to the throne. As Tyrion explains, the peace deal would have worked if Joffrey hadn't killed Ned, destroying any chance of Robb stopping his war efforts.
** In Season 2, he advises Tywin to tell Joffrey and Cersei to flee King's Landing before Stannis attacks, and regroup at Casterly Rock. Tywin completely rejects this idea, and while it would be politically disastrous for the Lannister family if they fled, it is clear that his refusal is largely because of his own pride.
** In Season 5, he is the only person to speak out against Cersei, pointing out that she is stacking the council with her own sycophants, and refuses to act as her puppet. He states he is loyal to the King, but ''only'' to the King, not his mother.
** In season 6 he purposefully locks Cersei out of Small Council meetings. Considering Cersei's scheming is the sole cause of the entire Sparrow crisis and one of the primary causes ''this entire war'' is occuring, one can see why that'd be a wise move.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Refuses to be a puppet dancing on the strings of Cersei, quits the Small Council the very moment he's appointed Master of War, and returns to Casterly Rock, declaring he's willing to return if [[AchillesinHisTent the King calls for him]].
* SiblingYinYang: Is far nicer than his brother, as demonstrated by his relief in seeing Tyrion back safe and sound in "The Pointy End" -- a stark contrast to Tywin's own reaction.
* SpareToTheThrone: Is this to his elder brother Tywin.
* StaringDownCthulhu: In King's Landing most people are utterly terrified of Cersei's monstrous, resurrected henchman. Kevan Lannister, however, is completely unimpressed and treats him more as a nuisance than a threat.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Compared to the rest of Tywin's bannermen. He's the brother who inherited some of Lord Tytos' mild traits.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: On the receiving end of this. Cersei thinks that he'll be a YesMan to her due to his loyal service to Tywin. She's surprised to learn that he ain't a pushover.
* UndyingLoyalty: He follows the King's commands, no matter what they are.
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[[folder:Ser Lancel Lannister]]

See Characters/GameOfThronesTheFaithOfTheSeven for tropes associated with Lancel Lannister.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Martyn and Willem Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' Dean-Charles Chapman & Timothy Gibbons

The younger sons of Ser Kevan Lannister. Taken hostage by the Northern armies and held at Riverrun.
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* AscendedExtra: In the books, they are just mentioned. Now, they have two scenes. In an amusing sense, Dean Charles Chapman is this. He went from one of the Lannister twins to King Tommen himself.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: They -- or at least Martyn -- believe the tales that Robb turns into a wolf and devours the flesh of his enemies.
* ChildSoldiers: Squires, to be exact.
* CompositeCharacter: Martyn takes the place of his cousin Tion Frey, who is a Lannister on his mother's side.
* DeathByAdaptation: While Willem Lannister meets his end in the books, his twin Martyn is also killed in the show, instead of Tion Frey. This is in keeping with the show's substituting the Frey descendants of Tywin's sister Genna with Lannisters to [[PragmaticAdaptation avoid]] the explanation of there being Freys both on the Stark and the Lannister side.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Probably the only Lannisters where this trope applies, rather than that other one.
* IHaveYourWife: Averted, because they are rather worthless hostages when compared to Sansa.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Instead of going through the trouble of finding twin actors or having one actor play the two brothers, they are made into younger and older brother.
%%* TheQuietOne: Willem.
* RevengeByProxy: In revenge for the deaths of his sons (one in battle, the other at the hands of the Kingslayer) Lord Rickard Karstark and his men murder the twins despite them only being guilty of being born Lannisters.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: They are two small, sacrificial characters. Their murders lead to Robb losing the support of House Karstark, to an apparently renewed alliance with House Frey and to the Red Wedding.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Tommen grew up to look identical to his cousin Martyn in the next season. But given how much incest is in their family, can anyone blame them?
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[[folder:Ser Alton Lannister]]

[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Lannister_Alton_6629.png]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"[[HarsherInHindsight I'll remember it all, until I die.]] [[HeroWorshipper That was the best day of my life.]]"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Karl Davies

Another cousin to the main three, captured by Robb Stark and used as a negotiator.
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* AscendedFanboy: Of Jaime, since he got to squire for him when he was younger.
* CanonForeigner: Partly substituting Cleos Frey, to avoid spending time explaining his connection to the Lannisters. Although Cleos didn't get killed by Jaime.
* EtTuBrute: Killed by Jaime, his own older cousin, after telling him that he's his number one fan and that he would do anything to help him.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Is not mentioned after his death, neither by his murderer nor his jailers. All we see is his bloodied face. The only reference is vague, when Jaime tells Cersei about how he 'murdered people' in order to make it back to her. Averted in "The Mountain and the Viper"; when talking with Tyrion before the trial by combat, Jaime brings up cousin-killing, and looks rather awkward and guilty while he and Tyrion then chat about another deceased cousin of theirs, called Orson. In "Home", when Jaime lists his sins, he mentions that he killed his own cousin.
* HeroWorshipper: The sheer depth of his admiration for Jaime is apparent in nearly his every word, which only makes it more shocking and tragic when Jaime kills him in a bid to escape captivity.
* MauveShirt: He exists mostly as just a device, but he does get some decent character-building prior to his brutal death.
* MythologyGag: When Jaime is trying to locate Alton in the family tree, he asks him if his mother is "the fat one", only to correct himself by saying "No, there is only ''one'' fat Lannister. If she was your mother, you would know it." The book counterpart to Alton, Cleos Frey, is the son of Genna Lannister, an aunt of Jaime that is notoriously obese.
* NiceGuy: No wonder he's just a ''distant'' cousin.
* SacrificialLamb: Killed in the first scene where he is given real dialogue.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lady Joanna Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' N/A

->'''Cersei Lannister:''' You've always been funny. But none of your jokes will ever match the first one, will they? You remember? Back when you [[DeathByChildbirth ripped my mother open on your way out of her and she bled to death]]?\\
'''Tyrion Lannister:''' ...She was my mother too.

The wife of Tywin Lannister and the mother of Cersei, Jaime, and Tyrion. She died giving birth to Tyrion before the beginning of the series.
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* DeathByChildbirth: She died giving birth to Tyrion. Tywin and Cersei loathe Tyrion, and [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild regard him as some sort of murderer]] because of it.
* KissingCousins: Joanna was actually Tywin's first cousin, though such marriages actually aren't unusual among the aristocracy of the Seven Kingdoms. The practical result is that her surname was already "Lannister" even before she married Tywin. In part, this also informs how much of a hypocrite Tywin is. He plans to force all three of his children to marry against their will to secure political alliances, demanding that they put the good of the family above their own personal happiness. Problem is, Tywin ''himself'' married for love - marrying a first cousin meant he didn't secure a marriage alliance with another powerful Great House.
* TheLostLenore: For Lord Tywin; she was the only thing that gave him any real happiness.
* MissingMom: For Jaime, Cersei, and Tyrion.
* MoralityChain: She seemed to serve as this for Tywin and Cersei, who both loved her dearly.
* PosthumousCharacter: She died long before the events of the series.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Lord Tytos Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' N/A

->''"He was a good man. But a weak man... a weak man who nearly destroyed our House and name."''
-->-- '''Tywin Lannister'''

The late father of Tywin and Kevan Lannister. He was a kind and generous lord, but his time as the head of the Lannisters was a period marked by decline for the House due to several poor investments, which nearly bankrupted the family. He also allowed himself to be openly mocked at court, which eventually resulted in the rebellion of the vassal House Reyne of Castamere and Tywin's rise to infamy as he personally put down the rebellion in his father's place, completely eradicating House Reyne in the process.
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* BumblingDad: Tytos is remembered as a good man who nearly ruined House Lannister.
* ExtremeDoormat: By reputation, which thus directly contributed to the rebellion of his vassals House Reyne of Castamere.
* GenerationXerox: His trait as a WeakWilled ruler was inherited by his great-grandson, Tommen.
* GoodParents: He's remembered fondly as a parent by Tywin, who even breaks out a rare smile whilst reminiscing about him. However, his skills as a liege Lord left much to be desired, especially in his elder son's eyes. [[FreudianExcuse A fact that drove Tywin to be a strong ruler who distanced himself emotionally from his children]].
* HeadInTheSandManagement: Tywin's review on his rule. The eldest son had to step in when brewing, unattended conflicts were mismanaged for far too long.
* NiceToTheWaiter: Tytos had his kennelmaster (the grandfather of Gregor and Sandor), knighted for saving his life from a lioness - thus making the latter the forebear of House Clegane. Though typical for the series, [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished this one act of kindness led to killing machines Ser Gregor Clegane and Sandor Clegane when they enter the Lannister service as loyal hitmen.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: Tytos is long-dead by the time the events of the series begin.
* UnfitForGreatness: He was a well-meaning but weak Lord Paramount, a bad mix in the cutthroat world of Westeros.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Reginald Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' Patrick Fitzsymons

->''"We've worked through the night, my lord. Perhaps we'd profit from some sleep."''

An officer in the army of House Lannister. He is a distant relative of Lord Tywin and is sent home to the Westerlands for insubordination.
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* CanonForeigner: There is no such Reginald Lannister in the books, as the Tywin at Harrenhal subplot was entirely original to the series.
* GetOut: As told to by Tywin Lannister for his blatant disrespect.
* {{Nepotism}}: As usual in Westeros, but Reginald is a peculiar case that openly annoys his benefactor.
-->'''Reginald:''' We've worked through the night, my Lord. Perhaps we'd profit from some sleep.\\
'''Tywin:''' Yes, I think you would, Reginald. And, because you're my cousin, I might even let you wake form that sleep! Go! I'm sure your wife must miss you.\\
'''Reginald:''' ... My wife's in Lannisport...\\
'''Tywin:''' Well, then you'd better start riding. ({{beat}}) Go, before I change my mind and send her your head! If your name wasn't Lannister, you'd be scrubbing out pots in the cook's tent. Go.
* TooDumbToLive: It's an absolute miracle (aided by the fact that his surname is Lannister) that Reginald is still alive after his ridiculous behavior at Tywin's war council. He begins eating when Tywin hasn't started eating, keeps eating as Tywin speaks (both are signs of disrespect that even Amory Lorch doesn't dare engage in) and then makes a sarcastic comment directly to Tywin's face! Anyone in Westeros with half a brain knows to be afraid of Tywin at the best of times. Reginald is missing half that brain. Tywin outright promises him that he will kill him if he doesn't GetOut.
* UpperClassTwit: It's clear that Reginald has spent his life in easy comfort, acting entitled and irritable to the point of bitching to Tywin.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Orson Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' N/A

->''"It filled me with dread. Piles and piles of them, years and years of them. How many countless living, crawling things smashed and dried out and returned to the dirt? In my dreams I found myself standing on a beach filled with beetle husks, stretching as far as the eye could see. I woke up crying, weeping for their shattered little bodies."''
-->-- '''Tyrion Lannister'''

A deceased cousin of Jaime, Tyrion and Cersei, who was brain-damaged from infancy.
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* AlmightyIdiot: He was God among the beetles he smashed. A common theory is that Orson is a metaphor for a mindless God/nature/evolution.
* AnimalMotifs: His name Orson means "Bear Cub" which clashes with the Lion theme of the family but also supports his blind, animal-like nature.
* ButtMonkey: He was the only Lannister even less respected than Tyrion. In fact, Tyrion often picked on Orson and was one of the most vocal bullies, since tormenting the mentally ill was the only time Tyrion could feel like AllOfTheOtherReindeer.
* CanonForeigner: There's no counterpart to Orson in the books. The closest thing he has is Tyrion's joking claim that his father locked up "drooling cousins" deep within Casterly Rock for being embarrassments.
* ChildhoodBrainDamage: His wet nurse dropped him on his head as an infant.
* CosmicHorrorStory: According to some interpretations, Orson represents the blind randomness of a world that has no higher purpose. We can try to look for things like "reasons" or "purpose" as much as we want, or we can make up our own. In the end, the world goes on grinding all the little living creatures into the dust while we search for meaning.
* {{Foil}}: To his cousin Tyrion, as they are both Lannisters with disabilities. But while Tyrion is an extremely intelligent dwarf who dislikes killing, Orson was mindless and lived only for senseless violence.
* PosthumousCharacter: He died years ago, when he was kicked in the chest by a mule.
* RiddleForTheAges: Tyrion has spent several years wondering why Orson was obsessed with smashing beetles in the garden. Fans of the show seem to believe Orson represents either the author George R. R. Martin himself (he senselessly kills his characters while the fans wonder why), or the random cruelty of the Gods, or the meaningless nature of the universe.
* ShadowArchetype: Orson (the actual character, not what he metaphorically represents) sounds like he was the Lannister equivalent of Hodor, though more tragic and disturbing than everyone's favorite GentleGiant.
* ShaggyDogStory: Tyrion spent several years in intellectual contemplation, wondering why Orson killed all those insects, and trying to find a deeper meaning or purpose for their deaths. He couldn't find one.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ser Stafford Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' N/A

->''"Using some vile sorcery, your brother fell on Stafford Lannister with an army of wolves. Thousands of good men were butchered."''
-->-- '''Lancel'''

An officer of House Lannister, and one of Tywin's many cousins. Killed at the Battle of Oxcross by the Northmen.
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* GeneralFailure: As with most Lannister commanders not named Tywin. Even though the Lannister forces had surrounding Oxcross completely under lockdown, they failed to account for the Stark direwolves, allowing Robb to get the jump on him and his men with the help of Grey Wind. [[labelnote:From the books...]]Tyrion thinks very little of his uncle, and most are well aware that his son Daven would make a far better commander.[[/labelnote]]
* InTheBack: How he was killed. Rickard Karstark was the one who ended Stafford's life when he personally drove a spear through him.
* TheGhost: He doesn't even appear onscreen. Not alive, anyway. He's certainly among the many Lannister casualties shown in the battle's aftermath.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Doesn't even get any screen time before being killed. The same is true of the books, as he's only mentioned briefly before and after the battle.
[[/folder]]

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to:

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the books, when Cersei's hair is cut off by the Faith they shave her completely bald. In the show, they leave her with BoyishShortHair that isn't completely unattractive. She also has a perfect physique, while in the corresponding part of the book her body is described as having lost part of its beauty due to Cersei's age and pregnancies. That said, the series makes little effort to polish Lena Headey's natural minor blemishes as Cersei[[note]]her crow's feet are clearly visible in the picture above, for example[[/note]], so the general idea of "beauty somewhat weathered by age" still gets across, particularly when she's paired in scenes with the blossoming Sansa Stark and the young, in-her-prime Margeary Tyrell.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Although still one of the villains, Cersei
said,Tywin is far more sympathetic here than she is in the books. [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Not that this is particularly difficult]]:
** In the show, she and Robert had a child at one point; but it died of a fever shortly after being born. In the books, Robert got her pregnant once, after which she had the child aborted behind his back.
** Season 1 also implies that she genuinely loved this child by Robert, and their private conversation together suggests that she still had feelings for Robert himself at the time the child was born (saying she loved him "For quite a while, actually."), despite knowing he didn't love her back. These changes introduce a much more tragic and human side to her character, whereas in the corresponding book there's no real indication that she wasn't a cruel, contemptuous and hateful person from the start. In the books, Cersei already despises Robert before they marry because he killed Rhaegar, her lifetime crush, and she has no problem having sex with Jaime the morning of her wedding day.
** Her promiscuity is toned down in the TV series. Aside from Lancel and Jaime, in the books she has "[[SexForServices affairs]]" with at least three other men (the Kettleblack brothers) and also beds another woman (Lady Taena), all of which are AdaptedOut in the show.
** She has a much lower body count in the show. Two of her greatest KickTheDog moments from the second book, ordering the deaths of Robert's bastards and Tyrion, are done by Joffrey instead. Also her habit of sending random people to ColdBloodedTorture in the fourth book is entirely absent from the show. [[spoiler:Of course, you can point out she reverses this big time in her orchestration of the Green Trial, racking up possibly the biggest kill count of major characters since the Red Wedding.]]
** In the books, Cersei's love for Jaime is a twisted form of narcissism, as she sees Jaime as what she could have been were she a man (something she ''does'' wish), and when he returns from the war he's so changed that she no longer finds him appealing, so their relationship pretty much ends. In the show there is more genuine love between them, and their relationship continues after his return.
** In the books, Cersei finds little wrong in Joffrey, passing off his cruelty as 'willfulness'. In the show, she's aware that he's a monster and grieves about that, but as his mother she loves him regardless, which makes her a more tragic character. To be fair, Joffrey is also nicer to her in the books.
** In the books she has no problem having sex next to Joffrey's corpse. In the show she clearly wants nothing to do with it.
** Kicking Tyrion about is nothing heroic, but in the show it's clear that she loved her late mother and mourned her death. In the books, it's mentioned that lady Joanna once found out about her twin children's affair and separated them for a time, but soon died. The tone of Cersei's narration makes clear that it was one obstacle out of the way for her.
** She has much better reasons to be wary of Margaery than in the books and despite getting Loras arrested by the Faith Militant was an underhanded move, well, at least this time she didn't frame anyone (and she has gone after him in the books as well for far more petty reasons, albeit in a different fashion).
** {{Subverted}} come the Season 6 finale, when [[spoiler:Cersei's remaining [[CryForTheDevil sympathetic]] qualities go out the window and she reveals herself to be even more petty, thoughtless, cruel, ruthless, destructive, and dangerous than her book counterpart ever was with the Green Trial.]]
* AdaptationalIntelligence: Some of her petty and idiotic schemes from the books are instead done by Joffrey in the show, which makes her less StupidEvil, and she actually tries to renegotiate the terms with the Iron Bank instead of just telling to screw themselves and have the kingdom falling into debt and bad credit. Lots of her smarts come from being all around less narcissistic and hateful so she can actually think instead of assuming she knows everything.
** Like many of her more sympathetic adaptational qualities, [[SubvertedTrope this ultimately goes out the window as of the Season 6 finale]]. Cersei's StupidEvil machinations, while successful, ultimately make her ''the'' number one target of ''every'' single other faction in Westeros with absolutely no allies.
* AdaptationalModesty: Her book counterpart is described as a MsFanservice character. Here, she's only seen nude once [[FanDisservice and it's far from titillating]].
* AdaptationalVillainy:
** In the books, her hatred of Tyrion is in part because of a prophecy that her younger brother will be the cause of her downfall. [[labelnote:From the Books...]]Although she was cruel to the baby Tyrion before receiving said prophecy and it's clear she was also following daddy's example in seeing her younger brother as a little monster.[[/labelnote]] The show removes that part of the prophecy and instead implies that Cersei blames Tyrion for the death of their mother.
** Cersei's motivation for empowering the High Sparrow also changes in the show. In the book, she makes him the High Septon in order to have the protection of the Faith Militant. She didn't try to have them to target the Tyrells until after she became suspicious that they were in cahoots with Tyrion. In the show, she empowers the High Sparrow and his followers solely to get back at Margaery.
** Come the Season 6 finale, [[spoiler: Cersei's AdaptationalHeroism is completely gone when she blows up a large majority of the nobles in King's Landing (including Margaery Tyrell and most her family) during The Green Trial, [[WordOfGod something the showrunners claim to have come up with on their own.]] For all of Book Cersei's [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen many, many, MANY faults]], not even she has come close to what is the equivalent of dropping a nuclear bomb on her own city to kill a bunch of people with no attention whatsoever paid to the massive collateral damage.]]
* AdmiringTheAbomination:
** She is quite impressed with the killing power of Gregor Clegane and is quite keen to ensure that he retains the same killing power after his poisoning. She's also highly curious about Qyburn's experiments, giving him the patronage that no reasonable or sane institution like the Citadel or Pycelle would touch with a ten foot pole.
** Seems quite disappointed during a flashback to her teens when Maggy the Frog is an ordinary-looking woman and not a terrifying monster as described.
* AgeLift: Like Jaime. She's 40 here, putting several years between her and her book counterpart.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Her Walk of Shame through King's Landing has her leaving bloodied footprints in her wake by the end of it. Luckily for Cersei, she has Qyburn to attend to them.
* AintTooProudToBeg: After Tywin forces her to marry Ser Loras, she is reduced to tearfully begging her father not to make her do it. It doesn't work.
* TheAlcoholic: Season 2 sees an increasing number of scenes where she has a cup close to hand. During the attack of Stannis Baratheon on King's Landing, she's drunk throughout. By Season 5, she has a LadyDrunk reputation. Between Cersei and Tyrion, it seems like a safe bet that the Lannisters are genetically predisposed to alcoholism. [[labelnote:From the Books...]]Other Lannisters from (relatively recent) Westerosi history that would also stand as evidence of this genetic predisposition, such as Lord Tytos Lannister, Tywin and Kevan's father. This may go a long way in explaining why Tywin has such a grudge against it. Also serves as a trait she shares with her late husband Robert, where as Queen Regent she increasingly turns to drink while crumbling under the pressure of ruling seven kingdoms and politicking the great and good of the royal court to keep her children safe.[[/labelnote]]
* AmbiguousDisorder: Cersei has a black and white view of friends and enemies (with nearly everyone falling under the latter), is prone to risky behaviors such as her incest and alcoholism, has a poor control of her emotions, and difficulty empathizing with anyone who's not her kids. It's widely theorized by the fan base that she has Borderline Personality Disorder.
* AmbitionIsEvil: The only trait she inherit from her Lord father and her brothers didn't. Never satisfied with her station in life, she is by far the most power-hungry of the Lannister siblings, always equating power with victory, no matter the cost.
* AnalogyBackfire:
** When Ned confronts her on her incestuous relationship with Jaime, she responds that the Targaryens did the same thing for centuries. The same Targaryens that produced the "Mad King" Aerys... even more of a backfire when Joffrey turns out to be more like Aerys than anyone thought. She even directly [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this in the second season when she confesses to Tyrion how sad she is that Joffrey turned out like he did. But, as Tyrion points out, she may have actually beaten the odds the Targaryens confronted (that every other Targaryen goes mad), in that two of her three children by incest are actually extremely decent people.
** During "Blackwater", she tries to comfort Tommen with the fable of the lion who was meant to be king and was in a forest filled with evil things such as stags. Tommen points out that stags aren't evil creatures, they only eat grass.
* ArchEnemy: She's never short of foes thanks to her "everybody who is not us is an enemy" line of thinking, but there are some who stand out:
** Her despised brother Tyrion is this to her in Season 2, mostly because their father has seen fit to trust the outcast of the family with greater authority than her. What should be a straightforward defense of King's Landing is hampered by Cersei constantly working behind his back out of spite. This carries on to Season 3 but fades somewhat as both become marginalized from power by Tywin, and even become mildly conciliatory towards each other due to their similar predicaments. Season 4, however, cements Tyrion as her most despised enemy when she decides with no evidence he murdered Joffrey and dedicates her life to having him humiliated and executed.
** With Tyrion's fall from power, her eventual daughter-in-law Margaery Tyrell is increasingly regarded as this, mostly because Cersei sees her for the [[YouAreWhatYouHate overly ambitious two-faced social climber]] that she is and Cersei wants nothing less than absolute control over her sons Joffrey and Tommen. To compound things, Cersei has been warned about an arch-rival since childhood, and someone like Margaery fits the description as far as Cersei is concerned.
--->'''Maggy the Frog:''' Queen you shall be, till there comes another. Younger and more beautiful. To cast you down and take all that you hold dear.
** The High Sparrow becomes this to her in a much more conventional way, since she's a major obstacle in establishing the theocracy he wants.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: In Season 6, when Kevan initially is reluctant to go along with her plan to seize control from the Faith Militant, Cersei asks him, "Do you want Lancel back? Or have you given him up for good?"
* ArrangedMarriage:
** With Robert. She initially saw it as a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage up until Robert came to her drunk and [[WrongNameOutburst called her by his late betrothed's name]] on their wedding night.
** Tywin commands her to marry Ser Loras. [[WeAreNotGoingThroughThatAgain She's not amused]], but this one falls through as Tywin is not there to enforce it, what with his terminal bowel problems.
* AuthorityInNameOnly: Cersei's title as Queen Mother only holds weight before Joffrey, and later Tommen, were officially wed. Despite sitting in on Small Council Meetings, Cersei technically has no real authority. [[spoiler: Her title as Queen Cersei, first of her name, also counts as this since she only gained this position after [[KillThemAll killing most of her political enemies]] and [[TyrantTakesTheHelm usurping the position for herself]] and she has no allies to speak of apart from Jaime and those at King's Landing.]] And even those are under extreme question at this point.
* AwfulWeddedLife: Her marriage to Robert was a long, bitter failure as she confesses to Ned and Sansa. Her only source of happiness and comfort was her affair with Jaime (which is sad in itself) and their children.
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Season Six ends with her on the Iron Throne and her most immediate enemies dead, though it's rather clear she has more.]]
* BadassBoast: Cersei's declaration that "House Lannister has no rival" definitely sounds badass, even if she is the only one who believes it.
* BattleBallgown: She sports one of these in the last half of "Blackwater", though as the next entry down makes it abundantly clear it's just all for show.
* BelievingTheirOwnLies: She has a tendency to do this and even use it to her advantage. Prince Oberyn discusses Cersei trying to gain sympathy from him by discussing Myrcella in a blatant attempt to turn him against Tyrion; he notes that she might have even been sincere or started believing it while she was lying.
-->'''Tyrion:''' Making honest feelings do dishonest work is one of her many gifts.
* BerserkButton: Mocking her about her incestuous relationship with Jaime is a quick way of pissing her off--she responded to Littlefinger doing so by nearly having her Kingsguard slit his throat, gives a cruel retort to Tyrion when he jokes about it and is seen giving Ellaria Sand a DeathGlare when she indirectly mentions it.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: In "Blackwater", she obtains nightshade from Maester Pycelle and angrily retorts that she knows what 10 drops of it does (kill you) and also has Ilyn Payne stand guard over the women taking shelter for the purposes of killing them if the Red Keep is breached. And at the climax of the battle she opts to sit on the Iron Throne with Tommen and is just about to give them both poison when her father bursts in. She believes that Stannis's men would gang-rape her multiple times before killing her, and torture Tommen to death as a false pretender to the throne.
* BigBad: Although there's a plethora of villains, in Season 1 Cersei serves most clearly as the main antagonist. She's a threat to the Starks, the Crown and the Realm in general due to her scheming. She subsequently becomes a BigBadWannabe, with the more competent and intelligent Tywin falling into place. In Season 5, she temporarily manage to take this position, only to be put back as a BigBadWannabe by the High Sparrow. She regains her position as BigBad with a vengeance after [[spoiler: killing the Sparrows and Tyrells and taking the crown for herself.]]
* BigBadWannabe:
** Cersei plays the game well during Robert's reign, but this is only because she's playing it against the Starks, who are too honorable for their own good. Once her crazy son is on the throne, she loses control in short order. Her plan to be the [[ManBehindTheMan Woman Behind The Throne]] fails spectacularly when Joffrey orders Ned Stark executed and she's powerless to stop him. In Season 2, Tyrion constantly manages to out plan her with ease, and in Season 3, her father is clearly running things despite Cersei outranking him as Queen Regent, and outright says to her face that she isn't as smart as she think she really is.
** This becomes painfully obvious in Season 5; with Tywin dead and Tyrion on the run, she is now the highest ranking member of her family ruling the capital and she still can't get anything done right. Her attempted manipulation of Tommen is undermined by Margaery and, instead of trying to properly rule the kingdom like her father would have done, she instead spends her time trying to humiliate and undermine Margaery [[StupidEvil despite their being literally no benefit in doing so]]. In order to get things done she turns the Sparrows into the Faith Militant and makes them do all of her dirty work which seemingly turns out well for her... until it's revealed that the Faith where merely biding their time until they had enough power to hold her accountable for her own actions. In short, despite trying to set herself up as a {{Chessmaster}} she ultimately [[UnwittingPawn gets used as a pawn instead]].
** As mentioned above, she ditches the "Wannabe" part with a vengeance [[spoiler:by burning all of her rivals to death with wildfire in the Season Six finale and assuming the Iron Throne. With Joffrey and the Boltons dead, this makes her the most powerful and antagonistic of all the human characters and firmly the Big Bad, outclassed only by the Night's King, who's more a force of nature than a character]].
* BigNo: When Tyrion arranges for Myrcella to be taken away.
* BigSisterBully: Was always unpleasant and cruel to her little brother Tyrion. As noted by Oberyn, she called him "a monster" to strangers and presented him as a freak and openly abused him when he was a baby.
* BreakTheHaughty: In her imprisonment in the Faith, she resorts to sipping water from the floor of her filthy cell. Her walk of atonement is specifically designed to do this, and by the end Cersei is sobbing.
* BreakThemByTalking: After forty years of emotional torment from her father, she finally gets her own back by revealing the truth of her and Jaime's relationship, leaving him stammering that it can't be true.
-->'''Cersei:''' ''Your legacy is a '''LIE'''''!
* BrokenBird: Her conversations with Sansa during the siege of Blackwater and her own descriptions of how she once loved Robert reveal her to be this. She had hoped for real happiness from her marriage, from being the Queen, but is appalled at what a sham it had become and has lost any ideals she once had.
* BrotherSisterIncest: With Jaime. It's a huge part of her character and Bran Stark's discovery of this dark secret is one of the catalysts of the series.
* TheBully: Cersei gets a kick out of throwing her weight around and making underlings squirm. Pycelle is probably her favorite punching bag.
* CantCatchUp: She can play speed chess well against her somewhat dim-witted husband and the honorable-to-a-fault Ned Stark, but after removing these two and moving a rank up she quickly finds herself out of depth. The fact that she doesn't have any control over her psychotic son whom she has made a king doesn't help a bit. Even after he's dead and her far kinder and gullible second son is on the throne, she's still outplayed by those around her. Her only advantage is that she is willing to do things others consider downright stupid, which leaves them unprepared as they assume she would ''never'' try it. And even this begins to fade as players like [[GenreSavvy Margaery]] [[XanatosSpeedChess Tyrell]] figure out how Cersei plays the game.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: She has moments of fragility and self-pity where she laments the hardships of the regency that have fallen on her. Given her pettiness and dismal management, nobody really empathizes with Cersei.
* CharacterTics: And beyond, Cersei is constantly smirking when she's too pleased with herself, which happens all the time when nobody puts her in her place. Her brows usually go in sync too.
* ChristmasCake: The Tyrells are reluctant to marry her specifically because she's too old. Although it's not cultural perception in this case, but a legitimate doubt if a 40-years old woman in a medieval setting is suitable to give birth to a heir.
* CorneredRattlesnake: If her back is to the wall she will do things that while not safe for her in the long run will make her enemies regret pushing her [[spoiler: as reviving the Faith militant and exploding the sept shows.]]
* CorruptPolitician: Cersei has all the makings of a crooked politician (dishonesty, underhandedness, a sleazy private life, disregard for the law, self-entitlement, paranoia, [[ListOfTransgressions etc]]) and very few of the attached EvilVirtues beyond ambition and determination. She's also occasionally murderous, but much less so than other courtiers or her book counterpart, [[spoiler: until she goes genocidal and blows up the Great Sept of Baelor with wildfire, killing hundreds, if not thousands.]]
-->'''Cersei:''' When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die.
* CreateYourOwnVillain:
** Even ''she'' finally catches on the fact that her methods of raising Joffrey [[TheCaligula didn't pan out so well]]. Not to mention applying a little bit of incest in his actual creation.
** Blaming Tyrion for Joffrey's murder with no evidence and doing everything in her power to see him convicted drove him into the service of Daenerys. They may not have liked each other prior, but at least Tyrion didn't have any intentions of removing her from power.
** She learned in a hard way that giving power to religious fanatics is not a pragmatic thing to do, especially if you were bedding your brother and cousin.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has her moments of this, especially in Season 2.
* DespairEventHorizon:
** Although she doesn't become a monster, after she and Robert have a conversation where it initially looks like they're [[HopeSpot going to reconcile and improve their relationship]], she is then rejected by Robert. This scene ends with Robert asking her how she feels, and her responding that she [[EmptyShell doesn't feel anything]]. Her subsequent actions make a lot more sense in light of this.
** If she hadn't crossed it before, she certainly does when Joffrey dies in her arms in "The Lion and the Rose".
** Turns out there was still some sanity for her to lose, which she finally does when [[spoiler:Tommen abandons her to her fate in the hands of the Sparrows, which prompts Cersei to mass murder all of her enemies she can at once - along with
a good person.chunk of bystanders - and even give up on her son himself.]]
* DidNotThinkThisThrough:
** When Tyrion demands TrialByCombat when accused of killing Joffery, Cersei rather shrewdly chooses [[TheDreaded The Mountain]] as her champion, believing no-one would fight against him on Tyrion's behalf. However she fails to consider Oberyn Martell, the only man in King's Landing who ''wants'' to fight Ser Gregor, declaring himself Tyrion's champion. Worse still her daughter, Myrcella Baratheon, was currently residing with the Martells in Dorne. When the Red Viper is slain, Myrcella's life is essentially forfeit.
** In Season 5, she fails miserably at her father's level of scheming, trying to manipulate the extremist Sparrow sect into doing her dirty work. Pity she overlooked that her cousin Lancel, who had been privy to all her own dirty dealings, was one of their number. There's also her lack of concern for antagonizing House Tyrell, who the royal family are now wholly dependent on for their food supply.
** At the end of Season 6, [[spoiler:she manages to take the Iron Throne by arranging the deaths of the High Sparrow, Margaery, and anyone else that might oppose her. In doing so, she has declared war on the Tyrells by murdering all their heirs, even though the Tyrells are the main supplicants of food for the capital, which will create chaos. She is already a deeply unpopular ruler who will only be moreso with the strife she's created and the absence of the popular Queen Margaery. By the looks of everyone in the court during her coronation, her culpability in the bombing of the Great Sept of Baelor is readily apparent. She might have even lost the trust of Jaime, who doesn't have fond memories of the last guy who saw using wildfire on his own citizens as a solution to his problems. Cersei might be the queen, but she is the queen of a capital where everyone wants her dead. Then again, she gets to kill her enemies and to sit on the throne for a while, which in her mind might be just what she wanted.]]
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: Her son Joffrey's wedding feast happens in a bright morning and everything seems fine until Joffrey's IncurableCoughOfDeath at which point Jaime and Cersei rush to his side only for him to gasp his final breaths in his mother's arms.
* DissonantSerenity:
** A particularly disturbing one happens in Season 4: at the end of Tyrion's trial by combat, her champion the Mountain crushes Prince Oberyn's head into a bloody pulp all the while boasting how he raped and murdered his sister before killing her children. Pan to Cersei, who looks as happy she ever does.
** [[spoiler:After Tommen's body -- in a rare moment of GoryDiscretionShot, to boot -- is shown to her, she doesn't show much reaction, making it one of her most disturbing moments in the series.]]
* DomesticAbuse: Robert strikes her, although unlike in the books, there's no indication that he ever did so before. For Cersei, it's very much the final straw.
* DramaticIrony: [[spoiler: She never figures out that the real culprit for Joffrey's death is Olenna and not Tyrion as she believes. By murdering Olenna's entire family and effectively extinguinshing her entire House, Cersei unknowingly avenges her son's death by taking away everything his killer held precious.]]
* DumbBlonde: While Cersei isn't a ''complete'' moron, Tywin perfectly assesses her when he says that she is nowhere near as intelligent as she thinks she is. Her main flaw is that she continually underestimates people, and her level of misguided arrogance about her supposed political brilliance prevents her from seeing that she is wrong. She loses control of Joffrey almost immediately after he becomes king, and most of her attempts to dispose of Tyrion are laughable failures.
* EnfantTerrible: Was no more charming when she was younger.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Implied that, unlike in the books, Cersei loved her mother.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:
** In a twisted, narcissistic way because she mainly views them as an extension of herself, Cersei deeply loves her children and twin brother... but not enough not to manipulate her sons for her powerplays or not hop into bed with Lancel while Jaime's away. However, she seems to be more in love with the idea of ''having'' children to act as smaller versions of herself than them ''being'' her children as individuals.
--->'''Tyrion:''' Say what you will of Cersei, she loves her children. She is the only one I'm certain had nothing to do with this murder, which makes it unique as King's Landing murders go.
** Subverted in "The Winds of Winter", [[spoiler: as although she makes sure that Tommen is not in the Sept when she blows it up with wildfire, he's not put under any security afterwards and he commits suicide over the death of his wife (whom he actually did love) and his people. Cersei doesn't even bother to give him a proper burial, she just tells Qyburn to burn his body and throw the ashes on the ruins of the sept where his siblings and grandfather were interred, then has herself crowned the Queen.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: She ''does not'' approve several of Joffrey's actions, such as ordering Ned Stark's execution and ordering a massacre of children.
-->'''Cersei''': Robert was a drunken fool, but he didn't enjoy cruelty.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Trades her dresses for an all-black wardrobe (which invokes the late Tywin's casual outfit very closely) in "The Winds of Winter", [[spoiler: just in time to massacre the Sparrows, the Tyrells and usurp the throne.]]
* EvilCounterpart: To Catelyn. Both are MamaBear types who can be utterly ruthless, hold grudges hard, have difficulty controlling their newly-crowned sons and deal with the loss of children. However, Catelyn is HappilyMarried, is comfortable in her station in life and is good to most people, while Cersei is trapped in an ArrangedMarriage, yearns for even more power and is mean and petty.
* EvilEyebrows: Along with her constant smirking, Cersei also usually has one or both eyebrows raised. They don't match her hair colour, which by contrast makes them all the more sinister.
* EvilFeelsGood: "Confesses" in the season six finale that she really enjoyed every evil thing she ever did in her life. Murder, incest, and even the act of confessing all of this to a helpless captive brought her joy. Not to mention, she [[EvilGloating got away with lying to the High Sparrow about her affair with Jaime.]]
* EvilIsPetty: Cersei won't miss an opportunity to make someone miserable, assuming she can get away with it. Best typified in "The Lion and the Rose", in which to make herself feel better at her son's wedding, she walks around ''looking'' for people to be a jerk to -- first making Brienne feel awful about herself, then telling Pycelle to feed the wedding feast leftovers to the dogs instead of the poor (as Margaery had commanded). When Tywin asks her why she's smiling, she tells him it's just the little pleasures in life. Finally, Cersei is noticeably smiling during the ultra-humiliating play of the War of Five Kings, when even Tywin is forcing himself to suppress one -- after all, they're sitting alongside the bereaved of two of the titular kings! This plays into her StupidEvil tendencies, as she'll act to hurt someone who's wronged her in the short term without regard to the long-term consequences.
* EvilMatriarch: A {{deconstruction}} of one for the Lannisters-Baratheons. While she genuinely loves her children ([[AbusiveParents despite being an abusive mother]]) and [[MamaBear would do anything to protect or avenge them]], some of her actions prove to be a greater threat to the safety of her children than those of her enemies (who are often far more intelligent and competent than she is). In the end [[spoiler:her last remaining child commits suicide because of her, but by that time Cersei is too far gone to even care.]]
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: The haircut she receives at the end of Season 5 makes her bear an absolutely ''terrifying'' resemblance to Joffrey. [[spoiler: By the end of Season 6, we now know that Joffrey didn't just get his insanity and penchant for irredeemable cruelty from incest. Most of it was from '''her'''.]]
* EyeScream: Seems to be a favourite method of punishment of Cersei's -- Tyrion recounts she had a servant girl beaten until she lost an eye when she was ''nine'', and in 'The Wars To Come', she threatens to have [[HotWitch Maggy's]] eyes gouged out if Maggy wouldn't tell Cersei her future.
* FatalFlaw:
** Hubris. Cersei thinks she's way better than she really is and better than anybody else, which makes her think nothing about hurting people, and in her arrogance, she is reckless, deaf to council and unable to evaluate herself or make any kind of amends.
** Additionally, her complete inability to play any sort of long game. Cersei only ever seems to plan for the moment, and this almost always blows up in her face later. To get back at Margaery, she empowers the Faith Militant with no consideration as to how this would affect King's Landing, only caring that Margaery would suffer. They turn on her as soon as it's convenient, and King's Landing comes within a hair's breadth of becoming a theocracy.
* FauxAffablyEvil: She can pretend, and at rare moments her beauty and charm allows her to come across as decent. It's what fools Sansa for so long.
* ForTheEvulz: By the finale of season six, she has more or less embraced this. She admits to a captive whom she is about to have slowly tortured to death that her main motivation for the evil things she's done in her life was that it all made her feel so damn good.
* FreudianExcuse: Her hatred for Robert stems from him using her as a ReplacementGoldfish for Lyanna, to say nothing of his other ugly traits.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: She is ''not'' a pleasant person and groomed Joffrey to follow in her footsteps. In "You Win or You Die", she fully metamorphoses into this trope when she orchestrates a HuntingAccident for Robert. She shows snobbish disdain for the people of King's Landing and LackOfEmpathy for her subjects. Tyrion initially assumes it was her who gave the order for the purge of Robert's bastard children, and she doesn't admit that it was something Joffrey ''really'' shouldn't have done.
* GreenEyedMonster: During Cersei's brief chat with Brienne at Joffrey and Margaery's wedding, she can't help but let slip a note of jealousy towards the strong, independant lady knight. Cersei also hates Margaery because she gains influence after marrying Cersei's sons, while Cersei's power wanes, and also because the Tyrell Queen is far more popular in King's Landing than Cersei is and ever will be.
* HatesSmallTalk: Cersei hates chat that doesn't get to the point.
* TheHeavy: In Season 1. In the series' first story arc, Tywin entrusts her with the task of seizing the throne on behalf of the Lannister clan and ruling King's Landing while he crushes all contesting forces to their family's claim in the field; she performs well at first until her son Joffrey becomes king...
* HiddenDepths: Doubly so when Stannis's invasion approaches; she quotes Tywin on the subject of war and surprisingly she's the one who thinks up a defense via wildfire. She orders its mass-production and keeps this plan hidden from Tyrion. Her actual implementation is fraught with potential problems, however (shooting it from the city could easily burn the city down), so when Tyrion finds out he hijacks the plan and goes his own way with it.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** In Season 2, Cersei urges Joffrey to call off his betrothal to Sansa in favor of Margaery Tyrell, making her partially responsible for most of the troubles she suffers over the next three seasons.
** In Season 3, jealous of Margaery's influence over Joffrey, Cersei enlists Littlefinger to find ''anything'' that she can use against the Tyrells. Littlefinger discovers that they plan to betroth Loras to Sansa, so Littlefinger tells Cersei, Cersei tells Tywin, and Tywin decides to take the initiative by marrying Tyrion to Sansa, and ''Cersei to Loras'', with the consent of none of them.
** Cersei's stupidity and half-assed schemes catch up to her in Season 5 when the Sparrows she empowered finally arrest her for her lack of piety, namely her incestuous relationships.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: To a fair extent, yes. Like her father, she'll never see anything positive about Tyrion, even if it's dancing in front of her, which often make her vastly underestimate him, even as she fears him by distorting what he's capable of, as well. She started to wise-up about Joffrey, but had been in denial for years about how unstable he actually was (answer: VERY) -- this very denial caused ''soooooo'' many problems, it's unreal. And, then there's her tendency to belittle anybody who has faith in anything other than power or gold, which caused her to to massively misread the High Sparrow, for one. Listen to her tone when she says she has nothing to fear from him because "he's a religious man". It screams "an idiot I can use" in subtext. Rather badly judged, there, Queenie. Almost as bad as deciding that you've managed to cow a tail-tucked Lady Olenna Tyrell...
* HumiliationConga:
** Much like her brothers, Season 3 is one long demonstration of Cersei getting knocked down a peg. Joffrey begins to disregard her. Margery proves to be far better at wrapping Joffrey around her fingers, and it becomes apparent to her that any power she had at King's Landing was quickly fading. And the icing on the cake was that [[ParentalFavoritism despite being Tywin's favorite]], he treats even ''her'' as an UnwittingPawn and plans to ship her off to marry Loras so that he can have more power.
** It only gets worse from there. By the penultimate episode of Season 6, Cersei has been completely outplayed by everyone in King's Landing, leaving her a powerless joke to everyone who knows her. [[spoiler: Two of her children are dead, she's banned from the Small Council meetings or any prominent position in the royal court, her third child has completely turned on her, she was stripped naked and walked through the streets of King's Landing, she's been formally charged with incest and treason and is facing a trial she cannot hope to win, and [[LaserGuidedKarma all of it is entirely her fault.]]]] Even Olenna rubs it in Cersei's face that she's lost.
** [[WhamEpisode The season six finale]] then [[DeconstructedTrope demonstrates]] why humiliating and antagonizing an unstable and vicious individual who has a MadScientist and a FrankensteinsMonster knight on her side [[WhosLaughingNow is a bad idea.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** She calls Margaery a harlot and a whore, despite herself having committed adulterous incest with her brother. She also despises Margaery for manipulating the king and trying to become a power behind the throne... which, unlike Cersei, Margaery would prove seemingly ''successful'' at.
** So, Cersei's cheating on Robert with Jaime was presented by herself as somehow justified by "true love" and her and Jaime "belonging together", adding that to her husband being an UnwantedSpouse who was [[ReallyGetsAround whoring around himself]] anyway? Fine... until Jaime is gone and Cersei starts shagging a cousin behind her "true love's" back, as part of manipulating him to help kill her husband Robert.
** Cersei is deeply offended that Tywin played favorites with his children, favouring the gifted Jaime. Cersei has no problem playing favorites by focusing on her firstborn son Joffrey. Myrcella and Tommen are pretty much ignored unless there is some setback on the horizon.
** She looks down on and tries to insult Ellaria Sand for being a bastard, but all three of her children are illegitimate and pretenders to both the throne and to her own House.
** She deeply loves Tommen because he is her son, but shows little respect and concern for the actual individual, not thinking twice before undermining and manipulating him or before hurting the woman he loves because Cersei's powerplays come first. At most, she views herself as a WellIntentionedExtremist.
* IfOnlyYouKnew: She threatens Tyrion that one day he'll love one woman and she will take her away just to spite him. That's precisely what happened to Tyrion's first love Tysha. Tyrion's response is to stare at her with utter disdain and leave without saying a word.
* IgnoredEpiphany: There were moments in earlier seasons where Cersei ''tries'' to be nice to people: Sansa, Tyrion, her son Tommen, and Myrcella. She also understands that [[MyBelovedSmother doing everything in her power to protect and prop up Joffrey]] isn't such a good idea. Then Joffrey dies, she immediately forgets her past kindness, and goes on a petty revenge binge that ultimately leads to [[spoiler:her unleashing the biggest atrocity in recent Westerosi history just so she can be queen]].
* IJustWantToBeYou: According to Creator/LenaHeadey, this is Cersei's FreudianExcuse for her incest with Jaime. There's subtle hints of it in the show too, such as Cersei discussing what she would do in Jaime's place, lamenting the fact that she was born a woman, and even doning [[BattleBallgown an armored dress]] when the Battle of the Blackwater looks to be turning in Stannis's favor. In Season 3, it is implied that she prefers metallic accoutrements to her dresses because she associates it with armor. This in turn ''may'' something to do with her spitefulness at Brienne at the Purple Wedding, Brienne having seemingly defied her supposed station far more successfully than Cersei ''and'' being noticeably close(r) to Jaime.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[DefiedTrope No.]] When Tommen [[spoiler:turns on her and sides with Margaery and the High Sparrow, Cersei opts to bomb the Sept of Baleor and kill all of his chosen allies. She spares Tommen himself, but her reaction after he commits suicide because of her actions pretty much confirms that she's already given up on him.]]
* InfantImmortality: Averted. She mentions to Catelyn and later discusses with Robert how their first child died shortly after birth due to a fever.
* InadequateInheritor: After Tywin is killed by Tyrion, Cersei is left to fill her daddy's shoes as the real power behind throne and as a [[TheChessmaster political intrigue mastermind]] in Season 5. Having no foresight nor grasp of realpolitik, she fails on an epic scale when her [[HoistByHisOwnPetard attempts to sabotage Margaery backfires]]. It shows that Cersei is no Tywin, by a long shot. [[spoiler:Even taking the throne for herself by killing everyone else that had a claim to it is likely to lead to her getting deposed in short order, given how many enemies she makes doing it.]]
* InformedAttractiveness: Cersei is widely praised as one of the most beautiful noblewomen of Westeros.
* InterruptedSuicide: Tywin breaking the door in "Blackwater" stops her from proceeding with her son Tommen, because she was convinced the city would fall to the unflappable Stannis.
* IronicEcho: She begins shrieking, "I am the Queen!", exactly the same way Margaery did when she was arrested by the Faith Militant. It's also not dissimilar to what her [[EnfantTerrible beloved son]] said previously, "I am the KING!"
* ItsAllAboutMe:
** While she has more than enough specific examples (listed below), lots of fans have noted that Cersei is very likely a [[AmbiguousDisorder textbook narcissist]], sharing many qualities with them. Cersei sees herself as far more intelligent and powerful than she actually is. Her love for her brother Jaime is because she sees him as a reflection of herself if she were a man (which is also why she is notably distraught over his missing hand rather than any impact that it could ever have on his life). She loves her children, but moreso as extensions of herself than as human beings. She takes any perceived (real or not) slight extremely seriously and will often come up with forms of DisproportionateRetribution for it, [[EvilIsPetty even when she has absolutely]] [[StupidEvil nothing to gain by doing so]]. She also often tends to devalue and ruthlessly criticize and tear down those who come into contact with her. So, truly, due to the way Cersei's mind works, she is almost fundamentally incapable of ''not'' thinking everything is about her and ties back to her. So even on a more general level, Cersei is truly incapable of placing anyone's interest before her own.
** She regards Jaime as a poor sight at the start of Season 4, complaining about her being left alone to suffer a siege in the capital despite being surrounded by servants and with several bodyguards, which she obviously thinks is so much worse than Jaime being a prisoner dragged from camp to camp, losing his hand, and being humiliated and despised.
** Her main reason for accusing Tyrion for Joffrey's murder amounts to her believing that Tyrion did it to hurt her personally. It doesn't matter that Tyrion might had have much more legitimate motives for killing Joffrey; to Cersei, the motive ''must'' have been that he wanted to get back at her specifically and Joffrey just happened to be collateral damage.
** In "The Children", she tells Tywin that she's be willing to burn House Lannister to the ground so long as she remains Queen and gets to have her children. [[spoiler:In the season 6 finale, we see this wasn't an idle threat when she literally burns down a good chunk of the city's skyline to take out the Faith Militant, Margaery, and everyone else that opposes her to make sure she stays in power.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Unfriendly or hostile by default, petty, vindictive, and an overall unpleasant person to be around. It goes without saying that she HatesSmallTalk.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** It might be mainly because she's a bitch who revels in seeing others suffer, but what she says to Sansa during the Battle of Blackwater about marrying Joffrey is pretty accurate. Likewise, her assessment of Queen Margaery is mostly motivated by jealousy, but that doesn't mean she isn't right in seeing Margaery as a two-faced social climber.
** While still hiding the fact of BrotherSisterIncest and giving birth to bastards, during her "confession" about adultery, Cersei angrily calls out the High Sparrow on DoubleStandard, reminding him [[ReallyGetsAround what kind of a man she had been cheating on]]. Unfortunately for her, her conversation partner is unfazed, as he thinks AllCrimesAreEqual and the king is now dead and out of reach anyway.
* KickTheDog: As she walks.
** An almost literal incident, when she has Sansa's direwolf killed because Arya's direwolf -- who attacked Joffrey to defend her mistress -- is unavailable. It's also probably her purest example of this trope in the show: it's her first, showing what kind of a human being she is, involves an actual dog and is ''completely'' unprovoked -- she knows full well that Lady wasn't involved with Joffrey's accident and Sansa, Lady's owner actually ''sides'' with him and Cersei.
** In general, her treatment of Sansa when the latter is a hostage of the Lannisters in King's Landing, though this is strangely mixed with occasional PetTheDog moments.
** Denounces Tyrion's relationship with Shae to their Lord Father, knowing full well how Tywin deals with Tyrion's ladies of company.
** Tyrion's trial is a prolonged HumiliationConga orchestrated by her to inflict as much psychological pain as possible (though in her view it's KickTheSonOfABitch, as she mistakenly thinks that Tyrion murdered her son).
* KickTheSonOfABitch: In Season Six's finale she finally gets back at [[spoiler:Septa Unella, by throwing several goblets of wine at her face, chanting 'Confess! Confess!', calling her out of her hypocrisy and gloating about the truth of the crimes Cersei herself has been accused of. It quickly morphs into DisproportionateRetribution though, as she subjects the septa to death by torture in hands of Ser Gregor.]]
** She also likely orchestrated [[spoiler: Grand Maester Pycelle being stabbed to death by various harlots and Qyburn's child spies.]]
* KissingCousins: With Lancel while Jaime is being held captive.
* LadyDrunk: Cersei's trusty goblet is never far from her hand.
* LadyMacBeth: She's behind some of Robert and Jaime's callous or outright evil decisions.
* LargeHam: Especially when drunk.
* LaserGuidedKarma:
** She once gloated over having Ned Stark in the Black Cells. In Season 5, she is tossed into one of the cells by the Faith Militant and the High Sparrow begins to collapse her house of cards, hard.
** She also visits Margaery in her cells, specifically to rub it in. Then in ''the very same episode'', she gets thrown into an even worse one.
** She gloats over Tyrion being forced into an ArrangedMarriage, only to find that her father has the same fate in mind for her.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Cersei would like to believe that she is the female version of her father, but she has all of his worst qualities and none of his talents. All she manages to achieve is a lacklustre imitation of Lord Tywin.
* LoveIsAWeakness: She believes this, because LoveMakesYouDumb and compels you to do things you know you shouldn't to keep them happy and safe. The only people Cersei advises Sansa to love are her children since a mother has no choice in that.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Apparently, she used to have feelings for Robert when they married, but DomesticAbuse and Robert's love for Lyanna Stark brutally changed that. Her relationship with Jaime doesn't seem to bring out the best in her either.
* MadBomber: [[spoiler:Cersei outdoes the Mad King and actually manages to "burn them all" when she blows her King's Landing enemies in a wildfire plot.]]
* TheMaidenNameDebate: She was never referred to as Cersei Baratheon while Robert is still alive.
* MamaBear: She goes to extremes when it concerns protecting her children:
** When it looks like Stannis Baratheon will sack King's Landing, she even prepares to poison her youngest to spare him from getting murdered by the victorious enemy troops... albeit because such a massacre is exactly how her father came to renewed power and influence.
** She is willing to "burn House Lannister to the ground" in order to stay at King's Landing protecting Tommen, according to her. But in reality, her lust for power is also a big factor, if not bigger.
** When she receives Myrcella's necklace from the Dornish as an implied threat, Cersei is ''furious'' and declares she will have Dorne burnt down if they dare hurt her.
** Her determination to have Tyrion executed after the poisoning of Joffrey also falls under this trope. As opposed to Tywin, who is just glad to have TheMillstone out of the way and is willing to use a convenient scapegoat, Cersei genuinely believes that the accused person is guilty and seeks to avenge her child.
* ManipulativeBitch: She's able to manipulate the likes of Ned, Jaime, Lancel, Sansa and a few others...but sharper characters like Tywin, Tyrion, Varys and such aren't fooled by her machinations.
* MeaningfulName: Cersei is likely named in tribute to Circe (pronounced the same way) -- the beautiful, duplicitous sorceress from ''Literature/TheOdyssey''.
* MoodWhiplash: Due to Tywin's WhamLine. Just before that, she had been shamelessly gloating over the fact that Tywin was going to force Tyrion to marry Sansa... and then Tywin tells her of his plans for her, and she's brought nearly to tears.
-->'''Tywin''': You're still fertile. You need to marry again and breed.\\
'''Cersei''': I am '''Queen Regent''', not some broodmare!\\
'''Tywin''': You are '''my daughter'''! You will do as I command and you will marry Loras Tyrell!
* MotiveDecay: A big part of her character at the start was that she loved her children and wanted them on the throne but as they die one by one she decides to take the throne for herself and grow distant of Tommen as time goes one.
* MoralMyopia: She has a tendency to view things as heinous when being done to her or her children, and as okay when done to other people. See also {{Hypocrite}}.
** She is greatly angered when Tyrion arranges for a marriage between Myrcella and House Martell, but has no problem mocking Sansa about beheading more of her family members before her wedding to Joffrey.
** In Season 3, she [[SmugSnake smugly smiles]] when Tywin orders Tyrion to marry Sansa, and nearly breaks into tears when he orders her to marry Loras in turn.
* MrsRobinson: In addition to being Lancel's cousin, she's also old enough to be his mother. The same would apply to her [[ArrangedMarriage relationship]] with Loras Tyrell, if not the fact that both of them are equally repulsed by their engagement to each other.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Non-romantic variety. [[spoiler: Cersei has Pycelle killed because he was the only other one Tommen was willing to listen to.]]
* MyBelovedSmother: She tried to be this for her children but has so far failed at it, rather spectacularly with Joffrey becoming an uncontrollable monster, Myrcella being spirited off to Dorne specifically to get her out of Cersei's clutches, and with Tommen being virtually a non-entity to her -- so it's far too late to start anew when he becomes King.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: As Joffrey rises to ever new heights of cruelty and perversion, she finally acknowledges that having three inbred children with her twin brother ''wasn't'' such a great idea -- considering what it did to the Targaryens -- to say nothing of putting the most unstable of them on the Iron Throne itself. She breaks down in tears from the sheer knowledge that the son she loves (despite everything) is a psychopath. Nevertheless, in later episodes she undergoes a mild SelectiveObliviousness.
* {{Narcissist}}: Much like her father, she considers herself vastly superior to almost everyone around her and expects treatment commensurate with her bloated sense of self-worth. Additionally, she displays a pronounced LackOfEmpathy as evidenced by her inability to view [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes her own children]] as individuals with thoughts and feelings entirely separate from her own.
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: She feels like she is suffering under this in the male dominated Westerosi society, but Tywin bluntly tells her the real reason for her lack of power and influence beyond her family name is that she isn't as capable as she thinks she is; it can also be surmised that at least some of her apparent jealousy at Brienne of Tarth is how Brienne ''is'' by all appearances a relatively self-made woman whose family name isn't nearly as important to who Brienne became and what she achieved.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Cersei is based on several queens with poor reputations -- Queen Isabella, She-Wolf of France, Queen Catherine De'Medici of France, and from the WarOfTheRoses - Margaret d'Anjou and Elizabeth Woodville.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: After about six seasons of being sidelined, outmaneuvered, and humiliated by the other players of the Game, [[spoiler:Cersei snaps and has all of her rivals in King's Landing wiped out with wildfire before usurping the Iron Throne as Queen. She is directly responsible for killing as many or more major characters than anyone else has over all six seasons.]]
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: A prophecy implies (states in the books) that this tragedy would befall her. Her first child with Robert died because of fever and Joffrey and Myrcella begin to fulfill it when they were poisoned in Seasons 4 and 5. [[spoiler:It's completed in the finale of Season 6 when her brutal machinations drive Tommen to [[DrivenToSuicide commit suicide]]]].
* PowerHair: A full season after her TraumaticHaircut, [[spoiler: she ascends as the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms]].
* ParentalFavoritism: She gives much more love and attention to Joffrey than to Tommen and Myrcella. Considering the effects, the younger children probably have benefited from that.
* PerpetualFrowner: Her very prominent brows emanate hatred even during her rare moments of levity.
* PetTheDog:
** She comforts Catelyn after Bran "falls" from the window. Despite the incident happening because of her (though she wasn't the perpetrator) Cersei's sympathy for Catelyn as a fellow mother who had her child hurt seems actually honest.
** She convinces Joffrey to do something nice for Sansa during "Lord Snow", referencing her own unhappy arranged marriage.
** On the event of Sansa's first menses, she counsels her on how best to survive a marriage to Joffrey.
** During Tyrion's wedding, she tries to divert a lecherous Joffrey away from Sansa. A somewhat weak and quickly abandoned effort but well-intentioned nevertheless.
** Briefly comforts a nervous Melara during the flashback of her as a teenager.
* PragmaticVillainy: Despite generally being StupidEvil, there are a few moments when even Cersei realizes that petty revenge is a bad idea.
** Knows full well that a tame wolf is better than a dead one, so she plans to have Ned stripped of titles and lands and sent to the Night's Watch, though her plan fails when her son instead orders Ned's death. There is an element of EvenEvilHasStandards here, albeit expressed in a cruel IronicEcho: since Ned planned to exile her rather than allowing her and her children to be murdered, it is sort of "fair" to "only" plan to exile the Starks rather than killing them.
** In the second season, even she seems taken aback by Joffrey's order to kill Robert's bastard children, not necessarily because of [[EvenEvilHasStandards personal standards]], but because something like murdering children and babies draws the wrong type of attention. She even seems offended that Tyrion initially thinks she was the one who ordered it.[[labelnote:From the books...]]In the books, the purge of Robert's bastards was all her idea and Joffrey was unaware/uncaring of it, making for another point where Tyrion had to rein her in[[/labelnote]] However, she's also too prideful to admit he was wrong to do so.
* {{Pride}}: A theme for the Lannisters. They all have a slightly different take on it.
-->'''Cersei''': He's attacked one of my brothers, and abducted the other. I should wear the armor, and you the gown. ''[Robert strikes her]'' I shall wear this like a badge of honor.
* ProperlyParanoid: In a stark contrast to her book self, towards Margaery. Although Cersei started some of the antagonism herself, she's correct in her assumption that the younger queen is a shrewd politician with her eyes on being the power behind the throne; which goal requires removing Cersei from her position.
* PyrrhicVillainy:
** Cersei's smirking victory over Tyrion and later the Tyrells become meaningless as it comes with a high price. Her champion Ser Gregor Clegane winning over Oberyn Martell in Tyrion's trial on Joffrey's murder breaks new tensions from Dorne and leads to Myrcella's death. Jaime, out of sympathy for Tyrion, helps him escape only for Tyrion to kill Tywin on the way out, leaving the kingdom in her less-than-capable hands. Her reinstatement of the Faith Militant as a means to get back at the Tyrells backfires when she herself gets arrested and punished for her own crimes [[spoiler:which also leads her own son Tommen to accept the Faith as part of their alliance to the Iron Throne]].
--->'''Olenna''': You have no support, not anymore. Your brother is gone; the High Sparrow saw through that. The rest of your family abandoned you. The people despised you. You're surrounded by enemies, thousands of them. You're going to kill them all by yourself? You've lost, Cersei. It's the only joy that I've find in this misery.
** The Season 6 finale is this UpToEleven. [[spoiler:She wipes out all of her enemies in one fell swoop using wildfire beneath the Sept of Baelor, but in doing so she drives her son Tommen over the edge, both figuratively and [[DrivenToSuicide literally]], and in the process kills basically everyone that would be capable of running the city, much less the entire kingdom. It is also strongly implied that her twin brother and lover, Jaime, is completely disgusted by Cersei's actions and now despises her, emotionally isolating her from everyone she cares about. Her only counsel is the MadScientist Qyburn, and the Mountain as her personal muscle. She's positioned herself in a way that no one in King's Landing can challenge her, but she doesn't rule much beyond that demesne, and she has added the plentiful Reach to the list of enemies of the increasingly powerless crown. She may not reign long; soon after Cersei's coronation, Daenerys Targaryen sails to Westeros with the support of Tyrion and Lady Olenna of House Tyrell, uneasy but former allies alienated by Cersei.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Gives a nasty one to Tyrion in Season 2 after he makes a crack about her and Jaime's "relationship":
--->'''Cersei''': You're ''funny''. You've always been funny. But no joke will match the first one, will they? You remember--back when you ripped my mother open on your way out of her and she bled to death.\\
'''Tyrion''': ...She was my mother too.\\
'''Cersei''': Mother gone. For the sake of you. There's no bigger joke in the world than that.
** She tries to give one to her father midway through Season 4 (about how he's so self-centred about his family legacy he neglects his real family) but Lord Tywin turns it round on her in his ignominiable style. At the end of the season though she succeeds, thanks to dropping the bombshell of her {{twincest}}.
* RegentForLife: One of the reasons she's turning progressively against Joffrey with each passing episode is that he ruined her plan to become his RegentForLife. It's her own damn fault for being a moron, but still. [[spoiler:After all of her children die, she actually steps up and takes the crown for herself.]]
* TheResenter: Especially for Jaime, but also for her father, husband and even Tyrion due to their respective positions of power which she believes came from the fact that they're men. While the society of Westeros ''is'' very sexist and she may have had a point back then, she's filled about twenty years since with exactly resenting others and doing nothing constructive with her own position of power as the damn ''queen'', which has led to the present situation where Cersei's completely justifiably being denied power due to her incompetence. Visibly so towards Brienne of Tarth, who by her achievements and not being nearly as reliant on being a Tarth as Cersei is on being a Lannister, much less on being beautiful, pokes a sharp hole in Cersei's worldview.
* RevengeBeforeReason: She tends to focus on harming her -- real or imaginary -- enemies, and think about the consequences... uh, sometime later. Maybe. A shining example is her ploy to undermine the Tyrells in Season 5. Not only does Cersei's claim to power rely on the Lannister-Tyrell alliance (meaning that, if the Tyrells are undermined, ''she'' is undermined), Cersei's scheme directly results in her own imprisonment, public humiliation, and complete loss of political power and control. [[KnowWhenToFoldEm Most halfway intelligent people would realize they've lost and do their best to mitigate the damage and avoid future misery]]. [[DefiedTrope Cersei is not one of these people]], and actually proceeds to she tops herself in Season 6's finale when she [[spoiler:blows up the Sept of Baelor during the Green Trial, destroying all of her opponents in Kings Landing, along with a good part of the city. It's one of the very few plans she actually executes successfully, but it leaves her as ''the'' target of pretty much every remaining faction in Westeros. Of course, by that time her sanity is so long gone it's hard to even speak of "reason".]]
** A perfect example is also her willingness to have Sansa dead because she suspects that the latter poisoned Joffrey (she didn't). But she does not take it into a consideration one bit that Joffrey caused so many misfortunes to Sansa including the execution of her father as well wanting to give her the head of her brother.
* SanitySlippage: She is much more calm, collected, and rational in the first season than she is in the second. Her loss of Jaime and Joffrey's increasingly out of control attitude, complemented by her father's suddenly dismissive attitude towards her don't seem to be doing well for her mental faculties. Her despair over her daughter Myrcella's impending ArrangedMarriage can't help, either. She comes within inches of poisoning Tommen during "Blackwater" when she thinks that Stannis is about to break down the door. In "The Lion and the Rose", she's outright screaming with rage at Tyrion, as she believes he poisoned Joffrey, and by Season 5 she's noticeably resorting to alcohol continuously, further worsening her condition. By the end of Season 6, she's clearly gone off the deep end. [[spoiler:She not only blows up the Sept of Baelor and dozens of nobles within, including her uncle Kevan and three of the four Tyrells, but she doesn't care at all that Tommen kills himself in the aftermath.]]
* ScrewYourself: Her incest with Jaime is, [[WordOfGod according to the cast and crew]] and in consonance with her thoughts in the books, her attempt to get as close as she can to making this a reality. She sees Jaime as [[IJustWantToBeYou what she was actually meant to be]] and denied the privilege of being by being born a woman. Thus by having sexual intercourse with Jaime, she is, in her own mind, [[ShapedLikeItself screwing herself]]. As such, to Cersei it's not incest but rather ''incredibly'' metaphorical masturbation.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Maggy the Frog told her that all three of her children would die. [[spoiler:Cersei's own actions, in various ways, lead to this outcome. Joffrey dies because Cersei coddled him and then couldn't control him when he was made king, which led to him being poisoned because he was out of control. Myrcella died because the Mountain killed Oberyn, which in turn only happened because Cersei was determined to punish Tyrion for killing Joffrey without any proof that he was responsible. Finally, Tommen kills himself after Cersei detonates the wildfire under the Great Sept of Baelor, killing Margaery among many others.]]
* ShadowArchetype: Cersei is the picture of what could have gone wrong with several other female characters who shared some characteristics with her:
** To Sansa. They were both sheltered daddy's girls from noble families, living a fantasy of marrying a PrinceCharming, which in both cases has gone horribly wrong, leaving them both disillusioned. Sansa's kinder nature and not actually spending years in a horrible marriage have left her in a better mental shape than Cersei, for now at least.
** Tywin notes a similarity between a young Cersei and Arya in their spirited and rebellious natures. However, Cersei was forced by Tywin to conform to the standard submissive role for a Westerosi woman, and put her energy into becoming an evil queen.
** Both Tyrell women, Margaery and Olenna, share many traits with Cersei -- they're manipulative, willing to use seduction (in Olenna's case, in the past) to further their goals and were "blessed" with not particularly politically competent husbands. Olenna and Cersei also share ruthlessness and and similarities in their acts go as far as committing a regicide and letting an innocent man take the fall. However, by growing (at least in Margaery's case) in a household where the female role was valued and taught -- instead of being reduced to a property of a man and a piece to haggle -- and being ''sane'', they get out of their roles everything Cersei couldn't: Margaery is a popular queen and gets to manipulate even Joffrey, and Olenna is the real head of her family who has raised a capable heiress and is the closest thing the series has to a female Tywin.
* ASharedSuffering: Shows a short-lived sisterly attitude towards Tyrion after Tywin reminds them both of the [[SarcasmMode joy]] of living under his domineering thumb.
* ShedTheFamilyName: [[spoiler: Cersei again takes up the Lannister name as Queen regnant instead of Baratheon.]]
* SheIsTheKing: [[spoiler: Becomes the ruling Queen of the Seven Kingdoms in the Season 6 finale.]]
* SiblingRivalry: Displays an open animosity towards Tyrion, which gets incensed when their father entrusts him with power. She [[CainAndAbel has wished the death of Tyrion]] since the day he was born. Tyrion doesn't reciprocate beyond the occasional quip because intellectually and humanely, he's way above her level. She also harbors some resentment over Tywin favouring Jaime.
* SmugSmiler: There probably isn't a character from any medium ever, to compete with that contemptible, irritating smirk that she wears constantly.
* SmugSnake:
** While she is indeed a somewhat competent/lucky schemer, she is not as brilliant as she thinks herself to be and her self-entitlement, pettiness, and overconfidence often renders her blindsided, and she always struggles to grasp that she's in over her head when she has been outplayed. Her own father even points out that she overestimates her own intelligence.
--->'''Lord Tywin:''' I don't distrust you because you're a woman. I distrust you because you're not as smart as you think you are. You've allowed that boy to ride roughshod over you and everyone else in this city.
** During her dinner with Tyrion in "The Prince of Winterfell", she gloats over the fact that she's holding Tyrion's whore hostage, while both Tyrion and the viewers know she's got the wrong woman altogether. Not that that makes Tyrion any less pissed at her contemptible behavior.
** Despite considering herself a keen player in the game of thrones, none of her plans ever truly succeed. Indeed, in most cases, her actions end up backfiring on her horribly, particularly her plan to rule Westeros behind the scenes while Joffrey sat on the throne. The most Cersei ever appears to achieve are very small, petty victories over people much less powerful than her, and that desire for short-lived sense of satisfaction irrespective of whether it actually improves her position or accomplishes anything in the long run is textbook SmugSnake.
* SpeakIllOfTheDead: She has no qualms posthumously calling Renly Baratheon a "degenerate" in "Dark Wings, Dark Words". [[{{Hypocrite}} This is coming from a woman who had three children with her twin brother]].
* StrongFamilyResemblance:
** Young Cersei looks ''strikingly'' similar to her daughter, Myrcella. The fact that Myrcella's a product of Cersei's incest with her own ''twin'' brother ''might'' have something to do with this.[[note]]Exact same genes, give or take a few[[/note]]
** With her hair cut off by the Faith Militant, she bears an unsettling resemblance to Joffrey.
* StupidEvil:
** Tyrion and Tywin separately note this about her. Her vile and foolish tendencies are always present, to the point where Tywin is quick to empower his much disparaged son Tyrion to mitigate Cersei's calamities.
** She cares nothing about public sentiment and doesn't realize that throwing people out of her city will draw their ire and how the ire of the mob is dangerous for kings and queens.
--->'''Tyrion''': Listen to me, 'queen regent'. You're in danger of losing the people.\\
'''Cersei''': The people? Heh. You think I care?\\
'''Tyrion''': You may find it difficult to rule over millions who want you dead.
** Her understanding on the actual military threats posed by Stannis Baratheon and Robb Stark is likewise tenuous at best, to the point that Tyrion's victory at Blackwater is almost in spite of her efforts, rather than because of it (her only contribution is getting the wildfire made, a plan Tyrion co-opted because she likely would have burned King's Landing to the ground by accident). Of course, a lot of these may be due to her rapidly becoming a not very functioning [[TheAlcoholic addict]].
** Once the sensible influences or restraints of Tyrion and Tywin are gone, Cersei goes one step further and engages in one petty, short-sighted scheme after another, culminating in her empowering the Faith Militant as a petty revenge scheme against the Tyrells with [[DidntThinkThisThrough zero regards for the potential blowback]]. She's called out on this one multiple times.
* ThickerThanWater: She spoiled her first son Joffrey from day one, but was horrified when he became increasingly psychopathic and insane, starting to indulge in regular cruelties and atrocities. She later acknowledges to Margaery that even at his most evil she still loves Joffrey out of some sense of maternal care and loses it completely when he dies in her arms.
* TooCleverByHalf: She is indeed well-versed in the games of subterfuge and underhanded politics amongst the Westeros' nobles, but she fancies herself to be better than she actually is, causing her to often severely underestimate her opponents. Ironically, this also works in her favor, since her opponents often assume she's too rational to do something stupid, only to be blindsided when she does it anyway.
* TraumaCongaLine: Episodes 2 and 3 of Season 4 are nothing but this for Cersei. First, Joffrey is assassinated using a horribly painful poison, and then her father totally ignores her when she asks him not to [[BrutalHonesty lecture Tommen about how bad a king Joffrey was]] before taking Tommen away, and then she has a...[[QuestionableConsent rather uncomfortable sexual encounter]] with Jaime next to her son's corpse while she's mourning.
* TraumaticHaircut: Has her precious golden locks cut off by the Faith Militant.
* TroubledAbuser: Between her experiences with her abusive husband, controlling, emotionally abusive father and uncontrollable, psychopathic son, Cersei takes it out on whom she has a chance at the moment. Sometimes it's Tyrion (though it tends to backfire on her). More often it's [[TheChewToy Sansa]].
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour:
** She proudly recalls the time she had a 9 year old servant girl beaten to blindness for stealing a necklace, when she was of the same age.
** "Mockingbird" reveals that during a visit Oberyn and Elia had at Casterly Rock when they were children, Cersei freely tormented a baby Tyrion in front of them by pinching his penis and talking about how she wished he had died. She only stopped tormenting Tyrion because Jaime made her stop.
** We finally get a glimpse of [[TeensAreMonsters teen Cersei]] in Season 5, she's about as charming as you would think. When Maggy the Frog refuses to tell her fortune, a teenage Cersei threatens to have her eyes gouged out.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: [[spoiler: In the Season 6 finale, after killing most of her political enemies in a wildfire explosion and Tommen's suicide, Cersei forcibly takes the Iron Throne and names herself Queen.]]
* TheUnfavourite: In Season 3, her father makes it clear that due to her failure to control Joffrey, he regards her as little better than Tyrion. Also note that while Tywin may not ''like'' Tyrion, he does respect Tyrion's intelligence and in this respect treats him as an equal. The same can't be said for Cersei.
* UngratefulBastard: Never has anything good to say about Tyrion or Loras, despite both of them being vital in saving her and Tommen's lives at the battle of Blackwater. Tywin even calls her out on her ingratitude for the Tyrells. Probably the most blatant example of this was her framing Ned Stark as a traitor after he warned her to save herself and her children; though it was mixed with PragmaticVillainy, since they would be forced to go into exile if she accepted Ned's scenario.
* UnwittingPawn: After transforming the Sparrows into the Faith Militant and giving them free rain to imprison any ''deviants'' towards the Gods, which ends up getting both Loras and Margaery captured, she confidently assumes that she is controlling them like puppets. It never occurs to her until it's too late that the now all powerful fundamentalist organisation would imprison her for her own deviant lifestyle once they no longer needed her.
* TheUsurper: Although it's her sons who get to sit on the Iron Throne, not herself, it's her actions which usurp said throne to her family. [[spoiler:And as "The Winds of Winter" she finally seizes it for herself.]]
* VillainProtagonist: She is clearly the viewpoint character during the Faith in King's Landing storyline in Season 6.
* VillainousBreakdown:
** She angrily loses her cool when Tyrion shows up in a meeting of the Small Council, and much to her chagrin reveals that he's acting Hand of the King.
** She's in this mode for the entire episode "Blackwater", although it's a less hammy example then usual.
** In "The Lion and the Rose". Cersei visibly ''shatters'' as Joffrey dies helplessly in her arms.
** In "The Gift", she goes from being a SmugSmiler for the majority of Season 5 to screaming "I am the queen!" as she is dragged away to the Black Cells by the High Sparrow's Faith Militant.
** Her sanity worsens as her situation does throughout season six. This ends up being the dangerous version, since she's desperate and crazy enough in the finale to [[spoiler:use the wildfire caches in King's Landing to simply kill all of her rivals at once.]]
* VillainousFriendship: With Qyburn, who is the only person to visit her during her imprisonment by the Faith, and the first person to cover her after her walk of shame.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Like all of Tywin's children, she craves his appreciation. Like all of Tywin's children, she doesn't get it, because a) she screws up, b) daddy doesn't ''do'' appreciation to begin with.
* WhamLine
** She reveals the truth to Tywin in "The Children":
---> '''Cersei''': Everything they say about Jaime and me is true... your legacy is a ''lie''!
* WhileRomeBurns: She smiles and triumphantly sips a glass of wine [[spoiler:as she watches the wildfire cache burn down the Great Sept of Baelor, along with all of her rivals in it, in the distance]]. She's clearly enjoying the awful spectacle.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: "Everyone who is not us is an enemy."
* WomanScorned: After Robert makes clear that he never loved her and their marriage didn't have a chance to work, and strikes her (in a different scene), he doesn't live for long. Years of cheating and humiliating her probably didn't help his case, either.
* WomenAreWiser: At times.
** She is completely right about Margaery Tyrell not being as harmless as she seems. Joffrey ignores her.
** Cersei herself believes this trope to be true, in tandem with AllMenArePerverts; during her pathetic attempt to blackmail Tyrion she says that thinking with their penises is a FatalFlaw present in all men. Again, playing into her {{Hypocrite}} character. She considers men's uncontrollable sexual desires to be their biggest weakness, and yet her own sexual desires for Jaime that she either couldn't or wouldn't control despite the knowledge that the whole affair could backfire horribly is what ultimately leads to all of the events in the series.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: As Joffrey is only 16, she's technically the ruling sovereign of the Seven Kingdoms; her official title is even "Queen Regent". She even tries to assert her authority as such early on, but Joffrey takes a shotgun to that notion with six little words: "[[WhamLine Ser Ilyn, bring me his head]]!" She still attempts to rule while Joffrey spends his time performing various cruelties, but Tyrion compromises much of her power and repeatedly outmanoeuvres her when she tries to take it back, Tywin wastes no time controlling everyone once he comes back from fighting the war, and then the Tyrells join in by marrying Margaery to both of Cersei's sons, making Margaery the would-be reigning Queen.
* WickedCultured: As could be expected of a rich young woman from a noble house, Cersei recieved an excellent education.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: Not so much as in the books, but in the end of the day Cersei is a philanderer, a drunkard and an incompetent ruler, not unlike her hated late hubby (albeit in a different style).
* YourCheatingHeart: First cheats on Robert with Jaime, then on Jaime with Lancel. While Robert is her UnwantedSpouse, she has proclaimed Jaime tto be her OneTrueLove, making cheating on him the ultimate proof that she isn't loyal to any man.
* YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: Strongly implied to be a factor in hating Tyrion. Leads to what is probably her best comeback.
-->'''Cersei''': Mother gone. All for the sake of you. There's no bigger joke in the world than that.
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: While not as hated as her son Joffrey, the common folk of King's Landing don't like her much at all. Her haughty, crappy treatment of the subjects and the rumors of incest certainly don't do a lot to change that.
** [[spoiler: Her destruction of the Sept of Baelor which killed hundreds if not thousands of people, including Margery, Loras, Mace, and Kevan, and her grab for the Iron Throne after Tommen's subsequent suicide cemented her position as the most hated person in Westeros.]]
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[[folder:Ser Jaime Lannister]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:''"[[LoveMakesYouEvil I don't blame him, and I don't blame you. We don't get to choose who we love.]]"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/NikolajCosterWaldau

->''"There it is. There's the look. I've seen it for seventeen years on face after face. You all despise me. Kingslayer. Oathbreaker. A man without honor."''

Twin brother of Cersei, and older brother of Tyrion. A member of the Kingsguard, and Lord Commander after the forced retirement of Ser Barristan until his own forced retirement.
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* TheAce: Generally considered to be one of the greatest swordsmen in Westeros, if not ''the'' greatest. Subtly combined with BrilliantButLazy: When he tries he's almost as cunning, charismatic, and socially dominating as his father and little brother, but he's personally unambitious and is only ever recognized in-universe for his sublime swordsmanship and pretty face.
-->'''Littlefinger:''' I bet on Ser Jaime in the jousting, as any sane man would...
* ActionDad: The biological father of Joffrey, Tommen and Myrcella and is a renowned badass.
* AdaptedOut:
** His confession to Tyrion about Tysha at the end of ''A Storm of Swords'', which caused them to part on a very sour note. Instead, since Jaime doesn't tell him this, their parting is much more heartwarming.
** His arc in the books after Tywin's death involves reforming the Kingsguard, beefing up security, trying and failing to offer Cersei good advice, this is instead traded for [[AdaptationExpansion a trip to show!Dorne]].
* AdaptationalBadass: In regards to losing his sword hand, [[BroughtDownToBadass Jaime is still shown to be a somewhat able swordsman while sparring with Bronn]]. In the books, not so much. Though, Book!Jaime compensated for that by becoming a badass general, administrator and diplomat and that aspect is missing in Seasons 4 and 5, though it appears in Season 6.
* AdaptationDistillation: His arc in Season 4 has him taking over for Kevan Lannister as Tyrion's quasi-lawyer and Go-Between between him and Tywin. In the books he comes far too late to King's Landing, well after Joffrey's death, and doesn't get much chance to interact with his little brother, though the crucial climactic conversation between them, despite additional time to be built up in the season, is AdaptedOut.
* AdaptationalHeroism:
** Jaime in the books even after the beginning of his RedemptionQuest is quite blunt and jerkish, and after the loss of his hand tries to cultivate a more distant and intimidating demeanour, whereas Jaime in Season 4 barring one or two interactions is often quite nice. The scene where he asks Tywin to spare his brother for instance is quite far apart from Book!Jaime at least in levels of earnestness and sincerity.
** His interactions with Brienne (with whom he already has a fair bit of ShipTease in the novels) tend to be warmer in the show than in the books, especially later on.
* AdaptationalVillainy: He gets a few more KickTheDog moments than in the books:
** He murders his young cousin Alton Lannister, who idolised him, as part of an escape attempt, which incidentally makes him a kinslayer, the only thing ''worse'' than a kingslayer.
** In the book, the sex scene with Cersei in front of Joffrey's corpse was consensual; in "Breaker Of Chains", it is at best grudging, at worst forced by Jaime. The context change doesn't help either: In the books, Jaime has only just returned to King's Landing after spending most of the war a prisoner and losing his hand and son and is so starved for intimacy that he ignores Cersei's initial protestations. In the show, he's been around for a few weeks, making his actions a lot less seemingly impulsive.
*** However, it is worth noting that WordOfGod states this is ''not canon'' and the scene was meant to be consensual.
* AgeLift: Is 40 in "Two Swords", making him older than his book counterpart at the same point in the story (though also three years ''younger'' than his actor).
* AffablyEvil: It's kind of hard to remember to hate the guy when he's joking with Tyrion or trading war stories with Jory Cassel... and then he brutally stabs the latter through the eye. Quite the turnaround to further remind the audience of the "evil" part.
* AnArmAndALeg: Locke chops off his hand out of spite.
* AntiHero: In the third season, the reveal of his heroic HiddenDepths and the selfless deeds he commits establish him firmly in this category. As it stands, he's somewhere between a PragmaticHero and an UnscrupulousHero by virtue of the murkier things he's done in the name of family.
* AntiVillain: His characterization in the first two seasons. A man who doesn't hesitate to kill a child or a kin for his own benefit but who possesses some sympathetic traits and standards.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion:
** To Brienne.
---> '''Jaime:''' Tell me, if your precious Renly commanded you to kill your own father and stand by while thousands of men, women, and children burned alive, ''would you have'' done ''it''? ''Would you have kept your oath then?''
** Delivers one to Walder Frey in "The Winds of Winter".
---> '''Jaime:''' We gave you the Riverlands to hold the Riverlands. If we have to ride North and take them back every time you lose them...why do we need you?
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: A gifted man full of hubris because he's one of the best swordsmen in the Seven Kingdoms ''and'' a Lannister. His smugness starts to wear off in Season 3, slowly at first, what with getting his ass kicked by Brienne, and dramatically after "Walk of Punishment", a turning point where most of the arrogance is well and truly gone. While he still tries to reassure his lord father that not being as good with his left hand doesn't matter as long as he's better than anyone else, an honest conversation with Tyrion shows that most of his self-confidence is gone.
* ArtificialLimbs: He is fitted with a golden hand in Season 4 when he returns to King's Landing. Subverted in that it doesn't function as anything but a display and Jaime remarks that [[HookHand a hook]] would be more practical, but much to his luck, he does manages to use it as a life-saving [[BarehandedBladeBlock improvised shield]]. It's also an effective tool for slapping, As the Freys learned the hard way during Season 6.
* TheAtoner: Jaime is trying his best to reform. He saved Brienne, sent her on a quest to try and save the Stark girls in order to fulfill Catelyn's vow, saved Tyrion from death, and once again aspires to be a dutiful Kingsguard no matter how soiled his reputation... and after Tywin's death and Tyrion's abandoning the city, Jaime sails to Dorne in an attempt to protect his 'niece' Myrcella from retaliation for the death of Oberyn Martell.
* BadassBoast
-->'''[To Jory]''' I'm going to open your lord up from balls to brains and see what Starks are made of.\\
'''[To Lady Stark]''' There are no men like me. Only me.
* BadassDecay: Goes through this in-universe as from the beginning of the series onwards as we see him captured, beaten by a woman, and finally having his hand cut off and with it ''all'' of his prodigious prowess as a swordsman. He is regarded as this in Season 4, with his own father and Cersei regarding his career as a Knight as over and Joffrey essentially calling him a has-been.
* BadassInCharge: As Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.
* BadassLongcoat: He attires while not in his Kingsguard armor are mostly this.
* BaitTheDog: Two humanizing scenes have him bonding with Jory and his young cousin, Alton. Jory gets a callous answer in the end and before long, both of them are rather casually killed by Jaime.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: In Season 5, he discovers the one real advantage a fake hand gives him in a sword fight.
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Cersei in Season 1. The two of them are the seasons primary threats and antagonists.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Tyrion. Cersei notes that he was always the one to defend his little brother from the abuses of his father, sister, and society. This even extended to setting up the MeetCute with Tysha, which is part of why the two of them get along so well (in the book, Tyrion explicitly narrates that his UndyingLoyalty to Jaime is in thanks for giving him [[IJustWantToBeLoved a taste of love]]). In Season 4, he's probably the only major figure to publicly support Tyrion's innocence and it's implied that he would have dueled on his behalf if he had both hands. He finally defies both his father and sister and arranges with Varys to break Tyrion out of prison, giving one final, loving hug before they part ways.
* BigDamnHeroes: He returns to Harrenhal just in time to rescue Brienne from a live bear.
* BodyguardBetrayal: The source of his infamous nickname Kingslayer. Even worse for him, in that it was [[TheCaligula Aerys]] that he killed, and while almost everyone is happy for such a monstrous man to be dead, they still dislike Jaime for having broken his oath to protect the king, and it has no small part in his resentment towards Ned Stark. Somewhat justified by the high premium that is (at least publicly) placed on honor[[labelnote:From the books...]]Ned Stark was the first to find Jaime sitting on the Iron Throne and Aerys II at the feet thereof, so he believed that Jaime had at least considered usurping the throne[[/labelnote]].
* BloodKnight: Loves a good fight, but is also courageous and (in most cases) honorable, as demonstrated by him sparing Ned after one of his men "taints" the victory by stabbing Ned in the leg.
* BreakTheHaughty: Despite numerous forces attempting to break him down (see HumiliationConga), Jaime remains as [[SmugSnake smug]] and [[ArrogantKungFuGuy arrogant]] as ever ''right'' up until the moment where he loses his hand.
* BrilliantButLazy:
** Shows no greater ambition than to be a member of the Kingsguard. This contrasts with his father who remade the Lannisters as the strongest house (and seems to consider Jaime a JadedWashout), his sister who tried to make herself the power behind the throne, and his brother who ruled King's Landing (and wants Casterly Rock). Jaime displays cunning with his manipulation of Steelshanks and Locke, but rarely uses it.
--->'''Lord Tywin''': You're blessed with abilities that few men possess. You're blessed to belong to the most powerful family in the Kingdoms, and you're still blessed with youth. And what have you done with these blessings? You've served as a glorified bodyguard for two kings, one a madman, the other a drunk [...] I need you to become the man you were always meant to be. Not next year, not tomorrow...now.
** It's also a {{deconstruction}} in that Jaime's laziness leads to him having few real accomplishments. Moreover, in the book describing the achievements of each member of the Kingsguard, his page is ridiculously small and the only notability compared to other members is his killing of Aerys... so as a swordsman he's practically a LivingLegend, but as a member of the Kingsguard he is a ButtMonkey.
** Come Season 6 and he is growing out of it. [[spoiler: Jaime confronts the High Sparrow, immediately tries to approach the small council to do something about the situation in Dorne and then when it's clear that unity is needed to take on the Faith Militant he not only convinces Kevan and Olenna to work with Cersei again, but its clear from Olenna's face that she's thinking "This boy knows his shit".]]
* BrokenAce: It is shown that he is incredibly bitter about his reputation as the 'Kingslayer', and that no matter what he does, he'll always be remembered as [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder someone who will change sides at the drop of a hat.]]
* BrotherSisterIncest: With Cersei.
* ButtMonkey: By Season 4, he has this status among his family, having sat out of the war as a captive and NobleFugitive, getting his hand chopped off in the process while the war was won without him doing anything significant. His relationship with Cersei is cold, his father is disappointed in his continual insistence to serve in the Kingsguard, and even his "nephew" King Joffrey mocks him for being a FailureHero. Not as much as Tyrion, but a drastic comedown from being his father's favourite. Even Loras, his future brother-in-law, easily defeats him in PassiveAggressiveKombat which Jaime himself had initiated.
* ByronicHero: The darker end of this trope. Killing the Mad King was the best thing he ever did, but doing so cost him his integrity and everyone hates Jaime for it. This has made him an outcast in Westeros society. He continues to be haunted by the Mad King's last words (the king came very close to torching all of King's Landing), and his true reasons for Kingslaying are a closely-guarded secret very few other people know. As a consequence, Jaime decided to embrace his amoral image by doing dark things in the name of self-preservation - such as pushing Bran off the tower and killing his cousin - although he is trying his best to reform. Jaime is also handsome, a prodigy with a sword, both proud and self-loathing, cynical, and has a very sharp wit. Oh, and he's had an incestuous affair with his own sister for several years.
* ChildProdigy: On the one hand, his dyslexia made him a slow learner in some aspects, but on the other hand, he was already a brilliant swordsman during his childhood. He tells Bronn that he hasn't used sparring swords since he was nine. He became the youngest Kingsguard in history, joining the order at the age of 16.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Zigzagged trope. This is his reputation. In reality, his killing of King Aerys is far more complex: Aerys told him to kill his own father and was also planning on burning down and killing everyone in King's Landing. Unfortunately, Jaime's pride and pessimism discouraged him from revealing that true reason for killing Aerys. On the other hand, if word were to ever get out that Jaime had brutally killed his younger cousin, Alton Lannister, then he would be known as a ''kinslayer'', the ''only'' thing worse than being a kingslayer in Westeros, as well.
* CluelessChickMagnet: Jaime is oblivious to the attention he gets from women because he's only interested in Cersei (or Brienne), which Bronn points out with considerable irritation.
* CompositeCharacter: Jaime takes over for Balon Swann, a Kingsguard knight sent by Cersei to return Myrcella to the Capital. Jaime did not go to Dorne in the books.
* ConflictingLoyalty: A recurring theme for him all through the series:
** The Kingslayer delivers a trope-defining remark to Lady Catelyn Stark pointing out that the oaths about honoring your family and honoring your King are forced to be helplessly contradictory sooner or later.
--->'''Jaime:''' So many vows. They make you swear and swear. Defend the king. Obey the king. Obey your father. Defend the innocent. Protect the weak. But what if your father despises the king? What if the king massacres the innocent? It's too much. No matter what, you're forsaking one vow or the other."
** As he revealed to Brienne, Jaime broke his oath and killed the Mad King when he decided to explode huge quantities of wildfire hidden beneath King's Landing. This action saved 500,000 lives but came at the price of his honor and universal contempt for soiling his office.
** On his return to King's Landing, Jaime is once again torn between family and duty. His oath to Catelyn Stark to safeguard Sansa and Arya are complicated by her death and changed political landscape. When Joffrey dies and Tyrion is arrested and Sansa is suspected, Jaime is caught between his father, sister and his little brother, his promise to Catelyn Stark and his decision to honor his vows to the Kingsguard as best as possible. No easy task. He eventually decides to go against his family in secret, giving Brienne help to rescue Sansa, and working with Varys to rescue Tyrion.
* ConscienceMakesYouGoBack: He was willing to leave Brienne to her fate at first, but couldn't go through with it and managed to convince his escorts to go back to Harrenhal for her. Although to be fair he ''did'' initially think she was going to be ransomed and went back to force the issue at once when he heard that Locke had refused the ransom offer.
* CoolBigBro: Undoubtedly to Tyrion- he's even seen bringing him some extra prostitutes before the feast in the first episode!
* CoolSword: Oathkeeper, the Valyrian steel sword Lord Tywin gives him, made from House Stark's Ice, at the beginning of Season 4. It lacks some of the more spectacular elements of its book counterpart (namely its highly distinctive rippling red-and-black blade), but its handle is still ludicrously baroque. Eventually, he gives it to Brienne.
* CripplingOverspecialization: While he's perfectly cunning and intelligent for a warrior, Jaime has built his entire life, career, reputation, and self-respect around being one of the best ''swordsmen'' in the kingdom... who then loses his sword hand early in Season 3.
-->'''Jaime:''' It's a good thing I am who I am. I'd have been useless at anything else.
* {{Cuckold}}: Jaime is completely oblivious that Cersei slept with their cousin Lancel even when he returned to King's Landing after Cersei was arrested and punished by the Faith Militant. Granted that Cersei never told him the true reason why she got arrested as it would open more skeletons in the closet. [[labelnote:From the books]] Tyrion told Jaime that "Cersei's fucking Lancel, Osmund Kettleblack, and Moonboy for all I know" before they parted in bad terms which led to Jaime having doubts on Cersei's faithfulness to him. When he went to the Riverlands, he confronted Lancel about the affair and Lancel confessed that he did slept with Cersei and helped her kill Robert. Eventually, Jaime began to despise Cersei and refused to help her when the Faith Militant got her. This is in contrast to the show where Jaime left Cersei in good terms with no doubts and he didn't talk to Lancel before leaving to the Riverlands.[[/labelnote]]
* CynicismCatalyst: The death of the Mad King Aerys Targaryen II at his hands: Turns out that instead of switching sides at the last minute like his father did, the ''real'' reason he killed Aerys was to prevent Aerys from using wildfire to [[KillEmAll annihilate]] [[TakingYouWithMe everyone]] in King's Landing. One of his most truly noble and selfless acts resulted in everyone derisively referring to him as "Kingslayer". That's part of the reason he's become so bitter and lacking in empathy towards others.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Confesses this problem to Tyrion, noting that his instincts with his left hand are nowhere near the skills of his perfectly-trained right hand.
* DeadpanSnarker: He tends to slip at least one of these into every conversation he makes. But of particular note:
-->'''Jaime:''' King in the North! You know, I expect you to leave me at one castle or another for safekeeping but you just drag me along camp to camp. Have you grown fond of me Stark, is that it? I've never seen you with a girl.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Towards Brienne.
* {{Determinator}}: Makes no less than five escape attempts throughout his captivity. At one point, gasping for breath in the mud after having one of his hands chopped off, he still disarms a Bolton soldier with his left and tries to fight a group of others.
* DidNotThinkThisThrough: Jaime is incredibly impulsive. The problem being that many of his spur-of-the-moment actions either don't further his cause or outright make his problems worse. To wit:
** Attacking Ned Stark and his men did nothing to free Tyrion from Catelyn Stark.
** His murder of Rickard Karstark's son in a poorly thought out escape attempt only made many Stark bannerman all too eager to kill him.
** He freed Tyrion, only for the latter to use the newfound freedom to murder their father.
** His attempt to bring Myrcella back from Dorne wasn't well thought through either, and ends in failure.
** He's called out on his impulsiveness InUniverse more than once. Noteably by Cersei and Bronn.
--->'''Cersei:''' You're a man of action, aren't you? When it occurs to you to do something you do it. Never mind the consequences.\\
'''Jaime:''' I like to improvise.\\
'''Bronn:''' That explains the golden hand.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight:
** Tells Bronn he wants to go out in the arms of the woman he loves.
** Myrcella collapses and dies in Jaime's arms after they have a first and sweet father-daughter conversation.
* TheDogBitesBack: It's been implied that his murder of Aerys was a case of this. [[labelnote:From the books...]]This is confirmed, since among other things Jaime was forced to stand by and listen as Aerys brutally raped his wife Rhaella and whilst Brandon and Ricken Stark were horrifically killed, and Jaime would "go inside" his own mind when that happened, implying that it left him with a degree of PTSD.[[/labelnote]]
* TheDragon: He's trusted by Lord Tywin with half of the Lannister forces and attains some glory in the field, but his war days are quickly ended when he gets ensnared by Robb Stark.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** Not his first scene, but being able to shove a child out a window with only a flippant little comment about "The things I do for love" is a pretty big moment.
** Gets a second one in "The Kingsroad" while talking to Jon Snow.
** His first scene where he gets a significant number of lines to himself, onscreen, in fact, is the scene where he's joking around with Tyrion in the brothel. That episode is Jaime in a nutshell, really -- dangerous, doesn't mind killing children, loves his family.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:
** He and Cersei are clearly very much in love, and he's very protective of his brother Tyrion, not to mention he's the only member of his immediate family who ''doesn't'' blame Tyrion for the death of their mother Joanna Lannister.
** Despite not approving of Joffrey's rudeness and general attitude, he loves him enough to shove several people out of his way and rush to his side, desperately trying to help him. Tragically (sort of), it doesn't work.
** Though he's not really close to them (as he had to pretend to be their 'uncle' for most of their lives), he does care about Myrcella and Tommen.
* EveryoneHasStandards:
** Knocks down a soldier who unceremoniously stabs Ned in the leg during his duel with the latter. When talking with his father in "You Win or You Die", he comments that this act made him spare Ned's life as killing him in this situation wouldn't be "clean."
** He also feels contempt for rapists. So what the fuck was that in "Breaker of Chains"?
** The reason he killed Aerys -- he wanted to burn down King's Landing with wildfire.
** Unlike his father, sister, and his son, he has no problem with homosexuality and even sympathises with them, given his own affection.
** Defies Cersei's wishes by having Brienne find Sansa and take her to safety so that Cersei can't harm her, and giving up his sword Oathkeeper to her for that purpose.
** In the Season 6 finale, he is absolutely horrified to see the mass murder and destruction Cersei has wreaked upon King's Landing and their own family.
* EvilCounterpart: To Ser Loras Tyrell. They're both arrogant, highly-skilled warriors, Lords Commander of a family member's Kingsguard, brothers to a queen, and have a socially unacceptable romantic relationship, but the Knight of Flowers has yet to do anything as heinous as pushing a kid out of a window or murdering his own cousin in cold blood. Loras and Margaery are a BrotherSisterTeam, whereas Jaime and Cersei are engaged in BrotherSisterIncest. Although Loras is jealous of Brienne, he doesn't actually want to harm her, and even comes to her defense when Margaery accuses her of murdering Renly, whereas Jaime attempts to kill Brienne (who was merely trying to escort him safely to King's Landing, albeit in chains) in "Dark Wings, Dark Words". Loras tries to engage in polite small talk with Jaime in "The Lion and the Rose", and the older knight suddenly escalates it to a verbal confrontation by threatening his life.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Grows an appropriately [[http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/33700000/Jaime-Lannister-jaime-lannister-33779441-1600-1200.jpg leonine one]] while in Northern captivity in Season 2 and keeps it thick into the rest of Season 3. He chops it all off in Season 4, wearing his hair short again once he returns to the luxury of King's Landing.
* FacialDialogue: After losing his hand, whenever someone starts to bring up the subject of his incest and parenthood, even if indirectly, Jaime usually produces a begging "Please don't." wounded gaze.
* FailureHero: How the Lannisters see him after he returns; King Joffrey and Cersei both note that they survived a siege without him and the war was won without him playing a major role and he for his part, sat out of it as a captive and returned as a cripple. This is amplified furthermore when Joffrey gets poisoned at his own wedding in full view of everyone, with Jaime not able to do nothing but watch. It's worse in the TV show because his book counterpart wasn't even ''present'' at King's Landing at the time. And then his actions directly lead to Tywin's death. Harshly, but accurately [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech summed up]] by Cersei:
--> '''Cersei''': Tyrion may be a monster, but at least he killed our father on purpose. You killed him by mistake.
* FireForgedFriends: With Brienne, eventually.
* {{Foil}}: To Ned and, later, Brienne; his code of flexible morality contrasts their [[HonorBeforeReason strict adherence]] to their own code of honor. The insults and disrespect he gets when returning to his family, are very similar to what Theon experienced when returning to Pyke.
** He relentlessly mocks the laws of gods and men. Is known for being a pretty bad guy but has a far more cruel older sibling (Cersei is the older twin). Is a very skilled swordsman and while he claims to not care about others he risks his life for a female companion. Jaime Lannister or Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane? Oddly they've never interacted on screen.
** Jaime has everything Tyrion lacks or craves. Handsome, tall, a dashing duelist adored by the smallfolk and by his family and even treated with some consideration by his father. Jaime could commit all kinds of follies and still be the golden son.
* {{Gaydar}}: He claims to have known that Renly was a "tulip" from the moment the boy first arrived at court.
* GlorifiedSpermDonor: He sired all of Cersei's children, but wasn't a father figure to them from fear that people might get suspicious about their paternity. As of Season 5, he begins to regret this. Cersei tells him he has no right to call Myrcella his daughter, and Myrcella herself says he doesn't really know her.
* GloveSlap: He gets a rough version of this during his training, when Bronn yanks his golden hand off and then slaps him to the ground with it.
* GreenEyedMonster: Even though he is fully aware that Tywin had arranged the forced betrothal between Cersei and Loras, and that the latter is a gay man, he is ''very'' jealous that Loras will marry Cersei while he himself cannot. Jaime threatens Loras' life over this issue when they meet at the Purple Wedding (although it backfires spectacularly).
* GuileHero: After losing his sword hand, he's forced to rely on his wits and cunning to accomplish tasks, such as playing on Steelshanks' sense of self-preservation to help him save Brienne from the bear pit.
* HandicappedBadass: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]. He still manages to be a fairly competent fighter after having his right hand cut off, but he's understandably perturbed about losing most of his physical prowess, his only noticeable trait to the outside world (he is the ''Kingslayer'' after all) and skilled fighters like Bronn can easily knock him down, forcing Jaime to [[CombatPragmatist learn how to improvise]]. Though he does take out a Dornishman with the help of his golden hand, so there's that.
* TheHeart: Subtle, but there. He's the only Lannister who likes ''all'' the other Lannisters, and the only Lannister ''all'' the other Lannisters like. When he's captured by Robb and imprisoned for a season and a half, the rest of his family start tearing each other to pieces. Indeed in Season 4, during the course of Tyrion's trial, he's become the go-between between Tywin, Cersei and Tyrion, though his public support for Tyrion rankles his father and Cersei. And once he's forced to choose loyalties between different family members, things really fall apart.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Jaime's morality has been a roller-coaster over the course of the series.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: He considers himself this. Shown to be at least partially true in Season 3, when he reveals that he assassinated Aerys Targaryen to prevent him burning King's Landing to the ground.
* HeroicBSOD: After losing his hand, he completely shuts off from the world and refuses to eat until Brienne snaps him out of it.
* HiddenDepths:
** On rare occasions, he has demonstrated considerable empathy with others, much like Tyrion. He sympathises with Renly and Brienne for suffering for their love, and is genuinely distraught that he is so hated and held in contempt by the entire realm, including by men he admires and likes, for what he (with good reason) considers to have been a selfless and noble act.
** He demonstrates that he can come up with decent plots if he really needs to, such as his attempt to deal with the High Sparrow in Season 6. That plan fell through, but in fairness even Lady Olenna was blindsided by the High Sparrow's scheming in that instance.
* HollywoodAtheist: He seems to hold no faith for the Old Gods nor the New and seems to be disdainful of religious people, if his exchange with Catelyn is an indication. He even uses the old 'Problem of Evil' thing.
-->'''Jaime:''' If your gods are real, and if they're just, why is the world so full of injustice?
* HonorBeforeReason:
** Why he spared Ned Stark, as defeating him after being stabbed from behind "wouldn't have been clean."
** He finds Bronn's CombatPragmatist tactics in poor taste.
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: After he loses his hand, this happens to him both figuratively and literally.
* HumiliationConga: After his fight with Eddard Stark, he's berated by his father for being rash and stupid, and then subsequently defeated in the field and captured by Robb Stark. He then spends the next year or so as a prisoner trotted from camp to camp and kept in a grubby pen, covered in his own filth. When he's finally freed from captivity, he's escorted, in chains, by a stoic woman whom he's constantly at odds with. His attempted escape ends with him losing a sword fight to said woman, being recaptured by the enemy, and, finally, losing his sword hand. This continues when he returns to King's Landing where his family openly mocks him for sitting out for most of the war as a captive and losing his hand in the process, his own sister turns him away from her because of his loss of limb.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo:
** His rationale for killing Aerys.
** He also justifies this as his reason for throwing Bran out the window, since it risked exposing him and Cersei, which could lead to their deaths and that of their children. (Given that that his ''failure'' to do so kicked off the War of Five Kings, he may have had a point!)
* IHaveYourWife: Has been captured by the Starks, who plan to use him as a hostage against Cersei. [[labelnote:From the books...]]Also the reason why The Mad King kept Jaime in the capitol during Robert's Rebellion, even though all the other White Swords was sent out to fight--Ser Barristan Selmy, Ser Jonothor Darry, and Prince Lewyn Martell of Dorne to the ruby ford, where the latter two died alongside Rhaegar Targaryen; and Ser Oswell Whent, Ser Arthur Dayne, called "Sword of the Morning," and Lord Commander Gerold Hightower, the White Bull himself, to the Tower of Joy in Dorne, where Eddard Stark and his companions slew them whilst trying to rescue Lyanna. Aerys's plans were very straightforward: if House Lannister were to raise its banners in rebellion, Aerys could easily have Jaime killed. The Mad King had already made this threat to Prince Doran Martell -- "I have your brother in the Kingsguard AND your sister as my daughter-in-law" -- which is why Dorne fought for House Targaryen.[[/labelnote]]
* InformedAbility: Despite being repeatedly told of his skill with a sword in the series, we never actually see him win a fight.
* InSeriesNickname: The Kingslayer. He really doesn't like it. He assassinated Aerys, the last Targaryen king, which emptied the throne for Robert. However, it also gave him a really bad reputation because he was a member of the [[PraetorianGuard Kingsguard]], who were supposed to ''defend'' the king with their lives. This has made the people see him as [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder a man who will quickly change his loyalty when it suits him]]. [[labelnote:From the books...]]His other nicknames are Oathbreaker and the Young Lion.[[/labelnote]]
* InsultBackfire: He underestimates Loras in "The Lion and the Rose", believing that the young man would be an easy victim for his snark and threats, but the Knight of Flowers can fight with words just as well as he fights with swords. Jaime is even a little stunned by how easily Loras is able to hurt his feelings with a single, biting line.
-->'''Jaime''': Luckily for you, none of this will happen, because you will never marry her [Cersei].\\
'''Loras''': ''(smiles smugly)'' And neither will you. ''(pats Jaime on the arm)''
* InterserviceRivalry: Jaime has nothing but contempt for the Night's Watch. He subtly mocks Jon Snow's decision to join it in the first episode. Then there's this quote from the Season 5 Blu-ray lore.
-->'''Jaime''': (The Kingsguard) holds no lands, take no wives and father no children like the Night's Watch except with a ''real job to do''.
* {{Irony}}: He killed one insane, inbred king rather than let him burn the capital of Westeros to the ground with [[GreekFire Wildfire]]. He and his twin sister produced the insane idiot whose earliest acts upon taking the Iron Throne started the War of Five Kings. And now said sister has become just as insane and murderous as the king Jaime killed twenty years ago.
* JerkJock: A relatively smooth talking version
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Consistently arrogant, and has a knack for causing the audience to want to see him killed. Not necessarily all that far from being completely unsympathetic, although he is saved from this by having ''[[EvenEvilHasStandards some]]'' standards.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** When Catelyn tries to insult him by calling him 'Kingslayer', Jaime points out that the king in question was an insane monster. Catelyn calls him out on taking vows as a knight and Jaime counters by saying that several of his vows clashed. Then Jaime points out that Ned Stark, while honourable, was not without his flaws either and Catelyn herself hardly fulfills the ideals of "Family, Duty, Honor" either, since she was never able to love Jon Snow, her husband's illegitimate son and an innocent child, and resented him. Of course, this loses effect [[spoiler:once it turned out that [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold Ned never broke his vows]]]].
** When Robb confronts Jaime about Stannis' accusations that "Robert's" children with Cersei are bastards born of her incest with Jaime, Jaime notes that if such an accusation were true, that would make Stannis the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, "how convenient for him." He also notes Robb has no proof of this, nor does Stannis, so it might as well just be gossip.
** When Robert demands to know what the Mad King's last words where when Jaime betrayed him, Jaime responds, "He said the [[MadnessMantra same thing he'd been saying for hours]]. [[KillEmAll Burn them all.]]," which tells the viewers that the death of this King was by no means a tragedy.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: In the third season, right after performing a more-or-less selfless act of good, he resumes being cocky and overconfident and karma catches up with him in the form of having his right hand chopped off.
* KickTheDog:
** A small moment when Brienne acts as TheConscience and asks him to safeguard Sansa, Jaime who has been receiving TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from nearly everyone after returning to King's Landing calls her ugly.
--->'''Jaime:''' Are you sure we are not related? Ever since I've returned, every Lannister has been a miserable pain in my arse. Maybe you are a Lannister too, you've got the hair for it, not the looks.
** His murder of Alton Lannister is rather cruel.
** Him threatening to kill Edmure's son and every Tully in Riverrun to make him comply is pretty cruel, too.
* KickTheMoralityPet: On his return to King's Landing, he goes so far low as to to force himself on Cersei, when they are right next to their son's corpse in the sept.
* KnightInShiningArmor: A literal knight in literally shining armor, he certainly ''looks'' the part. [[SubvertedTrope His actions, on the other hand...]].
* KnightInSourArmor: He's much closer to this as of Season 4. For a long time, he was scornful of the double standards of chivalry as far as how Westeros regards his "kingslaying" and how in their eyes, he's dishonored himself for all time. Despite this, Jaime does value the Kingsguard and does aspire to the example of the likes of Ser Barristan. He tells his father, Tywin, that while he has soured his honor for killing a king, he won't sour it by abandoning the Kingsguard altogether.
* KnightTemplarBigBrother:
** He seems to be one of the very few people who genuinely loves and cares for Tyrion, and he thus reacts badly when Tyrion's safety is threatened. Cersei also mentions that he would have killed Robert if he found out about the DomesticAbuse in "You Win or You Die". He also refuses to kill Tyrion when Cersei asks him to after Joffrey's death.
--->'''Jaime''': He's my brother. He's ''our'' brother.
** It doesn't appear to apply to anyone who's not his immediate blood relative, for his younger, (and admittedly distant) cousin, the worshipful and friendly Alton Lannister, was cruelly killed by Jaime, so in order to escape captivity.
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: He admits to having made a fool out of himself as a boy when he got to be the squire of his hero Ser Barristan Selmy for a day.
** His facial expressions indicate he's quite impressed by Oberyn's fighting skills when he duels the Mountain.
* LIsForDyslexia: When he was a boy. Lord Tywin was undeterred, however, by the Maester's diagnosis and sat him down for four hours every day until he learned. For this, Jaime resented his father for a long time.
** If you listen closely enough in "You Win or You Die", Jaime has a slight bit of trouble reading Ned Stark's letter to Tywin summoning him to court; he pauses at certain words and sounds out every syllable as a child would, an interesting and realistic contrast to his spoken eloquence. As he points out to Locke, he learned a lot of fancy words during those sessions with his father, but it doesn't mean reading's necessarily easy.
* LackOfEmpathy: Aside from his immediate family, Jaime has a lot of trouble understanding the emotional state of other people. Or at least taking such into account when thinking. This is either because he's genuinely an idiot in regards to this, or much like his brother, he can't resist a snark.
** Though it turns out he does have a HiddenHeartOfGold, the same thing which led him to make his life-defining choice of killing Aerys. It was hidden so well, even he's forgotten about it. Brienne brings it out in him and he has trouble adjusting to his post-douchebag life in King's Landing, populated as it is by his family.
* LaserGuidedKarma: The first action committed by him is throwing Bran Stark off the Tower, crippling him for life and shattering the little boy's dreams of being a knight. In the course of the war which this action triggers, he's captured and kept inactive, doing very little heavy fighting and then when he mouths off too much, becomes a cripple himself by losing his hand, shortening his future as a knight and damaging any dreams ''he'' might have had of being mentioned alongside the likes of Ser Barristan, Ser Arthur Dayne, and Ser Duncan the Tall.
* TheLawOfDiminishingDefensiveEffort: Can be seen in his sword-fighting strategies, before and after his maiming. Before his sudden limb removal, Jaimie fought very aggressively, always putting his opponent on the defensive and never letting them even consider attacking him. After he loses the ability to kill most men with a flick of his wrist, he fights completely defensively, relying on his still-perfect footwork and maneuvers where his lackluster hand can't win.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: His interaction with Brienne, particularly near the end of Season 3.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: [[spoiler: Come Season 6 and he sounds exactly like Tywin, what with his new mentality of exacting retribution, taking back everything that is theirs and only the Lannisters being important.]]
* LoveMakesYouEvil: He throws Bran out of a window to conceal his forbidden affair with Cersei, and later assures her that he would kill everyone in the world if that's what it took for them to be together.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Admits to Myrcella he is her father, embracing her properly for the first time. She then almost immediately dies of poison.
* ManipulativeBastard: Tries his ''hand'' at this with Locke and loses it. Afterwards, he edges more towards GuileHero territory.
* MasterSwordsman: Ironically, one of the few remaining knights of the Kingsguard who actually ''earned'' that position and ''isn't'' just a Lannister political appointee. However, after the loss of his hand, he's no longer as competent a swordsman as he once was.
* MeaningfulName: J'aime is a French expression for 'I love'. Considering he is the only Lannister to be on good terms with all the others and that he is motivated by his genuine love for his family (each as individuals, unlike Tywin), this is probably not a coincidence.
** Also, "Jaime" comes from the Hebrew "Jacob," meaning "one who supplants," referencing how Tywin still considered him his true heir despite his other children being more suitable. Interestingly, the Biblical Jacob (literally, "one who holds the heel") came into the world holding his twin's heel, which is exactly what Jaime did.
* MemeticBadass: In-universe; everyone knows he's an accomplished fighter.
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: His period of suffering after losing his hand, what Brienne calls "one taste of the real world where people have important things taken from them", has made him far more introspective, kinder and restrained for the most part.
* MrFanservice: Seen naked quite a few times. Although on some of those occasions, [[FanDisservice he's screwing Cersei or suffering from debilitating injuries]].
* MoralityPet: He isn't nice at all on his return to King's Landing, as evident when he forces himself on Cersei but Tyrion and Brienne bring out the best in him, and he's incredibly nice and generous to them.
** Myrcella is his in Season 5, going all the way to Dorne with only Bronn for backup specifically to rescue her, [[OverprotectiveDad showing subtle disapproval at seeing her kissing Trystane]] and generally worrying a lot about her wellbeing. Sadly, she dies just after he admits he's her real father.
* NeverLiveItDown: Derogatorily known and addressed as "Kingslayer" by everyone in-universe, even his allies. Even those who rebelled against the Mad King and knew that he was insane criticize Jaime for it and are [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder very wary of him]]. Jaime insists that people should be grateful for it. And, once we learn the rest of the story, it turns out he's right. Still, people despise him less because he killed the king and more because he broke his oath as a member of the Kingsguard. So, properly, he should simply be known as Oathbreaker, but that's not as punchy or specific as Kingslayer, so he's stuck with the latter.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** In his youth, Jaime [[EngineeredHeroics engineered]] a RescueSex scenario in the benefit of Tyrion. His younger brother, unaccustomed to kindness, fell in love and married the girl, who was actually a sex worker. Tywin put an end to it; he pimped her out to his whole guard and forced Tyrion to watch, leaving him mentally scarred for life.
** On the way back to King's Landing, he hears that Locke rejected Brienne's father's offer of a ransom, since he found a mere 300 gold dragons an insult coming from an island full of sapphires. Now where did he get that idea? OhWait. (In fairness, he then turns right around and rescues her.)
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Anytime Jaime tries to do something good, it only causes him trouble:
** His first truly selfless act, convincing Locke to not rape Brienne, eventually results in his hand being chopped off.
** His murder of [[TheCaligula The Mad King]] when he was about to burn [[OmnicidalManiac King's Landing and all its people]] in his backstory got him a reputation for ChronicBackstabbingDisorder that haunts him to this day.
** Buying a whore to give his little brother some experience ended with her being gang raped on his father's orders to psychologically torture Tyrion.
** Freeing his little brother who was falsely accused of a crime he didn't commit. Problem is Tyrion has become so embittered by betrayal from his friends and family that after being released, he takes a detour and kills his father, making Jaime an unwitting accomplice in said crime.
** Jaime insistence on leading an army to kill the High Sparrow for retribution of Cersei's torture at his hands. Because Tommen ended up pledging his allegance to him, Jaime ends up getting his title stripped and exiled from King's Landing.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: The other reason his killing of Aerys ruined his reputation is the fact that not only did he break his vows to protect him, but he did so when his father's army was in King's Landing. As a result, everyone thinks he did it to help Daddy and/or save his own skin. This is decidedly not the case.
* TheOathBreaker: Breaking the oath of the Kingsguard makes many see him as the lowest of the low, it being a literal [[InTheBack backstabbing]] made it even worse. He makes it clear that his oaths were inherently contradictory, but few people pay heed to his side of the story. His refusal to go public with the depths of Aerys' madness didn't help matters much.
* OddFriendship: Seems to be slowly developing one with Bronn from Season 4 onwards.
* OhCrap:
** When Robb interrogates him and brings out Grey Wind, where he's literally seeming as if he's about to piss himself. So much for 'not fearing death'.
** When Brienne curbstomps the three Northmen, he's open-mouthed, having twigged that, yeah, she probably ''could'' beat him. A suspicion that's confirmed when he actually does fight her and she damn near ruins him.
** When Locke presses his knife right into his eyeball, he starts ''crying''. Then, after a second or two of pure shock, he screams his guts out when Locke cuts off his hand with a giant "'''OH FUCK!'''" look on his face.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In Season 3, after losing his hand there are subtle signs that Jaime is changing, as he rants about why he hates being called Kingslayer after years of silence and shows hints of sexual attraction to a woman other than Cersei.
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: Two of his children, Joffrey and Myrcella, die by his side, poisoned, with poor Jaime being powerless to do anything about it. [[spoiler:His last child, Tommen, was DrivenToSuicide by Cersei's actions while Jaime was out of King's Landing.]]
* PapaWolf:
** In "The Lion and the Rose", he shows these tendencies for the first time in the series. When Joffrey is poisoned and dying, Jaime shoves several people out of the way and runs right to his side in order to try and save him, shouting his first name. Somewhat tragically, it's no use. He also has a small but quite sweet moment with Tommen when he crosses paths with him in Joffrey's crypt, telling him he'll make sure he's all right. Of course, Tommen is unaware Jaime is his father, but still.
** Perhaps his biggest PapaWolf moment has come in Season 5 when Jaime personally travels to Dorne with only Bronn for backup to rescue Myrcella from the wrathful Sand Snakes, even if he is doing it partly to appease Cersei and is still calling himself Myrcella's "uncle", it's obvious [[{{Determinator}} he'll do whatever it takes to get his daughter back.]]
* ParentalFavoritism: Jaime is the Lannister sibling who receives the least disdainful treatment from Tywin, who trusts him with half of his army, praises him on occasion and considers him his heir even though by law Jaime cannot inherit as a member of the Kingsguard. Cersei and Tyrion, who both love Jaime, are still resentful of this blatant favoritism. Tyrion in particular points out that he will never be recognized for all his accomplishments even though he's by far Tywin's most capable descendant, while Jaime is still Tywin's designated heir even after forfeiting his inheritance, murdering a king, losing his sword hand and screwing his own sister, which caused a countrywide scandal and a SuccessionCrisis that almost destroyed the Lannister bid for the Iron Throne.
-->'''Tyrion:''' You're the golden son. You could kill a king, lose a hand, fuck your own sister, you'll always be the golden son.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: He stabbed the Mad King in the back.
* PetTheDog:
** Despite the clear animosity between them, he tells Ned that his father and brother were very brave and genuinely means it.
--->'''Jaime:''' He was very brave, your brother. And your father too. They didn't deserve to die like that.
** Even though he was quite happy to mock Renly's sexual orientation just to get a rise out of Brienne, he shortly afterward expresses some very genuine empathy for them, with a subtle implication that he had his own [[BrotherSisterIncest relationship with Cersei]] in mind.
---> '''Jaime:''' I don't blame him. And I don't blame you. We don't get to choose who we love.
** After he and Brienne are captured by Locke, he warns her that they most likely intend to rape her and then attempts to persuade her not to fight back so she doesn't get herself killed as well. When that fails, he ends up saving her himself by persuading Locke that she'd be much more valuable to him if she's alive and un-raped. Later, he jumps into a freaking bear pit, ''unarmed'', to try and save her.
** In "The Lion and the Rose", he gets an odd one in the sense that the dog is an utter asshole. When Joffrey is poisoned and dying, Jaime shoves several people out of the way and runs right to his side in order to try and save him. Somewhat tragically, it's no use. Granted, he's a member of the Kingsguard, so it could just as easily have been a matter of duty.
** In Season 5, he sticks his neck out to prevent Bronn from being executed for striking Prince Trystane while they were trying to secretly rescue Myrcella, insisting that he, being Bronn's superior, was at fault and should be the one punished.
** In Season 6, his first action upon arriving at the Riverlands (after taking Black Walder down a peg) is to order Edmure Tully bathed and fed. In the next episode, when Brienne offers him back the sword that he gave her, Oathkeeper; he gently declines, affirming that it's ''hers'' and always will be.
* {{Pride}}: Often comes across as very arrogant and uncaring of others. However his father Tywin points out this is merely how he wants to be viewed.
-->'''Jaime:''' I could care less what anyone thinks of me.\\
'''Tywin:''' No, ''that's'' what you want people to think of you.
* QuizzicalTilt: Jaime's reaction after seeing Brienne slay three soldiers without any effort.
* RealityEnsues: After snatching a sword from Brienne and freeing himself, Jaime challenges her to a sword fight. Being malnourished and weakened from his time as a prisoner of war, the battle goes decidedly in Brienne's favour.
* RedBaron: The Kingslayer.
* RedemptionQuest: After returning to King's Landing, he's making more of an effort to live up to his vows and duties as a Knight, telling people who consider him a failure and has-been that he still has time left.
** More specifically, while Catelyn didn't intend for it to be his redemption quest, seeing him as beyond redemption, after losing his hand and growing close with Brienne, Jaime shows a sincere desire to want to return Catelyn's daughters back to her. After Catelyn's death, he sends Brienne to keep them protected from Cersei and anyone who might hurt them.
* TheRival: He is Ned's constant antagonist for much of Season 1. Their animosity stems from Ned being vocal against the Lannisters' Sack of King's Landing and Jaime stabbing King Aerys InTheBack.
* SmugSnake: Until losing his sword hand
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Breaks Tyrion out of the dungeons and helps him escape being executed for a crime he did not commit.
* ShipTease: Between him and Brienne in Seasons 3 and 4. It's much less subtle than in the books.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: His Season 5 story arc. After spending most of the season traveling to Dorne and infiltrating the city to rescue Myrcella, he fails to save her and she dies in his arms.
* ShutUpHannibal: In Season Six, he gives one to Walder Frey in the Season Finale about how Walder Frey is no conqueror and would amount to ''nothing'' without relying on the Lannisters. Walder can only splutter in response.
* ShutUpKirk: Gives two of these to Catelyn when she tries to give him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. First when she calls him out for being the "Kingslayer", he retorts that Aerys was a terrible king and the oaths he took were contradictory. Then, when she confronts him for being a man without honour, he points out [[BigGood Ned]] wasn't entirely honourable by fathering an illegitimate son out of wedlock and then explains she failed to uphold the Tully words because of her resentment of her husband's illegitimate son, [[HeroicBastard Jon Snow]].
* SignificantWardrobeShift: His casual outfit during his command of the Second Siege of Riverrun in Season 6 is a curious composite of Tyrion and Tywin's outfits (the color scheme mostly harkening Tyrion's suit as Acting Hand of the King, while the design of the upper garment is more Tywin's). Quite appropriate, considering his turn into the capable commander and politician Tywin and Tyrion probably wanted him to be.
* SincerityMode: Seems to go into this as he's trying to explain what's [[RapeAsDrama going to happen]] to Brienne when they are captured by Stark bannermen. One of his [[JerkassWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold]] moments.
* SingleTargetSexuality: He tells Catelyn Stark that he has only ever been with Cersei and no-one else. Before using that little fact to point out her husband Ned did not show her any such loyalty when he fathered a bastard. Subverted ever so slightly in the episode "Kissed By Fire", where he checks out Brienne in the bath for a second when feverish.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: Upon his return to King's Landing, he immediately feels out of place after everything he's been through. On top of that, while his return would have been huge news, no one even recognizes him due to how different he looks. Cersei almost immediately notices his less cocky, more contemplative demeanor (along with his missing hand).
* SympatheticMurderer: He killed King Aerys, thereby damning him as dishonourable scum in the eyes of the whole kingdom, in order to save the whole of King's Landing and his father from a wildfire trap that the Mad King had laid beneath the city.
* SympatheticPOV: The focus on his character in Season 3 got him a large number of sympathy points, painting him as a TragicVillain and showing off his heroic HiddenDepths.
* SympathyForTheHero: Shows some for Ned, as well as Ned's father and brother.
* TalkToTheFist: Jaime's way of shutting up the obnoxious Black Walder Rivers when he scoffs at his accurate criticism and [[TooDumbToLive disregards his warning]]? A backhanded slap. [[PowerFist With his golden hand.]]
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: After Myrcella's death in Season 5, Jaime backslides into this rationale. In his own words: "fuck everyone in the world who isn't us."
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Many people, including Ned Stark, consider Jaime, the Kingslayer, a vile knight beyond redemption after his BodyguardBetrayal of Aerys. In reality, it was the polar opposite to this trope, but no one other than Brienne knows nor cares at this point.
** This is Jaime's reaction to Tyrion's murder of Tywin, even telling Bronn he will kill Tyrion if he ever sees him again.
* TooCleverByHalf: Gifted, influential, casually manipulative, and smart-mouthed, he loves to contemptuously upstage chivalric foes but eventually goes too far and overplays his hand. Then he loses it.
* TookALevelInKindness: Especially in his interactions with Brienne, and in Season 4, his more introspective and softer demeanour takes people by surprise. Indeed, when he lapses back into his former swagger, as demonstrated by his confrontation with Loras in "The Lion and the Rose", he fails miserably.
* ToxicFriendInfluence: Or more Toxic Incestual Twin Sister Influence. Cersei tends to bring out the worst in him. [[spoiler:Cersei's wildfire plot may finally wake him up to this.]]
* TragicVillain: He knows that he's detested by society, all for a single act that he considered heroic and which saved countless lives.
* {{Troll}}: Jaime gets a kick out of verbally taunting Catelyn, and doesn't seem to mind whether he gets beaten with a rock or bound in a dozen chains so long as he can piss Catelyn off. And when Catelyn decides to free Jaime and have Brienne escort him to King's Landing, he taunts Brienne non-stop through an endless stream of insults. It's amazing that Brienne hasn't strangled him yet. Probably because she swore to get him to King's Landing safely (for a given value of safe) but ''still'', Jaime cannot ''shut up''.
-->'''Brienne''': I will NOT let you provoke me.\\
'''Jaime''': I already have!
* UnresolvedSexualTension: By mid-Season 3, his relationship with Brienne approaches that of an old married couple, and when they eventually [[spoiler: have a quite affectionate reunion on Season 6, [[ShipperOnDeck Bronn wonders if they are fucking]].]]
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: By never going public with the Mad King's plan to destroy King's Landing with wildfire, [[spoiler:Jaime left the door open for Cersei to eventually find and employ it herself. Hundreds if not thousands of people died along with a good chunk of the city, all because he kept silent]].
* VitriolicBestBuds: Becomes this with Brienne eventually. When he makes fun of her looks in Season 4, it comes across more like friendly ribbing, at least coming from Jaime.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Killed his king to save a city and his father. Crippled a boy to protect his sister. Threatened to kill a man's newborn to end a siege. What's sad is that the consequences of these acts always come back to haunt him.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Jaime's most compassionate acts in his life are known only to Brienne. In the first case he killed the Mad King to save King's Landing from a wildfire explosion that would have murdered hundreds of thousands of innocents, and in the second he lied to Locke to spare Brienne's life.
%% * WickedCultured
* TheWorfEffect: Is defeated with almost contemptuous ease by Brienne in the second episode of Season 3, demonstrating just how incredibly good ''she'' is.
* WorfHadTheFlu: Mostly because he'd been chained up with inadequate food and exercise prior to his journey with Brienne, making him completely out of practice, and he still has chains on his wrists and ankles when he instigates the fight. [[labelnote:In the books...]]The fight in the books is much closer; Jaime holds his own and even gains the upper hand (despite the presence of his manacles) until he realizes that in his weakened state, Brienne is stronger than him (this is notable, because his great physical strength has been mentioned before). The fight goes on until he slips on wet stones, allowing Brienne to get a victory... just before the Bloody Mummers show up. [[/labelnote]]
* WorthyOpponent:
** He seems to regard Lord Eddard Stark as one, especially after Eddard was capable of holding his own in a fight against Jaime.
--->'''Jaime:''' Brave man that Ned Stark, but terrible judgment.
** However, he also clearly has a lot of resentment for the "Honorable Ned Stark" for how he thinks he wouldn't even give him a chance to explain why he killed Aerys, and judging him as being a dishonorable wretch for this genuinely well intentioned and heroic action, despite Ned not being as squeaky clean as others believed.
* WouldHurtAChild: Throws Bran Stark out of a window in the first episode after the boy [[HeKnowsTooMuch witnesses the twincest]]. He "hoped the fall would kill him".
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: When [[SmugSnake Walder Frey]] gloats about retaking Riverrun and refers to himself and Jaime as "two Kingslayers", Jaime is visibly disgusted and lashes out at him with a ShutUpHannibal.
* ZeroApprovalGambit: Killed King Aerys, sacrificing his good name and honor in the eyes of the people, to prevent him killing every single person in King's Landing.

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[[folder:Tyrion Lannister]]

See Characters/GameOfThronesDaenerysCourt.
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[[folder:Ser Kevan Lannister]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:''"I did not return to the capital to serve as your puppet."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Ian Gelder

->''"Both Baratheon brothers have taken up against us. Jaime captured, his armies scattered...it's a catastrophe."''

Lord Tywin's younger brother and second in command. Uncle to Cersei, Jaime, and Tyrion, and father to Lancel, Martyn, and Willem Lannister.
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the books, he's described as being a little chubby and having round shoulders.
* AdaptationDyeJob: In the books, Kevan is blonde whereas TV Kevan has Gelder's gray hair. Doesn't help him look like he's younger than Tywin, even though Gelder is actually younger than Charles Dance.
* AscendedExtra: His scene in 5x02 alone is more memorable than all his previous screentime put together. Many viewers should be excused if they take this as a RememberTheNewGuy situation.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: One thing that makes him dislike the Sparrows more than Cersei,they took Lancel and misses his son.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Considerably more mild mannered than Tywin, he can actually hold his own in tirades and has actually schooled Cersei when she assumed him as a YesMan.
* TheBusCameBack: After two seasons of being absent, he returns, in an understatedly triumphant fashion, in the first episode of season 5. He is briefly PutOnABus again after he storms out from Cersei's puppet council and goes back to Casterly Rock, but returns again to serve as Hand of the King when Cersei falls from grace.
* TheCassandra: Early in season 5, he tells Cersei that the Sparrows are dangerous fanatics, and should not be given power or treated lightly. [[StupidEvil She doesn't listen]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Usually he's nothing short of a gentleman, but Kevan has no patience for Cersei's bullshit, so he lets the snark fly loose when dealing with her.
-->'''Cersei''': There is to be a royal announcement. \\
'''Kevan''': There is.\\
'''Cersei''': I was not informed. \\
'''Kevan''' (''dryly''): There is to be a royal announcement. In the throne Room. At this very moment.
* DemotedToExtra: Has a single appearance in Season 2. AdaptedOut of Season 3, whereas in the books he becomes the Master of Laws following the Battle of the Blackwater. Also in Season 4, his interactions with Tyrion as a Go-Between for Tywin and quasi-lawyer are taken over by Jaime Lannister.
* TheDogBitesBack: Refuses to meet Cersei as soon as he returns to the Capital. In the books, Cersei wasn't allowed to meet anyone until they got a forced confession from her. But Qyburn comes and meets her before so apparently she does have visitation rights.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath [[spoiler: Kevan was killed alongside the High Sparrow, the Faith Militant, the Tyrells and countless other people in the explosion of Great Sept.]]
* {{Foil}}:
** To Ned Stark. The younger sibling of a family who ends up in a position of power after the death of his brother. Like Ned Stark, he's also a highly honorable and uncrompromising man of justice who ends up as a loyal, if reluctant, Hand to a buffoon King.
** Also to Renly Baratheon. Both of them are competent politicians in their own right. But while Renly is confident on his potential as a king to aa fault by openly berating his older brother Stannis in public, Kevan knows his place as the younger brother of a leader and devotedly serves as his subordinate.
* HonestAdvisor: Although he refuses the job, it's clear he would be one for Cersei. Being an experienced soldier and a member of her family, he's no YesMan.
-->'''Kevan:''' I did not return to the capital to serve as your puppet. To watch you stack the Small Council with sycophants.
* MinorMajorCharacter: A senior officer and member of the family who is given a very limited role, as Tywin employs him all over the kingdom. Late in season 5 he is appointed Hand of the King, despite having barely appeared since season 1, except from two episodes at the start of the season.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Kevan is the first Hand since Ned to have this attitude towards his King (rather than manipulate him).
* NumberTwo: To his brother, Lord Tywin.
* RankUp: Kevan is appointed Hand of the King by Grand Maester Pycelle after Cersei is arrested by the Faith.
* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: Drops an epic one on Cersei in the small council chamber.
-->'''Kevan:''' I returned to the capital to pay my respects to my brother, and to you, and to serve the King. I did not return to the capital to serve as your [[YesMan puppet]]. To watch you stack the Small Council with [[YesMan sycophants]]. Sending your own brother away--\\
'''Cersei:''' My brother has left the capital to lead a sensitive diplomatic mission.\\
'''Kevan:''' What mission? \\
'''Cersei:''' [[InsaneTrollLogic That is not your concern as Master of War]].\\
'''Kevan:''' I do not recognize your authority to dictate what is and is not my concern. You are the Queen Mother. Nothing more.\\
'''Cersei:''' You would abandon your king in his time of need?\\
'''Kevan:''' If he wants to send for me, I'll be waiting for him. At Casterly Rock!
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** In "Fire and Blood", Kevan is willing to make peace with the Starks since the Lannisters only went to war with the Starks and Tullys because Catelyn humiliated Tywin by kidnapping Tyrion, which pales in comparison to their bigger problem of Robert's brothers challenging Joffrey's claim to the throne. As Tyrion explains, the peace deal would have worked if Joffrey hadn't killed Ned, destroying any chance of Robb stopping his war efforts.
** In Season 2, he advises Tywin to tell Joffrey and Cersei to flee King's Landing before Stannis attacks, and regroup at Casterly Rock. Tywin completely rejects this idea, and while it would be politically disastrous for the Lannister family if they fled, it is clear that his refusal is largely because of his own pride.
** In Season 5, he is the only person to speak out against Cersei, pointing out that she is stacking the council with her own sycophants, and refuses to act as her puppet. He states he is loyal to the King, but ''only'' to the King, not his mother.
** In season 6 he purposefully locks Cersei out of Small Council meetings. Considering Cersei's scheming is the sole cause of the entire Sparrow crisis and one of the primary causes ''this entire war'' is occuring, one can see why that'd be a wise move.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Refuses to be a puppet dancing on the strings of Cersei, quits the Small Council the very moment he's appointed Master of War, and returns to Casterly Rock, declaring he's willing to return if [[AchillesinHisTent the King calls for him]].
* SiblingYinYang: Is far nicer than his brother, as demonstrated by his relief in seeing Tyrion back safe and sound in "The Pointy End" -- a stark contrast to Tywin's own reaction.
* SpareToTheThrone: Is this to his elder brother Tywin.
* StaringDownCthulhu: In King's Landing most people are utterly terrified of Cersei's monstrous, resurrected henchman. Kevan Lannister, however, is completely unimpressed and treats him more as a nuisance than a threat.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Compared to the rest of Tywin's bannermen. He's the brother who inherited some of Lord Tytos' mild traits.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: On the receiving end of this. Cersei thinks that he'll be a YesMan to her due to his loyal service to Tywin. She's surprised to learn that he ain't a pushover.
* UndyingLoyalty: He follows the King's commands, no matter what they are.
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[[folder:Ser Lancel Lannister]]

See Characters/GameOfThronesTheFaithOfTheSeven for tropes associated with Lancel Lannister.
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[[folder:Martyn and Willem Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' Dean-Charles Chapman & Timothy Gibbons

The younger sons of Ser Kevan Lannister. Taken hostage by the Northern armies and held at Riverrun.
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* AscendedExtra: In the books, they are just mentioned. Now, they have two scenes. In an amusing sense, Dean Charles Chapman is this. He went from one of the Lannister twins to King Tommen himself.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: They -- or at least Martyn -- believe the tales that Robb turns into a wolf and devours the flesh of his enemies.
* ChildSoldiers: Squires, to be exact.
* CompositeCharacter: Martyn takes the place of his cousin Tion Frey, who is a Lannister on his mother's side.
* DeathByAdaptation: While Willem Lannister meets his end in the books, his twin Martyn is also killed in the show, instead of Tion Frey. This is in keeping with the show's substituting the Frey descendants of Tywin's sister Genna with Lannisters to [[PragmaticAdaptation avoid]] the explanation of there being Freys both on the Stark and the Lannister side.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Probably the only Lannisters where this trope applies, rather than that other one.
* IHaveYourWife: Averted, because they are rather worthless hostages when compared to Sansa.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Instead of going through the trouble of finding twin actors or having one actor play the two brothers, they are made into younger and older brother.
%%* TheQuietOne: Willem.
* RevengeByProxy: In revenge for the deaths of his sons (one in battle, the other at the hands of the Kingslayer) Lord Rickard Karstark and his men murder the twins despite them only being guilty of being born Lannisters.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: They are two small, sacrificial characters. Their murders lead to Robb losing the support of House Karstark, to an apparently renewed alliance with House Frey and to the Red Wedding.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Tommen grew up to look identical to his cousin Martyn in the next season. But given how much incest is in their family, can anyone blame them?
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[[folder:Ser Alton Lannister]]

[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Lannister_Alton_6629.png]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"[[HarsherInHindsight I'll remember it all, until I die.]] [[HeroWorshipper That was the best day of my life.]]"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Karl Davies

Another cousin to the main three, captured by Robb Stark and used as a negotiator.
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* AscendedFanboy: Of Jaime, since he got to squire for him when he was younger.
* CanonForeigner: Partly substituting Cleos Frey, to avoid spending time explaining his connection to the Lannisters. Although Cleos didn't get killed by Jaime.
* EtTuBrute: Killed by Jaime, his own older cousin, after telling him that he's his number one fan and that he would do anything to help him.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Is not mentioned after his death, neither by his murderer nor his jailers. All we see is his bloodied face. The only reference is vague, when Jaime tells Cersei about how he 'murdered people' in order to make it back to her. Averted in "The Mountain and the Viper"; when talking with Tyrion before the trial by combat, Jaime brings up cousin-killing, and looks rather awkward and guilty while he and Tyrion then chat about another deceased cousin of theirs, called Orson. In "Home", when Jaime lists his sins, he mentions that he killed his own cousin.
* HeroWorshipper: The sheer depth of his admiration for Jaime is apparent in nearly his every word, which only makes it more shocking and tragic when Jaime kills him in a bid to escape captivity.
* MauveShirt: He exists mostly as just a device, but he does get some decent character-building prior to his brutal death.
* MythologyGag: When Jaime is trying to locate Alton in the family tree, he asks him if his mother is "the fat one", only to correct himself by saying "No, there is only ''one'' fat Lannister. If she was your mother, you would know it." The book counterpart to Alton, Cleos Frey, is the son of Genna Lannister, an aunt of Jaime that is notoriously obese.
* NiceGuy: No wonder he's just a ''distant'' cousin.
* SacrificialLamb: Killed in the first scene where he is given real dialogue.

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[[folder:Lady Joanna Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' N/A

->'''Cersei Lannister:''' You've always been funny. But none of your jokes will ever match the first one, will they? You remember? Back when you [[DeathByChildbirth ripped my mother open on your way out of her and she bled to death]]?\\
'''Tyrion Lannister:''' ...She was my mother too.

The wife of Tywin Lannister and the mother of Cersei, Jaime, and Tyrion. She died giving birth to Tyrion before the beginning of the series.
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* DeathByChildbirth: She died giving birth to Tyrion. Tywin and Cersei loathe Tyrion, and [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild regard him as some sort of murderer]] because of it.
* KissingCousins: Joanna was actually Tywin's first cousin, though such marriages actually aren't unusual among the aristocracy of the Seven Kingdoms. The practical result is that her surname was already "Lannister" even before she married Tywin. In part, this also informs how much of a hypocrite Tywin is. He plans to force all three of his children to marry against their will to secure political alliances, demanding that they put the good of the family above their own personal happiness. Problem is, Tywin ''himself'' married for love - marrying a first cousin meant he didn't secure a marriage alliance with another powerful Great House.
* TheLostLenore: For Lord Tywin; she was the only thing that gave him any real happiness.
* MissingMom: For Jaime, Cersei, and Tyrion.
* MoralityChain: She seemed to serve as this for Tywin and Cersei, who both loved her dearly.
* PosthumousCharacter: She died long before the events of the series.

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[[folder: Lord Tytos Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' N/A

->''"He was a good man. But a weak man... a weak man who nearly destroyed our House and name."''
-->-- '''Tywin Lannister'''

The late father of Tywin and Kevan Lannister. He was a kind and generous lord, but his time as the head of the Lannisters was a period marked by decline for the House due to several poor investments, which nearly bankrupted the family. He also allowed himself to be openly mocked at court, which eventually resulted in the rebellion of the vassal House Reyne of Castamere and Tywin's rise to infamy as he personally put down the rebellion in his father's place, completely eradicating House Reyne in the process.
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* BumblingDad: Tytos is remembered as a good man who nearly ruined House Lannister.
* ExtremeDoormat: By reputation, which thus directly contributed to the rebellion of his vassals House Reyne of Castamere.
* GenerationXerox: His trait as a WeakWilled ruler was inherited by his great-grandson, Tommen.
* GoodParents: He's remembered fondly as a parent by Tywin, who even breaks out a rare smile whilst reminiscing about him. However, his skills as a liege Lord left much to be desired, especially in his elder son's eyes. [[FreudianExcuse A fact that drove Tywin to be a strong ruler who distanced himself emotionally from his children]].
* HeadInTheSandManagement: Tywin's review on his rule. The eldest son had to step in when brewing, unattended conflicts were mismanaged for far too long.
* NiceToTheWaiter: Tytos had his kennelmaster (the grandfather of Gregor and Sandor), knighted for saving his life from a lioness - thus making the latter the forebear of House Clegane. Though typical for the series, [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished this one act of kindness led to killing machines Ser Gregor Clegane and Sandor Clegane when they enter the Lannister service as loyal hitmen.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: Tytos is long-dead by the time the events of the series begin.
* UnfitForGreatness: He was a well-meaning but weak Lord Paramount, a bad mix in the cutthroat world of Westeros.
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[[folder:Reginald Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' Patrick Fitzsymons

->''"We've worked through the night, my lord. Perhaps we'd profit from some sleep."''

An officer in the army of House Lannister. He is a distant relative of Lord Tywin and is sent home to the Westerlands for insubordination.
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* CanonForeigner: There is no such Reginald Lannister in the books, as the Tywin at Harrenhal subplot was entirely original to the series.
* GetOut: As told to by Tywin Lannister for his blatant disrespect.
* {{Nepotism}}: As usual in Westeros, but Reginald is a peculiar case that openly annoys his benefactor.
-->'''Reginald:''' We've worked through the night, my Lord. Perhaps we'd profit from some sleep.\\
'''Tywin:''' Yes, I think you would, Reginald. And, because you're my cousin, I might even let you wake form that sleep! Go! I'm sure your wife must miss you.\\
'''Reginald:''' ... My wife's in Lannisport...\\
'''Tywin:''' Well, then you'd better start riding. ({{beat}}) Go, before I change my mind and send her your head! If your name wasn't Lannister, you'd be scrubbing out pots in the cook's tent. Go.
* TooDumbToLive: It's an absolute miracle (aided by the fact that his surname is Lannister) that Reginald is still alive after his ridiculous behavior at Tywin's war council. He begins eating when Tywin hasn't started eating, keeps eating as Tywin speaks (both are signs of disrespect that even Amory Lorch doesn't dare engage in) and then makes a sarcastic comment directly to Tywin's face! Anyone in Westeros with half a brain knows to be afraid of Tywin at the best of times. Reginald is missing half that brain. Tywin outright promises him that he will kill him if he doesn't GetOut.
* UpperClassTwit: It's clear that Reginald has spent his life in easy comfort, acting entitled and irritable to the point of bitching to Tywin.

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[[folder:Orson Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' N/A

->''"It filled me with dread. Piles and piles of them, years and years of them. How many countless living, crawling things smashed and dried out and returned to the dirt? In my dreams I found myself standing on a beach filled with beetle husks, stretching as far as the eye could see. I woke up crying, weeping for their shattered little bodies."''
-->-- '''Tyrion Lannister'''

A deceased cousin of Jaime, Tyrion and Cersei, who was brain-damaged from infancy.
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* AlmightyIdiot: He was God among the beetles he smashed. A common theory is that Orson is a metaphor for a mindless God/nature/evolution.
* AnimalMotifs: His name Orson means "Bear Cub" which clashes with the Lion theme of the family but also supports his blind, animal-like nature.
* ButtMonkey: He was the only Lannister even less respected than Tyrion. In fact, Tyrion often picked on Orson and was one of the most vocal bullies, since tormenting the mentally ill was the only time Tyrion could feel like AllOfTheOtherReindeer.
* CanonForeigner: There's no counterpart to Orson in the books. The closest thing he has is Tyrion's joking claim that his father locked up "drooling cousins" deep within Casterly Rock for being embarrassments.
* ChildhoodBrainDamage: His wet nurse dropped him on his head as an infant.
* CosmicHorrorStory: According to some interpretations, Orson represents the blind randomness of a world that has no higher purpose. We can try to look for things like "reasons" or "purpose" as much as we want, or we can make up our own. In the end, the world goes on grinding all the little living creatures into the dust while we search for meaning.
* {{Foil}}: To his cousin Tyrion, as they are both Lannisters with disabilities. But while Tyrion is an extremely intelligent dwarf who dislikes killing, Orson was mindless and lived only for senseless violence.
* PosthumousCharacter: He died years ago, when he was kicked in the chest by a mule.
* RiddleForTheAges: Tyrion has spent several years wondering why Orson was obsessed with smashing beetles in the garden. Fans of the show seem to believe Orson represents either the author George R. R. Martin himself (he senselessly kills his characters while the fans wonder why), or the random cruelty of the Gods, or the meaningless nature of the universe.
* ShadowArchetype: Orson (the actual character, not what he metaphorically represents) sounds like he was the Lannister equivalent of Hodor, though more tragic and disturbing than everyone's favorite GentleGiant.
* ShaggyDogStory: Tyrion spent several years in intellectual contemplation, wondering why Orson killed all those insects, and trying to find a deeper meaning or purpose for their deaths. He couldn't find one.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ser Stafford Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' N/A

->''"Using some vile sorcery, your brother fell on Stafford Lannister with an army of wolves. Thousands of good men were butchered."''
-->-- '''Lancel'''

An officer of House Lannister, and one of Tywin's many cousins. Killed at the Battle of Oxcross by the Northmen.
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* GeneralFailure: As with most Lannister commanders not named Tywin. Even though the Lannister forces had surrounding Oxcross completely under lockdown, they failed to account for the Stark direwolves, allowing Robb to get the jump on him and his men with the help of Grey Wind. [[labelnote:From the books...]]Tyrion thinks very little of his uncle, and most are well aware that his son Daven would make a far better commander.[[/labelnote]]
* InTheBack: How he was killed. Rickard Karstark was the one who ended Stafford's life when he personally drove a spear through him.
* TheGhost: He doesn't even appear onscreen. Not alive, anyway. He's certainly among the many Lannister casualties shown in the battle's aftermath.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Doesn't even get any screen time before being killed. The same is true of the books, as he's only mentioned briefly before and after the battle.
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the books, when Cersei's hair is cut off by the Faith they shave her completely bald. In the show, they leave her with BoyishShortHair that isn't completely unattractive. She also has a perfect physique, while in the corresponding part of the book her body is described as having lost part of its beauty due to Cersei's age and pregnancies. That said, the series makes little effort to polish Lena Headey's natural minor blemishes as Cersei[[note]]her crow's feet are clearly visible in the picture above, for example[[/note]], so the general idea of "beauty somewhat weathered by age" still gets across, particularly when she's paired in scenes with the blossoming Sansa Stark and the young, in-her-prime Margeary Tyrell.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Although still one of the villains, Cersei is far more sympathetic here than she is in the books. [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Not that this is particularly difficult]]:
** In the show, she and Robert had a child at one point; but it died of a fever shortly after being born. In the books, Robert got her pregnant once, after which she had the child aborted behind his back.
** Season 1 also implies that she genuinely loved this child by Robert, and their private conversation together suggests that she still had feelings for Robert himself at the time the child was born (saying she loved him "For quite a while, actually."), despite knowing he didn't love her back. These changes introduce a much more tragic and human side to her character, whereas in the corresponding book there's no real indication that she wasn't a cruel, contemptuous and hateful person from the start. In the books, Cersei already despises Robert before they marry because he killed Rhaegar, her lifetime crush, and she has no problem having sex with Jaime the morning of her wedding day.
** Her promiscuity is toned down in the TV series. Aside from Lancel and Jaime, in the books she has "[[SexForServices affairs]]" with at least three other men (the Kettleblack brothers) and also beds another woman (Lady Taena), all of which are AdaptedOut in the show.
** She has a much lower body count in the show. Two of her greatest KickTheDog moments from the second book, ordering the deaths of Robert's bastards and Tyrion, are done by Joffrey instead. Also her habit of sending random people to ColdBloodedTorture in the fourth book is entirely absent from the show. [[spoiler:Of course, you can point out she reverses this big time in her orchestration of the Green Trial, racking up possibly the biggest kill count of major characters since the Red Wedding.]]
** In the books, Cersei's love for Jaime is a twisted form of narcissism, as she sees Jaime as what she could have been were she a man (something she ''does'' wish), and when he returns from the war he's so changed that she no longer finds him appealing, so their relationship pretty much ends. In the show there is more genuine love between them, and their relationship continues after his return.
** In the books, Cersei finds little wrong in Joffrey, passing off his cruelty as 'willfulness'. In the show, she's aware that he's a monster and grieves about that, but as his mother she loves him regardless, which makes her a more tragic character. To be fair, Joffrey is also nicer to her in the books.
** In the books she has no problem having sex next to Joffrey's corpse. In the show she clearly wants nothing to do with it.
** Kicking Tyrion about is nothing heroic, but in the show it's clear that she loved her late mother and mourned her death. In the books, it's mentioned that lady Joanna once found out about her twin children's affair and separated them for a time, but soon died. The tone of Cersei's narration makes clear that it was one obstacle out of the way for her.
** She has much better reasons to be wary of Margaery than in the books and despite getting Loras arrested by the Faith Militant was an underhanded move, well, at least this time she didn't frame anyone (and she has gone after him in the books as well for far more petty reasons, albeit in a different fashion).
** {{Subverted}} come the Season 6 finale, when [[spoiler:Cersei's remaining [[CryForTheDevil sympathetic]] qualities go out the window and she reveals herself to be even more petty, thoughtless, cruel, ruthless, destructive, and dangerous than her book counterpart ever was with the Green Trial.]]
* AdaptationalIntelligence: Some of her petty and idiotic schemes from the books are instead done by Joffrey in the show, which makes her less StupidEvil, and she actually tries to renegotiate the terms with the Iron Bank instead of just telling to screw themselves and have the kingdom falling into debt and bad credit. Lots of her smarts come from being all around less narcissistic and hateful so she can actually think instead of assuming she knows everything.
** Like many of her more sympathetic adaptational qualities, [[SubvertedTrope this ultimately goes out the window as of the Season 6 finale]]. Cersei's StupidEvil machinations, while successful, ultimately make her ''the'' number one target of ''every'' single other faction in Westeros with absolutely no allies.
* AdaptationalModesty: Her book counterpart is described as a MsFanservice character. Here, she's only seen nude once [[FanDisservice and it's far from titillating]].
* AdaptationalVillainy:
** In the books, her hatred of Tyrion is in part because of a prophecy that her younger brother will be the cause of her downfall. [[labelnote:From the Books...]]Although she was cruel to the baby Tyrion before receiving said prophecy and it's clear she was also following daddy's example in seeing her younger brother as a little monster.[[/labelnote]] The show removes that part of the prophecy and instead implies that Cersei blames Tyrion for the death of their mother.
** Cersei's motivation for empowering the High Sparrow also changes in the show. In the book, she makes him the High Septon in order to have the protection of the Faith Militant. She didn't try to have them to target the Tyrells until after she became suspicious that they were in cahoots with Tyrion. In the show, she empowers the High Sparrow and his followers solely to get back at Margaery.
** Come the Season 6 finale, [[spoiler: Cersei's AdaptationalHeroism is completely gone when she blows up a large majority of the nobles in King's Landing (including Margaery Tyrell and most her family) during The Green Trial, [[WordOfGod something the showrunners claim to have come up with on their own.]] For all of Book Cersei's [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen many, many, MANY faults]], not even she has come close to what is the equivalent of dropping a nuclear bomb on her own city to kill a bunch of people with no attention whatsoever paid to the massive collateral damage.]]
* AdmiringTheAbomination:
** She is quite impressed with the killing power of Gregor Clegane and is quite keen to ensure that he retains the same killing power after his poisoning. She's also highly curious about Qyburn's experiments, giving him the patronage that no reasonable or sane institution like the Citadel or Pycelle would touch with a ten foot pole.
** Seems quite disappointed during a flashback to her teens when Maggy the Frog is an ordinary-looking woman and not a terrifying monster as described.
* AgeLift: Like Jaime. She's 40 here, putting several years between her and her book counterpart.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Her Walk of Shame through King's Landing has her leaving bloodied footprints in her wake by the end of it. Luckily for Cersei, she has Qyburn to attend to them.
* AintTooProudToBeg: After Tywin forces her to marry Ser Loras, she is reduced to tearfully begging her father not to make her do it. It doesn't work.
* TheAlcoholic: Season 2 sees an increasing number of scenes where she has a cup close to hand. During the attack of Stannis Baratheon on King's Landing, she's drunk throughout. By Season 5, she has a LadyDrunk reputation. Between Cersei and Tyrion, it seems like a safe bet that the Lannisters are genetically predisposed to alcoholism. [[labelnote:From the Books...]]Other Lannisters from (relatively recent) Westerosi history that would also stand as evidence of this genetic predisposition, such as Lord Tytos Lannister, Tywin and Kevan's father. This may go a long way in explaining why Tywin has such a grudge against it. Also serves as a trait she shares with her late husband Robert, where as Queen Regent she increasingly turns to drink while crumbling under the pressure of ruling seven kingdoms and politicking the great and good of the royal court to keep her children safe.[[/labelnote]]
* AmbiguousDisorder: Cersei has a black and white view of friends and enemies (with nearly everyone falling under the latter), is prone to risky behaviors such as her incest and alcoholism, has a poor control of her emotions, and difficulty empathizing with anyone who's not her kids. It's widely theorized by the fan base that she has Borderline Personality Disorder.
* AmbitionIsEvil: The only trait she inherit from her Lord father and her brothers didn't. Never satisfied with her station in life, she is by far the most power-hungry of the Lannister siblings, always equating power with victory, no matter the cost.
* AnalogyBackfire:
** When Ned confronts her on her incestuous relationship with Jaime, she responds that the Targaryens did the same thing for centuries. The same Targaryens that produced the "Mad King" Aerys... even more of a backfire when Joffrey turns out to be more like Aerys than anyone thought. She even directly [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this in the second season when she confesses to Tyrion how sad she is that Joffrey turned out like he did. But, as Tyrion points out, she may have actually beaten the odds the Targaryens confronted (that every other Targaryen goes mad), in that two of her three children by incest are actually extremely decent people.
** During "Blackwater", she tries to comfort Tommen with the fable of the lion who was meant to be king and was in a forest filled with evil things such as stags. Tommen points out that stags aren't evil creatures, they only eat grass.
* ArchEnemy: She's never short of foes thanks to her "everybody who is not us is an enemy" line of thinking, but there are some who stand out:
** Her despised brother Tyrion is this to her in Season 2, mostly because their father has seen fit to trust the outcast of the family with greater authority than her. What should be a straightforward defense of King's Landing is hampered by Cersei constantly working behind his back out of spite. This carries on to Season 3 but fades somewhat as both become marginalized from power by Tywin, and even become mildly conciliatory towards each other due to their similar predicaments. Season 4, however, cements Tyrion as her most despised enemy when she decides with no evidence he murdered Joffrey and dedicates her life to having him humiliated and executed.
** With Tyrion's fall from power, her eventual daughter-in-law Margaery Tyrell is increasingly regarded as this, mostly because Cersei sees her for the [[YouAreWhatYouHate overly ambitious two-faced social climber]] that she is and Cersei wants nothing less than absolute control over her sons Joffrey and Tommen. To compound things, Cersei has been warned about an arch-rival since childhood, and someone like Margaery fits the description as far as Cersei is concerned.
--->'''Maggy the Frog:''' Queen you shall be, till there comes another. Younger and more beautiful. To cast you down and take all that you hold dear.
** The High Sparrow becomes this to her in a much more conventional way, since she's a major obstacle in establishing the theocracy he wants.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: In Season 6, when Kevan initially is reluctant to go along with her plan to seize control from the Faith Militant, Cersei asks him, "Do you want Lancel back? Or have you given him up for good?"
* ArrangedMarriage:
** With Robert. She initially saw it as a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage up until Robert came to her drunk and [[WrongNameOutburst called her by his late betrothed's name]] on their wedding night.
** Tywin commands her to marry Ser Loras. [[WeAreNotGoingThroughThatAgain She's not amused]], but this one falls through as Tywin is not there to enforce it, what with his terminal bowel problems.
* AuthorityInNameOnly: Cersei's title as Queen Mother only holds weight before Joffrey, and later Tommen, were officially wed. Despite sitting in on Small Council Meetings, Cersei technically has no real authority. [[spoiler: Her title as Queen Cersei, first of her name, also counts as this since she only gained this position after [[KillThemAll killing most of her political enemies]] and [[TyrantTakesTheHelm usurping the position for herself]] and she has no allies to speak of apart from Jaime and those at King's Landing.]] And even those are under extreme question at this point.
* AwfulWeddedLife: Her marriage to Robert was a long, bitter failure as she confesses to Ned and Sansa. Her only source of happiness and comfort was her affair with Jaime (which is sad in itself) and their children.
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Season Six ends with her on the Iron Throne and her most immediate enemies dead, though it's rather clear she has more.]]
* BadassBoast: Cersei's declaration that "House Lannister has no rival" definitely sounds badass, even if she is the only one who believes it.
* BattleBallgown: She sports one of these in the last half of "Blackwater", though as the next entry down makes it abundantly clear it's just all for show.
* BelievingTheirOwnLies: She has a tendency to do this and even use it to her advantage. Prince Oberyn discusses Cersei trying to gain sympathy from him by discussing Myrcella in a blatant attempt to turn him against Tyrion; he notes that she might have even been sincere or started believing it while she was lying.
-->'''Tyrion:''' Making honest feelings do dishonest work is one of her many gifts.
* BerserkButton: Mocking her about her incestuous relationship with Jaime is a quick way of pissing her off--she responded to Littlefinger doing so by nearly having her Kingsguard slit his throat, gives a cruel retort to Tyrion when he jokes about it and is seen giving Ellaria Sand a DeathGlare when she indirectly mentions it.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: In "Blackwater", she obtains nightshade from Maester Pycelle and angrily retorts that she knows what 10 drops of it does (kill you) and also has Ilyn Payne stand guard over the women taking shelter for the purposes of killing them if the Red Keep is breached. And at the climax of the battle she opts to sit on the Iron Throne with Tommen and is just about to give them both poison when her father bursts in. She believes that Stannis's men would gang-rape her multiple times before killing her, and torture Tommen to death as a false pretender to the throne.
* BigBad: Although there's a plethora of villains, in Season 1 Cersei serves most clearly as the main antagonist. She's a threat to the Starks, the Crown and the Realm in general due to her scheming. She subsequently becomes a BigBadWannabe, with the more competent and intelligent Tywin falling into place. In Season 5, she temporarily manage to take this position, only to be put back as a BigBadWannabe by the High Sparrow. She regains her position as BigBad with a vengeance after [[spoiler: killing the Sparrows and Tyrells and taking the crown for herself.]]
* BigBadWannabe:
** Cersei plays the game well during Robert's reign, but this is only because she's playing it against the Starks, who are too honorable for their own good. Once her crazy son is on the throne, she loses control in short order. Her plan to be the [[ManBehindTheMan Woman Behind The Throne]] fails spectacularly when Joffrey orders Ned Stark executed and she's powerless to stop him. In Season 2, Tyrion constantly manages to out plan her with ease, and in Season 3, her father is clearly running things despite Cersei outranking him as Queen Regent, and outright says to her face that she isn't as smart as she think she really is.
** This becomes painfully obvious in Season 5; with Tywin dead and Tyrion on the run, she is now the highest ranking member of her family ruling the capital and she still can't get anything done right. Her attempted manipulation of Tommen is undermined by Margaery and, instead of trying to properly rule the kingdom like her father would have done, she instead spends her time trying to humiliate and undermine Margaery [[StupidEvil despite their being literally no benefit in doing so]]. In order to get things done she turns the Sparrows into the Faith Militant and makes them do all of her dirty work which seemingly turns out well for her... until it's revealed that the Faith where merely biding their time until they had enough power to hold her accountable for her own actions. In short, despite trying to set herself up as a {{Chessmaster}} she ultimately [[UnwittingPawn gets used as a pawn instead]].
** As mentioned above, she ditches the "Wannabe" part with a vengeance [[spoiler:by burning all of her rivals to death with wildfire in the Season Six finale and assuming the Iron Throne. With Joffrey and the Boltons dead, this makes her the most powerful and antagonistic of all the human characters and firmly the Big Bad, outclassed only by the Night's King, who's more a force of nature than a character]].
* BigNo: When Tyrion arranges for Myrcella to be taken away.
* BigSisterBully: Was always unpleasant and cruel to her little brother Tyrion. As noted by Oberyn, she called him "a monster" to strangers and presented him as a freak and openly abused him when he was a baby.
* BreakTheHaughty: In her imprisonment in the Faith, she resorts to sipping water from the floor of her filthy cell. Her walk of atonement is specifically designed to do this, and by the end Cersei is sobbing.
* BreakThemByTalking: After forty years of emotional torment from her father, she finally gets her own back by revealing the truth of her and Jaime's relationship, leaving him stammering that it can't be true.
-->'''Cersei:''' ''Your legacy is a '''LIE'''''!
* BrokenBird: Her conversations with Sansa during the siege of Blackwater and her own descriptions of how she once loved Robert reveal her to be this. She had hoped for real happiness from her marriage, from being the Queen, but is appalled at what a sham it had become and has lost any ideals she once had.
* BrotherSisterIncest: With Jaime. It's a huge part of her character and Bran Stark's discovery of this dark secret is one of the catalysts of the series.
* TheBully: Cersei gets a kick out of throwing her weight around and making underlings squirm. Pycelle is probably her favorite punching bag.
* CantCatchUp: She can play speed chess well against her somewhat dim-witted husband and the honorable-to-a-fault Ned Stark, but after removing these two and moving a rank up she quickly finds herself out of depth. The fact that she doesn't have any control over her psychotic son whom she has made a king doesn't help a bit. Even after he's dead and her far kinder and gullible second son is on the throne, she's still outplayed by those around her. Her only advantage is that she is willing to do things others consider downright stupid, which leaves them unprepared as they assume she would ''never'' try it. And even this begins to fade as players like [[GenreSavvy Margaery]] [[XanatosSpeedChess Tyrell]] figure out how Cersei plays the game.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: She has moments of fragility and self-pity where she laments the hardships of the regency that have fallen on her. Given her pettiness and dismal management, nobody really empathizes with Cersei.
* CharacterTics: And beyond, Cersei is constantly smirking when she's too pleased with herself, which happens all the time when nobody puts her in her place. Her brows usually go in sync too.
* ChristmasCake: The Tyrells are reluctant to marry her specifically because she's too old. Although it's not cultural perception in this case, but a legitimate doubt if a 40-years old woman in a medieval setting is suitable to give birth to a heir.
* CorneredRattlesnake: If her back is to the wall she will do things that while not safe for her in the long run will make her enemies regret pushing her [[spoiler: as reviving the Faith militant and exploding the sept shows.]]
* CorruptPolitician: Cersei has all the makings of a crooked politician (dishonesty, underhandedness, a sleazy private life, disregard for the law, self-entitlement, paranoia, [[ListOfTransgressions etc]]) and very few of the attached EvilVirtues beyond ambition and determination. She's also occasionally murderous, but much less so than other courtiers or her book counterpart, [[spoiler: until she goes genocidal and blows up the Great Sept of Baelor with wildfire, killing hundreds, if not thousands.]]
-->'''Cersei:''' When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die.
* CreateYourOwnVillain:
** Even ''she'' finally catches on the fact that her methods of raising Joffrey [[TheCaligula didn't pan out so well]]. Not to mention applying a little bit of incest in his actual creation.
** Blaming Tyrion for Joffrey's murder with no evidence and doing everything in her power to see him convicted drove him into the service of Daenerys. They may not have liked each other prior, but at least Tyrion didn't have any intentions of removing her from power.
** She learned in a hard way that giving power to religious fanatics is not a pragmatic thing to do, especially if you were bedding your brother and cousin.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has her moments of this, especially in Season 2.
* DespairEventHorizon:
** Although she doesn't become a monster, after she and Robert have a conversation where it initially looks like they're [[HopeSpot going to reconcile and improve their relationship]], she is then rejected by Robert. This scene ends with Robert asking her how she feels, and her responding that she [[EmptyShell doesn't feel anything]]. Her subsequent actions make a lot more sense in light of this.
** If she hadn't crossed it before, she certainly does when Joffrey dies in her arms in "The Lion and the Rose".
** Turns out there was still some sanity for her to lose, which she finally does when [[spoiler:Tommen abandons her to her fate in the hands of the Sparrows, which prompts Cersei to mass murder all of her enemies she can at once - along with a good chunk of bystanders - and even give up on her son himself.]]
* DidNotThinkThisThrough:
** When Tyrion demands TrialByCombat when accused of killing Joffery, Cersei rather shrewdly chooses [[TheDreaded The Mountain]] as her champion, believing no-one would fight against him on Tyrion's behalf. However she fails to consider Oberyn Martell, the only man in King's Landing who ''wants'' to fight Ser Gregor, declaring himself Tyrion's champion. Worse still her daughter, Myrcella Baratheon, was currently residing with the Martells in Dorne. When the Red Viper is slain, Myrcella's life is essentially forfeit.
** In Season 5, she fails miserably at her father's level of scheming, trying to manipulate the extremist Sparrow sect into doing her dirty work. Pity she overlooked that her cousin Lancel, who had been privy to all her own dirty dealings, was one of their number. There's also her lack of concern for antagonizing House Tyrell, who the royal family are now wholly dependent on for their food supply.
** At the end of Season 6, [[spoiler:she manages to take the Iron Throne by arranging the deaths of the High Sparrow, Margaery, and anyone else that might oppose her. In doing so, she has declared war on the Tyrells by murdering all their heirs, even though the Tyrells are the main supplicants of food for the capital, which will create chaos. She is already a deeply unpopular ruler who will only be moreso with the strife she's created and the absence of the popular Queen Margaery. By the looks of everyone in the court during her coronation, her culpability in the bombing of the Great Sept of Baelor is readily apparent. She might have even lost the trust of Jaime, who doesn't have fond memories of the last guy who saw using wildfire on his own citizens as a solution to his problems. Cersei might be the queen, but she is the queen of a capital where everyone wants her dead. Then again, she gets to kill her enemies and to sit on the throne for a while, which in her mind might be just what she wanted.]]
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: Her son Joffrey's wedding feast happens in a bright morning and everything seems fine until Joffrey's IncurableCoughOfDeath at which point Jaime and Cersei rush to his side only for him to gasp his final breaths in his mother's arms.
* DissonantSerenity:
** A particularly disturbing one happens in Season 4: at the end of Tyrion's trial by combat, her champion the Mountain crushes Prince Oberyn's head into a bloody pulp all the while boasting how he raped and murdered his sister before killing her children. Pan to Cersei, who looks as happy she ever does.
** [[spoiler:After Tommen's body -- in a rare moment of GoryDiscretionShot, to boot -- is shown to her, she doesn't show much reaction, making it one of her most disturbing moments in the series.]]
* DomesticAbuse: Robert strikes her, although unlike in the books, there's no indication that he ever did so before. For Cersei, it's very much the final straw.
* DramaticIrony: [[spoiler: She never figures out that the real culprit for Joffrey's death is Olenna and not Tyrion as she believes. By murdering Olenna's entire family and effectively extinguinshing her entire House, Cersei unknowingly avenges her son's death by taking away everything his killer held precious.]]
* DumbBlonde: While Cersei isn't a ''complete'' moron, Tywin perfectly assesses her when he says that she is nowhere near as intelligent as she thinks she is. Her main flaw is that she continually underestimates people, and her level of misguided arrogance about her supposed political brilliance prevents her from seeing that she is wrong. She loses control of Joffrey almost immediately after he becomes king, and most of her attempts to dispose of Tyrion are laughable failures.
* EnfantTerrible: Was no more charming when she was younger.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Implied that, unlike in the books, Cersei loved her mother.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:
** In a twisted, narcissistic way because she mainly views them as an extension of herself, Cersei deeply loves her children and twin brother... but not enough not to manipulate her sons for her powerplays or not hop into bed with Lancel while Jaime's away. However, she seems to be more in love with the idea of ''having'' children to act as smaller versions of herself than them ''being'' her children as individuals.
--->'''Tyrion:''' Say what you will of Cersei, she loves her children. She is the only one I'm certain had nothing to do with this murder, which makes it unique as King's Landing murders go.
** Subverted in "The Winds of Winter", [[spoiler: as although she makes sure that Tommen is not in the Sept when she blows it up with wildfire, he's not put under any security afterwards and he commits suicide over the death of his wife (whom he actually did love) and his people. Cersei doesn't even bother to give him a proper burial, she just tells Qyburn to burn his body and throw the ashes on the ruins of the sept where his siblings and grandfather were interred, then has herself crowned the Queen.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: She ''does not'' approve several of Joffrey's actions, such as ordering Ned Stark's execution and ordering a massacre of children.
-->'''Cersei''': Robert was a drunken fool, but he didn't enjoy cruelty.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Trades her dresses for an all-black wardrobe (which invokes the late Tywin's casual outfit very closely) in "The Winds of Winter", [[spoiler: just in time to massacre the Sparrows, the Tyrells and usurp the throne.]]
* EvilCounterpart: To Catelyn. Both are MamaBear types who can be utterly ruthless, hold grudges hard, have difficulty controlling their newly-crowned sons and deal with the loss of children. However, Catelyn is HappilyMarried, is comfortable in her station in life and is good to most people, while Cersei is trapped in an ArrangedMarriage, yearns for even more power and is mean and petty.
* EvilEyebrows: Along with her constant smirking, Cersei also usually has one or both eyebrows raised. They don't match her hair colour, which by contrast makes them all the more sinister.
* EvilFeelsGood: "Confesses" in the season six finale that she really enjoyed every evil thing she ever did in her life. Murder, incest, and even the act of confessing all of this to a helpless captive brought her joy. Not to mention, she [[EvilGloating got away with lying to the High Sparrow about her affair with Jaime.]]
* EvilIsPetty: Cersei won't miss an opportunity to make someone miserable, assuming she can get away with it. Best typified in "The Lion and the Rose", in which to make herself feel better at her son's wedding, she walks around ''looking'' for people to be a jerk to -- first making Brienne feel awful about herself, then telling Pycelle to feed the wedding feast leftovers to the dogs instead of the poor (as Margaery had commanded). When Tywin asks her why she's smiling, she tells him it's just the little pleasures in life. Finally, Cersei is noticeably smiling during the ultra-humiliating play of the War of Five Kings, when even Tywin is forcing himself to suppress one -- after all, they're sitting alongside the bereaved of two of the titular kings! This plays into her StupidEvil tendencies, as she'll act to hurt someone who's wronged her in the short term without regard to the long-term consequences.
* EvilMatriarch: A {{deconstruction}} of one for the Lannisters-Baratheons. While she genuinely loves her children ([[AbusiveParents despite being an abusive mother]]) and [[MamaBear would do anything to protect or avenge them]], some of her actions prove to be a greater threat to the safety of her children than those of her enemies (who are often far more intelligent and competent than she is). In the end [[spoiler:her last remaining child commits suicide because of her, but by that time Cersei is too far gone to even care.]]
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: The haircut she receives at the end of Season 5 makes her bear an absolutely ''terrifying'' resemblance to Joffrey. [[spoiler: By the end of Season 6, we now know that Joffrey didn't just get his insanity and penchant for irredeemable cruelty from incest. Most of it was from '''her'''.]]
* EyeScream: Seems to be a favourite method of punishment of Cersei's -- Tyrion recounts she had a servant girl beaten until she lost an eye when she was ''nine'', and in 'The Wars To Come', she threatens to have [[HotWitch Maggy's]] eyes gouged out if Maggy wouldn't tell Cersei her future.
* FatalFlaw:
** Hubris. Cersei thinks she's way better than she really is and better than anybody else, which makes her think nothing about hurting people, and in her arrogance, she is reckless, deaf to council and unable to evaluate herself or make any kind of amends.
** Additionally, her complete inability to play any sort of long game. Cersei only ever seems to plan for the moment, and this almost always blows up in her face later. To get back at Margaery, she empowers the Faith Militant with no consideration as to how this would affect King's Landing, only caring that Margaery would suffer. They turn on her as soon as it's convenient, and King's Landing comes within a hair's breadth of becoming a theocracy.
* FauxAffablyEvil: She can pretend, and at rare moments her beauty and charm allows her to come across as decent. It's what fools Sansa for so long.
* ForTheEvulz: By the finale of season six, she has more or less embraced this. She admits to a captive whom she is about to have slowly tortured to death that her main motivation for the evil things she's done in her life was that it all made her feel so damn good.
* FreudianExcuse: Her hatred for Robert stems from him using her as a ReplacementGoldfish for Lyanna, to say nothing of his other ugly traits.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: She is ''not'' a pleasant person and groomed Joffrey to follow in her footsteps. In "You Win or You Die", she fully metamorphoses into this trope when she orchestrates a HuntingAccident for Robert. She shows snobbish disdain for the people of King's Landing and LackOfEmpathy for her subjects. Tyrion initially assumes it was her who gave the order for the purge of Robert's bastard children, and she doesn't admit that it was something Joffrey ''really'' shouldn't have done.
* GreenEyedMonster: During Cersei's brief chat with Brienne at Joffrey and Margaery's wedding, she can't help but let slip a note of jealousy towards the strong, independant lady knight. Cersei also hates Margaery because she gains influence after marrying Cersei's sons, while Cersei's power wanes, and also because the Tyrell Queen is far more popular in King's Landing than Cersei is and ever will be.
* HatesSmallTalk: Cersei hates chat that doesn't get to the point.
* TheHeavy: In Season 1. In the series' first story arc, Tywin entrusts her with the task of seizing the throne on behalf of the Lannister clan and ruling King's Landing while he crushes all contesting forces to their family's claim in the field; she performs well at first until her son Joffrey becomes king...
* HiddenDepths: Doubly so when Stannis's invasion approaches; she quotes Tywin on the subject of war and surprisingly she's the one who thinks up a defense via wildfire. She orders its mass-production and keeps this plan hidden from Tyrion. Her actual implementation is fraught with potential problems, however (shooting it from the city could easily burn the city down), so when Tyrion finds out he hijacks the plan and goes his own way with it.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** In Season 2, Cersei urges Joffrey to call off his betrothal to Sansa in favor of Margaery Tyrell, making her partially responsible for most of the troubles she suffers over the next three seasons.
** In Season 3, jealous of Margaery's influence over Joffrey, Cersei enlists Littlefinger to find ''anything'' that she can use against the Tyrells. Littlefinger discovers that they plan to betroth Loras to Sansa, so Littlefinger tells Cersei, Cersei tells Tywin, and Tywin decides to take the initiative by marrying Tyrion to Sansa, and ''Cersei to Loras'', with the consent of none of them.
** Cersei's stupidity and half-assed schemes catch up to her in Season 5 when the Sparrows she empowered finally arrest her for her lack of piety, namely her incestuous relationships.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: To a fair extent, yes. Like her father, she'll never see anything positive about Tyrion, even if it's dancing in front of her, which often make her vastly underestimate him, even as she fears him by distorting what he's capable of, as well. She started to wise-up about Joffrey, but had been in denial for years about how unstable he actually was (answer: VERY) -- this very denial caused ''soooooo'' many problems, it's unreal. And, then there's her tendency to belittle anybody who has faith in anything other than power or gold, which caused her to to massively misread the High Sparrow, for one. Listen to her tone when she says she has nothing to fear from him because "he's a religious man". It screams "an idiot I can use" in subtext. Rather badly judged, there, Queenie. Almost as bad as deciding that you've managed to cow a tail-tucked Lady Olenna Tyrell...
* HumiliationConga:
** Much like her brothers, Season 3 is one long demonstration of Cersei getting knocked down a peg. Joffrey begins to disregard her. Margery proves to be far better at wrapping Joffrey around her fingers, and it becomes apparent to her that any power she had at King's Landing was quickly fading. And the icing on the cake was that [[ParentalFavoritism despite being Tywin's favorite]], he treats even ''her'' as an UnwittingPawn and plans to ship her off to marry Loras so that he can have more power.
** It only gets worse from there. By the penultimate episode of Season 6, Cersei has been completely outplayed by everyone in King's Landing, leaving her a powerless joke to everyone who knows her. [[spoiler: Two of her children are dead, she's banned from the Small Council meetings or any prominent position in the royal court, her third child has completely turned on her, she was stripped naked and walked through the streets of King's Landing, she's been formally charged with incest and treason and is facing a trial she cannot hope to win, and [[LaserGuidedKarma all of it is entirely her fault.]]]] Even Olenna rubs it in Cersei's face that she's lost.
** [[WhamEpisode The season six finale]] then [[DeconstructedTrope demonstrates]] why humiliating and antagonizing an unstable and vicious individual who has a MadScientist and a FrankensteinsMonster knight on her side [[WhosLaughingNow is a bad idea.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** She calls Margaery a harlot and a whore, despite herself having committed adulterous incest with her brother. She also despises Margaery for manipulating the king and trying to become a power behind the throne... which, unlike Cersei, Margaery would prove seemingly ''successful'' at.
** So, Cersei's cheating on Robert with Jaime was presented by herself as somehow justified by "true love" and her and Jaime "belonging together", adding that to her husband being an UnwantedSpouse who was [[ReallyGetsAround whoring around himself]] anyway? Fine... until Jaime is gone and Cersei starts shagging a cousin behind her "true love's" back, as part of manipulating him to help kill her husband Robert.
** Cersei is deeply offended that Tywin played favorites with his children, favouring the gifted Jaime. Cersei has no problem playing favorites by focusing on her firstborn son Joffrey. Myrcella and Tommen are pretty much ignored unless there is some setback on the horizon.
** She looks down on and tries to insult Ellaria Sand for being a bastard, but all three of her children are illegitimate and pretenders to both the throne and to her own House.
** She deeply loves Tommen because he is her son, but shows little respect and concern for the actual individual, not thinking twice before undermining and manipulating him or before hurting the woman he loves because Cersei's powerplays come first. At most, she views herself as a WellIntentionedExtremist.
* IfOnlyYouKnew: She threatens Tyrion that one day he'll love one woman and she will take her away just to spite him. That's precisely what happened to Tyrion's first love Tysha. Tyrion's response is to stare at her with utter disdain and leave without saying a word.
* IgnoredEpiphany: There were moments in earlier seasons where Cersei ''tries'' to be nice to people: Sansa, Tyrion, her son Tommen, and Myrcella. She also understands that [[MyBelovedSmother doing everything in her power to protect and prop up Joffrey]] isn't such a good idea. Then Joffrey dies, she immediately forgets her past kindness, and goes on a petty revenge binge that ultimately leads to [[spoiler:her unleashing the biggest atrocity in recent Westerosi history just so she can be queen]].
* IJustWantToBeYou: According to Creator/LenaHeadey, this is Cersei's FreudianExcuse for her incest with Jaime. There's subtle hints of it in the show too, such as Cersei discussing what she would do in Jaime's place, lamenting the fact that she was born a woman, and even doning [[BattleBallgown an armored dress]] when the Battle of the Blackwater looks to be turning in Stannis's favor. In Season 3, it is implied that she prefers metallic accoutrements to her dresses because she associates it with armor. This in turn ''may'' something to do with her spitefulness at Brienne at the Purple Wedding, Brienne having seemingly defied her supposed station far more successfully than Cersei ''and'' being noticeably close(r) to Jaime.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[DefiedTrope No.]] When Tommen [[spoiler:turns on her and sides with Margaery and the High Sparrow, Cersei opts to bomb the Sept of Baleor and kill all of his chosen allies. She spares Tommen himself, but her reaction after he commits suicide because of her actions pretty much confirms that she's already given up on him.]]
* InfantImmortality: Averted. She mentions to Catelyn and later discusses with Robert how their first child died shortly after birth due to a fever.
* InadequateInheritor: After Tywin is killed by Tyrion, Cersei is left to fill her daddy's shoes as the real power behind throne and as a [[TheChessmaster political intrigue mastermind]] in Season 5. Having no foresight nor grasp of realpolitik, she fails on an epic scale when her [[HoistByHisOwnPetard attempts to sabotage Margaery backfires]]. It shows that Cersei is no Tywin, by a long shot. [[spoiler:Even taking the throne for herself by killing everyone else that had a claim to it is likely to lead to her getting deposed in short order, given how many enemies she makes doing it.]]
* InformedAttractiveness: Cersei is widely praised as one of the most beautiful noblewomen of Westeros.
* InterruptedSuicide: Tywin breaking the door in "Blackwater" stops her from proceeding with her son Tommen, because she was convinced the city would fall to the unflappable Stannis.
* IronicEcho: She begins shrieking, "I am the Queen!", exactly the same way Margaery did when she was arrested by the Faith Militant. It's also not dissimilar to what her [[EnfantTerrible beloved son]] said previously, "I am the KING!"
* ItsAllAboutMe:
** While she has more than enough specific examples (listed below), lots of fans have noted that Cersei is very likely a [[AmbiguousDisorder textbook narcissist]], sharing many qualities with them. Cersei sees herself as far more intelligent and powerful than she actually is. Her love for her brother Jaime is because she sees him as a reflection of herself if she were a man (which is also why she is notably distraught over his missing hand rather than any impact that it could ever have on his life). She loves her children, but moreso as extensions of herself than as human beings. She takes any perceived (real or not) slight extremely seriously and will often come up with forms of DisproportionateRetribution for it, [[EvilIsPetty even when she has absolutely]] [[StupidEvil nothing to gain by doing so]]. She also often tends to devalue and ruthlessly criticize and tear down those who come into contact with her. So, truly, due to the way Cersei's mind works, she is almost fundamentally incapable of ''not'' thinking everything is about her and ties back to her. So even on a more general level, Cersei is truly incapable of placing anyone's interest before her own.
** She regards Jaime as a poor sight at the start of Season 4, complaining about her being left alone to suffer a siege in the capital despite being surrounded by servants and with several bodyguards, which she obviously thinks is so much worse than Jaime being a prisoner dragged from camp to camp, losing his hand, and being humiliated and despised.
** Her main reason for accusing Tyrion for Joffrey's murder amounts to her believing that Tyrion did it to hurt her personally. It doesn't matter that Tyrion might had have much more legitimate motives for killing Joffrey; to Cersei, the motive ''must'' have been that he wanted to get back at her specifically and Joffrey just happened to be collateral damage.
** In "The Children", she tells Tywin that she's be willing to burn House Lannister to the ground so long as she remains Queen and gets to have her children. [[spoiler:In the season 6 finale, we see this wasn't an idle threat when she literally burns down a good chunk of the city's skyline to take out the Faith Militant, Margaery, and everyone else that opposes her to make sure she stays in power.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Unfriendly or hostile by default, petty, vindictive, and an overall unpleasant person to be around. It goes without saying that she HatesSmallTalk.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** It might be mainly because she's a bitch who revels in seeing others suffer, but what she says to Sansa during the Battle of Blackwater about marrying Joffrey is pretty accurate. Likewise, her assessment of Queen Margaery is mostly motivated by jealousy, but that doesn't mean she isn't right in seeing Margaery as a two-faced social climber.
** While still hiding the fact of BrotherSisterIncest and giving birth to bastards, during her "confession" about adultery, Cersei angrily calls out the High Sparrow on DoubleStandard, reminding him [[ReallyGetsAround what kind of a man she had been cheating on]]. Unfortunately for her, her conversation partner is unfazed, as he thinks AllCrimesAreEqual and the king is now dead and out of reach anyway.
* KickTheDog: As she walks.
** An almost literal incident, when she has Sansa's direwolf killed because Arya's direwolf -- who attacked Joffrey to defend her mistress -- is unavailable. It's also probably her purest example of this trope in the show: it's her first, showing what kind of a human being she is, involves an actual dog and is ''completely'' unprovoked -- she knows full well that Lady wasn't involved with Joffrey's accident and Sansa, Lady's owner actually ''sides'' with him and Cersei.
** In general, her treatment of Sansa when the latter is a hostage of the Lannisters in King's Landing, though this is strangely mixed with occasional PetTheDog moments.
** Denounces Tyrion's relationship with Shae to their Lord Father, knowing full well how Tywin deals with Tyrion's ladies of company.
** Tyrion's trial is a prolonged HumiliationConga orchestrated by her to inflict as much psychological pain as possible (though in her view it's KickTheSonOfABitch, as she mistakenly thinks that Tyrion murdered her son).
* KickTheSonOfABitch: In Season Six's finale she finally gets back at [[spoiler:Septa Unella, by throwing several goblets of wine at her face, chanting 'Confess! Confess!', calling her out of her hypocrisy and gloating about the truth of the crimes Cersei herself has been accused of. It quickly morphs into DisproportionateRetribution though, as she subjects the septa to death by torture in hands of Ser Gregor.]]
** She also likely orchestrated [[spoiler: Grand Maester Pycelle being stabbed to death by various harlots and Qyburn's child spies.]]
* KissingCousins: With Lancel while Jaime is being held captive.
* LadyDrunk: Cersei's trusty goblet is never far from her hand.
* LadyMacBeth: She's behind some of Robert and Jaime's callous or outright evil decisions.
* LargeHam: Especially when drunk.
* LaserGuidedKarma:
** She once gloated over having Ned Stark in the Black Cells. In Season 5, she is tossed into one of the cells by the Faith Militant and the High Sparrow begins to collapse her house of cards, hard.
** She also visits Margaery in her cells, specifically to rub it in. Then in ''the very same episode'', she gets thrown into an even worse one.
** She gloats over Tyrion being forced into an ArrangedMarriage, only to find that her father has the same fate in mind for her.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Cersei would like to believe that she is the female version of her father, but she has all of his worst qualities and none of his talents. All she manages to achieve is a lacklustre imitation of Lord Tywin.
* LoveIsAWeakness: She believes this, because LoveMakesYouDumb and compels you to do things you know you shouldn't to keep them happy and safe. The only people Cersei advises Sansa to love are her children since a mother has no choice in that.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Apparently, she used to have feelings for Robert when they married, but DomesticAbuse and Robert's love for Lyanna Stark brutally changed that. Her relationship with Jaime doesn't seem to bring out the best in her either.
* MadBomber: [[spoiler:Cersei outdoes the Mad King and actually manages to "burn them all" when she blows her King's Landing enemies in a wildfire plot.]]
* TheMaidenNameDebate: She was never referred to as Cersei Baratheon while Robert is still alive.
* MamaBear: She goes to extremes when it concerns protecting her children:
** When it looks like Stannis Baratheon will sack King's Landing, she even prepares to poison her youngest to spare him from getting murdered by the victorious enemy troops... albeit because such a massacre is exactly how her father came to renewed power and influence.
** She is willing to "burn House Lannister to the ground" in order to stay at King's Landing protecting Tommen, according to her. But in reality, her lust for power is also a big factor, if not bigger.
** When she receives Myrcella's necklace from the Dornish as an implied threat, Cersei is ''furious'' and declares she will have Dorne burnt down if they dare hurt her.
** Her determination to have Tyrion executed after the poisoning of Joffrey also falls under this trope. As opposed to Tywin, who is just glad to have TheMillstone out of the way and is willing to use a convenient scapegoat, Cersei genuinely believes that the accused person is guilty and seeks to avenge her child.
* ManipulativeBitch: She's able to manipulate the likes of Ned, Jaime, Lancel, Sansa and a few others...but sharper characters like Tywin, Tyrion, Varys and such aren't fooled by her machinations.
* MeaningfulName: Cersei is likely named in tribute to Circe (pronounced the same way) -- the beautiful, duplicitous sorceress from ''Literature/TheOdyssey''.
* MoodWhiplash: Due to Tywin's WhamLine. Just before that, she had been shamelessly gloating over the fact that Tywin was going to force Tyrion to marry Sansa... and then Tywin tells her of his plans for her, and she's brought nearly to tears.
-->'''Tywin''': You're still fertile. You need to marry again and breed.\\
'''Cersei''': I am '''Queen Regent''', not some broodmare!\\
'''Tywin''': You are '''my daughter'''! You will do as I command and you will marry Loras Tyrell!
* MotiveDecay: A big part of her character at the start was that she loved her children and wanted them on the throne but as they die one by one she decides to take the throne for herself and grow distant of Tommen as time goes one.
* MoralMyopia: She has a tendency to view things as heinous when being done to her or her children, and as okay when done to other people. See also {{Hypocrite}}.
** She is greatly angered when Tyrion arranges for a marriage between Myrcella and House Martell, but has no problem mocking Sansa about beheading more of her family members before her wedding to Joffrey.
** In Season 3, she [[SmugSnake smugly smiles]] when Tywin orders Tyrion to marry Sansa, and nearly breaks into tears when he orders her to marry Loras in turn.
* MrsRobinson: In addition to being Lancel's cousin, she's also old enough to be his mother. The same would apply to her [[ArrangedMarriage relationship]] with Loras Tyrell, if not the fact that both of them are equally repulsed by their engagement to each other.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Non-romantic variety. [[spoiler: Cersei has Pycelle killed because he was the only other one Tommen was willing to listen to.]]
* MyBelovedSmother: She tried to be this for her children but has so far failed at it, rather spectacularly with Joffrey becoming an uncontrollable monster, Myrcella being spirited off to Dorne specifically to get her out of Cersei's clutches, and with Tommen being virtually a non-entity to her -- so it's far too late to start anew when he becomes King.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: As Joffrey rises to ever new heights of cruelty and perversion, she finally acknowledges that having three inbred children with her twin brother ''wasn't'' such a great idea -- considering what it did to the Targaryens -- to say nothing of putting the most unstable of them on the Iron Throne itself. She breaks down in tears from the sheer knowledge that the son she loves (despite everything) is a psychopath. Nevertheless, in later episodes she undergoes a mild SelectiveObliviousness.
* {{Narcissist}}: Much like her father, she considers herself vastly superior to almost everyone around her and expects treatment commensurate with her bloated sense of self-worth. Additionally, she displays a pronounced LackOfEmpathy as evidenced by her inability to view [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes her own children]] as individuals with thoughts and feelings entirely separate from her own.
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: She feels like she is suffering under this in the male dominated Westerosi society, but Tywin bluntly tells her the real reason for her lack of power and influence beyond her family name is that she isn't as capable as she thinks she is; it can also be surmised that at least some of her apparent jealousy at Brienne of Tarth is how Brienne ''is'' by all appearances a relatively self-made woman whose family name isn't nearly as important to who Brienne became and what she achieved.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Cersei is based on several queens with poor reputations -- Queen Isabella, She-Wolf of France, Queen Catherine De'Medici of France, and from the WarOfTheRoses - Margaret d'Anjou and Elizabeth Woodville.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: After about six seasons of being sidelined, outmaneuvered, and humiliated by the other players of the Game, [[spoiler:Cersei snaps and has all of her rivals in King's Landing wiped out with wildfire before usurping the Iron Throne as Queen. She is directly responsible for killing as many or more major characters than anyone else has over all six seasons.]]
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: A prophecy implies (states in the books) that this tragedy would befall her. Her first child with Robert died because of fever and Joffrey and Myrcella begin to fulfill it when they were poisoned in Seasons 4 and 5. [[spoiler:It's completed in the finale of Season 6 when her brutal machinations drive Tommen to [[DrivenToSuicide commit suicide]]]].
* PowerHair: A full season after her TraumaticHaircut, [[spoiler: she ascends as the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms]].
* ParentalFavoritism: She gives much more love and attention to Joffrey than to Tommen and Myrcella. Considering the effects, the younger children probably have benefited from that.
* PerpetualFrowner: Her very prominent brows emanate hatred even during her rare moments of levity.
* PetTheDog:
** She comforts Catelyn after Bran "falls" from the window. Despite the incident happening because of her (though she wasn't the perpetrator) Cersei's sympathy for Catelyn as a fellow mother who had her child hurt seems actually honest.
** She convinces Joffrey to do something nice for Sansa during "Lord Snow", referencing her own unhappy arranged marriage.
** On the event of Sansa's first menses, she counsels her on how best to survive a marriage to Joffrey.
** During Tyrion's wedding, she tries to divert a lecherous Joffrey away from Sansa. A somewhat weak and quickly abandoned effort but well-intentioned nevertheless.
** Briefly comforts a nervous Melara during the flashback of her as a teenager.
* PragmaticVillainy: Despite generally being StupidEvil, there are a few moments when even Cersei realizes that petty revenge is a bad idea.
** Knows full well that a tame wolf is better than a dead one, so she plans to have Ned stripped of titles and lands and sent to the Night's Watch, though her plan fails when her son instead orders Ned's death. There is an element of EvenEvilHasStandards here, albeit expressed in a cruel IronicEcho: since Ned planned to exile her rather than allowing her and her children to be murdered, it is sort of "fair" to "only" plan to exile the Starks rather than killing them.
** In the second season, even she seems taken aback by Joffrey's order to kill Robert's bastard children, not necessarily because of [[EvenEvilHasStandards personal standards]], but because something like murdering children and babies draws the wrong type of attention. She even seems offended that Tyrion initially thinks she was the one who ordered it.[[labelnote:From the books...]]In the books, the purge of Robert's bastards was all her idea and Joffrey was unaware/uncaring of it, making for another point where Tyrion had to rein her in[[/labelnote]] However, she's also too prideful to admit he was wrong to do so.
* {{Pride}}: A theme for the Lannisters. They all have a slightly different take on it.
-->'''Cersei''': He's attacked one of my brothers, and abducted the other. I should wear the armor, and you the gown. ''[Robert strikes her]'' I shall wear this like a badge of honor.
* ProperlyParanoid: In a stark contrast to her book self, towards Margaery. Although Cersei started some of the antagonism herself, she's correct in her assumption that the younger queen is a shrewd politician with her eyes on being the power behind the throne; which goal requires removing Cersei from her position.
* PyrrhicVillainy:
** Cersei's smirking victory over Tyrion and later the Tyrells become meaningless as it comes with a high price. Her champion Ser Gregor Clegane winning over Oberyn Martell in Tyrion's trial on Joffrey's murder breaks new tensions from Dorne and leads to Myrcella's death. Jaime, out of sympathy for Tyrion, helps him escape only for Tyrion to kill Tywin on the way out, leaving the kingdom in her less-than-capable hands. Her reinstatement of the Faith Militant as a means to get back at the Tyrells backfires when she herself gets arrested and punished for her own crimes [[spoiler:which also leads her own son Tommen to accept the Faith as part of their alliance to the Iron Throne]].
--->'''Olenna''': You have no support, not anymore. Your brother is gone; the High Sparrow saw through that. The rest of your family abandoned you. The people despised you. You're surrounded by enemies, thousands of them. You're going to kill them all by yourself? You've lost, Cersei. It's the only joy that I've find in this misery.
** The Season 6 finale is this UpToEleven. [[spoiler:She wipes out all of her enemies in one fell swoop using wildfire beneath the Sept of Baelor, but in doing so she drives her son Tommen over the edge, both figuratively and [[DrivenToSuicide literally]], and in the process kills basically everyone that would be capable of running the city, much less the entire kingdom. It is also strongly implied that her twin brother and lover, Jaime, is completely disgusted by Cersei's actions and now despises her, emotionally isolating her from everyone she cares about. Her only counsel is the MadScientist Qyburn, and the Mountain as her personal muscle. She's positioned herself in a way that no one in King's Landing can challenge her, but she doesn't rule much beyond that demesne, and she has added the plentiful Reach to the list of enemies of the increasingly powerless crown. She may not reign long; soon after Cersei's coronation, Daenerys Targaryen sails to Westeros with the support of Tyrion and Lady Olenna of House Tyrell, uneasy but former allies alienated by Cersei.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Gives a nasty one to Tyrion in Season 2 after he makes a crack about her and Jaime's "relationship":
--->'''Cersei''': You're ''funny''. You've always been funny. But no joke will match the first one, will they? You remember--back when you ripped my mother open on your way out of her and she bled to death.\\
'''Tyrion''': ...She was my mother too.\\
'''Cersei''': Mother gone. For the sake of you. There's no bigger joke in the world than that.
** She tries to give one to her father midway through Season 4 (about how he's so self-centred about his family legacy he neglects his real family) but Lord Tywin turns it round on her in his ignominiable style. At the end of the season though she succeeds, thanks to dropping the bombshell of her {{twincest}}.
* RegentForLife: One of the reasons she's turning progressively against Joffrey with each passing episode is that he ruined her plan to become his RegentForLife. It's her own damn fault for being a moron, but still. [[spoiler:After all of her children die, she actually steps up and takes the crown for herself.]]
* TheResenter: Especially for Jaime, but also for her father, husband and even Tyrion due to their respective positions of power which she believes came from the fact that they're men. While the society of Westeros ''is'' very sexist and she may have had a point back then, she's filled about twenty years since with exactly resenting others and doing nothing constructive with her own position of power as the damn ''queen'', which has led to the present situation where Cersei's completely justifiably being denied power due to her incompetence. Visibly so towards Brienne of Tarth, who by her achievements and not being nearly as reliant on being a Tarth as Cersei is on being a Lannister, much less on being beautiful, pokes a sharp hole in Cersei's worldview.
* RevengeBeforeReason: She tends to focus on harming her -- real or imaginary -- enemies, and think about the consequences... uh, sometime later. Maybe. A shining example is her ploy to undermine the Tyrells in Season 5. Not only does Cersei's claim to power rely on the Lannister-Tyrell alliance (meaning that, if the Tyrells are undermined, ''she'' is undermined), Cersei's scheme directly results in her own imprisonment, public humiliation, and complete loss of political power and control. [[KnowWhenToFoldEm Most halfway intelligent people would realize they've lost and do their best to mitigate the damage and avoid future misery]]. [[DefiedTrope Cersei is not one of these people]], and actually proceeds to she tops herself in Season 6's finale when she [[spoiler:blows up the Sept of Baelor during the Green Trial, destroying all of her opponents in Kings Landing, along with a good part of the city. It's one of the very few plans she actually executes successfully, but it leaves her as ''the'' target of pretty much every remaining faction in Westeros. Of course, by that time her sanity is so long gone it's hard to even speak of "reason".]]
** A perfect example is also her willingness to have Sansa dead because she suspects that the latter poisoned Joffrey (she didn't). But she does not take it into a consideration one bit that Joffrey caused so many misfortunes to Sansa including the execution of her father as well wanting to give her the head of her brother.
* SanitySlippage: She is much more calm, collected, and rational in the first season than she is in the second. Her loss of Jaime and Joffrey's increasingly out of control attitude, complemented by her father's suddenly dismissive attitude towards her don't seem to be doing well for her mental faculties. Her despair over her daughter Myrcella's impending ArrangedMarriage can't help, either. She comes within inches of poisoning Tommen during "Blackwater" when she thinks that Stannis is about to break down the door. In "The Lion and the Rose", she's outright screaming with rage at Tyrion, as she believes he poisoned Joffrey, and by Season 5 she's noticeably resorting to alcohol continuously, further worsening her condition. By the end of Season 6, she's clearly gone off the deep end. [[spoiler:She not only blows up the Sept of Baelor and dozens of nobles within, including her uncle Kevan and three of the four Tyrells, but she doesn't care at all that Tommen kills himself in the aftermath.]]
* ScrewYourself: Her incest with Jaime is, [[WordOfGod according to the cast and crew]] and in consonance with her thoughts in the books, her attempt to get as close as she can to making this a reality. She sees Jaime as [[IJustWantToBeYou what she was actually meant to be]] and denied the privilege of being by being born a woman. Thus by having sexual intercourse with Jaime, she is, in her own mind, [[ShapedLikeItself screwing herself]]. As such, to Cersei it's not incest but rather ''incredibly'' metaphorical masturbation.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Maggy the Frog told her that all three of her children would die. [[spoiler:Cersei's own actions, in various ways, lead to this outcome. Joffrey dies because Cersei coddled him and then couldn't control him when he was made king, which led to him being poisoned because he was out of control. Myrcella died because the Mountain killed Oberyn, which in turn only happened because Cersei was determined to punish Tyrion for killing Joffrey without any proof that he was responsible. Finally, Tommen kills himself after Cersei detonates the wildfire under the Great Sept of Baelor, killing Margaery among many others.]]
* ShadowArchetype: Cersei is the picture of what could have gone wrong with several other female characters who shared some characteristics with her:
** To Sansa. They were both sheltered daddy's girls from noble families, living a fantasy of marrying a PrinceCharming, which in both cases has gone horribly wrong, leaving them both disillusioned. Sansa's kinder nature and not actually spending years in a horrible marriage have left her in a better mental shape than Cersei, for now at least.
** Tywin notes a similarity between a young Cersei and Arya in their spirited and rebellious natures. However, Cersei was forced by Tywin to conform to the standard submissive role for a Westerosi woman, and put her energy into becoming an evil queen.
** Both Tyrell women, Margaery and Olenna, share many traits with Cersei -- they're manipulative, willing to use seduction (in Olenna's case, in the past) to further their goals and were "blessed" with not particularly politically competent husbands. Olenna and Cersei also share ruthlessness and and similarities in their acts go as far as committing a regicide and letting an innocent man take the fall. However, by growing (at least in Margaery's case) in a household where the female role was valued and taught -- instead of being reduced to a property of a man and a piece to haggle -- and being ''sane'', they get out of their roles everything Cersei couldn't: Margaery is a popular queen and gets to manipulate even Joffrey, and Olenna is the real head of her family who has raised a capable heiress and is the closest thing the series has to a female Tywin.
* ASharedSuffering: Shows a short-lived sisterly attitude towards Tyrion after Tywin reminds them both of the [[SarcasmMode joy]] of living under his domineering thumb.
* ShedTheFamilyName: [[spoiler: Cersei again takes up the Lannister name as Queen regnant instead of Baratheon.]]
* SheIsTheKing: [[spoiler: Becomes the ruling Queen of the Seven Kingdoms in the Season 6 finale.]]
* SiblingRivalry: Displays an open animosity towards Tyrion, which gets incensed when their father entrusts him with power. She [[CainAndAbel has wished the death of Tyrion]] since the day he was born. Tyrion doesn't reciprocate beyond the occasional quip because intellectually and humanely, he's way above her level. She also harbors some resentment over Tywin favouring Jaime.
* SmugSmiler: There probably isn't a character from any medium ever, to compete with that contemptible, irritating smirk that she wears constantly.
* SmugSnake:
** While she is indeed a somewhat competent/lucky schemer, she is not as brilliant as she thinks herself to be and her self-entitlement, pettiness, and overconfidence often renders her blindsided, and she always struggles to grasp that she's in over her head when she has been outplayed. Her own father even points out that she overestimates her own intelligence.
--->'''Lord Tywin:''' I don't distrust you because you're a woman. I distrust you because you're not as smart as you think you are. You've allowed that boy to ride roughshod over you and everyone else in this city.
** During her dinner with Tyrion in "The Prince of Winterfell", she gloats over the fact that she's holding Tyrion's whore hostage, while both Tyrion and the viewers know she's got the wrong woman altogether. Not that that makes Tyrion any less pissed at her contemptible behavior.
** Despite considering herself a keen player in the game of thrones, none of her plans ever truly succeed. Indeed, in most cases, her actions end up backfiring on her horribly, particularly her plan to rule Westeros behind the scenes while Joffrey sat on the throne. The most Cersei ever appears to achieve are very small, petty victories over people much less powerful than her, and that desire for short-lived sense of satisfaction irrespective of whether it actually improves her position or accomplishes anything in the long run is textbook SmugSnake.
* SpeakIllOfTheDead: She has no qualms posthumously calling Renly Baratheon a "degenerate" in "Dark Wings, Dark Words". [[{{Hypocrite}} This is coming from a woman who had three children with her twin brother]].
* StrongFamilyResemblance:
** Young Cersei looks ''strikingly'' similar to her daughter, Myrcella. The fact that Myrcella's a product of Cersei's incest with her own ''twin'' brother ''might'' have something to do with this.[[note]]Exact same genes, give or take a few[[/note]]
** With her hair cut off by the Faith Militant, she bears an unsettling resemblance to Joffrey.
* StupidEvil:
** Tyrion and Tywin separately note this about her. Her vile and foolish tendencies are always present, to the point where Tywin is quick to empower his much disparaged son Tyrion to mitigate Cersei's calamities.
** She cares nothing about public sentiment and doesn't realize that throwing people out of her city will draw their ire and how the ire of the mob is dangerous for kings and queens.
--->'''Tyrion''': Listen to me, 'queen regent'. You're in danger of losing the people.\\
'''Cersei''': The people? Heh. You think I care?\\
'''Tyrion''': You may find it difficult to rule over millions who want you dead.
** Her understanding on the actual military threats posed by Stannis Baratheon and Robb Stark is likewise tenuous at best, to the point that Tyrion's victory at Blackwater is almost in spite of her efforts, rather than because of it (her only contribution is getting the wildfire made, a plan Tyrion co-opted because she likely would have burned King's Landing to the ground by accident). Of course, a lot of these may be due to her rapidly becoming a not very functioning [[TheAlcoholic addict]].
** Once the sensible influences or restraints of Tyrion and Tywin are gone, Cersei goes one step further and engages in one petty, short-sighted scheme after another, culminating in her empowering the Faith Militant as a petty revenge scheme against the Tyrells with [[DidntThinkThisThrough zero regards for the potential blowback]]. She's called out on this one multiple times.
* ThickerThanWater: She spoiled her first son Joffrey from day one, but was horrified when he became increasingly psychopathic and insane, starting to indulge in regular cruelties and atrocities. She later acknowledges to Margaery that even at his most evil she still loves Joffrey out of some sense of maternal care and loses it completely when he dies in her arms.
* TooCleverByHalf: She is indeed well-versed in the games of subterfuge and underhanded politics amongst the Westeros' nobles, but she fancies herself to be better than she actually is, causing her to often severely underestimate her opponents. Ironically, this also works in her favor, since her opponents often assume she's too rational to do something stupid, only to be blindsided when she does it anyway.
* TraumaCongaLine: Episodes 2 and 3 of Season 4 are nothing but this for Cersei. First, Joffrey is assassinated using a horribly painful poison, and then her father totally ignores her when she asks him not to [[BrutalHonesty lecture Tommen about how bad a king Joffrey was]] before taking Tommen away, and then she has a...[[QuestionableConsent rather uncomfortable sexual encounter]] with Jaime next to her son's corpse while she's mourning.
* TraumaticHaircut: Has her precious golden locks cut off by the Faith Militant.
* TroubledAbuser: Between her experiences with her abusive husband, controlling, emotionally abusive father and uncontrollable, psychopathic son, Cersei takes it out on whom she has a chance at the moment. Sometimes it's Tyrion (though it tends to backfire on her). More often it's [[TheChewToy Sansa]].
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour:
** She proudly recalls the time she had a 9 year old servant girl beaten to blindness for stealing a necklace, when she was of the same age.
** "Mockingbird" reveals that during a visit Oberyn and Elia had at Casterly Rock when they were children, Cersei freely tormented a baby Tyrion in front of them by pinching his penis and talking about how she wished he had died. She only stopped tormenting Tyrion because Jaime made her stop.
** We finally get a glimpse of [[TeensAreMonsters teen Cersei]] in Season 5, she's about as charming as you would think. When Maggy the Frog refuses to tell her fortune, a teenage Cersei threatens to have her eyes gouged out.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: [[spoiler: In the Season 6 finale, after killing most of her political enemies in a wildfire explosion and Tommen's suicide, Cersei forcibly takes the Iron Throne and names herself Queen.]]
* TheUnfavourite: In Season 3, her father makes it clear that due to her failure to control Joffrey, he regards her as little better than Tyrion. Also note that while Tywin may not ''like'' Tyrion, he does respect Tyrion's intelligence and in this respect treats him as an equal. The same can't be said for Cersei.
* UngratefulBastard: Never has anything good to say about Tyrion or Loras, despite both of them being vital in saving her and Tommen's lives at the battle of Blackwater. Tywin even calls her out on her ingratitude for the Tyrells. Probably the most blatant example of this was her framing Ned Stark as a traitor after he warned her to save herself and her children; though it was mixed with PragmaticVillainy, since they would be forced to go into exile if she accepted Ned's scenario.
* UnwittingPawn: After transforming the Sparrows into the Faith Militant and giving them free rain to imprison any ''deviants'' towards the Gods, which ends up getting both Loras and Margaery captured, she confidently assumes that she is controlling them like puppets. It never occurs to her until it's too late that the now all powerful fundamentalist organisation would imprison her for her own deviant lifestyle once they no longer needed her.
* TheUsurper: Although it's her sons who get to sit on the Iron Throne, not herself, it's her actions which usurp said throne to her family. [[spoiler:And as "The Winds of Winter" she finally seizes it for herself.]]
* VillainProtagonist: She is clearly the viewpoint character during the Faith in King's Landing storyline in Season 6.
* VillainousBreakdown:
** She angrily loses her cool when Tyrion shows up in a meeting of the Small Council, and much to her chagrin reveals that he's acting Hand of the King.
** She's in this mode for the entire episode "Blackwater", although it's a less hammy example then usual.
** In "The Lion and the Rose". Cersei visibly ''shatters'' as Joffrey dies helplessly in her arms.
** In "The Gift", she goes from being a SmugSmiler for the majority of Season 5 to screaming "I am the queen!" as she is dragged away to the Black Cells by the High Sparrow's Faith Militant.
** Her sanity worsens as her situation does throughout season six. This ends up being the dangerous version, since she's desperate and crazy enough in the finale to [[spoiler:use the wildfire caches in King's Landing to simply kill all of her rivals at once.]]
* VillainousFriendship: With Qyburn, who is the only person to visit her during her imprisonment by the Faith, and the first person to cover her after her walk of shame.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Like all of Tywin's children, she craves his appreciation. Like all of Tywin's children, she doesn't get it, because a) she screws up, b) daddy doesn't ''do'' appreciation to begin with.
* WhamLine
** She reveals the truth to Tywin in "The Children":
---> '''Cersei''': Everything they say about Jaime and me is true... your legacy is a ''lie''!
* WhileRomeBurns: She smiles and triumphantly sips a glass of wine [[spoiler:as she watches the wildfire cache burn down the Great Sept of Baelor, along with all of her rivals in it, in the distance]]. She's clearly enjoying the awful spectacle.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: "Everyone who is not us is an enemy."
* WomanScorned: After Robert makes clear that he never loved her and their marriage didn't have a chance to work, and strikes her (in a different scene), he doesn't live for long. Years of cheating and humiliating her probably didn't help his case, either.
* WomenAreWiser: At times.
** She is completely right about Margaery Tyrell not being as harmless as she seems. Joffrey ignores her.
** Cersei herself believes this trope to be true, in tandem with AllMenArePerverts; during her pathetic attempt to blackmail Tyrion she says that thinking with their penises is a FatalFlaw present in all men. Again, playing into her {{Hypocrite}} character. She considers men's uncontrollable sexual desires to be their biggest weakness, and yet her own sexual desires for Jaime that she either couldn't or wouldn't control despite the knowledge that the whole affair could backfire horribly is what ultimately leads to all of the events in the series.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: As Joffrey is only 16, she's technically the ruling sovereign of the Seven Kingdoms; her official title is even "Queen Regent". She even tries to assert her authority as such early on, but Joffrey takes a shotgun to that notion with six little words: "[[WhamLine Ser Ilyn, bring me his head]]!" She still attempts to rule while Joffrey spends his time performing various cruelties, but Tyrion compromises much of her power and repeatedly outmanoeuvres her when she tries to take it back, Tywin wastes no time controlling everyone once he comes back from fighting the war, and then the Tyrells join in by marrying Margaery to both of Cersei's sons, making Margaery the would-be reigning Queen.
* WickedCultured: As could be expected of a rich young woman from a noble house, Cersei recieved an excellent education.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: Not so much as in the books, but in the end of the day Cersei is a philanderer, a drunkard and an incompetent ruler, not unlike her hated late hubby (albeit in a different style).
* YourCheatingHeart: First cheats on Robert with Jaime, then on Jaime with Lancel. While Robert is her UnwantedSpouse, she has proclaimed Jaime tto be her OneTrueLove, making cheating on him the ultimate proof that she isn't loyal to any man.
* YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: Strongly implied to be a factor in hating Tyrion. Leads to what is probably her best comeback.
-->'''Cersei''': Mother gone. All for the sake of you. There's no bigger joke in the world than that.
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: While not as hated as her son Joffrey, the common folk of King's Landing don't like her much at all. Her haughty, crappy treatment of the subjects and the rumors of incest certainly don't do a lot to change that.
** [[spoiler: Her destruction of the Sept of Baelor which killed hundreds if not thousands of people, including Margery, Loras, Mace, and Kevan, and her grab for the Iron Throne after Tommen's subsequent suicide cemented her position as the most hated person in Westeros.]]
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[[folder:Ser Jaime Lannister]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:''"[[LoveMakesYouEvil I don't blame him, and I don't blame you. We don't get to choose who we love.]]"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/NikolajCosterWaldau

->''"There it is. There's the look. I've seen it for seventeen years on face after face. You all despise me. Kingslayer. Oathbreaker. A man without honor."''

Twin brother of Cersei, and older brother of Tyrion. A member of the Kingsguard, and Lord Commander after the forced retirement of Ser Barristan until his own forced retirement.
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* TheAce: Generally considered to be one of the greatest swordsmen in Westeros, if not ''the'' greatest. Subtly combined with BrilliantButLazy: When he tries he's almost as cunning, charismatic, and socially dominating as his father and little brother, but he's personally unambitious and is only ever recognized in-universe for his sublime swordsmanship and pretty face.
-->'''Littlefinger:''' I bet on Ser Jaime in the jousting, as any sane man would...
* ActionDad: The biological father of Joffrey, Tommen and Myrcella and is a renowned badass.
* AdaptedOut:
** His confession to Tyrion about Tysha at the end of ''A Storm of Swords'', which caused them to part on a very sour note. Instead, since Jaime doesn't tell him this, their parting is much more heartwarming.
** His arc in the books after Tywin's death involves reforming the Kingsguard, beefing up security, trying and failing to offer Cersei good advice, this is instead traded for [[AdaptationExpansion a trip to show!Dorne]].
* AdaptationalBadass: In regards to losing his sword hand, [[BroughtDownToBadass Jaime is still shown to be a somewhat able swordsman while sparring with Bronn]]. In the books, not so much. Though, Book!Jaime compensated for that by becoming a badass general, administrator and diplomat and that aspect is missing in Seasons 4 and 5, though it appears in Season 6.
* AdaptationDistillation: His arc in Season 4 has him taking over for Kevan Lannister as Tyrion's quasi-lawyer and Go-Between between him and Tywin. In the books he comes far too late to King's Landing, well after Joffrey's death, and doesn't get much chance to interact with his little brother, though the crucial climactic conversation between them, despite additional time to be built up in the season, is AdaptedOut.
* AdaptationalHeroism:
** Jaime in the books even after the beginning of his RedemptionQuest is quite blunt and jerkish, and after the loss of his hand tries to cultivate a more distant and intimidating demeanour, whereas Jaime in Season 4 barring one or two interactions is often quite nice. The scene where he asks Tywin to spare his brother for instance is quite far apart from Book!Jaime at least in levels of earnestness and sincerity.
** His interactions with Brienne (with whom he already has a fair bit of ShipTease in the novels) tend to be warmer in the show than in the books, especially later on.
* AdaptationalVillainy: He gets a few more KickTheDog moments than in the books:
** He murders his young cousin Alton Lannister, who idolised him, as part of an escape attempt, which incidentally makes him a kinslayer, the only thing ''worse'' than a kingslayer.
** In the book, the sex scene with Cersei in front of Joffrey's corpse was consensual; in "Breaker Of Chains", it is at best grudging, at worst forced by Jaime. The context change doesn't help either: In the books, Jaime has only just returned to King's Landing after spending most of the war a prisoner and losing his hand and son and is so starved for intimacy that he ignores Cersei's initial protestations. In the show, he's been around for a few weeks, making his actions a lot less seemingly impulsive.
*** However, it is worth noting that WordOfGod states this is ''not canon'' and the scene was meant to be consensual.
* AgeLift: Is 40 in "Two Swords", making him older than his book counterpart at the same point in the story (though also three years ''younger'' than his actor).
* AffablyEvil: It's kind of hard to remember to hate the guy when he's joking with Tyrion or trading war stories with Jory Cassel... and then he brutally stabs the latter through the eye. Quite the turnaround to further remind the audience of the "evil" part.
* AnArmAndALeg: Locke chops off his hand out of spite.
* AntiHero: In the third season, the reveal of his heroic HiddenDepths and the selfless deeds he commits establish him firmly in this category. As it stands, he's somewhere between a PragmaticHero and an UnscrupulousHero by virtue of the murkier things he's done in the name of family.
* AntiVillain: His characterization in the first two seasons. A man who doesn't hesitate to kill a child or a kin for his own benefit but who possesses some sympathetic traits and standards.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion:
** To Brienne.
---> '''Jaime:''' Tell me, if your precious Renly commanded you to kill your own father and stand by while thousands of men, women, and children burned alive, ''would you have'' done ''it''? ''Would you have kept your oath then?''
** Delivers one to Walder Frey in "The Winds of Winter".
---> '''Jaime:''' We gave you the Riverlands to hold the Riverlands. If we have to ride North and take them back every time you lose them...why do we need you?
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: A gifted man full of hubris because he's one of the best swordsmen in the Seven Kingdoms ''and'' a Lannister. His smugness starts to wear off in Season 3, slowly at first, what with getting his ass kicked by Brienne, and dramatically after "Walk of Punishment", a turning point where most of the arrogance is well and truly gone. While he still tries to reassure his lord father that not being as good with his left hand doesn't matter as long as he's better than anyone else, an honest conversation with Tyrion shows that most of his self-confidence is gone.
* ArtificialLimbs: He is fitted with a golden hand in Season 4 when he returns to King's Landing. Subverted in that it doesn't function as anything but a display and Jaime remarks that [[HookHand a hook]] would be more practical, but much to his luck, he does manages to use it as a life-saving [[BarehandedBladeBlock improvised shield]]. It's also an effective tool for slapping, As the Freys learned the hard way during Season 6.
* TheAtoner: Jaime is trying his best to reform. He saved Brienne, sent her on a quest to try and save the Stark girls in order to fulfill Catelyn's vow, saved Tyrion from death, and once again aspires to be a dutiful Kingsguard no matter how soiled his reputation... and after Tywin's death and Tyrion's abandoning the city, Jaime sails to Dorne in an attempt to protect his 'niece' Myrcella from retaliation for the death of Oberyn Martell.
* BadassBoast
-->'''[To Jory]''' I'm going to open your lord up from balls to brains and see what Starks are made of.\\
'''[To Lady Stark]''' There are no men like me. Only me.
* BadassDecay: Goes through this in-universe as from the beginning of the series onwards as we see him captured, beaten by a woman, and finally having his hand cut off and with it ''all'' of his prodigious prowess as a swordsman. He is regarded as this in Season 4, with his own father and Cersei regarding his career as a Knight as over and Joffrey essentially calling him a has-been.
* BadassInCharge: As Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.
* BadassLongcoat: He attires while not in his Kingsguard armor are mostly this.
* BaitTheDog: Two humanizing scenes have him bonding with Jory and his young cousin, Alton. Jory gets a callous answer in the end and before long, both of them are rather casually killed by Jaime.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: In Season 5, he discovers the one real advantage a fake hand gives him in a sword fight.
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Cersei in Season 1. The two of them are the seasons primary threats and antagonists.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Tyrion. Cersei notes that he was always the one to defend his little brother from the abuses of his father, sister, and society. This even extended to setting up the MeetCute with Tysha, which is part of why the two of them get along so well (in the book, Tyrion explicitly narrates that his UndyingLoyalty to Jaime is in thanks for giving him [[IJustWantToBeLoved a taste of love]]). In Season 4, he's probably the only major figure to publicly support Tyrion's innocence and it's implied that he would have dueled on his behalf if he had both hands. He finally defies both his father and sister and arranges with Varys to break Tyrion out of prison, giving one final, loving hug before they part ways.
* BigDamnHeroes: He returns to Harrenhal just in time to rescue Brienne from a live bear.
* BodyguardBetrayal: The source of his infamous nickname Kingslayer. Even worse for him, in that it was [[TheCaligula Aerys]] that he killed, and while almost everyone is happy for such a monstrous man to be dead, they still dislike Jaime for having broken his oath to protect the king, and it has no small part in his resentment towards Ned Stark. Somewhat justified by the high premium that is (at least publicly) placed on honor[[labelnote:From the books...]]Ned Stark was the first to find Jaime sitting on the Iron Throne and Aerys II at the feet thereof, so he believed that Jaime had at least considered usurping the throne[[/labelnote]].
* BloodKnight: Loves a good fight, but is also courageous and (in most cases) honorable, as demonstrated by him sparing Ned after one of his men "taints" the victory by stabbing Ned in the leg.
* BreakTheHaughty: Despite numerous forces attempting to break him down (see HumiliationConga), Jaime remains as [[SmugSnake smug]] and [[ArrogantKungFuGuy arrogant]] as ever ''right'' up until the moment where he loses his hand.
* BrilliantButLazy:
** Shows no greater ambition than to be a member of the Kingsguard. This contrasts with his father who remade the Lannisters as the strongest house (and seems to consider Jaime a JadedWashout), his sister who tried to make herself the power behind the throne, and his brother who ruled King's Landing (and wants Casterly Rock). Jaime displays cunning with his manipulation of Steelshanks and Locke, but rarely uses it.
--->'''Lord Tywin''': You're blessed with abilities that few men possess. You're blessed to belong to the most powerful family in the Kingdoms, and you're still blessed with youth. And what have you done with these blessings? You've served as a glorified bodyguard for two kings, one a madman, the other a drunk [...] I need you to become the man you were always meant to be. Not next year, not tomorrow...now.
** It's also a {{deconstruction}} in that Jaime's laziness leads to him having few real accomplishments. Moreover, in the book describing the achievements of each member of the Kingsguard, his page is ridiculously small and the only notability compared to other members is his killing of Aerys... so as a swordsman he's practically a LivingLegend, but as a member of the Kingsguard he is a ButtMonkey.
** Come Season 6 and he is growing out of it. [[spoiler: Jaime confronts the High Sparrow, immediately tries to approach the small council to do something about the situation in Dorne and then when it's clear that unity is needed to take on the Faith Militant he not only convinces Kevan and Olenna to work with Cersei again, but its clear from Olenna's face that she's thinking "This boy knows his shit".]]
* BrokenAce: It is shown that he is incredibly bitter about his reputation as the 'Kingslayer', and that no matter what he does, he'll always be remembered as [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder someone who will change sides at the drop of a hat.]]
* BrotherSisterIncest: With Cersei.
* ButtMonkey: By Season 4, he has this status among his family, having sat out of the war as a captive and NobleFugitive, getting his hand chopped off in the process while the war was won without him doing anything significant. His relationship with Cersei is cold, his father is disappointed in his continual insistence to serve in the Kingsguard, and even his "nephew" King Joffrey mocks him for being a FailureHero. Not as much as Tyrion, but a drastic comedown from being his father's favourite. Even Loras, his future brother-in-law, easily defeats him in PassiveAggressiveKombat which Jaime himself had initiated.
* ByronicHero: The darker end of this trope. Killing the Mad King was the best thing he ever did, but doing so cost him his integrity and everyone hates Jaime for it. This has made him an outcast in Westeros society. He continues to be haunted by the Mad King's last words (the king came very close to torching all of King's Landing), and his true reasons for Kingslaying are a closely-guarded secret very few other people know. As a consequence, Jaime decided to embrace his amoral image by doing dark things in the name of self-preservation - such as pushing Bran off the tower and killing his cousin - although he is trying his best to reform. Jaime is also handsome, a prodigy with a sword, both proud and self-loathing, cynical, and has a very sharp wit. Oh, and he's had an incestuous affair with his own sister for several years.
* ChildProdigy: On the one hand, his dyslexia made him a slow learner in some aspects, but on the other hand, he was already a brilliant swordsman during his childhood. He tells Bronn that he hasn't used sparring swords since he was nine. He became the youngest Kingsguard in history, joining the order at the age of 16.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Zigzagged trope. This is his reputation. In reality, his killing of King Aerys is far more complex: Aerys told him to kill his own father and was also planning on burning down and killing everyone in King's Landing. Unfortunately, Jaime's pride and pessimism discouraged him from revealing that true reason for killing Aerys. On the other hand, if word were to ever get out that Jaime had brutally killed his younger cousin, Alton Lannister, then he would be known as a ''kinslayer'', the ''only'' thing worse than being a kingslayer in Westeros, as well.
* CluelessChickMagnet: Jaime is oblivious to the attention he gets from women because he's only interested in Cersei (or Brienne), which Bronn points out with considerable irritation.
* CompositeCharacter: Jaime takes over for Balon Swann, a Kingsguard knight sent by Cersei to return Myrcella to the Capital. Jaime did not go to Dorne in the books.
* ConflictingLoyalty: A recurring theme for him all through the series:
** The Kingslayer delivers a trope-defining remark to Lady Catelyn Stark pointing out that the oaths about honoring your family and honoring your King are forced to be helplessly contradictory sooner or later.
--->'''Jaime:''' So many vows. They make you swear and swear. Defend the king. Obey the king. Obey your father. Defend the innocent. Protect the weak. But what if your father despises the king? What if the king massacres the innocent? It's too much. No matter what, you're forsaking one vow or the other."
** As he revealed to Brienne, Jaime broke his oath and killed the Mad King when he decided to explode huge quantities of wildfire hidden beneath King's Landing. This action saved 500,000 lives but came at the price of his honor and universal contempt for soiling his office.
** On his return to King's Landing, Jaime is once again torn between family and duty. His oath to Catelyn Stark to safeguard Sansa and Arya are complicated by her death and changed political landscape. When Joffrey dies and Tyrion is arrested and Sansa is suspected, Jaime is caught between his father, sister and his little brother, his promise to Catelyn Stark and his decision to honor his vows to the Kingsguard as best as possible. No easy task. He eventually decides to go against his family in secret, giving Brienne help to rescue Sansa, and working with Varys to rescue Tyrion.
* ConscienceMakesYouGoBack: He was willing to leave Brienne to her fate at first, but couldn't go through with it and managed to convince his escorts to go back to Harrenhal for her. Although to be fair he ''did'' initially think she was going to be ransomed and went back to force the issue at once when he heard that Locke had refused the ransom offer.
* CoolBigBro: Undoubtedly to Tyrion- he's even seen bringing him some extra prostitutes before the feast in the first episode!
* CoolSword: Oathkeeper, the Valyrian steel sword Lord Tywin gives him, made from House Stark's Ice, at the beginning of Season 4. It lacks some of the more spectacular elements of its book counterpart (namely its highly distinctive rippling red-and-black blade), but its handle is still ludicrously baroque. Eventually, he gives it to Brienne.
* CripplingOverspecialization: While he's perfectly cunning and intelligent for a warrior, Jaime has built his entire life, career, reputation, and self-respect around being one of the best ''swordsmen'' in the kingdom... who then loses his sword hand early in Season 3.
-->'''Jaime:''' It's a good thing I am who I am. I'd have been useless at anything else.
* {{Cuckold}}: Jaime is completely oblivious that Cersei slept with their cousin Lancel even when he returned to King's Landing after Cersei was arrested and punished by the Faith Militant. Granted that Cersei never told him the true reason why she got arrested as it would open more skeletons in the closet. [[labelnote:From the books]] Tyrion told Jaime that "Cersei's fucking Lancel, Osmund Kettleblack, and Moonboy for all I know" before they parted in bad terms which led to Jaime having doubts on Cersei's faithfulness to him. When he went to the Riverlands, he confronted Lancel about the affair and Lancel confessed that he did slept with Cersei and helped her kill Robert. Eventually, Jaime began to despise Cersei and refused to help her when the Faith Militant got her. This is in contrast to the show where Jaime left Cersei in good terms with no doubts and he didn't talk to Lancel before leaving to the Riverlands.[[/labelnote]]
* CynicismCatalyst: The death of the Mad King Aerys Targaryen II at his hands: Turns out that instead of switching sides at the last minute like his father did, the ''real'' reason he killed Aerys was to prevent Aerys from using wildfire to [[KillEmAll annihilate]] [[TakingYouWithMe everyone]] in King's Landing. One of his most truly noble and selfless acts resulted in everyone derisively referring to him as "Kingslayer". That's part of the reason he's become so bitter and lacking in empathy towards others.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Confesses this problem to Tyrion, noting that his instincts with his left hand are nowhere near the skills of his perfectly-trained right hand.
* DeadpanSnarker: He tends to slip at least one of these into every conversation he makes. But of particular note:
-->'''Jaime:''' King in the North! You know, I expect you to leave me at one castle or another for safekeeping but you just drag me along camp to camp. Have you grown fond of me Stark, is that it? I've never seen you with a girl.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Towards Brienne.
* {{Determinator}}: Makes no less than five escape attempts throughout his captivity. At one point, gasping for breath in the mud after having one of his hands chopped off, he still disarms a Bolton soldier with his left and tries to fight a group of others.
* DidNotThinkThisThrough: Jaime is incredibly impulsive. The problem being that many of his spur-of-the-moment actions either don't further his cause or outright make his problems worse. To wit:
** Attacking Ned Stark and his men did nothing to free Tyrion from Catelyn Stark.
** His murder of Rickard Karstark's son in a poorly thought out escape attempt only made many Stark bannerman all too eager to kill him.
** He freed Tyrion, only for the latter to use the newfound freedom to murder their father.
** His attempt to bring Myrcella back from Dorne wasn't well thought through either, and ends in failure.
** He's called out on his impulsiveness InUniverse more than once. Noteably by Cersei and Bronn.
--->'''Cersei:''' You're a man of action, aren't you? When it occurs to you to do something you do it. Never mind the consequences.\\
'''Jaime:''' I like to improvise.\\
'''Bronn:''' That explains the golden hand.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight:
** Tells Bronn he wants to go out in the arms of the woman he loves.
** Myrcella collapses and dies in Jaime's arms after they have a first and sweet father-daughter conversation.
* TheDogBitesBack: It's been implied that his murder of Aerys was a case of this. [[labelnote:From the books...]]This is confirmed, since among other things Jaime was forced to stand by and listen as Aerys brutally raped his wife Rhaella and whilst Brandon and Ricken Stark were horrifically killed, and Jaime would "go inside" his own mind when that happened, implying that it left him with a degree of PTSD.[[/labelnote]]
* TheDragon: He's trusted by Lord Tywin with half of the Lannister forces and attains some glory in the field, but his war days are quickly ended when he gets ensnared by Robb Stark.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** Not his first scene, but being able to shove a child out a window with only a flippant little comment about "The things I do for love" is a pretty big moment.
** Gets a second one in "The Kingsroad" while talking to Jon Snow.
** His first scene where he gets a significant number of lines to himself, onscreen, in fact, is the scene where he's joking around with Tyrion in the brothel. That episode is Jaime in a nutshell, really -- dangerous, doesn't mind killing children, loves his family.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:
** He and Cersei are clearly very much in love, and he's very protective of his brother Tyrion, not to mention he's the only member of his immediate family who ''doesn't'' blame Tyrion for the death of their mother Joanna Lannister.
** Despite not approving of Joffrey's rudeness and general attitude, he loves him enough to shove several people out of his way and rush to his side, desperately trying to help him. Tragically (sort of), it doesn't work.
** Though he's not really close to them (as he had to pretend to be their 'uncle' for most of their lives), he does care about Myrcella and Tommen.
* EveryoneHasStandards:
** Knocks down a soldier who unceremoniously stabs Ned in the leg during his duel with the latter. When talking with his father in "You Win or You Die", he comments that this act made him spare Ned's life as killing him in this situation wouldn't be "clean."
** He also feels contempt for rapists. So what the fuck was that in "Breaker of Chains"?
** The reason he killed Aerys -- he wanted to burn down King's Landing with wildfire.
** Unlike his father, sister, and his son, he has no problem with homosexuality and even sympathises with them, given his own affection.
** Defies Cersei's wishes by having Brienne find Sansa and take her to safety so that Cersei can't harm her, and giving up his sword Oathkeeper to her for that purpose.
** In the Season 6 finale, he is absolutely horrified to see the mass murder and destruction Cersei has wreaked upon King's Landing and their own family.
* EvilCounterpart: To Ser Loras Tyrell. They're both arrogant, highly-skilled warriors, Lords Commander of a family member's Kingsguard, brothers to a queen, and have a socially unacceptable romantic relationship, but the Knight of Flowers has yet to do anything as heinous as pushing a kid out of a window or murdering his own cousin in cold blood. Loras and Margaery are a BrotherSisterTeam, whereas Jaime and Cersei are engaged in BrotherSisterIncest. Although Loras is jealous of Brienne, he doesn't actually want to harm her, and even comes to her defense when Margaery accuses her of murdering Renly, whereas Jaime attempts to kill Brienne (who was merely trying to escort him safely to King's Landing, albeit in chains) in "Dark Wings, Dark Words". Loras tries to engage in polite small talk with Jaime in "The Lion and the Rose", and the older knight suddenly escalates it to a verbal confrontation by threatening his life.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Grows an appropriately [[http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/33700000/Jaime-Lannister-jaime-lannister-33779441-1600-1200.jpg leonine one]] while in Northern captivity in Season 2 and keeps it thick into the rest of Season 3. He chops it all off in Season 4, wearing his hair short again once he returns to the luxury of King's Landing.
* FacialDialogue: After losing his hand, whenever someone starts to bring up the subject of his incest and parenthood, even if indirectly, Jaime usually produces a begging "Please don't." wounded gaze.
* FailureHero: How the Lannisters see him after he returns; King Joffrey and Cersei both note that they survived a siege without him and the war was won without him playing a major role and he for his part, sat out of it as a captive and returned as a cripple. This is amplified furthermore when Joffrey gets poisoned at his own wedding in full view of everyone, with Jaime not able to do nothing but watch. It's worse in the TV show because his book counterpart wasn't even ''present'' at King's Landing at the time. And then his actions directly lead to Tywin's death. Harshly, but accurately [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech summed up]] by Cersei:
--> '''Cersei''': Tyrion may be a monster, but at least he killed our father on purpose. You killed him by mistake.
* FireForgedFriends: With Brienne, eventually.
* {{Foil}}: To Ned and, later, Brienne; his code of flexible morality contrasts their [[HonorBeforeReason strict adherence]] to their own code of honor. The insults and disrespect he gets when returning to his family, are very similar to what Theon experienced when returning to Pyke.
** He relentlessly mocks the laws of gods and men. Is known for being a pretty bad guy but has a far more cruel older sibling (Cersei is the older twin). Is a very skilled swordsman and while he claims to not care about others he risks his life for a female companion. Jaime Lannister or Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane? Oddly they've never interacted on screen.
** Jaime has everything Tyrion lacks or craves. Handsome, tall, a dashing duelist adored by the smallfolk and by his family and even treated with some consideration by his father. Jaime could commit all kinds of follies and still be the golden son.
* {{Gaydar}}: He claims to have known that Renly was a "tulip" from the moment the boy first arrived at court.
* GlorifiedSpermDonor: He sired all of Cersei's children, but wasn't a father figure to them from fear that people might get suspicious about their paternity. As of Season 5, he begins to regret this. Cersei tells him he has no right to call Myrcella his daughter, and Myrcella herself says he doesn't really know her.
* GloveSlap: He gets a rough version of this during his training, when Bronn yanks his golden hand off and then slaps him to the ground with it.
* GreenEyedMonster: Even though he is fully aware that Tywin had arranged the forced betrothal between Cersei and Loras, and that the latter is a gay man, he is ''very'' jealous that Loras will marry Cersei while he himself cannot. Jaime threatens Loras' life over this issue when they meet at the Purple Wedding (although it backfires spectacularly).
* GuileHero: After losing his sword hand, he's forced to rely on his wits and cunning to accomplish tasks, such as playing on Steelshanks' sense of self-preservation to help him save Brienne from the bear pit.
* HandicappedBadass: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]. He still manages to be a fairly competent fighter after having his right hand cut off, but he's understandably perturbed about losing most of his physical prowess, his only noticeable trait to the outside world (he is the ''Kingslayer'' after all) and skilled fighters like Bronn can easily knock him down, forcing Jaime to [[CombatPragmatist learn how to improvise]]. Though he does take out a Dornishman with the help of his golden hand, so there's that.
* TheHeart: Subtle, but there. He's the only Lannister who likes ''all'' the other Lannisters, and the only Lannister ''all'' the other Lannisters like. When he's captured by Robb and imprisoned for a season and a half, the rest of his family start tearing each other to pieces. Indeed in Season 4, during the course of Tyrion's trial, he's become the go-between between Tywin, Cersei and Tyrion, though his public support for Tyrion rankles his father and Cersei. And once he's forced to choose loyalties between different family members, things really fall apart.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Jaime's morality has been a roller-coaster over the course of the series.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: He considers himself this. Shown to be at least partially true in Season 3, when he reveals that he assassinated Aerys Targaryen to prevent him burning King's Landing to the ground.
* HeroicBSOD: After losing his hand, he completely shuts off from the world and refuses to eat until Brienne snaps him out of it.
* HiddenDepths:
** On rare occasions, he has demonstrated considerable empathy with others, much like Tyrion. He sympathises with Renly and Brienne for suffering for their love, and is genuinely distraught that he is so hated and held in contempt by the entire realm, including by men he admires and likes, for what he (with good reason) considers to have been a selfless and noble act.
** He demonstrates that he can come up with decent plots if he really needs to, such as his attempt to deal with the High Sparrow in Season 6. That plan fell through, but in fairness even Lady Olenna was blindsided by the High Sparrow's scheming in that instance.
* HollywoodAtheist: He seems to hold no faith for the Old Gods nor the New and seems to be disdainful of religious people, if his exchange with Catelyn is an indication. He even uses the old 'Problem of Evil' thing.
-->'''Jaime:''' If your gods are real, and if they're just, why is the world so full of injustice?
* HonorBeforeReason:
** Why he spared Ned Stark, as defeating him after being stabbed from behind "wouldn't have been clean."
** He finds Bronn's CombatPragmatist tactics in poor taste.
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: After he loses his hand, this happens to him both figuratively and literally.
* HumiliationConga: After his fight with Eddard Stark, he's berated by his father for being rash and stupid, and then subsequently defeated in the field and captured by Robb Stark. He then spends the next year or so as a prisoner trotted from camp to camp and kept in a grubby pen, covered in his own filth. When he's finally freed from captivity, he's escorted, in chains, by a stoic woman whom he's constantly at odds with. His attempted escape ends with him losing a sword fight to said woman, being recaptured by the enemy, and, finally, losing his sword hand. This continues when he returns to King's Landing where his family openly mocks him for sitting out for most of the war as a captive and losing his hand in the process, his own sister turns him away from her because of his loss of limb.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo:
** His rationale for killing Aerys.
** He also justifies this as his reason for throwing Bran out the window, since it risked exposing him and Cersei, which could lead to their deaths and that of their children. (Given that that his ''failure'' to do so kicked off the War of Five Kings, he may have had a point!)
* IHaveYourWife: Has been captured by the Starks, who plan to use him as a hostage against Cersei. [[labelnote:From the books...]]Also the reason why The Mad King kept Jaime in the capitol during Robert's Rebellion, even though all the other White Swords was sent out to fight--Ser Barristan Selmy, Ser Jonothor Darry, and Prince Lewyn Martell of Dorne to the ruby ford, where the latter two died alongside Rhaegar Targaryen; and Ser Oswell Whent, Ser Arthur Dayne, called "Sword of the Morning," and Lord Commander Gerold Hightower, the White Bull himself, to the Tower of Joy in Dorne, where Eddard Stark and his companions slew them whilst trying to rescue Lyanna. Aerys's plans were very straightforward: if House Lannister were to raise its banners in rebellion, Aerys could easily have Jaime killed. The Mad King had already made this threat to Prince Doran Martell -- "I have your brother in the Kingsguard AND your sister as my daughter-in-law" -- which is why Dorne fought for House Targaryen.[[/labelnote]]
* InformedAbility: Despite being repeatedly told of his skill with a sword in the series, we never actually see him win a fight.
* InSeriesNickname: The Kingslayer. He really doesn't like it. He assassinated Aerys, the last Targaryen king, which emptied the throne for Robert. However, it also gave him a really bad reputation because he was a member of the [[PraetorianGuard Kingsguard]], who were supposed to ''defend'' the king with their lives. This has made the people see him as [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder a man who will quickly change his loyalty when it suits him]]. [[labelnote:From the books...]]His other nicknames are Oathbreaker and the Young Lion.[[/labelnote]]
* InsultBackfire: He underestimates Loras in "The Lion and the Rose", believing that the young man would be an easy victim for his snark and threats, but the Knight of Flowers can fight with words just as well as he fights with swords. Jaime is even a little stunned by how easily Loras is able to hurt his feelings with a single, biting line.
-->'''Jaime''': Luckily for you, none of this will happen, because you will never marry her [Cersei].\\
'''Loras''': ''(smiles smugly)'' And neither will you. ''(pats Jaime on the arm)''
* InterserviceRivalry: Jaime has nothing but contempt for the Night's Watch. He subtly mocks Jon Snow's decision to join it in the first episode. Then there's this quote from the Season 5 Blu-ray lore.
-->'''Jaime''': (The Kingsguard) holds no lands, take no wives and father no children like the Night's Watch except with a ''real job to do''.
* {{Irony}}: He killed one insane, inbred king rather than let him burn the capital of Westeros to the ground with [[GreekFire Wildfire]]. He and his twin sister produced the insane idiot whose earliest acts upon taking the Iron Throne started the War of Five Kings. And now said sister has become just as insane and murderous as the king Jaime killed twenty years ago.
* JerkJock: A relatively smooth talking version
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Consistently arrogant, and has a knack for causing the audience to want to see him killed. Not necessarily all that far from being completely unsympathetic, although he is saved from this by having ''[[EvenEvilHasStandards some]]'' standards.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** When Catelyn tries to insult him by calling him 'Kingslayer', Jaime points out that the king in question was an insane monster. Catelyn calls him out on taking vows as a knight and Jaime counters by saying that several of his vows clashed. Then Jaime points out that Ned Stark, while honourable, was not without his flaws either and Catelyn herself hardly fulfills the ideals of "Family, Duty, Honor" either, since she was never able to love Jon Snow, her husband's illegitimate son and an innocent child, and resented him. Of course, this loses effect [[spoiler:once it turned out that [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold Ned never broke his vows]]]].
** When Robb confronts Jaime about Stannis' accusations that "Robert's" children with Cersei are bastards born of her incest with Jaime, Jaime notes that if such an accusation were true, that would make Stannis the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, "how convenient for him." He also notes Robb has no proof of this, nor does Stannis, so it might as well just be gossip.
** When Robert demands to know what the Mad King's last words where when Jaime betrayed him, Jaime responds, "He said the [[MadnessMantra same thing he'd been saying for hours]]. [[KillEmAll Burn them all.]]," which tells the viewers that the death of this King was by no means a tragedy.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: In the third season, right after performing a more-or-less selfless act of good, he resumes being cocky and overconfident and karma catches up with him in the form of having his right hand chopped off.
* KickTheDog:
** A small moment when Brienne acts as TheConscience and asks him to safeguard Sansa, Jaime who has been receiving TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from nearly everyone after returning to King's Landing calls her ugly.
--->'''Jaime:''' Are you sure we are not related? Ever since I've returned, every Lannister has been a miserable pain in my arse. Maybe you are a Lannister too, you've got the hair for it, not the looks.
** His murder of Alton Lannister is rather cruel.
** Him threatening to kill Edmure's son and every Tully in Riverrun to make him comply is pretty cruel, too.
* KickTheMoralityPet: On his return to King's Landing, he goes so far low as to to force himself on Cersei, when they are right next to their son's corpse in the sept.
* KnightInShiningArmor: A literal knight in literally shining armor, he certainly ''looks'' the part. [[SubvertedTrope His actions, on the other hand...]].
* KnightInSourArmor: He's much closer to this as of Season 4. For a long time, he was scornful of the double standards of chivalry as far as how Westeros regards his "kingslaying" and how in their eyes, he's dishonored himself for all time. Despite this, Jaime does value the Kingsguard and does aspire to the example of the likes of Ser Barristan. He tells his father, Tywin, that while he has soured his honor for killing a king, he won't sour it by abandoning the Kingsguard altogether.
* KnightTemplarBigBrother:
** He seems to be one of the very few people who genuinely loves and cares for Tyrion, and he thus reacts badly when Tyrion's safety is threatened. Cersei also mentions that he would have killed Robert if he found out about the DomesticAbuse in "You Win or You Die". He also refuses to kill Tyrion when Cersei asks him to after Joffrey's death.
--->'''Jaime''': He's my brother. He's ''our'' brother.
** It doesn't appear to apply to anyone who's not his immediate blood relative, for his younger, (and admittedly distant) cousin, the worshipful and friendly Alton Lannister, was cruelly killed by Jaime, so in order to escape captivity.
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: He admits to having made a fool out of himself as a boy when he got to be the squire of his hero Ser Barristan Selmy for a day.
** His facial expressions indicate he's quite impressed by Oberyn's fighting skills when he duels the Mountain.
* LIsForDyslexia: When he was a boy. Lord Tywin was undeterred, however, by the Maester's diagnosis and sat him down for four hours every day until he learned. For this, Jaime resented his father for a long time.
** If you listen closely enough in "You Win or You Die", Jaime has a slight bit of trouble reading Ned Stark's letter to Tywin summoning him to court; he pauses at certain words and sounds out every syllable as a child would, an interesting and realistic contrast to his spoken eloquence. As he points out to Locke, he learned a lot of fancy words during those sessions with his father, but it doesn't mean reading's necessarily easy.
* LackOfEmpathy: Aside from his immediate family, Jaime has a lot of trouble understanding the emotional state of other people. Or at least taking such into account when thinking. This is either because he's genuinely an idiot in regards to this, or much like his brother, he can't resist a snark.
** Though it turns out he does have a HiddenHeartOfGold, the same thing which led him to make his life-defining choice of killing Aerys. It was hidden so well, even he's forgotten about it. Brienne brings it out in him and he has trouble adjusting to his post-douchebag life in King's Landing, populated as it is by his family.
* LaserGuidedKarma: The first action committed by him is throwing Bran Stark off the Tower, crippling him for life and shattering the little boy's dreams of being a knight. In the course of the war which this action triggers, he's captured and kept inactive, doing very little heavy fighting and then when he mouths off too much, becomes a cripple himself by losing his hand, shortening his future as a knight and damaging any dreams ''he'' might have had of being mentioned alongside the likes of Ser Barristan, Ser Arthur Dayne, and Ser Duncan the Tall.
* TheLawOfDiminishingDefensiveEffort: Can be seen in his sword-fighting strategies, before and after his maiming. Before his sudden limb removal, Jaimie fought very aggressively, always putting his opponent on the defensive and never letting them even consider attacking him. After he loses the ability to kill most men with a flick of his wrist, he fights completely defensively, relying on his still-perfect footwork and maneuvers where his lackluster hand can't win.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: His interaction with Brienne, particularly near the end of Season 3.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: [[spoiler: Come Season 6 and he sounds exactly like Tywin, what with his new mentality of exacting retribution, taking back everything that is theirs and only the Lannisters being important.]]
* LoveMakesYouEvil: He throws Bran out of a window to conceal his forbidden affair with Cersei, and later assures her that he would kill everyone in the world if that's what it took for them to be together.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Admits to Myrcella he is her father, embracing her properly for the first time. She then almost immediately dies of poison.
* ManipulativeBastard: Tries his ''hand'' at this with Locke and loses it. Afterwards, he edges more towards GuileHero territory.
* MasterSwordsman: Ironically, one of the few remaining knights of the Kingsguard who actually ''earned'' that position and ''isn't'' just a Lannister political appointee. However, after the loss of his hand, he's no longer as competent a swordsman as he once was.
* MeaningfulName: J'aime is a French expression for 'I love'. Considering he is the only Lannister to be on good terms with all the others and that he is motivated by his genuine love for his family (each as individuals, unlike Tywin), this is probably not a coincidence.
** Also, "Jaime" comes from the Hebrew "Jacob," meaning "one who supplants," referencing how Tywin still considered him his true heir despite his other children being more suitable. Interestingly, the Biblical Jacob (literally, "one who holds the heel") came into the world holding his twin's heel, which is exactly what Jaime did.
* MemeticBadass: In-universe; everyone knows he's an accomplished fighter.
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: His period of suffering after losing his hand, what Brienne calls "one taste of the real world where people have important things taken from them", has made him far more introspective, kinder and restrained for the most part.
* MrFanservice: Seen naked quite a few times. Although on some of those occasions, [[FanDisservice he's screwing Cersei or suffering from debilitating injuries]].
* MoralityPet: He isn't nice at all on his return to King's Landing, as evident when he forces himself on Cersei but Tyrion and Brienne bring out the best in him, and he's incredibly nice and generous to them.
** Myrcella is his in Season 5, going all the way to Dorne with only Bronn for backup specifically to rescue her, [[OverprotectiveDad showing subtle disapproval at seeing her kissing Trystane]] and generally worrying a lot about her wellbeing. Sadly, she dies just after he admits he's her real father.
* NeverLiveItDown: Derogatorily known and addressed as "Kingslayer" by everyone in-universe, even his allies. Even those who rebelled against the Mad King and knew that he was insane criticize Jaime for it and are [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder very wary of him]]. Jaime insists that people should be grateful for it. And, once we learn the rest of the story, it turns out he's right. Still, people despise him less because he killed the king and more because he broke his oath as a member of the Kingsguard. So, properly, he should simply be known as Oathbreaker, but that's not as punchy or specific as Kingslayer, so he's stuck with the latter.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** In his youth, Jaime [[EngineeredHeroics engineered]] a RescueSex scenario in the benefit of Tyrion. His younger brother, unaccustomed to kindness, fell in love and married the girl, who was actually a sex worker. Tywin put an end to it; he pimped her out to his whole guard and forced Tyrion to watch, leaving him mentally scarred for life.
** On the way back to King's Landing, he hears that Locke rejected Brienne's father's offer of a ransom, since he found a mere 300 gold dragons an insult coming from an island full of sapphires. Now where did he get that idea? OhWait. (In fairness, he then turns right around and rescues her.)
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Anytime Jaime tries to do something good, it only causes him trouble:
** His first truly selfless act, convincing Locke to not rape Brienne, eventually results in his hand being chopped off.
** His murder of [[TheCaligula The Mad King]] when he was about to burn [[OmnicidalManiac King's Landing and all its people]] in his backstory got him a reputation for ChronicBackstabbingDisorder that haunts him to this day.
** Buying a whore to give his little brother some experience ended with her being gang raped on his father's orders to psychologically torture Tyrion.
** Freeing his little brother who was falsely accused of a crime he didn't commit. Problem is Tyrion has become so embittered by betrayal from his friends and family that after being released, he takes a detour and kills his father, making Jaime an unwitting accomplice in said crime.
** Jaime insistence on leading an army to kill the High Sparrow for retribution of Cersei's torture at his hands. Because Tommen ended up pledging his allegance to him, Jaime ends up getting his title stripped and exiled from King's Landing.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: The other reason his killing of Aerys ruined his reputation is the fact that not only did he break his vows to protect him, but he did so when his father's army was in King's Landing. As a result, everyone thinks he did it to help Daddy and/or save his own skin. This is decidedly not the case.
* TheOathBreaker: Breaking the oath of the Kingsguard makes many see him as the lowest of the low, it being a literal [[InTheBack backstabbing]] made it even worse. He makes it clear that his oaths were inherently contradictory, but few people pay heed to his side of the story. His refusal to go public with the depths of Aerys' madness didn't help matters much.
* OddFriendship: Seems to be slowly developing one with Bronn from Season 4 onwards.
* OhCrap:
** When Robb interrogates him and brings out Grey Wind, where he's literally seeming as if he's about to piss himself. So much for 'not fearing death'.
** When Brienne curbstomps the three Northmen, he's open-mouthed, having twigged that, yeah, she probably ''could'' beat him. A suspicion that's confirmed when he actually does fight her and she damn near ruins him.
** When Locke presses his knife right into his eyeball, he starts ''crying''. Then, after a second or two of pure shock, he screams his guts out when Locke cuts off his hand with a giant "'''OH FUCK!'''" look on his face.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In Season 3, after losing his hand there are subtle signs that Jaime is changing, as he rants about why he hates being called Kingslayer after years of silence and shows hints of sexual attraction to a woman other than Cersei.
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: Two of his children, Joffrey and Myrcella, die by his side, poisoned, with poor Jaime being powerless to do anything about it. [[spoiler:His last child, Tommen, was DrivenToSuicide by Cersei's actions while Jaime was out of King's Landing.]]
* PapaWolf:
** In "The Lion and the Rose", he shows these tendencies for the first time in the series. When Joffrey is poisoned and dying, Jaime shoves several people out of the way and runs right to his side in order to try and save him, shouting his first name. Somewhat tragically, it's no use. He also has a small but quite sweet moment with Tommen when he crosses paths with him in Joffrey's crypt, telling him he'll make sure he's all right. Of course, Tommen is unaware Jaime is his father, but still.
** Perhaps his biggest PapaWolf moment has come in Season 5 when Jaime personally travels to Dorne with only Bronn for backup to rescue Myrcella from the wrathful Sand Snakes, even if he is doing it partly to appease Cersei and is still calling himself Myrcella's "uncle", it's obvious [[{{Determinator}} he'll do whatever it takes to get his daughter back.]]
* ParentalFavoritism: Jaime is the Lannister sibling who receives the least disdainful treatment from Tywin, who trusts him with half of his army, praises him on occasion and considers him his heir even though by law Jaime cannot inherit as a member of the Kingsguard. Cersei and Tyrion, who both love Jaime, are still resentful of this blatant favoritism. Tyrion in particular points out that he will never be recognized for all his accomplishments even though he's by far Tywin's most capable descendant, while Jaime is still Tywin's designated heir even after forfeiting his inheritance, murdering a king, losing his sword hand and screwing his own sister, which caused a countrywide scandal and a SuccessionCrisis that almost destroyed the Lannister bid for the Iron Throne.
-->'''Tyrion:''' You're the golden son. You could kill a king, lose a hand, fuck your own sister, you'll always be the golden son.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: He stabbed the Mad King in the back.
* PetTheDog:
** Despite the clear animosity between them, he tells Ned that his father and brother were very brave and genuinely means it.
--->'''Jaime:''' He was very brave, your brother. And your father too. They didn't deserve to die like that.
** Even though he was quite happy to mock Renly's sexual orientation just to get a rise out of Brienne, he shortly afterward expresses some very genuine empathy for them, with a subtle implication that he had his own [[BrotherSisterIncest relationship with Cersei]] in mind.
---> '''Jaime:''' I don't blame him. And I don't blame you. We don't get to choose who we love.
** After he and Brienne are captured by Locke, he warns her that they most likely intend to rape her and then attempts to persuade her not to fight back so she doesn't get herself killed as well. When that fails, he ends up saving her himself by persuading Locke that she'd be much more valuable to him if she's alive and un-raped. Later, he jumps into a freaking bear pit, ''unarmed'', to try and save her.
** In "The Lion and the Rose", he gets an odd one in the sense that the dog is an utter asshole. When Joffrey is poisoned and dying, Jaime shoves several people out of the way and runs right to his side in order to try and save him. Somewhat tragically, it's no use. Granted, he's a member of the Kingsguard, so it could just as easily have been a matter of duty.
** In Season 5, he sticks his neck out to prevent Bronn from being executed for striking Prince Trystane while they were trying to secretly rescue Myrcella, insisting that he, being Bronn's superior, was at fault and should be the one punished.
** In Season 6, his first action upon arriving at the Riverlands (after taking Black Walder down a peg) is to order Edmure Tully bathed and fed. In the next episode, when Brienne offers him back the sword that he gave her, Oathkeeper; he gently declines, affirming that it's ''hers'' and always will be.
* {{Pride}}: Often comes across as very arrogant and uncaring of others. However his father Tywin points out this is merely how he wants to be viewed.
-->'''Jaime:''' I could care less what anyone thinks of me.\\
'''Tywin:''' No, ''that's'' what you want people to think of you.
* QuizzicalTilt: Jaime's reaction after seeing Brienne slay three soldiers without any effort.
* RealityEnsues: After snatching a sword from Brienne and freeing himself, Jaime challenges her to a sword fight. Being malnourished and weakened from his time as a prisoner of war, the battle goes decidedly in Brienne's favour.
* RedBaron: The Kingslayer.
* RedemptionQuest: After returning to King's Landing, he's making more of an effort to live up to his vows and duties as a Knight, telling people who consider him a failure and has-been that he still has time left.
** More specifically, while Catelyn didn't intend for it to be his redemption quest, seeing him as beyond redemption, after losing his hand and growing close with Brienne, Jaime shows a sincere desire to want to return Catelyn's daughters back to her. After Catelyn's death, he sends Brienne to keep them protected from Cersei and anyone who might hurt them.
* TheRival: He is Ned's constant antagonist for much of Season 1. Their animosity stems from Ned being vocal against the Lannisters' Sack of King's Landing and Jaime stabbing King Aerys InTheBack.
* SmugSnake: Until losing his sword hand
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Breaks Tyrion out of the dungeons and helps him escape being executed for a crime he did not commit.
* ShipTease: Between him and Brienne in Seasons 3 and 4. It's much less subtle than in the books.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: His Season 5 story arc. After spending most of the season traveling to Dorne and infiltrating the city to rescue Myrcella, he fails to save her and she dies in his arms.
* ShutUpHannibal: In Season Six, he gives one to Walder Frey in the Season Finale about how Walder Frey is no conqueror and would amount to ''nothing'' without relying on the Lannisters. Walder can only splutter in response.
* ShutUpKirk: Gives two of these to Catelyn when she tries to give him a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. First when she calls him out for being the "Kingslayer", he retorts that Aerys was a terrible king and the oaths he took were contradictory. Then, when she confronts him for being a man without honour, he points out [[BigGood Ned]] wasn't entirely honourable by fathering an illegitimate son out of wedlock and then explains she failed to uphold the Tully words because of her resentment of her husband's illegitimate son, [[HeroicBastard Jon Snow]].
* SignificantWardrobeShift: His casual outfit during his command of the Second Siege of Riverrun in Season 6 is a curious composite of Tyrion and Tywin's outfits (the color scheme mostly harkening Tyrion's suit as Acting Hand of the King, while the design of the upper garment is more Tywin's). Quite appropriate, considering his turn into the capable commander and politician Tywin and Tyrion probably wanted him to be.
* SincerityMode: Seems to go into this as he's trying to explain what's [[RapeAsDrama going to happen]] to Brienne when they are captured by Stark bannermen. One of his [[JerkassWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold]] moments.
* SingleTargetSexuality: He tells Catelyn Stark that he has only ever been with Cersei and no-one else. Before using that little fact to point out her husband Ned did not show her any such loyalty when he fathered a bastard. Subverted ever so slightly in the episode "Kissed By Fire", where he checks out Brienne in the bath for a second when feverish.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: Upon his return to King's Landing, he immediately feels out of place after everything he's been through. On top of that, while his return would have been huge news, no one even recognizes him due to how different he looks. Cersei almost immediately notices his less cocky, more contemplative demeanor (along with his missing hand).
* SympatheticMurderer: He killed King Aerys, thereby damning him as dishonourable scum in the eyes of the whole kingdom, in order to save the whole of King's Landing and his father from a wildfire trap that the Mad King had laid beneath the city.
* SympatheticPOV: The focus on his character in Season 3 got him a large number of sympathy points, painting him as a TragicVillain and showing off his heroic HiddenDepths.
* SympathyForTheHero: Shows some for Ned, as well as Ned's father and brother.
* TalkToTheFist: Jaime's way of shutting up the obnoxious Black Walder Rivers when he scoffs at his accurate criticism and [[TooDumbToLive disregards his warning]]? A backhanded slap. [[PowerFist With his golden hand.]]
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: After Myrcella's death in Season 5, Jaime backslides into this rationale. In his own words: "fuck everyone in the world who isn't us."
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Many people, including Ned Stark, consider Jaime, the Kingslayer, a vile knight beyond redemption after his BodyguardBetrayal of Aerys. In reality, it was the polar opposite to this trope, but no one other than Brienne knows nor cares at this point.
** This is Jaime's reaction to Tyrion's murder of Tywin, even telling Bronn he will kill Tyrion if he ever sees him again.
* TooCleverByHalf: Gifted, influential, casually manipulative, and smart-mouthed, he loves to contemptuously upstage chivalric foes but eventually goes too far and overplays his hand. Then he loses it.
* TookALevelInKindness: Especially in his interactions with Brienne, and in Season 4, his more introspective and softer demeanour takes people by surprise. Indeed, when he lapses back into his former swagger, as demonstrated by his confrontation with Loras in "The Lion and the Rose", he fails miserably.
* ToxicFriendInfluence: Or more Toxic Incestual Twin Sister Influence. Cersei tends to bring out the worst in him. [[spoiler:Cersei's wildfire plot may finally wake him up to this.]]
* TragicVillain: He knows that he's detested by society, all for a single act that he considered heroic and which saved countless lives.
* {{Troll}}: Jaime gets a kick out of verbally taunting Catelyn, and doesn't seem to mind whether he gets beaten with a rock or bound in a dozen chains so long as he can piss Catelyn off. And when Catelyn decides to free Jaime and have Brienne escort him to King's Landing, he taunts Brienne non-stop through an endless stream of insults. It's amazing that Brienne hasn't strangled him yet. Probably because she swore to get him to King's Landing safely (for a given value of safe) but ''still'', Jaime cannot ''shut up''.
-->'''Brienne''': I will NOT let you provoke me.\\
'''Jaime''': I already have!
* UnresolvedSexualTension: By mid-Season 3, his relationship with Brienne approaches that of an old married couple, and when they eventually [[spoiler: have a quite affectionate reunion on Season 6, [[ShipperOnDeck Bronn wonders if they are fucking]].]]
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: By never going public with the Mad King's plan to destroy King's Landing with wildfire, [[spoiler:Jaime left the door open for Cersei to eventually find and employ it herself. Hundreds if not thousands of people died along with a good chunk of the city, all because he kept silent]].
* VitriolicBestBuds: Becomes this with Brienne eventually. When he makes fun of her looks in Season 4, it comes across more like friendly ribbing, at least coming from Jaime.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Killed his king to save a city and his father. Crippled a boy to protect his sister. Threatened to kill a man's newborn to end a siege. What's sad is that the consequences of these acts always come back to haunt him.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Jaime's most compassionate acts in his life are known only to Brienne. In the first case he killed the Mad King to save King's Landing from a wildfire explosion that would have murdered hundreds of thousands of innocents, and in the second he lied to Locke to spare Brienne's life.
%% * WickedCultured
* TheWorfEffect: Is defeated with almost contemptuous ease by Brienne in the second episode of Season 3, demonstrating just how incredibly good ''she'' is.
* WorfHadTheFlu: Mostly because he'd been chained up with inadequate food and exercise prior to his journey with Brienne, making him completely out of practice, and he still has chains on his wrists and ankles when he instigates the fight. [[labelnote:In the books...]]The fight in the books is much closer; Jaime holds his own and even gains the upper hand (despite the presence of his manacles) until he realizes that in his weakened state, Brienne is stronger than him (this is notable, because his great physical strength has been mentioned before). The fight goes on until he slips on wet stones, allowing Brienne to get a victory... just before the Bloody Mummers show up. [[/labelnote]]
* WorthyOpponent:
** He seems to regard Lord Eddard Stark as one, especially after Eddard was capable of holding his own in a fight against Jaime.
--->'''Jaime:''' Brave man that Ned Stark, but terrible judgment.
** However, he also clearly has a lot of resentment for the "Honorable Ned Stark" for how he thinks he wouldn't even give him a chance to explain why he killed Aerys, and judging him as being a dishonorable wretch for this genuinely well intentioned and heroic action, despite Ned not being as squeaky clean as others believed.
* WouldHurtAChild: Throws Bran Stark out of a window in the first episode after the boy [[HeKnowsTooMuch witnesses the twincest]]. He "hoped the fall would kill him".
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: When [[SmugSnake Walder Frey]] gloats about retaking Riverrun and refers to himself and Jaime as "two Kingslayers", Jaime is visibly disgusted and lashes out at him with a ShutUpHannibal.
* ZeroApprovalGambit: Killed King Aerys, sacrificing his good name and honor in the eyes of the people, to prevent him killing every single person in King's Landing.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tyrion Lannister]]

See Characters/GameOfThronesDaenerysCourt.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ser Kevan Lannister]]

[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Kevan_Lannister_5831.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I did not return to the capital to serve as your puppet."'']]
->'''Played By:''' Ian Gelder

->''"Both Baratheon brothers have taken up against us. Jaime captured, his armies scattered...it's a catastrophe."''

Lord Tywin's younger brother and second in command. Uncle to Cersei, Jaime, and Tyrion, and father to Lancel, Martyn, and Willem Lannister.
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the books, he's described as being a little chubby and having round shoulders.
* AdaptationDyeJob: In the books, Kevan is blonde whereas TV Kevan has Gelder's gray hair. Doesn't help him look like he's younger than Tywin, even though Gelder is actually younger than Charles Dance.
* AscendedExtra: His scene in 5x02 alone is more memorable than all his previous screentime put together. Many viewers should be excused if they take this as a RememberTheNewGuy situation.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: One thing that makes him dislike the Sparrows more than Cersei,they took Lancel and misses his son.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Considerably more mild mannered than Tywin, he can actually hold his own in tirades and has actually schooled Cersei when she assumed him as a YesMan.
* TheBusCameBack: After two seasons of being absent, he returns, in an understatedly triumphant fashion, in the first episode of season 5. He is briefly PutOnABus again after he storms out from Cersei's puppet council and goes back to Casterly Rock, but returns again to serve as Hand of the King when Cersei falls from grace.
* TheCassandra: Early in season 5, he tells Cersei that the Sparrows are dangerous fanatics, and should not be given power or treated lightly. [[StupidEvil She doesn't listen]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Usually he's nothing short of a gentleman, but Kevan has no patience for Cersei's bullshit, so he lets the snark fly loose when dealing with her.
-->'''Cersei''': There is to be a royal announcement. \\
'''Kevan''': There is.\\
'''Cersei''': I was not informed. \\
'''Kevan''' (''dryly''): There is to be a royal announcement. In the throne Room. At this very moment.
* DemotedToExtra: Has a single appearance in Season 2. AdaptedOut of Season 3, whereas in the books he becomes the Master of Laws following the Battle of the Blackwater. Also in Season 4, his interactions with Tyrion as a Go-Between for Tywin and quasi-lawyer are taken over by Jaime Lannister.
* TheDogBitesBack: Refuses to meet Cersei as soon as he returns to the Capital. In the books, Cersei wasn't allowed to meet anyone until they got a forced confession from her. But Qyburn comes and meets her before so apparently she does have visitation rights.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath [[spoiler: Kevan was killed alongside the High Sparrow, the Faith Militant, the Tyrells and countless other people in the explosion of Great Sept.]]
* {{Foil}}:
** To Ned Stark. The younger sibling of a family who ends up in a position of power after the death of his brother. Like Ned Stark, he's also a highly honorable and uncrompromising man of justice who ends up as a loyal, if reluctant, Hand to a buffoon King.
** Also to Renly Baratheon. Both of them are competent politicians in their own right. But while Renly is confident on his potential as a king to aa fault by openly berating his older brother Stannis in public, Kevan knows his place as the younger brother of a leader and devotedly serves as his subordinate.
* HonestAdvisor: Although he refuses the job, it's clear he would be one for Cersei. Being an experienced soldier and a member of her family, he's no YesMan.
-->'''Kevan:''' I did not return to the capital to serve as your puppet. To watch you stack the Small Council with sycophants.
* MinorMajorCharacter: A senior officer and member of the family who is given a very limited role, as Tywin employs him all over the kingdom. Late in season 5 he is appointed Hand of the King, despite having barely appeared since season 1, except from two episodes at the start of the season.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Kevan is the first Hand since Ned to have this attitude towards his King (rather than manipulate him).
* NumberTwo: To his brother, Lord Tywin.
* RankUp: Kevan is appointed Hand of the King by Grand Maester Pycelle after Cersei is arrested by the Faith.
* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: Drops an epic one on Cersei in the small council chamber.
-->'''Kevan:''' I returned to the capital to pay my respects to my brother, and to you, and to serve the King. I did not return to the capital to serve as your [[YesMan puppet]]. To watch you stack the Small Council with [[YesMan sycophants]]. Sending your own brother away--\\
'''Cersei:''' My brother has left the capital to lead a sensitive diplomatic mission.\\
'''Kevan:''' What mission? \\
'''Cersei:''' [[InsaneTrollLogic That is not your concern as Master of War]].\\
'''Kevan:''' I do not recognize your authority to dictate what is and is not my concern. You are the Queen Mother. Nothing more.\\
'''Cersei:''' You would abandon your king in his time of need?\\
'''Kevan:''' If he wants to send for me, I'll be waiting for him. At Casterly Rock!
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** In "Fire and Blood", Kevan is willing to make peace with the Starks since the Lannisters only went to war with the Starks and Tullys because Catelyn humiliated Tywin by kidnapping Tyrion, which pales in comparison to their bigger problem of Robert's brothers challenging Joffrey's claim to the throne. As Tyrion explains, the peace deal would have worked if Joffrey hadn't killed Ned, destroying any chance of Robb stopping his war efforts.
** In Season 2, he advises Tywin to tell Joffrey and Cersei to flee King's Landing before Stannis attacks, and regroup at Casterly Rock. Tywin completely rejects this idea, and while it would be politically disastrous for the Lannister family if they fled, it is clear that his refusal is largely because of his own pride.
** In Season 5, he is the only person to speak out against Cersei, pointing out that she is stacking the council with her own sycophants, and refuses to act as her puppet. He states he is loyal to the King, but ''only'' to the King, not his mother.
** In season 6 he purposefully locks Cersei out of Small Council meetings. Considering Cersei's scheming is the sole cause of the entire Sparrow crisis and one of the primary causes ''this entire war'' is occuring, one can see why that'd be a wise move.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Refuses to be a puppet dancing on the strings of Cersei, quits the Small Council the very moment he's appointed Master of War, and returns to Casterly Rock, declaring he's willing to return if [[AchillesinHisTent the King calls for him]].
* SiblingYinYang: Is far nicer than his brother, as demonstrated by his relief in seeing Tyrion back safe and sound in "The Pointy End" -- a stark contrast to Tywin's own reaction.
* SpareToTheThrone: Is this to his elder brother Tywin.
* StaringDownCthulhu: In King's Landing most people are utterly terrified of Cersei's monstrous, resurrected henchman. Kevan Lannister, however, is completely unimpressed and treats him more as a nuisance than a threat.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Compared to the rest of Tywin's bannermen. He's the brother who inherited some of Lord Tytos' mild traits.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: On the receiving end of this. Cersei thinks that he'll be a YesMan to her due to his loyal service to Tywin. She's surprised to learn that he ain't a pushover.
* UndyingLoyalty: He follows the King's commands, no matter what they are.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ser Lancel Lannister]]

See Characters/GameOfThronesTheFaithOfTheSeven for tropes associated with Lancel Lannister.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Martyn and Willem Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' Dean-Charles Chapman & Timothy Gibbons

The younger sons of Ser Kevan Lannister. Taken hostage by the Northern armies and held at Riverrun.
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* AscendedExtra: In the books, they are just mentioned. Now, they have two scenes. In an amusing sense, Dean Charles Chapman is this. He went from one of the Lannister twins to King Tommen himself.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: They -- or at least Martyn -- believe the tales that Robb turns into a wolf and devours the flesh of his enemies.
* ChildSoldiers: Squires, to be exact.
* CompositeCharacter: Martyn takes the place of his cousin Tion Frey, who is a Lannister on his mother's side.
* DeathByAdaptation: While Willem Lannister meets his end in the books, his twin Martyn is also killed in the show, instead of Tion Frey. This is in keeping with the show's substituting the Frey descendants of Tywin's sister Genna with Lannisters to [[PragmaticAdaptation avoid]] the explanation of there being Freys both on the Stark and the Lannister side.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Probably the only Lannisters where this trope applies, rather than that other one.
* IHaveYourWife: Averted, because they are rather worthless hostages when compared to Sansa.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Instead of going through the trouble of finding twin actors or having one actor play the two brothers, they are made into younger and older brother.
%%* TheQuietOne: Willem.
* RevengeByProxy: In revenge for the deaths of his sons (one in battle, the other at the hands of the Kingslayer) Lord Rickard Karstark and his men murder the twins despite them only being guilty of being born Lannisters.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: They are two small, sacrificial characters. Their murders lead to Robb losing the support of House Karstark, to an apparently renewed alliance with House Frey and to the Red Wedding.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Tommen grew up to look identical to his cousin Martyn in the next season. But given how much incest is in their family, can anyone blame them?
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ser Alton Lannister]]

[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Lannister_Alton_6629.png]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"[[HarsherInHindsight I'll remember it all, until I die.]] [[HeroWorshipper That was the best day of my life.]]"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Karl Davies

Another cousin to the main three, captured by Robb Stark and used as a negotiator.
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* AscendedFanboy: Of Jaime, since he got to squire for him when he was younger.
* CanonForeigner: Partly substituting Cleos Frey, to avoid spending time explaining his connection to the Lannisters. Although Cleos didn't get killed by Jaime.
* EtTuBrute: Killed by Jaime, his own older cousin, after telling him that he's his number one fan and that he would do anything to help him.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Is not mentioned after his death, neither by his murderer nor his jailers. All we see is his bloodied face. The only reference is vague, when Jaime tells Cersei about how he 'murdered people' in order to make it back to her. Averted in "The Mountain and the Viper"; when talking with Tyrion before the trial by combat, Jaime brings up cousin-killing, and looks rather awkward and guilty while he and Tyrion then chat about another deceased cousin of theirs, called Orson. In "Home", when Jaime lists his sins, he mentions that he killed his own cousin.
* HeroWorshipper: The sheer depth of his admiration for Jaime is apparent in nearly his every word, which only makes it more shocking and tragic when Jaime kills him in a bid to escape captivity.
* MauveShirt: He exists mostly as just a device, but he does get some decent character-building prior to his brutal death.
* MythologyGag: When Jaime is trying to locate Alton in the family tree, he asks him if his mother is "the fat one", only to correct himself by saying "No, there is only ''one'' fat Lannister. If she was your mother, you would know it." The book counterpart to Alton, Cleos Frey, is the son of Genna Lannister, an aunt of Jaime that is notoriously obese.
* NiceGuy: No wonder he's just a ''distant'' cousin.
* SacrificialLamb: Killed in the first scene where he is given real dialogue.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lady Joanna Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' N/A

->'''Cersei Lannister:''' You've always been funny. But none of your jokes will ever match the first one, will they? You remember? Back when you [[DeathByChildbirth ripped my mother open on your way out of her and she bled to death]]?\\
'''Tyrion Lannister:''' ...She was my mother too.

The wife of Tywin Lannister and the mother of Cersei, Jaime, and Tyrion. She died giving birth to Tyrion before the beginning of the series.
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* DeathByChildbirth: She died giving birth to Tyrion. Tywin and Cersei loathe Tyrion, and [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild regard him as some sort of murderer]] because of it.
* KissingCousins: Joanna was actually Tywin's first cousin, though such marriages actually aren't unusual among the aristocracy of the Seven Kingdoms. The practical result is that her surname was already "Lannister" even before she married Tywin. In part, this also informs how much of a hypocrite Tywin is. He plans to force all three of his children to marry against their will to secure political alliances, demanding that they put the good of the family above their own personal happiness. Problem is, Tywin ''himself'' married for love - marrying a first cousin meant he didn't secure a marriage alliance with another powerful Great House.
* TheLostLenore: For Lord Tywin; she was the only thing that gave him any real happiness.
* MissingMom: For Jaime, Cersei, and Tyrion.
* MoralityChain: She seemed to serve as this for Tywin and Cersei, who both loved her dearly.
* PosthumousCharacter: She died long before the events of the series.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Lord Tytos Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' N/A

->''"He was a good man. But a weak man... a weak man who nearly destroyed our House and name."''
-->-- '''Tywin Lannister'''

The late father of Tywin and Kevan Lannister. He was a kind and generous lord, but his time as the head of the Lannisters was a period marked by decline for the House due to several poor investments, which nearly bankrupted the family. He also allowed himself to be openly mocked at court, which eventually resulted in the rebellion of the vassal House Reyne of Castamere and Tywin's rise to infamy as he personally put down the rebellion in his father's place, completely eradicating House Reyne in the process.
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* BumblingDad: Tytos is remembered as a good man who nearly ruined House Lannister.
* ExtremeDoormat: By reputation, which thus directly contributed to the rebellion of his vassals House Reyne of Castamere.
* GenerationXerox: His trait as a WeakWilled ruler was inherited by his great-grandson, Tommen.
* GoodParents: He's remembered fondly as a parent by Tywin, who even breaks out a rare smile whilst reminiscing about him. However, his skills as a liege Lord left much to be desired, especially in his elder son's eyes. [[FreudianExcuse A fact that drove Tywin to be a strong ruler who distanced himself emotionally from his children]].
* HeadInTheSandManagement: Tywin's review on his rule. The eldest son had to step in when brewing, unattended conflicts were mismanaged for far too long.
* NiceToTheWaiter: Tytos had his kennelmaster (the grandfather of Gregor and Sandor), knighted for saving his life from a lioness - thus making the latter the forebear of House Clegane. Though typical for the series, [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished this one act of kindness led to killing machines Ser Gregor Clegane and Sandor Clegane when they enter the Lannister service as loyal hitmen.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: Tytos is long-dead by the time the events of the series begin.
* UnfitForGreatness: He was a well-meaning but weak Lord Paramount, a bad mix in the cutthroat world of Westeros.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Reginald Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' Patrick Fitzsymons

->''"We've worked through the night, my lord. Perhaps we'd profit from some sleep."''

An officer in the army of House Lannister. He is a distant relative of Lord Tywin and is sent home to the Westerlands for insubordination.
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* CanonForeigner: There is no such Reginald Lannister in the books, as the Tywin at Harrenhal subplot was entirely original to the series.
* GetOut: As told to by Tywin Lannister for his blatant disrespect.
* {{Nepotism}}: As usual in Westeros, but Reginald is a peculiar case that openly annoys his benefactor.
-->'''Reginald:''' We've worked through the night, my Lord. Perhaps we'd profit from some sleep.\\
'''Tywin:''' Yes, I think you would, Reginald. And, because you're my cousin, I might even let you wake form that sleep! Go! I'm sure your wife must miss you.\\
'''Reginald:''' ... My wife's in Lannisport...\\
'''Tywin:''' Well, then you'd better start riding. ({{beat}}) Go, before I change my mind and send her your head! If your name wasn't Lannister, you'd be scrubbing out pots in the cook's tent. Go.
* TooDumbToLive: It's an absolute miracle (aided by the fact that his surname is Lannister) that Reginald is still alive after his ridiculous behavior at Tywin's war council. He begins eating when Tywin hasn't started eating, keeps eating as Tywin speaks (both are signs of disrespect that even Amory Lorch doesn't dare engage in) and then makes a sarcastic comment directly to Tywin's face! Anyone in Westeros with half a brain knows to be afraid of Tywin at the best of times. Reginald is missing half that brain. Tywin outright promises him that he will kill him if he doesn't GetOut.
* UpperClassTwit: It's clear that Reginald has spent his life in easy comfort, acting entitled and irritable to the point of bitching to Tywin.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Orson Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' N/A

->''"It filled me with dread. Piles and piles of them, years and years of them. How many countless living, crawling things smashed and dried out and returned to the dirt? In my dreams I found myself standing on a beach filled with beetle husks, stretching as far as the eye could see. I woke up crying, weeping for their shattered little bodies."''
-->-- '''Tyrion Lannister'''

A deceased cousin of Jaime, Tyrion and Cersei, who was brain-damaged from infancy.
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* AlmightyIdiot: He was God among the beetles he smashed. A common theory is that Orson is a metaphor for a mindless God/nature/evolution.
* AnimalMotifs: His name Orson means "Bear Cub" which clashes with the Lion theme of the family but also supports his blind, animal-like nature.
* ButtMonkey: He was the only Lannister even less respected than Tyrion. In fact, Tyrion often picked on Orson and was one of the most vocal bullies, since tormenting the mentally ill was the only time Tyrion could feel like AllOfTheOtherReindeer.
* CanonForeigner: There's no counterpart to Orson in the books. The closest thing he has is Tyrion's joking claim that his father locked up "drooling cousins" deep within Casterly Rock for being embarrassments.
* ChildhoodBrainDamage: His wet nurse dropped him on his head as an infant.
* CosmicHorrorStory: According to some interpretations, Orson represents the blind randomness of a world that has no higher purpose. We can try to look for things like "reasons" or "purpose" as much as we want, or we can make up our own. In the end, the world goes on grinding all the little living creatures into the dust while we search for meaning.
* {{Foil}}: To his cousin Tyrion, as they are both Lannisters with disabilities. But while Tyrion is an extremely intelligent dwarf who dislikes killing, Orson was mindless and lived only for senseless violence.
* PosthumousCharacter: He died years ago, when he was kicked in the chest by a mule.
* RiddleForTheAges: Tyrion has spent several years wondering why Orson was obsessed with smashing beetles in the garden. Fans of the show seem to believe Orson represents either the author George R. R. Martin himself (he senselessly kills his characters while the fans wonder why), or the random cruelty of the Gods, or the meaningless nature of the universe.
* ShadowArchetype: Orson (the actual character, not what he metaphorically represents) sounds like he was the Lannister equivalent of Hodor, though more tragic and disturbing than everyone's favorite GentleGiant.
* ShaggyDogStory: Tyrion spent several years in intellectual contemplation, wondering why Orson killed all those insects, and trying to find a deeper meaning or purpose for their deaths. He couldn't find one.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ser Stafford Lannister]]

->'''Played By:''' N/A

->''"Using some vile sorcery, your brother fell on Stafford Lannister with an army of wolves. Thousands of good men were butchered."''
-->-- '''Lancel'''

An officer of House Lannister, and one of Tywin's many cousins. Killed at the Battle of Oxcross by the Northmen.
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* GeneralFailure: As with most Lannister commanders not named Tywin. Even though the Lannister forces had surrounding Oxcross completely under lockdown, they failed to account for the Stark direwolves, allowing Robb to get the jump on him and his men with the help of Grey Wind. [[labelnote:From the books...]]Tyrion thinks very little of his uncle, and most are well aware that his son Daven would make a far better commander.[[/labelnote]]
* InTheBack: How he was killed. Rickard Karstark was the one who ended Stafford's life when he personally drove a spear through him.
* TheGhost: He doesn't even appear onscreen. Not alive, anyway. He's certainly among the many Lannister casualties shown in the battle's aftermath.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Doesn't even get any screen time before being killed. The same is true of the books, as he's only mentioned briefly before and after the battle.
[[/folder]]

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to:

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the books, when Cersei's hair is cut off by the Faith they shave her completely bald. In the show, they leave her with BoyishShortHair that isn't completely unattractive. She also has a perfect physique, while in the corresponding part of the book her body is described as having lost part of its beauty due to Cersei's age and pregnancies. That said, the series makes little effort to polish Lena Headey's natural minor blemishes as Cersei[[note]]her crow's feet are clearly visible in the picture above, for example[[/note]], so the general idea of "beauty somewhat weathered by age" still gets across, particularly when she's paired in scenes with the blossoming Sansa Stark and the young, in-her-prime Margeary Tyrell.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Although still one of the villains, Cersei
said,Tywin is far more sympathetic here than she is in the books. [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Not that this is particularly difficult]]:
** In the show, she and Robert had a child at one point; but it died of a fever shortly after being born. In the books, Robert got her pregnant once, after which she had the child aborted behind his back.
** Season 1 also implies that she genuinely loved this child by Robert, and their private conversation together suggests that she still had feelings for Robert himself at the time the child was born (saying she loved him "For quite a while, actually."), despite knowing he didn't love her back. These changes introduce a much more tragic and human side to her character, whereas in the corresponding book there's no real indication that she wasn't a cruel, contemptuous and hateful person from the start. In the books, Cersei already despises Robert before they marry because he killed Rhaegar, her lifetime crush, and she has no problem having sex with Jaime the morning of her wedding day.
** Her promiscuity is toned down in the TV series. Aside from Lancel and Jaime, in the books she has "[[SexForServices affairs]]" with at least three other men (the Kettleblack brothers) and also beds another woman (Lady Taena), all of which are AdaptedOut in the show.
** She has a much lower body count in the show. Two of her greatest KickTheDog moments from the second book, ordering the deaths of Robert's bastards and Tyrion, are done by Joffrey instead. Also her habit of sending random people to ColdBloodedTorture in the fourth book is entirely absent from the show. [[spoiler:Of course, you can point out she reverses this big time in her orchestration of the Green Trial, racking up possibly the biggest kill count of major characters since the Red Wedding.]]
** In the books, Cersei's love for Jaime is a twisted form of narcissism, as she sees Jaime as what she could have been were she a man (something she ''does'' wish), and when he returns from the war he's so changed that she no longer finds him appealing, so their relationship pretty much ends. In the show there is more genuine love between them, and their relationship continues after his return.
** In the books, Cersei finds little wrong in Joffrey, passing off his cruelty as 'willfulness'. In the show, she's aware that he's a monster and grieves about that, but as his mother she loves him regardless, which makes her a more tragic character. To be fair, Joffrey is also nicer to her in the books.
** In the books she has no problem having sex next to Joffrey's corpse. In the show she clearly wants nothing to do with it.
** Kicking Tyrion about is nothing heroic, but in the show it's clear that she loved her late mother and mourned her death. In the books, it's mentioned that lady Joanna once found out about her twin children's affair and separated them for a time, but soon died. The tone of Cersei's narration makes clear that it was one obstacle out of the way for her.
** She has much better reasons to be wary of Margaery than in the books and despite getting Loras arrested by the Faith Militant was an underhanded move, well, at least this time she didn't frame anyone (and she has gone after him in the books as well for far more petty reasons, albeit in a different fashion).
** {{Subverted}} come the Season 6 finale, when [[spoiler:Cersei's remaining [[CryForTheDevil sympathetic]] qualities go out the window and she reveals herself to be even more petty, thoughtless, cruel, ruthless, destructive, and dangerous than her book counterpart ever was with the Green Trial.]]
* AdaptationalIntelligence: Some of her petty and idiotic schemes from the books are instead done by Joffrey in the show, which makes her less StupidEvil, and she actually tries to renegotiate the terms with the Iron Bank instead of just telling to screw themselves and have the kingdom falling into debt and bad credit. Lots of her smarts come from being all around less narcissistic and hateful so she can actually think instead of assuming she knows everything.
** Like many of her more sympathetic adaptational qualities, [[SubvertedTrope this ultimately goes out the window as of the Season 6 finale]]. Cersei's StupidEvil machinations, while successful, ultimately make her ''the'' number one target of ''every'' single other faction in Westeros with absolutely no allies.
* AdaptationalModesty: Her book counterpart is described as a MsFanservice character. Here, she's only seen nude once [[FanDisservice and it's far from titillating]].
* AdaptationalVillainy:
** In the books, her hatred of Tyrion is in part because of a prophecy that her younger brother will be the cause of her downfall. [[labelnote:From the Books...]]Although she was cruel to the baby Tyrion before receiving said prophecy and it's clear she was also following daddy's example in seeing her younger brother as a little monster.[[/labelnote]] The show removes that part of the prophecy and instead implies that Cersei blames Tyrion for the death of their mother.
** Cersei's motivation for empowering the High Sparrow also changes in the show. In the book, she makes him the High Septon in order to have the protection of the Faith Militant. She didn't try to have them to target the Tyrells until after she became suspicious that they were in cahoots with Tyrion. In the show, she empowers the High Sparrow and his followers solely to get back at Margaery.
** Come the Season 6 finale, [[spoiler: Cersei's AdaptationalHeroism is completely gone when she blows up a large majority of the nobles in King's Landing (including Margaery Tyrell and most her family) during The Green Trial, [[WordOfGod something the showrunners claim to have come up with on their own.]] For all of Book Cersei's [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen many, many, MANY faults]], not even she has come close to what is the equivalent of dropping a nuclear bomb on her own city to kill a bunch of people with no attention whatsoever paid to the massive collateral damage.]]
* AdmiringTheAbomination:
** She is quite impressed with the killing power of Gregor Clegane and is quite keen to ensure that he retains the same killing power after his poisoning. She's also highly curious about Qyburn's experiments, giving him the patronage that no reasonable or sane institution like the Citadel or Pycelle would touch with a ten foot pole.
** Seems quite disappointed during a flashback to her teens when Maggy the Frog is an ordinary-looking woman and not a terrifying monster as described.
* AgeLift: Like Jaime. She's 40 here, putting several years between her and her book counterpart.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Her Walk of Shame through King's Landing has her leaving bloodied footprints in her wake by the end of it. Luckily for Cersei, she has Qyburn to attend to them.
* AintTooProudToBeg: After Tywin forces her to marry Ser Loras, she is reduced to tearfully begging her father not to make her do it. It doesn't work.
* TheAlcoholic: Season 2 sees an increasing number of scenes where she has a cup close to hand. During the attack of Stannis Baratheon on King's Landing, she's drunk throughout. By Season 5, she has a LadyDrunk reputation. Between Cersei and Tyrion, it seems like a safe bet that the Lannisters are genetically predisposed to alcoholism. [[labelnote:From the Books...]]Other Lannisters from (relatively recent) Westerosi history that would also stand as evidence of this genetic predisposition, such as Lord Tytos Lannister, Tywin and Kevan's father. This may go a long way in explaining why Tywin has such a grudge against it. Also serves as a trait she shares with her late husband Robert, where as Queen Regent she increasingly turns to drink while crumbling under the pressure of ruling seven kingdoms and politicking the great and good of the royal court to keep her children safe.[[/labelnote]]
* AmbiguousDisorder: Cersei has a black and white view of friends and enemies (with nearly everyone falling under the latter), is prone to risky behaviors such as her incest and alcoholism, has a poor control of her emotions, and difficulty empathizing with anyone who's not her kids. It's widely theorized by the fan base that she has Borderline Personality Disorder.
* AmbitionIsEvil: The only trait she inherit from her Lord father and her brothers didn't. Never satisfied with her station in life, she is by far the most power-hungry of the Lannister siblings, always equating power with victory, no matter the cost.
* AnalogyBackfire:
** When Ned confronts her on her incestuous relationship with Jaime, she responds that the Targaryens did the same thing for centuries. The same Targaryens that produced the "Mad King" Aerys... even more of a backfire when Joffrey turns out to be more like Aerys than anyone thought. She even directly [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this in the second season when she confesses to Tyrion how sad she is that Joffrey turned out like he did. But, as Tyrion points out, she may have actually beaten the odds the Targaryens confronted (that every other Targaryen goes mad), in that two of her three children by incest are actually extremely decent people.
** During "Blackwater", she tries to comfort Tommen with the fable of the lion who was meant to be king and was in a forest filled with evil things such as stags. Tommen points out that stags aren't evil creatures, they only eat grass.
* ArchEnemy: She's never short of foes thanks to her "everybody who is not us is an enemy" line of thinking, but there are some who stand out:
** Her despised brother Tyrion is this to her in Season 2, mostly because their father has seen fit to trust the outcast of the family with greater authority than her. What should be a straightforward defense of King's Landing is hampered by Cersei constantly working behind his back out of spite. This carries on to Season 3 but fades somewhat as both become marginalized from power by Tywin, and even become mildly conciliatory towards each other due to their similar predicaments. Season 4, however, cements Tyrion as her most despised enemy when she decides with no evidence he murdered Joffrey and dedicates her life to having him humiliated and executed.
** With Tyrion's fall from power, her eventual daughter-in-law Margaery Tyrell is increasingly regarded as this, mostly because Cersei sees her for the [[YouAreWhatYouHate overly ambitious two-faced social climber]] that she is and Cersei wants nothing less than absolute control over her sons Joffrey and Tommen. To compound things, Cersei has been warned about an arch-rival since childhood, and someone like Margaery fits the description as far as Cersei is concerned.
--->'''Maggy the Frog:''' Queen you shall be, till there comes another. Younger and more beautiful. To cast you down and take all that you hold dear.
** The High Sparrow becomes this to her in a much more conventional way, since she's a major obstacle in establishing the theocracy he wants.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: In Season 6, when Kevan initially is reluctant to go along with her plan to seize control from the Faith Militant, Cersei asks him, "Do you want Lancel back? Or have you given him up for good?"
* ArrangedMarriage:
** With Robert. She initially saw it as a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage up until Robert came to her drunk and [[WrongNameOutburst called her by his late betrothed's name]] on their wedding night.
** Tywin commands her to marry Ser Loras. [[WeAreNotGoingThroughThatAgain She's not amused]], but this one falls through as Tywin is not there to enforce it, what with his terminal bowel problems.
* AuthorityInNameOnly: Cersei's title as Queen Mother only holds weight before Joffrey, and later Tommen, were officially wed. Despite sitting in on Small Council Meetings, Cersei technically has no real authority. [[spoiler: Her title as Queen Cersei, first of her name, also counts as this since she only gained this position after [[KillThemAll killing most of her political enemies]] and [[TyrantTakesTheHelm usurping the position for herself]] and she has no allies to speak of apart from Jaime and those at King's Landing.]] And even those are under extreme question at this point.
* AwfulWeddedLife: Her marriage to Robert was a long, bitter failure as she confesses to Ned and Sansa. Her only source of happiness and comfort was her affair with Jaime (which is sad in itself) and their children.
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Season Six ends with her on the Iron Throne and her most immediate enemies dead, though it's rather clear she has more.]]
* BadassBoast: Cersei's declaration that "House Lannister has no rival" definitely sounds badass, even if she is the only one who believes it.
* BattleBallgown: She sports one of these in the last half of "Blackwater", though as the next entry down makes it abundantly clear it's just all for show.
* BelievingTheirOwnLies: She has a tendency to do this and even use it to her advantage. Prince Oberyn discusses Cersei trying to gain sympathy from him by discussing Myrcella in a blatant attempt to turn him against Tyrion; he notes that she might have even been sincere or started believing it while she was lying.
-->'''Tyrion:''' Making honest feelings do dishonest work is one of her many gifts.
* BerserkButton: Mocking her about her incestuous relationship with Jaime is a quick way of pissing her off--she responded to Littlefinger doing so by nearly having her Kingsguard slit his throat, gives a cruel retort to Tyrion when he jokes about it and is seen giving Ellaria Sand a DeathGlare when she indirectly mentions it.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: In "Blackwater", she obtains nightshade from Maester Pycelle and angrily retorts that she knows what 10 drops of it does (kill you) and also has Ilyn Payne stand guard over the women taking shelter for the purposes of killing them if the Red Keep is breached. And at the climax of the battle she opts to sit on the Iron Throne with Tommen and is just about to give them both poison when her father bursts in. She believes that Stannis's men would gang-rape her multiple times before killing her, and torture Tommen to death as a false pretender to the throne.
* BigBad: Although there's a plethora of villains, in Season 1 Cersei serves most clearly as the main antagonist. She's a threat to the Starks, the Crown and the Realm in general due to her scheming. She subsequently becomes a BigBadWannabe, with the more competent and intelligent Tywin falling into place. In Season 5, she temporarily manage to take this position, only to be put back as a BigBadWannabe by the High Sparrow. She regains her position as BigBad with a vengeance after [[spoiler: killing the Sparrows and Tyrells and taking the crown for herself.]]
* BigBadWannabe:
** Cersei plays the game well during Robert's reign, but this is only because she's playing it against the Starks, who are too honorable for their own good. Once her crazy son is on the throne, she loses control in short order. Her plan to be the [[ManBehindTheMan Woman Behind The Throne]] fails spectacularly when Joffrey orders Ned Stark executed and she's powerless to stop him. In Season 2, Tyrion constantly manages to out plan her with ease, and in Season 3, her father is clearly running things despite Cersei outranking him as Queen Regent, and outright says to her face that she isn't as smart as she think she really is.
** This becomes painfully obvious in Season 5; with Tywin dead and Tyrion on the run, she is now the highest ranking member of her family ruling the capital and she still can't get anything done right. Her attempted manipulation of Tommen is undermined by Margaery and, instead of trying to properly rule the kingdom like her father would have done, she instead spends her time trying to humiliate and undermine Margaery [[StupidEvil despite their being literally no benefit in doing so]]. In order to get things done she turns the Sparrows into the Faith Militant and makes them do all of her dirty work which seemingly turns out well for her... until it's revealed that the Faith where merely biding their time until they had enough power to hold her accountable for her own actions. In short, despite trying to set herself up as a {{Chessmaster}} she ultimately [[UnwittingPawn gets used as a pawn instead]].
** As mentioned above, she ditches the "Wannabe" part with a vengeance [[spoiler:by burning all of her rivals to death with wildfire in the Season Six finale and assuming the Iron Throne. With Joffrey and the Boltons dead, this makes her the most powerful and antagonistic of all the human characters and firmly the Big Bad, outclassed only by the Night's King, who's more a force of nature than a character]].
* BigNo: When Tyrion arranges for Myrcella to be taken away.
* BigSisterBully: Was always unpleasant and cruel to her little brother Tyrion. As noted by Oberyn, she called him "a monster" to strangers and presented him as a freak and openly abused him when he was a baby.
* BreakTheHaughty: In her imprisonment in the Faith, she resorts to sipping water from the floor of her filthy cell. Her walk of atonement is specifically designed to do this, and by the end Cersei is sobbing.
* BreakThemByTalking: After forty years of emotional torment from her father, she finally gets her own back by revealing the truth of her and Jaime's relationship, leaving him stammering that it can't be true.
-->'''Cersei:''' ''Your legacy is a '''LIE'''''!
* BrokenBird: Her conversations with Sansa during the siege of Blackwater and her own descriptions of how she once loved Robert reveal her to be this. She had hoped for real happiness from her marriage, from being the Queen, but is appalled at what a sham it had become and has lost any ideals she once had.
* BrotherSisterIncest: With Jaime. It's a huge part of her character and Bran Stark's discovery of this dark secret is one of the catalysts of the series.
* TheBully: Cersei gets a kick out of throwing her weight around and making underlings squirm. Pycelle is probably her favorite punching bag.
* CantCatchUp: She can play speed chess well against her somewhat dim-witted husband and the honorable-to-a-fault Ned Stark, but after removing these two and moving a rank up she quickly finds herself out of depth. The fact that she doesn't have any control over her psychotic son whom she has made a king doesn't help a bit. Even after he's dead and her far kinder and gullible second son is on the throne, she's still outplayed by those around her. Her only advantage is that she is willing to do things others consider downright stupid, which leaves them unprepared as they assume she would ''never'' try it. And even this begins to fade as players like [[GenreSavvy Margaery]] [[XanatosSpeedChess Tyrell]] figure out how Cersei plays the game.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: She has moments of fragility and self-pity where she laments the hardships of the regency that have fallen on her. Given her pettiness and dismal management, nobody really empathizes with Cersei.
* CharacterTics: And beyond, Cersei is constantly smirking when she's too pleased with herself, which happens all the time when nobody puts her in her place. Her brows usually go in sync too.
* ChristmasCake: The Tyrells are reluctant to marry her specifically because she's too old. Although it's not cultural perception in this case, but a legitimate doubt if a 40-years old woman in a medieval setting is suitable to give birth to a heir.
* CorneredRattlesnake: If her back is to the wall she will do things that while not safe for her in the long run will make her enemies regret pushing her [[spoiler: as reviving the Faith militant and exploding the sept shows.]]
* CorruptPolitician: Cersei has all the makings of a crooked politician (dishonesty, underhandedness, a sleazy private life, disregard for the law, self-entitlement, paranoia, [[ListOfTransgressions etc]]) and very few of the attached EvilVirtues beyond ambition and determination. She's also occasionally murderous, but much less so than other courtiers or her book counterpart, [[spoiler: until she goes genocidal and blows up the Great Sept of Baelor with wildfire, killing hundreds, if not thousands.]]
-->'''Cersei:''' When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die.
* CreateYourOwnVillain:
** Even ''she'' finally catches on the fact that her methods of raising Joffrey [[TheCaligula didn't pan out so well]]. Not to mention applying a little bit of incest in his actual creation.
** Blaming Tyrion for Joffrey's murder with no evidence and doing everything in her power to see him convicted drove him into the service of Daenerys. They may not have liked each other prior, but at least Tyrion didn't have any intentions of removing her from power.
** She learned in a hard way that giving power to religious fanatics is not a pragmatic thing to do, especially if you were bedding your brother and cousin.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has her moments of this, especially in Season 2.
* DespairEventHorizon:
** Although she doesn't become a monster, after she and Robert have a conversation where it initially looks like they're [[HopeSpot going to reconcile and improve their relationship]], she is then rejected by Robert. This scene ends with Robert asking her how she feels, and her responding that she [[EmptyShell doesn't feel anything]]. Her subsequent actions make a lot more sense in light of this.
** If she hadn't crossed it before, she certainly does when Joffrey dies in her arms in "The Lion and the Rose".
** Turns out there was still some sanity for her to lose, which she finally does when [[spoiler:Tommen abandons her to her fate in the hands of the Sparrows, which prompts Cersei to mass murder all of her enemies she can at once - along with
a good chunk of bystanders - and even give up on her son himself.]]
* DidNotThinkThisThrough:
** When Tyrion demands TrialByCombat when accused of killing Joffery, Cersei rather shrewdly chooses [[TheDreaded The Mountain]] as her champion, believing no-one would fight against him on Tyrion's behalf. However she fails to consider Oberyn Martell, the only man in King's Landing who ''wants'' to fight Ser Gregor, declaring himself Tyrion's champion. Worse still her daughter, Myrcella Baratheon, was currently residing with the Martells in Dorne. When the Red Viper is slain, Myrcella's life is essentially forfeit.
** In Season 5, she fails miserably at her father's level of scheming, trying to manipulate the extremist Sparrow sect into doing her dirty work. Pity she overlooked that her cousin Lancel, who had been privy to all her own dirty dealings, was one of their number. There's also her lack of concern for antagonizing House Tyrell, who the royal family are now wholly dependent on for their food supply.
** At the end of Season 6, [[spoiler:she manages to take the Iron Throne by arranging the deaths of the High Sparrow, Margaery, and anyone else that might oppose her. In doing so, she has declared war on the Tyrells by murdering all their heirs, even though the Tyrells are the main supplicants of food for the capital, which will create chaos. She is already a deeply unpopular ruler who will only be moreso with the strife she's created and the absence of the popular Queen Margaery. By the looks of everyone in the court during her coronation, her culpability in the bombing of the Great Sept of Baelor is readily apparent. She might have even lost the trust of Jaime, who doesn't have fond memories of the last guy who saw using wildfire on his own citizens as a solution to his problems. Cersei might be the queen, but she is the queen of a capital where everyone wants her dead. Then again, she gets to kill her enemies and to sit on the throne for a while, which in her mind might be just what she wanted.]]
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: Her son Joffrey's wedding feast happens in a bright morning and everything seems fine until Joffrey's IncurableCoughOfDeath at which point Jaime and Cersei rush to his side only for him to gasp his final breaths in his mother's arms.
* DissonantSerenity:
** A particularly disturbing one happens in Season 4: at the end of Tyrion's trial by combat, her champion the Mountain crushes Prince Oberyn's head into a bloody pulp all the while boasting how he raped and murdered his sister before killing her children. Pan to Cersei, who looks as happy she ever does.
** [[spoiler:After Tommen's body -- in a rare moment of GoryDiscretionShot, to boot -- is shown to her, she doesn't show much reaction, making it one of her most disturbing moments in the series.]]
* DomesticAbuse: Robert strikes her, although unlike in the books, there's no indication that he ever did so before. For Cersei, it's very much the final straw.
* DramaticIrony: [[spoiler: She never figures out that the real culprit for Joffrey's death is Olenna and not Tyrion as she believes. By murdering Olenna's entire family and effectively extinguinshing her entire House, Cersei unknowingly avenges her son's death by taking away everything his killer held precious.]]
* DumbBlonde: While Cersei isn't a ''complete'' moron, Tywin perfectly assesses her when he says that she is nowhere near as intelligent as she thinks she is. Her main flaw is that she continually underestimates people, and her level of misguided arrogance about her supposed political brilliance prevents her from seeing that she is wrong. She loses control of Joffrey almost immediately after he becomes king, and most of her attempts to dispose of Tyrion are laughable failures.
* EnfantTerrible: Was no more charming when she was younger.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Implied that, unlike in the books, Cersei loved her mother.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:
** In a twisted, narcissistic way because she mainly views them as an extension of herself, Cersei deeply loves her children and twin brother... but not enough not to manipulate her sons for her powerplays or not hop into bed with Lancel while Jaime's away. However, she seems to be more in love with the idea of ''having'' children to act as smaller versions of herself than them ''being'' her children as individuals.
--->'''Tyrion:''' Say what you will of Cersei, she loves her children. She is the only one I'm certain had nothing to do with this murder, which makes it unique as King's Landing murders go.
** Subverted in "The Winds of Winter", [[spoiler: as although she makes sure that Tommen is not in the Sept when she blows it up with wildfire, he's not put under any security afterwards and he commits suicide over the death of his wife (whom he actually did love) and his people. Cersei doesn't even bother to give him a proper burial, she just tells Qyburn to burn his body and throw the ashes on the ruins of the sept where his siblings and grandfather were interred, then has herself crowned the Queen.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: She ''does not'' approve several of Joffrey's actions, such as ordering Ned Stark's execution and ordering a massacre of children.
-->'''Cersei''': Robert was a drunken fool, but he didn't enjoy cruelty.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Trades her dresses for an all-black wardrobe (which invokes the late Tywin's casual outfit very closely) in "The Winds of Winter", [[spoiler: just in time to massacre the Sparrows, the Tyrells and usurp the throne.]]
* EvilCounterpart: To Catelyn. Both are MamaBear types who can be utterly ruthless, hold grudges hard, have difficulty controlling their newly-crowned sons and deal with the loss of children. However, Catelyn is HappilyMarried, is comfortable in her station in life and is good to most people, while Cersei is trapped in an ArrangedMarriage, yearns for even more power and is mean and petty.
* EvilEyebrows: Along with her constant smirking, Cersei also usually has one or both eyebrows raised. They don't match her hair colour, which by contrast makes them all the more sinister.
* EvilFeelsGood: "Confesses" in the season six finale that she really enjoyed every evil thing she ever did in her life. Murder, incest, and even the act of confessing all of this to a helpless captive brought her joy. Not to mention, she [[EvilGloating got away with lying to the High Sparrow about her affair with Jaime.]]
* EvilIsPetty: Cersei won't miss an opportunity to make someone miserable, assuming she can get away with it. Best typified in "The Lion and the Rose", in which to make herself feel better at her son's wedding, she walks around ''looking'' for people to be a jerk to -- first making Brienne feel awful about herself, then telling Pycelle to feed the wedding feast leftovers to the dogs instead of the poor (as Margaery had commanded). When Tywin asks her why she's smiling, she tells him it's just the little pleasures in life. Finally, Cersei is noticeably smiling during the ultra-humiliating play of the War of Five Kings, when even Tywin is forcing himself to suppress one -- after all, they're sitting alongside the bereaved of two of the titular kings! This plays into her StupidEvil tendencies, as she'll act to hurt someone who's wronged her in the short term without regard to the long-term consequences.
* EvilMatriarch: A {{deconstruction}} of one for the Lannisters-Baratheons. While she genuinely loves her children ([[AbusiveParents despite being an abusive mother]]) and [[MamaBear would do anything to protect or avenge them]], some of her actions prove to be a greater threat to the safety of her children than those of her enemies (who are often far more intelligent and competent than she is). In the end [[spoiler:her last remaining child commits suicide because of her, but by that time Cersei is too far gone to even care.]]
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: The haircut she receives at the end of Season 5 makes her bear an absolutely ''terrifying'' resemblance to Joffrey. [[spoiler: By the end of Season 6, we now know that Joffrey didn't just get his insanity and penchant for irredeemable cruelty from incest. Most of it was from '''her'''.]]
* EyeScream: Seems to be a favourite method of punishment of Cersei's -- Tyrion recounts she had a servant girl beaten until she lost an eye when she was ''nine'', and in 'The Wars To Come', she threatens to have [[HotWitch Maggy's]] eyes gouged out if Maggy wouldn't tell Cersei her future.
* FatalFlaw:
** Hubris. Cersei thinks she's way better than she really is and better than anybody else, which makes her think nothing about hurting people, and in her arrogance, she is reckless, deaf to council and unable to evaluate herself or make any kind of amends.
** Additionally, her complete inability to play any sort of long game. Cersei only ever seems to plan for the moment, and this almost always blows up in her face later. To get back at Margaery, she empowers the Faith Militant with no consideration as to how this would affect King's Landing, only caring that Margaery would suffer. They turn on her as soon as it's convenient, and King's Landing comes within a hair's breadth of becoming a theocracy.
* FauxAffablyEvil: She can pretend, and at rare moments her beauty and charm allows her to come across as decent. It's what fools Sansa for so long.
* ForTheEvulz: By the finale of season six, she has more or less embraced this. She admits to a captive whom she is about to have slowly tortured to death that her main motivation for the evil things she's done in her life was that it all made her feel so damn good.
* FreudianExcuse: Her hatred for Robert stems from him using her as a ReplacementGoldfish for Lyanna, to say nothing of his other ugly traits.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: She is ''not'' a pleasant person and groomed Joffrey to follow in her footsteps. In "You Win or You Die", she fully metamorphoses into this trope when she orchestrates a HuntingAccident for Robert. She shows snobbish disdain for the people of King's Landing and LackOfEmpathy for her subjects. Tyrion initially assumes it was her who gave the order for the purge of Robert's bastard children, and she doesn't admit that it was something Joffrey ''really'' shouldn't have done.
* GreenEyedMonster: During Cersei's brief chat with Brienne at Joffrey and Margaery's wedding, she can't help but let slip a note of jealousy towards the strong, independant lady knight. Cersei also hates Margaery because she gains influence after marrying Cersei's sons, while Cersei's power wanes, and also because the Tyrell Queen is far more popular in King's Landing than Cersei is and ever will be.
* HatesSmallTalk: Cersei hates chat that doesn't get to the point.
* TheHeavy: In Season 1. In the series' first story arc, Tywin entrusts her with the task of seizing the throne on behalf of the Lannister clan and ruling King's Landing while he crushes all contesting forces to their family's claim in the field; she performs well at first until her son Joffrey becomes king...
* HiddenDepths: Doubly so when Stannis's invasion approaches; she quotes Tywin on the subject of war and surprisingly she's the one who thinks up a defense via wildfire. She orders its mass-production and keeps this plan hidden from Tyrion. Her actual implementation is fraught with potential problems, however (shooting it from the city could easily burn the city down), so when Tyrion finds out he hijacks the plan and goes his own way with it.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** In Season 2, Cersei urges Joffrey to call off his betrothal to Sansa in favor of Margaery Tyrell, making her partially responsible for most of the troubles she suffers over the next three seasons.
** In Season 3, jealous of Margaery's influence over Joffrey, Cersei enlists Littlefinger to find ''anything'' that she can use against the Tyrells. Littlefinger discovers that they plan to betroth Loras to Sansa, so Littlefinger tells Cersei, Cersei tells Tywin, and Tywin decides to take the initiative by marrying Tyrion to Sansa, and ''Cersei to Loras'', with the consent of none of them.
** Cersei's stupidity and half-assed schemes catch up to her in Season 5 when the Sparrows she empowered finally arrest her for her lack of piety, namely her incestuous relationships.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: To a fair extent, yes. Like her father, she'll never see anything positive about Tyrion, even if it's dancing in front of her, which often make her vastly underestimate him, even as she fears him by distorting what he's capable of, as well. She started to wise-up about Joffrey, but had been in denial for years about how unstable he actually was (answer: VERY) -- this very denial caused ''soooooo'' many problems, it's unreal. And, then there's her tendency to belittle anybody who has faith in anything other than power or gold, which caused her to to massively misread the High Sparrow, for one. Listen to her tone when she says she has nothing to fear from him because "he's a religious man". It screams "an idiot I can use" in subtext. Rather badly judged, there, Queenie. Almost as bad as deciding that you've managed to cow a tail-tucked Lady Olenna Tyrell...
* HumiliationConga:
** Much like her brothers, Season 3 is one long demonstration of Cersei getting knocked down a peg. Joffrey begins to disregard her. Margery proves to be far better at wrapping Joffrey around her fingers, and it becomes apparent to her that any power she had at King's Landing was quickly fading. And the icing on the cake was that [[ParentalFavoritism despite being Tywin's favorite]], he treats even ''her'' as an UnwittingPawn and plans to ship her off to marry Loras so that he can have more power.
** It only gets worse from there. By the penultimate episode of Season 6, Cersei has been completely outplayed by everyone in King's Landing, leaving her a powerless joke to everyone who knows her. [[spoiler: Two of her children are dead, she's banned from the Small Council meetings or any prominent position in the royal court, her third child has completely turned on her, she was stripped naked and walked through the streets of King's Landing, she's been formally charged with incest and treason and is facing a trial she cannot hope to win, and [[LaserGuidedKarma all of it is entirely her fault.]]]] Even Olenna rubs it in Cersei's face that she's lost.
** [[WhamEpisode The season six finale]] then [[DeconstructedTrope demonstrates]] why humiliating and antagonizing an unstable and vicious individual who has a MadScientist and a FrankensteinsMonster knight on her side [[WhosLaughingNow is a bad idea.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** She calls Margaery a harlot and a whore, despite herself having committed adulterous incest with her brother. She also despises Margaery for manipulating the king and trying to become a power behind the throne... which, unlike Cersei, Margaery would prove seemingly ''successful'' at.
** So, Cersei's cheating on Robert with Jaime was presented by herself as somehow justified by "true love" and her and Jaime "belonging together", adding that to her husband being an UnwantedSpouse who was [[ReallyGetsAround whoring around himself]] anyway? Fine... until Jaime is gone and Cersei starts shagging a cousin behind her "true love's" back, as part of manipulating him to help kill her husband Robert.
** Cersei is deeply offended that Tywin played favorites with his children, favouring the gifted Jaime. Cersei has no problem playing favorites by focusing on her firstborn son Joffrey. Myrcella and Tommen are pretty much ignored unless there is some setback on the horizon.
** She looks down on and tries to insult Ellaria Sand for being a bastard, but all three of her children are illegitimate and pretenders to both the throne and to her own House.
** She deeply loves Tommen because he is her son, but shows little respect and concern for the actual individual, not thinking twice before undermining and manipulating him or before hurting the woman he loves because Cersei's powerplays come first. At most, she views herself as a WellIntentionedExtremist.
* IfOnlyYouKnew: She threatens Tyrion that one day he'll love one woman and she will take her away just to spite him. That's precisely what happened to Tyrion's first love Tysha. Tyrion's response is to stare at her with utter disdain and leave without saying a word.
* IgnoredEpiphany: There were moments in earlier seasons where Cersei ''tries'' to be nice to people: Sansa, Tyrion, her son Tommen, and Myrcella. She also understands that [[MyBelovedSmother doing everything in her power to protect and prop up Joffrey]] isn't such a good idea. Then Joffrey dies, she immediately forgets her past kindness, and goes on a petty revenge binge that ultimately leads to [[spoiler:her unleashing the biggest atrocity in recent Westerosi history just so she can be queen]].
* IJustWantToBeYou: According to Creator/LenaHeadey, this is Cersei's FreudianExcuse for her incest with Jaime. There's subtle hints of it in the show too, such as Cersei discussing what she would do in Jaime's place, lamenting the fact that she was born a woman, and even doning [[BattleBallgown an armored dress]] when the Battle of the Blackwater looks to be turning in Stannis's favor. In Season 3, it is implied that she prefers metallic accoutrements to her dresses because she associates it with armor. This in turn ''may'' something to do with her spitefulness at Brienne at the Purple Wedding, Brienne having seemingly defied her supposed station far more successfully than Cersei ''and'' being noticeably close(r) to Jaime.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[DefiedTrope No.]] When Tommen [[spoiler:turns on her and sides with Margaery and the High Sparrow, Cersei opts to bomb the Sept of Baleor and kill all of his chosen allies. She spares Tommen himself, but her reaction after he commits suicide because of her actions pretty much confirms that she's already given up on him.]]
* InfantImmortality: Averted. She mentions to Catelyn and later discusses with Robert how their first child died shortly after birth due to a fever.
* InadequateInheritor: After Tywin is killed by Tyrion, Cersei is left to fill her daddy's shoes as the real power behind throne and as a [[TheChessmaster political intrigue mastermind]] in Season 5. Having no foresight nor grasp of realpolitik, she fails on an epic scale when her [[HoistByHisOwnPetard attempts to sabotage Margaery backfires]]. It shows that Cersei is no Tywin, by a long shot. [[spoiler:Even taking the throne for herself by killing everyone else that had a claim to it is likely to lead to her getting deposed in short order, given how many enemies she makes doing it.]]
* InformedAttractiveness: Cersei is widely praised as one of the most beautiful noblewomen of Westeros.
* InterruptedSuicide: Tywin breaking the door in "Blackwater" stops her from proceeding with her son Tommen, because she was convinced the city would fall to the unflappable Stannis.
* IronicEcho: She begins shrieking, "I am the Queen!", exactly the same way Margaery did when she was arrested by the Faith Militant. It's also not dissimilar to what her [[EnfantTerrible beloved son]] said previously, "I am the KING!"
* ItsAllAboutMe:
** While she has more than enough specific examples (listed below), lots of fans have noted that Cersei is very likely a [[AmbiguousDisorder textbook narcissist]], sharing many qualities with them. Cersei sees herself as far more intelligent and powerful than she actually is. Her love for her brother Jaime is because she sees him as a reflection of herself if she were a man (which is also why she is notably distraught over his missing hand rather than any impact that it could ever have on his life). She loves her children, but moreso as extensions of herself than as human beings. She takes any perceived (real or not) slight extremely seriously and will often come up with forms of DisproportionateRetribution for it, [[EvilIsPetty even when she has absolutely]] [[StupidEvil nothing to gain by doing so]]. She also often tends to devalue and ruthlessly criticize and tear down those who come into contact with her. So, truly, due to the way Cersei's mind works, she is almost fundamentally incapable of ''not'' thinking everything is about her and ties back to her. So even on a more general level, Cersei is truly incapable of placing anyone's interest before her own.
** She regards Jaime as a poor sight at the start of Season 4, complaining about her being left alone to suffer a siege in the capital despite being surrounded by servants and with several bodyguards, which she obviously thinks is so much worse than Jaime being a prisoner dragged from camp to camp, losing his hand, and being humiliated and despised.
** Her main reason for accusing Tyrion for Joffrey's murder amounts to her believing that Tyrion did it to hurt her personally. It doesn't matter that Tyrion might had have much more legitimate motives for killing Joffrey; to Cersei, the motive ''must'' have been that he wanted to get back at her specifically and Joffrey just happened to be collateral damage.
** In "The Children", she tells Tywin that she's be willing to burn House Lannister to the ground so long as she remains Queen and gets to have her children. [[spoiler:In the season 6 finale, we see this wasn't an idle threat when she literally burns down a good chunk of the city's skyline to take out the Faith Militant, Margaery, and everyone else that opposes her to make sure she stays in power.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Unfriendly or hostile by default, petty, vindictive, and an overall unpleasant person to be around. It goes without saying that she HatesSmallTalk.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** It might be mainly because she's a bitch who revels in seeing others suffer, but what she says to Sansa during the Battle of Blackwater about marrying Joffrey is pretty accurate. Likewise, her assessment of Queen Margaery is mostly motivated by jealousy, but that doesn't mean she isn't right in seeing Margaery as a two-faced social climber.
** While still hiding the fact of BrotherSisterIncest and giving birth to bastards, during her "confession" about adultery, Cersei angrily calls out the High Sparrow on DoubleStandard, reminding him [[ReallyGetsAround what kind of a man she had been cheating on]]. Unfortunately for her, her conversation partner is unfazed, as he thinks AllCrimesAreEqual and the king is now dead and out of reach anyway.
* KickTheDog: As she walks.
** An almost literal incident, when she has Sansa's direwolf killed because Arya's direwolf -- who attacked Joffrey to defend her mistress -- is unavailable. It's also probably her purest example of this trope in the show: it's her first, showing what kind of a human being she is, involves an actual dog and is ''completely'' unprovoked -- she knows full well that Lady wasn't involved with Joffrey's accident and Sansa, Lady's owner actually ''sides'' with him and Cersei.
** In general, her treatment of Sansa when the latter is a hostage of the Lannisters in King's Landing, though this is strangely mixed with occasional PetTheDog moments.
** Denounces Tyrion's relationship with Shae to their Lord Father, knowing full well how Tywin deals with Tyrion's ladies of company.
** Tyrion's trial is a prolonged HumiliationConga orchestrated by her to inflict as much psychological pain as possible (though in her view it's KickTheSonOfABitch, as she mistakenly thinks that Tyrion murdered her son).
* KickTheSonOfABitch: In Season Six's finale she finally gets back at [[spoiler:Septa Unella, by throwing several goblets of wine at her face, chanting 'Confess! Confess!', calling her out of her hypocrisy and gloating about the truth of the crimes Cersei herself has been accused of. It quickly morphs into DisproportionateRetribution though, as she subjects the septa to death by torture in hands of Ser Gregor.]]
** She also likely orchestrated [[spoiler: Grand Maester Pycelle being stabbed to death by various harlots and Qyburn's child spies.]]
* KissingCousins: With Lancel while Jaime is being held captive.
* LadyDrunk: Cersei's trusty goblet is never far from her hand.
* LadyMacBeth: She's behind some of Robert and Jaime's callous or outright evil decisions.
* LargeHam: Especially when drunk.
* LaserGuidedKarma:
** She once gloated over having Ned Stark in the Black Cells. In Season 5, she is tossed into one of the cells by the Faith Militant and the High Sparrow begins to collapse her house of cards, hard.
** She also visits Margaery in her cells, specifically to rub it in. Then in ''the very same episode'', she gets thrown into an even worse one.
** She gloats over Tyrion being forced into an ArrangedMarriage, only to find that her father has the same fate in mind for her.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Cersei would like to believe that she is the female version of her father, but she has all of his worst qualities and none of his talents. All she manages to achieve is a lacklustre imitation of Lord Tywin.
* LoveIsAWeakness: She believes this, because LoveMakesYouDumb and compels you to do things you know you shouldn't to keep them happy and safe. The only people Cersei advises Sansa to love are her children since a mother has no choice in that.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Apparently, she used to have feelings for Robert when they married, but DomesticAbuse and Robert's love for Lyanna Stark brutally changed that. Her relationship with Jaime doesn't seem to bring out the best in her either.
* MadBomber: [[spoiler:Cersei outdoes the Mad King and actually manages to "burn them all" when she blows her King's Landing enemies in a wildfire plot.]]
* TheMaidenNameDebate: She was never referred to as Cersei Baratheon while Robert is still alive.
* MamaBear: She goes to extremes when it concerns protecting her children:
** When it looks like Stannis Baratheon will sack King's Landing, she even prepares to poison her youngest to spare him from getting murdered by the victorious enemy troops... albeit because such a massacre is exactly how her father came to renewed power and influence.
** She is willing to "burn House Lannister to the ground" in order to stay at King's Landing protecting Tommen, according to her. But in reality, her lust for power is also a big factor, if not bigger.
** When she receives Myrcella's necklace from the Dornish as an implied threat, Cersei is ''furious'' and declares she will have Dorne burnt down if they dare hurt her.
** Her determination to have Tyrion executed after the poisoning of Joffrey also falls under this trope. As opposed to Tywin, who is just glad to have TheMillstone out of the way and is willing to use a convenient scapegoat, Cersei genuinely believes that the accused person is guilty and seeks to avenge her child.
* ManipulativeBitch: She's able to manipulate the likes of Ned, Jaime, Lancel, Sansa and a few others...but sharper characters like Tywin, Tyrion, Varys and such aren't fooled by her machinations.
* MeaningfulName: Cersei is likely named in tribute to Circe (pronounced the same way) -- the beautiful, duplicitous sorceress from ''Literature/TheOdyssey''.
* MoodWhiplash: Due to Tywin's WhamLine. Just before that, she had been shamelessly gloating over the fact that Tywin was going to force Tyrion to marry Sansa... and then Tywin tells her of his plans for her, and she's brought nearly to tears.
-->'''Tywin''': You're still fertile. You need to marry again and breed.\\
'''Cersei''': I am '''Queen Regent''', not some broodmare!\\
'''Tywin''': You are '''my daughter'''! You will do as I command and you will marry Loras Tyrell!
* MotiveDecay: A big part of her character at the start was that she loved her children and wanted them on the throne but as they die one by one she decides to take the throne for herself and grow distant of Tommen as time goes one.
* MoralMyopia: She has a tendency to view things as heinous when being done to her or her children, and as okay when done to other people. See also {{Hypocrite}}.
** She is greatly angered when Tyrion arranges for a marriage between Myrcella and House Martell, but has no problem mocking Sansa about beheading more of her family members before her wedding to Joffrey.
** In Season 3, she [[SmugSnake smugly smiles]] when Tywin orders Tyrion to marry Sansa, and nearly breaks into tears when he orders her to marry Loras in turn.
* MrsRobinson: In addition to being Lancel's cousin, she's also old enough to be his mother. The same would apply to her [[ArrangedMarriage relationship]] with Loras Tyrell, if not the fact that both of them are equally repulsed by their engagement to each other.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Non-romantic variety. [[spoiler: Cersei has Pycelle killed because he was the only other one Tommen was willing to listen to.]]
* MyBelovedSmother: She tried to be this for her children but has so far failed at it, rather spectacularly with Joffrey becoming an uncontrollable monster, Myrcella being spirited off to Dorne specifically to get her out of Cersei's clutches, and with Tommen being virtually a non-entity to her -- so it's far too late to start anew when he becomes King.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: As Joffrey rises to ever new heights of cruelty and perversion, she finally acknowledges that having three inbred children with her twin brother ''wasn't'' such a great idea -- considering what it did to the Targaryens -- to say nothing of putting the most unstable of them on the Iron Throne itself. She breaks down in tears from the sheer knowledge that the son she loves (despite everything) is a psychopath. Nevertheless, in later episodes she undergoes a mild SelectiveObliviousness.
* {{Narcissist}}: Much like her father, she considers herself vastly superior to almost everyone around her and expects treatment commensurate with her bloated sense of self-worth. Additionally, she displays a pronounced LackOfEmpathy as evidenced by her inability to view [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes her own children]] as individuals with thoughts and feelings entirely separate from her own.
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: She feels like she is suffering under this in the male dominated Westerosi society, but Tywin bluntly tells her the real reason for her lack of power and influence beyond her family name is that she isn't as capable as she thinks she is; it can also be surmised that at least some of her apparent jealousy at Brienne of Tarth is how Brienne ''is'' by all appearances a relatively self-made woman whose family name isn't nearly as important to who Brienne became and what she achieved.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Cersei is based on several queens with poor reputations -- Queen Isabella, She-Wolf of France, Queen Catherine De'Medici of France, and from the WarOfTheRoses - Margaret d'Anjou and Elizabeth Woodville.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: After about six seasons of being sidelined, outmaneuvered, and humiliated by the other players of the Game, [[spoiler:Cersei snaps and has all of her rivals in King's Landing wiped out with wildfire before usurping the Iron Throne as Queen. She is directly responsible for killing as many or more major characters than anyone else has over all six seasons.]]
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: A prophecy implies (states in the books) that this tragedy would befall her. Her first child with Robert died because of fever and Joffrey and Myrcella begin to fulfill it when they were poisoned in Seasons 4 and 5. [[spoiler:It's completed in the finale of Season 6 when her brutal machinations drive Tommen to [[DrivenToSuicide commit suicide]]]].
* PowerHair: A full season after her TraumaticHaircut, [[spoiler: she ascends as the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms]].
* ParentalFavoritism: She gives much more love and attention to Joffrey than to Tommen and Myrcella. Considering the effects, the younger children probably have benefited from that.
* PerpetualFrowner: Her very prominent brows emanate hatred even during her rare moments of levity.
* PetTheDog:
** She comforts Catelyn after Bran "falls" from the window. Despite the incident happening because of her (though she wasn't the perpetrator) Cersei's sympathy for Catelyn as a fellow mother who had her child hurt seems actually honest.
** She convinces Joffrey to do something nice for Sansa during "Lord Snow", referencing her own unhappy arranged marriage.
** On the event of Sansa's first menses, she counsels her on how best to survive a marriage to Joffrey.
** During Tyrion's wedding, she tries to divert a lecherous Joffrey away from Sansa. A somewhat weak and quickly abandoned effort but well-intentioned nevertheless.
** Briefly comforts a nervous Melara during the flashback of her as a teenager.
* PragmaticVillainy: Despite generally being StupidEvil, there are a few moments when even Cersei realizes that petty revenge is a bad idea.
** Knows full well that a tame wolf is better than a dead one, so she plans to have Ned stripped of titles and lands and sent to the Night's Watch, though her plan fails when her son instead orders Ned's death. There is an element of EvenEvilHasStandards here, albeit expressed in a cruel IronicEcho: since Ned planned to exile her rather than allowing her and her children to be murdered, it is sort of "fair" to "only" plan to exile the Starks rather than killing them.
** In the second season, even she seems taken aback by Joffrey's order to kill Robert's bastard children, not necessarily because of [[EvenEvilHasStandards personal standards]], but because something like murdering children and babies draws the wrong type of attention. She even seems offended that Tyrion initially thinks she was the one who ordered it.[[labelnote:From the books...]]In the books, the purge of Robert's bastards was all her idea and Joffrey was unaware/uncaring of it, making for another point where Tyrion had to rein her in[[/labelnote]] However, she's also too prideful to admit he was wrong to do so.
* {{Pride}}: A theme for the Lannisters. They all have a slightly different take on it.
-->'''Cersei''': He's attacked one of my brothers, and abducted the other. I should wear the armor, and you the gown. ''[Robert strikes her]'' I shall wear this like a badge of honor.
* ProperlyParanoid: In a stark contrast to her book self, towards Margaery. Although Cersei started some of the antagonism herself, she's correct in her assumption that the younger queen is a shrewd politician with her eyes on being the power behind the throne; which goal requires removing Cersei from her position.
* PyrrhicVillainy:
** Cersei's smirking victory over Tyrion and later the Tyrells become meaningless as it comes with a high price. Her champion Ser Gregor Clegane winning over Oberyn Martell in Tyrion's trial on Joffrey's murder breaks new tensions from Dorne and leads to Myrcella's death. Jaime, out of sympathy for Tyrion, helps him escape only for Tyrion to kill Tywin on the way out, leaving the kingdom in her less-than-capable hands. Her reinstatement of the Faith Militant as a means to get back at the Tyrells backfires when she herself gets arrested and punished for her own crimes [[spoiler:which also leads her own son Tommen to accept the Faith as part of their alliance to the Iron Throne]].
--->'''Olenna''': You have no support, not anymore. Your brother is gone; the High Sparrow saw through that. The rest of your family abandoned you. The people despised you. You're surrounded by enemies, thousands of them. You're going to kill them all by yourself? You've lost, Cersei. It's the only joy that I've find in this misery.
** The Season 6 finale is this UpToEleven. [[spoiler:She wipes out all of her enemies in one fell swoop using wildfire beneath the Sept of Baelor, but in doing so she drives her son Tommen over the edge, both figuratively and [[DrivenToSuicide literally]], and in the process kills basically everyone that would be capable of running the city, much less the entire kingdom. It is also strongly implied that her twin brother and lover, Jaime, is completely disgusted by Cersei's actions and now despises her, emotionally isolating her from everyone she cares about. Her only counsel is the MadScientist Qyburn, and the Mountain as her personal muscle. She's positioned herself in a way that no one in King's Landing can challenge her, but she doesn't rule much beyond that demesne, and she has added the plentiful Reach to the list of enemies of the increasingly powerless crown. She may not reign long; soon after Cersei's coronation, Daenerys Targaryen sails to Westeros with the support of Tyrion and Lady Olenna of House Tyrell, uneasy but former allies alienated by Cersei.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Gives a nasty one to Tyrion in Season 2 after he makes a crack about her and Jaime's "relationship":
--->'''Cersei''': You're ''funny''. You've always been funny. But no joke will match the first one, will they? You remember--back when you ripped my mother open on your way out of her and she bled to death.\\
'''Tyrion''': ...She was my mother too.\\
'''Cersei''': Mother gone. For the sake of you. There's no bigger joke in the world than that.
** She tries to give one to her father midway through Season 4 (about how he's so self-centred about his family legacy he neglects his real family) but Lord Tywin turns it round on her in his ignominiable style. At the end of the season though she succeeds, thanks to dropping the bombshell of her {{twincest}}.
* RegentForLife: One of the reasons she's turning progressively against Joffrey with each passing episode is that he ruined her plan to become his RegentForLife. It's her own damn fault for being a moron, but still. [[spoiler:After all of her children die, she actually steps up and takes the crown for herself.]]
* TheResenter: Especially for Jaime, but also for her father, husband and even Tyrion due to their respective positions of power which she believes came from the fact that they're men. While the society of Westeros ''is'' very sexist and she may have had a point back then, she's filled about twenty years since with exactly resenting others and doing nothing constructive with her own position of power as the damn ''queen'', which has led to the present situation where Cersei's completely justifiably being denied power due to her incompetence. Visibly so towards Brienne of Tarth, who by her achievements and not being nearly as reliant on being a Tarth as Cersei is on being a Lannister, much less on being beautiful, pokes a sharp hole in Cersei's worldview.
* RevengeBeforeReason: She tends to focus on harming her -- real or imaginary -- enemies, and think about the consequences... uh, sometime later. Maybe. A shining example is her ploy to undermine the Tyrells in Season 5. Not only does Cersei's claim to power rely on the Lannister-Tyrell alliance (meaning that, if the Tyrells are undermined, ''she'' is undermined), Cersei's scheme directly results in her own imprisonment, public humiliation, and complete loss of political power and control. [[KnowWhenToFoldEm Most halfway intelligent people would realize they've lost and do their best to mitigate the damage and avoid future misery]]. [[DefiedTrope Cersei is not one of these people]], and actually proceeds to she tops herself in Season 6's finale when she [[spoiler:blows up the Sept of Baelor during the Green Trial, destroying all of her opponents in Kings Landing, along with a good part of the city. It's one of the very few plans she actually executes successfully, but it leaves her as ''the'' target of pretty much every remaining faction in Westeros. Of course, by that time her sanity is so long gone it's hard to even speak of "reason".]]
** A perfect example is also her willingness to have Sansa dead because she suspects that the latter poisoned Joffrey (she didn't). But she does not take it into a consideration one bit that Joffrey caused so many misfortunes to Sansa including the execution of her father as well wanting to give her the head of her brother.
* SanitySlippage: She is much more calm, collected, and rational in the first season than she is in the second. Her loss of Jaime and Joffrey's increasingly out of control attitude, complemented by her father's suddenly dismissive attitude towards her don't seem to be doing well for her mental faculties. Her despair over her daughter Myrcella's impending ArrangedMarriage can't help, either. She comes within inches of poisoning Tommen during "Blackwater" when she thinks that Stannis is about to break down the door. In "The Lion and the Rose", she's outright screaming with rage at Tyrion, as she believes he poisoned Joffrey, and by Season 5 she's noticeably resorting to alcohol continuously, further worsening her condition. By the end of Season 6, she's clearly gone off the deep end. [[spoiler:She not only blows up the Sept of Baelor and dozens of nobles within, including her uncle Kevan and three of the four Tyrells, but she doesn't care at all that Tommen kills himself in the aftermath.]]
* ScrewYourself: Her incest with Jaime is, [[WordOfGod according to the cast and crew]] and in consonance with her thoughts in the books, her attempt to get as close as she can to making this a reality. She sees Jaime as [[IJustWantToBeYou what she was actually meant to be]] and denied the privilege of being by being born a woman. Thus by having sexual intercourse with Jaime, she is, in her own mind, [[ShapedLikeItself screwing herself]]. As such, to Cersei it's not incest but rather ''incredibly'' metaphorical masturbation.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Maggy the Frog told her that all three of her children would die. [[spoiler:Cersei's own actions, in various ways, lead to this outcome. Joffrey dies because Cersei coddled him and then couldn't control him when he was made king, which led to him being poisoned because he was out of control. Myrcella died because the Mountain killed Oberyn, which in turn only happened because Cersei was determined to punish Tyrion for killing Joffrey without any proof that he was responsible. Finally, Tommen kills himself after Cersei detonates the wildfire under the Great Sept of Baelor, killing Margaery among many others.]]
* ShadowArchetype: Cersei is the picture of what could have gone wrong with several other female characters who shared some characteristics with her:
** To Sansa. They were both sheltered daddy's girls from noble families, living a fantasy of marrying a PrinceCharming, which in both cases has gone horribly wrong, leaving them both disillusioned. Sansa's kinder nature and not actually spending years in a horrible marriage have left her in a better mental shape than Cersei, for now at least.
** Tywin notes a similarity between a young Cersei and Arya in their spirited and rebellious natures. However, Cersei was forced by Tywin to conform to the standard submissive role for a Westerosi woman, and put her energy into becoming an evil queen.
** Both Tyrell women, Margaery and Olenna, share many traits with Cersei -- they're manipulative, willing to use seduction (in Olenna's case, in the past) to further their goals and were "blessed" with not particularly politically competent husbands. Olenna and Cersei also share ruthlessness and and similarities in their acts go as far as committing a regicide and letting an innocent man take the fall. However, by growing (at least in Margaery's case) in a household where the female role was valued and taught -- instead of being reduced to a property of a man and a piece to haggle -- and being ''sane'', they get out of their roles everything Cersei couldn't: Margaery is a popular queen and gets to manipulate even Joffrey, and Olenna is the real head of her family who has raised a capable heiress and is the closest thing the series has to a female Tywin.
* ASharedSuffering: Shows a short-lived sisterly attitude towards Tyrion after Tywin reminds them both of the [[SarcasmMode joy]] of living under his domineering thumb.
* ShedTheFamilyName: [[spoiler: Cersei again takes up the Lannister name as Queen regnant instead of Baratheon.]]
* SheIsTheKing: [[spoiler: Becomes the ruling Queen of the Seven Kingdoms in the Season 6 finale.]]
* SiblingRivalry: Displays an open animosity towards Tyrion, which gets incensed when their father entrusts him with power. She [[CainAndAbel has wished the death of Tyrion]] since the day he was born. Tyrion doesn't reciprocate beyond the occasional quip because intellectually and humanely, he's way above her level. She also harbors some resentment over Tywin favouring Jaime.
* SmugSmiler: There probably isn't a character from any medium ever, to compete with that contemptible, irritating smirk that she wears constantly.
* SmugSnake:
** While she is indeed a somewhat competent/lucky schemer, she is not as brilliant as she thinks herself to be and her self-entitlement, pettiness, and overconfidence often renders her blindsided, and she always struggles to grasp that she's in over her head when she has been outplayed. Her own father even points out that she overestimates her own intelligence.
--->'''Lord Tywin:''' I don't distrust you because you're a woman. I distrust you because you're not as smart as you think you are. You've allowed that boy to ride roughshod over you and everyone else in this city.
** During her dinner with Tyrion in "The Prince of Winterfell", she gloats over the fact that she's holding Tyrion's whore hostage, while both Tyrion and the viewers know she's got the wrong woman altogether. Not that that makes Tyrion any less pissed at her contemptible behavior.
** Despite considering herself a keen player in the game of thrones, none of her plans ever truly succeed. Indeed, in most cases, her actions end up backfiring on her horribly, particularly her plan to rule Westeros behind the scenes while Joffrey sat on the throne. The most Cersei ever appears to achieve are very small, petty victories over people much less powerful than her, and that desire for short-lived sense of satisfaction irrespective of whether it actually improves her position or accomplishes anything in the long run is textbook SmugSnake.
* SpeakIllOfTheDead: She has no qualms posthumously calling Renly Baratheon a "degenerate" in "Dark Wings, Dark Words". [[{{Hypocrite}} This is coming from a woman who had three children with her twin brother]].
* StrongFamilyResemblance:
** Young Cersei looks ''strikingly'' similar to her daughter, Myrcella. The fact that Myrcella's a product of Cersei's incest with her own ''twin'' brother ''might'' have something to do with this.[[note]]Exact same genes, give or take a few[[/note]]
** With her hair cut off by the Faith Militant, she bears an unsettling resemblance to Joffrey.
* StupidEvil:
** Tyrion and Tywin separately note this about her. Her vile and foolish tendencies are always present, to the point where Tywin is quick to empower his much disparaged son Tyrion to mitigate Cersei's calamities.
** She cares nothing about public sentiment and doesn't realize that throwing people out of her city will draw their ire and how the ire of the mob is dangerous for kings and queens.
--->'''Tyrion''': Listen to me, 'queen regent'. You're in danger of losing the people.\\
'''Cersei''': The people? Heh. You think I care?\\
'''Tyrion''': You may find it difficult to rule over millions who want you dead.
** Her understanding on the actual military threats posed by Stannis Baratheon and Robb Stark is likewise tenuous at best, to the point that Tyrion's victory at Blackwater is almost in spite of her efforts, rather than because of it (her only contribution is getting the wildfire made, a plan Tyrion co-opted because she likely would have burned King's Landing to the ground by accident). Of course, a lot of these may be due to her rapidly becoming a not very functioning [[TheAlcoholic addict]].
** Once the sensible influences or restraints of Tyrion and Tywin are gone, Cersei goes one step further and engages in one petty, short-sighted scheme after another, culminating in her empowering the Faith Militant as a petty revenge scheme against the Tyrells with [[DidntThinkThisThrough zero regards for the potential blowback]]. She's called out on this one multiple times.
* ThickerThanWater: She spoiled her first son Joffrey from day one, but was horrified when he became increasingly psychopathic and insane, starting to indulge in regular cruelties and atrocities. She later acknowledges to Margaery that even at his most evil she still loves Joffrey out of some sense of maternal care and loses it completely when he dies in her arms.
* TooCleverByHalf: She is indeed well-versed in the games of subterfuge and underhanded politics amongst the Westeros' nobles, but she fancies herself to be better than she actually is, causing her to often severely underestimate her opponents. Ironically, this also works in her favor, since her opponents often assume she's too rational to do something stupid, only to be blindsided when she does it anyway.
* TraumaCongaLine: Episodes 2 and 3 of Season 4 are nothing but this for Cersei. First, Joffrey is assassinated using a horribly painful poison, and then her father totally ignores her when she asks him not to [[BrutalHonesty lecture Tommen about how bad a king Joffrey was]] before taking Tommen away, and then she has a...[[QuestionableConsent rather uncomfortable sexual encounter]] with Jaime next to her son's corpse while she's mourning.
* TraumaticHaircut: Has her precious golden locks cut off by the Faith Militant.
* TroubledAbuser: Between her experiences with her abusive husband, controlling, emotionally abusive father and uncontrollable, psychopathic son, Cersei takes it out on whom she has a chance at the moment. Sometimes it's Tyrion (though it tends to backfire on her). More often it's [[TheChewToy Sansa]].
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour:
** She proudly recalls the time she had a 9 year old servant girl beaten to blindness for stealing a necklace, when she was of the same age.
** "Mockingbird" reveals that during a visit Oberyn and Elia had at Casterly Rock when they were children, Cersei freely tormented a baby Tyrion in front of them by pinching his penis and talking about how she wished he had died. She only stopped tormenting Tyrion because Jaime made her stop.
** We finally get a glimpse of [[TeensAreMonsters teen Cersei]] in Season 5, she's about as charming as you would think. When Maggy the Frog refuses to tell her fortune, a teenage Cersei threatens to have her eyes gouged out.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: [[spoiler: In the Season 6 finale, after killing most of her political enemies in a wildfire explosion and Tommen's suicide, Cersei forcibly takes the Iron Throne and names herself Queen.]]
* TheUnfavourite: In Season 3, her father makes it clear that due to her failure to control Joffrey, he regards her as little better than Tyrion. Also note that while Tywin may not ''like'' Tyrion, he does respect Tyrion's intelligence and in this respect treats him as an equal. The same can't be said for Cersei.
* UngratefulBastard: Never has anything good to say about Tyrion or Loras, despite both of them being vital in saving her and Tommen's lives at the battle of Blackwater. Tywin even calls her out on her ingratitude for the Tyrells. Probably the most blatant example of this was her framing Ned Stark as a traitor after he warned her to save herself and her children; though it was mixed with PragmaticVillainy, since they would be forced to go into exile if she accepted Ned's scenario.
* UnwittingPawn: After transforming the Sparrows into the Faith Militant and giving them free rain to imprison any ''deviants'' towards the Gods, which ends up getting both Loras and Margaery captured, she confidently assumes that she is controlling them like puppets. It never occurs to her until it's too late that the now all powerful fundamentalist organisation would imprison her for her own deviant lifestyle once they no longer needed her.
* TheUsurper: Although it's her sons who get to sit on the Iron Throne, not herself, it's her actions which usurp said throne to her family. [[spoiler:And as "The Winds of Winter" she finally seizes it for herself.]]
* VillainProtagonist: She is clearly the viewpoint character during the Faith in King's Landing storyline in Season 6.
* VillainousBreakdown:
** She angrily loses her cool when Tyrion shows up in a meeting of the Small Council, and much to her chagrin reveals that he's acting Hand of the King.
** She's in this mode for the entire episode "Blackwater", although it's a less hammy example then usual.
** In "The Lion and the Rose". Cersei visibly ''shatters'' as Joffrey dies helplessly in her arms.
** In "The Gift", she goes from being a SmugSmiler for the majority of Season 5 to screaming "I am the queen!" as she is dragged away to the Black Cells by the High Sparrow's Faith Militant.
** Her sanity worsens as her situation does throughout season six. This ends up being the dangerous version, since she's desperate and crazy enough in the finale to [[spoiler:use the wildfire caches in King's Landing to simply kill all of her rivals at once.]]
* VillainousFriendship: With Qyburn, who is the only person to visit her during her imprisonment by the Faith, and the first person to cover her after her walk of shame.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Like all of Tywin's children, she craves his appreciation. Like all of Tywin's children, she doesn't get it, because a) she screws up, b) daddy doesn't ''do'' appreciation to begin with.
* WhamLine
** She reveals the truth to Tywin in "The Children":
---> '''Cersei''': Everything they say about Jaime and me is true... your legacy is a ''lie''!
* WhileRomeBurns: She smiles and triumphantly sips a glass of wine [[spoiler:as she watches the wildfire cache burn down the Great Sept of Baelor, along with all of her rivals in it, in the distance]]. She's clearly enjoying the awful spectacle.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: "Everyone who is not us is an enemy."
* WomanScorned: After Robert makes clear that he never loved her and their marriage didn't have a chance to work, and strikes her (in a different scene), he doesn't live for long. Years of cheating and humiliating her probably didn't help his case, either.
* WomenAreWiser: At times.
** She is completely right about Margaery Tyrell not being as harmless as she seems. Joffrey ignores her.
** Cersei herself believes this trope to be true, in tandem with AllMenArePerverts; during her pathetic attempt to blackmail Tyrion she says that thinking with their penises is a FatalFlaw present in all men. Again, playing into her {{Hypocrite}} character. She considers men's uncontrollable sexual desires to be their biggest weakness, and yet her own sexual desires for Jaime that she either couldn't or wouldn't control despite the knowledge that the whole affair could backfire horribly is what ultimately leads to all of the events in the series.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: As Joffrey is only 16, she's technically the ruling sovereign of the Seven Kingdoms; her official title is even "Queen Regent". She even tries to assert her authority as such early on, but Joffrey takes a shotgun to that notion with six little words: "[[WhamLine Ser Ilyn, bring me his head]]!" She still attempts to rule while Joffrey spends his time performing various cruelties, but Tyrion compromises much of her power and repeatedly outmanoeuvres her when she tries to take it back, Tywin wastes no time controlling everyone once he comes back from fighting the war, and then the Tyrells join in by marrying Margaery to both of Cersei's sons, making Margaery the would-be reigning Queen.
* WickedCultured: As could be expected of a rich young woman from a noble house, Cersei recieved an excellent education.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: Not so much as in the books, but in the end of the day Cersei is a philanderer, a drunkard and an incompetent ruler, not unlike her hated late hubby (albeit in a different style).
* YourCheatingHeart: First cheats on Robert with Jaime, then on Jaime with Lancel. While Robert is her UnwantedSpouse, she has proclaimed Jaime tto be her OneTrueLove, making cheating on him the ultimate proof that she isn't loyal to any man.
* YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: Strongly implied to be a factor in hating Tyrion. Leads to what is probably her best comeback.
-->'''Cersei''': Mother gone. All for the sake of you. There's no bigger joke in the world than that.
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: While not as hated as her son Joffrey, the common folk of King's Landing don't like her much at all. Her haughty, crappy treatment of the subjects and the rumors of incest certainly don't do a lot to change that.
** [[spoiler: Her destruction of the Sept of Baelor which killed hundreds if not thousands of people, including Margery, Loras, Mace, and Kevan, and her grab for the Iron Throne after Tommen's subsequent suicide cemented her position as the most hated person in Westeros.]]
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[[folder:Ser Jaime Lannister]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:''"[[LoveMakesYouEvil I don't blame him, and I don't blame you. We don't get to choose who we love.]]"'']]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/NikolajCosterWaldau

->''"There it is. There's the look. I've seen it for seventeen years on face after face. You all despise me. Kingslayer. Oathbreaker. A man without honor."''

Twin brother of Cersei, and older brother of Tyrion. A member of the Kingsguard, and Lord Commander after the forced retirement of Ser Barristan until his own forced retirement.
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* TheAce: Generally considered to be one of the greatest swordsmen in Westeros, if not ''the'' greatest. Subtly combined with BrilliantButLazy: When he tries he's almost as cunning, charismatic, and socially dominating as his father and little brother, but he's personally unambitious and is only ever recognized in-universe for his sublime swordsmanship and pretty face.
-->'''Littlefinger:''' I bet on Ser Jaime in the jousting, as any sane man would...
* ActionDad: The biological father of Joffrey, Tommen and Myrcella and is a renowned badass.
* AdaptedOut:
** His confession to Tyrion about Tysha at the end of ''A Storm of Swords'', which caused them to part on a very sour note. Instead, since Jaime doesn't tell him this, their parting is much more heartwarming.
** His arc in the books after Tywin's death involves reforming the Kingsguard, beefing up security, trying and failing to offer Cersei good advice, this is instead traded for [[AdaptationExpansion a trip to show!Dorne]].
* AdaptationalBadass: In regards to losing his sword hand, [[BroughtDownToBadass Jaime is still shown to be a somewhat able swordsman while sparring with Bronn]]. In the books, not so much. Though, Book!Jaime compensated for that by becoming a badass general, administrator and diplomat and that aspect is missing in Seasons 4 and 5, though it appears in Season 6.
* AdaptationDistillation: His arc in Season 4 has him taking over for Kevan Lannister as Tyrion's quasi-lawyer and Go-Between between him and Tywin. In the books he comes far too late to King's Landing, well after Joffrey's death, and doesn't get much chance to interact with his little brother, though the crucial climactic conversation between them, despite additional time to be built up in the season, is AdaptedOut.
* AdaptationalHeroism:
** Jaime in the books even after the beginning of his RedemptionQuest is quite blunt and jerkish, and after the loss of his hand tries to cultivate a more distant and intimidating demeanour, whereas Jaime in Season 4 barring one or two interactions is often quite nice. The scene where he asks Tywin to spare his brother for instance is quite far apart from Book!Jaime at least in levels of earnestness and sincerity.
** His interactions with Brienne (with whom he already has a fair bit of ShipTease in the novels) tend to be warmer in the show than in the books, especially later on.
* AdaptationalVillainy: He gets a few more KickTheDog moments than in the books:
** He murders his young cousin Alton Lannister, who idolised him, as part of an escape attempt, which incidentally makes him a kinslayer, the only thing ''worse'' than a kingslayer.
** In the book, the sex scene with Cersei in front of Joffrey's corpse was consensual; in "Breaker Of Chains", it is at best grudging, at worst forced by Jaime. The context change doesn't help either: In the books, Jaime has only just returned to King's Landing after spending most of the war a prisoner and losing his hand and son and is so starved for intimacy that he ignores Cersei's initial protestations. In the show, he's been around for a few weeks, making his actions a lot less seemingly impulsive.
*** However, it is worth noting that WordOfGod states this is ''not canon'' and the scene was meant to be consensual.
* AgeLift: Is 40 in "Two Swords", making him older than his book counterpart at the same point in the story (though also three years ''younger'' than his actor).
* AffablyEvil: It's kind of hard to remember to hate the guy when he's joking with Tyrion or trading war stories with Jory Cassel... and then he brutally stabs the latter through the eye. Quite the turnaround to further remind the audience of the "evil" part.
* AnArmAndALeg: Locke chops off his hand out of spite.
* AntiHero: In the third season, the reveal of his heroic HiddenDepths and the selfless deeds he commits establish him firmly in this category. As it stands, he's somewhere between a PragmaticHero and an UnscrupulousHero by virtue of the murkier things he's done in the name of family.
* AntiVillain: His characterization in the first two seasons. A man who doesn't hesitate to kill a child or a kin for his own benefit but who possesses some sympathetic traits and standards.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion:
** To Brienne.
---> '''Jaime:''' Tell me, if your precious Renly commanded you to kill your own father and stand by while thousands of men, women, and children burned alive, ''would you have'' done ''it''? ''Would you have kept your oath then?''
** Delivers one to Walder Frey in "The Winds of Winter".
---> '''Jaime:''' We gave you the Riverlands to hold the Riverlands. If we have to ride North and take them back every time you lose them...why do we need you?
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: A gifted man full of hubris because he's one of the best swordsmen in the Seven Kingdoms ''and'' a Lannister. His smugness starts to wear off in Season 3, slowly at first, what with getting his ass kicked by Brienne, and dramatically after "Walk of Punishment", a turning point where most of the arrogance is well and truly gone. While he still tries to reassure his lord father that not being as good with his left hand doesn't matter as long as he's better than anyone else, an honest conversation with Tyrion shows that most of his self-confidence is gone.
* ArtificialLimbs: He is fitted with a golden hand in Season 4 when he returns to King's Landing. Subverted in that it doesn't function as anything but a display and Jaime remarks that [[HookHand a hook]] would be more practical, but much to his luck, he does manages to use it as a life-saving [[BarehandedBladeBlock improvised shield]]. It's also an effective tool for slapping, As the Freys learned the hard way during Season 6.
* TheAtoner: Jaime is trying his best to reform. He saved Brienne, sent her on a quest to try and save the Stark girls in order to fulfill Catelyn's vow, saved Tyrion from death, and once again aspires to be a dutiful Kingsguard no matter how soiled his reputation... and after Tywin's death and Tyrion's abandoning the city, Jaime sails to Dorne in an attempt to protect his 'niece' Myrcella from retaliation for the death of Oberyn Martell.
* BadassBoast
-->'''[To Jory]''' I'm going to open your lord up from balls to brains and see what Starks are made of.\\
'''[To Lady Stark]''' There are no men like me. Only me.
* BadassDecay: Goes through this in-universe as from the beginning of the series onwards as we see him captured, beaten by a woman, and finally having his hand cut off and with it ''all'' of his prodigious prowess as a swordsman. He is regarded as this in Season 4, with his own father and Cersei regarding his career as a Knight as over and Joffrey essentially calling him a has-been.
* BadassInCharge: As Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.
* BadassLongcoat: He attires while not in his Kingsguard armor are mostly this.
* BaitTheDog: Two humanizing scenes have him bonding with Jory and his young cousin, Alton. Jory gets a callous answer in the end and before long, both of them are rather casually killed by Jaime.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: In Season 5, he discovers the one real advantage a fake hand gives him in a sword fight.
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Cersei in Season 1. The two of them are the seasons primary threats and antagonists.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Tyrion. Cersei notes that he was always the one to defend his little brother from the abuses of his father, sister, and society. This even extended to setting up the MeetCute with Tysha, which is part of why the two of them get along so well (in the book, Tyrion explicitly narrates that his UndyingLoyalty to Jaime is in thanks for giving him [[IJustWantToBeLoved a taste of love]]). In Season 4, he's probably the only major figure to publicly support Tyrion's innocence and it's implied that he would have dueled on his behalf if he had both hands. He finally defies both his father and sister and arranges with Varys to break Tyrion out of prison, giving one final, loving hug before they part ways.
* BigDamnHeroes: He returns to Harrenhal just in time to rescue Brienne from a live bear.
* BodyguardBetrayal: The source of his infamous nickname Kingslayer. Even worse for him, in that it was [[TheCaligula Aerys]] that he killed, and while almost everyone is happy for such a monstrous man to be dead, they still dislike Jaime for having broken his oath to protect the king, and it has no small part in his resentment towards Ned Stark. Somewhat justified by the high premium that is (at least publicly) placed on honor[[labelnote:From the books...]]Ned Stark was the first to find Jaime sitting on the Iron Throne and Aerys II at the feet thereof, so he believed that Jaime had at least considered usurping the throne[[/labelnote]].
* BloodKnight: Loves a good fight, but is also courageous and (in most cases) honorable, as demonstrated by him sparing Ned after one of his men "taints" the victory by stabbing Ned in the leg.
* BreakTheHaughty: Despite numerous forces attempting to break him down (see HumiliationConga), Jaime remains as [[SmugSnake smug]] and [[ArrogantKungFuGuy arrogant]] as ever ''right'' up until the moment where he loses his hand.
* BrilliantButLazy:
** Shows no greater ambition than to be a member of the Kingsguard. This contrasts with his father who remade the Lannisters as the strongest house (and seems to consider Jaime a JadedWashout), his sister who tried to make herself the power behind the throne, and his brother who ruled King's Landing (and wants Casterly Rock). Jaime displays cunning with his manipulation of Steelshanks and Locke, but rarely uses it.
--->'''Lord Tywin''': You're blessed with abilities that few men possess. You're blessed to belong to the most powerful family in the Kingdoms, and you're still blessed with youth. And what have you done with these blessings? You've served as a glorified bodyguard for two kings, one a madman, the other a drunk [...] I need you to become the man you were always meant to be. Not next year, not tomorrow...now.
** It's also a {{deconstruction}} in that Jaime's laziness leads to him having few real accomplishments. Moreover, in the book describing the achievements of each member of the Kingsguard, his page is ridiculously small and the only notability compared to other members is his killing of Aerys... so as a swordsman he's practically a LivingLegend, but as a member of the Kingsguard he is a ButtMonkey.
** Come Season 6 and he is growing out of it. [[spoiler: Jaime confronts the High Sparrow, immediately tries to approach the small council to do something about the situation in Dorne and then when it's clear that unity is needed to take on the Faith Militant he not only convinces Kevan and Olenna to work with Cersei again, but its clear from Olenna's face that she's thinking "This boy knows his shit".]]
* BrokenAce: It is shown that he is incredibly bitter about his reputation as the 'Kingslayer', and that no matter what he does, he'll always be remembered as [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder someone who will change sides at the drop of a hat.]]
* BrotherSisterIncest: With Cersei.
* ButtMonkey: By Season 4, he has this status among his family, having sat out of the war as a captive and NobleFugitive, getting his hand chopped off in the process while the war was won without him doing anything significant. His relationship with Cersei is cold, his father is disappointed in his continual insistence to serve in the Kingsguard, and even his "nephew" King Joffrey mocks him for being a FailureHero. Not as much as Tyrion, but a drastic comedown from being his father's favourite. Even Loras, his future brother-in-law, easily defeats him in PassiveAggressiveKombat which Jaime himself had initiated.
* ByronicHero: The darker end of this trope. Killing the Mad King was the best thing he ever did, but doing so cost him his integrity and everyone hates Jaime for it. This has made him an outcast in Westeros society. He continues to be haunted by the Mad King's last words (the king came very close to torching all of King's Landing), and his true reasons for Kingslaying are a closely-guarded secret very few other people know. As a consequence, Jaime decided to embrace his amoral image by doing dark things in the name of self-preservation - such as pushing Bran off the tower and killing his cousin - although he is trying his best to reform. Jaime is also handsome, a prodigy with a sword, both proud and self-loathing, cynical, and has a very sharp wit. Oh, and he's had an incestuous affair with his own sister for several years.
* ChildProdigy: On the one hand, his dyslexia made him a slow learner in some aspects, but on the other hand, he was already a brilliant swordsman during his childhood. He tells Bronn that he hasn't used sparring swords since he was nine. He became the youngest Kingsguard in history, joining the order at the age of 16.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Zigzagged trope. This is his reputation. In reality, his killing of King Aerys is far more complex: Aerys told him to kill his own father and was also planning on burning down and killing everyone in King's Landing. Unfortunately, Jaime's pride and pessimism discouraged him from revealing that true reason for killing Aerys. On the other hand, if word were to ever get out that Jaime had brutally killed his younger cousin, Alton Lannister, then he would be known as a ''kinslayer'', the ''only'' thing worse than being a kingslayer in Westeros, as well.
* CluelessChickMagnet: Jaime is oblivious to the attention he gets from women because he's only interested in Cersei (or Brienne), which Bronn points out with considerable irritation.
* CompositeCharacter: Jaime takes over for Balon Swann, a Kingsguard knight sent by Cersei to return Myrcella to the Capital. Jaime did not go to Dorne in the books.
* ConflictingLoyalty: A recurring theme for him all through the series:
** The Kingslayer delivers a trope-defining remark to Lady Catelyn Stark pointing out that the oaths about honoring your family and honoring your King are forced to be helplessly contradictory sooner or later.
--->'''Jaime:''' So many vows. They make you swear and swear. Defend the king. Obey the king. Obey your father. Defend the innocent. Protect the weak. But what if your father despises the king? What if the king massacres the innocent? It's too much. No matter what, you're forsaking one vow or the other."
** As he revealed to Brienne, Jaime broke his oath and killed the Mad King when he decided to explode huge quantities of wildfire hidden beneath King's Landing. This action saved 500,000 lives but came at the price of his honor and universal contempt for soiling his office.
** On his return to King's Landing, Jaime is once again torn between family and duty. His oath to Catelyn Stark to safeguard Sansa and Arya are complicated by her death and changed political landscape. When Joffrey dies and Tyrion is arrested and Sansa is suspected, Jaime is caught between his father, sister and his little brother, his promise to Catelyn Stark and his decision to honor his vows to the Kingsguard as best as possible. No easy task. He eventually decides to go against his family in secret, giving Brienne help to rescue Sansa, and working with Varys to rescue Tyrion.
* ConscienceMakesYouGoBack: He was willing to leave Brienne to her fate at first, but couldn't go through with it and managed to convince his escorts to go back to Harrenhal for her. Although to be fair he ''did'' initially think she was going to be ransomed and went back to force the issue at once when he heard that Locke had refused the ransom offer.
* CoolBigBro: Undoubtedly to Tyrion- he's even seen bringing him some extra prostitutes before the feast in the first episode!
* CoolSword: Oathkeeper, the Valyrian steel sword Lord Tywin gives him, made from House Stark's Ice, at the beginning of Season 4. It lacks some of the more spectacular elements of its book counterpart (namely its highly distinctive rippling red-and-black blade), but its handle is still ludicrously baroque. Eventually, he gives it to Brienne.
* CripplingOverspecialization: While he's perfectly cunning and intelligent for a warrior, Jaime has built his entire life, career, reputation, and self-respect around being one of the best ''swordsmen'' in the kingdom... who then loses his sword hand early in Season 3.
-->'''Jaime:''' It's a good thing I am who I am. I'd have been useless at anything else.
* {{Cuckold}}: Jaime is completely oblivious that Cersei slept with their cousin Lancel even when he returned to King's Landing after Cersei was arrested and punished by the Faith Militant. Granted that Cersei never told him the true reason why she got arrested as it would open more skeletons in the closet. [[labelnote:From the books]] Tyrion told Jaime that "Cersei's fucking Lancel, Osmund Kettleblack, and Moonboy for all I know" before they parted in bad terms which led to Jaime having doubts on Cersei's faithfulness to him. When he went to the Riverlands, he confronted Lancel about the affair and Lancel confessed that he did slept with Cersei and helped her kill Robert. Eventually, Jaime began to despise Cersei and refused to help her when the Faith Militant got her. This is in contrast to the show where Jaime left Cersei in good terms with no doubts and he didn't talk to Lancel before leaving to the Riverlands.[[/labelnote]]
* CynicismCatalyst: The death of the Mad King Aerys Targaryen II at his hands: Turns out that instead of switching sides at the last minute like his father did, the ''real'' reason he killed Aerys was to prevent Aerys from using wildfire to [[KillEmAll annihilate]] [[TakingYouWithMe everyone]] in King's Landing. One of his most truly noble and selfless acts resulted in everyone derisively referring to him as "Kingslayer". That's part of the reason he's become so bitter and lacking in empathy towards others.
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: Confesses this problem to Tyrion, noting that his instincts with his left hand are nowhere near the skills of his perfectly-trained right hand.
* DeadpanSnarker: He tends to slip at least one of these into every conversation he makes. But of particular note:
-->'''Jaime:''' King in the North! You know, I expect you to leave me at one castle or another for safekeeping but you just drag me along camp to camp. Have you grown fond of me Stark, is that it? I've never seen you with a girl.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Towards Brienne.
* {{Determinator}}: Makes no less than five escape attempts throughout his captivity. At one point, gasping for breath in the mud after having one of his hands chopped off, he still disarms a Bolton soldier with his left and tries to fight a group of others.
* DidNotThinkThisThrough: Jaime is incredibly impulsive. The problem being that many of his spur-of-the-moment actions either don't further his cause or outright make his problems worse. To wit:
** Attacking Ned Stark and his men did nothing to free Tyrion from Catelyn Stark.
** His murder of Rickard Karstark's son in a poorly thought out escape attempt only made many Stark bannerman all too eager to kill him.
** He freed Tyrion, only for the latter to use the newfound freedom to murder their father.
** His attempt to bring Myrcella back from Dorne wasn't well thought through either, and ends in failure.
** He's called out on his impulsiveness InUniverse more than once. Noteably by Cersei and Bronn.
--->'''Cersei:''' You're a man of action, aren't you? When it occurs to you to do something you do it. Never mind the consequences.\\
'''Jaime:''' I like to improvise.\\
'''Bronn:''' That explains the golden hand.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight:
** Tells Bronn he wants to go out in the arms of the woman he loves.
** Myrcella collapses and dies in Jaime's arms after they have a first and sweet father-daughter conversation.
* TheDogBitesBack: It's been implied that his murder of Aerys was a case of this. [[labelnote:From the books...]]This is confirmed, since among other things Jaime was forced to stand by and listen as Aerys brutally raped his wife Rhaella and whilst Brandon and Ricken Stark were horrifically killed, and Jaime would "go inside" his own mind when that happened, implying that it left him with a degree of PTSD.[[/labelnote]]
* TheDragon: He's trusted by Lord Tywin with half of the Lannister forces and attains some glory in the field, but his war days are quickly ended when he gets ensnared by Robb Stark.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** Not his first scene, but being able to shove a child out a window with only a flippant little comment about "The things I do for love" is a pretty big moment.
** Gets a second one in "The Kingsroad" while talking to Jon Snow.
** His first scene where he gets a significant number of lines to himself, onscreen, in fact, is the scene where he's joking around with Tyrion in the brothel. That episode is Jaime in a nutshell, really -- dangerous, doesn't mind killing children, loves his family.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:
** He and Cersei are clearly very much in love, and he's very protective of his brother Tyrion, not to mention he's the only member of his immediate family who ''doesn't'' blame Tyrion for the death of their mother Joanna Lannister.
** Despite not approving of Joffrey's rudeness and general attitude, he loves him enough to shove several people out of his way and rush to his side, desperately trying to help him. Tragically (sort of), it doesn't work.
** Though he's not really close to them (as he had to pretend to be their 'uncle' for most of their lives), he does care about Myrcella and Tommen.
* EveryoneHasStandards:
** Knocks down a soldier who unceremoniously stabs Ned in the leg during his duel with the latter. When talking with his father in "You Win or You Die", he comments that this act made him spare Ned's life as killing him in this situation wouldn't be "clean."
** He also feels contempt for rapists. So what the fuck was that in "Breaker of Chains"?
** The reason he killed Aerys -- he wanted to burn down King's Landing with wildfire.
** Unlike his father, sister, and his son, he has no problem with homosexuality and even sympathises with them, given his own affection.
** Defies Cersei's wishes by having Brienne find Sansa and take her to safety so that Cersei can't harm her, and giving up his sword Oathkeeper to her for that purpose.
** In the Season 6 finale, he is absolutely horrified to see the mass murder and destruction Cersei has wreaked upon King's Landing and their own family.
* EvilCounterpart: To Ser Loras Tyrell. They're both arrogant, highly-skilled warriors, Lords Commander of a family member's Kingsguard, brothers to a queen, and have a socially unacceptable romantic relationship, but the Knight of Flowers has yet to do anything as heinous as pushing a kid out of a window or murdering his own cousin in cold blood. Loras and Margaery are a BrotherSisterTeam, whereas Jaime and Cersei are engaged in BrotherSisterIncest. Although Loras is jealous of Brienne, he doesn't actually want to harm her, and even comes to her defense when Margaery accuses her of murdering Renly, whereas Jaime attempts to kill Brienne (who was merely trying to escort him safely to King's Landing, albeit in chains) in "Dark Wings, Dark Words". Loras tries to engage in polite small talk with Jaime in "The Lion and the Rose", and the older knight suddenly escalates it to a verbal confrontation by threatening his life.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Grows an appropriately [[http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/33700000/Jaime-Lannister-jaime-lannister-33779441-1600-1200.jpg leonine one]] while in Northern captivity in Season 2 and keeps it thick into the rest of Season 3. He chops it all off in Season 4, wearing his hair short again once he returns to the luxury of King's Landing.
* FacialDialogue: After losing his hand, whenever someone starts to bring up the subject of his incest and parenthood, even if indirectly, Jaime usually produces a begging "Please don't." wounded gaze.
* FailureHero: How the Lannisters see him after he returns; King Joffrey and Cersei both note that they survived a siege without him and the war was won without him playing a major role and he for his part, sat out of it as a captive and returned as a cripple. This is amplified furthermore when Joffrey gets poisoned at his own wedding in full view of everyone, with Jaime not able to do nothing but watch. It's worse in the TV show because his book counterpart wasn't even ''present'' at King's Landing at the time. And then his actions directly lead to Tywin's death. Harshly, but accurately [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech summed up]] by Cersei:
--> '''Cersei''': Tyrion may be a monster, but at least he killed our father on purpose. You ki