History Characters / GameOfThronesHouseTargaryen

29th Dec '17 8:25:17 PM sayaleviathan
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* BrokenPedestal: Downplayed. Oberyn had made fun of all of Elia's suitors but even he was taken by Rhaegar's charisma and good looks. He became rightfully angry when Rhaegar spurned Elia and absconded with Lyanna Stark.

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* BrokenPedestal: Downplayed. Oberyn had made fun of all of Elia's suitors but even he was taken by Rhaegar's charisma and good looks. He became rightfully angry when Rhaegar spurned Elia and absconded with Lyanna Stark. In the "Conquest and Rebellion" series, Jaime, as well, thought that Rhaegar could have been a better ruler than Aerys II until his affair with Lyanna which made him conclude that Rhaegar is NotSoDifferent than his father.



* TheWisePrince: According to Ser Barristan, who considers Rhaegar, [[TheParagon the finest man he ever knew]].

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* TheWisePrince: According to Ser Barristan, who considers Rhaegar, [[TheParagon the finest man he ever knew]]. In the ''Conquest and Rebellion'' series, Jaime initially thought that he would be a better ruler than the Mad King.



* YourCheatingHeart: Oberyn Martell is highly critical of Rhaegar for running off with Lyanna Stark, humiliating his sister (and Rhaegar's wife) Elia, and then starting a war which ultimately led to the deaths of his children and the brutal rape and murder of his wife. Littlefinger confirms that Rhaegar ''publicly'' spurned Elia at the Tourney at Harrenhal by putting a crown of winter roses on Lyanna's lap.

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* YourCheatingHeart: Oberyn Martell is highly critical of Rhaegar for running off with Lyanna Stark, humiliating his sister (and Rhaegar's wife) Elia, and then starting a war which ultimately led to the deaths of his children and the brutal rape and murder of his wife. Littlefinger confirms that Rhaegar ''publicly'' spurned Elia at the Tourney at Harrenhal by putting a crown of winter roses on Lyanna's lap. In the ''Conquest and Rebellion'' animated series, Viserys is aware what Rhaegar had done but he blames Lyanna for being a "distraction" and labels her as a "whore" or "mistress".
22nd Dec '17 10:19:31 PM karategal
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* MagicalAbortion: Due to Mirri Maz Duur's BloodMagic, Mirri Maz Duur uses Rheago as the sacrifice for the life of his father Drogo, unbeknownst to Rhaego's mother Daenerys at the time. Rhaego is said to be born dead and deformed.

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* MagicalAbortion: Due to Mirri Maz Duur's BloodMagic, Mirri Maz Duur uses Rheago Rhaego as the sacrifice for the life of his father Drogo, unbeknownst to Rhaego's mother Daenerys at the time. Rhaego is said to be born dead and deformed.



* AbductionIsLove: Allegedly abducted Lyanna Stark, stealing her from her family and fiancé. Whether he did it out of lust or love, it has yet to be discovered. TheReveal that Lyanna died giving birth to his son and begging her brother to protect the child despite having fought a war against Rhaegar heavily implies a love affair was involved. [[spoiler: Turns out it was consensual, and that Lyanna loved him over Robert.]]

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* AbductionIsLove: Allegedly abducted Lyanna Stark, stealing her from her family and fiancé.fianc&eacute. Whether he did it out of lust or love, it has yet to be discovered. TheReveal that Lyanna died giving birth to his son and begging her brother to protect the child despite having fought a war against Rhaegar heavily implies a love affair was involved. [[spoiler: Turns out it was consensual, and that Lyanna loved him over Robert.]]



-->'''Oberyn:''' My sister loved him. She bore his children. Swaddled them, rocked them, fed them at her own breast. Elia wouldn't let the wet nurse touch them. And beautiful, noble Rhaegar Targaryen...left her for another woman.

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-->'''Oberyn:''' My sister loved him. She bore his children. Swaddled them, rocked them, fed them at her own breast. Elia wouldn't let the wet nurse touch them. And beautiful, noble Rhaegar Targaryen... left her for another woman.



* DidntThinkThisThrough: His love affair with the already engaged Lyana Stark. The country was torn into civil war and his own House was destroyed.

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* DidntThinkThisThrough: His love affair with the already engaged Lyana Lyanna Stark. The country was torn into civil war and his own House was destroyed.



* FatalFlaw: Rhaegar was known as an elegant, able man who played harp for commoners in disguise, but everything goes out the window when he goes full fantasist mode: His love for Lyanna [[spoiler:(and her love for him)]] led to diplomatic disaster and really callous handling of her wife and kids. Charging in single combat against the hammer wielding bethrothed in an epic duel didn't end well for him either.

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* FatalFlaw: Rhaegar was known as an elegant, able man who played harp for commoners in disguise, but everything goes out the window when he goes full fantasist mode: His love for Lyanna [[spoiler:(and her love for him)]] led to diplomatic disaster and really callous handling of her his wife and kids. Charging in single combat against the hammer wielding bethrothed betrothed in an epic duel didn't end well for him him, either.



* IHaveYourWife: His kidnapping of Robert Baratheon's betrothed, Lyanna Stark, (probably in combination with his father's penchant for burning his vassals) is what started Robert's Rebellion. He hid her in a tower in Dorne and appointed a retinue of Kingsguard knights to guard the tower and prevent anyone from entering. In reality [[spoiler: Lyanna fled to Dorne with Rhaegar willingly to get away from Robert, who she never loved in the first place. Robert, meanwhile, was utterly oblivious to the fact that Lyanna preferred Rhaegar, going so far as to marry him herself and bear his child. When Rheagar left to face Robert on the Trident, the Kingsguard were ordered to the Tower of Joy to protect ''Princess'' Lyanna Stark and their newborn son, the infant Aegon Targaryen (later Jon Snow). So it wasn't really a case of IHaveYourWife, more like a secretive I Have '''My''' Wife, Please Leave Us Alone, Thank You.]]

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* IHaveYourWife: His kidnapping of Robert Baratheon's betrothed, Lyanna Stark, (probably in combination with his father's penchant for burning his vassals) is what started Robert's Rebellion. He hid her in a tower in Dorne and appointed a retinue of Kingsguard knights to guard the tower and prevent anyone from entering. In reality [[spoiler: Lyanna fled to Dorne with Rhaegar willingly to get away from Robert, who she never loved in the first place. Robert, meanwhile, was utterly oblivious to the fact that Lyanna preferred Rhaegar, going so far as to marry him herself and bear his child. When Rheagar Rhaegar left to face Robert on the Trident, the Kingsguard were ordered to the Tower of Joy to protect ''Princess'' Lyanna Stark and their newborn son, the infant Aegon Targaryen (later Jon Snow). So it wasn't really a case of IHaveYourWife, more like a secretive I Have '''My''' Wife, Please Leave Us Alone, Thank You.]]



* {{Jerkass}}: While Rhaegar was by all accounts a classic case of Prince Charming adored by all, his treatment of his wife, Elia, after he meets Lyanna Stark is rather appalling. At a tourney he won and had to crown his Queen of Love and Beauty, Rhaegar passed over his own wife in favor of crowning the already spoken for Lyanna, publicly humiliating his wife in the process. Then when he ran away with Lyanna [[spoiler: he left his wife and children behind at the mercy of his father so that he could annul his marriage to Elia and marry Lyanna. Doing so likely removed his children by Elia from the line of succession- possibly even making them bastards. Oh, and he had the nerve to so in Dorne, his wife's homeland]].
** His actions get even worse in episode seven of season seven, [[spoiler: when Jon Snow's true name is revealed; '''Aegon Targaryen'''. Which is also the name of Rhaegar's son with Elia, his previous heir. Which makes it come off as not only was he removing his first son from the line of succession, but he fully intended to have him replaced]].

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* {{Jerkass}}: While Rhaegar was by all accounts a classic case of Prince Charming adored by all, his treatment of his wife, Elia, after he meets Lyanna Stark is rather appalling. At a tourney he won and had to crown his Queen of Love and Beauty, Rhaegar passed over his own wife in favor of crowning the already spoken for Lyanna, publicly humiliating his wife in the process. Then when he ran away with Lyanna Lyanna, [[spoiler: he left his wife and children behind at the mercy of his father so that he could annul his marriage to Elia and marry Lyanna. Doing so likely removed his children by Elia from the line of succession- succession -- possibly even making them bastards. Oh, and he had the nerve to so in Dorne, his wife's homeland]].
** His actions get even worse in episode seven of season seven, Season 7, [[spoiler: when Jon Snow's true name is revealed; '''Aegon Targaryen'''. Which is also the name of Rhaegar's son with Elia, his previous heir. Which makes it come off as not only was he removing his first son from the line of succession, but he fully intended to have him replaced]].



* MyOwnPrivateIDo: [[spoiler:He married the love of his life, Lyanna Stark, in Dorne before their son Jon's birth, having his first marriage to Elia Martell annulled by the High Septon himself right before the ceremony. It turns out the marriage was entirely consensual and Lyanna loved Rheagar just as much as he loved her. As such, their son Jon is in fact trueborn and a Targaryen by legal right. Furthermore, Jon is Rheagar's legal heir and the true heir to the Targaryen Iron Throne, ahead of Daenerys in the line of succession.]]

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* MyOwnPrivateIDo: [[spoiler:He married the love of his life, Lyanna Stark, in Dorne before their son Jon's birth, having his first marriage to Elia Martell annulled by the High Septon himself right before the ceremony. It turns out the marriage was entirely consensual and Lyanna loved Rheagar Rhaegar just as much as he loved her. As such, their son Jon is in fact trueborn and a Targaryen by legal right. Furthermore, Jon is Rheagar's Rhaegar's legal heir and the true heir to the Targaryen Iron Throne, ahead of Daenerys in the line of succession.]]



* TheUnfavorite: [[spoiler:With his mother's marriage to Rhaegar annelled, his status as Rhaegar's heir was effectively stripped from him and given to his younger half-brother. And if Rhaegar was indeed the one who named Jon, then even his own name as "Aegon Targaryen" was taken from him in favour of his younger half-brother. Ouch.]]

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* TheUnfavorite: [[spoiler:With his mother's marriage to Rhaegar annelled, annulled, his status as Rhaegar's heir was effectively stripped from him and given to his younger half-brother. And if Rhaegar was indeed the one who named Jon, then even his own name as "Aegon Targaryen" was taken from him in favour of his younger half-brother. Ouch.]]
27th Nov '17 10:06:24 AM pave17
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%%* AssholeVictim: Do we even need to say why?

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%%* * AssholeVictim: Do we even need He enjoyed burning people alive and his contigency plan in case King's Landing was ever sacked was to say why?blow it sky-high. His last words were: "Burn them all!"
27th Nov '17 12:43:24 AM TrollBrutal
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* AssholeVictim: Do we even need to say why?

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* %%* AssholeVictim: Do we even need to say why?
26th Nov '17 3:16:53 PM 309216364
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* AssholeVictim: Do we even need to say why?
23rd Nov '17 10:15:05 PM Snowsky
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* BerserkButton: He hates being commanded to do anything, because he thinks it undermines his authority as the self-proclaimed rightful king. When Daenerys sends her handmaid Doreah to invite him to supper, he flips out.
-->'''Viserys:''' ''(angrily dragging Doreah into Daenerys' tent)'' You send this whore to give me commands?!? I should have sent you back her head!
26th Sep '17 9:05:43 AM JulianLapostat
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* LikeFatherUnlikeSon: The biggest contrast between Rhaegar and [[spoiler: his son Jon Snow is that Jon is, [[ParentalSubstitute like Ned,]] willing to put the good of the realm before himself personally. Rhaegar married for love and acted rather callously about how it could effect not only his preexisting family but all of the people living in Westeros, and the entire series' events are the essentially fallout of that. Jon leads even though all he wants to do is be left in peace, because he knows the people who rely upon him need him to.]]



* WrongGenreSavvy: He thought he was the PrinceCharming of a classic, epic fantasy tale. He was ''wrong,'' and it gets '''a lot''' of people killed.
26th Sep '17 7:41:46 AM Boggs
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* WrongGenreSavvy: He thought he was the PrinceCharming of a classic, epic fantasy tale. He was ''wrong,'' and it gets '''a lot''' of people killed.
26th Sep '17 7:31:59 AM Boggs
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* LikeFatherUnlikeSon: The biggest contrast between Rhaegar and [[spoiler: his son Jon Snow is that Jon is, [[ParentalSubstitute like Ned,]] willing to put the good of the realm before himself personally. Rhaegar married for love and acted rather callously about how it could effect not only his preexisting family but all of the people living in Westeros, and the entire series' events are the essentially fallout of that. Jon leads even though all he wants to do is be left in peace, because he knows the people who rely upon him need him to.]]
21st Sep '17 11:44:37 PM JulianLapostat
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* OddballInTheSeries: [[spoiler:Aegon "Jon Snow" Targaryen is the only one of his family to not have the classical Targaryen silver white hair]]. [[labelnote:From the Books]]Black haired Targaryens ''do'' have precedents in the series lore. There's Aegor "Bittersteel" Rivers, bastard child of King Aegon IV "The Unworthy", Prince Baelor "Breakspeaer" Targaryen, son of King Daeron II The Good and Queen Myriah Martell and nearer to the timeline of ASOIAF, there's Prince Duncan Targaryen, son of King Aegon V and Queen Betha Blackwood. Both Baelor Breakspear and Prince Duncan were heir to the throne and set to inherit their father's crown but bizarre incidents led to them failing to make it, the former dying in a tourney accident and the latter falling in love with a common girl and choosing to AbdicateTheThrone when his father insisted he set her aside[[/labelnote]].

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* OddballInTheSeries: [[spoiler:Aegon "Jon Snow" Targaryen is the only one of his family to not have the classical Targaryen silver white hair]]. [[labelnote:From the Books]]Black haired Targaryens ''do'' have precedents in the series lore. There's Aegor "Bittersteel" Rivers, bastard child of King Aegon IV "The Unworthy", Prince Baelor "Breakspeaer" Targaryen, son of King Daeron II The Good and Queen Myriah Martell and nearer to the timeline of ASOIAF, there's Prince Duncan Targaryen, son of King Aegon V and Queen Betha Blackwood. Both Baelor Breakspear and Prince Duncan were heir to the throne and set to inherit their father's crown but bizarre incidents led to them failing to make it, the former dying in a tourney accident and the latter falling in love with a common girl and choosing to AbdicateTheThrone when his father insisted he set her aside[[/labelnote]].aside. In addition, the ASOIAF-era Baratheon and Martell descendants circa 300 AL are all descendants of a Targaryen Princess married to their ancestor, and likewise have the Baratheon and Martell look. All this suggests that the Valyrian features of the Targaryen family is maintained largely by incest and is in fact quite recessive compared to other houses.[[/labelnote]].
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