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->''"[[RoyallyScrewedUp Half the Targaryens went mad. What was the saying? 'When a Targaryen is born, the gods flip a coin.']]"''

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25th Mar '17 11:37:22 PM TywinIsGod
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* EvilIsPetty: Due to jealousy over Tywin more or less running the kingdoms, when Tywin advised something Aerys would do the opposite purely out of spite and even turned most of the Lords against Tywin.
22nd Mar '17 1:12:45 AM karategal
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* RoyallyScrewedUp: Because of the incest thing, some Targaryens are born mad or gradually become mad as they grow up. In later generations, a significant number were also born with moderate to severe mental defects, or "feeble-witted". Even their physical health eventually started being effected, with several being intellectually and emotionally normal but possessing such [[IllGirl fragile health]] that they suffered from numerous ailments and died young.

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* RoyallyScrewedUp: Because of the incest thing, some Targaryens are born mad or gradually become mad as they grow up. In later generations, a significant number were also born with moderate to severe mental defects, or "feeble-witted". Even their physical health was eventually started being effected, with several being intellectually and emotionally normal but possessing such [[IllGirl fragile health]] that they suffered from numerous ailments and died young.
22nd Mar '17 1:11:55 AM karategal
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* RoyallyScrewedUp: Because of the incest thing, some Targaryens are born mad or gradually become mad as they grow up.

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* RoyallyScrewedUp: Because of the incest thing, some Targaryens are born mad or gradually become mad as they grow up. In later generations, a significant number were also born with moderate to severe mental defects, or "feeble-witted". Even their physical health eventually started being effected, with several being intellectually and emotionally normal but possessing such [[IllGirl fragile health]] that they suffered from numerous ailments and died young.
22nd Mar '17 1:00:57 AM karategal
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** From [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary materials for the series specifically]], Prince Duncan "The Small" Targaryen is the only one of Aegon V's children from the books who is confirmed to exist within this continuity - the books have him, Jaeherys, Daeron, Shaela, and Rhaelle (who married the Lord of Storm's End, giving birth to Lord Steffon Baratheon and being grandmother to Robert/Stannis/Renly). Aegon does have at least 3 children confirmed in this continuity however (and Daeron ''is'' alluded to in one episode, though not named), even though the added-on Aerys and Rhaella would likely be young compared to Duncan (even with the AgeLift).

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** From [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary materials for the series specifically]], Prince Duncan "The Small" Targaryen is the only one of Aegon V's children from the books who is confirmed to exist within this continuity - -- the books have him, Jaeherys, Daeron, Shaela, and Rhaelle (who married the Lord of Storm's End, giving birth to Lord Steffon Baratheon and being grandmother to Robert/Stannis/Renly). Aegon does have at least 3 children confirmed in this continuity however (and Daeron ''is'' alluded to in one episode, though not named), even though the added-on Aerys and Rhaella would likely be young compared to Duncan (even with the AgeLift).



* BalanceOfPower: The Targaryens served as an OutsideContextProblem (from Westeros' perspective) for most of its near 300 years of reign. They held power by dragons but they also managed to keep a lid on all kinds of regional grudges and jealousies when they were in charge and they kept the Faith of the Seven on a leash, removing their militancy and curbing some of their most fundamentalist strains. Seventeen years after Robert's Rebellion when the new dynasty has a SuccessionCrisis, all the old problems come out, regional grudges, over-ambitious vassals, dislike between the North and the South and the South and the far south as well as religious fundamentalism is back and all of them trying to go back to some ideal past before Aegon's Conquest.
* BrotherSisterIncest: To keep the bloodlines pure, despite diminishing returns. However, Aerys and Rhaella was the first time it had been done in more than a century. Even before that, it was by no means a given; Aenys I married a Velaryon, Maegor I many women but the closest relative was his niece (And none of them had any children anyway), Viserys I an Arryn and a Hightower in succession, Rhaenyra I her cousin once removed (Paternal grandfather's brother's daughter's son) then her paternal uncle, Aegon III his cousin followed by a Velaryon, Viserys II a Lyseni from Essos, Maekar I a Dayne, and Aegon V a Blackwood. Aerys II's father Jaehaerys II did marry his sister, but he has been adapted out of the TV series. That means that the only monarchs to marry their sisters were Aegon I (Dany's Greatx10 Grandfather), Jaehaerys I (Her Greatx8 Grandfather), Aegon II (No direct relation as all of their children died but technically her Greatx6 Uncle), Baelor I (Unconsummated, and therefore no direct relation, but her cousin five times removed), and Aerys II (Her father). That said, many splinter branches of the family did marry their siblings-but these are the only monarchs to do so and two of them had their branches die out.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Taken as a group across three centuries. It is said that madness and genius are two sides of the same coin, or only a difference of degree. In-universe, a common saying became that every time a Targaryen was born, the gods would flip a coin to see if they'd be insane. Half of them were crazy, the other half were brilliant statesmen, conquerors, and builders of empire. They were all kind of quirky, though (routinely practicing incestuous marriages to "keep the bloodline pure", apart from probably ''causing'' half of them to be born with mental defects, was also consided an abomination to ''every'' major religion in Westeros). Even in the current generation, Aerys II was infamously "the Mad King" and his younger son Viserys wasn't far behind (and at the least, delusionally arrogant); yet on the other hand, Aerys II's elder son Rhaegar was considered one of the most skilled knights of his generation, while Aerys's uncle Maester Aemon and his daughter Daenerys are born leaders. A Targaryen might either be a great monster or a great hero, but they're never boring.
* CripplingOverspecialization: Littlefinger, beholden to {{Realpolitik}} as he is, regards this as the real cause for the Targaryens eventual downfall. Their power was based almost entirely upon their dragons and when the dragons died out, with a few exceptions, several successive kings wasted time, energy and lives trying to reclaim their lost advantage, with the resulting failure driving many of them mad. It was only a matter of time, before the other vassals would rise up in rebellion - though Varys's counterpoint is that "a matter of time" turned out to be over a century, with long periods of stable Targaryen rule even without dragons. Still, dragons helped a lot.

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* BalanceOfPower: The Targaryens served as an OutsideContextProblem (from Westeros' perspective) for most of its near 300 years of reign. They held power by dragons but they also managed to keep a lid on all kinds of regional grudges and jealousies when they were in charge and they kept the Faith of the Seven on a leash, removing their militancy and curbing some of their most fundamentalist strains. Seventeen years after Robert's Rebellion when the new dynasty has a SuccessionCrisis, all the old problems come out, regional grudges, over-ambitious vassals, dislike between the North and the South and the South and the far south as well as religious fundamentalism is back and all of them trying to go back to some ideal past before Aegon's Conquest.
* BrotherSisterIncest: To keep the bloodlines pure, despite diminishing returns. However, Aerys and Rhaella was the first time it had been done in more than a century. Even before that, it was by no means a given; Aenys I married a Velaryon, Maegor I many women but the closest relative was his niece (And (and none of them had any children anyway), children, anyways), Viserys I an Arryn and a Hightower in succession, Rhaenyra I her cousin once removed (Paternal (paternal grandfather's brother's daughter's son) then her paternal uncle, Aegon III his cousin followed by a Velaryon, Viserys II a Lyseni from Essos, Maekar I a Dayne, and Aegon V a Blackwood. Aerys II's father Jaehaerys II did marry his sister, but he has been adapted out of the TV series. That means that the only monarchs to marry their sisters were Aegon I (Dany's Greatx10 Grandfather), [=greatx10=] grandfather), Jaehaerys I (Her Greatx8 Grandfather), (her [=greatx8=] grandfather), Aegon II (No (no direct relation as all of their children died but technically her Greatx6 Uncle), [=greatx6=] uncle), Baelor I (Unconsummated, (unconsummated, and therefore no direct relation, but her cousin five times removed), and Aerys II (Her (her father). That said, many splinter branches of the family did marry their siblings-but siblings, but these are the only monarchs to do so and two of them had their branches die out.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Taken as a group across three centuries. It is said that madness and genius are two sides of the same coin, or only a difference of degree. In-universe, a common saying became that every time a Targaryen was born, the gods would flip a coin to see if they'd be insane. Half of them were crazy, the other half were brilliant statesmen, conquerors, and builders of empire. They were all kind of quirky, though (routinely practicing incestuous marriages to "keep the bloodline pure", apart from probably ''causing'' half of them to be born with mental defects, was also consided considered an abomination to ''every'' major religion in Westeros). Even in the current generation, Aerys II was infamously "the Mad King" and his younger son Viserys wasn't far behind (and at the least, delusionally arrogant); yet on the other hand, Aerys II's elder son Rhaegar was considered one of the most skilled knights of his generation, while Aerys's uncle Maester Aemon and his daughter Daenerys are born leaders. A Targaryen might either be a great monster or a great hero, but they're never boring.
* CripplingOverspecialization: Littlefinger, beholden to {{Realpolitik}} as he is, regards this as the real cause for the Targaryens eventual downfall. Their power was based almost entirely upon their dragons and when the dragons died out, with a few exceptions, several successive kings wasted time, energy energy, and lives trying to reclaim their lost advantage, with the resulting failure driving many of them mad. It was only a matter of time, before the other vassals would rise up in rebellion - -- though Varys's counterpoint is that "a matter of time" turned out to be over a century, with long periods of stable Targaryen rule even without dragons. Still, dragons helped a lot.



** As it turns out, [[spoiler: Daenerys has a nephew she never knew - Jon Snow]].

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** As it turns out, [[spoiler: Daenerys has a nephew she never knew - -- Jon Snow]].



* OneSteveLimit: Averted ''hard''; the Targaryens have about ten names that they keep using over and over, and many of those names look/sound alike. This makes it difficult to figure out which Aeron, Aemon or Aegon is being discussed in a specific moment.

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* OneSteveLimit: Averted ''hard''; the Targaryens have about ten names that they keep using over and over, and many of those names look/sound alike. This makes it difficult to figure out which Aeron, Aemon Aemon, or Aegon is being discussed in a specific moment.



* ThemeNaming: Targaryens are typically identified by their penchant for incorporating "ae" in almost all of their names -- for example; ''Aerys'', ''Aemon'', ''Daenerys'', ''Rhaella'' and a double usage example with ''Jaehaerys''. Also common in the Targaryen dynasty are names ending in "ys"; ''Viserys", "Rhaenys", "Aenys", "Naerys" and "Daenerys".
* WhatTheRomansHaveDoneForUs: Dragon-riding conquerors who unified a continent with dragonfire and solidified a dynasty that lasted for 300 years. In that time they abolished DroitDuSeigneur, built King's Landing, the Kingsguard and put the Faith of the Seven on a leash, and permanently suppressed the Faith Militant until Cersei revived it. You can't blame Varys for going to Dany to bring back that old time Targaryen autocracy.

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* ThemeNaming: Targaryens are typically identified by their penchant for incorporating "ae" in almost all of their names -- for example; ''Aerys'', ''Aemon'', ''Daenerys'', ''Rhaella'' ''Rhaella'', and a double usage example with ''Jaehaerys''. Also common in the Targaryen dynasty are names ending in "ys"; ''Viserys", "Rhaenys", "Aenys", "Naerys" "Naerys", and "Daenerys".
* WhatTheRomansHaveDoneForUs: Dragon-riding conquerors who unified a continent with dragonfire and solidified a dynasty that lasted for 300 years. In that time they abolished DroitDuSeigneur, built King's Landing, the Kingsguard Kingsguard, and put the Faith of the Seven on a leash, and permanently suppressed the Faith Militant until Cersei revived it. You can't blame Varys for going to Dany to bring back that old time Targaryen autocracy.



* PromotionToParent: Has been taking care of Daenerys for almost her entire life since their exile. He is abusive, but Daenerys still gets to her wedding day healthy, unharmed, reasonably innocent and with her virginity intact.

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* PromotionToParent: Has been taking care of Daenerys for almost her entire life since their exile. He is abusive, but Daenerys still gets to her wedding day healthy, unharmed, reasonably innocent innocent, and with her virginity intact.



* BrokenPedestal: Daenerys finally finds out from Ser Barristan that the Usurper and his followers didn't have to spread propaganda against her father. He really was the Mad King after all. Later she tells Tyrion that if she ever returns to Westeros, she will not return to the old form of feudalism that created something like her father and that she will break from her family traditions as well.

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* BrokenPedestal: Daenerys finally finds out from Ser Barristan that the Usurper and his followers didn't have to spread propaganda against her father. He really was the Mad King after all. Later Later, she tells Tyrion that if she ever returns to Westeros, she will not return to the old form of feudalism that created something like her father and that she will break from her family traditions as well.



* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: While Aerys was an evil bastard to everyone, he was a DotingParent to Viserys, and sent him and his mother, whom Aerys abused, off to Dragonstone after Rhaegar died to keep him safe. Seeing how Aerys planned on burning the entire city of King's Landing, it's a huge PetTheDog moment for him, since he kept Rhaegar's wife and children to force the Martell Family to help, which led to their deaths by Gregor Clegane's hands.

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: While Aerys was an evil bastard to everyone, he was a DotingParent to Viserys, and sent him and his mother, whom Aerys abused, off to Dragonstone after Rhaegar died to keep him safe. Seeing how Aerys planned on burning the entire city of King's Landing, it's a huge PetTheDog moment for him, since he kept Rhaegar's wife and children to force the Martell Family family to help, which led to their deaths by Gregor Clegane's hands.



* {{Jerkass}}: This guy was rotten to the core. The History and Lore on the Kingsguard reveal how Jaime had to stand guard while he raped his wife, unable to intervene. He also tried to blackmail the Martells, his in-laws (and long-time allies), by virtually holding Elia Martell and her children hostage. The Martells saw their collaboration with the Targaryens (Aerys and Rhaegar) as TeethClenchedTeamwork for a bunch of UngratefulBastard who insulted and dishonored their beloved princess.

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* {{Jerkass}}: This guy was rotten to the core. The History and Lore on the Kingsguard reveal how Jaime had to stand guard while he raped his wife, unable to intervene. He also tried to blackmail the Martells, his in-laws (and long-time allies), by virtually holding Elia Martell and her children hostage. The Martells saw their collaboration with the Targaryens (Aerys and Rhaegar) as TeethClenchedTeamwork for a bunch of UngratefulBastard [[UngratefulBastard Ungrateful Bastards]] who insulted and dishonored their beloved princess.



* MemeticPsychopath: Aerys' madness was so horrifying that it reached very horrifying memetic levels in-universe. He's now the go-to comparison for when you ''really'' want to offend someone, or want to make a ''really'' dramatic point. This is shown a few throughout the show -- Firstly, when Ned Stark says that Robert's and his council will be little better than the Mad King should they kill Daenerys and her unborn child. The second time is when Cersei is on the brink of an emotional breakdown, recognising that her incestuous affair with Jaime has created another Aerys.

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* MemeticPsychopath: Aerys' madness was so horrifying that it reached very horrifying memetic levels in-universe. He's now the go-to comparison for when you ''really'' want to offend someone, or want to make a ''really'' dramatic point. This is shown a few throughout the show -- Firstly, firstly, when Ned Stark says that Robert's and his council will be little better than the Mad King should they kill Daenerys and her unborn child. The second time is when Cersei is on the brink of an emotional breakdown, recognising that her incestuous affair with Jaime has created another Aerys.



* OmnicidalManiac: He arranged to burn the Westerosi capital Kings Landing, a city of some 500,000 people, to the ground purely to spite Robert for winning the civil war. He wanted all of his subjects to burn to death along with him, and until [[spoiler:Cersei hijacks his wildfire for her own scheme]] no king ever aspired to such levels of destruction.

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* OmnicidalManiac: He arranged to burn the Westerosi capital Kings King's Landing, a city of some 500,000 people, to the ground purely to spite Robert for winning the civil war. He wanted all of his subjects to burn to death along with him, and until [[spoiler:Cersei hijacks his wildfire for her own scheme]] no king ever aspired to such levels of destruction.



* SpannerInTheWorks: Indirect example but [[spoiler:wildfire which he left under Kings Landing, will a spanner in the plans the High Sparrow to establish the theocracy in Westeros and ultimately leads to his death.]]

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* SpannerInTheWorks: Indirect example but [[spoiler:wildfire which he left under Kings King's Landing, will a spanner in the plans the High Sparrow to establish the theocracy in Westeros and ultimately leads to his death.]]



* TheGoodKing: Cersei remarks to Margaery Tyrell upon Tommen's coronation in Season Four's "First of His Name" that a good king hasn't really sat on the Iron Throne in about fifty years. Joffrey was king for about three years, and Robert for about 17 (in the TV timeline). The Mad King ruled for over 20 years. She doesn't mention Aegon V by name, but she was apparently referring to him (Aegon V ruled for over 25 years, so there's no way she's talking about his father Maekar).

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* TheGoodKing: Cersei remarks to Margaery Tyrell upon Tommen's coronation in Season Four's 4's "First of His Name" that a good king hasn't really sat on the Iron Throne in about fifty years. Joffrey was king for about three years, and Robert for about 17 (in the TV timeline). The Mad King ruled for over 20 years. She doesn't mention Aegon V by name, but she was apparently referring to him (Aegon V ruled for over 25 years, so there's no way she's talking about his father Maekar).
17th Mar '17 1:30:39 PM AviatorFan
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* MeaningfulName: It is likely not coincidence on the part of George R.R. Martin that the naming traditions of the house are such that about a third of the Targaryens have names ending in "aerys"; phonetically "heiress". Helps that the sole known living family member, the major POV character and only Targaryen we walk through the program with, again knowingly, is a female inheritor.
6th Mar '17 2:06:28 PM Antediluvial
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* ThemeNaming: Targaryens are typically identified by their penchant for incorporating "ae" in almost all of their names -- for example; ''Aerys'', ''Aemon'', ''Daenerys'', ''Rhaella'' and a double usage example with ''Jaehaerys''.

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* ThemeNaming: Targaryens are typically identified by their penchant for incorporating "ae" in almost all of their names -- for example; ''Aerys'', ''Aemon'', ''Daenerys'', ''Rhaella'' and a double usage example with ''Jaehaerys''. Also common in the Targaryen dynasty are names ending in "ys"; ''Viserys", "Rhaenys", "Aenys", "Naerys" and "Daenerys".
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