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* Everything Jon does to rescue his little beloved sister.
--> Jon: Bring her home, Mance. I saved your son from Melisandre, and now I am about to save four thousand of your free folk. You owe me this one little girl.
** And he wonders if Arya still has the sword he had made for her - as the readers have seen over and over again, Needle is the one thing Arya will never give up because it's her final reminder of home...and Jon's smile.
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** Gendry's introduction defending Arya from Hot Pie and Lommy's bullying, because he doesn't like people who pick on smaller boys.
** During the attack on the Nights Watch recruits, Arya falls behind to save a little girl - the other boys rush ahead but Gendry comes back to help her.
*** And then when they're trying to escape through a tunnel, Gendry tries to get her to go first but Arya stays back ''again'' to free the prisoners.

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** Gendry's introduction reintroduction defending Arya from Hot Pie and Lommy's bullying, because he doesn't like people who pick on smaller boys.bullying.
** During the attack on the Nights Watch recruits, Arya falls behind to save a little girl - the other boys rush ahead but Gendry comes back to help her. \n*** And then when they're trying to escape through a tunnel, Gendry tries to get her to go first but Arya stays back ''again'' to free the prisoners.
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* The entirety Gendry and Arya's burgeoning friendship, with bonus points for them unknowingly mirroring their father's friendship a generation before. And that they quickly develop a mutual ChronicHeroSyndrome in their travels.
** Gendry's introduction defending Arya from Hot Pie and Lommy's bullying, because he doesn't like people who pick on smaller boys.
** During the attack on the Nights Watch recruits, Arya falls behind to save a little girl - the other boys rush ahead but Gendry comes back to help her.
*** And then when they're trying to escape through a tunnel, Gendry tries to get her to go first but Arya stays back ''again'' to free the prisoners.
** Later when Gendry's captured, Arya doesn't hesitate to go back to get him, even though she'll has to get through at least twenty soldiers - by her estimate - to save him.
--> It didn't matter. The only thing that mattered was that they had Gendry. Even if he was stubborn and stupid, she had to get him out.
** Gendry tells Arya that he's figured out she's a girl but promises that he won't tell anyone. His promise prompts Arya to trust him with who she really is, the only time - before or since - she's confided her true identity to someone. (Rather than them knowing or figuring it out themselves).
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* Tyrion showing a newly crippled Bran how he can still learn to ride a horse.
** And Tyrion doing so because Bran's brother [[BigBrotherInstinct Jon]] [[OddFriendship asked Tyrion]] to help Bran in whatever way he could.
* The Hound winning the tournament by saving Ser Loras' life, and the crowd cheers for him for the first time ever.
** By extension, [[GloryHound Ser Loras]] forfeiting the joust and giving the Hound the victory (and prize money) in return.
* Jon helping Sam out, befriending him, and making him feel at home among the Night's Watch, specifically this line:
-->'''Jon''': "We're not friends, we're brothers."
** It's not just Jon who shows such sentiments. After a devastated Jon makes a desperate attempt to desert following [[spoiler:his father Ned's execution]] so that he can [[spoiler:join his brother Robb and avenge their father]], Pyp, Grenn, Halder, and the rest of Jon's friends work together to find Jon and bring him back before he can be arrested for desertion. Remember, a few weeks ago, Pyp, Grenn, and Halder didn't even like Jon because they thought Jon was a snooty high & mighty lordling before they and Jon became TrueCompanions, along with Sam. Now they are prepared to risk being mistaken for deserters themselves all just to bring one of their own back to safety.

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* Tyrion showing a newly crippled Bran how he can still learn to ride a horse.
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horse. And Tyrion doing so because Bran's brother [[BigBrotherInstinct Jon]] [[OddFriendship asked Tyrion]] to help Bran in whatever way he could.
* The Hound winning the tournament by saving Ser Loras' life, and the crowd cheers for him for the first time ever.
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ever. By extension, [[GloryHound Ser Loras]] forfeiting the joust and giving the Hound the victory (and prize money) in return.
* Jon helping Sam out, befriending him, and making him feel at home among the Night's Watch, specifically this line:
-->'''Jon''':
line: "We're not friends, we're brothers."
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" And it's not just Jon who shows such sentiments. After a devastated Jon makes a desperate attempt to desert following [[spoiler:his father Ned's execution]] so that he can [[spoiler:join his brother Robb and avenge their father]], Pyp, Grenn, Halder, and the rest of Jon's friends work together to find Jon and bring him back before he can be arrested for desertion. Remember, a few weeks ago, Pyp, Grenn, and Halder didn't even like Jon because they thought Jon was a snooty high & mighty lordling before they and Jon became TrueCompanions, along with Sam. Now they are prepared to risk being mistaken for deserters themselves all just to bring one of their own back to safety.



* Jon’s elated reaction to learning his brother Bran is going to live when his brother Robb writes to him.
** The way it was set up makes this even better. When he realizes the letter is about Bran, he thought that Bran had died and ran all the way to Jeor Mormont, prepared for the worst. When he learns the truth -- that though Bran is crippled, he is ''alive'' -- Jon is just so happy that Bran is going to ''live''.

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* Jon’s elated reaction to learning his brother Bran is going to live when his brother Robb writes to him. \n** The way it was set up makes this even better. When he realizes the letter is about Bran, he thought that Bran had died and ran all the way to Jeor Mormont, prepared for the worst. When he learns the truth -- that though Bran is crippled, he is ''alive'' -- Jon is just so happy that Bran is going to ''live''.



* Stannis again of all people, when he tells his tale of Proudwing.
** Even though he's very rigid, Stannis is very bad at hiding his feelings for certain people in general. Comments about Robert, Renly, his parents, Maester Cressen and Shireen all could count as him having a heartwarming moment. Or, at least, as much as Stannis can express it.

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* Stannis again of all people, when he tells his tale of Proudwing.
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Proudwing. Even though he's very rigid, Stannis is very bad at hiding his feelings for certain people in general. Comments about Robert, Renly, his parents, Maester Cressen and Shireen all could count as him having a heartwarming moment. Or, at least, as much as Stannis can express it.









* A subtle one, but Jaime's joke about only rescuing maidens after freeing Brienne from the Bloody Mummers is an understated way of making sure that she really was unharmed during her captivity. Considering that just a few chapters ago he was an amoral bastard who cared only about himself and his twin sister...
** Also, "Her name is Brienne". What happened to calling her "wench", huh Jaime?
* Robb Stark reminding [[MamaBear Catelyn]] [[MyBelovedSmother Stark]] in ''A Storm Of Swords'' that Eddard Stark had four sons, not three. Thus reminding her that Jon Snow is also his father's son. Shows how close the two brothers are. And throughout the book, [[ActionGirl Arya]] and Bran often think of their big brother and even Sansa, the child closest to her mother, realizes how much she misses Jon and how much she wants to see him again. All the Stark siblings -- Robb, Jon, Sansa, Arya, Bran and Rickon -- think of each other with love and miss one another throughout the series, which is considerably heartwarming in this CrapSackWorld.
** Robb subsequently using his powers as king to legitimize Jon as a Stark and make him the heir to Winterfell, confidently assuring his mother that Jon is his brother and would never harm a son of his. Made more poignant when Jon turns down Winterfell in ''A Dance With Dragons'' for his sister Sansa's sake.

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* A subtle one, but Jaime's joke about only rescuing maidens after freeing Brienne from the Bloody Mummers is an understated way of making sure that she really was unharmed during her captivity. Considering that just a few chapters ago he was an amoral bastard who cared only about himself and his twin sister... \n** Also, "Her name is Brienne". What happened to calling her "wench", huh Jaime?
* Robb Stark reminding [[MamaBear Catelyn]] [[MyBelovedSmother Stark]] in ''A Storm Of Swords'' that Eddard Stark had four sons, not three. Thus reminding her that Jon Snow is also his father's son. Shows how close the two brothers are. And throughout the book, [[ActionGirl Arya]] and Bran often think of their big brother and even Sansa, the child closest to her mother, realizes how much she misses Jon and how much she wants to see him again. All the Stark siblings -- Robb, Jon, Sansa, Arya, Bran and Rickon -- think of each other with love and miss one another throughout the series, which is considerably heartwarming in this CrapSackWorld. \n** Robb subsequently using uses his powers as king to legitimize Jon as a Stark and make him the heir to Winterfell, confidently assuring his mother that Jon is his brother and would never harm a son of his. Made more poignant when Jon turns down Winterfell in ''A Dance With Dragons'' for his sister Sansa's sake.



** Before he [[CreepyUncle ruins the]] [[BaitTheDog scene completely]], Littlefinger is actually quite endearing when he stops to help Sansa to build snow-Winterfell and gets hit in the face when she throws a snowball at him. Helps that, judging by some of his facial expressions and actions, he genuinely seems to be intent on helping Sansa build a snow castle by using his own creative mind. Makes you think that, despite all his actions as [[ManipulativeBastard Littlefinger]], [[UsedToBeASweetKid Petyr]] [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds is still in there]] [[HiddenDepths somewhere]]...

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** * Before he [[CreepyUncle ruins the]] [[BaitTheDog scene completely]], Littlefinger is actually quite endearing when he stops to help Sansa to build snow-Winterfell and gets hit in the face when she throws a snowball at him. Helps that, judging by some of his facial expressions and actions, he genuinely seems to be intent on helping Sansa build a snow castle by using his own creative mind. Makes you think that, despite all his actions as [[ManipulativeBastard Littlefinger]], [[UsedToBeASweetKid Petyr]] [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds is still in there]] [[HiddenDepths somewhere]]...



*** [[spoiler:[[TheWoobie Lollys]] is a victim of a '''riot gang-rape''' and a bit daft but decent person, formerly single mother to his adopted bastard son, one of the last few living members of her family, not to mention his claim as head of the rich House Stokeworth.]] Perhaps despite what Bronn professes he has a soft spot for fundamentally decent/innocent people who suffer from some manner of social/physical handicap, are discriminated against by those around them and are caught up in bad situations not of their own design? Bonus points for those in some position of power who might help elevate his fortunes. Explains a lot, really.
* After Jaime gives Oathkeeper to Brienne and sends her off to find and protect Sansa on his behalf (itself a minor moment), he turns to the White Book where the deeds of the Kingsguard are recorded (and he had been disappointed before to find his own list depressingly short because of the disdain Ser Barristan Selmy held for him--Selmy didn't even include most of his tournament victories). Struggling to write with his left hand, he records [[HumiliationConga his defeats, imprisonments, disgraces and maiming.]] But he ends with ''"Returned safely to King's Landing by Brienne, the Maid of Tarth."''
** Even more so when you consider how much it would mean to Brienne, who only strives to live her life by knightly ideals even though she knows for the most part she'll get nothing but scorn for it, to know that a deed of hers has been recorded in the legendary White Book for all posterity. Gods I hope she finds out about it someday.

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*** ** [[spoiler:[[TheWoobie Lollys]] is a victim of a '''riot gang-rape''' and a bit daft but decent person, formerly single mother to his adopted bastard son, one of the last few living members of her family, not to mention his claim as head of the rich House Stokeworth.]] Perhaps despite what Bronn professes he has a soft spot for fundamentally decent/innocent people who suffer from some manner of social/physical handicap, are discriminated against by those around them and are caught up in bad situations not of their own design? Bonus points for those in some position of power who might help elevate his fortunes. Explains a lot, really.
* After Jaime gives Oathkeeper to Brienne and sends her off to find and protect Sansa on his behalf (itself a minor moment), he turns to the White Book where the deeds of the Kingsguard are recorded (and he had been disappointed before to find his own list depressingly short because of the disdain Ser Barristan Selmy held for him--Selmy didn't even include most of his tournament victories). Struggling to write with his left hand, he records [[HumiliationConga his defeats, imprisonments, disgraces and maiming.]] But he ends with ''"Returned safely to King's Landing by Brienne, the Maid of Tarth."''
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"''* Even more so when you consider how much it would mean to Brienne, who only strives to live her life by knightly ideals even though she knows for the most part she'll get nothing but scorn for it, to know that a deed of hers has been recorded in the legendary White Book for all posterity. Gods I hope she finds out about it someday.



* Tyrion gets a few CallingTheOldManOut moments before he and Tywin have their final reckoning but this one always stood out to me as a bittersweet one that might overlap a bit with TearJerker territory after Tywin asks if he'd forgotten that he's supposed to be impregnating his wife Sansa.
-->“I had not forgotten, though I’d hoped you had. And when do you imagine Sansa will be at her most fertile?” Tyrion asked his father in tones that dripped acid. “Before or after I tell her how we murdered her mother and her brother?”

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* Tyrion gets a few CallingTheOldManOut moments before he and Tywin have their final reckoning but this one always stood out to me as a bittersweet one that might overlap a bit with TearJerker territory after Tywin asks if he'd forgotten that he's supposed to be impregnating his wife Sansa.
-->“I --->“I had not forgotten, though I’d hoped you had. And when do you imagine Sansa will be at her most fertile?” Tyrion asked his father in tones that dripped acid. “Before or after I tell her how we murdered her mother and her brother?”



-->'''Tyrion''': Sansa is no longer yours to torment, you monster.

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-->'''Tyrion''': --->'''Tyrion''': Sansa is no longer yours to torment, you monster.






* After years of thinking she was TheUnfavorite, Arianne learns that her father loved her dearly all along and had great plans for her, namely [[spoiler: making her Viserys III's queen. That plan didn't pan out]], but she does come to see Doran in a new light and they reconcile.
** It's also worth noting that despite [[spoiler:trying to overthrow him]], Arianne never wanted her father to get hurt, only to acknowledge her rights. Even when she thought he didn't love her, she still loved him.
* Bronn names his bastard stepson "Tyrion," in a political climate where it would be impolitic to the point of suicide to do so. [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome And gets away with it]].
** And remember when Cersei [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments tried to have him killed because of it]]?
** Thereby managing to combine Heartwarming, Awesome and Funny in a single action. There's a reason he's an EnsembleDarkhorse.
** And, honestly, the only thing likely to please Tyrion more than a baby named after him is a baby who was named after him to purposefully piss off Cersei.

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* After years of thinking she was TheUnfavorite, Arianne learns that her father loved her dearly all along and had great plans for her, namely [[spoiler: making her Viserys III's queen. That plan didn't pan out]], but she does come to see Doran in a new light and they reconcile.
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reconcile. It's also worth noting that despite [[spoiler:trying to overthrow him]], Arianne never wanted her father to get hurt, only to acknowledge her rights. Even when she thought he didn't love her, she still loved him.
* Bronn names his bastard stepson "Tyrion," in a political climate where it would be impolitic to the point of suicide to do so. [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome And gets away with it]].
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it]]. And remember when Cersei [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments tried to have him killed because of it]]?
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it]]? Thereby managing to combine Heartwarming, Awesome and Funny in a single action. There's a reason he's an EnsembleDarkhorse.
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EnsembleDarkhorse. And, honestly, the only thing likely to please Tyrion more than a baby named after him is a baby who was named after him to purposefully piss off Cersei.



* Arya throwing everything into the canals of Braavos except for Needle, because even if the Many-Faced God decreed that she could have no worldly possessions, the Old Gods are the ones in her heart.
** Not to mention, Arya's thoughts on Needle in the same scene as above. Needle is her family, the home she lost - Needle ''is'' Arya, and everything she ever loved, even when she's trying to be no one. Also doubles as a Tearjerker in the light of what has happened to House Stark.

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* Arya throwing everything into the canals of Braavos except for Needle, because even if the Many-Faced God decreed that she could have no worldly possessions, the Old Gods are the ones in her heart.
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heart. And Arya's thoughts on Needle in the same scene as above.scene. Needle is her family, the home she lost - Needle ''is'' Arya, and everything she ever loved, even when she's trying to be no one. Also doubles as a Tearjerker in the light of what has happened to House Stark.






*** Indeed, throughout the book , we see just how wrong Catelyn was about Jon being a threat to her own children. Jon gives a lot of really good advice to Stannis (whom he prefers to the Boltons & Lannisters, big surprise). But he always tries to maintain a veneer of the Night Watch's famous neutrality. But as soon as it appears that his sister Arya is in the clutches of Ramsay Bolton, Jon throws caution to the winds, sending Mance Rayder to rescue her. And after that, when it seems Stannis has lost & Ramsay is on the hunt for Arya again, Jon promptly decides to go to war against the Boltons, with a few dozen men at his back.

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*** ** Indeed, throughout the book , book, we see just how wrong Catelyn was about Jon being a threat to her own children. Jon gives a lot of really good advice to Stannis (whom he prefers to the Boltons & Lannisters, big surprise). But he always tries to maintain a veneer of the Night Watch's famous neutrality. But as soon as it appears that his sister Arya is in the clutches of Ramsay Bolton, Jon throws caution to the winds, sending Mance Rayder to rescue her. And after that, when it seems Stannis has lost & Ramsay is on the hunt for Arya again, Jon promptly decides to go to war against the Boltons, with a few dozen men at his back.



* [[NobleTopEnforcer Kevan Lannister]]'s loving attitude towards his wife and children.
** After [[spoiler:Tywin's funeral]], he also confronts Cersei on how badly she has fucked up as a parent, vowing to [[spoiler:raise Tommen properly after he is appointed Regent]]. At the end of book 5, he's shown having supper with Cersei and Tommen, admiring Tommen's good nature and kind heart. [[spoiler:It makes his death at Varys' hands even sadder, although Varys at least comments that Kevan is a decent man, which (barely) softens the blow]].

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* [[NobleTopEnforcer Kevan Lannister]]'s loving attitude towards his wife and children. \n** After [[spoiler:Tywin's funeral]], he also confronts Cersei on how badly she has fucked up as a parent, vowing to [[spoiler:raise Tommen properly after he is appointed Regent]]. At the end of book 5, he's shown having supper with Cersei and Tommen, admiring Tommen's good nature and kind heart. [[spoiler:It makes his death at Varys' hands even sadder, although Varys at least comments that Kevan is a decent man, which (barely) softens the blow]].



** And afterwards when Manderly confides in Davos [[SoProudOfYou how proud he is of Wylla for her courage.]]

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** * And afterwards when Manderly confides in Davos [[SoProudOfYou how proud he is of Wylla for her courage.]]




* [[spoiler: Stannis]] declare that Theon is to be executed and a raven on a nearby table start to freak out and scream Theon's name, despite most raven not being smart enough to know words without them being taught it. The most likely conclusion is that [[spoiler: Bran is warging in it and is upset by Theon's impending death.]]
** Throughout the above scene, Asha constantly begs for her brother's life, [[BlatantLies claiming that she's not doing it because she loves him]].

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\n* [[spoiler: Stannis]] declare declares that Theon is to be executed and a raven on a nearby table start starts to freak out and scream Theon's name, despite most raven ravens not being smart enough to know words without them being taught it.taught. The most likely conclusion is that [[spoiler: Bran is warging in it and is upset by Theon's impending death.]]
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]] Throughout the above scene, Asha constantly begs for her brother's life, [[BlatantLies claiming that she's not doing it because she loves him]].



* Aeron Greyjoy's preview chapter is pretty [[NightmareFuel horrifying]] from start to finish. But when Euron [[spoiler: has his would-be salt wife, Falia Flowers tied to the prow of the ''Silence'' next to the Damphair]], Aeron offers what little comfort he can.

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* Aeron Greyjoy's preview chapter is pretty [[NightmareFuel horrifying]] from start to finish. But when Euron [[spoiler: has his would-be salt wife, Falia Flowers tied to the prow of the ''Silence'' next to the Damphair]], Aeron offers what little comfort he can. Made even more heartwarming when you remember [[spoiler: earlier in the chapter, Falia had defied Euron and secretly brought Aeron some honeyed oatmeal to eat instead of the rotten meat Euron had been giving him. No doubt Aeron remembered that kindness.]]



** Made even more heartwarming when you remember [[spoiler: earlier in the chapter, Falia had defied Euron and secretly brought Aeron some honeyed oatmeal to eat instead of the rotten meat Euron had been giving him. No doubt Aeron remembered that kindness.]]
* In Sansa's preview chapter, Lothor Brune nicknames Alayne's new betrothed Harry the Heir "[[{{Jerkass}}Harry the Arse]]" after he's been rude to Alayne calling her a bastard in her face.
** And Sansa is so grateful for this comment, that she hugs him. This moment is so similar in tone & content to a caring uncle comforting a distressed niece.... a role that the Blackfish once played to Sansa's mother, aunt & uncle. And it fits with Ser Lothor being one of the few men in Littlefinger's service who is a genuinely well meaning man.

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** Made even more heartwarming when you remember [[spoiler: earlier in the chapter, Falia had defied Euron and secretly brought Aeron some honeyed oatmeal to eat instead of the rotten meat Euron had been giving him. No doubt Aeron remembered that kindness.]]
* In Sansa's preview chapter, Lothor Brune nicknames Alayne's new betrothed Harry the Heir "[[{{Jerkass}}Harry the Arse]]" after he's been rude to Alayne calling her a bastard in her face.
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face. And Sansa is so grateful for this comment, that she hugs him. This moment is so similar in tone & content to a caring uncle comforting a distressed niece.... a role that the Blackfish once played to Sansa's mother, aunt & uncle. And it fits with Ser Lothor being one of the few men in Littlefinger's service who is a genuinely well meaning man.




* Aegon III lived a pretty sad life, but the best thing that ever happened to him was getting his younger brother back. Everyone believed that Viserys II had perished in the Battle of the Gullet, and Aegon suffered from SurvivorGuilt because he'd had a dragon to escape on but Viserys hadn't. Years later Viserys turned up alive in the Free Cities, having been taken hostage by merchant princes. Alyn Velaryon recovered him, brought him back to Westeros, and reunited the two brothers. Its said this was the only thing that ever brought Aegon true joy, and Viserys was the only person he trusted fully.
* King Baelor walking through a pit of vipers to free his cousin, Aemon the Dragonknight, with full confidence that the Seven would protect them. He was wrong about Seven protecting them, but it was still a valiant feat.
** And for that matter, his treatment of the Dornish. He released their hostages and walked thousands of miles to Sunspear from King's Landing barefoot in a show of humility. On the king's way back, the Prince of Dorne, fearing that Baelor's death would threaten the new peace, commanded his bannermen to be as accommodating as possible.

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\n* Aegon III lived a pretty sad life, but the best thing that ever happened to him was getting his younger brother back. Everyone believed that Viserys II had perished in the Battle of the Gullet, and Aegon suffered from SurvivorGuilt because he'd had a dragon to escape on but Viserys hadn't. Years later Viserys turned up alive in the Free Cities, having been taken hostage by merchant princes. Alyn Velaryon recovered him, brought him back to Westeros, and reunited the two brothers. Its It's said this was the only thing that ever brought Aegon true joy, and Viserys was the only person he trusted fully.
* King Baelor walking through a pit of vipers to free his cousin, Aemon the Dragonknight, with full confidence that the Seven would protect them. He was wrong about Seven protecting them, but it was still a valiant feat.
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feat. And for that matter, his treatment of the Dornish. He released their hostages and walked thousands of miles to Sunspear from King's Landing barefoot in a show of humility. On the king's way back, the Prince of Dorne, fearing that Baelor's death would threaten the new peace, commanded his bannermen to be as accommodating as possible.



* Aegon the Unworthy once hosted a tourney and forbade Aemon the Dragonknight from entering because he wanted to name his mistress Queen of Love and Beauty. Knowing that Queen Naerys would be humiliated, Aemon entered the tourney anyway as a mystery knight known as the Knight of Tears, won, and crowned the queen instead.
** There's another layer of heartwarming to this. It's rumored that Aemon and Naerys were in love and would have rather married each other. If this is true, Aemon wasn't just looking out for his sister, he was defending the honor of the woman he loved.
* During Aegon's Conquest, Queen Sharra Arryn returned to the Eyrie's throne room to find her young son Ronnel, the last king of the Vale, sitting on Queen Visenya Targaryen's lap, [[ChildrenAreInnocent asking his mother if he could go for a ride with the lady and her dragon.]] Not very heartwarming in itself, considering the AdultFear Sharra must have experienced, but the touching moment came after. Once the Vale surrendered to Aegon, Visenya actually ''did'' take Ronnel for that ride on her dragon, Vhagar. ''Three times.'' It earned him the nickname 'The King Who Flew'.
** It could be seen as a PetTheDog moment for Visenya. Her reputation in Westeros is one of a somewhat stern LadyOfWar with a manipulative streak who possibly murdered her nephew/stepson Aenys I to put her son Maegor (AKA [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Maegor the Cruel]]) on the throne. Yet she had enough of a soft spot to take a little boy for a fun ride through the sky.

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* Aegon the Unworthy once hosted a tourney and forbade Aemon the Dragonknight from entering because he wanted to name his mistress Queen of Love and Beauty. Knowing that Queen Naerys would be humiliated, Aemon entered the tourney anyway as a mystery knight known as the Knight of Tears, won, and crowned the queen instead.
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instead. There's another layer of heartwarming to this. It's rumored that Aemon and Naerys were in love and would have rather married each other. If this is true, Aemon wasn't just looking out for his sister, he was defending the honor of the woman he loved.
* During Aegon's Conquest, Queen Sharra Arryn returned to the Eyrie's throne room to find her young son Ronnel, the last king of the Vale, sitting on Queen Visenya Targaryen's lap, [[ChildrenAreInnocent asking his mother if he could go for a ride with the lady and her dragon.]] Not very heartwarming in itself, considering the AdultFear Sharra must have experienced, but the touching moment came after. Once the Vale surrendered to Aegon, Visenya actually ''did'' take Ronnel for that ride on her dragon, Vhagar. ''Three times.'' It earned him the nickname 'The King Who Flew'.
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Flew'. It could be seen as a PetTheDog moment for Visenya. Her reputation in Westeros is one of a somewhat stern LadyOfWar with a manipulative streak who possibly murdered her nephew/stepson Aenys I to put her son Maegor (AKA [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Maegor the Cruel]]) on the throne. Yet she had enough of a soft spot to take a little boy for a fun ride through the sky.






*** Ladies and gentlemen of TV Tropes, we all know why Ned really raised Jon Snow just like any son of his -- and it is truly heartwarming.

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*** ** Ladies and gentlemen of TV Tropes, we all know why Ned really raised Jon Snow just like any son of his -- and it is truly heartwarming.
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*** Indeed, throughout the book , we see just how wrong Catelyn was about Jon being a threat to her own children. Jon gives a lot of really good advice to Stannis (whom he prefers to the Boltons & Lannisters, big surprise). But he always tries to maintain a veneer of the Night Watch's famous neutrality. But as soon as it appears that his sister Arya is in the clutches of Ramsay Bolton, Jon throws caution to the winds, sending Mance Rayder to rescue her. And after that, when it seems Stannis has lost & Ramsay is on the hunt for Arya again, Jon promptly decides to go to war against the Boltons, with a few dozen men at his back.
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* Tyrion showing a newly disabled Bran how he can still learn to ride a horse.

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* Tyrion showing a newly disabled crippled Bran how he can still learn to ride a horse.horse.
** And Tyrion doing so because Bran's brother [[BigBrotherInstinct Jon]] [[OddFriendship asked Tyrion]] to help Bran in whatever way he could.



* Jon helping Sam out, befriending him, and making him feel at home among the Night's Watch, speficially this line:

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* Jon helping Sam out, befriending him, and making him feel at home among the Night's Watch, speficially specifically this line:



** It's not just Jon who shows such sentiments. After a devastated Jon makes a desperate attempt to desert following [[spoiler:his father Ned's execution]] so that he can [[spoiler:join his brother Robb and avenge their father]], Pyp, Grenn, Halder, and the rest of Jon's friends work together to find Jon and bring him back before he can be arrested for desertion. Remember, a few weeks ago, Pyp, Grennn, and Halder didn't even like Jon because they thought Jon was a snooty high & mighty lordling before they and Jon became TrueCompanions, along with Sam. Now they are prepared to risk being mistaken for deserters themselves all just to bring one of their own back to safety.

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** It's not just Jon who shows such sentiments. After a devastated Jon makes a desperate attempt to desert following [[spoiler:his father Ned's execution]] so that he can [[spoiler:join his brother Robb and avenge their father]], Pyp, Grenn, Halder, and the rest of Jon's friends work together to find Jon and bring him back before he can be arrested for desertion. Remember, a few weeks ago, Pyp, Grennn, Grenn, and Halder didn't even like Jon because they thought Jon was a snooty high & mighty lordling before they and Jon became TrueCompanions, along with Sam. Now they are prepared to risk being mistaken for deserters themselves all just to bring one of their own back to safety.
20th Mar '17 10:42:53 AM leelea
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* The direwolves, Ghost and Nymeria, of the two 'odd' Stark children, Jon Snow (a [[HeroicBastard bastard child]]) and Arya ([[ActionGirl the tomboy]]) bond just as closely as Jon and Arya do.

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* The direwolves, Ghost and Nymeria, of the two 'odd' Stark children, Jon Snow (a (an [[HeroicBastard bastard illegitimate child]]) and Arya ([[ActionGirl the tomboy]]) bond just as closely as Jon and Arya do.



* Ned's conversation with Arya on her behavior. "She had never loved him so much as she did in that instant."

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* Ned's conversation with Arya on her behavior. "She behavior: "(Arya) had never loved him so much as she did in that instant."



* Jon helping Sam out, befriending him, and making him feel at home among the Night's Watch, specially this line:

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* Jon helping Sam out, befriending him, and making him feel at home among the Night's Watch, specially speficially this line:



** It's not just Jon who shows such sentiments. After he makes a desperate attempt to desert following [[spoiler:Ned's execution]], Pyp, Grenn, Halder & the rest of his friends work together to seek out Jon & bring him back before he can be arrested for desertion. Remember, a few weeks ago they didn't even like Jon, because they thought he was a snooty high & mighty lordling. But now they are prepared to risk being mistaken for deserters themselves, (not to mention being injured or killed by a desperate Jon) to bring one of their own back to safety.

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** It's not just Jon who shows such sentiments. After he a devastated Jon makes a desperate attempt to desert following [[spoiler:Ned's execution]], [[spoiler:his father Ned's execution]] so that he can [[spoiler:join his brother Robb and avenge their father]], Pyp, Grenn, Halder & Halder, and the rest of his Jon's friends work together to seek out find Jon & and bring him back before he can be arrested for desertion. Remember, a few weeks ago they ago, Pyp, Grennn, and Halder didn't even like Jon, Jon because they thought he Jon was a snooty high & mighty lordling. But now lordling before they and Jon became TrueCompanions, along with Sam. Now they are prepared to risk being mistaken for deserters themselves, (not to mention being injured or killed by a desperate Jon) themselves all just to bring one of their own back to safety.



** The way it was set up makes it even better. When he realized the letter was about Bran, he thought that Bran had died and ran all the way to Jeor Mormont. When he learns the truth, he doesn't even care that Bran won't be able to walk again.

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** The way it was set up makes it this even better. When he realized realizes the letter was is about Bran, he thought that Bran had died and ran all the way to Jeor Mormont. Mormont, prepared for the worst. When he learns the truth, truth -- that though Bran is crippled, he doesn't even care is ''alive'' -- Jon is just so happy that Bran won't be able is going to walk again.''live''.
20th Mar '17 10:19:54 AM ikoke
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** It's not just Jon who shows such sentiments. After he makes a desperate attempt to desert following [[spoiler:Ned's execution]], Pyp, Grenn, Halder & the rest of his friends work together to seek out Jon & bring him back before he can be arrested for desertion. Remember, a few weeks ago they didn't even like Jon, because they thought he was a snooty high & mighty lordling. But now they are prepared to risk being mistaken for deserters themselves, (not to mention being injured or killed by a desperate Jon) to bring one of their own back to safety.
1st Mar '17 3:31:28 AM ikoke
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** And Sansa is so grateful for this comment, that she hugs him. This moment is so similar in tone & content to a caring uncle comforting a distressed niece.... a role that the Blackfish once played to Sansa's mother, aunt & uncle. And it fits with Ser Lothor being one of the few men in Littlefinger's service who is a genuinely well meaning man.
30th Jan '17 12:23:54 AM newblood75
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** The way it was set up makes it even better. When he realized the letter was about Bran, he thought that Bran had died and ran all the way to Jeor Mormont. When he learns the truth, he doesn't even care that Bran won't be able to walk again.
--> "He woke up," [Jon] said. "The gods gave him back." "Crippled," Mormont said. "I'm sorry, boy. Read the rest of the letter." He looked at the words, but they didn't matter. Nothing mattered. Bran was going to live... Jon ran down the stairs, a smile on his face and Robb's letter in his hands. "My brother is going to live," he told the guards. They exchanged a look. He ran back to the common hall, where he found Tyrion Lannister just finishing his meal. He grabbed the little man under the arms, hoisted him up in the air, and spun him around in a circle. ''"Bran is going to live!"'' he whooped.
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