Characters: Game Of Thrones House Lannister
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: "You have to give it to the Lannisters. They may be the most pompous, ponderous cunts the Gods ever suffered to walk the world, but they do have outrageous amounts of money."
Robert Baratheon: "Surrounded by Lannisters. Every time I close my eyes, I see their blond hair and their smug, satisfied faces."
The wealthiest and most powerful family in the Seven Kingdoms, and the real power behind the Iron Throne, despite the throne nominally being occupied by House Baratheon of King's Landing
. Its lord has the title of Warden of the West, Lord Paramount of the Westerlands, and Lord of Casterly Rock.
Lord Tywin Lannister
"It's the family name that lives on. That's all that lives on. Not your personal glory, not your honor, but family."
Father of the three Lannister siblings, and grandfather to Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen. Lord of Casterly Rock and Warden of the West, Tywin Lannister is perhaps the most feared Lord in the Realm, and is certainly the richest. Calculating, harsh, and ruthless, he is also known as a brilliant administrator, who managed the Realm well during his twenty years as Hand of the King to Aerys Targaryen. Tywin's driving motive is in securing House Lannister's hold as the most powerful dynasty in Westeros, no matter the cost.
- Abusive Parents: While he's never explicity revealed to have been physically abusive to his children , his emotional abuse of all three is horrific. Pretty much every conversation he's had with them is a variation of the general idea "Gods, I can't believe how much you absolutely suck". On the one hand he's not wrong, since his kids are all screwed-up, but he's more than likely to blame for how screwed-up they are with his methods of child-raising. He is particularly vindictive to Tyrion, making it no secret that he hates him and if not for the fact he has Tywin's last name he'd have killed Tyrion the very day he was born.
- Ambition Is Evil:
- In his own words, his dream is to "establish a [Lannister] dynasty that will last a thousand years". Robert is even more generous, summing Tywin's goal up as "wanting to own the world". As the ruling patriarch of the house which he nearly saw destroyed by his weak father, Tywin will do anything to maintain his family's greatness, no matter how vicious.
- This trope is also part of the reason why he doesn't get along very well with his children — in his eyes, they've done nothing with their lives without his help or name. Tyrion is intelligent, Cersei is beautiful, Jaime is an excellent swordsman, and all three can be manipulative and cunning when called upon. However, Tyrion was content to spend all his time drinking and whoring until Tywin appointed him Hand and later Master of Coin, and Cersei's marriage to Robert was done because she was a female in a high-ranking house and she spent the next seventeen years doing nothing with her position. Jaime is the only one who showed any ambition and followed through on it, and Tywin notes that all he ended up becoming is a glorified bodyguard to an insane king that Jaime eventually betrayed anyway.
- Archnemesis Dad: To his son Tyrion, to almost absurd levels. They completely and totally hate each other. Tywin hates his son for killing his beloved wife in childbirth and being a whoremongering dwarf, while Tyrion hates his father for always treating him with contempt, and in particular for taking his first love Tysha from him.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Tywin is a two-time Hand of the King, and the Warden of the West (a position only equal to three othersnote and only inferior to the King himself and his Hand). Hand in hand with his titles, Tywin is a ruthless yet highly effective commander who struck the killing blow to King's Landing and the Targaryen royal family in Robert's Rebellion.
- Badass: We're introduced to Tywin while he's calmly skinning a massive stag he just hunted and judging by the blood on his face and armor in Blackwater, it is evident he fought right beside his soldiers.
- Badass Baritone
- Badass Beard/Beard of Evil
- Badass Boast: "The Rains of Castamere" is a famous song about a young lord who annihilated an entire family of vassals who crossed him, and its protagonist is still walking around and death-staring everyone in his presence.
- Badass Bureaucrat: Was previously Hand of the King to Aerys II. And is currently Hand of the King to Joffrey.
- Badass Grandpa: Is a grandfather in-universe (to Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen).
- Badass Longcoat: A black leather one in season 3.
- Four-Star Badass: Has never lost a war, as he proudly remarks to Arya. However, while he undoubtedly is a highly gifted military strategist, his true genius lies in the craft of political intrigue and public administration within his capacity as a statesman.
- Bad Boss: Justifed in most cases, as he's Surrounded by Idiots. He's actually rather friendly with Arya as he recognizes her as intelligent and competent. That is until he hands her over to the service of Ser Gregor Clegane.
- Bait the Dog: After saving Arya from the Mountain's prison pen, and spending a few weeks with Arya as his cupbearer, mentioning how she reminds him of his own daughter at that age, and generally making the audience smile at their father-daughter interactions, he leaves and specifically gives her to the Mountain, with strict orders to stop him from ever getting drunk no less, his less than stellar record with children and females notwithstanding.
- Similarly he "rewards" Tyrion, who carried out his job as Hand of the King in Tywin's stead with extreme competence and success on all fronts, including personally saving King's Landing and thus allowing the Lannisters to keep fighting the war, despite having all the odds against him and almost everyone else trying to sabotage him out of idiocy or spite (or both)...with almost disowning him for sleeping with a whore, totally disregarding and mocking his successes as being of zero importance, and finally engages in an exceedingly cruel (and completely undeserved) Reason You Suck Speech against Tyrion as being a worthless freak who does not deserve to bear the family name and who is nothing but an embarrassment. What a dick.
- Berserk Button: Tywin does NOT take Tyrion's demand for inheritance of Casterly Rock well and does not tolerate the slightest insubordination from his children.
- Big Bad: From the viewpoint of most of the other factions in the series. As the patriarch of the Lannister clan, Tywin is the mastermind behind his family's seizure of power in King's Landing thereby placing the entire kingdom at the mercy of his bloodthirsty grandson, Joffrey, and plunging all of Westoros into war.
- Big Damn Heroes/Villainous Rescue: Twice!
- At Harrenhal, when he stops the wanton torturing and killing of prisoners through Pragmatic Villainy, enslaving them instead.
- When he and the Tyrells save King's Landing from being overtaken by Stannis' troops in "Blackwater", a straight example of The Cavalry.
- Brutal Honesty: Lord Tywin makes no bones about anything.
- Cavalry Betrayal: During the last days of the Mad King, his army entered King's Landing as royalist allies and then proceeded to attack and pillage the city in Robert's name.
- The Chessmaster: Tywin is one of the most prolific in the series along with Varys and Littlefinger. His money, his army, his name, and his ability to verbally and physically dominate anyone he speaks to, make him one of the most powerful men in the kingdoms, and he's well-aware of it. He really shows his hand at this in season three once he's Hand and can start turning his attention to consolidating Lannister power now that he's off the battlefield.
- Combat Pragmatist: He's not above using subterfuge and treachery when more direct approaches fail.
Explain to me why it is more noble to kill 10,000 men in battle than a dozen at dinner.
- Cool Old Guy: His scenes in season 2 serve to show him as not some fire breathing psychopath, but rather as a driven, determined and understandable man...who just so happens to be the Big Bad. He still has his darker elements, as he is willing to be surprisingly brutal when he believes someone tried to kill him, and orders Gregor Clegane to brutalize the subjects of his enemies to put pressure on them and deny them resources, but he does this out of cold-blooded pragmatism, not because he enjoys it.
- However, Season 3 immediately starts subverting this. Despite being supposedly pragmatic, logical, and able to show kindness even to those "beneath" him, he is just as much a hateful and intolerant Jerkass towards Tyrion as Cersei. Despite Tyrion's plans and actions being crucial in the defense of Kings landing (and thus to the Lannisters as a whole) he coldly dismisses Tyrion's service as having been nothing but him "bedding whores as always", and openly mocks these efforts to Tyrion's face before utterly ripping Tyrion to pieces as a "ill-formed spiteful creature" who "killed his mother", and saying he would rather die than give Tyrion his rightful inheritance.
- Comically Serious: He is very snarky, but his face is set into a nigh-permanent frown of contempt.
- Composite Character: His intro of butchering a stag is actually from Randyll Tarly, Sam's father. And his later scene in Harrenhal, keeping around Arya as a cupbearer, is from Roose Bolton.
- Control Freak: Of the highest, most unhealthy order, in that he wants to control everything and everyone — if Tywin had his way, the Lannisters would rule the Seven Kingdoms, he would control the Lannisters as usual, and everyone else would be kissing his ass out of fear or respect. Considering he's Surrounded by Idiots and knows it though, this behavior isn't always inapt.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His audiences are completely one-sided and anyone who dares to argue with him gets verbally demolished. The only exception has been Arya Stark, and to a certain degree, Lady Olenna. In literal military terms, his utter annihilation of House Reyne of Castamere could be seen as this. So can the Red Wedding.
- Deadpan Snarker:
- Although not to the level of, say, his sons, and placing particular emphasis on "deadpan". This is most evident during his dealings with his subordinates. For example:
Polliver: (to Arya, while dressed as a boy) What are you looking at?! Kneel! Kneel or I'll take your lungs out, boy!
Tywin: You'll do no such thing. This one's a girl, you idiot.
- And again in "The Old Gods and the New:"
Tywin: (to Amory Lorch) My cupbearer can read better than you.
- Death Glare: The non-verbal part of his imposing stance when someone antagonizes or displeases him. If looks could kill, his probably will.
- Disproportionate Retribution: What is his reaction to some Houses rebelling against his? Wipe them all out. It also should be noted that many of his "The Reason You Suck" Speech to his children are delivered after one of them begins to display a hint of insubordination. He essentially psychologically tears them apart the moment they try to smart-mouth him.
- The Dreaded: Probably the most feared person in the series. Even a vicious madman like Joffrey would think twice before crossing Tywin, according to Cersei. Tyrion concurs, defining Westeros as "Seven Kingdoms united in fear of Tywin Lannister". When Joffrey actually summons Tywin for a report on his activities, it's abundantly clear that he does indeed fear him.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Hierarchically, Joffrey is about as close to a Big Bad as the show currently has (outside of the White Walkers), but since Tywin is out in the field acting as a military surrogate for Joffrey, many people (both in-universe and in real life) view him as a Big Bad figure. Once he settles in King's Landing and starts serving as Hand of the King, Tywin's status as de facto ruler of the realm is even more clear, as unlike his children he does manage to completely nullify Joffrey. His status as the real power in the land is lampshaded in Mhysa.
Tyrion: You just sent the most powerful man [Joffrey] in Westeros to bed without his supper.
Tywin: You're a fool if you believe he is the most powerful man in Westeros.
Tyrion: A treasonous statement. Joffrey is king.
Tywin: You really think a crown gives you power?
- Enraged By Idiocy: He's perpetually unamused, given that his standards are inhumanly high, has no tolerance for incompetence and Joffrey's rule has been a long parade of follies and disasters.
Madness, madness and stupidity!
- Establishing Character Moment: His aloof, stern patriarchy over the Lannister family is laid bare in his very first scene, a conversation in his war camp with Jaime, which produces many of his defining quotes. While he's butchering a stag, no less.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Jaime is frequently the only evidence of Tywin Lannister being capable of feeling empathy for another living human being. Tywin even shows physical affection in the only scene they share and is very anguished later by the captivity of his son. He also shows zero hostility to his brother Kevan, and generally regards him as a good lieutenant and advisor, even though Tywin may have the final word. He genuinely loved his late wife, and holds Tyrion in such high contempt partly for causing his wife's death.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Played with. See Pragmatic Villainy. He isn't disgusted by the torture, but by the waste of resources.
- He admits that he didn't kill Tyrion the day he was born, even though he badly wanted to, because it would mean killing a Lannister.
- Tywin has zero patience for Joffrey's stupidity or cruelty and wastes little time putting him in his place.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Shows shades of this.
- In Kissed by Fire, he expresses confusion and annoyance over Tyrion's protests over his "reward" of a forced marriage to Sansa Stark. Remarking that she's both beautiful and the remaining heir to Winterfell once Robb's dealt with. Thus, in Tywin's eyes, the ungrateful Tyrion's complaining about becoming one of the man powerful men in Westeros, rather than forcing a child who's suffered at Joffery hands to marry him.
- In Mhysa they once again have a clash of opinions over the Red Wedding. Tywin attempts to point out that it's no different than a victory on the battlefield, even sparing lives in the long run. However, Tyrion, despite not being adverse to cheating in war, believes that such an action crosses a line that will never be forgotten and may only serve to fuel a future conflict.
- Evil Genius: Especially compared to the sadists and idiots that make up most of his army.
- Evil Old Folks: Even in his old age, he continues to play the game of thrones while remaining one of its most brutally effective players ''by far''.
- Evil Overlord: Deconstructed. He only resorts to Kick the Dog and Disproportionate Retribution to ensure that his family name is respected and feared (unless the target happens to be Tyrion).
- Fiction500: Often referred to as the richest man in the Seven Kingdoms; Robert owes him three million gold dragons, and he has no trouble forking over eighty thousand more to provide prize money for a tourney. A common saying is that Tywin Lannister is so rich that he "shits gold."
- According to Forbes magazine, he is worth 2.5 billion American dollars in the books. That makes him exceedingly wealthy by the standards of a modern economy.
- Freudian Excuse: The reason why he's such an hardass is because his father's magnanimity nearly lead to the bankruptcy and ruination of his house. Despite this, he still has very fond memories of the man. The loss of his wife while giving birth to Tyrion is also a factor in his cold attitude toward life.
- The Good Chancellor: Surprisingly for his horrible personality, yes. His twenty-year reign as Hand of the King to Aerys II Targaryen was considered the most stable and prosperous period Westeros had experienced since Aegon's Landing. And considering that he kept a guy commonly known as "the Mad King" in check, that's really saying something. After Aerys fired him, however, things went to shit pretty quickly.
- He's working on making it a two'fer now that he's settled back into the role as Jofrrey's Hand. His role in season three, outside of chewing out Cersei and Tyrion, consists of actually running Westeros while Joffrey fucks about killing whores and getting awkwardly turned on by Margaery Tyrell. Now that the War of the Five Kings is officially over as Robb Stark and Renly Baratheon are both dead, and Stannis Baratheon and Balon Greyjoy are effectively neutered and Daenarys Targaryen is bogged down in Yunkai, he's looking to get Westeros back on the road to its former glory. He's still a huge asshole, though.
- Hell Bent for Leather: Seems to always be wearing some sort of black leather outfit when he appears, if he's not in battle garb.
- Hyper Awareness:
- Icy Blue Eyes: If the eyes are windows to the soul, then Tywin's two chips of glacier should give you an idea of the icily rational way he views the world.
- Inadequate Inheritor: He views Tyrion as this. And it is especially grating for him given that Jaime can't inherit due to being a member of the Kingsguard and Cersei being a woman, thus second to Tyrion in line to inherit Casterly Rock.
- Jerkass: It is revealed in "Baelor" that Tyrion once made the mistake of falling in love with and marrying a whore his brother had secretly hired to sleep with him. So when Tywin found out, he ordered his entire garrison to rape her (each soldier paying, of course) and forced Tyrion to watch from beginning to end.
- Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: He occasionally says something that might indicate that he's not as bad as people think...but he usually tells them in no uncertain terms his entirely pragmatic reasons for saying it if he's questioned about it.
- Jerkass Has a Point: The worst thing about Tywin's insults, is that he is very often right. Whether it is calling Jaime a glorified bodyguard lacking ambition, Cersei not nearly as smart as she thinks she is, or Tyrion a fool for his drinking and whoring. The irony that Tywin as a father is responsible for most of these failings is lost on him.
- Just a Kid: Invoked by Tywin on the verge of war with Robb.
Tywin: Green boy. One taste of battle and he'll run back to Winterfell with his tail between his legs.
- Ironic that he would fall for this, seeing as how The Rains of Castamere suggest Tywin's own enemies once thought the same of him.
- Kick the Dog: He manages to zigzag between this and Pet the Dog with his treatment of Tyrion, often several times in the same scene. On the one hand he never hesitates to tell Tyrion he considers him a drunken, lecherous gremlin who killed his mother and has only so far been saved from death or estrangement by the fact he's Tywin's blood son. On the other hand he acknowledges Tyrion's talents, speaks to him as an equal when he isn't insulting his lifestyle, and in contrast to Cersei and Joffrey, he trusts Tyrion with power and authority.
[To Tyrion]: I always thought you were a stunted fool. Perhaps I was wrong.
- The Man Behind the Man: Twice has served as Hand of the King: first to Aerys Targaryen and secondly to his grandson Joffrey. His reign as Hand is seen (in-verse) as a time of prosperity, despite "The Mad King". He was also the true architect of the Red Wedding
- Nay-Theist: Cersei quotes him in "Blackwater" as saying "The gods have no mercy, thatís why they are godsĒ, and notes that Tywin does believe in the gods- he just doesn't like them. Along the lines of a typical Hollywood Atheist backstory, he developed this attitude after the death of his beloved wife. Tywin also views his son Tyrion, whom he intensely dislikes, as a cruel lesson by the Gods to teach him humility because Tyrion can still fly Lannister colors despite Tywin's dissaproval of him.
- Nice to the Waiter: Treats Arya, who is working as his cupbearer, with a surprising amount of respect, largely because he is amused by her, and obviously enjoys the company of a bright youngster more than that of his rather pedestrian retainers and warlords. Of course, this doesn't stop him casually giving her over to the monstrous Gregor Clegane once he has to leave.
- Noble Demon: While he really isn't a nice guy, he still does have numerous principles, particularly Family Honor.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Done intentionally as an intimidation tactic to psyche out Joffrey. As he not-so-subtly explains just how little concern he has for Joffrey as a person compared to his concern for the realm, he steps closer and closer to the Iron Throne until he's looming over the little shit. For the rest of the conversation Joffrey is visibly sinking back into the throne and looks terrified that Tywin may well strike him, or worse.
- Odd Friendship: Not quite a friendship per se, but as noted above, he develops something of an unusual liking and attachment to Arya.
- Offing the Offspring:
- Tyrion speculates that his father is putting him on the vanguard of a battle to invoke this. Tywin is not amused to see his son still alive in the aftermath.
- In Mhysa he coldly tells Tyrion that he intended to kill him on the day he was born (both for being born a dwarf and for killing Joanna in the process) but he stopped himself because Tyrion was ultimately still a Lannister. Comes off as an odd combination of petting and kicking the Dog in context.
- Old Soldier: Tywin has fought in at least two previous wars.
Tywin: 'The War of Five Kings' they're calling it. This will be my last war. The one I'll be remembered for.
- Papa Wolf:
- To Jaime at least. When Amory Lorch accidentally sends a letter bearing valuable information to a House allied with the Starks Tywin goes (by his standards,) berserk and tells him that should any more harm befall Jaime as a result of this, Amory will be in a world of hurt.
- He intentionally defies it with Tyrion — only going to war after his capture to defend House Lannister's reputation, and being annoyed when Tyrion turns out to still be alive.
- The Patriarch: His very first appearance has him giving Jaime an impassioned speech about the importance of the family legacy. While skinning a deer. He orders his children around all he wants (even Cersei, who technically outranks him), and even his psychopathic "boss" and grandson King Joffrey (who outright threatens to kill his own mother and tried to assassinate his uncle) is scared of him.
Tywin: Your mother's dead, before long I'll be dead, and you...and your brother, and your sister, and all of her children. All of us dead, all of us rotting in the ground. It's the family name that lives on. It's all that lives on. Not your honor, not your personal glory, family.
- The Perfectionist: Comes up a lot. Tywin is obsessed with House Lannister's reputation, never misses an opportunity to point out his children's flaws and disrespects anyone that does not live up to his standards (which is pretty much everyone). On the other hand, his perfectionism is one of the major reasons he is aware of everything that goes on around him and what makes him a deadly strategist.
- Perpetual Frowner: Tywin never smiles, ever. From the books...
- Pet the Dog:
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Downplayed and played with.
- He refers to the Northerners as "unwashed," but would treat women and savages with fairness, according to their competence.
- He knows Ser Loras is gay, and considers him to be mentally ill. Despite his personal feelings on the matter, he is nevertheless okay with the idea of Loras guarding Joffrey as he recognizes the knight's worth as a warrior. His views also seem much more reasonable in comparison to Joffrey's, who wants all homosexuals put to death. All in all, Tywin's opinion on gay men border on Pitying Perversion.
- Pragmatic Villainy: One of his defining features, as Tywin saw his house nearly destroyed by his good-hearted and gentle father. As a result, Tywin is brutal and vicious, but only when there is a profit to be gained from it; for example, he stops the torture of prisoners in Harrenhal upon arrival, because exploiting their skills for free is more useful. But when he suspects an assassin attempting to kill him, he immediately orders a decimation of the garrison, along with torture and interrogation of anyone suspected of aiding or knowing about the assassin.
- The one place where he breaks this rule is in his treatment of Tyrion. He is relentlessly cruel to Tyrion, never recognizing any of his accomplishments and constantly expressing disappointment for character flaws that are largely the result of his own psychological abuse. Most of Tywin's Kick the Dog moments are concerned with his treatment of Tyrion.
- Pride: His main flaw.
Tywin: The lion doesn't concern himself with the opinions of the sheep.
- Pulling The Thread: He casually begins picking apart Arya's deception over time, noting small things like addressing him as "my lord" instead of "milord" to figure out that she's actually nobleborn instead of a commoner like she's pretending. However, he seems more amused by how clever Arya is than upset at the deception.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: As much as he hates it, he does respect Tyrion as the most capable (or at least most trustworthy) of the lords in King's Landing. While he is harsh and abusive towards Tyrion, he does also speak to him as somewhat of an equal.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: If ever there were a grand master at this, it is Tywin Lannister. He's given at least one to each of his children — telling Jaime that his personal glory is ultimately worthless, Tyrion that he'll never honor any claim he has to Casterly Rock because of his irresponsible and lecherous behavior (also because he's a dwarf who killed his mother during childbirth), and Cersei that his lack of confidence in her is not because she's a woman, but because she's not as smart as she thinks she is — and always has one on hand for moronic subordinates as well.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Pretty much is this. He was a very capable Hand to the Mad King, for near two decades.
- Despite his relationships with his children, he continues to practice Pragmatic Villainy with them. While he loathes Tyrion, he trusts him as Hand until Tywin himself arrives to fill the role, and preludes a brutal "The Reason You Suck" Speech in Season 3 by telling Tyrion he will be given quarters and a position more suitable for his talents and standing, and keeps his word by naming him Master of Coin (that is, head of the treasury). Cersei on the other hand, who he tells her is "not as clever as she thinks she is", he tries to keep her influence on matters low.
- He is disgusted by Loras Tyrell's homosexuality, but still respects the young man's fighting skills and wishes to use them (Tywin did allow Loras to command the vanguard at the Battle of Blackwater, after all).
- He thinks Ser Gregor's torture of prisoners is a waste of time and stops it.
- He recognizes Arya as a girl very quickly. Later he deduces (correctly) that she is i) a Northerner and ii) highborn, but realises that she is alone in the world and her actions are to protect herself.
- Replacement Goldfish: He tells Arya that she reminds him of Cersei when she was young, and something in his voice makes it sound like he regrets how things went. From the books...
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!:
- Implied to be a philosophy of his in particular and Lannisters in general.
- He does seem to have two unbreakable principles that he's cracked into the skulls of his children and the entire Seven Kingdoms: "A Lannister never breaks his word" and "A Lannister always pays his debts." Of course, he rarely needs to give his word or get into debt in the first place (Note that those two can easily be given a more sinister spirit).
- However, he seems more than willing to break the second principle when the debt is owed to Tyrion (in this case basic gratitude or even acknowledgement of the fact he did his job well).
- Silent Snarker
- So Proud of You: Thoroughly trampled upon. His children are, in descending order: Queen Regent of the Seven Kingdoms, Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, and the royal Master of Coin—not to mention his grandson is the King himself—and he's not impressed one rat's ass by any of them. As noted under Ambition Is Evil, this is due in part do the fact that most of it has been accomplished with his help or his name, and they do little with their positions other than what he thinks is their natural expected duties in those positions. To wit, he has these words for his children and says them to them.
[To Jaime] "You are blessed with many abilities few men possess...and what have you done with these blessings, eh? You served as a glorified bodyguard to two kings. One a madman, the other a drunk."
[To Tyrion] "You are a low-born, ill-made, spiteful little creature filled with envy, lust, and low cunning."
[To Cersei] "I don't distrust you because you are a woman. I distrust you because you are not as smart as you think you are."
- The Stoic: Though he is very often contemptuous and snarky, he has little emotional range beyond this. However he does show more emotion than in the novels, where he only loses his icy cold demeanor once, when Tyrion asks him to acknowledge his rights to Casterly Rock. TV!Tywin looses his temper (though never his control) in several episodes (either because he's Surrounded by Idiots or putting his children in line) and once even gives a genuine (albeit short) laugh.
- The Strategist: Very much so, both as a military commander and a diplomat.
- Surrounded by Idiots: See above. He considers his eldest two children to be stupid in their ways, and he makes it clear when he notices Arya that he considers everyone in the fortress to be the equivalent of blind cattle in terms of intellect, both for wasting good talent and for not noticing a girl dressed as a boy. The only subordinates that he considers remotely competent on a mental level are Tyrion and, ironically, Arya. Most of his army is made up of psychopaths and dumb thugs.
- His reaction to Amory Lorch's death is less "Guard! There's an assassin loose in the castle!" and more "Guard! Ugh, now I have to replace this moron with some other moron...."
- However, this is a part of his ruling methods—he wants to be Surrounded by Idiots, and picks his army officers for their cruelty rather than skill, so that Tywin's own position at the top will never be threatened.
- Tall Blond and Snarky
- Thousand Year Reign: He names a millennial dynasty as his legacy to the Lannisters after he has achieved complete victory.
- Try to Fit That on a Business Card: Lord of Casterly Rock, Warden of the West, Lord Paramount of the Westerlands, Hand of the King and Savior of the City (of King's Landing), which is ironic considering the previous time he led an army to KL was to sack it. From the books...
- ‹bermensch: He has a grand vision for the Lannister family, values competence and intelligence over titles (for instance he respects Arya, but not Joffrey) and dominates every room he enters with his presence.
- Underestimating Badassery: He totally underestimates Robb's skill as a commander in their early battles. However, he quickly learns from his previous mistake and successfully conspires with Walder Frey and Roose Bolton to have him brutally assassinated.
- The Unfettered: His ruthlessness is only hampered by pragmatic concerns. Nothing stands in the way of his family name and ultimately his kins are only tools or pawns to achieve the goal.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Tyrion not only carried out his father's orders in Kings Landing in reigning in Joffrey and Cersei, but he personally planned the city's defense, fatally weakened Stannis's forces, and personally led the fight against the remaining attackers despite Cersei and Joffrey's idiocy and spitefulness hampering him at every turn (including trying to assassinate him on the battlefield). Without these efforts Tywin's relief force would have been facing a far larger, better organised, and pretty much untouched army, who by the time he arrived would have likely killed both his grandson and daughter, as well as have taken the city and thus making his attempted counter attack both pointless and nigh suicidal. Tywin "thanks" Tyrion by ignoring him for several weeks as he was wounded, and when Tyrion brings up his grievances, he gives his son a few concessions such as a larger room "more suited to your name", a position where he can continue serving his family, and a suitable wife in due time. He flatly refuses to officially make Tyrion his heir, unleashes a spiteful tirade about how much he hates Tyrion, and threatens to kill the next whore he catches him with.
- Villainous Widow's Peak
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: The Kingslayer himself turns into a little boy in his father's presence. Tyrion doesn't fare much better. Nor does Cersei.
: [to Jaime]
You going to say something clever? Go on, say something clever.
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Tywin is highly resentful at Tyrion for his malformations (which caused Tywin's wife to die giving birth), and whoregoing ways. What's worse (from his point of view) is that Jaime can't inherit the titles and lands of House Lannister due to being a sworn brother of the Kingsguard.
- According to Peter Dinklage, much of Twyin's frustration as a father comes the fact that his ideal heir is diffused across his three children with each of them having only one of the three traits he values in a person: Jaime is a great warrior, Tyrion is a master strategist, and Cersei is absolutely ruthless.
- Wicked Cultured
- Would Hurt a Child: Discussed by Lady Stark, dead worried about Sansa and Arya because the Targaryen children were butchered in their sleep on the orders of Tywin Lannister. The children of House Reyne weren't spared either.
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Rage is ultimately the source of Tywin's ruthlessness. With both the Red Wedding, and the rebellion of House Reyne, he has proven that anyone who even considers attacking or resisting him will be terminated with extreme prejudice.
Queen Regent Cersei Lannister
"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground."
Twin sister of Jaime and older sister of Tyrion. Queen of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros by marriage and Queen Regent to Joffrey.
- Adaptational Heroism: Although still one of the villains, Cersei is more sympathetic here than she is in the books. Not that this is particularly difficult. However if the anecdote Tyrion regales us of in season 3 combined with Cersei's instant dislike of Margarey Tyrell are any indication, she's closing in fast on her book counterpart.
- Two of her greatest Kick the Dog moments from the second book, ordering the deaths of Robert's bastards and Tyrion, are done by Joffrey instead.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: 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.
- The Alcoholic: Season two 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 pretty much drunk throughout. Between Cersei and Tyrion it seems like a safe bet that the Lannisters are genetically predisposed to alcoholism. From the Books...
- Analogy Backfire:
- 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 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 confort 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.
- Anti-Villain: Type I, in contrast with the books. Cersei is not genuinely evil as such, but is exceptionally nihilistic and cynical. She behaves ruthlessly because she believes that it is a prerequisite for survival. She also has sadistic tendencies, due to her desire to share her own internal pain with others.
- Arranged Marriage:
- With Robert. She initially saw it as a Perfectly Arranged Marriage up until Robert came to her drunk and called her by his late betrothed's name on their wedding night.
- Tywin commands her to marry Ser Loras. She's not amused.
- Battle Ballgown: 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.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: 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 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.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Cersei played the game well enough when Robert was alive, but since his death she just can't keep up. Her plan to be the Woman Behind The Throne failed 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.
- Blondes are Evil
- Brother-Sister Incest / Twincest / Villainous Incest: with Jaime.
- Corrupt Politician: "When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die."
- Deadpan Snarker: Has her moments of this, especially in season 2
- Domestic Abuse
- Despair Event Horizon: Although she doesn't become a monster, after she and Robert have a conversation, where it initially looks like they're 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 doesn't feel anything. Her subsequent actions make a lot more sense in light of this.
- Dumb Blonde: While Cersei isn't a complete moron, Tywin's assessment of her was perfect when he said 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 lost control of Joffrey almost immediately after he became king, and her attempts to dispose of Tyrion were laughable failures.
- Enfant Terrible: Was no more charming when she was younger, as Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour reveals below.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She genuinely loves her children and twin brother... but not enough not to hop into bed with Lancel while Jaime's away.
- Even Evil Has Standards: 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.
- Evil Counterpart: To Catelyn.
- Evil Matriarch
- Expy: Book counterpart aside, Lena Headey seems to strongly take after Rome's Atia.
- Freudian Excuse: Her hatred for Robert stems from him using her as a Replacement Goldfish for Lyanna.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: She is not a pleasant person and is grooming Joffrey to follow in her footsteps. In "You Win or You Die," she fully metamorphoses into this trope when she orchestrates a Hunting Accident for Robert. 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.
- The Heavy: 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 rule 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.
- Heel Realization: It's begun to dawn on her as of "A Man Without Honor" that doing everything in her power to protect and prop up Joffrey isn't such a good idea any more. She more-or-less admits to Tyrion that she made him a monster, figuratively, and literally, and the guilt is starting to eat away at her.
- Hidden Depths: 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, who takes over it anyway.
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: 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. 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 neither.
- She was angered at Robert's promiscuity, drinking and inability to rule. She herself is quickly turning into the female Robert.
- She is greatly angered when Tyrion arranges for a marriage between Myrcella and House Martell (as it likely reminds her of her own marriage with Robert) but has no problem mocking Sansa about beheading more of her family members before her wedding to Joffrey.
- In Season 3 she smugly smiles when Tywin orders Tyrion to marry Sansa- and nearly breaks into tears when he orders her to marry Loras in turn.
- If Only You Knew: 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.
- I Just Want to Be You: According to Lena Headey this is Cersei's Freudian Excuse 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 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.
- Infant Immortality: Averted. She mentions to Catelyn and later discusses with Robert how their first child died shortly after birth due to a fever.
- Informed Attractiveness: Cersei is widely praised as one of the most beatiful noblewomen of Westeros. In fairness, Lena Headey really is quite attractive, but the cruel face she puts on to play Cersei affects her appearance in-character.
- Interrupted Suicide: Tywin breaking the door in "Blackwater" stops her from proceeding, with her son Tommen, because she was convinced the city would fall to Stannis.
- Jerkass: Unfriendly or hostile by default, petty, vindictive and an overall unpleasant person to be around. It goes without saying that she Hates Small Talk.
- Kick the Dog: An almost literal incident, when she has Sansa's direwolf killed because Arya's direwolf - who attacked Joffrey to defend her mistress - is unavailable. 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 Pet the Dog moments.
- Kissing Cousins: With Lancel.
- Lady Macbeth: She's behind some of Robert and Jaime's callous or outright evil decisions.
- Love Is a Weakness: She believes this, because Love Makes You Dumb 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.
- Love Makes You Evil: Apparently she used to have feelings for Robert when they married, but domestic abuse and Robert's love for Lyanna brutally changed that. Her relationship with Jaime doesn't seem to bring out the best in her either.
- Mama Bear: 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.
- Manipulative Bitch
- Meaningful Name: Cersei is likely named in tribute to Circe (pronounced the same way) — the beautiful, duplicitous sorceress from The Odyssey.
- Mood Whiplash: Due to Tywin's Wham Line. 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.
Cersei: I am Queen Regent!
Tywin: You are my daughter and you will do as I command!
- My Beloved Smother: 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.
- My God, What Have I Done?: 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 Selective Obliviousness
- Not So Different: Not explicitly pointed out in-universe, but Cersei doesn't look quite so morally superior to her philandering husband when we find out that she doesn't love Jaime enough to not quite literally get in bed with Lancel when he's captured by the Starks. So much for their pure Targaryen-esque love. In the second season, she proves to be as much of a bad ruler as Robert was, if not more so, and rapidly develops a similar fondness for drowning her sorrows in wine.
- Pet the Dog:
- 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, not pressed attempt but well-intentioned nevertheless.
- Pragmatic Villainy:
- 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. Her plan fails when her son orders Ned's death. There is an element of Even Evil Has Standards here, albeit expressed in a cruel Ironic Echo- 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.
- And in the second season even she seems taken aback by Joffrey's order to kill Robert's bastard children, not necessarily because of 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. From the books...
- Subverted later on, when she withholds the plans for the city's defense from Tyrion just to spite him.
- 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: [hits her]
Cersei: I shall wear this like a badge of honor.
- Princess Classic: She seemed to have been this when she was young but the double standard between her and Jaime embittered her.
- Regent for Life: One of the reasons she's turning progressively against Joffrey with each passing episode is that he ruined her plan to become his Regent for Life. It's her own damn fault for being a moron, but still.
- Sanity Slippage: 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 daughter Myrcella's impending Arranged Marriage 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.
- Screw Yourself: Her incest with Jaime is, according to the cast and crew, her attempt to get as close as she can to making this a reality. She sees Jaime as 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, screwing herself. To Cersei, it's not incest, it's incredibly metaphorical masturbation.
- A Shared Suffering: Begins to show a sisterly attitude towards Tyrion after Tywin remembers them both the joy of living under his domineering thumb.
- Smug Snake: She is not as brilliant as she thinks. Witness her dinner with Tyrion in "The Prince of Winterfell", where 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.
- Her own father even points out that she overestimates her own intelligence; see Too Clever by Half.
- Speak Ill of the Dead: She has no qualms posthumously calling Renly a "degenerate" in "Dark Wings, Dark Words."
- Too Clever by Half: Quite a good schemer, at first. When the game gets more complex, she gets outplayed and struggles to grasp that she's in over her head.
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.
- Troubled Abuser
- Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: 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.
- The Unfavourite: In Season 3 her father makes it clear that (due to her failure to control Joffrey) he regards her as little better than Tyrion.
- Villainous Breakdown: She's in this mode for the entire episode Blackwater, although it's a less hammy example then usual.
- Wham Line: From her father:
Tywin: You'll marry Ser Loras.
- What an Idiot: Despite having some cunning in plotting, Cersei is far less intelligent than she thinks she is. She shows herself in several instances to be a terrible ruler and often makes mistakes out of spite or carelessness. Apparently, 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. Her understanding on the actual military threats posed by Stannis Baratheon and Robb Stark is likewise tenuous at best. Of course, a lot of these may be due to her rapidly becoming a not very functioning addict.
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.
- With Us or Against Us: "Everyone who is not us is an enemy."
- Women Are Wiser: She appears wiser compared to many in court, as she's certainly wiser than Robert, not as impulsive as Jaime (there are sugar-high toddlers who are less impulsive than Jaime), nor as stupid and violent as Joffrey. However those are only comparisons against very extreme characters, and she makes a lot of mistakes once she thinks she has become the power behind the throne.
- She is also 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 All Men Are Perverts; during her pathetic attempt to blackmail Tyrion, she says that thinking with their penises is a Fatal Flaw present in all men.
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: 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: "Ser Illyn, 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.
- Wicked Cultured
- You Should Have Died Instead: 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.
Ser Jaime Lannister
Brienne: "Help us! The Kingslayer!"
Jaime: "Jaime. My name's Jaime."
Twin brother of Cersei, and older brother of Tyrion. A member of the Kingsguard, and Lord Commander after the forced retirement of Ser Barristan.
- The Ace: Generally considered to be one of the greatest swordsman in Westeros, if not the greatest. Subtly combined with Brilliant, but Lazy. 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.
- Adaptational Villainy: He gets quite a few more Kick the Dog moments than in the books, most notably murdering his 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. Mind you, Jaime in the books was Out of Focus until the third volume so he initially seemed like a grade-A prick there too.
- Affably Evil: 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.
- An Arm and a Leg: Locke chops off his hand out of spite.
- Anti-Hero: In the third season, the reveal of his heroic Hidden Depths and the selfless deeds he commits establish him firmly in this category.
- Anti-Villain: 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.
- Armor-Piercing Question: 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?
- Arrogant Swordsman Guy: A gifted man full of hubris. It starts to wear off in Season 3, slowly at first, what with getting his ass kicked by Brienne, and conclusively after "Walk of Punishment", a turning point where most of the arrogance is well and truly gone. After all, it's hard to be a swordsman of any kind with no sword hand.
Jaime: "I'm going to open your lord up from balls to brains and see what Starks are made of."
- Badass Decay: Certainly seems to be going through this in-universe as from the beginning of the series we see him having a rougher go than he should be fighting an older man, being captured, beaten by a woman, and finally having his hand cut off and with it all of his prodigious prowess as a swordsman. He may be the first Badass Woobie we've ever seen.
- Badass In Charge: As Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.
- Memetic Badass: In-universe; everyone knows he's an accomplished fighter.
Littlefinger: I bet on Ser Jaime in the jousting, as any sane man would...
- Bait-and-Switch Comment: When commenting that Renly really wasn't Brienne's type.
"You weren't Renly's type
, I'm afraid. He preferred curly-haired little girls like Loras Tyrell
. You're far too much man for him."
- Bait the Dog: Two humanizing scenes have him bonding with Jory and his cousin Alton. Jory gets a callous answer in the end and before long, both of them are rather casually killed by Jaime.
- Big Brother Instinct: Toward Tyrion.
- Big Damn Heroes: He returns to Harrenhal just in time to rescue Brienne from a live bear.
- Bodyguard Betrayal: The source of his infamous nickname: Kingslayer. Even worse for him, in that it was 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. Somewhat justified by the high premium that is (at least publicly) placed on honor.
- Blood Knight: Loves a good fight, but is also courageous and (in most case) honorable, as demonstrated by him sparing Ned after one of his men "taints" the victory by stabbing Ned in the leg.
- Blond Guys Are Evil
- Break the Haughty: Despite numerous forces attempting to break him down (see Humiliation Conga below), Jaime remains as smug and arrogant as ever right up until the moment where he loses his hand.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Shows no greater ambition than to be a member of the Kingsguard (first placed into that position by the Mad King, but is content with it as he can be close to his sister). This contrasts with his father who remade the Lannisters as the strongest house (and seems to consider Jaime a Jaded Washout), his sister who tried to make herself the power behind the throne, and his brother who basically 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.
- Brother-Sister Incest / Twincest / Villainous Incest: With Cersei.
- Byronic Hero: The darker end of this trope.
- Conflicting Loyalty/To Be Lawful or Good: The Kingslayer delivers a trope-defining remark to Lady Stark pointing out that the oaths about honoring your family and honoring your King are forced to be helplessly contradictory sooner or later. The retort is not mere mockery but contains also bitterness; in season 3 Jaime reveals that he broke his oath to protect the Mad King because he couldn't stand by and let Aerys kill half a million innocents.
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.
- Conscience Makes You Go Back: 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 Harrenhall 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.
- Country Matters
- Crippling Overspecialization: While he's perfectly cunning and intelligent for a warrior, Jaime has built his entire life, career, reputation and self-respect arround being one of the best swordsmen in the kingdom.
It's a good thing I am who I am. I'd have been useless at anything else.
- Cynicism Catalyst: The death of the Mad King at his hands. Turns out instead of switching sides at the last minute, the real reason he killed him was to prevent Aerys from using wildfire to annihilate everyone in King's Landing. The fact that one of his most truly noble and selfless acts, lead to everyone derisively referring to him as "Kingslayer" ever since, is part of the reason he's become so bitter and lacking in empathy towards others.
- Deadpan Snarker: He tends to slip at least one of these into every conversation he makes. But of particular note;
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.
- Defrosting Ice King: Towards Brienne
- The Dog Bites Back: It's been implied that his murder of Aerys was a case of this. From the books...
- The Dragon/Co-Dragons: 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.
- Establishing Character Moment:
- 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.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: 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 Joanna Lannister.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- 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.
- Why he killed Aerys.
- Unlike his father, sister, and his son, he has no problem with homosexuality and even sympathises with them, given his own affection.
- Fair Cop: The youngest Kingsguard in history when he was appointed, a record he still holds.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Brienne, eventually.
- Foil: To Ned and, later, Brienne; his code of flexible morality contrasts their strict adherence to their own code of honor.
- Guile Hero: 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.
- The Heart: 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 practically starts tearing each other to pieces.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: 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.
- Heroic BSOD: After losing his hand, he completely shuts off from the world and refuses to eat until Brienne snaps him out of it.
- The fact that the wound almost got infected may have contributed to his condition, though.
- Hidden Depths: 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.
- Humiliation Conga: 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.
- Hollywood Atheist: 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.
If your gods are real, and if they're just, why is the world so full of injustice?
- Hot Dad: He is the biological father of Joffrey, Tommen, and Myrcella.
- I Have Your Brother: Has been captured by the Starks, who plan to use him as a hostage against Cersei. From the books...
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: After he loses his hand happens to him literally... off his horse... into the mud... before he drinks piss.
- I Did What I Had to Do: His rationale for killing Aerys.
- In-Series Nickname: 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 Kingsguard, who were supposed to defend the king with their lives. This has made the people see him as a man who will quickly change his loyalty when it suits him. From the books...
- Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk ->Jerk with a Heart of Gold: 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 ''some'' standards.
- Jerkass Has a Point: When Catelyn tries to insult him by calling him 'Kingslayer' Jaime points out that the king in question was an insane monster. Cat 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.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: 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.
- Knight in Shining Armor: A literal knight in literally shining armor, he certainly looks the part. His actions, on the other hand...
- Knight in Sour Armor: His general perception of chivalry after how he has been treated for his "kingslaying" as the least honorable man in Westeros despite having a damn good reason for having done so.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: 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 Domestic Abuse in "You Win or You Die."
- The Knights Who Say Squee: 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.
- L Is for Dyslexia: When he was a boy. Tywin refused to accept the negative diagnosis of the Maester 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.
- Lack of Empathy: 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.
- Like an Old Married Couple: His interaction with Brienne, particularly near the end of Series 3.
- Love Makes You Evil: "The things I do for love," indeed.
- Manipulative Bastard: Tries his hand at this with Locke and loses it. Afterwards, he edges more towards Guile Hero territory.
- Master Swordsman: Ironically, one of the few remaining knights of the Kingsguard who actually earned that position and isn't just a Lannister political appointee.
- Moral Event Horizon: In-Universe, many people, including Ned Stark, consider his Bodyguard Betrayal of Aerys to be this. In reality it was pretty much the polar opposite to this trope, but no one other than Brienne knows nor cares at this point
- Mr. Fanservice
- Never Live It Down: 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 very wary of him. Jaime insists that people should be grateful for it.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
- In his youth, Jaime engineered a Rescue Sex 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, 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? Oh.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished:
- His first truly selfless act, convincing Locke to not rape Brienne, eventually results in his hand being chopped off.
- His murder of The Caligula in his backstory got him a reputation for Chronic Backstabbing Disorder 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.
- The Oathbreaker: Breaking the oath of the Kingsguard makes many see him as the lowest of the low, it being a literal backstabbing made it even worse. He makes it clear that his oaths were inherently contradictory, but few people would pay heed to his side of the story.
- Oh, Crap!:
- 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.
- OOC Is Serious Business: 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.
- Parental Favoritism: Jaime is the Lannister who receives the least disdainful treatment from Tywin, who trusts him with half of his army and praises him on occasion. It helps that they only share a single scene in the first three seasons, where Jaime is briefly scolded for wasting his unique skills serving as a glorified bodyguard.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: He stabbed the Mad King in the back.
- Pet the Dog:
- 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 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.
- Pragmatic Hero: A very dark version. He's perfectly willing to kill a child to protect his family, or stab the king he was meant to protect to save hundreds of thousands of lives.
- 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 [sic] what anyone thinks of me.
Tywin: No, that's what you want people to think of you.
- In noticeable contrast to his brother Tyrion, who realises the importance of gaining a friend in your enemy's camp, Jaime briefly bonds with the Stark's captain of the guard, Jory Cassel (who's come to deliver a message) over their past experience in the Greyjoy rebellion, only to coldly reject the man when Jory asks if he can leave the message with Jaime. Mind you Jaime kills Jory not long after, so maybe he's right not to get close but the incident shows how Jaime alienates himself even from those who might otherwise admire him.
- Quizzical Tilt: Jaime's reaction after seeing Brienne slay three soldiers without any effort.
- Reality Ensues: 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.
- Red Baron: The Kingslayer.
- Sincerity Mode: Seems to go into this as he's trying to explain what's going to happen to Brienne when they are captured by Stark bannermen. One of his heart of gold moments.
- Single-Target Sexuality: 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.
- Smug Super
- Stranger in a Familiar Land: 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).
- Sympathetic Murderer: 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 lain beneath the city.
- Sympathy for the Hero: Shows some for Ned, as well as Ned's father and brother.
- Too Clever by Half: Gifted, influential and smart-mouthed, he loves to casually upstage chivalric foes but eventually goes too far and overplays his hand.
- Tragic Villain: He knows that he's detested by society, all for a single act that he considered heroic and which saved countless lives.
- Troll: With Brienne. It's amazing that she 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!
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: By mid-Season 3, his relationship with Brienne approaches that of an old married couple.
- What You Are in the Dark: 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.
- Wicked Cultured
- The Worf Effect: Is defeated with almost contemptuous ease by Brienne in the second episode of Season 3, demonstrating just how incredibly good she is.
- Worf Had The Flu: 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. In the books...
- Worthy Opponent: He seems to regard Lord Eddard Stark as one, especially after Eddard was capable of holding his own in a fight against Jaime.
"Brave man that Ned Stark, but terrible judgment." - Jaime on the man, after receiving a letter demanding that Tywin appear at Kings Landing to explain the actions of Gregor Clegane.
- However, he also clearly has a lot of resentment for the "Honorable Ned Stark" for not even giving him a chance to explain why he killed Aerys, and judging him as being a dishonorable monster for this genuinely well intentioned and heroic action, despite Ned not being as squeaky clean as others believed.
- Would Hurt a Child: Throws Bran Stark out of a window in the first episode after the boy witnesses the twincest. He "hoped the fall would kill him".
"Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you."
Tywin Lannister: "You are an ill-made, spiteful little creature full of envy, lust and low cunning. Men's laws give you the right to bear my name and display my colors, since I cannot prove that you are not mine. And to teach me humility, the gods have condemned me to watch you waddle about, wearing the proud lion that was my father's sigil, and his father's sigil before him. But neither gods nor men will ever compel me to turn Casterly Rock into your whorehouse."
Varys: "Tyrion Lannister is one of the few people alive that can make this country a better place. He has the mind for it, he has the will and he has the right last name..."
The youngest Lannister sibling, brother of Jaime and Cersei. He has dwarfism. He is currently serving as Joffrey's Master of Coin, chief treasurer of the Seven Kingdoms.
- Abusive Parents: Suffered under one and still does, as Tywin's ascendancy keeps hurting him well into his adulthood.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: He is repeatedly described as horribly ugly in the books, while Peter Dinklage is quite attractive. His mismatched eyes have also been removed, and a grievous injury suffered later in the series has been changed from a cut off nose to a large (and admittedly rather hideous, although Margaery finds it attractive) scar. On the other hand, he appears to have put on some years in the adaptation; Tyrion is the younger sibling of Jaime and Cersei but looks older than both (which is sensible, considering Dinklage is 44, while Coster-Waldau is 42 and Headey is 39). His facial deformity in the books probably translates to looking older than his years onscreen.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the books he's not quite so reluctant to marry Sansa, though it quickly becomes apparent that part of his reasoning is to try and protect her from the worst of Joffrey's cruelties.
- The Alcoholic: He's definitely very high-functioning, but that doesn't change the fact that he's almost never seen without some kind of booze. Tywin is particularly annoyed by this and tends to withhold Tyrion's cups during their interactions.
- An Axe to Grind: He prefers to fight with an axe, probably because his stature would make using a sword extremely awkward.
- And Starring: In season 1.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Tyrion confesses to childhood pranks like putting goatshit in his uncle's boots, and masturbating into a pot of turtle stew "that I do believe my sister ate, or at least I hope she did!"
- Anti-Villain/Anti-Hero: In the most technical sense, Tyrion is loyal to, and furthering the goals of, the 'villainous' House Lannister.
- Appropriated Appellation: Played with. He is known by several derogatory nicknames ("imp", "dwarf", "half-man") and he dislikes them all. While it appears that he continues to so dislike, "imp" has been used in affectionate tones as well (by Bronn for instance). As for "half-man", after Tyrion led a sortie against enemy troops (a Crowning Moment of Awesome for him, his troops used "half man" as a war cry.
- Arranged Marriage: Tywin orders him to marry and impregnate Sansa to stop the Tyrells from marrying her to Loras.He chooses not to impregnate her yet, but when she is ready.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: He and Shae have the most positively adorable scene in "Dark Wings, Dark Worlds" that drips with this trope.
- Badass Bookworm: Who would expect him to beat a highwayman to death with nothing but the point of a kite-shield?
- Badass Army: Has his own personal force of mountain clansmen, who have proven to be the Lannisters' most effective front-line offense and defense.
- Badass Boast: "I will hurt you for this. A day will come when your joy will turn to ashes, and you will know the debt is paid."
- Four-Star Badass: Proves himself to be quite the strategist and a capable commander in Blackwater. Bonus points for leading a counterattack.
- Took a Level in Badass: The highwayman is his first kill. By the time he leads the defense of King's Landing against Stannis, he has taken several.
- Batman-Gambit: The way he fishes The Mole in the Small Council. He feeds each member a different version of the same story and tells them to not tell Cersei, so when he is confronted by Cersei over one of the versions he knows who's the one spilling the beans to her. Somewhat hilariously, Tyrion tells the most ridiculous version to Varys (that he plans to marry Myrcella to Theon Greyjoy), who sees through Tyrion's gambit immediately, but says nothing, due to his budding friendship with Tyrion.
- Because I'm Good At It: The reason he gives for carrying on with his lifestyle of plotting and scheming, even though he's lost his authority, been denied any kind of reward for all his hard work, and he's been targeted for assassination more than once.
- Berserk Button: Not as obvious as most examples, but Tyrion has a special hatred for people who abuse the weak, as seen by what he does to Janos because he carried out Joffrey's purge of Robert's bastard children, including infants held in their mother's arms and didn't even blink.
- Reinforced by his outright fury and disgust at Joffrey and Meryn's treatment of Sansa in "Garden of Bones", delivering a very subtle, but very dangerous threat to the former and openly threatening to have Bronn kill the latter.
Meryn: No one threatens His Grace in the presence of the Kingsguard!
Tyrion: I'm not threatening the King, ser, I am educating my nephew. Bronn, the next time Ser Meryn speaks, kill him. That was a threat. See the difference?
- Even though Cersei thankfully didn't manage to get hold of Shae, Tyrion is still furious at her treatment of poor Ros, and his Badass Boast of how he'll make her pay for it one day has at least some genuine weight behind it.
- Tyrion once again proves that he can't stand making the innocent suffer when he calls out his father on his order to marry him to Sansa Stark:
Tyrion: Joffrey has made this poor girl's life miserable since the day he took her father's head. Now she's finally free of him and you'll give her to me?! That's cruel, even for you!
- As of "Second Sons", Joffrey seems to have become Tyrion's new berserk button due to him personifying all of the above cruelty and sadism towards innocents and those unable to defend themselves, including himself and Sansa, as well as finding out that he was the ungrateful cunt who tried to have him assassinated despite literally being the only reason he even survived the siege of Kings Landing still a king and still with a head attached. While he clearly had nothing but disgust and contempt for the little shit beforehand as shown by repeated imp-slapping, their interactions during Tyrion and Sansa's wedding show just how much he truly despises his nephew to the point of loudly and furiously threatening to castrate him in public after Joffrey threatens to rape Sansa.
- Big Brother Instinct: Has this towards most younger characters who are in similarly disadvantaged situations to his own. Just watch him talk to Sansa, Podrick, or Bran. He runs the gamut from cool older brother to protector, and even seems to be trying to correct Joffrey until the little pissant becomes a lost cause.
- Blackmail: How he turns Lancel into his mole, by threatening to tell Joffrey that Lancel is playing bedwarmer to Cersei.
- Brains and Brawn:
- How he views his relationship with Jaime: "My brother has his sword, and I have my mind".
- His initial role with Bronn and the Hill Tribes. Later on, Tyrion displays some talent for violence and Bronn's own brand of cleverness shows up.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: He's very fond of this verbal structure.
Tyrion: "What do you want, Bronn? Gold? Women?... Golden women?"
- Bodyguard Betrayal: During "Blackwater", by a member of the Kingsguard, though this isn't a perfect example in that the betrayal is somewhat tangential, (i.e. the king's bodyguard attacks the king's right-hand man.) Meanwhile Tyrion's own bodyguard (squire, technically), Podrick Payne, shoves a lance through the attacker's face. Tyrion learns later that Joffrey and not Cersei was the "mastermind" of this half-assed, highly conspicuous plot.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: While most of the court of King's Landing cannot stand him, it's clear to everyone that Tyrion is ridiculously competent at whatever he turns his attention to. During the Battle of the Blackwater, Tyrion not only planned the defense of King's Landing, but also was responsible for wiping out nearly all of Stannis' fleet in one fell swoop. From The Books...
- Byronic Hero: The lighter end of this trope.
- The Chessmaster
- Character Tics: Has a penchant for whistling when he's happy, and gets happier if this sign of his incoming presence is annoying somebody else.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Despite his infamous habit of whoring, Tyrion has so far been shown to treat all the women he sleeps with well, and is disgusted whenever he sees them being treated badly. Given his disgust for people who treat weaker people badly and his personal history this makes perfect sense.
- Cool Uncle: To the younger two of Cersi's children, at least. To Joffrey... well, Jaime may be known as the Kingslayer, but Tyrion is shaping up to be the Kingslapper.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Death by Childbirth: His mother died giving birth to Tyrion. Part of Tywin and Cersei's animosity stems from it, as they consider him some sort of murderer because of his tragic birth.
- Depraved Dwarf: Subverted. Despite his bad reputation and taste for booze and whores, he's a much better person than his siblings and is a fundamentally decent guy.
- The Dog Bites Back: Tyrion has been treated like crap ever since the Battle of the Blackwater, as he was maimed in an assassination ordered by his nephew, rejected by his father, unappreciated for his efforts and forced into a betrothal he didn't want. So when Joffrey tries to organize a bedding for him and Sansa with a rape-y undertone, Tyrion publicly threatens to geld him with a knife.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: After holding the fort for the family during a brief but good chancellorship, he brings himself to ask his father for some recognition and consideration, but Tywin rewards him with a callously devastating "The Reason You Suck" Speech instead.
- Enraged By Idiocy: Usually vents it with derision when it comes to people of average intelligence and below, Tyrion has a limit and takes out his wrath on Joffrey.
- Everyone Has Standards: Tyrion is disgusted by Janos Slynt murdering a baby, and revokes his title and sends him off to the Wall. Tyrion, while a member of the closest thing to a "villainous" faction in this series, fits this trope rather than Even Evil Has Standards due to being a good person at heart.
- Fatal Flaw: His inability to shut his mouth. He has on more than one occasion gotten himself into as many bad situations as he has out of them because of his mouth.
- Freudian Excuse: In "Baelor," it's revealed that when Tyrion was sixteen, Jaime hired a whore to pretend to be rescued from rapists and sleep with him. He fell madly in love and married her, but a fortnight later Tywin found out and cruelly told him the truth, and then forced him to watch as she was paid to have sex with/be raped by his entire garrison. It's not difficult to see how he became a wee bit cynical, particularly regarding his family or why he seems more comfortable hiring sellswords and prostitutes than seeking out real friends and lovers.
- Friendly Rivalry: With Varys.
- Friend to All Children: He has a soft spot for kids, and his younger nephews.
- Genre Savvy: To an exceptional degree. As soon as he sees a slightly unruly crowd in King's Landing, he has guards quickly escort his nephew Tommen to safety before Joffrey angers the mob into violence.
- The Good Chancellor: Joffrey's much needed counterbalance. In no small part, the Lannister banner was narrowly sustained thanks to his brief but brilliant stint as acting Hand of the King.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: In the third season thanks to the above Bodyguard Betrayal, he now sports scars that look somewhere between Anti-Hero Scars and Evil Scars. Margaery comments that they actually lend a dashing look and don't detract from his appearance (in contrast to the scars he receives in the books- see Adaptational Attractiveness).
- Guile Hero: Although his being a Lannister may cause other characters to see him in a more villainous light, there is no doubt of his incredible ability to charm, manipulate, bluff, and talk his way out of a bad situation. For example: laying the groundwork for Bronn to champion him a full episode before he even knew there'd be a trial by combat. He's also able to talk his way from a situation where he's likely to be murdered by hill tribesmen to getting said hill tribesmen to serve as his bodyguards.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: He's dismayed when he discovers that the people blame him for Joffrey and Cersei's actions, who he has actually tried to stop, mostly because he is a dwarf.
- Hyper Awareness: Likely inherited from his father; Tyrion is very adept at reading people quickly. In "The Old Gods And The New" he actually sees the riot coming just by looking over the crowd and tries to get everyone to safety before it sparks.
- Inadequate Inheritor: He's openly told so by Lord Tywin, who disregards that Tyrion is his lawful heir and laments that he cannot disprove Tyrion's lineage.
- Indy Ploy: Half his gambits simply seem to come completely off the top of his head, and he gets away through a combination of quick wits, a razor tongue, extensive knowledge of everyone's weaknesses, and sheer balls. The other half are meticulously planned out deceptions.
- Of note is when he blackmails Lancel into becoming his mole. There's no indication that he even planned it. Lancel shows up at his door, and in the middle of the subsequent conversation, Tyrion just seems to decide "I need a mole. You fit.(blackmail ensues)"
- Pulls of a masterful one against Cersei in "The Prince of Winterfell", when she tells him that she's captured his whore, and then brings her out so Tyrion can see she's really alive. Thing is, it's actually Ros, not Shae, but Tyrion plays along and pretends she really is the one he loves, keeping Cersei ignorant about Shae. You can actually see the wheels turning in his head as he figures out how to play this.
- In-Series Nickname: Often referred to insultingly as "The Imp" and "Halfman," not that he's all that insulted, and he's the first to admit that he's a dwarf or to make jokes about becoming "Quarter-Man". His Hillman allies even take Half-Man as a battlecry as do the Kingsguard during the battle of Blackwater. Shae calls him "My Little Lion". The one nickname he's seemed actually bothered by is "demon monkey", and only because he's blamed for the King's atrocities by the angry mob.
- In Vino Veritas: When Tyrion is exceptionally drunk he lets hidden sides of himself rise to the surface. He tells Shae and Bronn about his disastrous first marriage in a very depressed tone, and at the drunkest he's been on screen he angrily threatens to castrate Joffrey when pushed too far.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's cynical, sarcastic, crude, drunk, and a lover of whores, but he is also one of the kindest characters in the series. Witness his interactions with his niece Myrcella and nephew Tommen, Jon Snow, Bran Stark, and Sansa Stark.
Tyrion: I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples, bastards, and broken things.
- In his own ticked off way, he even seems to be trying to help Joffrey to become a better ruler for a while (yes, the "help" does involve a lot of smacking, but at least the smacking comes with advice that is actually useful, and that Joffrey actually seems to listen to every now and then). Eventually, however, he gives up on him as a lost cause.
- Kid with the Leash: Essentially how Tywin views his relationship with the wildling clans.
- Knight in Sour Armor
- Licked by the Dog: His nephew and niece clearly loving him is our first clue that he is a rare decent Lannister, and he is shown to adore them in return.
- Like Father, Like Son: His dad being more of a jerk aside, out of Tywin's 3 kids, Tyrion is easily the most similar to him. Both seem to possess Hyper Awareness, both are cunning and adept at forging alliances, both are capable commanders AND politicians who have low tolerance for idiocy, which they express in different ways. The massive irony is that, of all Tywin's children, Tyrion is by far his worthiest successor (and, indeed, is his legal heir, Jaime being barred from inheritance as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard), and yet Tywin and Tyrion hate each other more than anyone else (overlapping with You Are What You Hate, because each sees too much of himself in the other).
- Love Makes You Evil: He's implied that he expects this to happen to him at some point.
Tyrion: I'd kill for you, you know that? I expect I'll have to before this is over.
- Marital Rape License: Ultimately declines to exercise his with regards to Sansa.
- Meaningful Look: In "Second Sons," he raises his glass in pity to Loras, and his eyes say, "You're next to get married." Loras, who is already quite frustrated from the day's events, sighs and turns his head away.
- Minored in Asskicking: His best and preferred weapon are his mind and his tongue but he has killed someone with just a shield. Tyrion's definitely taken some night classes since becoming Hand of the King, to the point where he leads the defense of King's Landing in the Battle of Blackwater.
- Mr. Vice Guy: A notorious whoremonger and party animal. He settles down considerably after hooking up with Shae.
"Drinking and lust; no man can match me in these things. I am the god of tits and wine."
- My Family Right or Wrong: "My dear brother, you wound me. You know how much I love my family." Of course, while he's being entirely sarcastic when he says it, he does tend go along with what's expected of him in the end — if not exactly in a manner the rest of his family approves of.
- Nay-Theist: He seems to hate the gods almost as much as his father.
Tyrion: The Lord of Light wants his enemies burned. The Drowned God wants them drowned. Why are the gods such vicious cunts? Where's the god of tits and wine?
Varys: In the Summer Isles, they worship a fertility goddess with 16 teats.
Tyrion: We should sail there immediately.
- Never Heard That One Before: Expressed through facial dialogue whenever he's told to keep a low profile or some other variant of "stay low."
- No, Except Yes: This exchange in "Nightlands":
Janos: I won't have my honor questioned by an imp!
Tyrion: I'm not questioning your honor Lord Janos... I'm denying its existence.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: His life story in a nutshell, but especially in "Blackwater".
- Noodle Incident: Tyrion's confession about the jackass and the honeycomb in the whorehouse, part of one of his Poke the Poodle incidents from his youth, is interrupted by an indignant Lysa, and we never hear the rest, despite Lord Robin wanting to know the end.
- Not so Above It All: The usually cool and snarky Tyrion finally loses it when Joffrey's stupidity nearly gets them all ripped apart by a mob in "The Old Gods and the New".
Tyrion: We've had vicious kings and we've had idiot kings but I don't know if we've ever been cursed with a vicious idiot for a king!
- Only Sane Employee: Bordering on Only Sane Man. Tywin acknowledges this by appointing him "Hand of the King" in his stead.
- Oh Me Accents Slipping: Peter Dinklage's American accent leaks through at times.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Look Not so Above It All above.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Given that Westeros is just a few degrees off a Standard Fantasy Setting, Tyrion's being a human with dwarfism counts as an aversion.
- Pet the Dog: Occasionally has moments of these. He designs an adaptive saddle for the crippled Bran to allow him to ride a horse, gives friendly advice to Jon Snow, protects Sansa from Joffrey and condemns the massacre of Robert's bastards.
- Poke the Poodle: He presents several pranks he played as a child as crimes worth confessing before court.
- Pragmatic Hero
- Pride: Believes that having too much pride is foolish and it's better to wear your flaws openly;
Tyrion: Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armour, and it can never be used to hurt you.
- Promoted to Opening Titles: Sort of. Peter Dinklage has always been in the opening ("...and Peter Dinklage"), but as of Season 2 he is billed first, as opposed to Sean Bean, who was demoted to head on a spike at the end of the first season.
- The Protagonist: In Season 2, where his efforts defending King's Landing as acting Hand are given the primary focus.
- Really Gets Around: His love of whores is infamous. Just look at his opening scene.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He is given nearly the same twice, first by Cersei, then by Tywin. Both blame him for the death of their mother/wife.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Jaime's red and also to Joffrey's sanguinary red.
- Refuge in Audacity:
- His confession to the court and most of the times he saves his own life by talking his way out of danger. He even notes that he's always been lucky.
- This is how he seemingly gets away with all but openly insulting Joffrey to his face; as noted above, he even threatened to kill a Kingsguard if he spoke again, in court, in front of the King himself!
- During "The Old Gods And The New" he not only gets away with calling Joffrey an idiot to his face, he then slaps him again (while he's king) and then waves his hand in front of Joffrey, saying "And now I've struck a king! Did my hand fall from my wrist?"
- In "Second Sons", after threatening to castrate Joffrey in front of everyone, he pretends to be more drunk than he really is in order to defuse the situation, which works due to some unexpected help from Tywin to smooth things over.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: This is his own self-effacing protest when Tywin names him Master of Coin. While he's one of the brightest political minds in Westeros, he hasn't got a clue when it comes to ecconomics. See Bronn and Pod: he has no idea how much he's even paying the former and is legitimately surprised to learn he's not even paying the latter.
- Rousing Speech: Both times he is forced to go into battle.
Those are brave men knocking at our door. Let's go kill them!
- Scars Are Forever: Is badly wounded by Ser Mandon Moore of the Kingsguard during the Battle of Blackwater, leaving a hideous wound. Tyrion ends up with three pretty serious scars (one on his forehead, one on the bridge of his nose, and one on his right cheek), but they're far less serious than those in the book, in which his face is virtually hacked off and he loses his nose entirely, an outcome indirectly alluded to by Cersei.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Like father, like son. His go-to solution in problematic situations is to attempt to buy his way out. However, his particular skill is offering money in a charismatic and audacious way, which allows him to win the loyalty of those he pays off.
- A Shared Suffering: For once, his empathy is reciprocated by Cersei after their father begins to command her around, making her miserable too, the treatment that Tyrion has enjoyed his whole life.
- Shield Bash: He kills a man by this method.
- Short Blond and Snarky
- The Strategist
- Talking the Monster to Death: His favorite tactic. When he's put on trial, he delivered a hilarious monologue, which made the nobles of the Eyrie more sympathetic to him and convinced Bronn to come over to his side. His talking also keeps him from being killed by Shagga, and gets him faithful soldiers too.
- Tranquil Fury: On the rare occasions Tyrion gets very angry he shouts, such as when he struck Joffrey after the riot in King's Landing. But when his anger is driven by pure hatred he speaks much more calmly, as when he threatened Cersei after discovering that she was torturing Ros, and when he promised to geld Joffrey if he insisted on a bedding at Tyrion's wedding.
- Troll: Which is also his biggest weakness. Tyrion's Fatal Flaw is that he just can't help snidely mocking people even in situations where it would be a really bad idea to do so.
- The Unfavourite: Un-favouritism is too mild a word. When he was born, his father thought about abandoning him to die in the sea. In the present day Tywin wouldn't be unhappy if he dropped dead and actually displays disappointment when his son shows up alive after being in harm's way. Tyrion tries to take it in stride.
[To Jon Snow]: All dwarves are bastards in their father's eyes [...] If I had been born a peasant, they might have left me out in the woods to die. Alas, I was born a Lannister of Casterly Rock.
[To Cersei]: Father will be furious... Must be odd for you, to be disappointing child.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy:
- Tyrion's expression when Tywin tells him he's sending him to King's Landing as his substitute 'cause "You're my son." is heartbreaking. From the books...
- Seen in again in the third season premiere when he wants Tywin to acknowledge his successes as Hand of the King and officially name Tyrion the heir to Casterly Rock. Not only does Tywin deny him both but he gives Tyrion a "The Reason You Suck" Speech instead.
- White Sheep/Token Good Team Mate: To the Lannister family. For his flaws, a decent man, and one of the terribly few adult Lannisters who is neither evil nor a moron.
Peter Dinklage: The "Good Bad Guy" or the "Bad Good Guy."
- Wicked Cultured
- Worthy Opponent: Tyrion doesn't hate his adversaries and isn't above recognizing and praising their virtues, what allows him to analytically assess'em, unlike the more dismissive Lord Tywin.
Ser Kevan Lannister
"Both Baratheon brothers have taken up against us. Jaime captured, his armies scattered...it's a catastrophe. Perhaps we should sue for peace."
Lord Tywin's younger brother and second in command. Uncle to Cersei, Jaime, and Tyrion, and father to Lancel, Martyn, and Willem Lannister.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the books he's described as being a little chubby and having round shoulders.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: 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
- Demoted to Extra: Has a single appearance in Season 2. Adapted Out of Season 3, whereas in the books he becomes the Master of Laws following the Battle of the Blackwater
- Minor Major Character: A senior officer and member of the family who is given a very limited role. Tyrion is surprised when Kevan is not appointed acting Hand.
- Number Two: To his brother Lord Tywin.
- Reasonable Authority Figure:
- 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.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: 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.
- Token Good Teammate: Compared to the rest of Tywin's bannermen. He's the brother who inherited some of Lord Tytos' mild traits.
Ser Lancel Lannister
"More wine, Your Grace?"
Robert Baratheon: "Who named you, some half-wit with a stutter?"
King Robert's squire and cousin to Cersei, Jaime, and Tyrion.
- Alliterative Name: Lampshaded by Robert, who asks (in his usual "sensitive" manner) if Lancel was named by a halfwit with a stutter.
- Butt Monkey:
- He's Robert's squire, which basically makes him a professional Butt Monkey.
- Tyrion quickly shoots down any possibility Lancel might've had to use use his position with Cersei to gain power, instead using the relationship as blackmail to essentially make Lancel his bitch and spy on Cersei for him.
- Even Cersei gets to punch him... right after she was lamenting that nobody ever taught her how to fight!
- Camp Straight: His appearance and demeanour are noticeably more effeminate than Ser Loras Tyrell's, but Lancel is heterosexual.
- Dirty Coward: Surprisingly, averted. He fights well at the Battle of the Blackwater until taking an arrow wound, and even after that he's still the only Lannister commander save Tyrion and Bronn who still seems to care more about winning the battle then saving his own skin right up to the end. He also tries to oppose Cersei's disastrous decision to withdraw Joffrey from the battlefield, but she shuts him up by punching his arrow wound.
- The Dog Bites Back:
- He doesn't seem smart enough to have come up with it on his own, but Robert's treatment of him probably made serving him the wine that made him groggy enough for a boar to take him down a lot easier.
- His attempt to stop Cersei withdrawing Joffrey from the field during the Battle of Blackwater has elements of this, as his tone suggests that even if it wasn't necessary for their survival to oppose Cersei on this, he has gotten fed up with taking crap from her and everyone else.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady
- Dumb Blond: Or Jumpy And Easily Terrified Blond, but it doesn't seem to occur to him that a breastplate stretcher isn't a real thing.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain.
- Kick the Dog: Insults and spreads lies about Robb Stark and his troops to Sansa's face while Joffrey is threatening to kill her for her brother's "crimes", just to twist the knife.
- Kissing Cousins: With Cersei.
- The Mole: Becomes Tyrion's to spy on Cersei after he threatens to reveal Lancel's affair with Cersei to Joffrey.
- Non-Action Guy: Changes in the battle of the Blackwater, where he fights though he's clearly scared shitless, and later works to get Joffrey to safety.
- Pretty Boy
- Replacement Sibling: While Jaime is at war and later captured by the Starks Lancel and Cersei become quite close. Incest and all. From the books...
- Put on a Bus: We don't see him in Season 3.
- Small Name, Big Ego: "What's our next move?" Oh, Lancel, it's so cute how you think that you and Cersei are partners in crime. She's not sleeping with you for your brains.
- Snipe Hunt: Robert likes to send him on these. "Go fetch the breastplate stretcher!"
- Took a Level in Badass: Despite being dragged into the fight by the Hound, he holds his own in battle during Blackwater, retreating only after he takes an arrow wound. He even stands up to Cersei, though the aforementioned arrow wound makes it rather easy for her to put him in his place.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In Season 2. Tyrion quickly puts him in his place and makes him a Butt Monkey once again.
Ser Alton Lannister
Played By: Karl Davies
Another cousin to the main three, captured by Robb Stark and used as a negotiator.
- Ascended Fanboy: Of Jaime, since he got to squire for him when he was younger.
- Canon Foreigner: Partly substituting Cleos Frey, to avoid spending time explaining his connection to the Lannisters. Although Cleos didn't get killed by Jaime.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Killed by Jaime after telling him he's his number one fan and that he would do anything to help him.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Is not mentioned after his death, neither by his murderer nor his jailers. All we see is his bloodied face.
- Hero-Worshipper: 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.
- Mauve Shirt
- Nice Guy: No wonder he's just a distant cousin.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Killed in the first scene where he is given real dialogue.
- Shout Out: When Jaime is trying to locate Alton in the family tree he asks 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.
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.
- Ascended Extra: In the books they are just mentioned. Now they have two scenes.
- Children Are Innocent: They - or at least Martyn - believe the tales that Robb turns into a wolf and devours the flesh of his enemies.
- Child Soldiers: Squires, to be exact.
- Composite Character: Martyn takes the place of his cousin Tion Frey, who is a Lannister on his mother's side.
- Death by Adaptation: 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 avoid the explanation of there being Freys both on the Stark and the Lannister side.
- Hair of Gold: Probably the only Lannisters where this trope applies, rather than that other one.
- I Have Your Wife: Averted because they are rather worthless hostages when compared to Sansa.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: 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.
- The Quiet One: Willem.
Lady Joanna Lannister
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.
Lord Tytos Lannister
Tywin Lannister: "He was a good man. But a weak man... a weak man who nearly destroyed our House and name."
The late father of Tywin and Kevan Lannister.
Other Lannister Bannermen, Retainers and Household
Ser Bronn of the Blackwater
Tyrion: "Just because I pay you for your services, doesn't diminish our friendship."
Bronn: "Enhances it, really."
A mercenary who accompanies Catelyn and Tyrion to the Eyrie. Afterwards, begins to serve Tyrion as his personal bodyguard, enforcer, and general sword-for-hire. He is knighted after the Battle of the Blackwater.
- Abusive Parents: Tyrion predicts that Bronn was beaten by his father. He concedes the point before adding wryly that his mother hit harder. He isn't joking; his mother once broke his nose when she was actually aiming for his brother according to a story he tells in "Blackwater".
- The Ace: He even can sing!
- Badass: He talks the talk when he walks right up to a pissed off Sandor, still smiling. He definitely walks it during Blackwater.
- Affably Evil: If he isn't being paid a slip a knife in your back, he really is a friendly drinking buddy.
- Affably Evil Counterpart: Of Ned Stark's right-hand man, Jory Cassel.
- Big Damn Heroes: During the battle of Blackwater, he shows up just in the nick of time to save The Hound when the latter freezes up at the sight of a man being burned alive.
- Bling of War: Refuses to wear the attire of the City Watch because a cloak slows you down in a fight and the gold prevents concealment.
- British Accents: Flynn portrays him with a Rotherham accent (not Flynn's own natural accent) which makes him sound disturbingly like the Chuckle Brothers.
- Brutal Honesty
- The Cast Show Off: In "Blackwater", former pop singer Jerome Flynn gets to make use of his lovely singing voice.
- Combat Pragmatist: When confronted with a big Knight in Shining Armor and a full-body shield, he David Versus Goliaths it, dodging continually away until his opponent gets tired.
Lysa: You do not fight with honor!
No. [nods at dead foe] He did
- Composite Character: Takes over some of Ser Jacelyn Bywater's role in season two.
- Country Matters: What he thinks of Joffrey.
- Cutting the Knot: How does the Commander of the City Watch keep peace and order and prevent widespread looting on the eve of a major siege by a hostile power? By having the boys round up all the known thieves and killing them, of course. Tyrion and Varys give each other a glorious look that says, "It can't really be that simple." But yes. Yes, it is.
- Deadpan Snarker: Seems to have much the same sense of humor as Tyrion.
Tyrion: (about Shae) Where did you find one so pretty at this hour?
Bronn: I took her.
Tyrion: Took her? From whom?
Bronn: From, uh.. Ser- whatís his name? I donít know. Ginger cunt three tents down.
Tyrion: And he didnít have anything to say about it?
Bronn: He said something.
- The Dragon/The Lancer: Tyrion's.
- Dual Wielding: Wields both his longsword and kukri-like dagger when he and Tyrion are accosted by the mountain clans.
- Duel to the Death: When he decides to champion Tyrion.
- Even Antivillainy Has Standards:
- Played with when Tyrion asks him if he would kill an infant without question if he ordered Bronn to do so. Bronn stresses the "without question" part; he'd carry it out, but he'd need a pretty handsome payment before doing something like that.
Bron: Without question? No... I'll ask "how much?".
- Genre Savvy: His accurate remarks and predictions are drawn from personal experience most of the time. Made evident when he discusses sieges.
- Guile Hero: Crossed with Action Hero. In his fight against Ser Vardis at the Eyrie, he declines a shield and constantly dodges out of Vardis' way until he's too tired to resist Bronn, who kills him.
- Hidden Depths: Bronn is actually quite the talented singer.
- I Am X, Son of Y: He's not really in to that whole "Who's your daddy" thing.
Tyrion: And here we have Bronn, son of...
Bronn: You wouldn't know him.
- Insult Backfire: Meryn Trant tries to insult Bronn's new knighthood. It does not go well.
Meryn: You're no knight.
Podrick: Ser Bronn of the Blackwater was anointed by the King himself.
Meryn: You're an upjumped cutthroat. Nothing more.
Bronn: That's exactly who I am. And you're a grub, in fancy armor, who's better at beating little girls than fighting men. Now, I have an appointment with Lord Tyrion.
- Interrupted Intimacy: His session with the prostitute Mirelle gets interrupted by Podrick.
- Knight of Cerebus: Inverted. During his time offscreen things got very dire for Tyrion, indeed. And then he shows up again, and makes everything hilarious.
- Leave the Two Lovebirds Alone: He quickly excuses himself in "Baelor" when Tyrion and his new concubine begin to get busy while he's still there.
- Limited Wardrobe: The only time we've ever seen him out of his leather armor is when he's in the middle of having sex. He even wears it to a wedding.
- Only in It for the Money: He's very clear to Tyrion that he's serving him solely for the riches, even though he does consider him a friend (the pay really "enhances" their friendship, he says). However, he still expects to get paid — not even friends get freebies. From the Books...
Tyrion: I thought we were friends.
Bronn: We are, but I'm a sellsword. I sell my sword. I don't loan it out as a favor to a friend.
- Out of Focus: In Season 3.
- Punch Clock Hero/Punch Clock Villain: One of Bronn's most defining features is that he quite simply doesn't give a crap about anything. Kings, knights, maesters, thugs, and, as he notably points out, women and children. He really just doesn't care who he has to kill as long as Tyrion's paying him the money.
- Rank Up:
- Promoted to commander of the city watch by Tyrion in season 2, replacing Janos Slynt. It lasts until the end of the season, though, as he's dismissed by Tywin. He turns out to be almost as ruthless as Janos Slynt, though he never kills children. In anticipation of Stannis' siege, Bronn has his men round up and kill all the known thieves, because they steal all the food when a siege begins.
- Rewarded with a knighthood after the battle of Backwater.
- Servile Snarker: Not afraid to speak his mind to Tyrion, which is one reason Tyrion keeps him around since he knows Bronn will tell him the truth.
Tyrion: Stannis has more infantry, more ships, more horses. What do we have?
Bronn: There's that mind of yours you keep going on about.
Tyrion: Well, I've never actually been able to kill people with it.
Bronn: Good thing. I'd be out of a job.
- Staring Down Cthulhu: At the beginning of "Blackwater" he stares down Sandor Clegane, who's intent is very much to murder him. He later ends up saving Clegane himself during the ensuing battle.
: You like fucking, and drinking, and singing. But killing... that's the thing you love. You're just like me
. Only smaller.
Bronn: And quicker.
- He even snarks Lord Tywin with his "You wouldn't know him" comment. That's gotta count under this trope.
- Straight Man: To Tyrion.
- Street Smart: Another facet of his unique, worldly wisdom. This makes him a very effective City Watch commander.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Sandor during the Battle of Blackwater.
- Why Don't You Just Kill Him: Prefers this philosophy when it comes to handling problems, and is rather blunt and unapologetic about it.
- Would Hit a Girl: Bronn admits that the first person he killed was a woman who attacked him with a weapon. Shae still doesn't approve.
- Would Hurt a Child: Depending on the prize, of course. He does directly tell Tyrion that while he'd probably still do it, unlike Janos he'd at least think about it for a moment.
"Don't trust anybody. Life is safer that way."
Shae:"Cities make me want to fuck."
Tyrion:"And...so did the country."
A camp follower that Tyrion takes a special interest in and brings with him to King's Landing, where she is later made Sansa Stark's handmaiden.
- Abusive Parents: Her parents are a touchy subject for her but she discloses to Varys that she "stopped being a child" when she was nine because her mother made sure of that.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the book, she is described as having more of an innocent, Girl Next Door appeal, whereas Sibel Kekilli goes with a much more overtly-sexual Monica Bellucci angle. Not that anyone's complaining.
- Adaptational Badass: TV!Shae is not afraid of using a knife.
- Adaptational Heroism: More kind and compassionate compared to the character from the books.
- Age Lift: Book!Shae is described as being probably just eighteen or so.
- Ascended Extra: In the books, her scenes mostly consisted of interacting with Tyrion. In the show, particularly the second season, she interacts with a lot more characters, and becomes Sansa's handmaiden a lot lot earlier.
- Berserk Button: Does not like people talking about her parentage.
- Camp Follower
- Chastity Dagger: Carries one in her garter. She might not be chaste, but she's not going to be raped either.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Has definitely become this as of Season 3, interrogating Tyrion brutally about his interest in and history with other women (Sansa and Ros, respectively).
- Cluster F-Bomb: The way she overuses the F word may suggest that she's not familiar with more appropriate Common (English) words for "Have Sex".
- The Confidant: To Sansa, after being made her handmaiden. To the point where HBO's website now lists her as part of the Stark household. Particularly noticeable in "The Climb", where Shae is aware of Sansa's engagement to Ser Loras Tyrell, and apparently did not even tell Tyrion about it.
- Did You Think I Can't Feel?: She gets really pissed when, after all they have been through, Tyrion assumes she's still only with him for the money.
Tyrion: I'm a monster, as well as a dwarf! You should charge me double.
Shae: You think I'm here for money?
Tyrion: That was the arrangement we made. I pay you and you lie to me.
: Oh, I'm a poor little rich man and nobody loves me, so I make jokes all the time and pay them to laugh. Fuck your money
- Foreign Fanservice: Due to her accent, which is later Jossed/Hand Waved as being Lorathi.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: in sharp contrast to the novels, where she's Only in It for the Money and has no particular loyalty or feelings to anyone. By the second season, she has very little in common with her pagebound counterpart.
- Mysterious Past: It's implied that she was raised in high class family, but she curtly refuses to discuss the matter.
- Mysterious Woman
- Ninja Maid: She chases down and threatens another handmaiden at knife-point to protect Sansa.
- Promotion to Opening Titles
- Protectorate: Over Sansa.
- Secret Relationship: Her relationship with Tyrion, and for vital reasons. Tywin warns Tyrion not to take her to court and has vowed to hang the next whore he finds in Tyrion's bed.
- Toxic Friend Influence: Varys tries to buy her off because he believes that she's a dangerous liability to Tyrion, one of the few men who could make the country a better place.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: An in-universe example - Shae's accent is clearly out of place in English-accented Westeros. Lampshaded when Tyrion asks and she simply responds, "Foreign." In "Blackwater", Cersei pegs her accent as Lorathi. This seems to be a combination of a joke/ fantasy Accent Adaptation, in that Jaqen is also supposed to be from Lorath, and is played by fellow German Tom Wlaschiha.
Podrick "Pod" Payne
"Yes, my Lord."
: Daniel Portman
Cersei: "Odd little boy."
Tyrion: "I have a certain sympathy for odd little boys."
Tyrion's trusted young squire. Hails from a lesser branch of House Payne, the family of Ilyn Payne.
Ser Amory Lorch
"This is your last chance. In the name of King Joffrey, drop your weapons."
Played By: Fintan McKeown
Another knight sworn to House Lannister.
"Where is your stick now, bitch? I promised to fuck you with it."
Played By: Andy Beckwith
Another violent criminal caged with Jaqen H'ghar. He also joins the Lannister army alongside Jaqen.
Played By: Gerard Jordan
Yet another criminal caged with Jaqen H'ghar and Rorge. Joins the Lannister army with Rorge.
"That's a fine little blade. Maybe I'll pick my teeth with it."
Played By: Andy Kellegher
A man-at-arms under the command of Ser Amory Lorch.
Lord Leo Lefford
Played By: Vinnie McCabe
The Lord of Golden Tooth.
Ser Addam Marbrand
Played By: B.J. Hogg
The heir of Damon Marbrand, Lord of Ashemark.