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* RomanticismVsEnlightenment: Firmly on the Enlightenment side, as he has an extraordinarily unromantic view of power, war and even love.

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* RomanticismVsEnlightenment: RomanticismVersusEnlightenment: Firmly on the Enlightenment side, as he has an extraordinarily unromantic view of power, war and even love.


* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: His lifelong stubbornness and disdain for his youngest son kills him; even as Tyrion has him at crossbow-point with his pants down, he keeps badmouthing Tyrion's wife and treating his son like a joke. Tyrion does not take it well. Moreover, Tywin had previously pointed out to Tyrion that his son ''talks too much'', and yet Tywin couldn't keep his own mouth shut when Tyrion had him at crossbow-point.]]
** [[spoiler: In addition, Tywin made sure throughout his life that he was so powerful no one would ever dare laugh at him, which is what he hated most. At his funeral, the crowd is snickering about how he died by being shot in the groin on the toliet.]]

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* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: His lifelong stubbornness and disdain for his youngest son kills him; even as Tyrion has him at crossbow-point with his pants down, he keeps badmouthing Tyrion's wife and treating his son like a joke. Tyrion does not take it well. Moreover, Tywin had previously pointed out to Tyrion that his son ''talks too much'', and yet Tywin couldn't keep his own mouth shut when Tyrion had him at crossbow-point.]]
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In addition, Tywin made sure throughout his life that he was so powerful no one would ever dare laugh at him, which is what he hated most. At his funeral, the crowd is snickering about how he died by being shot in the groin on the toliet.]]


** [[spoiler: In addition, Tywin made sure throughout his life that he was so powerful no one would ever dare laugh at him, which is what he hated most. At his funeral, the entire crowd is snickering about how he died by being shot in the groin on the toliet.]]

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** [[spoiler: In addition, Tywin made sure throughout his life that he was so powerful no one would ever dare laugh at him, which is what he hated most. At his funeral, the entire crowd is snickering about how he died by being shot in the groin on the toliet.]]

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** [[spoiler: In addition, Tywin made sure throughout his life that he was so powerful no one would ever dare laugh at him, which is what he hated most. At his funeral, the entire crowd is snickering about how he died by being shot in the groin on the toliet.]]


* NotSoDifferent: Of you think through it, he's not so different from Waller Frey. Both are patriarch of a large family, mostly contemptuous towards his relatives but firm believers in Thicker than water principles. Most of all, they spent the entire Robert's Rebellion fence-sitting and joined his cause when it was all but won. But Lord Tywin has the advantage of a fearsome [[TheDreaded reputation]] and [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney immense wealth]], so no one would call him a coward to his face.


* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: When Kevan Lannister speaks earnestly about how Tywin is a stern but just man doing a tough job for decades with little appreciation or reward, Tyrion is dumbfounded to realize that the uncle he dismissed as a mere YesMan actually loves (and is loved by) his brother just as Tyrion loves Jaime. Tywin was also truly and deeply in love with his wife Joanna, which is one of the main reasons for his loathing of Tyrion. He also apparently somewhat doted on Cersei when she was younger (Tyrion believes Tywin to never smile but Cersei remembers her father smiling at her often and even sharing some of his plans with her), and while he does not like the fact that his father almost ran his house into the ground, he still loves him.

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: When Kevan Lannister speaks earnestly about how Tywin is a stern but just man doing a tough job for decades with little appreciation or reward, Tyrion is dumbfounded to realize that the uncle he dismissed as a mere YesMan actually loves (and is loved by) his brother just as Tyrion loves Jaime. Tywin was also truly and deeply in love with his wife Joanna, which is one of the main reasons for his [[MaternalDeathBlameTheChild loathing of Tyrion.Tyrion]]. He also apparently somewhat doted on Cersei when she was younger (Tyrion believes Tywin to never smile but Cersei remembers her father smiling at her often and even sharing some of his plans with her), and while he does not like the fact that his father almost ran his house into the ground, he still loves him.


* NotSoDifferent: Of you think through it, he's not so different from Waller Frey. Both are patriarch of a large family, mostly contemptuous towards his relatives but firm believers in Thicker than water principles. Most of all, they spent the entire Robert's Rebellion fence-sitting and joined his cause when it was all but won. But Lord Tywin has the advantage of a fearsome [[TheDreade reputation]] and [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney immense wealth]], so no one would call him a coward to his face.

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* NotSoDifferent: Of you think through it, he's not so different from Waller Frey. Both are patriarch of a large family, mostly contemptuous towards his relatives but firm believers in Thicker than water principles. Most of all, they spent the entire Robert's Rebellion fence-sitting and joined his cause when it was all but won. But Lord Tywin has the advantage of a fearsome [[TheDreade [[TheDreaded reputation]] and [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney immense wealth]], so no one would call him a coward to his face.


* LoveIsAWeakness: Not necessarily a weakness, just something that has no value to him. He never desires to be liked or loved by anyone. All that matters to him is gaining power for his House in the most ruthless and efficient manner possible.

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* LoveIsAWeakness: Not necessarily a weakness, just something that has no value to him. He never desires to be liked or loved by anyone. All that matters to him is gaining power for his House in the most ruthless ruthless, efficient, and efficient expedient manner possible.

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* GreenAndMean: A DeathGlare from Tywin's cold green eyes is enough to quiet most people.
-->'''Cersei's thoughts:''' Her fatherís eyes had always been unsettling; pale green, almost luminous, flecked with gold. His eyes could see inside you, could see how weak and worthless and ugly you were down deep. When he looked at you, you knew.

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* LoveIsAWeakness: Not necessarily a weakness, just something that has no value to him. He never desires to be liked or loved by anyone. All that matters to him is gaining power for his House in the most ruthless and efficient manner possible.
-->'''Tywin:''' You cannot eat love, nor buy a horse with it, nor use it to warm your halls on a cold night.


* DisappearedDad: Would be if the fan theory that [[spoiler:Marei, a whore at Chataya who is described as blonde and solemn, is his bastard daughten]] is proven true.

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* DisappearedDad: Would be if the fan theory that [[spoiler:Marei, a whore at Chataya who is described as blonde and solemn, is his bastard daughten]] daughter]] is proven true.



* FatalFlaw: Tywin's biggest flaw is that he was unable to see past first impressions and basically being blind to CharacterDevelopment. [[spoiler:In his mind, Tyrion was still just a hedonistic dwarf whose birth lead to his wife's death, rather than the brilliant politician who saved a city.]] He also FailedASpotCheck when he underestimated how [[AxCrazy horrible]] [[RapePillageAndBurn Gregor]] [[TheBrute Clegane]] was, such as during the Sack of King's Landing. The flip-side of this is that he's also unable to see the faults in his favourite son, Jaime.

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* FatalFlaw: Tywin's biggest flaw is that he was unable to see past first impressions and basically being blind to CharacterDevelopment. [[spoiler:In his mind, Tyrion was still just a hedonistic dwarf whose birth lead to his wife's death, rather than the brilliant politician who saved a city.]] He also FailedASpotCheck when he underestimated how [[AxCrazy horrible]] [[RapePillageAndBurn Gregor]] [[TheBrute Clegane]] was, such as during the Sack of King's Landing. The flip-side of this is that he's also unable to see the faults in his favourite favorite son, Jaime.



*** Tywin's only use for his children is how well they will fit in his plans, ignores them when what they say doesn't fit with his thougts and hates Tyrion for something that is not his fault. Eddard loves his children equally, is willing to fulfill their wishes (up to a point), doesn't force them into unwanted marriages and hears them out if they have a problem.

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*** Tywin's only use for his children is how well they will fit in his plans, ignores them when what they say doesn't fit with his thougts thoughts and hates Tyrion for something that is not his fault. Eddard loves his children equally, is willing to fulfill their wishes (up to a point), doesn't force them into unwanted marriages and hears them out if they have a problem.



* HobbesWasRight: And even Hollywood Hobbes didn't go quite far enough, in Tywin's never-humble opinion: the lion doesn't concern itself with the opinions of the sheep. And people generally suck, so the only thing to do is intimidate them until you can rule them. [[spoiler: Conviently ignoring the two-way or even multi-way give-and-take dynamic of the social contract whenever it doesn't please him (or just ignoring the crucial input of lesser mortals for the warning/ check it should be treated as) winds up costing his entire family down the line. Since, you know, ''real'' Hobbes had several points -- as well as actual Adam Smith and genuine John Locke, too. Had Tywin focused rather less on being the biggest, most intimidating bastard in a system geared primarily to serve the high nobility more than the realm and rather more on reinforcing the sovereignty and security of the Kingdom as a whole with a web of regulations, oversight, accountability, checks and balances within wider governance as a general service during his spells as Hand, Varys, Littlefinger, the Faith, the Tyrrels, the Martells, ''Aerys'' and even the Alchemists would have run into ''a lot'' more trouble trying their various highly destabilising schemes without tripping alarms.]] Nice job ultimately undermining the very foundations of both the Kingdom and your own House in your push to be teh best iron-fisted noble evuh, Tywin.

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* HobbesWasRight: And even Hollywood Hobbes didn't go quite far enough, in Tywin's never-humble opinion: the lion doesn't concern itself with the opinions of the sheep. And people generally suck, so the only thing to do is intimidate them until you can rule them. [[spoiler: Conviently Conveniently ignoring the two-way or even multi-way give-and-take dynamic of the social contract whenever it doesn't please him (or just ignoring the crucial input of lesser mortals for the warning/ check it should be treated as) winds up costing his entire family down the line. Since, you know, ''real'' Hobbes had several points -- as well as actual Adam Smith and genuine John Locke, too. Had Tywin focused rather less on being the biggest, most intimidating bastard in a system geared primarily to serve the high nobility more than the realm and rather more on reinforcing the sovereignty and security of the Kingdom as a whole with a web of regulations, oversight, accountability, checks and balances within wider governance as a general service during his spells as Hand, Varys, Littlefinger, the Faith, the Tyrrels, Tyrells, the Martells, ''Aerys'' and even the Alchemists would have run into ''a lot'' more trouble trying their various highly destabilising destabilizing schemes without tripping alarms.]] Nice job ultimately undermining the very foundations of both the Kingdom and your own House in your push to be teh the best iron-fisted noble evuh, ever, Tywin.



* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: In a strange, roundabout way. Because he's usually good at reading people in one SherlockScan, he tends to hold fast to his first impression and rarely revises his opinion, even when he's made a bit of a mistake, not taken the observation far enough, or they've [[CharacterDevelopment changed since his last evaluation]]. He remains firmly convinced that [[spoiler:Tyrion is just his TooCleverByHalf, disappointment of a son, Jaime ''will'' come around in time even though he's stubborn with an honour-streak he doesn't admit he's got, Cersei will do as she's told like a daughter should, Sansa is a biddable pawn who won't move on her own even if you go boo, and Littlefinger is just so glad to get away from the Fingers that he'll do practically anything interesting to keep from going back there.]] He's never ''entirely'' wrong, but he's just wrong ''enough''.

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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: In a strange, roundabout way. Because he's usually good at reading people in one SherlockScan, he tends to hold fast to his first impression and rarely revises his opinion, even when he's made a bit of a mistake, not taken the observation far enough, or they've [[CharacterDevelopment changed since his last evaluation]]. He remains firmly convinced that [[spoiler:Tyrion is just his TooCleverByHalf, disappointment of a son, Jaime ''will'' come around in time even though he's stubborn with an honour-streak honor-streak he doesn't admit he's got, Cersei will do as she's told like a daughter should, Sansa is a biddable pawn who won't move on her own even if you go boo, and Littlefinger is just so glad to get away from the Fingers that he'll do practically anything interesting to keep from going back there.]] He's never ''entirely'' wrong, but he's just wrong ''enough''.



* IHaveNoSon: When Jaime refuses to leave the Kingsguard to inherit Casterly Rock, Tywin tells him that he is "no son of mine." The fact that that would only leave Tyrion to inherit the Rock probably played a big part of this. He also has this unspoken attitude toward Tyrion in general, if Tyrion's "all dwarves are bastards [illegitimate] in their father's eyes" is any indication. [[spoiler:He outright says it when Tyrion kills him ith his last breath]].

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* IHaveNoSon: When Jaime refuses to leave the Kingsguard to inherit Casterly Rock, Tywin tells him that he is "no son of mine." The fact that that would only leave Tyrion to inherit the Rock probably played a big part of this. He also has this unspoken attitude toward Tyrion in general, if Tyrion's "all dwarves are bastards [illegitimate] in their father's eyes" is any indication. [[spoiler:He outright says it with his last breath when Tyrion kills him ith his last breath]].him]].



** Although while pragmatic, he has no problem releasing every PsychoForHire he can get his hands on loose across the land. Sure, he is magnanimous but he knows that people like the Mountain's men or the Brave Companions are gonna bring more than their share of pointless sadism and [[spoiler: the Frey and the Boltons]] are more tyrants than pragmatic rulers like him. It's easy to be reasonable when everyone who is ''un''reasonable is in your pocket. There's also the fact that his policies tended to favour the big folk in most cases.

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** Although while pragmatic, he has no problem releasing every PsychoForHire he can get his hands on loose across the land. Sure, he is magnanimous but he knows that people like the Mountain's men or the Brave Companions are gonna bring more than their share of pointless sadism and [[spoiler: the Frey and the Boltons]] are more tyrants than pragmatic rulers like him. It's easy to be reasonable when everyone who is ''un''reasonable is in your pocket. There's also the fact that his policies tended to favour favor the big folk in most cases.

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!!!For the main House Lannister entry, see [[AC:[[Characters/ASongOfIceAndFireHouseLannister here]]]]


* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: The Red Wedding. Between the Freys, the Spicers and the Boltons,]] Tywin has capitalized on a single mistake by [[spoiler: Robb Stark]] and turned it into a victory. Throughout the entire book he is just sitting there waiting for his plan to come together because ''he has already won'' and nobody else knows it. [[HolyShitQuotient Holy. Shit.]]

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* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: The Red Wedding. Between the Freys, the Spicers and the Boltons,]] Tywin has capitalized on a single mistake by [[spoiler: Robb Stark]] and turned it into a victory. Throughout the entire book he is just sitting there waiting for his plan to come together because ''he has already won'' and nobody else knows it. [[HolyShitQuotient Holy. Shit.]]

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* NotSoDifferent: Of you think through it, he's not so different from Waller Frey. Both are patriarch of a large family, mostly contemptuous towards his relatives but firm believers in Thicker than water principles. Most of all, they spent the entire Robert's Rebellion fence-sitting and joined his cause when it was all but won. But Lord Tywin has the advantage of a fearsome [[TheDreade reputation]] and [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney immense wealth]], so no one would call him a coward to his face.

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