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* VillainousBSOD: When Cersei directly confronts him with her and Jaime's incest Tywin's trademark stoicism cracks, as he finally comes to realize that his family's claim to ultimate power -- and hence his legacy -- is predicated on a fiction that had been obvious to everyone but himself.


* UndignifiedDeath: Dies by getting shot by his abused and loathed son Tyrion with two crossbow bolts whilst he was in the privy with his pants down[[labelnote:From the books...]]... and correspondingly his bowels loosen upon his death, with no gold to be found[[/labelnote]]. While he even lampshades it, thanks to [[TheStoic Tywin being Tywin]], he is still able to [[FaceDeathWithDignity bring forth ''some'' gravitas]] during the whole debacle.

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* UndignifiedDeath: Dies by getting shot by his abused and loathed son Tyrion with two crossbow bolts whilst he was in the privy with his pants down[[labelnote:From the books...]]... ''in the groin'', and his bowels correspondingly his bowels loosen upon his death, death with no gold to be found[[/labelnote]]. While he even lampshades it, thanks to [[TheStoic Tywin being Tywin]], he is still able to [[FaceDeathWithDignity bring forth ''some'' gravitas]] during the whole debacle.

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* KnightOfCerebus: While Game of Thrones was never a lighthearted show, Tywin's introduction considerably darkened the tone of the story.


* TheStoic: 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 loses his temper (though never his control) in several episodes, either because he's SurroundedByIdiots or [[ThePatriarch putting his children in line]], and once even gives a genuine (albeit short) laugh.

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* TheStoic: 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 TV Tywin loses his temper (though never his control) in several episodes, either because he's SurroundedByIdiots or [[ThePatriarch putting his children in line]], and once even gives a genuine (albeit short) laugh.

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* TheCanKickedHim: He meets his demise in a most embarrassing position, that is, sitting on a latrine.


* SlaveToPR: To an extent. Tywin does not care about winning the people's love, but is absolutely dedicated to ensuring that the name of House Lannister is respected, if not feared. As such, Tywin cannot stomach ''any'' slight upon his house or any of his family members (even if the object of ridicule is his most despised son Tyrion), and will wreak havoc upon ''anyone'' bold enough to slander the Lannister name.

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* SlaveToPR: To an extent. Tywin does not care about winning the people's love, but is absolutely dedicated to ensuring that the name of House Lannister is respected, if not feared. As such, Tywin cannot stomach ''any'' slight upon his house or any of his family members (even if the object of ridicule is his most despised son Tyrion), and will wreak havoc upon ''anyone'' bold enough to slander the Lannister name. All to retain the image that House Lannister is a house that will not tolerate any humiliation.

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* SlaveToPR: To an extent. Tywin does not care about winning the people's love, but is absolutely dedicated to ensuring that the name of House Lannister is respected, if not feared. As such, Tywin cannot stomach ''any'' slight upon his house or any of his family members (even if the object of ridicule is his most despised son Tyrion), and will wreak havoc upon ''anyone'' bold enough to slander the Lannister name.

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** [[spoiler:And at the end of the series, [[EverybodysDeadDave that's exactly what happens]]. Cersei and Jaime die in Daenerys's attack on King's Landing, leaving Tyrion, the son he despised, the last of House Lannister. Since Shae's death has killed Tyrion's sex drive to the point of near-celibacy, it's very unlikely he'll be able to have children, meaning that with his death, House Lannister will be extinct. In the end, Tywin's attempt to bring about a lasting golden age for his family instead led them to their doom]].


* AdaptationalVillainy: He is a huge jerk in the books as well, but in the show his treatment to Tyrion is largely unjustified. In the books, Tyrion has many more negative traits, including a willingness to some degree to harm his own relatives and use them in his schemes, which Tywin loathes since family is everything in his eyes. With such aspects of Tyrion toned down for the show, Tywin's hatred of him is more personal and spiteful.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: AdaptationalVillainy:
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He is a huge jerk in the books as well, but in the show his treatment to Tyrion is largely unjustified. In the books, Tyrion has many more negative traits, including a willingness to some degree to harm his own relatives and use them in his schemes, which Tywin loathes since family is everything in his eyes. With such aspects of Tyrion toned down for the show, Tywin's hatred of him is more personal and spiteful.


* BigBad: In Seasons 3 and 4, he occupies this for the other War of the Five Kings factions, especially the Starks and Baratheons. Tywin is the real muscle of the Iron Throne, and responsible for the worst atrocities of the war, such as sending Gregor Clegane to make the Riverlands a blasted wasteland and turning Harrenhal into a nightmare garrison and then the Red Wedding. That said, Tywin only did this because Catelyn kidnapped Tyrion and [[OverarchingVillain as the story unravels]] it's revealed that Tywin was not the primary cause of the whole conflict.

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* BigBad: In Seasons 3 and 4, he occupies this for the other War of the Five Kings factions, especially the Starks and Baratheons. Tywin is the real muscle of the Iron Throne, and responsible for the worst atrocities of the war, such as sending Gregor Clegane to make the Riverlands a blasted wasteland and turning Harrenhal into a nightmare garrison and then the Red Wedding. That said, Tywin only did this because Catelyn kidnapped Tyrion and [[OverarchingVillain as the story unravels]] it's revealed that Tywin was not the primary cause of the whole conflict. In the fourth season, he’s the primary power behind whether Tyrion will live or die in his trial for Joffrey’s assasination.


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** When Cersei is trying to weasel her way out of her betrothal to Loras, citing the Lannisters’ quiet rivalry with the Tyrell, Tywin notes that’s the reason a formal marital alliance with them is needed as, if they were true close allies, it would be pointless. This flies in the face with Tywin’s earlier offense at Aerys II’s refusal to marry Rhaegar to Cersei, stating that a marriage to unify the already allied houses made more sense than an alliance with a historically hard-to-mollify house such as the Martells.

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** In the books, Tywin (and Kevan) come up with the plan to send Tyrion to the Wall on their own, while here it takes Jaime begging for his brother's life. It is possible that this was Tywin's plan all along, and he simply seized upon the opportunity to blackmail Jaime.


** Almost everything Tywin accomplished is undone soon after his death. [[spoiler:Even Cersei's brief seizure of the Iron Throne after Tommen's death was shaky at best, and she and Jaime both ended up dying after the Red Keep collapsed on top of them during Daenerys' attack on King's Landing. This leaves Tyrion, the son he despised and expressly forbid from inheriting Casterly Rock, the only one left who can inherit the place and carry on the family name. And by series' end, Tyrion is forced to live the rest of his life as Bran's Hand of the King, meaning that unless Tyrion decides to renounce his celibacy, what's left of Tywin's legacy will always be spent serving kings rather than being them]].

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** Almost everything Tywin accomplished is undone soon after his death. [[spoiler:Even Cersei's brief seizure of the Iron Throne after Tommen's death was shaky at best, and she and Jaime both ended up dying after the Red Keep collapsed on top of them during Daenerys' attack on King's Landing. This leaves Tyrion, the son he despised and expressly forbid from inheriting Casterly Rock, the only one left who can inherit the place and carry on the family name. And by series' end, Tyrion is forced to live the rest of his life as Bran's Hand of the King, meaning that unless Tyrion decides to renounce his celibacy, what's left of Tywin's legacy will always be spent merely serving kings the king, rather than outright being them]].a ruling power]].


** Almost everything Tywin accomplished is undone soon after his death. [[spoiler:Even Cersei's brief seizure of the Iron Throne after Tommen's death was shaky at best, and she and Jaime both ended up dying after the Red Keep collapsed on top of them during Daenerys' attack on King's Landing. This leaves Tyrion, the son he despised and expressly forbid from inheriting Casterly Rock, the only one left who can inherit the place and carry on the family name]].

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** Almost everything Tywin accomplished is undone soon after his death. [[spoiler:Even Cersei's brief seizure of the Iron Throne after Tommen's death was shaky at best, and she and Jaime both ended up dying after the Red Keep collapsed on top of them during Daenerys' attack on King's Landing. This leaves Tyrion, the son he despised and expressly forbid from inheriting Casterly Rock, the only one left who can inherit the place and carry on the family name]].name. And by series' end, Tyrion is forced to live the rest of his life as Bran's Hand of the King, meaning that unless Tyrion decides to renounce his celibacy, what's left of Tywin's legacy will always be spent serving kings rather than being them]].


* AdaptationalNiceGuy: When Arya poses as his cup-bearer, she brings out a softer and paternal side to him that's absent in the books.

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* AdaptationalNiceGuy: When Arya poses as his cup-bearer, she brings out a softer and paternal side to him that's absent in the books. Although ultimately he's still willing to leave her to the mercy of [[SerialRapist Gregor]] [[WouldHurtAChild Clegane]].


* AllForNothing: Almost everything Tywin accomplished is undone soon after his death. [[spoiler: Except that Cersei directly managed to seize power, which even Tywin couldn't achieve, even though her rule is shaky.]]

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* AllForNothing: AllForNothing:
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Almost everything Tywin accomplished is undone soon after his death. [[spoiler: Except that Cersei directly managed to seize power, which even Tywin couldn't achieve, even though her rule is shaky.]] [[spoiler:Even Cersei's brief seizure of the Iron Throne after Tommen's death was shaky at best, and she and Jaime both ended up dying after the Red Keep collapsed on top of them during Daenerys' attack on King's Landing. This leaves Tyrion, the son he despised and expressly forbid from inheriting Casterly Rock, the only one left who can inherit the place and carry on the family name]].

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