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     A Man of Iron 
  • Tony's What the Hell, Hero? speech to Catelyn, since arriving in Winterfell he's been joking and snarking about, but when he hears Catelyn claiming to Jon that he should've fallen instead of Bran, that's when you realize that Tony is also a Stark and has the blood of The Wolf in him.
  • Tony donning The Armor and his speech as he does becoming Iron Man.
    Tony: Westeros is a horrid hell but I was willing to turn a blind eye to it as long as I got some coin and wine. I was just as guilty as all the other lords... Okay, maybe not as much since I didn't do half the things they did but I allowed it. But now they've come to my door and hurt me... and next time it might not be me. It might be the people at Iron Pointe or you guys or... So... so I have to decide if I am going to just pretend like nothing happened while waiting for my doom to come... or if I am going to stand up right here and say, "No, this is the line". I'm not going to save Westeros... just like I can't save that poor girl. (puts on the helmet) But I'll sure as hell avenge her. (flies off)
  • Tony and Jon get a combined one.
    • First Tony: he arrives at King's Landing after it's believed that he is Iron Man, due to the armor matching his sigil and banner, and admits he did create a suit of armor, but proves to Robert and the Small Council that he's not Iron Man by showing that the armor he's made does not fit him, and that the one he has, while good, is impractical and wouldn't be of much use. While Ned is still somewhat suspicious, he's proven to everyone else that he couldn't be Iron Man.
    • Then the next chapter, in order to fully prove that Tony isn't Iron Man, Jon dons the armor for the first time and fights in it and encounters Gregor Clegane and his men who are razing a village in the Riverlands. Gregor claims that he's unbeatable and that The Mountain kneels to no one. Jon fights them, defeats many of The Mountain's men and then takes on Gregor himself. Thanks to a few well timed blasts, guess what happens?
    Jon: If a Mountain doesn't kneel... then what are you doing now?
    • While Tony basically lucked his way into beating the Mountain (which was more of a retreat with a few blows thrown in), Jon does get the best of the Mountain and his men by tricking them into thinking they shot him and he's fallen into a burning sept. He waits until they are close and then bursts out, killing almost all of the Mountain's men.
  • Syrio does a grand speech to Arya on how a change is coming and that those long ignored are gathering under a new master, whose name is his title.
    Arya: What is this title? Lord? Maester?
    Syrio: Magneto.
  • When Ned understands his cousin is actually the Iron Man in spite of the misdirection, Tony answers him being the Iron Man would be as insane as Ned lying about being Jon's father. Tony manages to guess one of the most well-kept secrets of Westeros and uses it to blackmail his cousin into silence, and it's magnificent to watch.
    • Ned also gets one for putting the pieces together. People that know Tony don't think he's Iron Man, most of the Small Council, save perhaps Varys, fall for Tony's trick... but Ned Stark, who everyone sees as dull and dim, puts it all together and realizes Tony is Iron Man. For a man that many seeing as an idiot it's impressive that he figured out Tony's secret while so many, including Tywin Lannister, remain clueless.
  • Syrio reveals himself to be Mystique and effortlessly curbstomps Meryn Trant and the guards sent to capture Arya.
    • Mystique is able to kill all the armored soldiers by herself, unarmed. Most of them die from her bare feet!
  • Tony's first alibi about being Iron Man: he accepts dozens of commissions, enough to keep him busy for a year. Then he does all of them in two weeks, leaving him free to be Iron Man while nobles across Westeros are willing to testify that he can't possibly be the vigilante because he was busy doing a commission for him at the time.
  • After Bronn kills his target at Tyrion's "trial", Tyrion is ready to leave. However, Lysa now insists he stand trial for killing her husband and Bronn can't do the fighting this time. Clynt volunteers, facing an even more hulking and skilled knight... and takes him down with a single arrow. He then asks who wants lunch.
    • After Lysa's yelling of sellswords having no honor and Bronn saying the dead knights did, Clynt has an added rejoinder.
    Clynt: Only a part right... We have honor... small as it might be... But it's more than you have.
  • Pepper talks down Gregor Clegane from killing her, Tony and Jon immediately, pointing he needs someone to relay his desire of a rematch with Iron Man to the knight and dead hostages won't help him.
  • Tony reveals to Jon at the end of Chapter 27 a second suit of armor he's made for Jon to don and wear. Unlike the Red and Gold of Iron Man which reflects The Lannister's colors, this one has Silver in place of Gold, purposely done so to look like the colors of House Reyne. He gives Jon the armor and when Jon asks what he should call himself.
    Tony: In Braavos, they have a word for a man who takes it upon himself, with no hope of gaining coin or fame or power, to protect the innocent. They are the most selfless of Heroes. It is a name that I think would suit you well. Centurion
  • In chapter 28, Gregor Clegane makes the mistake of having his 'meeting' with Iron Man in Tywin's sunstone mine, planning to steal the silver sent as the miner's payroll to go out and live his own life. After getting pummelled by both Tony and Jon (but getting close to killing both of them) Tony manages to punch him into a pit full of sunstones crates he opens while Jon drops silver on them - making all the sunstones start to shoot random blasts until he falls on top of one that just digs through him, killing him.
  • Iron Man arrives right on time to save Ned from being killed by Ilyn Payne. And he was this close to getting Sansa out of the way as well... until Joffrey did what he does best and indirectly killed her.
  • The proclamation of Ned Stark as the King In The North by Greatjon. Even though he is grimy and wearing ill-fitting clothes, Tony notes that Ned looks like a lost figure from a forgotten age.
  • The birth of Dany's dragons gets the addition of Logan throwing on another sacrifice and then climbing up with her, unlocking both their mutant powers. Now Dany can control fire herself.
    • The aforementioned sacrifice is Jhaqo, one of the men that took over part of Khal Drogo's khalasar. Logan single-handedly killed Jhaqo's warband, captured the man alive, impaled him on his claws and brought him back to Daenerys' camp.
  • The fact that Gerion survived and found Brightroar.
  • For the sheer Oh, Crap! value, Sansa manages to come back to life... as the Night's Queen. And she takes Sandor for Knight, with the intent to help the Others gain a foothold in Westeros from the inside.
  • While Sandor is standing guard over Sansa, it's revealed that Joffrey refused to let him do it. Without saying a word, the Hound marches up the Throne the little maggot is seated on and glowers over him until Joffrey wordlessly agrees to let him go. Sandor's also pretty sure he pissed himself in the process.

     A Crack of Thunder 
  • Jane Seaworth came upon Joffrey disfiguring Shireen's doll, and screamed for the guards and told them he was threatening Shireen herself. Joffrey got some good whacks from Robert's belt over it before Cersei stopped him.
  • Tyrion arrives in King's Landing and makes it clear to Cersei and the Small Council that he is in charge now, and they have no choice in the matter.
  • Simply by being himself and choosing to honor Robb's marriage pact to one of Walder Frey's daughters despite the changed circumstances, Ned manages to earn House Frey's loyalty, as thanks for being the first lord to show them any respect.
  • Asha Greyjoy willingly undergoes two weeks of being horribly treated by Ramsay Bolton just to lead him and his men into a trap - that ends up getting them all killed.
  • Oberyn Martell comes to see Tony and offers a "peace offering" in the form of marrying Jon off to his daughter: Natasha Martell aka the Black Widow of Dorne.
  • Thor tells Stannis he believes the man would be a bad king as he doesn't really want it and taking the throne this way would be a disaster. To prove it, Thor reveals he has given up claim on the throne of Asgard, knowing he'd be too brash to be a good king and Stannis realizes if a god can give up a throne, so can he.
  • Ned manages to hurt Jaime's confidence by revealing Cersei isn't faithful to him, since she made advances to the Lord Stark and insinuated she slept with Jon Arryn.
  • After Dany worked up the guts to test and confirm that even her internal organs are fireproof, she learns to store fire in her stomach to shoot out her mouth.
  • Daenerys is introduced to a new potential ally: A masked figure who was once Viktor Vondam but is now known as...Doom.
  • Everyone is flabbergasted when the mystery knight from Renly's tournament reveals her true identity, since Lord Tarth's only daughter was such an Ill Girl she was expected to die quickly. Not only Brienne managed to live, her cousin Bruce gave her a cure who made her strong enough to kick ass as nobody's business, transforming her into She-Hulk.
  • Bronn is not the only one who has pegged Sansa as a something, rather than someone: Sam Tarly, upon observing her for a couple of hours, draws the observation that she may actually be Sansa's body under a Demonic Possession.
  • Mystique flawlessly imitates Jaime Lannister, doing it so well that not even Tywin Lannister (who was also expecting the possibility of a fake) can tell the difference.
  • This story's version of the War of the Five Kings is instead known as the War of the Five Crowns, thanks to one of the contenders being Queen Jane Seaworth. There's some nice building on her father's efforts to raise the family's station.
  • Roslin Frey, far from the minor Shrinking Violet from the books, quickly earns a reputation as the "Stone Wolf" upon marrying Robb, being fully capable of showing her own strength when the time is right and also having a keen insight into the psychological issues he's going through.
  • Tyrion walks in on Joffrey in the middle of torturing "Sansa" in a fit of rage over the Starks' continued successes and puts him in his place. First by calling him out on the stupidity of doing so when he already has a 0% Approval Rating, reminding him how things like that turned out for the Mad King, and then humiliating him by having Cersei and Pycelle send him to bed. And on a closing note, he preemptively shuts down any clever remarks from Littlefinger or Varys.
    • Just prior to this, Clynt takes Boros Blount out of the picture by punching him in the balls, and then shoving an arrow into his open mouth, threatening to fire it if he tries to resist.
    • Reflecting on this, the Night's Queen declares Tyrion the greatest threat to her plans in Westeros. Stop and think about that for a moment.
  • Sansa/The Night's Queen's answer to the "Who does the sellsword kill?" riddle. They all die, including the sellsword, because none of them considered that the woman who was also in the room might be the real threat.
    • Somewhat negated when you remember that one of the first people to realise that she was dangerous was Bronn, a sellsword, who came to this conclusion immediately after meeting her. Arguably makes Bronn immediately pegging her as dangerous and as a "what" and not a "who" even more awesome, as he basically proved the Night's Queen's answer to be wrong by noting that the woman in the room may be the real threat.
  • Thor bluntly states he would rather acknowledge Shireen than Renly as Stannis' heir, since the eight-years-old girl does know how hard you must fight to live sometimes and win. That's right, he accuses Renly to be less of a warrior than his pre-teen niece.
  • Stannis' "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Renly, pointing out that he's done nothing to deserve being king.
    • To elaborate, Stannis points out that Renly has had everything handed to him, with either Stannis himself or Robert protecting him and now his claim is only backed up by "Summer Knights" from the Reach. Meanwhile, Stannis fought in the Rebellion, managed Storm's End during the siege, helped destroyed the Iron Born fleet, and has shown time and again that he is a capable warrior. It goes well to destroy the illusion of Renly being better than Stannis.
  • Thor utterly ruining Renly's "Peach Speech" and making him look like a fool and then taking his metaphor and turning it to support Stannis.
  • When Renly insults Jane, calling her a whore, Thor shows his displeasure at this in epic fashion: he conjures a massive storm and calls down lightning to burn the words "I AM THOR, GOD OF THUNDER" in the ground, followed by making it clear that if Renly does that again, he won't be as restrained. Within a few hours, nearly all of Renly's Storm Lord supporters turn cloak to Stannis.
    • Only two standard-bearers manage to hold on to their charge during this. Brienne isn't very surprising, given that she's the She-Hulk. The other one is Davos.
  • Tyrion pretty much tells Joffrey that he's got him by the balls, and has Bronn sing "The Rains of Castamere" to remind the little idiot that, if he tries to touch any of Tyrion's hairs, Tywin will come and crush him like a ripe peach.
    • He also blows his top at the whole Council, including the Night's Queen, over the stupidity of sending terms to the Starks without talking to him first, especially trying to trade Not-Sansa for Jaime.
  • Tony and Natasha, in a nod to Robert Downey Jr.'s role in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, are both skilled enough at the Sherlock Scan that they can have an entire conversation just through facial expressions and gestures, including Tony telling her "You hurt him and your father won't save you. I'll do what the dragons couldn't. I'll burn Dorne to the fucking ground."
  • Jon quickly deducing the people attacking the wedding are Ironborn, then dueling a raider. Natasha then steps in and fights him as well, breaking his jaw before Jon beheads him.
  • Jon and Pepper managed to make a lighter version of the Centurion armor without Tony noticing.
  • Jon, in lighter Centurion armor armed with a retractable blade in one arm and collapsible shield on the other, vs Vanko. To the latter's credit, the only reason he loses is because Oberyn intervenes with a spear to his shoulder, weakening and distracting him enough to give Jon the upper hand.
    Oberyn: Hey bastard! Love from Dorne!
  • Doom reveals exactly what he wants of Daenerys, to bring chaos to Qarth and shake the city out of its useless traditions for their own sake, all while also giving her plenty more Brutal Honesty about herself and her family, plus the quite unexpected reveal that Illyrio is the story's version of Franklin Storm, and the Fantastic Four already exist in some form.
  • A meeting of the Lannister generals reveals that Ned has been wiping the floor with them since taking over from Robb, simply by being his good, decent self and staying to help the villages he retakes get back on their feet rather than rushing ahead after the Lannister armies, thus getting a whole new support center each time. Ultimately, it's revealed by Arya that it's actually Ned Stark who is the story's version of The Punisher.
  • Tyrion still gets to slap and chew out Joffrey during the riot in King's Landing. Here, however, the chewing out goes on for some time, with Tyrion making it clear that Joffrey would be lucky if Tywin let him keep his throne after all this, and that Tyrion himself would happily send Joffrey's head to the Starks if he thought that would end the war.
    • Varys gets a subtle one when he notices Littlefinger panicking while hiding from the riot, dryly noting to himself that Baelish doesn't seem to be enjoying his chaotic ladder when he's not the one profiting from the chaos.
    • A group of men try to rape Not-Sansa. She responds by tearing them apart with her bare hands, with very little effort on her part. She's also revealed to be a Composite Character with Hela.
  • Renly is revealed as the one behind all the new plots against the North, leading to Brienne finally getting to cut loose and show what the Hulk can do, effortlessly crushing one Ironborn raider after another.
    • In the same battle, Theon is driven to declare himself for the North, after cutting off Dagmer Cleftjaw's hands (and unknowingly getting revenge for what Cleftjaw did to him in canon). And then he's able to just slightly fib about the situation to get the Tyrells to join them in turning on Renly.
    • Brienne goes from Renly's ship to the middle of the Tyrell's camp In a Single Bound - and then proceeds to carry Theon back to Riverrun the same way, fast enough that she breaks the sound barrier!
  • Jojen comes to accept that his visions of how things played out in the original canon are not going to come to pass, and eagerly takes to his new role by finding a secret tunnel into Winterfell which his new visions have warned they'll need in a coming battle, and declaring that the era of knights and swords has been replaced by the age of Avengers.
  • In chapter 29 there are strong hints that Sansa is fighting the Night's Queen from the inside
  • Both Varys and Littlefinger are revealed to have tried convincing Sandor to be their spy, who made it very clear he wasn't interested — the former got spat on, while the latter found the dismembered corpse of his messenger in his bed.
  • Combined with a funny moment, there's Daenerys getting back at the Pureborn for the ridiculous rituals they expect her to go through just to speak with them by coming up with her own rituals for their messengers to go through before speaking to her (including buying booze for Logan and wearing a ridiculous hat).
    • Moreover, her lessons with Doom are already paying off as she both refuses to favor any particular group in Qarth and is much more aware of all political implications of her actions.
    • Followed by this gem:
    Daenerys: Then I suppose I will have to add the warlocks to the list of those I must watch out for [...] starting with Viktor and the Thirteen.
  • Roslin firmly and politely reminding Luwin that she is Lady of Winterfell until Catelyn returns, so can he just read the message already?
  • Bruce of Tarth went to Valyria and found out why the Doom happened. Repeat: Bruce of Tarth went to VALYRIA and FOUND OUT WHY THE DOOM HAPPENED. And he did it because he wanted to heal his cousin Brienne.
    • Earlier, it had been implied that Bruce had cured Brienne by turning her into She-Hulk, but that he himself wasn't living up to his comics counterpart. Chapter 32 confirms that little assumption false when he says eleven simple words: "You're making me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry." And then proceeds to do what Hulks do best.
    • Before that, he delivers an epic "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the Septon (confirmed by Word of God to be the future High Sparrow) who had been allowing Brienne to grow sick and had been bullying her weak willed father into following his order as though he were the lord of the land.
  • Brienne's first Hulking Out takes a bunch of bandits by surprise, with her killing them all without having any trouble.
  • Arya not only knows well how to deal with Tywin and how to read his moods, but is capable of making suggestions that even Tywin agrees could work.
  • At some point offscreen, Mystique impersonated the Tickler and drunkenly insulted Tywin, resulting in the Tickler being fed to a pit of rats.
  • Selyse is no longer an issue to Jane and Shireen, thanks to Thor telling her point blank she’s never given the girl any love and doesn’t deserve anything from her now.
  • The Bloody Mummers against Magneto, who can turn their weapons and armor against them. Curb-Stomp Battle doesn't even start to describe it.
    • While doing this he pitches his own answer to the Sellsword Riddle: "The one who doesn't need the sellsword to kill for them."
    • And the Master of Magnetism uses the survivors as the Human Sacrifice to awaken Gendry and Arya as Colossus and Shadowcat, before inducting them into the Brotherhood of Blackfyre.
  • In a case of villains showing off just how dangerous they are, Asha's Ironborn reveal that they've learned how to combine sunstones with their swords to make Laser Blades, which enable them to easily conquer Winterfell.
  • Daenerys, Doom, Jorah and Logan go into the House of the Undying to rescue Daenerys' dragons. During their incursion, they face their fears and desires, with Doom waving both off and Daenerys being resolute to follow her own destiny rather than being defined by who she is related to.
    • Then, when they are all chained, Pyat Pree tells Daenerys she will stay in the House of the Undying forever. That's when Daenerys reveals that her newest name is Firestar for a very good reason, and she breathes fire on Pyat Pree, single-handedly kills the Undying, frees her companions and ends up destroying the entire tower with a fiery chimera hot enough to melt stone.
    • Their vision of the future shows that in the next book they'll apparently be hanging out with Deadpool and Domino, and Jorah has become the fic's version of Cable. And if another vision comes true, X-23 is on her way too.
  • Facing being raped, Jane remains utterly defiant, never stopping her struggles and promising to kill all the rapists personally.
    • While it's also utterly horrifying (see the Nightmare Fuel page for details), Thor showing up to save Jane and utterly devastating the rapists is still an awe-inspiring moment.
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