This is a listing of members of House Lannister that appear in A Song of Ice and Fire.
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House Lannister of Casterly Rock
The richest house in Westeros. They control the Westerlands, with its hills and rich gold mines, and claim to descend from Lann the Clever, who is said to have stolen sunlight for his hair and winkled Casterly Rock from House Casterly using only his wits. They are of First Men origin through the female line, though they follow neither the Old Gods nor the customs of the heritage anymore since Andal adventurers married into the family hundreds of years ago. The Lannisters are powerful and controlling, and completely merciless to those they view as weak. They are effectively the royal house and become the nemesis of the Starks early on. They have notable similarities to the historical Borgia dynasty, as well as drawing some inspiration from various members of the Wars of the Roses. They have a second, unofficial motto — "A Lannister always pays his debts" — which is an invitation to Good Samaritans and a warning to Bad ones. Their members are beautiful, with Green Eyes and blonde hair, and their sigil is a golden lion on a red field.
Given that Robert's children are really the bastards of Jaime and Cersei, the Lannisters are the de-facto rulers of the Seven Kingdoms.
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- The Alcoholic: They seem to have a genetic predisposition, with both Tyrion and Cersei being high-functioning alcoholics. Joffrey was starting to get there as well.
- Ambition Is Evil: Under Tywin's leadership, the Lannisters are determined to win the game of thrones and rise to the top of their own empire, by any means necessary. They have gained control of Westeros as a result of their pragmatism and ruthlessness, in addition to an infamously villainous reputation.
- Ancestral Weapon: A Valyrian greatsword named Brightroar, which has since been lost when an ancient king went on a voyage and never returned. It's noted that the Lannisters have tried to buy replacements for decades. Gerion Lannister went missing on a search for it.
- They now have two Valryian swords: Widow's Wail and Oathkeeper, made from Ned Stark's melted down greatsword Ice
- Animal Motifs: Lions.
- Badass Family: Despite their glaring flaws, everyone from Tywin's line is this to a degree. The same can be said of his siblings. His dad? Not so much.
- Battle of Wits: Almost the whole family is all over this trope like a rash, both when it comes to playing the game of thrones... and just being a bunch of snarky, trolling wise-crackers. It is even said to go as far back as their purported founder, the legendary trickster-figure, Lann the Clever. They do manage to provide a lot of the snark for the whole series, each in their own, unique ways and to varying degrees. It's practically a family curse, as it means they aren't as effective as they could be when using those wits against others as a team. However, many funny, manipulative and analytic crowning moments are the trade-off to constantly sharpening your claws on each other.
- Also comes with the flip-side to knowing you have wits to battle with: Too Clever by Half, You Talk Too Much, the Villain Ball, and attacks of Smug Snake Syndrome are enduring traits that crop up whenever a Lannister relies rather too much on being the most cunning person in the room. In both the best and worst of them.
- The Beautiful Elite: Most Lannisters, though not all, are described as attractive.
- Beauty Is Bad: As a general rule, the prettier a Lannister is, the nastier they are. Kevan is described as unattractive, but he's much less cruel and more reasonable than his older brother. The increasing compassion of Jaime is juxtaposed with his increasing scruffiness. Cersei, who is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful noblewomen in Westeros, is cruel, treacherous, and occasionally murderous, while her tall, handsome son Joffrey is a horrific psychopath. His brother Tommen is plump but a Cheerful Child. Tyrion, who is actually deformed and considered horrifying due to his dwarfism, is the noblest member of his family and has remained as such. Myrcella subverts this at first, as she takes after Cersei but is kind and gentle, but later gets her face disfigured by a scar.
- Big Fancy Castle and Elaborate Underground Base: Their ancestral castle, Casterly Rock, is less a castle and more a medieval Mt. Cheyenne.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: Neither Tywin nor his descendants would be called well-adjusted, apart from Myrcella and Tommen.
- Lannisters who are not in Tywin's line are more down-to-earth and affable.
- Blue Blood: Former Kings of the Westerlands.
- Boring, but Practical: The Lannisters don't have warging powers like the Stark children, or dragons like the Targaryens, or even the power of a god like the Lord of Light. What the Lannisters do have, however, is gold. Gold that they parlay into tremendous military and political power to support their family legacy. Indeed, the Lannisters tend be serious skeptics about all things magical and are not easily intimidated by news of dragons rising in the east.
- Brutal Honesty: When any given Lannister wants to hit you with a hard and/or uncomfortable truth, they tend to swing for the bleachers.
- The Clan: While Tywin's line is the one that gets the most attention, there are, in fact, several branches of the Lannister family. Not to mention many very closely-related, lesser houses. If somebody's from the Westerlands, are blond-, strawberry- or golden-headed with green, blue or hazel eyes and have "Lan" in their surname somewhere, you're very likely looking at a twig from somewhere on the wider Lannister mangrove thicket.
- Les Collaborateurs: Twice, against the Andals then the Targaryens. When they couldn't beat them, they joined them.
- Color-Coded Characters: Most Lannisters have blonde hair and green eyes; also, most of them favor dressing in Lannisters' red and gold.
- Color Motif: The colors on their house sigil are red and gold, representing their intense ambition, military power, and wealth.
- Corrupt Bureaucrat: They'll use anything to get what they want. However low and dirty it can get. And, bribery? Is this Family's go-to, first resort across the board. If that won't work, they bring out the appeals to nepotism and/or authority, blackmail, and threats. Or worse.
- Divided We Fall: Despite coming out on top in the War of the Five Kings, the frictions within Tywin Lannister's family are gradually destroying everything he achieved.
- Egopolis: The Westerlands' biggest city, Lannisport, is named after the Lannisters.
- Fiction 500: They're the wealthiest of the great houses of Westeros. This is owed to gold mining and money lending, especially to the Crown itself, and trade with Essos.
- When Tywin Lannister drowned the Reynes in the silver mines of Castamere, he never reopened either their keep or their mines to exploit. The Reynes were one of the most powerful vassal houses of Westeros, which shows just how much wealth the Lannisters have being willing to forego the silver of the Reynes.
- Foreshadowing: Maester Yandel argues that the Valyrians considered trading with the Rock for gold and resources, but that prophecy drove them away; the prophecy stated that the gold from the Rock would bring them to ruin, turning them away from Westeros altogether. Centuries, or even millennia later, the last Valyrian king of Westeros Aerys Targaryen "The Mad" saw the destruction of his house and his own death for relying on the Lannisters of the Rock when he shouldn't have.
- In addition, some fan theories speculate that this prophecy is also related to the Doom of Valyria, since the Lannisters used gold from Casterly Rock to purchase their sword Brightroar from the Valyrians. For extra irony, a spinoff theory has the Targaryens be the ones who accepted the payment and made the sword.
- Fun with Homophones: The Lannisters' song and go-to implied threat, The Rains of Castamere, is about the destruction of House Reyne of Castamere.
- Gang of Hats: At first it's played straight, with all the Lannisters bar Tyrion portrayed as greedy, vain, and corrupt snobs — Tywin, Jaime, Joffrey, Cersei and to a lesser extent Lancel all fitting under this category. However, as the story goes on, we get to know Lannisters with vastly different personalities, ranging from the naïve and well-meaning (Tytos and Tommen), innocent (Willem, Tyrek, and Myrcella), and incompetent (Stafford) to the reasonable (Kevan, Genna, and Tygett), kind (Gerion), heroic (Daven, and post-character development Jaime), and devout (Lancel).
- Generation Xerox: Looked at with Tywin's children. Cersei considers herself a female version of Tywin, but Jaime finds her too mercurial to match their father and so considers himself to be the most like Tywin. When he tells his aunt Genna this, however, she claims he shares a lot of traits with his uncles, but Tyrion is closest to Tywin in terms of personality and political savvy (not like Tywin would ever admit it, just ask Genna when she said that exact thing. Tywin didn't speak to her for six months).
- Greed: Wealth, power, respect, fear, love. They want it all.
- Heroic Lineage: From Lann the Clever.
- Incest Is Relative: Jaime and Cersei. For some, Tywin and his cousin Joanna.
- It's All About Me: The Lannisters prioritize their own interests above those of other people, including each other. This often leads to conflict from inside the family and outside.
- Keystone Army: After Tywin's death and Tyrion's escape, the Lannisters start going down like a house of cards. With both their patriarch and their best mastermind gone, Cersei puts herself in charge and starts royally screwing things up, making a series of terrible decisions that ends with her being stripped and disgraced in front of the entire city of King's Landing. When Kevan seizes control afterwards, planning to raise his grand-nephew Tommen to be a proper king, it looks like things might be salvaged after all...only for Varys to put a crossbow bolt through his chest.
- Kingmaker Scenario: They sided against the Mad King in a blatant power play. Jaime had nothing to do with it, but nobody believes him.
- Meaningful Name:
- The main branch is House Lannister of Casterly Rock, after the House of Lancaster of the War of the Roses.
- Also on the vein of real world monarchies, they are also reminiscent of the Kings of Castile in Spain, which are historically among the most powerful and influential monarchies in the world.
- "Lannister" is also quite close to the Latin word for executioner, lanista. Given the reputation and temperament of many of their vassals and the means they often employ...
- Metallic Motifs: Gold — they're very proud and ambitious. Justified, since their ancestral seat is built over a gold mine, so they grew very rich as a result.
- Not So Different: Lets see, basically the ruling family in Westeros, extremely high opinions of themselves, living off past glories of the more competent members of the house who are already deceased, an absolutely remarkable ability to make very powerful enemies and distancing allies, an inability to see past their own egos, and a penchant for incest? House Targaryen says hi.
- Old Money: All the Great Houses count, but the Lannisters take it Up to Eleven, controlling the richest gold mines in Westeros and known for their wealth since Lann the Clever swindled their ancestral castle from House Casterly.
- People of Hair Color: Blond.
- Pride: Lannisters think they are better than everyone. The most incompetent Lannister is put in higher regard than a stranger.
- Pyrrhic Victory: House Lannister may still be winning the war as of the end of A Dance With Dragons, but it's clear that the foundation of their victory is crumbling. Tyrion is exiled, Jaime is maimed and disillusioned and seemingly being led into a trap, Cersei is discredited, and Kevan and Tywin are dead; Lancel has sworn himself to the Faith Militant, Tyrek has disappeared, Daven has been named Warden of the West, removing him from crown-related matters, and Genna is tied to the Freys; for all intents and purposes, the only Lannister still standing in somewhat stable ground is Martyn (son of Kevan) and he's just a kid. Also, the war against Robb Stark cost them much of their military strength, and the Lannisters' allies are either unreliable, alienated, or incompetent. Lady Barbrey Dustin refers to the Lannisters as a spent force.Jaime: I've lost a hand, a father, a son, a sister, and a lover, and soon enough I will lose a brother. And yet they keep telling me House Lannister has won this war.
- Realpolitik: Many of them play hard ball when it comes to political maneuvering. Pragmatism usually trumps over such things as ethical concerns or immediate personal feelings — unless they can rationalize it to themselves as something pragmatic, of course. Heck, Tywin can even contemplate burying the hatchet with the Martells and cozying up to the Tyrells in a bid to have fewer headaches to deal with. However, they tend to weight towards the Machiavelli Was Right school of thought — minus the "and be loved" bit. Fear, terror, and respect are where it's all at for practically all of them. Even the nicer ones.
- The Remnant: The original line of Lannisters descended from the First Men died out thousands of years ago and now only exists in the female line.
- Retcon: The first book explains that the Lannisters are of Andal descent but the expanded back story reveals an Andal married into the family and took the name when his father-in-law died.
- Rich Bastard: Though their territory isn't the largest, they control the gold mines that easily make them the richest family.Tyrion — "Rich as a Lannister". That is what they say.
- Rising Empire: After the fall of House Targaryen and the unstable reign of House Baratheon, the Lannisters seize control of the Seven Kingdoms. Tywin, Cersei, and Joffrey are dead-set on making this happen, dragging the rest of the family along with them.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Tywin's mass slaughter of the Reynes and Tarbecks, House Lannister's ruthless, almost indiscriminate sense of vengeance is well-known and feared throughout the realm. It's half the reason why they are so famous for paying their debts.
- The Scapegoat: The Lannisters had nothing to do with Jon Arynn's death but few believe that, especially since they're the ones who have seemingly benefited the most from his death.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Jaime and Tyrion get by on Tywin's and Cersei's reputation.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Aside from having married into the royal family, the Lannisters have also loaned huge amounts of money to the crown. That naturally gives them more power than most houses.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Tyrion, Jaime, Cersei, and even Kevan know Cersei's children have no real claim to the throne but still work actively to keep them in power.
- Single Line of Descent: The Lannisport Lannisters were set apart precisely to achieve a single line of descent to inherit Casterly Rock, so they have little to no claim on it unless they marry with the main line.
- True to form, there's a lot more sense to this side-lining than meets the eye. Sure, it limits competing claims; but, they're also insurance. Things like the Great Spring Sickness and overextention in plots happen, so having distant, possible, "in case of emergency, only", clearly-related, secondary 'heirs' to fall back onto is good.
- The Starscream: They've been biding their time to once again become the most powerful family in Westeros ever since they lost in the Targaryen conquest.
- The Reynes and Tarbecks were this to them.
- Stealth Pun: Since they're a family of lions, the Lannisters could be called a pride.
- Tangled Family Tree: The Lannisport Lannisters were created to simplify the convoluted inheritance chain of House Lannister. However, they have dozens of offshoots of their own, various petty nobles with last names starting with "Lan": Lannys, Lantells, Lansters, etc. are found in abundance in Lannisport.
- Theme Naming: Lots of male names beginning with "Ty-" or "Ti-"; the male names usually consist of two syllables ending on either "l" or "n". Most of them are nicknamed either "The Lion" or "The Golden"
- Names starting in "J" or "L" are incredibly common as well. To name a few: Jaime, Janei, Joanna, Joy, Jason; Lancel, Loreon, Lucion, Lyman, Lelia.
- Token Evil Teammate: For Robert Baratheon's reign. They joined his rebellion late in the game and sacked King's Landing on his behalf. Later, they become important fixtures in Robert's court, but Robert's other allies, namely the Starks and Arryns, were wary of them.
- The Unfettered: They tend to be remarkably ruthless in playing the Game of Thrones.
- Villain Protagonist: Jaime starts as pretty villainous and we occasionally get to journey along with him. Tyrion might be the White Sheep of the family, but he's still working for the good of House Lannister most of the time, which is hardly good for most of the realm — but, his point of view is usually quite sympathetic. And, Cersei... yeah, well. We get a lot of her story, some of it from her point of view, even. And, she'd be downright insulted to be considered a compassionate white hat.
- Villains Never Lie: While they are well-known for their deceitful ways, the main Lannister family often actually uses the truth about their enemies as weapons against them, especially Tyrion. Others may occasionally tend towards various levels of Half Truth. Yet, most of them go for Honesty Is the Best Policy: after all, (brutal) honesty and truth can be verified, as well as come across as a show of Refuge in Audacity at the same time.
- Virtue Is Weakness: Lannister values state that "honor" is an arbitrary set of laws that produces weakness to be exploited in others.
Lady Joanna Lannister
Daughter of Jason Lannister and his second wife Marla Prester. Was Tywin's cousin and wife and mother of Cersei, Jaime, and Tyrion. Died giving birth to her son Tyrion.
- All There in the Manual: Certain details about her are only found in The World of Ice And Fire.
- The Consigliere: She was Tywin's chief and most trusted advisor.
- Cynicism Catalyst: She was one of only two people Tywin ever smiled at (the other being his daughter Cersei) and it's noted that he was never the same after her death.
- Death by Childbirth: She died giving birth to Tyrion, something Tywin absolutely loathes him for.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Averted. While she sounds better than Tywin in every way, Jaime and Cersei are both quite messed up despite being old enough to remember her. In fact, Jaime and Cersei were both bitter at their mother for putting them in separate rooms after she caught them at their "experiment." Tyrion never really met her since she died delivering him, and thus doesn't reminisce about her at all.
- Disposable Woman: Is basically just a plot device with a uterus, existing solely to give birth and so that Tywin and Cersei have a reason to hate Tyrion.
- Dream Sequence: Jaime has a nightmare wherein he encounters his mother (implied to be her actual ghost) who laments the terrible state of her family after Tywin's death.
- Everyone Went to School Together: Spent some portion of her life at court in the company of Rhaella and Aerys Targaryen, the Princess of Dorne (mother of Doran, Elia, and Oberyn), and most likely others.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With the Princess of Dorne when they were the ladies-in-waiting of Princess Rhaella.
- The High Queen: Although not a queen (a powerful lady instead), she otherwise seemed to have fit the trope.
- Lady-in-Waiting: She served as one of Queen Rhaella's ladies for several years, although she was dismissed shortly after her wedding to Tywin, possibly because of the "liberties" Aerys took with her during the bedding ceremony. That, or there is some truth in the rumours about her under the The Mistress entry below.
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again: She had discovered Cersei and Jaime's "experiments" as children, and separated them in rooms on different ends of Casterly Rock. She told both of them never to do that again. She also never told Tywin about this.
- The Lost Lenore: To Tywin, as per his brother Kevan and sister Genna.
- Kick the Dog: She was the "dog" once. When she went to King's Landing to attend the anniversary tourney held to celebrate Aerys' tenth year on the throne, Aerys insulted Joanna by asking her if giving suck had ruined her breasts. Tywin, who was also present, was angered and tried to resign as Hand of the King the next day, but Aerys refused.
- Kissing Cousins: She was Tywin's first cousin.
- Missing Mom: Became this upon her death. In-universe (and out), some would wonder What Could Have Been if she had lived to have a say in her children's upbringing.
- The Mistress: There are rumours about Joanna having given her maidenhead to Prince Aerys the night of Jaehaerys's coronation, and having reigned shortly as Aerys's paramour after he ascended the throne himself. Grand Maester Pycelle insists these are only rumors, not truths. Then again, since this is Pycelle we're talking about...
- It should also be noted that Joanna and Tywin were wedded a year after Aerys was crowned (and Tywin appointed Hand of the King).
- Morality Chain: To Tywin. As noted by many characters, he became more ruthless after her death. The best part of Tywin died with her.
- Plot-Triggering Death: The Lannisters are the way they are in great part because Joanna died.
- Posthumous Character: Long dead by the time the series begins.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Was implied to be this. It's mentioned that Tywin ruled the Seven Kingdoms as Aerys's Hand, but was ruled at home by his lady wife.
- See the House Baratheon of Kings Landing page.
- See the The Kingsguard character page.
- See Tyrion Lannister
Ser Kevan Lannister, Regent and Protector of the Realm
Second child of Tytos Lannister and Jeyne Marbrand. Married to Dorna Swyft, with whom he had four children (Lancel, twins Willem and Martyn, and Janei). Tywin's younger brother and right-hand man for many years, Kevan has, by choice, mostly lived his life in Tywin's shadow. He is known to be stolid and reliable, as opposed to coming across as particularly villainous, and in later books is revealed to be a pretty decent man. At the start of the series, he and Tywin are the only two remaining sons of Tytos Lannister, their younger brothers Tygett and Gerion both having predeceased them. They also have a sister, Genna, who married Emmon Frey, second son of Lord Walder.
- Adult Fear: His son Willem is taken hostage and eventually murdered, which shakes him to the core.
- Alas, Poor Villain: His POV chapter make him more sympathetic and show him trying to hold the realm together. Then Varys cruelly kills him and throws the fact that he's dying and dragging the realm down with him in his face.
- Almighty Janitor: As a mere household knight, Kevan is lesser than a landed knight or a minor lord. As Tywin's dragon, however, he's one of the most powerful and influential men on the continent. And even on his own, years of service to a generous and rich brother has made him both very wealthy and given him the sort of connections that would let him be a serious thorn in anyone's side, if he felt like it.
- Badass Boast: He's not moved when Jaime advises caution if he encounters the Hound.Kevan: I was hanging outlaws and robber knights when you were still shitting in your swaddling clothes.
- Big Brother Worship: No one in the entire series saw as much good in Tywin as Kevan.Tyrion: (dumbfounded) ...You love him.
Kevan: He is my brother.
- Brutal Honesty: When it suits him. He outright tells Cersei she's a terrible ruler and an even worse mother, and he doesn't sugarcoat his conversations with Jaime, either. His POV shows him struggling to hide this trait while sitting in council with Mace Tyrell and Randyll Tarly, lest he piss either of them off.
- Cool Uncle: Seems to have a very good relationship with Tyrion. For example, kissing him on the cheeks and complimenting how bravely he fought at the Battle of the Blackwater.
- The Con Within A Con: Varys kills him with a crossbow partly to make it seem like Tyrion killed him like he did with Tywin, and making it seem like the fugitive dwarf is still at Westeros when he's actually half a world away.
- The Creon: Tyrion observes that he's too humble to ever take power of his own volition and is quite happy to do his brother's bidding. He realized early on he was a follower and could never match Tywin's leadership ability, but when he does get power thrust onto him and can't refuse it, he turns out to be quite competent in his own right.
- The Dragon: To Tywin, for most of his life. He's very comfortable in the role.
- Dragon Ascendant: After Tywin's death and Cersei's later disgrace he's made Lord Regent by Pycelle and Ser Harys Swyft.
- Dragon-in-Chief: As Regent to Tommen.
- The Easy Way or the Hard Way: When Cersei defies his wish for her to return to Casterly Rock (mainly to keep her from being a bad influence on Tommen), Kevan notes quite openly that despite not being a proper Lord, should she refuse him he's wealthy enough and has enough men loyal to him that he could make things very difficult for her if he so chose.
- Everyone Has Standards: Kevan has no problem ordering large scale pillage of the Riverlands. But he is horrified when Jofferey announces his intention to make Sansa kiss Robbs head in public.
- Foil: He represents everything that Cersei doesn't respect and doesn't have. Common sense, loyalty, reliability, prudence, the actual ability to rule, kindness, humility and understanding how power actually works.
- The Good Chancellor: When he takes over the Regency from Cersei, he immediately starts making progress towards fixing the mess she created. This does not end well for him.
- Happily Married: He adores his wife. The only reason why the reader never encounters Dorna is not because Kevan has shut her away, but because he believes that she would hate the Royal Court due to her quiet and sensitive nature, and so they've arranged for her to stay at home with their younger children. He has an incredibly valid point, since he died at court, and it's all to easy to picture a Stark-like situation happening had he brought his wife and kids.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tywin.
- Heroic BSoD: He's utterly devastated to learn that his son Willem has died, to the point that he's actually unable to function for several weeks and Tywin has to turn to Tyrion for counsel until Kevan finishes grieving.
- Irony: Upon Tywin's assassination, Kevan is summoned by Grand Maester Pycelle to become Lord Regent and Protector of the Realm for the child king Tommen I. This is a higher position than Tywin had ever accomplished for all his years of trouble and ambition. However, this power lasts Kevan about five minutes before Varys fills him with crossbow bolts.
- Karmic Death: Kevan accepts Tywin's atrocities because he believes they are done for the good of the family/realm. Varys kills Kevan "for the children".
- Knighting: He was knighted by his mentor, Ser Roger Reyne, after showing his worth on the battlefield during the War of the Ninepenny Kings.
- A Match Made in Stockholm: The World of Ice & Fire reveals that this is how he met Dorna. Ser Harys Swyft could not pay back what he owed to House Lannister when Tywin sent Kevan to collect the debts of the Westerlands lords, so he had to give him Dorna as a hostage. Kevan and Dorna ended up falling in love and getting married.
- Mentor Archetype: To make amends with House Reyne due to the ire at Genna's betrothed to the Freys, Tytos sent Kevan to Castamere to become Roger Reyne's squire; Reyne eventually knighted Kevan during the War of the Ninepenny Kings, though they found themselves in opposite sides when the Reynes and the Tarbecks rebelled against House Lannister.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: For all his decency shown in later books, Kevan doesn't object to his brother's command to Rape, Pillage, and Burn the Riverlands. "They will burn, my lord."
- Nice Guy: One of the few in House Lannister. So obviously, he doesn't last long.
- Nice to the Waiter: Nice to everybody, actually. Including Tyrion and other "undesirables". He actually shows surprise and concern when Tyrion suddenly shows up when everyone thought he was still Catelyn Stark's prisoner, while Tywin reacted as if he had just seen Tyrion an hour before. His last such act is to tell a boy who brought him a message to take shelter from the cold.
- Noble Top Enforcer: Deconstructed. He may come across as this when compared to the Mountain, Amory Lorch or Vargo Hoat, but the truth is that he's the one who carries Tywin's orders to Rape, Pillage, and Burn the Riverlands to those three monsters.
- Not So Above It All: To Cersei's surprise.
- What he sought on King's Landing was his deserved reward and he is right in challenge Cersei's capacity to rule. He had largely remained quiet due to Tywin's presence, but argued that his brother's intention had been always to send Cersei back to Casterly Rock. Cersei in response names Daven as Warden of the West just to spite him.
- He is certainly not happy when he finds out that Cersei slept with Lancel.
- Number Two: To Tywin, which is how he likes it.
- Only Sane Man: He's picked up most of Tywin's wisdom but is not as ruthless as his brother. He's also one of the first people to call Cersei on her idiocy, demanding she give up her regency for the good of the realm. In A Dance with Dragons Varys invokes this trope, killing him because he is the only man left who can keep the Lannister regime from collapsing.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Several members of the Lannister family note his cold demeanor in AFFC when he realises just how much Tywin's offspring (and his own son) have screwed everything up.
- Outliving One's Offspring: He is devastated after he learns of his son Willem's death at the hands of Rickard Karstark and his men.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Instead of trying to compete with Tywin like Tygett did, Kevan embraced a subservient role towards his older brother.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He's not a bad guy at heart, but he has a job to do, and if Tywin says jump, he jumps.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Kevan is a decent ruler and leader, who takes into account the problems of the realm and is more of a people person than his brother.
- The Reliable One: Tywin's best source of counsel.
- The Snark Knight: Cersei found this out the hard way. He pulled her up quite sharply and effectively on a number of her screw-ups, thanks. And, disabused her of the notion that he was blind to the whole incest thing quite backhandedly, if fairly politely.
- The Squire: In his youth, he squired for Lord Roger Reyne, the Red Lion of Castamere.
- That Wasn't a Request: Cersei tells him that it's his responsibility to the realm to take up Tywin's post as Hand, and Kevan, though tired of war and politicking says he will...but he'll also be Regent and send Cersei back to Casterly Rock.
- Token Good Teammate: Deconstructed. His claim to good would be keeping his hands clean of the atrocities carried out by the Mountain, Amory Lorch and the Bloody Mummers, but only because he communicated Tywin's orders of Rape, Pillage, and Burn the Riverlands instead of carrying them out himself.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Kevan just wants peace for the realm and for House Lannister to remain stable. After Tywin dies, Kevan is shown to take less extreme actions.
- Yes-Man: Subverted. Cersei thought he qualified because he followed his older brother, and believed she could easily push him around. To her surprise, it turned out that he followed Tywin because he thought Tywin was right most of the time, and was much more vocally critical towards Cersei. Averted in regards to Tyrion, like his sister Genna he fully understands that Tywin is wrong in his opinions of Tyrion and outright complimented him for his actions in the Battle of the Blackwater.
Dorna Lannister (neé Swyft)
The daughter of Ser Harys Swyft, wife of Kevan and mother of Lancel, Martyn, Willem, and Janei. By Kevan's description of her she's the incarnation of Acceptable Feminine Goals and Traits.
- A Match Made in Stockholm: The World of Ice & Fire reveals that is how Dorna met Kevan. Ser Harys Swyft could not pay back what he owed to House Lannister when Tywin sent Kevan to collect the debts of the Westerlands lords, so he had to give him Dorna as a hostage. Kevan and Dorna ended up falling in love and getting married.
- The Ghost: She never appears in the series because she stays at home and would be out of place in King's Landing.
- Innocent Flower Girl: Kevan mentions she loves flowers and that she would be miserable in the Deadly Decadent Court of King's Landing.
- Proper Lady: She's the ideal Westerosi wife.
- Widow Woman: She's not aware of it yet, but her husband Kevan has been murdered by Varys.
Ser/Lord Lancel Lannister
- See the Faith Militant character page.
Second son of Kevan Lannister and Dorna Swyft, and twin to Martyn. A squire in host commanded by Jaime Lannister.
- Arranged Marriage: Averted. Gawen Westerling tried to arrange a marriage between Willem — or Martyn — to Jeyne Westerling. Kevan refused because of Jeyne's mother lineage being nothing more than upjumped merchants.
- Child Soldier: As you'd expect from a Squire. And, most noble children. But... especially a Lannister one (it's not like they get a lot of choice). Unfortunately, a high risk of death is part of the package.
- Revenge by Proxy: Rickard Karstark kills him in his cell after Catelyn releases the Kingslayer for being the only Lannister nearby.
- I Have Your Wife: Captured in the Whispering Wood and taken hostage to Riverrun along with his cousin Tion Frey.
- The Squire: The first step in becoming a proper knight. It gets him killed.
Third son of Kevan Lannister and Dorna Swyft, and twin to Willem. A squire in host commanded by Stafford Lannister.
- Arranged Marriage: Averted. Gawen Westerling tried to arrange a marriage between Martyn — or Willem — to Jeyne Westerling. Kevan refused because of Jeyne's mother lineage being nothing more than upjumped merchants.
- The trope might end up being played straight with him, as after his brother Lancel left his wife to join the Warrior's Sons, there was talk of having Martyn marry her and become the new Lord of Darry.
- I Have Your Wife: Captured at the Battle of Oxcross.
- Prisoner Exchange: Released by Rolph Spicer at Golden Tooth in exchange for the liberation of Robett Glover at Duskendale.
- Unexpected Successor: After ADWD, he is one of the few Lannisters that remains who has both feet on the ground and a legitimate claim aside from his cousin-once-removed Daven. Problem is, he's just a kid.
Ser Tygett Lannister
Fourth child of Tytos Lannister and Jeyne Marbrand. Was married to Darlessa Marbrand, with whom he had a son, Tyrek. He strived to escape his older brother's shadow by proving himself as a warrior, but never succeeded at surpassing him. Nevertheless, Tygett had a good relationship with his nephews Jaime and Tyrion. He died of a pox sometime before the events of the series.
- Always Someone Better: He lived his whole life in Tywin's shadow, but was never able to surpass him in any respect. Their sister Genna notes that this "just made him angrier as the years went on."
- Blood Knight: Gives off vibes of this, even though we've, obviously, never seen it in action. When people compare Jaime to him, this is usually the trope they are getting at.
- Child Soldier: He was only ten years old when he fought in his first battle during the War of the Ninepenny Kings, slaying four men during the war, including a knight of the Golden Company. A year later he was part of Tywin's campaign against the Reynes and Tarbecks.
- Cool Uncle: Tyrion has fond memories of Tygett, recalling that he was always nice to him.
- Knight In Sour Armor: Due to resenting living in Tywin's shadow.
- Master Swordsman: His sister, Genna, tells Jaime "you fight like Tyg", Jaime being widely regarded as the greatest swordsman in the world.
- Passed-Over Promotion: Tywin recommended him as the new master-at-arms for the Red Keep, but King Aerys, at this point jealous of Tywin's success as Hand, ignored his suggestion and appointed Ser Willem Darry instead.
- Posthumous Character: Died several years before the series began.
- Sibling Rivalry: Again, with Tywin.
Only child of Tygett Lannister and Darlessa Marbrand, he serves as a squire to King Robert Baratheon alongside his cousin Lancel.
- Arranged Marriage: To Ermesande Hayford, who is only a baby but is the last member of House Hayford, which gives the Lannisters a claim to her houses lands. (No, there's no consummation, thank the gods. Though Tyrek does have to live with being called "Wet Nurse.")
- In-Series Nickname: Other squires mock him as "Wet Nurse" for his marriage to Ermesande Hayford.
- Never Found the Body: He was last seen during the riot in King's Landing, but unlike the other victims of the rioters, his body was never found, and the only trace of him was his riderless horse. Instantly Lady Ermesande became the woman who was widowed before she was weaned.
- Regal Ringlets: Has long golden curls in his hair.
- The Squire: The other Lannister cousin who serves as Robert's squire.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In-Universe and out. The other characters comment several times about how odd it is that his body never turned up, since the other victims of the riot were left where they were killed. The gold cloaks spend two books searching for him, and Ser Addam Marbrand wonders if he might be being held hostage, but dismisses the idea when no demands are made. Jaime at first thinks Tyrek is dead, reasoning that when Tyrek's killers realised who he was, they probably dumped him in the river to keep anyone from finding out, but later ponders if Varys might have something to do with his disappearance, since he didn't accompany the royal party that day, never warned anyone about the possibility of the riot even though he would have surely heard something through his spies, and that it would be easy for him to have arranged a riot to snatch a Lannister for some unknown purpose. The Fandom is similarly stumped because one fate has means but no motive, the other motive but no means. The reveal that Varys is supporting the Golden Company might mean that he is planning to use Tyrek to help "Aegon" gain control of Casterly Rock. Also Tyrek may be a witness to how Robert's bastards looked like him, but his "children" don't, which would further discredit the Lannister regime.
Youngest child and fourth son of Tytos Lannister and Jeyne Marbrand. Had a bastard daughter, Joy Hill, by a woman named Briony. He rejected the game his brothers Kevan and Tygett played with comparing themselves to Tywin. Gerion was known for his laughter and daring attitude. Like his brothers Kevan and Tygett, he loved and appreciated the worth of his nephew Tyrion. He disappeared on a journey to the ruins of Valyria to recover the Lannister ancient Valyrian-steel sword Brightroar.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Likely served this role for Tywin.
- Black Sheep: Of the offspring of Lord Tytos. He was witty, yet he was neither politically savvy nor warlike.
- Cool Uncle: Tyrion and Jaime's favorite uncle.
- Foil: The kids' more adventurous, youngest uncle that disappeared but might as well be alive for all we know? Hello again, Benjen Stark!
- Generation Xerox: Of all his siblings, he appears to be the one who had most in common with their father, Tytos, being a generally kind and happy man, who was quick to laugh and had a gift for making others laugh.
- Never Found the Body: Well, not that looking on another continent with a blighted crater of doom would be at all easy...
- Nice Guy: He somewhat doted on Tyrion. One of his nephew's favorite memories of him is Gerion placing Tyrion on a table and asking him to recite the Wonders of the World, then honestly praising his intelligence.
- Parental Substitute: Judging from Tyrion's memory of his uncle, Gerion seems to have been more of a father to him than Tywin.
- Posthumous Character: Officially dead for a good decade and no one knows what happened to him after sailing to Valyria, though it's fair to point out that he did sail to a literal Hell on Earth and that is about as close to dead as anyone can measure in the world of ASOIAF.
- Plucky Comic Relief: He was this among his family. Impressive, given his eldest brother's extreme hatred of jokes and laughter. Genna says that he realized early that he didn't have the military acumen or ruthlessness of his brothers, and so chose to take things easier. His constant joking was part of it, as Genna says he thought it "better to mock the game than play and lose."
- The Smart Guy: Maybe a touch Too Clever by Half, too. He could have done with a touch more preparation (and, human psychology) when trying to pull a Walk into Mordor.
- Walk into Mordor: Attempted but failed.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The last news of him while alive was of a desperate man trying to buy slaves in Volantis to replace half of his crew, who abandoned him when he prepared to sail through the Smoking Sea. Gerion was never heard from again.
Gerion's bastard daughter, her mother being a woman named Briony. She's eleven years old.
- Arranged Marriage: Tywin arranges for her to marry a natural son of Lord Walder as part of their alliance in exchange for the betrayal of Robb Stark. However, Tywin also promised Joy to marry Ser Raynald Westerling as par of his deal with Sybell Spicer.
- That might actually be a misunderstanding. Spicer said that Tywin promised her son would have joy in his marriage and Jaime assumed she was referring to Joy Hill. Tywin is dead by then so is not available to clear things up.
- The Ghost: She is mentioned a few times, but hasn't been seen yet.
- Nice Girl: According to Jaime.
- Shrinking Violet: Due to her father's disappearance.
- The Unfavorite: Apparently she was the apple of her father's eye, but her uncle Tywin has a simmering dislike for her. Well, at least it's a few steps above the complete loathing he has for Tyrion. This is not for any deformity or any personal failing on her part, but because she is an acknowledged bastard in the most powerful and respected family in the Seven Kingdoms that, under Tywin, usually doesn't acknowledge any by-blows (but, her father did it, anyway). She is certainly sheltered, educated and cared for (because to do otherwise would also be shameful), but she is also never allowed to forget that she doesn't "really" belong as part of her family; in a sense, her situation is very similar to that of Jon Snow's.
Ser Stafford Lannister
Oldest son of Jason Lannister and Marla Prester. Brother of Joanna Lannister and uncle to Cersei, Jaime, and Tyrion. Married Myranda Lefford, with whom he had a son, Daven, and two daughters, Cerenna and Myrielle. During the War of the Five Kings he was tasked with raising a third Lannister force at the village of Oxcross, near Lannisport.
- And Show It to You: After his death at Oxcross, rumours abound that Robb Stark had his heart cut out and fed it to his direwolf. Catelyn Stark dismisses the tale as Lannister propoganda.
- General Failure: His failure to set up sentries around his camp allowed his army to be taken completely unaware and get routed. This is apparently a running theme with him, as Jaime says that Cersei's nickname for Stafford was "Uncle Dolt."
- The Ghost: He is frequently mentioned, but dies before being seen.
- I Have Your Wife: He was the wife, one of three Lannister hostages that Lady Ellyn Tarbeck seized after Tywin imprisoned her husband for refusing to pay his debts to Casterly Rock. Tywin wanted to send Lord Walderan Tarbeck back to his wife in three pieces in retaliation, but his father Tytos, Stafford's uncle chose to negotiate an exchange.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Lord Rickard Karstark at the Battle of Oxcross while trying to reach his horse.
Ser Daven Lannister, the Warden of the West
Oldest child and only son of Stafford Lannister and his wife Myranda Lefford; cousin to Tywin, Kevan and Genna and cousin once removed to Cersei, Jaime and Tyrion. Much more competent than his father. He took command of his father's remaining forces and later laid siege to Riverrun. After Tywin Lannister's death, he is named Warden of the West.
- Arranged Marriage: To one of Walder Frey's daughters. He is rather annoyed, since Tywin set it up without even consulting him. He still plans to go ahead with the wedding, given that he doesn't want to end up like Robb Stark.
- Badass Beard: Has a huge beard that makes him look like a lion, which he swore not to shave until he avenged his father's death, but that was denied to him after Robb Stark executed Rickard Karstark for treason. He decided he liked it and kept it.
- Badass Cape: Wears a fox-fur cloak.
- Bling of War: Wears a suit of gilded ringmail.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Comes across like this when we meet him; he spends part of his time yelling and drinking.Daven: You a Piper, boy? You have a runty look to you.
Lewys: I'm Lewys Piper, if it please my lord.
Daven: I beat your brother bloody in a melee once. The runty little fool took offense when I asked him if that was his sister dancing naked on his shield.
Lewys: She's the sigil of our House. We don't have a sister.
Daven: More's the pity. Your sigil has nice teats. What sort of man hides behind a naked woman, though? Every time I thumped your brother's shield, I felt unchivalrous.
- Brutal Honesty: Frequently insults his idiotic allies to their faces and actively wishes for the death of some of the Freys serving with him.
- Childhood Friend: With Jaime. Notable for their interactions being one of the only times the reader gets to see Jaime let his guard down completely and just be Jaime, not "The Kingslayer" or "The Lord Commander of The Kingsguard" or even a knight; just a guy.
- Deadpan Snarker: Like most Lannisters.
- Foil: To Robert Baratheon. An affable, boisterous man of a warrior that drinks a lot, swears a lot, doesn't care much for politics and is decidedly different from his family. Had Robert met him in his own glory days, they would have been drinking buddies. Other than that, Daven is actually loved by his family; the Baratheons didn't care much for each other.
- Hot-Blooded: Does have a rather fulsome character, yes.
- Large Ham: Should he start climbing mountains, you could nickname him "Blond BRIAN BLESSED" quite easily.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: A proven battle commander unlike Dad.
- Misblamed: He finds out that his cousin Kevan is not happy at him for being named Warden of the West. Daven tells him he doesn't even want the job and if he had a say in the matter he would give it away. Kevan leaves, but remains cold towards Daven.
- The Reliable One: Up until Jaime's arrival, Daven was practically the highest authority on the Riverlands, though he acted mainly as the middleman between the Crown, the Freys and the Riverlords alongside Lady Genna. He's practically the whole reason they're all not killing each other, though the Freys are at an odds end when Jaime reveals that the POWs will be transported to King's Landing, leaving them with their asses on the air.
- Spiteful Spit: Does one when Jaime mentions Vargo Hoat and reveals that Hoat was the one who cut off his hand.
- Surrounded by Idiots: When besieging Riverrun, he has to contend with multiple incompetent Freys.
- Troll: He has a blast trolling Jaime's squires... and, just loves baiting Freys. Nice to see the smart mouth is not just restricted to the main House.
- Unexpected Successor:
- Despite being a cousin far down the line of succession, Daven is appointed Warden of the West by Cersei after Tywin is killed. He thinks it should have gone to Kevan, but accepted the position out of duty. This becomes a moot point later when Kevan himself dies.
- Until Tyrion returns to Westeros (if he ever does so), Daven might have to assume the role of Lord of Casterly Rock too, because there's just no one else.
Captain VylarrVylarr is the captain of the Lannister guards stationed at King's Landing early on in the War of the Five Kings.
- Aerith and Bob: Has a Valyrian name despite being from the Westerlands.
- Everyone Has Standards: He isn't executed by Edmure, implying he didn't assist Tyrion's sleeper agents in breaking Sacred Hospitality.
- Just Following Orders: His justification to Tyrion for leaving the heads of the Stark household on display- Joffrey told him to do it.
- Pet the Dog: Despite being Tywin's man through and through, he does show some concern for Tyrion's safety when he dismisses him and his guard.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Never seen doing anything particularly cruel or malicious outside of his orders.
- Spear Carrier: Mostly exists to give exposition to Tyrion about how Cersei's running the city.
- The Stoic: He remains unbeturbed by Tyrion's order to take all of his men to Riverrun. Even Tyrion's Implied Death Threat doesn't provoke much of a reaction from him.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His subplot about rescuing Jaime ultimatley goes nowhere and ends in his capture; we never hear from him again. The appendix lists him as alive, however, and it mentions he's back in Casterly Rock by the start of A Feast For Crows, although the details of his release are never given.
- Undying Loyalty: To Tywin and Casterly Rock.
Red LesterLester is a guard sworn to House Lannister.
- Nice Guy: Offers his condolences to Cersei over her father's death, and believes that Tyrion will Face Death with Dignity.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: The Noble male to Lum's rogue.
- Recurring Extra: Has only two small scenes to his name. (Oddly enough, despite his insignificance, Cersei Lannister knows him by name)
- Villain Respect: Says Tyrion will go out bravely.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Lum.
LumLum is a guard sworn to House Lannister.
- The Ghost: Unlike Lester, who makes a fleeting appearance in A Feast For Crows, Lum is only ever heard by Tyrion.
- Jerkass: Constantly slags off Tyrion.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: The rogue to Lester's noble.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Subverted. Tyrion thinks to himself that if he's discovered, he'll take at least one of the guards to hell with him- if he has the choice, Lum. Luckily for Lum, he never needs to.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Claims Tyrion will "weep like a woman" when dragged to the executioner's block.
- Punch-Clock Villain: His most heinous act is shittalking Tyrion, who is- as far as he knows- a kinslayer and a murderer.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Lester.
House Lannister of Lannisport
A Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Myrcella Baratheon when the princess went to Dorne. A distant cousin to the main Lannister line, Rosamund is about two years older than the Princess.
- Bit Character: Aside from her name and presence, she's just there to function as a decoy. She has no spoken lines in the books.
- Distinguishing Mark: She has straight hair, unlike Myrcella.
- Doppelgänger: Chosen by Tyrion to accompany Myrcella to Dorne because they look very much alike in order to protect the princess.
- Identity Impersonator: Arianne Martell does try to pass off Rosamund as Myrcella in order to storm the princess away.
- Playing Sick: Arianne dresses her up like Myrcella and convinces everyone that she has redspots so that they keep away from her.
- Prince and Pauper: She has overtones of this, although she is not quite a pauper because belongs to the nobility; still, she is several berths below Myrcella.
- Princess Classic: Invoked and subverted. Myrcella argues that she and Rosamund have switched places numerous times in the past as a game; this implies that she knows how to dress and act like Myrcella in princess regalia, in spite of not being a princess herself.
- Princess for a Day: She has passed off as Myrcella numerous times.
- Regal Ringlets: Subverted. Her hair is straight, unlike Myrcella.
- Swapped Roles: This is the entire purpose of her presence at Dorne in order to protect the princess.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: She can easily pass herself off as Myrcella. Given they are cousins on both sides of Myrcella's turned-on-itself family tree and that they are just about the same age, this is hardly surprising.