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A Man of Iron is a Fusion Fic crossover between A Song of Ice and Fire and Iron Man, reimagining Tony Stark and other Marvel Comics characters as part of Westeros and Essos. It is written by Mr Chaos and can be found here. It is now complete.

Antony 'Tony' Stark is the arrogant cousin of Ned Stark whose made his fortune crafting fine weapons for the lords of Westeros. Tony leads a joyful life, doing as he pleases and leaving the politics of the realm to others. But when violent attack nearly ends his life, Tony decides to take action and creates a hero for the people to rally around... a knight known as Iron Man.

Book 2, A Crack of Thunder, can be found here. The series is now under the banner of A Song of Metal and Marvels.

While book 2 hasn't been completed yet Book 3 has been announced under the title A Shield of Man.

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  • 0% Approval Rating: Joffrey's was bad in canon, but, as Tyrion points out, the fact that he was the public, direct cause of Sansa Stark's death only makes it worse.
  • Accidental Truth: In Chapter 12 of Book 2, Mystique, disguised as Jaime, claims that he had to kill a guard to escape, and says that "he" thinks it was a Karstark. When Ned visited Jaime's cage in Chapter 8, he noted that one of the Karstarks was guarding it. Note that Mystique hasn't been to the Northern camp yet.
  • The Ace: If Oberyn Martell's words are right, his daughter Natasha Martell.
  • Action Dress Rip: During the Ironborn assault on their wedding tournament, Natasha rips off the bottom of her dress in order to more efficiently fight alongside Jon.
  • Actor Allusion: Ned thinks Walder Frey looks like a caretaker who would screech at naughty children wandering after curfew. In the series, the character was played by David Bradley, who previously played Argus Filch.
  • Actually, That's My Assistant: Thor refuses to believe Stannis is King rather than Jane, because she was the only one brave enough to not cower when he fell on Dragonstone.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Brienne's non-Hulk form is a beautiful girl.
  • Adaptational Badass: Daenerys is a mutant who can manipulate fire.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Going against all expectations from when they were introduced, Obadiah Stane is not the one who arranged Tony's kidnapping, and is fully loyal to him, ending up killed by the story's own version of Iron Monger, Gregor Clegane.
    • Also Theon upon learning of Renly's alliance with Vanko and Asha chooses to refuse their efforts to recruit him, declaring his loyalty to Winterfell
    • All the Gods seem to have gotten nicer in the original versions of their stories, which Thor shares. For example, the story of how the Drowned God was cast into the sea was actually heavily modified version of a story where one of Thor's friends was thrown into a lake for trying to hit on Sif. The name "Drowned God," was a reference to that event.
  • Adaptational Name Change:
    • Mr. Chaos was quite incensed by the show's revelation that Jon's real name was Aegon, so he changed it to Jaehaerys.
    • As a minor example, there's Daenerys naming her black dragon Drogan instead of Drogon, in order to honor both Drogo and Logan.
    • The War of the Five Kings is instead the War of the Five Crowns, since while Balon Greyjoy hasn't made a move yet, a fifth contender has (albeit inadvertently) come forward in the form of Jane Seaworth, whom Thor declares a Queen.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Asha Greyjoy, who was a Noble Demon in the books, becomes one of the Big Bads along with her lover, Vanko.
    • Renly Baratheon was the one who sent the bandits after Tony. Furthermore he is working with Vanko and the Ironborn to plot directly against the Starks in book 2, as he has been fused with Justin Hammer.
  • Adaptational Wimp: The Iron Monger armor is just incredibly tough, without any of the character's other powers. The author actually had to put in a note specifying this when readers kept assuming it was the whole thing. As a side note, even though it's just incredibly tough armor, The Mountain is the one wearing it and he is a virtual juggernaut, so it's not as if it's significantly less threatening.
    • Logan, since he hasn't demonstrated any of his powers from the comics, and his claws are simply steel blades attached to metal bars that he uses as a weapon, rather than actually being part of him. Averted as of chapter 32. Not only does he single-handedly capture Jhaqo, but he also walks into Daenerys' bonfire, triggering his mutation (which heals his burned-to-the-bones body) and fusing his steel blades to his bone claws.
    • Bruce of Tarth, the equivalent of Bruce Banner, cured his cousin Brienne's chronic illness by turning her into She-Hulk, but with no mention of him also getting the power.
      • Averted. When Brienne mentions how Bruce healed her, he mentions having gone to Valyria (where he discovered why the Doom happened) and transforms into the Hulk when a Septon tries to stop him from healing her.
  • Adult Fear: This is Westeros, folks, what did you expect?
    • Tony's kidnapping. It was commanded, but the bandits love killing and torture so much they would have done it for free. And they have with them some poor highborn girl, whose father sold her to them because he didn't want to be bothered with properly chasing and punishing the scum.
    • Samwell would have known a very bad time at the Wall for being fat, cowardly and "soft" if Jeor Mormont didn't give him as a squire to Tyrion.
    • When Tywin asks Tony to bring him his new ward Jon, Tony knows the boy will become a hostage to dangle in front of the Starks yet see no way to refuse his liege lord without endangering his home.
    • Ned has to watch his eldest daughter die in front of him, and he can't even bring her body back home in Winterfell.
    • Cat feared that Robb would grow up arrogant and entitled due to being a first heir, and would grow up to be a poor lord as she has found other firstborn lords have been prone to do.
    • As of chapter 32 of the sequel, Ned and Cat have only one child who can carry on the family name. Sansa died (as far as they know), Arya is missing, Bran is crippled, and Rickon was sucked into a portal. Robb is the only one left who is intact.
  • Aerith and Bob: Fully averted, as the author always changes the Marvel characters' names to something more fitting to the Westeros fashion (and curses Martin for not just making complete fantasy names like Tolkien did). Though it's oddly averted with the story's version of Jane Foster, who doesn't have the Westeros version "Jeyne."
  • Agent Scully: Jane Seaworth is an enlightened lady and as such perfectly knows that White Walkers were actually a primitive wildling tribe feared for their fierceness. Oh, Jane, you sweet summer child...
    • Downplayed with Tyrion who, at first, refuses to believe Sansa Stark truly resurrected. The lady doesn't look like the poor girl, and people generally stay dead south of the Wall...
    • Also downplayed with Tywin, who initially dismissed the rumors that "a great warrior claiming to be one of the Seven had fallen from the sky and crowned Davos Seaworth's daughter queen", but since they kept surfacing and were consistent, he decided that there may be some truth behind them. Though he thinks the truth is that it's a story spread by Stannis, who's planning on replacing his wife with Jane, and is spreading it to get the smallfolk on his side. To be fair, the Seven usually don't fall from the sky and declare the daughter of a smuggler turned knight to be queen.
    • Robb shrugs off Jojen's claims of being a greenseer, since by the time they meet everyone and their aunt is claiming to have powers of some kind, in hopes of being the next hero like Iron Man.
    • Jaime continues to be very skeptical of all the Marvel characters, having managed to miss all their big moments.
  • The Alcatraz: The dungeons of Winterfell are contained in a tower, with the cells (except for the Gilded Cages meant for highborns, which are in the upper levels) all underground. More to the point, the only way in or out of tower is hidden at the top, and the door is barred and guarded on both sides at all times, the guards only letting people pass if they have the correct passwords (which are known only to them and whoever is serving as the Stark in Winterfell at the time).
    • Also, the dungeons of Casterly Rock. They are deep within the Rock, there are no windows in the corridors, walls are featureless and all the doors look exactly the same, including those leading outside. And the mealtimes and guard shifts are irregular to further confuse prisoners.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: Diverging from A Game of Thrones almost immediately, when Tony arrives at Winterfell around the same time as Robert.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Winterfell is invaded by an army of Ironborn leaded by Asha Grejoy, all of them carrying sunstone-enhanced swords that crackle with electricity in a smilar way to Vanko's whips. Overwhelmed, the defenders are forced to flee.
  • Amazon Chaser: If his initial reaction is any hint, Jon's got it bad for Natasha Martell.
  • Ambiguously Human: There are little things hinting at this with the Starks - such as their inability to get drunk or Mystique's interest in Arya.
  • An Arm and a Leg: After Joffrey causes Sansa's death, Iron Man attempts to blast him. Cersei's fast acting allows him to get by losing just part of an earlobe and getting his face sandblasted. Cersei, in the meantime, loses her left hand.
  • An Axe to Grind: Pepper takes an axe to Tony's workshop's door after he spends more than two weeks pretty much holed inside, and is all too willing to use it on Oberyn Martell when she thinks he wants to take Jon away to marry Arianne Martell.
  • Ancestral Weapon: In addition to the various canon examples such as Ice:
    • Tony has given Jon a Valyrian steel sword he forged, known as Shadowfang, specifically so it could become Iron Pointe's ancestral weapon. To make it even cooler, it has a sunstone built into the hilt.
    • House Bracken has a high-quality steel sword called Hate Eternal, named for when House Bracken swore vengeance on the Blackwoods, where the head of House Bracken at the time lifted the sword and declared "Our Hate shall be Eternal". After Asha kills Lord Bracken, Theon takes up the blade.
  • And I Must Scream: Going by Tyrion's nightmares and Bran's visions, the real Sansa is suffering this.
  • Animal Eye Spy: The Night's Queen takes Varys' metaphor of calling his spies "little birds" quite literally, killing and reanimating birds so she can keep tabs on everyone.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: The Sunstones that Tony uses to power his Iron Man technology. Later, Ivan Vanko uses them to power his electric whips.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Multiple characters express their disbelief of some of the most extraordinary events that have been happening, even as other equally extraordinary events are proved true.
  • Arc Words: For A Crack of Thunder, the riddle of the king, the rich man, the priest and the sellsword. Every character has a different answer to who dies, reflecting their life philosophy. Tony says that they're all just symbols, and those symbols have power. The Night's Queen quips that they all die, because no one thought the disregarded whore in the room with them (a role that does not exist in other versions) was dangerous. Natasha states none of them truly live, because they've allowed themselves to be trapped in the game of thrones. Vanko states that it does not matter which two the sellsword kills, because ultimately they all die. Doom believes that you can only survive if you take on all three roles. And Magneto, naturally, says the one who lives is the one who doesn't need sellswords to kill for them...right before he slaughters the Bloody Mummers.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: From Chapter 7 of A Crack of Thunder:
    Thor: You are a good man, Lord Stannis... a commander of men. You would rather though be with them, to lead them on the field than to sit on the Iron Throne. You would be miserable as king and as such would be a terrible one. So why do you wish to be king when you don't want it in your heart?
    • From Chapter 8 of A Crack of Thunder, after Ned tells Jaime that Cersei has slept with their cousin Lancel and insinuated herself to him:
    Ned Stark: Come now... you've said it yourself that I am too dull to lie. What is more likely? That I finally find the ability to spin tales... or that your sister is the whore she truly is?
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Tyrion gives his canon slap to Joffrey because of the cowpie riot. This time, it is so hard Joffrey's head snaps to a side.
  • Arranged Marriage: By the par with the setting, of course.
    • Robb's betrothal to a Frey girl is still on the rails, as Ned decided to honour the agreement. Walder Frey is outright ecstatic about it as he never thought the Starks would keep their word.
    • Oberyn Martell decided to honour a wedding pact between his father and Tony's by introducing his eldest (legitimized) daughter Natasha as a bride for Jon.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • A servant lying to get a prince in trouble, knowing the king will brutally beat him? Not cool. Jane Seaworth lying to get Joffrey in trouble for bullying Shireen? Awesome.
    • Ramsay is tortured to death by Asha Greyjoy and Ivan Vanko in A Crack of Thunder. Pretty gruesome to read, but Gods, does he deserve it.
    • As far as Thor is considered, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen got what he deserved at the Trident—not because he eloped with Lyanna, but because his crazed belief in what turned out to be a false prophecy led him to abandon his wife and two children simply because Elia couldn't give him a third child.
    • Sansa's attempted rapists during the King's Landing riot get it even worse than in canon, with the Night Queen gruesomely ripping them to pieces.
    • While at Harrenhal, Mystique impersonates the Tickler and drunkenly insults Tywin, knowing that he'll be executed for it. Given he's the local Torture Technician, no one's shedding any tears for him.
  • At Least I Admit It: Gregor does not attempt to sugarcoat the fact that he's a sadistic brute whose sole purpose is to cause death and destruction everywhere he goes. He often gets annoyed when people assume that he enjoys fighting when, in reality, it's killing that brings him to the height of ecstasy.
  • Author Filibuster: There are quite a few instances of one character breaking into a long lecture on everything another character has and is doing wrong, all while the second character apparently just stands there and takes it (though sometimes they admittedly throw a decidedly feebler return lecture back once the first one has finished). Catelyn is a prime example of this trope, with Jaime and Cersei coming a close second. These read a lot like things the author wanted to yell at those characters at certain parts of the books.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Although it involves no crown, the proclamation of Ned Stark as King In The North is made of pure awesomeness.
  • Ax-Crazy: You thought Gregor was bad in canon, he's even worse as Iron Monger.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • Book 2, Chapter 12 at first seems to show Jaime escaping from the Starks and returning to his father. It plays on Tywin suspicious but convinced when Jaime refuses to leave the Kingsguard. But then we see Jaime's aides are "Petyr" and "Kat" and thus "Jaime" is really Mystique.
    • While bemoaning about the duties of being King in the North, Ned asks Catelyn how Robert could manage it all so easily. When Cat gently reminds him that Robert didn't manage it and was a terrible king, Ned tells her he didn't mean how Robert managed to rule the kingdom, but how he was able to not care about being a good king or the smallfolk that relied on him while he (Ned) can't think about anything else except being a good king.
    • In Book 2, Chapter 25, after a hidden Varys witnessed Not-Sansa/The Night's Queen brutally slaughtering her would be rapists, she said "come out, I know you're there". Varys almost dies of terror fearing he has been caught, before it turns out she was talking to Sandor Clegane.
  • Back from the Dead: In the final chapter of the first book, Sansa springs up from her tomb as the Night's Queen.
  • Badass Bystander: During the Ironborn assault on Jon and Natasha's wedding tournament, several of the merchants who flocked to the celebrations join in the defenses.
  • Bad Boss: Gregor kills one of his own men because he talked to him in a jovial manner.
    • After learning of the fight between Ned and Jaime, Tywin demands that the Lannister soldier who stabbed Ned have his hands cut off, then his head cut off, and finally his head will be put on his spear and delivered to his heir.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Meta example. Readers were begging for Sansa to be resurrected as Dark Phoenix. Mr. Chaos responded by resurrecting Sansa in the final chapter... as the Night's Queen! The post-chapter author's note shamelessly lampshades this.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Ned honoring Robb's marriage pact with one of Walder Frey's daughters causes the other man to immediately pledge loyalty, as Ned's the first lord to ever treat the Freys with respect.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Asgardians have been visiting Westeros and Essos in mortal disguises and influencing events for centuries.
  • Belief Makes You Stupid: While discussing religions with Theon, Brienne remembers how her life became even more hellish when a fanatical septon convinced her father she being sickly was the gods' will and as such she was left to suffer. People trying to help her or even alleviate her pain were outright dismissed as a consequence.
  • Beneath Suspicion: The Night's Queen relishes in the fact that everyone thinks she's too simple-minded and innocent to be a threat.
    • Ironically, this gets turned around on her. Bronn immediately pegs her as not only extremely dangerous, but most likely not human, while Sam comes to the conclusion that she is either a) a wicked, but human, fake, or b) something evil that has taken over Sansa. The Night's Queen doesn't think either would view her as a threat, assuming she even knows Sam exists. And while Tyrion may not admit that she might be supernatural, he is quite certain she's a threat.
    • While standing guard over Sansa's body Sandor muses how nobles always completely overlook servants, leaving them completely unaware just how much servants see/know about their masters.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Tony's hatred of the word "bastard", as well as the different surnames given to them, leading him to insist on calling his ward Jon Stark. Which is enough to make Catelyn furious to learn from Tyrion that he has been given the Stark name.
    • Don't insult Jane when Thor is around. It won't end well for you.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • Logan towards Daenerys, as he's sworn to protect her. She explicitly thinks of him as a older brother telling bawdy jokes and teasing her.
    • Tyrion towards Samwell Tarly. He considers his duty to enlighten the youth about the world, more especially the women.
    • Jane Seaworth is very protective towards Shireen Baratheon. She even lied to get Joffrey in very hot water when he bullied the poor girl, and Tyrion thinks that doing anything to harm Shireen would be a bad idea, as it would result in Jane coming after him with her knives.
    • Pepper towards Jon, whom she considers her little brother.
    • Bruce of Tarth. If traveling the world for seven years, leading him to wind up in Valyria (which became such a wasteland that no one ever returned and lived to tell the tale) only because he sought a way to help his young cousin Brienne to stop being sick isn't a proof of love, then the word has no meaning.
  • Big Brother Worship: Arya feels so close with Jon that she was elated when Sansa called her a bastard, considering it as deepening their bond.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Chapter 34 has Jane kiss the daylights out of Thor.
  • Black Sheep: Tony appears to be this way to The Starks of Winterfell and those in The North.
  • Blood Knight: Subverted. Gregor Clegane is often mistaken for this. His POV chapters showcase his disgust at this misconception—it's killing he enjoys, not fighting.
  • Blood Magic: In this universe, mutants are made rather than born, via equivalent exchange of a life/lives for their powers. It turns out to an ancient Targaryen technique; Dany and Logan's mutant powers are unlocked by the sacrifice on Khal Drogo's funeral pyre, Mystique was born with her blue appearance and shape-shifting abilities due to the death and trauma of the Tragedy at Summerhall, and Arya and Gendry are transformed when Magneto burns Vargo Hoat and the Bloody Mummers alive.
  • Book-Ends: In the first chapters of Book 1, Jon Snow is verbally assaulted by Catelyn Stark who's grieving over her son's fate, only for Tony to fiercely defend him. In the second-to-last chapter, Tony (in his Iron Man suit) is verbally assaulted by Catelyn who's reeling from what happened to her daughter, only for Jon to put her back in her place.
  • Boring, but Practical: When asked what Jaime Lannister would ask Tony Stark to make him, Jaime just replies that he'd like a sword. Despite nearly everyone objecting that this is a waste of Tony's talents (as the single greatest smith in the world), Jaime just shrugs it off and points out that he is a really good swordsman, so why bother ask for something he doesn't need or know how to use? Even Tony is forced to agree with that logic (even if he does call it "boring").
  • Both Sides Have a Point: The conflict between Tony and Jon in A Crack of Thunder over whether or not it's worth it to continue carrying on the mantles of Iron Man and Centurion. Tony is right that as a ruling lord, he can help more people all at once than the individuals that lone heroes have to help one by one. Jon, meanwhile, is also right that their actions help to save those people who are overlooked and ignored by the high lords.
  • Bread and Circuses: Littlefinger references this trope as for why the smallfolk being so fascinated by the Iron Man is a good thing.
    Baelish: And it does well to have the people distracted. Do you know what happens when the people don't have something to focus on? They think. Think about what they don't have, what others do have, their station of life and how isn't good enough... and soon those thoughts turn into "What can I do to get more?" Iron Man and others of his ilk keep the smallfolk happily engaged in harmless dreaming while allowing us to continue to rule.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs:
    • Tony cracks a joke at Tyrion in this manner, similar to what Tyrion told Bronn in canon:
    "And what would you prefer to talk about? Wine? Women? Gold? Women made of gold and filled with wine?"
    • During his first chapter, Ned complains that being Hand mean doing all of the King's work while Robert drinks, eats and whores, or drank and eat while whoring "if he felt specially adventurous".
  • Break the Haughty: Tywin is reduced to depression and drinking after learning how bad the Lannister situation is. Tyrion finds it freaky.
  • Brick Joke: In his first chapter, Tony muses he is sure the King would commission him to make a warhammer he would probably call "Thunderstrike". When Tony goes to King's Landing to "prove" he is not Iron Man, he has brought Robert a large black-and-gold warhammer - which Robert calls Thunderstrike.
    • In Chapter 10 of A Man of Iron, Tyrion tries to think up a name for his telling off of Alliser Thorne. In Chapter 10 of A Crack of Thunder, he tells the story to his nephew Tommen, and reveals that he decided to call it "The Flail and the Lion".
    • In Chapter 1 of A Crack of Thunder, Jane thinks that if she ever gets her hands on the merchant responsible for Shireen contracting greyscale, she'll flay him so badly the Boltons will bow down to her as a goddess. In Chapter 10, Tyrion notes that one of the reasons it would be a bad idea to try and make people think Shireen is actually a bastard is because he has no interest in waking up to find Jane "carving him up like a Bolton's wet dream".
  • Bring It: From Chapter 26 of A Crack of Thunder:
    Brienne of Tarth: If you think you can put me in irons... (Death Glare at Renly) try.
  • Broken Pedestal: Brienne finds out Renly, instead of the paragon of kingly values she believed him to be, is nothing more than a dishonorable coward who plots the death of people just because he thinks they do not respect him as much as they ought to.
    • Tony did not take his mother agreeing to make him marry a 3-month old babe well.
  • Brutal Honesty:
    • Some time ago, a minor lordling was sent to serve Lord Tywin by his father. When Tywin asked why, the boy bluntly explained that his father wanted him to get in Tywin's good graces and then find something to blackmail him with. Tywin responded by having the man killed, then gave his possessions to his son as a reward for the boy's honesty—as well as for proving his loyalty by revealing the truth.
    • Viktor Vondam gives Daenerys a rather blunt speech about her family's failings. Her father was not The Good King who was overthrown by greedy lords, but the The Caligula and a domestic abuser; Rhaegar was not a poet who wanted peace but a man who abandoned his entire family to rape a Northern girl; and Viserys was the Beggar King not for a lack of wealth but because he demanded people help him rather than try to earn anything.
  • Cassandra Truth: Tyrion dismisses Cersei and the Small Council saying "Sansa Stark" came back from the dead because hey, it's more easy to find another redheaded girl and dress her as a trueborn lady than reanimating a corpse whose skull was shattered. Alas for him, it's real, though he is right that she isn't actually Sansa.
    • Tyrion also does not believe Varys when the latter claims Jaime has been taken to Winterfell. In this case, though, it is because "Jaime" (actually Mystique) has made his/her way to Harrenhal.
  • Clarke's Third Law: Tony's attempt to explain his Iron Man gauntlets:
    Pepper: Seven Hells, get those bewitched gauntlets off now!
    Tony: Listen, I get that I frightened you but they aren't magic. They just use glowing stones and silver to produce a blast of raw energy that allows me to fly - by the way I have some in the boots to fly faster - and fire energy blasts. (blinks) When I word it like that it sounds pretty magical, doesn't it?
    Rhodey: Just a bit.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Ned certainly feels the weight of these as King in the North. It's actually discussed by Cat: she believes that it's something of a problem with firstborn heirs of noble houses, that they don't feel this trope, as they are told from birth that the power is theirs by right and as such don't grow up respecting it or knowing the weight of their duty. As a second heir, Ned is much better suited to rule because he does know what it means to have the responsibility of power and has worked his whole life to deserve it.
  • Character Shilling: About half of Thor's lines are about how ungodly amazing Jane Seaworth is, and how she's the queen Westeros deserves. Which began the very same moment he met her for the first time.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Tony snubbed Renly Baratheon's asking for some armour and the Lord wasn't happy about it. Also, Arya heard someone complaining about "Phyllup" wasting their gold. Renly actually paid said Phyllup to kidnap and kill "the jackass" - implying he's responsible for Tony's abduction. This is later confirmed.
    • Lampshaded by Tony as a concept existing in plays, called "Chekhov's Crossbow."
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Sandor in his chapter unleashes a multitude of them when he sees Sansa come back to life.
  • Comicbook Movies Dont Use Codenames:
    • Gregor Clegane is only called the Iron Monger in the author's notes
    • Vanko isn't called Whiplash, despite his Weapon of Choice.
    • Averted with Jojen who uses a number of them when describing his vision in Chapter 30 of Crack of thunder.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: When Jon uses his lighter Centurion armor to stop Vanko from killing Tony, the latter complains because Jon risked exposing their heroic identities.
  • Compensating for Something: Non-sexual example: Tywin Lannister thinks that the reason Harren the Black built such a massive castle was to cover his shortcomings as a ruler, mistaking excess with true power.
  • Composite Character: While he's in King's Landing to throw the crown off his scent, Tony asks Jon to take the Armor and assume the Iron Man's identity. Later this is de-composited when Jon becomes Centurion, the story's version of War Machine, but wearing the equivalent of the Silver Centurion suit.
    • Daenerys Targaryen becomes combined with Firestar and/or Pyro, being able to control fire.
    • A man Varys meets that goes by Nikolos Fury is also a surviving Gerion Lannister.
    • The Night's Queen takes Sansa's body to gain her appearance.
      • Her actions and what she says during the cowpie riot reveal she is also Hela, the Goddess of Death.
    • Jane Foster becomes Davos Seaworth's second child.
    • In an in-universe case, the Norse gods are kept exactly the same, and have simply been combined into the Seven over the years.
    • Another in-universe case, in Chapter 15 Thor reveals that he is the Storm God the Ironborn fear, and that the Drowned God is Ægirnote . Though he also reveals that they're not enemies, and the Drowned God nickname came from Ægir being thrown in a pond by Sif for trying to bed her.
    • Natasha Romanoff becomes Oberyn Martell's eldest daughter, born before Obara Sand, and after being legitimized becomes Jon's betrothed.
    • Brienne of Tarth is mixed up with She-Hulk.
    • The stories of the Night's King in this universe speak of him having a gauntlet of infinite power, which implies that he's Thanos.
    • Illyrio Mopatis is the equivalent of Franklin Storm.
    • By Book 2, Ned's personality has changed enough that he's become known as The Punisher.
    • Going by Jojen's visions, Arya will become Shadowcat (confirmed), and Bran will be the Vision.
    • Melisandre ultimately turns out to be Amora the Enchantress.
  • Contagious Laughter: King Robert and, of all people NED STARK, have this. When Varys suggests Tony may be Iron Man the two friends look at each other and just begin laughing. Ned finally gets control, only to see Robert is still laughing and Ned cracks up all over again. They mostly do this because they think Tony is a Rich Idiot with No Day Job, and thus could never be Iron Man.
  • Cool Sword: In addition to ones from canon, such as Ice, there are a number of others:
    • Shadowfang and Lawkeeper, two Valyrian steel swords Tony forged out of a number of Valyrian steel daggers. Lawkeeper is Rhodey's greatsword, while Shadowfang is a bastard sword that Tony gives to Jon so it can become Iron Pointe's Ancestral Weapon.
    • Gerion has recovered Brightroar
    • While not Valyrian steel, the Bracken family sword, Hate Eternal, is noted to be of a higher-quality than most swords, able to take a man's hands off in a single stroke, even when wielded by Theon, who's only a teenager.
  • Cool Uncle: Tony for Arya and Jon. Arya decides he's her new favorite relative when he showcases his humor and how shameless he is, while Jon is grateful for Tony taking him as a ward and later giving him the name Stark.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Syrio - actually Mystique - talks about special people to Arya, and implies she would be welcome in their "brotherhood", and plans to take her to Magneto once things in King's Landing start going to hell.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Ramsay is whipped to death by Vanko.
    • Myranda has her eyes sealed shut with wax and her tongue ripped out after she insulted Asha, and then dies from Vanko wrapping his lightning whip around her neck until the burns kill her.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: For anyone other than The Mountain, going up against Iron Man is tantamount to suicide.
    • Brienne outright destroys nearly all the Ironborn attacking her and Theon, and Theon does a good job in helping her.
    • Chapter 32 of the sequel has two, one in the backstory and one in the modern day. The first happens to guards who serve the Sept at the hands of Bruce, cousin of Brienne, the other happens to Brienne herself. These scenes, for those who need more information, are a) the scene that confirms very conclusively that Bruce is in fact The Hulk, while b) is the scene where Brienne confirms that she can shift back and forth from She-Hulk mode to regular human at will.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Tony of course, but due to hanging around him, Jon has developed his own, which he lets loose when he fights The Mountain
  • Death Glare: When Tony is really, really pissed off, his gaze becomes "fierce". Jon notes it enhances his resemblance to Lord Stark.
  • Death Faked for You: Much like in the movie, Ivan Vanko has his death faked at the behest of Renly, who has become this reality's Justin Hammer.
  • Death by Adaptation: While this is Westeros where Anyone Can Die, some die sooner rather than later.
    • Ser Meryn Trant gets killed by Syrio/Mystique.
    • Janos Slynt gets his head pulped by Gendry when he tries to capture a disguised Mystique and Arya.
    • Obadiah Stane gets killed by Ser Gregor when the Mountain comes to Iron Pointe to fight Iron Man.
    • Gregor Clegane himself dies during his fight against Iron Man and Centurion.
    • Sansa dies when, during Iron Man's attempt to rescue Ned and her, Joffrey tries to use her as a Human Shield - only for her to slip in her attempt to get away and break her head against the Great Sept's steps.
    • Khal Jhaqo is captured by Logan, who impales him in his metal claws and carries him into Daenerys' bonfire to burn alive.
    • Ramsay is whipped to death by Vanko as part of the latter's campaign against the Lords of Westeros. Myranda, Reek, and the Bastard's Boys all die as well.
    • Jonos Bracken is killed by Asha Greyjoy after discovering Renly's plot to murder Tony and Robb Stark.
    • Dagmer Cleftjaw dies to Theon in the fight that ensues after Jonos' death.
  • Decomposite Character:
    • Gregor Clegane becomes Iron Monger rather than the person who arranged Tony's kidnapping, who is not Obediah Stane.
    • Despite Rhodes existing in the story, it's Jon who becomes its version of War Machine, Centurion. It's later stated that Rhodes has actually refused all of Tony's offers for a suit of his own.
      • As noted in Chapter 19 of A Crack of Thunder, this is actually a double example. In addition to being the equivalent of War Machine, Jon's suit is named for and based on the Silver Centurion suit that Tony wore in Iron Man 3.
    • The 616 and Ultimate Nick Furys both exist, the name Nikolos Fury actually being an alias used by two members of "the Council."
    • Ultron was a figure from Valyrian legend, whose name Maegor the Cruel supposedly used for his own flying armor, though it's never been discovered.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Daenerys barely appears in A Man of Iron, getting merely three chapters out of the fic's 33. Justified, since her story was mostly the same as in canon.
    • Bran as well, even worse than Daenerys. He goes almost unmentioned for all of Book 1, and doesn't get a POV chapter until 30 chapters into Book 2. Like Daenerys, the reason is that until that moment, his story was the same as in canon.
    • The entire Night's Watch, since its two most prominent characters, Jon Snow and Sam Tarly, never join, with Jon being adopted by Tony as his heir and Sam becoming Tyrion's squire.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • Lord Frey is so used to people looking down on him and his family that he is genuinely shocked when Ned Stark reveals he's keeping the marriage vow made between their families.
    • Renly starts to make his famous "peach speech"...only for Thor to comment he'd like one. Renly is so surprised that he can only sputter and completely loses the rest of the "grand monologue" that he'd planned out.
    • Arya's group had numerous contingency plans in place for how they'd react when Harrenhal ultimately falls, depending on who actually ends up taking it. However, they fail to take Renly into account, figuring he's lost too much of his power base by that point to be a threat. Therefore, they're caught utterly off guard when he successfully bribes Vargo Hoat into betraying the Lannisters.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Tony accuses Jaime of rushing into battle without taking his time to ponder the consequences, and points out that harming Ned Stark can only piss off his wife further, meaning Tyrion would bear the brunt of her unpleasantness cranked to eleven. Tywin shares the sentiment.
    • Iron Man accuses Gregor Clegane of this, saying Tywin Lannister will have his balls at breakfeast for assaulting Tywin's bannerman Tony. Gregor actually has considered it, and is well aware he'll need to flee Westeros once this is done. He's just okay with it and plans on causing misery overseas after, seemingly unaware that Tywin could (and probably would) send assassins after him, and without Tywin's protection sooner or later he'd be hunted down and killed.
    • As per canon, Catelyn's decision to kidnap Tyrion.
    • One of the reasons that Tywin is so careful about Tony is because of the aversion of this trope: Tony thinks everything through because his mind goes at a million miles per hour.
  • Dirty Coward:
    • Lord Oaker, the first who Iron Man visits, presents himself as a great general and warrior but the truth is he sends his own men to fight for him while he watches from afar in safety and even sold his daughter to bandits to keep his lands safe.
    • Jon, in his first outing as Iron Man calls out The Mountain and accuses him of this, claiming that Gregor only targets those he knows can't fight back against him and would never face someone who can fight back.
    • Joffrey, as usual. He hides behind the Kingsguard when Tony comes to rescue Ned and Sansa, and when they are easily defeated, he tries to use Sansa as a Human Shield, which ends up getting her killed.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Renly Baratheon asked someone named Phyllup from West Water to "kidnap the jackass and slit his throat quick", which implies he's actually the one who commandited Tony's abduction... only because Tony snubbed his demand of armor.
  • Double Take: It takes Tywin a few seconds after seeing Jaime hugging Kevan to notice that he is seeing Jaime.
  • Dramatic Irony: As Ned figures out how Tony pulled out the move to "prove" he is not Iron Man, the one person he is sure his cousin would not ask to don the armor is Jon. Catelyn later does the same mistake, dismissing Jon as a boy unable to keep his mouth shut and as such ignorant about the armor's creator.
    • When he's imprisoned in the Dark Cells and learns Syrio escaped with Arya in tow, he's immediately relieved because Syrio will surely take Arya to Winterfell or bring her to Iron Pointe. If only he knew...
    • Oberyn arranging his daughter's wedding with Jon becomes this when you know the Martells desesperately want to see the future Targaryen king wed to one of theirs - in the books, they drawed a betrothal agreement between Arianne Martell and Viserys Targaryen then sent Quentyn to woo Daenerys when the first attempt fell flat. Now Oberyn managed what his brother couldn't, successfully giving a Martell bride to a Targaryen with a claim on the Iron Throne. And he doesn't realize it.
      • And if Pepper is right about Natasha's mother being a Tully, then Jon is marrying someone related to the woman who made his childhood hell.
    • After Asha Greyjoy kills Jonos Bracken, Theon furiously grabs a sword and attacks her, but gets disarmed soon after.
    Asha Greyjoy: You don't know who I am, do you?
    Theon: I don't care who you are. If you were my own flesh and blood I'd still gut you, you cunt!
  • Drop the Hammer: Gendry reduces Janos Slynt's head to goo with a smithy hammer when the knight tries to capture Arya and Mystique.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Tywin of all people does this in chapter 30, after a massive string of bad newsnote .
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Gregor Clegane firmly believes that Tony Stark is the Iron Man. He's right, though Jon's deception helped confuse him for a bit. He even figures out how Iron Man's magic works, but doesn't live long enough to share it. He also reasons Joffrey wouldn't punish his rampage, since the little shit enjoys killing, the messier, the better.
  • Ear Ache: After the aforementioned Armor-Piercing Slap, Tyrion grabs Joffrey's remaining ear and twists it so hard Joffrey begins to cry from the pain.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: It's pretty easy to overlook, but Maester Maxell first appears in Chapter 12 of Book 2 for a brief scene, before being properly introduced in Chapter 33.
  • Elite Mooks: The Wintercloaks are trained to be this for the Northern armies.
    • Technically, they are the North's equivalent of the Goldcloaks, the city guard of King's Landing. However, considering the fact that they are currently lead by Lord Karstark, and the fact that Winterfell doesn't even have a fully inhabited settlement at all timesnote , they're probably the guards of the entire North. So they're medieval Mounties.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: In Chapter 4 of A Crack of Thunder, Catelyn starts to call Centurion "Jo..." before stopping herself. Ned asks when she figured it out and she says a few days prior and Ned gets her to agree to never discuss their identities, even with each other. What Ned doesn't realize is that Catelyn thinks Iron Man is Benjen Stark and Centurion is Jory, with a detailed thought process that actually makes total sense... if completely wrong.
    • Tyrion is furious when the Small Council refuses to confess who had the "brilliant" idea to take a lowborn girl and dress her as Sansa Stark rather than insisting Sansa miraculously came back from the grave, pointing she's too physically different and people can't walk a shattered skull off. However, at the end of Chapter 10 of A Crack of Thunder, he asks Sam to start looking into the various myths of resurrection... and how to kill whatever came back
    • Tyrion's opinion on the Iron Man's and the Centurion's identity is that they must be Brynden and Edmure Tully, respectively, with a thought process just as detailed as Catelyn's earlier.
      • Mr. Chaos has said that he loves coming up with various identities for who people might think were Iron Man and Centurion, and logical reasons for why someone would think that.
    • The Night's Queen's answer to the "who does the sellsword kill?" riddle is that all four men are killed, because they fail to realise that the woman in the room is a threat. Bronn, a sellsword, realises that she is both a threat and not human after meeting her once.
    • Tony had suspected since first meeting the royal children that Cersei was cuckolding Robert, but he didn't suspect Jaime. Instead, he thought that Cersei was sleeping with Littlefinger, due to a combination of him apparently sleeping around a lot and Joffrey having the same smug smirk.
  • Epic Fail: Renly tries to intimidate Brienne after she discovers he has allied with the Ironborn and plots to kill Tony and Robb Stark. She all but rolls her eyes at him.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When Tony shows himself at Winterfell, he snarks as if there were no tomorrow, calls Jon a Stark and happily tells Arya he wants her to sit besides him when she snarks back at him.
    • Clynt shows he's a very dangerous sellsword and a pleasant companion by making jokes with a captive Tyrion and helping to slaughter the Hill Tribes warriors when the camp is attacked.
    • When Thor lands on Dragonstone, he complains about the Westerosi not getting his people right, mistakes Jane for Loki in female form before praising her bravery and complimenting Shireen for being a young warrior, thinking her greyscale scars were battle marks, before initiating a seven day party. All in all, a genuinely nice - if quite ditzy - guy.
  • Eureka Moment: Tony showing far more cunning and smarts than he had believed him to have convinces Ned that his cousin is Iron Man.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Just like in canon, Sandor Clegane. He is the only member of the Royal Court that actually tries to save Sansa. He fails. Also, he has nothing but utter contempt for Littlefinger.
    • Tywin finds the fact that Ned is executing every Lannister the North captures to be disturbing. Granted, this is more because it's his family and that he didn't think that someone like Ned Stark carrying it out instead of actual standards, since he is responsible for the deaths of all of the Reynes.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: All the Martells were apparently disappointed to see Tony leave Dorne (though as Tony notes, that's partly because they're all convinced he's some long lost brother - and considering his behaviour pre Pepper and the fact that he fits in far better in the South than the North, it's an easy mistake to make), and Loras Tyrell is mentioned flirting with him.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even for the Dothraki, Logan is considered more as a rabid beast than a man.
    • When Sam reveals how his father forced him to take the Black, Tyrion thinks his father never threatened to kill him if he didn't renounce his claim on the Lannister name.
    • Lysa Arryn's entire court is disgusted when she forces a second trial by combat on Tyrion while forbidding Bronn to champion the dwarf again.
    • Sansa's death by Joffrey's hands ensured he will be remembered as a slayer of little girls. Tyrion muses it would take a miracle for the High Septon to grant Joffrey the slightest blessing. Also, never mind the stupidity of the action, he clearly finds it morally reprehensible.
      • When he finds out about Sansa's resurrection, thinking that it's just the Small Council deciding it would be a great idea to dress up a woman who barely looks like her and claim she's Sansa, he's surprised the High Septon isn't calling the Gods to smite them all for it.
    • After complaining about his self-imposed chastity being a hassle, Tyrion orders Bronn to bring him Samwell only for the sellsword to refuse in a horrified tone. The dwarf has to explain he doesn't intend to bed the boy for Bronn to follow his command.
    • Tony left his home because his parents intended to have him marry Wynafryd Manderly, who at the time was 3 months old.
  • Evil Is Hammy: In his final fight with Iron Man and Centurion, Gregor really chews the scenery.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: Theon and Lord Bracken reach Renly's room right on time to hear him arguing with Ivan Vanko and Asha Greyjoy about how he expected them to have killed Tony and Robb Stark, and ordering them to do so immediately.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Lampshaded by Varys in reference to Gerion!Nikolos Fury, pointing out that the previous Nikolos Fury he met with also had one, and asks if it is a required part of the disguise when someone takes the name. Gerion!Nikolos says that the other one just likes to copy him.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: As Tony prepares to rescue Pepper and kill the Mountain he boldly comments "I'm going to get Pepper back and then...I'm going to show the Mountain it isn't just the Lannisters who pay their debts." Jon just blinks at him.
    Tony: Uh...that was my bold proclamation. You know, the one all the heroes make in those stories old nursemaids tell kids right before they go and slay the monster?
    Jon: Oh. Old Nan usually just skipped to the battle.
    • Done again a few seconds later, when Tony realizes he hasn't actually put his armor on yet. He then does so, commenting he should have put the armor on, made the statement, and then flown off as now this is just awkward.
  • Fan Disservice: The one time Tyrion dreams of a naked Not-Sansa, she is throttling him, sporting white horns and painting her naked flesh with blood.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: In the last chapter of A Man of Iron Sandor notes that Sansa has vivid blue eyes.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Tyrion's speech to Commander Mormont, where he subtly hints that teaching rapists and thieves that it is okay to attack the weak is a bad idea. Considering that in the original story Mormont dies to thieves and rapists who decide he is too weak and in the way...
    • Tony directly names the trope when Ned mutters about his honor getting him killed, also mentioning Chekhov's Crossbow.
    • Rhodey asking Jon if Ned Stark single-mindedly focused on one thing would really be a good thing. Just read Chapter 29.
    • In Book 2, Chapter 7, Arya watches as Mystique, disguised as a soldier, gets information on how the war is going. Coming up, Mystique says she need info for "the role I'm going to play," adding that Arya is going to hate this idea (which she does). This points to how Mystique is able to fool Tywin into thinking she's Jaime in Chapter 12.
    • At the end of Book 1, Varys and Gerion!Nikolos Fury mention another man working for the Council who uses the same codename, only he's bald, dark skinned, and likes to talk about how he lost his eye due to trusting someone. While he hasn't shown up in person yet, that Nikolos Fury becomes the Master of Whispers for the North in Book 2.
    • In Book 2, chapter 12, Arya and Gendry are given the fake names "Kat" and "Petyr". More than twenty chapters later, the two of them would be revealed to be this fic's version of Kitty Pride (whose full name is Katherine, for which "Kat" is short) and Colossus (whose name in the comics is Piotr, aka a way to say Peter in Russian).
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted. Obadiah is still mourned by the Iron Pointe inhabitants and Lord Oaker's daughter is still present in Tony's dreams.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Because Tony takes Jon back to Iron Pointe with him, he isn't there to befriend Samwell at the Wall. As a result, Sam is rescued by Tyrion before he takes his vows and taken on as a squire.
    • The far more serious situation with the Lannisters leads Tyrion to decide not taking Shae to King's Landing.
    • Ned as King in the North changes some key aspects of the Stark war plan — Robb's marriage to a Frey daughter is carried out soon (thus securing Walder's loyalty), with plans to send them both to safety in Winterfell for the duration of the war, along with the captive Jaime Lannister (who is not traded for "Sansa"). Also, Ned sends Theon to aid in negotiating with Renly and prove himself, rather than try and recruit Balon's help. And he tasks Lord Karstark with forming the Wintercloaks, which redirects his focus from his grief and anger over his sons' deaths.
    • The North's better situation leads to Roose taking Gretin Frey as a wife instead of Walda, because he's looking for a strong partner who can give him a better heir, rather than just someone with a big dowry. Also, he and Walder are staying loyal to the Starks, strongly enough that Tywin's not even bothering trying to win either of them over.
    • Thor's presence, and a show of force, causes all the Storm Lords who declared for Renly to turn cloak to Stannis. In turn, this better war footing means Stannis refuses to compromise his ideals by having Melisandre assassinate the other contenders, spurning her offer as dishonorable.
    • Since Jon is taken in by Tony, Dolorous Edd is the one who becomes Lord Commander Mormont's steward.
    • As Asha and Vanko's Roaring Rampage of Revenge is done entirely without Balon's blessing, he's forced to abandon his own plans and conquest and withdraw all Ironborn to Pyke just so he can reaffirm his control of his own people.
    • Mystique impersonating Jaime and the Starks having no reason to try and trade him away means he stays locked up in Winterfell until the Ironborn attack, at which point Bran, Meera and Jojen recruit him to aid them in fleeing and making their way North of the Wall.
  • The "Fun" in "Funeral": While we don't know the details, Tony has apparently left instructions with Jarvis to make his funeral entertaining whenever he eventually dies.

     G-L 
  • Gambit Pileup: Just like in canon, we've got quite a number of different groups and people running around, plotting, superheroing. The players so far are:
    • The Starks, led by King Eddard, are leading the North and the Riverlands in a war of independence.
    • The two remaining Baratheon brothers:
      • Stannis swiped the royal fleet and is trying to take the throne from Joffrey. He also has Melisandre and whatever she's up to in this story, as well as Thor showing up on his front door during an idol burning, establishing the Seven are based on the Asgardians, and he's looking for Loki.
      • Renly is also trying to take the throne, has the Reach on his side, and is apparently open to negotiating with the Starks. He later allies with Ivan Vanko and Asha Greyjoy and plots to have them kill Tony and Robb Stark, since he thinks this will convince Eddard to bend the knee.
    • The Lannisters are trying to take them all down and keep Joffrey on the Throne.
      • Tony is doing his best to be a hero and not have to send men to fight the North. Jon is the Centurion, and is also aware that he is Rhaegar's son by Lyanna.
    • Daenerys and her army are still planning to invade with the help of her dragons, her fire powers, and Logan's new powers.
    • Mystique is taking Arya and Gendry to meet Magneto and the Brotherhood, who are plotting to take over the Kingdom.
    • We haven't seen Loki yet, but he's probably up to no good. Thor reveals that Loki didn't return from the last time he was in Westeros, and the reason Thor came is because he's looking for his brother.
    • The White Walkers, and their leaders the Court of the Others, have awakened, with the Night's Queen having taken over Sansa's corpse and now masquerading as her. Poorly.
    • Varys, Gerion Lannister (a.k.a. 616!Nikolas Fury), and at least one other Nikolas Fury are working with a mysterious Council, most likely against the White Walkers as they are aware they're back and know about the Court.
    • Ivan Vanko, an Ironborn who wields a magic-infused whip, is on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against all of Westeros for the collateral damage his home incurred during the defeat of the Greyjoy rebellion, along with his lover Asha Greyjoy.
      • Vanko's most likely dead, though it is unknown who backed him, while Asha is still loose.
      • Vanko had his Death Faked for You thanks to Renly, who is bankrolling their efforts.
    • With Gregor Clegane already disposed of, Oberyn Martell turns his attention fully upon Tywin as the culmination of his revenge for Elia's death. His first step is to bind his house to the Starks by granting Jon his oldest daughter as a bride: Natasha Martell, the Black Widow of Dorne.
      • Tony's investigation of Natasha's background and training revealed that she has some connection to both the Brotherhood and the Council
    • Viktor Vondam, Jon Arryn's best friend as a child, who was horrifically maimed in a blacksmithing accident and had to leave Westeros. He is now in Qarth, is one of the Thirteen, and is trying to make a deal with Daenerys
    • And the following have been mentioned and may play a role later on:
      • One of the Osborns, or Ozborn as they are named here, who received a reference from Syrio and was finally named and established as the merchant responsible for Shireen getting grayscale by selling an infected toy. Daenerys mentions him as a powerful figure in Essos.
      • Storm, who, according to Logan, is worshipped in the Summer Isles as a living goddess.
      • Peter (Petyr?) Parker, whose father Rickard was a Goldcloak who was killed alongside his wife in the various riots that have been going on since Sansa's death
      • The Kingpin is another powerful figure in Essos mentioned by Daenerys.
      • Word of God says Captain America will show up eventually. If he follows the idea mentioned at the beginning of A Man of Iron, he'll be a legendary member of the Night's Watch who would awaken as a wight but still keep control of himself. As of A Crack of Thunder Thor implied that this worlds version of Captain America was Azor Azai, the Last Hero of legend.
      • Another Word of God is that Black Panther, and by extension all of Wakanda, will be showing up eventually. In the meantime, Ulysses Klaue is an Essos blacksmith who's attached himself to the Lannisters to feed his obsession with powerful metals.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Meryn Trant says Arya must come with him, Syrio outright refuses to let her go because Braavosi are taught that old men seeking to take little boys and girls with them without permission have generally nasty things in minds. Ser Meryn is quite infuriated by the implicit accusation.
    • When Bronn says a whole squadron of squires is called a harem, Clynt jokes that Loras Tyrell has a harem of harems. Judging by Sam's sputtering, Loras' preferences are really that transparent.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Jon and Natasha have a healthy (and kinky) sex life.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: When the Mountain sees that axes aren't working, he grabs his own squire and throws him at Iron Man. He threatens to beat Iron Man to death with Pepper's corpse in their third battle, causing Tony to quip that Gregor must have a thing for throwing people at things.
  • Groin Attack: Clynt does this to Boros Blount in Chapter 14 of A Crack of Thunder.
  • Happily Married: Tony and Pepper.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Ned and Tony, two of the main three viewpoint Starks (who are, for all intents and purposes, the heroic family), are married to redheads. Jon, the third, is engaged and later married to one. In fact, of the four Stark men that are currently married or engaged, all of their marriages involve a redhead, with Robb being the odd one out in that he's the redhead rather than his wife.
  • Heel Realization: Ned realizes that both him and Catelyn have done a mess in educating their children, particularly Robb (who knows how to play the lord, and how to fight, but not how to rule as one), Sansa (who believes life is just like in the books and songs) and Arya (who has always struggled with her mother's demands that she become a Southern lady).
    • After being kidnapped and almost killed, Tony realizes he was just as bad as Ned accused him of.
    • Catelyn realizes that the Centurion's words to her were spot on, and that her behaviour has screwed things up.
    • Being around Renly makes Theon see himself for the first time as a vain, obnoxious jerk and quickly realizes he needs to turn himself around if he's going to earn people's respect.
  • He Who Fights Monsters:
    • Following Sansa's death, Ned becomes a virtual Knight Templar in regards to taking vengeance on the Lannisters.
    • Jon points out during his fight with Vanko that the latter has become no better than the lords he hates by taking his vengeance out on innocent bystanders. Vanko says that he doesn't care.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Ned never expected his cousin to have enough savviness and cunning to throw everyone off his trail about the Iron Man's identity and to guess Jon Snow's true parentage.
    • Clynt shows himself quite street smart for a sellsword, pointing that the highborns never think about the details.
    • The chapters told from Tywin's point of view reveal a lot about him: he often has to restrain himself from killing his vassals for being ridiculously stupid or unjustifiably arrogant (or both), especially when said flaws lead them to making easily avoidable mistakes that he has to clean up; and he sometimes wishes he was born to a different house so he wouldn't have to put up with such idiocy.
    • Gregor Clegane was able to deduce just what kind of person Joffrey was the moment he laid eyes on him. Doesn't seem that impressive when you think about it, but up until his first moments of jerkassery in canon, Joffrey was able to deliver a somewhat believable facade of royal charm.
    • Bronn is able to tell that the Night Queen is not actually human, saying that "whatever she is", rather than "whoever she is", and confirming that he did mean whatever when Tyrion asks.
      • Sam figures out the basics of what the Night Queen is actually is, saying that if it really is Sansa's body, then something other than Sansa's soul came back with it.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In their conversation, Tony mentions theater tropes (such as Foreshadowing and Chekhov's Crossbow) to him, which leads Ned to consider that what Tony did to disprove being Iron Man is exactly what would happen in a theater play to pull the wool over someone's eyes... which means he is Iron Man. Downplayed in that it's heavily implied that Tony wanted him to know, and immediately counters by saying it would be as ridiculous as Jon not actually being Ned's son.
  • Hope Spot: Ned "confesses" to being a traitor in order to save Sansa's life. Joffrey orders his death, but Iron Man stops Ilyn Payne. Then, when Sansa tries to escape, Joffrey holds her as a Human Shield... and when she escapes, she loses her balance and dies.
  • Honor Before Reason: Ned is in fine form, believing that Iron Man should have spoken with his lord and let them handle the problem instead of flying out and beating up corrupt nobles.
  • Human Shield: Joffrey attempts to use Sansa Stark as one when Iron Man threatens him. However, she slips while she tries to get away and...
  • Humiliation Conga: Let's just say this war does not bode well for the Lannister PR. Having the king be Joffrey isn't helping much either.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When Pepper learns that Jon has been patrolling the Westerlands and Riverlands in contravention of Tony's orders, she decides not to act, because (a) he's so damn happy about being able to help and (b) she would have broken down laughing if she tried to say that Tony knew best.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: After Jon marries Natasha Martell, Tony deduces that there's more to her than meets the eye, and quietly promises to finish what the Targareyns started if she ever hurts Jon. She acknowledges this, then promises to make him suffer if he ever hurts Jon.
  • I Gave My Word: Or rather, My Wife Gave My Word On My Behalf. When Ned learns about the deal his wife made with the Freys, the only part of the deal he goes back on is Arya's engagement, and that solely because he cannot pledge a betrothal in good faith when he doesn't know if the participant on the Stark side is still alive. He confirms the other half of the betrothal pact, and even requests an immediate meeting between his family and the Frey girls so they can figure out which daughter would be the best match for Robb and schedule the wedding.
  • I Have Your Wife: What Tywin plans to do to Ned Stark, the "wife" being Jon Snow currently living in Iron Pointe, which is located in the Westerlands.
    • To have a rematch with the Iron Man, Gregor Clegane abducts Pepper and commands Tony to send the knight fight him at the Southpaw Mine, or Pepper will "enjoy" the Moutain's attentions.
  • I Know You Know I Know: Tony indirectly reveals to Ned that he has figured out that Jon is Lyanna's son to Rhaegar, and Ned realizes that he has done it on purpose - figuring out at the same time that Tony is really Iron Man.
  • Inadvertent Entrance Cue:
    Tony: Besides, I need your help with something more important.
    Jon: And that is?
    Pepper: TONY! YOU FOUGHT THE MOUNTAIN?!
    Tony: ... Helping me calm Lady Stark down.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Tywin's reaction to Joffrey's very public Villainous Breakdown that ended with him killing Sansa. He even makes Tyrion pour for him over and over, prompting the dwarf to think his father has never reminded him so much of himself.
    • When Tyrion has to deal with the sheer idiocy of Pycelle claiming there's a rational explanation for Sansa coming back to life only to act senile and "forget" it, the poor dwarf can only grab a bottle of wine and drink straight from it.
    • Stannis' reaction to seeing Thor fly is to drain a tankard of ale with such gusto that it's noted Robert is probably looking down on him from the Seven Heavens with pride.
    • Jon Stark goes for the wine while coming to terms with the fact that he's getting married.
  • I Owe You My Life: Technically, Jon feels he owes to Tony his new life as a legitimized bastard, for stripping the name Snow off him and replacing it by Stark. He's even ready to assume the Iron Man's identity for helping his guardian.
  • In a Single Bound: Brienne is able to jump great distances while carrying somebody as if it was nothing. Being a Hulk helps.
    • This becomes Deconstructed later, because, while Brienne may be able to heal from every injury she suffers, Theon cannot - and he nearly loses an eye because of that.
  • In-Series Nickname: This being a superhero crossover, many characters gain heroic names, though several characters also get standard nicknames:
    • For the Starks, Tony is known as Iron Man when in his armor, but is also known out of armor as the Iron Wolf, Jon is the White Wolf and Centurion, Ned is the Quiet Wolf, Robb gets his Young Wolf nickname as per canon, Sansa is called Little Bird and declares herself the Night's QueenSpoiler , and Arya is named Kat by MystiqueSpoiler . After Roslin Frey marries Robb, she becomes known as the Stone Wolfnote .
    • Dany goes from Stormborn to Firestar.
    • Tywin is the Old Lion while Ser Gregor is The Mountain that Rides and the Iron Monger (but only in the Author Notes).
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite Theon never betraying the Starks Winterfell is still taken by the Ironborn.
  • Internal Reveal: Tony reveals Jon's ancestry to Natasha and Rhodey while trying to convince Jon to stop being the Centurion.
    • He later tells Rhodey why he left his home, something not even Pepper knows.
  • Iron Lady: Pepper. She manages to talk GREGOR FUCKING CLEGANE into not harming her! Gregor also expresses great frustration at Pepper's composure, seeing it as her taunting him.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Tony spends quite a lot of time in his third fight with Gregor taunting the Mountain. It almost gets him killed when the latter simply powers through magic blasts on sheer rage alone.
  • It Has Only Just Begun: The talk between Nikolos Fury and Varys indicates that the appearance of Iron Man and Centurion is just the beginning of a new age.
  • It's All My Fault: Tony blames himself for Sansa's death and the War of the Five Crowns, thinking that his escalating the issue through the use of Iron Man pushed things beyond any hope. It takes a long effort from his family and friends for him to understand that the situation would have gone bad no matter what he did, and that in fact his actions have helped more than he thinks.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Ned might be angry with his cousin for what he said to Cat about how she treats Jon, but he does realize Tony is right that he should have spoken to Cat about her ill treatment of the boy ages ago.
    • According to Tony, Cat would be completely in the right to blame him for Sansa's death, since he feels he could have prevented it.
  • Jerkass Realization: Theon has one after meeting Renly and realizing he's just as bad as the pompous would-be king. He then decides he wants to be more like his new mentor, Lord Jonos Bracken.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Tony revels in his Black Sheep status and loves to troll everyone around him - including his subordinates and relatives - but just try to piss him off by harming what he holds dear and you will live to regret it.
  • The Juggernaut: Gregor Clegane, as usual. Up to Eleven when he becomes the Iron Monger, as he can easily tank multiple shots from Iron Man and Centurion and still nearly crush Tony to death.
    • To clarify: In this story, the Iron Monger suit isn't actually power armour, it's just really good normal armor. He still manages to take all that damage and keep fighting. Also, because there is a Marvel character of that name, Gregor is not, in fact, the Juggernaut.
  • Karmic Death: The Tickler is executed by being fed to the same rats he used to torture and kill his victims.
  • Kill Them All: Ned Stark vows to kill all the Lannisters.
    • And he fulfills that vow, too: his orders are that every Lannister is to die in the battlefield. Even when they don't.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: What Tony becomes upon donning the Iron Man armor:
    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.
  • Lady and Knight:
    • Logan swears himself to Daenerys as protector.
    • A very dark version when Sandor becomes the Knight to Sansa's Night Queen.
  • Laser Blade: By combining the sunstones' ability to generate electricity when touching copper with their swords, the Ironborn are able to create a somewhat cruder version of this trope.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In Chapter 28, Iron Man severely burns the left side of Gregor Clegane's face, then declares the Mountain now more greatly resembles his brother. Gregor is enraged and horrified. Of course, he dies shortly after, so he does not have to suffer those for long.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Inverted: Pepper and Tony don't want kids since they are acutely aware of their flaws and are afraid of screwing the child up, as Westerosi nobility tends to do. They instead take Jon Snow as a ward and later name him the heir to Iron Pointe.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: When Tyrion arrives in King's Landing in A Crack of Thunder and sees just how screwed up a situation that Cersei and Joffrey have created, with the final straw being "Sansa Stark" running around, he ditches his jovial and deadpan demeanor and makes it clear to his sister and the Small Council that he is running things now, and if they don't like it he'll just take their heads.
  • Like a Son to Me: As Tyrion will never become a father, Samwell will do as a substitute. Which means teach the youth the ways of the world - especially when it comes about sleeping with women.
    • Pointedly averted by Tony and Pepper with Jon. Tony is more of a Cool Uncle while Pepper considers the boy as a younger brother. Though the way that they treat him does verge more on a parent-child relationship, at times.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Gregor, courtesy of an exploding sunstone getting lodged in his chest.

     M-R 
  • Machiavelli Was Wrong: Discussed in Chapter 22 of A Crack of Thunder. Ned is loved, not feared, by the people of the North and the Riverlands, so they will fight harder for him, are willing to supply his army, and show him great loyalty. Meanwhile, Tywin's efforts to make people fear him have backfired: while some in the North and the Riverlands do fear him, Arya tells him that the stories of his wrath simply inspire enemy soldiers to fight harder, because they don't want to be captured and subjected to his wrath, and the contrast between him and Ned means that the people of the Riverlands will resist his army, as they wish to be ruled by the Starks. As well, while the Lords of the North and the Riverlands are quite loyal to the Starks (even the Freys, mainly due to Ned being Ned and honouring the marriage pact Cat made, and the Boltons), Gregor disobeyed Tywin's orders, and Tony has no intention of fighting his relatives, and has married Jon, his heir, to a Martell, the family that despises Tywin and is plotting to kill him.
    • This trope gets an even earlier mention during Tyrion's last chapter in A Man of Iron. Tywin himself admits that neither he nor anybody for that matter can rule through fear alone - because those who do tend to end up killed by their disgruntled vassals, - and rewarding loyal and competent subordinates is just as important as punishing treacherous ones.
    Tywin: Your brother and sister think of the Reynes and believe that is all that is needed. They fail to see that a good lord weighs a steel spine with a giving hand. Demand the best... and know when to reward for such things. Cersei and Jaime forget that repaying of debts can be good thing for those we deal with.
  • Magitek: Any technology that uses sunstones, such as the Iron Man armor or Vanko's whips. While Tony insists that sunstones aren't magical, he's pretty much the only one who thinks that way.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Renly was the one who paid the bandits that nearly killed Tony, and is behind Vanko and Asha Greyjoy's attacks.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Tony truly shines as this in Ned's third chapter, as he gives his cousin an excuse to visit the blacksmith, threatens him with his knowledge of Jon Snow's true parentage and buys Gendry's apprenticeship under cover to encourage his future.
    • Tywin Lannister himself, of course. He chose to give Iron Pointe to Antony Stark because (a) he gains a fruitful business partnership, (b) he has control over one Stark, who could gain a boost in status if the current Stark family in Winterfell happened to have a mishap, and (c) It allows Iron Pointe to be manned again, guarding Lannisport against invasion from the sea.
    • Lord Commander Jeor Mormont proves Tyrion he's not a dull man by giving him Samwell Tarly as a squire: it puts the youth out of resentful black brothers' reach, and Lord Tarly can't very well complain about his son serving the king's brother-in-law.
  • Manly Tears: While not seen because of his mask, the narration makes it obvious Tony is crying after Sansa dies.
  • Master Actor: Mystique is able to fool the entire Red Fort while she poses as Syrio. When she escapes with Arya, she flawlessly impersonates a common woman and gives Arya tips about how play a character.
    • In Chapter 12 of Book 2, she manages to trick Tywin into thinking she's Jaime, especially impressive since Tywin actually does suspect an imposternote , and only believed her when she said that she needed to go back to the Kingsguard to show it still had honor, as Tywin thinks that an imposter would jump on the chance to inherit Casterly Rock, but only his blood would do something so stupid.
    • Gendry has some shades of this, when he brazenly pretends everything's okay after killing Janos Slynt and helps Mystique and Arya to leave King's Landing.
    • Varys, of course. And he's proud of it.
  • Meaningful Background Event: Count how many times in A Crack of Thunder that there is a small, blue-eyed bird somewhere in the background...
  • Mentor Archetype: When Samwell Tarly becomes his squire, Tyrion happily decides to corrupt - teach him everything there is to know about the world and its pleasures. Oddly enough, given what he intends to do, he performs the role of mentor very well, even at one point considering Samwell to be like a son he can never have.
    • When Theon is tasked to follow Jonos Bracken in his embassy mission, the riverlord takes this role.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Jonos Bracken is killed by Asha Greyjoy. Mr. Chaos admitted that this was the plan since the start of A Crack of Thunder, to give Theon the final push needed to fully turn his back on the Ironborn.
  • Money Is Not Power: Tony gets kidnapped by bandits. When he tries to negotiate with them, they mock him and say his money and titles are meaningless to them, as they want to torture and kill him for fun. They were hired to take him out, but they say they enjoy hurting people so much they would have done it for free. It takes a Big Damn Heroes from Jon, Rhodey, and the others to save him.
  • Moving the Goalposts: After Bronn defeats Ser Vardis to win Tyrion's Trial by Combat, Lysa suddenly declares Tyrion must immediately endure a second trial by combat and Bronn cannot champion him anymore. Clynt takes up the challenge and simply shoots Lysa's second champion with an arrow, finally winning Tyrion's freedom.
  • Morton's Fork: Tony finds himself in a very bad one in Chapter 26 following Robert's death and Ned's imprisonment: either march south and join Tywin's army, or go to King's Landing and swear loyalty to Joffrey, or side with Winterfell against the Lannisters. The Mountain/Iron Monger's arrival forces his hand.
  • Mugging the Monster: Just as in canon, several men try to rape Sansa during the riot in King's Landing. This time she's the Night Queen, and rips them all to pieces with her bare hands.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Tony breaks down crying when he finally realizes how much he messed up when trying to convince Jon to stop being Centurion.
  • My God, You Are Serious: Ned and Robert burst out laughing for several minutes after the first suggestion that Tony might be Iron Man, but when Varys tells Ned in private about Tony possibly being targeted by hired bandits (not certain whether or not he actually was attacked by them), he reconsiders that it may make sense.
  • Mythology Gag: When Tony is kidnapped by bandits, they brand him on the chest with a mark that looks similar to comic Tony's Arc Reactor.
    • A Lannister loses a hand because they tried to save someone. Cersei takes a blast by Iron Man to protect Joffrey.
    • A Stark parent swears unholy revenge against the Lannisters after helplessly seeing their eldest child from the opposite gender dying in front of them. Beware Ned Stark's fury.
    • Greatjon Umber leads the Northern and Riverlander lords in naming the head of House Stark as King In The North. This time, though, Ned is the recipient of said naming.
    • The "life-for-a-life" thing from the books becomes true here again. When Logan carries a still living Khal Jhaqo with him into the bonfire Daenerys makes, this proves to be enough to unlock a mutation in the two of them, giving Logan his comic book powers and Daenerys the ability of Playing with Fire.
    • The man that meets Varys as Nikolos Fury is blonde and light-skinned, and Varys mentions the person under that name he met before was dark-skinned and bald. The mysterious Council that appears to be behind Varys and Fury suggested the latter to recruit Antony in on their group with the "You just entered a bigger world" speech. Arguably a double one, since the first Fury claims that the other only wears an eyepatch to copy him, resembling the fact that he is based on the original version of Fury, while the other is based on the Ultimate/Cinematic version
    • When Robb's marriage with Walder Frey's daughter is finalized, they plan to have the ceremony held in camp, rather than at the Twins. To which Robb comments that it feels like it would have been a bad idea to have had the wedding there.
    • In MCU canon, Asgardians keep calling Phillip Coulson "Son of Coul" due to not understanding modern Earth naming conventions. When Coulson's counterpart in this story, Phylup, shows up, it's stated that his father actually was a man named Coul.
    • Jon is betrothed to Black Widow, meaning he's once again romantically paired with a red-haired woman.
    • It's highly unlikely Squirrel Girl will make an appearance, but we do at least get Jaime joking that next he'll be told about a girl and her army of squirrels.
    • Varys' riddle to Tyrion about who has the power when a king, a septon and a rich man meet in a room and try to convince a sellsword to kill the others is posed by several characters, each of which has a different interpretation of the answer.
    • During the second book, Oberyn suggests that Tony build a chariot race track at Iron Point. Wouldn't be the first time Tony dealt with a race track during the second part of a series. And Vanko is in this one, too.
      • And Vanko showed up at this race, too.
      • Vanko manages to escape when someone fakes his death and gets him out.
    • Arya and Gendry end up in Harrenhal, with Arya being taken in by Tywin Lannister as his cupbearer.
    • After meeting Roslin Frey, Jojen Reed tells her she's better off married to Robb Stark than his uncle Edmure Tully.
    • Tony quotes a sellsword he met who had a flair for the dramatic and a very warped sense of humor, whose Catch-Phrase was "Maximum effort". Clearly Deadpool has a Westeros counterpart.
    • Tony notes to himself that, while he'd prefer not to race in an outfit that looked like his Iron Man suit, red and gold are his colours, and he can't just go around wearing Westford colours. The colours of House Westford are blue and black, the same colours as his racing outfit in Iron Man 2.
    • Rhodey favors a Braavosi fighting style called War Machine.
      • In chapter 31, he finally puts on an armor that resembles the War Machine armor.
    • In reference to Stan Lee's numerous Creator Cameos in the MCU, a man matching his description shows up in Chapter 20 of A Crack of Thunder, in a scene that echoes the "Tony Stank" joke from Captain America: Civil War.
    • In Tony's reserch on Vanko's whips he has found writings from Maester Mordo and an etching of Omega Red who is described as the North's whip wielding boogieman.
    • Roslin makes mention of meeting a Ser Thomus Cassidy, who's strangely obsessed with his godswood. This is a clear reference to Marvel villain Black Tom Cassidy, who is known for his control over plants.
    • Jon is told to "kill the boy and become the man". Unfortunately for Tony, Jon was more than capable of firing down all of his arguments and deliver a few of his own back at him.
    • Bruce saves his cousin from dying by giving her something that turns her into She-Hulk.
    • Brienne saying that her secret is that she's always angry.
    • While exploring Harrenhal, Arya recalls the story of how a previous ruler of the castle was killed by an assassin called Erik the Blade, and notes a statue of Dormammu.
    • Tony was nearly forced to marry a then 3-month-old Wynafryd Manderly "to secure White Harbor", much like Tyrek Lannister was forced to marry a recently born Ermesande Hayford so the Lannisters could claim House Hayford's lands. Unlike Tyrek, though, Tony left before the wedding could go through.
    • When finally introduced, Magneto dismisses some soldiers attempting to attack him with the line "You mortals and your arrows", which is clearly based on his famous "You Homo Sapiens and your guns" line from X-Men.
    • The Vulture King, the Dornish bandit warlord who plagued the early Targaryen regime, is mentioned to have had a wing harness, obviously making him a precursor for the Spider-Man villain the Vulture.
    • At one point, Bran has a dream vision of Jon and Dany fighting the Night King at the canon Battle of Winterfell, though Jojen tells him that the changes in the timeline mean that this will never happen now.
  • Naked People Are Funny: When Arya first experiments with her phasing ability, she accidentally leaves her clothes behind, to her and Gendry's embarrassment and Mystique and Magneto's amusement.
  • Never Be a Hero: Ned Stark disapproves of Iron Man's vigilante actions. Not only is it illegal, but he's worried that people, especially untrained peasants, will be inspired to imitate him, which will lead them getting killed. Ned says the proper procedure to dealing with crimes is to report them to the king or lord so that they and their knights can deal with it. Not only that, he is deeply disturbed that Iron Man has so many targets worthy of his wrath, as it implies that Westeros' corruption has reached critical levels and the continent is on the brink of war. And any fan of the setting knows just how right he is. His attitude changes after Sansa's death, as Ned realizes that the smallfolk that struggle to live amidst the lords' fighting need a champion.
  • Never Gets Drunk: A trait possessed by all Starks. Tony is apparently able to drink barrels of alcohol and barely feel a thing, Ned is said to be as able as Tony in the drinking department, Theon mentions he has never been able to keep up with Robb when drinking and Arya once drank several cups of wine and found that they had almost no effect on her.
  • Never My Fault: As per canon, Joffrey's attitude. Most present when his attempt to use Sansa as a Human Shield against Iron Man while she is trying to escape leads to her slipping and breaking her skull against the Great Sept's steps... and Joffrey immediately blames Iron Man for forcing him to do what he did.
    • Catelyn Stark shows shades of this, since the first thing she does when learning Sansa died is to blame anyone in her sight. When Centurion (Jon) refuses to take the heat for Sansa's death, she goes on the defensive as she thinks he's trying to blame her, but Centurion points out Joffrey is the one responsible for the mess, although he considers Catelyn's reaction as very telling.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Subverted. Jon sparing the Mountain's life has some serious consequences, such as Tony being forced to make a suit of armor for Gregor to cover his tracks, followed swiftly by Gregor abducting Pepper to lure out the Iron Man, but as Tony points out, killing Gregor would have prompted Tywin to give Iron Pointe the Castamere treatment.
    • Ned makes his canon offer to Cersei, and he gets imprisoned and sentenced to death for his troubles. Tony saves him, but Sansa is killed.
    • Sansa's death grants the Night Queen a very strong foothold in the heart of Westeros.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Gregor's assault on Iron Pointe and abduction of Pepper has, in Tony's mind, given him an excuse to kill the bastard, since, as far as anyone else is concerned, Gregor attacked a fellow Westerland lord (and one of Tywin's more valuable vassals) without provocation.
    • Sansa's death, caused by Joffrey, gives the North a great boost, since (a) it leaves the Lannisters with no Stark hostages to barter with, (b) it makes Joffrey's popularity plummet and (c) rallies the North around the Starks and the martyr created by Joffrey.
    • Chapter 30 reveals that Tony took further advantage of how few people know what really happened to lie like a rug and say that Clegane claimed to be the acting Warden of the West and then blew himself up, while Tony himself acts like a good vassal and politely asks Tywin for an explanation, which means he cannot ignore the question without risking an insurrection, so he sends Tony's men back to Iron Pointe - which means they are spared having to fight the North - and names him acting Warden of the West, which gives him a lot of power, even if it is temporary.
  • The Nicknamer: Meta example. The author states he LOVES the nicknames the characters got in canon. Even with this being a superhero fanfic Mr. Chaos still gives characters nicknames that aren't related to any heroic or villainous identity.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Joffrey stares at a severed head with a little too much fascination. Tyrion is worried by it and muses he should ask his father how the Mad King looked at dead things.
  • Noodle Incident: There is many rumours surrounding Tony, but the one with the pig and the dress is totally wrong: it was actually a cow.
    • Tyrion swears that the story about him in a dress is a filthy lie.
    • Oberyn Martell may or may not have an incriminating painting about Tony's gender preferences.
      • Also, Tony is fairly certain Oberyn once tried to sell him as a sex slave.
    • After Tony rescues Ned from his execution, Jon is waiting with a cart and horses, "the obtaining of both would have made for a great story if he'd been in the mood to tell it."
    • Tony never told Pepper how Tyrion and him ended up naked in a sept with a basket full of strawberry cakes.
    • In his first appearance, Oberyn starts to tell a story about how he taught a goat to milk itself, which we sadly don't get to hear.
    • A man tried to force himself on Jane Seaworth, and the aftermath prompted Tyrion to nickname her the "Stranger's Daughter". Since the Stranger is the local death god and Jane apparently quite handy with a knife, the would-be rapist was probably very sorry.
  • Not Me This Time: Cersei informs Tyrion that "fake" Sansa wasn't her idea. He believes her, claiming that such a thing isn't her style.
  • Not So Different: Tony is as vain, free-spirited and mirthful as his cousin Ned - a typical Stark - is grim and dutiful, but piss him off and Antony Stark will show that he did inherit the wolf's blood.
    • Arya mocks Sansa's flowery praise of "The Iron Man" and how "He flies around, righting wrongs," believing her to be projecting her fantasies onto him... only to immediately start confidently predicting that the Iron Man is actually a woman who was avenging her lost friend, showing that flights of fancy are not limited to just one of the Stark daughters.
    • On a darker note, Pepper fears to have children of her own as she doesn't want to become Catelyn Stark Mk 2.
    • Ned to Robert. Sansa's death to Joffrey makes him promise he will erradicate House Lannister, much like Lyanna's kidnapping and death caused Robert to seek the death of House Targaryen.
    • Theon realizes that he's a lot like Renly, being petty and self-centered and wanting everyone to praise him constantly. This feeds his Jerkass Realization.
  • Not So Similar: While Jon and Natasha are both bastards raised by their noble father's, and were both eventually legitimized, Natasha was treated by her father as well as a non-bastard, with a lot of resources spent on her education and training, while Catelyn always made sure Jon felt like an outsider even among his family, and Ned admits he wasn't a very good father to him. Natasha views her legitimization as a restriction, forcing her to have to live up to her family name, whereas before she could do anything she wanted with her life and no one would care. Jon, on the other hand, views his legitimization as something that prevents anyone from trying to make him an outsider or take away his family, while as a bastard he thought he only had one choice with what he could do with his life (Join the Night's Watch). Natasha was also legitimized at the request of her father, while Jon was legitimized at Tony's request.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: The Night's Queen plays this Up to Eleven, taking advantage of Sansa's previous reputation while manipulating Joffrey and as many as she can. She drops her façade only when she knows she is in front of someone that will not be telling anyone.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Tyrion at the wall apparently verbally decimated Thorne.
    • Bruce of Tarth managed to enter Valyria and find out why the Doom happened.
  • Oh, Crap!: Gregor Clegane when he realizes the combination of silver and sunstone is what creates the blasts Iron Man uses... while he is in a pit full of both things.
    • Ramsey Bolton when he discovers the girl he'd been abusing for the last few months and just tried to hunt is Asha Greyjoy. And that's before he discovers she's the lover of the brutal Vanko.
    • Theon has this when he sees Thor carrying Mjolnir, recognizing it and realising that Thor is the Storm God, the enemy of the Ironborns' Drowned God, the one who cast him down from the sky. Turns out that the Drowned God is actually Ægir, a friend of Thor's, and the nickname of "the Drowned God" was given to him by Sif after she dropped him in pond for trying to bed her.
    • Varys almost craps himself when he sees the Night Queen brutally killing four men that had threatened to rape her, and even more when she calls out to someone who is hiding - much to his luck, though, it's not about him.
  • Omake: While writing the wedding of Jon and Natasha, the author mis-typed the word "kiss" as "kill", which got him thinking that this really wouldn't be too out of place in Westeros, so he wrote a whole gag scene in which they kill Lancel as part of the ceremony.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: Varys belongs to "the Council", which gives the "Nikolos Fury" persona at some of its agents and is apparently preparing for some conflict with a mysterious "Court".
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. In addition to the various examples from canonnote , there's also Ser Jaime Lannister and Ser Jaime Rhodes, though the latter is usually called Rhodey by his friends.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Sandor states his disappointment that Iron Man killed Gregor before he could.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Seeing the mighty Tywin Lannister diving for the wine outright freaks Tyrion. It freaks him out more when Tywin starts saying that he's sorry for wasting Tyrion's talents and that he's currently one of his best children.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Iron Man; in a low-magic, low-tech society like Westeros, a flying knight that can shoot magic from his hands and is impervious to almost all weaponry is a total game changer.
    • Thor is shaping to be one of these.
    • Ned is arguably one for the war over the Iron Throne. Where the other factions are all battling to put their leader on the Iron Throne (or keep him there), with the end goal of taking the opposing kingdoms out of action and taking King's Landing due to it being the capital, Ned and his supporters simply want an independent kingdom made up of the North and the Riverlands, Ned's only interested in King's Landing because it contains several people he wants dead, and has no interest in taking over or even invading the other kingdoms. This make him extremely difficult to fight, as he doesn't need to go on the offensive, and is able to simply wait, rebuild, and fortify the Riverlands. He is also nearly impossible to lure into a trap, since he has no reason to leave his lands.
  • Papa Wolf: Tony decides to become this for Jon, as someone has to and he judges Ned refuses to do enough. When Catelyn Stark makes a hurtful remark towards the teen, Tony immediately jumps to defend him and spectacularly tears into her.
    • Ned Stark is this. Seeing his eldest daughter die in front of him punches this button hard.
  • Parental Substitute: Tony becomes one to Jon Snow when he takes the boy as his ward. More subtly, Pepper has shades of a mother figure for Jon.
    • Though Pepper herself views him more like a younger brother.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Ned and Catelyn Stark realistically fight sometimes, but are otherwise quite happy with each other.
    • Ned also wants his son Robb to be Happily Married, so he asks for his wife to screen Walder Frey's daughters and granddaughters to find the most suitable fit for Robb. It seems to have worked, as Robb and Roslin are shown to get on fantastically.
    • When Oberyn Martell introduces his eldest daughter Natasha to Jon, the boy suddenly loses his reluctance about the Martell-Stark wedding contract.
  • Pet the Dog: Tywin is not above this. When his new squire confessed his father sent him to find dirty laundry on Tywin, the Old Lion promptly executed the father and made the boy lord of the family castle to reward his honesty and loyalty.
    • He admits he may have been wrong in dismissing Tyrion's worth and potential and decides to name him Acting Hand as a chance to prove himself and his abilities.
  • Playing Both Sides: Downplayed. By the time of Book 2, the Council has agents acting as the Masters of Whispers for both Ned and Joffrey.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up:
    • After reviving as the Night's Queen, Sansa's body changes to a full grown adult.
    • When Magneto magically activates Arya and Gendry's mutant powers, they both age into their late teens as a side effect.
  • Portal Door: One suddenly appears in Winterfell's crypt... and swallows Rickon in.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Tywin could write the book on the subject. His philosophy boils down to "demand the best and accordingly reward the results". When his subordinate fails, he dishes out the Castamere treatment. When his subordinate succeeds, he grants honours and riches to ensure the subordinate will strive to succeed again.
  • Properly Paranoid: When Jaime appears, having escaped the Starks, Tywin is suspicious this could be an imposter as some sort of trick. Jaime himself even notes his reaction and is able to convince Tywin by refusing to leave the Kingsguard. But the presence of Petyr and Katnote  indicates Tywin was right in the first place as "Jaime" is really Mystique.
  • Puppet King: Tywin idly entertains the notion of a Warden of the North being loyal to the Lannisters. Of course, Antony is far down the succession line, but misfortune is so unpredictable...
    • With the eventuality of a war looming in the horizon, he outright considers to wipe Ned Stark's entire family then introducing the legitimized bastard Jon as the new Lord of Winterfell, which would appease the Northern lords and give Tywin a steadfast ally - as he thinks Jon would be grateful for the opportunity to supplant Lady Stark's children.
    • While it's not stated as such, early chapters heavily imply that Robert was heavily in Tywin's pocket. In fact, Tywin actively does not pursue the Iron Throne directly because he's worried that the Lannisters already have too much power, and that acquiring more could make them a target. This is before Joffrey took the throne, of course.
  • Rage Breaking Point: When Tony makes the mistake of trying to use Jon's Targaryen legacy against him, Jon decides to start fighting him.
  • Real Dreams Are Weirder: Pepper mentions a nightmare she has, brought about by stress over being a Secret Keeper (and some Essossi peppers that Tony likes), where she's in the Red Keep and blurts out Iron Man's secret identity in front of Tywin and Joffrey, and then Jon (who's dressed like a Kingsguard and speaking with Tyrion's voice) points out that she's naked and that she'd better be prepared for a test her septa is giving her later.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • As Rhodey points to Jon, castles are giant money-sucking pits. Harrenhal is said to be cursed because it's too big to be properly cared for, and Highwatch - Iron Pointe's previous denomination - was abandoned when the gold mine ran dry because it would have been wasting money on a useless fort.
      • On the flipside, abandoning Highwatch when the mine ran dry ended terribly for the Lannisters, as the reason why it was called Highwatch was because it watched northern naval approach to Lannisport... the approach the Ironborn used when they sacked Lannisport and burnt the Western fleet while it was still docked at the beginning of the Greyjoy Rebellionnote . Had Highwatch still been occupied, it would have been able to warn Lannisport of the approaching fleet, thus saving at least part of the fleet and most likely preventing the city from being sacked. Castles and forts may cost a lot of money, but assuming a military position is useless because it doesn't make you money and neglecting your defences simply because you want to save money can be far more costly. It actually makes Tywin seem more brilliant for letting Tony have it- he gets a "tame" Stark, the fort is occupied by loyal soldiers once again, and Tony funds the fort, so it's not quite as much of a money pit, not to mention it provides protection to his own home once again.
    • When Tyrion verbally savages Thorne to protect Sam from his meanness, Jeor Mormont realizes Sam is protected as long as Tyrion is at the wall, and the dwarf leaving means Thorne will make an example of the youth to reassert his authority. He solves the problem by arranging Sam's departure with the Lannister as a squire.
    • Ned Stark rightfully worries about the Iron Man giving people a hero to follow, as he's attacking powerful people and a copycat could ignite a Civil War by killing or getting killed by the wrong person.
    • Gregor Clegane's assault against Iron Pointe is a heavy blow for Tywin's credibility, since it showed he wasn't able to control his own bannermen. Now Iron Pointe asks for answers and he's forced to make amends, because no one wants to come home and find his wife raped by the neighbor in spite of the lord's commands.
    • Ned's prolonged stay in the Black Cells. along with the lack of food, weakens him and only through a sustained supply of hearty food and exercise does he begin to get back on his feet. The lack of support from Stannis while he was in the cells also makes him bitter for the man, which does not bode well for Stannis.
    • When Tyrion lays eyes on Sansa when he arrives in King's Landing, he flat-out believes her an impostor since she is just too different from the girl he remembers meeting at Winterfell. Also, a fake dressed and coached to act as the lady is far more possible than a true resurrection, which everyone will conclude after Sansa's very public demise, and the Starks too, meaning they won't budge about wanting Lannister blood - or worse, as they become even more enraged after learning how Joffrey is parading "Sansa Stark" with him, seeing it as mocking their daughter's memory.
      • When the Lannisters send a raven to the Starks, suggesting a trade between Jaime and Sansa, Ned and Catelyn immediately dismiss it as an attempt to drive the Starks apart.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Exchanged between Tony and Ned after their departure from Winterfell:
    Ned: You question things you don't understand and involve yourself with issues that are none of your concern. You have no right to come into my home and talk as you do.
    Tony: Someone heard about my little chat with Catelyn.
    Ned: Aye. She informed me. It is only because you are family and the King was there that you aren't in a cell right now. What gives you the right to talk to her like that?
    Tony: Nothing. I had no right to speak to her that way. I should never have said those words. You should have said them. You... you think you are so noble, taking him in and caring for him, but you're not. You made a mistake and let your lust get the best of you and took responsibility for that and I get it... I get it! That's all well and good! But, and this is the key here, it is not noble in the slightest to stand back and let others like your wife blame that boy for your sins. And just to be clear, they are your sins. Not Jon's. He didn't choose to be born. He didn't choose to come to Winterfell. He didn't choose your brother's almost-wife made be made yours, leaving you trapped with a woman you hardly knew before riding off the face the greatest dynasty the Seven Kingdoms ever knew. He didn't choose to be a reminder to Cat of you breaking your vows. You chose all that and you chose to wipe your hands of him while that woman went on her petty campaign to make him miserable to the point that he thought the only way he could find peace was to become a celibate solider freezing his balls off on an ice wall keeping watch for non-existent boogeymen! So don't stand there and act like you are better than me, cousin.
    Ned: I.. have made mistakes. I have not been able to give all that Jon deserved. I did the best that I could though and it was better than most. That is not an excuse though. To do some but not all does not absolve me of my failings. I understand that, better than you can imagine. But you of all people can't act self-righteous. You are an arrogant, petty, narcissistic man that cares nothing for honor or valor. You are a merchant of death who makes his coin on the suffering of others. How many lives were ended by your swords? How many innocents were killed by your arrows? You hide in your castle and build gaudy swords and look down upon the rest of us for believing in something while ignoring your own faults and using jests to hide your blood-soaked hands. You hold nothing sacred and believe in nothing greater than yourself. Well, I'd rather believe in something than be you.
    • Tyrion gives one to Lord Commander Mormont at the Wall after he verbally castigates Thorne's "training methods."
    Tyrion: Then enlighten me, Commander, please. You know Tarly never wanted this. He joined because his vile father threatened to murder him in the woods if he did not go north. My father is a harsh man, Commander, and none would say he has parental pride in me, but even he did not demand that I take the black or die. Your Master of Arms decided that, rather than attempt to actually train the boy or, the Seven forbid, find him some other task than fighting Wildlings, it would be more enjoyable to beat young Tarly. That's what he told me, by the way: that he did because it made him smile. No... wait... I have that wrong. Sorry, Commander, forgive me, I made a mistake. It was not Ser Alliser that beat Tarly; he had your recruits do it. So, not only do you have rapists and thieves, but you are now training them to beat the weak for the amusement of others. Oh, the vaulted friendship and brotherhood of the Night's Watch. I think I'll have a song about your black brothers and how they nobly beat blubbering fat boys while their commanders egg them on. You're not going to deny it, are you? You realize that it is wrong, just as I did... the only difference is that I was willing to stand up to Ser Alliser and call him out for his barbarism while you prefer to turn a blind eye to him... all in the name of "training." And you wonder why we plump southerners look at all of you with disgust?
    • Iron Man verbally blasts Joffrey when he tries to have Ned killed. Then after Sansa dies, literally blasts him.
    • Stannis gives one to Renly during their parley in A Crack of Thunder, calling him out on being a cheap pretender who has no right to call himself a king.
    Stannis: What have you done in your life that did not come easy? You did not fight in the Rebellion. I did. I sheltered you and fed you even when my men suggested letting you starve. Where were you when Robert broke the gates of Pyke and I crushed the Greyjoy fleet? Oh, yes... you stayed at Storm's End, for Robert feared for your safety. What have you done during your "reign"? Held tournaments and designed gaudy armor. How did you claim your army? Not through valor or battle but through a marriage and empty promises to boys who have yet to feel blood on their hands. Your claim, much as everything else in your life, has been built on the backs of greater men. Soon enough the men of the Stormlands will come to realize that. True warriors will tire of the games of children and Summer Knights and flock to the King who knows war. Me."
    • Tyrion calls Joffrey out for sending the Goldcloaks to kill the people just because someone threw a cowpie at him, telling him that he would have him beheaded and send the head to the Starks if he thought it could put an end to the war.
    • Thor gives a short one to Selyse when she loudly protests his teaching Shireen how to fight.
    Thor: Jane is her mother. Not you. You have proven as much, woman. You may have birthed her but you have done nothing but mourn the sons that never were instead of loving the child that is real. Not that it matters... you don't deserve Shireen.
  • Related in the Adaptation:
    • Ned and Tony Stark are cousins.
    • Mystique is a Targaryen (being Aegon V's granddaughter by Prince Duncan), while Magneto is a Blackfyre, making them distant cousins to each other, Jon, and Daenerys.
  • Renegade Splinter Faction: It turns out that Asha and Vanko's Roaring Rampage of Revenge was not authorized by Balon, and he's pissed about it.
  • The Reveal:
    • Thor tells Stannis and his council that Lyanna went with Rhaegar willingly, and the only reason everyone thought it was an abduction rather than an elopement was because her brother Brandon destroyed the letter explaining her side of the story in the belief that it was a forgery. That said, he also admits that even if the incident that set off the rebellion turned out to be a misunderstanding, Aerys was a terrible king, Rhaegar wouldn't have been much better, and the Seven Kingdoms were better off with them gone.
    • Melisandre is ultimately revealed to actually be Amora the Enchantress.
    • Not only is Natasha an agent of the Council, but so was Gerold Hightower, who recruited Lyanna to their cause; they planned to fake her death after Jon was born and smuggle the two to Essos to prepare for a Targaryen restoration, but Ned arrived at the Tower of Joy too soon and derailed everything. Also, they successfully swapped out and spirited away baby Aegon before the Sacking of King's Landing as part of the plan, but he died later while still an infant.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Jojen Reed and Rickon Stark can tell something has changed from the main timeline.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The North is turning the war against the Lannisters into one after news of Sansa's death reach Robb, and it is heavily implied things will only get worse when Ned makes it to the Northern army camp.
    • Vanko is on one against the Starks, Boltons, Lannisters, and anyone else involved in his family members being killed as part of the collateral damage of Balon's failed rebellion.
  • Running Both Sides: Downplayed. Both the Master of Whispers for the Lannisters and the Master of Whispers for the North, Varys and MCU!Nikolos Fury, are actually agents for the Council. Which explains how Fury is able to "buy or persuade" Varys' agents to work for him.
  • Running Gag: When Tyrion arrives in King's Landing and sees the state of the city and what Joffrey and Cersei are up to, he steadily increase the amount of messages he'll need to send to his father.
    "Five ravens. Possibly a messenger too."
    • In A Crack of Thunder, Tony adopts a sheep. It shows up repeatedly in scenes set at Iron Pointe.
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  • Samus Is a Girl: A few people (Arya included) believe the Iron Man is actually a woman in disguise.
    • Syrio is actually Mystique.
  • Sarcastic Confession: After the King (or, more likely, Ned) calls Tony to King's Landing in regards to Iron Man, Pepper fears he might be sent to the Black Cells. In response, Tony calls Jarvis, Happy and Obadiah and tells them outright that he is Iron Man. None of them believe it.
  • Say My Name: Gregor roars "STARK!" right before his death.
  • Secret Identity: Unlike the source material, this version of Tony actually needs to keep the fact that he is the Iron Man under wraps since such a revelation would land him in hot water with Tywin (not to mention Robert and his allies, at least at first). His Sarcastic Confession (see above) and having Jon fly around posing as the Iron Man are meant to cover his tracks, but some people figure it out anyway, such as Ned and Varys. Tony is also pretty sure that Tywin has figured it out and is just biding his time until he can find an excuse to give Iron Pointe the Castamere treatment.
  • Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: When Sansa becomes an adult, she has to discard her shoes because they are too small now and her dress now barely covers her.
  • Shipper on Deck: Shireen is one for Jane and Thor, leaving them alone on their own and beaming after witnessing The Big Damn Kiss.
  • Shooting Superman: An Ironborn bandit goes through an especially ridiculous Overly Long Gag of it, ending up wailing on Iron Man with his bare hands while Tony just stares in bemusement.
  • Shoot the Messenger: The Starks seem to be hoping for this when they send Cleos Frey with their peace demands, which include a public denouncement of Joffrey as a bastard born of incest. Joffrey flies into a rage, but Tyrion puts Cleos under his protection and talks Joffrey down, pointing out that the Starks are probably hoping that they'll kill Cleos, thus breaking another law and further lowering their public standing.
  • Shrouded in Myth: The Iron Man's true identity and activities is matter to speculation in the Seven Kingdoms.
  • Skeptic No Longer: Sansa doesn't believe the stories about Iron Man at first (rightfully so, considering the absence of magic in the source material), but turns right around and becomes a major Iron Man Fangirl once Ned tells her and Arya the full story.
    • Roslin. She even says that if the Night Watch has reported fighting wights even a year ago, she wouldn't have believed them.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • When Iron Man makes his first appearance by crashing through the roof of Lord Oaker's castle and bringing his crimes to life, the first reaction by Tywin (who was attending a feast there) is annoyance at Iron Man using his house's colors without permission.
    • The first thing Tony says after Jon saves him from Vanko is to point out that the armor Jon's wearing isn't one that Tony made. His next appearance has him admonish Jon for risking getting identified as the Centurion.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Roslin Frey acts meek all the time, but has a strong and forceful nature when needed. It's noted this was necessary to survive the rat's nest that was her family.
  • Sincerity Mode: For all his sarcasm and wit, when Tony tells Ned that he knows how important Jon Arryn was for him and that he cares for him and Benjen, Ned can tell he is completely serious.
    • Jaime Lannister genuinely empathizes with Ned when he learns of Sansa's death at Joffrey's hands.
  • Smug Snake: Cersei of course, believing herself the smartest in the room. Perhaps the only thing Tywin agrees with Tyrion on is that she's an arrogant fool.
  • Something Only They Would Say: How Mystique is able to convince Tywin she's really Jaime. She refuses to leave the Kingsguard and Tywin notes only his real son would be "so stupid as to choose a pathetic life with meaningless honor over wealth and power."
  • Sore Loser: Gregor Clegane is not taking graciously his two defeats by Iron Man's hands. Tywin Lannister is savvy enough to recognize it will grow into an obsession to crush his enemy. It ends up leading to Gregor's death.
  • Spanner in the Works: By sneaking onto Renly's ship, Theon, Lord Bracken and Brienne inadvertently find out that he's actually allied with Vanko and Asha, was the one who ordered for Tony to be murdered, and is ordering the Iron Born to kill Tony and Robb Stark in order to make Ned bend the knee to him, before disposing of him. Even though Bracken's killed when they're discovered by Asha, Theon and Brienne manage to escape back to land, turn the Tyrells against Renly via a little economy with the truth, and then race back to Riverrun to let the Starks know what's happened.
    • The Traitor might be this to the Court of Others. Depends on what they are planing with Benjen Stark.
    • Ned Stark was this to the Council's plans for Jon: they had intended to ship him and Lyanna to Essos, so he would be raised along with a still alive Aegon and eventually become The Lancer when Aegon returned to take the Iron Throne back. Ned Stark arriving to the Tower of Joy just as Lyanna was giving birth and then taking Jon with him made those plans crash and burn.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Thanks to Tony's presence at Ned and Jaime's fight, Jory Cassel is spared his early death and is then able to escape the Stark purge after Robert's death.
    • Ned does not get killed by Ilyn Payne. However...
    • Thanks to the advice of Jane Seaworth, Shireen is able to convince Maester Cressen not to confront Melisandre, as if the Seven exist they surely will detect he's a true believer no matter his actions.
  • Spiteful Spit: Sandor Clegane spat on Varys' face when he tried to sweet-talk him into becoming a spy.
  • Spotting the Thread: Clynt points that Tyrion never had the opportunity to send a message to an assassin for Bran's murder. When Tyrion beats himself for not thinking about this, the sellsword assures a highborn as the dwarf and Catelyn Stark never think about the details.
  • Stating the Simple Solution:
    • When Robert, Ned, and the Small Council are discussing how to stop Iron Man, Varys says if Iron Man's armor cannot be pierced, then they should find out where he lives and attack him before he can put his armor on. While the Small Council quickly concede that's a good idea, they also point that only works if they know who Iron Man is.
    • When Tywin's maester says that Tony's idea of using sunstones to replace candles and lamps would be impractical since the difficulty in cutting them would mean each would need a unique setting, Tywin responds by simply dropping a handful of uncut sunstones into an empty wine glass, turning the cup into a crude lamp.
  • Stepford Smiler: Tony seems unaffected by his kidnapping and torture, but Jon see right through his false cheer. It takes one to know one, after all.
    • Bran has shades of this when he pretends not to be depressed after his fall.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Tony inherited the Stark looks, if not the behaviour. However, his likeness to his cousin Ned is truly apparent when he's angry enough to give you a Death Glare.
  • Stunned Silence: Jaime after Ned's Armor-Piercing Question.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: Lampshaded with Lord Bracken, with Theon noting how, unlike in the songs, people usually don't get to deliver a Final Speech, and that often times good men died suddenly, their final thoughts known only to them. He isn't happy about this.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Tywin is really not happy with his kids' reaction to Tyrion's kidnapping by Catelyn. He's even more infuriated by the fact that Tyrion was the one to react properly.
    • His own bannermen can be just as bad, often kissing up to him under the belief that Appeal to Flattery will get them somewhere, or displaying reckless stupidity in any kind of situation. Tywin has to restrain himself from killing them for this.
    • Tyrion believes this when the Small Council insist that "fake" Sansa is the genuine article, either that or they're crazy. Unfortunately for him, she is the real Sansa—to a point.
      • Though he still has a point: Fake or not, they really should have been more suspicious about how exactly "Sansa" came back to life and instantly grew to adulthood, hence why she's only the real Sansa to a point.
    • In Book 2, when Tywin receives Tyrion's messages about how much Cersei and Joffrey have screwed up, he has to send his war council out of the room so he can wail on a training dummy until he can think without screaming.
  • Take That!:
    • When Margaery Tyrell shows up, Theon is weirded out by her "duckface," a notorious quirk of Natalie Dormer's that the author can't stand.
    • When Doom is listing the convoluted rituals needed to speak to the Pureborn of Qarth, Dany notes that it sounds like a demented writer trying to pad out a story. This reflects the general opinion of her relatively pointless story line in A Clash of Kings.
    • Tywin hates the excuse "It's magic, I don't have to explain it," Joe Quesada's notorious statement on the various logic and plot holes of One More Day.
    • When talking about the importance of symbols to Rhodey, Tony mentions that if he changed the color pattern of his armor to all gold with red highlights, or if his Chest Insignia was a triangle instead of a circle, the image of the Iron Man would lose impact. These are clear digs at the Mk 42 and Mk 6 armors. Rhodey even says that the former armor would look "ugly as hell".
  • There Are Three Kinds of People in the World: Syrio tells Arya there are three kinds of people.
    • The first are those that cannot accept the world doesn't work the way they think it does and treat anything that proves otherwise with hostility. (Ned)
    • Second are those that believe in such things and treat them as wonders, but only because they're either too boring or stupid to see them for what they really are. (Sansa)
    • The third are those that have gifts that make them superior to others. (Implied with Arya)
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Lady Virgyna Stark firmly and kindly asks to be called Pepper by her new ward Jon Snow: he's family, after all.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Joffrey and the Night Queen. Tyrion thinks that their very noticeable size difference makes Joffrey look even more child-like and ridiculous than usual.
  • Title Drop: Done by Nikolos Fury/Gerion Lannister, who replies to Varys mentioning an old saying, "The last song has ended and now the next begins", with "Yes...A Song of Metal and Marvels."
  • Tranquil Fury: Tony's joking demeanor drops completely when he tries to blow Joffrey's head off for killing Sansa.
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • Logan towards Daenerys. He even follows her into the bonfire when she burns her husband's body.
    • Sandor Clegane to Sansa after she heals his face.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Despite Ned labeling Stannis as the rightful heir to the throne and informing him of the true parentage of the royal children, Stannis made no attempts to save him from the Lannisters. It's why Ned argues the North shouldn't support Stannis after he makes it back to his people with Iron Man's help.
    • During his "Reason You Suck" Speech, Stannis points out that Renly is this towards him. Even though he was too young to fight during the Siege of Storm's End, Stannis protected Renly and made sure he was fed, despite their dwindling food supplies and his men suggesting that they let Renly starve. But as soon as Robert died and Joffrey was revealed as a bastard, Renly declared himself king, even though Stannis, the man who saved his life, is the true heir.
  • Uniqueness Decay: Defied with Hate Eternal, House Bracken's Ancestral Weapon. The author decided against making the sword of Valyrian Steel to avoid this trope among other reasons, especially since he had already introduced two Valyrian Steel weapons (Rhodey's sword Lawkeeper, and Jon's sword Shadowfang)
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Tywin's reaction to Iron Man crashing through Lord Oaker's ceiling is annoyance, as Iron Man is wearing the Lannister colors without permission. Again, this is just after Iron Man has smashed through a stone ceiling, sending chandeliers and wreckage flying through the building, and people are running for their lives. Oh, and that a man who survived said flying through the building and stone was able to stand up again with no issues whatsoever.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Tony and Tyrion, each being one of the few able to match the other's snark.
  • Warts and All:
    • As much as he loved him and honors his memory, Ned does agree with Cat that his elder brother Brandon would have been a poor lord of the North. Being too much like Robert.
    • Apparently, Roslin doesn't believe in sugarcoating when telling stories. Not that Bran is complaining.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: Sandor Clegane is actually proud that he never raped any woman. Though unlike most examples of this trope, this is a commentary not so much on his character but on Westeros' incredibly low moral standards.
    Tony: Did you realize just how many rapists are between here and the Trident? I mean, just... I knew there were rapists in the Seven Kingdoms, but it was like I couldn't fly for 3 minutes without having to save some milk maid.
  • We Are Everywhere: The Council has moles in key locations across Westeros and Essos, to help them keep an eye on everything important.
  • Wham Line: Syrio namedrops his master/teacher to Arya at the end of Chapter 21: Magneto.
    • There's also Tony's answer when Ned bluntly asks if his cousin is the Iron Man:
    Tony: Of course not! That is almost as insane as you lying about being Jon's father!
    • The final line of Book 1
    Sansa: And I... shall be the Night's Queen.
    • Chapter 7 of Book 2
    Thor: I believe Melisandre... is an Asgardian. And if that is true you all may be in grave danger.
    • Chapter 8 of Book 2 has Daenerys' new ally introduce himself.
    Viktor: In Westeros, I was known as Viktor Vondam. But in Qarth...I am Doom.
    • Chapter 12 of Book 2 has Jaime return to the Lannister camp, claiming to have escaped the North, and his behaviour convinces Tywin that he's not an imposter, and he introduces the two squires, a Baratheon bastard and a Northern girl, that helped him escape. Then they tell Tywin what their names are...
    The Boy: Petyrnote 
    The Girl: (with a large smile) And Katnote 
    Mystique has now infiltrated the Lannister camp disguised as Jaime...
    • In Chapter 22 of Book 2, Mystique reveals that her mother died birthing her after a fire that destroyed her whole family. When Arya asks where this was, she replies Summerhall. This means that her mother Jenny was Jenny of Oldstones, and that Mystique is therefore a granddaughter of Aegon V.
  • What Could Have Been: In-Universe; in Chapter 12, Tywin considers what it would have been like if Eddard Stark had claimed the throne instead of Robert. He would have a lot less power in such a world, but unlike Robert Ned would take his duty as king seriously, making life far easier for Tywin - not only would he not have had to bail the kingdom out of debt, but the realm would be far less chaotic. Furthermore, Tywin is convinced Ned would have been a good husband to Cersei, and his children with her would certainly not be spoiled brats like Joffrey.
    • Tywin is proven right in A Crack of Thunder, where Ned is shown to have trouble understanding how Robert was able to care so little about being a good king when Ned can't think of anything other than trying to be a good king.
    • When Oberyn reveals the existence of the Martell-Stark marital pact, he ruefully mentions Tony would have been expected to wed him if he had been born female. Since he was male instead, their families briefly thought about giving him Elia for his bride, only for the Princess of Dorne to decline because she wanted her daughter to marry closer to Dorne and marry higher than a second son's offspring. Pepper, Tony and Oberyn sadly reflects Elia would be alive if the agreement had been honoured in their generation.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Tony calling Catelyn out on her treatment of Jon.
    Tony: What happened to your son is a tragedy. But you do him no respect by wishing his fate upon those he loves. If you truly care for him you would understand that he loves his brother and would not want to see him hurt. But don't listen to me. Wallow in your hatred. Let it warm you at night. Tell yourself you are the victim and wrap yourself in that indignation like a shroud. But don't make Jon your target ever again. Don't blame him for something that is not his fault. He will be my ward the next time you lay eyes on him and I do not take kindly to people insulting those I have pledged to protect. Speak that way to him again...
    Catelyn: You have no right to speak to me like this. You enter my home-
    Tony: Which is only your home because you were willing to trade a dead Stark brother for a living one.
    Catelyn: I am the Lady of Winterfell and my son... my precious son... is lying there and you DARE question how I treat that bastard? My son... my Bran-
    Tony: Loves his brother. And he would be ashamed to see you like this. Of course, what he considers love and what you consider it might be two different things.
    • Tyrion calls out Jeor Mormont for letting Ser Alliser Thorne get away with tormenting new recruits (Sam in particular) under the excuse of training them. He makes it a point to subtly warn the Lord Commander that a lot of them don't want to be at the Wall in the first place and the treatment Thorne is giving them might very well cause them to lash out violently.
    • Ned rips his wife a verbal new one after making it back from King's Landing with Tony's help for (a)trusting Littlefinger and (b)imprisoning Tyrion.
    • Tyrion is livid when he sees the "fake" Sansa Stark and tears into his sister and the Small Council for letting the farce proceed unimpeded.
    • Jon calls Tony out over his stopping to use the Iron Man armor to help save the people and trying to force him to do the same - particularly when Jon proves Tony's claims that he had never planned anything wrong by showing him he knows about all the other armors he has built.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Played for Laughs. Tyrion swears up and down he never wore a dress, and anyone saying otherwise is a filthy liar.
    • Thor confesses Loki dresses in skirts when he gets pissed drunk.
  • Worthy Opponent: Tony may be a Stark and an unrepentent joker, Tywin holds him as good businessman and a loyal bannerman.
    • When fighting the Kingsguard, Tony refuses to use his full power against Ser Barristan, knowing the old knight only follows the king's command.
    • The Night's Queen considers Tyrion the greatest threat to her plans.
  • Would Hurt a Child: After Joffrey kills Sansa, Tony attempts to blast him, an attempt that leaves his face scarred and blows Cersei's hand.
    • Ned gives this as the reason for never telling Jon he is the legitimate child of Lyanna and Rhaegar. The new king smiled at seeing the bodies of the children the prince had with Elia Martell. If Robert had found out about Jon's parentage, proof that the woman he loved had never loved him back, Jon would have been killed on the spot.
  • You Are Better Than You Think: Jojen tells Bran that being paralysed doesn't make him useless and that he will have an important role to play in the war against the Others.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Kevan weakly asks if his brother is jesting when Tywin claims to be cursed - as, the magic kind of curse. It turns that Tywin is so frustrated by his children's stupidity that he considers a curse as the only possible reason for his misfortune.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Tony states as much about Jon, after seeing him take his frustrations out on a straw dummy. Later, Tyrion tells Sam that he can't have a squire who doesn't know his way around women, and that he intends to rectify that.

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