Game of Thrones Respect Threads #1: Jaime Lannister

I decided that the characters from "Game of Thrones" are extremely underrated as far as their capabilities in battle go. Most of them may not be in the same league as many other live-action fighters, but they are not half as helpless as most people make them out to be. So, I decided to make a Jaime Lannister respect thread. If it goes well and receives positive feedback, I will make some more for other fighters from the series in the future. This thread (and the ones that might come in the future) are only regarding the show versions of the characters, without their book counterparts.

Jaime Lannister:

Jaime Lannister is the son of Tywin Lannister, twin brother to Queen Cersei Lannister, and older brother to Tyrion Lannister. He is involved in incestuous relationship with his twin sister, and is the biological father of her three children - Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen.

At the age of 16/17 (sometimes it says 16 and sometimes 17) Jaime joined the Kingsguard of King Aerys Targaryen II, AKA "The Mad King", making him the youngest knight in history to join the order. During the sack of King's Landing, Jaime stabbed The Mad King in the back, which earned him his famous nickname - "The Kingslayer". He was appointed as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard during the reign of King Joffrey, and dismissed from the order during the reign of King Tommen.

Jaime is notoriously known throughout the realm as a deadly swordsman, quite possibly the best, and he boasts to have never been touched by an opponent in battle.

In season 3, Jaime loses his right hand, which forces him to learn how to fight with his off-hand.

Jaime Lannister is portrayed in the series by the actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and is one of my favorite characters, both in the books and in the show.

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Jaime's entry in "The Book of Brothers"/"The White Book" - the book which keeps records of all knights of the Kingsguard throughout history:

Squired for Barristan Selmy against the Kingswood Outlaws. Knighted and named to the Kingsguard in his sixteenth year for valor in the field. At the Sack of King's Landing murdered his king, Aerys the second, at the foot of the Iron Throne. Pardoned by King Robert Baratheon. Thereafter known as the Kingslayer.

Skill:

Jaime is often regarded as one of the best swordsmen in Westeros, and quite possibly one of the greatest of all time.

Jaime claims that he was never tagged in battle, or at least not for a very long time:

After that, Ned Stark Says:
After that, Ned Stark Says: "Choosing your opponents wisely, then," to which Jaime replies: "I have a knack for it."

Jaime's first kill was in his first real fight, when he was just a 16 years old squire. He killed an outlaw of the infamous Kingswood Brotherhood by beheading him (which Barristan Selmy acknowledged so it must be true):

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Here, Jaime casually kills Ned Stark's head of guard, Jory Cassel, who just a moment before killed a few of his men with ease:

You can say it's a cheap shot, but there are no rules in war after all.
You can say it's a cheap shot, but there are no rules in war after all.

After that, Jaime duels Ned Stark briefly. Earlier in this scene, Jaime has said that he does not want to kill Stark. Judging by this, and by Jaime's cocky personality, as well as his facial expressions and body language before and during the fight, his purpose in this is to toy with Ned. Ned, like Jory, killed a number of Jaime's men with ease earlier in this scene as well:

The fight is quickly interrupted by one of Jaime's soldiers, who stabs Ned in the back of the knee with a spear.
The fight is quickly interrupted by one of Jaime's soldiers, who stabs Ned in the back of the knee with a spear.

A force led by Jaime is ambushed by Robb Stark. Robb's force had the element of surprise, the high ground and strength in numbers, yet Jaime managed to single-handedly kill 10 of Robb's men, before being captured:

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Jaime then offers Robb to save thousands of lives by ending the war with single combat - Jaime fights for the Lannisters and Robb fights for the Starks. Robb refuses because he acknowledges Jaime is a better fighter than him:

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While cuffed, Jaime manages to steal one of Brienne's swords and cut the rope that holds him:

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Jaime then toys with Brienne a little, even giving her some tips:

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They then proceed to duel some more. Of course Brienne wins, but this fight went on for well over a minute, and this is while Jaime is cuffed. He is also after months of captivity, meaning he's underfed and tired, and he's facing a heavily armored opponent while he himself is unarmored:

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After Jaime returns to King's Landing, he decides that he needs to learn how to fight with his left hand. After a few training sessions with Bronn, Jaime starts to get pretty good:

Not half as good as he was before, but still pretty good.
Not half as good as he was before, but still pretty good.

In Jaime's first real fight using his left hand, he and Bronn fight a group of Dornishmen. Jaime fights one of them, and keeps up for a while before getting overwhelmed and disarmed. He then saves himself and kills the Dornishman with a clever trick using his metal right hand (which he improvised, admittedly):

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Jaime and Bronn fight against the Sand Snakes - bastard daughters of The Red Viper himself, who are extremely dangerous fighters, trained by their father. Jaime duels against the eldest of them, Obara Sand, and fares pretty well:

Like many other fights in the series, this one too ended prematurely when Doran Martell's men came and stopped it.
Like many other fights in the series, this one too ended prematurely when Doran Martell's men came and stopped it.

Jaime isn't just a deadly swordsman, he is also very knowledgeable in warfare as a whole. Here, as the commander of a very large force sent to assist House Frey with their siege of Riverrun, Jaime lectures their leader, Lothar, on how bad their setup is:

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Euron Greyjoy comes to King's Landing to try and strike a marriage pact with the new Queen Cersei. As they talk, the subject of the old Greyjoy Rebellion comes up. Euron tells Jaime that he heard rumors of his skill, and how deadly and unstoppable he was, but didn't believe it until he witnessed it himself at the siege of Pyke:

And we have good reason to believe that Euron was being honest. A few moments later he actually openly mocked Jaime about the loss of his hand, which means that he wasn't trying to kiss his ass or anything. This compliment was real.
And we have good reason to believe that Euron was being honest. A few moments later he actually openly mocked Jaime about the loss of his hand, which means that he wasn't trying to kiss his ass or anything. This compliment was real.

Jaime commands the siege of Highgarden which was a very decisive victory for the Lannisters:

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In the battle against Daenerys Targaryen and the Dothraki horde, Leftie Jaime cuts down several Dothraki:

The Dothraki rider you see in that GIF had a brief exchange with Jaime right after that too, but it was very short and the Dothraki was stabbed in the back by Dickon Tarly before either he or Jaime could gain the upper hand. Important to note that the Dothraki horde as a whole were simply savage and beastly in this fight.
The Dothraki rider you see in that GIF had a brief exchange with Jaime right after that too, but it was very short and the Dothraki was stabbed in the back by Dickon Tarly before either he or Jaime could gain the upper hand. Important to note that the Dothraki horde as a whole were simply savage and beastly in this fight.

Strength:

While Jaime's strength is nothing extremely unusual, it is undoubtedly well above average and often overlooked.

After his short duel with Ned Stark is interrupted by one of his men who stabs Ned in the back of the knee with a spear, Jaime walks up to the soldier, and knocks him out with one punch with zero effort:

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In captivity, Jaime kills his cell-mate by repeatedly slamming his face, in order to lure the guard into the cell:

This guy is a distant relative to Jaime by the way. His name is Alton.
This guy is a distant relative to Jaime by the way. His name is Alton.

Jaime then proceeds to strangle the guard to death:

This guard is Torrhen Karstark, son of Lord Rickard Karstark.
This guard is Torrhen Karstark, son of Lord Rickard Karstark.

Brienne is extremely strong, being able to match The Hound and even defeat him. Even in the books Jaime makes a comment on how strong she is. In their fight, Jaime and Brienne cross swords for around 10 seconds (which is pretty long). They seem pretty even, each putting the other on the back foot a couple of times:

Remember, in this fight Jaime is cuffed and after months of being held captive.
Remember, in this fight Jaime is cuffed and after months of being held captive.

When Jaime trains with Bronn, they cross swords for a while. Jaime uses only his left hand (which is his off-hand) while Bronn uses both hands. Jaime smiles like he's not even trying while Bronn looks to be trying very hard to keep up:

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Personality:

Jaime is one of the characters that went through the largest change throughout the story, personality-wise. At first, he was very cocky, arrogant and rude, and with time, he develops into an honorable, chivalrous and courageous knight worthy of his title. The moment that marked his change was when he lost his hand, and with it, his deadliness with a sword.

Jaime mocks and bullies Jon Snow who is about to join the Night's Watch:

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When Jaime and his men confront Ned Stark and his party at King's Landing, Jaime mocks and threatens them:

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Remains cynical even after being taken captive:

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After quite some time in captivity, Jaime is still cynical and arrogant, mocking Robb Stark:

He has one or two more gems in this scene, but Robb ultimately gets the last word.
He has one or two more gems in this scene, but Robb ultimately gets the last word.

Then came the moment we've all been waiting for, after which Jaime really began to change:

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Jaime, who is still healing from losing his hand, courageously jumps into a pit to save Brienne from a bear:

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Jaime starts to realize that he hates the nickname given to him, "The Kingslayer", since it paints him as a man with no honor and untrue to his word:

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After he returned to King's Landing, Jaime received a custom-made Valyrian Steel sword as a gift from his father. Jaime then gave the sword to Brienne, and asked her to find and protect Sansa Stark, whom he had sworn to find and bring to her mother:

Brienne later named the sword
Brienne later named the sword "Oathkeeper", in honor of Jaime.

In the end, even Brienne recognizes that Jaime is a knight worthy of his title:

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But don't worry, he still knows how to be his old self when he needs to:

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One thing that remained consistent about Jaime's personality, both before and after he lost his hand, is his love and loyalty to his family. Be it his sister (and lover), his brother, his father or his children (who are allegedly his nephews and niece), he would do anything for them.

Here, Bronn tells Jaime how Tyrion wanted Jaime to fight for him, because he knew that Jaime would do anything for him:

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Jaime sails with Bronn to rescue his daughter Myrcella from Dorne, after he and Cersei received a threat to Myrcella's safety. Bronn asks Jaime why he goes himself instead of sending an army, to which Jaime replies:

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In the same scene, Bronn asks Jaime to send his regards to Tyrion, whom Jaime helped escape from prison, should he ever meet him again. Jaime then says that if he were to meet Tyrion, he would kill him for murdering their father Tywin:

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At the finale of the very first episode of the series, the 10 years old Bran Stark catches Jaime and his sister in the act. Jaime then does an unimaginable thing by pushing Bran from the window, with this killer catchphrase:

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After his months in captivity, Jaime returns to King's Landing. The thing he does first and foremost, before even taking a bath, is going to see his sister and lover - Cersei:

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Epic quotes by Jaime:

To Jon Snow:

"It's a strange thing, the first time you cut a man. You realize we're nothing but sacks of meat and blood and some bone to keep it all standing."

To Catelyn Stark:

"And what a king he was! Here's to Aerys Targaryen, the second of his name, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, Protector of the Realm, and to the sword I shoved in his back!"

To Brienne:

"There it is. There's the look. I've seen it for 17 years on face after face. You all despise me. Kingslayer. Oathbreaker. A man without honor."

To Cersei:

"You're a hateful woman, why have the gods condemned me to love a hateful woman?"

To Tywin:

"Do you know the last order the Mad King gave me? To bring him your head! I saved your life so you can murder my brother?"

To Cersei:

"We're the only ones who matter, and everything they've taken from us, we're going to take back and more."

To Maester Qyburn, regarding Ser Robert Strong ("Un-Gregor"):

"Does he understand what we're saying? I mean, to the extent that he ever understood complete sentences in the first place."

Tyrion to Jaime:

"You're the golden son! You could kill a king, lose a hand, f*ck your own sister, you'll always be the golden son!"

Fights:

I am aware that I have neglected some things, especially regarding Jaime's personality and the important changes he had made. But trying to find all the golden moments would have taken me forever, and I believe I have put in the most important things. If you have some things to correct or add, please do tell and I will add it in the OP and give you credit.

Hope you enjoyed!

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