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Robert Baratheon
Robert Baratheon - GoT
General Information


Gender Male
Aliases King Robert of the House Baratheon, the First of His Name;

King of the Andals and the First Men;

Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm;

Lord of Storm's End;

Lord Paramount of the Stormlands;

the Unsurper

Age
Birthday Unknown
Race Human
Debuts
TV Show Game of Thrones
Film
Credit Mark Addy

Overview

Robert Baratheon is the king of the seven kingdoms of Westeros. He rose to power by overthrowing the ruling Targaryens with the aid of the Starks and the Lannisters. He is married to Cersei Lannister, with whom he has three children, Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen. He is the older brother of Renly and Stannis Baratheon.

Background

The eldest of three sons of the ruling family of the Baratheons, a dynasty of the Stormlands which is one of seven Kingdoms of Westeros that was ruled by the Targaryens of the Iron Throne. Robert saw his mother and father killed when their ship floundered and sank before his eyes as a young boy, orphaning him and becoming the Head of House Baratheon.

He was subsequently fostered to Jon Arryn, the head of House Arryn and another of the Great Houses of Westeros. He grew up alongside Eddard "Ned" Stark, a second son of the Stark Dynasty who ruled over the North and the two became best friends.  As a consequence, he met and became enamored with Ned's younger sister Lyanna and they became bethrothed and was pleased that his long friendship with Ned would ultimately become one of family as he admitted that he was closer to him than his own brothers.

Some seventeen years before the series begins, Lyanna was kidnapped by Prince Rheagar Targaryen, the son of Aerys II Targaryen, the reigning King of the Iron Throne and publicly renowned as "The Mad King" for his increasing erraticness and murdeorus acts.  As a result, Ned's father and elder brother both approached Aerys to protest her abduction and demanded her safe return.  Aerys however in a fit of pique had them executed and sparked a massive uprising led by Robert and Ned, allied with Jon Arryn.

This bloody civil war that would later be known as Robert's Rebellion and would end with Lyanna being killed during the conflict while the Targaryens were almost wiped out. Robert was devastated and afterwards took the Iron Throne and married Cersei Lannister, a political arrangement to repay House Lannister for its support during the later stages in the war. Lyanna's death however poisoned their relationship and it became a loveless marriage of state.

Robert is more a warrior than a governor by nature; he leaves most affairs of state to his small council, which includes his brothers as well as Littlefinger, Varys and Grand Maester Pycelle. The throne is deeply in debt, particularly to House Lannister.

Major Plots

Season 1

Robert brings a royal party to Winterfell to ask Eddard Stark to become Hand of the King following the death of the previous Hand, Jon Arryn. He does not claim that this is a generous offer, but appeals to Ned's loyalty and sense of duty - he needs his old friend's help. "I'm not trying to honor you. I'm trying to get you to run my kingdom while I eat, drink and whore my way to an early grave." Robert also proposes an engagement between Joffrey and Ned's daughter Sansa, hoping to bring their houses closer together. While on the road back to King's Landing, Robert learns that Daenerys Targaryen has married a Dothraki leader, Khal Drogo. When he later hears that she is pregnant, he orders her assassination to eliminate a future threat to the stability of the realm. Eddard fiercely opposes this, leading to a heated argument and Ned's resignation as Hand. Robert is fatally gored by a boar while on a hunting trip; the king had been drinking at the time, aided by his dutiful squire. On his death bed, he apologises to Eddard and dictates a last proclamation naming him as Lord Protector of the Realm until Joffrey comes of age. Ned at this point believes that none of Cersei's children were actually fathered by Robert; he doesn't tell his old friend this, but quietly changes the wording of the document to read 'heir' instead of naming Joffrey.

Personality and Traits

As a young man, Robert Baratheon was a charismatic leader and formidable warrior as well as being extremely tall, clean shaven, and muscular.  He was known for his quick temper but also for his boisterous, gregarious, and generous nature and had a fondness for wine and women.  Despite this, Robert was madly in love with Lyanna Stark and never stopped loving her even after her death.  When he ascended to the Iron Throne, he apparently threw himself (and the Kingdom) in an almost never-ending array of feasts and tourneys even as he gorged himself on food, wine, and whores in a vain attempt to drown his grief for her.  Although time has dulled his memories of her; his first action on visiting Winterfell is to pay his respects to Lyanna in the crypt and he openly admits to Cersei that their marriage was doomed to be loveless from the start because of this as she was nothing but a poor repalcement for Lyanna.

Seventeen years after his assumption of the Iron Throne, Robert is heavily overweight and drinking and whoring as his major pastimes. He also has grown a heavy beard to better hide his chins. He spends a great deal of time reminiscing about the old days and often seems bitter about the direction his life took after he became king. His womanising ways have led him to sire several bastard children, including Mhaegen's daughter and Gendry.

Robert was a very poor peacetime King and never was exceptional in admistrating and poltiics, he is and was a warrior and General first and foremost and often discounted others' advice and counsel over his own.  The only persons whom he listened to were Jon Arryn and Ned Stark and he did so pooly to Jon.  He however deeply trusted Ned and could be swayed by his old friend.  Although many dismissed him as stupid as he preferred to leave matters to the Small Council on a daily basis, this was untrue bur rathe that he simply had little patience for the minituae of governing Westeros.  He had an exceptionally gifted mind for strategy and tactics and even in a drunken state, he was able to recite with great precision and clarity the Dothraki's demonstrated strategies for several centuries as well as statistical analysis of how they would apply it in invading Westeros.

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