If you follow The Game of Thrones series, you must know this man because he’s the joy of the show where it’s full of cruelty, killings, betrayals and female nudity—one of the reasons why it’s in most men’s watch-lists.
Of all the noble houses, The Lannisters are my favorite because The Starks are full of boring naïves and Targaryen is left with no one but Daenerys (sure she’s awesome!) but the other family members and are only known by stories. The Lannisters are very rich, proud of themselves, has the coolest family sign, and even though the members of the family have one trait that connects them all (the cocky side), each family member is different, it’s like many kinds of personalities in one house; Tywin the cold-yet-cool ego-blinder villain, Cersei the beautiful and (actually) smart woman who’s trapped in a man’s world then turned mean and hateful, Jaime the not-really-bad bad person, Jeoffrey the total douche bag, and the one and only wit and wise Tyrion!
Tyrion is born with physical imperfection, people call him names; half man, imp and dwarf. His mother passed away giving birth to him that makes his father and sister blame him for the death. He’s a disappointment to the family, in the beginning of the show, he spent his days whoring, drinking with his family’s money until the war (and also the whore named ‘Shae’) made him change. Yet, he’s smart, wise, kind-hearted, and very talented in sarcasm. His journey so far has many lessons that we can take, both the wise and the sillies:
1. The importance of accepting your flaws and asset-based thinking
Tyrion is over the phase of looking for external validation (though sometimes his father’s heartless words disturb him). He accepts the flaws he’s born with and instead of wasting time trying to be and do what other normal men in the kingdoms are doing (learning how to fight and kill), he reads to improve his knowledge and gain his self his kind of dignity. He knows that he’s not born for swords, that’s why he plays with words instead.
2. Always bring the air of coolness in every situation
He’s always one inch to losing his head, but he’s always able to look at the fun side of every situation. It’s a rare quality in a person, to laugh at the bad lucks and not being dramatic (too long). I remember one scene in the first season when he was threatened to die. Equipped with weapons and in larger number, the gang asked him, “How do you like to die?”. Tyrion replied, “On my bed with women in my d*ck”. OMG, you’re crazy Tyrion and I’m crazy for you!
3. Do not ever fall in love with whores
Even wise person does unwise thing. His misfortune in love life is because of his own choice. Whores are meant to do whoring, not loving. Asking a prostitute for a hug is like buying a healthy salad at McDonald’s. Loyalty is expensive, it never comes from cheap people.
4. If you want to make the world a better place, be the ruler, not the Maester of Coins
Just like in the real world, the chaos roots from the existence of wrong people in the power. Too many bad people doing politics that makes politics seem bad. It’s not the field, but the players. We need to get more good people in power. Being the employee can’t do much, you need to be the man who sets the rule.
5. Refusing a woman’s invitation to bed is dangerous
LOL. But seriously, Tyrion makes few mistakes by refusing Shae’s seduction to bed. Look what happens to him after that, leads him to Trial by Combat! Once again, near-death experience. Learn from that, husbands!
NOTE TO MEN: ‘woman” in the context refers to YOUR woman, NOT any women. Do not use that for your own advantage. :p
6. In love, if it feels too good to be true, then it probably is
Tyrion has fallen truly in love twice in his life but both are horrors in the end. If it’s too good to be true, there must be something wrong. You’re probably missing some clues and couldn’t see the bad is coming. Be careful of sweet and smooth beginnings, they often come in package with the worst endings.
In the end, I'm just like most other GoT followers, if George R.R Martin kills Tyrion like he did to other major characters, then I'll stop watching it.