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It is implied in the book that Melisandre and Stannis have sex and the that easily by Melisandre isn't as fascinating as their relationship in the books. would carry over into that child and the Baratheon name that he carried. Melisandre initially thought Stannis Baratheon was the prophesized prince. ' Spider-Verse' Directors Discuss the Film's Relationship to the MCU .. We delved into the noughties marketing and games that led to video games' angriest . After Stannis is given the castle of Dragonstone by Robert Cressen follows Stannis and becomes maester at Dragonstone. When Melisandre.
They arent close and Stannis only sleeps with her once or twice a year to do his duty as a husband. When Stannis goes to Kings Landing to Serve on Roberts small council he leaves Selyse behind on Dragonstone and rarely sends letters to her.
Stannis and Ned Now Stannis and Ned didnt have much of a relationship at all really they likely never spent much time together at all.
The reason i included Ned on this list is because Stannis is very jealous of the close friendship between Ned and Robert. The man was nothing to me Oh Robert loved him to be sure loved him like a brother how often did i hear that? I was his brother not Ned but you never would have known it the way he treated me. Stannis feels resentful of Ned due to him getting credit for lifting the siege of Storms End when Stannis was inside holding out and starving living off of rats.
He also took it as a slight that Ned was named hand of the king by Robert instead of him. Stannis and Melisandre Melisandre believes Stannis is the savior of her religion and is telling Stannis about how special he is. I believe this does have an impact on him after all Stannis isnt used to people liking him at all and here is the woman constantly building him up. Stannis adopts the Lord Of Light somewhat he generally remains skeptical of religion but more on that later.
Melisandre gains Stannis trusts by showing him magic she creates a shadow demon to kill Renly and Courtney Penrose to help Stannis although she doesnt do it anymore because it physically weakens Stannis. It is very likely Stannis and Mel are having sex as Mel Comments that without Stannis around she has no use for a bed and the likelihood that the shadow babies were created through a sex.
Mel is kinda like the evil angel on Stannis shoulder whereas Davos is the good angel. Mel is ultimately able to convince Stannis to kill his bastard nephew Eldric Storm a child he hates due to him being created by Robert in Stannis bed on his wedding night for his kingsblood. Stannis and Shireen Despite his general cold nature Stannis is loving towards his daughter Shireen. One might say it is the closest relationship he has with anyone.
Stannis often defends Shireen and is outraged by Axel Florents secret plans to marry her to Tommen. He names Shireen as his heir in case he dies. In the Theon Winds chapter Stannis says if he dies the soldiers should continue the war in order to put Shireen on the throne. Your Grace, if you are dead? Justin Massey asked " You will avenge my death, and seat my daughter on the Iron Throne. Or die in the attempt. On the show of course Stannis encounters a snowstorm and burns Shireen however i cant see this happening in the books at all as Stannis is so far away from Shireen it just doesnt fit.
It is more likely shireen gets burned at the wall unfortunately. Stannis and Davos Stannis and Davos relationship began after Davos smuggled in Onions and fish to help Stannis and his soldiers.
Stannis offered Davos a knighthood and gave him land nut said due to Davos past as a smuggler he had to have the four fingers of his hand cut off.
Davos agreed on the condition that Stannis would cut the fingers himself which he did. Afterwards Davos becomes Stannis most loyal supporter and probally the closest thing he has to a friend. Davos is the only person Stannis confides in. Stannis often listens to Davos advice and is one of the few people Who can influence stannis to make a decision. Beware the Honest Ones: Brutally honest he may be, but he's more than capable of blindsiding anyone who assumes he's entirely one-dimensional because of it.
His strong senses of justice and duty also make him difficult to negotiate with, and thus dangerous to every other claimant as long as he's alive to oppose them. This is also why he's opposed by many people, because Stannis cannot abide corruption and the Seven Kingdoms is a very corrupt society. Black and White Morality: Stannis does not deal very well with shades of grey, although given the nature of Westeros he is often forced to begrudgingly do so.
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A good deed does not wash out the bad, nor does a bad deed wash out the good. Each should have its own reward. While this is his general attitude, he does learn to moderate it somewhat when he appoints Davos his Hand. Davos reminds him that "a king protects his people or he's no true king at all".
When he marches to the Wall, he's pragmatic about not allowing some of the fundamentalists in his camp advocate even more extreme measures pointing out that not everyone who supports him worships R'hllor. He also sulks about Jon Snow refusing his offer of legitimacy but begrudgingly accepts his advice nonetheless about not parcelling Northern territory among Southern lords since that would make him resemble an invader rather than the liberator from the Boltons, which is what he becomes.
Unlike his older brother, Stannis has always been one. Growing up in Robert's shadow and having to live without anyone recognizing just how important his contributions to Robert's Rebellion were have made him bitter and cynical.
He still shows himself to be one of the best military commanders in Westeros and one of the most intellectual and well-read nobles who appear, but is viewed as a villain by many Westerosi, despite his strict moral code and obsession with the law. An Establishing Character Moment. He can't even make small talk.
When he is writing the letter to declare himself king, he orders the word 'beloved' struck from the description of his relationship with his brother, because it would be a lie. He also insists on 'Ser' Jamie the Kingslayer, because whatever else Jamie might be, he is still a knight.
His Brutal Honesty is an interesting case, because while speaking his mind can cause him to hurt people's feelings, it also means that on the rare occasions he says something nice, it is truly heartfelt.
This can sometimes lead him to kick and pet the dog almost simultaneously, such as when he bluntly tells Maester Cressen that he is too old and confused to be of any use to him anymorebut then states a few sentences later that the maester's age makes the stairs he would need to use to perform his duties dangerous to him, and says "I will not have you kill yourself in my service".
This may not seem like much, but considering Stannis's general grimness, plus the You Have Outlived Your Usefulness mentality that many characters have this is actually quite a significant sign of affection and respect for the maester's past services.
This is also part of why Stannis likes Davos as much as he does, because he appreciates Davos' preference to bluntness, rather than being a yes-man. One thing Stannis cannot stand is people who try to sugarcoat the truth, since he never does it himself.
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Stannis and his younger brother Renly. The series' Gray and Grey Morality being what it is, though, it's impossible to tell who is the "good" and the "evil" one. They both had every intention of killing each other: Renly joking with Loras about what to do with Stannis's body and Stannis actually killing Renly — albeit, Stannis is wracked with guilt over Renly's death.
Renly wants power as king. Stannis seems to see it more as his duty as Robert's heir, though Renly acknowledges that Stannis may well have a better claim but he Renly has the larger army and was more the aggressor in the situation. It turns out to be a Cain and Cain situation however, as Renly is assassinated before his vastly superior army can crush Stannis's own.
It's never quite clear whether Stannis knew about this. However, he does show he is upset over Renly's death and did try to make terms with Renly.
For a man who has a reputation for rigidity and never changing his mind, Stannis undergoes a lot of character development: In Book 2, he starts out more concerned with the slights he had suffered, and wanting restitution of his rights, rather than his duties justice and protection. This leads him to be brusque with potential allies like Catelyn Stark, intimidating her away from any common ground he could form with Robb Stark.
In Book 3, he nominates Davos as his Hand after listening to his honest advise, agreeing that it wasn't fair to as per the suggestion of one of the Queen's Men to sack a Narrow Sea island for bending its knee to the Iron Throne because they were tired of fighting and lost many soldiers at Blackwater. By the end of the book, after Davos spirits away Edric Storm from a Human Sacrifice that Melisandre suggested and which Stannis was tempted yet severely reluctant abouthe agrees that Davos, who disobeyed his commands, was right, that a "king protects his people, or he's no true King at all.
He also talks down the more zealous members of the Queen's Men and generally wavers between iron determination and unexpected moderation.
Grinding his teeth when frustrated which is often. Melisandre believes he is the prince that was promised and will defeat the Others during the Long Night.
His dispassionate way of speaking may not be as boisterous as Robert's or as suave as Renly's, but it does lend his words a certain solemn gravity. The most capable soldier of the Stormlands Not that Stannis wears it himself, but it symbolizes his reliance on the magic of the red priestess, Melisandre, and her red god, Rh'llor. And the burning fires which become a hallmark of his quest. Not above using Melisandre's magic to quickly eliminate his enemies, especially if it will prevent a large number of his men from dying in a bloody battle.
His brother Renly and later Cortnay Penrose found this out the hard way. His un-charisma is so great he can be hilarious at times.
In the end he chose his blood. When Davos justifies the men of Claw Isle not remaining loyal to him as Lord Celtigar has sworn allegiance to Joffrey and even makes the comparison, Stannis understands and seems to agree to Davos. Whose fringes are shaped like flames is Stannis's only Bling of War. He prefers to be Modest Royalty. Couldn't Find a Pen: Instead of heating the ink, which would take some time, especially as Stannis has a lot to arrange in a short time due to an enemy army approaching, he cuts the ball of his thumb and signs in blood.
Considering who he's signing this contract with, this action carries some pretty ominous symbolism. At least part of the reason for Stannis' appeal among his supporters stems from an aura of justice and determination that comes out spontaneously as a result of his actions, but also a reputation he deliberately builds. His followers and entourage seem personally devoted to him rather than the "Brother of Robert" or the descendant of Orys and Lyonel Baratheon, he also patronizes a religion which he personally doesn't believe in because it anoints him the Messiah, and his regime and entourage are animated by a kind of loyalty that is partly feudal but partly ideological, dedicated to restoring balance in the Seven Kingdoms and bringing justice to the traitors and usurpers.
Despite his rigidity and seriousness, Stannis does demonstrate a very dry sense of humor on occasion. Who better to lead the black cloaks than the man who once led the gold? Any of you, I should think, even the cook. Deal with the Devil: Stannis's integrity means he will never ally or even strike a truce with the people he considers his enemies the Starks, Lannisters and Tyrells which is why he often asks for help from sinister entities the cult of R'hllor and the Iron Bank of Braavos without thought of the long term consequences.
Of the Evil Overlord. He is outright described as a "Dark Lord" at Joffrey's feast. He never gives up trying to be king which he sees as his duty rather than ambitionconsorts with an Evil Sorcerer and other unsavory yet sympathetic people, lives in an exotic fortress on a barren island his "reward" for helping win his brother's rebellion and is generally unlikable for being too honest and blunt.
Seems to cross a sort of one after the battle of Blackwater in which he loses most of his army and the Lannisters begin winning the war, locking himself away with Melisandre and refusing to see almost anyone.
He gets better during A Storm of Swords. His stubbornness in the face of adversity is well known. He demonstrated this during the Siege of Storm's End, and keeps on trucking despite incredible setbacks in the War of the Five Kings. This very quality in him is one of the reasons Tywin Lannister considers him the greatest threat in the War of the Five Kings.
Know how everyone is always going on about how Stannis is made of iron? House Lannister may have won the War of the Five Kings by default, but Stannis is the only original survivor. Meanwhile the Lannister regime is facing collapse after the death of Tywin. By his enemies, due to them knowing that they expect almost no mercy from him due to his rigid sense of justice.
Varys sums up his fear of Stannis to Ned Stark thusly: There is no creature on earth half as terrifying as a truly just man. Considers sacrificing his nephew Edric Storm as this. Even if he doesn't want to do it, he will if one life means saving millions. To a lesser degree, this is also evident in his attitude toward seizing the Iron Throne for himself, as he's one of the few people who is not after the throne out of an ambitious pursuit for greater power and that might partially be due to seeing what the crown turned his brother Robert into, though Robert didn't want the Iron Throne either and never really cared about ruling.
Dude, Where's My Respect? He has shown himself to be a capable leader, and won several victories for Robert, but because in the words of TV! Loras he "has the personality of a lobster! This bothers him more than he cares to admit, especially as he feels he has done a lot worthy of praise and his youngest brother Renly never did anything useful.
Robert could piss in a cup and men would call it wine, but I offer them cold clear water and they squint in suspicion and mutter to each other about how queer it tastes.
To give Stannis credit, he's also conscious of occasions where his enemies didn't get respect either. He despises Mace Tyrell for claiming credit for the victory over Robert at Ashford, which Stannis notes was Randyll Tarly's achievement, and that the blockade during the Siege on Storm's End was made possible by Paxter Redwyne's fleet, while acknowledging Tyrion Lannister as the true author of his defeat at Blackwater. He also identifies with underdogs who were overshadowed in Westerosi history, grumbling that nobody remembers Alyn Oakenfist Velaryon 's naval attack at Plankytown which actually won Daeron the Young Dragon's conquest of Dorne.
One can see how this mentality made him feel positive about meritocracy.
While Robert preferred to enjoy himself by drinking, eating, whoring, and pretty much neglecting his duties as king, Stannis helped run the realm as Master of Ships alongside Robert's Hand, Jon Arryn. Yet, Renly acted as a Yes-Man for Robert, spent much of his time showing off rather than actually doing something useful, and happily broke the realm's laws in trying to usurp the crown after Roberts death, being one of the main figures whose selfishness leads to the War of the Five Kings.
Though he admits he loved his brothers. In keeping with his reputation as a "Dark Lord" and his general ambiguous reputation across the books, Stannis also fulfills this other trope from fantasy.
His crew includes an Essosi Priestess, a foreigner who practises a strange religion, Lyseni privateers and an Onion Knight who was once a smuggler.
His reputation for fairness was such that a cabal of beleaguered King's Landing merchants were willing to open the gates for him to seek justice earning them the moniker "Antler's Men" upon their exposure, though this was partially due to Joffrey's poor handling of the earlier stages of war, which disrupted the economy.
Likewise after defeating Mance Rayder, Stannis becomes the first High Lord and King claimant to welcome Wildlings into his kingdom, offer them protection of the law, protection from the Othersand offers to settle them south of the Wall. Of course, Stannis will only allow this if the Wildlings give up their religion, serve in his army and surrender all of their liberties as Free Folk, but he has gone further than most anyone else in Westeros.
His actions inspire Lord Commander Jon Snow to make an alliance with the Wildlings — albeit Jon makes this alliance on terms he and the Wildlings agree on as Jon does not ask the Wildlings to swear any fealties or give up their beliefs or religion as Free Folkrather than on Stannis's terms, and Jon also wants to save the Wildlings for humanitarian reasons in addition to pragmatic ones any man who dies north of the Wall will rise as a wight. Even the giants, if those great knees of theirs can bend.
I will settle them on the Gift When the cold winds rise, we shall live or die together. It is time we made alliance against our common foe. He is this to Edric Storm, whom he is this close to burning as a sacrifice, albeit very reluctantly. He and Renly are also viewed as this by Joffrey's supporters. Of course, Joffrey isn't actually his nephew as he is not the son of Stannis's brother, Robert, but of Cersei and Jaime Lannister.
Though he earlier declines from burning Edric after Balon and Robb's death, saying it could be chance that two other Kings have died after they were cursed using Edric's blood. Stannis seems to be coming over to Mel's way of thinking after the third King dies, but tells her if sacrificing Edric fails she will die "by inches. A Father to His Men: Although Stannis is unpopular with the nobility and common people of Westeros due to his blunt honesty and rigid sense of justice, the soldiers under his command tend to be extremely loyal to him.
This can probably be explained by two traits Stannis possesses: When he held Storm's End against the forces of the Reach during Robert's Rebellion, he endured the same hardships that his men did starvation and fatigue and, as a result, only a single soldier under his command attempted to desert.
He has shown similar bravery in other battles. Stannis's fate is becoming similar to his ancestor Argilac the Arrogant as he tells his men to keep fighting in his daughter's name before marching to battle in bad weather, uncertain of victory.
Has similarities to his great-great-grandfather Maekar I Targaryen. They were both stern, socially-awkward younger sons who are great military commanders that feel overlooked by their brothers, killed a more charming brother of theirs though in Maekar's case it was accidental and in Stannis's case its unclear how aware he wasare very unpopular throughout Westeros and seen as The Evil Princeand unexpectedly become King.
Also despite their image as stern and sticking to the law, both show a progressiveness in their treatment of a lowborn but decent Knight, Stannis knighting Davos and making them his Hand, and Maekar letting Dunk take his son Egg on as his squire.
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Stannis for his part greatly identifies with his ancestor Aegon I, he's based in Dragonstone, the castle of Aegon's birth, keeps staring at the Painted Table, has a relationship with Selyse and Melisandre much like Aegon-Rhaenys-Visenya and has a reputation for being The Stoic who only really lets his guard around his friend Davos, who like Orys Baratheon Stannis's other ancestorwas a lowborn possibly, rumors claim Orys was Aegon's bastard brother he raised high and rewarded on merit, enabling them to found their own House.
Subverted—he wields the mythical Lightbringer, but it only appears to be on fire because of Melisandre's magic illusions. As Maester Aemon is dying, he points out to Sam that Stannis cannot be Azor Ahai, because his "Lightbringer" is nothing but an ordinary sword disguised by a glamour. It might get lost among his more unpleasant character traits, but he makes sure that his daughter Shireen receives a proper education and keeps Patchface around because she likes him, even if the jester is a living remainder of the accident in which his parents died.
While his behavior is pragmatic in a sense it's unlikely that he and Selyse will have another heir, and so Shireen must become an adequate rulerfew parents in Westeros are shown to be better than him. Subverted in that he actually never once interacts with his daughter in the books and rarely mentions her at all. Thus, giving the appearance that he ignores her more often than not. Stannis truly believes that hard work equals great reward yet he never gets what he wants.
This also makes him a believer in true meritocracy which is why he constantly rewards Davos instead of his more highborn bannermen.
For all his faults, Stannis is Robert's true heir, he strives for truth and justice, and he plans on using the power of the crown to cleanse the realm of corruption and prepare it against the Others' invasion.
By contrast, his rivals for the throne are Joffrey, a sadistic tyrant who's a figurehead for House Lannister, and his younger brother Renly, a sleazy, superficial jerk believes he should be king just because he's more popular than his older brother.
His other opponents, such as Varys and Littlefinger, don't want him taking the throne only because they know he won't suffer them or their scheming and power grabs. All in all, Stannis could be the most straightforward hero in the series if it wasn't for his stubbornness and his willingness to impose a foreign religion that he doesn't believe in so he can keep getting magical favors from Melisandre.
Hero with Bad Publicity: He is the most hated man in the realm, expect, possibly, for Tyrion but refuses to rehab his image and expects everyone to acknowledge him as king because he is the rightful heir, even though he has no evidence. However, while in the North, he does follow Jon Snow's advice and as a result gathers a lot of support throughout the North. Stannis tends to be critical of everyone present Robert Baratheon, Eddard Stark, Renly, Robb and othersand he also tends to be critical of popular heroes like Daeron the Young Dragon and other famous historical figures from the past.
The one exception is Aegon I, his ancestor via his Targaryen grandmother, who Stannis sees as a visionary who brought peace by eroding all borders within Westeros, and a role model for him to aspire to: This talk of Seven Kingdoms is a folly.
Aegon saw that three hundred years ago when he stood where we are standing. They painted this table at his command.
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Rivers and bays they painted, hills and mountains, castles and cities and market towns, lakes and swamps and forests It is all one. One realm, for one king to rule alone. One King means peace. With Davos, one of the only men who Stannis not only respects, but likes.
Much of Davos' interactions with Stannis are there to showcase that Stannis is more conflicted, unsure and flexible than the front he shows the rest of the world indicates. Amongst other things he openly resents his brothers for their charm something he's never hadis willing to consider alliances with the Arryns and other undeclared houses, and appears to mourn Renly's death that he may or may not have ordered himself and regretting pulling a weapon during a negotiation when Renly tried to offer him a peach.
Despite the idea that Stannis is overly harsh he is much more fair-minded then most nobles, seeing the worth in people despite their status and wanting to bring justice to everyone, as can be seen in minor details like gelding men of his who raped Wildling women.
Also many of the people Stannis targets are undeniably guilty of wrongdoing, such as Varys and Littlefinger. Believes that all Westeros should bow to him because he is "by law" Robert's "rightful" heir, yet he conveniently forgets that Robert got his crown by rebelling against the previous king.
Davos calls him out on this, and Stannis's defense is that there it was a choice between family and king, and that he considered the former a higher duty which explains his dislike for Renly, since he didn't reciprocate in following his older brother: It is every man's duty to remain loyal to his rightful king, even if the lord he serves proves false.
As you remained loyal to King Aerys when your brother raised his banners? Aerys, If you only knew My blood or my liege. My brother or my king. Stannis can't stop pointing out that the Iron Throne is rightfully his as he is Robert's heir, but he dismisses all of Jon's objections to inheriting Winterfell wherein Jon explains that Winterfell should go to his sister Sansa since all of Ned Stark's trueborn sons are presumably dead.
Stannis points out that Sansa is Lannister by marriage and that, under no circumstances, will he allow Winterfell to be granted to Lannisters or their lackeys but Jon maintains his stance that Winterfell should go to his sister by rights.
To be fair, even Robb and Catelyn had a similar way of thinking, believing that Sansa's marriage meant she should be passed over for rule of Winterfell, and some of the Northern nobles are shown to have agreed with them. Stannis constantly talks about he is motivated by duty and not ambition or personal feelings. However, when he wasn't named Hand by his brother he proceeds to leave King's Landing and sulk at Dragonstone.
He had pragmatic reasons fear for his family, his own life after Jon Arryn's death, and his accusation against Cersei would be considered treasonous and a power-grab if he didn't have ironclad evidence. That said, he doesn't consider warning Ned Stark or sharing some of his intelligence with him because he resented Robert's affection for Eddard and feels jealous that Robert never relied on him as much.
When Stannis finally makes his move, it comes after both Ned and Robert are dead and Cersei has installed her new regime, by which point, Stannis's actions such as letters outing the illegitimacy of Cersei's offspring dispatched to all corners of the kingdom are too little and too late.
How he justifies most of his merciless actions. It still weighs heavy on him. He also expects the rest of the world to act this way. This is part of why he is so disliked.
He takes this to the greatest possible extreme in A Dance With Dragons by marching toward Winterfell while his army is starving, freezing and greatly outnumbered. Stannis is one of the most unpleasantly astringent and astute characters in the series to hang with. He's introduced as acting incredibly rough on an old man's emotions one who helped raise him like a father, no less — and, not even outright meaning it as an insult, but " just telling it like he sees it ".
He continues this stance throughout the series by either constantly insulting people with his sheer, blinkered bluntness or complaining about how he was wronged. Examples include him calling rape victim, Gilly, a whore because his ideas on sexual assault and coercive abuse don't match most other people's and complaining about Ned taking a job he desired to Ned's grieving widow because of course he thinks he'd have done it better.
Jerkass Has a Point: This is the very definition of Stannis's character. He's one of the most unpleasant, no-nonsense people anyone could ever meet in Westeros, and is generally coarser than sandpaper to deal with both emotionally and socially.
Though he apparently thinks and judges in black-and-white terms, his interactions with Davos show that, while not being easily swayed, Stannis is not as unapproachable as other people generally paint him as being. He also displays a very good picture of what is going on around him, as well. Even while he's busy treading on emotional toes, he's going to be saying something important to listen to.
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Also Stannis claims he would not have been as forgiving to those who fought against Robert as Robert was. Considering how treacherous much of the Small Council, the Tyrells, and Balon Greyjoy turn out to be, he was probably justified.
I mean to sweep that court clean. As Robert should have done after the Trident. He also has a point in stating that Robb and the Northern faction wouldn't been destroyed had he joined his cause instead of declaring himself king. Stannis feels that Varys should have been executed. It turns out at the end of A Dance With Dragons that Varys has been continually working to bring down the Baratheon regime in favor of "Aegon VI", and may have been working to bring down the Targaryens before that, which explains why he fueled the Mad Kings' paranoia.
Jerkass with a Heart of Gold: Yep, it's in there. While he was definitely being a big Jerkass to Maester Cressenhe was also very much concerned that the aging Maester was going to slip and fall to his death by continuing to try doing the same amount of work he'd previously done when in better physical health.
He didn't want his old mentor to die early and saw no shame in outright telling him to ease up and retire comfortably, already. He is very meritocratic, giving those who perform well in his service their due, and he is as good a friend as he can be to Davosand is trying to be a good parent to Shireen.
Underneath all his hard and sour exterior is someone who tries to be better.
Too bad for him he only shows this side of his personality to his inner circle. His appointment as Lord of Dragonstone effectively made Stannis the second most powerful man in the Crownlands but the island is just a spit of rock. It feels more like being Reassigned to Antarcticaespecially as he viewed it as a punishment that he wasn't made Lord of Storm's End. Word of God has said that this appointment established him as Robert's heir as Robert didn't have any legitimate children at the time and never did, but it's why Stannis is bad-tempered about it.
He is a good example of why a truly just man is terrifying. His rigid sense of justice turns many people away from him, and he hates the compromises he is forced to make on his quest to remove those he views as usurpers vying for the Iron Throne. Large and in Charge: He's a Baratheon, after all. Ned says that Stannis, Renly, and Robert are all very large men, and Jon who should be roughly the height of an average adult notes that Stannis "towers" over him.
His brothers, Renly and Robert, are 6'2 and 6'6 respectively, so Stannis is probably around 6'4; very tall by modern first world standards, and massive by medieval standards though GRRM seems to have applied modern standards, considering how many named people are around 6'6", which would be borderline impossible in a setting were most people were shorter than 5'6". Cressen also describes him as "large, broad-shouldered, and sinewy", while also noting that he looks skinnier than he usually does.
Presumably he's usually pretty bulky, though not to the same extent as Robert. He isn't actually a straight version of the trope, for all of his Knight TemplarHonor Before Reason and Principles Zealot tendencies for the simple reason of However, he's well aware that other people are most likely going to view him as the biggest, straightest version of this they've ever come across. He'll even use other people's misconceptions of how he'll act to blind-side them.
As long as doing so doesn't break his own sense of what is right. In contrast to Robert, who got extremely fat after ascending to the throne, Stannis got a lot skinnier. It probably has something to do with Melisandre's shadow babies.
By the end of A Dance With Dragons, he's starving along with the rest of his men, and is described by Asha as looking like a skeleton. Lonely at the Top: Stan in Old English means "stone". And, will give about as easily as that rock will. Stannum is latin for tin, a very malleable metal.