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Everyone is mine to torment.
~ Joffrey Baratheon to his uncle Tyrion Lannister
The King can do as he likes.
~ Joffrey justifying his atrocities

Joffrey Baratheon is one of the main antagonists of A Song of Ice and Fire and its TV adaptation Game of Thrones. In the novels, he serves as a secondary antagonist in A Game of Thrones, the main antagonist of A Clash of Kings, and a major antagonist in A Storm of Swords. In the TV series, he serves as one of the secondary antagonists of Season 1, the main antagonist in Season 2, a secondary antagonist in Season 3, and a supporting antagonist in Season 4.

Joffrey is the eldest son and heir of King Robert Baratheon and Queen Cersei Lannister. He is the older brother of Princess Myrcella and Prince Tommen. He's very proud of being Robert's son and always tried to be like him, while also trying to get his attention. However, unknown to him and his siblings, his real father is Ser Jaime Lannister, the queen's brother, thus meaning that Joffrey is not only a bastard, but a product of incest. He is 12 years old at the beginning of the first book, and 15 years old at the beginning of the TV series and later becomes the second House Baratheon king to sit on the Iron Throne. He is a ruthless tyrant who loves to torture and kill innocent people, having been compared to the Mad King Aerys Targaryen on more than one occasion. Although he was the King on the Iron Throne, Joffrey actually ruled in name only, being only a pawn of the small council and the powerful nobles of King's Landing.

Joffrey owned three swords in the course of the story: Lion's Tooth, Hearteater, and Widow's Wail.

He was portrayed by Jack Gleeson.

History

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What Makes Him Pure Evil?

  • Ordering to execute babies.
  • Abusing animals, including opening a pregnant cat's belly.
  • Beheading Eddard Stark in front of his daughter even after Eddard bended his knee and submitted to him.
  • Abusing Sansa both for his own sadistic glee and for punishing her brother for his victories.
  • Ordering his guards to beat up Sansa every time he felt she isn't obedient enough.
  • Stripping Sansa and having Meryn Trant beat her in front of everyone.
  • Abusing prostitutes instead of enjoying their company, from forcing prostitutes to brutally beat up each other and sodomize them at will, to train with his crossbow on their life's expense.
  • Ordering mass executions, and throwing Sansa to the crowd when it doesn't work out as planned.
  • Planning on serving Robb's head in his wedding to hurt Sansa even deeper. This idea shocks even his own family, which many of them are cruel people in their own right.
  • Threatening to kill his own uncle.
  • Abusing the guests of his own wedding, including dedicate his big day to antagonize Sansa in the form of dressing one of the actors as the late brother.

Trivia

  • Given his crimes and cruelty throughout the series, Joffrey Baratheon was hated even by his own actor Jack Gleeson, who struggled while filming some of the series' scenes and has a completely opposite personality to that of his character. This is usually common among other Pure Evils, like the cases of Alan Yates from Cannibal Holocaust or Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter.
  • Some people believe that Joffrey's relationship with his "father" Robert is a redeeming quality. However, it's possible that Joffrey only worshipped Robert rather than genuinely loving him. In the show, he didn't hesitate to have Robert's best friend (Ned Stark) and numerous bastard children executed in order to secure his place on the Iron Throne, despite it being the man's dying wish that Ned becomes king in his place.

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