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Villains of science fiction and fantasy television: King Joffrey Baratheon

[SPOILERS] The belated King Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) of Game of Thrones television series is the oldest son of Ser Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his sister Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey). King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) was assumed to be Joffrey's father. Joffrey was betrothed to Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). Sansa was the eldest daughter of Lord Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) and Lady Catelyn Tully Stark (Michelle Fairley). He disgraced Sansa by marrying Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer). The marriage was short-lived. Joffrey was poisoned on his wedding day by the clandestine Lord Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen).

Jack Gleeson
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Joffrey was a spoiled boy who lied to hide his cowardice. His mother Cersei manipulated Joffrey’s way to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms. As Joffrey grew in wickedness, he became a misogynist who began to defy his mother’s wishes. He delighted in tormenting his docile bride to be Sansa. He beheaded Sansa’s father after reneging on his promise to spare his life. His sadistic appetite included beating women and killing prostitutes with his crossbow.

His uncle Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) often humiliated Joffrey by insulting and slapping Joffrey. Joffrey revenged himself at his wedding by publicly mocking his uncle. Soon, Joffrey convulsed after consuming pie and wine. He choked to death in his mother’s arms. Cersei accused her brother Tyrion of murdering Joffrey.

His uncle Tyrion once said of Joffrey,

"We've had vicious kings, and we've had idiot kings, but I don't know if we've ever been cursed with a vicious idiot for a king!"

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C. C. J. Vann is a writer, columnist and speculative fiction enthusiast. Her blog is “C. C. J. Vann”, ( You may contact her at info[at]ccjvann[dot]com.

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