It isn't easy to rise to the position of "Most Detestable Character on Game of Thrones"; we're talking about a show where the pilot episode featured the heroic protagonist executing an innocent man. (Plus, he insisted his wife raise his bastard son conceived by another woman, and kept the only son of his vanquished foe working around the house as a slave. But hey, he loves wolves, so it's all good!)
Still, Joffrey manages it with a mix of pluck, looking astonishingly like the guy who plays Draco Malfoy, and of course, petulance. He approaches ruling Westeros the way any angry, twisted, in-bred, evil blonde pre-teen who's been trained to be insufferable since the womb would: blind malice and hateful rage. Go through the list and vote for what YOU think are Joffrey's most deliriously villainous moments from "Game of Thrones" and keep in mind that there are myriad more despicable Joffrey moments to come.
The Execution of Eddard Stark
Though the Lannisters had Ned Stark safely imprisoned and labeled as a traitor, there were many interested parties who DIDN'T want the popular Lord of Winterfell killed. Sean Bean's agent in particular was dead-set against it, having been down this road with his client many (many!) many times before. Joffrey's intended, Sansa Stark, had also made it known that she'd prefer to see her father left alive.
But Cersei Lannister, Joffrey's Mother, had also requested that Stark be left alive. His value as a symbol of rebellion against the Lannister, among other things, superceded the delight the Lannisters would no doubt get from his execution. Better to send him off to serve in the Night's Watch, ashamed and without title. But Joffrey, though he had initially appeared to accept this decision to spare Stark's life, and despite the fact that Stark humbles himself and accepts Joffrey's rule, pulls a last-minute change-up. He orders Stark beheaded. Which is maybe not the NICEST wedding gift a bride-to-be can receive, but certainly makes more of an impression than a gravy boat.(You've also got to love that Joffrey throws in a dig at over-emotional women right at the end, before ordering Stark killed. That dude is never going to get laid.)
Joffrey Forces Sansa to Inspect Her Father's Head
You know, as one does. Anyway, Joffrey has gone against his word and had Ned Stark - father of his betrothed, Sansa Stark - executed publicly. It was not a pretty sight, though HBO tastefully cut around it despite having no problem with vicious on-screen death-by-liquid-hot-gold-droppings sequences. (We've all had enough of seeing Boromir in pain at this point, I think.)After that gruesome display, Joffrey blithely walks Sansa down to admire decapitated heads - including her father's - that he has displayed on pikes. Sansa, apparently not an art fan, is overwhelmed by the level of Joffrey's cruelty, and considers pitching him off the side of the castle. (He's tiny and probably very light. It'd be like tossing a kitten down there, and significantly more entertaining.) Alas, Sansa's brief career as an attempted murderess is foiled, but it likely won't taint her reputation permanently. In Westeros, attempted murder is a misdemeanor, like jaywalking or failing to separate your recycleables.
Everything He's Ever Done With a Prostitute
As a present for his nameday, good (libidinous) Uncle Tyrion orders up a pair of hookers for the (seemingly) sexually repressed King, probably thinking it would be good for him to have a release of some kind to distract him from killing peasants and culling disdain around the Kingdom. Joffrey responds by having one of the girls mercilessly beat the other, a message that he'll not tolerate any interference, sexy or otherwise.Thing is, Joffrey's not done just yet with the doomed ladies, Ros and Daisy, just yet. As Joffrey ditches his courtship with Sansa in favor of the benefits of Margaery and the House Tyrell, he also does Littlefinger a solid by inviting Ros (whom Littlefinger caught spying on him) back into his bedchamber so he could finally stick a little something in her (translation: he shot and killed her with a crossbow).
The Butcher's Boy
In happier, pre-Iron Throne times, Joffrey and Sansa were just two adorable kids who were arranged to marry as a way of uniting the houses of Lannister and Stark. (Romantic!) Back then, Sansa was even kind of in to the vibe Joffrey was giving off, which sort of stretches believability. But then, hey, Jon Gosselin always manages to get women to go out with him, so who's to say?
One afternoon, Joffrey and Sansa encounter Arya Stark and the local Winterfell butcher's boy playing by the water and Joffrey decides a little bullying is in order. (Hey, he's a bully! It's what they do!) So he slashes the poor ginger kid's face with his sword. Arya Stark, who may be small but doesn't take any guff - or at least not this AMOUNT of guff - fights back and whacks the little prince with a stick. Oh, and also, her dire wolf takes a bit out of him! (Hey, he's a wolf! It's what they do!)Seems like Joffrey might have had an opportunity to learn from this experience, but alas, it's not to be. Instead, within 24 hours, there's a dead butcher's boy, and a dead wolf. And it's not even the right wolf. Details, details.