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House Baratheon of King's Landing

Robb Stark: Stannis Baratheon sent ravens to all the high lords of Westeros. King Joffrey Baratheon is neither a true king, nor a true Baratheon. He's your bastard son.
Jaime Lannister: Well, if that's true, then Stannis is the rightful king. How convenient for him.

Alton Lannister: King Joffrey is a Baratheon, Your Grace.
Robb Stark: Oh, is he?

The ruling house of Westeros after Robert Baratheon passes away. Nominally a branch of House Baratheon of Storm's End, its members are in fact the biological (bastard) children of Cersei and Jaime Lannister. The Lannisters of Casterly Rock are also the true power behind the Baratheons of King's Landing.

    In General 
  • In Name Only: In-universe, despite being Baratheons by name, they are Lannisters by blood. Technically speaking, children born of incest have no proper surname and have no right to one unless legitimized by a king, and the Baratheons of King's Landing are unlikely to ever receive one — as bastards from the Crownlands they would normally use Waters, but they'd have to be acknowledged by their father for that, and that would mean admission that they have no actual rightful claim to the throne.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Subverted, as Jon Arryn and Ned Stark get to discover. Officially, Joffrey identifies himself as "Joffrey of the Houses Baratheon and Lannister, First of His Name" and his personal coat of arms is the Baratheon stag and the Lannister lion together as equals, seemingly, because the lion's tail hovers invasively over the stag's head.
  • Open Secret: Stannis Baratheon "outs" their secret when he receives Ned's missive and it quickly catches Word Of Mouth with the commonfolk at King's Landing and different parts of the kingdom. Olenna Tyrell, who's marrying her grand-daughter to the Crown, points to Tywin Lannister that the evidence is very convincing. As Season 4 rolls, it is the worst kept secret of Westeros that is only tolerated for political necessity and convenience, with everyone making snarky comments about it and the rumor having spread all the way across the Narrow Sea to Essos.
    • Even when Cersei herself tells Tywin outright that it's true, he refuses to believe it - suggested to be because he point blank does not want to, and because admitting it to himself would mean that both his legacy and the Lannister blood claim to the throne are a lie.
  • Royally Screwed Up: Thankfully limited to Joffrey, whose complete personal monstrosity is far worse than the Lannisters', while both Tommen and Myrcella are good kids.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Tywin Lannister, probably the most powerful (and certainly the richest) person in Westeros, backs the Baratheons of King's Landing to the hilt, allowing them to pretty much do whatever they want, no matter the obstacles. Unfortunately, this has also extended to the borrowing of money, leading to the Baratheons of King's Landing acquiring astronomical amounts of debt which they are largely unable to service.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Averted, and one of the main indications that House Baratheon of King's Landing has no true connection to House Baratheon of Storm's End, every single one of whose (male) members, going back hundreds of years, have been black haired.

    King Joffrey Baratheon 
Played By: Jack Gleeson

"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!"
Tyrion Lannister

The elder son of King Robert and Queen Cersei. Officially, at least. King of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm after the death of Robert Baratheon. Jaime Lannister, the queen's own twin brother, is his biological father, and that of his siblings. BEWARE OF MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW.
  • 0% Approval Rating: Nobody likes him. Even his own family members are no exception, except maybe Cersei; and even she wouldn't mind him being subjected to some of his grandfather's 'discipline' by this point. Same goes for the audience.
    • Jaime Lampshades this in Season 4, noting that Joffrey is widely unpopular, and everyone in the city and Westeros wants him dead.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Not that he's not a psycho in the books, but the TV series makes him worse. In the television series, Joffrey is the one who orders both the massacre of Robert's bastards and the assassination attempt on Tyrion during the battle of the Blackwater. He also treats Cersei horribly, has Ros beat another prostitute, and flat-out murders Ros by hogtying her to a bedpost and riddling her with crossbow bolts because he simply wanted to explore what it feels like to murder someone yourself.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Surprisingly, Joffrey was not as much a Boisterous Weakling in the books—he's still a coward, but he's said to be tall and strong for his age, even taller than both Jon and Robb who are 3 years older. And when the King visits Winterfell, he spars equally with Robb despite the age difference. He also volunteers to fight during the Battle of Blackwater, and actually contributes to the battle. He only leaves the battle when forced to by Cersei, and still expresses desire to command the crossbowmen.
  • Age Lift: 12 in the books, mid-to-late teens in the show. This is something of a case of Pragmatic Adaptation, as there is a clear limit as to how far you can push it when your actor is 20 years old.
  • Asexuality: For a show that oozes sex and sexual politics like Game Of Thrones, Joffrey is a markedly asexual character:
    • He has a peculiar habit of steering conversations about sex away from the topic, usually parlaying them into conversations about violence.
    • His casual conversation to Sansa about getting her pregnant once she's "had [her] blood" (i.e. begins menstruating), which obviously requires sex, glosses over the act itself, and gives no indication of whether Joffrey would enjoy the act itself. Sansa, of course, is noted to be beautiful even in the book series, and nearly every male that comes in contact with her finds her very attractive.
    • When Margaery tries to discern his turn-ons, she gets nowhere talking about sex outright. His only pleasures come from either witnessing or inflicting suffering on others, but they're clearly not sexual pleasures.
    • Him watching Ros torture Daisy with that stag head mace plays more like a sports fan watching his favourite team repeatedly score on the opposition as opposed to a sadomasochistic voyeur getting turned on by the violence. Similarly, we have no indication that he had sex with Ros before killing her, instead he seems to have simply forced her to strip before shooting her repeatedly with a crossbow.
    • His threat to invoke the Lord's Right on Sansa seems to be more for the sake of humiliating Tyrion and causing her physical and emotional pain than any actual desire for her.
  • Asshole Victim: Unsurprisingly, thanks to his penchant for tormenting people on a whim:
    • After the initial shock of his timely departure, Cersei's the only one who mourns him.
    • Jaime has no problem having sex with Cersei right beside his corpse.
    • Tyrion, accused of his murder, states that he didn't kill Joffrey, but he doesn't deny that he wish he had and the world is better off without him anyway.
    • Olenna Tyrell reminds Margaery, who feels bad about the way Joffrey died, that she would feel far worse had he had lived and they remained married, and that there was no way she would let such a harm be visited on Margaery.
    • Margaery, for the most part, is not shaken up by the fact that he died, so much as that he died so horrifically and pitiably.
    • His own grandfather and Hand of the King, Tywin, doesn't even pretend to feel sorry for Joffrey's passing and tells Tommen, Joffrey's younger brother and successor, the sum total of his legacy with Joffrey's corpse between them:
      Tywin: Your brother was not a wise king. Your brother was not a good king. If he had been, perhaps he would still be alive.
    • Tommen shows little emotion over his brother's death, showing more interest in Tywin's lecture on how to be a good king than paying any more respect to his brother. From the Books 
    • As such, the list of suspects for his murder is more or less "anyone other than Cersei who had the opportunity" since pretty much everyone in Westeros had a motive. Olenna Tyrell and Littlefinger are the ones Who Murdered The Asshole?, and they admit to their confidants that they killed Joffrey specifically because he was an asshole. If he had been nicer and smarter, he'd still be alive.
  • Authority in Name Only: He may have his arse plonked firmly on the Iron Throne, but it's obvious to everyone that Tywin is the sole reason he continues to keep it.
  • Ax-Crazy: In one of his first scenes without the supervision of another Lannister, the sweet prince begins to cut Mycah with his sword and threatens to gut Arya before Nymeria intervenes. He doesn't get better.
  • Bad Bad Acting: During the ceremony in which he dismisses Sansa and takes Margaery as his betrothed, it is clear he's putting on a show for the court. He even turns to his mother in anticipation for her line before she starts speaking.
  • Bait the Dog: In "The Kingsroad", he seems to act decently enough in front of Sansa. Then he gets to bullying the butcher's son...
  • Bastard Bastard: It's revealed that he's not Robert's son, but the product of Jaime and Cersei's incest. In the second season, he learns of it through Stannis' pronouncement and asks his mother about the terrible rumor he's heard about her and "Uncle Jaime". Though he outwardly denies it he might believe it deep down, given that he orders the murder of Robert's illegitimate children as a form of insurance.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: He thinks of himself as The Hero who single handedly protected King's Landing from Evil Overlord Stannis Baratheon and triumphed over the Starks. The competence displayed by his Grandfather Tywin and Uncle Tyrion don't figure in this vision at all, let alone the fact that he was a Dirty Coward whose Ax-Crazy nature started the war in the first place.
  • Berserk Button: He hates having his authority challenged, and will often punish someone cruelly if they do so. When someone beyond his power to punish undermines his authority, however, it typically results in a temper tantrum.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Briefly pretends to be a decent guy in front of Sansa. He puts up the same charade for Margaery.
    • He later expresses the belief that he was the sole individual responsible for ending the War of the Five Kings, despite Stannis still being alive to return to fight another day, the on-going Greyjoy Rebellion, as well as the Riverlands and the entire North still not being under any semblance of control.
      Joffrey: They know I won the war!
      Jaime: The war's not won. Not while Stannis lives.
      Joffrey: I broke Stannis at the Blackwater!
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Despite being an undeniably monstrous character, Joffrey is only a threat because his title allows him to make frequent stupid and sadistic decisions without fear of repercussion. It's clear that if not for the cunning machinations of his uncle, Tyrion, and grandfather, Tywin, Joffrey would have ended up a head on a pike a long time ago.
  • Big Brother Bully: He tormented Tommen by threatening to have his cat Ser Pounce skinned and the meat then served to him in his food.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: As blonde as a Lannister and the most evil of them.
  • Blood from Every Orifice: The sure visual sign, after his poisoning, that he's completely and utterly screwed.
  • Blood Lust: Not only does he love to see people get killed or maimed like his counterpart in the books, but it's taken further as being a sexual fetish for him, seeing as how he enjoyed one whore beating another and later putting arrows in said whore.
  • Boisterous Weakling: He tries to live up to Robert's standards of jovial badassery, but his disastrous upbringing turned him into an arrogant, sadistic coward.
  • The Bully: Joffrey takes immense pleasure in using his power and status to inflict pain on others.
  • The Caligula: Quickly shapes up into this after taking the throne and even bears some resemblance to the real one. Joffrey just seems to want to inflict pain and death. One of his lines from the Season 3 finale is rather telling:
    Joffrey: Everyone is mine to torment!
  • Character Development:
    • In a rather horrible way: Joffrey quickly develops from a bullying wimp that nobody has much nice to say about to a Caligula-esque psychotic whom everybody hates after he obtains the Iron Throne — to the point that he's compared to another famous monster in Westerosi history: Aerys II) unfavourably; see Tyrion's "vicious idiot king" line.
    • By Season 4, Joffrey's learned a bit more about being a Villain with Good Publicity and using Stealth Insults instead, largely thanks to the influence of Margaery.
  • The Conspiracy: Is killed by a conspiracy between Olenna Tyrell, Petyr Baelish, Ser Dontos Hollard and (unintentionally) Sansa Stark at his own wedding.
  • Crown of Horns: His crown has stylized stag antlers.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Assassinated by a fittingly brutal poison. Being left choking on your own vomit and seizing up at your own wedding celebration is a pretty bad way to go.
  • Death by Irony: Joffrey ends up dying much in the same way as Robb Stark, the man whose death he so thoroughly mocked. Killed by treachery at a wedding whilst his mother is forced to watch as he dies a painful death. For additional irony, "The Rains of Castamere" is being played shortly before his death.
  • Dirty Coward: He acts tough, particularly when he is certain of being in a position of authority, but when Arya points a sword at him he cries like a baby. There's also the scene when Tyrion bitch-slaps him, repeatedly, for his mocking refusal to at least pay lip service to the Starks. Then in the second season, not only does he not do anything when Tyrion outright calls him a "vicious idiot king", but Tyrion gets away with slapping him again and mockingly asks if his hand had fallen from his wrist. He panics very quickly during the Battle of the Blackwater and runs off when he hears that his mother has called for him, his voice visibly cracking as he does so.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: To quote Tyrion Lannister...
    '"They threw a cow pie at you, so you decide to kill them all!"
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Sansa ignores most of his faults because she is love with him in Season 1. She wakes up to what sort of person he is once he has her father executed. invoked
  • Droit du Seigneur: During "Second Sons" he essentially threatens Sansa with this, saying that it doesn't matter which Lannister puts a baby in her.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Despite repeatedly demonstrating himself to be a suicidally stupid Psychopathic Manchild, he tends to have one millisecond of utter clarity per season until he died, played for Dramatic Irony. Of course, this is not helped by Joffrey's inclination towards ridiculing, humiliating, and dominating those around him, even to people where it's not wise to do so, especially his grandfather.
    • Season One: He points out how counter-productive a feudal system is towards maintaining a strong, centralised state and suggests forming a nationalised military loyal to the state itself. While a fair observation in itself (given that it's the reason half the country currently wants to kill him), his solutions towards implementing such a system are less well-thought out.
    • Season Two: He points out that with the Greyjoys tearing at Robb Stark's flank, an attack by the Lannisters would wipe them out. He's right, but he's also forgetting the small fact that Stannis Baratheon is about to hit King's Landing very much the way a sledgehammer hits an egg.
    • Season Three: When consulting his grandfather Tywin in the throne room, Joffrey voices his concerns about Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons. The Targaryens conquered Westeros with relative ease thanks to their dragons, and the repeatedly-demonstated cunning Varys points out the Westerosi would have nowhere to hide if they are attacked by dragons. However, Tywin contemptuously brushes off his grandson's concerns by asserting that dragons have been extinct for centuries and even if Daenerys does have dragons, they are small curiosities on the far side of the world and no threat to Joffrey's rule. But Daenerys is in fact conquering cities in Essos, aided by two highly-experienced fighters, her three dragons are each already powerful enough to roast men alive and she also commands a powerful army. Lord Tywin eventually ends up sharing Joffrey's concerns when his intelligence on her is updated.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He is baffled when Margaery stops to donate some toys and spend time with the children in an orphanage of Flea Bottom. During dinner, we hear Joffrey speak of her work (in a positive light, mind you) as if charity were some strange and obscure concept. When Jack Gleeson was asked in an interview what sort of thing Joffrey would never do, he has to think hard before responding with "charity work" instead of something vile.
    Joffrey: Well as Ser Loras said, Lady Margaery has done this sort of, uh... charitable work before.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To Robert's actual (but illegitimate) son, Gendry.
    • Very subtle, but he serves as one to Daenerys as well. Aside from having their own reasons for being claimants to the throne, both are from houses hailed for their good looks, are products of inbreeding, and have very visible blood lust.
    • Ultimately, he shares the most in common with Robb Stark. They both rise to power at the exact same time after the deaths of their father. While Robb has a mind for combat and fights on the front lines with his men, Joffrey is a Dirty Coward who relies on others to do his work for him. They ultimately both have the same Fatal Flaw of developing political enemies which results in the two having similar deaths.
  • Evil Gloating: Doubles as Evil Is Hammy.
    Joffrey: If we want Robb Stark to hear us, we'll have to SPEAK LOUDER!
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: It's most prevalent at his wedding. Joffrey has an immature, deeply sadistic sense of what's funny. To Joffrey, the more someone is hurt and humiliated, the funnier it is.
  • Evil Is Petty:
    • He mocks Tommen for crying while Myrcella is sent to Dorne, then at Tyrion's wedding he takes away his uncle's stool so that Tyrion has to ask Sansa to kneel for the fastening of the bridal cloak, causing the guests to laugh at Tyrion.
    • In Season 4, he finds time to humiliate his "uncle" Jaime, gloating over his poor record as a Knight of the Kingsguard compared to heroes like Ser Duncan the Tall and Ser Arthur Dayne, and the fact that he sat out of the war as a captive and returned as a cripple.
    • Reaches a new low in "The Lion and the Rose": He's already won his damned war but still puts on a disgustingly offensive show mocking the deceased Renly and Robb, the latter's sister being in attendance, and in the process of demeaning the former he mocks his brother-in-law who is in attendance as well. He also takes every opportunity to humiliate Tyrion (the guy who helped save his ass in "Blackwater").
  • Evil Makeover: He renovates the throne room in a sinister way in Season 2 once he consolidates his power, having it renovated to feature Spikes of Villainy and flaming braziers.
  • Evil Nephew: He plotted the assassination attempt on Tyrion at the Battle of Blackwater; Ser Mandon Moore carried out his order but failed. Joffrey continually goes out of his way to humiliate and bully his Uncle... ironically Tyrion is looked upon as the evil one.
  • The Evil Prince: Amazingly subverted: He's a prince, he's evil, but he legitimately has nothing to do with his predecessor's death. In fact, Joffrey's sitting obviously distraught next to Robert's deathbed, who he considers his real father, is the character's one starkly single good act done in the show so far.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Even by the show's legendarily dubious standards, Joffrey's poisoning and subsequent suffocation is absolutely horrifying. He bleeds from the eyes.
  • Faux Affably Evil: In the first season, he at least makes an effort to appear a charming noble, but once the crown is on he doesn't care to pretend anymore. When he does start to pretend, it's an indication he's about to do something horrible. For instance, when speaking politely to Ser Dontos, he tells him to have as much wine as he likes — because he plans to drown him in it.
  • Foil:
    • To Gendry. Gendry's poor, hardworking, clever, brave, kind, and Robert's son. Joffrey's none of these things.
    • To Stannis and Robb. Both of them lead their armies from the frontlines, Joffrey, for all his bravado, doesn't. Robb Stark and Joffrey's foil nature goes deeper. One is a King chosen by his own people with legitimate claim to his lands and titles, the other is a King with no legitimate claim to his position who was essentially forced upon the people by the machinations of the players of the game of thrones, and each have opposing approaches to leadership, Robb considering everyone as being like his children who he has to protect, and Joffrey believing that being King means that everyone is his plaything to torment. Their relationships with Catelyn and Cersei respectively can also be compared and contrasted, especially as both Kings pursue relationships with women against the advice of their mothers, and these decisions both ultimately lead to Robb and Joffrey each meeting their sudden and shocking demise by being murdered at a wedding.
    • To all the Stark children, who are taught With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility. All Joffrey knows is that Might Equals Right.
    • Also Daenerys. See Evil Counterpart above.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: He's very fond of this gesture, most likely because his lack of wits doesn't allow him to express himself otherwise.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Reacts with insane fury whenever someone "beneath" him acts in a way he sees as out of line, be it the Starks not acting like cowed serfs towards him, a peasant throwing manure at him, his mother furiously slapping him when he mocks her for Robert's infidelity, or most awesomely his uncle publicly promising to cut off his genitalia if he does not stop tormenting him and Sansa. However, since he is the epitome of Dirty Coward, he takes any insult from those with the power and spine to truly hurt him by weeping, whimpering and either begging for mercy or shutting the hell up immediately.
  • Hate Sink: So many other tropes in his character section here attribute to it. Joffrey is such a despicable character that George R.R. Martin congratulated Jack Gleeson on a job well done.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: A r**ather strange example of this. Despite his overall misogyny and lack of interest in romance, Joffrey frequently makes vocal displays of how he plans to consummate his marriage with Sansa.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: He has shades of this. He genuinely doesn't seem to like any girls (or anyone, for that matter) for the right reasons. He resents his Arranged Marriage to Sansa in the first season, abuses her and a pair of prostitutes in the second, and when pushed even Cersei, the only woman he seems to have any respect for, is not above his threats and insults. Scarily, the only time he does seem to show genuine interest in a woman is when Margaery is expressing interest in killing things.
    Joffrey: [the Starks] put too much value in their women.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: When Joffrey says something stupid and Tyrion is around, odds are good that bitch slaps will ensue. The humor comes from the fact that he deserves it, and that a dwarf that he towers over is the one slapping him. Observe the Kingslapper at work.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He appoints his grandfather Tywin to the position of Hand of the King, apparently without realizing that Tywin Lannister is not the sort of man who will put up with Joffrey's Stupid Evil antics. Joffrey also seems to enjoy Littlefinger, seemingly unaware that Littlefinger is not a man to be enjoyed or remotely trusted (this is a global mistake, in all fairness). He is also, unlike his mother, completely unaware that Margaery is playing him like a fiddle.
  • Hypocrite: Responds with scorn when Tommen cries while Myrcella is being sent away, while conveniently forgetting that he was on the verge of tears when King Robert was on his deathbed, and that Arya and Nymeria forced him to tears when the former kicked his ass and the latter bit his arm.
  • I Call Her "Vera": His sword Hearteater. He boasts that once Stannis attacks King's Landing, he'll cut him a smile with it and even forces Sansa to kiss the blade for luck. Naturally, it never gets drawn during the battle. He later names his Valyrian sword 'Widow's Wail'. From the books... 
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Jack Gleeson mentions in Inside HBO's Game of Thrones that deep down, Joffrey wants his father's acknowledgment and the peoples' love. But obviously, between his wanton sadism, entitlement issues, his mother's rearing, his father's less-than-stellar example as King, and the little fact that everyone hates him, his chances of ever getting his wish are somewhat slim.
  • It's All About Me: Joffrey doesn't think very far beyond his own immediate pleasure.
  • Jerkass: One of his most defining characteristics. Joffrey's cruelty, sadism and delightful glee in it all make him one of the most despicable characters in the setting. Perhaps his most jerkassy moment is at his own wedding, which he uses as a platform to humiliate Tyrion, treat everyone with disdain and put on a show that mocks his defeated foes while relatives of said foes are in bloody attendance. Loras Tyrell (his new brother-in-law) has to leave out of pure fury, Tyrion and Sansa try to, and Olenna Tyrell (the matriarch of his most powerful allies) isn't remotely pleased.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He mocks Jaime's lack of accomplishments and says that it's unlikely that a 40-year old knight that just lost his sword hand will achieve much. Kick the Dog for sure, but also great point. He also mentions at one point that the prospect of a foreign army, led by a member of the previous ruling dynasty and packing three fully-grown dragons as weapons could be a bit problematic if it reaches Westerosi shores.
  • Karmic Death: It would be little exaggeration to label Joffrey's death — suffocating painfully on his own blood and vomit — as quite possibly, and quite fittingly, the most brutal death in the entire show up until Oberyn's death at the hands of Gregor Clegane, which says a lot. Further, in a fantastic twist of cosmic irony, he dies in the exact same manner as Robb Stark: brutally betrayed and butchered at a wedding while his mother is forced to watch.
    • His death drips with irony. As Joffrey's openly misogynistic behavior and distaste for "the wailing of women" is, he dies listening to his mother's cries as he slowly suffocates thanks to Olenna Tyrell, a woman. Despite thinking "everyone is mine to torture," his treatment of his favorite Chew Toy Sansa directly leads to the motive of his assassination.
  • Kick the Dog: Practically everything he does. Invoked by Tyrion in "Mhysa";
    Tyrion: Killed a few puppies today?
  • Large Ham: Whenever he speaks in public he shows his insanity and leaves bite marks in the scenery.
  • Madness Mantra: The moment something doesn't go his way, he immediately starts screaming for executions.
    Joffrey: Kill them! KILL THEM ALL!
  • Miles Gloriosus: In "Blackwater", he vows to give Stannis "A red smile". When it actually comes to fighting, he hides with his mother, leaving the defence to his uncle Tyrion.
  • The Millstone: Played for Drama. Joffrey is so utterly incompetent at anything that doesn't involve tormenting people, and so utterly devoted to the latter, that he never really sees the big political picture and ultimately creates problem after problem for the Lannisters who in Cersei and Tywin were trying to rule through him. This is one of the reasons why Tywin has no issue with Margaery trying to manipulate him, at least in the beginning, because then at least somebody is keeping him on a leash.
  • Monument Of Humiliation And Defeat: Installs a statue of himself holding a crossbow over a direwolf signifying his triumph over the Starks... and then there was his dwarf reenactment of the War of the Five Kings.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: He loves weaponry, has great knowledge of the Targaryens' bloody legacy, and his room is decorated with animal skins and skulls. He also appears enthralled at the sight of hundreds of men burning alive in the wildfire explosion, bringing to mind a previous king...
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He talks tough, but when the fight starts, he runs and hides.
  • Not So Different: A few characters, particularly Tyrion, compare Joffrey to Aerys II aka the Mad King, for how bloodthirsty and insane Joffrey can be when he really gets riled up. It's also not unnoticed that Joffrey is a product of incest, and the Targaryens practiced incest to keep their bloodline pure but which made several of them prone to madness.
  • Open Secret: Thanks to Stannis Joffrey's bastardy is made public, though whether people believed it is another manner; all of the smarter members of the court — Varys, Littlefinger and Pycelle — besides Tywin had already known but kept it to themselves for their own plots and benefit.
  • Orcus on His Throne/Non-Action Big Bad: While Tywin and his bannermen are out fighting the war in Seasons 2/3 and Tyrion and Cersei are scheming for power in King's Landing, Joffrey does nothing except abuse peasants and engage in emotional abuse of Sansa. Justified because:
    1. He's certainly not a warrior, no matter how he may posture, is a terrible battlefield commander, and is too stupid to be a schemer like the rest of his family.
    2. Leaving King's Landing would be political suicide, as it would be easy for another aspirant to the crown to take control of the region in his absence. As pointed out by Tywin, the only (other) reason Joffrey is considered more than a "claimant" to the Iron Throne is because he physically sits on it.
  • Pet the Dog: For all his sadism and sociopathy, he seems to have some genuine love for Robert Baratheon, going as far as praising him over Tywin for winning the war against the Targaryens... even if said love for his supposed father is what may have fueled his psychopathy. He is still a Jerkass when he is saying that, but Robert's memory seems to be one of the few things he is willing to treat respectfully.
  • Phallic Weapon: His crossbow, made especially obvious in a Season 3 scene where he shows it off to his bride-to-be with much excitement.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain:
    • In "Dark Wings, Dark Words", he's openly misogynistic, saying that smart women do as they're told. He also says that he's considering making homosexuality, which he views as a degeneration, a crime punishable by death. More to the viewers than the other characters though, since this is more Deliberate Values Dissonance than unheard moral values for the setting.
    • "The Lion and the Rose" has his re-enactment of the War of the Five Kings with dwarf entertainers. In addition to insulting several of his guests, his in-laws and his uncle at the same time, the quiet reaction from most of the crowd while Joffrey giggled like a madman, speaks volumes for how offensive they found the performance.
  • Prince Charming: He intentionally puts on this act for Sansa. It lasts for about half an episode before his true colors are revealed...
  • Prince Charmless: So very much.
  • Properly Paranoid: Ironically the one time his anxiety, over Dany and her army, is actually right on the mark his otherwise-correct-about-him grandfather promptly dismisses him.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: A man at 17 by Westerosi standards — old enough to sit on the throne, at least, but he acts as if he's about six years old. Never more apparent than in "Mhysa" where, as Tyrion puts it, Tywin puts the King to bed without his supper and in response Joffrey can only shriek, "I'M NOT TIRED!"
  • Puppet King: Played with a lot: Cersei tried to make him into this only for his Stupid Evil tendencies to result in him not listening to her and making poor decisions on his own. During their respective tentures as Hand of the King, Tyrion invests no effort to make Joffrey into this trope because he realizes the futility of it and just does things without Joffrey knowing, while Tywin does as he pleases because he can intimidate Joffrey into not interfering. In Season 3 however, Margaery endears herself to Joffrey by playing to his sadistic side and using Obfuscating Stupidity to keep him from realizing she's manipulating him. Cersei disapproves of it, but Tywin is amused by and lets it happen since at least finally someone is learning to control him.
  • The Purge: In Season 1, following Ned's arrest, all of his household is put to the sword. In Season 2, he orders the Goldcloaks to kill Robert's bastard children, including infants. Even Cersei seems taken aback by this.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He isn't depicted as actually indulging in this particular vice, but during Sansa's wedding he threatens to rape her to her face, and if she resists his guards will hold her down while he does the deed. Invoked Trope, since he seems to bring this up purely for how evil it is.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons/Wrong Genre Savvy: Joff actually gets this about once a season.
    • In Season 1, he mentions that Westeros should have a standing, professional army loyal only to the crown, noting the feudal system of each lord having their own private army is barbaric. This is actually a rather progressive stance, but his way of going about it is completely impractical.
    • In Season 2, he deduces that after the Greyjoys take the North, it's the perfect time to strike against Robb Stark. Normally he'd be right, but he's completely overlooking the more pressing threat of Stannis bearing down on the capital. Here, the situation is similar; he's ignoring the more pressing threat of Robb Stark and cowering in fear over something that, from his perspective, is nothing more than a rumor half the world away. All of this is in stark contrast to Robert, who was firmly a case of Jerkass Has a Point in regards to the threat Dany posed.
    • In Season 3, he declares in "Mhysa" that "My father won the real war", referring to Robert killing Rhaegar. Robert, of course, is not actually his father, but he did win the war when he crushed the Targaryen forces at the trident and killed Rhaegar. Additionally, it it was his real father, Jaime, who actually ended the war when he assassinated Aerys.
  • Royal Brat: A trope-defining example. Imagine "the most noble child the Gods ever put on this good earth." King Joffrey is the polar opposite.
  • Rule of Symbolism:
    • At the dinner table in "Valar Dohaeris", he and Cersei are positioned at the opposite ends, while the Tyrell siblings are seated next to each other. (To maintain symmetry, Margaery and Loras would normally have been placed across from each other.) Guess which family gets along harmoniously and which one is dysfunctional.
    • Joffrey hates flowers because he considers them to be effeminate, yet the new crown he has fashioned for his wedding features several entwined rose buds. This represents Margaery's strong influence on him.
  • Sadist: His only genuine source of joy seems to be hurting other people. He forgoes even sexual sadism in favor of more direct physical violence.
  • Sadistic Choice: Very fond of giving these to people, such as making a bard who offended him choose between losing his tongue or his hands.
  • Shirtless Scene: He's given one in Season 3.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: As Tyrion points out, Joffrey is a vicious madman, while his younger siblings are perfectly sane, decent and normal.
  • Slouch of Villainy: Tends to have very bad posture while on the Iron Throne (although its design doesn't help matters) From the commentaries: 
  • Smug Snake: To those he has power over, Joffrey is abusive, threatening, and shamelessly overconfident. However, the instant that someone actually stands up to him, he shows off the cringing coward he truly is.
  • Spanner in the Works: His impulsive decision to kill Ned in "Baelor" shatters both Cersei's and Varys' plans.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead:
    • Since he considers Renly to be a traitor, his "uncle" doesn't deserve any respect even after death. He has no qualms posthumously calling Renly a "degenerate" in "Dark Wings, Dark Words". Joffrey also calls Renly a "deviant" in front of Brienne and Margaery in "The Lion and the Rose". Later in the episode, the dwarf actor who plays "Renly" is derided as a "degenerate" by his "Joffrey" co-star.
    • The sweet prince is on the receiving end of the trope after his death. See Asshole Victim above.
  • Stupid Evil: What makes Joffrey so dangerous to most everyone including himself is that he isn't just cruel, he's stupid and cruel. While the other Lannisters practice Pragmatic Villainy, Joffrey engages in pointlessly evil acts just for the sake of being a bastard heedless of the consequences. The most blatant example of this is having Ned killed, making the North an enemy of the crown, when the smart thing to do (and what Cersei and others wanted) would have been to keep Ned alive and negotiate truce or alliance with the North since Robert's brothers are also marching against the Crownlands. He's compared negatively to the Mad King at a few points, and Tyrion all but invokes the trope by name with this splendid description in "The Old Gods and the New":
    Tyrion: 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!
  • The Sociopath: In spades, to the point that the only way Sansa can to describe him is, "He's a monster".
  • Stylistic Suck: Everything he gets to create after his own imagination winds up like this. When he revamps the formerly beautiful throne room in season 2, it looks plundered rather than Darker and Edgier the way he intended. In "Two swords" we see a very tacky statue of him triumphing over a slain wolf. And finally there was that lowbrow dwarf jousting show at his wedding...
  • Teens Are Monsters: One of the vilest character in the series, in no small part due to his age. Of course, given the Crapsack World of Westeros, other infamous contenders show up.
  • Tears of Blood: After spending a good minute asphyxiating, Joffrey begins to bleed from the eyes before he finally expires.
  • Token Evil Teammate: To his siblings Tommen and Myrcella, who ironically are the Token Good Teammates of their family.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: He inherits the throne after Robert dies and quickly starts ruling in a despotic, sadistic way.
  • Unknown Rival: Absolutely despised Robb Stark. While Robb in return wants to kill Joffrey he considers Tywin to be his true threat. Fitting form, Joffrey considers Robb Stark's death his greatest victory even though he didn't play any role in it.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: According to Cersei in "Mhysa", Joffrey was a very happy baby when he was around her and showed no signs of his later sociopathic behavior until much later... but either she's leaving out the part in the books where he cut open a pregnant cat as a child or the incident was Adapted Out.
  • Villain Decay: Starts off by becoming King and killing Ned and setting the War of Five Kings in motion, and for most of the first two seasons he leads a tyrannical reign of terror that starts to cause problems for even the people on his own side. By the time Season 3 hits however, he rapidly starts losing his credibility as a villain and is reduced to nothing more than a little braggart whose own mother barely takes him seriously anymore, because Lord Tywin, who wears no crown, has taken control of King's Landing and becomes the king in all but name. Doubly highlighted by the introduction of far more serious and threatening antagonists such as Roose Bolton and Ramsay Snow in Season 3.
  • Warrior Prince: He tries to be this and is very confident about it. Despite being liberally slapped around by a man half his size on fairly regular basis. Everyone else in King's Landing, including his own mother, are rightfully pessimistic on that.
    Joffrey: If my uncle attacks King's Landing I'll ride out to meet him!
    Tyrion: I'm sure your men will line up behind you.
    Joffrey: They say Stannis never smiles. I'll give him a red smile. From ear to ear.
    Tyrion: *As Joffrey leaves* Imagine Stannis' terror.
    Varys: I am trying.
  • Wimp Fight:
    • His so called fight with Arya. As described by Robert : "You let a little girl disarm you?"
    • When Sansa makes a threatening comment, he takes a step backwards. He retreats after a comment, made by someone who acted like an obedient puppy throughout the season.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: A tragic and twisted example in that many of the atrocities he commits are actually done in a misguided attempt to gain his father's love and respect. Attempting to act tough and manly and instead actually being monstrous in trying to live up to what he believed to be Robert's standards.
  • Would Not Hit a Girl:
    • Subverted in a way. He doesn't do it himself, because that wouldn't be kingly. So he has his bodyguard Ser Meryn do it for him.
    • Fully averted at the end of "The Climb", where Joffrey is shown admiring his work after torturing and killing Ros by tying her up and shooting her many times with his crossbow.
  • Would Hurt a Child: While outwardly denying the rumours of his true parentage, Joffrey nonetheless takes preventative measures against any future claimants to the Iron Throne... by which we mean that he orders the Goldcloaks to murder all of Robert's bastards, slitting the throats of infants and drowning children, thus ensuring no-one can use one of these bastards to rally behind and attempt to seize the throne.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: When Tyrion gives him a book as a wedding present, Joffrey has an outright shocking moment where he thanks Tyrion and speaks about a time for 'wisdom' after war. Just when you're thinking that Joffrey might actually have started to mature and become self-aware, he uses his new sword to slice the book in half.
  • You Monster!: Ser Loras casually describes Prince Joffrey as a monster in Season 1. Sansa calls Joffrey a monster, with great gravitas, when the Tyrells question his true character. Not that anyone who isn't Cersei has anything nicer to say about him. When Joffrey has the gall to label Tyrion "a little monster", his uncle casually snarks back.
    Tyrion: Oh, "monster". Perhaps you should speak to me more softly then. Monsters are dangerous and, just now, kings are dying like flies.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Bronn persuades Tyrion to do this for him by sending two prostitutes to his chamber, hoping that it might reduce his frustrations a bit. Unfortunately, they did not factor in that Joffrey has no interest in sexual stimulation and would rather torture people, especially if it angers Tyrion.
    Bronn: There's no cure for bein' a cunt. But the boy's at that age, he's got nothing to do save tear wings off flies. Couldn't hurt to get some of the poison out.

    Queen Margaery Tyrell 

     Princess Myrcella Baratheon 
"I'm glad that you are my father."
Click to see Myrcella as played by Aimee Richardson. 
Played By: Aimee Richardson (Seasons One and Two), Nell Tiger Free (Season Five-)

Tyrion Lannister: [to Cersei] Myrcella is a sweet, innocent girl and I don't blame her at all for you.

Robert and Cersei's only daughter, the middle child. Jaime Lannister, the queen's own twin brother, is her biological father, and that of her siblings. In Season 2, she is Put on a Bus to the southern kingdom of Dorne, betrothed to Trystane Martell, Prince Doran Martell's youngest son.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the books, she doesn't cry when she's shipped off to Dorne.
  • Age Lift: About two or three years older at the start of the series compared to the first book, and like everyone else it just goes on from there.
  • Ascended Extra: She finally becomes prominent in Season 5.
  • Break the Cutie: She's sent away from her whole family to Dorne for her own protection. A Subverted Trope, as Oberyn tells Cersei that she's enjoying life in Dorne and is very happy, and Season 5 proves this.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: She gets one in Season Five when she points out Jaime doesn't know her at all, to which he has no rebuttal.
  • Children Are Innocent: She's nice to Sansa and seems genuinely excited to see her and Joffrey get married.
  • Death by Adaptation: She tragically dies after being poisoned by Ellaria via Kiss of Death. She is still alive in the books and definitely in no danger from the book's Sand Snakes and book Ellaria unlike the show's villainous versions. However book!Myrcella is still foretold to die as well.
  • Demoted to Extra: She wasn't exactly a large character in the book, but in the series she's only had a few speaking lines and been on screen a handful of scenes beyond that. Averted in Season 2, in which she gets a bit more time. She becomes a recurring character in Season 5.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Heartbreakingly and like her older brother, Myrcella ends up getting poisoned and Jaime can only hold her and helplessly call her name as she succumbs to her death.
  • Generation Xerox: Looks strikingly like Cersei did when she was young, though thankfully lacks her mother's temperament. By coincidence, the actresses who portray Myrcella and a young Cersei share an uncommon first name.
  • Going Native: She chews Jaime out when he comes to rescue her, declaring that she loves Trystane and Dorne is her home now.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's blonde-haired and big-hearted.
  • Last Words: "I'm glad that you are my father."
  • Licked by the Dog: One of the early signs that the audience received that Tyrion is more than a drunken whoremonger is how much Tommen and Myrcella adore him.
  • Kill the Cutie: Much like Shireen in the previous episode, Myrcella dies horribly after being poisoned by Ellaria.
  • Nice Girl: She loves her uncle Tyrion and "uncle" Jaime, as well as her brother.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: To Trystane Martell, due to Tyrion's machinations. She's seen crying as she sails away, and Cersei is vehemently opposed to the idea, but Myrcella and Trystane actually do fall in love and cannot wait to get married.
    Jaime: You're lucky. Arranged marriages are rarely so... so well arranged.
  • Pet the Dog: Proves that the Lannister family evil isn't genetic by asking about Bran's condition and being genuinely happy to hear that he will live.
  • Princess Classic: A young, lovely and beautiful princess with a Perfectly Arranged Marriage to handsome Prince Charming
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: The first glimpse we see of her in Season 5, she's in a resplendent pink gown.
  • Put on a Bus: Sent off to Dorne to meet her betrothed. She isn't seen again until Season 5, when there is a lot more focus on what is going on in Dorne.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Trystane. He's a Martell, she's a Lannister (even if she does have a Baratheon name). Those two families tend to be at each other's throats; their entire arranged marriage was an attempt to heal the rivalry between the two houses, but that was before Oberyn died by the hands of the Mountain.
  • Token Good Teammate: Along with her youngest brother, Tommen.
  • Too Happy to Live: Everything seems to go well for Myrcella: she falls in love with the boy she's arranged to marry, she reveals to Jaime that she knew he's her real father and they have a sweet father-daughter bonding moment. She dies instantly after that.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Oberyn told Cersei that he last saw Myrcella playing with his daughters at the Water Gardens. It isn't clear if he means his younger daughters or the Sand Snakes of Season Five, but either case they aren't friends after Oberyn's death. This is a major change from the books where absolutely none of his daughters and no one in Dorne, aside from a nutcase knight, wanted to hurt Myrcella.

    King Tommen Baratheon 
"Wisdom. Wisdom is what makes a good king."
Click to see Tommen as played by Callum Wharry. 
Played By: Callum Wharry (Seasons 1 and 2), Dean-Charles Chapman (Season 4-)

Tywin Lannister: How do you know which choice is wise and which isn't? You've any experience of treasuries and granaries, or shipyards and soldiers?
Tommen Baratheon: No.
Tywin Lannister: No. Of course not. A wise king knows what he knows and what he doesn't. You're young. A wise young king listens to his counselors and heeds their advice until he comes of age. And the wisest kings continue to listen to them long afterwards.

Robert and Cersei's second son and youngest child. Crowned King of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, and Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, although his mother retains the regency and the title "Protector of the Realm" has been granted to his grandfather, Lord Tywin Lannister, the Hand of the King. Jaime Lannister, the queen's own twin brother, is his biological father and that of his siblings.

  • Age Lift: Upon being recast, Tommen seems to have aged by three or four years (from age eight to nine in A Storm of Swords to apparently twelve on the show). This is probably to reduce the Squick associated with his relationship to his betrothed, the much older and very sexy Margaery (who herself was, somewhat ironically, also subject to an Age Lift, from 16-17 to mid-20's). If we go by the fact that he was 9 in the 1st Season (Tommen was 7 in the first book), and consider the greater timeframe covered by demand of Pragmatic Adaptation (about a year per season), then that makes him 12 when Season 4 comes into play. Dean-Charles Chapman is a year or two older, true, but so are Sansa, Arya and Bran's respective actors.
  • Ambiguous Innocence: He's ambivalent towards Joffrey's dwarf play and laughs along several times. The difference is that he just doesn't seem to realize just how much it hurts his uncle, and he starts to look more and more uncomfortable as the wedding wears on and Joffrey progresses to openly making Tyrion's life a living hell.
  • Analogy Backfire: During the Battle of the Blackwater, Cersei tells him of a lion who was meant to be king, who was in a forest filled with evil things such as stags. Tommen's response is to point out that stags aren't evil creatures, they're good because they only eat grass.
  • Arranged Marriage: He's betrothed to Margaery after Joffrey's death, and she quickly sneaks into his bedroom to suss him out before Cersei has the chance to alienate the relationship.
  • Ascended Extra: In Season 4.
  • The Bus Came Back: He returns in Season 4.
  • Children Are Innocent: In sharp contrast to his brother, Tommen comes off as a genuinely sweet kid, and is nice to Sansa.
  • Crown of Horns: His crown of stylized stag antlers looks virtually identical to his brother's. It may even be Joffrey's, but modified to fit his head.
  • Demoted to Extra: Much like his sister in Seasons 1 and 2. Averted in "Blackwater", where he has a minor role, whereas in the book he's not even present in King's Landing.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: After Joffrey's murder, he's betrothed to Margaery Tyrell. She secretly visits his chambers late at night for a quick getting-to-know-you chat. Margaery, of course, is very practiced at deploying flirtation as a political strategem, and Tommen practically hits puberty right then and there.
  • Foil: In "The Gift", he shouts "I am the king!" and entertains the idea of slaughtering the Faith Militant, resembling Joffrey. However Tommen is motivated by love, and recognises the impossibility of such a maneuveur, showing emotion and intelligence that Joffrey never did.
  • The Good King: In "Breaker of Chains", he tells Tywin (with a bit of uncertainty) that he thinks he would be a good king. Tywin, for his part, informs him that he has the potential, though he clearly defines "good" in part as one who would listen to Tywin. Nonetheless, Tommen's ideas of being a good monarch (Holiness, Justice, Strength, and Wisdom) speak volumes about the kind of ruler he might be. Unfortunately, "The Sons Of The Harpy" reveal that too little experience and too much time as a puppet to Tywin, Margaery and Cersei have left him incapable of ruling effectively: when the Faith Militant rises up again and imprisons Loras, Tommen is too indecisive and fearful to really take action against them. Then Margaery gets taken away as well and Tommen doesn't do anything.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Exactly as it says on the tin.
  • Heroic BSOD: Following the arrests Margaery and Cersei, Qyburn reports that Tommen has locked himself in his rooms and is refusing to eat.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Thanks to the actions of his brother and mother, he's forced to deal with hatred and insults despite having done nothing wrong personally.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Has an adorable cat called "'Ser Pounce''" whom he clearly loves (especially given how Joffrey threatened to kill it to hurt Tommen).
  • Last of His Kind: Due to the deaths of Robert, Renly, Joffrey, Shireen, Stannis and Myrcella he is the last Baratheon (though not biologically), at least until he has a child with Margaery.
  • Licked by the Dog: Like his sister, he's the metaphorical Dog in relation to his uncle Tyrion.
  • Mentor's New Hope: Tywin, disappointed in his children and his eldest grandson, notes that Tommen has the makings of a good king and takes him under his wing.
  • Morality Pet: To Cersei and Tywin.
  • Na´ve Newcomer: He was never groomed to rule and his only capable mentor dies soon after Tommen gets the throne, which makes him an easier target for manipulation, as he has to learn almost everything by himself and the ones who could teach him are only interested in controlling him.
  • Nice Guy: He's a genuinely kind person who doesn't share Joffrey's sadistic streak whatsoever, and Tywin says that this temperament will make him a good king; at the very least, he can be counted on not to be Stupid Evil. This is presented as a questionable virtue for the King of Westeros, given he lacks the inherent ruthlessness needed to rule and nobody has any interest in Tommen developing a backbone.
  • Pet the Dog: He doesn't enjoy the notion of Robb being killed by his brother at all, saying as much in front of his mother and more importantly Sansa.
  • Precocious Crush: Develops one for Margaery Tyrell, exactly as she intended.
  • Pretty Boy: As played by Dean-Charles Chapman.
  • Puppet King/Superior Successor: Is considered this by Tywin and the Tyrells, due to the fact he lacks Joffrey's arrogance, stupidity, insanity, sadism, delusions of grandeur, etc., and also because he genuinely wants to be a good, wise king. Tywin in particular is also pleased at how much easier he will be to control, but at the very least Tommen's temperament if he does somehow defy Tywin sure beats Joffrey's whenever he wasn't checked by Tywin.
  • Put on a Bus: We don't see Tommen in Season 3.
  • Spare to the Throne: After his brother's death at his own wedding, Tommen is next in the line of succession. His grandfather Tywin wastes no time in beginning his training. He's betrothed to Joffrey's widow afterwards.
  • Token Good Teammate: Along with his sister.
  • You Look Familiar: Chapman had played the small role of Martyn Lannister in Season 3 before taking over the role, though it makes some in-universe logic that he strongly resembles Martyn, given that Martyn was Tommen's first cousin. On both sides, of course.

Royal Court

See Game Of Thrones Royal Court.