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|Aliases||King Joffrey of House Baratheon, The King on the Iron Throne, The False King|
|Age||19 (at time of death)|
|TV Show||Game of Thrones|
Joffrey is the presumed eldest son of Robert Baratheon and Cersei Lannister, and is the heir to the Iron Throne. At Baratheon's behest, he has also become promised to Sansa Stark, daughter of Ned Stark. He is 12 years old at the beginning of the series.
Personality and Traits
Cruel, arrogant, and sadistic to the extreme, Joffrey was a spoiled and petulant boy who never truly grew up as he felt he had no need to and emerged as a completely sadistic and megalomaniacal sociopath. He was also cowardly, extremely incompetent, and wildly impulsive.
When Joffrey ascends to the Throne, he finds that he no longer has any boundaries as the king and becomes mad with power where not even his mother, Cersei can restrain him. Though his kingdom is assailed by multiple forces looking to dethrone him, Joffrey is mainly interested in securing his power among his peers in King's Landing. Though, this does not prove successful. His brutal order to murder of all of King Robert Baratheon's bastards in the city as well as rumors about his illegitimacy to the throne turn the city against him. At one time, Joffrey was so unpopular that a mob had attacked while he was parading in the streets.
In the upper classes of King's Landing, Joffrey has more success in drawing respect from his subjects. Notable exceptions to this are his grandfather Tywin Lannister and his uncle Tyrion Lannister. Tywin, the hand of the king, uses Joffrey as a figurehead while Tyrion still views Joffrey as childish and immature. Joffrey is smug and enjoys tormenting those lesser than himself. He often harasses Sansa and Tyrion when he has the opportunity. However, when in battle, Joffrey is a coward and flees when there is danger. During the Battle of Blackwater, Joffrey cowers with his mother in the keep while Tyrion defends the city.
Joffrey's appearance strongly takes after his Mother's side. His tall stature, blonde hair, and handsome features resembling that of his other Lannister relatives. He also shares the rash temper and sadism of his mother.
- "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 about his nephew Joffrey Baratheon; Game of Thrones, "The Old Gods and the New"
- "The King can do as he likes!" ―Joffrey Baratheon; Game of Thrones, "Garden of Bones"