OK I KNOW IT’S SLIGHTLY A FEW EPISODES TOO LATE BUT CAN WE JUST TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE OR OF HOLLERING AND REJOICE OVER JOFFREY’S DEATH??????????? I know I sure did!!
But onto more pressing matters and the entire point of this discussion: The breaking down of the Game of Thrones Character, Joffrey Baratheon (can’t even imagine him as a Baratheon let’s be real and call him a Lannister) as a villain. I think any GoTs fan can surely agree that the creators did a spectacular job in creating a world with such a variety of characters and personalities. Sometimes it gets so complicated and tangled that I have to google for the character maps to display which house holds which character.
Joffrey was the ultimate antagonist. He was so easy to hate, and hate him we did. Even most of the GoT characters were right alongside us in our rage. I may possibly seem evil here but I had never quite felt a satisfaction as I had when I watched Joffrey choke on his poisoned pigeon pie and die in such a non-kingly death as he had. He is the character that demands no sympathy from the viewers. Does that make him the perfect villain?
Most villains are the messed up way that they are because of their past (Dexter reference of watching his mother get killed then becoming a hot badass serial killer) or they have something fundamentally wrong in the chemistry of their brain. These stories make us feel sympathy or pity for the antagonist, and often it almost justifies their behaviour and actions regardless of how twisted.
Does this apply to poor young Joffrey who was raised in royalty by a loving Cersei (yes crazy but her love for Joffrey is undeniable), and given nearly everything he asked for? Which struggles had Joffrey faced before becoming king and letting out his inner terrible? The struggle of not having struggles? Sure, Robert Baratheon hadn’t been the best pretend father figure but he was far from cruel. The only person who had mistreated him was Tyrion (but for good reason he gave him a well deserved slapping when he was acting like a baby without his pacifier. Not that I condone violence as a form of punishment or discipline but COMEON it’s JOFFREY).
Not only was Joffrey evil, but he was a coward. He ran and hid from battles. He didn’t support, care for or protect the realm as he had vowed. Everything he did, he commanded of others to do. The only time Joffrey ever got his hands dirty was abusing innocents such as Sansa Stark, or killing defenceless and tied up Ros (which I’m still pissed about).
Look at sweet Tommen he didn’t cast his betrothed’s family to death, order to cut out anyones tongues, torture and murder whores (or anyone), and all the other actions that had made Joffrey evil. Maybe it was the power that got to him, but that is hardly a reason to make anyone sympathize for him. Possibly it was the genetic line of incest that screwed up his brain.
Joffrey is one of the most hated characters in history, and for good reason. He was evil, and stupid. Creators gave viewers no motivation and no reason at all to sympathize with his characters and for that, we were all glad to watch the king fall. He was the perfect person to hate, and the perfect villain.