Game of Thrones: 5 Reasons Joffrey Was The Worst Villain (& 5 It Was Ramsay)
Joffrey Baratheon and Ramsay Bolton were some of the worst villains on HBO’s Game of Thrones, mercilessly tormenting many. But who is the worst?
Sansa Stark is the real hero of Game of Thrones. The fact that Sophie Turner’s red-haired Stark daughter survived to season eight with her morals and life intact was its own success beyond whoever ended up on the Iron Thrones. She was the only character who really had to survive the wrath of both Joffrey Baratheon and Ramsay Bolton one on one (and not on a battlefield).
Only Sansa could ever really say who of those psychotic teenage boys was really the worst, but through eight seasons guesses can also be made about which of the two was the most horrible.
10 Joffrey – Born To Wealth
Despite technically being a bastard, Joffrey was born as the “legitimate” son of Robert Baratheon, monarch of the Seven Kingdoms. Joffrey was literally born with everything.
He had family, wealth, power, good looks, and was the heir to the throne. Despite being born with everything any child could wish for he still grew into a psychotic despot who would rather spend his time torturing animals and women rather than ruling or fighting or making the world a better place. The fact that he could be quite so evil despite his background makes him the worst.
9 Ramsay – Animal Cruelty
Joffrey kills one dog, Sansa’s direwolf, Lady. Ramsay, on the other hand, tortures and starves not someone else’s dogs, but his own. He thinks it makes them good hunters, but it really just makes him an asshole.
His cruelty to animals, his own animals, highlights just how little Ramsay cares about anything or anyone. He doesn’t stand to protect or attend to anyone aside from himself. A person who tortures their own pets is beyond the help of anyone in seven whole kingdoms.
8 Joffrey – Kills Lady
Of course, Lady isn’t Joffrey’s direwolf, but she does belong to his girlfriend. The direwolf wasn’t his property, his friend, but it did belong to the person he was supposed to care about most in the world. And he killed her.
Even though she didn’t do anything wrong. The fact that Joffrey can just replace one direwolf for another, paying no attention to the offense originally caused proves he only cares about the cruelty of the act, not the justice others might have hoped to see done.
7 Ramsay – Rapes Sansa
Ramsay does not only rape Sansa at her home in Winterfell after they are married, but he also does so with an audience. Even though it is an audience of one (Reek/Theon) the fact that Theon and Sansa know one another, and so well, makes the act all that crueler.
The pair will forever be scarred by Ramsay’s actions. It is this personal connection Ramsay sees and wants to exploit, as he doesn’t have any meaningful personal connections. He cares about nothing and no one. It’s hard to get worse than that.
6 Joffrey – Beats Sansa
Joffrey beats Sansa in front of an audience of members of his royal court. They may not have a history with Sansa the way Theon did, but Joffrey’s beating Sansa in such a public fashion means she will never be able to maintain any meaningful relationships while she is in King’s Landing. The publicity of the act makes Sansa a pariah for as long as he is in charge.
While Ramsay’s act was personal, it was also private, Joffrey seeks to ruin Sansa no matter who it is she comes into contact with.
5 Ramsay – Tortures Prisoners
Aside from Sansa the person who suffers the most at Ramsay’s hands in Reek/Theon. He is tortured within an inch of his life and goes insane in the process. Ramsay seeks to take away everything that ever had any meaning to his prisoners and enjoys watching them suffer and beg for mercy and even death.
But part of Ramsay’s depravity comes from the fact that he keeps his prisoners alive and in his employ once he is done cutting pieces off of them.
4 Joffrey – Murders Prisoners
Ramsay tortures innocent prisoners, but Joffrey murders them. By using Ros for target practice rather than pleasure Joffrey shows everyone exactly who he is. He is a monster who doesn’t desire either sex or love, but only blood and death.
The fact that Joffrey, unlike Ramsay, holds dominion over all the Seven Kingdoms, makes him even more dangerous, especially when his mother is not able to intervene. This is also apparent when he orders the execution of Ned Stark.
3 Ramsay – Plays Secret Games
From making Theon believe that he, Ramsay, was there to rescue Theon from the Boltons to chasing servents through the woods, Ramsay has his own special games that he enjoys behind closed doors or out of earshot of most of his household.
He enjoys the control that comes not only with torturing Theon out of his own identity but also with the control that comes with keeping the episode a secret as well. If he wants to be legitimized his father, Ramsay, can’t know all his secrets. And secrets are dangerous.
2 Joffrey – Plays Games in Public
Joffrey knows he holds the most powerful position in all of Westeros and has no fear that his actions will be reprimanded. He tortures Sansa in front of his court and later steals the stool his uncle Tyrion was going to use to cloak Sansa during their wedding ceremony. He has the power and wants everyone to know it.
He also knows that those who would call him out (his grandfather and his mother) would not do so in public. He’s just more dangerous because he has much more power.
1 Ramsay – Murders His Own Family
Joffrey may wish to murder his uncle, Tyrion, but Tyrion is the one who murders another Lannister. Ramsay, on the other hand, has no problem murdering members of his own family, including his infant half brother.
Ramsay has no loyalty to name or power. The fact that he is working from the bottom up (a bastard in the beginning) means he can do almost anything he wants because there is nowhere for him to go but up.