I’ve been rewatching… I wish Margaery and Tommen had gotten married and lived happily ever after with ser pounce. Minus the impending doom in the north that probably would have been the best ending for everyone.
I also distinctly got the impression that most of Joffrey’s psychopathy came directly from Cersei’s influence. He’s super impressionable which is why in some of the early episodes with Margaery you see him do things like greet and wave at the people, praise Margaery’s work with the poor, etc.
In other words, Joffrey’s nature wasn’t monstrous, he just turned out that way due to Cersei (and maybe Robert too). IDK if that’s supposed to be obvious but i didn’t notice it until this, my 2nd rewatch of the Game of Thrones series.
LOL no, Joffrey is just a straight-up psychopath on his own. The fact that Tommen and Myrcella both turned out fine is pretty strong evidence that his upbringing isn’t what caused him to be the way he is. (The examples of you mention are just him trying to play the part of good king and husband).
In a world of people with varying degrees of moral greyness, Joffrey and Ramsay are really the only two that are just pure, unapologetic evil.
With the primary difference being that Joffrey is also a petulant, over-emotional little brat who wants to be revered and hurts people in order to feel powerful (and I mean also he enjoys it, obviously), whereas Ramsay is just a pure sadist who delights in the fun and the thrill of torture.