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"At least her older son, Joffrey, had a man's spine"
Joffrey Baratheon
Joffrey Velaryon was a Prince of the Targaryen dynasty.

Biography

Joffrey was the youngest son of Rhaenyra Targaryen and her first husband/cousin, Laenor Velaryon. His mother was the first child and daughter of Viserys I Targaryen, who did not change the succession of the Iron Throne upon the birth of his sons. This therefore made Joffrey fourth in line for the throne. When his grandfather died, his uncle was named Aegon II Targaryen, on the orders of his step-grandmother Alicent Hightower. When Rhaenyra heard the news, the Dance of the Dragons began. By this time, Laenor had presumably died and Jacaerys' mother had remarried her uncle Daemon Targaryen, and had two sons with him. By the time his mother sat on the Iron Throne, his older brothers had both died at the hands of the Greens, and she was not popular among the Smallfolk, who started to rebel against her. A certain follower of the faith, The Shepherd, declared that the dragons were demons and claimed that that they ruled this world. Pointing to the Dragonpit, he signaled to attack it and kill the dragons. This ended with the death of all four dragons in the pit, including the destruction of it. Joffrey, who watched the violence from the Red Keep, mounted his mother's dragon, Syrax, still thinking that he could save the dragons. However, Syrax did not understand Joffrey's intentions, and in stead of flying to the ruins of the Dragonpit, he moved erratically to be free of him, until he was. Joffrey fell from him, to his death. Mourning for her son, Rhaenyra decided to sail back to Dragonstone, Joffrey's death signaling that Rhaenyra would never succeed as being a peaceful Queen.

Family tree

Paternal

 
 
 
 
 
 
Famtree-CorlysVelaryon
Corlys Velaryon
Deceased
 
Famtree-RhaenysTargaryen
Rhaenys Targaryen House-Targaryen-Main-Shield
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House-Velaryon-Square
Laenor Velaryon
Deceased
 
Famtree-RhaenyraTargaryen
Rhaenyra Targaryen House-Targaryen-Blacks-Shield
"Queen Rhaenyra,
First of Her Name"
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Famtree-JacaerysVelaryon
Jacaerys Velaryon
Deceased
 
Famtree-LucerysVelaryon
Lucerys Velaryon
Deceased
 
Famtree-JoffreyVelaryon
Joffrey Velaryon
Deceased


Maternal

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Famtree-JaeherysI
Jaehaerys I Targaryen
Deceased
 
House-Targaryen-heraldry
Alysanne Targaryen
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Famtree-CorlysVelaryon
Corlys Velaryon House-Velaryon-Main-Shield
Deceased
 
Famtree-RhaenysTargaryen
Rhaenys Targaryen
Granddaughter of Jaehaerys I
Deceased
 
Famtree-AemmaArryn
Aemma Arryn House-Arryn-Main-Shield
Deceased
 
Famtree-ViserysI
Viserys I Targaryen
Grandson of Jaehaerys I
Deceased
 
Famtree-AlicentHightower
Alicent Hightower House-Hightower-Main-Shield
Deceased
 
Famtree-DaemonTargaryen
Daemon Targaryen
Grandson of
Jaehaerys I
Uncle and husband of Rhaenyra
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House-Velaryon-Square
Laenor Velaryon
Deceased
 
Famtree-RhaenyraTargaryen
Rhaenyra Targaryen House-Targaryen-Blacks-Shield
"Queen Rhaenyra,
First of Her Name"
Deceased
 
Famtree-DaemonTargaryen
Daemon Targaryen
Grandson of
Jaehaerys I
Uncle and husband of Rhaenyra
Deceased
 
Famtree-AegonII
Aegon II Targaryen House-Targaryen-Greens-Shield
Deceased
 
Famtree-HelaenaTargaryen
Helaena Targaryen
Deceased
 
Famtree-AemondTargaryen
Aemond Targaryen
Deceased
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Famtree-JacaerysVelaryon
Jacaerys Velaryon House-Velaryon-Main-Shield
Deceased
 
Famtree-LucerysVelaryon
Lucerys Velaryon House-Velaryon-Main-Shield
Deceased
 
Famtree-JoffreyVelaryon
Joffrey Velaryon House-Velaryon-Main-Shield
Deceased
 
Famtree-AegonIII
Aegon III Targaryen
Deceased
 
Famtree-ViserysII
Viserys II Targaryen
Deceased


In the books

When he was three years old, his ten year old dragonless half-uncle Prince Aemond Targaryen slapped him in an attempt to claim Vhagar, for himself. Joffrey called for his two older brothers, and in the ensuing fight Aemond lost an eye.

He was twelve years old at the start of the civil war which became known as the Dance of the Dragons. Joff was ordered to Gulltown to defend the Vale of Arryn against King Aegon II Targaryen's dragons, Rhaena Targaryen was chosen to accompany him. But Grand Maester Munkun suggests that it was Jace's desire to keep his brother as far away from the fighting that was paramount in this decision. He was named the Prince of Dragonstone after the death of his eldest brother, Jacaerys, at the battle of the Gullet.

He died during the storming of the Dragonpit trying to ride Syrax in order to save the dragons in the Dragonpit.

See also

A Wiki of Ice and Fire favicon Joffrey Velaryon on A Wiki of Ice and Fire

References