How did you weather your first Sunday of quality television overload? With Game of Thrones, Mad Men, and (sigh) The Killing all jammed into one evening, we’ve resigned ourselves to spending the last wakeful moments of our weekend with some of TV’s most flawed and fascinating characters. (When Girls and Veep premiere, later this month, we’re really going to have to clear our calendar.) Above all, the new schedule — and particularly the return of Joffrey on Game of Thrones — has got us thinking that irredeemable creeps are having a sort of renaissance on the small screen. To celebrate the reassuring fact that they’re all entirely fictional, we’ve collected our top ten after the jump; leave your additions in the comments.
Joffrey Baratheon, Game of Thrones
Joffrey isn’t just the worst kind of king; he’s the worst kind of human being, period, and that singularly bratty look he’s always got on his face doesn’t help matters. A sadistic teenager who forces his betrothed to watch as he has her father beheaded, he kicked off Season 2 by planning to kill a man via (basically) keg stand, only calling off the plan when Sansa mentions that it’s bad luck to murder someone on your name day. Oh, and he’s also the product of brother-sister incest. Gross.