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[[PardonMyKlingon Borag thungg]], Earthlets! It is I, ReportSiht, HiveQueen in charge of the Galaxy's Greatest Website, and I'm here to tell you about ''2000 AD''.

The story of ''2000 AD'' begins in 1977, when the mighty Tharg of Quaxxan in the Betelgeuse system arrived on your planet and found it dangerously low on thrills. He collaborated with the Pat Mills and John Wagner droids to produce a scrotnig sci-fi AnthologyComic. They gave it the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture futuristic]] name of ''2000 AD'', because they never expected it to last until 2000. Turned out they were wrong.

The main draw of the first prog was the return of popular [[TheFifties 1950s]] hero ''ComicStrip/DanDare'', though ''MACH 1'' proved rather more popular. However, the true [[BreakoutCharacter breakout series]] was to be ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'', who debuted in the second prog and has appeared in every strip since. The mag has continued to play host to a wide variety of sci-fi comics, some scrotnig, some not.

Of particular note is that a huge chunk of the most zarjaz British writer droids currently contributing to American comics got started within the pages of ''2000 AD''. Basically, if he's British and popular in America, he probably wrote a few strips here.

Spiritually, 2000 AD is a descendant of ''Comicbook/{{Action}}'', inheriting many of its themes, practices and motifs from the older comic, and many of its writers originally wrote for ''Action''. ''Flesh'' and ''Shako'' in particular can be easily described as "''Hookjaw'', but with dinosaurs/a giant polar bear instead of a great white shark".

'''{{Comics}} Which Have Run In This Mag Include:'''
* ''ComicBook/ABCWarriors''
* ''ComicBook/AndersonPsiDivision'' (a {{spinoff}} of ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'')
* ''ComicBook/{{Atavar}}''
* ''Bad Company''
* ''ComicBook/TheBalladOfHaloJones''
* ''ComicBook/ButtonMan''
* ''ComicBook/CaballisticsInc.''
* ''Charley's War'' (Originally printed in ''Comicbook/{{Battle}}'', but had a reprint in the ''Megazine'')
* ''ComicStrip/DanDare''
* ''ComicBook/DiceMan''
* ''Defoe''
* ''Doomlord''
* ''ComicBook/DroidLife''
* ''ComicBook/DRAndQuinch''
* ''ComicBook/{{Family}}''
* ''ComicBook/FiendsOfTheEasternFront''
* ''ComicBook/{{Flesh}}''
* ''ComicBook/HarlemHeroes''
* ''Indigo Prime''
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd''
* ''ComicBook/{{Kingdom}}''
* ''ComicBook/LobsterRandom''
* ''ComicBook/ALoveLikeBlood''
* ''Comicbook/LowLife'' (a {{spinoff}} of ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'')
* ''MACH 1''
* ''ComicBook/{{Necronauts}}''
* ''Comicbook/NemesisTheWarlock''
* ''Comicbook/NikolaiDante''
* ''Return to Armageddon''
* ''ComicBook/RogueTrooper''
* ''ComicBook/{{Savage}}/Invasion!''
* ''ComicBook/{{Shakara}}''
* ''ComicBook/TheSimpingDetective'' (a {{spinoff}} of ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'')
* ''ComicBook/SinisterDexter''
* ''ComicBook/{{Slaine}}''
* ''Stickleback''
* ''Comicbook/StrontiumDog''
* ''ComicBook/TalesFromTheBlackMuseum''
* ''Tales of Telguuth''
* ''ComicBook/ThargsFutureShocks''
* ''ComicBook/TheTenSeconders''
* ''Comicbook/{{Vector 13}}''
* ''Comicbook/{{Zenith}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{XTNCT}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{Zombo}}''

'''Contributors Include:'''
* Creator/DanAbnett
* Creator/GarthEnnis
* Creator/NeilGaiman
* Creator/DaveGibbons
* Creator/HarryHarrison
* Creator/MarkMillar
* Creator/PeterMilligan
* Creator/AlanMoore
* Creator/GrantMorrison
* Just about every British comic writer or artist you've ever heard of... except WarrenEllis (though he did get a letter printed once back in the mists of time).

!!Tropes Associated With ''2000 AD''


[[folder: '''(Note to Tropers: It appears that we have a Grexnix or two among you so ''do'' take heed of this notice to only add examples here that apply to '' 2000 AD'' itself, or to a large number of strips in general. If a trope applies to one strip, consider making a separate page for it).''' ]]

* AbnormalAmmo: Several strips make use of this. For example, ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'''s lawgiver fires six different kinds of bullet, ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' has a very similar variable cartridge blaster and [[ComicBook/SinisterDexter Finnigan Sinister]]'s HandCannon has an option for high explosive rounds to name but a few.
* ActionGirl: Many strips have tough female protagonists. While many have been forgettable, those such as ''ComicBook/AndersonPsiDivision'' and [[ComicBook/StrontiumDog Durham Red]] are among the title's most beloved characters.
* AndThatLittleGirlWasMe: This is the punchline of the short strip ''Candy and the Catchman'', where an old man warns a bunch of children to watch out for a bug-like monster that drains the lifeforce of small children, and how a boy named Billy Candy stood up to the creature but failed. When the children don't believe his crazy story, he reveals that it happened only yesterday, because ''he's'' Billy Candy.
* AnthologyComic
* AnyoneCanDie: The comic was never afraid to kill off [[TheHeroDies main characters]], starting with M.A.C.H.1.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Apparently, the stories Tharg publishes for us create a type of energy called "Thrill Power." Reading too many epic stories at any one time can lead to something called "[[PhlebotinumOverload Thrill Power Overload]]," and Tharg occasionally has to protect the comic from enemies called "Thrill Suckers" who seek to steal said "Thrill Power."
* ArtifactTitle: When it first came out, the year 2000 was twenty three years away. Initially, nobody thought the comic would last into TheEighties, let alone the twenty first century. See {{Zeerust}}.
* BodyHorror: The premise of ''The Visible Man'' is of an ex-soldier who gains partial {{Invisibility}} from a freak accident involving [[ILoveNuclearPower nuclear waste]] so that all his internal organs are showing. People shriek in terror at the mere sight of him.
* BloodSport: Many early strips, such as ''Mean Team'', ''Mean Arena'' and, most notably ''ComicBook/HarlemHeroes'', had ultra-violent future sports based loosely on real sports with a futuristic twist. ''ComicBook/ButtonMan'' combines this trope with HuntingTheMostDangerousGame where rich people gambled with each other by pitting {{Professional Killer}}s against each other in modern day duels.
* BreakoutCharacter: Comicbook/JudgeDredd.
* BritishComics: One of the most prominent examples.
* CasualTimeTravel: Several series involve time traveling being easily available. The ''Flesh'' series was about time-travelling cowboys making a business of hunting dinosaurs to feed the future, with no regard for paradoxes. ''Tharg's Future Shocks'' had stories about time-travelling tourists and the like.
* ContinuityReboot: Several over the years, including ''ComicStrip/DanDare''. It is also, perhaps, the main way the magazine gets around bringing back dead characters without a typical comic book resurrection (See: DeathIsCheap, below).
* ComicsMerger: ''Tornado'' and ''Starlord'' were absorbed into the comic.
* ClueFromEd: Editor-In-Chief Tharg the Mighty always refers to these as "Tharg Notes."
** NoteFromEd: Has occurred on at least one occasion. In the ComicBook/StrontiumDog arc "Bitch," Tharg interrupts a scene where Johnny and Durham Red are pelting UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan in the ass repeatedly with slingshot projectiles to warn readers that [[DoNotTryThisAtHome firing projectiles in such a manner is dangerous in real life]] and that if they ever are in the vicinity of [[ButtMonkey Ronald Reagan]], they shouldn't imitate the scene.
* CrapsackWorld: Plenty of the comics have deeply unpleasant settings
* DeathIsCheap: {{Averted}} by editorial mandate. Tharg has ruled that, in order to keep deaths meaningful, once a character dies, they cannot ever be resurrected (unless that's part of the premise of the strip, like if the protagonist is a vampire or something).
** Resurrections defying the one exception above have occured though ([[spoiler: Mean Machine, Junior, and Pa Angel]] in ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'' and, most recently, [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/NikolaiDante Dmitri Romanov]] and [[ComicBook/StrontiumDog Johnny Alpha]]]]), albeit it's still generally uncommon.
* {{Doujinshi}}: There are three popular fanzines, which Tharg encourages the readers to buy and which sometimes have work by the comic's creators. ''Zarjaz'' is a general-focus zine, ''Dogsbreath'' centres on ''Strontium Dog'', and ''Tales from the Emerald Isle'' focuses on Irish characters.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Quite a few strips involve dinosaurs in some way.
* ExcuseQuestion: Lampshaded. ("To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is answer this brain-bustingly easy question.")
* FantasticRacism: Whether it be about {{Mutants}} (''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'', ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog''), robots (''ComicBook/ABCWarriors'', ''Go Machine'') or aliens (''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock''), very strong anti racism messages are a recurring theme in the comic.
* FutureSlang: It's mostly used in stories set in the future to create unique swear words to get past the censors (e.g. "Drokk" and "Stomm" in ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'', "Sneck" in ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'', "Funt" in ''Sinister Dexter'', et. al.)
* GlobalCurrency: Galactic currency is more like it. The Groat is apparently the most commonly used currency throughout the Milky Way; Tharg always gives his contest winners the choice to receive their prize money in either Galactic Groats or Pounds Sterling. The Groat also may show up in the comic strips themselves every once in a while.
* GrandfatherClause: Pat Mills has stated that Tharg is kind of a silly concept, but any attempts to get rid of him have not gone down well with the fandom.
* TheHeroDies: Notably, a number of strips have this occur, starting with ''M.A.C.H.1''.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Several strips take this and run with it. Notably, ''D.R. and Quinch'', ''ComicBook/LobsterRandom'', ''Ulysses Sweet: Maniac For Hire'' and ''ComicBook/{{Zombo}}'' take this UpToEleven.
* HereWeGoAgain: The short strip ''Life Cycle'' begins and ends with a child waking up from hibernation, then growing up and heading out to explore the LandfillBeyondTheStars that they're living inside, before ultimately being killed by the spider-like parasites. This is because of a fault in the cloning process of the space station that causes memory loss, forcing him/her to relive the cycle indefinitely.
* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' and a couple of ''Future Shocks'' play around with this one, with some of them even having Hitler travel back in time himself to do things such as prevent his own murder as a baby or start human civilisation.
* HostileShowTakeover: The ''Vector 13'' guys replaced Tharg as the editor for a while in late 1996 and early 1997. Fans didn't take to it too well.
* HumansAreMorons: As of September 2010, every single example for this trope underneath the comics tab on that page comes from something published in this magazine.
* HumansByAnyOtherName: Tharg calls them "Earthlets."
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Issues are called "progs."
** While those of the ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd Megazine'' are called "megs."
** ...And the individual stories within each prog are called Thrill 1, Thrill 2, Thrill 3, etc.
* IwoJimaPose: The cover of [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/2000AD_7470.jpg the massive 100-page "Prog 2000"]] which was the last issue published in TheNineties.
* LandfillBeyondTheStars: In the short strip ''Life Cycle'', a child wakes up onboard a space station with no memory of how she got there. It turns out that it's inside of a giant waste plant.
* LegacyCharacter: It has been suggested by several grexnix that Tharg is in fact a persona adopted by a line of the mag's human editors, beginning with Pat Mills. This is of course nonsense.
** A strip in Prog 2014 dealt with this, stating that Tharg used to do this, but those who took on the mantle of Tharg [[AwesomenessIsVolatile could only last a short time before being driven into meltdown through pure thrill power.]]
* MinimalisticCoverArt: The ''Judge Dredd Case Files'', a series of trade paperbacks collecting the ''entire'' thirty five plus year run of the series, have covers that are half solid colour, half black with a logo, plain text title and an image of the Judge himself. In the earlier editions, the image of Dredd was black and white which enhanced the effect. This style has since been carried over to other ''2000 AD'' complete collections, including ''Strontium Dog'' and ''Nemesis: The Warlock''.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Went straight for the jugular when it introduced "B.L.A.I.R. 1" in {{the Nineties}}, where Prime Minister Tony Blair was implanted with "compu-puncture electro-needles" to give him superstrength, and a party-line-spewing AI advisor called Doctor Spin in his head.
** ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' has so many examples that it needs its own page.
* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: 2000 AD published a bizarre story called ''I Was a Teenage Tax Consultant'' to parody ''Film/IWasATeenageWerewolf''. A teenager is bitten by a rabid tax consultant and transforms into a red tape-obsessed bureaucrat at night.
* OvercomplicatedMenuOrder: In one of the ''ComicBook/DRAndQuinch'' stories, D.R. wants to appear eccentric at a fancy restaurant and so orders four dozen lobsters, wearing Prussian Blue waistcoats. Then when they're delivered, he complains that the waistcoats are Turquoise Blue, "and where are the chocolate-covered ant's brains?"
* PardonMyKlingon: Tharg drops a few Quaxxan words into his editorials.
* PenName:
** John Wagner and Alan Grant wrote ''a lot'' of content together for the magazine in the 1980's, most of which were published under one of several pseudonyms Wagner had created (T.B. Grover perhaps being the most notable for their work in ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'') or credited to just one of them instead of both in order to avoid having entire issues with multiple strips from a single credited writer. The only strip where Wagner and Grant share a writing credit ''together'' under their ''real'' names is ''Ace Trucking Co.''
** This has been invoked a few times in order to disguise the fact that a seemingly unrelated story is actually part of one of the main strips. ''The Dead Man'' was credited to Keef Ripley, where it transpires that the burnt protagonist is [[spoiler: Judge Dredd]]. ''Lobster Random'' and ''Sinister Dexter'' had {{Shout Out}}s to this with the same technique.
* PersecutedIntellectuals: The short strip ''Danger! Genius At Work!'' features a society where intelligent people are persecuted because IndividualityIsIllegal. Literally; all the men and women look exactly the same, are respectively named Terry or June, and anyone who tries to create progress by getting ideas for new inventions is forcibly put into the Equalizer, a machine that turns a person into a Terry or June. However, at the end one of the police officers who arrests intelligent people is [[HereWeGoAgain shown getting struck by the spark of creativity himself]].
* QuestForIdentity: In the story ''The Dead Man'', a young boy finds the burned body of a stranger in the wilderness and takes him back to his village. He can't even remember his name, but he turns out to be damn good with a gun and is being pursued by evil spirits from beyond. After healing sufficiently, the man goes on a journey to find out who he is. [[spoiler:He's Judge Dredd.]]
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: ''The Visible Man'' shows at least one such problem with invisiblity. The protagonist's skin becomes invisible so that [[BodyHorror all his internal organs are showing]], making him look like a monster and becoming a target for unscrupulous scientists who want to perform all sorts of nasty experiments on him against his will. After he escapes from his confinement he tries to restore his skin's appearance by developing a suntan. He quickly discovers that because the light rays go right through his skin and musculature they simply burn his organs, so he's forced to find a different way.
* RunningGag: All the writers and artists on staff are robots ("droids") who are [[WritersSuck constantly abused by Tharg]], working long hours for little reward and threatened with disintegration should Tharg become unhappy with them. ''ComicBook/DroidLife'' takes this and runs it UpToEleven.
** There was also a gag on the letters page where readers confused by the familiar design of the Rosette of Sirius emblem Tharg wears on his head would write in asking "Why do you have a telephone dial on your forehead?", a question that would always annoy Tharg ("There's always some dipstick Earthlet who thinks the phrase "telephone dial" is inherently hilarious."). Sadly, the real-life death of the rotary phone killed this joke off. Its final mention was a letter asking "Why does my telephone have a Rosette of Sirius on it?"
* RussiaTakesOverTheWorld: The ''2000 AD'' story ''Invasion!'' explores this idea. Written in the 1980s at the end of the cold war, it explored the idea of a Russian invasion and takeover of Western Europe and Britain. (The Russians were thinly disguised as the "Volgans".) This was expanded into the later graphic novel series ''ComicBook/{{Savage}}''.
* SeriesMascot: ''2000 AD'' is represented by Tharg the Mighty, a green-skinned alien who claims to be the editor of the Galaxy's Greatest Comic.
* SharedUniverse: At one point, ''Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog, ABC Warriors, Nemesis the Warlock'', and various others were all linked into a single, not entirely consistent continuity. ''ABC Warriors'' has since been {{retcon}}ned out, taking ''Nemesis'' with it, and the new ''Strontium Dog'' also appears to be separate.
** A more limited version appears as the Dreddverse, primarily consisting of the Judge Dredd series, but including many spin-off series such as ''Judge Anderson'' and ''Lowlife'', and shared-universe stories such as ''Armitage'' and ''Insurrection''.
** In more recent years, ''ComicBook/{{Savage}}'' has been adding more and more content to link its timeline to that of ''ComicBook/ABCWarriors'' (such as the introduction of Hammerstein, Blackblood and Mek-Quake robots and the explanation as to how Howard Quartz wound up as a BrainInAJar). Conversely, several ''ABC Warriors'' stories are set at the end of the Volgan War, where the United States invades the Volgan Republic in the [=2080s=].
** One episode of ''ComicBook/SinisterDexter'' shows that the comic has at least a shared multiverse, with the pair of gunsharks chasing their mark across dimensions, ending up in the worlds of ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'', ''ComicBook/{{Flesh}}'', ''ComicBook/RogueTrooper'', ''ComicBook/NikolaiDante'', ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' and ''ComicBook/{{Kingdom}}''.
* {{Spinoff}}: The ''Judge Dredd Megazine'', printed monthly.
** There have been a few over the years, none of which lasted particularly long. Some worthy of note inlcude ''Dice Man'' (1986) which tried to be a type of ''ChooseYourOwnAdventure'' and ''Crisis'' (1988-1991) and ''Revolver'' (1990-91) which were aimed at more mature readers (which was a trend at the time) and the ''Extreme Edition'' (??-2008) which was mainly reprints from the early days of the main comic. Only the [[FanNickname Meg]] has done well enough to last over a decade.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Action'', which was banned in TheSeventies thanks to [[MoralGuardians Mary Whitehouse]]'s campaign. Science fiction was seen as relatively harmless compared to ''Action'''s content, so it was decided to push the envelope in that direction instead.
* {{Superhero}}: Generally in a satirical, parodic, or deconstructed form, such as ''Comicbook/{{Zenith}}'', the various {{Superman}} [[CaptainErsatz clones]] in ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'', and the "gods" from ''The Ten Seconders''.
* TagLine: The magazine's had many over the years, the most notable perhaps being "In Orbit Every [X]day" (in reference to whatever day of the week the comic was published on) and "The Galaxy's Greatest Comic".
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Tharg's favorite thing to eat is polystyrene cups.
* {{Transplant}}: Entire series were transplanted into ''2000 AD'' in the late 1970s and early 1980s, often as the result of it's owner's other magazines folding. ''Comicbook/StrontiumDog'' is probably the most famous example, having gotten its start in a magazine called ''Starlord'' which didn't last a year.
** Happens with a couple of characters within shared universes as well. For example, Galen Demarco started out as a supporting character in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' before getting her own SpinOff, showing up in the main strip again, then turning up as a supporting character in ''ComicBook/TheSimpingDetective'', turning up in the ''Trifecta'' CrossOver before going back to her own SpinOff again.
* {{Trope 2000}}: As with many works of the late 20th century, this is invoked to make it sound more futuristic. Now, the name is fitting, as the year 2000 is arguably a focal point, since there are stories which take place in the distant past and in the present as well as the future.
* {{Zeerust}}: When it was founded, the year 2000 [=AD=] sounded wonderfully far-off futuristic.
** WordOfGod claims that the name was also chosen because the original publishers doubted the comic would last that long. Apparently they're keeping the name as a badge of pride because they actually ''did''.

Splundig vir Thrigg, Earthlets!