![[ComicBook/JudgeDredd The Comic]]:

* CompleteMonster:
** [[NamesToRunAwayFrom Judge Death]] is the leader of the Dark Judges and Judge Dredd's {{arch enemy}} and {{evil counterpart}}. While all the Dark Judges are nasty pieces of work, Death is the only one who was shown as pure evil while alive. Born Sidney [[MeaningfulName De'ath]] on an alternate Earth, he [[SelfMadeOrphan killed his whole family]] (but not before inheriting his [[DepravedDentist father's]] love of [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]]), starting a career as a [[JudgeJuryAndExecutioner Judge]] so he and his followers could [[HangingJudge kill people for any excuse they can think of]]. Death made living a crime on his home world and destroyed it, becoming an undead monstrosity who seeks to spread the power of the grave to as many worlds as he can. This includes the conquest of Mega City One and killing off sixty million of its inhabitants during his rule, killing, torturing, and [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalizing]] victims with the Sisters of Death, [[MindRape mind raping]] unfortunate people to kill others for him, [[WouldHurtAChild slaughtering his way through orphan shelters and maternity wards]] to piss off Judge Anderson, and [[NukeEm disintegrating Las Vegas with a nuclear missile]]. Death always returns to destroy any life he can, {{sadist}}ically murdering those who cross his path while [[OmnicidalManiac seeking the destruction of all that lives]].
** The leadership of East Meg One, specifically the Diktatorat (Supreme Judge Bulgarin, and Judge Snekov; not Judge Vlad though.) and War Marshal Kazan, TheDragon to Bulgarin. They cold-bloodedly planned the Apocalypse War for ''years'', knowing full well that it would result in the deaths of hundreds of millions, including tens of millions from their own city, and that was the ''best case scenario''. The only one of the group to show any concern was Judge Vlad, the main architect of the strategic attack against Mega City One, and this was because Judge Snekov revealed that, according to the estimates, they would expect to lose 12 per cent of East Meg One, or 60 million citizens, in the initial exchange. When Vlad proposed that the Diktatorat warn the public so that they would be better prepared, Supreme Judge Bulgarin sneered "The people? What have ''they'' got to do with it?" implying that the East Meg leadership only cared about their own power and glory and little for their own people.
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* CrowningMomentOfAwesome:
** The visage of Judge Fear ("Gaze into the face of Fear!") kills any ordinary man from sheer fright. Dredd is no ordinary man. His response? '''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/60/Gazeintofist.jpg "GAZE INTO THE FIST OF DREDD!"]]'''
** He would later go on to be blinded, beaten, and in constant pain... and ''still'' crawled on towards his destination. "Because you are a Judge. AND IT IS YOUR DUTY."
** Again more recently, when after decades of genetic apartheid, he ''forced'' the government of Mega-City One to allow mutants to be citizens, despite the damage this did to his career and the social strife... because something being ''hard'' didn't mean it wasn't the right thing to do.
* [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Cwowning Moment of Funny]]: From "The Day The Law Died,"
-->'''Walter The Wobot:''' That cweep Judge Dwedd has just been here, shooting guns and waising hell.
--> '''Control:''' You're mistaken, robot. There's no Judge Dwedd on the force.
--> '''Walter The Wobot:''' Not Judge ''Dwedd''. Walter say Judge '''Dwedd'''.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Judge Death repeatedly proved to be the comic's most popular villain, to the point where fans complained that he wasn't the BigBad in the film ''Dredd''.
** Public Defender 314's habit of hilariously calling his pauses for emphasis and other actions have endeared him to the fans.
* GrowingTheBeard: "The Cursed Earth" is the story where the world really comes together, and was the first of the epic stories that lasted about half a year.
* HarsherInHindsight: One villain in an early story (from 1977) destroys the World Trade Center.
** ''Muzak Killer: Live!'', written in 1993 has a scene where an {{Expy}} of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richey_Edwards Richey Edwards]], one of the infamous "27 Club" commits suicide through [[TooDumbToLive his own stupidity]]. Fast forward two years and the RealLife Edwards [[NeverFoundTheBody disappeared and was later presumed dead]].
* HilariousInHindsight: The ''Democracy Now'' quote at the top of the page seems a lot less like a convincing argument since Mayor of London, [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Boris Johnson]], rescued a woman from a mugging that he happened upon while [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8340865.stm cycling past]][[note]] Unlike certain other cities, the Mayor of London does not have automatic 24 hour bodyguards, it really was just him riding up[[/note]]. It seems an elected representative can work just fine.
** Judge Janus' first name? [[JudgeJudy Judy]].
** The Justice Department's Chief of Science? Judge [[BillNyeTheScienceGuy Nye]].
* IronWoobie: Poor Tweak.
* MagnificentBastard: PJ Maybe.
* MemeticMutation: [[CatchPhrase "I am the law!"]]
* MoralEventHorizon: Dredd, on orders from above, crosses the moral event horizon to terrorize pro-democracy organizers in order to ruin a planned peaceful demonstration against the Judge system. The biggest moment of which is when he threatens to take the son of a man whose pro-democracy wife Dredd killed, and who was set to speak at the rally, and hand him over to the academy to turn him into a Judge (via indoctrination that borders on outright brainwashing) unless he denounces the rally and no-shows it. To be fair, this does shake Dredd's faith in the system [[spoiler: and causes him to take the Long Walk.]]
* NeverLiveItDown: Due to the sheer memetic-ness of his dedication to THE LAW, it can be surprising to new readers to find that Dredd is actually one of the more sensible Judges. Despite this fans still often portray him as being obsessed with THE LAW and arresting criminals.
* VillainSue: [=PJ=] Maybe can fall into this, mainly with his use of SLD 88, a perfect, untraceable mind control drug that can be manufactured entirely from legal, unmonitored ingredients that can be used to make someone do or believe nearly anything. For some reason, hardly anyone seems to notice how useful this is. In contrast, most of Maybe's other favorite tricks, such as face change machines or tiny robot drones, are widespread and have had a noticeable impact on Mega City One society.
* TheWoobie: Many citizens fall into this category. Bennett Beeny stands out though. He spends his life [[AllLoveIsUnrequited pining for America Jara]]. When he finds her again, she's become a terrorist and later ends up being shot by a judge and winds up brain dead. He later transfers his consciousness to her body and has a daughter. There's a good reason ''America'' is considered one of the best stories.

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![[Film/JudgeDredd The 1995 Movie]]:

* CanonDefilement: This film has Dredd removing his helmet and showing his face not once, but multiple times. In fact he spends more time without it on then with. This is considered just a step short of heresy by many fans.
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: There are a few genuinely funny moments, like Rob Schneider getting the green light to do his Sly impersonation. Also, this:
-->'''Hayden:''' Bitch!
-->'''Hershey:''' It's JUDGE Bitch! [headbutts her]
** And one of the few moments which captures the satirical streak of the original:
--->'''Food Dispensing Robot:''' Eat recycled food! It's good for the environment and okay for you!
** [[LargeHam "LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWW!!!"]]
* HamandCheese:Sly and Armand Assante's performances. The actors playing the assorted thugs as well.
* InkStainAdaptation: Pretty much torched the franchise in North America. DC Comics tried and failed to get a run of the comics going, and [[Film/{{Dredd}} the 2012 film adaptation]] was a BoxOfficeBomb despite [[AcclaimedFlop good reviews from critics and garnering a strong cult audience]].
* MemeticMutation:
-->'''Dredd''': You-betrayed-the-LAW!
-->'''Rico''': ''"[[SarcasmMode Lawww!]]"''
** SylvesterStallone's delivery of "'''I ''AM'' THE LAW!'''"
** As well as his infamous charge of "'''TAWANTY YEERSH!'''"
* {{Narm}}: Any time Dredd or Rico have to say the word "law". Since the movie deals with the law, this happens quite often.
* NoProblemWithLicensedGames: An interesting example in that the SNES/Mega Drive adaptation was more faithful to the source material than the film.
* TheScrappy: Fergie. Being played by RobSchneider, this is no surprise.
* SoBadItsGood: As... off-kilter as it is, it's fun to watch, taking into account Armand Assante's [[ChewingTheScenery bombastic acting]], the poor drama and the fact that no one can seem to say "law" properly.
* TearJerker
-->'''Rico''': I was your brother, your blood, your friend! They're (the clones) your family! I'm your family! (voice cracks) I was the only family you ever had!
* UnfortunateImplications: Fargo tells Dredd that Rico "genetically mutated into the perfect criminal", suggesting that criminals are either a separate ''species'' to normal humans, or that criminality is innate and the Judges are therefore punishing people for crimes ''they cannot help committing''.
** Though this isn't necessarily individual to the movie, as this is a philosophical argument in RealLife as well.
** This also creates a pretty gaping plot hole, as Rico and Dredd being genetically identical is the entire point on which the plot turns.
*** It's also possible he's just got a malformed brain from the cloning process and that's why he's nutty as a fruitcake.
* WTHCastingAgency:
** Chief Justice Fargo played by Creator/MaxVonSydow, presumably in a case of MoneyDearBoy.
** '''Ilsa''' Hayden played by Creator/JoanChen?
*** Hey, [[InTheFutureHumansWillBeOneRace it's the future]].
** Stallone as Dredd. [[BerserkButton The helmet was never meant to come off, damn it!]]
*** Though that's more {{Fanon}}, or at best a RunningGag that some fans decided was SeriousBusiness.
*** Well, no. Whenever Dredd goes sans helmet in the books, it's depicted in such a manner that we usually can't see his face; He's either cast in shadow or a silhouette or something along those lines. Sure, the argument ''probably'' gets taken a little too far with the Stallone film, but the fact of the matter is that you've got a character with an iconic appearance.. And he spends roughly one quarter of the film or so in said iconic appearance.
*** It arguably doesn't help that the helmet's removal isn't well exploited for drama - had he kept it on until the scene where he was sentenced and stripped of his title, the change might have been better received.
** [[Music/IanDuryAndTheBlockheads Ian Dury]]?!
* WatchItForTheMeme
* WhatAnIdiot:
** Fergie casually walking into a broken-into apartment in the middle of a block riot, mere hours after getting paroled. It's like he wanted to get arrested again.
** To be fair, it is supposed to be ''his'' apartment. He just figured he could ride out the block war inside.
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