!![[ComicBook/JudgeDredd The Comic]]:

* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Due to how the comic is written, the characterization of Dredd tends to vary wildly. In more serious stories he's an extremely strict but ultimatly fair and dedicated law enforcer who wants to protect Mega-City 1 and its inhabitants. In the stories focused more on black comedy, as well as some of the longer fiction such as the ''Democracy'' storyline, he comes off as a deliberate JerkAss who goes out of his way to make the citizens life a living hell. In the early stories, Pat Mills considered him a straight up hero, whereas John Wagner went with AntiHero at best and VillainProtagonist at worst.
* AwesomeMusic: His "unofficial" theme song, ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rVFi6qkPHE I Am The Law]]'' by Music/{{Anthrax}}. It's "unofficial" in the sense that it wasn't commissioned as such by then-owner of ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' Fleetway Comics, but both fans and creators recognize the song as DREDD'S song, PERIOD.
* CompleteMonster: See Judge Death and the others [[Monster/TwoThousandAD here]].
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* 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.
* FoeYay: Judge Death mockingly kisses Cassandra Anderson after defeating her in a comatose nightmare.
* 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]].
** The comic's satire of zero tolerance policing with a future police force that shoots first, asks questions never has become a lot less absurd with the increase of militarization of police forces in the United States and police shooting controversies.
** Several parallels have been drawn between [[PresidentEvil Bad Bob Booth]] and Creator/DonaldTrump in light of his candidacy for the US presidency in 2016, especially concerning Trump's perceived xenophobia. [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CM2sxD3WEAAJl0y.jpg This image]] shows a good comparison between the two. Futhermore, Trump said "'''I am the law''' and order candidate" in a speech on police and veterans in Virginia, and again in his nomination acceptance speech. The parallels get downright scary after reports that Trump has openly considered using nuclear weapons against other countries.
* 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? [[Series/JudgeJudy Judy]].
** The Justice Department's Chief of Science? Judge [[BillNyeTheScienceGuy Nye]].
** Justice Department's ban on smoking in public areas, barring designated Smokatoriums, is strangely prophetic of the smoking bans that arose around the European Union in the noughties.
** During "The Cursed Earth" mega-epic, Dredd faces a T-Rex that [[Film/JurassicPark was cloned using reptile eggs and recovered dinosaur DNA for the purposes of a theme park]]. Of course, this makes [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Apu's rant to Principal Skinner]] about {{Plagiarism}} even funnier.
* IronWoobie:
** [[AwesomeMcCoolname Nate Slaughterhouse]]. He is a Space Corps veteran who is wounded in the line of duty (Read: Loses most of his body, apart from his head and one shoulder) and [[WeCanRebuildHim is given a cybernetic body]]. He quits the Corps along with his wife and they take their son to the Big Meg. After some problems with local gangs, Nate's wife is kidnapped and her brain wiped and replaced with a slave module and his son is murdered. This causes him to snap and become a VigilanteMan, [[StormingTheCastle culminating in him attacking the local crime boss' hideout on the Canadian border]] in a MiniMecha.
** Tweak, an alien Dredd rescues in the Cursed Earth. He's strong enough to eat rocks and diamonds and his race are more intelligent than humans, [[ObfuscatingStupidity something he hides from them]]. His family is kidnapped and sold into slavery before they're put down by their human slavemasters. Tweak is just looking to give them a decent burial and fights alongside Dredd because [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe Dredd stands up for him]]. He finally gets to go home when Dredd promises to keep the secret of his homeworld.
* JerkassWoobie: Chief Judge Thomas Silver ruthlessly crushed the Democracy movement, and made an appalling number of bad decisions that ended in Necropolis, a nightmare that cost the lives of 60 million people. ''Return of the King'' makes him rather pitiable when we see the sheer magnitude of the suffering he went through at the hands of Judge Death and his cohorts, who turned him into a zombie pet so they could torment and humiliate him indefinitely, constantly reminding him about what they were doing to his city.
%%** Poor Tweak.
%%* MagnificentBastard: PJ Maybe.
* MemeticBadass: Judge Dredd. When the Face of Fear kills anyone who gazes into it, Dredd is the only one it can't kill. Fear is not so resistant to the Fist of Dredd. Also, he once got an entire army to back down by simply ''appearing on a comm screen''.
* MemeticMutation: Dredd's CatchPhrase "I am the law!", to the point that it occludes the fact to the general public that he's one of the more sensible Judges patrolling Mega-City One instead of a borderline psychotic lawman.
* MisaimedFandom: There are a lot of people who don't realise that the strip is a satire and think that the judge system is actually a good idea.
* 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. Judge Dredd is fairly unique among long-lived comic book characters in that he ages in real time and his personality gradually changes over the years as he increasingly questions his role. Despite this fans still often portray him as being obsessed with THE LAW and arresting criminals.
* 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.

!![[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 with it off than on. This is considered just a step short of heresy by many fans.
* CompleteMonster: This film's incarnation of [[BigBad Rico Dredd]] is a [[AxCrazy gleefully murderous maniac]] and an aspiring tyrant. [[ArtificialHuman Created as a result of the Janus project]] alongside his brother [[ComicBook/JudgeDredd Joseph Dredd]], Rico and his brother were wired to be the perfect judges, but Rico's genes mutated, and his morals devolved to a point where he would kill innocents solely on the grounds that [[InsaneTrollLogic might commit a crime later in the future]]. Incarcerated in the [[PenalColony Aspen Penal Colony]], Rico escapes decades after his imprisonment by shooting the Warden through the throat and slaughtering his guard force, making his way into the [[WretchedHive corrupt streets]] of [[MegaCity Mega City-One]]. Rico nabs a Lawgiver pistol by murdering the shopkeeper who owns it (with a giddily {{sadist}}ic [[SlasherSmile grin on his face]]) and reprograms an [[KillerRobot old war machine]] to his cause. [[BigBadDuumvirate Teaming up]] with the corrupt, if [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-meaning, Judge Griffin]], Rico sets about murdering Judges by the dozens and triggering explosions to go off throughout Mega City, personally gunning down the whole of the [[CosmopolitanCouncil Judge Council]], all to [[FrameUp frame Joesph]]. After reaching the lab of the project, [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Rico unflinchingly offs Griffin]] by having his robot [[AnArmAndALeg tear off his limbs]], and replaces the DNA of the clones with his own. After finally meeting [[CainAndAbel his brother]], Rico threatens to [[NeckSnap snap Judge Hershey's neck]], fires upon [[PluckyComicRelief Fergie]], and starts [[BreakThemByTalking verbally tearing apart Joseph]]. Once Joseph inevitably declines [[WeCanRuleTogether his proposition]], Rico revels in the opportunity in attempting to plunge him from the Statue of Liberty on the charge of "betraying flesh." Unhesitating in his cruelty, Rico was the worst a universe of BlackAndGrayMorality could offer.
* HamAndCheese:Sly and Creator/ArmandAssante'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 and Rico's confrontation in the climax, which has sparked more than one StupidStatementDanceMix.
-->'''Dredd''': You-betrayed-the-LAW!
-->'''Rico''': ''"LOOOAAAWWW!"''
** Creator/SylvesterStallone's delivery of "'''I ''AM'' THE LAW!'''"
** As well as his infamous charge of "'''TAWANTY YEERSH!'''"
* MisaimedMarketing: The movie had a range of action figures. The movie was toned down significantly from the ultra-violent and cynical comic, but was still hardly for kids. More bewildering was the fact that in order to bulk the range out, it included several decidedly kid-unfriendly characters from the comic who didn't appear in the film, including Judge Death, an OmnicidalManiac whose favourite modus operandi consists of ripping people's beating hearts out of their chests and who murders kids for fun.
* {{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. Also, Fergie isn't in it.
* TheScrappy: Fergie. Being played by Creator/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.
* WTHCastingAgency:
** Chief Justice Fargo played by Creator/MaxVonSydow, presumably in a case of MoneyDearBoy.
** '''Ilsa''' Hayden played by Creator/JoanChen?
** Stallone as Dredd. He has the requisite chin, but with such a big-name star they simply couldn't afford to conceal his face the entire film.
** [[Music/IanDuryAndTheBlockheads Ian Dury]]?!
* WTHCostumingDepartment: While the judge uniform is quite close to the comics, that codpiece drew plenty of criticism ([[{{Narm}} Not to mention laughs]]).
%%* 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.