![[ComicBook/JudgeDredd The Comic]]:

* 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: As a PoliceState AfterTheEnd, the {{dystopia}} of [[{{MegaCity}} Mega-City One]] is [[ViceCity not a great place to live]], and Judge Dredd himself is an AntiHero. That said, these characters are [[BlackAndGrayMorality much worse]].
** [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Judge Death]], the leader of the Dark Judges, is Judge Dredd's EvilCounterpart and ArchEnemy. While all the Dark Judges (Death, Fear, Fire, and Mortis) are nasty pieces of work, Death is the only one who was shown as pure evil while alive. Once a bloodthirsty boy named Sidney [[MeaningfulName De'ath]] on an alternate Earth, he adopted his [[DepravedDentist insane father's]] philosophy and love of [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] before [[SelfMadeOrphan murdering his whole family]]. He started a career as a {{Judge|JuryAndExecutioner}} so that he and his followers could [[HangingJudge kill people for any excuse they can think of]], but eventually murders his Chief Judge to seize control and [[AllCrimesAreEqual make life itself a crime]] on his homeworld. At the same time he allows two evil witches, the Sisters of Death, to transform him and his lieutenants into [[EvilMakesYouMonstrous undead monstrosities]] hellbent on spreading the power of the grave to as many worlds as they can. His subsequent actions include the conquest of Mega-City One and killing off 60 million of its inhabitants during the ''Necropolis'' storyline; [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashing unfortunate people]], like Judge Kraken during ''Necropolis'', to kill in his name, [[AndIMustScream fully aware of what they're doing]]; turning Chief Judge Silver into a pet zombie that he could torture indefinitely; [[WouldHurtAChild slaughtering his way through orphan shelters and maternity wards]] just to piss off Judge Anderson and lure her into a trap; using Anderson's body to spread a psychic plague in the mega city; and wiping Las Vegas off the map 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 Apocalypse War'' storyline: War Marshal "[[RedBaron Mad Dog]]" [[DragonInChief Kazan]] is the [[GeneralRipper downright psychotic leader]] of the armed forces of East-Meg One. Together with the Diktatorat, the three-man ruling council of that Sov-Block MegaCity, he cold-bloodedly planned the Apocalypse War for years, knowing full well that it would result in the deaths of hundreds of millions, including up to 12 percent of East-Meg One’s own population in the first hour alone. [[note]]In the Diktatorat, Judge Snekov seems okay with this; Judge Vlad thinks the people should be informed; while Supreme Judge Bulgarin responds "What have '''they''' got to to with it?"[[/note]]. After a Sov agent, Orlok the Assassin, had contaminated Mega-City One’s water, leading to rampant block war and softening up Mega-City one for a nuclear attack, Kazan led the ground invasion, killing millions more and enslaving the conquered people. He has the Diktatorat [[TheStarscream assassinated]] and [[KlingonPromotion declares himself Supreme Judge]] to claim sole credit for victory in the war and to gain power. Kazan also has a habit of [[BadBoss treating the men under his command horribly]], such as sending soldiers who fail their mission to Siberia without winter clothing; forcing his second-in-command--who inadvertently cost him victory by allowing Judge Dredd to escape [[note]]and "only" got demoted from Judge because of his long service to Kazan[[/note]]--to play a daily game of RussianRoulette until his death; and executing one of his generals for merely suggesting surrender after Kazan's war of conquest is clearly lost. Determined to perpetuate the destructive conflict for his own glory and against the wishes of his war-weary men, Kazan's only worry once Dredd and his men [[NuclearOption turn East-Meg One’s nukes against it]] is that it's '''his''' city. His final words after Dredd executes him with the cooperation of Kazan's soldiers--including the aforementioned second-in-command, who frees Dredd and his men from ColdBloodedTorture--is that [[IRegretNothing he regrets nothing and apologizes for nothing]].
** ''Judgment Day'' storyline: [[BlondGuysAreEvil Sabbat]] the [[EvilSorcerer Necromagus]] is a powerful and immortal {{necromancer}} with an affinity for the dead who, despite a [[LaughablyEvil dark sense of humor]], wants to, as he says, "[[OmnicidalManiac kill the world]]". Originally, on a planet in the ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' universe, he was the [[FromNobodyToNightmare human Soppi Walters]]. After being bullied one day, a friendly witch offered to help him, but she wouldn’t let him see her books on BlackMagic, so he killed her. He first used the magic using it to turn a school bully into a lifeless pet, [[AndIMustScream leaving his mind intact]], so he could torment him for eternity. He proceeded to kill all 2 billion settlers on the planet of Bethsheba, using the corpses as his [[NightOfTheLivingMooks undead army]] for eventual galactic conquest. When [[BountyHunter Johnny Alpha]] tracks him down, Sabbat travels to Earth's past so he can [[RetGone erase Alpha's timeline]] by creating a ZombieApocalypse to destroy humanity. He also causes planes to instantly crash all around the globe to quarantine the cities from each other. He succeeds at murdering three billion people and wiping out five {{Mega Cit|y}}ies; 2 billion people, who may or may not be part of the aforementioned 3 billion, are [[ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure victims of nukes used so Sabbat can't raise the corpses]]. He later captures Judge Dredd's strike team and proceeds to [[ColdBloodedTorture slowly torture them to death]], assuring them that they'll be the last living humans on the planet when he finally extinguishes their lives.
%%Do NOT add any other villains without going to the cleanup thread first.
* 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? [[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. 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.

![[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.