Awesome: Judge Dredd

The comics

  • Dredd is so badass that he can withstand the lethal Nightmare Face of the alien fiend Judge Fear and respond in kind. GAZE INTO THE FIST OF DREDD!!!
  • The conclusion of the Cold Deck Story Arc, which crosses over with The Simping Detective and Low Life. Though the lead in was pure awesome too. Special mention goes to the moment in Prog1807 where Judge Dredd kicks a door down between his own strip and The Simping Detective, with a change in creative teams mid-kick revealing the whole thing had been linked all along
  • The revelation that The Dead Man was Dredd all along.
  • Dredd literally crawling to Mega City Two to finish his mission at the end of The Cursed Earth.
    • And before this, Spikes Harvey Rotten makes a Last Stand against an army of robots so Dredd can get the vaccine to Mega City Two.
  • Dredd's motorcycle gets one in "The Judge Child." Dredd allows himself to be enslaved by the followers of Filmore Faro, telling his motorcycle to follow at a discreet distance. The motorcycle drives up to the entrance to Faro's compound.
    Guard #1: Maybe we oughta speak to it in bike... Phut, phut, phut! That means stop!
    Guard #2: Yeah! Ha-ha! Vroom vrooom! That means scram or we open fire!
    [The motorcycle shoots them both.]
    Motorcycle: [driving on] That means drop dead. Thank you.
  • The devil comes to Mega City One with the intention of claiming Dredd's soul. Dredd defeats and arrests him.
  • PJ Maybe gets one during Day Of Chaos. The Dark Judges come knocking on his door, looking to kill anyone in sight. PJ kills the bodies they inhabit and strikes a deal with them, giving them new bodies in exchange for a quick death. PJ manages to bottle the three of them up, trapping them for when he needs them for his own purposes.
  • While Dredd wouldn't be the beloved character he is without being the hidebound fascist asshole he is, it's still good to see him get his comeuppance once in a while.
  • At the end of the Democracy arc, a group of 2 million people march on the Grand Hall, believing the referendum to have been rigged. Dredd decides that a more tactful approach than using riot squads is called for. He walks up to them, unarmed, and convinces their leaders that he is the law.
  • Dredd stuffing the microphone down the throat of a smarmy reporter who treats war as a trivial sport.
  • Judge Dredd once arrested two rather stupid and oblivious criminals who broke into his apartment while he was off-duty. All of this while he was having a bath, which he didn't get out of.
  • After decades of genetic apartheid, Dredd 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.
  • The end of the "Judge Caligula" arc. Fergie, the Dumb Muscle outsider that helped Dredd's squad back into the city, gets shot by Judge Cal as they charge his balcony. That doesn't stop him from throwing both of them over the railing...
    "EASY AS FERGIE!"
  • "The Apocalypse War" is filled with them:
    • Judges making use of Stub Guns against Sov armour.
    • Souster's Dying Moment of Awesome, which he pulls off by diving off the overzoom and slicing through the entire Dan Tanna junction with his Stub Gun, cutting off the Sov advance.
    • Dredd infiltrating Sov-occupied Grand Hall of Justice to assassinate a brainwashed Chief Judge Griffin on live tv, faking his own death and fighting his way out, burning down the Grand Hall in the process.
    • Dredd puts together a commando team to take the fight to East Meg One. They succeed and manage to nuke East Meg One off the map.
    • After being captured, Dredd is released by Izaaks, who has had enough abuse from Kazan. Dredd executes Kazan with a gun given to him by Izaaks. This is enough to end the war.

The 1995 movie

  • Awesome Music: "The Dredd Song" by The Cure in the end credits.
    • The film's main theme song is quite stirring.
  • The sentencing sequence, particularly the conclusion.
    Dredd: And Code 3613...the first-degree murder of a street judge.
    Block Warlord: Let me guess. Life?
    The block warlord goes to pull his gun, but Dredd whirls about and shoots him.
    Dredd: Death. Court's adjourned.
    Rapid Fire. Armor Piercing. Double. Whammy.
  • Admit it - Dredd pumping his gun as a salute to Lady Justice in the ruined High Court was pretty cool.