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    Judge Dredd 

Judge Joseph Dredd

"In case you have forgotten, this block operates under the same rules as the rest of the city. Ma-Ma is not the law. I am the law."
Played By: Karl Urban

A renowned Street Judge in Mega-City One with the authority of judge, jury and executioner.

Tropes

  • Abnormal Ammo: Unlike Anderson, makes full use of his Lawgiver's capabilities.
  • Anti-Hero: He enforces the law to the letter and without compromise.
  • Badass: Locked in a building with a heavily armed gang after his blood? Not going to stop Dredd.
  • Badass Baritone
  • Badass Biker
  • Badass Boast: Delivers one while Anderson is captured:
    Dredd: Inhabitants of Peach Trees. This is Judge Dredd. In case you people have forgotten, this block operates under the same rules as the rest of the city. Ma-Ma's not the law. I am the law. Ma-Ma is a common criminal. Guilty of murder. Guilty of manufacturing and distribution of the narcotics known as Slo-Mo. And as of now, under sentence of death. Any who obstruct me in carrying out my duty will be treated as an accessory to her crimes. You have been warned. And as for you, Ma-Ma: Judgment time!
  • By-the-Book Cop: Notably, he doesn't use his bike's mounted machine guns on the perps he's chasing at the beginning until they kill an innocent bystander and refuses to execute Kay on 99% certainty of guilt.
  • Calling Your Attacks: The Lawgiver is a voiced activated weapon. He does this with a stun grenade before throwing it at some Mooks, but this may be to give Anderson the heads up.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Not afraid to use gas, grenades and flashbangs to get the upper hand. When he gives the warning to a group of perps and they counter that Dredd has less time to comply, Dredd quips "Thanks for the heads up", sets off a flashbang and slaughters them all.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Very, very deadpan.
  • The Determinator: Fights pretty much an entire city block without so much as breaking a sweat. Even after getting shot, he patches himself up and gets back to it.
  • The Dreaded: The corrupt judges know exactly how dangerous he is and demand one million credits for killing him. Notably, this trope is downplayed compared to the comics, as Ma-Ma and all her gang have no idea of Dredd's reputation, whereas the entire city knows who he is in the comics.
  • The Faceless: Notably, never removes his helmet, unlike Stallone's version. The one scene in which he doesn't wear it is when he's getting suited up for work, and thus hasn't put it on yet. Even then, his face is never visible.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He's on the side of the law, but don't expect much in the way of compassion, emotion or even conversation.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Is quite hard on Anderson, as well as perps. Though, in Mega City One, he can hardly be blamed and considers it all to be the deep end.
  • Guttural Growler: Even the actor said the voice was hard to maintain.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Averted. Only time it's ever off is when he sleeps.
  • I Am the Trope: His famous Catch Phrase.
  • Implacable Man: Even getting shot doesn't stop him for very long.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Damn near every shot he fires is a Boom, Headshot.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Last Name Basis: His first name is never mentioned in the film. If you weren't familiar with source material, you might get the impression that his first name is 'Judge'.
  • Meaningful Name: Judge Dredd.
  • Never Bareheaded: In keeping with the source material.
  • One-Man Army: The corrupt judges demand an abnormally high fee to go after him for a good reason.
    Command: Do you require backup?
    Judge Dredd: No.
  • One-Way Visor
  • Perma Stubble
  • Perpetual Frowner: Even though the upper area of his face is never, ever visible, he manages it.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Perhaps the most no-nonsense protagonist in a film in a long time. Attempt to threaten him, use hostages as leverage or even raise a gun against him, he will simply shoot you for your trouble.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He definitely tries to be one despite his tendencies. He is there to enforce the law, not kill people; it's just that enforcing the law most of the time means killing people. Most notably, he tries to avoid killing a hostage taker.
    • Early in the movie, he doesn't fire on a van until they run over an innocent pedestrian.
    • When first arriving at Peach Trees, he has Anderson deliver a verdict to a vagrant, but prioritizes investigating the murders and warns the vagrant to be gone by the time he comes back.
    • "Can't execute a perp on 99%."
    • Also, while Anderson lost her Lawgiver, which he told her was a fail offense, he passes her anyway, taking into account her actions throughout the movie.
    • When two teenagers hold him up, he retaliates by shooting them with Stun Rounds.
    • He gives ample warning and time for an armed mob to disperse. Pity they fear Ma-Ma more than they fear him.
  • Seen It All: At the end, this is all just another day for him.
    Chief Judge: What happened here?
    Dredd: Drug bust.
  • Sink or Swim Mentor: To Anderson, and said word for word by the Chief Judge. He spends the movie quizzing Anderson on Judge-related knowledge, including procedures, sentencing, and tactical options, and also has Anderson run point for much of the movie, given that he's evaluating her.
    • At the same time, however, whenever they breach, he's the first one through the door, since he's the more experienced Judge.
  • The Stoic: For the most part.
  • Tranquil Fury: Never raises his voice above a low growl, but it's easy to see he's losing his temper when he attempts to interrogate Kay.
    • Anderson specifically mentions that Dredd is nothing but this inside his head.
  • Unflinching Walk: Never moves above a methodical, advancing walk. Until Ma-Ma uses the Gatling.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He has no problem with throwing Ma-Ma out a window to her death.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: He uses stun rounds on a pair of juveniles though.

     Judge Anderson 

Judge Cassandra Anderson

"I believe I can make a difference."
Played By: Olivia Thirlby

A rookie Judge and genetic mutant with powerful psychic abilities who can sense the thoughts and emotions of others.

Tropes

    Judge Lex 

Judge Lex

"You know what Mega City One is, Dredd? It's a fucking meat grinder."
Played By: Langley Kirkwood

A fellow Judge called in for backup.

Tropes

  • Armor-Piercing Attack: Injures Dredd with an armour piercing round from his Lawgiver. Penetrates the cover Dredd is taking (a wall of concrete), and then Dredd.
  • Badass: Natch, like any other Judges. He even manages to wound Judge Dredd of all people and almost kill him.
  • Cavalry Betrayal: Lex is meant to be providing backup. Instead, he and his fellow dirty Judges try to kill Dredd and Anderson for Ma-Ma.
  • Dirty Cop: He's being paid by Ma-Ma to kill Dredd and Anderson.
  • In the Back: He shoots Dredd in the back. Luckily, Dredd survives and Anderson comes back to finish Lex off the same way.
  • Walking Spoiler: For a damned good reason; he's a Dirty Judge on Ma-Ma's payroll, and doesn't show up until the climax of the film.
  • Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: Gloats when Dredd says "Wait." This turns out to be his undoing when Anderson shoots him in the back.

Peach Trees

     Ma-Ma 

Madeline Madrigal, AKA Ma-Ma

Played By: Lena Headey

A prostitute turned drug lord with a trademark for excessive violence.

Tropes

     Kay 

Kay

"See, if you're talking about my fucked up head versus your fucked up head, your fucked up head is gonna lose."
Played By: Wood Harris

Ma-Ma's main enforcer and supplier of the new drug they are manufacturing known as Slo-Mo.

Tropes

     Clan Techie 

Clan Techie

Played By: Domhnall Gleeson

     Caleb 

Caleb

Played By: Warrick Grier

The second in command to Ma-Ma as well as her main enforcer.

Tropes

  • Badass
  • Beard of Evil: A goatee.
  • Co-Dragons: With Kay. Caleb mostly sticks close to Ma-Ma, while Kay works down the block.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: He always makes sure his enemies are dead and is generally very competent. Dredd is still more competent.
  • Disney Villain Death
  • Villainous Breakdown: A minor example. He's shown to be a coolheaded and competent Dragon until he faces Dredd. He's blubbering and begging for his life even as Dredd tosses him off a balcony.
  • The Worf Effect: Is shown to be a highly competent henchman who doesn't make the usual assumptions right up until Dredd unceremoniously throws him off a balcony.

     TJ 

TJ

Played By: Deobia Oparei

A doctor living in Peach Trees.

Tropes

Other Characters

     Ethan Zwirner 

Ethan Zwirner

Played By: Jason Cope

A small-time criminal addicted to slo-mo.

Tropes

  • Bald of Evil: Zwirner is a shiny-headed hostage-taking junkie.
  • Boom, Headshot: With a 'hotshot' to the mouth, which melts his head from the inside-out.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: When Judge Dredd is pursuing him and his buddies in the opening scenes, he screams a bunch of obscenities at the driver while trying to shoot at Dredd.
    Zwirner: FUCKERRRRRR! STRAIGHTEN THE FUCK OUT!
  • Starter Villain: He's an example of who Dredd deals with on a day-to-day basis, and how he deals with them.
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