is a spinoff from Judge Dredd
. Focusing on the Wally Squad
in a particular area in the city known as the Low Life
, on two judges in particular, Aimee Nixon
and Dirty Frank
and the various cases they have to deal with.
Tropes present in Low Life
- An Arm and a Leg: Nixon voluntarily had her left arm removed and replaced with a robotic arm to blend in better. She later loses the other one.
- Anti-Hero: Aimee Nixon. At first.
- Badass Beard: Frank.
- Becoming the Mask / He Who Fights Monsters: Arguably both main characters, though Frank leans more towards the former while Aimee has often been accused of (and later becomes) the latter.
- Bond One-Liner: When Overdrive asks Frank what he has that Enormo doesn't, a judge shoots Overdrive in the head. Frank replies, "Justice."
- Bottomless Bladder: Thanks to nerves, Dirty Frank once urinated non-stop throughout a twenty three minute guitar solo.
- Brainy Baby: One company claims to create these, in suspicious circumstances. Turns out, they were transferring the minds of elderly criminals into the bodies of babies to give them a second shot at life. To a lesser extent, there's also Judge Eric "Mortal" Coil, a judge whose body was de-aged to that of an infant.
- Breakout Character: While Aimee Nixon started out as the protagonist, Dirty Frank took over once it was realised how well fans took to him.
- Celebrity Resemblance: Aimee Nixon was drawn to resemble Courtney Love with a broken nose. Dirty Frank, on the other hand, was designed as Alan Moore with an eyepatch.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Dirty Frank has spent so long undercover that he's suffering some major Sanity Slippage. It's stated that the law is the only thing keeping him from a rubber room.
- Crossover: Saudade, which is part of the Judge Dredd: The Cold Deck arc.
- Nixon turns up in Titan as Sinfield's Dragon.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Frank. In. Drokking. Spades.
- Dirty Cop: Most of the judges in the Low Life, apart from Frank. Yes, that does include Nixon.
- Do Not Call Me Paul: Enormo Overdrive doesn't like to be reminded that his real name is Barry Penge.
- Dumb Muscle: Cameron.
- Eyepatch of Power: Frank.
- Face-Heel Turn: Thora, Cameron and Aimee.
- The Faceless: The Big Man, the unseen crime lord at the top of the Low Life. This seems to be a common trope in Wally Squad spinoffs, as The Boss from The Simping Detective plays a very similar role.
- Gratuitous German: Frank tends to lapse into this at times.
- The Last DJ: Frank, of all people. In spite of his nature, he's the one truly virtuous character in the strip and it's revealed that the law is the only thing keeping him from further Sanity Slippage.
- The Pig Pen: Dirty Frank.
- Shark Man: Enormo Overdrive, who has his DNA bonded with a Great White. It Makes Just As Much Sense In Context.
- Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness: Aimee's stories tend towards grittier and more serious, while Frank, in keeping with his Cloud Cuckoo Lander nature, gets all the ridiculous cases.
- Third-Person Person: Dirty Frank. Lampshaded.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Judge Farnsworth starts killing off the mob in the Low Life and taking all their assets to fund a redevelopment of the sector. Aimee kills him because she feels she needs the Low Life.
- Word Salad Lyrics: During Rock And A Hard Place, the singer of Kill Kill Kill Kill spends an entire week coming up with the line "Luna One Woman! You're all made of cheese" just to ryhme with "please". When he is arrested at the end of the story, he asks his guitarist if there are any words that rhyme with "gorgonzola".
- Younger than They Look: Thora takes on the appearance of an old woman, even though she is a few months younger than Nixon.