These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Judge Death is the leader of the Dark Judges. While all are nasty pieces of work, Death is the only one who was shown as pure evil while alive. Death made living a crime on his home world and destroyed it, becoming an undead monstrosity who seeks to spread the power of the grave to as many worlds as he can. Death always returns to destroy any life he can, sadistically murdering those who cross his path while seeking the destruction of all that lives. His Origins Issue revealed that he was already invoking the Complete Monster trope when he was still alive.
The leadership of East Meg One, specifically the Diktatorat (Supreme Judge Bulgarin, and Judge Snekov; not Judge Vlad though.) and Bulgarin's Dragon War Marshal Kazan. They cold-bloodedly planned the Apocalypse War for years, knowing full well that it would result in the deaths of hundreds of millions, including tens of millions from their own city, and that was the best case scenario. The only one of the group to show any concern was Judge Vlad, the main architect of the strategic attack against Mega City One, and this was because Judge Snekov revealed that, according to the estimates, they would expect to lose 12 per cent of East Meg One, or 60 million citizens, in the initial exchange. When Vlad proposed that the Diktatorat warn the public so that they would be better prepared, Supreme Judge Bulgarin sneered "The people? What have they got to do with it?" implying that the East Meg leadership only cared about their own power and glory and little for their own people.
He would later go on to be blinded, beaten, and in constant pain... and still crawled on towards his destination. "Because you are a Judge. AND IT IS YOUR DUTY."
Again more recently, when after decades of genetic apartheid, he 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.
Hilarious in Hindsight: The Democracy Now quote at the top of the page seems a lot less like a convincing argument since Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, rescued a woman from a mugging that he happened upon while cycling pastnote Unlike certain other cities, the Mayor of London does not have automatic 24 hour bodyguards, it really was just him riding up. It seems an elected representative can work just fine.
Moral Event Horizon: Dredd, on orders from above, crosses the moral event horizon to terrorize pro-democracy organizers in order to ruin a planned peaceful demonstration against the Judge system. The biggest moment of which is when he threatens to take the son of a man whose pro-democracy wife Dredd killed, and who was set to speak at the rally, and hand him over to the academy to turn him into a Judge (via indoctrination that borders on outright brainwashing) unless he denounces the rally and no-shows it. To be fair, this does shake Dredd's faith in the system and causes him to take the Long Walk.
Villain Sue: 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.
The Woobie: Many citizens fall into this category. Bennett Beeny stands out though. He spends his life 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.
So Bad, It's Good: As... off-kilter as it is, it's fun to watch, taking into account Armand Assante's bombastic acting, the poor drama and the fact that no one can seem to say "law" properly.
I know you're not supposed to know what Judge Dredd looks like, but is it really so tough to imagine that he looks like Sylvester Stallone? It's a pretty petty complaint when you consider how entertaining the film can actually be.
Rico: I was your brother, your blood, your friend! They're (the clones) your family! I'm your family! (voice cracks) I was the only family you ever had!
Unfortunate Implications: Fargo tells Dredd that Rico "genetically mutated into the perfect criminal", suggesting that criminals are either a separate species to normal humans, or that criminality is innate and the Judges are therefore punishing people for crimes they cannot help committing.
Though this isn't necessarily individual to the movie, as this is a philosophical argument in Real Life as well.
This also creates a pretty gaping plot hole, as Rico and Dredd being genetically identical is the entire point on which the plot turns.
It's also possible he's just got a malformed brain from the cloning process and that's why he's nutty as a fruitcake.
Well, no. Whenever Dredd goes sans helmet in the books, it's depicted in such a manner that we usually can't see his face; He's either cast in shadow or a silhouette or something along those lines. Sure, the argument probably gets taken a little too far with the Stallone film, but the fact of the matter is that you've got a character with an iconic appearance.. And he spends roughly one quarter of the film or so in said iconic appearance.
It arguably doesn't help that the helmet's removal isn't well exploited for drama - had he kept it on until the scene where he was sentenced and stripped of his title, the change might have been better received.