![[ComicBook/JudgeDredd The Comic]]:

* CompleteMonster: As a {{police state}} {{after the end}}, 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 {{evil counterpart}} and [[ArchEnemy arch-enemy]]. 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. Born Sidney [[MeaningfulName De'ath]] on an alternate Earth, he [[SelfMadeOrphan killed his whole family]] (but not before inheriting his [[DepravedDentist father's]] love of [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]]), starting a career as a [[JudgeJuryAndExecutioner Judge]] so he and his followers could [[HangingJudge kill people for any excuse they can think of]]. Death made living a crime on his home world and destroyed it, becoming an [[EvilMakesYouMonstrous undead monstrosity]] who seeks to spread the power of the grave to as many worlds as he can. This includes the conquest of Mega-City One and killing off sixty million of its inhabitants during his rule over the "Necropolis"; killing, torturing, and [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalizing]] victims with the Sisters of Death (calling it "an acquired taste in unspeakable acts of depravity"); [[MindRape mind raping]] unfortunate people to kill others for him; [[WouldHurtAChild slaughtering his way through orphan shelters and maternity wards]] just to piss off Judge Anderson and lure her into a trap; and [[NukeEm disintegrating Las Vegas 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 tens of millions from his own city, and that was the ''best case scenario'' (Supreme Judge Bulgrarin and Judge Snekov of the Diktatorat are okay with this, while Judge Vlad has qualms). Kazan led the ground invasion of Mega City One after the nuclear attack already wiped out its entire southern half, 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]], 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--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, his final words after Dredd executes him with the co-operation of Kazan's soldiers is that [[IRegretNothing he regrets nothing he's done]].
** ''Judgement Day'' storyline: [[EvilSorcerer Sabbat the Necromagus]] is a powerful and immortal {{necromancer}} with an affinity for the dead who wants to [[OmnicidalManiac wipe out all life]]. When he was known as the human Soppi Walters on a planet in the ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' universe, he killed a friendly witch to get access to her books on BlackMagic, first using it to turn a school bully into a lifeless pet so he could torment him for eternity. He proceeded to kill everyone on his homeworld before moving on to other planets, 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. He later captures Judge Dredd's strike team and proceeds to 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 has been responsible for violently suppressing democratic marches, and made an appalling number of bad calls 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. They turned him into a zombie so his torment would never end, made him crawl and lick like a dog, constantly whispered into his ear to thank him for handing the Big Meg over to them, and had the possessed Judge Kraken rip out Silver's heart in front of him. Every day.
%%** 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 without it on then with. 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!"''
** 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 [[WouldHurtAChild 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. [[TheScrappy Also, Fergie isn't in it.]]
* TheScrappy: Fergie. Being played by 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.