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Judges of Mega City One

    Joe Dredd

The comic's protagonist, Judge Joseph "Joe" Dredd. Born in 2066, he and his brothers were cloned from the blood of Eustace Fargo, the founder of the Justice system in the Mega-Cities.

  • The Ace: Dredd is a crack marksman, an expert in hand-to-hand combat, excellent on a bike, is a first rate investigator and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law. He's only really lacking people skills and flexibility, though he does use them on rare occasions.
  • Anti-Hero: He's an enforcer for a brutal dictatorial system who doesn't hesitate to execute perpetrators or give excessive prison sentences for any and all infractions, but he ultimately believes that he's protecting his city. His enemies also tend to be much worse.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Is on the receiving end of several of these from a youngster named Wenders in the famous "A Letter for Dredd" storyline. Already having some doubts about the Judge System, Wenders' innocently pointed questions about things like if the drastic uptick in criminal activity isn't partially caused by the expanded definition of what's illegal causes Dredd to become so doubt-riddled that he resigns from the Justice Department and takes off on his Long Walk.
  • Artificial Human: Dredd and his brother Rico are clones bred from the genetic material of Chief Judge Fargo to follow in their father's footsteps. He's proven himself one of the most dedicated Judges on the force over the years.
  • Badass Biker: He patrols the streets on his Lawmaster and uses it effectively in combat.
  • Blood Knight: The reason he's refused the Chief Judge's office so many times is that he loves the streets of Mega City One too much. He even notes that it's the most violent, evil city on Earth, but God help him, he loves it.
  • Born as an Adult: Downplayed. The cloning process that created him grows him to a physical age of around 5 or 6, which is the age cadet judges are first inducted into the Academy of Law.
  • Bothering by the Book: Depending on the Writer, as with many of Dredd's characteristics, but it's implied in some stories that, whilst he would never outright manipulate the law to his own advantage, he's not above remembering and choosing to enforce more obscure laws that allow him to punish people who get on his nerves. Most notably, there's his invocation of the Slum Clearance Act after visiting the Nelson Rockefeller Orbital Suburb, an ultra-luxurious space station originally intended for Mega-City One's social elite exclusively. Mind you, this ended up turning the place into Mega-City One's first orbital slum, and a hellhole so bad that Judges consider 6 months there to be worth 5 years patrolling the streets of MC1 itself!
  • By-the-Book Cop: He is dedicated to the law and will enforce it to the letter, though he has been known to use it to help the innocent.
  • Cain and Abel: Most notable with Rico, his Evil Twin. Dredd was Abel and Rico was Cain, though it was Dredd who eventually killed his brother. Vienna later notes that with Kraken and the misformed clone he mercy killed, Joseph has killed quite a few of his clones.
  • Catch Phrase: "I am the law!"
  • Celibate Hero: He was designed and trained to follow the celibate lifestyle of the Judges, although DeMarco did manage to get a kiss out of him.
  • Character Development: It's subtle and obscured by his recurring problems with Depending on the Writer, but Dredd's character has actually undergone a lot of growth over the years. Starting as a hardcore fascist-conservative, whilst he's never lost his loyalty to the ideals of the Judge System, he has developed a somewhat more liberal mindset, as when he resigned the Justice Department over his doubts about their anti-democracy crackdown, pushed for them to allow for a legitimate vote to restore democracy, and forced them to repeal the anti-mutant discrimination laws.
  • Cloning Blues: Played with. The fact that he's a clone is not exactly a source of angst for him, but so many of his clone siblings went bad that he's wondered on occasion if it's something in the blood.
    • Invoked; some Judges have speculated that Dredd's nature as a clone may be why he is able to act with such emotional detachment, a Judge trait that is idealized but rarely actually attained.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Despite being portrayed as somewhat emotionless, he has a dry sense of humour and will often make a quip when arresting perps. He's also not above using a Bond One-Liner.
  • Depending on the Writer: This is actually a problem with Dredd, as his personality varies wildly depending on the story, due to the fact that some stories are Black Comedy, and others are supposed to be straight-up action fare. In the darkly comedic stories, Dredd is basically a huge Jerkass who goes out of his way to make the citizens miserable, as a satire of overly restrictive legislation. In the more action-oriented stories, Dredd is a more traditional hero who, while an extremely strict lawman, still wants what's best for everyone. In the worst scenarios, the two different writing styles look like completely different characters.
  • Dented Iron: Despite the rejuve jobs and skin grafting, Dredd's body has shown its age after 50+ years on the streets, being largely covered in scars and bullet wounds. Subverted in "Carousel", where the rejuve technology has advanced so much that Dredd is essentially given entirely new skin. He's told they could do the same for his bones, but he declines.
  • The Determinator: When he's embroiled in an investigation, he's been likened to a dog with a bone. This extends to combat as well, as he simply refuses to die.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He defeats and arrests the devil. He also punched Judge Fear in the face. Twice!
  • The Dreaded:
    • It's in the name. Crime often drops in whatever sector he patrols. Given the stuff he's done over the years, criminals have every right to fear him. Those who don't are either completely off their gourd or Too Dumb to Live.
    • On one occasion, a gang of thieves broke into a guard house and discovered Dredd asleep inside. They're so convinced that running or trying to kill him will end in their deaths, that when Dredd wakes up, he finds they've tied themselves up for him.
    • Dredd's reputation in Mega-City One is so wide-spread and fearsome that there's an actual mental illness named after him: Dredd Syndrome is a condition in which some poor civvie becomes so terrified of being punished for even the most innocuous and accidental lawbreaking that they wind up in a coma, haunted by endless nightmares of Dredd chasing them down and hounding them about their "sins". Dredd is less than thrilled about this condition's existence, and particularly about it being named after him.
    • This even extends to the board game based on the comic where the players play judges competing to get the most arrests for the most serious crimes. One of the in game cards you can play reads "Judge Dredd is with you. The perp gives in without a fight." This even applies to Judge Death committing murder, the most dangerous combination of perp and crime in the game.
  • Electronic Eyes: After losing his real ones in "City Of The Damned", he gets a pair of bionic replacements, which augment his already impressive marksmanship abilities.
  • Experienced Protagonist: When he's first introduced, Dredd has already been serving as a Judge for twenty years. As of 2018/2140, he's been on the streets for over fifty years.
  • Expy: His characterisation is heavily inspired by Harry Callahan if Callahan's methods were actually the norm, as opposed to being frowned upon by everyone else in the police department. His appearance, on the other hand, was inspired by Frankenstein.
  • The Faceless: His face is always concealed by his helmet. Averted in The Dead Man, where his face is burned beyond recognition. Presumably, Dredd looks like his clone "father" Fargo, who has been seen without his helmet from time to time, but even before the Dead Man, Dredd could have sustained any number of injuries that changed his face.
  • Fair Cop: While we have no idea what his face looks like (though his clone father Fargo had particularly chiseled features), he's well-built enough to attract at least one very persistant stalker, as well as Judge Galen DeMarco (though to her credit she didn't take it to stalking levels).
  • Feeling Their Age: He ages in real time; while he looks in his 40s due to advanced medicinal technology, he's actually in his 70s, with over 50+ years of active service. His body has shown its age, being Covered in Scars and bullet wounds, and his fitness for duty as a result have been recurring plot points, to the extent that he developed benign duodenal cancer. The problem is ultimately solved in the story "Carousel," where he undergoes rejuvenation treatment.
  • The Fettered: No kidding. He pretty much aims to be the physical incarnation of justice.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Zigzagged. Dredd has the honest respect of most, if not all, Judges in Mega-City One. However, his strictness and uncompromising attitude means that not many Judges actually like him on a personal level.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He frequently executes criminals, passes down disproportionate sentences, and can be downright fearful to the random citizen. He's still the last line of defence for the survival of the Meg.
  • The Gunslinger: Since the strip has Space Western elements, Dredd has been known to make use of the Quick Draw. Considering that his lawgiver is holstered in his boot, it's highly impressive that he can manage this at all, never mind outdrawing people. He also has Improbable Aiming Skills.
  • Heroic Build: Averted at first, since Joe Dredd was created in the 1970s as a parody of the leaner Dirty Harry-type cop. He bulked up over the years.
  • Honor Before Reason: It's noted during the Mechanismo incident, specifically during the Tenth Planet part of the storyline, that had Dredd said the word most of the Judges would have sided with him against McGruder. However, his own code of honor wouldn't allow him to do so.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: A comically dark example, Dredd is a HUGE asshole, but he's as incorruptible as they come, even compared to 21st century morality, much less the Bad Future he lives in. He might behave like a dick, but he's an absolute defender of the Law.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He's a crack shot with his lawgiver, noting that he always hits what he's shooting at. One of the earliest clues to his identity as the Dead Man is his ability with a firearm.
  • Inspector Javert: In strips where the citizens, perps or even other judges are the protagonists, he is shown investigating the case at hand. This is most notable in "America", which is a tragic love story between two childhood friends.
  • Irony: Judge Dredd is staunchly against the inclusion of robot Judges in the Justice Department. But, as many have pointed out In-Universe, the strict restrictions on personal liberties and idealized emotional detachment expected of Judges means that many people would not find that much difference between a functioning robot Judge and an "ideal" human Judge like Dredd himself.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Enhanced interrogation techniques are part of the Justice Department armory. Dredd himself has tortured known criminals if he needed information.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's absolutely rigid with his application of the law, but he's been known to use it on occasion to help innocent citizens out of their predicaments.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Probably one of the most famous examples in fiction. It's a Judge's duty to find perps and sentence them on the spot, and Dredd was known as the biggest zealot in the Justice Department until his Character Development set in. However, the trope is zigzagged; whilst Dredd is judge & jury, and does have the legal power to execute, most crimes in Mega-City One actually don't carry the death sentence. Unless a perp is either guilty of particularly major offenses (treason, murder, rape or terrorism) or is stupid enough to resist violently, Dredd usually just sentences them to terms in the isocubes. In fact, most of Dredd's killcount comes from a combination of his legal ability to defend himself with lethal forcenote  and perps getting killed off by bad luck or stupidity whilst trying to resist arrest — getting run over, trying to jump down garbage grinders, and so forth.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Judge Dredd is, understandably, a rather cynical man. However, he shows a genuine faith in the principles of Justice, and his respect for the Law approachs an almost naive idealism; Dredd sincerely believes that the Law can be, and should be, all that a Judge thinks about, when virtually every other Judge is shown to take a somewhat more pragmatic stance. More than once, Dredd is told that Judges are still human, and all their training can't change that.
  • Knight Templar: He believes in the absolute supremacy of the law, and pursues it vigorously despite Mega-City One being a totalitarian dystopia. A big part of his rationale however, is the fact that while Mega-City One is a dystopia, it actually isn't authoritarian at all, but extremely chaotic. Dredd views himself as a proportionate response to the environment in which he operates, and most of the time it's a fairly accurate perception.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: His massive chin is probably his most prominent physical trait, something he inherited from his clone father Fargo. It's even gotten more prominent over the years.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Obviously, he's a clone of Fargo, but he's an ever purer distillation of Fargo's absolute belief in the Law. He also sometimes shares Fargo's later doubts in the efficacy of the Justice System, enough so to briefly resign over it.
  • Made of Iron: He is incredibly difficult to kill. Even when he's completely engulfed in flames and acid rivers, he survives. Yassa Povey notes that he refuses to die and a judge overseeing his skin grafting notes that he's never seen such extensive damage in someone who is still alive.
  • Man of the City: If you attack the Big Meg, make no mistake, he will take it very personally. East Meg One in particular found this out the hard way.
  • Man on Fire: The Sisters of Death burn him alive when he first confronts them. He survives.
  • Married to the Job: He doesn't have a personal life outside of being a Judge, which is the ideal for Judges, but not always followed.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Judge Joe Dredd. Invoked by Morton Judd and the other clone engineers, who wanted him to instill fear in the populace.
  • Never Bareheaded: He never appears without his helmet on. He even bathes and showers with it! Except during the time he spent in the Cursed Earth as the Dead Man
  • Noble Bigot with a Badge: Zigzagged. For the most part, Dredd doesn't seem to personally share the Fantastic Racism endemic to most humans in the setting in regards to mutants, aliens and robots (in one notable incident, he went out of his way to save a mutant town in the Cursed Earth from mutant spiders after they pleaded Mega-City One for aid), but he upholds the law and the law states he oppose those races. That said, this is another of his many Depending on the Writer character aspects, boiling down to which author was writing and how big of an asshole they felt Dredd should be.
    • Dredd actually has something of a soft spot for mutants, and was always quick to offer a hand when he could during his stints in the Cursed Earth. After learning he had mutant relatives, he even lobbied for a repeal of the mutant discrimination laws, forcing them to let mutants back into the city.
    • For the most part, Dredd doesn't care about aliens unless they're actively breaking the law — and, as with mutants, if they call to the law for help, he will answer that call. That said, he has been established as having a personal dislike for the Kleggs, an aggressive and warlike race of alien mercenaries who resemble humanoid crocodiles. He's even lampshaded it by noting that he's not sure why they're an exception to his general tolerance for aliens, although logic suggests it's due to the fact that the insane Chief Judge Cal depended heavily on the support of Klegg mercenaries during the end days of his reign over Mega-City One, and hence were responsible for the deaths of numerous people, citizens and Judges alike.
    • The one time he plays it straight is that he really doesn't seem to like robots very much. In particular, he has repeatedly objected to the proposed "Mechanismo" project of creating robot Judges as a way to shore up their desperate need for manpower... although, in his defense, every iteration of the Mechanismo project has gone horribly wrong as the robo-Judges invariably become TOO strict even by Judge standards and go on murderous rampages.
  • Not So Above It All: Once more, Depending on the Writer, but it's repeatedly been shown that, despite Dredd's own efforts to act as a purely logic-driven law-enforcer, he's not above emotional weaknesses or attachments.
    • During his second encounter with Stan "Deathfist" Lee, Dredd makes a point of tossing aside his Lawgiver and beating Deathfist in a one-on-one fight. As the Chief Judge of the time notes, the expected thing to do in that situation was basically to shoot Deathfist, and he suggests that Dredd's motivations were to avenge his earlier humiliation when Deathfist handed him the only Curb-Stomp Battle of his career. Dredd protests that his actions were strictly motivated to bolster the reputation of the Justice Department, but it's obvious the Chief Judge doesn't entirely buy his explanation.
    • The second half of the "Democracy" storyline revolves heavily around Dredd's growing doubts about what he was involved in.
    • One story involves Dredd being brought before a hearing for punching a member of the Accountants branch of the Justice Department. It's then explained that Dredd became involved with a family whose daughter had required a transplantation of her brain into a robot body to avoid dying, but the transferal was faulty, leaving the daughter heavily brain-damaged. Wanting to genuinely help her, Dredd had paid for the surgery needed to bring her back to full cognitive awareness, but then some of the young children she used to be friends with mocked her for her appearance as a brain in a transparent bubble on a robotic body and she ran away in distress, getting fatally hit by a passing vehicle. It was the accountant berating him for spending so much money on her in the first place, combined with his own distress at her death, that caused him to lose his temper and punch the man.
    • After Maria left his employ, Dredd actually took time off to find her - now an alcoholic vagrant - and tried to convince her to get herself some help. Ultimately, when she refused, he sentenced her to mandatory rehabilitation.
    • Preceding Dredd's taking the Long Walk for the first time is his nearly killing a perp who was involved in the murder of his mentor, Judge Morphy, in a sincere state of emotional distress.
    • Its been implied that he really does return Judge DeMarco's attraction to him, especially in one particular scene where she kisses him, but it doesn't matter. The Law is very clear on this point, NO Judges are allowed to have personal relationships. It doesn't matter if other Judges might blur the line or look the other way, to Dredd, all that matters is what the Law says, no matter what he might feel personally. Even as late as "Trifecta", he shows what might be considered a pang of jealousy when he sees that DeMarco is romantically involved with Jack Point.
    • In the prog "A Death in the Family", Dredd uses his legal power as a Judge to kidnap a city councilman whose recently introduced Euthanasia Integrity Program resulted in a man being euthanized against his will and scare the living daylights out of him by forcing him to undergo a near-completed euthanasia himself in order to "persuade" him to change the rules so entrants can legally refuse to undergo euthanasia.
    • In the prog "Wounded Heart", Dredd attends the funeral of a woman called Melba Omerta Tang, who recently assisted him in cracking an organ-sharking case. It's a rare moment of vulnerability and guilt for Dredd; as part of that assistance, Melba had asked that he not kill the nest of glohawks outside her apartment, but an exterminator had gone behind his back and killed them after Dredd had visited. She had blamed Dredd and accused him of breaking his promise, and he is shown genuinely struggling with how to handle the guilt now that she's gone.
    • The progs detailing ex-Judge deMarco's side of "Doomsday" shows that Dredd actually showed up to her apartment shortly after East-Meg put the 10 million bounty on his head, offering what comfort he could, pointing her in the direction of a private investigator who could use her assistance, and getting her a firearms permit. When she got drunk for the first time, he also took her home safely and actually gave her some good advice.
      • In the same progs, when one wit jokingly points a finger-gun at Dredd and says "bang", he responds by forcing them into an immediate strip-search, then sends him to the Justice Department for a full interrogation and illegal substance check, whilst also sending Judges to search his apartment and interrogate the children.
    • In "The Devil You Know", once he discovers that Judge Grice is the head of the conspiracy to have him taken out before the referendum to repeal the rule of Justice Department, Dredd confronts him in his office and proceeds to beat the absolute shit out of him. Two other judges waiting outside turn a blind eye to the whole thing, eventually settling on the cover story that Dredd and Grice are redecorating Grice's office, even as Dredd tosses Grice through a glass door.
  • Older Than They Look: He ages in real time, and is in his 70s as of 2014. The ageing process has been slowed down to where he's physically in his 40s.
  • One-Man Army: He's taken on entire gangs by himself, reasoning that they don't deserve to have whole squads of judges come after them. He also has one of the highest body counts of any comic book character, even when you factor out his nuking of half a billion people in East Meg One.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • While he's not Vienna's father, he's the closest thing she has to one (and genetically speaking, he is her father, since Rico and Dredd are clones of the same man), and Dredd loves his niece dearly. Grud help anyone who tries to harm her.
    • This extends somewhat to the Fargo Clan, a clan of mutants descended from Eustace Fargo's brother, making them genetic relatives of Dredd. Learning of their hardships is what drives Dredd to lobby for reversing the discriminatory treatment of mutants by the Mega Cities.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Dredd's a strong supporter of this philosophy, especially evident in his way of brutally punishing lawbreakers and his act of nuking East Meg One, killing half a billion people in the process after the destruction of half his city.
  • Perpetual Frowner: As shown by his many expressions in the page image, which seems immutable.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • He's well-known as an authoritarian hardass, but he makes a point of being there for his niece when she returns to Mega-City One from Brit Cit. He's also been known to help out the few innocent citizens he comes across through legal means.
    • He's one of the few Judges who does not consider the mutants to be sub-human, and is against the apartheid system that they live under, even before he finds out he has mutant relatives, the descendants of Judge Fargo's (Dredd's clone father) brother.
    • When Two-Ton Tony Tubbs winning the first legal Fatty of the Year Competition after the Fatties craze is made legal again leads to a riot that causes the platform to break and several of the protesting competitors to smother under their own weight, Tony expects Dredd to throw him in the cubes for being the source of it. Instead, Dredd proclaims him innocent and instead imprisons the organizers of the event for criminal negligence leading to death, a sentence of 15 years apiece.
  • Pragmatic Hero: He has no compunction whatsoever with killing perpetrators or doing whatever he feels is necessary to uphold the law or defend Mega City One, notably nuking East Meg One during the Apocalypse War.
  • Principles Zealot: His sole concern is upholding the law.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Defied, in spite of his suspicious-sounding Catch Phrase. Dredd has the authority to determine punishment for law-breaking, not to make new laws as he sees fit.
  • Secret Keeper: He is perhaps the only person who knows that Chief Judge Fargo actually condemned the Judge System on his deathbed and pleaded for Dredd to begin dismantling what was originally supposed to be a temporary system. Instead, he claimed that Fargo had wanted the Judges to continue their rule.
  • The Stoic: He's almost always composed... which makes the moments when the mask slips particularly memorable.
  • Shoulders of Doom: The Judges in Mega-City One, including Dredd, all have huge shoulder pads. The right one is an eagle to symbolize the origins of the Meg, back when Mega-City One was a constituent part of the United States.
  • Smith of the Yard: He's the most famous judge in Mega-City One (and arguably the world) in no small part thanks to some of his exploits, such as nuking an entire city to win a war and arresting the devil.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork:
    • Whenever Dredd has to work with somebody from outside of the Justice Department, it's clear that he does not enjoy the process, and neither does whoever he's partnered with. This includes both natives of his own world, such as Devlin Waugh the badass Camp Gay vampire assassin-exorcist, and crossover characters, such as Batman.
    • It's shown that Dredd sometimes even has problems getting on with other Judges, usually due to his own inflexible demeanor and extremely high standards. One of the earliest examples of this is during the Judge Child arc, when he is shown butting heads with Judge Lopez over the latter's wearing a mustachenote . He also used to express disapproval of Judge Anderson's sense of humor.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Being burnt alive by the Sisters of Death in The Dead Man leaves him with amnesia until he finds his badge in a destroyed town.
  • Tyke-Bomb: He and the rest of his siblings were cloned from the DNA of the first Chief Judge Fargo. The Justice Department designed Dredd to be the ultimate lawman, and trained him from birth. He first saw action during the immediate aftermath of the Atomic Wars in 2070, when he, his brother Rico and all the other cadets were dispatched along with the Judges to maintain order in Mega-City One, which had fallen into anarchy despite surviving the brunt of the nuclear attack.
  • Wrote the Book: Literally. Dredd has penned "The Comportment", a guide which is required reading for all cadet judges.

    Cassandra Anderson

Cassandra Anderson is a member of Justice Department's Psi Division, she has fought alongside Dredd against the Dark Judges as well as various other supernatural foes. Has her own spinoff series, Anderson: Psi-Division.

  • Action Girl: As a female judge, she patrols the streets with great competence.
  • Boyish Short Hair: After she loses her hair during the "Half Life" arc, it never grows back to its original length. How long it grows varies but it's a sign of her advancing age.
  • Breakout Character: She was initially intended as just one of Judge Death's victims. She proved so popular that she returned many times since and even ended up getting her own spinoff.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's rather flippant with her superiors and has a more relaxed attitude than other judges. The tradeoff of her powers is considered to be worth it. Psi judges are usually more in tune with their emotions.
  • Catch Phrase: "Grud on a greenie!"
  • The Chick: Of all the judges, she is probably the most traditionally feminine. Psi judges are more in tune with their emotions to allow greater control of their powers.
  • Christmas Cake: She notes that she's getting older and is presently in her sixties. She's partnered with a rookie psi judge at one point who she knows is attracted to her. She notes that she should discourage this, but is at the same time flattered.
  • Closer to Earth: Far less extreme than Dredd, though it may be her Psychic Powers.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting:
  • Deadpan Snarker: It's part of her attitude. Her superiors note that she's somewhat flippant with it.
  • Dream Weaver: Cass has learned to employ lucid dreaming, which has come in handy against both the Sisters of Death and Judge Death.
  • Fair Cop: Her appearance is based on Debbie Harry, so she definitely falls under this trope.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Her battles against the Dark Judges alongside Dredd have earned his respect, something that's very difficult, especially for a Psi Judge to earn.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Her blonde hair marks her out as a more traditionally good character than most other judges. Or, at least, less brutal.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: She rarely ever wears a helmet, even in combat situations, although the in-story Hand Wave is that it obstructs her psychic abilities.
  • The Lost Lenore: She falls in love with a Sov Psi Kop named Mikhael, though he dies soon after. Using lucid dreaming techniques, she is able to keep his memory alive and be with him as she sleeps.
  • Meaningful Name: Named for the mythical Cassandra, who was also a psychic.
  • Ms. Fanservice: For the most part, Anderson in Judge Dredd doesn't provide much fanservice other than being hot in general. Her own spinoff, however, is a different story. In the first collected volume alone, she spends half a story naked in a coma (she is mostly covered by a sheet, but still), has another judge walk in on her in a shower, and goes clubbing in a low-cut, tight minidress.
  • Older Than They Look: She's presently either in her late 50s or early 60s, but doesn't even look 30. Arthur Ranson did draw her as looking more mature in the mid noughties, but other artists haven't followed through with this.
  • Only Sane Man: Noticeably less extreme and brutal than the average cop. Doesn't mean she doesn't kill the occasional criminal here and there.
  • Pstandard Psychic Pstance: Most of the covers she appears on have her do this, when she isn't using a Lawgiver.
  • Psychic Powers: She's the top psychic in Psi Division and her powers have allowed her to counter such supernatural foes as the Dark Judges, even being capable of containing their spirits.
  • Repressed Memories: For years she blocked out the fact that she had been abused by her own father.
  • Token Good Teammate: Like most Judges she's trained to shoot perps resisting arrest with no compunction, but she has a softer side than most of her colleagues and is willing to go against the system given a choice To Be Lawful or Good.

    Rico Dredd

Joe's twin brother. Attended the academy and graduated at the top of their class. Unfortunately, he became corrupt and was sent to Titan by Dredd and was shot and killed by him when he came back for revenge.

  • Ax-Crazy: Had traces of this even before his exile and confinement on Titan, most notably when he murdered Judge Kenner, hitting Kenner with an incendary round, shooting his limbs, and mocking him as he died.
  • The Ace: He graduated from the academy in first place, beating even Dredd.
  • Cain and Abel: With Joe Dredd. Dredd sends him to Titan and he comes back to seek revenge, only for Dredd to kill him, something Dredd does feel remorse for.
  • Cyborg: Like all Titan inmates, his respiratory system has been modified with cybernetic implants so he can survive on the moon without a space suit. It's pretty horrific looking.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Had a daughter with a visiting journalist. Said daughter is eventually semi-adopted by Dredd, as genetically, she is his daughter as well.
  • Facial Horror: His time on Titan cost him his normal face, with cybernetic implants covering most of it and his nose missing.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He's an even better shot than Dredd. The only reason Dredd is able to defeat him is that his body has gotten used to Titan's lower gravity and he is slower as a result.
  • Lawman Gone Bad: He was top of his class, better than even Dredd, but he began running his own criminal activities not long after he hit the streets. His worst act was the brutal murder of Judge Kenner, which he committed because the latter had grown increasingly suspicious of Rico. Rico was able to pull it off by pretending to be Joe, with Kenner realizing the truth too late.
  • Posthumous Character: His first appearance is the one in which he is killed. Any subsequent appearances are in the form of flashbacks and dream sequences.


Two judges have held this name, a father and son.

  • Canon Welding: The original Giant is the son of John "Giant" Clay. Clay himself appears in a Whatever Happened To......? story where he has a final conversation with his grandson.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The original Giant is shot In the Back by Orlok before The Apocalypse War.
  • In the Back: Orlok shoots the original Giant from behind after his Satellat distracts him.
  • Jive Turkey: The original Giant refers to Dredd as "J.D. Baby". His son averts this.
  • Legacy Character: The second is the son of the first, fathered by an unjudicial liaison.

    America Beeny

America Beeny is the daughter of Bennett Beeny and America Jara who is inducted into the Academy just before Benny's death.

  • Action Girl: She is one of the youngest judges ever to graduate from the academy as she was fast tracked in record time. Dredd is even impressed with her competence and determination and she is quite skilled on the streets.
  • Dead Guy Junior: She's America Beeny, and her mother was America Jara. Her father wanted her to have her mother's name to keep her memory alive. Which he was also doing by living in her mother's body.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Never short of an answer, as her tutor noted of her while she was still at the academy. Snarks in virtually every appearance since - something the older Judges tend to comment negatively on.
  • Internal Reformist: Benny enrols her in the academy partly to keep her safe and partly to make the system change. She does state that she believes the system must change, she also wishes to be a judge and proves her worth on the streets.
  • Legacy Character: She is the daughter of the protagonists of "America". She has many of her mother's traits, along with her father's good nature.
  • Literal Ass-Kicking: When attacked and pinned by one of the surviving members of the Democratic Terrorists her mother was affiliated with, she pulls a knife from her boot and stabs him square in the rear. When the med team arrives they've removed his pants... all the while keeping the knife lodged there.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: She was conceived through deliberate artificial insemination in order to keep America Jara's memory alive.
  • Tangled Family Tree: Her biological mother and her biological father are technically the same person, as her father had his brain put in her mother's brain-dead body and inseminated him/herself with sperm from his original body, leading to the birth of America Beeny.

    Galen DeMarco

Galen DeMarco is a judge who comes under Dredd's command in Sector 301 and later falls for him. She later resigned and became a private detective.

  • Action Girl: A very capable judge, she is in line for promotion to Senior Judge at just 23. This makes Dredd question what she's doing in The Pit, especially as she volunteered.
  • Fair Cop: She's a young and attractive judge who gets the attention of other judges. Even Dredd is tempted.
  • Has a Type: Judges. She requests a transfer to The Pit to be with Warren after he is transferred from Harbour Division, where they met. She later falls for Dredd, though he spurns her advances, despite them sharing a kiss. Currently, she is in a relationship with undercover judge Jack Point.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Played with regarding Dredd, since it's indicated that he does care for her but his duty as a judge means he can't have non-professional relationships with anyone. Played straight with Jack Point however, who as a private detective actively lusts after her.
  • First-Name Basis: When she's wounded on the streets, Dredd refers to her by her first name. She takes this as a sign that he cares about her. Even as late as "Trifecta", he still does so. As such, she often refers to him by his first name.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is depicted in various states of undress at times, particularly just after she's had sex with a fellow judge. An infamous cover depicted her with Absolute Cleavage and this trope carried over to her appearances in The Simping Detective.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Her father leaves her several billion credits in trust for her. In spite of this, she sticks it out as a judge for several years until her feelings for Dredd force her to make a decision. Even when she leaves, she becomes a P.I. instead of just swanning around with her money. Subverted in her later stories, where her money has been stolen and she's struggling to make ends meet.
  • Private Investigator: She becomes a private detective after resigning from Justice Department, as it's a good use of her skills and allows her to pick and choose which elements of the job she wants to go with.
  • Really Gets Around: She was known for her tendency for romantically involving herself with various fellow Judges, which put her in trouble with Dredd and eventually caused her to resign as a Judge when she couldn't sacrifice her personal passions for the job.
  • Transplant: Started off in the main strip before getting her own Spin-Off and then showing up in The Simping Detective as a recurring character.
  • Turn in Your Badge: She is forced to choose between being able to be physically involved with people or being a judge. Having made a move on Dredd, she resigns.


Another Fargo clone originally bred by Morton Judd, but was later inducted into the Judge force. After trying to fill Dredd's vacant position, he came under the control of the Sisters of Death and was turned into a Dark Judge against his will.

  • An Arm and a Leg: He blows up his right hand when he tries to use another Judge's Lawgiver, forgetting it wasn't his.
  • And I Must Scream: His fate is beyond horrifying; Death decides to reward his new puppet by mind-controlling Kraken to kill millions of people, while allowing him enough clarity of mind to feel all of it.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The Dark Judges use their psychic powers to force him to join them in their mission to turn Mega City One into a city of the dead.
  • Cloning Blues: He deeply resents living in Dredd's shadow and hopes to become a better Judge than his older clone brother. Dredd disapprovingly notes this arrogant streak in the rookie.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When Dredd finally returns and saves the city, he doesn't try to run or protest and calmly accepts his execution by Dredd after thanking him for ending his torment.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He realizes how badly he's screwed up after he frees the Dark Judges, but in his haste destroys his own arm with a stolen Lawgiver.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He's named after the mythical sea monster.
  • Sucksessor: When Justice Department tries to redeem him for his part in the Judda incursion, his field stats actually outstrip Dredd's. Dredd's decision to revoke Kraken's graduation is overturned in his absence, setting the Necropolis disaster in motion.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Chief Judge Silver had him replace Dredd name and all after the real Dredd took the Long Walk, beliving that Dredd's reputation was too valuable to lose. This was a bad idea.


A former street judge who conspired against Dredd during the democratic referendum, he was sent to Titan where he later escaped and took control of Mega City One.

  • Badass Moustache: He wears an impressive moustache that stays with him even after his Titan surgery.
  • Bad Boss: When he becomes obsessed with taking revenge on Dredd, he executes his own men, even the loyal ones.
  • Car Fu: He dies when Dredd repeatedly runs him over with his bike.
  • Facial Horror: Like all Titan inmates, his nose was replaced with cybernetics to allow his survival on the moon without an expensive space suit. His alteration can be seen as an in universe example of Technology Marches On, as it's not nearly as extensive as the work done to Rico Dredd.
  • Fallen Hero: He was once a respected Senior Judge until he conspired against Dredd.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He becomes so Ax-Crazy that he eventually decides to destroy the city.
  • Prisons Are Gymnasiums: He comes back from Titan much stronger than when he went in by working out constantly.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When Dredd first arrests him, the fight between them is a Curbstomp Battle, with Dredd absolutely destroying Grice. When he comes back, Grice defeats Dredd and, even during their final battle, it takes Dredd's Lawmaster to final defeat him.
  • Sanity Slippage: He gets crazier when he installs himself as Chief Judge, even executing one of his co-conspirators with a chainsaw and takes a flamethrower as a personal weapon.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He starts out as this. Believing that a democratic vote would destroy the city, he conspires to assassinate Dredd, which fails. After this, though, Revenge is his main motivation.


    Rico II

A clone of Dredd, who takes on the original Rico's name in tribute after Dredd tells him of their time in the academy together.

  • Dead Guy Junior: He takes the original Rico's name out of respect.
  • The Faceless: Just like Dredd, his helmet never comes off either. Like Dredd and Rico, he presumably looks like their clone father, Fargo.
  • Lamarck Was Right: He's the only real successful Dredd clone and, apart from Dredd himself, the only other Fargo clone to stay a judge without going bad. When they do team up, they think so much alike they barely need to speak to each other.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Being a Dredd clone, this is a given. When it's blown off, he's given a replacement made of titanium. Dredd notes that some perp broke his own hand trying to punch Rico out.
  • Take Up My Sword: At the end of "Grindstone Cowboys", a badly wounded Dredd tells him that it's up to him now before Dredd's H-wagon is destroyed.

    Fintan Joyce

Fintan Joyce is a retrainee who transferred from Murphyville after Chaos Day.

  • Fingore: In his first appearance, he gets his fingers lopped off in the Undercity and keeps fighting. He's either got them reattached or regrown in subsequent appearances.
  • Legacy Character: He's the son of Charlie Joyce, the Irish judge Dredd teamed up with in "Emerald Isle". Charlie is established to have died in the intervening years and this becomes a plot point later on.
  • Officer O'Hara: He started out in Murphyville's Justice Department before transferring to the Big Meg. Murphyville's judges are a lot more relaxed in their policing and lifestyle regulations for their judges, something Dredd isn't happy with.
  • Transfer Student Uniforms: He wears his Irish judge's uniform upon arrival to Mega City One before he's issued his Mega City uniform.
  • Sherlock Scan: He figures that there's something illegal going on in an all night diner because the cook's apron is actually clean, meaning he's not actually a cook.

Chief Judges

    Eustace Fargo

Eustace Fargo, born in 1999, was the founder of the Justice System of immediate sentencing. Originally a prosecutor for the US government, his reforms to the Justice Department were his answer to due process becoming unworkable as a result of gangs intimidating courts. He was put into cryo-stasis after a failed suicide, though he spent some time with his cloned sons on several occasions.

  • Big Good: Founded the Judge system in order to combat rising crime levels. During the Atomic Wars he advises Goodman and Solomon on legal methods to depose Booth. On his death-bed, he was aware that the Justice Department was growing corrupt, and pleaded with Dredd to pursue its dismantlement, as it had never been intended to be a permanent solution.
  • Bungled Suicide: He tried to kill himself for failing the rules of celibacy among the Judges that he himself instituted. It didn't take, and he was revived later.
  • Death Faked for You: After his failed suicide, his aides Solomon and Goodman covered up the incident and instead convinced the public that Fargo had heroically died in the line of duty. He continues to advice his successors from behind the scenes after that.
  • The Faceless: Not at first, but was retconned into being so in "Origins" so as to keep his appearance the same as Dredd's. Before that, he was shown as looking rather like Conan the Barbarian.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: He ultimately despairs that he has destroyed the American Dream. He created the Judges in an attempt to establish order, not to oppress the people.
  • Human Popsicle: After his Bungled Suicide, he is put into stasis so that medical technology can heal him once it advances sufficiently. He is reawakened during the Atomic Wars as an advisor and again at the end of "Origins" so he can speak to his son one last time.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In "Origins", it's revealed that Fargo regrets having ever created the Judges, arguing that the system has completely destroyed the American Dream, and now just perpetuates itself rather than trying to rebuild what has been lost. He is visibly disturbed when he sees how cold and detached young Joe and Rico behave towards America's promised Pursuit Of Happiness after their schooling.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: He was well known for his impressive jawline, and passed it on to his clones.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Eustace was a self-righteous stickler for the law; his twin brother Ephram was considerably more relaxed and disliked his brother's holier-than-thou attitude. This led Ephram to eventually move out of their hometown.
  • Principles Zealot: He expanded the Justice Department to the monolithic apparatus it became with complete power. He was so determined to uphold his principles that he even tried to kill himself for not being able to uphold them in a moment of weakness.
  • Truly Single Parent: His "sons" Joseph and Rico were cloned from his own genetic material as a roundabout attempt to reincarnate the father of justice. He nevertheless only saw them a few times during his short periods out of cryo-stasis.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He invented the draconian modern justice system as a last resort to stop the endless crime wave sweeping America's mega-cities, intending to relinguish power back to the people at some point.

    Hollins Solomon

Originally one of Fargo's two Deputy Chief Judges, he took over the role of Chief Judge after Fargo's Bungled Suicide. While he later resigns, he remains on the Council of Five and serves as Goodman's closest aide during the war. It was he who came up with "The Judgement Of Solomon", a 100 year sentence in cryo stasis for Bob Booth.

  • Badass Beard: He sports one in his flashback in "The Cursed Earth", but not during "Origins".
  • The Lancer: Like Goodman, he is initially this to Fargo. He and Goodman are this to each other, swapping roles when Solomon steps down as Chief Judge.
  • Meaningful Name: His last name is a reference to King Solomon the Wise. His own Judgement Of Solomon is a solution to Justice Department's dilemma regarding President Booth; They can't bring themselves to execute him, but he needs to be punished for his crimes. Solomon's conclusion is to let posterity decide.
  • Retcon: "Origins" explains how he'd been Chief Judge after Fargo and how Goodman was in the role for 43 years; He succeeded Fargo and later stepped down, but joined the Council Of Five.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He's the only Chief Judge whose fate after his time in office is unknown. Even Francisco and Sinfield are returned to the streets and shipped to Titan respectively.

    Clarence Goodman

The Chief Judge when the strip begins, Clarence Goodman was originally one of Fargo's deputies and led the city through the Atomic Wars and up until The Day The Law Died, where Cal has him assassinated.

  • Big Good: He's Chief Judge during the strip's earliest days. On the advice of his predecessor, Judge Solomon, he builds Justice Department up to rival the U.S. military and leads a coup against President Booth.
  • The Lancer: Alongside Solomon, he is Number Two to Fargo. He's also this to Solomon when Fargo attempts suicide.
  • Long Runner: He spent 43 years as Chief Judge before Cal, his Deputy Chief Judge, had him assassinated.
  • Meaningful Name: Clarence Goodman. He is easily the most liberal chief judge portrayed in the strip.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He takes Dredd's advice on numerous scenarios and allows him a huge amount of autonomy. He's also popular with the city's juves if their asking for autographs is any indication.
  • Retcon: His initial title is Grand Judge, but this is quickly changed.
  • Older Than They Look: Before his death, it's explicitly stated that he has regular rejuvenation treatments, which explains how he spent 43 years as Chief Judge.


Former SJS head and Deputy Chief Judge who takes power by having Goodman assassinated. After he takes control, he begins enacting bizarre laws and tries to have Dredd killed.

  • Ambition Is Evil: Wants to become the dictator, so murders the current Chief Judge.
  • Ax-Crazy: He displays as much mental stability as his inspiration, which has none.
  • Bad Boss: For the minor infraction of one of his Mooks missing a button from his uniform, he makes him perform his duties in his underwear. He also injects Judge Slocum with a paralysing agent and pickles him alive because he thinks it'll prevent Slocum from getting wrinkles from worrying too much.
  • Berserk Button: Questioning his sanity is guaranteed to send him into a rage and pass out death sentences.
  • The Caligula: He's mad as a brush and enacts all sorts of insane laws, such as ordering the execution of the entire city in alphabetical order and outlawing happiness. Kind of obvious, considering that he's named after the original Caligula.
  • Caligula's Horse: He makes his goldfish Deputy Chief Judge, whom he then uses to pass unintelligible laws to confuse the citizens. He's later torn-up when Dredd and Slocum arranged an "assassination" of his assistant.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He embraces being a horrible leader, proudly calling himself a "tyrant's tyrant". The guy even has a portrait of Adolf Hitler in his office.
  • Disney Villain Death: He's finally killed when Fergee throws the both of them off the Statue of Judgment, sending Cal plummeting to his death.
  • The Dreaded: Thanks to his general insanity, people are too scared to cross him out of fear of what he'll do.
  • Evil Counterpart: Yes, Cal actually has an evil counterpart that is worse than he is, and who easily managed to kill his universe's Dredd and took over the world. The difference? That version wasn't insane, just evil. That allowed him to act rationally, rather than act out like a powertripping lunatic.
  • A God Am I: His sanity slips so far that he believes that he can control gravity even as Fergee grabs him and jumps off the Statue of Judgement with him.
  • Internal Affairs: His start in the Special Judicial Service allowed him to obtain detailed portfolios on the other Judges that he could use to blackmail them during his rise to power.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is just a shortened form of Caligula.
  • Multiversal Conqueror: His counterpart from a world where Cal killed Dredd and still rules Mega City One bands together all the supervillains from alternate dimensions to conquer Dredd's one.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: When the citizens don't want to take part in his "celebrations", he goes out of his way to making lives miserable, from including banning happiness to trying to kill everyone.
  • Repressive, but Efficient: For all his insanity, he scares everyone so much that the trains run on time and the time taken to deliver mail is drastically reduced. This actually ends up being part of his undoing.
  • Sanity Slippage: As "The Day The Law Died" wears on, he gets crazier by the day, even imagining the ghosts of past Chief Judges mocking him.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: He considers himself the living incarnation of the law, allowing him to reign with impunity.
  • The Starscream: Takes over the position of Chief Judge by having Goodman stabbed in public.


Former principal of the Academy of Law who helped Dredd in organizing a resistance movement against the mad Cal. Became the new Chief Judge following Cal's death, serving from 2101 to 2104. He was assassinated by Dredd during the Apocalypse War.

  • Brainwashed: After he's captured by the Sovs, he's brainwashed to spout pro-East Meg One propaganda.
    • Forgiveness Requires Death: Once Dredd manages to snap him out of it, he finds himself guilty of treason and sentences himself to death. Dredd Complies.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Wears a prominent black eyepatch.
  • Veteran Instructor: Like all Academy teachers he was a veteran of the Justice Department, even teaching Dredd himself.

    Hilda McGruder

Hilda Margaret McGruder was Mega-City One's Chief Judge from 2104–2108 (after the Apocalypse War) and 2112–2116 (following Necropolis). Generally recognized by fans as having the best tenure as Chief Judge, notably being the first Chief Judge to hold the post twice. Known for her iconic beard, which she acquired as a mutation after spending four years bringing the Law to the Cursed Earth after doing the Long Walk. She eventually has to resign her post on account of senile dementia, which was affecting her decision making, and died during one final patrol Dredd granted her so she might die with her boots on instead of forced euthanasia.

  • Badass in Charge: She is not afraid to fight on the front lines when it comes down to it. When faced with a city overrun by a Zombie Apocalypse, her first reaction is to go down to the armoury, grab the largest gun she can carry and take the fight to the zombies.
  • Bearded Lady: During her Long Walk she grows a goatee, which she keeps for quite some time despite several Judges asking her to shave.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: During her second term, she speaks to herself and makes very questionable decisions. This can be attributed to her time in the Cursed Earth.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Courtesy of Dredd, who busted her out to go down fighting against some criminals in the Cursed Earth instead of being forcibly euthanized.
  • Internal Affairs: She started out in the SJS before she was promoted to Chief Judge after the Apocalypse War.
  • Iron Lady: She's quite obviously based on Margaret Thatcher. During her terms she proved a strong-willed leader and one of the most competent Chief Judges of the Meg, until her Sanity Slippage took its toll.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: She originally looked much more youthful and attractive before taking the Long Walk.
  • Last Stand: During the final hours of Judgment Day, she and the other Judges assembled in Hondo City elect to go out fighting off the zombie horde on the frontlines rather than wait for the inevitable. Subverted when Dredd and Johnny Alpha defeat Sabbat in the nick of time.
  • Royal "We": During her second term in office, she continually refers to herself in the plural.
  • Sanity Slippage: Her time in the Cursed Earth didn't do wonders for her sanity. She's still sane enough to aid Dredd in taking back Mega City One from the Dark Judges, but eventually she went crazy enough to begin the Mechanismo program of robot judges despite clear evidence it was unworkable to compensate for the loss of Judges during the Necropolis arc. Her madness continued to grow during her second term until she was forced to step down during the Wilderlands Arc.

    Thomas Silver

Thomas Silver became Chief Judge after McGruder resigned over the Seven Samurai incident. He was more hardline than his predecessors on the issue of democracy, ruthlessly crushing any dissenters. Responsible for the events that led to Necropolis when he replaced Dredd with Kraken.

  • And Then John Was a Zombie: His fate is left ambiguous during "Necropolis", with the most persistent rumours being that he either killed himself or became the plaything of Judge Death. Turns out both of these are true. After shooting himself, Death brings him back as a zombie with all his faculties intact just to torture him. He escapes the city and hides in a burial pit until the threat is dealt with and tries to reclaim the office of Chief Judge.
  • Bungled Suicide: Double subverted. His suicide attempt succeeds, but Judge Death brings him back as a zombie. He notes that he should have committed suicide the way Judge Odell did; By putting his lawgiver in his mouth and setting it to Hi-Ex.
  • Democracy Is Bad: He was one of Mega-City One's most authoritarian Chief Judges, ordering Dredd to strike down peaceful democratic marches in the city by any means necessary. This directly contributed to Dredd's faltering faith in the system and taking the Long Walk.
  • Fate Worse than Death: The Dark Judges murdered him and then resurrected him as a zombie so they could continue to torment him.
  • Kill It with Fire: When he comes back as a zombie to reclaim his position, Dredd sentences him for gross dereliction of duty before incinerating him.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: He's brought back with all his mental faculties intact so Judge Death can torture him.
  • Veteran Instructor: He was an old Judge when he took office, having taught at the Academy of Law for several years because he needed a cane to walk after being wounded in action.

    Hadrian Volt

Hadrian Volt was elected as Chief Judge in 2116, after McGruder resigned for a second time. In comparison to his predecessors, he was less hardline and instituted many reforms for both judges and citizens alike.

  • Driven to Suicide: Kills himself after the second robot war, having blamed himself for not doing enough to prevent it.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He instituted more liberal reforms, such as reinstating the Council Of Five and the office of mayor, as well as procedures to benefit the welfare of judges, such as a mandatory eight hours of natural sleep every two weeks to prevent Sleep Machine Psychosis.

    Barbara Hershey

Barbara Hershey is Dredd's long time colleague and one of the longest-serving Chief Judges. Was replaced by Francisco after she lost a reelection, but returned to the big chair after Chaos Day.

  • Action Girl: As a judge, this is a given. She's partnered off with Dredd on many occasions and gotten through it, even when more experienced judges have fallen.
  • Da Chief: She has no problem reprimanding Dredd to keep him in line.
  • Fair Cop: Her looks are noted by Sov Judge Brylkreem and PJ Maybe has a fetish for her authoritarian figure. It's also mentioned copies of her head are also popular for dominatrix sex droids.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: She's rarely ever seen with a helmet. Unlike Anderson, there's no justification given.
  • Mercy Kill: She takes the euthanasia option when she's too weak to carry on from her illness.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She is quite close with Dredd, taking advice from him on various matters.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: When Francisco takes over, she's packed offworld to a quiet colony posting, only returning after Day Of Chaos.
  • Secretly Dying: Caught a microbial off-world, that kept eating her away from the inside for years, and was a likely factor in her eventual resignation. She kept it under wraps from everyone, even Dredd, the entire time. It's implied that it might be the result of Judge Fear's powers, as he shows his face to her over a comm screen.
  • Sci-Fi Bob Haircut: Wears her hair in a perfectly even fringe.

    Dan Francisco

Judge Dan Francisco was a propaganda judge with his own reality tv show. Dan would patrol the streets with cameras following him and would have to make arrests in the most entertaining manner possibly. After the mutant issue, he runs for Chief Judge and wins. Wounded on election day, in practice his deputy, Sinfield, runs the city until Dredd ousts him. He remains in office until Chaos Day, where he resigns having presided over the city's worst disaster.

  • The Atoner: After Chaos Day, he goes back to the streets, hoping to make up for his failure to prevent the disaster by making a difference as a street judge.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: His style of judging. Since he's followed around by tv cameras, he has to perform his duties in a manner that entertains the public. This results in him being badly injured on a number of occasions.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's based on Barack Obama, even using a similar election slogan.
  • Puppet King: He's put in the Chief Judge's office by a group of hardliners opposed to Dredd's stance on the mutant issue. Thanks to his injuries and a dose of SLD-88, Sinfield becomes the de facto leader of Mega City One until Dredd manages to oust him. Subverted when he stays in office until Chaos Day.
  • Shoot the Fuel Tank: He both averts and exploits this trope in his solo story. When faced with a group of perps who shoot at him from behind heavy cover, he puts a couple of rounds in the fuel tanker behind them, covering them in fuel. He threatens to follow up with an incendiary round, which is enough to convince them to surrender.

    Martin Sinfield

Francisco's Deputy Chief Judge, he's the one really pulling the strings behind the anti-mutant campaign. He's so bad that Dredd sees running for the office of Chief Judge himself as a better alternative to Sinfield being in charge.

  • Desk Jockey: He was in charge of Traffic Division and Administration prior to becoming Dan Francisco's Deputy Chief Judge. He's one of the few Chief Judges with little to no street experience.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: During Francisco's tenure as Chief Judge, he was the one who was really in charge.
  • Facial Horror: Like all Titan inmates, he is surgically modified to survive the harsh conditions of the penal colony.
  • Jerkass: After Silver and Cal, he's probably the least pleasant individual to hold the office of Chief Judge. He ends up undoing all the work Dredd does in getting mutants equal rights and spends more time trying to undermine Dredd than actually running the city.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He's the driving force behind Francisco's campaign for Chief Judge. Since Francisco ends up wounded, Sinfield ends up as Acting Chief Judge and ends up controlling Francisco using SLD-88.
  • Nepotism: He pulls strings to get his clone a cushy desk job.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's more a politician than a judge, having only been in administrative and traffic roles. He is the real driving force behind Francisco's reign as Chief Judge. He ends up using one of PJ Maybe's methods to take complete control of Mega City One and exiles any naysayers, including Dredd, into the Cursed Earth to run the mutant townships.


Dredd's former protégé and assistant, he accompanies Dredd on the expedition to recover Fargo, where he is wounded in the process. Later, he survives an encounter with Judge Mortis during Chaos Day.

After eventually recovering, he is promoted to Sector Chief of Sector 6, before being recommended to replace Hershey as Chief Judge in the wake of the Smiley scandal.

  • An Arm and a Leg: A recurring theme with him. He loses an arm due to an infected gunshot wound in the Cursed Earth. While regrowing it, Mortis rots his new arm off. After that, regrowing arms becomes impossible for him, so he gets a prosthetic instead.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In spite of being badly wounded, he comes to Dredd's aid against Booth's army with all of his team's bikes in tow.
  • Desk Jockey: Due to Dredd's infamous aversion to paperwork, he ends up writing all Dredd's reports. During "Origins", he laments being overlooked for plum jobs and persuades Dredd to let him come along.
  • Handicapped Badass: His bad hip prevented him from being in an active role. Nevertheless, he insists on going with Dredd during the mission to recover Fargo. Despite being badly wounded early in the mission, he arrives at Booth's camp to save Dredd and his team.
  • Tuckerization: He's a homage to a fan named Stewart Perkins, alias W.R. Logan, who died in 2016.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Was fatally shot through the spine in the Grud is Dead radio drama, only to show up alive in comic with no explanation.
  • 0% Approval Rating: His appointment of Harvey, a robot judge, to the Council Of Five earns him the disapproval of just about the entire city.

Other Mega Cities

    Orlok The Assassin

An East Meg One judge sent into the Big Meg to spread Block Mania through the water supply in order to soften it up for the Apocalypse War.

  • Impersonating an Officer: He briefly disguises himself first as a delivery guy and then as a judge to take control of weather control.
  • Moral Myopia: Rages endlessly at Dredd and Mega-City One for them destroying East-Meg One and killing half a billion people, ignoring that East-Meg One STARTED the war, not to mention engaged in several covert terrorist actions beforehand for the sole purpose of invasion, including most notably manipulating Captain Skank into nuking an entire sector of Mega City One and killing four million people. Even the surviving East-Meg rulers have severed all connections with him and consider him and his supporters a rogue group.
  • Not So Different: From Anderson. Turns out that he'd been abused as a child as well.
  • Professional Killer: He isn't known as Orlok The Assassin for nothing. Most of his missions for the East Meg diktatorat involve him assassinating someone in a foreign city.
  • The Remnant: Leads a contigency of survivors of the destruction of East-Meg One.
  • Renegade Russian: After East Meg One's destruction, he seeks revenge, at one point releasing a biological weapon on a tourist resort.
  • Robot Buddy: His Satellat robot assists him in his mission in the Meg, distracting, killing and providing Orlok with limited flight distance.
  • Synthetic Plague: He's responsible for spreading the Sov developed Block Mania through Mega City One.

    War Marshal Kazan

An East Meg One Marshal later Supreme Judge who started the Apocalypse Wars and served as the main antagonist during the entire event in opposition to Mega City One and Dredd.

  • Ax-Crazy: He's a vicious man to his enemies and his subordinates, shooting down anyone who even remotely displeases him.
  • Bad Boss: A particularly horrible one. He shoots whoever displeases him and for some he forces them to play Russian Roulette with a loaded gun every day to lengthen their punishment. Matters get worse to the point his own troops willingly let him get assassinated by Dredd simply because of how much death towards his own men has been caused under his command.
  • Big Bad: Of the Apocalypse Wars Arc, especially after he killed all of his commanding officers, nuked Mega City One, and captured and brainwashed Chief Judge Griffin. Once he dies, the entire East Meg One forces decides to submit to unconditional surrender, ending the Apocalypse Wars.
  • The Chessmaster: He masterminds the pre-invasion with a hate plague, dozens of murders, and taking a good chunk out of the city. Before starting a massive invasion, he systematically wipes out a large portion of the judges while keeping the other two judge cities at bay. If it makes it any clearer, he’s always near a chessboard to say at least.
  • Decapitated Army: Believes in this, looking to decapitate Mega City One by going after Dredd and the Chief Judge, calling the rest "mere feathers of a chicken". Ultimately ends up falling victim to it himself, with the rest of his forces surrendering upon his death.
  • Hate Sink: He remained the most horrible Supreme Judge of the East Meg One.
  • I Am the Noun: War Marshal Kazan has arranged to assassinate the Diktatorat of East Meg One to seize power. When his bosses try to grovel their way out of their execution by offering him a seat on the council, Kazan scoffs and sneers "I AM the Diktatorat!"
  • I Regret Nothing: At the end of the "Apocalypse War" story arc, the last words of the defeated Kazan are: "I... regret nothing! I apologise for... nothing!"
  • The Red Baron: He's often known as the Mad Dog and for good reason.
  • The Starscream: He manages to rise to the rank of Supreme Judge by killing off all of his commanding officers and seizing control of the East Meg One Judge Department.


    The Dark Judges
Left to right: Judge Fear, Judge Death, Judge Mortis, Judge Fire

A group of four extra-dimensional lawmen who seek to establish law by annihilating the living. They are mainly composed of Judge Death (their leader), Judge Fear, Judge Mortis, and Judge Fire, but other characters have occasionally joined their ranks either voluntarily or involuntarily.

  • Abstract Apotheosis: Judge Fear is hinted to have become something like this. When a junior psychic Dark Judge tries to read him, she notes that he's a complete blank, like he was replaced with a shadow or an idea.
  • Appropriated Appellation: "Judge Death" was Sidney's nickname in the Law Academy given to him by fellow students who were disgusted by his methods. He took such pride in it that he started referring to himself as such from then on.
  • Ax-Crazy: The Judges on Deadworld were fed drugs (aggressors and morality inhibitors) to make them brutally-effective. Tellingly, Judge Death observed no differences.
  • All Crimes Are Equal: They used to execute people for anything from actual crimes to untied shoelaces. Eventually they reasoned that life itself should be made a crime punishable by death.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Judge Death is often described as one to Judge Dredd, being his longest-recurring nemesis. Suffice to say that Death's claim to speak for the ultimate law pisses off Dredd on a more personal level than most other enemies he faces.
    • It's hinted that Death may have had his own arch-nemesis in his native dimension, namely the little girl who is destined to become that universe's Judge Child.
    • Another candidate for the position is Ava, a senior Judge from Deadworld who saw through Sidney from day one. He murdered her lover because of it, forcing Ava to go into hiding.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Not mentioned often, but Death is actually a Chief Judge (unsurprisingly, he nominated himself). He's easily the most dangerous one, both in terms of fighting skills and psychic powers. Even the other Dark Judges are sometimes scared of their boss.
  • Bad Boss: There used to be numerous Dark Judges; the most loyal of them all were transformed into mutants with various superpowers, owing to their own bloodthirsty nature and prior exposure to Dead Fluid. Once every living being on Deadworld was gone, Death turned on his own followers and sentenced them to death, leaving behind only Fuego ("Judge Fire") and the unnamed Judges Fear and Mortis.
  • Bad is Good and Good is Bad: Death keeps one of the Dominion survivors alive specifically so she can read him gruesome literature and poetry about torture and murder. He also Loves the Sound of Screaming.
  • Bear Trap: Judge Fear makes use of these to snare victims.
  • Catch Phrase: Two of them.
    • "The crime isss life! The sentence iss death!"
    • "You cannot kill what doesss not live!"
  • Co-Dragons: Judge Fear, Judge Mortis, and Judge Fire are Judge Death's most prized lieutenants and see him as a messiah.
  • Creepy Long Fingers: Depending on the Artist, but their hands are often drawn as being unnaturally long. The claws merely emphasize this.
  • Dark Is Evil: They're the Evil Counterpart of Mega-City One's Judges, and even call themselves the Dark Judges. During Necropolis they covered the city in perpetual darkness.
  • A Day in the Limelight: On occasion, each of them has been given a solo story either played for horror (Dreams Of Deadworld) or for laughs (Judge Fear's Big Day Out).
  • Dead Guy on Display: Death keeps his father around (in full dentist regalia) just so he can converse and play Chess with him.
  • The Dead Have Eyes: At least Death seems to have eyes behind that helmet. His brothers not so much, although it's not clear whether Fear even has a face, let alone eyes.
  • Deliberately Bad Example: They make the regular Judges, who are pretty oppressive in their own right, look better in comparison with their own mass murdering tactics to combat crime.
  • Demonic Possession: They can take over human hosts (especially those with psychic abilities), but they need dead bodies to use their full powers.
  • Dirty Cop: Virtually all of the Dark Judges were on the take; they even admitted it in their recruitment posters, along with "shoot people (within reason)" and "free meal vouchers.". Judge Death ordered the liquidation of a gang who were trafficking cocaine after they broke an agreement with him. Under his guidance, the Dark Judges began executing every criminal they met, before taking over their world's Justice Department and slaughtering everyone.
  • Dream Walker: Death was able to get into Judge Anderson's dreams despite being stuck floating in space millions of miles from Earth.
  • Enfant Terrible: When Death was a young lad he was already busy killing off his family, schoolmates, and teachers at Law School.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Zigzagged Trope. Believe it or not, Judge Death won't kill Mrs. Gunderson because he believes her to be the only innocent person he's ever met. Other stories feature him possessing people to try to murder her or opting to use her as a Human Shield.
    • Two examples happen in the "Three Amigos" story. Firstly, Judge Death is repelled at the idea of working with Mean Machine Angel, who he sees as a psychotic oafnote . Secondly, after possessing President Clinton Box, he notes that whilst he finds possessing the living unpleasant in any case, there's something particularly "repellent and slimy" about being inside of Clinton Box's head.
  • Evil Counterpart: Even before they became zombies, the Dark Judges wore a more-menacing version of the standard Judge uniform: no red trimming on the helmets, and a pterosaur in splace of an eagle. Interestingly, pterosaurs still existed in present-day Deadworld before it got destroyed. Their Lawrider motorcycles were bone-white; the idea was to make them look like animal skulls when they got muddied.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold:
    • In Fall of Deadworld, a resistance member named Captain Tucker finds the helmet left behind by Judge Fear and is compelled to put it on, turning into a proxy of Fear. One of the Dark Judges (Casey) addresses him as Captain and tries to rummage inside the visor when "Tucker" doesn't answer in the affirmative. Casey pulls out a frozen hand.
    • During Necropolis, the Serial Killer Edward Bernardo sought out Judge Death to try and kill him. This became relatively easy once he figured out the Dark Judges' abode was the coldest spot in the city.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Fool! You DARE call the Dark Judges some of the liveliest bad guys in Dredd?
  • Evil Laugh: Death has a pretty terrifying laugh on the rare occasions he does.
  • Evil Makes You Monstrous: Once human judges with a penchant for murder who were transformed into unstoppable ghost-zombies.
  • Evil Mentor: During his academy days, Judge Death took his mentoring duties very seriously. The three other Dark Judges were regular thugs until he instilled order and discipline into them. He intended the same for Judge Fairfax, his first protegé.
  • Evil Overlord: Whenever Judge Death gets into a position of power, he'll play the part of an supernatural tyrant obsessed with death and suffering in all its forms and shapes his realms accordingly.
  • Expy: Of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Death=Death, Fear=War, Fire=Conquest, and Mortis=Famine/Pestilence.
  • Faux Affably Evil: They get characterized as this from time to time.
    • Death tends to do this the most often with his mocking fake pleasantries whilst Fear tends to do this the least often with him being played fairly no-nonsense.
    • Mortis acts as this in a memorable scene from the "Dreams Of Deadworld" arc. He meets a bunch of aliens who think he's a good person living alone on the earth who's inhabitants he helped slaughter. He shows them a nightmarish device that grinds up and ferments bodies into a ghastly concoction that he eloquently compares to fine wine. He offers them a cup to freak them out and then murders them.
  • Fighting a Shadow: Their physical shells can be destroyed, but this will only release their spirits to take over another body.
  • Flaming Skulls: Judge Fire is just a flaming skull with no helmet. In Fall of Deadworld, Judge Fire's skin looks like charcoal and is glowing from within; he hasn't been completely immolated yet.
  • Flaming Sword: Judge Fire carries around a flaming trident as his Weapon of Choice. Interestingly, this makes him the only Dark Judge to use an actual weapon, Death and Mortis use their hands in battle, and Fear uses his fear gaze and his bear traps.
  • Forgot Flanders Could Do That: Much like DC's Joker, every now and again, the writers set out to make the Dark Judges 'scary' again. Fall of Deadworld plays down the humor and centers on the horror of living on a dying world run by sadistic cops who don't see any value in it.
  • Freudian Excuse: Death's father was a psychotic traveling dentist who took pleasure in causing his patients agony. (Judge Death is sporting a big, toothy smile which is supposed to reflect his dad's profession.) Eventually his father went berserk and started killing patients because "their brain are full of worms." Death had no choice but to inform on his father to the Judges, who offered him a chance to perform the execution as a treat. The dentist's last words were, "Good boy."
  • Hanging Judge: They'll kill anyone after judging them to be "sinners" (i.e. being alive). Judge Death acquired his alias in Law School when he executed twenty-seven cases in court with no rhyme or reason, including a civilian who was caught loitering!
  • Horrifying the Horror:
    • Played for laughs with Judge Death when Batman villain Scarecrow uses his fear toxin on him. The demon judge is afraid of fluffy bunnies and other cute woodland critters.
    • Played seriously with Judge Fear in the Dreams of Deadworld prequel. His biggest fear is the knowledge that someone doesn't fear him.
  • Horsemen of the Apocalypse: They eagerly slaughtered their own Judges after transforming into unstoppable killing machines. Death even organized another purge of the Dark Judges—outside of the main three, who followed him into undeath.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Omnicidal and powerful undead beings with Blue-and-Orange Morality at the very best. But the ones who stand out the most in looks and Lovecraftian attributes are Mortis and Fear.
  • I Love the Dead:
    • Death claims he fell in love with Phobia and Nausea at first sight. Then continues to describe them as "ravishing creatures" after they're all way past their expiration date.
    • At the end of Fall of Deadworld, Death reanimates the cadaver of Collins (complete with a broken neck and missing ear) and sends her into Fairfax's cell to accost him.
  • Javelin Thrower: Judge Fire is a very good throw with his fiery trident.
  • Joker Immunity: Being undead and being able to Body Surf, they'll never truly go away. Even after being Dragged Off to Hell, Death always comes back. Word of God says that they were created to be recurring villains because Dredd simply shoots perps or puts them away for a long time.
  • Kill It with Fire: Judge Fire's MO, since he's a Man on Fire. He got the name from burning down a school with all the students and staff still inside... for violating noise regulations.
  • Killer Cop: An extreme version where their method of "law enforcement" is kill everything that lives.
  • Knight Templar: They're plainly evil and sadistic, but they claim to be the good guys.
  • Laughably Evil: Judge Death from time to time. When he escaped to Gotham city he had to get his clothes from a particularly stupid henchman, and ended up wearing a biker uniform too small for the rotted corpse he inhabited, with a plucked whole chicken carcass and rack of ribs replacing his pterodactyl and shoulder armor respectively, (the henchman had rides the morgue’s kitchen beforehand,) and a cute little piece of paper in place of a badge (with the word Deth on it). He then proceeded to spread fear through the city by hijacking a rock concert, and jamming on stage with a guitar all the while murdering people, singing, and making bad puns.
  • Lean and Mean: Obviously, since they're emaciated corpses, though they're very tall and unusually strong at the same time. Judge Death was already a pretty gaunt fellow when he was alive, however, especially if you compare him to the bulky Joseph Dredd.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: They often shape the architecture of the places they conquer into towers with cottage cheese holes. Why? When the wind rushes through them, it sounds like people screaming in agony.
  • Man on Fire: Judge Fire, constantly.
  • Make Them Rot: Judge Mortis brings instant decay to anything he touches.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Judge Death was once known as Sidney De'ath.
    • Judge Fire was once an undercover Judge named Fuego.
  • Multiversal Conqueror: They already turned their own world into a graveyard before crossing the dimension span to spread their creed beyond their own borders.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast:
    • Sidney De'ath. "The 'e' is silent."
    • A group of Judges calling themselves Death, Fear, Fire and Mortis are unlikely to instill much faith in the legal system.
  • Nightmare Face: Judge Fear's signature attack is to show his victims the face behind the helmet, which can literally scare people to death. Spectacularly subverted when he tried it on Dredd himself, who rammed his fist through Fear's skull.
  • Ominous Opera Cape:
    • Judge Fear is the only one of the four who wears a large black cape.
    • Judge Death also wears a cape in "The Torture Garden".
  • Omnicidal Maniac: The Dark Judges themselves a believe that life itself is a crime worthy of a death sentence, which they will dispense to anyone they come across.
  • Possessing a Dead Body: Their host bodies are corpses prepared with chemicals known as "dead fluids", often belonging to their former victims.
  • Psychic Powers: They are explicitly psychic creatures, and possess abilities such as mind control and astral projection. This is why Judge Anderson is one of the few effective deterrents against them.
  • Pyromaniac: Judge Fire's favorite way of killing is to burn those he deems guilty to a crisp.
  • Rescued from the Underworld: Judge Death was thrown into hell at the end of "The Wilderness Days", but the Sisters of Death somehow helped him escape and reunite with his brothers in "Dark Justice".
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Whenever they're not actively rampaging through Mega-City One, they tend to be locked up in glass orbs, lifeless voids, or Judge Anderson. Of course, eventually somebody releases them by accident or design.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Death seemingly volunteered to become a Judge so he could kill his family.
  • The Sixth Ranger: Occasionally, the Dark Judges temporarily add a fifth member to their group, such as Kraken, Whisper, and The Joker.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Their uniforms are adorned with human bones.
  • Skull for a Head: Judge Mortis's head is a sheep's skull.
  • Slasher Smile: Judge Death sports a permanent one, as his lips have rotted off.
  • Sssssnake Talk: As undead, they all talk with a very noticeable hiss.
  • The Sociopath: Judge Death, who slaughtered his family and tossed his mother off a cliff while remarking that her cries bored him. And that wasn't even his first or last display of his psychotic madness. He was also keen to adopt a Mask of Sanity when it suited his purposes—it fooled even several of his teachers at Law School.
  • The Starscream: They took over their Justice Department through force by murdering the then-current Chief Judge.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Judge Death's original name was Sidney De'ath.
  • Super Strength: They're apparently capable of lifting many times their own weight, since Death has been shown to throw around people like rag dolls and lunge a giant boulder into the air after some mutants tried to trap him inside a mine.
  • Terrible Trio: On occasions where one of their members is missing (like when Judge Death escaped from prison before reuniting with his brothers years later in Dark Justice, or after Judge Fear is recaptured in the aforementioned story), the other three continue to wreak havoc, being only marginally less deadly than the gang of four.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: They're led by the cadaverous, world-destroying menace... Sidney? Lampshaded when Judge Death is embarrassed when Brian Skuter asks him for his real name.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Death once tried to body-snatch the Joker while searching for a Gothamite to inhabit. Joker was either too evil or too crazy even for Judge Death, and he fled Joker's body just as quickly as he entered it!
  • Torture Technician: Judge Fear was apparently a master at getting information out of captives through creative means.
  • The Unfettered: Judge Death is completely merciless in achieving his end goal to wipe out all life across the multiverse.
    The laws of physics, nature, and humanity are of no concern to me. In the end, there is only ONE law that matters... the law of death.
  • Undead Barefooter: They forego the massive boots of the regular Judges, instead going around on bared zombie feet.
  • Villain World: They hail from their own universe called Deadworld, which is ruled by Judge Death ever since he made himself Chief Judge. Deadworld used to resemble Earth. Now it's a burning wasteland, filled with crypt-like skyscrapers with weird archtecture. (They look like a stack of upturned ziti noodles.)
  • Villainous Crush: Judge Fire is shown to have had a one-sided crush on a female Dark Judge. She obliterated herself to spite him.
  • Was Once a Man: They were all human before they became undead monsters as a result of the Sisters' dark magic.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Downplayed in Judge Mortis's case. He's bored by the monotony of eternal undeath, passing the time in between genocides by using corpses to create his own morbid artwork.
  • You Can't Kill What's Already Dead: They inhabit corpses, so they can't feel pain. Shooting them with ordinary Lawgiver rounds is mostly useless; it usually takes dozens of Judges firing continuously to completely destroy their bodies, then hopefully have a way to trap their spirits before they can escape. Incendiary rounds have also proven more effective, well, except on Judge Fire.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: Judge Fear's Nightmare Face powers only work on those who are actually afraid of him in the first place. Of course, given his intimidating presence, this works on most people. Dredd, fearing nothing, is immune and punches through his face instead. During the "Dreams Of Deadworld" prequel, he attempts to use his powers on a young boy and discovers that it doesn't work on him and kills him through more traditional means instead.

    The Sisters of Death
Phobia and Nausea

Two powerful ghosts known as Phobia and Nausea. Allies of the Dark Judges, these two sisters are responsible for their transformation into living dead.

  • Card-Carrying Villain: Nausea admits this point blank while terrorizing Yassa: "You are right to be afraid, boy. You have no idea how sick I am!"
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: During Necropolis, they held daily news reports on their brethren's purges to terrify the citizens.
  • Dream Walker: The Sisters and their "cousins" Pustula, Ephemera, and Dementia have invaded Anderson's dreams at least once.
  • Fighting a Shadow: As Kraken and later Justice Department's armored units find out, shooting them is pointless. They're astral beings with no physical presence, and can only be sent back to Deadworld by destroying the psychic vessel they use to anchor in another dimension.
  • Glamour: Their human forms, which hides their real visage of rotting corpses.
  • Human Sacrifice: Their dark magic is derived from ritualistically killing humans.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Because of Retcon. It's shown that unlike the Dark Judges, they were never really human to begin with, being some sort of extra-dimensional monsters anchored in the physical world by using human shells. In "Young Death: Boyhood of a Superfiend", they're depicted as insane human witches who use dark magic and psi-craft to transmute themselves into ethereal entities.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: They're shown making soup out of a victim's blood and flesh. Judge Death implies that he joined in.
  • Master of Illusion: Their psionic powers as spirits allows them to imprint horrific images into receptive minds.
  • More Than Mind Control: The Sisters claimed they targeted Deadworld because it was in terminal decline, and that they merely "accelerated" its destruction.
  • Necromancer: They had enough control over life and death to resurrect Death and his colleagues as unkillable ghosts.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: They're very powerful (being able to black out all light in the Meg and mind control a fair number of Judges) ghost-like beings resembling rotting corpses. They can also project illusions that depend on belief to have real world effects. Their abilities seem to be psi-based.
  • Pet the Dog: Inverted. PJ Maybe remembers (in what was possibly a psychotic hallucination) that during Necropolis, Phobia reached down and patted him on the head after reading his mind and seeing what a rotten piece of work he is.
  • Psycho Serum: The Sisters supplied the Judges with "Dead Fluid" to turn them into obedient slaves. Usually it kills whoever imbibes it, but for those who survive, it has a side-effect of granting them Lovecraftian Superpowers and telepathy. Eventually the Judges leaked the Dead Fluid into the water table and food chain to flush out dissenters and create more acolytes.
  • Shapeshifting Seducer: Early on in The Dead Man, Nausea appears as a beautiful woman before decaying into her rotting carcass form.
  • Sssssnake Talk: Same as with the Dark Judges.
  • The Starscream: At one point they were scheming to remove Judge Death from power.
  • Undead Abomination: They're undead monsters sometimes taking human shape with a desire to devour more life, having allied themselves with Judge Death and his cohorts for this express purpose.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Judge Death and his three lieutenants, but only because of their shared love of murder. He's reminded them that they are not "irreplacable" when he got annoyed with their courtroom intrique.
  • Wicked Witch: They're pure evil witches who enjoy murdering people and torturing them to death. Appearance-wise they're quite haglike, and barely resemble human beings in their spirit forms.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Nausea burns out poor Yassa Povey's eyes while boasting about enjoying the suffering of children.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: Their hallucinatory powers only work if you believe they can actually hurt you.

Angel Family

    Mean Machine Angel

A psychopathic cyborg and member of the Angel family with whom Dredd has several run-ins with.

  • Abusive Parents: His father often punished him for his original peaceful attitude, even having his arm cut off and replaced with a cybernetic, and later arranged for a dial to be implanted into his head, turning him into a monstrous thug. During the "Son of Mean" storyline, Mean treated his own son (who was exactly like he once was) much the same way.
  • Always Someone Better: Downplayed; in one prog, Dredd recruits Mean Machine to rescue a stranded ballet team from a gang of mutants called the Headbangers, a tribe of Violent Glaswegian stereotypes who decide leadership through headbutting duels. Their current leader, the McBean, actually matches Mean Machine butt for butt, until Dredd worries that he might legitimately beat the cyborg and so cheats by surreptitiously sticking the mutant with some sedatives.
  • An Arm and a Leg: His right arm was replaced with a cybernetic claw by his father when he was "upgraded". He also loses his remaining organic arm as well during the climax of the Judge Child arc, when Dredd blows it off, resulting in his iconic lopsided appearance of cyber-arm and stump after his resurrection.
  • Axe-Crazy: He is basically a psychopathic cyborg who loves just headbutting stuff. Subverted when his dial is finally removed and he settles into civilian life by living with his son. Further subverted when he contracts the Chaos Bug and survives it, while regaining his sanity.
  • Back from the Dead: He was originally killed during the Judge Child arc, but brought back, as he was a popular villain.
  • Badass Normal: By Mega-City One standards, anyway. Mean Machine is just a dumb hick from the Cursed Earth with some clunky, low-grade cyber-implants. Yet he has the distinction of not only being part of the very small group of perps who have gone up against Dredd multiple times, but of also being both one of Dredd's most iconic enemies after the Dark Judges and having the longest list of survived encounters with Dredd.
  • Cyborg: He was transformed into one by his father, who thought he was too soft. Given a robotic arm and a dial which controls the amount of rage in his brain. When it goes to 4, you're in trouble.
  • Dumb Muscle: Not very bright, but immensely strong. This is often a cause of his defeat, since he can physically throw down with some of the best, including Dredd, but he's easily outsmarted. Fans have even theorized that he never gets his missing left arm replaced with a cybernetic prosthetic, despite that option being easily available, because he's too dumb to think of it.
  • Enemy Mine: Mean Machine and Dredd have actually teamed up on multiple occasions, and there are subtle hints that Dredd actually has a certain respect for the cyborg.
    • Shortly after his resurrection, with the aid of brain surgery that makes him think Dredd is his father, Mean Machine helps Dredd track down a band of mutant raiders who have stolen priceless treasures and a cargo of Judge clone-babies intended for Tex-City.
    • The famous Three Amigos storyline sees Dredd teamed up with Mean Machine and Judge Death to bring down a mad mutant warlord threatening the Mega-Cities of America with nuclear missiles.
    • In one short prog, Dredd recruits Mean Machine to help him rescue some captured Mega-City performers from a band of headbutting-obsessed mutants called the Headbangers.
  • The Family That Slays Together: With his father and the rest of his siblings, until they are killed during the Judge Child arc.
  • Fratricide: During the Judge Child arc, Dredd hits him in the head with a heavy length of chain, jamming his dial on 4 1/2. As part of his rampage, he instinctively lashes out at his brother Link, delivering a headbutt that kills Link.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: By 2129, Mean is reverted to his original personality after his dial is successfully removed and his muscle mass significantly decreased. Dredd acknowledges that the diminutive simpleton is a far cry from the cyborg berserker who once terrorized the city.
  • Not Hyperbole: Over the years, Mean has often threatened to headbutt someone "down to a greasy spot". He finally follows through on this threat during the closing moments of the "Son of Mean" storyline, repeatedly headbutting the doctor who had been using him as a test subject until there was nothing left but a big red puddle.
  • Siblings in Crime: With Junior, the only other survivor of the Angel Family.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He was a gentle child until his father had him turned into a cyborg in his teens. His son eventually inherits his original personality.
  • Use Your Head: Headbutting is his Signature Move.
  • Unstoppable Rage: He's literally always angry, with the intensity of his rage controlled by the dial in his forehead. The higher it goes, the stronger he gets. However, a strong impact to the head can cause the dial to stick on 4 1/2, which causes him to go into an "unstoppable butting frenzy", blindly running around and spasmodically banging his head against everything in sight. This has led to his defeat on multiple occasions, a trend that started with the trait's first appearance in the finale of the Judge Child arc, when it caused him to kill his brother Link and then blow himself up by headbutting a gas pump.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Mean Machine seemed to be on the way to scoring the unique distinction of ultimately getting a happy ending; most of Dredd's repeat-rogues wind up dead, often as early as their second appearance, but Mean gets his aggression dial removed and to go back to a normal life with his son. Except that, during the Chaos Bug outbreak, he becomes infected and temporarily reverts to his murderous ways. After being cured, the ashamed Mean exiles himself from Mega-City One, ultimately dying in a Heroic Sacrifice made to free a group of slaves.

     Pa, Link and Junior Angel

A family of murderous hillbillies led by Elmer "Pa" Angel that originally appeared in the "Judge Child" storyline, and for the most part got killed off there. Despite this, they've reappeared in several prequel stories.

  • Abusive Parents: Pa. He was so disgusted by Mean's original peace-loving nature that he let his brothers torture him, and eventually had him turned into a violent Cyborg psychopath. Weirdly, in his own twisted way, he's shown doting on his son Junior.
  • Axe-Crazy: Junior is, without a doubt, the absolutely craziest member of the Angel family.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: They love to make people suffer and die; they think it's hilarious.
  • Death by Childbirth: "Ma" Angel died giving birth to Junior.
  • Hillbilly Horrors: They're a bunch of primitive, dimwitted, feral individuals from the wastelands beyond the Mega-Cities, who relish in nothing more killing and torturing.
  • The Family That Slays Together: Their entire gimmick. Imagine the Hewitt family without the cannibalism. Maybe.
  • The Patriarch: Pa Angel.
  • Post Humous Character: Most of the Angels have been dead for decades, but still keep appearing in new stories.
  • Retcon: Pa and Junior's deaths were retconned at one point, but the story was so disliked that they have never appeared again and the resurrection is generally ignored.

    Fink Angel

Oldest son of the Angel family. He prefers to work alone, picking off travellers in the Cursed Earth with his 'Pizens'.

  • Karmic Death:
    • Invoked and subverted in his first appearance; Dredd subdues him by stabbing him with Ratty's fangs; as a Cursed Earth rat, Ratty possesses lethally toxic venom glands. However, rather than killing Fink, it merely incapacitates him, allowing him to be captured.
    • Played straight in his second appearance, when Dredd kills him by knocking him into a killing engine that Fink and Mean Machine had created to torture Dredd to death. For added irony, moments beforehand, he had accidentally killed Ratty by striking him with his pizen-stick.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Even by the standards of the Angel gang, Fink was a freakshow.
  • Master Poisoner: He's a poison expert, killing his victims by throwing barbed metal balls coated in poison at them or by poisoning water sources. If forced to fight, he uses a venom-smeared spiked cudgel he calls his "pizen-stick".
  • Nice Hat: He's never seen without his trademark bowler hat. His pet Ratty also wears one.
  • Our Ghouls Are Creepier: With his skeletal features, greenish skin, and predilection for both poisoning his foes and ambushing them from holes he's dug to conceal himself in, as if buried alive, Fink calls to mind a ghoul in every way apart from being undead.
  • Skull for a Head: His lips and nose have rotted away because of radiation exposure in the Cursed Earth. His appearance in general is pretty skeletal as well.
  • Verbal Tic: Refers to "poison" as "pizen", as well as sharing the standard hillbilly burr as the rest of his family.
  • You Dirty Rat!: His best friend is Ratty, an hyperintelligent rat with a bowler hat and poisonous fangs.

Other perps

    Phillip Janet Maybe

A child prodigy/Serial Killer who Dredd has several run-ins with over the years.

  • Arch-Enemy: He served as one to Judge Dredd because PJ Maybe managed to elude the law for so long. Dredd took a personal interest in the Maybe case after first arresting him as a teenager, and if it were up to him Maybe would have been executed long before his eventual demise.
  • Attention Whore: While he's careful to avoid getting caught, Maybe has an insatiable need to have his crimes acknowledged, boasting of being "the greatest serial killer ever". Dredd notes that Maybe often leaves clear evidence of his presence behind at crime scenes for this reason.
  • Becoming the Mask: He really grows to enjoy his Byron Ambrose persona.
  • The Chessmaster: He's been able to elude the judicial authorities many times over the years by changing his face and faking his own death. Many of his elaborate murders fall under this as well.
  • Corrupt Politician: Subverted. He manages to become mayor of Mega City One under the guise of Byron Ambrose. While it's only a figurehead position, he's actually pretty good at it and makes an impact. He remains a serial killer on the side, but it doesn't really impact his decision-making.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: He's murdered and impersonated specific persons several times, including his neighbour's son when he was a teenager and philantropist Byron Ambrose to escape Dredd in Ciudad Baranquilla.
  • Depraved Bisexual: While he is in love with his Swedish love droid, Inga, he has no qualms about sleeping with men and women alike to further his schemes before killing them when he no longer needs them.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He kills six of his old classmates decades later because they got him kicked off the school play.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: His middle name is Janet because his parents wanted a daughter.
  • Faking the Dead: He often goes to ridiculous lengths to fake his own death in a very public and spectacular manner. For example, when disposing of his Juan Pedro Montez identity, he kidnaps the real Byron Ambrose, replaces his heart with an artificial model the same as his own and swaps places with him at a bonfire so that the judges believe he burned to death.
  • Karma Houdini: Zigzagged Trope. He's one of the few recurring bad guys, but there's about an equal chance that he'll commit a bunch of crimes and succesfully escape as there is that the Judges catch him.
  • Magic Plastic Surgery: His standard method to evading detection after Dredd incarcerated him for the second time is to change his physical appearance entirely with the face changing machines in Mega City One. Eventually, he has it done so many times that his face cannot physically be altered any further, forcing him to use other means to evade the law.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: Subverted. The grenade he's carrying explodes, killing him before he can hit the ground. Even if it didn't, the lawgiver round to the chest on the way down didn't do him any favours.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: His poor spelling masks his genius ability. This is even done in his narration. He deliberately performed poorly in school and pretended to have Cloudcuckoolander tendencies in his early teens to avoid people realizing just how smart he really was.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: PJ Maybe starts as an teenaged killer, and has aged about two decades since then. Dredd himself is more than twice his age when Maybe is Mayor.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: While he's an unrepentant murderer, he doesn't see the practical use in acquiring a millions-strong bodycount as mass-murdering supervillains like Judge Death or Sabbat the Necromagus have done.
  • Robo Sexual: His robot, Inga, is his true love, though he will sleep with human women to further his own ends.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: He is a notoriously poor speller and this even manifests itself in his narration.
  • Serial Killer: He uses pretty outlandish methods, such as SLD-88 and robotic bugs to commit murders. Sometimes he just goes on killing sprees For the Evulz.
  • The Sociopath: He's actually a pretty thorough Deconstructed Character Archetype. He lies and manipulates, has no regard for others, and is quite narcissistic and in need of stimulation. He sometimes feels compelled to kill, and John Wagner ultimately presents him as a pitiable figure instead of an incarnation of pure evil. He does feel bad on occasion, such as when he lost his parents, but he doesn't really know why.
  • Taking You with Me: He tries this one on Dredd by threatening to blow them both up with a grenade. Dredd simply pushes him over, shoots him, knocking him off the ledge, where he is blown up on the way down.
  • Teens Are Monsters: He already acquired a sizable bodycount before he was even 18.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: A Serial Killer named Philip Janet Maybe. When Dredd asks him about it, Maybe explains that his parents wanted a daughter.
  • Villainous Breakdown: His final act of desperation is to try and blow Dredd up with a grenade while claiming that they're Not So Different. In the final couple of episodes, he's actually seen talking to the voice in his head. Even it tells him that he's losing it.
  • Villainous Crossdresser: In "Ladykiller", he disguises himself as a woman in order to evade the judges.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: During his tenure as mayor he was beloved by the citizens for his good performance, but he was still a serial killer behind closed doors.

    Deathfist/Stan Lee

An extremely dangerous assassin and martial artist hailing from Radlands of Ji (Radioactive wasteland in post-war China)

  • An Arm and a Leg: Shimura cuts off his hand and tells him that he'd better get himself a new name.
  • Bald of Evil: A lethally deadly martial artist who is completely bald.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Prefers to fight unarmed, hence his nickname of Deathfist.
  • Enlightened Antagonist: After years of intense meditation, Stan managed to master the power of 'Black Chi', regenerating his left hand and granting himself vast mystical powers, at the cost of what little sanity he had left.
  • My Kung Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: He's the only opponent to ever curbstomp Dredd in a one-on-one fight using only hand-to-hand combat skills.
  • Ontological Paradox: Stan along with his daughter, Yin Mie, tried to destroy the universe via the time rip in the Undercity. Lee was later pushed into the time rip and, in an absolute rage, struck out against it, completely annihilating himself but causing the Big Bang that kicked off the creation of the universe and eventually himself.
  • Red Baron: He's referred to as Deathfist just as much as he is Stan Lee.
  • Shout-Out: Guy's name is Stan Lee!
  • World's Best Warrior: Stan has mastered martial arts to the point he can beat almost anyone (including Judge Dredd the first time around) without too much difficulty and is hailed as the strongest martial artist to ever come out of the Radlands.

    Sabbat the Necromagus

A Necromancer from the future who creates the Zombie Apocalypse during "Judgment Day".

  • Complete Immortality: He literally cannot die due to his magic power as a Necromagus sustaining him for eternity.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: When his classmate Den bullied him, Sabbat (known as "Soppi Walters" back then) murdered Den, resurrected his corpse, and made the Undead Child suffer for decades as his body continued to decay, with Den's mind still intact through the whole process.
  • Evil Sorcerer: He's an omnicidal lunatic with a thing for the dead.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Dredd plants his head on top of his own lodestone after he survives decapitation. Sabbat will remain there, helpless for all time. As Dredd put it "The sentence is life. No remission".
  • Laughably Evil: He creates a bunch of undead soldiers who perform a synchronized dance number while they're slaughtering people.
  • Losing Your Head: He shrugs off being decapitated and sprouts tentacles from his disembodied head.
  • The Man Behind the Monsters: The zombie horde is controlled by this human-looking necromancer, giving Dredd a clear target to take out the Keystone Army.
  • Mind over Matter: He threatens to drive a chainsaw into someone's skull by levitating it.
  • Necromancer: He's a really powerful one, as he can resurrect and animate the dead on a global scale by tapping into a planet's spiritual energy.
  • Not Quite Dead: Dredd tries to take him out by decapitating him with a katana, but it turns out Sabbat can shrug off an injury like that since he's already dead. He quickly sprouts tentacles from his neck and resumes the fight.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He orders his zombies to kill the Earth so he can harvest the corpses and expand his army further. He's already done this on an alien world in the future of Strontium Dog, which led to The Federation nuking the planet to keep him from invading the rest of the galaxy. Sabbat fled into the past.
  • Our Liches Are Different: It's eventually revealed in his Not Quite Dead moment that his body died a long time ago; he only keeps it around for appearance's sake.
  • Take Over the World: His end goal is to use his undead army to take over the galaxy.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: His birth name is Soppi Walters. Definitely a Non-Indicative Name for an Omnicidal Maniac.

    President Booth

Robert L. Booth was the last elected President of the United States before Justice Department took over. He was a psychotic imperialist who unleashed the Atomic War of 2070.

  • 0% Approval Rating: He murdered his way to the Presidency because he saw he wasn't going to win the election, then he murders the assassins would helped him do it, then he went to war with pretty much the entire planet, and then he kicks of a nuclear war that results in the post-apocalyptic aftermath the world of Judge Dredd takes place in. Decades later he returns with an army of mutants to take power back for himself, but even they eventually turn on him and kill him off for good. He's probably considered the greatest monster in human history by this point if he wasn't already.
  • The Atoner: Enforced and Subverted. Dredd sentences him to a lifetime of farm work in the Cursed Earth. Instead, he spends the next three decades building a mutant army to try and take back America.
  • Best Served Cold: His plans for revenge take around thirty years to come to fruition. During that time, he builds the New Mutant Army in the Cursed Earth.
  • Evil Old Folks: Even as an old man in the Cursed Earth, he still tries to take back power with a mutant army.
  • Human Popsicle: The Justice Department can't bring themselves to execute the last President of the United States, so they sentence him to 100 years suspended animation instead.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He's finally killed off when his mutants turn on him.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He is the reason the Earth is a radioactive wasteland in the first place, and if it wasn't for his actions neither the mutants nor the Mega Cities nor the Judges themselves would even exist.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Booth rigs the Presidential Election when it looks like he will lose and assassinates not only a potential whistleblower, but also the guys he had assassinate him. After Dredd resentences him to a lifetime of labour in the Cursed Earth, he riles the mutants into forming an army and attempts to take back America.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's described by Tharg as a combination of Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Donald Trump. Pretty impressive given that the character was created in the 1970's before any of those men had become President yet, at a time a Reagan presidency would have seemed fanciful and a Trump presidency would have seemed the stuff of bad science fiction.
  • President Evil: He stole the election, then had his associate who tried to warn the Justice Department murdered. He invades the rest of the world for their resources, leading to a nuclear war that kills hundreds of millions and turns much of the U.S. and other countries into an uninhabitable wasteland.
    • He then managed to top himself; when his supplies of artificial blood ran dry, his life-support robots began murdering innocent people in order to preserve his unworthy life. After Dredd stopped this by waking him up and assigning him to life at hard labor, he escaped and assembled a mutant army to try and conquer America to set himself up as a supreme dictator once again.
  • Red Baron: Before the war, the people nicknamed him "Smooth Booth". After, he's "Bad Bob".
  • Turned Against Their Masters: The mutant army he raised ends up killing him when Dredd uses him as a human shield.
  • Twenty-Fifth Amendment: He served as Vice-President under Harvisson and took office as President upon Harvisson's death.

    Nate Slaughterhouse

A cybernetically-enhanced former soldier of the Space Corps who becomes a vigilante after he loses his wife and son to criminals.

  • Anti-Villain: He's a Space Corps veteran who comes to the Big Meg after he and his wife both sign off and try to integrate themselves into society. Then he loses his family and becomes a Vigilante Man.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears one when he starts searching the streets for his missing wife in the cold and when he first becomes a Vigilante Man, most likely to conceal the fact that he's a Cyborg.
  • Cyborg: As a mandroid, he received top-of-the-line military cybernetic enhancements to replace most of his missing body after it was destroyed in combat.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Nate Slaughterhouse is an appropriate name for a mandroid Super Soldier.
  • One-Man Army: In his second suit, he wipes out an entire criminal base in the Canadian territories. Not even an army of well-trained Judges are enough to stop him.
  • Rocket Punch: One of his abilities is to be able to launch his fist at an enemy and retract it with an attached cable. He uses it to kill the crime boss who had his son murdered and his wife kidnapped and mindwiped.
  • Super Soldier: His mostly cybernetic body makes him nearly unstoppable even as an ex-soldier (though the parts where going to be replaced with standard prostheses eventually). Later, after Nate escapes from prison he's upgraded with an even stronger suit.
  • Vigilante Man: After losing his loved ones he goes on a one-man crusade to eliminate the criminals of Mega City One.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: He is rebuilt as a Cyborg after losing most of his body in combat. His organic body is little more than a head.
  • Who Needs Their Whole Body?: He managed the feat of escaping from a prison hospital with no legs or arms.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He was a decent enough man before his killing spree, but tragedy broke him completely.
  • You Killed My Father: Inverted. The death of his son is what finally sets him off on his Roaring Rampage of Revenge.

    Owen Krysler/ The Mutant

An alleged messiah who had been prophesized by the Psi Corps that he would save Mega-City One from a disaster in 2120 in his role as the Judge Child. He is kidnapped by the Angel gang, only for Dredd to eventually discover that Krysler is evil, and has staged the whole kidnapping simply to entertain himself. Dredd abandons him in space, only for Krysler to set his sights on Earth to seek revenge on Dredd for his abandonment, which leads to his execution. In a Bad Future, Krysler is cloned by his retainer and accidentally reborn as the hideous Mutant, who conquers Earth and kills Dredd.

  • Bad Future: In a possible future, Krysler is cloned and reborn as the hideous Mutant with amplified psychic powers, who conquers Earth, destroys Mega City One, turns most of its inhabitants into vampires or monsters, and kills Dredd. Dredd and Anderson manage to stop him by going back to the past and destroying him before he becomes a threat, averting the disaster and making sure he was Killed Off for Real.
  • Birthmark of Destiny: According to the dying Psi-Division pre-cog, the eagle-shaped birthmark on Krysler's forehead marked him as the future Chief Judge who is destined to save Mega-City One from a disaster. His prediction was wrong. Krysler was destined to be the disaster that would destroy Mega-City One.
  • Came Back Wrong: The cloning process hideously mutated Krysler, turning him into an even worse monster than he was before
  • The Chessmaster: Skilled at manipulating others into doing his bidding without even realizing it, he doesn't even need to use his telepathy most of the time.
  • Enfant Terrible: A sadistic little boy with very potent psychic powers.
  • Exact Words: The prophecy stated that Krysler being made ruler of Mega City One would avert a disaster. That disaster was Krysler HIMSELF, who through being denied the right to rule would find himself turned into The Mutant, who would go on to destroy the city in 2120.
  • Psychic Powers: Possesses very potent telepathic and precognitive mental abilities. These are amplified even more after his transformation into the Mutant, making him virtually unstoppable.

     Randolph "Whitey" Whitely

The first villain to be depicted in the strip, he kills Judge Alvin, causing Dredd to be sent after him. Returning for the strip's tenth anniversary, Dredd faces off against him again.

  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Ten years after he was sentenced to life on Devil's Island, he escapes taking hostages and demands Dredd. After all the events of the decade that had passed since, Dredd has no recollection of him, even directly asking "Who the hell is Whitey?"
  • Cop Killer: He shoots and kills Judge Alvin as he patrols past the Empire State building.
  • Siblings in Crime: His brother tries to bust him out of Devil's Island, destroying the World Trade Centre in the process.
  • Starter Villain: He's the very first villain we see Dredd take on.

     The Judda

A cult of cloning fanatics led by a Judge named Morton Judd, one of the original Council Of Five in the days prior to the Atomic Wars. Judd wanted to replace the unruly citizens of Mega-City One with manufactured clones bred to be docile and law abiding, but was soundly opposed by the rest of the council, most noteably the legendary Judge Solomon and Judge Fargo, Dredd's clone "father". After a failed coup attempt, Judd and his followers disappeared, only to resurface decades later in the "Oz" storyline, staging yet another attempt at taking over Mega-City One by assassinating and replacing key Judges with his clones. From their headquarters in the Australian outback, The Judda had spent the past 40 years amassing an army of clone followers, noteably several of them made from Fargo's genetic material. Altough Judd and the majority of the Judda were wiped out by Dredd, their influence would have far-reaching consequences...

  • Alternate History: There is an alternate timeline, Dimension Parralell 717, where Judd was never exiled, and the world is ruled by his Justice Lords, who execute anyone who even THINKS of comitting a crime.
  • Bald of Evil: Judd himself is the villain of the "Oz" arc and is completely hairless. It's doubtful he ever did have hair, as even during "Origins", he never had hair and was described by Judge Solomon as "morally bankrupt".
  • Breeding Cult: While not "breeding" in the traditional sense, the Judda's ultimate goal is this.
  • Clone Army: Judd's ultimate plan.
  • The Remnant: Aside from Judge Kraken, two surviving Judda resurfaces in the radio drama "Jihad", as the heads of a fanatical Judda cult.

    Armon Gill

A former Space Corps soldier who is manipulated into committing murders of citizens with strong anti-judicial opinions. He believes that his handler is the Chief Judge herself.

  • Determinator: He will stop at nothing to do his job. Escaping from a Cursed Earth workfarm which is impossible for any normal human is just one of his many feats.
  • Kill and Replace: He offs a preacher in order to assume his identity and use his home as a base of operations. After escaping from a Cursed Earth workfarm, he kills a Texas Ranger who attempts to claim the bounty on his head and returns to the Big Meg using the Ranger's identity.
  • Made of Iron: Thanks to his cockroach genes, he is able to shrug off multiple gunshots at point blank range.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: He is intensely loyal to the Big Meg and believes that what he is doing is for the good of the city.
  • Not So Different: Dredd notes that as a genetically engineered human with a strong loyalty to the city, they are very similar. He even tells Gill that under different circumstances, that he would admire Gill.
  • Red Baron: He is known as The Justice Killer and The Chief Judge's Man, the latter of which is the title of his story arc.
  • Super Soldier: Genetically modified with leopard and cockroach DNA, he is faster and tougher than a normal human, but it's left him unstable.
  • Unwitting Pawn: DeKlerk impersonates the Chief Judge and manipulates him in order to silence anti-judicial activists.

     Marlon "Chopper" Shakespeare

When introduced, Marlon is an ordinary juve, trying to avoid going insane in the mindless ennui of Mega-City One. Rather than taking up a bizarre hobby like his parentsnote , he took up an illegal hobby: scrawling. Making a name for himself as the second-best scrawler in the city, he got into a public rivalry with the best; the mysterious Phantom Scrawler. This led to a climatic showdown where the latter was revealed as a rogue painting droid, which committed suicide, whilst Marlon himself was captured by the Judges. When released, he took up skysurfing, but began to pursue the illegal field of stunts for that hobby, ultimately getting invited to the illegal Supersurf 7 competition. He won, but was captured again. When Supersurf 10 was made legal in Oz, public outcry facilitated his escaping from prison and fleeing overland to Oz on his skyboard, where he competed in the competition and almost won, only to then flee into the Radback to escape being imprisoned a third time. He returned to America for the Supersurf 11 in Mega-City Two, and was one of the handful to survive the death-trap course, collapsing with severe injuries mere feet away from the finish line, though he did blow up the crazed sponsor of the event before hand. He competed for the last time in Supersurf 13, and then retired, fleeing once more to Oz to wed his long-suffering girlfriend.

  • Action Survivor: He's just an ordinary cit trying to survive in a Crapsack World. He's not hugely combat capable, but is excellent on a board and is very capable at evading the judges in an aerial pursuit.
  • Anti-Villain: He's just an ordinary citizen who is bored and has no prospects.
  • Calling Card: His trademark as a "scrawler" is to leave a smiley face on any surface he defaces.
  • Disney Death: Gets shot to death in "Song Of The Surfer", thanks to Supersurf 11 being set up as a Blood Sport with snipers and other lethal obstacles strewn around the course. Returns alive and well in the next story due to a change in creative teams.
  • Skysurfing: Takes up skysurfing as a hobby after he's released from his time for scrawling, and discovers that he has a talent for it. Finds fame after winning Supersurf 7, though never fully captures those Glory Days in later stories.

     Nero Narcos

The head of the Frendz crime syndicate, Narcos instigated the Second Robot War in order to take over Mega City One.

  • Brain in a Jar: His original body was injured beyond repair and his brain was extracted and placed into a bodysuit.
  • Cyborg: After his original body was destroyed, his brain was transplanted into a new bodysuit that gives him all the benefits of being human. He can even feel pleasure.


A massive T-Rex originally created for a wildlife park featuring cloned dinosaurs, who survived the Apocalypse War and became one of the biggest dangers in the Cursed Earth.

  • Animal Nemesis: While Dredd has had plenty of non-human enemies, Satanus is the only one who is an animal in the traditional sense of the word.
  • It Can Think: While never outright stated, it's heavily implied that Satanus is atleast partially sentient, and even remembers parts of his original life in prehistoric times.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His name is well-earned.
  • Offing the Offspring: He was originally killed by his own mother, Old One Eye, before being revived through cloning.
  • Predators Are Mean: A vicious, sadistic monster who delights in killing humans, and not just for food.



A former construction robot who led an uprising against Mega-City One as revenge for humans mistreatment of robots.

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: If you're going to have robot slaves you really should not give them the capacity to feel emotions.
  • Not So Different: Eventually starts to kill or forcibly reprogram robots who dont want to kill their owners.
  • Villain Has a Point: His methods were extreme, but Kenneth raised a very valid point, the humans ARE abusive and cruel to robots.
  • Starter Villain: The main villain of the comics very first real storyarc.


A group of robot judges who were designed on the order of Chief Judge McGruder to fill the manpower shortage after the Necropolis and Judgment Day disasters.

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: They were designed to police the city, but programming flaws caused them to abuse their power and even kill civilians. The Mark 8 variant actually has the opposite problem; They're considered too lenient in their judgement and one of them even locks himself in with a pair of citizens protesting their imminent eviction from their apartment.
  • The Determinator: When Number 5 is reactivated, it hides out in the sewers for months and continues on its rampage even after suffering crippling damage. The engineer responsible for them used Dredd's mind as a base model, which proved a major mistake in hindsight.
  • Flawed Prototype: The Mark I and Mark II variants had an issue that caused them to recognise innocent citizens as perps and refuse orders to stand down from human judges, with fatal results. A few of the initial field tests on the Mark 8 variant showed that they were too leniant, with one unit developing Lima Syndrome, though this seems to have been ironed out.
  • Hanging Judge: Some of them go on killing sprees in order to judge the people.
  • He's Back: While they were always kept as reserve units, used in times of emergency requiring superior firepower and damage absorption, they weren't given judicial powers again until the Mark 8 units are put into service. For the same reasons the original models were brought in (shortage of judges), Dredd is ordered to give a Mark 8 named Harvey a street assessment. Much like with Kraken, despite performing excellently, Dredd fails Harvey. Hershey overrules him and Dredd is horrified to find that Harvey has been given a human rookie to assess.
  • Jumping on a Grenade: Harvey lets himself blown up by a Mad Bomber in an anti-robot rally, saving many lives and finally winning the hearts of the populace at large. Turns out to have been a Heroic Suicide: the bomber was bluffing, but Harvey realized the ramifications of his own death and blew himself up instead.
  • Robot Names: The Mark 1s are all given number designations, with Number 5 being the most prominent example. The Mark 8s, on the other hand, are given human first names so the general public can feel more at ease with them.
  • Shout-Out: The most troublesome of the robots happens to be Number 5.
  • Tautological Templar: Number 5 believes it is still carrying out the law as it continues its killing spree unabated, but has reduced this to what it personally considers legal (which is fairly little).
  • Tragic Villain: They don't intend malice. The Mechanismo robots were programmed to be the perfect judges, but there was simply a snag in the AI design. After suffering damage, the striations on Number 5's head even make it look like he has a tear under his eye.

    Walter The Wobot

Dredd's robot servant in the early stories. He later tries to start his own robot rebellion and is eventually sent to care for the elderly Mrs. Gunderson.

  • The Dog Bites Back: Eventually gets sick of Dredd's abuse and ungratefulness and tries to restart the robot rebellion as Call-Me-Walter.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Speaks like this as the result of a defect. Fear and stress tends to bring it on more.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: The trauma of all Dredd's adventures eventually leads him to try and start a robot rebellion of his own. He is imprisoned and later reprogrammed to be given to Mrs. Gunderson.
  • Hero-Worshipper: He considers Dredd to be the bravest man who ever lived.
  • Happiness in Slavery: He's sickeningly loyal to Dredd, much to the Judge's chagrin. Even when he's given the same rights as humans, he still goes back to being Dredd's servant by choice.

Other characters

    Vienna Dredd/Pasternak

Born Vienna Dredd, she is the daughter of Rico Dredd, fathered by him while on Titan. As Dredd's niece, she is one of the few family members he has and, as such, he cares a great deal about her.

  • The Bus Came Back: Dredd puts her in the care of Mrs. Pasternak after he rescues her from a kidnapper to keep her safe from anyone trying to seek revenge on Dredd. After growing up in Brit Cit, she returns 24 years later.
  • In the Blood: During the "Blood Trails" arc, she saves Dredd from the Big Bad by dispatching Pasha with his own pistol. The narration lampshades it, noting that she has some of Dredd's killer instinct in her. She's also quite calm during the "Day Of Chaos" arc, even saving Dredd again.
  • Morality Pet: She is one of the few people who can bring out the soft side of Dredd. He cares about her deeply and will rush to her aid when she's in trouble. Dredd feels greatly troubled over his paternal feelings for her, as American Judges are not supposed to have any family relationships, and at one point almost handed in his badge over it, but was persuaded by the Chief Judge that having human feeling wasn't a weakness.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She plays this role on the sitcom she stars in, where she plays babysitter to a family of illegal (literal) aliens and gets naked to distract the authorities.
  • My Greatest Failure: Dredd feels enormously guilty over having left her an orphan, despite having no real choice in the matter.

     Max Normal

Dredd's street informant, Max Normal is part of a subculture that eschews the bizarre fashions and trends of the post-apocalyptic future, in favor of a circa mid-20th century style, in Max's case, a three piece suit, bowler hat and umbrella.

  • The Ace: In the field of Shuggy, a bizarre futuristic form of billiards, Max is considered one of the best players in the world. Max is one of only two people known to have ever pulled off "The Booglariser", a trick shot in which the player pots every ball on the table with only shot.
  • Cultural Rebel: He's very aware he creeps others out with how he acts; that's the point.
  • Distressed Dude: Was held hostage by criminals to get back at Dredd at one point.
  • Flanderization: When first introduced, Max's "thing" was that he was considered a freak for dressing and speaking in a way that readers of the time would perceive as normal and respectable, as opposed to the bizarre future-punk denizens of Mega-City One. Over time, however, whilst his outfit remained the same, he became even weirder than the average Mega-City One inhabitant.
  • Future Slang: In contrast to his elegant fashion sense, Max speaks in a bizarre word soup of futuristic and 50s slang, even worse than what the regular citizens do.
  • The Informant: Dredd often goes to him for information regarding what's happening on the streets.
  • Nice Hat: His iconic bowler hat.
  • Properly Paranoid: He doesn't like to drink or wash himself with water, preferring "Shampagne" and Clean-O-Spray respectively. This prevents him from contracting Block Mania before the Apocalypse War.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Max's gimmick.
  • Technical Pacifist: Max doesn't like violence and prefers to avoid conflict whenever possible. He's still capable of using trickery and cunning to enact revenge, such as setting up others to get busted by the Judges.
  • Wine Is Classy: Max only drinks champage. Well its actually "schampagne" (real champagne is illegal like all alcohol) but the intent is the same.


A Dredd clone who, after much deliberation, decides to resign from the Academy of Law and join the Space Corps instead.

  • The Bus Came Back: He's shipped off to the colonies to join the Space Corps, but returns to the city for night courses initially and then after Chaos Day to help the city.
  • Desk Jockey: His initial job in the Corps is as an advisor who fills in the paperwork after the action.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: One of the first clues to his identity as "Noncom" is that he's actually good with a gun. One of the marines with him is shocked, asking him where he learned to shoot. Dredd describes him as the best sniper he knows, which is high praise given Dredd's own ability with a firearm.
  • Magic Plastic Surgery: He's made change his appearance "for his own safety", something which Vienna considers absurd, as nobody knows what Dredd looks like anyway.
  • Refusal of the Call: He knows that he was born to be a judge and has a natural aptitude for it. Nonetheless, he turns away from the life of a judge, reasoning that he's "not a machine".

     Mrs. Gunderson

An elderly woman who is introduced as Judge Death's landlady. Nearly blind and hard of hearing, she doesn't realise that Death is the inhuman monster that he is and takes care of him. Walter the Wobot is eventually assigned to her as her carer.

  • Blind Mistake: Even her hilariously thick glasses don't afford her much vision. It's established to be of benefit to her, as she's one of the few people to survive an encounter with Judge Death, mostly because she's so blind that she never realizes who he is.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Because of her poor senses, she often doesn't see or hear things properly and often replies to most sentences with an almost irrelevant answer due to her near deafness.
  • Haunted House Historian: On Dredd's advice, she becomes this when nobody wants to rent her spare room any more. Having been Judge Death's landlady, this attracts all sorts of business, allowing her to make a decent living.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: She's so innocent that even Judge Drokking Death won't kill her.
  • Pet the Dog: Mrs. Gunderson is such a sweet, nice old lady that, out of all the citizens of Mega-City One, she's the only one that Dredd genuinely likes. Every time they meet, no matter how crazy and out-of-control the situation is (and it's quite a lot, since she's a magnet for trouble), Dredd is nothing but patient, helpful and friendly to her. Trying to take advantage of her or putting her in danger will earn you a daystick to the teeth from Dredd.
  • Scatterbrained Senior: Mostly due to her poor senses, she doesn't really have much of a clue about what's going on.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Trouble just seems to follow Mrs. Gunderson, even when she's not aware of it at all. If she shows up in a prog, expect weird and hilarious things to ensue.

     Harry Heston

A former Jimp (Judge impersonator) inspired by reading Dredd's comportment to try and clean up the slum he lived in as a vigilante. Although he helped Dredd on a case Dredd still followed the law and arrested him only to run into Harry again when perps broke out of the Cursed Earth work farm he was incarcerated at. After Harry captured the perps (and was badly injured) Dredd is impressed enough to get Harry a position as Justice Department agent. Undercover on ape island he helps Dredd again when the latter has to thwart a slaving and ransom plan disguised as a revolution and for this he is finally allowed to fulfill his dream when he is rewarded by being made an auxiliary Judge. Oh and did we mention he's an ape?

  • The Apprentice: Subverted at first as while Harry would very much like to learn from Dredd, Dredd still sees him as just another perp. More recently Dredd seems to have accepted he's stuck with Harry and is happy to give him advice from time to time.
  • Ascended Fanfic: The character himself was created by a fan and added to the comic proper after said fan passed away.
  • Becoming the Mask: Starts off as a Jimp, by his last appearance has become a Justice Department auxiliary which is about as close as he can get to being a full Judge without an academy education.
  • But I Read a Book About It: Harry learned almost everything he knows either on the streets or from reading The Comportment (the standard Judging handbook, written by old stony face himself).
  • Calling Your Attacks: Does this all time much like his inspiration, however since Harry does not have access to a voice activated Lawgiver, Dredd raises a eyebrow at this. Harry isn't sure where he got the tendency from.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Serpico's Cain, Harry might be devoted to the law but his brother is dedicated to being the worlds greatest criminal. Needless to say they hate each other.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He's a rare example of a perp doing this with Dredd.
  • Killer Gorilla: Mild example, Harry might be violent but its criminals he targets. He isn't a mindless killing machine.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Dredd himself, Harry is an absolutely dedicated lawman with no life outside the enforcement of the law, pretty much no ego, and is incredibly good at what he does. He even has an evil brother much like the first Rico Dredd. Also a bit of Large Ham as Dredd was in his early years.
  • Trading Bars for Stripes: Does this at the end of his second appearance when Dredd persuades Hershey to give him a job and a way out of the Isocubes as a reward. Unlike some examples Harry is very happy to do this and is next seen as a Justice Department agent.
  • Uplifted Animal: Like all Apes in MC-1 Harry is this, he's at least as smart as a human and much stronger.
  • Super Strength: Comes from being a very large Gorilla.

Alternative Title(s): Anderson Psi Division


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