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Basic Trope: A judge, who may be corrupt, that is well-known for handing down severe sentences for even minor infractions.

  • Straight: Judge Graves has a reputation for ordering disproportionately severe sentences on questionably guilty people.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Judge Graves will order the death sentence for those convicted of jaywalking... and also has a 100% conviction rate.
    • Judge Graves will not only order the death sentence for those of jaywalking, he executes them personally.
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  • Downplayed: For the most part, Judge Graves' sentences fit the crime. However, when it comes to some specific crimes, he will always go for the harshest penalty.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Judge Graves is known for giving very lenient sentences, and even letting guilty men walk free.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob has been accused of a crime, and is terrified when he hears that the judge presiding over his case has a reputation for convicting everyone. However, when Bob appears in court, Judge Graves gives him a fair trial, with a sensible sentence if Bob is found guilty.
    • Except when Emperor Evulz committed mass murder, Judge Graves helped Evulz to get away scot-free.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Until it is revealed that Judge Graves fixed the trial, and that the fair-sounding sentence turns out to be carried out in an especially cruel way.
    • But then Judge Graves executed Evulz privately by shooting him from behind, mocking Evulz for even trusting him in the first place.
  • Parodied:
    • "All rise for the Honorable Judge Hang'em!" "Guilty!... I mean, please be seated."
    • The judge doesn't have any judicial power, and just runs around raving and proclaiming people as guilty.
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  • Zig Zagged: Judge Graves begins his career handing out lenient sentences, before becoming jaded and beginning to hand out stricter and stricter sentences, until he realizes what he's become and begins giving criminals the benefit of the doubt, until he finds out a man he set free went on a crime rampage and starts punishing severely again...
  • Averted: Judge Graves is a fair judge who treats all accused persons with respect, and, if they are found guilty, gives them an appropriate sentence.
  • Enforced: "We'll have to make the judge terrifying so Bob's trial will be more dramatic."
  • Lampshaded: "Off with his head!"
  • Invoked: "With my luck, I'll draw the nastiest judge in the state..."
  • Exploited: Bob's enemies manage to get his trial before Judge Graves, knowing Graves' reputation.
  • Defied: Bob tries to bribe someone to prevent Judge Graves from being drawn, or fabricates a conflict of interest in order to avoid him. If caught, he may wind up with Judge Graves just because he upset the wrong person.
  • Discussed: "Did you know Judge Graves has sent more people to the electric chair than all the other judges in the state? Combined?"
  • Conversed: "Judge Graves is like the evil judge straight out of an old western."
  • Implied: Bob is being convicted for jaywalking, and says "Well, I'm sure I can get the judge to see reason..." Next shot, he's at the gallows.
  • Deconstructed: Judge Graves was inspired to become a judge when the murderer of his parents got off with a slap-on-the-wrist. As time goes on, Judge Graves sees each accused criminal who appears before him as worse than the last, convicting and executing more and more of them. Eventually, evidence is presented that he ordered the execution of an innocent man, leaving the man's children as orphans, and Judge Graves is horrified that he has become the murderer he sought to extinguish.
  • Reconstructed:

GUILTY! ...I mean, please go back to Hanging Judge.

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