- Awesome, Dear Boy: Although it catalyzed Rebellion's transformation from simple video game company to the juggernaut of publishing it is today, interviews at the time confirmed a major reason that the company bought 2000ad was that the people in charge loved the comic and didn't want to see it cease publication (a real risk at that time). No one can deny that the deal worked out great for everybody involved.
- Complete Monster: See here.
- Dork Age: The 90s is generally seen as a low point. According to Future Shock: The Story of 2000AD, publishers Fleetway Egmont acquired it as part of a package deal and didn't really know what direction they wanted to take it in, especially with such disastrous experiments as the infamous Sex Issue and a lot of Follow the Leader type stories. The Dork Age began to end in the mid to late 1990's, Judge Dredd returned to form with the return of John Wagner to the prog in 1994, while the appearance of Sinister Dexter and Nikolai Dante as well as Dan Abnett's Durham Red later in the decade confirmed the Prog as a whole had returned to form. Although it remained somewhat under threat of cancellation (due to Egmont's apathy towards it)the creative low period had ended. Once Creator/Rebellion, bought the title in 2000 its future was assured and it hasn't looked back since.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Both Sinister Dexter and Nikolai Dante appeared in the late 90s and shot to a popularity rivaling that of the top classic strips. In more detail:
- Sinister Dexter went through a period where it appeared twice in each prog, and the finale of its "Eurocrash" story took up the whole of prog 1139, even forcing out Judge Dredd.
- Nikolai Dante managed to get on the cover of Prog 2000 (see page image) after just three years, ahead of such popular classic characters as Sam Slade, Sláine, and Hamerstein.
- Judge Anderson: Psi, The Simping Detective and Low-Life are notable among Dredd spinoffs due to their interesting protagonists.
- Droid Life, which parodies the concept that the comic is completely produced by droids.
- Rogue Trooper, to the point where he not only got a videogame adaptation, but is also getting a film.
- More recently Survival Geeks proved almost instantly popular for its excellent art, great writing and parodying of many classic tropes.
- Replacement Scrappy: In 1996, Tharg was briefly replaced by the Vector 13 agents. This was very quickly scrapped after an overwhelmingly negative fan reaction. Lampshaded in the 2000th issue, where one of the Vector 13 guys tries to get in on the celebrations and Tharg slams the door in his face stating, "Hey, it was The '90s".
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