List of minor characters in Judge Dredd

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This is a list of minor characters in the British comic strip Judge Dredd appearing in 2000 AD, Judge Dredd Megazine and related publications. They are listed alphabetically by surname, in categories. (Major characters have their own articles: see the navigation box at the bottom of this article.)

Judges of Mega-City One[edit]


Psi-Judge Kit Agee was one of Justice Department's telepaths, and a friend of Judge Anderson. In 2112 she was abducted by Judge Kraken, who was being controlled by the Sisters of Death. The Sisters, who inhabited another dimension, used Agee to establish a psionic link to Earth, where they were able to seize control of Mega-City One, ultimately killing millions of people. On Anderson's advice, Judge Dredd killed Agee, severing the psychic link and banishing the Sisters back to their homeworld.[1]


Judge Laverne Castillo[2] was a street judge who was taken off street duty when she froze in combat and allowed a fellow judge to be shot and seriously wounded. Transferred to administrative duties, she became the personal aide to Chief Judge McGruder and accompanied the Chief Judge on a diplomatic visit to the planet Hestia. When their spaceship crashed there, Castillo so impressed Judge Dredd that on their return home he recommended that she be transferred back to street duty.[3] This time she excelled in her chosen role, and was Dredd's sidekick in a number of stories until she was murdered in 2123 by aliens after eight years on the force.[4]

During her time on Hestia, Castillo developed a secret and unrequited crush on Judge Dredd. Writer John Wagner never developed this theme any further with her character, but this idea was taken up again with the character Galen DeMarco and used to greater effect, with significant repercussions in the relevant stories.


Judge Francesco Deacon was one of the first ever street judges, in the 2030s. Before becoming a judge he was in the military police.[5] He first appeared in Michael Carroll's novel Judges: The Avalanche, and simultaneously in the Judge Dredd comic strip story "Paradigm Shift" in 2000 AD #2082–2086 in May 2018, also written by Carroll and with art by Staz Johnson.

De Gaulle[edit]

Judge De Gaulle was a long-term street judge. During the Executioner murders, Dredd interrogated De Gaulle due to her physical similarity to the killer and her absence during the killings (she'd been off duty). Once she was cleared, Dredd apologised; De Gaulle remarked that she would have done the same in his position "and if I ever get the chance, I will!" [6] Years later, she got the chance as part of the Special Judicial Squad, strip-searching Dredd during his Random Physical Abuse Test.[7]

After fifteen years on the streets, she was crippled by a random gunman and had to be given robotic legs. She was reassigned to Control and became bitter about it, later asking Dredd "is this all I get out of it?" This bitterness caused her to join Judge Grice's conspiracy against Dredd and the 2113 referendum, believing it would throw away judicial control. She was sent to the Titan penal colony[8] and was left emotionally distraught for months.[9]

She was victimised by Titan guards, which sparked a riot that would allow Grice to make his big jailbreak. She however did not escape.[10]


Judge Dekker[11] first appeared in 1984 as a rookie judge, being successfully evaluated by Dredd as to her suitability to become a full judge.[12] She did not reappear in the strip again until 1991, when writer Garth Ennis used her as a recurring secondary character in several 1991 and 1992 strips - most prominently as the investigating judge against the "Muzak Killer".[13] By this time an experienced street judge, she was killed in the 1992 story "Judgement Day" (set in 2114). Upon her death Dredd considered that she was "...the best rookie he'd ever had, bar none." He later hallucinated her during his crucifixion in "Goodnight Kiss".

An alternative, evil version of Dekker from a parallel universe appeared in the 1994 novel Dread Dominion.[14]


Dolman was a cadet at the Academy of Law. He was cloned from Judge Dredd's DNA. Although he performed well at the Academy, he resented his lack of control over his own life and chose to leave the Academy and Mega-City One.[15] He joined the Space Corps and was transferred to an offworld Academy, though he regularly returned to the city; keeping in touch with Vienna Dredd and took classes at night school.[16]

Shortly after "Day of Chaos", Dolman returned to the city: he felt obliged to help out, especially with his family in danger.[17] He was an advisor and non-combatant in the Corps by now, and first arrived in the city when Marines were asked to break the siege at Sue Perkins Block. Colonel Lynn Easter viewed him with mild contempt, especially when he tried to stop her bombing the block, but Dolman used his judge training to cripple a marine, forcing her to call off the airstrike, and then assist Dredd in stopping the siege. (For most of the story Dolman went unnamed, leaving his return a surprise.) He was injured in the process and sent to hospital, with Dredd calling him "a judge" over Dolman's protests.[18] The Corps were left angry that Dolman had shot a marine – a decision Dredd agreed with – and Easter and two others assaulted him in hospital, but Dolman was able to take them down.[17]


Chief Judge Eustace Fargo was the first chief judge of Mega-City One (and indeed of the entire United States, before it was divided) and the source of the DNA from which Judge Dredd was cloned. In the 1995 film Judge Dredd Fargo was played by Max von Sydow.

Almost every appearance of Fargo in the comic has been a flashback, since he was believed to have died in 2051, decades before the stories in the comic. However in 2006–07 the story Origins, written by John Wagner, described a secret history in which Fargo's death had been faked and he had survived in suspended animation until 2129.

As a result of a massive increase in violent gang crime, US president Thomas Gurney appointed Fargo Special Prosecutor for Street Crime. When the Constitution was amended to allow the creation of an elite law enforcement agency to convict criminals without due process, Fargo was made the first "chief judge" in 2031. Fargo resigned and attempted suicide in 2051, but the matter was covered up by deputy chief judges Solomon and Goodman, who fabricated a story that he had been killed in a drive by shooting. In fact he survived, and was placed in suspended animation until such time as medical science advanced to the point where his injuries could be fully healed. He was succeeded as chief judge by Solomon.

In 2070, after the Third World War devastated the United States, Fargo was revived, and he advised the chief judge – now Goodman – to overthrow President Bob Booth and take over the government, which was done. Fargo survived an assassination attempt by Morton Judd, but his condition deteriorated and he was returned to suspended animation. Shortly afterwards he was kidnapped by Judd's men, and was thought lost forever. But in 2129 it was discovered that he was being held by terrorists in the Cursed Earth, and Judge Dredd led a team to rescue him. Fargo was revived, but he was beyond saving and died shortly afterwards.


Judge Dan Francisco was chief judge of Mega-City One from 2131 to 2134, except for a brief period when he was deposed by his deputy, Judge Sinfield, from 2131 to 2132.

Before becoming chief judge, Francisco was a street judge and the subject of a 24-hour reality show called The Streets Of Dan Francisco – a major public relations boost for Justice Department. In 2131 Judges #Sinfield, Cardew and Millan began a campaign to run Francisco as a candidate to replace Judge Hershey as chief judge, running on an anti-mutant platform.[19] He won by a landslide.

Mutant townships in the Cursed Earth were set up, to which to expel the mutant citizens. Francisco also had Hershey and Dredd given new postings, off-world and in the townships respectively, until the mutant issue died down; how much of this was his own idea and how much was Sinfield's remained ambiguous.[20]

Sinfield dosed Francisco with a powerful hypnotic drug, persuaded him to resign,[21] and succeeded him as acting chief judge.[22] Both Dredd and the mayor were left confused and suspicious by Francisco's sudden collapse in confidence and by his support of Sinfield. This eventually led to an investigation, and Sinfield's crime was uncovered. Sinfield was arrested, and Francisco returned to office. Francisco appointed Dredd to the Council of Five.

In 2134 Dredd learned of a terrorist plot to infect Mega-City One with a deadly pathogen. Dredd recommended a ground assault on the terrorist's camp, but Francisco overruled him and ordered an air strike. Consequently the fact that it wasn't the real camp was not discovered until it was too late, and Mega-City One was infected. By the time the disease was contained, 350 million people had been killed (out of an initial population of around 400 million), and Francisco resigned in shame of "presiding over the worst disaster in our history". He appointed Judge Hershey as his successor.[23]


SJS Judge Alex Gerhart was Dredd's interrogator when a Tek-Division scientist was murdered. He used the opportunity to pressure Dredd about whether he felt guilty for Chaos Day, knowing it was revenge for his own destruction of East-Meg Two.[24] Gerhart himself did feel Dredd was responsible. When their paths next crossed, he was hospitalised saving Dredd from a missile attack: he intends to one day arrest the man and put him on trial for Chaos Day.[25]

In 2136, Gerhart was sent with Dredd and a marine squad to investigate a potential uprising on the Titan penal colony.

In 2140 he resigned and took the Long Walk.[26]

Gerhart was murdered by insane SJS Judge Pin in 2141 for being a close associate of Dredd.


Judge Giant can refer to either of two characters. They are father and son. Their first names have never been given.

They are both descended from another 2000 AD character, 'Giant' (real name John Clay), who starred in his own series in 2000 AD, Harlem Heroes, which ran in progs (issues) 1–27 of the comic. John 'Giant' Clay made a cameo appearance in the Judge Dredd strip in prog 28. Since Judge Dredd himself did not appear in 2000 AD until prog 2, the Giant family's appearance in the comic predates Dredd's debut in his own strip.

Judge Giant Snr[edit]

The original Judge Giant first appeared in prog 27 of the comic (1977) as a rookie judge who had just graduated from the Academy of Law. Set in 2099, his first appearance in "The Academy of Law" (progs 27–28) was a crossover with Harlem Heroes, set decades after the events depicted in that series. It featured a cameo appearance by his father, John 'Giant' Clay, as a very old man at the end of the story. "The Academy of Law" is also notable for the debut of another important supporting character, Judge Griffin, as well as the Academy of Law itself. It tells of Rookie Giant's Final Assessment, a gruelling test of his judgement and abilities to determine his suitability for promotion to full judge. His supervisor is Judge Dredd, who passes him.

Judge Giant became Dredd's sidekick for the next four years. His most important story was the 23-episode Judge Cal storyline, in which he first saved Dredd from being executed and then fought with him against Cal's renegade judges and alien mercenaries (Kleggs) until the end. Although he had an important role in that story, his appearances in later tales were generally little more than mere cameos, and his importance within the strip tailed off somewhat. He was finally killed off in the "Block Mania" story (1981) while trying to arrest Orlok just before the Apocalypse War. The unheroic circumstances of his death (he was shot in the back in a brief scene) were controversial among fans, since although they were used to seeing popular characters killed off in 2000 AD, they were disappointed with the cursory way in which Giant's death was depicted. In an interview years later, writer Alan Grant said: "When we wrote the death of Giant, I thought it was a great idea to kill him off in such a casual, natural (for a judge) way. But when the reader outcry came, I was startled and forced to see things from their point of view."[27]

Judge Giant Jnr[edit]

In 1989 the story "Young Giant"[28] established that the original Judge Giant had fathered a child in 2101, something prohibited to judges. Orphaned when his mother was murdered in front of him shortly after the Apocalypse War in 2104, Giant's son had been inducted into the Academy of Law, where he performed extremely well but with a worrying streak of violence that threatened his ability as a judge. With Dredd's help, Giant was able to get past his deep-rooted anger and brought his mother's killer to justice.

Unlike his father, who became a full judge in his first story, Cadet Giant remained a cadet for five years during his recurring appearances in the strip. He was a major protagonist in one of Judge Dredd's biggest and most significant epics, "Necropolis", even taking over the lead role from Dredd himself in half a dozen episodes (including two in which Dredd did not even appear).[29] He led a group of cadets who remained free of Dark Judge control and, at one point, were personally hunted down by Judge Mortis. He would later be one of the first people to battle Sabbat's zombies during Judgement Day. Eventually he became the youngest cadet ever to graduate from the Academy, at the age of fifteen, having been fast-tracked. In a story reminiscent of his father's debut, Giant's Final Assessment was conducted by Judge Dredd, who passed him as fit to become a judge in 2116.[30]

The new Judge Giant has made several appearances since, and actually saved the whole world from a deadly virus in 2117.[31] He is apparently one of the best judges in Mega-City One, although he has not featured in any story to the extent that he did in "Necropolis".

(In a six-page one-off story in the Judge Dredd Megazine #216 called "Whatever Happened to John 'Giant' Clay?" (2004),[32] Judge Giant met his grandfather for the first time. The original Giant had not appeared in any story since 1978, and this story ended with his death from old age.)


Chief Judge Clarence Goodman was Mega-City One's longest serving chief judge, and the first to appear in the comic. He was in the first ever episode of Judge Dredd in prog 2 (March 1977), although not named until prog 86. He was assassinated in prog 89, but returned in flashbacks in the story Origins (2006–07).

Goodman was deputy chief judge of the United States, first under Chief Judge Fargo and then under Chief Judge Solomon. In 2052 each American mega-city ran its own justice department, and Goodman was deputy chief judge of Mega-City One, succeeding Solomon as chief judge in 2058. In 2070, after President Robert Booth started a nuclear war which devastate Anerica, Goodman overthrew the president and Congress and took over the city; the other mega-cities became independent.

Thirty years later Goodman was assassinated by Judge Quincy and others, on the orders of his own deputy, Judge Cal.


Judge Xavier Goon was a thuggish Street Judge and an antagonist of Judge Anderson: when first met, he viciously beat citizen Rodney Ding for a minor driving offence and was given a pardon as all his actions stayed within the law.[33] He saw Anderson as too soft to be a judge and proudly called himself a bully. In their second encounter, his attitude caused Anderson to attack him (and win). Their one moment without conflict was during a raid on a child prostitution ring, where Goon carried out an execution sentence on Anderson's behalf.[34]

In 2119, when a psychic mutant summoned millions of children to a safe haven, Goon tried to stop them leaving the city by opening fire - when Anderson tried to block him, he shot her too. (He was pardoned as he believed she was a threat) Chief Judge Volt tasked him to track the children's crusade and assassinate their leader, an infant named Hope - the anger from fifteen million children and mutants was psychically blasted into his mind, killing him.[35]

Greel, Stich and Quiggley[edit]

Tek-Judge Stich was the original head of the Mechanismo robot judge programme, and he personally oversaw their first field test in 2114. When three of the Mark I robots ran amok and killed several people, Stich had a breakdown under the pressure and had to be institutionalised.[36]
Tek-Judge Quiggley succeeded Stich as head of the programme. A year later he was demoted when his Mark IIs also failed a field test. In 2116, when Judge Dredd tried to interfere with his continuing work on the Mark IIA robots, Quiggley became desperate, and ordered the robots to kill Dredd. Dredd sentenced him to 20 years of hard labour on the penal colony on Titan.[37]
Tek-Judge Todd Greel was head of Tek-Division, and he personally took over the Mechanismo project after Quiggley. Greel compelled Stich to give evidence against Dredd for having illegally destroyed a Mark II robot to sabotage their field test, which resulted in Dredd being convicted and sent to Titan himself. Greel was briefly acting chief judge in 2116. However he was implicated in an assassination attempt on Chief Judge McGruder when one of his Mark IIA robots attempted to kill her and she had to be saved by Dredd. Although Greel's alleged guilt was never proved, McGruder curtly demoted him to a junior position in Traffic Control, effectively finishing his political ambitions for ever. The Mechanismo programme was aborted, and Dredd was pardoned.[38] Greel was succeeded as head of Tek-Division by Judge McGovern and then Judge McTighe.[39] Greel later appeared in The Pit, running Traffic Station Alamo in the North-West Habzone: enforcing petty restrictions on other Judges, his only remaining power.


Judge Jürgen Griffin first appeared in prog 27 in a story by John Wagner and Ian Gibson. He was Principal of the Academy of Law, and had taught Dredd when he was a cadet. When the insane Chief Judge Cal seized control of Mega-City One, Griffin and other Academy tutors joined Dredd's resistance movement. Griffin was one of only two of these tutors who was still alive by the time Cal was overthrown; the other was Judge-Tutor Pepper. Dredd declined to succeed Cal as chief judge and nominated Griffin for the office. Griffin was elected chief judge by acclamation, and appointed Pepper as deputy chief judge.

Griffin was captured by the enemy during the Apocalypse War in 2104, and brainwashed into supporting their propaganda campaign. Dredd judged it impossible to rescue him, and so he assassinated him instead, during a live television broadcast.


Deputy Chief Judge Paul Herriman was originally a street judge and had worked in every major division of Justice Department. He saw himself as a conciliator, preferring to operate by consensus.[40] In 2116, he was one of the senior judges who tried to pressure Judge McGruder into reinstating the Council of Five, in order to have the power to remove her.

After McGruder stood down, Herriman was one of the candidates in the election to replace her. Running against Judges Dredd, Volt and Hershey, Herriman came third. Chief Judge Volt appointed Herriman deputy chief judge. In 2117 Herriman became the first deputy chief judge to regularly preside over meetings of the ruling Council of Five following Volt's decision to abolish the chief judge's ex officio chairmanship of the Council.

Herriman was assassinated by Judge Mortis in 2120 while he was acting chief judge and his corpse was used as Mortis's vessel. He was succeeded as deputy chief judge by Judge Hershey.[41]


Judge Yvonne Hollister, head of Wally Squad, Justice Department's undercover division, is a sexy, sassy judge who first appeared in the strip masquerading as a prostitute. She was given a position on the Council of Five by Chief Judge Hershey in 2123,[42] the first time that Wally Squad had been represented on the council. Her judges proved instrumental in preventing Orlok spreading plague through Mega-City One during the "Sin City" storyline.[43] In later stories, she is shown carrying out undercover missions herself and is always drawn in street clothes.

Chief Judge Francisco requested her resignation from the Council in 2131.[44] She remained head of Wally Squad but her cover was blown during the pre-Chaos Day riots. At the end of 2134, she was still in a coma.[45]


Judge Judy Janus is a member of Psi Division. She is portrayed as a young and ditzy psychic (she is a precog and telepath). The character was created by Grant Morrison, Mark Millar and Carlos Ezquerra and first appeared in prog 842 in the story Inferno (1993). She later appeared in her own eponymous strip, Janus: Psi Division (1993-1997),[46] and in Dave Stone's 1995 novel Wetworks.[47]


Judge Barry Kurten was a street judge who developed mental problems, and had hallucinations of a little blue man called Mo who told him what to do. Mostly Mo told him to use excessive force when arresting people, leading Kurten to commit acts of increasing violence, culminating in murder. When he realised that Judge Dredd had him under surveillance he stole a large sum of money from drug dealers and fled the city, setting himself up as a judge in Ciudad Barranquilla, where the judges take a more relaxed view of judge brutality. Kurten thrived in his new city, and became so notorious for his violent behaviour that he became known among the locals as "El Diablo," the Devil. When Chief Judge Batista refused Mega-City One's extradition request, Judge Dredd secretly infiltrated Ciudad Barranquilla disguised as one of Batista's judges and assassinated Kurten.[48]


Exorcist-Judge Miryam Lamia was killed in action and then returned from the dead in circumstances that have not been explained. This experience left her with the unwanted ability to see and speak with the ghosts of the dead, and bizarre patterned markings on her body. Although communicating with the dead initially helped her to solve cases, she became unable to cope with constantly seeing ghosts, as there were so many of them, and she became a recluse, spending most of her time secluded in a room which the dead could not enter. She first appeared in prog 1640.[49]


Judge Logan is chief judge of Mega-City One (as of December 2019).

Logan first appeared as Dredd's assistant in the 2003 story "The Satanist," a role he held for nine years. During this period he appeared in the "Total War" storyline (2004) and in "Origins" (2006-07). In "Origins" he was severely wounded in action and required major surgery, including an artificial lung, arm and spleen.[50] In "Tour of Duty" (2009-10) he was promoted to senior judge.[51] Shortly afterwards he personally discovered the evidence which resulted in Chief Judge Sinfield's conviction and removal from office in 2132.[52]

In "Day of Chaos" (2011-12) he again lost his arm in an encounter with Judge Mortis and was hospitalised.[53] He received a prosthetic arm.[54]

Logan was not seen again (except in a cameo) until "Machine Law" in 2019, in which it was revealed that he had become the sector house chief in Sector 6 in 2139.[55] In that same story, set in 2141, he succeeded Judge Hershey as Chief Judge, with Dredd's endorsement. He immediately appointed a robot judge to the Council of Five, Mega-City One's ruling body, causing Dredd to have misgivings about him.[56] However, he eventually realised he had tried to go too far too soon. Dddd


Judge Maitland is an African-American judge working for Accounts. She first appeared in "The Bean Counter" (prog 1790), the first strip after Day of Chaos, where she had a 'meeting' with Dredd in the middle of a riot because he would not come to her office. A highly lethal combatant, in mid-battle she berated Dredd for his contempt towards divisions like Accounts and his lack of paperwork, pointing out the necessity of "bean counters" like her to keep Justice Department functioning.

In "The Cold Deck," she reported to Chief Judge Hershey about the city's crippled finances and advised nationalising the banks that had collapsed, then reclaiming their capital retroactively. Unknown to either of them, she was part of Dredd and Judge Smiley's team investigating Judge Bachmann: after tracking Black Ops' funds to Overdrive Inc, she was mindwiped so that Bachmann would not find out that he had recruited her. Her memory was returned when Black Ops' coup started, as Bachmann's office was right next to Accounts; she was able to rescue a wounded Dredd, patch him up, and hold off Black Ops agents until help arrived. After the coup was stopped, Dredd apologised for doubting her work in Accounts.[57] She was subsequently promoted to head of Accounts Division, as the previous head (and "72.342%" of the division) had been killed in Bachmann's coup.[58]


Chief Judge Hilda Margaret McGruder was chief judge of Mega-City One from 2104 to 2108 and again from 2112 to 2116.

After the death of the insane Chief Judge Cal, McGruder was appointed to eliminate corruption from the discredited Special Judicial Squad. She was head of the SJS from 2101 to 2104.[59]

She led the resistance to the invading forces during the Apocalypse War after Chief Judge Griffin was killed and Judge Dredd was taken prisoner. As the only surviving member of the Council of Five after the war, she became chief judge by default.[60] In her first term she established herself as one of the city's most able rulers as she set about rebuilding the war-torn city.[61]

She resigned after four years in office, blaming herself for a massacre she thought she could have prevented (although most of her colleagues were more forgiving and begged her to stay), and took the Long Walk into the Cursed Earth. (Her final act in office was to dismiss all of the senior judges who disagreed with her decision to resign, saying this proved they had poor judgement.) She was succeeded as chief judge by Thomas Silver.[61]

Her years in the Cursed Earth had had a damaging effect on her mental health, leaving her with a volatile temper, cruder mannerisms, and multiple personality syndrome as she began referring to herself using the royal we and arguing with herself.[62] She ran into Dredd during the Necropolis crisis and returned with him to fight the Dark Judges. With Silver missing and presumed dead, she subsequently returned to the office of chief judge.[63]

Her first task was to once more get the city and Judge force back on their feet, as well as to deal with all the dead. She decided not to appoint a Council of Five, but instead take advice from any and all Senior Judges when the time came; in an early such discussion, on Dredd's advice, she agreed to a public referendum over whether the Judges should continue to rule the city.

Her second term became increasingly beset with doubts about the quality of her leadership and her sanity. To cover up the losses of Judges from the recent crises, she began a programme of robot judges which went disastrously wrong. However, she kept trying to revive the Mechanismo project despite clear evidence it was unworkable, and without a formal body like the Council of Five there was no way to oppose her if she would not listen to advice. In 2116 a deputation of senior judges, including Dredd, attempted to persuade her to reform the Council (with a view to then removing her from office), but they were unsuccessful, partly as she realised they would try to do away with her.[64]

Her final attempt to revive Mechanismo caused the robots themselves to try and assassinate her. By this point, Dredd was under arrest for his unlawful attempts to stop the project and McGruder's growing madness had embarrassed her on a tour of the colony world Hestia. When the assassination attempt was uncovered, and when Dredd was the sole reason she (and others) survived it, she pardoned him, scrapped the project, and agreed to stand down from office.[65] She was succeeded by Judge Volt.

Declining to take the Long Walk again, she became a civilian and decided to write her memoirs. In her retirement she developed Alzheimer's disease and her mental health rapidly deteriorated even further.[66] When Judge Dredd heard that she had been scheduled for compulsory euthanasia he abducted her and led her to a more honourable death fighting criminals in the Cursed Earth.[67] The facts of her death were covered up.[68]

A Mega-City One battleship and a street were named after her in her honour.[69]


Tek-Judge McTighe was head of Tek Division. He is the longest-serving head of Tek-Division to appear in the comic, as that office usually tends to have a high rate of turnover. He succeeded Judge McGovern in 2120, and joined the Council of Five shortly afterwards, following the death of Judge Herriman.[70] During the mutant rights vote, Dredd said McTighe was a "yes man" who would vote the way Chief Judge Hershey told him.[71]

He resigned from the Council in 2131, following the deposing of Hershey;[44] he was not invited back when Niles and Buell were.[72] He remained in charge of Tek Division. Following the events of Chaos Day, McTighe was left despondent, believing they had failed to protect the citizens.[73]

He was assassinated in 2000 AD #1940 (2015), in a story set in 2137. It was revealed in #1943 that he had been re-appointed to the Council of Five at some point since the events in the story Trifecta.


Judge Morphy was the senior judge who supervised Dredd's Final Assessment to become a full judge, when Dredd was a rookie in 2079. During most of Dredd's career he mentored him, giving advice when needed, and was in many ways a father figure to him. He was killed in the line of duty in 2112, only a few months short of retirement. Dredd took his death very badly and almost murdered one of the killers, restraining himself only at the very last moment. The perpetrators were sentenced to thirty years.[74]

A recurring joke in the series is that Dredd always wears the wrong sized boots. This can actually be traced to Morphy's first appearance,[75] where Dredd confided to his former supervisor that he'd been experiencing doubts about the job. Morphy advised him to requisition a pair of boots two sizes too small: "You'll be so busy cussin' those damned boots you won't have time to worry about anything else."


Niles was head of the Special Judicial Squad (internal affairs) until 2122, when Chief Judge Hershey made him head of the Public Surveillance Unit. Chief Judge Sinfield briefly replaced him as head of PSU with Judge Benedetto; Niles was reinstated by Chief Judge Francisco. When Judge Dredd ran against Sinfield in an election, Niles was Dredd's campaign manager. Niles was killed when the Statue of Judgement, which contained PSU headquarters, was destroyed by terrorists in 2134, after 22 years in the comic.


Judge Aimee Nixon was a corrupt undercover judge. She was eventually arrested and sentenced to 20 years on the Titan penal colony. She was the original lead character in the series Low Life, until that position was taken by Dirty Frank and she became a supporting character.


Judge Oldham was a street judge and irritant for Dredd in several Al Ewing strips. He was a bullying, reactionary judge with a streak of incompetence. In his first appearance he wanted to break a siege with extreme force despite the risk to hostages.[76] Then, when part of the security at the World Sex Championships, he shirked his duties to bully the competitors claiming he was "keeping the deviants in line", and allowed a gunman in.[77] Oldham and Dredd do not like each other. In his first appearance, Oldham implied Dredd was being "soft" due his mutant sympathies.

Dredd recommended that Oldham be moved to meat-wagon duties. Instead, Oldham was made a Senior Judge under Judge Sinfield and given authority over the older Judge Giant, as a rebuke to Dredd's old ally. During this time, he shot an unarmed mutant and showed no concern.[78] When Sinfield was deposed, Giant became the dominant partner and tried to turn Oldham around. Despite some progress, Oldham made some basic mistakes in an operation and was shot dead by an escaped killer.[79]


Psi-Judge Omar became head of Psi Division after his predecessor Ecks was killed in the Apocalypse War. He personally assisted Judge Dredd in his investigation into the haunting of a sector house,[80] and later he exonerated Judge Anderson when she was accused of negligently permitting the Dark Judges to escape and threaten the city.[81] When psi-criminal Shojun the Warlord unleashed the demonic Seven Samurai on the city, Omar volunteered to sacrifice his own life in a suicide attack to destroy them using a psionic amplifier.[82] He was succeeded as head of Psi-Division by Judge Shenker.[83]


Judge Pepper was deputy chief judge from 2101 to 2103, succeeding DCJ Grampus.[84]

After losing a leg in the 21st century he retired from active service and became a tutor at the Academy of Law, where he taught many of the city's most important and senior judges while they were cadets, including teaching Applied Leadership to both Judge Dredd and future chief judge Cal. When Chief Judge Cal became insane Pepper volunteered to fight with Dredd to depose the tyrant. In the moment of victory Dredd was offered the position of chief judge, but he declined in favour of Judge Griffin. Griffin then appointed Pepper as his deputy.[85]

Two years later Pepper was assassinated by game show contestants from a reality television show, in which contestants gained points by confessing to crimes they had not yet been caught for. Pepper's death led to the show being taken off the air.[86] An artist oversight in this story saw him die with the full complement of two legs.


Judge Perrier first appeared in the story "The Apocalypse War", fighting the Sovs at the frontline. She did not appear again until years later when writer Garth Ennis took over the strip and brought her back in "A Clockwork Pineapple". She was then killed off in "Judgement Day", swarmed by zombies before she could reach the city.


SJS Judge Bela Pin was an elderly judge who after suffering a mental breakdown on Chaos Day began to murder judges who fail to meet up to her exacting standards, but who she is unable to punish through official channels. Blaming Dredd for the state of the city after Chaos Day she began a vindictive vendetta against him and his closest allies. She killed Judge Gerhart and seriously injured Dredd and Judge Maitland before Dredd was able to knock her into an open burial pit where she was eaten by rats.


Judge Prager is one of the judges who chose to take the Long Walk into the Undercity rather than the Cursed Earth. After four years he made his first appearance in prog 328, when he saved Judge Dredd who had been transformed into a werewolf.[87] He next appeared decades later to warn the judges of a new threat to the city from Bones, but at the same time reveals he has been infected and transforms into a werewolf at each full moon. Declining the cure and in his wolf form, he helped Dredd defeat Bones' army and resumed his Undercity patrol.[88]


Judge Wilson Priest was a street judge in Sector 301, Mega-City One's most crime-ridden sector. He became so frustrated with one criminal who kept being diverted from normal incarceration because of his psychiatric problems, and then released as pronounced cured, that one day he simply shot him when he surrendered. From that day on he began murdering any suspect who he either could not prove was guilty or could not sentence to an adequate punishment. His partner Judge Struthers was complicit in Priest's crimes, though Priest was the instigator. When Struthers was killed in the line of duty, Priest became mentally unbalanced and began referring to himself as a priest ("I am the Priest, I will administer salvation,") and saying that everyone he was killing was a sinner. When Priest's crimes were uncovered he confessed, but he later escaped from custody during a sector-wide riot, and embarked on a killing spree. He finally attacked the unlucky Seventh Heaven Apocalypse Day group. He killed over twenty of them before turning the gun on himself.[89]


Judge Hoolio Ramos was head of Street Division on the Council of Five under Chief Judge Hershey. In 2130 he was sent to Titan in disgrace after Dredd uncovered crimes he had committed thirty years before, when he was part of a group of vigilante judges who had taken it upon themselves to execute criminals that the law could not legitimately touch. The truth about these crimes was suppressed, and the public told that Ramos was simply being moved to a new posting off-world.[90]


One of the four cadets involved in the "Hunting Party" storyline,[91] Renga had briefly worked undercover in a juve gang for Wally Squad; the experiences left him disgruntled and antisocial as well as sporting a gang tattoo (which was later removed). His attitude caused him to clash with Dredd while on a mission to locate the source of Dr. Bolt's Dune Sharks. After a disastrous attempt to 'save' a Cursed Earth girl from a ritual (which meant the end of her community), it appeared that he was going to be expelled from the Academy. However, he distinguished himself when he was part of a group of Judges that was temporarily thrown back in time to Erie, Indiana during the start of the Atomic Wars, as well as in the final clash against the Dune Sharks, and so Dredd gave him a second chance.

After he graduated from the Academy, he was personally chosen by Dredd to assist in the Fargo mission in "Origins."[92] He also appeared in the story "The Scorpion Dance".[93]


Rico is a street judge cloned from the same DNA as Dredd. Since Judges Joe Dredd and Rico Dredd were cloned from the DNA of Chief Judge Fargo in 2066, at least eight further clones of the Fargo bloodline have been produced by the Mega-City One Justice Department.[94] The first of these to graduate from the Academy of Law was given his final street assessment by Joe Dredd in 2122. His original name was Dredd, so to avoid complication at dispatch, on receiving his full eagle the clone took the surname Rico, in honour of the late Rico Dredd.[95] He has no first name.[96] During his first five years as a cadet, he had been in the Texas City academy of law, before returning to Mega-City One.

After a short period with the traffic division, Rico was assigned to Sector 108, where he overcame his colleagues' resentment at his ancestry and hardline attitude, and proved himself to be a brave and resourceful judge.[97] He has a strong bond with his clone brother Joe Dredd (although Dredd is old enough to be his father), and when the older man's living quarters were moved to the Grand Hall of Justice, Rico took over his apartment in Rowdy Yates Block.[98]

While serving in Sector 108 Rico had to have one of his lungs replaced with an artificial one following an injury in the line of duty.[99] Later he suffered a gunshot wound to the jaw, but has since had this replaced with a synthetic copy.[100]

When Mega-City One's mutant citizens were exiled to townships in the Cursed Earth, Rico was one of the judges sent to supervise them, under Dredd's command. When Dredd returned to the city he left Rico in charge.[101] Rico led a contingent of mutant volunteers back to the city to help rebuild it following the disastrous events of the story Day of Chaos.[102][103]


Judge Roake was a veteran Judge to whom Judge Beeny was assigned after graduation. Dredd considered him to be "steady, knew his limitations", and therefore a good partner to temper Beeny. Together, Roake and Beeny investigated and solved a series of PJ Maybe copycat killings.[104] They worked together for the next four years and became close friends. Dredd brought them in to help investigate a Soviet terrorist plot, which led to Roake's death when he tracked down a sleeper agent and was ambushed. Roake was able to alert other Judges but died before help came, leaving Beeny distraught but determined to continue the mission. She saw his body to Resyk.[105]


Judge Roffman[106] works in the Public Surveillance Unit. He originally served in the SJS in Sector 301, but was transferred to Street Division in Sector 303 after bugging his superior officer's office. Due to his inexperience he bungled a raid and inadvertently discharged his weapon, shooting and wounding another judge. Suspended from duty, his efforts to make amends (again by spying on his new commanding officer) backfired and almost resulted in the end of his career.[107] Instead Judge Edgar, head of PSU, recognised that his suspicious and devious character made him ideally suited to surveillance work, and she recruited him.[108]

He flourished in his new role, and continues to assist Judge Dredd in investigations, including tracking a possible rogue judge in Sector House and carrying out spy work in Lawcon. He was also forcibly teamed up with Galen DeMarco during the Second Robot War, showing cowardice and amorality much to Galen's disgust. These flaws would later save the day at Lawcon, which was undergoing infiltration by shape-shifting genocidal aliens: when the infiltrators tried to draw him into a trap by calling for help, Roffman (unlike other law enforcers) simply ignored them, leaving him free and able to help expose the infiltration to Dredd later.

He distinguished himself years later in the search for the members of the Total War terrorism organisation when they began detonating nuclear bombs around the city.[109] Most of his appearances since then have shown him working remotely from PSU.

Roffman was severely injured in 2134 when his office in PSU headquarters was destroyed during the story Day of Chaos (2012),[110] losing both his legs and his sphincter, which required artificial and clone-grown replacements. Dredd was quietly angry that Roffman had been moved to the head of the queue when hundreds of other judges were allowed to rot in hospital. Despite his feelings, in The Cold Deck he turned to Roffman for help in finding stolen Justice Department data, without telling him what it was. Roffman was left horrified when he learnt it was a gold clearance file and that Dredd had failed to stop it being transferred,[111] and after he discovered the file contained a list of undercover judges, he reported it to Bachmann as it was "too big" to leave to Dredd.


Judge Sanchez was a newly graduated Judge when Mr. Bones released the Incubus on Mega-City One. She fought alongside Dredd and Judge Giant in the defence of the Grand Hall of Justice but it appeared the strain would break her. However, the various perils (including being impregnated by the Incubus) helped mould her into a strong judge. Consequently, she was chosen as one of the team assisting Dredd in his mission to rescue Chief Judge Fargo from his kidnappers in the Cursed Earth (in the story "Origins"). She states during this time that she is not sure she agrees with the Justice Department's policy of celibacy for Judges.[volume & issue needed]


Judge Shenker became head of Psi Division in 2108, and was at the same time appointed to the Council of Five by outgoing Chief Judge McGruder. In 2122 he was dismissed from the Council by Chief Judge Hershey because of the disappointing performance of his division, but he remains head of the division to this day.


Judge Thomas Silver was chief judge of Mega-City One between 2108 and 2112.

He began his career as a street judge, serving during the Atomic War and the Second American Civil War. To his later shame, in the early 2070s he was one of the many judges who agreed with Morton Judd's ideas of genetically altering the citizens to be more docile.[112] In 2096 he was wounded in action and compelled to retire from active service. He became principal lecturer in Applied Violence at the Academy of Law.[61]

In 2108 Chief Judge McGruder resigned and left the city on the Long Walk. One of her final acts as chief judge was to appoint Silver to the Council of Five, the city's highest legislature. The Council unanimously chose Silver for the highest office.[61]

Silver quickly proved to be the most right-wing, hardline chief judge the city had ever seen. In 2109 he ordered a crack-down on the Democracy movement (a loose affiliation of organisations dedicated to democratic reform ever since the Justice Department usurped the elected government of the United States in 2070), putting Judge Dredd in personal charge of a secret campaign to smear the protest groups' leaders and to sabotage their efforts at peaceful demonstration. Undercover judges placed among the protesters turned a peaceful protest march into a violent riot, giving Dredd the excuse he needed to attack the march with riot squads and make mass arrests. Silver used the ensuing massacre as an example of the dangers of democracy and the need for the iron rule of the judges. Armed with this excuse to tighten control, he took every opportunity to do so.[113]

Dredd's own responsibility for the deaths at the march, and the corrupt way in which the law had been enforced fed his doubts about the integrity of the system to which he had belonged since birth. When in 2112 a young boy was brutally murdered by a man who had been brain-damaged by a judge during the Democratic March, Dredd's reservations came to a head and he tendered his resignation and took the Long Walk himself.[114] Silver reacted by ordering a news blackout on Dredd's resignation, and covered it up by going so far as to replace Dredd with an imposter, Judge Kraken, a clone from the same DNA as Dredd.[115] Silver believed that Dredd had become such an important figure of law-enforcement in the public mind that his departure, if it became known, would incite an intolerable increase in crime.

Silver's judgement proved to be fatal, as only weeks later Kraken's loyalty was turned against the city, precipitating a catastrophe which resulted in the whole city falling under enemy occupation with the loss of 60 million lives. (See main article Necropolis.) Silver despaired recovering the situation and fled the command centre in Mega-City One's darkest hour of need. He attempted to commit suicide but botched the job, and was captured alive. He was murdered by Judge Death and then reanimated as a zombie, but with all his mental faculties intact so that he could be tormented endlessly while his city was systematically extinguished of all life.[116]

So ended Silver's life, but not his undeath. When Dredd returned to rescue his city, Silver again fled and hid, fearing that in his undead state he would be summarily destroyed by the survivors of the disaster. Only when several months had passed did he dare to return to the city. On arriving once more in his Grand Hall of Justice in 2113, he discovered that in his absence his predecessor, McGruder, had reclaimed her office. He challenged her right to be chief judge, pointing out that she had resigned as chief judge whereas he had not. McGruder retorted that Silver was medically dead. However, since McGruder had dissolved the Council of Five there was no recognised authority with the power to decide the issue. The constitutional crisis was finally resolved when both litigants agreed to abide by Judge Dredd's verdict. Dredd actually ruled in Silver's favour, but then convicted him of gross dereliction of duty for deserting his command in time of war. Dredd executed Silver and McGruder became chief judge by default. Silver's incinerated remains were unceremoniously swept away by a cleaner, a truly ignoble end for a head of state.[117] Silver's ghost haunts the Grand Hall of Justice.[118]


Judge Smiley was appointed head of a special "black operations" unit by Chief Judge Griffin in 2101, after Judge Cal's reign of terror. His role was to work in the background as "a judge to judge the judges who judge the judges," to protect the city from a future coup d'etat by another corrupt judge like Cal.[119] One of his missions drove Judge Frank insane; Smiley arranged for him to be transferred to Wally Squad.[120] He was also responsible for gathering a squad of rogue ex-judges for various operations,[121] including agent Miss Anne Thrope: she was used to manipulate undercover judge Jack Point into working for Smiley, and tried to explicitly recruit him as an agent.

After the "Judgement Day" conflict in 2114, Smiley disappeared and was presumed dead, Judge Bachmann duly replacing him as head of his unit. Smiley had actually moved into a secret psi-shielded office hidden in the Grand Hall of Justice, where he remained out of sight for 20 years, covertly monitoring the Justice Department and waiting until he was needed. Eventually the threat he had been preparing for turned out to be Bachmann herself, who in 2134 plotted to seize control of the city. Smiley recruited a team of judges to investigate her – a team so secretive that to prevent their discovery Smiley suppressed their memories of his existence and their objectives, using a post-hypnotic command to reawaken them when needed. They succeeded in defeating Bachmann, who was killed by Smiley himself. Both Hershey and Frank were angered by Smiley's tactics: Hershey because Smiley could have brought her on board at any time and deliberately left her out of the loop, and Frank because Smiley had deliberately let hundreds of people die in order to force Bachmann into the open. Hershey openly suggested that they had "swapped one problem for another".[122]

When Dredd was abducted in 2136, Smiley told Hershey she didn't need to worry about Dredd's safety; he seemed unconcerned about the impact on Justice Department of Dredd being seen to be defeated.[123]

The character Judge Smiley honours the John le Carré character George Smiley, an important supporting character and later central character in many of his post-war espionage stories.


Judge Hollins Solomon succeeded Judge Fargo as Chief Judge of the United States in 2051, and in the following year became Chief Judge of Mega-City One, when Mega-City Two and Texas City acquired their own chief judges for the first time. In 2058 he resigned and was succeeded by his deputy, Clarence Goodman (with whom he had served as joint deputy chief judge under Fargo). Instead of appointing a new deputy chief judge, Goodman appointed a Council of Five to advise him, and Solomon served on the Council from its inception until after the judges seized power from the president and Congress in 2070. In 2071 Solomon presided over the war crimes trial of President Bob Booth, sentencing him to 100 years in suspended animation so that a future generation could decide what to do with him. It is not known what became of Solomon after that, but he does not appear in Judge Dredd stories except in flashbacks in The Cursed Earth and Origins.


Judge Margaret Stalker was a female Judge (inconsistently drawn but often depicted as middle aged), who took over as Judge liaison on The Streets of Dan Francisco; she was appointed to Chief Judge Francisco's Council of Five as a reward.[44] She was a close ally of Francisco, and resigned from the Council when Judge Sinfield took control; she would later work to help Dredd mount an electoral challenge to Sinfield, overseeing his campaign ad, before rejoining the Council when Francisco returned.

Her department is unknown. As well as being involved in public relations, under Francisco she has undertaken financial reports on iso-cube savings – where she disturbed the other councillors by saying more killings by the Judges as the most logical way to save money.[124]

When the creator of the "Chaos virus" and his family were captured by Sov agents, the Strategic Defence Committee discussed whether to retrieve them or launch an air strike; Stalker was the only Committee member to argue that the family were innocent. She still voted for the air strike, but was left disturbed by the morality of it.[125] Once the virus reached the city anyway, Stalker was part of the decision to reveal all to the media so that public fear would keep people off the streets [126] and later part of the media appeal to convince the citizens that they were not intending to murder the infected.

She protested against the resignations of Francisco and Dredd after the virus burnt itself out. Dredd suggested she and the rest of the Council should also resign, to allow a returning Chief Judge Hershey to have a fresh start.[126] Stalker remained as part of Hershey's interim Council, where she advocated keeping Anatoli Kazan alive as they could not afford to lose a major strategic asset.[45]

When it came out that Justice Department were running 24/7 surveillance in all of the newly built city-blocks, Stalker tried and failed to defend the policy in a press conference.[127]


A Brit-Cit exchange cadet, Stark applied for full transfer to Mega-City One. He first appeared in The Hunting Party,[128] undergoing a hotdog run under Dredd and tracking down dune sharks; he showed himself to be a capable Judge and bonded with fellow cadet Renga. He would later be part of Dredd's team during the Second Robot War, helping liberate the city: it was his suggestion that they reprogram Narcos' Assassinator droids and use them against him.

When sent undercover to combat a block mafia in Shirley Temple Block, Stark was infected with Grubb's Disease by a mob boss - as was his partner, an old comrade of Stark's who he'd brought in on the operation. Driven mad by the death and the terminal infection, he killed himself to infect the mob boss. His body was returned to Brit-Cit.[129]


Judge Amy Steel was the sidekick of Dredd in David Bishop's Judge Dredd audios for Big Finish. An exchange Cadet from Brit-Cit, she was a competent and bright-minded young Judge, assisting Dredd in several cases including against Judge Death; during her rookie assessment, she destroyed the Frendz syndicate's hovership headquarters and took out its current boss. It was eventually revealed that her stepfather was infamous Brit-Cit gangster Harry Karter, who she believed had killed her father when she was a young child; in fact, it turned out she had (accidentally) killed him, and her mother had made a deal with Karter to erase this from her mind. While Karter was brought down, Amy Steel was psychologically damaged and turned in her Judge badge. Amy Steel was played by Claire Buckfield.[volume & issue needed]


Judge Vass is (or was) a senior judge and became a member of the Council of Five in 2132.[130]

During Day of Chaos, he clashed with General Poll over the fate of civilian hostages and found Poll's comments about street Judge ineffectiveness "uncalled for". Despite this, he voted in favour of air strikes that would doom the hostages.[131] When the Chaos Virus reached the city anyway, Vass proposed rounding up the first-stage infected, flying them to Cursed Earth burial pits on the pretence of taking them to a medical facility, and then killing them en route. Chief Judge Francisco condemned this as "monstrous" and refused to do it, but the proposal was leaked to the public[132] and caused a citywide uprising. Vass was left horrified by what he had inadvertently caused and resigned, returning to the streets.[133] It is not known whether he survived.


Chief Judge Hadrian Volt was chief judge from 2116 to 2121. He first appeared in prog 917 (1994) in a story by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra.

Volt became a street judge in 2096 and fought in the First Robot War and the Apocalypse War. He later served in the Special Judicial Squad and in the Aliens Bureau. In 2114 he was promoted to chief of Sector 53, where his outstanding administrative ability and judgement reduced violent crime in his sector to the second lowest level in the city.[134]

When Chief Judge McGruder resigned her office in 2116, there was no Council of Five to choose a new chief judge in the normal way, since she had dissolved the Council years earlier. Therefore she ordered that her successor be elected by the city's 400 Senior Judges. After careful consideration, Volt decided to stand as a candidate in this unprecedented election, and polled a clear majority of the votes (208), defeating three other candidates, including Judge Dredd himself. (Ironically most people had believed that Dredd would win, but – as Dredd himself observed – he had annoyed too many judges over the years. Dredd even voted for Volt himself!)[135]

Volt immediately set about instituting significant constitutional reforms. He reinstated the Council and permanently established the new system of electing chief judges. In 2117 he restored the obsolete office of Mayor of Mega-City One and created a council of elected citizens to give the people more say in how they were governed (although ultimate power continued to reside with the Justice Department).[136] He also established a policy of encouraging the judges to foster better relations with the community.[137]

He was also the author of two books: Riding the Apocalypse, a history of the Apocalypse War,[138] and Just Justice, setting out his ideas for legal and political reforms.[137]

In many ways Volt proved to be an outstanding chief judge. But when the city was overrun in the Second Robot War of 2121 he blamed himself for having failed to do enough to prevent it. Even when the war was ultimately won, the burden of personal responsibility weighed too heavily on his mind for him to bear. He waited until the bitter end, and then at the moment of victory he shot himself.[139]

But the general public would never be told the truth. Acting Chief Judge Hershey decided that in the aftermath of such a cataclysmic conflict the Judges' interests required a more heroic death for their fallen leader. The Public Deception Unit therefore set about concocting a false story in which Volt had died valiantly in combat, and fabricated the evidence to prove it.[138]

Volt was the perfect Judge to reform the Justice System which under his two predecessors had become badly corrupt and damaged.[135] Ultimately however he simply was not up to the job of wartime leader. This has however been true of many chief judges, with power usually passing to Dredd in times of crisis, as seen for example in the Apocalypse War and Necropolis.

Volt was succeeded by Deputy Chief Judge Hershey, who was elected chief judge in her own right in early 2122.

Other Judges[edit]


A judge in the Sydney-Melbourne Conurb, Judge Lenny Bruce was Dredd's liaison and partner when Dredd came to Australia on the trail of both the Judda and Chopper in 2110. Bruce was a highly laid-back officer, stunned a bit by his American counterpart's more brutal methods. He eventually tired of Dredd's obsession with catching Chopper, who had broken no Oz laws, and snapped at him and overrode Dredd's authority, allowing Chopper safe passage.[140] Later, when StigCorp was targeting Chopper, the skysurfer tried to contact Bruce for aid – the judge was transferred to Chunder Range before that could happen.

When Judgement Day broke out in 2114, Judge Bruce both battled the zombies in Oz and later died as part of the multi-national Judge force sent to end the crisis.[141] Before his death, he showed friendly relations with both Judge-Sergeant Joyce and Johnny Alpha. His first name was revealed during the Judgement Day serial.

Bulgarin and Kazan[edit]

Supreme Judge Bulgarin was ruler of East Meg One until the Apocalypse War. He delegated the invasion of Mega-City One to his most trusted general, War Marshal Kazan. However Bulgarin's confidence was misplaced as Kazan assassinated him and took his place. Kazan was executed by Dredd at the end of the war.[142]


Judge-Sergeant Charlie Joyce is an Irish Judge. He has a wife and son; Murphyville having a more liberal approach to its Judge Militia than other mega-cities.

He partnered with Dredd when Dredd was sent to Ireland to extradite a suspect in 2113, with his laidback approach to law enforcement and fondness for drink annoying the Mega-City Judge; for his part, he tried to get Dredd to relax. While skilled in combat, Joyce was left horrified when the Sons of Erin dissidents, under guidance from a Mega-City mob blitzer, launched a brutal terrorist attack: "I'd have never believed it."[143]

In the following year, during the Judgement Day crisis, he defended Murphyville from zombie hordes. He was supposed to accompany Dredd on a suicide mission to kill the necromagus Sabbat, and cheerfully backed Dredd as the best candidate for leading the mission, but he was knocked unconscious and replaced by Johnny Alpha. He saw out the crisis in Hondo City instead, fighting in the last battle at Hondo's walls.

He was sent on a hazardous extradition assignment to Mega-City One soon after. After trying to put up with the more violent city and Dredd and Hershey's unfriendly attitude, he was seriously wounded and finally snapped at Dredd: on his way back home, he told him "you can stick your Mega-City."[144] The 2135-set story "New Tricks" implies that Joyce has since died. His son Fintan Joyce became a Judge as well, starting in 2132. Fintan had grown up wanting to be a Mega-City One Judge and in 2135, he was transferred to the American city (severely lacking in Judges after Chaos Day). Despite his courage, he had trouble adjusting.[145]

Anatoli Kazan[edit]

Anatoli Kazan is the crippled clone son of War Marshal Kazan. He was originally a cadet of East Meg Two and was a thorn in Judge Dredd's side, attacking him through his niece Vienna. He later defected to Mega-City One where he offered to help Defence Division.[146] Dredd was highly suspicious of Kazan's true motives and persuaded the Chief Judge not to trust him, but the Council of Five overruled them and voted to employ Kazan (under strict supervision). Kazan's advice and inside information led to Mega-City One's regime change action in Ciudad Barranquilla, in order to prevent a Sov attempt to do the same; Kazan was drawn looking sinister at the end of the story, suggesting a deeper agenda to his actions.[147]

Kazan seemed likely to become a significant villain in future stories by writer Gordon Rennie, until Rennie announced his retirement from writing comics in 2008.[148] In 2012 writer Al Ewing brought the character back,[45] in a story described by the editor as a prelude to coming events. (In this story, Kazan remarked "and here I thought you'd forgotten me")

Following the events of the Day of Chaos, Dredd advocated killing Kazan: he found it suspicious that "the one time you don't have info on the Sovs is when they're about to hit us". Kazan denied this, pointing out he'd been cut off from the Sovs for the last seven years and would have outdated intelligence. He also showed he had outside sources and knew that the Council of Five was being reorganised, and felt the new Undercover Operations regime would be keeping him alive.[149]

Kazan was assassinated on the orders of Judge Smiley in 2140.[150]

'Timbo' Parkerston-Trant[edit]

Detective Judge Timothy Parkerston-Trant was an upper-class Judge on track to making senior rank, who - after the death of the Star Chamber - is one of the few such men not purged from Senior Judge ranks as he's got actual detective skill. His great-uncle "Fluffy" was a member of the Council of the Star Chamber. Nobody wanted to work with him due to his overbearingly cheery nature, until Armitage took him as a partner out of desperation; he asks everyone to call him Timbo, but only Armitage and Treasure Steel actually do.

Treasure Steel[edit]

A Detective-Judge in Brit-Cit, Steel is a long term partner of Armitage and her first task as a rookie was to apprentice with him. She has much the same views on her job and the city as Armitage, though unlike him she possesses a home life with her wife Terri and their son.

She was actually created and programmed as a 'sleeper' assassin at a secret facility in the Manchester ruins, with false memory implants. The memory wipe began to break down in 2131, causing her to start thinking she'd grown up in an orphanage in Manchester (something that everyone knew could not be possible) and become more violent, causing her to be committed to a psychiatric ward for a time. According to Armitage, she was terminated from the project and farmed out to Justice Department instead of being sold to the criminal Overlords, but she is not entirely sure he was telling her the truth.[151]

As well as appearing in the Armitage comic series in the Judge Dredd Megazine, Steel has also appeared in three novels by Dave Stone: Deathmasques (Virgin Books, 1993), The Medusa Seed (Virgin, 1994) and Psykogeddon (Black Flame, 2006).


Don Uggie Apelino[edit]

Don Uggie Apelino was a genetically altered intelligent ape who encountered Dredd several times - first during a gang war[volume & issue needed], and later after a foiled attempt to have Dredd assassinated[volume & issue needed]. After the Apocalypse War, radiation regressed his intelligence to that of a normal ape, whereupon he led a group of insane and brutal apes in the Cursed Earth. Dredd followed a regressed Fast Eeek, and executed the gang - including Apelino - as a danger to Mega City residents.[152]

In the IDW Publishing 2013 series "Mars Attacks Judge Dredd", Apelino features with his intelligence intact as a major character in the plot - initially the leader of a mafia syndicate in sector 301, then later assisting Dredd and Anderson in the fight against the Martians once his gang has been eliminated. (IDW's stories are not necessarily on the same canon as 2000 AD's.)

Apelino was often accompanied by his two henchmen Fast Eeek and Joe Bananas.

Bella Bagley[edit]

Bella Bagley was an unlucky-in-love woman who fell in love with Dredd. When he rejected her advances she became insane and had to be incarcerated in the psycho-cubes. Escaping twice, on the second occasion she finally decided to kill Dredd in a fit of jealousy and was shot dead.[153]

Mr Bones[edit]

Mr Bones (original name Dan Riboshevsky) was born in Mega-City One in 2084. Routine scanning showed he had a genetic predisposition for evil and he was expelled from the city to live with other mutants in the Cursed Earth. He returned and entered the Undercity to raise an army,[154] but when this was foiled he returned with an even more deadly threat – the Xenomorph. He came across them when he left the Cursed Earth for a career as a space pirate[volume & issue needed]. It is their acid blood which disfigured him and he died when they turned on him.

President Robert L. Booth[edit]

President Robert Linus Booth or Bad Bob Booth was the last president of the United States.

Booth was governor of Texas City, America's third mega-city, and then in 2060 he was elected vice president, with President Harvisson. He became president during Harvisson's second term, and rigged the 2068 election to become president in his own right, murdering an aide who was about to implicate him. In 2070 he started a nuclear world war, which defeated the planet, and most of Anerica outside its three mega-cities became an irradiated wasteland populated by mutants and bandits, the "Cursed Earth." As a result, the president and Congress were overthrown, democratic government was abolished (except at the municipal level), and each mega-city became an independent city state ruled by its unelected chief judge.

After a bloody civil war in which over 100,000 soldiers and street judges lost their lives, Booth was captured and put on trial in 2071. The presiding judge, Judge Solomon, was reluctant to execute the last US president, so he sentenced him to 100 years in suspended animation in the deepest vault in Fort Knox, so that a future generation could decide what to do with him.

In 2100 Booth's suspended animation was interrupted, and Judge Dredd re-sentenced Booth to hard labour for life on a farm in the Cursed Earth. However Booth raised an army of mutants, the New Mutant Army, intending to overthrow the Judges and become president again. When Dredd was sent to deal with him, he captured Dredd and put him on trial for treason against the United States (although Dredd had been a child in 2070, he had participated in the Judges' assault on the White House). Dredd escaped and used Booth as a human shield, but Booth's men – underpaid and demoralised – opened fire anyway, reasoning that if they wanted another president then they could always elect one.


Colonel Yevgeny Borisenko was the mastermind of a plan to destroy Mega-City One in 2134, in the story Day of Chaos (2011–12). He succeeded in wiping out seven eighths of the population by infecting them with a deadly biological weapon. He was a soldier of East-Meg One who had survived the Apocalypse War in 2104, but had been blinded by the flash of the nuclear detonation which destroyed his home city, and had harboured a desire for vengeance ever since. He was captured by Judge Dredd but murdered by one of his sleeper agents during interrogation, after living for long enough to see his plan succeed.[155]


Call-Me-Kenneth was a robot who appointed himself as leader of all rogue robots during the First Robot War. Kenneth was a carpentry droid driven to rebel by his poor treatment by his owner. Kenneth, equipped with a chainsaw, attacked a number of humans and nearly killed Dredd before being disabled.[156] The Judges then had Kenneth rebuilt, so that scientists could determine what made him break the laws of robotics. Drawn by Ron Turner (the original version was designed by Carlos Ezquerra), this version is more human like and is equipped with a large drill and a third eye. Accidentally reactivated he instead went on the rampage again and raised a whole army of robots to take over the city. His army was defeated when Walter the Wobot sabotaged the robot factory, producing robots loyal to the Judges, which destroyed the factory. The remaining robots were short-circuited when Dredd used Weather Control to make a lightning storm, and Dredd then hunted down Kenneth himself.[157]

The Creep[edit]

The Creep is an apparently immortal mutant living in the Undercity (the remains of old New York City).[158]

He is a brilliant but strange maniac able to morph his face and body into every terror imaginable. He takes great delight in torturing those who come from the Mega City down into the Undercity who disturb his playground of horrors. On one occasion The Creep tortured a hunting party that descends to the Undercity. An example of his bizarre behaviour was transplanting the head of one of the members on to the neck of his pet crocodile Yorkie.[volume & issue needed]

During Necropolis The Creep left the undercity and met the four Dark Judges. Judge Fire burned the Creep alive. Judge Fear stared into his face and Judge Mortis touched his flesh, all to no avail. In the end the quartet fled this invincible monster,[volume & issue needed] and he has not been heard of since.

Vitus Dance[edit]

Vitus Dance was a freelance assassin from the Cursed Earth. He had psionic powers, including pyrokinesis (the ability to set fires with his mind), levitation, and the power to control the minds of others. The strength of his powers was amplified by scorpion poison, and he carried two pet scorpions with him to sting him when necessary. In 2117 Dance was hired by mob boss Nero Narcos to kill an informer in judicial custody, a task which he accomplished by allowing himself to be arrested to get close enough to his victim, and then escaping. He was caught by Judges Dredd and Castillo, and served four years in solitary confinement, during which time he became insane. He escaped by faking his own death and then breaking out of the ambulance taking him to the morgue. Narcos still hoped to use him, but Dance tried to take over his mind. Narcos escaped and betrayed Dance to the Judges, who eventually killed him after many of them were slain.[159]

Dark Judges[edit]

The Dark Judges are four undead judges from another dimension, known as Deadworld. Centuries ago the judges of what was to become Deadworld decided that since all crime is committed by the living, then life itself should be made illegal. They then set about executing everyone in the world, until only four Dark Judges were left: Judge Death, Judge Fire, Judge Fear and Judge Mortis. They were made undead by two witches, Phobia and Nausea, the Sisters of Death, who became undead themselves. Eventually acquiring the technology to travel to other dimensions, they came to Earth and attacked Mega-City One. They have been defeated by Judges Dredd and Anderson several times, but each time only after inflicting great loss of life, most notably in 2112 when they killed 60 million citizens and thousands of judges.

Efil Drago San[edit]

Created by Dave Stone, Efil Drago San is a notorious and bloodthirsty crime lord. He was born on Puerto Luminae, a lunar colony that refused to buy into the Justice System and faced a heavy trade embargo as a consequence - as a result, starvation and poverty ensued and Drago San ended up developing a taste for killing.[160] He used to operate as a crime lord in Brit-Cit, where he controlled many corrupt high-ranking Judges and developed a nemesis in Detective-Judge Armitage. Armitage crippled him, forcing him to use a hoverpod to remain mobile; in revenge, Drago San murdered the Judge's wife. Afterwards, they operated under a principle that if Armitage ever harmed Drago San, a large number of innocent people would be killed in response.[161]

In the Big Finish 2000 AD audio dramas, Drago San fled to Mega-City One and ran afoul of Judge Dredd after setting up the ultraviolent snuff sport The Killing Zone. Following this, he fled off-world but was finally apprehended in the Boranos System by Dredd. Due to the global nature of his crimes, in the book Psykogeddon he was put on trial – but he escaped, killing Brit-Cit's Star Chamber ruling body as he went, and his whereabouts are unknown. He has operations in Brit-Cit still, run by an agent called Ms Frobisher, as shown in Megazine #269.

In the audios, Drago San is voiced by Stephen Greif.

Trapper Hag[edit]

Trapper Hag is an alien bounty hunter who came to Mega-City One in search of Sancho Burr, Ruggly Kelp and Jacob "Retro" Jones, three perps who destroyed half a city to crack a bank on Signus 11. After taking these three prisoner, Hag killed several Judges attempting to stop him and went after Charlie Wateredge, whose grandfather committed offences on the Planet Einslag- a planet on which guilt extends to the third generation. Judge Dredd boarded Hag's space ship and captured the bounty hunter and, in a rare act of leniency, spared his life.[162]

After several years in captivity Hag escaped when his Iso-Block was breached during the Second Robot War in 2121. Dredd hunted him down and defeated him once more.[163]

Hester Hyman[edit]

Hester Hyman was an ordinary wife and mother who became so despairing of life under the tyranny of the Judges that she turned to terrorism to raise publicity for the cause of democratic reform. Her death at Dredd's hands spurred many ordinary citizens to campaign for democracy.[164]

Morton Judd[edit]

Judge Morton Judd was the genetic scientist who in 2066 created Judge Dredd from the DNA of former chief judge Fargo. Around that time, he was appointed to the Council of Five (which was then only an advisory body to the chief judge). In 2070 he attempted to assassinate Fargo, but he was arrested and sentenced to death. He was rescued by his accomplices, and fled to an unknown location, which forty years later was discovered to be Ayer's Rock in Australia, where he had built a base. There he had created an army of clones, called the Judda, with which he attempted to seize control of Mega-City One. His plot was uncovered by Judge Dredd, and Judd and most of the Judda were killed when Dredd destroyed his base with a nuclear bomb.

Some of the Judda who had attacked Mega-City One were taken prisoner; most of them were executed, but one was spared: Kraken.


Kraken was originally one of Morton Judd's clone soldiers, the Judda. He was a clone of Judge Fargo, Judge Dredd's clone father, and therefore identical to Dredd, although decades younger. When Judd was defeated and Kraken was taken captive, instead of executing him Chief Judge Silver decided to groom Kraken to replace Dredd one day, and so Kraken became a cadet at the Academy of Law. At first Kraken only pretended to go along with this, secretly intending to remain loyal to Judd, but in time his allegiance shifted to match appearances.

On graduating from the Academy in 2112, Kraken's final assessment was supervised by Dredd himself. Despite Kraken's flawless performance, Dredd failed him anyway, saying "a leopard can't change his spots – not this one, anyway." Although Kraken had no right of appeal and Dredd's word was supposedly final, Silver secretly overruled Dredd and set a final test of loyalty for Kraken. Kraken was sentenced to death for his part in Judd's crimes, and given the opportunity to escape. When instead Kraken administered the lethal injection himself – actually a harmless anesthetic, unknown to him – Silver pardoned him and made him a judge. But he was not to be Judge Kraken. As Dredd had resigned and left the city, Silver covered up Dredd's departure and ordered Kraken to impersonate him. For more than a dozen episodes of Judge Dredd after that, the lead character of the strip was actually Kraken, wearing Dredd's badge.

Silver's plan was disastrous. When the Sisters of Death (beings with tremendous psychic powers) prepared to attack Mega-City One, they targeted Dredd first, but on finding out who he really was, they exploited Kraken's past as an enemy of the city and successfully brainwashed him into becoming their instrument of destruction. Under the Sisters' malign influence, Kraken rescued their brothers, the immortal Dark Judges, who took over the city and began slaughtering everyone (including Silver). Kraken became a Dark Judge himself (albeit a mortal one). He was only freed when Dredd returned to the city and banished the Sisters of Death (see Judge Kit Agee); by then 60 million people had been killed. Kraken, once again in control of his faculties, submitted peacefully to execution by Dredd.

Nero Narcos[edit]

Nero Narcos was the leader of the criminal syndicate called the Frendz, who was a recurring villain in late-1990s Judge Dredd stories. He was responsible for employing Vitus Dance and Orlok to assassinate a rival criminal, and instigating the Second Robot War.

In the story The Doomsday Scenario, Narcos sabotaged a new batch of upgraded lawgivers by programming them to self-destruct when used by their authorized users (once they received a radio signal, so the rogue command took effect in all weapons simultaneously). This resulted in large numbers of judges being crippled or killed at the precise moment they were attacked by Narcos's Assassinator robots at the beginning of the Second Robot War in 2121. Nero Narcos was swiftly able to conquer Mega-City One and drive the Judges underground, but once he had the city conquered he found himself unable to actually run it. After a team led by Judge Dredd, with assistance from Brit-Cit, were able to cripple his robotic army, Narcos was defeated and executed.[volume & issue needed]

Chief Judge Oswin[edit]

Pamela Oswin became Texas City's chief judge in 2137. When Brit Cit abandoned Mega City One and demanded Dredd's extradition over the Murphyville Spaceport massacre,[165] Chief Judge Hershey turned to Oswin for help. She quickly arrived and brought a large number of her judges to act a reinforcements for Mega City One's diminished numbers. She quickly had her judges placed in strategic locations throughout the city (missile defence, immigration, Grand Hall security). It shortly became apparent that she did not want to help Hershey but usurp her, and then covertly take full control of the city. Her plan was to rebuild America in her own image, where mutants would be persecuted even more, if not completely wiped out (her rallying cry was even "The South shall rise again"). Her plans were foiled when Dredd escaped from Brit Cit and, with the help of some loyal judges, was able to storm the Hall of Justice and kill her.[166]

Oswin's Council of Five later disowned her, claiming that they had no idea what she had really been doing. Hershey and Dredd did not believe this but there was little they could do about it militarily. However Hershey was able to blackmail and force the Texans into making one of her own judges their new chief judge.[167]

Oswin's story was told in a story arc composed of five stories and collectively known as "Every Empire Falls" in 2000 AD #1973–1990 and Judge Dredd Megazine #371–374 (2016), written by Michael Carroll.


Raptaur is the name of a deadly species of alien. They can dismember people in seconds with razor-sharp claws, and their preferred food is human brains. They can create a psi-fog at will and also secrete a toxin which saps the will to live and encourages their prey to submit without resistance; several Raptaurs were "milked" for this toxin to create a drug.[168] Dredd encountered and eventually killed one in 2113.[169] Jack Point has owned two as pets (Cliq and Larf), and describes them as both "harder than a diamond on PCP" and being more dangerous than the xenomorphs Mr Bones found.[volume & issue needed]

Sabbat the Necromagus[edit]

Sabbat was the villain in the story "Judgement Day". He started the Fourth World War and tried to kill everyone in the world.[170]

Jacob Sardini[edit]

Jacob Sardini[171] was a taxidermist who stuffed dead human bodies. Among those he stuffed were the Yess family. In 2109 he had an encounter with Judge Dredd when he was forced to stuff the bodies of some gangsters who had been shot in a mob war, and then had to secretly dispose of the bodies when his client was killed by the Judges.[172]

Several years later, he represented Mega-City One in the 2116 Nepal Olympics, where he won the gold medal in the taxidermy event.[173] He is one of the very, very few criminals in the comic strip to escape detection by Judge Dredd. He died of a heart attack in 2120 after being robbed.[174]


Judge Martin Sinfield orchestrated the removal of Chief Judge Hershey from office in a recall election, replacing her with Judge Dan Francisco. Francisco appointed Sinfield deputy chief judge, in which capacity Sinfield posted Judge Dredd to an assignment in the Cursed Earth. Sinfield then drugged Francisco with a mind-control drug and ordered him to resign. Sinfield's coup was eventually discovered by Judges Dredd, Logan and Buell, and he was deposed by the Council of Five and sentenced to 20 years' hard labour in the prison on Titan.

After a mass breakout from Titan eventually resulted in the deaths of almost all concerned, Sinfield was the sole survivor. He was captured by East-Meg Two for interrogation, and rescued by Dredd. He remains in the custody of Mega-City One.

Spikes Harvey Rotten[edit]

There have been two characters with this name:

  • The first was a biker who was killed in Mega-City One while attempting to win an illegal race.[175][176] He was not a noteworthy character.
  • The second was created by Pat Mills as a sidekick for Dredd in the 1978 story The Cursed Earth. He was also a biker and a criminal. Dredd had him paroled from custody to accompany him on his perilous mission across the Cursed Earth desert, as he was familiar with the territory from his days smuggling guns there. When all of the judges who accompanied Dredd were killed along the way, Spikes still fought by Dredd's side. He was killed only a short distance from Mega-City Two.[177]


Randolph Whitely, a.k.a. "Whitey" was the first perp to appear in the Judge Dredd strip, in 2000 AD prog 2. He murdered the first judge to appear in the strip, Judge Alvin, prompting Dredd to arrest him and sentence him to life on Devil's Island: a prison with no need for walls as it is located on a traffic island where the traffic never stops and attempting to cross the road means certain death.

Whitey was the first Judge Dredd villain to return in a sequel, when he escaped in #31. He also returned in the comic's tenth anniversary issue, #520. Dredd (at first having forgotten who Whitey was) killed him in his last appearance.

Whitey had a brother, who tried to rescue him, destroying the World Trade Center in the process (this story was published in 1977).[178]

Whitey also had a son, who tried to avenge his father 40 years after his arrest, but Dredd killed him. This story, "Forty Years of Hurt," appeared in 2000 AD's Free Comic Book Day issue in 2017.

Kenny Who?[edit]

Kenny Who?[179] is a comic artist from CalHab (Scotland), who was arrested by Dredd for assaulting comics editors who programmed a robot to imitate his style, without paying him. He first appeared in a 1986 story written as a satire on the then policy of British comics of not paying royalties to artists and writers.[180] After this policy was ended, he appeared in two comedy sequels.[181]

In his final appearance, he created a trashzine hero called The Hoolie who fought the corrupt Judges led by "Judge Dread"; unable to find a publisher, he turned to self-publishing and the trashzine became a massive hit. This led to him being arrested for defamation of the Judges and defended in an appeal by Public Defender 314; his conviction was overturned on technicalities, and he returned home to CalHab in triumph.

The question mark was part of his surname, which was a running joke each time someone asked him what his name was, when people would become confused and rephrase the question.


Blondel Dupre[edit]

Blondel Dupré was one of the leaders of the movement for restoring democracy in Mega-City One. She led the Democratic March of 2109 and the 2113 referendum campaign. After the first, she was arrested and was only released by Dredd in 2112 due to his crisis of faith over the methods he had used.

While Blondel campaigned against the Judges, she had developed some respect for Dredd after he had let her out and instigated a referendum on democracy. She also began to lose faith as a result of her struggle, wondering if she could succeed. When the vote was lost, she was convinced by Dredd that it was not a fix and was forced in public to tell him "you are the law" in front of her followers. She retired after losing the vote, no longer believing in the cause.[182]

Fargo Clan[edit]

The Fargo Clan are a family of mutants in the Cursed Earth, led by Randy Fargo. They are distant relatives of Judge Dredd, being descended from Ephram Fargo, the brother of Eustace Fargo, Dredd's clone father. Dredd was unaware of their existence until a chance encounter with them in the Cursed Earth in 2129, when they helped Dredd in an investigation.[183] When they tried to visit Dredd in Mega-City One later that year, Dredd was forced to turn them away due to the city's strict anti-mutant laws.[184] These experiences changed Dredd's hardline anti-mutant views, and led to Dredd securing the repeal of the anti-mutant laws in 2130. Later that year the Fargos were invited back to the city as guests of honour. During a tour of the city Jubal Fargo was accidentally killed while saving the life of a young child. The family returned to their abode in the Cursed Earth.[185]

The Grunwalder[edit]

The Grunwalder was a robot on the planet Xanadu, and the ruler of a kingdom of rogue robots. When Dredd abandoned the Judge Child there, the Grunwalder kept him as his slave, and used the child's psychic powers to take over the entire planet.[186] After the Judge Child was later executed, the Grunwalder cloned him, hoping to create another psychic to maintain his rule of the planet. But he got more than he bargained for when the clone mutated into a malevolent monster with enormous power, who threatened to destroy Mega-City One. When Dredd finally destroyed the Mutant, he also took the precaution of executing the Grunwalder as well.[187]

Mrs Gunderson[edit]

Mrs Gunderson[188] is an elderly, deaf and almost blind woman, who mainly appears in cameos to provide comic relief pertaining to her misinterpretations of what she hears people say or her failure to notice what is happening around her. Her introduction was "Young Death", the story of Judge Death's origin, in which she unknowingly was Death's landlady while he lay low hiding from the judges. Miraculously she survived the encounter.[189] Walter the Wobot presently serves as her house robot.


Maria[190] was Judge Dredd's maid who, along with Walter the Wobot, provided an early glimpse into Judge Dredd's homelife. (In early stories[volume & issue needed] she was described as Dredd's landlady, but this was later revised to maid[citation needed].) Written with a stereotyped Italian accent, the story Whatever Happened To Maria[191] would reveal she was not Italian at all but faking it for reasons unknown. After years of working for Dredd and even joining in the resistance in the Apocalypse War, she was kidnapped by Mean Machine Angel and his brother Fink, who mistook her for Dredd's wife, after which she resigned and vowed never to work for Dredd again. She became a homeless alcoholic. Maria died in 2126 and left all her money (revealed to be a sizeable amount despite her homelessness) to Dredd, which he promptly donated to several Mega-City One charities.[191]

Max Normal[edit]

Max Normal[192] was, for a while, Judge Dredd's best informant. In a city teeming with citizens dressed in unusual, eccentric or downright bizarre fashions, Max stood out for dressing conservatively in clothes which in the mid-20th century would have been perfectly normal: a pinstripe suit and a bowler hat, an umbrella, and a carnation in his buttonhole. In contrast to his looks, Max spoke in futuristic 'streetwise' slang and had many bizarre habits and affections. In Max's first appearance, Dredd expresses disgust at Max not dressing in "decent wild clothes" like everyone else and asks "why do you young people always have to be different?"[193]

He had refined tastes, eschewing water and only ever drinking "shampagne" (real champagne being illegal): this saved him from being affected by the Block Mania contagion which infected the city's water supply in 2104.[194] His one concession to 22nd-century living was his fondness for playing shuggy, an advanced version of billiards played on an uneven surface of hills and valleys. He stopped working for Dredd after criminals held him hostage in an attempt on Dredd's life.[volume & issue needed] Years later, he was used again as a hostage in an attempt on Dredd's life, this time by the Fighting Heart Kwoon.[195]

Normal has appeared outside the Judge Dredd series. He had his own title in the Judge Dredd Annuals from 1981 to 1984 and again in 1987 (all but the first and last collected in 2000 AD Extreme Edition #22),[196] in the 2014 "Xmas Mega Special" edition of 2000AD (nominally numbered as issue 2015) and once appeared in Middenface McNulty's eponymous series.[197] He made several appearances, once again providing Dredd with information, in Big Finish Productions's 2000AD audio dramas; he was voiced by Toby Longworth and has most recently appeared in Lenny Zero: "Zero's 7"[198] He had his own series in 2000AD progs 2125-2134 in 2019.

He was the model for the character of the businessman that appeared in the Doctor Who episode "Gridlock".[199][200] Max Normal was also the inspiration for rapper Watkin Tudor Jones' be-suited caricature in MaxNormal.TV, who performed in the guise of a motivational speaker at business presentations.[201]

Yassa Povey[edit]

Yassa was the main supporting character and narrator in the Judge Dredd spin-off series The Dead Man (1990). He was a child who lived in Bubbletown in the Cursed Earth. He discovered the amnesiac "Dead Man" (the lead character) injured and near death in the desert, and helped him discover his identity. During the Necropolis incident, his eyes were burned out by the Sisters of Death; as a thank-you for his assistance, Dredd personally arranged for Yassa to come to Mega-City One to receive bionic eyes, along with counselling from Psi-Judge Anderson to ease the psychic trauma that Phobia and Nausea caused him.

Public Defender 314[edit]

Although citizens in Mega-City One do not have trials, they are still permitted a right of appeal, and those who cannot afford human lawyers are assigned robots. Public Defender 314 is one of them. He has a malfunction which causes him to speak out loud parts of his internal monologue, which is used for comic effect in the stories he appears in.[202]


Satanus was a cloned Tyrannosaurus rex who attacked Dredd in "The Cursed Earth." Although Dredd believed Satanus to have been killed, he actually survived.[203] He has since appeared in non-Dredd stories such as Nemesis the Warlock, introduced in Book V: The Vengeance of Thoth.

Citizen Snork[edit]

James Fenemore Snork is a man with an unnaturally large nose. He is an occasionally recurring character used mostly for comic effect, but also illustrating the eccentric and bizarre nature of futuristic life in the 22nd century, where unemployment is almost universal and the bored citizens take up all manner of strange and extreme hobbies to entertain themselves. Snork deliberately grew his nose to gargantuan proportions (using growth hormones and other methods) to gain the largest nose in the city (population 400 million). This made him a target for assassination by various individuals, and at the height of his fame he had to be bodyguarded by Judge Dredd. In the final attempt on his life his original nose was severed and destroyed. He quickly had a nose transplant and won the 2108 Weirdy of the Year Show (and had to be protected from Normal Fringe hit squads).[204]

By 2128 his nose had been regrown or replaced, and was augmented with many pointless devices to increase its weirdness. He was now a celebrity with a line of merchandise, but was growing increasingly angered by how the "weirdie" scene was now full of people making artistic statements instead of just being weird. He spent a thirty-day stretch in the Cubes after his nose gained sentience and organised a campaign of terrorism against the art-oriented weirdies and critics.[205]


Tweak[206] was a furry alien who played a major role in "The Cursed Earth".

After humans arrived on his home planet, Tweak arranged for his people to go into hiding underground until he could gather more information about them. After utilising the power of mind probes he was able to determine that human history was littered with violence, exploitation and hatred - so, as President of his world, he decided that no contact should be made with the humans at all.

After his children were captured, Tweak decided to let himself be captured and posed as a 'dumb alien' rather than risk the humans exploiting the vast mineral resources of his planet - which Tweak's people ate - and leaving Tweak's race to starve. Convincing the humans he was unintelligent, Tweak and his family were sold into slavery in the Cursed Earth, although he was separated from them. After escaping and finding his family dead Tweak was recaptured but escaped again, thus the Slay-Riders were employed to kill him. Judge Dredd stepped in to save the alien, upon which Tweak helped him to deliver the 2T(FRU)T virus antidote to Mega-City Two. After the mission, Dredd arranged for Tweak to be returned to his home planet. Dredd insisted the planet was of no value, and Tweak's people were left in peace.[177]


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  2. Judge Castillo's profile on official 2000AD website
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  4. Judge Dredd Megazine vol. 3 #76-79
  5. Carroll, M. (2018) Judges: The Avalanche Abaddon Books, p. 57
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  7. 2000 AD #518
  8. 2000 AD #755
  9. 2000 AD #834
  10. "Purgatory," 2000 AD #834-831
  11. Judge Dekker profile
  12. Judge Dredd (all by John Wagner/Alan Grant and Kim Raymond):
    "Super Bowl" (in 2000 AD #370-371, 1984)
    "Bingo" (in 2000 AD #372, 1984)
    "The Making of a Judge" (in 2000 AD #373, 1984)
  13. Judge Dredd: "Muzak Killer" (by Garth Ennis and Dermot Power, in 2000 AD #746-748, 1991)
  14. Dread Dominion (Stephen Marley, May 1994 ISBN 0-352-32929-7 Search this book on Logo.png.)
  15. 2000 AD #1378-1381
  16. Judge Dredd Megazine 260: "Judge Dredd: Night School"
  17. 17.0 17.1 2000 AD #1802
  18. 2000 AD #1792-1796: "Judge Dredd: Debris"
  19. 2000 AD #1628
  20. 2000 AD #1649
  21. 2000 AD #1666–1667 and #2010
  22. 2000 AD #1674 and 1677
  23. 2000 AD #1789
  24. Prog 1799: "Innocence Part 2"
  25. Prog 1836
  26. Progs 2073-2074
  27. Alan Grant interview from January 2005 Archived 2006-05-16 at the Wayback Machine
  28. Judge Dredd: "Young Giant" (by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra, in 2000 AD #651-655, 1989)
  29. 2000 AD #688-693
  30. Judge Dredd: "Giant" (by John Wagner and Ian Gibson, in Judge Dredd Megazine vol. 2 no. 50-52, 1994)
  31. Judge Dredd Megazine vol. 2 no. 83
  32. Whatever Happened To...?: "John 'Giant' Clay", by Gordon Rennie and Rufus Dayglo, in Judge Dredd Megazine #216 (2004) (reprinted in supplement to Megazine #388).
  33. Megazine 2.11: "Reasons to the Cheerful"
  34. Prog 1049
  35. Progs 1050-61
  36. Judge Dredd Megazine vol. 2 #12-17, 37-43; 2000 AD #891-894
  37. Judge Dredd Megazine vol. 2 #37-43; 2000 AD #891-894
  38. Judge Dredd Megazine vol. 2 #57; 2000 AD #891-894; 904-915
  39. Judge Dredd Megazine vol. 3 #40, 52-55
  40. Prog 916: "The Candidates Part 1"
  41. 2000 AD #915-918; Judge Dredd Megazine vol. 3 #52-55; Batman vs. Judge Dredd: Die Laughing graphic novel (1998)
  42. 2000 AD #1271
  43. 2000 AD #1289-1299
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  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 2000 AD #1803
  46. List of Judge Janus stories at Barney
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  49. 2000AD progs 1640–1643; 2069
  50. 2000 AD #1535 and 1542, 2007
  51. 2000 AD #1689
  52. 2000 AD #1693
  53. 2000 AD #1782-83
  54. 2000 AD #2116
  55. 2000 AD #2115
  56. 2000 AD #2118
  57. 2000 AD #1809–1812
  58. Judge Dredd Megazine #336
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  60. 2000 AD #270
  61. 61.0 61.1 61.2 61.3 2000 AD #457
  62. 2000 AD #706
  63. 2000 AD #699
  64. 2000 AD #891
  65. 2000 AD #915
  66. Judge Dredd Megazine vol. 3 #9
  67. 2000 AD #1009
  68. 2000 AD #1167
  69. 2000 AD #1033; 1504
  70. Megazine vol. 3 #40, 52-55
  71. 2000 AD Prog 2008
  72. 2000 AD #1700
  73. 2000 AD #1798
  74. 2000 AD #387, 662-668, 775
  75. 2000 AD #387
  76. 2000 AD #1611
  77. 2000 AD #1636
  78. Judge Dredd Megazine #292
  79. 2000 AD #1720-21 and 1723
  80. 2000 AD #359-363
  81. 2000 AD #427
  82. 2000 AD #455
  83. 2000 AD #457
  84. 2000 AD #108, 201
  85. 2000 AD #89-108
  86. 2000 AD #201
  87. Judge Dredd: "Cry of the Werewolf" (by John Wagner/Alan Grant and Steve Dillon, in 2000 AD #322-328, 1983)
  88. Judge Dredd: "Out of the Undercity" (by John Wagner and Carl Critchlow, in 2000 AD #1313-1316, 2003)
  89. 2000 AD #970-999
  90. 2000 AD progs 1589-1595
  91. Details of the Hunting Party trade paperback, 2000 AD #1033-1049
  92. 2000 AD #1505
  93. Details of The Scorpion Dance trade paperback
  94. "Sector House," 2000 AD #1216
  95. "Blood Cadets," episode 3, 2000 AD #1188
  96. "Blood Cadets," episode 1, 2000 AD #1186
  97. "Sector House," 2000 AD #1215-1222
  98. "Leaving Rowdy," 2000 AD #1280
  99. "Sector House," 2000 AD #1222
  100. "Blood Trails," 2000 AD #1440-1449
  101. "Tour of Duty," 2000 AD #1656 and #1690
  102. "Day of Chaos," 2000 AD #1789
  103. Judge Rico's 2000 AD website profile
  104. 2000 AD progs 1569-1575
  105. 2000 AD #1773-74
  106. Judge Roffman's profile
  107. 2000 AD #1101-1110
  108. 2000 AD #1125
  109. 2000 AD #1408-1419
  110. 2000 AD #1775
  111. 2000 AD #1807
  112. 2000 AD # 560: "Oz Part 15"
  113. 2000 AD #531-533
  114. 2000 AD #661 and 668
  115. 2000 AD #668-671
  116. 2000 AD #700-701
  117. 2000 AD #733-735
  118. 2000 AD #735
  119. 2000 AD #1812
  120. 2000 AD #1809
  121. Judge Dredd Megazine #239
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  123. Megazine #348: "Rad To The Bone Part 2"
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  133. 2000 AD #1783
  134. 2000 AD #917
  135. 135.0 135.1 2000 AD #918
  136. 2000 AD #957
  137. 137.0 137.1 Judge Dredd Megazine vol. 3 #9
  138. 138.0 138.1 2000 AD #1167
  139. Judge Dredd Megazine vol. 3 #59
  140. "Oz" part 26, in 2000 AD #570
  141. Dredd Megazine vol. 2 #8
  142. 2000 AD #245-270
  143. "Emerald Isle", progs 727-734
  144. 2000 AD #808
  145. Prog 1850: "Judge Dredd: New Tricks Part One"
  146. 2000 AD #1466
  147. Judge Dredd Megazine 246-9, "Regime Change"
  148. Meet The Big Game Hunters, The Sunday Mail, May 11, 2008
  149. 2000 AD #1803
  150. 2000 AD 2104
  151. Megazine #285 - 290: "Armitage: The Mancunian Candidate"
  152. Law of the Jungle - 2000ad Annual 1983
  153. Bella Bagley's 2000 AD profile
  154. "Out of the Undercity," 2000 AD #1313–1316
  155. 2000 AD progs 1743-1789
  156. 2000 AD #9
  157. 2000 AD #10-17
  158. The Creep's profile
  159. 2000 AD #955-959, 1125-1132
  160. Judge Dredd: War Crimes audio drama by Stone
  161. Armitage: Influential Circles, Megazine 2.13
  162. 2000 AD #305-307
  163. 2000 AD #1165-1166
  164. 2000 AD #460, 531-533
  165. "Blood of Emeralds," 2000 AD #1934-1939
  166. 2000 AD #1973–1990 and Judge Dredd Megazine #371–373
  167. Megazine #374
  168. Megazine #221-223
  169. Megazine #1.11-1.17
  170. 2000 AD #786-799; Megazine vol. 2 #4-9
  171. Sardini's profile
  172. Judge Dredd: "The Taxidermist" (written by John Wagner and Alan Grant, art by Cam Kennedy (pencils) and Mark Farmer (inks), in 2000 AD #507-510, 1987)
  173. Return of the Taxidermist (written by John Wagner, art by Ian Gibson, in Judge Dredd Megazine #2.37 to 2.46, 1993)
  174. Judge Dredd: "Revenge of the Taxidermist" (written by John Wagner, art by Trevor Hairsine, in 2000 AD #1087-1089, 1998)
  175. 2000 AD #40-41
  176. Judge Dredd: The Mega-History (by Colin M. Jarman and Peter Acton, Lennard Publishing, 144 pages, 1995, ISBN 1-85291-128-X Search this book on Logo.png.) pp. 77 and 84
  177. 177.0 177.1 2000 AD #61-85
  178. 2000 AD 1978 Annual
  179. Kenny Who?'s profile
  180. 2000 AD #477-479
  181. Megazine vol. 1 #1-3; #228-229
  182. 2000 AD #531-533, 750-756
  183. 2000 AD #1511-12
  184. 2000 AD #1545
  185. 2000 AD #1577-81
  186. 2000 AD #181, 281-288
  187. 2000 AD #406
  188. Mrs Gunderson's profile
  189. Judge Dredd Megazine vol. 1 #1-12
  190. Maria's profile
  191. 191.0 191.1 Whatever happened to?: "Maria" (by Gordon Rennie and Graham Manley, in Judge Dredd Megazine #215, 2004)
  192. Max Normal's profile
  193. 2000 AD #20
  194. "Block Mania" part 7, in 2000 AD #242
  195. 2000 AD #763-765
  196. Extreme Edition #22
  197. Middenface McNulty: "Wan Man an' His Dug" (with co-writers Alan Grant/Tony Luke and art by John McCrea, in Judge Dredd Megazine vol. 1 #15-20, 1991-1992)
  198. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-03. Retrieved 2012-08-13. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  199. "Are We There Yet?". Doctor Who Confidential. Series 3. Episode 3. 14 April 2007. BBC. BBC Three.
  200. Davies, Russell T. "Gridlock Commentary Podcast". BBC. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
  201. archived Levi's Jeans Article last accessed 2012-10-25
  202. "Who? Dares Wins," Judge Dredd Megazine #228-229, 2005; "Caught in the Act," 2000 AD #1450-1451, 2005.
  203. 2000 AD #76
  204. "The Weirdies": The Daily Star Judge Dredd strip, 7 July 1986 to 3 October 1986; reprinted in Mega-Special #1
  205. "Neoweirdies" (by Simon Spurrier and Paul Marshall, in 2000AD #1496-1498, 2006)
  206. Tweak's profile


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