Judge Fear

Judge Fear headshot
Real name
Current alias
Judge Fear
All dead
Base of operations

Unusual features
Judge Fear's face has never been seen, at least by anyone who has lived to describe it (except Judge Dredd, who has never bothered). He may not actually have one.
Marital status
Bringer of death to all who live
Law School
Transformed by black magic
Place of birth
First appearance
Last appearance

2000 AD prog 224
2000 AD prog 2033


Judge Fear is one of the former Judges from Deadworld who elected to be transformed into one of the Dark Judges and follow Judge Death in his mission to destroy all life, on the basis that all crime is committed by the living and therefore life itself must be a crime. During the fall of Deadworld he specialised in interrogating members of the anti-Judge resistance. Since becoming an undead horror Judge Fear has clashed repeatedly with both Judge Dredd and Psi-Judge Anderson, usually alongside his fellow Dark Judges. Perhaps their biggest success in Dredd's world was the Necropolis incident, when they murdered sixty million citizens of Mega-City One.

Powers and abilities


Judge Fear is a disembodied spirit who gains corporeal form by possessing the bodies of others using chemicals called 'Dead Fluids', a process which kills the host body.


Fear apparently has the same power to become partially immaterial and plunge his hand into a victim's chest before solidifying it that Judge Death has. However, his principal power is the ability to literally frighten people to death by opening his visor to show his face, which seemingly becomes a representation of the individual victim's greatest fear. It is not known whether Fear himself actually has a real face any more. Certainly, when he turned his power on Judge Dredd, the Judge immediately punched him in what seemed to be an empty helmet, uttering the immortal line "Gaze into the fist of Dredd!" (see gallery).


Can be encased in Boing® (see gallery).



Steel-jawed traps.


The shrunken head on his belt is actually a bomb.


  • Judge Fear's catchphrase is "Look into the face of Fear."
  • Judge Fear featured in a one-page humour strip written by Matt Smith and drawn by Jock in the 2000 AD 40th Anniversary Special (see quotes page). He was shown attending a party with some other Judge Dredd supporting characters which was abruptly terminated when Dredd showed up.


Brian Bolland toyed with the idea of giving Judge Fear the head of a bat, but decided that "this looks too cute" (see character sketches at the back of volume six of Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection).


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