Kraken is a character from the 2000 AD strip Judge Dredd. Like Dredd himself, he was cloned from the DNA of Chief Judge Fargo. He was created by renegade Judge Morton Judd as one of his 'Judda' army, but was deprogrammed and then reprogrammed by Justice Department to become a Judge. Chief Judge Silver secretly intended that he should replace Dredd, who showed signs of becoming disillusioned by the unfairness of the Judge system.
Judge Dredd tested Kraken's suitability to become a Judge, but failed him, and Kraken was sentenced to death since if he was not a Judge, he was a dangerous liability. However, when Dredd then temporarily resigned from Justice Department, Chief Judge Silver cancelled Kraken's termination and had him assume Dredd's identity in order to cover up Dredd's departure.
Kraken subsequently fell under the influence of the Sisters of Death and became one of the Dark Judges, helping them to exterminate 60 million citizens during the Necropolis incident. When the real Dredd returned and defeated the Dark Judges, Kraken was freed from their control, but while Dredd did not attach any blame to him, he nonetheless felt that Kraken was too dangerous to live.
Dredd executed Kraken, who made no attempt to stop him. Dredd later stated that he believed Kraken had wanted to die for what he had done.
Powers and abilities
PowersSemi-mystical connection with the throbbing pulse of Mega-City One (possibly imagined — see quotes).
AbilitiesKicking ass; fighting crime; bringing death to all who live.
Strength levelPeak human male.
Brain architecture permanently moulded by Judda conditioning.
EquipmentAccessory pouch containing three heatseeker shells; helmet containing internal visor display (including infra-red) and respirator; uniform made from plasti-steel reinforced material; red pills to help him stay awake.
Lawgiver handgun which can fire six types of shell: heatseeker, rubber ricochet, incendiary, armour-piercing, high explosive and standard execution. Also daystick and bootknife.
- Appearances of Judge Kraken
- Character Gallery: Judge Kraken
- Images that feature Judge Kraken
- Fan-Art Gallery: Judge Kraken
- Judge Kraken quotations
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