Nimrod is a character from the 2000 AD strip Judge Dredd. He was cloned from the DNA of Chief Judge Fargo by Justice Department's Applied Genetics Facility as part of their attempts to breed a 'superjudge'. Although he started out as genetically identical to Judge Dredd (who is also a Fargo clone), his DNA was altered to make him stronger and give him heightened senses.
However, the modifications to his genetic structure which Nimrod had undergone caused his brain and motor function to deteriorate dramatically. His quality of life and intellectual capacity became extremely poor, leading him to set fire to himself in a possible suicide attempt. Justice Department thought that the kindest thing to do would be to kill him, and asked Judge Dredd — technically Nimrod's next of kin — to assent to Nimrod's euthanisation.
Justice Department are not renowned for their sensitivity, and the first inkling that Dredd had that Nimrod even existed was when he came face to face with a hideously distorted genetic copy of himself and was asked to agree to put it out of its misery. Understandably, Dredd reacted by telling the scientists extremely brusquely that Nimrod was their problem, not his, and leaving the Applied Genetics Facility immediately.
Nimrod's 'creators' decided that talking to Dredd again, or to Judge Rico (another genetic duplicate of Fargo), was likely to meet with the same response. Next on the list of Nimrod's 'relatives' was Vienna Dredd, the daughter of a Fargo clone. When asked if she would agree that Nimrod should be euthanised, Vienna was sympathetic to his plight but didn't know if she had it in her to end a human life. During her brief meeting with Nimrod the two developed a strange kind of rapport.
When the pro-democracy terrorist group Total War set off a nuclear bomb in the city Nimrod escaped by walking through the flames that had engulfed his padded cell. Although he was grievously injured, the damage to his nervous system prevented him from the feeling the pain. He used his enhanced senses to track down Vienna and save her from a would-be rapist when she was trapped under debris on the Oppenheimer flyover.
Nimrod then had a seizure when he was carrying Vienna and nearly dropped her off the flyover, so a Justice Department H-wagon stopped him by shooting him. Med-Judges rushed to the scene to help Vienna and she begged them to help Nimrod but they refused: "Not my job, lady. I'm strictly humans." Finally Judge Dredd turned up, acknowledged that Nimrod had been treated very poorly and that he should have taken more of an interest in him, and administered a mercy killing.
Powers and abilities
PowersNimrod can tell if someone is lying because he can smell chemical changes in human sweat.
AbilitiesEnhanced sight, hearing and sense of smell.
Strength levelGreater than peak human male.
Neural decay causing severe learning difficulties and seizures.
Nimrod is named after the "mighty hunter" mentioned in Genesis 10:9, because of his enhanced senses. This is presumably in order to follow the 'give cloned Judges scary names policy' implemented by Morton Judd (who cloned Judge Dredd and Judge Kraken).
- Appearances of Nimrod
- Character Gallery: Nimrod
- Images that feature Nimrod
- Fan-Art Gallery: Nimrod
- Nimrod quotations
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