Judge Fear (Judge Dredd enemy) (2000AD Comics)

Judge Fear


Mortis is one of the best-known monsters in the Judge Dredd stories, and works with Judge Death.

If you’re not familiar with this stuff, you can first read our Judge Dredd character profile and our Judge Death character profile.


  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Dark Judges.
  • Base Of Operations: Deadworld.
  • Height: 6’6” Weight: 80lbs. Age: Irrelevant.
  • Eyes: Too many for comfort. Hair: None


Powers and Abilities

Judge Fear is an undead monster from an alien dimension . He inhabits human corpses.

In his most basic form, Fear resembles a cloud of greenish fog. In this form, he is impervious to most attacks, and can pass through small gaps (keyholes, etc.). But he cannot pass through seamless barriers.

The Dark Judges are coming

In this form, he can temporarily possess living victims (in DC Heroes RPG terms, Personality Transfer). However, he cannot display his other powers until he gains control of a suitably prepared corpse.

When inhabiting a corpse, Fear is much more deadly. He spreads terror wherever he goes, and can frighten strong men to death with his terrifying gaze. In this form, he is entirely corporeal.

Fear and his fellow dark Judges have displayed other abilities on occasion. One example was long-distance mental control. These should be treated as plot devices to allow them to escape from confinement.


As Judge Death.


Judge Fear appears as a heavily cloaked figure, wearing a full helm with steel wings.

The Dark Judges in black uniforms, in color

Mounted at his shoulders are what appear to be steel shoulder-pads, but are actually man-traps, which he throws with considerable accuracy.

Fear’s helmet incorporates gates at the front. It opens to reveal a cloud of swirling chaos instead of a face. This hideous visage can kill with a glance.

If his host body is destroyed, Fear will assume a gaseous form, with his helmeted head visible within the vapours.


Pretty much a stooge for Judge Death, Fear has little to say. Give Death all the good lines.

The Dark Judges stand over their victims


“Gaze into the face of Fear !”

DC Universe History

Four Dark Judges would make a credible threat for a low to mid-powered DCU team. They have the D-Jump: why not ?

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Judge Fear

Dex: 05 Str: 06 Bod: 06 Motivation: Nihilist
Int: 07 Wil: 10 Min: 12 Occupation: Dark Judge
Inf: 09 Aur: 10 Spi: 12 Wealth: 0
Init: 021 HP: 060

Flight: 01, Fluid form: 06, Hypnotism: 09, Invulnerability: 15, Self-Link (Personality Transfer): 12, Aura of Fear: 08, Mind Blast: 10

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Flight can only be used in Fluid Form.
  • Fluid Form cannot be used when Mortis is possessing a living host.
  • Fluid Form doesn’t confer any movement speed. Use Flight instead.
  • When inhabiting a dead body, Fluid Form cannot be used for defence against attacks which inflict gross damage to the whole body (fire, explosions, acid, etc.).
  • Invulnerability: Counteracts Physical Damage, Counteracts Mental Damage, Counteracts Mystical Damage. Successful use of Invulnerability against Physical Damage indicates destruction of Mortis’s host body. Fluid Form is now always on, until a new host can be found.

Weaponry (Exotic – thrown man-traps): 08, Occultist: 10, Gadgetry: 08

Area Knowledge: Planet [Deadworld], Undead: need not eat, drink or breathe.

Dark Judges (High).

Attack Vulnerability (Fire, -1 Column Shift), CIA (Killing people one at a time), Strange Appearance.


  • Fear’s Man-traps [STR 06 BODY 08, Stretching: 01, HP Cost: 40]. Judge Fear’s shoulder-pads are actually steel man-traps with serrated jaws. A chain is attached, to allow Fear to draw his trapped prey within reach. The Strength of the man-trap inflicts damage, then holds the target.
  • D-JUMP [BODY 03, Dimension Travel: 05, R#: 5, HP Cost: 264. Power Bonuses and Limitations: Dimension Travel: No Banishment, No Summoning. The D-Jump is a silvery sphere, about 10” in diameter. D-Jump is short for Dimension-Jump].

The Dark Judges in black and white

By Phil Dixon.

Source of Character: 2000AD Comics.