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Rico Dredd appears as the main villain and antagonist of the 1995 film Judge Dredd movie played by Armand Assante. In the film, although he and Joseph Dredd were cloned from identical DNA, they did not look exactly the same.


Rico became a straightforward psychopath after his many years of service as a Judge, having reached a point where he even killed the innocent on the grounds that the division between guilt and innocence was merely a matter of timing and everyone would commit a crime given time. His deviant behavior was attributed to something going wrong in his creation which made him to be the perfect criminal. He and Judge Dredd were both friends in school, Joe was unaware of their true kinship, but it is unclear when Rico learned about their connection, but when he became a murderer, Joe judged him and sentenced him to life imprisonment, and his death was faked to reassure the public and prevent the truth of the clone program coming to light.

Rico later broke out of prison with help from Judge Griffin and killed a reporter who had been investigating the Judge program. Since he and Joe had the same DNA, Joe was wrongly convicted of the murder and given a life sentence. Griffin, Rico, and a scientist named Dr. Ilsa Hayden began working to reopen the cloning lab that created Rico and Joe. Griffin planned to create a new generation of Judges to enforce his views on the populace, but Rico wanted to create clones of himself to take over Mega-City One and killed Griffin to get him out of the way. Once Joe returned to the city from his exile in the Cursed Earth, Rico tried to persuade him to join the effort; when Joe refused, Rico tried to kill him. The two fought atop the Statue of Liberty, and Joe threw Rico over the edge to his death.

Judge Dredd Characters
Main Characters Judge Dredd - Judge Hershey - Herman Ferguson
Council of Five Chief Judge Fargo - Judge Griffin - Judge McGruder - Judge Silver - Judge Esposito
Villains Rico Dredd - Dr. Ilsa Hayden - ABC Warrior
Angel Gang Pa Angel - Link Angel - Mean Machine Angel - Junior Angel
Other Characters Vartis Hammond - Geiger - Mr. Souza - Judge Brisco - Judge Monroe - Judge Guthrie - Judge Hunter - Nathan Olmeyer - Miller