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Gen (short for Hydrogen, the only element in existence when she was born) is the all-knowing judge found in the Neutral Zone between the Bad Place and the Good Place. She rules on cases brought to her, such as that of Eleanor, Chidi, Jason, and Tahani in Chapter 25: The Burrito. Her name is only ever mentioned once in the series, and in the show's credits she is officially listed as Judge, which is also how the other characters refer to her.

Character Edit

Gen is good-natured, but does not like to step outside of the rules of The Afterlife, which she enforces. While she hears the cases of the four humans, she sentences them to eternity in The Bad Place, but not before playing a cheerful montage of their time together. While she is later convinced by Michael to attempt an experiment in which the humans do not die, to see if they can become better people on Earth, Gen reacts to discovering that Michael had snuck back down to Earth twice by telling him that he will face retirement.

It can be assumed that she was also responsible for deciding on the case of Mindy St. Claire, which led to the creation of The Medium Place.

Season 2 Edit

Gen was at first startled by the unexpected appearance of the humans in her dimension after they escaped the bad place. She was at first conflicted about giving them a case, but she gave them a case because she was bored.

Gen gave each of the humans trials, which all of them failed except possibly Eleanor, and judged that they should go to the Bad Place, however Michael and Janet come in and inform her of the nature of their experiment. Gen then comes to an agreement with Michael and then gives him permission to only go down to Earth once and that was to save the Four Humans.

Gen also allowed Michael and Janet to stay in her realm and monitor the humans.

Season 3 Edit

Gen continued to allow Michael and Janet to stay, and had no idea about their antics on Earth. However, she soon found out after weird things started happening. Gen then told Michael that he couldn't monitor the humans any longer and that Michael and Janet had to return to the Bad Place. However, at this point the stuff Janet wanted to summon on Earth appeared, giving Michael and Janet time to escape from Gen. She then calls Michael and Janet via the key to express her anger at them, and they (unsuccessfully) attempt to break the connection.

Abilities Edit

Gen has a high prowess in different skills.

  • Immortality: Gen, like all eternal beings, has immortality, allowing her to live for eternity.
  • Dimension Manipulation: Gen was shown to be able to modify her neutral dimension to her will in order to create the trials and even changing Eleanor, Jason, Tahani, and Chidi's outfits.
  • Telekinesis: Gen was seen using telekinesis to throw Trey and Janet's objects into the void.
  • Judgement: Gen has the unique ability to judge people's fates and where they will reside in the afterlife. This was seen how she could open portals to the Good Place and the Bad place.

Trivia Edit

  • It is stated in the Podcast that Mike Schur originally knew that the Judge was going to be played by a woman, which is why he chose Shawn to pretend to be the Judge in Michael's experiment.