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If there were an answer I could give you to how the universe works, it wouldn’t be special. It would just be machinery fulfilling its cosmic design. It would just be a big, dumb food processor. But since nothing seems to make sense, when you find something or someone that does, it’s euphoria.
—Janet to Eleanor[src]


Janet is a principal character in The Good Place and is played by D'Arcy Carden

  • After... Summoning: As shown in Chapter 29, when Janet tries to summon things on earth, it isn't possible for Janet to summon them. Instead, those items will be summoned after going back to the afterlife in which all of the items summoned will appear.
  • Reality Warping: Janet is responsible for building and maintaining the neighborhood she resides in and at will can alter anything within her neighborhood.
  • Compulsory Truth: Janets cannot lie. Only Michael's Janet is capable of lying after being rebooted 802 times.
  • Operating the Train: The only way in and out of a neighborhood is by the train, which only Janet can call and operate.
  • Walkie-Talkie Protocol: Two Janets can be linked together to serve as a long-distance address system. This is seen in Chapter 12 when Shawn uses Bad Janet in Neighborhood 12358W to transmit a message to Eleanor and Jason in The Medium Place through Good Janet. It is, therefore, one of the few special abilities which Janet retains when outside her neighborhood.
  • Physical Strength: This may not actually be a special power, however, Janet is shown to have great physical strength, as evidenced by the way she lifts and throws Shawn in Chapter 25.
  • Molecular Combustion: Janet can also speed up molecules to the point they heat up and explode. She only uses this once to destroy the mailbox in The Good Place to prevent anyone from following them from Accounting.

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Trivia

  • Janet is neither a human nor an Eternal Being, but rather an anthropomorphized vessel of knowledge; akin to an Artificial Intelligence. Furthermore, she is not a robot, nor is she a girl, and she politely points these out whenever anyone mistakes her for being either one. However, Janet uses she/her pronouns.
  • Janet states that there have been 25 versions of Janet, the first having supposedly had a click-wheel. This means Janets are upgraded similar to a computer program. She also refers to herself in the third person when discussing herself as if she is an object.
  • When Janet is away from her designated neighborhood she loses all of her normal abilities. She retains her knowledge of the universe, however, it stops being updated.
  • She can also alter her own appearance; she usually does this when rebooted, though she can do so at any time. In Existential Crisis she temporarily appears in different clothes and with blonde hair, in a form which Michael calls "Jeanette".
  • In the episode Dance Dance Resolution, Eleanor refers to her as "Busty Alexa" while trying to remember her name. Alexa is the name of Amazon's intelligent voice-controlled personal assistant, similar to Siri. 
  • Janet is activated by pressing her nose for three seconds. 
  • In the episode Janet and Michael, it is said that in case of continued malfunction, holding down Janet's nose and inserting a paper clip into a small hole behind her left ear will cause Janet to rapidly collapse in on herself until she is a marble and can either be launched through an inter-dimensional suction tube, or eaten as a mid-day snack. This is also show in chapter 23 "Best Self" when Michael turns Bad Janet into a marble. 
    •  Marbleization can be reversed. In chapter 43 ("Tinker, Tailor, Demon, Spy"), it's revealed that the Bad Place marbleized Good Janet and replaced her; in the next episode Jason and Michael rescue de-marbleized Janet from the Bad Place.
  • Although the character is named simply Janet, sometimes she is referred to in articles about the show as Janet Della-Denunzio. The reason for this is that when the show was first announced, the press release claimed that D'Arcy Carden would be playing "Janet Della-Denunzio, a violin salesperson with a checkered past". This turned out to be a big lie. 
  • As stated by Janet, she is very high in potassium, like a banana. 
  • During their stay at The Medium Place Janet and Jason attempt to have sex but they are very unsuccessful. This strongly implies that Janet has no genitals, she seems to simply be woman-shaped.
  • Janet is often confused about human culture and their customs.
  • When Janet was rebooted the first time, she mistook any requests. Hence, she always gave people cacti.
  • However, when Michael asked Janet for a personality change to be friendlier, and Janet "slipped straight into overt sexuality", she said to Chidi Anagonye, as a reference to Michael's wording "I got something you can slip into...", implying vaginal presence. She could have also been talking about any other orifice she may or may not have. The most likely explanation is that she was simply being sexual, even though she can't have sex.
  • TV critics regularly describe her as the show's breakout character.
  • She is the only main character not to appear in every episode.
  • She does not have skin.
  • Her body temperature is in the range of 99 trillion degrees Fahrenheit.
  • When the series was first announced, it was claimed that she was going to be "Janet Della-Denunzio, a violin salesperson with a checkered past". Obviously, this wasn't true though several sites still say she plays Janet Della-Denunzio.
  • She has a Bad Place counterpart, Bad Janet, who is very rude and vulgar.