The Judge, commonly known as Judge Gen (Gen being 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. Gen's real name is only said once and she is credited as Judge, which is what everyone refers to her as.
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.
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.
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.
After Michael returned to the Afterlife with Janet and the humans, he set up a meeting with Gen at IHOP. There he explained that Earth was more complicated, and thus the point system was unfair. Gen traveled down to Earth to determine whether this was true, and when she returned, she agreed with Michael.
She summoned Shawn, and Chidi came up with the idea to create a new Neighborhood and experiment on four new humans, an idea of which Gen approved, and set up guidelines for the experiment, stating that she would monitor the humans' progress, before departing to the Neutral Zone.
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. It is also a possibility that she is not limited to manipulating only the Neutral Zone.
- 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.
Gen's abilities are limited in the IHOP, being only able to manipulate dimensional matter on the same scale as other Immortal Beings.
- 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.
- Gen dislikes the IHOP.
- According to Judge Gen herself, she was unaware that she was considered ‘black’ amongst the humans.