Agent 3

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Agent 3
Agent3 Female2.jpg
Female Agent 3
Species Inkling
Hair Color Any

Yellow-Green (Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion), Turquoise (Mind controlled), Orange (Inner Agent 3)

Eye Color Any
Age At least 14 (Splatoon)

At least 16 (Splatoon 2)

Gender Male or female
Location Inkopolis, Octo Valley, Deepsea Metro

Agent 3 is the role the player assumes in Octo Valley, assigned by Cap'n Cuttlefish. The character returns as a supporting character and a boss fight in the Octo Expansion.


Credits art of a female Agent 3.
Credits art of a male Agent 3

Agent 3 can have a variety of appearances, depending on the player's choice of gender, skin color, and eye color, as well as their current ink color. They wear the Hero Suit, and can pick up Armor to wear as well. They wield the Hero Shot by default, but can use a Charger or Roller for amiibo challenges.


Not much is known about Agent 3's background, except that they are at least 14 years old, since they have complete control over their squid and humanoid forms.


After following him through a manhole in Inkopolis Plaza, the player arrives in Octo Valley and meets Cap'n Cuttlefish outside his shack. He recruits the player as Agent 3, as part of the New Squidbeak Splatoon in order to steal back the Great Zapfish from the Octarians. He gives the agent the Hero Shot and a hand-me-down Hero Suit. The Player goes through completing levels and defeating the Great Octoweapons. After defeating The Rampaging Octowhirl, Cap'n Cuttlefish gets kidnapped, and soon comes in contact with Agents 1 and 2. Agent 3 soon completes all the levels in Octo Valley and battles DJ Octavio. After the fourth phase, Agents 1 and 2 reveal themselves as Callie and Marie of the Squid Sisters, and play Calamari Inkantation, causing Cuttlefish to free himself. Agent 3 defeats him and rescues Cap'n Cuttlefish and the Great Zapfish. The Great Zapfish is returned to Inkopolis Tower restoring the city's power supply, while DJ Octavio is placed in a snow globe outside Cuttlefish's Shack. Replaying the final battle shows a scenario where DJ Octavio has escaped from his snow globe and captured Cuttlefish again.

Splatoon 2

In Splatoon 2, the role the player takes in single player has been replaced by Agent 4. Agent 3 was mentioned various times throughout the game through dialogue and Sunken Scroll number 25 reveals Cap'n Cuttlefish went off travelling with Agent 3 for some kind of research trip "at the cape".

Octo Expansion

Agent 3 returns in Splatoon 2's Octo Expansion. Agent 3 retains their original Hero Suit and Hero Shot, now also wearing a gray torn cape with a number "3" in Inkling which can be seen on other clothes like the Urchins Jersey. When Agent 8 collects 3 of the thangs, Cap'n Cuttlefish will decide to make a "Missing" poster for Agent 3 which will have the player determine Agent 3's gender, skin color, and eye color.

After Agent 8 collects all four of the thangs, the Telephone builds it and tricks them and Cap'n Cuttlefish inside to blend them up until Agent 3 busts in from the ceiling and destroys the blender, responding to the CQ-80 distress signal. Agent 3 is then rendered unconscious and Cap'n Cuttlefish stays behind to look after them as Agent 8 goes through the hole Agent 3 made. The Telephone then attacks Agent 3 which partially sanitizes them, and under the control of the Telephone they tie up Cap'n Cuttlefish and later on attack Agent 8 before they can leave. After being defeated, the sanitization is gone and Agent 3 is once again unconscious and wakes up after Agent 8 defeats the NILS Statue and Commander Tartar and now has a band-aid on the back of their head on as the staff credits roll. When Agent 8 comes back to the Deepsea Metro, Cap'n Cuttlefish tells them that Agent 3 went back on patrol, explaining their absence. After Agent 8 completes all the tests, a locker in the Central Station will open and Agent 8 will have a flashback to the first time they heard the Calamari Inkantation, prompting a battle with their "Inner Agent 3".


The name Agent 3 was given by Cap'n Cuttlefish because Agent 1 and Agent 2 are Callie and Marie, respectively. Agent 3's real name is never revealed.

Other media

Splatoon Manga

Both Goggles and Rider act as Agent 3 in the Splatoon manga in chapter 8 and 9 detailing Octo Valley. Both them are Inklings boys wearing the full Hero Suit with the addition of wearing their the gear they're named after, being the S Gear Headgear Pilot Goggles.png Pilot Goggles and S Gear Clothing Black Inky Rider.png Black Inky Rider. They also use the Hero weapons from the same main weapon class as their usual weapons, with Goggles having the S Weapon Main Hero Shot Replica.png Hero Shot and Rider having the S Weapon Main Hero Roller Replica.png Hero Roller. In the Octo Expansion arc from chapter 25, Rider mirrors the same role as Agent 3 in the game, where he rescues the Blue Team, Agent 8 and Cap'n Cuttlefish from the blender and later becomes mind-controlled. He also has the cape Agent 3 wears in Octo Expansion, but uses his S2 Weapon Main Gold Dynamo Roller.png Gold Dynamo Roller instead of a Hero weapon.

Splatoon Heartwarming Squids 4-Koma & Play Manga

In the Splatoon Heartwarming Squids 4-Koma & Play Manga, Agent 3 is represented as a female Inkling who also is the main character, appearing with either green or orange ink.


  • Agent 3 has been depicted as both genders in official artwork, female in the second Sunken Scroll in Splatoon 2 and the Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion trailer, whilst appearing as male in the official art for Splatoon 2's 1 year anniversary. The expansion's storyline allows the player to customize Agent 3's eyes, skin tone, and gender using the same options available from Splatoon, to allow players of the original game a level of personal canon.
  • In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, one of the customization options for female Inklings is the ability to play as Agent 3, having a light skin tone and blue eyes, but still carying the regular Splattershot and ink tank from Splatoon.


Splatoon 2

Octo Expansion

  • When unconscious after Agent 8 defeats them, Agent 8 can cover Agent 3 in ink similar to Cap'n Cuttlefish in the first game. The ink covered on them will slowly go away.
  • The options when "creating" Agent 3 are the same as the first game, the most notable example being the eye color choices.
  • When Cap'n Cuttlefish draws Agent 3, he depicts a female Agent 3 as right-handed while the boy is depicted as being left-handed holding the Hero Shot. However, when they make a physical appearance both genders are right-handed.
  • Unlike the first game, Agent 3 has their headset and shoes change color to their ink color, like the Hero Headset Replica and Hero Runner Replicas in Splatoon 2, instead of staying blue.
  • After defeating the Inner Agent 3, the player will receive the Golden Toothpick. It comes with the ability Special Charge Up, possibly referencing the fact that Agent 3 can get specials very quickly.
  • The reason for why Agent 3 is able to use many special weapons is explained by Marina, saying that Agent 3 had removed their limiter, which implies that they can normally use many specials and have to use something that restricts this ability.
  • Agent 3 possesses an employee model CQ-80.



Splatoon 2

Octo Expansion

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese 3号
Number Three
FlagNetherlands.svg Dutch Agent 3 Agent 3
FlagFrance.svg French Numéro 3 Number 3
FlagGermany.svg German Nr. 3 Number 3
FlagItaly.svg Italian Numero 3 Number 3
FlagRussia.svg Russian Агент 003
Agent 003
Agent 003
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Agente 3 Agent 3


Characters in Splatoon
Characters in Splatoon 2