Agent 8

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Agent 8
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Male & Female Agent 8
Species Octoling
Hair color
Eye color
Age At least 14 (Splatoon 2)[1]
At least 19 (Splatoon 3)[2]
Gender Any
Location Deepsea Metro, Inkopolis Square
This article is about the video game character nicknamed 'Eight'. For the manga character, see Eight (character).

Agent 8, also referred to as Number 10,008,[3] is a playable Octoling and protagonist of the Octo Expansion.


Female Agent 8 seen in the Octo Expansion trailer

Agent 8 can have a variety of appearances, depending on the player's choice of gender, skin color, eye color, and hairstyle, as well as their current ink color. Their outfit consists of a black leather crop top for females or a slightly longer shirt for males with one long sleeve, a leather skirt for females or pants for males, high-heel boots for females or boots for males, and a type of neon yellow wristband on both their ankles and wrists. They can pick up Armor as well.

Personality and traits

Despite being mute throughout the game, Agent 8 shows aspects of their personality through subtle means. Agent 8 has a fondness for poetry and writes one for every mem cake collected. Throughout these poems, Agent 8 demonstrates a yearning for life on the surface, participating in Turf Wars, finding a part-time job, and dressing up in fresh clothes. This resolve is shown most strongly in the final area of the Octo Expansion, where failing repeatedly activates a Skip Charge, showing Agent 8 with glowing eyes as they charge through the stage with the Calamari Inkantation motivating them. Their poems also show that they are considerably more compassionate and sympathetic than most other Octolings, even before being reformed, wondering if Inklings should be considered foes and wishing that they could all get along, and feeling heartbroken at the fact that their superiors were kidnapping the Zapfish and having to refrain from saving it themselves. Agent 8 also wishes to apologize to DJ Octavio for unceremoniously deserting the Octarians in pursuit of Inkopolis, as well as recollecting their old Octarian friends, specifically an Octoling warrior whom Agent 8 remembers fondly, hoping that they do not think badly of their decision.

As a result of listening to the Calamari Inkantation, Agent 8 is a big fan of the Squid Sisters, anxiously planning their greeting to the pair upon reaching the surface every night. Agent 8 appears to have known about Marina's escape to the surface and was glad to hear that she had made it safely, though never knew her personally before the events of the Octo Expansion. Agent 8 comes to greatly admire Marina, to the point of expressing the notion of wanting to be just like her. Agent 8 was also seen to be somewhat confused by Cap'n Cuttlefish's actions and personality, as seen from near the end when they awkwardly glanced at Cuttlefish when he was rapping with Pearl, and when he happily accepted being the "hype man" in the battle against Commander Tartar. The official Splatoon 2 relationship chart reveals that Agent 8 does respect Cap'n Cuttlefish, as they think the elderly should be treated with respect. It is also revealed that they think Agent 3 is cool and that Li'l Judd is adorable.[4]

Agent 8, being an Octoling, is apparently disgusted and quite offended at how many squid-themed objects there are in Inkopolis, such as Squid Bumpers, and asks people to consider how Octolings see the world. They love the sea breeze and will go to the shore to feel it even though they cannot swim.

Agent 8 has shown a fondness for both Flow and Craymond. Interestingly, they are also said to enjoy listening to Sheldon rambling, in contrast to various other characters, possibly due to Octarian culture centering around technology and weaponry. They are also stated by their description for the Chaos vs. Order Splatfest (in which they were on Team Order) to be obsessed with cleaning, not being able to sleep before every nearby weapon is clean. Sheldon is therefore said to have considered hiring them.[5]


Agent 8 was a trainee in the Octarian army[6] and had a change of heart when they heard the Calamari Inkantation while observing the final battle of Splatoon, etching it onto their soul. According to Marina, Octolings that hear the song become discontent with Octarian society and choose to strike out on their own.[7] In Octo Valley, Agent 8 encountered Cap'n Cuttlefish and Agent 3 (Splatoon), where Cuttlefish had Agent 3 attack Agent 8. The two battled until all three of them were attacked by someone and were knocked into the Deepsea Metro. Agent 8 then lost their memories from injuries suffered during the fall through the ceiling, and after teaming up with Cuttlefish and escaping the Abandoned Station, became a test subject of the metro.

Agent 8's role is to complete various missions in the Deepsea Metro with the premise of reaching the promised land by finding and collecting the four thangs. The missions take place in an area that is supposedly a testing lab, with a multitude of objectives varying from mission to mission.

Eventually, after collecting all four thangs, the telephone combines the thangs into, supposedly, a door to the promised land. As Agent 8 and Cuttlefish enter the contraption and it closes beuind them, it is revealed to be a trap. As Pearl and Marina realize the combined thangs are actually a blender, which the telephone plans to use to smoothie both Agent 8 and Cuttlefish. They are rescued, however, before being blended, by Agent 3, who smashes through the ceiling and destroys the blender.

Other media

Splatoon manga

Main article: Eight (character)

Agent 8 appears in Chapter 24 of the Splatoon manga as an Octoling boy with red eyes and the Punk hairstyle and wears the Squidlife Headphones, Null Boots Replica, and unique pants and top, and wields a Blaster. He found Goggles, who had previously attempted to land on the Grizzco boat when Super Jumping back and ended up sinking into the water. Agent 8 is shown to have a hand in machinery, like Octolings are said to, and made Goggles a new set of gear for him, a Splattershot and the same ink tank that he has. Due to forgetting his name, Cap'n Cuttlefish refers to him as Agent 8, while Goggles refers to him as Eight. A female Octoling named Seven, wearing the full outfit Agent 8 wears in the game, also appears initially from Eight's flashbacks, and is not seen physically until Chapter 26. Two other Octolings, Burns and Ponytail (nicknamed after their hairstyles), appear in Chapter 28 after the NILS Statue is destroyed and are also wearing the full outfit Agent 8 wears in the game. They are all set to be Eight's teammates where they all partake in Turf Wars after reaching Inkopolis.

As Eight and Seven wear the clothes that Agent 8 in the game wears, but without the yellow tags on their wrist and ankle, in the flashbacks taking place before they were taken to the Kamabo Co. facility, it is possible that the clothes Agent 8 wears are what younger Octolings wear. Burns and Ponytail also seem to be lacking the yellow tags when they are rescued.

Splatoon: Squid Kids Comedy Show

Splatoon: Squid Kids Comedy Show also features Agent 8 in CoroCoro's separate August 2018 issue, appearing as an Octoling boy with orange eyes and the Punk hairstyle.


  • Agent 8 notably looks very different from the Octolings seen in the single-player modes of Splatoon and Splatoon 2, having rather unique features.
  • They are the first playable character to use any sort of dialogue, as it is implied that they wrote the poems for the mem cakes. Additionally, the "Your guess is as good as mine" quote when viewing a Hazy Memory may be a form of dialogue as well.
  • Agent 8 is the only player character to not wield the hero weapons, wielding different sets of main and sub weapons instead.
  • They are the first player character to have a first-person camera view, specifically the cutscene at the start of the Octo Expansion when Cap'n Cuttlefish wakes them up and talks to them, before switching to another cutscene where the player customizes how they look.
  • Agent 8 is the first playable character to wield the Octo Shot as well as be unarmed in certain levels.
  • Agent 8 is the first protagonist to not be a part of the New Squidbeak Splatoon.
  • Agent 8 is the only protagonist whose outfit changes depending on their gender.
  • Agent 8 is the only playable character to not have a weapon in the hub world, though they wear an ink tank.
  • It is unknown if Agent 8's outfit was what they wore when they were part of the Octarian army or if when they fell into the Deepsea Metro and were given the tags on their wrist and ankle.
  • After escaping the Deepsea Metro, if Agent 8 watches Off the Hook with the zoomed-in view, they will respond differently, showing that Pearl and Marina recognize them.
  • Apparently, when Agent 8 was in Octarian society, they felt heartbroken at the fact that their superiors were kidnapping the Zapfish and had to refrain from saving them themselves, as shown in the eighth mem cake of the Line I series, implying that Agent 8 was possibly more compassionate than other Octolings to start off with.
  • In a Splatoon 2 anniversary Famitsu interview with the developers, it was revealed that Agent 8 dies and does not respawn if they get splatted during the escape phases. It is further explained that during multiplayer battles and the test stations, Agent 8 gets resurrected at the spawn points, but failing during the escape and choosing to continue playing just has the player "go back in time" to when Agent 8 still was alive.[1]
    • Furthermore, in the game, the checkpoints that Agent 8 encounters during the escape are flashing red, which is the same animation the checkpoints have in the tests when the player is down to their last respawn. However, there is an exception during the Spinal Phase, as the checkpoints there show the normal animation. The reason for this is unknown.
    • If Agent 8 gets splatted during the escape, characters will shout their name in a worried fashion. If the player chooses to continue, the respawn animation (where the "ghost" comes back to form the body) does not play, instead cutting back to Agent 8 already standing.
  • When Agent 8's Skip Charge fills up to 100% during the Escape phases, the beginning section of Calamari Inkantation plays.
  • Female Agent 8's primary design has varied somewhat, appearing with grey eyes in the key art, promotional art, release art, download card, and Twitter celebration art and with orange eyes in the trailer, amiibo, and website renders.
  • Agent 8 is nicknamed "Eight" by Off the Hook.
  • The English localization of 8 March 2018 Nintendo Direct refers to Agent 8 with she/her pronouns, since the Direct shows the female variant of Agent 8.[8]
  • A drawing of Agent 8 that appears when viewing individual mem cakes and when given a prompt to skip escape levels always have the lightest skin tone regardless of their customized skin tone.
  • In The Art of Splatoon 3, Agent 8 was shown to be in an early concept for Splatoon 3's story mode.



Concept art



Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 8号
Number 8
Netherlands Dutch Agent 8 Agent 8
Canada and France French Numéro 8 Number 8
Germany German Nr. 8 Number 8
Italy Italian Numero 8 Number 8
Russia Russian Агент 008
Agent 008
Agent 008
Spain Spanish Agente 8 Agent 8
China Chinese (Simplified) 8号
Bā Hào
Number 8
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 8號
Bā Hào
Number 8