|“||Breaking news! We've confirmed the identity of the furry creature seen previously in both video footage and the recent Testfire event! Ready for it? Everyone, meet Li'l Judd!
Okay, I'll be the first to admit he's adorable, but from what we've been able to observe, he's gunning for Judd's spot as premier Turf War judge like a bloodthirsty tiger crouching in the jungle underbrush. The details of his origins are still shrouded in mystery, but rest assured our research on this fuzzy subject will continue.
Like Judd, Li'l Judd is a bipedal domestic cat with a large head and body, small limbs, a tail that ends in an arrow shape, and tuxedo-like fur patterning. However, Li'l Judd has a smaller face in relation to his head, and his eyes are small and beady. His fur is fuzzier, and the dark portions of it are much lighter. Additionally, his limbs are even smaller compared to his body.
Together with Judd, Li'l Judd judges Turf Wars and Ranked Battles. Judd represents the player's team, called "Good Guys", and Li'l Judd represents the enemy team, called "Bad Guys". When the "Good Guys" win, Judd brandishes a flag in their ink color and Li'l Judd falls down in defeat; the opposite happens when the "Bad Guys" win. Li'l Judd can also be seen in Inkopolis Square sitting on top of a sleeping Judd. In Sunken Scroll 27, it is implied that Li'l Judd is a clone of Judd, created upon reactivating the device that brought him to the future.
"Meow! (Looks like you've leveled up enough to put your skills to the test in Ranked Battles! Ranked battles are for Inklings who mean business. Press in the lobby to check out the rules.)" --Said after reaching Level 10.
"Meow! (Do you have any ability chunks yet? When you scrub gear or reallocate abilities, the original abilities become ability chunks. Ability chunks don't do much by themselves, but you can combine them to make abilities on demand! And keep an eye out for the young urchin lad. He knows just what to do with ability chunks!)"
"Mew! (In Tower Control, the team that rides the tower into the opponent's goal wins. You can make the tower's path safer by splatting any oppawnents in its way ahead of time.)"
- According to the relationship chart posted by Nintendo, Li'l Judd was aware from the moment he was born that he is a clone of Judd.
- The Art of Splatoon 2 states that Li'l Judd "is waiting for his chance to stab Judd in the back".
Li'l Judd waving a flag with Judd.
Dialog icon (also shown in the Inkopolis Square map).
Sunken Scroll 26, showing Judd and Li'l Judd's capsule being accidentally unplugged.
The same for the My Melody vs. Pompompurin Splatfest.
Li'l Judd with Judd and Agent 8 in artwork for Japan's unofficial Cat Day 2020.
Names in other languages
|Mr. Little Judge|
|Dutch||Justus jr.||From "Justus" (male given name derived from latin "iustus" which stands for the adjective just) and jr. (junior)|
|French||Mini Charbitre||Pun on "chat" (cat) and "arbitre" (referee), with mini at the beginning|
|German||Mini-Miezrichter||Pun on "Schiedsrichter" (referee) and "Miez" (kitty), with mini at the beginning|
|Italian||Giudigattino||Pun on "giudice" (judge) and "gattino" (kitten)|
|Spanish||Justito||From "justo" (fair) with the "-ito" diminutive.|
Characters in Splatoon 2