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"Here, every little story is a huge thing. A farming accident. A sickness. A lost child. A death. They have an importance to the place."
— Judge in "A Seat of Civilisation and Refinement"

The Judge (裁判官 Saibankan?) is a character in the Castlevania animated series. He is the leader of the town of Lindenfeld and holds a grudge against Sala and the monks who defy his authority.

He was voiced by Jason Isaacs in the English version of the show.


The Judge was born in Lindenfeld, but moved to the capital at age 8. After growing up and receiving an education, he was given the position of Township Judge of Lindenfeld.

At some point in the past, he found an apple tree in the forest and dug a spiked pitfall at the base of it. He would occasionally send children there only for them to be killed by his trap, taking their shoes as trophies.


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"He was the Judge. And he found his little pleasures."
Trevor in "Abandon All Hope"

The Judge is strict, taking his leadership of the village very seriously. He cares about the well-being of the villagers and dislikes troublemakers. He takes pride in his position and does his best to keep the village organized.

He has a high opinion of the Belmonts and has even learned some of their methods of dealing with demons.

However, behind this is a person that puts his ideals of 'order' above the safety of others. He would often send disruptive children into the woods, leading them to die in a pitfall he created and even taking his victim's shoes to his home as trophies. However, he does appear to feel some amount of shame for his actions, as he begs Sypha and Trevor to burn down his home before they leave the mostly destroyed town so no one would discover the evidence of what he had done.


Season 3

Season 3
301. Bless Your Dead Little Hearts
302. The Reparation of My Heart
303. Investigators
304. I Have a Scheme
305. A Seat of Civilisation and Refinement
306. The Good Dream
307. Worse Things Than Betrayal
308. What the Night Brings
309. The Harvest
310. Abandon All Hope



Concept art



  • The Judge's English voice actor, Jason Isaacs, also voiced Satan in the Lords of Shadow games.
  • His overall appearance (shaved head, priest-like robe, etc.) make the Judge resemble the character Zead from Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (as well as Nergal Meslamstea from Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, who was probably also inspired by Zead).
  • Certain aspects of the children murders carried on by the Judge bear resemblance to real life Soviet serial killer, Anatoly Slivko. Slivko would convince young teenagers to accompany him in trips to the woods, where they would then partake in controlled hanging experiments where the boys ended up falling unconscious. He would then proceed to molest the boys and awaken them afterward, with them never knowing what had happened. Slivko murdered seven of these boys, keeping their shoes as a memento, much like the Judge from the series.
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