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"Abyss Actor" ( () (かい) (げき) (だん) Makai Gekidan) is an archetype of DARK Fiend monsters used by Sylvio Sawatari in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime. It is supported by the "Abyss Script" archetype and related to the "Abyss Costume" archetype, all of which are also used by Sylvio. All members of this archetype are Pendulum Monsters, except for the Link Monster "Abyss Actor - Hyper Director".



The "Abyss Actor" crest.

The "Abyss Actor" monsters are based on different kinds of performing artists, as different monstrous or doll-like forms, though generally anthropomorphic. In the anime, the "Abyss Actors" change their appearances when used with "Abyss Script" cards, such as "Abyss Actor - Superstar", which dons a new costume, fitting to it performing the role of the "Abyss Script", such as being a wizard when used with "Abyss Script - Fantasy Magic" and a knight when used with "Abyss Script - Fire Dragon's Lair". Most of the "Abyss Actors" also share a common theme in having only one eye (or covering an eye), as well as them all bearing a pinkish purple Crest somewhere on their bodies or outfits.


The "Abyss Actor" monsters tend to follow a pattern of "Abyss Actor" followed by an adjective (excluding "Abyss Actor - Extras") and then the performing art role that the "Abyss Actor" is based off of.


Abyss Actor Origin
Comic Relief Comic relief
Curtain Raiser Curtain raiser
Evil Heel Heel
Extras Extra
Funky Comedian Comedian
Hyper Director Film director
Leading Lady Hero/Protagonist
Mellow Madonna Singer
Sassy Rookie Henchman/Lackey/Rookie
Superstar Superstar
Trendy Understudy Supporting actor/Understudy
Twinkle Little Star Child actor
Wild Hope Cowboy

Playing style

Sylvio Sawatari with "Abyss Actor - Funky Comedian", "Abyss Actor - Superstar" and "Abyss Actor - Evil Heel" in the anime.

The archetype's playing style relies on taking advantage of Pendulum Summoning. Their Pendulum Effects activate by returning Pendulum Monsters to the Extra Deck, for Pendulum Summons or extra Scales, while several "Abyss Script" spells have versatile effects that further support the deck.

"Abyss Actor - Evil Heel" and "Abyss Actor - Funky Comedian" have both Pendulum Scale and Monster effects for changing ATK favourably, but are Level 8 and 1 respectively (Cannot be Pendulum Summoned normally); needing the effect of "Abyss Actor - Trendy Understudy" to Special Summon them, "Abyss Actor - Wild Hope" to change the other Pendulum Scale to 9, or scale 9 "Abyss Actor - Twinkle Little Star".

When destroyed by battle or card effect: "Abyss Actor - Wild Hope" lets you add any "Abyss Actor" card from your deck to your hand, and "Abyss Actor - Sassy Rookie" can both Special Summon a Level 4 or lower "Abyss Actor" from the Main Deck, this archetype also has many effects to return it's face-up Monsters from the Extra Deck to the hand: so these two Level 4 Monsters, "Abyss Actor - Extras" (Effect restricts Special Summoning to only "Abyss Actor" monsters), "Abyss Actor - Mellow Madonna" (Pendulum Effect allows you to add another Actor, while Monster Effect lets you Special Summon a Level 4 or lower Abyss Actor from Deck) and the Trap Card "Abyss Actors Back Stage" are how this archetype searches to gain card advantage. The archetype has also gained a Link 1 monster in "Abyss Actor - Hyper Director", that further allows you to search an appropriate Scale from the deck, while Special Summoning an Actor from the Pendulum Zone.

The archetype is supported by "Abyss Script" Spell Cards, which can be searched by "Abyss Actor - Superstar", two of which have the most immediate impact are: "Fire Dragon's Lair" for banishing 3 cards from the Extra Deck (opponent's choice) and "Rise of the Abyss King" for card removal.

"Abyss Script" Spell Cards also have secondary effects triggered when they are destroyed by your opponent's card effects, but you can also force this by giving a face-down "Absorbing Jar" to your opponent and attacking it, or using both the Monster and Pendulum effect of "Abyss Actor - Comic Relief".

It should be noted that a lot of essential "Abyss Actor" effects, like "Abyss Actor - Mellow Madonna" or "Abyss Actor - Extras" will prevent you from summoning any monsters outside of the archetype for the rest of the turn they had been activated in. It is recommended to summon "Abyss Actor - Hyper Director" before using the "Abyss Actor - Mellow Madonna" Pendulum effect, as afterward it can no longer be Link Summoned due to it not being a Pendulum monster.

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