Type A-3, named Cyril (シリル Shiriru?), is a male humanoid creature who dual wields axes in combat. He is an enemy in The House of the Dead and House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn.

Besides attacking up close, Cryil may throw his axes from afar; if without an axe, he will get close in attempt to bite the player. In Scarlet Dawn, he shields his upper body with the axes. Like other creatures, his weak point is his head.

Cyril is the first of several ax-wielding creatures in the House of the Dead series, which include Johnny and Cecil from The House of the Dead 2, Jack from The House of the Dead III, and Jimmy from The House of the Dead 4. Cyril is prominently featured in The House of the Dead's arcade cabinet artwork, and has made cameo appearances in other media.

Bestiary Overview


Cyril attacking the player.

Cyril's appearance differs among the various versions of The House of the Dead, though his behavior is unchanged.

On the arcade version, Cyril wears a light-brown shirt, which is partially ripped open to expose his bony chest. The cuffs of his pant legs are tattered. One of his eye sockets is blank white, while the other being empty and spilling green slime-like fluids over the left side of his face. His skin is light-blue, with his head being bald in the front and having brown hair in the back.

On the Sega Saturn and PC ports, Cyril's character model is noticeably less detailed. His skin is clammier, and his mouth and left cheek are smeared with blood.


On foot, Cyril attacks with an overhead ax slash. From a distance (usually paired with another Cyril), he throws both axes, one at a time, after which he is defenseless and retreats. The axes can be shot out of the air to avoid damage. At close range, he will collide with the player or bite (given if he attempts to throw his axes and then try attacking).

Cyril can take up to 4 bullets to kill, and can be dangerous on high difficulty. Two headshots will kill him.


  • Outside of The House of The Dead, an eyeless version of Cyril also appears on the game's arcade flyer, cabinet artwork, and the Sega Saturn and PC ports' front covers and title screens.
  • Cyril makes cameo appearances in the 2012 animated Walt Disney Studios film Wreck-It Ralph and its sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet, although this version of him is visually toned down to better fit with the family-friendly nature of the films. He is also not identified by name or game.


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