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It's a simple matter... sacrifice the lives of 100 children. I slew my own child to attain the prize of eternal life!
~ Actrise's unsettling notions of the value of life
How pitiful! I love no one in this world, other than myself!
~ Actrise, expressing her extreme egomania

Actrise is the major antagonist in Castlevania 64 and its remake, Legacy of Darkness. She is a highly powerful vampire witch, and a high-ranking follower of Count Dracula, who played a big role in his returns in 1844 and 1852. Her name is similar to the word "actrice", which is French for "actress".

About Actrise

Some sources state that Actrise used to be a famed stage actress, who wished to remain young and beautiful forever. To that end, she learnt Dark Magic and ended up sacrificing 100 children, including her own daughter. This particularly gory crime turned her into a vampire, granting her the eternal youth she desired all along. She eventually became a Mistress Witch and a follower of Dracula, frequently providing him with the souls of children she slays by the hundreds, which she encased within magical crystals. There, she took the vampire Gilles de Rais as her consort.

Actrise is arguably the most repulsive villain of the series; vicious and gleefully sadistic, she enjoys tormenting her victims and dismisses her countless gruesome murders of children as trivial matter. Even worse, she is extremely vain and egomaniacal, valuing her beauty more than the life of her very daughter. Also, she despises her nemesis’ empathy and seems envious of her greater magic power.

In games

Legacy of Darkness

Actrise's artwork

Official artwork of Actrise

In 1844, right before the event of the game Legacy of Darkness, Actrise, Gilles de Rais and Dracula's right-hand man Death performed a ritual to resurrect the King of the Night. (Though, whether this is really Dracula remains a matter of debate among fans.) Then, they recruited the rogue beast-man Ortega, who brought them Ada, the adoptive sister of his former friend Cornell, so that they could use her as a sacrifice to fully resurrect the Count. Actrise and Gilles de Rais also turned a nobleman named Master Oldrey into a vampire, and made him the lord of the Mansion within the Castlevania.

When Cornell storms the Castle to rescue his sister, he reaches a crypt in the mansion's garden, where Gilles de Rais attempts to stop him, but to no avail. Just as Gilles collapses, Actrise appears to take him away, commending Cornell for this victory.

When Dracula (?) is defeated, he captures Cornell's werewolf power and sends it to his three followers; who promptly sacrifice it, ensuring Dracula's return eight years later and leading to Henry Oldrey's, Reinhardt Schneider's and Carrie Fernandez's quest.

Castlevania 64

In 1852, Dracula's three followers send their armies raiding nearby villages and kidnapping many children, looking for the one inside whom Dracula's soul was resurrected. In order to distract the vampire hunters, Gilles de Rais disguises himself as Dracula and serves as a decoy until the real Dracula could rise again.

As for Actrise, she takes an interest in Carrie Fernandez, descendant of the powerful magic-wielding Belnades Clan, and sets out to convert her to Dracula's side. As such, the witch only appears in Carrie's story, serving as her primary foil. Actrise first confronts the young magic-wielder when she enters the Castle Center, but fails to persuade her.

Camilla Fernandez

Carrie's unfortunate cousin

Within the Castle Center, Actrise sets up a battle to the death between Carrie and her cousin Camilla, best known by the fans as the Fernandez Warrior, whom she turned into a vampire when she herself attempted to destroy Count Dracula.
  • Camilla Fernandez is not that hard to defeat. She can strike Carrie with her staff, release a cloud of freezing blue smoke and fire three energy balls, but her most common (and most bothersome) attack fires three homing energy balls that must be dodged repeatedly until they vanish. Attacking at long range, mostly with repeated homing energy balls, while running without stop to escape her own spells is the best way to deal with her.

Actrise confronts Carrie for the last time, atop the terrace of the Room of Clocks. There, she makes a final attempt to sway her nemesis into Dracula's side, proudly revealing her gruesome backstory. However, Carrie starts pitying the disturbed witch, for never having been able to be a real mother. Enraged, Actrise attacks Carrie, swearing to offer her heart as a gift to Dracula, but she in turn falls under the Belnades' magic she coveted so much. Before dying, Actrise's beauty fades away, revealing a hideous face that mirrors her own twisted soul.

Boss Battle

Battle against Actrise

Actrise surrounded with crystals

As a boss, Actrise is not to be taken lightly, although she can be dealt with without major problems if Carrie proves cautious enough.

Actrise dying

Beauty never lasts...

She stands at the center of the terrace and constantly surrounds herself with a defensive barrier of crystals. Carrie must destroy the crystals to get an opening, and strike before they reappear. She must target the smaller ones, for they get broken by one homing ball while the bigger ones need two or three to break). Actrise will make crystals erupt from the ground right below Carrie's feet, forcing her to move constantly. She can also fire a cluster of crystal shards, two energy balls, a flurry of energy balls falling from above, and a powerful energy beam that will bounce against crystals, to target Carrie whenever she dodges it.

Castlevania Villains

Original serie: Major Villains

Dracula | Chaos | Death | Carmilla | Shaft | The Castlevania |

Original serie: Secondary

Actrise | Barlowe | Beelzebub | Brauner | Celia Fortner | Dario Bossi | Dmitrii Blinov | Elizabeth Bartley | The Forgotten One | Galamoth | Gilles de Rais | Graham Jones | Isaac | Joachim Armster | Legion | Medusa | Menace | Olrox | Ortega | Stella and Loretta | Succubus | Time Reaper | Walter Bernhard |

Lords of Shadows: Major Villains

Satan | Dracula (alternate) | Zobek

Lords of Shadows:Secondary

Baba Yaga | Cornell | Carmilla | The Forgotten One (alternate) |

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