- "Because I happen to be a kick-ass accountant!
"Did that sound better in your head?"
- —Cyril Figgis and George Spelvin[src]
Cyril Figgis is one of the main characters and a former ISIS comptroller and field agent. In season five, he was briefly the President of San Marcos. Cyril is a rigid, unerring company man and Sterling Archer’s easiest and usual target for ridicule and humiliation, usually without Cyril's knowledge.
Cyril's exact age is unknown, but judging by his dress style and the grey streaks in his hair, he is roughly in his mid 40s.
As a child, he lost his mother in a fire and seems to have been raised entirely by his father who was extremely strict and demanding. It has been stated numerous times that his father constantly pressured him and showed complete disappointment in his son no matter what Cyril did or how hard he tried to please him.
According to Cyril, the peak of his Father's disappointment was during the regional spelling bee in the episode "Tragical History", whereby Cyril urinates on his trousers as he is asked to spell the word "Onomatopoeia".
His childhood has given Cyril a deep-seated insecurity in his masculinity that has led to an extreme amount of emotional dysfunction throughout the series. Bookish, awkward and lacking self-confidence, he is jealous of Sterling's career, charisma and provocative lifestyle because deep down Archer is everything Cyril wishes he could be. Cyril was dating ISIS agent Lana Kane after she broke up with Archer acting as Lana's rebound boyfriend. They soon had a "falling out" after she walked in on him having sex with Framboise and subsequently discovered he was cheating on her as much as Archer ever did. Weirdly, Cyril cheated on Lana with several of the women Archer had sex with such as, Cheryl Tunt, Trinette McGoon, and Framboise, who Archer had sex with merely minutes earlier in the same exact building with Lana several floors above him! It has been implied that he is extremely well-endowed, with Cyril going so far as to attempt to get his medical plan to cover a "penis ensmallment" as discovered by Cheryl Tunt and Pam Poovey in "Training Day". His lack of confidence stems from his inability to please his father.
Cyril is the unwitting father of the wee baby Seamus. When Trinette McGoon slept with both Cyril and Archer, they both used a chocolate bar wrapper to imply they were using a condom (as Trinette assumed the candy bar wrapper was a condom wrapper). Cyril's parentage of Seamus was verified when his blood was switched with Archer's in "Blood Test", which tested positive in the paternity test.
As the series has progressed the distance between Cyril and his ultimate rival Archer has closed somewhat though there is still a vast expanse between the two. Cyril has become an agent of ISIS, gone on missions, fought other spies, used firearms (though laughably poorly), and traveled the world. He has slowly become trim and physically fit able to keep up with the other agents on their missions and even able to positively contribute to the team. At one time he was responsible for saving Archer's life when Archer was bitten by a snake and Ray was disabled lifting a jeep. He drove the car and acquired the medicine showing a genuine care for Archer rarely seen.
To a small degree, he has achieved the life he dreamed of when he first began working for ISIS. He is still demeaned and poked fun at by the other ISIS members even having Archer point out that in a way his entire life has been as farcical as his own. Through dint of sheer hard work, he has gained the respect of the others at ISIS and even Archer to a small degree as an agent having at times prevented the failure of missions and even saving all of their lives by flying the space shuttle. Over time his envy and hatred of Archer have faded a little since he has become an agent and has adventures on missions with Archer. His fear of Archer's temper has also faded as he has started standing up to Archers bullying him even punching archer in the face when Archer continued to shove him, though he was immediately beaten for that decision. He has at times even yelled at Archer for endangering Lana whom he still loves. When Archer threatens Lana's life with his idiocy or blindness to danger Cyril has stopped Archer and brought him back to reason. He has to a point become the man he wanted to be and has gained more confidence as an agent. He now views Archer similarly to the other members of ISIS as a fool and the awkward gawkiness has been replaced by the confidence of a real man.
The other agents of ISIS still view him as the lowest man on the totem pole, but still rush to his rescue when he is in danger even Archer has saved his life many times though he continually mocks him for it. His hatred and thirst to murder Archer is no longer as prominent though he still desperately wants Lana back and shames himself relentlessly with his half handed efforts at wooing her which embarrasses and lowers him in the eyes of his fellow employees who view his efforts as idiotic and disdainful which says a lot. In a way, he is a farcical copy of Archer and this is often mockingly showed in the series numerous times.
Cyril Figgis is a timid man that lacks in self-confidence. It has been shown an uncountable number of times where he is scared and unconfident. He also appears to be neurotic in some occasions as well as disconcerted by small things much of which is attributed to his childhood by not being able to make his father proud.
Conversely, Cyril is one of the only individuals in the group to show character development. Even though he is still picked on, we have seen his confidence increase tenfold and he is often not given credit where it is due. Despite his father thinking him a disappointment, Cyril actually turned out much better than he did. Cyril was an ISIS comptroller, he worked under the C.I.A. as a private contractor, practised law as a defense attorney, was briefly President of San Marcos, and now has his own private investigator firm, The Figgis Agency. In addition to this, Cyril is a very intelligent and educated man. He most likely has an Accounting and Mathematics / Finance (BSc) degree. He also took and passed the Bar examination which made him eligible to gain a Criminal Law degree, possibly Criminal Law- LLB (Hons), and practice law as a defense attorney. Whereas, his father is only a superintendent with only about 830 students in the entire county, kindergarten through to grade 12.
We have seen Cyril's intelligence at play a multitude of times. Whilst briefly the president of San Marcos, Cyril pushes the rebels back and he is seen planning a counter-attack in which the Colonel seems to be fascinated and in high regards of it. In his first mission as a field agent in "El Contador", Cyril's cleverness, efficiency, and improvisation skills are shown to be better than that of Archer's and Lana's. Archer, despite claiming he is the best in the world at it, is not really good at improvisation and covert mannerisms, apart from a few lucky occasions. This goes double for Lana as well, they have both been caught multiple times due to overtness and unprofessionalism. 
Despite all of his more positive traits, he cheated on Lana several times during their relationship, yet ironically didn't trust Lana's faithfulness to him on multiple occassions, and also didn't apologize for his actions. Additionally, he imprisoned Archer while he was the President of San Marcos out of revenge and pettiness.
Cyril claims to suffer from satyromania (male sexual addiction) and has attended a rehabilitation center for it in upstate New York. Lana Kane, as well as the psychiatrists at Cyril's rehabilitation center, think that satyromania is "not a real thing". Lana possibly thinks Cyril just uses it as an excuse for him being unfaithful. Although Lana may be justified in thinking so, Cyril may very well be suffering from it. For instance, we see him in "Blood Test" very easily succumbing to the temptation of masturbating by the means of verbal incititation by Archer. Again he is shown having a weakness for masturbation in "Vision Quest", where he blatantly masturbates in the elevator in front of everyone.
We also learn that Cheryl Tunt was not the only woman he cheated on Lana with and that, despite feeling guilty for it and him being easily the smartest individual of the group, he still falls for the classic 'Honeypot' as Cheryl threatens to tell Lana about the first time they copulated to get him to have sex with her again , which is very odd.
Whilst in the undisclosed rehabilitation centre, Cyril begins suffering from some delusional-related disorder as he is depicted in "Swiss Miss" talking to seemingly nobody by a vending machine and also hears a Coyote.
At least ten sexual partners have been confirmed, including:
While dating Lana:
Other sexual partners:
- Pam Poovey - "Blood Test" (Pam took advantage of Cyril while he was passed out from heroin). In "Heart of Archness: Part II" it is unconfirmed as to whether Pam and Cyril had sex as it is implicitly depicted.
Seamus McGoon Theory
Seamus McGoon is implicitly depicted as being Cyril's child. In "Blood Test", Archer is accused of being the wee baby Seamus' father by the escort Trinette McGoon. To prove this, a DNA test was in order with ODIN providing security to ensure the integrity of the DNA test's results. Archer was drained a litre of his blood, which was kept inside a vault within First Saving Bank under ODIN guard pending the DNA test's date which was to be administered in front of both parties. During the eve of the DNA test, Archer had Cyril incapacitated and subsequently drained a litre of his blood. Archer then proceeded to break into First Savings Bank and replacing his blood with Cyril's. The DNA test indicated a positive match. It was later revealed Cyril had sex with Trinette as well indicating the child is actually his. All of this is very strange and suspicious and there are many variables and considerations to be taken into account before concluding the child is Cyril's.
Number one, it is unclear as to how many times he solicited sex from Trinette, and is very unlikely to impregnate her from having sex once, even if it was a candy bar wrapper that was used as a stand-in condom. In addition, you would believe that Trinette, in her line of work, would take extensive measures to prevent a pregnancy from ever occurring.
Trinette did also mention that she was retired and all this is such convenient timing because what better way to retire than having the benefit of receiving child support payments. So it is possible Trinette solicited the help of Barry Dylan from ODIN to make Archer appear to be the father of Seamus, in order for him to be obliged to make child support payments to Trinette. There is some logic behind this. For one, ODIN is a secret intelligence agency, why would it provide security to ensure the integrity of a DNA test for paternity? In addition, ODIN's headquarters are in Paris, what was Trinette's incentive to contact them and hire them?
Secondly, Archer having a child with a prostitute is a win-win for rival Barry, giving him incentive for participation. Thirdly, Trinette has been to Archer's apartment, which is a very upscale apartment that most likely costs a fortune in rent considering it is right in Manhattan, New York. So it makes sense for her to deduce that Archer is rich, because the higher the income the bigger the child support check, it is all relative. Though Malory stated that the rent was covered by ISIS. Nevertheless, this would make Archer one of Trinette's high profile targets. Therefore, it would not really matter whose blood Archer replaced his with, the results of the test would still indicate a positive DNA match as a result of tampering from ODIN, so there is a chance Seamus is not Cyril's child after all.
Thirdly, the way the test was carried out was rather foolish. They had a machine in their possession that is able to perform a DNA test and give results in a very short period of time. There was no logic in draining Archer of his blood prior to the DNA test's date. All they needed to do was take DNA swabs or blood from both Archer and Seamus, with both parties present, and test it right then and there. That would ensure integrity, considering that is what ODIN was hired for. Or perhaps it was made foolish in a deliberate way, that is, in order to tamper with said results somehow.
To belabor the point, Archer said he has a suit-maker for his tailored suits and a shoemaker for his shoes, and wears expensive suits and shirts. So he is not exactly lacking in financial access. In "Jeu Monegasque", Archer is shown to have $480,810 in his 401(k). Whilst assuming ISIS did run for a long time, we can estimate it to be anywhere between 3 -10 years of operation, also taking into consideration the efficiency of the U.S. Government's law enforcement agencies to detect and hinder any threats to national security in the Archer Universe, and having a spy agency operate under the false pretense of the U.S. government is a major one. In "A Going Concern" Cyril, without going into any detail, stated that ISIS is indeed owned by the U.S. government but Malory can sell it. We need the creators to comment on this.
Circling back, considering Archer's 401(k) status and assuming a reasonable short time of operation by ISIS, we can estimate Archer's income to be anywhere from $80,000 - $250,000 annually. In conclusion, according to child support laws in the State of New York, Archer is obliged to send child support payments to Trinette that should amount to $20,000 - $60,000 annually, and thus you can see Trinette's incentive.
NB: Please note this section is centered around speculation.
After the events at the end of season 7, seasons 8, 9 and 10 see Cyril take the form of a dream persona:
- Season 8 - Figgis (Dreamland)
- Season 9 - Siegbert Fuchs (Danger Island)
- Season 10 - Cyril MVS (1999)
- Stuart Fierman served as the model for Cyril.
- Shares a resemblance to J.J Abrams.
- In "Jeu Monégasque," he has $9,059 in his ISIS 401(k), due to borrowing $3700 from it and giving the amount over to Cheryl Tunt, who proceeded to literally burn the money.
- Cyril had been shown to have little to no ability in using a gun, accidentally shooting Brett Buckley in the stomach when not realizing the gun safety was off (El Secuestro), as well as accidentally killing a KGB agent in the middle of a crucial interrogation by Lana Kane (Crossing Over). However, he does have acceptable aim with small firearms as seen in "Training Day" where he is able to hit a target being held up by Woodhouse, and in "Tragical History", where he was able to shoot the computer containing the decrypted files of ISIS field agents. He has a bad habit of closing his eyes when he shoots, probably because of his lack of confidence and aversion to violence, and of accidentally firing his gun at inopportune moments. After season 3, he is prone to screaming "Suppressing Fire!" while firing an automatic weapon or something similar, such as a Fire-extinguisher.
- While more than once expressing hatred towards his co-workers, Cyril has an openly elevated level of hatred for Sterling Archer, often reciting the many ways he'd enjoy seeing him die. This extends to Cyril's "usual" computer passwords; phrases in which Sterling would die.
- Cyril is proven to have some trilingual ability as he spoke fluent Spanish in "El Contador" and German in "Placebo Effect".
- Despite his lack of confidence, Cyril's ego has a tendency to over-inflate in moments of glory, which typically leads to aggravating those around him and ending in disaster probably due to his normal lack of confidence.
- Cyril does show some skill as a field agent, as seen in El Contador. While inept with both firearms and hand-to-hand combat, he is able to make quick tactical decisions and quickly think up convincing cover stories to hide his identity, able to keep the facade going until he revealed himself with Lana Kane to back him up.
- Cyril was shown to be on the chubby side prior to Space Race: Part I, when he appears considerably more muscular. Cyril's physique continued to improve over the course of season 4, becoming trimmer and more physically fit.By Season 11, he is in even better shape and his agility is on par with Lana.
- Despite his sexual addiction being a major recurring gag for season 2, it was never mentioned nor appeared again afterwards save for "Vision Quest" in season 6.
- A running gag is that Cyril rarely gets a person's sarcastic or over-exaggerated remarks.
- Cyril has a tracking device implanted into his body. Lana Kane admits that she put it there in the episode "Training Day" due to her trust issues. The location of this device, as well as the device itself, have not come up again since season 1.
- In addition to being fluent in law practices, Cyril is also a skilled military strategist; during his brief period as the president of San Marcos, he was able to lead the country to near-victory over the Rebel armies. He claims this is a result of him being an avid Warhammer player.
- Cyril doesn't remember the names of his parents, due to Algernop Krieger's meddling.
- Cyril has a 12-inch penis. At one point, he attempted to file an insurance claim for a "penis ensmallment."
- Cyril claims to be afraid of nuns, and or anything related to church, though this is later found out to be a lie to prevent him from going on another mission with Archer in The Papal Chase.
- While Archer was comatose, Cyril has taken his spot as the World's greatest spy, as noted by an assassin.
- "Jeezy-petes!" - Various
- "Okay, I'm done masturbating. Goodbye". -El secuestro
- "Damn dog, that was my B"- Filibuster
- Cyril: "Because I happen to be a kick-ass accountant!"
Spelvin: "Did that sound a lot better in your head?"
Cyril: "Yeah." - Tragical History
- "Just jackin' it, on the telephone." - El Secuestro
- Meekly saying: "Hello"- Most Episodes
- "SUPPRESSING FIRE!!!" (While in battle)
- "You know... just jackin' it."
- "7.62 Millimeter, Full Metal Jacket." (Upon contemplating suicide in a bathroom.)
- "But first I need some clean clothes. This is not mud all over my pants...................It’s caca." - El Contador
- "Well, he certainly doesn’t have cancer in his fists." —Cyril
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