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Aster Phoenix with "Diamond Dude", "Dreadmaster", "Captain Tenacious" and "Doom Lord".
"Destiny HERO" (
References to British culture
These cards resemble British anti-heroes and there are several references to British culture within the cards. There is also an emphasis in the passage of time in most "Destiny HERO" card effects, as opposed to the more immediate effects of "Elemental HERO" monsters.
|Captain Tenacious||Die Hard Guy||Sir William Inglis|
|Dasher||Dash Guy||Spring Heeled Jack|
|Decider||Decision Guy||Loch Ness Monster|
|Departed||Departed Guy||The Invisible Man|
|Diamond Dude||Diamond Guy||Stereotypical British "dandy"|
|Double Dude||Double Guy||Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde|
|Dreadmaster||Dread Guy||Man in the Iron Mask|
|Dynatag||Dynamite Guy||Dynamite Kid|
|Plasma||Bloo-D||Blue Bloods & Count Dracula|
|Clock Tower Prison||Westminster Clock Tower/Big Ben|
|D - Time||British "Tea Time"|
|Drain Time||Stereotypical dandy's pocket watch|
In the OCG, the names of all "Destiny HERO" monsters begin with the letter "D" and end with "Guy" with a few exceptions such as "Destiny HERO - Dark Angel", "Destiny HERO - Bloo-D" and "Destiny HERO - Dread Servant".
The stolen card was known as the "Ultimate D Card". Aster made it his business to find this card in order to avenge his father.
The "Ultimate D Card" was "Destiny HERO - Plasma", while the "Final D Card" was "Destiny End Dragoon". Aster was able to retrieve the former card after defeating the D. "Destiny End Dragoon" was initially stolen by Mike in the fourth season but it was retrieved by Jaden and Esmeralda during a Duel that Mike organized and returned to Aster.
Relation to other "HERO" monsters
Currently, the only "Destiny HERO"-related card that involves the "Elemental HERO" archetype is "D - Time". However, "Elemental HERO" cards such as "Elemental HERO Stratos", "Elemental HERO Ocean", "Elemental HERO Divine Neos", "HERO's Bond", and "Elemental HERO Absolute Zero" all support "Destiny HERO" monsters, as does the "Evil HERO" "Evil HERO Infernal Prodigy". "Elemental HERO Phoenix Enforcer" and "Elemental HERO Shining Phoenix Enforcer" can be considered pseudo-"Destiny HERO" monsters as they have only been owned and used to date by Aster Phoenix, and their Japanese name also have "Guy" at the end. "Destiny HERO" monsters are also supported by the "Masked HERO" and "Vision HERO" monsters, such as "Masked HERO Goka", "Masked HERO Vapor", "Mask Change", "Vision HERO Trinity" and "Vision HERO Adoration"
On the GX TV series, the main focus of "Destiny HERO" Decks revolves around stalling for the effect of "Clock Tower Prison", and then manually destroying the Field Spell with another effect to Special Summon "Destiny HERO - Dreadmaster" with a gang of other "Destiny HERO" Monsters to beatdown the opponent.
With "Destiny HERO - Dogma" and "Destiny HERO - Plasma" as finishers. These two Level 8 "Destiny HERO" Monsters, "Over Destiny", "Trade-In" and an effect like "Miracle Fusion" can be used to Summon "Destiny End Dragoon". See the "Destiny HERO Fusion Deck" listed below.
The effect of "Diamond Dude" is also used as a centerpiece to build a Deck around: it ignores the Cost of cards to activate (e.g. "Discard 1 Card" or "Pay 1000 Life Points"); of the three Monsters is the only one still activately used and is the reason why "Destiny HERO" Decks are always Spell Card heavy.
"Destiny HERO - Drilldark" can only Special Summon "Destiny HERO" Monsters from the Hand, as this archetype typically tends to rely on "Elemental HERO Shadow Mist" as a searcher and potentially use "Elemental HERO Blazeman" to either search for "Polymerization" or send "Shadow Mist" to the Graveyard to active his second effect; it is recommended to run "Goblindbergh" (for Rank 4 Monsters) or "Red Resonator" (Level 6 Synchro Monsters) instead of "Drillguy" for the same result.
At time of their first release, "Elemental HERO Stratos", "Destiny HERO - Disk Commander", "Destiny Draw", "Destiny HERO - Malicious" and "Reinforcement of the Army" were the fastest Draw / Tribute engine bar none, usually with the single Tribute "Monarch" Monsters and "Jinzo". "Stratos" and "Disk Commander" have no once per turn restriction to their effects: and basically been replaced by "Shadow Mist" and "Destiny HERO - Celestial".
Not related to the whole archetype: the combination of "Malicious", "Plaguespreader Zombie" and "Armageddon Knight"/"Dark Grepher" was commonly used (When "Reinforcement of the Army" is not on the Banlist) as a complementary engine to DARK Attribute / Zombie-Type Synchro Decks. Until the recent release of "Shiranui Solitaire" that can Special Summon "Uni-Zombie" from the Main Deck and send "Mezuki" to Graveyard: then revive the first Monster; off of one Normal Summon alone. Using either of the "Discard" or "Send to Graveyard" effects of "Uni-Zombie" restricts the Player to only attacking with Zombie-type Monsters for the turn. All of these mentioned Monsters can use "Pot of Acquisitiveness" to reload Banished Monsters.