|This article is about a/an villain and a Dark Knight in Garo: Honoo no Kokuin|
Bernardo is a Dark Makai Knight serving Mendoza, holding the title of Zex the Darkness Knight (暗黒騎士ゼクス, Ankoku Kishi Zekusu?).
Once a dedicated, by-the-book Makai Knight, Bernado was a friend of Germán and Anna, though he is envious towards the former for his carefree attitude and relationship with the latter. Though he uses sparring matches as a means to vent his frustration with Germán, he is unable to fight him seriously due to the Makai Order forbidding Makai Knights from fighting to the death. Bernado loses his faith in humanity when Germán and Anna are captured during the witch hunts. In anger, he breaks the Makai order's most sacred law, forbidding them from ever raising arms against humans, and cuts down several soldiers before being mortally wounded and losing his left hand. Near death, Bernardo is found by Mendoza, who offers him a chance at life and revenge against the people who harmed his friends. Bernado eagerly accepts the man's offer for a new life in return for his servitude, realizing it would allow him to seriously fight Germán as an enemy. Mendoza turns Bernardo into a Horror-like being with a prosthetic gauntlet covering a blade embedded in his left forearm. Bernado oversees the Black Knights (Kuro no Kishidan?), Horror-possessed soldiers who begin to replace Valiante's capitol guard, while training to finally settle things with Germán. When Germán, León, and Alfonso make their way through Valiante's castle to face Mendoza, Bernado finally has his duel with Germán. The battle ends with Bernardo being fatally injured. He returns to his old self, with no memory of the last seventeen years, and asks his former friend to find an heir to his Knight title before he perishes and his body dissolves. His sword similarly dissolves, his armor and title lost forever with Bernardo's death.
Zex, the Darkness Knight
After falling into darkness, Bernardo discards his former title and goes on to be known as the Zex, the Darkness Knight. As such, he can equip a twisted black version of a Makai Armor. He dons this by running his blade through his shield, forming a circle engulfed in flames through its vibrations. This summons his armor, which equips him.
- Makai Blade - Bernardo wields a short sword and targe in battle, which becomes a longsword and large shield when he equips his armor.
- Madou Horse - Bernardo, as Zex, is able to summon a black Madou Horse in battle. Zex can then combine his sword, shield, and horse to become a large drill weapon.
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