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Leon Luis is the main protagonist of the anime series Garo: Honoo no Kokuin A.K.A. Garo the Animation. He is a bearer of the armor and title of Garo. Following the events of Mendoza's defeat, the armor and title of Garo was taken from him after losing control. He is also the cousin of Alfonso San Valiante, the Prince of the Valiante Kingdom through his aunt, Queen Esmeralda; Anna Luis's younger sister.
Leon was born from his mother while she was being burned alive when his father, the makai knight came in taking him out of the scene and raising him. Leon worked on swordsmanship with his father growing up. He had been having nightmares about his mother being burned and gets flames on his right arm that show when seems to be emotional, mad, and offended.
Garo The Golden Knight
Leon Luis inherited the Garo armor from his mother, as she was part of the Golden Knight bloodline from her father and Leon's Grandfather. One striking difference of the armor from previously seen users aside from having red eyes with yellow pupils, is the red twin scarves attached to the back of the armor with gold rings on the end. These scarves can extend to grapple opponents or latch on to objects to propel Garo through the air.
Through a contact with Zaruba, Leon will give up one entire day of his life every new moon to the Madou Ring to feed him in exchange for his guidance and power. This leaves Leon weakened and unconscious, unable to summon Garo for the entire time it takes place.
During the battle with Mendoza, León loses himself in the implanted visions of his mother's death, becoming a Lost Soul Beast (心滅獣身 Shinmetsu Jūshin?), which manifests a raging Madō Fire inferno, incinerating the town of Santa Bard within moments and endangering many innocent humans. After being taken down, his sword and title, as well as a now damaged Zaruba, are all confiscated from him by Alfonso, who deems León unworthy of being the Golden Knight. After attempting to commit suicide after losing his only purpose in life, León finds himself taken in by a farming family living somewhere downriver from Santa Bard and begins working as a farmhand. But then is now on the verge to do something after Alfonso but also himself failed to protect the family he lived with, who were killed by a horror.
Leon acts stubborn, easily gets mad and angered, and is always with a scrowl as his expression. Leon is a serious individual who has personal demons. He seems to have a longing to know more about his mother, Anna, due to not having a mother figure growing up. The trauma of seeing her dying when he was born by burning at the stake is still firmly ingrained in his mind, which manifests as painful burn marks on the right side of his face and arm and as flames and burning cracks on the Garo armor.
In rare cases, this trauma reacts with the Soul Metal of his armor and causes the Garo armor to go berserk, forcing his father to intervene. It isn't until he obtains Zaruba that he is able to fight at his full potential.
It was ultimately this trauma and his personal feelings that caused him to lose control of the armor and nearly destroy all of Santa Bard. Once the armor and title of Garo were confiscated from him as a result of this, no longer having the right to wear the armor or be a Makai Knight, Leon nearly gave up all hope and tried to commit suicide upon realizing he had no other reason to live for.
He appears to be resentful of his father German, as he sees him as a lecherous fool who didn't love Anna and who constantly walks out on him. He also will get into fights with him and beats him up for his womanizing. Despite this resentment, Leon does seem to have some level of love and respect for his father. As he sees that while he is a fool, German never lies and can be dependable when the situation calls for it.
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Behind the Scenes
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-Leon wants to find that one thing he wants to protect, especially after the death of his mother and a little girl, Lara and her family, died.