“My name is Bruno. Speaking formally, you'd call me Prince Bruno of the Emblian Empire.”
—Bruno talking to Alfonse in Chapter 10.
Bruno, initially identified as the Mysterious Man, identified ingame as ???, and once went under the alias of Zacharias, is a secondary antagonist in Fire Emblem Heroes. He is an enigmatic man who occasionally appears before the Order of Heroes.
A prince of Embla, he and his mother were despised by the royal family. Eventually claiming she shared imperial secrets with Askr, they imprisoned her, causing her to die in isolation, while he himself was banished to the border despite only being a child.
Calling himself Zacharias to avoid suspicion, he entered Askr and became friends with the royal siblings while still a child, all the while harboring a hatred of Embla and planning its destruction. He taught Sharena how to fight with a spear, and together with her and Alfonse, joined the Order of Heroes under Commander Anna. He was forced to leave the Order when his family bloodline's curse started affecting him, leading him to try to kill Alfonse at one point. Having tried to kill himself only to be prevented of doing so, he then proceeded to search for a method to resist the dark god's influence.
In his first appearance in Chapter 9, he faces the Order of Heroes at first, but eventually aids them, as he warns about Veronica's attack on their summoning grounds. Later, he claims to have knowledge about Zacharias, but refuses to say anything more before disappearing.
In Xenologue 1, he asks Veronica whether she feels as if someone is controlling her actions, so which she replies that sometimes the word "kill" pops up in her head, and then she wants to do so.
In Paralogue 3, he is reading through the tome of Bramimond at the World of Blazing, learning that the royalty of a certain nation has the blood of a wicked god, which uses the royalty as puppets, as they are unable to fight the god's influence; the text states this god is known by many names and that its true name has never been written until that point, but the name is not there, much to his frustration. He then proceeds to acquire some information from that world, as it is the home of the Dragon's Gate, a portal to other worlds. He says that he must also find information on something of his, but this is left unsaid. At the end of the Paralogue, Nino gives Alfonse a hand-written letter from "Zacharias", where it is stated that Bruno is the true antagonist, not Veronica.
In Paralogue 5, Bruno calls Veronica back to the castle after her mission in that world had failed, then warns the Order of Heroes that he won't hesitate to kill them if they get in his way.
In Chapter 10, Bruno finally reveals his identity as the prince of the Emblian Empire's imperial family, and an older brother to Princess Veronica that has rarely been seen by the public. He also states that he does not want Veronica to conquer Askr, and gain the all of the glory. Later on in the chapter, he appears to the Summoner as Zacharias to aid the Summoner in escaping the World of Radiance, and also tells the Summoner to watch out for the friends who knew him as Zacharias.
In Chapter 11, Bruno sees Alfonse, Sharena, and Anna trying to call Zacharias while performing the rite and tells them that they're wasting their time, stating that he killed Zacharias when he got involved with issues that he shouldn't have, leaving Alfonse shocked. Before he leaves, Bruno tells Alfonse and Sharena that they are next.
In Chapter 12, Bruno continues to remind Alfonse, Sharena, and Anna about how he killed Zacharias, even presenting Zacharias's lance before he fought the group himself. Upon being defeated, Bruno begs for death and reiterates he was Zacharias's killer, and while Alfonse was considering to execute Bruno, the Summoner tells Alfonse about what they experienced at the end of Chapter 10 when Zacharias helped them flee. Theorizing that they may have actually been speaking to Zacharias, Alfonse asks Bruno if he is actually Zacharias.
Chapter 13 begins with Bruno not only confirming the Order figuring out that he was indeed Zacharias, but also reveals his backstory, and later on reveals that he has tried to get killed in order to escape the curse. As he vowed to continue his search to break the curse, Bruno asks the Summoner to look after the friends who knew him as Zacharias, and requests that he be killed if he ever makes another attempt on Alfonse or Sharena.
Bruno seems to harbor a caring nature, albeit it is not very noticable or appears very often. He places his kindness in the Order of Heroes, as he tells them hints and news as to what to do and where to attack, or helping and defending them when they're in danger, such as when he warns them when the summoning grounds are being attacked, or when he defends the Summoner from an ambush from Veronica. His kindness is shown when he tells Alfonse that he was about to kill him in the past, and harbors regret for his actions. He also cares for his sister Veronica and even asks her about if she's been hearing voices, most likely out of worry of the cursed blood they share.
He is quite manipulative, as most of the time he seems to be carrying out plans in the background before his debut. He uses both his alias and his own identity to manipulate and control the people around him and the outcomes before discarding the alias.
- Masked Knight
- A masked knight whose identity and motives are a mystery.
|Valaskjálf||???||14||2||Enables Bruno at ≤ 50% HP to|
strike first, even when attacked.
|Growing Thunder||300||5||Before combat this unit initiates, foes in a|
wide area around target take damage equal
to (unit's Atk minue foe's Def or Res).
|Warding Blow +3||200||Grants Res+6 during combat|
if unit initiates attack.
Bruno is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:
- Even before confirmation, the Mysterious Man's name appeared as Bruno in the game's data through data mining - his sprites and sound files all have his name.
- Although dialogue shows Bruno's name fully and correctly, his name still only shows up as ??? above his description during battle.
- Bruno shares his voice actor Talieson Jaffe with Cain and Navarre in Heroes.