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Enjoyment and Excitement!
~ Wyald's oft-repeated motto.

Wyald is a major antagonist of the Golden Age Arc in the Berserk series. He was an Apostle who was the leader of the Black Dog Knights

He was voiced by Kunihiro Kawamoto.

History

Little is specifically known about Wyald's life before he became an apostle though at some point after becoming an apostle he was taken prisoner by Midland army. During his imprisonment, the King of Midland ordered all prisoners to be assembled and drafted into war in revenge due to Griffith's escape. Wyald volunteered as leader of the army claiming to be the strongest of them all. However, an enormous man named Barbo approached Wyald and challenge him to a fight to the death. In order to earn the fear and respect of the other convicts, Wyald killed him by impaling him on the spike of a tower. Wyald and his army of convicts then named themselves the "Black Dog Knights" which was known for being the cruelest army in all of Midland due their horrific crimes.

When the band of the Hawk rescued Griffith and escaped the Midland forces, the King ordered the Black Dog Knights to hunt them down and kill them. In pursuit of the Hawks, Wyald's group comes across a farm that previously aided the Hawks, The Black Dogs then killed the residents and raped the women. When the Wyald and his army confronted the Hawks, they were attacked by many of the Hawks' traps, with only Wyald and several of his men continued to purse which eventually causes Wyald to battle against Guts.

After realizing his men were outmatched, and killing them when wanting to abandon the battle, Wyald decided to assume his true form. After a long and brutal fight against Guts, Wyald is critically wounded and was presumably dead with the scouts guarding the corpse. However, Wyald regains conscious and kills the scouts before taking Griffith hostage, wanting to start the Eclipse early in order to save his own life. After stripping Griffith from his bandages down to reveal the full extent of the torture inflicted upon him, Wyald worries on where Griffith's Beherit is. He is then ambushed by Nosferatu Zodd who then impaled him from the back with his horns, wanting to make sure that Griffith arrives at the destined time and place of the Eclipse. Wyald then begs for mercy, saying that he was simply following the God Hand's one law of "Do as thou wilt". Zodd however dismisses the claim and rips his stomach open. Now dead, Wyald's spiritual essence is dragged into the Abyss by his many victims while his body is reduced to that of the old man he used to be.

Personality

Wyald was an aggressive and violent brute who was defined by his motto of "Enjoyment and Excitement", which translated to causing as much harm to others as he pleased. He possessed an unrelenting bloodlust that led him to torture and kill those who crossed his path with an almost childlike glee. His men fared little better, as Wyald was quick to kill them for the slightest of offenses, or even for simple amusement, invoking a deep fear in them. In addition to all of this, Wyald was also misogynistic and sexually sadistic, having raped a countless women from the many villages he raided. 

Despite his complete disregard for the wellbeing of others, Wyald proved to be very cowardly when faced with the prospect of his mortality, proven when he pathetically begged for Zodd to spare his life, moments before being killed by him. 

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Trivia

  • Wyald has not appeared in either the animated series nor the movie series due to explicit content. However, the silhouette of an apostle that looks nearly identical to Wyald's apostle form can be seen among the apostles gathered at the Eclipse before the Sacrifice begins in the 1997 version anime.
  • Wyald's finally receives an animated adaptation in the video game adaptation Berserk and the Band of the Hawk as a boss and a playable character.
  • Alongside Emperor Ganishka and Griffith, Wyald is one of the most evil villains in the Berserk series and one of the few considered to be Pure Evil.

Navigation

           Berserk Villains

God Hand
Void | Slan | Ubik | Conrad | Femto | Idea of Evil

Kingdom of Midland
King of Midland | Queen of Midland | Count Julius | Wyald | The Torturer

Holy See
Pontiff | Bishop Mozgus | Mozgus' Disciples

Kushan Empire
Emperor Ganishka | Dhaiva | Pishacha

Apostles
Zodd the Immortal | Wyald | Rosine | The Count | The Baron of Koka Castle | Female Apostle | Borkoff | Swine Apostle | Egg of the Perfect World | Locus | Grunbeld | Irvine | Emperor Ganishka

Apostle Spawn
Zondark | Great Goat

Band of the Hawk
Griffith | Nosferatu Zodd | Irvine | Rakshas | Locus

Others
Donovan | Gambino | Gennon | Adon Coborlwitz | The Beast of Darkness | Sea God | Captain Sharkrider