- "Benito had created an army of newborn vampires. He was the first one to think of it, and, in the beginning, he was unstoppable."
- ―Jasper, on Benito's history.[src]
Benito was a Southern vampire and the leader of his newborn army. He was the one who invented the concept of creating newborn vampires to build an army for the purpose of conquering. His invention made him a legend, though he was killed by the Volturi for such actions.
Benito was born in Dallas entrenched in Puebla. He invented the concept of a newborn army with the motivation of conquering Mexico City, and was widely successful with it. Other covens began to form their own newborn armies to defend themselves.
This eventually led to the vampire wars of the south that not only devastated many southern covens, but also the human population. Since his creation was a success, he believed he was invincible. His chaotic reign ended when the Volturi recognized his usage of newborns as a problem, and Benito was executed for his actions leading to total chaos in the southern states of North America. Jasper Hale stated that by successfully capturing Northern Mexico, the Volturi were "cleaning" house for a year.
To this day, Benito's idea is often imitated by ambitious vampires, especially those in Mexico and the southern parts of North America. In Eclipse, Victoria used the same idea to fight against the Cullens and the Uley pack.
- Eclipse (mentioned only)