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-->''The Netherworld...\\
A lawless world filled with vicious monsters.\\
The number of Netherworlds has expanded with the rise of demons powerful enough to rule such worlds... the Overlords.\\
Now, another world is about to fall prey to such darkness.''\\
--OpeningMonologue

''Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories'' is the second game in the TurnBasedStrategy series ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'', and was released in 2006 for the PlayStation2. It was later ported to the PlayStationPortable as ''[[UpdatedRerelease Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days.]]''

The game stars Adell, the only person unaffected by a devious curse that has transformed all of the human inhabitants of his home village into heartless demons. The source of the curse is Overlord Zenon, a enigmatic figure who became known as the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast God of All Overlords]] after he [[OneManArmy slew one hundred Overlords in a single battle]]. Adell's solution to the problem is simple: get his mother to [[DungeonBypass magically summon Overlord Zenon to the village]] and then [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer pound him into submission]].

Unfortunately the summoning ritual ends up conjuring Rozalin, Zenon's SpoiledSweet daughter. Having accidentally kidnapped the only daughter of the most powerful Overlord in existence, it's a race for Adell to return Rozalin to Zenon before he tears the world apart looking for her. It's a shame that Rozalin is so sheltered that [[UpperClassTwit she has no idea where her father actually lives]]. Meanwhile, [[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Etna]] has decided to strike out on her own and is gunning for the title of God of All Overlords that Zenon possesses.

Joining Adell are his two younger siblings, Taro and Hanako; Tink, Rozalin's childhood friend who has been {{Baleful Polymorph}}ed into a frog; and Yukimaru, a {{ninja}} girl who seeks revenge against Overlord Zenon for wiping out her clan, [[VerbalTic zam]].
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!!This game provides examples of:

* AdaptationalVillainy: Inverted with Rozalin's father in the manga adaptation. He's still a fairly evil individual, but he's also been rounded off a little, [[spoiler:and while his game counterpart never cared about his foster daughter at all, Fake Zenon ultimately grew to love Rozalin in his own way.]]
* AdaptationalWimp: Rozalin in the manga. In the game she's an accomplished gunfighter and grows into a determined and dangerous woman [[spoiler: without even taking her SuperPoweredEvilSide into account]]. In the adaptation, she was never trained to fight at all (she had a guy for that) and can get emotional a little more easily than in the game, [[spoiler: and the real Zenon is never let loose]].
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Taro. The Skulls have elements of this, but lack a clear-cut personality.
* ActionGirl: Yukimaru and Etna.
* ACupAngst: Hanako wants to try hard to ''undo'' her [[BuffySpeak un-bustiness]]. Yukimaru also qualifies. Flat board comments strike (Etna) back once again.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:When Fake Zenon dies in the manga, he shows that he really did come to care about Rozalin.]]
* AnIcePerson: The snow clan.
* AnotherSideAnotherStory: Much like Etna Mode in the handheld ports of the first ''Disgaea'' and the downloadable Raspberyl chapters in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3| Absence of Justice}}'', Axel gets his own story.
** While Etna Mode was an AlternateUniverse, Axel's Dark Hero Days actually tell of what he did just before the plot. (In the post-game, the people who joined him can join Adell)
* AshFace: near the beginning, when Rozalin is plotting about how to get rid of Adell, a prinny sneaks up behind her a blows her up with a bomb.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Zenon found a way to resurrect himself by converting a population's humanity into his life force. Those affected became demonic, but he refused to call them demons. "Altered Humans."]]
* BagOfSpilling: Etna, due to a summoning ritual gone bad.
** In a more meta-example, [[spoiler:the level 1900 Zenon reincarnating as a noncombative young girl, who is indeed level 1 and completely clueless about battle when the story starts.]]
* BadassNormal: Adell. [[spoiler:Subverted: he only thinks he's a human, which brings up the question of how much of his power stems from his heritage rather than his training.]]
* BalefulPolymorph:
** An area-wide version of this forms the premise for the story. In the game, the Dark Sun in the Dark World sometimes has the ability to turn a character into a monster.
** Tink is a victim of this, being turned into a demonic frog. In the good ending, he is eventually returned to normal as a bishonen butler.
* BareHandedBladeBlock: Laharl does this to [[ItMakesSenseInContext protect himself from Flonne.]]
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Fake]] Zenon chose to sponsor a [[spoiler:fake]] competition to erase all competitors for the throne. [[SpannerInTheWorks Rozalin]] attending the competition in Adell's escort caused it all to backfire [[spoiler:to the point where he actually LOST to the intended target, Etna.]]
* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler:Fake Zenon in the manga adaptation. Although taking Rozalin in as his daughter was still part of his revenge on the real Overlord Zenon, it's hinted several times during the final volume that he does actually care for Rozalin, especially during his death when he [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments fondly remembers all the gifts he sent to Rozalin when she was still a child.]]]]
* {{BFG}}: Rozalin's "Rose Thorn" special ability uses a [[GatlingGood chaingun]] to deliver [[DeathOfAThousandCuts several successive hits]] to a group of enemies with [[MoreDakka a shower of bullets]].
* BigDamnHeroes:
** Spoofed; Etna shows up just in time to save your ass, which pisses her off because [[GenreSavvy she hates this trope so much]].
** Played straight in the manga where Etna deflects an incoming beam from a monster followed up by Laharl and Flonne bursting into the scene with their signature attacks.
** Also played straight (though {{Lampshaded}}) by Axel. In fact, for a [[NobleDemon self-proclaimed rat bastard]], he sure gets quite a few of these.
* {{Bishonen}}: [[spoiler:Tink, before becoming a frog.]]
* BloodKnight:
** Adell is the more chipper, fight-happy type.
** [[spoiler:Real Zenon]] was once one, until [[spoiler:s]]he tired of the endless bloodshed.
* BonusLevelOfHell: The ''Land of Carnage'', which gives the enemies a '''2100+%''' boost in power. All of the enemy characters have a level boost of 2100% base plus two hundred, plus all their stats are doubled on top of that. [[LevelGrinding Have fun.]]
* BonusBoss: Laharl, Etna, Flonne, and a bunch of other NipponIchi characters. The PSP remake adds more, for a total of ''twenty-six.''
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The English audio of [[spoiler:the worst ending]] was heavily censored in the US version, resulting in a severely [[ThatCameOutWrong butchered]] impression. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02XfTf874YY Here's the real thing]].
** Compared to the first game, the translation for Disgaea 2 takes a lot of liberties. They rename Akutare to Axel, turn Etna being referred to as "Beauty Queen" into a running gag (in Japanese she was only ever called a demon lord), and otherwise inserted a bunch of pointless gags into the script.
* BraggingThemeTune: Etna's ''Etna Rock'' and Axel's ''White Tiger''.
* BrickJoke: In Axel Mode, one of his baby brothers, Axeleration, is a GenreSavvy little know-it-all who loves sharing his insights on the entertainment business. Axel is horrified that he doesn't "act like a proper child". In the last act, [[spoiler:his other baby brother Axident, who's been cooing and crying all this time, abruptly complains that it's hard to act like a baby, and Axel praises him for staying in character for so long]].
* BrilliantButLazy: Adell is entirely capable of being intelligent, as he demonstrates with the InevitableTournament's ungodly complicated geopuzzle and his status as the group's OnlySaneMan, but usually turns his brain off because solving everything by punching the crap out of it is generally easier -- and [[BloodKnight more fun.]]
* ButtMonkey:
** Tink, the lecherous frog. He even gets a subpoena from the Dark Court just for ''existing''. Also note his ultimate attack-
-->"Goodbye Tink: Tink sacrifices himself, but nobody cares."
** Axel gets it even worse.
* CampGay: The Director, who calls Axel "Axel darling" and refers to him as "the man I fell in love with" in addition to an ''extremely'' gay-sounding voice.
* CatchPhrase:
** Adell does things, or refuses to do things, based on whether they are or aren't "his style". Also, [[SarcasmMode in case you didn't know yet]], Rozalin is "Overlord Zenon's one and only daughter".
** For the very short time we knew him[[spoiler:/her, the real]] Overlord Zenon is a "being of solitude".
* CelibateHero: Adell is one, sort of.
* ChekhovsGun: The four leaf clover seal on Rozalin.
* TheChewToy:
** Axel. The universe does eventually decide to [[ThrowTheDogABone throw him a bone]] for all the crap it's put him through ([[EarnYourHappyEnding though he had to work for it. Hard.]])
** Etna when she looses her levels, also, a nice LaserGuidedKarma in favor of the prinnies.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Taro.
* CooldownHug
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: When you magichange in the remake, you only have 2 turns to wield the monster-weapon (3 if you pass the once-per-resurrection bill for the monster). If the computer magichanges enemy monsters, they keep them forever.
* ContinuityNod:
** When the Prism Rangers appear in the 2nd game, they note that they can't let their guard down because of what happened last time (Etna shot 2/3 of them during their transformation sequence).
** Etna also mentions at one point she knew of a demon lord that married a human [[spoiler:Laharl's parents.]]
** Flonne's final technique, Flonnezilla, is a reference to a gag in the first game.
* {{Crossdresser}}:
** "Main Hero B", the Angel that joins Axel is a guy. Proof? Any Dark Sun (or Rozalin) effect that affects males affects him. They do NOT affect [[{{PlayerMooks}} Player Mook]] angels with the same sprite.
** Also, [[GuiltyGear Bridget]], the flower monster in Adell's hometown.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Rozalin, though this is powered by a SuperpoweredEvilSide.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: The gruesome death of [[spoiler:Taro and Hanako]] in the worst ending.
* CursedWithAwesome: Zenon's curse. While the negative effects (global amnesia, lack of conscience, Zenon can cast LifeDrain on you) are pretty bad, Hanako points out that the deal of getting to be a demon is pretty sweet for anyone born and raised under it. [[spoiler:How sweet? Enough that she's a-ok with forgoing the chance to become human again for the opportunity to become the next [[LittleMissBadass Etna]].]]
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: Laharl blows up the planet in a bad ending.
* TheDandy: Tink.
* DarkerAndEdgier: It still has much of the humor and wackiness that the first ''Disgaea'' enjoyed, but the story and characters take things a bit more seriously this time around. Take the opening sequence for example -- ''Disgaea'' involved Etna shooting Laharl to wake him up and casually telling him his dad died during his two year nap, this game begins with a summoning ritual so TheHero can kill the BigBad and stop a curse that's transforming the village into demons.
* DarkWorld:...the...um....Dark World; as well as the Land of Carnage.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: In several ways. Most of the story characters have to beaten, or at least, foiled first. Downloadble characters (save one) have to be roughed up, and other extra characters that you can get in the UpdatedRerelease are initially [[BonusBoss Bonus Bosses]]. Further, you can capture monsters by tossing them into the Base Panel and whupping the tar out of them.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Rozalin.
* {{Determinator}}[=/=]IdiotHero: Adell. He always fights face-to-face, and only uses GoodOldFisticuffs. Then again, this is Disgaea, where GoodOldFisticuffs involves punching people so hard they turn into a black hole, which then explodes.
** The game takes time to point out that Adell really isn't an IdiotHero when he easily unravels the geo puzzle in the colosseum. The explanation given is that just because he prefers to rush in with his fists doesn't mean he's incapable of thinking it out when he needs to.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Aside from the traditional punching of ridiculously overpowered demons, Adell takes a page from [[Characters/HaruhiSuzumiya Kyon's]] book and defeats the apeshit DimensionLord/borderline EldritchAbomination [[spoiler:by frenching her.]] Granted, he nearly got a face full of lead for his effort, but it did work.
* DirtyCoward[=/=]FakeUltimateHero: Axel runs away numerous times whenever he's getting his butt kicked. He also claims to be a famous "Dark Hero", but nobody really thinks of him as famous, except for the Director who's always following him around and probably has a [[HoYay homosexual crush on him.]]
** It eventually gets revealed that the whole ''point'' of a Dark Hero is to be underhanded, sneaky, and repulsive: in other words, all the qualities that evil just loves. Though, judging from some of the other games, not ''[[MoralEventHorizon too]]'' [[EvenEvilHasStandards repulsive]].
* DiscOneNuke: Pleinair. Being Level 100 and using her at Early game will solve till everyone catches up.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The cause of the entire plot. [[spoiler:Fake Zenon loses a fight to Real Zenon. As revenge, Fake Zenon initiates an incredibly complicated plan that involves tracking down and kidnapping the innocent reincarnation of Real Zenon, then raising her as an air-headed, pompous fool. It's so crazy that it actually works, at least until Adell starts [[PullTheThread pulling the thread]]]].
** Also, if you win the first fight against Laharl, he ''destroys the entire world''.
* DownloadableContent: So far, [[UpdatedRerelease Dark Hero Days]] will let you recruit...
** [[VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters Gig]] ([[NoExportForYou Japan only]] due glitches that occurred when he was downloaded)
** [[VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice Almaz and Princess Sapphire]]
** [[VideoGame/PhantomBrave Marona and Ash]]
** [[Creator/NipponIchi Pleinair]]
** [[VideoGame/LaPucelle Dark Eclair]] ([[NoExportForYou Japan only]])
** [[VideoGame/MakaiKingdom Pram]]
** [[EarlyBirdCameo Miabelle]] from Nippon Ichi's upcoming game Hymn Princess of Antiphona ([[NoExportForYou Japan only]])
** [[FutureBadass Demon Lord Hanako]]
** Unless you have the US version. In which case, say goodbye to [[NoExportForYou Gig, Eclair, and Miabelle.]] Despite the fact that downloading [[GameBreaker Demon Lord Hanako]] unlocks Gig's Magichange data, and causes an [[HundredPercentCompletion impossibility]].
* DoubleEntendre: Etna:
--> You old men are all the same. No stamina. And now us girls have to find our own way to amuse ourselves.
* DumbMuscle: Subverted with Adell. Well, sometimes, anyway.
* DuelBoss: [[spoiler:Rozalin's super powered evil side vs Laharl]], also serves as TheWorfEffect as he is a base level of 1200.
* EarnYourBadEnding: The worst ending, which is.....infamous to say the least.
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:The true Overlord Zenon was about to become this due to reaching the upper levels of demonic power. Then things got complicated...]]
* EmptyPromise: Adell's parents promised to come back from fighting the BigBad. The result? Their dejected son will never break a promise because of it. ''Ever''.
* EvilDebtCollector: The BigBad of Axel's story is a repo man form of this trope.
* ExactWords: Rozalin is bound to Adell by the strict terms of a summoning ritual.
** Also, the terms of the ritual was [[spoiler:to summon Zenon. They thought it screwed up and summoned "his daughter" instead. Noooo....it did exactly what it was supposed to.]]
* {{Expy}}: Adell's dad looks like [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Kimura-sensei]]. ScaryShinyGlasses included.
** Design-wise, Rozalin bears a lot of resemblance to [[VideoGame/RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure Etoile Rosenqueen]], both of them being the LonelyRichKid who hides MoreDakka under a PimpedOutDress. Motivation and personality wise though, they're very different.
* FallenPrincess: Rozalin. She goes from living in a huge mansion being attended to by hundreds of servants to essentially being stuck in the Netherworld version of a small Kansas town running around in the muck.
* {{Fanservice}}: The Nekomatas and Succubus are back and the Magic Knight got a breast size boost. Then we have the new human classes Kunoichi and Beast Tamer. If you want to go there, Flora Beasts as well.
* FantasticRacism: Most "true" demons refer to Veldime inhabitants as "Altered Humans."
* {{Fetish}}: When summoning Sapphire as DLC in the PSP release, it's noted that since Adell summoned two princesses, he must have a thing for them.
* TheDogBitesBack: For treating them like crap, killing them whenever she's bored or angry, and for being a bitch in general, the prinnies waste no time in betraying Etna once a botched summoning turned her into level 1. Everyone else is surprised at how hard the prinnies are working just so they don't have to work for Etna again.
* TheFettered: Adell and his many oaths.
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Adell
** TheLancer: Rozalin (high class lady with more dakka to contrast the peasant who fights with his fists.)
** TheBigGuy: Taro (game play only as he's aa paladin style tank)
** TheSmartGuy: Hanako
** TheChick: Yukimaru (smarter about her lawful good alignment than Adell)
** SixthRanger: Etna
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When you first meet the Prism Rangers, Prism Red says that [[spoiler:his demon detector says that Adell is a demon.]] Everyone says that it must be broken. [[spoiler: It isn't]].
** A subtler one is the fact that [[spoiler:Adell's ears are covered by his hair, making it impossible for the player to tell if he's human or demon. It did make it easy for the player to initially believe that Adell was the only human left on Veldime.]]
*** [[spoiler:Although, WordOfGod states that he has rounded ears due to a genetic deformity.]]
** There's another one halfway through the game where Rozalin says [[spoiler:"...do you suppose he (The real Zenon) may have been tricked by the faker and is imprisoned somewhere...?"]]
** At one point, Hanako asks Rozalin if she could one day become as strong as Etna. Rozalin tells her she could become even stronger. [[spoiler:Cue ''Dark Hero Days'', which features [[FutureBadass Demon Lord Hanako]], widely considered to be the best unit in the game.]]
** Of course, as mentioned under ExactWords: [[spoiler:Mom cast a spell to summon Overlord Zenon. They got Rozalin.]]
* [[WeirdnessMagnet Freak Magnet]]: Adell, who lampshades it. Several times.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: While Rozalin discusses whether or not to let Adell die in Chapter 3, Adell is busy having a fight on-screen.
* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: [[spoiler:Overlord Zenon made good use of the "reincarnate to atone for sins" command.]]
** Also, [[spoiler:your crimes and penalties actually ties into the ending you get into the game.]] [[spoiler:It makes sense, given that the worse ending implies that the player played Adell as committing crimes and killing allies left and right. Whereas the Good End actually reflects on how the player cared about your allies.]]
** Rozalin and Adell start out hating each other, and this is reflected by the fact that as the game begins they only have a 1% chance of engaging in a Team Attack together. As the story progresses and they grow closer, this slowly climbs to 99%. If you get DLC Almaz and Sapphire for ''Dark Hero Days'', they too have a 99% chance of team attacking, due to them [[spoiler:being married by the end of Disgaea 3]].
* GetAholdOfYourselfMan: Adell does this to Rozalin after she totally wigs out in a battle against [[spoiler:Laharl]] and starts to attack her teammates. This is better when you realize that [[spoiler:she reverted back to [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Overlord Zenon]]]], meaning that [[spoiler:Adell just {{Bright Slap}}ped the ''God of all Overlords''. And it ''worked''.]]
* GiantWaistRibbon: Yukimaru, Fubuki, and Rozalin. That 3rd one is [[spoiler: foreshadowing her ancestry]].
* GoldfishPoopGang: Axel is a one-man Goldfish Poop Gang.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Adell has an x-shape scar on his cheek. [[spoiler:Explained later as a DealWithTheDevil gone sour. And the cause of his HeManWomanHater tendencies.]]
* GotMeDoingIt: "Why is everyone speaking like her now, zam?"
** "Beauty Qu- er...Demon Lord Etna?! [[spoiler:From Zenon, of all people.]]
* GratuitousEnglish: In the Prism Rangers bonus battle, Prism Orange parodies this concept by speaking entirely in Engrish. In the original Japanese version, he spoke like a stereotypical foreign Japanophile.
** As well as in White Tiger, Axel's theme.
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: Adell is proficient in hand-to-hand combat, while Rozalin is skilled with guns.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Etna, though she didn't have much of a choice.]]
* HelloNurse: Rozalin. She even boosts the stats of adjacent male characters in an aversion of GameplayAndStorySegregation.
* HeManWomanHater: Adell really doesn't like girls, though [[spoiler:he eventually makes an exception for Rozalin]].
* HeroesPreferSwords: Mostly averted by Adell, who fights with his fists because to do otherwise is "just not his style". [[GameplayAndStorySegregation You can hand him a sword anyways.]] Barring slower weapon rank growth, he does fine with them.
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: Adell's parents' real names are, in fact, Mom and Dad.
* HonorBeforeReason: Adell will protect anyone and ''everyone'' he makes a promise to, no matter what it takes. His shameless sense of honor also works as an in-game combat bonus: his attacks get stronger against enemies at a higher level than him.
** Yukimaru frequently attempts seppuku whenever she thinks she failed her mission. She gets over it.
* HopelessBossFight: Etna and Laharl during the main storyline.
** Partially subverted by the NewGamePlus system and ability to [[LevelGrinding Level Grind]] -- you ''can'' win these fights, if you spend weeks preparing for them, and doing so in ''Disgaea 2'' gets you a NonstandardGameOver.
* HostileShowTakeover: After playing through the game a bit, various secondary characters will send proposals to the Dark Assembly to become the Main Character. If the proposal is passed -- and there's usually a very good chance of it happening -- a NonstandardGameOver is triggered (You get a cool item if you defeat it).
* HotBlooded: Quite a few characters, but Adell especially. He can even ''set enemies on fire'' through sheer hot-bloodedness.
** Axel deserves specific mention, as well. Manages to roast his director with an explosion caused by his hotbloodedness, plus he's voiced by [[Creator/NobuyukiHiyama one of most hotblooded JP VAs around]].
* ImAHumanitarian: Adell in the worst ending.
* IdiotHair: Adell's [[http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff210/serlyserly2/Disgaea%202/Concept-1.jpg character design notes]] go as far as explicitly labeling it as Idiot Hair.
* IdolSinger: Axel has his own rock band -- and film crew!
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: Unlike the rest of the worlds in the series, demons native to Veldime mature like humans.
* TheImmune: Adell is the only human in the world who isn't affected by Zenon's curse [[spoiler:because his parents are demons, and so is he; you obviously can't turn somebody into a demon when they already are one]].
* InevitableTournament: Spread across two chapters.
* InsultBackfire: Any derogatory statement about Mom's lack of conscience will invariably be met with, "Damn straight, I don't -- Zenon took it. Now either go kick his ass or shut your trap."
* InterfaceScrew: The map during battle against [[spoiler:fake!]]Zenon is oriented at a forty-five degree angle, compared to the rest of the game's maps (likely for the visual aesthetic), and your directional controls are altered to match.
* InterspeciesAdoption: Adell [[spoiler: is a demon raised by humans.]]
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: [[spoiler:The summoning ritual wasn't as unsuccessful in summoning Overlord Zenon (aka Rozalin) as it initially seemed]].
* KangarooCourt: The Dark Court
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Don't mess with Adell's little brother Taro or little sister Hanako or he will kick your ass.
** Same for Axel and his little bro. He will willingly give up fame and fortune to tear your ass apart if you threaten him.
* LargeHam: Overlord Zenon in the dub. [[spoiler:Both real and fake]].
** In the Japanese version as well, being voiced by NorioWakamoto and all... [[spoiler:The fake one, anyway.]]
* LightningFireJuxtaposition: Adell, the HotBlooded RedHeadedHero, and his UnknownRival, the self-proclaimed Dark Hero Axel. Adell's attacks are fire elemental and some of Axel's attacks include Lightning (and he has [[YellowLightningBlueLightning blond hair and purple]] BigOlEyebrows shaped like lightning bolts)
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The PSP version of Disgaea 2 is looking to beat Disgaea 3 in this aspect. Alongside the returning playable characters, the optional bosses that were originally not playable in the original in the PS2 version are now playable, many of whom became DLC in Disgaea 3. Additional bosses have been added including Mao, Raspberyl, and Mr. Champloo from Disgaea 3 as well as the Disgaea 3 version of Asagi, all of them playable. And if that wasn't enough, Disgaea 2 is also getting DownloadableContent.
* LostInTranslation: The bill to fight Zetta is "Meet The Strongest Overlord." Zetta's self-declared title in Japanese pretty much means that, so it ended up summoning him.
* ManaDrain: Fubuki.
* MediumAwareness: At one point in Disgaea 2, Etna checks her status screen to see what her title is.
** When asked about why her title is "Beauty Queen" and not "Demon Lord", she claims to have hacked it ages ago.
*** Awesomely enough, they actually [[{{Technobabble}} store your title as a string instead of a reference to a list somewhere]]. You want a custom title, [[VideoGame/GameShark go for it]].
** When Adell insists that he is going to beat Zenon, Rozalin asks why he's so overconfident; does he have an extremely high level or something?
* MegaTwintails: The archers get a new hairstyle in this game, which consists of this.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: "You aren't alone. You have friends that care about you...and Etna."
* MythologyGag: The entire "Makai Wars" chapter of Axel's story; about a movie that has never been finished the past 100 years.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: When the game generates a random name for a character, one possibile outcome is '''Deathsatan'''.
** Might be a ''VideoGame/{{Cyberbots}}'' reference.
* NoFourthWall: Rozalin asks Adell where his confidence comes from; is he descended from heroes? is he level 100,000,000?
* NobleDemon: Axel might arguably be considered one, as a major motivation behind his actions is [[spoiler:his sick mother and siblings.]]
** Rozalin is just a snob at times; she honestly cares about Adell's family. As for Adell, well, as Etna puts it; they have one of ''[[{{Tsundere}} those kinds of relationships]]''.
** For all her display, Etna does let Adell go when she beats him and it's a NonStandardGameOver if he beats her only because it drives the plot OffTheRails. If you're paying attention, you'll also notice that she takes the hit from Zenon's super blast in the ending in order to protect Hanako.
* NoblewomansLaugh: Mom does this a few times in the beginning, for example when she tells Hanako to shut up and be a good little sacrifice. It's most likely because Overlord Zenon's curse stole her conscience, or so she claims.
* NowBuyTheMerchandise: In ''Dark Hero Days'', Aramis, Badman, and Mao all shill the Dark Council for ''VideoGame/PrinnyCanIReallyBeTheHero, VideoGame/WhatDidIDoToDeserveThisMyLord'' (and its sequel), and ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'' respectively. Amusingly, their petitions that you watch their commercials always have 100% approval and will pass even if you cheat to make the Council vote no. It's a great way to get items, though.
* ObviousBeta: ''Dark Hero Days's'' DLC was released with so many crippling bugs and glitches that they had to ''take it down'' from PSN so they could fix them.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: The story-relevant fight of Level 1000 Etna vs. Overlord Zenon happens completely offscreen.
* {{Ojou}}: Played straight with the {{Tsundere}} Rozalin.
* OneWingedAngel: Played straight with Zenon [[spoiler:both the real AND fake; the second of the two]] is a bit of an AntiClimaxBoss, though.
* OnlySaneMan: Adell.
* PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling: Map 4-3, where nearly half of the map has enemies level up every turn.
* PimpedOutDress: Rozalin.
* PillarsOfMoralCharacter: Adell's requirement to live up to all his promises binds him like a ball and chain.
* PlayingWithFire: Adell.
* PowerFist: Lots of classes use unarmed strikes with weaponry -- and Adell, of course.
* PowerNullifier: Yukimaru.
* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler:Adell fixes the (un){{HeroicBSOD}}ing Rozalin with a quick smooch.]]
* PrecociousCrush: Taro on Rozalin. [[Creator/WendeeLee Both voiced by the same person]].
* PrincessClassic: Rozalin partly fits this, at least at first.
* [[RealMenEatMeat Real Princesses Eat Meat]]: In contrast to Etna's SweetTooth, Rozalin is a meat and potatoes girl.
** Referenced a couple of times in the manga adaptation. [[spoiler:In the second volume, upon hearing that Hanako is unable to cook any meat due to her family's income, Rozalin forces Tink to lend her money. In the fourth volume, Rozalin confesses to fake Zenon that the birthday cake he sent her for her birthday when she was six was too sweet and hasn't been fond of sweets ever since, which may have led to her preferring meat instead.]]
* RainbowMotif: The Prism Rangers.
* RedemptionDemotion: When Etna first shows up, she is an extremely powerful boss-type character that's impossible to defeat on most first playthroughs. She reappears later on in the game, but is reduced to level 1 and given crappy equipment, and she forces herself into Adell's party to gain her levels ''back''. Their initial exchange upon her return is rife with LampshadeHanging. This can also be subverted using the NewGamePlus feature which allows for your previous party members to rejoin at the level they were during your last playthrough, how does this affect your series well, if your Etna was at level 9999 and had all the best weapons and armor then she'll rejoin your group in that chapter at this level.
* RedHeadedHero: Adell.
** And Etna, who apparently dyed her hair since the last game (it was pink before). Though calling her "Hero" [[HeroicComedicSociopath is stretching a bit]].
* RememberedICouldFly: DoubleSubversion. Rozalin can fly, but not for long enough to help when she falls off a cliff.
* RandomNumberGod: Per Disgaea norm. Determines how many enemies/item/Geo Symbols appear in the Item World.
** In Dark Hero Days, the RNG is fond of placing a Level Sphere and a Mystery Gate on the same floor, forcing you to choose between them. It's often best to take the Sphere, unless you're there to grind Specialists or Pirates.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Rozalin's childhood is extremely similar to that of (I kid you not) the Buddha.
* SamusIsAGirl [[spoiler:The real Zenon; either that or a GenderBender through {{reincarnation}}.]]
** FridgeBrilliance: [[spoiler:One female version of Overlord is "Dark Empress".]]
* SaveThePrincess: Subverted. Axel makes the assumption that Princess = [[DamselInDistress Must Be Saved]], even if said princess is with her "captor" willingly (Rozalin). The situation ended in comical pain.
* {{Seppuku}}: Yukimaru is a little too eager to commit suicide after 1) your group defeats her and 2) the odds against surviving an encounter with the [[spoiler:fake]] Overlord Zenon don't look good. Adell has to talk her out of it both times.
* SerialEscalation: The original Disgaea 2 has a way of constantly making each challenge worse than the last. Starting from the first fight with Axel culminating in the BonusBoss Baal, but every time each battle not only gets consistently harder, geo effects are played with, enemy equipment is pushed to its limits, and eventually stats are just ridiculously allocated on the enemies. It finally gets UpToEleven when Pringer X is introduced on the port "Disgaea 2 Dark Hero Days" as a boss who is just overall ridiculously difficult, but even after winning the player is forced to refight 8 of him with maxed out stats in every category or the battle doesn't count in the dark record.
* ShesAManInJapan: The angel in Axel Mode.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: [[{{Tsundere}} Oh yeah?! Well you're not my boyfriend either Adell!]]
* ShoutOut: [[ShoutOut/{{Disgaea}} Has its own page]].
* StayWithTheAliens: It's stated in the Good End that [[spoiler:Hanako remained a demon so she could apprentice under Etna.]]
* SoundOnlyDeath:[[spoiler: The Worst Ending has a post credits sound only epilogue where you can hear Hanako trying to reason with the now possessed Adell. It gets worse from there when in the Japanese audio you can hear Adell kill both Hanako and Taro, then eat them complete with the gory sound of there flesh being torn apart.]]
* StealthInsult: Axel Mode's Evil Pink specializes in this.
* StepIntoTheBlindingFight: The ultimate skill of the [[HornyDevils Succubus]] class is called 'Nightmare', and it involves surrounding the enemy with darkness and launch an unseen beatdown. Can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ilgik3s0tY4#t=03m03s here]].
* [[spoiler:TheBigDamnKiss: After 13 chapters of UST, Adell embraces Rozalin in the good ending to calm her "True Overlord Zenon" form. She turns back to normal from Adell's CooldownHug, and the following dialogue occurs:]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Rozalin:''' *sob* Sh- Shut up... you're an enemy! I can't trust anyone...]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Adell:''' Stop talking and trust this.]]
--> [[spoiler:cue TheBigDamnKiss]]
* ThisCannotBe: Rozalin's response upon finding out that the "most powerful Overlord" in TheMultiverse is [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/MakaiKingdom a talking book]].]]
* ThrowTheDogABone: Axel.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Etna, since you're playing as heroes this time.
* TooKinkyToTorture: The angel who joins Axel in Axel Mode, who's only purpose for showing in the first place is to get hurt.
-->''Because I loooove being hurt. <3''
** It seems he named himself "Main Hero B" just so that the demons would have an excuse to hurt him.
* {{Tsundere}}: Adell's mom. One minute, she speaks cheerfully to her little children, and the next minute she's chewing out her husband for things said by the giant monstrous mole on his chest.
** Rozalin although she skirts the line between major {{Tsundere}} and mild {{Yandere}} and just plain SpoiledBrat. The later games seem to make her the poster child for Tsundere in the Franchise/{{Disgaea}} series (Or in Creator/NipponIchi games in general) with Hanako and [[VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice Raspberyl]] both [[LampshadeHanging calling her out on it]] and even a database entry on the term in VisualNovel/DisgaeaInfinite that uses her as an example.
** Axel Mode adds in [[spoiler:Actress]], who's even ''worse'' about hiding her feelings with all the {{Suspiciously Specific Denial}}s.
* TrueCompanions: The reason that Rozalin tries to stop [[spoiler:Laharl to take away Etna is because she consider her one.]]
* TwiceShy: [[spoiler:Adell and Rozalin.]]
* UnderratedAndOverleveled: [[TheHero Adell]]'s younger siblings [[ShrinkingViolet Taro]] and [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling Hanako]]. Especially since they were visibly level 1 [=NPCs=] beforehand and their levels suddenly shot up when they join.
* UnknownRival: Axel.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Tink attempts to hit on the CuteMonsterGirl in Adell's hometown only to find out it's actually a Cute Monster ''Guy''. For more fun, he's [[ShoutOut also named]] [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Bridget]].
** It should also be noted that the Angel who joins up in Axel Mode is affected by abilities and effects that only affect ''male'' characters.
* VerbalTic: Yukimaru, zam. [[MostAnnoyingSound All the freaking time, zam.]] Even gets other characters doing it, zam.
** It makes more sense in Japanese. What she does is add "de gozaru" at the end of every sentence, which is an archaic way of speaking and often crops up with jidaigeki involving ninjas.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Real Overlord Zenon. Also Adell in the infamous worst ending.
* ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer: Adell's justification for why he solves most of his problems by [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer punching their source to dust]] even though [[BrilliantButLazy he's actually pretty smart]]: beating the crap out of things IS the most efficient solution. A short look at the entire series makes it hard to disagree.
** Given than the game takes place primarily in the demon world, and demons are expected to solve all their problems with violence, it's also a good case of WhenInRome...
** Axel paraphrases the trope when Taro and Hanako are arguing over a candy bar.
* VocalDissonance: With the Japanese voices, Axel Mode's [[spoiler:Actress]] falls into this. {{Averted|Trope}} by her English voice.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Rozalin.
* WhoDares: [[BonusBoss Should you decide]] to fight [[VideoGame/MakaiKingdom Zetta]], his first words upon appearing are "Who dares summon me?"
* WorthIt: Axel says this in not so many words after [[spoiler:attracting the vengeance of almost ''every overlord ever'' for the "Fake Zenon" stunt he pulled in the last chapter]]. One of the last images the game gives us is [[spoiler:Axel riding off with dozens of fangirls and an expression that just screams, "''So'' fricking worth it!"]]
* WrongGenreSavvy: Adell assumes that he'll be able to beat Zenon despite his low level because he's the only human in Veldime who hasn't been affected by Zenon's curse, and thus he must be the main hero character who triumphs against all odds. [[spoiler:He's wrong in regards to ''why'' he's immune to the curse, but the confidence he gains from his {{Determinator}} attitude certainly contributes a lot to his eventual victory]].
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