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[[caption-width-right:268:[[DimensionLord The mighty overlords]]... [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and corn]].[[note]] Plus the [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Badass Freakin' Overlord's Daughter]][[/note]]]]


->''"There is, of course, [[TheMultiverse more than one universe]]. In one such world, in the corner of a backwater galaxy, humans rule over a senseless planet. However, that's about as important as [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet a speck of dust in this pluralistic cosmos]]. Well, here in the netherworld, things work in the same way. I wanted to tell him that... But he had enough problems with my prophecy already..."''

->''"Disperse, loyal battle monkeys! Do my bidding and BUST A CAP!"''

Continuing the tradition of wacky TurnBasedStrategy {{RPG}}s started by ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' and ''PhantomBrave'', [[NipponIchi Nippon Ichi Software]] released ''Makai Kingdom'' in 2005. It's the story of '{{Badass}} Freakin' [[DimensionLord Overlord]]' Zetta, who [[MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds accidentally destroys his own Netherworld]] by torching a CosmicKeystone called the Sacred Tome. In order to save himself, he seals himself inside the book before it's completely ruined. Reduced to a sentient tome with no home, no resources and no body, Zetta is forced to enlist the help of his fellow Overlords in a bid to get his netherworld back.

A [[UpdatedRerelease PSP port]] has been relead that includes an [[AnotherSideAnotherStory alternate storyline]] involving a new character, Petta. However, it has [[NoExportForYou no plans for a western release]].
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!!Provides examples of:
* AntiGravityClothing: Then again, most of the characters featuring this are practically forces of nature themselves. Presumably gravity is hiding in a corner to avoid attracting attention.
* ArchaicWeaponForAnAdvancedAge: There are loads and loads of weapon types. There are modern weapons like rifles, bazookas, or flamethrowers available, but also classical weapons like swords and spears. Or [[ImprobableWeaponUser silly weapons]] like [=UFOs=], Pies, Syringes, or Paper Fans. Heck, there are even giant mechs available to ride. Being one of the creations of Creator/NipponIchi somewhat justifies it; they love their WidgetSeries.
* ArtShift: The begining and ending of the game features a different pool of sprites for the characters, they're highly detailed and proportinal to their offcial art, very different from how they appear in the main game, looking like something straight out of ''VideoGame/OdinSphere''.
* AscendedMeme: Zetta's nickname for Alex, "Asshat."
* ATasteOfPower: Zetta starts the game in humanoid form at level 2000 and with a host of very powerful Sword techniques. After ''that'', however...
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "Slash his throat! Eat his eyes!! STEAL HIS SHOES!!!"
* AwesomeButImpractical - Balloon weapons. They use the game's easiest-to-increase stat (SP) to attack, but fling the character using it out-of-bounds just for using it once; That's ignoring the fact that using their special attacks take SP away, thus making them weaker with every use. And if the enemies use Balloon attacks, [[FakeDifficulty they level their friends up upon being thrown Out-Of-Bounds]]
** The Hammer weapons also count. Not only are they the weakest weapon types in the game, but if an allied character takes a hit from an enemy hammer, [[TheComputerisaCheatingBastard it DECREASES THEIR LEVEL BY ONE as well as getting rid of any experience they have have acquired during the battle. Of course, PlayerMooks using Hammers on enemies don't have this effect.]]
** Most of the Warrior-type classes can learn special skills for use when they don't have a weapon in their hands. Most of these are ironically Multi-target skills, too. Unfortunately, no unit in the game, Generic or Unique, has the stat growth needed to rock such a style unless max Reincarnation levels are achieved; and if one can achieve max levels, then why would you be using Unarmed skills at all?
* AxCrazy: Dryzen
* BadassBoast: Combined with MundaneMadeAwesome with Zetta's threats against the corn people.
-->"I, the mighty Overlord Zetta, do not fear corn, kettle or otherwise!"
* BattleButler: The thunder god Raiden is Alexander's right-hand man. You face him three times during the game: once during the intro, and again at the end of chapters 4 and 6.
* BishonenLine: The larger overlords like Babylon and Valvolga condense themselves into humanoid form before fighting. They don't get any ''more'' powerful from this, though.
* BlandNameProduct[=/=]ShoutOut: [[Franchise/MetalGear Gear Metal LEX]]
-->"Gear Metal!?"
* BonusBoss: Like all NipponIchi games by this point, it's Baal (plus [[PhantomBrave Castille]] and the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' crew). Zetta even [[BreakingTheFourthWall Breaks The Fourth Wall]] by calling him out, knowing the trend.
** This is also the first appearance of Asagi.
* BuffySpeak
-->"Sacred Tome? More like...sucky...dumb...thing!"
* CardCarryingVillain
-->"Evil is actually in my job description."
** If this isn't a one-off gag (probably not, since Zetta was being rather blunt here), then this line applies to all Overlords.
* CantCatchUp: TEC-users are gimped by this. Post-Game bosses ad high-level Dungeon characters tend to have above-average defenses. Unless over-levelled, Support spells will usually come into play to assist. However, there are no spells for buffering the TEC stat. What doesn't help is that MakaiKingdom chose to do away with item-leveling, which makes Accessories static. Long story short, a TEC-user with 3000 TEC and three Glasses is nothing compared to a Mage with 3000 INT that's been boosted by five Magic Boost spells, turning that 3000 into 5000.
* CerebusSyndrome: Outside of a few moments with Salome, the story has generally been comedic, with episode 7, involving Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail inspired corn, easily being the funniest. Then, that episode ends with Zetta, upon meeting with the other Overlords, roasts a nearby corn with a Zetta Beam, said corn having been implied to be The One. While the laughs continue for a bit with King Drake trying to use the dead The One as a puppet, all comedy is sucked dry as Zetta has to contend with the fact that he might lose all his mana.
* ChewToy: Asagi, who debuted in this game and has been wandering around the NipponIchi-verse ever since.
* CognizantLimbs: Spoofed. The demon lord Valvoga is made up of three parts: the four-armed AmbiguouslyGay Micky, the ManipulativeBastard Ophelia, and the AxCrazy Dryzen, but they function as one person in battle.)
* CombatMedic - a playable class, one of the Soldier classes, functioning as a healer with gun proficiency. Healers are also surprisingly powerful in this game if you put a syringe into their hands.
* CoolStarship - The battleship Yoshitsuna, piloted by BonusBoss Prinny Baal, which can be yours if you can defeat it.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: Zetta, even in book form, is still the most powerful overlord in the cosmos. In his appearances as a BonusBoss in later games, as well as in one cutscene here, he still has the power to obliterate things with tremendously powerful eye beams. He does not use this power in this game's gameplay, however.
* DecoyProtagonist: Played with. While Zetta is indisputably the main character of the game's storyline, the player never directly controls him (save in one fight where you get ATasteOfPower). This is even lampshaded in one of the random lines your troops can say, when they point out that the real main character is whichever random soldier the player has chosen to control.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: How all the optional characters join your team.
* DimensionLord: All of the main characters are rulers of a Netherworld (or the Underworld in Seedle's case). Trenia is the only exceptions [[spoiler:and she's the spirit of the Sacred Tome, which may qualify her as one anyway]].
* DirtyCoward: King Drake III
* DrillTank: Driller-G tanks function like this.
* DumpStat: DEF, upon hitting the Post-Game. Per the norm for NipponIchi titles, post-game battles are made excessively easy by grinding for the best weapons and achieving levels that are at least half of the target bosses'. This turns most post-game bosses into OneHitKO affairs, especially if one has enough Support Spell-casters.
* EpicFlail: The final skill of the weapon class known as "Hammer" ''swings the entire map around''.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: See MoralEventHorizon
* EvilLaugh: Zetta is big on this trope. He's very good at it too, even as a book.
* EyeBeams
-->Zetta '''BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAM'''!
* FauxAffablyEvil: Most of the overlords except Seedle, for a certain value of 'evil'. Dryzen is probably the most prominent example.
* GenreBusting: The game is a weird mixture of ''Disgaea'' and ''PhantomBrave,'' revolving around summoning allies in the middle of the battlefield but less dependent on objects already on the field. There's nothing exactly like it. (Then again, there was nothing exactly like ''Phantom Brave'' either).
** The game's original Japanese name is ''Phantom Kingdom'', making the ''Phantom Brave'' connection more obvious.
* GodWasMyCoPilot: Turns out that "The One", an entity responsible for helping the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil is really [[spoiler:Ophelia... Although this ''might'' have been a gag. Also, Trenia was the original spirit of the Sacred Tome.]]
* HealingShiv: Syringes and pies allow you to heal allies with "attacks."
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Zetta makes no bones about letting others know that he's the strongest, and does so constantly. At one point he actually was, until he [[EarthShatteringKaboom blew up everything]].
* HowDareYouDieOnMe: A rare pre-mortem example: [[spoiler:After Zetta is cursed to die in two days, Alexander confronts Zetta with these words, furious at the prospect of losing his rival... And then tries to beat the curse to the punch.]] This comes, naturally, with a huge dose of HoYay.
* InnerMonologue - Zetta does this a lot, one time Pram even calls him out on it.
* JapanesePronouns: Each Overlord uses a different pronoun for "I" that helps the listener quickly key in on their personality. See the Character page for more.
* JokeCharacter: King Drake upon recruiting him. His poor Aptitudes prevent him from properly using three out of the four weapons he's good with, and the one weapon type he CAN properly use happens to be the weakest in the game. Just stack him full of shoes and use him to throw people around. That's as useful as he's gonna get.
* LargeHam: King Drake the Third. Zetta is a distant second-place.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Each of the Overlords has their own theme music. When their Netherworld is selected at the beginning of each chapter, the music changes, as well.
* LethalJokeCharacter: Believe it or not, corn men are among the most deadly unit types in the game.
* LikeABadassOutOfHell: Seedle is the ruler of the afterlife. How did he come by this position? He was a human warrior who died, went there, and in Zetta's words, "kicked so much ass that they made him the boss."
* LongSongShortScene: Devil's Descent, Valvoga's theme, only plays twice, during its introduction and as the BonusBoss music against him.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Salome
* LoveMartyr: Again, Salome
* MarketBasedTitle: The fully English name ''Phantom Kingdom'' got renamed to the partially GratuitousJapanese name ''Makai Kingdom'' when it was ported to Europe and North America. It was likely a marketing move to emphasise the connection to the better known ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' (which it shares more thematically) over PhantomBrave (which it shares more mechanically), though it depends on ViewersAreGeniuses to catch the BilingualBonus.
* MistakenForGay: Drake
* MythologyGag: Being a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Phantom Brave'', there's the "Confine" ability. It doesn't work the same way here, with Zetta being literally confined to The Sacred Tome. [[spoiler:More notable is when Trenia returns to The Sacred Tome, she says out "Confine".]]
** This is also how Zetta gets PlayerMooks in the game mechanics; by Perma-confining their Phantoms to the leftover rubble.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Zetta does this to ''his entire netherworld''. Oops.
* NobleDemon: Most of the demons, really.
* NoIndoorVoice: Dryzen, so very much.
* ObligatorySwearing: The champion of TheMultiverse by a long shot, even though it holds the same teen rating [[LaPucelle as]] [[Franchise/{{Disgaea}} the]] [[PhantomBrave others]], the localization is riffled with: Bitch, Slut, Asshat & etc.
* OneWingedAngel:
** Valvolga's regular form -- a multi-armed demon, an angel head and a dragon skull mashed together into one being -- is intended to be evocative of this trope, which is why he's often referred to as "The Last Boss" (of other games).
** Subverted by King Drake's... *Snicker* ''true'' form...
* OracularUrchin: Pram and [[spoiler:Trenia]]. Later, it turns out that [[spoiler:Pram doesn't have the power of precognition after all. She was just reading from the Sacred Tome, which recorded the entire past, present and future, the whole time. Also, the Sacred Tome, or rather spirit of it, is actually Trenia, which explains her own power of precognition]].
* PercussiveMaintenance: The wrench skill Tech Bash repairs vehicles.
* PigeonholedVoiceActor:
** Crispin Freeman as {{Badass}} Freaking Overlord Zetta.
** NorioWakamoto providing heaping dishes of ham with King Drake.
* PlantPeople: Apple Kids, Corn Men, pumpkin heads, and carrots.
* PlayerMooks: Notably, this game is almost ''all'' PlayerMooks. It's not until the postgame that you recruit anyone else.
* PrescienceIsPredictable
* RandomlyGeneratedLevels: Some storyline levels contain portions that change every time you enter them, but those created through the Sacred Tome are almost fully randomized.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: See MoralEventHorizon. When even demons (Overlords at that) are disgusted with you for doing it, you know you're a bastard.
* RealityWritingBook: Zetta becomes a type III book.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: According to King Drake, he and Zetta only ''met'' about 10,000 years ago, so imagine how old they must be.
* RecurringBoss: Raiden. Other than Alexander and [[spoiler:Salome]], he's the only true "boss" you fight during the normal quest.
* RewritingReality: Literally. The Sacred Tome creates whatever is written down in it, but takes the {{mana}} of whoever wrote it down to fuel the creation. Overlord-level demons can create entire Netherworlds and just get a little tired, but the mook-level demons you control get killed by the backlash of creating anything. (However, this is a great way to get them to reincarnate if their initial item for creation didn't have any stars.)
* SchizoTech: None of the Netherworlds appear to be very advanced technologically, but the demons fight with all kinds of futuristic weapons - guns, tanks, ''[=UFOs=]''...
* SealedEvilInACan: Zetta. Parodied.
* ScrewDestiny: Attempted; backfires ''[[HilarityEnsues spectacularly]]''
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Sony itself turned down the {=PSP=} port of the game because it simply didn't want another sprite-based game.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: This is how the game is started. The Sacred Tome reveals that Zetta's stupidity will doom the Netherworld. Insulted, Zetta burns the book, destroying everything and proving the prophecy right.
* SissyVillain: Micky.
* ShoutOut: Like all good Nippon Ichi games, there's plenty -- [[MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail "I didn't know we had an overlord. I thought we were an autonomous collective."]] springs to mind...
** In the Japanese audio, whenever Zetta fries someone with his EyeBeams, he calls out [[strike: [[GetterRobo Getta Beeeeaam!]]]] "ZETTA BEEEEAAM!"
** The Mechanic class is wearing headgear straight from ''Manga/AlienNine''.
** Many of the vehicles, like the [[Franchise/MetalGear Gear Metal LEX]], or the [[MobileSuitGundam RX66 Helldam]].
** One of Zetta's powers at the start, Darkness Falls, causes the wall behind the user to turn red. Swords then emerge, leaving ripples behind, and then the swords are launched at the target. [[FateStayNight Faking Mongrel!]]
** Hitting select to cycle through a list of random names when making a character will turn up a lot of {{Shout Out}}s. The ''FinalFantasy'' series seems to get a huge number.
** VERY frequently, characters will insist "go play Phantom Brave" sometimes with "instead if this game!" thrown in.
** King Drake's OneWingedAngel form is a shout-out to ''SazaeSan'', a reference ''noone'' outside of Japan is likely to get.
* ShovelStrike: Shovels are among the less weird weapons in this game.
* SmugSnake: Zetta, even though he started out as a HeroicComedicSociopath. King Drake III definitely falls into this trope, combining it with DirtyCoward.
* SnotBubble: Babylon
** King Drake once Zetta and Pram [[spoiler: Foil his doomed-from-the-start plan to re-write the Sacred Tome.]]
* SpiritualSuccessor: As evidenced by its domestic name ''Phantom Kingdom'', it's this to ''Phantom Brave''.
* StableTimeLoop: The battle against Babylon.
* SuperRobot: The aptly named Robosuit is a BonusBoss that you gain control of after defeating it. Comes with RocketPunch and a V-shaped laser ChestBlaster.
* TakeThat: "...The next game is not another serious drama, is it? [...] If people wanted drama, they would have bought PhantomBrave!"
* TankGoodness: Gear Metal LEX.
* TheDitz: Trenia. Zetta wakes up early in one chapter to find that Trenia has set him on fire and is using it to roast a marshmallow.
* ThemeNaming: Zetta and Petta are both obscure numerical prefixes, meaning "Septillion" and "Quintillion", respectively.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Alexander, God of Destruction, won't allow anyone to defeat Zetta except him. Apparently, their personal feud is at a stalemate, and he's [[EvasiveFightThreadEpisode waiting for the perfect opportunity to even the score.]] Zetta [[UnknownRival couldn't care less]].
* ThisIsADrill: Massive drills make great weapons, though they do reduce your movement range.
* TomeOfFate: The Sacred Tome.
* TooDumbToLive:
** Zetta ''forgot'' about the book that bound together the fabric of his very universe. And then he set it on fire. He also didn't pay that much attention to how he became Overlord the first time.
** The game will lampshade this in one of the NonStandardGameOver [[spoiler:Zetta can go challenge Salome in her prime. Upon defeating her, he starts losing his powers as Salome was the source of his power. A ''hint'' pops up saying what you did wrong to get the game over, which effectively states "Be careful what you wish for because you may end up feeling stupid afterwards."]]
* TheUnderworld: Seedle is its overlord.
* UselessUsefulSpell: The game's two Magic-using classes (The Witch and Sorcerer obviously) gain access to spells meant to weaken the stats of enemy units; which in theory should make them the opposite of a Healer. However, the spells will never work on enemy units whether you are overleveled or underleveled. [[GoodBadBug However, they WILL work on your own forces half of the time, which is actually useful when grinding for Weapon Mastery;]] as you can attack your own teammates to gain Weapon Mastery while also being unable to accidentally kill them if you're extremely strong.
* VisibleSilence: Lampshaded by Alex.
-->"Ellipses are for chumps-- say something!"
* WeaponsKitchenSink: Everything from swords to drums to wrenches to ''balloons'' can be used as a weapon.
* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: Justified. Zetta ''is'' the Book that controls the nearby reality. If he dies, the dimension collapses. In fact, if he gets hurt ''everyone'' gets hurt. You can actually manipulate this, too; while injuring Zetta will cause you to be unable to summon any more units, you can quickly heal or buff your entire team by tossing the appropriate spells at him, so long as you're prepared to deal with the enemies getting the same effects.
* [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch Who's the Overlord now, Bitch?!]]
* [[WhoWritesThisCrap "Who The Hell Writes This Crap?"]] asked Zetta.
* WidgetSeries: As usual with Nippon Ichi games.
* WorldOfHam: Good ''Overlords''. Even by the standards of other Nippon Ichi games, this is a hammy game. Every single one of the dub actors go completely overboard with lines, screaming out their {{Badass Boast}}s and war cries before each fight... and even when there ''isn't'' a scrap going on, everybody seems to be taking bites out of the scenery. Creator/CrispinFreeman and Creator/JamiesonPrice masticate an entire set between them as Zetta and King Drake respectively.
* VictoryIsBoring: In Alex's ending, where [[spoiler: he kills Zetta]] and then wallows in boredom as [[spoiler: Zetta]] was the only one that offered a challenge to him.
* XMeetsY: This game is almost ''exactly'' a fusion between ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'' and ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'', marrying the graphics style, free-range movement, large variety of weapons, and the deployment of allies through a single character that must be protected of Phantom Brave with the turn-based battle system, combos, and the Netherworld atmosphere of the Disgaea series.
* {{Yandere}}: Salome[[spoiler:, especially in the final chapter]].
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