Characters for specific games:
- Disgaea: Hour of Darkness (and by extension Disgaea Dimension 2: A Brighter Darkness)
- Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories
- Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice
- Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten
- Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance
Characters that appear in multiple games in the Disgaea series:
Voiced by: Junji Majima (JP)
Not actually a character per se, but still deserving of mention. Prinnies are exploding demon penguins who talk like Surfer Doods which serve as the primary labor force of the Netherworld (Though they exist in Celestia as well and are treated better there). Etna keeps a squadron of Prinnies with her at all times. In fandom, they have been upheld by fans as the unofficial mascots of the franchise, a position since adopted by the developers, leading to their own spinoff game. All Prinnies contain the souls of sinners and criminals and, as such, are designated by the Powers That Be as the Butt Monkeys of the universe.
- Adorable Evil Minions
- The Atoner: Prinnies are the souls of dead sinners trapped in penguin suits, and must work at the Netherworld and Celestia to repent and be reincarnated. In Celestia they must do good deeds (usually cleaning and housework) while in the Netherworlds they do menial tasks (cheap labor and soldiers) for low pay in order to earn enough money to literally pay off their karmic debt.
- Blade Spam: Their stronger attacks consist of throwing knives.
- Butt Monkey: of the Universe
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: Their standard attack is slicing at the opponent multiple times for multiple hits. Because of this, they don't always do very much damage to the opponent unless properly leveled and equipped.
- The Ditz: With some exceptions, Prinnies seem to lose a lot of IQ points upon becoming one. Disgaea 4 all but outright states that Prinny training is what breaks them down from whatever they were into this.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: The shape of their "suits".
- Fastball Special: They blow up upon impact (but can easily get better).
- Furry Confusion: The general behavior in regards to ghosts and Prinnies in Trinity Universe is much like this. Despite being essentially ghosts themselves Prinnies treated fairly normally while non-Prinny ghosts like Pamela are treated as terrifying even, and especially, by the Prinnies themselves.
- The Goomba: When you face them as enemies early game, though you do encounter some high level ones as well.
- Note that even the high level one, generally, can be thrown. And explode.
- Immortal Life Is Cheap: Since "reviving" a prinny involves little more than stuffing them into a new prinny suit, it's impossibly cheap (1 HL) to bring back even the strongest prinny — which is partly why their bosses have no issue with abusing them to their hearts content.
- Killer Rabbit: They're certainly not the most powerful monsters in the game, but like all Disgaea characters you can level/equip/reincarnate one into a wrecking machine. Watching an adorable penguin slice monstrous demons to ribbons is always good for a laugh.
- Lazy Bum: It's implied that most Prinnies become this if left on their own, thus why their masters are usually very strict.
- Made of Explodium: Their human souls, combined with cheap crafted bodies, means Prinnies are highly unstable. Sufficiently jarring impacts cause them to explode. On the downside, this means you can't toss them around the grid for fine unit positioning, which is normally a useful tactic. On the upside, they make great impromptu weapons!
- Mascot Mook
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Human soul contained in a penguin suit that throws knives.
- Player Mooks
- Series Mascot
- Servant Race
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: The Prinnies in Cross Edge manage to earn enough money to reincarnate by the end of the game after being forced to endure the usual treatments from Etna in addition to being Marie's guinea pigs and Felicia's scratching posts, only for Etna to remind them that everything that happened in that world was little more than a dream and that they're still no where near being able to reincarnate.
- Stuff Blowing Up: When they are thrown.
- Undying Loyalty: Although Prinnies must give their lives up to their masters regardless of their feelings toward them, they will be far more willing to pledge theirs lives to the right master. Those that possess this type of loyalty also tend to be far more competent than your average Prinny. Compare Valvatorez and Usalia's Prinnies to Etna and Seraphina's Prinnies. Though a change in master may not yield a change in competence, as Etna's Prinnies are still ineffectual even under Fubuki.
- Verbal Tic: In Japanese, it's tagging a "-su" at the end of sentences, as a slangy version of 'Desu'. In the English dubs, they replaced that with saying "dood" at the end of sentences.
Valvatorez: Prinny Rule No.1! A Prinny must include the word "dood" in every line they say!
- In Disgaea 4, Valvatorez punishes a trainee Prinny for not using the tic in its speech. Apparently they're under contractual obligation!
- A yellow Prinny is immediately ratted out by its kin over its verbal tic of "plip". Probably inherited this trait from Usalia.
- We Have Reserves: Prinnies are treated this way in both the story and the gameplay, since they only cost 1 HL to heal or resurrect.
- Who's Laughing Now?: They did this to Etna in the second game.
- If you lose to Prinny Baal in Makai Kingdom, he leads the prinnies to conquer the universe and become the dominant species.
Pringer XTake all the stats of Baal; and take out any plot description, and you get Pringer X. A Robot Prinny who tends to be even stronger than Baal and (alongside Valvolga) has slowly phased him out as final Bonus Boss in the series (until Disgaea 4's DLC). Originally based on a joke Etna made in her fake trailers in Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, Pringer X nevertheless made an actual appearance in Makai Senki Disgaea Episode 8, and became a true Bonus Boss in Phantom Brave. While Etna has made cheap knockoffs in the Prinny series called "Pringer Z", they aren't nearly as strong.
- Bonus Boss: Gained this position in Phantom Brave.
- Eye Beams: One of his main attacks.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: He's only had plot description on a few occasions. In Disgaea 2's remake he was created by several of the bonus characters, in Disgaea 4 Flonne says he is Great Flonzor X's rival, and in Disgaea D2 Etna claims he's the Fusion Dance of Prinnies that have lost themselves in fight training.
- Humongous Mecha: Prior to Phantom Brave.
- It Only Works Once: His evility, Special Skill Solved, makes it so that any special move used on Pringer X in a battle cannot be used a second time for any damage. This includes when there are multiple bodies. (The immunity is then given to all of them.)
- Killer Rabbit: His size has varied from game to game, but Disgaea 4 has him even smaller than a regular Prinny. He'll still wipe the floor with your entire party, though.
- Lethal Joke Character: A robot prinny doesn't look like much, but this thing is damn powerful, and requires a bit more strategy to beat than most other Disgaea Bonus Bosses due to his evility.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: In Disgaea 4, he's the smallest enemy in the game.
- The Speechless: Valvatorez learns this the hard way.
Takehito "Haradaya" Harada's mascot, she first appears in the first game as a guide to the Dark Assembly (and in the remakes, a very broken recruitable character), and then returns in the second game to take over Etna's role of providing "previews" of the next chapter, in the form of a news broadcast. Accompanied by her rabbit, Usagi, who is also her emergency food source. Usagi's the one who actually does all of the talking.
- All There in the Manual: Her last name comes from the "Pleinair Handbook" by the artist.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Moreso in art that may or may not be canon. While it's by the original artist, but doesn't quite fit with the canon, although eating Usagi isn't exactly very nice.
Pleinair: How would you like to die socially? I'll delete you from all public records.
- In the Disgaea 2 manga, after leaving Laharl's employ after the fiasco with Etna, she's seen working at Netherworld City Hall, where Etna heads to try and get a title change to Overlord. When the title switch fails due to her not meeting any criteria, Etna contemplates trying to blackmail Pleinair, and we get this gem, which gets Etna to back down very quickly:
- Cute Mute: She actually did get a voice in her DLC in Disgaea 3 and Disgaea 4, but it's incredibly low. You'll have to turn off the BGM just to hear it.
- In Disgaea 5 this is entirely averted; Pleinair has a voice and it's audible.
- The Dreaded: Not so much because she's strong but because she has a very vocal fanbase than can get anyone that hurts or offends her axed from the game. Mao, Adell, and Fenrich exercises caution when dealing with her.
- Game Breaker: She has incredibly high dodging and hitting numbers. The latter also goes well with her high gun skills (since their damage is calculated by hit stats more than attack stats).
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals
- On the Next: In Disgaea 2. Usagi does all the talking, temporarily replaced by Axel after apparently she eats one of her Usagi, then when she's left alone due to Axel running off to save the day, in true Cute Mute form, :she acts like she's reporting on the next chapter, visual aids and all, but doesn't say anything.
- Recurring Extra: In Japan she's a Memetic Bystander.
- Sexy Santa Dress: Harada likes to draw Pleinair with this.
- Suddenly Voiced: There have been instances where she speaks.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
- Zettai Ryouiki
Prism Rangers / Nijiranger
Self-proclaimed heroes of justice, the Prism Rangers cameo in each of the main series of Disgaea games. They fight evil, declare the power of love and friendship, and fail miserably in each and every one of their appearances. Really, they're not even on the protagonists' radar. They are almost the human equivalent to Prinnies. But they mean well! Well, Prism Red does. And they're all pretty moronic. And this is Disgaea. But they try really hard.
- All Your Colours Combined: Prism Justice, as shown on the trope page.
- Butt Monkey: They're treated as weak by almost everyone and sadly don't have the skills to prove otherwise.
- Crossover: They have a movie together with fellow Show Within a Show Effort Ninja Gorillian, which Flonne buys in Disgaea Infinite.
- Friendless Background: They have no friends, and most of their misadventures are about them gaining such friends whether it be through becoming the Overlord or recruiting people off the street.
- Large Ham
- The Nth Doctor: Their voice actors constantly changing is explained in-universe in Disgaea Infinite: the Prism Rangers often die and the producers search for or kidnap possible candidates.
- Red Is Heroic: Played with. While Prism Red is the leader of the team and gets the most appearances and lines, he is also usually the most pathetic of the team as he is the only one always actively looking for friends.
- Running Gag: That's not enough colors for a rainbow! They also have no friends!
- Shout-Out: Guess to what.
- Show Within a Show: One of two in the Disgaea universe.
- Throw the Dog a Bone