Characters for specific games:
Characters that appear in multiple games in the Disgaea series:
It's a prinny, dood.
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.
Take 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 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, Baal first appeared as a Demon Lord
in La Pucelle
. He Took a Level in Badass
in Disgaea 1
where he became known as Supreme Overlord (or "Tyrant") and was the one who was ultimately responsible for King Krichevskoy's death; it was propaganda that blamed "black pretzels."
In this game, he became a Prinny after his first defeat; it was assumed at the time that this was a reincarnation. Baal appears again in Phantom Brave
, this time taking the form of a Mushroom-esque monster, an Eringer/Funguy. It was assumed at the time that he had gone through his reincarnation period as a Prinny, yet retained his incredible strength. More of his true nature became known in Makai Kingdom
, Baal does not die when his body is killed, rather he merely finds other host bodies to inhabit and he is as old as the universe itself.. This became worse
in Disgaea 2
when he started getting more than one body. In Disgaea 3
, Baal has more of a storyline, he is stealing traits from various characters for some unfathomable reason. Expect lots and lots of Level Grinding
to be anywhere near capable of fighting Baal, his HP tends to be in the millions.
Notably, Baal was absent from Zettai Hero Kaizou Keikaku
; in fact, Valvoga's
description states that he conned Baal out of the Bonus Boss
position. Nevertheless, Baal's made his appearance as a Bonus Boss in Prinny 2
and returns as a DLC Bonus Boss in Disgaea 4
and Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness
- Ambidextrous Sprite: Applies to all of the games sprites of course, but is especially noticeable on Baal, whose cape constantly switches the fist it's covering with as much as a tilt of the camera.
- Body Surf
- Bonus Boss: Probably the ultimate example.
- Scarily enough, he's not the hardest example; really, beating Baal is a trial in level grinding and patience to get your stats high enough to kill him in one round.
- Bragging Rights Reward: Beating him usually results in little beyond a title change to Lord of Terror. Of course, if you did actually get anything from beating him, it'd be rendered useless simply on the basis that you already just beat the one guy literally one thousand times more powerful than anything outside of a Nippon Ichi game ever.
- In order to justify this, there is usually a stronger version of Baal lurking somewhere in the game.
- Also, each game has a set of "Stronger Enemies" and "Weaker Enemies" bills you can use to make him tougher, along with the rest of the game...
- Characterization Marches On: Essentially a Flat Character that never even spoke in his early appearances, he has more recently been given SOME personality in that despite being an absurdly powerful demon, he apparently needs money.
- Demoted to Extra: Kinda. In Disgaea 4 he only appeared as a DLC Bonus Boss, and in Disgaea D2 he was only added in a patch.
- Dimension Lord
- The Dreaded: Even the most egoistical characters are afraid of him.
- Eldritch Abomination: Really powerful and as old as the universe itself. How is this not an H.P Lovecraft reference?
- Evil Tower of Ominousness: His castle.
- From Bad to Worse: If you lose to Prinny Baal in Makai Kingdom, he'll go on to conquer the other netherworlds and make prinnies the dominant species and rulers of the universe.
- Galactic Conqueror: He's state to have conquered every Netherworld he come across before coming to Krichevskoy's netherworld. If you lose to him in Makai Kingdom, he goes on to conquer the entire universe.
- Impossible Thief: A plot in Disgaea 3 revolves around everyone gunning for him, outraged that he stole things such as Mao's "precious item", Flonne's commemorative DVD Box set, Laharl's height and screen time, Marona's innocent and pure heart, and the second "A" and space in Master Big Star's name. In the end, it turns out he didn't actually steal anything to begin with.
- Joker Immunity: Despite his numerous appearances, he never seems to die. Makai Kingdom states he's an aggregate of evil souls, and that any time he's defeated, he'll just find another body and come back later.
- Killer Rabbit: Not always, but always taken to the logical extreme when he is. Level 9999^23 prinny, anyone?
- His Eringa form in Disgaea 3 screamed Killer Rabbit with its cutesy voice and lovable shroomy exterior. But as soon as the party checks his level...
- Marathon Boss: Depending on the game and stats of the player's party, Baal can turn out to be this, but his Disgaea D2 incarnation takes the cake. Among the few who have beaten him, even fewer have done it in under 30 minutes.
- Me's a Crowd: Some fights with him have more than one of him around. In Disgaea3, this works with an Evility that makes him/them immune to one attack or skill used him for every Baal present, meaning he has to be hit repeatedly to hurt him.
- Multiversal Conqueror: And Laharl's Netherworld was next on his list. He was stopped by Krichevskoy giving up his life to seal him away.
- Non-Standard Game Over: Some outcomes of battle with him end like this. If Laharl is the party leader in Makai Kingdom, then even if you defeat Baal, Laharl will destroy the body Baal's inhabiting (which, naturally, belongs to Zetta), leading to a game over.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: In his traditional Tyrant form, his sprite will almost always tower over everything in the game. Case in point...
- Exemplified in Prinny 2, where he's the biggest enemy in the game!
- Physical God
- Power Levels: The lowest level he's ever been at was 2000, during his La Pucelle incarnation. Later titles made his default level 4000. In later versions, his level was literally over 9000. Then his level became an exponent of 9999. And THEN he was given an absurd array of evilities that make him impossible to beat in a straight fight.
- Serial Escalation: Baal takes the concept of the overpowered Bonus Boss. Progressively more so in each installment.
- The Speechless: With the exception of Disgaea 3, Visible Silence and battle grunts are his only form of communication.
- Took a Level in Badass: When it looked like Pringer X was going to phase him out as the premier Bonus Boss, he returns in Disgaea 4 with a vengeance, now far outstripping Pringer X in power and packing Evilities that make killing him an outright marathon. Disgaea D2 makes his stats even more insane, gives him a version of Pringer X's evility Special Skill Solved, along with a number of other nasty tricks.
- Villains Out Shopping: His DLC appearances in Disgaea 3 and Disgaea 4 has him showing up for job interviews. In the former, Almaz guesses that even Tyrants need work.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: In all his appearances, his attacks all consist of summoning giant swords, sum of which are as big or bigger than he is, and don't have any fancy effects. Thing is, these hurt a lot, in Disgaea 4 his standard attack can one-shot a level 9999 character.
Stupid Wiki! Couldn't even find a good image of me!
The intended heroine of Nippon Ichi's next game following Makai Kingdom
, Asagi's game was dropped after Zetta defeated her and she has become a vagrant Bonus Boss
in all Nippon Ichi
games since, wandering from game to game in the attempt of plugging her own disowned game or trying to commit hostile takeovers to put herself in the main character spot.
- A Day in the Limelight: The alternate mode in the sequel to Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? in which you play as her in her Prinny form. Until her game is actually released (which is in planning stage), this is the closest she has come to being the main character.
- Alliterative Name: Her full name, as shown in both Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? and its sequel, is Asagi Asagiri.
- The Apprentice: Valvatorez makes her his "Prinny Instructor-In-Training" after defeating her in Disgaea 4.
- Arch-Enemy: Zetta to Asagi and for good reason — It's his fault she's stuck as the wandering protagonist to begin with. When they finally meet again in the Netherbattle Tournament, she gives him an ear full.
- Badass Adorable: No matter how many times she fails to become the main character, she just won't give up. Gameplay-wise, she can also be really strong, too.
- Bonus Boss: She has appeared in nearly every NIS game since her initial appearance.
- Break the Cutie: Asagi seems to be getting increasingly insane with each game she shows up in that isn't hers.
- Reality Warper: Apparently, she goes so crazy by the postgame of Disgaea 4 that her one wish starts distorting reality!
- Character Development: By the end of Asagi Wars, while she realizes that she failed to become the main character, she cherishes her friendship with Flonne and saves the Netherworld by launching herself into the incoming battleship Yoshitsuna and by doing so gets her body back.
- Demoted to Extra: One of the most tragically hilarious cases ever.
- Determinator: She's tried how many times to get her own game already? And she shows no sign of slowing down.
- Died Standing Up: In Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?, after her final defeat. She was so determined to become the main character that she just refused to yield ! In the words of the Hero Prinny : "That's dedication, dood !"
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: In Disgaea 4 Valvatorez actually offers her the position of main character because she's just so pathetic. Asagi refuses his offer for this reason and insists on fighting him for the role of main character.
Asagi: I don't need your pity! Ahh, come on, knock it off! Stop looking at me with those pitiful pitying eyes!
- Early-Bird Cameo: A Deconstructive Parody of this is her basic schtick in a nutshell.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Several fans have pointed out that if Asagi ever does get her own game, her main shtick goes 'poof'.
- Guns Akimbo
- High Definition: Subverted and lampshaded in the fourth game, in which she's the only character to retain her old sprite, making her look laughably out of date compared to the rest of the cast. She apparently "missed the memo."
- You can give her a high def sprite through DLC, but still.
Asagi: I don't think it's right to discriminate based on appearances. I'm just a little lower resolution, that's all!
- Hostile Show Takeover: She figures if she can beat the main characters of the various games, she'll prove herself worthy of being a main character. Unfortunately, the inverse also holds - if she's gotten beaten seven times by a Prinny...
- While she drops trying to become the main character in Disgaea D2, she is still trying to play the trope straight by trying to hijack Lanzarote's concert- though she arrives on the scene late. She also plans on offing Laharl so that she can become the Overlord.
- Idol Singer: What she becomes at the end of Prinny 2. She claims she is one in Disgaea Dimension 2, but turns out she didn't even debut or even audition and was planning to hijack the concert of the current Idol Singer, Lanzarote.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Pretty much all of her attempted takeovers paint her as this. She even breaks down crying in the third and fourth game.
- Me's a Crowd: Her appearances in Cladun and Disgaea 4 (as HD Asagi) make it clear there are multiple Asagis running around...somehow.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Happens to her in Disgaea 4. That game uses HD sprites by default, but Asagi doesn't have one, and looks decidedly odd next to the other characters. An HD Asagi is free DLC, however.
- Also in Disgaea 2, where she retained her original sprite from Makai Kingdom, causing her to look distinctly chibi-ish compared to everyone else in the game. Both cases are lampshaded to hell and back.
- Pretty in Mink: Her fur-trimmed jacket in some of the games.
- Recurring Extra: Emphasis on Extra
- Split Personality: Hinted at in her various appearances, but manifests itself most obviously in Prinny PSP.
- The Other Darrin: Lampshaded In-Universe in Prinny 2, mentioning that she can't keep a consistent voice actress or character. Considering the number of voice actresses who have provided her voices (especially in Japan), it's hard not to draw attention to it.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: The ending to Asagi Wars in Prinny 2. She is reincarnated for her Heroic Sacrifice as a Prinny and becomes the biggest idol in the Netherworld.
- The success of Asagi's fan club promotion, leading Nippon Ichi to announce that her game is in the planning stages.
- Happens in Disgaea 4 too. The party tries to convince her that she can be happy without being the main character, and Valvatorez makes her his Prinny Instructor-In-Training.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: She was a fairly cordial individual in her earlier appearances, even when she began her Hostile Show Takeover routine. A string of humiliating failures and defeats later, she's become far more irritable and arrogant... and just a little unhinged.
- Weapon of Choice: She's most commonly portrayed with a pair of handguns, but she's been known to supplement her arsenal with a bazooka and a flail whose head is as big as she is.
- The other two weapons originated from Makai Kingdom, the game in which she made her debut.
- Zettai Ryouiki
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.
Prism Rangers / Nijiranger
Let me make this perfectly clear! I have no friends.
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 Other Darrin: Their voice actors are constantly changing. It's actually explained in-universe in Disgaea Infinite that 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
- In the Netherbattle Tournament, Nisa becomes Prism Red's first legitimate friend.
- In the Fuka and Desco Show, a full team of 7 Prism Rangers is hyped up as a legitimate threat to Desco with none of the usual mocking.