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Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (JP), Shiloh Strong (EN), Todd Haberkorn (EN, Disgaea D2)
Adell is the main character of the game and apparently the last remaining unaltered human on Veldime. He has a strong sense of honor and duty, but he tends to favor rushing headfirst into situations and just beating up the problem. Despite this, he's actually fairly intelligent, but would rather solve things quickly. Furthermore, after awhile characters begin to note that he simply likes fighting for its own sake, which he denies by claiming that he's doing everything to fulfill his oaths and protect his family.Adell is actually adopted: When he was two, his parents had to leave on a mysterious errand and left him in the care of their closest friends assuring them they would be back when their business was complete. They did not return, which is what inspired Adell to always fulfill his promises. Further, after an experience with a succubus when he was younger (minds out of the gutter!) he dislikes both girls and demons.
- Battle Couple: With Rozalin during his later cameos. The two always have a 99% team attack chance with each other and they always come as a pair.
- Blood Knight: He says he's doing everything just to help his family, but after seeing him get excited at the prospect of a hard fight one too many times Rozalin starts calling him a battle maniac.
- Bodyguard Crush: He starts out guarding Rozalin because it's the honorable thing to do and refuses to treat her like a hostage. Later, the two begin "fighting."
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Adell is entirely capable of being intelligent. He just doesn't feel like it most of the time, because bashing problems into a fine red pulp is a lot easier.
- Catch Phrase: These tropes are just his style.
- Cutscene Power to the Max: Regardless of level, Adell will effortlessly block a Chaos Impact from a 1000-level Etna. The ensuing fight, however...
- Determinator: Adell actually deals extra damage against opponents of higher level than himself, which is generally the default in Disgaea. Instory, he also puts himself in the way of attack that ought to kill him and keeps fighting.
- Does Not Like Women: After a Deal with the Devil gone sour, Adell defaults to disliking girls. He grudgingly admits that despite being a demon and a girl, Rozalin is still different.
- Fanboy: A 'Dark Hero Days' DLC reveals Adell to be a huge fan of Plenair. Rather than fighting her like other DLC characters, Adell will freak out and ask for her autograph, then hide in his room for two hours out of embarrassment, causing Plenair to join the group out of pity.
- The Fettered: What would Adell be without his oaths? Especially since, as mentioned above, he's loathe to acknowledge his love of battle.
- Fiery Redhead: He's pretty calm normally, but when it comes to fighting he gets quite excited and fiery. Fiery enough to have fire based specials, even.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: Adell and Rozalin's combo attack chance rising as the story progresses, starting at 0% in chapter 1 and ending at 99%. A ghost teases that master/pupil relations have higher combo rates then tells them love ought to do the same. How are you two doing, by the way?
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Adell's strategy generally revolves around 'Punch it harder this time.' It works quite well.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Adell has some facial scars he got off of a succubus, but they're on his cheeks and aren't particularly visible.
- Happily Adopted: He was left by his parents in the care of their best friends before they left to fulfill some other duty. They were demon refugees who left to confront Zenon, but lost and were enslaved.
- Heroes Fight Barehanded: Adell finds weapons just not [his] style, and fights barehanded. He can use other weapons, but he's not very good with them.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Averted. Adell is the only series protagonist to favor another weapon (fists) over swords. Swords are his second-best weapon, though. (Swords are, however, better weapons for using Adell's unique specials, which scale off of Adell's Attack stat instead of 50/50 Attack and Speed like Fist specials do.)
- Honor Before Reason: Rozalin finds her trust in him frustrating and insensible since he actually knows for a fact that she's been lying to him.
- Hot-Blooded: Though normally calm, when he gets closer to an interesting fight he gets excited. During the tournament he begins weirding out his siblings by not being happy at the prospect of fighting Zenon.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: He thinks he's a human throughout the story due to his parents faulty memory and his own birth defect giving him normal ears, but he's actually a demon himself.
- Idiot Hair: He has a massive red lock sticking up out of the top of his head... but he's actually not as dumb as he looks.
- Idiot Hero: He always favors direct confrontations, though it turns out he's choosing to be that way. He could think through problems.
- If It's You, It's Okay: Adell gets to a point where he doesn't hold Rozalin's incredible feminine sexiness against her. It takes a while.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": When Pleinair is made available as DLC, the scene where she is recruited has Adell ask for her autograph instead of challenging her to battle. Unfortunately, he gets so embarrassed by what he did, he runs to his room in tears.
- Last of His Kind: Known as the last unaltered human in Veldime. It turns out to be because he was never a human in the first place. His adopted parents memory was muddled and they forgot that Shura and Selion, his parents, were demon refugees.
- Meaningful Name: Adell's name is derived from "adel" which is Arabic for "justice" or "fairness".
- Only Sane Man: As far as Adell is concerned, he's the one normal guy surrounded by freaks.
- Overrated And Underleveled: He begins the game at Level 1, as befitting the hero of an RPG. But he's already traveled all over the world of Veldime looking for Overlord Zenon, and Veldime has some pretty dangerous regions to search through. When he couldn't find the Overlord, he instead traveled all over Veldime again to collect the ingredients his mother needed to summon Zenon — which included killing a few mighty beasts. So, he's supposed to be much stronger in the story than his level in the game indicates. He even looks down on Rozalin at first despite her starting just as strong.
- Playing with Fire: All of Adell's special attacks are fire-based.
- Power Fist: Adell's best weapons and the ones he uses instory regardless of what you equip him with are things like brass knuckles and heavy gloves.
- The Power of Trust: Adell's sheer commitment to believing in Rozalin gets her to grudgingly stop attempting to get him killed and instead try to think of a way to compromise between her father and the humans.
- The Promise: Whenever he's asked why he's going so far to do something, his only response is that he promised to do so and that he fulfills all his promises. Even if you turn out to be a million year old Demon God threatening to kill him and everyone he knows.
- Self-Made Orphan: His parents are the boss of the penultimate chapter. Around the same time, his adopted parents remember what happened to them and indicate they'll tell Adell what happened to his parents after he finishes defeating Zenon.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Around chapter 10, Adell and Rozalin start going this way about each other. They don't fool anybody. As of Disgaea 4, they now have trouble convincing people that they're not married.Etna: Awww, you have one of those kinds of relationship!
- Shout-Out: Really, Adell is a walking Shout-Out to the King of Fighters series. Case in point.
- Supporting Protagonist: He's The Hero, but Rozalin is the focus of the story.
- Weirdness Magnet: He decides he must be a freak magnet in chapter six since all these weirdos keep picking fights and joining his group.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Assumes there is a reason that he isn't effected by Zenon's curse and that that is the reason he'll be able to defeat him. He's half-right, it's just that the reason Zenon's curse doesn't turn him into a demon is because he's already one.
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)
Rozalin is the daughter of Overlord Zenon, though her very existence was a tightly guarded secret from the world. At the beginning of the game, Adell's mother attempts to summon Overlord Zenon, but only succeeds in getting Rozalin to appear, much to everyone's confusion. Bound by the summoning ritual, Rozalin cannot leave on her own and must help lead them to her father. Due to being kept in isolation, she is quite sheltered from the world and more than a little spoiled. Despite this, she turns out to be surprisingly nice and quickly becomes close to both Taro and Hanako. Still, she's quite arrogant and prickly, leading to much banter with Adell.
- Adaptational Wimp: From gunfighting badass with a Super-Powered Evil Side to an untrained princess whose full power is mostly unrevealed in the manga.
- Amnesiac Dissonance: Rozalin is a little grumpy but otherwise fairly friendly. Overlord Zenon, though, is convinced that everyone will betray her and will kill them before they can.
- Badass Princess: She does start out very weak, but halfway through the story she's much stronger. She's not a front line fighter, but it's indicated that her contribution to the fights is pretty high. Indeed, she gets annoyed or perhaps even hurt when Adell doesn't want to admit how good she's gotten.
- Battle Couple: With Adell during her later cameos. The two always have a 99% team attack chance with each other and they always come as a pair.
- Berserk Button: Do not imply that Overlord Zenon does not care for her, or that Rozalin is not his true daughter. The fact that Rozalin reacts so strongly is more than a little telling about her own doubts.
- Buxom Is Better: Her biggest critique of Etna is the demon lord's lack of breasts.
- Catch Phrase: "For I am the one and only daughter of Overlord Zenon." and, as her real self, "I am a being of solitude."
- Chained Heat: Rozalin is bound to fulfill the terms of the summon and thus cannot leave on her own before she takes Adell to Zenon. If Adell were to break the summon instead, he would die. Of course, neither one actually challenges this: If they had, either could have left easily.
- Chekhov's Gun: The Four-Leaf Clover emblem that Rozalin displays as proof of her connection to Overlord Zenon. It's actually a magical seal that keeps her Superpowered Evil Side in check. When she is first summoned by Adell's mother, a similar emblem appears and shatters, hinting at the emblem's true purpose as a seal.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She starts off cold and hostile to Adell, but she grows attached to Hanako and Taro and eventually admits that she does not really want Adell to die anymore.
- Doomed Hometown: After she's summoned, Zenon has her palace destroyed and her servants killed offscreen. Fifteen years ago, he did the same to the Snow Clan that she reincarnated into.
- Ermine Cape Effect: Always wearing her dress. Sure it's Limited Wardrobe, but the effect is the same.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: She starts off pretty weak and spoiled, but learns to fight over time. She still resists being a frontline combatant, though.
- Flower Motifs: Roses. Her name (Rozalin/Rosalind), signature weapon (Noble Rose) and unique specials (Rose Thorns and Rose Liberation) all make mention of the flower.
- Friend to All Children: Though hostile to Adell, she appreciates Hanako and Taro. She decides to make them her servants, something Taro embraces wholeheartedly.
- Gainaxing: She bounces with any large movement, even just walking a few spaces.
- Gameplay and Story Integration
- Adell and Rozalin's combo attack chance rise as the story progresses, starting at 0% in chapter 1 and ending at 99%.
- In her backstory she used the reincarnation feature to shed most of her power.
- Gatling Good/More Dakka: Her "Rose Thorn" special ability.
- Giant Waist Ribbon: In addition to all the other ribbons on her dress. Much like the other members of the Snow Clan.
- The Gunslinger: She's best suited towards using guns.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Though a little prickly, Rozalin is a surprisingly caring person for someone raised on demon ethics.
- He Is Not My Boyfriend: Around chapter 10, Adell and Rozalin start going this way about each other. They don't fool anybody. As of Disgaea 4, they now have trouble convincing people that they're not married.
- Hellish Pupils: She has white, slitted pupils that Yukimaru notes is a common trait of the Snow Clan. Rozalin suggests that perhaps her mother was from there, though she doesn't know for sure. Which is technically true. And so is her father. And neither one is Zenon.
- Hello, Nurse!: Story and gameplay; Rozalin powers up nearby male units. One of her unique specials, Kneel Before Me, is also one of the best offensive buffs in the game, simultaneously raising every possible offensive stat except for Speed on up to five units.
- High Class Gloves: Her royal dress includes long gloves.
- Humanoid Abomination: Is the reincarnated form of Zenon. She is only technically this as she looks totally normal. But when she is fully awakened,then the shit really hits the fan.
- An Ice Person: She can learn Ice magic up to Omega level in later games. This hints at Rozalin being a member of Yukimaru's Snow Clan.
- Instant Runes: To prove her lineage, she can make a giant four leafed clover appear, which is a known symbol of Zenon. Of course, which Zenon isn't clear. She probably did it to herself, though.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's grumpy and arrogant, but she's also quite protective of people around her. Slowly mellows out to Spoiled Sweet.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Fights in a massive, bulky dress at all times.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Substitute Overlord in for mad scientist and you've got it. She's sheltered and spoiled, but when she starts meeting more people she begins to get uneasy about what her father has been doing.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her bouncy chest, skimpy and tight dress bodice, sweet yet haughty demeanor.
- Ojou: She's a rather sheltered princess, though she adapts pretty quickly to a poorer lifestyle after the summon.
- Pimped-Out Dress: She wears a huge poofy black dress covered with red and yellow trim and ribbons.
- Pretty Freeloader: After being summoned, she stays with Adell's family. In Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten DLC, Adell refers to her as a 'Freeloader who's staying at my house'. Her reason for trying to join the Hades Party is to buy a bigger house for all of them
- Rich Bitch: Subverted. At first she and Tink scoff at Hanako's simple cooking, but she agrees to try it with little prompting and agrees that it's delicious.
- Royal Blood: To anyone who asks or more frequently those who don't, she will proudly declare her lineage and relation to Overlord Zenon. She's actually from a clan of ninja in this current incarnation. As Zenon, who knows?
- Small Girl, Big Gun: Normally, she uses some variation of a handgun, but for her Rose Thorns skill she pulls out a pair of Gatling guns.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: If the seal on her is broken or weakened, her original memories return with her power. Doing so makes her powerful enough to give a beatdown on Laharl bad enough that he actually runs away as quickly as possible, but she then views everything as an enemy. Apparently, everyone Zenon has ever gotten close to betrayed her thus "I am a being of solitude."
- Talking to Herself: With Taro in the dub.
- Tomato in the Mirror: She's not the daughter of Overlord Zenon. She is Overlord Zenon.
- Tsundere: She has characters calling her out on it and a database entry in Disgaea Infinite that uses her as an example. Type A.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: She's pretty critical of Adell's recklessness and love of fighting.
- Winged Humanoid: She sports a pair of large, batlike wings, though considering how little she uses them they're more of an accessory than anything. Even when flying as Overlord Zenon she appears to be doing it with magic, not her wings.
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)
Taro is Adell's little brother. He has cow-like horns, dresses in white with black spots and has special abilities with milk. He's something of a momma's boy and rather timid, but he grows infatuated with Rozalin and requests to be her servant.
- Ambidextrous Sprite: That band-aid appears on both sides of his face in cut scenes, depending on which way he's facing.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: In the worst ending, Adell, possessed by Zenon, brutally kills and devours him.
- Happiness in Slavery: He will, under his own volition, become Rozalin's slave and his title will change to "Rozy's Slave."
- Morality Pet: Both Rozalin and Axel show their kinder sides by making sure he's okay.
- Precocious Crush: He has a huge crush on Rozalin and wants to be her servant. It even becomes his class when he joins.
- Put on a Bus: Along with Hanako, Tink, and Yukimaru, he hasn't been released as a DLC character in future Disgaea games.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His normal attack and "Crybaby Strikes" are him just flailing his fists around. But it's effective nonetheless, especially with him being a demon, and his counterattacking ability.
- Stone Wall: Starts with decent movement but poor jump, but has 130% modifiers in Defence and Resistance, has a DEF and RES buffing technique, and an attack that lowers enemy attack, hit and intelligence, and also possesses a self-healing move, making him a useful "paladin" style note tank until the post-game.
- Talking to Himself: With Rozalin in the dub.
Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi (JP), Stephanie Sheh (EN)
Hanako is Adell and Taro's younger sister. Like Taro, she was born after the curse began and doesn't care about becoming human again, but since she wants to help Adell and finds adventuring fun she wants to tag along with him. She likes to bully Taro and begins hero worshiping Etna, wishing to grow up to be a Demon Lord 'as cool as Etna and twice as sexier!'
- Age-Inappropriate Dress: She's 9 and wears tiny strips of white cloth.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: In the worst ending, Adell, possessed by Zenon, brutally kills and devours her.
- Future Badass: The final downloadable character is her 10 years in the future. You have to fight her to recruit her like the other DLC characters and afterward it seems as though she was basically beating the entire rest of the group using only a fraction of her power.
- Future Me Scares Me: Her 10 years older future self does not take kindly to being summoned and seriously intimidates her.
- I Choose to Stay: In the good ending she leaves to be Etna's apprentice and find a way to permanently become a demon, since Adell's success turned her into a human. Her future self is back to a demon and, what's more, a demon lord on the level of an overlord just like her idol.
- Morality Pet: Etna's a lot nicer to her then she is to the rest of the party. She even Takes the Bullet for her when Zenon strikes at the rest of the party.
- Put on a Bus: Along with Taro, Tink, and Yukimaru, she hasn't been released as a DLC character in future Disgaea games.
- Because Disgaea D2 is confirmed to take place before Disgaea 2, you won't get to see her in the Overlord's Castle.
- Supreme Chef: She's very good at cooking; everyone agrees. Everyone feels that way, including otherwise unpleasable beings such as Etna and Laharl. Which ensures she'll be treated well under Etna's tutelage.
- Token Mini-Moe: She's your younger party member at nine, though Etna doesn't exactly look her age either.
Voiced by: Chihiro Suzuki (JP), Dave Wittenberg (EN)
Around the time Rozalin was summoned from her palace, another of Zenon's palaces was attacked by a mysterious stranger who destroyed the building and turn Rozalin's only friend, Tink, into a bizarre floating frog. He has two personalities, one blue and one red. The blue personality is polite, though selfish and cowardly. The red one is rude as well as selfish and cowardly and enjoys hitting on women. Both of them are the resident Butt Monkey charged by the Netherworld court with the crime of his mere existence.
- Baleful Polymorph: He was transformed into a floating frog by a mysterious attacker that he couldn't identify. At first he assumes it must have been Etna, but upon meeting her finds out she's nothing like the one who cursed him. Next he thinks it's Yukimaru based on dressing like his attacker, but decides it's not her either. The next guess is right. It's Yukimaru's older brother.
- Batter Up: His "Nail Bat" attack, which would be pretty brutal if it wasn't shown as comic violence.
- Bishōnen: His true form is a handsome teenager, though he's still a jerk.
- Butt Monkey: He's constantly abused and attacked. Kinda deserves it too.
- Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: He has the accent and the behavior, but there's no France in Veldime.
- Childhood Friend Romance: He gets jealous of Adell briefly when he joins, but it's not dwelt on further.
- The Dandy: In his true form, he dresses well and looks pretty effeminate.
- Dirty Coward: He's very easily intimidated and is only coming along because Rozalin is making him. That and wanting to get his true form back.
- Fragile Speedster: His blue form has great movement and high a speed stat, but as a fairly frail monster character Tink is pretty squishy.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Tink is an ass to everyone and is treated accordingly.
- Jerkass: He's entirely self-centered and violent when he thinks he can get away with it.
- Just a Stupid Accent: 'E speeks with ze French accent all ze time, oui?
- Lethal Joke Character: His red form gets a stat buff from any adjacent female characters. Any adjacent Beastmaster, as well as Rozalin, trigger both his red form's buff and their own buff effects, giving him truly obscene stat bonuses of 150% or more.
- Motor Mouth: His unique vocal trait in the Japanese dub.
- Put on a Bus: Along with Hanako, Taro, and Yukimaru, he hasn't been released as a DLC character in future Disgaea games.
- Split Personality: He has a red and blue personality. The former is perverted and angry while the latter is polite and reserved, but both are still cowardly jerks. You can switch between them in combat: The red personality gets a boost from adjacent female characters while the blue form gets a more useful movement bonus, making him great for speeding through the item world quickly; it's tied with critical-health Mothmen for the longest possible movement.
- Suicide Attack: Tink's most powerful attack."Goodbye Tink: Tink sacrifices himself, but nobody cares."
- What Could Have Been: His design notes state he would've had a third personality.
Voiced by: Kana Ueda (JP), Lara Jill Miller (EN)
During the tournament before the halfway point in the game, Adell's group runs across a short ninja who is also seeking to defeat Zenon and enters the tournament to get a chance to confront him. After winning by forfeit throughout the matches, she fights against Adell in the semifinals and loses. Following this, Adell reluctantly talks her out of committing seppuku and inviting her to the group so they can confront Zenon together.Yukimaru was one of three survivors of the Snow Clan, a group of ninjas that were decimated by Zenon fifteen years ago. After their master finished teaching her and her brother, he passed away after leaving them with the mission to defeat Zenon. She is a demon like Rozalin and Tink, but has a view of honour similar to Adell's.
- Antiquated Linguistics: She uses the archaic 'de gozaru' in the Japanese version. She says young ninja do it to focus their chi.
- Badass Adorable: The cutest ninja in existence (at least in the Disgaea games).
- Cutesy Dwarf: She's 20, but looks 12.
- Doomed Hometown: Zenon completely annihilated the Snow Clan's village prior to the start of the story. The only survivors were Yukimaru, her elder brother Fubuki, the village elder who saved them and Rozalin, who was born there.
- Driven to Suicide: Played for Laughs, she twice (reluctantly) attempts to kill herself for perceived failures or slights against her honor. The first time, the group tries to let her get on with it until it's clear she's waiting for them to object and the second time Adell tells her to knock it off.
- Elemental Eye Colours: Blue eyes correlates to her ice powers.
- Gender-Blender Name: Names ending in "-maru" are usually masculine. Fits with her brother, Fubuki, who has a feminine name.
- Gratuitous Ninja: One of the few survivors of an old ninja clan... who lived in a world that wouldn't actually need their services.
- Highly Visible Ninja: Although dressed in white, due to living in a snowy land, she still wears it where the camouflage wouldn't work.
- An Ice Person: Her attacks are ice related.
- Ninja Log: One of her unique skills has her doing this but with a snowman instead of a log.
- Older Than They Look: Yukimaru is 20, and the oldest member of the team until Etna joins; she doesn't look a day over 12 and acts that way too.
- Put on a Bus: Along with Hanako, Taro, and Tink, she hasn't been released as a DLC character in future Disgaea games.
- Seppuku: When she decides her mission is impossible, she says the honourable thing to do is to commit suicide. Adell reluctantly convinces her that she ought to use any method she has to win, like forcing herself into the group that defeated her.
- Verbal Tic: In the English version, she speaks mostly modern English but instead adds 'zam' to her sentences which is, again, supposedly to focus her chi. When she drops this, it's a sign that her Henge-master of a brother is pretending to be her.
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (JP), Grant George (EN)
Once, Axel was known as the Dark Hero. He was rich, famous and popular. Now, he is a disgrace only remembered to be laughed at due to tarnishing the evil image of his sponsors. He is on a quest to regain his title and fame, but is never taken seriously. After his first fight with Adell, his producers claim he was murdered and start embezzling money from his show while hiding any evidence that he is alive, much to his annoyance. After a few defeats by Adell, he begins to view him as his rival, at which point the more serious second half of the story begins.Despite his Dark Hero title, Axel is actually a surprisingly decent guy. Though the Dark Hero has no scruples, Axel views it as a character he plays and is not really willing to do anything too evil. Which is what got him in trouble in the first place.
- Autobots, Rock Out!: When the game whips out "Let's Dance at the Last Battle" for the final battle of Axel Mode, you know Axel is going to be kicking ass and taking names.
- Believing Their Own Lies: He seems to be very good at spinning his own outlandish scenarios and wholeheartedly believing in them.
- Big Damn Heroes
- During chapter five he makes up for putting Taro in danger by playing a monster controlling flute no one else could use.
- During the last chapter, he does it again... but then he goes and drops all the controlled monsters onto the crowd he tricked into coming.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Shaped like lightning bolts!
- Butt Monkey: Axel tends to get abused, beaten and mocked whenever he appears. After the tournament, the universe stops trying to make him suffer.
- Breakout Character: Similar to Etna from the previous game, Axel's popularity got him his own story mode in the Updated Re-release as well as guest appearances in all the following games, even returning as a main character in Disgaea 4.
- Chained by Fashion: Wears chains like bracelets.
- Chick Magnet: Manages to get a group of female followers in Axel Mode...except they're all monsters and a masochistic crossdressing angel.
- Cool Loser: For all of the talk about him being a wannabe, a loser and a has-been, Axel is still an incredibly powerful demon rock star with awesome powers.
- A Day in the Limelight: The Updated Re-release has Axel Mode, a prologue to the main game that explains why he's in Veldime in the first place.
- Determinator: He is utterly unshakable in his desire to regain his title.
- Dirty Coward: Cowardice is a good villainous trait, so he embraces it as the Dark Hero.
- Dub Name Change: His original Japanese name was Akutare/Octalley
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: As shown in Axel Mode, he initially refuses to host the travel show in Veldime because it would separate him from his family.
- Expy: Shares a lot of similarities with Alex from Makai Kingdom, right down to his name being an anagram of Alex's.
- Friend to All Children: Axel is shown to be very good with kids (despite the majority making fun of him). His siblings adore him greatly. While Hanako and Taro mock Axel, Axel is shown to not actually harm them despite threatening them the entire time.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Axel is often called weak and pathetic by the majority of the cast but when you recruit him post game or face him in a boss, he's actually has stats about as good as Adell's and with comparable specials.
- Goldfish Poop Gang: He's a boss fight for four of the first half a dozen chapters, but isn't taken seriously at all. During the last confrontation he says that of course he knows he can't win. That's not the point: The point is that that part can be edited out!
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Is strongest with punching weapons.
- Hidden Depths: Despite being called an idiot, Axel is shown to be very good in music and acting. In fact, Pink clearly states that if Axel focused a little more into the acting, he would be better off in this career than taking other jobs that concerned fighting. And Axel declares he's better at singing than fighting. He also has more baggage than your average Butt Monkey leading him to have lots of issues.
- High Collar of Doom: A dark hero can't be dark without one.
- Hot-Blooded: Though dumb, he's even more passionate than Adell.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Eventually, Adell feels so bad for beating him up all the time that he allows Axel to tag along to the first Zenon confrontation.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: He actually does know that his career is in shambles and that nobody cares about him anymore. However, he hides this behind his arrogant and self-centered attitude because he always tries to be in character.
- Informed Attribute: Axel is said to fail at everything he does and his concerts aren't worth going to. Axel is actually a good singer, though not so much when it comes to poetry.
- Insane Troll Logic: Frequently employs this, especially in his cameo appearances.
- Instrument of Murder: His guitar when he uses Shocking Soul or his Love Dynamite S.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He kidnaps Taro and Hanako, but the moment Taro is put in danger he's absolutely horrified and goes to rescue him himself. In his backstory he also ruined his Dark Hero career by refusing to play along with a script that was scaring his little brother and at the end of the game saves the protagonist's from a bunch of reinforcements.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: Even when his brother isn't in real danger, he's not willing to let him down at all. As he puts it, he was a big brother before he was a Dark Hero.
- Master Actor: No one believes him when he claims such but shown in Dark Hero Days, he is shown to get into the character so well that he forgets his own personality. This is also shown in Disgaea 4 where he calls himself Warden Axel and generally acts differently than he did in the second game. He tells the group that he fooled himself when acting and while no one believes him, Axel wouldn't go as low as trying to shoot Valvatorez when his back is turned and hitting Artina instead.
- Musical Assassin: Along with one of his special abilities Love Dynamite S, in the actual game, Axel is shown to be able to use music to his advantage which has lead to some Big Damn Heroes moments.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When he endangers Taro, he's extremely upset. The director shrugs it off by saying it's the price of taking hostages, but Axel rejects his by saying Axel the person and Axel the Dark Hero are entirely different things.
- Noble Demon: Despite being a shameless underhanded bastard at times (which has to do with his acting more than his actual character), he does have something of a sense of honour — Such as when he accidentally endangers Adell's Adorably Precocious Child brother in his vendetta. According to him, the Dark Hero will pull any dirty trick to win, but Axel the actual person is completely different and has a few places he draws the line.
- Not So Different: There's several parallels between him and Adell. They specialize in the same weapons, both are Hot-Blooded, are devoted to their families, and cling to their respective ideals in the face of scorn and mockery. Axel goes along with what's expected of demons simply because that's what's expected of a Dark Hero. Axel even says at one point that he's adopted, though it's left vague as to whether it's true or not.
- Pet the Dog
- After taking some hostages, when one is actually put in danger Axel immediately goes to help out.
- Axel Mode shows clearly that everything Axel does is for his family and that he'd trade his career away in a second for them. In fact, he already did.
- Plucky Comic Relief: For the most part, he's around to keep the mood from getting too gloomy. After the tournament when the plot gets more serious, he stops showing up so much.
- The Pollyanna: Despite the hardship he faces in Dark Hero Days and the treatment the casts give him, he generally remains positive.
- The Power of Rock: His special attacks tend to involve him playing the guitar... and then electrocuting people.
- Recurring Boss: He's fought in the first, second, fourth and seventh chapters.
- Shock and Awe: Some of his attacks are electric based.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He is generally forgotten by the public image but continues to get himself back on TV. However...
- Spell My Name with an "S": Doubling as No Pronounciation Guide, his Japanese name is either romanized as Akutare (straight from the original katakana) or Octalley with Nippon Ichi flip flopping between both spellings. NISA avoids the confusion by giving him the name Axel instead.
- Stepford Smiler: He acts goofy when other people are around, but when by himself or with just the director it's clear that he's pretty anxious about his inability to get back into the spotlight and support his family.
- Technical Pacifist: During Dark Hero Days, Axel mumbles to himself that he hates fighting more than anything. However his character roles and the fact that he's a demon forces him to fight as he would rather run away than deal damage to the opponent...which is why he's almost always getting beaten up by the other characters.
- Theme Music Power-Up: "White Tiger". Subverted in that the boss battle against him where it first comes into play isn't all that difficult. Played straight when it finally appears in Axel Mode.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: In the ending, he has regained his infamy and reputation by pretending the entire Zenon thing was a hoax.
- Unknown Rival: In the Netherworld tournament, Axel refers to Adell as his rival and Adell wonders how beating him up all the time makes them rivals.
- Unusual Eyebrows: He has eyebrows shaped like lightning bolts.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He always wears a loose white jacket that leaves his chest exposed.
- Worth It: Getting beat up by demon overlords for tricking him was worth the price for all the fame and girls he got.
- You Shall Not Pass: It seems he pulls this at the midpoint of chapter 13 but he actually just lures all the baciel away and drops them onto an audience he had gathered.
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN)
Yukimaru's elder brother. Figuratively and literally blind in his attempts to avenge his clan on Zenon, and perfectly willing to murder Rozalin to draw him out.
- Aloof Big Brother: A pretty classic one to Yukimaru.
- An Axe to Grind: Both figuratively and literally, as his stats and proficiencies favor axes.
- Blind Weaponmaster: Unlike Axel, Fubuki is consistently treated as an extremely competent and deadly threat in spite of his disbility. However, the main drawback of his preferred weapons, axes, is low accuracy.
- By the Eyes of the Blind: Is able to discern a number of things about Rozalin that even *she* doesn't know, possibly using Aura Vision.
- Cain and Abel: He and Yukimaru both have the same goal, but while Yukimaru is honorable and friendly, Fubuki is aggressive, cold and ruthless.
- A Father to His Men: Once he takes in Etna's Prinny Squad, he retrains them from incompetent bumblers into a fearsome and dangerous fighting force, using loyalty rather than fear to motivate them.
- Heel–Face Turn: After killing Fake!Zenon once and seeing that it doesn't stick, he returns in the endgame to assist in a mission and teach Yukimaru her most powerful special. He can later be recruited as a bonus character.
- Revenge Before Reason: Rejects almost every attempt to talk him down or reason with him.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He's out to destroy Zenon and anyone associated with him. He first comes into conflict with the group when he attacks Rozalin on the hunch that killing her will make Zenon appear.
- The Unfettered: Unlike his honorable sister, there is very little he will not do to draw out and kill Zenon.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: His Henge arts allow him to disguise himself as a variety of other living things. Prinnies, snowmen, Yukimaru...
Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (JP), Lex Lang (EN)
Overlord Zenon is a legendary demon known as "The God Of All Overlords" after massacring 99 overlords at once and a thousand and in total, after which he vanished. In the present, Zenon is corrupting the world of Veldime for unknown reasons while laying low, inspiring Adell to attempt to defeat him and remove his curse.Though Adell views him as an ultimate enemy, Rozalin beliefs utterly in her father and cites her pampered upbringing as proof of his love for her... though he's never bothered to actually meet her.The truth is that he's actually a fake. He tracked down the real Overlord Zenon a long time ago, seeking revenge for some unspecified wrong. While Zenon was weakened he took over and claimed to be the real thing.
- Adaptational Villainy: Inverted in the manga, in which he is a much rounder character where his desire for revenge against the True Zenon ends up conflicting with his desire to be Rozalin's father.
- Back from the Dead: He's killed twice before you get a chance to fight him. First, he underestimates Etna and gets stomped then does it again to Fubuki. The True Zenon eventually vaporizes him.
- The Battle Didn't Count: After you beat him, he just summons up more power from his curse and defeats your party.
- Big Bad: Adell and the rest of the group are pursuing him in order to end the curse on Veldime or get revenge respectively. Rozalin just wants to meet him, though.
- Captain Oblivious: Unless specifically told something, he's completely unaware of what's going on in the world or even in his tournament. So when the location of his castle is put on the news, the first thing he says upon meeting the party (after being attacked by multiple Overlords throughout the day) is "How does everyone know where I live?!"
- Curb-Stomp Battle: After the final battle, he powers up more and flattens the party, only to be on the receiving of one when the true Zenon is awakened.
- The Dreaded: Everyone is afraid of Zenon. Defeating 100 Overlords in a single night will do that for your reputation.
- It's also played with. Everyone is afraid of him, but his legendary reputation also attracts countless challengers, requiring him to remain hidden just to keep from getting constantly harassed. This is shown when his whereabouts are revealed to the Netherworld News and all kinds of Overlords come a-knockin'.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When Rozalin appears before him, he appears controlling but concerned. It's all an act. It was his idea of revenge on her. In the manga, it appears he did grow to care.
- Evil Is Bigger: The nature of the game's spritework makes it difficult to make him appear any bigger than the heroes but concept art notes that his body is very large and muscular. The manga makes this more visible with Adell barely coming up above Zenon's waist.
- Final Boss: The last level is a fight against him all by himself. That is, unless you're a complete jerk and keep teamkilling Rozalin which causes a boss fight against the True Zenon and the bad end even if you win.
- One-Winged Angel: Assumes a more monstrous and powerful form for the final battle.
- Overprotective Dad: He feels that Rozalin is better off kept away from the outside world and wants to kill Adell and the rest for exposing her. Subverted in that it's not for her own good, but his way of getting revenge on the True Zenon, feeling that he's punishing Zenon by forcing her to live an idle and lonely life. Played straight in the manga where his fatherly instincts end up conflicting with his desire for revenge.
- Resurrective Immortality: He's killed several times through the story, but it doesn't stick so long as he has human consciences to drain.
- Underestimating Badassery: He has a real bad habit of this, which tends to work out badly. First, he fails to realize that despite the title Etna is much stronger than he is. Then he gets oneshotted by Fubuki, necessitating another revival. Finally, at the end, he first assumes he can easily beat Adell's group, requiring him to drain more power to actually do so and risk mass revolt. Then he picks a fight with the real Zenon and finally dies for good.
- Unknown Rival: After he brags about his scheme for twisted vengence, True Zenon's response is, "Why should I care?"
Axel's companion in his quest for fame and glory, the Director is a huge fan of his and wants to see him back in the spotlight, while retaining the spirit of the Dark Hero.
- Ascended Fanboy: In-universe, he's obviously a huge fan of Axel and relishes the chance to work with him.
- Camp Gay: It is strongly implied he's actually in love with Axel. Take his comment "this isn't the Dark Hero I fell in love with", for example.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Even Axel in the remake's Axel Mode just refers to him as "Director".
- The Lancer: Axel's right-hand and faithful ally.
- Undying Loyalty: No matter how many times Axel gets beaten down, the Director is there to help him back up.
- What the Hell, Hero?: While Axel finally gets his fame back, the Director feels he's sold out and betrayed the spirit of the Dark Hero to do it.
A member of the Evil Rangers met in the PSP remake's "Axel Mode", she joins Axel after he beats up the Evil Rangers. She's aware he's a total idiot, but it's why she loves him.
- Ascended Fangirl: Is constantly fawning over Axel and punctuating her sentences with heart icons to show her adoration.
- Cat Girl: A monster in a cat costume, but the effect is the same.
- Improbable Weapon User: She attacks by whacking enemies in the head with a fish.
- Ms. Exposition: Explains Magichange to Axel.
- Pink Means Feminine: The only female Evil Ranger.
- Power Fist: Her Magichange turns her into one.
- Stealth Insult: She disguises her insults at Axel's behavior as compliments.
- Verbal Tic: She meows often when ending sentences.
A rising film star Axel meets on the set of a movie he's in, she relinquishes her role to him because she's a fangirl and has always wanted to be in a movie with him.
- An Axe to Grind: Her Magichange is to turn into an axe.
- Ascended Fangirl: Unlike Evil Pink, she genuinely adores Axel and looks up to him.
- Badass: She's a Level 125 Great Wyrm, one of the most powerful monster classes in the game. Give her a good weapon and watch her deal thousands of points of damage with one attack.
- The Big Guy: She doesn't do much in battle aside from dish out high amounts of damage. But she's good at it.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Joins Axel after losing to him in battle.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": She's never given a name, she's just "Actress".
- Our Dragons Are Different: She's a Great Wyrm palette swap with a custom blue body with white smoke. Notably her introduction in Axel Mode brings back the Great Wyrm after the original release left it out.
- Playing with Fire: Her abilities are all Fire-based.
- Samus Is a Girl: Axel is surprised to learn the giant blue fire-dragon he just beat up was a woman, and the lead actress no less.
Main Hero B
A masochistic angel met in Axel Mode, Axel inadvertently saves him from being eaten by demons, much to his disappointment. He then joins Axel's party.
- Combat Sadomasochist: Enjoys pain and violence to an exaggerated degree.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Yes, he is a male. He has a very feminine appearance and, in the dub, a very effeminate voice, but gender-specific stat bonuses and his Disgaea 4 cameo confirm he's a male.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: All-around average weapon mastery ranging from D to B, and 100% aptitude in most stats with 120s and 130s in spellcasting stats. And as an Angel he learns a combination of healing and offensive spells.
- Our Angels Are Different: For one this one is a total masochist who gets excited at the prospect of being physically harmed. Gameplay wise he introduces the Angel class in the PSP remake.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Apparently this is a universal trait of angels, but Main Hero B takes to the point of volunteering to be dismembered and eaten at a demon banquet. His class is even given as "Angel Masochist".
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has pastel lavender hair.
The Masked Servants of Zenon
Though Zenon is reclusive and does not even meet with his minions, he does have two trusted servants: The masked generals Shura and Selion. Both are quite powerful and have apparently served him loyally for years, though they are unemotional and muted. He tasks them with finding Rozalin and bringing her back, but when Selion finds Adell's group she has an attack of sympathy and hides the information from her master. Throughout the story, they quietly do their best to help Adell's group, though they do not know why and cannot oppose Zenon directly
- The Atoner: They do not serve Zenon by choice and have committed many crimes in his name.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: When seeing how nice they are, Adell is puzzled. Instory, they speculate that perhaps they're altered humans with some of their conscience left. Nope! They're just demons who are basically normal people.
- Co-Dragons: The pair are Zenon's most powerful servants and the only two seen to interact with him directly.
- Enigmatic Minion: It's not quite clear why they work for Zenon for quite some time, leaving it mysterious as to why Selion keeps helping Adell out. They've been enslaved and their memories wiped, but Selion can still sort of tell who Adell is.
- Generation Xerox: The manga shows that Shura prior to his enslavement looked a lot like Adell but with messier hair and a cigarette in his mouth.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: The dialogue before the fight reveals to the protagonist's group that they were demon refugees who tried to stop Zenon and failed, losing their free will in the process. They beg Adell to "release us from these husks!"
- Luke, I Am Your Father: After the boss fight with them Adell's adoptive father finally remembers what happened to Adell's parents and who they were, but of course Adell just gave them a Mercy Kill. He doesn't know who they were, but his adoptive parents say they have something to tell him after he gets home.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: They really are demons, but they're perfectly decent people who just wanted to live in peace as humans.
WARNING — the following character profile is full of unmarked spoilers for the end of the game.
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)
After the tournament, questions begin to arise about whether the man the group have been searching for and just confronted is actually the true Zenon, especially after he was easily defeated by Etna and treats Rozalin quite callously. It turns out he isn't Zenon after all. The real Zenon, after defeating all those Overlords and Demon Lords fifteen years ago realized she had become too monstrous and powerful. Thus she reincarnated herself as Rozalin, sealing her true power and her memories. The fake Zenon raised Rozalin as his daughter in an act of petty vengeance and assumed Zenon's identity, keeping her isolated from the outside world to control her and keep the True Zenon from returning. Unfortunately when Laharl shatters the magic seal Rozalin produces to prove her lineage to Zenon, he unleashes True Zenon once again.
- Anti-Villain: Zenon is extremely powerful and dangerous to everyone, but it's actually a fairly sympathetic portrayal: First, she's becoming something fundamentally inhuman. Second, it's implied that everyone she has known has betrayed her over the course of her long, long life.
- Ax-Crazy: Zenon is one of the most powerful beings in the entire Disgaea series and has started to become something other than a demon. Apart from this, Zenon is also incredibly paranoid.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: Zenon's eyes are completely black apart from the red irises.
- Catch Phrase: Most of what Zenon says is variations on "Are you my enemy" or the more undirected "I am a being of solitude."
- Creepy Monotone: Zenon speaks with very little emotion.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Zenon absolutely flattens Laharl at the tower and later the fake Zenon. The former is especially impressive given that Laharl has canonically beaten Baal before, but simply had to run here before she could kill him.
- Deconstruction: Demons fighting and backstabbing each other to become the Overlord is generally used for comedy, but Zenon shows just how psychologically damaging and horrible such a world can be. She also deconstructs the idea of reincarnating — the player just does it to get strongers units by mixing and matching character classes. Zenon did it to contain her own power because she was too strong already.
- Eldritch Abomination: After fighting off challengers for eons, Zenon eventually grew too powerful and started to become something much worse than a demon. Reincarnation and a power seal offered a way out until Laharl woke her up again. And that's not even getting to the amount of Overlords and Demon Lords she murdered back in her day.
- Hades Shaded: Zenon's skin is a few shades darker than Rozalin's as well as darkening all over in general.
- I'm a Humanitarian: In the worst ending, Zenon devours Taro and Hanako.
- Knight of Cerebus: While wholly evil, the fake Zenon is also sorta comical. The real one? She will simply kill anyone she sees and maybe eat you if she feels like it. Any time she appears, shit is either about to get real or already has.
- Love Redeems: In the good/canon ending, Adell either suppresses the Zenon personality or actually gains her trust, reverting her to Rozalin. How? With a kiss, of course.
- The Older Immortal: Most of the demons seen are on the order of a few thousand years old with Seraph Lamington being about ten thousand years old. Zenon? Zenon is stated to be on a million year reign of terror.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Zenon has killed a thousand Overlords and is hostile to anyone in their presence. Not exactly by choice, however. Zenon slowly started becoming something worse than a demon and even the sane side of her personality was incredibly paranoid, fearing betrayal from anyone who got close to her.
- Promoted to Playable: Acts as Rozalin's Overload in Disgaea 5.
- Reincarnation: Tired of fighting and fearing what she was becoming, Zenon fled to a backwater world and reincarnated into an obscure demon clan hoping to escape fighting. The fake Zenon tracked her down, however.
- Samus Is a Girl: Nobody knows much of anything about Zenon since anyone who meets him tends to quickly die but 'he' is actually inaccurate. Zenon is female.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The true Zenon doesn't care about Veldime except in that it was a quiet world to get lost in and start over. However, the fake tracked her down and set up camp there.
- Walking Spoiler: Once you know that the Zenon above is a fake and there's a real one out there somewhere, you know the story isn't as simple as it looks. That the real Zenon is Rozalin's Superpowered Evil Side is just another layer under it.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: If Zenon's dialogue is anything to go by, she has been betrayed by essentially everyone. Servants, friends, everyone. She doesn't trust anyone anymore.