A demon "Honor Student" out to kill his father and take his place as Overlord. Reading far too much manga for his own good, he concludes that the best way to do this is to become the Hero, because heroes always kick Overlord ass.
Tropes associated with Mao:
Accidental Innuendo:invoked An unintentional master of this, whether it's panting heavily and literally drooling over the developments in Almaz's body, demanding for Almaz to teach him about love, or telling Beryl's Girl Posse: "I'm not interested in praise. Reward me with something physical." See also Memetic Molester.
Anti-Hero: He'd never admit it, but he really does calm out a bit after the story. Of course, the interpretation varies from player to player. He'll drop an evil plan if his "friends" bug him enough about it.
A really, really big jerk with a heart of gold. Several times in the game, we meet the embodiment of Mao's "True Heart," and he's basically what Mao would be if Mao were more mature and kind. The irritating jerkass Mao is entirely an affectation, a "surface".
Kick the Morality Pet: In the worse ending he mocks Almaz after he dies which is seen as an in universe Moral Event Horizon instead of him grieving making everyone turn his back on him. He then attacks them, but once Beryl is gone, he loses it.
Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He'll repeatedly mention his "1.8 Million E.Q." (evil quotient?) which is absolutely worthless for understanding basic concepts like love and truth and psychology and friendship. He makes mention of being able to turn people into giant robots or cyborgs but we never see him follow through on that, either.
She Is Not My Girlfriend: Mao has this reaction to everything, not just Raspberyl. Any time he acts with a crumb of kindness or friendship, and someone else points it out, he throws a mini-tantrum about how he has no friends and he's never opened up his heart. See also I Read It for the Articles, which is how he explains his love of superhero comics as mere "research."
Too Kinky to Torture: Mao's biggest disappointment upon learning that his butler Geoffery has been experimenting on him while he's unconscious is that he wasn't awake to remember any of it...Well, the total breach of trust too, but mostly the former. When he confronts him about it, he demands video.
Torture Technician: Comes natural with his love for experimenting and reconstructing his victims.
Tsundere: Much like Laharl, if he does something good, he'll try to deny it.
Why Don't You Marry It?: The rest of the group is pretty convinced that Mao likes mad science in that sort of way. He doesn't exactly help his case against it.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In the "Human World Ending", after each of his party members dies one by one, Mao finally loses it when Super Hero Aurum kills Raspberyl.. After which, he effortless annihilates him and we are told he destroys the universe, and Mao is left all alone, floating in nothingness for all eternity.
All-Loving Hero: Minus that one moment in chapter 4, Almaz fits the qualities of one. Kind and caring, always willing to help someone out even if he doesn't know them and is willing to see the good in people no matter how cruel they are. He was even willing to stay with Mao and convince him to stop his plan in attacking the human world and depending on the ending depends on whether or not he is successful.
Anti-Hero: Type 1. Graduates to full hero by the end of the game.
Break the Cutie: The Almaz ending. Also a minor example near the end of the game when he finds out that his superhero isn't all that it seems.
Kill the Cutie: Near the end of the game, he gets killed shortly after protecting Sapphire. Naturally,it doesn't last long. Only in the worse ending does he stay dead and it triggers a string of unfortunate events.
The Knights Who Say Squee: Almaz is a tremendous Super Hero Aurum fanboy, and admits to owning a tremendous amount of merchandise based on him. Naturally, he has the most trouble out of the main characters in accepting that Aurum is really evil.
Morality Pet: Not to the extent of Beryl but also serves as one to Mao as shown in the worse ending where his death contributes part of Mao's Face-Heel Turn and turns everyone against Mao.
My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction to what he does to Mao in chapter 4. Thinking he did a good thing by pulling the plug and shutting down his father inside of his heart, Almaz didn't realize that he mentally destroyed Mao in the process.
Spanner in the Works: Because of Almaz' presence, the Big Bad could not accomplish his goals of turning Mao into the perfect Overlord that he wanted him to be. Almaz is the reason that Mao opens his heart effectively ruining his plans to have Mao go to the dark side. This is the reason why Aurum wanted him dead the most, but Almaz managed to cheat death at the very end resulting in a Villainous Breakdown the beginning of chapter 8.
In a sense, Almaz is the very reason why Aurum fails to get everything he wants in multiple endings. In the worse ending, Almaz may have stayed dead as he planned, but it resulted in Mao being too powerful for Aurum to kill (Beryl also contributed to this). In the Almaz ending, Almaz prevents Mao from killing Aurum meaning he's alive to see that the hero he failed to kill not only prevents his death but also is the new Overlord. And in the normal and Super Hero Mao ending, Mao refuses to kill him and either experiments on him or forces him to be his butler again. In other words, Almaz is the very person that screws him over with everything he planned for 200 years.
What the Hell, Hero?: While Almaz didn't know that pulling the plug would make Mao's mind revert back to a baby, announcing his attentions after he promised Mao he would stay by his side and then later using the Princess as an excuse for wanting to leave the Netherworld while Mao was in that infant state gets him chewed out by Geoffrey, Champloo and Sapphire with Sapphire being the one that sends him into a minor Heroic BSOD but quickly recovering thanks to Champloo's lecture that makes him go back into Mao's heart to set things right.
Princess of her kingdom. Very aggressive despite her appearance. Probably best described as a Cloud Cuckoolander raised by Machiavelli. Has decided that the best way not to be a Distressed Damsel is to kill via preemptive strike anyone who might kidnap her.
Save the Princess: Inverted. She watched a countless stream of servants and heroes get themselves killed in her name. Now she's going to kill anything and everything that might threaten a hero. And she can. Also the reason she's Ax-Crazy.
Secret Test of Character: When chewing Almaz out in chapter 4, it was a test to see if he was really the kind of person she thought he was, thus worthy of her affection. In a rather deadpan way, she states she would have killed him if he failed.
Shipper on Deck: If the drama CD's are anything to go by, seems like she ships Beryl and Mao.
Wrong Genre Savvy: Her initial plan to enter the Netherworld to kill the Overlord plotting to kidnap her, except as she learns, there was no demons planning to kidnap her. [[spoiler: Instead, actually going to Netherworld puts her in danger since do her nearly ending up in a trap Aurum set for Almax.
Yandere: And how! Almaz tends to be safe from her murderous impulses, though he does get hit by her on occasion...
Mao's childhood friend and the school's resident delinquent (a position which she maintains by being an almost Messianic Do-Gooder) who tries to talk Mao out of the whole "Hero" thing because she thinks he might end up stealing her thunder. Calls herself Beryl and comes with her own posse of Technical Pacifists.
Tropes associated with Raspberyl:
Alpha Bitch: Beryl is the demonic verion of this, which is an inversion.
Anti Anti Christ: Okay, not nearly as dramatic as most examples, but she's a demon who's rebelling against the perceived notion of "demonness."
Delinquents: An inversion as she is considered a delinquent because she's an unashamed Goody-Two Shoes; yet glories in opposing her society's standard for its own sake.
The Fettered: By her dedication to being a delinquent, to the point that she's forced to bow out of fighting Mao several times because she has to hurry off to class or make it home before her self-imposed curfew.
Never Trust a Trailer: The opening shows demons raising their arms and singing as Beryl runs down the halls into class, as if they're praising her. Two big problems with this, a) All of Evil Academy seem to despise her for being a Noble Demon, and b) She would never even consider running down the halls. She even tells Kyoko and Asuka not to ever dare do it practically at the very beginning of the game, before we even know who she is.
Trailers Always Spoil: While she would never run in the halls, it turns out her demonic peers actually respect her and are grateful for her help, even if they're mostly too obsessed with appearing properly evil. When she's kidnapped, several express concern, and Mao actually doing something about it earns him high regard.
Older than They Look: 1578 years old, but if you take into account the 100 years = 1 year Demon/Human age exchange rate, she should not look like she's ten, other than the fact that the character designer is a shameless Lolicon.
Onee-sama: How Kyoko and Asuka address her in Japanese; translated as 'my lady'.
Evil Academy's legendary, strict Home Ec teacher, an incredibly enthusiastic practitioner of the deadly Fire Chaos Style Kitchen Fist. He has a tendency to make wise observations wrapped in cooking metaphors, but he's also surprisingly competent and notably altruistic. Tags along with Mao for his own reasons, but seems to know an awful lot about a variety of things despite not being on the school's payroll or its insurance.
Tropes associated with Mr. Champloo:
Batman Gambit: Not the orchestrator, but the prime agent of it. The orchestrator is Mao's dad.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Who knew that various cooking styles could translate so well into deadly martial arts techniques?
Full-Name Basis: Starts regretting it after someone steals the space and letter "a" in his name, and could only afford a new "e", changing his name to Master Bigster. He asks the cast to stop after this, but they refuse.
Mr. Fanservice: One of his abilities even increases the stats of adjacent female allied units.
A member of the Diez Gentlemen. She is an military woman who gives (impossible) orders to her enemies as well as her own men. Quits the Diez Gentlemen soon after she discovers she was working for Super Hero Aurum the whole time.
Tropes associated with Salvatore:
The Baroness: Mostly the Sexpot variant, although she has elements of the Rosa Klebb (Almaz's reaction to her statement that Baal stole her "womanliness" is basically, "what womanliness?")
BFG: Great Gun King, a skill where she summons a Big Freaking GOLDEN Gun out of nowhere, shoots a Big Freaking BULLET out of it, and rides the bullet as it speeds toward the targets.
Mao's loyal and incredibly efficient butler, capable of creating devices on the fly to aid Mao or open dimensional gates that are supposedly incapable of being opened. He does it all so Mao can be the strongest Overlord. And once that happens, he plans on doing battle with him and in the end either defeat him or die in battle against him. In reality, he is Super Hero Aurum, a legendary hero who had battled numerous Overlords, including Mao's father who he killed.
Death Seeker: He's not just looking to die...he's looking to die in a blaze of glory to something unimaginably powerful, the only way a proper hero should die. He actually has died several times in the past, it simply wasn't allowed to stick. This may have been one of the things that sent him... well...
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Like Vulcanus before him, he doesn't understand that good and evil aren't what you're called, they're what you do. He's got the label of "Super Hero" but he's really just a man devoted to fighting more and more powerful enemies.
Villainous Breakdown: He has a minor one at the beginning of chapter 8 upon finding out that Almaz was still alive after that curse was supposed to kill him and another one at the end if Mao refuses to kill him.
Asuka Cranekick and Kyoko Needleworker
Asuka Cranekick and Kyoko Needleworker
Kyoko and Asuka
Asuka and Kyoko are two female demons, a Lady Samurai and Ninja respectively, who work alongside Raspberyl as "demon delinquents". They join the team along with Beryl after their graduation.
Highly-Visible Ninja: Justified with Kyoko as being stealthy is not the delinquent way, preferring to fight in broad daylight instead. It's also probably so that her outfit matches with Raspberyl and Asuka.
Insane Troll Logic: They both keep making hasty conclusions about Raspberyl's lovesickness in their story mode after seeing her depressed and tired, bringing up potential love candidates as they spy on her delinquent actions. In the end, it turns out that she was truthfully tired because she had been making gifts for both of them to congratulate them for being together over 100 years.
I Owe You My Life: Asuka was diagnosed with demon leukemia a long time ago. If it wasn't for Raspberyl being her donor, she would've been in bed even today.
Rapunzel Hair: Like all Shrine Maidens/Lady Samurai, Asuka wears hers in a ponytail.
Recurring Extras: Invoked. They always follow Raspberyl everywhere she goes, including cutscenes. Most of the time they're just there in the background watching everything unfold. Averted a bit in the Updated Re-release where they get their own story mode.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Subtle, but still present. Kyoko is generally the first of the pair to speak up and shows her emotions more strongly, particularly when it comes to her Onee-sama Beryl. Asuka, meanwhile, is more soft-spoken and calmer, though she shows Raspberyl just as much respect.
Tomboyish Ponytail: Kyoko's sweeps upwards, while Asuka's sweeps back and downward. Both styles keep it out of the way.
The Vato Bros. - Chewie, Cholo and Churro by name - are a trio of Orc honor students who (in the English dub) speak with heavy Latino accents. They serve the same game role as Mid-Boss and Axel, as recurring comic relief characters.
Tropes associated with the Vato Bros.:
Flunky Boss: Stages with them usually have the Vato Bros. standing up on a platform away from the action while their lower-level friends attack.
A bizarre girl with the ability to shape shift. She, like Salvatore, is a member of the Diez Gentlemen.Tropes associated with BeyondX:
Strong as They Need to Be: While not the first Disgaea boss to change levels from different times, it's probably worth noting that when you talk to her in the hub area when she's Ms. Machiko, she's listed as level 500, which puts her as being more powerful than the final boss. Both times you fight her, she's nowhere nearly that powerful.
A 15-year old halfling Nekomata raised on Earth. She's unfamiliar with the ways of the Netherworld, so she transfers to Evil Academy to learn more. Though gentle and trusting, she packs a lot of power into her small frame. She's one of two new characters exclusive to the PS Vita re-release.
Tropes associated with Rutile:
Badass Adorable: Cute, adorable, half-human/half-nekomata loli. Capable of defending herself as well.
Crutch Character: Subverted, depending on the player's party levels. On low level parties, she has a special that hits for 1600-2100 damage- enough for the player to breeze through levels. However, She leaves at the end of the chapter, but then joins again after the following map.
Disk One Nuke: Comes with a special that deals massive damage to an enemy. After finishing her scenario, you can use her in the main cycle if your party members are way behind!
Delinquents: Inverted example, much like Raspberyl. She's basically touted as being more of a Delinquent than Raspberyl, even though all she did was pay her school fees.
Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Another reason for her transfer to the Netherworld is to get a better hold on her strength, as she's accidentally destroyed stuff in the Human World schools, causing her to be ostracized.
The sole daughter of the Chief Director of Death Institute, Majin Academy, a rival school to Evil Academy, and also its acting Student Body President. She raises monsters, with slimes and zombies being her favorites. She has a spoiled, uppity attitude, which is strangely countered by an immature, prank-loving side. The second of the two new characters. Her behavior stems from struggling to gain the approval of her father, who was in fact killed by Aurum, but Stella couldn't cope with it and continued trying to earn his approval while talking to his dead body.
Sanity Slippage: After her father was defeated and subsequently killed by Aurum, she slowly fell into this.
Sucky School: Let's just say that it's quite pathetic your Majin school doesn't have above seven students that aren't even close to becoming Majin. It's because of this that Stella tries to ruin Evil Academy's reputation.