Characters: Makai Kingdom
Several Overlords flock to one who has... *snort* tragedy befall him. Whether to help, take advantage, or just laugh, they are the most powerful beings in The Multiverse
; and should one gain advantage over the others, they will rule all.
These are the principal players in the struggle for control of the Netherworld in Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome
Zetta (The Most Badass Frickin Overlord in All The Cosmos)
Zetta was once the most powerful overlord in the Netherworld. Due to a prophecy from the Sacred Tome that foretold of its destruction by his hands (which he accelerates by burning the book
), Zetta loses his body and binds his soul to the Sacred Tome in order to save himself. Since he can no longer conquer the Netherworld by himself, he has to wish into existence a horde of Player Mooks
to do his work for him.
- Animate Inanimate Object: He is a now a Book. The Book, but still a book.
- A Taste of Power: At the start of the game, he's level 2000 and has a small collection of sword and dagger techs. After that, though....
- Badass: A self professed one. He actually can back up all of his big talk, though, as he's statistically one of the best characters in the entire Nippon Ichi multiverse!
- Badass Boast: "I'M ONE BADASS FREAKIN' OVERLORD!!!!"
- Badass Cape: So badass it seems to contain a piece of space!
- Boisterous Bruiser: In Disgaea 4, he comes around looking for a someone that can give him a good fight, and is quite a bit more friendly than in his own game.
- It's likely that his Disgaea 4 appearance is set after the end of this game, which means it's more like Character Development.
- Buffy Speak: "'Sacred Tome'? HA! More like... Sucky... Dumb... Thing."
- Character Exaggeration: The Zetta Beam only appeared in a few cutscenes in Makai Kingdom - it was never usable for the player, even with his original body. It has since become his signature move in all of his cameo appearances in other Nippon Ichi titles. Additionally, the Zetta Beam also becomes more destructive - originally it was just a blast from the eyes, but when it next appears in Disgaea 2 it becomes a full blown Wave Motion Gun, and recently in Disgaea 4 it became a planet buster Kamehame Hadoken.
- Cosmic Keystone: Becomes one to avoid destruction after destroying the previous one. Oops.
- Demoted to Extra: Although Zetta appears Nippon Ichi titles as a Bonus Boss and Optional Party Member, he always appears in his book form and not in his original body. This is finally averted in Disgaea 4
- Doting Parent: To Petta, something which he is very bad at hiding.
- Evil Laugh: Is really fond of these.
- Eye Beam: ZETTA BEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAM!!!!!!!
- Fake Ultimate Overlord: The only reason he's so powerful is because Salome has been secretly feeding him her mana power without his knowledge. He's not happy when he learns the truth.
- Flaming Hair: An odd example in that his hair is shaped roughly like a normal mane of long hair, except that bits of it flicker and float off like a crackling fire.
- Flanderization: Notable as one of the few NIS characters to actually subvert this trope in his later appearances when he has body back.
- Graceful Loser: He takes his defeat at the hands of Valvatorez rather well, mostly because he now has a rival that can keep up with him.
- Hot-Blooded: The main reason Pram finds him so easy to manipulate.
- Large Ham: Of the shamelessly egomaniacal variety.
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Well, his own world, and unintentionally, but it's all played for laughs.
- Milky White Eyes: In both human and book form.
- Only Sane Man: Only when he's interacting with the wackier Overlords. Otherwise, he's plenty quirky himself.
- Overprotective Dad: To Petta, though he tries to hide it by acting tough.
- Purposefully Overpowered: Pretty much every appearance he makes as a playable character, including (of course) in his A Taste of Power appearance in Makai Kingdom's prologue. Simply put, all his stats, aptitudes, and growth skills puts every single character to shame.
- Power Glows: In his human form (and how!). His hair flows like flame, and his every footstep sends electric crackles up his legs. He can also spark off a pretty impressive glow as a book too.
- Red Baron: The Most Badass Frickin Overlord in All The Cosmos!
- Red Oni: To Pram's blue.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Zetta or Zeta.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
- Throw the Book at Them: He's...not really a good weapon, actually.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Takes one throughout the game, and while his cameos in later games seem to undo this, all of his cameos in his human form seem to consistently play him as a lot more affable.
- Tsundere: Fuka declares him the universe's biggest tsundere after seeing his interaction with Petta, his Kid from the Future.
- He's a huge one for Salome as well.
- We Cannot Go On Without You: If he dies, the Dimension goes kablooie.
- Worthy Opponent: Thinks of Valvatorez as such after their battle in Disgaea 4.
Pram is the snarky Oracle who predicted the death of the Netherworld. She spends most of her time alternating between trying to help Zetta get his body back and mocking him for his stupidity (sometimes these two overlap).
- Black Eyes of Crazy: Subverted in that she's quite sane, but the sclera of her eyes is black.
- Blue Oni: To Zetta's red. Also an inspiration for her character design, with cat ears placed like double horns and a slightly bluish tint to her white hair. However, that's only on the surface. Pram is actually one of the more short-tempered characters if insulted.
- Cat Girl: It's not obvious in her standard portrait, but those are cat ears on her head, and she also has a cat tail in some official art.
- Chained by Fashion: Wears manacles on her wrists for no good reason.
- The Chessmaster: It's pretty clear from the beginning that's she manipulating Zetta to some end (and reveling in it as the narrator). Carries over when she appears in other games. Anyone with potential is seen as a new "toy" for her to play with.
- Smug Snake: The only reason why she can predict the future is that she read ahead in the Sacred Tome. Without it, she's just a regular Overlord.
- Child Prodigy: Her actual age in undetermined, but she functions as this in the story — an Overlord of unusual power despite her youth and an equal desire to prove her strength in the eyes of the older generation.
- Improbable Age: In the Good Ending,Pram says she took the Netherworld from her father when she was just two.
- Evil Albino: White hair, pale skin, red eyes, and at least nominally evil.
- An Ice Person: Mostly in her later cameos. She can learn any of the elements in this game.
- Kill It with Fire: When she appears in the game, it's by an explosion that spawns smaller explosions.
- My God, What Have I Done?: During the good ending, after realizing that Zetta still harbors feelings for Salome, she blames herself for starting the whole mess through rewriting the Sacred Tome.
- One-Winged Angel: Grows out her wings and surrounds herself with a pyramid-shaped aura when serious.
- Oracular Urchin
- Prescience Is Predictable
- Rapunzel Hair: Seemingly knee-length on her sprite, but only waist-length in her portrait.
- Squishy Wizard: In gameplay. Very nice INT growth but otherwise one of the weakest Overlords stat-wise.
- Time Abyss: While the youngest of the overlords, in one of the bad endings, Pram kills Zetta and rules the cosmos for tens of billions of years, with no end in sight.
- Token Mini-Moe: Among the Overlords. As a result of this, she also gets quite a lot of face time in the official art books.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Talking to the characters in the Overlord's Castle near the end of the game reveals that Pram can do this, but she's only done it once in her whole life. It's somewhat implied she's trying to hide her more catlike features.
- What the Hell, Overlord?/ Even Evil Has Standards: In the game's Bad Ending, she misinterprets Zetta's situation with Salome as mooching off of her power knowingly, flaunting it as his own. She takes up arms against him immediately, and tries to kill him.
A former human who chose to become a demon rather than be reborn into the human world, Salome was once a pupil of Zetta's. However, she doesn't have as much power as most typical Overlords, because she's been intentionally feeding her own mana to Zetta to make him stronger.
- Absolute Cleavage: Her dress is open in front down to her pelvis.
- Anti-Gravity Clothing: No idea what holds up that thing behind her. She doesn't touch the ground, for that matter either.
- Back from the Dead: Thanks to Zetta.
- Blood from the Mouth: Right before she dies.
- Delayed Reaction: When she meets Petta in the Updated Re-release, and after Petta states that she's Zetta's daughter, there is a very long pause where Trenia walks by before Salome responds by asking Petta to...
- Detached Sleeves: Possibly. It's hard to tell whether they attach to the loops around her shoulders.
- Feather Motif: When she first appears she does so in a soft explosion of white feathers.
- Final Boss
- Guest Star Party Member: She's briefly an ally (not controllable, but non-hostile to you and hostile to your enemies) in the story mode when fighting Alexander, since the player isn't likely to be able to beat him on their own at that point.
- Knight of Cerebus: The only non-comedic character besides Seedle.
- The High Queen: Before her love for Zetta pushes her to the edge.
- Hot Consort: Zetta admits he loves her in the end and in the credits she is seen wearing what looks like a wedding dress, strongly suggesting they did finally get married. Salome at (long) last became Zetta's ridiculously hot wife.
- Hot for Teacher: It's heavily implied during the first chapters that she used to have a crush on Zetta while serving under him, an implication that lasts right up until the point she states it outright. Zetta seems a little to eager to deny he ever felt anything for her.
- Informed Flaw: Is said to be getting weaker by the time she's appeared due to giving her mana to Zetta, but when fought as a Bonus Boss she's the same as when she's a Guest Star Party Member
- Incurable Cough of Death
- Lady of War: An elegant and powerful fighter with the best Attack bonus (170%) in the game.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Declares that her and Zetta are destined to die together. This is intended to get him to kill her, take the rest of her power, and end her suffering, since she can't stop the transfer of mana now that she knows what it's doing to her. Thus, this is a Subverted Trope.
- Love Martyr: Despite "leaving" Zetta when he neglected her in the sake of power, she gives her power to him to help him achieve his dream. This is killing her, and she wants Zetta to put an end to it.
- Magic Knight: She has the stats for it if you want to do this.
- Ms. Fanservice: The only in the game who isn't a child or a talking head, and she's a voluptuous blonde.
- Short Hair with Tail: When she was human.
- They Do: She and Zetta in the end it seems, see Hot Consort above.
- Worf Had the Flu: Her illness and giving Zetta her mana power makes her much weaker when she's fought at the end of the game, though she's hardly a pushover.
The Dragon God Babylon is the largest and oldest of all of the Overlords in the Netherworld. His old age has made him senile, and he has a tendency to fall asleep in the middle of a conversation.
- Badass Beard: In his human form, it also looks like he has a beard as a dragon.
- Badass Grandpa: One of the oldest Overlords ever. While he's well past his prime now, when Zetta fights him when he was at full strength he was still an old man.
- Bishounen Line: Fights by turning into a human-sized entity, likely because he's regular form is too big to fit on any of the game's maps.
- Black Eyes of Crazy / Red Eyes, Take Warning: In both of his forms, but especially noticeable in his human form.
- Dimension Lord: In his prime Babylon ruled the entire universe. Too bad The One put an end to his reign.
- Hades Shaded: In his human form his skin color is gray.
- Large and In Charge: He's an Overlord, and he's so big that all we usually see of him is his head.
- Lethal Klutz: Due to his poor eyesight Babylon has the unfortunate habit of destroying planets by bumping into them.
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds
- Nerf: The One's curse has caused Babylon to lose his infinite Mana power and to grow senile...
- The Older Immortal: Eldest among Overlords and one of the only people Zetta shows respect to.
- One-Winged Angel
- Our Dragons Are Different: Based on Chinese dragons and is MUCH bigger than the other dragons to appear in NIS games.
- Retired Badass: Is the oldest of all Overlords, but has grown quite senile.
- Snot Bubble: When he falls asleep, which occurs quite often.
- Time Abyss: Babylon is the oldest Overlord, and considering Zetta and King Drake are tens of thousands of years old that's saying something. When Zetta travels thousands of years into the past to battle him at his full power, he's still an old guy!
Alexander (God of Destruction, Alejandro, Asshat)
Alex is the God of Destruction, and has developed a fierce ongoing rivalry with Zetta. Most of the time, he's directly tried to kill Zetta himself, but other times, he's employed the help of the Thunder God Raiden to do his work for him.
- All There in the Manual: See the little child next to Alex in the game's credits? That's his little sister, who has no passing or mention in the actual game.
- And Then What?: In one of the bad endings, Alex actually winds up destroying everything.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Keeping with his "thunder god" theme, he's got the big, comma-shaped eyebrows you'd expect from many depictions of Raiden, the Japanese god of thunder. (Ironically, Raiden himself does not.)
- Blank White Eyes: When shocked.
- Fate Worse Than Death: See above.
- Hot-Blooded: Just as much as Zetta. It's also why Zetta trusts Alex when he says he doesn't know a thing about the Sacred Tome. Alex is too much of a straight-shooter to lie, even to his rival.
- Master of None: Alex joins the party as such. All of his offensive stats and Aptitudes are about as strong as those of third-tier Player Mooks; (TEC is his worst attacking stat) and his Weapon Fortes (Spear, Drum, Nunchaku, Fan)are all over the place. His only saving grace is his high HP Aptitude, which gives him Tank potential. His build makes him mediocre in every way.
- Meaningless Villain Victory: In one of the bad endings. He kills Zetta and then realizes soon after just how hollow victory is without his Zetta around to flaunt it to.
- Psycho Electro: His motif when he appears, which extends to his servant Raiden.
- The Rival: Alex works far more like a shonen hero's rival than an actual villain.
- Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: "Who's the Overlord now, bitch!?"
- This Is Unforgivable!: Once Seedle reveals his true colors, Alex abandons his rivalry with Zetta to knock Seedle off his throne.
- Unknown Rival: Semi-subversion, since Zetta does acknowledge the fact that the two have battled time and time again. He just doesn't care about their rivalry as much as Alex does.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
- Walking Shirtless Scene
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Everything about him makes it seem like he thinks he's in a shonen fighting anime.
Seedle is the God of the Underworld. As Zetta himself puts it, "He was a kind, brave Samurai until he got lost in the Underworld, where he kicked enough ass to become head honcho."
- Asskicking Equals Authority: According to Zetta, Seedle became ruler of the underworld by kicking enough ass.
- Badass: Zetta considers him one. 'Nuff said.
- Big Bad: Probably the closest to one in the game. He has no real role in the plot, however, until he tries to kill Salome.
- Brutal Honesty: Unlike the other overlords he doesn't even try to keep a veneer of civility or to to conceal that he's only around to laugh at Zetta's predicament. And because he knows Salome will show up to help Zetta sooner or later.
- Dual Wielding: When one sword just just not enough.
- Evil Laugh: A mocking chuckle.
- Evil Sounds Deep: In the English. In the Japanese, he's a tenor that practically leers every word.
- Eyepatch of Power
- Knight of Cerebus: He doesn't have any of the comedic quirks the other characters have. When funny things happen he's either completely absent or ignoring it.
- I Was Beaten by a Girl: "Can you imagine the shame of a samurai killed by a pathetic woman(Salome)!?"
- Like a Badass out of Hell
- Obviously Evil: While all the Overlords will talk about being evil, Seedle is the only one that actually looks the part. Not surprisingly, he's the only truly evil character in the game.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Tried to rape Salome back in their human days. She killed him and got burned at the stake for slaying a hero.
- Rapunzel Hair: His ponytail is huge.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Lots of demons have red eyes, but with Seedle they can be taken as an actual warning.
- Revenge: His motivation for helping Zetta — it will draw out Salome and give him a chance for payback.
- Scars Are Forever: Seedle appears to have a scar across his chest, he may have had it since his death because he was stabbed by Salome.
- The Underworld: He is the realm's overlord.
- The Unfought: At least in normal gameplay; you can fight him as a Bonus Boss in the postgame, but it's a bit odd to never fight the Big Bad in the game's main plot.
- Walking Shirtless Scene
Valvoga (Micky, Ophelia, and Dryzen)
Voiced by: Tessho Genda (JP - Mickey), Miki Narahashi (JP - Ophelia), Takashi Nagasako (JP - Dryzen)
The Star Overlord Valvoga is often summoned into Netherworlds to fight would-be heroes as a "final boss". Valvolga consists of three independently-speaking parts: Micky, the head and torso; Ophelia, the upper body; and Dryzen, the lower body. Micky is supposed to be the brains of the group, but is often bullied into doing what Ophelia and Dryzen want because he's too timid.
King Drake III
King Drake III is, uh...a "special" kind of Overlord. Most of the other Overlords don't think too highly of him because he does a lot more talking and scheming than he's actually capable of.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Talks the talk. Completely fails at walking the walk.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: His eyes are similar to Pram's. Unlike Pram, he is a bit crazy.
- Butt Monkey: Errr... Lion.
- Dirty Coward: Tries to sneak a wish into the tome while Zetta's asleep to win control of the Netherworlds, and then runs away crying when he's caught and called out as a coward for it.
- Harmless Villain: No one takes him seriously because of this, despite most of the rest of the Overlords being mostly harmless Noble Demons themselves.
- Incoming Ham: His entrance.
"You have all waited so patiently, and now I have finally arrived! I'm the king of the universe, the galactic hero, the creator of all things decently sized. Say my name if you know it! I am... **Stuff Blowing Up in the background**
KING DRAKE THE THIRD!"
- Joke Character:
- Two of his proficient weapons are pies (which deal no damage, and heal the target) and balloons (which send the user out of bounds after use of a skill). His third weapon is the shovel (which he doesn't have the Tec to back up), leaving him with hammers or a fair variety of unarmed attacks. He'd make a great meat shield if this was a game in which defensive units could block the passage of enemies, but alas, this isn't one.
- He also has a 10% intelligence affinity. 10%. Most first-tier fighter characters have at least 70%. He is possibly the dumbest character in the Nippon Ichi-verse.
- Large Ham: Voiced by Norio Wakamoto, so of course.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Nothing like this is ever explicitly stated, but there's three important pieces of information:
- First, in Chapter 8 Drake gives this retort to Pram.
Drake:Look, if you hadn't taken my netherworld, none of this would have happened. Get it?
- Second is this line from the Good Ending.
Pram: I took the Netherworld from my father when I was only two!
- Mistaken for Gay: When he confesses to trying to steal Zetta's "junk," Zetta calls him a sick bastard.
- One-Winged Angel: Parodied. See Shout-Out below.
- Petting Zoo Person: A lion man.
- Requisite Royal Regalia: Both crown and ermine cape.
- Shout-Out/Actor Allusion: His 'true form' (which he quickly abandons in embarrassment) is drawn in the style of Sazae-san. Norio Wakamoto is a frequently used contributor to the anime.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Relative to the other Overlords, of course.
- Smug Snake: Downplayed, but present. He's a bit too boisterous to be openly smug and disdainful, but he clearly thinks he's smarter relative to the rest of the cast than he actually is, and he's a schemer (albeit with an unjustified confidence in his ability to pull it off).
Trenia is a mysterious girl who appeared when Zetta's soul was bound to the Sacred Tome. She appears to be goofy and aloof most of the time, giving cryptic warnings to the other Overlords one minute, and casually strolling along and chasing after butterflies the next. The reason she is able to walk out and about among the Overlords even though no one has ever seen her before is because she is actually the spirit of the Sacred Tome, who was pushed out the instant Zetta confined himself to it.
Petta (The Most Badass Frickin Overlord in All The Cosmos' Daughter)
A new character staring in the extra scenario
called “Papa is the Strongest Overlord” in the port of Makai Kingdom for the PSP. She claims to be Zetta's daughter which is confirmed in her mode. She has been sent back to fix a time slip as the prophecy about Zetta destroying his own Netherworld seems to persist in her time. Petta wants to erase this before it truly happens. Also Salome is implied to be her mom.
Petta also went HD in the 6th DLC
pack for Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten