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.
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.
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).
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.
The Chessmaster: It's pretty clear from the beginning that's she manipulating Zetta to some end (and reveling in it as the narrator).
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.
Rapunzel Hair: Seemingly knee-length on her sprite, but only waist-length in her portrait.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
Masterof None: Alex joins the party as such. All of his offensive stats and Aptitudes are about as strong as those of a third-tier Player Mook; (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.
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."
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.
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.
Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Later games of the NIS multiverse states that Valvoga was the one who killed Overlord Baal for good, the supposedly unkillable overlord. How did the impossible happened however, it's up to our imagination.
One-Winged Angel: Valvolga is intended to be evocative of such (which is why he's called "The Last Boss").
Split Personality: Although all three halves are presented as independant beings, and Ophelia supposedly being the one might avert this; Micky finally voicing his opinion in his Bonus Boss fight implies this trope, stating the he is Valvoga and the other two should do as he say; also Valvoga's true form only resembles Micky, no traits from Ophelia and Dryzen are seen.
"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!"
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.
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.
Cloud Cuckoolander: She is utterly unfazed by everything that goes on around her (including death threats) and will happily chase butterflies in the cosmic void at the drop of a hat.
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.
Authority Equals Ass Kicking: It's on her rank, it reads as Uchu Saikyo no Mao no Musume, which can adaptednote this because Zetta's title in Japan is slightly different than the english version (The Strongest Devil King in all Cosmos) in english as The Most Badass Frickin Overlord in All The Cosmos' Daughter.