YMMV: Disgaea

  • Americans Love Captain Gordon, Defender Of Earth!
  • Angel/Devil Shipping: A lot, which is unsurprising given the setting. Laharl/Flonne, Valvatorez/Artina et al are the most prominent examples.
  • Broken Base: Character and story-wise, most fans consider Disgaea: Hour of Darkness to be the best. However, fans are divided on which of the sequels had the better story and characters.
    • You either prefer the weapon mastery and Extra Gain system of the first two games or the Skill/Evility shop and Class World inheritance of the third and fourth game.
  • Character Rerailment: When Asagi first appeared in Makai Kingdom, she was portrayed as fairly calm and cool-headed, a stark contrast to her varying personalities in later games. Disgaea 5 brings back that calm and cool-headed Asagi and to further differentiate her from past appearance, she joins the party willingly after they take out the Asagi clones.
  • Crazy Awesome: Most of the characters. Have we mentioned the Action Bomb Knife Nut penguins yet?
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Several villains get this treatment, particularly Super Hero Aurum.
  • Ear Worm: The opening themes of the second, third, and fourth game are incredibly catchy.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Pleinair was rated in the top ten most popular characters in Japan and a Disgaea 2 poll concerning its DLC rated her as the number one most wanted character (though she's nowhere near that popular in America).
  • Epileptic Trees: Tyrant Valvatorez, the Bloodthirsty King of Fear; the Blood-soaked Valvatorez of Absolute Evil; the King of Carnage and Atrocity... Just what in the Netherworld did Valzy do to get that sort of reputation?
    • A more comedic example in the first game with what exactly Laharl's embarrassing picture depicts. Many fans are convinced he was cross-dressing.
  • Evil Is Cool: Many characters, both heroes and villains, which is inevitable given the franchise is set in (an admittedly comical) take on a World of Badass. Laharl is notable for attempting to achieve this status In-Universe.
    • Evil Academy is an inversion, however. You're a badass rebel if you break the rules, which a demon does by becoming a goody-two-shoes.
    • The actual villains in the games mostly avert this, either by being impossible to root for due to being actually evil unlike most demons (namely Vulcanus, the fake Overlord Zenon, and Super Hero Aurum), or by not being evil at all (namely Seraph Lamington and Xenolith).
  • Evil Is Sexy: Several classes, primarily the succubus.
  • Fan Nickname: Raspberyl is commonly referred to as "Paddlebutt-tan" in fandom, due to the shape of her tail.
    • A few fans have begun to refer to Pleinair's game-breaking speed as "batdodging."
  • Fan Nickname/Memetic Mutation: Sea of Blood!Priere will come to your Netherworld and turn it into a Sea of Blood.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: All things considered, Laharl/Flonne is probably the most popular flagship of the franchise.
  • First Installment Wins: Many fans say that the original Disgaea has the most iconic storyline and characters out of all of them. The fact that the Disgaea trio are always the top three on almost every Nippon Ichi poll is proof of that. It should be noted, though, that this does not apply to gameplay, which just keeps getting better and better as the series goes on, whereas the original installment is widely considered to be the most bare-bones in terms of gameplay mechanics.
    • The Developers seem to have acknowledge this trope as well; every sequel in the series have featured the iconic trio in one way or another.
  • Game Breaker: Many examples of these can be found, but the Majin class in particular stands out. They're better than EVERYONE. At EVERYTHING. The highest rank of Majin, the Divine Majin, is just Flat-out broken. Then again, the requirement to unlock the class is incredibly outlandish, requiring you to have five characters of five different classes at level 200 each just to be unlocked. Seeing as the final boss is only Level 90 by default, this means that you're very unlikely to unlock the class until the New Game+.
    • Purposefully Overpowered.
    • Well, in Disgaea 2 (at least in Dark Hero Days) all you need to do to unlock the Majin class is beat the game once and pass a bill to create the class in your New Game+. However, that particular class from Disgaea 2 onwards has been nerfed. Despite possessing superior aptitudes and stats, their pathetic MOV makes them less useful than other classes.
    • However, the Argus, the red coloured galactic demon, is available MUCH earlier. A level 300ish Argus is damn near impregnable to anything and anyone up to level oh, 900, with the proper defensive build. You can unlock a lot of bonus levels early by taking an Argus or two with you, and either pumping them with attack (if you want to soften the target(s) up with melee) or defense (for making the enemy waste all their MP before you officially come out to play.) You can get access to Prier by level 180 thanks to the Argus. Not that she can be beaten by such puny levels... there's quite an insane difficulty jump between the extra characters and their gate guards, of course. Still, the galactic demons, even the weakest, have such ridiculous defensive stats that you can beat the entire game using them as Schmuck Bait towards anyone a higher level than you. Their counter rate is also pretty nice. The only con against them is, being a monster type, they will likely fall behind in damage capability, especially since that's one of their lower-end stats.
    • Special mention goes to Adell in the third and fourth games' DLC, more specifically Vulkan Blaze. An S rank fire move (the strongest elemental technique in the game) that targets one panel. Doesn't sound that broken until you realize that Adell has an evility that inflicts 30% more damage in one on one combat, which essentially gives said S ranked attack a free 30% boost. In addition, many of the boss fights have enemies in which fire is the best option.
    • Pleinair is also very broken in both the first game and the third game. Given the long mission you have to do to get her in the third game, she's worth the trouble.
      • In the Updated Re-release of the second game, Plenair is a free DLC character. She starts at level 100, is available at the very beginning of the game, and joins without a fight. So long, any challenge for 90% of the main story...
  • Good Bad Bugs: In the PSP port of the game, the Foresight and Tainted Staff items are glitched. They often come with specialists subdued like Brokers and Armsmasters, and when the Foresight is equipped it lowers Jump to negative digits, but when a second is equipped their effects cancel out and Jump is higher than normal. Additionally, the Item Worlds in each consist of the highest-level enemies in the game starting in the hundreds and reaching into the thousands, making it an excellent place to level grind and steal good items. The catch is what those level-thousand enemies are — Laharl clones — but if you can take them...
  • He's Just Hiding: King Krichevskoy got a lot of this, which was vindicated.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: All the Prism Rangers battles become outright hilarious when you realize that in each game, they've been fighting a former Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers cast member. In the first game, as noted above, they fight Rita Repulsa in order to claim the throne. In the second game, they fight Scorpina in a tournament in order to face Overlord Zenon. In the third game, Prism Red comes face to face with the former Black Ranger. Then, it all comes full circle when said former Black Ranger returns as the Blue Prism Ranger in the fourth game's Fuka and Desco Show.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Etna gets paired with everybody, including but not limited to: Laharl, Flonne, Mid-Boss, Adell, Rozalin, Axel...hell, even the Prinnies.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Several, though Seraph Lamington in the first game is still the most prominent and successful example.
  • Marth Debuted in Smash Bros.: Every game but 2 so far has had a run in with this trope. Let's see:
  • Memetic Badass: Pleinair isn't mute; she dodges spoken dialogue.
  • Memetic Bystander: Pleinair, but only in Japan.
  • Memetic Molester: Mao, whose list of targets for experimentation/dissection/molestation is rising with every appearancewhich includes .
  • Memetic Mutation: Captain Gordon, Defender of—Oh, screw it. If you don't get it by now...
  • The Other Darrin: Grant George did the voice for the Prinnies from Disgaea: Hour of Darkness to Makai Kingdom. Starting with Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories, Dave Wittenberg took over as the voice actor of the Prinnies until Trinity Universe, where Grant George becomes his voice actor once again.
    • It's gotten kind of confusing now. The side-stories in D3:Ao D have Prinnies with a different VA (Sam Riegel) and Disgaea 4 has yet another different VA for them. Some fans may like this as it gives Prinnies different sounding voices across the games but some fans will still desire consistency.
    • Averted in Japanese, where their sole voice actor is Junji Majima, he of Ryuuji Takasu and Teres Tolue fame.
  • Porting Disaster: Some fans consider Disgaea DS to be this. Pixelated graphics, removal of most voice acting, and sluggish performance compared to the PS2 and PSP versions. Of course, in trying to fit a PS2 game onto the DS, some may say this was inevitable.
  • Replacement Scrappy: There is a sizable amount of fans who are very vocal about how they prefer Laharl over nearly all of the sequels' protagonists.
    • Somewhat averted with Valvatorez in Disgaea 4, as he's been generally well-received by fans. These days arguments about who the best protagonist is usually come down to a tie between him and Laharl.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Should Laharl end up with Flonne or Etna? It doesn't help that there's ample Ship Tease for both ships across the games and other Expanded Universe works (the first game and the novels tends to favor Laharl x Flonne while D2 and the Disgaea 2 manga tends to favor Laharl x Etna). Some, however, take a third option.
    • Valvatorez is also a victim of this, in regards to both Fenrich and Artina.
  • Sidetracked by the Gold Saucer: It's surprisingly easy to get addicted into gaming the Dark Assembly. Perhaps the easiest way to to farm for items in the item worlds, which can power level your equipment and your characters, and gives you the mana to try even more fun bills... wait, what am I forgetting? Oh, right, the plot...
  • Spoiler By The Format: NIS accidentally revealed Void Dark's birthday and age when they made character profiles on Disgaea 5's official Japanese website. His birthday and age were removed a few days later.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Asagi is treated as the biggest loser in the entire series, earning pity from almost everyone who comes across her. She has a legion of fans among the playerbase.
    • Laharl to a lesser extent. Polls have shown him to be the most popular character in the series, but in most of his appearances he suffers from Dude, Where's My Respect?.
    • The Prinnies are of the series main icons, and get almost no respect in universe, which admittedly is part of why fans like them.
  • The Woobie or the Butt Monkey: Some fans find Asagi's suffering hilarious. Others want to wrap her in a warm blanket and assure her that she'll get a game of her very own someday.
    • Extra woobie points in that, if she DOES get her own game, her entire reason for being in these situations disappears. She is officially doomed to suffer forever, or achieve happiness once, and then never appear again.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids??: Playing Etna mode on the PSP and DS versions of Disgaea 1, and watching the Next Episode Previews must have felt a little strange. For those not in the know, the scene was a mail-in, and several 6-8 year old children were sending letters to Etna and Flonne. The scene itself didn't feel particularly out of place, particularly as the scenes were still fairly satiric and self-parodying, but it was not entirely unusual to wonder why the letters skewed so young. The answer? The Disgaea series itself, despite having their fair share of Fanservice and plenty of Black Comedy, is rated the equivalent of the E-rating (ESRB), 3-7+ (PEGI) and G-PG (Australian Classification Board) in Japan.