YMMV / Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories

  • Anti-Climax Boss: Fake Zenon. While he is really strong, he has no minions to help him, and the map has no tricks or hazards, meaning you just have a straight up 10 against 1 battle.
  • Awesome Music:
    Shut up and truuuuuuuuust thisssssssss...
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: When recruiting Pleinair.
    Adell: I'm your biggest fan!
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Rozalin is the true form of Overlord zenon, it's not that hard to figure out if you're paying attention to the intro.
  • Counterpart Comparison: A red-headed demon hunter with an affinity for fighting up close ends up with The Gunslinger who secretly harbours a dark destructive power within. Adell and Rozalin or Prier and Croix?
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Axel, one of the biggest ones in the series, thanks to his Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain tendencies and likeable personality.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The summoning ritual at the beginning of the game didn't fail. Another example ties into Fridge Horror; throughout the game, Rozalin displays a taste for meat, especially when undercooked. In the worst ending, Adell devours Taro and Hanako under the influence of Overlord Zenon. Rozalin must have eaten a lot of other demons during her days as an Eldritch Abomination...
  • Game Breaker: Dark Hero Days' DLC for Pleinair and Sapphire are free. They're both level 100. You can get them from the beginning. Pleinair joins you without a fight. End boss of the story is level 90. Do the math.
    • You can also recruit Sapphire at the beginning of the game by pounding on her with Pleinair while your normal characters act as bait as she will make a beeline for them due to the huge difference in level.
      • The Steam version 'fixed' this by making all the DLC characters level with your chapter, making them always level-appropriate to current enemies in the main story. That said, all the DLC characters' stats and proficiencies are still way above anything your Player Mooks can do at that level, and the bonuses charts from their levels are identical and award mid-game stuff (like 2500 bonus XP or mid-tier weapons) way before you could legally acquire them.
    • Thanks to how standard status effects work, the Sleep + Poison combo. Thieves can inflict both with a 100% hit rate in any enemy that is not a bonus boss. Since poison takes 20% of the unit's max HP, all it takes to kill any enemy in the game is to make them sleep, then poison, then wait five turns. The Kunoichi class goes beyond by being able to inflict the same statuses from four panels away in a cross-shaped area, hitting up to five enemies. A team of 10 Kunoichies with no equipment at Lv. 30 can break through Axel Mode without taking any damage, which means a lot when the enemies go all the way up to Lv. 250 there.
    • Due to what is perhaps a design oversight, you can capture a Lv. 9999 Nekomata as early as chapter 4. What keeps this from breaking the game in half is that you have to capture many Nekomatas on the way there and farm the item world for cash in order to heal those captured beasts. Once you do get a Lv. 9999 one, you never even have to use it on a single storyline map: the Item world bonus gauge prizes (high-ranked items and troves of EXP) are enough to steam roll the story and a good part of the postgame with your normal party.
      • This is no longer possible in both the PSP and PC releases due to one of two rules regarding the capture of monsters introduced in Disgaea 3. Specifically, you can no longer capture monsters that are higher in level than your highest level character.
  • Good Bad Bugs: A possible Overlook bug, You can make the White Dragon party like you by going into a bill as Senator Adell where you're supposed to disapprove by spamming an item at them. They won't take the item, but their Likeness towards you goes up, which will carry on other bills.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: According to their names and descriptions, magic monster weapons are all Tomes Of Eldritch Lore. One of them is named Twilight. Coincidence?
  • Ho Yay: "The Dark Hero I fell in love with is back." Uh, if you say so, Mr. Director guy...
  • HSQ: The worst ending tends to horrify people when they see it.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Axel might not be the nicest guy in the world, but it's hard not feel bad for him when he's struggling just to get by, especially when we see has family to support.
  • Memetic Mutation: "That's my style!" It's such an infectious Catch Phrase that whenever Adell is brought up in conversation, you can expect someone to say it.
  • Moe: Yukimaru is one of the cutest ninja in existence, zam.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Adell killing and eating his siblings in the worst ending.
    • Fake Zenon crossed it when he destroyed the Snow Clan village just to take Rozalin and brainwash her.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The worst ending, in part because you do NOT expect this sort of thing out of this series. In summary, Adell kills his adopted siblings and eats them with realistic sound effects in the background.
    • Adell's nightmare in the manga. He appears as a child surrounded by zombie-like creatures with no eye sockets who are supposed to represent the altered humans in Veldime. These creatures all lunge at him and try to strangle him to death, his family being amongst them.
  • Replacement Scrappy: At the time his game debuted, many were disappointed that Adell was the Straight Man and more of a classical JRPG hero compared to Laharl. Fans warmed up to him over time as they began to appreciate his Hidden Depths.
    • The Sinner class. Not only did it have an uninspired design and bad aptitudes, but it replaced the Brawler classes from Disgaea: Hour of Darkness as the primary fist-users. The Geo Masters get similar hate for replacing the more popular Scout classes as the Geo Change users.
  • The Scrappy: An in-universe example. Just EXISTING is a crime for Tink. Considering how obnoxious he can be (especially when his red personality is dominant), though, it's hard to disagree with the game.
  • Shocking Swerve: The worst ending is probably the most disturbing thing Nippon Ichi has ever produced, up there with Soul Nomad & the World Eaters Demon Path ending.
  • Sophomore Slump: While no one will argue the gameplay hasn't been improved from the first Disgaea title, general consensus is that the characters and story just aren't as memorable or interesting compared with the Hour of Darkness cast. Some characters like Adel, Rozalin, and Axel have their fair share of fans, but that's about it. Thankfully, Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice stepped up its game.
  • Woolseyism:
    • Though many know him as Axel, it was actually a change made by NISA as his original name was Akutare. Some sources, including the credits at the end of the Japanese version of Disgaea 2, romanize it as Octalley.
    • Anything related to "Beauty Queen" Etna. Her title in the Japanese version is "Majin/Demon God/Demon Lord". A considerable amount of dialogue was added to make fun of the change, including the infamous line where she claims to have hacked her title.
    • Prism Rangers: "We are delivering justice... Even when no one asks us to." The second part of this phrase is US-exclusive.
      • Speaking of the Prism Rangers, in the original Japanese version Prism Orange speaks like a stereotypical Japanophile character in an anime, speaking Japanese with a distinct foreign accent. The American version inverts this by having him speaking Engrish phrases with an Asian accent.
    • "You have friends that care about you...and Etna." In fact, most of the jokes in the game were added in the English version.
    • The Kurtis clones were given a voice and speaking manner that parodies William Shatner.