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YMMV: Disgaea: Hour of Darkness
  • Best Level Ever: Chapter 6 (Blair Forest) anyone?
  • Crazy Awesome: It all began here. One of the most glorious examples is Laharl's ultimate skill, Meteor Impact. He summons a giant meteor to fire at enemies, then backflips onto it and rides it into them with his trademark Evil Laugh.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The Entire Soundtrack.
  • Demonic Spiders: In the main story, EDF soldiers because their high levels, but they're put to shame by the Celestial Hosts that comprise all the enemies in the final episode. Outside of Majins, mentioned bellow, they are easily the best class in the game, excelling at physical combat and magic.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Aramis, the owner of the Gag Penis Zombie, became rather popular despite appearing in only one episode. This may have lead to his later appearances in Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice and Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?
    • Mid-Boss gained popularity due to his sheer hilarity, even though he has roles beyond that.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: If you want to get a chuckle out of Laharl's fear of well-endowed women at all, don't ever, ever read about the novels. 100 years of physical and emotional abuse is not exactly laughing material.
  • Game Breaker: Majins. They have 110% aptitude in all stats, 120% at higher tiers, S-rank with all weapons, and their first tier form has stat growth rivaling the highest tiers of other classes. They take a long time to unlock, requiring five specific jobs at Level 200 and all in your party at the same time, and the cost to transmute a character into one is huge. But once you get them, the game is ridiculously easy.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Captain Gordon, Defender of Earth! has a much larger fanbase in America than in Japan.
  • Growing the Beard: Creator wise, this is where Nippon Ichi started using the sort of parody style humor and pop-culture references their later games would be known for and saying their games were set in a shared universe.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Fighting against the Prism Rangers is that much more ironic when you consider that Laharl's English voice actor is Rita Repulsa
  • Magnificent Bastard: Seraph Lamington. Leans further towards being a Guile Hero, of course.
  • Memetic Molester: Mid-Boss has had this status for quite a while, due to his rather stalkerish behavior, especially prominent in the manga, in which the other characters flat-out accuse him of being a pedophile.
  • Memetic Mutation: Captain Gordon, Defender of—Oh, screw it. If you don't get it by now...
  • Memetic Sex Goddess: You are loli for Etna. No exceptions.
  • Moe: Admit it. Flonne is definitely moe.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Laharl crosses this in Flonne's mind if he opts to kill Hoggmeiser in Chapter 3 (which opens up if you've got at least 50 ally kills up to that point). She decides at that point that demons are evil after all.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The angel enemies emotionless attitude makes them surprisingly creepy despite their appearance.
  • Two-Scene Wonder: Antoire in the re-releases. She's only there for her appearance, shows up after her defeat, then joins the party silently and is never talked about again.
  • Re Watch Bonus: Start the game over after learning that Mid-Boss was working with Lamington, re-watching the scenes where Lamington is speaking with his unseen collaborator, one can tell that can see Foreshadowing to it being Mid-Boss.
  • One True Threesome: See the image on the main page.
  • Scrappy Weapon: Bow weapons. Their damage being based on ATK and HIT meant most players found getting a good bow user was too much of a pain. Not helped that guns had much greater range than them.
  • Stupid Good: Flonne, obviously.
  • Tear Jerker: Thursday's apparent "death".
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Laharl won Nippon Ichi's character poll of 2009 and 2010, but he is not well liked among other Nippon Ichi characters (just ask the cast of Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories and Phantom Brave). Even his friends will criticize him whenever they get the chance.
  • Woolseyism: In the Japanese text, King Krichevskoy apparently died from choking on a Dark Manju note . In the US version, the food was changed to Black Pretzels, causing a Hilarious in Hindsight from when George W. Bush briefly lost consciousness after choking on a pretzel.

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