Characters for specific games:
- Disgaea: Hour of Darkness (and by extension Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness)
- Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories
- Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice
- Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten
- Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance
Characters that appear in multiple games in the Disgaea series:
For Asagi, Baal, and Nisa, see Nippon Ichi.
Voiced by: Junji Majima (JP), Grant George (Disgaea 1, Makai Kingdom, Prinny 2), Dave Wittenberg (Disgaea 1 Etna Mode, Prinny, Disgaea Infinite) (EN)
Not actually a character per se, but still deserving of mention. Prinnies are exploding demon penguins who talk like Surfer Doods which serve as the primary labor force of the Netherworld (though they exist in Celestia as well and are treated better there). Etna keeps a squadron of Prinnies with her at all times. In fandom, they have been upheld by fans as the unofficial mascots of the franchise, a position since adopted by the developers, leading to their own spinoff game. All Prinnies contain the souls of sinners and criminals and, as such, are designated by the Powers That Be as the Butt Monkeys of the universe.
- Adorable Evil Minions: The souls of dead sinners... trapped in adorable penguin suits.
- Almighty Janitor: They're rank-and-file minions who work for Overlords to wash off their sins and gain a second chance at life, and as a playable character class they are capable of reaching astronomical levels and stats just like the other classes.
- The Atoner: Prinnies are the souls of dead sinners trapped in penguin suits, and must work at the Netherworld and Celestia to repent and be reincarnated. In Celestia they must do good deeds (usually cleaning and housework) while in the Netherworlds they do menial tasks (cheap labor and soldiers) for low pay in order to earn enough money to literally pay off their karmic debt.
- Blade Spam: Their stronger attacks consist of throwing knives.
- Breakout Mook Character: They got their own game, in which they really can be the hero.
- Butt-Monkey: of the Universe
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: Their standard attack is slicing at the opponent multiple times for multiple hits. Because of this, they don't always do very much damage to the opponent unless properly leveled and equipped.
- The Ditz: With some exceptions, Prinnies seem to lose a lot of IQ points upon becoming one. Disgaea 4 all but outright states that Prinny training is what breaks them down from whatever they were into this.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Whatever sins they committed in life were apparently bad enough that they can't even get into the Netherworld without first going through Prinny penance. And given what most demons are capable of stooping to, that's saying something. This is probably used to justify their appallingly poor treatment.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: The shape of their "suits".
- Fastball Special: They blow up upon impact (but can easily get better).
- Furry Confusion: The general behavior in regards to ghosts and Prinnies in Trinity Universe is much like this. Despite being essentially ghosts themselves, Prinnies are treated fairly normally, while non-Prinny ghosts like Pamela are treated as terrifying even, and especially, by the Prinnies themselves.
- The Goomba: When you face them as enemies early-game, though you do encounter some high-level ones as well.
- Note that even the high level ones, generally, can be thrown. And explode.
- Immortal Life Is Cheap: Since "reviving" a prinny involves little more than stuffing them into a new prinny suit, it's impossibly cheap (1 HL) to bring back even the strongest prinny — which is partly why their bosses have no issue with abusing them to their hearts' content.
- Killer Rabbit: They're certainly not the most powerful monsters in the game, but like all Disgaea characters, you can level/equip/reincarnate one into a wrecking machine. Watching an adorable penguin slice monstrous demons to ribbons is always good for a laugh.
- Lazy Bum: It's implied that most Prinnies become this if left on their own, thus why their masters are usually very strict.
- Made of Explodium: Their human souls, combined with cheap crafted bodies, means Prinnies are highly unstable. Sufficiently jarring impacts cause them to explode. On the downside, this means you can't toss them around the grid for fine unit positioning, which is normally a useful tactic. On the upside, they make great impromptu weapons!
- Mascot Mook: They soon became the chief mascots of the series, even managing to get a couple spin-off games to themselves.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Human soul contained in a penguin suit that throws knives.
- Player Mooks: They're Mooks controlled by the player.
- Series Mascot: Unofficially, their recurring presence in every Disgaea game makes them this.
- Servant Race: They're all servants, because they have to work off their karmic debt from when they were alive.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: The Prinnies in Cross Edge manage to earn enough money to reincarnate by the end of the game after being forced to endure the usual treatments from Etna in addition to being Marie's guinea pigs and Felicia's scratching posts, only for Etna to remind them that everything that happened in that world was little more than a dream and that they're still nowhere near being able to reincarnate.
- Stuff Blowing Up: When they are thrown.
- Took a Level in Badass: The Toto Bunny Prinnies. Ninja skills? Check. Give the party the runaround for most of a chapter. Check. Are Usalia's ultimate? Check.
- Undying Loyalty: Although Prinnies must give their lives up to their masters regardless of their feelings toward them, they will be far more willing to pledge their lives to the right master. Those that possess this type of loyalty also tend to be far more competent than your average Prinny. Compare Valvatorez and Usalia's Prinnies to Etna and Seraphina's Prinnies. Though a change in master may not yield a change in competence, as Etna's Prinnies are still ineffectual even under Fubuki.
- Verbal Tic: In Japanese, it's tagging a "-su" at the end of sentences, as a slangy version of 'Desu'. In the English dubs, they replaced that with saying "dood" at the end of sentences.
Valvatorez: Prinny Rule No.1! A Prinny must include the word "dood" in every line they say!
- In Disgaea 4, Valvatorez punishes a trainee Prinny for not using the tic in its speech. Apparently, they're under contractual obligation!
- A yellow Prinny is immediately ratted out by its kin over its verbal tic of "plip". Probably inherited this trait from Usalia.
- We Have Reserves: Prinnies are treated this way in both the story and the gameplay, since they only cost 1 HL to heal or resurrect. Prinny takes this Up to Eleven by using Prinny lives as MP for attacks.
- Who's Laughing Now?:
- They did this to Etna in the second game when they learn she has lost almost all of her levels, summarily quitting on the spot.
- If you lose to Prinny Baal in Makai Kingdom, he leads the Prinnies to conquer the universe and become the dominant species.
Take all the stats of Baal, and take out any plot description, and you get Pringer X. A Robot Prinny who tends to be even stronger than Baal and (alongside Valvolga) has slowly phased him out as final Bonus Boss in the series (until Disgaea 4's DLC). Originally based on a joke Etna made in her fake trailers in Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, Pringer X nevertheless made an actual appearance in Makai Senki Disgaea Episode 8, and became a true Bonus Boss in Phantom Brave. While Etna has made cheap knockoffs in the Prinny series called "Pringer Z", they aren't nearly as strong.
- Bonus Boss: Gained this position in Phantom Brave.
- Eye Beams: One of his main attacks.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: He's only had plot description on a few occasions. In Disgaea 2's remake he was created by several of the bonus characters, in Disgaea 4 Flonne says he is Great Flonzor X's rival, and in Disgaea D2 Etna claims he's the Fusion Dance of Prinnies that have lost themselves in fight training.
- Humongous Mecha: Prior to Phantom Brave.
- It Only Works Once: His evility, Special Skill Solved, makes it so that any special move used on Pringer X in a battle cannot be used a second time for any damage. This includes when there are multiple bodies. (The immunity is then given to all of them.)
- Killer Rabbit: His size has varied from game to game, but Disgaea 4 has him even smaller than a regular Prinny. He'll still wipe the floor with your entire party, though.
- Lethal Joke Character: A robot prinny doesn't look like much, but this thing is damn powerful, and requires a bit more strategy to beat than most other Disgaea Bonus Bosses due to his evility.
- Multiple-Choice Past: As mentioned above, his origins and backstory changes every time they receive an explanation.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: In Disgaea 4, he's the smallest enemy in the game.
- The Speechless: Pringer X is a robot incapable of speech and thus lacks the usual Prinny Verbal Tic. Despite this, Valvatorez attempts to get him to say "Dood". He doesn't get very far.
Takehito "Haradaya" Harada's mascot, she first appears in the first game as a guide to the Dark Assembly (and in the remakes, a very broken recruitable character), and then returns in the second game to take over Etna's role of providing "previews" of the next chapter, in the form of a news broadcast. Accompanied by her rabbit, Usagi, who is also her emergency food source. Usagi's the one who actually does all of the talking.
- All There in the Manual: Her last name comes from the "Pleinair Handbook" by the artist.
- Badass Adorable: In her playable appearances. She's an adorable young lady, and a very powerful and useful party member.
- Beehive Barrier: One appears over her whenever you try to punch her in the Pocket Netherworld in Disgaea 5.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Moreso in art that may or may not be canon. While it's by the original artist, but doesn't quite fit with the canon, although eating Usagi isn't exactly very nice.
Pleinair: How would you like to die socially? I'll delete you from all public records.
- In the Disgaea 2 manga, after leaving Laharl's employ after the fiasco with Etna, she's seen working at Netherworld City Hall, where Etna heads to try and get a title change to Overlord. When the title switch fails due to her not meeting any criteria, Etna contemplates trying to blackmail Pleinair, and we get this gem, which gets Etna to back down very quickly:
- The manga also has her regularly abusing Usagi when he starts doing anything stupid. During one of the news broadcasts, Pleinair is replaced by a strange creature and Usagi uses this opportunity to release to the public Pleinair's three sizes. He realizes too late that the strange creature was actually Pleinair in a costume. The following page has Pleinair going shark fishing with Usagi as bait.
- Cute Mute: Pleinair's dialogue, if you could call it that, consists of very simple dialogue, especially in English.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Most of Takehito Harada's art has her holding a rabbit or shark plush. The rabbit and shark become part of her attacks when she's made playable and have even evolved into characters in their own right, Usagi and Sammy.
- If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Pleinair has a very vocal fanbase that can get anyone that hurts or offends her axed from the game. Mao and Fenrich exercise caution when dealing with her, and Adell doesn't fight her at all since he himself is one of her fans.
- Notably, for her playable appearances in Disgaea, Disgaea 2 and Disgaea 5, You never actually get to fight Pleinair, and Disgaea 5 has someone erect a forcefield over her base location to block someone punching her!
- Lethal Joke Character: In most of her recruitable appearances, her level is so high compared to everything else you're facing, and her evasion is so good, she can solo practically anything. With the PC, Play Station Vita and Nintendo Switch appearances, she's roughly at the level your characters would be at that time.
- On the Next: In Disgaea 2. Usagi does all the talking, temporarily replaced by Axel after apparently she eats one of her Usagi, then when she's left alone due to Axel running off to save the day, in true Cute Mute form, she acts like she's reporting on the next chapter, visual aids and all, but doesn't say anything.
- Peek-a-Bangs: As pictured above, her bangs usually cover one of her eyes.
- Recurring Extra: In Japan she's a Memetic Bystander.
- Sexy Santa Dress: Harada likes to draw Pleinair with this.
- Suddenly Voiced: There have been instances where she speaks. However, in most cases, especially in the english versions, she speaks using very simple one or two word phrases.
- In Disgaea 2's story, when she seemingly eats Usagi, after several scenes of no dialogue, she finally says her only word in the entire game... "Congratulations."
- In her playable appearances, she alternates between saying "Attack", "Usagi", and similar.
- Whenever assigned to a base area in games with the option, she gives a short one or two word description of what she's deployed to. Notably, assigning the playable Pleinair to Pleinair's spot even applies, since it's not Pleinair who is talking normally.
- In Disgaea 5 and Disgaea D2, when using the japanese voice option, she sometimes has a couple of sentences, unfortunately not translated.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has light blue hair.
Self-proclaimed heroes of justice, the Prism Rangers cameo in each of the main series of Disgaea games. They fight evil, declare the power of love and friendship, and fail miserably in each and every one of their appearances. Really, they're not even on the protagonists' radar. They are almost the human equivalent to Prinnies. But they mean well! Well, Prism Red does. And they're all pretty moronic. And this is Disgaea. But they try really hard.
- All Your Colors Combined: As per Super Sentai tradition, the Prism Rangers (at least when there are enough of them) combine their powers into a cannon that fires off a rainbow-colored Wave-Motion Gun. However, because they are a parody of Super Sentai, their attack is barely any stronger than a flashlight, at least visually.
- Butt-Monkey: They're treated as weak by almost everyone and sadly don't have the skills to prove otherwise.
- Crossover: They have a movie together with fellow Show Within a Show Effort Ninja Gorillian, which Flonne buys in Disgaea Infinite.
- Friendless Background: They have no friends, and most of their misadventures are about them gaining such friends whether it be through becoming the Overlord or recruiting people off the street.
- Insane Troll Logic: Anything is fair game in their search for friends. This is the logic Prism Red uses when Laharl questions why a team of heroes is trying to become Overlords or hire demons to fight for them.
- Large Ham / The Ham Squad: Almost all of their lines end in exclamation points.
- The Nth Doctor: Their voice actors constantly changing is explained in-universe in Disgaea Infinite: the Prism Rangers often die and the producers search for or kidnap possible candidates.
- Red Is Heroic: Played with. While Prism Red is the leader of the team and gets the most appearances and lines, he is also usually the most pathetic of the team as he is the only one always actively looking for friends.
- Running Gag: That's not enough colors for a rainbow! They also have no friends!
- Shout-Out: Guess to what.
- Show Within a Show: One of two in the Disgaea universe.
- Sixth Ranger: Well, eighth, but Adell gets the title of Prism Black after beating the team's bonus stage in Disgaea 2. Not that he wants the title, but Red kind of forces it on him.
- Throw the Dog a Bone
- After forcibly making Adell into Prism Black after beating them in their bonus stage in Disgaea 2, Rozalin expresses some disappointment with not being given the title of Prism Pink.
- In the Netherbattle Tournament, Nisa becomes Prism Red's first legitimate friend.
- In the Fuka and Desco Show, a full team of 7 Prism Rangers is hyped up as a legitimate threat to Desco with none of the usual mocking.