Fans Select Nippon Ichi’s Top 50 Male Characters

By Spencer . October 11, 2012 . 1:08am

laharl Dengeki Online is celebrating Nippon Ichi’s 20th anniversary with a series of character polls. They asked fans who their favorite male characters are from Nippon Ichi’s entire video game catalog. Laharl, of course, is king and took the top spot. Number two might surprise you and poor Prinny is all the way at number 15.

 

50: Masked Hero
49: Prism Ranger
48: Sumi Mamoru (Special Report Division)
47: Tink
46: Main Hero B (Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days)
45: Master Big Star
44: Male Samurai
43: Alraune
42: Tsubaki (Amegoushi no Yakata)
41: Prince Ferdinand
40: Taro
39: Culotte
38: Male Healer
37: Croix
36: Male Thief
35: King Krichevskoy
34: Male Gunner
33: Protagonist in Z.H.P.
32: Hundred Knights (Witch and Hundred Knights)
31: Kaoru Haguro (Hayarigami 3)
30: Akihiko Doumyouji (Hayarigami)
29: Pirohiko Ichimonji (Z.H.P.)
28: Male Magician
27: King Drake the Third
26: Cello (Marl Kingdom 2)
25: Hiori  (Amegoushi no Yakata)
24: Dark Lord Valvoga
23: Nagomu (Amegoushi no Yakata)
22: Walnut (Phantom Brave)
21: Gordon
20: Mr. Champloo
19: Junya Kazami (Hayarigami)
18: Souchirou Kogure (Hayarigami)
17: Male Warrior
16: Suimei Kirisaki (Hayarigami)
15: Prinny
14: Alexander the God of Destruction
13: Emizel
12: Almaz
11: Lord Zetta
10: Feinrich
9: Mao
8: Ashe
7: Mid-Boss
6: Kurtis
5: Gig
4: Adell
3: Axel
2: Valvatorez
1: Laharl


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  • https://twitter.com/RaiohV Raioh

    There are at least 7 characters who are worlds cooler than Laharl, guess he gets the first main character bonus. Axel will be always number one for me~

    • http://twitter.com/atmey Atmey

      You gotta give him credit, he is pretty much the main reason I got into disgaea, not your generic save the world main character.

      • https://twitter.com/RaiohV Raioh

        I don’t deny that. I like Laharl myself, just saying that over the years many other pretty cool characters got introduced in Disgaea and other NIS games.

  • SolidusSnake

    The Dark Adonis Vyers didn’t even make it to the top 5?! How scandalous!

  • Raze

    Laharl and Gig
    There are no Rival for those two…

    Other are meh…

    Btw…
    Croix is…the from Ar Ton2 right?
    MAXIMUM….PENETRATIOOOOOON!!!!
    LOL

    • pothier.adrien

      Croix is from La Pucelle Tactics actually.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/5UFEVTPDTXD33NSMUFMX4TEAMQ Mike

        actually the main charater in Ar tonelico 2 is named Croix.

        http://download.minitokyo.net/Minitokyo.Ar.Tonelico.II.451065.jpg

        • http://twitter.com/Laith_Rem Laith Rem

          Yah, but that one is from Gust so he doesn’t count in this one. It’s the La Pucelle one.

          • Andar

            Indeed, but rest assured that if there’s ever a ranking of Gust’s male characters, I’ll penetrate to the top!

        • Code

          But this list is referring to Croix from La Pucelle Tactics u w u;

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    I feel sad for Asagi here.T_T She has shown more times than all the characters there.(Being cameo.) And here, she is not even able to snatch any position there.T_T

    No problem Asagi, my vote is exclusive for you here.^_^

    Edit: Oops only for male there lol.

    • Draparde

      im sure she would gladly dress up/act/maybeevenbecome a male if it ment she got her own game XD 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5UFEVTPDTXD33NSMUFMX4TEAMQ Mike

    Val got the #2 spot huh.

    Thats! the power of sardines!

  • Go2hell66

    before i even clicked on the article i knew laharl got number 1

  • Code

    Mind blown by that top 10, really didn’t expect those picks to be so high o 3 o;; The fact neither Mid-Boss or Zetta (particularly Zetta) made Top 5 and Kurtis just narrowly missed it is rather shocking for me o A o;; Also I guess this explains why Axel is so popular > w <~

  • http://kino-govno.com/authors/asuchkov/ Artem Hikkov

    Well, Valzy taking over second place isnt that surprising.
    But how did Axel got 3rd place instead of Adell?

  • Anime10121

    #2 doesnt surprise me at all, in fact, those are EXACTLY my top two fave’s :D

  • kool_cid414

    While my favorite character Adell was 4th I’m quite pleased to see Valvy at #2

  • http://www.santashi.com/ Santashi

    That top ten sits well with me. I hadn’t realised that Kurtis was that popular though!

    Interesting to see Special Report Division on there, too.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q6NXXGMO5XNSMJ64NIHYHFP56A Vince

    Laharl must have threatened Dengeki Online to put him in the number one spot at the poll.

    “Hmhmhmhm.. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA~!”

  • Draparde

    im glad to say that 2 is not so surprising to me. i love val and am happy to see him so high. he’s a very fun character (my favorite among the main Disgaea characters)

    i wonder how high Laharl,val,axel,adell and gig would be if female’s where in this list.  

  • Ryan Chiu

    Surprised Axel got #3. Always thought his character was kind of annoying.

  • Herok♞

    I wonder why Mao is  the least liked main character and he is a few down from the rest of them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002002062751 Ferris Eris

    Where are Etna and Flonne ? :(

    • http://altsune.com/ Ovada Bey

      Please reread the title XD

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Tohsaka

      This ain’t no Rule 63 list…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002002062751 Ferris Eris

      oh yeah xD

      • burnfist23

         Funny thing, some trolls actually voted for Etna, Raspberyl, and Sapphire for male poll

  • http://altsune.com/ Ovada Bey

    SARDINES! 

  • Ricardo Guedes

    MANLY MEN IN THIS LKIST

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/HAEBCODVH3BGFIHE47BKNDXD2I Jonathan

    Laharl pretty much is the best of the best lol

  • HassanJamal

    Laharl, number one, not disappointed!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VW2SOKE43GW2JHDK3BULDCKX54 Zeta

      No arguments here

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZWVI7YYH6OKX3EHGS4DPH4REBQ Alane Felix

    I’m actually surprised Laharl’s #1 and Mao’s #9. I expected Valvatorez to be in the top 3 at most though. And, well…Adell’s my favorite main character, so I’m surprised he falls…behind Axel of all people.

  • lollibabo jojo

    laharl is so cute and has the best personality , god i love him !!

  • theoriginaled

    “I’m gonna rip off your head and s***down your neck!” ~Gig

    <3 Gig

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/xxHiryuuxx Tohsaka

    Poll is rigged…but then if it was taken in the Netherworld would that surprise anyone?  Of course Laharl’s gonna be on top with those rules. [insert staple maniacal laughter here]

  • Nemesis_Dawn

    I’m actually quite surprised that a character I dislike as much as I do, Axel, is ahead of so many other characters I love. I mean, how can people like Axel more than Mao?!? Valvatorez, though, I’m happy to see as high as he is, because he is an awesome character. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/stale.laastad Ståle Laastad

     Prinny Kurtis theme song is enough reason to vote him to no.1

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VW2SOKE43GW2JHDK3BULDCKX54 Zeta

      MFW Kurtis is the protag in Disgaea 5.

      Make it happen, NIS!

    • burnfist23

       According to comments on the Dengeki page, most of Japan would agree with you.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZUW7NQIYZHGX3GXLQLJBKHNJWI Jason

    Mao is the worst character in any video game ever and it distresses me seeing him in the top 10. Especially above Almaz who was easily 100x better in literally every way. 

    • tofoomeister

      Counterpoint: Almaz, while a well-developed and well-written character, was such a girly-voiced milquetoast that I didn’t really mind when some low-level Prinny brutally fileted him.

      Also, Mao’s English VA was not horrible, it encapsulates his nerdy, self-centered, socially awkward, take-credit-for-stuff-that’s-handed-to-him personality quite well.

    • burnfist23

       If Mao is the worst character in any video game ever, then you clearly haven’t played enough video games.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Danny-Arata/100001506800482 Danny Arata

    >ZHP Protag only 33
    what kind of awful world is this

    • Dylan Anantha

      Pirohiko not in top 10 either, what is this blasphemy?!

  • TiamatNM

    Why is axel number 3 -_-

    He is not funny or badass, he’s just lame

    • God

      Well my friend, you OBIOUSLY never played Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days, and he was kinda badass in the ending of Disgaea 2.

  • ivanchu77

    lol at Axel and Adell being so high, joke list

  • Brimfyre

    If this was a US poll Mao would be much higher because people love his horrible VA.  He is such a bad character though.

    I’m glad to see Adell is high because he seems to get a lot of hate here for some reason.  For me it would be Laharl, Valvatorez (whom I always picture as Johnny Depp in my head), then Adell.

    • Spirit Macardi

      Horrible VA?! He’s voiced by Vic Mignogna, a critically acclaimed voice actor. The same person who voiced Edward Elric in FMA, as well as a ton of other characters.

      • Brimfyre

        Quantity does not dictate quality.

        • http://www.fogalchemist.com/ caleb1993

          Yes, but a single bad role does not diminish the VA entirely. While I am not entirely fond of Mao’s English VA myself, that does not lessen my appreciation for Vic Mignogna. 

        • Spirit Macardi

          No, but massive popularity and the fact he keeps getting hired do :B

          Vic managed to make Mao both hilarious and rather deep. Most of the time he was cackling insanely, but when the mood called for it he managed to tone things down and show Mao’s inner struggles (especially with his father).

    • Fidelis

      I don’t understand how one would think Mao had a horrible VA.

      He was nerdy, childish, self-centered, and creepy when excited. His voice fit all of those qualities to a T.

      Did you guys want him to sound like some tough bad ass? Or like some generic normal kid?

      The thing about voices is that they can double the comedic effect of dialog. That’s why I believe NIS goes for voices that actually fit the wacky personalities of their characters rather than voices that just sound “cool”

      • Brimfyre

        Yeah but on Mao they really dropped the ball.  He sounds too much like he belongs on Tiny Toons and not in Disgaea. 

        Also compare him to Laharl who had a similar personality but his VA was able to show character growth and that’s why people love him.  Mao was creepy from beginning to end because of the inability of Vic to show range. 

        • burnfist23

           I really just found that the problem with Vic, who while absolutely hilarious and is pretty good at doing different accents and voices for the different Maos, just couldn’t pull off all of Mao’s other emotions, something his Japanese voice actor Hiromi Hirata pulled off beautifully.

  • GibbRS

    Laharl is #1, all is right in the world.

    I’m surprised Prinny is so low, but what can you do.  Akutare (I hate calling him Axel) is just annoying tho, I’m surprised he was voted so high. :(  Mid-boss should be where Akutare is.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tianyu-Wei/100000304118353 Tianyu Wei

       Same… Akutare was more annoying than anything… I am super suprised he actually got Top 3… Adel and Mao would easily outclass him on my list…

      He does get shafted pretty hard though in every game… maybe people feel sorry for him? lol

  • Spirit Macardi

    Where’s Ash from Phantom Brave on this list? He was a really cool character. Plus his English VA, Lex Lang, is married to Sandy Fox, the voice of Marona. If that doesn’t make you go “awww~” a little bit, you’re heartless x3

    • God

      I think Ashe is Ash

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LSXK6H5DIAWZWFQ252ZC3XIUGM .

    Gordon and Lord Zetta need to be higher; though I’m not surprised by this list…
    Hot blooded idiots are fun. Now I’d like to see a scenario where the two meet…

  • Deathgod881

    Go Valvzy! Loved Disgaea 4

  • Tenno Seremel

    Not that surprised, I expected Valvatorez to be there. Although my personal poll among me, I and myself would result in Laharl, Gig, Valvatorez, Mid-b… King Krichevskoy, Adell, Zetta line :3 PSYCHO BURGUNDY was fine too, although I didn’t finish Phantom Brave, so that would be Soul Nomad version.

    Insert generic complain about Mao being high. Mao needs a good mentor, like Valvatorez, before I consider him more interesting.

  • DesmaX

    Where’s NISA? I though he was a great character

    OH WAIT

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      HA….

  • Andar

    Number 2 didn’t surprise me at all. But coming in at number 37 is…some poser! Jokes aside,  it’s interesting to see that the two Phantom Brave characters on the list are close in ranking. 

  • burnfist23

    For those who want to know the results of the female poll:

    1. Asagi Asagiri (9,921 votes)
    2. Etna (8,524 votes)
    3. Flonne (8,078 votes)
    4. Raspberyl
    5. Rozalin
    6. Fuka Kazamatsuri
    7. Artina
    8. Pram
    9. Desco
    10. Prier
    11. Thief class
    12. Marona
    13. Archer class
    14. Pleinair
    15. Cornet Espoir
    16. Metallica from Witch and the Hundred Knights
    17. Mage/Witch class
    18. Revya
    19. Salvatore
    20. Kurusale “Kururu” Cherie Marl Q
    21. Knight class
    22. Yukimaru
    23. Disgaea’s Ronin class
    24. Shin from Criminal Girls
    25. Valkyrie class
    26. Nisa
    27. Alice from Criminal Girls
    28. Kunoichi class
    29. Makai Kingdom’s Ronin class
    30. Sapphire Rhodonite
    31. Succubus class
    32. Cherie
    33. Kisaragi from Criminal Girls
    34. Danette
    35. Rutile
    36. Liliel from The God and Fate Revolution Paradox
    37. Etoile Rosenqueen
    38. Petta
    39. Salome
    40. Nekomata class
    41. Alarune class
    42. Marjoly
    43. Hayarigami character
    44. Carona
    45. Asuka Cranekick
    46. Etranger Hanakikyo
    47. Claire Rosenqueen
    48. Trenia
    49. Cleric class
    50. Ms. Dungeon

    Oh and shut it all you Mao haters.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000172099718 Dominic Hunter

      Wish Rozalin was #1, but the #5 spot is great too! Also, I’m surprised NISA isn’t higher on the list. I thought people liked her more than that…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LSXK6H5DIAWZWFQ252ZC3XIUGM .

       Alright! Go Asagi! Did not see that coming, I figured Etna would’ve won (totally acceptable to me). Surprised to see Asagi up there, its funny.

    • DesmaX

      So, yeah… I noticed the “Hundred Knights” on the Male list, and then I see Metallica on the Female list…

      Did they release anything related to the game?

      • burnfist23

        The manga, but the female poll ended before the manga began so…

        Also barely any story info was released on God and Fate Revolution Paradox, yet as you can see Liliel managed to secure a spot on the poll.

    • Tenno Seremel

      Sapphire, why so low… Also, go higher, Pram, Rozalin and Revya, destroy them all :3

    • Follower_of_Pram

       Pram not in the Top 5? I’m in despair! Nicely done taking 1st though Asagi.

    • Hoshi星

      Still waiting for a full Asagi game, NIS.

      • cj_iwakura

         Prinny 2 says hi. Asagi Wars!

    • http://twitter.com/kerolneko kerolz

      i had expected Asagi to be 1st.
      she may not be a main char (yet), but she is no.1 to the fans (and me)

    • Anime10121

       Agree MUCH more with this list than I do the male one!

    • Kitestwinblades

      I remember when Pleinair was pretty popular X3
      About a dozen Nippon Ichi games later… The competition REALLY grew. Pram, Etna, and Flonne are my favorite female characters so this list WINS in my book. I couldn’t stop laughing that Alarune made the list. Those trap cameos were pretty hilarious.

      Why Axel is #3 on the male list- The world may never know. 
      Its like the Disgaea 4 election All over again! XD

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000172099718 Dominic Hunter

    I’m actually kind of surprised Laharl’s #1. I know he’s the first MC and all, but I thought some of the characters with more comical personalities and storylines would beat him out, like Almaz, Unlosing Ranger, Mr. Champloo, or even Mao, who’s pretty much a geeky version of Laharl.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HSKKS2ETEDZWOYCBS7BF47733Q J

      Thing though is, Laharl arguably had the most development of the leads in Disgaea titles. Also, he’s an icon for the series and company.

  • Alex Cattaneo

    Laharl is amazing it made disgaea 1 soo epic

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Laharl woooooo what a shocker 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tianyu-Wei/100000304118353 Tianyu Wei

    Axel @ #3 is rather surprising… and Desco didn’t make top 5 blows my mind… She was so awesome… And archer class not in top 10 makes me sad :*(

    • Gohobojoe

      Nippon Ichi’s Top 50 Male Characters
      Keyword being ‘Male’

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tianyu-Wei/100000304118353 Tianyu Wei

        Nono..> i am referring to the FEMALE list why Desco didn’t make top 5…. And here is the list a fellow member posted:

        For those who want to know the results of the female poll:

        1. Asagi Asagiri (9,921 votes)
        2. Etna (8,524 votes)
        3. Flonne (8,078 votes)
        4. Raspberyl
        5. Rozalin
        6. Fuka Kazamatsuri
        7. Artina
        8. Pram
        9. Desco
        10. Prier
        11. Thief class
        12. Marona
        13. Archer class
        14. Pleinair
        15. Cornet Espoir
        16. Metallica from Witch and the Hundred Knights
        17. Mage/Witch class
        18. Revya
        19. Salvatore
        20. Kurusale “Kururu” Cherie Marl Q
        21. Knight class
        22. Yukimaru
        23. Disgaea’s Ronin class
        24. Shin from Criminal Girls
        25. Valkyrie class
        26. Nisa
        27. Alice from Criminal Girls
        28. Kunoichi class
        29. Makai Kingdom’s Ronin class
        30. Sapphire Rhodonite
        31. Succubus class
        32. Cherie
        33. Kisaragi from Criminal Girls
        34. Danette
        35. Rutile
        36. Liliel from The God and Fate Revolution Paradox
        37. Etoile Rosenqueen
        38. Petta
        39. Salome
        40. Nekomata class
        41. Alarune class
        42. Marjoly
        43. Hayarigami character
        44. Carona
        45. Asuka Cranekick
        46. Etranger Hanakikyo
        47. Claire Rosenqueen
        48. Trenia
        49. Cleric class
        50. Ms. Dungeon

        • Asuna Ilano

          asagi, hell yeah!! now NIS might consider making a game with her as the main character.

  • amagidyne

    Alraune <3

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/EnvyMizuhashi Garyuu of Spades

    Leharl I expect to take the number 1 spot, I’m just surprised Valvatorez took second. The smell of sardines is strong in this one. Or just the vampireXwerewolf bromance. lol

  • Rihawf

    Why prinny so low?
    I’m sad, dood.

    • Anime10121

      There should be a threeway tie for Prinny, Laharl, and Valvy as #1!

  • SLick123456789111

    Mao made Top10.
    *Mu~hahaha*

  • Demeanor

    Yay for Varuvatooze-sama!!! ^ ^ Kyuuketsuki to Iwashi 4evah XD

  • KyoyaHibari

    Axel & Valvatorez above Adell & Gig? Are you serious!? Kurtis, Adonis, Ashe, Mao and Fenrich above Zetta!? WHAT!? King K #35 & Pirohiko #29!? My lord people…. terrible tastes…Laharl is a bauss no doubt, but I don’t think he should be #1 (in terms of who is the “coolest”) still, this list is ludicrous.

    • William Hsia

      its a fan fav list rather coolest, so this list does make alot of sense.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HSKKS2ETEDZWOYCBS7BF47733Q J

      I imagine his side story in Dark Hero Days did wonders for Axel’s popularity.

      • burnfist23

        Based on the comments on Dengeki, I’d safely say it did. Most of the reasons I saw for Axel was that at the end of the day, he still values his family over his reputation as Dark Hero.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Humzah-Jan/100001147084979 Humzah Jan

    Only care for female list, lol.

    Valvatorez should be first though.

  • ThatBlackGuy

    Its just been one shitstorm after another. its like he has a radar for tornados of crap to jump into.-Gig

  • Andres Pena

    LAHARL FTW <3 but gig should have been in front of adell lol

  • Eilanzer

    poor prinny Ç_Ç

    And MID-boss in the top ten lol…He sure is happy as hell right now =P

    • Xeno8106

       Prinny is actually #15. I was sad to see he wasn’t there and then found him close to the top :D Catsaber isn’t on there :( Unless he/she’s genderless..?

  • rurin

    Cello! I really want to play Little Princess…

  • Asuna Ilano

    imo, adell should be no.1

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1658631690 Rhys Reiter Wilson

    I’m just sad Drake even made it on the list….

  • brian yep

    Seems weird to me that Laharl is #1, but so unlikable especially compared to Ash for example.

  • Garlyle

    While I’m happy to see Gig up so high

    I’m kinda sad that he’s the only Soul Nomad character on the list at all. Not even Levin. :(

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