Prinnies are a fictional race of creatures in Nippon Ichi's turn based strategy RPGs. They are usually found in the various realms of the company's numerous strategy games, making their first appearance in Disgaea: Hour of Darkness.
According to the game Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, when a human who has led a worthless life (e.g. a thief or murderer) dies, the soul is sewn into the body of a prinny. After being reborn, the newly created prinny will serve as a soldier, slave, or servant in the Netherworld or Celestia until it has earned reincarnation, and leave its servitude in a ritual involving the Red Moon.
In Celestia, prinnies mostly act as maids and domestic servants. The good deeds they do there lead to their reincarnation. In the Netherworld, depending on the lord they serve, they can have horrible after-lives doing excessively hard labor for very little pay, often thrown around just for fun. The money they earn in the Netherworld goes towards their reincarnation.
Prinnies use Machetes as their primary weapons, and occasionally bombs in team attacks. They can also summon a gigantic energy beam known as the "Pringer Beam". In the anime "Makai Senki Disgaea", based on the game Disgaea: Hour of Darkness the prinnies' weaponry is reduced to fish. They keep their arsenal of weapons and various other items in their pouches.
Some prinnies live in a place called "Prinny Land." It is their own world in which prinnies do not explode when thrown. Some prinnies flee there to escape their lives in the Netherworld, and some may have rebelled or have been banished there.
While rarely mentioned in the game, Prinnies have been known to dispense a beverage known as "Prinny Juice". While few know what this fluid actually contains, most surmise that it is literal "Prinny Juice", given Etna's cruel nature.
Another place prinnies can be found is "The Land of Carnage." These prinnies live for battle and look down on new comers. While prinnies manage all shops and such, an old friend can be found here too. Prinny Kurtis makes a comeback as a Land of Carnage ONLY character. While the player can summon Kurtis with cell phones and pass some bills from the EDF (Earth Defense Forces) to help him out, it is not needed to get Kurtis. In the Land of Carnage, the prinnies call warriors who fight hundreds of thousands of battles "Shura." Rumor has it, there is a prinny who has lived in the LoC longer than anyone else and is the master of the land.
There are many different variations of prinnies. Some are just different colors to show their ranks, while others are humans or demons that had enough will to keep some of their physical characteristics.
There are five basic ranks of prinnies. The ranks are similar to a hierarchy starting with Privates, and continuing onto Captains, Generals, Kings, and Gods. Each is a different color. The Prinny God also acts as the leader of Prinny land.
The Prinny Squad is the group of prinnies under Etna's command in Disgaea and Disgaea 2. They serve under her purely out of fear, and even leave her when she becomes no threat to them. She constantly tortures them, and even uses them as chairs. During a summoning accident, Etna loses all of her levels, and the prinnies with nothing left to fear now, quit, hoping with their years of experience will find a higher paying job with a kinder employer. Later when Etna chases down the prinnies, they reveal that they now have a Big Brother who not only gathered all the prinnies together under his command but actually shaped them into a decent fighting force, far surpassing what they were when they were under Etna's command who only used fear as a motivation tactic. It was later found out that this Big Brother, who looked like a light blue prinny was actually a ninja master named Fubuki in diguise.
"Big Sis Prinny" is a large red Prinny that stands out in Etna's group in Disgaea. She seems significantly different, lacking the mannerisms of speech that normal Prinnies have. Instead, she speaks in a soft, motherly voice. She gives advice to Flonne and soothes Laharl into letting his servants go into their proper lives being reincarnated at the red moon. She reveals that the sin in life which doomed her to prinnihood was that she took her own life. Laharl realizes that she was his mother after seeing her human form.
Kurtis becomes a prinny after sacrificing himself. As a prinny, he becomes green to match his previous hair color, and retains some of his cybernetic parts, allowing him to use most of his abilities. His face shows more emotion than a regular prinny. His eyes are given an angry expression while his beak is slightly longer, also showing anger. At the end of Disgaea, he was shown to pass on at the Red Moon, but in Disgaea 2, he was shown to still be acting out his duties as a defender of Earth in his prinny form.
Uber Prinny is the form that Baal takes after dying . It is much stronger than a regular one. It keeps his evil growl and leaves explosions with each strike of its knives. All of Baal's equipment is max leveled as well as all of his prinny moves. His moves have more range than normal prinny moves. As an example, Prinny Barrage has a five target cross patern instead of a single target attack range.
Pringer X is a very strong robotic prinny. It was first shown to be an imaginary being shown in Etna's false chapter previews in Disgaea with a mention of its reincarnation, Pringer Z. The real thing showed up in Phantom Brave after the defeat of Baal. It is a robotic looking black prinny with two antennas sticking out of its head, glowing red eyes, a marking on its stomach and a cape.