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->''"Depending on who you place in the same situation, the characteristics of said incident change kaleidoscopically. In other words, there is one incident. However, there are as many stories explaining it as there are people involved in it."''
-->-- '''Gustav St. Germain'''

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Series Overview
* Light Novels
** Baccano! The Rolling Bootlegs
** Baccano! 1931 The Grand Punk Railroad (Local Episode)
** Baccano! 1931 The Grand Punk Railroad (Express Episode)
** Baccano! 1932 Drug & The Dominos
** Baccano! 2001 The Children Of Bottle
** Baccano! 1933 (Part 1) The Slash ~Cloudy to Rainy~
** Baccano! 1933 (Part 2) The Slash ~Bloody to fair~
** Baccano! 1934 Alice in Jails (Prison Episode)
** Baccano! 1934 Alice in Jails (World Episode)
** Baccano! 1934 Peter Pan in Chains (Finale Episode)
** Baccano! 1705 The Ironic Light Orchestra
** Baccano! 2002 Bullet Garden (A-side)
** Baccano! 2002 Blood Sabbath (B-side)
** Baccano! 1931 Another Junk Railroad
** Baccano! 1710 Crack Flag
** Baccano! 1932 ~Summer~ man in the killer
** Baccano! 1711 Whitesmile
** Baccano! 1935-A Deep Marble
** Baccano! 1935-B Dr.Feelgreed
** Baccano! 1931 ~Winter~ the time of the oasis
** Baccano! 1935-C The Grateful Bet
* Side-stories
** Baccano! 1931? Great Punk Railroad Revisited (mini-novel/Drama CD)
** Baccano! 193X: A man in the killer (1)~(5) (five mini-novels)
** Baccano! 193XB: The Time Of the Oasis (1)
** Baccano! ????: The illusional first and last episode]

In prohibition-era America, a cacophony of stories stirs. Thieves, terrorists, mafia gangsters, and other elements of pulp fiction collide in a chaos of intrigue and violence. When a hapless alchemist creates an elixir of life that can confer immortality, a series of incredible events follow that spiral out of control, touching upon the lives of an enormous cast of characters.

''Baccano!'' (Italian for "ruckus" or "commotion") originally started as a series of light novels (summarized [[Recap/{{Baccano}} here]], with links to translations on the same page), and was adapted into a 13-episode anime (16 including the bonus episodes) in 2007. The anime adaptation is centered on three specific stories from the novels, taking place in 1930, 1931, and 1932 respectively, jumping around from one to the other quite frequently. Even scenes set in the same time period regularly appear out of order and overlap with each other, all adding up to a rather delicious [[AnachronicOrder non-linear storyline]] that is very rewarding if you keep your wits about you when watching. Each of these stories relates either directly or tangentially to the immortality formula and those individuals who have drunk of it, sharing some characters and having some plotlines intersect. Three extra episodes were released with the DVD, acting as an epilogue for each character and bringing the story full circle.

The 1930 story stars Firo Prochainezo, a rising member of the Martillo [[TheMafia camorra]] family. Through a chance encounter with a mysterious young woman, he and several other characters are pulled into a plot involving a group of alchemists in a centuries-old conflict over the fabled elixir of life.

In 1931, disaster befalls the famed Flying Pussyfoot transcontinental train as it makes its journey from Chicago to New York. A terrorist/cult group known as the Lemures seek to use the train's passengers, including a US Senator's wife and daughter, as leverage to demand the release of their leader, Huey Laforet. Meanwhile, a gang of killers lead by the Russo family assassin Ladd Russo are trying to hold the train hostage to demand ransom from the train company. Caught in the middle is a group of delinquents originally attempting a train heist, who take it upon themselves to save the passengers. And amidst all this, a terrifying blood-red "monster" called the Rail Tracer has begun to murder people all over the train...

1932 deals with Eve Genoard, searching for her older brother Dallas following his disappearance after the events of the 1930 story. She soon becomes entangled in the rivalry between the Runorata and Gandor families, both of which also have an interest in her brother.

The extra DVD episodes continue off right where the 1932 story ends time-wise, and focus primarily on the arrival of Graham Spector, a friend of Ladd Russo's, as he seeks revenge for what happened aboard the Flying Pussyfoot. This arc also acts as an epilogue for the series, showing what happens to nearly all the characters while also filling in on some backstories and answering a few lingering questions.

The novels are formatted a little different than the animation as each book covers one major event. While they have not been written in chronological order, most books are best defined by the year they take place. Most books center on a single character or a small group of characters as a focal point for the story.

''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' is part of an overarching [[TheVerse Verse]] of light novels written by Narita Ryohgo that includes the following:
* ''LightNovel/{{Vamp}}''
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}''
* ''LightNovel/EtsusaBridge''

Also, be sure to check out the [[Characters/{{Baccano}} character sheet]] for the who's-who on all the leads. Contains unmarked spoilers.

U.S. & UK residents can watch the entire series on [[http://www.youtube.com/user/FUNimation FUNimation's YouTube channel]] as long they have a Website/YouTube account. It's also available on [[http://www4.funimation.com/video/?page=show&b=6 FUNI's website]], although it is unfortunately no longer availible on Netflix Instant Streaming. It IS available, however, on Hulu.

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[[folder: Tropes in both the anime and the light novels]]
* TheAbridgedSeries: [[http://www.youtube.com/user/BaccanoTehAbridged Here.]] Another highly amusing one [[http://www.youtube.com/user/JelloApocalypse?feature=watch here]].
* ActingUnnatural: On at least two occasions, Isaac advises Miria that the two of them should act casual to avoid suspicion. Isaac and Miria's idea of "acting casual" inevitably makes about as much sense as anything else they do - which is to say, none.
* {{Adorkable}} Jacuzzi definitely, and even Claire has his moments, especially around [[spoiler: Chane]]
* AerithAndBob: Eve, Rachel, Isaac? Meet Luck, Firo, Chane, and ''Jacuzzi Splot''.
* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: After thinking that he is going to die, [[spoiler:Czeslaw gets a pat on the head from Maiza instead of having his life force sucked from him as he'd expected. This, along with the love that Isaac and Miria had shown him, leads to his breaking free from his past woes.]]
* AlchemyIsMagic: Alchemy in this series allows the summoning of demons and was able to produce the [[ImmortalityInducer Elixir of Life]]. Lampshaded by Szilard Quates, who's angry about the divorce from science, declaring that demon-summoning is not alchemy and complaining that devouring disregards conservation of mass.
** SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic: So, naturally, the solution is to figure out ''why'' it can break the established laws of physics through empirical analysis.
* AllMythsAreTrue: The Rail Tracer. [[spoiler:Actually subverted: The Rail Tracer we see is just what you get when you let somebody as crazy as Claire Stanfield have fun with an urban legend.]] FridgeBrilliance makes it better when you remember who started the Rail Tracer rumours in the first place [[spoiler: after Isaac and Miria tell it to Jacuzzi, one of the chefs mentions, "That young conductor" had been telling the story for a while. Conclusion: Claire Stanfield invented his own urban legend.]]
* AllThereInTheManual: While the anime is generally self-contained and understandable without the LightNovels, there's still quite a bit of backstory that doesn't find its way into the show -- as well as the unanswered question of just who were those people who sliced up Isaac's ear in the first episode. And of course, if you want to know what happens ''after'' the anime events...
* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: It's pretty much impossible to talk about Claire Stanfield without spoiling a hell of a lot of the 1931/Grand Punk Railroad arc. Of course, he's also one of the most popular characters in the series, and the Railroad arc is one of the most popular arcs, so nearly any conversation on ''Baccano!'' invariably ''will'' result in massive spoilers. The fandom usually refers to him as [[spoiler:The Young Conductor]] before his reveal, and treats him like two different characters before and after.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter:
** Ladd gets schooled in this concept by Claire.
** And Ladd himself did this to Graham Specter.
** Dallas has trouble accepting that Firo outclasses him in every conceivable way. He is, however, willing to admit Claire does, but also believes that [[NoFairCheating his mere existence counts as cheating]].
* AmbitionIsEvil: Szilard and Huey can be argued under this.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Can't go wrong with a name like Jacuzzi Splot. Also Luck Gandor, Nice Holystone and Czeslaw Meyer. Those are some pretty great names as well. Szilard Quates. Ladd Russo has a pretty nice ring to it too.
* BackFromTheDead: "Hey, Maiza, how come killin' us didn't make us dead?"
* {{Backstory}}: The episode taking place in 1711 on the Advena Avis. The novels go further with two books taking place before 1711 and one taking place that very year with those characters.
* BaddieFlattery: The more Ladd employs this with you, the more he wants to kill you.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: The intro is a good showcase of the show's light-hearted tone and high energy. It does not, however, display much hint of the amount of {{gorn}}, gang violence, and overall insanity some of the audience might have wanted to look out for.
* BeAllMySinsRemembered:
** Czeslaw has these moments as he questions if what happened to him on the Flying Pussyfoot was [[spoiler: justice for him having killed his [[AbusiveParents abusive guardian]] after a couple hundred years of torture]]. Nearly eighty years later he still questions if he is evil or if he is worthy of love.
** Maiza has a little of this due to guilt over his [[spoiler: dead little brother]].
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Edith comes to the Daily Days in hopes to buy info that may help Roy escape the wrath of the Runorattas. Unfortunately, the KnowledgeBroker on call for that day, [[SmugSnake Henry]], is only willing to sell her the information if she can get a testimony of the Flying Pussyfoot incident from America's most dangerous assassin, Claire. So she brings him to testify personally. Claire decides to give his testimony by reenacting his Flying Pussyfoot torture routine. He pays for Edith's info purchase, as well as one of his own, by only ''almost'' [[WhatADrag shaving Henry's face off with railroad tracks.]]
* BecauseImJonesy: One of the [[{{Mooks}} members]] of the white suit gang is unfortunate enough to get caught with this with [[spoiler: the young conductor]]. It doesn't [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill end well]].
* BerserkButton: In a cast chock full of AxCrazy homicidal psychopaths, this is a no brainer. Even the [[BewareTheNiceOnes nice ones]] are prone to have one.
* BestServedCold: In the 2001 novel it is revealed that [[spoiler: Sylvie drank the elixir solely so that she could eat Szilard one day. She waited until she was older to drink it so that he wouldn't recognize her when she attacked him.]]
* BeyondTheImpossible: Claire Stanfield thinks he's God, and considering the stuff he does he may not be too far off the mark.
* BigAppleSauce: Most of the time, though the light novels also include Chicago, San Francisco, a TownWithADarkSecret somewhere in Europe, a CityOfAdventure in Spain, and international waters.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Just about character is a mobster, thief, liquor bootlegger, PsychoForHire, TortureTechnician...
* BloodLust: More than one character spends large portions of the show drenched in blood. One dances in glee over it.
* BoomHeadshot: No fewer than ''ten'' in the anime, and at least as many in the novels. Only a few of them actually take. And not only guns given there are quite a few instances where a similar effect is created with a knife through the skull.
* BreakTheCutie: If you are young and innocent in this work, you will fall under this trope. Czes, Eve, Mary, Sylvie and Gretto anyone?
* BrooklynRage: Considering that many of the characters come from New York, and they're all badasses...
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: One of the main reasons that this show is so popular with female viewers is the surplus of [[SharpDressedMan good looking guys in suits]].
* CastHerd: Part of the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters leads to this where there are multiple factions of people with little identity beyond their [[TrueCompanions group]]. Includes the [[TheMafia the Martillo Family]], [[AxCrazy the White Suits]], [[ImmortalitySeeker and the Lemures]] for starters. The more prominent characters also tend to sort out into noticeable, if overlapping, groups. The more notable ones include:
** The Martillos/Alveare crew: Firo, Maiza, Ronnie, Ennis, [[spoiler:Czeslaw]], Randy and Pezzo.
** The Gandors: Luck, Keith, Berga, Claire, Tick and Maria.
** The Russos: Ladd, Lua, Placido, Graham, Ricardo and [[spoiler:Christopher]].
** Jacuzzi's Gang: Jacuzzi, Nice, Nick, Donny, & [[spoiler:Chane]].
** Huey's crew: Huey, Liza/Hilton, Sham, Hong Chi-Mei, Christopher, Tim, Adele, Frank, Rail, Sickle, the Poet.
** The Advena Avis survivors: Maiza, Czes, Sylvie, Nile, Denkuro and Elmer (Victor and Huey technically count, but they tend to stick to their own groups).
** Isaac and Miria.
* CastOfSnowflakes: Despite having most of the characters wearing similar clothing each and every one has a unique facial structure.
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] most notably with Firo and Ennis, ''[[http://karmaburn.com/files/screenshots/baccano/firoennis1201.jpg who are nearly identical]]'' in terms of face shape and hairstyle despite being lead characters in the anime and an OfficialCouple. The novels dissuade the similarities by having Ennis' bangs swoosh to the side, but it's [[IncrediblyLamePun just by a hair]].
* ChekhovsSkill: Randy and Pecho's pyromania -- [[spoiler:"We've done gloves and buildings, but I think this'll be the first time we've lit a ''man'' [[ManOnFire on fire]]."]]
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Nick mentions that Nice and Jacuzzi have been dating for ten years. Neither of them could be any older than eighteen. Flashbacks show them as being something of an item in their childhoods.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Subverted, almost always due to [[BreakTheCutie breaking the cutie]].
* ClickHello: Not surprisingly there are several instances. Luck Gandor pulls a classic one on Dallas Genoard, and the ''entire staff'' of the Daily Days newspaper do one en masse to a pair of Runorata goons who try to threaten Nicholas.
* ClosedCircle: the Flying Pussyfoot is effectively this while in transit. And filled with [[XanatosSpeedChess Xanatos Speed]] [[TheChessmaster Chessmasters]] and [[SpannerInTheWorks Xanatos Gilligans]] who sometimes switch roles.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: Issac and Miria's escapades almost always fall under this. RefugeInAudacity allows them to get away with their crimes because they are beyond believable, and that when civilians notice their crimes, they usually think they're actors pulling a publicity stunt
* CulturalCrossReference:
** Issac and Miria tend to do this. Unfortunately because they are standout examples of TheDitz and CloudCuckooLander tropes, they are often bizzare in their inaccuracy and leads to frequent [[CrowningMomentOfFunny CMOF]].
** Firo is a member of the Camorra living in [[BigAppleSauce New York City]]. By 2001, he has mastered Japanese on his own through [[OccidentalOtaku reading manga]].
** Elmer is in much the same boat - He learned Japanese from playing imported games and {{Visual Novel}}s. After Maiza tracked him down in 2001, he decided to go join Denkuro in Japan for a year or so and spent the whole time in arcades and video game stores (as well as watch [[{{Durarara}} Shizuo]] hand Nile his ass).
* CurbStompBattle: Ladd versus random Lemures. Jesus ''Christ''. Claire Stanfield versus anybody at all.
* ADayInTheLimelight: That's basically how the introductory chapters often works in the novels. Narita will InfoDump about a given subject, situation, or a character for the current arc, with another character narrating and interacting through the whole chapter. This is where Narita conveys how the narrator feels about the situation, their mannerisms, speech pattern and so on; making it a quick way to know the cast.
* DeadGuyPuppet: [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor Ladd makes one out of one of Chane's comrades.]]
* DealWithTheDevil: Though it should be noted that OurDemonsAreDifferent. Very different.
* DecoyProtagonist: Played with in the anime. Carol says Firo's the main character because he's "lead character-ish." Good luck trying to prove her right ''or'' wrong.
* DevilInDisguise: [[spoiler:Ronnie Schiatto is the demon who gave the alchemists immortality taken human form]].
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: [[spoiler:Elmer]]'s interesting way of distracting Szilard in episode 7.
* DieHardOnAnX:
** 1931 -- On a train! With ''three'' gangs hijacking at the same time, two serial killers, and three immortals! You almost forget hostages are involved, sometimes.
** 2002 -- On two luxury cruises! With one {{Cult}} kidnapping women for their purposes and hijacking one of the ships, one group of assassins getting in their way ''and'' hijacking the other ship, and ''seven'' immortals on board, two of whom are on their honeymoon. This time the hostages are barely mentioned at all. For indirect LampshadeHanging, the prologue starts with a Mask Maker rambling about ''Film/Speed2CruiseControl''.
* DirtyBusiness: Most of this cast consists of occupations such as TheMafia, Liquor Bootleggers, PsychoForHire and the like.
* DiscoDan: One of the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny CMOF]] attributed to Issac and Miria in the flashforward to 2001 at the end of the TV episodes.
* DramatisPersonae: Both in the books and the anime, the latter of which is in direct homage to ''Film/{{Snatch}}.''
* DutchAngle
* DumbMuscle: Subverted - Donny, while the [[BigGuy largest and strongest]] of Jacuzzi's crew, is arguably the smartest - he comes from Mexico and therefore speaks at least two languages (Spanish and English). He also never shows signs of below-average intelligence during the series.
** Played straight with Gustavo Bagetta, Don Runorata's egomaniac henchman.
* DumbIsGood: Invoked by Firo in the light novels, who convinces Ennis to trust him on the basis that he's too dumb to actually think of betraying her. Then there's Isaac and Miria...
* DynamicEntry: [[spoiler:Rachel's rescue of the Senator's wife and daughter.]]
* DysfunctionJunction: If you are a character in ''Baccano!'', there is something wrong with you. To show just how screwed up the cast is on average - The OnlySaneMan is a Camorra-raised StreetUrchin who inadvertently became immortal and acquired the GhostMemory of centuries-old MadScientist.
* EmptyPilesOfClothing: Immortals leave these [[spoiler: when they are eaten]].
* EnsembleCast: There is no main character, [[MetaGuy as pointed out by Gustav St. Germain]].
* EternalLove: More than one couple counts, but Isaac and Miria are a good example.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The organized crime families that the protagonists are a part of usually have lines that they will not cross. Mafioso Keith Gandor, for example, absolutely loathes drug trafficking and has forbidden it entirely from his clan's territory. His brothers are less fierce about it, but they still don't like it.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The long-faced Gandor Family enforcer turned Daily Days flunky with the ever-present box of sugar cubes is never referred to by name until the last episode - when the Daily Days editor refers to him as Kakuzatou-kun (Mr. Sugarcube). [[spoiler:In the novels, it's revealed that his name is Rubik.]]
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Most of the Martillos and Alveare staff find Firo's crush downright embarrassing in how obvious it is.
* ExcitedShowTitle: ''Baccano!''
* FacePalmOfDoom: "Devouring".
* TheFarmerAndTheViper: Firo hands a handsome sum of money to a beggar, and almost gets mugged for his efforts. However, he's able to immediately serve the guy [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom his just desserts.]]
* FateWorseThanDeath: Some of the characters are immortal and can regenerate any wound, but can still feel pain. This leads to some pretty gruesome, if unique, ways of torture. Particularly notable is the fate of [[spoiler:Dallas and his crew]] at the end of the 1930 storyline; given CementShoes and thrown in the Hudson River to [[AndIMustScream drown for decades on end]]. [[spoiler:They get rescued after a couple of years, but even a couple years of that is horribly traumatic]].
* ForeignLanguageTitle
* ForeignSoundingGibberish: A high percentage of the characters' names are this, and most of the exceptions are relatively minor characters.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: [[spoiler:Ronnie.]]
* GambitPileup: The Flying Pussyfoot storyline includes a group of terrorists who wanted to hold a train and two important passengers hostage[[spoiler:, not knowing that one of their number intends to sabotage this scheme (she in turn doesn't know that they were waiting for a chance to off her)]], a bunch of mafia-affiliated psychos who want to kill half the passengers and get the railroad to pay a ransom for the rest, a small but armed gang of delinquents who plan to rob the passengers, an immortal [[spoiler:who decides the only way to protect himself is to have enough people killed that he can figure out who else on the train is immortal and kill them first]], a pair of robbers making their getaway, and of course, the murderous Rail Tracer. Oh, and a reporter. Unfortunately for them, all of them chose the same train.
* GangInitiationFight: Firo has a ritualised knife fight with Maiza to get into the Camorrista. Unusually, it only goes until first blood is drawn and fighting to kill is frowned upon. (As in, it will get you shot.)
* {{Gangsterland}}: Everyone in the cast is either a gangster or connected to one. The plots revolve around bootlegging, hijacking, and gore. The mobsters themselves don't really fit the trope though.
* GenreBusting: TheMafia + Immortality + Alchemy by way of Creator/QuentinTarantino. Then consider that this was done by a ''Japanese'' author.
* GhostMemory: One of the results of one immortal "eating" another.
* AGodAmI: Several examples, at least one of whom isn't even immortal.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: This being GangsterLand, its a ''really'' good thing, as some characters are maimed and killed repeatedly.
* {{Gorn}}: Being essentially ''Film/PulpFiction'' [[foldercontrol]]

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** {{Fingore}}: You have to wonder just what Ryohgo Narita has against fingers, given the number of times they're utterly maimed in this series.
* GuineaPigFamily: Huey and his daughters, Chane and Leeza.
* IdentityAbsorption: All immortals have the ability to do this to other immortals. In the novels, [[spoiler:"water" beings have the potential to do this to anyone who ingests their "water", although they run the risk of falling victim to it themselves.]]
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: AKA Why Firing Celebratory Gunshots In A Basement Is A Bad Idea.
-->'''Miria:''' Oh my God, Somebody just killed Isaac!
* {{Immortality}}: Obviously, of the FromASingleCell variety. TheAgeless is introduced in the later novels as well.
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: Averted, as everyone who drinks the immortality potion is frozen at that age [[spoiler:but [[EnforcedTrope enforced]] by Sylvie, who receives the potion as a teenager but deliberately waits until she's in her twenties to drink it]].
* ImmortalityImmorality: Both used and subverted.
* ImmortalitySeeker: The entire premise behind the original 1711 immortals. After a couple hundred years, the wisdom of this is questioned to say the least.
** This only applies to the originals. The rest of them ended up immortal by pure dumb luck.
* ImmortalLifeIsCheap: Most immortal characters die horribly at one point or another, some of them multiple times.
* ImmortalProcreationClause: Averted, as immortals are no less fertile than any normal human. The catch is that the resulting children ''aren't'' immortal. Huey actually had kids to test both this and whether LamarckWasRight.
* InTheBack: At the end of the 1930 arc, [[spoiler:Ennis stabs Szilard in the back, literally and figuratively. The moral outrage normally associated with this trope is ameliorated by the fact that he totally deserved it.]]
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Dallas and his gang border on this, being low on the sympathetic factor but high on the ineffectual part.
* InnocentCohabitation: At the end of ''The Grand Punk Station'', the Gandors mention that Firo and Ennis have been living together for about a year without so much as a close-mouthed kiss. Claire briefly wonders if [[AManIsNotAVirgin Firo's even human]] after hearing about it. This trope is also lampshaded by Nick, after Nice mentions that it's the first time that Jacuzzi had kissed her in the 10 years she's known him.
-->"Geeze, being a gentleman is one thing, but that's just ''stupid!''"
* InsaneTrollLogic: Graham sends a note to Jacuzzi's gang, telling him to come alone. So the entire gang shows up individually, claiming they all came alone. Graham, as the resident {{Fauxlosophic Narrat|ion}}or, considers this perfectly reasonable.
** Also, Issac and Miria's robberies, which typically involve some form of MissingStepsPlan.
** Graham recalls a time when "Professor Russo" gave him the following logic lesson: It's legal to kill someone self-defense, so if you tell someone to kill you and ''then'' kill them, it's totally okay. Makes sense, doesn't it?
--->'''Graham:''' Does it ever! Philosophy 101, taught by none other than Professor Russo himself!
* KnifeFight: And a damned cool one at that. It gets reenacted at cons a lot.
* LargeHam: A lot. From the high engergy CloudCuckooLander Isaac and Miria, to the MotorMouth Graham, to the AxCrazy Ladd.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: The fact that [[spoiler: Czeslaw Meyer, the seemingly young boy aboard the Flying Pussyfoot, is an immortal]] is a '''HUGE''' spoiler for the first three light novels, and yet it will be spoiled for almost anyone who is new to the series, mostly due to it not being treated like a spoiler in the anime.
* LateToTheRealization: Despite being present during a huge explanation about how people came to be immortal, and sharing in the elixir itself, it wasn't until [[spoiler: Isaac and Miria realized that they were immortal until they noticed that they had never aged a single day since the 1930s..... in year 2001. And even then, they never clicked it together just what had happened to make them that way.]]
* LetsGetDangerous: [[spoiler:Jacuzzi]], as well as [[spoiler:The Young Conductor AKA [[PsychoForHire Claire Stanfield/Vino]].]]
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: In the opinion of Firo and the other 1930 immortals, although not all of the 1711 group would agree.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The opening sequence ought to give you an idea. In ninety seconds, seventeen characters are deemed important enough to pause, zoom in on their faces one by one, and display their names.
* LoonyFriendsImproveYourPersonality: Isaac and Miria are the world's best unintentional life coaches. Firo actually acknowledges it in ''Alice in Jails'' when he realizes he ''didn't'' try to physically assault Victor for pressing his BerserkButton - something he would certainly have done three or four years ago.
* LoveableRogue: Quite a few of the characters, considering most are thieves, assassins, or mafia members.
* TheMafia: And the camorra.
* ManlyTears: [[spoiler:Parodied by Jacuzzi Splot. At first, this is just the signature of his 'crybaby personality'. During one flashback, however, it is revealed he does this DELIBERATELY, so that by the time he has to deal with a bad situation or crisis, he'll have cried his fears away and can get SERIOUSLY DANGEROUS.]]
* MarshmallowHell: Twice in the anime, both involving a male character tripping and falling onto a female character.
** In 1930, Isaac trips and falls into the cleavage of an Alveare waitress, knocking her to the ground in the process.
** In 1931, Jacuzzi and Donny collide with Isaac and Miria in a doorway and all four of them stuck. Jacuzzi, having grabbed Miria to keep from falling over, finds himself experiencing MarshmallowHell after her dress rips in the process.
* MadLove: For Ladd and Lua, "I'll kill you last" is just as good as "I love you."
* MeetCute: Firo and Ennis.
* MookHorrorShow: The Rail Tracer [[spoiler: AKA Claire Stanfield]] does this with the Lemures and the Russo family.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Souvenirs are SeriousBusiness. As are dominoes.
* {{Nepotism}}: A unique take on the trope with Ladd. He's the nephew of the boss of the Russo family. He's not incompetent, just an AxCrazy psycho, but this trope is fulfilled as his uncle gives him a job as a way of trying to channel his violence into a useful end.
* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight: Lampshaded.
* NiceHat: Hat shopping is SeriousBusiness in Firo and Maiza's Camorra.
* NiceToTheWaiter: [[spoiler:Claire rescues Isaac and Miria because they're good customers]].
* NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters: The profit aspect isn't really touched upon in the anime, but it's played with and lampshaded in the light novels. By 2002, the Martillos' Camorra business is second to the family's chain of ''Alveare'' restaurants.
* NoKillLikeOverkill: Oh, ''Claire...''
* OfficialCouple: [[OutlawCouple Isaac and Miria]], [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Nice and Jacuzzi]], [[DoggedNiceGuy Firo and Ennis]], [[MadLove Ladd and Lua]], [[spoiler:[[UnholyMatrimony Claire and Chane]]]], [[BodyguardCrush Tick and Maria]], and [[spoiler:[[BrainsAndBrawn Huey and Monica]]]].
* OlderThanTheyLook[=/=]ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: To be expected in a series with immortals. Firo, pre-immortality, serves as the former, as -- both in and out of the series -- people usually underestimate his age (almost nineteen) by about three or four years.
* OneSteveLimit: Semi-averted with variations on a name. There's a trio and a pair of related names, although all belong to secondary or lesser characters: Gustav St. Germain (the vice-president of the Daily Days), Gustavo Bagetta (the mafioso who kidnaps Eve), and Goose (the leader of the black suits aboard the train); Nicholas Wayne (the information broker) and Nick (the blond member of Jacuzzi's crew).
** And then there's the Felix Walken, of which there are ''at least'' five running around town.
* OpenTheDoorAndSeeAllThePeople: One of the delinquents walks into the buffet car armed with a knife. At the same time, representatives from the two groups of mobsters turn up with guns. He apologises and withdraws.
* PaintTheTownRed: More paint the train red in the 1931 arc with Ladd and the Rail Tracer, but plenty of other people are guilty of this in New York proper.
* {{Panacea}}
* ThePowerOfLove: Subtly so, but in ''Baccano!'' even the most violent gang boss, vigilante, and serial killer is capable of deep, honest love. Such love, as shown with [[spoiler:Ennis, Czeslaw, and Chane]], can in turn make the coldest person show emotion.
* ThePowerOfTrust: In the 2001 novel, Czes is confused about whether humans are basically good or evil, and worries that he isn't deserving of the unconditional kindness that Maiza and the others have shown him. Elmer responds to this by [[spoiler:grabbing Czes's right hand and putting it on his own head, saying something like, "If you were so evil you'd eat me right now, wouldn't you?" and tells Czes that he should quit worrying about it and be glad that he has people in his life who care about and trust him.]]
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: The shot Dallas takes to the forehead is downright tidy.
* PlayingCardMotifs: The opening credits sequence of the anime styles the kooky thief duo Isaac and Miria as the Joker, and indeed they have a tendency to shake up any situation they unwittingly wander into. TheDreaded killer-for-hire Claire Stanfield, meanwhile, is sometimes associated with the Ace of Spades in its capacity as the "death card."
* PullingThemselvesTogether: Immortals recover from damage by doing this.
* PunctuatedPounding: Ladd gives one of the black suits a lesson in boxing history with words and fists.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Czeslaw Meyer, Maiza, Szilard, Huey, Elmer, Sylvie, and others from the 1711 incident.
* RecklessGunUsage: When the [[FiringInTheAirALot celebratory gun shot]] the head of the Martillo family fires is immediately met with "Oh my God, somebody just killed Isaac!" from the floor above (luckily, Isaac's PluckyComicRelief status means it actually only went through the brim of his hat without touching him).
* RedHerringShirt:
** In 1930, the entire [[spoiler:Martillo family]] appears to be summarily gunned down by [[spoiler:Szilard]]. Imagine his surprise when they come after him. It gets lampshaded when [[spoiler:Maiza is asked, "Hey, how come killin' us didn't make us dead?"]]
** In 1931, [[spoiler: Claire Stanfield.]]
** In 1933, most of the [[spoiler:Mist Wall victims, who turned out to have been incomplete immortals.]]
* RefugeInAudacity: How Isaac and Miria do everything. Leaping out in front of a trio of tommy-gun-equipped thieves wearing a samurai helmet and an opera cloak and claiming loudly to be Professor Moriarty is just one example.
* ReligionOfEvil: SAMPLE, a {{Cult}} that designates a child to be their "sacrificial god" and brutally tortures them, believing that the child is a scapegoat for all the pain that the believers themselves would normally go through. There are multiple branches, but the three most prominent are the ones that hijack the cruise ship ''Exit'', the branch that [[spoiler:Illness was "sacrificial god" of as a child]], and a defunct 300-year old branch for which [[spoiler:Elmer was the "sacrificial god" until 1700.]]
* {{Retirony}}: Tony, killed just ''seconds'' after he announces his retirement, has to be a new record.
* {{Retraux}}: Used briefly to give a look inside a character's head, and also often used in Funimation's promotion of the series.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Claire goes on one after discovering that [[spoiler:one of the white-suits killed his conductor buddy, Tony,]] starting with the murderer and extending to pretty much anyone who's vaguely associated with said murderer. It also turns out that the huge bounty on Jacuzzi's head is a result of one of these after the Russo family killed eight of his friends.
* TheRoaringTwenties: Technically 1930, but close enough in style.
* SacrificialLamb: The hapless young train conductor from the opening sequence gets to be the first person killed on-screen in the story proper. [[spoiler:Of course, he's actually Claire Stanfield, and not only does he survive, but he's behind the Rail Tracer murders all along.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: In 2001, the hidden village is able to exist unmolested by the authorities because of [[spoiler:Szilard]]'s connections being used by [[spoiler:his descendents]].
* SeinfeldianConversation: [[LampshadeHanging About the opening of]] ''Film/ReservoirDogs'', [[LampshadeHanging no less.]]
-->"Then I guess I'm Steve Buscemi."\\
"No, I'm Buscemi.".\\
"I wanna be Buscemi."\\
"Don't be stupid. How can a girl be Steve Buscemi?"\\
"But he's Mr. Pink, right? That means it's okay for a girl to be him."
* SelfMutilationDemonstration: Both in the anime and books. 2002-era Firo likes doing it unprovoked. He thinks the reactions are amusing.
* SenselessViolins: How the Lemures got their weapons aboard the Flying Pussyfoot.
* SexlessMarriage: [[spoiler:Firo and Ennis]]. They're still HappilyMarried - they've just never gotten around to the actual sex part.
-->'''Pecho:''' I ''thought'' it was weird that they didn't have any kids!
** [[{{Immortality}} Well, it's not like they have a time limit or anything]]...
* SharpDressedMan: Abused thoroughly, no doubt in part [[TheRoaringTwenties because]] [[BigApplesauce of the]] [[{{Gangsterland}} setting]]. Pretty much every other man, [[{{Bifauxnen}} and even two of the women]], have something for the suit fetishists.
* ShoutOut:
** Firo makes a reference to ''Film/TheUntouchables'' at the end of the first book. The 1987 film was what actually got Narita writing the series in the first place.
** [[http://i35.tinypic.com/wkpgjs.jpg Placido Russo]] looks suspiciously similar to [[MillersCrossing Johnny Caspar]]. [[http://blogs.suntimes.com/scanners/mcjcp.jpg For reference]].
** Szilard may be a Shout Out to a Real Life researcher of aging.
** Almost the entirety of the Mask Makers in ''Bullet Garden'' and ''Blood Sabbath'' is composed of film buffs. This naturally leads to a ''lot'' of movie references, including an argument over who would be the [[Film/ReservoirDogs Mr. Pink]] of the team.
** In the English dub of the first episode of the anime, Bartolo Runorata says [[TheSting "You follow?"]]
** The opening sequence, deemed one of the best in anime by many who saw it, is a 1930's style depiction of the first scene in ''{{Snatch}}''.
* ShownTheirWork: ''Baccano!'' is pretty good about this. For example, it actually depicts the Hollywood sign saying "Hollywoodland," which is what it stated originally.
** Rachel's scenes in the [=OVAs=] also take place in an easily recognizable Grand Central Station, right down to the doors.
* ASimplePlan: If you are Firo, asking your crush if you can hold her hand is very, ''very'' difficult.
* SingleTargetSexuality: The common, not to say universal, trend in ''Baccano!'' appears to be pairing up with someone who complements you in some way and then never feeling anything for anyone else ever again. [[spoiler: Firo]] is a case in point.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Unlike every other character, [[spoiler:Claire -- the friendly-looking young conductor]] is conspicuously not identified in the opening credits.
** Some serious fridge brilliance ensues when you get to episode 9 and realize [[spoiler:that Claire's been lurking in the opening all along]].
** The reporters from the Daily Days newspaper, especially Rachel, are also missing from the opening. This is probably mostly just because the series has [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters too many major characters to fit them all into the opening sequence]].
* SleepingDummy: Used by Szilard on the ''Advena Avis'', both to keep people from realizing that he was the one committing the murders and to distract [[spoiler:Maiza, whom he had overheard planning to kill him]].
* SmugSnake: Goose. Also, Huey.
* SolemnEndingTheme: "Calling". Extremely noticeable in contrast to the jazzy upbeat opening, "Guns & Roses".
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Both in-world and meta -- [[spoiler:Claire]] reveals to Rachel that [[spoiler:he's the Rail Tracer]] by commenting on her train ticket purchases. For the meta-example, it's heavily implied that [[spoiler:Ronnie]] is the demon summoned aboard the ''Advena Avis'' (and later confirmed) when he uses the same CatchPhrase[=/=]VerbalTic.
* SorryIFellOnYourFist: Jacuzzi, with regularity.
* SpeakOfTheDevil: Rail Tracer. [[spoiler:''[[DoubleSubversion Triple]]'' [[DoubleSubversion subverted]].]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Any character ''not'' introduced in the opening credits? We can confidently assure you that ''no one'' can agree on how their names are spelled. Getting the correct name for the Gandor family TortureTechnician, for example, is so much of an exercise in futility that you're better off not even bothering.
** It's most probably spelled as 'Tick' [[spoiler: since his little brother was named 'Tack' (an usual variant for 'Tock' in some languages) and their original family bussiness was clockmaking]].
* SpitTake: Firo does one in ''Bullet Garden'' when Isaac and Miria [[spoiler:indirectly announce his virginity to everyone in the Alveare]].
* SpoilerOpening:
** [[spoiler:Ennis's being a homuculus (her image appears in a bottle of elixir; also, it's not ''too'' big of a spoiler, since we find out this fact on her second appearance or so) and Dallas's eternal drowning]]. You'd mistake it for a symbol, though.
** [[spoiler:Thanks to the AnachronicOrder of the series, the attentive viewer will realize from the train station scene in the very first episode that Firo, Ennis, Maiza, Isaac, Miria, Czeslaw, and the Gandors will all survive their various ordeals none the worse for wear, and that Ennis and Firo will be together.]]
** Aversion - [[spoiler:Although the Young Conductor is featured among the mix of named characters in the opening, with the same amount of face time, he's not named. Although he is carrying a bottle of wine, or [[MeaningfulName Vino]]]]
* StarCrossedLovers: Gretto and Sylvie had the deck stacked against them pretty much from day one. Sylvie is ''not'' happy when Elmer suggests that reading ''Romeo and Juliet'' can give them some useful advice on the situation.
-->'''Sylvie:''' ''Please'' donít be so ominous.
-->'''Elmer:''' Didnít you know? There's actually an afterlife in the world of that play. [[TogetherInDeath So after they die, they can meet up again]]--'Were you just pretending to be dead all along, Juliet?' 'Romeo, darling, youíre so oblivious.' [[EverybodyLaughsEnding They could laugh together afterwards!]]
* StealTheSurroundings: Doesn't happen onscreen, but [[spoiler: Graham Spector]]'s first reaction to hearing that some other gang of thieves might beat his own to looting Millionaire Row is to order his gang to start dismantling ''entire houses'' to find the safes and [[TalkativeLoon carry them back to their lair]].
* StrongFamilyResemblance[=/=]IdenticalGrandson: Huey Laforet apparently has the strongest genes ''ever'', given that his kids and even his ''great-great-grandson'' looks nearly identical to him. The exceptions are his great-great-granddaughter Claudia, who instead has a noticeable resemblance to [[spoiler:her great-grandfather, Claire;]] and his [[spoiler:descendant Luchino]] who looks exactly like [[spoiler:Monica]]
** Outside the Laforet family, [[spoiler:Szilard]] has an identical descendant whom we meet in 2001.
* StockFootage: The entire VisualNovel based on the Great Punk Railroad arc for the NintendoDS revolves around this, despite its possibilities to create many scenarions not seen in the anime nor the novels, all of the illustrations contained in the game are just still-frames from any scene in the anime; the result is the possibility to ''read'' something completely new but not ''see'' anything different.
* SummoningRitual: Performed by [[spoiler:Maiza]] in 1711.
* SuperStoicShopkeeper: The clerk in the hat store.
* SuperWindowJump: Maiza jumps out the back window of Alveare [[spoiler:to escape from Szilard]].
* TakeMeInstead: Being a MartyrWithoutACause, [[spoiler:Jacuzzi offers the bounty on his head]] to Graham as the ransom money for [[spoiler:Chane]].
* TakesOneToKillOne: True for immortals.
* TerribleTrio: Dallas and his cronies, at least after their fourth member [[spoiler:gets eaten]].
* ThatCameOutWrong: A conversation between Nice and Jacuzzi --
-->'''Nice:''' This is the very last cherry bomb I got. It doesn't have that much force, all right?\\
'''Jacuzzi:''' ...Thank you, Nice. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything I'll hold it tight, and let it blow with love.]]\\
'''Nice:''' Don't be such a naughty boy.
* ThereWasADoor: Nice loves explosives. She takes this to extremes at one point, when a door is open and she blows it up anyway, just to make a dramatic entrance.
* ThrillerOnTheExpress: the aforementioned "Pussyfoot Express" plotline.
* ThrowDownTheBomblet: Nice has more explosives than what is realy sane on (or in) her person.
* TooDumbToLive:
** Subverted -- Randy and Pecho's complete disregard for fire safety indirectly makes them ''immortal''.
** Also subverted with Isaac and Miria: they mix with violent characters and seem likely to die. [[spoiler:But instead end up immortal. They unwittingly drink the elixir of life, and neither of them ever get killed, so it takes them seventy years to realize they haven't aged a day]].
* TouchedByVorlons: The immortals from 1711 achieved their status by summoning a demon. [[spoiler:The demon itself considers himself this as well.]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Sugar cubes, which practically ''define'' one of the background characters - he is only ever referred to by name as Mr. Sugarcube, and his only line of dialogue is "Want one?" when offering them to somebody.
* TraintopBattle: To be expected from the Flying Pussyfoot story.
* TranslationConvention: It's safe to assume people in 1930's New York aren't actually speaking Japanese.
* TrueCompanions: The [[TheMafia Martillo family]] and Jacuzzi's gang. Episode 15 basically ends with Chane [[AnAesop learning about the importance of]] TrueCompanions.
* TryNotToDie: Said almost word for word by Miria to Jacuzzi.
* UndersideRide: Rachel temporarily travels underneath the Flying Pussyfoot train after escaping from the captive diner car.
* UnfortunateNames: The "Flying Pussyfoot", a transcontinental train. As for characters, "Jacuzzi Splot", Dune, Graham's crony Shaft, [[GenderBlenderName Charon]], Illness, Death, and Aging.
* UpToEleven: Which does this fit more, the [[{{Gorn}} copious amounts of blood]], or the EpicFail of Logic employed by [[CloudCuckooLander Isaac]] and [[TheDitz Miria]]?
* UrbanFantasy
* UrbanLegends: The Rail Tracer.
* VerbalTic: The demon usually ends statements with "maa, ii," which translates to something like "Ah, never mind", "Well, whatever," or (in the dub) "Well, no matter". [[spoiler: Funny that Ronnie seems to share it too...]]
* TheVerse: ''Baccano!'', ''LightNovel/{{Vamp}}!'', and ''{{Durarara}}'' are all set in the same universe, although due to being set in very different locations and time periods, there isn't too much overlap.
* VillainsOutShopping: [[spoiler:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=az-Rb8id_1M If you ever wondered what Claire Stanfield does when he's not murdering people...]]]]
* WhiteShirtOfDeath: Ladd and his pals decided it would be totally awesome to dress in bright white tuxedos for the sole purpose of getting them soaked in other people's blood. [[ForegoneConclusion The first episode shows]] that this didn't go quite as planned...
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: There are those in the 1711 group who feel that way.
* WorldOfBadass: Every named character in this series can kick your ass. ''All of them''.
* WorldOfHam: YES!
* WouldntHitAGirl: Goose, thinking of himself as something as a gentleman, isn't comfortable with having his men give a rebelling female passenger, Nice, a full body search upon capture. This comes to bite him in the ass (which he admits) when it turns out that Nice was hiding ''fireworks'' under her clothes. Also, the Gandor brothers in ''Drug & The Dominos''.
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: When one immortal "eats" another, all the victim's knowledge and memories, reportedly including muscle memory, are transferred to the killer.

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[[folder: Tropes exclusive to the light novels]]
* ActuallyIAmHim: In ''The Rooling Bootlegs'', wherein it is revealed that [[spoiler: Firo]] is the narrator.
* TheAlcatraz: The ''Alice in Jails / Peter Pan in Chains'' arc, featuring ''the'' Alcatraz, natch.
* AnalogyBackfire: Note to Isaac and Miria -- Al Capone is ''not'' a good benchmark for personal success. Yet strangely, it is more sensible than nearly everything else that comes out of their mouths.
* AndThenWhat: Firo foils his "perfect plan" to [[HoldingHands hold hands with Ennis]] (re: [[ASimplePlan asking her out]]) with this very question.
-->''... I'll take her hand... and then what?''
-->''I, I guess it'd be too early to ask her out? Wait, is it even all right to hold hands before asking her out properly?! Dammit, I can't even ask anyone for advice on this...''
* ArbitrarySkepticism: When immortal Isaac insists to his equally immortal friend Firo that he talked to a fairy, Firo assumes that separation from Miria has finally broken him beyond repair, because [[{{Durarara}} fairies could not possibly exist in this universe.]]
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Deciding that he doesn't want to deal with Czeslaw's questions, Victor throw one to shut the kid up.
-->'''Victor:''' Czes... What happened to Fermet?
* ArtEvolution: Compare Firo [[http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww262/CapZiggy/Baccano01298-1.jpg in the first book]] to Firo [[http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww262/CapZiggy/baccano_1931rinji_286-287.jpg in the fourteenth]]. Also compare [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/isaac.jpg Isaac]] and [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/miria.jpg Miria]] from early in the novels to the page image. The anime simply uses the character designs of the later books.
* {{Backstory}}: ''Ironic Light Orchestra'', ''Crack Flag'' and ''Whitesmile'', which focus particularly on Huey's StartOfDarkness.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: In ''Drug & the Dominoes'', Edith comes to the Daily Days in hopes to buy info that may help Roy escape the wrath of the Runorattas. Unfortunately, the KnowledgeBroker on call for that day, [[SmugSnake Henry]], is only willing to sell her the information if she can get a testimony of the Flying Pussyfoot incident from America's most dangerous assassin, Claire. So she brings him to testify personally. Claire decides to give his testimony by reenacting his Flying Pussyfoot torture routine. He pays for Edith's info purchase, as well as one of his own, by only ''almost'' [[WhatADrag shaving Henry's face off with railroad tracks.]]
* BestServedCold: In ''Children of the Bottle'', it is revealed that [[spoiler: Sylvie drank the elixir solely so that she could eat Szilard one day. She waited until she was older to drink it so that he wouldn't recognize her when she attacked him.]]
* BeyondTheImpossible: The rules of Immortality are spelled out and fixed but Fermet has defied one of the biggies. [[spoiler: Namely that being eaten by another alchemist is the only way they can die. He's recovered from it twice.]]
* BigBad: Due to the nature of the storytelling, it can be somewhat hard to tell who this is. Broken down in arcs though, you have:
** ''The Rolling Bootlegs'': [[MadScientist Szilard]] [[YouWillBeAssimilated Quates]]
** ''The Grand Punk Railroad'': [[SmugSnake Goose]] and [[ManipulativeBastard Huey]] [[ManBehindTheMan Laforet]]
** 193X arc: [[SerialKiller Icepick Thompson]]
** ''Drug & the Dominoes'': [[TheChessmaster Don Runorata]] and [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Senator Beriam]] manipulating [[DumbMuscle Gustavo]].
** ''Bullet Garden'' and ''Blood Sabbath'': [[TheChessmaster Viralesque]] orchestrating the hijackings by manipulating [[ReligionOfEvil SAMPLE's]] leader Bride.
** It's confirmed in the ''Blood Sabbath'' arc that [[spoiler:Fermet]] is the BigBad of the whole series.
* BlatantLies: Whenever Ladd Russo ever has to answer to the law enforcement, he invariably pleads self-defense. He ''knows'' they won't buy it for a second - he just does it ForTheLulz.
-->'''Ladd:''' Hey, hey, what's with the dirty look? I was just defending myself against a dangerous criminal. You guys should be thanking me, and maybe chopping a good half year off my sentence while you're at it. The big lunk was about to throw this guy at me. Would've killed me for sure. Can you really blame me for protecting myself? I was scared out of my mind! Whew. You know, if I'd acted just a second later you guys would probably be carting my dead body out of here right now.
-->'''Guard:''' ...You honestly expect us to believe that?
-->'''Ladd:''' Nah.
* BreakfastClub: Huey, Elmer and Monica - three thoroughly screwed up teens that decide to be thoroughly screwed up together.
* BrickJoke: At the beginning of ''Alice in Jails'', [[spoiler:realizing that he's talking to an undercover cop]], Isaac asks Miria if she could fetch the wallet that he left at a warehouse minutes before he's arrested. When he's released from Alcatraz after a month and calls Miria, these are his very first words:
-->'''Isaac:''' Sorry, Miria! Turns out my wallet was in my pocket all along.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Huey and Monica in the early 1700s [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope are actually quite]] [[UnholyMatrimony different from this]]]].
* CallBack: Given the number of books in the series (over a dozen now) and the span of time that has been covered (1705 to 2002 at this time), the books do make multiple mentions to events mentioned in previous books as [[ContinuityNod offhand mentions]], RunningGag, or as expanded plots.
* CallForward: When the Gandors are asked for their opinion on Firo at the beginning of ''Alice in Jails'', Berga declares that it will probably take about fifty years for [[spoiler:Firo and Ennis to actually get married]].
* CastingCouch: Detective Edward Noah has some theories as to how Firo got an executive Camorra position [[ImprobableAge before even turning nineteen.]]
-->'''Edward:''' Itís because you've got a [[DudeLooksLikeALady girly face]], right... Just how many executives did you sleep with to rise so high?
* CharacterDevelopment: More present that in the anime, what with the light novels covering nearly 300 years.
* UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}: ''Alice in Jails: Street Episode'' takes place in Chicago.
* CityOfAdventure: Lotto Valentino in the early 1700s, though it stood on the edge of being a WretchedHive at times. Victor firmly believes it's the latter.
-->'''Victor:''' Iíve only been here for a day, but letís start with the facts: This city is out of its fucking mind.
* ContinuityCameo: In ''Blood Sabbath'', Bride mentions a certain [[{{Durarara}} Orihara]] who will take care of corpse disposal for them in Shinjuku. Likewise, Elmer finds great amusement in the fact that Nile got his ass kicked by Shizuo
* ContinuityNod: On multiple occasions. Makes sense with the number of books that cover just shy of 300 years chronologically.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The mini-novels which came with each Original Japanese DVD Volume for the anime; the covers portrays well known members of the cast in each one of them: Graham, Elmer, Tick, Maria, Ricardo and Melody. The actual storyline contained in these novels are ''side-stories'' featuring a whole new cast 30' with little to no relation to the main cast. The regular members of the cast are DemotedToExtra and to OneSceneWonder.
* CueTheSun: After [[spoiler:her victory over Adelle]] in ''The Slash'', Maria thrusts one of her swords in the air, and the clouds part as if she cut them herself to reveal the sun. [[spoiler:As it turns out, [[RealityWarper Ronnie]] was feeling a bit theatrical that day. ("Think of it as congratulations.")]]
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Very common.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: After his self-appointed AxeCrazy "friend", Christopher, pushes his BerserkButton, Firo threatens to grind [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily his teeth]] to the gums with a nail file if he doesn't shut up.
* ADayInTheLimelight: That's basically how the introductory chapters often works in the novels. Narita will InfoDump about a given subject, situation, or a character for the current arc, with another character narrating and interacting through the whole chapter. This is where Narita conveys how the narrator feels about the situation, their mannerisms, speech pattern and so on; making it a quick way to know the cast.
* DumbIsGood: Invoked by Firo in ''The Rolling Bootlegs'' when he convinces Ennis to trust him on the basis that he's too dumb to actually think of betraying her. Then there's Isaac and Miria...
* EvilGloating: Ladd Russo thinks this trope is stupid and thinks no one should ever do it - except for him.
-->'''Ladd:''' Let me tell you how important it is to keep your mouth shut. Me, I've seen so many damn people going on and on about 'these will be the last words you ever hear' and 'take these words with you to the afterlife,' and then that gives whoever they're fighting an opening to strike back. Crazy, isn't it? I see it all the time, in books, in plays, even in real life! I don't even know why, but somehow the more comfortable someone is with killing, the more they flap their mouth when it comes time to do the deed, yakking on and on and on. As you might have guessed, I myself happen to be such a person! And therefore, as such, in light of that revelation, I'll say that one is enough, and since that one is of course myself, I want you all to shut up. You're boring. Swallow those words and take them to the afterlife yourself if you want them delivered there so damn much.
* EvilVersusEvil: The situation in ''Ironic Light Orchestra'' is explicitly described as such, with most of [[spoiler:the commoners of Lotto Valentino]], the [[spoiler:corrupt police]], the aristocrats that buy and sponsor [[spoiler:the drugs]], including [[spoiler:Maiza's father]], the masked counterfeiter, and the [[SerialKiller Mask Maker]]. As for the series as a whole, the BigBad [[spoiler:Fermet]] considers his ultimate nemesis to be the SociopathicHero and "world-destroying evil" that is [[spoiler:Elmer C. Albatross]].
* ExtyYearsFromNow: Subverted. The demon was summoned after exactly 10'''3''' years. He is slightly annoyed by this.
* FantasticScience: Both Szilard and Huey spent a ton of time figuring out how alchemy and immortality work.
* FantasyKitchenSink: ''Baccano!'' itself tends to stick to [[AlchemyIsMagic alchemy]], but the universe it takes place in has everything from [[LightNovel/{{Durarara}} dullahans]] to {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.
* ForegoneConclusion: Thanks to ''Blood Sabbath'', we know that in 1710, [[spoiler:Monica will be killed by Fermet.]]
* FramingDevice:
** ''The Rolling Bootlegs'': A Japanese tourist is told the story by the Martillo Family's conta Ť oro.
** ''Alice in Jails'' : [[spoiler: Sham]], Gustav St. Germain, and Huey's researcher Salomť Carpenter respectively recount the events of books 8 through 10 to the Daily Days, Hilton, and an information broker.
** ''Children of the Bottle'': [[spoiler:Felt]] tells the story to Isaac and Miria. Narration by Phil is also included.
** ''Crack Flag'': A young man reads the accounts of Jean-Pierre Accardo, a poet who was deeply involved with story.
** ''Whitesmile'': The same young man tracks down and acquires a dossier regarding the days that preceded the Advena Avis's departure from Lotto Valentino, most of it in the form of Victor Talbot's (not terribly professional) status reports to Lucrezia de Dormentaire.
* GenderNeutralWriting: In ''The Grand Punk Railroad: Local Episode'', Firo, Berga, and Luck never refer to [[spoiler:Claire]]'s gender when talking to Ennis about [[spoiler:him]].
* GenerationXerox: Charon and Claudia Walken act a lot like gender-swapped versions of their paternal great-grandparents, [[spoiler:Chane Walken and [[TwoAliasesOneCharacter Felix Walken - aka Claire Stanfield]]]]. Firo does however claim that Charon's quietness and stoicism is actually a product of hanging out with [[TheVoiceless Keith Gandor]] for entirely too long.
** The 2002 story invokes this, with the culprit behind the incident claiming that he wants to recreate the events of the Flying Pussyfoot Massacre in 1931. [[spoiler:It fails, and it's implied to have been because the culprit didn't take into account the roles Isaac and Miria played in 1931.]]
* GrievousHarmWithABody: In the climax of ''Drug & the Dominoes'', Luck's hand gets blown off by a revolver. As it turns out, severed limbs are still capable of tearing throats out - you just have to use the jagged end.
* HappilyEverBefore: ''Crack Flag'' has a variation. [[spoiler:The accounts of the poet Jean-Pierre cut off at the so-called happy ending, but the reader then discovers the hidden continuation of his accounts, which detail the DiabolusExMachina and the DownerEnding of the story.]]
* HopeSpot: ''Crack Flag'' [[spoiler: ends on a hopeful note with Epilogue B, where it looks as if Huey and Elmer managed to fake Monicaís death]]. Of course, [[spoiler: it turns out to be a case of UnreliableNarrator and the real ending, Epilogue C, ends with Monica being stabbed to death by Fermet]].
* IAmNotShazam: In-universe example, wherein Miria makes the classic mistake of assuming Frankenstein is the monster's name. Isaac quickly corrects her on this, claiming instead that the monster's name was Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelly.
* [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe I Can't Believe a Girl Like You Would Notice Me]]: Victor actually cites this as one of the ''reasons'' he's into Lucrezia de Dormentaire - it means she gives no damn about class differences.
-->'''Victor:''' If you think about it, the fact that sheís courting a lowly alchemist like me and letting me talk to her plainly already makes her different from every other aristocrat out there.
* IdentityAbsorption: [[HiveMind "Water"]] beings have the potential to do this to anyone who ingests their "water", although they run the risk of falling victim to it themselves.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: In the anime, the episodes are always [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin long titles that essentially sum up the contents of the episode]]. For example, "[[PsychoForHire Ladd Russo]] [[MotorMouth Enjoys Talking a lot]] [[AxCrazy and Slaughtering a lot]]," "[[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Jacuzzi Splot]] [[BerserkerTears Cries]], [[CowardlyLion Gets Scared]], [[LetsGetDangerous and Musters Reckless Valor]]," etc. As for the novels, each book title is based on the name of a rock band:
** ''The Rolling Bootlegs'' - Music/TheRollingStones
** ''Children of Bottle'' - Music/ChildrenOfBodom
** ''The Grand Punk Railroad'' and ''Another Junk Railroad'' - Music/GrandFunkRailroad
** ''Drug & the Dominoes'' - [[Music/EricClapton Derek and the Dominoes]]
** ''The Slash'' - Music/TheClash
** ''Alice in Jails'' and ''Peter Pan in Chains'' - Music/AliceInChains
** ''Ironic Life Orchestra'' - Music/ElectricLightOrchestra
** ''Bullet Garden'' - Music/{{Soundgarden}}
** ''Blood Sabbath'' - Music/BlackSabbath
** ''Crack Flag'' - Music/BlackFlag
** ''Whitesmile'' - Music/{{Whitesnake}}
** ''Deep Marble'' - Music/DeepPurple
** ''Dr. Feelgreed'' - Dr. Feelgood
** ''The Grateful Bet'' - Music/TheGratefulDead
* InsistentTerminology: Maiza and Firo would like to remind you that they're part of the ''Camorra'', not the Mafia. The anime also explicitly mentions the Martillo family as belonging to the Camorra.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: In ''The Rolling Bootlegs'', Detective Edward derides Firo for thinking a homeless man would want to take his dirty money. Rather than deny the dubious sourse of his cash, Firo points out that a charity organization wouldn't bother to check the source either.
* JapaneseHonorifics: A FrameStory plot point in ''The Rolling Bootlegs''. After receiving a somewhat backhanded compliment from the Martillo's ''conta Ť oro'', the anonymous photographer passive-aggressively nitpicks the man's disturbingly fluent Japanese by pointing out he was ignoring age hierarchy by not addressing the elderly Paul Noah by his appropriate honorific. And that's when the ''conta Ť oro'' gives one of ''[[CheshireCatGrin those]]'' grins and starts setting up his [[SelfMutilationDemonstration favorite party trick]]...
* KatanasAreJustBetter: This is Maria's position in-universe. Which is why she uses two of them, ''[[VerbalTic amigo!]]'' However, it ends up being subverted in ''Drug & The Dominos''. Katanas? Cool. A pair of scissors in the hands of everyone's favorite psycho, Claire Stanfield? ''Better.''
* LegacyCharacter: The name "Felix Walken" is passed down from one assassin to another. [[spoiler:By 1934, it's shared between multiple people--Claire and five of Sham's bodies. Claire bought the name from a woman around 30 years old, and Sham's bodies were given the name by a man who now calls himself "The Former Felix Walken".]]
* ''The Slash'', [[spoiler:Dallas Genoard]], of all people. Pretty much everyone in the cast (and audience) assume that Adelle is going to sweep him aside in the climax. Turns out he REALLY wasn't kidding about paying them back for [[spoiler:[[KnightTemplarBigBrother threatening his sister.]]]]
* LoopholeAbuse: Falsifying age is tricky business for an immortal (and requires a third party in high places), but possible. Firo, for example, has a passport that's entirely genuine (FBI Victor Talbot didn't want to deal with him getting detained for presenting a "fake" one again), but with a deliberate error in his date of birth.
* LoveAtFirstPunch: At first ear-clipping by knife, actually, but close enough. One of the reasons that Claire is more enthralled by [[spoiler:Chane]] than any of the previous girls [[SerialRomeo he was also briefly in passionate love with]] is because she managed to deal lasting physical damage to him, proving herself to be real in Claire's otherwise solipsistic world.
-->'''Claire:''' You managed to nick my ear. Even though it was just a coincidence, you left proof of your existence to me, the center of the world. So I want you to join me on the side of the dreamer... on the side of the ruler of the world. I'll welcome you with open arms.
* MagicAIsMagicA: The rules of immortality are clearly defined, although some of them are rather odd.
* MaleGaze: The first book has at least a paragraph lingering on Ennis's appearance, [[spoiler:which is probably the first sign that the man telling the story isn't Maiza, but rather Ennis's eventual husband Firo]].
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Subverted, as Claire Stanfield, one of the biggest badasses in the series, is a total virgin by his own admission -- though not exactly by ''choice'', mind you)
-->'''Claire:''' Don't say stupid things. I've never two-timed before, you know? Well, frankly, it's because I never dated a woman.
* MarriageToAGod: In ''Blood Sabbath'', [[spoiler:a cult tries to force Sylvie to become their god and marry their leader]].
* MercyKill: In the epilogue of ''Drug & the Dominoes'', [[spoiler:Maiza]] contemplates killing [[spoiler:the comatose Begg]] for this reason, but decides against it upon realizing he's in his HappyPlace.
* MinorInsultMeltdown: Isaac and Miria undergo one in ''The Slash'' after snaps at them for their melodrama over his [[FelonyMisdemeanor truly heinous crime of knocking over their domino setup]].
* {{Nepotism}}: This is how Luck ended up as a Mafia executive while barely into his teens, and he's well aware of it.
* NoodleIncident: Pretty much the only thing we know about [[spoiler:Firo and Ennis's wedding]] is that it took place in a church circa 1980, there were [[spoiler:WeddingSmashers]], and that it ended in a bloodbath that is later fondly remembered by the Martillos.
* OutOfTheInferno: In ''Children of the Bottle'', [[spoiler:Czes escapes from a group of superstitious villagers who think immortals are demons by ''throwing himself into a fireplace'', waiting for the ropes they've bound him with to burn off, and walking out of the flames, regenerating as he goes. Even more impressive when you recall that Fermet threw him into a fireplace at one point. Also a CMOA.]]
* [[PalsWithJesus Pals With Cthulhu]]: [[spoiler:[[GodWasMyCopilot Post-reveal]], Maiza and Ronnie]]'s relationship shifts into this.
* PaintingTheMedium:F rom time to time, such as when Barnes' thoughts gradually shift from kanji to hiragana to demonstrate his mind's deterioration.
* ThePowerOfTrust: In ''Children of the Bottle'', Czes is confused about whether humans are basically good or evil, and worries that he isn't deserving of the unconditional kindness that Maiza and the others have shown him. Elmer responds to this by [[spoiler:grabbing Czes's right hand and putting it on his own head, saying something like, "If you were so evil you'd eat me right now, wouldn't you?" and tells Czes that he should quit worrying about it and be glad that he has people in his life who care about and trust him.]]
* POVSequel: ''The Grand Punk Railroad: Express Episode'' and ''Alice in Jails: Street Episode''.
* PuppyLove:
** Occurs between Czeslaw and the [[spoiler: little homunculus]] girl from Children of Bottle, [[GenderBlenderName Phil]]. The [[FanGirl fangirls]] ran ''wild'' [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/1155__3241_5157.jpg with this one.]]
** ''The Slash'' puts a spin on it by putting Tick and Maria together. While they're both of them are ''physically'' adults, they both act like AxeCrazy [[PsychopathicManchild children]]. To Luck, seeing them together is like watching ten-year-olds trying to flirt.
* ReligionOfEvil: SAMPLE, a {{Cult}} that designates a child to be their "sacrificial god" and brutally tortures them, believing that the child is a scapegoat for all the pain that the believers themselves would normally go through. There are multiple branches, but the three most prominent are the ones that hijack the cruise ship ''Exit'', the branch that [[spoiler:Illness was "sacrificial god" of as a child]], and a defunct 300-year old branch for which [[spoiler:Elmer was the "sacrificial god" until 1700.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: In 2001, the hidden village is able to exist unmolested by the authorities because of [[spoiler:Szilard]]'s connections being used by [[spoiler:his descendents]].
* SeinfeldianConversation: [[LampshadeHanging About the opening of]] ''Film/ReservoirDogs'', [[LampshadeHanging no less.]]
-->"Then I guess I'm Steve Buscemi."\\
"No, I'm Buscemi.".\\
"I wanna be Buscemi."\\
"Don't be stupid. How can a girl be Steve Buscemi?"\\
"But he's Mr. Pink, right? That means it's okay for a girl to be him."
* SexlessMarriage: [[spoiler:Firo and Ennis]]. They're still HappilyMarried - they've just never gotten around to the actual sex part.
-->'''Pecho:''' I ''thought'' it was weird that they didn't have any kids!
* ShoutOut:
** Firo makes a reference to ''Film/TheUntouchables'' at the end of the first book. The 1987 film was what actually got Narita writing the series in the first place.
** Almost the entirety of the Mask Makers in ''Bullet Garden'' and ''Blood Sabbath'' is composed of film buffs. This naturally leads to a ''lot'' of movie references, including an argument over who would be the [[Film/ReservoirDogs Mr. Pink]] of the team.
* ASimplePlan: If you are Firo, asking your crush if you can hold her hand is very, ''very'' difficult.
* SpitTake: Firo does one in ''Bullet Garden'' when Isaac and Miria [[spoiler:indirectly announce his virginity to everyone in the Alveare]].
* StarCrossedLovers: Gretto and Sylvie had the deck stacked against them pretty much from day one. Sylvie is ''not'' happy when Elmer suggests that reading ''Romeo and Juliet'' can give them some useful advice on the situation.
-->'''Sylvie:''' ''Please'' donít be so ominous.
-->'''Elmer:''' Didnít you know? There's actually an afterlife in the world of that play. [[TogetherInDeath So after they die, they can meet up again]]--'Were you just pretending to be dead all along, Juliet?' 'Romeo, darling, youíre so oblivious.' [[EverybodyLaughsEnding They could laugh together afterwards!]]
* SuperWindowJump: In ''Blood Sabbath'', Aging jumps out of a window on a cruise ship, runs along the hull while holding onto a cable, and jumps back into the ship through another window.
* SycophanticServant: In ''The Rolling Bootlegs'', the RedShirt brewer Barnes is Szilard's, to the point that he considers it an honor to be [[YouHaveFailedMe devoured by him]].
* TakeMeInstead:
** In ''The Grand Punk Railroad: Express Episode'', [[spoiler:Rachel]] begs the Rail Tracer to take [[spoiler:her]] life in exchange for stopping his rampage. [[spoiler:The Rail Tracer casually tells her he was already done (as well as that he only killed the white and black suits), tosses her a train ticket, and goes on his merry way.]]
** In ''The Slash: Bloody to Fair'', Firo tells Christopher that, if he wants a hostage, he should take him instead of [[spoiler:Jacuzzi]]. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Chris knew he was immortal and promptly shot the offer down.]]
* TheyWouldCutYouUp: Subverted. Victor desperately wants to keep Huey out of the hands of the government and the Nebula corporation, but more out of fear that [[ManipulativeBastard Huey]] will sway the would-be cutter-uppers to his side than out of any concern for Huey's well being. (Or so he says, [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation anyway.]])
* TownWithADarkSecret: Lotto Valentino in 1705.
* UpdatedRerelease: Two so far:
** '''Another Junk Railroad''' -- the 14th LightNovel is a collected and expanded version of the mini-novel and Drama CD, Great Punk Railroad Revisited.
** '''~Summer~ man in the killer''' -- the 16th LightNovel is a collected version of the five mini-novels that composes ''A man in the killer'' side-story, it also gives away an exact date this time around.
* UptownGirl: [[spoiler:Gretto and Sylvie]]
* TheVerse: ''Baccano!'', ''LightNovel/{{Vamp}}!'', and ''{{Durarara}}'' are all set in the same universe, although due to being set in very different locations and time periods, there isn't too much overlap.
* WeCanRuleTogether: ''Ironic Light Orchestra'' has an interesting take on this. Huey asks [[SmittenTeenageGirl Monica]] if she wants to help facilitate his [[spoiler:counterfeiting ring]]. [[spoiler:[[EvilAllAlong Turns out Monica was way ahead of him on the idea.]]]]
* WeHaveTheKeys: In ''The Slash: Bloody to Fair'', Claire is not happy to see Ennis waste all the time he spent lockpicking by kicking Mist Wall's front door off its hinges.
* WhamLine: The words revealing the identity of the person asking the questions in the introductory chapters of ''Ironic Light Orchestra'' [[spoiler:"...Master Fermet."]] is this considering that some of those questions were asked [[spoiler:long after Fermet's death.]]
* WhatAreYouInFor: Pretty much an obligatory scene in ''Alice In Jails'', what with being set in [[TheAlcatraz Alcatraz]]. Firo, [[GetIntoJailFree in for an undercover operation]] [[BoxedCrook he got roped into by the FBI]], lies and claims he assaulted a few guards in his previous prison. Turns out the other inmate, Ryujiro, is in for the same thing, except for [[IAmAHumanitarian one little extra detail...]]
-->'''Ryujiro:''' Yup. Well, in my case, there was this guard who pissed me off, so I gave his neck a little chomp. You understand, right?
-->'''Firo:''' ... ''Chomp?''
-->'''Ryujiro:''' Heheh! Hey, ever heard of odorigui? It's this way of eating the Japanese haveóyou bite down on your food while it's still alive and moving. The feeling of something live squirming against your tongue, against your teeth as you bite down... It just all comes together with the salty taste of blood and makes it so incredible!
-->'''Firo:''' Yeah, okay. I think I've heard enough.
* WhatTheHellHero: One of the very few times Keith Gandor speaks in the entire series is when he calls out ''Claire Stanfield'' during the climax of ''Drug & The Dominos''... And actually gets him to apologize. Maria is impressed enough that she switches sides.
* WithDueRespect: [[FBIAgent Agent Bill Sullivan]] is not afraid to snark at his superior.
-->'''Bill:''' Er, Sir. I don't think it's my place to ask, but, uhh... I am a bit curious about something."
-->'''Victor:''' Huh? About ''what?''
-->'''Bill:''' Well, if I recall, you asked me to drive you here so that you could, and I quote, 'Warn an old friend not to fall for Huey's bullshit'. So, sir, how exactly did you go about that warning to warrant such hostility that your knees were knocking as you got in the car?
-->'''Victor:''' Uh... Well what do you ''think'' happened, Detective Sullivan?
-->'''Bill:''' I think you probably went and did something stupid, sir.
* YearX: All side-stories aside Great Punk Railroad Revisited have vague dates, making it hard to properly place them in the timeline; 193X for ''A Man in The Killer'' and ''The Time Of the Oasis'', ???? for ''The Illusional First and Last Episode''. ''A Man in The Killer'' was later published as the 16th volume, with the year confirmed to be 1932.
* {{Wicked Step|mother}}father: Tick's stepfather sold him to the mafia to pay off loans. The only reason he didn't sell the younger son was because he figured he could make more off of him.
* YouKilledMyFather: Subverted - [[spoiler:Eve]] pulls the trigger on [[spoiler:Gustavo]] once she finds out, but Luck, trying to keep her hands clean from this nasty Mafia business, deflects the blast with his arm -- blowing it off -- and takes out Gustavo himself. ''With his own severed arm.''
* YouMakeMeSic: Victor Talbot is the only man to ever have his reports spellchecked by an omniscient HumanoidAbomination.

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* AdaptationDyeJob: Katsumi Enami had some... ''[[YouGottaHaveBlueHair unique]]'' ideas for what color to use for some characters, whereas the anime tried to keep realistic tones.
** In the first volumes Ladd was a blonde with a very weak paste tone that could be mistaken for white hair. In Alcatraz it became [[LockedIntoStrangeness completely white]]. The anime went for normal blonde; later Enami would even things out by drawing Ladd like he was animated.
** Claire's eyes are usually shown as golden in the novels, matching perfectly with Chane. One piece of art for the 1931 arc shows him with [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]]. The anime went for normal brown eyes.
** Enami has drawn Chane with a much more pale skin tone than is typical for her presumed ancestry; the anime is consistent with it.
* AllPartOfTheShow: Isaac and Miria manage to convince themselves that the entire plot of ''The Slash'', including [[spoiler:Ronnie showing off his demon mojo]] and a number of bloody murders, is an elaborate and ''awesome'' magic show.
* AllThereInTheManual: While the anime is generally self-contained and understandable without the LightNovels, there's still quite a bit of backstory that doesn't find its way into the show -- as well as the unanswered question of just who were those people who sliced up Isaac's ear in the first episode. And of course, if you want to know what happens ''after'' the anime events...
* AnachronicOrder: The first episode actually contains scenes from the endings to each of the three stories. Later episodes will jump back and forth between and even within the separate stories with little warning.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: The intro is a good showcase of the show's light-hearted tone and high energy. It does not, however, display much hint of the amount of {{gorn}}, gang violence, and overall insanity some of the audience might have wanted to look out for.
* BookEnds: Depending if you're going by the ending of the series proper or the [[BonusEpisode bonus episodes]], either the two scenes at the train station or the two conversations between St. Germain and Carol.
* BrickJoke: WhatHappenedToTheMouse from episode three, you ask? [[spoiler:It escaped the fire and is now enjoying its immortal, mousy life like any mouse would.]]
* CastingGag: At least it seemed like one in the dub, the second that [[Creator/JerryJewell Claire]] said [[CaseClosed Rachel's name]].
* CompressedAdaptation: the anime is loosely based on four Baccano! Light Novels: ''The Rolling Bootlegs'', both books of ''The Grand Punk Railroad'' and ''Drug & The Dominos''. The three extra episodes are based on the mini-novel/CD-drama, ''Great Punk Railroad Revisited''.
* ConspicuousCG: The halls of the Flying Pussyfoot.
* DutchAngle: As expected for an anime about chaos.
* {{Engrish}}: Impressively averted. Despite taking place in America, the show is mostly devoid of this, with signs and background elements almost always spelled correctly, a sign that the creators [[ShownTheirWork did their homework.]] Nobody's perfect, though; note "Grando" Central Station.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Most episode titles are pretty clear concerning what they're about, such as "The Rail Tracer Maneuvers Through the Train Slaughtering Many."
** The fourth episode title describes one of the show's lovable psychopaths: "Ladd Russo Enjoys Talking A Lot and Slaughtering A Lot."
** The author's preferred translation of ''baccano'' is "stupid commotion" which is an adequate summary of [[RandomEventsPlot the plot]]. The semi-interlacing plot lines do look a lot like a "stupid commotion" for the first few episodes before all the pieces start falling into place.
* FanService: For a anime that has NOTHING to do with this trope, at least a couple of scenes of fanservice appeared.
** The first being where on the train, Jacuzzi and Donny run into Isaac and Miria, trip on something and then Jacuzzi lands on her cleavage due to everyone being crowded together.
** The 2nd is when the Chinese girl stops Isaac from looking in the bullet holes, she trips and her breasts go on him face first. Also, many of the scenes with the Chinese girl like to show her butt.
** Then there's the fact that, if you look really closely, Nice, Chane, and Lua all seem to be GoingCommando.
* ForegoneConclusion: By the first episode, you will know that [[spoiler:Luck and Firo become immortal, Isaac, Miria, Jacuzzi, Nice, and Czeslaw survive the Flying Pussyfoot massacre, Ladd loses an arm, and Chane accepts Claire's proposal]]... Or perhaps not, because [[JigsawPuzzlePlot you're not given any context for it]] until you see the rest of the show.
* FramingDevice: The conversation between Gustav St. Germain and Carol and their attempt to piece together the three stories.
* FreezeFrameBonus: During Chane and Ladd's second fight atop the train, after Chane is [[spoiler:kicked off]], as she is [[spoiler:climbing back up]], there is a shot of her bare hand holding one knife, but as soon as she is back up, ''her gloves are back on both her hands.''
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: If you look closely at the card game in Episode 10 you'll notice that the Gandor brothers are playing ''Old Maid''.
* {{Futureshadowing}}: The entire first episode of the anime is this. It won't make sense until the second time you watch it.
* GoryDiscretionShot: As the above indicates, a good bit of the gore is actually shown, but the GoryDiscretionShot still sees some use - for example, when [[spoiler:the Gandor brothers]] are shot in the head near the end of the series.
* GrandFinale: Episode thirteen, followed by a three-episode epilogue.
* HowWeGotHere: The first episode.
* HyperlinkStory
* InsultBackfire: It apparently didn't backfire well enough in Ladd's opinion.
--> '''Placido Russo:''' Yer a freak. Homicidal lunatics think you're a nutcase!\\
'''Ladd:''' Your attempt at flattery is so ham-handed! Can't you do better for the Russo family's ''greatest'' assassin?
* JigsawPuzzlePlot: The framing device for the anime is Carol trying to put all the pieces together.
* MatchCut: The opening credits.
* PaintingTheMedium: Claire explains that he sees himself as the only real person in the world, and everyone else is just an interesting character he thinks up. At this point, the audience sees things from his eyes, and the visual image is like an old movie projection.
* PinkMist: [[spoiler:The Young Conductor]] on the ''Flying Pussyfoot'', and poor Czes taking two shots in the head from Ladd's shotgun.
* PostEpisodeTrailer: Usually involving Isaac and Miria misinterpreting the next episode's title.
* PowersInTheFirstEpisode: The FromASingleCell power is demonstrated by the first episode when someone cuts Firo's fingers off.
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: When Graham Spector slams a wrench into Ladd's torso at about 50mph, Ladd stands there and [[SlasherSmile smiles]] at him. This is when Graham decides he's [[DefeatMeansFriendship met his new daddy]].
* {{Retraux}}: Used briefly to give a look inside a character's head, and also often used in Funimation's promotion of the series.
* ShoutOut:
** [[http://i35.tinypic.com/wkpgjs.jpg Placido Russo]] looks suspiciously similar to [[MillersCrossing Johnny Caspar]]. [[http://blogs.suntimes.com/scanners/mcjcp.jpg For reference]].
** In the English dub of the first episode of the anime, Bartolo Runorata says [[TheSting "You follow?"]]
** The opening sequence, deemed one of the best in anime by many who saw it, is a 1930's style depiction of the first scene in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAgI51QvWxsSnatch]]''.
* ShownTheirWork: ''Baccano!'' is pretty good about this. For example, it actually depicts the Hollywood sign saying "Hollywoodland," which is what it stated originally. Rachel's scenes in the [=OVAs=] also take place in an easily recognizable Grand Central Station, right down to the doors.
* SilentWhisper: [[spoiler: The Rail Tracer's]] words to Rachel are drowned out by an ill-timed train whistle the first time we hear them. [[spoiler: The second time, we hear them: "Your ticket, please?"]]
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Unlike every other character, [[spoiler:Claire -- the friendly-looking young conductor]] is conspicuously not identified in the opening credits.
** Some serious fridge brilliance ensues when you get to episode 9 and realize [[spoiler:that Claire's been lurking in the opening all along]].
** The reporters from the Daily Days newspaper, especially Rachel, are also missing from the opening. This is probably mostly just because the series has [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters too many major characters to fit them all into the opening sequence]].
* SleepingDummy: Used by Szilard on the ''Advena Avis'', both to keep people from realizing that he was the one committing the murders and to distract [[spoiler:Maiza, whom he had overheard planning to kill him]].
* SolemnEndingTheme: "Calling". Extremely noticeable in contrast to the jazzy upbeat opening, "Guns & Roses".
* StealthHiBye: Firo pulls this in episode 14 of the anime series, scaring the ever-living crap of Issac and Miria, who were just playing with some dominoes.
* ThirdLineSomeWaiting
* WhamEpisode: Episode 9, [[spoiler:when it's revealed just how utterly ''[[CrazyAwesome crazy]]'' our conductor buddy really is]].
* WhamLine: From [[WhamEpisode Episode 9]]:
--> [[spoiler:'''Young Conductor''': There is one way to be spared... You just have to kill it... ''[click]''... ''Before it kills you.'']]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** At the start of episode 8, a special FBI task force is created with the objective of capturing Issac and Miria. The feds are never seen or heard from again, although it's implied that most of them simply think [[RefugeInAudacity the case is too stupid to investigate]].
** Averted with [[spoiler:the actual mouse, who shows up in an early episode as a test subject for the Grand Panacea. He reappears at the very end of the final episode, now immortal.]]
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