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->''''Durarara'' is a show about a magical fairy who rides a motorcycle and saves people. This is both the most literal and least representative description of the show that I could think of.''
-->--'''Disorganization XIII, Spoiler: The Panel [[http://youtu.be/Uh-xgvzL-I0?t=2m11s 4]]'''

''Three "ra"s, by the way.''

Ikebukuro, a district of Tokyo. A young man named Mikado Ryugamine has moved there from "the sticks", clueless as to how things work in the big city. Reunited with his childhood friend Masaomi Kida for the first time in years, Mikado is shown the way around town as he tries to adapt to the hectic ways of the busy metropolis and discovers its many dark secrets.

Word on the street is that a headless biker called the Black Rider (a [[CoolBike modernized]] [[HeadlessHorseman Dullahan]] from Myth/CelticMythology) has been riding about committing acts of vigilante justice in a spectacularly violent fashion.

There's a guy who dresses like a bartender with [[SuperStrength inhuman strength]], a shady KnowledgeBroker, a genius BackAlleyDoctor, and a conspiracy about a pharmaceutical company involved in human trafficking. Then there's the "Dollars", a mysterious "colorless" gang whose members and activities are shrouded in secrecy.

Based on a series of fifteen light novels written by Ryohgo Narita, the mastermind behind ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''; with art and designs by Suzuhito Yasuda, of ''Manga/YozakuraQuartet'' fame. An official English translation can now be bought in the West, translated by Stephen Paul.

A sequel series, Durarara!! SH (Snake Hands) as part of the ten year anniversary celebration, came out April 2014, continuing from the final novel after a TimeSkip of a year and a half.

[[TheBerserker Yah]][[CombatPragmatist iro]] [[SuperStrength Mizuchi]], a student from a distant hot springs village in Akita, listening to the advice of a tourist, has moved to Ikebukuro and transferred into Raira Academy. He wants to see the UrbanLegends that have become mundane and more importantly, can he, with the strength and instincts of a monster in battle, fit in with them?

He gets tangled with new rumors and mysteries such as the kidnappings by the Headless Rider and her public disappearance or the help for hire group that will resolve anything, [[TitleDrop Snake Hands]]. It can be read [[https://popsiclete.wordpress.com/2015/10/15/durarara-translation-index/#more-436 here.]]

An anime adaptation aired in Japan from January through June 2010, running for 24 episodes, with two additional episodes on the DVD release. The anime adaptation was directed by Takahiro Omori and animated by Brain's Base, the same studio/director combo that adapted ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''. Aniplex picked up the series for North American distribution, and the DVD releases were done in three groups in January, March, and May 2011. The show aired on Creator/AdultSwim starting June 2011.

A second season was announced as part of the 10th anniversary of the franchise at the Dengeki Game Festival in March 2014. The original cast reprised their roles. A brief promotional video can be found [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1hfdxk here]].

There is a crossover light novel with ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' called ''A Certain Magical Index VS Durarara!!''

Check out the [[{{Characters/Durarara}} character page]] [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters if you have time]]. Not to be confused with ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}''.

Shizuo Heiwajima, the aforementioned bartender with [[SuperStrength inhuman strength]], was chosen to represent ''Durarara!!'' in the crossover FightingGame ''VideoGame/DengekiBunkoFightingClimax'' by Creator/{{Sega}}, with Celty Sturluson and Izaya Orihara as [[AssistCharacter support characters]].

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[[folder: Warning!! The examples below may include spoilers for both the light novels and the anime. Proceed at your own risk! ]]


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!!Provides examples of the following tropes:

* AbbeyRoadCrossing: On the cover of [[http://www.rightstuf.com/cms/action/ItemDescription?ItemDescriptionTypeName=ALTERNATE_IMAGE_2&ItemName=aoa0704&LanguageIsoName=en this]] UsefulNotes/BluRay set.
* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler: Anri's father. He was willing to kill his daughter just for insurance money.]]
* AcademyOfAdventure: Raira Academy, ''especially'' during Shizuo and Izaya's attendance.
* AdaptationExpansion: To make this easy let's just say that Episode 2, and the events between [[spoiler: Kida finds out that Mikado is the founder of the Dollars and Kida goes to the Yellow Scarves hideout alone]] are all anime-only.
* AdjustingYourGlasses: Anri and Shizuo do this on occasion.
* AerosolFlamethrower: Walker makes use of one at the climax of Volume 6. The narrative helpfully points out that [[DontTryThisAtHome this is stupidly dangerous and as likely to set Walker on fire as anyone else]], but that Walker's doing it anyway on account of [[HeroicComedicSociopath being]] [[CloudCuckoolander Walker]].
** Walker has it again when he's fighting [[spoiler:Izumii]], revealing that fire is his preferred weapon of choice.
* AlienAutopsy: In one episode, we see [[HeadlessHorseman Celty]] watching a documentary on one of these in the background while Shinra speaks on the phone. Celty, as it turns out, [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes is terrified of aliens]] (and given her experience with Dr. Kishitani probably autopsies too).
* AllThereInTheManual: Ignoring the LightNovels, the Japanese [=DVDs=] come with written short stories.
* AlternateCharacterReading: A few of the episode titles.
* AnachronismStew: Due to time discrepancies between light novels and anime releases, the series is peppered with small and amusing inconsistencies, mostly about the release dates of some gadgets and stuff. For note, IIRC, the official date of the events in light novels is 2002, which leads to:
** Izaya having an iPhone three years before its official release even in the US (2005).
** Mikado's PC having an AGP port (normal for 2002), but sporting a Windows 7 sticker (released in 2009), and so on.
** The dates on computer screens and cellphones make it clear that the ''anime'' is supposed to be set in 2010. His PC is obviously a brand name bought pre-assembled (and that sticker was on the box), but then, there are indications that this was while he still was in junior high. Looks like someone was having fun with the details.
* AnimalMotifs: Aoba is commonly compared to a shark, both in personality and appearance.
** Two Russian assassins in X2 go by the aliases "Vorona" and "Sloan", which are Russian for "crow" and "elephant" respectively.
** Snakes for the sequel series Durarara!! SH
* AnimationBump: The anime is already gorgeously animated and has a highly detailed art direction, but there are instances where things are noticeably ''more'' fluid and detailed.
* AnimeAccentAbsence: Averted. Even if the accent is ''wrong'', you can't say they didn't give all the foreigners an accent. They even went all the way and made a couple of tourist girls in Episode 3, an entirely one-shot pair of characters, speak heavily accented, but otherwise perfect, Russian, complete with subtitles.
* {{Animeland}}
* ArmorPiercingSlap: [[spoiler:Anri]] delivers one to a [[HeroicBSOD rather]] [[EtTuBrute paranoid]] [[spoiler:Masaomi]] after he interrogates her [[spoiler:from her reason for spying on the Yellow Scarves to how she's been "tricking" him and "sucking up to Mikado."]]
* ArtEvolution: Hell yes. Suzuhito's earlier artwork for DRRR!!, while decent, was kind of awkward and a little stodgy. It has since developed and become much more fluid, with better colors and characterization in general. Compare the [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_aSCM3tWAKX4/TKnse7zKT0I/AAAAAAAAAF0/pxoEtMt72lc/s1600/durarara.png volume one cover]] to the cover of [[http://i52.tinypic.com/ir5g1u.png the most recent volume ten]].
* AssholeVictim:
** The three ganguros who bully Anri end up getting attacked [[spoiler:by the Slasher]] in Episode 13.
** Horada is such an arrogant JerkAss that ''no one'' ever sympathizes with him.
** Professor Nasujima gets clocked by Shizuo after coming at him with a knife and asking for his money. Nobody cares.
** [[spoiler: Earthworm. She's tortured many people in the past and her latest victim was Izaya, but since he's [[TheChessmaster Izaya]] it turns out that he knew what was going to happen all along. He gets Ran Izumi over, who promptly breaks her legs, hits her fingers repeatedly with a plastic hammer, shoves a linen bag soaked with lamp oil into her mouth and ''lights it on freaking fire''. He also threatens to rape her, but luckily Mikage stops him.]]
* {{Astroturfing}}: In-universe example: During the formative days of the Dollars, [[spoiler:Mikado and his online friends]] pose as different people to spread the word about the group. [[spoiler:Mikado]] even mentions posting as multiple people on the Dollars' own website to pad the member count. Things ultimately take on a life of their own once [[spoiler:Izaya starts spreading the password]], however.
* AwakeningTheSleepingGiant: When the [[spoiler: Blue Squares]] get utterly dominated by [[spoiler: Mikado]], they wonder if Izaya has any idea [[LetsGetDangerous the asskicking he's unleashed.]]
* {{Badass}}: Almost every main character in the series, in some way or another.
** BadassArmy: The Yellow Scarves when competently led. The Dollars are mostly composed of {{Guile Hero}}es, but they have enough muscle and achieve enough awesome to qualify.
** BadassCrew: Kadota's sub-division of the Dollars, composed of [[BadassNormal himself]], [[BadassDriver Togusa]], and [[BattleCouple Walker and Erika.]]
** BadassPacifist: Simon. Also, many members of the Dollars prefer GuileHero tactics (i.e. nonviolent methods), as best displayed in Episode 22 of the anime.
** CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Many characters have this as a running theme.
** FourStarBadass: They aren't military officers, but [[spoiler: Masaomi]] is the metaphorical equivalent of this for the Yellow Scarves and [[spoiler: Mikado]] is this for the Dollars, though only a few know about the latter.
** OneManArmy: Celty and [[spoiler: Anri]] are good contenders for this, but Shizuo is the most badass one of them all, lampshaded by Celty herself. Heck, Shizuo is practically more of a fighting game character than an anime one.
** WorldOfBadass
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: The anime's second opening implies that Kasuka and Kinnosuke get a lot more screentime than the ever do. They ''do'' end up getting due focus in the later novels, but those weren't animated...
** Seemingly averted in X2 since it covers the chapters where they do get their focus, especially Kasuka.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Invoked by [[TheCasanova Chikage]] in the sixth volume when he intervenes on a fight between Vorona and [[spoiler:Anri]].
-->'''Chikage:''' Not that I don't enjoy a good CatFight between girls every now and then... but wouldn't it totally defeat the purpose if you hurt each other's beautiful faces and bodies with knives like this? I'd suggest you go with mud wrestling.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: How did Tom get on Shizuo's good side? By showing him some basic human decency.
** This is also part of the reason that [[spoiler: Izaya considers Shinra his only friend--because Shinra came right up and talked to [[LonersAreFreaks him]] when no one else did. Oh, and Shinra also took a knife wound for Izaya once, but that's [[SarcasmMode no big deal or anything]].]]
* BeneathTheMask: An on-going theme, applied to almost all of the main characters as well as Ikebukero itself.
* BerserkButton:
** Shizuo [[HairTriggerTemper has about a million of them]], but Izaya's continued existence rises above them all.
** ''Do not'' scratch Togusa's van.
** Do not hurt women in close proximity to [[ChivalrousPervert Chikage]].
** As of late, threatening the lives of his best friends causes [[spoiler: Mikado]] to get [[AwakeningTheSleepingGiant pretty]] [[ThePenIsMightier damn]] [[KillItWithFire upset]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: The more friendly someone is in this series, the more likely it is that they're a complete and utter freak. [[spoiler: Good ''god'', Mikado can switch on the niceness off and on at will intentionally to dominate other people's wills. The truly scary thing, that makes his flashes of coldness all the more scary, is when he's nice... he means it.]]
* BigBrotherBully: Ran Izumi and [[spoiler:Izaya Orihara]]. Said bullying seems to have had some serious effects on the targets--''especially'' for Ran's little brother, [[spoiler:Aoba]].
* BikerBabe: Celty and Vorona.
* BilingualBonus: At the end of Episode 8, Celty speaks Irish (with a Japanese accent). She says: Tá me anseo, anseo (I am here, here).
** Also, Simon delivers a whole TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Izaya in Russian in Episode 24.
** Simon in general speaks fairly good Russian. So do the two tourists who ask him for direction in episode 3 (although all of them have a very noticeable accent). Weirdly, the two tourists thank him by saying "Toda Raba", which does mean "Thank you very much"... in Hebrew.
* BilingualBackfire: In one episode, Simon breaks from cheerfully advertising sushi to warn/threaten Izaya with a Russian proverb. Izaya immediately replies in Russian with another proverb.
* {{Bishonen}} / {{Biseinen}}: [[http://images.wikia.com/durarara/images/9/9f/Kasuka_Heiwajima_OP_2.png Kasuka]], [[http://images2.fanpop.com/image/photos/10100000/Shizuo-durarara-10104029-459-604.jpg Shizuo]], [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121211205149/durarara/images/1/10/Izaya01.jpg Izaya]], [[http://images.wikia.com/durarara/images/5/55/Durarara!!_E04_03m_25s.jpg Shinra]] , [[http://images.wikia.com/durarara/images/a/ac/Mikado_Ryugamine_EP01_01.jpg Mikado]], [[http://www.animetrack.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Durarara-25-sub.jpg Kida]], [[http://images.wikia.com/durarara/images/1/14/Durarara_Kuronuma_Aoba_1_-Small_Wallpaper-.jpg Aoba]], [[http://images.wikia.com/durarara/images/f/f5/Durarara!!_E03_21m_17s.jpg Seiji]], [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100123010828/durarara/images/d/d6/Durarara!!_E03_09m_30s.jpg Tom]], [[http://images.wikia.com/durarara/images/2/2c/Walkereyesopen.jpg Walker]], [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100904151624/durarara/images/f/f0/88395.jpg Chikage]], [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130419210759/durarara/images/f/f7/Ryo_Episode10.jpg Ryo Takiguchi]], [[http://www.nautiljon.com/images/perso/00/90/shijima_hiroto_12109.jpg Shijima]] and [[http://i570.photobucket.com/albums/ss148/kewlgal111/iPod%20pics/Durarara05-0298.jpg Nasujima]][[HotTeacher -sensei]]. Dotachin with his hair down could also count. Basically [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys a majority of the male cast]].
* BlandNameProduct:
** Tons in Episode 11. Mikado owns a Mindows 7 desktop computer that runs wbunte and uses it to visit the websites Yohoo! Japan.came, Amezon.shop, [[ImageBoards Niru Channel]], Yo!Tube, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mixi Nixi]], and NSM, among others.
*** That computer is a stew of {{Bland Name Product}}s, let's see... It's supposed to be an NEC computer (possibly a ShoutOut to the PC-98), using a Phoenix Award BIOS and the motherboard itself is Energy Star compliant. The hard drives are a Seagate and a Maxtor (to the extent that they never bothered to change how their model numbers work), and to top it off, it has a Sony DVD drive.
** In a flashback in Episode 18, it's shown that Masaomi first met Saki and Izaya in an "HWV" store.
** In episode 21, Kadota buys Mikado an energy drink called Red ''Snake''.
** In the later episodes, an ad can frequently be seen in the background for a KFC-like restaurant, which appears to be a mix between Colonel Sanders and Forever Alone Guy.
** In Season 2, Akane is shown using a search engine called "Doogle".
** Averted in one instance; Shizuo and Tom seem to enjoy eating at [[ProductPlacement Lotteria]] a lot.
** Several chapters of SH feature Twittia as a way to comment on the events of the novel.
* BlatantLies: Izaya.
-->''"No way! I'm not that bad a guy!"''
* BloodIsTheNewBlack: Shizuo manages this with a good portion of his fights, though [[spoiler: Kida pulled it off when he fought with his old gang.]]
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: [[FunnyForeigner Simon]] is occasionally guilt of this, due to his breathtakingly poor Japanese. At one point when Kadota's gang are eating at Russia Sushi he addresses Kadota as "Kadota-''shachō''" — and Kadota is rather confused. The intention might have been to call him "boss" in an affectionate sense, but said idiom doesn't really work since ''shachō''( 社長) specifically means boss/president/manager ''of a company.''
* BookEnds: The anime begins and ends with the same narrator, Mikado.
** The second special ends with an insecure and excited teenager arriving in Ikebukuro, just like Mikado in the very first episode.
* BoyMeetsGhoul: Boy Meets Dullahan. And another boy meets that Dullahan's head.
* BrainBleach: What Shinra reaches for when he tries to walk in on Celty in the shower and instead gets a good look at his gas mask-wearing father's naked ass.
-->'''Shinra:''' I have seen the face of hell.
** Celty says that just thinking about the [[FoeYay Izaya/Shizuo pairing]] makes her want to vomit... which is probably ''physically impossible'' for her.
*** At one point in the novels, she runs to Shinra and he realizes that she's ''crying.''
* BreakingSpeech: Breaking people with words is Izaya's speciality.
** He delivers one to the two suicidal girls upon his introduction in the novels and manga. He also gave one to Rio, [[spoiler:his sisters, and Earthworm]].
** Izaya later gives one to [[spoiler: Kida]], at which point Namie lampshades it:
---> '''Namie:''' Geez, he really goes on...
** Namie delivers one to Mikado. [[spoiler: Mikado [[ShutUpHannibal shuts her up]] when he reveals that he holds superiority in numbers.]]
* BreatherEpisode: Or rather Breather Novels. Volume 4 takes a break from Izaya's machinations for a HyperlinkStory involving motorcycle chases, a supernatural serial killer, a pair of CreepyTwins, and a missing envelope with 1,000,000 yen inside. Volume 7 is more or less a series of vignettes that take place [[spoiler:while Izaya's in the hospital for the stab wound he received at the end of the previous book]].
* BrickJoke: You know that old dog that Togusa sent out to find Kaztano in the early part of Episode 6? He did manage to track them down, albeit a little too late.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Namie likes Seiji a bit too much. And by a bit too much we mean that she is willing to murder someone and go to jail on his behalf just to make him happy.
* BuffySpeak: Aozaki of Awakusu-kai occasionally slips into this.
-->'''Akabayashi:''' ..."That computer thingy"...? Aozaki-san, what kind of era do you think you're living in?
* ButtMonkey: Nasujima-sensei seems to fall into one unfortunate mishap after another, and they only seem to get worse. He kind of had it coming though.
* CallBack: In the first book, Mikado comments that one of Kida's jokes is so bad he can only award it squareroot 3 points. At the end of the third book, when Bakura first appears in the chatroom, Mikado PMs him to ask if he's Kida. Bakura doesn't respond directly, but instead he awards one of Izaya's jokes squareroot 3 points.
* {{Calvinball}}: Izaya apparently plays some bizarre, single-player hybrid of [[SmartPeoplePlayChess chess]], Shogi and Reversi on a Go board in his spare time, possibly symbolizing that he's not playing by [[ChaoticNeutral anybody's rules]].
** Shogi = Yellow Scarves; Chess = Dollars; Reversi = Saika...
** And then ''[[spoiler: he sets the whole board on fire.]]''
** Cards = Those he calls 'main players.' King = Shizuo [[spoiler: (he burns that one first)]], Queen = Celty, and by the time he gets to thinking about who the Joker is, [[spoiler: he just goes "Aw, who cares?" and tosses all the cards into the fire.]]
** This instance of Calvinball is apparently especially random, since Izaya contradicts ''all'' of the above in Episode 21 by having Anri be the black queen and Yellow Scarves be black Reversi pieces.
* CassandraTruth: The guy who says "Maybe The Black Rider's with the Dollars?" Kida responds, "Yeah, whatever."
* CastFullOfCrazy: Well, not at first, though the farther and farther the anime and light novels get the characters show just how insane they actually are. Except for maybe Celty, everyone in [=Durarara=] needs some therapy.
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: Almost every male character in [=Durarara=] is a {{Bishonen}}. Yes, there are exceptions, but there are many pretty guys.
* CastOfSnowflakes: Especially important to keep the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters many characters]] as visually distinct as possible. Extras are grayed out with vaguer outlines to prevent distracting focus from the significant characters, and prevent exhausting the distinct features possible.
* Myth/CelticMythology: Or, if Izaya is right, [[spoiler: Myth/NorseMythology]]. Or [[AllMythsAreTrue both]].
* ChekhovsGun: A literal one. Early on in the third arc, Izaya makes a passing reference to some guns that were smuggled into Tokyo and then subsequently stolen. Four were retrieved, but one's still missing. That gun becomes important later when [[spoiler:Horada shoots Shizuo with it.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: Kinnosuke Kuzuhara the traffic cop who, despite being in the second opening, is only a major character for one episode and makes a minor cameo later on. [[spoiler: In the last episode, though, he shows up to catch the villains as they are desperately trying to escape from Celty and Shizuo in their car.]]
* TheChessMaster: Well, [[LampshadeHanging more like]] [[CalvinBall Chess/Shoji/Reversi/Playing Card Master]], but the trope still holds.
* CityOfAdventure: Ikebukuro is just brimming with possibilities.
-->'''Masaomi:''' Who knows? Anything and everything can happen in this town.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: Season 2 ends with [[spoiler:Kasane Kujiragi being revealed as the true leader of of the Yodigiri Shining Corporation (as well as the second wielder of Saika), Mikado and Masaomi preparing for a war between their gangs, and Celty coming home to see Walker, Saburo, Mika, Seiji, Namie, Emilia, and Shingen in her apartment, all invited by Shinra for an unspecified reason.]]
* ClothingDamage: Shizuo can inflict the whole-body version with ''one punch''.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Mikado [[spoiler: and the Blue Squares]] = blue [[spoiler:and colorless]], Masaomi [[spoiler:and the Yellow Scarves]] = yellow, Anri [[spoiler:and Saika's children]] = red. Also the idea behind the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin color gangs]], gangs that identify themselves by wearing certain colors. The Dollars are an interesting take on this, as their color is ''colorless'' or "transparent".
* ComedicSociopathy:
** Both Shizuo's [[UnstoppableRage rampages]] and Walker/Erika's, ahem, [[TortureTechnician less savory pastimes]] are mostly played for laughs.
** [[ManipulativeBastard Izaya's machinations]] as well, at least until about [[KickTheDog Episode 18]].
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: Walker, upon discovering that Kazutawno did not, in fact, break a plate: "That email wasn't about breaking a plate... It was about breaking a ''bowl!''" This is based around some Japanese wordplay: the character in question, a foreigner whose Japanese is relatively terrible, was abducted, and sent an e-mail off to a friend in desperation: however, he said "sara wareta" ("I broke a plate") instead of "sarawareta" ("I was kidnapped"). Upon discovering his trashed and empty room, everyone realizes the mixup... except Walker, who dramatically holds up a chipped bowl.
* ConvenientlySeated: Mikado gets the standard "second seat from the back along the windows", which allows him to stare outside (also at Anri) when necessary. He is also seated in front of Mika's empty desk, which allows Anri to stare ''past'' him whenever it's convenient. Once [[spoiler: Mika and Seiji return to class, Mika]] sits in the front row to be next to [[spoiler: Seiji]]; this puts her in the same row as Anri, allowing them to exchange meaningful looks on occasion. Incidentally, [[CanonForeigner Kamichika Rio]] is also seated alongside the windows, allowing her to give listless gazes outside during her focus episode.
* CordonBleughChef: In one episode, Celty worries that the meal she cooked was bad, so she throws it out and later goes with Shinra to the Russian sushi place. They are served various dishes (like hamburgers) "sushi style", which considerably bothers Shinra. The restaurant itself still seems to be rather popular (and opulent), so Simons' RunningGag of a failure as a hawker apparently doesn't bother them much.
* CornerOfWoe: Celty goes into one at the beginning of Volume 4 after a particularly bad run-in with [[InspectorJavert Kuzuhara]]. Because of her [[DarkIsEdgy powers]], she literally dims the room.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The second OP hinted with the inclusion of Tom, Kasuka, Kinnosuke, Mika, (her name at least) and Shingen that they would play a rather large role in the second arc of the anime. Sadly, it was not to be.
* CraniumChase: Celty the [[HeadlessHorseman Dullahan]] traveled all the way from Ireland to Japan in search of her head. It's her body that is fully sentient, while her head is in a deep sleep.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: So far, at least one of Erika and Yumasaki's elaborate wild-guessing theories has been right. WordOfGod says that doesn't apply to Erika's BL fantasies, since they ''both'' have to think it for it to be true. Walker... [[BrainBleach isn't really fond]] of Shizaya.
* DarkerAndEdgier: As the novel goes on, the plot gets darker and more serious. The injuries some characters sustain is just jarring in comparison to the anime.
** The second season of the anime decides not to slouch on this as blood, broken bones, scars from fire, and smashed faces frequently show up.
** Durarara!! x2 continues this with new characters' and their backstories being increasingly darker and fights are much more violent as it goes on with several characters retaining heavy wounds after brutal conflict.
** Just compare how eclectic and sometimes upbeat the two first volumes of the soundtrack "Psychedelic Dreams" and the Shou OST are and then take a look on how tense and angsty became the music in the Ten soundtrack.
** "Ketsu" starts with a very comedic lighthearted episode and as the season progresses, it gets more and more chaotic and infuriating.
* DayInTheLimelight: Episode 6 for Kadota and his gang.
* DCupDistress: Not played for laughs. Anri's big breasts, combined with her borderline depersonalization disorder and general meekness have made her a frequent target of sexual harassment which she is too ashamed (and socially awkward) to talk about to anyone.
** [[InnocentFanserviceGirl She also has a hard time buttoning her pajamas.]]
* DeadlyClosingCredits: Volume six ends with [[spoiler:Izaya]] being stabbed by a rival and passing out before he can contact anyone for help. He lives, thanks to someone noticing the bleeding man on the street and calling the paramedics, but relying on formal medical care comes at a cost--his stabbing was reported on the news, which gave out both his name and the hospital he was recuperating at. Now any of his many, many enemies could watch that broadcast and head over to finish him off. He starts going a little stir crazy when this realization dawns on him. It happens to him again in Volume ten. At this point, we have no idea if he is dead, alive, or possessed by Saika. Also, Kadota was rendered unconscious, and the other members are noticeably (and perhaps murderously) upset...
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Kadota and Chikage; though they were already sort of friendly before and while beating each other up, everyone mentions this trope when talking about their face-off. Here is how random Blue Squares member Gin summarizes it:
-->"Let me see--after an awesome fight, they realized {{the power of friendship}}..."
* {{Dhampyr}}: [[spoiler:Ruri Hijiribe]] has recently been confirmed as one as of the fifth volume of ''[[AllThereInTheManual Vamp!]]''.
* DiagonalCut: Performed by [[spoiler:Anri]] on ''a pair of gigantic warehouse doors''.
* DiggingYourselfDeeper: As one poor bastard learned, flattery will only get you thrown across the skyline if used on Shizuo
-->'''Gin:''' Give me more time, I'll pay it back!... Say, you're pretty handsome. You look just like that actor...Um, Yuuhei Hanejima! That's it!
-->'''Shizuo:''' ''[[BerserkButton ...(Growls)]]''
-->'''Gin:''' Er, my mistake. [[OpinionFlipflop You don't look like that asshole at all.]]
-->'''Shizuo:''' ''(Uproots and throws tree)''
* DistractedByTheSexy: Anri is STACKED UP. It becomes something of a plot point as when several people are looking for her, they're only able to identify that she's a student wearing glasses that has big breasts.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: [[Creator/ToshiyukiToyonaga Mikado's]] voice actor sings the opening song for Durarara!!x2 Ten.
* DontExplainTheJoke
--> '''Kida:''' Get it? [=CLImatic=] and [=CLIche=]? \\
'''Mikado:''' [[{{Lampshaded}} The fact that you had to explain the joke just shows how lame it was.]]
** Whenever Walker and Erika are making references to other anime and manga, the other will shout out loud what the reference is even if it is dead obvious. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since DRRR!! has popularity with the non-otaku crowd as well.
* DramaticChaseOpening: The anime episode "Anarchy" starts with Anri desperately running away from members of the Yellow Scarves gang and trying to hide in an alley.
* TheDreaded: Shizuo Heiwajima. Deliberately pissing him off is enough to get you labeled "TooDumbToLive" unless your name is Izaya Orihara.
** Izaya is this to a lesser extent, since you're only at risk with him if you're somehow connected to the weird goings of Ikebukuro.
* DynamicEntry: Flying vending machines are Shizuo's special way of saying hello.
* DysfunctionJunction: Hoo boy. [[BrotherSisterIncest Namie]], [[MadLove Seiji]], [[StalkingIsLove Mika]], ''[[ALoveToDismember Celty's friggin' head]]'', and the weird-ass {{Yandere}} love square they've got going on, [[SerialEscalation just for starters]].
** It's telling that the only characters with ''anything'' resembling a healthy relationship are the mad scientist and the decapitated fairy.
*** And the two AxCrazy otakus. Can't forget that.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Many of the characters from later arcs of the novels (such as Kasuka or Saika) are introduced in the first arc of the anime.
* EasyAmnesia: Celty, due to losing her head.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Chikage might be a ruthless gangster, but he WouldntHitAGirl, and respects Masomi and Kadota despite being a nominal enemy to both of them.
** The Yakuza gangsters are almost all shown to be polite, AffablyEvil, professionals.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Shizuo and Shinra went to elementary and high school together, and Izaya was in the same class as Shinra in junior high. All three of them went to high school together, along with Kadota.
* EvilWeapon[=/=]EmpathicWeapon: Saika.
** With regards to [[spoiler: Anri]], it's an odd case; most [[EvilWeapon Evil]] [[EmpathicWeapon Empathic Weapons]] feed off of their host's emotions, but this particular host claims that she feeds off of the emotions of the blade, unable to experience love otherwise. They have a weird kind of codependent relationship.
* ExcitedShowTitle
* EyesAlwaysShut: Walker, and you can only hope that he'll never open them because of you.
* EyeScream: This almost happens to a thug [[spoiler:when Togusa hands him over to Walker and Erika for interrogation. They planned to solder a "contract mark" into his eye a la Ciel of ''Manga/BlackButler''.]]
** [[{{Yakuza}} Ayakabashi's]] backstory involves this: [[spoiler:When Anri's mother was posessed by Saika, she stabbed him in the eye. To resist infection from TheVirus, he immediately ripped it out of its socket.]]
* FacelessMasses: Grey and unmoving. Their gang colors might show up but that's it. [[spoiler: This is an important plot point in Episode 11. All those grey people? They were Dollars all along!]] ...which gives new meaning to the [[spoiler: Dollars [[{{FridgeBrilliance}} being "colorless"]].]]
* TheFairFolk: Well, we've got a Dullahan, but she's much ''nicer'' than the Fae are supposed to be. Some characters speculate that this is due to her missing head. Shinra expresses fear that if Celty ever found it, she could become an entirely different person, and leave him.
* FakeoutEscape: Shingen fakes Celty out by sending the elevator to the bottom floor while he hides. He then tries to make a dramatic exit using the ''same'' elevator, and the scene cuts while he's still waiting for it to come back up.
* FakeRealTurn: [[spoiler:The Dollars]].
* FalseCameraEffects: Shinra's video footage in Episode 4.
* {{Fanservice}}:
** Celty showering in Episode 4.
*** And some equal opportunity fanservice; Shinra and Celty in swimsuits in Episode 24.
** [[{{Twincest}} Mairu and Kururi]] [[GirlOnGirlIsHot kissing]] in the second OVA.
** Not from the show, but [[http://static.minitokyo.net/downloads/32/05/477782.jpg?260618372 this official bonus poster]]. Anri in a tiny swimsuit? Check. Shizuo, Masaomi and Mikado shirtless? Check. Izaya shirtless and possibly ''pantsless?'' Check check ''check''.
** [[http://static.minitokyo.net/downloads/21/44/447221.jpg?1962702353 This concept art of Masaomi Kida]] features a picture of him [[BareYourMidriff lifting up his shirt slightly]] for no apparent reason besides [[MrFanservice the obvious]]...
** Erika groping Anri, which makes Anri laugh as she's ticklish.
* FanDisservice:
** Naked woman? Okay. ''Headless'' naked woman? Er... Yeah, I can deal with that ([[FetishFuel and more]]). ''Headless'' naked woman ''being vivisected'' by a ''four year old'' when ''the anesthesia doesn't work''? '''Do not want!!!'''
** Naked Shingen might also count. Shinra certainly thinks so, at least. He ''really'' hoped to [[HornyScientist peep on Celty then]]. His father's ass at such time is indeed a major disappointment.
*** The disservice is taken UpToEleven when you consider the fact that he's ''[[TheFaceless still wearing that]] freaking gas mask''!
* FantasyKitchenSink: Things confirmed to exist in the [[TheVerse Naritaverse]] include TheFairFolk, [[AlchemyIsMagic the Grand Panacea]], [[OurHomunculiAreDifferent homunculi]], {{Eldritch Abomination}}s[[note]]both of the humanoid (Baccano) and the sentient black hole (Vamp) variety[[/note]], [[HornyDevils succubi]], {{Empathic Weapon}}s, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], and [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]][[note]]Celty confirms the latter two's existence in Volume 5[[/note]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: Izaya is a fairly friendly-seeming guy, but one of the first things we see him do in the anime is construct an elaborate kidnapping and rescue scenario to mess with a suicidal teenage girl, apparently just ForTheLulz. He's kind of a massive [[JerkAss douchebag]].
* FauxFluency: If the English accent instead of the Russian one didn't tip you off, when you hear Simon trying to talk to some Russian tourists in Russian it becomes very clear that his voice actor has no experience with Russian at all. Neither do those of the tourists in question, [[spoiler: and Simon's later conversation with Izaya is no less painful on either end]].
* FilmNoir: Almost costant taciturn atmosphere, private-eye monologues, tons of mysteries and intrincated plots, darkly atmospheric music with elements of jazz, dark commentary on social modern issues, moral ambiguity, gangsters, street gangs, city lights, black comedy, [[SmokingIsCool lots of smoking]] (well, mainly Shizuo and others characters)… “Durarara!!” may not be a noir at its whole, but it has a lots of elements of the genre, and many people considers it as a one of the very few examples of anime with noir elements.
* FirstNameUltimatum: '''"IIIIIIZAAAAAAYAAAAAA!"'''
* {{Flanderization}}: The anime plays up Mikado being a nice normal kid more than the original novel. It also plays up [[spoiler: Kida's guilt concerning [[HoneyTrap Saki's]] injury, as while he did feel guilty, it wasn't to the extent the anime made it out to be]]. And to a lesser extent, Izaya's [[{{Jerkass}} asshattery]] was toned down and his [[{{Troll}} trolling]] was amped up. He was also a little more feminine.
* FlatWhat: Vorona, when she realizes that Shizuo just kicked a ''car'' at her (she's new --she's allowed to be surprised). For bonus points, she lapses into Russian.
* FluffyTheTerrible: The headless, undead horse/motorcycle that Celty has? His name is Shooter.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Celty's narration in Episode 2 on Mikado and Masaomi.
--> '''Celty:''' Even those two, who look like people you'd see anywhere on an ordinary day, have secrets.
* FreakyIsCool: Shinra and Mikado.
** And Seiji for his true love [[spoiler: for Celty's head...between him and Shinra we have one body]]
* FreezeFrameBonus: In Episode 6, in the beginning when the Otaku gang are chasing after the kidnappers, [[spoiler:you can see Kaztano cowering in the van for a brief moment.]]
** In episode 23, [[spoiler:Kyohei]] can briefly be seen amongst the Yellow Scarves.
* {{Friendship Moment}}: Turns out that [[spoiler: Izaya]] of all people really cares for [[spoiler: Shinra]] especially during flashbacks of what happened in middle school.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Simon's increasingly ridiculous attempts to advertise Russian Sushi during a news broadcast in the second OVA. Culminating in him ''kidnapping'' the film crew, since they were trying to film Celty. Kasuka being Kasuka, he just went with it.
-->'''Kadota:''' I can't believe they're still filming this.
* FunnyForeigner:
** Simon, through no fault of his own, as well as most of the other immigrants who appear in the series
** The Russian tourists were fine, even spoke ''heavily'' accented though otherwise almost-perfect Russian.
** Emilia Kishitani thanks to her lethal cooking and terrible Japanese.
* FunWithAcronyms: SH officially stands for Snake Hands, but in the afterword of volume 1, Narita mentions that it could be anything under the reader's interpretation like Sonohara's Hall or Super Hard.
* FurAndLoathing: Izaya and his fur-frilled coat.
* GambitPileup: By Volume 6, Izaya's MobWar has managed to drag in, at some point or another, the Dollars, Blue Squares, the Yellow Scarves, Saika's knife-zombie army, a [[BadassBiker biker gang]] by the name of Toramaru, two separate {{Yakuza}} groups, and at least four former members of TheMafiya.
* GangBangers: Parodied in Episode 3, with a gangster who hams up all of the popular gang banger stereotypes and cliches. ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fL2m3ekemc "Yo! Yo! [crotch grab] Yooooooooo! Hey man!!"]]'' [[LampshadeHanging Mikado and Kida comment]] on [[SoBadItsGood how strangely refreshing it is to see someone act in such a cliche stereotyped fashion.]]
* GangOfHats: We've got the Yellow Scarves and the Blue Squares, who are traditional gang members who simply (wait for it) identify by what they're wearing. Then we've got Dollars, the newest and biggest kids on the block--a gang formed over the Internet. Some members know each other in real life, but mostly only know each other by their online selves, and are summoned by [=PDA=]; many are extremely hardcore {{Otaku}} (but not all). To everyone else; they're an Anonymous group that uses no visible colors to identify themselves, congregate out of nowhere, and scatter into nowhere. Their "Hat" is that they have no Hat. Yes, they're a Weaponized [[ImageBoards 4chan.]] Be very afraid.
* GenreBusting
* GigglingVillain: Izaya.
* {{GIRL}}: Further muddling the issue is the fact that the anime randomly shuffles voice actors for the chatroom segments until who is who is revealed in the plot. To make matters simpler, here's everyone's screen names: [[spoiler:"Setton" is Celty, "Taro Tanaka" is Mikado, "Bakyura" is Masaomi; "Saika" is at first Saika-infected individuals then changes to Anri; and the main perpetrator of being a {{GIRL}}, "Kanra," is Izaya]].
** Discussed in Volume 9 of the novels: Bakyura and a new member of the chat-room theorize that some of their companions might be this. And that new member [[spoiler:passes for a girl, but seems to be Aoba]].
* {{Glamour}}/CharmPerson: Not much attention is called to it, but Celty's head seems to have some kind of similar power; note that three of the known people who've seen the head (the unnamed portrait painter of Episode 4, Namie and Seiji's uncle, and Seiji himself) became obsessed with the head the moment they first saw it. The portrait painter even saw Celty's whole body and her head, but still became obsessed with just the head; so much so that he says seeing it was the most important event of his life. He is also incapable of drawing the head or even describing its most basic details, feeling that each time he tries he fails to capture it properly. ...He has spent years trying to successfully draw the head, and never once has.
* AGlassInTheHand: In Volume 5, Shinra serves Shizuo his tea in a steel cup in hopes to make this ''not'' happen. One bad joke later, and said steel cup instantly becomes a tiny, crumpled ball of foil.
* TheGlomp: [[http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/9036/mq392ws0ue.jpg Kida sure likes getting physical with Mikado]].
* GlowingEyesOfDoom[=/=]RedEyesTakeWarning:
** The Slashers/[[spoiler:Saika's children]]. And it's not just some thing for the viewer's convenience; Kadota actually points out the red eyes.
** [[spoiler:An odd case occurs with Anri, in which her eyes turn red after she reveals she is Saika. However, she isn't physically violent at all, and while she talks ''very'' threateningly, she seems very calm, composed, and in control. In fact, she's not even quite evil...]]
* GoodCopBadCop: When interrogating thugs, Kadota is the good cop and Walker and Erika are the bad cops (although given methods, it's more like Bad Cop, [[TortureTechnician Worse Cops]]).
* GratuitousEnglish: ROAR OUT LOUDER!/BLOW UP LOUDER! depending on which you prefer (the latter is correct, but most fans use the former due to misheard lyrics. It's also [[RuleOfFunny hilarious]]). Also see EarWorm.
** Kida's dialogue is full of GratuitousEnglish, to the point that Mikado mutters, "I wish you'd just speak Japanese..."
** Episode 12.5 of the anime is chock full of these.
** Max Sandshelt's dialogue, despite him supposedly being American, is full of broken English. Lampshaded in Shou episode 1, in his first scene of the series (ignoring a cameo in the OVA episode 25).
* GratuitousRussian: Courtesy of Izaya, Simon, and the tourists in Episode 3.
* TheGreys: Don't actually exist in the [[TheVerse Naritaverse]] (...[[FantasyKitchenSink probably]]), but that doesn't stop Celty from being [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes terrified of them]].
* GuileHero: The members of the Dollars who aren't fighters fall into this category, though even some of them fall into this.
* HairTriggerTemper: Pretty much anything can set Shizuo off.
* HaHaHaNo: Shinra, after Izaya trolls him by handing his cellphone number to the police.
-->'''Izaya:''' How was it? Gave you quite the adrenaline shot, didn't it? Did you and Celty just grow to love each other even more due to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misattribution_of_arousal misattribution of arousal?]]
-->'''Shinra:''' Ah hah hah. Go dive chest-first in a clay ice shaver, Izaya.
* {{Hammerspace}}: One of Celty's abilities with the black matter that forms her suit and the smoke from her neck, and scythe.
* HeadsIWinTailsYouLose: It doesn't matter if you praise or insult Kasuka, Shizuo will beat you up either way.
* [[SheIsAllGrownUp He Is All Grown Up]]: "Lately, I've been looking at Shinra as a man. At first I didn't know what that meant, [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove but I'm beginning to understand the feeling]]."
* [[ShesGotLegs He's Got Legs]]: The Linda Linda pictures show off Masaomi's very nice legs.
** Shizuo's 6'1" and ''all'' legs.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Mikado and Kida.
* HeyYouHaymaker: Mairu does this to a thug after he knocks her sister down in the second OVA. Only instead of punching him, she flip-kicks him in the face.
* [[HitMeDammit Hit Me, Dammit!]]: Shinra and Celty [[MyFistForgivesYou finish their argument in the twelfth episode with a mutual example]]. [[NonActionGuy Shinra's]] punch is just hard enough to knock off Celty's helmet. [[SuperStrength Celty's]] [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom sends Shinra into the wall]].
* HiveQueen: [[spoiler: Haruna ''thinks'' she's this for the Saika zombies but its actually Anri, who has been suppressing Saika for five years.]] Crossed with TheManBehindTheMan.
* HotSpringsEpisode: Lampshaded along with the Beach Party Episode, then handily averted by Celty.
* HomoeroticSubtext: Pointed out by Walker and Erika.
** This is mainly between [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Mikado]] and [[{{Keet}} Masaomi]]. There's some between Mikado and Aoba as well.
** In the anime only, Izaya has a Shizuo-complex, according to Simon. Although there's enough subtext in itself with Izaya and Shizuo's quite literal obsession with each other, in both anime and book (Izaya constantly provoking, teasing, and manipulating Shizuo, and Shizuo constantly trying to kill Izaya (he's his No. 1 temper trigger)).
** Erika sees some between Chikage and Kadota, and Shizuo and Izaya.
** Izaya is shown to actually care for none other than [[spoiler: Shinra to the point that he's willing to go {{yandere}} on anyone who hurts him]].
* HotForStudent: One of the teachers at Mikado's school clearly has a thing for Anri, which naturally {{Squick}}s the hell out of her. The same guy is also ''dating'' one of his former students...[[spoiler:Or ''was''. She doesn't like that he's changed his preferences, [[MurderTheHypotenuse so she gave Anri a visit and tried to kill her]].]]
* HotTeacher: Takashi Nasujima. Despite the fact that he is lust driven to schoolgirls; he's older than most examples, but [[{{Biseinen}} still counts]].
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Shizuo eventually develops an IntergenerationalFriendship with a young [[MafiaPrincess Yakuza Princess]] named Akane. The girl [[http://i726.photobucket.com/albums/ww262/CapZiggy/05_006-008.jpg just barely reaches to his waist]]
* HumanityIsInfectious: Celty wonders if living among humans might have caused her to adopt some of their values, but it doesn't bother her.
* HumiliationConga: [[spoiler:Horada gets an ''eminently'' satisfying one in Episode 24.]]
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: "Leave this to me! You go on ahead!"
* IAmAMonster: Shizuo, Celty, [[spoiler:Anri]], and [[spoiler:Ruri]].
* IconicOutfit:
** Besides Shizuo's endless supply of bartender suits, a number of the characters' alternate outfits worn on the CD covers (particularly [[http://skycottontail.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/kida-front.jpg Kida's]], [[http://blog.animeinstrumentality.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Durarara-OST-Cover.jpg Izaya's]] and [[http://erunoportrait.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/largeanimepaperscans_c-sword-and-cornett_louise0-67__thisres__282056.jpg both of]] [[http://www.zerochan.net/325193 Shizuo's]]) gained quite a bit of popularity from fans -- they even get [[http://www.zerochan.net/Linda+Linda their]] [[http://www.zerochan.net/search?q=tsugaru own]] [[http://www.zerochan.net/Psychedelic+Dreams?q=psychedelic+dreams tags]] for fanart and fanfic.
** Izaya's [[FurAndLoathing coat]] has more or less reached this status now as well.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: In the anime, they're four kanji long Chinese proverbs that have been adapted into Japanese. The second novel uses this as well; the third novel uses quotes from the dialogue.
* IdolSinger: Ruri Hijiribe, who Togusa is obsessed with, and it's because of this that he is so upset when Kaztano is kidnapped; Kaztano regularly supplied him with front-row tickets to her concerts.
** Ruri is also none other than [[spoiler: the serial killer 'Hollywood', not to mention ''1/4 vampire'']].
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Shizuo and [[spoiler:Anri]]. Celty's had her moments, too. As well as [[spoiler: Masaomi]], who wanted to live a "normal life" without gangs, like his bro [[spoiler:Mikado]].
* ImAHumanitarian: Simon Brezhnev wants to assure you that his sushi has [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial absolutely no human meat in it,]] only 100% [[strike: fish]] non-human ingredients. This is probably true, as Simon [[GentleGiant is a really nice guy,]] but that doesn't stop people from speculating, the fact that he has on two occasions threatened several yellow scarves who were mugging people that he'd turn them into sushi does not help. People behave when he's around, though, so that's something.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Street signs, chairs, guardrails, mailboxes, trash cans, vending machines, ''playground slides''...
** Seiji's weapon of choice appears to be ''pens''. Would've been absolutely awesome except he was up against [[OvershadowedByAwesome Shizuo]].
** [[spoiler:Mikado]] makes better use of said pen trick when he forces Aoba into signing a contract in blood--[[CouldntFindAPen quite literally]]. (It's not really improvised though--he clearly had brought it there for this very purpose.)
** The ballpoint pens in the series are made by Nebula. It's advertised as follows: "Doesn't break even when run over by a tank! The most durable ballpoint pen in world!"
* ImStandingRightHere: Walker and Erika have their "Is Celty a {{Tsundere}}?" argument ''in her own apartment.'' When Celty learns Shinra gave them the idea (and...''embellished'' certain aspects of their relationship), she decides she might as well live up the the archetype--with extra tsuntsun. Strangling is involved.
-->'''Erika:''' "See? I told you she's a tsundere!"
** Erika once goes on about an elaborate Kadota and Walker butler fantasy in front of the two guys in question. The result is ''special''.
--->'''Erika:''' Before their eyes stood, in her black dress and surrounded by black roses, the Queen--Erika Beatrice Karisawa, heiress of the Karisawa Corporation! Kadota fell in love with her at first sight... that's right, he had became the butler of love who was dying to be a slave of love even before he even earned the right to serve her...
--->'''Kadota:''' Hang on...
--->'''Erika:''' But one day, Kadota realized that he was not his real self, and his feelings for the heiress was unadulterated respect rather than love! And then Dotachin came to his senses. He realized that the only source of comfort for him was his one and true rival, Walker!
--->'''Kadota:''' Hang on...
--->'''Walker:''' Wait, Karisawa-san, please stop! Why are you fantasizing about Kadota-san and me in a Boys Love relationship!?...I say Kadota-san and I should become heroes in Galgames who win over the hearts of loads and loads of heroines! Actually, we can even do without Kadota-san! I'll be happy as long as I have this bondaged right hand blessed with the power of ancient moe-moe peoples so that every girl who sees my right hand would go "Woo ~"...
--->'''Kadota:''' Guys, hang on...
--->'''Erika:''' Ehhh? But wasn't Yumacchi talking about writing me and Dotachin in a master-slave relationship? How about this--Dotachin somehow becomes a girl when he gets up one morning, and finds himself in a boarding school for females...
--->'''Kadota:''' SHUT. UP. YOU. TWO. '''''AHHHHHHH!'''''
* IncomingHam: '''''IIIIIII-ZAAAAAA-YAAAAA-KUUUUUUUN'''''
* InconsistentDub: With ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', strangely enough, as they take place [[TheVerse in the same universe]]. The mega-corporation that appears in both series is called "Nebula" in the ''Baccano!'' dub, but Izaya calls it "Nebra" in the ''Durarara!!'' dub.
** FridgeBrilliance calls for that since Nebula has been around since the thirties, and considering it has ties with people such as [[WesternTerrorists Huey]] [[MadScientist Laforet]], they may have changed their name.
** "Nebra" could also be a Japanese mispronunciation of the English "Nebula"
* IndirectKiss:
** Namie will take her indirect kisses with Seiji wherever she can get them, [[spoiler: even if she has to [[LesYay steal them off of his girlfriend]]]].
** After hearing [[spoiler:Aoba]] say she's cuter than the bullies, [[spoiler:Kururi thanks him with a kiss]] and immediately after, [[spoiler:Mairu does the same, exclaiming that she finally got an indirect kiss]].
* InLoveWithYourCarnage: [[spoiler:Saika towards Shizuo]].
** [[BloodKnight Vorona]] has a similar reaction when she first encounters Shizuo.
* InnerMonologue: See {{Narrator}}, below.
* InnocentCohabitation: Celty and Shinra, although Shinra doesn't want it to be so "innocent"
* InstantConvertible: Shizuo does this to a car in the finale with a '''''HIGHWAY SIGN''''', then when the car keeps driving, [[SuperStrength throws it like a javelin.]]
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Shizuo and Akane, as well as Shizuo and [[spoiler:the Orihara twins]]
* InterruptedSuicide: Rio's suicide was abruptly stopped by Celty.
* InUniverseCamera: The fourth episode is partly "shot" through Shinra's video camera.
* InvisibleParents: For the vast majority of the characters, except Shinra, Haruna, and Anri.
** Though partially justified in Masaomi's case, as [[spoiler: his parents didn't really seem to care what he did, or whenever he did it.]]
* IronicEchoCut: Kaztano's kidnapping.
-->'''Erika:''' Ya think maybe that he mistyped "kidnapped"?
-->'''Saburo:''' Nah!
* {{Irony}}: ''[[{{Troll}} Izaya]]'' is on the cover of the [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bkbFiEsGYOI/UQcbHY9kFQI/AAAAAAAAYhM/XCXeoD2Gwws/s1600/Matsushita_Yuya_-_Trust_Me_Anime.jpg "Trust Me" single]].
* [[ItsRainingMen It's Raining Men]]: Simon leaps down from the seventh floor of an apartment building and, of course, lands safely.
* IWasJustPassingThrough: Played with in Episode 22 when all of the Dollars are doing this to help Anri escape from the Yellow Scarves. It's then subverted when [[spoiler: Shizuo really was passing through and stops to rant about how there were too many messages on his phone going off, just in time to catch a glimpse of Horada leering at Anri. You get no points for guessing what happens next.]]
* JerkAss: Izaya, and Horada. Both for very, very obvious reasons.
** To a lesser extent, Namie is a female version. Her treatment of everyone who isn't her brother is... disturbing, to say the least. She's not quite as psychotic as her brother, though.
** Seiji is more a [[MadLove psychotic]] contender for this trope, although he got a bit better after [[spoiler:finally getting together with Mika]]. To recount: [[spoiler: He tried to murder Mika in cold blood, showed no guilt or remorse when he thought he ''had'' killed her, was willing to use the body of the girl he murdered to mount Celty's head on so he could have a physical relationship with her (which has terribly {{squick}}y implications)]], and used his twisted infatuation as an excuse to treat everyone who isn't "Celty" dismissively or outright attempt to kill them (failing only because everyone else is a BadAss while he... isn't). In other words, his personality, idea of love, and treatment of other people is very similar to his sister's. Apparently [[JerkAss jerkassery]] runs in the family.
* JigsawPuzzlePlot: Naturally, considering it's by the same author behind ''[[LightNovel/{{Baccano}} Baccano!]]''.
* KarmaHoudini:
** [[spoiler: If one only watches the anime, it could be forgiven to wonder if Izaya's coat is made of [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Uchiha-grade]] [[PlotArmor Reinforced Comeuppance-proof Plotanium]]; his character in its entirety is basically screwing with anyone and everyone ForTheEvulz from start to finish, and his total karmic backlash in the entire series is a black eye and stern talking-to from Simon at the end--nothing to indicate he won't continue ruining the main characters' and everyone else's lives for his own amusement.]] However, the novels and ''Durarara x2'' show that [[spoiler:things have been catching up to him lately. He has been stabbed (Volume 6 or episode 12 of ''Ketsu''), put in a public hospital where any of his many, MANY enemies could easily find him (Volume 7 or episode 1 of ''Ten''), kidnapped by a psychopathic TortureTechnician (Volume 9 or episode 8 of ''Ten''), and attacked by a possessed Slon and Saika (Volume 10 or episode 12 of ''Ten''). Although Volume 11 confirms he's still alive, his plans are starting to unravel thanks to his hospital stay.]]
** [[{{Yandere}} Haruna]] and [[TheBrute Izumi]] also qualify.
* KnifeNut: [[AGoodNameForARockBand Izaya and the Slashers.]]
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: When Shinra is brought in to treat [[IdolSinger Ruri]], he spends as much time begging for an autograph as he does actually treating her wounds.
* LargeHam: Shizuo, he's either shouting or breaking something. Kida, to a lesser extent, is also this.
* LaughingMad:
** The other users in the chatroom take user "Saika" to be this when he/she posts "mothermothermothermother" over and over again (i.e. "hahahahahahahaha" converted to kanji). [[spoiler:No, [[HiveMind she's actually calling for mother...]]]]
** Izaya has a few of these.
* LegionOfDoom: [[spoiler: Izaya]] forms one in the second half of season two.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Celty's got a subtle one in the anime, which seems to be built around the tune of "Danny Boy".
* LeParkour: Izaya teaches it to himself to outrun Shizuo. Naturally, Shizuo teaches it to himself to chase Izaya.
** Shizuo Also uses it to escape from the Awakusu-kai in vol 5.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: [[spoiler:Aoba]] frames the Dollars for attacks against the Toramaru biker gang, thus provoking their leader Chikage into hunting down some of the more prominent Dollars members and having it out with Kadota. [[spoiler:They eventually team up to take down about twenty Izaya-controlled Dollars members together and rescue a couple of Chikage's girlfriends.]]
* LightningBruiser: In addition to being hands-down the strongest and most durable character in Durarara!!, [[OneManArmy Shizuo]] can apparently travel in short bursts of speed and jump further than Carl Lewis. (as evident in this [[EstablishingCharacterMoment incredibly character-establishing]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qbbsTURM2s fight scene]].) The only character shown to outrun him is [[ManipulativeBastard Izaya]] [[KarmaHoudini Orihara]].
* LimitedWardrobe:
** Justified in Shizuo's case--he literally ''does'' have a closet full of bartender suits. They were a gift from his brother.
** Celty too, to a degree--her bodysuit is really just shadow formed in a certain way, so never really needs to change clothes; in flashbacks, she's also made it into armor and a [[GorgeousPeriodDress lovely black dress.]]
** Shinra might be a walking {{Lampshade}} for this, as his white labcoat sticks out a ''lot'' and is occasionally mocked accordingly.
*** But that is justified in Shinra's mind. Shinra wears his lab coat, even while not working and has multiple white lab including a spare in a corner for after he [[http://anni-fiesta.livejournal.com/40662.html rolls around on the floor]] . When Shizuo asked him about this, Shinra explained he dresses this way by choice because he likes the color contrast between him and Celty as it is very lovey-dovey in his mind.
---->'''Shinra:''' "Ah, that's because Celty always wears her black rider suit. If I'm dressed in the contrasting color, we'll be like light and shadow, won't we? On the surface, light and shadow are polar opposites, yet, like a pair of love birds they never appear without each other! In manga and movies, they always go the Dark Side this and the Dark Side that, but that's just the Dark Side being royally tsundere. You can say that being tsundere is another form of being possessive but I won't mind at all if Celty wants [[http://anni-fiesta.livejournal.com/41477.html to possess me, haha!]]"
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: This seems to be the case with ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'', considering clips from the anime show up on in-universe televisions, and so do [[spoiler:Isaac and Miria]] themselves...
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: From the 1st opening sequence alone, there are at least fourteen named characters to keep track of. the second opening sequence adds another 5.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Pretty much every character and the reason most of the things happen. This is like ''"LoveMakesYouCrazy: [[AnimatedAdaptation The Animation]]"''.
** The most sane and healthy love in the entire series is between the genius borderline-MadScientist and the headless amnesiac Faerie, if only by the virtue that it seems like genuine love and affection rather than twisted narcissistic obsession. That said, ''sanest'' does not equal '''sane''' (especially in this series!).
* ALoveToDismember: [[spoiler:Seiji is quite a bit obsessed with Celty's head.]]
* LoveTriangle: Masaomi claims that there is a "love triangle" between Mikado, Anri, and himself, although he realises that Mikado is genuinely head-over-heels for her so he doesn't take it seriously (although this doesn't stop him hitting on her). [[spoiler: Saki]] would like him to know that if he [[spoiler: adds her into the mix, it makes a square!]]
** The most obvious one is between Namie, Seiji, and Mika. Oh, and a head, too...
* LovingAShadow: [[spoiler:"I don't like you, but as long as I look at you I will never forget my love for ''her''. So I will accept your love."]]. Although considering that Seiji's "love" consists of an obsession with an inanimate head and not an actual person, you could argue that he was loving a shadow from Day 1.
* MadeOfIron: Izaya gets hit with a fricking trash can and stands up moments later no worse for the wear.
** How about the QuirkyMinibossSquad that Celty apparently kills in the first episode? I mean, one dude had his head smashed against the wall with a fricking motorcycle.
** Shizuo, eventually, after lots of painful injuries and healing. Takes getting hit by a speeding truck better than you'd normally expect, and doesn't even feel anything from being stabbed in the legs with pens. [[spoiler:Not to mention he manages to get up on his own and walk all the way to Shinra's house unaided after being ''shot''. ''Twice''.]]
* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler:Shizuo has one in a scene in the novel in order to hold himself back from destroying just about everything: 'Kill'em, kill'em, kill'em, kill'em ...']] Might also be seen as somewhat of a SurvivalMantra.
** Saika has one of "Mother mother mother mother mother mother mother..." that it spams message boards with during Slasher attacks. [[spoiler:Later on it switches to [[StalkerWithACrush "Shizuo Shizuo Shizuo Shizuo Shizuo Shizuo Shizuo Shizuo..."]]]]
* MagicPlasticSurgery: The only scarring or sign that surgery even took place was [[spoiler: the one she wanted to be there]].
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: [[spoiler:After getting shot in both the leg and stomach, Shizuo proceeds to stroll right on over to Shinra's place and tells him to patch him up. Then the two of them proceed to have a perfectly normal conversation all while Shinra has a set of '''medical pliers wedged in his leg.''']] Then again, he is MadeOfIron...
* ManipulativeBastard: One thing has managed to unite the various personalities and forces in Ikebukuro, and that is the desire to throw Izaya in front of a bus. Even Anri, the [[TechnicalPacifist person most averse to conflict in the entire series]], is tempted to [[spoiler: stab Izaya with Saika]] so he'll stop being such a JerkAss. And even [[spoiler: human-loving ''Saika'']] is ''disgusted'' by him.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Celty and Shinra, respectively.
* TheMasochismTango: Celty and Shinra have a bit of this going on. {{Lampshaded}} by Walker, who concludes that they're both in a mild "Type M" relationship; though it's not abusive. Both of them [[TooKinkyToTorture enjoy messing with each other.]]
-->'''Shinra:''' "That punch was a substitute for our marriage kiss, okay?"
* MatchCut: The opening. Also see SignatureStyle.
* MeaningfulName:
** Mikado Ryuugamine roughly means "Emperor of the Dragon's Peak." [[spoiler:Which is rather apt since he's the leader of the Dollars.]]
** Izaya means "one who looks out over a crowd". It's also a reference to the biblical Isaiah.
** Parodied by Shizuo Heiwajima, meaning [[{{Irony}} "Serene Man, Peaceful Island"]]... [[DoubleSubversion Which then goes back to being meaningful]] once you realize he isn't named for [[TheBerserker what he is]] so much as for what he [[IJustWantToBeNormal aspires to be be]].
** Izaya claims that the name "Dollars" (''Daraazu'') comes from the fact that nobody expected them to actually pull anything off at first; ''daradara'' means "sluggish".
** Also "Celty." [[StealthPun Think about that one for a while.]]
* MegatonPunch: Played straight and subverted at the same time. Shizuo punches some street-punk right out of his clothes, except the punk actually gets destroyed and it's not just for laughs.
* MementoMacguffin: Shizuo's bartender suits were a present from his brother, which is why he continues to wear them despite being fired from the aforementioned job quite awhile ago. Damaging them, just like everything else, is one of his {{Berserk Button}}s.
* MemeticMutation: In-universe example: The Dollars.
* [[CarFu Minivan Fu]]: Togusa.
--> '''Kadota:''' Hit him.
** Also applies during a Shizuo-centric flashback in Episode 7.
* MindScrew:
** Episode 9. [[spoiler:The one where the plot really kicks into gear!]]
** Narita just seems to enjoy this in general. Throughout the anime, manga, AND novels, he repeatedly mindscrews his audience, ranging from Izaya [[spoiler:epic trolling Earthworm (all of volume nine had the readers switching between "He's under the bag" and "He put someone else there," finishing up with a giant WTF)]] to [[spoiler:Harima Mika]] of all people [[spoiler:having the best information network EVER just to protect her precious Seiji.]]
* MisplacedSorrow: Kadota's gang are devastated when they find out that Kaztano has been kidnapped, but none so much as Togusa, who even claims he can't go on without the man. Why? Because Kaztano was his source for sold-out, front row tickets to see IdolSinger Ruri Hijiribe.
* MobWar
* MolotovCocktail: [[spoiler:Walker]] uses one on a van-full of Blue Square members. It seems to be his weapon of choice.
* MoodWhiplash: [[spoiler:Walker and Erika as {{Torture Technician}}s.]] Starts out kinda [[ComedicSociopathy goofy.]] [[FridgeHorror Two minutes later, you realized you've stopped taking deep breaths because your brain's trying process what]] [[EyeScream just]] ALMOST happened. Yeah, ThoseTwoGuys. Thankfully cut a bit in the anime... but cranked UpToEleven [[http://i1.mangareader.net/durarara/7/durarara-1202191.jpg in the manga.]]
* MookChivalry: The Yellow Scarves [[spoiler: actually Blue Square infiltrators]] show this to an odd degree [[spoiler: When Kida comes to challenge Horoda]]. Justified in the next episode though by the reveal [[spoiler: that many in the crowd were actually Dollars members brought by Kadota, thereby explaining why they didn't attack Kida--and presumably, the other Blue Squares/Yellow Scarves just followed their lead.]]
* MortalityPhobia: Izaya's primary goal is to avoid the CessationOfExistence he believes will occur beyond death, and has driven him to form an extremely convoluted plan in attempt to prevent it: hypothesizing that [[HeadlessHorseman Dullahan]] are actually {{Valkyries}} left dormant on Earth, he decides to start a massive gang war in the hopes of creating a conflict large enough to wake up resident Dullahan Celty and hitch a ride with her to whatever afterlife she returns to. He flatly states that he doesn't care whether or not it's a hellish place filled with nothing but pain, just as long as it's not [[TheNothingAfterDeath nothing]]. Ironically, since ''{{Durarara}}'' and ''{{Baccano}}'' share a [[TheVerse 'verse]], there is a much simpler and more reliable (also arguably less insane) means for attaining {{Immortality}} that he just doesn't know about; which makes the brief appearance of [[spoiler: [[CharacterOverlap Isaac and Miria]]]], who are ''members of the Dollars no less'', much more hilarious.
* [[CarFu Motorcycle Fu]]: Celty.
** Also see: Shizuo when he [[spoiler: yanks a motorcycle out from under an idling biker and attempts to beat Simon over the head with it]] and [[spoiler: throws Vorona's motorcycle at her]].
* MuggingTheMonster:
** A panicked Nasujima runs from [[spoiler: Anri]] and tries to rob the first person he sees. The first person he sees happens to be [[WhatAnIdiot Shizuo]]. [[CaptainObvious It doesn't go well.]]
** This is a depressingly common occurrence with Shizuo, where some thugs harass him only to realize who he is. Half the time they're being manipulated by [[ManipulativeBastard Izaya]], but there are times where they really are [[TooDumbToLive that stupid]].
** Some bounty hunters start harassing the Orihara twins for information about the Black Biker. Kadota intervenes, but barely gets to do anything before the girls take out the thugs themselves.
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
** Slon
--->'''Slon:''' I'm not moving an inch until I've solved the mystery of the male nipples! ''This is my war!''
** Mikado at the end of Episode 10 and as part of the lead up to {{The Reveal}}--he turns on his computer and sparks fly when he starts zooming the mouse around.
* PacManFever: In Episode 22 Celty appears to be playing ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' on a SNES. Though given the attention to detail, this is probably deliberate. Inexplicably, she and Shinra use [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation Dual Shock]] controllers instead of SNES characteristic "[[FanNickname dogbones]]".
** It's worth noting that ''Super Mario Bros.'' was re-released on SNES as part of [[VideoGame/SuperMarioAllStars a compilation]].
* MyHorseIsAMotorbike
* {{Narm}}: Invoked in Episode 21, [[ItMakesSenseInContext everyone reacts very dramatically to the realization that Anri has large breasts.]]
* {{Narrator}}: The character narrating changes from one episode to another.
** LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Walker and Erika ask [[strike:Dotachin]] Kadota who the heck he's talking to in Episode 6.
* NightmareFetishist: Mikado and Shinra. Shinra is one a bit more literally than others.
-->'''Celty:''' They called me a ''monster.''
-->'''Shinra:''' How rude! I would have used the term "Naughty Lady" myself...
* TheNicknamer: Kaztano, Izaya, and Erika.
* NippleAndDimed: Averted in the scene of Celty's autopsy since she does have visible nipples, but the context makes it FanDisservice.
** You can see the rise of her nipple if you look closely, there's just no colored areola...
* NoNameGiven:
** One girl in the opening is conspicuously unnamed. Also, there's a scar all around her neck and her skintones above and below it are different...
** The second OP ''also'' has an unnamed character, if you consider [[spoiler: Saika itself as a character]]: That one in shadow...with the katana and the glowing red eyes.
* NonindicativeName: Shizuo Heiwajima roughly translates into "Quiet Man-Peaceful Island". Yep, ''[[LargeHam that]]'' [[HairTriggerTemper Shizuo]].
** The title "Durarara" itself. Ryohgo Narita ran out of time and gave it a random, meaningless name, which his editor loved.
* NoodleImplements: "I don't care what you do to him. Just don't use gasoline like you did that last time."
* NoodleIncident:
** There's occasionally reference to an incident where Izaya framed Shizuo for a crime. What crime that might be has never been elaborated upon.
** To say nothing about their high school days. Shinra was apparently doing a lot of damage control:
--->'''Shinra:''' "Other things happened too when I was in school. There was this "The Pool of Hell Opens--Chlorine Gas Everywhere!" incident, "Real Flesh Art in the Art Room" incident, "Cultural Festival Campfire Explosion" incident and of course "Field Trip to the Shambles--the Okinawa Arc"...during the three years when we were in Raijin, gasoline drums were rolled down from school buildings as part of the routine. Really, it's hard to believe how nice and orderly this school has become these days..."
** Also, during Shinra's first official(?) date with Celty he threathened Izaya, [[spoiler: who had been stabbed and was bored at the hospital]] if he kept interrupting his date.
--->'''Shinra:''' Oy Izaya! If you don't cut the heck out, I'll start telling people about that thing back in middle school!
** There are a number of times in the chatroom where Mairu (Mai) is ''about'' to say something before Kururi (Kyo) interrupts with the statement that whatever Mairu was typing was ''incredibly'' filthy and NotSafeForWork and assures everyone that she's already smacked her and forced her to delete it before anything was posted. Sometimes, Mai's posts are also automatically censored for containing words flagged as inappropriate--thus we of course never find out what the words in question were.
* NotListeningToMeAreYou:
** Simon was too busy to listen to Shizuo's story, [[CarFu so Shizuo threw a motorcycle at his face]].
** In Volume 5, Vorona starts reading a book while Slon is [[spoiler:asking her questions about how cows grow, to why males have nipples and so forth, eventually she just stops providing answers to his constant queries]].
--->'''Slon:''' "Am I...being ignored?"
* NoodlePeople: Pretty much the entire cast is drawn this way.
* NowThatsUsingYourTeeth: Shizuo does this twice while fighting Izaya in the second OVA--and bites the throwing knife in half afterwards.
* ObfuscatingStupidity:
** [[spoiler:Mikado is the leader of the Dollars.]]
** And [[spoiler:Kida was the leader of the Yellow Scarves.]]
** And [[spoiler:Anri is the Slasher, host of the demon sword Saika and mentally controls anyone she cuts with it.]]
** [[spoiler:Erika and Walker are this, to an extent. They're otakus no matter what, but their interrogation skills are a [[EyeScream little]] over-the-top. Not to mention they, along with Kyohei and Saburo, are Dollars.]]
* OddCouple: Vorona and Slon, [[http://anni-fiesta.livejournal.com/24430.html oh so much]].
* OddFriendship: Shizuo and Tom. In contrast to Shizuo's violent tendencies, self-esteem issues, and general dysfunction, Tom is effectively the most well-adjusted and normal character in the entire series. And this friendship goes back to middle school.
* OhWaitThisIsMyGroceryList: Shinra accidentally gives Celty the shopping list instead of the license plate number he was supposed to in Episode 6.
* OneHeadTaller: Shinra and Celty, a bit more [[LosingYourHead literally]] than other examples.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with Tom Tanaka and Taro Tanaka, though the latter is just a chatroom handle. Justified in that "Taro Tanaka" is pretty much the Japanese "John Smith".
* OneWomanWail: Saika's theme. [[spoiler:Listen closely: it sounds like "Anri" being chanted over and over.]]
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Mikado, Kida, and Anri. [[spoiler:And yes, they're ''all'' hiding some pretty serious secrets or abilities--even from each other.]]
* {{OT3}}: [[invoked]] Erika has one in the form of Shizuo/Kadota/Izaya. She even ''calls'' it an {{OT3}}.
* {{Otaku}}: Togusa, Walker, and Erika.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Saika's "children" act an awful lot like zombies (they're even referred to as zombies by a few characters). They walk in an eerily undead fashion (usually in hordes), and if you suffer the misfortune of getting cut by one of them, you become one yourself.
* ParentalNeglect: According to [[http://anni-fiesta.livejournal.com/24916.html this]], Masaomi's parents don't seem to care that he [[spoiler:dropped out of school.]]
* PiggybackCute: Subverted. Seiji gives Mika a piggyback ride after [[spoiler:the latter's fight with his sister]]. Then any "cuteness" thrown out of the window when [[spoiler:Mika asks Seiji if he would fall in love with her for real if she eats Celty's head, and Seiji calmly answers he will murder her if she tries to do that]].
* PlatonicLifePartners: Shizuo and Celty.
* PoisonousFriend: Izaya to Shinra. This is very evident during their time in middle school. Hurt Shinra and ''you will regret it''.
* PolarOppositeTwins: Mairu and Kururi, Izaya's younger twin sisters. Different from each other but also from their brother; they adore Shizuo and even tell him that they'd push Izaya in front of a [[CruelAndUnusualDeath dump truck]] if it made him happy. Though admittedly, it's more so that they can be introduced to Shizuo's handsome younger brother. An InvokedTrope--in middle school they flipped a coin to see who would have which "positive human" traits in order to please [[BigBrotherBully their brother]]. Their goal was to "[[InsaneTrollLogic become the perfect human]]" as one, apparently.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Well, since ''everyone'' is keeping secrets... Which counts as both a CrowningMomentOfAwesome and CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* ThePowerOfLove: Inverted. When {{Yandere}}-power spreads, the only things that can stop it are the power of rage and the power of indifference.
* PrecociousCrush: Shinra says that he's been attracted to Celty since the day that he met her. That would be when he was ''four''. Additionally, Shizuo had his own PrecociousCrush on a shopkeeper when he was around ten or so. [[spoiler:Then he walked by her store one day, only to see a group of thugs assaulting her. She was seriously injured in his resulting psychotic episode, and Shizuo was too ashamed to see her ever again.]]
* ProperlyParanoid: Shizuo maintains that 99% of all the weird crap that goes down in Ikebukuro is completely and utterly Izaya's fault, whether it be a gang wars or hordes of knife-wielding zombies. [[LiesDamnedLiesAndStatistics Made-up-on-the-spot statistics aside,]] he's more or less right.
* PresentDayPast: Pictures in Volumes 5 and 6 show Izaya using what's pretty clearly an [=iPhone=]. In ''2003''. Six years before the device was available in Japan, and four years before its production was even announced.
* PsychoticLoveTriangle: The first three Yanderes mentioned above are in one.
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: Shizuo punches a thug so hard the thug's [[ClothingDamage clothes fly off]].
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Chikage attempts to start a fight with Shizuo by jump-kicking him in the face mid-sentence. This works about as well as one would expect.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The trio of thugs that keep doing amoral things.
** [[spoiler: Aoba's]] Blue Squares minions. Some of them have names and a little background, [[DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster all of them are violent, nonsensical and hilarious]].
* RapidFireTyping: A curious case of where we see the keyboard as it's being done. Apparently, Celty uses her [[DarkIsEdgy powers]] [[MundaneUtility to type faster]].
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The Dollars.
* ReadingsAreOffTheScale: The official character book, ''Durarara no Subete'', ranks character attributes on a five-point scale (and with varying amounts of seriousness. "Single-Minded Devotion To Celty" or [[CompletelyMissingThePoint "Ability To Get The Point"]] is just as likely to appear on the stat list as "Combat Ability"). Naturally, both Shizuo's [[WorldsStrongestMan strength]] and [[DestructiveSavior capacity for destruction]] are listed as immeasurably high.
* ARealManIsAKiller: [[spoiler:"I'm asking you, Orihara Izaya: Can you actually kill people? With your own hands, can you kill them? Even with your switchblade you just stab randomly without aiming at anywhere fatal. You fool around, that's what you do. So when all's said and done...you got no tricks up your sleeves except for manipulating others. What a lowlife and coward you are. It makes me laugh. Haha."]]
* RedemptionFailure: Throughout the first half, we see reference to the original leader of the [[{{Delinquents}} Yellow Scarves]] abandoning the gang after a turf war went bad. Then, in Part 2, [[spoiler: Masaomi Kida]] is revealed as that same original leader when he retakes control of the group to defend themselves from the Dollars and the Slasher. While he was never evil, per se, he treats it like an example of this.
* RedHerring: At first, we're led to believe that Yagiri Pharmaceuticals [[spoiler: stitched Celty's head onto Mika's body]]. However, it's eventually revealed that [[spoiler: they merely gave her facial surgery to make it ''look like'' she had her head. The real head is currently under Izaya's possession.]]
* RedShirt / TheWorfEffect: Conversed by the traffic cop, Kuzuhara.
--> '''Kuzuhara:''' I often think about how people like us tend to be weak foils in fiction that stars people like you. Whenever the psychic protagonist appeared, we'd always be lying in a pool of blood, just to emphasize the strength of the opponent. That's fine. That just goes to show how powerful people think we are. But I've always wanted to say one thing. If a monster or an evil [[PsychicPowers psychic]] or an [[AIIsACrapshoot android]] or an evil {{ninja}} really appears... There is just one thing that I'd like to say: '''''Don't underestimate the Traffic Police Force, monster!'''''
* RedStringOfFate: Alluded in the ending theme, "Trust Me" ("We're connected by an invisible thread, so feel my warmth by your side").
* RelationshipUpgrade: [[spoiler:Shinra and Celty.]]
* RescueRomance: Subverted when Mika Harima interprets Seiji's rescue of her from bullies as a sign of love, and refuses to take no for an answer. ''[[StalkerWithACrush Ever]]''
* RhetoricalRequestBlunder: Shizuo half-jokingly tells Mairu and Kururi that he'll introduce them to his brother if they can get Izaya to throw himself in front of a dump truck. He's a bit unnerved at how quickly and cheerfully they agree to it (and probably doesn't realize they've been trying to do ''exactly that'' from that point onwards).
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter[=/=][[CuteKitten Everything's Cuter With Kittens]]: Kasuka has a tiny Scottish Fold kitten he's named Yuigadokusonmaru. Even serial killers like [[spoiler:Ruri]] [[CutenessProximity can't resist the cuteness.]]
* RunningGag: '''''IIIIIII-ZAAAAAA-YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA'''''
** Also, Simon's apparent inability to bring any customers to his shop.
* SayMyName: See above.
* SatchelSwitcheroo: The whole plot of [[{{interquel}} Episode 12.5]].
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Shinra in the second [=OP=].
* SceneryPorn / RealPlaceBackground: [[http://kissmygeass.livejournal.com/tag/ikebukuro These pictures]] show just how accurate the anime's portrayal of Ikebukuro really is. The vending machines Shizuo throws around ''actually exist.''
* SempaiKohai: This happens when Vorona starts hanging around with Shizuo and Tom, though a bit one-sided. Shizuo (who doesn't recognize her as the person who stabbed him earlier because she was wearing a helmet) decides, quite happily, that she gets to be his Kouhai. Vorona agrees, while plotting to destroy him.
-->'''Shizuo:''' Well um...I switched too many jobs these couple of years...so it's really the first time I've ever had a kouhai.
** This was also Shizuo and Tom's relationship back in middle school, which is why these two are best friends.
* SettleForSibling: After a quick HeroicBSOD when Mairu discovers that her fangirl target (Kasuka) [[YokoOhNo might be dating someone]], she decides to go fangirl his older brother instead. Immediately. Cue the surprise {{Glomp}}.
-->'''Shizuo:''' You're still after Kasuka, aren't you?
-->'''Mairu:''' Yeah, but I like Shizuo-san too!
* ShaggyDogStory: Volume 4 ends with Celty and Shinra independently coming across the contents of the exact same million-yen envelope Celty lost during her motorcycle chase with Kuzuhara. They both chalk it up to coincidence.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Mikado in regards to Anri, the typical response to which is, "You mean she's ''free?'' Sweet!"
* ShipperOnDeck: Walker is such a Shinra/Celty fan that he writes fics about it. Erika goes for the HoYay instead, and ships Shizuo/Izaya.
** Izaya himself seems to be a Shinra/Celty shipper judging from his conversation with Shinra in [[http://anni-fiesta.livejournal.com/23999.html this extra valentine chapter.]]
* ShipSinking: WordOfGod is that Erika's BL fantasies are just fantasies. Sorry Shizaya fans. As to whether that'll do anything to end the ShipToShipCombat... yeah, [[ForegoneConclusion good luck with that]].
* ShipTease:
** Dengeki April Fools, wherein '''Narita writes [[http://hi.baidu.com/datacat/blog/item/52c6cbfb1c700b68024f5610.html Shizuo/Izaya slash]]'''.
** Yasuda Suzuhito, the LN's official illustrator, frequently depicts Namie wearing Izaya's coat and has made several artwork of the two together.
* ShootTheMedicFirst: [[spoiler: That crazy stalker guy that's obsessed with Ruri? Well, he decides not to hurt her and goes after the people closest to her. Moving down the list, after failing to kill Celty, the first person he decided to kill is Shinra. Thank god Celty saved him.]]
* ShowerScene:
** Celty has one in Episode 4. Shinra enjoys the view.
** Shingen has one in Episode 14. Shinra needs BrainBleach.
* ShownTheirWork: The aforementioned SceneryPorn videos.
** Horada's use of a Tokarev pistol. This is the most commonly used firearm for Japanese gangs that don't mind using small arms. Usuaully, arms dealers bring them to Japan from Russia, China, North Korea or parts of Eastern Europe.
** The first episode of x2 Shou shows a witness on television with her voice distorted. Japanese privacy laws require all television stations to do this.
* ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler: Mikado delivers one to Namie.]]
* SiblingYinYang: Shizuo and Kasuka & Mairu and Kururi.
* SignatureStyle: The openings make it very, very obvious that the people behind ''Baccano!'' made this too.
* SlapSlapKiss: Celty and Shinra. Well, more Slap Slap Hug given Celty's headlessness, but Shinra still counts it.
* SlasherSmile: Shizuo is fond of sporting one of these right before he's about to hurt someone. Also, [[spoiler:Walker and Erika]] when they're, uh, [[ColdBloodedTorture working]].
* SleepCute: Walker and Erika in Episode 24.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: [[spoiler:Izaya outs himself as Kanra when he calls Mikado "Taro Tanaka" in person. Also, after Kida leaves, Mikado wonders if he may be the new member of the chatroom. His guess is confirmed when Bakyura responds by grading Kanra the square root of three points, referencing something Mikado said in a previous episode]]
** Although as an alternative interpretation, [[spoiler:Taro Tanaka is a generic Japanese name, akin to John Smith. Since Izaya was saying who the founder of Dollars was, he could've been offering Mikado a courtesy by not saying his real name to anyone who might've been interested.]]
* SoulCuttingBlade: The saika, which possesses the wielder and can cut souls.
* SoundEffectBleep: "Shit" is censored often in the Adult Swim runs. It's quite hilarious during moments like "Oh, shit! Oh, shit! Oh shit!" which are made into a long bleep.
** Captions listed that as "Crap! Crap! Crap!".
* SpiritualSuccessor: The anime is pretty obviously meant to succeed ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''. Along with the obvious similarities in writing and tone, it's got a similar musical style and opening sequence, not to mention several references to it sprinkled throughout. The novels series isn't so much a "successor" since both series are still running.
** Others would see it as more of a successor to ''Anime/BoogiepopPhantom''.
* SpoilerOpening: Of sorts, since it's really fleeting, and you won't realize the significance of it until you've watched the whole thing. [[spoiler:In the first opening, when Anri turns around, something comes out of her hand and "slices" the screen as a transition into the episode clips from previous episodes.]]
* StalkerWithACrush: "Funny" example early on turns out to be really unfunny when it turns there are monsters out there. (No, not Celty).
** To specify: [[spoiler:Seiji's stalker]] goes just a smidgen too far when she breaks into his house and sees something that she definitely wasn't supposed to. Now she's considered dead.
** Shizuo has his own StalkerWithACrush in the form of [[spoiler:[[EmpathicWeapon Saika]]]], who can be seen shadowing him in Episodes 7 and 13.
* StalkingIsLove: Spoofed. When Anri hints that she's stalking him, Mikado's mind [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zags the everliving hell]] out of this trope--complete with scenarios from Mikado's Inner Puppet Theater--before Anri lets him know she's joking.
-->'''Mikado:''' "Oh, crap! Is she a stalker? Wait. If she's cute it's okay, rig--''No'', this is ''bad''. It might go like... She might stab me! Or set my house on fire! And what if she takes my parents hostage?... But, maybe she has a nice personality. Then it would be okay, right?... Wait. If she did, ''she wouldn't be stalking me!''"
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: Celty agrees to be vivisected in return for a place to stay. Turns out human anaesthetics don't work on fae.
* SubculturesInJapan: Ganguro appear and bosozoku are mentioned many times.
* SuchALovelyNoun: [[spoiler:"...But no problem, you still have two cute little sisters. I think they're called Kururi-chan and Mairu-chan, if I'm not very much mistaken? My friends are going to pick them up now. I'm sure you're looking forward to seeing them, being the loving older brother you are. Am I right, Izaya onii-chan?"]]
* SuicideDare: In the second episode Izaya Orihara talks a girl into committing suicide using what can only be described as reverse reverse psychology.
* SuicidePact
* SuperStrength: Shizuo, Simon and Celty, with Shizuo officially being according to Izaya's data. [[spoiler:IdolSinger and ''serial killer'' Ruri Hijiribe]] also has superhuman strength. [[spoiler:She]] inherited it from one of [[spoiler:her]] grandparents, who is theorized by Nebula to have been a Dullahan.
* SupportingLeader: [[spoiler:Kadota and the Van Gang.]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial
-->'''Setton:''' No, I'm not saying aliens are scary, or anything like that. \\
''Setton has left the room.''
** Also:
---> '''Simon:''' It's okay. Our sushi is made out of fish. No human, not even on half-price days!
::: It doesn't help that he keeps threatening to make sushi out of troublemakers.
* SwivelChairAntics: Izaya, of course.
* TakingTheBullet: In Volume 9, [[spoiler:it's revealed that this is what ''really'' happened in Shinra and Izaya's no-longer-NoodleIncident. Izaya didn't stab him--Shinra took a knife for him]].
* TantrumThrowing: Shizuo often throws impossibly heavy things when somebody makes him mad (usually Izaya). Vending machines are pretty popular with him. He first discovered his super strength while attempting to throw a refrigerator at his brother.
* TapOnTheHead: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] when a goon beans Shizuo in the head. It completely fails to knock him out, instead leaving him bleeding. Shizuo then verbally [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs]] it by pointing out how you only go for the head when you want to ''kill someone''. [[MegatonPunch Then he punches the goon out of his clothes]].
* TeensAreShort: Teenaged characters are almost universally shorter than adult characters, usually by at least 5 cm.
* TelephonePolearm: One of Shizuo's favorite weapons, right along with vending machines. Sometimes it's telephone poles, sometimes it's roadsigns or guardrails. Once he uprooted an entire ''tree'', roots and all, with a person in the tree.
* TemptingFate:
** When Kida first shows Mikado around Ikebukuro, he warns him about three people (Shizuo, Simon, and Izaya) that he should stay away from before assuring him that he'll probably never meet any of them anyways. Naturally, they both end up running into all three. At ''once''.
** Also, Kida's inner monologue in Episode 5 sure seems to hit home in recent episodes:
---> '''Kida:''' The things happening in this city may look like their unrelated, but [[YouAllShareMyStory they're probably connected somewhere]]. They probably carry a distorted truth unfathomable in our minds. But... I only realized this just now, but I seem to like [[ThreeAmigos our current relationship]]. Even if the points begin to [[HyperlinkStory connect]] someday, and that reveals [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny something we can't see right now]], I firmly believe our relationship [[TemptingFate won't]] [[TemptingFate change]].
* ThemeNaming: All of the members of Kadota's gang are named after {{light novel}}ists.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: There's no indication that Shizuo's ever even been ''offered'' medication to control his fits of rage.
** And while we're on that subject, about 90 percent of the cast is off their rocker, with accompanying situations that are [[CrossesTheLineTwice as hilarious as they are frightening.]]
*** Partially [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that most of the characters seem to consider their problems their own and for one reason or another don't want to (or feel like that can't) rely on anyone for help. Additionally, how do you treat someone for something like [[spoiler:having a codependent relationship with sentient sword]]?
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVillified/TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Zigzagged. At first, the Dollars a group of idealistic anarchists with "no color or rules" who communicate through the internet and have members throughout every sector of the population, are presented in an overwhelmingly positive light. Despite often not knowing each other in person they gather up and work together to do good and bring down corrupt organizations which appear to have far more power and resources than them. As the series goes on, however, the inherent problems to such an organization begin to be highlighted: for example, with nobody actually being charge, no one can do anything to stop it if the organization as a whole decides to collectively turn to crime, violence or terrorism. Furthermore: since they can't be handily recognized, people seeking to hurt the organization are forced to turn to simply hurting random people on the street just in case they might be members (mirroring the way in which the police in countries ravaged by terrorism often find themselves forced to perform mass arrests of people who are mostly innocent)
* ThereWasADoor: Anri [[spoiler: slashes through a ''steel warehouse wall'' with Saika]] in Episode 24 when she and Mikado [[spoiler: rescue Kida from the Yellow Scarves.]]
* TheyWouldCutYouUp: There's an organization doing this to kidnappees. Celty ''doesn't like them''.
** [[spoiler:After Celty's public reveal, Nebula decides that they wouldn't mind having Dullahan test subjects. As for who they sent to fetch one, let's just say Shingen has reasons for his objecting to his son's infatuation with one...]]
* ThisIsThePartWhere: Kida doesn't even have time to finish before Mikado grabs the girl and runs for it.
* ThisIsReality: Kida, when Mikado tells him about the supposedly amnesiac girl he "rescued" from Celty earlier that day
-->'''Masaomi:''' This could only make more sense if you were also LateForSchool...Oh! And if she was also a NewTransferStudent. Also if she turned out to be a [[KingIncognito queen]] ''and'' your [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend childhood friend]]! That would be awesome. [[DontExplainTheJoke Are you getting how I'm being sarcastic here?]]
* ThreeAmigos: Mikado, Kida, and Anri quickly establish this dynamic.
* ThreesomeSubtext: Aoba/Mairu/Kururi. Also a ''little'' Mikado/Kida/Anri, but not much.
* TitleDrop: The episode title is dropped in Episode 19. This is obscured due to the fact that Crunchyroll translated the phrase differently on the title card ("Anarchy") and during the episode ("The sky has fallen").
* TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: Though, to be fair, [[BigApplesauce New York]] was already taken up by [[LightNovel/{{Baccano}} immortal gangsters and homunculi]].
* TomatoSurprise: It turns out that the leader of the Dollars [[spoiler:is actually the OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Mikado]].
* TooDumbToLive: Every gang in Ikebukuro has the same Rule #1: Don't screw with Izaya Orihara. However, the ''entire city'' also has Rule #0: DON'T SCREW WITH SHIZUO HEIWAJIMA. The gangs don't bother to tell their members the latter rule, since if you refuse to follow it, you're doing the gang a favor by getting yourself killed. More specific examples are below.
** The three guys kidnapping people [[spoiler: for Yagiri Pharmaceuticals]] are not very bright.
** As were a no name trio who insult Shizuo for his choice of warbrobe and spill soda all over his outfit, and not knowing who he is, Tom surmises that their excuse of being public school dropouts is correct before looking the other way.
** Horada of the Yellow Scarves.
* {{Torture Technician}}s: [[spoiler:Walker and Erika, who use their mountains of {{Light Novel}}s as inspiration. Also, Mairu, with her trusty box of thumbtacks.]]
* TranquilFury:
** ''Shizuo'' of all people manages this in Volume 5 when a ten-year-old runaway confesses to him and Shinra that [[spoiler:she tried to kill him because Izaya told her that Shizuo was going to kill her father]]. Shizuo, against all expectations, simply smiles at her and assures her that it was all a misunderstanding which he will go about correcting immediately before leaving the room. When Tom meets him at the door and congratulates him for his uncharacteristic maturity in the situation, Shizuo simply says this and heads off to Izaya's place:
--->'''Shizuo:''' Thank you, Tom. If it's okay, I have a favor to ask: ''If I get arrested for murder today, tell Mr. Manager to just go about things as if I were fired yesterday.''
** Also, [[spoiler:Mikado]] has his own moments too in the light novels.
** Walker's face is always that SlasherSmile. If he's angry, he'll probably snap his chopsticks in two, slam them right in front of your face, or set a car on fire with gasoline and a match. All that, he still smiles all the way.
** Shizuo has another one at the end of Volume 12. [[spoiler:Izaya decides to finally end his rivalry with Shizuo and attempts to kill him (from afar), only for Vorona to save him, getting severely injured as a result. As Shizuo attempts to tend to her wounds, Izaya calls him and taunts him about it, from which Shizuo falls uncharacteristically silent as Izaya continues to talk. When his rival finishes, Shizuo simply tells him "Goodbye," in a calm, peaceful tone and hangs up. It should be noted that Shizuo does not use the traditional ''sayonara'', but rather the more cultural version ''abayo'', which means goodbye... '''''forever'''''. The next volume, not ''once'' does Shizuo raise his voice, nor does Izaya continue with his usual taunts as they have their FinalBattle.]]
* {{Transplant}}: Episode 11 would like to inform you that [[LightNovel/{{Baccano}} Isaac and Miria]] are now in Japan and [[spoiler:are members of Dollars.]]
* {{Tsundere}}: Invoked by Walker and Erika in both Kadota and Celty's case. Walker then [[SeriousBusiness gets into a big argument with Erika over whether Celty is a "true" Tsundere]]. Celty is not amused. Walker feels that Celty is too even-tempered, and that Shinra mostly deserves the ass-kickings he gets.
* TuckAndCover: Shizuo to Akane (shielding her from a rain of knives). Shinra also instinctively does this to Celty when he hears a flashbang go off. The fact that Celty is a nigh-unkillable faerie only dawns on him ''after'' the fact, and he refuses to talk about it out of embarrassment when Celty later brings it up.
* {{Twincest}}: Mairu and Kururi, [[spoiler: Izaya's younger sisters]], who are both searching for Hanejima Yuuhei in the second OVA. They get along together ''really'' well, are very protective of each other, (and they even share a kiss at least twice (though the second time was [[spoiler: an IndirectKiss... sort of]]).
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Mikado, Kida, and Anri.
* UhOhEyes: Izaya and Shizuo have BrownEyes in the anime, but are often given [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]] and gold eyes respectively in the official art drawn by Suzuhito Yasuda, as well as in fanart.
* {{Wimpification}}: Nearly every male character in the series gets subjected to this, but none more so than Izaya Orihara himself, who, in fanwork, transforms from an egotistical, [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] {{jerkass}}, borderline sociopath to a slobbering wanton mess whose vocabulary consists mainly of ''ah''s, ''nn''s and ''Sh-Shi...Shizu-chan...'' with a tilde at the end of every sentence.
** Done in-universe, too--a gaiden written by Ryohga has Kadota's gang watching Izaya and Shizuo fight, while Erika talks over the brawl and transforms it into a yaoi in which Izaya bottoms, successfully squicking out the whole group as well as Celty. HilarityEnsues.
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny:
** Erika and Walker, being the two resident otaku, do this on occasion. However, the better in-universe example is the theme of Episode 16: "Who is the strongest person in Ikebukuro?" Most people answer "The Headless Rider/ Celty", Simon, Izaya or Shizuo. But mostly Shizuo.
** Izaya has a few others on his list: [[spoiler:Mikado--the leader of the Dollars, Kida--former general of the Yellow Scarves, and Anri--the possessor of the original Saika.]]
** Shuji directly asks Celty the "who would win in a fight?" question, which causes her to burst out laughing. It's Shizuo against an unkillable fae with the ability to give [[DarkIsEdgy make solid blades out pure darkness]]-- Of ''course'' [[WorldsStrongestMan Shizuo would win]].
* UrbanFantasy: A city with a dullahan, a possessed sword, and possibly more monsters lurking about.
* TheVerse: ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'', ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vamp! Vamp!]]'', and ''Durarara!!'' are all set in the same universe, although due to being set in very different locations and concerning very different supernatural entities, there isn't too much overlap. Not that there ''isn't'' overlap:
** Isaac and Miria? [[spoiler:''They're Dollars'']].
** And the company that bought [[spoiler:Yagiri pharmacies, Nebula? Yes, the same company that built the Flying Pussyfoot]].
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Celty uses it to store a wad of money from Izaya in Episode 4.
* VillainsOutShopping: [[spoiler:At the end of volume eight, Izaya amasses the more evil/crazier characters under him for purposes yet to be explained. Their first order of business? ''Hotpot'' ([[StartMyOwn Izaya's still sore about the hotpot in Volume 4]]).]]
* TheVirus: [[spoiler:Saika]].
* VitriolicBestBuds: Shinra and Shizuo.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Saika, when it finally gets voiced during the chatroom sequences.
* VoicesAreMental: Celty and [[spoiler:the girl with her head]] are played by different people at any rate.[[spoiler: Well, it only LOOKS like her head...]]]
* WhamEpisode: Hooh, boy.
** Episode 11. You know Mikado, right? The sweet, NaiveNewcomer, curious about the world of gangs--the mysterious "Dollars" in particular? [[spoiler: Turns out he's actually the ''leader'' of said group, and is quite the [[TranquilFury vocal]] {{Badass}}.]] Or, alternatively, episode ten, where his WhamLine would lead many a fan suspicious:
---> '''Mikado:''' [[spoiler: "I have [[TheChessmaster all the pawns]] I need..."]]
** Episode 16. Goodness, all that news about Saika sure sounds scary, right? I sure hope that...wait...wait, ''what''!? The "real" Saika is actually the slightly dull [[spoiler: ShrinkingViolet Anri Sonohara!? Wait...[[FromBadToWorse why is her mother ''cutting open her own stomach''!?]] ]]
** To a lesser extent, the aptly titled Episode 17; "Everything Changes." So, what about those other gangs? Have we forgotten about them? Is the show ever going to bring them up again? Don't worry! It turns out that the Yellow Scarves are lead by none other than [[spoiler: Masaomi Kida, and it turns out he was a complete StepfordSmiler this entire time]]. Of course, it's 'to a lesser extent' because we got some foreshadowing on that part.
** Episode 22 ends with the love triangle finally beginning to confront each other, [[spoiler:Mikado dissolving the Dollars, and Shizuo face down in a rainy gutter after being shot three times.]]
** Volume 6 (episode 12 of ''Ketsu'') has a few instances of this. By this point, we've learned Mikado's not all he appears, but he's still a lovable and nice guy. You know, [[spoiler: until he stabs Aoba with a freaking pen]] and a crazed look. Aoba notes that that's probably ''nowhere near'' Mikado's true nature...
** Volume 7 (episode 2 of ''Ten'') would like to inform you that StalkerWithACrush [[{{Yandere}} Mika Harima]] possibly [[spoiler: knows more about the goings on in Ikebukuro than the MagnificentBastard [[TheChessmaster Izaya]] [[AGodAmI Orihara]] himself. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Oh, and Namie makes out with her.]]]]
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Several couples but most notably the PsychoticLoveTriangle.
* WhoWouldBeStupidEnough: Is the question Namie asks when Izaya puts up a fake "We've moved!" notice on his apartment door [[spoiler:with his "new" address being an undiscovered murder scene]]. The answer is, of course, [[DumbMuscle Shizuo]].
* WifeHusbandry: Shinra's ''really'' hoping for a gender-reversed example with Celty.
-->'''Shinra:''' Shizuo, Celty here is my roomate. Or should I say future wi-''AAIIGH!''
* WikiWalk: Vorona, in Volume 8. For bonus points, her [[StrangeSyntaxSpeaker speaking]] [[SpockSpeak style]] even makes it sound like a derailed wiki article.
-->'''Vorona:''' Siberia. The correct pronunciation of which is Сибирь ([sʲıˈbirʲ]), may denote a Federal District of Russia or a wider area. The meanings are many-layered. And in Japan they also call a certain kind of dessert Siberia. Explanations vary as to how the name originated, among which a theory exists that it comes from the delicious fillings inside the Castella resembling the tundra and railways in Siberia. The Castella is said to be the first cake variety to be introduced to Japan. After that the Japanese developed their unique cake culture under various influences from different countries. The variety called the shortcake is also uniquely Japanese. At Christmas the Japanese are especially big on cakes, and on the streets all kinds of cakes send tantalizing smells to my nasal cavity.
-->'''Shizuo:''' ...Are you craving some? Cake, I mean.
* WorfEffect: Kinnosuke Kuzuhara admits most fiction's portrayal of cops as Worf compared to rebellious protagonists, but takes it as a compliment as it means that they are considered strong enough to be considered obstacles.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Shizuo in Episode 17, as he [[spoiler: fights Saika's children]].
* WouldntHitAGirl: Subverted by Izaya ("I don't like hitting girls...Which is why I instead make it a hobby to [[MemeticMutation stomp on their cellphones!]]")
** Played straight by Shizuo [[spoiler: ...except when Vorona stabs him, thus reminded him of Izaya.]]
---> [[spoiler: '''Shizuo:''' ...I'm not interested in beating up women... nor do I want to do that.. BUT I GUESS YOU'RE AT LEAST READY TO HAVE THAT EXPENSIVE-LOOKING HELMET CRUSHED TO A PULP IN THESE HANDS, ARGH?]]
** Chikage would never hit a girl and will give anybody a beatdown for trying.
* YaoiFangirl: Erika. Ships include Shizuo/Izaya, Kadota/Chikage, Fans/Trolls, [=CDs/DVDs=]...
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