When he was fifteen, Kurosaki's father was swindled out of all his money and, feeling he had no other options, his father [[MurderSuicide murdered his wife, daughter, and then himself.]] Six years later, [[SoleSurvivor Kurosaki]] decides to take his revenge on all swindlers by becoming a Kurosagi (a "black swindler"). Under this guise, he cons other swindlers and returns the ill-gotten money to the innocent victims. However, his mission gets steadily more difficult when a young law student moves into his building and a determined police officer sets his sights on him.

The manga is still ongoing, but it was made into a live-action drama series of the same name in 2006. The drama was popular enough to solicit a movie follow-up in 2008.

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!!Examples of the following tropes:

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* AntiHero: Not just Kuro, but Shiriashi as well.
* ArchEnemy: Mikimoto & Katsuragi are this to Kurosaki.
* AWorldHalfFull: Despite the limits of the law, Tsurara is determined to become a prosecutor
* BestServedCold
* BigBad: Katsuragi.
* BigBrotherMentor: Shiriashi tries to be this to Kurosaki. While Kuro outwardly wants nothing to do with it, he does tend to help out regardless.
* BlackAndGrayMorality
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl
* BullyHunter
* ByronicHero: Kurosaki himself.
* CaperRationalization
* CelibateHero: Kurosaki
* TheChessmaster
* ColdReading
* ConflictingLoyalty: Tsurara's belief in the law and her sympathy/love for Kurosaki
* ConMan
* ConsummateProfessional: Hayase
* TheConWithinACon: Kurosaki's MO
* TheCynic: Kurosaki
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* DeathByOriginStory: Kurosaki's family
* TheDeterminator: Definitely Kurosaki and Kashina
* DontYouDarePityMe
* DirtyBusiness: Kuro does genuinely hate working for Katsuragi. He only endures it because being there is no where else for him to turn.
* EnemyMine: Kurosagi working with Katsuragi is this.
* TheFixer: Katsuragi
* ForgottenFriendNewFoe
* GenderFlip: Hayase is male in the manga, but female in the drama
* GoldDigger
* GoodIsNotNice: Kashina is a complete {{Jerkass}}
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Shiriashi
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Why Kuro swindles others as well as works with Katsuragi.
* InherentInTheSystem
* InterruptedSuicide
* ItsPersonal: Happens in both adaptions, but with slight changes to the story
* {{Jerkass}}: Kashina
* JusticeWillPrevail: Or so [[TheIdealist Tsurara]] is intent on believing
* JustifiedCriminal: Kurosaki and the people he helps seem to think so, however Tsurara has a hard time accepting that there is such a thing.
** Kashina as well doesn't believe in it, feeling that being a criminal is never justified.
** Shiriashi towards corrupt corporations.
* JustLikeRobinHood: Although Kurosaki isn't doing it just to help the victims. He also needs a share in order to pay for the information Katsuragi gives him.
** Brought up again when Kuro rationalizes that he isn't a righteous thief because they would give all the money he swindled to the person. He took a cut of the profits.
* KansasCityShuffle
* KnowledgeBroker: One of Katsuragi's functions as a fixer.
* LeaveMeAlone
* LiterallyLovingThyNeighbor
* LoveableRogue
* LoveConfession
* LoveHurts
* TheMark
* MeaningfulName: The drama's title and his swindler guise is a mixture of the protagonists' name and the japanese word for swindler
* MoralMyopia
* MurderSuicide
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: Pretty much the reason why Kurosaki isn't afraid to waltz around telling people he's a professional swindler
* NotSoDifferent: Kurosagi & Shiriashi. It's reason why Shiriashi takes a liking to Kuro, despite Kuro's promises to destroy him.
* NotYourProblem
* OhCrap: Tends to happen whenenver the mark realizes they're swindled.
* PaterFamilicide
* PhonyPsychic: Kagami runs this sort of scam. Kurosaki poses as one to create a phony psychic turf war.
* PoliceBrutality
* {{Ponzi}}
* RemovedFromThePicture: Kurosaki's face in his family photo
* TheReveal: Both Kurosaki and Shiraishi have their moments
* {{Revenge}}
* RightUnderTheirNoses: Constantly
* ScamReligion: Kagami's money purifying scam
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism
* SocietyIsToBlame
* SoleSurvivor: Kurosaki
* TheStoic: Katsuragi
* ThatOneCase
* ThinkNothingOfIt: He doesn't do it for your sake
* ThroughHisStomach: Subverted because although Kurosaki took the meal, he immediately dumped it in the trash without tasting it
* TinMan: Kurosaki
* TragicKeepsake: The photo and news article about the Kurosaki family's murders
* TreacherousAdvisor: Katsuragi is not strictly anyone's friend
* TheTrickster: Kurosaki
* TroubledButCute
* TheUnfettered: Kashina
* UnwittingPawn: All of Kurosaki's prey, and even him occasionally
* YouAreNotAlone: Said word for word from Tsurara to Kurosaki. Inverted by Kashina, who does tell Kurosaki he is alone.
* YouAreWhatYouHate
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* AdaptationalHeroism: Katsuragi, sort of. In the manga, he's a cold stoic who is at the top of the swindling world. In the live action drama, while he retains a majority of these qualities, he is softened into a more eccentric & a tad more charismatic old man.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Yukari. In the manga, Yukari is Tsurara's loyal friend the entire time and is a more minor character. Here, she gets an AdaptationPersonalityChange into a ClingyJealousGirl who progressively becomes more and more unhinged as time goes on.
* AFriendInNeed
* AintTooProudToBeg: Tsurara tearfully pleads with Katsuragi to stop selling Kurosaki information
* AllLoveIsUnrequited
* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Kurosaki
* CatchPhrase: "Bang"
* ClingyJealousGirl: [[GreenEyedMonster Definitely]] Yukari
* DarkestHour: [[spoiler: Not only does Mikimoto escape, but Kurosaki also gets arrested]]
* FirstLove: Unfortunately for the aspiring prosecutor, her first love is a con artist
* FoodSlap
* ForcedToWatch: Kurosaki is unable to stop his father from murdering the rest of his family before coming for him
* GratuitousEnglish
* GuiltRiddenAccomplice: Tsurara's father
* IKnowYoureWatchingMe: Kashina and Kurosaki take turns glaring into Katsuragi's two-way mirror
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: No disguise is off-limits to Kurosaki
* JustTryingToHelp: Swindler flyers complete with cute pictures
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Mikimoto]] and Kurosaki when you think about it
* LoveEpiphany
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Yukari
* LoveTriangle: Tsurara, Kurosaki, Yukari
* MasterOfDisguise: Kurosaki
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Yukari after [[spoiler: tipping the police off about where Kurosaki was headed]]
* NotProven: Katsuragi is quite influential
* PoisonousFriend: Yukari
* PragmaticAdaptation
* RightThroughTheWall: Since they're neighbors, Tsurara yells constantly at Kurosaki through the thin walls
* StalkerWithACrush: Yukari edges into this territory
* TearsOfRemorse
* YouAreNotReady: Katsuragi's stated reason for refusing to give Kurosaki the info he actually wants
* WigDressAccent
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* CruelToBeKind
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: The first Kurosagi manga ends with Kuro failing to avenge his family when he confronts Mikimoto. Mikimoto ultimately finds a lawful loophole to protect himself with, which leads to Kashina for once being pissed off with something in the law & disgusted with himself for protecting the guy. After that, Kuro losses it. He goes about destroying all the information files he acquired on Mikimoto while laughing then contemplates killing Katsuragi by getting a gun and shooting him in the head, knowing it would result in himself getting killed too. He ultimately decides against it though. It's all capped off with him returning home, Tsurara asks him how things went, he snaps at her first telling her to just get one of her lectures about why what he does is wrong, she hugs him instead, he then just starts breaking down crying on her shoulder.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Mikimoto in Shin Kurosagi.]]
* FakeOutMakeOut: Kuro forces Tsurara to do this with him to avoid his face being seen.
* ExpositionDiagram
* ImpliedDeathThreat
* MeetCute: "You're stepping on my money"
* PurelyAestheticGlasses: Kurosaki's only form of disguise in the manga. Though in the drama he's [[MasterOfDisguise a little more creative]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Kurosaki is constantly [[SweetTooth sucking on a lollipop]]
* UndercoverAsLovers: Kuro tricks Tsurara into doing this by playing on her legitimate feelings and her not realizing the truth until later on. She is understandably pissed about this.
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: Mikimoto committing suicide, bringing Kuro's revenge against him to an end.]]
** [[spoiler: Kurosagi quits working for Katsuragi at the end of Shin Kurosagi, turning him into an adversary. This leads to Kuro moving out of his apartment, going into hiding, and being more covert about his location as he's being hunted down by a hitman.]]
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