* [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Americans Love Baccano!]]: The Western anime community considers it one of the best series ever. Domestically, it experienced abysmal DVD sales.
* AngstWhatAngst: Several characters have good reason to angst about their lives but don't. Doesn't mean they're necessarily all there mentally.
* BaseBreaker:
** Isaac and Miria. Hilarious PluckyComicRelief duo? Or annoying scrappies who get too much screentime?
** Graham Spector, just as CrazyAwesome as Ladd and Claire, or a lame attempt to copy them who makes the [=OVAs=] more about him than any of the people we care about?
* BetterOnDVD: As a show that relies heavily on AnachronicOrder, this should come as no surprise.
* CompleteMonster:
** Szilard Quates, the immortal MadScientist and alchemist. Szilard believes in knowledge being the most important commodity in the world, and to that ends [[ImmortalityImmorality devours immortals for their knowledge.]] After becoming immortal, Szilard devoured the brother of the immortals' leader before being driven away. Szilard creates ArtificialHuman homunculi to serve him, abusing them mentally and physically. He also developed his own immortal potion which he feeds to intelligent people before devouring them to amass their knowledge without working for it. He isn't above straight up murder for his purposes either. It's mentioned at one point he gains no greater joy than in [[EvilTastesGood devouring others.]]
** Fermet, another of the original immortals, was the caretaker of the immortal child Czeslaw Meyer. However, once they were immortal, Fermet revealed his true colors as a vicious sadist who WouldHurtAChild by torturing Czeslaw for years and years, with new, inventive ways, ranging from throwing him into a roaring fireplace, to making him bathe in acid. The excuse was to test the limits of immortality. The truth was simply sadism. [[spoiler:Then we find out that he's the reason why [[ReligionOfEvil SAMPLE]][[note]]a cult whose members tortures children in the hope that the children will receive any pain directed at themselves[[/note]] really spread across the world. He also killed Monica, giving Huey his StartOfDarkness. And to top it off, he sets things up so that Niki, a woman who loved him and who was also a close friend of Huey and Elmer, would be killed[[note]]or horribly scarred, as it turns out[[/note]], and then tells Elmer and Huey that it was their bomb that did it just to see the pain on their faces.]] And why does he do all of this? [[ForTheEvulz Pure sadism. He finds it fun]].
* CrackPairing: The [[https://jgamers.com/store/product.php?productid=31634&cat=137 DS game]] sparked one thanks to a particularly cracky [[MultipleEndings alternate ending]]: [[spoiler:Ladd takes InterplayOfSexAndViolence a little too far and ''proposes'' to Claire. Claire, after the initial WTF, figures "Sure, why not?" Claire and Ladd. ''Married''.]] [[http://community.livejournal.com/baccano/91407.html#cutid1 Ya rly]].
* CrazyAwesome: Damn well half the cast, really.
* CreepyAwesome: Claire ''Rail Tracer'' Stanfield is a standout here. He's probably the best fighter ''and'' the most batshit out-of-his gourd character in the series. Now go look through the character page and consider the full implications of that statement.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: [[spoiler:Claire]] enjoys playing jump rope with the MoralEventHorizon. Fans seem to have settled on him being AxCrazy [[CrazyAwesome Awesome]] for the time being.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The opening piece, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wInHktd7hU Guns & Roses]], is [[CowboyBebop Tank!-level]] in terms of [[AwesomeMusic/{{Anime}} awesome]]. Also the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SI76wS6tlKs Baccano! Theme]].
* DracoInLeatherPants: [[BigBad Fermet]] and [[MadScientist Huey]] are baffling examples; there exist a small but loud fraction of the fanbase who perceive Fermet's [[TortureTechnician abuse]] as his [[{{Yandere}} twisted]] way of showing "love" to [[{{Shotacon}} Czeslaw]] (ignoring the fact that Czes learned a long time ago that Fermet never truly cared about him and [[ForTheEvulz only took enjoyment in seeing him in pain]]), and who insist that Huey is at least a tiny bit regretful about his treatment of his daughters, even though it's made abundantly clear that he doesn't care about either of them, would off them both in a second, and views them as nothing but experiments - ''that failed''.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Granted, there are a lot of [[GushingAboutCharactersYouLike likeable characters]] in this series. Ladd, Claire, and Chick in particular are extremely popular.
** Chane is one for Narita himself. Purportedly, [[spoiler:she was originally slated to die during the events of the Grand Punk Railroad novels. However, he became fond of her, and subsequently spared her.]]
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: You know how members of [[TheMafia the Martillo family]] find much amusement in the fact that Firo manages to remain a virgin into his ''nineties'' ([[spoiler:especially since he's been ''married'' for over twenty years]])? In ''Another Junk Railroad'' featured a conversation between Firo and a concerned Berga that heavily implies that Firo has a ParalyzingFearOfSexuality... because [[spoiler: he was ''[[AttemptedRape almost raped]]'' when he was younger.]]
* GodModeSue: Surprisingly averted with Claire. The writer has stated that the reason he doesn't get his own plot line is because of how easily he could overtake the entire series.
* HilariousInHindsight: After the release of ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'', the English dub gives us Winry and Scar as a couple!
* HollywoodHomely: Nice Holystone. You know those [[GoodScarsEvilScars scars]] and [[EyeScream missing eye]] that are ''[[InformedDeformity supposed]]'' [[InformedDeformity to detract from her appearance? They don't. Not one bit]].
* ItWasHisSled:
** [[spoiler:Claire Stanfield]] is supposed to be a ''secret'' character. The fact that he exists is only the beginning. If you've been reading this page, it's likely you know everything about him at this point.
** [[spoiler: It's also rather telling that in the opening, while every other pivotal character is given a proper introduction, he only gets a "blink and you'll miss it" appearance.]]
* JerkassWoobie: Huey Laforet. While in the present, he's a complete and utter [[TheSociopath sociopath]], [[spoiler:it's revealed that he became this way after he lost everything he cared about, one by one. [[UsedToBeASweetKid He even was a normal kid]] until his entire village was wiped out by fake inquisitors[[note]]actually members of [[ReligionOfEvil SAMPLE]][[/note]] when they all sold each other out, accusing each other of false crime so that the torture they were being subjected to would finally stop. The first one to die being his mother didn't help. Then he finally found someone he could love: his wife Monica. It was only after she was killed by Fermet that he became so cold and uncaring.]] He's not a good person, not by a long shot, but there is a very [[{{Tearjerker}} heartbreaking]] reason for all this.
* LoveToHate: [[AxCrazy Claire Stanfield and Ladd Russo]] are widely loved ''because'' they're crazy psychopaths, not despite it.
* MemeticMolester: Fermet.
* {{Moe}}: Jacuzzi, a cute young man who cries and apologizes a lot, is a total softy, and is very nice to everyone.
* NarmCharm: General consensus is that "Jacuzzi Splot" is simultaneously the [[FailOSuckyname stupidest]] and [[AwesomeMcCoolname most awesome]] name ever.
* NoYay: [[TheWoobie Czeslaw]][=/=][[TortureTechnician Fermet]]. And [[PsychoForHire Ladd]][=/=][[AGodAmI Claire]] depending on how you look at it.
* TheScrappy: [[{{Jerkass}} Dallas]] and [[TheIngenue Eve]]. To be fair though, Dallas at least seems to be intentionally unlikeable.
* SuperlativeDubbing: The English dub's Noo Yawk accents and '30s slang make it a rather more immersive experience.
* UnpopularPopularCharacter: Ladd is not very well liked by most of the cast in Baccano [[AxCrazy for good]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverKill reason]]. Even his own family thinks he's out of his gourd, and they're TheMafia. Most viewers of Baccano though categorize him as CrazyAwesome and [[WordOfGod Narita]] admits that Ladd is his favorite character.
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Resident [[{{Bifauxnen}} Fauxta]], [[spoiler:Ricardo Russo.]] It doesn't help that she's also an [[{{Bokukko}} ore-onna]].
* TheWoobie:
** Czeslaw, when not being a trauma-induced CreepyChild. His horrible past aside, his occasional homicidal tendencies in the name of [[CrazySurvivalist self preservation]] as well as his less than kind disposition at times could make the argument for him being closer to the JerkassWoobie.
** Also, Niki from the light novels.
** Jacuzzi, with his crippling shyness and constant tendency to burst into tears makes him one of the characters that you just want to hug tightly.
** IronWoobie: [[spoiler: Nice after her accident]].
*** And [[spoiler: Firo]] because of the [[spoiler: [[AttemptedRape incident]]]] above.
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