Characters: Durarara Main Characters
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"You are not a space alien...right?""The world isn't as cruel as you take it to be."
The main character and resident Dullahan
of Ikebukuro. She used to roam the roads of Ireland, spilling blood on humans and riding down the hills with her headless horse. You know, typical stuff. One day, she awakened to find her head snatched and most of her memories gone. She managed to follow the perpetrator to Ikebukuro where she's still searching for her head to this day.
She lives with Shinra and makes a living by being a "transporter." She communicates with people by her cellphone and is seen riding a black motorcycle, wearing a helmet with kitty ears. She also has the cutest pink pajamas, loves chatting on the internet, and is afraid of space aliens.
Affliated/allied with the Dollars.
- Achilles' Heel: One of the reasons Celty is so intent on recovering her missing head is that she is certain that destroying it is the means of killing her. Naturally, it's not something you want in the hands of someone you don't know, or a Yandere stalker who's had plastic surgery so her face looks like Celty's.
- Action Girl
- Action Girlfriend: To Shinra.
- Adorkable: She has her moments.
- Agent Mulder: Apart from her fear of The Greys (which she's also convinced killed the dinosaurs), she also believes in various 2012 doomsday prophesies, the photon belt, evil tesseracts note , and an impending robot apocalypse.
- Perhaps it comes with being a living urban legend, herself. If she is true, then who knows what else might be!
- Amnesiac Hero
- Bad Liar: Somehow manages this even without the ability to speak.
- Biker Babe
- Butter Face: In a manner of speaking. She is rather self-conscious about the whole having no head thing. Her face is actually quite attractive. It's just separated from her body.
- Casting a Shadow: Her main power.
- Cool Big Sis: Becomes one for Anri after the two bond over their mutual supernaturality. She is also one for Shizuo and later Mikado.
- Cool Bike: It has no headlights, whinnies, and can jump over obstacles! Mind you, it is possessed by the spirit of an undead horse. With it, Celty is very capable of pulling off Implausible Bike Manuvers such as what's shown in episode 1, wherein she smacks a human trafficker in the face with her bike's front tire, then proceeds to smash him up against a pillar in a parking garage with nothing but said tire.
- Cool Helmet: It has cat ears.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: Let's start with the fact that her head and by extension, her mouth, is missing...
- Cross Player: Celty prefers to keep her gender ambiguous on the internet. However, she's not terribly good at it, and both Kanra and Tanaka Taro caught on long ago (which Celty discovers, to her distress, when they both react rather strongly to a comment that she has a male roommate).
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Claimed to be a Dojikko by Shingen, and not without reason, surprisingly. She does tend to get clumsy when she's excited (which usually happens around Shinra).
- Cute Monster Girl: Don't get us wrong, she is a Badass, but Celty is also incredibly friendly, and is afraid of space aliens. Adorable. Her missing head also turns out to be quite cute, especially considering that Dullahans are supposed to have heads with horrible, twisted grins and skin like moldy cheese.
- Dark Is Not Evil: In Celtic mythology, Dullahans act as Psychopomps who douse anyone who gets in their way with blood, marking them as the next one to be yanked to the afterlife by that particular Dullahan. Here, we've got one going around saving kidnap victims.
- Deadpan Snarker/Silent Snarker: Generally snarky, especially when dealing with Shinra. Because of the whole no head thing, she's usually the latter but she presumably would be the former if she got it back.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: She tends to beat on Shinra or wrap him up in her shadows when she's having her tsun-tsun moments, but justified in that Shrina enjoys the abuse and tends to goad her on.
- Easy Amnesia: Due to losing her head.
- Even the Girls Want Her: There are few things more embarrassing than being felt up by your boyfriend's stepmother. Also, Anri says she has a vague attraction to Celty, which persists even after learning about Celty's true gender.
- The Fair Folk: We've got a Dullahan.
- Famous-Named Foreigner: Shares a last name with Icelandic poet and politician Snorri Sturluson. A Celtic faerie running around with an Icelandic last name might seem weird until you consider Izaya's hypothesis that Dullahans have a connection with the Nordic Valkyries. This leads to more questions, as Sturluson means "Son of Sturla". Assuming she was born in Iceland during those times, and that she was female, her last name would be Sturludóttir ("Daughter of Sturla").
- Fiery Redhead
- Freakiness Shame: Celty is understandably ashamed of her lack of a head, but Shinra thinks it's rather sexy.
- Freaky Is Cool: Ends up fangirling Shizuo during his fight against Saika's 'children', much like how Shinra did when he and Shizuo were in highschool.
Celty: He's so strong... No, he's terrifying... No, he's awesome!
- Hammerspace: Apparently one of her abilities; she's pulled a cell phone, a shopping list, a kitchen knife, and a scythe from some kind of smoky darkness she can access.
- Headless Horseman: A more modernized version... that rides a Cool Bike!
- Healing Factor
- Hello, Nurse!: Celty's head and face are so beautiful that it inspires fanatical devotion in at least two men and beguiled awe in the heart of an artist. This is on top of the attention her body gets.
- Heroic BSOD: Celty all but snaps when she finally confronts her "head" (grafted onto the body of Mika Harima) during the Dollars meetup and confirms her greatest fear — that she's never gonna get it back. She only calms down after both the reveal that it isn't actually her head and a big argument with Shinra over where her real head is.
- The Heroine
- House Fey
- Humanoid Abomination: Essentially, although she's a benevolent one.
- I Am What I Am
- Imagination-Based Superpower: Celty's shadow constructs can take on a variety of forms and uses, including a scythe, a helmet, and gloves. Supposedly, her black suit is made out of these shadows too.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: Celty's scythe.
- Innocent Cohabitation: With Shinra. At first.
- Interspecies Romance: With Shinra.
- Leitmotif: She's got a subtle one in the anime, which seems to be built around the tune of "Danny Boy". Its name is Green Memories.
- Losing Your Head: It wasn't connected to begin with, but she still wants to hold it; however it has gone missing.
- Magical Girlfriend: Shinra considers her this for him.
- Married to the Job: Celty spends so much time working that she and Shinra rarely share real quality time together. She even turns him down when he asks her to go out in a date on her rare holidays.
- The Masochism Tango: Has bit of this with Shinra. Lampshaded when Walker concludes that they're both in a mild "Type M" relationship; though it's not abusive. Both of them enjoy messing with each other.
- Mayfly-December Romance: With Shinra.
- Memento Macguffin: Celty's PDA was a White Day gift from Shinra. She reacts rather strongly to having it knocked out of her hands.
- Monster Roommate: To Shinra.
- Motorcycle Fu
- Ms. Fanservice: Living proof that you don't need a head to be sexy.
- Mundane Utility: Turns out that control over darkness and shadow is surprisingly versatile — though Shinra put his foot down at letting her use it for cooking.
- My Horse Is a Motorbike: Her motorcycle is an undead horse that just looks like a motorcycle. Its name is Shooter. She rode a horse in the old days but in modern Japan it merges with a motorcycle to fit in better. Shooter can shift back and forth between horse and motorcycle as it pleases (chariot optional).
- My Suit Is Also Super: Her clothes are made using her ability to manipulate shadows.
- Only Sane Woman: Yes, the only normal person in the major recurring cast is the amnesiac headless psychopomp. Let that sink in for a second.
- Open Secret: Both Tanaka Taro and Kanra caught on to her not-so-ambiguously-gendered chatroom persona pretty early on.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Shizuo.
- Quest for Identity: Her primary motivation. This eventually starts to change when she begins coming to terms with the fact that she's built up enough of an identity over the last twenty years that she doesn't really need her old memories anymore.
- Really 700 Years Old: Celty isn't quite sure how old she is, thanks to the amnesia, but the few fuzzy memories she does retain go back over a hundred years.
- Red-Headed Heroine: She's Celtic.
- Samus Is a Girl: People tend not to immediately recognize that Celty is female. Shinra thinks they're blind.
Shinra: ...Eh, Tom-san, What's with that face? Celty? Yeah, that's her name. She's the Black Rider..."So it's a she?" Shizuo, you didn't tell him that part?...Ehhh? You didn't know Celty was a woman either until recently!? But Shizuo, I can't believe it!
- Security Cling: She runs to hug Shinra after her first scary encounter with the motor cops.
- Shy Finger Twiddling: When Shingen asks her if she's in love with Shinra.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead
- Sinister Scythe: Pulls one out of her neck.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Shinra.
- Sore Loser: She doesn't take it well when she loses in videogames.
- The Speechless: Justified since she doesn't have a head; she can still "talk" by typing out words on a cellphone. From the fourth episode on, she is voiced as a matter of convenience; she's still not actually speaking and is simply typing out whatever she's "saying".
- Spell My Name with an S: Certy/Celty/Selty/Selti/Serti/Ceruti/Ceruty... this still happens after folks have seen the second OP, given that every major character's name is displayed in English text on-screen. It doesn't help that one of the earlier episodes shows a private chatroom with her name spelt as "Selty" despite the fact that Crunchyroll subs it as "Celty."
- Spy Catsuit: Her jumpsuit presents the same effect.
- Strapped to an Operating Table: Celty agrees to be vivisected by Shinra's father, Shingen, in return for a place to stay. Turns out human anaesthetics don't work on Dullahans.
- Talking with Signs: Via her PDA. This serves as her primary means of communication. When this isn't possible, she relies on a Hand Signals.
- Telepathy: She can communicate this way, but without her head she doesn't know how to do it consciously.
- Through His Stomach: She decides to cook something for Shinra to thank him for letting her live with him. It doesn't go as expected when Shinra says he likes her food, but Celty is convinced that she screwed it up and forces him to stop eating.
- Throw It In: Celty's kitty-ear helmet was originally just a joke by Narita, but the character designer liked it too much to not keep it.
- Tsundere: Walker 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. She would count as a Type B Tsundere, for those curious.
- Valkyries: Izaya has a theory that the legend of Dullahans and the legend of Norse Valkyries are based on the same thing; and one can somehow "trigger" Valkyrie Mode and Ragnarok.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: Uses it to store a wad of money from Izaya in episode 4.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: She's started to fall into this after volume 8 of the novel. Shinra getting attacked just happened to have her become very protective of him. Also, in episode 14 she threats Izaya for insulting Shinra.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Celty gets pissed when she discovers that Shinra knew exactly where her head was, but deliberately withheld the information. Even after he explains his actions to her and they get something of a resolution to the argument, Celty punches him into a wall before she lets herself forgive him.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Her fear of aliens and motorcycle cops.
- Woman in Black: Subverted. She goes around in a black jumpsuit, but she's really quite a sweetheart.
- Workaholic: Shizuo implies her to be this in episode 3.
"But at that moment... I felt my body tremble as I sensed that a new world was opening up to me."
A nice newcomer
to Ikebukuro, where he attends Raira Academy with his best friend Masaomi and his crush Anri. Mikado decided to come to Ikebukuro on his own to seek something new from his boring life in the country. Initially, he isn't a very courageous fellow
, but as the story progresses, he learns to become more determined and strong
- Always Save the Girl
- Ambition Is Evil: Judging from his point of view about humans, what he he apparently wants from all of this is power.
- Awakening the Sleeping Giant: Aoba experiences firsthand the fury that Mikado can unleash when he threatened the existence of Dollars and Anri.
Aoba: Orihara Izaya, have you realized this? You and I, we've probably both underestimated Mikado-sempai. Even with what you and I already know about him... it could turn out that sempai... had far from shown us his true character.
- Awesome McCoolname: Basically reads "Emperor of The Dragon Peak" in English. Lampshaded by Walker, who asks if it's a pen name and remarks that it sounds like it was pulled from some manga.
- For comparison, his screenname, Taro Tanaka, is roughly the equivalent of "John Smith" in Japanese.
- Say what?
- Badass: Hell yes. The "Pen-Stabbing Incident" has become nothing short of legendary.
- Badass Adorable: He looks damn cute when screwing with Namie and making the Dollars gang up on her.
- Becoming the Mask
- Beneath the Mask
- Beware the Nice Ones Namie acknowledges this in episode 11:
Namie: You're a much quieter kid than I imagined. Or maybe kids like you are much more dangerous nowadays.
- Break the Cutie: He went through loads and loads of confusion and painful struggles, starting from novel vol. 5 to novel vol. 6. The result of it, as shown in vol.8, is... not nice at all, to say the least.
- Cannot Spit It Out: And when Mikado works up the courage to do so in Episode 12, he finds Kida flirting with Anri and roundkicks him.
- Character Development: Starts off as a meek, shy, and awkward kid who just wants to be awesome until it's revealed that he's actually a very capable guy, as well as the leader of the Dollars. Afterwards, he becomes more and more sure of himself, and he slowly but gradually becomes a power hungry Yandere with little empathy for people who have hurt him or his friends. Aoba outright states that he hasn't even shown his "true colors" yet.
- The Chessmaster: Considering that he sometimes puts himself in his plan, he may even come across as a Magnificent Bastard, though he himself likes to think he's a Guile Hero.
- Basically, by the later books, he starts to act scarily similar to Izaya in his operations... with Tranquil Fury replacing manic laughter, and Lawful replacing Chaotic in alignment (i.e. he manipulates people for a direct purpose only, not screws with them For the Evulz).
- Childhood Friends: With Kida.
- Class Representative
- Conveniently Seated
- Cute and Psycho: Despite his Nice Guy appearance on the outside, Mikado is pretty fucked up.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's an all around nice guy and even a bit shy ... just don't push him too far or threaten Anri's safety.
- Decoy Protagonist: He's not The Protagonist. That's Celty.
- Dissonant Serenity: When Kida finally reunites with him in volume 8, he's smiling peacefully... while splattered in blood◊ and while setting a guy on fire, no less.
- Dogged Nice Guy: A Downplayed one to Anri.
- The Dulcinea Effect: He is compelled to save Anri from the delinquents harassing her.
- Fan Nickname: Mootkado, Moekado and Bosskado also occasionally pop up. And when his character single came up, he was nicknamed Mikadork.
- Foe Yay/Ho Yay: With Aoba in the novel.
- Foreshadowing: It's relatively easy to miss if you don't already know what happens, but the manga puts a lot of emphasis on his suspicious smiles throughout the series.
- Freaky Is Cool
- Heroic BSOD: In episode 22, he disbands Dollars by means of denying access to the site and seems to have become a recluse after seeing the escalating gang violence from the Yellow Scarves in response his scheme to rescue Anri.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Masaomi.
- Hidden Depths: Seems like an ordinary Nice Guy until you piss him off.
- Hopeless Suitor: For Anri. Although judging by the way Saika is starting to react when Anri is around Mikadonote , that may be changing.
- I Just Want to Be Badass
- Played with. As the novels progress, it becomes clear that he was a Badass all along.
- I Just Want to Be Special: More like I Just Want My Life to Be Interesting. And considering that the last Chessmaster/Manipulative Bastard who decided he wanted his life to be "interesting" was Izaya, that's really not a good thingnote . The later novels are starting to show that.
- Imagine Spot: Mikado's 'inner puppet theatre' — the results are quite hilarious.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: A subverted bait-and-switch. They are actually Icy Blue Eyes.
- The Leader: Of the Dollars. He's a type I: Mastermind. Few dollars have any idea he's the one sending orders to their cell phones.
- Meaningful Name: Mikado Ryugamine roughly means "Emperor of the Dragon's Peak."
- Mission Control: For the Dollars.
- Mundane Made Awesome: MOUSE CLICKS OF FIRE!
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: See below. It gets worse in the novels.
- Name That Unfolds Like Lotus Blossom: His name means Emperor of the Dragon's Peak. This is a bit of a Dub-Induced Plot Hole, since its not translated into English, so English viewers are left confused as to why everyone keeps commenting on his name.
- Naïve Newcomer Subverted as he's very much aware of what's going on.
- Neighbourhood Friendly Gangsters: Even with being a major gang ringleader, Mikado is still very much a terribly nice guy who puts others before himself. The Dollars as a whole are also composed of generally decent guys.
- Nice Guy: Subverted in the novel where he's revealed to be a very cold person.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Though not quite in the same way as Shinra.
- Non-Action Guy: Subverted later on in the novel.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: This, ladies and gentlemen, is the boy who weaponized 4chan. Also, ballpoint pen.
- The Pen Is Mightier: Mikado used the ballpoint pen to stab Aoba in the hand.
- Protagonist Journey to Villain
- Shrinking Violet: Subverted in the novel. This is apparently a front that he shows to humanity.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Performed in Episode 11 to Namie, when he reveals he has power in numbers.
- The Stoic: He clearly doesn't like showing his true emotions about a situation.
- Supporting Protagonist
- Tareme Eyes
- This Loser Is You: He does show signs of this in the Anime. Not so much in the light novels.
- ¡Three Amigos!: Mikado, Masaomi, and Anri quickly establish this dynamic.
- Tranquil Fury: Has his moments.
- Actually, since he isn't a kind of person who likes to express their emotions much, his anger always results in this. Yes, even that scene with Namie. The anime altered it a bit in order to make him look like an awfully nice person. In the novel, however...◊
- Two Guys and a Girl: With Kida and Anri.
- Walking Spoiler: Mostly revolving around the fact that he's the leader of the Dollars
- Wham Line: He's the master of them in the series.
- From episode 11. "I have neither the power nor wisdom to oppose a foe who won't listen to reason. You won't even give me time to try. And so... I'll rely on numbers!"
- From the episode before that. "I have all the pawns I need..."
- And from volume six of the novel. "But it's not like Dollars had any rules to begin with, and making any rules now would just make Dollars not Dollars anymore. ......In a world without rules......the only thing you can rely on to have your dreams realized is power."
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: His own impression of his Awesome McCoolname.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: With a tendency to be a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
- Yandere: Towards Kida and Anri. To sum it up, threaten to involve Anri in any danger will result in you getting stabbed with a pen (Aoba learned that firsthand). As of novel 8, being a disruptive element in Ikebukuro at all will get you targeted, in the name of cleaning the neighborhood to make it safe for Kida's return.
"I also... swore to myself I wouldn't go over to that side again."
Mikado's best friend and the one who suggested for Mikado to come to Ikebukuro. Masaomi is an extremely hyper fellow who loves sprinkling English
in his sentences and hitting on older girls
. He claims there is a love triangle between Mikado, Anri, and himself, and he's not above flirting with Anri, much to Mikado's chagrin.
- A Father to His Men: More like "shogun."
- Authority Equals Ass Kicking
- Badass: Hell. Yes. There's a reason he became the leader of the Yellow Scarves, after all.
- Break the Cutie: One name. Izaya. The results weren't pretty. See the main page for details.
- Bromantic Foil: To Mikado. Subverted in the novel where Kida is pretending to be Mikado's foil.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: Not that it stops him from trying.
- Casanova Wannabe
- Childhood Friends: With Mikado.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Death Seeker: Thankfully, he snaps out of this just in time. Anime only, since in the novels he never contemplates it.
- Delinquent Hair: Mikado almost didn't recognize him because of this.
- Distress Ball: A mild example and justified. He was going through a Heroic BSOD when he found out that Mikado was the leader of Dollars and when he decided to kill Horada, he was ready to die. However, he didn't think about being outnumbered 1 to 100+ members of Yellow Scarves despite the fact that he is a One-Man Army and then there was the fact that Horoda had a gun that he didn't know about.
- Fatal Flaw: Kida is very bad with handling shame and guilt. Part of the reason he drops out of school and disappears from Mikado's life is because he can't bear to face him after the whole fiasco with the Yellow Scarves. Izaya is fully aware of this and sometimes rubs salt in the wound by deliberately making plans that Kida could easily foil if he could only own up to his past failings and spit it out.
- Flashback to Catchphrase: Although he doesn't say it often enough for it to be a catchphrase, at one point he says "What's your answer? Three-two-one time's up! I win, you lose!" About twenty episodes later, we see that he learned it from Izumi, the leader of the Blue Squares, when he was torturing Saki. The question was "What bone did we just break?"
- Gratuitous English
- Hands-Off Parenting/Parental Neglect: His parents have an extremely laissez-faire parenting style and don't mind that their son has involved himself with a gang of delinquents or dropped out of high school. Mikado seems very aware of how his parents are, since even as a child, he was wondering how lenient they could be to let Masaomi wander around outside by himself at two a.m. in the night.
- He's Got Legs: Definitely. Just look at his character single album pictures and you'll agree.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Mikado.
- Hidden Depths: Comes off as an idiot at first, but the truth is a lot deeper.
- Large Ham: Sometimes becomes this when explaining the ways of Ikebukuro to Mikado.
- Likes Older Women: Masaomi isn't picky when it comes to age. The Gaiden short story that came with the third DVD shows that he's perfectly happy to flirt with grandmothers.
- My Greatest Failure: Masaomi deeply regrets his forming the Yellow Scarves, especially after his girlfriend Saki was severely injured in a Mob War crossfire.
- Because of this, when Masaomi hears that Anri was attacked by the Slasher, he returns to the Yellow Scarves in order to exact revenge on the Dollars and the Slasher, believing that they are connected. According to Izaya, Masaomi isn't sure if he truly loved Saki because he was too scared to save her — and if you really loved a girl, you'd risk your life to protect her — and now Anri's his chance to find out. But then again, this is Izaya we're talking about. Played straight in the novel where he really did think this.
- Meaningful Name: His name Righteous Vassal works a pair with Mikado's name.
- Minored In Ass Kicking: Masaomi usually does his Obfuscating Stupidity to glaze situations, with a hint of Magnificent Bastard. However... beware the Jimmy Bar.
- Nonuniform Uniform: Wears a hoodie under his school jacket, rather than the required dress shirt and tie.
- No Sense of Personal Space: In regards to Mikado and sometimes Anri.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Apart from formerly leading the Yellow Scarves, he can also deal some serious amounts of damage with a Jimmy Bar. How good is he? He singlehandedly took out several rival gangs during his time in the Yellow Scarves.
- Official Couple: With Saki.
- One-Man Army
- Put on a Bus: Sort of. If there's a second season, odds are he'll still stay communicative with the rest of the group via the chatroom. That said, he probably won't be back in person for most of the next season.
- Real Men Wear Pink: In the special 12.5 episode, he's wearing a pink shirt instead of his usual uniform.
- Spell My Name with an S: Sort of. While the spelling of his name is more or less unequivocal, it's mostly that fans mess up the organization and think that his first name is Kida - probably because it's shorter than Masaomi and sounds more like a first name. His first name is definitely Masaomi, though.
- Stepford Smiler: Masaomi is not naturally that chipper — it's a front he puts up for Mikado's sake.
- ¡Three Amigos!: He, Mikado, and Anri quickly establish this dynamic.
- Tranquil Fury: When he confronts Horada, he does it while acting like his cheerful self, even when talking about intending to kill him. This is in part because Kida sees the moment as a way to make-up for his failure to save Saki, and because he's something of a Death Seeker at the time. That situation as well as the speech he made about the was anime-only, in the novels Kida had not known about Horada trying to take over the Yellow Scarves until he returned to the hideout.
- Tsundere: Subverted. Izaya claims that he's this (Type B) when in the chatroom. Masaomi answers though that he's tsun-tsun-tsun-tsun-dere-tsun-dere-tsun as he continues to spam him. You might interpret this as something else but if you had to work under Izaya you would act this way too.
- Two Guys and a Girl: With Mikado and Anri.
- Walking the Earth: Leaves Ikebukuro due to the trouble with the Yellow Scarves, taking Saki with him.
"Because it's so much easier to live while depending on someone. And I thought that was the only way for me to live."
A shy girl
who goes to Raira Academy with Mikado and Masaomi and eventually befriends them. She is looking for her friend Mika Harima
, who disappeared shortly before the first day of school. In spite of her gradual friendship with Mikado and Masaomi, Anri is very reluctant
to let anyone get close to her.
"Izaya Orihara, the informant, isn't that bad of a guy. But I'm also not kind enough to stop someone who wants to die."
Ikebukuro's mysterious Knowledge Broker
and greatest Troll
. Claims to love all humanity (except Shizuo
) — love which he expresses by fucking with people
at every opportunity he gets. He loves playing mind games and seems to be one step ahead of everybody else at times.
Officially a Wild Card
to all sides of the various factions in universe.
- Anime Accent Absence: Neatly averted. While he speaks grammatically and idiomatically perfect Russian, it's painfully obvious that Hiroshi Kamiya hasn't the least idea in the world how it should sound. His accent is so atrocious that his words don't even register as Russian.
- Arch-Enemy: To Shizuo. He hates Shizuo because his unpredictability and Too Dumb to Fool status makes him a massive thorn in his side and a possible Spanner in the Works for his plans.
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: While Orihara's a pretty common name, his first name isn't. His parents named him as such because they wanted to name him after the Biblical prophet, Isaiah.
- Badass Bookworm
- Badass Longcoat: Izaya seems to be in the habit of wearing a sort of fur-trimmed trench coat in the manga. In the anime, he sticks to a normal parka, although the hood still has a fur fringe.
- Badass Normal: A normal human in terms of physical capabilities, but he is one of the few people who can pick a fight with Shizuo and live to see another day (or at least avoid getting hospitalized). He is also implied to have Super Reflexes judging from his battle with Anri, despite her skillful use of Iaidō to mess with his depth perception.
- Bad Boss: He has Saki and Masaomi working for him. Needless to say, he doesn't treat them very well. Inverted in the case of Namie as he is almost a Benevolent Boss: he pays her a very high salary, keeps her from possible dangers and engages in symbiotic snarking with her.
- It's also worth noting that Namie is the only person he's employed (and one of the very few in the novels) that he has yet to screw with. He's also revealed some "secrets" to her, and he outright states that he wants to keep his leading lady close, so he seems to avoid doing anything that will seriously upset her in the future. Then again, knowing Izaya, there might be an ulterior motive.
- Batman Gambit: Pulls citywide strings by knowing his pawns well enough to predict their actions and responses. Many, many of them at once. He also arguably invokes this trope, since he deliberately makes his plans easy to defeat if the key players would just face their flaws. They don't, his plans go through, and he laughs his ass off.
- Benevolent Boss: To Namie.
- Big Bad: The closest thing the series has to the main villain.
- He's manipulated almost every single character in the series for his own twisted amusement, which arguably makes him the definite Big Bad.
- Big Brother Bully: Izaya's quick to admit that Mairu and Kururi's... more unusual quirks probably came about from growing up with him as an older brother
- Bitch In Sheep's Clothing: He can appear to be a genuinely nice guy, until you realise he's just screwing with you for kicks.
- Even Celty knows there's something not quite right about him in Episode 4:
Izaya: Kudos to you as the deliverer, again. I can get by because you're here, and vice versa.
Celty: I don't want to agree with the vice versa.
Izaya: Come on, don't say that. I'll be counting on you again from now on. I want to get along with you. Forever...
Celty: Is it my imagination that I feel a certain eeriness from you?
Izaya: Whoa! It's definitely your imagination.
- And again, in Episode 12:
Celty: And my daily life came back, too. [sees Izaya] Running into people I'd rather not see, like always...
- Break Them by Talking: This is how he screws with people. His Establishing Character Moment is in the second episode where he goads a girl into comitting suicide. Celty saved her and later asked him why. He just said it was for fun. He does it to Masaomi in the third arc. Also to Anri, in episode 24, as part of stopping her from making him one of Saika's "children". Then two suicidal girls in the novel/manga, and to Earthworm, and Nakura.
- Broken Ace: Intelligent, handsome, agile and also madder than a hatter.
- Calvinball: Izaya plays chess-shogi-reversi-go-cards-alcohol-matches against himself when he's bored. When Namie asks him how to play it he changes the subject.
- The Chessmaster: Izaya is thoroughly amused that you think you're playing chess with him.
- Consummate Liar: If you didn't pay for it, there's a good chance that whatever Izaya tells you is something he just made up. The same probably goes some of the information you did pay for, for that matter. Even he acknowledges this truth.
Izaya: It's kinda scary how much people trust me.
- Deadly Dodging: When he's not running from Shizuo, this is usually how he fights him. Also happens in the first OP when Shizuo chucks a mailbox at him and Izaya dodges in time, causing the water pipe behind him to burst open when the mailbox hits it instead and slam Shizuo into the vending machine behind him from the emerging blast of water.
- Deadpan Snarker: Shows shades of being one in middle school, especially towards Shinra. Occasionally lapses back into this around Shinra and sometimes, Namie.
- Diabolical Mastermind: Manipulates people and supernatural beings just because he can.
- Disproportionate Retribution: The reason for becoming an information broker seems to have started with his past in middle school when a student named Nakura stabbed Shinra who took the knife wound for him. As revenge for the incident, Izaya swears to make Nakura's life miserable for the rest of his life.
- Dissonant Serenity
- Et Tu, Brute?: Subverted. Izaya plans to betray Shinra who is his ONLY friend. All he has to do is bring Celty's head and be next to Celty without showing it and then see if anything will happen. However, knowing that his goal to cause Ragnarok might destroy Shinra's happiness, he has second thoughts and laughs at himself before slamming his fist into a telephone. No one sees his expression and his sisters come around when he's able to put his mask back up but just knowing he has second thoughts and the hint of guilt though...
- Evil Gloating: He hired Namie to serve as his secretary for two reasons: to rub her face in her defeat (he makes her use a punch clock, for crying out loud), and so that he has someone to listen to his genius plans.
- Evil Is Petty: Izaya first shows how far he'll go to troll people by kidnapping a suicidal girl to "prove" that, since she was scared, she's not really suicidally depressed and is just being a whiny Emo Teen (and then he invites her to prove him wrong by showing her a ledge to jump off of and dangling her from it). His second act of vile depravity? Breaking someone's cellphone.
- Evil Laugh
- Evil Plan: Believe it or not there is more to his trolling than For the Evulz (mostly). He wants to use Celty's head to cause Ragnarok so he can be taken away by a Valkyrie and avoid the Cessation of Existence.
- Fan Nickname: Trollzaya. The Japanese fandom nicknames him Uzaya, which is a pun on the word "annoying."
- Faux Affably Evil: He didn't get the name "Trollzaya" for nothing.
- Foe Yay: Shizuo x Izaya — the more they seem to hate each other, the more popular it becomes.
- Shizuo and Izaya hate each other with an obsession so deep and constant... that it mirrors the obsession of any one of the multiple stalkers of the series who profess to be in love. Yes, the comparison does not hold up well.
- He also has moments like this with the girls he almost convinces to commit suicide. After one of them breaks into his hospital room and tries to kill him, he hugs her tightly while thanking her and telling her how much he loves her. Of course, it's plain creepy in context.
- We can also add Earthworm to the list.
- Let's just say he gets this with nearly everyone and leave it at that.
- For (Social) Science: Izaya is what happens when a Mad Scientist discovers that his true calling isn't chemistry or biology, but social psychology.
- For the Evulz: Semi-subverted in the anime only, where Simon implies that this is purely an excuse and Izaya is jealous of Shizuo's influential status.
- Fragile Speedster: May be not so fragile (he can take a direct hit from a trash can, after all) but the main reason he survived so long is his nearly inhuman agility.
- Fur and Loathing
- Gambit Roulette: Sometimes gives his influence more than plausible credit for insufficiently foreshadowed outcomes.
- Giggling Villain
- G.I.R.L.: Disguises himself as such on chatrooms as "Kanra", before he uses a different handle as "Chrome" and drops the G.I.R.L. act.
- A God Am I: Shows shades of this occasionally. Especially noticeable when he sets his chess board on fire.
When I look at it like this, I can't help but feel that I'm just a little bit God-like. And you know what? It feels good
! Three way struggles are fun, 'specially when all three leaders are so closely connected. And God attacks!! [insane giggling
]. [...] Ahahahahah! Look! The pawns burn like garbage!! [begins to toss cards into the fire, each representing a character in the series].
- Green-Eyed Monster: Izaya claims that instead of worry for Shinra during middle school, he was jealous that someone would jump in front of a knife just to impress someone they love.
- It's also speculated one of the reasons he hates Shizuo isn't just because he can't manipulate him very well, but also because people actually like Shizuo instead of him, which makes him insanely jealous.
- Guinea Pig Family: According to Shinra, Izaya had a tendency to do psychological experiments on his sisters that were pretty much indistinguishable from emotional abuse.
- Hate at First Sight: He and Shizuo were instantly at enmity: Shizuo can see through Izaya and see him for what he is and Izaya hates him in return for seeing through his plots despite being Dumb Muscle.
- Humiliation Conga: Vol. 13 as a whole for Izaya is this. First, his plans completely fall apart and everything he's worked towards is for naught. Second, Shizuo manages to finally defeat him completely in combat, leaving him at Shizou's mercy. When he tries to least take solace in his belief that killing him will prove Shizuo is a monster, Shizuo ultimately is stopped from killing him, so he losses that too. Finally, Verona fatally shoots him so he's not spared death either. He only gets away because he's rescued and things leave off with him dying and unlikely to survive his trip elsewhere.
- Hypocritical Humor: Oh, Izaya...we're pretty sure that stomping on a girl's cell phone is a form of bullying.
- Half of the things he does and says fall under this trope, actually.
- Hey, It's That Voice: His voice actor has talked about Valhalla before, and by extension, has probably despaired about it at some point as well.
- Also some Hilarious in Hindsight, as Nozomu in the latter series semi-seriously proposed a lovers' suicide pact with one student and did it to another to scare her out of her stalking (it didn't work), which is an (overly generous) interpretation of Izaya's behavior.
- He also has some similarities with Lelouch as well.
- Insane Troll Logic: His whole plan to cause Ragnarok so he can be taken away by a Valkyrie and avoid the Cessation of Existence quite frankly reeks of this. The only explanation is he's just lying about it all.
- Insult Backfire
Girl: You are the worst kind of human being in this world.
Izaya: And isn't that just splendid?
- Irony: The Jerkass Manipulative Bastard who will make a Suicide Pact For the Lulz... is afraid of death because of the possibility that there's nothing after death. He says he'd rather go to hell or to Ragnarok if he ever died rather than doing nothing.
- He's also on the cover of the Trust Me EP release...yeah, okay.
- It Amused Me: Izaya screws with people — both human and supernatural — For the Lulz.
- It's Personal: It may have started out as Hate at First Sight, but Izaya and Shizuo's enmity had long since passed this territory by the time the series starts.
- Jerkass Dissonance: Naturally, he's the most popular character of the series despite pretty much being /b/ in human form.
- Kick the Dog: His antics are funny until episode 18 where he deliberately put Kida through hell. Double points when you realize that Saki was faking her injuries.
- Also, in middle school, he apparently stabbed Shinra when the latter was trying to befriend him. While Shinra has brushed this event off, it's to be noted that Shinra uses this event to shut him up.
- This becomes subverted later as of volume 9 it reveals that Izaya didn't stab him. Shinra took a knife wound for him instead.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: Or, better yet, use them as an impromptu trampoline!
- Kill It with Fire: What he does to his game board in one of his...less stable moments.
- Knife Nut: A switch-blade to be precise.
- Knowledge Broker
- Lack of Empathy: The way he speaks about his "love of humans" seems to imply that he places himself on a different level than them.
- Subverted in volume 9. The closest he's gotten to showing human emotions is when Shinra got stabbed. He is shown panicking and trying to hide his worry and covers it up with something else.
- Also, the closest thing to a breakdown was him slamming his hand against a telephone pole at the thought of betraying Shinra.
- Lean and Mean: Amazingly, he manages to look skinnier than the rest of the cast.
- Leitmotif: "He's Such a Coward that He Can Laugh"
- Le Parkour: He teaches it to himself to outrun Shizuo. Naturally, Shizuo teaches it to himself to chase Izaya.
- Like an Old Married Couple: While it's never lampshaded, his relationship with Namie fits this trope quite well. He even calls her his House Wife.
- Lonely at the Top: Unsurprisingly, being a gigantic, manipulative asshole tends not to win over a lot of friends. Which is why his only friend is Shinra.
Namie: Would you please refrain from using me to comfort your ego just because everybody in the chatroom but you has friends to eat hotpot with?
- Though it's worth noting that, unlike most examples, he doesn't just sit around and Angst about it. He knows that this is the life he's chosen for himself, and if he ever even mentions his loneliness it's simply a passing comment. It might get him down at times (mainly due to jealousy), but it doesn't really bother him that much.
- While he doesn't angst about it openly, there are hints that his loneliness actually bothers him a lot. After all, he couldn't get over not being invited to hotpot party for 4 volumes and eventually started his own. Not to mention going Yandere for his Only Friend Shinra or hiring Namie, even though earlier he did just fine without having a secretary.
- Loners Are Freaks: Subverted and played straight. In middle school, everyone avoided him because he gave the impression to everyone that he was this type of person. However, the way Izaya puts it, he does seem lonely and grateful that Shinra would talk to him. Of course, he would deny it saying that he only talked to him to "observe" him.
- Love Is a Weakness: He clearly states in volume 9 that he doesn't want to get attached to anyone whether it's friendship or romantic. However, just becoming friends with Shinra though becomes a problem for obvious reasons which the main one is that with someone that makes so many enemies, it would only be natural to get back at him with the only person he cares about.
- Love Makes You Crazy: His grandiose love for the entire human race hasn't exactly made him the most sane of people, but also his feelings towards Shinra. He was the vice president of his elementary school's student council, and in middle school, he was a "model student" who excelled in sports, joined clubs and won awards for his writing and research, but all that changed when Shinra took a knife wound for Izaya. It's pretty much heavily implied that the reason Izaya turned out the way he did was mainly due to that incident.
- Love You and Everybody (Except Shizuo):
Izaya: I love humans! They're so appealing and interesting, I just can't help myself... Don't get me wrong though — I don't actually like you.
- The irony of this is that his opinion of Shinra is completely different from everyone else, and it started out with him being the only annoying human being. In his own words, Shinra is someone that is not on the same scale as his precious humans.
- Made of Iron: He gets hit with a freaking trash can and stands up moments later no worse for wear.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Man Behind the Man: Guess who passed the Dollars website password around Ikebukuro.
- Meaningful Name: Based on the biblical prophet Isaiah. Can also mean "one who watches over the crowd".
- Mysterious Past: Besides claiming he's from a normal family and having two younger sisters, Izaya's backstory remains a mystery. This is not helped by the fact that Izaya is a lying liar who lies, and has been known to just make up personal details for the hell of it
Namie: You said you graduated six or seven years ago...but didn't you also say you were 21 years old?
Izaya: I've been telling people I was 21 for ages - or were you under the impression that I would just feed them my real personal information for free?
- Subverted with volume nine, which is an entire volume on Izaya's past.
- The Nicknamer: Izaya's known for these (he's responsible for both Shizu-chan and Dotachin) — the recipients tend not to like them.
- The former, at least, is subverted. It seems he heard the nickname 'Shizu-chan' before meeting Shizuo or even knowing what his real name was (he even thought he was a girl)
- Noodle Incident: Apparently, the feud between Izaya and Shizuo stems from Izaya falsely accusing Shizuo of some sort of crime.
- Also in middle school. His apparent stabbing Shinra incident. If Shinra brings this up, he freezes instantly. However, you find out that the reason he freezes is that he doesn't want people to know that Shinra protected him and is trying to make it up to him by getting back at the person who stabbed him.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Particularly to Mikado. And suicidal girls, of course.
- The Nothing After Death: This frightens him. This is why he's setting up Ragnarok. Even if he goes to Hel's realm instead of Valhalla for being a non-warrior, it's still existence.
- Only Friend: His only friend is Shinra.
- Pet the Dog: No matter what he says, he generally does care about Shinra. It's evident that the event that Shinra mentioned in middle school weighs on him because just mentioning it shuts him up. There's also the fact that he encouraged Shinra to buy valentine's chocolate for Celty. Of course, the chocolate was sold out so whether or not he was generally caring for Shinra at the moment or if he knew that the chocolate was already gone is up to interpretation.
- And to add to the top he does feel bad about Shinra taking a knife wound for him. It was to the point where he would rather have everyone think that he stabbed Shinra rather than have people think that Shinra would take a knife wound for someone like him. And then he promises Shinra that the man who stabbed him, Nakura will suffer for the rest of his life.
- Poisonous Friend: Towards Shinra. If you even think of hurting him, be prepared to face the consequences. Of course, Ruri's stalker is no exception and ened with two of his legs broken, even though Izaya was still sore about Shinra being uncaring for him to be stabbed not too long ago.
- Psychopathic Manchild: One of the rare Manipulative Bastard versions. It becomes quite obvious as the series progresses that he sees everyone and everything around him as little more than toys to be played with until they break.
Izaya: 'Humans are mine! And I really don't like to share.'
- Psycho Psychologist
- Psychotic Smirk: It speaks volumes about Izaya that he only gets truly frightening when he isn't wearing his trademark rape face.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In many fan drawings and in the novel, he has red eyes.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Shinra's blue — especially in middle school. Additionally, blue to Shizuo's red.
- Renaissance Man: Understands and speaks three languages (Japanese, English, and Russian). He studies Norse and Celtic mythology. He knows parkour and is a good enough street fighter to mess around with Shizuo "God of Destruction in a Bartender Suit" Heiwajima on a regular basis. He dicks around with social psychology, mostly to carry out completely unethical social experiments (will exposing suicidal girls to near death experiments make them more or less likely to kill themselves? Let's find out!). He's set himself up as a very successful Information Broker before even turning twenty three. Not bad for someone who never went to a single class when he was in college.
- Shipper on Deck: Zigzags around this trope. He seems to support Shinra/Celty but around Celty, he tends to mock Shinra to no end to the point where she wraps a shadow around his neck and tells him to stop mocking Shinra. However, it becomes obvious that he does support the two together on Shinra's side at least. He encourages Shinra during a valentine's chapter to go by chocolate because it's the thought that counts. And this is after Shinra goes to Shizuo to complain about Valentine's Day and he shooed him away. His support might have to do with said middle school incident.
- Silent Scapegoat: For Shinra. Despite Shinra taking a knife wound for him, he would rather have people think that he stabbed him instead of Shinra defending someone like him.
- Slasher Smile: And it's not at all terrifying.
- Smart People Play Chess: And smart, crazy people play Chess-Shogi-Reversi-Go-Cards that's on fire.
- Smug Smiler
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Most of his conversations with Namie tend to lapse into this.
- The Sociopath: Fits the trope description (as well as the DSM, for the most part) to a T. Though it becomes Subverted when we delve into his backstory a little. See Lack of Empathy above.
- Also, it should be noted that Izaya's never said he was unable to love, just that he more or less has no interest in forming personal relationships.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Tall, Dark and Snarky
- Technically a Smile: Izaya's constant grin is frequently described as 'mask-like,' or 'a smile that doesn't reach his eyes.' As written in the ninth novel:
It was not even a smile of pleasure - but rather a smile that could be called either eerie or bland, a smile that made the observer think that it only served to conceal his emotions.
- Terms of Endangerment: He calls Shizuo "Shizu-chan". Shizuo absolutely hates it, but Izaya loves to push his Berserk Buttons anyway.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Namie. Particularly evident in the Akane arc.
- Subverted in the 9 novel. It turns out that Izaya didn't deal with Akane personally and just made Nakura pretend to be him.
- Troll: Both in real life and on the internet (where he earns extra points by pulling the GIRL routine on a regular basis).
- Tsurime Eyes
- War for Fun and Profit: Mostly for fun.
- Wicked Cultured: Has a snazzy apartment, is well-read, and speaks fluent Russian note
- Wild Card: He's probably helped out and back stabbed every significant character in the series just For the Lulz... except for Shizuo. With Shizuo, it's clear that all his actions regarding him are driven by pure hatred.
- Wimpification: Almost always when paired with Shizuo in fanon...and even by Narita himself in an April fools story (though they did, um... "switch" roles). Though he tends to avoid this when paired with anybody else. This isn't helped by the anime's portrayal of him, which gives him some random "feminine" qualities.
- Would Hurt a Child: Izaya isn't above manipulating elementary school girls and endangering their lives in the process.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Played straight, but ("I don't like hitting girls... Which is why I instead make it a hobby to stomp on their cellphones!")
- However, he is not above letting others do the beating for him.
- Yandere: For Shinra but not in the romantic sense. He will make sure that the person that hurt Shinra will suffer for the rest of his life. How serious is he? Well, for one thing, ever since that incident, he's been stalking said stabber and setting him up for two huge crimes against criminal organizations that he worked for and then telling him over the phone that these people will come for him. It's to be noted that when something bad happens, Izaya never tells said person that it was his doing but this incident proves that he indeed holds a huge grudge.
He only looks normal.
The young Back-Alley Doctor
of Ikebukuro who lives with Celty. Shinra is... odd. He has a huge love for supernatural events and loves to run his mouth, especially when Celty is involved. He went to high school with Izaya and Shizuo and knows the two very well.
By proxy of Celty, he is affiliated with the Dollars.
- Above Good and Evil: As Izaya describes it, Shinra's in his own little world as long as it concerns Celty and hurting her will make him come back down to earth. Naturally, Izaya is jealous on how Shinra can create his own world.
- Adorkable: Up to Eleven whenever Celty is in the immediate area.
- Agent Scully: To contrast with Celty's Mulder.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: That being said, it's difficult for his arguments to be taken seriously when his roommate/girlfriend is a headless psychopomp.
- Back-Alley Doctor
- Bishōnen: A nerdy one.
- Brains and Bondage: Shinra thinks that Celty's powers would be great for BDSM.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Shinra is a pretty good surgeon (especially considering his age), but he's also pretty weird. For example, he's probably the only Back-Alley Doctor to talk your ear off about White Day while extracting a bullet from your arm.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Not as evident in the current timeline but during middle school student, Izaya thinks he's one. Naturally, this puts him above humanity in Izaya's book.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Twenty years, he's been trying to get with Celty. Twenty years.
- Dressed To Heal: Shinra almost never takes off the labcoat.
- Freaky Is Cool: Shinra makes it known that he thinks Celty is beautiful without a head. Yeah, he's kinda weird.
- He also spent most of gradeschool and high school fanboying Shizuo's crazy rage fits. Shingen did not raise that boy right.
- Friendless Background: Both because most people generally regard him as a freak and because he's largely uninterested in forming friendships with normal people. This has not seemed to have changed in adulthood.
Shiki: I called your friend. The one who isn't Shizuo.
Shinra: You make it sound as if I have no friends besides those two
Shiki: Do you?
- Friend to All Children: Shinra turns out to be inexplicably good with small children, much to everyone's horror.
- Handsome Lech
- Harmful to Minors: Much of Shinra's weirdness can be attributed to Shingen's less than stellar parenting techniques. These included such wonderful ideas as bringing Shinra into the operating room and encouraging him to vivisect a struggling, naked, headless woman at the age of four.
- Horny Scientist: And, unlike most examples, Celty has to live with him. At least he's pretty.
- Hospital Hottie
- House Husband: He and Celty might not be married (yet). But he already is one.
- Hyper Awareness: He catches onto things very easily. A major example during middle school is when he tried to talk to Izaya for the first time. The main reason he asked him to join the two person Biology club only is because Izaya loved humans and he was right on the mark to Izaya's surprise.
- I Just Want to Be Special
- Improbable Age: Shinra started practicing medicine straight out of high school. It's justified in that he's not practicing legally.
- And he started operating (well, vivisecting) at four. Shingen is called Mad Doctor for a reason.
- Innocent Cohabitation: With Celty. Although it wouldn't be so innocent if he had his wish. Which he does.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: Played with. While everyone around him considered Shinra a freak, he didn't bother making friends with people who were considered "normal". As a result, he only befriends Shizuo and Izaya and goes as far as taking a knife wound for Izaya.
- Interspecies Romance: With Celty.
- Iron Buttmonkey: Thanks to his tendency to annoy Celty and Shizuo on a regular basis, Shinra usually finds himself at the end of a Super Strength-backed punch quite often. These do nothing to stop him from getting back up and annoying them again.
- Japanese Pronouns: Shinra's pronoun use is weird in that he'll switch between watashi, boku, and ore completely at random, for no other reason than because he likes to. Celty thinks it's annoying.
- His explanation of this is as follows:
Eh? You want me to "stop switching back and forth between 'boku', 'watashi' and 'ore', pick just one and stick with it"? But I don't want to, Celty. A leopard doesn't want its spots changed. Even if you ask me to change the personality I'm born with, I can't. First-person pronouns are meant to be varied with different conversation partners anyway. The world is filled with all kinds of people. That's why you need to use different pronouns in front of different people......but to me, Celty equals the entire human race, or the entire world. That's right. I have to show every single facet of me in front of you, be it my preferred facade in front of other people or my real self! ......Hmm, where were we?
- Jerkass: In the novels since anime made him much nicer. Shinra isn't nearly half as bad as Izaya but he still has his moments. For example, he openly complains about Shizuo visiting him to treat his injuries or bringing wounded people. Not to mention his treatment of Izaya after the latter got stabbed. And mind you, he considers those two to be his friends.
- Just The Way You Are: Shinra's opinion on the whole deal with Celty's missing head. However, there's the added complication that he's worried that, with her head and memories, she won't be the same Celty he knows and loves — if she doesn't disappear altogether, that is.
- Keet: A milder version, but mostly in his childhood.
- Kid with the Leash: If not for Celty and his father, he is with Izaya of all people.
- Not that he ever actually attempts to control any of them - inhibiting the actions of the last one would be a real help!
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Never, ever takes it off. Even other characters notice.
- Limited Wardrobe: Shizuo finally asks him what the deal with wearing labcoats 24-7 is in Volume 5. Apparently he likes to be the Man in White to Celty's Woman in Black.
- Loners Are Freaks: In middle school, a lot of people kept their distance from him and labeled him as one.
- Love at First Sight: He fell in love with Celty the moment he saw her.
- Love Makes You Crazy: He's willing to do so many things in middle school. He even took a knife wound for Izaya because he thinks that it was heroic and that Celty would notice him more.
- Love Makes You Evil: Has explicitly stated that there is absolutely no line he wouldn't be willing to cross for Celty's sake.
I feel like we hear the phrase "love and justice" a lot, but no one seems to ever mention "love and evil". An evil guys whose love is deeper than the ocean. If the object of affection is narrowed down to Celty, then I am one.
- The difference between him and some of the other characters in the series is that he is fully aware of the morality of any situation (i.e. he would never try to justify himself or blind himself to the truth of what he was doing), and he might even feel bad about it... but that wouldn't stop him if Celty or his relationship with her were on the line (and he is absolutely serious when he says he'll sacrifice himself in that cause as well).
- Made of Iron: Naturally he qualifies if he's able to survive getting punched across the room by Celty and Shizuo. This might have saved him from getting brutally attacked by Ruri's stalker.
- Mad Doctor's Handsome Son: Although he didn't escape being raised by Shingen without a loose screw or two
Celty: I expected Shinra would never grow up to be a decent human being raised by such a parent...And I was right.
- Major Injury Underreaction: When Shinra was stabbed in middle school by a student named Nakura, he's rather calm about it as he tells Izaya to stop the bleeding instead of panicking.
- Man in White: Deliberately invokes it with his ever-present labcoat.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Celty's Masculine Girl.
- The Masochism Tango: With Celty, to a degree.
- Mayfly-December Romance: Since Dullahans are immortal, Celty will likely outlive him.
- The Medic
- Mistaken for Pedophile: Subverted. With Shinra being the very vocal pervert he is, most people tend to assume the worst when it turns out that he's very good with children. Shinra is offended - not because his friends are implying he's a pedophile, but because they're implying that he's attracted to anything other than headless eldritch psychopomps named Celty.
- Morality Pet: He generally falls into the roll for many character particularly Celty, his father and Izaya.
- Special mention for the last one. Izaya will go to huge lengths to make sure that person (Nakura) who stabbed him would regret it for the rest of his life.
- Mr. Exposition: Shinra's usually the one to throw in a hypothesis or two for things like, "How does Celty see and hear without a head?" and, "Just how is Shizuo that stupidly strong, anyways?" Naturally, he's also the only one who ever seems to care about this sort of thing, as demonstrated by Shizuo (attempt at) relaying Shinra's explanation for his Hollywood Healing.
Shizuo: I've destroyed my body countless times, but I just kept getting stronger. Shinra says it's because...You know what, who gives a crap?
- Mr. Fanservice: The only male in the cast that was featured in both Shower Scene and Shirtless Scene.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Perhaps a little more literally than others
Celty: They called me a monster.
Shinra: How rude! I would have used the term "Naughty Lady" myself...
- Non-Action Guy: Naturally, this comes to bite him in the ass. See Shoot the Medic First.
- One Head Taller: Than Celty. A bit more literally than other examples.
- Only Friend: To Izaya.
- Precocious Crush: Shinra says that he's been attracted to Celty since the day that he met her. That would be when he was four.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Izaya's red in middle school.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: At times. Shown prominently in the second OP, and in the flashback when he's about to operate on Mika Harima.
- Self-Proclaimed Love Interest: He has declared himself Celty's fiance most of his life.
Shinra: Shizuo, Celty here is my roommate. Or should I say future wi-AAIIGH!
- Shoot the Medic First: In volume 8 of the novel, it was going in this direction when Ruri's stalker decides to kill him after failing to kill Celty. Luckily, Celty saves him but not before getting critically injured...
- Shower of Awkward: Tries to invoke this to see Celty in the shower and instead ends up seeing his father naked.
- Single-Target Sexuality: A very vocal Celty-sexual. Celty, for her part, is worried that he might be Dullahan-sexual.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Celty, but he actually enjoys it.
- Taking the Bullet: In middle school, it turns out that he took a knife wound for Izaya instead of the assumption that Izaya stabbed him.
- Too Kinky to Torture: If it's done by Celty, it's hot. He also doesn't consider regular asskickings a barrier to his friendship with Shizuo.
- Too Much Information: Usually what gets him in trouble with Celty or Shizuo. Note, it takes supernatural strength to get him to shut up and even that's temporary. You can knock him unconscious mid-sentence; and he'll continue the conversation upon waking up.
Shinra: But it's not like you to act so faint-hearted! I only really like it when you're frail in be—[WHACK!]
- And from the last episode: "I'm going to have to take a shower and change the sheets!" Really, Shinra?
- To be fair though, the Japanese see it as generally "proper" to shower and wash your sheets before before having sex. Coming from Shinra though, it's hilarious either way.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Shizuo are friends for most of their lives, but being a resident motormouth of the series, he tends to prance on Shizuo's many Berserk Buttons as a jolly pony. Which never really bothers either of them.
- Wife Husbandry: Shinra's really hoping a gender-reversed example with Celty. He met her when he was four, and though she didn't exactly raised him, they lived together as he grew up. And it looks like he finally got his wish... er, sort of.
"I hate violence... I'm not lying."
The most fearsome man in Ikebukuro and rage in human form. Shizuo has a hair trigger temper and a tendency to react to anything that sets him off with uncontrollable violence, which is only made worse by the fact that he also has Super Strength
. Expect to see flying vending machines. Wordof God
states that Shizuo is the
strongest character in the entire Durarara!!
When he's not
raging uncontrollably he's... actually, he's a pretty normal - if quiet and socially inexperienced - young man who only wishes to be able to keep control of himself
so he can stop hurting everyone around him. Except for Izaya. He will
hurt Izaya if he can.
Affiliated with the Dollars.
- Adorkable: When not in rage mode he's a friendly and insecure guy. Too bad it doesn't happen too often.
- Always Wanted To Say That: Not the slightest bit threatened by Seiji's You Shall Not Pass behavior, nevertheless decided to roll with it. "Leave him to me and go on ahead! Heh heh."
- Arch-Enemy: To Izaya. It was Hate at First Sight, but the intervening years filled with numerous Noodle Incidents is what really sealed the deal.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Shizuo fires off a few about Seiji's love life when he stabs him with pens.
- Ax-Crazy: You do not want to piss off Shizuo. Simon even describes him as being violence incarnate during a narration.
- Badass: The biggest one in the series. The anime episode which features him is even titled "Badass dude"
- Because You Were Nice to Me: How did Tom get on Shizuo's good side? By showing him some basic human decency.
- Berserk Button: Shizuo has about a million of them, but Izaya's continued existence rises above them all. Others include people making excuses, people being nosy in regards to his brother, and delusions of "true love" (it's not that Shizuo is so cynical, it's that it was one guy thinking an escort girl loved him and Seiji seriously believing his Puppy Love was going to stay afloat).
- The Berserker: Infamous for his wildly destructive rampages.
- Beyond the Impossible: First of all he's super strong in a show that (some elements aside) is pretty realistic. More impossible, he's broken so many bones it's amazing he can even walk. His buddy Shinra, a doctor, stopped trying to figure out how he does it.
- Big Brother Instinct:
- For his genuine little brother; don't ask questions about him and definitely don't insult him.
- Develops this for Akane in the novels.
- He also gets very protective Celty in the anime; wanting to beat the crap out of the Slasher on her behalf.
- Biggus Dickus: Narita's Bacon Lettuce April Fool strongly implies this and this is true in most Shizaya fanfiction.
- Blessed with Suck: Turns out that Super Strength isn't all that fun to grow up with, especially when you don't start off with the relative invulnerability that's assumed to go with it.
- Bishounen: The scout who ended up scouting his little brother Kasuka originally wanted to scout Shizuo. Shizuo himself seems to be completely unaware of it, mainly due to his lack of self-esteem.
- Broken Ace: On the surface, he's a legendary badass who could kick the ass of everyone in Ikebukuro if he wanted to. In truth, he hates his reputation for badassery, is disturbed by his predilection for ultraviolence, is depressed by the problems that haunt him because of the first two items aforementioned, and his fondest wish for his life is I Just Want to Be Normal.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: "Badass Dude" just wants to have friends and stay out of trouble.
- Bullying a Dragon:
- People at Shizuo's high school were not smart but then again they were manipulated into doing so by Izaya.
- A sadly common scene is for him to be accosted by random punks in the street, shortly followed by them emptying their bowels when they realize who he is.
- Came Back Strong: Though he doesn't have to die for it to activate, this is basically his power.
- Character Tics: Shizuo usually snaps a small, thin object (like a pencil or cigarette) in half, drops it on the ground, and crushes it underfoot when he's about to go into an Unstoppable Rage.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: No unconscious limiters + a lifetime of compulsively throwing heavy things at people = Super Strength.
- Clothing Damage: Shizuo can inflict the whole-body version with one punch.
- Curtains Match the Window: Before he dyed his hair blond. Both fan and colored light novel illustrations like giving him gold eyes, thus reasserting the trope.
- Defector from Decadence: Quits being a Dollars member after several of them try to kidnap someone, being disgusted that the group would stoop so low (unbeknownst to him the entire event was orchestrated by none other than Izaya).
- Delinquent Hair: Starting from middle school, he started dying his hair blond as a warning for others not to take him lightly.
- Description Cut: "I hate violence... I'm not lying."
- Destructive Savior: Starts leaning in this direction (as opposed to a mostly directionless Person of Mass Destruction) after encountering Saika.
- Determinator: He's spent years breaking or fracturing every part of his body but despite being a medical impossibility, he's too hardcore to be brought down by something as menial as permanently crippling injury.
- Disproportionate Retribution: His first violent episode involved him picking up a fridge (at age 7) and try to flatten his brother with it because he ate his pudding cup; he admits in retrospect that he went overboard and isn't even sure how he was able to pick the fridge up in the first place. Post-Character Development he starts to tone it down a bit (annoying people are now flicked in the forehead instead of Punched Across the Room), but it's not as much a relief for the victims as one would think.
- Distinguishing Mark: Shizuo dyed his hair in middle school in order to invoke this. Tom suggested that other kids would be less likely to pick fights with him if they knew who to not piss off. It worked up until Izaya got involved.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Shizuo once lightly tapped Shinra on the forehead for calling him stupid. It gave him a concussion.
Shinra: Shizuo, you realize a flick of your finger in my forehead does as much damage as a knee kick from any other person, don't you? Then try to be more careful, please? What, concussion? How long have I been unconscious?
- The Dreaded: Shizuo terrifies about half of Ikebukuro's population simply with his mere presence. The other half typically fails to connect him with his reputation until it's too late (after which they join the first half).
You know, people can die from being gazed at. There has to be at least a 0.0000000000000675% chance. Luckless thug:
How many zeroes was that, you punk? Huh, Mr. Bartender? [Beat] B-Bartender? No way...! Shizuo:
That said, you can't really complain if you die from being beat up, can you?!
- Dumb Muscle: Not outright stupid, but he's definitely not the sharpest tool in the shed.
- Dynamic Entry: Flying vending machines are Shizuo's special way of saying hello.
- Expecting Someone Taller: When reporter Shuji manages to secure an interview with the most terrifying man in Ikebukuro, he's a little shocked that Shizuo meets none of his physical expectations (except, perhaps ironically, in height) and insists that he hates violence. Then Shuji gets the brilliant idea of trying to provoke him into action and namedrops Izaya. His plan works entirely too well. In the anime this scene is altered somewhat with said reporter asking too many questions about Shizuo's brother, the end result is the same.
Shuji: I'm... flying...
- Fan Nickname: The GARtender.
- Fatal Flaw: His severe anger issues, which he acknowledges.
- Feel No Pain: Implied, given his response to grievous bodily harm.
- Finger Poke of Doom:
- Foe Yay: Shizuo x Izaya. This fact is explicitly noted and lampshaded several times in the anime. Mainly only by Erika, who appears to have her fangirl glasses on 24/7. The amount of Foe Yay they get, particularly in the novels, is minimal compared to other examples in this show.
- Freakiness Shame: Not only is Saika's the only declaration of love Shizuo's ever had in his life, but it's for the very reason he's been ostracized and come to hate himself for: his uncontrollable strength and violent temper.
- Freudian Excuse: Inverted. Shizuo notes that, his own rage issues aside, his home life and upbringing were positively idyllic. There was no abuse or trauma, his parents were caring, his little brother was one of the best you can have — heck, he didn't even watch any violent TV... Yet it just makes his problems more troubling for him because it's convinced him that he only has himself to blame.
- Friendless Background: Shizuo's social circle during his adolescence (excepting one year in junior high where Tom befriended him) was restricted to Shinra.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: The God of it. Anything can set Shizuo off. "Getting stabbed with pens" is an exception, oddly enough (though that's because he found the situation very amusing).
- Hate at First Sight: He and Izaya were instantly at enmity: Shizuo can see through Izaya and see him for what he is and Izaya hates him in return for seeing through his plots despite being Dumb Muscle.
- Healing Factor: Shinra has made an offhand comment in volume 4 that Shizuo heals unnaturally fast. Whether or not this is how he survived Horada shooting him is unknown.
- Heroic RROD: Shizuo doesn't have the mental blocks that prevents humans from ripping muscle off bone or breaking bones from overexertion, so he naturally grew up (successfully) recovering from catastrophic injury. By the main narrative he's become strong enough to not hurt himself so easily, and he's grown a preposterously high pain threshold.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Shizuo's issues with anger and being unable to control himself have shot his self-esteem to hell. It's bad enough that when Saika declares its love for him, he responds with confusion — because he can't imagine why someone could love him.
- Heroic Willpower: Saika and her children enter a victim's mind through their pain and fear. Since Shizuo feels no pain and is afraid of nothing besides his own power, he's immune.
- Hero Insurance:
- As it turns out, Shizuo has something akin to literal hero insurance: the company he works for pays for the property damage he causes and docks it from his pay in turn.
- The cops have given up on arresting him.
- Hero with an F in Good: Because of his rage mode, but if he could improve on this, he would be receptive to it.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tom.
- Hey, You!: Shizuo's generally very bad at using honorifics.
- High-Pressure Emotion: Sort of. While his expression doesn't seem to change, he's too red◊ to get away with a Luminescent Blush. Just compare it to the color of his hand.
- Hollywood Healing: Just take a look at his childhood X-rays◊ and marvel at the fact that this man can even walk.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Shizuo eventually develops a Big Brother Instinct/Intergenerational Friendship with a ten-year-old Yakuza Princess named Akane. Given that Shizuo already towers over most people◊, the size difference between the two is large.
- Hypocrisy Nod: Shizuo hates violence. Yes, really. He also hates the fact that he has violent unstoppable rages.
- I Am a Monster: Thinks of himself as such because of his freakish strength and easy to trigger rage.
- I Am Not Pretty: Shizuo is unaware of his own attractiveness.
Tom: You'll find a cute girlfriend sooner or later. You've got a face like your top idol brother's after all.
Shizuo: Do I really?
- I Can Still Fight/Implacable Man: Bullets, extensive surgery, and heavy sedatives will not prevent Shizuo from getting right back up and hunting your ass down.
Shinra: You had two bullets in your body, and considerable muscle damage in your legs and abdomen... so why are you walking around like nothing's happened?
Shizuo: Why? 'Cause I can.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: He'd rather not be super strong and violent.
- Improbable Weapon User: Even though he's used everything including the kitchen sink as a weapon/projectile, Shizuo seems to have a preference for street signs and vending machines, depending on how far away
Izaya the object of his ire is.
- Improvised Weapon: Street signs, chairs, desks, a fridge, a flagpole, soccer goalposts, guardrails, mailboxes, trash cans, vending machines, playground slides, motorcycles, the side door from Togusa's van, a crash barrier, a freeway sign...
- Incoming Ham: IIIIIII-ZAAAAAA-YAAAAA-KUUUUUUUN
- Informed Loner: A mild example but Shizuo likes to complain about his supposed loneliness and even compares himself to Izaya in that matter. In reality he has three friends that care about him (Celty, Tom and Shinra), is on good terms with his brother and possesses a number of acquaintances (Simon, Kadota and his gang and also Orihara twins). While his social life might not be particularly rich, a loner he is not.
- Insane Troll Logic:
- It Was a Gift: 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 Buttons.
- It's Personal: Shizuo's relationship with Izaya did not originally start out as this. It was Hate at First Sight, and the two just couldn't stand each other. It was only in the intervening years after their first meeting and the start of the series did it become personal, with Izaya making Shizuo's life a living hell by sicking nearly ever gang in the city on him and framing him for numerous crimes, and with Shizuo (most of the time unknowingly) screwing up Izaya's plans.
- I Was Just Passing Through: Inverted; he literally was...
Shizuo: [stamps his foot on the ground, bellowing loudly at his phone] DAMMIT! THERE'S TOO MANY MESSAGES!!! IT WON'T STOP BEEPING AND IT'S PISSING ME OFF!! I CAN'T READ THEM FAST ENOUGH! [sees Horada leering at Anri, a nose bleed present on his face] RRRAAGHGHH [screenshot of Horada airborne]
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Shizuo has a soft spot for Celty and his brother Kasuka and anybody who isn't Izaya. Just don't piss him off.
- Nice Guy: When not factoring in the temper, he's not only really nice, he's also insanely insecure. And a bit childish, even!
- Just A Flesh Wound: Silly Horada, bullets can't kill Shizuo.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: Shizuo is nothing if not enthusiastic in protecting his little brother. It's generally a good idea for strangers NOT to ask him about his little brother...
- Large Ham: During his rages he is loud and imposing but otherwise he's calm.
- Lazy Bum: His official character profile lists his only hobby as "basking in the sun", he tells Celty that she "works too hard and needs to relax more", and in his "Special Voice" on the character CD he tells her that his favorite types of days are ones where there's "just nothing to do".
- Leitmotif: "The Legend of the Strongest Man in Ikebukuro"
- Le Parkour: Shizuo teaches it to himself to chase Izaya.
- Lightning Bruiser: Super Strong, Super Tough, and fast and agile enough to swing from building to building.
- Limited Wardrobe: Justified — he does indeed have a closet full of bartender suits. They were a gift from his brother.
- Made of Iron: Shizuo technically doesn't have superpowers. The man gets stabbed in both legs and remarks "Doesn't even hurt." Later, he is shot in the leg and side and thinks he slipped in the rain until he sees the blood. Afterwards he simply walks to Shinra's house, and is still unfazed by his normally life-threatening wounds. Shizuo's apparent superhuman endurance is acknowledged in canon: Shinra hates treating Shizuo, because he never leaves an operation without destroying at least one of his best scalpels in the process. Shizuo's body isn't Made of Iron: it's harder than it.
- Madness Mantra/Survival Mantra: "Kill'em kill'em kill'em kill'em..." This is Inversion of the trope in that it's an active attempt on Shizuo's part to not go into an Unstoppable Rage. In his words:
Shizuo: You know something, Celty? There's power in words. So what I'm doing now is holding myself back with words so I don't start destroying just about everything.
- Major Injury Underreaction:
- Not phased at all at a ballpoint pen piercing straight through the palm of his hand. "Hmm... if I pull it out, it'll bleed. Should I get a bandage? Or maybe superglue?"
- Shizuo was shot twice, one bullet in his leg and one in his stomach, during a scuffle with some Yellow Scarves. He failed to realize he was shot at all until he started slipping in his own blood. Before noticing it, he thought he was on the ground because he tripped on something. His response? "... Ah, I was shot."
- Meaningful Name: Double subverted. The meaning of his name ("Quiet man, peaceful island") is about as far from fitting as one can get. It's also exactly what he wants to be.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: It's been noted that Shizuo's pretty skinny for a guy known to uproot vending machines and overturn cars on a regular basis. His muscle is denser than granite and real life people are limited to using only a third of their true strength and if they do it can injure them severely. Shizuo lacks this limit, hence the childhood spent with broken bones.
- My Greatest Failure: Seriously injuring the very woman he was attempting to save. The novels note that this was not an isolated incident.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Just about any of his fights that don't involve Izaya or Simon.
- Noodle Incident: Shizuo's has a number of these with Izaya, ranging from an off-hand comment about being framed by him to something called the "Real Flesh In The Art Room" incident during their high school days, to being framed for an unspecified crime that causes Shizuo to lose his job as a bartender.
- No Social Skills: A lot of Shizuo's general rudeness (such as forgoing honorifics, not remembering people's names, etc.) isn't because he's a jerk, but because he's never talked to people enough to learn basic social etiquette
- Ooc Is Serious Business: After getting out of jail, he ignores Izaya's presence so that he can keep Vorona from fighting him.
- One-Man Army: What other man can single handedly beat down all but one of the Slashers with his bare hands?
Shizuo: How many are here? ...let's just go with a lot. Yeah...this should be enough. With this, I finally think I can go all-out.
- Perpetual Frowner: Shizuo is almost never seen without his trademark scowl.
- Perpetual Poverty: Thanks to the arrangement mentioned above in Hero Insurance, Shizuo doesn't get a lot of extra funds. He doesn't mind- in fact, he's surprised he's paid at all.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Celty. It helps that they're both seen as 'freaks' due to the Super Strength and headless thing.
- Precocious Crush: Shizuo had his own Precocious Crush on a shopkeeper when he was around ten or so. Then he walked by her store one day and saw a group of thugs assaulting her. She was seriously injured in his resulting violent episode, and Shizuo was too ashamed to see her ever again.
- Punched Across the Room: Shizuo punches a thug so hard the thug's clothes flew off.
- Red Baron: Ikebukuro's God of Destruction (occasionally with the added subtitle of "in a Bartender's Suit").
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red, to Izaya's blue. He's loud and passionate and very angry.
- Reluctant Warrior: Hair-Trigger Temper aside, Shizuo doesn't like fighting.
- Required Secondary Powers: Averted when it turned out that Shizuo didn't build up the requisite physical resistance needed to handle his Super Strength until around high school. Cue the montage of the many fractures he suffered from as a result.
- Running Gag:
- Say My Name: See above.
- Screaming Warrior: Screams accompany any heavy objects he throws at Izaya
- Ship Tease:
- Shooting Superman: As Seiji found out, blood aside but the fact that Seiji managed to damage him at all is impressive. Vorona couldn't penetrate his chest more than half a centimeter with a ballistic knife, and Shinra's destroyed some of his best scalpels operating on him. According to Narita, the pens Seiji used are advertised to hold up against a tank.
- Shrinking Violet: Not to Anri's extent, but when out of rage mode he's rather shy and awkward.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Kasuka who is weaker and meeker and better at interacting with others.
- Slasher Smile: Shizuo is fond of sporting one of these right before he's about to hurt someone.
- Smoking Is Cool: Considering how his power works, it might make him stronger.
- Spanner in the Works: To Izaya. Just how much of one becomes apparent in volumes 5 and 6: Most of Izaya's trolling and screwing over of Shizuo is an effort to keep him out of his real plans. One of these backfires spectacularly when Shizuo demonstrates just a smidgen more self-restraint than he did in a similar past setup and sets of a chain of events that brings Awakusu-kai down on Izaya's head.
- Super Strength: You can tell Shizuo is out and about by the flying vending machines.
- Super Toughness: Technically, you can injure Shizuo — You'll just find it damn near impossible to make a wound any deeper than half a centimeter, and he probably won't feel a thing.
- Sweet Tooth: His bio notes that he has a preference for sweet foods.
- Tame His Anger: His goal is to someday become strong enough to control his anger.
- Too Dumb to Fool: Shizuo is far too simple to be manipulated by Izaya. This is the very reason why Izaya detests Shizuo so much.
Izaya: One second he's dumb as an ox and the next he's sharp as a whip...that's why I hate him so much.
- Too Dumb to Live: Pissing him off is generally considered to be this. The only exception to this is Izaya, mainly because he is one of the few people capable of fighting him without suffering grievous harm, and mainly because he does it so often. Note that this isn't from any lack of trying on Shizuo's part.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Shizuo really likes milk, as Tom found out when he once agreed to buy him dinner. It stems from his Precocious Crush on the shopkeeper he knew as a kid. This can be further seen when Shizuo is at his place angrily mumbling which only serves to anger him even further until Kasuka pulls out a bottle of milk.
- Tranquil Fury: After finding out that Izaya told a little girl that Shizuo was going to kill her family.
Shizuo: Don't worry, Izaya and I are friends. What he told you is a misunderstanding. In fact, I'm going to sort out this misunderstanding right now. (To Tom) If I get convicted for murder tomorrow, tell everyone that I quit yesterday.
- At the end of Volume 12, Izaya finally decides to end his rivalry with Shizuo, with the following attempt nearly killing Vorona. He calls Shizuo to taunt him about it, but his enemy is uncharacteristically silent. After Izaya finally finishes, Shizuo simply tells him "Goodbye," and hangs up. It's noted that Shizuo used abayo, a more cultural version of sayanora which means goodbye... forever. The next volume has Shizuo's Final Battle with Izaya, and not once does he raise his voice.
- Underestimating Badassery: Anyone who doesn't connect him to the "God of Destruction" gives him little respect. Then they're flying through the air and learn their lessons.
- Unwanted Harem: Shizuo seems to attract dangerous females. His harem includes one yandere katana, an underage Yakuza princess and a certain Russian assassin. If Yaoi Fangirls (in and out of universe) are to be believed, Izaya should be added to this list.
- Ultimate Job Security: Lampshaded in a side story. Most people (including and especially Shizuo himself) are surprised that Shizuo hasn't been fired yet.
- The Unsmile: At one point in Vol. 5, Shizuo forgoes his usual Slasher Smile for the most uncharacteristically dorky smile imaginable◊. Shinra has only one thing to say in response.
Shinra: I'm sorry, Celty, but it may turn out that I have to die before you. Here. Now.
- This is the angriest Shizuo has ever been. This is right after Izaya told a little girl that Shizuo was going to kill her family. He's giving this face because he doesn't want to frighten the little girl.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He doesn't know any formal styles of fighting. He sticks with 'rip a lampost out of the ground and swing it.'
- Unstoppable Rage: Often when growing up. At the climax of the Slasher arc, he learns to control it.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Shinra. It's like his relationship with Izaya but with annoyance instead of malice and no flying vending machines.
- Waistcoat of Style: Comes with the job of being a(n ex-)bartender.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Shizuo's spent much of his post-high school life in and out of jobs thanks to his temper. He finally caught a break when Tom (who already knew how to deal with Shizuo for the most part) offered him a job as his bodyguard/debt collector.
- World's Strongest Man: Canon and Word of God contained in Narita Saikyou Q&A confirms that Shizuo is the strongest character in his home series and one of the top five in The Verse. The other four are: Ronnie Schiatto and Claire Stanfield from Baccano! rivaling him at 3rd place; Hawking from Vamp, who is essentially a black hole fond of leaping through the universe; and No.37564 "Mob Combatant" from Hariyama-san, Center of the World, a Mook who went From Nobody to Nightmare, topping all of them simply because Narita made "strongest man in the history of time" the basis for his character.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Previous romantic developments have gone horribly, horribly wrong for just about everyone involved thanks to his temper (see Heartbroken Badass and Precocious Crush). As a result, Shizuo is generally disgusted enough at the thought of violence against women that it's difficult to provoke him into it.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Shizuo has it deeply ingrained into his head that Children Are Innocent. Thus when a small child does something like try to murder him with a heavily modified taser, the event simply doesn't register.
- You Will Be Spared: Found Seiji attacking him amusing enough that he let him off lightly... by headbutting him. This was after he threw him into the side of a truck.
Shizuo: I like you a lot more than Izaya, which is why I'm going to let you off the hook with just this.
- You Won't Like Me When I'm Angry: He doesn't like his own anger, and attributes his problems to his temper and resultant strength.
"If you guys do decide that we're your enemy... if you want a fight, you'll get one."
Leader of a pretty small-time gang consisting of himself, Erika, Walker, and Saburo. Also works as a tile layer.
Formerly affiliated with the defunct Blue Squares, now affiliated with the Dollars.
- Anti-Hero: Despite being a gang leader, none of his actions are villainous, or at least have villainous intentions. In fact, he left his former gang because they wanted him to do things For the Evulz.
- Beautiful All Along: Not that bad-looking without that hat obscuring his eyes. And not frowning.
- Big Damn Heroes: In Episode 24, he and a bunch of his friends infiltrate the Yellow Scarves' hideout and jump in to save Masaomi.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: For Erika, Walker and Saburo (Albeit to a lesser extent for the latter).
- Defector from Decadence: Kadota and his van gang used to be a part of the Blue Square color gang. Then the Blue Squares kidnapped Saki, tortured her, and sent a runner to Kadota to ask him if he wanted to join in on the "fun" they were going to have with her and... well, Kadota suddenly wasn't a member of Blue Squares anymore. Molotov Cocktails were involved.
Kadota: "When you wake up, tell the boss that I quit!" [punches mook in the face]
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Kadota sometimes forgets that Internal Monologues are supposed to be, well, internal.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Usually. Though it's justified in that he always wears a thick hat and tend to keeps his head somewhat low, so it's not like much light would reflect off his eyes.
- Even An Anti Heroic Neighborhood Friendly Gangster Has Standards: He was never really evil to begin with, and hearing that the Blue Squares had kidnapped Saki was when he made his limits clear.
- Hidden Depths: He has quite the singing voice, as demonstrated here.
- Launcher of a Thousand Ships: In-universe, Erika and Walker pair him with everyone they know, including each other.
- The Leader: Type Level Headed in his van gang. He's the only one in that thing with their head on straight.
- Morality Chain: It's thanks to this guy Walker and Erika's sociopathic tendencies tend more towards comedic as opposed to horrifying. On a related note, he has their Undying Loyalty and would do ANYTHING for him, which means everyone in Ikebukuro should be really grateful he's a Nice Guy.
- Neighbourhood Friendly Gangsters
- Nice Hat
- One-Hour Work Week: Works as a tile layer, and like Walker and Erika he has really flexible work hours.
- Only Sane Man: Arguably one of the few mentally and emotionally well-balanced characters in the entire cast. This especially stands out in the van gang, which consists of three manic Otaku - including one Yaoi Fangirl, somebody who will set you on fire if you piss him off, and another guy who REALLY likes his van. Oh, and the first two are also Torture Technicians. Poor Kadota.
- Perpetual Frowner: Considering what Walker, Erika and Togusa are like, can you really blame him?
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right
- Straight Man: To Erika and Walker. And Togusa too, to a lesser extent.
- Tsundere: Walker declares Kyohei one in episode 3.
- When He Smiles: In the second OP. Amazing what a little upturn can do. Or maybe he's just smirking?
Erika Karisawa and Walker Yumasaki
Erika: "A great man once said that the world is a myth. I think he said it, anyway. Even if he didn't, I'm sure someone else said something similar." Walker: "A great man once said that the world is symbolic. I think he said it, anyway. Even if he didn't, I'm sure someone else said something similar."
A pair of hardcore otakus
who hang around with Kyohei and Saburo. There is more to them than meets the eye.
Both affiliates of the Dollars, by proxy of Kadota.
- Beware the Nice Ones/Tranquil Fury: Don't make Walker angry. You may get yourself stabbed in the hand with a pair of chopsticks.
- Bishōnen: When he opens his eyes.
- But Not Too Foreign: It's regularly implied in the Light Novels that Walker is biracial, probably with American or European ancestry.
- Daydream Believer: Walker's a certifiable Otakin.
- Eyes Always Shut: He does open them briefly when he's planning to do something especially devious (like in episode 18 when he sets some Blue Squares on fire), revealing that he possesses gold eyes. Lampshaded here:
Walker: I'd glare at you, but they're closed!
- Gratuitous English: His name, though the books regularly imply that he's probably biracial.
- Hypocritical Humor: Walker may rag on Erika for her excessive Yaoi Fangirl tendencies (particularly her tendency to write her friends into elaborate slash fantasies) but, slash aside, he's just as bad (he once wrote a Kadota/Erika BDSM fic).
Walker: Wait, Karisawa-san, please stop! Why are you fantasizing about Kadota-san and me in a Boys Love relationship!? I've said over and over that people like Karisawa-san are the reason the society has a negative impression of otaku culture in general! 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 ~'...
- Kill It with Fire: Walker sets the Blue Squares leader's van on fire with molotovs when he and the rest of the gang rescue Saki.
- Old Shame: Walker once published a doujin novel sometime ago. He is not happy with it at all. Erika however loves to tease him about it.
"I love you. I love you. I love you."
A cursed katana
with a consciousness that is driven by its desire to love as many humans as possible
. Unfortunately, the only way it can show its love for them is through cutting them
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: The Yellow Scarves' base is a warehouse, with huge metal doors. Saika cut through them like they weren't even there.
- Also, Saika was able to cleave Celty's head from her body when Shingen was wielding it.
- Ancient Artifact: Saika has been recorded to have existed for centuries.
- Assimilation Plot: Saika's ultimate goal is to merge its consciousness with the rest of humanity, en masse. To achieve this, it wants to infect every living human with its curse and fill them with its "loving whispers."
- Ax-Crazy: Potentially does this to anyone who can't control it.
- Badass: Via its various proxies.
- Badass Family: A very, very strange one and only through technicality but the daughter blades have proven very useful. Doubles as a Badass Army.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Actually has pretty decent values, it just doesn't understand why humans might not like being cut and mind controlled.
- Broken Record
- Cool Sword: Or rather, a wickedly sharp katana.
- Empathic Evil Weapon: Saika is a Cursed sword that really likes cutting humans. Luckily, in Anri's hands, it can't act on those urges.
- Face Full Of Demon Sword Wing Wong: "Saika's giving birth. It puts its children into the souls of those it cuts."
- Good Weapon, Evil Weapon: The sword itself is demonic, but its wielder can potentially use its powers for good.
- Hit And Run Poster: The user Saika enters Izaya's chatroom multiple times after it has just attacked someone to spam the words: 'cut', 'love', and especially 'mother' over and over. Later, it changes its tune to Heiwajima Shizuo.
- Hive Mind: Saika's "children".
- Hive Queen: The original sword lets its wielder do this.
- Hypocritical Humor: Saika hates monsters and non-humans of any sort (and Izaya, but most people hate Izaya). Saika is demonic and, nominally, an inanimate object.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Saika really likes strong people, like Shizuo.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Demon yandere katanas that can slice through STEEL DOORS.
- Love Freak: Albeit, a very twisted one.
- Love Makes You Crazy: It can overwhelm the mind of its wielder this way, causing them to become obsessive and violent over whoever they are in love with.
- Love You and Everybody: Although it once loved individual human beings, after many centuries of this it soon began harboring an obsessive love for humanity as a whole. The one exception to its all-encompassing love is Izaya though, who is the first human that has ever repulsed Saika. Non-humans also don't count.
- Madness Mantra: Saika communicates almost exclusively in various Madness Mantras of "I love you."
- Master Swordsman: The sword grants its wielder incredible swordsmanship in exchange for hearing it endlessly talk about its love for humans.
- Mind Rape: Anyone who cannot overcome its possession will succumb to this. It puts a literal twist on this too, considering how it is impregnating human souls with its children.
- Mind Rape Is The Best Solution: Saika sometimes pops in with suggestions for whatever problem Anri has at the moment. The suggested solution is always to let Saika "love" them.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The Slasher.
- One-Gender Race: Saika is referred to as a mother, and all of its children are called "daughters."
- The Power of Love: Subverted by Saika and its children. They constantly claim to be powered by the love that they have for humanity, but their actions are obsessive and violent.
- Psychic Link: The sword communicates to its wielder through their mind, where it talks nonstop about its love for people, how much it wants to cut them all, and to suggest what the wielder ought to let them do (i.e. cut more people). It also does this to anyone who gets cut by it and fears pain.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: An obvious symptom of either possessing the sword or getting possessed by it.
- Sock Puppet: Kanra attempts to ban Saika each time it enters the chatroom to no avail. This is because completely different people (infected by the sword) are logging in each time from different hosts, thus bypassing the IP ban.
- Soul Cutting Blade: Saika can cut human souls with its blade, which is how it takes over their minds.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Shizuo. One of its children can be seen staring fixedly at him◊ from behind at one point.
- Talking Weapon: Loudly. INCESSANTLY. But only to its wielder.
- Troll: How the user Saika is perceived online at first due to its heavy spamming of the same messages on any message board related to Ikebukuro. It is far worse, though.
- The Virus: Saika can take control of any human it has injured, except those who don't fear pain.
- Voice of the Legion: Saika's "voice" sounds like a mass of people speaking all at once, repeating words of love endlessly.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Despite being a non-human itself, Saika despises "monsters" like Celty and reserves its love only to humans.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: When you're a sword, "cut it" becomes your answer to everything.
- Word Salad Philosophy: Saika's explanation for why it loves humans so much quickly devolves into this in the chatroom.
- Yandere: Saika is Yandere for all of humanity, but especially Shizuo. Luckily, its wielder Anri is not.