When he was fifteen, Kurosaki's father was swindled out of all his money and, feeling he had no other options, his father murdered his wife, daughter, and then himself.
Six years later, Kurosaki
decides to take his revenge on all swindlers by becoming a Kurosagi (a "black swindler"). Under this guise, he cons other swindlers and returns the ill-gotten money to the innocent victims. However, his mission gets steadily more difficult when a young law student moves into his building and a determined police officer sets his sights on him.
The manga is still ongoing, but it was made into a live-action drama series of the same name in 2006. The drama was popular enough to solicit a movie follow-up in 2008.
Examples of the following tropes:
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- Anti-Hero: Not just Kuro, but Shiriashi as well.
- Arch-Enemy: Mikimoto & Katsuragi are this to Kurosaki.
- A World Half Full: Despite the limits of the law, Tsurara is determined to become a prosecutor
- Best Served Cold
- Big Bad: Katsuragi.
- Big Brother Mentor: Shiriashi tries to be this to Kurosaki. While Kuro outwardly wants nothing to do with it, he does tend to help out regardless.
- Black and Gray Morality
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl
- Bully Hunter
- Byronic Hero: Kurosaki himself.
- Caper Rationalization
- Celibate Hero: Kurosaki
- The Chessmaster
- Cold Reading
- Conflicting Loyalty: Tsurara's belief in the law and her sympathy/love for Kurosaki
- Con Man
- Consummate Professional: Hayase
- The Con Within A Con: Kurosaki's MO
- The Cynic: Kurosaki
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Death by Origin Story: Kurosaki's family
- The Determinator: Definitely Kurosaki and Kashina
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!
- Dirty Business: Kuro does genuinely hate working for Katsuragi. He only endures it because being there is no where else for him to turn.
- Enemy Mine: Kurosagi working with Katsuragi is this.
- The Fixer: Katsuragi
- Forgotten Friend, New Foe
- Gender Flip: Hayase is male in the manga, but female in the drama
- Gold Digger
- Good Is Not Nice: Kashina is a complete Jerkass
- Hero of Another Story: Shiriashi
- I Did What I Had to Do: Why Kuro swindles others as well as works with Katsuragi.
- Inherent in the System
- Interrupted Suicide
- It's Personal: Happens in both adaptions, but with slight changes to the story
- Jerkass: Kashina
- Justice Will Prevail: Or so Tsurara is intent on believing
- Justified Criminal: Kurosaki and the people he helps seem to think so, however Tsurara has a hard time accepting that there is such a thing.
- Kashina as well doesn't believe in it, feeling that being a criminal is never justified.
- Shiriashi towards corrupt corporations.
- Just Like Robin Hood: Although Kurosaki isn't doing it just to help the victims. He also needs a share in order to pay for the information Katsuragi gives him.
- Brought up again when Kuro rationalizes that he isn't a righteous thief because they would give all the money he swindled to the person. He took a cut of the profits.
- Kansas City Shuffle
- Knowledge Broker: One of Katsuragi's functions as a fixer.
- Leave Me Alone
- Literally Loving Thy Neighbor
- Loveable Rogue
- Love Confession
- Love Hurts
- The Mark
- Meaningful Name: The drama's title and his swindler guise is a mixture of the protagonists' name and the japanese word for swindler
- Moral Myopia
- Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: Pretty much the reason why Kurosaki isn't afraid to waltz around telling people he's a professional swindler
- Not So Different: Kurosagi & Shiriashi. It's reason why Shiriashi takes a liking to Kuro, despite Kuro's promises to destroy him.
- Not Your Problem
- Oh Crap: Tends to happen whenenver the mark realizes they're swindled.
- Pater Familicide
- Phony Psychic: Kagami runs this sort of scam. Kurosaki poses as one to create a phony psychic turf war.
- Police Brutality
- Removed from the Picture: Kurosaki's face in his family photo
- The Reveal: Both Kurosaki and Shiraishi have their moments
- Right Under Their Noses: Constantly
- Scam Religion: Kagami's money purifying scam
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism
- Society Is to Blame
- Sole Survivor: Kurosaki
- The Stoic: Katsuragi
- That One Case
- Think Nothing of It: He doesn't do it for your sake
- Through His Stomach: Subverted because although Kurosaki took the meal, he immediately dumped it in the trash without tasting it
- Tin Man: Kurosaki
- Tragic Keepsake: The photo and news article about the Kurosaki family's murders
- Treacherous Advisor: Katsuragi is not strictly anyone's friend
- The Trickster: Kurosaki
- Troubled, but Cute
- The Unfettered: Kashina
- Unwitting Pawn: All of Kurosaki's prey, and even him occasionally
- You Are Not Alone: Said word for word from Tsurara to Kurosaki. Inverted by Kashina, who does tell Kurosaki he is alone.
- You Are What You Hate
- Adaptational Heroism: Katsuragi, sort of. In the manga, he's a cold stoic who is at the top of the swindling world. In the live action drama, while he retains a majority of these qualities, he is softened into a more eccentric & a tad more charismatic old man.
- Adaptational Villainy: Yukari. In the manga, Yukari is Tsurara's loyal friend the entire time and is a more minor character. Here, she gets an Adaptation Personality Change into a Clingy Jealous Girl who progressively becomes more and more unhinged as time goes on.
- A Friend in Need
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Tsurara tearfully pleads with Katsuragi to stop selling Kurosaki information
- All Love Is Unrequited
- Bittersweet Ending
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Kurosaki
- Catch Phrase: "Bang"
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Definitely Yukari
- Darkest Hour: Not only does Mikimoto escape, but Kurosaki also gets arrested
- First Love: Unfortunately for the aspiring prosecutor, her first love is a con artist
- Food Slap
- Forced to Watch: Kurosaki is unable to stop his father from murdering the rest of his family before coming for him
- Gratuitous English
- Guilt Ridden Accomplice: Tsurara's father
- I Know You're Watching Me: Kashina and Kurosaki take turns glaring into Katsuragi's two-way mirror
- Impersonating an Officer: No disguise is off-limits to Kurosaki
- Just Trying to Help: Swindler flyers complete with cute pictures
- Karma Houdini: Mikimoto and Kurosaki when you think about it
- Love Epiphany
- Love Makes You Evil: Yukari
- Love Triangle: Tsurara, Kurosaki, Yukari
- Master of Disguise: Kurosaki
- My God, What Have I Done?: Yukari after tipping the police off about where Kurosaki was headed
- Not Proven: Katsuragi is quite influential
- Poisonous Friend: Yukari
- Pragmatic Adaptation
- Right Through the Wall: Since they're neighbors, Tsurara yells constantly at Kurosaki through the thin walls
- Stalker with a Crush: Yukari edges into this territory
- Tears of Remorse
- You Are Not Ready: Katsuragi's stated reason for refusing to give Kurosaki the info he actually wants
- Wig, Dress, Accent
- Cruel to Be Kind
- Downer Ending: The first Kurosagi manga ends with Kuro failing to avenge his family when he confronts Mikimoto. Mikimoto ultimately finds a lawful loophole to protect himself with, which leads to Kashina for once being pissed off with something in the law & disgusted with himself for protecting the guy. After that, Kuro losses it. He goes about destroying all the information files he acquired on Mikimoto while laughing then contemplates killing Katsuragi by getting a gun and shooting him in the head, knowing it would result in himself getting killed too. He ultimately decides against it though. It's all capped off with him returning home, Tsurara asks him how things went, he snaps at her first telling her to just get one of her lectures about why what he does is wrong, she hugs him instead, he then just starts breaking down crying on her shoulder.
- Driven to Suicide: Mikimoto in Shin Kurosagi.
- Fake-Out Make-Out: Kuro forces Tsurara to do this with him to avoid his face being seen.
- Exposition Diagram
- Implied Death Threat
- Meet Cute: "You're stepping on my money"
- Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Kurosaki's only form of disguise in the manga. Though in the drama he's a little more creative
- Trademark Favorite Food: Kurosaki is constantly sucking on a lollipop
- Undercover as Lovers: Kuro tricks Tsurara into doing this by playing on her legitimate feelings and her not realizing the truth until later on. She is understandably pissed about this.
- Wham Episode: Mikimoto committing suicide, bringing Kuro's revenge against him to an end.
- Kurosagi quits working for Katsuragi at the end of Shin Kurosagi, turning him into an adversary. This leads to Kuro moving out of his apartment, going into hiding, and being more covert about his location as he's being hunted down by a hitman.