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%%* MagnificentBastard: Izaya, of course.

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** [[{{Troll}} Izaya Orihara]] is an [[KnowledgeBroker information broker]] and one of the most dangerous men in Ikebukuro wanting to declare his "love" for humans by manipulating them [[ItAmusedMe for his own amusement]]. Introducing Masaomi Kida to his follower Saki Mikajima she would have Saki form a romantic relationship with Masaomi while Izaya instigates a gang war between Masaomi’s gang, The Yellow Scarves, and The Blue Square, leaving Masaomi vulnerable, endangering Saki, and dismantling both gangs in the process. Also a member of The Dollars, Izaya has recruited thousands into the Dollars before turning them against their leader by reveal to them his identity, Mikado Ryuugamine, allowing them to reek havoc throughout Ikebukuro. After being stabbed by "Jinnai Yodogiri", Izaya would allow himself to be capture, tricking his captors into revealing information on "Jinnai Yodogiri" before sending his newly formed group to defeat them afterwards. Also holding immense animosity for [[ArchEnemy Shizuo Heiwajima]] for not being able to manipulate him, Izaya has provoke Shizuo constantly, cost him his job, [[FrameUp frames him for murder]], manipulates a girl to kill Shizuo, and tries to kill Shizuo himself. When Shizuo manages to beat
Izaya, he attempt to goad Shizuo to kill him, content that the masses witnessing Shizuo will then view him as a monster.
** [[SexySecretary Kasane Kujiragi]] is a {{Dhampyr}} who uses the name "Jinnai Yodogiri" to [[BigBad orchestrate]] the events
of course.''2x''. After Izaya Orihara ignores her warning to not interfere with her plans she has him stabbed and later interrogated for information, before allowing him to continue manipulating people to keep them distracted from her own scheming. Also a wielder of Saika, Kasane would hand over Saika to Shingen Kishitani having him spread Saika throughout Ikebukuro creating more Saika wielders and expand Saika influence to almost everyone in Ikebukuro giving Kasane complete control over masses minds and the city. She would also posses Shingen’s son Shinra to make Shinra’s LoveInterest Celty Sturluson more vulnerable allowing Kasane to defeat her and give Celty her head to put her under Kasane’s control. Kasane would later save her half-niece, Ruri Hijiribe, from her stalker while taking full blame for the crimes Ruri committed as the Hollywood SerialKiller, so that Ruri can continue living a normal life.


* NameOrderConfusion: Tends to happen with Kida Masaomi/Masaomi Kida - his surname, Kida, is shorter, easier to remember, and more commonly used (both in-universe and in the fandom) than his actual first name, Masaomi. This leads to confusion over which is which.


** Vorona is either loved by fans because she's another {{action girl}} that is a potential love interest for Shizuo or a RelationshipSue that was created to [[ShipSinking sink]] the FanPreferredCouple Shizaya pairing as well as [[RonTheDeathEater a bitch that only wants to kill Shizuo and will break his heart to do so]], [[spoiler: nevermind the fact Izaya actively tries to kill Shizuo late into the light novels and Vorona instead saves Shizuo.]]

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** Vorona is either loved by fans because she's another {{action girl}} that is a potential love interest for Shizuo or a RelationshipSue that was being created to [[ShipSinking sink]] the FanPreferredCouple Shizaya pairing as well as [[RonTheDeathEater a bitch that only wants to kill Shizuo and will break his heart to do so]], [[spoiler: nevermind the fact Izaya actively tries to kill Shizuo late into the light novels and Vorona instead saves Shizuo.]]


** Mairu and Kururi tend to be disliked by some fans for their [[{{Squick}} squicky]] [[{{Twincest}} character traits]] and/or ultimately [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter contributing little to the story]].


** To a lesser extent, Izaya/Namie and Shizuo/Izaya [[ShipToShipCombat have also gotten some of this on forums and blogs]].

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** To a lesser extent, Izaya/Namie and Shizuo/Izaya [[ShipToShipCombat have also gotten some of this on forums and blogs]].blogs.


* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: While the story is still excellent, some of the plots could have been good as their own separate series, such as Celty's quest for her head, the gang war between the Dollars and the Yellow Scarves, and everything with Saika.


* SignatureScene: [[EstablishingSeriesMoment Masaomi giving Mikado a tour of Ikebukuro in the first episode]].

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[[EstablishingSeriesMoment Masaomi giving Mikado a tour of Ikebukuro in the first episode]].episode]].
** Shizuo chucking a vending machine at Izaya.
** Mikado [[spoiler: stabbing Aoba with a pen]].


** Is Aoba a JerkassWoobie, or is he just as much of a sociopath as his brother?



** Aoba. Some viewers hate him because of his manipulation of Mikado, his SmugSnake exterior, and for having a pretty weak FreudianExcuse. However, others think he's adorable and see him as a JerkassWoobie. This is mostly due to the anime [[AdaptationalVillainy making him seem more petty]].

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** Aoba. Is Aoba a JerkassWoobie, or is he just as much of a sociopath as his brother?
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Some viewers hate him because of his manipulation of Mikado, his SmugSnake exterior, and for having a pretty weak FreudianExcuse. However, others think he's adorable and see him as a JerkassWoobie.adorable, in spite or perhaps because of his jerkass tendencies. This is mostly due to the anime [[AdaptationalVillainy making him seem more petty]].


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** In fact, in pretty much all the anime[[spoiler:'s [[SeasonFinale season finales]] Izaya gets some sort of violent retribution; he's stabbed in ''Shou'', thrown against metal in ''Ten'', and beaten bloody by Shizuo throughout the last six or so episodes of ''Ketsu''.]]


** And Akane Awakusu's realization that [[spoiler: all the people she thought she was friends with were just acting like it because they're terrified of her yakuza parents. You really feel her when she starts crying over this]].

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** And Akane Awakusu's realization that [[spoiler: all the people she thought she was friends with were just acting like it because they're terrified of her yakuza parents. You really feel for her when she starts crying over this]].

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* SignatureScene: [[EstablishingSeriesMoment Masaomi giving Mikado a tour of Ikebukuro in the first episode]].

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** And Akane Awakusu's realization that [[spoiler: all the people she thought she was friends with were just acting like it because they're terrified of her yakuza parents. You really feel her when she starts crying over this]].

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* CatharsisFactor: [[spoiler: Simon giving Izaya a much deserved punch in the face and a ReasonYouSuckSpeech at the end of the first series.]]


** [[http://soundcloud.com/durarara/uragiri-no-yuuyake-theatre ''Asahi wa noboru,'' yeah!]]

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** [[http://soundcloud.com/durarara/uragiri-no-yuuyake-theatre ''Asahi Asahi wa noboru,'' noboru, yeah!]]



*** ''Whooooooa, oh, oh, oh!''



** [[http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4873208/durarara_opening_2_complication/ ''Whooooooa, oh, oh oh!'']]



** Drawing versions of the scrolling artwork in the ending with different series' characters is getting rather popular.



** The first ED, Trust Me, has become an art and video meme; people replace the distinctive character chain with characters from other shows.

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** The first ED, Trust Me, has become an art and video meme; people replace the distinctive character chain with characters from other shows.shows or media.


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* NameOrderConfusion: Tends to happen with Kida Masaomi/Masaomi Kida - his surname, Kida, is shorter, easier to remember, and more commonly used (both in-universe and in the fandom) than his actual first name, Masaomi. This leads to confusion over which is which.


* EnsembleDarkHorse: When it comes to a trio that everyone loves to place together to look or be cool, whether it be in videos or fanart, [[LiesDamnedLiesAndStatistics 9 out of 10 times]]--it'll be Izaya, Shizuo and Kida.
** It's gotten to the point where Shizuo is the series' playable representative in ''VideoGame/DengekiBunkoFightingClimax'', with Izaya and Celty as support characters.

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* EnsembleDarkHorse: When it comes to a trio that everyone loves to place together to look or be cool, whether it be in videos or fanart, [[LiesDamnedLiesAndStatistics 9 out of 10 times]]--it'll times]]-- it'll be Izaya, Shizuo and Kida.
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Kida. It's gotten to the point where Shizuo is the series' playable representative also likely that most would replace Kida in ''VideoGame/DengekiBunkoFightingClimax'', that lineup with Izaya and Celty Celty, as support characters.that specific trio ended up as the show's main representatives [[VideoGame/DengekiBunkoFightingClimax in major]] [[VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2 crossover appearances.]]


* EvilIsCool: Oh yes, this definitely applies to Izaya. He might be an unapologetic {{Troll}} who enjoys ruining people's lives ForTheLulz, but he's just so smooth, charming, and brilliant that most fans LoveToHate him, if they don't just love him outright.

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* EvilIsCool: EvilIsCool:
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Oh yes, this definitely applies to Izaya. He might be an unapologetic {{Troll}} who enjoys ruining people's lives ForTheLulz, but he's just so smooth, charming, and brilliant that most fans LoveToHate him, if they don't just love him outright.outright.
** This reason is a part of why people warmed up to [[spoiler:Mikado]]. As he went from [[spoiler:OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent]] to a MemeticBadass VillainProtagonist that stabs people with ball pens.

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