The Dollars is an online group. Anyone is allowed to join, but only through invitations received via email. Although the organization mainly exists online, several groups have taken the name 'Dollars' and used it for their own ends. As such, the Dollars are regarded as a "color gang without a color" and have gained a fierce reputation around Ikebukuro.
The Dollars were originally created by Mikado Ryuugamine and a group of other internet friends as a joke. When new of an unexplained event would air in Ikebukuro, he and his friends, under multiple accounts, would claim it as the work of the Dollars. They created a website for the group to add weight to their story and sent out a small number of invitations. One unidentifiable member, later revealed to be Izaya Orihara, continued sending out invitations long after the original group stopped. As the group began to expand exponentially, all of the original founders became frightened and deserted the project, except for Mikado. As the gang's reputation became more widely known, some people began using their name in order to commit crimes and do wrong. In response, Mikado suggested on the Dollars forum that members started doing good deeds around the city. While he was mocked at first, the idea resonated with a few members and more and more Dollars began to fix whatever the other members did and rumors of their works spread around the internet.
Many members, including Kyouhei Kadota and Ryo Takiguchi, were drawn to the Dollars by their unwillingness to lead a quiet life and the group's promise of no rules, no restrictions, and no chain of command. Many members are curious about the leader of the organization but most are content with the mystery because the leader never hands down orders.
The Dollars made their first public appearance in Ikebukuro when the leader, Mikado Ryuugamine sent out an e-mail with his cell phone to all the members, ordering them to only surround and stare at Namie and her workers. After this incident, rumors about the Dollars increased and the gang became even more famous.
The Dollars became the target of the Yellow Scarves after being thought to be connected with the recent Slasher attacks. The Yellow Scarves' returning leader, Masaomi Kida, blamed the Dollars and The Slasher for the attack on his close friend Anri Sonohara, ordering the members to find as much information as they can. As a result, the Yellow Scarves begin attacking almost anyone on the streets (since the Dollars have no color), brutally beating them and leaving their tag. The Dollars take their first casualty when Ryo Takiguchi, who Mikado knows personally, is hospitalized after being assaulted by the older members of the Yellow Scarves. Members of the Dollars begin to withdraw and become impatient, wondering why the leader has decided to sit back, some even deciding to take their own actions.
The Dollars later heard news about a young Raira student named Anri Sonohara being pursued by Yellow Scarves members. The Dollars decided that they weren't going to sit back and let this happen. Members within the area began aiding Anri in any way they could. Shiri helped by leading her out the back of the Orb Ikebukuro Building. Kaztano made sure she got out the exit, closing the gate behind her. Ryo Takiguchi slowed down Horada, knocking a couple of boxes on him in a store. The Bunny Suited Man gave his costume to Anri in order for her to escape unseen. Simon Brezhnev intimidated pursuing Yellow Scarves. The same Raira student was caught again by Horada and the Yellow Scarves later that same night. This time it was Shizuo Heiwajima who unintentionally came to her rescue, attacking Horada on sight. The Yellow Scarves later attacked another Dollars member, the Bunny Suited Man that aided the Raira student earlier. This resulted in the Dollars leader, Mikado Ryuugamine disbanding the gang, stating "The Dollars will disappear." and closing the BBS on the main site. The members were apparently against this idea and called him irresponsible. The Yellow Scarves committed another attack on the Dollars late that night, this time shooting Shizuo with a firearm, one in the right leg and the other under his left underarm, leaving him laying in the street in the rain and stating that this was the order of Masaomi Kida.
At the end, Mikado thinks that the "Dollars are in town" and post in the web page that the "Dollars exist and will always be there."
The Dollars allows anyone to join if they accept an invitation via email. The person is then given the password to access the group's website. Due to the gang's nature, being colorless and a care-free group, it is impossible to identify on the street and there are few ties between the members in real life, though some do meet up casually.
- Mikado Ryuugamine (Founder)
- Aoba Kuronuma
- Anri Sonohara
- Celty Sturluson
- Shizuo Heiwajima (Resigned)
- Simon Brezhnev
- Izaya Orihara
- Kyouhei Kadota
- Walker Yumasaki
- Erika Karisawa
- Saburo Togusa
- Kisuke Adabashi (Expelled)
- Ryo Takiguchi
- Rio Kamichika
- Isaac Dian
- Miria Harvent
- Shiri: シリ Shiri
- Ryo Takiguchi: タッキー Takkī
- Celty Sturluson: セットン Setton
- Izaya Orihara: 甘楽 Kanra, 功夫太郎 Kufūtarō, クロム Kuromu (Chrome), ナクラ Nakura
- Kaztano: 数多野 Kaztano
- Walker Yumasaki: ウォーカー Wōkā
- Saburo Togusa: レッドカーペット Reddokāpetto (Red Carpet)
- Erika Karisawa: カルアミルク Karuamiruku (Kahlua Milk)
- Kyouhei Kadota: MONTA
- Man in rabbit suit: ラビさん Rabi-san
- Although the gang appears to be named after American currency, the name is actually derived from the Japanese term "dara dara," roughly translating to "useless" and "not doing anything." This is because the gang was created with no purpose in mind, rarely involves itself in any group activities, and its members are "colorless" and "invisible," only identifying themselves as Dollars when specifically asked.
- Some fans have also created their own online Dollars organization, which exactly resembles the original down to its styling, the largest one spreading out internationally. Similarly to the anime, anyone is welcome and their aim is for the betterment of the world. The password is 'baccano,' the title of a previous work in the Naritaverse.
- Dollars board username information is from Durarara no Subete.