It started out as a joke. Someone said to his online friends, "Let's start an internet gang and say that it is based out of Ikebukuro. We can set up a fake website and spread rumors about it." And so they did. Whenever anything happened, they would say that they heard from someone else who was in the Dollars that it was the Dollars doing. The website they had set up required a password and thus made it impossible for people to confirm the Dollars existence.
Nevertheless, people began to believe the rumors that were being spread across the net. It got to the point where people were defending the Dollars if someone claimed a rumor to be false - people who were not the original creators.
Of course with a joke like this, things tend to get out of hand. People were starting to do bad things in Ikebukuro, and then saying they were doing the work of the Dollars. All of the creators of the website disappeared - except one.
The final creator unknowingly became the leader of the Dollars. He set up an accessible website, and began to encourage the people who joined it to start doing good things, such as cleaning up trash and graffiti. Gradually the gang began to secretly do this, and then say it was the work of the Dollars.
It was simple enough to join the Dollars. Most of the members claimed to have gotten a weird text message asking if they wanted to join the Dollars. If they agreed, then they received the password to the website. The Dollars accepts all members by invitation.
Being a colorless gang, there are no ties between the members. It is rare for Dollar members to know who is a Dollar and who is not. For this reason, they are pretty much transparent.
The really interesting part is: there are no rules, no orders, and no restrictions. The members are free to do as they please. No one knows the leader, and the leader doesn't know the members, with the exception of online usernames.
At any time or place, anyone could be a Dollar.
Anime to reality
Yup, the Dollars started as an internet gang in the anime 'Durarara!' (or DRRR! for short). DRRR, written by Ryohgo Narita, features the strongest people in Ikebukuro, most of whom were part of the Dollars.
As many fandoms do, the Dollars made their way into reality. Various sites were set up for people to become Dollars in real life, setting up various missions of good doings. A few examples are helping charities, helping senior citizens with chores they can't do themselves, and they even have meet ups for Dollars to volunteer at hospitals and such.
Joining this great network of people is easy. If you know the password to the website, you are a Dollar. As a general rule, if you do something good, tell people you are a Dollar.
Logging into the Dollars webpages
Any site featuring the official login (see the first picture in this hub) will have the same password! Of course, I can't just give it to you. Unlike in the show, in order to get onto the websites you have to watch the anime. This is important not only to get the password, but also to get a better feel of the Dollars. If you watch the anime the password is given.
Below are links to various Dollars websites. (Don't worry, only three of them need the password).
Real "Dollars" websites
- Dollars BBS
I found this site to be the closest replica to the site in the anime. It requires no sign up, it's easy to use, and the chatroom part is simple. This is possibly the best Dollars website out there!
This one requires a signup. It's not a bad site in my opinion, but lacks the same set up as the original site. If you are looking to get more personal with your fellow Dollars, this one would be better to go to.
This is a DRRR-like chatroom. There are chats in many different languages and you can chat with Dollars from all around the world! It's a great international Dollar site.
- The Dollars. (280 users) | Gaia Guilds | Gaia Online
Gaia Guilds: There are no restrictions or rules. You just have to say that you're a part of the Dollars. --- This one is nothing like the Dollars site in the anime, but it's a great group of Dollars. This one is featured as a guild on Gaiaonline.com
The "Dollars" doesn't mean dollars, as in money. It actually comes from the Japanese word 'dara dara', which basically means "to do nothing". The word was then pluralized like it would be in English, but with the Japanese pronunciation - 'darazu'. 'Darazu', with the 'u' being silent, has the same pronunciation as 'Dollars', and thus you have the name of the gang.
Elizabeth on March 14, 2020:
I'm in the dollars too.
dragneel4002 on July 22, 2016:
Im in the dollars and i found the password online and now im in without a invite im suprised it was that easy
nathan on March 02, 2016:
I'm a member since yesterday LOL
scarlett on January 05, 2016:
how do you become a member?
kamria on July 19, 2015:
the dollars its silly but they help im also a member
DRRR is cool on March 26, 2014:
It actually meant in english "Wanderer" they even say it in the anime.
Dollars on January 15, 2014:
Dollars without value, standing alone, but of quantity, we are many.
That's the motto. I'm a member. We're no internet gang. And our site is currently down. We only have one.
Hirasawa on October 08, 2013:
I really don't like the member invite only ones~
Kyou Capps (author) from In your computer, stealing your internet. on September 02, 2013:
It's not difficult, I promise. The password is Baccano. The guy who wrote Durarara!! also wrote Baccano! Happy webbing~
Hirasawa on August 22, 2013:
i really wanna join some of these..but some need a member invite~TT.TT...how am i supposed to find one?TT^TT
Eve on May 03, 2012:
i'm also a part of the dollars they totally rule the internet(^0^) hahahahahaha
Anonymous on February 24, 2012:
the "closest replica" is actually really cool ^ ^ but it would be better if we had to have an invite code1
Kitty on December 16, 2011:
im a member of dollars-group.com and i love it. power to the dollars!! XDD
jusanotherperson on December 06, 2011:
Dollars-group.com is the one i'm a member of, and is a great site! ive never felt so welcome or so (for lack of a better word) loved......honestly this site rocks, and i can npt get enough of it!!
Kyou Capps (author) from In your computer, stealing your internet. on December 06, 2011:
Right? It's really cool some of the ideas that get transferred into real life. Thanks for reading!
AnimeHime2011 from Greensboro, North Carolina on December 06, 2011:
I'm glad that somebody has finally proved that some reality and anime are the same. and this is amazing stuff! i totally can't wait to see more of your hubs and idk why but i didn't expect for nobody to create a Dollars website, i so gotta check this out now :)
Kyou Capps (author) from In your computer, stealing your internet. on November 02, 2011:
Is it? I think it's brilliant. =D
Thank you for reading!
WD Curry 111 from Space Coast on November 02, 2011:
This is a little scary, but what isn't, isn't worth messing with.
Kyou Capps (author) from In your computer, stealing your internet. on September 25, 2011:
Thank you for reading!
elina velly from faisalabad on September 24, 2011:
I appreciate you for sharing such an interesting and nice read.Thanks!
Kyou Capps (author) from In your computer, stealing your internet. on September 22, 2011:
@Albinojo: Haha! I said it was the closest, I never said it was exact. I'll fix this hub soon with an update. Thanks for letting me know!
@Nyan cat: lmao! Darn you! Go back to trolling youtube! ^.^
@Herpderp: Largely because I didn't recognize it as a DRRR fansite. Lol! I can still add it later.
Thanks for reading everyone!
Herpderp on September 21, 2011:
So why isn't Colorless up here? http://thecolorless.net/
Nyan cat on September 21, 2011:
Actually, I hacked their site and decided to put my mighty self on there.
Now it's back to normal.
I will be back... Somehow
Albinojo on September 21, 2011:
Pps. Our site is back and running again like normal. No more nyan cat. XD sorry, haha
Albinojo on September 21, 2011:
Haha, I'm part of the lowest site you listed and actually that was just our admin trolling us...for months. >.>
Ps. How is it "the closest replica" when the original in the anime(if you pay attention) requires both the password AND in invite code, meaning not any person can just become one. You'd have to be invited by an already existing member.(like the site I'm in)
Kyou Capps (author) from In your computer, stealing your internet. on September 19, 2011:
Thanks Rehana! And thanks for reading~
Rehana Stormme on September 17, 2011:
A nice read, Iviskei! Voted up and awesome!
Kyou Capps (author) from In your computer, stealing your internet. on September 07, 2011:
It's a cool anime. Even if they don't find the plot exciting, I'm sure they will love the characters. Thanks for reading!
Allana Calhoun from Chicago, Illinois on September 07, 2011:
Interesting! I shall have to mention this anime to my kids. They love anime and manga