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The ending of Death Note left a big effect on everyone that watched it, but some content released after lead fans to make a theory about Light’s fate. some fans speculate that when Light died, instead of going to Heaven or Hell, he became a Shinigami.

This is a pretty wild Death Note Theory, but there does seem to be a decent amount of evidence behind this one.

Contextual Clues

The fans who like this theory state that Light became this specific unnamed Shinigami (pictured below) who appeared in Death Note Relight 1: Visions of a God, asking Ryuk about the Human world.

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This movie takes place some undetermined amount of time after the series’ conclusion.

There are a few rules about the world in Death Note that provide some proof for this theory. First being that it is stated in the rules of the Death Note that users of it will never be able to reach the afterlife. This could imply that they either go into nothingness or perhaps get reincarnated and used for another purpose.

There is also the fact that Shinigami can die, meaning that there has to be some way to make sure new ones are created. We never get an explanation of where the Shinigami come from or how they are created in the show, so this might be an explanation.

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There is also a scene in the second opening to the series where you can see light standing in what appears to be the Shinigami realm, possibly foreshadowing his reincarnation.

There is a bit of dialogue that can act as confirmation for the fans as well. At the end of the film where this unnamed Shinigami is shown, he leaves Ryuk’s tower and as he is walking away Ryuk says “Wouldn’t you agree, Light!?”

Some fans take this as Ryuk just saying it out of nostalgia for his time on earth, as they were talking about Light before the unnamed Shinigami left. Others say that this is Ryuk saying that he knows this Shinigami is light reincarnated.

Thematic Clues

There are some thematic elements as well that might play into this Death Note Theory. Light saw himself as a god in the show and wanted to reign over “his world” for a long time.

If Light became a Shinigami as opposed to going to the afterlife, this could be him in a way truly becoming a god, as Shinigami are the literal gods of death.

Appearance Comparisons

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The final thing were going to talk about in this Death Note Theory is the appearance comparison.

Firstly the two share a very similar facial structure and hair color when seen side by side.

The unnamed Shinigami also has a much more humanoid design than other Shinigami, having normal human proportions and no real drastic difference from the normal human body like other Shinigami, such as wings.

The unnamed Shinigami also has red eyes something that we saw Light have throughout the show. These were obviously only filters and were shown to tell us that this was Light’s inner monologue, but this was his true self and now that he is reincarnated, they become his normal eyes that everyone sees. Of course for that, there is the argument that Shinigami’s eyes are red on humans and now that Light is reincarnated, he gets red Shinigami eyes.

The unnamed Shinigami also wears human clothes that seem to be in a similar style to Light’s. considering how most Shinigami tend to not wear clothes and are instead covered in bandages or something else this is pretty significant.

Let us know what you think about this Death Note Theory in the comments!

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'How did you know Gevanni's full name, Light?' Ryuk asked. 'I got to see his full name when Near first showed the names written by Mikami in the fake Death Note to me...' Light replied. 'Also, you aren't the Shinigami King until you wear the crown...' Ryuk said, pointing at a glowing crown... Light smiled as he wore it. 'I look stupid in this...' he said. 'But it gives you powers such as getting infinite death notes and also changing yourself to anybody you want in appearance...' That sentence struck Kira.... 'What?' he asked 'I can change into anybody?' 'Yeah...' Ryuk said 'But the only down side is that your voice will still remain the same...' 'Ughh, then what's the point...' Light said 'Nevermind, I will make use of it anyways and change back into my human form... I don't want to look like a Shinigami... They are ugly looking creatures...' 'Hey, that's rude!' Ryuk said. 'Like I care...' Kira replied as he transformed back into his human self... Light Yagami... 'Now I even have Shinigami eyes... Ha....' Light chuckled. 'You should have got them from the beginning....' Ryuk said. 'Nope...' Light replied 'The deal was too expensive...' Ryuk rolled his eyes....

Suddenly Stephen Gevanni clenched to his heart and fell to the ground. The other people of SPN (Special Provision of Near) looked at him, horrified. They quickly called Near... Near came in the room just to see Gevanni's body lying on the ground, dead.... 'Cause of death?' he asked. 'Heart attack!' Anthony said. Suddenly he clenched his heart and collapsed right in front of Near... Suddenly Halle died of a heart attack too... Near narrowed his eyes... 'What?' he thought. 

'Ahhhh, what was Near's nameeee!' Light yelled 'He taunted me so much with the names "N" and "Near" that I have forgotten his actual nameeee! GAHHHHHHH! NEAAAR!' 'Calm down....' Ryuk said. 

'Okay then, I will go to the Human World myself to kill him!' Light yelled. 'Oooh, nice, interesting things will now begin!' Ryuk said with a grin... 

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List of Death Note characters

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The manga series Death Note features an extensive cast of fictional characters designed by Takeshi Obata with their storylines created by Tsugumi Ohba.[1] The story follows the novel of a character named Light Yagami, who uses the notebook he found in order to cleanse the world of those humans which he deemed unfit for society. A team of professional investigators set out to find out the mysterious killer and arrest him, and thus many other characters are introduced until Light is eventually caught.

In the fictional stories featured in the Death Note universe, Tsugumi Ohba, the story writer, created characters that lived in a world featuring a notebook in which names written on it would lead to the ones named to die, typically the cause of death being a heart attack when otherwise not specified. Ohba chose names for his characters in a way that, as he described, "seemed real but could not exist in the real world", due to the fact that most of the characters were criminals or victims. Light Yagami, the main character, is depicted as the deadliest of them.[1] Some character details differ between the manga and its anime, live-action film and drama adaptations.


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Main characters[edit]

Light Yagami[edit]

Main article: Light Yagami

Light Yagami (夜神 月, Yagami Raito)

Light Yagami (夜神月, Yagami Raito) is the main protagonist of the Death Note series. After discovering the Death Note, he decides to use it to rid the world of criminals. His killings are eventually labelled by people of Japan as the work of "Kira."


Main article: L (Death Note)

L Lawliet (L・ローライト, Eru Rōraito)

L Lawliet, known solely as L, is the world's greatest detective and one of the main antagonists in the Death Note. He takes on the task of tracking down and arresting Kira. He only ever wears shoes in public, just to take them off as soon as he sits down. His disheveled appearance and constant playing with his food, which usually consists of candy or fruit, causes people to doubt his position as L. He lives in solitude, and only his manager Watari is able to contact him directly. L suspects that Light is Kira almost from the beginning, but cannot confirm his suspicions (although they are right), due to his death.


Main article: Ryuk (Death Note)

Ryuk (リューク, Ryūku)

Ryuk is a bored Shinigami that drops a Death Note, a notebook that allows the one in its possession to kill anyone simply by knowing their name and face, into the human world in order to have fun. It is picked up by Light Yagami, a young genius who uses it in an attempt to create and rule a world "cleansed of evil" as "God".

Misa Amane[edit]

Main article: Misa Amane

Misa Amane (弥 海砂, Amane Misa)

Misa Amane is a popular Japanese idol, who is known for her Gothic-style of dress, hyperactive personality and devotion to Light, falling in love with him after he kills her parents' murderer. As a Death Note owner and the second Kira, she has the Shinigami Eyes, which allow her to see nearly everyone's name and lifespan. However, she cannot see the lifespans of Death Note owners. As part of her career as an idol, she performs numerous jobs such as acting, singing and modeling.


Near (ニア, Nia)

Near, whose real name is Nate River, is the young detective who succeeds L by default. He is the head of an organization created to catch Kira, the SPK (Special Provision for Kira). A placid character with a sharp tongue, he has white hair and wears pale clothes. He constantly plays with toys, building towers of dice and playing cards, and illustrating his exposition with small finger puppets and Legominifigs. He is seen completing blank puzzles, which emphasizes his problem-solving skills. He was the person who succeeded identifying and capturing Light as Kira.

Near appears in L: Change the World, a spin-off film that details the final 23 days of L's life before his death in Death Note 2: The Last Name. Unlike in the manga, Near was a Thai boy who resided in a village in the rural areas of Thailand. He was also shown to be gifted in mathematics. At the beginning of the film, the village Near lives in was struck and destroyed by a virus that infects all the villagers, all except Near, who was the sole villager who did not get infected. F, an associate of L and Watari, had found the boy and brought him to safety before his death. Given that there was no mention of Near's family or parents, it is possible that they died due to the virus or from other causes prior to the film, effectively making Near an orphan.

Near, who was not named throughout the film, wandered around for days before reaching a market where he managed to use a phone to contact L and was brought to Japan. He was found to be not infected from various tests conducted, and later brought to L's headquarters. In the course of the film, Near spoke only Thai and English, otherwise, he rarely speaks, reflecting an introverted personality. He also did not display a habit of using finger puppets or any other habits compared to his manga counterpart; his hair was black in the film instead of white.

Near joined L and a 10-year-old schoolgirl, Maki Nikaido, in their escape from a terrorist group who was the one that created the virus which killed Near's fellow villagers and friends back from Thailand. He formed a bond with both Maki and L throughout their escape. Near played an important role in the process to create the antidote, as he was the one who solved a mathematical question left behind by Maki's father, and the answer turned out to be a crucial clue to making the antidote. His supposed immunity to the virus also contributed to the antidote-making process by him providing his blood and thus leading to a positive outcome. As a result of Near's actions, he indirectly saved all the plane passengers infected by the virus in the climax of the film, and Maki as well. In the final scenes of the film, L brought the boy to the orphanage he grew up in, where L gifted him a robot and named him "Near". It would be the last time Near would see L alive before L's death. It is not known how Near reacts to L's death or what is his eventual fate, since he did not make any further appearances in the subsequent sequels of the live-action Death Note Japanese film series. Despite being named Near, the character was credited as "BOY" in the film's ending credits. Similarly, there was nothing known about Near's birth name in the film.

In the anime adaptation, Near is voiced by Noriko Hidaka in Japanese and by Cathy Weseluck in the English version. He is portrayed by Narushi Fukuda in L: Change the World and by Mio Yūki in the television drama.

Tsugumi Ohba, writer of Death Note, said that he introduced Near and Mello together because L individually could not defeat Kira. Ohba felt that introducing one character individually would produce a "repeat" of the struggle between Light and L, so he instead wanted a story involving three combatants fighting each other. Ohba said that he let Obata create the character designs and asked him to make both characters look "a little "L-ish". Ohba said that he "wavered" in their ages and considered making the characters the sons of L. Ohba added that he did not initially develop their personalities as he wanted to "reveal" them through their actions.[2]

Ohba said that he gave Near a hobby of playing with toys and stacking "things" as a development from L's hobby of stacking sugar cubes and little food cups. Ohba included the match and the dice towers in his thumbnails. Ohba said that he thought about Obata encountering difficulty in drawing the dice towers and felt surprised when he saw the dice towers in the final work.[3]

The given name "Nate River" comes from the words "natural" and "river", to symbolize that Near's talents flow from L, thus making Near the natural successor to L. The name is supposed to show that Near is a "natural genius blessed from above".[4]

Takeshi Obata, artist of Death Note, said that, since Ohba wanted to "include a little L" in Near and Mello, he tried to keep "the weirdness and the panda eyes". Obata added that since L was an important character he felt that he made Near and Mello looks too much like L. He described the character designs as "a major struggle". Obata said that, when he first heard about Near and Mello, he assumed that Near and Mello would join as a team and work together, so he envisioned the two as twins when he created the character designs.[5] Obata stated that he originally thought about creating Near as "a bit more mature mentally". Obata said that he created a "cooler looking version of L" design and considered using a younger version of that design. Another design Obata created for L included a "really innocent and cheerful character" and he felt that the design could work for Near; he said that he "quickly abandoned" the idea.[6]

Obata said that when he first saw Near he "didn't even know what the heck he was wearing". He said that "it was tough" drawing Near's clothes as he did not understand the assembly of his clothes. Obata said that he settled for pyjamas and "things got a lot easier".[6]

Ohba said that Near "becomes less likable" as the story advances, citing Near's plan to take the notebook at an earlier point in the story. Ohba said that a negative reaction originated from the loss of L and "the difference in their attitudes" and that people may have viewed Near as "a cheat". Ohba added that Near's "cheeky behavior", intended to "reinforce his childishness", had been construed as "annoying".[7]

In the final chapter Near brings finger puppets to the Yellow Box Warehouse. Obata said that Near first bought the Kira finger puppet and drew on it with a magic marker. Obata then said that Near must have created the other puppets afterward. Obata views Near as not liking L much so Obata had Near depicted L as "ugly", and that Near "worked hard" on Mello's puppet as Near "liked Mello".[7]

Obata said he enjoyed drawing Near and that Near is also one of his favorite and his least favorite characters,[7] considering him to be the smartest character in the manga "because he cheats".[8]

When asked about which character was most similar to himself, Ohba indicated Near and "maybe Light". Regarding Near, Ohba said that he does not leave his house often.[9]

Obata added that the designs for the characters became switched at the design phase; the final Mello had Near's design and vice versa. Obata said that when he created a depiction of the designs his editor wrote the wrong names accompanying the designs; then when Obata received approval he could not say that the labels were incorrect. Obata said that, for him, Near was "eviler". He felt that "it's better" that the switch occurred.[6]

Obata stated that as he drew Near the concept of his immaturity became "stronger and stronger" as he believes that such traits are best revealed "gradually". Obata cited the fact that in the beginning Near's sole toy consisted of darts.[10] He felt he could express "negative" parts of Near with the puppets. Ohba added that one could see "his dark side in his kind of puppets he used".[7]

Briana Lawrence of Anime News Network explained that many fans feel Death Note went downhill after the defeat of L. She wrote that the introduction of Near and Mello as L's protégés was an interesting idea at first, but they would have been much better characters if they had been treated as individuals and not as two different halves of L. "Every volume always had to point out the fact that Light was still battling L through Near and Mello, but if Light has defeated L already why do we want to watch him battle L all over again?"[11]


Main article: Mello (Death Note)

Mello (メロ, Mero)

Mello, whose real name is Mihael Keehl, grows up in competition with Near to succeed L. After L's death, however, he concedes the position to Near and leaves to hunt Kira through criminal means, eventually joining the American Mafia. His obsession with surpassing Near serves as the primary motivation for many of his actions. He has blond hair, dresses extravagantly, and is rarely seen without a bar of chocolate.[12][13]

Teru Mikami[edit]

Teru Mikami's physical appearance was modeled on Taro Kagami from the pilot chapter, although Teru's hair becomes more disheveled as he loses his sanity.
Teru Mikami (魅上 照, Mikami Teru)
Voiced by: Masaya Matsukaze (Japanese); Kirby Morrow (English)

Teru Mikami is a criminal prosecutor, a fanatical supporter of Kira, and the fourth Kira. When Light needs a new Kira proxy to hide his identity, Mikami is selected as the new Kira by Light, purely based on his intuition.[14] Since childhood, Mikami has had a strong sense of justice, but his views have become warped due to years of bullying and trauma.[15] Mikami wishes to punish those he considers to be evil (which, to Light's dismay, includes unproductive people and reformed criminals) and worships Kira as a god. Mikami mutters the word "delete" (削除, sakujo) repeatedly to himself while writing in the Death Note, which Tsugumi Ohba felt made him more interesting.[16]

Mikami was introduced into the story to take Misa's role as Kira. After struggling to create Mikami, Ohba created Mikami's backstory in order to establish Mikami and Light as "equals" and that Mikami is "special in some way." Mikami is the only character to receive a chapter dedicated to his past, and Ohba was reluctant to create the flashback because he personally does not like creating them.[17] Though he usually did not add detail about "Kira worshippers", he decided to pay special attention to Mikami's first appearance. He wanted to have Mikami be both smart and dangerous, and have a hatred for societal evil, which he transferred into Mikami's role as a prosecutor. He wanted it to be clear that Mikami was evil, but, at the same time, he did not want to focus on the aspects of right and wrong.[16] Ohba's second favorite human character in the series was Mikami as Ohba believed that Mikami was the second "strongest" character in the series "besides Light."[18]

Ohba has no visual preferences and therefore let Obata create the visual aspects.[18] Obata based Mikami's design on Taro Kagami, the main character in the pilot chapter of the series. He was told that Mikami was supposed to be a "stoic character like Light" while not knowing that Mikami was a prosecutor and a follower of Kira. As the series progressed, Obata drew Mikami as an "insane fanatic." Obata said that he gave Mikami glasses since "glasses are in these days." Obata added that "things were a little haphazard at this point..."

At the end of the series, Mikami is captured by Near's team at the Yellow Box warehouse. While Mikami dies in prison after going insane in the manga, he commits suicide by stabbing himself with his pen in the anime. Matsuda believes that Near wrote in the Death Note to manipulate and restrict Mikami's actions.[19] Ohba stated that he leaves it up to the readers to decide if his theory is true.[20] In the second Death Note rewrite special, Mikami is the one to kill the SPK (after Light blackmails the US President to leak information about the SPK, which he, in turn, forwards to Takada and Mikami), rather than the mafia, as shown in the manga.

Mikami's role was well praised in the second half which made him stand out in relation to characters such as Misa, Near, and Mello. IGN's Tom S Pepirum liked how Mikami's backstory and his strong sense of justice stood out to other viewers regarding concepts brought to life unlike that of Light who didn't have that kind of perspective.[21]

In the live action drama, his role is expanded upon. Portrayed by Shugo Oshinari, Mikami is introduced as the prosecutor handling the case of Kyu Nishida, the murderer of Misa's parents. He eventually deduces Misa's identity as the second Kira after accumulating information from Kira-related news. After stealing Misa's notebook to become Kira in her place, Mikami collaborates with Light to kill L. Mikami continues to work with Light until they are both caught by Near and the police in the Yellow Box warehouse. Mikami accidentally kills Light after he sets the warehouse on fire in an attempt to escape.

Mikami makes a cameo appearance in Death Note: Light Up the New World serving as the guardian to Light's young son, Hikari Yagami (夜神光, Yagami Hikari). He murders Hikari in order to steal the boy's notebook but is in turn killed by police officer Tsukuru Mishima. He is portrayed by Kensei Mikami in the film.[22]

Minoru Tanaka[edit]

Minoru Tanaka (田中実, Tanaka Minoru)

The new possessor of the Death Note and the main protagonist of Death Note: Special One Shot, he decides to auction off the Death Note instead of using it. Having Ryuk go out to send his instructions to Sakura TV, he creates a hashtag to auction off the Death Note, ultimately leading to world governments bidding on the Death Note, ultimately getting the United States to bid $10,000,000,000,000 for it, while various law enforcement agencies are out to catch Minoru, whom Near names "A-Kira". During that time though, the Shinigami King is infuriated by the idea of the Note itself being for sale, and creates a new rule to the Note. After the Note is paid for by depositing the money equally into the savings account of every Japanese person 60 or below, the new rule is revealed to be that anyone involved in the buying or selling of the Death Note will be killed upon fulfillment of the deal. The US President balks at this, and secretly refuses to take ownership of the note (though mentioning he'll publicly bluff about having it), and Minoru dies immediately after trying to cash out his payment.

Supporting characters[edit]

Kira Investigation Team[edit]

Soichiro Yagami[edit]

Soichiro Yagami was designed by Takeshi Obata to look like a "stereotypical detective."
Soichiro Yagami (夜神 総一郎, Yagami Sōichirō)
Voiced by: Naoya Uchida (Japanese); Christopher Britton (English)

Soichiro Yagami is Light's father and detective superintendent of Japan's National Police Agency. He initially leads the Kira investigation team that later joins with L. When L begins to suspect Light of being Kira, Soichiro is unwilling to believe his son would be capable of such a thing. After L's death, he is sent to retrieve the Death Note stolen by Mello by obtaining Shinigami Eyes and infiltrate Mello's hideout, though Light had planned for Matsuda to fill the role.[23] He retrieves the note and learns Mello's real name, but is unable to kill him, and is instead fatally wounded. Because Light has given up his Death Note, making his lifespan visible above his head, Soichiro dies believing that Light is not Kira.

In the film series, Soichiro, portrayed by Takeshi Kaga, survives - discovering that Light is Kira and holding him as he dies - but chooses to hide the knowledge from his family. However, in the live-action drama, Soichiro is portrayed by Yutaka Matsushige, which differs greatly from his other counterparts. Although his strong sense of justice and love for his family remain much the same, he is a widower, and Light feels some resentment towards him for choosing to interrogate murderer Kurou Otoharada over going to his wife's bedside when she passed, as well as his repeated absence in his son's life following that event. Yet despite this strain, the pair are much closer than other versions, and their relationship has a huge impact on the story, with Light killing Otoharada and ultimately becoming Kira in order to protect his father. It is this closeness that causes Soichiro to notice changes in Light's behavior, and - is a huge departure from the source material - leads him to suspect his son when L suggests the possibility. This ultimately leads to a confrontation between the two towards the end of the series, in which Soichiro, blaming himself and having instructed his colleagues to assume Light's guilt if he should die, writes his own name in the Death Note before trying to burn it as his final act. In the musical, Soichiro is portrayed by Takeshi Kaga, who also portrayed Soichiro in the live-action film series, effectively making Kaga reprising his role as Soichiro.

His counterpart in the American film, James Turner: a seasoned Seattle detective, is portrayed by Shea Whigham and is the father of Light Turner: the American adaptation of Light Yagami. This version of the character is a widowed and experienced Seattle police detective and Light's father, who has a deeply ingrained sense of justice, is still reeling from the death of his wife in a hit and run incident, with the person responsible being bailed from the trial, and has a close yet somewhat strained relationship with his son, as demonstrated when Light refuses to kill his father when he appears in a television broadcast where he publicly humiliates "Kira", and is unaware of his son's dual life as an infamous god-like serial-killer named "Kira", who is massacring numerous known law-offenders around the world, through the utilization of a cursed supernatural notebook known as the "Death Note", with James refusing to believe in the possibility that his son could be "Kira". He is also appointed as the local head of the "Kira" investigation in Seattle and is eventually assisted by an enigmatic and esteemed international consulting detective known as L, who correctly surmises Kira's location within Seattle. Unlike the manga, he is somewhat doubtful of L's deductions and observations and even engages in open conflict against L, when he suspects and attempts to attack Light, out of suspicion that he is "Kira", which eventually boils down to the point that James issues an arrest warrant and manhunt for L, who decides to hunt down Light, after L's handler/foster-father: Watari is seemingly murdered by "Kira". However, by the end of the film, James is eventually horrified to find out that Light is true "Kira", after finding out evidence pointing towards Light being responsible for the murder of his mother's killer, who was his first victim. After Light reveals how he had committed his murders and cleared himself of being "Kira" and tries to convince his father that what he did was the "lesser of two evils", James asks him if what he did was really a good thing either, while elsewhere, L finds a hidden page of the Death Note and contemplates writing Light's name in it.[24]

Soichiro was envisioned as an "honest police officer with a strong sense of justice" that the reader "would have to feel sorry for everything he has to go through." Though Ohba did not want Soichiro to die, the writer felt that he had to because the character's continued existence would have interfered with too many of the already set up plot points. He did not want Light to kill him, so he wrote Soichiro's death as an accident.[23] Obata designed Soichiro to look like a "stereotypical detective", retaining the mustache and glasses found in Ohba's concepts. Over the course of the series, he changes visibly by losing weight and aging poorly- particularly during his and Light's confinement.[25] Both Ohba and Obata found Soichiro to be the purest character, and Ohba personally found him to be the third strongest character in the series "besides Light."[18][26][27] His birthday is July 12, 1955.

Touta Matsuda[edit]

Takeshi Obatasaid that Touta Matsuda, pictured here, was "hard to predict and thus hard to draw".
Touta Matsuda (松田 桃太, Matsuda Tōta, (romanized as Tota Matsuda in Japanese media[28]))
Voiced by: Ryō Naitō (Japanese); Vincent Tong (English)

Touta Matsuda is the youngest member of the Kira investigation team. His alias is Taro Matsui (松井 太郎, Matsui Tarō). Matsuda has the drive to match the other members of the team, but his lack of experience sometimes hinders the investigation. He is described as a "typical young man" who is "easy to get along with" and feels "very excited about trends and gossip;" often listening in on Light's intimate conversations with Misa and later Takada for the sake of gossip rather than the investigation. He becomes quite fond of Light, as noted by Hideki Ide at the series' conclusion. As for Misa, Matsuda often shows that he is a massive fan of hers, becoming quite upset when his death is faked and he can no longer work as her 'manager'. It is hinted that Matsuda has an inferiority complex regarding his detective ability, and many of his coworkers feel annoyed by his behavior.[29] Matsuda's "risky moves" sometimes place him in danger, and his "quick thinking" sometimes aids the investigation, such as his actions in the Yotsuba case that lead to Higuchi's detainment. Matsuda initially befriends Light and believes that he is not Kira, but at the end of the series, during the final showdown between Light and the SPK, Matsuda, enraged and grief-stricken over Light's apathy in regards to his father's death and to stop Light killing Near, fatally wounds Light by shooting him repeatedly. This ultimately results in Light's death when Ryuk, realizing Light's loss, writes Light's name in his Death Note.[29]

Ohba describes Matsuda as a "very simple guy" easily used in the story.[30] Some fellow task force members even refer to him as an idiot, including L and Light. Matsuda is very useful as a character because he acts only on his emotions, which according to Ohba is "probably" why he survives.[31] Despite working to capture Kira, Matsuda admits that he is not entirely sure whether or not the death of criminals is such a bad thing, though he does not let it get in the way of his work; even in the epilogue of the manga he still struggles with determining whether or not he did the right thing in siding with Near. This trait was given to him because Ohba felt that any group would have at least one individual who supports Kira to help balance it.[30] Obata described Matsuda as "hard to predict and thus hard to draw." Obata felt that Matsuda's character concept consisted of an "average young detective", and that because Matsuda's character was not unique and his actions were not consistent, something Obata sees in himself, he did not like the character or how it pointed out his "own inconsistency."[25][9] Obata described Matsuda as the sole character who "looks younger" during the Near and Mello arc.[25] His birthday is December 14, 1978.[29]

In the film, he is played by Sota Aoyama. Matsuda stars in a Death Note film version special, aired on Japanese television, that takes place after Light's death; in it, Matsuda has to come to terms with L's eventual death.[32] In Death Note: Light Up the New World, Matsuda joins the new Death Note task force in order to bring the new Kira to justice. However, Yuki Shien, a user of the Death Note, forces him to commit suicide with his gun while smiling. In the drama series, Matsuda is portrayed by Gōki Maeda. In the musical, he is portrayed by Tsugoshi Matsubara.

Shuichi Aizawa[edit]

Shuichi Aizawa (相沢 周市, Aizawa Shūichi)

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (Japanese); Trevor Devall (English)

Shuichi Aizawa is a member of the Kira investigation team that leaves the team under the guise of needing to support his family because the Japanese police cut their funding (it is only after he leaves that it is revealed that L would have supported them had he stayed). Aizawa uses the alias Aihara (相原) to protect his identity. Aizawa returns after L's death, where he is one of the first to suspect Light of being Kira (although he continues to act compassionately towards Light until he is cornered, and goes mad), and helps contribute to his eventual defeat. He becomes the leader of the investigation team afterward. Ohba decided to make Aizawa the chief of the NPA because he did not want to create a new character in the final chapter, and because he felt that Aizawa is the best candidate because of his connections to the police and Near.[33] His birthday is May 11, 1969. In the film, he is played by Tatsuhito Okuda. In the drama series, he is portrayed by Tomohisa Yuge. In the musical, Aizawa is portrayed by Makoto Okada in the 2015 production and by Kosuke Sugaya in the 2017 production.

Kanzo Mogi[edit]

Kanzo Mogi (模木 完造, Mogi Kanzō)

Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai (Japanese); John Murphy (English)

Kanzo Mogi is one of the most dedicated members of the Kira investigation team, but also one of the most reserved. Mogi rarely speaks, even when someone presents an opinion he agrees with. Despite this, perhaps even because of this, he is a particularly good detective. He is shown to be an excellent actor, becoming an excited and cheery manager for Misa on demand and in seeming contradiction to his usual demeanor. He appears to be fond of Misa, as is seen when he worries that Misa's comments about Takada could get her killed. The feeling is probably mutual, since Misa is happy to have him stay with her, and nicknames him 'Motchi'. Mogi uses the alias Kanichi Moji (模地 幹一, Moji Kan'ichi) to protect his identity. In the second film (in which he is played by Shin Shimizu), he is killed by Misa in her first Sakura TV broadcast (in the manga and anime, it is Ukita who is killed at this point). In the drama series, he is portrayed by Jirō Satō. In the musical, Mogi is portrayed by Makoto Nishino. In this production, L has Mogi follow Light, so Light has Misa use her Shinigami eyes and tell him Mogi's name. After which, Light kills Mogi using the Death Note.

Mogi was originally introduced to "fill the cast", though Ohba later planned to use Mogi for "something really amazing" and "surprising" since Mogi is a "silent type."[30] Obata also did not think of Mogi as important, so Mogi's design was not very clear.[34] While trying to decide who would become the new NPA chief at the end of the series, Ohba felt that Mogi would be too close to Near, so Ohba chose Aizawa to be the new NPA chief.[33] His birthday is September 13, 1973.

Hideki Ide[edit]

Hideki Ide (伊出 英基, Ide Hideki)
Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa (Japanese); Brian Dobson (English)

Hideki Ide is one of the few police officers who remain with Soichiro during the Kira Investigation. He initially leaves when he disagrees with L's methods. Ide later returns and plays a relatively minor role in the Kira investigative team. He helps coordinate their efforts and performs actions such as organizing a blockade of police cars to trap Higuchi. Later, after L's death, he rejoins the investigation, though he states that he only did so to be with Aizawa. Ide trusts Light more than any of the other Task Force members, except for Light's father.

Ohba said that Ide reappeared since Ohba wanted to use Ide during the Higuchi arrest; according to Ohba having Ide reappear would create "a nice solidarity scene" and that using more characters would make the arrest "better."[30] Obata said that he liked Ide because he could understand the mental process of Ide leaving and rejoining the team. Obata said that he finds it easier to draw characters that reveal their motivations for their actions.[34]

Hideki Ide was the only member of the Task Force from the manga series who did not appear in the live-action film adaptation of the Death Note series. He does, however, appear in the musical, portrayed by Seito Ueno. The Task Force sings *Change the World reprise", during which each of them tries to decide if they should stay on the Kira Task Force, or leave. At the end of the song, Ide ultimately decides to leave the investigation, but the others remain.

Hirokazu Ukita[edit]

Hirokazu Ukita (宇生田 広数, Ukita Hirokazu)
Voiced by: Hidenobu Kiuchi (Japanese); Jeremy From (English)

Hirokazu Ukita is a member of the Kira investigation team that is led by L. He is characterized as being "young" and "brave" and he smokes a lot of cigarettes.[35] When Misa has Sakura TV (さくらTV) broadcast a message from her as Kira, Ukita rushes to the station to stop the broadcast without any prompting by the rest of the team. Since Misa has the Shinigami Eyes, she kills Ukita as soon as he approaches the door. In the film, where he is portrayed by Ikuji Nakamura, he survives with Mogi replacing him as Misa's victim.

Ohba killed Ukita because he happened to have Ukita appear on Sakura TV. Ohba said that he did not choose Matsuda as Matsuda was "useful" and that he planned to use Mogi for "something big", so he chose between Aizawa and Ukita.[36] Obata found Ukita easy to draw because Ukita is "emotional and easy-to-understand". He did not know that Ukita was to die, so he was surprised after learning about it.[34] His birthday is November 9, 1977.


Watari (ワタリ)

Voiced by: Kiyoshi Kobayashi (Japanese); French Tickner, Ron Halder (English)

Watari is L's assistant, providing logistics to the investigation team. Before the team is formed, he is the only person who has seen L, and the only one capable of contacting L directly. Like L, he represents himself with an Old English "W" on computer screens. He is also a fatherly figure to L. On the surface, he is Quillish Wammy (キルシュ・ワイミー, Kirushu Waimī), a famous inventor and founder of Wammy's House, an orphanage for gifted children in Winchester, England. Watari is well trained in espionage and marksmanship. Rem kills Watari, along with L, in order to protect Misa. At the end of the manga, Roger Ruvie, the manager of Wammy House, becomes the new Watari for the third L, Near. In the film, he is played by Shunji Fujimura, who felt that Watari's presence would "come alive" if he projected "the mood of this mysterious old gentleman without the air of livelihood."[37] In the drama series, Watari is portrayed by Kazuaki Hankai. Watari survives in the series. After L's death, he serves Near. Paul Nakauchi portrays Watari in the American film version.[24]

Watari's name was originally going to be "Shadow" in reference to being L's shadow, but the editor disapproved, which led to the name "Watari", which references his role as a handler.[38] The design team decided on Watari's design during the second chapter. Obata did not put much thought into Watari's disguise because his face did not appear, but afterwards, the rough drafts had Watari as an elderly man with a single strand of hair on his head. Obata decided to keep him as an old man because he believed older characters were more fun to draw than younger ones because of the "weird angles" that could be created with their wrinkles, while younger characters may be designed as "attractive, normal, or ugly." Obata likes leather coats, so he had Watari wear one.[39] Watari is Obata's third favorite human character because he likes older characters and that because Watari "seemed to be hiding a lot of ability" and "had depth."[18] His birthday is May 1, 1933. Watari was always counted as a father and is often seen giving L snacks.


Matt (マット, Matto)
Voiced by: Tomohiro Nishimura (Japanese); Drew Nelson (English)

Matt, whose real name is Mail Jeevas (マイル・ジーヴァス, Mairu Jīvasu), is a cohort of Mello's. Matt was also a former resident of Wammy's orphanage; Ohba described him as the "most talented member however he is lazy" of the house.[26] Matt is Mello's helper[26] as Matt performs espionage work and acts as an accomplice in Takada's kidnapping, which results in his death when he is shot by Takada's bodyguards.

According to How to Read, Matt enjoys video games[26] and is not outgoing. He also seems to be a chain smoker. He uses his last breath to smoke his cigarette. He is the third smartest member of Wammy's House and the third successor to L.

Ohba said that he created Matt because when Mello started to act alone Ohba believed that he would find difficulty in explaining the story unless Mello had a character to talk to. Ohba jokingly said that even though Matt may appear to play video games and have no other actions, Matt's existence was "important".[26] In response to a question inquiring about which characters the creators had the most difficulty creating, Ohba cited Matt and said "Even I didn't know what kind of character he was!"[8]

Obata said that he did not receive advance notice regarding Matt, who had the character concept of "a young man who loves gaming and doesn't really care much about the world." Obata said that he remembered seeing the thumbnails and asking his editor "Who's this character?!" The thumbnails gave Matt a bowl haircut and goggles; Obata instead drew "what I liked." Obata added that he could "create Matt naturally" as he had a "he probably won't do much" mentality regarding characters introduced in the Near and Mello arc. His birthday is February 1, 1990.[40]

Roger Ruvie[edit]

Roger Ruvie (ロジャー・ラヴィー, Rojā Ruvī)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Ōtake (Japanese); Ron Halder (English)

Roger Ruvie acts as the manager of Wammy's House. He is aware of L and Watari's detective work. Despite his work with children, he detests them. At the end of the series, he becomes the new Watari for Near.

Beyond Birthday[edit]

Beyond Birthday (ビヨンド・バースデイ, Biyondo Bāsudei)

Beyond Birthday, or BB, a character exclusive to the prequel novel, Death Note Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases, is a serial murderer bent on surpassing L - not by being the world's greatest detective, but by being the world's greatest criminal. The novel takes place in August 2002, over a year before Light became Kira. The only thing known about his past before going to Wammy's House is that his father was beaten to death by a thug and his mother died in a train crash. Like L, Mello, Matt and Near, he lived in Wammy's House and was known as B, which stood for "Backup." A, the original successor to L, was said to have killed himself years earlier due to the pressure of living up to L. Beyond had Shinigami eyes, so he could see when humans would die, and their names. Using his Shinigami Eyes, he would intentionally kill people on their destined day of death.

To fool Naomi Misora, he acted a bit strange during Naomi and L's investigation, calling himself Rue Ryuzaki (竜崎 ルエ, Ryūzaki Rue), with "Rue" being an anagram of the Japanese pronunciation of L (エル, Eru), and Ryuzaki being a nickname L later adopts. He was always in heavy makeup when with Naomi, so his true appearance is unknown. He killed 3 victims, Backyard Bottomslash, Quarter Queen, and Believe Bridesmaid, while leaving clues at each murder scene for Naomi Misora to "solve." In reality, he himself led her to each conclusion she made.

He attempted to commit suicide at the end of the novel, by setting himself on fire, to look like the final victim. He felt that L would never be able to solve the case if he, the murderer, were "murdered", meaning he would have outwitted L. Naomi Misora, however, figured out his plan at the last moment, saving Beyond Birthday's life while at the same time putting him under arrest for his murders. At the very end of the novel, the narrator, Mello, states that Beyond Birthday died of a mysterious heart attack several years later in prison. According to Death Note How to Read 13, he was killed by Kira and the Death Note.

Associates of L Lawliet[edit]


Aiber (アイバー, Aibā)
Voiced by: Takuya Kirimoto (Japanese); David Orth (English)

Aiber, whose real name is Thierry Morello (ティエリ・モレロ, Tieri Morero), is a professional con man in the employ of L. He plays the role of Eraldo Coil (エラルド・コイル, Erarudo Koiru), one of L's detective aliases, during the investigation of the Yotsuba Group. Aiber uses his initial "A", just like L, when communicating through computers. Aiber speaks many languages and uses many false identities. "Supposedly" he has a talent for using his "good looks" to convince women to pass information to him. Aiber enjoys "life on the edge" and his "biggest thrill" comes from conning people.[41] Since he is a professional criminal, he is known solely in the underworld.[42]

After L's death, Light kills him using the Death Note. In the manga, Aiber dies from liver cancer at a hospital in Paris, France with his family at his bedside.[43][44] In the anime, he dies of a heart attack in front of his wife and son. He (like Wedy) is referenced to, but does not appear in, Death Note: Another Note.[45]

Ohba said that he created Aiber and Wedy so he could use characters with "special abilities" to advance the storyline. He said that Aiber "did some things."[17]

According to Obata, his editor told him that Aiber was a "sarcastic, comic relief" character. Obata said that he wishes that he could have drawn Aiber to be "more comedic." Obata believes that if he drew Aiber and Wedy to look "a little bit more original", Ohba could have included the characters in a larger role in Death Note.[46]


Wedy (ウエディ, Uedi)
Voiced by: Miki Nagasawa (Japanese); Venus Terzo (English)

Wedy, whose is real name Mary Kenwood (メリー・ケンウッド, Merī Ken'uddo, (romanized as Merrie Kenwood in Japanese media)), is a professional burglar in the employ of L. She installs bugs in the Yotsuba Group's meeting room to secretly observe the group's weekly meetings. She does the same for Higuchi's car, allowing the team to watch his desperate attempts to kill Matsuda. Since she is a professional criminal, she is known solely in the underworld.[42]

Wedy uses her initial in computer communication; to avoid confusion with Watari ("W"), she deliberately uses the lowercase form, "w". After L's death, Light kills her using his Death Note; Mary Kenwood dies in a motorcycle accident[41] in Colorado. She (like Aiber) is referenced to, but does not appear in, Death Note: Another Note.[45]

Ohba said that he created Aiber and Wedy so he could use characters with "special abilities" to advance the storyline. He said that he wanted to use Wedy more than Aiber. As an example he explained a scenario involving Light controlling Wedy, making her place cameras in the headquarters so Misa could see L's face "... or something."[17]

According to Obata, he drew Wedy as a female model as he did not know what kind of character she would be. Obata added that Wedy has the "stereotypical female spy look." Obata believes that if he drew Aiber and Wedy to look "a little bit more original", Ohba could have included the characters in a larger role in Death Note.[46]

Associates of Kira[edit]

Kiyomi Takada[edit]

Main article: Kiyomi Takada

Kiyomi Takada (高田 清美, Takada Kiyomi)

Kiyomi Takada first appears for a short period as Light Yagami's classmate and girlfriend; Light appeared with Takada in public to disguise the fact that he also conversed with Misa. She returns five years later in the story as an announcer of NHN chosen by Teru Mikami to be Kira's spokesperson to the world. Light realizes that he can use this connection with Takada to his advantage and sets up a meeting with her, presumably for the benefit of the investigation. While the two meet, Takada receives a call from Mikami and Light reveals himself to Mikami as Kira. They create a ploy to force the Kira Investigation Team to remove all bugs from the room, after which Light tells Takada that he wants her to be his goddess in the new world.

Hitoshi Demegawa[edit]

Hitoshi Demegawa (出目川 仁, Demegawa Hitoshi)
Voiced by: Chafurin (Japanese); Ward Perry (English)

Hitoshi Demegawa is a publicity hound and director of Sakura TV (さくらTV). He initially appears when Misa Amane sends four videotapes to Sakura TV in order to gain attention from the real Kira, and approves of broadcasting the tapes on live TV. However, he is forced to hand the tapes over to Soichiro, who crashes a police wagon into the studio and threatens him at gunpoint. He later helps the investigation force to lure out Higuchi by running a television program. Demegawa reappears after L's death, serving as Kira's spokesman for a while and even creating new programs in "honor" of Kira. Demegawa also leads the raid on Near's headquarters with Kira's supporters, but like all the other rioters, is distracted by the money that Near throws down. Later, when he takes matters into his own hands and builds a chapel to greet Kira, asking for donations, which would give Kira a bad image, Mikami kills him for being greedy, and he is replaced by Takada. In the movie Death Note 2: The Last Name, Demegawa's full name was changed to Yuji Demegawa, although he retains his surname from the original manga. Magy portrays Demegawa in the live-action film.

Federal Bureau of Investigation[edit]

The Federal Bureau of Investigation agrees to assist L since some people believed that Kira killed some American criminals. After Kira kills several agents, the FBI withdraws its assistance.[47]

Raye Penber[edit]

Takeshi Obatasaid that he encountered difficulty making Raye Penber look non-Japanese.
Raye Penber (レイ・ペンバー, Rei Penbā)
Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa (Japanese); Michael Adamthwaite (English)

Raye Penber is an American investigator from the FBI, sent to Japan with eleven other agents to aid in tracking down Kira early in the story. Described by How to Read It as a "talented" agent,[48] Raye is assigned to investigate the Yagami family for any suspicious behavior; but he eventually stops suspecting Light after he appears to be one of the victims of a bus-jacking. However, Light staged the event to get Raye's name so he could kill him. He has a fiancée, retired FBI agent Naomi Misora, whom he tells not to involve herself in the investigation for her own safety. Light manages to track him down and use him "as a pawn"[48] to kill the other eleven members of his team (he unknowingly used a page of Light's notebook to kill them). Light kills Raye soon after. Before Raye dies, he sees Light, realizing that he is indeed Kira.

Played by Shigeki Hosokawa in the film, his name was changed to Raye Iwamatsu (レイ・イワマツ, Rei Iwamatsu), due to not being able to find an actor in Japan that resembled Raye in the anime and manga.[citation needed] This is because he was also described by How to Read It as a "cross between Japanese and American". The artist, Takeshi Obata, even had trouble drawing him initially due to this (pictured right). In the first film he is a counter-terrorism agent headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

Ohba said that at the beginning he thought of the idea of the FBI going after Light, and so he created Raye to fill the plot point.[23]

Obata said that as Raye was of mixed American and Japanese descent, Obata "struggled over his design" and tried to make Penber look more non-Japanese. Obata said that he wishes that he could have "drawn him a bit better."[39] Hosokawa said that when he portrayed Raye he built Raye's strength, tenderness and the "feeling of mortification."[37]

Naomi Misora[edit]

Naomi Misora is "born from her clothes".
Naomi Misora (南空 ナオミ, Misora Naomi)
Voiced by: Naoko Matsui (Japanese); Tabitha St. Germain (English)

Naomi Misora is the fiancée of Raye Penber (also known as Raye Iwamatsu in the films). Described by How to Read as formerly a "first rate" FBI agent,[48] Naomi left the Bureau in October 2003[49] for the sake of starting a family in the United States.[50] After the sudden death of her fiancé which she blames Kira for, Naomi, described by How to Read as having a "remarkable investigative ability",[48] decides to take part in the Kira case herself, and theorizes that Kira has other methods of killing besides heart attack. In her attempts to contact the Kira investigation team, she comes across Light Yagami. Cautious at first, she uses the false name Shoko Maki (間木 照子, Maki Shōko) in order to protect herself until she can reach L. However, Light manages to manipulate her into revealing her real name to him resulting in her death by suicide. Her body is never found due to the specifications made by Light in the Death Note.

Naomi's character was originally intended to have a larger role in the storyline which included investigating possible suspects for the Kira Case and expanded interaction with her fiancé. However, once Raye's character was killed author Tsugumi Ohba believed that having Naomi search for Kira was a "natural and interesting development" in the story. Within the cast of characters at the time Sayu was the only notable female. In adding Naomi, Ohba could finally have the "cool" female character he had always wanted. He initially planned for Naomi to have a long involvement in the story but underestimated the character's deductive abilities. Because she was able to uncover crucial plot information "faster than... thought", Ohba decided to end her character early to avoid facing complications with the story development later on. He described the storyline issue of Naomi as the greatest difficulty that he created for himself since the beginning of the series.[23]

According to artist Takeshi Obata, after hearing about the storyline he looked forward to drawing her character since it would be his first time designing one like Naomi. Using the color black to convey her mourning over her fiancé he gave Naomi a leather jacket then designed her face and hair to match her clothes. Because of this ordering Obata states that Naomi was essentially "born from her clothes".[39]

In the live-action films her character, played by Asaka Seto and voiced by Nicole Oliver in the English dub, plays a larger role in the story. After witnessing her fiancé die at the hands of Kira, an enraged Naomi decides to investigate the case herself. Beginning with Light as her prime suspect she uses Shiori Akino to get to him. Using the alias Shoko Maki to protect herself and with a strong belief that Light is Kira, she tries to make him confess that he is. However, her real name is uncovered by Light through the wedding documents held by the church where she and Raye had planned to marry; Light managed to deduce the name of the church after seeing the symbol and name of the church on the documents Naomi carried on the day she witnessed Raye's murder the moment he left the train Light was in, and he knew no one would use a fake name to register a marriage. Light writes Naomi's name to have her commit suicide. Light engineers the suicide to make it appear that Naomi killed herself after a botched kidnapping to try to make Light confess to being Kira; as part of Light's Death Note instructions, Naomi fatally shoots Shiori and then commits suicide in desperation. Naomi also makes a brief appearance in L: Change the World. For the production and filming of the movie, Seto stated that she "tried to project that awesome spirit" of Naomi, referring to the character's tenacity and drive while trying to defeat Kira.[37]

Naomi is one of the central characters in the spinoff novel Death Note Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases by author Nisio Isin.[51] The story is set several years prior to the start of Death Note and focuses on a series of murder cases investigated by L with Naomi as his operative. The resulting capture of the murderer helped launch Naomi's reputation within the FBI.[52]

Steve Mason[edit]

Steve Mason (スティーブ・メイスン, Sutību Meisun)
Voiced by: Mitsuru Ogata (Japanese); John Novak (English)

Steve Mason is the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He assists L in investigating the Japanese police and withdraws FBI involvement after the agents die. At a later point he helps Near create the SPK. Mason dies due to the Death Note.

Yotsuba Group[edit]

The Yotsuba Group (ヨツバグループ) is a group of eight characters that are members of the Yotsuba Corporation. On Light's instruction, Rem delivers the Death Note to one of them. They meet weekly to discuss the killing of key individuals from competing companies to maintain dominance in the business industry. While they realize that one of them is Kira, they do not know which one.

Kyosuke Higuchi[edit]

Kyosuke Higuchi (火口 卿介, Higuchi Kyōsuke)
Voiced by: Issei Futamata (Japanese); Andrew Kavadas (English)

Kyosuke Higuchi is the third "Kira", receiving the Death Note from Rem, who was instructed to give it to a "greedy", "forceful", and "selfish" individual who would use the Death Note to attain a higher status that was out of his reach.[53][54] He was the head of Technology Development at the Yotsuba Corporation, and is part of the Yotsuba Group, eight members of the Yotsuba Corporation that use the Death Note to kill individuals from competing companies to dominate the business industry. He is introduced with a major main antagonist in série/mangá Death Note. Due to his brash attitude and ineptitude, he once suffered demotion, and it was due to this that allowed the other members to eventually figure out that he is Kira.

When he receives the Death Note, he is instructed by Rem to carry out routine killings of criminals, then do whatever he pleases with the Note outside of the killings. He then meets weekly with the rest of the Yotsuba Group to discuss the killing of key individuals from competing companies to maintain dominance in the business industry. While they realize that one of them is Kira, they initially do not know it is Higuchi. During L's probe on the group, Higuchi kills Hatori after Hatori produced a "careless outburst."[55] Rem aids the capture of Higuchi by revealing his identity to Misa. Misa reveals her admiration of Kira and uses her status as the second Kira to get him to propose to her and admit to being Kira on tape.

He is then betrayed by his fellow Yotsuba Group members, which involves Matsuda appearing on Sakura TV to reveal that Higuchi is Kira. This leads to him acquiring the Shinigami Eyes, and he uses them to evade the police for a short time on his way to Sakura TV. He is eventually thwarted by a masked police blockade set up by L's task force. He attempts to kill himself to avoid capture, but Watari uses his expert marksmanship to shoot the gun out of his hand. He then reveals to everyone the existence of Death Notes. Light touches the Death Note while inspecting it, thereby regaining his memories of being the real Kira. Light then uses a Death Note scrap hidden in his watch to kill Higuchi.[56]

Ohba selected Higuchi to be Kira for several reasons. Most of the other members of the Yotsuba group had already been used as "red herrings" and other roles that ruled them out in Ohba's mind. Higuchi was chosen through the process of elimination, using his greed as a criterion to fit the Yotsuba Kira's mold.[57]

Tom S. Pepirium, an editor of IGN website, describes Higuchi in a review of the Death Note episode "Performance" as having "more in common with Cobra Commander than anyone from Death Note, announcing his nefarious plans to no one in particular. Even throwing in a few evil chuckles for good measure."[58]

Other members of the Yotsuba Group[edit]

Shingo Mido (三堂 芯吾, Midō Shingo)
Voiced by: Eiji Hanawa (Japanese); Trevor Devall (English)

Shingo Mido, the Vice President of Corporate Strategy and the Director of Financial Planning, feels reservations regarding the Yotsuba Kira and ponders leaving the other board members. Mido "seems" to have a "sense of appreciation" for Yotsuba.[59] Misa Amane acknowledges that Mido bears a resemblance to Light Yagami.

Reiji Namikawa (奈南川 零司, Namikawa Reiji)
Voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima (Japanese); Ted Cole (English)

Reiji Namikawa is the Vice President of Sales, and the youngest member of the eight. He initially encourages the Yotsuba Kira. After receiving a telephone call from Light he ceases participation and observes the scenario. How to Read describes him as the "most talented" of the board members who has the potential to "make it to the top" without Kira, and that he detests useless subordinates.[53] He has a talent in shogi at the professional 4-dan level.[60]

Eiichi Takahashi (鷹橋 鋭一, Takahashi Eiichi)
Voiced by: Rintarō Nishi (Japanese); David Orth (English)

Eiichi Takahashi is the Vice President of Yotsuba Material Planning Division and Yotsuba Homes. How to Read 13 states that he "never had what it takes to be a true leader" and that he was selected to attend the meetings to "make Higuchi look good." The book adds that other members view Takahashi as "foolish" because he does not "seem to put much thought into his comments."[59]

Suguru Shimura (紙村 英, Shimura Suguru)
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yokoo (Japanese); Brian Drummond (English)

Suguru Shimura is the Head of Personnel. How to Read 13 describes him as "paranoid" and always "keep a close eye" on others. Shimura's ability to pay attention to small details allowed him to join the meetings; he noticed subtle changes in "poker-faced" Namikawa's face. How to Read states that he does not like his predicament.[55]

Masahiko Kida (樹多 正彦, Kida Masahiko)
Voiced by: Masaki Aizawa (Japanese); Martin Sims (English)

The Vice President of Rights and Planning, Masahiko Kida controls the finances of the committee and contacts "Eraldo Coil." How to Read 13 describes him as "calm and collected." However he is not able to "deal with surprises", leading him to panic when "Eraldo Coil" asks for more money.[55]

Takeshi Ooi (尾々井 剛, Ooi Takeshi)
Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada (Japanese); Michael Kopsa (English)

Takeshi Ooi is the Vice President of VT Enterprises. He is the eldest and "most influential" member and he "appears" to control the conferences. He individually contacts the members of the committee. How to Read 13 states that Ooi is "seemingly" a "tough guy who doesn't sweat the details."[59]

Arayoshi Hatori (葉鳥 新義, Hatori Arayoshi)
Voiced by: Yukitoshi Tokumoto (Japanese); Simon Hayama (English)

The Vice President of Marketing, Arayoshi Hatori is the illegitimate son of the company president and uses this fact to benefit himself. How to Read 13 states that he "appears to be something of a lightweight" and that he cannot handle the pressures of the meetings. After Hatori makes a "careless outburst" the Yotsuba Kira kills him.[55]

After L dies, Light writes the names of the remaining six, killing them by way of a heart attack. Rumors of Kira's responsibility in the deaths causes Yotsuba's share prices to drop sharply. In the director's cut of Death Note, Mido dies by falling from a tall building, Shimura dies by being run over by a train, and Namikawa dies in a car accident.

Ohba created the characters as "stock villains intended to make the main characters look good." Ohba said that he had always planned for Light to regain his status as Kira, so the specifics of a certain member of the Yotsuba group being Kira would not matter to the plot; Ohba wanted the readers to guess which of the characters was Kira. After seeing Obata's designs Ohba selected Higuchi as Kira. Ohba said that he wanted for Mido to appear to be "the most suspicious" of the Yotsuba group. Ohba added that he created the profiles of the characters while eating dinner with the editor. He believes that he did not "put much thought" into the character profiles. He said that he included a lot of information to serve as red herrings.[2]

Obata said that he felt excited when he learned that he had to draw eight Kira characters. Obata said that he created the characters "in the mold of The Seven Samurai" by giving each Yotsuba board member his own individual appearance. Obata said that he remembers making Mido and Namikawa look attractive to make the readers believe that they may be Kira.[46]


The Special Provision for Kira, usually abbreviated "SPK", is a group of anti-Kira formed by members of Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation members headed by Near. Membership of the group remains small to preserve secrecy and the group decides to work separately from the Japanese task force.[61] Many of the SPK are later killed with the Death Note by the mafia due to leaked information, which is never directly mentioned in the anime (in the Rewrite 2 special aired on Japanese television on August 22, 2008, the mafia are omitted, with Light instead blackmailing the US President to leak out info about the SPK, which is transmitted to Takada and Mikami, whom he then has kill the SPK).

Ohba said that, in terms of visual character design, he wrote descriptions such as "Commander" and "Spy" in rough drafts. He let Obata create the rest of the details.[3] Ohba said that he considered having all of the Task Force members die "in a heroic way."[16]

Obata said that he drew the SPK "without thinking too much" when the group first appeared in Chapter 60. Obata heard that Mello sent a spy, so he tried to make a character look "suspicious looking." Obata said that he had to "work hard" on all of the characters since he did not know which ones would survive. Obata said that he believes that his drawing skills relating to "foreign characters" are poor; he says that he imagines the characters being "from so far away" and that he forgets how to draw them.[40]

Anthony Rester[edit]

Anthony Rester (アンソニー・レスター, Ansonī Resutā)
Voiced by: Masaki Aizawa (Japanese); Michael Adamthwaite (English)

Commander Anthony Rester, real name Anthony Carter (アンソニー・カーター, Ansonī Kātā), is the second-in-command and the lead crime scene investigator. Rester follows Near except in emergency situations. Near trusts Rester and sometimes reveals certain information solely to Rester. How to Read states that Rester's "quiet personality" and physical capabilities serve useful functions in the SPK. The book also states that Rester is "far below" Near in terms of intellectual prowess.[62]

Ohba said that Rester was the captain of a special forces squad before joining Near's team. His birthday is January 6, 1968.[3]

Halle Lidner[edit]

Halle Lidner (ハル・リドナー, Haru Ridonā)
Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (Japanese); Lisa Ann Beley (English)

Halle Lidner, whose real name is Halle Bullook (ハル・ブロック, Haru Burokku), works for Near as part of his investigation team. Halle is a former CIA agent who leaks information to Mello in order to increase the chances of Kira being caught.

She appears in the drama adaptation under the alias Shōko Himura (日村 章子). Portrayed by Megumi Seki, Himura is an FBI agent handpicked by L to serve in the Kira investigation team. Her true identity remains a secret until the end of the series, when she sacrifices her life to help expose Light as Kira. She teams up with Mello to expose Light as Kira. She kidnaps Light's sister, Sayu Yagami to obtain the Death Note. Light uses her real name to kill Mello. She returns the Death Note to Light and bombs at Mello's hideout, as controlled by another note. Mello escapes the bombing but she dies.

Ohba said that Halle, who has a "strong core", wanted to capture Kira as the Yotsuba Kira killed an acquaintance "close to her." Her birthday is February 18, 1980.[3][63]

Stephen Gevanni[edit]

Stephen Gevanni (ステファン・ジェバンニ, Sutefan Jebannī)
Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi (Japanese); Sam Vincent (English)

Stephen Gevanni, whose real name is Stephen Loud (ステファン・ラウド, Sutefan Raudo), works for Near as part of his investigation team. Gevanni is assigned to follow Mikami for much of the case, and it is his meticulous analysis of Mikami's personal habits which allow him to find Mikami's Death Note and swap it with a fake.

Gevanni skillfully follows and monitors suspects and has abilities such as the skill of picking locks.[62] Ohba described Gevanni as a "good-looking hotshot" who received an invitation to join Near's team because of his skills.[26]


The Mafia, allying with Mello, increases its influence and intends to possess the Death Note and gain power; How to Read states that the organization is "being used by Mello."[47] In the Death Note Rewrite 2 special, the mafia plot is omitted.

Rod Ross[edit]

Rod Ross (ロッド・ロス, Roddo Rosu)
Voiced by: Masaki Aizawa (Japanese); Brian Dobson (English)

Rod Ross, real name Dwhite Gordon (ドワイト・ゴードン, Dowaito Gōdon), is the head of the mafia Ross follows Mello's orders. His name is easily known, so Light kills him. His name is also mentioned in L: Change the WorLd as the leader of an arms syndicate who deals with the mafia.

When asked by an interviewer who the most "evil" character in Death Note is, Ohba replied by saying that Ross is the most evil; Ohba added that Ross is "pretty darn evil" as he is the leader of the mafia.[8]

Jack Neylon[edit]

Jack Neylon (ジャック・ネイロン, Jakku Neiron)
Voiced by: Takashi Matsuyama (Japanese); Ted Cole (English)

Jack Neylon, whose real name is Kal Snydar (カル・スナイダー, Karu Sunaidā), is a member of Mello's gang. He is the holder of Sidoh's Death Note after it is given to the gang by the Kira investigation team. Before Mello joined, he was involved in drug trafficking and illegal weapons sales; neither charge stuck due to lack of evidence, despite four separate arrests. After Sidoh tracks down his Death Note, Jack was forced by Mello and Ross to perform the eye trade with the Shinigami (in the manga only). Light uses the Death Note to have him mail the address of Mello's hideout. According to How to Read 13, Jack dislikes Mello. In the anime, the eye trade and first raid attempt were cut.



Rem (レム, Remu)
Voiced by: Kimiko Saitō (Japanese); Colleen Wheeler (English)

Rem is the Shinigami who gives Misa her Death Note. Like Ryuk, Rem possesses two Death Notes; however, Rem did not get hers through trickery. The Shinigami Gelus, who had fallen in love with Misa, intentionally killed someone who was going to murder Misa. Since he had knowingly used his Death Note to extend a human life (a violation of Shinigami law), he was reduced to ash, leaving only his Death Note. Touched by this act, Rem delivered Gelus's Death Note to Misa, since it was her life that he saved. Her appearance is quite skeletal, with long, spinal cord-like arms and bone-like skin.

While Ryuk takes amusement in everything in the human world, Rem is almost the exact opposite. She views most humans with contempt, seeing Shinigami as the more evolved race. Also, while Ryuk is ambivalent to Light's success or failure, Rem actively assists Misa, having inherited Gelus's love for her. She is even willing to sacrifice her life to defend Misa, as evidenced by her threat to kill Light should Misa die before her time. For Misa's sake, however, she still assists Light in his schemes, although she despises Kyosuke Higuchi, the human she gave the Death Note to and calls the Yotsuba Group "disgusting creatures" due to them using the Death note for personal gain. Death Note 13: How to Read said Rem "supposedly" experiences difficulty while writing the Japanese language.

Light manages to force Rem to work for him by presenting a situation in which harm would come to Misa otherwise. As such, she dies when she writes L's name. In the second movie, Rem declares her love for Misa and her spite for Light moments before her death. While her Death Note is left behind in the manga and anime, she burns it in the film out of spite. In the drama, she doesn't die. She returns to the shinigami realm after the Kira case solved.

Obata said that Rem is his favorite Shinigami since she is a Shinigami and "a good person."[8] He says that he believes Light may have hidden Rem's Death Note as it is never tested before being burnt. Because Rem is female, Obata said that he decided to create a design contrasting with Ryuk's by using a white body with "rounder" lines. He says that he used fashion collections to create his motif. He described her resulting appearance as if she wore a "really bizarre suit." Obata said that Medusa inspired the design of Rem's head.[9]


Gelus (ジェラス, Jerasu)
Voiced by: Kenichi Matsuyama (Japanese); Michael Dobson (English)

Gelus appears in a flashback when Rem explains how to kill a Shinigami. He is a small, doll-like Shinigami who appears to be patched together out of mismatched fabric. He only has one eye, despite having two eye sockets.

In the flashback, Rem recalls Gelus watching over a younger Misa Amane in the human world, which he spends most of his time doing. Knowing that it was Misa's final day, he watches with her, interested in how she will die. Having fallen in love with Misa, Gelus uses his Death Note to kill Misa's destined murderer, a crazed stalker, against Rem's protests. Gelus is reduced to a pile of "something that was not sand nor dust," as punishment for extending a human life, leaving behind only his Death Note. His remaining years are added to Misa's lifespan. Rem delivers his Death Note to Misa because it was she whom he saved. In the film, she simply drops it and it lands near Misa.

Obata said that Gelus appeared to be "a really beautiful" Shinigami in the thumbnails but decided to use his concept instead; Obata designed Gelus with a patchwork body since Gelus is a "really pitiful character." Obata added the trait of Gelus having difficulty writing names into the Death Note. Obata said that he believed that readers could relate to him and sympathize with him more if he looked "pathetic" instead of "beautiful."[10] Obata said that at first he placed "detailed patterns" on Gelus's Death Note. When deciding that the patterns looked "too pretty" Obata covered the patterns with black, leaving the white portions visible. The text of the notebook is in a "Shinigami language."[2]


Sidoh (シドウ, Shidō)
Voiced by: Kazuki Yao (Japanese); Sam Vincent (English)

Sidoh is the Shinigami whose Death Note was stolen by Ryuk. By the time he realizes this, however, the note has already changed hands several times, ending up in the hands of Mello's gang (more specifically, Mello's subordinate, Jack Neylon whose real name is Kal Snyder). After repeatedly hounding Ryuk for its return, he tracks down the gang to get it back. He discovers his notebook is in Los Angeles, California and upon arrival takes the notebook out of Mello's hands (making it look as if it just floated in mid-air) and touches it to the notebook's current owner, Kal Snyder (a.k.a. Jack Neylon). After Snyder freaks out, he gets Mello and the others to touch the notebook. To regain his Note, Sidoh agrees to help Mello's gang against Near's SPK and the Kira investigation team. Snyder is forced to make the eye trade with Sidoh, who exposes the fake 13-day rule.

Sidoh wears heavy clothing, obscuring most of his features, and his head is wrapped in bandages. He shares Mello's great liking for chocolate, similar to Ryuk's liking of apples. Sidoh is fairly timid; Mello frightens Sidoh, despite the fact that Mello is a human. Death Note 13: How to Read describes Sidoh as unintelligent and forgetful, rarely remembering the names of other Shinigami.[11] After Light regains the Death Note from Mello, he returns it to Sidoh to keep him from interfering.

Tsugumi Ohba, writer for Death Note, said that he used Sidoh as another Shinigami appearing in the human world because he liked Sidoh's appearance; Ohba described Daril Ghiroza as a "candidate" and that he wanted a "pretty pathetic" character.[12]

Obata said that when he discovered that another Shinigami would appear on Earth, he filed through designs and nominated Sidoh and Daril Ghiroza. Obata said that he believed that Ghiroza would be chosen and prepared for that decision; instead Ohba selected Sidoh. Obata said that he based Sidoh's design on the appearance of a bird with his mouth being based on a beak of a canary. Obata described Sidoh's foldable arms as more "insect-like."[10] Obata described Sidoh as "very funny," citing the time when Sidoh becomes the first Shinigami to distribute flyers. Obata said he wished that Sidoh appeared more often in the story.[10]

Armonia Justin Beyondormason[edit]

Armonia Justin Beyondormason (アラモニア=ジャスティン=ビヨンドルメーソン, Aramonia-Jasutin-Biyondorumēson)
Voiced by: Hideyuki Umezu (Japanese); Michael Dobson (English)

Armonia Justin Beyondormason, is a briefly featured Shinigami who informs Sidoh that his Death Note was stolen by the Shinigami Ryuk and gives him the rules for different situations. As his names suggests, Justin's appearance is that of a skeleton adorned with all manner of jewellery.

As described in 13: How to Read, Justin is the right-hand man of the Shinigami King and sits on a throne. Highly intelligent, Justin knows everything there is to know about the Death Note, and Shinigami often go to him in trouble.[13] Obata describes him as "conceited."[1] Justin provides Sidoh with several scrolls describing the various rules that Shinigami have for interacting with humans, which Sidoh uses to guide his interactions with Mello in the human world. The scrolls are not mentioned in the anime.

Obata said that for Justin's body he referenced Tibetan art that features skulls. He also used ideas stemming from Italian antique accessories that feature faces covered in jewels.[1]


Midora (ミードラ, Mīdora)

Midora is a large, salamander-like Shinigami with stubby limbs. Unlike most Shinigami, she does not wear any clothing or accessories. She enjoys moist weather but loathes dry seasons. Her enormous size gives her a dominating presence.[13] While Midora is a background character in the main series, a one-shot chapter set three years after Light's death focuses on her. In the chapter, Ryuk's actions have made apples a commodity among the Shinigami. Midora uses this to bribe the Shinigami King into giving her a second Death Note, which she gives to a human in an attempt to replicate Ryuk's experience with Light. When this "Kira" is brushed off by Near as "Cheap", they kill themselves. Midora tells Ryuk about this, and he relates Light's claim that someone must have great spiritual strength and conviction to use the Death Note; Midora simply picked a "weakling". She admits that Ryuk is better at judging such things, then gives the extra Death Note to him.[18]

Midora appears to enjoy bananas in a similar vein to how Ryuk enjoys apples; in one panel of the one-shot, Midora is eating a banana while sitting on a pile of banana peels in the new Kira's room.

Obata said that he liked Midora's design as she appears "more like a salamander" and has a "vastly different" design when compared to other Shinigami. Obata said that her skin feels moist like amphibian skin; due to this Obata said that he worries "if she can survive in the heat of the Shinigami realm. [laughs]"[1]

Shinigami King[edit]

Shinigami King (死神大王, Shinigami Daiō)

The Shinigami King, also known as the King of Death, is the ruler of the Shinigami. An unseen character in the main series, the Shinigami King governs the Shinigami and controls distribution of the Death Notes. It is not made clear if he creates them or just has a certain supply, as he is unwilling to replace lost ones. He appears to at least write the rules for the Death Notes, but whether or not he enforces them himself is unclear. The Shinigami King is regarded as a sort of father figure by lesser Shinigami, and is said to be almost immortal. Chapter 109 depicts the King as a large mass suspended in the air with chains. He has a skull for a head, which is surrounded by a larger, skull-like formation. He has four tentacle-like arms, each with only three fingers on the hands, which hang from his body.[21]

One of the eyecatch rules given in the series states that extra Death Notes found by Shinigami are generally expected to be returned to the King, though this clearly is not something Shinigami are forced to abide by. Likewise, lost notebooks must also be reported to him.[22] Little information is given about the character itself, aside from Rem's assertion that the King is not easy to trick, which Ryuk successfully did. In contrast, he is quite easily bribed, as Midora was able to trade thirteen apples for a second Death Note after getting them from the human world.[21]

Obata said that he felt too afraid to design the King of Death; he said that he considered placing the King of Death on a book spine but felt that the spine would not have enough space to depict the King of Death.[1] The King of Death is included as a figure with the Japanese release of the final volume of the DVD series, and is mentioned in both the one-shot set three years after the manga's finale, and in the one-shot set eight and then ten years after the manga's finale.

Unnamed Shinigami[edit]

This shinigami was featured in the director's cutOVA, Death Note Re-Light: Visions of a God. Like Ryuk, he is bored with the shinigami realm, and convinces Ryuk to tell him the story of Light Yagami and the Death Note. Inspired by the tale, he heads off for the human world, in search of a similar cure for his own boredom.

Voiced by: Ai Satō (Japanese); Saffron Henderson (English)

Sachiko Yagami is the wife of Soichiro Yagami and the mother of Light. Like her daughter Sayu, she is unaware of Light ever being Kira even after his death. She is portrayed by Michiko Godai in the live-action films.In the live-action drama, Sachiko dies during her treatment, when Light and Sayu was a kid. design 130" /> Author Tsugumi Ohba considers both Sachiko and Sayu as the purest characters in the series stating that he could not "sense any evil or twistedness from these two at all." The Yagami family is thought to be the most "pitiful" characters in the book by both creators with Ohba later adding that he felt sympathy for mother and daughter.[27]

Sayu Yagami[edit]

Sayu Yagami (夜神 粧裕, Yagami Sayu)
Voiced by: Haruka Kudō (Japanese); Kelly Metzger, Kristie Marsden (English)

Sayu Yagami is Light's kindhearted younger sister. Like her mother she never learns of Light's possession of the Death Note or his identity as Kira. In the manga and anime, after Takimura's death, Mello's gang kidnaps her in exchange for the Death Note possessed by the investigation team. Although being returned unharmed, Sayu falls into a state of shock, eventually becoming unresponsive to the presence of others. In the live-action films, her character is portrayed by actress Hikari Mitsushima, and since the mafia does not play a role, she is not kidnapped. In the drama series, Sayu is portrayed by Reiko Fujiwara.

Though not having any real concept behind Sayu's design, artist Takeshi Obata states that he often encounters difficulty in drawing female characters not central to the storyline.[34] Author Tsugumi Ohba considers Sayu and her mother as two of the purest characters in the series, stating that he could not "sense any evil or twistedness from these two at all." Both creators added that they considered the Yagami family to be the most pitiful characters in the book; Ohba later added that he felt sympathy for Sayu and her mother.[27] Her birthday is June 18, 1989.

David Hoope[edit]

David Hoope (デイビット・ホープ, Deibitto Hōpu)

David Hoope is the President of the United States of America in the storyline. He assists in the formation of Near's SPK, and provides information and funding to Mello under threats of the Death Note. He turns to Light, despite knowing that he is not the real L, who manipulates him into providing assistance and attacking Mello's hideout. When the attack fails, President Hoope commits suicide to prevent Mello from writing his name and making him launch a nuclear strike. How to Read 13 states "It's believed that Kira disposed of him."[64] In the second Rewrite special, the mafia plot is omitted, with Light instead blackmailing him to leak information about the SPK. Light in turn forwards this information to Takada and Mikami, and they kill the SPK. In the anime, the character was merged with that of George Sairas.

George Sairas[edit]

George Sairas (ジョージ・サイラス, Jōji Sairasu)
Voiced by: Aruno Tahara (Japanese); Michael Dobson (English)

George Sairas is the Vice President of the United States. When Hoope dies Sairas becomes the President. He capitulates to Kira and officially announces support for him. In addition, Sairas leaks secret information about the SPK. How to Read 13 describes Sairas as "weak-willed" and "clearly lacking as a leader."[64] In the anime, Sairas is U.S. President from the start.

Koreyoshi Kitamura[edit]

Koreyoshi Kitamura (北村 是良, Kitamura Koreyoshi)
Voiced by: Masaru Ikeda (Japanese); Howard Siegal (English)

Koreyoshi Kitamura is the deputy director of the NPA and Soichiro's superior. He feels weighted by Yotsuba's pressure. How to Read 13 states that he "isn't a bad guy."[35]

Kanichi Takimura[edit]

Kanichi Takimura (多貴村 管一, Takimura Kan'ichi)

Kanichi Takimura is the head director of the NPA. He is kidnapped by Mello in order to be used as a hostage in exchange for the Death Note. He is later controlled to commit suicide by Light Yagami.


Yamamoto (山本, Yamamoto)

Yamamoto is the newest member of the NPA who only appears in the final chapter, Finale.[65] He works as Matsuda's junior, and was seen troubled by Matsuda bothering him with going to a bar. In the special one-shot chapter set three years later, he can be seen in the same room with the rest of the team, albeit not belonging to them, as noted by Matsuda. According to Tsugumi Ohba, the character was added during the continuity stage to show dirty side of Matsuda as a senior member, and there was no other specific intention to the inclusion of him.[66]

This character is the same character as a former high school friend of Light Yagami, appearing in the earlier chapters, who also bears strikingly similar appearances, and has the same English name, Yamamoto. However, in the original Japanese manga, the both character's spelling is different.[67]

Criminals and initial victims[edit]

Kurou Otoharada[edit]

Kurou Otoharada (音原田 九郎, Otoharada Kurō)

An unemployed 42-year-old man, Kurou Otoharada is the first criminal that Light kills. Otoharada's name is announced on television as he holds eight hostages in a nursery school. As this incident was reported only on local television, it helped L narrow down Kira's whereabouts.

Takuo Shibuimaru[edit]

Takuo Shibuimaru (渋井丸 拓男, Shibuimaru Takuo)
Voiced by: Tomohiro Nishimura (Japanese); Lee Tockar (English)

Takuo Shibuimaru, nicknamed "Shibutaku" (シブタク, "Cool Taku"), is the second person that Light kills. Shibuimaru rides a motorcycle and travels with a group of bikers. After Light sees him harassing and chasing a woman (in the anime, he was about to rape the woman), Light writes his name down with a death by traffic accident. A truck slams into Shibuimaru's motorcycle, killing him. It was this death that fully convinces Light that the Death Note does work. In the manga Light feels some guilt since Shibuimaru is not a criminal.

In the first film, Shibuimaru is a criminal who was never prosecuted for killing five children. Light finds his name in a police database after he hacks onto the NPA server, and later encounters him in a lounge, bragging about the fact that he was not prosecuted. When a man asks Shibuimaru how he felt, he brags about his acquittal and laughed at the fact that parents of his victims screamed when they discovered the acquittal. Shibuimaru finds Light looking over his shoulder and threatens him with a knife, but backs away and laughs, taunting Light by stating that no-one can prosecute him. Later on, Shibuimaru sees Light at a train crossing, gawking at him. Light, having previously killed another criminal, writes Shibuimaru's name into the Death Note, and he collapses of a heart attack as a train passes between them.

Lind L. Tailor[edit]

Lind L. Tailor (リンド・L・テイラー, Rindo Eru Teirā)
Voiced by: Yukitoshi Tokumoto (Japanese); John Murphy, Matt Lagan (English)

Lind L. Tailor is a convicted criminal waiting on death row; this information was kept secretly away from the public. L places Tailor as his decoy on television in exchange for being pardoned by the government. The television states that the broadcast is worldwide and that Tailor's statements are being translated into Japanese. After Tailor states that he is "L", he reads a declaration stating that Kira is evil. Light, in a rage, kills Tailor with a heart attack. The real L announces that Tailor was a decoy, a criminal on death row, and discovers that Kira cannot kill the real L without having seen his face, and that Kira is in Kanto, as that was the only area that the appearance was actually broadcast in.

Kiichiro Osoreda[edit]

Kiichiro Osoreda (恐田 奇一郎, Osoreda Kiichirō)
Voiced by: Katsuhisa Hōki (Japanese); Brian Dobson (English)

is a drug addict and criminal used by Light to trick Raye into revealing his FBI badge to Light. Osoreda had failed in an attempt to rob a bank, shooting a teller and two customers as he escaped. Light writes Osoreda's name in the Death Note, dictating his actions. Osoreda boards a bus and holds a gun to the driver's head. Osoreda threatens Light as he unwittingly picks up a piece of the Death Note. Due to this, Ryuk appears solely to Osoreda, frightening the criminal. Osoreda empties his ammunition into Ryuk, who does not die. Osoreda forces the driver to stop the bus and then runs into the street, where an automobile hits Osoreda's head, killing him; the authorities mistakenly believe that Osoreda's vision of Ryuk was a drug-induced hallucination.[68]

Taro Kagami[edit]

Taro Kagami (鏡 太郎, Kagami Tarō)

Taro Kagami is a character featured in the original Death Note pilot story, which differs greatly from the final series. While walking home from school one day, Taro finds the Death Note on the ground, and thinking it to be an ordinary journal, he writes down the names of people who had been bullying him. The next day, these bullies are reported dead, and Ryuk appears to Taro that night. Soon, the police get involved, and Taro uses an eraser to revive the dead bullies. As the police interrogate the bullies, the bullies and the two police officers die; as it turns out, Ryuk's other note fell into the hands of one of Taro's friends. The police officers and the bullies are brought back to life again, and Taro keeps one Death Note while the other is burned. At the end of the chapter, a 20-year-old Kagami is seen with Ryuk following him.

This version of the story is significantly more horror-based, and Death Note 13: How to Read describes the pilot chapter Ryuk as "really lazy" and "incompetent".[69] Taro subsequently became the inspiration for the character of Teru Mikami; Mikami greatly resembles him, down to the flashbacks of him in his youth.

Film-only characters[edit]


Sanami (佐波, Sanami)

Sanami is a character exclusive to the Death Note film series. She is a member of the Task Force.She is portrayed by Miyuki Komatsu. She is the only female member of the Task Force, which differs from the all-male team in the manga and anime. In Death Note: The Last Name, she tends to Misa Amane during her captivity and is more critical of the methods used by the investigation team, often calling them cruel near the end of the film she is killed by the Shinigami Arma when she attempts to kill Mishima.

In the Matsuda Spinoff short film, Sanami tries to help Touta Matsuda and passes him a note from Soichiro Yagami. The note tells Matsuda to visit Ryuzaki to help Matsuda find closure with the case.

Ryotaro Sakajo[edit]

Ryotaro Sakajo (坂城 良太郎, Sakajō Ryōtarō)

Ryotaro Sakajo as a character is present only in the films. He is the assistant director during the filming of Misa Amane's "Misa-Misa's Happy Sweets" video. He is obsessed with Misa, collecting a used tissue of hers after she throws it in the trash. In a sequence bridged between the two films, Sakajo corners Misa and brandishes a knife, stating that he wishes to die with her. Gelus, a shinigami watching from the Shinigami realm, kills him to save Misa's life. In doing so, Gelus dies and Rem, who was watching, finds it only fitting to grant possession of his notebook to the human that he loved. Since Rem was the first Shinigami to touch the dead Gelus's notebook, she gained possession of that one.

Shiori Akino[edit]

Shiori Akino (秋野 詩織, Akino Shiori)

Shiori Akino is portrayed by Yuu Kashii. She is Light's girlfriend, classmate at To-Oh University (東応大学, Tōō Daigaku),[70] and childhood friend. Shiori dreams of working in law enforcement and feels some envy stemming from Light's abilities. Shiori disagrees with Kira's methods, stating that she does not like the terror they incite; she believes that the law should judge criminals. Shiori argues with the "pro-Kira" Light, unaware of the fact that Light is Kira. Kashii describes Shiori as a "very innocent" and "ordinary" girl who "believes in justice." Kashii believed that Shiori's way of thinking is closest to that of audiences of the Death Note film.[71] Light writes Shiori's name and the name of Naomi Misora in the Death Note, arranging the scenario to make it look like Naomi killed Shiori in a botched kidnapping scenario trying to expose Kira. Despite doing so, Light still express some remorse and sadness for using the Death Note to kill Shiori.

Shusuke Kaneko, director of the film, said that he created Shiori after reading the original Death Note manga.[71] In an interview printed in Weekly Shonen Jump, the creators of the film stated that Shiori was added to the story to highlight Light's negative aspects. Kaneko said that he needed Shiori to "deliver Light's badness to the audience."[71]

In the production notes Kashii said that she felt excited to portray Shiori and wondered if the audience could accept her character.[71] Kitty Sensei of OtakuZone had her opinions of the film portrayal of Shiori published in The Star, a Malaysian newspaper. In it Kitty Sensei said that she felt concern about what the addition of Shiori "would affect our dear, megalomaniac Light. Will he be a softer version of the Light from the manga?" Kitty Sensei said that after watching the film she felt that Shiori "only strengthens the portrayal of Light" and that she "provides one of the gasp-worthy moments of the movie."[72] Shiori is dubbed by Ashleigh Ball for the English dub of Death Note...

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Maki Nikaido[edit]

Maki Nikaido (二階堂真希, Nikaido Maki)
Portrayed by: Mayuko Fukuda

Maki Nikaido is a 10-year-old schoolgirl and the daughter of Dr Kimihiko Nikaido. Her mother was presumably deceased prior to the events of the film. She shared a close bond with her father's assistant Dr Kimiko Kujo (also known as K) before the murder of her father. Maki appeared as a pretty girl with chin-length black hair with her bangs covering her eyebrows, and wherever she goes, she was always seen carrying a teddy bear that contains a recording of her mother's voice. She was also shown to be sensible, calm and kind and caring towards her kin, though she can be quite ruthless towards those whom she hated (notably Kujo for killing her father).


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Did light yagami become a shinigami?

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Why did Light's eyes turn red?

The appearance of red eyes in photos occurs when the camera flash (or some other bright light source) is reflected from the retina. ... When the light is reflected, it illuminates the rich blood supply of the connective tissue at the back of the eye and produces the red color you see in pictures.

Does Ryuk care about light?

As stated earlier, Ryuk is only following Light around for entertainment value. His little trip to Earth is basically a getaway from the boredom of the Shinigami world and a way to get a vacation from his Death God job for a while. ... Ryuk really doesn't care about Light.

Does Light Yagami have a child?

Several years after Light's death, however, it is revealed in the sequel film Death Note: Light Up the New World that Light secretly had a son, Hikari Yagami (夜神光 Yagami Hikari), who was expected to inherit a Death Note and carry on Kira's legacy.

What happened to Light's mother?

Similar to the drama, Light's mother passed away before the events of the film. She was killed when Antony Skomal hit her with his car. In an act of revenge, Light kills Skomal, making him Light's second Death Note victim.

Why did RYUK write light name?

Plot. When he first meets Light Yagami, Ryuk warns him that when Light's time to die comes, Ryuk will write his name in his own Death Note. Ryuk writes Light's name in his Death Note in the anime. When Light is about to die, he begs Ryuk to write the names of the Japanese Task Force and SPK members in his Death Note.

Is RYUK good or bad?

Ryuk wasn't evil or sociopathic (especially when you have to judge him by the standards of the Shinigami, not humans, who he has no reason to care about); he was amoral.

Did Misa Amane become a Shinigami?

If true, Light's reincarnation theory establishes the fact that humans who die using a death note come back as a shinigami. This shinigami is the reincarnation of Misa Amane. The coat is very similar to the one Misa was wearing at the day of the kidnapping and the day of Light's death.

Is Misa Amane a Shinigami?

In the manga and anime, Rem tells Misa that she is a female Shinigami. In Death Note: The Last Name, this is not mentioned, leaving her gender ambiguous.

Who is the Strongest Shinigami?

These are 25 Shinigami Ranked From Weakest To Strongest.

  • 8 Tenjiro Kirinji. ...
  • 7 Aizen. ...
  • 6 Ichibe Hyosube. ...
  • 5 Unohana. ...
  • 4 Kenpachi. ...
  • 3 Kyoraku. ...
  • 2 Yamamoto. ...
  • 1 Ichigo. The protagonist of Bleach, and a Substitute Shinigami, Ichigo Kurosaki is the strongest characters in the series.

Why was L's funeral scene deleted?

Did it offend people or something? It wasn't "deleted", it was just something the anime studio invented specifically for the first Relight movie. It was never in the original story, so it's not like it was something they left out.

Why did L Dry Light's feet?

L gives Light a foot massage. It can be viewed in many different ways. One way is that L is acknowledging that Light is Kira, and is offering a kind of faux submissive act. Another is a symbolic reference to Jesus washing Judas's feet.

Did L know that light was Kira?

8 L Knew Light Was Kira And Lied

Throughout the anime, L's suspicion of Light wavers from episode to episode. Generally, though, he says there's about a 5% chance that Light is Kira. Despite those low odds he gives his comrades, he still refuses to give up on Light as a suspect.

What is MISA lifespan?

Misa was born on December 25, 1984. Though she was once supposed to live a much longer life, she decreased her remaining lifespan by half in order to have the power of the Shinigami Eyes. She actually made the deal twice, decreasing her lifespan to a quarter of what it once was. Misa passed away on February 14, 2011.

Can the Death Note run out of pages?

Regardless of how many names are written in it, the notebook will never run out of pages. Death Notes are made from a material unknown to human science; however, they nevertheless feel and look like regular notebooks, and it is possible to rip and burn the pages.

Are L and Light friends?

even if he did see light as a friend it would not be mutual (In an interview he was asked, “Did L have any friends?” We are told, “No. When he told Light that Light was his first friend, it was a lie. L could never have a friend, as he found humans to be a very cunning species.”Dec 4, 2015)…

Is L smarter than light?

But there can only be one absolute winner…and there is. L Lawliet is smarter than Light Yagami, in fact, he's the smartest character in Death Note. L's IQ may be lower than Light's but his deduction skills, planning and eye for detail far surpass Kira's.

Where does light go when he dies?

Straight after Light's death, Light wakes up in a mysterious valley and is no longer an old man. He now has the same appearance that he did towards the end of the primary Death Note storyline. Suddenly, Ryuk appears before Light and tells Light that he is in the Shinigami Realm.

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In this world, there are few things as widely debated as religion.

For most of human history, people have argued about what they believe in. Why my beliefs are better than yours (re: why I am better than you), why what you practice is weird (doing that has never occurred to me), why you should believe what I believe instead (give me power by doing as I say).

Many (read most) wars were started about beliefs, many (if not all) have been damaging and ultimately pointless. But there is one undisputed fact that came from this, one that cannot be doubted.

Human's belief was powerful.


He had to know.

Light grunted a little in his effort as he swung the blade down as hard as he could, right for the the center of his arm.


Light's eyes followed the broken tip of the blade as it tinked on the floor a few times before settling, leaving an empty silence in the room. Slowly, Light looked to where he was holding the rest of the knife. The remaining blade was broken and warped to his arm, and as Light lessened his grasp on the handle, it had become apparent his hand had completely crushed it from the force.

Light let the pieces fall to the ground.


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Monstrous, inhuman creatures who inhabit the land of the dead, the Shinigami are Gods of Death who all own their own copy of the titular Death Note. The series starts when one Shinigami in particular gets bored with lazing around all day and decides to take a visit down to Earth.

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    Tropes shared by most of the Shinigami 

  • Alliance with an Abomination: Though humanoid abominations, some Shinigami can co-operate and be friendly with the humans who own their Death Note like Light and Ryuk. Though at the end he reminds Light that Evil Is Not a Toy.
  • All There in the Manual: Any information on Shinigami that do not appear in the series or the movies comes from How To Read.
  • Alternative Number System: The lifespan humans can see with Shinigami Eyes only appears in a number system recognizable to Shinigami and just looks like random numbers to a human.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: They basically all have cool-sounding names, varying from the one-syllable "Rem" to the highly ornate "Armonia Justin Beyondormason."
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Of course Shinigami have no problems killing humans or with humans dying. Shinigami take human lifespans for themselves. Why should they care about the human world beyond it being their food source? In fact if a Shinigami does care about a human to the point that they'd kill to extend the human's life, this means they "failed as a Shinigami", and that kills them on the spot.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Their Death Notes can't run out of pages.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: All Shinigami have high-intelligence by nature. Even Ryuk, said to be one of the dumbest members of his race, is still smarter than even L and Light. However, due to their long lifespans they are all extremely lethargic, either spending their days sleeping or gambling. They're so incredibly lazy that even doing their jobs as gods of death — killing humans — often warrants mockery from fellow Shinigami for working too hard. And while they have no restrictions that force them to stay in the Shinigami Realm, they rarely ever travel to Earth. Ryuk and Rem are notable as being the only ones to willingly want to go, rather than simply being forced to in order to shadow whichever human picks up their Death Note.
  • By the Eyes of the Blind: A Shinigami on Earth can only be seen or heard by humans who have touched his/her particular Death Note.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Averted: all of the female Shinigami are just as grotesque in appearance as the males.
  • Deadly Upgrade: Any Shinigami on Earth can offer a human the Shinigami Eyes, at the price of half of the human's lifespan.
  • Deal with the Devil: Any deal made by a human with a Shinigami is going to end badly for the human every time. Is the death god offering you a Death Note to play with? You can be sure that the death god will write your name in his own notebook and steal your remaining years once he gets bored with you. Is he offering you Shinigami eyes so that you can use your death note without needing to find out your victims' names? Say goodbye to half your remaining lifespan. Hell, just finding a Death Note and giving it up without ever using it may well earn you an immediate death by the Shinigami just because you're boring for not playing his game. If you encounter a Death God at all, your only chance of not dying young is to be so impossibly beautiful that the Shinigami falls in love with you. At the very least, Shinigami are honest and up front about the price of what they offer.
  • Death Is a Loser: While powerful and unable to be harmed by human means, most Shinigami are lazy and bored beings that only try to extend their lives and do nothing with the lifespans they've taken, some even dying because they forgot to do so. Ryuk is one of the few to be proactive, and they consider him strange for it.
  • Death's Hourglass: Shinigami eyes allow them to see their victims' lifespans, though it's displayed in a mathematical formula only Shinigami can compute.
  • G-Rated Drug: Ryuk mentions that Apples to Shinigami are like cigarettes and alcohol to humans.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The majority of these gods of death are human-shaped.
  • Intangibility: Although a Shinigami on Earth can temporarily become solid to manipulate objects.
  • Jerkass Gods: While they're called gods, they're little more than immortal supernatural parasites who are for the most part infinitely selfish, and kill humans indiscriminately to feed on their lifespans to keep themselves perpetually alive. They don't answer prayers, they don't do anything positive for humans at all, and they only use their powers to advance themselves. In fact if they do anything to help a human, they are severely punished for going against their nature. They don't even do anything worthwhile with their infinite lives, they just play games among themselves and idly observe humanity. Whether or not they exist as a cosmic balancing force to keep humanity from growing out of control is never suggested or considered.
  • Namedar: Shinigami eyes see humans' real names.
  • Overarching Villain: They are by far the most recurring villains in the entire franchise. While they have a bizarre morality, they are a race of extra-dimensional beings who survive by killing humans to extend their own lives. They are gods of death who are the reason why the Kiras are rampant in the Death Note universe, the last of them being C-Kira from the Death Note One-Shot Special; why the notebooks titled Death Note exists, and why Light Yagami is, well... Kira. Their influence is so powerful that even Beyond Birthday, the Big Bad of the prequel novel Death Note: Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Case, owns the eyes of these creatures.
  • Pass the Popcorn: The Shinigami have taken an interest in the show Ryuk started with Light.
  • Perpetual-Motion Monster: Among them, there isn't a necessity for eating or sleeping. They can be killed through other means, though.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: It really is only their duty to take humans' lives, and they only truly qualify as "evil" insofar as the occasional decision to kill a human earlier than intended - and doing so to save another will sponatenously cause their deaths.
  • Purely Aesthetic Gender: Inverted. Though the question of if and how they reproduce is never addressed, the Shinigami do have men and women. Despite this, most give no outward visual indicator of their sex at all.
  • Random Power Ranking: All of the known Shinigami are ranked from 1 to 13 (with the exception of the Shinigami King who doesn't have a rank). This could be subverted in that Ryuk is two levels below Rem, yet is shown to be more cunning and manipulative than her, not to mention he ends up outliving her. (Possibly it's more a measure of social standing than power?)


See Death Note Main Characters.


Voiced by: Kimiko Saito (JP), Colleen Wheeler (EN), Azucena Díaz (Spain), Rafel Oriol (Spain, movies), Erica Edwards (Latin America), Marie-Christine Darah (FR) , Shinnosuke Ikehata (films), Michael Dobson (English dub for film)

Misa's Shinigami, who is highly protective of her, bringing Gelus's Death Note to her after his death and generally watching out for her. Rem forces Light to enact a Memory Gambit to save Misa when she gets caught, and haunts Higuchi while this is being done. Misa surprises her by coming to be interviewed at Yotsuba for an advertising gig as part of L's plan to local the Yotsuba Kira, and Rem takes the opportunity to reveal herself to Misa and tell her what's going on. Later, Rem follows the Death Note back to Taskforce Headquarters when L captures Higuchi and Light regains ownership of the Note. There, Light tricks her into killing L and Watari in order to save Misa; and although she realizes what he has done, she goes along with it, choosing willingly to die to keep Misa safe.

  • Accent Adaptation: The anime dub gives her a vaguely Caribbean accent.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: She is portrayed as a much more beautiful character in the musical adaptation, to the point of her looking almost like a goddess.
  • Affably Evil: As long as Misa's safety isn't in danger, she doesn't seem terribly threatening toward people. Although, the only humans she's interacted with have somehow been a potential cause of harm to Misa...
  • Beast and Beauty: The Beast to Misa's Beauty. Misa is the first and only human Rem regards highly and she's willing to disregard shinigami law for her sake. Tragically subverted in that Misa doesn't appear to care that much about her and lets Light manipulate her as he pleases.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: While not exactly a Cute Monster Girl, she's probably one of the most physically attractive Shinigami, as well as the one with the strongest sense of personal justice.
  • Creepy Monotone: Her voice in the anime.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: While amoral herself, she genuinely cares about Misa and is disgusted by Higuchi. Word of God states that she's "a good person."
  • The Dulcinea Effect: She sees Misa once and develops feelings for her so intense that she journeys to the human realm to give her Gelus's notebook.
  • Ethereal White Dress: In the musical adaptation, she wears white robes and she's a Shinigami.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She'll do anything for Misa.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Due to Blue-and-Orange Morality that comes with being a shinigami, she exhibits few qualms with Misa murdering people, as well as murder being committed for her sake. That said, she does gently rebuke Misa for not using the notebook properly and suggests that she use it more for herself and not gratuitously. She also has a great distaste for the way the Yotsuba group use the Death Note; in particular, she's repulsed by Higuchi's greedy and obsessive nature.
  • Gender Flip: She is portrayed as a male Shinigami in the live action films.
  • Hellish Pupils: Rem's pupils are thin reptilian slits, giving her face a very serpentine feature.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She ends up killing herself so Misa won't be found out as the Second Kira.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: "Now that I think about it,Light may be as pureas you, Misa."
  • Humans Are Bastards: In her opinion, "humans are such ugly creatures."
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: See Love Martyr, Mama Bear and Unwitting Pawn.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: As Light notes, she is firmly on Misa's side and will take action on her behalf.
  • Love Epiphany: In The Musical, she finally realizes she understands love, and is in fact in love with Misa, right after Misa gives up her memories of Rem and the Death Note. It's heartbreaking, but she gets one hell of a song out of it, titled "When Love Comes."
  • Love Martyr: Rem cares deeply for Misa and is even willing to die for her. Misa doesn't care.
  • Mama Bear: She is very protective of Misa. Considering that Misa had recently lost her mother (she tells Light that her parents were murdered a year ago) around the time Rem showed up, it's not too inconceivable that Rem took up that role for her. Although Rem obeys Misa and follows her lead, she is also shown treating Misa as a daughter, up to and including willingly sacrificing herself for Misa's safety.
  • Meaningful Name: "Res", in Latin, is a feminine noun meaning 'thing,' like a tool to be used. An accusative is when something is happening to it. The accusative for Res? Rem.
    • So she's "the thing that things happen to".
    • Also R.E.M. is the state when the mind is dreaming, which goes along well with Rem's idealized notions of love and sacrifice.
    • It may also be derived from the Christian and Islamic angel Remiel, whose name means Compassion of God.
  • She's a Man in Japan: Inverted. Confusingly, the film adaptation gave her a male voice while the anime gave her a female one; she also has a female voice in the TV drama. The manga bounces a little on this, with Light using male pronouns for her from time to time. Rem herself says in the English manga, "I'm female" and Ryuk refers to her as one.


Voiced by: Kazuki Yao (JP), Samuel Vincent (EN), Ángel de Gracia (Spain), Eduardo Ramírez (Latin America)

A lazy, whiny shinigami and the original owner of Light's first Death Note (before it was "liberated" by Ryuk). Causes trouble for Light's plans when he comes to retrieve his notebook.

  • Adaptational Heroism: Sort of. Arma, his counterpart for Death Note: Light Up the New World is a heroic figure, acting as a foil to Ryuk and Shien's alliance.
  • Adapted Out: Of the first two live-action films, though he does appear in Light up the New World, albeit not as the real thing, and does appear as the real thing in the novelization.
  • Affably Evil: He may be a Shinigami, with a bizarre appearance typical by their standards, but he's actually a bit of a goofball in terms of personality and is rather forgetful.
  • Butt-Monkey: A lot doesn't go right for Sidoh. Ryuk stealing his Death Note was just the beginning.
  • Cape Wings: Like many Shinigami he has a large pair of wings, and in his case they wrap around his body like a cape.
  • Combat Tentacles: He doesn't actually have them, but his long-fingered sticklike arms are so long and thin that they appear like this.
  • Death by Adaptation: His film counterpart Arma dies. However, it is implied that his original self will die anyway for violating the laws of the gods of death.
  • Death Is a Loser: Considered a loser among the Shinigami, being a goofball almost running out of life because he lost his notebook.
  • The Ditz: He is even dumber than Ryuk (who is considered pretty dumb among the Shinigami).
  • Even Evil Has Standards: "What's with this [Mello] guy? He's human but he's scary..."
  • Shooting Superman: When Sidoh first reveals himself to the mafia who have taken possession of his Death Note, a few of them unsurprisingly blaze away at him. Being a Shinigami, it does absolutely nothing, of course.
  • The Slacker: Like many Shinigami he was really slacking off writing down names so he needed to find his notebook soon or he was going to die.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": English media writes and pronounces the character's name as Sidoh, an error which is present even in the Japanese, as it's the spelling used in Volume 9 of the tankobon. But in Japanese How to Read 13, largely considered canonical, the character's name is spelled Shidoh, which is likely the intended name.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: In "Father", he briefly follows Ryuk around, trying to get his notebook back.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: In as many words, when realizing his notebook is missing in the human world.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In the end, he gets a Death Note so he can go on living.
    • Subverted perhaps because when he returns to his realm, he will have to face the deadly consequences of killing humans WITHOUT a Death Note. Although he did have a full list of the Shinigami rules he consulted before doing anything potentially dangerous for him, so he'll probably get off, since he was only enabling someone else to kill them rather than doing it himself.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Mello introduces him to chocolate bars.


Voiced by: Kenichi Matsuyama (JP), Michael Dobson (EN), Dafnis Fernández (Latin America)

The original owner of Misa's notebook, who sacrificed himself to save Misa.

  • 13 Is Unlucky: The Rank 13 Shinigami. He has no friends and dies in his first appearance.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He has the grotesque appearance common to all the shinigami, but his one and only scene has him willingly dying to save Misa's life.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: He sacrificed his life to save a girl he had never even met in person.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: For Misa.
  • Love Martyr: He literally gave his life for Misa, who didn't even know he'd done it, or even who Gelus was. When she learns of it later, she doesn't seem to care about his sacrifice.
  • Meaningful Name: "Jealous." In the manga, he's even spelled "Jealous".
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: So, Gelus, you saved a young girl from being murdered by a deranged stalker? Bravo! Oh, but you'll die for this heroic act since it's literally against your species' nature to save a human's life.
  • Remake Cameo: His Japanese voice actor previously played L in the live action adaptation.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Even though it's against the rules for a shinigami to extend someone's life, he uses his notebook to save Misa from a demented stalker who would have killed her. Then again, considering how Rem claimed to be one of the few Shinigami who knew how to kill another one (and Ryuk apparently didn't know) it's likely this isn't so much a rule as a fact of nature that most Shinigami are unaware of.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Japanese media spells his name as Jealous, English calls it "Gelus." The latter appears to be preferred by the fans, especially since many of the Japanese romaji spellings are truly bizarre.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He was deeply in love with Misa and watched her constantly from the shinigami realm, despite never having even spoken to her, to the point of willingly and knowingly giving his life to save hers. Ironically, he did this by stopping a human stalker from murdering her. That said, it's pretty clear Gelus was harmless, and would never have hurt Misa.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He shows up for about three minutes in the anime, if that, so really, all we know about him is he loved Misa. His death is still heartbreaking, though.

    Armonia Justin Beyondormason

Voiced by: Hideyuki Umezu (JP), Michael Dobson (EN), Luis Alfonso Padilla (Latin America, 1st voice), Dafnis Fernández (Latin America, 2nd voice)

This jeweled skeleton is the Shinigami Realm’s adviser, who knows the rules well.

    Daril Ghiroza

A high-ranking female Shinigami.


Voiced by: Tetsuo Goto (JP), David Pettitt (EN), Eduard Doncos (Spain), Ferso Velázquez (Latin America)

Another denizen of the Shinigami realm.


A female Shinigami with a spotted body that kind of looks like Jabba the Hutt. She likes humidity and dislikes dryness.


Voiced by: Takeharu Onishi (JP), Lee Tockar (EN), Vicente Gil (Spain), Ernesto Lezama (Latin America)

An antelope-headed Shinigami. A friend of Ryuk's that watches his exploits in the human world. He likes gambling but he's not very good at it.


Voiced by: Kibou Tokumei (JP), John Novak (EN)

A minor Shinigami character that expresses interest in the human world and what Ryuk is doing.


Another Shinigami mentioned in How To Read 13.

  • Humanoid Alien: He’s vaguely insectoid in appearance with boar-like tusks.

    Kinddara Guivelostain

A female Shinigami. She’s very violent and not very smart.


The highest ranking Shinigami, Nu resembles a rock covered with eyes. Only the King is more powerful than she is. She likes repentance and dislikes sound.

Tropes associated with Nu:
  • Eldritch Abomination: By far the strangest-looking shinigami. The fact that she doesn't possess any other visible body parts aside from eyes can lead one to wonder how she writes or communicates.
  • Extra Eyes: Her upper body at least is covered in them.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: Specifically, all over her body.
  • The Faceless: Her head is just an amorphous shape. The only part of her that could be recognisable is that two eyes of a similar size are placed where a human's eyes would be.
  • Loud of War: She dislikes sound, despite not having any ears.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Despite appearing on the spine art of the final volume, as well as the beginning of the anime's second Title Sequence, Nu has never been featured at any point in the story, art or tie-ins.

    The Shinigami King

A toy figure of the Shinigami King issued with a Death Note DVD.

"The Old Man," The King of the Shinigami Realm, the one who issues the Shinigami their marching orders, and the highest ranked Shinigami of them all.

  • The Caligula: He can be bribed with addictive substances (apples in his case) and makes up rules with a death penalty if somebody agitates him, showing that for all his power, he's quite petulant.
  • Comically Small Bribe: During the main story, he refuses to give out new Death Notes to Shinigami after seeing what Ryuk does. In the bonus chapter 109, however, he changes his mind and will give anyone a new Note for the price of... two apples from Earth.
  • Dimension Lord: He rules the Shinigami realm.
  • The Dreaded: Even some of the other Shinigami are afraid of him.
  • Eldritch Abomination: If his figure's any indication, his form is anything but humanoid, as opposed to the rest of the shinigami.
  • Evil Old Folks: In the novelization of Light Up the New World, he talks in a style distinctive of old people. Ryuk often refers to him as "The Old Man" rather than his actual title.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Although never seen in person, he casts a shadow over the world of Death Note, having created the MacGuffins in the first place. Indeed, he was the one who gave Ryuk another notebook that allowed him to kick off the entire story to begin with.
    • In the 2020 one-shot he's agitated by the thought of humans pawning Death Notes and decrees that any human who engages in a Death Note-related transaction will die of a heart attack, thus keeping the new Kira from reaping the benefits of his master plan.
  • The Grim Reaper: As the ruler of a society of death gods, this is his ultimate role in the story.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: He's never shown in the manga or anime. The toy pictured above finally revealed his appearance.
  • Obvious Rule Patch: To prevent more cases like Minoru from happening again, The King writes a new rule that prevents any further Death Notes from being sold by humans in their world — by killing both the buyer and seller in the transaction for accepting either the money or the notebook.
  • Skull for a Head: Within another, much larger skull.
  • Spanner in the Works: In the 2020 one-shot he adds a penalty against exchanging the Death Note for money shortly after the new protagonist has just committed the act. The result is said protagonist dies of a heart attack before he can enjoy his new wealth.
  • Time Abyss: Implied. The other Shinigami refer to him as "The Old Man." Keep in mind that these are beings who can live indefinitely as long as they remember to write down a name every once in a while.
  • Top God: He's the king of the Shinigami, though it isn't clear which variation of this trope he falls under.

    The Unnamed Shinigami

An unnamed Shinigami who appeared in the movie Relight: Visions of a God, where he was searching the Shinigami Realm for Ryuk. He is violent and impetuous, making demands of the other Shinigami. He is very interested in the human world and bored with the Shinigami realm. He bribes Ryuk with apples to hear his story of the time he spent in the human world but leaves before he finishes it. Physically the Shinigami is a skeleton with spiky brown hair and wears a tattered suit, a red tie headband and a grey bookbag, and he walks with a limp. This and the dialogue at the end of the movie strongly hints that he is a Reincarnationof Light Yagami.

  • The Bad Guy Wins: If he really is Light, nothing would be able to stop Kira if he decided to try again (now that he's a literal god).
  • Cast as a Mask: To make the special's (supposed) Twist Ending more surprising and jarring, he and Light are voiced by different actors.
  • Deity of Human Origin: He's this if he really was Light, since he'd be a human who became a death god upon death.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Trope picture.
  • Here We Go Again!: The Shinigami heads down to the human world to alleviate his boredom for a while.
  • I Never Told You My Name: One of the biggest pieces of evidence supporting the idea that this Shinigami is actually Light is that he somehow knows of Ryuk's taste for apples without anyone having told him.
  • Preemptive "Shut Up": When searching for Ryuk the other Shinigami try to give him the runaround. "Shut up and answer my question!"
  • The Unreveal: While he is implied to be Light from the story Ryuk tells, he never flat-out says so at all, and the only hint we are given comes from Ryuk.
  • Wham Line: Said to him by Ryuk, possibly revealing his true identity:

    Ryuk: Wouldn't you agree, Light?

    • Subverted, as the director clarified Ryuk was talking about Light in passing.


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