Best Death Note Characters


The Top Ten

1 Lawliet (L) Lawliet (L)

Death Note made two of the greatest characters in the history of anime but you and I clearly know that L stands out among those two. The other one I'm talking about is obviously Light Yagami. L is so lovable as a character. Everything he ever says or does is so unlike any other character of person. He's himself. He's so awesome. He deducts cases what otherwise a general sleuth would take a year to solve in just a week. He's also the mastermind when it comes to observation. And he's got amazing psychological knowledge although he's not very social. If there's any creation that can stand up to Sherlock Holmes for the 'Best Fictional Sleuth', its most definitely gonna be L. The series got a little messed up when L died though.. I wish he lived on and solved the case himself. Anyways, even in the span of 20 episodes, L got to be number 1 on this list and that's satisfactory. He's deserving of it anyway. And yeah, you can't spell the words love or life without L and without L, the world is ...more - SytachiRed

The last part there was well said, but by the way L was alive for about 25 episodes. - EliHbk

The smartest character what so ever, Seeing him dying pissed me off.

Favorite character of all time

Great Character

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2 Light Yagami Light Yagami Light Yagami is a fictional character and the protagonist of the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

He should be at the top of this list, especially since he's my favorite character in the series due to my agreement with him. All of his haters really piss me off they see him only as a bad guy. And that's worse than pathetic.

But I see Light as an anti-hero and L as an anti-villain. Therefore, I'd like to see Light use the Death Note on all of his haters, especially since they're self-righteous and hypocritical goody-two-shoes who see him in black and white while I see him gray.

Very well written and easily the best

Is the best l love light so much


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3 Touta Matsuda Touta Matsuda Touta Matsuda is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

Matsuda is an extremely funny character! I don't understand why the others think he is annoying, he sacrificed himself many times, even though he knew he could die. Love ya Matsuda!

I think Touta-san really shows how the average person would behave in his situation, which I appreciate.

Matsuda is the the true hero of the series. Not only is he funny but he was *SPOILER ALERT* the one who killed Light in the end saving the world.

Matsuda is the real how in the series. Iran, he did things that he knew could have cost him his life. And he shot Light Yagami/Imagay several times! Best death note character in my opinion!

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4 Ryuk Ryuk Ryuk is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

Ah yes, the best boi of this anime


It was obvious that L and light would be voted as the top two (in that order). They are both beyond genius making them very appealing characters. Add to that L's eccentricities (his childish mannerisms are very endearing) and it's a done deal. I must admit that when I watched this series for the first time nearly ten years ago, L was my favourite character as well.

I didn't give much thought to Ryuk. He looked cool, he was kind of funny and along with Matsuda provided the comic relief. He provided the initial exposition to get the story going but other than that he was just kind of there.

Well, I'm ten years older and I watched the series again. Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience come to mind. This time my perspective is different. L and Light still have their qualities. They are still great. But Ryuk... he's the best.

He wasn't "just kind of there", he was the true Shinigami. Everything that Light could never hope to be. Light may have been clever, but ...more

Ryuk, to me, wasn't involved enough to be the best, but I did like him a bit. - EliHbk

Ryuk is the best ever ever ever

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5 Nate River (Near) Nate River (Near)

Near is the one person in the show that saw the truth behind the while situation. Light wasn't the danger, the death note was, take it away and light turns tail and ran.

I...actually like Near.

He's a GOD. in my opinion, he was even smarter than L. he made light (who happens to be my least favorite character) pay for his sins. And yes. he's super cute and when he smiles. HIS SMILE MAKES MY DAY

N didn't do anything other than sit there and wait for things to happen. If it wasn't for L or Mello, he would be screwed. And he would be dead if Matsuda hadn't saved his life.

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6 Mihael Keehl (Mello) Mihael Keehl (Mello)

Such an adorable character... YES HOMO! - cutlerjonah

He and L are my favorites

Mello all the way!

Mello is the best one! I love his style BD

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7 Naomi Misora Naomi Misora

She needs more screentime...

She is such a great character! Smart and beautiful. If I had a chance to vote for two people, I would have definitely voted for her.

The best female character from Death Note. I just hope that Death Note Another Note gets an anime adaptation. Naomi is my second favorite character from Death Note. I just don't understand why she is below Misa. - ToukaKirishima

My second favourite in the series after L. It's sad that she died so soon! Can't believe people actually voted for MISA instead of her. - Goku02

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8 Misa Amane Misa Amane Misa Amane is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

Why is this annoying brat in the list?

Best ever

Why the hell is she on here she got so damn annoying she may have been cool in the beginning but she became the biggest brat as the show went on - donovanthorn

I thought she was cute :3

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9 Soichiro Yagami Soichiro Yagami

RIP - Godspeedkillua

He sure did represent a typical Japanese father and task force officer. The character was well developed.

I liked Chief Yagami. He definitely deserved more screentime. - Kana79

10 Stephen Gevanni

Deserved more screen time. He was the most useful person on the SPK.

He was a badass! enough said��"give this dude some credit! If not for him, evidence of Teru Mikami being the X-Kira wouldn't be there and everyone could've died.

The Contenders

11 Rem Rem Rem is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

The saddest storyline of all. The character who had true love in her heart or shinagami-core if she has no heart, who would do anything to protect someone who she had been watching for a long time and who a friend from the shinagami-realm gave up his life for to protect. And in the end, the one she protects is unprotected without her and is used again and again by Light. Rem forever

I loved this character, she stood up to L yet never went out of her way to ruin his plans, if she never dropped the second notebook in, this series would be boring

She is a good person as well as a Shinigami

This Shinigami had to be kinda stupid like the one that died saving Most. I really hate her. I really do hate her for killing Qatari and L. Oh! How I wish she would not have brought another death note into the world. L would've surely beaten Light then. Dawn it. Ryuk was much much better following the typical life of a Shinigami and it's behaviour. Shinigami are not existent to love humans. Yet, Rem...

12 Shuichi Aizawa Shuichi Aizawa

He was the reason why N got to know about Light.


And uuhhh...whoever you even know Aizawa?

She changed like 90% in four years. WOW! ~! |!

13 Kanzo Mogi

I like the part where Mogi spoke like a lively official manager of Misa Amane.

I thought it was Matsuda who was the 'manager'

14 Mail Jeevas (Matt)



15 Beyond Birthday Beyond Birthday

I have watched Death Note and I have yet to meet this guy that or he is not important

He's not a real character..

Please review the list..
There is no one by this name..

Every time I loook at BB's pics, I'm like,"BB is so HawT! Wait... WHAT DID I JUST SAY?!?!? WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?!?!? BB IS A SERIA KILLER! "

Am I the only one who's ever thought that?

16 Sayu Yagami

Sayu is so underrated because of how much screening time she gets. But Sayu is very cute and needs more attention and screening time!

The main reason she is underrated is because she doesn't receive much screen time. In my oppinion, if Misa had Sayu's personality I would actually like her as a character.

17 Kim Taehyung Kim Taehyung

Bts is overrated and armys are cancer.

Because why not

18 Reiji Namikawa
19 Raye Penber

He was awesome but underrated...Rip Raye Penber :C

20 Teru Mikami Teru Mikami Teru Mikami is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

He could best character the anime series if they make another side story for mikami

DELETE! DELETE! DELETE! Why are there flashing colourful lights when he writes down names, and why does he run around the room and yell, lol.

Amazing character, extremely loyal, I cannot see why so many people just underappreciate him.

He is the best character I can't agree why he is on number 16

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21 Mary Kenwood (Wedy)
22 Eiichi Takahashi
23 Kiddo Saiki Kiddo Saiki

He is not death note character!

I like to socialize with squirrels

24 Tierry Morello (Aiber)
25 Halle Lidner Halle Lidner

She's BADASS. CIA agent, part-time detective, one of the top officers of the SPK! Dayum, lady!

...but uhh...I didn't really like the part where some other blond girl barged right into her room and she still wasn't ashamed of what she's doing (cover yourself, woman! ).

26 Kyosuke Higuchi Kyosuke Higuchi Kyosuke Higuchi is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

Why the hell is he so low? He's literally Kira - venomouskillingmachine

27 Ichigo Kurosaki Ichigo Kurosaki Ichigo Kurosaki is a fictional character in the Bleach manga series and its adaptations created by Tite Kubo.
28 Sasuke Uchiha Sasuke Uchiha


29 Suguru Shimura
30 Kiyomi Takada Kiyomi Takada Kiyomi Takada is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

I hate her, because she killed Mello.
Misa is better.

While she is a little bit stupid, she's at least more tolerable than Misa.

Shouldn't she be higher than Misa on the list
...instead she is last. GREAT!

31 Quillsh Wammy (Watari)

He is a good character. Is he blind or something cause I have, for once, never seen his eyes!

Watari is badass grandma! Like, who else can snipe from a helicopter!

32 Sidoh
33 Hideki Ide
34 Hirokazu Ukita
35 Anthony Rester
36 Ryuzaki (Light Up the New World

Best successor

37 Arayoshi Hatori
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