Best Death Note Characters
The Top Ten
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.
L is quite simply the best character in Death Note. He's definitely the most likeable character in Death Note. He always manages to outsmart Light without anyone else at his disposal (unlike Light, L does not have a Shinigame following him all the time). The very first time we saw L was when he cleverly made a fool out of Light by finding out where Kira could possibly be. Gradually, he finds out how Kira must know the name and the face of the person to be killed and all the secrets of the Death Note without even realizing what he was dealing with. Simply put, L is the best that there is. Peace.
L is not only my fave death note character but also my most fave anime character (as in like like because I'm in love with him cause he so cute =). He's incredibly smart, awesome, cute, adorable, badass, sexy and really funny in an awkward way. Especially that fight scene (LOL) (when they were fighting they didn't realise they were handcuffed).
His determination for changing the world is straight up fascinating. Light shows sign of smartness even in the situation which are very common in everyone's life. The way he can manipulate people around him is cool as well as dangerous at the same time.
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.
They say a show is only as good as its villain. So it should be no surprise that Death Note is so popular. Light's development throughout the story carries the show - watching his transformation from an innocent high-school student to a ruthless mass-murderer with a god-complex is fascinating in itself. What makes Death Note so good is not only Light's clever interactions with L, but the questions that it asks: what would you do? Light's answer may not be the correct one, but it shows a possibility that people may have actually chosen. It's a slippery slope and watching Light's fall is like watching a car-crash in slow motion: impossible to look away from.
I feel that Light is a very unique protagonist in the sense that he is the 'bad guy' of the show. I understand his ambition and ideology though they are clearly unattainable. I would say that his failure represents the failure of idealists in a cruel world.
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
He's so funny. Plus he's responsible for what happens in the show. All of it. Yeah go Ryuk my man.
He enlightens the whole series (along with his apples of course) - Aksaaran
He lightened the whole mood of death note, thanks to him this series exists and ryuks honestly me, just wanted something to cure his boredom
Matsuda is easily the most relatable character, and also one of the funniest
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.
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.
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.
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
Near is one of my favorite characters. Why is every one hating on Near? Yes, he ISN'T L and isn't ever going to be as good as L. He can be over confident at times but still is a pretty important character. He did watch many of his comrades get killed, throw money out to the public, and 'barely do anything'. What the heck are you supposed to do when people are smashing doors to come kill you, jump out the gosh damn window and just hope that you'll survive by landing on top of people? His personality is the type that isn't very open to anyone or anything. You can even call him a kid. Of course all he did was take what he learned from Mello, the notebook, and other resources and put the puzzle together.
I get how you all hate him because he did accomplish the Kira mystery instead of Lawliet. His character isn't what you would expect, a 17 year old who hugs his knees while playing with dice, blocks, action figures, or toys on the floor while at the same time trying to figure out a case ...more
Mello is the drive for the force behind Near's assumptions. The brotherly rivalry the two share is a smooth dynamic that transitions into more of a hatred on Mello's part while it remains a brotherly rivalry to Near. Also he's extremely badass.
Mello is so much better than near. Near is just an ass.
Finally, something that Mello beats Near at! I love Mello, I also love Near. These two are my equal favourites, but I had to vote Mello for the simple fact that he never wins.
A very underestimated character...but one of the smartest characters too
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
The BEST Death Note female character. Not stupid and obnoxious like Misa, and not self centered like Kiyomi. She really should have been around longer..
Why is this annoying brat in the list?
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 don't get why everyone thinks she's annoying
She was annoying at times but I don't blame her, she can't help but be a yonder x3
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
RIP - Godspeedkillua
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.
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
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
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...
He was the reason why N got to know about Light.
The AFRO, BRO! AFRO BADASS!
And uuhhh...whoever commented...do you even know Aizawa?
She changed like 90% in four years. WOW! ~! |!
I like the part where Mogi spoke like a lively official manager of Misa Amane.
I thought it was Matsuda who was the 'manager'
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!
HE IS RAD
Love him he's like the best boi in all anime ever he's really hot
Why the hell is he so low? He's literally Kira - venomouskillingmachine
Obviously no one here is a true death note fan if they don’t know why Beyond Birthday is.
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..
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
Because why not
Bts is overrated and armys are cancer.
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.
He was awesome but underrated...Rip Raye Penber :C
He is not death note character!
I like to socialize with squirrels
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! ).
Better than Brandish
While she is a little bit stupid, she's at least more tolerable than Misa.
I hate her, because she killed Mello.
Misa is better.
Shouldn't she be higher than Misa on the list
...instead she is last. GREAT!