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

L is the best. Fight me with a toothpick if you disagree.

L always be the bast for me. (>///<)

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.

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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.

Very well written and easily the best

Light is really a very complex character, I watched entire death not and I was not sure whether I liked him or hated him.If I think from a normal Person's perspective Light is a villain who killed various good persons like L(My second favorite. Character), Naomi and many more. But when I think deep I realise that VILLIANS ARE HERO AT GREATER LEVEL. They do the things that a normal person cannot even think for the betterment of world. The greater heroes are 1 in many thousand who can oppose whole world for world's benifit.THANOS is also the hero of greater level. - DigvijaySingh

As crazy as it sounds, I didn't see Light as the villain in death note. His ways may not have been correct-but he was so well conceived that I found myself constantly rooting for him. He felt so complex and real, and SO smart! I also really loved Matsuda, and Ryuk. I never really knew what to think of L, and was honestly surprised to see him as number one- and MAN did I hate Misa and Rem-No one could really be as great of a character as Light!

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.

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

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

He's so funny. Plus he's responsible for what happens in the show. All of it. Yeah go Ryuk my man.

Gods of death love apples

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4 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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5 Nate River (Near) Nate River (Near)

Near is my favourite character because A) he's the one who made Light pay and B) he doesn't need to act. He just watches, and that's not cowardly, it's smart as he doesn't assume that Kira will make a mistake, like L did.

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.

I think Near is underrated. Everyone is hating on him, saying L did all the work along with Mello. Well, yes, L did do most of the work for Near. But how did Near win in the end? Just like most of you guys, Light underestimated Near which caused Light to lose. He had all the proper evidence and didn't show his face before that. Plus, he's adorable, though yes, he doesn't beat L. But I think he was a cool character!

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

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6 Mihael Keehl (Mello) Mihael Keehl (Mello)

Mello all the way!

Mello is the best one! I love his style BD

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.

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7 Naomi Misora Naomi Misora

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..

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8 Soichiro Yagami Soichiro Yagami

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

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

I thought she was cute :3

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

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10 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! ~! |!

The Contenders

11 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?

12 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...

13 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.

14 Mello Mello Mihael Keehl, universally referred to by the mononym Mello, is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

Why are there 2 mellos the other one's up there at 6

How is Mello 21 if it wasn’t for him light would have never been beat

15 Mail Jeevas (Matt)



16 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'

17 Quillsh Wammy (Watari)

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

18 Mary Kenwood (Wedy)
19 Watari

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

20 Kim Taehyung Kim Taehyung

Because why not

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

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

He is just too cool for the school and I like him a lot.

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22 Reiji Namikawa
23 Raye Penber
24 Eiichi Takahashi
25 Kim Taehyung Kim Taehyung

Bts is overrated and armys are cancer.

Because why not

26 Tierry Morello (Aiber)
27 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.

28 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! ).

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

I like to socialize with squirrels

31 Suguru Shimura
32 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!

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

Best successor

38 Arayoshi Hatori
39 Ichigo Kurosaki Ichigo Kurosaki Ichigo Kurosaki is a fictional character in the Bleach manga series and its adaptations created by Tite Kubo.
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