Best Death Note Characters

The Top Ten Best Death Note Characters

1 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

why did he have to die?! the dude is the most awkward-funny-adorable character in the series. Every aspect of him is relate able - even in the drama and movies. The Netflix adaptation of him however, was just disappointing, ADVICE: don't bother with english movie...

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

3 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

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

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

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.

5 Nate River (Near)

He is pretty nice not the best but he is not that bad He's pretty cool and smart - adawddwadaw

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.

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.

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

6 Mihael Keehl (Mello)

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.

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.

Mello is so much better than near. Near is just an ass.

A very underestimated character...but one of the smartest characters too

7 Naomi Misora Naomi Misora is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

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..

8 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?

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

9 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

RIP - Godspeedkillua

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

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

For her love for misa and sacrifice

She is a good person as well as a Shinigami

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11 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.

12 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 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!

15 Mary Kenwood (Wedy)
16 Mail Jeevas (Matt)



17 Beyond Birthday

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..

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

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

19 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

20 Kim Taehyung

Because why not

Bts is overrated and armys are cancer.

21 Sasuke Uchiha

Isn't he is from Naruto series


22 Reiji Namikawa


23 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.

24 Raye Penber

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

eat your own lunch

25 Kiddo Saiki

He is not death note character!

I like to socialize with squirrels

26 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! ).

27 Eiichi Takahashi
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29 Kokichi Oma
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31 Tierry Morello (Aiber)
32 Hideki Ide
33 Hirokazu Ukita
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35 Lucy Heartfilia Lucy Heartfilia is a wizard in the guild, Fairy Tail. Her magic is called celestial spirit magic which allows her to summon spirits from another world. She currently possesses fifteen celestial keys, which is an extraordinary number for a celestial mage. She gets along best with Team Natsu, containing more.

Better than Brandish

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

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.

I love her and her intelligence not like miss..

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

38 Sidoh
39 Anthony Rester
40 Ryuzaki (Light Up the New World

Best successor

41 Arayoshi Hatori
42 Frosch

Great combo

43 Aqua (Konosuba)
44 Light Turner
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