Best Death Note Characters

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The Top Ten

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

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).

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.

I LOVE L. HE IS LOVE. HE IS LIFE

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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.

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.

He always fools them and he always do something that makes him come out of very ugly situations and in the end also it took two of the master minds to stop him he surpasses every one

The best part is that made us believe that Light is the main protagonist of the story and the good guy when it turned put to be L. - ThunderedByAdrenaline

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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.

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

Nobody would have imagined Death gods can be this funny. Only few would understand the dark and cunning side of this happy go feet!
-Supreeth Kumar

Ryuk Is One Of The Best Shimagami

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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!

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.

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

Mastuda is definitely my second favourite character after L. He is so funny and he truly avenged L-senpai's death by shooting Light

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5 Nate River (Near)

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.

How did a twelve year old kid with white hair catch an evil genius? Worst character in all of Death Note.

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

B L M N sounds about right

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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.

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

Frikin love this guy

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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 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?

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

She was annoying at times but I don't blame her, she can't help but be a yonder x3

I don't get why everyone thinks she's annoying

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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

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The Contenders

11 Rem 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

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 Stephen Gevanni

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

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13 Kanzo Mogi

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

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14 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?

15 Mail Jeevas (Matt)

HOT...

HE IS RAD

16 Quillsh Wammy (Watari)

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

17 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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18 Reiji Namikawa
19 Mary Kenwood (Wedy)
20 Raye Penber
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1. Light Yagami
2. Lawliet (L)
3. Ryuk
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1. Light Yagami
2. Naomi Misora
3. Mihael Keehl (Mello)
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1. Light Yagami
2. Nate River (Near)
3. Misa Amane
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