Best Death Note Characters

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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 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).

Why did he have to die

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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

I know everyone loves L. But face it, he outwitted L big time.

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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

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

Ryuk is the best ever ever ever

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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.

For me, he was 25% funny, 75% annoying. And I hated how he killed Light at the end. Well Light deserved it, but I hated Near so between the two I wanted Light to win. - Amilee

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5 Nate River (Near) 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.

I really hated Near. He was childish, annoying and arrogant, FAR less likable than L. And he took credit for the work of L and Mello. And wasn't it implied that he cheated at the end by writing Light's name in the notebook, manipulating him? See, that's something L wouldn't have done. I guess part of the issue is that Light went down because of a character that I felt was inferior to him (and to L). - Amilee

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

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!

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6 Mihael Keehl (Mello) 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

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.

Soichiro was the true representative of fairness and justice. - Amilee

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.

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 is best, I love misa.

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10 Shuichi Aizawa Shuichi Aizawa

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! ~! |!

The Newcomers

? Kiddo Saiki Kiddo Saiki

I like to socialize with squirrels

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

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...

12 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.

13 Beyond Birthday Beyond Birthday

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

A fictive character from a Death Note spin-off. I don't consider him canon. - Amilee

He's not a real character..

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

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14 Mail Jeevas (Matt)

I never understood why Matt was so popular, we didn't see him all that much. - Amilee

HOT...

HE IS RAD

15 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'

16 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.

Mello is already on the list. I reported it. - Amilee

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

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 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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20 Reiji Namikawa
21 Raye Penber
22 Tierry Morello (Aiber)
23 Eiichi Takahashi
24 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.

25 Kim Taehyung Kim Taehyung

Because why not

26 Suguru Shimura
27 Kiyomi Takada 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.

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

28 Watari

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

29 Sidoh
30 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! ).

31 Hideki Ide
32 Hirokazu Ukita
33 Kyosuke Higuchi Kyosuke Higuchi Kyosuke Higuchi is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.
34 Anthony Rester
35 Ryuzaki (Light Up the New World

Best successor

36 Kim Taehyung Kim Taehyung

Because why not

37 Arayoshi Hatori
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