Best Death Note CharactersKyzent
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
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.
Coolest character in death note, naturalV 24 Comments
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
It was amazing to watch how his choices unfold. To be honest L's and Light's intelligence is amazing and most times I found myself yelling "WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?! " At Light when I thought he was doing something stupid when it was actually part of some big plan. This show made me feel dumb. L came as a close second but Light's intelligence and ruthlessness are awesome. I saw where he was coming from but I wouldn't go about it the way he did. Definitely got my vote.V 8 Comments
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!
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. - EliHbkV 2 Comments
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
I was pretty into N. - EliHbkV 18 Comments
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 LightV 2 Comments
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
YESV 3 Comments
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..V 5 Comments
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
She is best, I love misa.V 9 Comments
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
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...
Deserved more screen time. He was the most useful person on the SPK.V 1 Comment
I like the part where Mogi spoke like a lively official manager of Misa Amane.V 1 Comment
HE IS RAD
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?
He is a good character. Is he blind or something cause I have, for once, never seen his eyes!
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
Teru mikami is the best character in the anime universe. ISTJV 3 Comments
Related ListsTop 10 Death Note Characters of Badassery Top Ten People and Fictional Characters Who Should Be the Victims of the Death Note Smartest Death Note Characters Most Beautiful Female Death Note Characters Top Ten Male Death Note Characters
List StatsUpdated 22 Aug 2017
3 years, 95 days old
Top Remixes (12)
2. Light Yagami
3. Lawliet (L)
2. Lawliet (L)
2. Naomi Misora
3. Mihael Keehl (Mello)
View All 12