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Death Note (Manga)

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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })In the land of the dead, a bored Shinigami named Ryuk decides to create some entertainment for himself by dropping a Death Note (the notebook of a death god; "note" is simply what the Japanese call notebooks) into the human world.Light Yagami, a brilliant-yet-disillusioned Japanese student, sees the notebook fall into his world and picks it up. On a whim, he tries out the instructions held within its pages, and discovers that he can kill whomever he wants, however he wants, by writing their name and (optionally) cause of death into the Death Note.While initially horrified at his actions, Light rationalises that he can use the Death Note as a force for good by purging the rotten and corrupt elements of society, thus creating a world free of crime and violence. A cult following soon arises around the mysterious assassin killing off criminals across the country, christening him "Kira" (A Japanese Ranguage approximation of "killer"). Kira's actions soon attract the attention of the international police community (who have grave concerns about the vigilante killings) and the world's greatest detective, an enigma of a man known only as "L".Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })L becomes determined to solve the mystery of Kira and his impossible killing method, employing increasingly aggressive and risky strategies to get the information he wants. Meanwhile, Light spirals into madness as he becomes consumed by both his egomaniacal "Kira" persona and his desperate need to stay one step ahead of L's investigation. It's a cat-and-mouse game neither man can afford to lose—and both of them want to win at all costs.Originally a Psychological Thriller manga with supernatural elements, Death Note—written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata—soon developed into a multi-media franchise of Spin-Offs and adaptations. See Death Note for a list of works.This series has a set of character sheets and an extensive set of Headscratcher pages. Also a recap page. Warning: Spoilers are below.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })
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Artistic License – Gun Safety
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Artistic License – Gun Safety: A gun that had been loaded with blanks is fired in a character's face at point-blank range. Nothing happens to the character on the receiving end, but in real life, the gunshot would have blinded him permanently and left him needing immediate medical attention.
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Look Behind You
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Look Behind You: In the manga Light walks out on a family meeting by railroading the conversation to:
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Stop, or I Shoot Myself!
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Stop, or I Shoot Myself!: Higuchi after having been cornered as the current Kira, does this to keep himself from being caught. At some point he realizes it is hopeless and tries to pull the trigger. Watari snipes it out of his hands.
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Supernatural Gold Eyes
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Supernatural Gold Eyes: In Death Note: The Last Name the Shinigami eyes are depicted as turning their users' irises yellow.
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Became Their Own Antithesis
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Became Their Own Antithesis: Compare Light without the Death Note and Light with it. The former is an honorable, highly empathic, very idealistic teen, who believes in the inherent goodness of man. The latter is a manipulative, vindictive murderer with a God complex who believes that Murder Is the Best Solution.
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Tragedy
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Tragedy: The story could be interpreted as such depending on how the audience looks into the essentials. In the classical sense, a tragedy meant 'The Protagonist dies'.
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Anyone Can Die
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Anyone Can Die: It's a series about a notebook that can kill people whose names are written in it. All bets are off.
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Locard's Theory
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Locard's Theory: This is the challenge of the Kira case; he can kill at great distance by writing a name in a notebook. Once physical contact begins, Kira loses ground.
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Goggles Do Nothing
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Goggles Do Nothing: The Shinigami from Relight.
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Inspector Lestrade
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Inspector Lestrade: Aizawa and the rest of the police.
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My Friends... and Zoidberg
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My Friends... and Zoidberg:
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Rasputinian Death
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Rasputinian Death: Light himself at the end.
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Arbitrary Skepticism
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Arbitrary Skepticism: Various characters initially refuse to accept the existence of Shinigami even after accepting the existence of a magic notebook that kills people. Before discovering the Death Note, you would think people would be a lot more open-minded after it's been established that the killer can remotely induce heart attacks simply by learning the target's name and face. Ryuk thinks of the fact that Light thought he came to collect his soul as "some fantasy", despite his nature being considered a fantastic concept from a human point of view.
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Debut Queue
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Debut Queue: Most of the characters are introduced in this fashion.
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Darker and Edgier
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Darker and Edgier: Than most Shōnen series, some even confusing it with Seinen. The series gets even darker with the introduction of Mello and Near, when Light's character becomes much darker as he becomes a full blown villain.
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Does This Remind You of Anything?
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Does This Remind You of Anything?: Putting aside the religious and biblical context of it, the dialogue and the actions during the foot massage scene between Light and L sound awfully kinky (and only existed in the anime). The Fantastic Racism against the Shinigami Played for Laughs: The followers of and the society built around Kira's New World...
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Hero Antagonist
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Hero Antagonist: L and Near to some degree and the police for sure because they are law enforcement tracking a serial killer.
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Jumping Off the Slippery Slope
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Light starts out by killing prominent murderers, but then jumps off the slippery slope by the second chapter and kills anyone who gets in his way — whether or not they qualify as "immoral", "criminal", or anything else. After the time skip, he considers eventually targeting lazy people.
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Where It All Began
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Where It All Began: An Interesting example. The Yellow Bix Warehouse is revealed in the last episode to be near the path Light used when walking to and from school. Light sees a past version of himself from the day he got the Death Note as he runs away.
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All Are Equal in Death
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All Are Equal in Death: Ryuk literally says (in the English translation), "Death is equal." Everyone is treated exactly the same upon death in that universe, because they all go to "Mu" (nothingness).
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Relatively Flimsy Excuse
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Relatively Flimsy Excuse: In Aoyama Light introduces Matsuda to his friends as his "cousin Taro."
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Heel–Face Door-Slam
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Heel–Face Door-Slam: Not long after the death of Higuchi, ending the Yotsuba Group's murderous "Third Kira" phase, just as what's left of the Group is seen preparing to get their act together and declaring that it's a new day for them, the re-Kira-fied Light kills them all.
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You Fool!
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You Fool!: Light says it a couple of times in the English dub and usually to Matsuda or Misa.
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Evil vs. Evil
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Evil vs. Evil: Mello going after the Death Note under Light's control.
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All According to Plan
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All According to Plan: Light's catchphrase. The most notable instance comes when he regains his memories at the end of the Yotsuba arc.
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Right Behind Me
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Right Behind Me: When Aizawa and Ide are discussing putting Light back under surveillance, guess who should walk in at that very moment?
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Cool Old Guy
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Cool Old Guy: Here, we get two: Soichiro Yagami and Watari. Both ultimately die (though only Watari in the movie).
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Poisonous Friend
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Poisonous Friend: Although he doesn't actually work with Light in person until the very end, Mikami is VERY fanatically devoted to him.
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All There in the Manual
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According to Death Note: How To Read 13, the graphic encyclopedia, Mello and Near were originally going to have regular Meaningful Names; Mello was going to be Near, since he was always close to but not at the other's level; and Near was going to be Mello because he was calmer. Ohba got the characters mixed up, so....
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Visionary Villain
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Visionary Villain: Light envisions a world without crime that is ruled by a god-like human with the power of death.
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Unreliable Narrator
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Unreliable Narrator: Mello tells the story in Another Note. In the anime, Mikami narrates the flashbacks to his youth, as opposed to the omniscient narrator in the manga. He thus has an unfavorable view of his mother's advice to stop fighting against the bullies, whereas the manga's narrator noted that she was motivated by genuine concern for his welfare that was largely lost on him.
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Kirk Summation
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Kirk Summation: Near does this in the manga's final chapter to refute Kira's Motive Rant.
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You Are Already Dead
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You Are Already Dead: "The human whose name is written in this note shall die." No takebacks.
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Rule of Empathy
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Rule of Empathy: Kira would be a generic shadowy villain if he wasn't The Protagonist.
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Eiffel Tower Effect
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Eiffel Tower Effect: At one point in the anime, the Eiffel Tower and the London Eye are used as visual shorthand for Paris and London. ...and the World Trade Center for New York City, despite both the manga and anime taking place post-9/11.
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The Sociopath
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The Sociopath: Light Yagami, and (to a lesser extent) Misa Amane.
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A Lighter Shade of Black
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A Lighter Shade of Black: Even Rem agrees that while Light may be a bastard he isn't as bad as Higuchi.
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By the Eyes of the Blind
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By the Eyes of the Blind: Only those who have touched the Notes can see the Shinigami.
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Scare Chord
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Scare Chord: Light's psychotic daydream sequence in Relight 2.
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The Glomp
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The Glomp: Not only the below quote, Misa does this to Ryuk.
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The Movie
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The Movie: Two Japanese live-action movies based on the original comic (with "Dani California" as the theme song) and one L spin-off. Warner Bros. bought the rights to remake the Live Action movie in America...
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The Purge
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The Purge: Light's main method of creating a utopia.
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The Rival
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Rivals Light and L, BB and L, Light and Mello and Near.
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Poor Communication Kills
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Poor Communication Kills: Part of Light's downfall is that Mikami was told not to make a move before the showdown with Near. When Takada was kidnapped by Mello, he decided to be assertive and write her name down two minutes before Light did. It comes back to bite both of them in the ass later, to say the least.
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Redemption in the Rain
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Redemption in the Rain: Inverted. At the beginning, Light is heavily rained on as he resolves to save the world, er, turn to evil.
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Bishōnen
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Bishōnen: Light. There's also Mikami (who even has long hair), Mello, Matsuda, Raye Penber, Gevanni, Near, Namikawa, and Midou. L was designed to be the opposite of this, but don't tell that to his fangirls.
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The Slow Walk
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The Slow Walk: The OP for the second arc comes to mind.
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Pay Evil unto Evil
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Pay Evil unto Evil: Kira's ideology holds that those who have committed crimes — originally murder and actions equally as horrible — must be killed.
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Deadly Book
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Deadly Book: The eponymous notebook, which kills any person whose name is written in (so long as the writer is thinking of their face while writing).
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Lawful Stupid
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Lawful Stupid: Team Kira's philosophy is "You broke the law-DIE!" Light himself tries to stick to serious crimes (and those who interfere), but will often kill for lesser crimes if it fits his plans, and gets worse as he goes.
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The Quisling
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The Quisling: George Sairas (President Chicken-Maggot).
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Übermensch
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Übermensch: Light is a textbook case: a charismatic person who challenges conventional morality (in this case, about justice and the merits of the death penality) and gathers like minded followers. L, his candy loving and amusement seeking Last Man, sees him as a sociopath with a god complex.
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Breaking the Fourth Wall
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Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the manga, Ryuk: "It's like living in a sitcom!"
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Stealth Pun
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Stealth Pun: In the English dub, when Misa says she can't imagine a world without Light, L agrees, stating that it would be dark. This may or may not be intentional, but Light's name is spelled with the kanji 月, making it a kira-kira name.
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Revealing Hug
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Revealing Hug: There are a few scenes where Light and Misa embrace; Misa's expression is either lovestruck or tearful, while Light's is ... not.
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Scary Shiny Glasses
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Scary Shiny Glasses: Soichiro's glasses often function this way.
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Couldn't Find a Pen
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Couldn't Find a Pen: Light writes Higuchi's name in blood at the culmination of his Memory Gambit. At the end, he gets shot during an attempt to repeat himself for Near. And when Light was testing the powers of the Note he makes prisoners write messages in their own blood.
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Ambiguous Situation
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Ambiguous Situation: A little less than two weeks after Light's death, Mikami dies in his cell under mysterious circumstances, and Matsuda confronts Near with the theory that Near used the Death Note on him to ensure Light's defeat and killed Mikami once he no longer had use for him. Near doesn't say anything before Matsuda walks off in disgust, and apart from Word of God saying "Near cheats", it's never explicitly confirmed nor denied (only in the manga; the anime removes this ambiguity by having Mikami kill himself on the spot during the final confrontation).
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Deal with the Devil
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Deal with the Devil: The Shinigami Eyes deal; see Deadly Upgrade.
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Ominous Latin Chanting
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Ominous Latin Chanting: Dies Irae being the most prominent.
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Punch-Clock Villain
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Punch-Clock Villain: This applies to most of the Shinigami. Ryuk says they only kill humans so they won't die themselves and they only truly qualify as "evil" insofar as the occasional decision to kill a human earlier than intended - and doing so to save another is an offense for which death is punishment.
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With Great Power Comes Great Insanity
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With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: First it was curiosity then it was 'kill the scum of the earth' and then full on god complex.
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Wrong Genre Savvy
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Wrong Genre Savvy: L is the world's greatest detective, but for much of the investigation he is hindered by his assumption that Kira is merely inexplicably capable, rather than having actual supernatural help. He is shocked when he learns that Death Gods really walk the Earth.
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For Great Justice
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For Great Justice: Both Light and L believe this.
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All Crimes Are Equal
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Crimefighting with Cash
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Crimefighting with Cash: L and Near have enough cash for a Cool HQ and distraction from an angry mob. Wammy's House must be loaded.
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Crapsack World
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Crapsack World: Light certainly thinks the world is one and thus he feels that he needs to clean it up. One criminal at a time... Misa and Mikami believe it, too, willingly joining Light to "make the world a better place".
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Good Is Not Nice
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Good Is Not Nice: One of the story's main themes, as whether anyone in the series can truly be called good is open to interpretation. Quick examples? #1: L, who is quite scheming and manipulative. #3: Near; who is the same.
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Nepotism
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In the early interactions between Light, L and the Taskforce, Light deliberately stumbles on L's name: "Ryuuga, I’m sorry I mean Ryuuzaki" to broadcast that L's using an alias, he's an outsider and therefore not trustworthy, but Light as the Chief's son and popular golden boy is. Therefore you lose.
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Chekhov's Gun
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Chekhov's Gun: "Hideki Ryuga." (The name but not the character.) Ryuk's personal Death Note in the climax. He only uses it once. A strangely large number of potential Guns, involving the rules of the Death Note, never get used. We're lucky that the rule about six different Notes all in the human world at once was never invoked.
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Answers to the Name of God
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Answers to the Name of God: When Mikami speaks to Light on the phone.
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If It Bleeds, It Leads
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To a lesser degree Demegawa, the executive with Sakura TV, who uses Kira's killings to boost his network's ratings.
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Ordinary High-School Student
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Ordinary High-School Student: Light until it's derailed by the fact that he's both incredibly smart and megalomaniacally insane. Sayu is in junior high in the first arc and college in the second.
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Magnificent Bastard
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Rem to Misa; she threatens to write Light's name in her notebook if Misa comes to harm, and in the end gives her life to save her, even while knowing she's acting accordingly to Light's plan.
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Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
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Also when Yotsuba Corp buys off the police and key government officials to stop chasing Kira.
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Adaptation Expansion
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Adaptation Expansion: The series is based on a short story about a schoolboy who finds a Death Note and mistakes it for a diary. As a result, he accidentally kills his friends, until Ryuk helpfully gives him the "Death Eraser", which grants him the power to bring people back from the dead. Somewhere along the road to adapting it into a full series, the schoolboy became a genius with a god complex, the boring Film Noirish detective became a freakish genius with a sweet tooth, and the Deus ex Machina ending was replaced with plans by the bucketload. The rest is history. (The short story appears as the prologue to the manga it sprouted.)
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Aborted Arc
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Aborted Arc: There was a small subplot of L trying to figure out Naomi Misora's whereabouts that went absolutely nowhere come the time he revealed himself to Light.
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Ironic Echo
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Ironic Echo: Used in the Grand Finale (twice in the anime. One from Ryuk and one from Aizawa to Near.)
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Line in the Sand
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Line in the Sand: Souichiro Yagami draws one of these. Most of the police do not stay on his side.
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Red Right Hand
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Red Right Hand: By the end of Relight (everything after the funeral scene) Light seems to be sporting fangs in addition to perpetually glowing red eyes.
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Apathetic Citizens
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Apathetic Citizens: In the anime, Light's second victim was about to rape a woman in full view of a crowded street, and no one else did anything about it. Other instances include a man dying in a subway station and a woman being harassed on a train.
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Crime After Crime
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Crime After Crime: The cover-up killings of an agent and his wife narrowed L's attention on Light even more. It was after this that L decided to reveal himself just to keep him closer.
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Gay Moment
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Gay Moment: The foot massage.
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Multitasked Conversation
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Multitasked Conversation: Shinigami can't be seen by anyone other than the humans who have touched their Death Note. So when Light is under surveillance by the police, he uses his homework as a cover-of-sorts to carry on a conversation with Ryuk by saying things ostensibly to himself, like "I got this question right!" to indicate a "yes" answer. When the Yotsuba group catch Matsuda, he takes cues from L over the phone to let them know he's in trouble while making it sound to his captors like he's just turning down an offer to hang out with his friend.
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Mythology Gag
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Mythology Gag: In the last few chapters/final episode, Near says that anyone who was truly just would have been horrified at what happened when he used the note even once, and would get rid of it or destroy it. Though the pilot chapter has protagonist Taro horrified by what he's done with the notebook, the ending leaves his true motivations ambiguous as he pulls off a clever gambit to keep his own Death Note while destroying another one that landed in the lap of his considerably less stable friend. Also at one point Light introduces Matsuda as "his cousin Taro" which also may be a Shout-Out to the pilot chapter. A plot point in the pilot was that Taro used the notebook by accident because he didn't know English. Light's talent is demonstrated in an English class before he finds the Death Note.
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Funny Background Event
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Funny Background Event: During the scene where Near and Light speak to each other for the first time, Near can be seen playing a game of darts, and missing every throw. A panel from the following chapter in the manga shows that he's moved into point-blank range of the dart board, and he's still missing it. During the Yotsuba Arc, there are multiple scenes where the investigation team is talking about their plans, the murders going on and trying to figure out Kira's way of killing... with the observation screens right behind them, all showing Misa putzing around on her phone or otherwise doing things that are much too lighthearted for the conversation taking place.
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Shoot the Shaggy Dog
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Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Light is killed by Ryuk, having been exposed as Kira, after so many people have been pointlessly killed. The world is rotten again, and nothing's been accomplished.
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Scholarship Student
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Scholarship Student: Referenced and inverted. When L and Light both give the entrance ceremony speech, Light is said to look like a normal private school student, "pampered and brilliant." L is said to look like a "crazy genius," though one of the conclusions (based on L's physical appearance) is that he's a poor scholarship student. It's an inversion, because L is rich from all of the cases he's solved and received money for.
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Offing the Offspring
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Offing the Offspring: Soichiro puts a gun to Light's head as part of L's Secret Test of Character.
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Hollywood Heart Attack
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Hollywood Heart Attack: It's never outright said how powerful the heart attacks caused by the Death Notes really are, but given how each victim (save L and Light) tends to react, they must be pretty massive. Maybe the word "mild" doesn't exist among the Shinigami.
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Gaining the Will to Kill
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Gaining the Will to Kill: Light's first two kills serve as this. The first guy Light kills is a serious headcase who had taken a school full of kids hostage. Light writes the guy's name into the title notebook as a means of figuring out whether or not it was real or just a sick prank. When the criminal in question dies of a heart attack 40 seconds after Light wrote the name in, Light still isn't completely convinced that the Death Note is real, so after school, he decides to test out the notebook a second time, taking out the leader of a motorcycle gang and stopping his Attempted Rape of a young woman by sending him and his bike into the path of an oncoming semi. After wrestling with the implications of passing judgement upon people like this, Light makes the decision to become Kira and "change the world" by killing off its criminals and evil people, which sets him on the path to developing his infamous god-complex and becoming the Villain Protagonist of the series.
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Small Name, Big Ego
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Small Name, Big Ego: L. See the main page's Hypocritical Humor entry to get an example. Light has a tremendous ego for an otherwise normal high school student.
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Bilingual Bonus
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Also Bilingual Bonus Light's worldwide alias "Kira" (the word "killer" adapted to the Japanese language). Additionally, Kira is also a Russian name by origin and is the feminine version of Cyrus. Cyrus comes from the Greek Κυρος (Kyros) which is the Greek version of the Persian name Kürush which may mean "far sighted" or "young" — this, in and of itself, may refer to Light's grand, far-reaching dreams and his own youth and inexperience. Where it gets more interesting is that the name is also sometimes associated with the Greek κυριος (kyrios), meaning "lord." Indeed, the Greek word Kyrios means "lord, Lord, and Master" and in religious usage designates God, appearing 740 times in the New Testament referring to Jesus. Consider that one of the songs in the Death Note soundtrack is titled "Kyrie" which is a transliteration of Greek κύριε (kyrie) and a vocative case of κύριος (kyrios). It's an interesting connection, even if it wasn't done intentionally.
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Hero's First Rescue
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Hero's First Rescue: A skeptical Light tests the titular notebook on a criminal holding the children in a nursery school hostage.
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Lampshade Hanging
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If Naomi Misora hadn't happened to go to the police station during the ONE instant that the entire Kira task force had left to meet L, and if Light hadn't been asked to deliver a package to his father at that same exact instant, and just happened to overhear what she was there for, or if Aizawa walked slightly slower, or faster, or didn't have an umbrella for the rain that came out of nowhere, or if Misora had another alias, the manga would have ended at 2 volumes, with Light soundly defeated. When he discovers this coincidence, Light acknowledges how "another God" is on his side. Since Word of God and the manga universe have bent over backwards to say that there were no gods in the Death Note universe this means that it's just conjecture on Light's part, and the events fall in his favor by simple, improbable coincidence. (In Volume 13, Naomi is consequently stated to have the lowest possible score in the "luck" attribute.) By another way of seeing it, if Raye Penber hadn't been assigned to investigate Light, hadn't decided to bring his fiancée to Japan while on assignment or hadn't mentioned the bus hijacking to her then a lot of events later on would never have happened and Light would have avoided suspicion. This is only one egregious example; others abound throughout the series, especially in the first half.
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Break the Haughty
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Break the Haughty: Light, can't you keep it together for two more damned seconds? The instant classic: "I'm going to...die?...No!! I DON'T WANNA DIEEE!!!!" Also, Kiyomi Takada in her final moments, which she spends crying and terrified.
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Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor
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Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: The jokes of the Yotsuba group are pretty bad.
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How Unscientific!
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How Unscientific!: When L finds out shinigami are real, he has an uncharacteristically loud freakout. In the manga this was just him falling out of his chair. Word of God says that he was startled because of the way things came together, and that the manga-ka wanted to see L fall over.
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Bland-Name Product
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Bland-Name Product: "Fanasonic." The anime also gives us the search engine "Gentle". The array of computer hardware that was very close to perfect reproductions of contemporary Apple hardware... except for the logo. Averted with Smith & Wesson, Mercedes Benz, Porsche and others. The East West Pop Music Festival is actually a stand in for the real life Red White Music Competition which is held every New Year's Eve.
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Hollywood Hacking
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Hollywood Hacking: The way Light hacks his father's computer to spy on the police.
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He Who Fights Monsters
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He Who Fights Monsters: The Kiras themselves in general, especially Light and Mikami.
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Rooting for the Empire
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Rooting for the Empire: Light's followers and fans, both in-universe and out, count, especially considering the amount of antipathy some of the fanbase holds for Near.
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She Is All Grown Up
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She Is All Grown Up: Sayu after the Time Skip is so attractive Matsudo hits on her, paraphrasing this trope in the process.
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Chained Heat
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Chained Heat: Light and L are handcuffed together for several episodes because L doesn't trust Light yet.
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Eyes Never Lie
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Eyes Never Lie: Invoked Trope.
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I Know You Know I Know
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I Know You Know I Know: Light and L rarely tell each other how much they know the other knows they know, because they don't want to give away how much they know what the other knows, or at least think they know but can't be sure of. Yes, there is a lot of internal monologuing in this series.
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Ax-Crazy
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Ax-Crazy: All the Kiras qualify when they're at their worst, but Mikami gets exceptionally crazy when he goes into "sakujo/delete" mode.
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Girlish Pigtails
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Girlish Pigtails: Misa wears them, mostly in the first arc when she is at her most childish.
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Gratuitous English
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Gratuitous English: The Japanese title "Desu Noto" (Death Note), and "Kira" (Killer).
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You Didn't Ask
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You Didn't Ask: This is his explanation in the manga for why he hadn't told Light why, if you have a Death Note, your lifespan is hidden from a human who has traded for Shinigami-sight. In addition, one of the rules of the Death Note as presented in "How to Use" is that the Shinigami is not obligated to tell the holder of the Death Note anything, even if the holder asks.
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Tomato in the Mirror
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Tomato in the Mirror: Kinda... sorta.
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Alphabetical Theme Naming
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Alphabetical Theme Naming: Kira, L, Light, Mello, Near ...
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Number of the Beast
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Number of the Beast: "After writing the cause of death, details of the death should be written in the next six minutes and forty seconds." In other words, 6.66 minutes.
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The Killer in Me
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The Kira In Me: Light bluffs this in order to convince the taskforce that he needs to be confined (for the sake of his Gambit Roulette.) "Another me could be killing while I sleep!!!"
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Mama Didn't Raise No Criminal
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Daddy Didn't Raise No Criminal: Soichiro's reaction to L's suggestion that Light or Sayu could be Kira.
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Strange Minds Think Alike
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Strange Minds Think Alike: Light and L tend to finish each other's thoughts / inner monologues between cutaways. Light and Mikami: They both had the idea of Takada's suicide and written it in the Death Note at the same time.
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Artifact of Death
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Artifact of Death / Artifact of Doom: The Death Notes.
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Embarrassing Nickname
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Embarrassing Nickname: When Light objects to Misa calling him by his first name, Misa suggests calling him "Knight" instead, causing him to immediately back down and let her call him Light.
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Even Evil Has Standards
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Because Light can't bring himself to kill his sister, Mello and Near learn about the fake rules.
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Attention Whore
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Attention Whore: Demegawa goes from merely praising Kira to actively using Kira to promote his own career. To no one's surprise (and to the joy of everyone), Kira (in the form of Mikami) eventually gets sick of this and kills him.
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Abandoned Warehouse
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Abandoned Warehouse: The finale takes place in one.
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Arch-Enemy
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Arch-Enemy: L is this for Light originally; later on, Mello and Near take over the role. Not only that, but Near and Mello are also each other's rivals.
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Not Worth Killing
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Not Worth Killing: The Taskforce for most of the second arc.
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Might Makes Right
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Might Makes Right: Possessing the power to kill remotely and effortlessly makes all the Kiras believe themselves to have god-like authority to judge others.
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Your Princess Is in Another Castle!
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Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: About two thirds of the way through the full story line, Light Yagami uses Misa and Rem to kill L and then assumes his identity, becoming the 2nd L. Thus, he manages to become the God of the New World... Five years later, Light is delighted to discover that L had made provisions for his defeat; he has successors eager to avenge him and show their worth by defeating the one who killed their hero.
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Kick the Dog
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Kick the Dog: Light kills Lind L. Taylor for for the crime of opposing him. This makes his villainous nature clear to the audience. L gets a turn when he has Misa cold-bloodedly tortured, up to the point where she tries to kill herself to avoid revealing Kira's identity. In episode seven, Light tells Naomi that he is Kira, just as the Death Note takes effect, and she goes off to commit suicide. He opens his phone and offers her the chance to call his father with the information that would put Light away, but she's forced to carry out the Note's instructions, so that really comes off as putting salt in the wound.
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Sleuth Dates Cop
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Sleuth Dates Cop: Raye Penber, an FBI agent sent to Japan to aid in the investigation of the Kira case, does not want his fiance, ex-FBI agent Naomi Misora, to get involved in the Kira case. Unfortunately for him, she was the better detective between the two. If he had let her get involved, the series would be one and a half volumes long, and both of them would still be alive. Averted when Matsuda has an obviously crush on Sayu, Light's sister, after She's All Grown Up. Her parents Soichiro, who's Matsuda's superior, and Sachiko forbid her to marry a policeman beforehand. That's hypocritical, considering that Soichiro is a police officer himself.
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The Mirror Shows Your True Self
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The Mirror Shows Your True Self: Relight features a scene where Light is walking along solemnly through a Hall of Mirrors, pretending to grieve for L while his reflection is smirking evilly.
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Out-Gambitted
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Out-Gambitted: In the second episode, when L uses a body double to draw Kira/Light into striking in order to confirm his suspicion that Kira can kill in such a manner. And he did the broadcast region-by-region in order to narrow down where Kira might be based, getting it on the first try.
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Awful Truth: Light is Kira, and no one who finds out takes it well. Especially not Matsuda.
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Person of Mass Destruction
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Person of Mass Destruction: The Kiras. ("The ability to commit mass murder at the wave of a hand?" Check.)
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Split Personality
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Split Personality: Discussed during Kira's Memory Gambit. Light willingly goes into SPK custody because he suspects he might be acting as Kira in his sleep. While Light is unknowingly Kira, the audience already knows that this isn't how it works.
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Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism
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Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: There should be no doubt in that this series is firmly on the cynical side because it involves a serial killer successfully shrinking the crime rate by killing criminals, most of the people trying to stop this person are Anti Heroes and states that shortly after Light died, the crime rate returned to normal. Also, there's no after life.
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This Cannot Be!
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This Cannot Be!: What Light says about his lethal OutGambitting.
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Death Is Cheap
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Death Is Cheap: Intentionally averted by Ohba who felt that this trope had been overused in other manga but played straight in the pilot chapter with the addition of the death eraser.
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Not the Fall That Kills You
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Not the Fall That Kills You: In episode 19, Matsuda has to fake his own death by falling from a building. He instead lands on a mattress conveniently placed some floors below by his fellow members of the investigation team.
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The Hero Dies
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The Hero Dies: By the end of the anime, both L and Light themselves were killed in the end.
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Batman Gambit
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The Yotsuba arc is full of this: Light uses loopholes in the rules of the Death Note to absolve himself and Misa of their identities as Kira, wiping their memories of everything related to the Death Note, and tells Rem to give the Death Note to someone who will use it selfishly and make himself easily noticeable. Over the course of the arc, Light — now allied with L — pieces together how Kira's powers work and they catch the third Kira, Higuchi. True to form, it was all part of a massive Batman Gambit so that Light would eventually get his hands on the Death Note again and go right back to being Kira, ultimately allowing him to indirectly kill L. Naturally, the audience is already privvy to this even if they don't know exactly what Light's plan is.
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Teens Are Monsters
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Teens Are Monsters: Light and Misa are serial killers but with their faces, you'd never even suspect at first without being like L.
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Face Death with Dignity
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Face Death with Dignity: Whether a character can do this depends on their moral fiber. Soichiro, the most moral figure in the series, goes out with the most, while L and Watari, who are noticeably greyer though still recognizably good, each die with some, and the Villain Protagonist, Light, dies crying, whining, and cursing in a puddle of his own blood. Light's death is a little more dignified in the anime. He runs away from the scene as Ryuk writes his name down in his Death Note. In the end, he dies lying stoically on stairs.
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Ludicrous Precision
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Ludicrous Precision: L and his constant revisions of the probability Light is Kira. In How to Read it states that whenever he gives a percentage, he's lying; he actually suspects Light with a 90 to 100 percent certainty.
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Kill 'Em All
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Kill 'Em All: How many major characters in a cast of around 20 survive? Three of the original police task force, plus Misa, Ide, and Near. The companion book How To Read 13 reveals that Misa dies a year later from suicide.
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Money to Throw Away
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Money to Throw Away: Near throws money out of the top floor of the SPK HQ to stop people from rioting.
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Pietà Plagiarism
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Pietà Plagiarism: Naomi with Raye, in the first anime intro. Light with Ryuzaki/L
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Make Room for the New Plot
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Make Room for the New Plot: How the Mello issue is resolved near the end of the story.
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Death's Hourglass
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Death's Hourglass: Everyone has a time at which they are destined to die. It's only visible to those with a Shinigami's eyes. However, using a death note allows you to kill people before their time and indirectly extend lives.
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Foregone Conclusion
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Foregone Conclusion: In The Los Angeles BB Cases, the mysterious stranger who follows Naomi is obviously L because we've read the manga or watched the anime. Except it isn't. In one of the best subversions of this trope ever, its not L but BB, the murderer suspected of the killings.
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Noodle Incident
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Noodle Incident: According to Another Note, L claimed the names Eraldo Coil and Deneuve after winning "detective wars" against their original holders. We are never told what a detective war entails or how those two played out.
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Board to Death
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Board to Death
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No Body Left Behind
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No Body Left Behind: Shinigami dissolve into "something neither sand nor rust" when they die.
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Letter Motif
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Letter Motif: L, M, and N.
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How Dare You Die on Me!
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How Dare You Die on Me!: Light when his father dies.
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Trouser Space
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Trouser Space: In the second arc, Light's new Death Note hiding place. [2] He did it in an earlier scene in the manga too... In the manga this is where Mello keeps his pistol...
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Fleur de Lis
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Fleur de Lis: In the anime, Misa has her cross motif changed to this ... but it's upside down.
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Captain Obvious
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During an interview during the Yotsuba arc, Matsuda states that he can't forgive Kira for what he's done. As if there was ever a case where mass murder on a global scale could be forgivable.
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Parental Substitute
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Watari creates an orphanage for intelligent and gifted children. He is also L's assistant and father-figure.
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Adaptational Heroism: The movies portray Light more sympathetically. The drama by contrast draws more attention to the amorality of his actions and he is generally far more smug and arrogant than most portrayals.
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Faux Action Girl
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Faux Action Girl: Halle Lidner doesn't get much action for a special crime unit member.
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Morton's Fork
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Morton's Fork: An interesting case: When L accompanies Light to college, Light feels that all of his interactions with him will only confirm his suspicions about Light. Every decision Light makes boils down to him deciding how to react. His thoughts are like this: If I react one way, L would think I'm Kira because of X. If I react another way, L will think I'm Kira because of X. Funny thing is that he is RIGHT about these assumptions because no matter what he does nor how he reacts, L never drops his suspicion of Light as Kira and often has the same thoughts about whatever situation he's in with Light.
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Blatant Lies
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Misa tells Takada that Light is deeply in love with her and that he's very clingy:
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Manipulative Bastard
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Light and Rem are type IV, at first Rem hates Light for the way he manipulates Misa but later after spending time with Higuchi, Rem comes to sympathize with Light and his cause, finding Light to be "as pure as Misa."
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Bittersweet Ending
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Bittersweet Ending: Light's quest for godhood ends in disaster, and he meets a brutal and heartwrenching end, as do the other Kiras and their allies. L, Soichiro and most of the other investigators who were trying to stop Kira's rise to power also lose their lives, and those who survive will have to deal with serious emotional scars for the rest of their lives. Sachiko has lost her husband and now her son while her daughter Sayu is now traumatized after being kidnapped. Likewise, along with being traumatized from the kidnapping, Sayu has lost her father and now her brother. However, while crime rates do rise back up again as a result of Kira's demise, the world no longer needs to live in fear of a shadowy dictator who can kill people with the stroke of a pen. Democratic systems that had suffered a severe blow due to Light's actions are implied to have recovered again, and things start to go back to normal for most of the surviving characters. Even Light is given some posthumous dignity in the manga, which ends with a cult commemorating his actions as Kira.
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Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains
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Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: Naomi and Halle dress sensibly whereas Misa is Ms. Fanservice.
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Shut Up, Hannibal!
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Shut Up, Hannibal!: Near's rebuttal to Light's Motive Rant at the end. This is also Matsuda's reaction to the same speech.
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Damsel in Distress
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Damsel in Distress: Sayu was kidnapped by Mello.
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Voodoo Shark
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Voodoo Shark: See Adaptation Induced Plothole above for the second Rewrite special.
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Amnesiac Liar
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Amnesiac Liar: Before the Memory Gambit, both Light and Misa are liars. After this, they are very confused by what L tells them about the situation.
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Spoiler Title
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Spoiler Title: Chapter 99 is titled "Two": According to Ohba, it's an ostensible reference to Takada and Mello's deaths, but, in actuality, is an indication that Light wasn't the only one to write Takada's name in the Notebook...
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Sufficiently Analyzed Magic
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Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: Light's experiments with the Death Note teach him the fine details about how it works. Soon, he knows more about than Ryuk!
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Kid with the Leash
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Kid with the Leash: Anyone possessing a Death Note and thus a shinigami qualifies
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Hostage for MacGuffin
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Played straight with Sayu. Light would rather give up a Note than kill her.
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Messy Hair
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Messy Hair: L and Near always look like they just rolled out of bed. This is because, unlike Light, they don't care about appearances.
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Surrounded by Idiots
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Surrounded by Idiots: Both L and Light feel this way from time to time but the most often target is Matsuda.
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Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!
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Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Unlike most examples, this one is used by villains to justify their serial killing because they're only killing criminals. This logic falls apart when they go after honest cops tracking a serial killer.
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Serial Killer Kira
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Xanatos Speed Chess
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Xanatos Speed Chess: The series is a game of such chess between L and Light. They make their play and quickly improvise to the other's until one of them says 'checkmate'.
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Found the Killer, Lost the Murderer
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Found the Killer, Lost the Murderer: At Higuchi's arrest.
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The Guards Must Be Crazy
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The Guards Must Be Crazy: Matsuda sneaks right by the Yotsuba security guard.
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Utopia Justifies the Means
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Utopia Justifies the Means: Light's motivation.
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Worthy Opponent
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Worthy Opponent: Light toward L. Particularly after L dies, since his successors don't compare in his eyes. Light's inner resentment of Near wearing a mask of L is genuine. Subverted in the oneshot chapter set after the manga, when Near drives C-Kira to suicide by telling C-Kira that he isn't worth Near's time.
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Adult Fear
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Adult Fear: The series pretty much runs on it. Light exploits the public mood and plays on a reactionary tendency in public opinion—people don't like crime, and they sure as hell don't like criminals, so if someone's killing off the worst ones, who would really disapprove? But then he pushes the envelope, turning his brand of vigilante justice more and more mainstream. Five years after the start of Kira's campaign, the whole world has rapidly moved towards a police state under one man's control, driven from the beginning by a corrupted desire for safety and justice. That is scary because that mechanism plays out—albeit in a less extreme form—in the news every day. The Yotsuba Corporation's rich and powerful leaders use the Death Note to kill off rivals for no other reason than personal gain. Light finds the dangerous notebook in the schoolyard. The guy who left it lying around so that someone—in this case, Light—would find it? He followed Light home. Another one for the parents: Imagine having to seriously sit and consider all the evidence that says your teenage son is a merciless mass murderer, he will get the death penalty if he is ever caught, and you've been hunting him all along. Now imagine thinking about having to go home and explain this to your wife and daughter. People who use the Death Note cannot go to either heaven or hell. At the end of the manga, a flashback to Light and Ryuk's first meeting reveals that all people go to "mu" (nothingness) when they die, and that after death, nothing can be done to bring someone back to life. In the anime, this is only shown in one of the eyecatches revealing the rules of the Death Note. Everyone who uses the Death Note tends to have their personal worst fears become true. Misa ends up completely alone without anyone loving her. Mikami realizes he became what he hates so much. The vain Takada burns to death naked. Higuchi is humiliated in public, then dies like a dog. Light is stripped of all his power and dies having failed to impose any real and lasting change on the world.
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Theme Tune Cameo
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Theme Tune Cameo: Misa and Matsuda both have the first ending song as their mobile phone ringtones, and the 2nd ending theme is used in the Director's Cut of the car chase in episodes 22 & 23.
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Nothing but Skulls
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Nothing but Skulls: On the manga coverart.
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Screams Like a Little Girl
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Screams Like a Little Girl: L. "Shinigami? Am I supposed to believe that they really exist?" Light is no slouch in the girly scream department either.
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Four Is Death
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Four Is Death: The Death Note kills in 40 seconds, and if a cause of death is written, the user has 400 seconds to add details. Mikami, whose screw-up finishes Light, is the fourth Kira. The hidden piece of paper from the Death Note in Light's wristwatch can be accessed by Light pressing the dial nub four times
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You Have Failed Me
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Light and Takada are very much Type III. Takada loves and admires Light, but when Takada has failed him by getting kidnapped, he makes her kill herself by Self-Immolation.
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold: L cares more about 'interesting crimes' than 'catching criminals'. Nevertheless, he does get concerned when Light screams upon touching Higuchi's Death Note (which, unbeknownst to L, gives Light's memories as Kira back).
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Jerk with a Heart of Jerk
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Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: Light (he really cares for his family... and really hopes he doesn't have to kill them).
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Butt-Monkey
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Butt-Monkey: Matsuda is bullied, pushed around, ignored and otherwise the omega male of the investigation.
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Big Fancy House
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Big Fancy House: The Wammy's House is large enough for many, many orphans.
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Ignored Enamored Underling
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Ignored Enamored Underling: Misa for Light; she adores him and he doesn't care.
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Surveillance as the Plot Demands
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Surveillance as the Plot Demands: Deconstructed. Light's bedroom is bugged so when he wants L to see something he does his work there. Otherwise he goes somewhere else.
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Paper-Thin Disguise
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Paper-Thin Disguise: Light wears a hoodie and beanie when manipulating Raye Penber, which renders him unrecognizable to both Raye and the investigators that view the surveillance cameras. During the hostage exchange in the Near/Mello arc, Ide follows Soichiro onto the plain in a disguise consisting of nothing more than a pair of glasses and a fake mustache.
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Death by Adaptation
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Death by Adaptation: Mogi dies in Ukita's place in the Live-Action Adaptation, and Takada's death is hastened (granted, because the plot itself is hastened). L's death sort of counts as it's by his own hands instead of Rem's.
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Powers in the First Episode
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Powers in the First Episode: Light picks up the Death Note in the first episode
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Cessation of Existence
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Cessation of Existence: Word of God says few alterations were made from the original concept up until the series finale, but this was one biting idea that was necessary to enforce. When Ryuk first confronts Light about using the Note he mentions that, while there are no earthly consequences regarding its use other than the obvious criminal investigations, those who have used one cannot go to either heaven or hell. The final two rules of the Death Note go one step further; when a human dies their soul goes to Mu (nothingness), and once dead, nothing can bring a person back to life. There is no afterlife, just the complete removal of your consciousness from the universe for all eternity.
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Friendless Background
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Friendless Background: Word of God says L has no friends. Light too, despite being very popular, is often seen eating his lunch alone. Word of God says he thinks he's above most people.
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Humans Are the Real Monsters
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Humans Are the Real Monsters: "What's up people?!" When you start judging where exactly do you draw the line?
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Laughing Mad
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Even worse in the Italian dub: he starts to sob... and then he laughs.
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Break the Cutie
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Break the Cutie: Poor Sayu. She's kidnapped by a mob and held for ransom. This is part of the backstories of both Misa and Mikami; the former by the death of her parents and the latter by years and years of bullying. Matsuda is a nice and naïve person who has his self esteem and ideals destroyed over the course of the series.
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Stalking Is Love
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Stalking Is Love: Misa believes stalking Light will endear her to him.
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Kansas City Shuffle
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Kansas City Shuffle: The 13 Day Test 1) L knows Light is plotting to kill him and he suspects Light is plotting with Misa to do it. 2) L thinks he can prove that both Light and Misa are Kira by testing the 13 Day Rule. 3) Neither Light nor Misa are going to kill him. Rem is going to kill him.
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Blasting It Out of Their Hands
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When Higuchi is cornered and trying to kill himself, Watari shoots the pistol out of his hand with a sniper rifle.
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Motive Rant
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More so in the manga, but in a couple of Motive Rants Light mentions that part of the reason he's doing the mass killings of criminals is to to make the world a safer place for his sister (and stop the bad guys, just like daddy.)
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Tailor-Made Prison
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Tailor-Made Prison: L has a couple of custom holding cells for confining Kira and the more dangerous Second Kira.
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See You in Hell
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See You in Hell: Used effectively in the episode "Execution" in the English dub when Soichiro pretends to shot Light.
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Downer Ending
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Downer Ending: Between this and a Bittersweet Ending. While Light dies a well-deserved, but utterly heartwrenching death, nearly the entire cast has died as a result of his machinations, the good that he has done is completely reversed and L is replaced by the borderline-sociopathic Near, not to mention that Ryuk has been given many new Death Notes in exchange for apples and is intent on dropping them all over the world, possibly recreating the original start all over again.
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Psychological Horror
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Psychological Horror: This series thrives on suspense and mind games with a serial killer that has magic powers.
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Early Installment Weirdness
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Early Installment Weirdness: The first few chapters actually come off as strange compared to the later ones. The way the story and even pages of the manga are set up is different and while L retains the faceless role at first, he's shown in a meditating pose, slouching on the ground and practically every kind of sitting position except his iconic squatting in chairs.
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Interspecies Friendship
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Interspecies Friendship: Rem (Shinigami) and Misa (human). Rem develops a platonic love for Misa and is even willing to die for her. Light (human) and Ryuk (Shinigami) also fall under this having a few Villains Out Shopping moments together, though they are of a more vitriolic type.
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Smug Snake
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Smug Snake: Light has a tendency to shift into this when he's got the upper hand, but especially when he's all-but taunting Near for having his location discovered in episode 30.
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Playing Drunk
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Playing Drunk: Matsuda, after being caught by Yotsuba, pretends to be drunk so he can fake his death via falling.
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Live-Action Adaptation
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Live-Action Adaptation: Two main movies, and one spin-off, to be precise.
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Disproportionate Retribution
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Disproportionate Retribution: With Kira as judge, jury and executioner, all crimes - even purse-snatching and embezzlement - qualify for the death penalty, for the good of the new world. Lind L. Tailor while posing as L, tells Light over broadcast television "Kira, I think I have a pretty good idea of why you're doing this. But what you're doing is evil!" Not the nicest thing to say, but at least he gives Light credit for trying to improve the world. Light's response is to kill him.
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Crazy-Prepared
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Crazy-Prepared: Light's three different ways to tell if someone was in his room, not to mention his Porn Stash just in case someone happens to be watching. This was before he found the Death Note. At that point he rigged his desk to catch fire, destroying the Death Note, if anyone but him opened a secret drawer. Near kept millions of dollars ready to be dropped from the top of a skyscraper at the press of a button, just in case a Torches and Pitchforks mob attacks his secret hideout. Fridge Brilliance in that the SPK are a proscribed terrorist organisation by that point, so their bank accounts would have been frozen.
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Eyedscreen
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Eyedscreen
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The Underworld
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The Underworld: "Mu," the place where Death Note users and everyone else go after they die, as they cannot go to either Heaven or Hell which do not exist in this universe.
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Masquerading As the Unseen
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Masquerading As the Unseen: At the beginning, L is so secretive that no one knows what he looks like, interacting with others through Watari and his laptop. This fact is used against Light, when he is tricked into believing Lind L. Taylor is the real L and kills him. The other Kiras do this as well. Only with a thorough analysis can one determine if it's Light-as-Kira using the Death Note or someone else.
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Bad Powers, Bad People
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Bad Powers, Bad People: L and the investigation team definitely believe this; even if he only targets the worst of the worst, murder is still murder and Kira is still a criminal.
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Living with the Villain
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Living with the Villain: Light and L not only go to the same college, but also work together on the team to catch Kira and spend quite a while chained together. Also Light and his father... makes for some awkward dinner conversations.
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This Is Unforgivable!
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This Is Unforgivable!: Matsuda has had enough of Light at the time of the final confrontation with Near. The results are quick, well-deserved, and both scary and heart-wrenching. Ryuk almost couldn't keep up with him. During an interview during the Yotsuba arc, Matsuda states that he can't forgive Kira for what he's done. As if there was ever a case where mass murder on a global scale could be forgivable.
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Improbable Infant Survival
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Improbable Infant Survival: One of the rules is "The DEATH NOTE shall not affect those under 780 days old."
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Snow Means Death
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Snow Means Death: Naomi Misora is accompanied to her hanging by snow.
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Death Wail
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Death Wail: Light fakes one when L dies. Good actor, that one.
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Justice Will Prevail
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Justice Will Prevail: Discussed in the second arc. No matter who wins, Kira or the Task Force, 'justice' will prevail because the winning side will claim it.
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Amnesiacs are Innocent
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Amnesiacs are Innocent: Light himself becomes one when his memories of the Death Note are removed.
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Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole
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Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: The anime omits several scenes from the manga which, while usually not problematic, created several plotholes. The manga explains that SPK member Ill Ratt is a spy for Mello, which is how the mafia learned the SPK's names and were able to kill them. This is not explained in the anime, but in Relight 2, the mafia are cut, and Light blackmails the president to send their names to Kiyomi Takada. In this version, Light's meetings with her and Teru Mikami are moved to earlier than occurred in the anime, and they kill the SPK. However, while fixing one plothole, Relight 2 creates another: since the mafia get cut out, Soichiro making the trade for Shinigami Eyes and his subsequent death is omitted as well, leaving plotholes regarding Soichiro's absence as well as how Light was able to acquire Mello's true name.
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Even the Girls Want Her
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Even the Girls Want Her: Misa Amane.
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Adrenaline Time
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Adrenaline Time: During intense mental battles.
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Pop the Tires
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Pop the Tires: This happens when they are trying to stop Higuchi from driving away with the Death Note.
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Fantastic Racism
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The Fantastic Racism against the Shinigami Played for Laughs:
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Unreliable Canon
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Unreliable Canon: The finale ends with Matsuda stating a bunch of theories that may or not be true. It doesn't help that in The How To Read 13 Obha simply says: "Death Note is about the reader's interpretations".
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Eat the Evidence
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Eat the Evidence: In the manga it's explained that Light swallows the Death Note scrap he used to kill Higuchi.
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FunctionalGenreSavvy
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Functional Genre Savvy: Strange how when people living in the same conditions all started suffering heart attacks, everybody started thinking "supernatural serial killer"...
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Police Are Useless
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Police Are Useless: The public believes this more and more when Kira emerges and takes over. Which is ironic because without the police investigating crimes and arresting suspects (or at least coming up with them), Kira wouldn't have any names or faces to use with the Death Note.
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Unexpectedly Real Magic
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Unexpectedly Real Magic: Light initially thinks the Death Note is somebody's twisted idea of a prank. It's only after he tests it on two people (a man holding a classroom hostage, and a sexual harasser) that he's sure it's the real deal.
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The Un-Reveal
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The Unreveal: When Light finally learns L's true name in the anime and manga, that information isn't passed on to the audience, since the information itself pales in importance to the fact of Light having it. Supplementary material does answer the question later, for the curious: "L Lawliet" is his complete real name.
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Friendly Enemy
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Friendly Enemy: Light and L. L calls Light his first ever friend and Light tells L he really missed seeing him at school. However Word of God suggests that they're both faking.
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Unholy Matrimony
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Unholy Matrimony: Light and Misa, whether Light likes it or not. They were both villains in their own right before joining forces.
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Interim Villain
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Interim Villain: The Yotsuba executives. Explanation can be found on the trope itself.
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Metal Scream
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Metal Scream: The second opening begins with one of these.
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Curiosity Killed the Cast
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Curiosity Killed the Cast: Light just wanted to see if the notebook would work. The same thing presumably happened to Misa.
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Ransacked Room
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Ransacked Room: Light has an elaborate series of tests set up to see if someone has been in his room. He leaves the door handle (which normally returns to a horizontal position when used) five millimeters lower and sets a piece of paper in the door (obvious tells) and a pencil lead in the door frame (a not so obvious tell) to see if someone has been in his room so when he finds the pencil lead broken and the paper back in the door it suggests someone has been in, searched, and bugged his room.
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Giving the Sword to a Noob
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Giving the Sword to a Noob: Misa is granted the Death Note, but never uses it wisely except under Light's direction.
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Pragmatic Villainy
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Pragmatic Villainy: Light Yagami who was willing to kill tens of thousands of criminals and other undesirables to further his ambition but he doesn't approve when his Bumbling Sidekick Teru Mikami announced that Kira was going to kill lazy people as well. Light doesn't object to killing the lazy, he just hasn't decided yet if it's an effective method of imposing his reign.
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Central Theme
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Central Theme: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
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Four Eyes, Zero Soul
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Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Mikami has his regular eyes, wears glasses and cut the Shinigami Eyes deal and yet still is more ruthless than Light.
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Big Brother Is Watching
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Big Brother Is Watching: "It is important to teach our children that Kira is good."
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You Kill It, You Bought It
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You Kill It, You Bought It: Killing the owner of a Death Note is one way to obtain ownership. A human that causes a shinigami's death inherits their life span.
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Drunk on the Dark Side
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Drunk on the Dark Side and Power: Light, Misa, Takada, Mikami, Higuchi become obsessed with the Death Note's power, become arrogant to the point of godhood and very hammy when using it.
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Oh, No... Not Again!
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Oh, No... Not Again!: Uttered by Matsuda after the arrest / death of Higuchi and Light and Misa have been cleared of suspicion, leading the Taskforce to believe they are dealing with yet another Kira. Also, Soichiro says this when the handcuffed Light and L begin their second fist fight.
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Psycho Supporter
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Psycho Supporter: Misa Amane, Kiyomi Takada, and Teru Mikami.
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Not Distracted by the Sexy
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Not Distracted by the Sexy: Most of the times Misa is wearing something skimpy on-screen, it has no impact on Light.
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Only Friend
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Only Friend: L tells Light "I feel as though you're the first friend I've ever had" though Word of God says it's a lie, that L has no friends. This hasn't stopped the fandom.
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Time Skip
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Time Skip: Several years pass between L's death and the arrival of his successors.
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Big Eater
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Big Eater: L is constantly eating candy and sweets and stays in a state of gaunt sickly malnourishment. In the manga, he explains that his overactive brain uses up all the calories, while in the anime he claims that "if you do it right" you can eat whatever you want, effectively outsmarting his food. Also Mello, who gobbles down chocolate bars and stays rakishly thin.
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Spanner in the Works
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Spanner in the Works: All attention would have been taken off of Light as early as the fifth episode if Light had simply not killed Raye Penber. Raye had just finished suspecting Light of being Kira, and all Raye's death does is narrow L's search to everyone he was tailing, leading to him suspecting Light for the rest of the series. Teru Mikami ruins Light's plan to destroy his enemies with his well meaning but misguided action. By extension, Mello, by kidnapping Takada, which leads to Mikami committing said mistake. Misa's introduction as the second Kira made Light's Evil Plan much more complicated. Shidoh comes down from the Shinigami world to fetch his notebook and tells Mello that Light's made up rules are fake.
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Have You Told Anyone Else?
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Naomi, the former F.B.I. detective who figures out crucial information on the Kira case and then decides to trust Light after he's been acting creepy, following her around, and asking "Have You Told Anyone Else?" As mentioned below and according to Word of God, she's less stupid than about as lucky as Near is socially skilled — i.e., not at all. note If you think about it, her big "mistake" was going to the police station at absolutely the wrong time — the one time when no one working on the case was available and also when the real Kira (who, bad luck for her, was the son of someone working on the case) was also arriving. Well, that, and succumbing to Light's explanation. She had every reason to be convinced — not least because she implicitly trusted L, and Light reminded her of L (which also lampshades that they're Not So Different).
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I Have the High Ground
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I Have the High Ground: The battle of wills between L and Light is often symbolically represented by them staring at each other on very, very thin skyscrapers.
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The Leader
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While L serves as The Leader of the good guys while he's alive, he does some morally dubious things during his quest to stop Kira.
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Names to Run Away From Really Fast
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Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Light's alias Kira is "Killer" made to fit into Japanese phonetics. His last name, Yagami, is written with the symbols for "night" and "god." Additionally, Misa's name comes from "kuromisa", meaning "black Mass."
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TropeOverdosed
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Trope Overdosed: Look at this page; it's huge.
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Bunny-Ears Lawyer
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Bunny-Ears Lawyer: L writ large: he is the world's greatest detective (in fact, he's also the second and third best under different names), despite being a twen who almost never sleeps, constantly eats sweets, and will only "sit" by crouching on the balls of his feet. Later, Near is just as bad, equaling L's deductive abilities while spending all his on-screen time sitting on the floor and playing with toys.
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Sinister Scythe
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Sinister Scythe: Light on the cover art of the manga and as a Shinigami in the Relight movie... that is, if you interpret said Shinigami to be Light.
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I Have Your Wife
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I Have Your Wife: Light successfully bluffs this to Raye Penber in order to ensure his cooperation. Mello does for real this when he kidnaps Sayu.
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Gullible Lemmings
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Gullible Lemmings: The followers of "Kira's Kingdom" are easy to lead and/or mislead.
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Loony Fan
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Loony Fan: The Stalker with a Crush that tries to kill Misa. To a lesser degree, Matsuda acts like this towards L and Light. Also both Misa and Mikami, towards Light.
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Extremity Extremist
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Extremity Extremist: Among L's many curious habits is holding things only with his thumb and forefinger, letting them hang by his fingertips. Food, utensils, pens, phones, whatever. When he fights, he does it exclusively with his bare feet.
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Genghis Gambit
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Genghis Gambit: The final episode revealed that Near and Mello, who were individually trying to succeed where L failed, finally agreed to work together to defeat Kira. It works. The explanation is a bit different in the manga: when Near credits Mello for creating the situation that allowed him to defeat Light, Lidner suggests that Mello realized the flaw in Near's plan (namely, that the notebook could have been fake) and kidnapped Takada purposefully to expose it. Near disagrees, saying that Mello believed he could surpass Near and L. Near continues that he always knew he wasn't capable of surpassing L alone, and neither was Mello—it was only by a combination of their two plans that they could win.
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Sinister Subway
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Sinister Subway: This is the location for one of Light's mass killings. Specifically, all of America's undercover agents.
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FBI Agent
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The FBI Agents all have names that few Americans would have. Raye Penber is the only one that sounds relatively normal, and even that tends to raise eyebrows. In Death Note #13 (which is an encyclopedia about the series), the creator says this was intentional, as s/he wanted to use names that sounded realistic, but wouldn't actually exist. Apparently, s/he doesn't know that the names s/he picked don't sound realistic in the least...
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Sycophantic Servant
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Sycophantic Servant/ Spanner in the Works - Misa and Mikami to Light, Matsuda to L.
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Hair-Trigger Temper
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A lot of the cast is subject to this trope. Mello has a Hair-Trigger Temper and is Sour Outside, Sad Inside, Misa is over-dependent on the affection of Light, and Light himself has both immense delusions of grandeur and a sense of self-importance so large that he could be a candidate for medical narcissism.
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Villainous Friendship
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Villainous Friendship: Light and Misa begin as Type III, though seeing as Light never does get around to killing her, it is possible that they moved to Type I territory. Misa and Rem are Type III; Rem cares deeply for Misa, but Misa doesn't really care about Rem as anything more than a casual friend whose death she gets over pretty quickly. Mello and Matt are Type I, seeing how Matt is the only person Mello shows remorse for having gotten killed. Mikami and Takada are Type I, but Mikami kills her anyway because his loyalty to his "God" trumps any feelings he has for her. Light and Takada are very much Type III. Takada loves and admires Light, but when Takada has failed him by getting kidnapped, he makes her kill herself by Self-Immolation. Light and Mikami at first appear to be Type I but a diagram in the databook actually implies that Light and Mikami are more of a Type III: Mikami is honestly loyal to Light, but Light views both Mikami and Takada as murderers who aren't that much better than other criminals. He does, however, think that Mikami is useful. Mikami swears absolute devotion to Light when Light entrusts him with the Death Note and in turn he was the only one Light was planning on keeping around after he won. However, in the anime at the very end it turns into Type III. When his plan to kill Near and others fails, Light tries to save himself by sacrificing Mikami, claiming that he doesn't know him; Mikami, while broken by this rejection, remains loyal to Light and responds to his call for help by killing himself, creating a distraction that allows Light to escape. In the manga they are not friends at all as not only Light abandons Mikami, but also Mikami responds to Light's call for help by yelling at him that he's not a god. Light and Ryuk are type IV, the evil Vitriolic Best Buds variety, Light sees Ryuk as a buddy to brag to, and Ryuk likes playing with Light, but in the end, Light only wants to use Ryuk as much as he allows it (e.g. making him find hidden cameras installed in his room or add fake rules to the Death Note as a part of his Memory Gambit), while Ryuk sees Light as a shiny new toy to be disposed of as soon as he gets bored. Light and Rem are type IV, at first Rem hates Light for the way he manipulates Misa but later after spending time with Higuchi, Rem comes to sympathize with Light and his cause, finding Light to be "as pure as Misa."
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Bluff the Eavesdropper
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Bluff the Eavesdropper: Light did this with Kiyomi Takada. They were having one conversation for the benefit of the Task Force listening in, while secretly writing notes to each other containing the real conversation.
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Replacement Goldfish
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Replacement Goldfish: After Misa Amane transfers her Notebook to Teru Mikami, Kiyomi Takada comes onto the scene as Kira's spokesperson and Light's new girlfriend while Misa just kind of fades out of focus. Like Misa, Kiyomi is a Kira-worshiper completely devoted to Light and willing to kill for him.
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Heroic Sacrifice
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Heroic Sacrifice: At different points in the story, Jelus and Rem both die in order to save Misa's life.
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The Extremist Was Right
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The Extremist Was Right: The news reports as the series progresses make it very clear the knowledge of Kira's existence dramatically reduces the worldwide crime rate, but there are severe costs entailed when world justice is dictated by one still-human person and it only worked in the short-run. When Kira went inactive or was gotten rid of for good, crime returned to its previous rate. Near says as much in the anime version.
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No Matter How Much I Beg
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No Matter How Much I Beg: Light, when submitting himself for imprisonment as part of his memory gambit. L is more than happy to oblige.
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Always Save the Girl
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Always Save the Girl: Played straight with Sayu. Light would rather give up a Note than kill her. Rem forces Light to do this for Misa because doing so would kill her and get her off Light's back.
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False Innocence Trick
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False Innocence Trick: Exploited when Light asks to be confined, gives up his memories, begs to be let out and then the Taskforce gets mad at L for imprisoning him.
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Evil Tower of Ominousness
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Evil Tower of Ominousness: The secret headquarters that L has built that towers over everything around it.
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Appeal to Force
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Appeal to Force: Light thinks he has the right to be the God of the New World because he has a tool of the Gods—the Death Note—and is therefore the person chosen to steer the world in the right direction.
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This Is Your Brain on Evil
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This Is Your Brain on Evil: Happens to Light, Misa, and Mikami, and to a lesser extent Takada and Higuchi. The differences between their non-Kira selves and their Kira selves are striking.
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Evil Laugh
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Evil Laugh: Light has a few evil chuckles scattered throughout the series, but there is a full-blown evil laughin the final episode, (at which point he's pretty much gone off the deep end) that is extremely psychotic and creepy. Ryuk is no slouch in the evil laugh department. Misa gets in a few giggles. Beyond too, for like half a page... Not to mention Higuchi's, which is enough to scare Shinigami.
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Gilligan Cut
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Gilligan Cut:
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Girliness Upgrade
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Girliness Upgrade: Sayu somewhat gets one of these appearance-wise when transitioning from early adolescent to adult. Although not a tomboy, as an early adolescent, she dresses in a casual, relaxed style, and has messy shoulder-length hair tied in a Tomboyish Ponytail. After the time skip, as an adult, she dresses in a more stylish, feminine style, wears makeup, and her hair has become slightly longer and much neater, and is now worn down.
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Dub-Induced Plot Hole
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Dub-Induced Plot Hole: In Episode 6, Light notes that the FBI agents all received a file of their names and faces before being killed. The English dub mistranslates this as Light saying he got the file himself and used it to kill the agents, despite this contradicting the previous episodes.
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Episode Title Card
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Episode Title Card
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Hidden Eyes
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Hidden Eyes: Light, frequently to show his secret sinister side.
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Meaningful Name
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Meaningful Name: Done three times and ironically every time. Mello is a complete loose cannon, Near spends most of his time in another country from the protagonist, and Light is not good. According to Death Note: How To Read 13, the graphic encyclopedia, Mello and Near were originally going to have regular Meaningful Names; Mello was going to be Near, since he was always close to but not at the other's level; and Near was going to be Mello because he was calmer. Ohba got the characters mixed up, so.... Also Bilingual Bonus Light's worldwide alias "Kira" (the word "killer" adapted to the Japanese language). Additionally, Kira is also a Russian name by origin and is the feminine version of Cyrus. Cyrus comes from the Greek Κυρος (Kyros) which is the Greek version of the Persian name Kürush which may mean "far sighted" or "young" — this, in and of itself, may refer to Light's grand, far-reaching dreams and his own youth and inexperience. Where it gets more interesting is that the name is also sometimes associated with the Greek κυριος (kyrios), meaning "lord." Indeed, the Greek word Kyrios means "lord, Lord, and Master" and in religious usage designates God, appearing 740 times in the New Testament referring to Jesus. Consider that one of the songs in the Death Note soundtrack is titled "Kyrie" which is a transliteration of Greek κύριε (kyrie) and a vocative case of κύριος (kyrios). It's an interesting connection, even if it wasn't done intentionally. Yagami (夜神) means "Night god" or "Dark god", so his name is "Light Dark God". The important thing is the god part. One for the Shinigami- "Res", in Latin, is a feminine noun meaning 'thing' (well, 'thing' in this case means quite a lot, including exploit and advantage, but it'll get confusing). An accusative is when something is happening to it. The accusative for Res? Rem. Misa comes from "Kuromisa", meaning "black Mass" (fitting with her cross motif), and Teru Mikami's name means "illuminated."
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Repressive, but Efficient
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Repressive, but Efficient: It's mentioned a couple times that Kira succeeds in dramatically reducing crime rates. An interesting example considering that it's only his method of killing that is supernatural; he relies on news reports to identify criminals, meaning that he kills mostly those that have already been apprehended by police. So it is ONLY the rampant use of the death penalty as a deterrent that achieves this effect, not any increase in efficiency of actually catching criminals. (Note that studies have shown that the death penalty is not an effective deterrent in Real Life, though in real life you also have things like due process and a legal defense, things that Kira could easily bypass when handing down his judgments. Not to mention, in the real world, the death penalty is reserved for only the worst of crimes, and isn't even legal in a lot of countries. In Kira's "new world", everyone knows that if they commit any crime, no matter how small, and get caught, they are absolutely going to die. That'd stop all but the most dedicated or desperate criminals.)
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Magic A Is Magic A
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Magic A Is Magic A: The Death Note's rules apply strictly, although Light finds ways to stretch them to their limits in every storyline. He then exploits this by creating fake rules to divert suspicion from himself.
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The Scream
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Light does this to himself if The Scream when he's regaining his memories is anything to go by. Then there's the ending of the manga when Near exposes him as Kira, knocking him off his pedestal and forcing him to face up to what he's done and what he's become; he is drawn as (symbolically) naked and traumatized.
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Driven to Suicide
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Driven to Suicide: Misa kills herself soon after Light's death. However, this isn't shown in the manga. This was also the method of disposing of Naomi, although L had doubts that it was done willingly. Some of the criminals killed when Kira was testing the Death Note's powers also committed "suicide."
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Here We Go Again!
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Here We Go Again!: The end of Relight has a bored Shinigami (that is possibly Light) headed down to the human world to alleviate his boredom for a while... Matsuda and the taskforce when L deduces that there are other notebooks and other Kiras out in the world, after Higuchi's death.
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"Shut Up" Kiss: Light: "Now be a good girl and go home." Misa didn't mind.
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Oddly Small Organization
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Oddly Small Organization: The Kira Task force is composed less than ten people. This is justified as the rest of the police force was too scared to investigate someone who can kill them remotely by knowing their name and face; both of which are on their ID badge.
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Secret Circle of Secrets
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Secret Circle of Secrets: The Cult of Kira
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Madness Makeover
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Madness Makeover: Light and Mikami in the finale.
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The Grim Reaper
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The Grim Reaper: Ryuk and many other Shinigami are an aversion. While they kill people, they are not doing it as a duty or public service or natural order thing.
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Reality-Writing Book
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Reality-Writing Book: Writing someone's death in the Notebook causes that death to happen in reality.
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Idiot Ball
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Idiot Ball: Not one of the detectives, including L, could figure out that the last two rules were fake. Despite the fact that unlike the other rules, they sound like they were written from a human's point of view.. Understandable considering they have no idea how the Death Note works and further justified by L's desire to apply The Scientific Method. This triggered Rem to kill him to save Misa. Naomi Misora, who has been consistently shown to be intelligent, competent, meticulous, and above all, careful, foolishly tells Light her real name after giving him a pseudonym, when she has no more reason to trust him than before. The result of the writer painting himself into a corner: had she not made this fatal mistake, the story would have been over very quickly.
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Doomed Moral Victor
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Doomed Moral Victor: Years later legions of followers still mourn the loss of Kira.
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Big Bad Ensemble
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Big Bad Ensemble: After L dies, his two successors, Near and Mello, oppose Light in a Mêlée à Trois
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Grey-and-Gray Morality
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Grey-and-Gray Morality: Light and his supporters have a very good purpose, but won't stop at doing anything to achieve them. While his antagonists (except Mello) use less questionable means, their goals are more morally ambiguous.
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Unwitting Pawn
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Unwitting Pawn: Higuchi, both to L's plan and to Light's master plan.
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Awesomeness by Analysis
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Awesomeness by Analysis: Almost all of the main cast does this due to the nature of the series. We have detectives, geniuses, and other very smart people trying to out-gambit each other in a "game" where losing most likely means dying.
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Jerkass Gods
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Jerkass Gods: Ryuk is downplayed on two levels; for one he is less a 'god' then a 'supernatural creature' and for two he's more into watching Reality TV Black Comedy then actively causing suffering.
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ColorCodedForYourConvenience
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Color-Coded for Your Convenience: In the anime, whenever L or Light are internally monologuing, they are dyed with blue or red light respectively. Matsuda turns out to be yellow, Mogi is a different shade of red, Aizawa is green, Misa is light blue, Naomi Misora is dark blue, and Mikami is purple. In the final couple of episodes, Near's hair turns a light blue, probably in emulation of his precursor, the deceased L.
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Friend to All Children
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Friend to All Children: L and Watari are examples. Watari creates an orphanage for intelligent and gifted children. He is also L's assistant and father-figure. L, in Relight 2, spends some time talking with the Wammy orphans, answering any questions they might ask and in L: Change The World L has to take care of two children and is very protective of them.
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Infraction Distraction
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Infraction Distraction: Light's porn stash is a cover for the death note.
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Morality Kitchen Sink
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Morality Kitchen Sink: The setting of this whole series. Lampshaded at the end by Near.
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Slobs vs. Snobs
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Slobs vs. Snobs: L and Near are the slobs, dressed in rumpled jeans or pajamas, and Light and his allies all are usually impeccably dressed and groomed. This was highlighted when L and Light stood on stage together: Light was the 'groomed overachiever' and L was the 'eccentric prodigy'.
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You Have to Believe Me!
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You Have to Believe Me!: Light invokes this word for word during his Memory Gambit. When Light reverts to his "innocent" self and knows he's not Kira, he has no memory of his time as Kira, and something strange is going on here. Naturally, no one believes him.
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Phrase Catcher
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Phrase Catcher: "Matsuda, you idiot!"
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She Is Not My Girlfriend
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She Is Not My Girlfriend: This is Light's position early on in regards to Misa. Much to her delight, he later inverts it.
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Looks Like Cesare
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Looks Like Cesare: L; pasty skin, dark hair, gaunt eyes, yep. It's because he works all the time and eats nothing but sweets.
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Actually, I Am Him
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Actually, I Am Him: L does this when he introduces himself to Light. Light also pulls this a few times, most notably, and with the worst sense of timing, at the end. Light also does this to Raye Penber, and later, Naomi Misora before he kills them.
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Horrifying the Horror
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Horrifying the Horror: Light frequently evokes this reaction from the Shinigami who say he's "more of a demon than a Shinigami" and that he's "surpassed the Shinigami." Then Rem finds Higuchi so disgusting and vile that she becomes more sympathetic to Light. There's also the instance where Mello freaks out Sidoh but then Sidoh is kind of a wuss. On a lighter note there's also Misa's original manager, Yoshi. Misa, the second Kira, is afraid of her and even L and Kira seem a bit unnerved.
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Chewbacca Defense
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Chewbacca Defense: In the early interactions between Light, L and the Taskforce, Light deliberately stumbles on L's name: "Ryuuga, I’m sorry I mean Ryuuzaki" to broadcast that L's using an alias, he's an outsider and therefore not trustworthy, but Light as the Chief's son and popular golden boy is. Therefore you lose. Later Light and Near when Light says to the Taskforce " Near really seems against us, doesn't he?" Light also points out how Near associates with a known criminal and he's rude. This strategy works in discrediting his opponent - even when the Taskforce is at their most suspicious of Light they still don't trust Near.
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Deuteragonist
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Deuteragonist: L, Near and/or Mello are the opposing deuteragonists to protagonist Light.
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All Love Is Unrequited
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All Love Is Unrequited: This is played 100% straight with Sayu, Misa and Light, and later with Kiyomi Takada and Light. Averted by Raye Penber and Naomi Misora, who did genuinely love each other. Also Soichiro and Sachiko, and Aizawa and his wife Eriko.
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Consummate Liar
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Consummate Liar: Light strings Misa and Takada along with false promises of love, keeps his secret from his family, and even stops the World's Greatest Detective from pinning him down. L is also quite the liar. "Light-kun is my first ever friend." Word of God was needed for that one.
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Black and White Morality
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Black-and-White Morality: How Light and his supporters view the world; they are good and criminals (which includes those working against them) are evil.
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Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist
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The Anti-Kira Taskforce sees L as a stubborn Inspector Javert who is unreasonably convinced the Chief of Police's son Light is the killer, despite all evidence to the contrary. Of course, as the audience, we know he's right.
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El Cid Ploy
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El Cid Ploy: After killing L Light convinces others that he is L.
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Armor-Piercing Question
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Armor-Piercing Question: Late in the investigation, L asks Light "Tell me, Light—from the moment you were born, has there ever been a time where you've actually told the truth?" For just a moment, L stops playing the game between him and Kira, and straight asks Light if he really is just that terrible a person. Even Light, who has aspirations of godhood, is unnerved.
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Hearing Voices
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Hearing Voices: Anyone "possessed of a God of Death".
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Smart People Play Chess
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Smart People Play Chess: Light and L in the live action movies. In the anime, they play tennis.
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Obviously Evil
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Obviously Evil: Light by the second live action movie is sporting sinister black attire.
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Villain World
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Villain World: During the second arc, crime has dropped to zero, many countries have declared their support for Kira, and he's got multiple TV spokesmen.
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Being Watched
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Being Watched: Okay, there are 64 surveillance cameras hidden in your bedroom alone... now act normal..... How does Light pretend to act normal? Looks at porn. How does he find it? "Ugh, this is so boring." Later, L does this to Light and Misa 24-7: Misa complains about it briefly.
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Spy Speak
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Spy Speak: L and Matsuda during the Yotsuba arc. Light and Ryuk get a moment early on in Light's conefinement.
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Paranoia Fuel
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Okay, there are 64 surveillance cameras hidden in your bedroom alone... now act normal..... How does Light pretend to act normal? Looks at porn. How does he find it? "Ugh, this is so boring."
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Badass Mustache
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Badass Mustache: Soichiro Yagami. (Except in the movie.)
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Animation Bump
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Animation Bump: Various episodes, notably episodes 17, 25, and 37.
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Bullying a Dragon
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Bullying a Dragon: L is very aggressive in his pursuit of a criminal who could kill him remotely with a notebook.
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Big Bad Friend
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Big Bad Friend: At one point, L says he would be disappointed if Light turned out to be Kira, because Light is one of the only friends he's ever had. Word of God says he was lying.
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Tsundere
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Tsundere: It's mentioned in Another Note that Naomi tries not to be seen as one during her time in the FBI. The definition given in-text matches up with Type A.
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Lonely at the Top
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Lonely at the Top
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Freak Out
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Freak Out: Light at L's grave in the Director's Cut. Also Light and Mikami in the finale.
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Establishing Character Moment
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Before he even met Light, L managed to cook up a brilliant one against Kira, having already figured out that they're prideful and believe what they're doing is just. He also is able to figure out where Kira is, using the fact that the very first Kira victim was a relatively minor criminal whose crime was only reported inside Japan, meaning Kira must be there, too — or at least, was at the time. So L has a criminal act as a stand-in, airs a "worldwide broadcast," and has the criminal openly renounce Kira. Light takes the bait, and kills the criminal — prompting L to reveal that not only was the man Kira just killed a decoy, he actually only aired the broadcast in one specific region of Japan. Not only does he get confirmation on Kira's location, he also is able to confirm that Kira can kill without being present, but that they do need a name and a face. How's that for an Establishing Character Moment? Even L admits he didn't expect his plan to work that well, but thanks in no small part to Light's ego, he manages to totally show him up.
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Reverse Whodunnit
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Reverse Whodunnit: The audience knows full well who Kira is. The fun is to see if L can figure it out, too.
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Oxymoronic Being
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Yagami (夜神) means "Night god" or "Dark god", so his name is "Light Dark God". The important thing is the god part.
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Outlaw Couple
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Outlaw Couple: Light and Misa, much to Light's chagrin.
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The Chooser of The One
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The Chooser of The One: Light chooses Teru Mikami to act as Kira in his stead. Mikami comes to see Kira as this to himself.
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The Dark Side Will Make You Forget
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The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: Light pretty much completely abandoned his ideals over the course of the series.
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He's Back
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He's Back: Light Yagami, after spending several episodes on the side of good due to his Memory Gambit, proves to be back on form the second he touches his Death Note again.
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Tragic Hero
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Tragic Hero: Light fits into the Shakespearian mould for a tragic hero. For example compare him to the classic tragic hero character of Macbeth: a noble person tempted by the supernatural and ambition to commit one act of evil after another until it catches up with him.
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It Amused Me
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It Amused Me: Ryuk set off the entire plot For the Lulz. More information on the trope page.
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Dysfunction Junction
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Dysfunction Junction: Wammy's House, though it's hard to find a character who doesn't have some sort of obvious mental disorder or traits thereof.
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Never Hurt an Innocent
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Never Hurt an Innocent: Light will only kill unrepentant criminals... unless you get in his way. Then you're fair game.
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Artistic License – Law
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Artistic License – Law: L asks the FBI to investigate the case. The FBI is domestic-only; the only way the FBI would be involved is if any of Light's victims were either American or killed on American soil, such as all the American prisoners he kills while they're in prison, but even then the furthest they'd go is offer up any information they already have, not send a full team of agents into another country. No real-world law enforcement agency would keep L on staff.
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Oblivious Guilt Slinging
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Oblivious Guilt Slinging: The interactions between Light and his father. If you read the manga leading up to Soichiro's death there are plenty of hints that it works.
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Stepford Smiler
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Stepford Smiler: Light- a calm smile over a dangerously crazy self.
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Amnesiac Dissonance
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Amnesiac Dissonance: This is averted in Light's Memory Gambit in the anime. In relinquishing the Death Note, he loses all memory of ever being Kira and turns genuinely upstanding and moral—apart from the whole "not mass murdering criminals" thing, Light also refuses to manipulate Misa, whereas Kira!Light manipulated her so much that it defined their relationship. But when he regains the memories of his time as Kira, he doesn't have any moral conflict between his Light and Kira personas; he simply picks up right where he left off pre-amnesia.
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Red Oni, Blue Oni
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Red Oni, Blue Oni: Light (megalomaniac) and L (low key). Mello and Near fit the trope pretty well, except there it's Orange Oni Teal Oni.
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Interspecies Romance
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Interspecies Romance: If a shinigami loves a human enough, they will disregard the no-extending-life rule and save them at the cost of their own lives. Presumably, any of the Four Loves would work.
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Laser-Guided Broadcast
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Laser-Guided Broadcast: L's televised challenge to Kira was already specifically targeted at the Kira killer, but what makes it this is that it was touted as being world-wide, but actually only broadcast in the area where L suspected Kira lived. When Light falls for the bait and kills the false L, he narrows down the search considerably.
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Power Glows
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Power Glows: When Light and L confront each other, they glow red and blue, respectively. Sometimes this happens to their bodies, other times just to their hair and eyes.
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Easily Overheard Conversation
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Easily Overheard Conversation: Again during the Yotsuba arc, Matsuda learns about the "secret meetings" because two of the conspirators are talking about it as they wait for the elevator.
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Jerk Jock
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Some food for thought- Light was seriously considering the school bully for his second kill despite how it might implicate him to kill someone he knows.
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Bad Powers, Good People
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Bad Powers, Good People: Misa and Mikami believe this. Misa once scolds Demegawa with something along the lines of, "You can't buy peace and love with money, you know!" when he falls for Near's trick with the money. Matsuda struggles with this idea a bit. Sochiro begins to believe this from the third volume onwards. L's response underlines it very well.
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World of Ham
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World of Ham: Despite the strong pessimistic viewpoint, there is no doubt that the series is full of ham, most of it coming from one character.
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Madness Montage
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Madness Montage: Light, Misa, and Mikami all get one.
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PlayingWithATrope
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Light until it's derailed by the fact that he's both incredibly smart and megalomaniacally insane.
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Truth in Television
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Truth in Television: Kira's idea of justice has him uncritically kill anyone wanted by the police, or arrested, unworried if they have been falsely accused or framed - without any second thoughts about "innocent until proven guilty" or "rights of the accused", to say nothing of rehabilitation. In real life, the Japanese legal system has a 99.8% conviction rate, mostly based on confessions, many of which may be taken under duress as you can be imprisoned for up to 23 days without being charged (and the prisons themselves are cruel psychological-torture chambers.) Kira's really just a product of Japanese policing culture.
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Memory Gambit
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Memory Gambit: The "Exactly As Planned" Gambit Roulette. Light allowed himself to be incarcerated and gave up his memories of the Death Note to make the act convincing. After proving his 'innocence' Amnesia!Light earnestly worked with L and the Task Force to catch the Third Kira, who was chosen by Rem at the behest of Light. Once this was accomplished and Light came into physical contact with his old notebook, all his memories returned.
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Atop a Mountain of Corpses
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Atop a Mountain of Corpses: Light on the manga cover art.
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The Chosen One
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The Chosen One: Light thinks he's this in the first episode until Ryuk bursts his bubble. "You think you're special? ....You just happened to pick it up." Depending on how honest he was in his Motive Rant, Light might still think he was chosen to rid the world of evil—-just not by Ryuk. Lampshaded in the first chapter. Light also attributes his luck concerning Penber's fiancée to this. Teru Mikami sees himself as Kira's chosen stand-in. He's right. Hitoshi Demegawa is implied to be using his apparent status as Kira's chosen voice for personal profit. Teru Mikami kills him on live television for this.
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Villain Protagonist
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Villain Protagonist: In another series, Light would be the shadowy villain that the heroic Master Detective had to capture before someone else was killed.
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Spell My Name with an
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Spell My Name with an "S": Putting so many "L" and "Th" sounds in a Japanese series was just asking for trouble. Light / Raito, L / Eru, Death Note / Desu Noto, Mello / Mero, and so forth.
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Big Damn Villains
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Big Damn Villains: B.B. is one of Kira's judgments.
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Quitting to Get Married
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Quitting to Get Married: Naomi Misora has agreed to do this because her fiance, Ray Penber, worries about her in her line of work, though it often comes across as just him being a misogynist. Also, Light asks Misa to retire from filming in the manga version when he (rather unromantically) says they'll get married.
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Mind Rape
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Mind Rape: Light does this to himself if The Scream when he's regaining his memories is anything to go by. Then there's the ending of the manga when Near exposes him as Kira, knocking him off his pedestal and forcing him to face up to what he's done and what he's become; he is drawn as (symbolically) naked and traumatized. This could also be seen as what Light did to Naomi. A bright woman driven to solve her husband's death - and in fact, uncovers information that could have stopped Light in the second chapter - has her mind force-shifted to suicide by the Death Note. Her abrupt change in speech from decisive and sharp to a Creepy Monotone drives this home.
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Sibling Yin-Yang
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Sibling Yin-Yang: Light and Sayu.◊ Megalomanic older brother and sweet little sister.
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Anywhere but Their Lips
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Anywhere but Their Lips: Misa kisses L on the cheek. Averted when Light does kiss Misa on the lips.
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There Is No Kill Like Overkill
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There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Matt is shot by a police squadron and Light is shot and Death Noted. Justified in the second case since it had been established at the beginning that when it was time for Light to die, Ryuk would have to write his name in his Death Note. The shots could injure and incapacitate him, but no amount of bullets could actually kill him.
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Stalker with a Crush
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Stalker with a Crush: The obsessed fan that tries to kill Misa - and, ironically, the Shinigami who killed him to prevent Misa's death. Misa herself pursuing Kira/Light
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Overshadowed by Awesome
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Overshadowed by Awesome: To hear the fans talk, Misa is stupid. People seem to forget that she's only stupid from L and Light's perspective and outmaneuvers both Light and Higuchi easily when she sets her mind to it. In any other anime, Misa Misa could have been the iconic Genius Ditz.
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Artistic License – Medicine
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Artistic License – Medicine: Hand-waved by magic, but to say Death Note's depiction of a heart attack is inaccurate is quite an understatement. The correct terms are sudden cardiac arrest, sudden cardiopulmonary arrest, or sudden cardiac death.
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Great Gazoo
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Great Gazoo: The Shinigami, who can only be seen or heard by people who have touched their respective Death Notes.
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Child Prodigy
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Considering the fact that we're dealing with a bunch of smart kids here, it is implied that every single one of them had been a Child Prodigy at some point in their lives before the series started.
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Asshole Victim
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Asshole Victim: All of Light's earliest victims are this, and anviliciously so. (The Attempted Rape in clear view on a crowded street comes to mind. Keep in mind that the guy holding a preschool hostage was stated to be small fry compared to most of the people Light was killing during his first week.) But as Light becomes consumed by the Death Note's power, the bar drops hard and quick.
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Tame His Anger
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Tame His Anger: Soichiro Yagami and Aizawa do this to put up with Misa Amane's Kira support.
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National Stereotypes
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National Stereotypes: Parodied, in L, Change the WorLd, Suruga attempts to disperse a crowd surrounding the truck he's driving by showing his F.B.I. badge, but everyone thinks its fake because he's Japanese.
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Replaced with Replica
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Replaced with Replica: In the final arc, the task force hunting Kira tracks Teru Mikami to the safe deposit box where he's keeping his Death Note, and replaces every unused page with ordinary paper, rendering it useless.
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Enhanced Interrogation Techniques
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Enhanced Interrogation Techniques: Used by L.
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Mask of Sanity: Light, hands down, is the poster boy for egomania, and develops an unhealthy case of hysteria as the series progresses, all while keeping this side of himself hidden from the public.
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Cliff Hanger
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Cliffhanger: The second to last episode. The episode ends right as Light's clock strikes at the time he dictated in the Death Note that Near's team and the task force would die.
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Light feels this way as part of his Ignored Epiphany at the beginning of the story. He quickly talks himself out of it.
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Justified Trope
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Not one of the detectives, including L, could figure out that the last two rules were fake. Despite the fact that unlike the other rules, they sound like they were written from a human's point of view.. Understandable considering they have no idea how the Death Note works and further justified by L's desire to apply The Scientific Method. This triggered Rem to kill him to save Misa.
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Wacky Americans Have Wacky Names
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Wacky Americans Have Wacky Names: As with the Japanese names in the show, the didn’t want anyone to be embarrassed by sharing a name with a character in such a grim story. He just invented names that sounded vaguely western, such as "Raye Penbar," "Aiber" and "Wedy."
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I Am the Noun
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I Am the Noun: "I AM JUSTICE!!!"
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Arc Number
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Arc Number: Four Is Death. The manga has 108 chapters. Thirteen chapters in Another Note. The numbering theme in the manga was, according to Word of God, completely intentional. The Note seems to operate on the number 4: 40 seconds or 400 seconds until the victim dies, you get four tries to spell the victim's name right, and so on.
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You Have Outlived Your Usefulness
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You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Light does this all the time, as does Mello. Ryuk returns the favor to Light at the very end.
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Stolen MacGuffin Reveal: Who has what Death Note is a shock to someone and that someone is soon dead.
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Side-Story Bonus Art
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Side-Story Bonus Art: The Omake in the manga includes a day at the beach and a Christmas Special.
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Unmoving Plaid
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Unmoving Plaid: In the manga, some very noticeable shortcuts were taken when depicting plaid or striped clothes. Sayu's pajamas come to mind. Soichiro's suits◊ are especially this.
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All Deaths Final
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All Deaths Final: "How to Use" states that once someone is dead, there is no bringing them back. This is subverted in the Pilot chapter with the Death Eraser. It can be used to bring back Death Note victims, provided that their names were written down within the past year and the body remains intact. It does not, however, work on people who died of non-Note-related causes. note So, for example, if it were in the series proper (which it is not), it could bring back Mello, but not Matt, because Mello died from a Kira-induced heart-attack, while Matt simply died from gunshot wounds. This item does not feature in the series proper.
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Cape Busters
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Cape Busters: The anti-Kira Taskforce; they fight the superpowered death dealing criminals.
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CavalierConsumption
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Cavalier Consumption: Zig Zagged. L seems like he's doing this, but he says it's necessary to maintain his energy and intelligence. Except that L lies. L is a liar. He just likes sugar!
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Beware the Superman
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Beware the Superman: Light gains the power to destroy the life of anyone whose name and face he knows. This transforms him into a Knight Templar that 99% of the world fears.
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Villainous Breakdown
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Villainous Breakdown: Light's is certainly one of the more famous ones, and has become somewhat of a Memetic Mutation in its own right. Even worse in the Italian dub: he starts to sob... and then he laughs.
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Heel Realization
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Light gets this treatment in the anime. Certainly just after Matsuda shoots him. The way he calls out to Takada and Misa, asking what he should do now that he's lost and going to die, is pretty heartwrenching. Also, when he's running away, he sees a younger version of himself (before he became Kira). Heel Realization anyone?
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Not Me This Time
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Not Me This Time: Three instances of people having sudden heart attacks that do not involve Kira: When Light's dad has a heart attack brought on by the stress of the case. At the first appearance of the second Kira. When Mikami kills Demegawa.
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Hired to Hunt Yourself
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Hired to Hunt Yourself: Both main characters accomplish this. Light manages to land himself a spot on the anti-Kira task force and spends the majority of the series hunting himself, though not without being suspected by L and later Near. L pulls it off when The Yotsuba group hires Erald Coil to uncover L's identity, not knowing that they're the same person.
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There Are No Therapists
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There Are No Therapists: Grief counseling for Misa could have solved a lot of things. Also, Light comes across in that first episode as depressed.
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Big Bad
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Big Bad: Light is a serial killer; he has an Evil Plan and minions. It just so happens that he is the protagonist.
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I'm Your Biggest Fan
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I'm Your Biggest Fan: Misa is Light's. She follows it up with 'I want to be your girlfriend.' Matsuda is Misa's biggest fan, which is why he could not be trusted to keep an eye on her.
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Mass
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Mass "Oh, Crap!": The taskforce members when Light is outed as Kira in the finale. This is not helped when Light takes the opportunity to pack all the sheer, psychotic creepiness of the moment into one absolutely epic Evil Laugh.
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Appeal to Audacity: When Mello tells Near about the Death Note and the Shinigami, the SPK asks Near if he could really believe such a story. He says that if Mello were lying to them, he wouldn't tell such a ridiculous story, so it must be true.
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Odd Couple
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Odd Couple: Light and L; the entrance ceremony speech depicts them as a 'pampered honor student' and the 'grungy prodigy'.
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Gambit Roulette
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Gambit Roulette: You have two (sometimes three) chess masters trying to out smart the other two; the I Know You Know I Know by itself gets complicated.
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Geodesic Cast
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Geodesic Cast: Several patterns keep cropping up: Action Girls / women that take risks for the sake of the Non-Action Guy male Chessmasters - Naomi and Wedy for L, Misa, Rem, and Takada for Light, Halle for Mello and Near. Detective that hides behind a computer screen - L, Near, and Matt. Not So Different Evil Counterparts - Light and L, Light and Misa (at first she is portrayed as Light's eviler counterpart), Light and Higuchi, Light and Mikami (it's too early to go to such extremes!), L and BB, Mello and Near, Light and Mello, Light and Near, BB and Mello. Morality Pets - Sayu to Light though subverted, as he reasons that since only the police know about the case, it'd be FAR too obvious that he's Kira, Matt to Mello, A to B. Rivals Light and L, BB and L, Light and Mello and Near. Sycophantic Servant/ Spanner in the Works - Misa and Mikami to Light, Matsuda to L. Slightly creepy older companion who watches a protagonist's every move - Ryuk with Light, Rem with Misa, Watari with L. Kid with the Leash where the human is actually scarier than the monster: Light and Ryuk, Misa and Rem, Mello and Shidoh. Stalkers/Obssession - BB and Light for L, Mello for Near. Misa and Mikami for Light ("useful" stalking) and L, Mello, and Near for Light (dangerous stalking). Tykebombs - the Wammy's kids are all very similar.
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Not So Different
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Not So Different: One of the series' main themes — Light and L are both Well Intentioned Extremists who believe that the ends justify the means. This is semi-lampshaded by Naomi, who points out that Light reminds her of L.
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Unwitting Instigator of Doom
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Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Misa does this twice, to the severe detriment of both sides. Once, it's as a Poisonous Friend to Kira, giving L physical evidence in the case of her sending the tapes, and the other time, it's out of Mad Love to same, endangering her own life to the point that her shinigami has to intervene. For a fervent Kira supporter, she's really a loose cannon: she never fully appreciates her role in either disaster. Sachiko asks her children to bring their father a change of clothes, and Sayu is reluctant to take the task. When Light volunteers, he ends up running into Naomi, learning about how close she is to figuring out an important part of how he kills people, and silencing her before she can reach L. Aizawa opens up his umbrella when it begins to snow and so just misses seeing Light and Naomi Misora together.
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WallsOfText
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Walls of Text: The manga, partially because of the very nature of the story and partially because Ohba made sure it had 108 chapters.
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I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin!
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I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin!: Apples for Shinigami. Ryuk suffers from withdrawal without them. It involves cartwheels and handstands. Sidoh seems to have a thing about chocolate. Mello definitely has a thing about chocolate. L seems addicted to sugar.
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Death by Irony
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Death by Irony: Demegawa, can you say "SAKUJO"?
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Took a Level in Badass
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Took a Level in Badass: Matsuda. Starts out as comic relief, ends up riddling Light with revolver bullets in the finale.
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A Day in the Limelight
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A Day in the Limelight: Episode 19 is titled "Matsuda". Guess who it's about. Misa gets one, too when she persuades Higuchi into admitting he's the Third Kira. As does Mikami, though it isn't quite an entire episode.
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Someone's Touching My Butt
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Someone's Touching My Butt: In classic L fashion, he was pretending to cover up for touching Misa's butt by saying it was an outrage, when in touching her butt was a cover so she wouldn't notice him taking her phone.
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Stay in the Kitchen
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Raye, Naomi's fiance. If only if he hadn't told her to Stay in the Kitchen and let her work alongside him... Oh if only he hadn't shown his FBI ID to a kid that he was following as part of a Serial Killer investigation, either!
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Public Secret Message
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Public Secret Message: Misa is a Kira-fangirl, but doesn't know who he is. So she uses her own death note to kill people and force the news to send messages. Light is annoyed, since while people who don't know about the notes won't be able to figure out what they're talking about, it is still far too public for his taste.
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Foreshadowing
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Foreshadowing: When Light meets Ryuk, he asks him whether he came to take his soul. Ryuk is confused about what he means and asks (Is this some human fantasy?), he later contradicts himself by talking about heaven and hell. In the end, it is revealed that heaven or hell do not exist and the default fate for everyone is Cessation of Existence. When L challenges Light to an intense game of tennis, Light wins.
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Made of Iron
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Made of Iron: Souichiro 1) rams a truck through a building while still recovering from a near fatal heart attack. 2) Shot in the shoulder while pursuing Higuchi. Then there's Light's Rasputinian Death. It's implied he would have survived if Ryuk hadn't written his name...
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Fan Art
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There's Matt, whose hair came out dark greenish brown in the anime, green in some trading card art, was never established in the manga, was blue in the official game, and is bright red in most fanart.
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Continuity Nod
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Continuity Nod: To Another Note. Beyond is also mentioned in L: Change The World. Also (only in the anime) after Misora is killed by Light L mentions that they worked together on the LA BB Murder cases. The manga notes "She arrested the perpetrator of the 'Los Angeles BB Serial Killings'"
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Accomplice by Inaction
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Accomplice by Inaction: This is an audience reaction to Ryuk; while he didn't force Light to kill criminals, he did start Light down the path of ruin by dropping the book into the human world.
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Sarcasm Mode
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Matt. Yes, sure, absolutely, get out of your car while 50-some-odd heavily-armed bodyguards are surrounding you and aiming guns at you, and make snarky comments, some of which could be interpreted as racist dick jokes. That'll get ya outta trouble.
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Evil Is Not a Toy
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Evil Is Not a Toy:
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SidekickExMachina
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Sidekick Ex Machina: Light was saved many times due to help from Misa or Rem or Ryuk.
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The Summation
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The Summation: Most versions of the story end with an inversion.
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Sarcastic Confession
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Sarcastic Confession: Unintentionally done during Light's Memory Gambit:
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Tempting Apple
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Tempting Apple: Ohba, the writer, apparently requested apples just because he thinks they look cool. In continuity, however, Ryuk finds them addictive, and they're one of the things he enjoys about Earth - next to mass murder and Criminal Mind Games, which are also among the chief draws of the series for the audience. He receives all three from Light in exchange for power, which ultimately leads to Light's death.
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Protagonist Journey to Villain
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Protagonist Journey to Villain: Light is the protagonist who turns into a villain because the Death Note's power warps his ideals from heroic to villainous.
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Bait-and-Switch Gunshot
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Bait-and-Switch Gunshot: The mock execution is a Secret Test of Character.
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Judge, Jury, and Executioner
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Judge, Jury, and Executioner: "I AM JUSTICE!" All of the Kiras take this role.
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Overly Long Gag
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Beyond too, for like half a page...
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Revealing Cover-Up
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Revealing Cover-Up: When Light kills Raye Penber and Naomi Misora, it comes to L's attention to focus the investigation on the people Raye Penber was tailing. Also when Yotsuba Corp buys off the police and key government officials to stop chasing Kira. Also comes into play at the end. The immediate cause of Light's downfall was Mikami going to write Takada's name in the Death Note. He only did that to prevent information from leaking, either to Mello (by Takada telling him) or Near (if SPK got ahold of her, Death Note pages and all.)
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My God, What Have I Done?
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My God, What Have I Done?: Effectively executed in understatement during the ending credits of Relight 2 when Matsuda and Aizawa discover Light's body. Light feels this way as part of his Ignored Epiphany at the beginning of the story. He quickly talks himself out of it.
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Passive-Aggressive Kombat
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Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Light and L are masters at this; see Politeness Judo for L's example. Misa and Kiyomi's dinner conversation would sound civil if they were not yandere after the same guy.
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Killed Mid-Sentence
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Killed Mid-Sentence: L during a deduction due to heart attack and Matt due to Kira supporting police.
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Wouldn't Hurt a Child
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Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Not a specific character, but the Death Notes themselves. One of their How to Use rules states that a Death Note cannot affect anyone under the age of 780 days (two years and 50 days). A Death God is also prohibited from giving the Death Note to a human below the age of 6 years◊.
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Funny Afro
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Funny Afro: Aizawa; the series may well have the least comical scene in which a guy with an afro falls on his butt.
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My Death Is Just the Beginning
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My Death Is Just the Beginning: L planned for Kira's capture even after his death by informing Wammy's house and alerting his successors of his death.
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The Pratfall
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The Pratfall: When discovering about the true nature of Kira, L is so surprised he falls out of his chair. Word of God confesses that this scene was drawn just for the visual image of L flat on his ass.
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Sexy Discretion Shot
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Sexy Discretion Shot: Light is heavily implied to have slept with Kiyomi as a way of convincing her to join him. He invites her to a hotel room, gazes into her eyes while taking off her coat, and the next scene cuts to him walking down the streets with an unbuttoned suit jacket. It is hinted that they are regularly having sex together, this is shown in scenes where Light fixes his tie while Kiyomi makes him coffee.
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Genius Thriller
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Genius Thriller: One of the clearest examples of the genre. Light constantly is trying to outsmart L (and by extension, the government of Japan).
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Cop Killer
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Cop Killer: Light is only too happy to kill any law enforcement officers who get too close, starting with FBI Agent Raye Penber.
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Contemptible Cover
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Contemptible Cover: The novelization of L: Change The WorLd. If you wouldn't be caught dead with that book in public, you're not alone. Or the tankobons if you don't want people to get the wrong idea of why you're reading a book with a huge cross on it. Also the seventh volume of the Japanese DVD series' cover, which features Light standing triumphantly over a dead L.
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Adaptation Dye-Job
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Adaptation Dye-Job: There's Matt, whose hair came out dark greenish brown in the anime, green in some trading card art, was never established in the manga, was blue in the official game, and is bright red in most fanart. Mello's eyes were pitch black in the manga (to match L and Near), but changed to blue for the anime. The mafia boss Rod Ross has light skin in the manga and anime, but is dark-skinned in the DS game. The "Shinigami Eyes" in the manga cause the user's eyes to become gold, with red pupils and light yellow sclerae. In the live-action version, the irises simply change to gold, while the anime depiction has the irises glow a bright red.
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Double-Meaning Title
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Double-Meaning Title: The final episode, "New World". By this point, the victory could go either way.
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Science Cannot Comprehend Phlebotinum
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Science Cannot Comprehend Phlebotinum: In episode 24, L and Light capture the Death Note. Light suggests analyzing it. L replies that the Death Note is the kind of thing that can't be analyzed, and is later confirmed when they do try to analyze it and are unable to determine what it is made of. It is stated in the rules at the end of a manga chapter that no scientific or clinical analysis can reveal if someone possesses Shinigami Eyes. Averted when Light uses his brain as opposed to gizmos to analyze the Death Note and determines what it can or cannot do. Ryuk wasn't aware of some of these things.
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Ascended Extra
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Ascended Extra: Takada, who is first seen talking with Light very briefly at his college when he meets with L. She reappears after the time skip and is given a much larger role.
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Due to the Dead
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Due to the Dead: The deleted scene of L's funeral. In the second arc, the taskforce decides to take on the task of capturing Mello in honor of Soichiro Yagami, who died in their first attempt.
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Karma Houdini
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Karma Houdini: Ryuk returns to the Shinigami world no worse for wear and there's nothing to stop him from doing what he can to create another Kira and generally mess around on Earth. Near, who used underhanded tricks and lies to turn the task force against Light, then later talked down to Aizawa, continues living as the third L and even commands the task force on occasion (although the alliance may be shaky). Especially bad if you believe Matsuda's theory of Near controlling Mikami with the notebook.
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Obfuscating Stupidity
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Obfuscating Stupidity: Higuchi theorizes that Matsuda pretends to be an idiot in order to cover up the fact that he's more competent than he seems.
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Imagination-Based Superpower
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Imagination-Based Superpower: Once Light figures out imaginative new ways to use it, the The Death Note can do more than just kill people.
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Holding Your Shoulder Means Injury
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Holding Your Shoulder Means Injury: In the very last episode Light Yagami was shot in the hands, but he still holds his shoulder as he tries to escape.
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Secret Police
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The followers of and the society built around Kira's New World...
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Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Death
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Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Death: The episode appropriately titled "Overcast" comes to mind.
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Red Eyes, Take Warning
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Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Shinigami Eyes turn their user's eyes red in the anime. (Incidentally, Ryuk has red pupils.) The anime makes a hobby out of making Light's eyes look red when he's being especially diabolical, despite him outright rejecting the Shinigami Eyes deal; and the opening and closing sequences make it even stronger as part of the red/blue motif.
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Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
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Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Misa, who can be quite devious when she isn't fawning over Light. Matsuda. Compare his inane comments early on with the time he blows Light's hand away and then riddles him with bullets.
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TykeBomb
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Tyke Bomb: The Wammy's kids are raised from a young age to be brilliant detectives.
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Tyke-Bomb
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Tykebombs - the Wammy's kids are all very similar.
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Doesn't Like Guns
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Doesn't Like Guns Light and his father: "Guns aren't allowed in Japan." Matt: "Since when are the Japanese allowed to carry such nice guns?"
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Don't Touch It, You Idiot!
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Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: Mello's gang before they realize that touching the notebook is required for seeing the Shinigami.
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Characters Dropping Like Flies
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Characters Dropping Like Flies: Justified. Light needs the names of criminals to kill them, so he's always killing characters who have names. But even ignoring the redshirts, lots of important characters get offed. Several times, they'll have a few chapters of focus, then they'll die...at which point we find out they were being controlled by the Death Note that entire time.
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Dramatic Irony
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Dramatic Irony: The Anti-Kira Taskforce sees L as a stubborn Inspector Javert who is unreasonably convinced the Chief of Police's son Light is the killer, despite all evidence to the contrary. Of course, as the audience, we know he's right. A more specific (and brutal) example when Light's biggest obstacle L dies; Light can scream and panic and Freak Out to his heart's content, but the audience is well aware who is responsible... though perhaps not entirely sure how genuine it is. When Light's father is killed, this happens again; having made the Shinigami Eye deal, the Chief looks at Light and dies declaring his relief that Light isn't the killer after all... but the audience knows it only appears that way at the time, and that, in actuality, Light has been the murderer all along. The Yotsuba arc is full of this: Light uses loopholes in the rules of the Death Note to absolve himself and Misa of their identities as Kira, wiping their memories of everything related to the Death Note, and tells Rem to give the Death Note to someone who will use it selfishly and make himself easily noticeable. Over the course of the arc, Light — now allied with L — pieces together how Kira's powers work and they catch the third Kira, Higuchi. True to form, it was all part of a massive Batman Gambit so that Light would eventually get his hands on the Death Note again and go right back to being Kira, ultimately allowing him to indirectly kill L. Naturally, the audience is already privvy to this even if they don't know exactly what Light's plan is.
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Bond Creatures
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Bond Creatures: The Shinigami in the sense that they grant humans powers and may reject (i.e. kill) a human if they don't like them.
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Alas, Poor Villain
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Alas, Poor Villain: Even though the villains go into He Who Fights Monsters territory, and cross the Moral Event Horizon at least once, their tragic downfalls and deaths still feel like this trope. Misa falls into this when it appears she will kill herself at the end of the anime. Light gets this treatment in the anime. Certainly just after Matsuda shoots him. The way he calls out to Takada and Misa, asking what he should do now that he's lost and going to die, is pretty heartwrenching. Also, when he's running away, he sees a younger version of himself (before he became Kira). Heel Realization anyone? Also in the manga, where he becomes insanely desperate for Ryuk's help after being shot by Matsuda and abandoned by Mikami. Ryuk plays with Light's desperation before writing his name in his Death Note. Horrified, Light lies bloody on the ground, all of his allies having either died or abandoned him, knowing that his death is coming. As his heart gives out, Light repeats over and over, like a helpless child, that he doesn't want to die. Takada's death was really, really ugly. And even if you didn't like her because she was an arrogant bitch, you can't help feeling a bit sorry for her due to the cruel nature of it all.
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Bully Hunter: Teru Mikami, as a kid, would fight bullies to protect his classmates. If his flashbacks are to be believed, he created a bully hunting army.
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Red Shirt
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Red Shirt: Most of the minor victim characters with the most notable being Naomi Misora, who originally was considered to have a bigger role before it was decided to kill her off quickly to prevent the story from becoming more complicated or way too short). Matt, the third-in-line to succeed L, was given no backstory whatsoever and introduced solely to give Mello someone to interact with before the author killed him off after his sporadic appearances in 12 panels. Despite this, both characters have a large fan following.
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Off-Model
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Off-Model: In one scene in the anime when Misa appears in a Stripperiffic lacy pink dress the cops' faces disappear when they enter her apartment.
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Chekhov's Skill
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Chekhov's Skill: During the raid of Mello's hideout, Matsuda shoots the Notebook out of the hand of the one of Mello's men holding it. In the climax, he repeats this skill by shooting the pen out of Light's hand when he attempts to write down Near's real name.
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Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!
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Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: From announcing his general location to L and limiting the search to outright declaring his identity to Near in the finale, the person who does the most harm to Light is Light himself.
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Oh, Crap!
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Oh, Crap!: A common reaction whenever a character's opponent gains the upper hand. Light does this in absolutely epic style when he's exposed as Kira and killed. Naomi Misora the moment she realizes Light is Kira and the Death Note takes effect.
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Trademark Favorite Food
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Trademark Favorite Food: Ryuk has an addiction to apples and together with all the apple imagery with Light in the openers they evoke the classic Forbidden Fruit symbolism.
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Humans Kill Wantonly
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Humans Kill Wantonly: This is why Ryuk decides humans are fun and Light most of all. When meeting him, he says Light has killed more people in less time than any other death note owner.
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Catchphrase
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Catch Phrase: Ryuk's "Humans are... interesting!" ("Ningen-to omoshiro!"). Also, variations on "I am Justice" crop up a lot. Teru Mikami also says "sakujo!" ("Delete!") constantly while he is using the Death Note. He seems to get very excited while writing in the Death Note. Fans have called this a "sakujo-gasm". Rem makes a variant on Ryuk's statement later on. Instead of "Humans are... interesting!" she decides that "Humans are ... such ugly creatures." Light's: "I will be the God of this new world!" ("Boku wa Shin-sekai no Kami da!") "Just as planned." and conversely, (with a screenshot of him smiling upside down) "Not as planned".
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Filk Song
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Filk Song: "Shinigami" by Machinae Supremacy is about Ryuk and Light. Also "Watch Out, You're Being Watched" by Rachel Macwhirter. And from the not-actually-a-celebrity side of things (and with much more overt spoilers), "The Tower Bells' Toll" by Oriana Cope and an anonymous writer. "I Killed A Guy and I Liked It" a Katy Perry parody. "Filling Out My Death Note" parody set to Eminem's "Cleaning Out My Closet" Whole series spoilers and amateurishly done but the lyrics are funny as hell. A humorous song intended to take the edge off the events of Episode 35/the beginning of Volume 12, to the tune of the "Bad Horse Chorus". Its Spoiler Title is "Dead Matt Chorus". "The Omega Kawaii L Song", based on "The Omega Kawaii Cloud Song". Contains spoilers for the whole series. This song from one of the Abridged Series, a parody of Kesha's "Tik Tok." Immature, yes, but also quite amusing. "Blank Page", set to Taylor Swift's "Blank Space". Put the original song in the first-person perspective of a male, and it's a scream, too.
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Film Noir
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Film Noir: The series had some noir traits, including the chiaroscuro lighting and dark themes.
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Loners Are Freaks
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Loners Are Freaks: Subverted and played straight.
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Heaven Above
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Heaven Above: The realm of the death gods is separated from the human world by a hole, which they can jump into to "drop" into our world. From our perspective, it looks like these monsters materialize in the middle of the sky and fall down. Like angels, these death gods come with wings which both make descent easier and also hint that they come from above.
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Selective Obliviousness
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Selective Obliviousness: Misa never seems to get a clue that Light hates her guts and just pretends to love her in order to use her. At one point, she even says she won't kill the girls Light has dated in the past because she knows "he was just using them and didn't really love them." Er, Misa...? "My son is not capable of being Kira!" and
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Cosmic Plaything
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Cosmic Plaything: Light ends up in possession of a Death Note because Ryuk was bored and dropped a Note into the mortal world just to see what would happen. He kills Light the moment he loses his entertainment value.
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Omnicidal Maniac
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Omnicidal Maniac: By the second episode, it seems that Kira has at least a few followers wishing he'd just kill everyone.
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Loophole Abuse
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Loophole Abuse: Light gets very creative in his usage of the Death Note when he needs to. For instance, when he realizes that he can add details of how someone dies, he kills a round of people through heart attacks at specific times in an attempt to get L off of his tail.
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Retcon: While How to Read 13 states that the SPK disbanded and returned to their old jobs after Kira's defeat, in the one-shot manga special released two years later, Lidner, Gevanni and Rester are shown to still work with Near. If the strongly implied rule that a shinigami must follow the owner of the Death Note was observed throughout the series, nothing after the Yotsuba arc could have happened.
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Talk to the Fist: In one scene the argument between Light and L became so heated they exchanged blows.
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Just Between You and Me
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Just Between You and Me: Subverted — Whenever Light reveals his identity to a rival, he is very sure they are already in their death throes or otherwise under the effect of the Death Note. Used by L to mock Light in his introduction. For being so "helpful", L lets light in on a "secret", and proceeds to mock Light's arrogance in front of the entire Kanto region of Japan on live television.
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Genki Girl
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Genki Girl: Misa in spades.
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Pants-Positive Safety
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In the manga this is where Mello keeps his pistol...
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Moral Myopia: "Crime is out of the question, even if it's done on Kira's request. Now isn't that convenient."
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Your Days Are Numbered
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Your Days Are Numbered: Once someone has their name written in the Death Note, that person will die no matter what they or anyone else does.
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I Was Just Joking
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I Was Just Joking: When Light says he'd consider giving up half his lifespan if the deal was for wings instead of eyes. Ryuk points out he'd stand out if he sprouted wings and flew around.
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Antagonist in Mourning
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Antagonist in Mourning: In the anime, Light goes so far as to hallucinate his rival, L, sitting next to him and talking to him. Even as he dies, he sees an apparition of L watching over him, implying that he genuinely missed his old enemy. Throughout the manga and anime, Ryuk has a heart-shaped earring. In the Relight special, it has a piece missing from it.
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Take That!
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Take That!: The series was, in some ways, meant to be this for various shonen conventions that Ohba didn't care for, his two biggest Pet Peeve Tropes being Death Is Cheap and the tendency for shonen series to drag out their storylines. The English dub gives the president of the US a voice suspiciously similar to that of of George W. Bush.
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Too Dumb to Live
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Too Dumb to Live: Raye, Naomi's fiance. If only if he hadn't told her to Stay in the Kitchen and let her work alongside him... Oh if only he hadn't shown his FBI ID to a kid that he was following as part of a Serial Killer investigation, either! Naomi, the former F.B.I. detective who figures out crucial information on the Kira case and then decides to trust Light after he's been acting creepy, following her around, and asking "Have You Told Anyone Else?" As mentioned below and according to Word of God, she's less stupid than about as lucky as Near is socially skilled — i.e., not at all. note If you think about it, her big "mistake" was going to the police station at absolutely the wrong time — the one time when no one working on the case was available and also when the real Kira (who, bad luck for her, was the son of someone working on the case) was also arriving. Well, that, and succumbing to Light's explanation. She had every reason to be convinced — not least because she implicitly trusted L, and Light reminded her of L (which also lampshades that they're Not So Different). Demegawa. Someone who uses the name of Kira to pad his own pockets, knowing that Kira is a vengeful god of justice without much sense of mercy. Demegawa? Can you say "SAKUJO"? Mello. Oh sure, tell a woman to strip naked in order to make sure she doesn't have any Death Note pages, cell phones, tracking devices, or what have you, but give her a blanket to cover herself with before she removes her undergarments. Yep, nothing bad can come from that at all. Of course, this show being what it is, it turns out to be a Thanatos Gambit in disguise. Matt. Yes, sure, absolutely, get out of your car while 50-some-odd heavily-armed bodyguards are surrounding you and aiming guns at you, and make snarky comments, some of which could be interpreted as racist dick jokes. That'll get ya outta trouble. The people that continued to worship Kira, even after witnessing Demegawa and other leaders of the Kira Cult get killed on live TV. You'd think that if you saw your religious leaders getting offed one-by-one on live TV, by the very entity you hold to be God, you'd rethink your religious values.
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Amoral Attorney
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Amoral Attorney: Downplayed with Mikami Teru. He's very moral, technically, he's just a Knight Templar.
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Face Framed in Shadow
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Face Framed in Shadow: Light gets many of these moments.
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"Hey, You!" Haymaker: When L is complaining that he's depressed and unmotivated with the Kira case now that it looks like Light isn't Kira. The following Ensues: Light gets L's attention, L turns around, Light punches him hard in the face.
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Creepy Cool Crosses
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Misa comes from "Kuromisa", meaning "black Mass" (fitting with her cross motif), and Teru Mikami's name means "illuminated."
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Politeness Judo
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Politeness Judo: So, so much. "Let’s do X, is that alright, Light-kun?" and of course Light has to agree or he'll look like he's avoiding L, which makes him look like Kira.
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Unintentional Backup Plan
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Unintentional Backup Plan: Light OutGambits Near by fooling him into stealing a fake Death Note. However, because of Mello's own unrelated failed Indy Ploy to kidnap Takada, Near realizes the note is fake and is alerted to the location of the real Death Note, which he also steals and replaces with his own fake, allowing him to outwit Light.
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Hypocritical Humor
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L. See the main page's Hypocritical Humor entry to get an example.
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Love Triangle
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Love Triangle: (type 3 Triang Relations): Takada and Amane are both after Light. Light is just using both of them. Pointed out by Near in episode 33, who deduces that Light "has" a love triangle. That is, a love triangle is among the things he happens to possess. "Near, please be more serious." Also type 11, Misa is in love with and is obsessed with Light, Light is obsessed with L. L is obsessed with both Light and Misa..., Misa teases (flirts?) with L. Another type 11 crops up later: Takada is seeing both Light and Mikami, but Mikami is VERY loyal to Light...
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Glowing Eyes of Doom
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Glowing Eyes of Doom: Light gets these when he's contemplating something particularly evil. Ryuk also has them in his more serious moments.
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Mondegreen
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Mondegreen: The second anime opening. They're not really singing "Hey, hey, ningen sucker, ah ningen ningen fucker", as most subs would have you believe. And they're not really Metal Screaming "POOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORN, FREE POOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORN".
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Blood from the Mouth
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Blood from the Mouth: In the anime, Namikawa, during the Yotsuba Group's mass heart attack.
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Short-Distance Phone Call
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Short-Distance Phone Call: One of the turning points in the first arc, which leads to Misa's capture and Light's Memory Gambit to save them both.
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Demoted to Extra
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Demoted To Comic Relief: Misa for most of the second arc.
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No-Nonsense Nemesis
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No-Nonsense Nemesis: Matt's death involves No Nonsense Mooks.
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Victoria's Secret Compartment
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Victoria's Secret Compartment: Takada kills Mello with pages of the Death Note hidden in her bra. Shouldn't have let her have that blanket, huh?
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Morality Chain
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Morality Chain: Two deaths mark a visible decline to Light's remaining ethics and sanity. The first is after he killed L ; the second is after his father dies.
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Prophecy Armor
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Prophecy Armor: If a person's name is written and a specific date for the death and the method of death are noted, said person will not die before that date.
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Social Engineering
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Social Engineering: Most of the main cast are Social Engineering masters-Light, L, Mello, and Near. Aiber as well.
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Cool Guns
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Cool Guns: All of the firearms shown in the manga exist and yes, they are cool.
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I've Come Too Far
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I've Come Too Far: Light sincerely believes this; he has a Heroic BSoD after his second killing before coming to realization. It's what drives him at that point.
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Knight Templar
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Knight Templar: Any of the series' protagonists and the Kiras in general are visonary villains that believe themselves wholly good.
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Child Hater
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Child Hater: Roger the Director of Wammy's House, according to the manual.
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You Are What You Hate
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You Are What You Hate: As Lampshaded by Ryuk when he first meets Light, no matter how many criminals Light kills, there will always be one bastard left. Misa, who fears stalkers, becomes a stalker herself.
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Berserk Button
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Light learns what Misa's Berserk Button is when he outlines his plan to date other girls to throw off suspicion. "NO WAY!" indeed.
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You Just Told Me
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You Just Told Me: Light of all people falls for this and accidentally outs Higuchi as Kira to Namikawa. Made even funnier by the fact that he's using L's name at the time.
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Improbable Aiming Skills: When Higuchi is cornered and trying to kill himself, Watari shoots the pistol out of his hand with a sniper rifle. Matsuda has an equally impressive knack for precise shots with a revolver. The movie at least features a throwaway line about him being a superb marksman.
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Ominous Multiple Screens: All over the place in L's tower, and Near's HQ seems to be wallpapered with them.
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Genius Sweet Tooth
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Genius Sweet Tooth: Mello is always eating chocolate, to the point that the cracking sound of biting into a chocolate bar is something of a leitmotif. L and Near like any kind of sweet. They all stay thin by burning calories by using their brains.
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Urban Fantasy
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Urban Fantasy: 21st century Japan has death gods and magical notebooks.
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Everything's Better with Sparkles
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Everything's Better with Sparkles: Sparkle chips!
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The Dying Walk
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The Dying Walk: In the anime, after being mortally wounded, Light runs out of the warehouse where he had his final confrontation with Near and the police, but only manages to get to a nearby building before Ryuk decides that Light's time is up and writes his name in the Death Note.
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Compressed Adaptation
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Compressed Adaptation: The first part the anime simply cuts out a lot of the Wall of Text dialogues, since the manga has a habit of explaining every last detail about the protagonists' plans, and that wouldn't do in anime. In the post-Time Skip episodes however, entire chapters are removed. To give you an idea, the two parts are almost equal in length in the manga; in the anime, the first part is covered in 25 episodes, the second in 11.
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Perky Goth
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Perky Goth: Misa dresses in black, wears crosses, etc but always cheerful and excited.
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Recap Episode
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Recap Episode: The first half of "Renewal".
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Interrogated for Nothing
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Interrogated for Nothing: When Light and Misa are cleared and released from surveillance towards the end of the first arc, the scene seems like this to the police. The audience, of course, knows better.
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Unflappable Guardian
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Unflappable Guardian: Nothing fazes Watari; death notes and death gods mean he brings out the sniper rifle.
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When All You Have Is a Hammer...
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When All You Have Is a Hammer...: The Death Note kills people. Light quickly finds ways to make it do... more.
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With Due Respect
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With Due Respect: Aizawa says this to L when convinced of Light and Misa's innocence.
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Lost Food Grievance
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Apples for Shinigami. Ryuk suffers from withdrawal without them. It involves cartwheels and handstands.
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Evil Gloating
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Evil Gloating: Light does this a lot. And well. The last time costs him. Very Hard.
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Tautological Templar
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Tautological Templar: BOTH team L and team Kira.
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Life Drinker
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Life Drinker: When a Shinigami kills a human, that human's lifespan is added to the Shinigami's. Shinigami who don't kill regularly will eventually die. Conversely, a Shinigami who uses their Death Note to save a human loses what's left of their own life to extend that human's time.
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Hook Hand
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Hook Hand: Zellogi, One of the minor Shinigami, has one.
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Jurisdiction Friction
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Jurisdiction Friction: In the second arc between the Japanese Kira task force and the SPK.
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Irony
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When Light's dad has a heart attack brought on by the stress of the case.
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No, You
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No, You: When L calls Kira "evil", his response is essentially "You're the one who's evil!"
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Pilot
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This is subverted in the Pilot chapter with the Death Eraser. It can be used to bring back Death Note victims, provided that their names were written down within the past year and the body remains intact. It does not, however, work on people who died of non-Note-related causes. note So, for example, if it were in the series proper (which it is not), it could bring back Mello, but not Matt, because Mello died from a Kira-induced heart-attack, while Matt simply died from gunshot wounds. This item does not feature in the series proper.
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No Place for Me There
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No Place for Me There: Defied by Light when Ryuk asks how he'd fit into the Utopia he envisions - Light plans on running the place, not barring himself from it.
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Willing Suspension of Disbelief
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Willing Suspension of Disbelief: The Death Note's rules invoke this trope. If a victim's description of death has them writing "death gods love apples" before dying, they'll just die of a heart attack without fulfilling the description, because the victim would have no way of knowing that. What they can do is write an ordinary suicide note that just happens to spell "death gods love apples" if you take the first letter of each line.
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Hope Spot
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Hope Spot: The entire Yotsuba arc is one for Light. Without the Death Note, Light reverts to being genuinely good, to the point that he thinks he's not even capable of killing. He establishes a genuine alliance with L as they work to hunt down the new Kira, and even comes off as more moral than L at times. Even though you know from the start that Kira!Light planned for this to happen, the arc still gets your hopes up that Light might somehow find a way to stay good... And then it all goes to hell when he gets the Death Note back.
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For Doom the Bell Tolls
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For Doom the Bell Tolls: L's death.
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PetPeeveTrope
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The series was, in some ways, meant to be this for various shonen conventions that Ohba didn't care for, his two biggest Pet Peeve Tropes being Death Is Cheap and the tendency for shonen series to drag out their storylines.
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Inner Monologue: Yup. Light and L are the worst offenders.
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The Dark Side
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The Dark Side: Averted. There is nothing corrupting about the Note itself but the person using it.
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Yank the Dog's Chain
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Yank the Dog's Chain: Happens to Light himself every now and then and every time he falls for his enemies' plan.
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Ghost Planet
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Ghost Planet: The Shinigami World.
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The Pen Is Mightier
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The Pen Is Mightier: Light commits mass murder with a pen.
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Humanity Is Insane
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Humanity Is Insane: As viewed by Ryuk's perspective. Humans Are Special: By his same view, that's what makes us so interesting.
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Mêlée à Trois
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Mêlée à Trois: After L's death, his two new successors, Near and Mello, compete for whoever can catch Kira first. Naturally Light opposes them as they are out to catch him, while Mello and Near have their own rivalry.
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Shout-Out
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Shout-Out: They have their own page.
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Seppuku
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Not in the original manga, but present in the anime's series finale. Mikami attempts some kind of poor man's seppuku, either out of despair or to distract the police so that Light can escape. Unfortunately for the audience, it works a little too well. Then again, if gore is your thing...
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Unspoken Plan Guarantee
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Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Usually we don't see Light writing his more complex death plans into his diary before they happen.
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Bystander Syndrome
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Bystander Syndrome: As pointed out in Death Note Abridged "in this footage you can see various pedestrians who clearly don't give a shit that somebody near them just collapsed and died."
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Freudian Excuse
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This is Mikami's Freudian Excuse; he was bullied and now he has the power to kill bullies.
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Criminal Mind Games
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Criminal Mind Games: The messages are solely to trick/irritate L. On the other hand, Kira tends to take risks when flaunting his superiority to a defeated opponent.
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Retirony
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Retirony
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Triang Relations
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(type 3 Triang Relations): Takada and Amane are both after Light. Light is just using both of them. Pointed out by Near in episode 33, who deduces that Light "has" a love triangle. That is, a love triangle is among the things he happens to possess. "Near, please be more serious."
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Threesome Subtext
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Threesome Subtext: First arc: Misa-Light-L and Second arc: Misa-Light-Takada / Light-Takada-Mikami and in the prequel novel Another Note Raye Penber-Naomi Misora-Ryuuzaki
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Artistic License – Chemistry
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Artistic License – Chemistry: Light booby-traps his desk in order to hide the Death Note by using an electric current and gasoline in a plastic bag. In real life, the gasoline would dissolve the bag, as it is made up of organic compounds and the gasoline contains non-polar solvents.
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Crippling the Competition
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Crippling the Competition: In the anime, Matsuda, upon finding out that Light is the guy behind all of the Death Note incidents, shoots Light's hands to prevent him from ever writing into a Death Note again. Not that it matters much, as Light dies shortly afterwards.
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Scheherezade Gambit
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Scheherezade Gambit: Ryuk is bored, he wants to be entertained and if he gets too bored he'll just kill Light and go home. Light constantly reminds Ryuk how entertaining he can be. It works for six years.
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Power Walk
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Power Walk: One each in the second intro and outro. Also Light does one with the Taskforce in the finale (looking like The Sopranos in their business suits).
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Cloudcuckoolander
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Cloudcuckoolander: Misa's hyper energy and strange priorities give this impression. L has his moments when he's in Man Child mode instead of World's Greatest Detective mode.
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Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane
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Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: In the manga's final chapter, it's noted that Mikami mysteriously died in prison ten days after Light's defeat, leading Matsuda to theorize that Near wrote in the Death Note so as to restrict Mikami's actions, enabling Light's conviction. The anime includes no such speculation from Matsuda, and Mikami instead commits suicide on the spot, casting doubt on a supernatural interpretation.
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Environmental Symbolism
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Environmental Symbolism: Many examples contain snow with death. There's also light when Light is doing a god complex speech.
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Corrupt Corporate Executive
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To a lesser extent, Higuchi, from Corrupt Corporate Executive to serial killer.
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