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20th Nov '17 2:09:26 AM Cryoclaste
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* VideoGameCulture: In the manga Ryuk pesters Light about wanting to play ''[[SuperMarioBrothers Mario Golf]]'', and Ryuk begs Light to get him a silver Game Boy Advance SP for Christmas in an omake.

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* VideoGameCulture: In the manga Ryuk pesters Light about wanting to play ''[[SuperMarioBrothers Mario Golf]]'', ''VideoGame/MarioGolf'', and Ryuk begs Light to get him a silver Game Boy Advance SP for Christmas in an omake.
17th Nov '17 9:17:36 PM Kytseo
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* BadassBookworm: He's a nigh-immortal god of death that happens to like ''Nintendo'' games (since he asked Light to play ''Mario Golf'' with him, and, in an omake, asked for a silver ''Game Boy Advance [=SP=]'').
14th Nov '17 4:53:17 PM luciagarcia8818
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* AlienCatnip: Apples

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* AlienCatnip: ApplesApples are addictive to him.



* VideoGameCulture: In the manga Ryuk pesters Light about wanting to play ''[[SuperMarioBrothers Mario Golf]]'', and Ryuk begs Light to get him a silver Game Boy Advance XP for Christmas in an omake.

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* VideoGameCulture: In the manga Ryuk pesters Light about wanting to play ''[[SuperMarioBrothers Mario Golf]]'', and Ryuk begs Light to get him a silver Game Boy Advance XP SP for Christmas in an omake.
25th Oct '17 7:24:20 PM Isaac_Heller
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* AdaptationalHeroism: She has no hesitation or remorse when killing in the name of love in most versions, but the Japanese live-action film version is different. First, when Sayu calls her (as the Second Kira) out [[YouMonster as a murderer]], Misa remembers her own family's murder and stops writing names in the notebook, going into a guilty VillainousBSOD (which sadly ends the moment she first sees Light.) And then later, she [[spoiler: cries when Light writes his own father's name down, and actually acknowledges that Light and what he does is evil, albeit through admitting that even knowing this, she just [[MadLove can't bring herself to stop loving Light]] or [[UndyingLoyalty stop being loyal to him.]]]]



* TheCutie: Subverted; She's a villainous example. Don't let her appearance fool you; her adorableness is to hide her villainy.

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* TheCutie: Subverted; She's a villainous example. Don't let her appearance fool you; her adorableness is to hide her villainy.villainy (except in the case where she's lost her memories.)
18th Oct '17 10:17:34 PM VisitorAlex
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[[center: [-[[Characters/DeathNote Main Character Index]] | '''Main Characters''' | [[Characters/DeathNoteLightYagami Light Yagami]] | [[Characters/DeathNoteLLawliet L Lawliet]] | [[Characters/DeathNoteTaskForce Task Force]] | [[Characters/DeathNoteShinigami Shinigami]] | [[Characters/DeathNoteSideCharacters Side Characters]] | [[Characters/DeathNoteNovelPilotAndMovies Novel, Pilot, and Movies]] | [[Characters/DeathNote2017 Death Note 2017]]]]-]

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[[center: [-[[Characters/DeathNote Main Character Index]] | '''Main Characters''' | [[Characters/DeathNoteLightYagami Light Yagami]] | [[Characters/DeathNoteLLawliet L Lawliet]] | [[Characters/DeathNoteNear Near]] | [[Characters/DeathNoteTaskForce Task Force]] | [[Characters/DeathNoteShinigami Shinigami]] | [[Characters/DeathNoteSideCharacters Side Characters]] | [[Characters/DeathNoteNovelPilotAndMovies Novel, Pilot, and Movies]] | [[Characters/DeathNote2017 Death Note 2017]]]]-]
18th Oct '17 8:21:32 PM VisitorAlex
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[[folder:Near/Nate River]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"If you can't win the game, if you can't solve the puzzle, then you're nothing but a loser."'']]
->Voiced by: Creator/NorikoHidaka (JP), Creator/CathyWeseluck (EN), Masumi Mitsuda (Spain), Bruno Coronel (Latin America), Vincent De Bouard (FR), Narushi Fukuda (film)

A detective presented as very similar to L. Characterized by the contrast of his mature conversation with his childlike playing with toys, he runs the SPK, a force from the USA specially designed to unmask Kira. He suspects Light to be Kira and periodically makes life difficult for him both unwittingly and wittingly- the former by reminding Light of L through the style of his speech and analytical skills and the latter by sowing seeds of doubt amongst the Task Force to make some of them suspect Light as well. He soon comes to suspect Mikami and Takada to have something to do with Kira as well.

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\n[[folder:Near/Nate River]]\n* [[Characters/DeathNoteNear Near]]

[[folder:Mello/Mihael Keehl]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"If you can't win [[caption-width-right:350:''"I wanna eliminate my competition. I will be the game, if you can't solve the puzzle, then you're nothing but a loser.best. I don't care what it takes."'']]
->Voiced by: Creator/NorikoHidaka Creator/NozomuSasaki (JP), Creator/CathyWeseluck David Hurwitz (EN), Masumi Mitsuda Manuel Gimeno (Spain), Bruno Coronel Javier Olguín (Latin America), Vincent De Bouard (FR), Narushi Fukuda (film)

Emmanuel Garijo (FR)

A detective presented as very similar to L. Characterized by handsome but dangerous young man with a [[TheResenter massive inferiority complex]]. Briefly after the timeskip, having resigned himself to the fact that he cannot work with Near, he sets up a gang of Mafia members even Kira hasn't noticed who abduct the head of the Japanese police department from whom- following a spot of torture- he deduces that there are two Death Notes within the human world and vows to acquire both of them to stop Kira once and for all before Near does.

Besides being in the manga and anime, Mello also appears in the spin-off prequel novel, ''LightNovel/AnotherNote'', where he acts as the {{narrator}}.

In stark
contrast of his mature conversation with his childlike playing with toys, he runs the SPK, a force from the USA specially designed to unmask Kira. He suspects Light to be Kira Near and periodically makes life difficult for him both unwittingly L, Mello is extremely dynamic and wittingly- the former by reminding Light of L through the style of his speech and analytical skills and the latter by sowing seeds of doubt amongst the Task Force to make some of them suspect Light a ruthless mob boss, but just as well. He soon comes to suspect Mikami and Takada to have something to do with Kira brilliant as well.Near. Also, [[SweetTooth he likes chocolate]].




* AmbiguousDisorder: In a different but similar way to L (just as the character is different but similar to L generally).
* AmbiguousGender: In the drama. Although referred to as male in some promotional material, is never given a gender in the show itself. Near ''is'' referred to as "they," though it's probably an indication of a SplitPersonality rather than [[AmbiguousGenderIdentity a nonbinary gender]].
* AuthorFilibuster: His ShutUpHannibal summation of Light is meant to be a reflection of writer Ohba's personal beliefs.
* BadassAdorable: He's a lot more traditionally cute than L and just as cunning.
* BatDeduction: In the anime, Near's eyes turn white and he has the clues he needs. The manga avoids this, but does show his photographic memory and ability to watch and listen to a room full of TV sets showing as many different news items and taking them all in at once.
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: Theorized by Matsuda. At the end, he uses the Death Notes to find out which is the real and fake ones that he can trick Mikami into taking.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Near loves playing with toys just as much as L loves sweets. He stacks dice and matchsticks just as L stacks milk-pots and sugar-cubes.
* CainAndAbel: Both him and Mello were the successors of L. Near is the Abel to Mello's Cain.
* CharacterTic: Near is always doing something with his hands. If he isn't playing with toys or stacking things, he's twirling his hair.
* CheshireCatGrin: Looks like the c: emoticon, transposed onto a human being.
* TheChessmaster: Just as good as L and can go toe-to-toe with [[VillainProtagonist Light]] and [[TheDeterminator Mello]].
* CombatPragmatist: Though he rejects offhand the idea of "[[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shooting him]]" as dishonorable, he's still a cheater and Ohba suggests that that's why he survives. It is still argued on whether or not he used the notebook to control [[SpannerInTheWorks Mikami]] in the final confrontation.
* CreepyChild: Played with. Near [[OlderThanTheyLook is 13 when he's first introduced and 17-18 by the end of the story]], but he gives off CreepyChild vibes all the same.
* CreepyMonotone: In the anime, certainly.
* CrosscastRole: In the TV drama, he's portrayed by actress Mio Yuki.

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\n* AmbiguousDisorder: AffablyEvil: In a different but similar particular, the way he speaks to L (just as the character is different but similar to L generally).
* AmbiguousGender: In the drama. Although referred to as male in some promotional material, is never given
Takada, and lets her cover up with a gender in the show itself. Near ''is'' referred to as "they," though it's probably an indication of a SplitPersonality rather than [[AmbiguousGenderIdentity a nonbinary gender]].blanket when he makes her remove her clothes.
* AuthorFilibuster: His ShutUpHannibal summation of Light is meant to be a reflection of writer Ohba's personal beliefs.
* BadassAdorable: He's a lot more traditionally cute than L and just as cunning.
* BatDeduction: In
** Also, the anime, Near's eyes turn white and he has the clues he needs. The manga avoids this, but does show his photographic memory and ability to watch and listen to a room full of TV sets showing as many different news items and taking them all in at once.
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: Theorized by Matsuda. At the end, he uses the Death Notes to find out which is the real and fake ones
fact that he can trick Mikami into taking.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Near loves playing with toys just as much as L loves sweets. He stacks dice
''does'' genuinely care about Matt and matchsticks just views him as L stacks milk-pots a friend as well as an assistant, and sugar-cubes.
* CainAndAbel: Both him and Mello were the successors of L. Near is the Abel to Mello's Cain.
* CharacterTic: Near is always doing something with his hands. If he isn't playing with toys or stacking things, he's twirling his hair.
* CheshireCatGrin: Looks like the c: emoticon, transposed onto a human being.
* TheChessmaster: Just as good as L and can go toe-to-toe with [[VillainProtagonist Light]] and [[TheDeterminator Mello]].
expresses genuine sorrow over Matt's death.
* CombatPragmatist: Though ** Even before that, he rejects offhand the idea offers Sidoh some of "[[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shooting him]]" as dishonorable, he's still a cheater and Ohba suggests that that's why he survives. It is still argued on whether or not he used the notebook to control [[SpannerInTheWorks Mikami]] in the final confrontation.
* CreepyChild: Played with. Near [[OlderThanTheyLook is 13 when he's first introduced and 17-18 by the end of the story]], but he gives off CreepyChild vibes all the same.
his beloved chocolate.
** He's very polite towards Soichiro as well.
* CreepyMonotone: AgentPeacock: The aforementioned fur-lined coat and massive amount of leather makes him stand out, even among his Mafia subordinates.
* AlwaysSecondBest: The reason for his rivalry with Near, he thinks Near is always better than him and ''hates'' it.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Has the inferiority complex, impulsiveness, extreme emotional reactions, intense mood swings, and black-and-white perspective of somebody with borderline personality disorder. Additionally, people with BPD often desire closeness, but due to their disorder tend to alienate people more than anything; from what little we see of him during his time at Wammy's House, he's always isolated.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Mello takes this trope so far as to be [[ViewerGenderConfusion mistaken for a girl]] by a lot of readers (and indeed viewers, in the case of the anime--before he starts talking, at least[[note]]Perhaps to combat this, the producers gave him a rather deep, unmistakably masculine voice.[[/note]]) until he is referred to as a "he" by other characters. He does not, like the other senior Mafia men, cuddle up with girls, dresses in tight leather long before he rides a motorbike for the first time in the series, has a VERY girly fur-lined coat, dons black lipstick and nail polish, ignores Hal Lidner's coquetry when she talks to him from her shower, licks chocolate bars suggestively in the company of other men, and lives with AmbiguouslyBi [[BadassBookworm loose-cannon geek]] Matt in a house full of mannequins. He also seems unenthused when Matt points out that switching jobs would mean getting to spy on a cute girl (Misa).
* AmbiguousGender: Particularly in his first manga appearance, where he had a rather androgynous figure and hairstyle, and wore pretty plain, gender-neutral clothing. And it took several pages for other characters to start referring to him as a male. Many readers assumed he was a woman. Backed by Obata, who described Mello's character design as "calm and feminine."
* AntiVillain: He's ruthless in his goal of taking down Kira, and is more interested in being the best than in serving justice. However, the author says Mello is "not purely evil", citing his reluctance to kill Yagami even when he was prepared to write Mello's name, and his sorrow at Matt's death. Lidner later suggests that he [[TakingYouWithMe engineered his own death]] in order for Mikami to switch the notebooks and ultimately get Light caught, an interpretation the anime seems to favor. And [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking he has the decency to let Takada cover herself with a blanket]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext when stripping for him]].
** Possibly subverted. ''Another Note'' shows that Mello does have a great sense of justice, but it's primarily directed as rage toward Kira and those who stand in the way of it.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Just like L, Near and Light, he can follow potential situations and think of alternative routes to take.
* AxCrazy: Because of his intense rivalry with Near and drive to get ahead, he does some seemingly-irrational (or at least ''extremely'' risky things).
* TheBGrade: He's one of the top scoring students at Wammy's House, but all that matters is that he's not ''the'' top scoring student.
* BadassBaritone:
In the anime, certainly.
probably in an attempt to avert the ViewerGenderConfusion that ensued when the manga was released.
* CrosscastRole: BadassBiker: Rides a cool motorcycle
* BadassBookworm: He's the second best student in a [[SchoolForScheming school for genii]]. He eats chocolate and [[StuffBlowingUp blows stuff up.]]
* BareYourMidriff: A rare male example
* BetaTestBaddie: Becomes a villain (or AntiVillain, depending on your interpretation) because he can't handle being outranked by Near.
* {{Bowdlerise}}d:
In the TV drama, manga, Mello wears a rosary as a necklace, and he has a matching bracelet, a little cross charm on his gun, a crucifix and a small Marian shrine, and occasionally cross motifs on his clothes. [[note]] In any other series, Mello would be a ChurchMilitant! [[/note]] In the anime, all of Mello's crosses are edited away, and the crucifix and Marian shrine he has in his living space are never seen. Special mention goes to the rosary, where the crucifix is turned into a nondescript red stick charm.
** Also, in the manga, he tends to lick his chocolate bars [[EroticEating quite suggestively]] before actually biting into them. While he still eats chocolate bars in the anime, he doesn't lick them beforehand, especially not in that fashion.
* ByronicHero: He's handsome, passionate, ruthless and VERY rebellious.
* CainAndAbel: Both him and Near were the successors of L. Mello is the Cain to Near's Abel.
* CelibateHero: Assuming Mello isn't gay or asexual, he doesn't seem very interested in getting with the opposite sex. He was the only one of the Mafia leaders not seen cuddling up with a girl, and he ignored Lidner's coquetry.
* TheChessmaster: Especially in his first couple of episodes.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: According to most {{Fanon}},
he's portrayed Catholic, though it's never confirmed in-series whether he has the rosary and other Catholic paraphernalia for [[AmbiguouslyChristian religious reasons]] or simply because he thinks [[RuleOfCool it looks cool]].
* CloudCuckoolandersMinder: WordOfGod says he plays this role to Matt, although it's probable that the reverse is also true.
* CombatPragmatist: Which arguably accounts for his effectiveness. Light seems to have trouble dealing with someone who refuses to play
by actress Mio Yuki. the rules. Near, too--whilst knowing him well enough to keep track of him--does not anticipate his kidnapping of Kiyomi Takada or the subsequent fiery end of both.
* CreepyCoolCrosses: In the manga. [[{{Bowdlerise}} In the anime it's changed]] into a... [[http://phillymont.deviantart.com/art/Lucky-Chilli-202297231 red stick thing.]]
** In addition to the rosary and bracelet, and the cross motifs on his clothing, he also has a crucifix on the wall in his personal quarters. (As well as a small Catholic shrine on his mantle.)
* CreepyDoll: Appears as [[DemonicDummy a ventriloquist's dummy]] in the live-action drama. It remains to be seen whether the dummy is merely a representation of Mello, or ''is'' Mello, or both, or neither...but either way it's creepy.
* CuteAndPsycho: He's a good-looking young men with a borderline [[AxCrazy psychotic]] temper.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: Enlists the help of TheMafia in his quest to catch Kira...and becomes either its leader or second-in-command.



** Additionally, the AlternateContinuity film ''Film/LChangeTheWorld'' gives Near a very sympathetic {{Backstory}}- Near is an orphan from UsefulNotes/{{Thailand}} who watched his [[DoomedHometown hometown get destroyed.]]
* DefectiveDetective: He has the minimal possible rank in the "Ability to Live Everyday life" part of his stats in "How to Read", in the slot that indicates a character's special talent or significant weakness.

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** Additionally, * DeathByDisfigurement: Not long after acquiring a large burn scar, he goes on a SuicideMission that ends up [[ThanatosGambit leading to Kira's undoing]]--but not before he is [[TakingYouWithMe killed by Takada]].
* DeathByPragmatism: He's
the AlternateContinuity film ''Film/LChangeTheWorld'' gives Near only one of Kira's opponents that doesn't "play by the rules" of Kira's game. Despite being smart not to do so, he still ends up killed by Takada anyway, not realizing that she had a very sympathetic {{Backstory}}- Near is an orphan from UsefulNotes/{{Thailand}} who watched piece of Death Note with her. Or did he? See ThanatosGambit below.
* DecapitationPresentation: At the tender age of 15, he presented Rod with the head of one of
his [[DoomedHometown hometown get destroyed.]]
biggest rivals. He also keeps skulls in his living space (and shows one of them off on a manga cover), though it's unknown if they ''are'' the heads of Mafia rivals he is keeping as trophies, or if they're fake and purely decorative.
* DefectiveDetective: Mello is a very capable detective. He has just happens to have a lot of personal issues, is all. See Ambiguous Disorder above.
* DemotedToExtra: In
the minimal possible rank in the "Ability to Live Everyday life" part of his stats in "How to Read", in the slot that indicates a character's special talent or significant weakness.''Relight'' movies.
* {{Determinator}}: Does not give up easily, and works ''very'' hard.



* DoesNotLikeShoes: As with L, he doesn't wear shoes, though he at least puts socks on his feet (except for a couple of scenes in the manga).
* EpicFail: During one phone call Near is shown throwing a dart at a board which completely misses. A few scenes later and the viewer is given a top-down view of the dart board showing a large pile of darts on the floor and ''none'' stuck into the board itself.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Toward the end, he points out that he doesn't believe in an absolute code of right and wrong, but doesn't like Kira killing people in the name of justice.
** He also acknowledges that at least some of Kira's followers truly do believe in the cause he himself is fighting, but voices a low opinion of people he sees as just taking the "Kira" flag as a personal excuse to make noise and cause mayhem.
* {{Expy}}: Of L.
* ExtremeDoormat: Even moreso than L. He doesn't hunt Kira out of any moral obligation but just because it's what he's been trained to do- although his final showdown with Light might imply a personal touch considering he wears the L mask and makes it a point in how important Mello's contribution was with his miniature doll.
* GeniusSweetTooth: In the epilogue of the manga at least, in which he's seen eating a chocolate bar. It's thought he's doing it in memory of Mello.
** Also, in the drama, he is fond of Watari's cakes, much in the same way L is in the anime/manga.
* GuileHero: Outwits Kira.
* HeroicAlbino: Well, for a certain definition of "heroic", anyway.
* HiddenDepths: The [[AllThereInTheManual How to Read]] volume suggests that he cut his ties with the outer world because he's really sensitive.
* TheImmune: In the AlternateContinuity film ''Film/LChangeTheWorld'' he is the only one to survive ThePlague that [[DoomedHometown afflicted his village.]]
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: Was a loner from the beginning.
* JerkassFacade: The book ''Death Note 13: How to Read'' has revealed that Near is distant from people because he is a very sensitive person.
* JerkassHasAPoint: While his partners don't always like working alongside him, they do agree with him and his plans, especially when he [[KirkSummation tells Light that he is nothing more than a serial killer]].
* KirkSummation: He rejects Kira's ideals entirely, especially after confronting an implicated Light:
-->'''Near''': No. You're just a murderer, Light Yagami. And this notebook is the deadliest weapon in the history of mankind. If you had been a normal person and had used this notebook once out of curiosity, you would have been surprised and scared of what had happened, regretted what you had done, and never used this notebook again. To speak of extremes, I can actually understand those who would use this notebook for their personal interests and kill a couple of people, and even think that they're normal. But you yielded to the power of the notebook and the Shinigami and have [[AGodAmI confused yourself with a god]]. In the end, you're nothing more than a [[AxCrazy crazy]] SerialKiller. That's ''all'' you are. Nothing more... and nothing less.
* KnightOfCerebus: An [[AntiHero antiheroic]] example, along with Mello.
* KubrickStare: Look at the picture.
* LaserGuidedTykebomb: So Light, you thought you'd gotten rid of L, huh? Say hi to his successors.
* LightIsGood: Downplayed. Though not as bad as Light himself, Near wears white pajamas, and his hair is white - white being the color of death in Japanese culture, though whether he knows this is debatable.
* LonersAreFreaks: Has closed himself off from the world, and seriously creeps Light out.
* ManInWhite: Wears white PJs and socks
* MeaningfulName: His real name, Nate River, is supposed to symbolize how his talents flow from L like a river flows from Canada to Alaska.
* MessyHair: Well, messy and somewhat wavy.
* MindRape: Just ''look'' at chapters 103 and 104 of the manga.
** In the one-shot [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] sequel he [[DrivenToSuicide drives the next Kira to suicide]] [[BreakThemByTalking with his words alone.]]
* NoSocialSkills: Even more so than L, to the point where he is apparently unable to make his own travel arrangements. How To Read, the series encyclopedia, points out that this is a significant weakness, as he can only make full use of his brilliant mind when surrounded by support because his basic social and living skills are so bad.
* NotSoDifferent: Near's like a more vengeful version of L. He's not above stooping to Kira's level of mind games and manipulative tactics. It's also teased that Near used the notebook to defeat Kira.
* OfferedTheCrown: Given the title of L's successor by Mello in a fit of sour grapes before the latter storms off.
* OhCrap: His surprise to Light pulling out the last [[{{Pun}} trick up his sleeve]], the piece of the Note in his watch. His expression is clear in the manga, but remains absent in the anime.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Many assume he's ten or so by his appearance, behavior, and voice: he's 17 or 18 by the end. He looks about 15 three years after that. He's even referred to as a "boy" by the President of the United States.
* PajamaCladHero: He spent his entire appearance clothed in [=PJs=], although in the anime this appears to have been changed to a PJ top and jeans.
* ParentalAbandonment: Like all the other Wammy's kids, he's an orphan.
* PlanningWithProps: Uses his toys for this sometimes.
* PolitenessJudo: Very [[PassiveAggressiveKombat passive-aggressive]].
* PunchClockHero: More so than L.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives an ''epic'' one at the end to Light.
** He also gives one to C-kira that drives him to suicide.
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Mello's red. While he and Mello are geniuses, Near's more calm and logical.
* ReiAyanamiExpy: He has even poorer social skills than L and white hair.
* TheSmartGuy: Just like L, he's incredibly smart and calculating.
* SoleSurvivor: In the AlternateContinuity film ''Film/LChangeTheWorld'' Near is not only orphaned but [[DoomedHometown is the last survivor of his village.]] Also in canon he is the only Wammy’s Kid to challenge Kira and survive.
* SplitPersonality: Appears to have one in the live action series.
* TheSpock: Operates almost completely on logic, and is a brilliant strategist.
* TheStoic: Rarely, if ever, shows any emotion.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: As with L before him, he is shown to be thinking exactly the same thing as Light when planning out his strategy for defeating his opponent.
* SuperOCD: Is it the majority of his agents dropping dead all around him from the Death Note or his tower of dice falling over that he is most saddened by in chapter 66? You decide.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Quoting from the folks at IGN, "Near is the darker, colder, angrier version of L. L represented justice and Near represents vengeance."
* TookALevelInKindness: In ''Film/LChangeTheWorld''.
* TranquilFury: He never loses his stoicism, even when he's annoyed.
* {{Ubermensch}}: As he put it, after Light responds to his withering [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech complaint towards his personal character]]:
-->"Nobody can tell what is right and what is wrong, what is righteous and what is evil. Even if there is a God and I had His teachings in front of me, I would think it through and decide if it was right and wrong myself. I'm [[NotSoDifferent no different]] to you. I believe in what I think is right, and believe that to be righteous. You are no god. And I find the whole idea of you setting the path for all the people to follow is neither peaceful nor righteous. And anybody who claims to be a god and kills people from left to right is neither peaceful nor righteous."
* TheUnSmile: Sometimes he gives an extremely unnatural smile like looks like a living version of the "c:" emoticon, in a great contrast to L's WhenHeSmiles moments.
* UnscrupulousHero: At first, he's almost as bad as Mello, but in the bonus chapter (post-epilogue), he's a little bit more reasonable.
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: As "N"
* WalkingSpoiler: It's hard to talk about L's successors without giving away the fact that L himself dies.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: Quite literally.
** He gets a full list of his toys in the 'How To Read' book, complete with their price and how difficult they were to obtain.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Near is a white-haired GuileHero whose classification as a hero is [[NominalHero strictly based on the fact that he works against the villain]]. Although his actions are only slightly worse than his [[ExaltedTorturer predecessor]], he's way more of a {{Jerkass}} about it... mostly because he [[LackOfEmpathy really doesn't care]].
** Or so it would seem. It's not really delved into in the story, but [[AllThereInTheManual How to Read suggests]] [[HiddenDepths that he's cut himself off from the world because he's "overly sensitive."]]
* WorthyOpponent: While at first he viewed Light as nothing more than a crazy mass-murderer, by the time of the epilogue he has come to view Kira in a better [[JustForPun light]], refusing to consider C-Kira as an equal to the original Kira.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Near has natural white hair.
* YoungAndInCharge: Is still in his teens (and looks much younger) and heads the SPK, which consists of several experienced FBI agents.
* YoungConqueror: Defeats Light at the age of 18.
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[[folder:Mello/Mihael Keehl]]
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"I wanna eliminate my competition. I will be the best. I don't care what it takes."'']]
->Voiced by: Creator/NozomuSasaki (JP), David Hurwitz (EN), Manuel Gimeno (Spain), Javier Olguín (Latin America), Emmanuel Garijo (FR)

A handsome but dangerous young man with a [[TheResenter massive inferiority complex]]. Briefly after the timeskip, having resigned himself to the fact that he cannot work with Near, he sets up a gang of Mafia members even Kira hasn't noticed who abduct the head of the Japanese police department from whom- following a spot of torture- he deduces that there are two Death Notes within the human world and vows to acquire both of them to stop Kira once and for all before Near does.

Besides being in the manga and anime, Mello also appears in the spin-off prequel novel, ''LightNovel/AnotherNote'', where he acts as the {{narrator}}.

In stark contrast to Near and L, Mello is extremely dynamic and a ruthless mob boss, but just as brilliant as Near. Also, [[SweetTooth he likes chocolate]].
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* AffablyEvil: In particular, the way he speaks to Takada, and lets her cover up with a blanket when he makes her remove her clothes.
** Also, the fact that he ''does'' genuinely care about Matt and views him as a friend as well as an assistant, and expresses genuine sorrow over Matt's death.
** Even before that, he offers Sidoh some of his beloved chocolate.
** He's very polite towards Soichiro as well.
* AgentPeacock: The aforementioned fur-lined coat and massive amount of leather makes him stand out, even among his Mafia subordinates.
* AlwaysSecondBest: The reason for his rivalry with Near, he thinks Near is always better than him and ''hates'' it.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Has the inferiority complex, impulsiveness, extreme emotional reactions, intense mood swings, and black-and-white perspective of somebody with borderline personality disorder. Additionally, people with BPD often desire closeness, but due to their disorder tend to alienate people more than anything; from what little we see of him during his time at Wammy's House, he's always isolated.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Mello takes this trope so far as to be [[ViewerGenderConfusion mistaken for a girl]] by a lot of readers (and indeed viewers, in the case of the anime--before he starts talking, at least[[note]]Perhaps to combat this, the producers gave him a rather deep, unmistakably masculine voice.[[/note]]) until he is referred to as a "he" by other characters. He does not, like the other senior Mafia men, cuddle up with girls, dresses in tight leather long before he rides a motorbike for the first time in the series, has a VERY girly fur-lined coat, dons black lipstick and nail polish, ignores Hal Lidner's coquetry when she talks to him from her shower, licks chocolate bars suggestively in the company of other men, and lives with AmbiguouslyBi [[BadassBookworm loose-cannon geek]] Matt in a house full of mannequins. He also seems unenthused when Matt points out that switching jobs would mean getting to spy on a cute girl (Misa).
* AmbiguousGender: Particularly in his first manga appearance, where he had a rather androgynous figure and hairstyle, and wore pretty plain, gender-neutral clothing. And it took several pages for other characters to start referring to him as a male. Many readers assumed he was a woman. Backed by Obata, who described Mello's character design as "calm and feminine."
* AntiVillain: He's ruthless in his goal of taking down Kira, and is more interested in being the best than in serving justice. However, the author says Mello is "not purely evil", citing his reluctance to kill Yagami even when he was prepared to write Mello's name, and his sorrow at Matt's death. Lidner later suggests that he [[TakingYouWithMe engineered his own death]] in order for Mikami to switch the notebooks and ultimately get Light caught, an interpretation the anime seems to favor. And [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking he has the decency to let Takada cover herself with a blanket]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext when stripping for him]].
** Possibly subverted. ''Another Note'' shows that Mello does have a great sense of justice, but it's primarily directed as rage toward Kira and those who stand in the way of it.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Just like L, Near and Light, he can follow potential situations and think of alternative routes to take.
* AxCrazy: Because of his intense rivalry with Near and drive to get ahead, he does some seemingly-irrational (or at least ''extremely'' risky things).
* TheBGrade: He's one of the top scoring students at Wammy's House, but all that matters is that he's not ''the'' top scoring student.
* BadassBaritone: In the anime, probably in an attempt to avert the ViewerGenderConfusion that ensued when the manga was released.
* BadassBiker: Rides a cool motorcycle
* BadassBookworm: He's the second best student in a [[SchoolForScheming school for genii]]. He eats chocolate and [[StuffBlowingUp blows stuff up.]]
* BareYourMidriff: A rare male example
* BetaTestBaddie: Becomes a villain (or AntiVillain, depending on your interpretation) because he can't handle being outranked by Near.
* {{Bowdlerise}}d: In the manga, Mello wears a rosary as a necklace, and he has a matching bracelet, a little cross charm on his gun, a crucifix and a small Marian shrine, and occasionally cross motifs on his clothes. [[note]] In any other series, Mello would be a ChurchMilitant! [[/note]] In the anime, all of Mello's crosses are edited away, and the crucifix and Marian shrine he has in his living space are never seen. Special mention goes to the rosary, where the crucifix is turned into a nondescript red stick charm.
** Also, in the manga, he tends to lick his chocolate bars [[EroticEating quite suggestively]] before actually biting into them. While he still eats chocolate bars in the anime, he doesn't lick them beforehand, especially not in that fashion.
* ByronicHero: He's handsome, passionate, ruthless and VERY rebellious.
* CainAndAbel: Both him and Near were the successors of L. Mello is the Cain to Near's Abel.
* CelibateHero: Assuming Mello isn't gay or asexual, he doesn't seem very interested in getting with the opposite sex. He was the only one of the Mafia leaders not seen cuddling up with a girl, and he ignored Lidner's coquetry.
* TheChessmaster: Especially in his first couple of episodes.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: According to most {{Fanon}}, he's Catholic, though it's never confirmed in-series whether he has the rosary and other Catholic paraphernalia for [[AmbiguouslyChristian religious reasons]] or simply because he thinks [[RuleOfCool it looks cool]].
* CloudCuckoolandersMinder: WordOfGod says he plays this role to Matt, although it's probable that the reverse is also true.
* CombatPragmatist: Which arguably accounts for his effectiveness. Light seems to have trouble dealing with someone who refuses to play by the rules. Near, too--whilst knowing him well enough to keep track of him--does not anticipate his kidnapping of Kiyomi Takada or the subsequent fiery end of both.
* CreepyCoolCrosses: In the manga. [[{{Bowdlerise}} In the anime it's changed]] into a... [[http://phillymont.deviantart.com/art/Lucky-Chilli-202297231 red stick thing.]]
** In addition to the rosary and bracelet, and the cross motifs on his clothing, he also has a crucifix on the wall in his personal quarters. (As well as a small Catholic shrine on his mantle.)
* CreepyDoll: Appears as [[DemonicDummy a ventriloquist's dummy]] in the live-action drama. It remains to be seen whether the dummy is merely a representation of Mello, or ''is'' Mello, or both, or neither...but either way it's creepy.
* CuteAndPsycho: He's a good-looking young men with a borderline [[AxCrazy psychotic]] temper.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: Enlists the help of TheMafia in his quest to catch Kira...and becomes either its leader or second-in-command.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Like all successors, he's an orphan, making it likely he [[HarmfulToMinors witnessed his family die]], with apparently no remaining family that could have (or wanted to) adopt him, and was [[LaserGuidedTykebomb groomed]] from an [[ChildSoldiers extremely young age]] (likely being confronted with [[HarmfulToMinors very graphic crime scene evidence]] during the process) to succeed the world's greatest detective, and actively being pushed to compete with his peers no matter the cost to his mental health. [[SarcasmMode No pressure.]]
* DeathByDisfigurement: Not long after acquiring a large burn scar, he goes on a SuicideMission that ends up [[ThanatosGambit leading to Kira's undoing]]--but not before he is [[TakingYouWithMe killed by Takada]].
* DeathByPragmatism: He's the only one of Kira's opponents that doesn't "play by the rules" of Kira's game. Despite being smart not to do so, he still ends up killed by Takada anyway, not realizing that she had a piece of Death Note with her. Or did he? See ThanatosGambit below.
* DecapitationPresentation: At the tender age of 15, he presented Rod with the head of one of his biggest rivals. He also keeps skulls in his living space (and shows one of them off on a manga cover), though it's unknown if they ''are'' the heads of Mafia rivals he is keeping as trophies, or if they're fake and purely decorative.
* DefectiveDetective: Mello is a very capable detective. He just happens to have a lot of personal issues, is all. See Ambiguous Disorder above.
* DemotedToExtra: In the ''Relight'' movies.
* {{Determinator}}: Does not give up easily, and works ''very'' hard.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: After L's death, Mello and Near become the opposing deuteragonists to Light.
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* EveryoneHasStandards: This is ultimately what gets him killed- he tells the kidnapped Kiyomi to strip naked so he can get rid of any tracking devices she has on her, but allows her to cover herself with a blanket while she removes her underwear to preserve her modesty, allowing her to palm the Death Note pages tucked into a hidden compartment in her bra without him seeing, and ultimately kill him with them. If he'd been just a bit more ruthless and inconsiderate, he might have lived.
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* SuperOCD: His writing is meticulous, consistent and neatly written, his clothes are wrinkle-free, he follows his daily schedule without mistake [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and only writes one page in the death note full per day]].

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* SuperOCD: His writing is meticulous, consistent and neatly written, his clothes are wrinkle-free, he follows his daily schedule without mistake [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking [[BreadEggsMilkSquick and only writes one page in the death note full per day]].
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* TheFakeCutie: Her cute and ditzy act is at least partly a calculated façade. And that's before you get into her severe mental illness and homicidal tendencies...
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* TheHyena: His response to most situations is to let out an EvilLaugh.
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