!!L's Side

[[folder:Touta Matsuda]]
[[WMG:'''Touta Matsuda''']]
->Voiced by: Creator/RyoNaitou (JP), Vincent Tong (EN)

The youngest and most inexperienced member of the Japanese Task Force, Matsuda was Soichiro Yagami's protege before the series started and is the only member of the force to both consistently believe in Light's innocence and even show some sympathy towards Kira's cause. Unlike his teammates, he prefers not to do things 'by the book', instead taking risks -which is often heavily criticized by his colleagues.

Along with Mogi, he is [[spoiler:the only member of the Japanese Task Force to see the Kira case through from start to finish, with no breaks: Light joined late; Ukita, Soichiro, L, Watari, Wedy and Aiber die; and Ide and Aizawa both quit briefly]].

[[spoiler:Besides Near and a few of the other task force members, Matsuda is one of the few characters that survives the events of the anime/manga. The manga epilogue shows that he continues to work as a member of the police, but he still does not wish to believe that Light was Kira, and suspects that Near was involved in Mikami's death.]]
Tropes associated with Matsuda:
* [[spoiler:ActionSurvivor: Survives the entire series]]
* {{Adorkable}}
* AscendedExtra: One of many police officers starting out and becomes more important in the second arc.
* AudienceSurrogate: He's the character most unsure about Kira's morality. Less centrally, in several scenes he is also the one to express annoyance or confusion over things such as L's odd behavior (the cell phone scene comes to mind) and L's and Light's rather obscure back-and-forths.
* BadassInDistress: When he gets caught infiltrating Yotsuba, he handles the situation with a surprising level of competence. He comes up with a believable reason for being there, manages to XanatosSpeedChess his way into a situation where he can get in contact with L, and successfully ''fakes his own death'' to avoid being killed.
* BerserkButton: [[spoiler: Insulting Soichiro, as Light finds out:]]
-->[[spoiler:''(To Light)'' "What about your dad, what the hell did he die for?!"]]
* BerserkerTears: He weeps openly [[spoiler: as he shoots Light up.]]
* BewareTheHonestOnes: Note to megalomanical serial killers, honest cops do not like it when you sneer at their idealism.
* BewareTheNiceOnes[=/=]BewareTheSillyOnes: ''He's'' the one that stops [[spoiler:Light from writing Near's name by shooting his hand, followed by shooting the ''rest'' of him, and would have killed Light had the others not intervened. And to think he was the only one that sympathized with Kira.]]
* BlackShirt: Interestingly, ''Light'' sees him this way. When he [[spoiler:shoots Light to keep him from killing Near]], Light is flabbergasted. Out of everyone, he expected Matsuda to side with him.
** Probably helped by the fact that [[spoiler: Light didn't tell Mikami to spare Matsuda during the final confrontation. Major over sight there, Light.]]
* BreakTheCutie: He might be kinda dumb, but is more or less a nice person who tries his best even if it doesn't work. Then, the poor guy has his idealism, mentors, ''and'' self-esteem slowly demolished throughout the series. [[spoiler:The biggest example is in the final episode, where his idolising of Light is torn apart with the final confirmation that he is Kira. He actually shoots Light in the most [[TearJerker/DeathNote heart-wrenching scene in the anime]].]]
* BrownEyes: He's honest and hardworking but dim.
* ButtMonkey: The other characters - Aizawa, L, Light - tend to make disparaging comments about Matsuda.
* CaptainObvious
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The ending isn't the only time he pulls a gun - he's a pretty good shot. Of the task force members, he's the most likely to do so.]]
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Official color seems to be yellow.
* CowardlyLion
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: You gotta wait a long time for him to reveal it but it's there.
* ADayInTheLimeLight: He gets an episode to himself during the Yotsuba arc.
* DistressBall: During the Yotsuba arc when he jepordizes the investigation.
* TheDitz: Matsuda is a normal guy, if a little goofy and impressionable; his contrast with the likes of L and Light is very obvious.
* DumbassHasAPoint: His theory [[spoiler: in the manga epilogue chapter. He suggests that Near used the notebook to control Mikami to make sure Mikami and Light would make no changes to the plan at the Warehouse. In short, Near cheated. While we never learn for sure if he's right, and Ide is not convinced, the fact that "Near cheats" and is the "more dishonest" of him and Mello is confirmed by WordOfGod.]]
* [[spoiler:[[EtTuBrute Et Tu, Light?]] Fits his reaction to Light revealed as Kira. He trusted Light.]]
** [[spoiler: The reverse is true as well. Light figured no one in the Task Force would join him, except maybe Matsuda. He is '''stunned''' when Matsuda puts five bullet holes in him.]]
* ExactEavesdropping: When he's investigating Yotsuba. This is justified because he knew what time period the Yotsuba Kira was active.
* FakingTheDead: In order to continue the investigation against [[spoiler:the Yotsuba Kira]].
* {{Fanboy}}: Towards L, Light, Misa, and, from afar, Kiyomi.
* FearlessFool: Matsuda just kind of assumes that things will work out well.
* {{Foil}}: To Light and L.
* GoodIsNotSoft: This NiceGuy will ''shoot you'' if you cross the line.
* GreekChorus
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: He adores Misa and, later, Kiyomi, and supports Light completely, even when the rest of the task force begins to turn against him. The only one that he believes is innocent is Light, and that's mostly rooted in three things: [[NotSoDifferent the fact that they're similar]], [[BigBadFriend the fact that they're friends]], and [[ParentalSubstitute Soichiro Yagami being like a father to him.]] Like Aizawa said, it's not that it was impossible, but that they didn't want to believe it when they thought of the Chief. It was even worse with Matsuda because they were even closer friends.
* IAmSpartacus: [[spoiler: In the manga, Mello demands to know the identity of the second L so that he can kill him if the trade for the notebook goes south, threatening to kill Sayu if they don't comply. Matsuda saves Light and his dad from [[SadisticChoice that dilemma]] by hijacking the keyboard and telling Mello that he's a stand in for L.]]
* IdiotHero: He certainly fits this, having the lowest intelligence-related scores of the investigative team.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: He's shown more than once over the course of the series to be something of a crack shot
* JustTryingToHelp: The poor guy...
* LeeroyJenkins: During the Yotsuba arc L warns the others, [[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough "Be sure not to act impulsively out of panic or haste."]] [[SmashCut Matsuda didn't get the memo.]] His "unpredictability" rating is 10/10.
* LetsGetDangerous: During the Yotsuba arc, Sayu's kidnapping, and the task force's raid on Mello's hideout, Matsuda demonstrates an ability to get down to business. [[spoiler:He closes the series by shooting and fatally wounding Light .]]
* TheMatchmaker: He always seemed to want Misa and Light to be together; later, when Light "investigates" Kiyomi Takada, he's enthusiastic about it.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: Done in understatement at the end of ''Relight 2'', after finding Light's body.]]
* {{Nepotism}}: The manga explains that this is why he has a job despite being more or less incompetent at it.
* NiceGuy: When Mr. and Mrs. Yagami say he can't start a relationship with Sayu it's because he's a cop and not because of any moral failing.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Gives one to [[spoiler:Light at the end of the series.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Among the most honest characters, in that he admits that he "can think like Kira, too."
* PhraseCatcher: "Matsuda, you idiot!"
* PluckyComicRelief: Matsuda is one of the characters who eagerly engages in joking and teasing.
* {{Revenge}}:
** When Near offers to write Mello's name in the notebook, he's the only one who says to go for it, since Mello [[spoiler:indirectly killed Soichiro]].
** He didn't [[spoiler: shoot Light]] for being Kira. He did it because [[spoiler: Light ''insulted and mocked'' Soichiro, who had been Matsuda's hero]].
* SelfDeprecation: In the IAmSpartacus above, [[spoiler: ''he'' tells Mello that he's kind of an idiot, even if he's standing in for L]].
* ShipTease: With Sayu. Also for some reason he gets really excited about Light dating Misa and Takada.
* ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler:After shooting Light, he demands to ask what Soichiro died for. Light says he's trying to create a world in which people like his father won't die as fools, but Matsuda angrily objects to how he views his father]]
* TheSlacker: "All you ever do is watch TV." [[{{WordOfGod}} The thirteenth volume]] explains that he dislikes slow and steady work.
* SuicidalGotcha: He ''falls off of a building'' for L's {{plan}}.
* TrueCompanions: To the Yagami family. He's a family friend and Souichiro has him over at their house before the events of the Kira case. Souichiro is his Mentor, he crushes on Sayu, and he is enthusiastic (almost to an unhealthy degree) about everything [[BigBadFriend Light]] does [[spoiler: explaining his rampage when learning that Light is Kira.]]
* UnstoppableRage: At the end. Considering the living hell Light Yagami put the poor guy through, some would rate this as Matsuda's finest moment.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Aizawa, who's always yelling at him.
* TheWatson: He asks the questions which contributes to everyone thinking he's an idiot.
* WhyAreYouLookingAtMeLikeThat: During the Yotsuba arc when L mentions that they need someone who Kira will think he can kill easily.
* WhosLaughingNow: [[spoiler:He's done with being the ButtMonkey and ends up shooting Light.]]
* YouGetMeCoffee: According to L, this is the only way he can 'pull his weight'.

[[folder:Soichiro Yagami]]
[[WMG:'''Soichiro Yagami''']]
->Voiced by: Creator/NaoyaUchida (JP), Chris Britton (EN)

Light's father and the police chief initially in charge of the Kira investigation team operating under L. When L begins to suspect Light of being Kira, Soichiro is unwilling to believe his son would be capable of such a thing. He was originally envisioned as an "honest police officer with a strong sense of justice" so that the reader "would have to feel sorry for everything he has to go through", and according to WordOfGod, he is the only truly "pure" character. Over the course of the series, he changes visibly by losing weight and aging poorly, particularly during his and Light's confinement.

[[spoiler: After L's death, he is sent to retrieve the Death Note stolen by Mello by obtaining Shinigami Eyes and infiltrating Mello's hideout. He retrieves the notebook and learns Mello's real name by looking at him face to face through the Eyes, but is unable to kill him, and as he argues with Mello he is repeatedly shot by one of Mello's men that he assumed was dead, and is afterwards buried in rubble from an explosion set off by Mello. Because Light had given up ownership of his Death Note, making his lifespan visible above his head, Soichiro dies believing that Light is not Kira, thus maintaining the Shinigami proverb that humans possessed by Shinigami meet misfortune but- as observed by Ryuk- subverting the other one that maintains they die in misery.]]

[[spoiler: However, in the movie he is alive and present when Light is revealed as Kira - even holding him in his arms as he dies - but keeps his identity secret from his family.]]
Tropes associated with Soichiro Yagami:

* BadassMustache: In the manga and anime; in the live action films, he's clean-shaven.
* BenevolentBoss
* ByTheBookCop: While he admires L's skills as a detective, he's uncomfortable with some of his methods, which often involve willingly sacrificing lives to Kira. As an example. in the films, when L pulls off his scheme with Lind L. Tailor, Soichiro becomes angry that L sacrificed a prisoner for that reason.
* CarFu: ''[[CarMeetsHouse Ramming a]] '''[[CarMeetsHouse TRUCK]]''' [[CarMeetsHouse into a building.]]''
* TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes: He admits that he has trouble looking at the case objectively when his own son becomes the main suspect.
* CoolOldGuy: Well, sort of. He's not even as old as fifty when the story starts [[spoiler: and barely in his mid-fifties when he dies]], but he has a heart attack quite early on in the Kira investigation while his son is a suspect and never recovers fully after that point, though he is repeatedly prevented from resigning from the Task Force either by L or his own stubbornness, depending on the context. Hence, he comes to look "old" even when speaking strictly he isn't.
** He's certainly got the coolness covered, though. What do you do when the Second Kira is lurking outside killing anyone who tries to get into Sakura TV to prevent the airing of a message on the news that threatens the innocent? Smash through the studio's door with your van and threaten the producer at gunpoint, of course! And he does all of it after leaving the hospital where he had been admitted for a heart attack just days prior.
* DaChief
* [[MamaDidntRaiseNoCriminal Daddy Didnt Raise No Criminal]]: His reaction to the suggestion that Light may be Kira.
* DeadlyUpgrade: [[spoiler: Yes, ''that'' one.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: It's certainly no coincidence that the most noble character arguably gets the happiest ending. [[spoiler:Though in-story, Ryuk says he got to die happy because he refused to use the Death Note.]]
* {{Expy}} : He bears a certain resemblance to Commisioner Gordon of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', which is compounded by his overall attitude to his work as well as his working relationship with L being not dissimilar to Gordon and Batman.
* FanNickname: [[HeyItsThatGuy Iron Chief.]]
* AFatherToHisMen
* TheFettered
* GoodIsNotNice: He pulls a gun on both Demegawa and Light.
** Later still he [[spoiler: makes the trade for Shinigami Eyes and attempts to write Mello's name into the notebook, only failing to write said name in full because Mello asks him if he's ever killed a person before, leading to a moment of hesitance which proves his undoing.]]
* HappilyMarried: To Sachiko. Not the lovey-dovey kind, but the strength of their marriage is [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming extremely moving.]] [[spoiler:Ultimately [[TearJerker tragic]] when you consider what becomes of him in the end]].
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]: While he didn't know [[spoiler: that he was going to die when he did, he knew that his days were numbered by making the eye trade. Also, he believed that he was going to die within thirteen days if he actually did manage to write Mello's full name (he failed to do it, but he was prepared to do it).]]
* HeyItsThatGuy: Played by Takeshi Kaga of ''IronChef'' fame in the movie.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: A rare adult version of the Trope. Moral, upstanding, and never giving sway to any temptation. In ''How To Read,'' his strongest attribute was his integrity. [[spoiler: When given a chance to kill Mello using the Death Note, at the cost of his own life. Ryuk remarks that if he'd used the Death Note he'd have been doomed to unhappiness, and in a way, he was happy dying thinking his son wasn't Kira.]]
* LeeroyJenkins: When [[spoiler: Mello kidnaps Sayu.]] "Plan? There's no time for that!"
* TheMcCoy: In contrast to L's [[TheSpock Spock]] and [[spoiler: Memoryless!Light]]'s [[TakeAThirdOption Kirk]] during the Yotsuba arc.
* [[spoiler: MentorOccupationalHazard: See HeroicSacrifice.]]
* MrExposition
* NotAGame: DaChief is fond of this CatchPhrase. He scolds Matsuda for his enthusiasm a few times, expresses disgust at how Kira is "playing with people's lives as if it were just a game!" and he says this word for word in the live action movie [[WhatTheHellHero to L.]]
* TheObiWan: To Matsuda's IdiotHero.
* ObliviousGuiltSlinging: All of the time spent with his son, Light.
* OnlySaneMan: During the Yotsuba arc, in a group that includes L's utter lack of social skills, Aizawa's temper, Matsuda's kookiness, the uncertainty of Light's might-be-a-serial-killer status, Mogi's silence, and Misa's flirtatious childishness, Soichiro seems to be the only one keeping everything sane.
* OverprotectiveDad: You all saw his face when Matsuda asked if Sayu had a boyfriend.
* PapaWolf: Towards Light and Sayu, all the way.
* TheParagon: According to WordOfGod he's the only truly good person in this series.
* ParentsAsPeople: He has his flaws, and expresses worry about how these may have affected his two kids.
* PrinciplesZealot
* ScaryShinyGlasses
* [[spoiler:SparedByTheAdaptation]]
** The Live-Action Movies
** The 2nd Relight Special. [[spoiler: It's vaguely implied he's dead ("Whenever things get tough I just remember my father.") but his death is never shown or mentioned.]]
* SeeYouInHell: While pretending to kill Light as part of a plan by L to determine whether Light or Misa is responsible.
-->'''Soichiro''': Light, my son. From one murderer to another, I'll see you in hell.
* TameHisAnger
* TechnicalPacifist: He "has never actually taken a life before" despite having risen all the way to the top of Japan's police force (TruthInTelevision as the NPA are the {{Desk Jockey}}s of Japan's police force.)
* {{Workaholic}}: He admits he doesn't see his family that much because he's always working.

[[folder:Watari/[[spoiler:Quillsh Wammy]]]]
[[WMG:''' Watari/[[spoiler:Quillsh Wammy]]''']]
->Voiced by: Creator/KiyoshiKobayashi (JP), French Tickner (EN)

L's guardian/butler/servant that contacts the police organizations of the world on his behalf. [[spoiler: He is killed along with L by Rem.]] Real name is [[spoiler: Quillsh Wammy]].
Tropes associated with Watari:
* BadassLongcoat
* BadassGrandpa
* BattleButler
* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: In his first appearance.
* CoolOldGuy
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Owns/Runs a {{Tykebomb}} producing institution.
** It's hinted in the light novel that he experimented on children.
* {{Expy}}: Of [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Alfred Pennyworth]]. Fitting, since L bears notable similarities to Batman.
* FriendlySniper
* GadgeteerGenius
* TheHandler
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice]]
* ImprobableAimingSkills
* MysteriousPast: Something about a world war and being a famous inventor?
* NiceHat: Wears one along with his ConspicuousTrenchcoat.
* ParentalSubstitute: For L.
* UnflappableGuardian: Nothing L does seems to surprise him.

[[folder:Shuichi Aizawa]]
[[WMG:'''Shuichi Aizawa''']]
->Voiced by: Creator/KeijiFujiwara (JP), Creator/TrevorDevall (EN)

Another member of the Japanese task force [[spoiler: and eventually head of the NPA.]] He quits for a while when he wants to put his family first, but he eventually comes back. He's basically the smartest of the non-geniuses (Light, L, Near, etc.) and after [[spoiler: L's death, he takes up the charge as the member of the Task Force most suspicious of Light.]]

Tropes associated with Aizawa:
* TenMinuteRetirement: To spend time with his family.
* [[spoiler: ActionSurvivor]]
* AscendedExtra
* AudienceSurrogate: By virtue of not being a super genius yet also being smart enough to realize Light's Kira, he's the character who comes closest to being in the audience's position.
* BadassLongcoat: Begins wearing one in the second half.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Along with Ide he gets the police organized in order to assist with the arrest of Higuchi.]]
* ChangedMyMindKid
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Official color seems to be green.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Aizawa comes into work one day with a bandaged head. When asked about it, he says he and his wife were in a fight, and the other men barely register that he's been physically injured by his wife.
* FailedASpotCheck: ''JUST'' misses seeing Light and Naomi Misora together.
* FanNickname: [=AfroCop=]
* FunnyAfro
* GreekChorus
* HairTriggerTemper: And rather highly strung.
* IHaveAFamily: He does honestly care about catching Kira, but [[WordOfGod ultimately puts the well-being of his family first]].
* ImportantHaircut: He loses the afro in the second arc.
* InspectorLestrade
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: Done in understatement at the end of ''Relight 2'' after finding Light's body.]]
* TameHisAnger: To deal with Misa Amane. It didn't work.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Because Aizawa opens up his umbrella when it begins to snow on his way back to the NPA headquarters, he ''just'' misses seeing Light and [[spoiler: Naomi Misora]] together.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: To both L and Light's plans.]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Matsuda.
* WhatTheHellHero: He's the one willing to call out and walk out on L's extreme methods, unlike Soichiro, who whilst objecting always stays for the sake of defeating Kira.
* YouAreGrounded: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome He sends Misa to her room, much to the relief of everyone]] in the show. ([[BaseBreaker And a good part of the audience.]])

[[folder:Kanzo Mogi]]
[[WMG:'''Kanzo Mogi''']]
->Voiced by: Creator/KazuyaNakai (JP), John Murphy (EN)

A member of the Kira Taskforce. He and Matsuda are the only two task force members who see the case through to the end with no breaks, [[spoiler: and is one of the few survivors in the series.]]
Tropes associated with Mogi:
* [[spoiler: ActionSurvivor]]
* TheBigGuy
* ComedicSociopathy: Enjoys himself a little too much when screwing with Yotsuba Kira.
* [[spoiler: DroppedABridgeOnHim]]: In the live-action movies.
* DeathFakedForYou: In the manga; [[spoiler: Near holds him hostage and tells the Kira Taskforce that he's died of a heart attack in order to give one of the Taskforce members an incentive to come forward... it works.]]
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Whenever he's babysitting Misa.
* LargeHam: As Mochi the Manager.
* OddFriendship: With Aiber and Misa.
* TheQuietOne: Near finds this out.
* TheReliableOne
* TheStoic: According to WordOfGod, Mogi dislikes expressing himself.

[[folder:Hideki Ide]]
[[WMG:'''Hideki Ide''']]
->Voiced by: Creator/HideoIshikawa (JP), Creator/BrianDobson (EN)

Another member of the Kira Taskforce. He leaves early on and later returns for the third major story arc. [[spoiler: Along with a few other people he survives the events of the series.]]

Tropes associated with Ide:

* [[spoiler: ActionSurvivor]]
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Along with Aizawa he gets the police organized in order to assist with the arrest of Higuchi.]]
* CommanderContrarian
* HeterosexualLifePartners: He joins the Kira task force to work with Aizawa.
* IneffectualLoner
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: He leaves the Taskforce prior to meeting L in person. [[spoiler: He comes back to help catch Higuchi and stays for the second arc.]]
* TheSixthRanger
* UnluckyEverydude

[[folder:Hirokazu Ukita]]
[[WMG:'''Hirokazu Ukita''']]
->Voiced by: HidenobuKiuchi (JP), Jeremy From (EN)

Another member of the Kira Taskforce. [[LeeroyJenkins He rushes headfirst]] into battle during the second Kira's stunt at Sakura TV, [[spoiler:where he is suddenly killed outside the station. This leads L and the task force to suspect that there's another Kira who can kill with just a face.]]
Tropes associated with Ukita:
* LeeroyJenkins: Drawing a gun and pointing it at the security officer at Sakura TV [[spoiler:with the Second Kira in the area. Misa didn't kill him until he pulled the gun.]]
* [[spoiler:MauveShirt]]: His character is built up in the first story arc, [[spoiler:but despite that, he dies relatively early on into the story.]]
* PluckyComicRelief: In the manga.
* [[spoiler: SparedByTheAdaptation]]: In the Live Action movies.
* [[spoiler: WeHardlyKnewYe: His death comes reasonably early into the series]], in Episode 11, to be exact.

[[folder:Wedy/[[spoiler:Mary Kenwood]]]]
[[WMG:'''Wedy/[[spoiler:Mary Kenwood]]''']]
->Voiced by: MikiNagasawa (JP), Creator/VenusTerzo (EN)

A thief L hires to assist in infiltrating Yotsuba. Her real name is [[spoiler:Mary Kenwood]].

Tropes associated with Wedy:
* ActionGirl
* AntiHero
* BadassBiker
* ClassyCatBurglar
* CoolShades
* HellBentForLeather
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Bright PINK!
* IceQueen: The How to Read Volume rates her "Bitchiness" at 10/10. Although in the US translation, it's read as "Sex Appeal."
* LoveableRogue
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: In the anime, when we see her real name written down [[spoiler:by Light when he's killing her with the Death Note, her first name is spelled "Merrie" and not Mary.]]
* SpyCatsuit

[[folder:Aiber/[[spoiler:Thierry Morrello]]]]
[[WMG:'''Aiber/[[spoiler:Thierry Morrello]]''']]
->Voiced by: Takuya Kirimoto (JP), David Orth (EN)

A ConMan L hires to assist in infiltrating Yotsuba.

Tropes associated with Aiber:
* AlternateContinuity: [[spoiler:Although Light kills him with the Death Note in both the manga and the anime, the cause of death is different in each continuity: liver cancer in the manga, a heart attack in the anime.]]
* AntiHero
* [[BlondGuysAreEvil Blond Guys Are Anti-Heroes]]
* BoxedCrook: According to the manga, he works for L because he has enough on him to send him away for life.
* ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive
* ConMan
* ConsummateLiar
* DoesntLikeGuns: But he knows how to use them if really necessary.
* LoveableRogue
* OddFriendship: With Mogi.
* PermaStubble
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler: For maximum empathy, he is shown with [[IHaveAFamily his family]] when he is killed.]]

!!'''Kira's side'''
[[folder:Teru Mikami/[[spoiler:Kira]]]]
[[WMG:'''Teru Mikami/[[spoiler:Kira]]''']]
->Voiced by: MasayaMatsukaze (JP), Creator/KirbyMorrow (EN)

[[spoiler:The fourth Kira, hand-chosen by Light himself.]] Holds a view of morality more black-and-white than a zebra and penguin musical in the 1920s. Has even more of a flair for the dramatic than Light, if that's even believable, and worships Light as the true God. [[spoiler:Used by Light to maintain the image of Kira whilst being the leader of the Task Force, since he can't really do both at the same time.]]

[[spoiler:Eventually, he causes Light's downfall by killing Takada too early and providing evidence for Near and the SPK. When Light is finally cornered in the Yellow Box Warehouse, he is given two different fates in the two continuities]]: In the manga, [[spoiler:Mikami denounces Light as God when he's beaten by Near and sees he's just another human. After Light dies, he is imprisoned, goes insane after ten days, and dies in prison.]] In the anime, [[spoiler:he immediately goes ''completely insane'' when he sees what his God has become and [[DrivenToSuicide commits suicide]] on the spot with [[ThePenIsMighter his pen]].]]

Tropes associated with Mikami:
* AdjustingYourGlasses: He adjusts his ScaryShinyGlasses by the bridge.
* {{Adorkable}}
* AlternateContinuity: [[spoiler: The different versions of his death in the manga and anime.]]
* AmoralAttorney: Somewhat subverted; he works as a prosecutor during the day, but there are no hints that he acts like one of these, aside from HangingJudge quirks.
* AscendedFanboy: Or more specifically, ascended Kira worshiper.
* AxCrazy: By far, the most in the series. Say it with me: "DELETE."
** Some added scenes in ''Relight 2'' makes this even [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b13g_mCfeI0&feature=related worse]].
* BadassBookworm
* BadassLongcoat
* BeatItByCompulsion[=/=]{{Idiosyncrazy}}: Near uses this strategy with Mikami, who neatly and precisely writes a certain amount of names down in the Death Note per day, to calculate which pages of the notebook to replace and which to leave.
* {{Bishonen}}: Up until the Yellow Box scene, very much so.
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: Even more so than ''Light.'' While Light falls slowly but surely into this, Mikami has always had it.
* BrownEyes
* BullyHunter: According to his BackStory. He hasn't given it up completely, as in the present, he gives a nasty look at some bullies, and they leave him alone.
* BumblingSidekick: He's actually fairly intelligent compared to Misa, but his screw-up costs Light dearly.
* CallingYourAttacks: Overlaps with MadnessMantra: "Delete. Delete. Delete."
* CatchPhrase: [[MadnessMantra "Delete. Delete. Delete."]] And to a lesser extent: "GOD!!!"
* ClassRepresentative: In his BackStory.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Official color seems to be purple. Wardrobe tends towards black, white, and blood red.
* CoolShades
* CreatureOfHabit: He follows a daily schedule down to the minute.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: He was ruthlessly bullied throughout his childhood, and he felt that his mother, the only person he had, didn't support his crusade or his ideals.
* DeadlyUpgrade: "Shinigami...I thank you for these eyes."
* TheDragon: "The Hand of Kira."
* [[BadassInANiceSuit Dressed To Kill]]: Wears a suit almost all the time.
* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide: At least, in the anime.]]
** [[spoiler:ThePenIsMightier: The suicide instrument.]]
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: The emphasis here is on "eerie."
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: A notable subversion - as he sees his mother as someone who tolerates the bullies of the world rather than opposing them, he is ecstatic when she dies, taking it as a sign that God is looking out for him.
* EvilOverlordList: [[spoiler: Subversion of item 5, in a darkly humorous manner. Apparently keeping the artifact that is the source of your power in your safety deposit box doesn't quite cut it.]]
* FourEyesZeroSoul
* FourIsDeath: [[spoiler: He is the fourth Kira.]]
* FreakOut: At the end when [[spoiler:he realizes that he's using the wrong Death Note.]]
* [[spoiler:{{Gorn}}: His bloody suicide in the anime.]]
* HarmfulToMinors: He was around the same age as Light (when Light first got the Death Note) when after years of abuse he began to think the world would be better off without certain people in it. Then all the people he secretly wanted dead died, [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike explaining why they are messed up in the same way.]]
* HelloAttorney
* HollywoodHacking: in the manga it shows how Mow Mikami uses his hacking skills to cover his tracks when sending messages to Takada.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: When people kept coincidentally dying around him [[FalseCause he came to believe he possessed the power to delete evil]], even ''before'' gaining those powers via the Death Note.
* IWishedYouWereDead: To his mother.
* IdenticalStranger: He bears a resemblance to L, both being {{Eerie Pale Skinned Brunette}}s with longish hair. [[KneelBeforeZod Makes you wonder what]] [[spoiler:Light]] [[ReplacementGoldfish was thinking.]]
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: He's frequently shown alone; in one scene in his introduction, he's drinking coffee by himself in the corner of the recreation yard.
* JackTheRipoff: His killings are attributed to Kira.
* KidsAreCruel: BackStory again.
* KingpinInHisGym
* KnightTemplar: Yes, yes, yes, ''yes''. Blinded by extreme ideals, zealous, devoted, and ''insane.''
* LargeHam: He rivals even Light here.
* LikeAGodToMe: Light for him.
* LongHairedPrettyboy
* [[LooksLikeSheIsEnjoyingIt Looks Like He Is Enjoying It]]: He ''really likes'' deleting (spoilers) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZFoO3HhcwE]].
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: [[spoiler: In the manga, Mikami mysteriously dies ten days after Light's defeat, leading Matsuda to theorize Near wrote in the Death Note so as to restrict his actions, enabling Light's conviction. In the anime, he commits suicide on the spot, which implies no such influence.]]
* {{Megane}}
* MommyIssues: In his own eyes, at least. He thought his mommy doesn't understand the meaning of "justice" and thinks she must be "deleted".
* {{Namedar}}: He makes the eye deal.
* NightmareFace: Several of them at the warehouse.
* ParentalAbandonment: His mother was a single mom, indicating that his father either abandoned them, or died. And then, of course, his mother dies as well.
* ParentsAsPeople: His mother told him to stop intervening in cases of bullying out of concern for his safety, as pointed out in the manga's third person omniscient narrator. This, however, was lost on him, and is not included when he narrates about his past in the anime.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: As a Kira, he kills many.
* PoisonousFriend: Worshipping Light as God does not help Light's problems.
* PrinciplesZealot
* [[HeroSecretService Protagonist Secret Service]]
* PureIsNotGood: "Evil should be deleted."
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* ReligionOfEvil: He worships [[TheSociopath Light]] as [[GodIsEvil God]].
* RightHandCat: He has one in the manga.
* SamaritanSyndrome: This + WhosLaughingNow = his StartOfDarkness.
* ScheduleFanatic: Sticks to it religiously.
* SecretKeeper: For Light.
* SerialKillerKiller
* ShipTease: [[HoYay His literal devotion to Light.]] Also he and Takada seem ''awfully'' close. Some of the dialogue in Relight 2 indicates that [[ThreesomeSubtext Takada is seeing both Mikami and Light.]]
* SlasherSmile: Often.
* SoftSpokenSadist: In his early appearances, he is a very quiet and understated man, but listening to him describe his past during his introductory monologue as the new Kira you can tell he's a man so far in BlackAndWhiteInsanity that he quietly snapped some time in high school and is waiting for an outlet to explode through. [[VillainousBreakdown Which he does.]] ''[[LargeHam With great aplomb.]]''
* [[spoiler: SpannerInTheWorks: Leads to Light's downfall by thinking TOO much like him. However, it's implied Near might have ensured this outcome by controlling him with the Death Note.]]
* [[{{DistaffCounterpart}} Spear Counterpart]]: Can be considered one of Misa.
* TheStoic: When he's out in public.
** NotSoStoic: When he's killing and in the Yellow Warehouse.
* StraightEdgeEvil: Murder? Sure - it's for the good of the new world, and evil deserves only deletion. But drink or drugs? No way.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: One of the main reasons [[spoiler: Light picked him to be the next Kira.]] Perhaps the two are ''too'' similar: [[spoiler: in the end, it costs them everything.]]
* SuperOCD
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Some consider him to be this given his resemblence to Light and that his name is basically Light's backwards.
* SycophanticServant
* TotalitarianUtilitarian
* UnequalPairing: He is often shipped with Light, whom he literally [[DivineDate worships]].
* UnreliableNarrator: In the anime he himself, rather than an omniscient narrator, narrates the flashbacks to his youth. 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.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Played tragically straight.
* VigilanteMan
* VillainousBreakdown: So, so much. Especially towards the end.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: (see RightHandCat above) What happened to Mikami's kitty?
* WhosLaughingNow
* WickedCultured
* WildHair
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[FreudianExcuse His childhood]] ''[[FreudianExcuse sucked]]''. It's no surprise when he received the Death Note that he would gleefully "delete evil."

[[folder:Kiyomi Takada]]
[[WMG:'''Kiyomi Takada''']]
->Voiced by: Creator/MaayaSakamoto (JP), Creator/HeatherDoerksen (EN)

A popular and pretty young woman whom Mikami chose to be Kira's spokesperson. She was the girl whom Light briefly dated once to hide his connections with Misa; the authors later "forgot" about her... and once they recalled her, they brought her back. Light gets in contact with her to gain access to Mikami, seducing her with a promise to make her the goddess of the New World. Eventually, [[spoiler: Mello kidnaps her, and then Mikami kills her - Light ''would'' have killed her, if Mikami hadn't done it first - after she kills Mello to prevent any evidence from being gotten from her.]]

Tropes associated with Takada:
* AlphaBitch: "Refined Takada" is the mean girl to Misa.
** Though technically, Misa herself started the whole fight by threatening to "break her knee" (leading to Halle having to restrain her). Later on, Takada manages to keep her cool in the restaurant while Misa immaturely and outlandishly brags that Light will marry her, leaving Takada to feign being hurt and leave with her head high. This is toned down in the anime, which has both women keeping their composure at the table and Misa's bragging being less over-the-top, although Misa chugging down a bottle of wine afterwards is still kept (to portray the differences between the composed Takada and the wild Misa).
** Still, Kiyomi seems to enjoy rubbing her affair with Light in Misa's face in her own subtle way. She is the one who approaches Misa with the dinner invitation just for that very purpose.
* AlternateContinuity: In the live action movies she fulfills the same role as the Yotsuba group does in the manga / anime.
* AmbitionIsEvil: While she is genuinely attracted to Light, she becomes '''''much''''' more interested in being close to him after learning that he's Kira.
* AxCrazy: In the live-action film adaptation.
* TheBeard: Light sets it up so that he "dates" her. His excuse for the Taskforce is that Kira will not kill Takada's boyfriend and that this will keep him safe while he investigates Kiyomi, but the real reason he does it is because he is Kira and he needs Takada to access Mikami.
* BettyAndVeronica: The Veronica to Misa's Betty for Light's Archie.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Definitely. She sleeps with a man and invites his fiancee out to brag about it, while being presented to the world as the epitome of grace and class. Even her nickname is "Refined Takada".
* BlatantLies: Her repeated referral to Misa as her "good friend", even after this exchange:
--> '''Misa''': Are you going to get Kira to kill me?
--> '''Takada''': Of course not!
** That line itself is ''another'' blatant [[MurderTheHypotenuse lie]].
* [[spoiler:BodyguardBetrayal: Directed by Halle into being kidnapped by Mello.]]
* BreakTheHaughty: Her very last scene. The woman who spent all of her time being presented as superior, poised, and perfect [[spoiler: dies naked, crying, and reaching out for comfort]].
* ChekhovsGunman: Shows up as a very minor character in the first arc, promptly vanishes, and is never mentioned again until far into the second arc.
* [[HighSchoolSweethearts College Sweethearts]]: With Light.
* TheDarkChick: On Team Kira.
* DeadlyUpgrade: [[spoiler: She makes the eye deal in the live action movie.]]
* DitzyGenius: She gets very good grades in school but is lacking in the common sense department.
* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide: Under the influence of Light's Death Note]]
* [[spoiler: DropDeadGorgeous]]
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* {{Expy}}: She's like a [[{{Dissimile}} murderous]] [[{{Franchise/Superman}} Lois]] [[LoisLane Lane]].
* HelloNurse: Quite popular with the opposite sex.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: She trusts ''Light'', after he tells her that he is Kira - the same Kira who has murdered anyone who got or threatened to get in his way. She even expects him to save her.
* HotScoop
* IntellectuallySupportedTyranny: As an educated young woman, rather than help protect society against the cult of Kira, she becomes one of its main propagandists. "We must teach our children that Kira is good."
* ItsAllAboutMe: She loves to be the center of attention.
* [[spoiler: JackTheRipoff]]
* KnightTemplar: Blinded by ideals, check. Devoted, check.
* LadyMacbeth: She urges Light to kill Misa at one point.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Subverted; while she is very much more in love with Kira, she's still attracted to Light.
* MeaningfulName: Takada = tall ricefield; Kiyomi = pure beauty. Notable in being the only character in the entire series to have a real-life name.
* ModestyBedsheet: Wears one right after [[spoiler: killing Mello, who had stripped her naked.]]
* MonsterFangirl
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Really dislikes Misa and tells Light at least once to kill her.
* [[spoiler: {{Namedar}}: She makes the eye deal in the live action movie.]]
* NoPlaceForMeThere: In the live action movies "There's so much filth in the world... and I am the worst of all."
* TheOjou: She's nicknamed "Refined Takada".
* [[spoiler: PersonOfMassDestruction]]
* PoisonousFriend
* PrinciplesZealot: More in the live action. In the anime, she's more interested in being Kira's goddess than in his ideals.
* PsychoticLoveTriangle: She and Misa are rivals for Light's heart, which ends just as well as you'd think it would.
* PsychoticSmirk
* [[HeroSecretService Protagonist Secret Service]]
* [[spoiler:PsychicAssistedSuicide]]
* SecretKeeper
* [[spoiler:[[SerialKillerKiller Serial Killer Kira]]]]
* ShipTease: With Light and Mikami. The dialogue in the ''Relight 2'' special seemed to suggest she is dating both of them.
* [[spoiler: StuffedIntoTheFridge]]
* TotalitarianUtilitarian
* UnequalPairing: Considering Light's god complex, this is pretty much unavoidable.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Keeps a page of the Death Note in her bra.
* WhosLaughingNow: In the live action movie.
* WickedCultured
* {{Yandere}}: After Light assures Takada that his seeing Misa [[ItDoesntMeanAnything doesn't mean anything]] and "you're the only one for me":
--> '''Takada''': If you're lying you're going to pay. I'll tell Kira, you know.
--> '''Light:''' Ha ha. Great joke Takada.
--> '''Takada:''' I'm not joking.
--> '''Ide:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Whoa, women are scary.]]
* [[spoiler: WomanOnFire: How she ends up. Fortunately, she doesn't seem to be conscious for most of it, at least not in the anime.]]
* [[spoiler: YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Shortly after she kills Mello, [[MoralEventHorizon Light tells her that before he lets her die in order to avoid having her picked up and questioned]].]]