''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3587938/1/4_0_s_e_c_o_n_d_s 40 Seconds]]'' (written 4 0 s e c o n d s) by calysto-antonsen is an AlternateUniverse ''Manga/DeathNote'' FanFic told in a series of {{Drabble}}s which charts Light Yagami's evil ascent to power (as seen from the perspectives of those around him.) Warning: whole series spoilers.

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!! ''40 Seconds'' provides examples of:
* AntagonistInMourning: [[ContinuityNod There is apparently]] [[WorthyOpponent only one death]] [[FoeYay Light grieves over...]]
* ArbitrarySkepticism: [[WhatAnIdiot Tsen (the crook using Kira's name) didn't believe that "Kira" actually existed as an actual individual who would react poorly to having his name abused...]]
* BadassLongcoat: Mikami
* TheBadGuyWins
* [[spoiler: BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: Light]]
* BecauseImJonesy: [[TooDumbToLive Tsen, a crook posing as Kira]] attempts to mug Mikami. [[ComedicSociopathy Mikami invites him to meet the REAL Kira...]]
-->'''Mikami:''' He wishes to speak with you... Follow me.
-->'''Tsen:''' Who wishes to speak with me?
-->'''Mikami:''' Why, [[TheDreaded Kira]] of course.
-->'''Tsen:''' [[OhCrap Kira!]] ''[[OhCrap * hyperventilating* ]]''
* BerserkButton: Suggesting that what Light is doing is wrong... [[spoiler: Ryuk has the misfortune of pressing it...]]
* BodyguardCrush: Mikami to Light.
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: In this case goes along with GlowingEyesOfDoom
* [[spoiler: CainAndAbel: poor, poor Sayu.]]
* TheCaligula: Light. He has only gotten crazier with time.
* ColdBloodedTorture: [[spoiler: Light does this to Ryuk.]]
* ComedicSociopathy
* ContinuityNod: Mentions of the deaths of [[spoiler: Shiori, L, and Souichiro.]] He's NOT grieving over them and feels no remorse about killing them or causing their deaths.... [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Really.]]
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Light is creative in his sadism.
* CurbStompBattle
* CurtainFic: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Mikami has to go buy God some]] [[MemeticMutation potato chips.]]
* DepravedBisexual: Light in this fic.
* DontTellMama
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide
* DudeNotFunny: [[EvenEvilHasStandards Ryuk's reaction to the whole thing.]] [invoked]
* DueToTheDead: [[spoiler: Light regularly visits L's grave... [[HeartwarmingMoments and leaves him cake.]]]] *sniffle*
* TheEmpire
* EvilDuo: [[BigBad Light]] and [[TheDragon Mikami.]]
* EvilGloating
* EvilLaugh
* EvilOverlord: Kira
* EvilerThanThou
* TheExtremistWasRight
* FaceFramedInShadow: Light seems to have developed a habit where he likes to creep around in the shadows in the corners of rooms.
* FascinatingEyebrow: Light does this when Ryuk asks him for an apple [[spoiler: right after Light gave him a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown]].
* FixFic
* AGodAmI: of course!
* [[spoiler: GodEmperor: Light when he comes out to claim his kingdom.]]
* [[spoiler: GodOfEvil: Light]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars
* HappinessInSlavery: Mikami
* HatesBeingTouched: Light [[spoiler: when Mikami dares to touch him without his permission, [[EyeScream he loses an eye]] ([[GoodThingYouCanHeal however because it's a shinigami eye it grows back]] but it leaves a [[GoodScarsEvilScars cool scar]] behind).]]
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: [[spoiler: Mikami... {{Subverted}}]]
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: [[InvertedTrope Inverted,]] when [[spoiler: [[PaterFamilicide Light kills Sayu himself to "protect" her because she was a weakness and she would always be in danger of his enemies as long as she was alive...]]]]
* KickTheDog: Light's all over this...
* LoveMartyr: Mikami.
* MaximumFunChamber: [[spoiler: Mello is being kept alive and tortured... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and they're eating chocolate in front of him!]]]]
* MortonsFork: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment of Evil awesomeness]]: [[spoiler: When Light tells the [[AssholeVictim hapless ignorant crook:]] "Write your name [in the notebook]... or I'll kill you."]]
* NeckLift: [[RevengeFic Just to show]] [[spoiler: [[RevengeFic Near]]]] [[RevengeFic how utterly owned he is...]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler: [[SoLastSeason PowerUpgraded]]!Light decides to teach Ryuk some manners...]]
* PetTheDog: Light has a couple of moments with Mikami.
* PsychopathicManchild: Ryuk thinks of Light this way.
* PsychoticSmirk
* RedRightHand: Light gets a free EvilMakeover courtesy of prolonged usage of the [[ArtifactOfDoom Death Note]]... (imagine the deleted [[spoiler: funeral]] scene only worse.)
** FangsAreEvil
** FemmeFatalons
** GlowingEyesOfDoom: You know how his eyes will flash all [[RedEyesTakeWarning glowey red]] whenever plotting something particularly devious, yeah they've become [[ShapeshifterModeLock mode locked]]...
** [[spoiler: GoodWingsEvilWings]]
** HellishPupils
** [[spoiler: NotEvenHuman]]
** [[spoiler: OneWingedAngel]]
* ReligionOfEvil
* RevengeFic
* RootingForTheEmpire: ([[InvokedTrope invoked]])
* RuleOfCool
* [[SaveBothWorlds Take Over Both Worlds]]
* ScarsAreForever
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Ryuk
* SecretKeeper: Mikami
* ShadowDictator: Kira
* ShroudedInMyth: Kira
* SinisterScythe: Light has Ryuk go fetch him one from the Shinigami realm. To avoid CripplingOverspecialization [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer from always relying on the Death Note]] (and because it looks BadAss).
* SlashFic: It's (non-explicit) Light/Mikami
* SoLastSeason: [[spoiler: Light also gets a free power upgrade courtesy of aforementioned prolonged notebook usage...]]
** [[spoiler: EvolutionaryLevels]]
** [[spoiler: HalfHumanHybrid: it seems he's become part Shinigami...]]
** [[spoiler: HumanoidAbomination: ...but even the Shinigami are freaked out by what Light is becoming...]]
** [[spoiler: ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty]]
** [[spoiler: PowerGivesYouWings]]
* StrokeTheBeard: Chin stroke of doom!
* SubordinateExcuse
* TeamPet: Ryuk is reduced to this...
* TranquilFury: "The first time his god had gotten angry never left his mind. It hadn't been a human anger. In all its intensity it was cold, and deadly."
* {{Understatement}}: for comedic effect and beacuse NothingIsScarier.
* UnequalPairing: Light and Mikami.
* [[spoiler: TheUnmasquedWorld: When Light comes out to claim his kingdom after the TimeSkip.]]
* VillainsOutShopping: Mikami has to buy his God some consomme-flavored potato chips.
* WhatIf [[spoiler: Light won at the warehouse.]]
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity
* TheWorldIsNotReady: When the Press began to insist they had the right to know their "Saviour..."
* WorthyOpponent: the narrative refers to L as this, word-for-word.
* BoysLove
* [[spoiler: YinYangBomb: Light.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Misa and Takada.
* YouWillBeSpared: But Light still has use for Mikami.
* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry: Ryuk discovers that Raito is a sadist.
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