''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6234636/1/ Point of Succession]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/894333/Jedi_Master_Bag Jedi Master Bag]] is an [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] ''Manga/DeathNote'' [[FanFiction Fan Fic]]. Beyond Birthday has escaped prison and is out for [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge revenge]] -- but not for the reasons L thinks. When Beyond abducts Mello from Wammy's House, L is forced to rely on the expertise of [[TheProfiler the criminal profiler]] who knows him best; a mysterious and troubled young man known as Light Yagami.

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!! ''Point of Succession'' provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Naomi Misora.
* AlternateUniverseFic: ''Manga/DeathNote'' without the Death Note.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: this is teased with Light.
* ApocalypseMaiden: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] [[spoiler: Near is convinced that this is Light's role ever since L took a shine to him. It seems that Light is actually only a victim of Beyond but just how innocent... (or not) he is has yet to be seen.]]
* BadDreams: Light.
* BatmanGambit: Light and Mr. Junko fake a scene where one of them pretends to be injured in order to confirm that Matt isn't a real cop because when they shout for help [[WhatTheHellHero he doesn't even stop to look.]]
* BattleCouple: Light and L.
* BavarianFireDrill: Matt impersonating a police officer. Also Light engineers one in order to steal evidence for L's investigation.
* BigBad: BB
* [[BigBrotherMentor Big Sister Mentor]]: Naomi Misora to Light.
* BigDamnHeroes: When Light saves Matt. Later Light and Matt's mad ([[WeNeedADistraction distracting]]) charge into Beyond's death trap dungeon which results in them saving one of the victims. Later from that same scene, (after Light's picked up the DistressBall) L gets the drop on Beyond:
-->'''L:''' Beyond, I would very much appreciate it if you released my boyfriend ''now.''
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: L is wary of Light because he sees that Light lives by such a strict moral code he could easily become VigilanteMan.
* BreakTheCutie: [[WideEyedIdealist Light]] [[spoiler: after taking on Beyond Birthday as his subject of study.]]
** Matt [[spoiler: after discovering what Mello has done.]]
* BriarPatching: [[spoiler: In order to get L to let him work with him Light tells L he doesn't want to work with him.]]
* BrokenAce: Light and Beyond.
* BroughtDownToBadass: There is no Death Note in this universe but Light is still plenty deadly thanks to his being trained in GunFu courtesy of Naomi Misora.
* BunnyEarsLawyer:
** Of course L with his sweets and Matt with his games.
** Near explains the case so far with his ''{{Transformers}}'' toys with L as Optimus Prime and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny he puts Light in with the Decepticons.]]
* CatapultNightmare: Light often gets these after [[NightmareSequence having nightmares inspired by Beyond Birthday.]]
* ChildSoldiers: [[BreakThemByTalking B insists that this is what Wammy's House is really teaching it's students to be.]]
* ChildrenForcedToKill: Mello, though B would argue he didn't [[SadisticChoice "force" him to do anything.]]
* ColdBloodedTorture: with [[spoiler: [[RazorFloss barbed wire]] and broken wine bottles]]
** Earlier B [[spoiler: [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon tried to kill Light with a stiletto.]]]]
* CombatPragmatist: Beyond Birthday, [[spoiler: to keep someone as clever as L from escaping or even moving he ties him up with barbed wire.]]
* CombatStilettos: [[spoiler: B]].
* CoolCar: L's team uses the pink angel crepe van seen in ''Film/LChangeTheWorld''
* CorruptTheCutie: Beyond with Light and Mello.
* TheCorrupter: Beyond Birthday.
* CowboyCop: this investigation isn't exactly by the book.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Beyond is quite the {{Yandere}}. Also L feels the need to "possess" Light in order to take him away from Beyond.
* CreepyCrossdresser: Beyond Birthday.
* CriminalMindGames: B leaves behind all kinds of clues and puzzles in order to irritate L.
* CriticalPsychoanalysisFailure: Pretty much everone with BB. Like SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, BB isn't so much insane as he is "[[CrazySane super]] [[TheUnfettered sane]]" and [[InfectiousInsanity anyone who tries to get into his head will regret it.]]
* CuteAndPsycho: There is no Death Note and Kira doesn't seem to exist in this universe so Light is/was the WideEyedIdealist NiceGuy he would have been without it. However there are several hints suggesting that Light is less than stable- [[spoiler: [[CorruptTheCutie SOMETHING happened with Beyond. Something happened to estrange him from his family.]] And he has secrets—secrets which are apparently dire enough to keep hidden in a booby-trapped fake bottom desk drawer.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Light.
* {{Determinator}}: Practically the entire cast: Light, Matt, L, Naomi, Mello, B...
* DisguisedInDrag: [[spoiler: Beyond and Mello]]
* DistressBall: first held by Mello, [[spoiler: later Matt, Light, L...]]
* TheDragon: [[spoiler: A]] to B.
* EvilMentor: B plays this for Mello and to an extent Light.
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: Light Yagami is supposed to be such a great shot and yet when he was shooting at Beyond at close range he missed him every time. So Near believes that this trope is in effect-[[GambitRoulette that Light wasn't actually trying to hit Beyond and that they are in fact working together and that Light's daring rescue of Matt from Beyond was just some elaborate stunt they pulled for Light to gain their trust.]] [[FoeYay It's later implied that maybe Light spared Beyond for other reasons.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Mello]]
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: A, L's first in line, with B's assistance he faked his own suicide. He did this in order to escape from Wammy's House.]]
* TheFarmerAndTheViper: Unlike all the other doctors Light refused to be intimidated by B and would not give up on him and so [[{{Yandere}} B comes to transfer his obsession to Light...]]
* FindingJudas: Both Near and Naomi Misora becomes suspicious of Light and believe he's working with Beyond. [[spoiler: Of course Light is plotting something and he has a connection with Beyond-it's just not in the way that they think.]]
* FiveManBand:
** [[TheHero The]] ([[AntiHero Anti]])[[TheHero Hero]] and BigBrotherMentor: L
** TheLancer and TheSixthRanger: Light
** TheBigGuy and TheHeart: Matt
** TheSmartGuy: they all fill this role.
** TagalongKid: Near
** TheObiWan: Watari
* {{Foil}}: Matt and Light
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Matt is Sanguine, Light is Choleric, L and Near are Melancholic, and Watari is Phlegmatic.
* GambitRoulette: Beyond has been manipulating events for years, [[MightAsWellNotBeInPrisonAtAll from his prison cell]] to come to this.
* GenreShift: it's a ''Manga/DeathNote'' AU which is a straightforward detective/crime drama with (so far) no supernatural elements.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Matt intends to do this for Mello. [[spoiler: Too bad Mello is waiting for him with a loaded gun.]]
* GoodIsNotNice: Team L cares more about solving the case than for the victims/casualties of it-[[NominalImportance that is unless it is someone they know.]] ''[[WhatTheHellHero Beyond]]'' [[WhatTheHellHero calls them on it.]]
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: [[spoiler: They cave to the demands of one psycho holding the hotel hostage and then bet it all on the [[KidHero teenage hostage]] to get them out of there.]]
* GuileHero: L, Light, Matt, and Mello.
* GullibleLemmings: the hotel guards.
* GunFu: Light is a very good shot. [[ActionGirl Naomi Misora]] taught him how to shoot.
* GunsAkimbo: Light's, and later Matt's, fighting style.
* HannibalLecture: Beyond Birthday's forte. He discovers [[WorthyOpponent to his]] [[FoeYay delight]] that Light dishes it out just as well as he receives it.
* HeadbuttingHeroes: [[spoiler: Light and Near.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Matt after [[spoiler: Mello kills Near.]]
* HostageSituation: Beyond kidnapped Mello -- and a whole bunch of [[NominalImportance other people without names.]]
* HotBlooded: Matt shifts between this and absolute despair ever since Mello has been kidnapped.
* HyperAwareness: How L, Light, and the Wammys kids' genius and investigative skills are portrayed.
* [[spoiler: [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Sister]]]]: [[spoiler: TheReveal that Sayu was kidnapped and [[StockholmSyndrome technically is STILL kidnapped]] by A and B.]]
* IfICantHaveYou: Beyond does not take rejection well...
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Matt does this under L's orders.
* IneffectualLoner: Naomi Misora
* InspectorLestrade: Naomi Misora [[spoiler: has figured out a vital piece of the puzzle from investigating Light. Too bad no one notices...]]
* ItGetsEasier
* LackOfEmpathy: {{Lampshaded}} in Matt's InnerMonologue after Light and Matt rescued a girl from Beyond they just abandoned her at some hotel and Matt supposes that made them heartless.
* LeeroyJenkins: No really, [[spoiler: Light and Matt]]'s reckless charge is all [[AllAccordingToPlan part of the plan.]]
** Also when Matt learns Mello is in the building and that he [[spoiler: killed Near]]. Matt just runs off searching for him, with no plan other than to somehow find him so he can punch him in the face.
* TheLoad: Near.
* LoveableRogue: Mr. Junko, Sayu's fiancé [[spoiler: Subverted, he's TheMole.]]
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction
* ManipulativeBastard: Beyond Birthday.
* MarkOfShame: [[spoiler: Light has a nasty scar leftover from B trying to kill him with a stiletto and he will frequently stare at it or draw attention to it [[MyGreatestFailure when angsting about B]].]]
* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler: Attach Junko a.k.a. A]].
* MinoredInAsskicking: All graduates of Wammy's Program.
* MoreDakka
* MoreThanMindControl: Beyond gets into ''everyone's'' head.
* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler: Light feels this way about Beyond.]]
* MysteriousPast: Light.
* NotGoodWithRejection: Beyond. There's the implication that he's killing people because [[FoeYay he wants attention]].
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler: Beyond with L, Mello, and Light.]]
* OCStandIn: [[spoiler: A]].
* OutrunTheFireball: Light and Matt when discovering Beyond Birthday had booby trapped the entrance to his villain lair with explosives.
* PapaWolf: L.
* ParentalMarriageVeto: Sayu is engaged to a criminal. [[spoiler: [[DarkAndTroubledPast This seems to be at least part of the reason why their parents disowned them.]]]]
* PatchworkFic: L is just L (though maybe fused with his more ActionHero-like ''Film/LChangeTheWorld'' counterpart), an innocent!Light ([[MindScrew maybe]]), teenage Mello and Matt that appear from the second arc of the ''Manga/DeathNote'' anime and manga, B and [[spoiler: A]] are from ''LightNovel/AnotherNote'', and the pink angel crepe van is from the alternate continuity movie ''Film/LChangeTheWorld''.
* PoorCommunicationKills: L and the Wammy's House boys are wary of Light because he is acting very suspicious and is clearly withholding information from them [[spoiler: TheReveal: B and A have Light's sister.]]
* {{Pride}}: As in canon, this is Light's main flaw. Part of the reason why Light refused to give up on B.
* TheProfiler: Light.
* [[spoiler: RedHerringMole]]: [[spoiler: Light... [[MindScrew maybe.]]]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Light is red to L's blue and Matt is red to Light's blue.
* ReluctantPsycho: Light is implied to be one. [[MindRape While talking with B]] [[BreakTheCutie he seems to realize that there might be something fundamentally flawed with his own psychology]]:

--> '''Light:''' You knew this was a temporary arrangement. It's not like we could talk forever.
--> '''Beyond:''' [[HannibalLecture I think we could.]] [[FlawExploitation And never get bored.]] You aren't a boring individual [[spoiler: Sweetie Jam]], [[StepfordSmiler despite what you try so hard to show the world.]] And me, [[AxCrazy I know I'm not boring.]]
--> '''Light:''' Don't be too sure hun, [[BoredWithInsanity the killing people thing gets old real fast.]]
--> '''Beyond:''' How would you know?
--> '''Light:''' We all have fantasies. Some are just bloodier than others.

* RoomFullOfCrazy: Beyond's hideout. Light's apartment also has shades of this.
* RoseHairedSweetie: Right before Mello was abducted, he had [[PracticalJoke caused Matt to have a hair dye "accident" dying his hair an embarassing shade of bright pink.]] [[HeroicVow Matt has resolved he's not going to dye it back]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming until they've got Mello back.]] The poor dear is so very [[WideEyedIdealist idealist]] and WrongGenreSavvy [[spoiler: [[BreakTheCutie and things go badly for him again and again and again]].]]
* SadisticChoice: B puts a sniper rifle in Mello's hands and suggests he put his Wammy's training to good use and and kill someone. At first Mello objects vehemently until B reveals the target he has picked out for him is a pedophile and points out the child that the man is molesting. B leaves it up to him-he can take the shot and become a murderer or do nothing and leave the kid to be victimized. [[spoiler: Mello takes the shot.]]
* ScarsAreForever: [[spoiler: Light has been marked by Beyond (from a failed attempt to kill him with a stiletto.) ]]
* SerialKiller: Beyond.
* SherlockScan: Employed by the Wammys and Light.
* [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend He Is Not My Boyfriend]]: Light gets annoyed when L proclaims him to be "my boyfriend" [[spoiler: [[FriendsWithBenefits after they slept together once.]]]]
* ShipTease: [[spoiler: Mello x Matt, Beyond x Light, Beyond x Mello, Light x Matt, L x Light, Beyond x L all have HoYay moments.]]
* ShoutOut: to ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', ''{{Transformers}}''.
* SlashFic
* SmokingIsCool: Matt smokes while he angsts.
* StalkerWithACrush: B to L [[spoiler: at first. There are hints that perhaps he has transfered his obsession to a certain handsome, young psychologist that paid him a visit.]]
* StepfordSmiler: Light.
* StockholmSyndrome: [[spoiler: Mello with Beyond.]] Also [[spoiler: Sayu is getting married to the man who kidnapped her.]]
* StuffBlowingUp: When Light and Matt invade Beyond's villain lair.
* TheStoic: L.
* TearsOfBlood: [[spoiler: Beyond wants to see L in tears. When [[TheStoic L]] doesn't oblige him, Beyond cuts up his face with a wine bottle.]]
* TermsOfEndangerment: Beyond is quite TheNickNamer and comes up with creepy names [[FoeYay for those near and dear to his heart]] such as "Darling!," "Little Dear," "[[FridgeBrilliance Mr. Twelve,]]" and "Sweetie Jam." [[spoiler: A, Mello, L, and Light]] respectively.
* TheyFightCrime: [[ArsonMurderAndLifesaving and break many laws to do it.]]
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: [[spoiler: Beyond and A.]]
* TykeBomb: L, Mello, Matt, Near, Beyond, [[spoiler: A.]]
* TheUnfettered: B.
* UnflinchingWalk: Light and Matt.
* [[VomitingCop Vomiting Detective]]: Matt [[spoiler: upon finding Near with his brains blown out.]]
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Those poor security guards.
* WideEyedIdealist: Light. This is the other reason why Light refused to give up on B.
* WorthyOpponent: When Light begins studying B, B makes it no secret that he's having ''so much fun.''
* XMeetsY: ''Manga/DeathNote'' in the style of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' or ''Series/CriminalMinds''.
* XanatosSpeedChess: [[spoiler: employed by Mello in his escape attempt.]]
* {{Yakuza}}: Mr. Junko, Sayu’s fiancé.
* YaoiGuys: Light and L.
* YouHave48Hours: Beyond's ultimatum to L -- you'd better find me before the next one dies and this time [[YouBastard it'll be someone you care about!]]
* YouNeedToGetLaid: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Sayu says this word for word when it seems Light is]] [[EroticEating overly-enjoying his coffee.]]
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