''The End is Near'' (available at [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4661655/1/The_End_Is_Near Fanfiction.net]] and [[http://community.livejournal.com/tierfallen/55263.html Livejournal]]) is a LighterAndSofter AlternateUniverse ''Manga/DeathNote'' {{fan fiction}} by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1204552/Tierfal Tierfal]].

Mello only wants his Cocoa Puffs, but Near just has to spoil his quest for sugar-laden cereal by disappearing, leaving behind nothing but puzzle pieces. Since Near would never, ever leave toys lying around, Mello deduces that something’s amiss. He grabs Matt, and the two of them head off to Japan to enlist the help of the GreatDetective L-- and, by extension, the pretty-boy L’s handcuffed to-- in recovering the white-haired wonder.

That’s where the fun begins.

Chock-full of puns, {{UST}}, crossdressing, DoubleEntendre, and other things of that nature, it’s a well-done AU that forgets neither that {{canon}} does, in fact, exist, nor that it itself is supposed to be really, really funny.


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!! ''The End is Near'' provides examples of:
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Quite often in the narration.
* AlternateUniverse
* ArsonMurderAndAdmiration: Mello and Light.
* AttractiveBentGender: [[spoiler: Both L and Mello.]]
* AuthorAppeal: The various songs played throughout the fic, pale skin, chocolate.
* AuthorFilibuster: Tierfal ''really'' doesn’t like modern art.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Mello and Near.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Beyond Birthday.]]
* {{Bishonen}}: Light and Mello. {{Lampshaded}}.
* BoysLove
* BrainBleach: Light spends a lot of time wishing for some.
* BrandNamesAreBetter: Mello concedes that Light might not be so bad-- after all, the boy did buy him brand-name chocolate chips.
* ButtMonkey: Light, oh so much.
* CasanovaWannabe: John Falstaff.
* ChekhovsGun: The white chocolate bar [[spoiler: contains the key to the Kinky Chain.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: The weird guy from down the street.]]
* CostumePorn
* CrackFic
* DeadpanSnarker: Everybody, especially Light.
* DisguisedInDrag
* DistractedByTheShiny
* DividedWeFall: Mello notes that the problem with this investigation is that you have three Type A personalities together in one room...
* DoesHeHaveABrother: Fiona and her posse, about Light.
* DoubleEntendre: Mello loves them.
* DrinkOrder: Mello orders L a strawberry martini and himself a margarita. Light goes for Long Island Iced Tea.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Mello.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Light.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: There's a betting pool among the Wammy kids on how long it will take Matt and Mello to hook up.
* FacePalm
* FanArt: [[http://thi-hoai.deviantart.com/art/Goth-L-quot-The-End-Is-Near-quot-107887811 L from Chapter 19]] and [[http://thi-hoai.deviantart.com/art/Melissa-Davenport-Mello-109615909 Mello from Chapter 25.]]
* FanGirl: Light is [[MrFanservice pretty popular]] with quite a few of the girls at Wammy’s House.
* FanNickname: In-universe example. Mello christens L and Light’s handcuffs the Kinky Chain.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: L
** TheLancer: Light, Mello
** TheBigGuy: Matt
** TheSmartGuy: well, everyone.
** TheChick / DamselInDistress: Near
** TheSixthRanger: Light
*** Really more a FourTemperamentEnsemble: Mello's Sanguine, Light's Choleric, L's Melancholic, and Matt is Phlegmatic.
* ForWantOfANail: In this ficverse [[spoiler: Light never regains his Kira memories because Higuchi burns the notebook during the ChaseScene.]]
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: Matt's BlindWithoutEm.
* GottaCatchEmAll:
--> Mello: It's like Near’s version of a breadcrumb trail, right? So we follow the pieces and find him.
--> Light: Are you suggesting that we should comb the entirety of Great Britain for a couple of ''puzzle pieces''?
* HeroicBSOD: Light, after he [[spoiler: walks in on Matt and Mello.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Mello and Matt, [[spoiler: before their RelationshipUpgrade.]] Arguably, Tierfal herself and her beta reader, Eltea.
* ICantDance
* IKnowMortalKombat:
--> L: Where'd you learn to drive a getaway car like this?
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Matt at the club. Too bad he's the designated driver.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Mostly courtesy of [[PungeonMaster Matt]]. If we count them all, we’ll be here all day.
* IrritationIsTheSincerestFormOfFlattery: [[spoiler: B.]]
* ItAmusedMe: Mello wants to see someone's head get bitten off, even if it's his own. [[OnlySaneMan L tries to point out to him that]] [[TeachHimAnger Teaching Light Anger]] [[CuteAndPsycho is a suicidal idea...]]
* ItNeverGetsAnyEasier
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Mello and Light.
* LampshadeHanging
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre:
-->'''Light''': Higuchi's still raving. Apparently he just says the same thing over and over—'Everyone who touched it should be dead.'
-->'''L''': Touched what?
-->'''Mello''': Bow chicka ''bow'' wow.
* LighterAndSofter
* MacGuffin: The puzzle pieces.
* {{Metrosexual}}: Light
* MomentKiller: Mello in Chapter 14.
* TheNicknamer: Mello.
* NotWhatItLooksLike
--> The eyes of the young woman with the room service cart fixated immediately on the glinting silver chain between the shirtless Light and his rumpled companion.
--> Ryuzaki paused tactfully. "Whatever it looks like," he told her, "rest assured that that is not what it is."
--> Somehow, she didn't look convinced.
* PassThePopcorn: The end of the club scene.
* PetTheDog: Rather, Beat The Dog That Goes After [[TheRival Near]] With A Cricket Bat Until It Stops Moving.
** [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther and what Light does to the stewardess who tries to make L sit properly.]] He's petting one dog while [[KickTheDog kicking another....]]
* PrecisionFStrike
* PungeonMaster: Matt. Kat and Light occasionally join in.
* RelationshipUpgrade
* RickRoll
* RuleOfFunny
* RunningGag: Light's imaginary advice column.
** Light overhearing UnEntendre conversations between Mello and Matt that are invariably not what they look like… except for the one time he ''doesn't'' assume that he’ll regret seeing what’s going on behind that door.
** His lack of creativity is disheartening.
* SaidBookism
* SealedEvilInACan: Light. He still has his watch... [[spoiler: and in this ficverse it's implied that the existence of the scrap in the watch alone is what is allowing Higuchi to keep his memories... so if Light ever fiddles with it he could potentially become Kira again...]]
* ShoutOut: [[CalvinAndHobbes "...Cal and his stuffed tiger mascot..."]]; many to various video games.
** [[Film/TheDarkKnight "I am an agent of chaos." "Do you know what a dog does when it catches a car?"]]
* ShowerScene: Light sings in the shower.
* SlashFic
* StupidSexyFlanders
* TastesLikeDiabetes: Several in-universe examples. Matt wonders if you can get cavities from cuteness.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch
* ThisSongGoesOutToTvTropes: [[CallBack This song goes out to “Matty-Cake Bakersman” from “your fluorescent friend.”]]
* TitleDrop: ''The End is Near: A Photographic History of Prophetic Pessimists''.
* TrouserSpace: [[YouDoNotWantToKnow Where does Mello keep that chocolate, anyway?]]
* UnEntendre: See RunningGag above.
* UnresolvedSexualTension
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: crossdressing Mello to [[OriginalCharacter Falstaff]] who he's been flirting with all evening.
* VanInBlack: Matt and Mello make a bet whether there's one involved in Near's kidnapping. [[spoiler: There's not.]]
** [[spoiler: Though there was a very nice black Mercedes.]]
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Fiona hides Matt’s goggles down her shirt.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: Played with. [[BedmateReveal Mello pranks Light by crawling into his bed]] while Light's sleeping off a night of drink and dancing. HilarityEnsues.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Well, not exactly ''[[AntiHero wholesome]]''...
* WithACapitalT: ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Weirdos like that-- they spell trouble with a capital M-E-L-L-O. Er, T."]]''
* WithFriendsLikeThese
* YaoiFangirl:
--> "Man, if all you had to do to get the royal treatment around here was to make out with another guy, Matt was just going to--
--> [[UnresolvedSexualTension Um. Nothing.]]"
* YourMom: One of Mello's favorite insults.

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