'''''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7385390/1/My_Stupid_Reality My Stupid Reality]]''''' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2905211/TwistedGrim Twisted Grim]] is a ''Manga/DeathNote'' FanFic in which the GreatDetective L is rounding up genius children for some nefarious purpose and so Light Yagami has [[ObfuscatingStupidity pretended to be stupid]] for all his life. It works up until his senior year of high school when Light makes JustOneLittleMistake that puts L on his trail...

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!!''My Stupid Reality'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* {{Asexual}}: Light identifies himself as such.
* AlternateUniverseFic
* AmbiguouslyGay: Light, {{Lampshaded}} by Sayu
* AntiIntellectualism: In this world, if you're too smart L's people will kidnap you in the middle of the night. Many disappear forever. [[FateWorseThanDeath Some are returned damaged.]]
* BattleOfWits: Light vs L of course.
* BeleagueredAssistant: Watari.
-->'''Watari:''' L, you are not going to lock up the poor boy just because he has no wish to be a detective.
* BeneathTheMask
-->'''Naomi:''' How often do you find yourself lying?\\
'''Light:''' Ha! My whole life has been a lie.\\
'''Naomi:''' That's sad.
* BigNo: Sachiko upon finding Light has been kidnapped by L.
* BookDumb: Light ''deliberately'' gets bad grades to hide the fact that he's a genius.
* BreakTheHaughty: Light on the TraumaCongaLine. Mello as well when he's realized he's failed.
* BrilliantButLazy: Light
* ByronicHero: Light is well aware of his flaws, he's a self-described {{Narcissist}} with a slight problem with [[{{Pride}} hubris]].
* CameraSpoofing: The "splice and dice." [[spoiler: Light created a device that will make the cameras just play a five minute loop of him sleeping in order to escape from L.]]
* CatapultNightmare:
-->'''Light:''' '''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny L'S TRYING TO KILL ME WITH DIABETES!]]'''
* ChaseScene
* ChickMagnet: Light, much to his dismay seeing as he has no interest.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Takada and Misa for Light.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Sayu:
-->'''Sayu:''' Hehe I just don't understand why we're in this old abandon warehouse. I mean when we showed up here, my first thought was that you were going to show me all your murder victims. And then when I screamed you were going to 'add me to your collection'.
-->''(DramaticEllipsis)''
-->'''Light:''' What the hell, Sayu?
-->'''Sayu:''' Hey! It was only a little less likely!
-->'''Light:''' Less likely then what?
-->'''Sayu:''' You being gay.
-->'''Light:''' I shouldn't have asked.
-->'''Sayu:''' Hey it's possible.
-->'''Light:''' So you think I'm a gay murderer?
-->'''Sayu:''' [[LampshadeHanging A gay mass murderer, yes. Now all we need is a sexy gay detective, and I have a yaoi manga!]] Quick! Go kiss Matsuda!
-->'''Light:''' [[ThisIsWrongOnSoManyLevels That is beyond wrong on way too many levels!]]
* ContinuityNod: To ''LightNovel/AnotherNote''
* CosmicPlaything: Light
* CrazyJealousGuy: L for Light.
* DeadpanSnarker: Light
* TheDitz: Sayu
--> '''Sayu''': I guess. Why do we have to take a train or walk everywhere? You're way old enough to drive.
--> '''Light''': It would take longer to drive than it does to walk. Have you ever seen rush hour?
--> '''Sayu''': The movie?
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Because of L [[ANaziByAnyOtherName an entire group of people are Disappeared.]] Light suspects that L is trying to eliminate the competition.
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Light's family [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent wish he was smarter.]] Light wonders if they WANT him to be taken.
* DrivenToSuicide: Many of the Returned.
-->'''L:''' The mirror had to be removed after the last tester, remember?
-->'''Watari:''' Oh, that's right. I don't know how I managed to forget that.
-->'''L:''' That one was particularly awful, wasn't it? I never thought anyone would surpass A in imaginative suicides.
* DysfunctionJunction: When searching for a successor, L realizes that all the orphans come to him damaged and therefore it would be [[KickTheDog more pragmatic to kidnap genius kids from stable families.]]
* {{Dystopia}}: Genius children disappear all the time now and no one thinks anything of it.
* EducationMama: Sachiko is very disappointed with Light's [[FMinusMinus report card.]]
* EternalRecurrence: There's the implication that the original plot of ''Manga/DeathNote'' happened to all of them in a past life. [[LaserGuidedKarma Light wonders what he has done to deserve this.]]
* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Morally Grey Anti-Heroes Have Standards]]: Watari frequently kidnaps children for L but he has clear lines he won't cross and he objects to L's obsessive stalking of Light.
* EverybodyHatesMathematics: Sayu "math is sooooo haarrrrd"
* FateWorseThanDeath: Some of the Returned...
* FirstPersonSmartass: Light
* ForYourOwnGood: Light's MeddlingParents get him into a lot of trouble. This is also L's justification in hunting down Light.
* GhostMemory: Light. There's the implication that [[EternalRecurrence all the events of Death Note canon happened before]] and that Light subconsciously remembers his past life and so he has an implicit fear and distrust of L that goes beyond even his moral objections of L's mass kidnapping of children and he has a "HaveWeMet" reaction to several characters. Also when forced to make up an alias on the spot he blurts out:
-->'''Light:''' I'm... Asahi Kira.
-->'''Misa:''' Kira? Like 'killer' in English?
* GuiltComplex:
-->'''Light:''' Stupid conscience. [[{{Irony}} I wish I could just give it up with a few magic words and live the rest of my life with no problems.]]
* HeroWithAnFInGood: L.
* HomemadeInventions: Light creates a [[spoiler: CameraSpoofing device that plays an endless five minute loop so that he can escape from L.]]
* InfractionDistraction: When L puts cameras in his house Light attempts to look normal by reading porn.
-->'''Light''' (thinking): Slut, ''(page turn)'' slut, ''(page turn)'' slut, ''(page turn)'' not even 18, ''(page turn)'' slut, ''(page turn)'' whore, ''(page turn)'' gross, ''(page turn)'' eww, just eww. This just sucks.
* InstantSedation: Watari's primary mode of kidnapping genius kids.
* {{Irony}}: Light wants to be a detective... he just doesn't want to have anything to do with L.
* JustOneLittleMistake: When his father calls him a failure, Light can't help but take it personally and [[IWillShowYouX resolves to show him]] and goes on to ace the Touhou entrance exams-which unfortunately undoes his carefully constructed "Stupid" persona and puts L on his trail.
* KickTheDog: L's search for a successor destroys many lives. [[TautologicalTemplar L himself doesn't even seem to realize how horrific that is.]]
* LoveableRogue: Light
* MacGyvering: Light modifies a cheap laptop to work better with pieces ripped out of L's refrigerator.
* MeddlingParents: Light's parents. Also Watari objects when L's obsession becomes obvious.
* MindRape: This seems to be the effect of L's training program. If they aren't instantly rejected, and if they [[DrivenToSuicide don't kill themselves]], they are returned to their parents as [[EmptyShell Empty Shells]].
* MindScrew: Ryuk's warning to Light.
* MirrorUniverse: In this universe Light is a genuinely NiceGuy who has spent all his life pretending to be ''imperfect'' and it's ''L'' that [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope jumps off the slippery slope.]]
* NeatFreak:
-->'''Light''' ''(to the mud on his clothes)'': I think we should see other people. This relationship isn't going to work out. I mean, I should be with a shower right now, and you down the drain; maybe with a nice dead goldfish to hang with...
* NiceJobBreakingItRivals [=/=] NiceJobFixingItVillain: A little bit of both. [[spoiler: Mello and Matt get into a fight that results in them accidentally destroying all of L's data on Light. When L finds out he uses it as the excuse he needs to justify his continued pursuit of Light to Watari.]]
* TheNicknamer: Matt nicknames Light "PB" (for [[{{Bishonen}} Pretty Boy]], not Peanut Butter)
* NightmareSequence: After Light outs himself as a genius he has a nightmare where he's rejected by his family and kidnapped by L. [[PsychicDreamsForEveryone The latter soon becomes a reality.]]
* NoEscapeButDown: When Light attempts a BalconyEscape from the hotel where L and Watari are detaining him and falls. Luckily there is SoftWater swimming pool below [[SuperDrowningSkills to break his fall.]]
* NobleFugitive: Light. [[spoiler: Takada and Misa help him hide from L.]]
* NotGoodWithRejection: L. He can't even fathom why someone WOULDN'T want to be his successor.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: When it becomes impossible for Light to deny that he's a genius he tries to get out of L's program by deliberately failing the psych exam by pretending to be a [[AxeCrazy homocidal maniac]] [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall who believes all criminals should die.]] [[SpringtimeForHitler Unfortunately he failed too well and L knew he was faking.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Light, for years. He has it down to an art:
-->'''Light:''' One does not just randomly select a question or 2 and try to get them wrong. No. Nor do you do it to every 4th question or some other such ridiculous, predictable pattern like that. [[TheChessMaster The key lies in, like all things, strategy.]] You need to choose ahead of time a subject or 2 your awful at, a few your neutral, and 1 your good at. Then whenever you get homework, consistently get the same basic principals wrong, and get it wrong on the test as well. Also, you have to make a show of not paying attention in class, or else suspicions will be raised, and you'll be given a special "learning disability," and assigned a tutor pronto.
* PeggySue: There's the implication that it's a do-over without the players having conscious knowledge that it's a do-over. There is no Death Note in this universe and the Shinigami appear to Light once as human goth kids to deliver [[CrypticConversation a cryptic warning.]] Light subconsciously remembers his past life-he has an implicit fear and distrust of L that goes beyond even his moral objections of L's mass kidnapping of children, he once refers to himself as "Kira", and he has a "HaveWeMet" reaction to several characters. As for L, he lives in fear of his own mortality and is ''obsessed'' with finding the right successor.
* PerkyGoth: Ryuk and Rem.
* PlayfulHacker: Light, Ryuk, and Matt.
* PopularIsDumb: an InvokedTrope of Light's "Stupid" persona- he pretends to be a dumb, BrainlessBeauty, [[JerkJock jock]] type.
* {{Pride}}: Light realizes it's his FatalFlaw when he outs himself by acing the Touhou entrance exams [[WellDoneSonGuy just to prove to his father he's not a failure.]]
* ProperlyParanoid: Light, but his family doesn't seem to realize it until after he's kidnapped.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Watari. He puts his foot down with L's continued stalking of a boy who wants nothing to do with the Program.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Light refuses to be L's successor. Too bad L doesn't take "no" for an answer.
* ScareEmStraight: or rather Scare 'em Stupid [[ShoutOut The first books Light read that had any substance to them were]] ''[[EvilGeniusTrilogy Evil Genius]]'', ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'', ''{{Matilda}}'', ''EndersGame'', and ''[[{{Literature/BattleRoyale}} Battle Royale]]''. It had quite an impact on him as a kid. In each of those books all the characters' problems came from people knowing they were genii so Light decided it was safer to play dumb... and luckily he already had his mask in place by the time L began stealing children in the middle of the night.
* SecondPlaceIsForWinners: Light has deliberately tried to look BookDumb and scored average all his life. [[SpringtimeForHitler So when Light aces every subject in the Touhou entrance exam L realizes just how smart Light must be to keep up that act for so long and is determined to make him his successor.]]
* ShoutOut: see Light's reading list. Also to ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' and ''SuperMarioBros''. Also Light sets up a false trail for his pursuers that leads [[{{Fargo}} through Minnesota to Fargo, North Dakota.]]
* SlashFic: Currently pre-slash but it's set up to be one eventually with the usual fandom pairings of L x Light and Mello x Matt.
* TheSnackIsMoreInteresting: L when Watari is telling him of yet another potential candidate for the program... until [[SpitTake L realizes the implications of what Watari just said.]]
* SneezeCut:
-->'''L:''' Wherever it is that you, my true successor, are hiding, enjoy your last few days of normalcy. L's life is a hard one. One you're going to start soon. No matter who or where you are. I'll find you. And when I do, you're not getting away from me. I am justice, and justice will always prevail.
-->''Somewhere in the world, a certain Light Yagami sneezed.''
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: The Taken and The Returned. L's kidnapping of children is such a persistant phenomenon that there are ''Support Groups'' for The Returned.
* StalkerWithoutACrush: L, initially, with Light...
-->'''Watari:''' Light Yagami, I feel bad for you.
-->'''L:''' Why for him?
-->'''Watari:''' He's your obsession. That poor kid is doomed.
-->'''L:''' No, he will be my successor. He is not doomed.
* StalkerWithACrush: L begins having ''[[FreudWasRight interesting]]'' [[FoeYay dreams about Light as his obsession continues to grow.]]
* SueDonym: Many of Light's aliases are variations on his own name. When he has to quickly think up a new one he comes up with... [[GhostMemory "Kira Asahi."]]
* SuperIntelligence: Light and L. {{Lampshaded}} by Takada.
* SuperOCD: Light
* TabloidMelodrama: the paparazzi stalks Misa [[spoiler: and this is how Team L gets back on Light's trail.]]
* TautologicalTemplar: L kidnaps children in his search for a successor. He gets away with it because he is L, [[ForGreatJustice he is Justice.]]
* TeenDrama: The story's initial focus is on school and social cliques and how Light has fooled everyone into thinking he's an idiot.
* TheydCutYouUp: One of the popular theories of what's happening to the genius kids that go missing.
* TooCleverByHalf: Light
* TrainingFromHell: L's program. Most who enter it crack under preassure. Some are returned to their parents as [[EmptyShell Empty Shells]] and others are DrivenToSuicide.
* TransparentCloset: Light. "The day a man like that retires is the day I come out of the closet... [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Wait, it's not that I'm in the closet, I just meant…it's impossible ok! Never gonna happen.]]"
* {{Unperson}}: L kidnaps genius children from around the world in his search for a successor. Most disappear forever. Some are eventually returned to their parents [[EmptyShell damaged]] or are DrivenToSuicide.
* WeCanRuleTogether: L wants to make Light his successor. Light wants nothing to do with L.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Souichiro sees his son as a failure until he aces the Touhou entrance exam and proves that he didn't cheat.
* WildGooseChase: Light sets up a fake trail that has Mello looking all over for him through Fargo, North Dakota.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: L's mindset—either do as L says or you’re an enemy of Justice.
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: Light's parents say this to Light, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor not knowing that he is...]]
* WordAssociationTest: Part of L and Watari's [[HollywoodPsych Psych exam]].
* WorthyOpponent: Light to L. "We must track him down. He is the first person since [[ContinuityNod B to escape from my program, and I do believe he is much more stable than B was.]]"
* YaoiFanGirl: Sayu
* YoureNotMyType: Takada says this to Light when he's playing dumb (despite the fact he isn't interested). Later when Takada finds out how smart Light really is she starts throwing herself at him.

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