''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5590180/1/Story_Of_The_Century Story of the Century]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1085320/WhiteLadyDragon WhiteLadyDragon]] (troper whiteladydragon00) is a ''Manga/DeathNote'' [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] in which [[OriginalCharacter an amateur journalist's]] search for a good story leads her stumbling in the middle of the Kira case when she sees things she shouldn't have, starting with a strange photo and an even stranger young man. The author also has a series of oneshots based on this story, most of them "slice-of-life" gen fics on the perspectives of various characters in the story.

Now has an ongoing sequel, ''Fanfic/AndTheStoryContinues''.

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!!Tropes:

* AdaptationalHeroism: Zigzagged for L. [[spoiler:He ends up giving his own life to save the entire task force, but Erin calls him out on this because she thinks that he only did this as he was too stubborn to give up on exposing Light as Kira, when if he truly gave a damn about saving anyone he would have simply taken and destroyed the notebooks, thus freeing Light and Misa from their influence. He doesn't deny it.]]
** AdaptationalVillainy: [[spoiler:Light and Misa. They try to wipe out everyone on the task force as soon as they can. Arguably this may be justified as this came about after Erin learned their secret and ratted them out to L almost immediately. Although it's not clear how aware they were, if they were aware at all, that she had been standing there listening to them talk about their plans.]]
* {{Adorkable}}: Erin, L, Matsuda, Misa.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: [[spoiler: Played straight with [[MadLove Light and Misa]], [[UndyingLoyalty Rem]] [[LoveMartyr and Misa,]] and at one point speculated by Erin to be the case for [[{{Fanboy}} Matsuda]] and [[SingleTargetSexuality Misa]]; subverted with [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther L and Erin.]]]]
* AllLovingHero: Erin develops shades of this, although she may be more of a LoveFreak instead. At the very least, it doesn't seem she is really capable of hating anyone or bearing long grudges regardless of what she says. [[spoiler:Even when the truth about Light and Misa becomes known, she still feels mercy towards them, [[TakeAThirdOption believing that just destroying the notebooks without proving their guilt to everyone else would solve everything.]] It's not clear whether this would have worked; either way it fails, thanks to L.]]
** [[spoiler:Afterwards, she totally snaps and goes into [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech an almost page-long tirade about why L utterly fails as a detective and as a human being.]] [[WhatTheHellHero Although she does bring up some arguably good points]] (as L acknowledges when she finishes), she [[PartingWordsRegret regrets this later and vows never to waste her last words to anyone in anger again.]]]]
* AlternateContinuity
** AlternateUniverseFic
*** PatchworkFic: Though an OriginalCharacter is added to the cast, the story is mostly faithful to the original manga/anime, though it also contains some elements from the live-action movies, [[spoiler:particularly the ending. L's successors aren't even mentioned due to the direction the story takes. At least, until the sequel.]]
* AnAesop: A title someone has, such as "world's greatest detective," is ultimately just that, a title. And sometimes titles can be dehumanizing.
* [[spoiler: [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove Anguished]]/ [[DyingDeclarationOfLove Dying Declaration of Love]]: Played with. L isn't dying right away although his [[YourDaysAreNumbered days are now numbered]] and the declaration itself is very vague since [[CannotSpitItOut neither Erin nor L actually say it]], but [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther rather communicate it through their actions just before Erin leaves to go home...]]]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Erin''' ''(thinks):'' ''I hate you. I hate you. I love you so much.'']]
** [[spoiler:This after she [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech tears him a new one, keep in mind.]]]]
** [[spoiler: Misa plays it straighter when she gives one to Light just before he dies, and she can only watch helplessly as he does. Especially glaring is that [[UngratefulBastard Light doesn't even acknowledge her]] and [[ItsAllAboutMe seems more concerned about just having been caught and dying.]]]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Light:''' ''You betrayed me!'']]
-->[[spoiler:'''Misa:''' [[MadLove What? No! Th-that's not true! Why would Misa ever turn on you like that? Misa—I don't care what you are or what you do, Light. B-because I…I'll always love you. I always have.]]]]
* [[spoiler: AntagonistInMourning: Implied at the end when L is revealed to be [[TragicKeepsake wearing Light's broken watch.]]]]
* AntiHero: [[UnscrupulousHero L]] [[SociopathicHero of course,]] being freakish and dodgy and [[GoodIsNotNice not particularly nice to the people around him.]] If he has any qualms about the somewhat extreme things he does on the case, he doesn't show them much. As the technical BigGood to Kira's [[spoiler:(Light's)]] BigBad (which in itself gets [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] throughout the story), his reasons for pursuing Kira as stubbornly as he does are [[BloodKnight ambig]][[ForGreatJustice uous]], and it's suggested by Erin herself that [[spoiler:[[TragicHero things end as badly as they do because he couldn't let go of the opportunity to expose Light and Misa as Kira, in other words forfeit the game.]]]]
** Erin, the OC, is one [[ClassicalAntihero to a lesser degree.]] She's emotional sometimes to the point of sappiness, hot-tempered, sometimes immature, timid with self-confidence issues, has a vague idea of what she's doing at best, and is prone to crying, whinging and outbursts (and saying some pretty cutting things in the heat in the moment without realizing it), but tries to cover up her weaknesses with snark. All the same, she has her moments of astuteness and seems to care very much about the people around her. [[SympathyForTheDevil Even the bad guys.]]
* AnywhereButTheirLips: Misa kisses L's cheek when she offers him her friendship [[spoiler:[[FalseFriend (which she sadly retracts later, as does Light with his friendship)]]]], and L [[spoiler:kisses Erin's cheek in response to her TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, after she unintentionally implies that they are no longer friends.]]
** [[spoiler: Averted in this [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6732701/1/Thief oneshot]], where L does briefly kiss Erin's lips. She is asleep for the whole thing however, and afterwards he [[SacredFirstKiss expresses some regret]] [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything for having taken advantage of her in this way.]]]]
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Many of them, especially in the final chapters.
--> [[spoiler:"So what was it all for, then? What did they all die for, what did Watari die for? How the hell is this a victory L, WHERE'S THE JUSTICE YOU GUYS WERE JABBERING ABOUT?"]]
* ArmorPiercingSlap: [[spoiler:Erin gives L several of these in rapid succession at the end of her rant. Although L could easily defend himself (and if it had been Light he might have kicked him in response), he lets her do it.]]
* [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fangirl]]: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] and [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed.]]
* AudienceSurrogate: Erin, and Matsuda to a lesser extent.
* AuthorAvatar: Arguably, Erin.
* BadBoss[=/=]MeanBoss: [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged.]] From Erin's point of view, L is mostly this to the task force. She thinks that L [[InsufferableGenius likes to take advantage of the fact that the task force has to put up with him if they want to catch Kira by being the biggest asshole that he can be]] and unintentionally makes Matsuda uncomfortable when she complains about him. Some of her complaints are warranted; some of them, not so much.
-->It was a wonder why there hadn't been a coup, yet. Then again, maybe it wasn't? [[HarsherInHindsight L looked like the only guy here crooked enough to pull something like that.]]
** [[spoiler:BenevolentBoss: L ends up making a HeroicSacrifice to save them all from [[BitchInSheepsClothing Light, who turns out to be far more crooked than just being capable of leading a coup.]] Not that this is recognized as such until long after L dies.]]
* BadLiar: Zigzagged with Erin. She doesn't particularly enjoy lying and isn't too good at it anyway. She's a bit in over her head to be surrounded by folks who are [[ConsummateLiar Consummate Liars]]...
** [[spoiler:However, when she suffers a breakdown in the epilogue, she manages to convince her brother that her "story" was based on a nightmare she had after the "death of two of her friends" that she'd made during her stay in Japan. But this may mostly be because the truth is too extraordinary to be believable...]]
* BeastAndBeauty: L and Erin. L is of course human, not an actual monster, and [[InsufferableGenius very intelligent]], but he's ruthless, [[NoSocialSkills strange]], [[TheStoic emotionally constipated]] and his moral code has quite a few holes in it. Erin is often very critical of him but sticks with him, anyway. [[spoiler:[[ShooTheDog At least until the end...]]]]
** [[spoiler: Rem and Misa can be seen as having a [[LesYay same-sex]] and more villainous version of this dynamic, though it's more in the [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8070183/1/Will background.]] Lampshaded by Erin; this train of thought is what helps her to figure out [[ManipulativeBastard Light's ultimate plan.]]]]
--> [[spoiler:Whoa. "Death God Gaga For Pretty Human Girl." The stuff of fairy tales and corny monster movies!]]
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Many of the companion 'shots suggest that L becomes more tolerant and even affectionate towards Erin because in spite of their shaky relationship she's genuine when it comes to showing him kindness and caring, something he could never expect from his "first friend" Light [[BirdsOfAFeather no matter how well they're matched intellectually or morally.]] In fact in the main story he tells her that he still thinks she's "a nuisance" but that she's also "a good person."
* BeneathTheMask: [[HurtingHero L]], [[spoiler:[[StepfordSmiler Light and Misa.]]]] L's [[LampshadedTrope Lampshading]]/ {{Foreshadowing}} of this trope may or may not have been intentional.
-->'''L''': [[BeneathTheMask You should never assume that you 'know' people. They can always catch you unawares, no matter how much time you spend with them.]]
* BewareTheHonestOnes
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BewareTheSillyOnes
* BigApplesauce: Erin is from New York and mentions it often. However, Japan is the setting for this story.
* BigGood: L retains his canonical status as the Big Good to Kira's [[spoiler:(Light's)]] BigBad, but this time it gets [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]].
* [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding: The ending could be looked at as this, or as a...]]
** [[spoiler: DownerEnding]]
* BookEnds: In Erin's first long conversation with L he's eating cake. [[spoiler: He's eating cake again during their last one.]]
* BreakTheCutie
* BreakTheHaughty
* BrokenAce: [[spoiler:L and Light.]]
* BrokenBird: [[spoiler:Misa. Subverted/ averted with Erin, [[HeroicBSOD who does have a breakdown]] [[BreakTheCutie in the aftermath of the case]] and starts seeing a psychiatrist, but after taking the time to ponder everything, decides that she wants to make peace with what has happened, and even reach out to other people so they don't end up becoming Broken Birds themselves, [[SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers believing that this is a major reason people become criminals in the first place.]] It helps that in spite of her anger towards him, she is taking to heart L's words of advice from the last time they'd ever see of each other. No word yet on how the task force copes, but the bit in the end with Matsuda seems hopeful...]]
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:With Light in the eyes of the other characters. It's implied that by the end of the story the task force have lost a lot of respect for L, too.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Erin''': Forget trust and respect, I don't know how they even ''stand'' you after what you've done to them.]]
** [[spoiler:Though as time goes on [[RedemptionEqualsDeath after]] [[DeathEqualsRedemption his]] [[HeroicSacrifice death]], Erin personally starts to see him as somewhere between this and a WartsAndAll kind of guy.]]
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Usually subverted, or at least zigzagged. Erin is not the most patient of people and most of the time she is a {{Tsundere}} [[BelligerentSexualTension towards]] [[VitriolicBestBuds L,]] and L is a (seemingly) unrepentant AntiHero who says next to nothing about his problems (Erin does a lot of speculation on her part based on what little is given), but in a few peaceful moments their dynamic dips into this; L seems to act slightly more "human" since they start hanging out and Erin does learn a few life lessons through their relationship. There could also be deconstruction going on too; unfortunately there's only so much "brooding" from him that Erin can take before she [[BerserkButton loses her gentleness...]][[spoiler:and in the end she still can't save him.]]
* BullyingADragon: L does this to Light as in canon, for more or less the same reasons, though [[spoiler: until it comes out that Light actually IS Kira]], he is mostly looked at as just being a dick. Erin does this to L sometimes to a lesser and more benign extent, despite acknowledging (mostly indirectly) that he scares her. [[IceKing He mostly retaliates by either turning the tables on her or making her cry,]] [[SugarAndIcePersonality the latter of which seems to cause him to lapse, however slightly...then he'll act like it never happened.]] Understandably enough, this confounds her to no end.
* ButtMonkey: Erin and Matsuda. Misa is sometimes this when it comes to trying to spend time with Light.
* CannotSpitItOut: Granted, L [[WithFriendsLikeThese doesn't treat anyone particularly well no matter what their relation to him]], but while he calls Light his first-ever friend and openly accepts Misa's friendship when she offers it [[FalseFriend (which might have both been lies)]], his answer is much more ambiguous when Erin asks him whether she's his friend.
--> "So…we're cool? Are we…are we friends?"
--> "I don't oppose the idea." Not a direct yes; less direct than when Misa had offered her friendship. But, he didn't exactly say no, either, so...
* CassandraTruth
* CaughtInTheRain: In place of the rain scene between L and Light in the anime, L and Erin share a tender moment out in the rain...[[spoiler: Then [[WhatTheHellHero the cat gets out of the bag.]]]]
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In the first few chapters Erin shows some difficulty speaking and understanding Japanese and even carries around a dictionary. By the middle, she seems to understand very well what everyone is saying. Note that Matsuda offers to help her hone her skills during their time together and in a few scenes she's seen immersing herself in TV and books in order to keep her Japanese sharpened. [[FridgeBrilliance Also noteworthy is that she was having trouble making friends in the beginning and suffered from low self-confidence, but the longer she stays with the task force, the more comfortable she gets around the people (or at least as comfortable as the situation allows).]]
* CloudCuckooLander: Misa. L is looked at as a combination of this, BunnyEarsLawyer and [[JerkassWoobie Jerkass/]][[StoicWoobie Stoic Woobie]]. Erin also has her moments, and as an American is seen as a FunnyForeigner in the eyes of many Japanese people, including the task force. Her brother lampshades this when he asks her at the end of the story if [[InvertedTrope she enjoyed being the]] FunnyForeigner [[InvertedTrope for a change.]]
* CooldownHug: [[spoiler:L surprises Erin, normally the CuddleBug of the two, by giving one of these after she finishes her [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech tirade]]. The gesture leaves her at an immediate loss for words, [[PartingWordsRegret unfortunately.]]]]
* CowardlyLion: Erin and Matsuda.
* CrazyJealousGuy: L is implied to be this, especially in some of the oneshots, towards [[LikeBrotherAndSister Matsuda and his relationship with Erin,]] though he's much more passive-aggressive about it than most examples of this trope. He tends to mistreat and belittle Matsuda anyway, so no one is any wiser. Made funnier and sadder by the fact that he [[LampshadedTrope knows when he's thinking irrationally]] (he's the one who put them together in the first place when Erin needed someone to watch her), but [[WhatIsThisFeeling either doesn't really know why]] [[CannotSpitItOut or just won't admit it...]] It seems like a confluence of both for him.
** ClingyJealousGirl: Misa towards Light, naturally.
* CuttingTheKnot: A literal example: once the Death Notes are discovered, the first thing Erin wants to do is destroy them and end the killings that way. Forget about [[spoiler:proving that Light and Misa are Kira after all and screw that fake rule,]] [[SaveTheVillain let's just stop the killings altogether by destroying the murder weapons and getting their friends back!]] [[spoiler:Unfortunately, [[{{Determinator}} L]] [[KnightTemplar thinks differently]] [[BloodKnight on the matter.]]]]
** [[spoiler:It gets even sadder when [[ShootTheShaggyDog Light ends up being killed by Ryuk just after being exposed and Misa is stripped of her memories and allowed to walk free, anyway. Also, Rem, Watari and L himself end up dying.]] Ironically for this trope, at least if L had destroyed the notebooks off the bat, there might have been much less damage. Or maybe not.]]
* DarkMessiah: [[spoiler:[[AGodAmI Light]].]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Erin, L, and Light all have their moments.
** Believe it or not, Misa gets a lick in or two, herself.
-->[[spoiler:'''Erin:''' So why'd you do it, Light?...I trusted you! We ''all'' trusted you! Your own father threw himself in jail for your sake, you bastard! Y-you and Misa manipulated a shinigami who cared about her into killing an old man and a guy who called you two his first friends! ''Why?'' What did Rem ever do to you? What did any of them do to you? ''What did L ever do to you?'']]
-->[[spoiler:'''Misa:''' You're joking, right? Oh, I don't know. What did he do? Besides the bondage and torture and the lack of privacy and being an overall creep?]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Light:''' Defending a man who kidnapped you…how sad. I don't doubt he'd have disposed of you sooner, if he didn't think you'd be useful to him somehow if he kept you alive.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Erin:''' Like what ''you'' just did to your dad and teammates? What you're doing to me?]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Light''': Yes, well, banter aside, you have to understand, ''Erin,'' that I had to do it.]]
* DefrostingIceKing: L...kind of.
* [[spoiler:DespairEventHorizon: L's response to Erin's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech suggests that he has crossed this after all is said and done.]]
--> [[spoiler:"A blunt if wordy assessment," he muttered when he pulled away, but keeping close enough for our foreheads to touch. "But then…that's one of the things I've always liked about you. I sentenced Kira to death and solved the case, just like I said I would do in the beginning. But I sacrificed many lives in the process, some of which were not meant to be sacrifices. And in the end, I still couldn't save Light. So, yes. We have indeed won nothing. We lost. I lost."]]
--> [[spoiler:I lost. Plain English, and yet I can't begin to tell you how foreign those two little words, one syllable each, sounded coming from him.]]
--> [[spoiler:"If you expect me to have something more to say for myself, I don't…except that I'm sorry."]]
** [[spoiler:A [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7774154/1/Human oneshot]] subverts this when it shows L realizing that even though it's over for him and Light the world will keep turning without them for better or worse and that's the important thing, and he privately wishes everyone the best.]]
** Another [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7890161/1/Son oneshot]] reveals that [[spoiler: Soichiro, though he dances on it, hasn't completely crossed over the DEH after what happened with Light because he still has Sachiko and Sayu to stay strong for. By this point he's confined to a wheelchair after having suffered a stroke.]]
** Subverted with Erin, [[spoiler:who dips into this after TheReveal and being betrayed by Light, Misa and L, but she grows tired of feeling helpless and begins to recover almost a year after the case.]]
** Misa crosses over this when [[spoiler:Light dies in front of her, just like her parents had.]]
** In yet another [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8070183/1/Will oneshot]] it's revealed that [[spoiler:Rem had gone outside to seek L out and had seen him and Erin argue after they came out of the rain. It's implied that she was thinking of negotiating a deal with him so that maybe she wouldn't have to die to save Misa. But she crosses the DEH instead upon seeing L tackle and knock Erin out when Erin tries to implement her own idea about saving Misa (by taking and burning the notebooks). Believing L to be no different or better than Higuchi or Light, combined with her guilt about ever giving Misa a Death Note, Rem goes through with her sacrifice and uses her last moments of existence to destroy her notebook so Light can't get at it.]]
* {{Determinator}}: L, Soichiro, [[spoiler:Light and Misa.]] It's one of the things about him that Erin admires as well as abhors. [[spoiler:[[FatalFlaw A major contributor]] to the story's tragic outcome...]]
* [[spoiler:DidNotGetTheGirl: L doesn't get Erin, and Misa loses Light. Then again, it's doubtful that Misa ever had Light to begin with.]]
* DontYouDarePityMe: One interpretation of L's motives behind [[spoiler:wanting to die alone after the case closes, if his callous response to Erin's crying is anything to go by.]]
* [[spoiler:DyingAlone: What ends up happening to L, by choice. Arguably this happens to Light too, at least in spirit, since he's [[DiedInYourArmsTonight lying in his father's arms]] and surrounded by the task force when he does die but with the exception of Misa they've all turned on him by then.]]
* [[spoiler:DyingAsYourself: Tragically averted for Light, probably.]]
* DysfunctionJunction
* EmpathicEnvironment: [[spoiler:Played straight and then subverted. From the time between when Erin walks in on Light and Misa and the final confrontation, it storms for several days. When Light dies, the storm begins to die down and starting the very next day it's clear and sunny out.]]
--> [[spoiler:It felt like the world had no idea of the tragedy that'd just occurred. Or if it did, it'd shrugged it off. The world is funny like that.]]
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: When Misa and Erin officially get acquainted, Misa mentions briefly that she's trying to learn French because "it appeals to (Light's) more intellectual side," and tries to speak a line in French: ''Light est la seule pour moi'' ("Light is the only one for me"). She should have said "le seul;" otherwise it sounds like she's talking to a girl. Also noteworthy is that this is never mentioned again. Misa probably got frustrated with trying to learn the language and gave up on it. Still, there are plenty other things she is good at...
* EvilCounterpart/ GoodCounterpart: L is initially treated as the JerkAss Counterpart, if not all-out Evil Counterpart, to Light. [[spoiler: Turns out it's the other way around, [[BlackAndGreyMorality more or less.]]]]
** Erin could be seen as a GoodCounterpart [[spoiler:to Misa.]] WordOfGod even [[{{Foil}} calls her relationship with L "an inversion of Light/Misa."]]
* ExactEavesdropping: How Matsuda finds out about Yotsuba Group's affiliation with Kira. Erin is prone to this and for a while it's almost treated as a RunningGag. [[spoiler:Then she just happens to walk in on Misa and Light while they're discussing their EvilPlan, or at least the fact that they have one. She and L figure out the missing pieces later.]]
* ExactWords: L's response to Erin's [[WhatTheHellHero calling him out for wanting to test the notebook.]]
-->'''Erin:''' How the hell long were you out there in the rain? Is your brain waterlogged? NO! Y-you can't do that! You don't need to! You said you wouldn't do that, you said you weren't gonna test the goddamn notebook!
-->'''L:''' I never promised anything like that.
-->'''Erin:''' You told me no more names would be written in the notebook!
-->'''L:''' I distinctly said that ''Kira'' would write no more names in the notebook.
* {{Expy}}: Erin bears some resemblance to Holden Caulfield from ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye''; she's a writer like he is and even has some of his [[VerbalTic verbal tics]]. And she has a hat that she's particularly fond of. However, she is more self-aware, friendlier and much more optimistic than he is. She also bears some resemblance to Scout from ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'' and Nick from ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'', as she's the FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator to AntiHero protagonist L.
** L has been compared to Batman, Watari to Alfred, [[spoiler:Misa to Harley Quinn and Light to the Joker, the latter comparisons after their secret is revealed.]] In fact, when Erin first learns that "Ryuga" is actually L, she admits that she'd [[ExpectingSomeoneTaller imagined L]] [[FountainOfExpies to be a mashup of different badass characters.]]
--> Up until that point, I was no different from the rest of the world: I'd never seen L's face. But that didn't mean I hadn't painted a picture of what he might've looked like. The L in my head was a tall, shadowy, seasoned guy in a suit and hat, middle-aged, with brooding looks and muscle and a slight stubble. Sort of a [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes Sherlock Holmes™]]/ [[{{Franchise/Batman}} Batman™]]/ [[Franchise/JamesBond James Bond™]] hybrid-thing going on, with a touch of Series/{{House}}™. Sometimes he'd have scars on his face (the mark of a true man), and [[{{ComicBook/Hellblazer}} sometimes he'd have a cigarette and gin, because all badass detectives smoked and drank, or had some other vice.]] Oh, and a gun. No crime-fighter should go without a gun; two, if their job was especially perilous.
--> The L I had right in front of me, though…no, it just wouldn't register. It registered about as well as a three-dollar bill at a foreign bank. What I had here was a young kid, not much older than I was (then again, I started to doubt even that). A scrawny attic-dwelling type, on top of it, or an escapee from an institution somewhere, who sucked his thumb and nibbled on his nails and went barefoot and sat funny and wore the same grungy clothes every day—
--> …and was currently savoring a butterscotch Dum-Dum, an outlandish substitute for a cigarette.
--> [[ExpectingSomeoneTaller L was not supposed to be someone I felt more inclined to throw peanuts at than trust with a dangerous case like the one at large. What he had just done was the equivalent of a little person coming up to me saying that he was the world's number-one basketball player.]]
** Then here's her theory on his [[MysteriousPast mysterious]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast dark and troubled past]]:
--> Psh, maybe he means that he has no human relatives? For all you know, [[Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand Mars]] [[{{Franchise/Superman}} was having a crisis that forced his birth parents to blast him into outer space, and then his vessel just happened to crash to Earth.]] In the woods. [[{{Franchise/Tarzan}} Where he was raised by apes until]] he was captured [[ComicBook/VForVendetta by seedy scientists who used him as a test subject for their twisted experiments.]] [[Film/SilenceOfTheLambs Before he ran away and wild until getting thrown into a max-security prison for psycho criminals, where his "gifts" for detecting were discovered, so the police started secretly giving him cases to solve]] [[ComicallySmallBribe in exchange for cakes and cookies—]]
--> As farfetched as this backstory sounded—and as much as it ripped off from other backstories—it also helped to explain so, so many things.
** Later she insults him by comparing him to [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget Inspector Gadget]], "but at least he was fun and nice and not an asshole."
* FailOSuckyName: Erin ''Blogger?'' Even more fail is the alias L gives her, "Elin Crocker."
** AwesomeMcCoolName: Light Yagami, [[spoiler:L Lawliet and [[WeNamedTheMonkeyJack the cat which is named after him.]]]]
* {{Fainting}}: Erin's reaction when "Ryuga" reveals himself to be L, and later [[spoiler:when she meets Rem (for the second time, but she doesn't figure that out until later on).]]
* [[spoiler:FalseFriend]]
* FandomSpecificPlot: Since the story is told from Erin's perspective and she is not introduced into the case until Misa's arrest, the story starts just before the Yotsuba arc, though canon events before that are referred to by other characters besides Erin.
* [[spoiler:TheFarmerAndTheViper]]
* FedoraOfAsskicking: Played with. Erin wears an old Fedora because it helps her feel lucky, but she isn't a naturally badass character like say, L or Light or Misa or Matsuda or Soichiro or Wedy. Though she does get a few awesome moments with or without it.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Played with. In their first meeting, L chases Erin down "because she littered" (she threw her picture on the ground in frustration because [[spoiler:no one else could see the monster in it, who would turn out to be Rem]]). But knowing L it's more likely he followed her to the café for a different reason...
* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: Erin.
* FixFic: [[spoiler:Subverted. It initially looks like it by Chapter 23 but the ending is arguably worse than the original canon ending, especially if you're a fan of Light, L, Rem or Watari. L technically "wins" the game, but [[MoralEventHorizon it's certainly not treated]] [[PyrrhicVictory like a victory.]] [[SparedByTheAdaptation Wedy, Aiber and Soichiro]] [[ActionSurvivor and the rest of the task force]] are spared however, though whether [[BreakTheCutie this is a good thing for Soichiro]] is a matter of debate. Misa's fate is left ambiguous, although it's established that since L destroyed the notebooks after Light's death, Misa can't be prosecuted for her crimes, so she'll walk. However, it's implied that she may not have much longer to live, and finding herself all alone, she can't be in the best shape emotionally...]]
** [[spoiler: In a supplementary [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8070183/1/Will oneshot,]] Misa is revealed to be in the psych ward, having just attempted suicide. She doesn't remember anything, but she somehow knows that she's guilty and feels abandoned. She is contemplating suicide again when she gets a surprise visit from her estranged sister that was mentioned once in the manga. Again it is left ambiguous whether Misa will be able to pull herself together...]]
* ForWantOfANail: Although an OriginalCharacter is inserted into the cast the story initially goes almost as exactly as it does in canon. [[spoiler:That is, until the scene where Misa comes back to tell Light that she's retrieved the notebook...]]
* ForegoneConclusion: Meta-example: fans of the manga series know off the bat that [[spoiler:Light and Misa are Kira and the Second Kira]]; it simply becomes a matter of when and how [[spoiler:they are found out]].
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: L gets this treatment a lot; Erin thinks that the only reason everyone hasn't jumped ship (at least not permanently) is because [[BunnyEarsLawyer L's the only person that can help catch Kira.]] It's been implied a few times, especially in the oneshots, that L is fully aware of this, but continues to enforce the animosity anyway.
* GenreBlind: Erin, which is odd for someone who supposedly likes watching movies.
* GetOut: Erin's response to finding L inexplicably curled up next to her while she's trying to sleep off the flu, and Light's standing helplessly next to him. He shakes it off like it's nothing.
** He doesn't actually say the words, but [[spoiler: L uses a variant of this trope later for [[ShooTheDog his ploy to force Erin to leave in the aftermath of the case.]] [[TookALevelInJerkass He gets colder the more she tries to argue with him about it until he makes her snap.]]]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Erin''': I said no! Read my lips: I. Am. Not...''I'm not leaving you, goddamn it!'']]
-->[[spoiler:'''L''': Hm. Yes, you are. [[ItsAllAboutMe The conditions I wrote in the Death Note were for me to die peacefully.]] [[KickTheDog With you as company, my death will be anything but peaceful.(...) Will you please stop crying? All you'll get is another headache for both of us. With the sheer volume of liquid you shed from your eyes, it's no wonder you keep losing your contacts. You know tears won't sway me; I only find them pathetic and irritating. I always have.]] [[JerkassFacade There is]] [[DontYouDarePityMe nothing worth crying about.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Then when she finishes [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech tearing his head off]], L takes [[SugarAndIcePersonality a more]] [[WhenHeSmiles tender approach,]] [[BreakTheHaughty basically agreeing with everything she just said but in much fewer words.]] Erin is so taken by surprise by his response that she is rendered speechless and doesn't put up a fight when the task force show up to take her home.]]
* GoingForTheBigScoop: A deconstruction: this story shows what happens when an inexperienced college student tries to do this; [[spoiler: she's lucky enough to survive the whole ordeal]]. Possibly an inversion as Erin was looking for much more minor material for a good story and is suddenly dragged into the Kira case when she sees Misa being arrested while trying to ask her for an interview and L believes that [[HeKnowsTooMuch She Knows Too Much]].
* GoodIsNotNice: L, definitely.
** GoodIsNotSoft: Played straight with the task force, zigzagged with Erin due to her SympathyForTheDevil tendencies that don't leave her even after the case closes.
* GrayAndGrayMorality: Depending on how much one sympathizes with each character, the story can be looked at as a case of this, or BlackAndGrayMorality.
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: Erin goes to Japan looking for adventure and most importantly a good story. [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor She gets her wish,]] [[spoiler: but returns home [[BreakTheCutie traumatized]] and with nothing to show for it. Meanwhile the task force has decided to keep Kira's death and the existence of the Death Note under wraps. She manages to say ''something'' about it to two people, her psychiatrist and her brother (albeit unintentionally for the latter, as he finds her private notebook sometime after the story proper). However, she only tells her psychiatrist half-truths and bits and pieces that would be believed and only because she was forced to see someone after suffering a breakdown, and her brother doesn't take anything in the notebook seriously. She destroys the thing later before anyone else can get their hands on it.]]
* HatesBeingTouched: Downplayed and never outright stated, but L acts like this at first. He seems to inch out of it over the course of the story, at least where Erin is concerned.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: L, [[spoiler:Light and Misa.]] Lampshaded by Erin, especially towards the end.
* HeartbreakAndIceCream: L has a penchant for eating more sweets than usual when he's depressed, cake in particular; it's just about [[TheStoic the only clue he provides when he does feel sad,]] but since he's a BigEater with a GeniusSweetTooth regardless of his mood, no one can tell the difference either way. It's made especially clear in his final scene:
-->[[spoiler:[[TearJerker Last I'd ever see of him he was squatted back in his chair, shrunken and huddled over his cake and his back to us. I saw him add an extra large slice to his plate.]]]]
* HeelRealization: L's response to Erin's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech suggests that he undergoes this after all is said and done.
** [[spoiler: Erin wonders whether Light's last words were this or just [[IDidWhatIHadToDo a reaffirmation of his intentions.]] It's debatable whether Misa also undergoes this.]]
* [[spoiler: TheHeroDies: And this time, he [[TakingYouWithMe directly takes the villain with him.]] Though not exactly in the way he'd expected...]]
* HeroWithBadPublicity: L. Not that he does much to help that.
** VillainWithGoodPublicity: [[spoiler:Light and Misa. Light is a straight-A student and son of the Chief of the NPA with great prospects and impeccable manners, and Misa is an up and coming model and idol. Thanks to this and their MemoryGambit they manage to fool everyone (besides L) about their innocence. That is, until Erin walks in on them at the worst possible time...]]
* [[spoiler: HeroicBSOD: Though L does his best to hide it at the end of the story, he undergoes this after losing Light and Watari and the respect and trust of the task force, in the [[HeroicSacrifice aftermath of his somewhat selfish, somewhat heroic sacrifice.]] He [[ShooTheDog forces Erin to leave him]] so that he can [[DyingAlone die alone]], and lets her [[WhatTheHellHero chew his head off]] and doesn't even [[IDidWhatIHadToDo try to defend his actions like he had before.]]]]
** [[spoiler: Soichiro and the rest of the task force have this as well as Light, freshly outed as Kira, dies in Soichiro's arms unwilling to repent. And Erin, of course, suffers from this when all is said and done.]]
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: Of sorts. Though initially [[StupidSacrifice it's not]] [[MoralEventHorizon received as one.]]]]
** [[spoiler:HeroicSuicide]]
** [[spoiler:Rem also pulls this off for Misa's sake.]]
* {{Het}}: [[BelligerentSexualTension L/Erin]], [[UnholyMatrimony Light/Misa]]. One of the few ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfics that has no [[SlashFic slash]] in it... unless you count the background [[spoiler:[[BeastAndBeauty Rem/Misa]]]]. Next to nothing comes out of any of it, though ShipTease abounds.
* HiddenDepths
* HotBlooded: Erin. Made even funnier when put next to [[TheStoic L]], though they don't exactly share the RedOniBlueOni dynamic that [[NotSoDifferent L and Light do,]] being vastly different from each other in many other aspects. Lampshaded by Erin herself quite often; sometimes she makes even [[GeniusDitz Misa]] and [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Matsuda]] seem calm and collected by comparison! That is, when Matsuda's not having a nervous rookie or fanboy moment and Misa's not in her PsychoSupporter/ {{Yandere}} mode.
* [[spoiler:HowDareYouDieOnMe: Erin's response to L's HeroicSacrifice, even though he [[YourDaysAreNumbered technically still has about three weeks to go]] [[ShooTheDog when she leaves him.]] L's (initially) cold response to this could be translated as, "DontYouDarePityMe"]]
* HurtingHero: L is implied to be an [[AntiHero anti-heroic]] [[UnscrupulousHero variety of]] this, especially in the supplementary material. It's hinted that he feels regret over [[spoiler:the deaths of Ukita and the FBI agents, among other things.]] This combined with TheChainsOfCommanding attached to his role as the BigGood (which lends itself to deconstruction throughout the story), his "HeWhoFightsMonsters" and {{Determinator}} tendencies in spite of it eventually set him up to become a [[spoiler:TragicHero.]]
* IGaveMyWord: L promises in the beginning to catch Kira in time and then let Erin go home. [[spoiler:In the aftermath, he cites this as his reason for forcing her to leave even though she wants to stay with him until he dies.]]
* [[spoiler:IShouldWriteABookAboutThis]]: [[spoiler:Played with. Erin does end up writing about the case in a personal notebook to work through her issues on the whole thing, but she doesn't share it with anyone. Her brother chances across it, but he doesn't take it seriously, instead believing that it's a dream journal of sorts or a therapeutic story Erin made up to "help cope with the deaths of her friends Light and Ryuga" (the latter is probably designed to be a TakeThat towards self-insert fanfics, including towards [[TakeThatMe the author of this whole fanfic]]). After that, Erin burns the notebook before anyone else can see its contents.]]
* [[spoiler:IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy]]
** [[spoiler:[[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim Break Their Hearts To Save Them]]]]
* IdiotBall: Sometimes it seems like Erin at least gets handed this. Then again, her knowledge of what's going on is limited, given her circumstances.
** Erin accuses L of gleefully taking the ball by both hands at the end of the story. She may or may not be right about that, but strangely enough [[BreakTheHaughty he doesn't even try to argue her point this time.]]
* InsecureLoveInterest: Never outright stated (at least in the main story, but even then it's not directly acknowledged), but this is implied with L. It may be justified, due to [[AMatchMadeInStockholm the nature of his ambiguous relationship with Erin.]]
* InsufferableGenius: L. Light isn't so bad [[spoiler:until it turns out that he's Kira.]]
* IntrepidReporter: What Erin aspires to be by constantly GoingForTheBigScoop whenever she can find it. She's implied to have been a SchoolNewspaperNewsHound when she was in high school (which often got her in trouble) and tries to be one in college; it pans out rather hilariously bad for her. It doesn't help that she's HotBlooded and very inexperienced. [[FromBadToWorse Then she witnesses Misa's arrest on school grounds while trailing her in hopes of getting an interview from her and gets entangled]] [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor in]] [[BreakTheCutie the Kira case...]]
* {{Irony}}: A fair amount of it, played in turns for laughs and drama. Arguably the most [[DramaticIrony dramatic]] instance of irony is [[spoiler: when L gives Light his real name as he'd always been after... by showing it already scribbled into the Death Note by L himself so he could buy himself more time. An amused Ryuk points this out afterwards.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* KindheartedCatLover: [[spoiler:In the last chapter Erin is shown to have adopted a black shelter cat. [[WeNamedTheMonkeyJack She's named him Lawliet.]]]]
* TheLadette: Erin [[DownplayedTrope has a few shades of this]], at least [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl compared to]] [[PerkyGoth Mi]][[TheFashionista sa]]. Having an [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold older]] [[LovableJock brother]] probably has something to do with that.
** TomboyWithAGirlyStreak
* LadySwearsALot: Erin is prone to swearing a lot compared to the detectives on the case, but mostly when she's frustrated or angry or otherwise experiencing a strong emotion; the swearing is probably a means of release. Problem is, she seems to [[HotBlooded get angry or frustrated or emotional a lot, and very easily.]] [[LampshadedTrope Both Misa and L point out this unattractive habit to her.]] Even her narration is riddled with curse words.
** Then it's revealed that [[spoiler:the whole story has been written down in a notebook some time after the case ended, to help her sort through what happened.]]
* LemonyNarrator
** UnreliableNarrator: Sometimes. Erin can only give us her side of the story at any rate, and she isn't present for every single thing that happens on the case. Many of the companion fics focus on the POV of other characters to balance things out.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Erin and Matsuda.
* LivingWithTheVillain[=/=]GoKartingWithBowser: [[spoiler:Treated as Fridge tropes until the end.]]
* LonersAreFreaks: L. He has no family to speak of and had no friends at all before the case. His relationships with pretty much everyone in the story sans Watari are quite troubled. Even with Watari, L doesn't appear very close to him. [[spoiler:It does break him when Watari dies, though. He keeps a picture of him on his desk (in the picture frame Erin had made for him earlier on, no less) and reveals briefly to Erin that [[ParentalSubstitute Watari was the one who'd raised him from when he was a child.]]]]
* LoveFreak: Erin is either this or an AllLovingHero. You decide.
* LoveRedeems: [[spoiler:Maybe. A [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7774154/1/Human oneshot]] reveals that even though L isolates himself for the rest of what time he has left to live, he's using that time to solve as many cases as he can while he's still the current L, not just ones that would interest him. Then there's the reason he ended up in that position to begin with, [[ZigzaggedTrope or at least]] [[{{Determinator}} half of the reason.]]]]
** Erin adopts the belief that if she can significantly touch someone's life, then they will do the same for the next person, and the next, and the next. Maybe then the world will be a little better. It remains to be seen how right she is about this.
* LovingBully: Not of the physically violent variety [[BullyingADragon (he saves the violence for Light)]], but L does seem colder towards Erin for some reason, [[MasterOfTheMixedMessage that is when he...]][[SugarAndIcePersonality isn't being as cold.]] This confuses and torments her to no end. Lampshaded by Watari in one [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6544327/1/Heart oneshot.]]
* MadLove: Misa has this written all over her...
* ManipulativeBastard: L, definitely. [[spoiler:And Light, and [[ShipperOnDeck to an extent and from a certain point of view,]] Misa...]]
* MadeOutToBeAJerkass: Played with. [[spoiler:No one else is there to see Erin [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech verbally tear L to shreds]] and toss him out of his chair (and one wonders that if they were whether they would have agreed with her argument [[BrokenPedestal at that point]] if put off by her, ahem, intensity), but L's response to it is so kind and graceful that she [[PartingWordsRegret beats herself up over it]] afterwards.]]
* AMatchMadeInStockholm: Erin and L's relationship. It could be argued that his [[WithFriendsLikeThese "friend]][[VitriolicBestBuds ships"]] with Light and Misa are based on this, too. [[spoiler:[[FalseFriend While]] [[TheFarmerAndTheViper it]] [[ShooTheDog lasts.]]]]
* {{Meganekko}}: Erin, although she's American not Japanese, and [[TheGlassesGottaGo expresses embarrassment over wearing glasses,]] preferring to wear eye contacts, instead (despite constantly losing or stepping on them). She seems to get over this by the end of the story, though. Whatever is around to [[BlindWithoutEm help her see.]]
** It's teased by [[ShipperOnDeck Misa]] [[LampshadedTrope that L withheld her new contacts because he likes how she looks with glasses.]]
* MessianicArchetype: [[spoiler:Exploited by L when he sacrifices his life to pressure the task force into going along with his plan to expose Light as Kira. Or so Erin accuses him of doing after the fact.]]
--> [[spoiler:"All you could have done to improve your argument was bring a big fucking cross with you and nail yourself to it."]]
* AMillionIsAStatistic: Averted. It is stressed several times that the Kira case is a pointless waste of thousands of lives, not just those belonging to important characters.
* MoralityPet: Watari was probably this for L to some extent; [[spoiler:he takes it rather hard when Watari dies, though he keeps a stiff upper lip about the whole thing.]] Erin could also be considered this for him. [[KickTheMoralityPet Not that this keeps her safe]] [[ManipulativeBastard from his dirty play.]] [[spoiler:The last time he kicks her is to [[ShooTheDog get her to leave.]]]]
** As a matter of fact, the entire task force was probably this for L (not that they would have known this or had the inkling). It's suggested that he does in fact regret [[spoiler:what happened to Ukita, who is long dead before the story begins]] and [[spoiler:he gives up his own life to keep the rest of them safe.]]
** [[spoiler: Subverted with Light and his father Soichiro and the task force.]]
* MostWritersAreWriters
* [[spoiler:MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Possibly. He doesn't say it outright, but L's actions in the aftermath of Light's and Watari's deaths imply that he does in fact feel at least some guilt for what he's done. Rather than [[IDidWhatIHadToDo rationalize it]] [[WhatTheHellHero after Erin chews his head off on the matter,]] this is his response:]]
-->[[spoiler:"A blunt if hammy assessment," he muttered when he pulled away, but keeping close enough for our foreheads to touch. "But then…that's one of the things I've always liked about you. I sentenced Kira to death and solved the case, like I swore I would do in the beginning. But I wagered and sacrificed many lives in the process. Maybe I wagered too many, some of which that weren't even meant to be sacrifices. And in the end, I still couldn't save Light. So, yes. We have indeed won nothing. We lost. [[BreakTheHaughty I lost.]]"]]
-->[[spoiler:I lost. Plain English, and yet I can't begin to tell you how foreign those two little words, one syllable each, sounded coming from him.]]
-->[[spoiler:"If you expect me to have something more to say for myself, I don't…except that I'm sorry."]]
** [[spoiler:Contrast this with [[KnightTemplar Light,]] who insists even on his dying breath as he [[DiedInYourArmsTonight lies in his father's arms]] that becoming Kira was the best thing he ever could've done. Erin wonders if he really did believe that, or if he was just trying to deny his own feelings of guilt.]]
* NaiveEverygirl: Erin is a downplayed version of this trope. She likes to sound and act worldly, but she is really fairly innocent and insecure. She becomes more contemplative and insightful as the story goes on, and [[BreakTheCutie her sense of maturity at the end of it all is heartbreaking]], though she always has her heart in the right place and the ordeal hasn't made her lose total faith in people.
* NaiveNewcomer: Again, Erin.
* [[spoiler: NeverGotToSayGoodbye: Initially subverted by L when he tells Erin good-bye just before the task force takes her away. Double-subverted when she doesn't respond in kind, having exhausted her capacity for words at that moment in a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, followed by the shock of having L taking it better than expected and acting the most tenderly that had been seen of him up until that point. [[PartingWordsRegret She regrets it very much,]] especially since her last words to him were literally a huge ClusterFBomb. She even asks Matsuda to go back to check on L just before she boards the plane, not wanting to be the last person who ever saw him alive after that. Before this, it's played straight with L and Watari, Soichiro and Light, Light and Misa, Misa and Rem, and Erin to Watari, Light and Misa, although Misa is still technically alive.]]
* NeverHurtAnInnocent: L mentions that he doesn't hit those who can't or won't hit back, if only because he finds it "rather pointless." At least he wouldn't physically hurt an innocent...
** While he's still a jerk to Erin and the task force, it should be noted that he gives Erin a bit more freedom than he does Light or Misa. She can't go anywhere without supervision, but she can still talk to her family and is never tied up or chained at any time [[spoiler:(barring the one time where she's tied up along with Misa before the boys leave to pursue Higuchi).]]
** [[spoiler:Subverted with Light and Misa. Completely averted with [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Higuchi.]]]]
* NeverMyFault: Erin accuses L of [[GladIThoughtOfIt taking all the credit when a plan goes right]] while blaming everyone but himself when things go wrong.
** [[spoiler:ItsAllMyFault: What is implied is how L actually feels at the end of the story.]]
-->[[spoiler:"If you expect me to have something more to say for myself, I don't…except that I'm sorry."]]
* NiceGuy: Erin, Matsuda, Light and Misa [[spoiler:([[AffablyEvil at]] [[FalseFriend least]] [[BitchInSheepsClothing initially]])]], and everyone else on the task force sans L are seen this way. Wedy is an IceQueen and Aiber is a LovableRogue, but these two have their softer moments too, both in the story and in the supplementary fics.
* NoHeroToHisValet: Light is no hero to L, and L is [[ZigZaggedTrope (often, but not always)]] no hero to Erin or Aizawa. There isn't much detail on what Watari thinks of him; it would seem from the main story and the supplementary material that Watari at least doesn't hold him up on a pedestal, but he does support him no matter what.
* NobleDemon: [[spoiler:Rem. Light either inverts or subverts this when he gently explains to Erin what [[WellIntentionedExtremist his designs are]] [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans for the world,]] [[MoralEventHorizon all while writing her name and his father's in what he thinks is Misa's notebook.]]]]
* NotSoDifferent: L and Light [[spoiler:(AKA, Kira).]] The point is especially hammered in at the end of the story.
--> '''Erin:''' [[FaceHeelTurn If you'd have ended up]] [[BigBadDuumVirate outright joining forces with the guy]] we'd have been better off.
** Also, Light and Misa. Erin notes that she and Misa aren't that different from each other temperament-wise [[spoiler:(besides the whole SerialKiller thing.)]]
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: [[spoiler:Misa gives Erin a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown for tackling Light and holds her down while Light writes down her name in the notebook. Turns out that she does feel resentment for how she was treated during her confinement.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:Misa. Later, what Rem does to throw L's interrogations off.]]
* ObliviousToLove: Both Erin and L are guilty of this. On Erin's part, [[SelectiveObliviousness she's blind to most of the implications that L might have feelings for her]], despite [[ThinksLikeARomanceNovel what Misa]] [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight tries to tell her.]] To be fair, though, [[TheSpock this]] [[TheStoic is]] [[ManipulativeBastard L]] [[JerkAss we're]] [[NoSocialSkills talking]] [[MasterOfTheMixedMessage about.]] [[spoiler:[[LoveHurts She doesn't realize her feelings or his until after she leaves him and he dies, and boy, does she feel terrible about the whole thing.]]]] On L's part, it's implied, particularly in the companion fics, that [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove he doesn't exactly know how he feels either, believing himself incapable of such feelings.]] And even when he does have an idea, [[LoveIsAWeakness he doesn't seem very receptive to it]] and [[CannotSpitItOut would rather not have anyone, never mind Erin, knowing how he feels.]] [[spoiler:Even as he's dying and she's walking away with the task force.]] That could be partly [[JustifiedTrope justified]], given his personality and his close proximity to [[spoiler:Light and Misa, his arch-nemeses.]]
** Not only that, but in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7225555/1/Mistake Mistake]]'' it's implied that he isn't sure what family or friendship mean, either...
* OddFriendship: Erin and Misa.
* OpenMouthInsertFoot: Erin does this often, and to a lesser extent so does Matsuda.
* OriginalCharacter: Erin. She's the only prominent OriginalCharacter in the story and as [[FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator narrator,]] her role is mostly supportive.
* OriginalFlavor: More or less.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Deconstructed, not just with [[spoiler:Light and Misa,]] but with L too. In the end, Erin decides that the effort wasted in trying to remove evil would be better spent in promoting good instead.
* PerkyGoth: Misa. [[spoiler:Subverted however, when [[StepfordSmiler her]] [[PayEvilUntoEvil true]] [[PsychoSupporter insane]] [[{{Yandere}} and]] [[BrokenBird broken personality]] reveals itself.]]
* PerpetualFrowner: It's mentioned that L never even so much as smirks. [[spoiler:Subverted at the end of the story [[NotSoStoic when he gives Erin]] [[WhenHeSmiles a genuine if very sad smile.]]]]
* PluckyGirl: Misa and Erin. Most of the time.
* ThePowerOfFriendship / ThePowerOfLove / ThePowerOfTrust: All three of these are employed to an extent. [[spoiler:They don't work. Or rather, they yield [[BittersweetEnding a very mixed bag of results...]]]]
* ProductPlacement: As an aversion of BlandNameProduct, many real life trademarks are mentioned in the fanfic and many of its companion 'shots, as indicated by the trademark symbol.
* {{Protectorate}}: [[spoiler:Misa is of course this for Rem, and for Light for less than noble reasons.]] Erin and the rest of the task force become something of this for L, serving as part of the motivation for [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice why he ends up doing what he does at the end of the story,]] even if they hate him for it. The related oneshot ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7225555/1/Mistake Mistake]]'' expounds on this further.]]
* [[spoiler:PyrrhicVictory: In a sense, L and Light both get what they want (Light to kill L and become a god, L to expose Light as Kira and solve the case), just not in the way they wanted it. The world has returned more or less to the way it was before Light began killing, and everyone involved in the case who manages to survive is left to deal with the damage their battle of wits has left behind...]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: L gives a brief one to Erin after she exposes her involvement in the case to Light and Misa. When he sees that he'd made her cry, [[SugarAndIcePersonality he offers her a napkin to dry her tears, though he doesn't apologize for it.]] Later in the climax, [[spoiler: Light tries to deliver one to L as part of his HannibalLecture; L doesn't appear fazed by his words, and Soichiro is the one [[ShutUpHannibal who rubukes Light]].]]
** Later, however, L finds himself on the receiving end of [[ExaggeratedTrope a very long (almost a whole webpage in fact) and nasty one]] delivered by Erin at the end of the story. An excerpt:
--> '''Erin''': You make me sick. Both of you. [[NotSoDifferent You're just like him.]] You call yourself justice...but all I see here is a monster, a pathetic hypocritical psychopathic brat that makes up whatever sounds good at the time so you always have an excuse to do whatever you want. You made that abundantly clear when we were messing with Yotsuba; I just made the mistake of thinking you could move past that. This wasn't about saving anybody, this was just about satiating your fucking egos. Well lemme tella ya something right here and now you little punk-ass twerp: I don't care about your title as the world's greatest detective and I don't care you've got your own goddamn screensaver. Because that's all those are, a title and a screensaver. Take those away, t-take your money, your thugs, this whole lousy building away and what have ya got left? Just a bum that got lucky, only now your luck's run out. One of the stupidest most repulsive self-entitled over-glorified bums anyone in this whole wide world would ever have the misfortune of meeting, and that's all you'll ever be. Bastards, you and him! Fucking poor dumb bastards! God, if you'd have ended up outright joining forces with the guy we'd have been better off.
** [[WhenHeSmiles He takes it]] [[TearJerker exceptionally well.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Light (Red) and L (Blue); although they are both generally calm and collected and pretty much run the investigation, Light voices more concern for people's welfare than L does, and is quicker to raise his voice [[WithFriendsLikeThese (and his fist, but only for L)]] and [[SurroundedByIdiots show irritation.]] [[spoiler:The contrast becomes much more pronounced when Light's [[AGodAmI crazy side]] reveals itself.]]
** Also, Erin (Red) and Matsuda (Blue). They're both ButtMonkey NiceGuy rookies who can both be silly and impulsive, but Erin is more aggressive and mouthy, unintentionally embarrassing him when she stands up to L for his sake. Matsu, whose [[TheDitz ditziness]] is slightly downplayed, tries to take things in stride and do what he can in hopes that someday he will get some recognition freely from his coworkers, and take criticism on the chin.
** Misa (Red) and Light (Blue). [[spoiler: [[UnholyMatrimony Especially when they return to being]] [[SerialKillerKiller Kira and the Second Kira.]]]]
* [[spoiler:RedemptionEqualsDeath]]
** [[spoiler:DeathEqualsRedemption]]
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Narrowly averted and in fact exploited by the hero of all people. According to a oneshot, L reasons that even if Light and Misa had discovered that Erin was listening in on them and that Misa had gotten the chance to catch her name with her Eyes they couldn't have killed her without irreversibly incriminating themselves and having to kill everyone else afterwards to cover this up. So this SacrificialLion meant not only that AnyoneCanDie, but that everyone ''would'' die. But only after L is killed first. Erin is NOT happy when she figures this out, thinking that L essentially used the whole task force as bait. To his credit L does set things up so that no one has to actually die...well, except [[DidntSeeThatComing Light and Watari,]] and of course [[HeroicSacrifice himself]]. See the Fridge page for more details.]]
* [[spoiler:SaveTheVillain: [[TakeAThirdOption This is attempted by Erin]] as soon as the truth comes out about Light and Misa, [[SpannerInTheWorks but...]]]]
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Light and Misa of course. L and Erin also have shades of this.
* SawItInAMovieOnce: Played with and possibly deconstructed. Erin tends to compare things happening in the story, and some things that she says or does, to what she's seen in the movies. She finds that even in extraordinary cases like the Kira case, life rarely if ever works the same as it does in the movies.
* SecretKeeper: Watari for L, and [[spoiler: Misa and Rem for Light. Later, Erin and the task force end up becoming this for [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold the entire Kira affair when it all ends.]] Erin does leak some of the secret in two instances, but the first is to her psychiatrist under duress, and she makes up a story based on half-truths about her experience in Japan. In the second, her brother finds the notebook in which she'd written about what really happened, but he doesn't take it seriously. Afterwards she destroys it. So the secret is still kept a secret.]]
* [[HeKnowsTooMuch She Knows Too Much]]: The reason L kidnaps Erin to begin with.
** [[spoiler:Also the reason Light and Misa try to kill Erin when she goes to confront them. It's assumed that they might have gone on to kill off the rest of the task force afterwards had they [[OutGambitted not been thwarted.]]]]
* ShipTease: By the truckload.
* ShipperOnDeck: Misa [[spoiler:(before getting her memories back and returning to her role as the Second Kira)]]. She teases Erin about the possibility that L might like her, and even has Erin accompany her on her dates with Light while he and L are chained together, ostensibly so things aren't as awkward if they're double-dates, but also in hopes that something will happen between them. However, it's not clear whether she genuinely wanted Erin and L to hook up for their own happiness's sake, or [[ManipulativeBastard if she just wanted to use Erin to distract L so she could spend better quality time with Light.]]
** [[spoiler:Either way, depending on how you view the story's ultimate outcome after she and Light regain their memories, her ploy either [[GoneHorriblyWrong goes horribly wrong]] or [[GoneHorriblyRight horribly right]] for her and Light. Perhaps even both. See the {{Protectorate}} entry above.]]
** A [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6544327/1/Heart oneshot]] implies that [[CoolOldGuy Watari]] has shades of this himself. However, unlike Misa [[DefiedTrope he never says anything about it nor does he act on it]], chiefly because A) L doesn't need the distraction, especially not while he's working on the most dangerous case he's ever taken up, and B) [[GenreSavvy he figured nothing would have come out of it anyway just because of how L is.]] He prefers to leave it to L to ultimately make his own choices. [[spoiler:He doesn't live to see for himself, but [[DidNotGetTheGirl he was right.]]]]
* [[spoiler: ShooTheDog]]
* ShoutOut: Erin's narration is riddled with pop culture references, too many to list here.
* SleepCute: At least twice.
* SmugSnake: Higuchi. [[ZigZaggedTrope L is seen as one by Erin sometimes minus the constant smirks]] [[UnreliableNarrator (though he may not actually BE one)]], and [[spoiler:Light is revealed to be this.]]
* SoapboxSadie: Erin develops [[DownplayedTrope some shades of this,]] though she's not as pushy or angry as more traditional examples. For instance, she tries to get Wedy to stop smoking; she manages to convince Wedy to at least take her smokes outside, but only after [[PlayedForLaughs making an idiot of herself]] and arousing Wedy's pity, as this [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6213277/1/No-Smoking oneshot]] details. [[spoiler:At the end of the story, she's implied to have adopted a firm stance against the death penalty and thinks that rather than killing off all the criminals as Light and Misa had tried to do, the world can instead be made a better place through forgiveness, mercy and kindness, if only a little. It is not clear how right she is, given the [[Manga/DeathNote fandom]] [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism this story is based on.]]]]
* SociopathicHero: Played with. L is somewhere between this, UnscrupulousHero and PragmaticHero. Although he shows little if any remorse for anything he does on the case, there are hints that he cares more than he'll admit. [[spoiler:He [[RedemptionEqualsDeath redeems himself in the end]] with a HeroicSacrifice; unfortunately [[ItMakesSenseInContext it gets treated as]] his crossing the MoralEventHorizon instead.]]
* [[spoiler:SomeoneToRememberHimBy: Played with and possibly parodied. L and Erin's relationship never went beyond a weird [[VitriolicBestBuds friendship]] with [[UnresolvedSexualTension underlying romantic tensions]], so rather than a child, we have an animal; [[HerHeartWillGoOn Erin]] adopts a black shelter kitten a few years after the case and [[WeNamedTheMonkeyJack names him Lawliet]], after L's surname. Because [[NarmCharm "(i)t sounded like a great, oddball cat name, a hell of a lot better than Fluffy or Mittens, at least.]] [[MeaningfulName And it sure suits him: he likes to lie low in dim-lit places."]] Or so she tells people.]]
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler: Misa and Erin, in several situations, though [[UnwittingPawn often not intentionally so]]. Matsuda becomes a Spanner on different occassions for L, Higuchi and Light. L ends up becoming this to Erin when [[TakeAThirdOption she comes up in the heat of the moment with trying to destroy the notebooks.]]]]
* StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler:[[KnightTemplar Lig]][[AGodAmI ht]] [[BitchInSheepsClothing and]] [[{{Yandere}} Mi]][[BrokenBird sa.]]]]
* StepfordSnarker: Erin. She's not exactly cynical, but she likes to snark and act tough and worldly to cover up how scared and naïve she actually is.
* StockholmSyndrome: Considering that Erin is brought into the case against her will...
** It's probably one of the reasons why L didn't actively pursue a relationship with her ([[CannotSpitItOut he wouldn't even admit to friendship outright]], a considerable contrast from when he openly [[FalseFriend says that Misa and Light are his friends]]) and [[spoiler:why [[ShooTheDog he chased her away after the case ended.]] One related [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7774154/1/Human oneshot]] shows some [[GenreSavvy awareness on L's part]] [[LampshadedTrope of this trope coming into effect]]...[[UnequalPairing and]] [[MoreThanMindControl some]] [[UnfortunateImplications of its implications.]]]]
** LimaSyndrome
* TheStoic: L; made even funnier when put next to [[HotBlooded Erin]]. Also, Light and Mogi.
* [[spoiler:TheStoolPigeon: Matsuda and Misa spy on and rat out Higuchi and the Yotsuba Group to the task force. Later, Erin ends up in the position of one when she overhears Light and Misa discuss bits of their EvilPlan (after they've had their names cleared with the fake rules and surveillance has been discontinued on them). After believing in their innocence for so long, she breaks down and tells on them to L in secret, both because it's the right thing to do and out of concern for everyone involved, including Light and Misa. She [[TheFarmerAndTheViper kind of ends up regretting it.]] [[SadisticChoice But then, with no plausible third option in reach at the time, there wasn't really much else she could do, and if she HADN'T come forward...]]]]
* SugarAndIcePersonality/ {{Kuudere}}: L. Deconstructed in that it adds on to the strain in his relationships with everyone in the story.
** Light also qualifies [[spoiler:[[MemoryGambit until he]] [[BitchInSheepsClothing becomes Kira again.]]]]
* SympathyForTheDevil: Matsuda and Erin at least are prone to this. She even sheds TenderTears after finding out [[spoiler:Higuchi's death, and later, Rem's. She even takes the time to give Rem a burial of sorts. Then there's Light and Misa, and towards the end, L...]]
* [[TallDarkAndSnarky Tall, Dark,]] [[UglyCute Ugly-Cute]] [[TallDarkAndSnarky And Snarky]]: L. While little, if any, positive mention is made regarding his looks, and his quirks not always well-received by others, alongside [[TheAce fellow]] [[spoiler:[[BrokenAce (Broken)]]]] [[TheAce Ace Light]] [[BunnyEarsLawyer he has his talents]], and is compared to "a big, hairy mole or a wart" that "grows on you, figuratively and literally." And boy, can he be snarky. The story deconstructs this trope as well as InsufferableGenius as a whole, as summed up in the following passage:
-->[[{{Troll}} You could get a bleeding ulcer just from talking to this guy. This guy WAS an ulcer.]] [[InsufferableGenius The kind of fella you'd only bother with]] [[BunnyEarsLawyer because he was a legend at what he did,]] and I don't know if even that was enough to make people actually like him. Quite the opposite, in fact.
** Though a minor character, Namikawa gives off this vibe. Light is a milder version of TallDarkAndSnarky. [[spoiler:Until the end when [[AGodAmI his true nature is revealed,]] then it's taken UpToEleven.]]
* TastesLikeFriendship: Zigzagged. Erin offers L a candy bar when things are smoother between them...only to find that [[GeniusSweetTooth he already]] [[BigEater stole it from out of her pocket when she was hugging him,]] and she catches him eating it. In response, she gives him a noogie. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Which he lets her do.]]
** Earlier on when they first meet, she offers to buy him lunch. Though she didn't know who he really was at the time and mostly wanted to talk to him so as to help further her "career" somehow.
** ChocolateOfRomance: Another way to look at this exchange, though it's treated more as the above mentioned trope and nothing really romantic happens before or afterward. [[spoiler:Except perhaps when Erin knocks herself out with a sugar rush, and L has her placed on the couch with a blanket and pillow. She gives him the blanket in return when she wakes up to find him asleep in his chair.]]
* TeethClenchedTeamwork
* TenderTears: Erin is prone to these, to [[{{Tsundere}} her embarrassment.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Matsuda, Misa, downplayed with Erin.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Zigzagged. L seems considerably colder and harsher in this rendition of him compared to canon. [[HiddenDepths On]] [[SugarAndIcePersonality the]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold other]] [[JerkassWoobie hand...]]
** [[spoiler: Light and Misa do this after they're found out.]]
** Erin does this after she loses her temper and [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech rips L a new one]] just before [[spoiler:she leaves him]]. She does [[WhatTheHellHero bring up some good points]] as [[HurtingHero L]] himself acknowledges in his response. Nevertheless, she [[PartingWordsRegret regrets this later.]]
* TragicHero: L could be looked at as this, considering what ends up happening to him and how it's his own fault for most of it: [[spoiler:[[PyrrhicVictory he gets what he set after in the beginning--to solve the case and to have Kira executed--]][[BreakTheHaughty but he loses Watari, as well as the]] WorthyOpponent [[BreakTheHaughty he had and the friend he could have had in Light, Misa's friendship, the task force's trust and respect, and of course his own life.]] [[ShooTheDog A girl he liked leaves him]] [[BreakHerHeartToSaveHer hating his guts so much]] that [[PartingWordsRegret her last words to him]] are a long and vicious TheReasonYouSuckSpeech in which she all but outright states that she hates him (which he doesn't even try to argue this time and it's implied that he had already been thinking most of what she said to him) and [[DyingAlone as far as is known he spends the rest of his days cooped up in HQ all alone.]] [[CannotSpitItOut He refuses to admit how much he really cared until the bitter end.]] [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold And in spite of his reputation and accomplishments,]] only a few people in the world (the survivors of the case) know about it when he does die, never mind care...]]
** TragicVillain: [[spoiler:[[KnightTemplar Light,]] [[PsychoSupporter Misa,]] [[LoveMartyr Rem.]]]]
* TranquilFury: Although he [[TheStoic typically demonstrates the emotional capacity of, quoting Erin, "a history professor on sedatives,"]] L has a few of these moments in both the main story and the companion fics, most prominently when [[spoiler: he and Light are facing each other down, whether it's a physical or psychological showdown.]]
-->[[spoiler:"I must admit, [[EveryoneHasStandards you surprise me.]] I always had the inkling that you were childish, but it seems that [[MoralEventHorizon you're willing to kill even a complete innocent for saying something you didn't like.]] This is something I'd expect of Misa, but not from you. It contradicts your mission statement considerably, don't you think?"]]
** [[spoiler:Light is in this mode initially when Erin confronts him and Misa, in contrast to the UnstoppableRage shown by Misa when Erin insults Light and questions her and their mission. Then when it turns out that [[OutGambitted Misa's notebook has been replaced with a fake]] and L is NotQuiteDead after all, he begins to undergo a horrific VillainousBreakdown.]]
** [[spoiler: Erin very briefly phases through this mode at the start of her TheReasonYouSuckSpeech towards L, but almost immediately switches to screaming her point across like a banshee, even though L doesn't really try to talk over her except to tell her that she should stop to breathe. To which she replies:]]
-->[[spoiler: [[TearJerker FUCK you!]]]]
** Rem goes through this in a twoshot, where it's revealed that she [[spoiler:was watching L and Erin argue after coming out of the rain about what to do with Misa. It's implied that she was going to approach L with some kind of deal to save Misa. But after seeing L knock out Erin when she tries an alternative to his plan of capturing Misa, Rem [[DespairEventHorizon loses it and kills Watari and him without any more hesitation.]] Or at least she successfully kills Watari.]]
* TrueCompanions: The main cast as a whole, [[VitriolicBestBuds more]] or [[FalseFriend less.]]
* {{Tsundere}}: Erin. Lampshaded by Misa both in the main story and in a few oneshots.
* UglyHeroGoodLookingVillain: [[spoiler:L and Light respectively.]]
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between L and Erin. More specifically...
** BelligerentSexualTension
* UnwittingPawn
* VillainHasAPoint: Not so much about how killing people will bring about world peace, but [[spoiler:Light]] has a point about how the conflict between him and L was basically a game that got way out of hand, and [[spoiler:Misa]] is right to an extent about L being a creep. Erin throws this in L's face during her TheReasonYouSuckSpeech in the aftermath.
* VillainProtagonist: Played with and ultimately subverted. L is actually the [[AntiHero Anti-]]HeroProtagonist (or the closest out of anyone in the fanfic to a protagonist) but he tends to get the villain treatment in Erin's point of view, with Light, Misa and the whole task force as his long-suffering and far more heroic workmates. [[spoiler: Higuchi looks like the real villain at first, but the REAL villains and antagonists turn out to be Light and Misa, like L had been saying all along.]]
* [[spoiler:VillainousBreakdown: Higuchi. Later on, Light and Misa, especially when they find themselves OutGambitted. It's hard to say whose breakdown is [[NightmareFuel scarier.]]]]
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Misa. [[spoiler:Even if you've been housemates and friends for almost six months, and even if she's small, she'll treat you to a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown if you mess with Light, and she will also help him try to kill you while she's at it. Erin finds this out the hard way.]]
* VitriolicBestBuds
** WithFriendsLikeThese
* WartsAndAll
* WasItAllALie: Erin asks herself this repeatedly in the final chapters of the story regarding the TrueCompanions status of the entire task force, especially where L, Light and Misa are concerned. [[spoiler: She decides that no, what they all had was still genuine in a way, despite how it all ended. Then again, she says that she can't stand to believe that it was all completely fake, and it's unclear how right she is about that.]]
* WesternZodiac: Erin mentions that she has "a feverish personality" because she's an Aries ("You know, the Ram? Baaaa."). One can't say that doesn't suit her.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Not so much in the main story (as far as Erin would know), but in many of the companion 'shots in his POV, L is shown privately struggling with this when he isn't thinking about how to prove that Light and Misa are Kira. [[WhatIsThisFeeling Rather, he doesn't understand it when it directly affects him]] and [[LoveIsAWeakness the idea that it could affect him bothers him, but he keeps up a good poker face about it.]] [[spoiler:[[TearJerker Even after Erin and the task force leave him, he still isn't sure about how he feels, or at least he's still too stubborn to admit to caring as much as it's suggested he does.]]]]
** It's revealed in a [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8070183/1/Will twoshot]] special that Rem delves into this about her own feelings for Misa. Ultimately, she is sure of one thing: she cares about her too much [[spoiler:to not want to die protecting her.]]
* WhatTheHellHero
* WhenHeSmiles: Erin sees [[TheStoic L]] smile exactly once in the course of the entire story, and it is [[spoiler:[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech after she chews his head off in the aftermath of Light's death,]] just before she leaves him [[ShooTheDog (albeit unwillingly)]].]] It manages to be both a HeartwarmingMoment and a TearJerker at the same time. Made even sadder when you consider how this could be a callback to his declaration that JusticeWillPrevail earlier on when he first meets the task force in canon.
-->[[spoiler:"A blunt if wordy assessment...But then…that's one of the things I've always liked about you. I sentenced Kira to death and solved the case, just like I said I would do in the beginning. But I sacrificed many lives in the process, some of which were not meant to be sacrifices. And in the end, I still couldn't save Light. So, yes. We have indeed won nothing. We lost. I lost.(...)]]
-->[[spoiler:"If you expect me to have something more to say for myself, I don't…except that I'm sorry."]]
* WhyWontYouDie: [[spoiler:Light's reaction is more subdued at first when he finds that Erin hasn't died even after writing her name in what he thinks is the Death Note, but then when L himself shows up next to reveal that he's NotQuiteDead [[VillainousBreakdown after all...]]]]
* WillTheyOrWontThey: [[spoiler: [[ShooTheDog Unfortunately]], they [[DidNotGetTheGirl don't.]]]]
* {{Yandere}}: Misa. It becomes much more apparent when [[spoiler: she and Light go back to being Kiras One and Two; not even her friendship with Erin can trump her mad devotion to him.]]
* YouAreNotAlone: Erin tries to tell L this on Halloween ([[spoiler:his birthday, of all days, but this is never made known]]). It's not clear how much of it got through to him, considering [[spoiler:Light and Misa, and what L himself ends up doing later.]]
-->[[HarsherInHindsight "Hmm...hey, wait. What about us? The rest of us here." I counted everyone off on my fingers: "Don't forget, you've also got Watari, and Matsuda, and Aizawa, and Mogi, and Mr. Yagami, and Aiber and Wedy and Misa and…and…"]]
-->[[HarsherInHindsight That's when I started to choke, again. I'm not sure whether he saw it that way, but he had at least enough friends to count off all my fingers, counting Light.]]
-->[[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther And me.]]
* [[spoiler:YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Light does this to Higuchi. Later, it's implied that Misa [[KillEmAll executed all the surviving members of the Yotsuba Group after getting her powers back]] during her stint as the acting Kira. Then, Ryuk ends up doing this to Light when he is cornered and has no way out except to persuade Ryuk to just kill everyone; in the latter case, it's more along the lines of "You Have Outlived Your Entertainment Value."]]


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