''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4797162/1/The_bFaceless_b The Faceless]]'' by ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1366525/Disguise_of_Carnivorism Disguise of Carnivorism]]'' is an [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] ''Manga/DeathNote'' DarkFic. Before the events of the series, [[BrokenMasquerade a journalist discovers the Death Note and the Shinigami and exposes it to the world]], altering the course of history. Years later welcome to a world where everyone hides their name and face, [[CrapsackWorld a world of permanent war and where everything is dying]] and a RagtagBunchOfMisfits are fighting for survival.


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!!''The Faceless'' provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Naomi Penber, Catherine
* AfterTheEnd: [[CrapsackWorld Civilization has already pretty much collapsed at the beginning of the story.]]
* AlternateUniverseFic
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler: Sayu, Misa, Naomi, Catherine, Mello and Near, L...]]
* ArrangedMarriage: Light's parents had arranged it so that Light would [[MealTicket marry Misa for her fortune.]]
* AwfulTruth: [[spoiler: Most of the surviving humans still hold out the hope that L will save them from Kira...]]
* AxeCrazy: Light, Catherine, [[spoiler: Matt]]
* BadassCrew: Light's squad.
* BlondesAreEvil: Misa and Catherine.
* BloodSplatteredWarrior: Light
* BreakTheCutie: well, everyone.
* BrokenMasquerade: The story begins when a journalist named Neelan Adessi discovers the death note and exposes the secrets of Kira and the {{Shinigami}} to the world.
* CarvedMark: [[spoiler: At the POW camp L carves his name into his flesh [[SanitySlippage in an attempt to remember who he is.]]]]
* {{Conscription}}: As part of the CrapsackWorld, everyone is getting sucked into the war against Kira either by force or out of desperation.
* CosmicPlaything: Light Yagami, Naomi Misora, Neelan Adessi.
* CrapsackWorld
* CrazySane: Light. He goes crazy pretty early on but in a way that makes him the sanest one there.
* DarkFic
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Light, after his sister is killed. Also L while imprisoned. And Catherine in the middle of the siege.]]
* TheDeterminator: Light
** DeterminedDefeatist
* DeusAngstMachina
* DraftDodging: Attempted by Nathaniel. It didn't work out too well.
* DramaticUnmask: [[spoiler: When Light takes his mask off. His troops are shocked and horrified when he doesn't die.]]
* TheDreaded: Kira, also Light Yagami
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Catherine, L]]
* DysfunctionJunction: Everyone has serious issues. ''EVERYONE!!!''
* {{Dystopia}}: The world becomes one for sure after Neelan Adessi [[BrokenMasquerade broke the masquerade.]]
* EmoTeen: Light at the beginning of the story (before CharacterDevelopment and [[TookALevelInBadass Taking Several Levels In Badass]]) but with good reason-his life really does '''''suck'''''.
* EnfantTerrible: A cherub-like Shinigami taunts Neelan.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: [[spoiler: when they find the "Great L" at the POWCamp.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Matt. Mello and Near stop to free Matt from his prison cell at the POWCamp and in return... Matt kills them.]]
* FacelessGoons: [[TitleDrop Duh]].
* ForTheEvulz: Ryuk is bored so he spends his time telling stories that gives the lil' Shinigami nightmares, [[spoiler: stories of a legendary human hero named Light Yagami...]] and so Ryuk's stories take on a life of their own...
* GhostPlanet: The Shinigami world. The Human world doesn't look much different these days.
* HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath: At various times [[spoiler: Light, Naomi, Matt, Catherine...]] are all so afflicted.
* HorrifyingTheHorror: [[spoiler: Thanks to Ryuk's stories just the name "Light Yagami" strikes fear among the Shinigami, so when a real human shows up with that name, ''[[MomentOfAwesome they surrender en masse]].'']]
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: The Shinigami Servitors, a group of fanatical humans that feed the Shinigami "undesirables" so that they themselves won't be killed.
* HurtingHero: Light and Naomi.
* HypocriticalHumor: Nathaniel realizes he's being a {{Hypocrite}} and a heartless bastard when he hypothetically considered murdering someone to avoid being drafted into the military.
* IControlMyMinionsThrough Authority, Fear, and Fanatical Loyalty
* IHaveTheHighGround: [[spoiler: [[EvilOverlooker Light after being put in command of his squad...]] [[SanitySlippage and learning his sister is dead.]]]]
* InLoveWithYourCarnage: Catherine to Light [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth at first...]]
* JadeColoredGlasses: because of the events of this AU Light isn't the WideEyedIdealist he is in canon.
* KnifeNut: Catherine
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In this [[FanFiction fanfic]] [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero Light is skeptical about having Naomi Penber, a woman, serving among his soldiers complaining that she might get pregnant and slow them down.]] Naomi counters that there was more of a chance of [[SlashFic Light getting]] [[MisterSeahorse pregnant]] than her.
* LifeDrinker: The {{Shinigami}}
* MalevolentMaskedMen: In this world everyone wears masks... and HumansAreBastards.
* TheManBehindTheMan: The cherub-like Shinigami that taunts Neelan. [[spoiler: He and the King of Death made a bet and [[GambitRoulette they are the reason everything has happened this way.]]]]
* MeaningfulName: Light, mainly
* MirrorUniverse: In canon Light [[spoiler: kills L]] [[VillainWithGoodPublicity but is seen as admirable by the men he's deceived.]] In this universe Light [[spoiler: rescues L]] and is met with derision by his soldiers as they realize the AwfulTruth about what they were fighting for.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: This all started because L won his battle against Kira (Teru Mikami) and so a journalist like Neelan was able to find and steal the notebook.]]
* NietzscheWannabe: pretty much everyone becomes this over the course of the story.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: PlayingWithATrope [[spoiler: [[SadisticChoice Naomi can either carry]] the wounded Nathanial or the [[HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath currently crazy Light]] back. She chooses Light.]]
** Later [[spoiler: Light carries Naomi's corpse back after the others leave them to die.]]
* OccultBlueEyes: The EnfantTerrible Shinigami bonded to Neelan.
* OriginalCharacter: Neelan, Marcus, Nathaniel, Catherine
* POWCamp: where Kira is detaining L.
* PowerBornOfMadness: [[spoiler: Since he's still alive [[TraumaCongaLine after everything he's been through]] Light determines he must be immortal.]]
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Light in his diary and in his [[InnerMonologue Inner Monologues]].
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Light's squad. {{Lampshaded}} when the [[YouAllMeetInAnInn the cast stops at a bar]] and HilarityEnsues:
--> ''Light pulled himself up to the counter, putting on his, '[[StepfordSmiler I'm completely normal]] [[CuteAndPsycho and if you don't believe me,]] [[IllKillYou I'll kill you,]]' façade. Evidently, it didn't work; the bartender simply continued to stare apprehensively at the [[BloodSplatteredWarrior faded blood-stain on Light's uniform]] before slowly reaching for his gun. Best not to trust soldiers.'' \\
''"He's going to shoot us, isn't he?" [[OriginalCharacter Nathanial]] watched as the bartender froze and carefully removed his hand from the vicinity of his rifle, noticing for the first time, perhaps, just how many weapons the [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits rag-tag team]] had.'' \\
''"Someone's always trying to shoot us." [[OriginalCharacter Marcus]] was very apt in pointing things like this out, creating a philosophy that predicted all manner of reactions to their ensemble.'' \\
''The bartender made an inward estimate of the money he would lose through property damage. Damn foreign soldiers.''
--> ''By the end of the night, it was difficult to decide whether [[ActionGirl Naomi]] was scarier drunk or sober. At least when she was sober, she had better aim and didn't attempt to have a sense of humor. Either way, everyone was disturbed.'' \\

* TheResenter: Matt. He feels that L, Mello, and Near have all abandoned him. Also from the beginning of the story Light resents pretty much everyone and everything.
* RousingSpeech: Light gives one to [[UnwittingPawn the ragtag army]] he gathers together in the wastelands.
* SanitySlippage: pretty much everyone.
* ScarsAreForever: [[spoiler: Light when he [[HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath goes a little crazier than usual]] and shoots his gold wedding ring. The shrapnel fragments of it embedded in his face.]]
* SecretDiary: [[WholePlotReference Light uses a simple black notebook which he keeps hidden in his desk drawer.]]
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: [[spoiler: [[ForTheEvulz For shits and giggles]] Ryuk tells stories to the young Shinigami of a legendary hero and Godslayer named Light Yagami (it was just a human name Ryuk remembers from before but never got around to writing down).]]
* ShoutOut: To Fanfic/AllYouNeedIsLove by one of the two co-writers, [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1318815/The_Carnivorous_Muffin The Carnivorous Muffin.]] When [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero Light complains about having a woman, Naomi, among his soldiers since Naomi might get pregnant and slow them down.]] In Fanfic/AllYouNeedIsLove, [[spoiler: Naomi gets pregnant and raises her and Light's son.]]
* ShroudedInMyth: Kira, L, Light Yagami
* SociopathicSoldier: Light, Catherine, [[spoiler: Matt]]
* SongFic
* TheSquad
** TheButcher: Catherine is the team cook. She’s also AxeCrazy and [[KnifeNut loves knives.]]
** CommunicationsOfficer: Nathaniel
** FriendlySniper: Matsuda
** TheNeidermeyer: Light
** NewMeat: Matt
** NumberTwo: Naomi
** SadClown: Matt, Nathaniel, Marcus
** TheQuietOne: Mogi
** TagalongKid: Matt
* StepfordSmiler: Light and Catherine.
* TookALevelInBadass: it's the cast of Death Note as wartorn soldiers
* TookALevelInJerkass: As Sayu points out: "Everyone used to love my brother. Now, he is [[JerkAss a complete asshole.]]"
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: Light
* TraumaCongaLine: for ''everyone'' but Light's story is the one we see in detail.
* TheUnmaskedWorld: The fanfic's premise.
* UnwittingPawn: Light gathers himself an army to do his bidding.
* UpToEleven: It's DarkerAndEdgier than ''Manga/DeathNote''. Think about that.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Matt watches and comments when "their" crazy Light pulls an entire army together out of the various scattered and [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits ragtag squads]] in the wastelands with just his [[TheDreaded own notoriety]] and his [[BastardlySpeech bullshitting skills]].
* WarFic
* WarIsHell
* WeHaveReserves: this is the attitude of the whole army.
* WholePlotReference: Recursive version to ''Manga/DeathNote'' Light keeps a SecretDiary which an outside observer can see charts his descent into madness.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Light, [[spoiler: Matt...]]
* XMeetsY: ''Manga/DeathNote'' meets ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'' meets ''Film/MirrorMask''.
* YouAreInCommandNow: [[spoiler: Naomi Penber has to step up and take command when Light ''[[HeroicBlueScreenOfDeath loses it]]'' for a time.]]
* YouMonster: Matsuda shouts "What have you done!" at Light after he [[spoiler: [[AwfulTruth rescues L.]]]]