''Those Who Stand For Nothing Fall For Anything'' available on [[http://www.FanFiction.net/s/8533204/1/Those-Who-Stand-For-Nothing-Fall-For-Anything FanFiction.net]] and [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/786716/chapters/1483998 Archive of Our Own]] is a ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfic by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2608636/halfpromise halfpromise]], the author of ''FanFic/ACureForLove''. It's an [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] in which Light Yagami is a [[SleazyPolitician politician]]. [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong What could go wrong?]]

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!! ''Those Who Stand For Nothing Fall For Anything'' provides examples of:
* AbominationAccusationAttack: L tells Light that [[spoiler: Stephen figured out that they had a fight]] and that L told him that Light was a rotten person, a homophobe, and that he broke his heart. Light suggests he should tell [[spoiler: Stephen]] that he [[KickTheDog kicks puppies]] too.
* [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys All Boys Want Bad Boys]]: L with Light.
* AllIssuesArePoliticalIssues: [[GenreSavvy Light knows upon entering the political arena]] that anything he does can be used against him so [[BrokenAce Light attempts to be perfect in every way.]]
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: [[spoiler: Naomi is in love with Light. For his part Light cares for her and considers he might have used her as his trophy wife if Matt hadn't gotten to her first.]]
* AloneWithThePsycho: Light ends up alone with B.
* AlternateUniverseFic: It's the cast of ''Manga/DeathNote'' as sleazy politicians.
* AmIJustAToyToYou: when Light CanNotSpitItOut L believes that he and Light are just using each other.
* AmbitionIsEvil: [[HeelRealization Light realizes]] how shallow his life has become and that he's [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget forgotten why he's been striving for this position in the first place.]]
* AmoralAttorney: L
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: Light and L's reactions when [[spoiler: Kiyomi is confined to the hospital due to complications with her pregnancy.]]
* TheAntichrist: [[spoiler: This is the punchline when L learns that Light got Takada pregnant.]]
* TheAntiNihilist: Light in his monologues, he says he knows the world is rotten but he keeps trying anyway.
* AshesToCrashes: [[spoiler: at Matt's funeral. Not that anyone cares...]]
* AttentionWhore: Takada who loves to be the center of attention. Also Light and L to varying degrees-''especially'' [[CrazyJealousGuy to each other.]]
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Subverted. Both Light and Kiyomi are disgusted by the whole pregnancy and it serves to put greater strain on their "relationship."
* BadassInANiceSuit: Light. ([[TransparentCloset He has something of an obsession with clothes.]]) Also L often wears nice suits for his job.
* BadBoss: Light tends to sack people for annoying him or for only doing their job (or [[MustHaveCaffeine when he's deprived of his coffee]]) and rejects a potential job applicant without even bothering to look at his resume to see if he's qualified for completely shallow reasons.
* BastardlySpeech: Guess what this speech is about? Answer: [[spoiler: Light's bill that would make it impossible for first time offenders to appeal their cases and make even lesser criminals eligible for capital punishment.]]
-->"What great or noble work could we achieve if we think it enough? I see that some of you expect some rousing speech to make up your minds for you, but you won't get that from me. I want you to make up your own minds. There's no tangible prize and glory as the outcome, and none of you will personally feel any benefit from the bill I want pass, except in the knowledge that you will improve lives for others. It is a selfless goal. I go into this knowing that I will split the party. Some of you will never support me again. Those of you can stay and those can go as you see fit, but those who go will, in time, be envious of those who stayed with me. Take a firm step forward, as firm as your principles. I think some of you need to find your principles again. Be impartial. Be as gods. See what is right and follow it towards resolution. We are the law makers and in our hands are the possibilities of humanity. As it stands, we allow these wrongs to be carried out in our name and under our authority when we have the power to alter the course and prevent these crimes. We could create a better world for the people we represent. The cause is no legacy we inherited; we inherited a legacy of passivity from previous governments, and I do not want to repeat that. We are all guilty. We cannot blame others for what we had the opportunity to change. Let's not affix blame to others, for we, ourselves, allowed this to happen.
--> Acceptance is the enemy, selfishness and fear of change is the barricade. Those before us could no more ignore what has happened than if they had been blind. We must see with our eyes open and observe the suffering and injustice and hear the stories, for no two are the same, and find the answers. That is our purpose, and I think we've lost that. We must find ways to ensure that no single person ever suffers again in this country. This is a social sickness which has grown and spread for years, decades, perhaps for all of time. I don't accept that it's endemic in the human soul; only guidance and provision is needed. It won't be instantly resolved by the passing of one bill, not even in our term here in government, but it is a step which will one day find an end. I blame no one. Not one person, not one group of people. It is cowardice to think that enough has been done and that we can do no more but continue the status quo, for what we could do is too great a task. It is a great task, but it is no useless endeavour. No one weak in spirit has ever won anything. We should never be satisfied that we have done enough, for there will always be need for change. We should not turn from it. I want extreme goodness. I want to work for some ideal which, one day, I will be proud that I had some small hand in and that I lived in these times. Empathy is the source of humanity and without it we cannot understand or hope to change. Dedicate yourself to humanity, or else leave this building. We would be inhuman ourselves. This is a moment of change. You are in this room at the start of a new era. Be proud."
* TheBeard: [[spoiler: Misa and later Takada to Light.]]
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: according to B because of L's [[WellDoneSonGuy poor relationship with his father]] "if you show [L] the slightest sign of affection, he's loyal to you for life."
* BedmateReveal: Light wakes from a nightmare to find B sitting in bed, watching him sleep.
* BelievingTheirOwnLies: Light well and truly believes he's the last bastion against corruption.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Light and L
* BestFriendsInLaw: Matsuda is Light's brother-in-law through his marriage with Sayu and he ''thinks'' he and Light are this. Light for his part finds Matsuda to be annoying but convenient and uses him when he needs to look sociable.
* BettyAndVeronica: L has the YaoiGenre equivalent with [[spoiler: Stephen]] is Betty and Light is Veronica.
* BiTheWay: Light. [[TheVamp In the beginning he'll sleep with anyone if it's to his advantage.]]
* BigBrotherIsEmployingYou: Light hopes that once he becomes Prime Minister he can change things for the better.
* BilingualBackfire: "I speak English, by the way."
* BirdsOfAFeather: [[spoiler: L and Light-they were ''made'' for each other... as a punishment. Also Light and Takada. Light thinks of her as his "incestuous twin" and L has referred to her as Light's "clone with a vagina."]]
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Light
* BlackComedy
* BlackComedyRape: [[spoiler: L decides he's going to fuck Light in a dirty alleyway-whether Light wants to or not. Later Light pretends not to hear it when L says "No."]]
* BlackAndGreyMorality
* {{Blackmail}}: [[spoiler: L makes Light lick his shoes clean and snaps a photo of him doing it.]]
* BreakTheHaughty: [[spoiler: Light]]
* BritCom
* BritishEnglish
* BrokenAce: Light ("tried to be perfect and broke himself in the process") and L ("a writhing pile of parental issues and self-hatred.")
* BrokenPedestal: B doesn't want to ''believe'' that L did the things Light said he did...
* BrutalHonesty: Light's preferred method of dealing with others when he's not faking his way through life.
* ByronicHero: L and Light
* CanonForeigner: Shiori who appears in the ''Manga/DeathNote'' live action movies. Also B from the spin-off {{Prequel}} ''LightNovel/AnotherNote''
* CasualKink: [[UnreliableNarrator Light claims]] that his calling himself "God" is just a sex kink and he doesn't ''really'' have a God complex.
* TheCharmer: Light. [[spoiler: L's poor unsuspecting secretary doesn't stand a chance.]]
* CherryBlossoms: Light notices the cherry blossoms in the air when he’s asked to speak of [[spoiler: Matt]] after his funeral.
* ChildhoodFriends: L and B.
* CIAEvilFBIGood: InvertedTrope, Stephen's BerserkButton is being referred to as an FBI agent.
* ClearMyName: [[spoiler: The CIA is in Japan investigating the death of Secretary of State Wedy and think Light had something to do with it and the suspicion isn't going away.]]
* CliffHanger: [[spoiler: At the end of Chapter 25 Light leads the audience to believe that he's killed L.]]
* ClingyJealousGirl: [[spoiler: Takada]] gets worried when Light doesn't touch her very often.
* ClosetKey: L for B.
* CloudCuckoolander: B
* TheConspiracy: [[spoiler: Light believes that Raye Penber was murdered by the government for some reason. L insists that he should drop it.]]
* ConsummateLiar: Both L and Light
* CoolCar: Light's new Lexus.
* CorruptPolitician: Most of the cast.
* CrapsackWorld: the world of politics is a world of such sleaze and corruption that Light feels the need to appear just as sleazy in order to look "approachable."
* CrazyJealousGuy: Light to L. [[spoiler: Later L to Light-after Light has finally accepted the fact that L is leaving and lets him go and stops blatantly stalking him L abruptly returns and suggests he might take him back if he does everything he asks and totally debases himself.]] Also B to L.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: [[spoiler: L claims most of the credit for Light's advancement, claiming "I made you." Yes. This will end well.]]
* CreatorProvincialism: The political world of this AU is based on a {{Flanderized}} and ridiculously corrupt version of the British system.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Stephen. [[spoiler: Light seems to forget he ''was'' a {{CIA}} agent before he retired to spend more time with L.]]
* CutHimselfShaving: After [[spoiler: L beats up Light]], he tells everyone he fell.
* CuteAndPsycho: B compares Light to a vicious puppy.
* CynicismCatalyst: [[spoiler: Light was the "anonymous witness" who saw that Raye Penber was murdered.]]
* DaddysLittleVillain: [[spoiler: Kiyomi Takada is this for the great and influential Takada family.]]
* DamnedByFaintPraise: Mikami tells Light he'd make someone a good wife.
* DatingCatwoman: Light and L. They worry that things will get boring if they ever stop challenging each other. Their love-hate relationship is {{Lampshaded}}:
-->'''Light:''' I sneak a glance over my shoulder to find that he has his back to me too, and that panics me for a moment, but then I remember that I don't give a fuck about things like that and I never did. I also remember reading in a magazine that if you and your partner sleep facing away from each other, it means that you have a very stable and loving relationship. It might also mean that you hate each other but you're forced to share a bed. I still don't give a fuck, and I go to sleep.
* DatingWhatDaddyHates: Apparently it didn't go well when [[spoiler: Stephen]] takes L home to meet the family.
** [[spoiler: Souichiro isn't impressed when he walks in on Light and L while Kiyomi is still recuperating from her pregnancy at the hospital.]]
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler: B thinks L has a death wish.]] And [[spoiler: L thinks Light must have one because he's making lots of enemies trying to stamp out corruption in his own government and plans to clean up and consolidate Intelligence.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: [[spoiler: Light with L.]]
* DestructiveRomance: L and Light's relationship degenerates into this.
* DidYouJustHaveSex: When B barges into Light's office to see L he swiftly comes to this conclusion.
* DidYouThinkICantFeel: Light to L. L is flabbergasted when Light ignores him and suggests that L should just go home to [[spoiler: his other boyfriend]].
-->'''L:''' Whuuu... What's wrong with you? Light? Light, stop it.
-->'''Light:''' I've been thinking. I realised that you've treated me like I was less than dirt, and that I was letting you.
* DitchTheBodyguards: Light does this regularly. L {{lampshades}} how stupid that is:
-->'''L:''' You don't need to drive anymore. Why do you insist on driving? It's a security hazard. Big fucking security hazard! 'Hello, I'm the person who's taxing you to death. Shoot me.' That's what you're saying when you're driving around the way you do. You're asking to get killed.
* DomesticAbuse: L and Light get violent with each other.
* DoubleEntendre: Light "needs a lawyer."
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Misa]].
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Raye Penber, Aizawa, Matt...]]
* DudeWheresMyRespect: [[spoiler: Prime Minister]] Light wants to know this. Also L doesn't get the respect that he deserves (i.e. absolute best at his job with a 100% win record / never lost a case) because he's openly gay.
* {{Egopolis}}: When Light buys L a couple of buildings L tells him he plans to name them "Yagami Towers"... and then asks him if he's aware of what his [[SdrawkcabName last name spells backwards in English.]]
* EnvironmentalSymbolism: Light's new office is made out of special bulletproof reflecting glass and he can see out but no one can see him.
* EroticEating: L [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything noisily and obnoxiously slurps up his milkshake.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Matt's [[JerkAss dickery]] and his treatment of Naomi disgusts Light. Also [[AmoralAttorney L]] is against destroying the country just to advance politically. Also [[spoiler: L abuses Light really badly. Light claims he would ''never'' be that sadistic with L. Of course this ''is'' [[ConsummateLiar Light]] we're talking about...]]
* EvilMentor: ZigZaggedTrope, [[spoiler: L plays this for Light [[MindScrew but at same time]] L is also Light's MoralityPet--L wants to corrupt Light out of his [[WideEyedIdealist idealism]] and [[PureIsNotGood Light is idealistic but not good.]]]]
* FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon: Light, {{Lampshaded}} by B.
* FalseFriend: "First and foremost, [[spoiler: Teru Mikami]] is my friend..."
* FalseReassurance: After [[spoiler: Takada]] learned that her father had an affair while her mother was pregnant she worries that Light might do the same to her. [[SarcasticConfession Light assures her "you're my affair."]]
* FanDisservice: Light and L's use of Matt's ashes.
* FirstPersonSmartass: Light's narration.
* FlawExploitation: B mercilessly attacks Light's [[DoomedNewClothes only weakness]]:
-->'''Light:''' Where are my clothes?
-->'''B:''' They're in the sink.
-->'''Light:''' What? No. They're dry clean only, you bastard!
-->'''B:''' Oh. That explains the strange colour of the water. I rinsed them through with boiling water and now they're soaking in cold water. Is that ok? I put ice in it. It's like suit mojito in the kitchen.
* FlippingTheBird: [[ShutUpHannibal Light flips off B after he gives him another of his infamous deconstructive psychoanalysis.]]
* FramingTheGuiltyParty: B has indeed been spying on L and Light and threatening Light. Light just sets matters up so that it becomes obvious to L by [[spoiler: drilling a hole in B's floor and into their ceiling so it looks like B has been or was planning to film them in bed together.]]
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler: L had a horrible relationship with his father. He was molested by one of his father's coworkers and his father blamed ''L'' for the whole scandal.]]
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Matt
* TheFunInFuneral: [[spoiler: At Matt's funeral. Well, everyone hated Matt. L and Light ''very much'' enjoy the funeral.]]
* FunctionalAddict: Light before L makes him get clean.
* FurAndLoathing: L complains about Mihael's coat that's "made out of cats."
* TheGenericGuy: Stephen
* AGodAmI: ''Both'' Light and L.
* GreenEyedMonster: Light to Stephen and B to Light, in both cases it's over L.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Light easily and routinely ditches his security detail.
* {{Hallucinations}}: Light gets them on occasion.
* HauledBeforeASenateSubcommittee: Light is summoned to an inquest when L is searching for corruption within his department.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: [[spoiler: L. He's floored when Light compares him to Astbury. Also Light has the sudden epiphany that [[FullCircleRevolution even though he's become Prime Minister nothing has changed.]]]]
* HiddenDepths: {{Lampshaded}} when L overhears some of Light's BackStory.
* HoldingTheFloor: Light does this to stall for time when he wakes to find a knife-wielding B in his bed -- Light resolves to keep him talking until L gets back or he can find an opportune moment to overpower him.
* HumiliationConga: [[spoiler: Light courtesy of L.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: The politicians. Everyone pretends to be very moral and upright while doing shady backroom deals, drugs, and [[ReallyGetsAround everyone.]] One glaringly obvious example would be when Light makes sure Matt gets busted for adultery when Matt was sleeping around with Misa (Light's then TrophyWife) while Light was busy screwing Matt's new girlfriend Naomi.
* HypocriticalHeartwarming:
-->'''L:''' No one takes the piss out of Light apart from me.
* HypocriticalHumor: when Light mocks B for being distrusting:
-->'''Light:''' I walk from one room to another with intent, hoping to find locked drawers and secrets. B had locked his bedroom door, which is to be expected from such a distrusting little shit. I found a spare set of keys in L's desk though, so it didn't do him much good to underestimate me. If I was B, I would have taken better precautions. I was excellent at chemistry and physics at school and dabbled in pyrotechnic devices.
* ICanChangeMyBeloved: Naomi with Matt and L with Light.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: B with Light during their "chat" in L's bed.
* TheILoveYouStigma: Light CanNotSpitItOut.
* [[IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer If You Ever Do Anything To Hurt Him]]: understated, [[spoiler: Light discovers L's new boyfriend is a {{CIA}} agent and he doesn't like him very much.]] Later, B promises Light that if he ever does anything to hurt L he'll put his head in a pot, possibly after it's been severed from his neck.
* ImStandingRightHere: There are several moments where the social circles will start gossiping about a person who is right there with them or standing nearby.
* ImagineSpot: Light has these, in increasing frequency, in which he brutally murders whoever is annoying him at the time.
* ImmuneToDrugs: B tries to sedate Light by lacing his vodka with Ambien but it only leaves him [[MushroomSamba slightly buzzed]]. Light later relates to L that he used to knock back "special drinks" like that all the time with Matt.
-->'''L:''' I thought I heard you rattling when you walked into the Higuchi inquiry. Light, how did you live before I met you?
* InWithTheInCrowd: This is Light's ready-made excuse.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: both Light and L have shades of this.
* IronicEcho: "To be understood would make me dead."
* {{Irony}}: Kiyomi assumes that Light knows nothing about clothes because he's a man.
** Light gets scolded for trying to have a serious conversation about politics with his politician "friends."
* ItMeantSomethingToMe: [[spoiler: Light when L leaves.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: Light's philosophy.
* JerkAss: most of the cast to varying degrees but [[EvenEvilHasStandards Matt’s douchebaggery]] ''[[EvenEvilHasStandards disgusts]]'' [[EvenEvilHasStandards Light]].
* JerkJustifications: As Light points out he has to be InWithTheInCrowd and at least look "accessible" in order to succeed in politics.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler: Light seems to be getting there after CharacterDevelopment. He's very protective of [[MoralityPet L]].]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Light uses displays of altruism to bolster his image.
* JerkassHasAPoint: B is right-Light and L's relationship is not healthy. Light was right [[spoiler: Stephen never quit the CIA.]] Souichiro is right [[spoiler: L isn't trustworthy.]]
* JustFriends: L and B, [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend much to B's dismay]]
* KingmakerScenario: [[DudeWheresMyRespect L doesn't get the respect he deserves]] because he's openly gay but he has enough power and influence to greatly help Light's career.
* KnightInSourArmor: Light and L.
* LadykillerInLove: or the YaoiGenre equivalent with Light and L.
* LadyMacBeth: [[spoiler: Kiyomi aspires to be this for Light but it already [[TheManBehindTheMan fully belongs to L]]-especially after he has the sudden epiphany that [[{{Yandere}} he "owns" a prime minister]] and he's decides he's going to "break" Light of his idealism...]]
* LandslideElection: [[spoiler: Light wins in one.]]
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Light for Misa. [[spoiler: L for Light. After L leaves Light begins to quite literally go insane. Eventually he begins fantasizing about how lovely it would be to die together.]] Also L for B.
* LonelyAtTheTop: Light. [[spoiler: He succeeded in becoming Prime Minister but he's very unhappy about his life.]]
* LoveDodecahedron: [[spoiler: Misa -> Light <-> Naomi <-> Matt, Shiori -> Mikami <-> Naomi, Takada -> Light <-> L <-> Stephen, and B -> L.]]
* LoveHurts: Oh so much. [[spoiler: Light doesn't believe it's real ''unless'' it hurts.]]
* LoveIsAWeakness: Light thinks so.
* LoveMakesYouEvil [=/=] LoveMakesYouCrazy: Both Light and L.
* LoveMartyr: L and Light for each other, Naomi for Matt.
* MadLove: [[spoiler: L and Light and later Light for L.]]
* MaddenIntoMisanthropy: Light
* MadnessMontage: [[spoiler: Light begins to see a devil staring down at him and imagined(?) screwing L at a party that L later tells him he did not attend.]]
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: [[spoiler: L and Light do it in the House of Parliament.]] Later [[spoiler: after L has supposedly "moved on" they have an encounter in an elevator. Also they have an encounter at Matt's funeral and uh... [[{{Squick}} make use of Matt's ashes.]] Later L fucks Light in an alleyway.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: L to Light. [[spoiler:He's even the one killing off threats and competition for Light using the Death Note.]]
* ManChild: The political boy's club seems to enjoy a permanent state of adolescence.
* ManipulativeBastard: Both Light and L.
* MaritalRapeLicense: [[spoiler: L and Light have decided that they "own" each other.]]
* MasochismTango: L and Light and Naomi and Matt.
* MasqueradeBall: Light says he once attended one and found L there, he and L knew each other despite their masks.
* MasterActor: As a politician, Light puts his [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] and oratory skills to good use.
* MayDecemberRomance: {{Lampshaded}}
-->'''L:''' Where were you when I was seventeen?
-->'''Light:''' I was ten and I was probably at school.
-->'''L:''' Ugh.
-->'''Light:''' Do you think that if you'd found me earlier then you could have spared me years of tragedy? Because you wouldn't. You would have been arrested.
* MementoMacGuffin: [[spoiler: L is shocked to discover that Light still wears the cufflinks he gave him-cufflinks with Gothic "L"s on them...]]
* TheMentallyDisturbed: Light, L, and B. They're all sick, sick puppies. Light has homicidal tendencies, a pathological need to appear "normal," and megalomania, L also has some sick and serious control issues, and as a child B enjoyed cutting up small animals and L is amazed he didn't grow up to be a SerialKiller.
* MindRape: This is B's specialty. L says he calls it "kill or cure therapy".
* MindScrew: Light occasionally sees flashes of a "devil" hovering above him or out of the corner of his eye that sounds suspiciously like Ryuk.
* MirthlessLaughter: Light [[spoiler: after he was rejected and beaten up by L.]]
* MomentKiller: B keeps popping up every time L and Light manage to get some time alone at L's dinner party.
* MoralityPet: [[spoiler: L for Light]]
* MotorMouth: B during "therapy."
* MurderTheHypotenuse: B is in obsessed with L. So when [[spoiler: Light and L get back together]] B is strongly considering it.
* MustHaveCaffeine: Light and L stop for coffee in almost every chapter. [[BadBoss Light tends to sack people]] [[BerserkButton when he's deprived of his coffee.]] Also coffee is apparently so important to L that when they run out he rushes out to get more--[[AloneWithThePsycho leaving Light alone in the house with B.]]
* MythologyGag: Light gets free meals at The Blue Note.
* NeverMyFault: Light.
* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: Light has to do this for [[spoiler: Matt]].
* NiceGuy: Stephen.
* NoAccountingForTaste: Light wonders if Naomi has a thing for drug addicts. Also Light and L who spend most of their time together making each other miserable. Also Light wonders what the hell [[spoiler: L sees in Stephen.]]
* NotHimself: Takada regularly excuses Light's irritabile moods by telling everyone he has a headache.
* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: [[spoiler: After L rapes Light in an alleyway L insists that Light liked it. Later Light pretends not hear it when L says "no."]]
* EverybodyKnewAlready: It appears that Kiyomi, Light's bodyguards, and the opposition party suspect that Light is having an affair (but not the nature of it given the Opposition's attempts at [[HoneyTrap Honey Traps]].)
* NotSoDifferent: Light and L. L wasn't raised as a quirky orphan detective in the AU so their similarities become all the more obvious.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: B
* ObnoxiousInLaws: [[spoiler: Takada's family to Light. Also Matsuda who is Light's brother-in-law by marrying Sayu though Light seems to find him more tolerable or at least useful when he needs people to pretend to socialize with.]]
* OminousLatinChanting: L is of the opnion that "O Fortuna" should be playing whenever Light enters a room.
* OnlyFriend: L for B.
* OperationJealousy: Light believes that this is why L is [[spoiler: dating Stephen]].
* [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent Our Prime Ministers Are Different]]: try a [[TheChessmaster Scheming]]-JerkAss-[[TheDeterminator Iron]]-[[TheCaligula Lunatic]]-[[BadassBookworm Geek]].
* {{Paparazzi}}: L finds one sniffing around his home, trying to snap career damaging photos of Light.
* ParentsWalkInAtTheWorstTime: [[spoiler: Souichiro walks in on L kissing Light.]]
* PassiveAggressiveKombat: Light is a master at this.
* ThePerfectionist: [[spoiler: L is devastated when he loses a case. He's ''never'' lost a case.]]
* PetHomosexual: {{Deconstructed}} Most of the politicians only see L this way despite his being one of the most competent at his job.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Light gets [[spoiler: Takada]] a pink diamond engagement ring. L thinks it looks very gay.
* PlatonicLifePartners: [[spoiler: Subverted with Light and Takada, though Light no doubt would like to be this because he thinks of Takada as his "incestuous twin" rather than his wife.]]
* PlayboyBunny: Mihael's choice of bar has them--girl bunnies and boy bunnies.
* PoliticiansKissBabies: Light has got this photo op covered.
* PresidentEvil: [[spoiler: Prime Minister Light]]
* PricelessMingVase: Stephen smashes L's priceless china when he's mad at him.
* PsychoPsychologist: B
* PunchAWall: After L discovers a paparazzi stalking Light, L relieves him of his camera. Light and L then proceed to play football with it to show their displeasure about their situation.
* PunnyName: When L introduces Light to his friend B, Light wonders if they had another friend named T-- they could make a sandwich.
* ReallyGetsAround: Light, though he seems to be under the impression that everyone is sleeping with everyone. Matt keeps stealing any girl Light might be interested in. Also B calls L "a manwhore."
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler: B to L when he catches L and Light in a compromising position.]]
* ReformedCriminal: [[spoiler: Mihael Keehl]]
* RegularlyScheduledEvil: A suspicious string of deaths is occurring all around the cast with such regularity that they've taken to calling it "The Curse." Light frequently benefits from the mysterious deaths. [[spoiler: It's implied that Ryuk exists in this universe and he still enjoys [[CosmicPlaything toying with Light.]]]]
* ReluctantPsycho: B is a psychologist who knows he has some issues of his own. [[WholePlotReference L is amazed he didn't grow up]] to be a SerialKiller.
* RightThroughTheWall: B complains about the noise L and his then boyfriend would make during his college years.
** Later Light does this with L because "I didn't want B to labour under the illusion that we were sleeping."
* RomanticFalseLead: [[spoiler: Light is crazy about L and then L begins dating Stephen...]]
* SarcasticConfession: [[spoiler: When L tells Stephen that he fucks prime ministers. Also when Light assures Takada "you're my affair."]]
* TheScapegoat: [[spoiler: When Mikami gets caught snorting coke,]] all the other politicians are naturally shocked and appalled.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: A RunningGag has L introducing his coworkers and his rivals and his enemies to his "good friend" the prime minister.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: when no one comments when Light lights up a cigarette in a hospital room he takes that as "proof that the civilised world has laws for the masses and laws for me."
* SdrawkcabName: L asks Light if he knows what his last name spells when written backwards in English.
* SelectiveObliviousness: Light is the king of this trope:
-->'''Light:''' [[[spoiler: Stephen]]]'s oddly pleasant considering the last time we met, and I swiftly come to the conclusion that L hasn't told him that he loves me and that we're just going through a rough patch which involves impacting my face with his fist.
** Also L doesn't want to believe that his best friend B is psychotic.
* SelfServingMemory: while drunk, L relates to Light (and B who is listening in) on how he [[BlackMail blackmailed]] a girl in order to get his current position. B says that when L told him about it earlier L had said he'd won it fair and square.
* SeriousBusiness: Steak is Serious Business.
* ShoutOut: to ''LustCaution'', ''BrokebackMountain'', ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'', ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' and ''Series/TheXFiles''. Also apparently Kiyomi watches ''Series/ToddlersAndTiaras''. L decides Light's new car is the Batmobile and teasingly calls him an "ageing Japanese Justin Bieber."
* SlashFic: Light/L, [[spoiler: Gevanni/L]], and one-sided [[spoiler: B/L]] and [[spoiler: B/L/Light]]
* SleazyPolitician: Most of the cast.
* SleepsWithEveryoneButYou: B feels this way about L.
* SlippingAMickey: [[spoiler: B drugs Light's drink.]]
* SmittenTeenageGirl: Light starts acting this way for L despite being male and in his thirties.
* SoapOperaDisease: [[spoiler: At one of their parties Matt shows up slowly dying of a wasting disease. Light thinks it couldn't have happened to a better person.]]
* SorryIFellOnYourFist: [[spoiler: Light apologizes to L after L beats him up.]] Later [[spoiler: L apologizes to Light after Light nearly murders him.]]
* TheSpook: [[spoiler: L was involved in The Lady's administration's scandals. It's implied that he at the very least helped to cover up Raye Penber's murder.]]
* SpyCatsuit: Light makes a joke about how all CIA agents should be required to wear them so that they'd be easier to spot.
* StalkerWithACrush: Light towards L.
* StalkerWithoutACrush: [[spoiler: For some reason B ripped out one of Light's hairs to keep in his notebook.]]
* StalkingIsLove: [[spoiler: L seems to get upset when Light ''stops'' blatantly stalking him.]]
* StarcrossedLovers: [[spoiler: Light and L]]
* StartXToStopX: Light became a CorruptPolitician to put an end to corruption.
* StepfordSmiler: Light. He puts so much energy into being what he believes he ''should'' be that he doesn't even really know what he wants. Also Takada and Naomi.
* StonersAreFunny: a typical political meeting seems to consist of drinking, smoking, and snorting coke.
* StrawNihilist: L "His contented sadness envelopes you in the bittersweet resignation that we are doomed, all of us."
* SubmissiveBadass: B finds Light to be surprisingly "obedient", "sensible", and "reasonable".
* SuperOCD: B sorts and stacks his M&Ms by colour.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Light and L feel this way.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: Light complains in his inner monologue that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAOxCqSxRD0 "Wicked Game"]] was playing on the cab ride over and he has it [[EarWorm stuck in his head]] when [[ForeShadowing he first meets L]] at his inquest.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: [[spoiler: L realizes that Light really is in love with him when L leaves and Light tells him he never loved him anyway.]]
* SweetTooth: L of course, who decides that they should have a balanced meal of cake for dinner.
* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: B at L's place.
* AThreesomeIsHot: Light talks B and L into having a threesome [[ManipulativeBastard in order to expose]] what everyone ''really'' thinks of each other.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Light. [[SanitySlippage On several occasions he'll have waking dreams and hallucinations.]] He'll frequently catch glimpses of "a devil" (that resembles Ryuk) drawing near. It's been suggested he's done too many drugs over the course of his career and this has resulted in brain damage.
* TrophyWife: Misa is [[spoiler: or was]] this for Light. Later [[spoiler: this is why Light marries Takada. Meanwhile Takada sees Light as her ''Trophy Husband''.]]
* UnholyMatrimony: Light and L when the two are ("working") together. Also [[spoiler: Light and Takada]] of the variety where ''both'' are faking it for personal gain, although it's suggested that Takada does carry some affection for Light. [[spoiler:Ryuk and L have some of this going, too.]]
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: B
* UnreliableNarrator: Light
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: you could say Light takes a tough stance on crime...
* TheVamp: Light isn't above using this method of manipulation to get what he wants.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: The Public sees Light as a friendly, approachable, family man who's a champion for justice, the poor, underprivileged, and for woman's rights.
* WeNeedADistraction: L and Light get into a quarrel over how Light wants his steak cooked so that they can storm out of L's dinner party together and get away from their "friends".
* WellDoneSonGuy: L had a very bad relationship with his father. Also Light has a very distant relationship with his father. Light already has shades of this with his son because he feels bringing an innocent into this arrangement, his fake, loveless family, was the greatest mistake he's ever made.
* WhatTheHellHero: Light calls out L when his abusive behavior goes too far.
-->'''Light:''' You were sadistic, I don't want to say the other word I'm thinking of.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Light and Kiyomi's kid ends up with the name [[spoiler: Kira]].
* WholePlotReference: Recursive one to ''Manga/DeathNote''. After another round of [[BreakTheCutie cutie-breaking]] L considers the merits of becoming a recluse and hiring a kindly old man to feed him desserts so he won't starve. Also L is amazed that B didn't grow up to be a SerialKiller. Also Light gets a special belt that allows him to call his bodyguards. And then there is Kiyomi's wish to make a better world for [[spoiler: Kira]].
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: L had this issue with his parents. Also B, L's childhood friend and neighbor, had this issue with his own parents where they encouraged him to be more like L.
* WideEyedIdealist: Light, he knows the world of politics is rotten but claims he won't allow his high ideals to be tainted. Also Raye Penber, Light's first political mentor.
* WorldOfSnark
* WoundedGazelleGambit: After locking himself in a room with Light, B begins beating himself up in an attempt to frame Light. Luckily L knows B and Light well enough to figure out what's going on.
* XanatosGambit: Naturally Light and L make frequent use of them to make sure their opponents are caught in compromising positions.
* {{Yandere}}: Light begins to exhibit these tendencies towards L [[spoiler: after their break-up. And it turns out L is, ''at least'', just as ''crazy'' about Light.]] Also B for L.
* YoungConqueror: Light [[TheManBehindTheMan with L steering him on his path...]]
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: While Matt sleeps with Misa, Light's wife, Light sleeps with Naomi, Matt's girlfriend. Later Light cheats on Kiyomi with L and L cheats on Stephen with Light.]]
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