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Many well-known [[HeyItsThatVoice voice actors]] and live action actors provided their talent for Manga/DeathNote, for example:
* [[IronChef Chairman Kaga]] is Light's dad! And it's ''exactly'' as awesome as it sounds.
* [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Moose is a serial killer?!]]
* Light Yagami is:
** [[Literature/BattleRoyale Shuuya Nanahara]]
** [[Manga/BlackLagoon A certain former business executive]]
** English dub: [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 "Become Gundam".]]
** He piloted the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing the Sandrock]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Nu Gundam]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam the original gundam]]!
** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Dearka]]
** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Auel]]
** He was [[KimbaTheWhiteLion king of the jungle (1989 version)]], and a [[MyLittlePonyTales pony (Ace)]].
** Japanese Light is also the [[Manga/{{Ouran High School Host Club}} founder of a certain host club]]. He also happens to be a [[Manga/{{Vampire Knight}} Hunter turned vampire]], [[{{Anime/Pokemon}} an]] AmbiguouslyGay {{bishonen}}, [[WolfsRain and a certain wolf searching for paradise in a rotten world]], [[Literature/BattleRoyale and had to avoid getting voted off the island]] [[Series/{{Survivor}} (no not that one.)]]. Also, [[Franchise/KingdomHearts a certain emo who let himself be consumed by darkness]] [[Manga/SoulEater and the son of the Shinigami and is a (lesser) Shinigami himself with OCD]] -- [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK4Hpy9isf8 Lookie, he wrote his name in the Death Note.]]
** Light's German and French dubbing actors also voiced JD from Series/{{Scrubs}}. And in Spain, he's WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck.
** Light is [[WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderman Venom]] in the Latin American dub.
* Ryuk's Death Note must have [[Anime/DragonBallZ OVER]] [[MemeticMutation 9000!!]] names.
* Dubbed L is [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Felix Gaeta]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBkrGVNsBK0]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY3gY48pxjA&list=FLM2CFpnQLwo2DUJ6zebbNmA&index=33]].
* In English, Mikami is voiced by Creator/KirbyMorrow, AKA [[Manga/{{Inuyasha}} Miroku]]. Rape Note, anyone?
* Dubbed Mikami was also a villain on ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', and a shapeshifting SerialKillerKiller on ''Series/{{Fringe}}''
* Raye Penber is traded in TheMovie for...''Series/KamenRiderHibiki''.
* [[LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana Naomi]], in english.
* [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Misa Amane, perhaps?]]
* And L is voiced by Creator/KappeiYamaguchi. Where to even begin? Manga/{{Inuyasha}}, [[Manga/{{Gravitation}} Ryuichi Sakuma]], [[Manga/OnePiece Usopp]], [[PandoraHearts the Cheshire Cat]], Saotome Ranma...
* Near: known in another life as a [[Manga/{{Inuyasha}} certain priestess who refused to die]] or [[Manga/RurouniKenshin a certain emotionless bamfy swordsman who gave everyone's favorite rurouni a run for his money]].
* In fact, Matt Lagan as Lind L. Tailor (live action) was kind of hilarious for seasoned SurvivalHorror gamers - he dubs the majority of the male ghosts in ''VideoGame/FatalFrame'''s first instalment, and Leonard in ''VideoGame/SilentHill3''.
* Watched any CGI {{Franchise/Barbie}} movies recently? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXNpnel6CQY Try watching the dub with a straight face now.]]
* [[Creator/NozomuSasaki Mello]] was [[{{Manga/Monster}} Johan]] in another life.
* Dubbed Sidoh is....[[WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy DOUBLE D?!?]]
* In Hungary, Near is [[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Courtney]], [[CuriousGeorge Maggie Dunlop]] and WesternAnimation/{{Dexter|sLaboratory}}.
* In the anime, the shinigami Gelus is voiced by Ken'ichi Matsuyama, the live action actor of L.
* In the English dub [[{{WesternAnimation/X-MenEvolution}} Light is Nightcrawler, L is Gambit, Mikami is Cyclops, Rem is Mystique, Raye Penber is Colossus, Naomi Misora is Danielle Moonstar, and Sidoh is Forge]] (and [[WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes HERBIE]]).
* In English, [[Franchise/{{BIONICLE}} L is Vakama, Naomi is Nokama, Ryuk is both Onewa and Matau, Watari is Norik, and Jealous is Kopaka]]
* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Naomi Misora is Rarity, Princess Luna/Nightmare Moon, Granny Smith, Rarity's mom, Mrs. Cup Cake, Pound Cake, Photo Finish and (in the original version, at least) Derpy Hooves, but the only pairs of these characters who've had on-screen, two-way conversations are Rarity with Photo Finish and Rarity with her mom. Near is Spike]] (the latter is also true in Germany) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6jZEa1StYo&feature=watch_response]], [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales Light is Ace (a tennis-playing "bad" pony),]] [[{{Fanfic/Cupcakes}} Pinkie Pie]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic has Misa's singing voice]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVK9HKN0Jbo]], [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic and Shidoh is a Pegasus bully.]]
* In the Latin American dub Souichiro is [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Gandalf]].
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[[folder:Other trivia]]
* ActorAllusion: Aruno Tahara, who voices the US president in the Japanese version, previously dubbed UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush in ''Fahrenheit 9/11''.
* BannedInChina: They're 'a poison which creates wicked hearts', apparently.
* FandomNod: The interstitial factoids in the manga.
* NoExportForYou: The one-shot chapter has never been released in North America. Also unreleased in are the three DS games produced by Konami, four of the DVD collector's figures (Soichiro, Takada, Mikami and the King of Shinigami) and the anime guidebook.
* The theme playing at the very beginning of the pilot is a chanted variation of the taize prayer Kyrie Eleison, which is Greek for "Lord have mercy."
* The theme that plays at various key moments - the "I am Justice" duet, the capture of the Yotsuba Kira, the revelation of Light's final gambit against Near, and the timeskip montage (where it plays in full) - is a Dies Irae. Oddly, it does ''not'' include the fifth verse of said apocalyptic choral number ("The written book will be brought/In which all is contained/Whereby the world will be judged"), but that ''is'' covered in "Teleology of Death", which plays when less overblown OminousLatinChanting is called for.
* In the first episode (blink and you miss it) one of the names written in the Death Note is Uwe B[[note]]oll?[[/note]]...
* One subtle indication of Light and L's opposition: Light uses a PC whereas L uses an AppleMacintosh.
* In episode 24, when L pilots a helicopter, he sits normally. There's an in-universe reason for this, as helicopter controls cannot be used from L's usual sitting position.
* During the English dub scene in the helicopter in episode 24, when L is holding the Death Note and giving a stream of thoughts showing how this notebook proves that Light is Kira, that last thing he says at the end of the stream is 'Yellow Box'. As this is the name of the abandonned warehouse mentionned and used in episodes 36 and 37, this can either be considered an accidental spoiler or epic {{Foreshadowing}}. In original audio he just says "two notebooks".
* The "13th" issue of the manga (basically a Death Note encyclopedia) notes that any time L gave a percentage of the likelyhood that Light was Kira, he was lying-- it was always 100% - in fact, "any time L throws out a percentage, it basically means that he suspects that person by over 90 percent." It also notes that he was lying when he called Light his friend.
* L has enough symptoms to be diagnosed with [[UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome Asperger syndrome]]. Same with Near, but he doesn't have enough symptoms to be albino.
* Even though he is shown mostly sitting, Near is shown standing while meeting with the President.
* Minus Takada if you count her as the fifth Kira, the Kiras die in alphabetical order. Higuchi is killed by Light, Light is killed by Ryuk, Mikami dies by Near's actions (I follow the Near manipulated Mikami with the DN theory) and a year after Light's and Mikami's deaths, Misa commits suicide. H,..L, Mik, Mis... Clever, eh?
** It's the same with L and his successors. L, then Mello, and eventually Near. So it's L, M, N.
** Mello and Near's character designs were accidentally switched during character creation explaining why they have [[IronicNickname Ironic Codenames]]-they were originally going to be [[MeaningfulName Meaningful Names]]-Mello was intended to be the "mello" one and Near was intended to be the AxeCrazy one who was drawing "near."
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The author originally intended to use Mogi for an awesome and epic plot development, but could never figure out what that would be (beyond it being awesome and epic).
** According to How To Read 13, [[spoiler: the entire task force were going to die in heroic ways. In the actual story Matsuda, Aizawa, Mogi and Ide all survive.]]
** Ryuk was originally going to look like this: [[http://i27.tinypic.com/rw17o0.jpg]] but the creators were worried that if he looked cooler or more attractive than Light then the fans wouldn't pay attention to Light.
** According to ''How To Read 13'' for that scene where Light and L are "getting to know each other better" the creators were originally thinking of having Light and L [[{{Swordfight}} do a fencing duel]] before ultimately [[MundaneMadeAwesome settling for tennis instead.]]
** Also according to the ''How to Read 13'', [[spoiler: Mello was suppose to be the one who defeated Light, not Near. Ohba ended up killing him off though due to him learning too much about the Death Note, meaning if he were kept alive much of the tension in the series would have went kablooie. Both Ohba and Obata admitted to liking Mello better than Near, with Ohba saying that being told Obata ''also'' preferred Mello probably would have been enough to change the ending back to Mello winning.]]
** Naomi Misora was also originally going to be more of a major character, but [[spoiler: Ohba had to kill her off quickly as it was felt she'd complicate the story by being too smart and figuring things out fast]].
** ''How To Read'' also mentions that in the planning stages it was briefly considered that Mello and Near would be L's twin sons but that idea was scrapped, likely as it would mean someone like L actually managed to have sex with a girl and the author just couldn't see that ever happening[[note]]as well as with L being 25 at the time of his death and Mello and Near being young teenagers when they're introduced, that would have brought up some uncomfortable implications about the age of their "father"[[/note]], so Mello and Near became {{Tykebomb}} orphans instead. Mello was also going to have white hair, as seen in an early color poster featuring the younger versions of him and Near (on the main page), but had his hair changed to blond by the time Obata started doing color images with his adult self.
* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: Ohba admitted to doing this in an interview; Obata, who was present at the time, was shocked and thought Ohba was joking at first.
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