* AlasPoorScrappy: [[spoiler: Misa Amane]], in the anime. Doubles as an AlasPoorVillain.
** Granted we don't see [[spoiler: her]] die (if [[spoiler:she]] did commit suicide). We just see the facial expression as [[spoiler: Light dies]]. And [[spoiler:she]] shouldn't have been aware of it as it happened.
* AdaptationDisplacement:
** "''Manga/DeathNote''? Man, I love that anime/movie. What, there was a ''manga''?" This is somewhat of a strange case, as originally the manga was already immensely popular in the West before the film/anime adaptations.
** Individual scenes are subject to this as well, even amongst fans who know the manga. The infamous "potato chip" scene was understated and matter-of-fact in the manga, but bring up potato chips in reference to ''Death Note'', and people either recall the [[LargeHam over-the-top]] Japanese dialogue from the anime, or the even more ridiculous English dub of the same scene.
*** Notable examples of this are certain Narm-tastic moments such as L's reaction to [[spoiler: the second Kira mentioning shinigami]] and [[spoiler: [[HighPressureBlood Mikami's death]]]]. Just like in the potato chip example, the reactions of the characters were far more understated (and realistic) in the manga. And in the case of the latter, the actual [[spoiler: death/suicide]] happens 10 days later and off-screen.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Has its own [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation/DeathNote here]].
* AmericansHateTingle:
** Italians Hate Light Yagami.
** Misa Amane is way more accepted in Japan, Europe and South America than in North America. If she could see fan reaction to her, she'd probably wish the NA ''Manga/DeathNote'' fandom was more like the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' fandom; [[HarleyQuinn she'd be more popular then!]]
* {{Anvilicious}}: The power to kill (without having to assume responsibility) is evil.
* ArcFatigue: It depends from reader to reader, but many feel this around the second arc (see EndingFatigue) and some even as early as the first arc. This is a series that prides itself on being a "[[ReverseWhodunnit howtocatchem]]" GambitPileup war between two MagnificentBastard characters... and obviously those with low tolerance for endless mind games are going to rage.
* AssPull: Mello and Near also come almost out of the blue, in contrast to the usual pains the story takes to show the plans in action from start to finish.
** While we are on the subject [[spoiler: Near replacing the death note with a fake. Especially the fact that Light didn't notice]].
* AwesomeEgo: Light Yagami the God of the New World. Also more subtly L-only the world's [[spoiler: top three]] greatest detective[[spoiler:s]] with his own L-screensaver.
* BaseBreaker:
** Light Yagami is the biggest one here. He's both loved and hated by the fandom.
** L is this to a lesser degree.
** Matsuda is an EnsembleDarkhorse, but he's also hated for being an idiot.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Misa's VillainSong comes out of nowhere, has no relevance to the overall story, and is never mentioned again. It feels particularly out of place considering that everywhere else in the story, [[LawOfConservationOfDetail not a single second is wasted.]] Furthermore, it's nowhere to be found in the manga.
* CompleteMonster:
** Manga: [[VillainProtagonist Light Yagami]] is a brilliant, egotistical student who finds the titular [[ArtifactOfDoom Death Note]] and soon embarks on a quest to become [[AGodAmI the God of a "perfect" world]] he will create. After killing multiple criminals with the Note, the {{narcissist}}ic Light flies into a rage when a man denounces his public name of "Kira" ([[SerialKillerKiller "Killer"]]) on TV and gleefully murders him on the spot. Once FBI agents investigate, Light kills them as well, revealing himself to one to [[EvilGloating gloat]] and later gleefully forces the man's fiancee into suicide. Later, to eliminate his chief pursuer and rival L, Light pulls a MemoryGambit where he has he Death Note given to a man he knows will misuse it and pulls off a scheme that kills multiple people, including L. Light contemplates killing his own sister when she becomes a liability and only relenting for the scrutiny it will draw. Not even lovers are immune, as he uses one of his [[YourCheatingHeart two lovers]] as bait for another rival and forces her to burn herself to death, also eliminating any evidence along with her. When exposed, Light attempts to justify himself as a WellIntentionedExtremist, but is [[VillainousBreakdown revealed as]] "nothing more than a crazy SerialKiller."
** Film: Once a college student frustrated at the perceived failures of the Japanese justice system, [[VillainProtagonist Light Yagami]] proves that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Upon getting his hands on the titular [[ArtifactOfDoom Death Note]], the {{narcissist}}ic Light quickly declares his designs of [[AGodAmI becoming the god of a new world]]. While he starts off by simply killing criminals, he eventually expands his targets to include the FBI investigators attempting to catch him, and anyone else he sees as a hindrance to his ascension. Light kills his girlfriend Shiori Akino at the end of the first movie to gain sympathy from L, using Naomi Misora, whom he also kills. His disinterest in the fate of anyone other than himself is shown most clearly when he gives the note to someone who he knew for certain would use it for selfish and evil purposes just so that he can throw the authorities off his trail and [[MemoryGambit kill his rival]].
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* CounterpartComparison: [[http://www.funnyjunk.com/funny_pictures/1460289/Ryuk Many have noticed]] Ryuk's physical resemblance to [[Disney/{{Hercules}} another humorous death god.]]
* CrazyAwesome:
** Movie-L has a high-tech getaway car. And it's a bright pink Angel Crepe van.
** Also Light and Mikami emphasis on CRAZY.
* CreepyAwesome:
** Ryuk is this trope personified.
** Let's just say this series has a Cast Full Of CreepyAwesome.
** Mikami has some great moments. Killing Demegawa and his cohorts in the anime is accompanied by writing even more epic than Light's. The [[{{Narm}} eagle sound effects]] and [[NarmCharm flashing multicolored lights]] aren't the things that make the scene; that [[SlasherSmile smile]] of his, however, is.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome:
** The songs Japanese band Music/MaximumTheHormone did for the second opening and closing credits.
** Nightmare did a great job too.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBTw2eHt5dY Low Of Solipsism]], which plays whenever Kira is on a killing spree, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7Wzv9f1JKU Death Note]], which plays to highlight a key point in the overarching conflict - the "I Am Justice" scene, for example - both qualify as well.
** Don't forget L's theme ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uUVX376U4M A]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlGUYT_zk5o B]]).
** Special mention also must go to "Domine Kira".
** Basically, any of the epic classical music played. Leave it to Death Note to make writing in a notebook fucking EPIC. Or eating potato chips.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp7m1E08Fms&feature=related Coda ~ Death Note]]'', the music played over the credits of the final episode. That scene really wouldn't have had the same power without it.
* CryForTheDevil: Deserving or not, [[spoiler: Mello, Takada, Light, Mikami, and Misa all had very sad deaths.]]
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Happens to some people, due to the dark nature of the series and the characters.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Demegawa's broadcast of "Kira's Kingdom" and the accompanying {{Cult}} of Kira.
* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: Getting away with murder and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking eating potato chips]] has never looked so cool.
* DieForOurShip: Misa and Takada for getting in the way of [[FoeYay L and Light]]. Takada gets this from Light/Misa shippers as well, some of whom actually ''cheered'' when [[spoiler:Light killed her]], even though he was only using both of them. To a lesser degree, Halle for getting in the way of [[HoYay Mello and Matt]] or [[FoeYay Mello and Near]].
* DracoInLeatherPants: ''Any'' of the series' protagonists, to varying degrees.
** Light gets an in-universe example.
* EndingFatigue: The second arc for many. Ironic as the series was written specifically to span 108 chapters, partly as a TakeThat toward ArcFatigue which Tsugumi Ohba identifies as a PetPeeveTrope.
* EnsembleDarkHorse:
** '''Matt'''. He appears in a mere sixteen panels of the manga, but is ''extremely'' popular in the fandom, to the point where if you were unfamiliar with the series you'd think he was one of the main characters, or that his relationship with Mello was canonically romantic.
** Matsuda established himself squarely in this place when he [[spoiler: pulled a {{Crouching Moron Hidden Badass}} moment in emptying his revolver in Light when the later attempted to kill Near]]. Of course before hand he was one due to his carefree attitude.
** Soichiro Yagami certainly qualifies. In most of the abridged series of the series he is made to be this supreme badass whom no one will question or talk back to.
** Mikami is highly revered by fans for being arguably the most [[LargeHam over the top]] user of the death note and for having a genuinely sympathetic back story. He's one of the few aspects of Part Two that's not a BaseBreaker. It helps that he's also [[{{Bishounen}} very pretty]].
** Beyond Birthday only appeared in the book spin off "The BB Murder Cases" and had a passing mention in the anime and manga, but became rather popular nevertheless.
** Naomi Misora for being intriguingly mysterious, and nearly bringing the Kira case to an early end by herself... of course, "nearly" doesn't quite cut it when you're dealing with Light.
* EscapistCharacter: Light is handled well enough to be this rather than a VillainSue.
* EvilIsCool: Most of the... umm, "less heroic" characters, especially Light. [[CreepyAwesome Ryuk]], Mello and BB also qualify.
* EvilIsSexy: Light Yagami, [[MsFanservice Misa]], Mikami and Mello.
* FanonDiscontinuity: Many, many fans would like to forget that [[spoiler: Rem kills L.]] Others like to ignore the bits involving Near and/or Mello. Some even take that a step further and pretend the second season as a whole never happened. And there is yet another group of fans who would very much like to believe that [[spoiler: Light won and/or lived.]] And that's just the manga, there are those that much prefer how the movies went (though few would include L Change the World in their continuity).
* FashionVictimVillain: Poor Mello actually thinks he looks intimidating in that outfit.
* FauxSymbolism: The apples. The artist assumed they were there for their religious significance, but the writer just put them there [[RuleOfCool because he thought they were cool]]. [[WordofGod So he claims, anyway]].
** Not to mention the first opening credits [[BaitAndSwitchCredits that make us think that Light is going to do something really just and noble.]] Heck, the first time you see him he's reciting Scripture perfectly in class. Two episodes into the series, you know better.
*** Throughout the series, there a number of images that just happen to resemble crosses. And in the first opening credits sequence, Misora is seen holding [[spoiler: the recently killed]] Raye Penber's body, looking uncannily like [[PietaPlagiarism La Pieta art.]]
*** The first opening credits also shows a split-second image of Light laying on what appears to be a stained-glass window (in the second opening, this is repeated, only Light is shown more as a festering corpse).
*** Also in the opening credits is an image of Light handing Ryuk an apple, in what appears to be a crude mimicry of Michelangelo's ceiling painting of Adam and God (With Light as Adam, giving the apple more symbolism, and Ryuk as God, being flanked by Shinigami rather than cherubim). Also note how, in this image, Light has THAT chain handcuffed to his wrist, which leads off-screen. Is speculated to mean that the image may actually be larger, including L attached on the other end.
* FoeRomanceSubtext: Tons of it. [[http://2yarik-aka-gingi.deviantart.com/art/Meet-BBxLxLight-126924658 L seems to get this with all his enemies]] with Light above all others but also with Misa, and Beyond from ''LightNovel/AnotherNote'' at least on B's side. B is ''very'' obsessed with him. As for Light and L the two compliment each other's methods and skills all the time, and regard each other as worthy adversaries. [[TheNotLoveInterest L evokes feelings in Light that he feels for no one else. L is the most important person in Light's life]] [[spoiler: even after he is dead. And in the anime L is the only person on Light's mind ''when he's dying.'']] And of course, there's that infamous foot massage in the anime, which [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPRNPx8PbM8=related must be seen to be believed.]]
-->'''L:''' It's the least I can do to atone for my sins.
-->'''Light:''' ...Do as you wish.
** Also Beyond Birthday has this, mainly with L, Naomi Misora, and A (his [[TheRival rival]] at Wammy's House). Also frequently [[UnholyMatrimony with Light]] who he's [[CrackPairing never met.]] [[http://rhymeswithmonth.deviantart.com/art/Mass-Murderer-Pickup-lines-145854261]]. Beyond is also quite frequently [[NoYay shipped with his victims.]]
* FountainOfMemes: Light
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: A certain pratfall toward the end of the first season plays very differently by the end of the second.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Misa's generally more popular within the {{Cosplay}} fandom than the rest of the anime fandom, due to how easy it is to cosplay her and how the many teenage girls[[note]]and [[CampGay some]] [[WholesomeCrossdresser guys!]][[/note]] in the cosplay fandom can relate to her (albeit not completely). In fact: Francesca Dani, one of the most popular cosplayers ''in the whole world'', [[http://www.francescadani.com/cosplay/death-note-misa-amane/index.html has Misa among her most popular cosplays.]]
* GodModeSue: L in the films.
* HarsherInHindsight: Watch the first episode after watching the series and think just HOW different Light's life (and the entire world) would have been if he wasn't looking through that window.
* HesJustHiding: Pick a character- any character- there's loads of FixFic.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** in Volume 5 of the manga L wonders ''[[spoiler: "Just how far ahead have you prepared, Light Yagami...?"]]''
** In Volume 2 Light declares in his mind "I can't let myself be even remotely suspected of being Kira!" Yeah, good luck with that.
** We agree, Ryuk. Humans ''are'' [[VideoGame/DwarfFortress fun!]]
** When people found out live-action Soichiro was played by [[Series/IronChef Takeshi Kaga]], it started jokes about where Light got his potato chip eating skills from.
* HollywoodHomely: According to WordOfGod, L is supposed to be "ugly."
* HoYay[=/=]LesYay: [[HoYay/DeathNote See here.]]
* InternetBackdraft: [[spoiler:L's death]], which is arguably the most risky move by Ohba, caused a great deal of the fans to simply stop following the series altogether.
* IronWoobie: Soichiro Yagami. He's the most decent man in the series, but he has to suffer due to his son’s and L's actions. [[HeyItsThatGuy Pun]] [[HilariousInHindsight not]] [[Series/IronChef intended]].
* JerkassWoobie: [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Depending on your view]] and how much sympathy do you retain for them, despite them doing many bad things, Light, Misa, Mikami, Mello, Beyond, and even Takada could qualify.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: The DVD covers spoil certain events of the series. [[spoiler: Such as the one that has an image of dead L and Light gloating over him]]. Also if you take a peak at any fanfiction you'll know the ending to ''Another Note.''
* LauncherOfAThousandShips:
** Mello, if to a lesser extent than most examples.
** Fandom takes Light's canonical [[AmbiguouslyGay ambiguous]] [[{{Asexuality}} disinterest in girls]] to mean he'll do AnythingThatMoves provided it is tactically advantageous ([[{{OTP}} or]] [[SingleTargetSexuality L-sexual]]).
** L is shipped with the Kiras, the Wammys, and the entire taskforce.
** Likewise Near is shipped with everyone and [[CargoShip his toys]].
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: Ohba was a master of subverting the trope. Doesn't stop [[HesJustHiding the fans' perspectives]], though.
* LoveToHate: Light.
* MagnificentBastard: Light is practically the manga poster boy for this trope. L actually fits some of the requirements even better than [[VillainProtagonist Light]]. Mello might have become one [[spoiler: with his final actions, if you choose to believe he had it all planned.]]
* MemeticMolester:
** Raye Penber is stalking teenage boys for the F.B.I. Doesn't help that in the anime his signature makes his first name look like it's spelled "Rape." Many a jokes have been made on Youtube.
** Ryuk's permanent [[SlasherSmile rape face.]]
** Just LOOK at Near's creepy smiles! Also in the manga, how he wanted to [[spoiler: keep Light.]]
** Higuchi is a DirtyOldMan ''in canon.''
** Beyond Birthday often supplies the "hurt" part of [[HurtComfortFic Hurt Comfort FanFiction]]. There's really no good way to take his line in ''LightNovel/AnotherNote'' of "I'm an aggressive top."
** [[WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesTeamDattebayo L never misses an opportunity to install cameras in a bathroom.]]
** Light for evidence, see the deleted scene of [[spoiler:L's funeral]]. Not to mention his SlasherSmile as he says "Just as planned."
* MemeticMutation: [[Memes/DeathNote Lots.]]
* MindGameShip: Light with practically everyone. The most notable ones are L with Light and Near with Light.
* MisaimedFandom:
** Kira is just misunderstood/it's the Death Note's Fault./[[GollumMadeMeDoIt Light and Kira are two different personalities.]]/[[MindScrew Light is the hero, Kira is the villain.]]
*** The second interpretation may not be that far off, given the creator stated "Light's life was ruined when he got the Death Note." Although this refers more to it being a corrupting influence than it being in control of him.
** [[AntiHero L]] [[MrFanservice is adorable]] [[DracoInLeatherPants therefore he can do no wrong!]]
* {{Moe}}:
** Misa Amane is a walking blob of Moe. [[GirlishPigtails Pigtails]], Gothic Lolita, ZettaiRyouiki, squealing girly voice, all topped off with a {{Yandere}} personality. She's so Moe that she even Shinigami want to protect her. Also, Sayu.
** Light and L have their moments too. Especially L, thanks to his personality quirks.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Light definitely [[IncrediblyLamePun falls into this trope]]. He did so many horrible things from killing FBI Agent Raye Penbar to killing Raye's fiancee, Naomi Misora, getting closer and closer for every bad thing he's done. While the ones listed above were to just simply stop them from getting in his way, he finally crosses it when he kills someone that wasn't getting on his way, was on his side, and ultimately loved him. [[spoiler:He betrays and murders Kiyomi Takada, even after she did what Light told her to do, murder Mello. What makes it even worse is she is forced to burn herself to death and die slowly and painfully.]]
*** In the films, he crosses it when he murders his girlfriend, [[spoiler:Shiori]]. [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Ryuk was shocked to hear about this.]]
** Beyond Birthday's MoralEventHorizon is when he kills a little girl.
** The members of NPO Blue Ship (except for K, since this happened before she joined them) crossed it when they slaughtered an entire village of innocent people with a deadly virus just because they thought that by decreasing the surplus population, they could save the environment.
** Kyosuke Higuchi has two candidates. It's either when he kills [[GuiltRiddenAccomplice Hatori]] for trying to back out (and he coldly informs the poor guy beforehand that he's going to get killed), or when he decided to [[spoiler:marry Misa and then kill her to get her money]]. [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Rem was shocked to hear about this.]]
** The TV drama has Ryuk himself cross it as early as ''the first episode'', wherein he intentionally drops the notebook so Light is the one to find it and goads him to use it upon seeing his hesitance.
* {{Narm}}: [[Narm/DeathNote See here.]]
* NeverLiveItDown: Light has rather fewer moments of completely losing his shit than you'd think from talking to fans. It's just that what little we get is just ''that'' memorable.
** Also the potato chip incident.
* NightmareFuel: [[NightmareFuel/DeathNote Quite a bit of it.]]
* NoYay:
** Ryuk/Light [[MemeticMolester Oh for the]] [[BrainBleach love of Kira,]] [[BigNo NO!]]
** Also Higuchi and Misa's car scene. He's [[DirtyOldMan 13 years her senior]], has her in the car and is proposing, and looks prepared to rape her.
** 20 year old Mello and creepy [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] mafia leader Rod Ross, who has to be ''at least'' twice Mello's age.
** [[ThisIsWrongOnSoManyLevels Near/Light.]] [[NoJustNoReaction Just no.]]
* OneSceneWonder:
** This reporter:
-->[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "As much as I fear for my own life in saying this...this is right. Alright, my name is..."]]
** Don't forget Matt's epic scene of [[HeroicSacrifice Noble Self-Sacrifice]]. 16 panels in the manga, less than 2 minutes of screentime in the anime, and yet his character is one of the most popular in the fandom.
** Linda (the [[TheSmurfettePrinciple only female student]] seen at Wammy's house), has a fan following despite her minor role. She appears ''very'' briefly in the manga, and not at all in the original anime series.[[note]]However, she ''might'' make a very brief appearance ''Relight 2: L's Successors'' as the student who asks L what he fears; the character is unnamed, but this is a plausible bit of {{Fanon}}.[[/note]]
* PanderingToTheBase: The films change the ending [[spoiler:so that L wins]]. It allows [[spoiler:Soichiro to actually learn his son is Kira; many considered his dying without ever knowing to be a copout.]] It also counts as a PragmaticAdaptation, as it eliminated the entire Near story arc and the need to introduce a cast-load of additional characters. The movie format doesn't lend itself well to adding the TimeSkip and a new storyline from scratch. However, since the Near/Mello arc has been subject to a lot of criticism, this too is often seen as part of the pandering.
** The anime changes the ending so that Light [[spoiler: goes out with a certain degree of dignity, and cuts out the finale chapter closing it all off]], for no better reason than to appease the FanDumb who wanted their [[DracoInLeatherPants "hero"]] to get a better send off.
* ParanoiaFuel: Your life can be ended at anytime just by having some Japanese god write your name in a notebook. Moreover, it's implied that this happens ''all the time.'' And, the only fate that awaits you [[spoiler: or anyone, for that matter]] is [[CessationOfExistence nonexistence]].
* PossessionSue: When FanFic writers get ahold of Light Yagami it's usually this along with a side order of VillainSue and MaryTzu.
** L can fall victim to this in fanfic, too. Sometimes both him and Light at the same time.
* ReplacementScrappy:
** Near, along with Mello. [[TheyChangeditnowitSucks Some fans are not fond]] of L's succesors. In fact, Near gets even more bashing than Mello, and even [[WordOfGod the author]] said that he was more and more unlikeable as the story went on.
** K [[spoiler: for Light in the movie-verse.]]
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap:
** Misa during the Yotsuba arc [[spoiler: when she successfully outmaneuvers and controls Higuchi.]]
** Also in the live action movies, where she's portrayed as a more sympathetic character, with the death of her family being shown as a constant source of pain for her, rather than just being forgotten about the minute she joins Light (who, in the movies, she comes to ''acknowledge'' as a monster who doesn't care for her, [[MadLove but she just can't quit him]]. Not to mention she has photos of her parents alongside her pictures of Light, openly says she should've died with Mom and Dad, and [[spoiler: ''breaks down in tears'' when [[RonTheDeathEater Light decides to kill his father]]]]).
** Mello gets better and better as the second half of the story progresses once he stops [[{{Wangst}} angsting]] and becomes the CrazyAwesome leader of the mafia. Not to mention his ''faaaaaabulous'' fashion sense. On the other hand, Near, his rival, falls farther and farther into [[ReplacementScrappy Replacement Scrappydom]] for L.
* RonTheDeathEater: Soichiro Yagami and Misa regularly in L x Light [[FanFiction Fan Fics]]. Also Rem for [[spoiler:killing L]]. L-centric fics frequently derail Light. Light-centric fics often give L the same treatment.
* RootingForTheEmpire: A case could be made that supporting ''any'' of the series' major characters involves this trope, since the primary protagonist is a mass murderer with a God complex, and his various antagonists, while they have lines they refuse to cross, are all rather ruthless in their pursuit of him.
* TheScrappy:
** Takada! Dear god Takada! Whenever fans talk about her, it's either that she was an [[InformedAbility informed intelligent]] fool who easily fell for Light's charms or a stuck up bitch, particularly on how she treated Misa. She even gets plenty of hate from fangirls who swore to exact their revenge on her [[spoiler:for killing Mello]].
** Misa. The fandom seems to believe that [[CuteButCacophonic every time she opens her mouth ears bleed]]. In their eyes she is annoying, crazy, doesn't act like a real person, and gets in the way of a popular fan-pairing.
* SeasonalRot: Apart from the final episode, the second part of the series, [[spoiler:that is, everything after L's death]], is considered by many to be inferior to the first. Whether this means "quite good, just not ''as'' good" or "so bad it [[FanonDiscontinuity never happened]]" depends on who you ask.
* ShipMates: Most fans ship [[FoeYay Light/L]] with their [[HeterosexualLifePartners Mello/Matt]] or [[FoeYay Mello/Near]].
* {{Squick}}: Higuchi's plans to make Misa his bride.
* StoicWoobie: L, surprisingly.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: In-universe, crime rates drop 70% worldwide and wars come to an end as Light's work goes on. Those in dangerous or crime-ridden places might find themselves agreeing with him, or at least forgetting that he plans to move on to killing lazy and unproductive people afterward.
* SuperlativeDubbing: This is considered one of the best anime dubs ever, though arguments still occur over which is superior.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The tune that plays when Aiber and Wedy are introduced sounds suspiciously similar to the ''Series/MissionImpossible'' theme tune.
* TakeThatAudience: [[spoiler:Light's final defeat was deliberately made as devastating and pathetic as possible, complete with a speech ripping apart all his pretentions of being a hero through using the Death Note, in direct response to all the fans who saw him as a DracoInLeatherPants]].
** InternetBackdraft: [[spoiler:This did not go over well with the fans, with many complaining of how the author seemingly destroyed the GreyAndGrayMorality present in the series to [[{{Anvilicious}} drop a gigantic anvil]] about who you should have been rooting for. Doesn't help that Near doesn't do much to establish himself as any more heroic than Light (it's even implied he killed Mikami with the Death Note in the manga). The fact that L and Mello, two characters seen as cool by the fans die, while Near, L's ReplacementScrappy (even Ohba said he disliked him), makes it through unscathed and even gets to give [[EvilIsCool Light]] a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech did not please the fanbase either.]] [[Creator/{{Madhouse}} The producers of the anime]] seemed to agree, considering they [[spoiler:[[FaceDeathWithDignity let him go out in a more dignified manner]]]].
* TastesLikeDiabetes: Misa's attitude gets like this at times, especially compared to the overall aesthetic of the series.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Many a fan's reaction to the liberties taken by [[Series/DeathNote the TV drama]].
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: [[spoiler: Naomi Misora and Matt]]
** Subverted with [[spoiler: Matsuda, who was slated to die in Soichiro's place. He was already an EnsembleDarkhorse by this point, so he was spared at the last minute.]]
* TooCoolToLive: This applies to pretty much all the characters that meet bad ends, but especially [[spoiler: Naomi and Matt]].
** [[spoiler:Naomi was actually an invoked case of this, as she was intended to last longer, but then Ohba realized she was so good at her job that it would strain suspension of disbelief too much that she hadn't caught Light within a few chapters.]]
* UglyCute:
** Most of the shinigami. Also L-Takeshi Obata meant to make L look ugly, but he has plenty of fangirls.
** Beyond, seeing as he's L's [[spoiler: [[EvilCounterpart evil]] [[IrritationIsTheSincerestFormOfFlattery doppelganger.]]]]
* UncannyValley: Misa on the Volume 4 manga cover artwork.
* UnintentionallySympathetic: Light is this in spades. He was villanous from the moment he picked up the Death Note, and only on very rare occasions can he be called anything close to an AntiHero, yet that doesn't stop his arguably MisaimedFandom from rationalizing his actions and RootingForTheEmpire. The fact that [[spoiler:he dies pathetically begging for his life and scared shitless]] doesn't help either, and can be very hard to watch for some people, no matter how well-deserved one may think it is.
%%* UnfortunateImplications: The ladies in this series tend to be TooDumbToLive, and with one or two exceptions only have value in relation to the male characters.
%%** The live action movies are also sexist. For example, Light and L are pointedly not chained together but Misa is chained up for the sake of comedy. Some other choices seem to be trying to address the sexism in the original story... [[UpToEleven and in doing so make it worse.]] 1) A token female is added to the taskforce—she receives no characterization and her sole purpose is to complain. 2) A subplot added in the second movie where Takada is being sexually abused by Demegawa has the unfortunate implication that "if you are being sexually abused in the work place you should just shut up about it." 3) There are two prominent female characters in the third movie-one is evil and the other is an idiot.
%%** Misa in particular is treated as an inconvenience and as unimportant, despite being the driving force behind Light's rise to prominence. If she had not come to his aid, he never would have been able to do as many killings as he did without getting caught somehow.
* UnpopularPopularCharacter: L and Matsuda.
* ValuesDissonance: Many Western viewers take offense at what they perceive as Raye Penber's paternalistic and condescending attitude toward his fiancée, retired F.B.I. agent Naomi Misora -- and, worse, her seemingly contented acceptance of it. Then again, that attitude gets him and his coworkers killed, so he's not exactly portrayed as being in the right. (In the DVDCommentary, her English-dub voice actress TabithaStGermain said that that scene was particularly difficult for her.)
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Mello, in the manga. Rem is female but looks androgynous. Also, Near who is male but is voiced by [[CrossdressingVoices female VAs]] in both the original and the English dub.
** Interestingly, Mello's original name was Near, and vice versa, but an editing error at Shonen Jump saw their names switched around.
* {{Wangst}}:
** Mello: "IT'S TIME I START LIVING MY OWN LIFE!" ''*door slam!*''
** [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere THAT'S IT, I'M LEAVING TO TAKE OVER THE MAFIA.]]
** Aizawa's "I hate Ryuuzaki and his way of doing things!"
** Misa often spends her time whining about Light not loving her, and at the same time, acting like a womanchild who is still a bratty daughter of her deceased parents.
* WhatAnIdiot: Naomi Misora [[spoiler: giving Light her real name]]. In the manga, Mikami gets noticed by the SPK when he is asking Kira for orders... on national TV. Also, Higuchi.
** On a similar note, Raye Penber showing his FBI ID to his ''current target'', a potential suspect of being the mass-murdering Kira.
** The police when L asks them how they would prove someone was Kira. Each one answers that they would somehow set Kira up so that he was videotaped using his powers. Apparently it takes a genius on the level of L and Light to think of simply tricking Kira into revealing hidden information about the case... even though that's a common police tactic in real life.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Even plenty of anime fans mistake it for {{Seinen}}. The original manga was published in ''Magazine/ShonenJump''.
** To be fair, the rating on the English release of the manga says for "OT" (Older Teens). This should be the first thing you look at before reading.
* TheWoobie: Rem, Gelus, and especially Soichiro and Sayu. From the movie, Shiori.
** [[spoiler:Light]] and [[spoiler:Misa]], when [[spoiler:their memories were erased and were left confined and later tricked into believing that they were going to be executed]]. Light qualifies in general during the Yotsuba arc, given how innocent he is and how you know his Kira persona is just waiting in the wings for him to regain his memories.
** Poor Sachiko Yagami. Just a regular housewife who puts her family above anything, ends up having to bury her husband and, in the end, only has [[spoiler: a catatonic daughter who, fortunately, ''is'' slowly recovering, but has ultimately lost her son, too]]. And she likely doesn't even know the real reason why for the latter.
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