Characters: Death Note: Novel, Pilot and Movies
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Novel & Pilot
The villain in the prequel
novel Death Note: Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Case
Tropes associated with Beyond:
- Alliterative Name
- Always Second Best
- Axe Crazy
- Badass Bookworm
- Batman Gambit: He's counting on L reacting in a certain way.
- Because Destiny Says So: He kills people he sees are at the end of their lifespans.
- A bit of Fridge Logic here. If you consider that only people with the Death Note are supposed to be able to change a person's destiny based on seeing their lifespan, those people would probably have died from Beyond himself, not from something else like he said to justify his actions. To be fair though, he couldn't have known that. Even more Fridge Logic when you think about the fact that if he hadn't had the Shinigami Eyes, he wouldn've have seen their lifespans, and wouldn't have decided to kill them, and their lifespans would have lasted longer. Their lifespans were shorter simply because he could see them.
- Beta Test Baddie
- Big Bad: Of Another Note.
- Bloodier and Gorier
- Butt Monkey: Let's see, he's Always Second Best and there's the instance where he's stepped on by Naomi Misora. Also there's the whole failing to achieve his goal of "calling out L" with his Evil Plan thing-the poor guy couldn't even kill himself properly. And later while he's serving time in prison he's killed by Kira.
- Calling Card: The wara ningyo.
- Canon Foreigner
- Can't Catch Up: As hard as he worked to be the next L, L never saw him as an an equal, just a Backup.
- Carry a Big Stick: clubbed to death, knifed to death, beaten to death- he's not too picky as long as he carries out his objective of making his target dead.
- Cast of Snowflakes: Played straight in the book. BB is only supposed to bear a vague resemblance to L.
- Averted in most fan-art, where he looks almost exactly like L.
- The Chessmaster
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- Cold-Blooded Torture
- Create Your Own Villain
- Creepy Monotone
- Criminal Mind Games: Among other games and codes BB sends a Crossword Puzzle indicating who he's going to kill next to the police.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: For his victims if the state of the corpses is anything to go by.
- Cute and Psycho: Well he's a psycho and he looks like L. 
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Dark Is Not Evil: Subverted. He comes off as very creepy from his first appearance but due to Mistaken Identity the audience is made to think he's a good guy.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Death Seeker: B had planned it so he would be the final victim.
- Deceptive Disciple: No student at Wammy's House ever put so much effort into BEING L...
- Defiant to the End: "I have never once been submissive even to a traffic light."
- Detective Mole: Naomi Misora is very impressed by Ryuuzaki's uncanny ability to decipher BB's codes.
- The Determinator / Determined Defeatist: Because of his Eyes B knows that everything dies, everything falls apart but he presses on anyway. He also already knows that his death alone won't be enough to make L notice but creating a puzzle he can't solve will.
- Does Not Like Shoes
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Embarrassing Nickname: Backup
- Evil Counterpart: To L. Indeed B goes out of his way to be this. Also to Mello (L shares B's story with Mello perhaps because he is afraid that that Mello would turn out like his predecessor) and Light (though Kira kills far more people; B is more sadistic and his brand of villainy is more immediately terrifying and has a much more personal touch.)
- Evil Is Petty
- Evil Laugh: If Shinigami could breed you'd think he was related to Ryuk - he has his laugh.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Eye Scream
- Fan Boy: he's an Otaku as well as being L's deranged fanboy.
- The Fatalist: It comes with knowing when everyone is going to die.
- Freudian Excuse: 1) B was ''born'' with the Shinigami eyes and apparently knows how to read the lifespan numbers so he has "seen" death all around him all his life. 2) B was never seen as an individual with his own merits-just L's Backup.
- Full Body Disguise: Used when "testing" Naomi Misora.
- A Glass of Chianti: Or rather A Jar Of Strawberry Jam used to the same effect (is it jam or is it blood?) with the added bonus that some fans find it cute.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars
- The Hyena: He practices his Evil Laugh.
- I Just Want to Be You
- Interrupted Suicide
- Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery
- The Killer Becomes the Killed: Hmmm... he seems to have died in prison of a sudden heart attack.
- Knife Nut
- Laughably Evil
- Looks Like Cesare
- Loony Fan
- Man on Fire
- Manipulative Bastard
- Master of Disguise: As part of his creepy obsession with L.
- Mysterious Past
- Namedar: He was born with the Shinigami eyes.
- Named Like My Name: "Ryuuzaki" copied the copycat when choosing an alias.
- Neat Freak: Justified, as he needs to meticulously clean his victims' houses to avoid leaving any trace evidence behind.
- Nietzsche Wannabe
- Nightmare Fetishist
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: L's evil doppelganger/Wammy's Kid/Serial Killer/born with Shinigami eyes. He's not a typical DN OC Mary Sue but a very scary Big Bad.
- No Sense of Personal Space
- No Social Skills
- Obfuscating Stupidity
- OC Stand In: He is a very mysterious figure in canon, and like Matt, much of his characterization comes from Fanon.
- Oral Fixation
- Otaku: He leaves a clue in an Akazukin Cha Cha manga collection.
- Parental Abandonment
- Primal Stance
- A Protagonist Is Ryu
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- The Resenter
- Returning to the Scene: More like Never Left The Scene... but it's all part of the plan.
- The Rival
- Running on All Fours: He frequently crawls around in a freaky way.
- Seme: Self-described as "an aggressive top".
- Serial Killer
- The Sociopath
- Suspect Existence Failure: That was the plan, anyway.
- Stringy Haired Ghost Guy: He has this look.
- Suck Sessor
- Superpowerful Genetics: Somehow he was born with the Shinigami eyes.
- Sweet Tooth: B must surpass L at everything, even sugar consumption. "It's sweet dirt."
- Teen Genius
- Things That Go Bump in the Night: When he's introduced he comes crawling out from under a bed.
- Thirteen Is Unlucky
- Trademark Favorite Food: Strawberry jam.
- Tyke Bomb
- The Unfettered: He will do whatever it takes to get L's attention.
- Voodoo Doll: Or rather wara ningyo left at every crime scene.
- Villain Protagonist
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: He just wants L to notice him!
- Wild Hair
- Would Hurt a Child: one of B's victims was 14 year old Quarter Queen.
A student at Wammy's House in the prequel
novel Death Note: Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Case
Tropes associated with A:
The 13-year-old protagonist of the Death Note Pilot chapter (which takes place in a different continuity than that of the main series). Technically, this makes him the first of the Kiras.
Mikami's appearance, but not his personality, was based on Taro's.
Tropes associated with Taro:
- Action Survivor
- Alternate Continuity
- Back from the Dead
- But not with his mind entirely intact, some believe. Ryuk asking him what he thought of the Land of the Dead brings out a rather shaky and suspicious smile.
- Bad Dreams: His victims haunt him in his dreams. Had he been the protagonist of the main series, it's doubtful that he could have gone as far as Light did.
- Being Evil Sucks
- Canon Foreigner
- Death Is Cheap: The Death Eraser.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Taro and the main antagonist part on good terms, with the antagonist thanking Taro for stopping him and then apologizing for almost killing him.
- Diary: Not knowing what it was, he intially used the death note as a diary. Unlike Light, Taro can't read English (he knew what "note" meant, but not "death").
- Face Death with Dignity: Kind of. He allows himself to be killed with the death note to prove that he's telling the truth to the police officers. He even jokes a little when giving instructions on what to write for cause of death. Of course, he's quickly revived with the Death Eraser
- From Bad to Worse: Even after he revives his victims with the Death Eraser.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Seemingly insignificant and unpopular kid who eventually has the entire student body scared out of their wits
- Halfway Plot Switch: At first, Taro is something of a Villain Protagonist who is trying to avoid being found out. Then, once he revives everyone he kills, he spends the rest of the pilot acting as a Kid Detective, trying to find the killer who has taken his place.
- When you compare it to the main series, it feels like a condensed version of everything Light went through from the first chapter all the way to the end of the Yotsuba arc.
- Happy Ending: The ONLY Kira who gets one of these, folks.
- I Wrote Our Story: Cue Epileptic Trees.
- Kid Detective
- Kid Hero
- Kids Are Cruel: Taro is a favorite target for the school bullies.
- Lighter and Softer: When compared to Light. However, since he actually came first, you could say that Light is a Darker and Edgier replacement for him.
- My God, What Have I Done?
- Not So Different: It turns out that the pilot's real villain is basically another kid who, like Taro, was constantly picked on and initially killed people by accident.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Potentially, though he isn't shown using the notebook this way.
- Properly Paranoid
- Thirteen Is Unlucky: Our 13-year-old Woobie Protagonist.
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue
- Who's Laughing Now?
Characters only in movies
Light's girlfriend in the live action movie.
Tropes associated with Shiori:
The Big Bad
of L: Change The World also known as Dr. Kimiko Kujo
Tropes associated with K:
Daisuke MatobaThe Dragon
to K in L: Change the World
Tropes associated with Matoba:
The FBI Agent
in L: Change The World
Tropes associated with Suruga:
A token female member of the Kira Taskforce added in the Live Action movies.
Tropes associated with Sanami:
Another graduate of Wammy’s house that shows up in L: Change The World
Tropes associated with F:
An immunologist and the father of Maki Nikaido in L: Change The World
Daughter of Dr. Nikakido. She's also one of the kids that L has to protect in L: Change The World