Characters / Death Note: Novel, Pilot and Movies

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Novel & Pilot

    Beyond Birthday 

The villain in the prequel novel Death Note: Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Case.
  • 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.
  • Evil Laugh: If Shinigami could breed you'd think he was related to Ryuk - he has his laugh.
  • Evil Twin: To L, though he might not be (indeed, probably is not) a literal twin.
  • 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.
  • Seme: Self-described as "an aggressive top".
  • The Unfettered: He will do whatever it takes to get L's attention.
  • Voodoo Doll: Or rather wara ningyo left at every crime scene.


A student at Wammy's House in the prequel novel Death Note: Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Case.
  • The Rival: Of B and L since they were are all competing for the title.

    Taro Kagami

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.
  • Back from the Dead: He dies at some point, then comes back to life, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Characters only in movies

    Shiori Akino 

Light's girlfriend in the live action movie.
  • Selective Obliviousness: She seemingly refuses to see what (in the film) is blindingly obvious.
    Light: IF I were Kira I'd probably do the exact same thing...
    Shiori: No you wouldn't - that's not like you at all!


The Big Bad of L: Change The World also known as Dr. Kimiko Kujo.
  • Theme Naming: K is an associate of L's who wants to kill a bunch of people in order to build a new perfect utopia. Sound familiar? Well prepare to be disappointed because it's not K as in Kira.

    Daisuke Matoba 
The Dragon to K in L: Change the World

    Hideaki Suruga 

The FBI Agent in L: Change The World.
  • Becoming the Mask: He was sent to spy on L and obtain the Death Note but he stayed with him even after it became apparent L had already destroyed the Death Note because he genuinely wanted to help.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Lampshaded when no one will believe he's an F.B.I. agent because he's Japanese.
  • Butt Monkey: "Why do I always have to be the decoy?!"


A token female member of the Kira Taskforce added in the Live Action movies.
  • Gender Flip: She's basically the movie-verse's version of Ide.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She calls L out on the cruel and unusual treatment of the Kira suspects.


Another graduate of Wammy’s house that shows up in L: Change The World.
  • West Coast Team: One of L and Watari's agents working a case in a remote jungle village in Thailand when the virus hits.

    Dr. Nikaido 

An immunologist and the father of Maki Nikaido in L: Change The World.
  • Take Care of the Kids: In the novelization, just before his death, he sent an e-mail to L's computer which said to take care of his daughter.
  • Too Dumb to Live: There's a part in the novelization when his security system detects an intruder, but instead of being alarmed he just brushes it off. This act of carelessness also leads to his demise.

    Maki Nikaido 

Daughter of Dr. Nikakido. She's also one of the kids that L has to protect in L: Change The World.

Characters in 2016 Live-Action Movie

    Shien Yuki 

The antagonist of the 2016 film, Death Note: Light Up the New World. A cyber-terrorist who idolizes Kira.

Portrayed by: Masaki Suda
  • Light Is Not Good: Early promotional posters for the movie depict him dressed completely in white. And he's the villain. Quite fitting, as he's emulating his predecessor Light Yagami, who was a literal example of the trope.
  • Walking Spoiler: Promotional blurbs for the film states that he "inherited the DNA" of Light Yagami.

    Ryuzaki II 
L's counterpart for the new film. Named as "Ryuzaki" in promotional material.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: While his amorality (or not) has yet to be revealed, an early poster for the movie has him dressed all in black, contrasted with villain Shien Yuki who wears white.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: The first poster shows him holding a mask. Given that he's the new counterpart of L, he may not be a traditional example, but still worth noting.
  • Reincarnation: Early promotional material states that he "inherited L's DNA." Make of that what you will.