Characters: Death Note Side Characters

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    Sayu Yagami 
Sayu Yagami
Voiced by: Haruka Kudo (JP), Kelly Metzger (EN, pre-timeskip), Kristie Marsden (EN, post-timeskip)

Light's little sister, who has the bad luck of being a normal kid in this messed up environment. She's completely unaware of her brother's occupation as Kira. After her horrible kidnapping by Mello, she ends up catatonic and in a wheelchair. Word of God says she's getting better at the end of the manga.


Tropes associated with Sayu:
  • All Women Love Shoes: According to the Guidebook.
  • Ambiguously Bi: To recap: she first says that she "doesn't want a boyfriend." Then she exclaims that Misa is "my type!" And she smiles when leafing through one of Light's magazines. The ambiguity here is that she does fangirl over Hideki Ryuga (the pop star) and proclaims him perfect. She also states that she might at least consider going out with Matsuda if he were closer to her age. Like Light himself, her surname spelled backwards is "I'm a gay".
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: In the first half of the manga, in which she'd tease Light about Misa or generally poke fun at his lifestyle.
  • Big Brother Worship: "My big brother's a genius!"
  • Bound and Gagged: When kidnapped by Mello.
  • Break the Cutie: The second part of the series is so damn cruel to her. Especially when she winds up practically catatonic and wheelchair-bound, due to her shock and depression after her being kidnapped. Then her father dies. She's last shown in a brief cameo in chapter 98, standing once more but vacantly smiling (Word of God said she was "slowly" getting better). Then Light dies, and we never get to see how her and her mother react.

    Sachiko Yagami 
Sachiko Yagami
Voiced by: Ai Satou (JP), Saffron Henderson (EN)

Soichiro's wife and Light and Sayu's mother. Like Sayu, she is completely unaware of Light's identity as Kira.


Tropes associated with Sachiko:
  • Death by Adaptation: In the TV drama, she's been dead for ten years when Light finds the notebook.
  • Education Mama: Quite possibly. In one of her few appearances she gushes over Light's report card while Light himself looks rather depressed and anxious.
  • Happily Married: To Soichiro.
  • Neat Freak: In the manga she's shown cleaning her spotless house in almost every scene. Probably where Light gets it from.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She's a strong woman who does everything she can to keep the family from falling apart during the case.

    Naomi Misora 
Naomi Misora
Voiced by: Naoko Matsui (JP), Tabitha St. Germain (EN), Nicole Oliver (English dub of live-action films)

Raye Penber's fiancee and former FBI Agent who worked under L in the L.A.B.B. murder case.


Tropes associated with Naomi:
  • Ascended Extra: Both in the prequel novel and in the live-action movies.
  • Genre Savvy: As she used to be an FBI agent, she knows a few tricks such as not to give away her real name at first, until Light sweet-talks her into doing so.
  • Oh Crap!: The sheer amount of terror on the poor girl's face after learning Light was Kira was just heartbreaking.
  • Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: Word of God says that she dislikes skirts.
  • Revenge: She wants to catch Kira to avenge Raye's death.
  • Right in Front of Me: In Another Note when L asks her if “Ryuuzaki” was cool:
    Naomi: No, absolutely not. He was creepy and pathetic, and so suspicious that if I weren't on leave, I'd move to arrest him the moment I laid eyes on him. If we divided everyone in the world into those that would be better off dead and those that wouldn't, there's no doubt in my mind that he'd be the former. Such a complete freak that it amazes me he hasn't killed himself.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Her purpose in the series turned out to be built up just so she could prove that Anyone Can Die.
  • Snow Means Death: It starts snowing just as Naomi lets down her guard enough to reveal her real name to Light, who sentences her to suicide. The snow continues as she walks to her fate.
  • The Stoic: Her emotional strength rating is a full 10/10.
  • Too Dumb to Live: On one hand, she doesn't seem to realise that a creepy kid following her around asking Have You Told Anyone Else? is a bit off, not to mention the Plot-Induced Stupidity and Idiot Ball. On the other hand, it was a Contrived Coincidence that she went to the police station when Light was there and L wasn't, Light's trustworthiness is backed up by another person and he comes off as a genuine member of L's team. Regardless of what side you're on, nearly all fans agree her death was pretty cheap.
    • Subverted in the live action film, wherein her role is notably expanded from the manga. She still dies, but it's more plausible and makes Naomi seem less like an idiot.
  • Tsundere: This is Lampshaded in Another Note.
  • Vasquez Always Dies: One of the most Badass female characters on the show, as well as the first to die.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies too early in the manga to really establish her personality, but this was fixed in the prequel novel and the movies.

    Raye Penber 
Raye Penber
Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa (JP), Michael Adamtwaite (EN)

The FBI Agent who was tailing Light.


Tropes associated with Raye:
  • Adaptation Name Change: Known as "Raye Iwamatsu" in the live action movie, though pretty much everything else about the character is the same. Made into a plot point in the live action TV series, where his real name is Mark Dwellton, with "Raye Penber" being an alias.
  • Badass: Credit where credit is due. He charges a dangerous criminal to save a bus full of people.

    Kiyomi Takada 
Kiyomi Takada
Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (JP), Heather Doerksen (EN)

A popular and pretty young woman whom Mikami chose to be Kira's spokesperson. She was the girl whom Light briefly dated once to hide his connections with Misa; the authors later "forgot" about her... and once they recalled her, they brought her back. Light gets in contact with her to gain access to Mikami, seducing her with a promise to make her the goddess of the New World. Eventually, Mello kidnaps her, and then Mikami kills her - Light would have killed her, if Mikami hadn't done it first - after she kills Mello to prevent any evidence from being gotten from her.


Tropes associated with Takada:
  • Alpha Bitch: "Refined Takada" is the mean girl to Misa.
    • Though technically, Misa herself started the whole fight by threatening to "break her knee" (leading to Halle having to restrain her). Later on, Takada manages to keep her cool in the restaurant while Misa immaturely and outlandishly brags that Light will marry her, leaving Takada to feign being hurt and leave with her head high. This is toned down in the anime, which has both women keeping their composure at the table and Misa's bragging being less over-the-top, although Misa chugging down a bottle of wine afterwards is still kept (to portray the differences between the composed Takada and the wild Misa).
    • Still, Kiyomi seems to enjoy rubbing her affair with Light in Misa's face in her own subtle way. She is the one who approaches Misa with the dinner invitation just for that very purpose.
  • Alternate Continuity: In the live action movies she fulfills the same role as the Yotsuba group does in the manga / anime.
  • Ambition Is Evil: While she is genuinely attracted to Light, she becomes much more interested in being close to him after learning that he's Kira.
  • Ax-Crazy: In the live-action film adaptation.
  • The Beard: Light sets it up so that he "dates" her. His excuse for the Taskforce is that Kira will not kill Takada's boyfriend and that this will keep him safe while he investigates Kiyomi, but the real reason he does it is because he is Kira and he needs Takada to access Mikami.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Definitely. She sleeps with a man and invites his fiancee out to brag about it, while being presented to the world as the epitome of grace and class. Even her nickname is "Refined Takada".
  • Blatant Lies: Her repeated referral to Misa as her "good friend", even after this exchange:
    Misa: Are you going to get Kira to kill me?
    Takada: Of course not!
    • That line itself is another blatant lie.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: Directed by Halle into being kidnapped by Mello.
  • Break the Haughty: Her very last scene. The woman who spent all of her time being presented as superior, poised, and perfect dies naked, crying, and reaching out for comfort.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Shows up as a very minor character in the first arc, promptly vanishes, and is never mentioned again until far into the second arc.
  • High School Sweethearts: College Sweethearts with Light.
  • The Dark Chick: On Team Kira.
  • Deadly Upgrade: She makes the eye deal in the live action movie.
  • Ditzy Genius: She gets very good grades in school but is lacking in the common sense department.
  • Driven to Suicide: Under the influence of Light's Death Note
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She trusts Light, after he tells her that he is Kira - the same Kira who has murdered anyone who got or threatened to get in his way. She even expects him to save her.
  • Intellectually Supported Tyranny: As an educated young woman, rather than help protect society against the cult of Kira, she becomes one of its main propagandists. "We must teach our children that Kira is good."
  • It's All About Me: She loves to be the center of attention.
  • Knight Templar: Blinded by ideals, check. Devoted, check.
  • Lady Macbeth: She urges Light to kill Misa at one point.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Subverted; while she is very much more in love with Kira, she's still attracted to Light.
  • Meaningful Name: Takada = tall ricefield; Kiyomi = pure beauty. Notable in being the only character in the entire series to have a real-life name.
  • Modesty Bedsheet: Wears one right after killing Mello, who had stripped her naked.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Really dislikes Misa and tells Light at least once to kill her.
  • Namedar: She makes the eye deal in the live action movie.
  • No Place for Me There: In the live action movies "There's so much filth in the world... and I am the worst of all."
  • The Ojou: She's nicknamed "Refined Takada".
  • Principles Zealot: More in the live action. In the anime, she's more interested in being Kira's goddess than in his ideals.
  • Psychotic Love Triangle: She and Misa are rivals for Light's heart, which ends just as well as you'd think it would.
  • Serial-Killer Killer: As Kira's "goddess"
  • Ship Tease: With Light and Mikami. The dialogue in the Relight 2 special seemed to suggest she is dating both of them.

    Wedy/Mary Kenwood 
Wedy/Mary Kenwood
Voiced by: Miki Nagasawa (JP), Venus Terzo (EN)

A thief L hires to assist in infiltrating Yotsuba. Her real name is Mary Kenwood.


Tropes associated with Wedy:
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Bright PINK!
  • Ice Queen: The How to Read Volume rates her "Bitchiness" at 10/10. Although in the US translation, it's read as "Sex Appeal."
  • Spell My Name with an "S": In the anime, when we see her real name written down by Light when he's killing her with the Death Note, her first name is spelled "Merrie" and not Mary.

    Aiber/Thierry Morrello 
Aiber/Thierry Morrello
Voiced by: Takuya Kirimoto (JP), David Orth (EN)

A Con Man L hires to assist in infiltrating Yotsuba.


Tropes associated with Aiber:
  • Alternate Continuity: Although Light kills him with the Death Note in both the manga and the anime, the cause of death is different in each continuity: liver cancer in the manga, a heart attack in the anime.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: In that he's a con-artist
  • Boxed Crook: According to the manga, he works for L because he has enough on him to send him away for life.

    Kyosuke Higuchi/3rd Kira 
Kyosuke Higuchi/3rd Kira
Voiced by: Issei Futamata (JP), Andrew Kavadas (EN)

The third Kira and the main antagonist of the Yotsuba arc. He's one of the eight-member Yotsuba board and head of the technological development, but isn't very competent compared to the others, and is obsessed with gaining social status in addition to wealth. Light gave the Death Note to Rem to clear himself and Misa of suspicion. Rem gave it to Higuchi because he would likely use it the way they needed him to. After his arrest, Light kills him to regain control of the notebook.


Tropes associated with Higuchi:
  • Ambition Is Evil: Desires promotion and financial success and is prepared to kill to get it.
  • Arc Villain: Serves as a Big Bad stand-in during the Yotsuba storyline.
  • Asshole Victim: He's enough of a jerk that Rem actually prefers Light over him. Then Light kills him using the Death Note, to no one's grief.
  • Axe Crazy: By the time the Task Force is closing in, Higuchi is a ranting madman.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He thinks having the Death Note will put the business world at his mercy but he's really just a pawn in Light's schemes and is easily killed off once his part in the real villain's plan is done.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Sits on the Yotsuba board and has no problem committing murder to climb the ranks.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Really, he didn't stand a chance against L and Light's scheming.
  • Dirty Old Man: Misa notes that he has a somewhat perverted interest in her. Even Rem is repulsed by this.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: An unpopular corporate drone before Rem handed him the Death Note.
  • Greed: Higuchi is mainly concerned with profit.
  • Hate Sink: He's certainly no more evil than Light, but he has neither Light's charm nor any Well-Intentioned Extremist tendencies to make him sympathetic. His overbearing personality and overwhelming selfishness and greed serve to make the audience loathe him.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Tries to force Misa to marry him when she was investigating his corporation.
  • Jack the Ripoff: The Third "Kira".
  • The Killer Becomes the Killed: He acts as the third Kira as a part of Light's Memory Gambit, and was finally killed when Light regains his memories of the Death Note.
  • Namedar: When cornered, he makes the eye deal.
  • Quick Draw: When confronted by Task Force members at Yotsuba headquarters, Higuchi pulls a pistol and hits Mr. Yagami, despite Wedy having her own gun trained on him the entire time.
  • Serial-Killer Killer: The third Kira, thanks to Light giving him the Death Note as part of a Batman Gambit.
  • A Sinister Clue: Left-handed.
  • Slasher Smile: Makes an incredibly unnerving and evil smile while writing down names, and after making the eye deal.
  • Smug Snake: Enjoys insulting people despite his limited abilities.
  • Stop, or I Shoot Myself!: Tries to pull on this when the SPK was about to arrest him.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Was tricked by Misa of all people into revealing himself as Kira.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Only gets to become Kira as a part of Light's Memory Gambit. Light kills him when he's outlived his usefulness.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Loses composure more and more as he gets closer to being arrested.

    Reiji Namikawa 
Reiji Namikawa
Voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima (JP), Ted Cole (EN)

A member of the Yotsuba Eight that Light sways over to L's side.
Tropes associated with Namikawa:
  • Bishōnen: Of all the members of the Yotsuba group, he's the only one drawn in an appealing manner.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Pukes blood when Light kills him.
  • Board to Death: Like the rest of the Yotsuba group he's killed by Light.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Official color seems to be purple.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: A member of the Yotsuba Group, and perfectly willing to profit from the deaths of others.
  • Evil Genius: He's the real brains of the Yotsuba Group, is smart enough to work out on his own which of his fellow board members if the Third Kira, and even successfully manipulates Light during a phone conversation. Even L and Light acknowledge how smart he is, deducing that he can't be the Third Kira because he wouldn't need the assistance of the rest of the board.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: Which side he's really on at the time of his death is pretty ambiguous.
  • Heel Face Door Slam: He, along with two other members of the Yotsuba board, wanted out, but were killed by Light regardless.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Managed to manipulate Light of all people into revealing Higuchi as the third Kira—though he himself had already worked it out.
  • The Proud Elite: He is cold, calculating, and very intelligent. He is also quite attractive.
  • Smart People Play Chess: According to How to Read 13 he's an expert chess player.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: Tall, black haired, and sarcastic.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Averted. Namikawa knows full well that he's a pawn of whoever the real Kira is, and just wants out.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Midou and Shimura.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Light kills him and the remaining members of the Yotsuba group when the whole ordeal with Higuchi is over.
  • You Just Told Me: How he figures out that Higuchi is the third Kira.

    Matt/Mail Jeevas 
Matt/Mail Jeevas
Voiced by: Tomohiro Nishimura (JP), Drew Nelson (EN)

Mello's henchman, and a fellow graduate of Wammy's House.


Tropes associated with Matt:
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair and eye colors were not defined in the manga for a very long time. Fanon decided his hair was a bright red and his eyes were green. The anime (and later a colorized manga publication) presented his hair as being brown (though it looked a bit green depending on the lighting), and his eye color as blue. In one of the video games, his hair was a light blue, and his eye color could not be discerned.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Easily distracted. See "idiot ball."
  • Badass: Attacks an armed convoy alone and nearly gets away.
  • Badass Bookworm: Like most of the Wammy's boys he's a scrawny geek who doesn't appear to be in very good shape. Also like them he proves a royal pain in the backside for Light.
  • Badass Driver: Matt leads Takada's guards on a merry chase through Tokyo.
  • Bi the Way: Maybe. It depends on how one interprets his relationship with Mello.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: Would rather be playing video games than doing just about anything else. He doesn't even like to go outside!
  • Cool Car: Drives a 1968 Chevy Camaro in the manga. (In the anime, it's been changed to a 1968 Plymouth Road Runner 383 with a taillight panel from a 1969 Dodge Coronet 440.)
  • Deadpan Snarker: His two canon lines in the anime are pretty snarkynote .
  • Drives Like Crazy: The Chase Scene was pretty much his only scene.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In the manga, he appears at Wammy's, listening to L answer the kids' questions from his computer. In the Relight Special, he is replaced by someone who looks a lot like L, and is thought to be Beyond Birthday.
  • Excuse Me While I Multitask: Plays a game while spying on Misa, and monitors several screens (plus an audio feed) at once.
  • Extreme Doormat: To Mello.
  • Famous Last Words: "You won't shoot..." Also qualifies as Tempting Fate.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Is never seen without his goggles on, except in one tiny concept drawing in How to Read: 13.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Almost always portrayed this way with Mello by fandom—though the heterosexual part is usually debatable at best.
  • Idiot Ball: Loses his focus, and totally misses Misa and Mogi escaping
  • Informed Ability: We're told he was number three at Wammy's, just behind Mello and Near but we don't see it in action.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: If you look very closely at his hand during his confrontation with Takada's guards, he was going for a gun when they fired at him.
  • Mauve Shirt: Gets just enough characterization for his death to be sad.
  • Must Have Nicotine: He's mentioned to be a chain-smoker and is never shown without one in his mouth.
  • OC Stand-in: He does have a character/personality (Word of God at least, although his function is just to give Mello someone to play off), but his screen-time is so short you don't see enough of it to stop the fans from using every single interpretation possible whatever way they like (more OC Free for All).
  • Odd Name Out / Special Person, Normal Name: Of the Wammy's boys. You got L, Beyond, Mello, Near, and... Matt.
  • Oral Fixation: Always has a cigarette in his mouth.
  • Parental Abandonment: Like all the other kids at the house, he's an orphan.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: He plays video games and he smokes... a lot. Considering that Wammy's House seems to exclusively rear genius eccentrics, the odds are good that that's his particular eccentricity (or addiction, depending on what you view of what L's sweet-devouring, Near's toy-obsession, and Mello's chocolate-violence as).
  • Real Men Wear Pink: His shirt is sometimes portrayed as having pink and black stripes, though it could actually be just the way the light was hitting it.
  • Satellite Character: He's mostly just there so Mello has someone to interact with.
  • Sidekick: To Mello.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Is shown conspicuously lighting a cigarette (that would turn out to be his last) while driving a classic car into battle.
  • The Southpaw: Is left-handed.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Wears his tinted goggles even while indoors, in a very poorly-lit room.
  • Techno Wizard: He's apparently great with electronics, though we don't see much of that unless he's with a video game.
  • Teen Genius: He's the third most talented member of Wammy's House. Yes, Matt was third in line to be L after Near and Mello.
  • The Peeping Tom: Enjoys getting to watch Misa 24/7, whom he calls "cute."
  • Trash of the Titans: His apartment is littered with snack food wrappers and cereal boxes.
  • Video Game Culture: One of his few appearances shows him playing a video game and it's mentioned on his character page in How to Read 13 that he enjoys video games.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He only appeared in a few panels before getting killed.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In one of the games.

    Hitoshi Demegawa 
Hitoshi Demegawa
Voiced by: Chafurin (JP), Ward Perry (EN)

Demegawa is director of Sakura TV, a Japanese news channel that is notoriously unreliable, and he shamelessly seeks to exploit the Kira case. He is first seen attempting to broadcast the video tapes Misa sends to his network to get Kira's attention, although Soichiro puts a stop to that. After the Time Skip, he becomes Kira's supporter and self-appointed spokesman, creating and hosting the Show Within a Show Kira's Kingdom...until the incident mentioned below in You Have Failed Me.
Tropes associated with Demegawa:
  • Adaptation Name Change: His name is Yuji in the second live-action film.
  • Asshole Victim: He's a greedy Jerk Ass who calls himself a "spokesperson" of Kira to gain fame and publicity. When Mikami offs him, even the Kira Task Force unanimously agree that if anyone ever deserved to be killed by Kira, Demegawa did.
  • Attention Whore: Demigawa wants all eyes on him and is prepared to side with Kira to get it.
  • Fat Bastard: Overweight and a self-centred jackass.
  • Jerk Ass: Taken Up to Eleven in the second live-action movie.
  • Karma Houdini: In the Live Action movies, he does not get any retribution for his Jerk Ass attitude.
  • Mouth of Sauron: Relays Light's messages to the public.
  • Meaningful Name: Actually a case of an ironic one; his given name is written with a kanji character meaning "benevolence."
    • His surname, on the other hand, is reminiscent of the English "demagogue", which describes him perfectly.
  • Only in It for the Money: All he cares about his profits.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: In the second film, wherein he sexually harasses Takada.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: He doesn't die in the second live action film.
  • You Have Failed Me: Killed by Mikami for falling for Near's money bait rather than pointing his cameras at Near so Misa could have killed the SPK members as Light wanted, although also because he was being too much of a loose cannon in general.

    Linda 
Linda
Fan art of Linda (by teh-h), because you'd need a microscope to see her one official appearance at the back of a manga panel.
An artist and another of the Wammy orphans. She draws the portraits of Near and Mello that are seen in both the manga and anime.
Tropes associated with Linda:
  • The Artist: Her skill is drawing, and she drew composite sketches of Mello and Near.
  • OC Stand-in: She only appears for about 3 panels, and sports only one line, but is quite popular among the fandom and has plenty of fanfics written about her.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only known female resident at Wammy's, or at least the only one with Nominal Importance.

    Yamamoto 
Yamamoto

Light's school pal. He's joined the NPA by the epilogue.
Tropes associated with Yamamoto:
  • Black Shirt: Light seems to see him as such when he and the other unnamed friend are talking about Kira with Fan Boy-like enthusiasm. They suggest that Kira is a superhero and Light is the one to correct them when they argue that because of Kira the crime rate has gone down, pointing out that since the Kira killings are seen as homicides than the crime rate has actually gone up.
  • Fanboy: Either he or the other unnamed friend was a fan of the X-Men.
  • Gay Moment: He and Light share an awkward moment when Light asks when he is going to give him a New Year's card and Yamamoto replies with: "Sorry Light, I only give cards to girls."
  • Irony: Tells Light, "Be good, dude!"

    Rod Ross 
Rod Ross
The boss of The Mafia that works with Mello.
Tropes associated with Rod Ross:
  • Bad Boss : Has two of his men executed, one for theft and one for failure.

    Nori 
Nori
Misa's friend.
  • Body Double: Trades places with Misa so she can "go on a date."
  • Karma Houdini: Helped Misa create and mail out the Kira tapes, but is never even questioned, let alone charged with anything.

    Ryotaro Sakajo 
Ryotaro Sakajo
Misa's stalker, given a name in the live action movies. Killed by Gelus.
  • Alternate Continuity: In the manga and anime Misa's stalker is a crazed fan that she had never seen before. In the live action movies he is the assistant director of her TV program Misa-Misa's Happy Sweets.
  • Attempted Rape: Tries to assault Misa before Gelus killed him
  • Bald of Evil: in the live action movie

    Yuri 
Yuri
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (JP), Lalainia Lindbjerg (EN)

A girl that Light asks out on a date to Spaceland as part of his plan to get Raye Penber's name.

    Hideki Ryuuga 
Hideki Ryuuga
A famous teen idol and pop star that Sayu fangirls over.
  • Brainless Beauty: It's remarked that he could never get into To-Oh university (a fictional version of the prestigious University of Tokyo).
  • Chekhov's Gun: His name, not the character, which is used by L when he disguises himself as a student at Light's university.
  • Identical Stranger: it's been pointed out he kind of looks like Light.
    • It was also pointed out that in the manga he kinda looks like L.
  • Idol Singer/Teen Idol: Basically the extent of his character, he is a famous pop icon.
  • Ship Tease: With Misa. Misa looks very stunned when they're acting out a romance scene together but then suddenly objects to kissing him informing all that she already has a boyfriend.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To L, in a way. L uses his name, "Hideki Ryuuga", as an alias when he disguises himself as a university student. Even if Light tries to kill his classmate Hideki Ryuuga, the pop idol is so famous that Light can't guarantee he won't accidentally picture his face instead, so if the real Ryuuga dies, then Light is definitely Kira. Light doesn't do it.

    Yoshi 
Yoshi

Misa's original manager.


  • Bad Boss: Towards Misa. She is very scary, pushy, and controlling.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Maybe. L allegedly has her arrested for drug possession offscreen in order to hide the fact that he's detaining Misa from the general public. The show never goes into detail on whether L planted the evidence or not or even if she was really arrested and not just paid off.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Misa, the Second Kira, is very intimidated by her and even L and Kira seem a bit unnerved.

    Roger Ruvie 
Roger Ruvie
Voiced by: Otake Hiroshi (JP), Ron Halder (EN)

A friend of Watari's, and the caretaker at Wammy’s House. At the end of the series, he becomes the new Watari for Near.


  • Pastimes Prove Personality: He collects insects—that typically involves pinning down the little creatures and stabbing them with pins. Oh and he also hates kids.

SPK members

    Anthony Rester/Anthony Carter 
Anthony Rester/Anthony Carter
Voiced by: Masaki Aizawa (JP), Michael Adamtwaite (EN)

Commander of the SPK, Rester is an honest person who has Near's complete trust, so much so that he reveals some of his thoughts and plans to Rester only. He also helps Near with things he can't do for himself, such as booking a flight on a plane. Appears in the one-shot special in the manga along with Lidner.


Tropes associated with Rester:

    Halle Lidner/Halle Bullook 
Halle Lidner/Halle Bullook
Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (JP), Lisa Ann Beley (EN)

A former Secret Service agent who works for Near as part of the SPK. She joined the SPK to avenge one of her relatives who had been killed by Higuchi at the time when he acted as Kira. She leaks information to Mello about the investigation, as she reasoned that Kira would be caught faster under their combined efforts. Later, she was chosen to infiltrate the bodyguard unit that protects Kiyomi Takada. In the one-shot chapter set three years after Light's death, it is revealed that she and Rester continue to work with Near.


Tropes associated with Halle:
  • Action Survivor: Manages to get through the whole show alive.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Has platinum blonde hair and honey brown eyes in the anime, while the DS game gives her golden blonde hair and blue eyes.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: She is introduced after the Time Skip, making her the third action girl in the series and one of the few females in Death Note's predominantly male cast.
    • Action Girl: She still has the physical skills, and poses as Takada's bodyguard.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: She lost one of her relatives to the third Kira.
  • Double Agent: Works for both Near and Mello; which one she's actually loyal to is never confirmed. She seems to like Mello more, but Mello also treats her considerably worse.
  • Fair Cop: Very attractive.
  • Go Through Me: Pulls one of these when Mello threatens to shoot Near. "If you shoot Near, we'll shoot you, if you both die here, what's the point? Only Kira would be happy with that."
  • Revenge: She wants to catch Kira to avenge one of her relatives.
  • Shower Scene: She gets her own right before being forced to go back to the SPK headquarters, by Mello. There's a bit of difference between the anime and manga with this, too. In the manga, she was willfully hiding Mello in her apartment after his injury from the explosion. In the anime, Mello simply barged in while she was showering.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female member of the SPK.

    Stephen Gevanni/Stephen Loud 
Stephen Gevanni/Stephen Loud
Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi (JP), Samuel Vincent (EN)

A member of the SPK, Gevanni is a skilled lock-picker, stalker and counterfeiter. He tails Teru Mikami when Near suspects him to be X-Kira and plays a vital role in Near's plan to beat Light once and for all.


Tropes associated with Gevanni:
  • Action Survivor: Gets through the show in one piece.
  • Impossible Genius: From it's material texture, to each page's paper stains and all, down with the complete forge of each Kira's handwriting within the original book, Stephen manages to make a perfect fake copy of the Death Note Mikami was using with all the names written inside all in one single night.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: One of the tallest and most bishonen members of the cast.