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:
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Not So Stoic: In her literal final seconds as she learns that Light is Kira.
  • 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.
  • What Could Have Been: She was originally supposed to have a larger role, but the author couldn't think of a way to have her be relevant to the plot without her immediately blowing Light's cover, so she was turned into a Sacrificial Lion instead.

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

The FBI Agent who was tailing Light.

Tropes associated with Raye:

    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:

    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:

    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:

    Kyosuke Higuchi/Kira 
Kyosuke Higuchi/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:
  • 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: The Big Bad of the Yotsuba arc.

    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.

    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. His real name is Mail Jeevas.

Tropes associated with Matt:
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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:
  • 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.


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:
  • Karmic Death: He and most of the other mafiosi are killed by Kira when the Taskforce raids their hideout.
  • The Mafia
  • You Have Failed Me: He and Mello test the Notebook on their own henchmen. "That's what you get when you sell goods behind my back."

Misa's friend.
  • Body Double: Trades places with Misa so she can "go on a date."

    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

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.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man
  • 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 alibi when he disguises himself as a university student, that plan being that if the real Ryuuga dies, then Light is definitely Kira. Light doesn't do it.


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.

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.

His real name is Anthony Carter.

Tropes associated with Rester:
  • The Confidant: To Near.
  • Expy: In a certain way, he acts as a Soichiro to Near as Light or L.

    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.

Her real name is Halle Bullook.

Tropes associated with Halle:
  • 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.
  • Dumb Blonde: Subverted, as she's one of the more competent women in the series.
  • Expy: Aizawa to some extent where both are neither side and are willing to sell out information
  • 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."
  • Het Is Ew: Probably a contributing factor for the lack of fanwork for Mello/Halle (or at least in comparison to other pairings with Mello).
  • 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.

His real name is Stephen Loud.
Tropes associated with Gevanni:
  • Expy: Matsuda due to his looks and his bypassing security skills opposite of Matsuda's shooting
  • Minion Shipping: Often with Mikami, when he's not being shipped with Near.
  • Workaholic: He somehow makes a perfect fake copy of the Death Note with all the names written inside it a single night.