Characters: Death Note Side Characters
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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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
- Badass: Credit where credit is due. He charges a dangerous criminal to save a bus full of people.
- But Not Too Foreign: Although American, he is of Japanese descent.
- Christianity Is Catholic: Raye is a devout Catholic in the live action movie.
- Gray Eyes: Of the innocent meaning.
- Incredibly Obvious Tail: Ryuk is the first to mention, and bring the reader's attention, to Raye tailing Light, though Light admits he knew already that he was being tailed. Well Raye does not blend in well in Japan with his longcoat.
- It's Probably Nothing: His reaction to Naomi's concerns about the busjacking.
- Mauve Shirt: Gets fleshed out despite only appearing in a few episodes.
- Morton's Fork: Follow my instructions or I kill you and your girlfriend. Guess what happens anyway.
- Spanner in the Works: Completely unintentional on his end but Light's biggest mistake in the series was his murder of Penbar. Had he allowed Ray Penbar to live, all suspicion of Light would have been dropped.
- Stay in the Kitchen: To Naomi, telling her that her suspicions are obsolete now, since she quit her FBI job when they got engaged. Needless to say, he should have listened to her.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Fits the description perfectly.
- Too Dumb to Live: His Stay in the Kitchen line to Naomi was an Establishing Character Moment for Western fandom. It was only meant for the Kira case and he was just making sure she didn't get caught in the crossfire. Needless to say, not letting Naomi work with him leads to his death anyway.
- Unwitting Pawn: Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha, made you kill your coworkers.
- Zombie Infectee: Rather than acting completely Genre Blind, Raye acts like this about showing his name to a Kira suspect in the live-action movie.
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.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Misa's Betty for Light's Archie.
- 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.
- 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
- Drop Dead Gorgeous
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Expy: She's like a murderous Lois Lane.
- Hello, Nurse!: Quite popular with the opposite sex.
- 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.
- Hot Scoop
- 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.
- Jack the Ripoff
- 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.
- Monster Fangirl
- 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".
- Person of Mass Destruction
- Poisonous Friend
- 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.
- Psychotic Smirk
- Protagonist Secret Service
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide
- Secret Keeper
- Serial Killer Kira
- Ship Tease: With Light and Mikami. The dialogue in the Relight 2 special seemed to suggest she is dating both of them.
- Stuffed into the Fridge
- Totalitarian Utilitarian
- Unequal Pairing: Considering Light's god complex, this is pretty much unavoidable.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: Keeps a page of the Death Note in her bra.
- Who's Laughing Now?: In the live action movie.
- Wicked Cultured
- Yandere: After Light assures Takada that his seeing Misa doesn't mean anything and "you're the only one for me":
Takada: If you're lying you're going to pay. I'll tell Kira, you know.
Light: Ha ha. Great joke Takada.
Takada: I'm not joking.
- Woman On Fire: How she ends up. Fortunately, she doesn't seem to be conscious for most of it, at least not in the anime.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Shortly after she kills Mello, Light tells her that before he lets her die in order to avoid having her picked up and questioned.
A thief L hires to assist in infiltrating Yotsuba. Her real name is Mary Kenwood
Tropes associated with Wedy:
Voiced by: Takuya Kirimoto (JP), David Orth (EN)
A Con Man
L hires to assist in infiltrating Yotsuba.
Tropes associated with Aiber:
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.
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.
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!"
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."
- Body Double: Trades places with Misa so she can "go on a date."
, 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
A girl that Light asks out on a date to Spaceland as part of his plan to get Raye Penber's name.
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.
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.
Anthony Rester/Anthony Carter
Anthony Rester/Anthony Carter
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
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
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.