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[[folder:Touta Matsuda]]
->Voiced by: Creator/RyoNaitou (JP), Vincent Tong (EN), David Jenner (Spain), Alfredo Leal (Latin America)

The youngest and most inexperienced member of the Japanese Task Force, Matsuda was Soichiro Yagami's protege before the series started and is the only member of the force to both consistently believe in Light's innocence and even show some sympathy towards Kira's cause. Unlike his teammates, he prefers not to do things 'by the book', instead taking risks -which is often heavily criticized by his colleagues.

Along with Mogi, he is the only member of the Japanese Task Force to see the Kira case through from start to finish, with no breaks: Light joined late; Ukita, Soichiro, L, Watari, Wedy and Aiber die; and Ide and Aizawa both quit briefly.

Besides Near and a few of the other task force members, Matsuda is one of the few characters that survives the events of the anime/manga. The manga epilogue shows that he continues to work as a member of the police, but he still does not wish to believe that Light was Kira, and suspects that Near was involved in Mikami's death.
* ActionSurvivor: Survives the entire series.
* {{Adorkable}}: His incompetence is balanced out by his goofiness and boundless enthusiasm.
* AscendedExtra: One of many police officers starting out and becomes more important in the second arc.
* AudienceSurrogate: He's the character most unsure about Kira's morality. Less centrally, in several scenes he is also the one to express annoyance or confusion over things such as L's odd behavior (the cell phone scene comes to mind) and L's and Light's rather obscure back-and-forths.
* BadassInDistress: When he gets caught infiltrating Yotsuba, he handles the situation with a surprising level of competence. He comes up with a believable reason for being there, manages to XanatosSpeedChess his way into a situation where he can get in contact with L, and successfully ''fakes his own death'' to avoid being killed.
* BerserkButton: Insulting Soichiro, as Light finds out:
-->''(To Light)'' "What about your dad, what the hell did he die for?!"
* BerserkerTears: He weeps openly as he shoots Light up.
* BewareTheHonestOnes: Note to megalomanical serial killers, honest cops do not like it when you sneer at their idealism.
* BewareTheNiceOnes[=/=]BewareTheSillyOnes: ''He's'' the one that stops Light from writing Near's name by shooting his hand, followed by shooting the ''rest'' of him, and would have killed Light had the others not intervened. And to think he was the only one that sympathized with Kira.
* {{Bishonen}}: While not nearly on the level of Light or Mikami, Matsuda remains boyishly handsome in his thirties. Unlike the other two, who are meant to be attractive, Matsuda's looks are meant to emphasize his childishness and naivety.
* BlackShirt: Interestingly, ''Light'' sees him this way. When he shoots Light to keep him from killing Near, Light is flabbergasted. Out of everyone, he expected Matsuda to side with him.
** Probably helped by the fact that Light didn't tell Mikami to spare Matsuda during the final confrontation. Major over sight there, Light.
* BreakTheCutie: He might be kinda dumb, but is more or less a nice person who tries his best even if it doesn't work. Then, the poor guy has his idealism, mentors, ''and'' self-esteem slowly demolished throughout the series. The biggest example is in the final episode, where his idolising of Light is torn apart with the final confirmation that he is Kira. He actually shoots Light in the most [[TearJerker/DeathNote heart-wrenching scene in the anime]].
* BrokenPedestal: He idolized Light, and completely fell apart upon TheReveal that Light is Kira.
* BromanticFoil: Seems to see himself as this to Light, teasing him about all of his romantic endeavors.
* BrownEyes: He's honest and hardworking but dim.
* ButtMonkey: The other characters - Aizawa, L, Light - tend to make disparaging comments about Matsuda.
* CaptainObvious: The most {{egregious}} moment being during his interview with Sakura TV, right after Higuchi writes down the alias planted at Yoshida Productions.
-->'''Matsuda:''' Kira is a cold-blooded murderer. I can't forgive him for what he's done.
* CharacterDevelopment: Begins the series honestly believing that Kira may be right to kill all of the evil people in the world. In the finale, after ''barely'' restraining his BerserkerRage, he acknowledges that killing Light wouldn't make the world any better and attempts to put him to justice, living up to Soichiro's refusal to kill and ultimately shining a brighter light on whether or not true goodness can actually prevail.
* ChekhovsGun: The ending isn't the only time he pulls a gun - he's a pretty good shot. Of the task force members, he's the most likely to do so.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Official color seems to be yellow.
* CowardlyLion: He's quick to break and very emotional, but he can be surprisingly bold when the chips are down.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: You gotta wait a long time for him to reveal it but it's there.
* ADayInTheLimelight: He gets an episode to himself during the Yotsuba arc.
* DistressBall: During the Yotsuba arc when he jepordizes the investigation.
* TheDitz: Matsuda is a normal guy, if a little goofy and impressionable; his contrast with the likes of L and Light is very obvious.
* DumbassHasAPoint: His theory in the manga epilogue chapter. He suggests that Near used the notebook to control Mikami to make sure Mikami and Light would make no changes to the plan at the Warehouse. In short, Near cheated. While we never learn for sure if he's right, and Ide is not convinced, the fact that "Near cheats" and is the "more dishonest" of him and Mello is confirmed by WordOfGod.
* EtTuBrute: Fits his reaction to Light revealed as Kira. He trusted Light.
** The reverse is true as well. Light figured no one in the Task Force would join him, except maybe Matsuda. He is '''stunned''' when Matsuda puts five bullet holes in him.
* ExactEavesdropping: When he's investigating Yotsuba. This is justified because he knew what time period the Yotsuba Kira was active.
* FakingTheDead: In order to continue the investigation against the Yotsuba Kira.
* {{Fanboy}}: Towards L, Light, Misa, and, from afar, Kiyomi.
* FearlessFool: Matsuda just kind of assumes that things will work out well.
* {{Foil}}: To Light and L.
* GoodIsNotSoft: This NiceGuy will ''shoot you'' if you cross the line.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: ''Believes'' himself to be this with Light, who plays along when it suits him. Considering his relationship with Soichiro, they've most likely known each other for quite some time.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: He adores Misa and, later, Kiyomi, and supports Light completely, even when the rest of the task force begins to turn against him. The only one that he believes is innocent is Light, and that's mostly rooted in three things: [[NotSoDifferent the fact that they're similar]], [[BigBadFriend the fact that they're friends]], and [[ParentalSubstitute Soichiro Yagami being like a father to him.]] Like Aizawa said, it's not that it was impossible, but that they didn't want to believe it when they thought of the Chief. It was even worse with Matsuda because they were even closer friends.
* IAmSpartacus: In the manga, Mello demands to know the identity of the second L so that he can kill him if the trade for the notebook goes south, threatening to kill Sayu if they don't comply. Matsuda saves Light and his dad from [[SadisticChoice that dilemma]] by hijacking the keyboard and telling Mello that he's a stand in for L.
* IdiotHero: He certainly fits this, having the lowest intelligence-related scores of the investigative team.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: He's shown more than once over the course of the series to be something of a crack shot
* LeeroyJenkins: During the Yotsuba arc L warns the others, [[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough "Be sure not to act impulsively out of panic or haste."]] [[SmashCut Matsuda didn't get the memo.]] His "unpredictability" rating is 10/10.
* LetsGetDangerous: During the Yotsuba arc, Sayu's kidnapping, and the task force's raid on Mello's hideout, Matsuda demonstrates an ability to get down to business. He closes the series by shooting and fatally wounding Light.
* TheMatchmaker: He always seemed to want Misa and Light to be together; later, when Light "investigates" Kiyomi Takada, he's enthusiastic about it.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Done in understatement at the end of ''Relight 2'', after finding Light's body.
* {{Nepotism}}: The manga explains that this is why he has a job despite being more or less incompetent at it.
* NiceGuy: When Mr. and Mrs. Yagami say he can't start a relationship with Sayu it's because he's a cop and not because of any moral failing.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Gives one to Light at the end of the series.
* NotSoDifferent: Among the most honest characters, in that he admits that he "can think like Kira, too."
* PhraseCatcher: "Matsuda, you idiot!"
* PluckyComicRelief: Matsuda is one of the characters who eagerly engages in joking and teasing.
* {{Revenge}}:
** When Near offers to write Mello's name in the notebook, he's the only one who says to go for it, since Mello indirectly killed Soichiro.
** He didn't shoot Light for being Kira. He did it because Light ''insulted and mocked'' Soichiro, who had been Matsuda's hero.
* RidiculouslyAverageGuy: While he's a bit of a space case, Matsuda is overall a completely ordinary guy who's in way over his depth in the Kira case.
* SelfDeprecation: In the IAmSpartacus above, ''he'' tells Mello that he's kind of an idiot, even if he's standing in for L.
* ShipperOnDeck: Gets very excited whenever Light is dating a new girl.
* ShipTease: With Sayu, though Soichiro is quick to shoot it down when it comes up.
* ShutUpHannibal: After shooting Light, he demands to ask what Soichiro died for. Light says he's trying to create a world in which people like his father won't die as fools, but [[KirkSummation Matsuda angrily objects]] to how he views his father.
* TheSlacker: "All you ever do is watch TV." [[{{WordOfGod}} The thirteenth volume]] explains that he dislikes slow and steady work.
* SuicidalGotcha: He ''falls off of a building'' for L's {{plan}}.
* TrueCompanions: To the Yagami family. He's a family friend and Souichiro has him over at their house before the events of the Kira case. Souichiro is his Mentor, he crushes on Sayu, and he is enthusiastic (almost to an unhealthy degree) about everything [[BigBadFriend Light]] does explaining his rampage when learning that Light is Kira.
* UnstoppableRage: At the end. Considering the living hell Light Yagami put the poor guy through, some would rate this as Matsuda's finest moment.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Aizawa, who's always yelling at him.
* TheWatson: He asks the questions which contributes to everyone thinking he's an idiot.
* WhyAreYouLookingAtMeLikeThat: During the Yotsuba arc when L mentions that they need someone who Kira will think he can kill easily.
* YouGetMeCoffee: According to L, this is the only way he can 'pull his weight'.

[[folder:Soichiro Yagami]]
->Voiced by: Creator/NaoyaUchida (JP), Chris Britton (EN), Juan Carlos Gustems (Spain), José Lavat (Latin America)

Light's father and the police chief initially in charge of the Kira investigation team operating under L. When L begins to suspect Light of being Kira, Soichiro is unwilling to believe his son would be capable of such a thing. He was originally envisioned as an "honest police officer with a strong sense of justice" so that the reader "would have to feel sorry for everything he has to go through", and according to WordOfGod, he is the only truly "pure" character. Over the course of the series, he changes visibly by losing weight and aging poorly, particularly during his and Light's confinement.

After L's death, he is sent to retrieve the Death Note stolen by Mello by obtaining Shinigami Eyes and infiltrating Mello's hideout. He retrieves the notebook and learns Mello's real name by looking at him face to face through the Eyes, but is unable to kill him, and as he argues with Mello he is repeatedly shot by one of Mello's men that he assumed was dead, and is afterwards buried in rubble from an explosion set off by Mello. Because Light had given up ownership of his Death Note, making his lifespan visible above his head, Soichiro dies believing that Light is not Kira, thus maintaining the Shinigami proverb that humans possessed by Shinigami meet misfortune but- as observed by Ryuk- subverting the other one that maintains they die in misery.

However, in the movie he is alive and present when Light is revealed as Kira - even holding him in his arms as he dies - but keeps his identity secret from his family.
* BadassMustache: In the manga and anime; in the live action films and TV drama, he's clean-shaven.
* ByTheBookCop: While he admires L's skills as a detective, he's uncomfortable with some of his methods, which often involve willingly sacrificing lives to Kira. As an example, in the films, when L pulls off his scheme with Lind L. Tailor, Soichiro becomes angry that L sacrificed a prisoner for that reason.
* CarFu: [[CarMeetsHouse Ramming a]] '''''[[CarMeetsHouse TRUCK]]''''' [[CarMeetsHouse into a building.]]
* TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes: He admits that he has trouble looking at the case objectively when his own son becomes the main suspect.
* CoolOldGuy: Well, sort of. He's not even as old as fifty when the story starts and barely in his mid-fifties when he dies, but he has a heart attack quite early on in the Kira investigation while his son is a suspect and never recovers fully after that point, though he is repeatedly prevented from resigning from the Task Force either by L or his own stubbornness, depending on the context. Hence, he comes to look "old" even when speaking strictly he isn't.
** He's certainly got the coolness covered, though. What do you do when the Second Kira is lurking outside killing anyone who tries to get into Sakura TV to prevent the airing of a message on the news that threatens the innocent? Smash through the studio's door with your van and threaten the producer at gunpoint, of course! And he does all of it after leaving the hospital where he had been admitted for a heart attack just days prior.
* DeadlyUpgrade: Yes, ''that'' one.
* DrivenToSuicide: In the TV drama, wherein he writes his own name in the book after discovering Light is Kira.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: It's certainly no coincidence that the most noble character arguably gets the happiest ending. Though in-story, Ryuk says he got to die happy because he refused to use the Death Note.
* {{Expy}}: He bears a certain resemblance to Commissioner Gordon of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', which is compounded by his overall attitude to his work as well as his working relationship with L being not dissimilar to Gordon and Batman.
* AFatherToHisMen: He comes off as something of a father figure to the other task force members, or at least Matsuda.
* GoodIsNotNice: He pulls a gun on both Demegawa and Light.
** Later still he makes the trade for Shinigami Eyes and attempts to write Mello's name into the notebook, only failing to write said name in full because Mello asks him if he's ever killed a person before, leading to a moment of hesitance which proves his undoing.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: in the live action movies Soichiro lights up a cigarette while stressing out over the Kira case.
* HappilyMarried: To Sachiko. Not the lovey-dovey kind, but the strength of their marriage is [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming extremely moving.]] Ultimately [[TearJerker tragic]] when you consider what becomes of him in the end.
* HeroicSacrifice: While he didn't know that he was going to die when he did, he knew that his days were numbered by making the eye trade. Also, he believed that he was going to die within thirteen days if he actually did manage to write Mello's full name (he failed to do it, but he was prepared to do it).
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: A rare adult version of the Trope. Moral, upstanding, and never giving sway to any temptation. In ''How To Read,'' his strongest attribute was his integrity. When given a chance to kill Mello using the Death Note, at the cost of his own life. Ryuk remarks that if he'd used the Death Note he'd have been doomed to unhappiness, and in a way, he was happy dying thinking his son wasn't Kira.
* LeeroyJenkins: When Mello kidnaps Sayu. "Plan? There's no time for that!"
* LetThemDieHappy: He dies happily convinced that Light isn't Kira. Sadly averted in the live-action movies, where Soichiro is SparedByTheAdaptation.
* MamaDidntRaiseNoCriminal: His reaction to the suggestion that Light may be Kira.
* MarriedToTheJob: In the TV drama, his frequent absence from home due to work, combined with the fact that he was not present during Sachiko's death, puts a strain on his relationship with Light, which is amplified by the fact that Light must act as a father figure to [[BrattyTeenageDaughter Sayu]].
* TheMcCoy: In contrast to L's [[TheSpock Spock]] and Memoryless!Light's [[TakeAThirdOption Kirk]] during the Yotsuba arc.
* NotAGame: DaChief is fond of this CatchPhrase. He scolds Matsuda for his enthusiasm a few times, expresses disgust at how Kira is "playing with people's lives as if it were just a game!" and he says this word for word in the live action movie [[WhatTheHellHero to L.]]
* ObliviousGuiltSlinging: All of the time spent with his son, Light.
* OnlySaneMan: During the Yotsuba arc, in a group that includes L's utter lack of social skills, Aizawa's temper, Matsuda's kookiness, the uncertainty of Light's might-be-a-serial-killer status, Mogi's silence, and Misa's flirtatious childishness, Soichiro seems to be the only one keeping everything sane.
* OverprotectiveDad: You all saw his face when Matsuda asked if Sayu had a boyfriend.
* PapaWolf: Towards Light and Sayu, all the way.
* TheParagon: He's the only truly good person in this series.
* ParentalFavoritism: A minor example; while he doesn't completely dismiss the possibility that Light is Kira (and he is, though Soichiro [[LetThemDieHappy goes to his grave never finding this out]]), he is adamant that Sayu couldn't possibly be Kira.
* ParentsAsPeople: He has his flaws, and expresses worry about how these may have affected his two kids.
** The Live-Action Movies
** The 2nd Relight Special. It's vaguely implied he's dead ("Whenever things get tough I just remember my father.") but his death is never shown or mentioned.
* PrematurelyGreyHaired: He starts greying at an alarmingly fast rate from the moment he begins to work on the Kira case. Especially obvious in the first arc, where about a third of his hair turns grey in a couple of episodes, way too fast for it to be caused by simple aging. Until about episode 10, his hair is pitch black.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: When somebody suggests that Sayu and Matsuda might be getting married.
* SeeYouInHell: While pretending to kill Light as part of a plan by L to determine whether Light or Misa is responsible.
-->'''Soichiro''': Light, my son. From one murderer to another, I'll see you in hell.
* TechnicalPacifist: He "has never actually taken a life before" despite having risen all the way to the top of Japan's police force (TruthInTelevision as the NPA are the {{desk jockey}}s of Japan's police force.)
* WhenHeSmiles: Soichiro's pretty stoic for the most part, but when he does smile, you easily forget the intensity overshadowing the entire series.
* {{Workaholic}}: He admits he doesn't see his family that much because he's always working.

[[folder:Watari/Quillsh Wammy]]
->Voiced by: Creator/KiyoshiKobayashi (JP), French Tickner (EN), Félix Benito (Spain), Rafael Turia (Spain, movies), Carlos Del Campo (Latin America)

L's guardian/butler/servant that contacts the police organizations of the world on his behalf. He is killed along with L by Rem. Real name is Quillsh Wammy.
* AgeLift: Is slightly younger in the TV drama than in the manga and anime.
%%* BadassGrandpa
%%* BadassLongcoat
%%* BattleButler
* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: In his first appearance.
%%* CoolOldGuy
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Owns/Runs a {{Tykebomb}} producing institution. It's hinted in the light novel that he experimented on children.
* {{Expy}}: Of [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Alfred Pennyworth]]. Fitting, since L bears notable similarities to Batman.
%%* FriendlySniper
%%* GadgeteerGenius
%%* TheHandler
%%* HeroicSacrifice
%%* ImprobableAimingSkills
* LargeHam: In the TV drama, he behaves like a flamboyant gameshow host.
* MysteriousPast: Something about a world war and being a famous inventor?
* NiceHat: Wears one along with his ConspicuousTrenchcoat.
* ParentalSubstitute: For L.
* RaceLift: A white Englishman in the manga and anime, he's Japanese in the films and TV drama. The 2017 Netflix has him played by biracial Japanese-American actor Paul Nakauchi.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: He doesn't die in the TV drama.
* UnflappableGuardian: Nothing L does seems to surprise him.

[[folder:Shuichi Aizawa]]
->Voiced by: Creator/KeijiFujiwara (JP), Creator/TrevorDevall (EN), Paco Gázquez (Spain), Carlo Vásquez (Latin America)

Another member of the Japanese task force and eventually head of the NPA. He quits for a while when he wants to put his family first, but he eventually comes back. He's basically the smartest of the non-geniuses (Light, L, Near, Mello, etc.) and after L's death, he takes up the charge as the member of the Task Force most suspicious of Light.
* TenMinuteRetirement: To spend time with his family.
%%* ActionSurvivor
%%* AscendedExtra
* AudienceSurrogate: By virtue of not being a super genius yet also being smart enough to realize Light's Kira, he's the character who comes closest to being in the audience's position.
* BadassLongcoat: Begins wearing one in the second half.
* BigDamnHeroes: Along with Ide he gets the police organized in order to assist with the arrest of Higuchi.
* TheBusCameBack: He leaves the task force for a while during the Yotsuba Arc because he doesn't feel like he can bring himself to quit the police force in order to continue with the Kira investigation, and is then absent for several episodes. His triumphant return comes when he's the leader of the cop car blockade that helps stop Higuchi.
%%* ChangedMyMindKid
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Official color seems to be green.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Aizawa comes into work one day with a bandaged head. When asked about it, he says he and his wife were in a fight, and the other men barely register that he's been physically injured by his wife.
* FailedASpotCheck: ''JUST'' misses seeing Light and Naomi Misora together.
* AFatherToHisMen: This dynamic is seen in the way he scolds Matsuda, the loyalty he inspires with rest of the police force, and in ''Relight 2'' he shows an almost fatherly concern for Light after Souichiro dies.
%%* FunnyAfro
%%* GreekChorus
* HairTriggerTemper: And rather highly strung.
* IHaveAFamily: He does honestly care about catching Kira, but [[WordOfGod ultimately puts the well-being of his family first]].
* ImportantHaircut: He loses the afro in the second arc.
%%* InspectorLestrade
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Done in understatement at the end of ''Relight 2'' after finding Light's body.
* RedHerringShirt: While both he and Matsuda are [[AscendedExtra Ascended Extras]], Matsuda can immediately be recognized as a {{Foil}} to both Light and L, thus giving him a large amount of significance in the overall theme of the show. Aizawa, on the other hand, with his plain face and suspicion of Light, seems like an obvious candidate to get killed off to build up suspense. He is one of the only characters to survive the entire series.
* TameHisAnger: To deal with Misa Amane. It didn't work.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Because Aizawa opens up his umbrella when it begins to snow on his way back to the NPA headquarters, he ''just'' misses seeing Light and Naomi Misora together.
* UnwittingPawn: To both L and Light's plans.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Matsuda.
* WhatTheHellHero: He's the one willing to call out and walk out on L's extreme methods, unlike Soichiro, who whilst objecting always stays for the sake of defeating Kira.
* YouAreGrounded: He sends Misa to her room, much to the relief of everyone in the show.

[[folder:Kanzo Mogi]]
->Voiced by: Creator/KazuyaNakai (JP), John Murphy (EN), Luis Grau (Spain), Alejandro Mayén (Latin America)

A member of the Kira Taskforce. He and Matsuda are the only two task force members who see the case through to the end with no breaks, and is one of the few survivors in the series.
%%* ActionSurvivor
%%* TheBigGuy
* ComedicSociopathy: Enjoys himself a little too much when screwing with Yotsuba Kira.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: In the live-action movies.
* DeathFakedForYou: In the manga; Near holds him hostage and tells the Kira Taskforce that he's died of a heart attack in order to give one of the Taskforce members an incentive to come forward... it works.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Whenever he's babysitting Misa.
* LargeHam: As Mochi the Manager.
* OddFriendship: With Aiber and Misa.
* TheQuietOne: Near finds this out.
%%* TheReliableOne
* TheStoic: According to WordOfGod, Mogi dislikes expressing himself.

[[folder:Hideki Ide]]
->Voiced by: Creator/HideoIshikawa (JP), Creator/BrianDobson (EN), Ángel de Gracia (Spain), Jorge Ornelas (Latin America)

Another member of the Kira Taskforce. He leaves early on and later returns for the third major story arc. Along with a few other people he survives the events of the series.
%%* ActionSurvivor
* BigDamnHeroes: Along with Aizawa he gets the police organized in order to assist with the arrest of Higuchi.
%%* CommanderContrarian
* HeterosexualLifePartners: He joins the Kira task force to work with Aizawa.
%%* IneffectualLoner
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: He leaves the Taskforce prior to meeting L in person. He comes back to help catch Higuchi and stays for the second arc.
%%* TheSixthRanger
%%* UnluckyEverydude

[[folder:Hirokazu Ukita]]
->Voiced by: Creator/HidenobuKiuchi (JP), Jeremy From (EN), Ramón Hernández (Spain), Miguel Ángel Leal (Latin America)

Another member of the Kira Taskforce. [[LeeroyJenkins He rushes headfirst]] into battle during the second Kira's stunt at Sakura TV, where he is suddenly killed outside the station. This leads L and the task force to suspect that there's another Kira who can kill with just a face.
* LeeroyJenkins: Drawing a gun and pointing it at the security officer at Sakura TV with the Second Kira in the area. Misa didn't kill him until he pulled the gun.
* MauveShirt: His character is built up in the first story arc, but despite that, he dies relatively early on into the story.
* PluckyComicRelief: In the manga.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In the Live Action movies.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: His death comes reasonably early into the series, in Episode 11, to be exact.