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Fanfic Recs: Death Note General Fics
These are recommendations made by Tropers for Death Note general fanfic, all of which have to be signed to stay on the page. Feel free to add a fanfic of your own finding to the list, but remember to use the template found here.

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Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.


Am I Being Punished? by theonlyone101
  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Yagamis in church. Light wonders what he has done to deserve this...
  •  2 reviews
  • The Art Of Drowning by Quiet
    • Recommended by Ninajsquirl, feral, Killing Curse Eyes
    • Status: Possibly a Dead Fic. Hasn't been updated since 2010.
    • Synopsis: Light isn't actually a Yagami, he's really Layfield whose parents were murdered in some sort of conspiracy, he got put in an orphanage with his best friend, who dies. Years later he realizes said friend hasn't stayed dead. Too bad the L/Light reunion gets cut off by a very old conspiracy.
  •  1 reviews
  • AI: Alternate Incarceration by FFYP-det-Yagami
    • Recommended by Marlee Cross
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: Misa gets some handcuffs. Light is unhappy about the situation at large. AU - contains ridiculous revenge, awkward situations, swearing, vague nudity, a love test, L in a suit, Misa, and the dreaded Ame-chan.
  •  1 reviews
  • Ave Verum Corpus by Nardaviel
    • Recommended by Vash Ti
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: This short Kid Fic follows Light from early childhood right into canon. It's touching and sad, full of a child's fears and insecurities, dreams and nightmares, and the discomfort of being too smart for your own good.
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  • Coffin Side by Ruin Takada
    • Recommended by feral
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairings: None specified, slight platonic Ryuk/Light
    • Synopsis: Light dies and a funeral is held, yet Sayu cannot cry. However, when Ryuk grows bored yet again, the result is the screwing of the rules, in true Lazarean style.
    • Additional Info: This is a competition fic, in which readers are invited to write a continuation/sequel of the fic to earn the title 'Official continuation'. This fic also comes with Death Note-style rules on Ruin Takada's profile page. The competition is considered still open.
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  • Days and Nights by Monniemoo (crack, Mello/Matt hints)
    • Recommended by sauronlulz
    • Status: Incomplete
    • Synopsis: Matt quits his job at Gamestop and hitchhikes, not knowing the strange people he will meet on the way. AU crackfics with ensemble cast.
  •  1 reviews
  • Death Note Crossroads by river-moonlight
    • Recommended by feral
    • Status: Dormant
    • Synopsis: Post-series mayhem. (Spoilers for the entire series). Ryuk drops another notebook and it's picked up... by Matsuda.
    • Tags: Continuation Fic, Angst, Not So Different, Dark!Matsuda
  •  1 reviews
  • Death Note Game Over by Ridler
    • Recommended by Timetraveller
    • Status:
    • Sypnosis: A normal guy with a normal life finds the Death Note two months before Light Yagami is caught and killed. At first unwilling to use it, he slowly realizes he has to if he wants to maintain the peaceful world he'd lived in since Kira appeared.
  •  2 reviews
  • Death Row by Leesy Metallium
    • Recommended by Dawnwing
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopis: A one-shot from Lind L. Tailor's point of view. The day before L confronts Kira on television, Tailor is condemned to die, but L has a proposition for him...
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  • Dust and Mirrors by Another Winter
    • Reccomended by Pupa
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: A character study of Mello with particular focus on his strange connection with Beyond Birthday, a man he has never met yet who Mello sees as a kindred spirit. Easily one of the best character studies of Mello.
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  • Evangelos by Bialy.
    • Recommended by Thinks Too Much
    • Status:
    • Synopsis: Seven semi-happy moments in Mello's life. In the author's words, "Mello in seven kisses".
  •  1 reviews
  • Fiend by Zanganito
    • Recommended by feral
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: Roger finds Beyond's behavior disturbing.
  •   add review 
  • Fragmentary Blue by The Carnivorous Muffin
    • Recommended by feral
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairings: past Light/Misa
    • Synopsis: There is a shinigami in Misa's home, one she believes may have once been Light, and so she waits for him to come back. Sometimes she has doubts.
    • Tags: Angst, Continuation Fic, Shinigami, Het
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  • Fright by Underwater Owl
    • Recommended by KA
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairings: None; implied Gevanni/Lidner
    • Synopsis: "The year following Light Yagami's death, things begin to go wrong. Is it the house? Is it Near? Is it ever going to stop?" Seven chapters of psychological thriller detailing a haunted house, a descent into madness, the confusion as to which is which, and you don't truly know what's going on until the end.
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  • The Golden Son, Light by Serria
  •  2 reviews
  • Grub by Zanganito
    • Recommended by feral
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: Roger thinks of L, in insect metaphors.
  •   add review 
  • Hindsight by Elizabeth Culmer
    • Recommended by feral
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: "No man creates himself in isolation, and no mother intends her child to be a monster. A story of the Yagami family."
    • Tags: Back Story, Angst, Family Drama
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  • Honey by Zanganito
    • Recommended by feral
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: L and Roger manipulate each other, and L tutors B.
    • Tags: prequel, horror, sadism, drama
  •  2 reviews
  • Hypocrite by Arysthae-niru
    • Recommended by feral
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairings: slight Light x Misa and Light x L (Lampshaded Foe Romance Subtext)
    • Synopsis: Those who forget their history are bound to repeat it. Stare into the abyss and the abyss will stare back. Light learns this too late to count...
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  • Inhuman Resurrection by Lawliet Is Justice
  •  1 reviews
  • It Rains on the Living by Serria
    • Recommended by orpheus-izanagi
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: Sachiko finds out that Light is dead.
    • Tags: Angst, Family Drama
  •  3 reviews
  • Just a Martyr by Niharumari
    • Recommended by whiteladydragon 00
    • Status: Ongoing
    • Synopsis: "Three days after the 1.28 showdown, word leaks out that Kira has been killed, and a whole new case begins, a race to stop the madman who plans to complete the creation of a perfect world. Blending angst and tension with humor and healing, this fast-paced story is told primarily from the perspective of Matsuda, and offers a realistic depiction of the survivors of the Kira case."
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  • Kira Is Justice by chihuahua0
    • Recommended by Chihuahua0, feral
    • Status: Dead
    • Synopsis: In the year 2014, a Shinigami named Landras drops a Death Note on Chicago, and it is picked up by a shy high schooler name Justin. History repeats itself, until more people get involved...
    • Tags: Continuation Fic, Original Character, déjà vu, intrigue
  •  1 reviews
  • L's Road Trip by Jackel Scribe
  •  1 reviews
  • Life After Death Note by Cameron Kennedy
    • Recommended by Chihuahua0
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: (Spoilers) Light killed L on November 5, 2004. But then, 6 years later, L wakes up in a hospital bed. He quickly learns that Kira is dead, but as he knows from experience, dead things don't always stay that way...
  •  1 reviews
  • Little Sister by Monniemoo
    • Recommended by sauronlulz
    • Status:
    • Synopsis: In the midst of her loneliness waiting for Light, Misa discovers a little sister.
  •  1 reviews
  • Murmur in the Shell by Disguise_of_Carnivorism
    • Recommended by feral
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: Nathan Rivers finds that the game board never runs out of pieces. Kira finds that justice falls from the sky.
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  • One Small Detail by Wilwarin
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  • Opposable Thumbs by Luc Court (rabbitprint)
    • Recommended by feral
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: Set during L's time at school. Raito tries to figure out the nature of L's intelligence.
  •   add review 
  • The Parameters of Ghosts by toluene
    • Recommended by feral
    • Status: updated May 2013
    • Synopsis: Light Yagami has defeated L. Everything is proceeding according to plan, until one night, the deceased detective reappears. Why does L continue to haunt him?
  •   add review 
  • Phantom's Play by Maximus1
    • Recommended by feral
    • Status: Ongoing
    • Synopsis: A tale of suspense set in between the first and second seasons, a new threat to Kira's world arises—a terrorist is killing innocents and tarnishing Kira's "good name." Light's running low on pawns and the stakes have never been higher.
    • Tags: Gen Fic, action-adventure, spy, intrigue
  •  1 reviews
  • Playing The Adult by Lord Onisyr
    • Recommended by feral
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairing(s): L x nameless escort
    • Synopsis: After accidentally getting more of a view into L's private life than he would have liked, Watari recognizes his teenage ward is no longer a child.
    • Tags: strange things, Slash Fic, oneshot

    Pseudonym by Violentcitizen
    • Reccomended by zekender
    • "Status":Ongoing
    • "Synopsis": "When he meets his successors, L remembers a time when he was known as N."
  •   add review 
  • Pure White by Aiden Dahlin
    • Recommended by feral
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: "After everything, despite his quirks, she was lucky to have such a brilliant child. He was any mothers dream, an angel-Light closed his eyes, trying to block out some of the sound."
    • Tags: Back Story, Angst, insanity, Creepy Child, Family Drama

    Redivivus by Silver Pard
    • Recommended by What The Spoot, feral
    • Status: Dormant (maybe Dead)
    • Synopsis: "The most important thing Ryuk learned watching Light Yagami was how to follow the rules to the letter and still break them." Light is dragged into a Peggy Sue journey, much to his frustration. Minor implications of Lightx L.
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  • Revenge by PurpleMoon3
    • Recommended by Lustheron
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: Ryuk's point of view from when Light dies.
    • Comments: An interesting glimpse into Ryuk's mind. Contains a highly unexpected ending.
  •   add review 
  • Ryuk Returns by Michaelmyersfangirl
    • Recommended by Chihuahua0
    • Status:
    • Synopsis: Five years after Death Note, Ryuk makes a bet with a Shinigami to give the Death Note to another person to see of that person will turn out better than Light. A Candaian girl named Scout Hemmings finds it. "hilarity and horrifics insue", as the review said.
  •  1 reviews
  • Salt by Alien ABC's
    • Recommended by Marlee Cross, Gosurori Otaku, feral
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: God comes to visit Mikami for a special purpose.
  •  3 reviews
  • Second Chances by Spades 44
    • Recommended by emilyperson
    • Status: Ongoing
    • Synopsis: "Crime doesn't stop just because you're dead." L solves mysteries and faces his own humanity in the afterlife. Contains background Raye/Naomi, Matt/Mello, and "L/someone familiar."
  •  1 reviews
  • The Second Coming by axilet
    • Recommended by feral
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: "I will return," God promised, and they have been waiting ever since. Or: Light wins, and everyone else loses.
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  • Sins of the Father and Under One Roof by Sarapsys
    • Recommended by Lady Lucy, lilzebub
    • Status:
    • Pairing(s): OC/OC.
    • Synopsis: Sins of the Father, in the author's own words, depicts the House and L's successors, from the perspective of the man who raised them. "You can't protect your children from everything, especially when they don't want your protection." This story is followed by "Under One Roof", again in the author's own words, Wammy's House, in 60 patchworked ficlets from the perspectives of students and staff. Interquel of Sins of the Father.
  •  1 reviews
  •  1 reviews
  • Something Near the Truth by darkhelmetj
    • Recommended by Alanna Mo
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: Halle never thought of herself as a puzzle person. There was, however, one puzzle which she could not bring herself to leave unfinished. SPK Fic. Post-Chapter 107. Entire Series Spoilers. One-shot.

    The Story of L by animeperson798
    • Recommended by bloodyangelwings
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: As the name implies, this story is about L. It mainly focuses on his childhood, and his relationship with Watari. Other Wammy's House children have also made appearances. Does have minor (one-sided) B Bx L.

    Up In Smoke by Argella
    • Recommended by sauronlulz
    • Status:
    • Synopsis: Near would rather forget the last charred fragments of his childhood. Short oneshot.
  •  1 reviews
  • We Fat Ourselves For Maggots by visszater
    • Recommended by aimsme, feral
    • Status: Complete
    • Pairings: Minor Sachiko/Soichiro
    • Synopsis: Ryuk watches over his family.
    • Tags: Family Drama, Shinigami
  •  1 reviews
  • Welcome to Wammy by Mikanis
    • Recommended by Cassius
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: It is about Mello's life pre-DN continuity.
  •  1 reviews
  • White Note by esama
    • Recommended by feral, Coffeemocha
    • Status: Complete
    • Synopsis: At the age of five, L came upon a Death Note.
  •   add review 

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