Fridge / Death Note

Fridge Brilliance
  • Okay, maybe it's not that brilliant. But why heart attacks? Well...how else would you simply stop living other than your heart stopping?
  • Think about it when did L's suspicions fall on Light specifically? When the cameras were placed in his house. When exactly is after Light reads those magazines but before school ends the next day. What happens in between? Light "studying" and Light mocking L's tactics. The studying didn't give anything away so it must have been the mocking of L's announcement. What gave it away? Light's comment, because only Kira would be so arrogant, childish and intelligent as to insult L while not revealing anything.
  • The two-week period of confinement where the killings stop? Two weeks amount to just over thirteen days.
  • The Shinigami eye deal. A Shinigami who loses their death note gets to steal half the death note users remaining lifespan, guaranteeing that the notebook-less shinigami will outlive the human using it.
  • Soichiro, who was 54, dies soon after making a deal that cut his lifespan. It cut their remaining lifespan. Soichiro died shortly after making the deal so he didn't have long. Misa got Gelus' reamining years added to her lifespan when he died, so she could have lived for hundreds of years, in theory.
  • The Sakujo scene where Mikami kills Demegawa and his followers. Knowing the Modus Operandum of Kira, why Sakura TV didn't stopped the transmission with the first dead guy, instead of waiting for everyone to die. Maybe should be on the Headscratchers page, but it doesn't bugs me, maybe because it was freaking awesome.
    • Because Kira was sending a message. He was already angry enough at what they had done that he felt it neccessary to kill them on air. If they cut the transmission before he was finished, it might have only made him madder.
      • Also, some people theorize that he wrote in the name of the person keeping the broadcast on the air, writing that he wouldn't shut it off.
  • look at the names of L's successor's Mello and Near. L,M,N. If L was even more prepared there would be a fourth with an O name.
    • The third smartest child at Wammy's House was Matt, though not quite a successor. Unless he was planning on having a name change, there would have been L, M, N, M...
      • Consider though that Matt is stated to have no interest in being a detective and he is shown helping Mello, so it is more Team M
    • There's also Kira as K. K, L, M, N...
      • Wouldn't that also mean there were A,B,C...?
      • Yes. See Another Note.
  • People are upset with Near for being a "ripoff of L." That's the point. He says so himself that he by himself is highly inferior to L but was chosen with Mello in order continue his legacy. Near being sub par to L on his own was done on purpose.
    • Even if that's the point it still doesn't make him a more likable character.
      • In a way, that's sort of the point. Making Near clearly inferior to L both in and out of universe helps to highlight how truly exceptional and one of a kind L was.
  • Light likes BBQ chips and EATS THEM! Remember, fatty foods are bad for your heart.
  • This troper, the first time she saw the scene where L falls out of his chair at the mention of Shinigami, just laughed a little because it was ridiculous. Watching the series a second time through made her realize that everything up to the shot of Light watching behind L as he fell was foreshadowing for how his death would play out.
  • Mikami's name is basically Light's backwards. Look at them, side by each: Yagami Raito, Mikami Teru. Not only that, but just as Light's kanji means moon, Teru's means illuminated. - Nakayama90
    • You lost me at the part where you ask to look at the names side by side. Do you mean in the kanji for their names or whatever? Because in English you lost me.
  • If you consider the idea, the plot starts as more or less a way of satirizing the idea of the death penalty. The two opposing sides are those that feel the deaths of the criminals is bad, and the other rides on the belief that they get what they deserve. This spoiler is lost over the course of the manga, but the initial premise shocked this troper the third time reading and the first time realizing this.
  • At one point, Matsuda questions where L got the money to build the building used for the center of operations. Later, we find out Watari was an inventor who made a fortune and opened Wammy's House to train L's successor. Is it any wonder where all of L's funding came from?
    • During the Yotsuba arc, L gets them to pay "Erald Coil" 5 million dollars to feed them false information and get them closer to being caught. Considering he's the three smartest detectives in the world right now...
  • Someone as scary smart as Light attempting to conform to social norms (i.e. Surrounded by Idiots and bastards) would have had serious issues, maybe even the God complex to begin with, what with knowing he's smarter than everyone else and being excessively praised. It would be inconceivable to him that he was in the wrong because he's never wrong. That's why he yields to the power of the notebook so easily, what he's doing CAN'T be wrong, he's just come to the logical conclusion on how best to protect humanity. Now compare with L who was raised at a school for super-geniuses. He is actually willing to listen to other people's ideas and consider other points of view (even if he thinks he's right and they are dumb). While he's arrogant he doesn't think he's infallible. If Light was raised at Wammy's instead of having a so-called "perfect, normal life" where he's unable to relate to the people around him he probably wouldn't have developed a God complex, have learned to self-reflect, and wouldn't have taken that nosedive off the slippery slope if he ever came into contact with the Notebook... Probably. — feral
    • Light's delusions of "only I am right, only I am REAL" is Lampshaded within the show itself. You know the theme tune that plays when Light decides to become Kira? It's called "Low of Solipsism."
  • L's real name, Lawliet, when spoken aloud it would be pronounced Low Light! Talk about Not So Different! Light is really lucky he had Rem to do the deed because if he somehow discovered it earlier and tried to write that name himself he might have accidentally killed himself. — feral
    • No. Their names are spelled very, very, very differently. L's name would be written in English, while Light's would be written in kanji, making it almost impossible that he'd confuse the two. Even if, for the sake of argument, Light's name was written in English, Light spent months controlling every move he makes to keep L's suspicion off of him. There's no way he'd suddenly lose enough self-control to make that kind of mistake.
  • After Misa gives up her memories, she offers to kiss her captor/"stalker" on the cheek. Several episodes later, she actually does.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Call me a ditz for not coming to this sooner, but when you consider how A) L is the world's three greatest detective s, and B) has taken on well over 3,000 cases (according to Another Note), it hit me that, if he is 24 at the start of the series, then he'd have had to be working as a detective from his early teens, if not younger! -Stoogebie
    • In one of the books (I can't remember which one off the top of my head), it says that he prevented World War III at age eight.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Light believed that he would be punished by the owner of the Death Note for using it, that's why he did what no-one else had ever done and wrote so many names in such a short amount of time. He was (while he could) trying to do as much good as possible before the other shoe dropped. In fact, it's clear in his little speech in his head that he felt that whatever consequences came from using the note were worth it if he could kill some of the world's worse criminals before they could cause anymore harm, even if it cost him his very soul. This is a stark reminder that there was a good man if somewhat knight-templarish man under the AX Crazy Magnificent Bastard. You could argue that it was finding out there were no consequences (of a spiritual nature) to his actions that broke down the final wall to Light's dark side. When a supernatural being like a god of death tells you you can do whatever the fuck you want, what meaning do the rules of man have anymore?
    • You and I can do whatever the fuck we want - just without a Death Note. The same rules that apply to us also apply to Light. If he gets caught he will suffer the consequences his society dictates. I myself don't believe in any spiritual consequences for being evil. Doesn't mean that I am.
    If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. Albert Einstein
  • Fridge Brilliance: Light didn't just beat L in terms of killing him first. He beat him when he proved that without the Death Note to screw him up, he's a better person than L is, in addition to being as smart.
    • He is not as smart as L - at least, he doesn't act as smart. Somewhere here (I can't find it right now) was a statement about how Light acts exactly like a 17 year old, a lot of his schemes only working through luck or because he has a magic notebook, while L really approaches the case cleverly.
    • It's more than that, though. Light didn't even think he'd die until he'd lived in his utopia for a "very long time". L realized that he could die at any time, from any cause, for any reason. He was prepared with backups before he even took on the Kira case, as is confirmed by "Another Note". That, to this troper, was a true mark of L's brilliance. Any genius can start thinking they're immortal or beyond human limit just because of said genius. But true brilliance means you know you're still human, like everybody else.
  • Misa proves quite the Karma Houdini in the second live action film, as she is shown to be released from custody despite having kiled Mogi, who here dies in place of Ukita. But think about it: the police couldn't convict her without exposing the existence of the Death Note. Plus with the Note's destruction, she won't remember having ever been Kira, or having used the notebook.
  • When Light does his potato chip trick, it seems awfully convenient that he's ambidextrous, able to write down math equations with his (seemingly dominant) right hand while writing down criminals' names (quickly, legibly, and without attracting any attention) with his left. But then you learn that, in Japan, most left-handed children are actually forced to use their right hands instead. So odds are Light is a natural leftie, but had to learn how to write right-handed to please his parents and/or teachers.
  • Rem threatens to kill Light if he ever does anything to harm Misa or make her unhappy but according to Rule 34 of the Notebook, Death Note owners are protected from other Gods of Death meaning Ryuk is supposed to have soul rights to Light's name and is the only Shinigami allowed to kill him. So odds are Rem was bluffing him and it worked. It would also explain why she doesn't take an alternative (such as killing Light) when she discovers Light's plan for her. — feral
    1. She didn't kill Light because that would have put Misa in worse danger.
    2. Even if she didn't have that reason, she wouldn't be restricted from killing Light at that time, because at that time the Death Note he owned had been passed from her (which is why she was with him in the first place).
    3. As for whether she was bluffing when she threatened to kill him: That rule states, "Only a god of death that has passed on their Death Note to a human is able to kill the owner of the Death Note." Unfortunately, the English translation of the rules is often infuriatingly imprecise. What the rule might mean is that only shinigami who have passed on a Death Note to a human can kill a human Death Note owner — not that only the shinigami who gave the human the Death Note can kill that human.
  • This may not have been intentional, but remember where L installed all those cameras in Light's room? And the part where he takes a potato chip and eats it? You could say that L was watching him masticate!
  • How To Read 13 gives the timeline: 12/31/03 L meets the taskforce for the first time (this happens while Light meets Naomi Misora) and 1/21/04 Beyond Birthday is killed by the power of the Death Note. Light must have come across the L.A.B.B murder cases while researching Naomi Misora (making sure there would be no more avenging relatives calling for his head) but waited a month to kill Beyond Birthday in order to deflect suspicion.
  • L has made it clear that in certain situations, "If I die now, Light is Kira." Well, if an outsider was Kira, an invisible assassin that had access to top secret information and probably bugs all over the place, wouldn't that be the perfect time to kill L and frame Light for it? The fact that L hasn't been killed because he said that tips L off even more that Light is Kira. In short, he combined I Know You Know I Know with Reverse Psychology to ensure that he lives long enough to confirm Light's identity as Kira. Brilliant!
  • Light developing a God complex was an example of Fridge Brilliance on the author's part that it took a long time for this troper to appreciate. On its surface, Light seems to go from normal student to megalomaniac far too quickly. And yet, the God complex makes perfect sense if one looks at it as being a defense mechanism for Light as much as it is an expression of his arrogance. This is especially noticeable in the first chapter of the manga — where Light's absolute shock at having killed Shibuimaru simply for harassing a girl makes him almost throw up and try to justify himself. The fact that he can't say that Shibuimaru deserves to die forces him to rationalize his actions — and he does so under the premise that evil people need to be eliminated. But who has the right to judge others? Governments and societies (which Light can't feasibly utilize to justify himself) and...God, of course. This point is further reinforced by the fact that what makes Light snap at Lind L. Tailor is not that Tailor is going to try to catch him. It's when Tailor calls Kira evil that Light impulsively kills him which explains an other uncharacteristic lapse in judgement on cautious Light's part. In Light's own mind, he must be God, otherwise he's just another murderer and he isn't capable of living with that knowledge, having been "perfect" his entire life.
  • If you sound out "Kira," you will notice it sounds like Killer.....at lease that is what this troper noticed.
    • Well, it is mentioned in the manga so I don't think it counts, sorry.
  • Light being Japanese is Fridge Brilliance (although it's likely simply due to the medium itself). This is significant because Japan is the only developed country in the past twenty years that has actually increased executions. US executions have fallen by half and even the number of Chinese has dropped off. Moreover, over 80% of Japanese people support capital punishment, meaning that Light would likely have had enormous popular support in his home country as Kira (especially compared to the rest of the world). What initiated such strong support for the death penalty? The 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway, which killed thirteen people, severely injured fifty and caused temporary vision problems for nearly a thousand others. Light would have been nine years old when this occurred and it probably would have been horribly traumatizing as it was the most serious attack in Japan's modern history and deeply affected the nation. Interestingly, the perpetrator of the attacks claimed to be Christ and said "hs purported mission was to take upon himself the sins of the world." For anyone who remembers the attacks, Light would very well seem to have become the very thing he most reviled.
    • Light's first victim, Kuro Otoharada, also took an elementary school hostage, reminiscent of the 2001 Osaka school massacre where 8 children were killed by a 37 year old man employed there as a janitor.
  • An SPK member once used the alias John Mcenroe. It was hilariously blatant and he even pointed it out that it's an alias right after but one wonders why he didn't at least attempt to remain discreet and use a name that wasn't just ripped off a famous tennis player. Would it really hurt? Then you remember L introducing himself as Hideki Ryuga in order to leave a trap for Light. It's likely the SPK was using the same strategy against the Japanese police.
  • Thought of while watching The Last Name, but applies to all: Of course Ryuk wrote Light's name in the Death Note. As the greatest mass murderer in existence, if Light wasn't executed for his crimes no doubt a vigilante would target him. Therefore, had Ryuk written everyone else's names down, he'd have been expanding Light's lifespan in the process, and turned to sand for violating one of the Death Note's rules. Unlike Rem, who did it to save Misa, whom she loved, Ryuk has no reason to sacrifice his life for Light's. Killing Light would be fair game though, since his death wouldn't directly expand anyone else's.
  • From Misa missteps to leave evidence on message tape envelopes very early on, to the decisive jab that L finally gets about to land at Light boiling down to chain hit off Misa's demise. Nice job trading your lifespans too much, really. Death was just zoning on you, ever-so-softly steering the circumstances all the while preparing the decorations to bite you, in style.
  • Why does Light think getting in his way is worthy of death? They're rebelling against "God." With his view of himself, he likely sees that as being outright heretical.
  • In the end Ryuk kills Light with his Death Note after he's clearly beaten, saying "who know's how long it will be before you die?" The thing is, with the Shinigami Eyes Ryuk already knows exactly how long it will be before Light dies (and always has), only now he realizes that it's not worth sticking around for.
  • In one of the first episodes, L is seen being chauffeured by Watari. He doesn't have a Drivers License because that would have his real name. This doesn't explain how he can pilot a helicopter though...
    • This is actually explained in chapter 52: Intuition. L can pilot a helicopter simply because he worked it out. The full quote: "You don't need a license for this. You can pretty much figure it out with intuition. You could do it too, Yagami-kun."

Fridge Horror
  • Ryuk is the source of tons of this.
  • Ryuk could be doing this again and again and never be punished for it.
    • Ryuk might have been lying when he said this was all just an accident—he might have deliberately targeted Light:
      • Word of God calls Light the first "victim" of the Kira case.
      • Ryuk knew Light was "so smart" before ever meeting him.
      • Ryuk has at least been watching him and followed him home.
      • Ryuk wrote the instructions in English and dropped it outside Light's English class.
      • A teenager would be the most likely to use the notebook to try and change the world. Anyone younger would be too scared (i.e. Taro in the pilot chapter) and anyone older would use it to kill people they didn't like (i.e. Higuchi).
      • In the Japan-only bonus chapter Ryuk berates another Shinigami when he complains that his time in the human world was short and boring; Ryuk suggests that the other Shinigami should have followed his example and choose carefully who they give a notebook to.

  • There's an entire world of Death Gods that feed off human lifespans ALL THE TIME! Most of them just randomly kill whoever they happen to see. One could be cutting your life short right now...
  • Not only does Light manipulate Raye into unwittingly killing his collegues, but he does this with the Death Note, making Raye a Death Note user. Raye, an innocent, loses both his life and his afterlife to Kira.
    • Some fans theorize the fact that Raye didn't deliberately use the Death Note (where the other Kiras did) may have had an influence on his fate after death, but Word of God states that there is no afterlife for anyone in the series.
  • At a certain point, Light and his minions started killing people who had killed as recently as the day before, as soon as they were reported on the media. Sometimes the media and the police are wrong. What if later evidence was found that exonerated that person? What if they had been a victim of rape or abuse from the person they killed? What if the murder was later found to be a suicide? Kira could have killed hundreds or thousands of innocent people!
    • Not quite as bad as one might think...Light admits that he is aware of this, and does research on the criminals before he kills them after he's aware of what he's doing. He admits that he doesn't kill those who have killed out of self-defense.
    • But what about people who turn rat? Many big time criminals use small to medium timers to do the killing for them. Some of these smaller guys offer to give out the higher ups. The police use the information these guys have to take out the higher ranks or for stings. Okay, but Light may not kill these people because they don't get mentioned as much, right? Well, Light had access to police records for much of the story. He could be killing criminals who are almost ready to sell out their accomplices and bosses and the cops will never have the opportunity to take down these people.
  • Who's to say whole thing (all the mass murdering that can occur with a Death Note) won't be repeated the next time Ryuk gets bored? Or if another Shinigami drops his/her notebook to the human world?
    • At the very beginning of the series, before Light had rigged the Death Note to burn if anyone but him tried to retrieve it, he's casually talking to Ryuk about how it would be bad if anyone touched the note and saw him. Specifically, his line is "My little sister would have a heart attack if she saw you." He says it so casually that it just seems like a turn of phrase... until you remember how he typically kills people. And then you remember that like 40 seconds before this, he said "If Kira isn't careful, he'll end up killing his own family..."
  • I can't be sure if this is a rather Knight Templarish take on things, but after seeing this motivational poster (Warning: Spoilers!), I started to realize that every character in Death Note who smokes ends up dying. Ukita was shown smoking once in the manga, Wedy was a smoker, and, as the poster indicates, so was Matt. A few others who I can't name also smoked, but...Anvilicious or mere coincidence? Seriously?
    • Considering how many other people also die in Death Note, it's probably just a coincidence.
  • One for L: change the WorLd: L, YOU FOOL! YOU'VE DOOMED US ALL! Ryuk being bored and having nothing better to do, has probably has been watching your last days alive and he no doubt has seen you save the crazy lady who wants to exterminate the human race and he's probably thinking something along the lines of That one will be damn entertaining if I can get my claws on another Death Note. Nice Job Breaking It L, you should have killed her!
  • This just struck me. During the Yotsuba arc, Team L use Sakura TV to broadcast Matsuda's expose of the Yotsuba Kira. This would have required the physical presence of some, if not all, of the team. This is the same station where Ukita was murdered during the takeover of the Second Kira. Think of how L, Aizawa, Soichiro, Mogi, and Matsuda must have felt, stepping foot on, viewing, or even just knowing that they were using the place where Ukita died. Damn. It's especially jarring when you see Team (Amnesiac) Kira working alongside Team L and get smacked in the face with a very real reminder of the divide between the two.
  • This is more like Fridge Logic turned Fridge Brilliance turned "Oh shit that's bad" for me, but...remember the scene where Rem is telling Gelus's story to Misa? She mentioned something about how by using his Death Note to save her life, he extended hers beyond what it was supposed to be. This is seemingly never brought up again, if not altogether forgotten when Misa kills herself. So I wondered why it was seemingly thrown away when she makes the Shinigami eye deal not once but twice. Which would mean her life span is cut in half twice. In theory, if her life had been extended as Rem had said, it wouldn't be a problem (maybe), and Misa figured it was okay because of said extension of life. Then again, she probably would have made the trade regardless of life expectancy just because she loved Light that much. So how did she die? It's actually more than likely that with Rem dead, and Light and just about everyone else dead, Ryuk could have killed her.
  • At the end of the manga, it's revealed Teru Mikami died in prison after ten days. The thing is, it's never stated what his cause of death is. What exactly happened in those ten days, and what could he have died from?
  • Naomi Misora claimed to trust Light because he reminded her of L. She said that "From my perspective, both the police and the members of the task force were suspects. But I'm certain that I can trust L." A few minutes after that, she was murdered by Light, the man she thought most similar to the person she trusted so much.
  • For the fandom: L is often called "Panda" by the fans, mostly because of the shadows under his eyes and his eating habits. He has two successors he was supposed to choose from to be the heir to his title. Real-life pandas actually do something similar: if a panda mom has twins, usually only one survives. Mom selects the stronger of the cubs and the weaker one will die, presumably because she lacks enough milk to nourish them both. In the series, one of L's successors after running away is forced to strike out on his own and does die in the end, and to the benefit of the other who has easy access to L's resources, including his fortune. Think about that next time the nickname comes to mind, fans.
  • Soichiro trades half of his lifespan for the Shinigami Eyes and dies not long after. If that was half of his original lifespan, that would mean he was not long for this world anyway!
  • There may be rules that prevent directly causing death to people whose names / faces aren't known, or to high crowds of people at once (by example, trying to make someone detonate a bomb would fail and cause only that person to die of a heart attack), but as Light showed with the way he killed the FBI agents, there are ways around it. Nothing is stopping some clever / insane person with a Death Note to come up with a plan that could plunge the world into World War III or worse (resulting in millions or even billions of deaths), just by controlling some high-ranking soldiers into assassinating a few key world leaders by writing both them and their "victims" in the Death Note with a detailed description and time of death.
  • After killing the 12 FBI agents, Light mentions that he has to make sure no one knows he met Raye Penber. Remember that the girl he was with was right next to him when Penber showed Light his badge. Light may have killed her to cover his tracks.
  • From Another Note. A and B were the first generation of would-be successors to L. Mello and Near are the fourth. That means there were two other generations in between. It's not known what happened to them, but considering what happened to the first generation, it couldn't have been anything good.
  • Shouldn't Misa have gained Rem's lifespan? Making her total life span normal + Gelus' lifespan - 2 eye deals + Rem's lifespan. Ultimately pointless considering how supplementary material reveal her suicide, which could have just as easily been Ryuk or some other Shinigami claiming her lifespan.

Fridge Logic
  • Mello's hair is indestructable. But the face mask does nothing. [1]feral.
  • Fridge Logic for the layout of Volume 13, How To Read.... If they wanted L's real name to be such a secret that it was included in its own envelope that had to be cut open, why was it also simply listed on his character page, where the authors gave more details on him?
    • In case someone didn't want to know L's real name, and so they wouldn't be able to see it unless they really wanted to.
  • Fridge Logic: The Death Note user needs a name and face to kill, right? Well, when Light wrote in Lind L. Tailor, it hit me; how could it still work even with an Obscure Middle Initial? Does it require a full name, or just a first and last name to work? And also...wouldn't a legal name change count as effectively changing one's "real name", thus granting immunity? -Stoogebie
    • Same poster, with Fridge Brilliance: If there was a character with a really weird name, they could have managed to defeat Kira by telling them their real name, and just wait for Light to misspell said name four times before he drops dead. Or misspell it three times...anyway, the one character whose name comes to mind is Mail Jeevas, because it's spelled "mail" but pronounced like "mile", and fans mispronounce it all the time. So in a sense, Matt could have defeated Kira. Doesn't that mean he was Too Cool to Live?
      • Maybe the Note works properly with only first and last name? Light was still very inexperienced with the Death Note and was obviously excited/enraged over Lind's challenge.
      • You only die if you intentionally misspell a name four times. If you just don't know how to spell a name and accidentally misspell his/her name four times, that person becomes immune to death by the Death Note. This does provide another case of Fridge Brilliance: Light didn't know how to write the name of the second guy he killed, so he tried a few different ways. Since the guy died, one of the first four was apparently correct. But if the first four had all been wrong, Light would have thought that the Death Note is fake and thrown it away, and nothing would have happened!
      • What about women with married names? For instance if Naomi got married to Raye and gave her name as Naomi Penber would she have been immune?
      • Since the Death Note works in Japanese and English, does it support transliterations? What about a name in a foreign language like Arabic that doesn't have a clear English translation?
      • What if you have identical twins with the same name? Or clones? Since the Death Note seems to have some magical mechanism against targeting multiple humans with the same name if you were to clone yourself would you be immune?
      • Of twins, that's what the face is for. Of clones... Probably same. The Death Note works by intent, like a Benevolent Genie.
      • What about a transgender individual?
    • What if the owner of the Death Note happens to be The Illegible? Would it still work?
    • Speaking of names-Light's name would have afforded him some protection if he ever went up against another Kira without the Shinigami eyes. If the other Death Note user only heard Light's name spoken aloud they wouldn't have guessed how to spell it (with "Light" written with the character for "moon") and would have tried various combinations of "Light" or "Raito" or the character for "light" (Hikari? Hikaru?) until all four tries were used up. The other Kira then would no doubt start screaming "Why Won't You Die?" as Light calmly penned his/her name down and informed them that "I am God."
  • Fridge Logic/Fridge Horror/(probably digging too deep here): Alright so Shinigami eat for recreation (apples, chocolate, etc.) but what about it, you know coming out the other end? Are there like invisible piles of Shinigami poo around the Yagami residence? Or if their organs have degraded and their digestive system has shut down are they like binge eating to throw it up later or something? (Meaning invisible puddles of Shinigami vomit). You'd think L would be clued in by the smell...
  • Light's desk trap. What if you like just... tipped it on its side?
  • The investigation team puts 64 cameras in the Yagami house but they don't go through his trash? You'd think L would be mighty interested in those potato chips, all things considered.
    • Light made sure that the bag (including the television) made it to the trash truck with nobody seeing it. Ryuk even makes a comment about it.
  • Mentioned in a joke on the main page, but seriously—L and Light are chained together for several episodes/chapters, and Light appears to have changed clothing during that time period. How could he change shirts/jackets without un-handcuffing? (unless L let him take it off while L was still watching him carefully). L on the other hand probably just kept his clothes on.
    • Maybe L got him some custom shirts with velcro or hidden zippers that could be taken off around the cuffs?
    • It isn't too difficult to work fabric underneath handcuffs. Not only that, but fabric under the handcuff would be desired as a shield against chaffing.
  • Here's some meta Fridge Logic: with the splitting apart of certain Death Note media, why isn't there a page for the Live-Action Adaptation? Sure there's one for L: change the WorLd, but none for The Last Name or the first movie.
    • THANK YOU. I've been wondering that myself, especially since we could finally acknowledge the actors/actresses in those movies by making a separate character page for the movieverse.
  • I always thought that L's true name being L was one of the smartest ruses in the franchise - everybody, including Light, assumes that "L" is just like "Ryuzaki", a code name, a pseudonym. Light gives Misa's shinigami eyes a few tries in order to find out L's full name - not his last name, his full name, which means he, too, fell for it... because there is NO WAY that his real name can actually be the letter "L" is there?
    • Also explains why he asked the NPA members to call him 'Ryuzaki' at all, rather than them continuing to refer to him as 'L'.
  • Also the fact that his birthday is on October 31 highlights the image of his character being "creepy" and his love for sweets.
  • Why do Shinigami even exist? The manga confirms that there is no after-life, so maybe they exist simply to feed of off human beings and screw around royally with the Death Note.
    • This troper doesn't consider this a question, at least within the manga. If we consider true that there is no after-life and we apply the question 'why does X exist?' to humans, you will get the same answer as you do when X is shinigami and when X is the after-life: 'mu'. That is, Shinigami exist simply because they exist. Humans exist simply because they exist. There is no after-life because there is no after-life. The answer is 'mu' because the question is based on the flawed premise that there was a purpose to begin with.
    • In short: Shinigami simply are. Humans simply are. The after-life simply isn't. We ask if the Shinigami ought to have a purpose because we assume that humans ought to have a purpose. You know, just as Light assumes that he has a purpose, just as Mikami assumes everyone has a purpose and deserves to die for wasting theirs.

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