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* AssholeVictim: His ultimate fate, especially in the manga. After everything he's done throughout the story, it's hard to feel bad during his extensive HumiliationConga.

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* AssholeVictim: His ultimate fate, especially fate in the manga. After everything he's done throughout the story, it's hard to feel bad during his extensive HumiliationConga.HumiliationConga.
** Averted in the anime. In the end, he shows some regret over his actions before he dies. See AlasPoorVillain.


* AssholeVictim: Especially in the manga. After everything he's done throughout the story, it's hard to feel bad during his extensive HumiliationConga.

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* AssholeVictim: Especially His ultimate fate, especially in the manga. After everything he's done throughout the story, it's hard to feel bad during his extensive HumiliationConga.


* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Light survives the events of the [[Film/DeathNote2017 Netflix adaptation]], manipulating events to kill off his increasingly unstable partner Mia as well as throw suspicion off himself. However, L does go on to discover a page of the Death Note in Light's home, and what he does with it is left ambiguous.]]



* TheStoic: Whatever else you may say about him, Light has a great poker face. This serves to give his NotSoStoic moments even more of an impact.

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* TheStoic: TheStoic:
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Whatever else you may say about him, Light has a great poker face. This serves to give his NotSoStoic moments even more of an impact.



* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Light survives the events of the [[Film/DeathNote2017 Netflix adaptation]], manipulating events to kill off his increasingly unstable partner Mia as well as throw suspicion off himself. However, L does go on to discover a page of the Death Note in Light's home, and what he does with it is left ambiguous.]]


* HumiliationConga: Most explicit in the manga: Light is outwitted by Near and given a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech thorough verbal beatdown.]] After nearly killing Near in a desperate move, he's shot up and nearly killed by Matsuda, a man he has only ever looked down upon as retarded. Begging Mikami to come to his aid, Mikami instead angrily [[KickTheSonOfABitch screams Light is no god and has completely ruined his life.]] Drowning in a pool of blood and facing arrest, Light [[DirtyCoward begs Ryuk]] to write the names of his enemies down. When Ryuk [[KickTheSonOfABitch instead writes Light's name down,]] surmising his life is already finished, [[UndignifiedDeath Light goes out screaming and cursing he doesn't want to die.]]

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* HumiliationConga: Most explicit in the manga: Light is outwitted by Near and given a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech thorough verbal beatdown.]] After nearly killing Near in a desperate move, he's shot up and nearly killed by Matsuda, a man he has only ever looked down upon as retarded.something of a pet. Begging Mikami to come to his aid, Mikami instead angrily [[KickTheSonOfABitch screams Light is no god and has completely ruined his life.]] Drowning Now drowning in a pool of blood and facing arrest, Light [[DirtyCoward begs Ryuk]] to write the names of his enemies down. When Ryuk [[KickTheSonOfABitch instead writes Light's name down,]] surmising his life is already finished, [[UndignifiedDeath [[PsychopathicManchild Light goes out screaming and cursing he doesn't want to die.]]


* AssholeVictim:
** Most of Light's victims, which make his crimes more palatable. However, this gradually changes over time, since afterwards he starts killing innocent people.
** Applies to Light himself in the end, especially in the manga. After everything he's done throughout the story, it's hard to feel bad during his extensive HumiliationConga.

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* AssholeVictim:
** Most of Light's victims, which make his crimes more palatable. However, this gradually changes over time, since afterwards he starts killing innocent people.
** Applies to Light himself in the end, especially
AssholeVictim: Especially in the manga. After everything he's done throughout the story, it's hard to feel bad during his extensive HumiliationConga.


* AntiVillain: Subverted in most mediums except the TV Drama[[note]]Where he genuinely cares for his family, as well as Misa and Teru[[/note]]. Initially, he's a WellIntentionedExtremist but he quickly just goes to caring about [[AGodAmI being worshipped]] and cleansing crime as a means to attain this. Although he seems to [[KnightTemplar buy into his own propaganda]], he's quick to kill off anyone who questions him or tries to track him down, deciding that those actions make them just as guilty as criminals for going against him.

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* AntiVillain: Subverted in most mediums media except the TV Drama[[note]]Where he genuinely cares for his family, as well as Misa and Teru[[/note]]. Initially, he's a WellIntentionedExtremist but he quickly just goes to only caring about [[AGodAmI being worshipped]] and cleansing crime as a means to attain this. Although he seems to [[KnightTemplar buy into his own propaganda]], he's quick to kill off anyone who questions him or tries to track him down, deciding that those actions make them just as guilty as criminals for going against him.



* AssholeVictim: Most of Light's victims, which make his crimes more palatable. However, this gradually changes over time, since afterwards he starts killing innocent people.
** Applies to Light himself in the end. After everything he's done throughout the story, it's hard to feel bad during his extensive HumiliationConga.

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* AssholeVictim: AssholeVictim:
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Most of Light's victims, which make his crimes more palatable. However, this gradually changes over time, since afterwards he starts killing innocent people.
** Applies to Light himself in the end.end, especially in the manga. After everything he's done throughout the story, it's hard to feel bad during his extensive HumiliationConga.



* BadBoss: Light rules his circle of supporters, namely Misa, Ryuk, Takada, and Mikami, with an iron fist. And although he's always polite, accommodating, and courteous to the Japanese Anti-Kira Taskforce, there's really no other way to take plotting their deaths. However... in retrospect, Ryuk was free to do whatever the hell he pleased... and that includes penciling in Light's own name into the Death Note.

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* BadBoss: Light rules his circle of supporters, namely Misa, Ryuk, Takada, and Mikami, with an iron fist. And although he's always polite, accommodating, and courteous to the Japanese Anti-Kira Taskforce, Task Force, there's really no other way to take plotting their deaths. However... in retrospect, Ryuk was free to do whatever the hell he pleased... and that includes penciling in Light's own name into the Death Note.



* BeautyIsBad: Undoubtedly. He's a handsome and charming VillainProtagonist facing unsocial and somewhat wild-looking HeroAntagonist L. Interestingly, though, whenever Light is being particularly evil, his face tends to twist into asymmetrical grins and other bizarre expressions that utterly break his boyish handsomeness.

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* BeautyIsBad: Undoubtedly. He's a handsome and charming VillainProtagonist facing the unsocial and somewhat wild-looking HeroAntagonist L. Interestingly, though, whenever Light is being particularly evil, his face tends to twist into asymmetrical grins and other bizarre expressions that utterly break his boyish handsomeness.



* BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: Compare Light with the notebook and Light without the notebook: Without the notebook- an honorable, highly empathic, idealistic teen [[RousseauWasRight who believes in the inherent goodness of man.]] With the notebook- a petty, egotistical, manipulative, vindictive, lying murderer with a God complex who believes MurderIsTheBestSolution.

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* BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: Compare Light with the notebook and Light without the notebook: Without the notebook- notebook -- an honorable, highly empathic, idealistic teen [[RousseauWasRight who believes in the inherent goodness of man.]] With the notebook- notebook -- a petty, egotistical, manipulative, vindictive, lying murderer with a God complex who believes that MurderIsTheBestSolution.



** He could also be a deconstruction of one: While people in and out of the series think he's misunderstood, he is genuinely evil and dangerous. Of course the "misunderstood" conception changes at the end, at least in-universe.

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** He could also be a deconstruction of one: While people in and out of the series think he's misunderstood, he is genuinely evil and dangerous. Of course course, the "misunderstood" conception changes at the end, at least in-universe.



* CantTakeCriticism: His biggest flaw (springing directly from his overwhelming {{Pride}}). Suggesting or outright stating that what he is doing as Kira is wrong or evil is a very good way to end up dead. He also walks out on a family meeting where [[ObliviousGuiltSlinging his father is calling Kira nothing but a murderer]] and later he looks visibly upset when [[spoiler:the Kira Taskforce begins to (rightly) doubt his innocence again]]. In fact, when Lind L. Tailor insulted him on national television, calling what he was doing evil, Light's [[BerserkButton immediate response]] was to use the Death Note to kill him on the spot, writing his name ''extra big'' in there!

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* CantTakeCriticism: His biggest flaw (springing directly from his overwhelming {{Pride}}). Suggesting or outright stating that what he is doing as Kira is wrong or evil is a very good way to end up dead. He also walks out on a family meeting where [[ObliviousGuiltSlinging his father is calling Kira nothing but a murderer]] and later he looks visibly upset when [[spoiler:the Kira Taskforce Task Force begins to (rightly) doubt his innocence again]]. In fact, when Lind L. Tailor insulted him on national television, calling what he was doing evil, Light's [[BerserkButton immediate response]] was to use the Death Note [[DisproportionateRetribution to kill him on the spot, spot]], writing his name ''extra big'' in there!


** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in the manga. He dies [[HumiliationConga pathetically]], without [[AssholeVictim any kind of sympathy.]]

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** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in the manga. He dies [[HumiliationConga pathetically]], without [[AssholeVictim any kind of sympathy.]]]] To drive the point home, Aizawa asks Matsuda if he's still feeling pity for Light.



* AntiHero: Started as this. Before he started killing innocent people, his first victims were [[AssholeVictim total scumbags]], one of them being an [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil outright rapist]].

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* AntiHero: AntiHero:
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Started as this. Before he started killing innocent people, his first victims were [[AssholeVictim total scumbags]], one of them being an [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil outright rapist]].


->''"[[VillainHasAPoint This world is rotten,]] and those who are making it [[SerialKillerKiller rot deserve to die.]] Someone has to do it, [[Narcissist so why not me?]] Even if it means sacrificing my own mind and soul, it's worth it. Because the world can't go on like this."''

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->''"[[VillainHasAPoint This world is rotten,]] and those who are making it [[SerialKillerKiller rot deserve to die.]] Someone has to do it, [[Narcissist so why not me?]] me? Even if it means sacrificing my own mind and soul, it's worth it. Because the world can't go on like this."''


->''"This world is rotten, and those who are making it rot deserve to die. Someone has to do it, so why not me? Even if it means sacrificing my own mind and soul, it's worth it. Because the world can't go on like this."''

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->''"This ->''"[[VillainHasAPoint This world is rotten, rotten,]] and those who are making it [[SerialKillerKiller rot deserve to die. die.]] Someone has to do it, [[Narcissist so why not me? me?]] Even if it means sacrificing my own mind and soul, it's worth it. Because the world can't go on like this."''


* NiceGuy: Not at all after he picked up the Death Note, but when his memories are wiped during the Yotsuba arc, he reverts to the way he would have been before had he not pick up the Notebook.

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* NiceGuy: Not at all after he picked up Downplayed prior to getting the Death Note, but Note and when he loses his memories are wiped during memories. He's a good person, but the Yotsuba arc, he reverts to the way he feelings of BlackAndWhiteInsanity and self-superiority that would have been before had be advanced when he not pick up gets the Notebook.Death Note.



* ObviouslyEvil: He seems to get creepy red eyes a lot, at least in the anime.



* PayEvilUntoEvil: Under Kira, ''any'' crime is punishable by death.

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* PayEvilUntoEvil: Under Kira, nearly ''any'' crime is punishable by death.



** His possibly genuine love for family might count. This changes later with he didn't seem to care about his father's death and thought killing his sister would put more suspicion on him. He never seemed interested in hurting his mother, however.

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** His possibly genuine love for family might count. This changes later with when he didn't seem to care about his father's death and thought contemplates killing his sister would put more suspicion on him.sister, and only stopped (at least according to him) to prevent suspicion. He never seemed interested in hurting his mother, however.



* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: The series chronicles Light's life as he goes from a relatively well-intentioned person who seeks to change the world for the better to a manipulative, sadistic lunatic who kills to fuel his [[AGodAmI raging god complex]].

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* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: The series chronicles Light's life as he goes from a [[WellIntentionedExtremist relatively well-intentioned person who seeks to change the world for the better better]] to a manipulative, sadistic lunatic who kills to fuel his [[AGodAmI raging god complex]].



%%* SamaritanSyndrome: An evil version.

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%%* * SamaritanSyndrome: An evil version.evil, (if not the evilest) version. Because Light found the Death Note, he HAS to commit to his mission no matter what. His obsessiveness towards it comes off as a mixture of narcissism and guilt.



* SevenDeadlySins: While Light's {{pride}} is the most obvious, Light's personality manages to be a nasty combination of all seven.

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* SevenDeadlySins: While Light's {{pride}} is the most obvious, Light's personality manages to be a nasty combination of all seven.more then half of them.



** Is a {{sadist}}ic SerialKiller who is far too addicted to murdering people (Lust)
** Has his men do his dirty work for him and uses his Death Note whenever he murders his victims as using it requires no effort (Sloth)
** Has made the rule of Kira consume much of the world and has it snub out any possible opposition (Gluttony)
** Loves watching and causing people misfortune, as shown with the murder of Naomi Misora (Envy)

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** Is a {{sadist}}ic SerialKiller who is far too addicted to murdering people (Lust)
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In the second part at least, Has his men do his dirty work for him and uses his Death Note whenever he murders his victims as using it requires no effort (Sloth)
** Has made the rule of Kira consume much of the world and has it snub out any possible opposition (Gluttony)
** Loves watching and causing people misfortune, as shown with the murder of Naomi Misora (Envy)
(Sloth)



* TheSociopath: Even before picking up the Death Note, Light was already a cold-blooded narcissist. After he picks it up, it takes him a disturbingly short time to begin ticking off all the boxes on the trope page to a T. He starts with picking up murder as a hobby because [[ItAmusedMe he was bored]] (and he ''really'' gets into it later), then he [[NeverMyFault rationalizes his actions to alleviate guilt]], then he [[{{Pride}} develops his godhood delusions]], and he later [[LackOfEmpathy stops feeling direct empathy]] for the victims of his actions since (in his mind) [[ItsAllAboutMe they'd be in the wrong for defying him or not appreciating his work]]. He [[ConsummateLiar lies constantly and effortlessly]] to hide the fact that he's Kira, and eventually treats everyone around him -- even ''his family'' -- as potential pawns to {{manipulat|ive bastard}}e and discard when they are of no use to him. It's to the extent that when his father is killed, Light is more concerned over the fact that Soichiro didn't do what Light expected of him than the fact that his father is dead.

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* TheSociopath: Even before picking TheSociopath: After he picks up the Death Note, Light was already a cold-blooded narcissist. After he picks it up, it takes him a disturbingly short time to begin ticking off almost all the boxes on the trope page to a T. He starts with picking up murder as a hobby because [[ItAmusedMe he was bored]] (and he ''really'' gets into it later), then he [[NeverMyFault rationalizes his actions to alleviate guilt]], then he [[{{Pride}} develops his godhood delusions]], and he later [[LackOfEmpathy stops feeling direct empathy]] for the victims of his actions since (in his mind) [[ItsAllAboutMe they'd be in the wrong for defying him or not appreciating his work]]. He [[ConsummateLiar lies constantly and effortlessly]] to hide the fact that he's Kira, and eventually treats everyone around him -- even ''his family'' -- as potential pawns to {{manipulat|ive bastard}}e and discard when they are of no use to him. It's to the extent that when his father is killed, Light is more concerned over the fact that Soichiro didn't do what Light expected of him than the fact that his father is dead.



* StartXToStopX: He commits mass homicide to put an end to all crime.

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* StartXToStopX: He commits mass homicide to put an end to all crime. [[MotiveDecay at least at first.]]



* VirtueIsWeakness: When Soichiro chooses to try to arrest Mello rather than kill him with the Death Note as Light expected him to do, despite the fact that Mello had kidnapped and [[BreakTheCutie traumatized]] Sayu, Light is annoyed and openly declares it an act of stupidity. Light's way of thinking comes back to bite him hard when, after being exposed as Kira, he mocks Soichiro and his way of thinking as foolish right in front of Matsuda, who promptly loses his temper and shoots him five times.

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* VirtueIsWeakness: When Soichiro chooses to try to arrest Mello rather than kill him with the Death Note as Light expected him to do, despite the fact that Mello had kidnapped and [[BreakTheCutie traumatized]] Sayu, Light is annoyed angered and openly declares it an act of stupidity. Light's way of thinking comes back to bite him hard when, after being exposed as Kira, he mocks Soichiro and his way of thinking as foolish right in front of Matsuda, who promptly loses his temper and shoots him five times.



* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: He doesn't "save" the world, more like wants to control it with his own brand of justice.

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* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: He doesn't "save" In his mind, even though he's actually making the world, more like wants to control it with his own brand of justice.situation worse.


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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Initially, at least. [[AvertedTrope it doesn't]] [[ItsAllAboutMe last.]]


* ForTheEvulz: A very subtle example, or at least in the manga/anime. Unlike other villains who are {{Well-Intentioned Extremist}}s, his malice and sadism is not the product of a FreudianExcuse or a tragedy that happened in his life. He comes from a functional family that always cared for him, with an entire army of people praising him and bowing to his whims, and he has nothing even resembling real problems. Furthermore, as a hardworking, talented genius, Light was very popular among peers and adored by his family members. He was always a boy who was always given everything and never had to suffer ''anything''. Even Mikami has a stronger excuse than Light ever had.
** His murder of Naomi Misora is a stand out example, being just cruelty for cruelty's sake. He tells her that he's Kira the moment before the Death Note takes effect, just to see [[OhCrap the look of horror on her face]] as she realizes what's about to happen, and [[EvilGloating taunts her]] with offers to get her in touch with the Task Force, knowing that she can't do anything about it.

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* ForTheEvulz: A very subtle example, or at least in the manga/anime. Unlike other villains who are {{Well-Intentioned Extremist}}s, his malice and sadism is not the product of a FreudianExcuse or a tragedy that happened in his life. He comes from a functional family that always cared for him, with an entire army of people praising him and bowing to his whims, and he has nothing even resembling real problems. Furthermore, as a hardworking, talented genius, Light was very popular among peers and adored by his family members. He was always a boy who was always given everything and never had to suffer ''anything''. Even Mikami has a stronger excuse than Light ever had.
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ForTheEvulz: His murder of Naomi Misora is a stand out example, Misora, being just cruelty for cruelty's sake. He tells her that he's Kira the moment before the Death Note takes effect, just to see [[OhCrap the look of horror on her face]] as she realizes what's about to happen, and [[EvilGloating taunts her]] with offers to get her in touch with the Task Force, knowing that she can't do anything about it.



* NiceGuy: Not very much before or after he picked up the Death Note, but when his memories are wiped during the Yotsuba arc, he reverts to the way he would have been before had he not pick up the Notebook.

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* NiceGuy: Not very much before or at all after he picked up the Death Note, but when his memories are wiped during the Yotsuba arc, he reverts to the way he would have been before had he not pick up the Notebook.


* AntiVillain: Subverted in most mediums except the TV Drama[[note]]Where he genuinely cares for his family, as well as Misa and Teru[[/note]]. Initially, he's a WellIntentionedExtremist but he quickly just goes to caring about [[AGodAmI being worshipped]] and cleansing crime is just a means to attain this. Although he seems to [[KnightTemplar buy into his own propaganda]], he's quick to kill off anyone who questions him or tries to track him down, deciding that those actions make them just as guilty as criminals for going against him.

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* AntiVillain: Subverted in most mediums except the TV Drama[[note]]Where he genuinely cares for his family, as well as Misa and Teru[[/note]]. Initially, he's a WellIntentionedExtremist but he quickly just goes to caring about [[AGodAmI being worshipped]] and cleansing crime is just as a means to attain this. Although he seems to [[KnightTemplar buy into his own propaganda]], he's quick to kill off anyone who questions him or tries to track him down, deciding that those actions make them just as guilty as criminals for going against him.


* AntiVillain: Subverted in most mediums except the TV Drama[[note]]Where he genuinely cares for his family, as well as Misa and Teru[[/note]]. At first glance he seems like a WellIntentionedExtremist but his words and actions make it clear that he just cares about [[AGodAmI being worshipped]] and that cleansing crime is just a means to attain this. Although he seems to [[KnightTemplar buy into his own propaganda]], he's quick to kill off anyone who questions him or tries to track him down, deciding that those actions make them just as guilty as criminals for going against him.

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* AntiVillain: Subverted in most mediums except the TV Drama[[note]]Where he genuinely cares for his family, as well as Misa and Teru[[/note]]. At first glance he seems like Initially, he's a WellIntentionedExtremist but his words and actions make it clear that he quickly just cares goes to caring about [[AGodAmI being worshipped]] and that cleansing crime is just a means to attain this. Although he seems to [[KnightTemplar buy into his own propaganda]], he's quick to kill off anyone who questions him or tries to track him down, deciding that those actions make them just as guilty as criminals for going against him.


* WickedCultured: He can sometimes come across this way, as a sharply-dressed, well-educated PersonOfMassDestruction, with [[MagnificentBastard a tongue so silver it convinced a god of death to kill herself]] and evil so [[FauxAffablyEvil faux-affable]] it sucked good folks into his madness. Another character even comments that Light looks and acts "like he's been groomed for success his whole life", but this mature and intellectual exterior actually masks a [[PsychopathicManchild childish genius]] who [[AxCrazy wants to watch heads roll]] and [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity doesn't know what it means to be wrong]].

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* WickedCultured: He can sometimes come across this way, as a sharply-dressed, well-educated PersonOfMassDestruction, with [[MagnificentBastard a tongue so silver it convinced a god of death to kill herself]] herself and evil so [[FauxAffablyEvil faux-affable]] it sucked good folks into his madness. Another character even comments that Light looks and acts "like he's been groomed for success his whole life", but this mature and intellectual exterior actually masks a [[PsychopathicManchild childish genius]] who [[AxCrazy wants to watch heads roll]] and [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity doesn't know what it means to be wrong]].


* TalkingYourWayOut: With a high success rate.
** Near dares him to do this in the finale.

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* TalkingYourWayOut: With a high success rate.
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rate. Near dares him to do this in the finale.

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