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* TastesLikeFriendship: Zigzagged. Erin offers L a candy bar when things are smoother between them...only to find that [[GeniusSweetTooth he already]] [[BigEater stole it from out of her pocket when she was hugging him,]] and she catches him eating it. In response, she gives him a noogie. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Which he lets her do.]]

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* TastesLikeFriendship: Zigzagged. Erin offers L a candy bar when things are smoother between them...only to find that [[GeniusSweetTooth he already]] [[BigEater stole it from out of her pocket when she was hugging him,]] and she catches him eating it. In response, she gives him a noogie. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Which he lets her do.]]



* WhenHeSmiles: Erin sees [[TheStoic L]] smile exactly once in the course of the entire story, and it is [[spoiler:[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech after she chews his head off in the aftermath of Light's death,]] just before she leaves him [[ShooTheDog (albeit unwillingly)]].]] It manages to be both a HeartwarmingMoment and a TearJerker at the same time. Made even sadder when you consider how this could be a callback to his declaration that JusticeWillPrevail earlier on when he first meets the task force in canon.

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* WhenHeSmiles: Erin sees [[TheStoic L]] smile exactly once in the course of the entire story, and it is [[spoiler:[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech after she chews his head off in the aftermath of Light's death,]] just before she leaves him [[ShooTheDog (albeit unwillingly)]].]] It manages to be both a HeartwarmingMoment SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} and a TearJerker at the same time. Made even sadder when you consider how this could be a callback to his declaration that JusticeWillPrevail earlier on when he first meets the task force in canon.


** A [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6544327/1/Heart oneshot]] implies that [[CoolOldGuy Watari]] has shades of this himself. However, unlike Misa [[DefiedTrope he never says anything about it nor does he act on it]], chiefly because A) L doesn't need the distraction, especially not while he's working on the most dangerous case he's ever taken up, and B) [[GenreSavvy he figured nothing would have come out of it anyway just because of how L is.]] He prefers to leave it to L to ultimately make his own choices. [[spoiler:He doesn't live to see for himself, but [[DidNotGetTheGirl he was right.]]]]

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** A [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6544327/1/Heart oneshot]] implies that [[CoolOldGuy Watari]] has shades of this himself. However, unlike Misa [[DefiedTrope he never says anything about it nor does he act on it]], chiefly because A) L doesn't need the distraction, especially not while he's working on the most dangerous case he's ever taken up, and B) [[GenreSavvy he figured nothing would have come out of it anyway just because of how L is.]] is. He prefers to leave it to L to ultimately make his own choices. [[spoiler:He doesn't live to see for himself, but [[DidNotGetTheGirl he was right.]]]]



** It's probably one of the reasons why L didn't actively pursue a relationship with her ([[CannotSpitItOut he wouldn't even admit to friendship outright]], a considerable contrast from when he openly [[FalseFriend says that Misa and Light are his friends]]) and [[spoiler:why [[ShooTheDog he chased her away after the case ended.]] One related [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7774154/1/Human oneshot]] shows some [[GenreSavvy awareness on L's part]] [[LampshadedTrope of this trope coming into effect]]...[[UnequalPairing and]] [[MoreThanMindControl some]] [[UnfortunateImplications of its implications.]]]]

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** It's probably one of the reasons why L didn't actively pursue a relationship with her ([[CannotSpitItOut he wouldn't even admit to friendship outright]], a considerable contrast from when he openly [[FalseFriend says that Misa and Light are his friends]]) and [[spoiler:why [[ShooTheDog he chased her away after the case ended.]] One related [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7774154/1/Human oneshot]] shows some [[GenreSavvy awareness on L's part]] part [[LampshadedTrope of this trope coming into effect]]...[[UnequalPairing and]] [[MoreThanMindControl some]] [[UnfortunateImplications of its implications.]]]]


* BigGood: L retains his canonical status as the Big Good to Kira's [[spoiler:(Light's)]] BigBad, but this time it gets [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]]. The task force rely so much on him for direction and want to trust him, being the best of the best detectives, but multiple times L proves himself to be neither wholly reliable nor trustworthy. [[spoiler:Even when he does ultimately keep his word about catching Kira, they're all so disgusted with him--on top of everything else--that they don't even say good-bye when they leave him]].

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* BigGood: L retains his canonical status as the Big Good to Kira's [[spoiler:(Light's)]] BigBad, but this time it gets [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]]. The task force rely so much on him for direction and want to trust him, being the best of the best detectives, but multiple times L proves himself to be neither wholly reliable nor trustworthy. trustworthy, given his ego and penchant for manipulation. [[spoiler:Even when he does ultimately keep his word about catching Kira, they're all so disgusted with him--on top of everything else--that they don't else that's happened--that none of them even say good-bye when they leave him]].


* [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding: The ending could be looked at as this, or as a DownerEnding. [[BigBad Light is exposed as Kira]] and stopped, but at the cost of his, Watari's and Rem's lives, while L's lifespan is drastically shortened due to using the Death Note on himself. His decision to do so, instead of destroying the notebooks and removing Light's and Misa's memories, result in the collapse of his relationships with Erin and the task force. While Erin is shown moving on and keeping in touch with the task force, it's made clear that she completely regrets how she left L, and the oneshots show that few of the cast have yet to recover from the case. All in all, while Kira's reign of terror is over, no one's really won.]]

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* [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding: The ending could be looked at as this, or as a DownerEnding. [[BigBad Light is exposed as Kira]] and stopped, but at the cost of his, Watari's and Rem's lives, while L's lifespan is drastically shortened due to using the Death Note on himself. His decision to do so, instead of destroying the notebooks and removing Light's and Misa's memories, result in the collapse of his relationships with Erin and the task force. While Erin is shown moving on and keeping in touch with the task force, it's made clear that she completely regrets how she left L, and the oneshots show that few the rest of the cast have has yet to recover from the case. All in all, while Kira's reign of terror is over, no one's really won.]]


* BewareTheHonestOnes
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BewareTheSillyOnes

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* BewareTheHonestOnes
BewareTheHonestOnes: Erin.
* BewareTheNiceOnes
BewareTheNiceOnes: Again, Erin, plus Matsuda.
* BewareTheSillyOnes BewareTheSillyOnes: [[spoiler:Misa]].



* BigGood: L retains his canonical status as the Big Good to Kira's [[spoiler:(Light's)]] BigBad, but this time it gets [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]].

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* BigGood: L retains his canonical status as the Big Good to Kira's [[spoiler:(Light's)]] BigBad, but this time it gets [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]]. The task force rely so much on him for direction and want to trust him, being the best of the best detectives, but multiple times L proves himself to be neither wholly reliable nor trustworthy. [[spoiler:Even when he does ultimately keep his word about catching Kira, they're all so disgusted with him--on top of everything else--that they don't even say good-bye when they leave him]].


* [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding: The ending could be looked at as this, or as a DownerEnding. [[BigBad Light is exposed as Kira]] and stopped, but at the cost of Watari, Rem, and Light himself dying, and L's lifespan is drastically shortened due to using the Death Note on himself. His decision to do so, instead of destroying the notebook and removing light and Misa's memories result in his relationship with both Erin and the taskforce collapsing. While Erin is shown moving on and keeping in touch with the task force, it's made clear that she completely regrets how she left L, and the one shots make it clear that few of the cast have recovered from the case. All in all, while Kira's reign of terror is over, no one's really won.]]

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* [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding: The ending could be looked at as this, or as a DownerEnding. [[BigBad Light is exposed as Kira]] and stopped, but at the cost of Watari, Rem, his, Watari's and Light himself dying, and Rem's lives, while L's lifespan is drastically shortened due to using the Death Note on himself. His decision to do so, instead of destroying the notebook notebooks and removing light Light's and Misa's memories memories, result in the collapse of his relationship relationships with both Erin and the taskforce collapsing. task force. While Erin is shown moving on and keeping in touch with the task force, it's made clear that she completely regrets how she left L, and the one shots make it clear oneshots show that few of the cast have recovered yet to recover from the case. All in all, while Kira's reign of terror is over, no one's really won.]]



* FatalFlaw: [[BigGood L's]] [[TheDeterminator determination]] to expose [[BigBad Kira]] is his greatest strength and what makes him such a potent foe to Kira. [[spoiler: And he does expose Light as Kira, at the cost of his own and his father figure's lives, and the trust of the few people he could reasonably consider friends, because he willfully rejected an offer where EverybodyLives in exchange for Light and Misa becoming {{Karma Houdini}}s, as that would be admitting defeat from his perspetive. His drive to see the case through helps him succeed, and he loses everything outside of being the world's greatest detective as a result.]]

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* FatalFlaw: [[BigGood L's]] [[TheDeterminator determination]] to expose [[BigBad Kira]] is his greatest strength and what makes him such a potent foe to Kira. [[spoiler: And he Kira, but it's also his greatest weakness. [[spoiler:He does expose Light as Kira, at the cost of his own life and his father figure's lives, and figure's, as well as the trust of the few people he could have reasonably consider considered friends, because he willfully rejected rejects [[TakeAThirdOption an offer offer]] where EverybodyLives in exchange for Light and Misa becoming {{Karma Houdini}}s, as that would be have been admitting defeat from his perspetive. perspective. His drive to see the case through helps him succeed, and but he loses everything outside of being the world's greatest detective his title as a result.]]

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* FatalFlaw: [[BigGood L's]] [[TheDeterminator determination]] to expose [[BigBad Kira]] is his greatest strength and what makes him such a potent foe to Kira. [[spoiler: And he does expose Light as Kira, at the cost of his own and his father figure's lives, and the trust of the few people he could reasonably consider friends, because he willfully rejected an offer where EverybodyLives in exchange for Light and Misa becoming {{Karma Houdini}}s, as that would be admitting defeat from his perspetive. His drive to see the case through helps him succeed, and he loses everything outside of being the world's greatest detective as a result.]]


* [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding: The ending could be looked at as this, or as a...]]
** [[spoiler: DownerEnding]]

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* [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding: The ending could be looked at as this, or as a...]]
** [[spoiler: DownerEnding]]
a DownerEnding. [[BigBad Light is exposed as Kira]] and stopped, but at the cost of Watari, Rem, and Light himself dying, and L's lifespan is drastically shortened due to using the Death Note on himself. His decision to do so, instead of destroying the notebook and removing light and Misa's memories result in his relationship with both Erin and the taskforce collapsing. While Erin is shown moving on and keeping in touch with the task force, it's made clear that she completely regrets how she left L, and the one shots make it clear that few of the cast have recovered from the case. All in all, while Kira's reign of terror is over, no one's really won.]]


** AdaptationalVillainy: [[spoiler:Light and Misa. They try to wipe out everyone on the task force as soon as they can. Arguably this may be justified as this came about after Erin learned their secret and ratted them out to L almost immediately. Although it's not clear how aware they were, if they were aware at all, that she had been standing there listening to them talk about their plans.]]

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** * AdaptationalVillainy: [[spoiler:Light and Misa. They try to wipe out everyone on the task force as soon as they can. Arguably this may be justified as this came about after Erin learned their secret and ratted them out to L almost immediately. Although it's not clear how aware they were, if they were aware at all, that she had been standing there listening to them talk about their plans.]]


[[caption-width-right:350:Art by [[http://timekeeper101.deviantart.com/art/Story-of-the-Century-181769644 Timekeeper101]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Art [[caption-width-right:350:Cover art by [[http://timekeeper101.deviantart.com/art/Story-of-the-Century-181769644 Timekeeper101]]]]
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''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5590180/1/Story_Of_The_Century Story of the Century]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1085320/WhiteLadyDragon WhiteLadyDragon]] (troper whiteladydragon00) is a ''Manga/DeathNote'' [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] in which [[OriginalCharacter an amateur journalist's]] search for a good story leads her stumbling in the middle of the Kira case when she sees things she shouldn't have, starting with a strange photo and an even stranger young man. The author also has a series of oneshots based on this story, most of them "slice-of-life" gen fics on the perspectives of various characters in the story.

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''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5590180/1/Story_Of_The_Century Story of the Century]]'' by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1085320/WhiteLadyDragon WhiteLadyDragon]] (troper whiteladydragon00) is a ''Manga/DeathNote'' ''Franchise/DeathNote'' [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] in which [[OriginalCharacter an amateur journalist's]] search for a good story leads her stumbling in the middle of the Kira case when she sees things she shouldn't have, starting with a strange photo and an even stranger young man. The author also has a series of oneshots based on this story, most of them "slice-of-life" gen fics on the perspectives of various characters in the story.






* [[spoiler:TogetherInDeath: Erin tells L she hopes that this is how he and Light end up so neither of them have to bother anyone else again.]]

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* [[spoiler:TogetherInDeath: Erin tells L she hopes that this is how he and Light end up so neither of them have to bother anyone else again.]] again as they'll be too busy "jerking each other off."]]

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* [[spoiler:TogetherInDeath: Erin tells L she hopes that this is how he and Light end up so neither of them have to bother anyone else again.]]


* YouAreNotAlone: Erin tries to tell L this on Halloween ([[spoiler:his birthday, of all days, but this is never made known]]). It's not clear how much of it got through to him, considering [[spoiler:Light and Misa, and what L himself ends up doing later.]]
-->[[HarsherInHindsight "Hmm...hey, wait. What about us? The rest of us here." I counted everyone off on my fingers: "Don't forget, you've also got Watari, and Matsuda, and Aizawa, and Mogi, and Mr. Yagami, and Aiber and Wedy and Misa and…and…"]]
-->[[HarsherInHindsight That's when I started to choke, again. I'm not sure whether he saw it that way, but he had at least enough friends to count off all my fingers, counting Light.]]

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* YouAreNotAlone: Erin tries to tell L this on Halloween ([[spoiler:his (his birthday, of all days, but this is never made known]]).known). It's not clear how much of it got through to him, considering [[spoiler:Light and Misa, and what L himself ends up doing later.]]
-->[[HarsherInHindsight "Hmm...hey, wait. What about us? The rest of us here." (Light) doesn't have to be your ''only'' friend, does he?" I counted everyone off on my fingers: "Don't forget, you've also got Watari, and Matsuda, and Aizawa, and Mogi, and Mr. Yagami, and Aiber and Wedy and Misa and…and…"]]
-->[[HarsherInHindsight That's when I started to choke, choke again. I'm not sure whether he saw it that way, way but he had at least enough friends to count off all my fingers, counting Light.]]

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