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Novel & Pilot

    Beyond Birthday
The villain in the prequel novel Death Note: Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Case.
  • Affably Evil: The friendly way in which he interacts with Naomi, and even when he's alone he's pretty chipper, for the most part. Also, the fact that he was (From a Certain Point of View) "kind" enough to anesthetize his victims somehow, before killing and dismembering them in the grisly manners that he did. He also arranges for Blackberry Brown and Bluesharp Babysplit to be evacuated to a 5-star hotel (when a cheap motel would have been the norm).
  • Alliterative Name: Beyond Birthday.
  • Ambiguously Human: Beyond was born with the Shinigami eyes and is noted by Mello to have a "Shinigami's laugh," despite supposedly just being a particularly vicious human outside of these troubling details.
  • Always Second Best: To both L and A.
  • Ax-Crazy: Easily the most unhinged character (and that's saying a lot). He's a brutal, sadistic psycho who kills his victims in rather horrific ways.
  • Badass Bookworm: He is from Wammy's House, after all.
  • Batman Gambit: He's counting on L reacting in a certain way.
  • Because Destiny Says So: He kills people he sees are at the end of their lifespans.
    • A bit of Fridge Logic here. If you consider that only people with the Death Note are supposed to be able to change a person's destiny based on seeing their lifespan, those people would probably have died from Beyond himself, not from something else like he said to justify his actions. To be fair though, he couldn't have known that. Even more Fridge Logic when you think about the fact that if he hadn't had the Shinigami Eyes, he wouldn've have seen their lifespans, and wouldn't have decided to kill them, and their lifespans would have lasted longer. Their lifespans were shorter simply because he could see them.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Is angry with L, because he feels that L didn't care about the kids being groomed as his successors.
  • Creepy Souvenir: Takes Backyard Bottomslash's left arm away from the crime scene, probably to make said crime scene more confusing for L and/or whoever else might have been investigating. It's not known what he did with it. note 
  • Criminal Mind Games: Among other games and codes BB sends a Crossword Puzzle indicating who he's going to kill next to the police.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: For his victims if the state of the corpses is anything to go by.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: As Mello points out, "how humiliating for him"...
  • Cute and Psycho: Well he's a psycho and he looks like L. [1]
  • Fame Through Infamy: His entire goal is to surpass L... not by becoming the world's greatest detective, but by becoming the world's greatest criminal.
  • Fan Boy: he's an Otaku as well as being L's deranged fanboy.
  • The Fatalist: It comes with knowing when everyone is going to die.
  • Identical Stranger: Looks like L (though to what degree is debatable, given his status as a Master of Disguise). They may or may not be related to one another or know each other personally.
  • Otaku: He leaves a clue in an Akazukin Cha Cha manga collection.
  • Parental Abandonment: Like everyone else from Wammy's, he's an orphan.
  • Primal Stance: See "Running on all fours."
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Wears makeup, and eats sweets. Also gushes over a manga geared towards young girls.
    • Also, he nails wara ningyo dolls into a wall, much in the way they would be traditionally nailed to a tree in a Shinto shrine. That activity, however, was traditionally performed by a woman.
  • Seme: Self-described as "an aggressive top".
  • Serial Killer: It's hinted that the 3 from the novel are just his known victims. Keep in mind, too, that the time between his leaving of Wammy's House and the events of the novel only span about 3 months.
  • Shout-Out: Spends an entire paragraph gushing over Akazukin Cha Cha!
  • The Sociopath: He goes on a killing spree throughout Los Angeles. He kills a young teenage girl in the process and never shows any regret for it.
  • Suspect Existence Failure: That was the plan, anyway.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He just wants L to notice him!
  • White-Collar Crime: Purchased a storefront and warehouse to live in, by pretending to be affiliated with a business that was no longer in business. Also made use of stolen identities and credit cards.


A student at Wammy's House in the prequel novel Death Note: Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Case.

    Taro Kagami

The 13-year-old protagonist of the Death Note Pilot chapter (which takes place in a different continuity than that of the main series). Technically, this makes him the first of the Kiras.

Mikami's appearance, but not his personality, was based on Taro's.

  • Back from the Dead: He dies at some point, then comes back to life, but not with his mind entirely intact, some believe. Ryuk asking him what he thought of the Land of the Dead brings out a rather shaky and suspicious smile.
  • Death Is Cheap: The Death Eraser.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Taro and the main antagonist part on good terms, with the antagonist thanking Taro for stopping him and then apologizing for almost killing him.
  • Diary: Not knowing what it was, he intially used the death note as a diary. Unlike Light, Taro can't read English (he knew what "note" meant, but not "death").
  • Face Death with Dignity: Kind of. He allows himself to be killed with the death note to prove that he's telling the truth to the police officers. He even jokes a little when giving instructions on what to write for cause of death. Of course, he's quickly revived with the Death Eraser
  • From Bad to Worse: Even after he revives his victims with the Death Eraser.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Seemingly insignificant and unpopular kid who eventually has the entire student body scared out of their wits.
  • Halfway Plot Switch: At first, Taro is something of a Villain Protagonist who is trying to avoid being found out. Then, once he revives everyone he kills, he spends the rest of the pilot acting as a Kid Detective, trying to find the killer who has taken his place.
    • When you compare it to the main series, it feels like a condensed version of everything Light went through from the first chapter all the way to the end of the Yotsuba arc.
  • Happy Ending: The ONLY Kira who gets one of these, folks.
  • I Wrote Our Story: Cue Epileptic Trees.
  • Not So Different: It turns out that the pilot's real villain is basically another kid who, like Taro, was constantly picked on and initially killed people by accident.
  • Past Experience Nightmare: His victims haunt him in his dreams. Had he been the protagonist of the main series, it's doubtful that he could have gone as far as Light did.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Potentially, though he isn't shown using the notebook this way.

Characters only in movies

    Shiori Akino 
Played by: Yuu Kashii

Light's girlfriend in the live-action movie.

  • Selective Obliviousness: She seemingly refuses to see what (in the film) is blindingly obvious.
    Light: IF I were Kira I'd probably do the exact same thing...
    Shiori: No you wouldn't - that's not like you at all!

Played by: Youki Kudoh
The Big Bad of L: change the WorLd also known as Dr. Kimiko Kujo.
  • Theme Naming: K is an associate of L's who wants to kill a bunch of people in order to build a new perfect utopia. Sound familiar? Well prepare to be disappointed because it's not K as in Kira.

    Daisuke Matoba 
Played by: Masanobu Takashima
The Dragon to K in L: change the WorLd

    Hideaki Suruga 
Played by: Kiyotaka Nanbara
The FBI Agent in L: change the WorLd.
  • Becoming the Mask: He was sent to spy on L and obtain the Death Note but he stayed with him even after it became apparent L had already destroyed the Death Note because he genuinely wanted to help.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Lampshaded when no one will believe he's an F.B.I. agent because he's Japanese.
  • Butt-Monkey: "Why do I always have to be the decoy?!"

Played by: Miyuki Komatsu
A token female member of the Kira Taskforce added in the live-action movies.
  • Gender Flip: She's basically the movie-verse's version of Ide.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She calls L out on the cruel and unusual treatment of the Kira suspects.

Played by: Kazuki Namioka
Another graduate of Wammy’s house that shows up in L: change the WorLd.
  • West Coast Team: One of L and Watari's agents working a case in a remote jungle village in Thailand when the virus hits.

    Dr. Nikaido 
Played by: Shingo Tsurumi
An immunologist and the father of Maki Nikaido in L: change the WorLd.
  • Take Care of the Kids: In the novelization, just before his death, he sent an e-mail to L's computer which said to take care of his daughter.
  • Too Dumb to Live: There's a part in the novelization when his security system detects an intruder, but instead of being alarmed he just brushes it off. This act of carelessness also leads to his demise.

    Maki Nikaido 
Played by: Mayuko Fukuda
Daughter of Dr. Nikakido. She's also one of the kids that L has to protect in L: change the WorLd.
  • Children Raise You: Tells both L and Near off for their eating habits .
  • Cooldown Hug: is given one of these by L
  • Damsel in Distress: gets kidnapped, but she does at least try to defend herself, and she is fully capable of turning herself into a human bomb trying to destroy the terrorists who killed her dad
  • Ill Girl: she has a slow acting virus inside her, plus she has low blood sugar, which is the very thing keeping said virus at bay
  • Morality Pet: strangely enough L acts as this for HER, keeping her from killing K

Characters in 2016 Live-Action Movie

    Shien Yuki 

The antagonist of the 2016 film, Death Note: Light Up the New World. A cyber-terrorist who idolizes Kira.

Portrayed by: Masaki Suda

  • Affably Evil: Despite being a serial killer, he's very courteous to the people he executes.
  • Light Is Not Good: Early promotional posters for the movie depict him dressed completely in white. And he's the villain. Quite fitting, as he's emulating his predecessor Light Yagami, who was a literal example of the trope.
  • Multiple Gunshot Death: How he goes out, just like Matt in the manga and anime.
  • Walking Spoiler: Promotional blurbs for the film states that he "inherited the DNA" of Light Yagami. However, while it's revealed that Light had a child, Shien isn't that child.

    Ryuzaki II 
L's counterpart for the new film. Named as "Ryuzaki" in promotional material.
  • Anime Hair: A bushy moptop with blonde streaks.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Dedicated to stopping the rise of a new Kira and an early poster for the movie has him dressed all in black, contrasted with villain Shien Yuki who wears white.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's pretty rude at the best of times, but he always comes around for his allies.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: A non-traditional example. He's not a particularly nice person, but not as amoral as his predecessor L and only uses the mask to protect his face.
  • Reincarnation: Early promotional material states that he "inherited L's DNA." Make of that what you will.

    Tsukuru Mishima 
A police officer who finds himself caught in the conflict between Ryuzaki and Shien.—-
  • Easily Forgiven: Ryuzaki forgives Mishima, even giving him the L legacy.
  • Get It Over With: When Nanase tries to kill him, as his status as Neo Kira meant that he killed her brother, he positions himself so that her gun is aimed directly at his forehead. He then tells her to pull the trigger, as he is guilty of being a murderer, and she does. However, Arma wrote Nanase's name in her 'Death Note' as it happened, so Mishima is spared instead.
  • Memory Gambit: It turns out he's the real Neo Kira, not Yuki Shien, and he pulled a memory loss trick a la Light Yagami, ten years earlier.
  • Red Herring: Throughout the movie, we're led to think he's the new protagonist and Yuki Shien the villain. But in fact, he's Neo Kira. And his real name is Ryo Nakagami.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's almost impossible to talk about him without revealing a major twist.

A newly introduced Shinigami for the 2016 film.

Voiced By: Miyuki Sawashiro

  • Butter Face: Inverted. While she has the anatomy of a giant insect standing on its hind legs, her face is quite pretty.
  • Expy: She's essentially a Gender Flipped version of Sidoh/Shidoh from the original series.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She saves Ryuzaki and Mishima from being killed by Nanase, going out the same way as Jealous and Rem: disintegrating into sand.
  • Love Martyr: Her relationship with Ryzaki borders on romantic and he states that she may give up her life for him. She ultimately does.
  • Nice Girl: She's very pleasant, not taking pleasure in other's suffering like Ryuk does.
  • The Pollyanna: Never seen in a bad mood.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Grapes.

    Sakura Aoi 
A Death Note holder from the 2016 film, Death Note: Light Up the New World.

An original Shinigami for Death Note: Light Up the New World that accompanies Sakura Aoi.

    Light's son 
Light's son, introduced very fleetingly in Death Note: Light Up the New World. Very little is known about him.
  • All There in the Manual: Most of what we know about him comes from supplementary materials. According to the tie-in novelization for the film, he was an abusive, controlling and threatening individual, who treated Mikami, his foster father, as a slave.
  • Asshole Victim: Probably one of the least sympathetic Death Note users.
  • Creepy Child: A nine-year-old boy who's gleefully killing criminals and may well have killed his own foster father had said foster father not intervened.
  • Mysterious Past: We never do find out who his mother was, but it definitely isn't Misa.
  • No Name Given: We never do learn his true name. All that's shown on-screen is two characters from his name, the 神 from "Yagami" and 光, the latter of which can be read as "Hikaru," "Hikari," "Akira," "Teru" note  and "Mitsu" among other potential readings. He's only ever referred to in the novelization as "Light's son" and "the boy."
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: How else to describe a boy who's not even ten and is maliciously killing criminals? It says something that Mikami felt it necessary to get him out of the picture, and not for villainous reasons.


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