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Point of Succession by Jedi Master Bag is an AU Death Note Fan Fic. Beyond Birthday has escaped prison and is out for revenge — but not for the reasons L thinks. When Beyond abducts Mello from Wammy's House, L is forced to rely on the expertise of the criminal profiler who knows him best; a mysterious and troubled young man known as Light Yagami.


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  • Apocalypse Maiden: Played with Near is convinced that this is Light's role ever since L took a shine to him. It seems that Light is actually only a victim of Beyond but just how innocent... (or not) he is has yet to be seen.
  • Batman Gambit: Light and Mr. Junko fake a scene where one of them pretends to be injured in order to confirm that Matt isn't a real cop because when they shout for help he doesn't even stop to look.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: Matt impersonating a police officer. Also Light engineers one in order to steal evidence for L's investigation.
  • Big Sister Mentor: Naomi Misora to Light.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When Light saves Matt. Later Light and Matt's mad (distracting) charge into Beyond's death trap dungeon which results in them saving one of the victims. Later from that same scene, (after Light's picked up the Distress Ball) L gets the drop on Beyond:
    L: Beyond, I would very much appreciate it if you released my boyfriend now.
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  • Black-and-White Insanity: L is wary of Light because he sees that Light lives by such a strict moral code he could easily become Vigilante Man.
  • Break the Cutie: Light after taking on Beyond Birthday as his subject of study.
    • Matt after discovering what Mello has done.
  • Briar Patching: In order to get L to let him work with him Light tells L he doesn't want to work with him.
  • Cowboy Cop: this investigation isn't exactly by the book.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Beyond is quite the Yandere. Also L feels the need to "possess" Light in order to take him away from Beyond.
  • Faking the Dead: A, L's first in line, with B's assistance he faked his own suicide. He did this in order to escape from Wammy's House.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Unlike all the other doctors Light refused to be intimidated by B and would not give up on him and so B comes to transfer his obsession to Light...
  • Finding Judas: Both Near and Naomi Misora becomes suspicious of Light and believe he's working with Beyond. Of course Light is plotting something and he has a connection with Beyond-it's just not in the way that they think.
  • Gun Fu: Light is a very good shot. Naomi Misora taught him how to shoot.
  • Guns Akimbo: Light's, and later Matt's, fighting style.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Beyond Birthday's forte. He discovers to his delight that Light dishes it out just as well as he receives it.
  • Inspector Lestrade: Naomi Misora has figured out a vital piece of the puzzle from investigating Light. Too bad no one notices...
  • Lack of Empathy: Lampshaded in Matt's Inner Monologue after Light and Matt rescued a girl from Beyond they just abandoned her at some hotel and Matt supposes that made them heartless.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: No really, Light and Matt's reckless charge is all part of the plan.
    • Also when Matt learns Mello is in the building and that he killed Near. Matt just runs off searching for him, with no plan other than to somehow find him so he can punch him in the face.
  • Mark of Shame: Light has a nasty scar leftover from B trying to kill him with a stiletto and he will frequently stare at it or draw attention to it when angsting about B.
  • Outrun the Fireball: Light and Matt when discovering Beyond Birthday had booby trapped the entrance to his villain lair with explosives.
  • Stalker with a Crush: B to L at first. There are hints that perhaps he has transfered his obsession to a certain handsome, young psychologist that paid him a visit.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Mello with Beyond. Also Sayu is getting married to the man who kidnapped her.
  • Tears of Blood: Beyond wants to see L in tears. When L doesn't oblige him, Beyond cuts up his face with a wine bottle.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Beyond is quite The Nick Namer and comes up with creepy names for those near and dear to his heart such as "Darling!," "Little Dear," "Mr. Twelve," and "Sweetie Jam." A, Mello, L, and Light respectively.
  • Worthy Opponent: When Light begins studying B, B makes it no secret that he's having so much fun.

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