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And the Story Continues by WhiteLadyDragon (troper whiteladydragon00/whiteladydragon000) is a Death Note AU and the sequel to Story of the Century, taking place four years after the original story. A new shinigami becomes bored with the shinigami realm and after hearing about Ryuk's exploits decides to seek out another human like Light Yagami and have an adventure of his own in the human world. Meanwhile, Near and Mello find out about L's death, and Mello upon finding out the true circumstances behind it, doesn't take it well...

Still ongoing.



  • A God Am I:
    • Kiyomi picks up Umbra's notebook and develops this opinion of herself alarmingly quickly, as Light before her had.
    • This is the justification Lumen gives when Matt asks him why he does the things he does, declaring "this world and the next one" as his "playground."
  • Abusive Parents:
    • According to a flashback, Roger's father was a greedy asshole...and a traitor to the country.
    • Kiyomi's mother is implied to be emotionally abusive and controlling, with her father submissive to her whims. After a nasty phone call, Kiyomi forces them both to commit suicide with the Death Note.
    • It's mentioned that Matt's own father was an alcoholic and prior to his death they had a dysfunctional relationship mirroring the one Matt currently has with Mello.
    • Kimiko talks about how emotionally distant her and Misa's parents were to her, especially their father, likely because she was the product of an extramarital affair. One can only speculate the extent to which their favoritism and high expectations influenced Misa and her current issues.
  • Affably Evil:
    • Umbra's rather friendly (well, relatively speaking) and childlike for a shinigami. He sets out to help another shinigami retrieve his notebook, seems to like kids and without Kiyomi's knowledge has continued keeping an eye on Erin, who he's in love with.
    • Sidoh is this too; he's timid, not very bright, a bit of a goofball, and seems just as worried about Midora dying for his mistake as he is about his own life.
  • Affirmative Action Girl/ The Smurfette Principle: Halle is the only female agent in the American task force (who in canon would be the SPK). Later, though, Wedy and Erin join the ranks as fellow female, if unofficial, members.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Where Misa's real preferences lie. She moves from megalomaniacal Serial Killer Light to hot-headed mobster Mello. There was Nice Guy and fellow idol Hideki Ryuga in the interim, but he didn't interest her as much as she pretended and upon meeting Mello she immediately dumped him without looking back. One line in Misa’s monologue hints that her attraction to bad men intensified because she believes that’s all she deserves, being a bad person herself.
  • All-Loving Hero:
    • Erin, although whether she's this trope or a Love Freak is up for debate. She'll even take back a friend who tried helping her boyfriend kill her and give first aid to a burglar who tried to break into her apartment and she fought off with a baseball bat. In fact when she first learns about Mello her first thought is whether he can be saved.
    • This aspect of her personality becomes deconstructed as the story goes on. A few characters have commented on it, though not generally in a positive way. For instance, Misa in private wonders if this makes her a saint or an idiot, and Near tells Erin that she's "like a stuffed animal my granny would make."
    • Even Erin admits to herself that her philosophy isn't really working out in Chapter 25. Constantly trying to see the best in everyone — and constantly being disappointed — is taking its toll on her.
  • Amicable Exes:
    • Aizawa and Eriko. Or at least they try to be for their daughters. There's no explicit animosity but Eriko seems to have become more aloof towards him since their divorce. Aizawa for his part doesn't seem to have totally recovered from their split, and struggles with being even less involved with his kids than before.
    • Ultimately subverted when Misa broke things off with Hideki Ryuga. Ryuga let her go hoping that they could still be friends. But Misa considers her ex an idiot and presumably hasn't so much as spoken to him since she got involved with Mello, the reason she dumped him in the first place.
  • Amnesiac Lover: Downplayed and inverted with Umbra/L. Downplayed in that he and Erin did not enter an official romantic relationship in the past but it's been heavily implied that they did have those kind of feelings for each other by the time he'd died. Inverted in that Umbra/L has forgotten everything EXCEPT his love for Erin. Overlaps with Ghost Amnesia.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Erin realizes to her horror that this is what happened to L after he died: due to the magic of the notebook, he became the shinigami Umbra.
  • And Then What?: Matt tries unsuccessfully to ask Mello if destroying L's legacy will finally make him happy and what he intends to do afterwards. Pig-headed Mello brushes this off as "not important right now."
  • Anguished Declaration of Love:
    • Inverted and played straight for Umbra and Erin. When Umbra admits that he does love Erin, he is calm and even rather happy for him, not understanding the gravity of what he's saying (it's not something he ever would have said as L). Erin's RESPONSE, however, is very anguished. It takes everything she has to stay calm when she assures him that she loves him too.
    "Did you love me then, too?"
    Erin sniffed, wishing she could make like the Wicked Witch of the West™ and melt into a puddle. What a world! "You know? I think I did. I had to work towards that point but I-I did love you a little. I still do. Then and now a-and every moment in between."
    And sometimes I really wish I didn't. I wish I'd never ever met you.
    "Thank you so much for telling me. I am pleased. Oh, you're crying. Why are you?"
    • Matt gives Mello one of these (with a split lip and busted nose, no less) before he leaves with the notebook, hurrying off in the car before Mello can give his answer.
    "Fine. I'm awake, alert an' fully aware of my phurroundings. Phadly. Wan'me to prove it?"
    "Make it quick."
    "Today's Pheptember 30th. The time iph 4:11, way too fuckin' early in th' morning. I'm goin' t' Day'ph Inn™ in Glendale with th' notebook, at 450 Pioneer Drive. I should prob'ly thank you for pickin' a phpot cloph by. I don' think my lazy aph could handle drivin' farther away." (...)
    Finding no need to lower his voice, Matt closed his statement with the following: "My name iph Mail Jeevaph. And no matter what happenph t'night, I love you, Mello. Later, motherfucker. No homo."
  • Antagonistic Offspring:
    • Non-biological case in Mello's feelings towards L's legacy.
    • Lumen/Light towards Soichiro; though the former has technically forgotten who the latter is, the anger and hostility he had developed towards him when he died the first time have stayed.
  • Anti-Hero: Erin, Near.
  • Anti-Magic: Due to a trick Umbra plays on Sidoh by exploiting his illiteracy and need to kill for lifespan, Erin is rendered immune to the Death Note thanks to Clause 1 of Section 35 in the shinigami rulebook. note  The task force finds this out when they discover her name written down by Teru, but find her alive and well in spite of it when they contact her shortly afterwards. After recovering from the shock, Erin begins considering how to use this to her advantage to better help out Near and the task force.
  • The Anti-Nihilist:
    • Near is revealed to be this, rather than just a Straw Nihilist as he appears to be initially. This is solidified by this exchange with Erin.
    Erin: What do you care, what happens to me? I hate to repeat myself but wouldn't it be easier for you guys if I was out of the picture anyway? N-not that I'd want to be out of the picture, mind, I'm talking about for (...) U-unless you're saying for whatever reason that my life does matter.
    Near: In the macrocosmic sense, no, it doesn't. To use a metaphor for illustration, you're only one small Lego™ block in the toy chest of life, specifically the kind with two pegs. If you were to disappear or be thrown away nothing major would change. Life as a whole, whatever it entails, will go on without you.
    Erin: Gee. Thanks, Nietzsche.
    Near: That said, you're still an important piece to the playset you belong to and you're a hassle to replace. Your family would obviously mourn you, as would Matsuda and Gevanni and probably Amane. The shinigami might be lethally upset if you died…and I'd prefer that you didn't die right away either. By the way it's pronounced 'NEECH-uh,' not 'Neech-EE.'
    Erin: Oh my God, you do care. Be still, my beating heart.
    Near: God is dead, and you're doing it again.
    • Matt also counts, as he explains to Mello (with his lip busted from standing up for one of the hostages):
    "If you want'd t' put me in an alignm'nt, I'd prob'ly be True Neutral. Can' be bother'd to care about good or evil, law or chaoph. No' really, no' for their own phakeph. It'ph not worth worrying 'bout a world that'll never be any leph of a crap-phack no matter wha' I do. And yet, for reaphonph unknown even t' me, I've phtill founnit in me t' care abou' two thingph in the whole time I've been alive: my ol' man, and…you."
  • Anti-Villain:
    • Umbra is a shinigami who mostly functions on the usual Blue-and-Orange Morality of his species. But he volunteers to help Sidoh get his (and Midora's) notebook back when he doesn't really have much to gain by doing so (in fact it's revealed that Sidoh made him accidentally drop his notebook in the first place for Kiyomi to pick up), he seems to have a soft spot for kids and he has feelings for Erin, who he's been watching over for the past two years. He mainly defects to Near's side because of her. In his past life he was the Great Detective L.
    • Matt is another one. He doesn't have a single evil bone in his body. He's only doing it out of loyalty to his old friend and crush Mello, and as the story progresses and Mello escalates in his actions, the guilt of playing accomplice/bystander increasingly gets to him. Eventually, he caves and contacts Near behind Mello's back to make a deal with him.
    • We also have Misa, a former serial killer who hates herself in spite of her decision to embrace who she is since meeting Mello, and who still struggles with grief over Light, their "relationship" and the direction that both have led her, or lack thereof.
  • Anywhere but Their Lips:
    • Stephen and Erin have their first "kiss" consisting of Erin kissing her palm and using that hand to shake his before he drops her off. She was worried about her breath and generally didn't feel ready to kiss him on the lips yet. She leaves him "disappointed but not really surprised."
    • Later Erin averts this when she kisses Stephen on impulse, and ends up biting his lower lip in the process.
    • Matt tries to avoid kissing Misa directly on the lips during their Fake-Out Make-Out.
  • Ascended Fridge Horror:
    • Erin stops to wonder whether Misa snapping and reverting back to her old ways might have eventually happened to Light too if L had followed her suggestion of destroying the notebooks in the first story.
    • She gets this again when she suspects that Umbra is actually L reincarnated since he used the Death Note before he'd died. Which means the same has happened or will happen to every other Death Note user.
    • Happens again when she realizes Umbra's fellow shinigami Lumen is Light reborn. Erin wonders just how much worse Light has become now that he really is a god of death and no longer has to hide behind a Mask of Sanity. Chapter 21 reveals that she was right to be worried.
  • The Atoner:
    • Soichiro.
    • Also Kimiko, a former alcoholic and previously estranged sister of Misa.
    • Misa herself is slowly revealed as a twisted combination of this, Death Seeker, and The Hedonist who embraces her nature after Mello reveals her crimes to her.
  • Attention Whore:
    • Kiyomi. Mello even calls her this.
    • It's been noted that Lumen hates being ignored.
    • This is one of the reasons Misa gives for why she's so compatible with Mello: he wants followers and she wants to BE a follower. They are both this trope.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • Knowing that Near would notice Matt hanging around Misa, Mello has Matt get arrested by Near's task force so he can sneak a piece of the Death Note to his mole in Matt's cigarette. The Mole, Ill Rat, proceeds to write down the names of the majority of the task force before eating the piece and shooting himself.
    • Later, Umbra exploits Sidoh's bad grasp at names and immediate need for lifespan by having him misspell Erin's name four times on a piece of the Death Note he'd kept stashed on him, thus giving her immunity to the Death Note. This could also count as a Gambit Roulette.
    • Mello has a smear story published in the papers that accuses Wammy's House of abusing its charges. Presumably, he did this to provoke the current Kira (Teru) into killing all the staff and faculty. In response to this, Near puts Erin up on TV to set the record straight, to compel Teru to use the notebook and expose himself to the task force.
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: Since Near refuses to let her help rescue the hostages without a way to defend herself even with her immunity to the Death Note, Erin is forced to start learning how to use a gun, and quickly, at that.
  • Beast and Beauty: Umbra and Erin. He's a shinigami, she's a human, and it turns out they have a very complicated history.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Misa reflects on how she used to believe in this, hence why she favored Light over Rem. She knows better now, even if it's too late for it to matter.
  • Berserk Button: Teru has a big one regarding the abuse or exploitation of children, combined with the apparent apathy of adults who either do nothing to stop it or actively try to cover it up. In Chapter 18, he has wiped out the faculty of several unnamed universities and the entire Vatican because of this. It's also partly the reason why he tries to kill Erin after she goes on TV to defend Wammy's House, especially considering how the original article written about it accusing them of child abuse was published under her name.
  • Betty and Veronica: This story has two major love triangles.
    • The first is a gender inversion, with Stephen as the Betty and L as the Veronica for Erin. Erin’s relationship with Stephen is light, flirtatious but mutually supportive, while the one she had with L in the prequel was turbulent, ambiguous and a bit problematic. Then to complicate matters, L comes back as Umbra, a shinigami who remembers nothing from before but still has strong feelings for her.
    • The second is a rare bisexual variant involving Mello. His Unlucky Childhood Friend Matt is the Betty, who has had romantic feelings for Mello for some time but has resolved to keep quiet about them and support him no matter what...even if he personally doesn’t like what Mello is doing. Then there’s Misa as the Veronica: having met some time between this story and the prequel, she and Mello have bonded over their disappointment with their idols and engage in an unhealthy Friends with Benefits arrangement with a dash of Unholy Matrimony. Misa is not above rubbing it in Matt’s place that she’s sleeping with Mello and he isn’t. And given her history, she may, at least in part, have to do with why Matt refuses to act on his own feelings.
  • Big Bad:
    • Mello takes Light's place as this.
    • Kiyomi is another coexisting Big Bad. Until she is killed off in a rather spectacular fashion by Misa.
    • After regaining his memories of his human life, Lumen becomes yet another major antagonist. Prior to this he was content with just observing the carnage.
  • Big Good: Technically Near, by virtue of the fact that he's the current L. Erin wouldn't agree, and she makes sure he knows it.
  • Birds of a Feather:
    • Misa and Mello. They are drawn together by their similar disappointment with their late idols (whom they each had an unhealthy fixation on to begin with) and thirst for revenge, and both are vicious, needy, manipulative and emotionally volatile. They are also both blond and share a similar taste in fashion.
    • Furthermore, the story postulates that Light and Misa were this, whether Light would ever acknowledge it or not. Physical attractiveness and popularity aside, both of them were selfish, manipulative, ruthless and desperate for normalcy, which they both tried to attain by rewriting the world around them through deceit and murder. Supposedly this is why she became attracted to Mello upon meeting him: she’s using him as a replacement of sorts for Light.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Kiyomi, full stop. She will among other things offer to watch her neighbor's new baby after she's just offed her own parents despite the fact that she hates her neighbor, because it's convenient for her.
  • Black and White Insanity: Kiyomi and Teru. Teru seems to have it worse: he goes so far as to attempt to kill Erin for smearing Kira's (Kiyomi's) name and defending a school that's been (wrongfully) dragged into an abuse investigation, all without stopping to check his facts first.
  • Boxed Crook: Stephen was a counterfeiter in the past. When he was caught, he got off easy since his dad was a federal judge. In return for his freedom he offered his services to his country.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Played with. Near is seventeen when he and Erin meet but she considers him this anyway.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • It looks like Erin's going into another round of this trope...
    • All the kids at Wammy's House are subjected to this—first Matt, Mello and even Near in the past, and then presumably the rest of them after witnessing their home being blown to smithereens and then being taken hostage by one of their own.
  • Broken Bird:
    • Misa.
    • The above’s sister, Kimiko, has shades of this herself.
    • Erin is growing dangerously close to becoming this too.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • What triggers Mello's Face–Heel Turn.
    • It's suggested that Near has undergone a similar reaction since he found out about L's death around the same time, but he takes on L's title anyway and so far hasn't shown signs of being explicitly evil. Dickish and creepy, though? Definitely.
    • Also currently how Misa feels about Light, for betraying her upon his death and then not even caring enough to so much as remember her in his new incarnation.
  • Burn the Orphanage: Mello orchestrates the detonation of Wammy's House using the Death Note to control several social service agents who were supposed to investigate the school. However, unlike most examples of this trope, he evacuates the children and staff beforehand so as to hold them as hostages against Near.
  • Butt-Monkey: Sidoh, Matt, Matsuda, Erin. Stephen too, when Umbra makes him his figurative punching bag.
  • Byronic Hero:
    • Mello as a villainous version—ruthless, brooding, passionate, rebellious, implied to be insecure and suffering from abandonment issues. He turns his back on L and his principles after he figures out the truth behind his death and believes that L deserted him and all the kids at Wammy's House. He makes it his goal to personally tear down the title.
    • Misa evolves from Light's Psycho Supporter and Love Martyr into this. She and Mello bond over their similar grief, anger and disillusionment with their idols, and she is slowly revealed to be a twisted hybrid of part-atoner, part-hedonist, vaguely nihilist and total Death Seeker. She hopes to tear down the power Light had built up as Kira in the meantime, if for no other reason than to get back at him.
  • Cain and Abel: While not blood-related, Mello is the Cain to Near's Abel.
  • The Chains of Commanding:
    • Aizawa, who takes Soichiro's place as Chief of the NPA when the latter is forced to retire due to suffering a stroke and a general decline in his health. Aizawa and his wife have since divorced and he is seen struggling with being there for his daughters while trying to get a grip on the new situation with the Death Notes.
    • Discussed during Erin's first encounter with Near, when she asks why the world even needs someone like L anyway.
    Near: That's like asking why we need the police or doctors or leaders. The job has to be done by someone, no matter how much it sucks to do it. We've invested too much in L's legacy, and the world has grown too dependent on it, for us to simply abandon it now. Besides, I for one can't see myself doing anything else.
  • The Charmer/ Chick Magnet: Stephen is painted as this. Erin being an Insecure Love Interest worries that he might be a Casanova who only sees her as another conquest (which isn't true and he assures her as such), and Near's smartass comments don't exactly help her anxieties.
  • The Chessmaster: Mello and Near, just like Light and L before them.
  • Child Hater: Roger, whereas Watari/Quillish was the Friend to All Children. However this is very downplayed; Roger may think that kids are annoying and is somewhat uncomfortable around them, but he'll still take care of them and would never wish harm on them, and is horrified and angered when Erin accuses him of being a pedophile.
    • A flashback reveals his Freudian Excuse: his parents, especially his father, weren't exactly kind or sincere people, and when he was in school he got a girl he was seeing at the time pregnant. Roger did the responsible thing and married her but kept wishing that they weren't having a baby and thinking about how he didn't feel ready to be a father. His wife ended up dying just after giving birth to their son, who turned out to be stillborn. He felt horribly guilty about the whole thing for a long time afterwards; in fact it's implied that he never completely got over it.
  • Cock Fight: Umbra has done nothing but antagonize Stephen since he’s met him out of jealousy for Erin’s affections, at one point going so far as to catch him in the shower and mock him for the “tiny mutilated thing” between his legs. Stephen just wants to do his job in peace and the whole thing causes Erin immense distress as she tries to convince Umbra to stop, telling him that she’s not a trophy to compete for.
    Umbra: Ah, so that's what you're compensating for. That tiny mutilated thing.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Umbra really does not like Stephen and does everything he can to make sure the latter knows it. He states his reason for this is because he fears Stephen is "stealing (Erin) from (him)."
  • Creepy Child:
    • Near acts like one despite the fact that he's 17 after the Time Skip.
    • Several flashbacks reveal that L was this when he was younger, perhaps unsurprisingly.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death:
    Hitoshi Demegawa, sepsis from a ruptured appendix. On September 4th at 1:30am he goes to a playground drunk and bets he can fit into an infant's swing for 9800 yen. He strips naked and manages to squeeze into the swing but cannot get back out. Twenty minutes later his appendix ruptures with pressure to his abdomen and he dies from septic shock. Before his death happens, he spends the rest of his time alive between today's date and September 4th giving back all of the money acquired from his "Kira's Kingdom" scam; he does not mention a word about this to the public.
    Chiharu Takada, suicide by gas inhalation. On September 7th at 9:00pm she seals all of the windows and doors of her house, then turns on her oven and places her head inside. The house fills with gas and she dies from carbon monoxide poisoning.
    Akio Takada, suicide by burning. On September 7th at 11:15pm he returns to his house to find his wife dead in the kitchen. Overcome by despair, he douses himself with kerosene and strikes a match. He not only sets himself on fire, but blows up his gas-filled house in the process. His and his wife's bodies are completely incinerated.
    • In Chapter 18, Kiyomi is on the receiving end of one of these courtesy of Misa.
    Kiyomi Takada, suicide by jumping. She encounters police at her apartment on the morning of September 25th and falls into despair. She runs from them and jumps off the balcony at the end of her floor, landing in the parking lot below. Dies from internal bleeding and a broken neck. And then a car runs over her head.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: A non-blood relative example: Erin wants to tell Near that L hadn't meant to abandon him or Mello when he performed his Heroic Sacrifice in the first story, but she isn't sure if either of them would listen to an outsider who just found out herself that L even had successors in the first place. There’s also the fact that L did have a third option that Erin herself had come up with that wouldn't have required him to make said sacrifice, but he'd refused it because it would've meant letting Light get away with his crimes.
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: So is the case for Lumen/Light. He's completely forgotten about making the world a better place and resorts to threatening his mother and sister's lives just to torture his father.
  • Darker and Edgier: The first story and the manga it's based on are by no means light-hearted, but in the notes opening the first chapter the author has stated that this fanfic "could even get darker than the first story, if you can believe it. It might. No promises." The fanfic was officially upgraded from Teen to Mature by Chapter 9.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Near, Matt, Mello, Stephen, Halle, Erin, Lumen, Umbra...most of the major characters have their moments, really.
  • Death Seeker:
    • Misa. She's tried to kill herself at least three times in the past and her ploy with Erin is looking more and more like a move to commit Suicide by Cop.
    • In Chapter 16, Near claims that Erin has a death wish too and says that she displays many of the textbook signs of it. What’s worse, after he puts it out there, Erin starts to think he actually may not be too far off.
  • Despair Event Horizon: If she hadn't before, Misa definitely crosses it when she realizes that Lumen is in fact Light reincarnated, and he doesn't remember her at all.
  • Destructive Romance: Erin and Umbra. One is an increasingly traumatized All-Loving Hero in the midst of an existential crisis. The other is an insane and clingy shinigami for whom the one feels responsible, being the unholy reincarnation of her friend and Implied Love Interest L, with whom she'd had a plenty troubled relationship before his death. Although he doesn't mean to, Umbra acts as a tormentor for her, and more than one of their interactions can be construed as emotional abuse or manipulation. Not to mention his possessiveness, which unlike his previous incarnation he makes no attempt to hide—he outright admits he doesn't like Stephen getting close to her and proceeds to bully and humiliate him from the outset to drive him away out of sheer jealousy. Even after Erin tells him to stop, he continues to do it.
  • The Dragon:
  • Dysfunction Junction: On both sides.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Kimiko reveals in Chapter 10 that the Amane family was this before the murders.
  • Easily Forgiven: Zigzagged. Erin welcomes Misa back into her life despite what she did in the first story (none of which the latter remembers anyway), but lately Erin finds herself thinking back on it and ends up torn between her feelings for Misa and bringing her to justice.
    It's like ever since this thing with the new killings and L-imposter…Misa's not that person anymore. So why do I feel strange when she touches me?
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Neither Mello nor Misa can stand Kiyomi, especially after she kills her own parents. Later, although Mello orchestrates the destruction of Wammy's House by bombing it, he has the student body and faculty evacuated beforehand and shoots one of his cronies in the foot later when he catches him harassing some of the hostages and punching Matt in the face.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Mello vs. Kiyomi.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Kiyomi becomes more evil at a quicker rate than Light had even though she takes up using the notebook for similar reasons Light did, and actually manages to look worse than Mello. Interestingly she would be more inclined to believe she was Holier Than Thou. For instance she decides to off both her parents when she can't stand them anymore, compared to Light who is suggested to have only attempted to kill his father in the prequel because he felt forced to do so.
  • Extreme Doormat: Matt for Mello, as lampshaded by Lumen.
    Lumen liked Mello, but that didn't mean he had to be completely loyal to him like Door-Matt. Great name that guy picked for himself, it suited him perfectly. He was born to be walked all over on by everyone.
  • Face–Heel Turn:
    • Mello pulls this when he figures out what happened to L and believes that L has abandoned him and everyone at the House.
    • You could argue that L himself underwent this after dying and turning into Umbra, who is casual friends with Lumen (Arch-Nemesis Light's shinigami incarnation) and perfectly willing to kill someone who made Erin cry without any hesitation on his part.
  • Fake-Out Make-Out: Matt and Misa pull this in Chapter 9 as part of Mello's trap.
  • Fallen Hero:
    • Matsuda considers Light to be one of these, and he may very well be, depending on how sympathetic you feel towards his motives in his past life.
    • L presents a slightly less ambiguous case. He sacrificed his life in the prequel to save the task force from Light's wrath, only to come back as a shinigami after death since he did it using Misa's Death Note.
  • Fat Bastard:
    • Demegawa, Kiyomi's sleazy boss and director of Sakura TV.
    • Gender-flipped with Midora, who Sidoh is rather afraid of despite supposedly being friends with her.
  • Faux Affably Evil:
    • What Lumen is in contrast to Umbra's Affably Evil. A gleeful spectator of Mello's descent into evil and caring towards no one, he acts like "one of the boys" when speaking to anyone in the mob, and even calls Soichiro "Daddy" and "Father" as he threatens to kill Sachiko and Sayu. Lumen is basically Light without the Mask of Sanity he'd had on in life.
    • Misa shifts from Affably Evil into this after she becomes more self-aware of her villainy.
  • Female Gaze: Occasionally Erin can't help but stop to notice Stephen's many aesthetically pleasing features, especially when he's temporarily restricted to wearing a robe (after Umbra soils all his clothes). His arms, legs and chest get special attention when he's in the robe, but everything else about him gets some too before it.
  • Femme Fatale: Misa.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: Interestingly, L and Erin didn't have an actual intimate relationship in the first story, but the emotional baggage exists. This may be why she decides this time around to ask Steve up front how much he likes her.
  • For the Evulz: Ryuk's motivation for starting the whole mess in the first story, and Lumen's motivation for following Ryuk's example.
  • For Want of a Nail: Suppose Light and L died as they had in the movie-verse; where would that leave Mello and Near, Misa, Takada, Mikami and everyone else?
  • Foreshadowing: In Chapter 3, Erin meets an elderly woman in a nursing home with dementia while investigating the new wave of murders matching Kira's MO. The woman speaks fondly of her sons without even being aware they are both dead. In Chapters 19 and 20, she meets the shinigami Umbra and figures out that he's actually L, who has forgotten everything from when he was alive and human.
  • Friend to All Children: Umbra, and Wammy in the flashbacks.
  • Friends with Benefits: How Misa describes her "relationship" with Mello to Matt.
  • Friendless Background: L and Near. Erin reveals that she too has had very few friends in her life, none of whom stuck around for long, and had none during college, speculating that this factors into why she formed an attachment to L: he had shown interest in her company and facilitated finding more friends in the task force.
  • Freudian Excuse: It would seem that most of the important characters have a variant of this.
    • Downplayed and parodied for Erin when she briefly thinks back about her very first kiss and how hilariously bad it turned out, making her shy about dating and guys thereafter.
  • The Gadfly:
    • Near, especially for Erin.
    • Lumen acts as one to Mello and Matt, and Umbra is a more thoughtful and unintentionally annoying one for Kiyomi and Teru. Later, when Umbra pairs up with Erin he gets worse, though again unintentionally so. This is just another aspect of his personality transferred from his past identity as L.
  • Ghost Amnesia: Both Lumen and Umbra, AKA, Light and L. They each recollect bits and pieces of their memory through their interactions with significant people from their past lives (Ryuk, Misa and Soichiro for Lumen; Erin, Near and Roger for Umbra).
  • Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: PG-13 version: Erin kisses Stephen on impulse after almost all of Near's task force has been wiped out. When she apologizes immediately afterwards, Stephen lampshades this trope.
    "I won't hold you to it. You're only human, and they say that the threat of death is a tremendous aphrodisiac."
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: One of Erin's greatest flaws, as in the first story. She goes into the story hoping to save Mello and Misa only to begin to realize that this may not be possible after all.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Near, following L's example.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Erin, and both the Japanese and American task forces.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Ryuk once again, even though he's ostensibly locked up for his transgressions. He's the one who inspired Lumen to drop a notebook on Earth for kicks.
  • Handicapped Badass: Soichiro, who has managed to regain enough of his walking ability to not need a wheelchair anymore and uses a cane. This doesn't keep his wife from insisting that he use the lift when taking the stairs, though.
    • Later this becomes deconstructed—Soichiro insists on helping with the investigation despite his health and retirement, but this paired with his current state of mind keeps the task force from trusting him with much of anything.
  • Hates Being Touched: Near. Only Roger is allowed to touch him, and even then only when necessary. He jerks away when Umbra tries to pet his hair, and when Erin noogies him he complains, "She touched me inappropriately."
  • Heel–Face Brainwashing: Played with. The task force didn't actively brainwash her, but as a side-effect of her notebook being destroyed Misa lost all her memories about the Death Note, shinigami, and the fact that she and Light were the two Kiras. Thinking that Kira killed Light, she is anti-Kira now, but Erin and company do remember her deeds and Erin finds herself struggling with it at times. Near calls her out on this when she demands that he be honest with his task force about Mello.
    Near: Honesty can get you killed, Ms. Blogger. Surely you could appreciate that at least a little.
    Erin: But the lack of honesty will keep you going in circles.
    Near: You don't say. Then what about your relationship to Amane? She doesn't remember killing anyone…but you do, don't you? You've never told her, have you? Isn't that dishonest? Would you call your relationship with her a perpetual circle?
    Erin: What the—th-that's different! She doesn't need to know that. Your men and Halle need to know about Mello.
    • This turns out to be subverted; she's in cahoots with Mello.
  • Her Heart Will Go On:
    • Or at least, it's working on it. Erin's been doing well for herself since the end of the first case and is looking at a chance at a normal relationship with Stephen, but she still feels lingering grief over L and what happened between them, and the new conflict with his successors isn't exactly helping things.
    • Meanwhile it appears that Misa has moved on from Light's death...or has she?
  • Here We Go Again!: From the beginning rather than the ending as it's a follow up to the first story; the first chapter includes scenes from the openings of both Relight specials.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Mello towards L. That is, until the pedestal he'd had him on is shattered.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Erin suffers this initially upon finding out that someone out there is "impersonating" L. She suffers another bout of this later after Misa betrays her and runs off with Mello with most of Near's task force dead in their wake.
    • Soichiro as well; his personal outlook on life and faith in himself has been shot since Light's death following his exposure as the original Kira. It gets worse when Lumen goes out of his way to contact him himself to brag about what he’s been up to since they parted ways.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Both Lumen and Misa, both of whom are working with Mello. Some of his thoughts and comments suggest that Lumen's motives for seeking Mello out from the start extend a bit further beyond For the Evulz (and it turns out he still has a grudge against his father), and Misa joins Mello to dismantle the power she'd helped Light build up in revenge for his abandoning her, and to fulfill her longtime death wish in the meantime.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Near is actually more sensitive and even caring than he first appears (though he mainly only shows it in front of Roger and Erin).
    • Misa is more artistically inclined than people credit her for, playing the piano and keeping a journal (her late mother’s, no less) where she writes poems or draws designs for clothes. And then there’s the deeply disturbing philosophy she’s developed in response to all she’s been through, especially when she decides not to hide it anymore…
  • Honest Advisor:
    • Armonia Justin, who tells Midora almost immediately after Sidoh begs him not to that Sidoh lost her notebook and had it stolen by Lumen, either out of spite or because as the text says, he's "an advisor, not a secret-keeper."
    • In a way, Near and Erin start to become this for each other.
  • Hot-Blooded: Erin on the heroes' side. On the bad guys' side, Mello.
  • Hurting Hero: Aizawa and Soichiro. Erin is starting to look like one of these herself.
  • Hypocrite: Kiyomi starts off as the victim of Demegawa's frequent sexual harassment. Yet when she takes in Teru as her accomplice, she has no qualms about exploiting her power over him to make advances on him.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: Near tells Erin that no one is allowed to insult Roger except him.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • A rather dark example: a coked-up Misa accuses Erin of acting like "a jealous girlfriend" upon catching her with Matt. Also, earlier she calls the latter’s brother's ex-girlfriend a slut when she hears from Erin about her infidelity; it's later revealed that she herself cheated on Hideki with Mello.
    • Umbra calls Stephen “a pathetic little man masquerading as a hot-shot who'd be in prison for forgery without his family's money and influence.” To which Erin retorts, “And you’re not?”
  • I Have Your Wife:
    • Lumen uses this trope to coerce Soichiro into meeting him, threatening to kill both Sachiko and Sayu if he doesn't.
    • Eerily, Mello pulls a similar stunt after he kidnaps the entire student body of Wammy's House and gives Near the same ultimatum: the notebook and the list of all his contacts, or the kids get it.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: The bulk of Misa's deepest desires, and it would seem that this wasn't just with respect to Light.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: As above, what Misa really wants deep down. She comes to accept that this will never happen.
  • Ice Queen: Kiyomi.
    • Gender-flipped with Near.
  • Ill Girl: Kimiko is an unusual variant: she's older than Misa, a recovered alcoholic and legally blind with a limp after getting in an accident when she was driving under the influence several years before. There aren't many jobs she can do anymore so Misa continues advancing her career at least in part to support her sister.
  • Important Haircut: It's noted that Aizawa has shaved down his afro and began sporting facial hair since taking Soichiro's job and divorcing Eriko.
  • Insecure Love Interest:
  • Insufferable Genius: Near.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Near and Roger, not unlike L and Watari before them.
  • Interspecies Romance: Umbra and Erin. Overlaps with Resurrected Romance with a dash of Reincarnation Romance on Umbra's side.
  • Jerkass: Lumen and Near. For the latter, it reaches a point where Erin thinks that L was a gentleman compared to him. Then again, that's before they begin to build a working relationship.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When Erin realizes that Near was right all along about Misa and how she was beyond saving, she thinks that this is one of the most frustrating things about him and L before him: they're assholes, but when they have a point, they hit the nail on the friggin' head.
  • Just a Kid: Erin's reaction when she meets Near for the first time and learns about Mello. Played briefly for laughs but mostly for drama. And it seems that she's still shaken by the fact that Kira and L were practically kids themselves.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Downplayed for Ryuk; it is revealed in Chapter 9 that he is currently under the shinigami version of house arrest, but he gets to keep his notebook and keep killing for lifespan, and can enter the human world only if he drops his own notebook there. Nope, no room for Loophole Abuse here...
    • Deconstructed for Misa. Having gone without punishment for her crimes has driven her that much more insane, and she sinks back into her old ways without anyone's notice.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Erin, who has an adopted cat of her own and writes articles for animals in need of adoption.
  • Knight in Sour Armor:
    • Roger, the reluctant caretaker of Wammy's House and Watari's replacement.
    • His ward Near, as well. See The Anti-Nihilist.
  • Lady Macbeth: Kiyomi for Teru, and Misa for Mello.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Erin has an awful habit of acting first and thinking about it later. Turns out that both Near and Mello's sides were banking on that.
  • Living Emotional Crutch:
    • Kimiko cites Misa as this for her, saying that she's all she "has left" since their parents' deaths and the accident that left her disabled.
    • Matt refuses to leave Mello no matter what he does, and it would seem that Mello would rather not have to part with him either.
    • Umbra's love for Erin seems to be the only thing right now keeping him stable and on the heroes' side, which the latter notes with great dismay.
  • Love Epiphany: Erin realizes her feelings for L may have crossed into romantic territory when she tries to explain to his new persona Umbra the difference between romance and platonic friendship, only to end up sharing a kiss with him. Although she can't discern when that may have happened or how long she'd been denying it to herself, she's rather horrified and disgusted with herself for it all the same. Though given the absurd circumstances of it all, it's not hard to understand why.
  • Love Freak: Erin is either this or an All-Loving Hero. Near at the very least is inclined to see her as this trope.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Discussed by Misa herself; she tells Mello that "love is (an even stronger motivation) than revenge. Without love, you wouldn't be so inclined to get revenge."
  • Love Martyr: When Umbra promises Erin that he's willing to die for her sake, even after she reminds him of how he'd done it before, Erin is disturbed. It's too similar to Misa's behavior towards Light. Erin realizes that in hindsight, Misa's willingness to die for Light and Light doing nothing to discourage that attitude were hints that something was very wrong with them.
  • Manipulative Bastard:
    • Mello, Near, Misa.
    • Umbra and Lumen have some of this trope in them as well. Meanwhile, Kiyomi is this towards Teru.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Misa, in a platonic way for Erin and a familial way for Kimiko. Then it's subverted and deconstructed.
    • Misa is also seen trying to be this for Mello, in the darkest sense possible.
    "Ohhh, Mello." She hugged him to her, planting several kisses around the top and back of his head. "It'll be all right. You've come this far. Just follow your heart. It may be black and withered like mine, but it's the only one you have. And if it's telling you to…put those kids to sleep, so be it. Personally, I think you'd be doing them a favor. The world is a rotten place, after all. With or without L. Let them die while they're still young and cute and innocent—"
  • Matzo Fever/ Shiksa Goddess: In this fanfic Stephen is Jewish; Erin is a Gentile.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Lumen is a word used to describe a passage or cavity, or the SI unit of luminous flux. Derived from Latin, it means "aperture" or "light." He provides Mello the means through which to extract his revenge, and may have been subconsciously drawn to him because of how similar he is to who he was in his past life.
    • Umbra is also Latin, meaning "shadow" or "the darkest part." He follows the plot initially in secret, and his personality is a concentration of the more sinister aspects of his past self.
  • Mercy Kill: This trope is a recurring theme.
    • Mello for all of his ruthlessness seems to believe in this for certain cases. He uses his Death Note to kill the mother of two of his mooks (one of whom was the burglar who Erin encountered earlier), who his gang had had killed earlier. The mother was in a nursing home with dementia.
    • While Misa goes out of her way to give Kiyomi an extremely violent death, she just kills Teru with a heart attack. The merciful aspect comes from the fact that he dies with no idea what's happened to Kiyomi and no time to realize that A) he's failed her, and B) he'd become a bully in his own right in trying to kill Erin for exercising her right to free speech. Whether Misa intended to do him this favor or not is unknown.
    • Erin has a dream where L begs her to kill him, just after she realizes he's Umbra. Of course she's conflicted by this, considering her no-kill philosophy and having witnessed the shinigami Rem die for Misa.
  • Mighty Whitey and Mellow Yellow: Subverted. Mello is white and Misa is Japanese, they have been in a Friends with Benefits relationship for an unspecified length of time, and like to engage in power-play with Misa as more submissive. But that has more to do with their personalities than their races. Misa is just as mean and cunning as Mello is, and moreover it’s hinted at that she has ulterior motives for hooking up with and helping him besides genuine attraction. Amusingly enough, her pet name for him happens to be "Mello-yellow."
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Pondered over by Erin, who wonders whether everyone has this mindset at some level, including herself.
    Misa can't be that near-sighted. Even if she was, she's not that different from most people. It seems that the less relevant something is to us and our daily lives, the less we care about it, no matter how horrible or even how good it is. I'm guilty of the same thing, huh? I always thought that Kira was bad, but I didn't really think about HOW bad until I got involved and saw for myself.
    If I'd never met L, would I care nearly as much as I do about what's happening now?
  • Monster Roommate: Lumen for Mello and Matt, Umbra and Sidoh for Kiyomi and Teru. Later, Sidoh and Umbra start rooming with Erin.
  • Moral Myopia: Erin wonders whether Misa suffers from this in regards to Kira. She became a supporter after he killed the burglar who murdered her parents but stopped supporting him because she believes the "official story" he killed her boyfriend Light.
    Would Misa still admire Kira as a vigilante superhero if Light hadn't died (even if the two were one and the same)? Just as her admiration for him began after he'd killed the man who'd slaughtered her parents, would it be just as strong as long as he went after other people besides those she cared about?
  • Morality Chain: Erin for Umbra. He defects to Team Near primarily for her sake, and she's the only person whose opinion on anything truly matters to him. To name one example, Umbra "helpfully" offers to kill Kimiko in retaliation for her killing Erin's cat, to which Erin replies with a Big "NO!". Thankfully, he backs off on that.
  • Morality Pet:
    • Matt is this for Mello.
    • Erin is this for Umbra, and alongside Kimiko is this in a much more twisted way for Misa.
    • Near has Roger, and admits that Erin is becoming this for him as well. He states that he sees her as "a little sister or cousin."
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In Chapter 26, Mello begins to realize that he may have gone too far by bombing Wammy's House and taking its residents hostages. He genuinely does not want to kill them, but he also knows it's too late to take back his actions and with the pressure put on him by Rod Ross, Near, Lumen and himself, he struggles with the prospect of having to do just that. Matt, in the meantime, asks himself this for his own complicity in everything.
  • My Greatest Failure: Soichiro considers Light this, as his father and as a detective.
  • Naïve Everygirl: Misa accuses Erin of still being this when Erin catches her in a compromising position with Matt and a box of cocaine.
  • Neutral Female: Averted with Erin. She calls Umbra out on his harassment of Stephen and suggests that he reconcile with him instead, assuring him that whatever develops between her and Stephen will not make her love him any less. In terms of the main plot, she becomes increasingly active in key events compared to her role in the prequel.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Umbra towards Erin. Far more affectionate and touchy-feely than his human incarnation ever was, he takes as many opportunities as he can to touch, hold and carry her around. Since their meeting it seems he can't stand being away from her. Erin, despite having Cuddle Bug tendencies of her own and reciprocating his feelings, finds this a bit much even for her.
  • Not So Different:
    • Lumen fishes for a human like Light Yagami and gets Mello. Lampshaded by Erin and indirectly by Near (or so Mello infers by the TV broadcast Near airs).
    • Near tells Umbra that he was a lot like Light when he was L.
    • "On second thought, maybe shinigami weren't that different from humans? After all, weren't they human once?"
    • Erin starts to notice how much Umbra acts around her like how Misa did when she was around Light...which becomes both funnier and scarier when you remember this is L, whose mind and body have since been corrupted by the Death Note.
    For someone who had treated Misa's cutesy antics with indifferent curiosity at best and passive-aggressive derision at worst, he was starting to act more and more like her since he'd died at a rate she, needless to say, hadn't anticipated.
    • Matt compares talking to Misa to "looking through a broken funhouse mirror."
  • Not So Stoic: Near actually sheds a tear upon speaking to Umbra, with Roger as his witness. Likewise, Umbra becomes visibly upset when Near lashes out at him.
  • Not What It Looks Like: When Erin comes back from her all-night meeting with Near, Misa picks on her about it and suggests that she left the party with Stephen and spent the night with him. Which is true, if only literally so. Erin tells her that he did leave with him, but that they "didn't do anything." At least not anything of the nature of what Misa was thinking.
  • O.C. Stand-in: Lumen is the unnamed shinigami who talked to Ryuk in the first Death Note Relight special. In this fanfic he is given a name and becomes one of the chief antagonists.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • In Chapter 22, Erin acting very hostile and unsympathetic to Kimiko after the latter ran over her cat Lawliet while drunk and going so far as to blackmail her into going into rehab on the threat of Erin pressing charges shows just how deeply Lawliet's death along with the stress of being involved in yet another "evil magical killer notebook" case has traumatized her. She's later horrified by what she did and then starts blaming herself, thinking she should have seen Kimiko falling Off the Wagon coming from a mile away, which is a lot more in character for her.
    • Stephen, normally calm and polite, curses and throws a loofah at Umbra. Not that he isn't justified in doing so, since Umbra walks in on him in the shower and proceeds to mock him. Just prior to this he had tricked Stephen into eating ham by mixing it in his salad...a pretty dickish thing to do, since Stephen is Jewish and vegetarian. Then prior to that, Umbra had thrown out all his clothes in the rain.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Misa. Umbra also does this (except when it comes to Erin), as does Lumen.
  • Obliviously Evil:
    • Umbra. Since his reincarnation, he's plunged deeper into amorality but has lost much of both the restraints and self-awareness he had as a human.
    • Part of Misa's character arc entails her growth out of her obliviousness and accepting her evil, ironically after having her memories forcibly erased in the prequel.
  • Offscreen Breakup: Misa and Hideki Ryuga (the pop star) hooked up off-screen during the Time Skip and likewise when this is revealed, they've already broken up. In fact, it's mentioned that Misa has dated a number of men since Light's death, but none of those relationships have lasted.
  • Off the Wagon: In Chapter 22, the stress of everything that has happened recently leads to Kimiko falling off the wagon hard. She drives home while inebriated and runs over Erin's cat Lawliet.
  • Older Than They Look: Near. As stated in the following exchange:
    Erin: What are you doing here? J-just how old are you? Eight? Ten? Twelve?
    Near: If you absolutely must know, I'm seven. (...) Teen. I'm seventeen. Or I'll officially be by the end of the month.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Erin still does this, though she's been working on that since the events of the first story, to a varying degree of success.
  • Original Flavor: Like its predecessor, if to a lesser degree since this story picks up on the canon divergence at the end of the prequel.
  • Original Characters: A handful of minor ones and three major ones: Erin, Kimiko and "Umbra," another new shinigami. Four if you count Lumen.
  • Papa Wolf: It's suggested Umbra tends to target humans for lifespan who abuse children, and he acts uneasy upon hearing of Mello's latest stunt with Wammy's House.
  • Parental Favoritism: Kimiko admits she resented Misa for being their parents' favorite of the two for a long time, the main reason being that Misa was the daughter they had together whereas Kimiko was the product of an affair.
  • Parental Substitute:
    • Just as Watari was this to L, flashbacks reveal that he had one too, in an old black woman who took on raising him after his father disappeared (he made him and his mother leave him behind in Europe in the wake of WWII) and his mother died three years afterwards. It's suggested that she taught him how to use guns and encouraged his talents as a mechanic and inventor.
    • It's also suggested that before Mello came to Wammy's House, he had a Parental Substitute in a priest at a monastery, Brother Ivan. He's the one who gave him his rosary. It's mentioned that Mello tried to seek him out after he left Wammy's, only to find out that he'd already died from complications with Huntington's; Mello hadn't even known that Ivan was sick until he learned about his death. Thinking about him compels him to use the Death Note to kill the ailing mother of two mooks who the mafia had had killed prior.
    • Roger has become this for Near, by virtue of being his Watari.
  • Parents as People: Soichiro and Aizawa, and Roger from a certain point of view.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Stephen and Halle.
  • Poisonous Friend: Umbra towards Erin. She's the main reason he's on the heroes' side and he's a valuable ally, but he has no qualms about resorting to manipulation and murder to get a job done, being a shinigami and all. He only shows hesitation about the latter when he sees how much it upsets her, but that's no guarantee he won't still do it. After all, he helps set Kiyomi and Teru up to get killed by Misa just to get his notebook to Erin. In addition he's extremely possessive of her, to the point of openly harassing Stephen.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • L dies without bothering to contact Mello and Near to tell them what's happened or to make peace with them. His reasons for this are largely ambiguous, but what is clear is that this is what causes Mello to misinterpret L's Heroic Suicide as an act of desertion, resulting in the Broken Pedestal that turns Mello against Wammy's House.
    • In addition, Near secretly regrets not at least trying to speak up and convincing Mello to stay and work things out between them.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: As Lumen notes: "All that kept (Mello) from slaughtering everyone in this room right here and now was plain and simple pragmatism." To be more specific, he blows up Wammy's House in an act of terrorism but spares the students and staff so as to have leverage against Near. He also ensures they are fed and kept warm despite locking them up underground. That said, he shoots one of his underlings in the foot after catching him beating on Matt and one of the hostages.
  • Precocious Crush: It's mentioned that Mello worshipped L so much as a kid that Matt would tease him by suggesting that Mello had a crush on him. Whether he actually did have a crush on L is unconfirmed.
  • Psychopathic Manchild:
    • Several of the shinigami are this, particularly Ryuk, Lumen and Umbra. The first kick-started the whole mess out of sheer boredom. The second is basically a more openly cruel and violent version of Light. The third is calmer and quieter compared to the other two—he's L without all the fetters and restraint he'd had in life, and the way he acts around Erin resembles that of a clingy lovestruck child.
    • Mello has shades of this himself, as does, naturally, Misa.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Mello laces one in during his phone conversation to Kiyomi as he asks her to hand over her notebook to him.
    "Please don't bother with the act, Takada. That's one of the things I hate about people like you: you act like you're somehow above everyone else but when push comes to shove you're not nearly as smart or clever as you paint yourself to be."
    • Later, Near gives one to Umbra when the latter tries to ask him about their past relationship when he used to be L. An excerpt:
    "I'm afraid there isn't much I could tell you personally. Except that you were my predecessor, at one time the world's greatest detective. Mello and I were your main candidates for succession…but for some reason you never contacted or chose between us, despite the fact you had ample time to before your death."
    "If I knew I'd tell you. And you don't remember so you can't tell me. But if I had to hazard a guess…you were just a chicken. No, not even a chicken. You were less than a maggot. I can't say I wasn't disappointed. As the sole person Mello and I really respected, I considered you better than that. Although compared to Mello, I suppose I took it well enough."
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Mello (Red) and Near (Blue).
    • Also, Mello (Red) and Matt (Blue).
    • Lumen (Red) and Umbra (Blue).
    • Misa (Red) and Kimiko (Blue).
    • Watari/Quillish (Red) and Roger (Blue).
    • Erin (Red) and Steven (Blue).
    • Steven in turn is the Red to Halle's Blue.
    • This dynamic flip-flops between Misa and Erin. On the one hand Misa is blithe, energetic and loves to have a good time while Erin is more moralistic and high-strung. On the other hand Erin tends to speak or act without thinking about it first, especially when a Berserk Button of hers is pressed, while Misa is more secretive, calculating and manipulative than she appears to be...
    • Believe it or not, Misa (Red) and Matt (Blue).
  • Reformed Criminal:
    • Zigzagged with Wedy. It's unclear as to whether she's still a practicing thief since the Kira case, but when Erin meets her again she has her own legitimate business, a salon.
    • Umbra reveals that Stephen is actually one of these too.
    • Misa could be seen as this: she's an ex-Serial Killer who doesn't even remember her crimes. Turns out to be subverted; she’s actually gotten worse rather than better.
  • Regretful Traitor: Matt.
  • The Resenter: Mello towards Near. He completely loses it when he finds out the truth behind L's death and readily uses a Death Note for his own ends when he finds one, all to bring down Near and the title of L in general.
  • Resurrected Romance: Umbra and Erin's relationship has shades of this, with a dash of Reincarnation Romance on Umbra's side.
  • Right Through the Wall: Matt hears Mello and Misa have sex from under the door to Mello's room; it's implied that this is a frequent occurrence. Played for drama rather than laughs.
  • Satellite Character: Lampshaded and deconstructed with Matt; he's severely codependent on Mello and goes along with him even though he doesn't like what he's doing.
  • Save the Villain: Attempted as in the prequel, but gradually deconstructed as the story goes on. "People like her...can't change even if they wanted to."
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: The reason Stephen's a CIA agent instead of an inmate of a federal prison is because his dad was a federal judge.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Kiyomi.
  • Shipper on Deck:
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Erin, who seems to be on her way of developing a relationship with Stephen. He's a CIA agent, kind of a hot-shot and has a way with the ladies but other than that he's a pretty decent guy. Though Umbra has doubts about how nice he really is, given that he's a counterfeiter who escaped sentencing thanks to his dad being a federal judge.
  • Sleeps with Everyone but You: As far as Matt's concerned, he's the only person that Mello hasn't bumped uglies with for whatever reason, which he accepts as a sign that Mello cares for him too much to do so.
  • Sociopathic Hero:
    • Subverted for Near; he looks like one at first but he's eventually revealed to be very much capable of empathy and forming attachments, if to select people.
    • Umbra is this after he defects to Near's side. Helpful as he is, he spares no second thought on resorting to murder and betrayal. Generally he's only in it out of a) boredom, b) loyalty to his Morality Pet Erin and a desire to be closer to her, and c) curiosity about his past.
  • The Spook:
    • The whole shinigami race. Lumen comments that even they themselves don't remember how or when they came to be. They just are, and beyond this none of them really question it.
    • The task forces see L (and by extension, Near) as this.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Umbra towards Erin.
  • Stalking Is Love: Defied. When Misa suggests that Steve came to LA because he couldn't stand to be away from Erin (which isn't true, he's there for a completely different reason), Erin is a bit creeped out at the idea. Later, Umbra starts contacting her via texting and she's even more creeped out about that.
  • Stepford Smiler: Kiyomi and Misa. Erin has a few shades of this herself regarding her lingering grief over the events of the first story, but this being Erin, it makes itself evident sure enough.
  • Stepford Snarker: Erin has grown out of this for the most part, but she comes to realize that Near may be this himself.
  • Stockholm Syndrome:
    • Lampshaded by Near when he finds out how Erin got involved in the first case and ponders why she's so quick to snap at him for passing himself as L.
    • Lima Syndrome: Near's theory as to why L never mentioned her in his report. Either way, he sounds disdainful of the whole idea.
  • The Stoic: Near, Anthony, Halle, Umbra, Matt.
  • Straight Gay: Matt.
  • Straw Nihilist:
    • Misa, underneath her Perky Goth façade.
    • Beyond Birthday, according to the flashback in Chapter 17.
    L stays around the tree, a safe distance away from his other failed successor. "I wanted to extend my condolences. I heard that you and Allen were friends."
    "Friends," B repeats like the word is from a foreign language he's never heard of before. "Why yes, I did enjoy his company and I can't say I won't miss him a tiny bit. But I prefer to look on the bright side of things: at least he's not suffering anymore, and I get all his stuff. By the way, thank you for at least giving him a suit."
    "You aren't sad about him dying?"
    B tosses another rock at the pond, watching it to see if it hits the frog sitting among the lily pads but it sinks before it can make it. "In all honesty, no, I'm not. There's no point in feeling sad about something you always knew was going to happen."
    L hooks a finger into his lower lip. "What do you mean?"
    "Oh please, everyone dies eventually," B proclaims with his fake grim laugh. "Don't you know? Even if you don't know when someone will die, you can at least be certain that they will. So there's no point in mourning for anyone, really. My philosophy is to enjoy someone while they are alive but don't miss them when they're gone. Even I'm going to die someday and when I do I hope you don't mourn me. Not that I get the feeling you'd be so inclined."
  • Stress Vomit: It's common for Erin to feel nauseous when distressed, accumulating in her throwing up in the bathroom after going on TV to rant about Kira. It's implied she doesn't eat when upset partly because of this habit.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Umbra. See Anti-Villain, Affably Evil and Took a Level in Kindness.
    She waited for some kind of retaliation for her venom-injected tantrum, and when nothing happened her eyes popped back open to see Umbra curling into himself, as if making himself look small again. It amazed her how rapidly his temperament changed, especially in the short time they'd known each other. One minute quiet and mild-mannered, the next cold and threatening, the next still staring at her almost like a lost puppy. It was like he had a switch that flipped at the most random times.
    Or did it?
  • Super OCD: Halle has OCD that manifests itself in frequent bathing/showering/hand washing, and she takes medication for it. Her symptoms worsened after the deaths of her friend Naomi (Misora) and her uncle, to the point where she'd found it necessary to quit her job in the Secret Service.
  • Switching P.O.V.: In the first story Erin provided the primary POV as the narrator. In here the author has switched to third-person and multiple perspectives from different characters are explored within each chapter.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Erin is still prone to this. This may or may not turn out well for her.
  • Teen Genius: Mello, Matt and Near, and their predecessor L.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Again, Mello and Near. Mello goes from being a schoolyard bully to basically the head of the Mafia armed with a Death Note. Near lacks Mello's temper but is nevertheless noted to be a younger and "darker, colder, angrier" version of L.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork:
    • Erin, the Japanese and American task forces and Near. They're only working together because they have to, or so is said by numerous characters on all sides. On the other hand, Erin and Near do later start mellowing into Vitriolic Best Buds (relatively speaking).
    • On the other side, Matt and Lumen. They don't like each other and the latter goes out of his way to annoy the former, but they work together due to their attachment to Mello (figurative for the former, literal for the latter).
  • The Teetotaler:
    • Kimiko. Justified as she is an ex-alcoholic and is committed to turning her life back around. For Misa's house party she puts on the stipulation that everyone bring their own alcohol and is mentioned to have kicked someone out for bringing vodka. Later subverted when she falls Off the Wagon in her grief over Misa's disappearance, and at the expense of Lawliet's life.
    • Erin mentions that she doesn't drink and is shown drinking soda at the party.
  • Tender Tears: Erin is still prone to these as in the first story.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Erin insists no matter what happens that the team not resort to murder, with the Death Note or otherwise.
  • Threesome Subtext: Matt/Mello/Misa. Matt tries to defy it by blowing Misa off when he believes she wants to upgrade things from subtext.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Downplayed for Erin. She still cries and gets emotional easily, but she beats off a burglar with a Louisville slugger and isn't afraid to tell Near what for. She starts playing it straighter when she volunteers to speak on TV at the risk of losing her life, ending her segment in a callout to Kira. Later, when Mello kidnaps the children of Wammy's House for ransom, she comes up with a plan to save them. On the other hand, she's also forced to take up a gun, something she is not happy with.
    • Misa, also, when she begins thinking more for herself. She gets what she wants by manipulating the desires of everyone around her while faking stupidity or subservience. Even Mello, who is well-aware of her past, fails to fully realize she may not totally be on his side after all.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass:
    • Light has become more vindictive and far more monstrous since his Karmic Transformation into Lumen. It seems he no longer even cares about making the world better; now he just likes to watch people ruin each other's lives. And he's not above doing it himself, as is the case between him and Soichiro.
    • Misa has been a lot less sweet and more openly vicious and selfish since Light died and she started seeing Mello. She's even taken up a cocaine habit. When it looks like Matt is having a concussion, she brushes it off and asks Mello to leave him so they can "go back to what (they) were doing."
  • Took a Level in Kindness: On the flip side, L has become more cooperative, honest, and much warmer since his own transformation into Umbra, especially towards Sidoh, Erin and kids like Near. Downplayed, however, since he's also become stranger and even more amoral—for instance, he doesn't hesitate to offer to kill Kimiko for killing Erin's cat, though he does back off when Erin emphatically declines.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • For Mello, chocolate.
    • For Lumen, potato chips, specifically consomme flavored ones.
    • Umbra, initially uncomfortable with the idea of being in the human world, takes up an insatiable appetite in cake and other sweets. He even introduces Sidoh to the joys of chocolate.
    • Ryuk still likes his apples.
  • Tragic Hero: L is presented as this as in the first story, and then to add on it's revealed he's literally lost everything since he died, including his mind and humanity.
  • Tsundere: Erin. She vacillated between Types A and B in the first story but at present fits more firmly in Type B. Lampshaded by Roger:
    "Enjoy your Happy Meal™ and make sure L gets his, too." She handed him the other box before trotting out into the den where the rest of the agents worked. "Remember, no toy until after he eats. That kid's way too skinny."
    Roger couldn't help but shake his head as he went to deliver the food and her message to their recipient. Just the other day this same girl gave Near a noogie for being rude to Deputy Director Aizawa. This was the sort of behavior he'd expect to see in children and teenagers who couldn't decide if they liked you or not, or whether to act on it if they did.
  • Unholy Matrimony:
    • Misa and Mello.
    • Also, Kiyomi and Teru.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Matt for Mello.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension:
    • Defied for Erin and Steve. Over breakfast in Chapter 6 they do admit that they like each other enough to want to try dating; the problem now is finding time to get to know each other while solving this new case. Considering what happened in the first story between her and L, that's probably why she goes ahead and asks Stephen up front about how much he likes her.
    • Played straight though with Matt and Mello, and Kiyomi and Teru.
  • Villainous BSoD:
    • Matt undergoes this after he escapes from jail after Ill Ratt has killed himself and most of the agents on Near's task force using a piece of the Death Note that Matt had smuggled to him. He holes himself up in his room and smokes all his cigarettes without stopping. Lumen and Misa do not help things.
      • Later, Misa has one when she figures out Lumen's true identity.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • Mello and Matt, and to an extent Mello and Lumen.
    • Also, Sidoh and Midora, and Erin and Near.
  • Was Once a Man: Strongly implied to be the case for not just Umbra and Lumen (L and Light), but every shinigami to have ever existed.
  • We Named the Monkey "Jack": Erin's cat Lawliet.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy:
    • Mello towards L, and gender-flipped with Kiyomi. Deconstructed for both of them: the former goes to the dark side after his idol dies and he thinks that said idol abandoned him; the latter who becomes mad with power decides that she doesn't need her mother after all and offs both her and her father with her Death Note.
    • Kimiko is another gender-flip, as she reveals to Erin in Chapter 10 when asked why she and Misa were estranged before. Kimiko was the product of an affair on their mother's part, which spoiled her relationship with her "father" from the get-go. Meanwhile Misa was always the favorite of the two sisters. As another deconstruction, Kimiko cites it as one of the reasons she got into drinking in the first place, and her ties with the whole family deteriorated from there. She laments never having gotten to reconcile with their parents, since they were murdered after they threw her out of their home.
    • Seen once more in Lumen/Light and Soichiro. The anger, hostility and betrayal the former had developed towards the latter have been passed on and amplified in his new persona, despite his having forgotten who Soichiro is. Ryuk and Misa unwittingly fill Lumen in on their past relationship, which he promptly exploits to get back at him.
  • Wham Line:
    • When Erin goes to jail to see the burglar who'd tried to rob her and attacked her cat in Chapter 2, she hears this from an officer at the front desk:
    "He's dead. Last night. A heart attack, from what I understand. I'm so sorry."
    • Another one from Chapter 9:
    Misa (to Matt): If it helps, pretend that I'm Mello.
  • What Does He See in Her?: Near asks Erin this regarding her relationship with L.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Umbra has been watching Erin since the end of the first story, though initially he's unsure as to why he feels so compelled to do so.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Erin and Umbra have a conversation where she tries to explain love to him so he can decide whether that's how he feels toward her. He decides that it is. Then the problem becomes how he goes about showing it.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Erin still has a fondness for dishing out this trope. So far she pulls it on Stephen when she thinks he's trying to steal Misa's things at the party (before he and Halle are forced to tell her the truth, at which point she becomes even more upset), and on Near for being, well, Near. At the end of Chapter 15, she does this to herself, since she believes that trusting Light and Misa and trying to "save" them ultimately just got a bunch of good people killed.
  • Where I Was Born and Razed: Mello has his old home, Wammy's House, bombed by controlling a number of social service agents using the Death Note. He does have the student body and staff evacuated before then, but only to kidnap them and use them as bargaining chips to get Near to meet him face to face.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Umbra asks what the point is to living forever if their lives as shinigami are so boring. It's also implied that most shinigami feel this way at some level, but at the same time they keep killing humans for their lifespan because they're still afraid of what will happen if they don't...
    "...when you can live forever it rather takes the meaning out of living after you've seen and done everything you wanted. And eaten all the sweets you can. Yes, more and more I've come to find it overrated."
    • Although Lumen begs to differ, responding that they can just as well make their own excitement since they've got all the time to do whatever they please.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Kiyomi. Despite being "Miss To-Oh" and one of the top students in college, she has a dead-end job at Sakura TV and her parents won't speak to her because of it, and she gets pushed around by Nishiyama and sexually harassed by Demegawa. Her only close friend and confidante is Mikami, who it's implied that she's attracted to. That all changes when she finds Umbra's notebook in her apartment...
  • With Friends Like These...: The relationships between Erin and Misa, and in the past, L and Light who are now Umbra and Lumen. The trope is discussed by Erin herself.
    "'Fraid I can't say. You said Light was your friend and stuff…but you guys didn't really act like it. That's just me, though. I'm old-fashioned when it comes to these things. I'm not torturing my friends or constantly plotting to murder them."
    • Erin's relationship with Umbra/L uncomfortably straddles the line between this trope and Destructive Romance.
  • Woman Scorned: Misa towards Light, especially after she realizes he's reincarnated as Lumen. The latter, who doesn't remember her at all, is lucky enough to be literally untouchable at this point. So instead Misa resolves to undo "the new world" she helped Light build up as payback. It's doubtful whether even this is worth the effort, though, as apparently Lumen/Light STILL doesn't care.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Misa purposefully induces a cocaine overdose to distract Erin while Matt is arrested. When she recovers, she runs away from the hospital.
  • Yandere:
    • Misa. Even though they're not in a real relationship, she has seriously considered killing other women who've come on to Mello. There's also the baggage she still carries regarding Light, the former object of her affections. Even though Kiyomi only dated him for a short time in college, Misa hates her enough to issue her a Cruel and Unusual Death 4 years later (though she has a different reason for killing her in the first place).
    • Umbra, for Erin. There's an air of creepiness about him even when he acts a little cute around her. He's possessive of her to the point of antagonizing Stephen, and he offers to kill Kimiko in retaliation for breaking Erin's heart by running over her cat.

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