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Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.


The Secret Rule by Marcus Absent
  • Recommended by Justafan
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Taro Kagami has spent his whole life trying to undo the destruction caused by the notebook. Now, he may finally get his chance. But the powers of evil are stronger than he thinks. Who will win? Who will survive? COMPLETE
  • Comments : Make excellent use of the main character of the Death Note Pilot.

Law Has Gone Away by chase glasslace

  • Recommended by fanfictionlurker1
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Maybe, just maybe, he wishes he had shot Near instead of Light that day.' Matsuda doesn't know what he wants anymore. He doesn't know what he believes anymore. Set during and after ch108.

Am I Being Punished? by theonlyone101 (TVTropes Page)

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Yagamis in church. Light wonders what he has done to deserve this...

Lie Detection by Yukirei

  • Recommended by fanfictionlurker1
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Light accepts L's invitation to test a newly procured lie detector. What results is a conversation of carefully worded truths: as L noses for gossip and Light assesses the best way out of the situation. [Spoilers for Page. 31, volume 4]
  • Comments: Interesting scene that would fit very well in canon. Doesn't have romance, excessive angst, or character bashing. It has what the Death Note was about, namely Light and L trying to outwit each other. Very Original Flavour.

A More Plausible Ending for Death Note by Jason Elliott

  • Recommended by fanfictionlurker1
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Light prepares a little better for the final confrontation with Near.

Armageddon by Dont4get 2 Write

  • Recommended by A-Tisket,A-Tasket
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  • Status: On-going
  • Synopsis: "''"And the notebook Aizawa brought down from the Japanese Investigation Headquarters. Are they real?"
This was the final threat Yagami Light had posed as Kira, pointing out that the notebooks may have been fake. Near knew the one he had was real, since he could see Ryuk, but what about the one Aizawa had brought? Light had plenty of chances to swap it for a fake.What if this wasn't a bluff, and there was truth in Light's words? What if the final Death Note remained on earth, waiting for someone to take it? What if Ryuk was to come down once more?And what if there are more Death Notes to come?''"

The Art of Drowning by Quiet (TVTropes Page)

  • Recommended by Ninajsquirl, feral, Killing Curse Eyes
  • Status: Possibly a Dead Fic. Hasn't been updated since 2010.
  • Synopsis: Light isn't actually a Yagami, he's really Layfield whose parents were murdered in some sort of conspiracy, he got put in an orphanage with his best friend, who dies. Years later he realizes said friend hasn't stayed dead. Too bad the L/Light reunion gets cut off by a very old conspiracy.

AI: Alternate Incarceration by FFYP-det-Yagami

  • Recommended by Marlee Cross
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Misa gets some handcuffs. Light is unhappy about the situation at large. AU - contains ridiculous revenge, awkward situations, swearing, vague nudity, a love test, L in a suit, Misa, and the dreaded Ame-chan.

Ave Verum Corpus by Nardaviel

  • Recommended by Vash Ti
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: This short Kid Fic follows Light from early childhood right into canon. It's touching and sad, full of a child's fears and insecurities, dreams and nightmares, and the discomfort of being too smart for your own good.

CoffinSide by Ruin Takada (TVTropes Page)

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: None specified, slight platonic Ryuk/Light
  • Synopsis: Light dies and a funeral is held, yet Sayu cannot cry. However, when Ryuk grows bored yet again, the result is the screwing of the rules, in true Lazarean style.
  • Additional Info: This is a competition fic, in which readers are invited to write a continuation/sequel of the fic to earn the title 'Official continuation'. This fic also comes with Death Note-style rules on Ruin Takada's profile page. The competition is considered still open.

Days and Nights by Monniemoo (crack, Mello/Matt hints)

  • Recommended by sauronlulz
  • Status: Incomplete
  • Synopsis: Matt quits his job at Gamestop and hitchhikes, not knowing the strange people he will meet on the way. AU crackfics with ensemble cast.

Death Note Crossroads by river-moonlight

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Post-series mayhem. (Spoilers for the entire series). Ryuk drops another notebook and it's picked up... by Matsuda.
  • Tags: Continuation Fic, Angst, Not So Different, Dark!Matsuda

Death Note Game Over by Ridler

  • Recommended by Timetraveller
  • Status:
  • Sypnosis: A normal guy with a normal life finds the Death Note two months before Light Yagami is caught and killed. At first unwilling to use it, he slowly realizes he has to if he wants to maintain the peaceful world he'd lived in since Kira appeared.

Death Row by Leesy Metallium

  • Recommended by Dawnwing, Henry42
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopis: A one-shot from Lind L. Tailor's point of view. The day before L confronts Kira on television, Tailor is condemned to die, but L has a proposition for him...

Dust and Mirrors by Another Winter

  • Reccomended by Pupa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A character study of Mello with particular focus on his strange connection with Beyond Birthday, a man he has never met yet who Mello sees as a kindred spirit. Easily one of the best character studies of Mello.

Evangelos by Bialy.

  • Recommended by Thinks Too Much
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Seven semi-happy moments in Mello's life. In the author's words, "Mello in seven kisses".

Falling to Pieces by Silver Pard

  • Recommended by: Dame-Amaryllis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Misa loves Light, even when she doesn't.

Fiend by Zanganito

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Roger finds Beyond's behavior disturbing.

Fragmentary Blue by The Carnivorous Muffin

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: past Light/Misa
  • Synopsis: There is a shinigami in Misa's home, one she believes may have once been Light, and so she waits for him to come back. Sometimes she has doubts.
  • Tags: Angst, Continuation Fic, Shinigami, Het

Fright by Underwater Owl

  • Recommended by KA
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: None; implied Gevanni/Lidner
  • Synopsis: "The year following Light Yagami's death, things begin to go wrong. Is it the house? Is it Near? Is it ever going to stop?" Seven chapters of psychological thriller detailing a haunted house, a descent into madness, the confusion as to which is which, and you don't truly know what's going on until the end.

The Golden Son, Light by Serria

Grub by Zanganito

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Roger thinks of L, in insect metaphors.

Hindsight by Elizabeth Culmer

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "No man creates himself in isolation, and no mother intends her child to be a monster. A story of the Yagami family."
  • Tags: Back Story, Angst, Family Drama

Honey by Zanganito

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: L and Roger manipulate each other, and L tutors B.
  • Tags: prequel, horror, sadism, drama

Hypocrite by Arysthae-niru (TVTropes Page)

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: slight Light x Misa and Light x L (Lampshaded Foe Romance Subtext)
  • Synopsis: Those who forget their history are bound to repeat it. Stare into the abyss and the abyss will stare back. Light learns this too late to count...

Inhuman Resurrection by Lawliet Is Justice

It Rains on the Living by Serria

  • Recommended by orpheus-izanagi
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sachiko finds out that Light is dead.
  • Tags: Angst, Family Drama

Just a Martyr by Niharumari

  • Recommended by whiteladydragon 00
  • Status: Dead (last updated December 2014)
  • Synopsis: "Three days after the 1.28 showdown, word leaks out that Kira has been killed, and a whole new case begins, a race to stop the madman who plans to complete the creation of a perfect world. Blending angst and tension with humor and healing, this fast-paced story is told primarily from the perspective of Matsuda, and offers a realistic depiction of the survivors of the Kira case."

Kira is Justice by chihuahua0 (TVTropes Page)

  • Recommended by Chihuahua0, feral
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: In the year 2014, a Shinigami named Landras drops a Death Note on Chicago, and it is picked up by a shy high schooler name Justin. History repeats itself, until more people get involved...
  • Tags: Continuation Fic, Original Character, déjà vu, intrigue

L's Road Trip by Jackel Scribe

Life After Death Note by Cameron Kennedy (TVTropes Page)

  • Recommended by Chihuahua0
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: (Spoilers) Light killed L on November 5, 2004. But then, 6 years later, L wakes up in a hospital bed. He quickly learns that Kira is dead, but as he knows from experience, dead things don't always stay that way...

Little Sister by Monniemoo

  • Recommended by sauronlulz
  • Status:
  • Synopsis: In the midst of her loneliness waiting for Light, Misa discovers a little sister.

Murmur in the Shell by Disguise_of_Carnivorism

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Nathan Rivers finds that the game board never runs out of pieces. Kira finds that justice falls from the sky.

One Small Detail by Wilwarin

Opposable Thumbs by Luc Court (rabbitprint)

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Set during L's time at school. Raito tries to figure out the nature of L's intelligence.

The Parameters of Ghosts by toluene

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: updated May 2013
  • Synopsis: Light Yagami has defeated L. Everything is proceeding according to plan, until one night, the deceased detective reappears. Why does L continue to haunt him?

Phantom's Play by Maximus 1

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Dead (last updated February 2010)
  • Synopsis: A tale of suspense set in between the first and second seasons, a new threat to Kira's world arises—a terrorist is killing innocents and tarnishing Kira's "good name." Light's running low on pawns and the stakes have never been higher.
  • Tags: Gen Fic, action-adventure, spy, intrigue

Playing The Adult by Lord Onisyr

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): L x nameless escort
  • Synopsis: After accidentally getting more of a view into L's private life than he would have liked, Watari recognizes his teenage ward is no longer a child.
  • Tags: strange things, Slash Fic, oneshot

Pure White by Aiden Dahlin

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "After everything, despite his quirks, she was lucky to have such a brilliant child. He was any mothers dream, an angel-Light closed his eyes, trying to block out some of the sound."
  • Tags: Back Story, Angst, insanity, Creepy Child, Family Drama

Redivivus by Silver Pard

  • Recommended by What The Spoot, feral
  • Status: Dormant (maybe Dead)
  • Synopsis: "The most important thing Ryuk learned watching Light Yagami was how to follow the rules to the letter and still break them." Light is dragged into a Peggy Sue journey, much to his frustration. Minor implications of Lightx L.

Revenge by PurpleMoon3

  • Recommended by Lustheron
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Ryuk's point of view from when Light dies.
  • Comments: An interesting glimpse into Ryuk's mind. Contains a highly unexpected ending.

Rules by Lady Karai (TVTropes Page)

  • Recommended by Nyame
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: L is given a second chance at life, but there are certain rules he must follow. Such conditions would normally be hardly worth mentioning for the former detective, but an unwelcome person from his past quickly appears to test his resolve.
  • Comments: A nice departure from all the Slash Fic, this story explores the growing friendship between Elijah McCormick, L's new identity, and Light Yagami. The sequel, Risk and Rewards, deals with Elijah trying to get Light to give up being Kira.

Ryuk Returns by Michaelmyersfangirl (TVTropes Page)

  • Recommended by Chihuahua0
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Five years after Death Note, Ryuk makes a bet with a Shinigami to give the Death Note to another person to see of that person will turn out better than Light. A Candaian girl named Scout Hemmings finds it. "hilarity and horrifics insue", as the review said.

Salt by Alien ABC's (TVTropes Page)

  • Recommended by Marlee Cross, Gosurori Otaku, feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: God comes to visit Mikami for a special purpose.

Second Chances by Spades 44 (TVTropes Page)

  • Recommended by emilyperson
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Crime doesn't stop just because you're dead." L solves mysteries and faces his own humanity in the afterlife. Contains background Raye/Naomi, Matt/Mello, and "L/someone familiar."

The Second Coming by axilet

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "I will return," God promised, and they have been waiting ever since. Or: Light wins, and everyone else loses.

Sins of the Father and Under One Roof by Sarapsys

  • Recommended by Lady Lucy, lilzebub
  • Status:
  • Pairing(s): OC/OC.
  • Synopsis: Sins of the Father, in the author's own words, depicts the House and L's successors, from the perspective of the man who raised them. "You can't protect your children from everything, especially when they don't want your protection." This story is followed by "Under One Roof", again in the author's own words, Wammy's House, in 60 patchworked ficlets from the perspectives of students and staff. Interquel of Sins of the Father.

Something Near the Truth by darkhelmetj

  • Recommended by Alanna Mo
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Halle never thought of herself as a puzzle person. There was, however, one puzzle which she could not bring herself to leave unfinished. SPK Fic. Post-Chapter 107. Entire Series Spoilers. One-shot.

The Story of L by animeperson798

  • Recommended by bloodyangelwings
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: As the name implies, this story is about L. It mainly focuses on his childhood, and his relationship with Watari. Other Wammy's House children have also made appearances. Does have minor (one-sided) Bx L.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Tiny Octopus

  • Recommended by The Bookworm, Ragnar The Semi Green, Pigeonbrain
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A girl who took high school philosophy with Light Yagami recounts the story of the rise of the god of judgement and the trail of corpes left in his wake.
  • Comments: Interesting philosophical debates as well as an OC that feels unintrusive. No one is OCC and the story potrays Light's character exceptionally well.
  • Comments: Seconded. The tone of the story is very subdued, yet when the story reaches its conclusion it will amaze you.

Up In Smoke by Argella

  • Recommended by sauronlulz
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Near would rather forget the last charred fragments of his childhood. Short oneshot.

We Fat Ourselves For Maggots by visszater

  • Recommended by aimsme, feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Minor Sachiko/Soichiro
  • Synopsis: Ryuk watches over his family.
  • Tags: Family Drama, Shinigami

Welcome to Wammy by Mikanis

  • Recommended by Cassius
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It is about Mello's life pre-DN continuity.

White Note by esama

  • Recommended by feral, Coffeemocha
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: At the age of five, L came upon a Death Note.

Year of the Dragon by Prince Darcy

  • Recommended by chiaroscurololita
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Mild (past, one-sided) Light/Yamamoto
  • Synopsis: It's been two years since Light Yagami's death and Kira's disappearance. An old friend pays respects to his memory.

God of the Machine by The Carnivorous Muffin

  • Recommended by Kthe Cloud
  • Status: Dormant; last updated January 2018
  • Synopsis: "Upon entering the world of Death Note Anna Jones considers her survival and the prices she is willing to pay."
  • Comments: An OC who doesn't read as a SUE, and a fairly realistic look at how the world changes from her presence, as well as lack of change.

We Will Stumble Through Heaven by susieboo

  • Recommended by Adele Potter
  • Status: Dormant
  • Paring(s): Misa/Sayu
  • Synopsis: "A single choice can set your whole life off-course forever. For fifteen year old Sayu Yagami, that choice was picking up the notebook she found outside her English class one day. Too afraid to let the Shinigami that owns the Death Note kill her, she decides to use her newfound power to do some good, in hopes of keeping Ryuk entertained and herself alive. But Sayu soon finds she can't handle her new position alone, and decides to confide in the person she trusts the most: her older brother, Light. Unfortunately, she may have put her faith in the wrong person." An AU where Sayu picked up the Death Note instead of Light.


  • Recommended by Binditheskunk
  • status: Completed
  • pairings: none
  • Synopsis: Movieverse. Eighteen months after L's death, Soichiro receives an email from him asking for help. When he arrives, he finds L sick and sleeping rough on the streets of Aomori. Determined to help, Soichiro ends up taking him into his own home and, as L slowly begins to trust him, learning some shocking truths about the young detective's background along the way.

Review: it's a very interesting piece with a sort of parental bond that grows between L and Soichiro and at some points you do wonder if he's looking at him as a simple replacement for Light....and Wammy's house is not seen in a favorable light..... but all in all it's worth the read and I could not recommend it more


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