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Villain Overview

This world is rotten, and those who are making it rot deserve to die. Someone has to do it, so why not me? Even if it means sacrificing my own mind and soul, it's worth it. Because the world... can't go on like this. I wonder... what if someone else had picked up this notebook? Is there anyone out there other than me who'd be willing to eliminate the vermin from the world? If I don't do it, then who will? That's just it: there's no one. But I can do it. In fact, I'm the only one who can. I'll do it. Using the Death Note, I'll change the world.
~ Light Yagami's goals.
If we catch Kira, he is evil. If he rules the world, he is justice.
~ Light Yagami to the Task Force.
I'm a hardworking honors student who's considered to be one of Japan's best and brightest. And I... I will become the God of this new world.
~ Light Yagami expresses his own goal.

Light Yagami is the protagonist of the Death Note franchise.

He was a Japanese high school senior who found a Death Note, a mysterious notebook that would kill anyone whose name was written in it. Initially skeptical of its abilities, Light tested the notebook on two criminals. After realising that it worked, Light decided to use the notebook as a murder weapon to eliminate all crime and create a utopia with only the law-abiding people he accepts and make himself the proclaimed God of this new world. In addition, he was being accompanied by the notebook's original owner, the Shinigami named Ryuk.

Throughout his journey, he globally became known as "Kira" (a mysterious figure who anonymously murdered criminals) and continued his work for the next few years, while trying to evade capture. Obsessed with his goal, he used and even murdered a lot of innocent people. Although Light got most of the world under his control, his reign came to an end when he got cornered by the Japanese police, and eventually, Light died of a heart attack when Ryuk wrote his name in his Death Note.

The series charts Light's use of the notebook and his struggles with the Japanese police, the detectives L, Mello, and Near, as well as his associations with other notebook users, such as Misa Amane and Teru Mikami. It also demonstrates his evolution from a noble extremist into a sociopathic mass murderer.

In the anime, Light was voiced by Mamoru Miyano in the Japanese version, who also voiced Doma in Demon Slayer, Shuu Tsukiyama in Tokyo Ghoul, Chrollo Lucilfer in Hunter X Hunter, Osamu Dazai in Bungou Stray Dogs, Herb Overkill in Minions, Prince Diamond in Sailor Moon Crystal, Abidos the Third in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Berg Katse in Gatchaman Crowds, Deathryuger in Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger: Gaburincho of Music, Young Xehanort in Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, Riku and Riku Replica in Kingdom Hearts, Pandora's Actor in Overlord, teen Ichirohiko in Bay & the Beast, Snake of Clearing Eyes in Kagerou Project, Gilthunder in The Seven Deadly Sins, Biba Amatori in Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, Shams Couza in Mobile Suit Gundam, Bunzo Yazaki in Tokusou Exceedcraft, and Kyrie Illunis in Sands of Destruction; and by Brad Swaile in the English dubbed version, who also voiced Jin Kazama in Street Fighter X Tekken, Rock in Black Lagoon, Twin Masters in Hero: 108, and Brent "Slappy" Ernst in Dead Rising 2.


Old Personality

Light did not start as a murderous god wannabe and vigilante. He was a sympathetic and popular, yet depressed student who was bored with his life, with real concerns about fixing the world of its various injustices and believed that the world was "rotten" because of the evil people in it. He regained his old personality upon giving up ownership of the Death Note. However, even then, he agreed with the principles of "Kira".

It is upon discovering the Death Note and seeing its deadly effects, Light went mad with its power while believing himself to be the "chosen one" who would eradicate all the people he deems to be evil and hope to become the God of the new world (even after Ryuk explicitly stated multiple times during the story that he randomly dropped the book somewhere in the world).

Current Personality

My dad? Ha... you mean Soichiro Yagami... that's right, Matsuda. In this world, all those earnest people like him fight for justice! They always lose! You want a world where people like that are made to be fools?! I know you understand, so kill the others! Shoot them!
~ Light Yagami trying to convince Matsuda to kill the others.

Light is an unfeeling sociopath who is only driven by his immense hatred of criminals and is ready to do anything in order to become nothing less of a living deity. He has a self-centered personality, as he created the identity of Kira in order to lead a cult devoted to himself, even though his followers were unaware of him being their savior. He even planned to kill unhealthy or lazy people once he became a God in order to build a strong, disciplined utopian society based on a eugenics ideology, even though he did not hold supremacist views.

He is an extremely clever, psychopathic, and sly master manipulator who can easily act as an innocent and friendly individual in public who would never kill someone, while secretly killing dozens or hundreds of people each night. He was able to convince Misa that he cared about her and that he was grateful for everything that she'd done for him when he only thought of her as a pawn which he'd kill once she outlived her usefulness. He was also able to fool Takada, a much more clever woman, into being his “queen” and thinking that he loved her, when it turns out, like Misa, he only thought of her as a pawn, as seen he killed her without hesitation when the opportunity arose to kill Mello and to prevent her from revealing any secrets about Kira. A criminal mastermind, he often elaborated unbelievably complicated schemes to compensate for his lack of henchmen, involving pretty much nearly everyone around him.

He is also shown to be a sadist; though he is not explicitly aroused by the act of giving death, he is sometimes shown smiling devilishly, hinting at his vicious tendencies. Such an instance is seen when he kills Naomi: after she prepares to commit suicide, Light mockingly tells her that his father's cellphone is available while smiling, solely doing this for pleasure. He also could barely contain his laughter during his final confrontation with Near when he thought that everyone in the room would die, demonstrating the sadistic pleasure he took in their deaths and his would-be victory.

He is also shown to be delusional in his quest, believing himself to be doing everything in the name of justice and justifying all of the deaths of criminals, police, even his closest allies such as Takada, as necessary to complete his goals and change the “rotten” world. When Ryuk claims that even after all the world's criminals are dead, Light would be the last criminal left to which the teenager rebuked and viewed as ridiculous.

As he continued his crusade as Kira, he became an ungrateful, hypocritical and egocentric dictator, viewing people (i.e., his fanatical followers, his devoted henchmen, friends, relatives, his father or even his lover and second Kira Misa Amane who saved his life multiple times (although she almost ruined his plan due to her stupidity)) as mere tools in his quest for godhood.

He doesn't express fear while speaking with Ryuk or others Shinigamis, despite their mysterious and murderous nature, as well as their immense magical powers. Light does fear instead L Lawliet, the enigmatic and genius detective from the Task Force - and the only character in Death Note who's at least as intelligent and sly as Light. Upon their first encounter, L was at first glance suspicious of Light being Kira, but soon befriended the latter (even though he kept strong suspicions about Light's "secret hobby"). Light would use this to gain the upper hand through his most extraordinary scheme involving Misa Amane, thus eventually killing him with no second thought; he went so far as to shout on his tomb that he "won" and nothing would stop him now.

He temporarily regained his old personality when he turned amnesiac; though this did not last long, as upon recovering the Death Note as well as his memories, Light turned into an even more sadistic and manipulative Machiavellian.

Despite his heightened intelligence and calculating nature, Light's arrogance and overconfidence are his greatest weaknesses. It was seen in his final confrontation with Near, where he boastfully claimed he won before everyone was supposed to die, which only further proved his identity as Kira. Claiming to be a living divinity, Light getting murdered by Ryuk showed that he was nothing more than an insane mass murderer at the very end, and not the god he thought he had soon become.

Underneath his calm, collected and intelligent demeanor also lies the heart of a coward: upon being revealed as Kira by Near, he rushes in fear upon trying to be handcuffed, and when he tries to at least kill everyone in the room with a piece of the Death Note, he frantically tries to get Matsuda to kill the others, even though Light was prepared to kill him just moments before. After he was shot, he flailed like a worm on the floor, and in a futile attempt told Mikami to write down the names of the detectives, even though Mikami didn't have the Death Note, and desperately calls out for Misa and Takada, even though both are not there.

Light's last act of cowardice until his death differs between the manga and anime; in the manga, Light remorselessly sends other people to their death. However, when his own death comes as Ryuk writes Light's name using the same method he uses to kill others, he gets terrified and screams that he doesn't want to die. He even tells Ryuk to reverse the process even though he knows full well that it cannot be reversed. He then died pathetically screaming and crying. In the anime, he flees when Mikami distracts everyone in the room and shows some semblance of regret for his actions, having envisioned a life he could have lived if he hadn't found the Death Note in the first place. Rather than fearing for his death, he silently and peacefully accepted his fate when Ryuk writes his name and as he slowly passes away, he sees a figure of L looming over him.

Light's Reincarnation Theory

The unnamed Shinigami.

There is a popular theory that the unnamed Shinigami featured in the anime OVA, Death Note Relight 1, is the reincarnation of Light Yagami. Arguments to support the Reincarnation Theory are:

  • He wears a coat that looks very similar to the one Light was wearing when he died which also looks to be stained with what could be blood.
  • He sports a red tie around his head that's similar to the tie of Light's high school uniform.
  • He carries a messenger bag, almost identical to the one Light often carried with him when he was in high school.
  • The Shinigami's mouth is shaped like Light's "Kira" smile.
  • Light also stands in the Shinigami Realm during the end of the second intro sequence- a possible foreshadowing of his reincarnation.
  • The Unnamed Shinigami also sports goggles, which could allude to the fact that Light never made the deal for Shinigami Eyes.
  • The way he tosses the apple to Ryuk, as Light did when alive.
  • He walks with something of a limp, which could be related to the injuries Light sustained when shot several times by Matsuda.
  • Ryuk himself has some vague dialogue that could be interpreted as him referring to the Unnamed Shinigami as Light: After looking at his own Death Note, Ryuk speaks to Light as if he were there; "You were not God. You were just... gone already?" This could mean Ryuk was addressing the unnamed Shinigami as Light.
  • Ryuk also allegedly addresses the Shinigami as Light when he asks "Wouldn't you agree, Light?" at the very end of the special.
  • The Shinigami doesn't stay to hear the end of the story, which could imply he already knows how it ends.


Part One


  • Kurou Otoharada – Died of a heart attack when Light wrote his name in his Death Note.
  • Takuo Shibuimaru – Hit by a truck when Light wrote his name in his Death Note.
  • 304 People - Names shown written in the Death Note by Light. Each page has 38 lines and Light wrote eight vertical rows of names on two pages. Including those who died during the montage since they died in his flashback.
    • Total - 306


  • 52 Criminals - Killed by Light after having their names written in his Death Note, mentioned.
  • Naoki Koro Kitayama - Died of a heart attack when Light wrote his name in his Death Note, mentioned.
  • 159 People - Names shown written in Light's Death Note. 152 names shown written on the left page, seven on the right.
  • Lind L. Tailor – Died of a heart attack when Light wrote his name in his Death Note.
    • Total - 213


  • Unknown Inmate - Died of a heart attack, name written in Light's Death Note off-screen.
  • Inmate #148 - Died of a heart attack, name written in Light's Death Note off-screen.
  • Unknown Inmate - Died of a heart attack, name written in Light's Death Note off-screen.
  • 20 Inmates - Died of heart attacks, names written in Light's Death Note off-screen, mentioned.
  • 23 Inmates - Died of heart attacks, names written in Light's Death Note off-screen, mentioned, specified to be another set of victims.
    • Total - 46


  • Six Inmates - Died of heart attacks after having their names written in Light's Death Note.
  • Kiichiro Osoreda – Hit by a car, as written by Light in his Death Note.
    • Total - 7


  • Unknown Inmate - Died of a heart attack after having their name written in Light's Death Note.
  • Restaurant Worker/Rapist - Died of a heart attack after having their name written in Light's Death Note.
  • Raye Penber – Died of a heart attack when Light either wrote his name in the Death Note or got him to write his name on a page of the Death Note.
  • Unknown Inmate - Died of a heart attack after having their name written in Light's Death Note.
    • Total - 4


  • Four People - Died of heart attacks after having their names written in Light's Death Note, mentioned.
    • Total - 4


  • Naomi Misora – Hanged herself, as written by Light in his Death Note.
    • Total - 1


  • Tayoshi Murao - Name written in Light's Death Note.
  • Bank Clerk/Embezzler - Name written in Light's Death Note, mentioned.
  • Purse Snatcher - Name written in Light's Death Note, mentioned.
    • Total - 3


  • Four Unknown Men - Named written in Light's Death note, shown on TV.
    • Total - 4


  • Unknown Robber - Died of a heart attack after having his name written in Light's Death Note, mentioned.
    • Total - 1


  • Kyosuke Higuchi – Died of a heart attack when Light wrote his name on a piece of his Death Note.
    • Total - 1


  • 304 People - Names shown written in Light's Death Note.
  • 20 People - Names shown written in Light's Death Note.
  • Merrie Kenwood "Wedy" – Died of a heart attack when Light wrote her name in Light's Death Note.
  • Tierry Morrello "Aiber" – Died of a heart attack when Light wrote his name in Light's Death Note.
  • Takeshi Ooi – Died of a heart attack when Light wrote his name in Light's Death Note.
  • Masahiko Kida – Died of a heart attack when Light wrote his name in Light's Death Note.
  • Eichi Takahashi – Died of a heart attack when Light wrote his name in Light's Death Note.
  • Shingo Mido – Died of a heart attack when Light wrote his name in Light's Death Note.
  • Reiji Namikawa – Died of a heart attack when Light wrote his name in Light's Death Note.
  • Suguru Shimura – Died of a heart attack when Light wrote his name in Light's Death Note.
    • Total - 332

Part Two


  • Director Kanichi Takimura – Hung himself with his tie, as written by Light in the Death Note, body shown.
    • Total - 1


  • Rod Ross – Died of a heart attack when Light wrote his name in his Death Note.
  • Jack Neylon – Died of a heart attack when Light wrote his name in his Death Note.
  • Pedoro Kollet - Died of a heart attack when Light wrote his name in his Death Note.
  • Unknown Mafia Member - Died of a heart attack when Light wrote his name in his Death Note.
  • Five Unknown Mafia Members - Died of a heart attacks when Light wrote their names in his Death Note, bodies shown.
  • Two Unknown Mafia Members - Died of a heart attacks when Light wrote their names in his Death Note, bodies shown.
    • Total - 11


  • Eight Unknown Men - Died when Light Yagami wrote their names in his Death Note, faces shown, mentioned.
    • Total - 8


  • Kiyomi Takada – Burned to death by setting fire to everything around her, as written by Light in a piece of the Death Note.
    • Total - 1

Kill Count

  • Total - 943

Other Media

Japanese film series

Main article: Light Yagami (film series)

TV drama

Main article: Light Yagami (TV Drama)

Death Note: The Musical

Musical promo Light 01.jpg

Light plays roughly the same role as his anime/manga counterpart in the Japanese and Korean stage musical adaptations. However, instead of being imprisoned to clear his name, he instead confronts L and kills him by writing his name in the Death Note, planning to frame L as being Kira. However, after Light triumphs, Ryuk decides that he is no longer entertaining and writes down his name and kills him. Light sings eight songs in the show.


Light as he appears in Othellonia.

Light Yagami appears as a playable character in Othellonia due to a crossover event involving Death Note.


I want the world to know of my existence, that there's someone out there passing righteous judgment on the wicked.
~ Light explaining why he shows off Kira to Ryuk.
Just as planned.
~ Light Yagami's catchphrase.
I am justice!
~ Light Yagami
Look around you, and all you see are people the world would be better off without.
~ Light Yagami
I'll take a potato chip... and eat it!
~ Light Yagami eating potato chips.
In all things, one cannot win with defense alone. To win, you must attack.
~ Light during a tennis match against L.
In this world, there are very few people who actually trust each other, and it's no different for the police, you know. What's especially important is that L and the investigators don't trust each other at all. Think about it. Could you trust someone whose name and face you don't even know? When L discovers that I'm somehow getting confidential information, he'll be obligated to start investigating the police to find the source of the leak. When that happens, it'll only be a matter of time before the police start resenting him. On the surface, it will appear that L and the investigation team are working together to try to catch me, but in reality L will investigate the police and they will be investigating L. I'm not the one who's gonna find L. I can let the police do that for me; and when they do, that's when I'll eliminate him.
~ Light to Ryuk about L and the Task Force.
I'll arrange for her to meet L. She'll tell me his name and then I'll eliminate the entire task force; and, when that's done, I'll kill her, too. After all, she's the only person who knows Kira's true identity. The only one. I can't let her live much longer.
~ Light to himself about Misa.
Do these look like the eyes of someone who is lying?
~ Light Yagami
What're you gonna do, Rem? You may be a shinigami but you can't hide the fact that you care for Misa. There's no way you would turn your back on her now after she's already halved her lifespan twice. Come on. Think about Misa's happiness.
~ Light Yagami to Rem.
Mr. President, I am very grateful that you and your country have sympathized with me, but I'm afraid, even that much is not enough. The SPK is still trying to catch me despite your recent announcement. I want you to stop them immediately and formally disband them. At the same time, I want you to use the American police, the CIA, the FBI, and all other law enforcement organizations at your disposal to find out where the SPK members are currently hiding. As soon as you've found their base of operations, I want you to forward that information to a third party. I will give you this contact shortly. Mr. President, whether you live a long life or not is up to you. Don't forget that.
~ Light to the president of the United States, disguised as Kira.
So this whole thing will be nothing more than a contest between L and me, a match of wits. On the surface, we'll be two friendly classmates, but in reality, we'll actually be investigating each other. This is interesting, Ryuk. If it's my friendship you want? I'll gladly accept it. In time I'll earn your trust. And once you've told me what I want to know, there'll be no point keeping you alive, then I'll kill you — with my hands if I have to.
~ Light to Ryuk regarding L.
Just as planned...
~ Light Yagami
Well, Near, looks like I win.
~ Light after thinking he beat Near.
That's right, I am Kira.
~ Light revealing himself after Near discovers his true identity.
Hear this: I'm not only Kira, but I'm also God of the new world!
~ Light Yagami to Near and the Task Force.
Under normal circumstances, humans should have continued to evolve as the greatest creatures upon this earth, but we were actually regressing. A rotten world. Politics, law, education... Was there anybody around who could correct this world? But someone had to do it.
~ Light hypocritically shaming the world.
I understood that killing people was a crime. There was no other way! The world had to be fixed! A purpose given to me! Only I could do it. Who else could have done it, and come this far? Would they have kept going? The only one... who can create a new world... is me.
~ Light trying to justify his methods.
~ Light's last words (in the manga).


  • Light's last name "Yagami" is also the last name of Hikari in the Japanese version of Digimon, whose crest is the Crest of Light. Also, his nickname "Kira" is an anagram of "Kari", which is Hikari's English name.
  • In a pair of four-panel omake chapters in the manga, Light is shown to soften his heart around Christmas time, even dressing as Santa Claus and giving out presents. However, his generosity only goes so far, as he will not get Ryuk the Gameboy Advance SP he wants because it is too expensive and Shinigami do not celebrate Christmas.
  • Both his actors Tatsuya Fujiwara and Masataka Kubota have stared in Rurouni Kenshin movies where Fujiwara played Shishio Makoto and Kubota as ill-fated Akira Kiyosato.
  • Light's relationship with L is similar to Judas' relationship with Jesus. The scene where L massages Light's feet highlights this as it was a reference to Jesus washing Judas's feet, aware of his betrayal and that his demise was coming soon.
  • Despite serving as the main villain of the series, he has been gone on to become of the most prominent characters of the official Anime Heroes franchise, alongside Ryuk and L Lawliet, featured in countless merchandise and hero-related media.
  • Light's writing style in the Death Note anime is writing eight vertical rows of names on two pages, four rows on each page, totaling in 304 names on both pages.

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