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Light Yagami is the main protagonist of the Japanese Death Note film series, including Death Note and Death Note: The Last Name in 2006. Later serving as a posthumous antagonist in L: Change the WorLd in 2008, and the posthumous overarching protagonist in Death Note: New Generation and Death Note: Light Up the NEW World in 2016.
He was portrayed by Tatsuya Fujiwara who played Shishio Makoto.
Light is a first-year law student at a university. At one point, he hacks into the government database and finds that the government secretly acknowledges that it is unable to prosecute many criminals. Light discovers the Death Note in an alley during a rainy night after encountering Takuo Shibuimaru in a club. Light uses the Death Note to kill Shibuimaru, though because he does not specify on the cause of death, Shibuimaru dies of a heart attack.
After leaving the scene of the crime, Light meets Ryuk, who admits that he is going to let him keep and use the Death Note given he had left it behind on purpose because he was bored. Light eventually kills his girlfriend, Shiori Akino, and frames her death as a murder in order to join the Kira investigation team as a result of their sympathy.
Light eventually gives the notebook to Kiyomi Takada. After Takada is caught, Light kills her to recover the Death Note, but it is taken by the investigation team. L states that he will test the 13-Day Rule, a fake Death Note rule designed to prove Light and Misa's innocence. Rem, knowing that L's actions will reveal Misa's identity as the 2nd Kira, writes both L's and Watari's names in the Death Note. Light then proceeds to write his father's, Soichiro's, name in the book, manipulating his father to return the confiscated Death Note.
However, once Light confronts his father, he finds that he is still alive. The investigation team members, including L, reveal themselves. Having already written his own name in the Death Note, they negated Rem's actions, L tells Light that he had just written in a fake note. Light tries to write on a hidden piece of Death Note, but is shot by Matsuda, an investigation team member. Light tells Ryuk to write the team's names, promising to show him many interesting things, and begins to laugh.
However, Light stops, when Ryuk shows him that he had written just one name; Light's. Light tries to stop Ryuk, but merely passes right through him. As Light begins to succumb to the effects of the Death Note, Ryuk takes this opportunity to reveal to him that humans that have used the Death Note are barred from entering either Heaven or Hell, instead spending eternity in nothingness. Light dies in his father's arms, begging him to believe that he acted as Kira to put the justice, which Soichiro had taught him since his childhood, into practice.
Light is a complicated and controversial individual. At first he started as a kind-hearted, gentle, intelligent, but gloomy young man. He was the best student of Japan, and genuinely loved his family, his parents, his sister, Sayu, and was genuinely loved by them. He was also in love to his girlfriend, Shiori Akino and was shown to care about her too. But he was disgusted by crime in the world ad sought ways to solve it.
After he got the notebook, he became an enigmatic vigilante, and murdered a lot of criminals in the world. While at first, he murdered only criminals, and was praised by people of Japan, he eventually became consumed by the power, and became homicidal, power-hungry, arrogant and selfish killer. He wanted to get rid the world of crime, but eventually became a criminal himself.
He doesn't express fear of talking to Ryuk and shinigami, he instead fears L Lawliet, a genius detective who is the only one to rival Light's intelligence. He was also an intelligent, calculating and sly master manipulator and is skilled in manipulating people. He was eventually devoid of compassion towards others and viewed all his followers, his family, his father, Misa, as a pawns. And he crossed the line by murdering his girlfriend Shiori and even tried to kill his own father.
He also showed a cowardly side, when in the finale he begged Ryuk to kill all people in the room and Ryuk instead murdered Light.
However, it's implied that Light still has some redeeming traits. He was consumed by the power of the notebook, but he genuinely showed remorse for all his actions in the finale. He was sorry for murdering Shiori and attempting to kill his own father. His father genuinely believed that Light still had some good and truly showed remorse for all his actions, while dying. Soichiro was truly sorry that he couldn't save his son and make him turn good again.
This is the first live action incarnation of the character, following by his drama counterpart and Light Turner from the 2017 Netflix movie.