L (Lawliet) is a fictional character in the manga series Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. Considered the world's greatest detective, he lives in secrecy. During the story, he acts as the main antagonist to Light Yagami, otherwise known as the mass-murderer "Kira". The character of L is voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi in the anime, and portrayed by Kenichi Matsuyama in the live-action films Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name and L: Change the World. He is dubbed by Alessandro Juliani across the English-language media. Since his introduction in the series, L's character has been praised by several manga and anime reviewers.
He loves sweets (especially cakes), and insists that if he does not sit the way he does, his reasoning will drop by 40%. L seems to be sort of a loner, and trusts no one (except Watari of course). L is also a very animated character, his expressions are clearly visible unless he decides not to show them and doesn’t hide his true self behind a mask, like Light does (well at least personality wise)
Quick Stats Knowledge: 8/10 Ability to Conceptualize: 10/10 Willingness to Act: 9/10 Motivation : 10/10 Social Life: 1/10 Person Fond of Sweets: 10/10
Personal Data Real Name: Lawliet Also Known As: L, Ryuuzaki, Erald Coil, Danuve. Birthdate: October 31, 1979 (Age 24) Deathdate: November 5, 2004 (Age 25) Height: 179 cm (5’9’‘) Weight: 50 kg (110 pounds) Blood type: unknown Likes: sweet things Dislikes: socks Lifespan: 75231362 (according to ep. 15) Occupation: Private Detective Death Note: No Anime Seiyuu: Yamaguchi Kappei Movie Actor: Matsuyama Ken’ichi
L is a well-reknown detective who takes cases only if they interest him. In Death Note, there are three main detectives: Coil, Danuve, and L. L later admits that he is all three of the characters, and Watari of course handles all these identities. Interesting enough, under Coil he charges a lot, and under L he is stubborn in taking interesting cases. In either case, after seeing all the killings, L puts himself on the case even before Interpol calls him about it. Interpol calls for his service, and L continues to be on the case. L has a lot of manpower and money behind him, and from with almost no evidence he cleverly narrows down the suspects.
L is also quite dangerous because he is not afraid to die at all, while Light values his life quite a lot, as we see even in Volume 1 as Light says he will not do the shinigami eye exchange. L really is the mirror opposite of Light— though his reasoning capacity is high, it is not that similar. Light and L come to the answers, but in different ways, and also in different scenarios. All in all, L is a character that is lovable till death.
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