Light Yagami from Death Note is one of the most notorious villain leads in all of anime and manga, but these moments show his good side.
Death NoteLight Yagami is one of the most notorious antihero / villain protagonists in all of anime and manga, but the characters of Death Note they are not just “good” or “bad”. Even during his descent into tyranny as Kira, Light shows his good side a few times, and not just when he’s trying to butter someone. In the following five cases, Light really placed the needs of others above his own.
When he sincerely wanted to make a safe and just world for the good of others
At first, Light Yagami saw himself not as a new God, but as a protector who needed to take justice into his own hands. Yes, he said “I will become a god!” early in the series, but he was referring to the immense power of Death Note, not his role as a worship figure. At first, Light did not want legions of cultists or shrines to be built in his honor; I just wanted to get the job done and make the world free from violent crime. Even if his methods were wrong, he at least had some positive intentions. Tragically, Light’s ego would take over and his extreme arrogance would alienate friend and foe alike.
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When Light scolded L for bothering Soichiro at the hospital
Midway through the series, Light’s father, Soichiro Yagami, suffered a breaking point. His stress levels had grown higher and higher with so much at stake, and one day, he collapsed from a stress-related heart attack and ended up in the hospital. Light and L visited him, and L took the opportunity to show off Light’s deductive abilities by asking Light what kind of person Kira could be. Light gave his answer, and L used that data to suggest that Sayu Yagami, Light’s little sister, could be Kira. The light exploded immediately, alarmed that the idea of L alarmed Soichiro and bothered him during this delicate moment. Fortunately, Soichiro didn’t really mind, as he was sure his daughter was innocent, and urged Light and L to calm down.
When Light (without his memories) warned Misa against risks
Misa Amane joined Light as the second Kira, but was soon captured, and Light and Misa lost their memories of the Death Note to prove their innocence (to make a long story short). They were under surveillance now, but otherwise quite free, and Misa wanted to take some risks and try to find the third Kira (Kyosuke Higuchi). Light was horrified and urged Misa not to put herself in danger. Light also objected to the idea of L using Misa to investigate the new Kira, and couldn’t bear the idea of taking advantage of Misa’s love for him. When the memories of Light’s notebook disappeared, the best of him certainly shone through.
When Light didn’t want Soichiro to have Shinigami eyes
In a strange twist of fate, Soichiro Yagami ended up doing the visual exchange with Ryuk, gaining the power of a shinigami at the cost of half his remaining life. This was all for the sake of raiding Mello’s hideout and reclaiming the notebook, but Light was not very fond of this idea. Even Light felt bad for everything Soichiro had been through, and wanted someone else to have his eyes in his place, like Shuichi Aizawa or Hideki Ide. But Soichiro insisted, partly to ease his guilty conscience about trading Mello’s notebook for Sayu’s life, and Light had to back off and let it happen.
When the light saved Sayu’s life
Five years after L’s death, the impetuous Mello decided to take matters into his own hands, ironically becoming a brutal criminal in the effort to take down Kira’s mass murderer. He tested the waters by kidnapping the director of the NPA, Takimura, before moving on to Sayu Yagami. He would only let her go in exchange for the notebook, and Light and Soichiro were haunted by this dilemma. They would give the mob a massive weapon, but in good conscience, Sayu’s father and brother couldn’t let her die.
In the end, Light and Soichiro gave up and changed the notebook. For both personal and practical reasons, Light rejected the idea of killing Sayu to protect the laptop. Mello won that trade, but Sayu was safe, and Light would freely cooperate with Near, another anti-Kira investigator, to make things right. Even Ryuk was pleasantly surprised by Light’s course of action.
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