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Light Yagami (Character)
from "Death Note" (2006)

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"Death Note: Torihiki: Deal (#1.3)" (2006)
Light Yagami: If the cause of death is written within forty seconds of writing the person's name, it will happen. If the cause of death is not specified, the person will simply die of a heart attack. After writing the cause of death, details of the death should be written in the next six minutes and forty seconds. That sound right to you, Ryuk?
Ryuk: So what's your point?
Light Yagami: In other words, if I write "heart attack is the cause of death," then I should be able to write down all the details, including time of death afterword, shouldn't I? Looks like I'll be able to provide you with more entertainment, now.

Light Yagami: 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.

Ryuk: Light, I'm gonna let you in on a little secret. What makes a shinigami and a human who has a death note different? Well, there are two things. And why do shinigami have to write the names of humans in their death notes? You got any ideas?
Light Yagami: Of course not. Why would I know that? You know, you sure are talkative today.
Ryuk: It's because we are able to take human lifespans for ourselves.
Light Yagami: Huh? Wait. Whadda ya mean by that?
Ryuk: Let's say you have a human who is due to live until the age of sixty, and a god of death wrote that this person would die at forty. Sixty minus forty equals twenty. Now those twenty years taken from someone in the human world are added to that god of death's life; so, it means that as long as we don't slack off - even if someone was to shoot us in the head or stab us in the heart with a knife - a god of death can not die. On the other hand, no matter how many names YOU write in your death note, your lifespan will not increase. That is the first difference between gods of death and humans who possess a death note.

Ryuk: The second difference between us will probably be of even greater interest to you, though this has less to do with lengthening life and more to do with cutting it short.
Light Yagami: Whadda mean "cutting it short?"
Ryuk: Shinigami can tell what a person's name is by just looking at their face. We know instantly. And do you have any idea why? Because, through a shinigami's eyes, a human's name can be seen above their head. Not only that, we see their lifespan as well.
Light Yagami: Their name and lifespan?
Ryuk: That's right. I'm able to see your name and lifespan right now. If I converted that to human time, I could tell you how many years you got left - but there's no way I'd ever tell you that.

"Death Note: Chinmoku: Silence (#1.25)" (2007)
Light Yagami: Right now I'm in no position to continue punishing criminals. That's why I need you to punish them for me.

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.

L: It'll be lonely, won't it?
Light Yagami: Hm?
L: You and I will be parting ways, soon.

Light Yagami: I've gotten rid of everything in my way. I am the god of the new world.

"Death Note: Tomodachi: Friend (#1.14)" (2007)
Light Yagami: I can't be your boyfriend but... I can act like it.

Light Yagami: [to himself about Misa] 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 Yagami: I thought you said it was okay if I used you. A minute ago you swore you'd do anything I asked.
Misa Amane: Yeah, I did, but I never said you could date other girls. I mean, those are two totally different things.

Light Yagami: That shinigami is going to kill me if I kill that girl? Which means I'm gonna have her hangin' around me until she... dies? Not only that, it also means I'll be forced to protect her from being caught by the police for the rest of her life.

"Death Note: Saisei: Reincarnation (#1.26)" (2007)
Light Yagami: I've created a voice filter identical to the one Ryuzaki used. We can use it to make the police think he's still alive and give them orders like we've been doing so far, but... who is gonna take the place of L, where will he work from, and whadda we do with the notebook?

Light Yagami: [to himself] It's too simple. It's no fun without Ryuzaki here.

Light Yagami: From this moment on, I'll show you the creation of the new world.

"Death Note: Ketsudan: Determination (#1.16)" (2007)
Light Yagami: I hereby relinquish ownership of this Death Note.

Ryuk: I never thought the Death Note I gave you would be buried and abandoned.
Light Yagami: Listen, Ryuk, for the time being I'm just hiding it, but... it stays mine, until the next time you hear me say the following words, "Get rid of it." When I say that, regardless of the context, assume that I want to relinquish ownership of this Death Note.

Light Yagami: Do these look like the eyes of someone who is lying?

"Death Note: Seigi: Justice (#1.30)" (2007)
Light Yagami: I've done it. I've even brought America to its knees.

Light Yagami: Good or evil, it's not our call. All we have to think about is catching him. If Kira gets caught, then that makes him evil, but if he wins and rules the world, then I guess he's justice.

Light Yagami: [as Kira] 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.

"Death Note: Fukkatsu: Resurrection (#1.24)" (2007)
Rem: If you don't have full ownership, your memories will only return for as long as you remain in contact with the notebook. As soon as you let go of it, your memories will disappear again.
Light Yagami: That means I've gotta kill Higuchi without letting go of this notebook. If I manage to do that, ownership will transfer back to me and my memories won't disappear.

Light Yagami: "Dear Misa, by the time you read this letter, you should have remembered everything."
Misa Amane: Oh, a letter from Light.
Light Yagami: "Do you remember my friend at To-ho University? He went by the name Hideki Ryuga. I want you to write his real name in the notebook and kill him, then burn this letter right away. Take a number of pages from the notebook and re-bury it where you found it. The next time that we see each other, casually touch me with a piece of the notebook. If you do this for me, I promise I will love you for the rest of my life."

Light Yagami: Misa, all I want is to enjoy a long life with you in an ideal world. That's just how I feel.
Misa Amane: Light, I'm so happy.
Light Yagami: Let's create a new world together. It'll be a place with no crime, where only kind people live, okay?
Misa Amane: Yeah.

"Death Note: Sesshoku: Touch (#1.9)" (2006)
Light Yagami: Once I get rid of L, Kira will be one step closer to becoming the god of the new world.

Light Yagami: 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.

"Death Note: Katsuyaku: Activity (#1.21)" (2007)
Light Yagami: [to himself] The way the original Kira acted is disturbingly close to my ideals.

L: Yes, Light. There's no need to be shy.
Light Yagami: I'm not being shy.
L: No need to be so serious, either.

"Death Note: Matsuda: Matsuda (#1.19)" (2007)
[Japanese translation]
Yagami Light: If they want L's identity, that means they probably want to kill him.
Yagami Sachiko: That's not good. We're short-handed, and we need to pay attention to Coil too, huh?
L: It's all right. The detective known as Eraldo Coil is me. Three of the world's greatest detectives, L, Coil, Deneuve... are all me. Those who try to find me usually fall for this. I'll give you this strawberry if you keep it a secret.

[English dub]
Light Yagami: If they're trying to find out L's identity, it's probably because they want to kill 'im and they need that information to do it.
Soichiro Yagami: This isn't good. We're already short-handed enough as it is, and now we have to worry about Coil, too.
L: It's quite all right. The detective known as Geraldo Coil is me.
Soichiro Yagami: Oh.
L: It's quite simple, really. Three of the greatest detectives in the world - L, Coil, and Deneuve - they're all actually me. It's been my experience that people who try to find me usually fall for this. I'll give you this strawberry if you keep it a secret, okay?

"Death Note: Taiketsu: Confrontation (#1.2)" (2006)
Light Yagami: If I'm serious about trying to create an ideal world that's free from evil, then I need to make the most of my time.

Ryuk: I'd be careful if I were you. If anyone else touches that notebook you've got hidden in the drawer right now, they'll be able to see me, too.
Light Yagami: [to himself] He waits till now to mention that important detail?

"Death Note: Donten: Cloudy Weather (#1.7)" (2006)
Light Yagami: [to himself] Regardless of how she came to the conclusion, the fact remains this woman knows the truth. If she gives this information to the police, it won't take them very long to figure out that "Kira" is actually me. I have no choice but to eliminate her.

Light Yagami: What's the matter?
Naomi Misora: There's something I have to do.
Light Yagami: My father's cellphone might be available now. Do you wanna see if you can talk to him?
Naomi Misora: No, thank you. I have nothing to say to him.
Light Yagami: Then goodbye, Naomi Misora.

"Death Note: Tsuiseki: Pursuit (#1.4)" (2006)
Light Yagami: I'm a human using this Death Note to make the world a better place for other humans, but I wouldn't necessarily say that the Shinigami Realm is meaningless to humans, either.

Light Yagami: I think I just figured out how to find the name of the guy who was following me today.
Ryuk: How ya gonna do that?
Light Yagami: I'm gonna use the rules of the Death Note to my advantage. I already know that if I write down a cause of death I've six minutes and forty seconds to record the conditions and exact time of death. First, I need to know exactly how far I can go in terms of specifying the details of death. This should be interesting.

"Death Note: Shinsei: New Birth (#1.1)" (2006)
Light Yagami: Once you actually start looking around, it makes you wonder if you'd be doing society a favor by getting rid of all these people.

Light Yagami: I want the world to know of my existence, that there's someone out there passing righteous judgment on the wicked.
Ryuk: Why even bother? What're you trying to achieve by passing judgment on the them? I mean, why do you care?
Light Yagami: Because... I've been bored, too.

Death Note (2006)
L: [during a television broadcast] I am justice.
Light Yagami: Justice? I am justice! I am the god of the new world, saving it from evil and ridding it of fear. Those who betray God are the evil ones.

Light Yagami: The law has its limits.
Shiori Kashino: Everything has limits.

"Death Note: 1.28: 1.28 (#1.36)" (2007)
Light Yagami: [to himself] Looks like this is the end. No, more like the beginning - the perfect world of Kira. And those who know of the notebook's existence... all of them... will die.

Light Yagami: Well, Near, looks like I win.

"Death Note: Kosoku: Makeshift (#1.20)" (2007)
L: At this rate, if I end up dying somehow, it's quite possible that you would be capable of succeeding me.
Light Yagami: What? Why are you being so morbid?

Light Yagami: Ryuzaki, I'm sorry, but I'm gonna have to tell everyone what you're really thinking right now. He thinks that if I am Kira then there are two possibilities. Either I'm just pretending I'm not him and putting on an act or Kira's power has passed on from me to someone else and I have no memory that I was ever Kira in the first place. He's trying to determine which, if either, is the truth. The first theory, if I am putting on an act, he will never remove these handcuffs. No, even if I wasn't pretending to be innocent, I'm sure he still won't take them off. Ryuzaki still believes that I'm Kira. Even if that power had been passed to someone else, he thinks that I would have planned to have it returned to me once I'm safe from suspicion. In other words, I wasn't being controlled at all. He thinks it was a plan to pass on the power and arrange for it to come back to me once I'd been cleared.
L: [to himself] Impressive. He figured out exactly what I had been thinking all this time.

"Death Note: Mesen: Glance (#1.8)" (2006)
Ryuk: It seems like you're pretty skilled with your hands. I bet you're pretty popular with the girls, aren't you?
Light Yagami: Skill has nothing to do with it. It's your looks that count. I'm guessing you're not that popular, are you?
Ryuk: Huh?

Light Yagami: By the way, Ryuk, what about your apples?
Ryuk: Apples? Ah! That's right! Surveillance cameras! Once the apple's in my mouth, no one can see it, but while I'm holding it, it looks like it's floating.
Light Yagami: I thought so. You told me that shinigami can't die, so I guess it won't kill you to stop eating apples for a while.
Ryuk: Ah! Don't you think that's a bit much? Come on! I never told you this, but apples are to me what cigarettes and alcohol are to humans. Do you see what I'm sayin'? I even get withdrawal symptoms.

"Death Note: Kakehiki: Tactics (#1.5)" (2006)
Ryuk: This place is crawling with humans. Are you gonna do it here?
Light Yagami: Let's just say you're about to see the results of all the research and experiments I've been doing over the last few days.
Ryuk: Experiments?
Light Yagami: Yeah. I've been using known criminals who live in this part of town to test out different killing methods. I learned a lot about the Death Note. For example, if I write a cause of death and the circumstances leading up to it, I can add a name afterwards and it'll still happen.
Ryuk: [to himself] Ooo. Even I didn't know that one.

Light Yagami: The real battle is only just beginning.

"Death Note: Chichioya: Father (#1.29)" (2007)
Shuichi Aizawa: Whammy's House isn't exactly a normal orphanage. It's like a school for gifted children, but here's the crazy part. It's real purpose is to groom these kids so that one of them can become the next L.
Light Yagami: L's successor.
Shuichi Aizawa: Apparently, the one most likely to succeed L is this kid named Near.
Light Yagami: Near. Is that N?

Light Yagami: L's successors. It looks like I'm still fighting L after all this time.

"Death Note: Kake: Gambling (#1.15)" (2007)
Light Yagami: From the start I've said if it's friendship he wants, I'd give it to him as a way to win his trust. Ryuga and Light Yagami APPEAR to be friends, but L is Kira's enemy.

Rem: Light Yagami, Misa has refused my offer to help her escape, no doubt because she knows it would cause you trouble, since the police would then have proof of her powers. When her suffering became more than she could bear, she started begging me to kill her. All of this because she wants you to love her. I could not possibly let it go on like that. I couldn't bring myself to do it. There was only one way to save her from her suffering.
Light Yagami: Forfeiting ownership of the Death Note.
Rem: Yes. If Misa forfeits ownership of the Death Note, all her memories related to it would disappear. All the murders she committed with it, the fact that you are Kira, all those memories would be gone. Your secret would be safe. Also, Misa would no longer be able to see Ryuk or me, either.

"Death Note: Nakama: Comrade (#1.18)" (2007)
L: I won't be satisfied unless you're Kira? That may be true... I just realized... I wanted you to be Kira.
Yagami Light: [punches L]
L: An eye for an eye. I'll have you know I'm pretty strong.
[kicks Light in the face]
Matsuda: Let's call the room to stop them!
[phone rings]
L: Yes?
Matsuda: Please listen, Ryuzaki, Misa-Misa is number one in the Eightteen magazine's reader popularity poll!
L: Yes, I see...
Matsuda: That means that it's been decided that she'll be starring as heroine in the next filmby the director, Nishinaka!
L: [L hangs up on him]
Yagami Light: What's wrong?
L: Matsuda's acting stupid again.
Yagami Light: Well, Matsuda is a natural at that.
Matsuda: [peeved] ... I can hear you...

[English dub]
L: I won't be satisfied unless you're Kira? Well, there may be some truth to that. In fact, now that you mention it, you're right. I think I wanted you to be Kira.
[Light punches L]
L: As I said before, an eye for an eye. I'm a lot stronger than I look, you know.
[L kicks Light in the face]
Touta Matsuda: [watching on the monitors] We've gotta call the room and stop them!
[phone rings]
L: Yes?
Touta Matsuda: Ryuzaki, I've got good news, Misa-Misa's number one in Eighteen magazine's reader popularity poll!
L: Oh, I see.
Touta Matsuda: And get this - she's gonna get a lead role in Nishinaka's next movie!
[L hangs up on him]
Light Yagami: What was that?
L: Matsuda's acting stupid again.
Light Yagami: Well, that is his specialty.
Touta Matsuda: [peeved] I can hear you, you know.

"Death Note: Shinsekai: New World (#1.37)" (2007)
Light Yagami: The only one... who can create a new world... is me.

"Death Note: Kyousou: Crazy (#1.23)" (2007)
Light Yagami: It's weird. You'd think he'd be desperate to kill Matsuda this very second, but he's calm.
L: It is strange. If all he needed was the name, then he should have simply taken the personnel file with him, but he just put it back in its drawer after taking a note.

"Death Note: Yuudou: Lead (#1.22)" (2007)
L: Look, Light, PLEASE listen to what I'm about to say. I'd like you to thoroughly analyze my current theory. This could determine the way in which we end up catching Kira. Light Yagami USED to be Kira. Kira's power has somehow passed onto another person. Light Yagami now has no memory of ever BEING Kira. I need your analysis based on these assumptions. Do you think you can do that for me?
Light Yagami: Yeah. I'll give it a try.

"Death Note: Satsui: Murderous Intent (#1.35)" (2007)
Light Yagami: Near.
Near: Light Yagami
Light Yagami, Near: [together] I know exactly what your plan is, and I'm going to win.

"Death Note: Sentaku: Selection (#1.32)" (2007)
Teru Mikami: Who am I speaking to?
Light Yagami: Five pages on November 26th? I don't get it. What do you mean?
Teru Mikami: You're God!