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Light Yagami from 'Death Note': hero or crazed killer?

“Death Note” is a manga-turned-anime series that follows the story of Light Yagami, an incredibly precocious teenager that happens to find a notebook which—thanks to a Shinigami (or "death god") named Ryuk—has the ability to kill people if their name is written down. Light quickly takes it upon himself to kill criminals. Or, you know, those who stand in his way. Many fans of the show are team Light, viewing him as a righteous hero. Others think he’s just a psycho killer. What do you think?

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Light Yagami is a very exceptional person. Homie picks up a notebook off the ground, meets its otherworldly owner, and pretty much nonchalantly picks up the mantle of the one person that’s going to rid the world of scum. His main goal is to make sure the world is safer for those that deserve it; kind of sounds like the same line of thinking of pretty much every popular superhero, no?

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Yeah, sure, wanting to be the “new god of the new world” is kind of ick. But, to be fair, if you’re given the power of a god, doesn’t that kind of make you one as well? We rest our case. 

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Yeah, Light sucks. He’s a pretentious, incredibly self-centered sociopath that uses the excuse of “making the world a better place” to assume full power. Some of the people he kills are criminals that have committed terrible crimes, but there are plenty criminals he kills getting pu away for small potatoes, like petty theft and such. There’s also all the FBI agents he killed just because they were investigating him, as well as the fiancé of one of those killed FBI guys who also wanted to find out about her beau's death. Oh, and all the other people he killed just because they didn’t believe what he was doing. Like L. Oh, L….

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One of the main driving factors in watching “Death Note” is waiting for that moment—that glorious, glorious moment—of when Light finally got his. He was so cocky and self-righteous that the fall was as delicious as Ryuk found those apples. The only one more annoying than Light was Misa, who, unfortunately, got away scot free, but we’ll take Light’s downfall any day of the week. 

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