If You Found the Death Note in Real Life, What Would You Do With It?

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I hate being a laggard sometimes. I don’t know why I’ve never watched this anime. I’ve heard so many people talk about it, and just stuck to my same bread-and-butter animes: Samurai Champloo, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Cowboy Bebop. One reason I stayed away from Death Note was because it seemed a bit dark for me. I admit that Cowboy Bebop is a darker, more serious anime, too, but Death Note is on a different level. With a name like Death Note, I’m sure you get the idea.

I watched the first episode just a few short minutes ago, and I immediately can see how people got so hooked on this anime, the premise of the show is incredibly thought-provoking. If you’re not familiar with Death Note, it’s the story of a young man named Light, who finds a mysterious notebook one day while he’s at school. We later find out the death god, Ryuk, dropped this notebook into the human world on purpose, to cure his own boredom. This notebook is quite special because whosoever finds this book literally has the power over life and death. How Death Note works:

A picture of a real deathnote

Five Death Note Rules

1.The person’s name you write in the Death Note will die (with the exception of the Death God. I guess that makes sense).
2.You have to have the image of the person in your mind, when writing their name; this prevents people with the same names from being killed.
3. If the cause of death is written within 40 seconds of writing the aforementioned person’s name, it will happen.
4. If no method is specified, the person will die of a heart attack.
5. If you write down the name and cause, you have 6 minutes and 40 seconds to write the details of the person’s death.

Pretty spooky, right?

I won’t go into all of the details of the first episode because I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it. But it’s pretty intense, to say the least.

I want to ask a “Hmm…” question for the day:

If some death god dropped a notebook that gave you the power over life and death, and you were the first person to come across it, what would you do?

Would you pick it up? Would you leave it there?

If you picked it up, would you actually use it?

It’s a really tough question to answer. I know most people would be like “I wouldn’t feel right taking it.” “It wouldn’t be right.” But what do you think you would truly do?


“What would I do?” you ask.

Well, honestly, I DO think my curiosity would get the better of me, so I would pick it up. Even if it was just to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. I would probably try using it once on someone extremely dangerous or someone who indiscriminately killed lots of people. For example, there was Mamoru Takuma, who went into an elementary school and murdered 8 children between the ages of six and eight. He injured 15 others (which included both students and teacher) at Ikeda Elementary School in Osaka…true story.

In that case, I wouldn’t feel bad writing the name (he was later sentenced to death), and it would be a way to test if the book really works. If it actually worked, I might burn the book, because having that kind of power is incredibly dangerous and incredibly final.


Humans can be emotionally-driven creatures. What if you had a bad day, and just decided to start writing names in the Death Note just because? The clerk at McDonald’s that got your order wrong, that teacher you don’t like, that man that screwed you out of whole lot of money, that girlfriend or boyfriend treated you like crap. I have had my fair share of bad experiences, but wishing death on somebody…that’s heavy. Wouldn’t a simple a** whoopin’ be better?

How Would You Use The Death Note?

If you would use the Death Note, please be specific and say how and why.
If you wouldn’t use the Death Note please be specific as to why not.

Cool? I hope to hear from you in the comments section below.

Donald Ash

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  • http://firechan.com Nanami

    Mmm.. I’d pick it up and then trash it.. like totally rip it apart. I’m a big pacifist. And.. while I always understood at the start what the character.. (i forget his name) was trying to do.. meh. I’d put it in the nearest shredder lol.

    • Donald Ash

      You’ve got a good heart, Nanami :)

  • Ryan McGuinness

    I’ll be honest I’d start like Light does and would most probably end up like he does. (I won’t spoil it :) ) I’d probably kill anyone who I thought had wrong done and deserved to die, then I’d probably get in over my head and kill anyone who ever wrong-doed. At least I’m honest :(

    • disqus_dGmZWbwXjp

      Light lost at the beginning because of his ego partly and also bad luck if he didn’t see the tv program L would have never got info or if he’d have ignored it, and kept on killing criminals, Everything would have worked.

  • Kurt

    My kid conned me into watching all those, which are surprisingly good. You might also look for Afro Samurai (tad gory) and Desert Punk (sometimes a bit too juvenile, but the artwork and general story were good).

  • Kayla

    Honestly, I can’t stand Death Note. I think it’s a horrible series with an even more horrible set of characters. But I’ll play along.

    If I found the notebook, I would take it. Then I would hide it away. I don’t think the power of life and death should be in a human’s hands. Ever.

    • IronZombie

      Not to put a damper in your plan mate but have you seen the entirety of the show? There are rules to using the thing. For one thing it’s pretty clear Ryuk dropped it on Earth in the first place because he was bored. If you weren’t using it and you didn’t relinquish it so Ryuk could just give it to someone else, then he would just write your name in his death note and you’d end up dead and eventually it would wind up in someone else’s hands. If you’re such a pacifist then hiding it away would be the worst thing you could do.

      Personally I would use it. I would create a new world order. And in real life, there’s no one like L or N around to stop me or to cleverly deduce who I was since it would leave no trace. I would start by wiping out every known terrorist in the world. Then I’d wipe out some of those crazy world leaders that keep their countries teetering on the edge of war. Then I’d hit up some most wanted lists and get rid of those guys. Then I’d find a list of murderers and rapists who really deserve to die and take care of them.

      Why not? I think a death note would make the world a better place if it’s used right. And I don’t mean by using it the way Light did, by creating fear and making people nervous. I understand that there will always be bad people and crime will always exist. I’ll simply get rid of those who decide to be evil. Eventually they’ll be fewer and fewer.

      • annonymouse

        Yes that is the right choice.Like what Ryuk said….”then u will be the only bastard left in this world”

  • devin

    I would burn it so fast it would be unreal and I don’t think I am as pacifist or as nice as Nanami. But one person should never be allowed to have that power.

  • http://alanagreen.blogspot.com/ Alana

    There was a shop in Chinatown in Toronto selling Death Notes. I thought this was creepy! Imagine using this at school. I would be so scared to write anyone’s name it even though I know it is a ll fantasy.

    • Donald Ash

      Umm, yeah…that’s creepy! I’d be worried that, just my luck, I’d get the one that actually works.

  • Anon

    I’d feel like a disgusting human myself and feel no better than anybody else in this world

  • http://twitter.com/WhoaImInJapan AmandaT (@WhoaImInJapan)

    I’d keep it in case I ever needed to use it, and probably become corrupted. I like power.

    • Donald Ash

      OH SNAP! I guess I’ll be extra nice to you from now on, lol!

      • http://twitter.com/WhoaImInJapan AmandaT (@WhoaImInJapan)

        Yeah you better :P

  • http://darknekoboy.blogspot.com Henry

    Death Note was one of the anime series I ever seen, the only thing I hated was the end of light, poor guy, but I liked it.

    If by any chance I was to find the death note…would I pick it up? Oh yeah, you kidding me, I would get it and use it. I sort of have the thoughts yagami had. Ruler of this world.

    I mean, wouldn’t you use it to kill huge criminals and terrorists? There are many bad people that would deserve to die, and no, I wouldn’t use it to kill just a poor math teacher who gave me an F for not turning my homework, that’s st*pid.

    I wish it was real…..

    • Donald Ash

      Cool. I love the direct answer. I lot of people would be on the fence as to whether or not they should use it. If people knew your powers, though. They’d be scared to death (no pun intended) of you! LOL

    • Kira

      WOW! I 100% agree with you! But sorry….. there can only be one Kira >:)

    • Near

      Using something like death note requires high capability of self control because you would end up killing so many people. In the anime i liked Yagami Light but if somebody really become Kira, I would try to catch him because he won’t be as smart as Light.

      • David

        Have you seen the entire Anime? as SMART as light?
        Light was an arrogant, elitist douche who thought himself entitled to taking the lives of people HE thought deserved it. The only reason I felt for him is because he was loveable. Be it someone else I would fucking hate the protagonist. Plus there are a fuckton of weird people out there who side with the ‘Terrorists’ who kill all these civilians, do they deserve to die too, because of their values? Does the U.S. military deserve to die for killing countless civilians in all the wars it has fought?
        It’s literally all about what Light Yagami thinks, and therefore if I hade the book I’d use it to euthanize sick pets painlessly.

    • SmogBlock

      Damn you for giving me that spoiler! Now I’ll be watching the whole series knowing he’s just going to die in the end!

      • Light yagami

        Thata not a spoiler ryuk tells him he will be killed by him

  • adrian

    Id take it. And id love the part of having my own shinigami!! XD… But is most likely never use it… 1 becuz I dnt wanna kill people… 2 I wanna go to Heaven… (If u write in it ul go to nothingless wen u die)… But if I wanna make the world a better place like Light, is ask my shinigami to write names of evil pllz down 4 me … That way I could still go 2 heaven.. I wouldn’t want another person 2 write them down 4 me cuz idk if I could trust anybody… I would want a shinigami more like Rem than Ryuk… Cuz Rem’s a lot nicer and would care about u… And killing pllz is wrong n stuff, but if the world as a whole would become a better place… I think all humans who are good pllz would do it… The power might be overwhelming, but… It’d sure be nice to live on a world that well,… Is just a better place… Think about thro Light’s point if view .. sure he made the sacrifice of killing pllz … But in the end the crime rate dropped 70%… So its not YORO humans… But wen given the power to kill others for the well being of man kind… I think wed probually all do it… Maybe even with out regrets… Sure killing is wrong … But don’t tell that to Light, tell it to all those pllz he killed… And also.. L… He let pllz die for justice and to solve crimes…. We’re all in the same boat here… The only difference between us is sheathed ur going to take that pen… AND WRITE WITH IT…. XD… (I’m sure a few of u guys got that joke…)..

    • Donald Ash

      It’s tough question because killing someone outright is something that most people couldn’t and wouldn’t do, but if all you had to do was write in a notebook in the privacy of your own home I wonder how people’s integrity would be effected. This cartoon would make the perfect debate topic. Thanks for sharing, Adrian!

    • IronZombie

      lol you’re already going to “nothingness” when you die. Do you really believe in heaven? But I suppose if a real death note did exist then you could assume heaven would exist but it doesn’t and the death note isn’t real. In that case I wouldn’t mind using it. Kind of a weird conundrum huh.

    • IronZombie

      And also, as someone else said, it’s heavily implied in the anime as well as the live action movie they made that Light turns into a Shinigami in the end. I wouldn’t mind being a Shinigami in the end. It’s not exactly “nothingness” and Light could still go around creating a new world order or whatever.

  • adrian

    Wow…. Auto correct.. XD… Idk wat YORO is salary to be but change sheathed to whether… XD

  • Luka

    I have two Death Notes. Believe it or not. I wrote 14 names in it. I… AM KIRA!!!

    • Donald Ash

      Ahhhhhhh!! I’m scared of you :O

    • anonymous

      Go Kira go! Kill Kony!

  • Luka

    Hey Adrian, it’s implied in “L Changes the world” that Light became a Shinigami.

  • THcutie54

    ide use it for my entertainment *evil laugh*

  • HAHHA

    I will totally use it the way Light used it. I don’t think I’m smart enough to hide it but yeah I would totally do that.

  • ZS

    hmmm… I would pick it up and write “The Kraken, died on the shore of Tokyo…” lol but If it did happen I burn it…

  • Oli

    It´s a good question and I´ve thaught about it often *gg*. If I´d find a Death Note I would take it. I´ll be totally honest…

    My Plan: I´d start by making sure I kill nobody within my country !at first! or someone who is personally related to me to ensure that I don´t get caught. I would start by killing people who seem to be very famous and who commited horrible crimes. Therefor there will be a lot of attention and I would spread messages through my victims by telling them to write a text before dying. At first I´d just start with a important country like the US so others will see the consiquences.they won´t follow the plan within my messages and so I would start to cause panic through random deaths blaming their governments for not following my orders. This would cause lots of chaos but I´d use that and kill of the major politicans to ensure that they are weakend and can´t stop the rebellion caused by my killing sprees. After that a caretaker government would be created and they would follow my word because they are frightened. If other countries rebel against my new world order I´d do the same or think of a more complicated plan to ensure that they bow before me.

    Why I start my plan:
    I would like to stop the Capitalism and send humanity back to their roots. I think technology made our lives very comfortable but the price is to high. A little people get everything while others suffer and die. As a result they start terrorism to rebel against their situation.

    I could continue now, but this is just the first idea which came to my mind so there are mistakes and theories that woudln´t work out the way I explained them.

    • Luka

      And then through the rule of large numbers I could find out when you don’t kill and then use that find out if you’re a student, worker, no guy that has no life.

    • Donald Ash

      Whoa, you really thought it through. I must say that’s quite the detailed plan, but a little scary at the same time :O . It makes me wonder…does the death note work if I change my name? If I go to like my nearest government agency and change it, wouldn’t it be useless if the person doesn’t know my real name? Hmm…

      • Luka

        His “plan” fails, I took half a minute and saw a lot of faults.

  • Luka

    Dude first off, if you started killing everyone except the people in your country, then they could just look at the statistics and see which country doesn’t have mass people dieing. Now I just found the country you’re in.
    Also, I figured out everything in the anime and mange before it happend.
    I’m smarter than L or Light.

    • Donald Ash

      LOL

    • Nobody (Because nobody cares)

      Now take that potato chip….AND EAT IT!

  • Blacksun388

    Straight up? If I could kill every convicted felon with the notebook then I would. It would have to be for crimes that are felonies and not misdemeanors that are easily reconcilable. Rapists, murderers, pedophiles, psychopaths, terrorists, it does not matter. They are no longer human when they decide to destroy someones life. They all deserve to die like animals. By commiting these acts they forfiet the right to be alive.

    Would I use the Death Note? You are damn right I would. The only way to purify this world is to unleash holy fire on those who would dare threaten to defile it.

    • Luka

      Dude you sound like a idiot. Seriously.

      • Blacksun388

        Don’t tell me you would pass up an oppurtunity like that. It would just be foolish and irresponsible to do any less.

        • Blue

          Only someone with a childish sense of right and wrong would think so. The world is filled with criminals, but you have no more right to kill them than they have the right to kill the innocent. This is not justice.

          • Abbie Asukisu

            Sorry to break it to you guys but…. I do have a working death note…

          • Sorrowmystery

            You do?

          • L.

            Please prove it then

          • Unknown

            Oh crap, he had better stay low :/

          • pachex

            Oh snap!

          • Draken

            I agree with L. Prove it.

          • Misa

            Are u sure it is real? Can hand it over to me? I desperately need it.. If someone really have a real death note, then please email me asap maritonigemdc@gmail.com

          • Cheese

            Wow, that made a lot of sense. I totally agree with you.

          • Kaminogan

            Humans can be reformed,

            like dogs, all criminals need is discipline, a sense of fear, there is no need to stoop to there level,

            however, there are some who just can not stop, psychopaths, they are practically void of emotion and understanding, those that they do have are simply there desires,

            ironically, Light showed interesting similarities between a psycopath,

            regardless, there is no need to kill them, its better to study them, have them locked up were they cant do anything, perhaps in the distant future we might come up with a cure,

          • Kira

            You, sir, are the foolish one. So ME Times The Law System Allows Criminals WHO HAVE Raped, Killed, Etc to go free are you saying that’s right. And if not there are handfuls eith really light sentences. You call THAT justice?! No the latter is closer to justice. Murderers deserve death. And this is certainly a better method than ours. This world needs kira. Do you judge a savior although he’s killed someone. No, this is JUSTICE! And you’re damn right I’d kill with the notebook every last one of them…

          • the real opinions

            Killing the innocent is different from killing vile criminals. The people who deserve to die are the people who harm other for their appeasement. Ridding the world of their vicious presence is doing humanity a favour.

      • jayrollain

        this is the fucking internet and people have their own opinions. obviously there is no right answer to this question because we’re talking about a fictional topic. so seriously, you’re the one who sounds like an idiot.

    • curiouswanderingfeather

      that sounds a whole lot like Light’s original plan.
      you’re kinda scary.

    • Jesse Condrotte

      I’m not sure of the rules, but couldn’t I write that I die at the age of 10000 years old in my sleep, because with this I could make myself immortal, and all my friends too.

      • L

        You can only have somebody die before they are supposed to, you can not do it before

      • Blue

        The maximum duration a person can live after having their name written in the death note is 23 days. One of two things would happen. Either you’d die after 23 days. Or you’d die immediately as your request would be impossible to fulfill.

      • Jared Knight

        The death note cannot extend someone’s life under any circumstances.

        • Lucius

          No that is wrong sir,it can but not directly..

      • Rosa Hijne

        no, the death note can only SHORTEN one’s lifespan, not lengthen them. thats why a shinigami dies if he saves someone using the death note. the lifespan the saved person gets has to come from somewhere, so the lifespan of the shinigami is taken and added to the saved person.

      • jumanji

        No, it has to be within reason and something that is actually possible. If you wrote that down, you (and your friends) would simply die of a heart attack.

    • Lovely Mae Caro Columna

      Uhm?? I have a death note since yesterday only..
      After i read all the rules i felt scared.. because all the rules are kinda scary..

      May i ask one seriously question. ..

      Is death note that i bought in comic alley is really real or not?
      I hope it isnt real.. because im scared of it.. even if i bought it.

      • J

        use it, and if it fails, its a fake, if it works, it is real and do what you want

      • tacopunchX3

        i made my own and my friend wrote her name in it “slip and fell in shower”
        shes supposed to die tomarrow :3 with mine ima just fill it with awsome death note drawings cause im good at drawing :)

      • Draken

        If it is real (Probably not), try it, I could be fun for you, but if it is send it to me. If your brave enough.

    • markyo15

      kira…

    • Winner

      Hmh. Why do you sound a lot like Light to me? He was kira and im getting my suspicions about you now. Just so everyone knows, L never dies. L is the real justice and he is still working on the Kira case. Kira is a nonstop investigation but it will be solved. I can garentee that L will solve it and finally win the game. All of the real notebooks will be burned so no more Kiras will exist. Long live L the winner but losers shall be named Kira. Kira, Light, L #2, I will find you. And I will iliminate you.

      • N

        I’m sorry are you addressing N?

      • L.

        But light actually got exactly what he wanted, he became a shinigomi

        • tacopunchX3

          the thing is theres an alternitave end, turns out you just dissapear after experiencing all the death you made with the note so light will try to make a deal with the shinigami king to get his notebook(the only one that can make someone die repetidly) and live forever as the shinigamiking(also let him live)(light killed alot of people so he has time) and still can become god of the new world so after he dies they just have to rely on luck and pray that he wont become the new king.

        • IvanUgresic aka Kira

          He sure did.But did you notice at the beggining Ryuk told him that the one who uses the Death Note does not go to heaven or hell.Tho he didnt say that he would become a shinigami but it was obvious

          • Michael Wright

            I think it said “you will expirence the torment of all the people you killed”, or something like that

    • Suki

      I totally agree with you

    • Zane Darwen

      You are one hundred percent correct

    • tacopunchX3

      you sound like kira now
      CX CX CX

    • http://wwse.weebly.com/ April Jeanette #1

      that’s right.

    • Ramsha

      I see your intention.. you just wanna remove the corrupt people from this Earth (just like Light), But we, humans have no right to decide someone’s fate, or whether they are worthy to live or not. It’s not a human’s job to observe someone’s deeds and punish them, it’s for God, he has the only right to decide someone’s destiny. And just like Ryuk said, that if you clear all the bad people from this world, the most evil one that will be left is you.. (Light) So, the same goes for you. But of course, it’s not like YOU’RE gonna get a death note, because it’s not impossible. But i just wanted to share how much i hate Light’s way of thinking, and I can’t even imagine a real person to be like this. Light is like a monster, not a human.

      • Draken

        There is no God Only The Demons of hell

        • Rosa Hijne

          Damn right you are! even though i think demons can also come from other places then hell, like tartarus or or the void for excample

    • OneLittlePrettyKitty

      Light…? o.O

    • trueinar .

      Here’s the problem. Studies have shown that somewhere around 4% of death-row inmates are innocent. With the kind of scrutiny that those cases were under versus non-death penalty how many innocent people would you kill? Someone being convicted doesn’t mean they are guilty. How would you determine that someone is actually guilty? If you killed innocent people you would be a murderer just as deserving of death as those you killed.

    • Alex

      Hey, it’s Light. Quick, where’s L and Ryuk?

    • Kyle.doG98

      im with this guy :) i mean think about it if we leave the criminals to live they would kill innocent people so either way someone dies, so if I had to choose between leaving the criminals doing what they do and me becoming the god of this new world. then call me evil but I would choose the death note!!!

  • http://unpromisedone.blogspot.com The Unpromised One

    I’m going to be perfectly honest… If I ever found the Death Note in real life, it would probably completely destroy any semblance of humanity I had. I would likely go down the same path as Light did. I don’t know of many people who are capable of effectively handling that much power without eventually going completely off the deep end.

  • GoddesOfReality

    Hello there.. What i would do with a book like the death note? Easy… I would do exactly as Kira.. Killing all evil that rests in the world… Until this world can be ruled by a SO called god of justice, people will start to know someone is judging them, and they will no longer try to do evil things

    • Luka

      Godess? Hm… Wanna be my Misa?
      We can rule the world together.

    • Chicken

      Baka. Then you’d be just as evil as criminals.

  • http://www.profpikachu.deviantart.com ProfPikachu

    If I had a Death Note, I’d so use it to kill Justin Bieber and loads of other annoying people in the world… I wish it were real!!~

    • AnimeHead

      LOLOL Good idea. xDD

  • AnimeHead

    I Would use it… Then right when i’m done i would shred it or something like that. i just wan Earth to be a better place. ^-^

  • Cameron Hammock

    I questioned myself through the entire show. Yes, I would do exactly as Light did. Probably end up like him too.

  • Enna

    I would do as Light did. Although, I would be more cautious than he. And he was pretty wary, aha.

  • Lucky*

    It seems kinda cruel of what he did and that only god should be judge of everyone but I would do the same thing that Light did. I hate scum bags.

  • dory

    I’ll be honest…i’d most lightly kill as many people as possable:D mwahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • http://Thenjapanguy.com Taylor

    Well, if I found it, the book would already be full. There is so many people I wish to write in a death note.

  • Tea

    I would kill everyone that deserved it. Honestly. I’m an evil person, whatsoever.

  • utygu

    I would not really use it. I would write my own name on it to test it (I am that kind of person) and see if it works (and if it did, SAYONARA!)

    • taro kagami

      that wouldn’t work even if it was the real death note
      it says in the manga (and probably the anime too) that you can’t kill yourself with it

  • http://www.thejapanguy.com/4766/if-you-found-the-death-note-in-real-life-what-would-you-do-with-it/ Allara

    Tbh I would very creeped out and burn it before I start seeing shimigami and If I did use it it surely wouldn’t be against criminals or against someone I hate only in a life and death situation like if I am kidnapped. Death note only has the power of death and that alone can not change any thing in a positive since because killing evil isn’t necessarily creating good. I have no one I hate enough to even consider killing them so I would probably burn it.
    Killing for justice is like fucking for virginity illogical. Those who would do the same as like are thanked for their honesty by me but I ill never understand what makes the murder of 100,000 scum bags who may have been falsely charged for their crimes any better than those he killed because no decent person can kill with no regret no matter what you do their will always be crimes and I honestly don’t think robbing banks should get you killed nor should any other crime accept for killing someone your self.

    • Homonculos

      I’d kill every human on the planet. Humans are foolish.

  • http://www.thejapanguy.com/4766/if-you-found-the-death-note-in-real-life-what-would-you-do-with-it/ Allara

    seriously though if the deathnote did get dropped down than humanity is really fucked because as you see Light started killing innocents and anyone who opposed him is what anyone who used the death note more than 20 times would evantually become this corrupted and become psychotic. Its not my type of thing so I would be too creeped out to use it and believe that if someone person out of a few billion people of the world had very strong mental powers they could kill people or give them bad luck by writing their name down in any book with negative intentions.

  • Ando-Kun

    Well, I have given this a lot of thought as a teen, I would’ve said yes defiantly. But as I got a lot older I realized that killing (Like Soricho Yagami says) can never bring to happiness.

    However, here is the path I would take assuming that I would use it.

    1. Considering I know of the anime I would be skeptical but cautious if I found a real-working Death note, so I would determine if its real without writing in it myself so see if it works, so if I did back out I would still go to heaven or hell.

    .The plan would be to first cover the actual cover of the notebook with a fake one, like that brown paper some use to cover school books using tape, so it would be too much of a bother for the person I get to write in it to take it off, even if they don’t know of the Death Note, I still wouldn’t want them to know they have written in something called a death note nor would I want them to know that I own one.

    .I would (Which unfortunately would require an innocent person to die) go to some one I don’t know and whom I have no emotional attachment to and ask him to write the name of his favorite comedian or something (First I’ll ask him to make sure said person is famous enough for me to both know of his death and to have it news worthy in the first place) As for wanting the name written; and bullshit excuse like making an “opinion poll’ to see which name comes up most often for some kind of stupid curiosity or something should be a good excuse to give the person who’s gonna write the name. If it works, I’ll have to make a decision, personally I’d say burn it and live in guilt because I have just ruined the lives of the two unlucky bastards (The writer/tester and victim) However as I said we are assume what I would do if I did use it.

    2. My reason for using would be a mixture of (redemption which will never be satisfied and to make the world a better place, without the illusion of god-hood. My targets will be criminals, however my judgement system won’t simply be ‘list of names of suspects’ cause I can not determine that said suspects are guilty, I will only kill those I KNOW (indisputably) are guilty. Primary criminal targets will be people who harm/rape children.

    3. Another thing is, I would have the deaths be spread out, I would worry about amount in that case because on that scale I couldn’t humanly kill enough people per day (nor would I if I could) to make someone think “hmm… something is not right…” I will not kill out of hatred or anger either. I would space my killing times 2-3 days apart just for caution sakes. I will also not simply kill people just with heart attacks and repeating offenders won’t die of suicide I will be as varied with cause of death as possible and I will keep in mind deaths appropriate for the victims in terms with their situation and age (A young man shouldn’t die via heart attack a healthy man should die of disease, etc) this would be the system I would employ.

    With that out the way, what I WOULD do is test it (I’m a curious person) with the mentioned method and then destroy the notebook so the death god with me wouldn’t kill me out of boredom/irritation. I will probably hate myself for the rest of my life for ruining two innocent lives just to sate my curiosity.

    • A random guy

      If i were you i would simply disown the book, that way you wouldn’t live in guilt for the rest of your life and the death god would leave you and this world hopefully forever :)

    • Oryx Chi

      Remember that killing via only heart attacks helped Light shroud other of his crimes. I must say I admire both Light and L for their introspective thoughts.

  • TheBrainwasher

    nice article. I know im kinda late but Im gonna answer this. I had totally picked it. I should use it to make a better world. lights main problem was wanting to become a “god” so as he was saving this rotten world, he was getting rotten himself for so much power. So yeah this world is horrible, full of really bad people, people that doesnt deserve to live. I should only kill those who deserve it. I probably would use diferent methods instead of just a heart attack. Killing lots of bad guys may get people scared and maybe peace will finally become true. Yeah lots of deaths but peace. War’s goal should be peace but instead is just power. If the greatest power is in my hands i would became the greatest crimanal ever but I belive the world could handle the death of hundreds of criminals rather than innocent people. I may suicide at the end. Is legacy what matters.
    inb4 tl;dr
    I’m a little crazy isnt it?

  • tony

    i would use it for my own cost,and yes, i would probaly be crazy but i think its worth it,cuz there are people who doesnt deserve to live.
    and you ask who are the people that dosent deserve to live? is those person i hate,yeh,you prob find me already crazy but so what? if it helps my life its all good.

  • Roy

    First your article is very interesing. As a fan of the anime i already tought of what i would do with a death note.I would try to resist but i don’t think i could.I will star with eleminate only the most important criminal but at some point also those who stand in my way in life. I would probably be drunk of power and take myself for god. That ‘s why i think the power of deat and life shouldn’t be in mankind hand ( sorry for my english )

    • Donald Ash

      Thanks, Roy. I think most people, including me, think the same thing that you do. Yeah, the power of life and death is pretty heavy stuff; it’s definitely not a power I’d want to be in charge of.

  • kenshin

    I would pick the death note and keep it. I actually have one(fake,not with powers.lol) i would kill everyone ihate. Maybe end up like light yagami. I might become crazy, but i feel evil already, whoever pisses me off, i wish i could eliminate them. With the death note will be easier for me, maybe kill the criminals. Maybe a few, to send them a message not to mess with me, after that, whoever tries to stop me, they will cease to exist, no matter who it is. I would even make the deal for the shinigami eyes, makes things easier.

    • Julia8

      Exactly the same as me ! I also have a fake death note , lol . I would also use it one with power for writing down the names of the people I hate !

  • MizuHann224

    if i ever found a death note, i wouldnt know what to do with it, it would be very overwhelming at first and i would probably do the same thing a Light, try it out to see if it was real, then if it was……i dont know what i would do, it would be very powerful and extremely dangerous. not many people could handle such a power and keep it from going to your head, and not try becoming “God” (if there is one) (atheist)

  • asdfasdfasdfasdfasdf

    oh i use that and use it a lot!

  • Katelin

    Okay,Now I’m scared of bloody Mary, chuckee, Freddy Kruger, and I’m scared that someone I know is going to kill me with this death note.

  • anonymous

    I would take it. I bring it home. I wouldn’t kill quite as many people as Light and I would’t make it obvious. I would kill only terrible criminals and do it over a slow course of time. They would all be accidents or murder by someone else. There would be no proof it would be. And, I can die knowing that I’ve left my imprint on the world. Yes, I’ve killed a few people, but think about how many lives I have saved. Someone has to do it. And I am more than willing.

    • anonymous

      I wouldnt be proud about my power either. I would do it quietly and with stealth. People would end up noticing but they would never find me since I kill infrequently. I watched the entire series of death note. A few weeks after my friend and I were discussing characters. My friend said this: “Light was truly evil for killing that many people. Still, he made an excellent villain.” Then it suddenly dawned on me. I had never once though of Light as a Villain. I though of him more as a hero. I believed in what he was doing. Is it really evil to stop crime and rid the world of darkness? The people who stand in his way of creating a world of piece and harmony, they are truly the evil ones. I would use my death note without guilt, but with pleasure knowing that I am making a difference. And that’s what I would do with a death note.

      (BTW the comment I’m replying to right now is by me as well.)

      • Ryuk

        yea i never toke it in consideration that light was evil i thought i would of done the same thing kill the agents cus they could of killed me and the criminals because they hurt people or stole stuff etc… so in the end the criminals deserve it especially the murderers and maybe that could teach people not to be a criminal if they know they will end up dying anyway

        • J

          Ryuk, your a Shini-Gami, you can’t be killed or even seen unless someone touches your Death Note or a piece of it~J

    • tacopunchX3

      do my theory(get the eyes and save people who have like one as their lifespan by following them and keep them from death)

      • pandacorn

        Does the deathnote even work like that? I know that your philosophy would kill you if you were a shinigami but would it work for a human?

  • Dane

    Hmmm… In my case, I would probably take it. The only hesitance I would have about using it is that Ryuk even says the user can go to neither heaven nor hell when they die. If I did decide to use it, I would have to go all out, killing all the criminals I could. However, unlike Light, I would not make most of my first victims die of heart attacks, it would be more random. Maybe even play on one of the world’s spreading diseases.

    • kavok497

      Kill everyone by Ebola!

  • TsukiyomiHinamoriAmu

    your post is very interesting…
    Actually I’m a fan of L and of course I hate Light! Some or most fan of L surely hate Light because he’s evil and such! but, I am different i dare to say… actually when first I read the Death Note manga, I was sided with Light… until L died in volume 7. *sorry if I’m spoiling stuff* well, since it’s Light vs Near, i really didn’t find it amusing anymore, but i still read it until end. well, i know it’s weird, but I began to love and fave L since i realized his death, well, to tell the truth I missed him! I like L vs Light more than Near vs Light… -_-

    Sorry for my rambling, anyway, back to your question… What if I found the Death Note?
    well, I’ll just be honest, even if I’m a fan of L, that doesn’t mean I won’t pick it up and just let it be, just because that is ‘device’ that killed my precious L. Well No. I won’t pass the chance, and I will pick it up and bring it to my home. Firstly, of course I knew that killing people is wrong, but… as a fan, of course It would be very interesting to try!
    well, firstly, I asked any other person to write one of his friend with the face in it, and… if that’s working, well, I wouldn’t burned it! I would keep it for myself, but I won’t killed criminals like Light, I will use it when I’m in deep trouble… when someone want to kill me or raped me and my friends and such.

    I do not wish to kill criminals because they also have their reasons to commit, what about they commit because to feed their families or the police just arrest the wrong person? the innocent would die and their dear friends/families would be truly sad… I know some criminals just kill or commit for their own amusement, but that’s why there’s LAW!

    but, if someone trying to kill me, I won’t hesitate to kill because I will just defend myself!
    That’s my opinion though, by the way I also have the fake Death Note :P

  • payback1017

    I’d either burn it or weight for its respective Shinigami to come so I could return it.

  • black blood shead

    hmmm… i would use it to kill obama but the only difficult thing is that ryuk said the user will not go to heaven or hell strange

    • Ajakskdkeosksmmx

      Haha, no you heard wrong. Ryuk said that HE would be the one to CHOOSE whether or not Light would go to heaven.

  • black blood shead

    how would i kill obama: he would die of killing himself with 5 nukes

  • black blood shead

    i mean dont get me wrong im a good person i would let it be but i hate obama hes destroying our country

    • Black Blood Shead should die

      You are a fucking moron.

  • black blood shead

    but after that i would burn it

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003123864121 Maree Not-Curie

    Pick it up and burn it. Without thought.

    Well, I’d look over it to see if it’s one of the imitation ones, I have one of those so I could compare them. I would not check by killing someone with it. Or I would wait to see if a Shinigami came for it, unless it took to long, then straight into the fire you go, book of Death and torment.
    I can say it easily because I’ve had the thinking time from watching Death Note and talking about the death penalty in a Philosophy class I did last year.

    The comments are starting to seriously scare me, so I’m going to leave, and hope that if a Death Note does exist and ever falls to Earth it either falls in my backyard so I can burn it, or L is around to stop it.

    • MrZAP

      Thank you for being someone else who shares my exact position. Take it without hesitation. Wait a specified time for shinigami to show up (a month is enough, I suppose) then if they show up or the month ends burn it, also without hesitation. Killing is wrong, end of story.

      Well, on that note if I did have confirmation that it was real I might try to get my hands on and destroy others, and possibly see if I could prevent shinigami from using them as well. I doubt either thing would be possible though.

      That’s only if I could be assured that such a thing was possible, though. In all honesty if I found a Death Note I would be convinced someone was screwing around and playing with merchandise unless proven otherwise. I don’t believe in the supernatural by default, and even if I did I would find it highly unlikely that it would mirror a work of fiction so precisely. I might just keep it a novelty item in such a scenario. I’d never write a word in it, however, just because the sheer sentiment of putting a name into it (feigning wanting to kill people or whatever) is so completely repugnant to me (and also because of that tiny voice in the back of my head that would go “just in case…”).

      • Anon A Moose

        “Killing is wrong, end of story”. Lolz.

        So, you only eat living things? (Even vegetarians eat dead plants)

        Or is that a racism thing? Its only wrong to kill other humans?

        So killing in self defence, or in the defence of an innocent, or to prevent even greater loss of life, is wrong, regardless?

        How jokes. Your sense of right and wrong is even more childish than Lights, and that’s saying something.

  • Alex Ștefan

    I would use it to draw in it…and take some notes…and take control of a mafia empire so I can kill the police, the criminals, after some time, the rest of the world and kill the mafia until i remain the only human in the world.

    • Lelouch

      Me too!! :)

      • Callen Kozuki

        Lelouch ! what you’re doing here ! don’t be like this light yagami guy he’s a mean person !!!

    • Atl2011

      Now that’s just stupid why would you want that, be the only one left alive

    • Cheese

      Haha. That’s just a stupid idea.

  • kira

    i already have one so….

  • gerjan

    i would turn one person in a prisson into a zombie :) way faster than writing all those names. just kidding if i would find a death note then i would burn it. if you kill people then you are just as evil as the people you kill.

  • ledgespidey

    actually i didn’t recieve a death note…..it’s a comment that says>>>>>G

    DONT READ DO NOT READ THIS. ON THE NEAREST FRIDAY U WILL BE
    KISSED BY YOUR TRUE LOVE. THAT IS ONLY IF U POST THIS TO 5 OTHER GAMES.
    IF U DON’T U ARE DEAD IN TWO DAYS. U HAVE ONE HOUR TO DO THIS AFTER U
    READ IT

  • Sakujo

    I would eliminate the most dangerous world’s criminals in the world and then forbid the ownership of the note and get my memory erased.

    • Donald Ash

      I LOVE that your post name is “Sakujo!” Haha…nice.

  • Atl2011

    Oh I would deffiently use it, I would take care of all those murdurous criminals out there, I wouldn’t be so stupid and continuously write names, I would like do it once a month or something so I wouldn’t get caught, but yeah getting ride of all those criminals that did wrong by killing people and got life on jail without paroll and the ones on death row would be good to get rid of.

  • reloaded103

    I would pick it up and do what Light planned.

  • Kira

    I would kill as many of the world’s worst criminals as I could, in the same way, where they will be found. The whole point is to make sure people know what the consequences for murder and rape etc. are. Legacy is what matters.

  • Thee punk

    I would pick it up and use it if anyone tries to kill me if i know when am giong to die i eould burn it before i die

  • Light Yagami

    I would become Kira, Justice, GOD OF THE NEW WORLD!

    • tacopunchX3

      also take a potato chip and EAT IT?

      • Anon A Moose

        Best. Dramatic. Line. EVER!!!!!

    • Draken

      Ha foolish humans you know nothing of the world. You are all dead and haven’t noticed yet, just so pitiful I almost have pity for you all

  • Light Yagami

    Well I already have done it…

  • Kira

    I would kill anyone that stood in my way of becoming leader!!! I will kill anyone put in jail, i will even kill my friends if they get in my way!!!! I WILL BE GOD!!!!!

    • tacopunchX3

      and take a potatochip, AND EAT IT?

  • Anonymous

    Not only would I start killing those who I deem useless, but I would also get the Shinigami Eyes the second I see a Shinigami (Just to speed up the process of killing people (I wouldn’t have to talk to them))

  • emocolten

    I would use the notebook the same way light did to make the world a better place and become god of the new world

  • Skrede

    Well if you burn it, after being the owner of it you’d die too …

    • Nobody (Because nobody cares)

      Uh, no. That was made up. Watch the anime.

  • Anonymous

    I Would Use it to Cure My Boredom…

  • J

    I would use it to get the ultimate revenge on all my enemies. And also a little of the killing the criminals thing. And Justin Bieber.

    • N

      i disagree that ur going to use death note just to kill your enemies.. but i agree that you will kill JUSTIN BIEBER.. haha :))

    • disqus_b8cB1sfYRU

      so, there is a second J, glad to meet you, and judging by the fact that some people forget you can kill with an accident, i will be looking for heart attack related deaths that happen, besides from bieber, he would be my test if i ever found a real Death Note~J

  • Raito

    I would become the God of a new world! I would become… JUSTICE!!!!

  • iamnobody

    eliminate all war inciting elements and end war across the globe. then, rain hell to those who commit intolerable crime that is potent to destroy people’s life, murderer, rapist, terrorist, psychopaths, fools, and many more. after the world is holy and clean again, I’ll destroy the note and terminate myself, and let punishment rain down on me.

  • renegade

    I’d use without a doubt, but I’d get somebody else to write names for me, that way I’d still be able to go to heaven or hell (which both apparently exist in Death Note according to the notes rules). I wouldn’t use it often, due to the risks involved with letting somebody else write names.

    The main issue would be preventing the person whom writes the names from knowing they’re actually killing, meaning giving them the note with instructions is out of the question. So perhaps I’d take a page from the note, then get a person to write a massive bunch of names in the page, all whilst they see photos of the people whose names they are writing. I’d give the person who writes the names a lot of cash to write these names and of course they’d write them. Once that’s done I’d get them to write their own name in the note, so that the person who wrote the names die before figuring out they killed people and report the note to the police or whoever. Then I’d take the cash I just gave them to complete this task back.

    Wait a couple of years, all while choosing wisely and researching who will write the names next time.

    Repeat.

  • Raito12

    Same what Light did but with some changes.

  • whenwahtwhere

    i will be thw NEW GOD of this world….!!!!!!

    im serious,, im gonna erase all the evil in this world, and be the Justice…!!!!

  • Psycho

    Mass destruction everyone gone and starting the planet anew with no evil. Or Burt to death with all the nuclear plants left on. Call me crazy but the world has gone to shit humanity is doomed and the worst part is we can’t do anything about it. We’re fucked anyway might as well go out in style

  • L J S

    Well.. Hmph, I’d be scared to find the Death Note. First of all, I’d not be scared because of the power and all that stuff, I’d be scared of what I’d do with it.
    Because I feel, no, I /know/ that I would use it to the wrong use.
    I know what I’d do. I’ll kill my ‘best friend’. Or so she thinks I’m her best friend, but she is always stabbing me in the back, and betraying me and calling me all kinds of names. Some best friend she is!
    Anyways, she’d be the first to go. THEN I’d kill the girl she keeps betraying me for. That and because the girl she is betraying me for used to bully me.

    Basically, I’ll kill anyone who pisses me off. And all who stand in my way. I’d not be surving the world any good, just benefiting myself. I know its wrong, but I believe that’s what I’d do.
    You wanted the truth, I gave it..

  • Miwa

    I would almost do the same as light, kill criminals but what i truly would do is to make this world a Gentle and intelligent world where people are kind and sweet. I know it would be bad to use the Death not because after you die, you go the same place as everyone you have killed, but that would be only 1 chance, i mean you don’t see everyday a note of death falling down from the sky. if it would happen i would take the chance and kill anyone that stays in my way to justice.

  • l

    during my time in middle school i suffred a lot from bulling so i´d probably kill all those who made me suffer then i would forfeit the ownership of the death note.

  • Kirasama

    I would so use it to my own advantage. screw using to kill convicts, it’s a waste of power. I mean come on, a chance to kill everyone that has wronged you ever? who could pass that up? All you need is a name, and a picture right? How had is that to get with the internet now a days? So how would I use it? easy, for my own gain of course. It would also be really easy to get away with it if you made your kills random and in different parts of the world, VS just in one area.

  • erkw34

    i will simpy write down the names of all the people i hate, and kill them in the most painfull ways.

  • YanKing

    Just remember that once you use it, you cannot go to either heaven or hell…

    • MrZAP

      Yeah but that’s rather moot considering the way the Death Note works (end story spoilers and all that), isn’t it? I mean, I’d never use it, but I still don’t think that’s a real deterrent.

      • rem

        Have you even read the manga….. Light realised that what ryuk meant was that there is no heaven and hell.

  • indefinitely

    Id send pieces of the note out to everyone i could (before it ran out, if it can) with instructions to write peoples names on it they care about so that that person would be watch over by an angle, thus targeting religious and stupid people alike. or just find other ways to fuck with people. Good or bad.

  • what would I do?

    If I was lucky and got a death note I would USE IT and not just on criminals, I would use it on anyone who makes this world the way it is, the real world needs to be more like people from gamer or anime (the nice people) but that is not going to happen on its own which is why i would kill bad people and anyone who defends them or will not help the world today

    I would not be kira I would be a worse version. and also I would kill people that are mean in general not just people who commit crime if I found out.

    You may say “that’s not justice” or “I couldn’t do that” but if you know it or not the chance of you also using it even if it is only once is very high and while I would not kill people who don’t share my thoughts I would be ashamed.

  • John

    humans are disgusting, ill have to kill everyone except myself.

  • John

    No, all jokes aside I would do the same as Nanami – destroy it as soon as possible. I can only assume that people on here are not actually serious of using it.

  • hataarii

    All these people saying they have death notes. If you actually did I’m sure you wouldn’t want to share that with all of us, because since people do anything for power over others.

  • collin677

    If i had the power of the death note i wouldn’t just kill criminals or the wicked…i would kill everyone. I would murder anyone who has ever laughed at me, got in my way, hurt me, anything to make me mad. I would also get the eyes so i can look at their face to get the name instead of asking every single fucking one…half my lifetime to rid this world…

  • Sorrowmystery

    Hmmmmm…I was thinking about this already and I’d have to say the obvious. I would pick it up out of curiosity and read through the instructions first. I would hide it until I’m left alone (I’m known to get crazy/dark dreams, so I tend to scare people) then to the internet I would go and find a criminal, but I don’t use one that would be where I live (you know, justi n case). Once I see it works, I would kill all who i beleive are evil, sorta like Light only I’d add names from big corporations that are destroying the world’s wildlife. So, I would become Kira, just to see how long I would last before being caught.

    Hurray for killing just for the heck of it!! HAHAHAHAHA! >:D

  • Ryuk

    I just give someone the shinigami eyes and get half of that morons lifespan en live for all eternity

  • Xagenn Bonebracker

    i would write jusus and see what hapens moses and all that shit next the presidents ministers and every form of authority i would kill 100 000 thousand people by making them write my name on theyr bodies with knives then dying

  • Xagenn Bonebracker

    wanting justice is childish wanting the world is ambition

  • Whatthehell

    I would like to write the name of someone that I really-really hate first, don’t wanna waste my time I would write how she gonna die and make it so painfully! And after that I would like to write names of ignorant people in this world most likely people who have big influences. Erase them all from this earth.

  • poop

    cake is a magic number

  • Christian

    I’d do exactly what Light was trying to do. But some of the rules of the Death Note make it not want me to do it. But all in all I’d most likely go off of Light’s plan.

  • SmogBlock

    One word: Teemo.

  • Kaz Ewol

    If i had the death note, being in Canada, i would start killing only criminals that were released tothe public in Japan. I would do this to help keep suspicion off of anyone in canada, since L (or who ever actes as L) would suspect someone in Japan above all else, since that is where the killing started. Eventually, I would make my way across the globe killing criminals, as to show the people that there is someone out there, a Kira. Plus, it would still help keeping my locationa secret. I would bounce around everywhere with the killing as well. I would kill say 20 criminals in austrailia, 13 in china, and 26 in Japan. Using this time that i would buy myself, i would hack into all national police force servers, so i can kill criminals that were never released to the public in all these countries.

  • jaylen scott

    i would kill gays

  • Chicken

    I honestly wouldn’t pick it up. There are people out there that ARE as smart as L..and I could get caught and end up dying. So yeah.

  • Chicken

    And anyway..I would become just as cruel as the people who kill innocent people. I wouldn’t want that to happen.

  • Bill Nye

    Theres someone who has made my life miserable, forever,
    I would write; (name name) “because they made me miserable my whole lifetime”, “she will start dripping powerful acid from every hole in her body until she finally dies”

  • StraightShooter

    I would use it for my own personnel gain no doubt about it. If someone cross my path and i didn’t like them i would probably kill them. I do not believe in right or wrong it isn’t as simple as that. If one person believes something to be right and other does not who are we to say who’s right? Us humans like to think of ourselves above animals were smarter higher beings. But when it comes down to it we are just animals it’s survival of the fittest. The smarter we got the more things we think about the more things we think about the more we fear. Out of fear we created morals so it would be an invisible but powerful force to stop the powerful from destroying the weak. I would use the death note to crush those in my way i wouldn’t kill random people but i sure as hell would kill anyone who angers me. And hopefully it would lead to a new world created by my ideals. And would not feel guilty for those who i kill and heck i might kill convicts also.

  • A random guy

    If i found the death note, i would use it for my personal gain. But since i am a honest and kind person and my personal values benefit others i would end up making the world a better place.
    I would begin with killing off influential people who misuse the money/power they have like warlords or dictators around the world.
    I would make the victims spend all their money on a good cause, like charity or actually improving the conditions of other people. After that i would make them hang themselves wearing guy Fawkes masks.
    I would rid the world off all pathetic scum who turned the world into what it is now and hand power over to people with similar values as mine and by doing that improve the living conditions of millions at the cost of just a few.
    Kira/light was just a pathetic kid with a huge ego he thought he could change the world by ridding it off simple criminals. Criminals will always exist, that’s just human nature however the real criminals are the ones with power or posses a huge amount of resources and abuse them. Crimes such as Exploitation of weaker countries , declaring war or disrespecting human rights would lead to instant execution!
    I would never have to get the shinigami eyes since all the people i execute will be famous warlords or dictators/presidents.
    I would create a huge anonymous organization that consists of all the people in the society, I would share my power systematically with other people whom i can trust have the same values as i and together we will carry out justice !
    Even after i die or the notebook is used up, our ideology will live on and people will forever strive to fight injustice!

    • Oryx Chi

      Well well well. I can tell that would be good and bad. I mean the whole reason Light got caught was because his secret was revealed to several people which unfortunately was necessary. But imagine if Misa had never come. I think the whole explosion if the book would had worked! There would be absolutely no one to say he was Kira.

  • Sernation

    Personally if I found it I would take it, I would use it destroying everyone that has truly ever did me wrong, then I would go on to the corrupt people of this world taking them down one by one if not that I would be a mercanary and have people pay me to kill people using the book, I’d use it for my own gains and no one elses

  • Whriter

    Me? Well I would probably kill of anyone who deserved it. Anyone who has taken or ruined another life would already be dead to me. Any criminal would have to pay for their sins as well as anyone should. I could finally make this a clean and honest world with me to look after it and be worshiped. Anyone who would stand in my way would be preventing me from making the world a better place so I guess that would be a crime too now wouldn’t it? So anyone who got in my way would also die just like a criminal. No one would stand against me or make a fool out of me. I would be the god of the new world. I would become the new KIRA.

    • Crystal

      Um you sound like that psychopath, Light Yagami. Wtf bro

      • Jake

        Creep… that’s demented and wrong.

      • Markus

        I got that vibe too

    • Maka

      What is wrong with you? Don’t you realize that you would be sinning too?

    • Hope

      Wait…. are you Kira?

      • Writer

        If I am then I certainly wouldn’t tell you. I would have to stay quiet about it but I would call crystal if I were you.

        • Hope

          What the hell are you doing?! You said you would only kill the ones who have sinned. Crystal didn’t sin and now her moms saying that she just fell over. WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU!?

          • Writer

            I. AM. JUSTICE!

          • Hope

            NO! You are a fucked up mental creep who just killed my best friend without reason!

          • Writer

            Oh no I had reason. She caused your boyfriend to overdose on the pills yesterday by stuffing them down his throat. it wasn’t suicide. your best friend was a sinner. And now she has payed for making your life worse.

          • Hope

            Oh my god Kira. I finally get it. You only want to make this world sin free and rule to keep it that way. Could you consider being a god with a goddess by his side?

          • Writer

            Huh? Goddess? Are you saying you wish to join me?

          • Hope

            Yes Kira. I am.

          • Writer

            So be it. Where are you?

          • Hope

            I’m in the park at Portsmouth Ohio. The one with the big blue turtle. Meat me here again tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. I love you Kira. See you soon

          • Writer

            See ya

    • Oryx Chi

      I think you would have lts of problems with that. COme up you know that

  • The Death Scepter

    Hmm. If I found a real death note I would first like to know the truth regarding the rule about ‘any user of death note will never go to hell or heaven’ as it wasn’t clear in the story nor is sufficiently explained in the notebook itself (which as it happens I also posess). Secondly I would have to establish a goal. That goal wouldn’t be something as foolish as changing humanity – lets face it, humanity is rotten and thats why its so fun! I would most likely kill all leaders of ALL countries, and keep killing them untill there was no one willing to become a leader. Then I would present someone as a leader of the world (who would be controlled by me ofcourse) and create one nation. Nobody would be able to opose me – afterall how would they do it? They can’t even establish a leader to lead them. All humans would become part of my nation. Then I could feel generous and kill all prisioners. Why not? It would be faster and less boring than killing them everyday by yourself. There would be no more wars, because there would be nobody to challenge me. Yeah that would be fun. Changing humans is pointless, but conquering entire world is quite a feat. Yes, I would do all that… providing that the rule about me going to hell or heaven would be fake or if there was a way to somehow evade it.

  • anonimus

    i´ve found a little metal death note but i don´t know if that is real

  • L. Skylar

    I would definetly do the same as Light, but better planned. But I’m still wavering between L and Kira. I never thought of Kira being ‘evil’ the world is rotting and if someone doesn’t do something than who will? Sometimes you have to destroy something to be able to modify it or create it anew. Or you can just make the public think that someone is killing criminals. But that’s no good. Kira must exist for this world to be a better place, someone must sacrifice himself for this world. Yes, if Kira and deathnote existed than Kira is sacrificing himself for us. We must think of him as a hero not just a villain or murderer. Justice must prevail? I do reckon that God once killed every human except Noah and some others to redo humanity. Dont you think that its better for Kira to kill the guilty than for God to do that again? Well, if God, Kira, L, or even the deathnote exist. Than that would be great.

  • Ryuik or something like that

    Late but want to say I would try to guide the world to general peace kill all the evil leaders would not waste my time on those who are going to spend the rest of there lives in prison

  • Oryx Chi

    Well, I will just put it out there: I would use the notebook but I would probably just test it once and not use it for a long time after that. So, here is a question, do you think Light would had gotten away with it if he had been more careful?
    Well behold my plan. Please tell me the faults that you find, I am interested if someone would figure out who I am.
    1. I would test it using someone who I hate, perhaps a criminal, certainly not someone I know.
    2. If it did work, I would hide it and replace the “death Note” cover with something else. Where I would hide it? In a box fill with school papers. I would do the same thing as light, but I am not that smart. Since no one would be looking for it, I believe it would be safe for the time being.
    3. Then I would spend months planning the best use for the notebook. I believe killing criminals would exposed me too much. Of course, I wouldn’t make the same mistake as Light of killing someone in TV without first making sure that that TV show is shown internationally.
    4. Well I would use the notebook for other purposes, but assuming I did use it in a massive scale to kill criminals I would first start writing names of the worst criminals. Then I would persecute those with minor crimes. Assuming that I did get information from police dad, I would make sure L doesn’t know that. I would probably only kill by night with heart attacks, so to imply that I can only use the notebook during the night.
    5. I actually think Light did a very nice job hiding his identity. The only problem in my opinion is that he limited L’s search to only Japan. I would had probably kill most of the criminals in another country as to imply that I am living there. Everything else he did perfectly.
    6. Also, I would had met Near before even trying to write his name in the notebook (just like with L). In my opinion, it was because Light never met Near that he didn’t understand the lever of thought Near put into his investigation.

  • John smith

    How sick could it be if you were like an assassin, you could charge exuberant amounts of money to kill people in various ways. I’m kinda thinking from a “wouldn’t it be cool if” perspective,

    You don’t know who I am so … anyway I’m a christian and I believe that he [god] has sovereignty over his creation, therefore he can judge those as he sees fit.

    however, if i was light, i wouldn’t of done this by hand … Id cut out the paper from the death note and make it so it fits in a printer. then compile a massive compilation of names, and make all the deaths happen in a systematic “plague – like” way, so that it looks like an act of God over criminals of the past 5-10 years, this would leave an effective mark on humans, and could be done once every 5 years so that people get the point. the only thing i would wonder is if print on the death note works. however, I wonder what the outcome would be, would the world almost be post-apocolyptic … an interesting sentiment never-the-less. Any-who, L would never catch me, i would leave no trace of myself, and i would be un-biest and invisible

  • L.

    I personally would do the same exact thing light did but there would be a few people I would kill just for personal game

  • L.

    Honestly I would use it to bring order and justice just like light did, but there would be a few I would kill just for personal gain and revenge

    • L.

      Yea they would be dead but at least they got was coming

  • Ness

    See thats the whole point. First you only kill the bad ones. And then you turn crazy and just kill everyone. Good and Bad must exist both. If i saw the notebook, i would picked it up and save it where nobody will ever find it.

  • Music and Colour

    I would kill all my enemies and enemies of my family or friends but before the specific person dies i would kill all of their loved ones and make them die in a painful way i might sound evil but I’m not i just getting a “permanent” revenge.

    • Music and colour

      Although I would like to be there to see them die and suffer.
      I would like the idea of becoming a shinigami

  • Jennifer

    I would use it too kill my parents. They get me depressed all the time, and they’re the reason why I’m emotionally and psychologically weak.

  • LAWandJUSTICE

    Okay, I just want to say that the ney ”kira” is me, I’m the new kira and i’m tryng to see if the new ”L” can take this as a clue to get me.
    First: The First Person I killed wasn’t by heart attack and was famous.
    Second: I’m Leaving some clew in every non-heart attack person i kill
    Third: This Is to you guys, who might like me or hate me, I won’t like if you call me “kira” because I am only doing what is need to do.
    Fourthy: I’m not american, as you can see L/the one who is behind me I’m not american and you can take this as a clue to know where I am.
    Fifth: When I’m about to be caught I will give the Death Note to someone.

    You there can call me “strange” or something like that, but in time, you will see the things I will do with the Death Note. P.S: You will never get me.

  • Ahmad Hamizan

    If i get the deathnote . I will become te god o the new world but not like kira . Kira is foolish , there is no way he can kill every criminal in the world , criminal will always born . If i get the deathnote i will kill every leader i the world as i see fit . Only the leader can change the world for better . New rules will be made , made by my own terms . If they deny me ,

  • Montagne

    I would both pick up the Death Note and use it. If it worked and presuming Shinigami are real, I would ask the Shinigami as much as I could about the Death Note. I’m going to be frank though. There is no justice in murder and, hypothetically if this were all real, I would never try to deify myself as some savior or martyr etc. Letting their emotions cloud their judgement was perhaps the only downfall of the Death Note owners in the series. Anyone saying they’d burn the Death Note after using it once isn’t thinking clearly either. Mu sounds boring as hell to me hehe. Of course… This is all hypothetical :}

  • hail119

    Well i would actually kill criminals and people who bring injustace …….. that includes major bullys in school cuz …. who cares if they die ? The shinigami eye deal is something i will accept …… i will right 2 pages a day and kill all fbi aggents and stalkers ……. i will keep 3 pages in my wallet ……first guy i will kill is some bully (John , april 29 2014,12pm dies of accident faling from top boarding school roof , 1 hour earlier plays guitar on the roof) …… deaths of all people i right wont be heart attcks to avoid suspicions (why didnt you think of this light ? )

  • N

    i like kira and also hate him, he kills the criminals so thats justice right? so i salute. but you know kira is selfish..

    • Genesis

      dude, you have a point that kira is selfish, but i disagree that killing criminals is justice. let the government and the real god do it. dude your smart but i think your idiot.. :))

      • N

        mr. genesis, i know that killing criminals is still against the law.. look if ur the victim then the criminal kill you but u survive what will you do? or lets change the scenario ur the victim and the criminal raped you for example.. what will you do? lets say you report to the police and the criminal is in jail, are you satisfied? hmmph :3

        • disqus_b8cB1sfYRU

          N, i agree with your point of view, but i think your starting to sound more like Kira then N, i do get worried about you and i hope i do not have to send you to jail~J

          • Anon A Moose

            Aiding and abetting murder is a crime equivalent with murder in the eyes of the law.

            Criminals who are captured and placed in a cage. With other criminals, with different of possibly superior skill sets. All of whom have a lot of time on there hands.

            Teaching a murderer how better to murder is aiding in murder.

            Allowing a murderer to walk within a crowd, when you fully know he is a murderer, is abetting murder.

            Thus, governments aid and abet all crimes committed by repeat offenders.

            Of course, what government would take itself to court?

            I would also like to point out that the government is made up of flawed people, like you and I, and that people want to keep what they have.

            Thus, leave it to the government? Or, said a different way, “I know that they, or some of them, should die, but let someone else do it.”

            Evil thrives when the good do nothing. Or, a different way “Evil thrives when everyone else is too lazy or scared to do anything about it.”

            Silly Genesis. As a side note, I still don’t run your card in my Deck. 2G is fine, but the graveyard condition is rough!

  • Chazz

    I would use it on all who made me suffer in the past. Also, to end the life of those who seek to harm my friends. I care little about those who make me or my friends suffer.

  • Anonymous

    I would definately use the book to kill people like torturers, murderers, rapists, etc. They are just dead weights holding society down. Such vermin don’t deserve to live.

  • don’twanttosay

    personnaly i think i would do same as kira (sorry for my bad english) because I think he is right this world is full of criminal prisons are full then some criminal are liberated and I think somebody have to do what light do and if it’s me, it will be me

  • L.Lawliet

    Justin Bieber would be the first to suffer

  • Joshua Wei

    If I found a death note i wud pick it up so nobody can use it

  • Zane Darwen

    The world is ten times better without people we hate. Everyone that pissed me off, today. would’ve been dead if I had it, actually…..I may go on a killing spree just for the fun of it, and when your existence is erased in the end who cares, at least you destroyed and had your fill of fun in your life.

  • colby raup

    I would use this power to an advantage but I dont think I have the skill is mind games as much as light but I would pick up the book and the first name I would write down is barac obama

  • the silent key

    This is a pointless discussion I mean realy you think any one even with or without a death note could pull that who killing sharade going and not fell the guilt to go insane or wrote their own name in the book

  • Jared Knight

    To be perfectly honest, i’d want to use it, but the whole “trapped in limbo for eternity” thing would probably make me keep my pen to myself.

  • tacopunchX3

    i would wear gloves get it and burn it because (spoiler maybe?) in the last episode ryuk tells a rule witch he kinda told earlier but its not in the notebook”you know ill proboly write your name in the death note after all this” -ryuk and he says at the last episode “i told you i was going to write your name in my death note, that is the deal between the shinigami and the first person to touch the notebook” and i dont want my life shortened(but if i did use it i would write my name in it and double my lifespan so i get shinigami eyes for free X3)

    • tacopunchX3

      i would also do the eye thing that i said and follow people who have like a one or somrthing on their lifespan and save their life C: the death note can also give you life saving power by my theory instead of a curse that only caused pain and suffering since shinigami come with the death note so thats also how i could use it but itr could be unpredictable what i would do just like how light was wondering if he would acctually do that with a death note (while staring at l for 2 minutes CX)

      • tacopunchX3

        just learned you cant extend life so i could still be a hero and use the eyes for good but i would loose half my lifespan

  • Hejeodshshsh

    After I get the death note I’d order a Yellow pages book… With PICTURES!!!

  • Bill

    Well, honestly… I would probably kill people I didn’t like.

  • deneb

    Honestly i would pick it up, test it it with some very unfortunate random guy on tv and use it to kill criminals and anyone that will get in my way of cleaning this world of evil.. only the pure will live, i would be the last evil person in the world. I would make the eye deal right away as well. Im not a hypocrite, i know its evil to kill but i would take that burden for the greater good. I would give myself a deadline of up to 20years then write my name on the note and rid the world finally of evil.

  • cole

    I would kill the man threatening to rape and kill my girlfriend so I could have her and she’d still be safe

  • Gorudentaiga

    I would pick the Death Note up and take the Shinigami eye deal and use the Death Note to gain wealth for my family to enjoy before I die. I would have the Death Note buried with me.

  • Anon A Moose

    I’ve had a decent amount of spare time, so I asked myself that question (before I found this link).

    Firstly, most people would pick it up. What kind of notebook falls outta the sky? That kind of unusual thing creates curiosity.

    Secondly, I would test it. Duh. I would experiment like crazy, using death row inmates for the majority of the tests. (Anyone can say that murder is evil, but I personally feel that being locked in a cage, with other violent and dangerous offenders, knowing that very soon you will be killed with at least a dozen people watching, is a significantly worse fate than a sudden a swift death. After all, torture is wrong, but freeing someone from suffering is, at worst, morally neutral.) I’d test with type writers, computer printers, long term death plans with multiple moving parts, different languages, and so on. It would be scientifically rigorous, thorough, and thoroughly morbid.

    Then, I would leave the majority of criminals alone. I share some opinions with Light. I do believe the world is rotting. However, I do not think that criminals are directly responsible. They are a symptom, not the disease.

    No, I would attempt to kill MONEY. I would attempt to free us all from a system that defiles anything it touches.

    Money directly supports slavery. “What!?!?!” “No way.” “Thats crazy talk.”. Really? Think about it. What can’t you buy with money? Why would there be slaves if there was no money? We live in a time where slavery is as prevalent as it was 300 years ago. This is strictly because of money. The increased divorce rate? Money problems are the leading cause of divorce. Wars? War is directly linked with money, as an hour with a textbook can prove. World hunger? Well, since food has value, thus monetary worth, there will always be a reason to not distribute it so that we can all have enough. As for positions of power (police, government, finance, transportation), money is the primary motivation for those positions. As such, the desire for more money is nearly unavoidable. Since as a race we have not ethically advanced since the early 1800′s, the inescapable conclusion is that money will corrupt some, if not all, individuals in such positions, which in turn leads to the misery of those influenced by such men.

    I could go on (and have in other dialogues) for HOURS about how money is a huge god damn problem, but this is about the Death Note.

    I’m not going to go heavily into the theoretical plan I brewed up in the last 2 days, but yes, lots of people die. Oh yes. And the world changes. Would it be better? Maybe.

    But it would be different, and more than likely less corrupt.

  • Ramsha

    I might pick it up and take it, but i won’t start killing people just like Light, i’ll keep it for emergencies, like if i get kidnapped or something.

  • OneLittlePrettyKitty

    If I actually got a working Death Note I would actually be quite scared but so freaking happy! I would (like Light) kill all the felons that committed major crimes. Especially rapists. Everyone hates them, and murderers, pedophiles and terrorists, etc..

    I actually think using the Death Note would actually be kind of fun. You’re pretty much playing god. That would be interesting.

  • Kira_Worshipper

    I would continue with Kira`s ideals, creating a new Ideal World.

  • strange butler

    I would kill all the world leaders and watch the events unflod then kill some more when i get bored. I would bring this world down with me and if i die then im dead and cant do much so oh well. Ill keep killing faces i see on tv just cause. I wpuld have a right to this power because i obtained a deathnote.

  • Ajax

    I will eliminate the evil from this world, even if it costs my own soul first. And Yes, I will not hesitate to do the Eye-Deal also !!! Whatever is
    necessary, I will do it to make this world a better place to live for
    the innocent.

    Although I would need 1 more power to use it freely, which is to read mind to confirm whether the person is really guilty or there is some setup.

  • pandacorn

    If I discovered a deathnote I’d write the names for those who dislike a) L and b) cookies. :3

  • Kira

    The possibilities of the death note being true are 0,1% hardly.But if by that 0,1% i had the change to pick up the death note i would do it. This world is cruel and it need to change, I have the complete same thoughts as Yagami Light and thats why i watched that anime. But i wouldnt be so reckless to trust someone in the end like Yagami Light did. I think you have heard the phrase ”An eye for and eye,a tooth for a tooth,an evil for an evil.Thats what i believe too there cant be two gods in one world thats what i would probably believe.

  • Leeroy Jenkins

    I’d pick it up and wait for the school see who wants to piss me off now also end all wars (meaning what side im on wins on a condition though like infinite wealth in that country) so yay? im not fully evil 75% evil 25% of nothing

  • kyuubikid213

    I just watched the entire series (again) on Netflix this past week…and of course, these questions have popped up in my mind.

    I… I know I would pick it up. My life’s not bad or anything, but I watch a lot of movies and shows, play a lot of video games, read a lot of books…where someone is special or has something special or different about them. I’ve longed for that something for a while. Be it super powers or even…the Death Note.

    Would I use it…? Sure. I think anyone that found a Death Note would use it. As dark and terrifying as it is, everyone gets curious. And curiosity…usually gets the better of people. I, like Light, would use the notebook on criminals. With the internet, it wouldn’t be hard to rid the world of all of the worst criminals like terrorists and murderers. The power would likely drive me insane. I’m shaking now even thinking about it…

    And of course…I would also do the Shinigami Eye Deal. It would make it entirely too difficult to use the Death Note without them. On top of that, I tend to forget names a lot, so that’d be useful in regular life as well as when using the Note.

    With the knowledge I have of the series, I would make all of the deaths accidents unless a heart attack would make sense or come across as non-suspicious. If the series didn’t exist and a Death Note came into my possession, it would take some time before I thought about not doing heart attacks. It takes time and creativity to come up with an accidental death…just writing the name would be more convenient.

    WITH ALL OF THIS BEING SAID…I am not one who would kill a person in any other situation. I believe people should be punished for their crimes in an appropriate manner. Even if our prison system is broken and criminals that deserve more time or even death do not receive just punishment, losing their freedom is punishment enough. Killing someone gives them the easy way out. They do not feel anything, they do not regret, they do not learn. Everyone deserves a second chance, but they have to earn that chance. I would only feel right killing them with the Death Note because…it wouldn’t be a planned death. It would be a just and deserving death for their crimes and away they would go. In any other situation, if I were in control over another person’s life…I would incapacitate them. I would take the Ender Wiggin route and make sure they couldn’t hurt anyone ever again. Leave them alive, but broken. Leave them with their life, but not their pride.

  • Dick Dickinson

    I’d use it, but I will use something like Dexter’s code with it. I’d kill people I am sure did the crimes. Kira saw himself as a god and went insane. seeing someone was convicted on television is not enough to prove guilt. Also, Kira killed people who stood in his way without hesitation.

  • Natalie S.

    I’d kill criminals. However, I would make sure they really are guilty first as much as I can. I would also never kill innocent people just because they are against me. I would not see myself as god, just see that what I’m doing as a dark gray necessity. I know I would feel guilty for a long time, but I’ll still go through with it. It is wrong, but I just want to save the world. The same way that the Sandman would hurt and steal money for her sick daughter. The way thieves look at our property, not as a sin, but as a survival for their family. Like Robin Hood I will be. But instead of stealing money from the rich to give to the poor, I will steal lives from the guilty to give to the innocent. And one day mine may be stolen for the same purpose.

  • zorocario

    I’ve watched the full series multiple times and read the manga, so calling me a fan would be an understatement, but I still don’t have a clear decision, if it is right or not, as I firmly believe that neither L or Kira are correct. But if I found it, yes I would use it, but limitedly: only criminals that are at large and have committed many crimes, because I see no reason to kill any others.

  • KIRA

    for me i will going to pick it up!!!!!!!!! im going to be a justice of all!!! nahh!!!!i LOVE KILLING and i LOVE SEING PEOPLE DIENG IN FRONT OF ME THAT’s kind a cool yeahh!!! i will going to creaate a perfect worl like kira did………..hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!! i want to have a DEATHNOTE!!!!! thats make me feel very awesome!!!!i love to KILL !!!!! i will going to find the ritual to create a deathnote!!

  • Joyful

    Man, I’ve thought about this even before I saw the question. I’m not surprised people are answering the way they are. Some are lying and saying they wouldn’t use it, but I think most people, if not all people would at least be tempted to use it. I am no exception. I have decided, in the end, I wouldn’t use it. I would burn it. That’s only because I believe in God. I’m sure some of you have thought of religion in this question. I’m being honest, the rule about heaven and hell would definitely get me. I’d be lying if I said an afterlife without heaven would scare me. Even without that, I pray to God so much that I would ask Him about the notebook. I would question Ryuk a lot. I would come to the conclusion that since God can save anyone, I cannot be the judge. I would be afraid of that power as well. Right and wrong is not so simple. People can change. Do they deserve death? Yes. But I already believe that I am no better. I would be willing to kill people if I were in the army or to save people in a tight situation, but even that would be hard. Yes, I would be tempted to use the Death Note. I would feel a sort of obligation to use it. I would be extremely curious. I may even feel guilty for not using it, so I may be tempted to give it to someone who could use it justly. However, I don’t trust people, just saying. If the government got it, I’d expect an eminent WWIII. Now, if I were a soldier in a war, I would be very tempted to use it. Damn, this is hard. In my situation now, I would most likely burn it and spend tons of time in prayer. I wish I could be justice, but unless God gave me a say-so (which I know he wouldn’t since that’s not how he works), I wouldn’t do it. If I didn’t believe in God, hell yeah, I would use it.

  • hi1234567

    writes Justin bieber

  • Zyiggz

    No doubt I would what I want. At times I have a pretty dark and twisted mind. Plus I’m planning on trying sometime to become half-demon. I don’t care what others think of my decision, I would kill all to destroy the world, then kill who I want. Just to be true about what I say.

  • Ree

    I would maybe kill the people who I hate…. actually I will kill the people who I hate but the death not is fake, which is sad hahahaha I’m evil!!!

  • Kira

    I’d just kill all the people I do not like, selfish I know but what are you gonna do. I have a lot of bad days and the people wouldn’t exactly be missed.

  • Rosa Hijne

    funny thing, i once baught myself a deathnote and left it on the table with some friends when i had to go to the bathroom. on my way back i saw someone slip. the name of that person was writtin in my deathnote by my friends LOL ^_^ also 3 whole other pages where full after i came back but still its funny

  • The Arbiter

    I can see that some people would write names just because they don’t like that person. But i would eliminate true criminals – rapists, murderers, arsonists, thieves and even more petty criminals like purse snatchers or embezzlers. The world has to be fixed by passing the only true righteous judgment – death – on the bad people, no matter how small their crime. As long as, unlike Light, you don’t confuse yourself with God.

  • Sn0wbird_03

    I feel like it would be fair to minister the gospel to every person who has done harm to someone and then kill them if they rejected it. But God would give them that choice and whether they reject it or not, they would die sooner or later. But really, it’s not right to kill anyone.

  • Jeff Jiang

    i wouldn’t do much. just keep it with me in case i ever need it.

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