Death Note/Fanfic Recs/Shipping Fics

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Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

Light x L and Mello x Matt and/or Mello x Near

A Cure for Love by halfpromise

A Visit To Wammy's House by dramaq

Addiction by Jezzaanne

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairings: Hints of Light x L, Mello x Matt, and Near x Sayu
  • Synopsis: Because of Light's actions when he was alive the Shinigami Realm and the Human World have become unbalanced with so much death and several new Kiras have begun killing. Light becomes a Shinigami and the Shinigami King tasks him with fixing the mess he made or else he will be crushed by the weight of both worlds-ideally WITHOUT killing anyone seeing as every life he takes will make his burden heavier. But this is easier said than done as Light is suffering from a severe murder addiction. Also the King warped reality so that L, Mello, Matt, Souichiro Yagami and Beyond Birthday are still alive allegedly to "help" him with this quest.
  • Tags: Alternate Universe Fic, Slash Fic, Dark Fic, Back from the Dead, Shinigami, The Atoner, supernatural, horror, character death.

Alternative Gods by Le KING

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairings: Light x L, hints of Mello x Matt
  • Synopsis: Cyberpunk AU. NPA's Light Yagami grows obsessed with catching L, a hacker. To justify L's remarkable skill, Light imagines L is an AI and falls in love with the idea. Too bad L actually turns out to be an AI with some feelings for Light of his own.
  • Tags: AU, Slash Fic, Cyberpunk

Constant Temptation by Dragonrider4000

I Won't Say by angeltrap

The Lion and the Shark and it's sequel The Lion and the Shark 2 by chana080310

Monster by amour tue lentement

My Stupid Reality by Twisted Grim

Point of Succession by Jedi Master Bag

Ragnarok (fanfic) by Skeptikitten

Vacancy by Dozing Dead

L x Light or Light x L

After-School Activities by Subdivided

Beyond the Promise of Strawberries by Ruin Takada

  • Recommended by Ruin Takada, feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): L/Light (no lime or lemon, just innocence), L/OC, Matsuda/OC
  • Synopsis: After Light is sick and tired of L bringing strawberries into bed, and realizing that their fellowship is based on flimsy promises, L launches into a story of his first run-in with Love in the form of a fellow Whammy girl years ago, that may or may not be true. Cute, with shounen-ai (albeit a small amount), and almost-failing attempts at humor.
  • Additional Info: Beginning life as an idea by Immortal Strawberries, a multi-chapter sequel to this is currently in the works. The opposite of its predecessor, it's expected to be a Supernatural/Horror fic by the name of 'Beyond the Horrors of Immortal Man'.

Bodies In Beds by Veterization

  • Recommended by Stranger To Modern, feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Light x L, an odd sort of friendship between Light and Matsuda
  • Synopsis: "Ever wondered what happened to L's body after he died? Light takes care of it. Matsuda watches it all."
  • Tags: Antagonist in Mourning

Brilliance Tarnished by kk-twin

Christmas In July by StereoNights

Concentration by Ratt9

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: slight Light x L
  • Synopsis: Matsuda asks Light to teach him how to seduce someone, so Light demonstrates his techniques on a none-too-willing L. L is determined to ignore Light regardless of what the teen does to him, but Light is determined to get a reaction.
  • Tags: The Yotsuba arc, Ho Yay, The Casanova, dating advice, awkward

Feminism by Lady K. d'Azrael

  • Recommended by Marlee Cross, feral
  • Status: Apparently Dead
  • Pairings: L/fem!Raito
  • Synopsis: An AU of Death Note in which Raito is female and uses her feminine charms to seduce L for her own gain.
  • Tags: Alternate Universe Fic, Genderswitch

Heart of an Assassin by Song Of Eternity

Infection by DXM Junkie

  • Recommended by twilightscribe
  • Status: Dormant
  • Pairings: L x Light
  • Synopsis: During the investigation, an outbreak appears in Great Britain. It's known only as the Rage Virus, an infection that kills anyone who's exposed. Forced to divert his attention away from the Kira case and towards the new developing worldly crisis, L brings the soft and uncalculating Light Yagami with him to the UK. There, things change.
  • Tags: Alternate Universe Fic, Slash Fic, zombies, horror, The Yotsuba arc

Je Fais Partie de Vous and it's sequel Mais ne Vous Appartiennent a Moi by Dragonrider4000

Office Politics by rageprufrock

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Light x L
  • Synopsis: L relates the trials and tribulations of having a sex-based work relationship with his nemesis.
  • Tags: Comedy, Slash Fic, Alternate Universe Fic, Bad Break-up, Crazy Jealous Guy

Pet by Dlvvanzor

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: L/Light
  • Synopsis: Light is never getting out of here. L has gone insane. Dark Fic.
  • Tags: Dark Fic, Alternate Universe Fic, captivity, conditioning

PITCH by uberneko-zero

  • Recommended by Nani
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairings: Light x L, one-sided Light x Misa, one-sided Aiber x L. There's also slight Aiber x Misa, as well as one-sided Hal x L (though it's more of a crush).
  • Synopsis: L is a detective that takes his job far too seriously. He decides to go out and experiment by going to a bar, and meets a sophisticated yet irritating man there. Though he tries to avoid him, he ends up becoming involved with the mysterious brunet.

The Prince of Death by K. Kotone

Sweet Surrender by Anonymous

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: L/Light
  • Synopsis: Kira leaves L a slightly different message than "L, Do you know gods of death love apples" and L wants to test it out.
  • Tags: Slash Fic, Lemon, mind games

To Be Like L by Flying Catfish Bird

True Elision by Ezan

Verloren by Li the Twilight Knight

Light x L x Beyond

Haunted by abovethenightsky

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Implied BB/L, L/Light, and BB/Light
  • Synopsis: A tale of suspense set at the beginning of the second season. With the target of his obsession dead, BB takes to stalking the one responsible.
  • Tags: stalking, obsession, evil twin

Quid Pro Quo by Sychronergy

Light x Misa x L

Educational Experience by Nilahxapiel

  • Recommended by Marlee Cross
  • Status:
  • Pairing: Light/Misa
  • Synopsis: Basically, Light and Misa are having sex while Light is still chained to L, who provides commentary for their lovemaking.
  • Tags: The Yotsuba arc, comedy, het, voyeurism

Going to Marrakesh by Edmondia Dantes Redux

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: L x Light x Misa threesome
  • Synopsis: A post-Yotsuba "Light confesses to being Kira" AU.
  • Tags: Alternate Universe Fic, Dark Fic, insanity, threesome

Let's All Be Friends Together by Sashocirrione

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): Light/L/Misa
  • Synopsis: They worked side-by-side for months. Isn't Ryuuzaki their friend? Sure he wants to capture Kira but he is just misguided. Wouldn't betraying their friend be evil? So Light and Misa come up with a new plan...
  • Tags: Alternate Universe Fic, captivity, Slash Fic, het, threesome, forced relationship

Puzzle Piece by Maiden of the Moon

  • Recommended by Marlee Cross
  • Status:
  • Pairings: L/Misa
  • Synopsis: Kind of a look at how a potential L/Misa pairing would probably play out. Not really heavy on the romance and is more of a character study for Misa.
  • Tags: Het

Rewrite by Kat-chan (AU)

  • Recommended by chibiaries
  • Status:
  • Pairing(s): L/Misa
  • Synopsis: It is an L/Misa AU from Misa's point of view—and let me tell you, a more understated kind of love does wonders for her character. She's still a Kira supporter, the Sakura Incident still occurred, and now Light has apparently caught on to the fact that she knows L, so the whole thing still has that essential Death Note air of tension that every other romance in the fandom lacks.
  • Tags: Het

Serious by Zerbinetta

  • Recommended by Marlee Cross
  • Status: Undergoing rewrite.
  • Pairings: L/Misa, Light/Misa.
  • Synopsis: After Light dumps her, Misa decides to win him back by getting into To-Oh University and becoming a serious law student, befriending a weird fellow student named 'Hideki Ryuga' in the process.
  • Tags: Het, Film Fic


A Subtle Kind by Acey Dearest

Beyond by Catmoongirl

  • Recommended by Maxi1234
  • Status:
  • Pairing: Matt/Mello
  • Synopsis: Mello knew from the minute that smoke bomb went off that he'd never be able to see another sun rise and set, that he'd never be able to wake up with the smell of cigarette smoke cradling him to the one thing that held any lasting value in his world.

By Flashes of Lightning by Bialy

  • Recommended by Clandestine Clear
  • Status:
  • Pairing(s): Mello/Sayu (And she writes it excellently.)
  • Synopsis: At first, Sayu Yagami didn't know why she wasn't speaking. But the answer was never far, or hard to find.
  • Tags: Het

Full of Surprises by Tierfal

  • Recommended by KA
  • Status: N/A
  • Pairing: Mello/Near
  • Synopsis: In which Mello is a Mafia wunderkind, and Near is a stool pigeon. AU

Martyr by Alien ABC's

  • Recommended by aimsme
  • Status: N/A
  • Pairing: Mello/Matt
  • Synopsis: All Mello wants is something to die for. Matt's ruining everything by giving him a reason to live.

Shotgun Religion by Sutlers

  • Recommended by Yuite
  • Status:
  • Pairings: Matt/Mello
  • Synopsis: Matt falls in love with Mello—both continue to be totally fucked up people doing crazy, dangerous things while trying to catch Kira and one-up Near, and they try to not suck at being human beings with actual relationships.

  • The Wammy's House Boys by Wammy'sHouseReject formerly Animeperson798
  • Recommended by mmmmcookie
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairings: Matt x Mello, Mello x Near, and pretty much any other pairing involving Wammy House children, according to the author.
  • Synopsis: Each boy who lives at Wammy's House has their own story to tell, and none of them are pretty. The first chapter involves a fair amount of Squick


7 Minutes In Hell by Mello_Sutcliff

  • Recommended by feral
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: One-sided Misa x Light and Ryuk x Light
  • Synopsis: Misa's attempt to get some alone time with Light goes NOT AS PLANNED.
  • Tags: Slash Fic, Crack Pairing, Lemon, Interspecies Romance, jealousy

Forbidden Fruit [dead link] by ~apple-lurve

The Life Script by MadxHatterxTeapot

  • Recommended by Ailia Sparrowhawk
  • Status:
  • Pairings: Ryuk/OC. Yeah, really.
  • Synopsis: What if there was a notebook that could counteract a Death Note? What would it be like? Would the same rules apply as in the Death Note? Who's hands would it fall into? Would it be used for good or evil? Find out in this fanfiction.

Touch of a God by theladyfeylene

  • Recommended by sauronlulz
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Ryuk/Light
  • Synopsis: "The human couldn't truly understand what it was to be a god. Ryuk could give him a small taste...." A snapshot from the beginning of the series.
  • Tags: Unwanted advances

What Were You Thinking? by Near the Shinigami


Schism by vague.poppyseed

  • Recommended by Halinmonk
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing(s): L/Naomi
  • Synopsis: He wants to take their lives apart and reassemble them so that their pieces would fit this time around.
  • Tags: Het

Other Ships

Better Shinigami by May000

HoneyColoured Hazardry by Lisoata

Nicotine Patches and Picture Books by Underwater Owl

  • Recommended by Maxi1234
  • Status:
  • Pairing: Matt/Near
  • Synopsis: As far as Matt's concerned, this 'saving' bit is the worst thing to ever happen to him. When you get gunned down, you should just die, not wake up in a hospital bed months and miles later. Bloody Near never could leave well enough alone, could he?
  • Tags: Slash Fic

Of Tea and Men by Diluted Thoughts

  • Recommended by sauronlulz
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Higuchi/Namikawa
  • Synopsis: Higuchi Kyosuke was disgusting and vile and crass and ugly. This is what Namikawa Reiji always told himself.
  • Tags: Slash Fic, Crack Pairing

Splinters by vashtijoy

Story of the Century by WhiteLadyDragon