Ryuk (リューク, Ryūku?) is the Shinigami who dropped a Death Note in the
human realm, which was then discovered by Light. It was revealed that Ryuk did it out of boredom, as there was little to do in the Shinigami realm. Ryuk was also found to have tricked the Shinigami King into receiving a second Death Note that would be used by Light, as well as access to the human realm. Ryuk has a great fondness for apples, and will behave unusually if he goes for too long without eating one (for example, he does hand stands or his body twists randomly). He says apples are to Shinigami as cigarettes and alcohol are to humans. He also states that he is shy around girls. For a time, he was Mikami's personal Shinigami.
At the end of the series (and the movie), Light begs Ryuk to use the Death Note to save him. Ryuk, however, reminds Light that he will never help him, and that it will be Ryuk who will end Light's life. Ryuk then tells Light that humans go nowhere (to nothingness) when they die and after writing Light's name in the Death Note, returns to the Shinigami Realm. In the anime, Ryuk watches from atop a tower and writes Light's name in his Death Note, causing him to die in an abandoned building.
Also Known As: Shinigami
Shinigami Rank: 6
Likes: apples, games
Death Note: yes
Mostly Haunting: Light
Anime Seiyuu: Nakamura Shido
Movie Seiyuu: Shidou Nakamura
Ryuk is pretty sadistical and the best way to describe him would be to say “You live life only once”. This of course, doesn’t really hold true for Ryuk since he is a shinigami and he can generally live forever. Ryuk however, is not at all like the other shinigami around him, he hates boredom and lives for excitement. Only for this reason does he take extreme steps like stealing another shinigami’s death note only to drop it in the human world to test what will happen. Ryuk is pretty scary looking, but in general is harmless, as we can see since he stays out of Light’s way and just observes. His favorite food seems to be apples (especially the ones found in the human world). Apples are actually so important that Ryuk undergoes withdrawal symptoms if he does not eat them.
Ryuk is first seen in chapter one along with Light Yagami. He comes from the shinigami world and drops a notebook on the floor, to wait to see if some human will pick it up. Ryuk, of course, doesn’t drop it “accidently” but more on the notion that something exciting might come out of it if a human does pick it up (which it does). Throughout the rest of Death Note, Ryuk is more of an observer and goes around with what Light Yagami says on the promise that something interesting might come out of it. Light is actually very good to Ryuk in general, and Ryuk is probably his closest friend. Ryuk in general, doesn’t do too much in the story, except just listen and go along with the plans that are concoted, that is, until the end…
Interesting Commentary : Friend or Foe? ( & Chapter 107)
What is Ryuk? Just a friend, or is he a foe? Ryuk himself states that he isn’t on anyone’s side, but I really think that Ryuk is not at all as bland as he puts himself off to be. Sure, Ryuk doesn’t help out Light from the beginning too much, but if he really didn’t give a damn, I doubt he would really listen to Light— entertaining or not. Although Ryuk’s primary purpose is to be entertained, I doube he doesn’t have any sort of feeling for Light. The only thing is, he might have a distorted notion… He doesn’t LOVE Light by any means, like Rem loved Misa, but he certainly respects Light and gets to know him well enough. In this case, he really will do things for Light if it means not totally getting involved.
We see that in chapter 107, when Light finally loses to Near, how he behaves. Ryuk himself does not bother to help Light in any way, but does this really mean that he doesn’t care? I really doubt it. It’s important to note that Ryuk says things like “Take a good look at yourself, this isn’t like you at all.” This means that Ryuk did expect something out of Light, and after he wrote Light’s name in the notebook he stated the following: “I was expecting to see how you could make your way out of all of this, but you leaned on me, and you are finished.” But by “finished” did he mean Light’s death literally or just mental death? Obviously, from the chapters before Ryuk even observed how Light potentially went nuts. His mind was broken, finally after such an intense cat and mouse game, always considering himself a God, Light himself has to face death. So hence, Ryuk finally endowed Light with the very death that he himself had given to the rest of the world. This was something that Ryuk had told Light in the beginning, and Light didn’t seem to care back then, but now it meant so much for him.
In actuality, Light’s pleading really meant that Light could no longer face up to the hardships of what he was, he lost his confidence, and really was acting out rashly, the same thing that had gotten Mello killed. Did Ryuk notice this? I believe he did. I believe Ryuk knew that after this move of turning to Ryuk for help, Light would constantly depend on other people instead of himself. I mean, he had already put too much trust into Mikami did he not? Even in the beginning, Light was careful to watch Misa closely, but Light was so confident that he no longer was the cool reserved person he was before. He transformed himself into a God, making himself believe that he was undestructible. This was what Ryuk detected, especially after this last pleading move to Ryuk. He knew that Light was done, that he had finally reached that point which only brought “Misery” to the user of the Death Note. Ryuk was Light’s friend I believe, to kill him at the point. He saved him from Near’s imprisonment, and even later we realize when Mikami went through the prison he killed himself (in either case). So who is not to say that Light would not do the same? Plus, Light was even worse since he himself was Kira, the beginner of it all, not just an partner like Mikami had been. Had Light been allowed to live, would he really be okay: NO! He had already gone crazy by the time 107 had come around, it was such a blow that I doubt he could recover. Even L had said that Kira was childlike and the thing he hates the most is losing. Ryuk knew this, and no matter how horrifying he just gave Light death like this.
If you think about, if Ryuk really wanted to kill him, he would have done so even sooner, back a couple chapters before when it was evident that Light had lost. However, he didn’t do so, he waited and watched until he finally saw the final desperate point that made him do what he did. Ryuk was a friend to Light, and he saw Light’s destruction. Sure, he didn’t want to be bored, but I really believe that he did it as a friend to kill him when he did. He did it to save Light before it went any further to the point of total destruction of this innocent boy that Ryuk’s boredom had turned into a ruthless killer. Light no longer had a resolve of any sort either, so it would only make sense this way. So at the end of it all, Ryuk did something for his friend, just like Rem had done, but this time he did it by killing him, not by allowing him to live any longer.
How to use it I
The human whose name is written in this note shall die.
This note will not take effect unless the writer has the person's face in their mind when writing his/her name. Therefore, people sharing the same name will not be affected.
If the case of death is written within 40 seconds of writing the person's name, it will happen.
If the case of death is not specified, the person will simply die of a heart attack.
After writing the case of death, details of the death should be written in the next 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
How to use it II
This note shall be come the property of the human world, once it touches ground of (arrives in ) the human world.
The owner of the note can recognize the image and voice of its original owner ,i.e. a god of death.
The human who uses this note can neither go to Heaven nor Hell.
How to use it III
If the time of death is written within 40 seconds after writing the cause of death as a heart attack, the time of death can be manipulated, and the time can go into effect within 40 seconds after writing the name.
The human who touches the DEATH NOTE can recognize the image and voice of its original owner, a god of death, even if the human is not the owner of the note.
How to use it IV
The person in possession of the DEATH NOTE is possessed by a god of death, its original owner, until they die.
If a human uses the note, a god of death usually appears in front of him/her within 39 days after he/she uses the note.
God of death, the original owners of the DEATH NOTE, do not do, in principle, anything which will help or prevent the deaths in the note.
A god of death has no obligation to completely explain how to use the note or rules which will apply to the human who owns it.
How to use it V
A god of death can extend his life by putting human names on the note, but humans cannot.
A person can shorten his or her own life by using the note.
The human who becomes the owner of the DEATH NOTE can, in exchange of half of his/her remaining life, get the eyeballs of half of his/her death which will enable him/her to see a human's name and remaining lifetime when looking through them.
A god oh death cannot be killed even if stabbed in his heart with a knife or shot in the head with a gun. However, here are ways to kill a god of death, which are not generally known to the gods of death.
How to use it VI
The conditions for death will not be realized unless it is physically possible for that human or it is reasonably assumed to be carried out by that human.
The specific scope of the condition for death is not known to the gods of death, either. So, you must examine and find out.
How to use it VII
One page taken from the DEATH NOTE, or even a fragment of the page, contains the full effects of the note.
The instrument to write with can be anything, [e.g. cosmetics, blood, etc ] as it can write directly onto the note and remains as legible letters.
Even the original owners of the DEATH NOTE, gods of death, do not know much about the note.
How to use it VIII
You may also write the cause and/or details of death prior to filling in the name of the individual. Be sure to insert the name of the front of the written cause of death. You have about 19 days (according to the human calendar) in order to fill in a name.
Even if you do not actually possess the DEATH NOTE, the effect will be the same if you can recognize the person and his/her name to place in the blank.
How to use it IX
The DEATH NOTE will not affect those under 780 days old.
The DEATH NOTE will be rendered useless if the victim's name is misspelled four times.
How to use it X
"Suicide" is a valid cause of death. Basically all humans are thought to possess the possibility to commit suicide. It is, therefore, not something "unbelievable to think of" .
Whether the cause of the individual's death is either a suicide or accident, If the death leads to the death of more than the intended, the person will simply die of a heart attack. This is to ensure that other lives are not influenced.
How to use it XI
Even after the individual's name, the time of death, and death condition on the DEATH NOTE were filled out, the time and condition of death can be altered as many times as you want, as long as it is changed within 6 minutes and 40 seconds from the time it was filled in. But, of course, this is only possible before the victim dies.
Whenever you want to change anything written on the DEATH NOTE within 6 minutes and 40 seconds after you wrote, you must first rule out the characters you want to erase with two straight lines.
As you see above, the time and condition of death can be change, but once the victim's name has been written, the individual's death can never be avoided.
How to use it XII
If you lose the DEATH NOTE or have it stolen, you will lose its owner ship unless you retrieve it within 490 days.
If you have traded the eye power of a god of death, you will lose the eye power as well sa the memory of the DEATH NOTE, once you lose its ownership. At the same time, the remaining half of your life will not be restored.
How to use it XIII
You may lend the DEATH NOTE to another person while maintaining its ownership. Subletting it to yet another person is possible, too.
The borrower of the DEATH NOTE will not be followed by a god of death. The god of death always remains with the owner of the DEATH NOTE. Also, the borrower cannot trade the eyesight of the god of death.
How to use it XIV
When the owner of the DEATH NOTE dies while the NOTE is being lent, its ownership will be transferred to the person who is holding it at that time.
If the DEATH NOTE is stolen and the owner is killed by the thief, its ownership will automatically be transferred to the thief.
How to use it XV
When the same name is written on more than two DEATH NOTES, the NOTE which was first filled in will take effect, regard less of the time of death.
If writing the same name on more than two DEATH NOTES is completed within a 0.06-second difference, it is regarded as simultaneous; the DEATH NOTE will not take effect and the individual written will not die.
How to use it XVI
The god of death must at least own one DEATH NOTE. That DEATH NOTE must never be lent to or written on by a human.
Exchanging and writing on the DEATH NOTE between the gods of death is no problem.
How to use it XVII
If the god of death decides to use the DEATH NOTE to kill the assassin of an individual he favors, the individual's life will be extended, but the god of death will die.
The dead got of death will disappear, but the DEATH NOTE will remain. The ownership of this DEATH NOTE is usually carried over to the next god of death that touches it, but it is common sense that it is returned to the Great god of death.
How to use it XVIII
Only by touching each other's DEATH NOTE human individuals who own the DEATH NOTE in the human world recognize the appearance or voice of each other's god of death.
An individual with the eye power of a god of death can fell the name and lif span of other humans by looking at that person's face. By possessing the DEATH NOTE, an individual gains the ability to kill and stops being a victim. From this point, a person with the DEATH NOTE cannot seethe life span of other DEATH NOTE owners, including him/herself. But, it is not really necessary for the individual to view the life span of him/herself nor other DEATH NOTE owners.
The god of death must not tell humans the names or life spans of individuals hesees. This is to avoid confusion in the human world.
How to use it XIX
It is prerequisite for the DEATH NOTE used in the human world that a living god of death makes sure that the humans in the human world use it.
It is very difficult to consider that a god of a death who has possessed a human could die, but if he should die, the DEATH NOTE that he brought into the human world will not lose its power.
How to use it XX
In order to see the names and life spans of humans by using the eye power of the god of death, the owner must look at more than half of that person's face. When looking from top to bottom, he must look at least from the head to the nose. If he looks at only the eyes and under, he will not be able to see the person's name and life span. Also, even though some parts of the face, for example the eyes, nose or mouth are hidden, if he can basically see the whole face, he will be able to see the person's name and life span. It is still not clear how much exposure is needed to tell the name and life span, and this needs to be verified.
If above conditions are met, names and life span can be seen through photos and pictures, no matter how old they are. But this is sometimes influenced by the vividness and size. Also, names and life spans cannot be seen by face drawings, however realistic they may be.
How to use it XXI
Those with the eye power of the god of death will have the eyesight of over 3.6 in the human measurement, regardless of their original eyesight.
How to use it XXII
The individuals who lose the ownership of the DEATH NOTE will also lose their memory of the usage of the DEATH NOTE. This dose not mean that he will lose all the memory from the day he owned it to the day he lose possession, but means he will only lose the memory involving.
How to use it XXIII
Whenever an individual with ownership of more than two DEATH NOTES loses possession to the DEATH NOTES, he will not be able to recognize that DEATH NOTE's god of death's appearance or voice anymore.
The god of death himself will leave, but all the memory involving that DEATH NOTE will remain as long as he maintains ownership of at least one other DEATH NOTE.
How to use it XXIV
The god of death must not stay in the human world without a particular reason. Conditions to stay in the human world are as follows:
Ⅰ.??When the god of death's DEATH NOTE is handed to a human.
Ⅱ.??Essentially, finding a human to pass on the DEATH NOTE should be done from the world of the gods of death, but if it is within 82 hours this may also be done in the human world.
Ⅲ.??When a god of death stalks an individual with an intention to kill them, as long as it is within 82 hours of haunting them, the god of death may stay in the human world.
How to use it XXV
The god of death must not hand the DEATH NOTE directly to a child under 6 years of age(based on the human calender).
The DEATH NOTE must not be handed to a child under 6 years of age, but DEATH NOTES that have been dropped into the human world, and are part of the human world, can be used upon humans of any age with the same effect.
How to use it XXVI
If you just write, "die of accident" for the cause of death, the victim will die from a natural accident after 6 minutes and 40 seconds from the time of writing it.
Even though only one name is written in the DEATH NOTE, if it influences and causes other humans that are not written in it to die, the victim's cause of death will be a heart attack.
How to use it XXVII
If you write, "die of disease" with a specific disease's name and the person's time of death, there must be a sufficient amount of time for the disease to progress.Â If the set time is too tight, the victim will die of a heart attack after 6 minutes and 40 seconds after completing the DEATH NOTE.
If you write, "die of disease" for teh cause of death, but only write a specific time of death without the actual name of disease, the human will die from an adequate disease.Â But the DEATH NOTE can only operate within 23 days (in the human calendar).
This is called the 23-day rule.
How to use it XXVIII
If you write, "die of disease" like before with a specific diseases name, but without a specific time, if it takes more than 24 days for the human to die, the 23-day rule will not take effect and the human will die at an adequate time depending on the disease.
When rewriting the cause and/or details of death it must be done within 6 minutes and 40 seconds. You cannot change the victim's time of death, however soon it may be.
How to use it XXIX
You cannot kill humans at the age of 124 and over with the DEATH NOTE.
You cannot kill humans with less than 12 minutes of life left (in human calculations).
How to use it XXX
If you have traded the eye power of a god of death, you will see a person's primary life span in the human world.
The names you see with the eye power of a god of death are the names needed to kill that person.Â You will be able to see the names even if that person isn't registered in the family registration.
How to use it XXXI
The number of pages of the DEATH NOTE will never run out.
How to use it XXXII
If someone possesses more than one DEATH NOTE, by visualizing the victim, then writing down the name in one of the DEATH NOTEs and the cause of death in the other, it will take effect.
The order however, is unimportant, if you write down the cause of death in one DEATH NOTE and afterwards, write the name in the other, it will still take effect.
This can also be accomplished by two DEATH NOTE owners working together.Â In this case, it's necessary that the two touch each other's DEATH NOTEs.
How to use it XXXIV
The owner of the DEATH NOTE cannot be killed by a god of death who is living in the world of the gods of death.
Also, a god of death who comes to the human world, in the objective to kill the owner of the DEATH NOTE, will not be able to do so.
Only a god of death that has passed on their DEATH NOTE to a human is able to kill the owner of the DEATH NOTE.
How to use it XXXV
If a DEATH NOTE owner accidentally misspells a name four times, that person will be free from being killed by the DEATH NOTE. However, if they intentially misspell the name four times, the DEATH NOTE owner will die.
The person whose name was misspelled four times on purpose will not be free of death by a DEATH NOTE.
How to use it XXXVI
There are male and female gods of death, but it is neither permitted, nor possible for them to have sexual relations with humans.Â The gods of death also cannot have sex with each other.
HOW TO USE IT XXXVII
･When regaining ownership of the DEATH NOTE, the memories associated with the DEATH NOTE will also return.
In cases where you were involved with other DEATH NOTEs as will, memories of all the DEATH NOTEs involved will return.
･Even without obtaining ownership, memories will return just by touching the DEATH NOTE.
HOW TO USE IT XXXVIII
･You will lose memory of the DEATH NOTE when losing its ownership. But you can regain this memory by either obtaining the ownership once again or by touching the DEATH NOTE. This can be done up to 6 times par DEATH NOTE.
･If the 6 times are exceeded, the person's memory of the DEATH NOTE will not return and they will have to use it with out any previous memory of it.
HOW TO USE IT XXXIX
･Humans that have traded for the eye power of a god of death will see a person's primary life span, and will not be influenced by the DEATH NOTE. If the victim is killed using the DEATH NOTE, the remaining lifetime of that victim will be provided to the god of death.
HOW TO USE IT XL
･Humans that have traded for the eye power of a god of death cannot see the name or life-span of humans who have already passed away by looking at their photos.
HOW TO USE IT XLI
･Whenever a god of death who had been in the human world dies and the DEATH NOTE is left behind and is picked up by a human, that person becomes the owner.
･However, in this case, only the human that can recognize the god of death and its voice is able to see and touch the DEATH NOTE
･It is very unlikely, but if by any chance a god of death picks up the DEATH NOTE, that god of death becomes the owner.
HOW TO USE IT XLII
･The names you see with the eye power of a god of death are the names needed to kill that person. You will be able to see their names even if they aren't listed in a family register.
HOW TO USE IT XLIII
･It is useless trying to erase names written in the DEATH NOTE with erasers or white-out.
HOW TO USE IT XLII (because of editor's mistake, there are the same number and same rules written on the comic books)
The use of the Death Note in the human world sometimes affects other human's lives or shortens their original life-span, even though their names are not actually written in the Death Note itself. In these cases, no matter the cause, the god of death sees only the original life-span and no the shortened life-span.
HOW TO USE IT XLIII
If a Death Note is owned in the human world against the god of death's will, that god of death is permitted to stay in the human world in order to retrieve it.
In that case, if there are other Death Notes in the human world, the gods of death are not allowed to reveal to humans that Death Note's owner or its location.
HOW TO USE IT XLIV
If the Death Note that the god of death owns is taken away; by being cheated by other gods of death and so forth, it can only be retrieved from the god of death who is possessing it at the time.Â If there is no god of death, but a human possessing it, the only way that the god of death can retrieve it will be to first touch the Death Note and become the god of death that haunts that human. then wait until that human dies to take it away before any other human touches it or whenever the human shows a will to let go of it.
HOW TO USE IT XLV
As long as the god of death has at least once seen a human and knows his/her name and life-span, the god of death is capable of finding that human from a hole in the world of the gods of death.
HOW TO USE IT XLVI
There are laws in the world of gods of death.Â If a god of death should break the law, there are 9 levels of severity starting at Level 8 and going up to Level 1 plus the Extreme Level.Â For severity levels above 3 the god of death will be killed after being punished.
For example, killing a human without using the Death Note is considered as the Extreme Level.
HOW TO USE IT XLVII
･Losing memory of the DEATH NOTE by passing on the ownership to another, or by abandoning its ownership will only occur when someone is actually killed using that DEATH NOTE. You will not lose memory of the DEATH NOTE, for example, if you merely owned it and had not written anyone's name.
In this case, you will not be able to hear the voice or see the figure of the god of death any more. You will also lose the eye power of the god of death you traded with.
HOW TO USE IT XLVIII
･The god of death will not die from lack of sleep. Moreover, gods of death do not really need sleep. The meaning of sleep for gods of death is essentially different from humans and is merely laziness.
･Especially gods of death living in the human world that have passed on their DEATH NOTE shouldn't be lazy, as they are required to see the death of the human, but it is not that they are not allowed to sleep.
HOW TO USE IT XLIX
･Only 6 DEATH NOTEs are allowed to exist at a time in the human world.
Of course, the DEATH NOTE that the god of death owns dose not count.
This means only 6 gods of death that have passed on their DEATH NOTE to humans can stay in the human world.
HOW TO USE IT L
･One god of death is allowed to pass on DEATH NOTEs to only 3 humans at a time.
･It is possible for a single god of death to hand out up to 6 DEATH NOTEs, for example, by handing 3 humans 2 DEATH NOTEs each.
In other words, one human could own all 6 DEATH NOTE.
HOW TO USE IT LI
･However, if a seventh DEATH NOTE is owned by a human in the human world, nothing will happen even if used,.
??HOW TO USE IT LII
･In the event that there are more than 6 DEATH NOTEs in the human world, only the first 6 DEATH NOTEs that have been
delivered to humans will have effect.
･the seventh DEATH NOTE will not become active until one of the other 6 DEATH NOTEs is burned up, or a god of death takes one of them back to the world of god of death.