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Though not as active as it was when the series first came out, the Death Note fandom is home to some of the most creative works of fanfiction on the Internet. This curated list will help guide you toward some of the best that the fandom has to offer. 

Good Death Note fic can be about anything. Some of these stories explore the psyches of side characters like Mikami, Soichiro, and even Linda. Others posit questions about the Death Note itself or see what happens if Light and L get into a romantic relationship. Whatever you're looking for, there's something on this list you'll enjoy. 

Which of these stories deserves to be called the best Death Note fanfiction? That's up to you. Vote up your favorites to let the world know what you think.

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This Is How I Disappear is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Death Note Fanfiction, Ranked
This Is How I Disappear

by TzviaAriella

After an international tribunal condemns nineteen-year-old Light Yagami to death, the Kira Task Force must come to terms with the fallout of the case–-and with Light’s surprising last request.

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Liar Liar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Death Note Fanfiction, Ranked
Liar Liar

by cherryvvoid 

She would shape the future in her favor because if there was one thing she wouldn't do as Misa Amane, it was die over a man.

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Wammy University is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Death Note Fanfiction, Ranked
Wammy University

by SlightlyPsycho 

Light learns to hate his professor L while slowly falling in love with his roommate Ryuzaki. Little does he know, L and Ryuzaki are one and the same.

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Noel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Death Note Fanfiction, Ranked
Noel

by TzviaAriella

Almost two years after the arrest of Kira, Near has finally succeeded L, but his reign hasn't gone unchallenged. Faced with an unsolvable string of murders threatening both his position and his life, the third L must seek help from an unlikely (and unlikable) source: his imprisoned predecessor, Light Yagami.

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Story Of The Century is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Death Note Fanfiction, Ranked
Story Of The Century

by WhiteLadyDragon 

An amateur journalist's search for a story to finally legitimize her leads her tumbling into the heart of a monstrous war of minds upon seeing things she shouldn't have, starting with a strange photo and an even stranger young man.

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Dear L is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Death Note Fanfiction, Ranked
Dear L

by VG Jekyll 

Dear L, you totally suck. Sincerely, Kira. 

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Genius is a Curse is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Death Note Fanfiction, Ranked
Genius is a Curse

by Bloodshot Eyes

If Light had never touched the Death Note, would he ever have found an escape from the depression and boredom that plagued him? Would he have had a future at all? 

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Halloween Special II is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Death Note Fanfiction, Ranked
Halloween Special II

by Sashocirrione

Ryuk absolutely loves not telling Light about all the side effects of the Death Note.

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Somebody's Children is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Death Note Fanfiction, Ranked
Somebody's Children

by SunMoonAndSpoon

After his own death, it becomes increasingly difficult for Soichiro to deny the fact that his son is Kira.

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The Art of Drowning is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Death Note Fanfiction, Ranked
The Art of Drowning

by Quiet

Drowning properly was an art, one that Light had long perfected after the murder of his friend and finding the Death Note, but a chance moment leaves Light struggling to breath as he stumbles his way through a decade long conspiracy. And then there's L.

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Sketches is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Death Note Fanfiction, Ranked
Sketches

by Diluted Thoughts

Full Title: Sketches - In Which Mikami Teru Finds Himself A God Who Falls Asleep On The Job // Ten drabbles focusing on Mikami Teru and his eccentricities in devotion, psychosis, and neurosis. Set at various points in the series.

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Infection is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Death Note Fanfiction, Ranked
Infection

by DXM Junkie 

A virus rampaged Europe and two top detectives find themselves stuck amongst the aftermath. Suspicions are raised and concluded, emotions are tested. Whoever said death was supposed to be easy? 

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The Way it Could Have Been is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Death Note Fanfiction, Ranked
The Way it Could Have Been

by MoonSword1994

What if L had saved Light from the power and influence of the Death Note? How differently might have things turned out? This is a series of prompt-based one-shots exploring those very questions, starting from shortly after the Yotsuba arc and well beyond. 

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Pictures on Skin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Death Note Fanfiction, Ranked
Pictures on Skin

by Shadow_of_Quill

In a world where life experiences mark people rather more literally, Light has some unfortunate truths drawn on his skin - not that anyone notices.

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Apples Equals Cyanide Equals L... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Death Note Fanfiction, Ranked
Apples Equals Cyanide Equals Light

by Silver Pard

Ryuk’s favourite equation. It means the death of boredom, the only death that actually matters.

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The Secret Rule is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Death Note Fanfiction, Ranked
The Secret Rule

by Marcus Absent

Taro Kagami has spent his whole life trying to undo the destruction caused by the notebook. Now, he may finally get his chance. But the powers of evil are stronger than he thinks. Who will win? Who will survive? 

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Numbers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Death Note Fanfiction, Ranked
Numbers

by Carbucketty

Linda, a fixation, and the boys she'll always call by number.

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Law Has Gone Away is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Death Note Fanfiction, Ranked
Law Has Gone Away

by chase glasslace

Set during and after ch108. 'Maybe, just maybe, he wishes he had shot Near instead of Light that day.' Matsuda doesn't know what he wants anymore. He doesn't know what he believes anymore. 

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Twenty-Three Percent is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Death Note Fanfiction, Ranked
Twenty-Three Percent

by GeniusofFun 

Sayu Yagami is such a pretty name, meant for a very pretty little girl - not a dead twenty-three year old who'd somehow managed to hijack her body (but one must learn to adapt). Not your typical reincarnation story, or maybe it is.

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Dust and Mirrors is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Death Note Fanfiction, Ranked
Dust and Mirrors

by Another Winter 

Mello and B were kindred spirits separated by time and circumstance, never destined to meet. Mello reflects on B's indirect influence upon his life.

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