Did you see Light as a good or bad guy?

Topic started by Bruce246 on April 19, 2014. Last post by flashback180 3 months, 3 weeks ago.
Post by Bruce246 (62 posts) See mini bio Level 9

Or in the middle, and or you have your own opinion on him?

Post by hitsusatsu11 (10,747 posts) See mini bio Level 20

I didn't rrly agree with his principal's, but in the context of the show I liked him best and was rooting for him.

Post by Vapovile (2,209 posts) See mini bio Level 16
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I saw him as the good guy honestly. Perhaps not toward the end, but in the beginning he was doing what he thought was a service to society. Whether that was morally right or not is up for debate though. Plus, it's freaking brilliant how long him and L's game of cat and mouse went.

Post by sickVisionz (4,310 posts) See mini bio Level 24
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He was a bad guy. I think he had like 2 or 3 episodes where he was doing hard justice and seemed like he had noble causes. As soon as Ryuk shows up though, he reveals that he's doing this so he can become the God of a new world and not just because he's trying to make the world a better place. He then goes on a rampage of murdering cops, grieving widows, and sending his father to his grave just to get what he wants.

He's a bad guy. He's my favorite character but he's definitely a bad guy. Saying he's a good guy is like... like in Godfather 2 where Tom helps out the senator who passes out at a whore house and wakes up in bed with a dead prostitute. Tom helping the Senator is like Light helping society. It's a bit cold but it's doing some good to someone. Even then it's iffy, but let's call it a nice act. However, you can't call it nice when Tom set up the whole situation and was responsible for the whore getting killed and did this solely so that he could have the senator in his pocket. Much like how Light is killing undeniable good guys and innocent people just so he can become the god of a new world. Light is doing like one nice act surrounded by a ton of bad ones all for the purpose of achieving a nefarious goal. Nothing "good guy" about it when you take it all in as a whole. Neither his actions nor motivations were particularly good.

Post by Dream (8,246 posts) See mini bio Level 21
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Definitely a villain. The end goal he has for his so called ideal world involves taking the lives of criminals who may have only been involved in minor crimes and killing off those who threaten his authority as he gained a serious case of God complex from gaining the Death Note's power. Any redeemable justifications he might have had for use of it when he first gained its power went down the toilet as he let use of its power get to his head.

Post by phantomrant (1,495 posts) See mini bio Level 10

Bad guy with good intentions.

Or maybe he's a good guy with bad intentions? -.-

Post by Kobra678 (3,553 posts) See mini bio Level 15
Honestly if you'd have asked before the halfway mark, I'd have said good. But after that I can't say anything good about him. Even though I was rooting for him the entire series, once he started killing off people who didn't commit crimes I started to disagree with his methods a lot. Before he only wanted to make the world a less-rotten place by getting rid of all the criminals. But later the people he killed were just people in his way.
Post by gtg12 (139 posts) See mini bio Level 8

Light has a very massive god complex haha. I saw him as good for the first few episodes, then evil not too long after.

Post by nishi99 (1,937 posts) See mini bio Level 11

He's a hero who turns into a anti hero. He did too much overall good for the world to be considered a true villain.

Post by MarioRedfield (1,921 posts) See mini bio Level 12

I wanna bump this to voice my opinion:

I think Light was a monster; like, up there with even say Mao or Stalin. I don't even know if he had the best of intentions at heart, even in the first episode he was bent on becoming a "god". I don't think what he did was justified in any context, but even ignoring that it doesn't really seem like he did anything for the right reasons. I think he wanted the feeling of having created a perfect world rather than just having done it for the right reasons. He bugs me as a character because, he just was one of the most despicable human beings I've ever seen fill a protagonist role. Actually, no, he's the most despicable human being I've ever seen fill that role. That being said, I do think he was charismatic and charming, and likable even though he was just flat out sociopathic... which is what is most terrifying.

That's why, the ending really confuses me to as why people hate on it so much... it would not have been an okay ending for him to get away with what he did. He caused mass genocide, and there's really no other way to put it: that's what he did. While I very much enjoyed the series, I do think it was actually kind of a good thing that he not only went down, but he went down crying, because it showed his ego got the best of him, and the world came crashing right down on him; he wasn't as big as he thought he was.... the guy wanted his own father to die... how are we supposed to sympathize with him?

....and yeah, L wasn't such a nice guy either; but at least he had standards.

(Also, on a minor note, I love how the USA crumbled and got on its hands and knees begging to be a part of his regime... Yeah, 'cause that would happen.)

Post by flashback180 (1,234 posts) See mini bio Level 14

Good guy gone bad, blinded by power kinda stuff.

Heck he only cares about himself, I mean it's because of him that his father died.

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