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Humans who've used Death Note will experience terror and torment, and when you die... I'll be the one writing your name down, but don't think that any humans who used Death Note can go to Heaven or Hell.
~ Ryuk warned Light about the consequences of using Death Note


Ryuk (Japanese: リューク Hepburn: Ryūku) is a character in the manga series Death Note, created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. He is a bored Shinigami that drops a Death Note, a notebook that allows you to kill anyone simply by knowing their name and face, into the human world in order to have fun. It is picked up by Light Yagami, a young genius who uses it in an attempt to create and rule a utopia cleansed of evil, with him at the helm as a "god".

Powers and Stats

Tier: Unknown

Name: Ryuk

Origin: Death Note

Gender: Male

Age: Unknown

Classification: Shinigami, Death Note User

Powers and Abilities: Death Manipulation (Can kill any Human, as long as he knows their face and name, by writing their name in The Death Note), Lifespan Stealing (When a Shinigami kills a Human with the Death Note, the Shinigami steals said Human's remaining lifespan and adds it to the Shinigami's own), Memory Manipulation (Could erase the specific memories of the Death Note from Light Yagami's mind), Durability Negation and Limited Disease Manipulation (With The Death Note), Flight, Intangibility, Limited Fate Manipulation (With The Death Note), Invisibility (Cannot be seen or heard by anyone who hasn't touched his Death Note), Perception Manipulation (Reveals himself to those who touches his Death Note), Psychometry via Shinigami Eyes (Can see the name and lifespan of a Human when he sees their face), Limited-Power Bestowal (Any Shinigami can give a Human who is in possession of their Death Note the Shinigami Eyes for the price of half that remaining Human's lifespan), Self-Sustenance (Type 2, Shinigami have no need for nutrition as their organs have evolved/rotted to the point where it is unneccessary), Dimensional Travel (From the Shinigami Realm to the Mortal Realm, Curse Manipulation (Mortals who use Death Note, essentially making a contract with a Shinigami, will live in terror and meet an unfortunate end).

Attack Potency: Unknown (Shinigami aren't generally known to fight; however, they can kill any Human by writing their names in a Death Note)

Speed: Superhuman flight speed

Lifting Strength: Average Human (Can lift up ordinary objects)

Striking Strength: Unknown

Durability: Unknown. Mortal weapons cannot harm a Shinigami

Stamina: Unknown

Range: Standard melee range, Low Multiversal with the Death Note (Shinigami are capable of killing Humans on Earth with it from their separate realm)

Standard Equipment: His Death Note

Intelligence: Above Average. Shinigami are naturally smarter than humans. According to official stats, his intelligence is equal to Soichiro Yagami, chief of the National Police Force

Weaknesses: Ryuk has to obey the laws promulgated by the Shinigami King or risk dying (for example, it is forbidden to kill a Human to extend the life expectancy of another Human or to kill a Human without using a Death Note). Furthermore, he regularly has to kill Humans with his Death Note to extend his own lifespan. Ryuk can be bribed with apples because of his apple addiction.



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Discussion threads involving Ryuk