Everyone who watched Death Note knows that L was raised in a orphanage called Wammy's House. So, L's Name was L Lawliet. Near's is Nate River, and Mello's was Mihael Keehl.

Does every child of Wammy's House have a codename? If every child has a codename, is the first letter from the codename the first from the real name?


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Does every child of Wammy's House have a codename?

Yes, almost every child has a codename, all but Beyond Birthday. See next question for a complete overview of all characters related to Wammy's House.

The orphans use aliases rather than their real names, which are kept secret. In addition to these aliases, notable graduates may be assigned a letter by Watari.

Is the first letter from the codename the first from the real name?

Yes, the first letter from the codename is the first from the real name. Here is an overview of all characters related to Wammy's House.

The following list is formated as alias, letter, real name and relation. Also the following legend is used.

  • (-) Indicates that the character does not have a Letter.
  • (†) Indicates that the character is now deceased.

  • Watari, W, Quillish Wammy, A famous inventor and philanthropist, founder of the orphanage and assistant and mentor to L. (†)

  • L, L, L Lawliet, The famous detective L. He was found by Wammy as a child and brought to the orphanage. The goal of the orphanage is to train a worthy successor to his title.(†)
  • Near, N, Nate River, The youngest of the two boys in line to succeed L. He takes on the mantle of 'L' by the end of the series.
  • Mello, M, Mihael Keehl, The eldest of the two boys in line to be L's successor. He leaves the orphanage soon after learning of L's death, and gives the title of 'L' to Near. (†)
  • Matt, (-), Mail Jeevas, He is the third smartest student at Wammys, though not a successor to L. (†)
  • Beyond Birthday, B, Beyond Birthday, The second child of the "first generation" in line to succeed L. He eventually ran away from the orphanage and became a serial killer. (†)
  • A, A, Unknown, The first child of the "first generation" that was in line to succeed L. All that is known is that he committed suicide. (†)
  • Linda, (-), Unknown, A female student who appears once, when she asks Near to come outside to play. She is referred to later as being a successful artist.
  • Roger Ruvie, (-), Roger Ruvie, A close friend of Watari's who runs the orphanage in Watari's absence.

X, Y, and Z - Only briefly alluded to at the end of Another Note, they are referred to by Mello as three children that appeared in the "Detective Wars" bio-terror case with L.

Various other children are depicted in both chapter 59 and the one-shot special's flashback, though none are given any names.

Other characters

  • K - A former student of Wammy's in L: Change the WorLd, who has become part of a bioterrorist organization which plans to "cleanse" the world of its excess population by a deadly virus.
  • F - A former Wammy's student and colleague of L's that dies early on in L: Change The WorLd, while on a deadly rescue mission in Thailand.
  • D, P, Q, G, I, E - Shown on L's mailing list in L: Change the WorLd.
  • R, V, T - Also shown on L's mailing list however their letters are grayed-out along with B's, implying they were killed.
  • J - A character in the D.S. game L: The Prologue to Death Note. Due to the game not being available in English, little is known about him, but based on his name, it is assumed that he is from Wammy's.

Source Death Note wiki

PS: I wanted to put the list in a table as on the wiki, but the formatting seemed to be completely off. Anyone know of a way to format tables on SE?

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    dam, you beat me by 12 seconds while i was proofreading, well played
    – Memor-X
    Jul 17, 2014 at 22:17
  • @Memor-X Lol. I noticed I made a mistake while proofreading though. So I guess you beat me too it in the end :p Jul 17, 2014 at 22:19

Yes they do but not all of them.

Wammy's House is one of several orphanages established by Watari (real name Quillsh Wammy) after World War II, initially a training facility for especially gifted children. After it's most accomplished child, L Lawliet (AKA L) become a renowned detective the goal of Wammy's House chnaged to produce a successor to L.

The orphans use aliases rather than real names and notable graduates are assigned letters. in L: Change the WorLd and email i sent out after Watari's and L's death with the mailing list filled with letters, a number of them are grayed out and assumed dead because Beyond Bithday who is given the Letter B, is too on the list but grayed out

As for how the Letters are assigned it seems that it is based off the first letter of their Alias as while L, Nate and Mihael start with their assigned letters, Quillsh Wammy is Watari and has the letter W. Beyond Birthday is also known as Rue Ryuzaki though this may not be his real name as he was pretending to be L for a period. A is mentioned in Death Note: Another Note however we don't know if A was also is alias like with L or even his real name

you can read up on on the Characters related to Wammy's House however it should be noted that the information is from L: Change the WorLd, i am unsure which one the information is from as K is in the Movie but the Novel is more faithful to the canon bu al;tering the plot of the movie.

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