I watched through Death Note once, and I never remember hearing L's name, even after he died.

What was L's real name, or did he never have one (it was never said)?


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According to both the Death Note Character list on Wikipedia and the L character page on the Death Note Wikia, his full name is L Lawliet. He does have several aliases that sound more like real names but L seems to be his actual name.

From the L Wikipedia page:

Tsugumi Ohba, the writer of the series [...] For L's name, he wanted to use a single letter with a lot of significance; he considered "I" and "J", but eventually chose "L" after careful consideration.

The Wiki page also points out that his name is written in Latin characters as "L"

  • i've been trying to find the subbed movie but i only find this one, crap quality but it seems he wrote his name in English so i gave you a +1 because i thought he wrote his name in japanese
    – Memor-X
    Commented Feb 17, 2015 at 2:59

L's real name is L Lawliet

Alias: L
Letter: L
Real Name: L Lawliet
Relation: 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.(†)

Source: Wammy's House - Characters related to Wammy's House

Also, Wikia lists his name as エル (Eru), so most likely that is how you would spell L in his name (over using the English letter L)

There is also a scene in the movie Death Note 2: The Last Name where we see L's real name written in the Death Note

which he shows to Light that he wrote in himself to become immune to Rem's use of the Death Note and trap Light.

  • Curious, what do you mean by "That is how you would spell L"?
    – Catija
    Commented Feb 17, 2015 at 2:47
  • @Catija the エル (Eru) part. i assume rather than the Letter L which we always see he would write エル
    – Memor-X
    Commented Feb 17, 2015 at 2:49
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    According to what I remember, he always just writes "L"... he doesn't write his name in katakana.
    – Catija
    Commented Feb 17, 2015 at 2:56

There are Death Note cards that state the characters' full and true names. And L's card says "L Lawliet." So that is his true name. The letter "L" and Lawliet as his last name. The cards are, as far as copyright goes, completely under the suit of the same owners as the anime and manga.


I believe that L's real name is Lind Lawliet. As we know, when L puts Lind L Tailor in his place in his PSA, the L follows Lind. (Lind L).

Afterwards we discover that L's last name is Lawliet. So we have L Lawliet. I believe that if we simply reverse it (L Lawliet) take both names and put them in their proper place and you get Lind Lawliet.

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    While this might make sense, there's no proof that shows his real name is Lind Lawliet instead of L Lawliet. At best, this is a theory/speculation.
    – Aki Tanaka
    Commented Jun 30, 2018 at 4:32

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