So. In order to kill somebody with the death note, you have to know his face and name. Let's say, Bob knows both, and wants to kill John. Now he hasn't a picture of John, but he remembers his face and name. But the thing is, that when he met John, John wore contacts, that gave him blue eyes instead of his natural brown eyes.

Now he has to remember Johns face, but John has brown eyes, and he thinks in his mind, that his victim has blue eyes. So does he have to know Johns true eye color?

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    The face restriction appears to mainly be there to ensure that the wrong person isn't killed, so probably no. Otherwise someone might be able to avert death simply by growing a beard / changing hairstyle / wearing different glasses or contacts/ etc.
    – Maroon
    Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 18:14
  • At this question at which you answered btw, it was established that a face may change and it would still work. So if a small part of the current face is different from the face you are thinking (eg: the person got a scar, the person got a different hair cut, got contacts, etc), it would still work, which is what you yourself answered. So what is specifically different about this case compared to the childhood face case? Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 21:07
  • yeah but the eye color would never change
    – DarkYagami
    Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 23:21

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Interesting, never thought of this. I wonder if we already have some canon material on this topic. At the same time, let's consider this hypothetical scenario:

  • L has the Death Note.

  • L meets Near and L wants to kill him because Near stole L's sugar cubes.

  • L and Near both meet each other and after bidding goodbyes to each other, L writes Near's name on the notebook and schedules his death after 10 hours.

  • Let's say between that time, Near goes through an eye, an arm and a heart transplantation, which I think is equivalent to Near putting a new pair of clothes and hanging out with Mello, or getting a scar in his face—it's the same according to the Death Note's (Shinigami's) perspective. It wouldn't matter, the person will die.

Another example: Raye Penber also died. He was a detective with different outfits at different times. Raye wrote the names of the FBI agents. The FBI agents (more or less) will be looking different in the present context of Raye Penber writing their names in the Death Note to the time when Raye actually met them (or seen their pictures).

Hope this clarifies it.

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    In metaphysics this is called the ship of Theseus. The canon's opinions on this seem limited to changing your clothes doesn't change your identity. Your other example is speculative. Right?
    – Anko
    Commented Jul 16, 2015 at 22:18
  • Yes it is. .... Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 5:05

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