I've started watching Death Note and I'm a bit confused on an aspect of Shinigami.

In episode 12:

Gelus dies because he killed the would-be murderer of Misa Amane. By doing this he extended the life of Misa for which he disappeared into glitter as they aren't allow to extend lives.

If a Shinigami killed a person at random who was planning to murder a person the next day, he would be extending the life of the victim the murderer was planning to kill. Would the Shinigami die in this scenario?

  • I remember reading that When the death note is used, regardless if a Shinigami or human uses it someone else's life span is affected, whether that be extending it or shortening it.
    – Memor-X
    Commented Apr 2, 2016 at 23:27

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If the god of death is using the death note was killing at random, it would not result in the god of death dying. See rule XVII:

If the god of death decides to use the Death Note to kill the assassin of an individual he favors, the individual's life will be extended, but the god of death will die.

Picture of Death Note Rule: XVII

The killing will only result in the god of death dying if they kill someone who is going to kill an individual the god of death favors.


Just to be clear, there is another rule which states this even more clearly. Only if a shinigami intentionally extends someone's life they die.


1) By manipulating the death of a human that has influence over another human's life, that human's original life span can sometimes be lengthened.

2) If a god of death intentionally does the above manipulation to effectively lengthen a human's life span, the god of death will die, but even if a human does the same, the human will not die.

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