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In Death Note Rem liked Misa so much, or maybe he was in love with her. He wrote L's name in the Death Note and killed L because he was protecting Misa and he knew he will die soon after doing so.

But I just wonder: why didn't he instead tell L's real name to Light Yagami or Misa, so they could write L's name in their Death Note and kill him themselves?

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One of the Shinigami rules (shown during scene breaks and not the actual story) says:

The Shinigami must not tell humans the names or life spans of individuals he sees. This is to avoid confusion in the human world.

Another rule states:

If a Shinigami decides to use a Death Note to end the life of the killer of an individual it favors, that individual's life will be extended but the Shinigami will die.

While there is no specific consequence stated for breaking the first rule, one might also assume that it would result in similar punishment. In the end Rem probably decided to write the name herself due to the urgency of the situation. (And for dramatic purpose.)

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    To add, Rem wanted to protect Misa. Giving up her life would mean that she would not be able to protect Misa. From what I could remember from the manga, she never really fully trusted Light and was only tricked to doing his bidding. – W. Are Sep 18 at 11:35

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