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A lifespan (寿命, jumyou) is the amount of time that an individual will live for. It also refers to the date (in Shinigami time) visible above a person's head with the Shinigami Eyes. When the date is reached, that person's lifespan is over and they will die.


With Shinigami Eyes, the lifespan of a human is visible as written numbers floating above the human's head, as well as the human's name. This lifespan will, however, not change in appearance if altered by use of a Death Note in the human world and will always show the human's primary lifespan.

Shinigami do not have the power to view the lifespans of other Shinigami. Likewise, humans with Shinigami eyes cannot see the lifespans of Shinigami or the owners of Death Notes.


Shinigami use Death Notes to kill humans so they can inherit the remaining lifespan from the human they killed. To know how many years they are taking, they need to be able to see the human's lifespan. Shinigami continue their existence by taking years from humans in this manner.

Unlike Shinigami, humans do not inherit other humans' lifespans after killing victims with a Death Note. However, they can have their lifespan extended if a Shinigami sacrifices itself for a human they favor. At different points, Rem and Gelus do this to extend Misa Amane's life, both dying in the process.

Lifespan trade[]

A human can exchange half of their remaining lifespan in order receive the power of having Shinigami Eyes. This is done by the human agreeing to the Shinigami Eye Deal.

Known lifespans[]

Character Lifespan
Light Yagami 9 3 31 26 3 9[1]
20161121 (LINE Play)
L 75231362 (anime)
51161121 (TV drama)
Misa Amane 15 42 30 6[2] (anime)

12 74 2 9 55 (TV drama, Othellonia)

Soichiro Yagami 932253 (film series)
Touta Matsuda 548192[3]
Near 43406[3]
Mello 502209[4]
Sayu Yagami 11213[5] (film series)
Kanzo Mogi 662389[3][5]
Shuichi Aizawa 28317[3]
Hideki Ide 9761[3]
Halle Lidner 52438[3]
Stephen Gevanni 305717[3]
Pedoro Kollet 592
Rod Ross 351011
Ellickson Gardner 026513
Kurt McBride 563532
Mark Dwellton 2134738[6]
Ill Ratt 0235 21
Masaru Kamoda 16823428 (TV drama)
Shin Kuromoto 234813[7] (film series)
Danny Bloyer 12993[8] (anime)
Seam Solt 36928[8]
Ito Shiroba 6923781 (TV drama)


Tsugumi Ohba says "I did create a complicated math equation for Light's Life span when the numbers first appeared above his head. But now I don't even remember the formula. Every other life span number after that was added by Obata-sensei. He chose some nice numbers." In the Japanese, Ohba notes that Light's formula used binary.


  • As the Rules of the Death Note state, Shinigami cannot take the lifespan of a human unless they are at least three years of age. They also cannot take the lifespan of someone over 124 years old.

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