yea not really . its too hard for me to decide between light nd L but i honestly think the smartest in the series was ryuk . after all . . .
spoiler } who was the only one left at the end
L is much smarter. If Light hadn't that God of Death, L never would've died. And that Light, who seems quite intelligent at the beginning, is just a dumbass one could easily see at the end.
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Detective Ryuzaki (Feb 09, 2011)
I would say Light is smarter. Reason behind this is that he was alone in his fight, and all help he got from other people was manipulated by him. Behind L was full team and best technology in world. And most importantly law is on L side too. So lot of things were against Light and how he managed against it was flawless.
Undoubtedly Light. he is much smarter and intelligent than L
Hard one! But so I´m going to say they were equally smart but Light had an advantage because he knew who L was and his goal was´nt to catch but kill him which in my opinion is a lot easier.
L. There is no doubt in my mind. From the start he knew that Light was Kira and (depending on which series is being referred to, the movies or the anime) he proves it over and over again, countless times. Even when no one else believed him, he stuck by this theory and was correct. He is an all-around genius in my mind. He is also not the luckiest guy, unlike Light, whose father happens to be the Chief of the Task Force and has access to all the secret government files. L relies on pure wit and intelligence, and comes to his conclusion about Light from the evidence obtained. L also worked hard to get where he is now, whereas Light (again, by luck) got where he was by obtaining the Death Note which the Shinigami happened to drop in the Kanto region of Japan, precisely by Light.
L!!!! Even though Light kills L, STILL, even in author's notes in Death Note How to Read 13, it even states that L is the smartest. It was planned that HE would be the smartest person not only in the world, but the world's greatest detective. Read it and see for yourselves.
Death is as generation is, a composition of like elements, and a decompostion into the same.
Detective Ryuzaki (Apr 24, 2011)