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He's Intelligent !!
and nothing to say more
I can't really truly bring myself to hate him because a part of me does believe that what he was "trying" to do was definitely right. If he had not gone so off track as to kill innocent people for his own good, then I would have really supported him all the way(this is not to say I would'nt have supported L. I was an L lover all along). But in the end, he just turned into an asshole who was killing people just to protect his identity, he even played with Misa and Takeda's feelings (even though I can make Misa an exception but killing Taked that way when she truly supported him and did everything he said was the lowest of the low). And the way he used Rem to kill L and Watari and turned into nothing but a mass murderer who just so wanted to attain the status of God and wanted people to bow to him, really makes him a disgusting fella.
So in the end, I 75% hate him and 25% like him.
I wouldn't call Light a villain people are so quick to give him that title because of how ruthless and manipulative he was but you gotta keep in mind that he thought everything he did was for the good of the people
Was he really a villain? I don't think he was. Maybe just an asshole but I wouldn't go that far to call him a villain. This is strange because both protagonist and antagonist actually have good intentions, but people like to point their finger at Light because he used people in the process. Also it's unfair to hate a character just for being a villain. Just because you disagree with their views doesn't mean they're a bad character. For example, the Joker. He's amazing, lots of people love him, yet he's insane and a horrible person in a realistic perspective. If you hate Light just because he was a "villain", it'd be very hypocritical for you to enjoy any villain. You gotta admit that Light was a well-written, interesting character.
In my youth, I thought Light was the coolest because he didn't give a rats arse and he was uncompromising when it came to achieving his goal - ridding the world of scum. To me, that was a commendable task and I naturally cheered him on, but what I failed to realise was just how ego-driven Light's mission was, he had no intention of making the world better. Dude just wanted to be worshipped and feared. Plus, there was no nuance to his morality and as a result his application of 'moral principles' quickly became mechanical and robotic, anyone who got in the way of achieving his goal (which at that point was throwing L off his trail) simply was disposed of.
I guess at this point, I can regard Light Yagami as a loveable asshole.