*MINOR DEATH NOTE SPOILERS* I prefer L, because he works hard to solve murders, whereas Light kills good people just for the sake of L not finding out he is Kira. *MINOR DEATH NOTE SPOILERS* Who do you prefer?
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They may be too black and white, like if L wouldn't let a decent person get away with a trivial or understandable crime then that's too far white; and, Light if willing to kill to protect his identity and also kill those already suffering worse by being in jail for life, that's too far black.
But if L is relaxed, then he's the perfect candidate because he still puts bad guys in jail so they still pay and he doesn't likely fail to catch the tricky ones. But could a little bit of Light's style have a use somewhere in some scenario too? Sure.
At the end of the day, L wins regardless. I'm not sure what sort of person would chose Light, I'm curious as to their reasoning however.
P.S. Onision's Death Note rendition was epic ha ha. The live action movies were cool too. The anime of course taking the cake, especially the Japanese version with English titles only, as English voice acting can be cheesy.
Definitely L! He's super relaxed and calm but is super determined to solve crimes! Light on the other hand thinks he is a god and people should obey him killing criminals (even ones who were trying to get their life on track or didn't even do a serious crime) and anyone who gets in his way. I also LOVED onisions live action of deathnote and I think its awesome how he was all the characters!
I will not say L because he doesn't kill innocent people, sometimes villains are the most interesting characters. But: nobody is as interesting as L. He's so mysterious and I absolutely love his style. And even *SPOILERS* after he dies, I just couldn't forget about him as he is such a perfect character. But after he died, I started to like Light more in the story because I just couldn't accept someone (Near) to 'replace' L because he is so perfect nobody could. Sorry Light, but L is unbeatable. Love you though, even though you became a sick psychopath (: