'Near' is the nickname of a child who grew up in Whammy House, an Orphanage with the sole purpose of finding a successor for world renown detective 'L'. 'Near' is one of the top two candidates, the other being 'Mello', and is chosen to lead the Kira Investigation after L's Death.
Much as 'L' loved his sweets and was often obsessed with them Near shared a similar obsession towards toys and puzzles and is frequently seen playing with them or using them as examples of what Kira is doing throughout the Investigation. Near uses the name 'N' throughout the Investigation and it is eventually found his true name is 'Nate Rivers' when someone gifted with the Shinigami Eyes wrote his name in a fake Death Note in an attempt to kill him.
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