|Debut||Death Note: OT "Knowledge" chapter 19|
|Birthday||December 1, 1944|
|Also known as||
(real first name) Johan
note: real last name is never revealed
|Age||(at start of OT) 77|
|Status at debut||Wealthy Activist|
|Will to act||9/10|
"Spare me, Nathaniel. Yes, I am well aware of L's death, and your replacement of him. But that does not mean you are L."
Cardinal is a character featured in Death Note: Our Truths. He is the oldest character, therein, at 77 years of age. Upon his introduction in the early fourth season, he becomes one of the series' focal points. Given his vast intellectual and monetary reserves, Cardinal is the most potent threat to Kira, even moreso than Near.
Cardinal is of German descent. He has stark white hair, short, in an almost buzz cut. His eyes are bright blue. Even in his advanced age, he stayed in good health, and is trim. His height is normal as well. His hands shake somewhat, as if with Parkinson's disease, but it is not widespread enough to make Cardinal invalid. He is also a very religious man, Catholic. And he has a tattoo of a cross on the inside of his right hand.
Cardinal is, as mentioned before, a very religious man. This could be based off of his German parents' influence. And despite being German himself, Cardinal does not speak with any kind of accent, other than that of high elegance. He is very haughty, daring, and smart. In fact, the smartest character in Our Truths. His daring and bold personality has lead to him becoming very wealthy and powerful. And while not a political figure himself, his mere presence can influence just about anyone to do anything he wants. So why should he waste his own precious time in politics? With regards to the Kira case, he knows everything, even the things not disclosed in the police reports. This makes him sort of the "God force" of the story. It should also be noted that his motives are not at all clear in the story, as he seems to be no one's ally. To what he is trying to accomplish, that comes into focus late in the 7th and 8th seasons.
- Based on stats alone, Cardinal is the most potent force in Our Truths.
- Cardinal's name is an alias, like Near's and Keen's. This was not done because of Kira, because he assumed that name long before Light Yagami acquired his death note.
- Cardinal is stated to be officially revealed in the chapter, "Knowledge", the opening chapter of the Betrayal season. However, it is heavily implied that he is one of the members (or at least present) during Near's plea before the LCCP, and the other times where high officials are shown.