Mello himself states that Near should be the successor, being both calm and methodical, and Mello soon after runs away from Wammy's House, determined to find Kira his own way.
Some time after leaving the orphanage, Mello goes to America, where, three years after running away, he joins forces with Rod Ross, a leading Mafiosi.
Mello is usually seen wearing dark leather clothes.
The manga depicts him wearing a red-colored rosary and a cross-adorned bracelet.
Another trait of his that is comparable to L is his tendency to take drastic strategies to confuse and force the hand of his opponents.