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On my own, I am pale
Add something soft and I put you in a hole
Add something loud and I take off without fail
Add something small and I insult a troll
Add the first and I get off the rail
Add the second and to spoil is my role.

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On my own, I am pale

light

Add something soft and I put you in a hole

p (piano: play music soft) + light → plight

Add something loud and I take off without fail

f (forte: play music loud) + light → flight

Add something small and I insult a troll

s (small) + light → slight

Add the first and I get off the rail

a (first) + light → alight

Add the second and to spoil is my role.

b (second) + light → blight

Title: You either love him or hate him

Light Yagami - the protagonist of Death Note. Inspires widely varying response from followers.

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  • $\begingroup$ Correct! However, your interpretation of the title is wrong. That's where the knowledge tag comes in. I will let you ponder a bit about the title before accepting this. $\endgroup$ – Sid Jun 2 '18 at 14:31
  • $\begingroup$ I need a clue - maybe a fictional character? Add the fourth and fifth to describe the puzzle! $\endgroup$ – Tom Jun 2 '18 at 14:45
  • $\begingroup$ Fictional character, yes. $\endgroup$ – Sid Jun 2 '18 at 15:01
  • $\begingroup$ I'm afraid I may be out of my depth for the title, but looked up and took a go. $\endgroup$ – Tom Jun 2 '18 at 15:16

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