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26th Feb '17 6:40:12 PM Archimedes
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* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Night of the Living Homeless" -- When a scientist tries to kill himself before the homeless break down the door to his lab, he ends up non-fatally shooting himself in the head several times before finally hitting the mark.

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* Subverted Double subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Night of the Living Homeless" -- When a scientist tries to kill himself before the homeless break down the door to his lab, he ends up non-fatally shooting himself in the head several times before finally hitting the mark.
26th Feb '17 6:37:48 PM Archimedes
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** In the quest "I Put a Spell on You" from the main game, if you don't kill [[TheMole Curtis]] yourself, he commits suicide after you report him to Hsu.

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** In the quest "I Put a Spell on You" from the main game, if you don't kill [[TheMole Curtis]] yourself, he commits suicide after you report him to Hsu. If you sell Arcade Gannon into slavery as Caesar's personal doctor, he eventually commits {{seppuku}} with a scalpel.
26th Feb '17 6:34:01 PM Archimedes
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** In the quest "I Put a Spell on You" from the main game, if you don't kill [[TheMole Curtis]] yourself, he commits suicide after you report him to Hsu. If you sell Arcade Gannon into slavery as Caesar's personal doctor, he commits {{seppuku}} with a scalpel.

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** In the quest "I Put a Spell on You" from the main game, if you don't kill [[TheMole Curtis]] yourself, he commits suicide after you report him to Hsu. If you sell Arcade Gannon into slavery as Caesar's personal doctor, he commits {{seppuku}} with a scalpel.
21st Jan '17 2:37:32 PM Jake18
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* Larry Phillips Jr, one of the perpetrators of the North Hollywood shootout, killed himself to avoid capture by police after being cornered and wounded.
12th Jan '17 12:13:46 PM DustSnitch
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Here's the situation. You're all alone and you're faced with capture, imminent death, [[MadeASlave enslavement]], [[ComeToGawk public humiliation]] followed by (possibly [[CruelAndUnusualDeath grisly]]) execution, or [[FateWorseThanDeath something even worse]]. You know what the monsters or bad guys will do to you if they get their hands on you, and you do not want that to be your fate, but YouHaveNoChanceToSurvive -- either there are too many of them, or you're out of bullets (or down to your [[OneBulletLeft final bullet]]). So what do you do?

You turn the gun or knife on yourself. If there is no way to avoid death, it is better to go out on your own terms than let your enemy decide what happens to you. Sometimes it's just to deny the enemy the ''right'' to kill you.

The most common places that this trope shows up are stories where people face a FateWorseThanDeath in either the classical sense or in a BodyHorror / TheVirus sense, such as in a zombie movie where being taken by the zombies means being eaten alive or joining their number. In the older stories, such as westerns, samurai, and kung fu stories, a woman faced with rape and death at the hands of her enemies would often choose to die by her own hand rather than suffer this fate.

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Here's the situation. You're all alone and you're faced with A situation where a character commits suicide rather than face capture, imminent death, [[MadeASlave enslavement]], [[ComeToGawk public humiliation]] followed by (possibly [[CruelAndUnusualDeath grisly]]) execution, or [[FateWorseThanDeath something even worse]]. You know what the monsters or bad guys will do to you if they get their hands on you, and you do not want that to be your fate, but YouHaveNoChanceToSurvive -- either there are too many of them, or you're out of bullets (or down to your [[OneBulletLeft final bullet]]). So what do you do?

You turn the gun or knife on yourself.
If there is no way to avoid death, it is better characters will often prefer to go out on your their own terms rather than let your their enemy decide what happens to you. their fate. Sometimes it's just to deny the enemy the ''right'' to kill you.

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The most common places that this trope Better To Die Than Be Killed shows up are stories where people face a FateWorseThanDeath in either the classical sense or in a BodyHorror / TheVirus sense, such as in a zombie movie where being taken by the zombies means being eaten alive or joining their number. In the older stories, such as westerns, samurai, and kung fu stories, a woman faced with rape and death at the hands of her enemies would often choose to die by her own hand rather than suffer this fate.
11th Jan '17 8:07:49 PM navaash
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** ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has the Vanessa Vancleef fight, upon hitting her last hit point, she pulls out a barrel of gunpowder, yells, "My destiny is my own!" and detonates it (This can also be a TakingYouWithMe attack, as the explosion can and most likely will kill an unsuspecting player).

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** ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has the Vanessa Vancleef fight, upon hitting her last hit point, she pulls out a barrel of gunpowder, yells, "My destiny is my own!" and detonates it (This can also be a TakingYouWithMe attack, as the explosion can and most likely will kill an unsuspecting player). [[spoiler: Rogue players [[SubvertedTrope find out in Legion ]] that [[FakingTheDead she merely faked her death]], which was easy to do when the PC party was still reeling from the aftereffects of hallucinogenic neurotoxin.]]
1st Jan '17 6:28:03 PM Sharlee
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* In the prologue of ''Film/TheMummy1999'', Anck-Su-Namun defiantly and fatally stabs herself rather than be apprehended by the Medjai for her part in the Pharaoh's murder.

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* In the prologue of ''Film/TheMummy1999'', Anck-Su-Namun defiantly and fatally stabs herself rather than be apprehended by the Medjai for her part in the Pharaoh's murder. Given the horrific punishment (live entombment in a sarcophagus full of flesh-eating scarabs) which her accomplice Imhotep suffered, hers was the easier option.
1st Jan '17 6:21:21 PM Sharlee
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* In the prologue of ''Film/TheMummy1999'', Anck-Su-Namun defiantly and fatally stabs herself rather than be apprehended by the Medjai for her part in the Pharaoh's murder.
1st Jan '17 6:16:08 PM Sharlee
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* During Orion Asante's reign in ''ComicBook/{{Grendel}}'', "Death before undeath" was part of the creed of his elite warriors. Battling vampires, they were conditioned and obligated to kill themselves immediately if infected.
27th Dec '16 9:54:26 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': In "Blackwater", Cersei procures a vial of nightshade for herself and Tommen if the Red Keep should be breached. She also adds a touch of TakingYouWithMe by having Ser Ilyn Payne present to kill Sansa and the other highborn women holed up in the castle as well.
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