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21st Jul '17 2:47:57 PM shokoshu
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[[http://ruthe.de/cartoon/3069/datum/asc/ Even hanging isn't foolproof.]]

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21st Jul '17 2:47:33 PM shokoshu
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[[http://ruthe.de/cartoon/3069/datum/asc/ Even hanging isn't foolproof.]]
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26th Jun '17 8:08:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': At the start of the "Necropolis" arc, Chief Judge Silver tries to commit suicide with his Lawgiver pistol when he realizes that he's inadvertently handed over his city to the Dark Judges on a silver platter. He botches the attempt, consigning himself to a FateWorseThanDeath instead.
28th May '17 4:00:17 PM Da1tonTheGreat
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->''"(Well, hoop hoop) You say there ain't no use in livin'\\
(Well, hoop hoop) It's all a waste of time\\
(Well, hoop hoop) 'N you wanna throw your life away, well\\
(Well, go on, do it!) People, that's just fine\\
(Hoop hoop) Go ahead on 'n get it over with then\\
(Well, hoop hoop) Find you a bridge 'n take a jump\\
(Well, hoop hoop, well, hoop hoop)\\
(Well...) Just make sure you do it right the first time\\
(Hoop!) 'Cause nothin's worse than a Suicide Chump."''
-->-- '''Music/FrankZappa''', "Suicide Chump"

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->''"(Well, hoop hoop) You say there ain't no use in livin'\\
(Well, hoop hoop) It's all a waste of time\\
(Well, hoop hoop) 'N you wanna throw your life away, well\\
(Well, go on, do it!) People, that's just fine\\
(Hoop hoop) Go ahead on 'n get it over with then\\
(Well, hoop hoop) Find you a bridge 'n take a jump\\
(Well, hoop hoop, well, hoop hoop)\\
(Well...) Just make sure you do it right the first time\\
(Hoop!) 'Cause nothin's worse than a Suicide Chump.
->''"I'm so dumb I can't even kill myself."''
-->-- '''Music/FrankZappa''', "Suicide Chump"
'''Twisty the Clown''', ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow''
23rd May '17 2:32:52 PM EDP
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* One special issue of ''ComicBook/DylanDog'' had a terminally ill man who, after [[DealWithTheDevil selling his soul to Baba Yaga in exchange for revenge on the killers of his family]], tried to kill himself multiple times to uphold his side of the deal, but the Devil continued to interfere [[SuicideAsComedy in darkly funny ways]] because the man had sold his soul to him first (he sold it to Baba Yaga when [[JackassGenie the Devil announced he'd give him his revenge only when he would not be able to enjoy it).

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* One special issue of ''ComicBook/DylanDog'' had a terminally ill man who, after [[DealWithTheDevil selling his soul to Baba Yaga in exchange for revenge on the killers of his family]], tried to kill himself multiple times to uphold his side of the deal, but the Devil continued to interfere [[SuicideAsComedy in darkly funny ways]] because the man had sold his soul to him first (he sold it to Baba Yaga when [[JackassGenie the Devil announced he'd give him his revenge only when he would not be able to enjoy it).it]]).
23rd May '17 2:31:58 PM EDP
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* One special issue of ''ComicBook/DylanDog'' had a terminally ill man who, after [[DealWithTheDevil selling his soul to Baba Yaga in exchange for revenge on the killers of his family]], tried to kill himself multiple times to uphold his side of the deal, but the Devil continued to interfere [[SuicideAsComedy in darkly funny ways]] because the man had sold his soul to him first (he sold it to Baba Yaga when [[JackassGenie the Devil announced he'd give him his revenge only when he would not be able to enjoy it).
15th May '17 9:46:24 AM Bahuvrihi
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* Music/TheMonkees did "Going Down" where Mickey Dolenz sings of trying to drown himself in the river over a spurned love. When he gets over his anxiety he decides he's better off without her and takes the river out of town.

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* Music/TheMonkees did "Going "Goin' Down" where Mickey Micky Dolenz sings of trying to drown himself in the river over a spurned love. When he gets over his anxiety he decides he's better off without her and takes the river out of town.
28th Apr '17 10:43:24 AM fashionabledeathwish
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* In ''Theatre/DearEvanHansen'' [[spoiler:this is how Evan really broke his arm.]]
20th Apr '17 4:05:54 PM Shadoboy
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* The music video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF72RkHcKqs "Los Malaventurados No Lloran"]] by Mexican group ''Panda'', switches between various scenes of people trying to kill themselves via various different methods, but each of them fail in one way or another (with the possible exception of the guy jumping through the window for a second time). The song is not about suicide, but it deals about someone mourning his lost love and one lyric does mention that "finding the way to go to the unknown and be at your side" would be impulsive.
17th Mar '17 7:00:10 PM NightShade96
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* BungledSuicide/AnimeAndManga
* BungledSuicide/{{Film}}
* BungledSuicide/{{Literature}}
* BungledSuicide/LiveActionTV
* BungledSuicide/VideoGames
* BungledSuicide/WesternAnimation
* BungledSuicide/RealLife
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The first chapter of ''Manga/AnaSatsujin'' shows our main character, Kurosu, try to commit suicide by hanging himself on a wall-mounted hanger. However, the hanger tears out of the wall due to shoddy construction, creating a peephole into his neighbor's bedroom and acts as the catalyst to the story.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' provides a particularly depressing example with Griffith. After enduring a year of ColdBloodedTorture that left him permanently crippled, seeing all his dreams and ambitions go up in smoke, and finding out that both his {{Love Interest}}s hooked up with each other, he tries to kill himself, only to find that he can't even do that right. Unfortunately for the entire cast, this sends him over the mother of all {{Moral Event Horizon}}s.
* Coco and Mina both end up being this in ''Manga/CopernicusBreathing''.
* ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'':
** Jeremy tries to throw himself into a lake after finding out his mother knew he was being raped by his stepfather. Good thing Ian has ears like a fox, heard it, and managed to find him through the sleeting rain and fish him out. Jeremy also has two failed suicide attempts after returning to Boston while he is living with his aunt.
** Sandra has two of these, one pre-series and then another after Greg cancels their wedding.
** Marjorie has quite a few failed suicide attempts. The most notable of these is when Pascal locks her in the bathroom while he beats Jeremy in a drug induced rage. She tries to drown herself in the bathtub.
* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'':
** After hitting his VillainousBSOD, Beelzemon attempted a SuicideByCop via throwing himself at a huge group of Digimon that specialize in electrocution. It failed for three reasons: one, the Digimon thought he was dead and left him there; two, Renamon and Rika came and patched him up; and three, ''[[MadeOfIron he was just too damn tough]]'' to die. And yes, [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids they show the whole thing]].
** After Leomon's death, Jeri falls into such a deep depression that she basically goes to the D-Reaper hoping it will kill her. [[BreakTheCutie Unfortunately,]] [[DemonicPossession it]] [[MindRape doesn't]]...and then things [[FromBadToWorse get a]] ''[[FromBadToWorse lot]]'' [[FromBadToWorse worse]] for everyone on the show.
* Nyu tries to kill herself by wrist-slitting in the ''Manga/ElfenLied'' manga, after learning of her SplitPersonality's PsychoForHire ways. She fails.
* Ogiue in ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'' joins the group after hurling herself out a window (and breaking her arm) following an altercation with the Manga Club. Later it's revealed she jumped off the roof of her old school after her "friends" ruined her life. It's not stated how she survived or what injuries she incurred.
* The second chapter of ''Manga/{{Gunjo}}'' has a woman who tries to kill herself after the death of her son and fails. She succeeds after another try.
* In ''Manga/HalfAndHalf'', Shinichi and Yuuki want to commit double-suicide before their [[YourDaysAreNumbered 7 Days]] are up and jump off a cliff together. But the same light that saved them at the beginning keeps them from dying, so that they have to wait the remaining days out.
* In ''Hoshi wa Utau'', this is what happened to Chihiro's previous love Sakura. Her attempt left her comatose in the hospital.
* ''Manga/KazeHikaru'' has two: Okita's first love and the 10th unit's captain Sanosuke Harada's historical attempted seppuku. The latter is PlayedForLaughs, as it was years before the story starts and Sanosuke only did to prove he could. He brags about the scar (as he did in RealLife).
* One of the characters in ''Manga/{{Life}}'' attempts to kill herself by jumping from a school balcony, but only ends up fracturing her foot and hurting herself.
* In the very beginning of the {{manhwa}} ''My Lovable Fatty'' the protagonist tries to hang herself but ends up breaking the rope.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** It's implied that Asuka cut her wrists in episode 24, and is seen in a bathtub with water that looks like it's stained red. It's also implied that she was starving herself. She survived only because Section 2 found her before she bled out and she was too weak to resist being taken into custody.
** Rei subverts the trope. She's a confirmed DeathSeeker and in episode 23, she pulled off a TakingYouWithMe and ''succeeded''... only to be brought BackFromTheDead against her will.
** The first scene of ''End of Evangelion'' heavily implies that Shinji tried to drown himself but failed. After watching the rest of the movie, everyone will agree that it would've been better for everyone if he ''succeeded''.
** Kaworu's character design originally included scars on his throat and wrists to hint at multiple failed suicide attempts, explaining why [[spoiler:[[ICannotSelfTerminate he asks Shinji to kill him]]]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Parodied by Kumadori's inability to commit Seppuku (every times he use the ability "Tekkai" and save himself).
** Played less for laughs and more for awesome by Kaido. The man has survived so many execution and suicide attempts that he regularly takes up suicide as a hobby, to find out if he ''can'' be killed. His EstablishingCharacterMoment shows him [[spoiler:''jumping off a freaking sky island'' and coming out without a scratch despite leaving a huge ImpactSilhouette]].
* Punpun from ''Manga/OyasumiPunpun'' shoots himself in the eye at the end however survives. He loses the eye.
* ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'' has an episode dealing with 3 people who had made a suicide pact over the internet. Over the course of the episode, all of their attempts to kill themselves (jumping in the path of a subway train, hanging) are thwarted, and it's all PlayedForLaughs. Subverted in that at the end it's revealed that they were DeadAllAlong.
* Poor Sayaka. She doesn't purify her [[OurSoulsAreDifferent Soul Gem]] (which she needs to in order to stay alive), thinking that this will put her out of her misery. This being ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', however, this suicide is bungled in a [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie rather]] [[FaceMonsterTurn horrifying]] [[EldritchAbomination way]].
* In one episode of ''Manga/{{QED}}'', a graduate of MIT tries to mark himself as the math major with highest honors of his graduating year by killing three highest-honor holders in other majors, then attempting [[AteHisGun suicide]], but fails.
* Played for drama in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' - It's evident in the scars on Megumi's wrists that she'd attempted suicide multiple times before meeting (and joining) the [[TrueCompanions Kenshin-gumi]].
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' has this happen repeatedly.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The movie ''Film/BetterOffDead'' features multiple attempts by the central character to kill himself, all of which fail spectacularly (and hilariously).
* Happens ''twice in a row'' with Winthorpe in ''Film/TradingPlaces'': first, he lifts his gun to his head and it fails to go off (but does fire when he throws it away), and Ophelia and Valentine save him after he takes a bunch of pills. In both cases, the aftermath is PlayedForLaughs.
* In ''Film/TheManInTheIronMask'', Porthos gets depressed and believes he has nothing to go on living for. He kisses the tavern girls goodbye and goes into the barn to hang himself. Naked. You hear a big thud, and Porthos swearing. Aramis knew he'd try to commit suicide and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments sawed through the beam.]] ...Then the barn collapses on him, since Aramis sawed the wrong beam (he lives).
-->'''Aramis:''' [[ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder I'm a genius, not an engineer!]]
* Happens once in ''Film/FinalDestination2''. Eugene tries to shoot himself in the head, but all the bullets fail because it wasn't his time to die yet. He dies later in the film of an explosion after '''[[FailsafeFailure mass equipment failure]]''' and bad luck at the hospital.
* Happens again in ''Film/FinalDestination4,'' George tries to off himself multiple times later in the movie, but fails for the same reason. He gets killed by an ambulance exiting a hospital.
* ''Film/GroundhogDay:'' Phil kills himself on a few occasions during his GroundhogDayLoop, but he keeps waking up in that damn bed and breakfast.
* The Narrator in ''Film/FightClub''. Although it could be argued that this was less a Bungled Suicide and more a successful murder.
* Jude Law's character in ''Film/{{Gattaca}}'' attempted suicide after the "accident" (which may or may not have been attempted suicide in itself) that crippled him. But he eventually did succeed after the main character, who had taken over his identity, finally got to go into space.
* Franz Liebkind in ''Film/TheProducers'' at one point breaks down and attempts to shoot himself. His gun doesn't fire, and he figures it's jammed. Then he drops the gun... and it goes off.
--> '''Franz''': ''gun clicks'' "Jammed! Ach, when things go wrong!"
* In the fratboy comedy ''Film/BachelorParty'', a supporting character, despondent over his girlfriend dumping him, tries to slash his wrists... with an electric shaver.
* Harold in ''Film/HaroldAndMaude'' repeatedly attempts (apparently fake) suicide attempts, usually involving RubeGoldberg-style complicated processes.
* In the final third of ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'' it's revealed that Gary had tried to commit suicide some time before the movie by slitting his wrists.
* Stanley Moon in ''Film/{{Bedazzled 1967}}'', feeling like a failure, unable to even talk to the woman he pines for, puts a noose around his neck, steps off a chair - and the pipe he's tied it to promptly snaps, dribbling water over him and making him out to be a ''total'' failure.
* Creator/SteveCarell's character in ''Film/LittleMissSunshine'' comes into the film fresh out of one of these.
-->"So that's when you tried to kill yourself?"
-->"Yep. And I failed at that as well."
* Subverted in the film ''Film/TheQuietEarth'':
** Zac Hobson did go through with his suicide attempt and did end up walking away from it at the start of the film. The subversion lies in the fact that he walked away because his suicide attempt was successful; he was at the moment of death, which protected him from the Event that wiped out most of humanity.
** At the end of the film, the exact same thing happens when he attempts to make a HeroicSacrifice to avert a second Event. He fails.
* Woody Allen's character in ''Film/HannahAndHerSisters'', despairing over the meaninglessness of life, tries to shoot himself with a rifle, but is so nervous and sweaty, he slips and misfires. He later finds a reason to go on watching a Creator/MarxBrothers movie.
* In ''Film/TaxiDriver'', after the final shootout, Travis tries to shoot himself, but all of his weapons are out of ammunition.
* Nick tries to kill himself in ''Film/TheInvisible'', but it fails because of his ghostly state.
* The ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' films:
** It is revealed that John Kramer, having been diagnosed with an inoperable malignant brain tumor, attempts to commit suicide by driving off an embankment. His car is trashed, but he survives, the incident having given him more appreciation for the time he has left. On the downside, this same incident also inspires him to become Jigsaw.
** The [[Film/SawI first movie]] also contains a subversion: Jigsaw's first victim was a man who appeared to have attempted suicide, but Jigsaw argues that he never intended to kill himself and was merely seeking some attention.
* In the Creator/HaroldLloyd short ''Film/NeverWeaken'', the main character tries to kill himself by tying a rock to himself and jumping off a bridge into a river. He lands in the river, to discover that the water is only ankle deep.
* Herbie the Volkswagen in ''Film/TheLoveBug'' actually tries to leap off the Golden Gate Bridge. He's partially saved by the fact that his wheels won't let him climb the railing very easily, giving his owner time to reach him, so this is also something of a InterruptedSuicide.
* Richie in ''Film/TheRoyalTenenbaums'' cuts his wrists after learning the romantic history of Margot, with whom he is in love. Complete with ImportantHaircut and some great music.
* In ''Bringing Out The Dead'', the main character -- a paramedic -- responds to a suicide attempt where the victim has sliced his veins horizontally rather than vertically, thus ensuring that he's got plenty of time to be healed. Since the main character is going through something of a nervous breakdown at that point, he merely uses this as the starting off point for a rant in which he instructs the surprised and now-terrified victim how to do it ''correctly'' next time.
* Averted in ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'': in RealLife General Beck botched his suicide rather painfully, and [[MercyKill had to be finished off by a sergeant]]. Removed from the film to prevent [[{{Narm}} the touching final scene becoming comical.]]
* In ''Film/{{SOB}}'', Felix Farmer makes multiple attempts to kill himself only to have each of them unintentionally thwarted. He ultimately ends up committing SuicideByCop almost accidentally.
* Chuck of ''Film/CastAway'' tries to commit suicide by hanging when stranded on an island, but he does a test run with a dummy and the tree branch snaps. He later says that was the moment when he hit rock bottom -- he couldn't even die on his own terms.
* In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' Bruce Banner mentions that he tried to kill himself by putting a gun in his mouth, but "[[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk the other guy]]" just spat the bullet back out. This is also a reference to a deleted scene from ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', where you actually see the attempt.
* One of the main characters in ''Cosy Dens'' (Pelisky) attempts suicide by gas poisoning. Problem was that the oven he had put his head into was electric oven.
* PlayedForLaughs in the Korean film adaptation of the manga ''Film/AntiqueBakery''. Min Seon-woo, after having his love confession to a male classmate rejected and a cake shoved in his face, attempts to hang himself in his home and fails miserably. This happens in the opening credits.
* In ''Series 7'', a terminal cancer sufferer named Jeff is selected by lottery to compete in a DeadlyGame reality show. As soon as he's given a gun he tries to blow his brains out, but it isn't loaded. Later on, towards the end of the film, Dawn and Jeff agree to shoot each other, in essence committing suicide. Dawn dies, but Jeff falls into a coma, then later, to his horror, wakes up.
* In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', BigBad Silva's StartOfDarkness happened when M sold him out to the Chinese, who tortured him for months. Silva then used his CyanidePill but it didn't work, horribly disfiguring his jaw and teeth. He then dedicated the rest of his life to getting revenge on M.
* In the Creator/BusterKeaton film ''Film/HardLuck'', Keaton's character tries to commit suicide but has no luck at it. For instance, he once saw approaching headlights and put himself between them for the car to hit him, only to learn that it was actually two motorcycles running along side by side and avoided him easily.
* A character in ''Film/{{Detox}}'' is revealed to have stuck a gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger, but only succeeded in blowing a hole in his cheek.
* In ''Film/KillYourDarlings'', Lucien Carr attempts to hang himself in a jail cell with his sheet, but the knot undoes itself.
* ''Literature/AScannerDarkly'': Charles Freck tried to commit suicide by taking a bunch of downers with some wine. He fails, hallucinating a rather... bizarre experience, and is eventually seen at New Path. In the book, he never appears again after the suicide attempt, so he may have succeeded.
* Seong-yeun tries to kill himself by jumping off a bridge in ''Film/CastawayOnTheMoon''. Instead of drowning, he finds himself washed up on an island in the middle of the river, under the bridge. A {{Robinsonade}} commences from there.
* In ''Film/{{Mermaid}}'', Alice has one leg over the side of the bridge when Aleksandr pushes by her to jump. She jumps in after him and saves him. Later, Aleksandr attempts to get hit by cars, but Alice again saves him.
* Near the end of ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', Zemo attempts to kill himself after Black Panther decides not to kill him for revenge on the death of his father in the bombing of the U.N. meeting. Unfortunately for Zemo, Black Panther stops him JustInTime, and he ends up going to prison for the crimes he committed, including framing Bucky for the U.N. meeting bombing.
* In a flashback to Teddy Daniels' war service in ''Film/ShutterIsland'', Daniels, who took part in the liberation of Dachau concentration camp, found the camp commandant tried to shoot himself, but failed. Daniels moved the gun away to prolong the commandant's suffering.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Ethan and Mattie in the novella ''Literature/EthanFrome''.
* In the novel ''Literature/GeekLove'' by Katherine Dunn, the "Bag Man" is a guy who tried to commit suicide but ended up shooting most of his face off. He wears some kind of covering over his face, hence the name.
* In Spenser's ''Literature/TheFaerieQueene'', the character Despair tries to kill himself over and over and it never works. Believe it or not, this is ''really creepy.''
* In the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, [[Literature/LastHeraldMageTrilogy Vanyel]] tries to kill himself in the chapel where his dead love Tylendel is laid out pre-burial. Yfandes raises the alarm in time for rescuers to save Vanyel's life, aided by the fact that Vanyel "didn't know the right way to slit his wrists".
* In ''Sometimes a Great Notion'', [[EstablishingCharacterMoment Leland is introduced]] with one of these. As he explains later, he was lying in bed waiting for his house to fill with the gas he'd turned on in the kitchen, when he [[WhatAnIdiot suddenly decides to have a cigarette]]. The house explodes, but Leland is miraculously unharmed, and he finds a letter from his brother (along with an understandably confused postman) on what's left of his front porch and decides that he might as well return home and help his family fill their logging quota.
* In ''Literature/DumaKey'', this is Wireman's story. After his wife and daughter died, he decided to shoot himself in the head and actually went through with it. Instead of killing him, the bullet lodged in his brain, causing him trouble later.
* In Stephen King's story, "Hearts in Atlantis", a college student who is freaking out about the possibility of flunking out and getting drafted tries to OD on baby aspirin.
* ''Literature/AScannerDarkly'': Charles Freck tried to commit suicide by taking a bunch of downers with some wine. He failed and only hallucinated. The hallucination might be a DyingDream - Freck never appears in the story again either way.
* In a very ridiculous scene in Petronius's ''Satyricon'', widely considered to be the first modern novel (written in ancient Rome), one character tries to hang himself off of a bedpost. The post being so low, he fails, but another character comes in and sees him lying there, thinks he's dead, and tries to kill himself with the first knife he grabs, which turns out to be a prop. HilarityEnsues.
* In ''Literature/TheIdiot'', Ippolit Terentyev attempts to shoot himself in the head, but his gun doesn't fire. Although other characters speculate that he was just AttentionWhoring, and that he had deliberately loaded his gun incorrectly.
* In the [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden Files]] novel ''Literature/GhostStory'', the readers find Harry has done this because he feared becoming a monster as Mab's Winter Knight. So this trope is used in a very convoluted way.
* In ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'', the Narrator [[TheSociopath Alex]] can't conventionally kill himself because [[RestrainingBolt the thought of violence makes him cripplingly ill]] - the reason he wants to kill himself in the first place. In a moment of sudden desperation he leaps from an apartment window, only to break most of his bones and wind up immobile and unable to talk in the hospital instead of dead. Needless to say, he isn't pleased.
* Joanne Greenberg's ''Literature/INeverPromisedYouARoseGarden'' takes place in a mental hospital during the Fifties, from the perspective of teenage inmate Deborah, who was hospitalized after cutting her wrists and bleeding herself out into a basin. Her doctor recognized this as a plea for help, a suicidal gesture, not a true attempt. Another inmate says that "a nut is someone whose noose broke", meaning that failed suicide is a common background for the inmates.
* In Jaroslav Hasek's ''The Good Soldier Švejk'' Švejk tells a story about a cadet driven to suicide by uncertainty of cadets' official status.[[note]]Kadett-Stellvertreter -- "cadet officer candidate" -- a graduate of an officer school who has just started service in his regiment. They were neither soldiers, nor officers, nor [=NCOs=], thus nobody knew if they should get what soldiers get, or what officers get. As a result they got nothing: no food in the canteen, no blankets in the hospital and so on.[[/note]] As Švejk puts it:
--> ...one of them jumped into the river Malše [...] [but] was fished out again alive. In his excitement when he jumped into it he had forgotten that he knew how to swim and has passed swimming test with honours.
* In ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude'', Colonel Aureliano Buendía has his personal physician paint a target on his chest right over his heart, intending to shoot himself after signing a peace agreement. After he survives, it turns out the doctor was smart enough to paint the target in a spot where the bullet would miss every single vital organ.
* Towards the end of John Marsden's ''Take My Word For It'', Lisa reveals that, some time before the book started, she attempted suicide by overdose, but ended up waking up twenty-four hours later feeling awful, and soon realised that no one in the house had even noticed.
* At the end of ''Literature/MadameBovary'', Emma decides to kill herself by swallowing arsenic, expecting this to be PerfectPoison. However, reality doesn't work that way, and she doesn't die until much later, remaining in agony the entire time.
* It’s revealed in ''Literature/TheDeathCure'' that Newt tried to kill himself by jumping off one of the Walls some time before Thomas’s arrival. He survived, but broke his leg, hence his permanent limp.
* In ''LightNovel/AnotherNote'', Beyond Birthday uses SelfImmolation as part of his MurderSuicide plot. He is stopped by Naomi; she doesn't talk him down, but rather blasts him with the fire extinguisher, and gets him medical attention before placing him under arrest. He survives with horrific burns [[spoiler: only to later die from a Kira-induced heart attack in prison once he recovers from his injuries.]]
* Tedrin, the villain in ''Literature/EdenGreen'', is Patient Zero of an alien needle symbiote that keeps him alive no matter how badly he is hurt. He reveals early on that when he was first infected, he attempted suicide using a gunshot to the head... only to have his brain grow back wrong.
* Dorothy Parker's 1926 poem "Resumé" alludes to the trope:
-->Razors pain you;\\
Rivers are damp;\\
Acids stain you;\\
And drugs cause cramp.\\
Guns aren’t lawful;\\
Nooses give;\\
Gas smells awful;\\
You might as well live.
* In ''Le Voyage où il vous plaira'' (roughly "Travel where you will"), by Alfred de Musset and PJ Stahl, the devil tolds the tale of a man that tried to commit suicide by hanging himself over a river, taking some poison and, for extra security, shooting himself with a pistol... that misses and cuts the rope so he falls onto the river and drinks too much water that makes him thrown up, cleaning the poison from his stomach. Yes, exactly like the infamous Darwin Award.

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[[folder:Music]]
* Ethan and Mattie Music/DepecheMode's "Blasphemous Rumours":
--> Girl of sixteen, whole life ahead of her\\
Slashed her wrists, bored with life\\
Didn't succeed, thank the Lord\\
For small mercies
** It became even HarsherInHindsight when singer Dave Gahan attempted suicide the same way a few years later. See Real Life.
* Neutral Milk Hotel's "Three Peaches", in a [[JustForPun similar vein]]:
--> You're
in the novella ''Literature/EthanFrome''.
bathroom carving holiday designs\\
Into yourself, hoping no one will find\\
You, but they found you, and they took you\\
And you somehow survived
* In the novel ''Literature/GeekLove'' by Katherine Dunn, the "Bag Man" [[WordOfGod Dave Mustaine]] once introduced Music/{{Megadeth}}'s "Skin o' My Teeth" in concert with "This is a guy who song about how many times I tried to commit suicide but ended up shooting most of his face off. He wears some kind of covering over his face, hence the name.
* In Spenser's ''Literature/TheFaerieQueene'', the character Despair tries to
kill himself over myself and over and it never works. Believe it or not, this is ''really creepy.''
* In
just couldn't get the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, [[Literature/LastHeraldMageTrilogy Vanyel]] tries fucking job done."
* Music/TheMonkees did "Going Down" where Mickey Dolenz sings of trying
to kill drown himself in the chapel where river over a spurned love. When he gets over his dead love Tylendel is laid out pre-burial. Yfandes raises the alarm in time for rescuers to save Vanyel's life, aided by the fact that Vanyel "didn't know the right way to slit his wrists".
* In ''Sometimes a Great Notion'', [[EstablishingCharacterMoment Leland is introduced]] with one of these. As
anxiety he explains later, he was lying in bed waiting for his house to fill with the gas he'd turned on in the kitchen, when he [[WhatAnIdiot suddenly decides to have a cigarette]]. The house explodes, but Leland is miraculously unharmed, and he finds a letter from his brother (along with an understandably confused postman) on what's left of his front porch and decides that he might as well return home and help his family fill their logging quota.
* In ''Literature/DumaKey'', this is Wireman's story. After his wife and daughter died, he decided to shoot himself in the head and actually went through with it. Instead of killing him, the bullet lodged in his brain, causing him trouble later.
* In Stephen King's story, "Hearts in Atlantis", a college student who is freaking out about the possibility of flunking out and getting drafted tries to OD on baby aspirin.
* ''Literature/AScannerDarkly'': Charles Freck tried to commit suicide by taking a bunch of downers with some wine. He failed and only hallucinated. The hallucination might be a DyingDream - Freck never appears in the story again either way.
* In a very ridiculous scene in Petronius's ''Satyricon'', widely considered to be the first modern novel (written in ancient Rome), one character tries to hang himself off of a bedpost. The post being so low, he fails, but another character comes in and sees him lying there, thinks
he's dead, better off without her and tries to kill himself with the first knife he grabs, which turns out to be a prop. HilarityEnsues.
* In ''Literature/TheIdiot'', Ippolit Terentyev attempts to shoot himself in the head, but his gun doesn't fire. Although other characters speculate that he was just AttentionWhoring, and that he had deliberately loaded his gun incorrectly.
* In the [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresden Files]] novel ''Literature/GhostStory'', the readers find Harry has done this because he feared becoming a monster as Mab's Winter Knight. So this trope is used in a very convoluted way.
* In ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'', the Narrator [[TheSociopath Alex]] can't conventionally kill himself because [[RestrainingBolt the thought of violence makes him cripplingly ill]] - the reason he wants to kill himself in the first place. In a moment of sudden desperation he leaps from an apartment window, only to break most of his bones and wind up immobile and unable to talk in the hospital instead of dead. Needless to say, he isn't pleased.
* Joanne Greenberg's ''Literature/INeverPromisedYouARoseGarden''
takes place in a mental hospital during the Fifties, river out of town.
* Suicidal [=Tendencies=]' "Suicidal Failure" is sung
from the perspective of teenage inmate Deborah, who was hospitalized after cutting her wrists and bleeding herself out into a basin. Her doctor recognized this as a plea for help, a suicidal gesture, not a true attempt. Another inmate says that "a nut is someone whose noose broke", meaning that failed suicide is a common background for the inmates.
* In Jaroslav Hasek's ''The Good Soldier Švejk'' Švejk tells a story about a cadet driven to suicide by uncertainty of cadets' official status.[[note]]Kadett-Stellvertreter -- "cadet officer candidate" -- a graduate of an officer school
19-year-old who has tried many different means of killing himself, but he just started service in his regiment. They were neither soldiers, nor officers, nor [=NCOs=], thus nobody knew if they should can't get what soldiers get, or what officers get. As a result they got nothing: no food in it right.
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Vzgaer6gleQ#t=87
the canteen, no blankets in video]] to ''Milaya'' by Filipp Kirkorov at 1:27 the hospital and so on.[[/note]] As Švejk cat takes poison, puts it:
--> ...one of them jumped into the river Malše [...] [but] was fished out again alive. In
his excitement when he jumped into it he had forgotten that he knew how to swim neck in a noose and has passed swimming test with honours.
* In ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude'', Colonel Aureliano Buendía has his personal physician paint a target on his chest right over his heart, intending
tries to shoot himself after signing a peace agreement. After he survives, it turns out and pull the doctor was smart enough to paint the target in a spot where the bullet would miss every single vital organ.
* Towards the end of John Marsden's ''Take My Word For It'', Lisa reveals that, some time before the book started, she attempted suicide by overdose, but ended up waking up twenty-four hours later feeling awful, and soon realised that no one in the house had even noticed.
* At the end of ''Literature/MadameBovary'', Emma decides to kill herself by swallowing arsenic, expecting this to be PerfectPoison. However, reality
stool from under himself. And everything fails. The song doesn't work that way, and she doesn't die until much later, remaining mention suicide, though. Possibly inspired by an urban legend below.
* Music/MitchBenn's "I'm Still Here" is about a rock star who wants to go out
in agony a big dramatic rock'n'roll style, but nothing he tries works. His attempts include drug overdose, heavy drinking, starving himself, blow-drying his hair in the entire time.
* It’s revealed in ''Literature/TheDeathCure'' that Newt tried to kill himself by jumping off one of the Walls some time before Thomas’s arrival. He survived, but broke his leg, hence his permanent limp.
* In ''LightNovel/AnotherNote'', Beyond Birthday uses SelfImmolation as part of his MurderSuicide plot. He is stopped by Naomi; she doesn't talk him down, but rather blasts him
bathtub, running naked down a railway line, swimming with the fire extinguisher, sharks while bleeding, and gets him medical attention before placing him under arrest. He survives playing RussianRoulette with horrific burns [[spoiler: only to later die from a Kira-induced heart attack bullets in prison once he recovers from his injuries.]]
* Tedrin,
all the villain in ''Literature/EdenGreen'', is Patient Zero of an alien needle symbiote that keeps him alive no matter how badly he is hurt. He reveals early on that when he was first infected, he attempted suicide using a gunshot to the head... only to have his brain grow back wrong.
* Dorothy Parker's 1926 poem "Resumé" alludes to the trope:
-->Razors pain you;\\
Rivers are damp;\\
Acids stain you;\\
And drugs cause cramp.\\
Guns aren’t lawful;\\
Nooses give;\\
Gas smells awful;\\
You might as well live.
* In ''Le Voyage où il vous plaira'' (roughly "Travel where you will"), by Alfred de Musset and PJ Stahl, the devil tolds the tale of a man that tried to commit suicide by hanging himself over a river, taking some poison and, for extra security, shooting himself with a pistol... that misses and cuts the rope so he falls onto the river and drinks too much water that makes him thrown up, cleaning the poison from his stomach. Yes, exactly like the infamous Darwin Award.
chambers.



[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Shunned by his people, Groo left to fight monsters until one would inevitably kill him. He laments that he couldn't even do ''that'' right, as he won every time.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': In the season 4 episode "Doomed," Spike has been rendered incapable of harming humans by the Initiative's [[RestrainingBolt chip in his brain]], and by the time of this episode, he's been reduced to such a shadow of his former self that ''Xander'' of all people openly mocks him and declares him to be NotWorthKilling. With that, he decides to dust himself by falling on a stake... but just as he's about to do so, Willow and Xander enter the room and distract him, causing him to miss the stake. Willow ends up feeling so sorry for him that she insists they take him along to thwart the current apocalypse and stop him from trying again (though Buffy and Xander can't possibly fathom why Spike committing suicide is a bad thing).
* Episode "The Walk" of ''Series/TheXFiles'' opens with a man attempting suicide by drowning himself in boiling water and failing because he can't die. Mulder and Scully come to investigate it.
* AJ Soprano of ''Series/TheSopranos'' tries to drown himself in his pool by tying a cinder block to his feet. A last minute change of heart leaves him stranded in the middle of the pool with his head barely above water.
* Michael from ''Series/{{Lost}}'' attempted suicide at least twice, but the island wouldn't allow him to die until he had redeemed himself for his actions in season 2.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' Classic episode "Escape Clause". A man makes a DealWithTheDevil for immortality, and tests the pact by trying to commit suicide. Eventually he starts doing so for money by threatening to sue companies for accidents he caused.
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' episode "Something to Live For:" the person Earl's helping this week, Earl had regularly stolen the gasoline out of his car. Problem was, the guy was trying to kill himself by running his car engine and piping the exhaust into the passenger compartment every night, but since Earl kept stealing his gas he kept running out of gas before he died.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' - Boomer has her suicide attempt interrupted by Baltar, who actually encourages her to do it. He leaves, then she bungles it anyway.
* Discussed in ''Series/TheWire'': Omar's brother "No Heart" Anthony got his nickname from bungling his suicide attempt when he was sentenced to several years in prison. He attempted to shoot himself in the chest, but came away with only "a contact wound and a new nickname".
* ''Series/TheYoungOnes'': Rick's attempt. After finding out no one in the house liked him, Rick tried to hang himself with his belt but couldn't find any place to attach it. He then tried to overdose on pills, not realizing the pills he was popping into his mouth by the handful were laxatives. Hilarity ensues.
%% ** Neil's hapless attempt.
* Pretty much the entire premise of the show ''Series/{{Gravity}}'', a drama/comedy about a support group for people who have made failed suicide attempts. The main character is widely known as the "Suicide Dummy" for driving his car off of a cliff - and accidentally landing it in the swimming pool of a passing cruise ship.
* The short lived TV News Show Drama ''Series/LiveShot'' had a character about to shoot himself in the head. There's a GoryDiscretionShot of a bullet cracking the glass on a picture on his wall, followed by the attempted suicide lamenting that "I missed. How did I miss?"
* In the ''Superman The Musical'' TV Special, Superman was depressed after Metropolis shunned him. So, he tried to kill himself by tying an anchor to himself and jumping off of a bridge. Did anyone mention that this is the 'Man of Steel'?
* In an episode of ''Series/{{ER}}'', a patient once came in after he AteHisGun, but his aim was off, and instead of going through his brain, the bullet went out the back of his neck and left him alive.
* After Phoebe shunned him in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', Cole tried to kill himself. [[SuicideByCop He even tried to goad the sisters into vanquishing him.]] By this point, however, he's become so powerful that not even the Power of Three can destroy him.
* Charles Logan in the ''Series/TwentyFour'' series finale.
* The US version of ''Series/{{Wilfred}}'' opens with Ryan attempting suicide with what turn out to be sugar pills.
* Karofsky in the ''Series/{{Glee}}'' episode "On My Way."
* Subverted in ''Series/MadMen'' ("Commissions and Fees" [=S5E12=]): Lane Pryce tries to kill himself by suffocating himself with the exhaust of the Jaguar his wife bought him; however, the engine wouldn't start on account of the faulty electrical system (which [[ChekhovsGun had been mentioned several times earlier]]). However, he later goes back to his office and hangs himself instead.
* In ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', Juice tries several times to hang himself. When he does manage to jump off, the branch snaps.
* A ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' episode ends on a CliffHanger when Howard Hunter puts his gun to his head, pulls the trigger, and the screen goes black. The following week we learn the gun was emptied of bullets by another officer.
* ''Series/{{Luck}}'' has a scene where Joey Rathburn calls his ex-wife and kid, hangs up, then puts a gun to his head. Right before he fires, a minor earthquake erupts, jogging his aim and making the shot go wild, ricocheting around the room until it grazes his cheek. He decides to go to a hospital instead where he discovers that his constant stuttering has stopped.
* PlayedForLaughs on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' when Ted tries to work up the nerve to jump off of the hospital roof, then ends up accidentally falling off ([[SuicideIsPainless and smiling as he falls]]). He lands on a lower roof, where two janitors have placed a large pile of full garbage bags. If he had gone to the other side of the roof he would have succeeded.
* An alien in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' attempts a ThanatosGambit by shooting himself with Riker's phaser in order to frame Riker for his murder and permanently sour diplomatic relations between his race and the Federation. He fails because he doesn't know how the phaser works and ends merely stunning himself.
* ''Series/{{Taggart}}''. In "Forbidden Fruit" a doctor decides to drown himself after being exposed as a fraud. His wife sees the overturned boat and rushes into the house to call for help, only to find him inside dripping wet. Things probably would have worked out if he hadn't forgotten about the [[DeathbedConfession written confession he left behind]], in which he confessed to murdering the VictimOfTheWeek.
* In the first episode of ''Series/BreakingBad'', Walter White attempts to shoot himself in the head, only to find that the gun he's using still has the safety on. He removes the safety and misfires the gun into the ground, and he decides not to kill himself after all.
* On ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', a segment where Jerry performs stand-up has him talking about how he doesn't understand why people stop trying to kill themselves after a failed suicide attempt, when logically, they would have even ''more'' reason to kill themselves, since they now know that there's yet another thing they suck at. He goes on to say that maybe the whole reason their lives are crappy enough to make them ''want'' to commit suicide in the first place is that they just give up too easily.
* Ellen's suicide attempt, shown in {{Flashback}}, in ''Series/SlingsAndArrows''. She spends a while balanced on the edge of a bridge, dressed as Ophelia, with Oliver dramatically pleading with her not to jump and her telling him to go away. Then she does jump... and the water is about a foot deep. When she tells Geoffrey about it in the present day, he can't help but think it's hilarious.
-->'''Ellen''': Don't laugh! I was extremely upset.
* In ''Series/{{Coupling}}'', Jane attempts suicide by taking paracetamol. Two of them.
-->'''Jane''': Well, that's as many as you're allowed, it says so on the bottle. You can only take eight in 24 hours. Frankly, I don't know how anyone finds time to commit suicide.
-->'''Susan''': I think you'll find the point of an overdose is that you exceed the recommended dosage.
-->'''Jane''': Isn't that dangerous?
-->'''Sally''': Two paracetamol won't have any effect Jane.
-->'''Jane''': That's rubbish. It got rid of my headache, I feel fantastic!
-->'''Susan''': Which, suicide-wise, isn't exactly a near miss, is it.
* ''Series/{{Hardware}}'' has a character attempt suicide after being humiliated by Mike, by throwing himself under a bus. He misses.
* ''Series/{{Gotham}}''[='=]s version of Victor Fries transformation into Mr. Freeze was completed after he tried to kill himself when Nora decided she'd rather die than live without him. Only, this only resulted in Victor having the accident that requires his infamous suit.
* ''Series/PrisonBreak'' has Paul Kellerman attempt to shoot himself after he is screwed over by The Company as well as getting ditched by Burrows, Scofield, and Tancredi. His gun jams. He decides afterward, following some advice from his estranged sister, to turn himself in and take down as many people as he can.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In "Better Off Dead", the team investigates what appears to be a one-man crime wave across Las Vegas that has left three people (and a dog) dead, and another wounded. It turns out have started with a bungled suicide, with all of the chaos that followed being the result of the suicides attempt to put things right.
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryMurderHouse'': Subverted. Violet initially believes that she survived her suicide attempt in the fifth episode. However, towards the end of the season, Violet learns from Tate that she's actually a ghost when he leads her to her hidden body in the basement.
* ''Series/{{Empire}}'': During his mental breakdown because of his bipolar disorder, Andre attempted to shoot himself in the music studio, only for the gun to jam when he pulled the trigger. This incident eventually led to Andre getting psychological help, and later finding God.
* ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'': Multiple instances.
** Darcy attempted to kill herself after being raped, by slashing her wrists in the school's showers. Fortunately, Manny found her in time.
** JT took oxycodone after Liberty discovered that he was selling drugs to support Liberty and their baby; however, he survived.
** Zoe attempted to overdose on sleeping pills, but lived.
** Most recently, Maya attempted to overdose while alone on a bus. However, she woke up and ended up stumbling around the school before reaching the school roof, where she finally passed out. Esme and Zig found her almost dead, though they were later informed that she would make it.

to:

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Shunned by his people, Groo left to fight monsters until one would inevitably kill him. He laments that he couldn't even do ''that'' right, as he won every time.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': In the season 4 episode "Doomed," Spike has been rendered incapable of harming humans by the Initiative's [[RestrainingBolt chip in his brain]], and by the time of this episode, he's been reduced to such a shadow of his former self that ''Xander'' of all people openly mocks him and declares
''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20236_6-insane-disney-comics-you-wont-believe-are-real.html 6 Insane Disney Comics You Won't Believe Are Real]] shows some 1930 [[ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse Mickey strips]] where breaking up with Minnie causes him to be NotWorthKilling. With that, he decides to dust himself by falling on a stake... but just as he's about to do so, Willow and Xander enter the room and distract him, causing him to miss the stake. Willow ends up feeling so sorry for him that she insists they take him along to thwart the current apocalypse and stop him from trying again (though Buffy and Xander can't possibly fathom why Spike committing suicide is a bad thing).
* Episode "The Walk" of ''Series/TheXFiles'' opens with a man attempting suicide by drowning himself in boiling water and failing because he can't die. Mulder and Scully come to investigate it.
* AJ Soprano of ''Series/TheSopranos'' tries to drown himself in his pool by tying a cinder block to his feet. A last minute change of heart leaves him stranded in the middle of the pool with his head barely above water.
* Michael from ''Series/{{Lost}}'' attempted suicide at least twice, but the island wouldn't allow him to die until he had redeemed himself for his actions in season 2.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' Classic episode "Escape Clause". A man makes a DealWithTheDevil for immortality, and tests the pact by trying to commit suicide. Eventually he starts doing so for money by threatening to sue companies for accidents he caused.
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' episode "Something to Live For:" the person Earl's helping this week, Earl had regularly stolen the gasoline out of his car. Problem was, the guy was trying to kill himself by running his car engine and piping the exhaust into the passenger compartment every night, but since Earl kept stealing his gas he kept running out of gas before he died.
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' - Boomer has her suicide attempt interrupted by Baltar, who actually encourages her to do it. He leaves, then she bungles it anyway.
* Discussed in ''Series/TheWire'': Omar's brother "No Heart" Anthony got his nickname from bungling his suicide attempt when he was sentenced to several years in prison. He attempted to shoot himself in the chest, but came away with only "a contact wound and a new nickname".
* ''Series/TheYoungOnes'': Rick's attempt. After finding out no one in the house liked him, Rick tried to hang himself with his belt but couldn't find any place to attach it. He then tried to overdose on pills, not realizing the pills he was popping into his mouth by the handful were laxatives. Hilarity ensues.
%% ** Neil's hapless attempt.
* Pretty much the entire premise of the show ''Series/{{Gravity}}'', a drama/comedy about a support group for people who have made failed suicide attempts. The main character is widely known as the "Suicide Dummy" for driving his car off of a cliff - and accidentally landing it in the swimming pool of a passing cruise ship.
* The short lived TV News Show Drama ''Series/LiveShot'' had a character about to shoot himself in the head. There's a GoryDiscretionShot of a bullet cracking the glass on a picture on his wall, followed by the attempted suicide lamenting that "I missed. How did I miss?"
* In the ''Superman The Musical'' TV Special, Superman was depressed after Metropolis shunned him. So, he tried to kill himself by tying an anchor to himself and jumping off of a bridge. Did anyone mention that this is the 'Man of Steel'?
* In an episode of ''Series/{{ER}}'', a patient once came in after he AteHisGun, but his aim was off, and instead of going through his brain, the bullet went out the back of his neck and left him alive.
* After Phoebe shunned him in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', Cole tried to kill himself. [[SuicideByCop He even tried to goad the sisters into vanquishing him.]] By this point, however, he's become so powerful that not even the Power of Three can destroy him.
* Charles Logan in the ''Series/TwentyFour'' series finale.
* The US version of ''Series/{{Wilfred}}'' opens with Ryan attempting suicide with what turn out to be sugar pills.
* Karofsky in the ''Series/{{Glee}}'' episode "On My Way."
* Subverted in ''Series/MadMen'' ("Commissions and Fees" [=S5E12=]): Lane Pryce tries to kill himself by suffocating himself with the exhaust of the Jaguar his wife bought him; however, the engine wouldn't start on account of the faulty electrical system (which [[ChekhovsGun had been mentioned several times earlier]]). However, he later goes back to his office and hangs himself instead.
* In ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', Juice tries several times to hang himself. When he does manage to jump off, the branch snaps.
* A ''Series/HillStreetBlues'' episode ends on a CliffHanger when Howard Hunter puts his gun to his head, pulls the trigger, and the screen goes black. The following week we learn the gun was emptied of bullets by another officer.
* ''Series/{{Luck}}'' has a scene where Joey Rathburn calls his ex-wife and kid, hangs up, then puts a gun to his head. Right before he fires, a minor earthquake erupts, jogging his aim and making the shot go wild, ricocheting around the room until it grazes his cheek. He decides to go to a hospital instead where he discovers that his constant stuttering has stopped.
* PlayedForLaughs on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' when Ted tries to work up the nerve to jump off of the hospital roof, then ends up accidentally falling off ([[SuicideIsPainless and smiling as he falls]]). He lands on a lower roof, where two janitors have placed a large pile of full garbage bags. If he had gone to the other side of the roof he would have succeeded.
* An alien in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' attempts a ThanatosGambit by shooting himself with Riker's phaser in order to frame Riker for his murder and permanently sour diplomatic relations between his race and the Federation. He fails because he doesn't know how the phaser works and ends merely stunning himself.
* ''Series/{{Taggart}}''. In "Forbidden Fruit" a doctor decides to drown himself after being exposed as a fraud. His wife sees the overturned boat and rushes into the house to call for help, only to find him inside dripping wet. Things probably would have worked out if he hadn't forgotten about the [[DeathbedConfession written confession he left behind]], in which he confessed to murdering the VictimOfTheWeek.
* In the first episode of ''Series/BreakingBad'', Walter White attempts to shoot himself in the head, only to find that the gun he's using still has the safety on. He removes the safety and misfires the gun into the ground, and he decides not to kill himself after all.
* On ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', a segment where Jerry performs stand-up has him talking about how he doesn't understand why people stop trying to kill themselves after a failed suicide attempt, when logically, they would have even ''more'' reason to kill themselves, since they now know that there's yet another thing they suck at. He goes on to say that maybe the whole reason their lives are crappy enough to make them ''want'' to commit suicide in the first place is that they just give up too easily.
* Ellen's suicide attempt, shown in {{Flashback}}, in ''Series/SlingsAndArrows''. She spends a while balanced on the edge of a bridge, dressed as Ophelia, with Oliver dramatically pleading with her not to jump and her telling him to go away. Then she does jump... and the water is about a foot deep. When she tells Geoffrey about it in the present day, he can't help but think it's hilarious.
-->'''Ellen''': Don't laugh! I was extremely upset.
* In ''Series/{{Coupling}}'', Jane attempts suicide by taking paracetamol. Two of them.
-->'''Jane''': Well, that's as many as you're allowed, it says so on the bottle. You can only take eight in 24 hours. Frankly, I don't know how anyone finds time to commit suicide.
-->'''Susan''': I think you'll find the point of an overdose is that you exceed the recommended dosage.
-->'''Jane''': Isn't that dangerous?
-->'''Sally''': Two paracetamol won't have any effect Jane.
-->'''Jane''': That's rubbish. It got rid of my headache, I feel fantastic!
-->'''Susan''': Which, suicide-wise, isn't exactly a near miss, is it.
* ''Series/{{Hardware}}'' has a character
attempt suicide after being humiliated by Mike, by throwing himself under a bus. He misses.
several ways but fail each time.
* ''Series/{{Gotham}}''[='=]s version of Victor Fries transformation into Mr. Freeze was completed after he tried to kill himself when Nora decided she'd rather die than live without him. Only, this only resulted in Victor having the accident that requires his infamous suit.
* ''Series/PrisonBreak'' has Paul Kellerman attempt to shoot himself after he is screwed over by The Company as well as
In one ''very'' early ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' arc, Jon considers getting ditched by Burrows, Scofield, and Tancredi. His gun jams. He the tubby tabby in question declawed. Garfield decides afterward, following some advice from to stick his estranged sister, to turn himself in head into the oven and take down as many people as he can.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In "Better Off Dead", the team investigates what appears to be a one-man crime wave across Las Vegas that has left three people (and a dog) dead, and another wounded. It turns out have started with a bungled suicide, with all of the chaos that followed being the result of the suicides attempt to put things right.
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryMurderHouse'': Subverted. Violet initially believes that she survived her suicide attempt in the fifth episode. However, towards the
end of the season, Violet learns from Tate that she's actually a ghost when he leads her to her hidden body in the basement.
* ''Series/{{Empire}}'': During his mental breakdown because of his bipolar disorder, Andre attempted to shoot himself in the music studio, only for the gun to jam when he pulled the trigger. This incident eventually led to Andre getting psychological help, and later finding God.
* ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'': Multiple instances.
** Darcy attempted to kill herself after being raped, by slashing her wrists in the school's showers. Fortunately, Manny found her in time.
** JT took oxycodone after Liberty discovered that he was selling drugs to support Liberty and their baby; however, he survived.
** Zoe attempted to overdose on sleeping pills, but lived.
** Most recently, Maya attempted to overdose while alone on a bus. However, she woke up and ended up stumbling around the school before reaching the school roof, where she finally passed out. Esme and Zig found her almost dead, though they were later informed that she would make it.
it all.
-->"Stupid electric stove."



[[folder:Music]]
* Music/DepecheMode's "Blasphemous Rumours":
--> Girl of sixteen, whole life ahead of her\\
Slashed her wrists, bored with life\\
Didn't succeed, thank the Lord\\
For small mercies
** It became even HarsherInHindsight when singer Dave Gahan attempted suicide the same way a few years later. See Real Life.
* Neutral Milk Hotel's "Three Peaches", in a [[JustForPun similar vein]]:
--> You're in the bathroom carving holiday designs\\
Into yourself, hoping no one will find\\
You, but they found you, and they took you\\
And you somehow survived
* [[WordOfGod Dave Mustaine]] once introduced Music/{{Megadeth}}'s "Skin o' My Teeth" in concert with "This is a song about how many times I tried to kill myself and just couldn't get the fucking job done."
* Music/TheMonkees did "Going Down" where Mickey Dolenz sings of trying to drown himself in the river over a spurned love. When he gets over his anxiety he decides he's better off without her and takes the river out of town.
* Suicidal [=Tendencies=]' "Suicidal Failure" is sung from the perspective of a 19-year-old who has tried many different means of killing himself, but he just can't get it right.
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Vzgaer6gleQ#t=87 the video]] to ''Milaya'' by Filipp Kirkorov at 1:27 the cat takes poison, puts his neck in a noose and tries to shoot himself and pull the stool from under himself. And everything fails. The song doesn't mention suicide, though. Possibly inspired by an urban legend below.
* Music/MitchBenn's "I'm Still Here" is about a rock star who wants to go out in a big dramatic rock'n'roll style, but nothing he tries works. His attempts include drug overdose, heavy drinking, starving himself, blow-drying his hair in the bathtub, running naked down a railway line, swimming with sharks while bleeding, and playing RussianRoulette with bullets in all the chambers.

to:

[[folder:Music]]
[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Music/DepecheMode's "Blasphemous Rumours":
--> Girl of sixteen, whole life ahead of her\\
Slashed her wrists, bored
''TabletopGame/GammaWorld'' adventure [=GW6=] Alpha Factor. The Rakees are flying squirrels with life\\
Didn't succeed, thank
the Lord\\
For small mercies
** It became even HarsherInHindsight when singer Dave Gahan attempted suicide the same way a few years later. See Real Life.
* Neutral Milk Hotel's "Three Peaches", in a [[JustForPun similar vein]]:
--> You're
mutation of being almost unkillable. Going crazy because they've lived so long, they constantly attack any creature they can in the bathroom carving holiday designs\\
Into yourself, hoping no one
hope that the opponent will find\\
You, but they found you, and they took you\\
And you somehow survived
* [[WordOfGod Dave Mustaine]] once introduced Music/{{Megadeth}}'s "Skin o' My Teeth" in concert with "This is a song about how many times I tried to kill myself and just couldn't get the fucking job done."
* Music/TheMonkees did "Going Down" where Mickey Dolenz sings of trying to drown himself in the river over a spurned love. When he gets over his anxiety he decides he's better off without her and takes the river
put them out of town.
* Suicidal [=Tendencies=]' "Suicidal Failure" is sung from the perspective of a 19-year-old who has tried many different means of
their misery by killing himself, but he just can't get it right.
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Vzgaer6gleQ#t=87 the video]] to ''Milaya'' by Filipp Kirkorov at 1:27 the cat takes poison, puts his neck in a noose and tries to shoot himself and pull the stool from under himself. And everything fails. The song doesn't mention suicide, though. Possibly inspired by an urban legend below.
* Music/MitchBenn's "I'm Still Here" is about a rock star who wants to go out in a big dramatic rock'n'roll style, but nothing he tries works. His attempts include drug overdose, heavy drinking, starving himself, blow-drying his hair in the bathtub, running naked down a railway line, swimming with sharks while bleeding, and playing RussianRoulette with bullets in all the chambers.
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* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20236_6-insane-disney-comics-you-wont-believe-are-real.html 6 Insane Disney Comics You Won't Believe Are Real]] shows some 1930 [[ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse Mickey strips]] where breaking up with Minnie causes him to attempt suicide several ways but fail each time.
* In one ''very'' early ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' arc, Jon considers getting the tubby tabby in question declawed. Garfield decides to stick his head into the oven and end it all.
-->"Stupid electric stove."
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* ''TabletopGame/GammaWorld'' adventure [=GW6=] Alpha Factor. The Rakees are flying squirrels with the mutation of being almost unkillable. Going crazy because they've lived so long, they constantly attack any creature they can in the hope that the opponent will put them out of their misery by killing them.
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* ''VideoGame/{{Siren}}''. Akira Shimura shoots himself with his hunting rifle after having just too much of the Cosmic Horror that the village of Hanuda became. Unfortunately being that Hanuda has become Cosmic Horror, instead of dying he revives some time later as one of the many Shibito, and cracks up when he realizes that he's still alive. This is repeated in the [=PS3=] remake ''Blood Curse'', with Seigo Saiga turning his shotgun on himself after assisting one of the other characters, only to revive as a Shibito and use that shotgun on the partner of a third character when they come through a few hours later.
* If you fail to save Cid in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Celes will throw herself off a cliff in despair, only to survive landing at the bottom. It's mentioned that dozens of other people threw themselves off and did die; when she realizes she survived, she concludes ''something'' wants her to survive[[note]]Her hardened constitution due to severe military training and actual warfare, augmented with the infusion of magical powers?[[/note]]. On returning to Cid's body, she finds a note directing her to his raft, and the game proper resumes.
** Also counts as a HappilyFailedSuicide, since finding a seagull patched up with what looks like Locke's bandana makes her happy she didn't try and gives her the determination to head out and look for her friends.
* In ''Videogame/PlanescapeTorment'' The Nameless One can actually stage these as a means to at least two ends, thanks to his immortality. First to knock a suicidal Dustman back on his rails in the Hive, then to discredit a lecturer's claims of afterlife during your stay at the Civic Festhall.
* ''[[VideoGame/DotHackGUGames .hack//G.U.]]'' has Atoli's player Chigusa, who bears several marks on her left wrists from failed suicide attempts. She has stopped trying to end her life after meeting Haseo.
* Subverted in the opening scene of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'': Yukari is shown pointing a gun at her head and trying to pull the trigger with shaking hands, then dropping it and crying, but it turns out she was only trying to summon her Persona, not kill herself.
* In Agent Stone's backstory of ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal: Black'', he tries to shoot himself in the mouth after realizing that his anger not only led him to kill the target, but also a girl and her mother. However, it fails because the gun was out of bullets.
* It's never shown or stated outright, but Adrian Andrews' attempted suicide in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll'' was most likely this.
* One of these sets off the plot of ''VideoGame/{{Postal}} 2''[='=]s expansion pack ''Apocalypse Weekend'': at the end of the base game, the Postal Dude shot himself upon realizing he forgot his nagging wife's rocky road ice cream. The expansion opens with the revelation that he survived the shooting, though the bullet lodged in his brain ends up causing all sorts of crazy, ''Franchise/SilentHill''-esque hallucinations throughout the next two in-game days.
* Clem and Crystal from ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' are two [[StepfordSmiler seemingly very cheerful]] children who are secretly suicidal. It's implied their self esteem issues are due to bullying. Their behavior for the most part is played for [[BlackComedy dark laughs]]. Clem and Crystal try to poison themselves and jump off a building but both attempts fail (though the latter was an InterruptedSuicide).
* ''FatalFrame V'' has suicide as one of its themes and is set in a suicide hotspot, so it's no stranger to this trope.
** Among the 5 girls who made a SuicidePact to drown themselves and die together, Fuyuhi and Haruka survived. [[spoiler: [[SacrificialLamb The malevolent spiritual influence of the mountain ensures they die for real, though]].]]
** As shown in a flashback, Yuuri, one of the main playable characters of the game, was about to jump off a cliff, but Hisoka stopped her in time and took her in. [[spoiler: Whether she stays alive at the end of the game depends on which ending the player gets.]]
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* In the WesternAnimtion/DaffyDuck cartoon "Plane Daffy" a soldier tries to shoot himself after confessing a military secret to a spy. He goes outside to the hallway, closes the door, we hear a shot, then he opens the door again and says: "Uh,... I missed!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', the episode where the homeless are like zombies, a man tries shooting himself in the head several times, each one (except the last) destroying his head a little more without killing him. By the end, he is writhing on the floor disgustingly, gargling and bleeding. Ick.
** Another ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' example: in one episode, Cartman tries to commit suicide (over ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'''s popularity) by sitting in his mom's car in the garage with the engine running. This doesn't work since his mom drives a hybrid.
** In the "Coon and Friends" story arc, Kenny, aware of his immortality, sometimes shoots himself in front of his friends in the frustration of them not being able to remember his deaths. In fact, when he and the other heroes are sent to R'lyeh by [[spoiler: Cthulhu and Cartman]], he fatally falls on a spike because [[InvokedTrope he'd escape R'lyeh by waking up back home]]. At the end of part II, he says "good night" by shooting himself in the head, knowing that he'll just wake up in his bed the next morning.
** In "Britney's New Look", Music/BritneySpears blows half her head off with a shotgun, but survives (looking like [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_the_Headless_Chicken Mike the Headless Chicken afterward]]). She finishes the job at the end of the episode.
* A running gag with chronically depressed Moe Szyslak of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** In "We're on the Road to D'ohwhere," he relates how he tried to hang himself, but the rope broke. So he sued the rope manufacturer, who gave him a huge cash settlement... and a new rope, which is already tied into a noose.
** In "Simpsons Christmas Stories," Moe makes [[SerialEscalation three consecutive attempts]]: he hangs himself with a popcorn string that snaps under his weight, rides a sleigh into heavy traffic only for every single vehicle to miss him, and [[InOneEarOutTheOther shoots himself in the ear, only for the gun to send a "Merry Christmas" flag out the other ear.]] Finally, he asks Barney to kill him as a Christmas present; however, Barney has already bought him a hat, so the heartwarmed Moe decides to live for the time being, making this an InterruptedSuicide of sorts. At the very end of the episode, however, he tries the sleigh-through-traffic method again, heading towards a loaded tractor-trailer, which of course misses him ("All eighteen wheels," as he notes bitterly).
** Moe apparently succeeded once in a Treehouse of Horror special. Unfortunately, Homer had just killed the grim Reaper so no one could die. Moe's left hanging there. "If I had known it would've taken this long, I would've put on the TV".
** Homer's attempted suicide in "No Loan Again, Naturally" is also played for laughs.
** Another one played for laughs is Mr. Burns' in "The Fool Monty", where he survives an airplane hitting him, then slamming against pine tree branches and whacked away by a bear.
* An Eastern European cartoon humorously showed a despondent man trying suicide and failing repeatedly... until he's held up at gunpoint, and abruptly fearing death, gives away his money as well as all his clothes. It ends with him naked and loving life.
* Played for ''[[BlackComedy very dark]],'' {{Mood Whiplash}}y laughs on ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' in the episode "Princess Cookie". The episode deals with a [[AnthropomorphicObjects rogue cookie]] named Baby Snaps that is [[WouldHurtAChild holding children hostage]] in a store demanding Princess Bubblegum's crown, due to [[FreudianExcuse his aspiration to make people happy as a child leading to him]] [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything wanting to become a princess]]. As a child he told the princess, who giggled at him, which he took the worst way possible. Jake, after hearing his FreudianExcuse, [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds feels sorry for him]], and helps him to escape. This leads to them running away from the Candy Guards and when they reach a cliff, Baby Snaps thanks Jake for making him happy, and jumps off the cliff. [[MoodWhiplash Cue]] him on the ground in pieces being recovered by Candy Guards yelling [[UnusualEuphemism "I]] [[ParentheticalSwearing GLUBBED]] [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction UP!"]] ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids ...Yeah.]]''
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs'', Debbie Klymer is driven to suicide when she sees that her beautiful face has been horribly scarred. Milo tries to stop her from jumping off a bridge, but she does it... and the water is way too shallow. That's actually why Milo wanted to stop her -- everybody in the neighborhood has tried it at one point, it just doesn't work.
* Rick of ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' attempts this in "Auto Erotic Assimilation." After being dumped by Unity for being a destructive and negative influence on everyone around him, he attempted to vaporize his head with a heat beam. The attempt failed because he passed out on the last second and fell out of the beam's path.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' has Bill becoming increasigly depressed over the Christmas period. Eventually he tries to end his own life by jumping off the roof of his house, which isn't really that high. To bungle it up even more, Bill simply lowers himself from the roof, hanging onto it with one hand before dropping into his garden! Later on, he attempts to gas himself with an electric oven.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': A RunningGag with Stumpy, who [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption fails at everything]], is to have him try to kill himself and fail.
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* Mithridates, the king best known for taking minimal doses of poison every day to avoid being poisoned, also faced defeat, so he... poisoned himself. Astoundingly enough, [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity this failed to work]], so he got one of his retainers to kill him with a sword.
* Mark Antony, upon hearing of his fleet's defeat, tried to throw himself on his sword. Didn't work. Or rather, it worked, but not as speedily as he probably hoped.
* UsefulNotes/MaximilienRobespierre; most sources agree that he tried to shoot himself during The Thermidorian Reaction [[note]]a reaction to the UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution -- some interpret as a response to the revolution being a FullCircleRevolution[[/note]], but missed and hit his jaw. A doctor dressed the wound, but the next day the executioner ripped off the bandage, causing the man whose Committee for Public Safety had sent hundreds to their deaths to scream in pain until he himself was finally guillotined.
* Stalin's son Yakov Dzhugashvili also attempted suicide with a self inflicted gunshot. Stalin, [[TheUnfavourite who didn't like him]], noted that he couldn't even "shoot straight".
* The Darwin Awards have a whole Honorable Mention section for this. A particularly interesting one: a guy who took poison holding a loaded gun while his neck was in a noose on a tree overlooking a sheer drop into the sea. He [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill drank the poison, jumped off, and shot himself]]. Except he missed, [[ShootTheRope hitting the rope instead]]. He [[SoftWater survived the drop into the water]], but swallowing seawater made him vomit the poison. A boat picked him up and took him to a hospital, where he later died of hypothermia. (Source: Darwin Award {{Urban Legend|s}} (sadly enough).)
** Probably this urban legend comes from the book by Musset and Stahl ''Le Voyage où il vous plaira'' where an almost exact attempt of suicide is told by one of the characters (see Literature)
* UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte carried a vial of poison with him after the retreat from Moscow in 1812. He drank it in 1814 after surrendering to the Allied armies, but after two years it had lost most of its toxicity and he survived - though it still made him quite ill.
* It's possible, though unpleasant, to survive gunshot wounds to important body parts. The skull, especially the face, is surprisingly good at protecting the brain, and it's not always clear to a layperson what parts of the brain are necessary for life rather than less vital functions like conscious thought, memory, or motor control.
** In one notorious case, a man shot himself in the head ''five times''. The first four shots all missed the brain. (Sadly, the last one was dead-on... though it took two hours for him to die.)
** Ricky Ray Rector, after killing a police officer, shot himself in the forehead and severed three inches of his left frontal lobe, effectively giving himself a lobotomy.
* [[ShockSite Rotten.com's "Motorcycle" guy]], who blew his face off with a shotgun and apparently survived, giving himself a FateWorseThanDeath. The wrong way to [[AteHisGun eat your gun]].
* Two guys attempted suicide after allegedly hearing [[SubliminalSeduction subliminal messages]] in Music/JudasPriest's ''Stained Class'' album. [[ComicBook/{{Preacher}} One succeeded, the other failed, but blew out his maxilla]].
* Herbert Sobel, the [[DrillSergeantNasty universally hated captain]] portrayed by David Schwimmer in ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' became greatly depressed and resentful after the war and finally shot himself in the head in the '60s--except it failed to kill him and rendered him blind. He lived for seventeen more years in an assisted living facility and eventually died of malnutrition. He may have been [[{{Jerkass}} terrible to his men]], but that's still depressing as fuck.
* Kirk Douglas attempted suicide once, but when he stuck the barrel of the gun in his mouth, he hit his front teeth and it hurt so much that he forgot all about the suicide. Then he decided that if he was so worried about some aching teeth, he probably did not have enough reason to kill himself.
* On one episode of ''Stan Lee's Superhumans'', one of the people interviewed attempted to kill himself by grabbing the coils of a power station at a younger age. He was unharmed due to the superhuman level of electrical resistance his body has.
* Nedeljko Cabrinovic, a would-be assassin of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, had a spectacularly Bungled Suicide to go with his Bungled Assassination. After accidentally blowing up the car ''behind'' Franz Ferdinand's vehicle, Cabrinovic tried to kill himself by jumping in the nearby river -- which was only three foot deep. Then he tried to shoot himself, only to discover that his gun had gotten wet and wouldn't fire. Finally, he took a cyanide pill, which turned out to be old, and only succeeded in making Cabrinovic throw up. Then he nearly got killed by the angry mob who had witnessed his attempt on Franz Ferdinand's life, before the local police intervened and saved him.
** For an encore, Gavrilo Princip, the assassin who actually ended up killing Franz Ferdinand later that day, tried two out of the three suicide methods that Cabrinovic had used -- and ''also'' failed to kill himself, as his cyanide pill was from the same batch, and the assassins' pistols were of such crappy quality that they tended to misfire even when they weren't wet (though unfortunately for Franz Ferdinand and his wife, it ''did'' work when Princip shot them). Both men subsequently died of natural causes in a Serbian prison during the course of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
* UsefulNotes/HidekiTojo (Prime Minister of Japan during UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo) shot himself, but was revived by the Americans. [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled Who then hanged him for war crimes.]]
* Italian singer Gino Paoli attempted suicide in 1963 by shooting himself in the heart. The bullet went through the heart without stopping it and got stuck in the pericardium. He survived, and to this day lives with the bullet buried in his chest.
* Music/DepecheMode singer Dave Gahan attempted suicide in 1991 by slashing his wrists.
* Tuli Kupferberg from the band Music/TheFugs once jumped off the San Francisco Bridge in the river, but survived. According to him he swam to the shore, went home, took a shower and went to bed. In reality he did suffer injuries and was sent to a hospital.
* Two well-documented cases by Music/EltonJohn:
** One pre-fame attempt which was chronicled in "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" after the pickle heiress he was engaged to told Elton (untruthfully) he was the father of her child, and expected him to choose her and the baby over music; Bernie Taupin describes this [[BlackComedy dark-humouredly]] as a "WoodyAllen attempt" as Elton turned on the gas on the oven and laid down on the kitchen floor, however, he left the window open.
** Another attempt at the height of Elton's fame, during Elton John Week in California. A very stressed out and depressed Elton, having invited friends and family to a poolside celebration at the hotel he was staying in, downed fifty Valiums and dived in the swimming pool to drown, before being rescued to safety. His grandmother, at a loss for words and not knowing how the handle the situation and its aftermath, deadpanned to the partygoers, "Well, I suppose we'd better get going now."
* A pre-fame Music/BillyJoel, down-on-his-luck, financially strapped and having already thought himself as clinically insane, enough so that he would turn himself into an asylum at one point, attempted suicide by downing a bottle of furniture polish (he'd later comment he did so as "it tasted better than bleach") After being horrified by the mid-[[TheEighties 1980s]] than many of his teenage fans would romanticize this time in his life and attempt suicide themselves, he would write "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" to address these fans not to kill themselves.
* Creator/RichardPryor admitted in his autobiography that his famous freebasing accident was deliberate, albeit while high.
* One attempt that definitely produced some good involved a US Army inductee who tried to kill himself in 1951 by overdosing on the rat poison warfarin (which kills rodents by causing massive internal hemorrhaging). After several attempts caused mild surface bruising but failed to end things, he reconsidered the matter and checked himself into a hospital, where large doses of Vitamin K (a coagulant) cured him. After further investigation confirmed its relatively low-key effects on humans, warfarin quickly became a standard treatment for blood clots.
* In March of 1994 Music/KurtCobain overdosed on champagne and Rohypnol. After five days in the hospital, he was released. Fans wrote it off as typical rock star behavior--until Kurt AteHisGun a month later, providing them with a moment of FridgeHorror when they realized that the overdose was in all likelihood a suicide attempt.
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