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28th Jul '16 2:26:38 PM margdean56
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* Éowyn in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', whose courageous ride to the Battle of the Pelennor Fields has also been described as a lovesick suicide attempt. According to Aragorn, the very object of her unrequited love, her disappointment was just the final straw - personal frustrations and grief having already robbed her of much hope. And then of course there's the apparent hopelessness of the global situation--Sauron cannot be defeated by force, no matter how many battles are won. To paraphrase Gandalf and Aragorn, she had to look after Théoden as he succumbed to Grí­ma's lies and part-truths, all the while listening to them herself, and it seemed like she would never do anything else but watch as the House of Éorl sunk deeper into dishonor. Even after Aragorn heals her, she wants to go out and die.

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* Éowyn in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', whose courageous ride to the Battle of the Pelennor Fields has also been described as a lovesick suicide attempt. According to Aragorn, the very object of her unrequited love, her disappointment was just the final straw - personal straw--personal frustrations and grief having already robbed her of much hope. And then of course there's the apparent hopelessness of the global situation--Sauron cannot be defeated by force, no matter how many battles are won. To paraphrase Gandalf and Aragorn, she had to look after Théoden as he succumbed to Grí­ma's lies and part-truths, all the while listening to them herself, and it seemed like she would never do anything else but watch as the House of Éorl sunk sank deeper into dishonor. Even after Aragorn heals her, she wants to go out and die.



** In the last book [[spoiler: Moridin]] is revealed to be this- one of the primary motivations for his well-established [[StrawNihilist nihilism]] is that he can't bear the thought of being [[TheAntichrist him]] any longer and doesn't feel that a world capable of producing him deserves to exist. He's a DeathSeeker for himself ''[[OmnicidalManiac and the whole universe]]''. His prolonged life isn't a sign of favor from The Dark One. It's a ''punishment''.

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** In the last book [[spoiler: Moridin]] is revealed to be this- one this--one of the primary motivations for his well-established [[StrawNihilist nihilism]] is that he can't bear the thought of being [[TheAntichrist him]] any longer and doesn't feel that a world capable of producing him deserves to exist. He's a DeathSeeker for himself ''[[OmnicidalManiac and the whole universe]]''. His prolonged life isn't a sign of favor from The Dark One. It's a ''punishment''.



* In Phyllis Ann Karr's [[KingArthur Arthurian novel]] ''Literature/TheIdyllsOfTheQueen'', Mordred fits the role pretty well--he spends the majority of the novel expecting (and hoping) the narrator Kay will kill him ([[spoiler:His theory of the murder he and Kay are attempting to solve is that it was an attempt on his life by Kay and Guinevere]]) and pisses a couple people off hoping they'll murder him because of the prophecy that he'll bring Arthur's kingdom down. A better example in his backstory, right after a hermit gives him the prophecy and tells him who his father is, he rides on into the tourney he was headed to and nearly succeeds. Most people think those injuries addled his brains.

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* In Phyllis Ann Karr's [[KingArthur Arthurian novel]] ''Literature/TheIdyllsOfTheQueen'', Mordred fits the role pretty well--he spends the majority of the novel expecting (and hoping) the narrator Kay will kill him ([[spoiler:His ([[spoiler:his theory of the murder he and Kay are attempting to solve is that it was an attempt on his life by Kay and Guinevere]]) and pisses a couple people off hoping they'll murder him because of the prophecy that he'll bring Arthur's kingdom down. A better example in his backstory, backstory: right after a hermit gives him the prophecy and tells him who his father is, he rides on into the tourney he was headed to and nearly succeeds. Most people think those injuries addled his brains.



* [[spoiler: Albus Dumbledore]] of the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series shows this trope at some point in between ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'' and ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince The Half Blood Prince]]'', when he becomes [[spoiler: cursed to die by the ring containing the resurrection stone. To end the misery of dying slowly and to spare Draco Malfoy, who he learned had been tasked by Voldemort to kill him, Dumbledore asks Snape to kill him in a [[GambitRoulette overly elaborate plot]] to also get Snape closer to Voldemort and to continue protecting Harry.]] In fact, Snape himself became this after [[spoiler: Lily Evans's death]] until Dumbledore [[QuitYourWhining snapped him out of it.]]

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* [[spoiler: Albus Dumbledore]] of the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series shows this trope at some point in between ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'' and ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince The Half Blood Prince]]'', when he becomes [[spoiler: cursed to die by the ring containing the resurrection stone. To end the misery of dying slowly and to spare Draco Malfoy, who he learned had been tasked by Voldemort to kill him, Dumbledore asks Snape to kill him in a an [[GambitRoulette overly elaborate plot]] to also get Snape closer to Voldemort and to continue protecting Harry.]] In fact, Snape himself became this after [[spoiler: Lily Evans's death]] until Dumbledore [[QuitYourWhining snapped him out of it.]]
28th Jul '16 2:22:03 PM margdean56
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* Yorick of ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'' is like this for the first few volumes, thanks to Survivor Guilt after TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. It turns out that this is also [[spoiler:Alter Tse'elon's motivation for ''everything'' she does in the series - she's trying to die in honorable combat ''with a man''.]]

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* Yorick of ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'' is like this for the first few volumes, thanks to Survivor Guilt after TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. It turns out that this is also [[spoiler:Alter Tse'elon's motivation for ''everything'' she does in the series - -- she's trying to die in honorable combat ''with a man''.]]



* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', [[spoiler:Zod admits straight up he has nothing more to live for and goads Superman several times during their fight that he will have to kill him or be killed. Even his final act - trying to fry innocents with HeatVision while in a choke hold - is basically pleading for Kal-El to end it.]]

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* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', [[spoiler:Zod admits straight up he has nothing more to live for and goads Superman several times during their fight that he will have to kill him or be killed. Even his final act - -- trying to fry innocents with HeatVision while in a choke hold - -- is basically pleading for Kal-El to end it.]]



* At the first book of the ''Literature/{{Eragon}}'' series, it is early revealed that Galbatorix, the kingdom's tyrant king, was a Dragon Rider at first. When his Dragon dies in a battle, though, he got mad with grief, and sought death the best he could as he "chased after every breathing being". So recklessly he threw himself in everything that could get him killed -but failed to do so-, that monsters started to fear of him, and even run away from him once they spotted him.

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* At In the first book of the ''Literature/{{Eragon}}'' series, it is early on revealed that Galbatorix, the kingdom's tyrant king, was a Dragon Rider at first. When his Dragon dies died in a battle, though, he got went mad with grief, and sought death the as best he could as he "chased after every breathing being". being." So recklessly he threw himself in everything into anything that could get him killed -but killed--but failed to do so-, that so--that monsters started to fear of him, and even run ran away from him once they spotted him.
27th Jul '16 4:39:58 AM Baby_Moondancer
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* [[ImAHumanitarian Jeffrey Dahmer]] frequently expressed his [[TheAtoner wish to die for his crimes]] while in prison. When he was attacked by another prisoner who attempted to slit his throat, he refused to press charges and requested to be returned to the general prison population. Only a few months later, he was beaten to death by another prisoner. His [[FamousLastWords last words]] were, reportedly: "I don't care if I live or die--go ahead and kill me."
* John Henry "Doc" Holliday, dentist turned infamous gunfighter and gambler of the old west, is a perfect real life example of this trope. Diagnosed with tuberculosis in his early twenties Doc Holliday went out west, hoping the drier climate would ease his ailment. However, his hot temper and belief that death by gun or knife was far better than by tuberculosis, led him to a life of adventure, taking part in many shoot outs including the famed OK corral and Wyatt Earp's Vendetta Ride. Despite this lifestyle, his extreme skill, and more-so his reputation of extreme speed, with a revolver kept him alive, he eventually died of his illness at age 36 in the bed of a sanitarium. His supposed famous last words, upon looking at his bare feet in bed, were "[[BeamMeUpScotty Now, that's funny]]."

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* [[ImAHumanitarian Jeffrey Dahmer]] frequently expressed his [[TheAtoner wish to die for his crimes]] while in prison. When he was attacked by another prisoner who attempted to slit his throat, he refused to press charges and requested to be returned to the general prison population. Only a few months later, he was beaten to death by another prisoner. His [[FamousLastWords last words]] were, reportedly: "I don't care if I live or die--go die -- go ahead and kill me."
* John Henry "Doc" Holliday, dentist turned infamous gunfighter and gambler of the old west, is a perfect real life example of this trope. Diagnosed with tuberculosis in his early twenties Doc Holliday went out west, hoping the drier climate would ease his ailment. However, his hot temper and belief that death by gun or knife was far better than by tuberculosis, led him to a life of adventure, taking part in many shoot outs including the famed OK corral and Wyatt Earp's Vendetta Ride. Despite this lifestyle, his extreme skill, and more-so his reputation of extreme speed, with a revolver kept him alive, he eventually died of his illness at age 36 in the bed of a sanitarium. His supposed famous last words, upon looking at his bare feet in bed, were "[[BeamMeUpScotty Now, that's funny]]."
25th Jul '16 12:46:37 AM PaulA
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** Inverted in ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} Paldin of Souls]]''. Arhys is dead, but his soul is still stuck in his animated body.

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** Inverted in ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} Paldin of Souls]]''.''Literature/PaladinOfSouls''. Arhys is dead, but his soul is still stuck in his animated body.
20th Jul '16 6:58:32 PM M84
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** [[spoiler:Arima turns out to be an actual Death Seeker, due to his miserable shortened life as V's attack dog. He slits his own throat when Kaneki refuses to finish him off.]]
20th Jul '16 4:56:11 PM TheSinful
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* In ''[[https://www.grandt.com/XanderZone/stories/read.php?story=TheZeppoInMind.html The Zeppo in Mind]]'', every [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Slayer]] subconsciously wants to "surrender and embrace darkness". Xander and Faith theorize it's likely the real reason every Slayer dies so young; they eventually give in to a desire they're not even aware of. Xander helps Faith by giving her dreams of dark and violent sex to satisfy her desire for darkness.
14th Jul '16 4:10:27 PM Steven
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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has a complicated version of this. [[spoiler: Asgore, who gave monsters hope of escaping their underground prison, gets cold feet and can't do the deed of killing several humans for the souls as a way to destroy the barrier and get revenge on humanity for killing his children. While it is not exactly known if Asgore killed the humans that passed through the monster's world or not, he is completely broken by the time you meet him and apologizes for having to kill you as well. When you defeat him, he wants you to kill him so that you can use his soul to pass through the barrier and escape. Choosing to grant his request puts him at peace as he fades away. On repeated playthroughs, defeating him again and choosing to spare him has him killing himself anyway because he doesn't think you living with him and Toriel could ever work and that the weight of his sins would never allow it to happen.]]
12th Jul '16 7:42:30 PM TheNohrianDarkKnight
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** Xander becomes this in ''Birthright'' [[spoiler: after accidentally killing Elise when he tries to kill the Avatar. He gets so emotionally destroyed by the accidental murder of his little sister that he has the Avatar kill him in his duel with them via SuicideByCop]].
10th Jul '16 10:15:31 AM nombretomado
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** From ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Thane Krios, another BioWare assassin, went into his last job not particularly caring what his target's guards would do to him afterwards; he was already terminally ill, estranged from his only child and could think of nothing else to do with himself. Then Shepard showed up and asked for his help on a SuicideMission.

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** From ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Thane Krios, another BioWare Creator/BioWare assassin, went into his last job not particularly caring what his target's guards would do to him afterwards; he was already terminally ill, estranged from his only child and could think of nothing else to do with himself. Then Shepard showed up and asked for his help on a SuicideMission.
5th Jul '16 8:23:05 PM eowynjedi
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* ''Film/{{Gettysburg}}'' doesn't go into the details of the matter (see the Literature entry for ''The Killer Angels'' for that) but still clearly depicts Confederate general Dick Garnett as determined to die on the field of battle. General Armistead, aware of this, tries to get his superiors to intervene, but they can't decently do so because the Confederate officership is so obsessed with personal honor. Garnett nearly reaches "The Angle" and then appears to deliberately ride down a Union cannon; the next shot is of his horse, riderless.


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* ''Literature/TheKillerAngels'', the novel about the Battle of Gettysburg, features Confederate general Dick Garnett. "Stonewall" Jackson accused him of shirking shortly before his death, destroying Garnett's reputation. While his friends know that Garnett is no coward and Jackson sent him into an impossible situation on bad intelligence, most of the army believes their dead hero unconditionally, and the only way for Garnett to redeem himself is to die heroically on the field. Lewis Armistead tries to have Longstreet and then Pickett intervene to keep him out of the battle, but they all understand that Garnett won't accept anything else. As his leg is injured, he insists on riding Pickett's charge on horseback, which makes him a prime target and gets him the honorable death he desires.
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