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* ''Manga/TheHeartOfThomas'' opens with the titular character jumping from a bridge, after leaving a single letter at the post office for the boy he loves.
13th Dec '16 4:33:59 PM Merciflor
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* ''Series/OrphanBlack'' starts with Beth Childs jumping in front of a subway train - right before the eyes of her clone, Sarah Manning.



* ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' has an episode that starts with a woman walking on a bridge and then shooting herself in the head in an elaborate posthumous revenge plot.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' opens with Blaine singing "Cough Syrup" over [[spoiler: Karofsky preparing to hang himself. He survives.]]
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': "The Martin Baker Fan Club" starts with a former naval aviator jumping out of a window at a VA hospital.



* The entire premise of ''Then Came Bronson'' is the title character riding around the country on the motorcycle purchased from the widow of his friend who killed himself.
* The fourth season of ''Series/{{Skins}}'' begins this way. We see the main characters partying in a club through the eyes of a new character, Sophia, as she climbs the floors of the club. She then proceeds to jump off the top one.
* ''Series/{{Wilfred}}'' begins with the main character [[BungledSuicide attempting to kill himself.]] After he fails, [[SanitySlippage things start getting a little weird...]]
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': "The Martin Baker Fan Club" starts with a former naval aviator jumping out of a window at a VA hospital.
* In ''Series/PleaseLikeMe'', the main character's mother attempts suicide in the first episode, leading him to move in with her.
* ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' has an episode that starts with a woman walking on a bridge and then shooting herself in the head in an elaborate posthumous revenge plot.



* ''Series/OrphanBlack'' starts with Beth Childs jumping in front of a subway train - right before the eyes of her clone, Sarah Manning.
* In ''Series/PleaseLikeMe'', the main character's mother attempts suicide in the first episode, leading him to move in with her.
* ''{{Series/Sense8}}'': Angelica's suicide occurs at the beginning of the first episode, which sets off the plot.
* The fourth season of ''Series/{{Skins}}'' begins this way. We see the main characters partying in a club through the eyes of a new character, Sophia, as she climbs the floors of the club. She then proceeds to jump off the top one.



* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' opens with Blaine singing "Cough Syrup" over [[spoiler: Karofsky preparing to hang himself. He survives.]]
* ''{{Series/Sense8}}'': Angelica's suicide occurs at the beginning of the first episode, which sets off the plot.

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* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' opens The entire premise of ''Then Came Bronson'' is the title character riding around the country on the motorcycle purchased from the widow of his friend who killed himself.
* ''Series/{{Wilfred}}'' begins
with Blaine singing "Cough Syrup" over [[spoiler: Karofsky preparing to hang himself. He survives.]]
* ''{{Series/Sense8}}'': Angelica's suicide occurs at
the beginning of the first episode, which sets off the plot. main character [[BungledSuicide attempting to kill himself.]] After he fails, [[SanitySlippage things start getting a little weird...]]



* ''Videogame/BlackKnightSword'' begins with the protagonist preparing to hang himself before getting dragged into the strange adventure as Hellebore's Black Knight. [[spoiler:It ends with him finishing the attempt after the adventure is over.]]



* The eponymous protagonist of ''VideoGame/TheCatLady'' starts the game off by swallowing "a whole bunch of pills" thirty-four, to be exact.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' starts off with Kratos stepping off of a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea... which for some reason is also "the highest mountain in all of Greece." [[spoiler:In fact, this is a scene of the ''end'' of the game, after Kratos has defeated Ares. The gods will not let him die, though.]]
* ''Videogame/TheLastDoor'' begins with Anthony hanging himself in his house. The mysterious letter he sent beforehand to his childhood friend, Jeremiah Devitt, leads him to investigate what happened... And sets the plot in motion.



* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' starts off with Kratos stepping off of a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea... which for some reason is also "the highest mountain in all of Greece." [[spoiler:In fact, this is a scene of the ''end'' of the game, after Kratos has defeated Ares. The gods will not let him die, though.]]
* The eponymous protagonist of ''VideoGame/TheCatLady'' starts the game off by swallowing "a whole bunch of pills" thirty-four, to be exact.
* ''Videogame/BlackKnightSword'' begins with the protagonist preparing to hang himself before getting dragged into the strange adventure as Hellebore's Black Knight. [[spoiler:It ends with him finishing the attempt after the adventure is over.]]
* ''Videogame/TheLastDoor'' begins with Anthony hanging himself in his house. The mysterious letter he sent beforehand to his childhood friend, Jeremiah Devitt, leads him to investigate what happened... And sets the plot in motion.
13th Dec '16 4:26:53 PM Merciflor
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* Pictured above: ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' kicks off when middle schooler Chisa Yomode jumps off a building. It then follows up with an internet conversation.
-->How does it feel to die?
-->[[NightmareFuel It really hurts :-)]]
* One of the ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'' movies begins with a scientist committing suicide, which is eventually revealed to be the final step to set his plans in motion.
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. At least, he ''tries'' to. Until one of his students saves him.

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* Pictured above: ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' kicks off ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys''. Sort of. We don't actually see the suicide in question but the plot begins when middle schooler Chisa Yomode jumps off a building. It then follows up the protagonist is informed of it.
* The ''Anime/TheAnimatrix'' short "Kid's Story" bookends
with an internet conversation.
-->How does it feel to die?
-->[[NightmareFuel It really hurts :-)]]
* One of
the ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'' movies same (apparent) suicide, from there it's a HowWeGotHere story.
* ''Manga/{{Arisa}}''
begins with the titular character inviting her [[PolarOppositeTwins twin sister Tsubasa]] to her house (their parents are divorced), having Tsubasa play her for a scientist committing day and attend school in her place, and then falling backwards out the window after mysteriously alluding to her "secret." She doesn't die, but she doesn't wake up from her coma for a long time.
* The anime of ''LightNovel/BeyondTheBoundary'' even starts with the word "suicide" and begins with Mirai standing at the edge of the school roof and Akihito trying to talk her out of suicide. Subverted when it turns out a minute later that that weren't her actual plans.
* The ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' NonSerialMovie ''Phantom of Baker Street'' starts with the suicide of [[spoiler:[[ChildProdigy Hiroki]]]].
** More than one case in the series begins with someone commiting
suicide, which and you just ''know'' that said death was caused when someone ruined that person's life. And obviously, whoever is eventually revealed to be blame will become the final step to set his plans in motion.
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. At least, he ''tries'' to. Until one of his students saves him.
AssholeVictim.



* ''Manga/HalfAndHalf'' begins when Yuuki commits suicide by jumping off a roof and landing on Shinichi. [[spoiler: A later chapter reveals that she was pushed.]]
* The first ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'' movie starts with the latest of several suicides.



* The ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' NonSerialMovie ''Phantom of Baker Street'' starts with the suicide of [[spoiler:[[ChildProdigy Hiroki]]]].
** More than one case in the series begins with someone commiting suicide, and you just ''know'' that said death was caused when someone ruined that person's life. And obviously, whoever is to blame will become the AssholeVictim.

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* The ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' NonSerialMovie ''Phantom One of Baker Street'' starts with the suicide of [[spoiler:[[ChildProdigy Hiroki]]]].
** More than one case in the series
''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'' movies begins with someone commiting a scientist committing suicide, and you just ''know'' that said death was caused which is eventually revealed to be the final step to set his plans in motion.
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. At least, he ''tries'' to. Until one of his students saves him.
* Pictured above: ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' kicks off
when someone ruined that person's life. And obviously, whoever is middle schooler Chisa Yomode jumps off a building. It then follows up with an internet conversation.
-->How does it feel
to blame will become the AssholeVictim.die?
-->[[NightmareFuel It really hurts :-)]]



* The first ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'' movie starts with the latest of several suicides.
* The ''Anime/TheAnimatrix'' short "Kid's Story" bookends with the same (apparent) suicide, from there it's a HowWeGotHere story.
* ''Manga/{{Arisa}}'' begins with the titular character inviting her [[PolarOppositeTwins twin sister Tsubasa]] to her house (their parents are divorced), having Tsubasa play her for a day and attend school in her place, and then falling backwards out the window after mysteriously alluding to her "secret." She doesn't die, but she doesn't wake up from her coma for a long time.
* ''Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys''. Sort of. We don't actually see the suicide in question but the plot begins when the protagonist is informed of it.
* The anime of ''LightNovel/BeyondTheBoundary'' even starts with the word "suicide" and begins with Mirai standing at the edge of the school roof and Akihito trying to talk her out of suicide. Subverted when it turns out a minute later that that weren't her actual plans.
* ''Manga/HalfAndHalf'' begins when Yuuki commits suicide by jumping off a roof and landing on Shinichi. [[spoiler: A later chapter reveals that she was pushed.]]



* One of the first ComicBook/{{X-Men}} stories after the end of John Byrne's run on the book involved the father of a supporting character. Bonus points in this case for being [[DrivenToSuicide driven to it]] by "D'Spayre," the AnthropomorphicPersonification of...well...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin take a wild guess.]]
* ''ComicBook/XFactor'' opens up with Rictor on the roof about to jump. Madrox sends one of his dupes to convince him not to, with a little help from Wolfsbane yelling from the street, but [[spoiler:the dupe pushes him off anyway. At this point in the series, the dupes took on different facets of Madrox's personality, and that one was the "asshole" facet. Don't worry. He's saved by Monet St. Croix.]]



* ''ComicBook/XFactor'' opens up with Rictor on the roof about to jump. Madrox sends one of his dupes to convince him not to, with a little help from Wolfsbane yelling from the street, but [[spoiler:the dupe pushes him off anyway. At this point in the series, the dupes took on different facets of Madrox's personality, and that one was the "asshole" facet. Don't worry. He's saved by Monet St. Croix.]]
* One of the first ComicBook/{{X-Men}} stories after the end of John Byrne's run on the book involved the father of a supporting character. Bonus points in this case for being [[DrivenToSuicide driven to it]] by "D'Spayre," the AnthropomorphicPersonification of...well...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin take a wild guess.]]
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* ''Film/ThirteenAssassins'' begins with a {{seppuku}}.
* In the film inspired by Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Theatre/{{Alegria}}'', the story starts with street performer Frac attempting suicide by lying down on train tracks. He's only stopped from going through with it when his [[InnocentFlowerGirl abused urchin friend]] Momo lies down beside him with the ''same intent''.
* The first shot of ''Film/TheBigHeat'' is Tom Duncan putting a bullet in his head. The plot unspools from there.
* ''Film/{{Constantine}}'' starts with the apparent suicide of Angela's twin sister.



* ''Film/TheNinthGate'' begins with Andrew Telfer's suicide
* ''Film/{{Constantine}}'' starts with the apparent suicide of Angela's twin sister.



* ''Film/TheFirstWivesClub'' opens with Cynthia Swan suiciding after her husband leaves her for a woman several decades younger than she is. When three of her college friends meet at her funeral and find that they're all in similar situations, they form the titular club.
* ''Girl on the Bridge'' starts with a woman about to jump off said bridge. A knife thrower looking for an assistant stops her...
* ''Film/{{Head}}'' starts off [[BookEnds (and ENDS)]] with Music/TheMonkees' Micky Dolenz jumping off a bridge...which makes the whole film arguably his near-death hallucination.
* ''Film/TheHours'' begins this way.
* In ''Film/TheHousemaid2010'', Eun-yi is inspired to leave her job at a restaurant and become a housemaid when she and her friend witness a suicide.



* ''Film/KenPark'' begins with the suicide of Ken Park.
* ''Film/TheLastEmperor'' begins with Pu-Yi attempting to cut open his wrists, triggering the flashback to his childhood.
* The Thai film ''Film/TheLastLifeInTheUniverse'' begins with a suicide attempt by Tadanobu Asano's character.
* The first ''Film/LethalWeapon'' opens with a woman on cocaine jumping from a high-rise suite. The plot begins when heroes [[CowboyCop Riggs]] and [[ByTheBookCop Murtaugh]] are assigned to investigate the circumstances of her death.



* The first ''Film/LethalWeapon'' opens with a woman on cocaine jumping from a high-rise suite. The plot begins when heroes [[CowboyCop Riggs]] and [[ByTheBookCop Murtaugh]] are assigned to investigate the circumstances of her death.



* ''Film/TheNinthGate'' begins with Andrew Telfer's suicide
* 1988's ''Permanent Record'' is about a young man who commits suicide at the biggest party of the year. Keanu Reeves plays his best friend, who's left to pick up the pieces.
* Creator/JackieChan's ''Police Story 2013'' opens with his character shooting himself in the head with a gun, and the movie shows the events that lead up to it. [[spoiler: In the scene where he does it, however, the gun jams.]]



* ''Film/KenPark'' begins with the suicide of Ken Park.



* ''Film/{{Suspect}}'': The Supreme Court Justice kills himself with a shotgun at the end of the very first scene, setting the plot in motion after he gave a file clerk mysterious messages to deliver.
%%* ''Film/TheBigChill''
* The horror movie ''Film/{{They}}'' begins with the public suicide of the protagonist's childhood friend.
* ''Film/{{Unfriended}}'' opens with Blaire watching a [=LiveLeak=] video of Laura Barnes killing herself.



* ''Film/TheFirstWivesClub'' opens with Cynthia Swan suiciding after her husband leaves her for a woman several decades younger than she is. When three of her college friends meet at her funeral and find that they're all in similar situations, they form the titular club.
%%* ''Film/TheBigChill''
* ''Film/TheHours'' begins this way.
* The Thai film ''Film/TheLastLifeInTheUniverse'' begins with a suicide attempt by Tadanobu Asano's character.
* In the film inspired by Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Theatre/{{Alegria}}'', the story starts with street performer Frac attempting suicide by lying down on train tracks. He's only stopped from going through with it when his [[InnocentFlowerGirl abused urchin friend]] Momo lies down beside him with the ''same intent''.
* ''Girl on the Bridge'' starts with a woman about to jump off said bridge. A knife thrower looking for an assistant stops her...
* ''Film/{{Head}}'' starts off [[BookEnds (and ENDS)]] with Music/TheMonkees' Micky Dolenz jumping off a bridge...which makes the whole film arguably his near-death hallucination.
* The horror movie ''Film/{{They}}'' begins with the public suicide of the protagonist's childhood friend.
* ''Film/ThirteenAssassins'' begins with a {{seppuku}}.
* ''Film/TheLastEmperor'' begins with Pu-Yi attempting to cut open his wrists, triggering the flashback to his childhood.
* Creator/JackieChan's ''Police Story 2013'' opens with his character shooting himself in the head with a gun, and the movie shows the events that lead up to it. [[spoiler: In the scene where he does it, however, the gun jams.]]
* In ''Film/TheHousemaid2010'', Eun-yi is inspired to leave her job at a restaurant and become a housemaid when she and her friend witness a suicide.
* 1988's ''Permanent Record'' is about a young man who commits suicide at the biggest party of the year. Keanu Reeves plays his best friend, who's left to pick up the pieces.
* ''Film/{{Unfriended}}'' opens with Blaire watching a [=LiveLeak=] video of Laura Barnes killing herself.
* The first shot of ''Film/TheBigHeat'' is Tom Duncan putting a bullet in his head. The plot unspools from there.
* ''Film/{{Suspect}}'': The Supreme Court Justice kills himself with a shotgun at the end of the very first scene, setting the plot in motion after he gave a file clerk mysterious messages to deliver.



* Creator/AgathaChristie
** ''Literature/TheMurderOfRogerAckroyd'' starts off with Mrs. Ferrars' suspicious Veronal overdose. It is eventually confirmed to be a suicide.
* ''Literature/OnAPaleHorse'' begins with the protagonist having a bad day that's the final straw driving him to attempt suicide. Just as his finger tightens on the trigger, TheGrimReaper arrives to collect him, and he instinctively turns the gun toward the perceived threat. Result: a dead Death, and a living protagonist whose troubles are just beginning.



* ''Literature/OnAPaleHorse'' begins with the protagonist having a bad day that's the final straw driving him to attempt suicide. Just as his finger tightens on the trigger, TheGrimReaper arrives to collect him, and he instinctively turns the gun toward the perceived threat. Result: a dead Death, and a living protagonist whose troubles are just beginning.
* Creator/AgathaChristie
** ''Literature/TheMurderOfRogerAckroyd'' starts off with Mrs. Ferrars' suspicious Veronal overdose. It is eventually confirmed to be a suicide.
8th Nov '16 5:42:15 PM nombretomado
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* JackieChan's ''Police Story 2013'' opens with his character shooting himself in the head with a gun, and the movie shows the events that lead up to it. [[spoiler: In the scene where he does it, however, the gun jams.]]

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* JackieChan's Creator/JackieChan's ''Police Story 2013'' opens with his character shooting himself in the head with a gun, and the movie shows the events that lead up to it. [[spoiler: In the scene where he does it, however, the gun jams.]]
16th Oct '16 10:34:43 PM indigoazure
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* ''Fanfic/TimeOutOfMind'' is set off by John Laurens' attempted suicide.
16th Oct '16 2:24:07 PM Fireblood
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* ''Film/{{Suspect}}'': The Supreme Court Justice kills himself with a shotgun at the end of the very first scene, setting the plot in motion after he a file clerk mysterious messages to deliver.

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* ''Film/{{Suspect}}'': The Supreme Court Justice kills himself with a shotgun at the end of the very first scene, setting the plot in motion after he gave a file clerk mysterious messages to deliver.
14th Oct '16 8:29:16 AM TJack
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* ''Webcomic/{{Demon}}'': Jimmy hangs himself on the very first page. The fact that it doesn't stick kick-starts the entire plot.
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19th Sep '16 10:18:48 PM PaulA
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%%* ''[[Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality On a Pale Horse]]''

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%%* ''[[Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality On * ''Literature/OnAPaleHorse'' begins with the protagonist having a Pale Horse]]''bad day that's the final straw driving him to attempt suicide. Just as his finger tightens on the trigger, TheGrimReaper arrives to collect him, and he instinctively turns the gun toward the perceived threat. Result: a dead Death, and a living protagonist whose troubles are just beginning.
3rd Aug '16 7:19:50 PM Fireblood
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* ''Film/{{Suspect}}'': The Supreme Court Justice kills himself with a shotgun at the end of the very first scene, setting the plot in motion after he a file clerk mysterious messages to deliver.
26th Jun '16 6:21:57 AM Morgenthaler
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** The 2009 episode ''Illegitimate'' begins with the perplexing case of a cop committing SuicideByCop. The rest of the episode deals with the detectives tracing down why he did it.

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** The 2009 episode ''Illegitimate'' "Illegitimate" begins with the perplexing case of a cop committing SuicideByCop. The rest of the episode deals with the detectives tracing down why he did it.
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