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17th Jul '17 7:39:33 AM XFllo
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* You probably didn't think you'd see ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' mentioned on this page, but in one episode, Grandpa Boris gets so fed up with Stu's home movies, he picks up the phone and asks for Dr. Kevorkian[[note]][[GettingCrapPastTheRadar an assisted suicide advocate]][[/note]].

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* You probably didn't think you'd see ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' mentioned on this page, but in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'': In one episode, Grandpa Boris gets so fed up with Stu's home movies, he picks up the phone and asks for Dr. Kevorkian[[note]][[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Kevorkian, an assisted suicide advocate]][[/note]].advocate.



** Two words: "Suicide Booth".

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** Two words: "Suicide Booth". They resemble phone booths and cost one quarter per use. The booths have at least three modes of death: "quick and painless", "slow and horrible" and "clumsy bludgeoning", and it is implied that "electrocution, with a side order of poison" exists as well. The eyes can be scooped out for an extra charge. After a mode of death is selected and executed, the machine cheerfully announces, "You are now dead. Thank you for using Stop-and-Drop, America's favorite suicide booth since 2008".
17th Jul '17 7:30:52 AM XFllo
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** His initial suicide attempt was played straight, but the rest? I don't know how you can get more PlayedForLaughs than having Bill try to kill himself by putting his head in an ELECTRIC oven, then trying to just slam his head in the drawer repeatedly until Hank stops him (all of this happening over the theme to ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' playing merrily in the background).
17th Jul '17 7:29:54 AM XFllo
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* Ren of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' once tried to end it all by throwing himself into the garbage disposal in the sink after Stimpy destroys his prized moose chair.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'':
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Ren of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' once tried to end it all by throwing himself into the garbage disposal in the sink after Stimpy destroys his prized moose chair.



* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' mentions this in passing with a group of suicidal helium balloons.
--> Yaay, to the mesosphere! Finally, we can ''die''!

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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' mentions this ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** Mentioned
in passing with a group of suicidal helium balloons.
--> Yaay, ---> ''"Yaay, to the mesosphere! Finally, we can ''die''!die!"''



* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' "Dunces and Dragons", the guard standing by the door of the jousting tournament says, "Right this way". [=SpongeBob=], getting into character, friendlily chides him, "Don't you mean, 'right-eth this way-eth?'", then they go inside. Meanwhile, the guard holds his own spear to his neck and winces, cringing... then sighs, puts his spear down, and says, "SOMEDAY... but not today".
** Another episode, "Are You Happy Now?" sees Squidward teasing a suicide attempt twice: once by standing on a stool with a rope, only to reveal that he's hanging not himself, but a cage for a pet scallop, and another by putting his head in an oven, only to pull out brownies; both false attempts are prefaced with "I just can't get happy."
*** Squidward also contemplates suicide in "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV". [=SpongeBob=] accidentally shrinks Squidward using Mermaid Man's shrink ray, and temporarily leaves him in Patrick's care. Patrick treats the shrunken Squidward like a toy doll, and at one point Squidward looks down from Patrick's hand and says, "I wonder if a fall from this height would be enough to kill me."
** "One Coarse Meal" did this with Plankton getting annoyed at [=SpongeBob=] bothering him while he's waiting to be run over.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
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In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' "Dunces and Dragons", the guard standing by the door of the jousting tournament says, "Right this way". [=SpongeBob=], getting into character, friendlily chides him, "Don't you mean, 'right-eth this way-eth?'", then they go inside. Meanwhile, the guard holds his own spear to his neck and winces, cringing... then sighs, puts his spear down, and says, "SOMEDAY... but not today".
** Another episode, Episode "Are You Happy Now?" sees Squidward teasing a suicide attempt twice: once by standing on a stool with a rope, only to reveal that he's hanging not himself, but a cage for a pet scallop, and another by putting his head in an oven, only to pull out brownies; both false attempts are prefaced with "I just can't get happy."
*** ** Squidward also contemplates suicide in "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV". [=SpongeBob=] accidentally shrinks Squidward using Mermaid Man's shrink ray, and temporarily leaves him in Patrick's care. Patrick treats the shrunken Squidward like a toy doll, and at one point Squidward looks down from Patrick's hand and says, "I wonder if a fall from this height would be enough to kill me."
** "One Coarse Meal" did this with had Plankton getting annoyed at [=SpongeBob=] bothering him while he's waiting to be run over.



* The end of ''WesternAnimation/RedHotRidingHood''.

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%% * The end of ''WesternAnimation/RedHotRidingHood''.



* A 1940s ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'' cartoon "Happy Birthdaze" introduces Shorty, a little shnook of a sailor who's about to shoot himself because he has no friends - Popeye befriends him and takes him to Olive's house to celebrate Popeye's birthday. Shorty perpetually screws things up there and attempts to shoot himself a couple more times, finally ruining things so completely [[spoiler:that ''Popeye'' shoots him!]]
** The cartoon begins with a Paramount Studio in-joke: when Shorty is about to shoot himself, Popeye tries to stop him with a compliment by saying he looks like Creator/BobHope; horrified, the former puts a ''HUGE'' gun to the head forcing the latter to stammer, "I mean - Music/BingCrosby!"
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has Stan's attempt to kill a war criminal being botched by a suicidal lemur; when the guy tries to shoot Stan and Francine as they're fleeing (using Stan's gun that he was attempting to shoot the guy with), the lemur jumps in front of his bullet in slow motion, then gives a thumbs up as it dies.
** In an earlier episode, Roger becomes rich in the past when he invents disco after Stan accidentally drops a mixtape after going back in time. When disco inevitably dies out and he goes broke, he attempts to jump through the window of his high-rise, only to find that it's reinforced.

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** It starts with depressed Tom sitting on the railroad tracks, bent on suicide and waiting for a train. Watching from a bridge above, Jerry laments his old friend's state and tells a story of unhappy love.
** At the end of the episode, Jerry finds out his girlfriend has just married another mouse. Utterly dejected, he joins Tom on the trail.
* A 1940s ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'' cartoon "Happy Birthdaze" introduces Shorty, a little shnook of a sailor who's about to shoot himself because he has no friends friends. The cartoon begins with a Paramount Studio in-joke: when Shorty is about to shoot himself, Popeye tries to stop him with a compliment by saying he looks like Creator/BobHope; horrified, the former puts a ''HUGE'' gun to the head forcing the latter to stammer, "I mean - Music/BingCrosby!" Popeye befriends him and takes him to Olive's house to celebrate Popeye's birthday. Shorty perpetually screws things up there and attempts to shoot himself a couple more times, finally ruining things so completely [[spoiler:that ''Popeye'' shoots him!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** The cartoon begins with a Paramount Studio in-joke: Roger becomes rich in the past when Shorty is about he invents disco after Stan accidentally drops a mixtape after going back in time. When disco inevitably dies out and he goes broke, he attempts to shoot himself, Popeye tries to stop him with a compliment by saying he looks like Creator/BobHope; horrified, jump through the former puts a ''HUGE'' gun window of his high-rise, only to the head forcing the latter to stammer, "I mean - Music/BingCrosby!"
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has Stan's attempt
find that it's reinforced.
** Stan attempts
to kill a war criminal being botched by a suicidal lemur; when the guy tries to shoot Stan and Francine as they're fleeing (using Stan's gun that he was attempting to shoot the guy with), the lemur jumps in front of his bullet in slow motion, then gives a thumbs up as it dies.
** In an earlier episode, Roger becomes rich in the past when he invents disco after Stan accidentally drops a mixtape after going back in time. When disco inevitably dies out and he goes broke, he attempts to jump through the window of his high-rise, only to find that it's reinforced.
dies.



* In ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'', after an accidental near death experience causes Orel to think God's trying to communicate with him, he tries killing himself to have more near death experiences. He and his friend Doughy look pretty cheerful when Orel electrocutes himself. [[spoiler: It decidedly turned very unfunny later on, as a) the last attempt nearly ''did'' kill him, and b) it produced some of the darkest and most disturbing imagery seen on ''Moral Orel'' ([[BlackComedy and that's saying]] [[CerebusSyndrome a LOT]]) leading to Orel's gnostic revelation.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'', after ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel''
** Orel is interrupted in his attempt to walk on water by a man deciding to jump off a bridge...only to find out the pond it covers is only knee deep. Then he's carted away by the ambulance, first to the hospital for a broken neck, then to the prison for the broken law; turns out suicide is a federal offense in [[TheFundamentalist Moralton]].
** After
an accidental near death experience causes Orel to think God's trying to communicate with him, he tries killing himself to have more near death experiences. He and his friend Doughy look pretty cheerful when Orel electrocutes himself. [[spoiler: It decidedly turned very unfunny later on, as a) the last attempt nearly ''did'' kill him, and b) it produced some of the darkest and most disturbing imagery seen on ''Moral Orel'' ([[BlackComedy and that's saying]] [[CerebusSyndrome a LOT]]) leading to Orel's gnostic revelation.]]



** Much earlier, before the CerebusSyndrome kicked in, Orel is interrupted in his attempt to walk on water by a man deciding to jump off a bridge...only to find out the pond it covers is only knee deep. Then he's carted away by the ambulance, first to the hospital for a broken neck, then to the prison for the broken law; turns out suicide is a federal offense in [[TheFundamentalist Moralton]].



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': A RunningGag is to have [[CosmicPlaything Stumpy]] try to commit suicide and [[BungledSuicide fail hilariously]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'':
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A RunningGag is to have [[CosmicPlaything Stumpy]] try to commit suicide and [[BungledSuicide fail hilariously]].
17th Jul '17 7:20:11 AM XFllo
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** In "Holidays of Future Past", a flight attendant is casually offering suicide pills for customers.



*** A similar cartoon, "Life With Feathers", had a lovebird trying to feed himself to Sylvester after his mate kicks him out of the nest.
** In "Plane Daffy," after a messenger pigeon discovers he's blabbed too many secrets to Hata Mari and Hitler, he puts a gun to his head and slowly goes outside. Lots of gunfire is heard, then he comes back in and says, "Eh... I missed." He goes back out to finish the job.

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*** A similar cartoon, ** Cartoon "Life With Feathers", Feathers" had a lovebird trying to feed himself to Sylvester after his mate kicks him out of the nest.
** In "Plane Daffy," after Daffy":
*** After
a messenger pigeon discovers he's blabbed too many secrets to Hata Mari and Hitler, he puts a gun to his head and slowly goes outside. Lots of gunfire is heard, then he comes back in and says, "Eh... I missed." He goes back out to finish the job.
12th Jul '17 5:58:01 PM Vir
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** In an earlier episode, Roger becomes rich in the past when he invents disco after Stan accidentally drops a mixtape after going back in time. When disco inevitably dies out and he goes broke, he attempts to jump through the window of his high-rise, only to find that it's reinforced.
9th Jul '17 3:27:18 PM Vir
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** In "Love is a Many Splintered Thing", Marge kicks Homer and Bart out of the house and they go to a hotel. In the pool, Bart finds the skeleton of a guy who drowned himself by tying a cinder block around his neck.
4th Jul '17 3:10:05 AM Vir
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** The show has an unnerving fondness for this trope. Characters have killed themselves numerous times, though perhaps none as spectacularly as Shake in the episode "Video Ouija"; he [[CrossesTheLineTwice overdoses on sleeping pills, then slits his wrists in an electrocuted pool of piranhas while sucking on an exhaust pipe]]. And all so he could haunt a video game and scare Meatwad. And ''that'' backfired: Meatwad had lost interest in the game by then.
-->'''Frylock:''' Meatwad, Master Shake is dead.
-->'''Meatwad:''' That's cool.

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** The show has an unnerving fondness for this trope. Characters have killed themselves numerous times, though perhaps none as spectacularly as Shake in the episode "Video Ouija"; he [[CrossesTheLineTwice overdoses on sleeping pills, pills,]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill then slits his wrists in an electrocuted pool of piranhas while sucking on an exhaust pipe]]. And all so he could haunt a video game and scare Meatwad. And ''that'' backfired: Meatwad had lost interest in the game by then.
-->'''Frylock:''' Meatwad, Master Shake is dead.
-->'''Meatwad:'''
dead.\\
'''Meatwad:'''
That's cool.
4th Jul '17 3:08:12 AM Vir
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** In one episode, [[SurroundedByIdiots Mr. Cat]] gets so annoyed by [[TheDitz Stumpy]]'s stupidity and hangs himself. Of course, since DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist, he's back by the next scene.

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** In one episode, [[SurroundedByIdiots Mr. Cat]] gets so annoyed by [[TheDitz Stumpy]]'s stupidity and that he hangs himself. Of course, since DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist, he's back by the next scene.
29th Jun '17 4:49:17 PM Pegase
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* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Ted the lawyer falls in the InterruptedSuicide category. He occasionally gets up on the hospital roof, trying to build the courage to jump. However, he is actually TOO pathetic for it to be taken serious, putting him clearly in this trope. The one time he ''does'' actually jump, [[spoiler: he lands on a pile of trash.]]

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* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Ted the lawyer falls in the InterruptedSuicide category. He occasionally gets up on the hospital roof, trying to build the courage to jump. However, he is actually TOO pathetic for it to be taken serious, putting him clearly in this trope. The one time he ''does'' actually jump, [[spoiler: he lands on a pile of trash.]]]] There's also a short gag in the last season involving a revolver...
-->'''Dr. Maddox''': (Looking in Ted's briefcase) Hey, how come all you have in here is a smiley face button and a revolver?
-->'''Ted''': Well...one's in case I get sad and...the other one's in case I get really sad.
-->'''Dr. Maddox''': Well! See you tomorrow.
-->'''Ted''': We'll see.
21st Jun '17 5:11:27 AM XFllo
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** Grampa Simpson attempts assisted suicide when the town blames him for losing out on an NFL franchise. He's hooked up to the machine called [=diePod=] and he chooses Glen Miller Orchestra as music and as visuals, hippies being beaten by cops.
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