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15th Apr '17 9:01:47 PM Fireblood
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* In ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' the "Judean People's Front's Crack Suicide Squad" committed mass suicide by killing themselves with swords: Famous last line: "That will show em!"

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* In ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' the "Judean People's Front's Crack Suicide Squad" committed mass suicide by killing themselves with swords: swords. Famous last line: "That will show em!"


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* ''{{Film/Logan}}'': Caliban goes out by detonating some grenades against his captors and kills himself in the process.
13th Apr '17 6:08:36 PM Trogdor7620
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** Er, by the way, [[https://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/11/world/middleeast/suicide-bomb-instructor-accidentally-kills-iraqi-pupils.html?_r=0 truth is stranger than fiction.]]
11th Apr '17 12:55:34 PM Jake
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* While terrorist bombings in Northern Ireland could be devastating, suicide bombing was never a tactic used by the IRA or INLA. Every so often, however, due to ill-trained operators or unreliable bomb components, a terrorist would be killed alongside the device he was planting. British security forces dryly referred to such incidents as "own goals". It is also suspected that if the IRA command suspected a member of being unreliable or having been "turned" by British Intelligence, he would be cold-bloodedly sent out with a device timed to explode long before he planted it, so as to resolve the unreliability issue. It is also suspected that British Intelligence, hearing about this, deliberately planted suspicion that known IRA terrorists were acting as double agents, so as to provoke the IRA to kill its own members just to be on the safe side.

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* While terrorist bombings in Northern Ireland could be devastating, suicide bombing was never a tactic used by the IRA or INLA.INLA, probably at least in part because of being at [[RaisedCatholic least nominally Catholic]], and apparently the Vatican is a bit more specific than various sects of Islam about the definition of suicide versus martyrdom. Every so often, however, due to ill-trained operators or unreliable bomb components, a terrorist would be killed alongside the device he was planting. British security forces dryly referred to such incidents as "own goals". It is also suspected that if the IRA command suspected a member of being unreliable or having been "turned" by British Intelligence, he would be cold-bloodedly sent out with a device timed to explode long before he planted it, so as to resolve the unreliability issue. It is also suspected that British Intelligence, hearing about this, deliberately planted suspicion that known IRA terrorists were acting as double agents, so as to provoke the IRA to kill its own members just to be on the safe side.
24th Mar '17 6:14:22 PM Fireblood
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** The experience above was caused by dealing with the Filipino ''Juramentados'', who would tie ropes around their bodies, sneak upon enemy soldiers, officers and policemen and then charge with a sword. The Spaniards, who had experienced this before the Americans, were terrified, as their handguns weren't powerful enough to drop them at once and the ropes would slow the bleeding out. The Americans adopted more powerful guns (including the Colt Single Action Army in .45 Colt as a stopgap, revolvers in the .38 Special round developed just for them, and, ultimately, the Colt M1911), allowing their men to drop the attackers.
* The Japanese Red Army, a Marxist terrorist group operating in Lebanon in the 70's, allegedly developed this as one of the attackers in the Lod Airport Massacre reportedly killed himself with a grenade launcher. They are thought to have introduce suicide bombing to the Middle East by training and inspiring their allies the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, who in turn trained and inspired others until it reaches Hamas and AQ.

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** The experience above was caused by dealing with the Islamic Filipino ''Juramentados'', who would tie ropes around their bodies, sneak upon enemy soldiers, officers and policemen and then charge with a sword. The Spaniards, who had experienced this before the Americans, were terrified, as their handguns weren't powerful enough to drop them at once and the ropes would slow the bleeding out. The Americans adopted more powerful guns (including the Colt Single Action Army in .45 Colt as a stopgap, revolvers in the .38 Special round developed just for them, and, ultimately, the Colt M1911), allowing their men to drop the attackers.
* The Japanese Red Army, a Marxist terrorist group operating in Lebanon in the 70's, allegedly developed this as one of the attackers in the Lod Airport Massacre reportedly killed himself with a grenade launcher. They are thought to have introduce suicide bombing to the Middle East by training and inspiring their allies the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, who in turn trained and inspired others until it reaches Hamas and AQ.Al-Qaeda.



* The brander, or fireship. It is basically a sailing ship filled with gunpowder and explosive liquids, and it is steered by a skeleton crew at an enemy flotilla with the intention to ram one or more vessels, and set on fire just before the actual contact. The usual result is a conspicuous explosion, sinking not only the brander herself, but also the vessels around her. The crew members are intended to leave the brander just before the contact, but more often than not the skeleton crew will actually become one - literally. A brander attack at night against an anchored enemy can be devastating, as the Spanish Armada got to realize.
** Somewhat subverted in that the crew of a fireship would tie all the important lines tightly, so the ship would continue on its way for a while, then escape in a smaller boat or, if desperate, by swimming (presuming they knew how. Most sailors didn't, back then.) Actually dying with a fireship was not usually on the cards.

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* The brander, or fireship.fire ship. It is basically a sailing ship filled with gunpowder and explosive liquids, and it is steered by a skeleton crew at an enemy flotilla with the intention to ram one or more vessels, and set on fire just before the actual contact. The usual result is a conspicuous explosion, sinking not only the brander herself, but also the vessels around her. The crew members are intended to leave the brander just before the contact, but more often than not the skeleton crew will actually become one - literally. A brander attack at night against an anchored enemy can be devastating, as the Spanish Armada got to realize.
** Somewhat subverted in that the crew of a fireship fire ship would tie all the important lines tightly, so the ship would continue on its way for a while, then escape in a smaller boat or, if desperate, by swimming (presuming they knew how. Most sailors didn't, back then.) Actually dying with a fireship fire ship was not usually on the cards.



* While terrorist bombings in Northern Ireland could be devastating, suicide bombing was never a tactic used by the IRA or INLA. Every so often, however, due to ill-trained operators or unreliable bomb components, a terrorist would be killed alongside the device he was planting. British security forces drily referred to such incidents as "own goals". It is also suspected that if the IRA command suspected a member of being unreliable or having been "turned" by British Intelligence, he would be cold-bloodedly sent out with a device timed to explode long before he planted it, so as to resolve the unreliability issue. It is also suspected that British Intelligence, hearing about this, deliberately planted suspicion that known IRA terrorists were acting as double agents, so as to provoke the IRA to kill its own members just to be on the safe side.

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* While terrorist bombings in Northern Ireland could be devastating, suicide bombing was never a tactic used by the IRA or INLA. Every so often, however, due to ill-trained operators or unreliable bomb components, a terrorist would be killed alongside the device he was planting. British security forces drily dryly referred to such incidents as "own goals". It is also suspected that if the IRA command suspected a member of being unreliable or having been "turned" by British Intelligence, he would be cold-bloodedly sent out with a device timed to explode long before he planted it, so as to resolve the unreliability issue. It is also suspected that British Intelligence, hearing about this, deliberately planted suspicion that known IRA terrorists were acting as double agents, so as to provoke the IRA to kill its own members just to be on the safe side.



* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axel_Freiherr_von_dem_Bussche-Streithorst Azel von dem Bussche]] was a German officer who [[DespairEventHorizon was traumatized]] after witnessing the mass executions in Dobno (Ukraine), so he joined the LaResistance group led by Claus von Stauffenberg. Then, he unsuccessfully tried to pull this trope on Adolf Hitler in November 1943 during soem briefings in Rastenburg; as a result, he suervived but [[AnArmAndALeg lost one of his legs]], which kept him out of Stauffenberg and Co.'s own attempt on Hitler's life. He'd later become a lawyer and diplomat, and lived until 1993.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axel_Freiherr_von_dem_Bussche-Streithorst Azel von dem Bussche]] was a German officer who [[DespairEventHorizon was traumatized]] after witnessing the mass executions in Dobno (Ukraine), so he joined the LaResistance Resistance group led by Claus von Stauffenberg. Then, he unsuccessfully tried to pull this trope on Adolf Hitler in November 1943 during soem some briefings in Rastenburg; as a result, he suervived survived but [[AnArmAndALeg lost one of his legs]], which kept him out of Stauffenberg and Co.co.'s own attempt on Hitler's life. He'd later become a lawyer and diplomat, and lived until 1993.
24th Mar '17 6:08:39 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/TheXFiles''. In "Monday" Scully and Mulder [[GroundhogDayLoop keep getting killed]] because they don't know the bank robber is wired with explosives, which he detonates when the situation appears hopeless. Even when Mulder does become aware of this he can't stop events [[spoiler:until the robber [[TakingTheBullet accidentally shoots his girlfriend]], and is too emotionally stunned to even commit suicide.]]

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* ''Series/TheXFiles''.
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In "Monday" Scully and Mulder [[GroundhogDayLoop keep getting killed]] because they don't know the bank robber is wired with explosives, which he detonates when the situation appears hopeless. Even when Mulder does become aware of this he can't stop events [[spoiler:until the robber [[TakingTheBullet accidentally shoots his girlfriend]], and is too emotionally stunned to even commit suicide.]]]]
** "Babylon" starts as Islamic terrorists commit a suicide bombing against an art gallery displaying cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed. One of them survives, with Mulder and Scully seeking to communicate with him so they can find his cell, who are planning further bombings.


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* ''{{Series/Humans}}'': Mia triggers a device to destroy Hester which does also affects her. She's revived afterward though.
12th Mar '17 5:00:15 AM Grudgeal
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* At the end of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', [[spoiler:main character Jin]], facing a superior swordsman he can't beat, uses a technique that opens his guard completely to get in a counter-attack, leading to both men stabbing each other fatally. [[spoiler:Jin actually survives by a freak chance, but states that he wasn't expecting to.]]

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* At the end of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', [[spoiler:main character Jin]], facing a superior swordsman he can't beat, [[DeliberateInjuryGambit uses a technique that opens his guard completely to get in a counter-attack, counter-attack]], leading to both men stabbing each other fatally. [[spoiler:Jin actually survives by a freak chance, but states that he wasn't expecting to.]]
12th Mar '17 4:57:14 AM Grudgeal
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* At the end of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', [[spoiler:main character Jin]], facing a superior swordsman he can't beat, uses a technique that opens his guard completely to get in a counter-attack, leading to both men stabbing each other fatally. [[spoiler:Jin actually survives by a freak chance, but states that he wasn't expecting to.]]
11th Mar '17 3:05:53 PM nombretomado
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* Spoofed in the comedy ''Film/{{Water 1985}}''. MichaelCaine and the Cascaran Liberation Front seize the Spenco well and threaten to blow it up using dynamite strapped to a CLF member's body. First Caine can't get his lighter to work, then the CLF guy promptly faints when he does.

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* Spoofed in the comedy ''Film/{{Water 1985}}''. MichaelCaine Creator/MichaelCaine and the Cascaran Liberation Front seize the Spenco well and threaten to blow it up using dynamite strapped to a CLF member's body. First Caine can't get his lighter to work, then the CLF guy promptly faints when he does.
8th Mar '17 11:25:33 AM nombretomado
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* In ''MechWarrior 4'', the High Explosive Pack was a two-slot missile weapon with precisely one shot, no additional ammo, and an ominous skull and crossbones for its weapons icon. The premise behind this weapon was that, in multiplayer, a 'Mech on its last legs or with all other weapons lost could charge at the enemy and trigger the bombs it'd strapped to itself. As there was no visual indicator of what 'Mechs had these suicide kits installed, any charging opponent in a 'Mech design with missile slots could mean bad news. This weapon was eventually removed from later expansions.

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* In ''MechWarrior ''VideoGame/MechWarrior 4'', the High Explosive Pack was a two-slot missile weapon with precisely one shot, no additional ammo, and an ominous skull and crossbones for its weapons icon. The premise behind this weapon was that, in multiplayer, a 'Mech on its last legs or with all other weapons lost could charge at the enemy and trigger the bombs it'd strapped to itself. As there was no visual indicator of what 'Mechs had these suicide kits installed, any charging opponent in a 'Mech design with missile slots could mean bad news. This weapon was eventually removed from later expansions.
4th Mar '17 1:40:28 PM LinTaylor
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** The Mafuba (Evil Containment Wave) from the original series, which Master Mutaito used to imprison Piccolo. Roshi attempts to reseal him with it, but fails and dies in vain. However, a sufficiently powerful user can survive the technique (as Tenshinhan did when he tried it against Piccolo, not to mention Future Trunks in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'').
** The [[{{Mook}} Saibaman's]] self-destruct attack is the only instance in the entire series that kills its target as intended, and now Yamcha forever bears the shame of having been killed by cannon fodder.



** Later, Tien tried to avenge him with the Tri-Beam, an attack [[CastFromHitpoints so deadly that it eats up the life of its user]], with the objective of both killing Nappa and killing himself, so he would see Chiaotzu again. It didn't worked either.
** This happens one more time... would've been two had Android 16's bomb not been removed. Given Cell's [[OhCrap reaction]], it's actually quite possible that this one would've worked. The third time is done by Vegeta against Majin Buu, and like Chiaotzu's example before him his sacrifice is in vain. Turns out that explosions aren't a good way to kill a magical being that can regenerate [[FromASingleCell on the molecular level.]]
** The [[{{Mook}} Saibaman's]] self-destruct attack is the only instance in the entire series that kills its target as intended, and now Yamcha forever bears the shame of having been killed by cannon fodder.

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** Later, Tien tried to avenge him with the Tri-Beam, Kikoho (Tri-Beam), an attack [[CastFromHitpoints so deadly that it eats up the life of its user]], with the objective of both killing Nappa and killing himself, so he would see Chiaotzu again. It didn't worked either.
** This happens one more time... would've been two had Android 16's #16 tries to destroy Cell by grappling him and activating the self-destruct system Dr. Gero built into all his Androids...and unfortunately, that's when he learns that Bulma removed the bomb not been removed. Given when they were rebuilding him; Cell doesn't waste any time in destroying him. More's the shame, Cell's [[OhCrap reaction]], it's reaction]] suggests that it might have actually quite possible that this one would've worked. The third time is done by Vegeta against Majin Buu, and like Chiaotzu's example before him his sacrifice is in vain. Turns out that explosions aren't a good way to kill a magical being that can regenerate [[FromASingleCell on the molecular level.]]
** The [[{{Mook}} Saibaman's]] self-destruct attack is the only instance in the entire series that kills its target as intended, and now Yamcha forever bears the shame of having been killed by cannon fodder.
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** The Evil Containment Wave, which Master Mutaito used to imprison Piccolo. Roshi attempts to reseal him with it, but fails and dies in vain.
** In ''GT'' Goku attempted a suicide attack on Omega Shenron which appeared to be a mixed of Chiaotzu and Vegeta's suicide attacks, he grabbed Omega and was going to release all the energy in his body at once. He was stopped by Vegeta who reminded him of his own lack of success with that technique.


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** In ''GT'' Goku attempted a suicide attack on Omega Shenron which appeared to be a mixed of Chiaotzu and Vegeta's suicide attacks, he grabbed Omega and was going to release all the energy in his body at once. He was stopped by Vegeta who reminded him of his own lack of success with that technique.
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