Forced Suicide YKTTW Discussion
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When someone commits suicide due to an outside influence, but the causes are not immediately obvious to the people around them. Causes of forced suicide can take any of the various forms of Mind Manipulation, including Mind Virus, Puppeteer Parasite, Psychic-Assisted Suicide, or Mass Hypnosis; it can even be something as simple and inconspicuous as an earplug threatening the victim into committing suicide or else worse will happen (like Cold-Blooded Torture or killing the victim's family. In more horrific variations of Mind Manipulation, sometimes the victim is fully conscious but unable to stop themselves from committing suicide. The difference between this and Psychic-Assisted Suicide is that this also covers examples where the perpetrator is a non-malicious entity, such as an unknown Mind Virus in the form of a rogue AI that kills at random. Related to Never Suicide. Mostly averts Dying as Yourself.
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Anime & Manga
- In the Read or Die OVA, one character attempts to broadcast a "Death Symphony" that will cause mass suicide.
- In Higurashi: When They Cry, Oyashiro-sama's curse (or whatever it really is) causes many characters to kill themselves throughout the various story arcs, some more than once. Methods include clawing out your own throat.
- In Ultimate Marvel, the Vision sent a psychic broadcast around the world that was so nightmarish that it caused mass-suicides around the world. The broadcast turned out to be a recording of what the Eldritch Abomination Gah Lak Tus had done to previous worlds before coming to Earth, in hopes of warning the population. Gah Lak Tus itself also uses a similar tactic to thin out the populations of the worlds it attacks before it arrives, and sends silver, angel-winged emissaries to mollify the populace into cults that will either commit mass-suicide or embrace their coming destruction when Gah Lak Tus finally arrives.
- In A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010), Freddy's first victim is a young man named Dean, who falls asleep at a diner while meeting his girlfriend Kris. In the dream Freddy slits Dean's throat, but to Kris and the rest of the diner, Dean does it himself with a knife from the table.
- In M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening, people are committing suicide in vast numbers under mysterious circumstances. The audience never gets to know the actual cause of the mass suicides, but speculation about it is sprinkled throughout the film (radiation fallout, a plague, etc.) and some have even spread their own Wild Mass Guessing entries.
- In Village of the Damned, and its remake, the psychic children often forced people to kill themselves in various ways if they displeased the children—such as putting their hands in boiling water or garbage disposals, or being forced to shoot themselves in the head.
Live Action TV
- Subverted in Paranormal Witness. In the episode The Good Skeleton. A family of three move into a haunted house, and at a later point a poltergeist starts possessing the wife, provoking her with nightmares urging her to drown herself in a lake. One night while possessed it makes her walk into traffic to get there and she's almost run over by a truck. They later find out that the reason behind it was the spirits haunting them had died in a car accident in front of their house.
- In the episode of The X-Files "Pusher", the Monster of the Week uses his powers of extreme suggestion to make people kill themselves in many different ways.
- In Bioshock Infinite, the player can make Mooks do this after acquiring an upgrade for Booker's Possession Vigor.
- In the Dead Space franchise, the presence of the Markers (or the Brethren Moons themselves) tends to brainwash any organic beings into a cult which eventually commits mass-suicide, has their dead flesh converted into Necromorphs, and then proceeds to kill and infect others.
- In the Mass Effect universe, various forms of Mind Control may force this on a person. Most noticeably, in the first game, you run into what's left of a machine cult that impaled themselves on spikes and converted them into mindless zombie-like bio-mechanical Husks that did the machines' bidding.
- In Metal Gear Solid, Psycho Mantis attempts to force Meryl to blow her own brains out with her handgun via mind control. Snake has a few ways of preventing this, including stun grenades or punching her into unconsciousnesses.
- Cults that commit mass suicide might fall under this. The mass suicide of Jim Jones' People's Temple congregation in Guyana would be a Real Life example—aside from the manipulations of a very charismatic cult leader (and his warnings—possibly with some truth, as a visiting U.S. Congressman was recently killed by Jones' men there—that their "enemies" were about to invade the commune), there were some members who did try to sneak away rather than drink the poisoned Kool-Aid (or rather, "Flavor-Aid"), but many of these were caught and killed by Jones' goons.