Created By: Prfnoff on November 24, 2012

Be An Hero And End It All

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A character is offered praise and acclaim as an inducement to commit suicide.

  • In the final scene of Pippin, the Players offer Pippin Self-Immolation as his last chance to find fulfillment. To their grave disappointment, he refuses.
  • In the Monty Python's Flying Circus Upper Class Twit-of-the-Year competition, the last event is shooting oneself in the head. Prizes are awarded to the winners' coffins.
Community Feedback Replies: 5
  • November 24, 2012
    Is the title based on a meme? Because it's not very clear.

    Anyway, didn't Field Marshal Rommel's death play out something like this?
  • November 24, 2012
    The feudal Japanese custom of seppuku gave samurai the option to die "honorably" by disemboweling themselves with their sword, if they had failed their lord or brought shame upon themselves in some way.

    The Roman custom of "falling on one's sword" is also related.
  • November 25, 2012
    Yes, this is obviously based on a meme. A rather cruel one, too. As it stands, the title is not particularly descriptive, either.
  • November 25, 2012
    Fall On Your Sword, perhaps? Although the "twit awards" example wouldn't seem to fit with that... so maybe that's not what the troper was aiming for.

    But do we have a general trope for honor suicides? We have specific ones for Seppuku and Leave Behind A Pistol (a customary suicide option for high-ranking officers found guilty of treason--such as Rommel, or Ludwig Beck), but I'm not sure about a general supertrope to those. "Falling on one's sword" was another specific Roman variation, but has become idiomatic for either "taking the fall" or actual honor suicide of any form, so might be an okay title for the latter.
  • November 25, 2012
    Then again, from the given description: "A character is offered praise and acclaim as an inducement to commit suicide" would also include that supposed promise of "70 virgins in paradise" to jihadists who do suicide bombings--but that's not an honor suicide (since those who volunteer don't do so out of restoring honor for shame--and their actual goal is murdering as many other people as they can in the process), but a different animal entirely. So I'm not sure what this proposed trope is aiming for. (And I'm not familiar with the "meme" being talked about--I assume from the "an" before "h" that it might be British?)