Created By: ryanasaurus0077 on April 3, 2016 Last Edited By: Tuckerscreator on 4 hours ago

Convenient Assisted Suicide

One good guy kills another on the latter's orders or whatever to maintain a masquerade of betrayal

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So you've got a character who knows his time is coming. What better way to go out than having someone he completely trusts do him in? The dying character happens to be a major player in a spy game or another sort of battle between good and evil, and his handpicked killer happens to be a Double Agent pretending to work for the other side, and obviously the best way for him to curry favor with the bad guys is to kill one of their biggest enemies. Little do they know (but the killer does know) that their target has a huge Thanatos Gambit up his sleeve in being killed the way he is...

Compare Strike Me Down with All of Your Hatred and Suicide by Cop, where the killer isn't in on the plan.

Examples

Fanfiction
  • Pagan Vengeance: At the end of the story, Juvage is a cruel warlord and has finally killed the man who ordered his father's murder, the men who executed him, and the Teutonic Knights who invaded in the first place. But he believes there is still one person left who must be made to pay for the years of suffering he and his sister Jurate have gone through: himself. So he tells his sister Jurate to kill him, and when she refuses, having embraced Christianity, he gets Konstantin to hold the knife in her hands and throws himself on it.

Film (Live-Action)
  • It turns out that the murder of Dr. Alfred Lanning in I, Robot was carried out by Sunni, at his request, to get Detective Spooner's attention (as he was the only person who distrusted robots enough to uncover the upcoming Zeroth Law Rebellion).
  • In the live-action WarCraft movie, Llane, king of Stormwind, being surrounded by orcs without the chance of escape, asks Garona to kill him, so she will earn glory among the orcs as the kingslayer, which will put her at position of power in the Horde, so she could create peace between the Horde and the Alliance.

Literature
  • Harry Potter: The classic one: Snape kills Dumbledore. As Deathly Hallows reveals, it's a bit more complicated than that, to put it lightly: Dumbledore was already dying due to attempting to use a cursed Horcrux/ Snape trapped the curse in Dumbledore's hand, but it was slowly spreading,, so he instructed Snape to use the Killing Curse on him at the end of the school year, both to end Dumbledore's suffering and to maintain Snape's cover for Voldemort.
  • The Dresden Files: Harry survives all the harrowing and awful events of "Changes" only to be felled by a bullet on the final pages, so unexpectedly he didn't even have a chance to throw his Death Curse. The next book, "Ghost Story", reveals as Harry solves his own murder that it was not only suicide because Dresden requested and arranged to be shot, he also asked Molly to mind wipe him so he didn't know it was coming.

Live-Action TV
  • In one Series 2 episode of Grantchester, the victim of the week is dying of lung cancer and is thrown off the Cambridge school building by one of his students specifically because he trusted said student to do him in and maintain his cover as an agent of The Tsar.
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • April 4, 2016
    DAN004
    Dunno how would we differentiate this from (or how this may just be) a normal assisted suicide.
  • April 4, 2016
    Chabal2
    Harry Potter is a ZCE.

    Pagan Vengeance: At the end of the story, Juvage is a cruel warlord and has finally killed the man who ordered his father's murder, the men who executed him, and the Teutonic Knights who invaded in the first place. But he believes there is still one person left who must be made to pay for the years of suffering he and his sister Jurate have gone through: himself. So he tells his sister Jurate to kill him, and when she refuses, having embraced Christianity, he gets Konstantin to hold the knife in her hands and throws himself on it.
  • April 4, 2016
    ryanasaurus0077
    ^^ Not only does the dead man have to be dying at the time, the death must also be made to look like a hit performed by the enemy, almost like a Thanatos Gambit if you will.

    ^ For Harry Potter, You Should Know This Already.
  • April 4, 2016
    Bisected8
    There is no You Should Know This Already. Just Fan Myopia that prevents you from realising what isn't Not Self Explanatory (i.e. anything).

    • It turns out that the murder of Dr. Alfred Lanning in I Robot was carried out by Sunni, at his request, to get Detective Spooner's attention (as he's was the only person who distrusted robots enough to uncover the upcoming Zeroth Law Rebellion).

    Compare Strike Me Down With All Of Your Hatred and Suicide By Cop, where the killer aren't in on the plan.
  • April 4, 2016
    DAN004
    So I'm trying to understand, this is when you "make assisted suicide look like murder"?
  • April 4, 2016
    ryanasaurus0077
    More or less. It's a bit more complicated than that, of course. But that's the basic idea, anyway.
  • April 5, 2016
    DAN004
    ^ maybe you mean there are many ways an assisted suicide can be seen as "convenient"?
  • April 5, 2016
    ryanasaurus0077
    As in, the victim's death is used to the advantage of the cause for which the victim is fighting.
  • July 1, 2017
    ryanasaurus0077
    Whoops, forgot about this one so long I accidentally added a hat before realizing I had created this one. Honest mistake, won't happen again. I really need to hang out in TLP more often...
  • July 1, 2017
    Chabal2
    Film/Warcraft: King Llane lets himself be stabbed by Garona so she can stay in the Horde to fight Gul'dan from within. Naturally, the other humans only see her treacherously kill their king.
  • July 2, 2017
    Skylite
    • The Dresden Files: Harry survives all the harrowing and awful events of "Changes" only to be felled by a bullet on the final pages, so unexpectedly he didn't even have a chance to throw his Death Curse. The next book "Ghost story" reveals as Harry solves his own murder that it was not only suicide because Dresden requested and arranged to be shot, he also asked Molly to mind wipe him so he didn't know it was coming.
  • February 12, 2018
    zarpaulus
    Might be a form of Suicide By Assassin.
  • February 13, 2018
    bitemytail
    As this is a death trope, I suggest making the whole page Spoilers Off.
  • February 15, 2018
    DustSnitch
    The title doesn't convey the trope well. "Assissted suicide" is a pretty euphemistic and vague term and the common sense meaning of convenient is difficult to apply to a suicide, so maybe something like Kill The Dying Man Gambit would make more sense.
  • 4 hours ago
    ryanasaurus0077
    Any other title suggestions?
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