Created By: Dorsk_e2i on August 13, 2011 Last Edited By: Dorsk_e2i on August 24, 2011

Rumpelstiltskin Tantrum

"I can't have my way so I'm going to kill myself!"

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Let's face it; noone really likes having their self-will crossed. Most of us have been broken of the outbursts of rage, though.

On the other end of the spectrum, you have this. Their rage is so great they kill themselves.

This is a Death Trope, so spoilers lie ahead.

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Folklore
  • The Trope Namer is Rumpelstiltskin, who made a deal with the queen that if she could guess his name in three days, he would relinquish his claim on the Heir Apparent. She did, and he threw a fit of rage that ended with his suicide.

Mythology and Religion
  • In Greek Mythology, The Sphinx commited suicide by jumping off a cliff after her riddle was beaten.
  • Native American lore claimed that the "pop" in popcorn was caused by a demon living inside the kernel. When the corn is heated, the demon gets so angry that it explodes.

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • August 13, 2011
    Bisected8
    • In Greek mythology, The Sphinx commited suicide by jumping off a cliff after her riddle was beaten.
  • August 13, 2011
    DracMonster
    Might I suggest to expanding this to something like Silly Reason For Suicide? (Like Silly Reason For War.)
  • August 13, 2011
    Shnakepup
    I'd simplify it to just Suicidal Tantrum. I mean, the Rumpelstiltskin example is good and all, but that's kinda clunky to specify in the title.
  • August 13, 2011
    TBTabby
    Native American lore claimed that the "pop" in popcorn was caused by a demon living inside the kernel. When the corn is heated, the demon gets so angry that it explodes.
  • August 14, 2011
    Taelor
    Seconding Suicidal Tantrum
  • August 14, 2011
    ajmint
    Yeah, I would go with Suicidal Tantrum or Rumpelstiltskin Tantrum.
  • August 14, 2011
    Earnest
    This can be the reason for the "self-disposing" part of Self-Disposing Villain.
  • August 14, 2011
    BuckRivera
    I'd prefer Rumpelstiltskin Tantrum because Suicidal Tantrum is just too vanilla.
  • August 14, 2011
    BuckRivera

    I guess the description needs a spoiler warning.
  • August 14, 2011
    BuckRivera
  • August 14, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^^Frank Grimes' death was an accident even though it was self-inflicted, does it still count?
  • August 14, 2011
    BuckRivera
    It was not just an accident. He was so mad and caught up in his tantrum that he of all people did something that he knew would kill him.
  • August 14, 2011
    BuckRivera
    I'd include Earnest's bit about the Self Disposing Villain. It's a good observation.
  • August 14, 2011
    Darthcaliber
    Rumpelstiltskin's death was accidental he stomped his foot with such rage it got stuck in the ground and when he tried to pry it out he ripped himself in half.
  • August 14, 2011
    SKJAM
    The Paul and Storm song "Blow Myself Up" about a fellow who does poorly in the divorce settlement and well....
  • August 14, 2011
    DameDesDouleurs
    This happened on an episode of Family Guy. Quagmire was dating/married to a woman named Joan, and it wasn't working out. He told her that he wanted to end the relationship, and she threatened to kill herself.
  • August 17, 2011
    DameDesDouleurs
    South Park mocks this trope (and the Japanese) in "City Sushi". A Chinese restaurant owner engages in feud with the owner of a Sushi restaurant and taunts him with this line:
    'Oh no, I'm the Japanese, and I had a bad day. I think I'm gonna kill myself!'
  • August 19, 2011
    MoG2
    Some people claim that Rumplestiltskin had a different ending before that was bowdlerized.
  • August 24, 2011
    BuckRivera
    I think the trope could be kept flexible enough to allow for both lethal accidents happening due to rage and killing yourself out of rage. It's a grey area anyway.

    Threatening to kill yourself because you're mad at someone should not fall under this, though. That's more of a negotiating technique.
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