Created By: alphawerewolf on December 28, 2012 Last Edited By: alphawerewolf on December 29, 2012

Shawshank Suicide

[blank] was here

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An homage to The Shawshank Redemption, a character hangs themselves after carving a note, generally reading "(character name) was here".


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Western Animation
  • Wooldoor Sockbat from Drawn Together does this after one of the show "cancelations". He comes back and reveals that he was only taking a "noose nap" and got buried.
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • December 28, 2012
    highwaystonowhere
    See also goodbye cruel world/suicide note?
  • December 28, 2012
    CaveCat
    • At the beginning of The Goonies, this was subverted, as it appeared that Jake Fratelli had hung himself in prison, but the guard finds a note written by him that reads "You schmuck, did you honestly think that I'm actually stupid enough to hang myself?" Cue the guard getting knocked out by Jake.
  • December 28, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In an episode of Forever Knight the bad guy of the episode, after being arrested for multiple murders, hangs himself in jail after writing a note to Nick: "No justice." That is, they'll never convict him because he's dead.
  • December 29, 2012
    MorganWick
    Current title is Trope Namer Syndrome, laconic would fall under No New Stock Phrases as a title. Self Hanging Note?
  • December 29, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    A critical aspect of why TNS and NNSP are bad is that just changing the name often does not solve the problem. The fact that the idea started that way is a symptom of not being tropeworthy. Both articles specifically describe that. They aren't just about naming conventions.
  • December 29, 2012
    TonyG
    I don't think the Shawshank scene has been homaged enough times to be its own trope. A general trope on prisoners hanging themselves would make a better page.
  • December 29, 2012
    Stratadrake
    As far as Shawshank itself, Brook wasn't technically a prisoner when he died; he hanged himself because he couldn't adjust to non-prison society.
  • December 29, 2012
    MorganWick
    Judging by the description, the intended trope is simply "any character [prisoner or not] hangs themselves and leaves a note by them; bonus points if it says '[character] was here'."
  • December 29, 2012
    Stratadrake
    How does it compare to, say, Goodbye Cruel World?
  • December 29, 2012
    DRCEQ
    Robot Chicken parodied the Shawshank scene by combining it with Clash Of The Titans. The Kraken is released from his cage, and he runs off to go live his life again, only to find that everything he had is now gone. His job, his wife, etc. He hangs himself in a half-way house.
    "It's like Andy always said: Either you get dyin', or you get Kraken."
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