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->'''Angela:''' James, give me back that knife.\\
'''James:''' No. I... I won't.\\
'''Angela:''' Saving it for yourself?
-->-- ''VideoGame/SilentHill2''

Whatever the reason; ([[MyGodWhatHaveIDone a guilty conscience]], [[CrapsackWorld the world is simply too much to bear]], or [[InternalizedCategorism self-hatred, whether reasonable or unreasonable]]) the character may be Driven To Suicide. This may be as little as pondering their existence or as much as holding a gun to one's head. Most times, the character will have second thoughts, or will be talked down by a friend, but in shows where AnyoneCanDie, the character may go through with it. In any case this is a powerful way to underscore the desperation of the character. In a {{backstory}}, being Driven To Suicide can [[IncrediblyLamePun illuminate]] the character's DarkAndTroubledPast. On desperate occasions, this can be a happy ending, but only if a majority of the viewers agree, and this is very rare.

In some cases, the reason for suicide may not be depression, but honor, as with [[{{Seppuku}} ritual suicide.]] This obviously is more common in Japanese works (as in Japanese culture, traditionally suicide can be done to cleanse one's honor) than in Western ones (as in most Christian sects, suicide traditionally is a shameful act -- but classical settings allow it to be presented as honourable, e.g. in Shakespeare). It was also accepted by various ancient Greek philosophies, particularly that of the Stoics, as well as the ancient Romans and Egyptians; both of whom [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled lauded it as a dignified and timely alternative to illness, dementia, or disgrace]]. Some {{Proud Warrior Race}}s, such as the nomadic Scythians, preferred suicide as an alternative to dying in bed, thus making this trope OlderThanFeudalism. By contrast, Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, et al.) abhor suicide, believing that only {{God}} is permitted to say when a life may be ended -- however, there is considerable debate over issues like [[MercyKill euthanasia]], capital punishment, and killing in war.

Sometimes this is done to deliver AnAesop about teen suicide by having LongLostUncleAesop show up in a VerySpecialEpisode.

At the other extreme, victims of TheCorruption, CompellingVoice, or other forms of compulsion may resort to this to [[HeroicSacrifice prevent the monster they are about to become from being unleashed on the world]]. This may allow DyingAsYourself.

This is regularly [[SuicideAsComedy played for laughs]], despite being DudeNotFunny. Also incidentally, pushing someone into this is treated the same as premeditated first-degree murder in many countries. Unfortunately, [[KidsAreCruel minors can be total monsters]] to each other, and [[NightmareFuel grave bullying at school]] or elsewhere often can have very sad consequences (the bully more often than not also gets off with a simple slap on the wrist, too).

SuperTrope of LeaveBehindAPistol.

See also: ICannotSelfTerminate, SuicideByCop, AteHisGun, BathSuicide, BetterToDieThanBeKilled, GoodbyeCruelWorld, SuicideBySunlight and MurderSuicide.

Contrast FaceDeathWithDignity, where one chooses to face the music (and the bullets); BungledSuicide and InterruptedSuicide, where the character's attempt fails or is stopped by somebody else; HappilyFailedSuicide, where the character is grateful to be alive after all, and SuicideIsPainless, where the character has no reason to commit suicide, but does so anyway.

Tragically, this is an all too common occurrence in RealLife, but due to the nature of this trope, [[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease please do not add real life examples]].

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* DrivenToSuicide/{{Advertising}}
* DrivenToSuicide/AnimeAndManga
* DrivenToSuicide/ComicBooks
* DrivenToSuicide/FanFic
* DrivenToSuicide/{{Film}}
* DrivenToSuicide/{{FairyTales}}
* DrivenToSuicide/{{Literature}}
* DrivenToSuicide/LiveActionTV
* DrivenToSuicide/{{Music}}
* DrivenToSuicide/{{Mythology}}
* DrivenToSuicide/{{Radio}}
* DrivenToSuicide/TabletopGames
* DrivenToSuicide/{{Theatre}}
* DrivenToSuicide/VideoGames
* DrivenToSuicide/WebComics
* DrivenToSuicide/WebOriginal
* DrivenToSuicide/WesternAnimation
* DrivenToSuicide/{{Other}}
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