A character kills one or more victims and then kills themselves at the end, either because they planned to from the beginning to avoid the inevitable consequences, because they've gone on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge and they have [[VengeanceFeelsEmpty nothing left to live for]], or because they were DrivenToSuicide and decided that they were TakingYouWithMe.

SuperTrope of PaterFamilicide, where a parent kills their partner and children. Not to be confused with the mutually-consensual SuicidePact. This does not count if the murderer attempts to get away with their crimes and continue their life. It has to be part of the same crime, not a later attempt to avoid guilt or punishment.

Related to SuicideByCop if they organise it so that someone else kills them. Sister tropes to SelfDisposingVillain and DrivenToSuicide.

Though this is TruthInTelevision, Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease It has happened ''way'' too many times to count.

'''As a DeathTrope, all spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.'''



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'': DiscussedTrope when Riza tells Roy that she is willing to keep her word and shoot him if there is no other option, but then she'll kill herself too as [[SubordinateExcuse she sees no point in living without him]].
* ''GunslingerGirl'': Elsa murdered her handler Lauro and then killed herself because she felt that he could never love her the way she did him, and he actually treated her like shit.
** And later Jose does this to Henrietta as a part of a SuicidePact.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''
** Attempted by Asuka's mother Kyouko, except the "Asuka" that was murdered was the rag doll that Kyouko thought to be Asuka. It's not clear whether Asuka's more angry that her mother committed suicide or that she didn't get to die along with her.
** Naoko Akagi also may have killed herself after murdering Rei Mark I, via throwing herself off a platform. Though it's also possible that Gendo was the culprit.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Mami [[BewareTheNiceOnes of all people]] attempts this in episode 10. In one of the alternate timelines, the poor girl completely snaps when she finds out that Magical Girls eventually become the witches they fight, which makes her believe that she and her friends should die before this happens. (And it's not helped by ''how'' she finds out: via Sayaka becoming a witch and having to be put down.) With her mind completely shattered, Mami succeeds in killing Kyouko via shooting off her Soul Gem and is ''this'' close to doing the same to Homura, but is then [[MercyKill mercy killed]] by Madoka who shatters ''Mami's'' Soul Gem with her beam arrows before she can kill everyone and herself, and then collapses in tears due to the trauma.
** And then there's the PaterFamilicide carried out by Kyouko's preacher father as a result of him finding out that the increased number of followers at his church was not due to people actually believing him, but because of Kyouko's powers as a Puella Magi (born from her wish to get him more followers) making them listen. Kyouko was the only survivor, and [[BreakTheCutie man, did that little episode ever mess her up]].
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'': In the manga, the titular heroine attempted to do this on a BrainwashedAndCrazy Tuxedo Kamen, but fortunately, neither died. (He was protected by [[PocketProtector his watch]], she by the just-manifested MacGuffin.) In the anime, however, Moon [[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight managed to get to Tuxedo Kamen without killing him.]]
* Minai from ''ShikabaneHime'' did this in her backstory. She killed her boyfriend after being beat and abused by him and then committed suicide, only to come back to become a Shikabane Hime.
* Attempted by the emotionally broken Countess Francoise in HonooNoAlpenRose, as punishment for her husband Germont's evil deeds.
* In ''OniisamaE'', there are at least two attempts of this:
** In the first one, Mariko snaps after Nanako tries to leave her home late at night and threatens with this. Luckily, Mariko's mother Hisako reacts fast enough to grab her daughter and let Nanako go.
** In the second, a Rei who's feverish ''and'' drugged attempts to follow her and Fukiko's old SuicidePact... with Nanako, whom she mistakes for Fukiko due to the fever. Nanako manages to make her react, and she stops herself only to collapse in tears.
* In FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden, Einosuke Okuda's suicide kills his already dying daughter Takiko by proxy, as by killing himself he (somehow) manages to kill the whole Okuda bloodline -- and Takiko was the last one left.

* ''ComicBook/SinCity'':
** John Hartigan commits suicide after killing Roark, Jr., realizing that he's the only link left leading to Nancy (the latest victim). By killing himself, he ensures that she is left alone.
** Officer Mort, a minor character in ''A Dame To Kill For'' is seduced into helping the FemmeFatale, and murders his partner when he tries to make him listen to reason about her. He then kills himself out of remorse.
* {{X-23}} attempts this, tracking down {{Wolverine}} with the intent of killing him and then herself to permanently put an end to the Weapon X project, and because she's so broken by everything that's happened to her to this point that [[DrivenToSuicide she feels it's the only way out]]. Logan manages to defuse the situation by accepting responsibility for what was done to her since he willingly participated in Weapon X, but pleads with her not to throw her own life away because she wasn't allowed the same choice, making her an innocent victim rather than a guilty party.
* A minor incident in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' involves a man murdering his two young children and then killing himself due to increasing paranoia [[UsefulNotes/TheColdWar about a brewing war with Russia]].
* Happens in a re-telling of the opera {{Turandot}} in comic book format. A Liu who [[TheOphelia has been driven insane]] after all the BreakTheCutie stabs Prince Calaf to death right before he gives Turandot a TrueLovesKiss, then cradles Calaf's lifeless body in her arms and tells Turandot this is her punishment for her cruelty, before stabbing herself as well.

* This is Richard's plan in ''DeadMansShoes''.
* ''FullMetalJacket'': After Private Pyle kills [[DrillSergeantNasty Sgt. Hartman]], he seems to realize that he'll be severely punished, perhaps even executed, for his crime, and [[AteHisGun shoots himself in the mouth]].
* ExaggeratedTrope for laughs: At the end of ''Penn and Teller Get Killed'', Teller accidentally kills Penn, then shoots himself. A guy who was just an actor, hired by Penn to play a trick on Teller to make it look like someone was trying to kill Penn, realizes that What With One Thing And Another there was no proof that it wasn't him, so he kills himself. Then his friend and a friend of his show up, whom he had invited to party with P&T after the planned {{Reveal}} to Teller. They kill themselves because there was nothing to prove that ''they'' didn't do it. Then the cops come in, see the situation, and off themselves too. A long {{Zoom}} Out occurs, as more and more people come in, discover all the dead bodies, and shoot themselves. We hear these rather than see them. TheEnd.
* ''{{Titanic}}'': William Murdoch shoots and kills a fictional third class Irish passenger, then commits suicide from guilt. A HistoricalVillainUpgrade, as the real William Murdoch was regarded as a hero and was last seen helping passengers.
* ''RobinAndMarian'': This film reinterprets Robin Hood's death scene from the medieval ballads, in which he is left to die by a treacherous abbess as he is being medically bled, into this. Marian, in the role of the abbess, poisons him as he lies wounded following a duel with the Sheriff, then takes the poison herself.

* Creator/AgathaChristie often uses this trope to deliver KarmicDeath to particularly nasty murderers:
** In ''TheABCMurders'', the murderer tries to commit suicide, but Poirot prevents it, because he doesn't believe that the murderer deserves an easy death.
** ''AndThenThereWereNone'': Judge Wargrave commits suicide after arranging the deaths of everyone else, as he felt himself to be no better than his victims ''and'' he was fatally ill anyway.
** In ''Appointment with Death'', the perpetrator commits suicide to avoid exposure and prosecution.
** In ''DeathOnTheNile'' the perpetrator commits one final murder (of an accomplice) before turning the gun on themselves.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote: LightNovel/AnotherNote'', Beyond Birthday is his own final victim.
* ''BraveStory'', Mitsuru's father killed Mitsuru's mother and sister and then himself, which is Mitsuru's FreudianExcuse for being a complete dick. Another character also attempts murder-suicide, but fortunately doesn't succeed at either.
* In ''TheGreatGatsby'', George Wilson shoots himself over the death of his wife Myrtle, taking Gatsby with him.
* This comes up in a few LordPeterWimsey books:
** In ''Whose Body?'', Peter stops the exposed murderer from committing suicide, so he can stand trial.
** Conversely, in ''Murder Must Advertise'', he reluctantly encourages the murderer to take actions that are tantamount to suicide (going out alone at night when there's a gang of drug smugglers who want to kill him) to prevent his inevitable exposure from ruining the lives of his family.
* An accidental case in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice''. [[spoiler: Keifer got his wives to take him to a theater that his family had rigged to explode. He was supposed to get to a bathroom where he could weather the blast, but didn't show; the head of his family went in to fetch him and they both died, along with half the royal family.]]
* Jonathan Stonagal's and Joshua Todd-Cothran's death at the hands of Nicolae Carpathia in the Literature/LeftBehind series is made out to be this through Carpathia brainwashing those present to witness the event at a secret meeting at the United Nations, with Buck Williams being the only one present not affected by the brainwashing because of God's protection on him. Chaim Rosenzweig, who at the time was brainwashed into believing this was the case, would later come to learn the truth once he becomes a believer.
* In ''Literature/MyAntonia'', it happens to a nasty couple of money-lenders. Mr. Cutter kills his wife and then himself. He does it because he doesn't want her family to inherit their money.
* In the LightNovel ''Evil Food Eater Conchita'' from the Franchise/EvilliousChronicles, Carlos Marlon attempts this after becoming afraid of [[ImAHumanitarian what]] his beloved Banica had become. It didn't work out as planned.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Generally played straight on ''Series/{{CSI}}'', though it was inverted in one episode where a stalker attempted suicide in his crush's house, resulting in three people dying.
* A number of killers in ''Series/CriminalMinds'' do this rather than be caught.
* In the Korean Historical Drama ''Emperor Wang Guhn'' when Gung Ye is deposed and on the run, he [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled has his highest General kill him]] by cutting off his head. The general has his second kill him, and then the second commits {{Seppuku}}.
* The horror anthology ''The Hunger'' has this in its second-season premiere "Sanctuary" as the backstory of its host character, MadArtist Julian Priest: having lost his audience via his increasingly grisly work, even his agent no longer believed in him. Julian murdered the agent and proceeded to turn his own death into a grisly piece of performance art, figuring he would attain immortality as an artist this way...
* In ''Series/{{Breaking Bad}}'', Hector Salamanca did this when he and Walt colluded to find a way to kill Gus. Walt attached a car bomb to Hector's wheelchair and Hector detonated it when both Gus and Tyrus were in the same room as him, killing all of them.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': In a season 6 episode Dexter solves one case of murder/suicide super quickly and the new detective is very impressed with his skills in blood spatter analysis.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Demons": Agent Mulder's weapon has been used in a crime and he doesn't remember what happened. He's suspected of murder and arrested, but it's found out that the couple's death was as a result of a murder-suicide.
* The ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Cigarette Burns". At the end Kirby kills his late girlfriend Annie's murderously unhinged father under the evil film's effects because they both keep bringing her back with their remaining love for her. Moments afterwards he eats his own gun after pleading at another vision of her that he's sorry for everything.

* The concept album Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory by Dream Theater involves this concept. A man named Nicholas undergoes hypnotherapy to discover that he lived a previous life as a woman named Victoria, who was murdered by her former lover - he arranged it to look as though her current lover (his brother) shot her and then committed suicide himself.

* Arguably, Brutus and Cassius in ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'', though the suicides happen well after the murder.
* In ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'', Othello stabs himself after he realizes that his wife who he just killed wasn't actually cheating on him.
* ''Theatre/KingLear'': Goneril stabs herself off-stage after an MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment after poisoning her younger sister Regan out of jealousy and lust for Edmund during the final scene.

* In ''{{Remember11}}'', Utsumi does this in two {{Bad End}}s, killing Keiko and then herself (and Satoru in the second one).
* This is actually required for the ''good'' ending of {{Rule Of Rose}}. When Stray Dog (Gregory Wilson) is made to murder the girls in the orphanage, he succeeds, and the following revelation that Wendy was masquerading as Joshua to manipulate him drives him to kill her, then kill himself. The other option is to simply kill him, which results in the [[DownerEnding other ending]].
* In one of Boone's endings in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', he kills the officer who ordered the Bitter Springs massacre before taking his own life.

* ''Webcomic/{{Bug|Martini}}'' has an example where it's played for laughs when the bug [[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/website-woes/ exacts revenge on his web server]] by doing this.
* ''Webcomic/TwoGuysAndGuy'' has [[http://www.twogag.com/archives/2481 a report]] of this happening.
* The [[spoiler:protagonists mother]] attempted to do this in ''YuMeDream''. She succeeded but only in the "suicide" part.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* Spoofed in CollegeUniversity:
-->'''SantaClaus''': "Looks like it's time for a good old murder-suicide."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'',[[spoiler: [[TheAtoner Tarrlok]] does this to himself and his brother Noatak, AKA [[BigBad Amon]], when the two are escaping Republic City in the boat after the latter's defeat, using one of the Equalists' shock gloves to ignite the boat's fuel supply. It had been revealed that both were the sons of a powerful bloodbending criminal who raised them as agents of his revenge after being {{depower}}ed and escaping the city, and Tarrlok had realized that the two of them would only continue their father's cycle of evil in spite of both having tried to change things. And yes, even though the series is DarkerAndEdgier than ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids it remains a kid's show,]] on which the murder suicide is not merely implied or given a DiscretionShot, but happens on-screen.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' did this in the episode in which the kids pretend to be detectives and actually join the real thing. Towards the end, they find out two cops were in with the mob. Then one of them killed his partner, fearing that he'd betray him. Then he figured the only one left who could possibly betray him is... himself, [[TooDumbToLive so he ties up the last loose end.]]
* Used in the ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' episode "Ghost Bride". The titular phantom was a woman whose fiance left her at the altar and married her sister instead. She murdered her sister and brother-in-law, and when the police showed up and saw her, she jumped out the window and died.
* This happened at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/MrMagoo'' ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' special where Dr. Frankenstein destroyed the monster's lab, taking both him and the monster with it.