->''"The man who kills a man kills a man. The man who kills himself kills all men. As far as he is concerned, he wipes out the world."''
-->-- '''Creator/GKChesterton'''

Many views on UsefulNotes/{{suicide}} can be very [[ValuesDissonance polarizing]]. One side sees it as an option to end the depression or suffering that they feel is too much to handle. But the other half view suicide as a shameful and horrible act, an act worse than homicide or even [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide genocide]]. While there are characters who don't want anyone to kill themselves due of their beliefs that things will get better, there are other characters who frown upon it and even go as far as to demonize it for many reasons.

In one case, they view suicide as an act of [[ItsAllAboutMe selfishness]]. A character who is contemplating on killing themselves will be reminded by others that they have friends and family who care about them and that if they carry it out, then this means they will leave them behind to suffer the pain and grief that the character has killed themselves. The character's loved ones will be dismissive and will accuse them of being selfish and [[NoSympathy expect them to get over it already]], instead of actively helping them deal with their depression.

Suicide can also be viewed as an act of [[DirtyCoward cowardice]]. If a character is thinking of killing themselves, there will be those who will dismiss their claims of wanting to end the suffering and state certain ideologies that "life is a meaningful gift" or "life is a battlefield" and that killing themselves meant that they have "given up" or have "taken the easy way out". Another explanation for this conception is that suicide is a means to escape problems that society expects them to confront. Idealistic characters like the AntiNihilist will firmly believe that [[SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers no one should kill themselves just because life is too much for them]]. Another variation of this category is that a character, usually a villain, will kill themselves to [[KarmaHoudini escape punishment for their crimes]], much to the disgust of heroes (and the audience).

This trope is often cited as a reason ICannotSelfTerminate. This can be a harsh manner in TalkingDownTheSuicidal. But you should be extremely sure that it works when you try it this way as this can as well be a good method to make a suicidal person actually kill himself. It can also be the cause of SuicideNotMurder if someone tries to make a suicide look like murder in order to avoid this stigma (and make sure that life insurance pays out). This can also trigger SuicideNotAccident. Compare/Contrast HowDareYouDieOnMe. Contrast MartyrdomCulture, NotAfraidToDie. Contrast HeroicSacrifice. {{Seppuku}}, while still suicide, is usually considered heroic and noble (at least in Japan). The opposite of HeroicSuicide.

This trope is TruthInTelevision in that there are some cultures which not only discourage suicide, but also outlaw it (English common law termed it the crime of ''felo de se''), although the criminalization of it in Western countries (mostly for the purpose of property forfeiture) has declined (ironically, people who attempted suicide would be ''hanged'' under this principle originally). Always remember that it's best not to list any real life examples that will [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement lead to a hostile editing war.]]

!!'''As a {{Death Trope|s}}, there will be a major part of the spoilers that will be unmarked, so please tread carefully.'''



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* In ''Manga/{{Noragami}}'', Yato is disgusted by suicidal individuals. He sees them as wasting their lives, a Shinki (dead person soul turned into a weapon of god) could only have wished to live.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': Alucard is absolutely disgusted and furious when the last survivor of the [=SWAT=] team he just butchered [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled chooses to shoot himself rather than face his wrath]].

* In the first issue of ''ComicBook/XFactor'' (the post-Decimation iteration), Wolfsbane tries to talk Rictor out of killing himself by saying that it's a sin and he'll go to Hell.
* In an early issue of ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', Morpheus visits Hell and notes that the wood of suicides (where each victim is a tree) has grown from a small grove to a forest in the time since his last visit.
* There was a ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' one-shot called ''Soul of the Hunter'' in which Spidey learned from [[GrimReaper the embodiment of Death]] that he and Kraven share a spiritual bond, and that Kraven's soul cannot find the peace it craves because of Kraven's suicide; he can only be saved if Spidey agrees to fight on his behalf. At first, Spidey refuses, given [[BuriedAlive what Kraven did to him]], and Death cannot force him. However, eventually, Spidey feels a small amount of pity, and fights Kraven on the Astral Plane, defeating him and letting him rest in peace. [[spoiler:Sadly, Kraven wouldn't be allowed to rest in his grave forever; his daughter Ana and son Alyosha used a foul ritual to resurrect him as an undead being. However, according to him, he now can only die by Spider-Man's hand.]]
* In ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'', this is a deeply-ingrained belief for Cerebus. Thus, the suicide of Ham Ernestway[[note]]a not-so humorous caricature of Creator/ErnestHemingway[[/note]] rattles Cerebus to his core, mainly because he idolized Ham so much and for Ham to die by his own hand says some seriously shameful things about Cerebus in his self-estimation.
* In the final part of ''ComicBook/BruceWayneFugitive'', David Cain is locked up, broken over his estrangement with his daughter Cassandra and hasn't eaten anything for two weeks. Batman comes to him to warn him that Deadshot has been hired to kill him. After David makes it clear that he has no intention of defending himself when Deadshot comes, Batman tells him that he's either a fool or a coward. When David asks what kind of coward would face certain death without hesitation, Batman says "One who knows it's easier to die than change."
* In ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'', this is why the Gibborim reject Chase when he offers to give up his soul to them in exchange for [[spoiler:Gertrude's revival]]. They need a pure innocent soul, and apparently someone willing to kill himself doesn't qualify.

* In the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' story "Smurfed Behind: Smurfing In Heaven", Polaris Psyche tries to talk Empath out of killing himself when he fears that his fellow Smurfs may have all been killed while traveling through time, with Polaris telling him that suicide will cause him to go to Tartarus instead of Elysium, which is the Smurfs' version of heaven.

* Played with in ''Film/{{Constantine}}''. The title character has been assigned a place in Hell due to a failed suicide attempt during his childhood, a fact which he has spent his life trying to correct. At the end of the film, however, he decides to kill himself again, and [[HeroicSacrifice ends up saving the world because of it]] (the Devil comes to claim his soul personally, and [[VillainousRescue ends up dismantling the Big Bad's plan in the process]]). This, plus his negotiating with the Devil to have another damned soul (also a suicide) released from Hell, is deemed heroic enough to allow him to enter Heaven.
** It should be noted that the reason why Constantine's previous deeds were not good enough to gain entry into heaven was because they were ultimately self-serving actions, attempted bribery at best. By damning himself to negotiate for another suicide's release, he performed an actual selfless act.
* Part of the setup of ''Film/BramStokersDracula''. Vlad Dracula's fiancee, believing Vlad to be dead, killed herself. The priests declare her damned to hell because of this, which causes a grieving and distraught Vlad to renounce God and become a vampire.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''{{Film/Beetlejuice}}'': Suicides get an afterlife as a BeleagueredBureaucrat working in [[CelestialBureaucracy limbo's social services department]], depicted as being every bit as fun as a dead-end (pun intentional) job in the DMV. The woman at the front desk in the afterlife waiting room shows off [[JacobMarleyApparel her slit wrists]] as proof she made the mistake, clearly regrets it, and wouldn't have done it had she known.
* ''Film/CruelAndUnusual'': Doris is condemned as a murderer for hanging herself. The tattoo on her arm she has in the afterlife says "Ego", showing that she is her own victim (along with her family).
* In ''Film/RhymesForYoungGhouls'', Anna is given an unmarked grave because her death was by suicide. Her remains lie in an eerie, dense part of a forest cluttered with other disgraced deaths. Even so, Aila and Joseph visit and pay their respects, clearly missing her deeply, and share anger that she has been disrespected in this way.
* ''Film/TheRapture'': After [[spoiler: she kills her daughter]], Sharon can't go through with killing herself, no doubt due to the belief she'll go to hell rather than heaven.
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''Film/{{Dogma}}''. It's mentioned that once Loki and Bartleby are given a clean slate and are considered forgiven for all their sins, the heroes can't kill them or else they'll ascend to Heaven and set off TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. When Jay asks what do to if they kill themselves, Bethany replies they won't do that since the entire scheme is dependent on Catholic belief, which considers suicide sinful (see below). Turns out the pair are banking on performing SuicideByCop.

* In ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', Dante portrays the souls of the suicides as residing in the 7th circle of Hell, reserved for the violent. For carrying out violence against themselves, they have their bodies entombed in oak trees or strewn across thorny bushes and are feasted upon by demonic harpies, and for rejecting God's gifts, they will be denied the chance to regain their human forms come the Day of Judgement.
* In ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'', Lawrence is facing execution in Japan for trespassing. However, his host offers to let him perform {{Seppuku}} in order to preserve his honor (and the host's honor). Lawrence is aghast at the suggestion, since as a devout Christian and an OfficerAndAGentleman he regards suicide as a cowardly act and (more importantly) a mortal sin.
* Two examples from a collection of ballads called the ''Songs of Silesia''. The narrator's sympathy is clearly with the suicide victims, but they are judged harshly by society, and cannot be buried in the graveyard because holy soil is not for them.
** "Teacher Halfar": Halfar suffers because he wants to teach children in their native language, but it's forbidden. He goes from school to school and has no money. He hangs himself, and the poem ends with a sarcastic statement that he has finally found a position-a suicide's grave.
** "Marycka Magdonova" tells a tragic story about a girl whose parents die and she has to take care of her younger siblings. They are poor, hungry and freezing. Marycka goes to steal some wood but she gets caught. She's ashamed to be seen and embarrassed by people, so she breaks free from the policeman and jumps from a rock. The ballad ends with describing her grave behind the graveyard wall "without crosses, without flowers".
* In ''Literature/MyAntonia'', Antonia's father shoots himself because he was too homesick and couldn't bear the hard life. The Shimerdas are Catholic while other families in the neighborhood are mostly Protestants. Jim's grandparents are sympathetic to the poor family and another Catholic explains to them that for the Shimerdas, the suicide is a terrible blow with an extra layer of suffering.
* One of the interviews in ''Literature/{{World War Z}}'' is from a German soldier. He was forced by his commanding officer to leave civilians and other soldiers behind to die as part of their version of the Redeker Plan, a world-saving but hideously amoral survival strategy. The soldier later confronted the officer, intending to kill him, but the officer kills himself first. The soldier hates him even more, saying he killed himself to avoid the guilt of what he'd ordered and the hard times ahead.
* As seen in the page quote, G.K. Chesterton argued in his book ''Orthodoxy'' that suicide was exactly as wrong as the annihilation of the universe, since they're the same thing from the perspective of the one doing it. A suicide, he argues, has insulted every bird in the heavens and every leaf on the trees by declaring it unworthy of living for. Interestingly, there are hints in his works that he'd considered suicide himself in his pre-Christian days.
* In ''Literature/ChroniclesOfNick'', Nekoda gives a long speech in order to dissuade [[spoiler: Nick]] about how suicide is for cowards. He [[spoiler: doesn't]] when he realizes [[spoiler: what it would do to his mother.]]
* ''Literature/ConfessionsOfFelixKrull'' is set during the [[TheEdwardianEra Fin de siècle]] when this attitude was very much the prevailing one and suicide was considered a sin. So the suicide of Felix' father is disguised as a gun-handling accident by the family. At the muster scene, when he pretends to be over-excited Felix Krull goes on and on that "the shooting-thing went off by itself" and that he can provide documentary proof and witnesses that his father had a church funeral.
* Subverted in one of the side stories of Alex Flinn's ''Bewitching''. [[spoiler:At the end of the mermaid's tale, she commits suicide via gassing herself with the stove out of despair that she gave up her life for a man who never loved her. When the angels show up to decide whether or not she should be taken to heaven, they note that suicide means that she shouldn't be let in, but {{handwave}} it by saying that since she was clearly fumbling with the stove, they'll just say it was an accident. The implication is that the angels feel sorry for what the mermaid already went through and feels she deserves heaven anyway.]]
* In ''Literature/AFineAndPrivatePlace'', as a result of the finding that [[spoiler:Michael committed suicide rather than being murdered]], [[spoiler:his]] body is removed from the cemetary to unhallowed ground, splitting this couple up.

* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Ethics" and ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episodes "Sons of Mogh" and "Children of Time" Klingons' ideas on suicide are discussed. They believe in this trope, except in certain circumstances like paralysis, or loss of honor. They will request the help of another person to end their life if unable (due to paralysis, say).
* In the ''Series/CSICrimeSceneInvestigation'' episode "Who Shot Sherlock?", Greg cites the possibility that a relative of the deceased covered up a suicide as a possible explanation for contradictory evidence at the crime scene. In an odd twist [[spoiler: it turns out to be a murder staged to look like a suicide which was staged to look like a murder because of this trope.]]
* In ''Series/TwentyFour'', Day 3 a devout Catholic CTU agent is dying from a painful [[BiologicalWeapon virus attack]]. One of his CTU friends offers him a quick and painless poison to take so he'll go easy, but he refuses on the grounds that suicide is a sin and he'll go to Hell. He dies in agony instead.
* Present in an episode of ''Series/{{Cadfael}}'', in accordance with the medieval Catholic view on it. Cadfael believes that a young woman was a murder victim and thus should be given a Christian burial. It turns out that she really was DrivenToSuicide because the local priest was an asshole about her being pregnant out of wedlock and she remains in her plain grave... but Cadfael puts a small cross on it anyway. It's a noticeably darker change from the novel where the villagers agreed that it didn't matter and gave her a proper burial anyway.
* {{Subverted}} towards the end of season 2 of ''Series/WaterlooRoad'': teacher Lorna Dickie has taken her own life because she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and a creationist who is trying to take over the school by funding a CorruptCorporateExecutive's bid to upgrade it to an academy tries to hijack her memorial service and condemn her suicide as a sin, but deputy head teacher Andrew Treneman steps up to challenge the creationist's views, even going so far as to challenge God to strike him down.
* On ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' Debra, thinking [[spoiler:the Skinner]] jumped to his death to avoid arrest, says he 'took the chickeny way out'.
* On ''Series/BreakingBad'', Hank and Marie suggest that Walt has two honorable alternatives: [[spoiler:turn himself in, or kill himself.]] Both would be seen as ''extremely'' dishonorable and unmanly by other groups.
* On ''Series/TheDeadZone'', Johnny's ability reveals that there was more to his grandmother's death than was officially reported, and Reverend Purdy was involved. His grandmother was so distraught over Johnny's coma that she killed herself. Purdy, who had unrequited feelings for her, discovered her body and covered up her suicide to protect her reputation.
* In ''Series/MondayMornings'', one patient of the week is brought badly hurt, and everybody assumes he was a jumper because a witness reported he had seen him fall from a roof. The team are reluctant to treat him, feeling he just sucks money from the system; they might cure him, but he would soon try to kill himself again. He might end up an organ donor but they actually need organs for him. The team's attitude changes when they find out that he had been pushed. Dr. Hooten, their boss, is extremely harsh on them later, because suicidal people are and should be considered ill, not losers unwilling to live.
* ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'': The Sisters of the Light believe suicide is an offense to the Creator. Thus the Prelate claims she covered up a Sister's apparent suicide to save her reputation (it turns out that she was [[NeverSuicide actually murdered]]).
* Played with in ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', where [[spoiler:Thomas's]] suicide attempt seems to be viewed as shameful by the more old-fashioned Carson but treated with sympathy by the rest of the cast.

* The narrative of Sara Evans' "Bible Song" focuses on a suicide, and questions how the dead man's widow can explain "the sorry thing Daddy did" to their children.

* There are many religions which state that suicide is a sinful act that will condemn the person to eternal damnation in Hell for the main reason being that only God Himself is allowed to take one's life away. According to the Catholic teaching, suicide is viewed as self-murder, a truly [[MoralEventHorizon unforgivable sin]] because the person who has done it is not alive anymore to be forgiven afterward. That said, quoting from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, sec. 2283: "We should not despair of the eternal salvation of persons who have taken their own lives." This is because the Church now recognizes that many people are not in their right mind at the time (for instance due to depression). Some have also speculated that it is possible to ask forgiveness before dying from suicide as well (since one does not always die instantly). Culturally the very use of the words "committed suicide" reflects this view, since it is also used for the phrase "committed murder".
* There are some cultures that actually {{avert|edTrope}} this trope, and present it as honorable:
** In some cultures (like Japanese or Roman) suicide was seen as a courageous act, and in some cases such as after being publicly humiliated/ashamed, [[ForgivenessRequiresDeath it was seen as the only way to recover one's honor.]]
** In Mayan Culture, it was believed those who killed themselves went directly to heaven. They even had a Goddess dedicated to that theme (Ixtab). It must also be noted they had other different gods for regular death and ritual death (Ah Puch) and one for violent deaths and human sacrifices (Manik).
** In the Aztec Culture, if a woman became a widow, she could kill herself and the state would take care of her children. This was seen not as cowardice, but as a noble sacrifice she made for the good of her children.
* Contrary to what it might seem, Islam completely forbids suicide. In hell, a suicide is punished with [[IronicHell inflicting the same act on themselves forever]], being restored and repeating it after each time. The Quranic verses make no exceptions on this (also reflected in hadiths), and thus most Islamic scholars include suicide bombings. Martyrdom applies only to sacrificing one's life while fighting for Islam at ''other's'' hands, either in battle or elsewhere. This is NewerThanTheyThink, with the first recorded Islamic suicide bombings dating from 1983.
** It is permissible to do something that will most probably result in death (e.g. attacking enemies of much greater strength), but that differs from killing oneself. The Islamic scholars who defend suicide bombings deny they are suicide, but instead call them "self-sacrifice." It is clear that deliberately detonating an explosive that the person has placed on their body or nearby to kill others cannot be called anything except suicide though (and murder, in most cases). Apologists for these acts claim they are also different because of the motives, but the Quran has made no exceptions for that as mentioned above. It is their tactical utility that has now made suicide bombings popular with terrorist organizations. By the Quranic evidence, those who commit these acts are condemned.
** It is a slander on genuine martyrs to call these acts "martyrdom operations" which in reality are suicide (and indeed, generally murder). It can be contrasted with acts like attacking without wearing armor, or in which there is next to no chance of escape. Even some terrorist groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba ([=LeT=]) make this distinction. Though [=LeT=] also lionizes martyrs and kills civilians, it does not support suicide attacks. Though its members will fight to the death, they escape if possible. The act of suicide cannot be justified even with supposedly good intentions according to ''sharia'', Islamic law.
** People who commit these acts in war are called "muharibun", or "enemies of society", something that includes war crimes and piracy, analogous to the modern "terrorist". The Muslim scholar Robert D. Crane has suggested "haribah" (the singular term for the acts described above) in place of "jihad" when referring to these acts, as this refers to legitimate warfare or the struggle to become a better Muslim. Using "jihad" in reference to such acts, as terrorists do, is also slanderous.

* ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'':
** A subplot of the play involved trying to decide if [[TheOphelia Ophelia]] drowned herself on purpose or not. If it were to be determined a suicide, she would have not been allowed Christian burial rites, which according to the belief of the characters would have denied her soul entry to heaven.
*** Interestingly, Ophelia's burial scene implies that Shakespeare himself did not agree with this view; the priest who buries her does so with the absolute minimum of rites and openly tells her grieving brother that he only did that much because he was ordered to bury the noble-born Ophelia by the king and [[KickTheDog "for charitable prayers/ Shards, flints, and pebbles should be thrown on her"]]. The brother retorts "I tell thee, churlish priest/ A ministering angel shall my sister be/ When thou liest howling". The priest does not get to reply, allowing this condemnation of the Church's NoSympathy attitude to suicides to be the last word on the subject.
** There is also Hamlet's famous "To Be or Not to Be" soliloquy, which is about how he would kill himself if he weren't afraid it would damn his soul.

* In ''VideoGame/{{Arcanum}}'', the elves of Qintarra are horrified by a member of their community killing themselves, believing it to be an abomination against nature that will deny his soul any chance of reincarnation.
* In ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 4: VideoGame/ModernWarfare'', using the "Last Stand" perk allows you to survive otherwise-fatal hits by getting knocked down, where you can only use your pistol and die in either a single shot or after ten seconds. Holding the Use button to skip it and get to respawning is labeled the "Coward's Way Out".
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', you can take a pill to kill yourself should you get stuck. If done in multiplayer, the game will announce that you "took the easy way out."
* Implied in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'''s ''Shivering Isles'' expansion, which has a location called the Hill of Suicides haunted by the souls of several [=NPCs=]. Another character in the Isles suffers from suicidal depression, but is terrified of his soul ending up on the Hill, so he decides to try some LoopholeAbuse [[ICannotSelfTerminate by hiring you to kill him]].
* In ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings'', suicide generates a huge opinion penalty from every single other character in the game. This obviously wouldn't matter, except that half of such penalties are then applied against the character's successor, so the player's next character will have to deal with the stigma of their predecessor (usually father) committing suicide. This makes it much harder to use suicide as a tactical way to manipulate truces and inheritance law and stuff.

* In ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'', suicides go to hell. On average they seem to have an easier time earning {{reincarnation}} than most others damned though.
* In ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'', Davan tries to insult his friend Scotty out of his overdose-induced coma. Scotty flatlined. At the open casket funeral, Davan is so furious that Scotty killed himself instead of coming to his friends and family with his problems that he ''throttles Scotty's corpse''.
* In a side comic of ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' it's revealed that Matilda was banished from her tribe because she supposedly killed her brother. In reality, her brother had committed suicide and she covered it up by claiming she had killed him to hide the shame.