"Now that the smoke's gone And the air is all clear Those who were right there Had a new kind of fear"
—Filter, "Hey Man Nice Shot"
There are lots of ways to do yourself in: jump off a bridge, hanging, stick your head in the oven. One popular method in Hollywood is to wrap your lips around the barrel of your favorite firearm, and pull the trigger. One obvious reason for this: not a lot of room for error. Of course, some people still screw it up.
Someone who wants to give you the chance to do this will Leave Behind a Pistol and no, it doesn't mean edible firearms.
As a Death Trope, the major part of the spoilers will be unmarked. Beware.
A seriously traumatised Roy Mustang is crying Tears of Remorse as he gets ready to do this, and has to be stopped by his partner Hughes from going through it after killing Winry Rockbell's parents, Sara and Urey, under orders of the higher-ups.
He also tried to commit suicide in the other continuities (manga and Brotherhood), though for different reasons. He is stopped too by Dr. Marcoh.
In Serial Experiments Lain, a guy (using the drug Accela) at the club Cyberia kills himself this way... seemingly because Lain freaked him out somehow.
In Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure's fifth part, Polpo is actually tricked into doing this by Giorno to avenge an innocent man's death. He leaves a banana for Polpo to enjoy, which he proceeds to do. Thing is, the banana is actually a pistol that Gold Experience transfigured. As Polpo peels the "banana"...
Also in Preacher, Jesse at one point tells a gun-toting pedophile midget thug to "eat his gun" using his Compelling Voice... and the guy starts chewing on the gunmetal. By the time the cops show up, he was bleeding heavily from his mouth...
After Arseface becomes a famous musician, several of his fans try to emulate him by mutilating themselves with shotguns and wind up dead.
Sergei Kravinoff committed suicide this way in Kraven's Last Hunt, letting us know that he meant it when he told Spider-Man he (Kravinoff) was giving up the hunt for good.
Mysterio killed himself this way after finding that Dare Devil would not kill him for the death of Karen Page (He also references Kraven's suicide beforehand). He came back but with half of his head missing.
In The Goon, Buzzard attempts this after being mind screwed by the bad guy. Being an immortal "Reverse-Zombie", he got better.
The cover of one of The Punisher issues shows a POV shot of Frank holding a handgun pointed at his own mouth.
Jeong Jeong in Avatar: The Last Airbender Revised, due to a combination of Survivor Guilt and regret for the lives that he and his fellows had ruined during the war.
Many examples are present in the Mass Effect series, The Council Era, with the most prominent being former krogan overlord Kurvok, following his forced retirement at the hands of his assistant, Halak Marr.
Mass Effect Human Revolution: Fist, when caught between C-Sec and Shadow Broker mercenaries. Justified as he really would be in for a worse death had the Shadow Broker caught him.
Fallout: Equestria - Project Horizons: Blackjack attempts this at one point, only to realize that she left the safety on. She turns it off and tries again, but this time one of Watcher's Spritebots spots her and he manages to talk her down.
Illustrating this page is Private Pyle in Full Metal Jacket, who kills himself this way after shooting Sgt. Hartman.
In The Film of the Book of V for Vendetta, one of the men involved in Lark Hill is said to have killed himself in this manner. Finch's exact words are "[He] gave his Beretta a blowjob."
Shaun in Shaun of the Dead briefly considers this when trapped in the basement with his girlfriend and best friend and outside a few dozen zombies are trying to break in.
Subverted in Adams Rib. Adam puts a gun he had trained on his wife and the man who was in love with her in his mouth... and quite literally takes a bite out of it, revealing that it's made of licorice.
In Titanic, it's mentioned that Caladon Hockley, Rose's asshole fiance played by Billy Zane ended up killing himself this way when the Great Depression drove him into the poor-house.
The character "Kid" kills himself this way in Land of the Dead after being bitten and infected; in Day of the Dead, another character does the same so he won't have to suffer the pain of being eaten alive.
In Michael Ritchie's Smile, Nicholas Pryor's character, at the end of his rope, has a pistol to his mouth when his wife smirks "Oh, that's right, take the easy way out!" He stops to consider the cause of his condition... and turns the gun on her.
Downfall has loads of Nazis shooting themselves in the mouth rather than surrender. Downfall was also realistic in this regard as many of the Nazi leadership chose to go out this way when it became obvious they were doomed to either capture by the Allies or bloody revenge by the Russians.
The movie also included a scene where Hitler jokingly advises his secretaries on why eating your gun is the correct method for committing suicide (shooting yourself in the side of the head is tricky, as you are likely to miss any vital spots in the brain.)
In the only memorable scene in Species II that didn't involve sex, an astronaut blows his brains out with a shotgun once he realizes he is carrying The Virus. Unfortunately, he doesn't get off that easily, and his head simply regrows from the jaw up, with the alien taking full control.
Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon contemplates this form of suicide early on in the movie, but can't follow through. He even has a special hollow-point bullet to make sure his brain is sufficiently damaged. But when he's partnered up with Roger Murtaugh, the latter is so exasperated with Riggs' Death Seeker attitude (which he believes is just a bluff) that he offers him his own revolver to do himself in —and Riggs promptly presses the barrel to the underside of his throat. Then he moves it to his mouth, because the other position still allowed for error, and very nearly fires until Murtaugh realizes he's not bluffing.
Robin Williams's character in Father's Day has the gun in his mouth and is trying to summon the courage to pull the trigger when he gets the call informing him that his son (who he'd been unaware of and isn't really his son) is missing. What follows is a very funny sequence where he holds the conversation, gun still in mouth.
In Creepshow one Jordy Verrill enjoys a breakfast of buckshot after a significant portion of his body is consumed by an alien moss.
Shock To The System, the second Donald Strachey movie, features Donald breaking down as he tells his husband Tim about how his former lover Kyle did this after Kyle and Don were discharged from the Army after their relationship was discovered.
In A Few Good Men, Matthew Markinson "got into full dress uniform, stood in the middle of that room, drew a nickel-plated pistol from his holster, and fired a bullet into his mouth."
Prisoners: One of the suspects Detective Loki interrogates steals his gun and commits suicide this way.
Tommy Wiseau's The Room had main character Johnny go out this way after he found out about his fiancee's affair. Of course, this is after his wimpy rage against his home.
The Crying Game. Dil wants to kill Fergus, but her dead lover "won't let her", so instead, she turns the gun on herself. Fergus tenderly removes the gun from her mouth and stops her from committing suicide.
Jack D. Ripper in Dr. Strangelove goes into a bathroom, and then shoots himself when his base is captured.
Reportedly, David Cronenberg considered having Martin Sheen's character do this in The Dead Zone, but decided that the gun in the mouth was a cliché, and it was more in character for Sheen to put the gun under his chin and shoot upward. He's the kind of character to go out with his chin up.
William H. Macy's character does this in Boogie Nights after murdering his repeatedly-unfaithful wife.
Halfway through the Stephen King film Riding the Bullet this is revealed to be how Alan Parker's father actually died.
In The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) remake, a hitchhiker kills herself this way shortly after joining the group, because she had been kidnapped by the Hewitt family and presumably raped among other things.
In Push Carver "pushes" Mac into doing this. Kira "pushes" Carver into doing the same thing.
"Put the gun in your mouth. Pull the trigger."
Peter in Vampire's Kiss tries to do this to himself after raping Alva but only eats gunpowder because the gun ran out of blanks.
In Eraser James Cromwell's character does this after realizing that the feds have just recorded his confession of treason on video. There's a brief moment when he takes out his gun that the witness thinks he's about to shoot her before he turns the gun on himself.
In one of the final scenes of the German war film Stalingrad, this is how Otto kills himself.
In Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, a character attempts this. What the results turn him into get him the nickname "Bag Man".
In I, Jedi it's mentioned that the husband of one of the Big Bads suffered some kind of stroke or fit and was paralyzed. He worked for months at physical therapy until he regained the use of his hands - which one character muses must have been a goal of his, because he immediately performed this trope with a blaster.
In Harry Turtledove's Timeline-191, Hippolito Rodriguez is able to rationalize his work as a death-camp guard for a long time, until a few questions from an elderly inmate he's grown to like force him to realize he is involved in genocide. He performs this trope because he can't live with that knowledge. Turtledove also mentions other guards "eating their guns"
He Who Would Sing at the end of Dreamspeaker.
Larry Lipinski in the 5th Stephanie Plum novel dispatches himself this way after shooting his co-worker to death.
In Breakfast of Champions, Dwayne Hoover contemplates doing this, but takes the gun out of his mouth and turns it on his bathroom instead.
Discussed in Cryptonomicon: a World War II special forces unit, members of whom know too much to allow themselves to be captured, receives instruction in the correct way to blow your head off with your general issue sidearm. It's the point where one of the characters, who has led a pretty weird life up to that point, realises just how much weirder things are going to get in this new assignment.
"You would be astonished at how many otherwise competent chaps botch this apparently simple procedure."
This is how George McIntyre dies in the first Red Dwarf novel. Subverted as he wasn't trying to kill himself, he was simply bored and put the gun in his mouth thinking "it probably isn't even loaded."
Carrera's Legions: In A Desert Called Peace, one of the Sumeri soldiers guarding Hill 1647 used his rifle to redecorate the back of his skull, in the continual artillery bombardment of the hill by the Legion.
Frobisher in Cloud Atlas, in what might be one of the cruellest Wham Line moments in literary history.
HÔTEL MEMLING, BRUGES
QUARTER PAST FOUR IN THE MORNING, 12TH—XII—1931
Shot myself through the roof of my mouth at five A.M. this morning with VA.’s Luger.
Boomer attempts it in "Kobol's Last Gleaming". Doesn't quite work because 1) she's a Cylon sleeper agent and it was against her programming, and 2) she screwed everything else she ever tried up, so blowing a suicide attempt was just par for the course for her.
Brother John Cavil, ostensibly the leader of the (evil) Cylons, does it in response to his last hope of regaining Resurrection going straight down the shitter. To his credit, he managed to turn it into a spiteful "frak you" to everyone still alive on Galactica and theCrowning Moment of Funny for the finale.
A minor character in Reno 911! threatens to do this, almost by name.
"Did you ever hear the story of 'Reading Ron eats a gun'?!"
When one of President Bush's speeches was causing major mood swings, Stephen Colbert reacted to one of the bad-news parts by replacing the cigar in his mouth with a gun barrel.
On another show, he juggles around his three favorite "American" things — an American flag, a hotdog, and a hand gun — around and eventually ends up holding his hotdog in his gun hand and chewing on the pistol.
A third show featured a Formidable Opponent sketch where neither of his sides refused to back down. Both of them then pointed guns at the other, which culminated in Blue-tie Colbert sticking Red-tie Colbert's gun in his mouth.
Oz, When a white inmate is being bullied by a trio of black inmates, another prisoner sneaks him a pistol. When he's picked on again, he shoots two of the inmates, another random inmate, and a Corrections Officer. When the sort team, armed with guns and riot shields, corner the inmate, he realizes his chances and deep throats his handgun.
Jim Moriaty appears to have killed himself this way at the end of The Reichenbach Fall, though many fans believe otherwise.
Occasionally turns up in Law & Order. In one notable episode, D.A. Schiff discovers that a judge in a murder case, who was a friend of his, was bought by the defendant's family to avoid conviction. At the end of the episode, Schiff somberly announces that the judge "ate his gun". On two other occasions, convicted police officers chose this way out. One in lieu of life in jail for murder and corruption, the other out of guilt for having shot an unarmed youth in a panic, and then planting a gun on the body to try and justify the shooting.
Kirby does this at the end of the Masters Of Horror episode "Cigarette Burns" under the effects of an Artifact of Death, while looking at a hallucination of his dead girlfriend.
A literal example in the old George Reeves The Adventures of Superman serial. A clown was coming up with a new routine wherein he was a hero. He handed the prop gun to Clark Kent and explained there was no need to be bulletproof: his superpower was that he would just eat the gun. And he took a bite out of it to show everyone. Evidently, it was delicious.
Big Chubby in My Name Is Earl would often scare people with a gun, which turned out to be a squirt-gun filled with vodka. One night, he wanted to squirt a shot of vodka in his mouth, but mixed up his guns.
Anthony Finelli, Gabe's 7-year old brother, does this by accident offscreen on Six Feet Under, killing himself instantly and leaving his body for Gabe and his friend (who were smoking pot at the time) to find in his mother's room.
Brad Bellick is about to do this in Prison Break after getting fired from Fox River Penitentiary due to the titular event. He locks himself in his room and is about to eat the gun, when his mother mentions that a large reward has been announced for the escapees. He changes his mind.
Sheriff: "It's funny, your uncle never mentioning the Bowden's problem... or that Joey Bloggs ate his own gun about eight months back."
Mal: "Did he?"
Sheriff: "Yep. Blew the back of his head clean off."
Mal: "So... would *his* job be open?"
Danger 5. A Running Gag in "I Danced for Hitler". The French Resistance shoot themselves in depression over the Eiffel Tower being stolen, while a Death Glare from Dr Goebbels is enough to make his minions blow their brains out whenever one of them stuffs up during Hitler's birthday celebrations.
The page quote, which is from Filter's Hey Man Nice Shot, about the Real Life on-camera suicide of politician Bud Dwyer.
The end of the music video to Disturbed's "Inside The Fire" has the subject (the lead singer) do this with a rifle.
Ludo's Save Our City has the mayor do this in desperation when the last vestige of humanity (his to protect) is almost certainly going to fall to the zombies:
"With a flash like the sun, his lips are unwrapped from the barrel of his gun..."
The phrase is actually mentioned in the last verse of the Blue Oyster Cult song, "Monsters". Poor Joe.
Firewater's "Hold On, Slow John" includes the line:
You'll never get used to the taste of a gun.
"Albert Goes West", by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, is about various characters traveling to across America. One of them "ended up in a bungalow sucking a revolver".
Off the same album, "We Call Upon The Author To Explain" has a line about the poet John Berryman, who "went the Heming way". Both Berryman and Hemingway died of this trope.
Implied in The Final by Dir En Grey in its original PV, where the protagonist, upon finding his family murdered, is implied to commit suicide in this manner.
On his posthumously released final album, Rant In E Minor, Bill Hicks does a bit about Jay Leno killing himself this way on The Tonight Show after a particularly soul-crushing interview with Joey Laurence.
Australian comedy trio Tripod. Yon does this during their one performances in 'Live At Woodford', using his hand as a gun. Some random mook starts yelling, "Do it!"
Moritz in Spring Awakening does this; it is known amongst fans to be the point in the show when regular audience members who have no knowledge of the plot gasp as Moritz does this rather abruptly after his infamous "So dark..." speech. It then fades into his funeral, with the equally sob-worthy "Left Behind".
In A Streetcar Named Desire, this was how Blanche's husband killed himself after she confronted him over his homosexuality.
Hedda Gabler shoots herself this way (as opposed to a shot in the temple) in some productions.
Charlie attempts this at the end of 25 Saints, only to find that his gun is empty, so he sets himself on fire instead.
In VGCats, the evil storekeeper does this after Ternaldo had spent several hours harassing the storekeeper and his customers about his obsession on his card game. It was probably the lame pun that tips him over the edge.
Solid Snake does this if you wait too long at the title screen of Metal Gear Solid 4. Why he would do it takes the whole game to explain.
In System Shock 2, someone ended his life that way with the shotgun, considering the position of the gun on the body.
Agent Stone of Twisted Metal: Black tries to do this during his backstory, but the gun is empty.
There's a corpse in an armchair in Half-Life 2 Episode 2, with a shotgun on the ground and a large splat on the wall. Your Vortigaunt partner even comments on it.
Also seen in the original Half-Life 2: if you hop the broken fence across the street from the gas station in Highway 17, there's a corpse close to a large splotch of blood, and a .357 revolver on the ground not too far from it.
Jackie Estacado does this to himself in The Darkness after seeing Jenny get killed by his uncle.
In Shadow Warrior, if the basic mooks spend long enough shooting at the player character to no effect, they'll feel so dishonored by their failure they'll put the barrel of their Uzi in their mouth and blow half their skull off.
Parodied when Cartman, thinking he's lost his sense of humor, appears to be writing a suicide note, and puts the barrel of a gun in his mouth, then takes a bite out of it, and adds a P.S. to his mom to buy more chocolate guns (marshmallow, not peanut butter).
In "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset," Paris Hilton's pet dog kills itself this way.
Another example is in the episode "Le Petit Tourette"; this was after an ambushee on Chris Hansen's Dateline NBC segment "To Catch A Predator" committed suicide this way, and at the end of the episode, perverts keep showing up at a taping of his new special, then killing themselves this way when they find out it's him.
Played for laughs in an episode when a scientist shoots himself in the face to prevent from being attacked and joined by the homeless. No matter how many times he shoots himself, he just doesn't die.
Butters is told to do this by a meme-hating teacher in "Faith Hilling". He ends up frozen in his seat with the gun in his mouth for nearly the entire episode's length.