A character is about to commit suicide
and is stopped by somebody else Just in Time
, sometimes thanks to the suicide note
. Especially with bridges and building ledges. You can expect the Interrupter to be Talking Down the Suicidal
, but not always.
Regularly subverted: Any character standing on a ledge is mistaken for a jumper. Another subversion, rather more cruel, is when somebody else shows up Just in Time
... but fails
to prevent the suicide, and has to witness it instead.
Compare Bungled Suicide
, where the suicidee succeeds in carrying out the deed... but doesn't die. Compare Happily Failed Suicide
, where the suicidee is happy
that they failed or were interrupted.
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- Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, of course. Kafuka tries to stop him every time, but does something to make it worse (i.e. trying to pull him down as he hangs himself, or accidentally pushing him over as he tries to jump in front of a train). Nozomu quickly recovers and screams "What if I died!?"
- At the end of episode 11, Nozomu takes out a noose to attempt to hang himself, but is hit by a runaway trolley before he can do so. This is never mentioned again.
- Also in the third episode, Nozomu saves Kaede from jumping off the roof just in the nick of time. Not because he's particularly worried for her safety, but because he's already pinned the roof for his suicide spot and doesn't want anyone stealing his thunder.
- Now and Then, Here and There: Main character Shu attempts to stop depressed Sarah from drowning herself, but he only makes her hurry up, forcing him to dive in and save her himself.
- In the 2003 anime version, after killing Winry's parents, Colonel Mustang, in shock, put his gun under his chin. Tim Marcoh talked him down from it.
- In Naruto, Gaara attempted to slash his own wrists as a child, but was blocked by his own sand barrier. This is after a classic example of a Dark and Troubled Past, since while he had never actually been injured due to said sand barrier and was was only half-halfheartedly trying out of curiosity, the fact that a child would casually try something like that is still rather indicative of Gaara's state of mind.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, naturally, does this in an extreme way, with Simon and Kinon becoming the first humans to jump through hyperspace to arrive in the nick of time to stop Rossiu from committing suicide (with a flying punch to the face).
- The final episode of Gravitation the anime Shuichi arrives just in time to keep Yuki from committing suicide. Keeping up with the spirit of Mood Whiplash of the series, Shuichi is wearing a dog suit as he bursts through the wall just as Yuki is about to shoot himself
- Flame of Recca has a flashback in which an orphaned Kaoru tries to off himself, but is stopped by Kurei, which explains why he's a member of the Uruha.
- Uigher has been stopped from suicide in Haré+Guu. It is played for laughs, partly due to his Attention Whore nature.
- Nanette in the second season of Victorian Romance Emma: after being discovered to have stolen a fan from the mistress of the house and being fired as a result, she dashes out to drink something lethal and is stopped by Emma. Later in the same season there is a slight subversion, Emma is contemplating the sea and walking toward it leading Hans to assume that she is about to kill herself which was not the case.
- Subverted in Hasoda's The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, where the main character tries to jump out of her bedroom window, but is stopped by her concerned little sister. The thing is, she wasn't trying to kill herself; she was trying to time-leap, and hadn't quite figured out how to do it properly.
- Played for some combination of laughs and drama in Welcome to the NHK twice: first, Misaki tries jumping off a cliff where her mom killed herself years ago but Satou catches her in rather humiliating way. Then, he jumps off the same cliff himself, realizing how pathetic his life is, only to fall onto a protective grid below that was installed because Misaki's mom died there. Can it get any more humiliating than that?
- An earlier episode also has Satou get caught up in an online suicide pact with his upperclassman, Hitomi. Her boyfriend, Misaki and Yamazaki all rush into the meeting place to save him.
- Used in Tokyo Godfathers. As two characters are walking over a bridge, and one is actually contemplating suicide — dramatically opining about how he'll "take off my shoes, climb onto the railing, and be at peace"... we see a woman taking off her shoes and clambering onto the railing. Fortunately, Hana and Miyuki do a rapid-fire double-take and stop her in time. And the plot thickens!
- Reina Ryuuguu tried to commit suicide by slitting her wrists in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. She was interrupted by "Oyashiro-sama" which was really Hanyuu in ghost form. This is a part of her back story, so it happens in all worlds.
- In the manga, and presumably sound novels, she slits open her neck.
- Misa Amane in Death Note. Tries to bite her tongue off because Rem won't kill her, but Watari gags her just before she can do it. She eventually kills herself - in the anime, via throwing herself off a building.
- Unknown to the people who only watch the anime of Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, Yamamoto, Mr. Nice Guy, almost commits suicide. This was due to some bad advise that he broke his arm over, and he in suit thought that his career as a baseball player was over. So he moseyed on over to the edge of the school rooftop and prepared to jump, and he was dead serious about it. With an audience of students trying to cajole him out of it, the only voice he listened to was Tsuna's. He ended up falling due to bad construction of a gate. Don't worry, Tsuna Saved Him.
- At one point during Monster, Tenma desperately tries to talk Nina out of shooting herself.
- There was another time when Dieter found out that the local children had been talked by Johan into playing a certain game. The "game" involves two children walking toward each other along the edge of a roof until one of them falls. The boy challenging Dieter had already lost at least once, but keeps playing after surviving the fall.
- In King of Thorn, twin sisters Kasumi and Shizuku contracted the deadly disease Medusa. Kasumi was selected by lottery to be turned into a Human Popsicle until a cure was found; Shizuku was not. Kasumi attempted to kill herself so that Shizuku could take her place, but Shizuku interrupted her and demanded that she live on.
- Later on, Kasumi tries to throw herself off a high ledge when she sees what Shizuku has become due to Medusa, thinking that she'll be with Marco and her suicide will help Shizuku. She's stopped by Zeus physically restraining her with his wire... hand.... thing.
- This happens several times in Rurouni Kenshin. Most notably, when Megumi is first introduced and wants to kill herself to make up for all the lives she took with her opium of death.
- This happens on more than a few occasions in Code Geass with Suzaku. Especially when Lelouch uses Geass to command him to live, thus eternally preventing Suzaku from allowing himself to die. Which is something he desperately wants to do.
- Following the Black Knights' betrayal, Lelouch tries to off himself by sealing himself with his father inside the Sword of Akasha. Said attempt is interrupted when C. C. and Marianne show up, prompting the activation of the Ragnarok connection. This, being too much for him to stomach, compels Lelouch to disrupt said plan and have his parents erased from existence. The aftermath leaves everyone, Lelouch included, back outside the now inactive Sword of Akasha, and forcing Lelouch to continue on for the time being.
- In Jiraishin , the protagonist interrupted a girl named Azusa as she was about to jump off a roof and told her that if she was going to commit suicide, jumping was rude and she should starve herself. She was going to jump anyway, but he grabbed her and stopped her. Later, she went to prison and starved herself to death.
- Happens in episode 2 of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, where Mami saves a woman brainwashed by a Witch from jumping off the building.
- There's another example in episode 4 when Madoka comes across an entire group of brainwashed people, including her friend Hitomi. She throws away the implements Hitomi tried to use to kill herself and saves her, but then she's captured by the daily Witch...
- The protagonist of Life has to jump in front of a train to save her friend from killing herself after her boyfriend tried to kill himself. However since later that "friend" is shown to be an extremely Manipulative Bitch Jerk Ass who loves to toy with her and hates her boyfriend, it's possible she was toying with her... Though it's implied she didn't become that way until she started hanging around with the wrong crowd.
- Afterschool Charisma: Mr. Kuroe states that the reason Mozart survived is because Shiro and Hitler showed up on time.
- Happens to Nanaka in Myself ; Yourself. There's no suicide note or any other message, but Sana figures out what's going on just in time because he tried to do the same thing several years earlier.
- In the Oniisama e... anime, Aya Misaki, after her swift and brutal Break the Haughty process. Until then, she was the Alpha Bitch who tormented Mariko and Nanako because she didn't get her place at the Sorority. But then she was attacked by Mariko in public after repeteadly pressing her Berserk Button, went Taking the Heat for her friends Miyuki and Megumi, and once this was done she decided to walk into the sea and let herself drown. But Nanako and Tomoko stopped her via dragging her back to the shore, then Mariko put the cherry on top by giving her a You Are Not Alone speech, and this culminates in Aya's Heel-Face Turn.
- Revolutionary Girl Utena: In episode 37 Anthy tries to kill herself by jumping off of a building but Utena saves her.
- You're Under Arrest!: the team use their unique skills to talk down a jumper, then to save both her and their team-mate as the rescue equipment fails... all while under the eyes of an inspector who was on the verge of giving the entire station a dreadful write-up for inefficiency and sloppy behaviour.
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: In every world, Rena attempts to slit her wrists (in the Visual Novel, it was her neck instead) after her parents' stressful divorce, Attempted Rape on her, and subsequent rampage in her school. She does inflict mortal wounds, her father caught her before she bled out.
- Also, similar to the Death Note example above, Rika tries to bite off her tongue to escape being killed by Takano in the Final Arc, only to be gagged from behind before she can do it.
- In One Piece, Robin resigned herself to her fate as the Royal Tomb crumbles around her. However Luffy unexpectedly rescues both King Cobra and Robin. When she protests that she wants to die, Luffy tells her he's going to rescue her anyways and if she still feels that way after, then she can do it after he rescues her. Luffy's action gave Robin the will to live and to perform a Heel-Face Turn as she joins the Straw Hats.
- In Digimon Tamers Jeri, after sustaining weeks of Mind Rape by the D-Reaper, tries to use her puppet to strangle herself to just make the pain stop. Thankfully Calumon shows up and reminds her that she is not alone. You know, for kids!
- Happens twice on the same day in Ilegenes Kokuyou No Kiseki: The first time, Fon is alone in his room and attempts to strangle himself with his necktie. His roommate Jacques hears him in the middle of it and goes into the room to see if he's okay, whereupon he quickly pretends he's having one of his usual coughing fits. However, Jacques sees the marks on his neck and finishes work early that day out of worry. He eventually finds Fon standing on the roof, about to jump, and stops him Just in Time before proceeding to talk him out of it.
- Fairy Tail has two examples, though they are both of the Heroic Sacrifice variation: First, Gray tries to defeat Lyon in order to prevent Deliora's unsealing by using Iced Shell - an attack that turns the user into ice which then freezes the opponent eternally. Natsu stops him, saying that some things are not worth dying for. In another arc, the Tower of Heaven is collapsing and about to explode, and Erza sees no other way to save her friends (in order to make them have a "bright future", as she says) than trying to fuse herself with the so-called Etherion mass. Natsu distraughtly saves her in the last moment, shouting that if she wants to grant her friends a bright future, she should be with them, not die for them.
- In Candy Candy, Candy finds Susanna about to throw herself off a rooftop after crossing the Despair Event Horizon. She first tries to talk her down, and when it doesn't work she tackles her to the roof's ground which is covered in snow.
- In Black Jack, one story has a woman staying at a hotel preparing to commit suicide via overdosing on pills. She's in the process of writing a farewell note to her parents (explaining that she embezzled money for her lover, who abandoned her and left her penniless) when a little boy in the next room runs in, shouting how his father is incredibly sick and he needs someone to help. For the rest of the story, she forgets about her planned suicide in favor of helping the boy and his father. The story concludes with Black Jack operating on the father and telling the woman that he "bought" the pills off of her, conveniently paying the exact amount that she embezzled and had thought herself unable to pay back.
- One of these becomes a HUGE plot point in the original Captain Tsubasa series. When Tsubasa's boat captain father was working in Brazil, he spotted a young man who had just thrown himself into the sea and rescued him. After a pep talk, the young man pretty much brought himself back from a months-long drunked depression brought by a severe Break the Cutie process, and decided to help his savior; Tsubasa's dad told him that he could travel to Japan and help his son, who lived alone with his mother and needed a Parental Substitute. That man, obviously, is Roberto Hongo, Tsubasa's Big Brother Mentor.
- Persona 4: The Animation has Adachi attempt this, only to have the shadows knock the gun out of his hand just in time. Then he gets possessed by them. He's found to be alive after the final confrontation, though.
- The Sin City story Hell and Back kicks off with hero Wallace coming across a woman named Esther about to commit suicide and saving her just in time. Not that he stops her attempt, she does go off the cliff, but he manages to pull her out of the water and revive her. When Esther is kidnapped, Wallace goes through hell and high water to get her back. In what was possibly the greatest heartrending moment in a surprisingly deep and touching series ("Sin" City or no, these stories each have an Aesop to put any Edutainment show to shame), when he asks her why she jumped, she replies that "I was lonely."
- In an issue of Batgirl, Cassandra Cain is contemplating her own depression and death wish from on top of a building when she encounters a man who is also looking depressedly out at the city. Apropos of seemingly nothing, Cass declares "Don't do it. Not worth it." Not being aware of her near-superhuman ability to read body language, he is startled enough to leave the rooftop without attempting to jump.
- Bruce Banner has attempted suicide on occasion. The Hulk will have none of it, however.
- In All Fall Down, Portia's short walk off a skyscraper is successfully averted.
- In a very early Golden Age Superman comic, Superman saved the life of a man who jumped off a bridge. He turned out to be a former champion boxer whose career had fallen apart when his crooked agent drugged him so that he would lose a title bout. Superman then spent the rest of the issue helping the man win back his title (And getting Clark Kent a promotion for his articles predicting the boxer's comeback).
- Due to overwhelming guilt and generally being unable to cope with being a living vampire, Michael Morbius has attempted suicide several times, but laments that each time someone has stopped him or brought him back.
- In My Immortal, Ebony is in the process of slitting her wrists over Draco's death when "Snap" and "Loopin" peep on her.
- Edmure Tully in The North Remembers is on the brink of doing this during his first chapter while at Casterly Rock, after feeling that he had done enough for Jeyne and his uncle the Blackfish. He hesitates at first for his wife's sake, but is only interrupted when he receives a message from Addam Marbrand about the fake Jeyne that Jaime saw at Riverrun.
- Robin has hanged himself after having a Heroic BSOD for failing to save Emmeryn before Frederick intervenes and cuts the noose in Pretender when the latter stumbles on him.
Films — Animation
Films — Live Action
- There's an Urban Legend about a pastor at the Almighty God Tabernacle who dials a wrong number from the church. Later he discovers the number belonged to a man who was about to kill himself when the phone rang, with the caller ID reading "ALMIGHTY GOD".
- Another urban legend (one that's ridiculous since it's the type that no one could possibly know about if it really had happened): A man's business is about to go under, or something, and his last hope is a phone call that's supposed to come by five o'clock and will tell him he's not bankrupt after all. Five o'clock comes and goes, and no phone call, so he goes up to the roof and jumps off... and as he passes his own window, the phone is ringing.
Live Action TV
- Inverted in "Spring," which tells the story of a man who climbs onto a bridge to admire the view, and is mistaken for a suicide jumper. A crowd forms and starts demanding that he jump from the bridge, until at the climax the singer sneaks up behind the man and kicks him off the bridge, "redeeming" him from the shame of losing his courage to jump.
- Subverted in their video for "Benzin." In it, the keyboardist, Flake, plays a jumper, and the other band members, who are playing firemen, pull out a trampoline to catch Flake and stop him from killing himself. Except just as the video was ending, the trampoline tarp tore apart. And Flake had already jumped.
- Subverted in the video for John Waite's "Change," in which a reporter tries to talk a woman down off the ledge of a high building. He fails, and she jumps, but the last shots reveal that she's fine: they're just filming a movie scene.
- They Might Be Giants' "Memo To Human Resources" takes place after one of these, from the point-of-view of the interrupted.
- A parody in a classic Emo Philips joke: he talks a guy off a ledge by saying how much they have in common, going to the same church, and having the same beliefs, until they diverge on such a miniscule religious belief... at which point Emo pushes him off the ledge yelling "Die, Heretic!"
- Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1896 vs Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912, AIR.
- Father Maxwell doesn't get it.
- Subverted by Improv Everywhere as seen in this youtube video where the jumper is about two feet off of the ground but treated as a classic jumper.
- An unnamed Avenue Q character is stopped from jumping by the main characters shouting "Don't do it!"
- The climax of the Stephen Sondheim musical A Little Night Music has seminary student/Emo Teen Henrick almost hanging himself before being interrupted by his stepmother Anne... who is so moved by his desperation that she starts making out with him and they run off together. This isn't as Squick-y as it sounds: Anne is eighteen years old (Henrick is twenty), still a virgin, and married to a fortysomething man who clearly has feelings for someone else. Okay, it's squicky, but not for the usual reasons.
- Subverted in Spring Awakening when Ilse unknowingly interrupts Moritz's suicide attempt — only to have him go ahead with it as soon as she leaves
- Older Than Radio: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Die Zauberflöte uses it twice, with Pamina and then Papageno on the verge of killing themselves.
- Played for Comedy in Georg Büchner's play Leonce And Lena - with a direct Shout-Out and/or Take That to The Sorrows of Young Werther.
- Taken to it's extreme in the Morris Panych play 7 Stories, where the nameless protagonist is consistently interrupted by the residents of the 7th story building he is about to jump from. The entire play revolves his attempts to jump before being interrupted by yet another resident, too caught up in their own lives to question his being there.
- In Alan Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular, Eva spends the entirety of the second act attempting to kill herself in various ways, only to get interrupted each time. Hilarity Ensues.
- In the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Mikado, the protagonist Nanki-Poo is persuaded not to commit suicide by instead volunteering to be executed in a month.
- The basis of Anthony Pezzula's one act play Room 12. A young adult, Erik, checks himself into a hotel room with the idea of committing suicide by shooting himself. A maid does her best to talk him out of it and by the end of the play, gets Erik to give her the bullets and leaves him for the night. However, he has more stashed under his pillow. The play ends before we know if Erik decided ultimately to shoot himself or not.
- In Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust attempts suicide by poison in the first act but is stopped by the bells ringing outside, celebrating Easter.
- Super Robot Wars:
- Happens twice on the same character; Lamia Loveless, after completing her role in Original Generation 2 and Advance, is prompted to blow herself up because she thinks that beings like her should not exist... of course the heroes makes it just in time before she blow herself up. The next time, she is Brainwashed and Crazy, and the manipulator says that if she fails her mission, she should blow herself up. She is about to, until Axel Almar overrides the order to self-detonate and bails her out completely.
- Axel was about to do the same in his scenario in Advance. No blowing up, just trying to let himself run out of air while floating in space.
- Happens in the Good Ending of the 1st game, when Vyers/Mid-Boss stops Laharl from trading up his life to revive Flonne.
- Likewise, in Disgaea 4, Fenrich was about to self-terminate for reasons unknown when Valvatorez came across him. Believing the werewolf to be a powerful potential ally, Valvatorez chose to enslave him instead of letting him go through with his death wish as a means of putting that power to use.
- Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, where Big Boss comes back from the dead for the sole purpose of explaining the plot and convincing Solid Snake not to shoot himself. Then he dies again. Subverted, however: Snake chickened out and decided not to shoot himself before Big Boss reveals he was there.
- It's implied that Angela was going to do this in Silent Hill 2, but James talks her into giving him the knife. She later asks for it back.
- In the Gingerbread House-chapter of Rule of Rose Jennifer walks in on Gregory with a gun on his temple. Considering all that happens later on, it might have been a good idea to leave him be, though whether he would have gone through with it anyway is hard to say.
- In one mission of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, you have to save Mad Dogg from suicide.
- In Corpse Party: Blood Covered, Naomi finds Seiko hanging from a rafter; the player chooses how they try and save them. Regardless of your choice, it fails. Given the setting, it's unclear at first whether this was an honest suicide attempt, or something else is to blame... And the truth, when it comes out, is simply horrible.
- At the very beginning of Baldur's Gate, you encounter a man about to jump into a gorge. He decides not to jump no matter what you say to him.
- In Dead or Alive Dimensions, Ayane is about to kill herself by plunging a kunai into her throat, when her mother Ayame walks in on her.
- Mass Effect 3:
- Shepard can stop Samara from shooting herself in the head when her code compels her to kill her last living non-evil daughter for being an Ardat-Yakshi outside of the temple. Doing so will allow both Shepard and Falere to convince her to agree to another option.
- If Tali is Driven to Suicide by the extinction of just about her entire species in combat with the geth, Shepard can pull a Paragon interrupt to try to catch her. It fails.
- In episode 2 of The Way the main character comes across a guy about to jump off a cliff. Depending on dialogue choices you can talk the guy out of it, encourage him to go through with it or push him off yourself.
- An unfortunate example in Kara no Shoujo occurs during a bad end when Reiji successfully stops Orihime from killing herself, but then they're both attacked by the serial killer and killed. The suicidal person is killed quite gruesomely and you can't help but feel it probably would have been better if she had succeeded.
- In Tsukihime, Kohaku attempts to kill herself in the end of Hisui's route. While she succeeds in the True Ending, in the Good Ending, Shiki manages to use his Magical Eye to kill the poison inside her body, saving her life.
- In Little Busters!, from the second playthrough onwards, halfway through the common route Kengo manages to save his depressed friend from committing suicide by leaping off the building wall as well and grabbing her so he takes the fall instead. Or so happened in this world - in the real world, she wasn't interrupted.
- Happens in Bridges, starting here.
- Happens twice in Dominic Deegan. Luna, the first attempted suicide, later becomes the one to stop someone else from jumping off a bridge.
- In General Protection Fault, Akhilesh finds Trudy attempting to slit her wrists, having suffered from guilt-induced nightmares. However, the way she made the cuts indicates she mainly wasn't able to bring herself to do it.
- In Honeydew Syndrome, Josh mistakes Metis's effort to retrieve a Frisbee for a suicide attempt in a scene that starts here. May plays along with it for the lulz.
Josh: Don't do it, Metis! Don't do anything you'll regret! I mean, won't regret! Or, won't live to forget! I know you're emo, and you probably have no friends, except for maybe your creepy friend Charles... And you probably write shitty, I mean dark poetry, but you shouldn't try to commit suicide over it! Don't do it! Don't do something stupid!
Metis: Lies! All lies! Nobody understands me! I shall go join the Dark Lord and his legion of death-eaters in the underworld! Goodbye, cruel world!
- The now-defunct NSFW webcomic Sexy Losers has a recurring suicide girl character, that has her attempts at suicide fail when Shiunji reminds her of his intentions to do stuff to her corpse. She decides to kill him first, but accidentally kills herself before she has a chance. He does said stuff. And teachs himself taxidermy.
- Done accidentally in this Sluggy Freelance strip.
- In Think Before You Think, starting here, Brian (the mind-reader) overhears a girl's thought of intending to kill herself, and then intervenes to dissuade her. The girl later calls Brian at the time when she is preparing to do it, and he comes to talk her out of it. Whether she would have gone through with it is uncertain.
- In Wapsi Square, after Jin regains her mortality, she attempts suicide by means of flintlock pistol in the mouth. Bud stops her just in time.
- In Monsieur Charlatan, his initial attempt.
- In the superhero arc of Arthur, King of Time and Space, Arthur/Kingman tries to talk down a jumper by reminding him of how much there is to live for. The jumper agrees to come down as long as he doesn't have to hear any more of "that Pollyanna crap".
- On the kid's show Adventure Time, Finn thinks that his best friend-slash-adoptive brother Jake and his adoptive father Joshua are betraying him. This results in him wanting to eat a cursed apple, knowing that it's cursed. At the last second Jake knocks the apple out of Finn's hand and feeds it to a witch, who begins to have vines grow out of her mouth and eye-sockets, and then turns into an apple to be eaten by two other witches (with blood and bones, of course). While Finn and Jake watch this, Jake knocks another apple that Finn had picked up out of his hand.
- Aelita is stopped from making her Driven to Suicide Heroic Sacrifice by Jérémie in Code Lyoko, Season 2 finale "The Key". You know, for kids!
- Bender is seen trying to use a suicide booth in the first episode, and in the second movie. The first time Fry ends up in there with him (and Fry isn't quite ready to die) when he mistakes it for a phone booth. The second it turns out that it's actually a secret entrance to a robot society.
- Bender also tried to use a suicide booth in the first movie. But he was time-travelling, so he really stepped into a phone booth.
- In a later episode, Bender dated a suicide booth and dumped her off screen, so when he attempts to suicide, it turns out he walks into her. So instead of suicide, she decided to MURDER HIM!!!
- In an episode of King of the Hill, Cotton attempts suicide because he feels he can no longer provide for his family, just as he's pointed the barrel at his temple and is about to pull the trigger his wife Didi interrupts him by telling him he needs to take care of their baby too, he sets the gun on the floor and realizes that G.H. needs him so he can provide for him, we then see him pick up the gun at this point Hank arrives and tries to talk him out of it and hears a shot he bursts through the door and finds Cotton slumped over seemingly dead but as it turns out he put the gun in G.H.'s hands and pulled the trigger to shoot a mattress.
- A 1940s Popeye cartoon "Happy Birthdaze" has Popeye meeting Shorty, a friendless nebbish who is about to shoot himself - in a Paramount Pictures in-joke, Popeye tries to compliment him by saying he looks like Bob Hope, and a horrified Shorty puts a bigger gun to his head! By the end of the cartoon Shorty has messed things up for Popeye so bad that Popeye shoots the little shnook!
- Happens to Moe in The Simpsons more than once, and it is often that his suicide attempts are accidentally interrupted.
- In a "Treehouse of Horror" episode, he does manage to successfully do it, but since Homer killed the Grim Reaper, no one can die.
- There's also a background character in one episode who throws himself off a building with obligatory "Goodbye, Cruel World!". At that exact moment, the entire town rolls past, he gets caught up in the ball of bodies, and says "Hello ironic twist!"
- Happens to Homer himself in the first season.
- In a segment of "Treehouse of Horror XIV" (parodying The Twilight Zone episode "A Kind of a Stopwatch"), Bart uses a watch that stops and restarts time to play pranks, including making each one of Homer's doughnuts seemingly vanish just as he's about to take the first bite. Homer bursts into tears and tries to stab himself in the chest, only to find the knife replaced with a peeled banana mushed against his suddenly naked body.
- In South Park episode "Cartman Sucks," camper Bradley is ready to throw himself off a bridge when Butters shows up. Rather than begging him not to jump, Butters confronts the councillors, telling them he's sick of being told he's confused, because it's only making him feel more confused, that he thinks they might be confused too, and that if God made him bi-curious, then it must be okay to be bi-curious. These confident words encourage Bradley to come down.
- In "Tweek vs. Craig", Mr. Adler, the shop teacher, is unable to get over the death of his fiancee. He decides to kill himself by laying on a saw belt. Just inches away from the saw, he gets interrupted when Tweek and Craig are fighting and tells them to quit screwing around resulting Kenny getting thrown into a box of rusty nails. Adler picks up Kenny and sees his fiancee through Kenny's face. She tells him to move on and be happy with his life.
- In the Rick and Morty episode "Something Ricked This Way Comes", after Rick exposes the Devil's ironically-cursed items and begins making a profit from un-cursing them, the Devil himself is driven to suicide via hanging in the back room in his shop. Summer ends up saving him by wasting a monkey paw's wishes to move a table under him, untie the noose, and learn CPR.
- A somewhat chilling subversion. A man who attempted suicide by jumping off a bridge but survived was talking about the things that drove him to commit the act. Towards the end of the interview, he mentions that of all the spectators at the bridge, none of them intervened. He then admits that just before he jumped off, he wished one of them would intervene.
- His interview was featured in the documentary The Golden Gate Bridge Suicides which includes multiple variations on this situation. One man talks about taking pictures of the bridge and needing a few minutes to realize that he's taking pictures of a woman who has stepped over the ledge and is about to jump.
- Cracked: 8 Tiny Things That Stopped Suicides
Of those eight, this guy deserves special mention. He lives in Australia's hottest suicide spot, and he has intimate experience with people who want to end it all. And what does he do when they try to jump? He offers them a cup of tea and a smile.
- In a real-life example of Comedic Sociopathy, a suicidal Chinese man was pushed off a bridge by a spectator who was enraged that he was blocking traffic. (It's nothing like as bad as it looks; the man had been standing on the bridge for several hours, long enough for the police to get an inflatable cushion under him. He survived with minor injuries.)