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Interrupted Suicide
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.

Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • 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.

    Comics 
  • 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.

    Fan Fiction 
  • 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 
  • In The Incredibles, Mr. Incredible saves someone — and in gratitude the suicidal man unleashes a storm of legal suits.
    "You didn't save my life, you ruined my death!"
    • In Real Life, such a lawsuit would be disallowed. Nobody's permitted to sue someone for preventing the commission of an illegal act (which suicide is) and in addition, "Good Samaritan" laws protect people from being sued for acts while saving a life, or attempting to, but this universe doesn't seem to have those laws.

    Films — Live Action 
  • One classic example is Itsa Wonderful Life. George contemplates suicide by jumping off a bridge, but is interrupted when his guardian angel, Clarence, jumps in first. George, reverting to his true nature, jumps into the river not to kill himself, but instead to save Clarence's life.
  • The End, a 1978 film starring Burt Reynolds as a self-centered man named Sonny who, after learning he is terminally ill, is determined to end his life, especially after getting little sympathy from others. Sonny's attempts to kill himself, however, all fail ... including in the climatic scene, where he attempts to drown himself in the middle of the ocean, only to change his mind at the last moment and bargain with God to let him live. Of course ... there's also some comic attempts by Sonny's deranged friend to kill him off, which also fail.
  • This kicks off the film Apres-Vous.
  • In Lethal Weapon, Sergeant Riggs pretends to be sympathetic in order to get close to a possible suicidee. However, instead of grabbing the man and pulling him to safety, Riggs handcuffs himself to the guy and jumps off the building with him... into a large airbag on the ground below, which was apparently deployed by firefighters without the jumper noticing.
  • In The Artist, George Valentin returns to his burnt-out house in order to put a pistol in his mouth. Cue the title card, "BANG!" The BANG! turns out to be Peppy driving her car into a tree outside, which sufficiently distracts him from following through.
  • In Catwoman, the title character chases her cat on a ledge and is mistaken for a jumper, almost falling to her death in the process.
  • In Dirty Harry, Harry Callahan disgusts a jumper by saying how much blood and guts are going to be on the floor and how he doesn't want to go down with him, eventually Harry tricks him onto a fire truck.
  • When Jack meets Rose in Titanic, he talks her out of jumping off the ship.
    • Spoofed on The Adam and Joe Show: "You won't jump, you're the narrator!" "What if I slip off and dangle a bit?"
  • Used in Serenity, where the scientist narrating the creation of the Reavers is attempting to commit suicide in favor of being tortured to death, but the Reavers get to her before she can pull the trigger.
  • In Shortbus, James' suicide in a public pool is interrupted by his and his boyfriend's stalker.
  • In the first Fantastic Four film, the newly transformed Ben Grimm stops a man from jumping off a bridge:
    Ben: Hey! You think you got problems, you take a good look, pal.
  • Subverted and played for comedy in In Bruges when Ken shows up to murder Raymond on Harry's orders, only to see Raymond put a gun to his own temple. As Ken confronts him, Raymond sees Ken's gun, which Ken stows guiltily behind his back. Cue the comedy. Then it moves rapidly to a fantastic dramatic exchange. Also, refer to the quote at the top of the page.
  • Even the title of the 1985 movie Better Off Dead gives you an idea of what the protagonist is thinking. He tries to commit suicide on several different occasions, but is generally interrupted in a comedic way.
  • A comedic version appears in Airplane!!; Ted Striker drives two people to suicide with his stories about his ex-girlfriend, and a third is only saved at the last second when Striker gets called away mid-story. The third, who was about to light the gas he had covered himself in with a lighter when Striker was called away, put out his lighter and sighed in relief. Unfortunately, seconds later, he spontaneously combusted.
  • In Elizabethtown, the protagonist's suicide is interrupted by a phone call... telling him that his father has just died.
  • In Identity, John Cusack's character describes how he failed to stop a suicide, and it caused him to crack up and leave the LAPD. As he describes it, the man planning to kill himself gave Cusack's character the perfect opportunity to save him: He asked him for something worth living for. Cusack's character froze for just a moment, unable to think of anything, and the man jumped.
  • Another bridge jumper is found in Pay It Forward, where the drug addict that the little boy helped out walks over the Golden Gate Bridge to see a woman about to commit suicide. He talks her out of it, offering to get a cup of coffee, anything. He asks her, "Save my life."
  • Unbelievably, The Love Bug Herbie the Volkswagen tries to leap off the Golden Gate Bridge in despair and is hampered by the fact that his wheels just don't let him climb up very well.
  • The premise of White Noise The Light is that some people who die and are resuscitated continue to interact with the dead. The protagonist's best friend gets him to the hospital in time to prevent his attempted suicide, setting off these incredibly shitty superpowers.
  • The entire film The Slender Thread is about a crisis phone volunteer keeping a woman talking who took an overdose of pills while others try to trace her. That was 1965, so that took some time.
  • Played for laughs in The Full Monty: Lomper is trying to gas himself in his car, Dave comes along and pulls him out. Lomper calls him a bastard and Dave throws him back into the fume-filled car.
  • Girl on the Bridge, if you couldn't tell from the title, uses this trope to launch the protagonists' friendship.
  • In the 1993 Norwegian film The Last Lieutenant (a.k.a. Second Lieutenant), the Nazis have threatened to bomb the town unless the local military surrenders. Their commanding officer agrees to do so, then locks himself in a toilet booth with the intention of shooting himself. Suddenly the protagonist enters the room, so the embarrassed officer quickly puts away his pistol and flushes the toilet as if he'd been using the booth for its normal purpose.
  • Used in Yes-Man, where Jim Carrey's character plays the song "Jumper" to a guy on a ledge to stop him from killing himself.
  • With his ability to hear women's thoughts, the protagonist of What Women Want discovers that an employee is suicidal. When she doesn't show up to work one day he races to track her down, finding her home and a suicide note inside. He thinks he's too late until she walks in, very confused as to why an executive broke into her home to offer her a promotion.
  • James Bond meets his wife Tracy Di Vincenzo like this in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, by stopping her from walking into the sea and drowning after the death of her child.
  • In Office Space, the recently-laid-off Tom Smikowski tries to kill himself by sitting in a running car in his garage. His wife walks in, and he "finds the will to live" (as explained by another character; I've always thought he was just too embarrassed at being caught), so he pretends he was on his way to the store and backs out onto the street. Where he is promptly T-boned by a fast-moving car, which lands him with multiple broken bones and with a "huge settlement," which makes him far happier than he ever was before.
  • The events of Kill Me Later are started by one of these.
  • Happens in Magnolia. Jimmy Gator attempts to shoot himself, only to be stopped by the plague of frogs. One lands on his gun, making him misfire.
  • Robin Williams' character in Father's Day almost Ate His Gun before he got a call about the boy who could be his son.
  • In The Shop Around the Corner, Mr. Matuaschek tries to shoot himself after discovering his wife's infidelity, but is stopped by Pepe.
  • In The Apartment, the protagonist, C.C. "Bud" Baxter, is an office worker who lets his superiors use his apartment for their extramarital affairs in exchange for promotions. When one of them breaks up with his mistress in Bud's apartment, she tries to kill herself with sleeping pills. Bud arrives home just in time to save her life, with the help of one of his neighbors, a doctor.
  • In Sabrina, the title character turns on all the cars in her father's garage and attempts to asphyxiate herself after being rejected yet again by the man she loves, but his brother interrupts her. She gets with him in the end.
  • The French film The Closet starts like this: the main character is divorced, estranged from his wife and son, picked on and ignored at work...and has just learned that he's about to be laid off. He contemplates jumping out of his appartment window, but the guy next door spots him. He first talks him down by saying that his car is directly below them, then comes over to discuss it for real.
  • In Don Juan DeMarco, this is John and Dr. Mickler's way of 'meeting cute'.
  • There's a version of this in the film The Dreamers, although it's it's more of an accidentally interrupted murder/suicide. The film is set during the 1968 Paris student riots, though the lead characters, Isabelle, Theo and Michael are more interested in experimenting with free love than protesting. When Isabelle discovers to her shame that her parents have found out about their threesome, she attempts suicide by connecting a rubber hose from the gas pipe to the bedroom, hoping to take the sleeping Michael and Theo with her. Just as they are about to succumb a brick crashes through the window from a riot outside, waking them up and letting air into the room. Isabelle pretends that the smell is tear gas, and surreptitiously puts away the hose and turns the gas off.
  • At the beginning of Bedazzled (1967), perpetual failure Stanley tries to hang himself in his apartment - and fails at it. A moment later George Spiggot (aka the devil) enters, cheerfully saying "Good evening, I couldn't help noticing you were making an unsuccessful suicide bid!" then proceeds to offer seven wishes for Stanley's soul.
  • In Cube 2: Hypercube, Colonel Maguire tries to kill himself by hanging himself with his own belt, but is saved when the others run into him and get him down. He succeeds in killing himself through other means not much later.
  • Cyberbully: "I CAN'T GET THE CAP OFF!"
  • In Heat, Hanna intervenes when he finds out his stepdaughter slit her wrists, and rushes her to the ER. After several emergency surgeries, he and his wife are told that she's gonna make it.
  • The erotic thriller Color of Night ends with Rose trying to kill herself after she kills her deranged brother Dale who had forced her to play the part of their dead brother Richie. Capa saves her just in time, which has the effect of restoring his vision back to full after the suicide that opened the movie.
  • In Polish comedy Ewa Wants to Sleep (Ewa chce spać) the titular student Ewa arrived to the city late at night, but a day before her school opened, couldn't sign into a dorm and ended up spending the night on the street. When she was standing on a bridge, a policeman mistook her for a suicide and brought her to the station. It was an honest mistake — she took off her shoes (too tight) and was holding a very large brick (long storynote ). When Ewa told him she's got nowhere to go, she only confirmed his suspicion that she contemplated suicide.
    • Later she locked herself in the station armorynote . The quartermaster's first reaction was "I've got enough grenades there for a whole regiment of suicides!" The station chief started trying to persuade her that life is good. By reading some newspaper article about freaks, mutants and radiation. He quickly realized his mistake, though. His fears weren't quite baseless: while not a suicide, Ewa tried to hammer a sticking out shoe nail with a grenade.
  • This is a bit of running gag in Wilby Wonderful, where the citizens of Wilby continuously walk in on Dan Jarvis right as he is about to attempt suicide. In the end, Dan nearly accidentally hangs himself after he had decided not to kill himself after all — a Happily Failed Suicide.
  • In The Girl On The Bridge, a stranger stops the heroine from jumping off a bridge.
  • In Angel A, a female angel saves the protagonist from taking his life.
  • In "Crocodile" Dundee II Dundee's first day at work as a stationery delivery man starts with him saving a clerk trying to jump off the ledge.
  • In Bachelor Party, Tom Hank's character interrupts one of his friends' attempts of suicide by cutting his wrist with an electric razor.
  • Showdown in Little Tokyo. When Kenner and Murata notice that the kidnapped Minako is about to commit suicide in the bad guy's mansion, Kenner bursts into the place shooting up mooks and stops her in time.
  • In End of Days, Jericho Caine tries to shoot himself in the opening after his wife and daughter were murdered by a bunch of thugs who invaded his home when he wasn't there. As he's about to pull the trigger, his partner Bobby walks into his apartment to pick him up for the protection assignment they have to do that day. Bobby notices the gun on the table but doesn't bring the issue up again.
  • In The Wolverine, Wolverine stopped Yashida when, as the other generals, preferred to die with honor with his own sword instead of in the atomic explosion that was coming. Wolverine took his blade out, and brought him to the pit.
  • In The Double, Simon is just about to jump out the window when he sees Hannah committing suicide in the building across, which he goes to stop, resulting in two failed suicides.
  • In Death to Smoochy, Randolph dumps a can of gasoline all over himself in front of a bunch of people and is about to light himself on fire when a little girl comes up to him and blows out his match, saying it's okay and nearly driving Randolph to tears. It's a fairly pretty heartwarming/tearjerker moment for all of ten seconds. And then Sheldon (the guy who plays Smoochy) shows up on the other side of the street and everyone runs over to him for autographs.
  • The 2013 movie Night Train to Lisbon is about Gregorius, a bookish professor who interrupts a woman as she is attempting to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge. Their chance encounter leads Gregorius to an unusual book.

    Folklore 
  • 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.

    Literature 
  • The protagonist of Piers Anthony's first Incarnations of Immortality book On a Pale Horse is about to commit suicide when he's interrupted by The Grim Reaper, showing up in time to collect his soul. Face to face with mortality, he turns the gun upon and shoots Death, and then Fate shows up and tells him "Congratulations, you're the new Death."
  • The Princess Bride includes a scene in which the heroine, believing her love interest to be dead, is about to plunge a dagger into her heart... until said love interest appears and rebukes her for trying to ruin a perfectly good pair of breasts.
    "There's a shortage of perfect breasts in this world. It would be a shame to ruin yours."
  • Subverted in a Gothic novel titled The Sorrows of Satan (1894), in which one character comes out as a villain by coming across another clearly about to commit suicide, and responding "Pardon me! I had no idea you were busy! I will go away. I wouldn't disturb you for the world!"
  • One of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct crime novels begins with Detective Carella trying to dissuade a woman from committing suicide by jumping off a building. Unfortunately, he fails and she jumps anyway.
  • The short story The Horsedealer's Daughter has a doctor save the titular character from drowning herself and ends up more or less trapped into marrying her due to the circumstances — It Makes Sense in Context.
  • In the book Innocent in Death, the au pair walks in to find that her employer has consumed sleeping pills. Her daughter was the one that slipped her the pills and framed it to look like suicide.
  • Played extremely darkly in I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream: every time the characters try to commit suicide, AM forcefully intervenes. Because he wants to keep torturing them for eternity.
  • The main characters of Nick Hornby's A Long Way Down meet when they all plan to jump from the same building on the same night.
  • Parodied in Terry Pratchett's The Truth; the main character climbs up to talk down a man who, as it turns out, is "really more into the 'cry for help' aspect" and ends up having to save him when he faints from vertigo.
    • Also subverted in The Science of Discworld, when Rincewind finds a fish crawling onto the beach. Not realizing it's another evolutionary breakthrough in progress, he assumes it's committing suicide and repeatedly puts it back in the water.
  • In The Great Brain, Andy Anderson decides he's useless after losing his leg and, with John's help, decides to kill himself. Tom walks in on their unsuccessful attempt at hanging and assumes at first that they're only playing. Tom ends up offering to teach Andy how to play and do his chores with his peg leg. For a price, of course.
  • Bouvard and Pecuchet by Gustave Flaubert sees the title characters attempt to commit suicide, only to interrupt each other when they realise that they haven't yet written their wills. Overlaps slightly with Bungled Suicide.
  • Happens twice (to different characters) in the Agatha Christie novel Towards Zero.
  • Edward Cullen of Twilight attempts this on New Moon when he thinks his beloved Bella Swan is dead. He is saved by Bella herself.
  • The third Night Huntress book has a straight example, during the scene where Cat thinks Bones is dead and is considering jumping off a cliff, only to have Vlad show up to talk her down and resolve her continuing identity crisis all in one.
  • A couple of instances from the Vorkosigan Saga:
    • In Barrayar, Cordelia interrupts Kou, when he is about to slit his throat with the sword she had acquired for him. He tries to pretend that he wasn't serious about it.
    • Part of Miles' backstory is an attempted suicide when he was fifteen, that was interrupted by Sergeant Bothari.
  • In Havana Bay, one of the sequels to Gorky Park, Inspector Arkady Renko decides to commit suicide with a stolen syringe in Cuba after confirming that a body found in the harbor was an old friend of hisnote . However, it seems that his arrival in Cuba led some conspirators to believe that he was onto them, so they sent an assassin after him. Who he reflexively kills with the stolen syringe, distracting him from his death wish as he tries to find out why someone wanted to kill him.
  • Arto Paasilinna's novel Hurmaava joukkoitsemurha ("The Amazing Group Suicide", more or less) starts with one of the protagonists about to hang himself in an out-of-the-way abandoned barn when he's interrupted by the other main character... who's come there to shoot himself. While telling each other their stories, they come up with the idea of starting a society for people who want to kill themselves, hiring a bus and going on a road trip first. Hilarity Ensues, literally: it's one of the funniest works in Finnish literature. (Ending spoiler: Everybody Lives.)
  • A lot of the stories in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series deal with this. Given what the series is like overall, these tend to be of the happily interrupted sort.
  • Buy Mitsui, in Jennifer Government. He calls the titular character for help because he does not know how to load the gun.
  • In Enchantress from the Stars, Elana, the main protagonist, is captured by imperials should be subjected to mind-probing. Not wanting to divulge anything, she runs toward the imperial rock-chewer, intent to be crushed by the debris. However, Georyn rescues her by stopping the whole load of rocks in mid.air using telekinesis. This also scares the imperials into running.
  • In The Merry Muse, a Scottish poet attempts to jump off a bridge but is saved by the (rather forcible) intervention of an English tourist. The poet then files charges for assault against the tourist... and the charges are upheld, because under Scots law suicide isn't a criminal act; therefore the "rescuer" was actually committing a criminal assault!
  • In Before I Fall, after dying, Sam is forced to relive her last day on earth in a "Groundhog Day" Loop. In one loop, she sees Juliet about to jump in front of a car and temporarily stalls her, only for Juliet to jump in the road when Sam isn't looking. In the final loop, Sam jumps in front of Juliet and dies instead.
  • Five Weeks in a Balloon: When the heroes are stranded in the desert without anything to drink, Dick eventually goes insane and tries to shoot himself. Joe manages to wrestle the rifle away from him.
  • Robert Sheckley's The Minimum Man starts with Anton's suicide preparations being interrupted by an acceptance letter from a prospective employer. Turns out, it's their way of hiring people for a high-risk job — watching the candidates and making an offer at just the right moment. Later Anton is frequently reminded that he chose the job of an explorer/guinea pig/canary over suicide. The survivors are well-rewarded, though.

    Live Action TV 
  • In season 5 of 24, Jack shoots the gun out of the hand of a terrorist who was about to shoot himself, only for the terrorist to crawl over to the body of one of his men and use his explosive-wired vest to do the job.
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • Daniel Jackson did this to someone, and ended up addicted to the sarcophagus.
    • And in "The Light", Daniel is the character trying to jump after becoming addicted to an alien light show. Jack O'Neill talks him off the apartment balcony, in a touching scene in an otherwise one-off episode.
  • Psych: Shawn's father stops a woman from jumping out a window to her death. However, Shawn and Gus (who don't actually see what happened) think she succeeded in killing herself, and end up starting an urban legend that persists for the next twenty years.
  • The Torchwood episode "A Day in the Death" features Dr. Owen Harper telling the story of the past few days to a young woman while trying to talk her out of killing herself. "The past few days" happens to include Owen coming to terms with his undeath.
  • Battlestar Galactica:
    • Subverted: Boomer is about to shoot herself because she suspects she's a Cylon. She's interrupted by Baltar, who knows she's a Cylon, and subtly encourages her suicide.
    • Subverted again in the fourth season. Callie discovers that her husband, Tyrol, is a Cylon, and is so distraught that she takes her baby son and is about to space herself. She is then interrupted by Tory, who talks her down, takes her baby, and then beats her unconscious before spacing Callie herself.
  • Star Trek:
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
      • One episode has Worf attempting to perform a ritualistic form of assisted suicide on his disgraced brother to restore his honor, only to be stopped just after the dagger is plunged into his brother's heart by Dax, who learned he had accosted Quark for trying to sell him replicated versions of an incense necessary for the ritual. Near the end of the same episode Worf interrupts his brother, who is prepared to kill himself with a disruptor (claiming that while it would be a dishonorable death, he would still be with other Klingons in Gre'thor).
      • In "Hard Time", O'Brien nearly kills himself after being given false memories of a twenty-year prison sentence in which he killed his imaginary cellmate. Bashir intervenes, convincing him that he is still a good man.
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
      • Back when Worf was still chief of security on the Enterprise, he tried to commit ritual suicide with a Klingon dagger in his quarters, as he was afraid he was losing his mind and preferred death to dishonor. Luckily, Troi had noticed Worf suddenly leaving the Bridge and followed him to his quarters where she talked him out of it. (Episode s4e17, Night Terrors.)
      • Yet another time on Worf (AGAIN!) has been injured in an accident that leaves him paralyzed, and wants Riker's help in committing ritual suicide as Klingons consider it dishonorable to live crippled. (One wonders whether word of this conversation ever got back to Geordi La Forge, the ships blind chief engineer.) Riker refuses to help, reminding Worf of all of the friends they watched die and how they fought all the way, and that Klingon tradition demands that Worf's son Alexander strike the fatal blow. Worf agrees to try a risky surgery instead. He got better.
  • LOST:
    • In the episode "Through the Looking Glass" Jack is stopped from jumping off a bridge when a car crashes, forcing him to come to the rescue. The events of season 4 strongly suggest that the island itself has arranged this, as Michael's suicide attempts in "Meet Kevin Johnson" are repeatedly thwarted. In an ironic twist, Jack finds out that the only reason the car crashed is because the driver was distracted by seeing Jack on the bridge.
    • In a much darker twist in season 5, Locke attempts to hang himself but is interrupted by Ben, who talks him out of it. This is all fine and good until something Locke says causes Ben to snap, and he suddenly strangles Locke to death and makes it look like suicide.
    • In season 3, Desmond, alone in the Swan station and stranded on the island for six years, was shown to have been about to commit suicide when he was interrupted by Locke banging on the hatch. The scene is a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming for both Desmond and Locke.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Buffy arrives just in time to stop Jonathan from killing himself, even though that wasn't exactly why she was there.
    • In "Doomed", Spike is about to fling himself onto a stake in Xander's basement when Xander and Willow stop him, leading to some very pithy Whedon dialogue. Specifically, Spike was wearing a shirt he borrowed from Xander, and Xander didn't want Spike to ruin it by dusting himself.
    • In "Amends" Buffy talks Angel out of killing himself (with some help from a Deus ex Machina)
    • In Angel. After coming out of his own fit of depression (due to trying to lose his soul and failing), Angel stops Kate from killing herself with pills.
    • Subverted and Played for Laughs when Cordelia and Doyle see Angel in his office holding a stake and rush in to stop what they assume is his imminent suicide. It turns out he was using it to level his desk.
    • At the end of series 4, Connor proves that he hasn't completely snapped by talking a cop suffering from Jasmine-withdrawal out of shooting himself. Then he learns that the cop has a wife and kids, and "didn't think" about what his death would do to them. That does the trick - Connor beats him to a pulp and has a complete breakdown.
  • Desperate Housewives: Edie tries to set this up, waiting until right as Carlos got back to the house to hang herself so that he'd be able to save her. Then the "Just in Time" arrival gets interrupted, and she has to scramble to get herself to safety, as she never really intended to die.
    • Then in season eight, Bree checks into a motel with the intention of shooting herself. She is inadvertently saved by Renee, who followed her under the assumption that Bree was having an affair with her boyfriend.
  • It's a recurring gag in Scrubs, where depressed hospital attorney Ted is constantly seen attempting suicide. While times he lacks the will to carry through, there are occasions where he is interrupted by outside interference. Subverted in the times where Dr. Kelso (aware of Ted's weakness) openly mocks Ted by explicitly encouraging Ted to kill himself.

    In one instance, he manages to slip over the edge. His joy is squashed when he lands in soft, soft trash.
    Ted: Is this heaven?
    Janitor: No, it's garbage.
  • Burn Notice, "Do No Harm": Michael stops a man from throwing himself into traffic. It turns out the man wanted the insurance money for his terminally ill son.
  • Heroes:
    • In a flashback in the episode "Villains," Elle arrives just in time to keep Gabriel from hanging himself out of guilt.
    • In a later episode, Hiro spends the better part of the episode going back in time to prevent a fired co-worker from making the mistake that sends his life downhill, thus driving him to suicide. After 47 attempts in which the man still repeats the mistake (getting drunk and photocopying his butt) every time, Hiro just talks him out of it.
  • Subverted in a highly emotional scene in Cracker when Panhandle talks to Jimmy Beck when he's on the roof. Given that he raped her, the whole confrontation is rather shocking. He goes through with it.
    Beck: I raped you. I'm so sorry. (beat, then he jumps)
  • This has happened a few times in House. In the 3rd season episode "Informed Consent," the suicidal elderly patient falls out of bed with his nasal cannula wrapped around his neck but is saved by an unsuspecting nurse.
  • In the new show Flash Forward, Bryce was about to commit suicide when he (and the rest of the world) blacked out. He considers the visions of the future he got a gift that stops him from trying again.
  • CSI: Miami has a tearful episode where a boy is stopped from hanging himself after being horribly bullied at school.
  • In the Remington Steele episode "Steele in Circulation", Steele starts the episode pulling a guy down off a bridge... and then has to spend most of the rest of it averting his attempts to walk into traffic and fling himself off roofs, until an attempt on the man's life gets him indignant enough to stop.
  • In the season 1 finale of Veronica Mars, Logan is standing on a bridge, obviously considering jumping, when Weevil and his gang show up. Since he is in the later seasons, the interruption seems to have saved him. They beat the snot out of him, though.
  • The Wire Guilt-ridden over the death of Sherrod, Bubbles tries to hang himself in the BPD Homocide interrogation room. Norris and Landsman return in time to cut him down.
  • On an episode of NCIS, Gibbs has just managed to talk a would-be jumper into coming off the roof he was on... when he's shot and killed by a sniper. Of course, this was in the opening scene, they needed the guy to die for the sake of having a story.
  • Played for Laughs in an episode of Coupling: Jane announces to Susan and Sally that she's taken an overdose of painkillers, and they desperately try to get her to vomit. Then it turns out that she only took two painkillers. And then it turns out they probably weren't painkillers...
    Susan: That's not an overdose. That's a dose!
    Jane: It says you should only take two every eight hours. I don't know how people have the time to commit suicide.
  • Happened on the first episode of the (original) Life On Mars. In despair over finding himself stuck in 1973 Manchester and wanting desperately to return to the present day (2006), Sam Tyler climbs onto the roof of the police headquarters, fully intending to jump. Annie Cartwright, the WPC with a degree in psychology, tries to talk him down and her words do reach him, but what ultimately convinces him to quit is noticing some grains of sand on Annie's hand (from when she was climbing up to save him). Thinking that amount of detail could never be conceived in his own mind, he takes her words to heart and climbs down with her.
  • Happened in Beverly Hills 90210 Episode 1.18: "April Is the Cruelest Month". Roger Azarian writes a screenplay which leads Brandon Walsh to believe he wants to kill his father. As Roger points the gun to his face, this is clearly not the case and he talks him out of it. In hindsight, one two occasions Roger had mentioned "Not being there anymore". The episode ends with Brandon visiting Roger in the Psych ward and incredibly cheesy friendship music playing.
  • Subversion on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: A half-naked Will and Carlton find themselves standing on a window ledge on one of the top floors of an apartment building (it's a long story) and almost immediately after, someone on the street below calls attention to them. Soon there's a huge crowd gathered below, including police, and a man in a cherry-picker who tells them not to jump because they have so much to live for. Will irritably tries to explain they're not jumpers, but his explanation falls on deaf ears.
  • Glee had Dave Karofsky's father interrupt his suicide after he hanged himself but before he died. There was a very devastating scene of him cradling his son crying after getting him down. Karofsky did survive and, in the end, had a Heel-Face Turn.
  • The Class
    • The series opens with Richie standing at the sink with a handful of sleeping pills and a glass of water. The phone rings, and it's played for comedy as he decides to answer or not. He does and is invited to a party with his entire second grade class from 25 years ago.
    • Happens to the same guy in the next episode. He'd me a lovely young lady at the party, they had coffee, fell in love, and he backed over her in the parking lot, breaking her legs. The episode opens with him at the sink again, only this time, he swallows the pills before the phone rings. She's out of surgery and wants to see him, so he goes to the hospital, but gets his stomach pumped before he goes to her room.
  • An episode of the Russian medical sitcom Interns has the American intern Phil Richards come to work only to see a guy about to jump from the ward window with everybody just looking at him. Phil attempts to talk to him and ends up grabbing him. Everybody cheers for a second, and goes about their business. As the episode continues, he gets more frustrated with everybody treating this as anything from uneventful to bad press (the hospital administrator specifically tells him to keep it to himself in order to avoid putting the hospital in a bad light). As usual, Phil loudly laments that back in the States he would be treated as a hero for saving a life and that Russia is a screwd-up country where people don't care about one another. In fact, his fellow interns tell him he should've let the guy jump. After all, it's only a second-story window. At worst, the guy would've broken a leg and would be transfered to another department.
  • This sort of happens in the pilot of The Time Tunnel. Tony finds Althea Hall just sitting, waiting to go down with the Titanic because she feels she isn't worthy to take a place on a lifeboat due to the fact that she has a brain tumor and will die soon anyway. Tony is luckily able to talk her out of this before the ship goes down and he also manages to put her on a lifeboat.
    Tony: Althea, what are you doing? The ship is sinking!
    Althea: It doesn't matter for me.
  • A fugitive in Justified jumps out of Raylan's car and kneels in front of a truck, but Raylan tackles him at the last second.
  • In an Alternate Timeline episode of Misfits, a bungled attempt to time travel and kill Hitler leads to the Nazis taking over Europe, including the UK. However, the storm that gave all of them their powers still happens. Seth's Super Empowering abilities are being used to empower high ranking Nazi officials. Kelly walks in on him hanging himself and ends up saving his life. This ends up being a problem because Kelly is part of La Résistance and was supposed to poison him.
  • Babylon 5: Implied early in the second season. Garibaldi has been recently brought out of a coma, three months after he nearly died trying (and failing) to prevent the assassination of President Santiago. The new commander, Captain Sheridan, enters Garibaldi's quarters and finds him repeatedly loading and unloading his pistol. Garibaldi puts the gun down when Sheridan wants to talk with him, and at the end of the conversation, Sheridan picks up the gun and places it back in its holster.
  • Flashpoint: This happens on multiple occasions, since SRU Team One doesn't always get called out for criminals.
  • In the Korean Drama Boys Before Flowers, the action is kicked off by this trope. The protagonist Geum Jan-Di (the Korean "Tsukushi Makino") tries to convince a rich boy to not drive his car off a cliff after he breaks from being bullied into insanity at school, and that's what gets her a scholarship at that same school.

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    Music 
  • Rammstein:
    • 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.

    Stand-up Comedy 
  • 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.

    Theater 
  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • Disgaea:
    • 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.

    Visual Novels 
  • 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.

    Web Comics 
  • 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".

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • 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!
  • Futurama:
    • 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.

    Real Life 
  • 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.)


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