Suicide as Comedy
Finn: Thanks guys. Your blood oath is now fulfilled.For anybody that is feeling suicidal, click on this suicide prevention page for help. Also go here. And here. In Real Life, suicide is a very serious matter. People generally commit suicide, or attempt suicide, because they are simply unable to cope with life and with their emotions. Overwhelming negative feelings such as anger or depression have become too much for them to bear, making suicide seem like the only feasible option. It is a tragic thing that happens all too often, and is extremely traumatic for the victim's friends and family, who are left behind to grieve. When someone commits suicide, their loved ones are often wracked with anguish and guilt, wishing they had done something before it happened. They feel that if they had taken some action to help the person when they had the chance, their dearly departed loved one would still be alive. In the land of fiction, whether gruesome and brutal or romantic and painless, it's a huge source of drama. Right? Well, usually. Some shows aren't so serious. Frequently, they'll have one ridiculously depressed character who is either constantly on the verge of suicide or keeps attempting it. If it's the latter, expect Interrupted Suicide to come into play. These characters are sometimes Driven to Suicide by the slightest thing, or else are so disillusioned that their lives are one long string of attempts to, well, cut that string. They see everything as a means of self-destruction. If the suicidal character is a Deadpan Snarker, expect protests along the lines of "Oh, just let me die already!" See also Black Comedy. Compare Seen-It-All Suicide, Black Comedy Rape.
Balloons: YAY! To the Mesosphere! FINALLY, WE CAN DIE!
Balloons: YAY! To the Mesosphere! FINALLY, WE CAN DIE!
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- General Motors had this Super Bowl commercial, highlighting how reliable its warranty is (since its cars are so well built it could last the entire warranty). The commercial follows a robot who fails to properly insert a screw, forcing his dismissal. He's then forced to work several menial jobs, such as holding a sign or operating the drive-thru speaker, though every time he sees a GM car he gets depressed. Eventually, the depression reaches the point where the robot is seen jumping off a bridge into the water, killing himself, until the commercial cuts to the fact It Was All A Dream. The episode in its original format, while generally well-received, was criticized for being insensitive by suicide support groups, forcing GM to change the ad where, instead of the robot jumping to his death, he's forced to work as a grocery store stock boy.
Anime and Manga
- Nozomu from Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei attempts to kill himself Once an Episode. In the beginning, anyhow. The suicide jokes decrease over time (though don't disappear entirely) as other forms of comedy pop up (like Chiri's increasing homicidal tendencies).
- In D.Gray-Man, Miranda Lotto uses her powers to repair a damaged ship. Everyone stares at her in amazement, but she immediately thinks she's messed up and tries to off herself by jumping into the ocean.
- Paranoia Agent has the episode "Happy Family Planning". Three people are trying to commit suicide, with two of them trying to keep the other from doing so because she's too young. And its easily the goofiest episode in the series.
- Grelle Sutcliff from Black Butler tended to attempt suicide over the littlest mistakes she made in the earlier episodes. At first the cast is willing to stop her, but it annoys them so much they decided to no longer do so.
- Saint Young Men, playing up the Christian and Buddhist stories on how animals like quails and rabbits were willing to sacrifice themselves for the sake of the higher power, has Jesus and Buddha constantly being plagued by animals willing to give themselves up for food whenever one of them makes so much as a small comment on how hungry they are. Cats jumping on plates while carrying matches, turtles trying to dive into boiling pots, turkeys knocking on the door while they were preparing a Christmas feast...
- Ai Ebihara's suicide attempt over a broken heart in Persona 4: The Animation is played almost completely for laughs. Almost, because after Narukami (the MC) talks her out, we learn her Freudian Excuse as an ex-Fat Girl who was harshly bullied in the past, and liked Kou because he treated her well.
- This episode of the Lupin III (Red Jacket) series featured a "Suicide Beam" used as the main weapon against Lupin and his gang. Lupin gets hit with the beam and continues to lightheartedly attempt suicide, only to be stopped by Jigen or Zenigata each time. Zenigata also gets hit with the beam two times and tries to shoot himself in the head. He misses. Both times.
- The first episode of Humanity Has Declined has this with self-loathing robotic bread.
- In Inu × Boku SS, Soushi's attempts to convince Ririchiyo to commit his Seppuku when she doesn't need him anymore and wants to dispose of him are Played for Laughs.
- Kumadori from One Piece is a very loud and flamboyant character, and has a habit of trying to commit seppuku over minor issues. Unfortunately for him, he knows a skin hardening technique that he instinctively activates every he tries to stab himself. He laments at not being able to take his own life.
- In Haikara San Ga Tooru, Benio Hanamura's sucide attempts are Played for Laughs. (Even when the circumstances pushing her to do it, well, aren't funny at all.) She once tried to put her head in a bowl of water, but was saved; then she got inside a water tank... which was full of sake, so she "only" got drunk.
- Muteki Kanban Musume, being a deconstruction of the Fighting Series Played for Laughs, uses this at the beginning of episode 4A, Kayahara sensei mentions to eat her last ramen and To continue this pitiful life of a teacher… I’m already tired of it. Later we discover that Kayahara Sensei is not talking about suicide, but to quit her job as a teacher. However, Miki invokes it to solve her problem with a student that wants to quit Kayahara’s class:
Imagine, if she committed suicide because of you, she’ll haunt you for sure!
- Amelia from The Voynich Hotel constantly wants to off herself, but can't without taking someone with her. (It's what she tries to do in her very first appearance, by the way.) When you find out just how awful of a life she had before becoming the hotel's chef, and the horrifically funny crap she has to put up with as part of her job, you can't really blame her.
- In the manga of Mahoraba (but not the anime), Sayoko regularly tries to hang herself, but always fails due to the rope or branch snapping, or other comical mishaps.
- The British adult comic Viz has the character Suicidal Sid who is suicidally depressed and in every story continually tries to kill himself only for every single attempt to fail. It isn't until he regains the will to live that he finally dies.
- In Nextwave, Dirk Anger is constantly seen trying to commit suicide due to an extended Villainous Breakdown, though he was never psychologically stable to begin with. The most notable example is trying to shoot himself with a pistol that has a barrel curved backwards in a U-shape and is larger than a car. Finally, he accidentally hangs himself, only to come back as a zombie.
- In one Lucky Luke story, a man is distraught by a company teetering on bankruptcy. "I put most of my fortune in its stock!" He tries to shoot himself but the gun fails to work. His butler then informs him that the rest of his money is in the maker of that brand of gun.
- In one Spirou and Fantasio story the stockmarket crash suicides are milked for every possible laugh. First a Chinese peddler sets up a shop outside the New York stockmarket, selling lucky charms, and when the place closes later, he moves to the backdoor selling revolvers. Another joke from the same album informed an ex-millionaire intending to shoot himself, but learning that the debtors already took his revolver. His butler, suddenly rich from his own stock investments suggests that they switch parts. A bit later on the ex-butler is in turn bankrupt, and the ex-millionaire, now a butler informs that rather than wasting his money on stocks, he invested it on a revolver, and lends it to his master.
- The Book of Bunny Suicides by Andy Riley is a collection of (mostly) one-panel drawings of assorted means of self-termination attempted by very determined and creative bunnies.
- Arseface from Preacher deserves mention here: his pre-series attempt to mimic Kurt Cobain and the speech impediment, partial lobotomy (resulting in an unshakably cheerful personality), and namesake deformity he received from the shotgun blast were repeatedly Played for Laughs, at least until his Ensemble Darkhorse Woobie status resulted in further character development and a happy ending for him.
- In Tomorrow Stories, Jack B. Quick's science based hijinks and meddling in Things Man Was Not Meant to Know eventually drive his folksy parents into depression and suicide. Their suicide attempts are frequently relegated to a Funny Background Event.
- Noob has a real life scence in which one of the players keeps a random teen from jumping off a building... over a celebrity couple breaking up. The teen in question finds the will to live again after noticing some Celebrity Resemblance in the guy who saved her.
- Accidental Hero has a scene where Gale Gayley, an Intrepid Reporter, is interviewing a businessman who proceeds to tell her about the positive outlook of the nearby future, before the camera pans out and the man jumps to his death from the ledge they were standing on. She then proceeds to quickly ask her cameraman if he got it on tape.
- Meet the Feebles.
- One of the running gags in Airplane! was the people who were Driven to Suicide rather than listen to Ted Striker reminisce about his past.
- The comedy Better Off Dead is about a high schooler attempting suicide multiple times after his girlfriend leaves him.
- The director Savage Steve Holland claims he based the story on a depressive streak he went through as a teenager. In particular, the garage scene where Lane reconsiders hanging himself but loses his footing actually happened to him. 
- The French film L'Emmerdeur (called A Pain in the Ass in English) features a suicidal salesman who ends up getting a hotel room next to a professional assassin. Wackiness (and multiple suicide attempts) ensues.
- Bless the Beasts and Children has a scene where a timid, bullied little boy proclaims his intentions to commit suicide and the rest of the characters mock him for it. It's a bit off-putting, especially since we're told the boy has serious psychological issues.
- The Burt Reynolds comedy The End centers around Reynolds' terminally ill character attempting to off himself multiple times and failing horribly.
- Harold and Maude plays Harold's regular apparent suicides for dark humour.
- Monty Python's Life of Brian: At the end of the movie, Brian is almost saved by Big Damn Heroes, but the moment gets subverted again and again. One of those failed heroes are the Judean People's Front crack suicide squad. Who all stab themselves. As Brian desperately watches them.
- Penn & Teller's 1989 Black Comedy Penn & Teller Get Killed ends with a string of suicides, the motivation for which gets increasingly ridiculous. The first couple can be taken perfectly seriously, and individually most of them probably could, but when they're all in a row like that, they become so absurdly over-the-top that they become hilarious.
- In one film, Harold Lloyd attempted suicide by gunshot. It turned out to be a water pistol. He then stood in the way of a trolley—which took a different track. This was quite common in silent films.
- In the French film Delicatessen, one of the characters repeatedly attempts suicide using large Kafkaesque machines, however these attempts always fail.
- In the film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Zaphod tries using the gun hidden by Deep Thought on himself, after learning he's responsible for obliterating his own chances at fame and fortune from discovering the Ultimate Question. Ford wrestles it away but accidentally aims it at himself at which point it's revealed that the gun's not designed to kill, but to force the target to think from the shooter's perspective.
- In Without A Clue, Kincaid bungles it badly when he tries to hang himself when he believes that Watson is dead.
- The Bank Dick opens with W.C. Fields's family bemoaning his shiftless, scandalous nature. His eldest daughter melodramatically wails that she'll commit suicide by starving to death, sobbing "It isn't hard..." then continuing in a cheerful chirp "I tried it yesterday!"
- When the protagonist of High Stakes is in jail, his Evil Uncle hands him a noose through the bars.
"You could use this."
- The main characters of The Full Monty help a young lad who's having some car trouble... then realise he's run a hose from the exhaust pipe. Oh Crap!.
- In Hook, Captain Hook is disappointed to find out that Peter Pan has grown up into a pathetic adult who's forgotten everything about his past, so he puts a pistol to his head, saying "This is it. Don't try to stop me this time, Smee. Don't try to stop me this time, Smee. Don't you dare try to stop me this time, Smee, try to stop me. Smee, you'd better get up off your ass. Get over here, Smee!", and Smee stops him.
- The comedy Top Secret. While performing a concert Nick Rivers sings the song "Spend This Night With Me". While singing he pretends to try to commit suicide with various props, including a noose (hanging), sticking his head in a stove and turning it on (gas/asphyxiation) and lying down on railroad tracks. Watch it here.
- Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind ends with Chuck Barris describing an idea for a game show: three old men are given loaded guns and look back on their lives.
"The winner is the one who doesn't blow his brains out. He gets a refrigerator."
- The whole point of The Suicide Shop, where life has become so meaningless, are rampant. And suicides become so normal that no one bats an eye when they happen, or even when they discover that a friend wants to kill themselves. And the happiest and most colourful place of all is, of course, the suicide shop.
- Crocodile Dundee: In the second movie, Mike talks to a guy who wants to jump from a skyscraper because Love Hurts. Mike pretends he just wants to walk past him to enjoy some fresh air and subtly tries to talk him out of it. The unhappy man is actually gay which surprises Mike — who almost falls down himself.
- In some versions of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Marvin manages to kill off the trigger-happy cops who are shooting at the heroes. He does it by explaining his philosophy of life to their life-support computer, as a result of which it commits suicide.
- He's good at this. Rare is the occasion when a machine enters a conversation with him and doesn't come out the other side at least severely cynical or depressed. In fact, the one occasion this didn't happen in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, the machine in question instead got driven into a rage by poor Marvin's general situation, and blew out the floor beneath it, falling to its death. All Marvin has to say about it is, "What a depressingly stupid machine."
- Arto Paasilinna's Collective Suicide is a whole novel about some people arranging to kill themselves together in a neat, organized fashion. Hilarity Ensues (no, really, it does).
- The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg: The book is told in two different styles. One is the transcripts of an interview between a Priest and the title character. The other style is told through the various suicide letters of Rimberg. It's a dark comedy.
- Dorothy Parker had a poem about the flaws in various methods of suicide, including "Guns are noisy" and "Nooses give". The punch line is "You might as well live."
- A family of eight (somewhat insane) hillbillies in Gautrek's Saga is so shaken by a series of trivial or imaginary mishaps that, by and by, all of them opt to follow the proud family tradition of jumping from Family Cliff—or, as they put it, "going to Odin". Eventually Snotra is the only one of them left alive.
The young people helped their parents to pass on over Family Cliff, and off they went, merry and bright, on the way to Odin.
- An early episode of the classic kids varieties show You Can't Do That On Television had Motor Mouth Ditz Lisa sent to the principal's office as punishment ‘’for him’’ because according to the teacher it was the closest thing to hell the school board could think of. She later came back and said the principal had pulled out a gun while she was talking to him and shot himself so he would not have to hear her. While she was talking the teacher and other students pulled out guns and pointed them at there own heads, until the teacher seemed to have an epiphany decide to put their guns to a different use which could probably be classified as Homicide as Comedy
- Ted the lawyer, from Scrubs, falls in the Interrupted Suicide category. He occasionally gets up on the hospital roof, trying to build the courage to jump. However, he is actually TOO pathetic for it to be taken serious, putting him clearly in this trope.
- And the one time he does actually jump, he lands on a pile of trash.
- Neil in the pilot episode of The Young Ones has built a gallows in the toilet that plays "Rock Around the Clock". Unfortunately for him it just pulls the overhead cistern over and he gets soaked. Meanwhile when the other three Young Ones hear it playing "Rock Around the Clock" Rick mutters, "Well, that's put the rent up by a third."
- And again when Rick melodramatically attempts to kill himself by grabbing a bottle of pills and shoving a fistful in his mouth.
Neil: Is it possible to kill yourself with laxatives?Vyvyan: I don't know, Neil- but I'm going to stay and find out!
- And again when Rick melodramatically attempts to kill himself by grabbing a bottle of pills and shoving a fistful in his mouth.
- There are a few jokes in Father Ted about Jack trying to top himself.
- It has a giant, existential teddy bear that's been brought to life by the wish of a six-year-old-girl attempts to kill himself (complete with a suicide note written on a toy blackboard). Hilarity Ensues. This is serious Mood Whiplash however, when compared to how depressingly straight the show portrays death and suicide otherwise.
- There is an episode where anyone who asks for the truth is told it... by everyone... continuously... until they finally kill themselves. Depending on how you take Dean's Death Seeker behavior, the show's Mood Whiplash, and whether you are a fan of very Black Comedy, this can be pretty funny.
- Late Night With Conan O'Brien
- The first episode had an opening of him walking down the street, in the office, at Starbucks, etc., everyone saying to him "You'd better be as good as Letterman", and "You're under a lot of pressure!" He took it in stride, then went to his office and cheerfully set up a rope to hang himself, and had in fact placed it around is neck when there was a knock at the door, telling him, "You're on Mr. O'Brien!". Conan: "Now, or do I have a minute?"
- In a later sketch, after the New York Mets famously fizzled away a 7 game lead on the Philadelphia Phillies with 17 games to go in 2007 regular season, O'Brien had Mr. Met get extremely depressed at the result, seeing a whole bunch of other misfortunes after the collapse of his team. The tipping point was seeing Mrs. Met in bed with the Phillie Phanatic, causing Mr. Met to attempt suicide by hanging himself with a rope- only that the rope wasn't big enough to fit around his head.
- Monty Python's Flying Circus:
- The Kamikaze Scotsmen sketch.
- One of Terry Gilliam's animations had a man threatening to kill himself. He eventually shot himself in the head and knocked out one of his eyeballs.
"Now, I've had the managing director of Conquistador to see me this morning and he's very unhappy with your campaign. Very unhappy. In fact, he's shot himself.""Badly, sir?""No, very well."
- The final event in the Upper Class Twit of the year contest was to see who could shoot himself first. Although clubbing yourself to death also counted. So did running oneself over with a car.
- The short-lived Sitcom The Powers That Be focused on a US Senator and his dysfunctional family, including a suicidal son-in-law (a member of the House of Representatives). One memorably darkly funny bit had the son-in-law reading Final Exit (a book detailing various methods of suicide) with commentary ("tried it, tried that twice, like that's going to work,....")
- On Buffy, supervillain Spike was captured and surgically prevented from acting out aggression of any kind against humans. He promptly attempts to throw himself on a stake.
- The Chilean Soap Opera Sucupira note had the pharmacist from the Sucupira coastal village, Don Segundo, considering/threatening/trying to commit suicide MANY times over his insecurity about his super sexy wife Olga Maria's fidelity. I.e: He tires to hang himself, blow his brains out, throw himself in front of a train, etc. This was such a trait of Don Segundo that the freaking OP of the series lampshaded it by showing the guy "hanging himself" with his own tie.
- At one point in Charmed, Cole repeatedly tries to kill himself because Pheobe doesn't love him any more. He tries fire and even a Guillotine (he gets stopped before he can use that one though).
- Used in The Vicar of Dibley with the death of Frank's parents due to boredom. (That was never proved)!
- In the episode where Frank lay preaches in Geraldine's stead for two Sundays in a row, Jim comments on how the length and sheer dullness of Frank's preaching drove at least one parishioner to commit suicide right there in their pew.
- Whose Line Is It Anyway?:
- Ryan Stiles gets a lot of mileage out of his "hanged himself" act for this reason.
- The game of "Superheroes" in which Brad Sherwood plays "Suicide Boy".
- In the Ripping Yarns episode Roger of the Raj, there is a scene at a regimental dinner where various officers express controversial opinions (such as passing the port to right or even allowing women to stay and drink port with the men). This leaves them with no choice but to do the honourable thing and they each leave the room in turn to administer the shot or in one case, two shots - the first having missed.
- One episode of Cheers had the gang making a film to send back to Woody's parents to convince them to let him stay in Boston. One segment was filmed in Frasier's office, and upon replay they see someone falling past the window. Frasier notes that he'll have to tell one of his colleagues, whose office was on a higher floor, that he needs to keep the windows in his office locked.
- In a season eight of How I Met Your Mother, a depressed Barney finds a stray dog to fill the gap left from his failed engagement. When he gets a phone call from the real owner asking for his return, he cheerfully says he will, hangs up, folds up his napkin, walks outside and starts to climb over the edge of the patio. His casual calmness leading up to it is what's played for laughs.
- One episode of Community has Abed upset over finding out that Cougar Town has been pushed back to midseason. Britta introduces him to Cougarton Abbey, the British sitcom that inspired Cougar Town. The sixth episode of Cougarton Abbey ends with the entire cast killing themselves after the abbey is foreclosed upon. Abed is not amused.
- One of the last episodes of Friends has Rachel give tear-filled goodbyes to the others before she goes off to her new job in Paris. She says goodbye to Joey on the balcony and he seems to take it well. Then, she turns her back and he climbs over the side to jump.
- On Arrested Development, Tobias has himself put in prison to research an acting role. He runs afoul of the notorious White Power Bill and later tries to psychoanalyze him. He comes to the conclusion that White Power Bill is frustrated with his own failures and only really hates himself. White Power Bill angrily states that he hates his father, the government, and even Tobias himself. Tobias refutes each of these by calmly stating that White Power Bill hates White Power Bill. He then goes to prepare for the beating that White Power Bill promised him. While Tobias is preparing, White Power Bill climbs over the railing in the background and jumps to his death. His last words: "I hate White Power Bill."
- On an episode of Out of This World, dimwit Chris Fuller was assigned the Teen Help telephone line.
- Red Dwarf makes reference to the time Rimmer volunteered for a suicide helpline and caused everyone who called him to commit suicide, including one who just had a wrong number. "Lemming Sunday, they called it."
- Al Bundy of Married... with Children regularly makes jokes about how he'd like to commit suicide, using it as the same kind of stock joke as the idea that his job selling shoes is a pathetic one, or how Peggy is even more useless when it comes to housekeeping and lovemaking, or jokes about how Bud can never get laid, etc.
- On The Celebrity Apprentice, one task had the teams put on a show at Medieval Times. The men's team had two warriors (Lou Ferrigno and Paul Teutul Sr.) battle for the hand of a princess. Ferrigno wins and the princess removes her veil, revealing "her"self to actually be Dee Snider. Stuck with the ungainly princess, Ferrigno turns the sword on himself.
- Given the silly title of Da Vinci's Notebook's Window Washing Cowboy, you don't expect it to be the story of a guy who met the girl of his dreams, found her already in a relationship when he got up the nerve to ask her out, and committed suicide over it... But it's alright, it's Played for Laughs. And with a bad pun at the end.
- Frank Zappa's "Suicide Chump" from You Are What You Is, probably the funniest song ever written about suicide:
Now maybe you're scared of jumpin'And poison makes you sickAnd you want a little attentionAnd you need it pretty quickDon't wanna mess your face upOr we won't know if it's you?Aw, there is so much to worry aboutNow what you gonna do?Go ahead on 'n' get it over with thenFind you a bridge and take a jumpJust make sure you do it right the first timeCause nothing is worse than a suicide chump
- Gravediggaz' "1-800 Suicide". The album version at least. The music video had a different version which promoted a suicide prevention hotline.
- Insane Clown Posse's Violent J as a suicide hotline phone operator encourages a caller to kill himself and insulting him, in a skit preceding their song "How Many Times?" on the album The Great Milenko. We hear a gun go off, but it turns out the caller missed when he tried to shoot himself.
- Megadeth's "Skin O' My Teeth" and "99 Ways To Die" both comment humorously on different ways Dave Mustaine has supposedly tried to kill himself. Mustaine's anger about being kicked out of Metallica led him to suicidal thoughts on occasions, as did the time he almost lost the ability to play guitar in the early 2000s, but his ego was always too big to actually manage it.
- Jumper by Odds is a colourful, tongue-in-cheek song about a guy threatening to throw himself off a bridge.
I think I can fly!
- There was a Mickey Mouse comic story (Yes, that Mickey Mouse) where Minnie leaves him and as a result shows him making a number of failed suicide attempts.
- Pearls Before Swine used to have Alphonse the depressed porcupine do this, but author Stephen Pastis discontinued the character because of too many Dude, Not Funny! responses. (Despite the fact that the window Alphonse was threatening to jump from was, visibly, on the first story, and barely any taller than the character himself. And yes, he only had time to try it once before the fandom backlash forced him out of the strip.)
- The Tim White suicide sketches. WWE never bothered to air these on television (network censors would have had Vince McMahon's head) airing one at the Armageddon 2005 PPV and streaming the rest on their website. Considered by some to be Too Soon with the sudden death of Eddie Guerrero a month prior to the first sketch.
- One Christmas episode of The Jack Benny Program had Jack shopping for presents. A clerk helps him with a gift and message, but Jack keeps recalling the gift so he can change the message. Finally, Jack decides to return the gift and get a cheaper version. The increasingly frazzled clerk (Mel Blanc, at his hysterical over-the-top best) ultimately leaves to shoot himself. Jack hears the gunshot, then realizes he'll have to make his own change from the register.
Mel Look't what you made me do! You made me so nervous, I missed!!!
- In another Christmas episode, the same clerk tries and fails to do it again.
- The Musical version of The Full Monty has a scene where Jerry and Dave sing "Big Ass Rock," a lilting tune about how they'll help Malcolm kill himself, because they're his friends.
- "On the American Plan" by George S. Kaufman and Howard Dietz, a comedy sketch about a suicide hotel. Some guests complained about not getting rooms high enough to make a fatal leap from, or that their cyanide was too bitter to drink. Others were just given a pistol to take to their room, which would be marked unoccupied after the offstage shot was heard.
- Alan Ayckbourne's Absurd Person Singular has Eva attempt various forms of suicide for the whole of the second act.
- One of Improv Everywhere's sketches featured a suicidal businessman about to jump off a ledge — about three feet off the ground.
- In Caryl Churchill's Owners, there is a Running Gag that Marion's employee Worsely is trying to kill himself and never succeeds. And he does try: he says he has tried it six times during his first scenes and other attempts appear througout the play. Methods he tries or considers trying include cutting his wrists, jumping, explosives, using a gun, poisoning, setting a house on fire etc.
Clegg: But do you intend to be dead?Worsely I try to. My doctor says I'm so safety prone I must have a lifewish. I have a sense of humour about psychiatrists.
- The Eighteenth Century play Love without stockings, has this as a comical premise. Every single character on stage commits suicide, all of them using the same knife. The knife, and a bowl of stuffed peas, is passed around between them. In short: The hero couldn´t get married because he had no stockings. He stole them from his rival, and is Driven to Suicide on his wedding day because this is revealed. His bride to be commits suicide because she cannot live without him. The rival commits suicide because he cannot live without her, the best friend of the bride commits suicide because it is all her fault, and the last man standing, the friend of the rival takes his life because everybody else did.
- Borderlands 2 has a bandit Face McShooty, who gives you the quest "Shoot This Guy In The Face". All while loudly demanding to get shot in the face.
Face McShooty: Maybe you're weighting the moral pros and cons but let me assure you OH MY GOD SHOOT ME IN THE GODDAMNED FACE!
Scooter: Everyone's a critic.
- In one side mission, Scooter sends you to find monuments so he can write a poem based off of them to impress a girl. When you deliver it to her, she goes into her home and shoots herself with the pistol she was previously holding.
- Clem and Crystal, the perpetually peppy borderline insane definitely obsessive cheerleaders from Psychonauts, are trying to commit suicide together. Apparently as part of some ritual.
- In Soul Calibur 2, there's Yoshimitsu's suicide attack. He commits Seppuku, complete with Bloodless Carnage. If the opponent is behind him, they take massive damage, but more often than not, they're in front of him, so he just spins around with the blade sticking out his back to kill his opponent. And then he decides he still wants to live, pulls the sword out and recovers.
- The Interactive Fiction game In The End 2 is about the player character's attempts to commit suicide, all of which fail in more or less ridiculous ways. It was written as a parody of In The End, in which the player is railroaded to a Downer Ending.
- The immortal protagonist of Planescape: Torment can suggest that if a priest is so eager to go onto the afterlife, he should kill himself. When the priest replies "you first," the protagonist is free to call his bluff.
- The series Five Minutes to Kill Yourself (hosted by [adult swim]) is all about playing an iso-pixel character trying to commit suicide in interesting ways to get out of something (work, a family outing, a wedding).
- A depressed novelty salesman in Day Of The Tentacle attempts to kill himself by shooting himself in the head, except he's using a flag gun instead of a real one. He then gets more depressed, saying he can't even properly kill himself.
- Karoshi is all about super convoluted ways to kill yourself. Every time you do, you go on to the next level.
- In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, we hear this on the radio:
James: Hello, you're on "The Wild Traveler". Where are you?Caller: I'm on a cliff.James: How romantic!Caller: I want to jump!James: Yes, I know what you mean. Jump into the unknown. How can it be a sin if it feels good? Anyway, why are you calling?Caller: Why am I here?James: I don't know. Why are you there? Where are you? Kenya?Caller: No, I'm in Verdant Bluffs.James: Loathsome place. I'd jump if I were you.Caller: I want to go to Hell.James: Me too! Buy a refrigerator magnet when you get there!
- Saints Row 2 has a series of phone numbers you can dial on your cell phone. One of these is a Suicide Hotline. If you dial it, you hear a gunshot.
- Dead Pool shoots himself in the head when Cable's dire warning from the future bores him too much, after an extended sequence of him seeming to dejectedly, profoundly suffer. "MAKE IT STOP!"*sobs* He gets better.
- In "Suicide Face," a cartoon series on Something Awful's Flash Tub, an idiotic woman beats herself to death with a hammer in order to play a prank on her boyfriend and gets sent to Hell.
- ASDF Movie:
- "Quick, shoot me in the face!"
- "Goodbye, world" "Okay, Jim, see ya round. Hey, where ya going cause *gunshot* Oh! That's not what I thought he meant by that at all!"
- The cake jumping off the table.
- The cupcake (played by the voice of Catbug): "Why won't you let me die?"
- "Don't jump! You have so much to live for!" "Everybody do the flop!" *flop* *beat* *splat*
- In RWBY Jaune Arc has been feeling bad about his terrible performance in his classes so Pyrrha Nikos takes him to the roof. Jaune glances over the edge and mentions he isn't that depressed. Pyrrha takes a second to figure it out, then quickly pushes him away from the edge. In this case, the comedy doesn't come from the act of suicide, but rather Pyrrha's horrified reaction to it's implication.
- A recurring joke in Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, such as a suicide by gunshot being noted as considerably less sombre, because the blood splatter accidentally spelled out the word "butt" on the wall behind the corpse. Another has a guy hanging himself, writing in his suicide note that he's "too cool for life", at which point the viewer sees that he died with toilet paper hanging from one of his shoes.
- Ansem Retort deliberately invokes this trope when, after being confronted by a patient he turned into a cookie, Zexion declared that if he slit his wrists right then, it'd be "the tastiest suicide EVER."
- Suicide for Hire occasionally does one-shots that are like this, but the story arcs are more serious (unless the client is a complete asshole).
- The suicide girl strips of Sexy Losers. She usually stopped because a guy joked about raping her corpse, except he wasn't really joking.
- She eventually bought a gun, so she could kill him first, only to step out of the shower and die mistaking the gun for a hair dryer. She went to heaven because her premature suicide was technically accidental. He stole her corpse, stuffed it, and turned it into a sex doll. Then things got really weird.
- Channel Ate could easily be renamed "The funny suicide webcomic" and still make sense without changing anything else.
- The Suicide Fairies (though that's a misnomer, since suicide is cheating) of Gunnerkrigg Court are constantly trying to get people to kill them. It's rather entertaining.
- Nuzlocke Comics's White version storyline has Ruby finding that Hilbert hanged himself in the closet.
- Freefall: A robot programmed with the works of William Shakespeare who works at an amusement park as Jar Jar Binks is eager to scrap himself, until offered the option of helping Blunt and Edge test Gardener in the Dark.
- This amusing piece from Superdickery really says it all.
- The Nostalgia Critic is always seen contemplating suicide as a result of the movie's he's watching, though this usually says more about the movie than the Critic.
Critic: "There's nothing left for me anymore."
- And like Linkara before him, he averted this tearjerkingly near the end of his "Commercials Special". If it hadn't been for his He's Back moment after, its made pretty clear that he would have died out of depression.
- In his The Master of Disguise review, Rachel actually attempts to take his suicide contemplations seriously by helping him along, to his own frustration — he didn't really mean it.
- Game Grumps "Rugrats In Paris" episode ended with Arin asking Jon to get him his gun after the monotony took him over. Then there is graphic audio of Arin shooting himself, moaning in pain, and Jon telling him to stop bleeding all over his "designer Gucci glasses...and [his] Gucci purse!"
- Linkara's magic gun also doubles as a suicide gun. One famous instance had him attempting to slit his wrists with the gun and wailing "Why doesn't it work?!"
- Averted in Silent Hill Dead/Alive, when he realistically attempts suicide in horror when he was told he killed his daughter.
- Spoony tends to have suicidal tendencies over the later editions of Final Fantasy. One version of Spoony kills himself at the very mention of reviewing FFX.
- In one recent commentary, though, he notes that he's retired from this sort of humour after one of his fans really did commit suicide.
- The Obscurus Lupa review of The Room ends with "Tommy Wiseau" showing up, actually seeing what a terrible film he'd made, and killing himself in a send-up of the Narmful climax.
- This comic is about a boy who wants to kill himself after reading My Immortal by hanging himself with his tie.
- Joey from the musical Me and My Dick attempts to commit suicide after an embarrassing attempt to propose to the hot little Jewish girl Vanessa. He is about to go through with it when his friend walks in. This wouldn't be funny if Joey's Heart wasn't played by an actual person, but when Heart states in a quiet, devastated voice, "I'm going to squeeze my left carotid artery, Joey" it became hilarious.
- Encyclopedia Dramatica has an entire portal dedicated to suicide humour, labeled "An Heroes" after Mitchell Henderson.
- Suicide Putty! The easy way to kill yourself! Simply knead, apply, and die. And if you act now, you can get six sticks of Suicide Putty, so you can kill yourself SIX TIMES.
- Jayuzumi has made a few jokes along these lines, although it isn't quite a Running Gag. The players, in a somewhat heartwarming moment, do try to discourage him when they think he's actually going through with it; in reality, he's playing Bender from Futurama and has cooked a grenade.
- Random Assault: All the hosts will commit suicide (and even the listeners) when Random Assault hits 1,000 episodes.
- While Bittersweet portrayed Pinkie's suicide as tragic, Rainbow Dash Presents Bittersweet puts it squarely in this trope, between Pinkie deliberately doing it to get back at the healthcare system that charged outrageous sums for her diabetes medicine, Pinkie being thrown off a bridge only to find the stream's barely deep enough to cover one's hooves, and Rainbow Dash being too distracted by lying to her parents about school to get advice on how to stop Pinkie from dying. And even the funeral plays it for laughs, with Rarity gloating that she totally called Pinkie committing suicide.
- Scamper the rabbit from Igor. He often succeeds, but his Healing Factor prevents him from staying dead for long.
- Moe from The Simpsons, to the point where one of his Christmas traditions is his annual suicide attempt.
Bart: Wonder how Richie died.Lisa: Perhaps he realized how hollow the pursuit of money really is and took his own life.
- Disturbingly averted by Bart in "The Boys of Bummer".
- A classic from "Three Men and a Comic Book," when Bart and Lisa discuss the resemblance between Casper and Richie Rich.
Homer: Lethal Weapon showed us that suicide is funny.Mel Gibson: That really wasn't my intention.
- In one episode a solar flare knocks out all the power in Springfield. When it cuts off the power to the disco rink, Disco Stu puts a revolver to his temple.
- Beyond Blunderdome:
- Family Guy:
- In-universe in "The Kiss Seen Around the World," in that Tom Tucker hopes to do to a story about teen-ager Neil Goldman threatening to jump of the roof of city hall, accomplishing it by adding "object falling" sound effects in post-production and humorous commentary to the narrative. Thwarted when Meg overhears this and tells him he is a vile, amoral man for even thinking about trying to encourage a suicide to create a story he hopes will amuse the audience, and when Meg's body breaks Neil's fall.
- When the Grim Reaper is injured, Peter realizes that nobody can die so he and eventually everyone else start to perform ordinarily lethal stunts for amusement.
- In a Cutaway Gag, Stewie is playing ball with a still-living Casper. Stewie throws the ball into the street, causing Casper to get hit by a car. When he reappears as a ghost, Stewie apologizes, but Casper says he planned to off himself in a few days anyway.
- In Season 6's "I Dream of Jesus," both Chris and Stewie insert (presumably) loaded revolvers into their mouths, driven to that point after Peter incessantly plays the Trashmen's surf-rock classic "Surfin' Bird."
- Season 12's "Grimm Job," where in the end, it is implied Meg hung herself. Peter ignores this, simply tenderly telling her good night.
- The Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Dumber Dolls" featured a doll named "Happy Time Harry" who is so depressingly cynical, he causes the perpetually optimistic doll Jiggle Billy to lose hope and commit suicide. Jiggle Billy's head assures Meatwad that he isn't actually dead, but he is still depressed.
Meatwad: Ya know, Happy-Time, just bein’ around you kinda makes me wanna die...
- Like South Park (though to a slightly lesser extent), the show has an unnerving fondness for this trope. Characters have killed themselves numerous times, though perhaps none as spectacularly as Shake in the episode "Video Ouija"; he overdoses on sleeping pills, then slits his wrists in an electrocuted pool of piranhas while sucking on an exhaust pipe. And all so he could haunt a video game and scare Meatwad.
- Looney Tunes used this gag a lot:
- "One Meat Brawl" has Porky Pig admonishing his hunting dog for failing to catch a groundhog. The dog pulls out a gun halfway though the chewing-out, turns it on himself, and pulls the trigger. Turns out it's a water pistol.
- In "Tortoise Wins By a Hare", Bugs has made himself a turtle costume so he can beat Cecil Turtle in a rematch race. A group of rabbit gamblers, having bet on Bugs, mistakes him for Cecil (aided by Cecil donning a rabbit costume) and delays him, allowing Cecil to win the race. When Bugs finally makes them realize that he is the rabbit, they all say "Eh, now he tells us!" and blow their brains out.
- Chuck Jones' "Cheese Chasers" has mice Hubie and Bertie unable to look at cheese after binging on it - they decide there's nothing to live for and try to get Claude Cat to eat them. This freaks out Claude, who, when he realizes he'll never eat another mouse, decides he needs to end it all and searches out a bulldog to massacre him. That said, the meat of the comedy is not so much that attempting suicide is funny, but the reaction from Claude (and later the bulldog), who won't aid or abet Hubie and Bertie because he's sure it's a trick (i.e., they must be poisoned).
- A remake of sorts, "Life With Feathers", had a lovebird trying to feed himself to Sylvester after his mate kicks him out of the nest.
- "Horton Hatches The Egg" and "An Itch In Time" had a fish and a cat, respectively, saying "Well...now I've seen everything!" before blowing their brains out with a gun.
- In "Plane Daffy," after a messenger pigeon discovers he's blabbed too many secrets to Hata Mari and Hitler, he puts a gun to his head and slowly goes outside. Lots of gunfire is heard, then he comes back in and says, "Eh...I missed." He goes back out to finish the job.
- The cartoon ends with a military secret reading "Hitler is a Stinker" - Hitler, seeing the message, screams "Zat is not a military secret!" Goebbels and Goering chime in "Ja - everyone knows zat!", realizing what they said in front of the Fuhrer, and shooting themselves.
- The bull in the Daffy Duck cartoon "Mexican Joyride" is on the verge of committing suicide after losing a bet with Daffy (who is a matador in this). Daffy conveniently has a butcher shop set up.
- During a flashback in Yvon Of The Yukon some royal soldiers throw themselves at the king's fireplace to act as fuel for the fire. It was rather creepy.
- King of the Hill had Bill's periodic bouts with depression turn so bad that he became suicidal. Bill's suicide attempts were played seriously, but his neighbors' reactions to it were not. Hank was annoyed by having to take time off of work to go on "suicide watch", Dale didn't care if Bill died or not and was eager to steal his stuff, and Boomhauer was tired of it eating up so much of his time.
- His initial suicide attempt was played straight, but the rest? I don't know how you can get more Played for Laughs than having Bill try to kill himself by putting his head in an ELECTRIC oven, then trying to just slam his head in the drawer repeatedly until Hank stops him (all of this happening over the theme to The Odd Couple playing merrily in the background).
- One episode of Drawn Together saw Xandir commit suicide 99 times - as a video game character, he had a lot of lives to go through. He was talked out of ending his last life.
- You probably didn't think you'd see Rugrats mentioned on this page, but in one episode, Grandpa Boris gets so fed up with Stu's home movies, he picks up the phone and asks for Dr. Kevorkiannote .
- Futurama - Two words, "Suicide Booth".
- Ren of The Ren & Stimpy Show once tried to end it all by throwing himself into the garbage disposal in the sink after Stimpy destroys his prized moose chair.
- The episode "Haunted House" ends with a ghost committing suicide, which inexplicably causes him to come back to life.
- South Park has a disturbing fondness for this trope, with graphic depictions of suicide - all played for comedy - occurring on a regular basis.
- At the end of "Coon vs Coon & Friends" Mysterion is tired and wants to go to sleep, so he shoots himself since doing so causes him to wake up in his bed the next day.
- In South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Conan O'Brien's jumper suicide is played for laughs. Especially when he crashes into and destroys a car parked on the street below, and the owner walks up to turn off the car alarm.
- Suicide is a Running Gag at the conversion camp to which Butters is sent after expressing bi-curious tendencies. Every few minutes someone opens a door to reveal another camper who's hanged himself.
- Adventure Time mentions this in passing with a group of suicidal helium balloons.
Yaay, to the mesosphere! Finally, we can die!
- Clarence kills himself on-screen in the episode "Ghost Princess". He is so depressed that he takes to drowning his sorrows in squeezy cheese. Eventually, he becomes so broken he decides to just put his mouth to the cheese nozzle and gorge himself on the stuff until his body fills up, like a balloon, with cheese, until he explodes. It's both hilarious and disgusting. His famous last words? "MY LIFE IS LIKE A FAAART!!!"
- In the episode of Regular Show "Death Metal Crash Pit", Muscle Man is locked in an RV as an awful death metal band plays on top of said RV. Muscle Man desperately tries to break out of the RV, screaming desperately: "HELP! This music SUCKS!" Eventually, he drives the RV into the crash pit (a big hole where Muscle Man drives broken down cars for fun), and everyone dies. And it's hilarious. The scene ends with Muscle Man as a ghost, high-fiving his friend High-Five Ghost (who was already a ghost), saying: "Best crash pit EVER!"
- In the episode of Spongebob Squarepants "Dunces and Dragons", the guard standing by the door of the jousting tournament says, "Right this way". Spongebob, getting into character, friendlily chides him, "Don't you mean, 'right-eth this way-eth?'", then they go inside. Meanwhile, the guard holds his own spear to his neck and winces, cringing... then sighs, puts his spear down, and says, "SOME DAY... but not today".
- Another episode, "Are You Happy Now?" sees Squidward teasing a suicide attempt twice: once by standing on a stool with a rope, only to reveal that he's hanging not himself, but a cage for a pet scallop, and another by putting his head in an oven, only to pull out brownies; both false attempts are prefaced with "I just can't get happy."
- Squidward also (presumably) contemplates suicide in "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV". Spongebob accidentally shrinks Squidward using Mermaid Man's shrink ray, and temporarily leaves him in Patrick's care. Patrick treats the shrunken Squidward like a toy doll, and at one point Squidward looks down from Patrick's hand and says, "I wonder if a fall from this height would be enough to kill me."
- One Coarse Meal did this with Plankton getting annoyed at Spongebob bothering him while he's waiting to be run over.
- Another episode, "Are You Happy Now?" sees Squidward teasing a suicide attempt twice: once by standing on a stool with a rope, only to reveal that he's hanging not himself, but a cage for a pet scallop, and another by putting his head in an oven, only to pull out brownies; both false attempts are prefaced with "I just can't get happy."
- In the Kung Fu Panda holiday special, Po, in his duties as the Dragon Warrior, has to host a formal dinner for all the Kung Fu masters in China, and has to choose a chef. Unfortunately, due to the extreme formality of the dinner in question, a wave he gives to Monkey is misinterpreted as a dismissal of the first chef, a bunny named Wo Hop, whose name and family and village are now disgraced for all eternity. He believes the only way he can regain his honour is battling the Dragon Warrior in a fight to the death, even if that death is his own. Hilarity Ensues, and Po eventually helps him regain his honor without dying.
- Invader Zim, true to the dark and twisted nature of the show, has this joke in "Dib's Wonderful Life of Doom": after Dib confronts Zim, Zim just gives up and tells GIR that it's been nice working with him, then orders him to self destruct; soon, GIR responds with a cheerful "FINALLY!" and explodes.
- In an episode of The Oblongs, one of The Debbies is disfigured in an accident and tries jumping off a bridge in The Valley. Milo tells her she can't do it, and she does - sinking into the mud. Milo clarifies to her that everyone in The Valley has tried before.
- The end of Red Hot Riding Hood.
- "Blue Cat Blues", the infamous Tom and Jerry cartoon
- A 1940s Popeye cartoon "Happy Birthdaze" introduces Shorty, a little shnook of a sailor who's about to shoot himself because he has no friends - Popeye befriends him and takes him to Olive's house to celebrate Popeye's birthday. Shorty perpetually screws things up there and attempts to shoot himself a couple more times, finally ruining things so completely that Popeye shoots him!
- An episode of American Dad! has Stan's attempt to kill a war criminal being botched by a suicidal lemur; when the guy tries to shoot Stan and Francine as they're fleeing, the lemur jumps in front of his bullet in slow motion, then gives a thumbs-up as it dies.
- In The Legend of Korra, there's Varrick gleefully and hammily deciding to blow himself up with a Fantastic Nuke due to a mixture of being betrayed and wanting to keep the technology from falling into the wrong hands; even so, he jokes that his name will become synonymous with suicide even as his former ally's becomes synonymous with betrayal: "he Varricked himself because some girl Zhu Li'd him!"
- In an episode of Futurama, Hermes is fired as a bureaucrat, and decides to jump off the Planet Express building. Bender shouts up from the ground level "Do a flip!"
- In Moral Orel, after an accidental near death experience causes Orel to think God's trying to communicate with him, he tries killing himself to have more near death experiences. He and his friend Doughy look pretty cheerful when Orel electrocutes himself. It decidedly turned very unfunny later on, as a) the last attempt nearly did kill him, and b) it produced some of the darkest and most disturbing imagery seen on Moral Orel (and that's saying a LOT) leading to Orel's gnostic revelation.
Doughy: [as Orel electrocutes himself and falls unconscious] That was easy!
- Much earlier, before the Cerebus Syndrome kicked in, Orel is interrupted in his attempt to walk on water by a man deciding to jump off a bridge...only to find out the pond it covers is only knee deep. Then he's carted away by the ambulance, first to the hospital for a broken neck, then to the prison for the broken law-turns out suicide is a federal offense in Moralton.