Playing With: Suicide Is Shameful

Basic Trope: Characters view suicide as a shameful and reprehensible act.
  • Straight: Bob is suffering major depression and kills himself. When Alice and the others hear about this, they react bitterly and claim that Bob has crossed the Moral Event Horizon.
  • Exaggerated: Anyone who kills themselves is labeled as worse than a murderer, and their corpses will be dumped over the sea.
  • Downplayed: Alice berates Bob for being a Death Seeker.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Suicide is seen an honorable act.
  • Subverted: It is found out that allegations of Bob being depressed and killing himself are false and that he made a Heroic Sacrifice to save someone from being hit by a car.
  • Double Subverted: But Alice wasn't really phased by the act and believed that Bob sacrificed himself on purpose.
  • Parodied: Anyone who attempts to kill themselves are forced to clean up the toilets for eternity!
  • Zigzagged: Some characters demonize suicide while others encourage it.
  • Averted: Characters show no disgust for those who kill themselves.
  • Enforced: This is an Author Tract and the author wants his work to shame suicide.
  • Lampshaded: "These people sure aren't very sympathetic towards suicidal people."
  • Invoked: Alice is thinking of a reason for why Bob shouldn't kill himself, so she decides to consider it an evil act.
  • Exploited:
    • Bob's abusers use this trope in effect just so they can keep him alive to abuse him even further.
    • Knowing the social stigma of suicide, Greg coerces Bob to kill himself to anger his loved ones.
  • Defied: Bob plans to stage his suicide a murder in order to avoid receiving backlash from everyone.
  • Discussed: "So if you kill someone, it's bad, but if you kill yourself, that's even worse?"
  • Conversed: "Characters don't generally commit suicide because it's the right thing, so shaming them doesn't really work."
  • Implied: Alice looks at Bob's suicide note and expresses a very disappointed look on her face.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • Despite society still condemning suicide, and even if Alice and the gang are upset at Bob's decision, they still give him a proper burial, showing that they cared about him nonetheless.
    • Bob's friends eventually honored his decision to end his life, Alice even volunteered to Make It Look Like an Accident as a Mercy Kill so Bob won't go to hell for committing suicide.
    • On his way to high cliffs to kill himself, Bob saved a little girl from getting hit by a car. After discovering how precious life is, Bob decides not to end his life, and finds a new purpose in his life by helping others with depression.
  • Played For Laughs: After Bob was sent to hell, he and the others who killed themselves were kicked out because hell is overflowing. Now all the people are resurrected and seen as the lowest of the low by the entire world while living forever.
  • Played For Drama: Bob plans on killing himself, but he doesn't die, although he is badly injured in the process. To make matters worse, Bob is not only sentenced to life in prison, but is also shamed by society by being labeled as a despicable coward for trying to give up on life while his loved ones abandon him, making Bob feel physically and emotionally devastated.

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