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Playing With: Suicide Is Shameful
Basic Trope: Characters view suicide as a shameful and reprehensible act.
  • Straight: Bob is suffering major depression and commits suicide. When Alice and the others hear about this, they react bitterly and claim that Bob has crossed the Moral Event Horizon.
  • Exaggerated: Anyone who commits suicide is labeled as worse than a murderer, and their corpses will be dumped over the sea.
  • Downplayed: ???
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Suicide is an honorable act.
  • Subverted: It is found out that allegations of Bob being depressed and committing suicide 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 commit suicide are forced to clean up the toilets for eternity!
  • Zig Zagged: Alice's mood about Bob's suicide switches from negative to positive.
  • Averted: Characters show no disgust for those who commit suicide.
  • Enforced: The author is thinking of writing an episode focusing on discouraging suicide.
  • Lampshaded: "These people sure aren't very sympathetic towards suicidial people."
  • Invoked: Alice is thinking of a reason for why Bob shouldn't commit suicide, so she decides to consider it as 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: ???
  • Implied: Alice looks at Bob's suicide note and expresses a very disappointed look on her face.
  • Deconstructed: The conception that suicide is immoral never changes Bob's mind about suicide; it increases his depression even further in that he commits suicide anyways. Bob's friends find Bob's suicide note which states how he has never gotten over his depression thanks to his "sorry excuses of friends" and is happy that he is no longer around a cruel world. The friends, especially Alice, are in deep shock and regret.
  • 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.
  • Played For Drama: Bob plans on committing suicide, but he doesn't die, althought 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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