Wiki Headlines
We've switched servers and will be updating the old code over the next couple months, meaning that several things might break. Please report issues here.

main index




Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
Playing With: Talking Down the Suicidal
Basic Trope: Someone (the Talker) finds out that another person (the Suicidal) intends to commit suicide and decides to try and talk them out of it.
  • Straight: Bob is standing on a ledge about to jump, when Alice sees him and goes over to talk him out of it.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob uses cliched phrases to talk Alice out of killing herself ("You have so much to live for", "It gets better", etc.)
    • The Talker is a celebrity who is not a main or supporting character in the work (bonus points if the Suicidal in question is a fan of theirs)
  • Downplayed: ???
  • Justified: Alice has been concerned, and came to check on Bob, only to find him about to kill himself.
  • Inverted: Suicide Dare.
  • Subverted: Bob ignores Alice and goes ahead on killing himself anyway.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
    • Alice is in no actual danger of dying (is only a short distance from the ground if about to jump, using children's medicine to overdose on, etc.), but Bob attempts to talk her out of it with as much panic as if she would die if she went through with what she is about to do.
    • Bob is not actually suicidal and his actions make sense in context, but Alice sees him, thinks he's going to kill himself, and attempts to talk him out of it.
    • Alice was actually trying to persuade Bob to go through with killing himself, but her words actually persuade Bob to not do it. Bonus points if Bob thanks her profusely for it.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice shows up to talk Bob out of killing himself. Bob starts to listen to her and decides not to do it—until Charlie shows up and taunts him into going through with it.
  • Averted: Bob decides not to kill himself before Alice shows up.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "Have you come to talk me out of killing myself?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Charlie stops Alice from talking Bob down because he wants Bob to kill himself.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Played For Laughs: Suicide as Comedy.
  • Played For Drama: Bob refuses to listen to Alice and falls, only he doesn't die, and has to spend the rest of his life as a paraplegic due to injuring his spinal cord.

Back to Talking Down the Suicidal

TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from
Privacy Policy