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** Spike has a theory that ''all'' Slayers develop suicidal tendencies, as they isolate themselves from family and friends until they have nothing to live for, and then die in battle. That's how he killed two Slayers (he stepped in at just the right moment and is much tougher than the standard vampire), and why Buffy lived so longer than the average Slayer: she still had friends and family.

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** Spike has a theory that ''all'' Slayers develop suicidal tendencies, as they isolate themselves from family and friends until they have nothing to live for, and then die in battle. That's He explains it as how he killed two Slayers (he stepped in at just the right moment (though his timing and is being much tougher than the standard vampire), vampire helped), and why Buffy lived so longer than the average Slayer: she still had friends and family.



** The Doctor themself has been dancing around this throughout the revival. Nine said that he didn't survive the Time War by choice, and chose death over committing ''another'' double genocide to stop the Daleks. Ten zigzagged between screaming at Daleks to GetItOverWith and clinging fiercely to his current body when told his time was running out. Thanks to [[Recap/DoctorWhos30E11TurnLeft "Turn Left"]], however, we know that he would have let himself die in [[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride "The Runaway Bride"]] if it weren't for Donna.

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** The Doctor themself has been dancing around this throughout the revival. Nine said that he didn't survive the Time War by choice, and chose death over committing ''another'' double genocide to stop the Daleks. Ten zigzagged between screaming at Daleks to GetItOverWith and clinging fiercely to his current body when told his time was running out.out (which could be interpreted as [[DyingAsYourself wanting to die as himself]] rather than regenerate). Thanks to [[Recap/DoctorWhos30E11TurnLeft "Turn Left"]], however, we know that he would have let himself die in [[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride "The Runaway Bride"]] if it weren't for Donna.

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** In "Ignorance Is Bliss", his response to "have you ever tried to kill yourself" is "not quickly". In a post-finale NPR interview, Laurie confirmed House was suicidally self destructive and compared it to someone being on a ledge wondering if they should jump... for eight years.

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* Around the third season of ''Series/BreakingBad'', Walter White becomes this--he openly admits he wishes his cancer hadn't gone into remission, as he's become very aware of the consequences of his drug work on his family and friends. Not to the point of ever wanting to ''stop'', mind you, because Walt's pride happens to outweigh his fear of those consequences.


* On ''Series/NineOneOne'', Bobby was a firefighter who failed to see the safety issues of his own apartment building before it ignited a fire that killed 14 people, including his wife and childreb. In the first season, it comes out that Bobby made himself a deal that he would do whatever it took to save 148 lives to "balance the scales" and then kill himself. He even keeps a journal to mark down the names of the saved. Eventually, Bobby's friends help him realize this is a self-serving and foolish idea and he realizes it's better to live his life.

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* On ''Series/NineOneOne'', Bobby was a firefighter who failed to see the safety issues of his own apartment building before it ignited a fire that killed 14 148 people, including his wife and childreb.children. In the first season, it comes out that Bobby made himself a deal that he would do whatever it took to save 148 lives to "balance the scales" and then kill himself. He even keeps a journal to mark down the names of the saved. Eventually, Bobby's friends help him realize this is a self-serving and foolish idea and he realizes it's better to live his life.



** Faith is a Death Seeker when she appears in late first season, kidnapping Wesley and torturing him all to get Angel angry enough to kill her. Back in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', she had done a similar thing with Buffy, though then her motive was that, by killing her, [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim Buffy would become like her]], which would be a sort of "post-death revenge" on Buffy by Faith. Originally, Faith was to have hung herself after killing the deputy mayor.

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** Faith is a Death Seeker when she appears in the late first season, kidnapping Wesley and torturing him all to get Angel angry enough to kill her. Back in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', she had done a similar thing with Buffy, though then her motive was that, by killing her, [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim Buffy would become like her]], which would be a sort of "post-death revenge" on Buffy by Faith. Originally, Faith was to have hung herself after killing the deputy mayor.



** Implied with Jon in "The Watchers on the Wall". After Ygritte dies, Jon decides to go on a suicide mission to assassinate Mance Rayder. However, even though he still grieves over Ygritte's death, he manages to shake out of his suicidal tendencies soon afterwards. Also implied somewhat after his actual death and resurrection in Season 6. He seems rather peeved at not being allowed to be at rest, and some of his actions toward the end hint at a lack of will to live. Nonetheless, he goes to war against the Boltons for the sake of his little brother and sister. He ''seems'' to have gotten a second wind as of the final battle with the Boltons, but to what end, no one's sure.

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** Implied with Jon in "The Watchers on the Wall". After Ygritte dies, Jon decides to go on a suicide mission to assassinate Mance Rayder. However, even though he still grieves over Ygritte's death, he manages to shake out of his suicidal tendencies soon afterwards. Also implied somewhat after his actual death and resurrection in Season 6. He seems rather peeved at not being allowed to be at rest, rest and some of his actions toward the end hint at a lack of will to live. Nonetheless, he goes to war against the Boltons for the sake of his little brother and sister. He ''seems'' to have gotten a second wind as of the final battle with the Boltons, but to what end, no one's sure.



** In "Mother's Mercy", Stannis has just sacrificed his own daughter, lost half his men, and been abandoned by Melisandre. It's quite clear that later on in the episode when he sees the massive Bolton army charging towards him he has no chance, but faces it head on anyway. This comes up again when he encourages Brienne to execute him, with a note of bemused contempt.

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** In "Mother's Mercy", Stannis has just sacrificed his own daughter, lost half his men, and been abandoned by Melisandre. It's quite clear that later on in the episode when he sees the massive Bolton army charging towards him he has no chance, but faces it head on head-on anyway. This comes up again when he encourages Brienne to execute him, with a note of bemused contempt.



** In the online comics Adam Monroe is suggested to have been one at some point, before he got his "Vengeful God" master plan together. During the 1700s he spent a great amount of time fighting battles looking for a worthy opponent as he'd grown bored killing humans. Yeah, the guy's got issues.

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** In the online comics Adam Monroe is suggested to have been one at some point, point before he got his "Vengeful God" master plan together. During the 1700s he spent a great amount of time fighting battles looking for a worthy opponent as he'd grown bored killing humans. Yeah, the guy's got issues.



* {{Lampshaded}} in the season two premiere of ''Series/{{Longmire}}''. A group of armed prisoners escape into the mountains and Walt goes after them alone in the middle of a snow storm. The other characters start wondering if Walt is trying to get himself killed. When Walt starts to hallucinate, one of his hallucinations accuses him of this which means that he is actually thinking that dying up on the mountain might be a solution to his problems.

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* {{Lampshaded}} in the season two premiere of ''Series/{{Longmire}}''. A group of armed prisoners escape escapes into the mountains and Walt goes after them alone in the middle of a snow storm.snowstorm. The other characters start wondering if Walt is trying to get himself killed. When Walt starts to hallucinate, one of his hallucinations accuses him of this which means that he is actually thinking that dying up on the mountain might be a solution to his problems.



* Season 5 of ''Series/{{Southland}}'' sees Officer John Cooper become this following a seaon-long TraumaCongaLine. His boyfriend of three years leaves him, his father on his deathbed tells Cooper he'd rather Cooper never have been born than turn out gay, he begins drinking heavily, his original training officer spiral into alcoholism and suicidal despair, leading Cooper to lock him up for his own good, his ex-wife changes her mind about having a baby with him, he and his partner get into a physical altercation after Cooper comes out to him and said partner and he are then kidnapped and tortured (the partner dies). The series ends with Cooper refusing to drop his gun at the order of another officer and taking two in the chest.

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* Season 5 of ''Series/{{Southland}}'' sees Officer John Cooper become this following a seaon-long season-long TraumaCongaLine. His boyfriend of three years leaves him, his father on his deathbed tells Cooper he'd rather Cooper never have been born than turn out gay, he begins drinking heavily, his original training officer spiral into alcoholism and suicidal despair, leading Cooper to lock him up for his own good, his ex-wife changes her mind about having a baby with him, he and his partner get into a physical altercation after Cooper comes out to him and said partner and he are then kidnapped and tortured (the partner dies). The series ends with Cooper refusing to drop his gun at the order of another officer and taking two in the chest.



** Dean's earliest brush with this was way back in the season one episode "Faith", when he learned that, by seeking the help of a faith healer, he inadvertently caused the death of a young man. Later, in the episode when a Reaper appears to kill him, the villain is attempting to kill herself with a special spell [[spoiler:which would happen to kill several million bystanders]] after realizing that immortality is actually a curse, since the world is boring after living for a really long time. She had already tried every other conventional method and failed.

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** Dean's earliest brush with this was way back in the season one episode "Faith", "Faith" when he learned that, by seeking the help of a faith healer, he inadvertently caused the death of a young man. Later, in the episode when a Reaper appears to kill him, the villain is attempting to kill herself with a special spell [[spoiler:which would happen to kill several million bystanders]] after realizing that immortality is actually a curse, curse since the world is boring after living for a really long time. She had already tried every other conventional method and failed.



** In late Season One, Sam wanted to kill the demon that killed his fiancée so badly that he didn't care if he died killing it. In the middle of Season Two, he was way too keen on committing suicide before his destiny could change him, despite Dean's insistence on [[ScrewDestiny screwing destiny]], and after Dean was dragged to Hell at the end of Season Three, Sam tried to sacrifice himself for Dean and then nearly killed himself when he couldn't. When Dean got out of Hell, about the only reason Sam was both still alive and not in a constant drunken stupor was Ruby, who reminded him about getting revenge on Lilith. He went into the season four finale with no intention of coming out alive, and in season five he was ''actively'' suicidal, but the angels wouldn't let him stay dead. Sam rounded the season out by [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice jumping into Hell]] and taking Lucifer with him]]. In Season Seven, he's finally over most of his self-hatred, but is [[spoiler:plagued by PTSD hallucinations of his time in Hell. The Lucifer-hallucination tries to convince him to commit suicide, and when the hallucination's killing him, Sam gives up]]. Somebody get some therapy-cakes for these Winchesters.
** In season 8, the Winchesters learn about the three trials, a series of rituals needed to permanently keep demons from earth. Aware that the person who completes the trials will [[HeroicSacrifice most likely die]], they argue over who will do it. Sam says he wants to do it because he wants to prove himself to Dean, and later reveals that he really wants to [[RedemptionEqualsDeath make up for letting Dean down in the past]] (seasons 4 and 5). Dean wants to do it because he believes Sam could have a normal life, which is something he can't have while Dean is around and Dean has never been able figure out how to do it himself, so he figures he has less to lose. They both find it difficult to live without each other, especially Dean, who's felt since he was four that his only purpose is protecting Sam.

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** In late Season One, Sam wanted to kill the demon that killed his fiancée so badly that he didn't care if he died killing it. In the middle of Season Two, he was way too keen on committing suicide before his destiny could change him, despite Dean's insistence on [[ScrewDestiny screwing destiny]], and after Dean was dragged to Hell at the end of Season Three, Sam tried to sacrifice himself for Dean and then nearly killed himself when he couldn't. When Dean got out of Hell, about the only reason Sam was both still alive and not in a constant drunken stupor was Ruby, who reminded him about getting revenge on Lilith. He went into the season four finale with no intention of coming out alive, and in season five he was ''actively'' suicidal, but the angels wouldn't let him stay dead. Sam rounded the season out by [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice jumping into Hell]] and taking Lucifer with him]]. In Season Seven, he's finally over most of his self-hatred, self-hatred but is [[spoiler:plagued by PTSD hallucinations of his time in Hell. The Lucifer-hallucination tries to convince him to commit suicide, and when the hallucination's killing him, Sam gives up]]. Somebody get some therapy-cakes for these Winchesters.
** In season 8, the Winchesters learn about the three trials, a series of rituals needed to permanently keep demons from earth. Aware that the person who completes the trials will [[HeroicSacrifice most likely die]], they argue over who will do it. Sam says he wants to do it because he wants to prove himself to Dean, and later reveals that he really wants to [[RedemptionEqualsDeath make up for letting Dean down in the past]] (seasons 4 and 5). Dean wants to do it because he believes Sam could have a normal life, which is something he can't have while Dean is around and Dean has never been able to figure out how to do it himself, so he figures he has less to lose. They both find it difficult to live without each other, especially Dean, who's felt since he was four that his only purpose is protecting Sam.



** When Rick reunites with Morgan in Season 3, he's been become to this. Morgan considers himself a failure for being unable to put down his now undead wife, who then bites and turns his son, so he's lost all hope and reason. When he finally sees Rick again, he attacks him, not because he mistook him for a stranger, but because he was hoping Rick would kill him.

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** When Rick reunites with Morgan in Season 3, he's been become to this. Morgan considers himself a failure for being unable to put down his now undead wife, who then bites and turns his son, so he's lost all hope and reason. When he finally sees Rick again, he attacks him, not because he mistook him for a stranger, but because he was hoping Rick would kill him.

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* On ''Series/NineOneOne'', Bobby was a firefighter who failed to see the safety issues of his own apartment building before it ignited a fire that killed 14 people, including his wife and childreb. In the first season, it comes out that Bobby made himself a deal that he would do whatever it took to save 148 lives to "balance the scales" and then kill himself. He even keeps a journal to mark down the names of the saved. Eventually, Bobby's friends help him realize this is a self-serving and foolish idea and he realizes it's better to live his life.

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* Daisy "Quake" Johnson in ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' becomes this for a short time at the start of Season Four, blaming herself for falling under the thrall of Hive and Lincoln's subsequent HeroicSacrifice. When she first fights ComicBook/GhostRider and he has her pinned down and at his mercy, she merely murmurs, "Do it, I deserve it."


* Season 5 of ''Series/{{Southland}}'' sees Officer John Cooper become this following a seaon-long TraumaCongaLine. His boyfriend of three years leaves him, his father on his deathbed tells Cooper he'd rather Cooper never have been born than turn out gay, he begins drinking heavily, his original training officer spiral into alcoholism and suicidal despair, ;eading Cooper to lock him up for his own good, his ex-wife changes her mind about having a baby with him, he and his partner get into a physical altercation after Cooper comes out to him and said partner an he are then kidnapped and tortured (the partner dies). The series ends with Cooper refusing to drop his gun at the order of another officer and taking two in the chest.

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* Season 5 of ''Series/{{Southland}}'' sees Officer John Cooper become this following a seaon-long TraumaCongaLine. His boyfriend of three years leaves him, his father on his deathbed tells Cooper he'd rather Cooper never have been born than turn out gay, he begins drinking heavily, his original training officer spiral into alcoholism and suicidal despair, ;eading leading Cooper to lock him up for his own good, his ex-wife changes her mind about having a baby with him, he and his partner get into a physical altercation after Cooper comes out to him and said partner an and he are then kidnapped and tortured (the partner dies). The series ends with Cooper refusing to drop his gun at the order of another officer and taking two in the chest.


* Season 5 of ''Series/Southland'' sees Officer John Cooper become this following a seaon-long CongaLineOfTrauma. His boyfriend of three years leaves him, his father on his deathbed tells Cooper he'd rather Cooper never have been born than turn out gay, he begins drinking heavily, his original training officer spiral into alcoholism and suicidal despair, ;eading Cooper to lock him up for his own good, his ex-wife changes her mind about having a baby with him, he and his partner get into a physical altercation after Cooper comes out to him and said partner an he are then kidnapped and tortured (the partner dies). The series ends with Cooper refusing to drop his gun at the order of another officer and taking two in the chest.

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* Season 5 of ''Series/Southland'' ''Series/{{Southland}}'' sees Officer John Cooper become this following a seaon-long CongaLineOfTrauma.TraumaCongaLine. His boyfriend of three years leaves him, his father on his deathbed tells Cooper he'd rather Cooper never have been born than turn out gay, he begins drinking heavily, his original training officer spiral into alcoholism and suicidal despair, ;eading Cooper to lock him up for his own good, his ex-wife changes her mind about having a baby with him, he and his partner get into a physical altercation after Cooper comes out to him and said partner an he are then kidnapped and tortured (the partner dies). The series ends with Cooper refusing to drop his gun at the order of another officer and taking two in the chest.


* Opie becomes this in the second season of ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' [[spoiler:after his wife Donna's death]]

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* Opie becomes this in the second season of ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' [[spoiler:after his wife Donna's death]]death.]]
* Season 5 of ''Series/Southland'' sees Officer John Cooper become this following a seaon-long CongaLineOfTrauma. His boyfriend of three years leaves him, his father on his deathbed tells Cooper he'd rather Cooper never have been born than turn out gay, he begins drinking heavily, his original training officer spiral into alcoholism and suicidal despair, ;eading Cooper to lock him up for his own good, his ex-wife changes her mind about having a baby with him, he and his partner get into a physical altercation after Cooper comes out to him and said partner an he are then kidnapped and tortured (the partner dies). The series ends with Cooper refusing to drop his gun at the order of another officer and taking two in the chest.

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* In ''Series/{{Switched}}'', Umine eventually admits to being this when she first tried to kill herself. She outright states that she didn't care if the body switching failed so long as she wasn't living her old life.

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{{Death Seeker}}s in live-action TV.
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* This becomes one of the main recurring aspects of Jack Bauer's character in ''Series/TwentyFour''. The first time he's like this is in the second season [[spoiler:following his wife's death]]. He contemplates suicide but just can't do it, which sends him fighting to stop the threat of Day 2 with the hopes that he'll eventually die while stopping it. He eventually is able to get better from this and for the most part remains okay up until the 5th season rolls around and completely breaks him through a number of misfortunes by the end [[spoiler:culminating in being held hostage and tortured in a Chinese prison for nearly two years]], causing him to revert back to this state and not really recover again until after the 7th. And then season 8 comes and finally snaps him one more time [[spoiler:with Renee Walker's murder]], causing him to slip back into this mentality for good.
* Sinclair on ''Series/BabylonFive'' starts out this way. In each of the first five episodes, he deliberately claims the most dangerous tasks for himself. He starts to change this habit after Garibaldi calls him on it.
** Marcus is explicitly described as a death seeker. [[spoiler: He gets his wish.]]
** With at least six attempts at heroic sacrifice or suicide and the mother of all unaddressed guilt complexes, Delenn is an implicit embodiment of this trope.
* In the re-imagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' episode 1.03 "Bastille Day", Lee Adama suggests that [[spoiler: Tom Zarek]] is one of these.
** The sanguine manner in which he [[spoiler: meets his execution by firing squad]] seems to confirm this.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** The Groosalugg was so ''hideous'' that he sought monsters to destroy him. He failed to die so incredibly he got made his kingdom's champion.
** Faith is a Death Seeker when she appears in late first season, kidnapping Wesley and torturing him all to get Angel angry enough to kill her. Back in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', she had done a similar thing with Buffy, though then her motive was that, by killing her, [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim Buffy would become like her]], which would be a sort of "post-death revenge" on Buffy by Faith. Originally, Faith was to have hung herself after killing the deputy mayor.
** Angel himself has some Death Seeker tendencies, though more back on ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'': He seems to be trying to get Buffy to kill him in "Angel", tries to get Spike to kill him in "What's My Line, Part 2", and is insistent on sacrificing his life in "The Zeppo". On ''Series/{{Angel}}'', he was unfazed by hearing he was going to die in "To Shanshu in LA". (He also made a suicide attempt in "Amends", but that's not this trope.)
** Last but not least, Wesley. Triggered by the prophecy that Angel would kill Connor and partly because Fred chose Gunn over him, he apparently wishes to die, as the Loa points out. Interestingly, by the end of Season 5, after ''much'' more suffering, he nonetheless claims he intends to live through the final battle. [[spoiler:His half-assed plan suggests otherwise, though, and he does in fact die]].
--->'''Loa:''' You risk your life, human, calling on the loa. Perhaps what you really seek is death. The pain in your heart begs for it.
** Spike has a theory that ''all'' Slayers develop suicidal tendencies, as they isolate themselves from family and friends until they have nothing to live for, and then die in battle. That's how he killed two Slayers (he stepped in at just the right moment and is much tougher than the standard vampire), and why Buffy lived so longer than the average Slayer: she still had friends and family.
** Deprived of anything to fight for or live for, Wishverse!Buffy is just an emotionless killing machine waiting for the moment when it all ends. This is more or less ''exactly'' what Spike said was normally the fatal flaw of Slayers: the urge to find death after a lifetime of dealing it. It's main-universe-Buffy's friends that set her apart from virtually all other Slayers. This one doesn't live long enough to form such bonds.
--->'''Wishverse Buffy:''' World is what it is. We fight, we die. Wishing doesn't change that.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' has one episode where the [[AntiVillain "baddie"]] of the week is simply a deeply disturbed and depressed man in a RedShirt who loses his girlfriend (in a way that genuinely isn't his fault) and goes around starting trouble so someone would kill him and let him be "reunited" with her. Thing is, even in a gunfight with multiple people all shooting at him, [[EpicFail they all fail to hit him]]. In the end, he gets cornered on a rooftop and simply tries to commit suicide by jumping off, but there's a safety net underneath him.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Sontarans are similarly eager to die in honorable combat, a trait [[PlanetOfHats brought forward particularly]] in the new series. This trope is played with in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar "A Good Man Goes to War"]] when a Sontaran slowly dying of a painful wound quips that the experience is not quite as glorious as he anticipated. Of course, he's a nurse. He's later resurrected off-screen to become Vastra and Jenny's assistant in crime-fighting, so... good deal.
** The Doctor themself has been dancing around this throughout the revival. Nine said that he didn't survive the Time War by choice, and chose death over committing ''another'' double genocide to stop the Daleks. Ten zigzagged between screaming at Daleks to GetItOverWith and clinging fiercely to his current body when told his time was running out. Thanks to [[Recap/DoctorWhos30E11TurnLeft "Turn Left"]], however, we know that he would have let himself die in [[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride "The Runaway Bride"]] if it weren't for Donna.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E11TheGodComplex "The God Complex"]]: The Minotaur implied that the Eleventh Doctor was still this. He came very close to accepting a prophesied death a few episodes later, only changing his mind at the absolute last minute.
--->'''The Doctor:''' ''[translating for Minotaur]'' An ancient creature drenched in the blood of the innocent, drifting in space through an endless, shifting maze. For such a creature, death would be a gift.\\
'''The Doctor:''' Then accept it, and sleep well.\\
'''The Doctor:''' ''[translating for Minotaur]'' ...I wasn't talking about myself.
** It is implied that this was the reason for River Song's sacrifice in the Library in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead"]]. If the Doctor does not know her at all, she may as well not live.
--->'''River:''' The day is coming when I'll look into that man's eyes my Doctor and he won't have the faintest idea who I am. And I think it's going to kill me.
** A subtle example with Clara Oswald in series 9. After [[spoiler:the death of her boyfriend Danny Pink]] in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E12DeathInHeaven "Death in Heaven"]], she keeps putting herself in dangerous situations and making reckless decisions. Whether she's daring [[AxeCrazy Missy]] to kill her, enjoying a terrifying and potentially deadly adventure with murderous ghosts, deliberately getting herself abducted by hostile aliens or laughing as she dangles thousands of feet above London, Clara is very apathetic about her own mortality. She eventually realizes this about herself in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E10FaceTheRaven "Face the Raven"]]:
--->'''Clara:''' Maybe I wanted it to happen. Maybe that's why I kept taking those stupid risks...
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', Echo is sent to protect a singer from a crazy stalker who's trying to kill her. It turns out that [[spoiler:the singer and the stalker have been in contact, and she sees being murdered in the middle of a show as both freedom from life and a way to become "immortal" in people's minds]].
* In ''Series/FromTheEarthToTheMoon'', Joe Shea worries his colleagues at [=NASA=] with his repeated statements that he wished he had been in the capsule during Apollo 1's plugs-out test; they had discussed putting him under the seats to diagnose the communications problems but ultimately decided against it. He finally explains at the end that he doesn't wish he was ''dead'', but that he might have had a chance of seeing and extinguishing the fire before it became deadly. Stormy, the Grummond engineer who had been in charge of Apollo and also suffering from the guilt, advises him that it's best not to dwell on what-ifs.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Implied with Jon in "The Watchers on the Wall". After Ygritte dies, Jon decides to go on a suicide mission to assassinate Mance Rayder. However, even though he still grieves over Ygritte's death, he manages to shake out of his suicidal tendencies soon afterwards. Also implied somewhat after his actual death and resurrection in Season 6. He seems rather peeved at not being allowed to be at rest, and some of his actions toward the end hint at a lack of will to live. Nonetheless, he goes to war against the Boltons for the sake of his little brother and sister. He ''seems'' to have gotten a second wind as of the final battle with the Boltons, but to what end, no one's sure.
** Olenna Tyrell following the [[OutlivingOnesOffspring death of her son and grandchildren]] by Cersei's hands in Season 6. She no longer has any reason for living except for exacting revenge on Cersei for taking her family away from her, which is why she throws her lot with Daenerys Targaryen. [[spoiler:When the Lannisters forces surround her castle and take it, she simply gives up and takes a [[DrivenToSuicide poison handed by Jaime Lannister]] without taking a beat, since she is just done of living]].
** Prince Daemon Targaryen:
--->'''Aemond:''' You have lived too long, Uncle. \\
'''Daemon:''' On that much, at least, we agree.
** After being exiled for a second time, it becomes evident Jorah has lost a fair share of his will to live, and his return to the gladiator arena is partly out of a wish to die. Of course, having Greyscale doesn't help matters.
** In "Mother's Mercy", Stannis has just sacrificed his own daughter, lost half his men, and been abandoned by Melisandre. It's quite clear that later on in the episode when he sees the massive Bolton army charging towards him he has no chance, but faces it head on anyway. This comes up again when he encourages Brienne to execute him, with a note of bemused contempt.
%%* As pointed out by her therapist, Meredith of ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' may be a subconscious Death Seeker.
* Claire from ''Series/{{Heroes}}''--there's more than a little suicidal flavor to the way she repeatedly subjects herself to deadly force in order to gauge the extent of her powers. It still ''hurt'', for starters.
** In the online comics Adam Monroe is suggested to have been one at some point, before he got his "Vengeful God" master plan together. During the 1700s he spent a great amount of time fighting battles looking for a worthy opponent as he'd grown bored killing humans. Yeah, the guy's got issues.
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'':
** "Mutiny" and "Retribution": [[InsaneAdmiral Crazy Captain]] Sawyer is all kinds of insane, paranoid and senile. Among other things, he wants to die and would love to go with all the glory of dying in battle as a legend of the Navy. Never mind taking all his men with him as well. At one point, he pleads Horatio, his third lieutenant, to shoot him, and later in the story gets his ship ''Renown'' aground and under heavy fire. They are helpless, and it was a freaking miracle that his lieutenants got the ship afloat and that they were not blown to pieces or burnt down by hot shots. His wish does come true eventually. He is surprisingly able to FaceDeathWithDignity when their Spanish prisoners escape and take them. His last command was taken from him, but the Admiralty take some pains to see that his reputation is not destroyed.
** In "The Even Chance" Horatio becomes one of these when he proposes a duel between him and Simpson: either he dies and is free of Simpson or Simpson dies and he's free of Simpson. Either way, he wins. This is more obvious in the book.
* ''Series/{{House}}''.
** While not as actively suicidal as some of the other examples, his self-destructiveness is leading him towards an early death, his curiosity exceeds his regard for his own life, the issue of him not caring if he dies and not feeling like he deserves to live (or be happy) has come up several times and he even says he would rather be dead than deal with all the crap in his life anymore in the Season Four finale.
** The series finale opens with him stoned on heroin and in a burning building, hallucinating. The hallucinations repeatedly suggest that he should get out of the building. If he's interested in living, that is. He takes his time about it, so much so that just as he's heading for the front door the building collapses on him. [[spoiler: At his funeral, Wilson gets a text from him. The guy in the casket isn't House; he's faking his own death to avoid going to jail and spend some time with Wilson, who himself is dying of cancer.]]
* ''Series/HumanTarget'': People from [[TheAtoner Christopher Chance's]] [[ProfessionalKiller old life]] are ''constantly'' accusing him of being this, often using this exact phrase. Given his new line of work, they sort of have a point. His clients sometimes ask him the same question, too:
-->'''Mrs. Pucci:''' Everyone's afraid to die, Mr. Chance... unless, of course, for some reason they think they deserve it.
* {{Lampshaded}} in the season two premiere of ''Series/{{Longmire}}''. A group of armed prisoners escape into the mountains and Walt goes after them alone in the middle of a snow storm. The other characters start wondering if Walt is trying to get himself killed. When Walt starts to hallucinate, one of his hallucinations accuses him of this which means that he is actually thinking that dying up on the mountain might be a solution to his problems.
* [[spoiler:Michael]] of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' falls into this category during Season 4, but is unable to die because [[spoiler:the Island simply won't let him. He eventually succeeds in the Season Finale, when he manages to save the lives of the Oceanic 6.]]
* There was an episode of ''[[Series/{{MASH}} M*A*S*H]]'' which included a Chinese-American soldier trying to get himself killed in battle because he identified both as a Chinese person and an American and thus hated himself for "being" the enemy one way or another.
-->'''Sidney Freedman:''' He has to kill Chinese to be a good American, then he has to kill himself to be a good Chinese.
* When Mack "[[FanNickname iMack]]" Hartford of ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' [[TomatoInTheMirror realizes he's an android,]] he at first has a classic HeroicBSOD, but comes out of it rather quickly...only to put himself in the line of fire more and more in an attempt to engineer a HeroicSacrifice. It ''starts'' with pushing a HumongousMecha toward [[ExplosiveOverclocking overload]] and goes from there.
* Parodied ''Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger'': The SixthRanger is an AscendedDemon who repeatedly declares his intent to die heroically as atonement (for making it rain). Too bad for him he's in a relatively light-hearted Sentai year, and his teammates will never let him follow through; he just comes off as TheComicallySerious.
* ''Series/RobinHood'': Little John, whose motto is "Today is a good day to die", as a result of guilt and grief over abandoning and losing his family. [[spoiler: In the season 2 finale, he finally declares that it is NOT a good day to die; it remains to be seen if this marks a turning point for his Deathseeking ways.]]
* In the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episode "Disciple", evil archer Vordigan realized his age was starting to catch up to him. Unable to accept this, he antagonizes Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow, trying to goad him into killing him, while also believing this act would make Oliver fall to the dark side and take his place. When Oliver (with Clark Kent's help) defeats him without killing him, he is disappointed.
* Opie becomes this in the second season of ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' [[spoiler:after his wife Donna's death]]
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Klingons]], whose religion holds that to get into Sto-Vo-Kor (their equivalent of Heaven...or more accurately, Valhalla) one has to die in honorable combat. "Today is a good day to die" is basically the motto of the entire species. A Klingon warrior who lives to old age will tend to get more extreme about this. A specific example of this is shown late in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', with [[OldMaster Dahar Master]] Kor. During the Dominion War arc he desperately wants to be sent into combat so that he can have a chance to die honorably, but he's made so many enemies over the years that nobody is willing to let him join the war. Furthermore not helped by the fact that by the time of his last appearance, Kor was now something of a senile loon.
** Like the Vikings below, there ''are'' loopholes. For example, when Jadzia dies, her Klingon husband, Worf, collects friends and goes into battle in her honor, which in Klingon religion can earn the deceased passage to Sto-Vo-Kor. [[note]](Paralleling the medieval Christian doctrine of substitution, wherein if you had committed more sin than you could do penance for in a lifetime, you could work it off by various more active things, like crusading or helping to build a church, which devolved into the outright-purchase papal indulgences Luther found so offensive. Or someone else could transfer ''their'' merit to you, which is why rich people endowed monasteries and where that 'pray for the souls of the dead' thing originates. AndNowYouKnow.)[[/note]]
** Also, Worf's brother Kurn. After Worf loses his family honor for the second time, Kurn loses his high council seat and finds his way to [=DS9=]. He joins Odo's security forces, but Worf quickly realizes he's just looking to die. In the end, Worf is forced to wipe Kurn's memory in order to keep his brother from dying. Just a tremendously sad story all around.
** Even not-very-Klingon Klingons get in on this. In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'''s "Extreme Risk", to punish herself for [[SurvivorGuilt not being around]] when the Maquis were wiped out, B'Elanna starts engaging in higher and higher risk activities on the holodeck with the safeties off. It's pretty clear that if Chakotay hadn't stepped in, she would have kept going until she got herself killed.
** Garak in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' slips into this a couple of times. First, there's his habit of not putting a filter on his mouth before blurting out something inadvisable, to the point where he'll mouth off to people ''who have just stabbed him''. Second, in "The Wire", he keeps trying to get Bashir to stop trying to save him, coming up with new spins on the same basic story in the hope of finding any portrayal of himself, any at all, that would make the uber-idealistic doctor abandon him.
** A character's plan in the ''Deep Space Nine'' episode "Duet" is to be put to death. [[spoiler:A Cardassian filing clerk named Marritza got plastic surgery to resemble the late Gul Darhe'el, who ran the concentration camp Marritza worked at. Driven almost mad by guilt at his inaction in the face of the camp's atrocities, Marritza planned to force Cardassia to admit its wrongdoing, then be executed, sparing him any more time living with his guilt. Upon realising this, Kira frees him, although he's murdered not five minutes later by a Bajoran.]]
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'''s Dean is this in a nutshell. Notice how whenever he gets the choice to die or keep living the choice is always ambiguous. After his Dad dies for him, he's tired of life and, as the crossroads demon says in "Crossroad Blues", his first thought in the morning is "I can't do this anymore." It finally comes to a head in the Season Two finale when Sam dies and Dean sells his soul to get him back for a whole bunch of messed-up reasons. For the first half of Season Three, he doesn't seem to mind if he goes downstairs ahead of schedule but finally, ''finally'' in "Dream a Little Dream of Me", he realizes the obvious fact that he doesn't ''deserve'' eternity in Hell. Except his martyrdom comes back full force in "No Rest For The Wicked", and he still thinks he doesn't deserve to live in "Lazarus Rising", so you can't help but still think his sole goal for himself is death.
** Dean's earliest brush with this was way back in the season one episode "Faith", when he learned that, by seeking the help of a faith healer, he inadvertently caused the death of a young man. Later, in the episode when a Reaper appears to kill him, the villain is attempting to kill herself with a special spell [[spoiler:which would happen to kill several million bystanders]] after realizing that immortality is actually a curse, since the world is boring after living for a really long time. She had already tried every other conventional method and failed.
** Dean has managed to hit a new low as of mid-season seven, what with losing everybody, even his car, and his brother nearly dying of madness. Basically, Sam is the only thing keeping Dean from being DrivenToSuicide, and that doesn't work so well when Dean can't trust his brother.
** While Dean is the most extreme version of this, nearly every character in the show has desperately wanted death at some point: Bobby wanted it in "Dream a Little Dream Of Me" [[spoiler:and while crippled]], John probably wanted it most of Sam's life.
** In late Season One, Sam wanted to kill the demon that killed his fiancée so badly that he didn't care if he died killing it. In the middle of Season Two, he was way too keen on committing suicide before his destiny could change him, despite Dean's insistence on [[ScrewDestiny screwing destiny]], and after Dean was dragged to Hell at the end of Season Three, Sam tried to sacrifice himself for Dean and then nearly killed himself when he couldn't. When Dean got out of Hell, about the only reason Sam was both still alive and not in a constant drunken stupor was Ruby, who reminded him about getting revenge on Lilith. He went into the season four finale with no intention of coming out alive, and in season five he was ''actively'' suicidal, but the angels wouldn't let him stay dead. Sam rounded the season out by [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice jumping into Hell]] and taking Lucifer with him]]. In Season Seven, he's finally over most of his self-hatred, but is [[spoiler:plagued by PTSD hallucinations of his time in Hell. The Lucifer-hallucination tries to convince him to commit suicide, and when the hallucination's killing him, Sam gives up]]. Somebody get some therapy-cakes for these Winchesters.
** In season 8, the Winchesters learn about the three trials, a series of rituals needed to permanently keep demons from earth. Aware that the person who completes the trials will [[HeroicSacrifice most likely die]], they argue over who will do it. Sam says he wants to do it because he wants to prove himself to Dean, and later reveals that he really wants to [[RedemptionEqualsDeath make up for letting Dean down in the past]] (seasons 4 and 5). Dean wants to do it because he believes Sam could have a normal life, which is something he can't have while Dean is around and Dean has never been able figure out how to do it himself, so he figures he has less to lose. They both find it difficult to live without each other, especially Dean, who's felt since he was four that his only purpose is protecting Sam.
** Season 8 also had [[VegetarianVampire Benny]] very willing to make a HeroicSacrifice, not just because he cared about [[BandOfBrothers Dean]], but because [[StrangerInAFamiliarLand he had trouble adjusting]] to life outside of Purgatory.
%%* Owen Harper from ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. "Owen. So strong he gets in a cage with a weevil. Desperate to be mauled."
* Detective Inspector William "Jack" Frost in ''Series/ATouchOfFrost'' tried and failed to commit suicide by confronting an armed criminal. He got the George Cross for his troubles.
* Godric, a 2,000-year-old vampire from ''Series/TrueBlood'', surrenders himself to a group of religious fanatics, hoping they will crucify and burn him, but he is saved by his vampire pals. After speechifying to the Fellowship of the Sun, he attracts a suicide bomber to his home that still fails to kill him. Later, he commits old-fashioned vampire suicide by meeting the sun.
* Logan Echolls of ''Series/VeronicaMars'' has something of a death wish, highlighted most obviously in 1x22 "Leave It To Beaver" and 3x20 "The Bitch Is Back". But with his background, can you blame him?
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'':
** [[ColdSniper Sasha]] has become one of these following [[spoiler:[[BreakTheCutie her boyfriend and her brother's deaths]]]].
** When Rick reunites with Morgan in Season 3, he's been become to this. Morgan considers himself a failure for being unable to put down his now undead wife, who then bites and turns his son, so he's lost all hope and reason. When he finally sees Rick again, he attacks him, not because he mistook him for a stranger, but because he was hoping Rick would kill him.
** Carol becomes one in Season 6. After having adopted the philosophy that she must be willing to do awful things to survive and protect her group over the past few seasons, which includes killing innocents and children, the guilt of it all finally catches up to her. When a Savior has her pinned down and is shooting her in the arm as revenge for her killing his friends, she keeps trying to goad him into doing it. When he begins to walk away without killing her, she practically begs him to finish her off.

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