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If you're thinking about killing yourself in this (or any other!) manner, '''[[UsefulNotes/SuicidePrevention we]]''' '''''[[UsefulNotes/SuicidePrevention insist]]''''' '''[[UsefulNotes/SuicidePrevention you get help and beg you not to do it. Please, talk to somebody.]] YouAreNotAlone.'''


So, your character wants to die for some reason. However, they can't just commit suicide: maybe they're restricted from killing themselves, maybe they are in an important governmental position, or maybe just because SuicideIsShameful. Whatever the case, the obvious solution for them is to hire someone to do it for them.

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So, your character wants to die for some reason. However, they can't just commit suicide: maybe they're restricted from killing themselves, maybe they are in an important governmental position, maybe [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning they have a plan that hinges on them being assassinated, specifically]], or maybe just because SuicideIsShameful. Whatever the case, the obvious solution for them is to hire someone to do it for them.


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* During a period of severe depression, Creator/AngelinaJolie tried to hire a hitman to kill her. He agreed to meet with her in person, and -- calmly and kindly -- was able to ''talk her'' ''[[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre out of going through with it.]]''

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* During a period of severe depression, Creator/AngelinaJolie tried to hire a hitman to kill her. He agreed to meet with her in person, and -- calmly and kindly -- [[HitmanWithAHeart decided to, and was able to ''talk her'' to]], ''[[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre talk her out of going through with it.]]''


So, your character wants to die for some reason. However, they can't just commit suicide, maybe they're restricted from killing themselves or maybe just because SuicideIsShameful, whatever the case the obvious solution for them is to hire someone to do it for them.

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So, your character wants to die for some reason. However, they can't just commit suicide, suicide: maybe they're restricted from killing themselves themselves, maybe they are in an important governmental position, or maybe just because SuicideIsShameful, whatever SuicideIsShameful. Whatever the case case, the obvious solution for them is to hire someone to do it for them.



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* In ''{{Anime/Madlax}}'', General Guen [=McNichol=] hires the title character to assassinate him since he's ''that'' sick of the war. He also specifies that it's to be a ConspicuouslyPublicAssassination while he delivers a speech, in order to show the people who were controlling his entire life that he is going out on his own terms.

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* In ''{{Anime/Madlax}}'', ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'', General Guen [=McNichol=] hires the title character titular heroine to assassinate him him, since he's ''that'' sick of the war. {{war|IsHell}}. He also specifies that it's to be a ConspicuouslyPublicAssassination while he delivers a speech, in order to show the people who were controlling his entire life that he is going out on his own terms.
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* One episode of ''Series/CSIMiami'' had a billionaire construct a rifle with a lock-on ability and give it to his former business partner so he would kill him (he was already dying of cancer, you see, and he was concerned about what his cut-throat partners would do once he was gone. For example: that rifle, which he developed for the U.S. military, had a lot of flaws that he had never been able to solve (and that tended to ''make the rifle explode on the user's face'' when they happened)... but said partners wanted to sell it wide-spread regardless). He promised him he would inherit the company if he did it.

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* One episode of ''Series/CSIMiami'' had a billionaire construct a rifle with a lock-on ability and give it to his former business partner so he would kill him (he him. He was already dying of cancer, you see, cancer and he was concerned about what his cut-throat partners would do once he was gone. For example: that rifle, which he developed for the U.S. military, had a lot of flaws that he had never been able to solve (and and that tended to ''make the rifle explode on the user's face'' when they happened)... happened... but said partners wanted to sell it wide-spread regardless).regardless. He promised him he would inherit the company if he did it.






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May include ICannotSelfTerminate, a MercyKillArrangement, or be part of InsuranceFraud or some other ThanatosGambit. See also SuicideByCop. On occasion it may provide a convenient means of FakingTheDead. FakeAssistedSuicide is a subtrope where the assassin isn't really trying to kill the asker.

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May include ICannotSelfTerminate, a MercyKillArrangement, or be part of InsuranceFraud or some other ThanatosGambit. See also SuicideByCop. On occasion it may provide a convenient means of FakingTheDead. FakeAssistedSuicide is a subtrope where the assassin isn't really trying to kill the asker.
asker. See SuicideNotMurder for instances where you dispense with a third party and stage the suicide as a murder yourself.


May include ICannotSelfTerminate, or be part of InsuranceFraud or some other ThanatosGambit. See also SuicideByCop. On occasion it may provide a convenient means of FakingTheDead. FakeAssistedSuicide is a subtrope where the assassin isn't really trying to kill the asker.

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May include ICannotSelfTerminate, a MercyKillArrangement, or be part of InsuranceFraud or some other ThanatosGambit. See also SuicideByCop. On occasion it may provide a convenient means of FakingTheDead. FakeAssistedSuicide is a subtrope where the assassin isn't really trying to kill the asker.


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* ''ComicBook/SinCity'': The short story, "The Customer Is Always Right" has a woman who meets a handsome stranger on a balcony and the two engage in flirtatious banter. As they kiss, he shoots her with a silenced pistol and it's indicated that she hired him to kill her, possibly to escape an even worse situation.

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* ''ComicBook/SinCity'': The short story, "The Customer Is Always Right" has a woman who meets a handsome stranger on a balcony and the two engage in flirtatious banter. As they kiss, he shoots her with a silenced pistol and it's indicated that she hired him to kill her, possibly to escape an even worse situation.



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* PlayedWith in ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive.'' Avigadro knows that his nephew's fiancée, Kharisma, wants to kill him for his money, so he makes a deal out of boredom--he'll change his will to make Kharisma his sole heir and then change it back in a few months; until then, she's free to try and kill him in a way that won't leave any evidence, while he deals with the challenge of staying alive. [[spoiler:He winds up dying of natural causes just before the deadline, but either never changed his will or already changed it back. Even worse for Kharisma, the police find the evidence from her failed attempts]]...

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* PlayedWith in ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive.'' Avigadro knows that his nephew's fiancée, Kharisma, wants to kill him for his money, so he makes a deal out of boredom--he'll change his will to make Kharisma his sole heir and then change it back in a few months; until then, she's free to try and kill him in a way that won't leave any evidence, while he deals with the challenge of staying alive. [[spoiler:He winds up dying of natural causes just before the deadline, but either never changed his will or already changed it back. Even worse for Kharisma, the police find the evidence from her failed attempts]]...

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* During a period of severe depression, Creator/AngelinaJolie tried to hire a hitman to kill her. He agreed to meet with her in person, and -- calmly and kindly -- [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming was able]] to ''talk her'' ''[[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre out of going through with it.]]''

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* During a period of severe depression, Creator/AngelinaJolie tried to hire a hitman to kill her. He agreed to meet with her in person, and -- calmly and kindly -- [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming was able]] able to ''talk her'' ''[[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre out of going through with it.]]'']]''
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}'' this is revealed to be how [[spoiler:Gustavo Garian]] planned to die once he discovered he was terminally ill. In a variant, this was more of an afterthought: he, with help from other Diabolik victims, had hired the assassins to kill Diabolik, and it's implied he had set up the second hit on himself because the money they had raised was enough for two hits and he didn't want to waste it once he had seen Diabolik's death. Then, believing the assassins had succeeded in killing Diabolik before being killed by Eva in retaliation, he shoots himself.


* PlayedWith in ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive.'' Avigadro knows that his nephew's fiancée, Kharisma, wants to kill him for his money, so he makes a deal out of boredom--he'll change his will to make her his sole heir and then change is back in a few months; until then, she's free to try and kill him, but it's still up to her to not get arrested afterward. [[spoiler:He winds up dying of natural causes just before the deadline, but either never changed his will or already changed it back. Even worse for Kharisma, the police find the evidence from her failed attempts]]...

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* PlayedWith in ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive.'' Avigadro knows that his nephew's fiancée, Kharisma, wants to kill him for his money, so he makes a deal out of boredom--he'll change his will to make her Kharisma his sole heir and then change is it back in a few months; until then, she's free to try and kill him, but it's still up to her to not get arrested afterward.him in a way that won't leave any evidence, while he deals with the challenge of staying alive. [[spoiler:He winds up dying of natural causes just before the deadline, but either never changed his will or already changed it back. Even worse for Kharisma, the police find the evidence from her failed attempts]]...



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* PlayedWith in ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive.'' Avigadro knows that his nephew's fiancée, Kharisma, wants to kill him for his money, so he makes a deal out of boredom--he'll change his will to make her his sole heir and then change is back in a few months; until then, she's free to try and kill him, but it's still up to her to not get arrested afterward. [[spoiler:He winds up dying of natural causes just before the deadline, but either never changed his will or already changed it back. Even worse for Kharisma, the police find the evidence from her failed attempts]]...



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* In ''Film/SeekingAFriendForTheEndOfTheWorld,'' we actually see an ad for this; it notes that people may not want to wait for the apocalypse, and that getting someone to "surprise you" can lead to a less stressful end. [[spoiler:The trucker who helps the protagonists later has such a contract, and picked up Dodge thinking that he was the hitman. He's killed by a sniper shot while laughing about this]].




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* A variant in ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''--Echo is programmed to protect a famous singer who's being targeted for death by a stalker. It later turns out that she's actually in contact with him and ''wants'' him to kill her on stage, which would make her famous forever while also "freeing" her of a life that she no longer enjoys.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': In "The Tip of the Zoidberg", the Professor and Zoidberg made a deal in their Army days that Zoidberg would kill the Professor when he began to succumb to a disease he caught then.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': In "The Tip of the Zoidberg", Zoidberg," the Professor and Zoidberg made a deal in their Army days that Zoidberg would kill the Professor when he began to succumb to a disease he caught then.
* PlayedWith in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''--[[MagnificentBastard Xanatos]] actually hires [[PsychoForHire Jackal and Hyena]] to kill him, but naturally, [[XanatosGambit it's part of a scheme]] that he has every intention of surviving.



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* This turns out to be the plot of the Cloudman chapter of ''VideoGame/Killer7''. When Andrei Ulmeyda gets Garcian alone, he reveals that he challenged the Smiths on national TV because he wanted Garcian to kill him if he became a Heaven Smile. Sure enough, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero the US Army ends up forcing your hand]] when they try to take him in.



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* Inverted in ''Film/TheAssassinationBureau'', in which Oliver Reed's character ''accepts'' a contract on himself, challenging the other members of the Bureau to complete it.



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* The comic ''Dead Man's Party'' has the world's best assassin order an open contract on himself after he is told he has cancer and only two months to live, only to discover his doctor lied and is perfectly healthy and can't cancel the hit on himself.


* In the ''Literature/HammersSlammers'' story "A Death in Peacetime", set after their coup of Nieuw Friesland a mysterious masked stranger hires some former Slammers to kill Joachim Steuben, and leaves a "good-luck charm", a coin from Newland on a chain with the payment. After Steuben's death President Hammer notes that he wasn't wearing his lucky piece, a coin from his homeworld, Newland.

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* In the ''Literature/HammersSlammers'' story "A Death in Peacetime", set after their coup of Nieuw Friesland a mysterious masked stranger hires some former Slammers to kill Joachim Steuben, and Colonel Hammer's psychopathic bodyguard who became his head of StateSec. The stranger then leaves a "good-luck charm", a coin from Newland on a chain chain, with the payment. After Steuben's death President Hammer notes that he wasn't wearing his lucky piece, a coin from his homeworld, Newland.

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