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  • Princess Bubblebum from Adventure Time keeps cyanide-laced gum under the table in her meeting room, and advises another character to eat it if raiders break in. Yes, really.
  • In the Batman Beyond episode "Unmasked", after Batman defeats all his mooks, the leader of Kobra throws himself into his own cobra pit.
  • DuckTales (1987): Played with in "Hero for Hire". Launchpad yells to the cops that "you'll never take me alive!", but he's really setting up Faking the Dead.
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  • In Episode 77 of Kaeloo, Stumpy decides to hang himself when he finds out that the planet is going to be destroyed. Of course, he fails as usual.
  • Played for laughs in the Looney Tunes cartoon "Life With Feathers". Sylvester refuses to eat a suicidal bird because he thinks the bird is poisoned. The bird cajoles Sylvester with a cooking radio show and a cookbook until Sylvester, virtually skin and bones, gives in.
    Sylvester: All right... I'll do it. I'd rather die than starve to death!
  • Double subverted in the South Park episode "Night of the Living Homeless" — When a scientist tries to kill himself before the homeless break down the door to his lab, he ends up non-fatally shooting himself in the head several times before finally hitting the mark.
  • At the end of season 3 of the Spawn animated series, Sam and Twitch give Chief Banks the choice of either killing himself or be disgraced once his link with Jason Wynn is exposed to the public and having his family dragged into such a dirty mess. Chief Banks chooses to kill himself.
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  • Star Wars Rebels: In "Fire Across the Galaxy", the Inquisitor, after being defeated by Kanan, accepts his death calmly and falls to his demise, rather than facing the wrath of Darth Vader.
    Inquisitor: You have no idea what you've unleashed here today. There are some things far more frightening than death.
  • Star Wars Resistance: In "The Children from Tehar", the older of the titular kids, Kel, expresses this sentiment when the First Order tries to capture him and his sister, before they apparently jump to their deaths in the ocean below the Colossus. However, it turns out to be a Faking the Dead ploy Kaz came up with to save the kids.
  • In Toad Patrol, Elf Cup, Fur Foot, and Puffball get stranded on a rock in the middle of a pond in "Castaway". A hungry fish stalks the waters below, and then Medea, the show's angry hungry hawk, flies in and starts slowly circling in on the group. All hope seems lost, and Elf Cup says this:
    Elf Cup: Oh, maybe we should just throw ourselves into the chilly wet.
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