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  • On 9-1-1, Bobby was a firefighter who failed to see the safety issues of his own apartment building before it ignited a fire that killed 148 people, including his wife and 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.
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  • This becomes one of the main recurring aspects of Jack Bauer's character in 24. The first time he's like this is in the second season 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 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 with Renee Walker's murder, causing him to slip back into this mentality for good.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
    • Daisy "Quake" Johnson 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 Heroic Sacrifice. When she first fights Ghost Rider and he has her pinned down and at his mercy, she merely murmurs, "Do it, I deserve it."
    • Hellfire becomes this in Season Four as well, along with a good dose of Boomerang Bigot. Realizing being an Inhuman wasn't at all what he actually wanted after his years of obsessing over it, not to mention going through the addictive brainwashing of Hive and the withdrawal symptoms of being freed of it, made him cut a deal with The Watchdogs and help them kill every other Inhuman out there on the proviso they kill him last.
      Hellfire: I didn't ask for this! Hive? And bloody misery? If I could take it all back I would. Inhumans are a scourge. The Watchdogs have the right idea, so I struck a deal with them. Help them hunt and kill every last Inhuman... hunted like the animals we are... and I'm gonna be the last one to go.
  • Sinclair on Babylon 5 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. 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 Battlestar Galactica episode 1.03 "Bastille Day", Lee Adama suggests that Tom Zarek is one of these.
    • The sanguine manner in which he meets his execution by firing squad seems to confirm this.
  • Around the third season of Breaking Bad, 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.
  • 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 the late first season, kidnapping Wesley and torturing him all to get Angel angry enough to kill her. Back in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she had done a similar thing with Buffy, though then her motive was that, by killing her, 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 Buffy: 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 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. 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. He explains it as how he killed two Slayers (though his timing and being much tougher than the standard vampire helped), and why Buffy lived so much longer than the average Slayer: she still had friends and family.
    • Deprived of anything to fight for or live for, Wishverse!Buffy in "The Wish" 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.
  • Cobra Kai: Chozen Toguchi, who first appeared in The Karate Kid Part II, had wanted to die since his climactic death battle against Daniel at the end of the film, ashamed of his past behavior and treatment towards his nemesis. However, his uncle (Sato) brought him back to sanity, and spent years changing his ways for the better. When he meets Daniel in Okinawa for the first time since their death battle, he is much more cordial towards his former nemesis, though remains clouded in regret for his past actions.
    Chozen: After our fight, I felt great shame. I... I wanted to die. But, my uncle saved me. He gave me a chance to prove myself. I spent my life trying to do just that. But... regret is sometimes difficult to overcome.
  • CSI has one episode where the "baddie" of the week is simply a deeply disturbed and depressed man in a Red Shirt 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, 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.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Sontarans are similarly eager to die in honorable combat, a trait brought forward particularly in the new series. This trope is played with in "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 Get It Over With and clinging fiercely to his current body when told his time was running out (which could be interpreted as wanting to die as himself rather than regenerate). Thanks to "Turn Left", however, we know that he would have let himself die in "The Runaway Bride" if it weren't for Donna.
    • "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.
    • The Twelfth Doctor refused to regenerate again, having grown tired and wanting to finally rest, but eventually decided that one more life wouldn't hurt anyone... well, apart from himself.
    • The Thirteenth Doctor was more than willing to sacrifice herself if need be, whether it was taking out the Master and his latest army or trying to learn more about her forgotten past.
    • It is implied that this was one reason for River Song's sacrifice in the Library in "Forest of the Dead". Knowing the Doctor didn't recognize her any more would be too painful to bear. (However, her sacrifice is also necessary for them to have met in the first place, so it's also a Heroic Sacrifice to save their love.)
      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 the death of her boyfriend Danny Pink in "Death in Heaven", she keeps putting herself in dangerous situations and making reckless decisions. Whether she's daring 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 "Face the Raven":
      Clara: Maybe I wanted it to happen. Maybe that's why I kept taking those stupid risks...
    • In series 12, the Master eventually reveals he's become this, openly regretting that a doomsday device has failed to activate and left everyone, including him, alive, and trying to engineer a suicide-by-Doctor - a mark of just how much the events of the series have broken him, given the lengths previous incarnations went to in order to survive.
  • In an episode of Dollhouse, Echo is sent to protect a singer from a crazy stalker who's trying to kill her. It turns out that 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.
  • The F.B.I.: Pvt. Byron Landy (Bruce Dern) in "Pound of Flesh", who becomes angry when the base chaplain requests that he be removed from the roster of troops to be sent to Vietnam. He later makes a False Confession to the murder of the chaplain's wife. Erskine works out that he is looking to die, and doesn't care if it happens on the battlefield or in the gas chamber.
  • Forever: Henry Morgan, 200-year-old Doctor blessed (or cursed) with Resurrective Immortality, is a mild case, as he spends a great deal of his time researching his condition and hoping to "cure" it. It's not so much that he wants to die, per se; he wants to be able experience the natural cycle of life.
  • In From the Earth to the Moon, 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.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • 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 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. When the Lannisters forces surround her castle and take it, she simply gives up and takes a 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.
  • Gotham:
    • "Matches" Malone, the hitman who killed Bruce's parents, is revealed to be this as he doesn't even try to resist when Bruce comes to kill him, even instructing him on how to shoot and urges him on. It turns out he hates himself, admitting he's a monster, and feels that Bruce showing up to kill him is a sign there might in fact be a just God after he got away with murdering people for so long. When Bruce refuses to go through with it and leaves, Malone kills himself.
    • Ra's Al-Ghul turns out to desire desth, as being immortal for him is agonizing. He therefore begs Bruce to kill him, and gets his wish.
  • Guardian: The Lonely and Great God: Kim Shin flip-flops on this. At first he's pretty sick of life due to living over 900 years and desires death. When he finds out that Eun-tak is his destined bride that can kill him, he freaks out and does what he can to avoid her. After he falls in love with her, he decides he wants to live with her.
  • Claire from 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.
  • Horatio Hornblower:
    • "Mutiny" and "Retribution": 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 Face Death with Dignity 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.
  • 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. 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.
    • 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.
  • Human Target: People from Christopher Chance's 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 Longmire. A group of armed prisoners escapes into the mountains and Walt goes after them alone in the middle of a 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.
  • Michael of Lost falls into this category during Season 4, but is unable to die because 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 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.
  • Motherland: Fort Salem: When she first enlists, Raelle has no goal beyond going off and dying in a war somewhere. After learning about how her mother died because of the supposed incompetence of Petra Bellweather, Raelle finds a new purpose - to ruin Petra's daughter Abigail, but she quickly abandons this plan after realizing that it would also hurt Tally. Additionally she grows to be friends with Abigail as well, and likely doesn't want to do this any more later.
  • Mouse (2021): Ji-eun becomes one when she learns her unborn baby will be a psychopath. She asks her attacker to kill her, and when she's rescued she yells at her rescuer that he should have let her die.
  • When Mack Hartford of Power Rangers Operation Overdrive realizes he's an android, he at first has a classic Heroic BSoD, 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 Heroic Sacrifice. It starts with pushing a Humongous Mecha toward overload and goes from there.
  • The Professionals
    • In "Discovered in a Graveyard", Doyle is shot by an assassin and his Adventures in Comaland imply that he's had enough of the violence and just wants an end to it. After recovering he just acts like his normal self.
    • In "Wild Justice", a CI5 psychiatrist worries that Bodie has a death wish due to his recent erratic behaviour. She cites the fact that all his ex-colleagues from Special Forces have died engaging in dangerous acts in civilian life. However Cowley realises that one of those men was actually murdered, and Bodie is planning to avenge him.
  • Parodied Ressha Sentai ToQger: The Sixth Ranger is an Ascended Demon 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 The Comically Serious.
  • Robin Hood: 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. 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 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 Sons of Anarchy after his wife Donna's death.
  • Season 5 of Southland sees Officer John Cooper become this following a season-long Trauma Conga Line. 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.
  • Star Trek has the 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 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, with 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 
    • 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.
    • Worf himself in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Ethics after being paralyzed following an accident in an Enterprise-D cargo bay. Had not the surgery to replace his spinal cord been available he almost certainly would have committed suicide down the line.
    • Even not-very-Klingon Klingons get in on this. In Star Trek: Voyager's "Extreme Risk", to punish herself for 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 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 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. 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.
  • 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. The boys find out that the faith healer’s wife was behind his ability to heal people’s illnesses and had managed to do it using a dark altar and by binding an actual Reaper, who can give and take life, to her will which killed victims she thought were sinners and deserved to die and took the healed folks place in death to balance out while her husband had no idea.
    • 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 Driven to Suicide, 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" and while crippled, John probably wanted it most of Sam's life.
    • The Demons Meg and Crowley, both flirt with a Heel–Face Turn, both stop being able to fit in with demons because of their affection for in Meg's case Castiel and in Crowley's case Dean and both wind up making a Heroic Sacrifice to save Castiel and the Winchesters because they are tired of existing.
    • 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 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 jumping into Hell and taking Lucifer with him. In Season Seven, he's finally over most of his self-hatred but is 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 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 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.
    • Season 8 also had Benny very willing to make a Heroic Sacrifice, not just because he cared about Dean, but because he had trouble adjusting to life outside of Purgatory.
    • Castiel is often shown to be willing to die for a cause he believes in, dying and being resurrected when he finally rebels against Heaven in Season 4. In early Season 5, he's willing to die to find the location of God, and he sacrifices himself and is resurrected to help Dean defeat Michael and Lucifer. After he dies and is resurrected in Season 7, he even admits to Dean that guilt over his actions while he was Godstiel makes him suicidal and he continues to show a willingness to die to help the Winchesters and outright says his many resurrections feel more like a punishment than rescue. In the final seasons, he also trades himself for his son Jack, which leads to him being dragged to The Empty in his final appearance on the show.
  • In 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.
  • Detective Inspector William "Jack" Frost in A Touch of Frost 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 True Blood, 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.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985): In "Rendezvous in a Dark Place", Barbara LeMay became obsessed with death after her husband and all of her old friends died. She explains to Death that she was jealous because he had taken almost everyone that she cared about. As a result, Barbara decided that she would do everything that she could to be close to death, even attending the funerals of people whom she didn't know. She wants Death to take her as she doesn't fear him but sees the beauty, freedom and tranquility that he represents. Death initially refuses because her obsession with him means that there is no life in her but he reconsiders and takes her the following night. Barbara then becomes an agent of death herself.
  • Van Helsing (2016): For most of Season 3, Phil is suicidal following Lucky's death. Unfortunately for him, the fact that he's a former vampire who's since been bitten by a Daywalker means that he's been left with a powerful Healing Factor; any attempt to kill himself is at best temporary. He gets out of this mindset near the end of the season, when he learns that his wife (who he thought had died during the Rising) is still alive, giving him something to live for.
  • Logan Echolls of Veronica Mars 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?
  • The Walking Dead:
    • Sasha has become one of these following her boyfriend and her brother's deaths.
    • When Rick reunites with Morgan in Season 3, he's 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.