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A character attempts suicide. However, mid-way through they have an epiphany and suddenly don't want to die anymore (or in more cynical works, they do want to die but the method they chose is too painful or frightening for their liking). This can end three ways: they survive and it ends up a Happily Failed Suicide, or if they're really lucky, someone will come in and stop them, or they die because it was too late to help them.

There is some Truth in Television to this as, statistically, most suicide attempts are impulse decisions. Someone can try, regret it, and later not even understand why they felt the need to attempt suicide in the first place.

Compare to Happily Failed Suicide, Bungled Suicide, Hesitant Sacrifice, and I Regret Nothing.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The first story in Confidential Confessions is about two suicidal high schoolers who bond over their suicidal ideation. One of them decides not to, while the other one does commit suicide.
  • In something between this and an Interrupted Suicide, one episode of Osomatsu-san has an unnamed woman ready to jump off a cliff when she spots Jyushimatsu by the beach. She tries to wait until he leaves but he spends hours practicing his baseball swing. When he gets caught by a wave, the woman saves him. The two begin dating afterwards.
  • Orange: The second time around, Naho and her friends have changed the timeline so much that Kakeru decides not to go through with his suicide at the last second. This becomes a Happily Failed Suicide.

    Comic Books 
  • In Avengers: The Initiative, Armory first bonded with the Tactigon while attempting to kill herself by jumping off of the Golden Gate Bridge. She mentions the statistic about people regretting their suicide attempts, though she denies that such thoughts were going through her head during her own suicide attempt.
  • In a The Sandman related comic Death: The High Cost of Living, a character describes how she... er, ''her friend" had an absolutely horrific childhood complete with all manner of abuse. Eventually the "friend" attempted to commit suicide, and yet her first thought when she woke up in the hospital having survived the attempt was how grateful she was to be alive.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Sound Euphonium fanfic Ambitious Love, Reina took a bunch of pills, decided she didn't want to die, then got herself to the hospital. To her surprise, her ex-girlfriend Kumiko is a physician at the hospital.
  • Reversal Grief Remembrance is a Big Hero 6 one-shot where, grief stricken after his brother's death, Hiro decides to kill himself. He takes an illegal euthanasia pill. Halfway through, he freaks out and tries to stop the pill from working. He fails.
  • In Lost, Professor Oak mentions to Delia how he attempted suicide after his son and daughter-in-law died in a car crash. He regretted it as he was bleeding out because he realized he was leaving his two grandkids alone with no one to take care of them. Luckily, Spencer found Oak and helped him.
  • During Izuku's fake suicide attempt, he accidentally falls off the roof in the beginning of The Vigilante Boss And His Failed Retirement Plan. As Izuku fell to his death, he is filled with remorse. Izuku doesn't want to die nor does he want to ruin Bakugou's life. Thankfully his remorse trigger his Dying Will.
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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Near the end of the Burt Reynolds film "The End" Burt who's been trying to kill himself for most of the movie, decides he wants to live. Too bad his new friend and homicidal maniac Dom De Luise, doesn't want to let his buddy down...
  • Played for laughs in Love And Death, where Boris is suddenly seized with a desire to live... midway through his attempt to hang himself.
  • Dead Like Me: Life After Death: A down-on-his luck inventor commits suicide via Rube Goldberg Device, only to get a phone message that he's won a prestigious award for his work. Unfortunately for him, he can't get off the machine before it triggers a shotgun. Zig-zagged after his death, since his spirit is giddy at winning and not at all concerned that he won't be around to receive the prize.
  • In This Is Your Death, the woman who gasses herself in a car has second thoughts and turns the engine off after the car is taken off stage. However, Adam decides that she is not allowed to change her mind and turns the engine back on.

    Literature 
  • In Tom Clancy novel The Sum of All Fears, terrorist Petra Bock, serving a life sentence in a German prison cell, hangs herself with her own bra. The pain when she knocks the chair over drives her to change her mind and try and save herself. She desperately tries to free her hands and undo the clasp, but she fails and dies.
  • City of Bones (2002): The story opens with detective Harry Bosch called to the scene of a woman who hanged herself in her closet in a Bleak Abyss Retirement Home. Harry observes that the woman struggled to save herself, scratching so hard at the wall of the closet that she broke off two nails. He wonders where that determination to live was before she hung herself.
  • In The Junction, a short story by Yulia Voznesenskaya, the character is Spurned into Suicide and decides to drive her car off a half-built highway junction. At the last moment, just before starting the car, she decides to look down for the last time and sees that the previously closed part of the road below, on which she would have crashed, is now open with a flow of cars going by. She is utterly horrified she could have killed dozens of people and drives away in a panic. It becomes a Happily Failed Suicide as after that she finds God, gets over her heartbreak, and ends up happily married.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Blindspot, Kurt's father is suspected of having killed Kurt's childhood friend Taylor Shaw (believed to be Jane's original identity) due to having come in late with muddy shoes and no alibi on the night of the abduction. He finally fesses up to Kurt midway through the first season that he'd driven out to the river intending to drown himself, but stopped when he thought of how he'd leave Kurt fatherless. Then subverted when it's revealed he really did kill Taylor Shaw.
  • In season 3 of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, while on a plane back home after a disastrous visit to her mother's, Rebecca tries to overdose by taking a bottle of pills one after another. However, as she starts to black out, she sees the call button above her and imagines it as saying it will save her, and so presses it, showing the flight attendant the empty bottle before she goes unconscious. According to Word of God, they did this based on reading real cases of suicide attempts, in which a lot of people described instantly regretting their decision as soon as they made it.
  • Hard Time on Planet Earth had Jesse catch a man who jumped out of a window. The guy thanks him, claiming he changed him mind as soon as he started falling.
  • M*A*S*H: In the episode "The Smell of Music", an injured and depressed injured soldier decides that he wants to die. When Colonel Potter catches him preparing to overdose on anesthetic, he forces the gas mask onto the soldiers face, causing the man to fight to stay alive. That makes him realize that, while he's unhappy, he doesn't truly want to die.
  • Sense8:
    • In the season 1 finale, Riley considers offing herself to prevent herself from being used by BPO to get to the rest of her cluster. They manage to talk her out of it, promising that they will rescue her from BPO's clutches.
    • Early on in the series finale, Wolfgang is in the same position, but with far greater resolve, only opting out when Kala decides to jump out a window if he goes through with it.

    Music 
  • Evanescence: "Tourniquet" is this in song form, with the first verse explicitly referring to "crimson regret". It's written from an explicitly Christian perspective, unlike most of their other songs.note  The protagonist has just slashed her wrists and is begging the eponymous tourniquet, which is both literal and metaphorical, to save her.

    Video Games 
  • The Caligula Effect reveals that Shogo Satake agreed to perform a double suicide pact with his highschool friend Ichika. They were standing at the ledge of the Landmark Tower and were going to jump, but Shogo became too scared to go through with it and ran away. Ichika jumped off and died, leaving Shogo not only with regret over her death, but also guilt over having done nothing over it.
  • The Missing: J.J Macfield and the Island of Memories reveals that someone J.J.'s close to attempted suicide more specifically, her; the entire game is her experiencing this trope in the form of a Dying Dream and willing herself back to life in the waking world.

    Visual Novels 
  • Hatoful Boyfriend: The second game has a flashback where Hitori Uzune befriends another character and suggests that they commit suicide together. Midway though the act, he reveals that the entire thing was a ruse to steal that character's identity. Suddenly afraid to die alone, the character begs him to call an an ambulance - but he refuses.
  • In Higurashi: When They Cry, Rika points a kitchen knife at her neck and almost attempts suicide in order to avoid seeing her best friend Satoko suffer with her abusive uncle in this world. She decides not to because she realizes her death would only make it worse for Satoko.
  • Doki Doki Literature Club!: If you look closely at the picture of Sayori hanging herself, her hands are covered in blood. One of Monika's dialogues in Act 3 brings up that her death wasn't quick, and she had tried to tear the rope away to free herself. Monika suggests both the possibility of Sayori having second thoughts or survival instinct kicking in.

    Web Comics 
  • A weird supernatural variant in Darwin Carmichael Is Going to Hell. Darwin is sent to pick up the soul of a guy who turns out to have recently committed suicide. As Darwin starts to take the soul away, the soul covertly returns to his own body, saying he regretted killing himself and that it was all just a cry for help. This causes him to come back to life, and Darwin takes him to the hospital, where he ultimately survives.
  • Suicide for Hire: Most of SFH's clients attempt to back out at the last minute, partially because Hunter tends to arrange extraordinarily painful symbolic deaths for them. Which invariably leads to Hunter giving them a little push over the edge, ranging from shouting "no refunds!" to remotely activating a rocket on their back to propel them into a Shark Pool.
  • The Webmanhwa Suicide Boy is about a young man who's life is so bad he's constantly looking for a way to kill himself. Unfortunately for him, he's terrified of pain and as such often cuts his attempts short, just to be frustrated about it later. Noticeably, this is played for laughs, being a Slice of Life story.

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    Web Videos 
  • Tribe Twelve: By the time of the 11/11 Livestream, Noah had his spirit crushed, reaching the point where he wanted to be killed by The Collective on said livestream. He was drinking heavily, complaining when his death was delayed, and even swore at Firebrand for saving his life. However, he then realized exactly what he was doing, and sobbed over how he no longer wanted to die, but was convinced he still would.

    Western Animation 
  • In the South Park episode "City Sushi", the Japanese owner of the City Sushi restaurant decides to kill himself in shame by jumping to his death, and then frustratedly catches himself acting like a racial stereotype mid-fall.
  • In the Rick and Morty episode "A Rickle In Time", Rick makes a Heroic Sacrifice by jumping into the void to save Morty by applying Rick's own time collar around his neck so he can return to normal time. He's willing to Face Death with Dignity by making peace with God, realizing that he's giving up his life for a good cause... before seeing the other broken time collar and making an effort to fix it.
    Rick: I'm okay with this. Be good, Morty. Be better than me. [sees the remaining collar in the void] Shit, the other collar! I'm not okay with this! I am not okay with this!
    [Rick fixes the collar and puts it on, returning himself to normal time.]
    Rick: Yes! FUCK YOU, GOD! YOU DON'T EXIST!
  • Family Guy: In "Roads To Vegas", the unlucky Brian and Stewie decide to commit suicide to avoid having to deal with a loan shark by jumping off the balcony of their hotel room. Just a second after Brian jumps, Stewie hesitates when they were supposed to jump together, which leads to Brian calling him a dick before he hits the sidewalk and dies.
  • In the Futurama Grand Finale "Meanwhile", Fry falls off the Vampire State Building but changes his mind after seeing Leela there. Guess what happens next.

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