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Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp;
Guns aren't lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.
Dorothy Parker, "Resume"

In Real Life, Suicide is a very serious matter. People generally complete (or attempt) suicide because they are simply unable to cope with life and with their emotions. Overwhelming negative feelings such as anger or depression have become too much for them to bear, making suicide seem like the only feasible option. It is a tragic thing that happens all too often and is extremely traumatic for the victim's friends and family, who are left behind to grieve. When someone commits suicide, their loved ones are often wracked with anguish and guilt, wishing they had done something before it happened. They feel that if they had taken some action to help the person when they had the chance, their dearly departed loved one would still be alive.

In the land of fiction, whether gruesome and brutal or romantic and painless, it's a huge source of drama. Right? Well, usually.


Some shows aren't so serious. Frequently, they'll have one ridiculously depressed character who is either constantly on the verge of suicide or keeps attempting it. If it's the latter, expect Interrupted Suicide or Bungled Suicide to come into play. These characters are sometimes Driven to Suicide by the slightest thing, or else are so disillusioned that their lives are one long string of attempts to, well, cut that string. They see everything as a means of self-destruction. If the suicidal character is a Deadpan Snarker, expect protests along the lines of "Oh, just let me die already!" And in the event that their suicide succeeds, expect it to be an Undignified Death.

See also Black Comedy. Compare Seen-It-All Suicide, Black Comedy Rape. If the show playing this trope involves anthropomorphic animals, lemmings will always be the first choice. As with many Black Comedy tropes, this may evoke objections of "Dude, Not Funny!".



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  • General Motors had this Super Bowl commercial, highlighting how reliable its warranty is (since its cars are so well built it could last the entire warranty). The commercial follows a robot who fails to properly insert a screw, forcing his dismissal. He's then forced to work several menial jobs, such as holding a sign or operating the drive-thru speaker, though every time he sees a GM car he gets depressed. Eventually, the depression reaches the point where the robot is seen jumping off a bridge into the water, killing himself, until the commercial cuts to the fact It Was All A Dream. The episode in its original format, while generally well-received, was criticized for being insensitive by suicide support groups, forcing GM to change the ad where, instead of the robot jumping to his death, he's forced to work as a grocery store stock boy.
  • This Geico ad compares the unbelievable savings from switching your insurance to Geico to the unbelievable fact that a Hollywood Tone-Deaf guy at an Antarctic research station brought his karaoke machine with him and is singing the Backstreet Boys song "I Want It That Way". Badly. So badly that one of the other researchers tries to walk out into an ongoing blizzard rather than continue listening and another one has to drag him back from trying to kill himself.
  • The PIC Mosquito Repellent Coil advertisement often played at Drive In Theaters featured a scene where after the announcer explains how to use it, one of the cartoon mosquitoes holds one in one of his hands and lights it, saying "So if you don't want our company ever anywhere, just light PIC and...see what I mean?! Bye!" and drops dead (complete with suddenly holding a flower once deceased.)
  • A Hyundai ad showed a man attempting to kill himself by using a hose to fill a car with carbon monoxide from its exhaust system, only to walk away dejected because the car in question runs off of water emissions. Unsurprisingly, this ad was quite controversial.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Nozomu from Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei attempts to kill himself Once an Episode. In the beginning, anyhow. The suicide jokes decrease over time (though don't disappear entirely) as other forms of comedy pop up (like Chiri's increasing homicidal tendencies).
  • In D.Gray-Man, Miranda Lotto uses her powers to repair a damaged ship. Everyone stares at her in amazement, but she immediately thinks she's messed up and tries to off herself by jumping into the ocean.
  • Paranoia Agent has the episode "Happy Family Planning". Three people are trying to commit suicide, with two of them trying to keep the third from doing so because she's too young. And it's easily the goofiest episode in the series.
    • Ends with it turning out that they had been Dead All Along (after the carbon monoxide poisoning, after which you never see their shadows again.
  • Grelle Sutcliff from Black Butler tended to attempt suicide over the littlest mistakes she made in the earlier episodes. At first, the cast is willing to stop her but it annoys them so much they decided to no longer do so.
    • Of course, this was when she was posing as a hopelessly incompetent butler and shortly before she was revealed as a psychopathic Grim Reaper, a job to which suicide is a prerequisite.
  • Saint Young Men, playing up the Christian and Buddhist stories on how animals like quails and rabbits were willing to sacrifice themselves for the sake of the higher power, has Jesus and Buddha constantly being plagued by animals willing to give themselves up for food whenever one of them makes so much as a small comment on how hungry they are. Cats jumping on plates while carrying matches, turtles trying to dive into boiling pots, turkeys knocking on the door while they were preparing a Christmas feast...
  • Ai Ebihara's suicide attempt over a broken heart in Persona 4: The Animation is played almost completely for laughs. Almost, because after Narukami (the MC) talks her out, we learn her Freudian Excuse as a Formerly Fat girl who was harshly bullied in the past, and liked Kou because he treated her well.
  • This episode of the Lupin III: Part II series features a "Suicide Beam" used as the main weapon against Lupin and his gang. Lupin gets hit with the beam and continues to lightheartedly attempt suicide, only to be stopped by Jigen or Zenigata each time. Zenigata also gets hit with the beam two times and tries to shoot himself in the head. He misses. Both times.
  • The first episode of Humanity Has Declined has this with self-loathing robotic bread.
  • In Inu × Boku SS, Soushi's attempts to convince Ririchiyo to commit his Seppuku when she doesn't need him anymore and wants to dispose of him are Played for Laughs.
  • Kumadori from One Piece is a very loud and flamboyant character, and has a habit of trying to commit seppuku over minor issues. Unfortunately for him, he knows a skin hardening technique that he instinctively activates every he tries to stab himself. He laments at not being able to take his own life.
  • In Haikara-san ga Tooru, Benio Hanamura's suicide attempts are Played for Laughs. (Even when the circumstances pushing her to do it, well, aren't funny at all.) She once tried to put her head in a bowl of water, but was saved; then she got inside a water tank... which was full of sake, so she "only" got drunk.
  • Ramen Fighter Miki, being a deconstruction of the Fighting Series Played for Laughs, uses this at the beginning of episode 4A, Kayahara sensei mentions to eat "her last ramen" and "To continue this pitiful life of a teacher... I'm already tired of it." Later we discover that Kayahara Sensei is not talking about suicide, but to quit her job as a teacher. However, Miki invokes it to solve her problem with a student that wants to quit Kayahara's class:
    Miki: Imagine, if she committed suicide because of you, she'll haunt you for sure!
  • Amelia from The Voynich Hotel constantly wants to off herself, but can't without taking someone with her. (It's what she tries to do in her very first appearance, by the way.) When you find out just how awful of a life she had before becoming the hotel's chef, and the horrifically funny crap she has to put up with as part of her job, you can't really blame her.
  • In the manga of Mahoraba (but not the anime), Sayoko regularly tries to hang herself, but always fails due to the rope or branch snapping, or other comical mishaps.
  • Bungo Stray Dogs:
    • Dazai's main character trait is his desire to kill himself, which he constantly attempts. It's almost always played for laughs. The very first time he's seen is after the protagonist Atsushi interrupts one of his suicide attempts, where he tried to drown himself in a river. You can guess his reaction. Throughout the series, we're casually shown Dazai attempting suicide a number of times.
      Dazai: I love suicide, but I hate pain and discomfort.
    • Aside from that, Dazai likes to sing about suicide, read books about suicide, flirtatiously propose double suicide, and constantly drops lines referencing suicide. And it's never, ever played the least bit seriously. What makes this especially dark is that all of the characters in the series are named after either classical authors and poets or major characters from classical literature, and the author he's named after was famously suicidal and ultimately drowned himself.
  • The notoriously So Bad, It's Good Hentai anime Bible Black has a scene where a teenage girl's dramatic suicide is undercut by a completely comical overreaction. You can see the scene here (WARNING: NSFW!)
  • At one point in UQ Holder!, Kirie attempts to kill herself after losing a bunch of money on the stock market. Of course, this would just cause her Save Scumming powers to kick in, so it also doubles as a case of Time Travel for Fun and Profit.

    Asian Animation 
  • In episode 15 of Happy Heroes, Big M. fakes wanting to kill himself in order to convince Smart S. to give him a stray cat that he has under his care. Little M. gets in on the ploy by actually bringing out a gun to kill Big M. with; Big M. understandably does not appreciate it. The whole thing is played for laughs.

  • Part of Bo Burnham's routine in "Make Happy." He attempts to imitate Katy Perry-esque inspirational songs and devolves into imploring his audience to kill themselves, before apologizing, discussing how suicide is a serious issue, and that if you're desperate enough to take words of wisdom from pop music, you should kill yourself. Burnham realizes the gravity of the issue he's joking with and goes as far as to immediately apologize for the song, begging listeners to not complain about it on their blogs.
  • Irish comedian Frank Carson had a joke about how a man had a nasty fall and would have broken his legs if it weren't for the rope around his neck.

    Comic Books 
  • The British adult comic Viz has the character Suicidal Sid who is suicidally depressed and in every story continually tries to kill himself only for every single attempt to fail. It isn't until he regains the will to live that he finally dies.
  • In Nextwave, Dirk Anger is constantly seen trying to commit suicide due to an extended Villainous Breakdown, though he was never psychologically stable to begin with. The most notable example is trying to shoot himself with a pistol that has a barrel curved backwards in a U-shape and is larger than a car. Finally, he accidentally hangs himself, only to come back as a zombie.
  • In one Lucky Luke story, a man is distraught by a company teetering on bankruptcy. "I put most of my fortune in its stock!" He tries to shoot himself but the gun fails to work. His butler then informs him that the rest of his money is in the maker of that brand of gun.
    • Another story had a man who is a horrible shot, yet his girlfriend won't marry him unless he becomes sheriff. Feeling he can't live without her, he puts the gun against his head and fires. And the shot misses!
  • In one Spirou and Fantasio story, the stock market crash suicides are milked for every possible laugh. First a Chinese peddler sets up a shop outside the New York stock market, selling lucky charms, and when the place closes later, he moves to the backdoor selling revolvers. Another joke from the same album informed an ex-millionaire intending to shoot himself but learning that the debtors already took his revolver. His butler, suddenly rich from his own stock investments, suggests that they switch parts. A bit later on, the ex-butler is in turn bankrupt, and the ex-millionaire, now a butler informs that rather than wasting his money on stocks, he invested it on a revolver and lends it to his master.
  • The Book of Bunny Suicides by Andy Riley is a collection of (mostly) one-panel drawings of assorted means of self-termination attempted by very determined and creative bunnies.
  • Arseface from Preacher deserves mention here: his pre-series attempt to mimic Kurt Cobain and the speech impediment, partial lobotomy (resulting in an unshakably cheerful personality) and namesake deformity he received from the shotgun blast were repeatedly Played for Laughs, at least until his Ensemble Dark Horse Woobie status resulted in further character development and a happy ending for him.
  • In Tomorrow Stories, Jack B. Quick's science-based hijinks and meddling in Things Man Was Not Meant to Know eventually drive his folksy parents into depression and suicide. Their suicide attempts are frequently relegated to a Funny Background Event.
  • Noob has a real-life scene in which one of the players keeps a random teen from jumping off a building... over a celebrity couple breaking up. The teen in question finds the will to live again after noticing some Celebrity Resemblance in the guy who saved her.
  • Used as an example of how interminably stodgy Prowl is in The Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers. He had a captured Decepticon commander at his mercy and spent the better part three days going over every single one of the Decepticon's many violations of the Tyrest Accord in excruciating detail. It was the end of day three before anyone realized that the Decepticon had been dead for about twelve hours, having preferred to shut off his own Spark (the equivalent of willing one's heart to stop beating and wiping out the soul in the process) rather than suffer through any more tedium by listening to Prowl. In other words, Prowl has successfully bored someone to death.
  • The horror comic Dylan Dog once ventured in this: a terminally ill man had sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for revenge on the killers of his family only for the Devil to tell him he'd do while he's in the hospital about to die just to deny him the satisfaction and then to Baba Yaga who delivered immediately, resulting in him being unable to die until the Devil and Baba Yaga can solve the issue of his soul while still suffering for his illness and the Devil thwarting his attempts at just committing suicide (stabbing himself with a knife resulted in the blade falling down, putting himself on the rails resulted in the Devil derailing the train and kill anybody on board but leaving him alive, throwing himself from a palace had him bounce back where he jumped from, etc.).
  • Recurring Extra De Suicidis from Alan Ford is a desperate man who's always trying to kill himself for unclear reasons but no success, no matter how hard or imaginative the attempt is (hanging himself, jumping in a river, face a bull in a corrida with no training, join a suicide mission in the Foreign Legion, use a contraption to smoke a whole packet worth of cigarettes at once). To add to the Black Comedy, nobody does try to dissuade him (in his first appearance Alan even advises him to look for a better spot along the bridge to jump from).

    Comic Strips 
  • Calvin and Hobbes:
    • In one story arc where Calvin accidentally breaks his dad's expensive binoculars, he asks Hobbes whether he should commit hara-kiri or run away from home. Hobbes suggests both.
    • In another story arc where Calvin accidentally floods the bathroom, he starts looking for cyanide in the medicine cabinet to avoid having to face his parents' wrath.
    • A few times, Calvin's grotesque snow creations include a suicidal snowman, such as a snowman killing himself with a hot water bottle on his head, a snowman about to jump from the roof, and a snowman about to hang himself.
  • Garfield:
    • Garfield tries to stick his head in the oven when Jon considers getting him declawed... only to find it's electric, not gas powered.
    • This strip, in which Garfield attempts suicide, is rather dark for a piece of family-friendly media, much less a newspaper comic strip.
    • One strip has Garfield meet a mouse whose mother was a lemming, a creature he describes as "a gerbil with suicidal tendencies." After a couple of strips of the mouse uncontrollably hurling himself off of the table, he ends up deciding to drown himself in Garfield's water bowl. Though the strip doesn't say anything conclusively, he's never seen again and the entire thing is Played for Laughs.
  • There was a Mickey Mouse comic story (Yes, that Mickey Mouse) where Minnie leaves him and as a result shows him making a number of failed suicide attempts.
  • Pearls Before Swine:
    • The strip used to have Alphonse the depressed porcupine do this, but author Stephen Pastis discontinued the character because of too many Dude, Not Funny! responses. (Despite the fact that the window Alphonse was threatening to jump from was, visibly, on the first story, and barely any taller than the character himself. And yes, he only had time to try it once before the fandom backlash forced him out of the strip.)
    • This is also the idea behind the suicidal lemmings. They always gather at a cliff to carry out a Suicide Pact, but either don't quite carry it out or find some creative way of doing so (such as the one who catches a football pass mid-jump and shouts that he just won the Super Bowl).

    Fan Works 
  • The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Fluffershy has Fluttershy attempt seppuku with a carrot after she walks in on her friends watching her cameo appearance in a porn movie. Pinkie talks her down after assuring her that they're not judging her.
  • While Bittersweet portrays Pinkie's suicide as tragic, Rainbow Dash Presents Bittersweet puts it squarely in this trope, between Pinkie deliberately doing it to get back at the healthcare system that charged outrageous sums for her diabetes medicine, Pinkie being thrown off a bridge only to find the stream's barely deep enough to cover one's hooves, and Rainbow Dash being too distracted by lying to her parents about school to get advice on how to stop Pinkie from dying. And even the funeral plays it for laughs, with Rarity gloating that she totally called Pinkie committing suicide.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • Cell uses Android 17's voice to try and convince his sister, Android 18, to let Cell absorb her, as opposed to 18 killing herself. The comedy comes in the fact that Cell gives 17 a Totally Radical vernacular.
      Cell: Come on sis! You gotta chill yourself before you kill yourself!
    • Episode 34 reveals that in Trunks' timeline, Yamcha, instead of dying to the androids, hanged himself after learning that Bulma was pregnant with Vegeta's child.
      Goku: Dark.
  • The Mlp Loops: Due to the fact that time is looping infinitely, the loopers all know that death is temporary. While suicide is generally a sign of severe mental instability even for loopers, it still shows up on occasion, usually as a way to get out of especially bad variants.
    • In one loop, Twilight and her friends wake up as dinosaurs—with half of them carnivores. They immediately jump in the nearest volcano and just deal with the Punishment Loop.
      After all, whatever its other drawbacks, the school cafeteria in the Eiken world served pretty good food... none of which knew her on a first name basis or vice-versa.
    • There's one loop that seems normal... until Twilight realizes that Pinkie Pie has been replaced by Dolores Umbridge. She promptly blows up the sun, killing herself and crashing the loop.
      Twilight: Birch this loop. I'm done.
  • This is the basic premise of the Ranma ½ story Akane the Suicidal, an Alternate Universe Fic where Ranma arrives at the Tendo Dojo to find Akane is, rather than the hot-tempered Tsundere she is in canon, a cheerful, friendly girl who is constantly trying to kill herself in various ways. These attempts (and the fact that the Tendos shove the duty of stopping them off on Ranma) are the story's main source of humor.

    Films — Animation 
  • Scamper the rabbit from Igor. He often succeeds, but his Healing Factor prevents him from staying dead for long.
  • In Twice Upon a Time, after Synonamess Botch throws out Scuzzbopper's manuscript for "the great A-Murk-ian novel" and tells him to get back to work writing nightmare scripts, Scuzzbopper is found by our heroes hanging from a noose in the basement. Fortunately he's still alive, and dryly admits to Flora he might have taken Botch's criticism too harshly.
  • In the Kung Fu Panda holiday special, Po, in his duties as the Dragon Warrior, has to host a formal dinner for all the Kung Fu masters in China, and has to choose a chef. Unfortunately, due to the extreme formality of the dinner in question, a wave he gives to Monkey is misinterpreted as a dismissal of the first chef, a bunny named Wo Hop, whose name and family and village are now disgraced for all eternity. He believes the only way he can regain his honor is battling the Dragon Warrior in a fight to the death, even if that death is his own. Hilarity Ensues, and Po eventually helps him regain his honor without dying.
  • The whole point of The Suicide Shop, where life has become so meaningless, are rampant. And suicides become so normal that no one bats an eye when they happen, or even when they discover that a friend wants to kill themselves. And the happiest and most colourful place of all is, of course, the suicide shop.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Accidental Hero has a scene where Intrepid Reporter Gale Gayley is interviewing a businessman who proceeds to tell her about the positive outlook of the nearby future before the camera pans out and the man jumps to his death from the ledge they were standing on. She then proceeds to quickly ask her cameraman if he got it on tape.
  • In the sequel to The Addams Family, Addams Family Values, after realizing she's stuck in the world's brightest, cheeriest summer camp, Wednesday slowly raises a bottle of poison to her lips.note 
  • One of the running gags in Airplane! was the people who were Driven to Suicide rather than listen to Ted Striker reminisce about his past.
  • The comedy Better Off Dead is about a high-schooler attempting suicide multiple times after his girlfriend leaves him. The director Savage Steve Holland claims he based the story on a depressive streak he went through as a teenager. In particular, the garage scene where Lane reconsiders hanging himself but loses his footing actually happened to him. [1]
  • The French film L'Emmerdeur (called A Pain in the Ass in English) features a suicidal salesman who ends up getting a hotel room next to a professional assassin. Wackiness (and multiple suicide attempts) ensues.
  • Bless the Beasts & Children has a scene where a timid, bullied little boy proclaims his intentions to commit suicide and the rest of the characters mock him for it. It's a bit off-putting, especially since we're told the boy has serious psychological issues.
  • The Burt Reynolds comedy The End centers around Reynolds' terminally ill character attempting to off himself multiple times and failing horribly.
  • Harold and Maude plays Harold's regular apparent suicides for dark humour.
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian: At the end of the movie, Brian is almost saved by Big Damn Heroes, but the moment gets subverted again and again. One of those failed heroes are the Judean People's Front crack suicide squad. Who all stab themselves. As Brian desperately watches them.
  • Penn & Teller's 1989 Black Comedy Penn & Teller Get Killed ends with a string of suicides, the motivation for which gets increasingly ridiculous. The first couple can be taken perfectly seriously, and individually most of them probably could, but when they're all in a row like that, they become absurdly over-the-top.
  • The Lonely Guy: Larry, the protagonist, discovers that his friend Warren is about to jump off a bridge. Larry tries to talk him down...but he's comically bad at it. (When asked to name one thing Warren has to live for, the best he can come up with is "Not dying".) Meanwhile, other suicidal people are jumping off and plopping into the water at a truly ridiculous rate.
    Suicidal guy: Excuse me. Are you using this railing?
    Warren: No.
    Suicidal guy: Thank you.
    Warren: You're welcome.
    [Guy jumps off the railing screaming]
  • Harold Lloyd:
    • In one film, Harold attempts suicide by gunshot. It turned out to be a water pistol. He then stood in the way of a trolley — which took a different track. This was quite common in silent films.
    • Never Weaken derives most of its comedy from Harold's various Bungled Suicide attempts after mistakenly thinking his girlfriend has run off with another man. The most major one comes from when he sets up a pistol by tying it to a doorknob so that it will go off when someone opens it. A light bulb falls, making him think he's been shot, and then a steel girder from the construction zone next door carries his chair out the window with him on it.
  • In the French film Delicatessen, one of the characters repeatedly attempts suicide using large Kafkaesque machines; however these attempts always fail.
  • In the film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Zaphod tries using the gun hidden by Deep Thought on himself, after learning he's responsible for obliterating his own chances at fame and fortune from discovering the Ultimate Question. Ford wrestles it away but accidentally aims it at himself at which point it's revealed that the gun's not designed to kill, but to force the target to think from the shooter's perspective.
  • In Without a Clue, Kincaid bungles it badly when he tries to hang himself when he believes that Watson is dead.
  • The Bank Dick opens with W. C. Fields's family bemoaning his shiftless, scandalous nature. His eldest daughter melodramatically wails that she'll commit suicide by starving to death, sobbing "It isn't hard..." then continuing in a cheerful chirp "I tried it yesterday!"
  • When the protagonist of High Stakes is in jail, his Evil Uncle hands him a noose through the bars.
    "You could use this."
  • The main characters of The Full Monty, Gary and Dave, help a young lad who's having some car trouble... then realise he's run a hose from the exhaust pipe. Oh, Crap!.
    • Then, when he yells at them for saving him... Dave tries to stuff him back into the car.
  • In Hook, Captain Hook is disappointed to find out that Peter Pan has grown up into a pathetic adult who's forgotten everything about his past, so he puts a pistol to his head, saying "This is it. Don't try to stop me this time, Smee. Don't try to stop me this time, Smee. Don't you dare try to stop me this time, Smee, try to stop me. Smee, you'd better get up off your ass. Get over here, Smee!", and Smee stops him.
  • The comedy Top Secret!. While performing a concert Nick Rivers sings the song "Spend This Night With Me". While singing he pretends to try to commit suicide with various props, including a noose (hanging), sticking his head in a stove and turning it on (gas/asphyxiation) and lying down on railroad tracks. Watch it here.
  • Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind ends with Chuck Barris describing an idea for a game show: three old men are given loaded guns and look back on their lives.
    "The winner is the one who doesn't blow his brains out. He gets a refrigerator."
  • Crocodile Dundee: In the second movie, Mick talks to a guy who wants to jump from a skyscraper because Love Hurts. Mike pretends he just wants to walk past him to enjoy some fresh air and subtly tries to talk him out of it. The unhappy man is actually gay which surprises Mick — who almost falls down himself.
  • Scary Movie: The first movie, a guy in on the edge of a building about to leap. Out comes Cindy who, paranoid about the killer and thinking he/she watching them, starts screaming "What are you waiting for?!", inadvertently egging the guy into jumping to his death.
  • While Deadpool 2 uses Wade's suicidal tendencies following Vanessa's death to fuel a lot of drama, his suicide attempts are mostly milked for Black Comedy since, being Deadpool, he just can't die as long as his Healing Factor is active. Especially the one framing the opening's How We Got Here, where he lies upon a dozen of gas barrels and explosive while ranting against Wolverine stealing his R-rated movie schtick by dying in Logan, before blowing himself up. And then his severed arm rises up, flipping the bird.
  • Happy Death Day 2U shows Tree going through a Failure Montage, where she tries to help a group of university eggheads close a "Groundhog Day" Loop. As they look for an algorithm to do so, each failure ends with Tree offing herself to reset the day. Among these suicides include drinking motor oil fresh from the store shelf, an Electrified Bathtub (complete with wild hairdo when she wakes up), and skydiving in bra and panties... landing right in front of Carter, her boyfriend in her original loop, and Danielle, her bitchy sorority leader.
  • In Sabrina (1954), Sabrina attempts suicide over David spurning her affections by running every car in her father's garage; she nearly wakes him up, one of the cars starts Blowing Smoke Rings, and ultimately she opens a window before Linus interrupts her.
  • On The Count Of Three is a Black Comedy about a Suicide Pact, so it's throughout the entire film as Val and Kevin alternately mess up, talk about, and joke about committing suicide.
  • Jake the tiger's attempt at suicide due to his terrible double vision, headaches and nausea in Dr. Dolittle is largely treated humourously. Dr. Dolittle tries to talk him down, but has problems when Jake asks him to name a famous tiger and he can't come up with anything, forcing the dog Lucky to come up with "Tony the cereal tiger." He then tries to sing the song "Eye of the Tiger," but is so badly off-key that Jake tells him "That's it, I'm jumping." He pleads with him not to jump, but a couple of rats down on the ground below start heckling him like they did earlier in the film, this time shouting at the tiger "Jump, ya big pussy! I'll catch you! ... ... NOT!" Dolittle shouts at them to take a break and finally manages to talk Jake down, saying that he's a doctor and he can help him. If not, then he can eat both him and Lucky.
    Lucky: Or just him.

  • A blonde joke has the blonde come home to find her husband in bed with another woman. She's so shocked, she takes a gun out of her purse and puts it to her own head. Her husband begs her not to kill herself and she replies "Shut up. You're next."
  • A joke told by a person who jokes about suicide frequently: "I never joke about suicide. I'm completely serious."
  • A woman comes home from work to find her husband dangling from a rope tied under his arms.
    "What the hell are you doing?"
    "I've had enough of people calling me an idiot all the time. I'm hanging myself!"
    "You know the rope's meant to go around your neck?"
    "I tried that, but I couldn't breathe!"

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
    • In some versions of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Marvin manages to kill off the trigger-happy cops who are shooting at the heroes. He does it by explaining his philosophy of life to their life-support computer, as a result of which it commits suicide.
    • He's good at this. Rare is the occasion when a machine enters a conversation with him and doesn't come out the other side at least severely cynical or depressed. In fact, the one occasion this didn't happen in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, the machine in question instead got driven into a rage by poor Marvin's general situation, and blew out the floor beneath it, falling to its death. All Marvin has to say about it is, "What a depressingly stupid machine."
  • Arto Paasilinna's Collective Suicide is a whole novel about some people arranging to kill themselves together in a neat, organized fashion. Hilarity Ensues (no, really, it does).
  • The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg: The book is told in two different styles. One is the transcripts of an interview between a Priest and the title character. The other style is told through the various suicide letters of Rimberg. It's a dark comedy.
  • Dorothy Parker's poem "Resume" lists six ways of committing suicide, but also states why they are all bad ways.
    Razors pain you,
    Rivers are damp;
    Acids stain you;
    And drugs cause cramp.
    Guns aren't lawful,
    Nooses give;
    Gas smells awful,
    You might as well live.
  • A family of eight (somewhat insane) hillbillies in Gautrek's Saga is so shaken by a series of trivial or imaginary mishaps that, by and by, all of them opt to follow the proud family tradition of jumping from Family Cliff — or, as they put it, "going to Odin". Eventually, Snotra is the only one of them left alive.
    The young people helped their parents to pass on over Family Cliff, and off they went, merry and bright, on the way to Odin.
  • It's mentioned in Wicked that Boq's wife Milla hates living in Nest Hardings and routinely tries to kill herself. Fiyero states that Boq's yearly Lurlinemas letters "annotate her failed attempts at killing herself like a sort of annual family report".
  • Unseen Academicals: At the big dinner at Unseen University one of the football captains, Dustworthy Swithins of the Cockbill Boars, gets a little too drunk and a little too chummy with Lord Vetinari, Patrician of Ankh-Morpork. Vetinari decides to go easy on the man, and makes some small talk about the Boars' standings in the mob football leagues. After Swithins passes out, Vetinari casually remarks that someone should take him home and look after him, mainly so he doesn't try to commit suicide when he wakes up in the morning and realizes he got smart-mouthed with the most powerful man in the city.
  • The Book of Bunny Suicides (pictured above) is a collection of cartoons about rabbits finding strange and inventive ways to kill themselves. This can range from drilling a hole under a bottle of acid, shooting themself out of a cannon(and through a set of blinds), or convincing The Terminator that they're Sarah Connor.

    Live-Action TV 
  • An early episode of the classic kids' varieties show You Can't Do That on Television had Motor Mouth Ditz Lisa sent to the principal's office as punishment for him because according to the teacher it was the closest thing to hell the school board could think of. She later came back and said the principal had pulled out a gun while she was talking to him and shot himself so he would not have to hear her. While she was talking the teacher and other students pulled out guns and pointed them at their own heads until the teacher seemed to have an epiphany decide to put their guns to a different use which could probably be classified as "Homicide as Comedy".
  • Scrubs: Ted the lawyer falls in the Interrupted Suicide category. He occasionally gets up on the hospital roof, trying to build the courage to jump. However, he is actually TOO pathetic for it to be taken seriously, putting him clearly in this trope. The one time he does actually jump, he lands on a pile of trash. There's also a short gag in the last season involving a revolver...
    Dr. Maddox: [looking in Ted's briefcase] Hey, how come all you have in here is a smiley face button and a revolver?
    Ted: Well... one's in case I get sad and... the other one's in case I get really sad.
    Dr. Maddox: Well! See you tomorrow.
    Ted: We'll see.
  • The Young Ones:
    • Neil in the pilot episode has built a gallows in the toilet that plays "Rock Around the Clock". Unfortunately for him it just pulls the overhead cistern over and he gets soaked. Meanwhile when the other three Young Ones hear it playing "Rock Around the Clock" Rick mutters, "Well, that's put the rent up by a third."
    • And again when Rick melodramatically attempts to kill himself by grabbing a bottle of pills and shoving a fistful in his mouth.
      Neil: Is it possible to kill yourself with laxatives?
      Vyvyan: I don't know, Neil — but I'm going to stay and find out!
  • Supernatural:
    • It has a giant, existential teddy bear that's been brought to life by the wish of a six-year-old-girl attempts to kill himself (complete with a suicide note written on a toy blackboard). Hilarity Ensues. This is serious Mood Whiplash however when compared to how depressingly straight the show portrays death and suicide otherwise.
    • There is an episode where anyone who asks for the truth is told it... by everyone... continuously... until they finally kill themselves. Depending on how you take Dean's Death Seeker behavior, the show's Mood Whiplash, and whether you are a fan of very Black Comedy, this can be pretty funny.
  • Late Night With Conan O'Brien
    • The first episode had an opening of him walking down the street, in the office, at Starbucks, etc., everyone saying to him "You'd better be as good as Letterman", and "You're under a lot of pressure!" He took it in stride, then went to his office and cheerfully set up a rope to hang himself, and had in fact placed it around is neck when there was a knock at the door, telling him, "You're on Mr. O'Brien!". Conan: "Now, or do I have a minute?"
    • In a later sketch, after the New York Mets famously fizzled away a 7 game lead on the Philadelphia Phillies with 17 games to go in 2007 regular season, O'Brien had Mr. Met get extremely depressed at the result, seeing a whole bunch of other misfortunes after the collapse of his team. The tipping point was seeing Mrs. Met in bed with the Phillie Phanatic, causing Mr. Met to attempt suicide by hanging himself with a rope- only that the rope wasn't big enough to fit around his head.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus:
    • The Kamikaze Scotsmen sketch.
    • One of Terry Gilliam's animations had a man threatening to kill himself. He eventually shot himself in the head and knocked out one of his eyeballs.
    • From the "Conquistador Coffee" sketch:
    "Now, I've had the managing director of Conquistador to see me this morning and he's very unhappy with your campaign. Very unhappy. In fact, he's shot himself."
    "Badly, sir?"
    "No, extremely well." (holds up a sign that says "Joke")
    • The final event in the Upper-Class Twit of the year contest was to see who could shoot himself first. It proves to be a challenging task, seeing as all of the twits have terrible aim, and one of them eventually resorts to Pistol-Whipping himself to death instead.
    • The skit where two men in an office have jumpers pass by their window and, rather than alert authorities, simply bet on who would be next to jump.
    • Inversion: The ending of the "Cheese Shop" sketch on the Matching Tie and Handkerchief album ends this way after Mr Wensleydale says he has no limburger cheese (topping what has been a futile attempt for Mr Mousebender to buy any cheese whatsoever):
    Mr Mousebender: Well, I'm sorry...but I'm going to have to shoot you.
    Mr Wensleydale: Righto, sir. (sound of a gunshot; Mr Wensleydale collapses dead)
    Mr Mousebender: What a senseless waste of human life.
  • The short-lived Sitcom The Powers That Be focused on a US Senator and his dysfunctional family, including a suicidal son-in-law (a member of the House of Representatives). One memorably darkly funny bit had the son-in-law reading Final Exit (a book detailing various methods of suicide) with commentary ("tried it, tried that twice, like that's going to work,....")
  • On Buffy the Vampire Slayer, supervillain Spike was captured and surgically prevented from acting out aggression of any kind against humans. He promptly attempts to throw himself on a stake.
  • The Chilean Soap Opera Sucupira note  had the pharmacist from the Sucupira coastal village, Don Segundo, considering/threatening/trying to commit suicide MANY times over his insecurity about his super sexy wife Olga Maria's fidelity. I.e: He tires to hang himself, blow his brains out, throw himself in front of a train, etc. This was such a trait of Don Segundo that the freaking OP of the series lampshaded it by showing the guy "hanging himself" with his own tie.
  • At one point in Charmed, Cole repeatedly tries to kill himself because Pheobe doesn't love him any more. He tries fire and even a Guillotine (he gets stopped before he can use that one though).
  • The Vicar of Dibley:
    • Used with the death of Frank's parents due to boredom. (That was never proved)!
    • In the episode where Frank lay preaches in Geraldine's stead for two Sundays in a row, Jim comments on how the length and sheer dullness of Frank's preaching drove at least one parishioner to commit suicide right there in their pew.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?:
    • Ryan Stiles gets a lot of mileage out of his "hanged himself" act for this reason.
    • The game of "Superheroes" in which Brad Sherwood plays "Suicide Boy".
  • In the Ripping Yarns episode Roger of the Raj, there is a scene at a regimental dinner where various officers express controversial opinions (such as passing the port to right or even allowing women to stay and drink port with the men). This leaves them with no choice but to do the honourable thing and they each leave the room in turn to administer the shot or in one case, two shots - the first having missed.
  • One episode of Cheers had the gang making a film to send back to Woody's parents to convince them to let him stay in Boston. One segment was filmed in Frasier's office, and upon replay they see someone falling past the window. Frasier notes that he'll have to tell one of his colleagues, whose office was on a higher floor, that he needs to keep the windows in his office locked.
  • In a season eight of How I Met Your Mother, a depressed Barney finds a stray dog to fill the gap left from his failed engagement. When he gets a phone call from the real owner asking for his return, he cheerfully says he will, hangs up, folds up his napkin, walks outside, and starts to climb over the edge of the patio. His casual calmness leading up to it is what's played for laughs.
  • One episode of Community has Abed upset over finding out that Cougar Town has been pushed back to midseason. Britta introduces him to Cougarton Abbey, the British sitcom that inspired Cougar Town. The sixth episode of Cougarton Abbey ends with the entire cast killing themselves after the abbey is foreclosed upon. Abed is not amused.
  • One of the last episodes of Friends has Rachel give tear-filled goodbyes to the others before she goes off to her new job in Paris. She says goodbye to Joey on the balcony and he seems to take it well. Then, she turns her back and he climbs over the side to jump.
  • On Arrested Development, Tobias has himself put in prison to research an acting role. He runs afoul of the notorious White Power Bill and later tries to psychoanalyze him. He comes to the conclusion that White Power Bill is frustrated with his own failures and only really hates himself. White Power Bill angrily states that he hates his father, the government, and even Tobias himself. Tobias refutes each of these by calmly stating that White Power Bill hates White Power Bill. He then goes to prepare for the beating that White Power Bill promised him. While Tobias is preparing, White Power Bill climbs over the railing in the background and jumps to his death. His last words: "I hate White Power Bill."
  • On an episode of Out of This World (1987), dimwit Chris Fuller was assigned the Teen Help telephone line.
    Jump! note 
  • Red Dwarf makes reference to the time Rimmer volunteered for a suicide helpline and caused everyone who called him to commit suicide, including one who just had a wrong number. "Lemming Sunday, they called it."
  • Al Bundy of Married... with Children regularly makes jokes about how he'd like to commit suicide, using it as the same kind of stock joke as the idea that his job selling shoes is a pathetic one, or how Peggy is even more useless when it comes to housekeeping and lovemaking, or jokes about how Bud can never get laid, etc.
    • Another episode had various husbands and boyfriends in line to (unwillingly) see The Bridges of Madison County. One man has a noose around his neck, another is reading Final Exit and one even runs into traffic after learning that Meryl Streep has a nude scene in it.
  • On The Celebrity Apprentice, one task had the teams put on a show at Medieval Times. The men's team had two warriors (Lou Ferrigno and Paul Teutul Sr.) battle for the hand of a princess. Ferrigno wins and the princess removes her veil, revealing "her"self to actually be Dee Snider. Stuck with the ungainly princess, Ferrigno turns the sword on himself.
  • Mad Men:
    • The suicide of Lane Pryce. After a season of discussing the faulty electrical system of SCDP's prospective client Jaguar, Lane's wife gets him one shortly after they win the account. The electrical system fails as soon as Lane tries to use it to asphyxiate himself. He also broke his glasses and uses one half as a monocle when he tries to fix the car. The whole scene is horrific and funny at the same time.
    • When Don tries to sell his ad idea for a hotel in Hawaii. The proposal has a line "The jumping off point" and the scene depicted has a triple whammy — left clothes and shoes on the beach that imply Suicide by Sea, a tie that looks like a noose, and footprints in the sand that evoke Barefoot Suicide. The clients notice and voice their concern. Don insists it might be just a personal association, and then others start discussing a movie with a similar scene (later identified as A Star Is Born). When Don asks later his creative director if that seriously makes him think of suicide, he answers eagerly while munching on a Danish pastry: "O'cworse! That's what's so gweat about it!"
  • In a vox pop segment in A Bit of Fry and Laurie, a depressed guy says he once tried to kill himself. Locked himself in the garage, started the car. Turns out it had a catalytic converter and he came out after seven hours with a slight headache.
  • A Christmas Episode of Life in Pieces had a segment where Joan tries to council a neighbor whose wife had recently died. She tries to help him recognize the warning signs of suicidal thoughts. As she's listing the warning signs, we see their robot vacuum (think Roomba) displaying these warning signs. Just after Joan comments to John that she feels she's missing a sign, the vacuum throws itself down the stairs and is smashed to pieces.
  • On Legends of Tomorrow, John Constantine takes advantage of a time travel trip to attempt to erase his own existence by tracking down his verbally abusive father before he was born to give him a "back-alley vasectomy." However, he is physically unable to do so due to the Grandfather Paradox involved.
  • In one episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Frank Reynolds tries multiple times to commit suicide by hanging himself in the middle of the bar, while the rest of the Gang barely reacts to it and Dee just comments on how his neck is too thick for the rope to break it. Another episode involves Mac trying to perform a bridge-jumping stunt and everyone else naturally misinterpreting it.
    Frank: Suicide is badass!
  • At the end of the number "Don't Be a Lawyer" in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a lawyer comes onscreen to deliver a disclaimer that the song does not represent the network's views, only to decide that the song was right after all and his job is making him miserable; he proceeds to jump out a nearby window as Jim and the backup dancers look on. It's an interesting decision, given that it's all in Rebecca's head, and her own suicide attempt the previous season was not played for comedy at all.
  • On Schitt's Creek, Johnny is invited to give the eulogy for Carl, a man he did not know. He asks how Carl passed and is told it was a freak accident that happened when Carl's belt caught on a ceiling fan and then looped around his neck. Johnny realizes the truth, but most in the town continue to believe it was an accident.
  • The Mandalorian: The IG-11 bounty droid is programmed to self-destruct upon capture, so as to keep manufacturer secrets out of the hands of competitors. Therefore, as soon as he calculates basically any chance of capture, he immediately tries self-destruct using a thermal detonator embedded in his chest. It becomes a Running Gag during the shootout where the Mandalorian repeatedly tells him not to detonate himself.
  • Just Shoot Me!: In "Donnie Reedemed" after Donnie's girlfriend leaves him he tries to kill himself a couple times, which is completely bungled. This is Played for Laughs.
  • Gilligan's Island:
    • One episode revolved around first the Skipper, then Gilligan, thinking they were responsible for getting the cast shipwrecked. Both of them attempt to hang themselves and Gilligan even suggests a Suicide Pact before they go into voluntary exile. The dawning realization of their attempts and Gilligan's ridiculous idea for a pact are what sell it.
    • Another episode involves the Howells believing they'd gone broke. Mr. Howell attempts to throw himself off a cliff followed by the both of them when they feel they can't survive as regular people. In this case, it's their dialogue and how exactly they're reacting to it that turns the situation from sad to silly.
  • The Brittas Empire: "Stop Thief!" had a joke where Helen recounts the one day that Brittas worked with the Samaritans:
    Dr. Grey: Tell me um, did he really train for the Samaritans?
    Helen: Oh yes.
    Dr. Grey: And they let him in?
    Helen: Oh, just the one evening - "Black Friday" they call it. They lost four in an hour and a half.
    Dr. Grey: Four?
    Helen: One of them was just a wrong number.

  • Given the silly title of Da Vinci's Notebook's "Window Washing Cowboy", you don't expect it to be the story of a guy who met the girl of his dreams, found her already in a relationship when he got up the nerve to ask her out, and committed suicide over it... But it's alright, it's Played for Laughs. And with a bad pun at the end.
  • Frank Zappa's "Suicide Chump" from You Are What You Is, probably the funniest song ever written about suicide:
    Now maybe you're scared of jumpin'
    And poison makes you sick
    And you want a little attention
    And you need it pretty quick
    Don't wanna mess your face up
    Or we won't know if it's you?
    Aw, there is so much to worry about
    Now what you gonna do?
    Go ahead on 'n' get it over with then
    Find you a bridge and take a jump
    Just make sure you do it right the first time
    Cause nothing is worse than a suicide chump
  • Gravediggaz' "1-800 Suicide". The album version at least. The music video had a different version which promoted a suicide prevention hotline.
  • Insane Clown Posse's Violent J as a suicide hotline phone operator encourages a caller to kill himself and insulting him, in a skit preceding their song "How Many Times?" on the album The Great Milenko. We hear a gun go off, but it turns out the caller missed when he tried to shoot himself.
  • Megadeth's "Skin O' My Teeth" and "99 Ways To Die" both comment humorously on different ways Dave Mustaine has supposedly tried to kill himself. Mustaine's anger about being kicked out of Metallica led him to suicidal thoughts on occasions, as did the time he almost lost the ability to play guitar in the early 2000s, but his ego was always too big to actually manage it.
  • "Jumper" by Odds is a colourful, tongue-in-cheek song about a guy threatening to throw himself off a bridge.
    I think I can fly!
  • The Lonely Island's "Like A Boss" has the titular boss hit on a fellow worker only to get rejected. Long story short, the resulting depression leads to him trying to trying to plug a bullet into his mouth, only to "pussy out LIKE A BOSS!"
  • The Steely Dan song "Black Friday" begins with this:
    When Black Friday comes
    I'll stand down by the door
    And watch the grey men as they dive from the fourteenth floor.
  • In Eminem's "Stan", the title character's suicide is portrayed rather seriously, except for his last words (spoken into a tape recorder before he drives off a bridge):
    Well, gotta go. I'm almost at the bridge.
    Oh shit! I forgot! How am I supposed to send this shit out?
  • As a tonal shift away from his standard Sweet Dreams Fuel style, Parry Gripp's "I Got No iPhone" tells the tale of a person who wants to end his life... because he doesn't have an iPhone, which should be a requirement in 2009.
  • The Lyrical Dissonance of The Police's "Can't Stand Losing You" can be traced down to Sting summing up the song as being "about a teenage suicide, which is always a bit of a joke." (namely, a boy singing to his ex that their breakup is driving him to kill himself... played with the same upbeat reggae rhythm of "Roxanne")

  • Random Assault: All the hosts will commit suicide (and even the listeners) when Random Assault hits 1,000 episodes.

    Print Media 
  • MAD:
    • "Duck Edwing Contemplates Suicide" in Issue #286 features cartoonist Duck Edwing coming up with creative ways for someone to commit suicide. These include a woman eating a ton of unpopped popcorn and then wrapping herself in an electric blanket (making the kernels pop inside her until she explodes), and a man shoving his feet into a noodle press and then setting a weight on his head, thus causing his body to be extruded through the press like spaghetti.
    • Issue #386's back cover features an ad parody with Dr. Jack Kevorkian selling his own line of assisted suicide-themed versions of popular children's books.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • The Lunchtime Suicide sketches, in which former referee Tim White tried to kill himself in a new way each week. WWE never bothered to air these on television (network censors would have had Vince McMahon's head) airing one at the Armageddon 2005 PPV and streaming the rest on their website. Considered by some to be insensitive with the sudden death of Eddie Guerrero a month prior to the first sketch.

  • One Christmas episode of The Jack Benny Program had Jack shopping for presents. A clerk helps him with a gift and message, but Jack keeps recalling the gift so he can change the message. Finally, Jack decides to return the gift and get a cheaper version. The increasingly frazzled clerk (Mel Blanc, at his hysterical over-the-top best) ultimately leaves to shoot himself. Jack hears the gunshot, then realizes he'll have to make his own change from the register.
    • In another Christmas episode, the same clerk tries and fails to do it again.
    Mel Look't what you made me do! You made me so nervous, I missed!!!

    Tabletop Games 
  • Used for a Black Comedy Burst in Pokéthulhu. The Chaos cards require players to perform various goofy things from the fictional anime, like jokes or belching, to do goofy things like cause rains of fish or teleport people to the nearest shopping mall, but one of the trigger conditions is to quote "Randy's way of talking Derleth out of killing herself at Waite's Point" in order to change a nearby creature's type. This card is nestled between one where you quote the Infamous Bloated Corpse Joke to turn an item yellow, and one where you cite "any of the Things You Never Say To A Polyp"note  to cause someone to believe the next three words you speak, even if they're something as absurd as "you are coleslaw".

  • In The Magic Flute, Papageno decides to hang himself after the priests separate him from Papagena. The whole scene is Played for Laughs, as he keeps putting off the deed and waiting for someone to come along and stop him, which the Three Boys finally do.
  • The Musical version of The Full Monty has a scene where Jerry and Dave sing "Big Ass Rock," a lilting tune about how they'll help Malcolm kill himself because they're his friends.
  • "On the American Plan" by George S. Kaufman and Howard Dietz, a comedy sketch about a suicide hotel. Some guests complained about not getting rooms high enough to make a fatal leap from, or that their cyanide was too bitter to drink. Others were just given a pistol to take to their room, which would be marked unoccupied after the offstage shot was heard.
  • Alan Ayckbourne's Absurd Person Singular has Eva attempt various forms of suicide for the whole of the second act.
  • One of Improv Everywhere's sketches featured a suicidal businessman threatening to jump off a ledge. This is played for drama — at least, as much drama as you can get when the ledge is about three feet off the ground.
  • In Caryl Churchill's Owners, there is a Running Gag that Marion's employee Worsely is trying to kill himself and never succeeds. And he does try: he says he has tried it six times during his first scenes and other attempts appear throughout the play. Methods he tries or considers trying include cutting his wrists, jumping, explosives, using a gun, poisoning, setting a house on fire, etc.
    Clegg: But do you intend to be dead?
    Worsely I try to. My doctor says I'm so safety prone I must have a lifewish. I have a sense of humour about psychiatrists.
  • The Eighteenth Century play Love Xithout Stockings, has this as a comical premise. Every single character on stage commits suicide, all of them using the same knife. The knife, and a bowl of stuffed peas, is passed around between them. In short: The hero couldn´t get married because he had no stockings. He stole them from his rival and is Driven to Suicide on his wedding day because this is revealed. His bride-to-be commits suicide because she cannot live without him. The rival commits suicide because he cannot live without her, the best friend of the bride commits suicide because it is all her fault, and the last man standing, the friend of the rival takes his life because everybody else did.
  • Joey from the musical Me and My Dick attempts to commit suicide after an embarrassing attempt to propose to the hot little Jewish girl Vanessa. He is about to go through with it when his friend walks in. This wouldn't be funny if Joey's Heart wasn't played by an actual person, but when Heart states in a quiet, devastated voice, "I'm going to squeeze my left carotid artery, Joey" it became hilarious.
  • It's a plot point in The Mikado that Nanki-Poo decides to hang himself when he believes he won't be able to marry Yum-Yum. This is played purely for laughs.

    Video Games 
  • Borderlands 2:
    • In Thousand Cuts, there is a bandit named Face McShooty, who gives you the quest "Shoot This Guy in the Face". All while loudly demanding to get shot in the face.
    • In one side-mission, Scooter sends you to take photographs to give him inspiration for a love poem he's writing for a woman. When you deliver it to her, she goes into her home and shoots herself with the pistol she was previously holding.
      Scooter: Everyone's a critic.
    • There's also a side mission where the Big Bad pays you to jump off a cliff. If you go through with it, he'll pay you some Eridium but call you a bitch and a sellout. Alternatively, you can use a nearby phone to call a suicide hotline; you won't get any Eridium and he'll call you a coward, but you will get more experience. Of course, respawns are a thing that exists in-universe (more or less), so even if you decide to go through with it you don't really lose anything but a bit of dignity.
    • Another sidequest has you help a Goliath escape from Pandora. His plan involves stealing a beacon for a Hyperion Moonshot container (a giant shipping crate fired from their space station in orbit that impacts... violently with the ground). When you recover it, his masterful plan is to activate the beacon, stand on top of it, and let the Moonshot hit him square in the chest and blast him to red mist. Well... he got off Pandora after all.
    • In the Commander Lilith DLC, you can find an ECHO for FL4K, one of the playable characters in borderlands 3 and in that ECHO, a bandit kills another bandit for claiming to have talked about the former bandit's mother. No one talks about his mom. Except he just talked about his mom. And rules is rules.
  • Clem and Crystal, the perpetually peppy, borderline insane, definitely obsessive cheerleaders from Psychonauts, are trying to commit suicide together. Apparently as part of some ritual.
  • In Soulcalibur 2, there's Yoshimitsu's suicide attack. He commits Seppuku, complete with Bloodless Carnage. If the opponent is behind him, they take massive damage, but more often than not, they're in front of him, so he just spins around with the blade sticking out his back to kill his opponent. And then he decides he still wants to live, pulls the sword out, and recovers.
  • The Susanoo has the same kind of attack in Gundam Extreme Vs.
  • The Interactive Fiction game In The End 2 is about the player character's attempts to commit suicide, all of which fail in more or less ridiculous ways. It was written as a parody of In The End, in which the player is railroaded to a Downer Ending.
  • The immortal protagonist of Planescape: Torment can suggest that if a priest is so eager to go onto the afterlife, he should kill himself. When the priest replies "you first," the protagonist is free to call his bluff. He can also exploit his immortality to convince an emo-esque suicidal teenager that there's nothing good beyond the grave because you've already checked, or to make a quick buck by letting a bored rich lady stab you to death.
  • The Spiritual Successor to Planescape: Torment, Torment: Tides of Numenera, also has a protagonist, the Last Castoff, who just won't stay dead and gleefully exploits it. In fact, dying is sometimes the quickest way to take a trip to the Labyrinth. Which leads to a variety of creative suicide methods. Especially notable is the discovery of a drink that causes you instant death; after the first death, you can return from the morgue to the same bar to order the same drink from an utterly incredulous bartender.
  • The series Five Minutes to Kill Yourself (hosted by [adult swim]) is all about playing an iso-pixel character trying to commit suicide in interesting ways to get out of something (work, a family outing, a wedding).
  • A depressed novelty salesman in Day of the Tentacle attempts to kill himself by shooting himself in the head, except he's using a "Bang!" Flag Gun instead of a real one. He then gets more depressed, saying he can't even properly kill himself.
  • Karoshi is all about super convoluted ways to kill yourself. Every time you do, you go on to the next level.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, we hear this on the radio:
    James: Hello, you're on "The Wild Traveler". Where are you?
    Caller: I'm on a cliff.
    James: How romantic!
    Caller: I want to jump!
    James: Yes, I know what you mean. Jump into the unknown. How can it be a sin if it feels good? Anyway, why are you calling?
    Caller: Why am I here?
    James: I don't know. Why are you there? Where are you? Kenya?
    Caller: No, I'm in Verdant Bluffs.
    James: Loathsome place. I'd jump if I were you.
    Caller: I want to go to Hell.
    James: Me too! Buy a refrigerator magnet when you get there!
  • Saints Row 2 has a series of phone numbers you can dial on your cell phone. One of these is a Suicide Hotline. If you dial it, you hear a gunshot.
  • Deadpool shoots himself in the head when Cable's dire warning from the future bores him too much, after an extended sequence of him seeming to dejectedly, profoundly suffer. "MAKE IT STOP!" *sobs* He gets better, natch.
  • Typically in Source engine games, the "kill" console input causes the player to die and ragdoll; the "explode" command is the same, except instead of ragdolling, the player's character explodes in a shower of Ludicrous Gibs. Both can be bound to a key just like any other control command, creating what is commonly known as a killbind. Less serious players that are just messing around tend to use the heck out of these whenever it's fittingly funny; one common instance is when they see something exceptionally weird. Because no funny in-game situation can't be made even more hilarious when someone goes "bleh" for seemingly no reason.
  • The Last Nyanmurai from Yo-Kai Watch is obsessed with committing seppuku, but this doesn't hurt him because he's already a youkai.
  • In a game from Ikiki called Tobioriya, you need to "save" suicidal people who throw themselves from the building... By shooting them with a bow and pinning them into the wall of the building.
  • In Who's Your Daddy?, one player is a baby whose objective is to die in ways a baby might die in an unsafe house, such as drinking bleach from an unlocked cupboard or sticking a fork in an electrical outlet. The other player is the baby's father, who naturally has to prevent the baby's death.

    Web Animation 
  • In Battle for Dream Island Again, Yellow Face self-terminates in BFDIA 5e when Coiny and Bomby can’t get Yellow Face out of the slush.
  • In "Suicide Face", a cartoon series on Something Awful's Flash Tub, an idiotic woman beats herself to death with a hammer in order to play a prank on her boyfriend and gets sent to Hell.
  • ASDF Movie:
    • "Quick, shoot me in the face!"
    • "Goodbye, world" "Okay, Jim, see ya 'round. Hey, where ya going cause *gunshot* Oh! That's not what I thought he meant by that at all!"
    • The cake jumping off the table.
    • The trumpet playing guy. "Hey, you got a licence for that?" "YOU'LL NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE" *Florida Manet sound*
    • The muffin (played by the voice of Catbug): "Why won't you let me die?"
    • "Don't jump! You have so much to live for!" "Everybody do the flop!" *flop* *Beat* *splat*
    • On a similar note: "No! Don't jump!" (pulls out a camera) "Okay! Now jump!"
  • In RWBY, Jaune Arc has been feeling bad about his terrible performance in his classes so Pyrrha Nikos takes him to the roof. Jaune glances over the edge and mentions he isn't that depressed. Pyrrha takes a second to figure it out, then quickly pushes him away from the edge. In this case, the comedy doesn't come from the act of suicide, but rather Pyrrha's horrified reaction to its implication.
  • In AOK's The Fairly OddParents parody series Very Off Parents, one short has Timmy Turner wish he had a job so he didn't have to go to school, which results in him being stuck working in a Chinese sweatshop. After his attempts at getting away fail, a girl working there offers him a way to escape, which turns out to be jumping off the building to one's death.
  • Stupid Kids: Jigglypuff signs up for the Nova Talent but is denied. After the titular trio won instead of Jigglypuff in the talent show a newspaper reads Jigglypuff commited suicide and a left a note reading "Jigglypuff" in És mind nekem tapsol (And they all clap for me); the paper even has ":(" emoticon on it.


    Web Original 
  • This amusing piece from Superdickery really says it all.
  • This comic is about a boy who wants to kill himself after reading My Immortal by hanging himself with his tie.
  • 4chan, and by extension Encyclopedia Dramatica, coined the term "An Hero" as a humorous euphemism for suicide. This was named after a MySpace eulogy dedicated to Mitchell Henderson, which contained many grammatical mistakes as well as praising him as a courageous hero for doing the deed. 4chan trolls and ED later erroneously claimed that Mitchell did it because he lost his iPod.
    He was such an hero, to take it all away. We miss him so, That you should know, And we honor him this day. He was an hero, to take that shot, to leave us all behind. God do we wish we could take it back, And now he's on our minds. Mitchell was an hero, to leave us feeling like this, Our minds are rubber, our joints don't work, Our tears fall into abyss. He was an hero, to take that shot, In life it wasn't his task, He shouldn't have had to go that way, before an decade'd past. Now he sits there in my heart, this hero of mine, Always there to make me smile, Make me feel just fine. He had courage, that boy did, courage in his heart. To take that shot, To end his pain, To tear us all apart. But in the end, he died in courage. Lacking, nevermore, He died an hero, Mitchell did, And we'll love him forevermore. We love you like an brother. We miss you so much. We will always love you, kid. Rest In Peace Mitch.
  • Farce of the Three Kingdoms plays almost every death for laughs, so the suicides are included. Characters who commit suicide are usually trying to impress the death scene judges, so they're either overly melodramatic or done with almost no provocation. Dead characters also tend to argue with the judges to get a better score.

    Web Videos 
  • The Nostalgia Critic is always seen contemplating suicide as a result of the movie's he's watching, though this usually says more about the movie than the Critic.
    • And like Linkara before him, he averts this tearjerkingly near the end of his "Commercials Special". If it hasn't been for his He's Back! moment after, it's made pretty clear that he would have died out of depression.
      Critic: There's nothing left for me anymore.
    • In his The Master of Disguise review, Rachel actually attempts to take his suicide contemplations seriously by helping him along, to his own frustration — he didn't really mean it.
  • Game Grumps: The "Rugrats in Paris" episode ends with Arin asking Jon to get him his gun after the monotony took him over. Then there is graphic audio of Arin shooting himself, moaning in pain, and Jon telling him to stop bleeding all over his "designer Gucci glasses...and [his] Gucci purse!"
  • Atop the Fourth Wall:
    • Linkara's magic gun also doubles as a suicide gun. One famous instance has him attempting to slit his wrists with the gun and wailing "Why doesn't it work?!"
    • Averted in Silent Hill Dead/Alive, when he realistically attempts suicide in horror when he is told he killed his daughter.
  • The Spoony Experiment: Spoony tends to have suicidal tendencies over the later editions of Final Fantasy. One version of Spoony kills himself at the very mention of reviewing FFX. However, he decided to stop making these kinds of jokes after receiving a letter from a fan who planned to commit suicide and did so before Noah could get in touch with him to try and talk him down.
  • The Obscurus Lupa review of The Room ends with "Tommy Wiseau" showing up, actually seeing what a terrible film he'd made, and killing himself in a send-up of the Narmful climax.
  • Jayuzumi has made a few jokes along these lines, although it isn't quite a Running Gag. The players, in a somewhat heartwarming moment, do try to discourage him when they think he's actually going through with it; in reality, he's playing Bender from Futurama and has cooked a grenade.
  • The Filthy Frank Show makes so many of these almost ALL of Frank's videos contain at least one Suicide joke.
  • When Musical Hell reviewed Lost Horizon (1973), the scene where the wise man talks a woman out of jumping from a window, Diva instead adds in "That's the crappiest inspiration speech I've ever heard, bye! AAAAAUGH!"
  • The Music Video Show has an episode where the entire video is making fun of the music video for Inside The Fire by Disturbed.
    "If you can't laugh at suicide, then the terrorists win... and the Titanic was an inside job."
  • There are many YouTube Poop videos that consist of Billy Mays hosting commercials for products that can be used by the customer to kill themselves, the most famous being mark3611's Suicide Putty.
    Billy Mays: Suicide Putty! The easy way to kill yourself! Simply knead, apply, and die. And if you act now, you can get six sticks of Suicide Putty, so you can kill yourself SIX TIMES.
  • Chris Ray Gun makes quite a few jokes about killing himself, ranging from wearing a shirt that says "Kill Me", to his "1000 subscriber special" culminating a huge Bleach-drinking gag, in which he wandered around LA drinking from a Bleach bottle. note 

    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons:
    • A Running Gag with Moe. One of his Christmas traditions is his annual suicide attempt.
    • A classic from "Three Men and a Comic Book," when Bart and Lisa discuss the resemblance between Casper and Richie Rich.
      Bart: Wonder how Richie died.
      Lisa: Perhaps he realized how hollow the pursuit of money really is and took his own life.
      Marge: Kids, could you lighten up a little?
    • In "Homer Goes to Prep School" a solar flare knocks out all the power in Springfield. When it cuts off the power to the disco rink, Disco Stu puts a revolver to his temple.
    • "Beyond Blunderdome" when Homer discussed Mel Gibson's movies with him:
      Homer: Lethal Weapon showed us that suicide is funny.
      Mel Gibson: That really wasn't my intention.
    • In "Homer Scissorhands", after Homer grows tired of being a hairdresser and his attempt to sabotage his career fails, he decides to commit "barbicide" by drinking a bottle of chemicals. When nothing happens, he despairs, "Aww, why doesn't anything kill me?"
    • In the Futurama crossover "Simpsorama" when the rampaging Bart gremlins rip off Scruffy's mustache, he decides that life without a mustache isn't worth living and blows up his head with a laser handgun. His headless body is shown cleaning up during the end credits.
    • Grampa Simpson attempts assisted suicide when the town blames him for losing out on an NFL franchise. He's hooked up to a machine called a diePod and he chooses Glen Miller Orchestra as music and as visuals, hippies being beaten by cops.
    • In "Love is a Many Splintered Thing", Marge kicks Homer and Bart out of the house and they go to a hotel full of men whose wives have left them. In the pool, Bart finds the skeleton of a guy who drowned himself by tying a cinder block around his neck.
    • In "Holidays of Future Past", a flight attendant is casually offering suicide pills for customers.
    • In an Itchy & Scratchy short in "The Girl Who Slept Too Little", Scratchy goes to watch a stage show and is instantly so bored that he pulls out a giant revolver and blows his head off.
    • In "'Tis the Fifteenth Season", when the family is driving through the homeless part of town, Gil is shown about to hang himself using a Christmas light chain as a noose.
    • At the end of "Them, Robot", Homer is fishing with robot worker A63 and orders it to take the boat out to sea, despite its objection that it can't turn into an outboard motor. It sticks its head in the lake and pretends to be a motor before pressing a button that blows its head up.
    • Even Homer's attempted suicide in "Homer's Odyssey", which is otherwise played darkly and tragically straight, isn't completely immune to this. He ties a boulder to himself and drags it all the way across town to a bridge... only for there to be an identical boulder sitting right there that he could have used to save himself the effort. Ha ha...?
    • In "Let's Go Fly a Coot", upon hearing that he'll never have a birthday again, Bart pulls out his slingshot and prepares to shoot a rock down his throat.
    • At the beginning of "Treehouse of Horror XXI", when Professor Frink accidentally fast-forwards too far and spoils the rest of the episode, he declares himself unworthy of wielding the remote and uses it to rapidly age himself into dust.
  • Family Guy:
    • In-universe in "The Kiss Seen Around the World," in that Tom Tucker hopes to do to a story about teenager Neil Goldman threatening to jump off the roof of city hall, accomplishing it by adding "object falling" sound effects in post-production and humorous commentary to the narrative. Thwarted when Meg overhears this and tells him he is a vile, amoral man for even thinking about trying to encourage a suicide to create a story he hopes will amuse the audience, and when Meg's body breaks Neil's fall.
    • When the Grim Reaper is injured, Peter realizes that nobody can die so he and eventually everyone else start to perform ordinarily lethal stunts for amusement.
    • In "Stewie B. Goode", a Cutaway Gag shows Stewie playing ball with a still-living Casper. Stewie throws the ball into the street, causing Casper to get hit by a car. When he reappears as a ghost, Stewie apologizes, but Casper says he planned to off himself that Tuesday anyway.
    • In Season 6's "I Dream of Jesus," both Chris and Stewie insert (presumably) loaded revolvers into their mouths, driven to that point after Peter incessantly plays the Trashmen's surf-rock classic "Surfin' Bird".
    • Season 12's "Grimm Job," where in the end, it is implied Meg hung herself. Peter ignores this, simply tenderly telling her good night.
    • At the end of "Into Harmony's Way", Peter gets on a bus and shoots himself in the head. His silhouette is briefly made visible in the window by the flash from the gun.
    • One cutaway has Meg talking to her stuffed animals before they spring to life and escape out the window as soon as she leaves the room. When she tries to convince her Care Bear to come back, it offs itself by jumping into the grill of a passing truck.
    • In "German Guy", one of the hobbies that Peter introduces Chris to is stamp collecting. Shortly after they begin, Peter becomes so bored that he shoots himself in the head despite Chris reasoning that they could just stop at any time.
    • One Cutaway Gag has Lois asking Peter if he wants to join her book club. He faux-cheerfully says “Okay!” and snaps his own neck.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force. The show has an unnerving fondness for this trope. Characters have killed themselves numerous times.
    • The episode "Dumber Dolls" featured a doll named "Happy Time Harry" who is so depressingly cynical, he causes the perpetually optimistic doll Jiggle Billy to lose hope and commit suicide. Jiggle Billy's head assures Meatwad that he isn't actually dead, but he is still depressed.
      Meatwad: Ya know, Happy Time, just bein’ around you kinda makes me wanna die...
    • Shake in the episode "Video Ouija"; he overdoses on sleeping pills, then slits his wrists in an electrocuted pool of piranhas while sucking on an exhaust pipe. And all so he could haunt a video game and scare Meatwad. And that backfired: Meatwad had lost interest in the game by then.
      Frylock: Meatwad, Master Shake is dead.
      Meatwad: That's cool.
  • Looney Tunes used this gag a lot:
    • "One Meat Brawl" has Porky Pig admonishing his hunting dog for failing to catch a groundhog. The dog pulls out a gun halfway through the chewing-out, turns it on himself and pulls the trigger. Turns out it's a water pistol.
    • In "Tortoise Wins by a Hare", Bugs has made himself a turtle costume so he can beat Cecil Turtle in a rematch race. A group of rabbit gamblers, having bet on Bugs, mistakes him for Cecil (aided by Cecil donning a rabbit costume) and delays him, allowing Cecil to win the race. When Bugs finally makes them realize that he is the rabbit, they all say "Eh, now he tells us!" and blow their brains out.
    • Chuck Jones' "Cheese Chasers" has mice Hubie and Bertie unable to look at cheese after binging on it - they decide there's nothing to live for and try to get Claude Cat to eat them. This freaks out Claude, who, when he realizes he'll never eat another mouse, decides he needs to end it all and searches out a bulldog to massacre him. That said, the meat of the comedy is not so much that attempting suicide is funny, but the reaction from Claude (and later the bulldog), who won't aid or abet Hubie and Bertie because he's sure it's a trick (i.e., they must be poisoned).
    • Cartoon "Life with Feathers" had a lovebird trying to feed himself to Sylvester after his mate kicks him out of the nest.
    • "Plane Daffy":
      • After a messenger pigeon discovers he's blabbed too many secrets to Hata Mari and Hitler, he puts a gun to his head and slowly goes outside. Lots of gunfire is heard, then he comes back in and says, "Eh... I missed." He goes back out to finish the job.
      • The cartoon ends with a military secret reading "Hitler is a Stinker" - Hitler, seeing the message, screams "Zat is not a military secret!" Goebbels and Goering chime in "Ja - everyone knows zat!", realizing what they said in front of the Fuhrer, and shooting themselves.
    • The bull in the Daffy Duck cartoon "Mexican Joyride" is on the verge of committing suicide after losing a bet with Daffy (who is a matador in this). Daffy conveniently has a butcher shop set up.
    • An Itch In Time and Horton Hatches The Egg apply this with the line "Well, now I've seen everything!"
    • The Grey-Hounded Hare has Bugs trying to "save" a mechanical female rabbit that he believes is real from being "chased" by the greyhound racers, which befuddles the announcer, who says, "Now I've seen everything!", and a gunshot is heard offscreen, implying that he killed himself.
    • "Cross Country Detours" shows you a frog croaking (KA-BLAM!) (disclaimer about gruesome pun).
    • In Porky's Romance, after Petunia rejects his proposal, Porky attempts to hang himself from a tree, but the branch snaps, and while unconscious, he has a nightmare about his future Awful Wedded Life as a Henpecked Husband, which causes him to decide that Petunia isn't worth the trouble after all.
  • During a flashback in Yvon of the Yukon some royal soldiers throw themselves at the king's fireplace to act as fuel for the fire. It was rather creepy.
  • King of the Hill had Bill's periodic bouts with depression turn so bad that he became suicidal. Bill's suicide attempts were played seriously, but his neighbors' reactions to it were not. Hank was annoyed by having to take time off of work to go on "suicide watch", Dale didn't care if Bill died or not and was eager to steal his stuff, and Boomhauer was tired of it eating up so much of his time.
  • One episode of Drawn Together has Xandir committing suicide - as a video game character, he had a lot of lives to go through. He was talked out of ending his last life.
  • Rugrats: In one episode, Grandpa Boris gets so fed up with Stu's home movies, he picks up the phone and asks for Dr. Kevorkian, an assisted suicide advocate.
  • Futurama:
    • Two words: "Suicide Booth". They resemble phone booths and cost one quarter per use. The booths have at least three modes of death: "quick and painless", "slow and horrible" and "clumsy bludgeoning", and it is implied that "electrocution, with a side order of poison" exists as well. The eyes can be scooped out for an extra charge. After a mode of death is selected and executed, the machine cheerfully announces, "You are now dead. Thank you for using Stop-and-Drop, America's favorite suicide booth since 2008".
    • In one episode, Hermes gets his job as a bureaucrat put into serious jeopardy, and his plan... is to jump off the Planet Express building. That alone would be extreme, but putting it over the top as his coworkers plead for him to stop, Bender simply shouts "Do a flip!"
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show:
    • Ren once tried to end it all by throwing himself into the garbage disposal in the sink after Stimpy destroys his prized moose chair.
    • The episode "Haunted House" ends with a depressed ghost committing suicide, which inexplicably causes him to come back to life.
  • Beany and Cecil - In "Ben Hare" a stork grows so weary of constantly delivering a steady stream of new rabbits to the "Hare-igan" family that he shoots himself after his most recent visit.
  • South Park has a disturbing fondness for this trope, with graphic depictions of suicide - all played for comedy - occurring on a regular basis.
    • At the end of "Coon vs Coon & Friends" Mysterion is tired and wants to go to sleep, so he shoots himself since doing so causes him to wake up in his bed the next day.
    • In South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Conan O'Brien's jumper suicide is played for laughs. Especially when he crashes into and destroys a car parked on the street below, and the owner walks up to turn off the car alarm.
    • Suicide is a Running Gag at the conversion camp to which Butters is sent after expressing bi-curious tendencies. Every few minutes someone opens a door to reveal another camper who's hanged himself.
  • Adventure Time:
    • In "What Is Life?", Finn calls in a "blood oath" he extracted some talking balloons by getting a ride to the Ice Kingdom and back. After he gets home, he lets the balloons float off. They're apparently looking forward to eventually bursting from the lack of air pressure in the upper atmosphere.
      Finn: Thanks, guys. Your blood oath is fullfilled.
      Balloons: Yay, to the mesosphere!
      One Balloon: Finally, we can die!
    • In the episode "Ghost Princess", Jake finally recalls how Clarence died. He was so depressed after killing his star-crossed love Warrior Princess that he took to drowning his sorrows in squeezy cheese. Eventually, he became so broken he decided to just put his mouth to the cheese nozzle and gorge himself on the stuff until he exploded. It's both hilarious and disgusting. His famous last words? "MY LIFE IS LIKE A FAAART!!!"
  • In the segment "Death Metal Crash Pit" of the Regular Show episode "Terror Tales of the Park", Muscle Man is locked in an RV as an awful death metal band plays on top of said RV. Muscle Man desperately tries to break out of the RV, screaming: "HELP! This music SUCKS!" Eventually, he drives the RV into the crash pit (a big hole where Muscle Man drives broken-down cars for fun), and everyone dies. And it's hilarious. The scene ends with Muscle Man as a ghost, high-fiving his friend High-Five Ghost (who was already a ghost), saying: "Best crash pit EVER!"
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • In the episode "Dunces and Dragons", the guard standing by the door of the jousting tournament says, "Right this way". SpongeBob, getting into character, friendlily chides him, "Don't you mean, 'right-eth this way-eth?'", then they go inside. Meanwhile, the guard holds his own spear to his neck and winces, cringing... then sighs, puts his spear down, and says, "SOMEDAY... but not today".
    • "Are You Happy Now?" sees a depressed Squidward teasing a suicide attempt twice: once by standing on a stool with a rope, only to reveal that he's hanging not himself, but a cage for a pet scallop, and another by putting his head in an oven, only to pull out brownies. Both false attempts are prefaced with "I just can't get happy."
    • Squidward contemplates suicide in "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV". SpongeBob accidentally shrinks Squidward using Mermaid Man's shrink ray, and temporarily leaves him in Patrick's care. Patrick treats the shrunken Squidward like a toy doll, and at one point Squidward looks down from Patrick's hand and says, "I wonder if a fall from this height would be enough to kill me."
    • "One Coarse Meal" had Plankton getting annoyed at SpongeBob bothering him while he's waiting to be run over.
  • Invader Zim, true to the dark and twisted nature of the show, has this joke in "Dib's Wonderful Life of Doom": after Dib confronts Zim, Zim just gives up and tells GIR that it's been nice working with him, then orders him to self destruct; soon, GIR responds with a cheerful "FINALLY!" and explodes.
  • In an episode of The Oblongs, one of The Debbies is disfigured in an accident and tries jumping off a bridge in The Valley. Milo tells her she can't do it, and she does - sinking into the mud. Milo clarifies to her that everyone in The Valley has tried before.
  • "Blue Cat Blues", the infamous Tom and Jerry cartoon:
    • It starts with depressed Tom sitting on the railroad tracks, bent on suicide and waiting for a train. Watching from a bridge above, Jerry laments his old friend's state and tells a story of unhappy love.
    • At the end of the episode, Jerry finds out his girlfriend has just married another mouse. Utterly dejected, he joins Tom on the trail.
  • A 1940s Popeye cartoon "Happy Birthdaze" introduces Shorty, a little shnook of a sailor who's about to shoot himself because he has no friends. The cartoon begins with a Paramount Studio in-joke: when Shorty is about to shoot himself, Popeye tries to stop him with a compliment by saying he looks like Bob Hope; horrified, the former puts a HUGE gun to the head forcing the latter to stammer, "I mean - Bing Crosby!" Popeye befriends him and takes him to Olive's house to celebrate Popeye's birthday. Shorty perpetually screws things up there and attempts to shoot himself a couple more times, finally ruining things so completely that Popeye shoots him!
  • American Dad!:
    • In "The Best Christmas Story Never Told", Roger becomes rich in the past when he invents disco after Stan goes back in time and a mixtape falls out of his pocket. When disco inevitably dies out and Roger goes broke, he attempts to jump through the window of his high-rise, only to find that it's reinforced.
    • "Live and Let Fry" has three CIA agents trying to get used to eating foods without trans fat. The third looks at his meal and puts a gun to his head, then the camera pans to Stan before he pulls the trigger.
    • In "Killer Vacation", Stan's attempt to kill a war criminal is botched by a suicidal lemur who tries to get Stan to kill him instead. When the guy tries to shoot Stan and Francine as they're fleeing (using Stan's gun that he was attempting to shoot the guy with), the lemur jumps in front of his bullet in slow motion, then gives a thumbs-up as it dies.
    • In "The Adventures of Twill Ongenbone and His Boy Jabari", following Stan's nihilist tirade about him forcing himself to trudge through his twilight years, Steve's teacher declares "Life dismissed." and jumps out the classroom window to his death.
    • In the future as depicted in "No Weddings and a Funeral", Stan is divorced from Francine and has only a cat for company. The cat attempts to shoot itself in the head, but Stan tells him to wait until he can afford a second bullet so they can both go out.
  • In The Legend of Korra, there's Varrick gleefully and hammily deciding to blow himself up with a Fantastic Nuke due to a mixture of being betrayed and wanting to keep the technology from falling into the wrong hands. Even as he sets to work, he's cracking jokes as ever, saying that his name will become synonymous with suicide even as his former ally's becomes synonymous with betrayal: "he Varricked himself because some girl Zhu Li'd him!"
  • Moral Orel:
    • Orel is interrupted in his attempt to walk on water by a man deciding to jump off a bridge...only to find out the pond it covers is only knee-deep. Then he's carted away by the ambulance, first to the hospital for a broken neck, then to the prison for the broken law; turns out suicide is a federal offense in Moralton.
    • After an accidental near-death experience causes Orel to think God's trying to communicate with him, he tries killing himself to have more near-death experiences. He and his friend Doughy look pretty cheerful when Orel electrocutes himself. It decidedly turned very unfunny later on, as a) the last attempt nearly did kill him, and b) it produced some of the darkest and most disturbing imagery seen on Moral Orel (and that's saying a LOT) leading to Orel's gnostic revelation. And then Clay literally beats the revelation out of him so that he can keep up with the town's status quo on God and Heaven.
      Doughy: [as Orel electrocutes himself and falls unconscious] That was easy!
  • A running gag in early episodes of Robot Chicken was that the host of the Bloopers sketches would off himself at the end of every one. In the show's first episode he simply hangs himself, then later sketches show him OD'ing on prescription drugs and immediately chasing with alcohol, suffocating himself with a plastic bag, and getting in a bathtub before dropping a toaster in.
  • Kaeloo:

  • Gravity Falls went all the way with this trope in its "Lefty" short, which has an onscreen mass suicide of tiny little alien entities piloting a human-shaped robot that can only be seen from the left. One of them even barks "I have a family!" before wharfing down his suicide pill—all of it in the vein of the show's usual Black Comedy.
  • The Crumpets:
    • This tends to apply to Caprice, who contemplates or attempts suicide more than any other character in the show. A good deal of the fourth episode has her attempting different forms of suicide when it seems that her family doesn't love her, like getting struck by lightning, eating toxic grass, or getting Buried Alive. In other episodes, she threatens to kill herself if she can't live in her house, wants to be left to die when her birthday party game has flopped while being stuck in a giant gelatin dessert, or lay on the ground Playing Possum and soon joined by her friend Cassandra after failing a trial placed before they can travel independently.
    • In "Super Pfff", when the Weather Girl perceives that both of her love interests don't like her anymore, she attempts suicide by driving her car to the tornado created by the spinning of T-Bone the dog.
  • The short Donald's Dilemma chronicles Daisy's breakdown after her boyfriend Donald leaves her, all played humorously. One part shows her almost attempting suicide. Not only does she have a gun to her head, but she's also prepared a noose and has a bomb, knife, grenade, and bottle of poison on the table in front of her.
  • In one scene of As Told by Ginger, the characters watch a humorously melodramatic soap opera where a woman jumps out a window on her child's birthday party because her boyfriend left her. She survives.
  • The first Felix the Cat short, Feline Follies, ends with Master Tom (Felix) gassing himself because his girlfriend has given birth to dozens of kittens.
  • Like in Looney Tunes, it also happens in Tex Avery MGM Cartoons.
    • The end of Red Hot Riding Hood has the wolf choose to kill himself rather than accept Granny's affections.
    • In George and Junior's final cartoon "Half-Pint Pygmy", it happens to George and Junior themselves after loosing the world's smallest pygmy.
  • Steven Universe: In "Buddy's Book", Buddy places his head in Lion's mouth and asks Lion to eat him.
  • In the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends episode "The Bride to Beat", a depressed raindrop Imaginary Friend tries to jump off the top of the house after his creator grows up and abandons him. Bloo accidentally throws him off the house, twice in a row, but he survives because he was holding onto an umbrella.
  • In The Flintstones episode "Little Bamm Bamm" (Bamm Bamm's introduction episode), after losing the custody battle for Bamm Bamm, a heartbroken Barney feels life isn't worth living without him and attempts to jump off a bridge into a river with a big rock. Fortunately, Fred stops him in time and tells him the good news: since it turns out the other family is expecting their own baby, they allow the Rubbles to have custody of Bamm Bamm. A happy Barney then tosses the rock away...unfortunately, Fred was still holding onto the rope and goes over.
    Barney: Thanks for saving my life, Fred! I almost made a big mistake!
    Fred: (Sitting in the river) Yeah, and saving your life was my big mistake!
  • The Xavier: Renegade Angel episode "Xavier's Maneuver" begins with Xavier seeing a window cleaner and thinking he is about to jump to his death, so he starts trying to talk the man out of suicide. Instead, the man is convinced by Xavier's speech to off himself and promptly leaps to his demise, splattering onto the ground in a grisly mess.
  • In an episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Sperg has a severe case of acne, for which the doctor slaps a brown bag over his face and states that "everyone always wants plastic.".


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Alternative Title(s): Black Comedy Suicide


"I'm gonna jump."

Upon the two of them being chosen to star in Aladdin, Chris begs Swag not to sing. Swag does anyways, and his voice is so bad it convinces Chris to jump off the carpet to his death.

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