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Basic Trope: Characters take off their shoes before killing themselves

  • Straight: Sakura is Driven to Suicide, and plans to do it by throwing herself off a building. Before she does so, she removes her shoes.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Sakura removes all of her clothes before jumping off the building.
    • Rather than jumping off a building or cliff, Sakura drinks poison or shoots herself. She still removes her shoes.
  • Downplayed: Sakura removes her regular shoes, but replaces them with her house slippers.
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  • Justified: Sakura's culture believes that just as one should remove their shoes before entering a house, one should remove their shoes before entering the afterlife.
  • Inverted:
    • Before jumping off the building, Sakura, who was barefoot, puts her shoes on.
    • Sakura removes all of her clothes before jumping... except for her shoes.
    • Sakura scales the building barefoot to reach the pair of shoes she left on top of it.
  • Subverted: Although Sakura was barefoot when she jumped off the building, she did not remove her shoes; she was barefoot the whole time.
  • Double Subverted: Her family memorializes her by leaving a pair of her finest or most favorite shoes at the spot where she jumped from.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: Some characters remove their shoes before committing suicide, others don't.
  • Averted:
    • Sakura does not kill herself.
    • Sakura's culture has no hard-and-fast rules about shoes at the entryway, or etiquette around dying.
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  • Enforced: Cultural beliefs about shoes, entryways, and the afterlife.
  • Lampshaded: "Well, this is it...I guess I should take my shoes off first, huh?"
  • Invoked: Sakura is Driven to Suicide in a culture where removing one's shoes before entering a house is a major etiquette rule.
  • Exploited: Places where people come to commit suicide, in a culture that encourages shoe removal but accepts suicide, leave special racks where people can leave their shoes before they do the deed...or not.
  • Defied:
    • Sakura decides not to kill herself.
    • Sakura does not believe in an afterlife, only Cessation of Existence or The Nothing After Death. Since she's not "entering" any place (as far as she's concerned), there's no reason to take off her shoes before "entry."
    • Sakura is too distraught to even consider taking a minute to remove her shoes; she just throws herself off the building.
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  • Implied: Sakura is seen as a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl, with no shoes, and a noose around her neck.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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