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Basic Trope: A character commits suicide and fails.

  • Straight: Bob shoots himself on the head, but instead of dying, he suffers severe head injuries.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob jumps off a skyscraper but somehow survives without even hurting himself.
    • Bob tours all over town, trying to get shot and stabbed by thieves, get run over by cars and trains, swallow various types of poison, get a gun and bullets, and jumping from various buildings. A Plague of Good Fortune keeps him alive through all of this and even makes him an Accidental Hero, to his increasing despair.
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  • Downplayed: Bob jumps off a building and becomes completely paralyzed, but just barely escapes with his life.
  • Justified:
    • Bob happens to be immortal.
    • Bob has a poor aim.
    • Bob was Born Lucky and hates it.
  • Inverted: Bob attempts to fake his death, but accidentally kills himself for real.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob shoots himself in the head and he survives, but later internal bleeding kills him.
    • Bob shoots himself in the head, and he is declared brain-dead at the hospital.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...and then he goes to the hospital where they successfully revive him.
    • Another neurologist looks at Bob's vitals, and says that he's still very much alive, but that he's not likely to ever wake up from his coma... and if he does, his brain is so badly injured that he'll never be able to walk, talk, eat solid food, or take care of himself ever again.
  • Parodied: Bob shoots himself in the head... and the bullet bounces off.
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  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Bob successfully commits suicide.
  • Enforced: The author had a failed suicide attempt in the past; he wants to teach the audience about how committing suicide will end badly.
  • Lampshaded: "Why am I in the hospital? I should be dead."
  • Invoked: Bob's son Will is afraid his father will commit suicide, and when nobody believes him he sabotages Bob's gun so it jams.
  • Exploited:
  • Defied: Bob looks for instructions in how to properly kill himself.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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