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Basic Trope: Alleging that a murder victim committed suicide is used to cover up his/her murder.

  • Straight: Oliver finds out that his daughter Aerith is not a virgin anymore. He kills her, disposes of her body in the woods, and tells the detectives who come to investigate that she committed suicide.
  • Exaggerated: Oliver hangs a fake noose in Aerith's closet and writes up a fake suicide note to fool the detectives.
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  • Downplayed: Oliver poisons Aerith, and tells the detectives that she poisoned herself.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Aerith is Driven to Suicide. Oliver tells everyone that she was murdered.
  • Subverted:
    • Oliver tells the detectives that Aerith died in an accident.
    • The detectives aren't fooled.
    • Oliver explains that Aerith is "no longer with us."
  • Double Subverted:
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  • Parodied: Oliver is seen hovering over Aerith’s mangled body with a bloody axe, then claims she killed herself with the axe.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Aerith is alive and well.
  • Enforced: It's Always Murder in this show, so the police never investigate what turns out to be a legitimate suicide.
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Oliver finds out that Aerith is no longer a virgin. He is afraid of what the neighbors will think, and decides that the only way to restore his Family Honor is to get rid of Aerith...but honor killing is illegal in this setting.
  • Exploited: Aerith is suicidal and wants to frame her scumbag father for murder, so she writes a fake-seeming suicide note and makes sure to die in a way that would make it difficult to track down her body.
  • Defied:
    • It turns out the neighbors don't give a crap what Aerith does or doesn't do with her vagina, so Oliver doesn't feel the need to kill Aerith or disown her.
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    • Oliver doesn't feel the need to cover up the homicide, because his society will understand what he did and why, honor killings are not illegal in this setting, or if they are, the law is rarely or never enforced.
    • Oliver decides that covering up Aerith's premarital sex will probably be easier than covering up a murder.
    • In Oliver's society, suicide itself is considered so shameful that claiming Aerith killed herself would do absolutely nothing to protect his family's reputation.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Oliver claims that Aerith took her life. However, there was no sign that she was suicidal, and she was in a relationship Oliver disapproved of before she died...
  • Played For Horror: Oliver forces Aerith to write a suicide note and slit her own wrists, threatening to give her a Fate Worse than Death if she refuses.

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