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Suicide Boy (자살 소년) is a Korean webtoon about, as the name would suggest, the life of Lee Hoon (a.k.a. Hooni), a suicidal 17-year-old boy.

To say Hooni's had a rough go at life would be an understatement. After his mother tragically died of illness, his abusive drunk of a father abandoned him, leaving Hooni with the burden of paying off a ₩50,000,000 debt on his own. And if that wasn't enough, he's a prime target for bullies at school. With no parents, no money, and no hope for the future, Hooni believes the only thing that will save himself from this messed up life is suicide. But despite his many attempts, he has yet to find a satisfactory way of killing himself.

Written and illustrated by Park Gee, Suicide Boy can be found on the Lezhin Comics website (currently available only in Korean). There is, however, a fan translation that exists with the approval of Park Gee himself. The translation can be found on MangaDex.


This work contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Not only did Hooni's dad abandon him, but when they were still living together, he both physically and verbally abused him.
  • Academic Athlete: Jaehoon is good at both P.E. and more academic subjects.
  • The Ace: Soorim is the best student in his class, and he's also great at everything he does, including playing video games and sports, and singing karaoke.
  • Adults Are Useless: The teachers at Hooni's school either don't seem to care or don't seem to notice that he's being bullied constantly. This is double subverted by P.E. teacher Jung Cha-Ryuk, who at least tries to get Hooni included in the group of students, but that doesn't end well.
  • The Alcoholic: Hooni's father, who disappeared and abandoned his son.
  • All Just a Dream:
    • In one chapter, Hooni's main bully gets a life sentence. Then Hooni wakes up.
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    • In the "Hooni's First Date" storyline, Hooni dreams of successfully asking out the librarian he has a crush on.
  • Apologizes a Lot: Hooni sometimes, probably due to his low self-esteem caused by his past and present experiences.
  • Book Worm: Except for a few occasions, Jaehoon is always shown studying.
  • Bungled Suicide: Hooni either chickens out at the last minute (hanging/cutting), his methods are so ridiculous they don't work (Korean fan death), or something gets in the way (carbon monoxide poisoning).
  • Christmas Episode: One chapter is about Hooni celebrating Christmas.
  • Creator Cameo: A guy looking suspiciously like Park Gee is seen with a girl in the Christmas chapter.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Soorim has one, probably to show his energetic and youthful personality.
  • Dark and Troubled Past
    • Hooni was abused by his father, his mother died of an illness, and he's been living in poverty and bullied in school.
    • Jaehoon is implied to have one as well.
  • Disappointing Older Sibling: Jung Minhyuk is this to Sana.
  • Driven to Suicide: Hooni due to his past and present life, which includes debt, having little to no money, and getting bullied on a regular basis.
  • Extreme Doormat: Hooni ends up doing whatever others want him to.
  • Flashback: The pizza day in Hooni's middle school.
  • Flashback Cut: When attempting suicide for the first time (shown in the comic), Hooni remembers things his father said to him and the beatings he got from him.
  • Flash Forward: There's a shot of Jungsu, Jaehoon, and two other top students of Hooni's class being adults and wearing clothes indicating prestigious jobs, such as a scientist and a civil servant.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Minhyuk is the foolish one, while Sana is the responsible one.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Implied between Jungsu and Jaehoon, the two best students in their class.
  • Gang of Bullies: There's a group of delinquents in Hooni's class that bully him on a regular basis.
  • Good Parents: Hooni's mother was one until she fell ill and died. Jaehoon's mother also seems nice, although we don't see much of her.
  • Happy Flashback: In one chapter, we see a glimpse of a happy little Hooni with his mother.
  • Headlock of Dominance: Hooni has had this done to him on more than one occasion.
    • An unexpectedly positive example of this trope occurs when Soorim does this to Hooni as a ploy to keep him hidden from his bullies after the two of them run into each other on the way to their respective schools.
  • Karaoke Box: In one of the early chapters, Hooni and Soorim visit one, and a bonus chapter shows Hooni going there with one of his "dates".
  • Lighter and Softer: The story, despite still dark and edgy, is actually lighter and softer than early sketches of it. Furthermore, the plot of the actual comic becomes more upbeat as it unfolds: Hooni makes friends (who even clean his home for him), tries harder with his studies, and doesn't think about suicide as often as before.
  • Manchild: Jung Minhyuk leeches off his younger brother, has no job, and spends all his time and money on video games.
  • Mess of Woe: For the most part of the comic, Hooni doesn't care about his appearance or apartment. At least Jaehoon makes him try harder in school.
  • Missing Mom: Hooni's mother has died of an illness.
  • Nerd: Park Jungsu, the best student in Hooni and Jaehoon's class, is scrawny, conventionally unattractive, wears Nerd Glasses, and dreams of being a scientist.
  • Nosy Neighbor: One subplot is about Sana trying to learn as much as possible about Hooni, so he could base his next comic character on him.
  • Older Than They Look: Soorim thinks at first Hooni is the same age or even younger than him, even though Hooni is about a year older.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: Worn by Jungsu.
  • Panty Shot: One of the girls who give Soorim a love letter accidentally flashes her underwear to the reader as she runs away.
  • Parental Abandonment: Hooni's father ditched him so in order to avoid having to pay ₩50,000,000 worth of medical bills and gambling debts, forcing Hooni to have to bear that burden instead.
  • RPG Episode: Soorim once brings a tabletop game for himself, Hooni, and Jaehoon to play.
  • School Idol: Soorim is a male example: he's good-looking, his friends respect and admire him, and he receives love letters from girls.
  • Self-Harm: While Hooni ends up giving up on trying to kill himself through cutting because it's too painful, he still does it on whenever the stress of his life becomes too much to handle as a dark form of stress relief.
  • Smug Smiler: Comic artist Jim Oorang.
  • Starts with a Suicide: The first chapter is about Hooni's first attempt at suicide. He doesn't succeed. The translated name of the chapter even is "Suicide! Start!"
  • Suicide as Comedy
    • Hooni's frequent failed attempts at killing himself are a recurring source of dark humor.
    • After being denied money by his brother, Minhyuk runs away crying and yelling he'll kill himself. The narrator says he went to a PC café instead.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?
    • Hooni usually does this when he doesn't wear his regular school uniform. His P.E. kit also includes a pair of short shorts.
    • Comic artist Jung Sana is another male example. He has multiple different pairs.
    • Soorim's sister Harim also wears this kind of clothing.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: In the Christmas chapter, Hooni plays a game on a PC which has a monitor by Ssamsung. (There's an extra S at the beginning of the name.)
  • Younger Than They Look:
    • Hooni initially believes Soorim is older than him but soon learns it's the other way around.
    • Cha-Ryuk's description says he "looks older than he is".
  • Youngest Child Wins: Minhyuk is 24 years old, he's unemployed, and he does nothing but play computer games all day. His brother Sana is 15, a talented and successful artist, and provides for both himself and his brother.

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