List of suicides in fiction
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This is a list of incidents of suicide — the intentional killing of oneself — depicted in fictional works, including movies, television series, anime and manga, comics, novels, etc.
- Adric (Doctor Who), blows up the spaceship he is in to save the Earth in Earthshock.
- Aegeus, a character from Greek mythology, drowns himself after mistakenly believing that his son Theseus was dead
- Ajax the Great, a character from the Greek mythology, stabs himself with a sword (his death is described by Sophocles, Pindar and Ovid; the suicide is, however only implied in Homer when, in the Odyssey, the ghost of Ajax refuses to speak to Odysseus in Hades)
- Misa Amane (Death Note), unknown cause. In the anime, she was last seen standing at the top of a very tall building; it is assumed that she jumped. In the manga it was suggested that she hanged herself.
- Anna (The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez), poisons herself in guilt over Willoughby Smith's murder.
- Antigone, a character from Greek mythology, hangs herself whilst awaiting execution.
- Arrack (Case Closed), uses a poison capsule hidden in his teeth
- Alia Atreides (Dune), defenestration
- Duke Leto Atreides, (Dune), poison gas capsule
- Hannah Baker (Thirteen Reasons Why), swallowed a handful of pills
- Lily Bart (The House of Mirth), overdoses on chloral hydrate (possible suicide)
- John Barton (Looking for Alibrandi), overdoses on pills
- Jacqueline de Bellefort (Death on the Nile), shoots herself after killing her lover Simon to escape justice
- Georg Bendemann (The Judgment), threw himself off a bridge
- Creighton Bernette (Treme) threw himself off a ferry in the first season episode "Wish Someone Would Care"
- Billy Bibbit (One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest), slits own throat
- John Billings (The Patriot), gunshot to the head
- Emma Bovary (Madame Bovary), ingestion of arsenic.
- Norman Bowker (The Things They Carried), hangs himself
- Elizabeth Bradford (One False Move), jumping.
- Rick Brogan (Surviving: A Family in Crisis), suicide pact together with his girlfriend Lonnie inside a car (suffocation)
- Hecky Brown (The Front), jumps out of a window
- Sammy Bushey (Under the Dome), shoots herself
- Nora Caldwell (Seconds Away), shoots herself in the head
- Calvados (Case Closed), shoots himself in the head
- Howard W. Campbell Jr. (Mother Night), hangs himself
- Jericho Cane (End of Days), impales himself on a sword
- Juliet Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), stabbed herself upon discovering that Romeo Montague has poisoned himself.
- Castel (The Bourne Identity), defenestration
- Tom Chandler (The Bill), gunshot to the head
- Chloe (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), hanged herself after being convinced to by The First
- Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly), seppuku; and Kim in the contemporary adaptation Miss Saigon (gunshot)
- Vera Claythorne (And Then There Were None), hung herself after going mad
- Mallorie "Mal" Cobb (Inception), jumping from heights
- Quentin Compson (The Sound and the Fury), drowning
- Richard Cory (Richard Cory), gunshot to the head
- Doug Coughlin (Cocktail, 1988 film) - slashes throat with a broken bottle
- Ch'u Sing (Romeo Must Die), shoots himself
- Jason "J.D." Dean (Heathers), blows himself up
- Thelma Dickinson and Louise Sawyer (Thelma & Louise), drive off Grand Canyon cliff side to escape arrest
- Dyne (Final Fantasy VII), jumps off a cliff
- Nathan Dawkins (Beyond: Two Souls), commits suicide via self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head as a final act of reparation for the myriad of execrable misdeeds he committed during his own personal earthly existence, and to reunite with his deceased wife and daughter.
- Julian English (Appointment in Samarra), carbon monoxide in garage, ch. 9
- Eponine Thenardier (Les Misérables), takes a musket ball for Marius Pontmercy, page 1193
- Tylendel Frelennye, the life-bonded of Vanyel Ashkevron in the book Magic's Pawn by Mercedes Lackey. He kills himself by jumping off a tower, after being driven mad by the murder of his twin brother.
- Felix the Cat, known as Master Tom in the cartoon, drank gasoline after the love of his life announced that the two had kittens in the cartoon, Feline Follies.
- Hedda Gabler (Hedda Gabler), shoots herself offstage
- Maria Gibson (The Problem of Thor Bridge), fatally shoots herself and hides the evidence in the process to frame Grace Dunbar of murder.
- Edwin Gibbs (Darkest Fear), or Nathan Mostoni, commits suicide in prison.
- Seymour Glass, eldest son in J. D. Salinger's Glass family, shoots himself as described in Salinger's short story A Perfect Day For Bananafish
- Godric (True Blood/Southern Vampire Mysteries novels), "meets the sun", which as a vampire is fatal
- Gullberg (The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest), shoots himself after shooting Zalachenko
- Ghazan (The Legend of Korra), commits suicide by deliberately causing a cave-in in order to preclude him from inevitably returning to prison once again, and in an unsuccessful attempt to kill both Mako and Bolin.
- Clu Haid (The Final Details), gunshot in the head.
- Violet Harmon (American Horror Story), intentional pill overdose
- Brooks Hatlen, (The Shawshank Redemption), hangs himself
- Frank Hayden (Montana 1948), slashes wrists with broken glass
- Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights), starves himself to be with his deceased love, Cathy.
- Kurt Hendricks (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), jumps to his death.
- Richard Hillman (Coronation Street), Tried to kill the Platt family by driving into a canal, but instead took his own life
- Ethan Hondou (Case Closed), unknow method
- David Hoope (Death Note), shoots himself in the head
- Peter Houghton (Nineteen Minutes), suffocates by stuffing a sock down his throat.
- Waring Hudsucker (The Hudsucker Proxy), jumps out the window of a skyscraper
- Ray Huizanga (Cell), shoots himself
- Malcolm Hume (Six Years), cyanide.
Iván (Julia's Eyes), slits his own throat with a knife.
- Javert (Les Misérables), jumped off bridge and drowned
- Joe (Looper), shot through his heart.
- John the Savage (Brave New World) hangs himself
- Dayna Jurgens (The Stand), smashes her head through a glass window and thrashes her head around so that the sharp edges of the glass cut open her jugular vein.
- Joe Keller (All My Sons), shoots himself.
- Johnny (The Room), shoots himself.
- Anna Karenina (Anna Karenina), steps into the path of a train
- Father Damien Karras (The Exorcist), defenestration.
- Katsumoto (The Last Samurai), seppuku
- Gabriel Kent (The Bill), jumped off the top of a building
- Charles Kingshaw (I'm The King of the Castle), drowns himself.
- Irina Komarov (A Good Day to Die Hard), died after failed suicide attack
- Yoji Kuramuto (Battle Royale), in the film, hangs himself alongside his girlfriend Yoshimi Yahagi
- Rikumichi Kusuda (Case Closed), unknow method
- Lawrence Kutner (House), dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and is found in "Simple Explanation" by colleagues.
- Harold Lauder (The Stand), shoots himself in the head.
- Leonard "Gomer Pyle" Lawrence (Full Metal Jacket), self-inflicted gunshot wound after murdering his drill instructor.
- Myra Lester (Waterloo Bridge (1940), walks into path of a moving truck.
- Su Lin (Enter the Dragon), stabs herself with a shard of glass.
- Little Father Time (Jude the Obscure), hangs himself after murdering his siblings (in this case, his step-mother's two children)
- Lionel (Kind Hearts and Coronets), stabs himself with a dagger to escape his poverty.
- The five daughters of the Lisbon family, in Jeffrey Eugenides's novel, The Virgin Suicides. First, 13-year-old Cecilia tries and fails to kill herself by slitting her wrists. A few weeks later, she jumps from a second story window window and dies, impaled on a fence-post. A year later, the remaining girls commit mass suicide in a variety of methods. Lux (15) dies of carbon monoxide poisoning; Bonnie (16) hangs herself; and Therese (18) overdoses on sleeping pills. Mary (17) attempts to kill herself by sticking her head in the oven, but lives for another month before ending her life with an overdose of sleeping pills.
- Willy Loman (Death of a Salesman), car crash
- Laura (The Orphanage), takes an overdose of sleeping pills
- Lonnie (Surviving: A Family in Crisis), suicide pact together with her boyfriend Rick Brogan inside a car (suffocation)
- Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), method unspecified, "Who, as 'tis thought, by self and violent hands took off her life"
- Prince Mamuwalde/Blacula - (Blacula), intentionally exposes himself to sunlight
- Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson (A Few Good Men), shoots himself
- McWatt (Catch-22), flies his plane into a mountain
- Teru Mikami (Death Note), commits suicide in prison
- Romeo Montague (Romeo & Juliet), takes poison after finding Juliet whom he believed to be dead.
- Darren Mullet (Tormented), hangs himself
- Madotsuki (Yume Nikki), throws herself off her apartment balcony.
- Myron protagonist in (Portrait of a Suicide) (a fictional autobiography), drives his car into a Jacaranda tree. In the final seconds, while confronted with the termination of his life's journey, he tries to gain some clarity and understanding for the real reason of his suicide.
- M.C. (Cabaret) In the 1998 Revival, the M.C. is taken to a concentration camp where he throws himself onto the electric fence.
- Robert Neville (I Am Legend) takes cyanide pills to avoid brutal execution from his zombified captors.
- Samuel Norton (The Shawshank Redemption) shoots himself
- Newt (The Death Cure) Tried to jump from a high distance but he survived, but he has a limp now, so he can't run normal anymore.
- Sakura Ogawa (Battle Royale) throws herself off a cliff alongside Kazuhiko Yamamoto
- Ophelia (Hamlet), drowning (ambiguous)
- Othello (Othello), stabs himself
- Okonkwo (Things Fall Apart), hangs himself out of despair
- Walter Paisley (A Bucket of Blood), hangs himself after committing multiple murders.
- Neil Perry (Dead Poets Society), shoots himself
- Petunia (Happy Tree Friends), skins herself with a potato peeler in 'Wishy Washy'
- Phoenix I, in the form of Jean Grey (Uncanny X-Men), telekinetically activates an energy cannon that disintegrates her.
- Portia (Brutus' Wife) (Julius Caesar (play)), "swallows fire"
- Predator (Predator), blows itself up in an attempt to finish Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer.
- Margaret Prior (Affinity), drowns
- Madelyne Pryor, mentally commits suicide by forcing her mind to shut down.
- Edna Pontellier, (The Awakening), drowns herself in the Gulf of Mexico
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- Daisy Randone (Girl, Interrupted), method is unknown in the novel while in the movie, she hangs herself and cuts her wrists
- Ill Ratt (Death Note), real name Carl Darlingbin, shoots himself in the head
- Red (Red Hot Riding Hood), nicknamed Wolf, shoots himself with 2 guns
- Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper (Dr. Strangelove), shoots himself
- Ellen Ripley (Alien 3), throws herself to blast furnace
- Yuko Sakaki (Battle Royale) jumps from a lighthouse
- General Alexei Sarov (Skeleton Key) shoots himself
- Campbell Saunders ("Degrassi") kills himself through methods unknown overnight in Degrassi Community School's greenhouse.
- Hanna Schmitz (The Reader)
- Dr. Sheppard (narrator of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd), poison
- Shin (Hokuto no ken), jumps from the peak of his tower
- Ira Silverstein (The Woods), gunshot in the mouth.
- David Sinclair (Permanent Record), jumps off a cliff
- Smerdyakov (The Brothers Karamazov), hanging
- Septimus Warren Smith (Mrs Dalloway), jumps out of a window
- Sorais, joint Queen of Zu-Vendis (Allan Quatermain), stabs herself
- Ace Stamper (Splendor in the Grass), jumps out of a window
- Trevor Strathmore (Digital Fortress), explosion
- Holly Summers (No More Heroes), places a grenade in her mouth
- Svidrigailov (Crime and Punishment), gunshot to the head
- Cynthia Swann (The First Wives Club), throws herself off her apartment balcony
- T-850 Terminator (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), self-destructs by detonating his nuclear cell to destroy the T-X.
- Suzze T (Live Wire), heroin overdose.
- Kiyomi Takada (Death Note), self-immolation.
- General Tanz (The Night of the Generals), shoots himself
- Bob Taylor (Prisoners), gunshot in the mouth.
- Captain Clark Terrell (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan), shoots himself with a phaser.
- Thee (Ladda Land), shoots himself.
- Floria Tosca, in Puccini’s opera Tosca, jumps from castle rampart
- Konstantin Gavrilovich Treplyov (The Seagull), shoots himself.
- Pete Tyler (Doctor Who), dies in the episode "Father's Day"
- Tarrlok (The Legend of Korra), commits a fratricidal murder-suicide as a means of atoning for the innumerably abysmal transgressions he and his brother Amon and/or Noatak committed during their respective earthly sojourns.
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- Eustacia Vye, (The Return of the Native), drowning (possible suicide)
- Sibyl Vane (The Picture of Dorian Gray), drinks poison
- Carlo Ventresca (Angels and Demons), In the movie as Patrick McKenna, self-immolation.
- Toby Jay Wadenah (The Pledge), shoots himself in the head
- Justice Lawrence Wargrave, (And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie), self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after murdering nine people on an island
- Harry Waters (In Bruges), self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after accidentally killing a dwarf that he then mistakes for a child.
- Werther, in The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe and the subsequent opera by Massenet; gunshot to the head; the fictional suicide touched off a wave of copycat suicides in Europe
- Campbell Williams (Cold Sassy Tree), (novel by Olive Ann Burns) gunshot to the head with a note left to his nephew to take care of his body so his wife wouldn't have to
- Eli Wickner (One False Move), gunshot in the mouth.
- Dallas "Dally" Winston (The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton), suicide by police after robbing a grocery store.
- Sid Worley (An Officer and a Gentleman), hangs himself.
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- Yoshimi Yahagi (Battle Royale), in the film, hangs herself alongside Yuji Kuramuto.
- Kazuhiko Yamamoto (Battle Royale), throws himself off a cliff alongside Sakura Ogawa.
- Adam Yates (The Innocent), gunshot.
- Deanna Yeller (Drop Shot), gunshot in the head.
- Alaska Young (Looking for Alaska), a character of John Green's creation; drives straight into a police car while drunk; it is debated whether it was a suicide or not
- Mary Alice Young (Desperate Housewives), gunshot to the head; the suicide enables the character to portray the role of narrator of the series from a dead point of view.
- Phil Young (The Bill), fed exhaust fumes into his car.
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