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[1]
  • 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)[2]
  • 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
  • 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.[3]
  • Antigone, a character from Greek mythology, hangs herself whilst awaiting execution.[4]
  • Arrack (Case Closed), uses a poison capsule hidden in his teeth
  • Alia Atreides (Dune), defenestration[5]
  • Duke Leto Atreides, (Dune), poison gas capsule









Iván (Julia's Eyes), slits his own throat with a knife.




  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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.[24]
  • Willy Loman (Death of a Salesman), car crash[25]
  • Laura (The Orphanage (film)), takes an overdose of sleeping pills[26]
  • 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"[27]
  • 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
  • Romeo Montague (Romeo & Juliet), takes poison after finding Juliet whom he believed to be dead.[28]
  • 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.






  • Daisy Randone (Girl, Interrupted), method is unknown in the novel[33] while in the movie, she hangs herself and cuts her wrists
  • Ill Ratt (Death Note), real name Carl Darlingbin, shoots himself in the head
  • Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper (Dr. Strangelove), shoots himself
  • Ellen Ripley (Alien Series), throws herself to blast furnace









See also[edit]


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  3. ^ Death Note: How to Read 13. VIZ Media. 117.
  4. ^ George Steiner. "Antigones - Steiner, George - Yale University Press". Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  5. ^ Herbert, Frank: "Children of Dune", page 394. Ace Books, 1987
  6. ^ Gray, Richard T. "Zum Schiff." A Franz Kafka Encyclopedia. 2621. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005. Print
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  9. ^ Libretto, Madama Butterfly
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  19. ^ Looper (film)
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  21. ^ Anna Karenina summary at
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  25. ^ Death of a Salesman, Bellmore-Merrick study guide
  26. ^ The Orphanage (film)
  27. ^ Macbeth, Act 5, scene 8
  28. ^ Shakespeare, William. (1936). The Complete Works of Shakespeare, New York: Doubleday, pg 348.
  29. ^ Shakespeare, William. (1936). The Complete Works of Shakespeare, New York: Doubleday, pg 770.
  30. ^ Shakespeare, William. (1936). The Complete Works of Shakespeare, New York: Doubleday, pg 979.
  31. ^ Claremont, Chris. Uncanny X-Men #137 (September 1980)
  32. ^ Claremont, Chris. X-Factor #38 (March 1989).
  33. ^ Kaysen, Susanna: "Girl, Interrupted", page 35. Vintage Books, 1993
  34. ^ Skeleton Key (novel)
  35. ^ The Woods
  36. ^ The Brothers Karamazov, Constance Garnett translation, page 736
  37. ^ Crime and Punishment, Constance Garnett translation, page 440
  38. ^ Ladda Land
  39. ^ Tosca synopsis
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  41. ^ Drop Shot: Chapter 47