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.





  • 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.






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.
  • 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 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), 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
  • Teru Mikami (Death Note), commits suicide in prison
  • Naomi Misora (Death Note), commits suicide
  • 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.
  • Mordy (Kneller's Happy Campers) commits suicide.
  • 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.





  • 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
  • Susan Rawling (To the Room Nineteen) gasses herself.
  • 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
  • Claire Richards (White Oleander), overdoses on pills









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  26. ^ The Orphanage (film)
  27. ^ Macbeth, Act 5, scene 8
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  35. ^ The Woods
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