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Fictional Characters Who Committed Suicide

Updated June 14, 2019 2.1k votes 598 voters 50.2k views20 items

In fiction we see characters go through the worst experiences of their lives. Sometimes they lose everything, from all their wealth to the love of their lives. Sometimes they have to deal with a great deal of adversity. Every character deals with their problems in their own unique way. While some fictional characters fight hard to fix their life’s problems, others are swallowed up by them. In those cases, sometimes the fictional characters choose to end their own lives.

The characters on this list, from books, movies, TV, plays, and other sources, all committed suicide. In the works of William Shakespeare, many characters choose to commit suicide to end their suffering, such as Romeo and Juliet. A lot of classic books and plays end with amain character’s death, such as Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina. Television and movies sometimes kill off a character for a shocking moment, such as in the case of "House" and "Mad Men."

This list features characters who killed themselves in some sort of fictional work, from books to movies. Though they ended their lives, many of these characters are some of the most iconic in all of fiction. Vote up the best characters who committed suicide below.

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    Neil Perry

    Neil Perry is a popular student at the prestigious Welton Academy in the 1989 film "Dead Poets Society." After his father threatens to send Neil to military school because he participated in a play against his wishes, Neil kills himself in his father's office.
    • Appears In: Dead Poets Society
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    Billy Bibbit

    Billy Bibbit is one of the residents of the psychiatric hospital which is the setting of Ken Kesey's 1962 novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Billy is a cutter with suicidal tenancies. After Nurse Ratched threatens to tell Billy's mother about his breaking the rules, Billy kills himself by slitting his throat.
    • Appears In: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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  • Quasimodo is the Notre Dame cathedral's deformed bellringer and the title character from Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame". Heartbroken by the death of the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda, he carries her body to a mass grave to be buried. Never leaving her side, he dies of starvation with Esmeralda, the only person who has shown him kindness, in his arms. 

    • Appears In: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Esmeralda, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Hunchback, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
    • Played By: Peter Woodthorpe, Anthony Quinn, Booth Conway, Lon Chaney, Sr.
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    Javert is a police inspector and primary antagonist of Victor Hugo's "Les Misérables," which was published in 1862. After having his core beliefs shook through several encounters with Jean Valjean, he drowns himself in the river Seine.
    • Appears In: Les Misérables, Les Misérables, Les Misérables, Les Misérables, Les Misérables
    • Played By: Bernard Blier, Russell Crowe, Charles Vanel, Hans Hinrich, Geoffrey Rush
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