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I'd rather die tomorrow, than live a hundred years without knowing you.
~ John Smith to Pocahontas
Gurgi not let his friend die. Taran has many friends. Gurgi has no friends.
~ Gurgi about to sacrifice himself to the Black Cauldron to save Taran


Short time? You fool, It's been an eternity! During that time everything i've ever cared for or accomplished has fallen into ruin! Everyone i've ever loved now lies dead. My life has been a failure. I welcome It's end!
~ A future version of Adam Warlock to his past self.

Heroes who have either attempted to take their own lives or succeeded in taking their own lives, or have been overly eager in the face of death. There can be several different reasons for this, including remorse, "honor", avoiding a worse fate, their lives are terrible, despair, sacrificing oneself for their greater cause/allies, the hero being an insane nihilist, hoping they'll take the villains down with them, or even a redeeming sacrifice and other possible reasons.

Examples of successful suicides include Kerchak (he took a blow from Clayton's gun to save his adopted son, Tarzan), Stoick the Vast (he sacrificed himself to give up his life for his son), Kratos (his suicide was an example of a redeeming one), and Cole MacGrath (he chose to activate RFI to destroy the near-immortal Beast once and for all as well as fulfill his future self Kessler's dead wish, which the RFI's wave of energy not only destroy the Beast, but also kill most Conduit-gene bearer including himself.)

However, these characters have attempted their sacrifice for their greatest cause, but they were saved by unexpected circumstances: Eren Yeager sacrificed himself to save Armin Arlert at his seemingly dying moment due to his injuries by letting himself devoured by a soulless Titan, but survived due to ended up awaken his Titan Shifting powers, Wreck-It Ralph sacrificed himself by throwing himself down into the volcano to save Sugar Rush and the entire arcade from viruses, but got rescued by Vanellope von Schweetz at the last minute, and Hercules (from Disney) nearly sacrificed his own life to retrieve Megara's soul from the Underworld, but survived by earning his godhood.