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Suicide for Hire is a mature-rated Furry Comic by Rafael Medina about two teenagers, the extremely enthusiastic sex-obsessed fox Hunter Ravenwood, and the chain-smoking highly paranoid mouse Arcturus Winrock (who also has a homicidal split personality), who help other people kill themselves, often in a highly karmic way.

A typical story arc follows a standard formula:

  • Someone who would like to kill himself for some insane reason finds Hunter and Arc.
  • Said someone tells them his story and why he wants to die.
  • Arc tries to talk him out of it until he says or does something that convinces Arc that he's beyond redemption.
  • Hunter plots their client's Karmic Death.
  • At the last minute the client changes his mind but Hunter ensures that he follows through (yelling "Nonrefundable" to a jumper or throwing Arc's shoe at him if that doesn't work for example).
  • Later Hunter and Arc usually find a brief article about their client's gruesome suicide.

More plot-significant arcs are more complex and don't always follow that formula, though the client always dies.

Found here.


Tropes:

  • Awesome McCoolname - The two main characters, as well as Hunter's occasional girlfriend, Chryseis North, though most of their clients have more mundane names (if named at all).
  • Badass Adorable: Arcturus. C'mon, look at those big soft Puppy Dog Eyes of his!
  • Badass Longcoat - Both main characters.
  • Berserk Button - Arcturus has several.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Arcturus is a fairly decent guy till you piss him off.
  • Catch Phrase - Hunter likes using "quityerbitchen" on Arcturus whenever he starts complaining.
  • Carnivore Confusion - Lampshaded by the author in a side note for a comic where Hunter and Arc were discussing milk. "You know of any species of wild animals that not only nurse after infancy, but from a source not even of its own species?" note: "To anal-retentive assholes like myself: you know what I mean. STFU."
  • Character Filibuster
  • Cluster F-Bomb
  • Confusing Multiple Negatives - Apparently when Hunter was 13, his father tried to ensure that he would be straight using porn: "By the way, I don't not want you not watching not channel 169 when we're out of the house."
  • Costume Porn - Arcturus and Hunter wear elaborate outfits, and so does this girl, apparently.
  • Country Matters - the end of the confrontation with the "Religious Wrong".
  • Crapsack World - It seems that people only manage to succeed when they're complete assholes, not to mention that the police are apparently useless and clerks at gun shops barely check IDs.
  • Cunning Like a Fox - Hunter.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon - The way most of their customers go down, which is why most of them try to chicken out halfway through.
  • Depraved Homosexual - A waiter who threatened to stalk and rape Hunter in one arc. It should be noted that the writer tries to make sure that the "Depraved" part of this character is not linked to the "Homosexual" part; while beating him up, Hunter explained that he understood that most homosexuals were not like this. Within the comic's universe Hunter was probably wrong: keep in mind that most of the straight characters in this comic are just as bad if not worse.
  • Domestic Abuser - Tybalt Montlet is an absolutely classical textbook example.
  • Driven to Suicide - well, look at the comic's title.
  • Enemy Without - It's unclear what exactly Xero is, but it is clear that he was formed from Arc's dark side and is practically a separate person.
  • Even Evil Has Standards - The boys apparently don't like to harm women unless they're clients. Under the rules of SFH, they don't accept clients under 16 and don't plan suicides that result in the deaths of a third party (they reject a pregnant customer because of those rules). Hunter also has a self-enforced guideline of only killing people who come to him to be killed. Unless they REALLY piss him off.
    • Altair keeps several guns in his truck to clear traffic in order to make deliveries on time, but he's modded each one to be non-lethal.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin - Arc and Hunter deal in over the top Karmic Deaths in the form of assisted suicide for those that wish to die.
  • The Faceless - Arcturus' parents, also Hunter's.
  • Fridge Logic - In-universe example mixed with Lampshade Hanging: Xero explains. Presumably it's going to get explained eventually.
  • Furry Comic
  • Gilligan Cut: Here
  • Gollum Made Me Do It - Xero apparently takes over to some extent when Arc is on the job, but it's unclear exactly how much of Arcturus' behavior is actually him and how much is Xero.
  • Gorn
  • Guilty Pleasures - Because of what it's about, few people will admit to reading it.
  • Hannibal Lecture - Hunter sometimes does this to people who piss him off, while he's inflicting serious pain.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today? - Hunter's explanation for his actions against the homophobic protestors. Justified Trope in that it's a conversation between two adolescent boys.
  • High-Pressure Blood
  • High Turnover Rate - One time Arcturus quits Suicide for Hire and gets a job at a ball park concession stand where the customers are particularly idiotic. He lasts four days longer than most people before snapping and trying to strangle someone.
  • Human Resources - In one comic Hunter is doing a report on Utilitarianism and suggests that the penalty for offenses as minor as speeding should be to get ground up into protein shakes that are then fed to hobos who are then lured into a hospital so their organs can be harvested.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Arcturus Winrock and Hunter, to each other and at different times.
  • I Call It Vera - Hunter's guns, "Bop" and "The Idiot Magnum".
  • It Tastes Like Feet - Lampshaded in a non-food example. Hunter comments that a scorpion sting feels like someone put out a cigarette on his foot, and when Arc asks him how he knows what a cigarette burn feels like he uses Arc's cigarette to provide a comparison.
  • Karmic Death - Most of the deaths that Hunter and Arc arrange, such as a frat boy who felt responsible for his friend's death by alcohol poisoning drinking methanol and then being set on fire.
  • Kill It with Fire- After Hunters... alone time. The strip above also counts.
  • Love Makes You Crazy - Autumn.
  • Moral Myopia - Xero points this out to Arcturus. To be specific he makes fun of the fact that he feels bad about helping a Terminal Cancer patient die but not feeling bad for killing a lot of stupid teenagers.
  • The McCoy: Arcturus sometimes drifts into this.
  • Mugging the Monster: At one point, a gay waiter keeps pestering Hunter and won't take no for an answer. This is a bad idea.
  • Murder, Inc. - Arc and Hunter are essentially a two person version of this who kill their clients.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning - Used only in the Frat Boy arc so far, as after his suicide, a detailed record of all the threats and harassment heaped upon him surface (and result in a heap of lawsuits between the two warring factions).
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead - Arc and especially Hunter avert this with many of their clients. Hunter especially seems to think most of them deserved their gruesome fates.
  • Non-Mammalian Hair: Altair Annunaki is probably the most visible example.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries - Some rather well-endowed avians are shown at various points.
  • Pizza Boy Special Delivery - Altair.
  • Police Are Useless - They do try, but circumstances tend to conspire against them.
  • Punny Name - There are a few, including Tybalt and Rosaline Montlet. Tybalt is a cat.

 "What do you want?"

"Good king of cats ... nothing but all of your nine lives!"

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