Originated as a meme on the /b/ board of the 4chan community. It was inspired by a grammatical error in a poem that the classmate of a teenager who committed suicide in 2006 wrote and posted to a MySpace memorial page.[1]


an hero (third-person singular simple present an heros, present participle an heroing, simple past and past participle an heroed)

  1. (Internet slang) To commit suicide.
    • 2009 May 9, henri, “Re: NOMINATION - Bill Jillians/"<p>sychotic <c>hicken" For KotM & CotM .. (was) Re: hey guys ... anyone want in on a flame war I'm starting between 2 groups”, in alt.suicide.holiday, Usenet[1]:
      So an hero already.
    • 2012, Parmy Olson, We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency, Little, Brown and Company (2012), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      It soon became a trend on 4chan to describe someone as “an hero”—before it morphed into the verb form: “I'm going to an hero.”
    • 2013, Trevor James Zaple, Disappearance, Lulu (2013), →ISBN, Chapter 1:
      So I’m going to an hero on webcam he continued typing and I’ll post the link to the stream in a second.


an hero (plural an heroes or an heros)

  1. (Internet slang) Suicidee, one who commits suicide.
    • 2007 August 10, the_boy_blunder [username], “Fiddildy Fucking Dee, it's enough to make you not want to kill yourself”, in alt.suicide.holiday, Usenet[2]:
      In the clip, Dave Mustaine (our hero of the story, yet not yet "an hero") is shown recording "Through the Darkest Hour" a song about wanting to kill yourself because your bird left you.
    • 2008 December 24, Alex Clark, “Re: Tom Cruise on Kimmel last night”, in alt.religion.scientology, Usenet[3]:
      Some of us were beginning to think you'd made yourself into "an hero" for Christmas, but I always knew you'd be back.
    • 2009 August 22, ., “BECOMING AN HERO”, in alt.suicide.holiday, Usenet[4]:
      I like how I can tell someone that I want to become an hero and they have no idea that I'm talking about suicide.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:an hero.


  1. ^ Mattathias Schwartz, "The Trolls Among Us", The New York Times, 3 August 2008