an hero

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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.


an hero ‎(plural an heroes or an heros)

  1. (Internet slang) Suicidee, one who commits suicide.
    • 2007 10 August, the_boy_blunder [username], “Fiddildy Fucking Dee, it's enough to make you not want to kill yourself”,, Usenet:
      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 24 December, Alex Clark, “Re: Tom Cruise on Kimmel last night”, alt.religion.scientology, Usenet:
      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 22 August, ., “BECOMING AN HERO”,, Usenet:
      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