an hero

[an heer-oh]

What does an hero mean?

An hero is used by the dark parts of the internet as a mocking synonym for the act of suicide or for someone who has committed suicide.

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Warning: This article deals with the sensitive topic of suicide and an internet culture that makes light of it.

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Examples of an hero

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Examples of an hero
Fucking Twitter tried to silence me for telling Donny to an hero. Had to delete the tweet, and replace it with another. Craven lot.
@TongueEnvy, August, 2018
What is the best way to an hero so that it looks like an accident? I don't want my family to think I killed myself.
Anonymous user, 4chan, June, 2013
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Where does an hero come from?

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On April 20, 2006, Mitchell Henderson, a seventh-grader from Rochester, Minnesota, committed suicide. His classmates created a memorial page for him on MySpace. One of the comments on his page, possibly from a classmate, began: “He was such an hero, to take it all away. We miss him so, That you should know, And we honor him this day.”

Henderson’s page was linked to by MyDeathSpace, a website that aggregated memorial MySpace pages. From there, the page was discovered by 4chan‘s /b/ board. The 4channers noticed a mention of a lost iPod in the memorial page and erroneously concluded that Henderson had killed himself because of it. They were also amused by the poor grammar or typo of the an hero comment and how it accidentally implied Henderson’s death was an act of heroism. From here, 4chan started a meme, photoshopping Henderson’s face on other pictures and using an hero as a noun and verb for suicide.

By the 2010s, an hero had spread to other 4chan-adjacent websites like Encyclopedia Dramatica and Uncyclopedia. An hero occasionally appears on other forum sites like Reddit and social-media sites like Twitter, but it’s still most often used by 4chan users and trolls attempting to use it for shock value.

Who uses an hero?

As noted, an hero is used primarily on 4chan. There, it is used as a synonym for suicide and is often “suggested” as a good idea for users with bad opinions or users who’ve embarrassed themselves, similar to Kill Yourself.

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Outside of 4chan, it is mostly used by troll-ish folks trying to be edgy or offensive, often in verb form, to an hero, or “take one’s life.”

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