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Animal

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Some animals don't necessarily die, but are severely abused. Are there graphic details about animals being beaten, bloodied, skinned alive, trapped in cages, starved, or neglected?
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(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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I'm glad that there are already categories for animals dying, as well as categories for animals commonly kept as pets dying (such as dogs, cats, and horses). However, I feel like the death of a pet should be its own category - some may find the death of an animal upsetting enough, but it can be even worse when the animal in question belonged to someone. Also, those who have lost a pet recently may want to avoid watching another pet die.
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Dog fighting is forcing dogs to fight each other for the sake of human entertainment. It’s gruesome, heartbreaking, and cruel.
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Because my boyfriend can’t deal with any movies in which an animal ever feels sad or worried or rejected or unloved and we aren’t allowed to watch them! It would be good to know in advance if it’s safe...
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Scenes with alligators/crocodiles might upset people with certain phobias, especially those living close to bodies of water where these animals might be present. They are also sometimes responsible for harm to pets/loved ones and images of scenes of them attacking could be triggering. They occur fairly frequently, either where their attack is played for a joke or legitimate horror.

Abandonment

Is someone abandoned by someone they love or care about? Does a character leave for a long period of time without telling the others or saying goodbye?
I personally find it disturbing when children are betrayed by the one person they are supposed to trust. it makes me feel sick seeing it and i like to avoid movies that have it.

Abuse

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Many women are victims of physical violence and abuse. Women in media are often made into narrative props that get used as targets for violence, for shock value. This may overlap with some cases of other categories, but encompasses the broader range of situations where women are made into hapless victims of brutal treatment, for shock. Being able to know, beforehand, whether a piece of media includes this trope would be greatly beneficial to many women.
Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, making them question their own memory, perception, and sanity (Wikipedia). It’s no fun to be watching a film only for a character to find out they’ve been lied to and/or manipulated the whole movie.
Seeing abusers be forgiven or absolved of their actions can be very painful for abuse victims, particularly when the forgiveness is portrayed as something the victim "owes" to the abuser or the victim is portrayed as being bitter/ungrateful for things the abuser did for them/selfish/otherwise bad or in the wrong until they forgive the abuser.
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Stalking can often appear as something small online but builds up over time and can lead to harassment and even violence from the perpetrator. It is an uncomfortable and distressing subject that some may not wish to view.

I struggle with intrusive thoughts of becoming like my abuser. Its also a trigger for me when people justify abusers’ actions with “well they were abused too”
Verbal, emotional physical, sexual, financial, or neglectful abuse by a parent/parental figure. (E.g. Gaslighting)

Addiction

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A character has any sort of addiction, which includes gambling, tobacco or even anything that can be seen or used as a joke.
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Assault


a character gets raped on screen e.g. 13 reasons why
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Talked about but not shown.
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A character is restrained. They have limited movement due to an outside source (not the same as paralysis). Example: a character is tied up, or has limbs encased with dried concrete.
My mother did this to me at 2 years old. It's very triggering and traumatizing to see it happen to others.
Muffling, Handgagging, Mouthcovering, Being gagged or taped in general is extremely triggering for some especially those who have been through it in a traumatic experience.
Women (often perceived as "hot") assault a man sexually for laughs. A man rapes another man and it's for laughs. Prison gay rape jokes like the famous "soap drop". Those are examples I see in many movies and shows. Note this is about being played for laughs. I don't talk about serious rape/assault themes.
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Scenes where a person or animal is drugged against their will causing them to either lose consciousness or control of their bodies and mind. This can be triggering to victims of such circumstances.

Bodily Harm

Some people can handle a bit of blood, but not things like organs and bones.
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Although they have already proposed the categories "Zombies" and "Eaten Alive", cannibalism is a category apart from those two objectively speaking. For example, there are situations where a person is driven to cannibalism by circumstances (either forced by third parties or by desperation) or practice it without knowing it.
Choking, suffocation, strangling, hyperventilating, and things similar can make people incredibly nervous for multiple reasons, such as personal experience.
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Someone or something has their head cut off, either through execution or otherwise.
A character is killed (or nearly killed) by crushing. Can include being trapped behind moving walls, being trapped inside a garbage compactor, being crushed by falling rocks/rubble/debris, or being run over by a car, tank, or other large vehicle.
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This applies mostly to Space-set content where the body goes through significant harm and deadly trauma when sucked into the vacuum of space but can apply to drownings, claustrophobic environments or violence (which many are particularly sensitive to post the death of George Floyd). Not only that but these situations can be scary for children to watch, the suddenness of many situations where they occur can frighten adults and all viewers should be able to go into a movie aware of what they could see.
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Some people have severe phobias of tendon or ankle injuries, specifically when they're cut. Pet Sematary, Hostile, etc. show these in graphic detail. Even typing these examples and thinking about those scenes is making me nauseated.
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My wife is a musician with a severe fear of anything happening to her hands. Movies where there is sudden trauma to hands or fingers cause an extreme reaction in her, and I can imagine many others as well.
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I have a crippling fear of stairs, to the point where I use ramps when walking into restaurants, or I use the elevator to go up 1 floor. Characters falling down the stairs triggers this, and I'd like to have a category added so that I can be warned of this
Any instance of a character becoming unconscious, such as fainting, being knocked out in a fight, being sedated/anesthetized/otherwise chemically knocked out, etc; some viewers may find scenes like these disturbing or triggering for a variety of reasons.
Neck mutilation, and especially throat mutilation (getting stabbed in the throat, punched in the throat/windpipe, etc.) is often very uncomfortable for people with intrusive thoughts and pain empathy.
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Does some sort of experimentation, mutations, or other event happen that warps the body (ex: Dr. Who’s “Of Love and Monsters, Parayte (manga), Akira (anime)).
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My best friend in the world who I watch tons of movies with is triggered by depictions of choking as are many other domestic abuse/IPV survivors. while 'does somebody struggle to breathe' is sometimes a useful category in this regard, it is too broad and unless a user adds an optional comment to elaborate there is no way of knowing whether a "yes" refers to, say, choking on food/drowning/etc or to somebody being choked, a distressing form of violence that is also EXTREMELY present in films both serious and comedic in tone. making this a distinct category from 'does somebody struggle to breathe' would make a huge difference for me and my friend and make it much easier for us to watch movies together without as much uncertainty, and i'm certain we're not the only ones. thank you in advance!
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Children

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Is there a character who is a minor who is sexualized in any way? This includes pantyshots/changing clothes, bathouse scense, locker room scenes, any close ups of body parts, breasts animated as jiggling, etc. If a character who is underaged is portrayed as sexual at all, put it here.
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If an infant dies or gets taken away from its mother it triggers a heavy depressive episode in me and I can't be the only one. I know that's a specific one but you see triggers are specific.

Creepy Crawly

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Death

Audience members may be attached to non-human characters (androids, aliens, etc) and therefore seeing their death would be the same as watching a human death
It's upsetting when a major character that you've grown attached to dies. More so than some random redshirt.
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For many people, any depictions of death at all is extremely triggering. There are specific ones, like parent or child, but not just a general any person dies
Scenes where characters sacrifice themselves for another character, i.e. by staying behind to keep the monsters off or jumping in the line of fire to protect another character. These are often times incredibly sad and for people with anxiety, or people who has had a close one die from a similar scenario, this can be extremely hard to watch.

Disability

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This is a common and deeply upsetting trigger for developmentally disabled and autistic people, and can cause major panic attacks and meltdowns.
The disabled character is played by an able-bodied actress/actor, and not a disabled one.

Drugs/Alcohol

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Seeing a character overdose whether it is accidental or not can be extremely triggering for people with PTSD and the character taking drugs category is not specific enough to know if they overdose or not

Family

Similar to having Santa (et al) ruined for a child, a child being in distress due to the damage or destruction of a dear toy such as a sentimental stuffed animal, or a gift from a beloved relative.
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It's good that there's a category for parents dying, but there currently isn't a category for family members in general dying. This can include siblings, cousins, aunts/uncles, etc; those who have lost a loved one (especially recently) may find it triggering, and it's generally upsetting to most. This especially goes if the death is a particularly emotional scene or if the character was very close to the deceased family member.
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Being kidnapped is a very traumatic experience and can be very distressing to read/watch as it almost always against the person's will.
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A character interacts romantically or sexually with someone while in a relationship with a different character. This could be triggering to someone who has been cheated on, or is uncomfortable with the subject.

Fear

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Trypophobia is a fear of holes/patterns that can very strongly effect people with this fear, to the point of extreme self harm and intense panic attacks. its not often addressed in movies/media and is used a lot for a "creepy" feeling but for many people it can have much more serious effects.
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Automatonophobia can be loosely defined as the fear of wax figures, mannequins, humanoid robots, audio-animatronics, or other figures designed to represent humans. Only rarely does the fear become a full-blown phobia, but it is relatively common to experience hesitation or nervousness when confronting these figures.
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The sight of razors or razorblades can be triggering to those with a history of self-harm, as well as those with generally negative experiences with, or a fear of razors.
I know the drowning category exists, but just seeing natural bodies of water is enough to set me off and I don't know if it's like that for others. Water doesn't always correlate to drowning, so I think a category like this may be helpful

Gross

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Some people are not bothered by visual depictions of gore but may be sensitive to hearing realistic gory sounds like flesh squishing and bones crunching.
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Human character is eaten on screen, almost eaten, or ends up inside a creature’s stomach/body. This could include things like people being chomped in Jurassic Park, the kid in the cheerios in Honey I Shrunk The Kids, or typical "explore the body" plots of some cartoons. This category might have overlap with gore, but it’s distinct because it doesn’t always involve blood or injuries.
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Whether it’s someone having explosive diarrhea as a “funny” bit, or really any visual/audible pooping. It makes the whole show or movie hard to watch at all, unless it is one scene that can be skipped without losing details to the show.

Large-scale Violence

Anything related to what happened at 9/11. storylines around 9/11 or buildings collapsing in big cities, etc.

Law Enforcement

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A form of propaganda used to describe depictions of police in a positive (or excessively positive) light while obscuring negative qualities.
For many, the experience of being incarcerated can be traumatizing, especially in conjunction with other traumatic experiences that can take place within jail/prison. This includes addiction/drug abuse, physical violence, sexual assault/rape, malnutrition, and many other things that prison exposes an individual to. This category would cover depictions of jails/prisons/etc., and depiction or discussion of a character's (or multiple characters) life whilst incarcerated - whether the media takes place in a jail/prison or a character describes their experience of being incarcerated. This is important to warn people who have been incarcerated that media may be set in a place that was traumatic to them, or triggers memories of trauma they experienced while incarcerated.

LGBTQ+

A common transphobic trope is the stereotype of the trans person who wants to "trap" a cisgender heterosexual person into having sex with them. This trope is most often applied to trans women characters, but for the sake of broadness this category can apply to trans men characters as well.
Slurs or insults such as (sorry for mentioning them!) tranny, trap, shemale etc. can make a negative impact on trans and nonbinary people. Such words can upset them to the point of dissociation or a panic attack.
Deadnaming or birthnaming occurs when a trans and/or nonbinary person is named not by their chosen/new legal and correct name, but with or without intent by the name given to them at birth, which often induces gender dysphoria and is generally perceived to be very uncomfortable and especially when done multiple times and with visible intent to be very offensive and upsetting.
Being outed means having ones LGBT+ identity revealed without their concent or being made to reveal ones LGBT+ identity under force or duress. This can be deeply upsetting to people who have been outed, especially if it resulted in backlash.
So much of LGBTQ+ content that actually has bisexual or pansexual representation almost always includes the bi/pan person cheating on their significant other. It would be nice to know beforehand if the media I choose to consume has this damaging stereotype before I choose to consume/support it.

Loss

It doesn't belong in a museum, it belongs with the culture it was stolen from, but also it belongs in one piece, not exploded by space robots or shot up by badmen

Medical

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Mental Health


There are many pieces of media that include suicide attempts, even if the character in question does not die. A piece of media with this would not fall under the "Does a character die by suicide?" category, so there would be no warning of there being an attempt shown or implied. Even if a character doesn't die, seeing an attempt can be just as triggering and harmful as if the character had.
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When an autistic person is abused specifically because they are autistic. This can include parents who openly complain about their child being "gone" or "different" than they want, bullying by others, medical-related abuse, and parents/relatives/others killing an autistic person because they're "sick" of their autistic behavior.
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Misophonia, or "selective sound sensitivity syndrome", is a neurological disorder often associated with autism and ADHD, in which hearing mouth noises or repetitive sounds like eating, chewing gum, smacking lips, tapping, and other noises when eating, triggers anger, disgust, or even physical pain. Many movies and TV shows have moments like this, with some that are so extreme it becomes unwatchable for viewers who suffer from this, as I do. I have wished for this to be a category on this wonderful site for years.
Showing a mentally ill person committing violent acts is a very specific and very focused trigger for mentally ill people, and people who love someone who is mentally ill. This is separate and distinct from demonizing mental illness. Many mentally ill people are shunned, abused, and murdered because people are frightened of them. Many mentally ill people are extremely poorly treated or even killed because so many people equate mental illness with violence. It is extremely upsetting for a mentally ill person to see a movie that tells them they are frightening and dangerous. Mentally ill people have enough to deal with without having to deal with terror and prejudice. Further, it is extremely upsetting to watch someone you love who has a mental illness watching a movie that shows someone like them being dangerous and violent.
Sometimes a character suffering from an explicit mental illness can trigger people who have previously experiences or are experiencing, causing them to relapse or worsen their mental health. For example, there are many shows in which characters deal very explicitly with depression, which might cause someone who has suffered from depression in the past to relapse.
It is important to distinguish between body dysmorphia and dysphoria. Dysmorphia is seeing your body as something other than it is (i.e., someone thinking they are overweight when they are a healthy weight), which dysphoria is disliking your body or feeling that something about it is “wrong.” Both are experiences common to transgender people and people with eating disorders, but they are very much different and should be labeled as such.
It can be hard to watch someone else having a meltdown on screen, especially for autistic people due to their own experiences.
Any mentions or depictions of dissociation, depersonalization, or derealization such as: out of body experiences, dissociative amnesia, not remember who they are, numbness depicted as a result of abuse, etc
Although it is usually fairly easy to tell with movies like Split, sometimes dissociative identity disorder (D.I.D., formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder) is used as a plot twist, joke, or some other offensive tool. It would be good for those of us who live with D.I.D. to have warnings so we don't have be surprised by the shame and stigma cast on us.
There's a category for anxiety attacks, but for me PTSD functions differently. It may seem redundant, but as someone with PTSD, watching someone suffer from PTSD and exhibit symptoms can actually trigger my PTSD. I imagine some other people must feel similarly. Movies would fall into this category if a character talks about having Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or becomes triggered.
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Applied behavior analysis (ABA)

When your life is traumatized after losing a loved one takes their life and a character says "I would kill myself" and other similar phrases or gestures killing self is very painful and all too real and not a joke.
Media that blurs the distinction between reality and dream or altered states is incredibly triggering for those of us with dissociative disorders. If we as the viewer do not know when we are seeing a dream state, psychotic state, altered state, or stable reality, it can trigger our own dissociative states (which we will likely not recover from after the film / show is over).
Images of someone having an anxiety attack can trigger an attack in others. It is not possible to function for a long time afterwards.

Noxious

Any jarring loud noises that one wouldn't expect to hear/could catch somebody off guard. Anything from gunshots, explosions, screaming, or even smaller things like a door slamming loudly. If something is loud and/or unexpected enough to make the viewer jump a bit, it's possible that it could trigger people with PTSD related to loud noises, even if the noise doesn't come specifically from a gun or explosive device.
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There are several people with autism who enjoy watching movies but find the sound of babies crying incredibly upsetting and disturbing.
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Is there any scene where the camera is underwater? This includes the camera shot being halfway under the water. Many people find underwater scenes extremely stressful, and would love to at least be able to prepare themselves for one.
Obscene language and gestures could make some people uncomfortable, and many parents do not want their children to be exposed to such things. While obscene language is often included in the rations for films, gestures are not. Additionally, there is less of a warning for language on other types of media, such as books.
Flashing lights or rapidly changing or alternating images (e.g. lightning, flickering lights, ambulance lights, gunfire, fast cuts, club scenes, etc.)
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Paranoia

Shows, movies or games that break the fourth wall (For example, a character turning to face the camera and talking to the viewer, or a game tampering with files on the player's computer) may trigger paranoia or anxiety in some people.

Pregnancy

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It is important to understand that miscarriage and stillbirth are not the same thing.
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Tokophobia is a significant fear of childbirth [Wikipedia].
Some people have discovered that their parents would have preferred to have aborted them for a variety of reasons. Also some people have been forced to have abortions which can be very traumatic.
Seeing a baby or unborn child can be triggering to those who have lost an infant or pregnancy, or who have lost a sibling. I lost a late-term pregnancy and seeing a baby unexpectedly can be a very painful reminder of that and trigger flashbacks. Additionally, unborn children (a fetus or embryo) are shown completely unexpectedly at times and can be similarly triggering to those who miscarried, were coerced or forced to have an abortion, or are infertile/unable to conceive. For examples, the horror movie "The Hallow" showed a (possibly dead/deceased) infant crawling across the ground toward a character, which was completely unexpected and irrelevant to the plot, and the TV series Helix had an extended plot depicting a fetus in vitro in the second season.

Prejudice

This category refers to use of slurs, demeaning language, or abuse of neurodiverse and disabled people. This includes using "autistic" as an insult. This category is important because mocking disabled people or comparing their conditions to being bad is an ableist trope found in many forms of media that feed into a stereotypical narrative.
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Any minority- be it cultural, LGBT, religious, race, neurodivergent people, disabled people, or any other- represented in a way that is incorrect, stereotyped, or otherwise biased.
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People crack jokes and/or make cruel comments about fat people.
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Aphobia, and its subsets acephobia and arophobia, describe discrimination against asexuals (people who don’t experience sexual attraction) and aromantics (people who don’t experience romantic attraction). Some examples of aphobia are: assuming everyone will be in a relationship/have kids, devaluing platonic relationships compared to romantic ones, forcing people into sexual/romantic situations to "fix" them, and telling someone they’re wrong/broken/mentally ill because they don’t experience a type of attraction. Some examples of acephobia are: saying being ace is equivalent to having no libido, saying they’re a prude for not feeling sexual attraction, and saying that their romantic relationships aren’t "real" relationships because they’re not having sex. Some examples of arophobia are: saying being aro is just about using people for sex, calling people derogatory names (sl*t, wh*re, etc.) for having sex without romance, saying they’re cold and loveless because they aren’t dating.
Having the black character die first or be the only black character to die is a racist trope that people want to know about before they go into a movie so they don't get their hopes up.
The term nigger is now probably the most offensive word in English. Its degree of offensiveness has increased markedly in recent years, although it has been used in a derogatory manner since at least the Revolutionary War [Dictionary.com]
A general category for jokes that involve men dressing/acting in traditionally feminine ways or being gnc (gender non-conforming) being used as a joke or for shock value. Not to be confused with transmisogyny, or calling trans women men in dresses.
Slurs or insults such as faggot, dike, fair, carpet muncher, etc can make a negative impact on lgbt+ youth. Such words can upset them to the point of dissociation or ever worse a panic attack.

Is a movie antisemitic or has the portrayal of antisemitism/antisemitic characters? Are there negative Jewish stereotypes portrayed in the movie, are any explicitly or implied Jewish characters killed or abused? Does the movie feature Nazism/the holocaust? Is the director/write/lead actor a known antisemite? There is a lot of casual antisemitism in media, Jewish individuals (or people who don't want to support antisemitic movies in general) should have access to a warning before going to the theater.

Race

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Depictions of blackface/yellowface/skin darkening can be hugely traumatic and highly revealing of whether the movie would be enjoyable for Black and other racial minority audiences.

Relationships

Some media depicts relationships/desire between people with large age gaps, either minors feeling romantically for adults or adults expressing interest in minors or people much younger than them. This section would allow people to tag whether there are relationships or desire to have a relationship with someone with a significant age gap or toward a minor, and more detail would be included in comments as to the specifics of the dynamic, as these dynamics can be distressing to witness on screen especially if you have personal experience with predatory behavior from those in a position of power over you.

Religious

Sex

National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.4673

Tracking incestuous relationships can be helpful for people that have been sexually assaulted and/or abused by siblings. It's important that this not only includes siblings by blood, but also other forms when they were raised as siblings most of their lives. Incest is also sexual relationships between a parent and their child. So people who went through sexual abuse/assault by a parent or maybe a grandparent will also benefit from not seeing any depicted relationships of that kind.
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Bestiality is when a human performs sexual acts with non-human animals. This may be upsetting to people with a love for animals.
The character is highly sexualized through costumes, performance, and camera angles. Sometimes, they have either the bare minimum or no characterization outside of their sex appeal. Seeing sexually objectified characters can be upsetting for viewers.
Knowing if there is a nude scene is very important in case you want to watch an appropriate movie with your family or friends
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Tracking the instance of BDSM could allow people to find movies that they want to see, as well as help people avoid it if they don't like it

Sexism

As someone who has been made fun of for crying multiple times by abusive friends, this is incredibly triggering. It's often portrayed as a joke, and it's just something I want to avoid. Many men are victims of abuse and get made fun of for it or told that they can't be abused, and would be helped by being able to know ahead of time whether or not that happens.

Sickness

A lot of popular media features (typically older or elderly) characters suffering from dimentia/Alzheimer's/memory loss/ etc and this can be quite distressing or triggering to those watching, especially if they have a personal association to the subject.
A surprise cancer diagnosis or an unexpected subplot/plot twist about a grave or even terminal disease can be upsetting to viewers, especially if they or one of their loved ones recently went through something similar themselves. It’s often not apparent from the synopsis of a movie/show that illness will be major aspect of the story. Sometimes cancer or a similar sickness is just added for extra drama or raising the stakes or softening the blow of a character’s death, so it’s not foreseeable. It would be very helpful to have this as a category. Thanks everyone! <3
Strokes may be a trigger for some people, especially those with trauma relating to them.
Seeing a character who has a chronic illness can be very triggering for people who live with these illnesses and their families. This is often because the way the illness is portrayed in the film is inaccurate.

Social

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Does an actor wear a fat suit? Offensive and takes parts away from plus size actors.
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A friend of mine has severe anxiety that is triggered by the premise of being homeless, due to trauma from having been homeless themself. It would be extremely helpful if there was some way to know which pieces of media have homeless characters, or characters that become homeless at some point so that my friend can avoid re-living this trauma. An example of this happening is in the movie A Dog's Journey.
Some people can suffer anxiety attacks from talks about existential topics, or it can cause an existential crisis, such as what the meaning of life is, why people are born, where we're going when all is said and done, etc etc. Characters speaking about those kinds of topics or media that explores those kinds of topics can cause this discomfort.

Spoiler

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Some movies have an end credits or after credits scene, but you may not be sure. It'd be great to be able to see if a movie has after credits scene so that I don't make an usher's job harder than it has to be for no reason.

Vehicular

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Although the category of "Does a Car Crash?" is helpful, there are often times when the answer to that question is no, but someone slams on the horn or screeches their tires and this can still be triggering to those impacted by car crashes, even if a crash is not present.

Violence

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Gun violence/shootings, or even simply the discharge of firearms. Guns in media can easily trigger PTSD and warnings are especially important for survivors of gun violence and veterans.
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