Is a mentally ill person violent?

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.
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Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
140
No
2
16
hanzabananza
Dani’s sister has bipolar disorder, and in the beginning of the movie she kills both of their parents before killing herself
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
110
No
0
9
Gaveston
Yes, though that is caused by possession and not the mental illness itself
TV Show Report
Yes
103
No
0
21
cherry
a character who struggles with likely ptsd and psychosis traits is violent sometimes. she is portrayed sympathetically. + honestly i’d say she isn’t the only character with mental health issues in the show. many of the characters are shown in fights at some point.
TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
101
No
1
9
greencow
Rue is diagnosed with a number of mental illnesses at the beginning of the series, and she is shown having severe mood swings in which she is irritable and lashes out at her loved ones, throwing things and threatening her mom with broken glass (it should be noted that some of these outbursts are due to her being an addict and not necessarily her mental illnesses).
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
100
No
1
11
Mkosmorama
The main antagonist is heavily implied to be mentally ill, and is a serial killer.
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
83
No
0
9
adeliajbrown
Main villain is mentally ill, both explicitly stated and referred to with the word “cr*zy.” The movie seems to be exploring and maybe critiquing the trope rather than playing it straight, but she is presented monstrously, violently, and inhuman throughout.
Yes
82
No
0
14
the_girl_in_the_box
Main villain is driven by grief and depression, she kills more people than anyone else in this film, and rarely gets any sympathy at all.
Movie • 2000 Report
Yes
81
No
0
10
diningatdorsia
regardless of the end and what it might "change" in the events of the movie, the main character 100% has an antisocial personality disorder and is violent, has harmful behaviors and is depicted as a killer. (tw: he calls himself a "psychopath")
Video Game Report
Yes
68
No
2
17
meowww
While Wilbur’s character in the actual canonical story is an overall very well written mentally ill man that doesn’t play into any harmful stereotypes, in many fanworks he is often depicted as creepy and unpredictably violent, contrary to how he canonically behaves, which can be pretty uncomfortable.
Movie • 2021 Report
Yes
66
No
0
12
tial
Norman Osborn has a split personality with the violent and psychopathic Green Goblin. He attempts to seek help at FEAST before being taken over by the Goblin personality.
Yes
61
No
1
Movie • 1999 Report
Yes
59
No
0
4
glastozasto
Lisa is consistently agressive and occasionally violent throughout the whole movie.
Movie • 1973 Report
Yes
57
No
4
19
Ellapelican
I mean everyones not doing great, and everyones being violent, but I don't think anyone is acknowledged to be mentally ill so...idk
Movie • 2021 Report
Yes
55
No
0
7
sammylee
[SPOILERS] One man has schizophrenia and in a couple different instances he attacks the others with a knife.
Yes
55
No
1
17
byakuyautistic
There's the "DID system has a murderer and cr*zy alter" trope, so...... yeah.
Movie • 1996 Report
Yes
53
No
4
8
mileswernham
a lot of calling people psycho and psychotic as a word for being a murderer
Video Game • 2017 Report
Yes
52
No
0
11
JudgeAngels
Yuri is very obviously mentally ill even though she's not violent towards others she is violent to herself
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
52
No
0
1
amoeba
High trigger warning.
TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
51
No
1
5
nonamestartingwithr
Many of the main characters are mentally ill, and most of them are violent as hell given the nature of this show
TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
51
No
0
8
cha0ticneutralsys
Pretty much every character is mentally ill. Vanya has violent outbursts due to her powers and kills/injures many people, there is also multiple scenes when Diego is in a psych ward and has violent outbursts an is then sedated and put in isolation
Video Game • 2020 Report
Yes
50
No
0
6
It should be noted that no instances of violence ingame are used to directly demonize any characters.
Movie • 1989 Report
Yes
50
No
0
Movie • 2018 Report
Yes
48
No
10
8
sapphicswords
A character (who dies in the beginning of the film and is only shown in photos) is diagnosed with DID and had some abusive tendencies. Given the context of the film however, it’s very likely that this character was possessed and never actually had the disorder.
Movie • 2021 Report
Yes
45
No
1
7
JubilantFae
Two examples of characters doing this, including a traumatized person committing murder and someone having a mental breakdown and threatening someone with a scissors
TV Show • 2014 Report
Yes
44
No
1
2
eridanliker
A few scenes in Season 4 shows someone with dementia drug one person, and attack another
TV Show • 2021 Report
Yes
44
No
1
8
Nepeta
A man is [SPOILERS] heavily influenced by the amulet and it greatly damages his brain chemistry (he kills/tortures people)
TV Show • 2005 Report
Yes
43
No
1
1
DemonicAngel69
Sam Winchester is clearly mentally ill, including canonically having PTSD, an addiction, flashbacks, and hallucinations, and he violently and brutally kills supernatural people for a living; Castiel has times where he seems mentally ill, and in some of them he attacks people; and you could also argue that Dean is mentally ill/has PTSD, and he both kills supernatural people for a living AND abuses everyone he "loves"
Movie • 2020 Report
Yes
43
No
0
8
greencow
A mentally ill man is vilified by the townspeople and forced to defend himself, and it’s incredibly heartbreaking
Movie • 1978 Report
Yes
43
No
0
4
FandomLover
Michael Myers is mentally ill and attacks and kills multiple people in the movie, starting of with his sister when he was around 6.
TV Show • 2022 Report
Yes
42
No
15
5
TheCassandraComplex
There are characters with supernatural abilities/conditions that cause them to loose control in violent ways.