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 • 2022 Report
Yes
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No
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Mkosmorama
The main antagonist is heavily implied to be mentally ill, and is a serial killer.
TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
77
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).
TV Show Report
Yes
76
No
0
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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.
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
72
No
2
8
hanzabananza
Dani’s sister has bipolar disorder, and in the beginning of the movie she kills both of their parents before killing herself
Yes
68
No
0
9
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 • 2021 Report
Yes
61
No
0
11
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.
Video Game Report
Yes
48
No
2
11
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 • 2000 Report
Yes
45
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")
Movie • 2021 Report
Yes
39
No
0
4
sammylee
[SPOILERS] One man has schizophrenia and in a couple different instances he attacks the others with a knife.
Movie • 2020 Report
Yes
36
No
0
6
greencow
A mentally ill man is vilified by the townspeople and forced to defend himself, and it’s incredibly heartbreaking
Movie • 2021 Report
Yes
36
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
Video Game • 2017 Report
Yes
36
No
0
10
JudgeAngels
Yuri is very obviously mentally ill even though she's not violent towards others she is violent to herself
TV Show • 2018 Report
Yes
36
No
1
8
zoolover
that is like. the entire show.
Yes
35
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0
11
byakuyautistic
There's the "DID system has a murderer and cr*zy alter" trope, so...... yeah.
Movie • 1989 Report
Yes
35
No
0
TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
34
No
0
6
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
Movie • 2021 Report
Yes
34
No
1
8
pinklemonade
Thena has some violent outbreaks caused by something called Mahd Wy'ry and it is portrayed as if she's mentally ill, but she really has some type of flashbacks from previous "lifes"
TV Show • 2021 Report
Yes
31
No
1
10
NOTvoldemort
The main character has Dissociative Identity Disorder and was previously hired as a mercenary. They are currently fighting villains, and protecting people.
Movie • 2021 Report
Yes
30
No
1
1
mistersandman
Cletus and Frances, two major characters.
Movie • 1999 Report
Yes
29
No
0
0
glastozasto
Lisa is consistently agressive and occasionally violent throughout the whole movie.
Movie • 2021 Report
Yes
28
No
0
8
bananareen
It's heavily implied that the Green Goblin has DID and/or Schizophrenia and when his "dark side" takes over, he is very violent
Movie • 2021 Report
Yes
28
No
2
5
Lmss
They’re not mentally ill but they’re made to seem that way at first
TV Show • 2013 Report
Yes
25
No
0
4
Amy17
In the first season, a character suffers from Cotard syndrome and she's been thinking she's already dead since childhood. Now she's an adult and she becomes violent. She kills a woman (her old friend) in a very crude way, trying to understand if she's real or not.
Movie • 1996 Report
Yes
25
No
3
5
mileswernham
a lot of calling people psycho and psychotic as a word for being a murderer
Movie • 1978 Report
Yes
25
No
0
1
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 • 2005 Report
Yes
25
No
0
TV Show • 2022 Report
Yes
24
No
1
6
idontcareenoughtofindagoodusername
Marc Spector/Steven Grant has DID and does commit violent attacks. Although this is moreso from getting powers through Khonshu and less from the the trope that mentally ill people are violent. But still.
Movie • 2021 Report
Yes
24
No
0
5
EzraG
Both of the main villains are portrayed to have unspecified mental illnesses. One is a killer and the other a mass killer.
TV Show • 2010 Report
Yes
23
No
0
2
walkerwriter
Shane goes 'crazy' and tries to hurt Rick. During periods of high stress, PTSD, or trauma characters, especially Rick, attack people violently.