Is someone gaslighted?

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.
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Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
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AlmaRdgl
The main character’s boyfriend gaslights her, mostly at the start of the film, and throughout the movie there is more gaslighting when characters question things that are happening around them and are told everything is fine and normal.
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
66
No
0
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sunflowersystem
Bev's father and abusive husband gaslight her
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
51
No
1
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MariaClocktower
A key point of the film is manipulation, while many characters seem unable to believe said manipulation is occurring
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
43
No
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8BitMonkey
Arthur is gaslighted into believing things he doesn't know whether or not to believe on a regular basis.
TV Show • 2018 Report
Yes
34
No
0
3
capnbrowncoat
The title character's main arc deals with coming to terms with the fact that the organisation that raised her is in fact evil, and lied to her all her life about their benevolent intentions. Much time is devoted to her overcoming the effects of this indoctrination.
Netflix • 2019 Report
Yes
31
No
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Ellis
One of the characters dates someone who she thinks is a good man. She doesn't notice the signs or doesn't want to and he turns out to be a murderer
Video Game Report
Yes
31
No
0
5
Jadespade
In Act 2 Monika gaslights the other girls, especially Yuri, by saying that her supposed weird behavior is being exaggerated by them and that they are the ones who are being too clingy to MC.
TV Show Report
Yes
26
No
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Book Report
Yes
24
No
0
6
Nina_time
Vriska gaslights Tavros in several occasions.
TV Show • 2018 Report
Yes
23
No
0
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LinLinLovesAnimals
They try to cover the truth and they cover up the truth and make those involved question everything they knew.
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
22
No
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TFMD
There is lying and manipulation. It's not gaslighting in the typical sense of an abuser/victim dynamic where the abuser convinces the victim that they are insane.
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
22
No
0
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
21
No
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MichaelProch
Majorly
TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
21
No
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Corellon
(spoilers) Crowley hits a cyclist with his car, and Aziraphale tries to magically fix her bike before she realizes it's broken. When she asks why it looks different, he re-does the fix behind her back (so as not to let on that he's immortal) and insists it had never changed even though he literally DID just change it. This really unnerves her and is still technically gaslighting even though it's very mild, and he didn't mean it maliciously.
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
21
No
3
3
bencetaurins
a husband ridicules his wife for her supposed crazytalk even though he knows shes telling the truth
Movie • 2010 Report
Yes
20
No
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Corellon
The main character's abusive mother is a main theme in this movie. There's even an entire song dedicated to her gaslighting.
Netflix • 2016 Report
Yes
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acetraightupmess
Season one a kid's mother keeps being told she is crazy by the community, and in season three, a woman is repeatedly told she's imagining things by the men at her workplace and her boyfriend
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
19
No
0
Yes
18
No
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series_of_unfortunate_events
Count Olaf is psychologically manipulative. Adults consistently dismiss the Baudelaires or accuse them of lying when they speak up about being abused/targeted, even when there is obvious evidence that supports their claims.
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
18
No
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swchristina952012
Both his mother and his personal manager manipulate Elton so that he will do what they want him to do.
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
17
No
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TFMD
[SPOILERS] Jojo develops a crush on Elsa, the Jewish girl hiding in his attic. When the war ends, there is a brief scene where he lies to her and tells her that Germany won and she will have to stay in hiding. Soon afterwards, he changes his mind and takes her outside, where she sees the truth. Apparently in the book he actually carries on this deception for a long time, but in the movie it seems like he changes his mind immediately (thankfully) so it isn't too bad.
Movie • 2018 Report
Yes
16
No
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Egan
We watch a character hysterically explain what she's been through during the film, and another character ignores her emotional pleas and clearly blames her.
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
16
No
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Szalkow
Mental and emotional manipulation, characters are led to question their own feelings or reasons for what they've done.
TV Show Report
Yes
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Freezer7
Yes. A large premise to the show is the intense gaslighting of one of the characters. He loses his grip on reality, and others do not believe him.
Netflix Report
Yes
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BluebellsBestFriend
In Time's Arrow, a lot of that comes from Beatrice's father.
Anime • 2006 Report
Yes
14
No
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zdy1994
Misa. Amane. All I need to say.
Netflix Report
Yes
14
No
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Nazetel
Someone manipulates their children to murder someone else.
TV Show Report
Yes
14
No
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Nazetel
Scenes of manipulation or threats are quite common throughout the show
Yes
13
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carabc03
the house is haunted, and nellie sees a ghost called “the bent neck lady” but is dismissed as being crazy, and whenever she tries to talk to her family about her ongoing sightings, she is asked if she’s off her meds. also, the brother writes a book about the house being haunted (and makes a ton of money off of it, and does meet and greet type things) while still telling nellie that she’s insane for believing the house was haunted.
Podcast • 2014 Report
Yes
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Wackd
Memories are erased from our lead characters and information is withheld based on this in a manner that is treated as comparable to gaslighting. The lead characters also gaslight minor and unimportant characters with casual disregard for their wellbeing for trivial and selfish reasons; this is played for comedy.