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
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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
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sunflowersystem
Bev's father and abusive husband gaslight her
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
56
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8BitMonkey
Arthur is gaslighted into believing things he doesn't know whether or not to believe on a regular basis.
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
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MariaClocktower
A key point of the film is manipulation, while many characters seem unable to believe said manipulation is occurring
TV Show • 2018 Report
Yes
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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.
TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
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KobiReichard
A character is frequently told she has nothing special about her and undermined and lied to about her own abilities. This is proven to be a lie with repressed memories.
Video Game Report
Yes
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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.
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
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MichaelProch
Majorly
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
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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 • 2018 Report
Yes
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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.
Book Report
Yes
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Nina_time
Vriska gaslights Tavros in several occasions.
Movie • 2020 Report
Yes
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pugglemuggle
An abusive ex continually gaslights their former partner throughout the film.
Movie • 2019 Report
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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.
Netflix • 2017 Report
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Movie • 2019 Report
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TFMD
Not the kind of gaslighting that takes place in an abusive relationship, but the movie is full of lies and complex deceptions.
Podcast Report
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Roosterwhale
There is an entity that causes fear by killing and then imitating a person. The entity is capable of perfectly convincing everyone they are that person, but purposefully lets at least one or two see through the ruse so that they are tormented by how their memories do not match what seems to be reality. The entity also affects photographs, contributing to the fear of insanity and wrongness
Movie • 2019 Report
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bencetaurins
a husband ridicules his wife for her supposed crazytalk even though he knows shes telling the truth
TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
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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.
TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
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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.
TV Show • 2013 Report
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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.
Movie • 2019 Report
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Netflix • 2008 Report
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BluebellsBestFriend
In Time's Arrow, a lot of that comes from Beatrice's father.
Movie • 2010 Report
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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.
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
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Szalkow
Mental and emotional manipulation, characters are led to question their own feelings or reasons for what they've done.
Video Game • 2017 Report
Yes
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Jadespade
The characters are gaslighted in Chapter 6 as they question whether their memories are real or not.
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sorryboutit
The fire lord and other fire nation characters are manipulative and mentally/emotionally abusive both explicitly and in subtext. Throughout her entire time on screen Azula is almost always emotionally and mentally manipulating those around her. S2E14 (and other episodes that take place in Ba Sing Se) has explicit gaslighting/psychological manipulation and brainwashing, especially towards the end of the episode.
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
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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.
TV Show • 2008 Report
Yes
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Nazetel
Scenes of manipulation or threats are quite common throughout the show
Movie • 2019 Report
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Netflix • 1977 Report
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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.