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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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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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
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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
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crabby
the kid is trying to tell his mom what he saw Chucky do, and she tells him that he didn't see it and he's making it all up.
Netflix • 2019 Report
Yes
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Book Report
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Nina_time
Vriska gaslights Tavros in several occasions.
TV Show • 2019 Report
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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.
Video Game Report
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Movie 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.
Anime • 2006 Report
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Nazetel
Manipulation happens often throughout the series.
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Truedegenerate
Piper and Alex have an emotionally abusive relationship, there are also many others.
TV Show Report
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Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
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TV Show 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.
TV Show • 2011 Report
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Podcast • 2014 Report
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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.
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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
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KittyKate
The main character is gaslighted throughout the movie, though it is never specifically addressed or noted that that is what was happening. It's a subtle but major point of her development and seems to have been looked over by a lot of viewers.
TV Show Report
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Nazetel
Lots of manipulation
TV Show • 1998 Report
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DoesTheMonsterDie
The Season 7 episode One Coarse Meal uses Mr. Krabs manipulating Plankton's fear of whales as a plot point.This is played unusually seriously and Plankton is driven to madness because of this. Krabs has the tables turned on him near the end, as he is forced to face his own deathly fear -- a mime.
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Movie Report
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Video Game Report
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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.
Netflix Report
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BluebellsBestFriend
In Time's Arrow, a lot of that comes from Beatrice's father.
TV Show • 1994 Report
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Nazetel
Some minor manipulation happens in the show but nothing triggering.
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shallowtowns
A character is continually lied to by their lover throughout the movie.
TV Show Report
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Marley93
Blaine does it quite a lot, tbh.