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
436
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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.
TV Show • 2016 Report
Yes
216
No
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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
TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
206
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3
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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.
TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
180
No
3
10
Maddy by Nate
Movie • 2018 Report
Yes
163
No
14
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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.
Video Game Report
Yes
148
No
0
20
spice_n_sugar
Dream is known for gaslighting Tommy, Tubbo & Ranboo who are all kids.
TV Show • 2021 Report
Yes
143
No
17
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kars4kids
An old man begins to lose his short term memory, and is completely unable to remember things that have just been said. When playing a game against another character, he asks for things to be repeated. This other character lies about how the game is going in order to win. There are several times where a character is tricked/betrayed by someone they trust.
Video Game • 2017 Report
Yes
133
No
0
21
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
132
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3
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sunflowersystem
Bev's father and abusive husband gaslight her
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
127
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2
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adeliajbrown
Main premise of the movie is a monster that only one person can see, so everyone except that person says she’s “cr*zy.” Trying to get someone to believe her is a large part of the plot
TV Show • 2018 Report
Yes
122
No
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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 • 2013 Report
Yes
120
No
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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 • 2008 Report
Yes
115
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2
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Nazetel
Scenes of manipulation or threats are quite common throughout the show
Movie • 2020 Report
Yes
104
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14
pugglemuggle
An abusive ex continually gaslights their former partner throughout the film.
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
98
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MichaelProch
Majorly
TV Show • 2014 Report
Yes
98
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3
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BluebellsBestFriend
In Time's Arrow, a lot of that comes from Beatrice's father.
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
94
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3
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rubyfire77
Police gaslight a character who tries to tell them something is wrong
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
94
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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 • 2004 Report
Yes
91
No
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Corellon
A character dumps their partner but denies doing so when they get back together. "That's crazy! Why would I break up with you?"
Movie • 2021 Report
Yes
90
No
10
28
RobinLlama
When Mirabel tells her grandmother that the magic of the family is in danger she dismisses it and loudly proclaims that everything is fine and Mirabel should "stop". Later is revealed that the grandmother already knew that what Mirabel was saying is true.
Podcast Report
Yes
88
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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 • 2010 Report
Yes
88
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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
85
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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 • 1973 Report
Yes
84
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Goodfellas4ever
A hefty amount of people are
Movie • 1996 Report
Yes
84
No
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selinakarter
(((SPOILERS))) . . . Sidney believes her boyfriend is the killer and he constantly tells her she is incorrect and lying. It turns out she was right the whole time.
Movie • 1980 Report
Yes
84
No
0
14
JohnCena
Jack gaslights and starts being incredibly cruel to his wife as he looses his sanity
Movie • 2000 Report
Yes
83
No
2
6
Jethro
This is a complicated one due to the main character being confused and unaware of who he actually is but characters in the film call him by other names and say that he hasn't actually done stuff he vividly remembers doing, all of this is ambiguous due to his deteriorating mental state
Book Report
Yes
82
No
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Nina_time
Vriska gaslights Tavros in several occasions.
TV Show Report
Yes
82
No
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cherry
or at least heavily manipulated
TV Show • 2005 Report
Yes
82
No
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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.