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.
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.
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
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sunflowersystem
Bev's father and abusive husband gaslight her
TV Show • 2018 Report
Yes
76
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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.
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.
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
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
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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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MichaelProch
Majorly
Movie • 2020 Report
Yes
55
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pugglemuggle
An abusive ex continually gaslights their former partner throughout the film.
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
54
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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.
Video Game • 2017 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.
TV Show • 2013 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.
Book Report
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Nina_time
Vriska gaslights Tavros in several occasions.
Podcast Report
Yes
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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
Video Game • 2017 Report
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Jadespade
The characters are gaslighted in Chapter 6 as they question whether their memories are real or not.
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.
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.
TV Show • 2005 Report
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40
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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.
TV Show • 2018 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.
TV Show • 2017 Report
Yes
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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 • 2020 Report
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beatonurrito
A young girl is gasligted by an older man who has began a sexual relationship with her
TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
35
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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 • 2019 Report
Yes
35
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Maddy by Nate
TV Show • 2008 Report
Yes
34
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BluebellsBestFriend
In Time's Arrow, a lot of that comes from Beatrice's father.
Yes
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alexa11037
One of the killers starts rambling about their “beloved” leading up to the execution, although it isn’t confirmed what exactly was meant by that in this game. The anime has more information.
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
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bencetaurins
a husband ridicules his wife for her supposed crazytalk even though he knows shes telling the truth
TV Show • 2020 Report
Yes
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Irrellephant
One character does quite a bit of this.
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.
Movie • 2020 Report
Yes
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yolandi
EXTREME SPOILER: gaslighting is one of the main themes present in this movie. this is not apparent until a certain point.