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.
TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
140
No
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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 • 2021 Report
Yes
117
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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.
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
108
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sunflowersystem
Bev's father and abusive husband gaslight her
Movie • 2018 Report
Yes
105
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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.
TV Show • 2018 Report
Yes
101
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.
Video Game • 2017 Report
Yes
98
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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.
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
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MichaelProch
Majorly
Movie • 2020 Report
Yes
76
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pugglemuggle
An abusive ex continually gaslights their former partner throughout the film.
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
74
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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 • 2019 Report
Yes
74
No
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Maddy by Nate
Book Report
Yes
71
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Nina_time
Vriska gaslights Tavros in several occasions.
Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
71
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
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MariaClocktower
A key point of the film is manipulation, while many characters seem unable to believe said manipulation is occurring
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
TV Show • 2008 Report
Yes
69
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BluebellsBestFriend
In Time's Arrow, a lot of that comes from Beatrice's father.
Video Game • 2017 Report
Yes
67
No
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Jadespade
The characters are gaslighted in Chapter 6 as they question whether their memories are real or not.
TV Show • 2005 Report
Yes
65
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.
Movie • 2004 Report
Yes
62
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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 • 2019 Report
Yes
61
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 • 1980 Report
Yes
61
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JohnCena
Jack gaslights and starts being incredibly cruel to his wife as he looses his sanity
TV Show • 2018 Report
Yes
61
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8
This is basically gaslighting: the series
Video Game Report
Yes
60
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spice_n_sugar
Dream is known for gaslighting Tommy, Tubbo & Ranboo who are all kids.
Movie • 2010 Report
Yes
60
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.
Yes
60
No
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10
PlainBunny
Technically, yes. The entire game takes place in a school in which they believe they have been trapped in and are being mentally manipulated into killing one another.
TV Show • 2017 Report
Yes
60
No
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Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
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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.
Yes
56
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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.
TV Show • 2018 Report
Yes
54
No
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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.