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"Fourth Wall" breaks
Shows, movies or games that break the fourth wall (For example, a character turning to face the camera and talking to the viewer, or a game tampering with files on the player's computer) may trigger paranoia or anxiety in some people.
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"Miscellaneous Unspecified" or a category to write down things that may be distressing or triggering that do not fall under any other category
Having a category where people can state if there is anything important that doesn't necessarily fall into other categories would be useful to prevent people from being triggered or upset by things that don't have a category yet or are particular unusual and don't often need their own category.
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9/11
Anything related to what happened at 9/11. storylines around 9/11 or buildings collapsing in big cities, etc.
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A baby is stillborn
It is important to understand that miscarriage and stillbirth are not the same thing.
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A baby or unborn child is shown
Seeing a baby or unborn child can be triggering to those who have lost an infant or pregnancy, or who have lost a sibling. I lost a late-term pregnancy and seeing a baby unexpectedly can be a very painful reminder of that and trigger flashbacks. Additionally, unborn children (a fetus or embryo) are shown completely unexpectedly at times and can be similarly triggering to those who miscarried, were coerced or forced to have an abortion, or are infertile/unable to conceive. For examples, the horror movie "The Hallow" showed a (possibly dead/deceased) infant crawling across the ground toward a character, which was completely unexpected and irrelevant to the plot, and the TV series Helix had an extended plot depicting a fetus in vitro in the second season.
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A bug dies
If a bug is shown squashed or electrocuted, it's not a great sight, whether you like or hate bugs. It's gross and could take away from scenes if someone is sensitive to this.
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A Car Honks/Screeching Brakes
Although the category of "Does a Car Crash?" is helpful, there are often times when the answer to that question is no, but someone slams on the horn or screeches their brakes and this can still be triggering to those impacted by car crashes, even if a crash is not present.
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A Charachter is Asphyxiated
This applies mostly to Space-set content where the body goes through significant harm and deadly trauma when sucked into the vacuum of space but can apply to drownings, claustrophobic environments or violence (which many are particularly sensitive to post the death of George Floyd). Not only that but these situations can be scary for children to watch, the suddenness of many situations where they occur can frighten adults and all viewers should be able to go into a movie aware of what they could see.
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A character becomes unconscious
Any instance of a character becoming unconscious, such as fainting, being knocked out in a fight, being sedated/anesthetized/otherwise chemically knocked out, etc; some viewers may find scenes like these disturbing or triggering for a variety of reasons.
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A Character Falls Down The Stairs
I have a crippling fear of stairs, to the point where I use ramps when walking into restaurants, or I use the elevator to go up 1 floor. Characters falling down the stairs triggers this, and I'd like to have a category added so that I can be warned of this
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A character has a chronic illness
Seeing a character who has a chronic illness can be very triggering for people who live with these illnesses and their families. This is often because the way the illness is portrayed in the film is inaccurate.
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A Character Has A Stroke
Strokes may be a trigger for some people, especially those with trauma relating to them.
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a character is belittled, humiliated and severe second-hand embarresment
it can be very difficult for people to see any character, weather they are good or bad, getting humiliated. examples are the period blood scene in carrie. getting shit on by a bird. the scene in orange is the new black where she eats a sandwich with a planted tampon in it. puking or any form of bodily fluids coming out, especially in public. getting shamed while naked. being made fun of for smelling bad, or smt unusual that has happened to the character which they are not aware of. being belittled for something, like apparence, status, mistakes and failed attempts. all of these are hard for me to watch, especially when it's gross liquids on any person. and i think these are especially hard if you have ocd or intrusive thoughts like me, bc the images just will not go away and they have ruined many things for me. i REALLY would apreciate knowing if movies or series contain any of these things.
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a character is betrayed or backstabbed
A character's trust is betrayed by someone who they thought was a friend or ally.
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A character is crushed to death
A character is killed (or nearly killed) by crushing. Can include being trapped behind moving walls, being trapped inside a garbage compactor, being crushed by falling rocks/rubble/debris, or being run over by a car, tank, or other large vehicle.
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A character is or becomes homeless
A friend of mine has severe anxiety that is triggered by the premise of being homeless, due to trauma from having been homeless themself. It would be extremely helpful if there was some way to know which pieces of media have homeless characters, or characters that become homeless at some point so that my friend can avoid re-living this trauma. An example of this happening is in the movie A Dog's Journey.
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A character is restrained
A character is restrained. They have limited movement due to an outside source (not the same as paralysis). Example: a character is tied up, or has limbs encased with dried concrete.
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a character is robbed, mugged, or held at gunpoint/knifepoint/etc. by a thief
People who have experienced being robbed, mugged, or otherwise the victim of a thief often suffer from PTSD as a consequence. Forewarning that a character will be held at gunpoint/knifepoint by a thief, forced to turn over a possession to a thief, or otherwise robbed/mugged on-screen can help those victims be prepared for potentially upsetting scenes. This category should take into consideration the stealing of any item (including cars, bags, phones, wallets, etc) but should also be kept separate from kidnapping and other abduction (the distinction being made between possessions being stolen and people/animals being taken).
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A character is sexually objectified
The character is highly sexualized through costumes, performance, and camera angles. Sometimes, they have either the bare minimum or no characterization outside of their sex appeal. Seeing sexually objectified characters can be upsetting for viewers.
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a character is watched without knowing
a character being watched without consent is extremely triggering to me and i'm sure many other people who have been watched or have paranoia. i know the category "a character is stalked" exists but i would also like to know if there are hidden cameras, technology monitoring, etc. and that isnt specific to just stalking in my opinion
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