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7th Jan '18 12:10:49 PM nombretomado
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** Season 6 also played this for drama at one point, with Spike convincing the already severely depressive Buffy that she CameBackWrong, and is thus inherently evil. Buffy ends up telling Tara (who was also gaslighted into thinking she was inherently evil for a long time) about this, and she convinced Buffy that it's false. Interestingly, this is a plot point JossWhedon avoided answering. Considering the franchise still lives in comic form, currently on Season 10, it's quite likely this was intentional.

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** Season 6 also played this for drama at one point, with Spike convincing the already severely depressive Buffy that she CameBackWrong, and is thus inherently evil. Buffy ends up telling Tara (who was also gaslighted into thinking she was inherently evil for a long time) about this, and she convinced Buffy that it's false. Interestingly, this is a plot point JossWhedon Creator/JossWhedon avoided answering. Considering the franchise still lives in comic form, currently on Season 10, it's quite likely this was intentional.
2nd Jan '18 5:50:17 PM nombretomado
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** Also, in one of her short stories that were part of the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Labors of Hercules]] cycle, the Cretan Bull, HerculePoirot investigates the apparent mental breakdown of the almost-wedded son of a navy officer. [[spoiler:Turns out that the officer, whose madness runs in the family, was trying to drive the young man insane (helped by an interesting use of a drug -- [[WriteWhatYouKnow probably thanks to Christie's background as a pharmacist]] -- spiking his shaving lotion with belladonna eyedrops, which soothe the eyes but are poisonous and psychoactive if ingested), in order to get revenge on the family friend who had an affair with his wife and is in fact the guy's real father. He wants to convince him that he's AxeCrazy and murderous, to [[DrivenToSuicide drive him to suicide]]. Since he isn't the Admiral's son, he doesn't have his madness, and everything [[HappyEnding ends all right]]. ([[MoodWhiplash Though]] [[LaserGuidedKarma interestingly]], [[ThereAreNoTherapists the officer himself]] [[DrivenToSuicide doesn't survive all of this]].)]]

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** Also, in one of her short stories that were part of the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Labors of Hercules]] cycle, the Cretan Bull, HerculePoirot Literature/HerculePoirot investigates the apparent mental breakdown of the almost-wedded son of a navy officer. [[spoiler:Turns out that the officer, whose madness runs in the family, was trying to drive the young man insane (helped by an interesting use of a drug -- [[WriteWhatYouKnow probably thanks to Christie's background as a pharmacist]] -- spiking his shaving lotion with belladonna eyedrops, which soothe the eyes but are poisonous and psychoactive if ingested), in order to get revenge on the family friend who had an affair with his wife and is in fact the guy's real father. He wants to convince him that he's AxeCrazy and murderous, to [[DrivenToSuicide drive him to suicide]]. Since he isn't the Admiral's son, he doesn't have his madness, and everything [[HappyEnding ends all right]]. ([[MoodWhiplash Though]] [[LaserGuidedKarma interestingly]], [[ThereAreNoTherapists the officer himself]] [[DrivenToSuicide doesn't survive all of this]].)]]
31st Dec '17 2:55:35 PM willowoftheriver
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* In the tie-in [[http://officialbarokvanzieks.tumblr.com/post/155105683451/aj-anthology-brothers-standoff-1-translation manga]] to ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', it's shown that [[BigBad Kristoph]] did this to his little brother, Klavier.
24th Dec '17 9:15:37 PM Vir
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** In ''[[/Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Stardust Crusaders]]'', Jotaro pulls this on Daniel D'Arby during their poker game, using Star Platinum's faster-than-the-eye speed to change things around himself. He's not trying to drive D'Arby insane, however; he's just demonstrating his speed, which makes D'Arby fear that Jotaro may have looked at their cards (Jotaro had earlier put his own cards facedown without checking them) and possibly switched them. Losing control of the game this way causes his sanity to crumble, and his defeat is inevitable.

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** In ''[[/Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders ''[[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Stardust Crusaders]]'', Jotaro pulls this on Daniel D'Arby during their poker game, using Star Platinum's faster-than-the-eye speed to change things around himself. He's not trying to drive D'Arby insane, however; he's just demonstrating his speed, which makes D'Arby fear that Jotaro may have looked at their cards (Jotaro had earlier put his own cards facedown without checking them) and possibly switched them. Losing control of the game this way causes his sanity to crumble, and his defeat is inevitable.
24th Dec '17 9:13:57 PM Vir
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** In "Star Crusaders", Jotaro pulls this on Daniel D'Arby during their poker game, using Star Platinum's faster-than-the-eye speed to change things around himself. He's not trying to drive D'Arby insane, however; he's just demonstrating his speed, which makes D'Arby fear that Jotaro may have looked at their cards (Jotaro had earlier put his own cards facedown without checking them) and possibly switched them. Losing control of the game this way causes his sanity to crumble, and his defeat is inevitable.

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** In "Star Crusaders", ''[[/Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Stardust Crusaders]]'', Jotaro pulls this on Daniel D'Arby during their poker game, using Star Platinum's faster-than-the-eye speed to change things around himself. He's not trying to drive D'Arby insane, however; he's just demonstrating his speed, which makes D'Arby fear that Jotaro may have looked at their cards (Jotaro had earlier put his own cards facedown without checking them) and possibly switched them. Losing control of the game this way causes his sanity to crumble, and his defeat is inevitable.
21st Dec '17 8:31:02 PM lalalei2001
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* Franchise/ArchieComics: In an older ''Archie'' story, perhaps dating to near the ''Film/{{Gaslight}}'' film's original release, Archie and Jughead, shortly after seeing the film, start gaslighting Veronica -- because ''[[SociopathicHero Archie forgot his date with her and he wanted to avoid her temper]]''. In the course of a single scene, he has her doubting herself--but the tricky nature of doing such to a person in real life unravels the plot quite quickly: with a single line of dialogue from someone outside the plot. Jughead vamooses, and Archie is left alone with Veronica, wearing an evil grin, saying, "Have you ever heard of a movie called ''Gaslight''?"

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* Franchise/ArchieComics: In an older ''Archie'' story, perhaps dating to near the ''Film/{{Gaslight}}'' film's original release, Archie and Jughead, shortly after seeing the film, start gaslighting Veronica -- because ''[[SociopathicHero Archie ''Archie forgot his date with her and he wanted to avoid her temper]]''. temper''. In the course of a single scene, he has her doubting herself--but the tricky nature of doing such it to a person in real life unravels the plot quite quickly: quickly, with a single line of dialogue from someone outside the plot. Jughead vamooses, and Archie is left alone with Veronica, wearing an evil grin, saying, "Have you ever heard of a movie called ''Gaslight''?"



* In one issue of ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' during Barry Allen's tenure as the titular speedster, the villain Abra Kadabra sought to pull this on Barry by putting him in a situation where he'd be tricked into thinking that the iconic lightning-chemical bath, instead of giving him his powers, actually left him with horrible skin-burns. Kadabra even set up illusions of Barry's friends coming in to try and convince him that he'd never been a superhero, but rather that he'd been in a coma following his hospitalization. Near the end, though, Barry managed to defeat Kadabra after [[SpottingTheThread noticing a key detail]] that the villain had overlooked: [[spoiler:Kadabra had brought in an illusion of [[EvilCounterpart Professor Zoom]] to taunt Barry, something which, if the supposed reality was true, should be impossible, as Zoom's origin was inspired by the Flash--basically, if the Flash never existed, then logically Zoom shouldn't exist either]].

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* In one issue of ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' during Barry Allen's tenure as the titular speedster, the villain Abra Kadabra sought to pull this on Barry by putting him in a situation where he'd be tricked into thinking that the iconic lightning-chemical bath, instead of giving him his powers, actually left him with horrible skin-burns. Kadabra even set up illusions of Barry's friends coming in to try and convince him that he'd never been a superhero, but rather that he'd been in a coma following his hospitalization. Near the end, though, Barry managed to defeat Kadabra after [[SpottingTheThread noticing a key detail]] that the villain had overlooked: overlooked. [[spoiler:Kadabra had brought in an illusion of [[EvilCounterpart Professor Zoom]] to taunt Barry, something which, if the supposed reality was true, should be impossible, as Zoom's origin was inspired by the Flash--basically, if the Flash never existed, then logically Zoom shouldn't exist either]].
17th Dec '17 6:15:13 PM sslemmons
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* ''Film/Matilda'' does this to SadisticTeacher Trunchbull via telekenetic powers, at first in very little adjustments, but finally by outright having two painting leviate around the room. Since Trunchbull is highly superstitious, she instantly assumes that [[spoiler: her brother-in-law, Magnus, ''whom she had murdered'']] is haunting her. She catches up on the situation though when she finds [[ChekhovsGun Matilda's red hairband]].

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* ''Film/Matilda'' ''Film/{{Matilda}}'' does this to SadisticTeacher Trunchbull via telekenetic telekinetic powers, at first in very little adjustments, but finally by outright having two painting leviate paintings levitate around the room. Since Trunchbull is highly superstitious, she instantly assumes that [[spoiler: her brother-in-law, Magnus, ''whom she had murdered'']] is haunting her. She catches up on the situation though when she finds [[ChekhovsGun Matilda's red hairband]].
17th Dec '17 6:05:09 PM sslemmons
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** In ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'', Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} is coaxed into making her cousin believe Krypton never existed for his peace of mind (long story). She pulls this off by going through Clark's home and the Fortress of Solitude, switching the Bottle City of Kandor, the Phantom Zone projector, and anything that could prove the existence of Krypton with dummies, and then telling her cousin Krypton was a dellusion of his.

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** In ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'', Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} is coaxed into making her cousin believe Krypton never existed for his peace of mind (long story). She pulls this off by going through Clark's home and the Fortress of Solitude, switching the Bottle City of Kandor, the Phantom Zone projector, and anything that could prove the existence of Krypton with dummies, and then telling her cousin Krypton was a dellusion delusion of his.
25th Nov '17 6:16:49 PM MoonByte
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* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' has a variation. Balu inherited a gigantic mansion, including a butler and cook. He stays the night with his friends, only to constantly feel like statues suddenly turned his way, images looking the other way and sometimes signs of assassination attemps such as axes or arrows being dangerously close to his head once he turns around. He switches rooms with the others multiple times to ensure he is just imaginging things which doesn't help. Nobody believes him until he actually ends up injured. [[spoiler: The butler and cook try to murder him since he is the last inheritor before the mansion goes to them]].
25th Nov '17 6:11:20 PM MoonByte
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* ''Film/Matilda'' does this to SadisticTeacher Trunchbull via telekenetic powers, at first in very little adjustments, but finally by outright having two painting leviate around the room. Since Trunchbull is highly superstitious, she instantly assumes that [[spoiler: her brother-in-law, Magnus, ''whom she had murdered'']] is haunting her. She catches up on the situation though when she finds [[ChekhovsGun Matilda's red hairband]].
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