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6th Jun '16 8:20:34 AM AgProv
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* It has been alleged that this tactic is still used to discredit people who get too vocal about causes and irritate agents of the grouping or nation thay are acxctive against. Of course people alleging this can then be dismissed, without hard proof, as paranoid, flaky or mentally deranged - which also discredits the cause they are campaigning for, by association. The [[http://www.jpost.com/Not-Just-News/Israeli-footwear-conspiracy-UK-activist-accuses-Mossad-of-stealing-shoe-405967 Asghar Bukhari]] case is interesting.

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* It has been alleged that this tactic is still used to discredit people who get too vocal about causes and irritate agents of the grouping or nation thay are acxctive active against. Of course people alleging this can then be dismissed, without hard proof, as paranoid, flaky or mentally deranged - which also discredits the cause they are campaigning for, by association. The [[http://www.jpost.com/Not-Just-News/Israeli-footwear-conspiracy-UK-activist-accuses-Mossad-of-stealing-shoe-405967 Asghar Bukhari]] case is interesting.
6th Jun '16 8:19:48 AM AgProv
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* It has been alleged that this tactic is still used to discredit people who get too vocal about causes and irritate agents of the grouping or nation thay are acxctive against. Of course people alleging this can then be dismissed, without hard proof, as paranoid, flaky or mentally deranged - which also discredits the cause they are campaigning for, by association. The [[http://www.jpost.com/Not-Just-News/Israeli-footwear-conspiracy-UK-activist-accuses-Mossad-of-stealing-shoe-405967 Asghar Bukhari]] case is interesting.
3rd Jun '16 4:46:19 PM Sharlee
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* In the {{Anthology}} film ''Chilling Visions: 5 States of Fear'', a variant of this trope occurs in "The Trouble With Dad". An elderly man living in a nice isolated house appears to be suffering from Alzheimer's, as his daughter and son-in-law keep having to remind him of events he can't recall. In fact, these events never happened; they're just trying to convince him that his mind is failing so he'll be DrivenToSuicide and they can inherit his house. He discovers the truth when he finds the freshly-dead carcass of his dog, which they'd secretly killed and claimed had been "put down" months ago.
19th May '16 5:26:11 AM WillBGood
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* In "Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVIctimsUnit", Amaro's father, mother, and sister all engage in this regarding the abuse his father put him and his mother through.

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* In "Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVIctimsUnit", ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', Amaro's father, mother, and sister all engage in this regarding the abuse his father put him and his mother through.
19th May '16 5:10:22 AM WillBGood
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* The ''Series/NightGallery'' film.

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* %%* The ''Series/NightGallery'' film.
8th May '16 12:25:11 PM MikeW
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* Used on ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' as Steele and Laurel pull a scheme to force a murderer to confess. Keeping to a running theme of the series, Steele openly cites the movie as the inspiration.
3rd May '16 6:00:57 PM TheUnknownUploader
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5th Apr '16 8:31:30 AM Pichu-kun
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* It was done unintentionally in one arc of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', when [[spoiler: Houjou Teppei]]'s body, recently done in by Keiichi, was moved by [[spoiler: Mion, trying to prevent a repeat of the aftermath of 1982's murders]], and he couldn't be sure if he'd ever killed him making him even more paranoid. This is not helped at all by the fact that [[spoiler:Satoko genuinely ''has'' lost her sanity, and insists Teppei is still alive, making it even more complicated]].



** The organization of wealthy gamblers The Black Glove led by Simon Hurt also try to drive Batman to his mental breaking point in ComicBook/BatmanRIP, they actually succeed, leaving them at the mercy of Batman's CrazyAwesome [[CrazyPrepared backup personality]] The Batman of Zur En Arrh.
* The Joker tries this on James Gordon during the events of Batman Endgame by doctoring himself into several photos, such as an old newspaper about a fire in a hospital, and another where he can be seen in the background of a photo taken after the birth of Barbara and James Jr. Bonus stories at the end of each issue show that he also attempted this on (already unhinged) Arkham patients...and succeeded. He is going out of his way to make himself appear as a bogeyman, taking the "monster" part of MonsterClown quite seriously.

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** * The organization of wealthy gamblers The Black Glove led by Simon Hurt also try to drive Batman to his mental breaking point in ComicBook/BatmanRIP, they ''ComicBook/BatmanRIP''. They actually succeed, leaving them at the mercy of Batman's CrazyAwesome [[CrazyPrepared backup personality]] The Batman of Zur En Arrh.
* The Joker tries this on James Gordon during the events of Batman Endgame ''Batman Endgame'' by doctoring himself into several photos, such as an old newspaper about a fire in a hospital, and another where he can be seen in the background of a photo taken after the birth of Barbara and James Jr. Bonus stories at the end of each issue show that he also attempted this on (already unhinged) Arkham patients...and succeeded. He is going out of his way to make himself appear as a bogeyman, taking the "monster" part of MonsterClown quite seriously.



* In one CartoonNetwork comic featuring ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'', the Hooded Claw tries this, having decided that if he can't kill Penelope and get her fortune, he'll drive her mad and in her weakened mental state she'll sign over her fortune to his secret identity Sylvester Sneekly. It almost works, but before Penelope can have a breakdown, the Ant Hill Mob show her the Hooded Claw's carelessly discarded costume and she calms down upon realizing that the strange things happening to her were probably the Claw's doing. This in turn drives ''Sneakly'' mad, as the stress of having his plans go up in smoke again after much effort gets to him.

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* In one CartoonNetwork Creator/CartoonNetwork comic featuring ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'', the Hooded Claw tries this, having decided that if he can't kill Penelope and get her fortune, he'll drive her mad and in her weakened mental state she'll sign over her fortune to his secret identity Sylvester Sneekly. It almost works, but before Penelope can have a breakdown, the Ant Hill Mob show her the Hooded Claw's carelessly discarded costume and she calms down upon realizing that the strange things happening to her were probably the Claw's doing. This in turn drives ''Sneakly'' mad, as the stress of having his plans go up in smoke again after much effort gets to him.






* ''TheTrumanShow'' is pretty much all about this, but especially when Truman starts to suspect what is going on -- and Meryl and Marlon start dismissing them as him having a mentally unbalanced episode.

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* ''TheTrumanShow'' ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' is pretty much all about this, but especially when Truman starts to suspect what is going on -- and Meryl and Marlon start dismissing them as him having a mentally unbalanced episode.



* The trigger of The Who's rock opera Music/{{Tommy}}. As a child, the title character witnesses his mother and father kill the mother's lover (or vice versa, depending on version) and is told "You didn't see it, didn't hear it / You won't say nothing, no not a word of it". The only way the boy can reconcile reality with parental directive is to become deaf, dumb and blind.

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* The trigger of The Who's Music/TheWho's rock opera Music/{{Tommy}}. As a child, the title character witnesses his mother and father kill the mother's lover (or vice versa, depending on version) and is told "You didn't see it, didn't hear it / You won't say nothing, no not a word of it". The only way the boy can reconcile reality with parental directive is to become deaf, dumb and blind.


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* It was done unintentionally in one arc of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', when [[spoiler: Houjou Teppei]]'s body, recently done in by Keiichi, was moved by [[spoiler: Mion, trying to prevent a repeat of the aftermath of 1982's murders]], and he couldn't be sure if he'd ever killed him making him even more paranoid. This is not helped at all by the fact that [[spoiler:Satoko genuinely ''has'' lost her sanity, and insists Teppei is still alive, making it even more complicated]].
2nd Apr '16 11:06:41 AM nombretomado
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* An ''{{Eastenders}}'' plot had Nick doing this to his mum.

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* An ''{{Eastenders}}'' ''Series/EastEnders'' plot had Nick doing this to his mum.
2nd Apr '16 7:41:53 AM puremornings
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* [[Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver John Oliver]] alluded to Donald Trump's tendency toward this behavior. He referred to Trump's repeated assertion that he'd been invited on Oliver's show, "It was genuinely destabilizing to be on the receiving end of a lie that confident." [[http://thefederalist.com/2016/03/30/lewandowski-case-shows-how-donald-trump-is-gaslighting-america/ He's not the only one]] [[https://fortysevenpercent.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/donald-trump-gaslighting-america/ who gets this impression from Trump]].
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