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3rd Oct '17 8:10:54 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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Named after the play/movie ''Gaslight'', Gaslighting is deliberately trying to drive someone mad by altering their environment without their knowledge, then denying it, or in a more general sense, by denying someone's perceptions of reality causing confusion, anguish, and paranoia. You move their things, transmit noises into their room when no one else is there, change little details about your dress behind their back and so on. Soon they are convinced that they are hearing voices, seeing dead people, hallucinating or whatever. The victim can become so convinced that they are going insane that they actually ''do'' go crazy.

A form of Psychological Torture and subtrope of DrivenToMadness. Some of the same tactics can be used in a ParanoiaGambit. In RealLife this term also refers to just ''persuading'' someone that they didn't see what they thought they saw, obviously they are mistaken in what happened and why. See also WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou and TwoPlusTortureMakesFive. In some cases, it's a kind of GambitRoulette, relying upon implausible chances. See also ItWasThereISwear. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] FartsOnFire, {{Fartillery}} or lighting gasoline.

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Named after the play/movie ''Gaslight'', Gaslighting ''Film/{{Gaslight}}'', gaslighting is deliberately trying to drive someone mad by altering their environment without their knowledge, then denying it, or in a more general sense, by denying someone's perceptions of reality causing confusion, anguish, and paranoia. You move their things, transmit noises into their room when no one else is there, change little details about your dress behind their back and so on. Soon they are convinced that they are hearing voices, seeing dead people, hallucinating or whatever. The victim can become so convinced that they are going insane that they actually ''do'' go crazy.

A form of Psychological Torture and subtrope of DrivenToMadness. Some of the same tactics can be used in a ParanoiaGambit. In RealLife this term also refers to just ''persuading'' someone that they didn't see what they thought they saw, obviously they are mistaken in what happened and why. See also WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou BlatantLies, WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou, and TwoPlusTortureMakesFive. In some cases, it's a kind of GambitRoulette, relying upon implausible chances. See also ItWasThereISwear. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] FartsOnFire, {{Fartillery}} or lighting gasoline.



* ''Film/{{Gaslight}}'' is probably the modern TropeMaker and is certainly the TropeNamer. In that film, a man marries a woman [[spoiler:so he can get into the loft her aunt willed her and get at her treasure. To get her out of the loft,]] he starts a plan to make her think she's gone insane so that he can commit her to an asylum. The name comes from the part where he makes the gaslights in the house flicker and then denies it's happening.

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* ''Film/{{Gaslight}}'' is the TropeNamer and probably the modern TropeMaker and is certainly the TropeNamer.TropeMaker. In that film, a man marries a woman [[spoiler:so he can get into the loft her aunt willed her and get at her treasure. To get her out of the loft,]] he starts a plan to make her think she's gone insane so that he can commit her to an asylum. The name comes from the part where he makes the gaslights in the house flicker and then denies it's happening.


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* Part of a SecretTestOfCharacter in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime''. [[spoiler:The Star Gate gaslights Luigi by giving him three options to answer a question, calling them all wrong, declaring the answer an unavailable fourth option, and accusing Luigi of lying when he points out that said fourth option did not exist for him to pick. The test was to see if Mario would defend his brother.]]
28th Sep '17 8:29:30 PM isoycrazy
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-->'''Wesley:''' Vampires don't come back from the dead.
-->'''Angel:''' I did. And I saw her. I'm not crazy!
-->'''Wesley:''' Where?
-->'''Angel:''' Right between the clown and the big, talking hot dog.

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-->'''Wesley:''' Vampires don't come back from the dead.
-->'''Angel:'''
dead.\\
'''Angel:'''
I did. And I saw her. I'm not crazy!
-->'''Wesley:''' Where?
-->'''Angel:'''
crazy!\\
'''Wesley:''' Where?\\
'''Angel:'''
Right between the clown and the big, talking hot dog.



* Occasionally used on ''Series/{{Leverage}}''. "The Order-23 Job" has the team use a faked outbreak to freak out a germophobic CorruptCorporateExecutive who's about to go away to Club Fed, and "The Three Days of the Hunter Job" has the team target a tabloid TV reporter and make her think she's stumbled upon a conspiracy theory. "The Three Days of the Hunter Job" gets extra points when the team convinces the reporter that there's a chemical in the water supply, and give her pills to counteract it -- pills that turn out to be anti-psychotic meds. Guess what happens when she interrupts a broadcast for "breaking news" and her producers tackle her...

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* Occasionally used on ''Series/{{Leverage}}''.
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"The Order-23 Job" has the team use a faked outbreak to freak out a germophobic CorruptCorporateExecutive who's about to go away to Club Fed, and Fed. They get him to escape the custody of the Federal Marshals in order to lead him to his hidden stolen money.
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"The Three Days of the Hunter Job" has the team target a tabloid TV reporter and make her think she's stumbled upon a conspiracy theory. "The Three Days of theory involving terrorists and when that isn't enough, ups the Hunter Job" ante without much effort. The episode gets extra points when the team convinces the reporter that there's a chemical in the water supply, and give her pills to counteract it -- pills that turn out to be anti-psychotic meds. Guess what happens when she interrupts a broadcast for "breaking news" and her producers tackle her...



* One ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode had ''the good guys'' doing this to an Islamist terrorist who had information about a bomb attack; by reducing the time between his prayer sessions bit by bit each day so they could eventually say it was too late, and thus the guy would give away some important thing during his EvilGloating. Which he does, of course.

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* One ''Series/CriminalMinds'' the episode had "Lessons Learned" has ''the good guys'' doing this to an Islamist terrorist who had has information about a bomb attack; by reducing the time between his prayer sessions bit by bit each day so they could eventually say it was too late, and thus the guy would give away some important thing during his EvilGloating. Which he does, of course. The lead interrogator realizes during his first conversation with the man this would be the only method to get any information out of the man.
27th Sep '17 6:58:45 PM Gouken20xx
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* Many {{Creepypasta}} storylines involve elements of this, with either the item they're watching/playing changing in odd ways or something appearing in the "real" world.
3rd Sep '17 11:08:31 AM emilyaum
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Named after the play/movie [[Gaslight]], Gaslighting is deliberately trying to drive someone mad by altering their environment without their knowledge, then denying it, or in a more general sense, by denying someone's perceptions of reality causing confusion, anguish, and paranoia. You move their things, transmit noises into their room when no one else is there, change little details about your dress behind their back and so on. Soon they are convinced that they are hearing voices, seeing dead people, hallucinating or whatever. The victim can become so convinced that they are going insane that they actually ''do'' go crazy.

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Named after the play/movie [[Gaslight]], ''Gaslight'', Gaslighting is deliberately trying to drive someone mad by altering their environment without their knowledge, then denying it, or in a more general sense, by denying someone's perceptions of reality causing confusion, anguish, and paranoia. You move their things, transmit noises into their room when no one else is there, change little details about your dress behind their back and so on. Soon they are convinced that they are hearing voices, seeing dead people, hallucinating or whatever. The victim can become so convinced that they are going insane that they actually ''do'' go crazy.
3rd Sep '17 11:07:53 AM emilyaum
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Gaslighting is deliberately trying to drive someone mad by altering their environment without their knowledge, then denying it, or in a more general sense, by denying someone's perceptions of reality causing confusion, anguish, and paranoia. You move their things, transmit noises into their room when no one else is there, change little details about your dress behind their back and so on. Soon they are convinced that they are hearing voices, seeing dead people, hallucinating or whatever. The victim can become so convinced that they are going insane that they actually ''do'' go crazy.

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Named after the play/movie [[Gaslight]], Gaslighting is deliberately trying to drive someone mad by altering their environment without their knowledge, then denying it, or in a more general sense, by denying someone's perceptions of reality causing confusion, anguish, and paranoia. You move their things, transmit noises into their room when no one else is there, change little details about your dress behind their back and so on. Soon they are convinced that they are hearing voices, seeing dead people, hallucinating or whatever. The victim can become so convinced that they are going insane that they actually ''do'' go crazy.
8th Aug '17 12:39:26 AM eroock
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->''I began removing toys from the home while Beef sleeps. I want him to think that maybe the kid was never there to begin with, which seems like an inadequate mind game now that ghosts are forcing him to pee on himself.''

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->''I ->''"I began removing toys from the home while Beef sleeps. I want him to think that maybe the kid was never there to begin with, which seems like an inadequate mind game now that ghosts are forcing him to pee on himself.''"''
17th Jul '17 12:47:57 AM jormis29
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* The 1961 film "The Pit and the Pendulum" has a man believe he accidentally buried his late wife alive. It turns out [[spoiler:his wife was never dead and is conspiring with the man's best friend, who was also the doctor who declared her dead, to drive the man insane so they can continue an affair they are having. They succeed, but soon find [[GoneHorriblyRight they have driven him]] ''[[InsaneEqualsViolent too]]'' [[AxCrazy insane]], and are quickly on the receiving end of LaserGuidedKarma.]]

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* The 1961 film "The Pit and the Pendulum" ''Film/ThePitAndThePendulum'' has a man believe he accidentally buried his late wife alive. It turns out [[spoiler:his wife was never dead and is conspiring with the man's best friend, who was also the doctor who declared her dead, to drive the man insane so they can continue an affair they are having. They succeed, but soon find [[GoneHorriblyRight they have driven him]] ''[[InsaneEqualsViolent too]]'' [[AxCrazy insane]], and are quickly on the receiving end of LaserGuidedKarma.]]
7th Jul '17 11:33:54 AM bitemytail
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* One guy got revenge on his brother's BadBoss by [[http://www.wvgazette.com/Life/lifecolumnists/201010300059 making him believe his house]] was built on an IndianBurialGround. The boss eventually had to check into a hotel.
5th Jul '17 1:13:37 PM MicoolTNT
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* Gaslighting is a tactic often used by crafty domestic abusers to tie partners down to their relationship, by re-arranging things, getting items lost, and saying events happened different than remember, they create a sensation that the victim has no idea how to handle their own life and need to depend on the abuser to help them survive because they doubt if they could survive on their own.

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* Gaslighting is a tactic often used by crafty domestic abusers to tie partners down to their relationship, relationship; by re-arranging things, getting items lost, "lost", and saying events happened different differently than remember, remembered, they create a sensation the sense that the victim has no idea how to handle their own life and need needs to depend on the abuser to help them survive because they doubt if that they could survive on their own.
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