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28th Jun '17 12:55:46 AM DrOO7
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* ''Series/AllMyChildren''. Janet Green hires an actor who looks exactly like Dixie Martin's dead brother Will (who Janet murdered) to terrorize her. It works until another character runs into Will and mentions it to Dixie, who realizes that she isn't going crazy.
* ''Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful'': Crazed murderer Sheila Carter swaps Stephanie Forrester's calcium tablets for mercury pills, then manages to break into her home and either shift things around or steal them and later return them. Stephanie's resulting erratic behavior has herself and her loved ones wondering if she's becoming senile or outright cracking up.
** Sheila herself was a victim of this. Enraged when her husband James dumps her for Sheila, Maggie begins piping recordings into Sheila's home of her many victims.
* Felicia Jones and Mac Scorpio pull the same stunt on ''Series/GeneralHospital'''s Ryan Chamberlain, trying to get him to confess to being a SerialKiller--they break into his apartment and spray paint it with messages from his victims--"WHY?!", "You will pay", etc.
18th Jun '17 11:35:56 AM elemt
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* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' the rest of the study group all insist to Pierce that they [[ForgottenBirthday celebrated his birthday]], blaming the painkillers he's taking for why he doesn't remember.
** It turns out this particular example doesn't work; in a later episode, after Pierce has played all sorts of convoluted mind-games on the study group under the pretext that he's dying, they angrily demand to know why he did so. Pierce yells back that he's sick of them all treating him like some kind of joke, citing their pathetic attempt at this and expecting him to buy it as one of the examples. They look suitably shamed (although they also point out that Pierce's treatment of ''them'' in turn kind of justifies their treatment of him).

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* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' the ''Series/{{Community}}'':
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rest of the study group all insist to Pierce that they [[ForgottenBirthday celebrated his birthday]], blaming the painkillers he's taking for why he doesn't remember.
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remember. It turns out this particular example doesn't work; in a later episode, after Pierce has played all sorts of convoluted mind-games on the study group under the pretext that he's dying, they angrily demand to know why he did so. Pierce yells back that he's sick of them all treating him like some kind of joke, citing their pathetic attempt at this and expecting him to buy it as one of the examples. They look suitably shamed (although they also point out that Pierce's treatment of ''them'' in turn kind of justifies their treatment of him).him).
** Dr. Heidi tries to do this and convince the study group that Greendale Community College isn't real and they were all inmates at "Greendale Asylum". They initially buy it, but swiftly realize this claim makes ''no sense'', and as he tried it out of desperation with no time to set anything up they have copious physical evidence to prove him wrong.
--> '''Annie:''' I'm literally carrying a Greendale backpack!
14th Jun '17 6:35:35 AM Fireblood
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-->'''Janine:''' I was well enough to suck your cock! I did every fucked-up thing you wanted. All the freaky shit you'd never do, because you promised me we would run off and we would be a family!

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-->'''Janine:''' I was well enough to suck your cock! I did every fucked-up thing you wanted. All the freaky shit you'd she'd never do, because you promised me we would run off and we would be a family!
11th Jun '17 4:30:10 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': This is one of the things the Master Torturer does to Theon, disorienting both him and the show's viewers.
9th Jun '17 6:41:45 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': Janine may be delusional, but her delusions were undoubtedly fed by Warren. In a moment of clarity, she publicly calls him out on it.
-->'''Janine:''' You said we would be a family!
-->'''Warren:''' She's not well.
-->'''Janine:''' I was well enough to suck your cock! I did every fucked-up thing you wanted. All the freaky shit you'd never do, because you promised me we would run off and we would be a family!
8th Jun '17 8:12:59 PM PaulA
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* In ''Skinny Dip'' by Creator/CarlHiaasen, Chaz Perrone is driven insane in many small ways by his wife Joey, whom he thought he had killed.

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* In ''Skinny Dip'' ''Literature/SkinnyDip'' by Creator/CarlHiaasen, Chaz Perrone is driven insane in many small ways by his wife Joey, whom he thought he had killed.
5th Jun '17 12:33:17 AM TheCuza
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* On ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'', one segment of the Possum Lodge Word Game (a ''Series/{{Password}}''-esque game where Red tries to get a Lodge member to guess a certain word by giving hints) features Red trying to get Dalton to say "Paranoid".
-->'''Red:''' You have two slippers. That makes a...\\
'''Dalton:''' Pair.\\
'''Red:''' If someone bugs you, you get...\\
'''Dalton:''' Annoyed.\\
'''Red:''' Put 'em together! Put 'em together!\\
'''Dalton:''' Are you saying that someone is stealing my slippers to annoy me? Y'know, it's probably my neighbour. He's trying to get me. He thinks I sneak into his house at night and rearrange his furniture.\\
'''Red:''' Okay, and he thinks that because he's...\\
'''Dalton:''' Caught me doing it!
28th May '17 6:46:15 PM sayaleviathan
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* ''Anime/BloodC'': This is actually done by the BigBad, Fumito Nanahara [[spoiler:where he hires actors to play as Saya's friends and lets them pretend that they were killed by the Elder Bairns just to provoke an emotional response from Saya whether she could retain her new personality or not. He also drugged Saya with coffee and marshmallows whenever her old memories resurfaced. But the whole gaslighting stops after the some of the actors got fed up for waiting for Fumito give them their rewards and decided to finish the job themselves by forcing Saya to drink her own blood and revealing to her that it's all a set-up]].
17th May '17 7:28:39 AM NaraNumas
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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.
30th Apr '17 10:00:17 PM mariic
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* Tried on Bruce Wayne in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Shriek". [[spoiler:It didn't work [[SpottingTheThread because the "voices" called him Bruce]], and [[SecretIdentityIdentity his identity as the original Batman was so ingrained]] that he didn't even think of himself as Bruce Wayne anymore.]] (Although it ''did'' work in that it got him committed for a while, until [[spoiler:the transmitter that was creating the "voices" was discovered]].)

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* Tried on Bruce Wayne in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Shriek". [[spoiler:It didn't work [[SpottingTheThread because the "voices" called him Bruce]], and [[SecretIdentityIdentity his identity as the original Batman was so ingrained]] [[ThatManIsDead that he didn't even think of himself as Bruce Wayne anymore.]] ]]]] (Although it ''did'' work in that it got him committed for a while, until [[spoiler:the transmitter that was creating the "voices" was discovered]].)
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