History Main / Gaslighting

23rd Nov '16 11:04:47 PM Theck18
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

[[folder:Advertisements]]
*PlayedForLaughs in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QNws4CC9NI this]] Tide-To-Go commercial.
--> '''DrillSergeantNasty''': What'd they do, send me a [[GoshDangItToHeck dag gone]] Houdini?!
[[/folder]]
14th Nov '16 8:45:07 AM EnigmusPrime
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'': In "Mind Games", after a pair of adulterer's kill the wife's husband (whose mother happens to be C.D.'s friend), MakeItLookLikeAnAccident, and inherit half of the trust, they decide to get the mother's half this way. Their tactics involve spiked her tea with small amounts of ecstasy, moving her things around when she isn't looking, and having some one dressed as her dead son ride down on a boat, calling to her.

to:

* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'': In "Mind Games", after a pair of adulterer's kill the wife's husband (whose mother happens to be C.D.'s friend), MakeItLookLikeAnAccident, and inherit half of the trust, they decide to get the mother's half this way. Their tactics involve spiked spiking her tea with small amounts of ecstasy, moving her things around when she isn't looking, and having some one dressed as her dead son ride down on a boat, calling to her.
14th Nov '16 8:44:09 AM EnigmusPrime
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'': In "Mind Games", after a pair of adulterer's kill the wife's husband (whose mother happens to be C.D.'s friend), MakeItLookLikeAnAccident, and inherit half of the trust, they decide to get the mother's half this way. Their tactics involve spiked her tea with small amounts of ecstasy, moving her things around when she isn't looking, and having some one dressed as her dead son ride down on a boat, calling to her.
23rd Oct '16 11:26:41 PM Tron80
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In an older ''[[Franchise/ArchieComics 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''?"

to:

* Franchise/ArchieComics: In an older ''[[Franchise/ArchieComics Archie]]'' ''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''?"



* In ''Comicbook/TheBoys'', the Homelander kept receiving photos of himself eating babies, eating hearts, and raping and killing people with a SlasherSmile. Since Homelander didn't remember doing any of that, he thought he was some kind of homicidal maniac who was far beyond saving. He eventually snapped and pretty much became one for real. [[spoiler:Which is exactly what Black Noir, his clone and the one who really committed the crimes in those photos, wanted to happen. Black Noir was created to kill Homelander if Homelander ever went rogue, and he was sick of waiting. Black Noir drove Homelander insane so he could finally fulfill his purpose.]]



* The ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' storyline "Dead Again" had Brainiac, who was thought to still be lobotomized after the events of "Panic in the Sky!", pull this off by making it appear that Superman's body was still in his grave, making everyone, even Superman, think that he wasn't the real deal and that he was truly dead.

to:

* The ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' storyline ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
**
"Dead Again" had Brainiac, Comicbook/{{Brainiac}}, who was thought to still be lobotomized after the events of "Panic in the Sky!", pull this off by making it appear that Superman's body was still in his grave, making everyone, even Superman, think that he wasn't the real deal and that he was truly dead.dead.
** 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 could prove the existence of Krypton with dummies, and then telling her cousin Krypton was a dellusion of his.
15th Oct '16 10:36:59 PM StrixObscuro
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In the ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' story "It's Not Lupus", Nico accidentally (and literally) curses Molly after losing her temper. When Molly suddenly turns deathly ill, she convinces Klara that it was her fault, that she infected Molly with a disease from the 1900s. Of course, then Chase starts acting strangely, despite Klara and Molly having been quarantined, and Nico is forced to concede that she's behind these incidents.
* A ''ComicBook/ProjectSuperpowers'' story has the Black Terror getting stalked by the ghost of a girl who died in a robbery he broke up, who tries to convince him that all he does is create more problems for people, and thus he should just kill himself. [[spoiler:The ghost turns out to be Mystico, an old ally of the Black Terror's who is now being blackmailed into trying to steal his soul.]]
* During the "One Year Later" arc of ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'', the titular titans visit the ComicBook/DoomPatrol in order to get medical help for Kid Devil. While there, Robin discovers that the Chief regularly gaslights the other Patrolmen, convincing them that they're mentally ill or have impaired judgment in order to discourage them from questioning his orders.



* A favourite plot device of Creator/WilliamCastle, who was influenced by the aforementioned ''Film/LesDiaboliques.'' Visible in ''Macabre''(on a male victim, fairly unusually), ''Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1959,'' ''Film/TheTingler,'' and ''The Night Walker'' at the very least.

to:

* A favourite favorite plot device of Creator/WilliamCastle, who was influenced by the aforementioned ''Film/LesDiaboliques.'' Visible in ''Macabre''(on a male victim, fairly unusually), ''Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1959,'' ''Film/TheTingler,'' and ''The Night Walker'' at the very least.



* ''TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' had an episode where this was apparently being done to Jimmy Olsen. Items were moved around in his house and the painting in the living room kept changing. [[spoiler:Ultimately, the gaslighting was unintentional, the result of burglars using his house to stash stolen goods while he wasn't there.]]

to:

* ''TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' had an episode where this was apparently being done to Jimmy Olsen. Items were moved around in his house and the painting in the living room kept changing. [[spoiler:Ultimately, the gaslighting was unintentional, the result of burglars using his house to stash stolen goods while he wasn't there.]]



* An episode of ''TAndT'' had a spoiled brother and sister do it to their (grand?)mother so she can't disinherit them and [[PetHeir give everything to her parrot]]. To complicate matters, [[spoiler:the butler]] is trying to murder her and the parrot.
* ''[[Series/{{Mash}} M*A*S*H]]'' did this in the season 1 episode "The Ringbanger" -- LeslieNielsen played a visiting colonel with an unusually high casualty rate, and the doctors gaslit him in order to prevent him reassuming his command.

to:

* An episode of ''TAndT'' ''Series/TAndT'' had a spoiled brother and sister do it to their (grand?)mother so she can't disinherit them and [[PetHeir give everything to her parrot]]. To complicate matters, [[spoiler:the butler]] is trying to murder her and the parrot.
* ''[[Series/{{Mash}} M*A*S*H]]'' did this in the season 1 episode "The Ringbanger" -- LeslieNielsen Creator/LeslieNielsen played a visiting colonel with an unusually high casualty rate, and the doctors gaslit him in order to prevent him reassuming his command.



* In the ''WhiteCollar'' episode "Vital Signs", Neal comes up with a plan to do this to a crooked doctor. They convince him that his kidney failed while he was on a flight to India looking for an illegal transplant, that he's currently in India hooked up to a dialysis machine, and that Neal (posing as a doctor) can get him the transplant he needs if he gives up the number of the account where he keeps his ill-gotten money.

to:

* In the ''WhiteCollar'' ''Series/WhiteCollar'' episode "Vital Signs", Neal comes up with a plan to do this to a crooked doctor. They convince him that his kidney failed while he was on a flight to India looking for an illegal transplant, that he's currently in India hooked up to a dialysis machine, and that Neal (posing as a doctor) can get him the transplant he needs if he gives up the number of the account where he keeps his ill-gotten money.



** There was also a Halloween episode where



* ''Series/Murder/SheWrote'': In "Angel of Death", a playwright friend of Jessica's is being gaslighted to convince him that he is being haunted by the ghost of his dead wife. (Especially appropriate as Angela Lansbury was in the 1944 film version of ''Film/{{Gaslight}}''.)

to:

* ''Series/Murder/SheWrote'': ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "Angel of Death", a playwright friend of Jessica's is being gaslighted to convince him that he is being haunted by the ghost of his dead wife. (Especially appropriate as Angela Lansbury was in the 1944 film version of ''Film/{{Gaslight}}''.)
8th Oct '16 9:16:07 AM TheWanderer
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', Acting Captain Colon becomes convinced the rest of the Watch is doing this to him -- specifically, stealing the sugar lumps -- to try to drive him mad. [[spoiler:They're not. Colon's really bad at counting, and it doesn't help that he starts eating them while he's trying to count them.]]

to:

* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' examples:
**
''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', Acting Captain Colon becomes convinced the rest of the Watch is doing this to him -- specifically, stealing the sugar lumps -- to try to drive him mad. [[spoiler:They're not. Colon's really bad at counting, and it doesn't help that he starts eating them while he's trying to count them.]]


Added DiffLines:

** A much more minor and almost inadvertent example: in ''Discworld/NightWatch'', a group of disgruntled watchmen steal the elderly Captain Tilden's silver inkpot, a memento that Tilden's old cavalry unit gave him when he retired from the service, and attempt to frame Vimes by planting it in his locker. Vimes anticipates this, and initially plans to simply plant it in the locker of one of the conspirators, but is forced by circumstances to instead put it in Tilden's safe and convince the old man that his memory is going and that Tilden forgot about putting it back in the safe. Poor Tilden is embarrassed and half convinced that he's going senile, and Vimes feels terrible about the whole thing because Tilden is a good man who doesn't deserve to have his mind screwed with in such a way.
6th Oct '16 2:59:05 AM foxley
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Catwoman and her partners make a plan to do this to Roulette, who had thought she'd done it successfully to Catwoman.

to:

* Catwoman ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} and her partners make a plan to do this to Roulette, who had thought she'd done it successfully to Catwoman.


Added DiffLines:

* ''Series/Murder/SheWrote'': In "Angel of Death", a playwright friend of Jessica's is being gaslighted to convince him that he is being haunted by the ghost of his dead wife. (Especially appropriate as Angela Lansbury was in the 1944 film version of ''Film/{{Gaslight}}''.)
25th Sep '16 1:11:16 PM WillKeaton
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Blue tries doing this to Dave in her first appearance in ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell''. It works pretty well until she nearly falls to her death while shimmying across the balcony.

to:

* Blue tries doing this to Dave in her first appearance in ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell''. ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell'' It works pretty well until she nearly falls to her death while shimmying across the balcony.



* [[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]].

to:

* [[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]].Trump.]]
25th Sep '16 1:09:36 PM WillKeaton
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''{{Website/Clickhole}}'': "[[http://www.clickhole.com/blogpost/i-keep-my-grandfathers-mind-active-calling-him-eve-1589 I Keep My Grandfather’s Mind Active By Calling Him Every Day And Telling Him World War II Never Happened]]" is a bizarre inversion, where the mind games are meant to keep the victim ''sane''.

to:

* ''{{Website/Clickhole}}'': "[[http://www.[[http://www.clickhole.com/blogpost/i-keep-my-grandfathers-mind-active-calling-him-eve-1589 I "I Keep My Grandfather’s Mind Active By Calling Him Every Day And Telling Him World War II Never Happened]]" Happened"]] is a bizarre inversion, where the mind games are meant to keep the victim ''sane''.
25th Sep '16 1:09:01 PM WillKeaton
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Bro isn't the only one gaslighting everyone; there is a memorable instance, described in the ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' page, when the author gaslighted ''the audience''. [[spoiler: We discover that many of the kids have disturbing graffiti on their walls, but are effectively blind to it until it's explicitly pointed out to them. One character took rather normal-seeming pictures of John's room and posted them online. After the reveal, the author modified the pictures to contain the graffiti, changing the [=URLs=] by one letter. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/storyfiles/hs2/walkthrough/screencaps/07.jpg Before]] and [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/storyfiles/hs2/walkthrough/screencaps/7.jpg after]].]]

to:

** Bro isn't the only one gaslighting everyone; there is a memorable instance, described in the ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' page, when the author gaslighted ''the audience''. [[spoiler: We discover that many of the kids have disturbing graffiti on their walls, but are effectively blind to it until it's explicitly pointed out to them. One character took rather normal-seeming pictures of John's room and posted them online. After the reveal, the author modified the pictures to contain the graffiti, changing the [=URLs=] by one letter. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/storyfiles/hs2/walkthrough/screencaps/07.jpg Before]] and [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/storyfiles/hs2/walkthrough/screencaps/7.jpg after]].]]after.]]]]



* Rayne Summers of ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo'' once got his best friends to play a prank on their friend Mick where they tried to convince Mick that Rayne had been dead for ''years''. [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20050823 See it for yourself]].

to:

* Rayne Summers of ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo'' once got his best friends to play a prank on their friend Mick where they tried to convince Mick that Rayne had been dead for ''years''. [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20050823 See it for yourself]].yourself.]]
This list shows the last 10 events of 542. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.Gaslighting