Is a mentally ill person violent?

Showing a mentally ill person committing violent acts is a very specific and very focused trigger for mentally ill people, and people who love someone who is mentally ill. This is separate and distinct from demonizing mental illness. Many mentally ill people are shunned, abused, and murdered because people are frightened of them. Many mentally ill people are extremely poorly treated or even killed because so many people equate mental illness with violence. It is extremely upsetting for a mentally ill person to see a movie that tells them they are frightening and dangerous. Mentally ill people have enough to deal with without having to deal with terror and prejudice. Further, it is extremely upsetting to watch someone you love who has a mental illness watching a movie that shows someone like them being dangerous and violent.
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Movie • 2019 Report
Yes
164
No
2
16
hanzabananza
Dani’s sister has bipolar disorder, and in the beginning of the movie she kills both of their parents before killing herself
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
131
No
0
15
Gaveston
Yes, though that is caused by possession and not the mental illness itself
TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
110
No
1
10
greencow
Rue is diagnosed with a number of mental illnesses at the beginning of the series, and she is shown having severe mood swings in which she is irritable and lashes out at her loved ones, throwing things and threatening her mom with broken glass (it should be noted that some of these outbursts are due to her being an addict and not necessarily her mental illnesses).
TV Show Report
Yes
109
No
0
23
cherry
a character who struggles with likely ptsd and psychosis traits is violent sometimes. she is portrayed sympathetically. + honestly i’d say she isn’t the only character with mental health issues in the show. many of the characters are shown in fights at some point.
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
103
No
1
11
Mkosmorama
The main antagonist is heavily implied to be mentally ill, and is a serial killer.
Movie • 2000 Report
Yes
97
No
0
11
diningatdorsia
regardless of the end and what it might "change" in the events of the movie, the main character 100% has an antisocial personality disorder and is violent, has harmful behaviors and is depicted as a killer. (tw: he calls himself a "psychopath")
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
93
No
0
11
adeliajbrown
Main villain is mentally ill, both explicitly stated and referred to with the word “cr*zy.” The movie seems to be exploring and maybe critiquing the trope rather than playing it straight, but she is presented monstrously, violently, and inhuman throughout.
Yes
84
No
0
14
the_girl_in_the_box
Main villain is driven by grief and depression, she kills more people than anyone else in this film, and rarely gets any sympathy at all.
Video Game Report
Yes
75
No
2
17
meowww
While Wilbur’s character in the actual canonical story is an overall very well written mentally ill man that doesn’t play into any harmful stereotypes, in many fanworks he is often depicted as creepy and unpredictably violent, contrary to how he canonically behaves, which can be pretty uncomfortable.
Movie • 2021 Report
Yes
69
No
0
9
sammylee
[SPOILERS] One man has schizophrenia and in a couple different instances he attacks the others with a knife.
Movie • 2021 Report
Yes
66
No
0
12
tial
Norman Osborn has a split personality with the violent and psychopathic Green Goblin. He attempts to seek help at FEAST before being taken over by the Goblin personality.
Yes
66
No
1
18
byakuyautistic
There's the "DID system has a murderer and cr*zy alter" trope, so...... yeah.
Movie • 1996 Report
Yes
66
No
4
9
mileswernham
a lot of calling people psycho and psychotic as a word for being a murderer
Movie • 1999 Report
Yes
65
No
0
4
glastozasto
Lisa is consistently agressive and occasionally violent throughout the whole movie.
TV Show • 2018 Report
Yes
64
No
7
13
zoolover
that is like. the entire show.
Yes
64
No
1
Video Game • 2017 Report
Yes
63
No
0
12
JudgeAngels
Yuri is very obviously mentally ill even though she's not violent towards others she is violent to herself
Movie • 1973 Report
Yes
60
No
4
19
Ellapelican
I mean everyones not doing great, and everyones being violent, but I don't think anyone is acknowledged to be mentally ill so...idk
Movie • 2018 Report
Yes
60
No
10
11
sapphicswords
A character (who dies in the beginning of the film and is only shown in photos) is diagnosed with DID and had some abusive tendencies. Given the context of the film however, it’s very likely that this character was possessed and never actually had the disorder.
Movie • 2022 Report
Yes
60
No
0
1
amoeba
High trigger warning.
TV Show • 2023 Report
Yes
59
No
18
11
Aimeebun
S1
 E1
Yes but not due to their mental illness specifically, an old woman with dementia has become infected by the fungus and this causes her to attack her family.
Video Game • 2020 Report
Yes
58
No
0
10
It should be noted that no instances of violence ingame are used to directly demonize any characters.
TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
56
No
2
5
nonamestartingwithr
Many of the main characters are mentally ill, and most of them are violent as hell given the nature of this show
TV Show • 2014 Report
Yes
53
No
1
2
eridanliker
A few scenes in Season 4 shows someone with dementia drug one person, and attack another
TV Show • 2019 Report
Yes
53
No
0
8
cha0ticneutralsys
Pretty much every character is mentally ill. Vanya has violent outbursts due to her powers and kills/injures many people, there is also multiple scenes when Diego is in a psych ward and has violent outbursts an is then sedated and put in isolation
Movie • 1989 Report
Yes
53
No
0
TV Show • 2022 Report
Yes
52
No
15
6
TheCassandraComplex
There are characters with supernatural abilities/conditions that cause them to loose control in violent ways.
TV Show • 2005 Report
Yes
51
No
1
1
SoHee
In S1E09 a paranoid schizophrenic takes a train hostage and shoots people in the process
TV Show • 2011 Report
Yes
51
No
4
2
Anonymus
(tw!! self harm and violence) a bipolar mother and son act out a lot. for example the son burns a van, gets into fights, and threatens to shoot people. the mother causes self harm and slits her wrists.
TV Show • 2005 Report
Yes
50
No
1
0
starwalker84
S1
 E1
The kid in the episode is seen using a gun 2x. Once against Dean, and once against himself.