The Most Manipulative Zodiac Signs And Their Conniving Traits
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines manipulative as behaviors "serving or intended to control or influence others in an artful and often unfair or selfish way."
While we often reserve the word 'manipulative' for calculating individuals like narcissists and sociopaths, everybody has the ability to manipulate others to get the things they want. You may not be aware that you're manipulating someone, or you may know exactly what you're doing. Likewise, some people are easily manipulated, while others have more resistance.
What is the most manipulative zodiac sign?
That said, each zodiac sign has its negative traits that can be used to manipulate others. However, it's important to note that this is "just the negative output of the energy," as Mazboudi explains, and each zodiac sign, element, and ruling planet has its positive energies as well. As they evolve, each zodiac sign is less likely to exhibit negative energy.
Most manipulative zodiac signs and their traits, ranked in order
1. Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
The most manipulative thing Scorpio does is make it seem like a major mistake to go against them and demand loyalty no matter what. They want you to believe you could lose them from your life if you don't go along with them. It's not unlike emotional abuse and bullying. All the secrets you've confided in Scorpio in the past may not be considered confidential any longer, and they could make them public knowledge if you're on the outs.
2. Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
As Mazboudi explains on Reddit, air signs such as Gemini are manipulative in the way they "due to their ability to take on the form of other characters and into insinuate themselves." The most manipulative thing Gemini does is to stretch the truth; in other words, they lie. They can rationalize their lying, saying it's for the greater good and there are no other options, but they use lying as a way to manipulate others. They may say they're going to do something and have absolutely no intention of doing it, or they may say a situation is dire when it's really not.
3. Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
The most manipulative thing Capricorn does is make people feel stupid. Capricorn uses their knowledge and proficiency as a way to get someone to do what they want. By making someone feel dumb and needing guidance, Capricorn can make them follow their plan. When someone feels capable and strong, they're better able to stand up to Capricorn and say no, so this zodiac sign weakens their confidence and manipulates them.
4. Leo (July 23 - August 22)
The most manipulative thing Leo does is minimize their behavior by acting innocent. Leos are confident, but sometimes their egos make them do things that may have negative consequences for others. If Leo does something that's a win for them and a loss for someone else, they will spin it so it sounds beneficial for both.
5. Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
Pisces is ruled by Neptune, which "can be deceptive and Machiavellian," writes Mazboudi. The most manipulative thing Pisces does is not take responsibility for their actions. It's not their fault that something happened or that someone got upset. Pisces was just doing their thing and was lost in their head. Sometimes it can feel as if Pisces doesn't think they need to be accountable for anything because they're so creative and special.
6. Libra (September 23 - October 22)
The most manipulative thing Libra does is feign innocence. When Libras manipulate, they act like they don't know how to do something or don't have the skills necessary so someone else will do it for them. Sometimes Libra will throw charm and flirtation into the mix so they get even better results. If they're called out on their behavior, they'll act as if they have no idea what you're talking about.
7. Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
The most manipulative thing Aquarius does is ghost people. One minute they're present, answering your texts and messages in a timely manner; the next, it's total silence. This may go on for a while, and then when you're feeling desperate and offering anything you can think of to bring them back, Aquarius has you where they want you. You may not even be aware you're being manipulated.
8. Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
The most manipulative thing Virgo does is be passive-aggressive. Virgo is indirect when it comes to their wants and desires. They don't always come out and say what they want, but they drop hints and make vague, passive-aggressive suggestions so other people think they came up with the idea all on their own and had nothing to do with Virgo. It's clever and kind of sneaky.
9. Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
The most manipulative thing Sagittarius does is being too nice. You may wonder how being too nice is manipulative, but it's the fact that they're being extra nice to get a result. If they have to bombard you with thoughtfulness to get you to do something for them, Sagittarius will do it. True kindness is something that's done without wanting anything in return, but niceness can require payment.
10. Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
The most manipulative thing Cancer does is catastrophize things. It's not lying nor is it playing the victim; it's simply making things seem worse than they are. They aren't just sad when their partner breaks up with them; they're devastated and convinced they'll never find love again. Anyone witnessing Cancer's heartbreak will do anything to make them feel better.
11. Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
The most manipulative thing Taurus does is induce guilt. They may play the victim, give you a sob story, or won't even say anything, but look as if they've been beaten up by the world. They are some of the strongest people around and know how to land on their feet. If they're playing the victim card, it's probably for manipulating others.
12. Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Aries is ruled by Mars, which Mazboudi describes as narcissistic. The most manipulative thing Aries does is keep at you if they want you to do something. They're manipulative in the sense that they are relentless and they don't give up. They're stubborn and confrontational, so they're not worried about being thought of as pushy. They don't care as long as it gets them what they want. They may hide their pushiness behind smiles and fun times, but don't be fooled -- they're not going to stop until you do what they want.