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31st Jan '18 1:08:05 PM Shadowgazer
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** In the last book, he sees more of Snape's memories and discovers the necessary but rather startling information that [[spoiler:he's actually one of [[BigBad Voldemort's]] {{Soul Jar}}s and [[BigGood Dumbledore]] wants him to basically let Voldemort kill him]].

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** In the last book, he sees more of Snape's memories and discovers the necessary but rather startling information that [[spoiler:he's actually one of [[BigBad Voldemort's]] {{Soul Jar}}s and [[BigGood Dumbledore]] wants him to basically let Voldemort kill him]].him. Though, this one ends up a subversion since Snape didn't know that Harry could possibly survive thanks to his blood running through Voldemort's veins and therefore Harry didn't learn that either until later]].
20th Jan '18 2:25:57 PM nombretomado
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* The Main/ChaosWalking Trilogy has this in the form of the Noise germ, which basically means that any thought (in the form of words, fragments of sentences, or even pictures) flows from the mind of the thinker, and is out there for anyone to hear/read/see. Todd, the main character, even comments that Noise can have 'texture' and 'colour', reflecting the emotional state of the thinker. This is where the series gets its title, and the constant flow of Noise is understandably difficult to cope with. Also, in an even darker twist, [[spoiler:the fact that only men produce Noise led to much paranoia and hatred between the sexes in the early years of settlement on the new world, to the point that the men of Prentisstown slaughtered all of the women unlucky enough to stay]].

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* The Main/ChaosWalking Trilogy ''Literature/ChaosWalking'' trilogy has this in the form of the Noise germ, which basically means that any thought (in the form of words, fragments of sentences, or even pictures) flows from the mind of the thinker, and is out there for anyone to hear/read/see. Todd, the main character, even comments that Noise can have 'texture' and 'colour', reflecting the emotional state of the thinker. This is where the series gets its title, and the constant flow of Noise is understandably difficult to cope with. Also, in an even darker twist, [[spoiler:the fact that only men produce Noise led to much paranoia and hatred between the sexes in the early years of settlement on the new world, to the point that the men of Prentisstown slaughtered all of the women unlucky enough to stay]].
31st Dec '17 12:27:28 AM DrFraud
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Much like the time she went on {{TV Tropes|WillRuinYourLife}}, Alice's [[PowerAtAPrice gift]] has [[BlessedWithSuck ruined her life]]. She might opt on never using her powers in hopes of not alienating herself any further. If she's really unlucky, she [[PowerIncontinence won't be able to turn her power off]]. In this case, Alice will probably end up becoming a [[BreakTheCutie jaded misanthrope]], a doleful hermit, or maybe just become [[TheWoobie really depressed]]. It's certainly understandable that Alice may wish to [[IJustWantToBeNormal remove or disable her powers somehow.]]

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Much like the time she went on {{TV Tropes|WillRuinYourLife}}, Alice's [[PowerAtAPrice gift]] has [[BlessedWithSuck ruined her life]]. She might opt on never using her powers in hopes of not alienating herself any further. If she's really unlucky, she [[PowerIncontinence won't be able to turn her power off]]. In this case, Alice will probably end up becoming a [[BreakTheCutie jaded misanthrope]], a doleful hermit, or maybe just become [[TheWoobie really depressed]]. It's certainly understandable that Alice may wish to [[IJustWantToBeNormal remove or disable her powers somehow.]]
29th Dec '17 10:30:10 PM SteveMB
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See Also: UnhappyMedium, BlackBugRoom, and some types of InsanityImmunity. May intersect with TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow if the read thought is ''really'' terrible.

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See Also: UnhappyMedium, BlackBugRoom, and some types of InsanityImmunity. See PsychicStatic and PokeInTheThirdEye for cases where the target deliberately dredges up disturbing mental images to mess withe mind-reader. May intersect with TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow if the read thought is ''really'' terrible.
28th Dec '17 3:09:12 PM nombretomado
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* In ''FragileDreams'', [[BigBad Shin]] tries to [[KillEmAll end what's left of humanity]] because of this. [[spoiler: However, at the very end it's revealed that the experiment which granted him the ability to pick up on the selfishness and hatred in the human psyche was flawed and incomplete. He loses the will to fight upon realizing that [[CuteGhostGirl Sai]] [[ThePowerOfLove loved him deeply]], he simply didn't sense it.]]

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* In ''FragileDreams'', ''VideoGame/FragileDreamsFarewellRuinsOfTheMoon'', [[BigBad Shin]] tries to [[KillEmAll end what's left of humanity]] because of this. [[spoiler: However, at the very end it's revealed that the experiment which granted him the ability to pick up on the selfishness and hatred in the human psyche was flawed and incomplete. He loses the will to fight upon realizing that [[CuteGhostGirl Sai]] [[ThePowerOfLove loved him deeply]], he simply didn't sense it.]]
18th Dec '17 6:22:23 PM nombretomado
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* webVideo/TheNostalgiaChick once tried copying the technique from Film/WhatWomenWant above to read the minds of men. AllMenArePerverts, apparently (not that she isn't), and her object of er...affection constantly thinks about her romantic rival. Also, they all think the exact same word over and over.

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* webVideo/TheNostalgiaChick WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick once tried copying the technique from Film/WhatWomenWant above to read the minds of men. AllMenArePerverts, apparently (not that she isn't), and her object of er...affection constantly thinks about her romantic rival. Also, they all think the exact same word over and over.
11th Dec '17 8:30:13 PM Averagemoe
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* Exploited in Videogame/{{Afterlife}} where one of the punishment structures you can build in hell is a city where everyone suffers from this. The description notes that the fact that most souls in there are driven insane often leads to a feedback loop, as that makes their minds an even worse read.
17th Nov '17 5:00:51 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Series/StargateSG1'': At the climax of Season 8, the Replicators attempt to use Daniel Jackson's mind as a conduit to the knowledge of the Ancients. This works, but as it turns out, even the entire Replicator collective is incapable of processing that much information... Daniel replies that the knowledge is ''infinite'', so only a non-corporal being could possibly make sense of it. This drain on the Replicator's processing power actually allows Daniel to briefly reverse the mental link and ''freeze the Replicators'', slowing their invasion and giving everyone else some much-needed breathing room.

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'': At the climax of Season 8, the Replicators attempt to use Daniel Jackson's mind as a conduit to the knowledge of the Ancients. This works, but as it turns out, even the entire Replicator collective is incapable of processing that much information... Daniel replies that the knowledge is ''infinite'', so only a non-corporal non-corporeal being could possibly make sense of it. This drain on the Replicator's processing power actually allows Daniel to briefly reverse the mental link and ''freeze the Replicators'', slowing their invasion and giving everyone else some much-needed breathing room.
2nd Nov '17 7:04:54 PM WillKeaton
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25th Oct '17 3:52:08 PM intastiel
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* In ''Webcomic/StringTheory'', Dr. Schtein only invades Phineas' mind in order to stun him in a fight, but then has to take a moment to recover from absorbing the memories of a sadistic, psychopathic SerialKiller.
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