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* A strip from ''Webcomic/RareCandyTreatment'', which serves as the page image, has a Medicham attempting to read the mind of a Shiftry using Nasty Plot. It doesn't go well.
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* In ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', Wanda is absolutely horrified when she is able to read Ultron's mind and discovers his plans to wipe out humanity.
* A major element of Creator/MattDamon's character in ''Film/{{Hereafter}}''. He can read people's minds and/or communicate with their dead relatives by touching their hands, and this is ''not a good thing at all''. Imagine accidentally discovering the girl who you've been flirting with [[spoiler:was sexually abused as a child by her father]]. BlessedWithSuck, indeed.
* While no actual mind reading occurs on screen, it's mentioned in ''Film/MenInBlack'' that human thought is so primitive, it's considered an infectious disease.
* A variation in {{Film/Star Trek}} when Kirk mind melds with [[spoiler:the Spock from the original timeline. Spock blames himself for the destruction of Vulcan]], and thus is feeling huge amounts of grief, guilt, and overall pain. Since Vulcan emotions are stronger than humans', and emotional transference is an effect of the mind meld, Kirk is overwhelmed and left stumbling around in a daze for a few seconds.



--> '''Marriage counselor:''' This is phenomenal! You can hear inside my head. Why on earth would you want to get rid of such a brilliant gift?
--> '''Nick:''' Well... for starters... most of the women I know think I'm an asshole...
--> '''Counselor:''' *Thinks* ''That's what I thought when I first met ya.''
--> '''Nick:''' Doc, would you please give me a break here?!

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--> '''Marriage -->'''Marriage counselor:''' This is phenomenal! You can hear inside my head. Why on earth would you want to get rid of such a brilliant gift?
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gift?\\
'''Nick:''' Well... for starters... most of the women I know think I'm an asshole...
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asshole...\\
'''Counselor:''' *Thinks* ''That's what I thought when I first met ya.''
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'''Nick:''' Doc, would you please give me a break here?!



* A major element of Creator/MattDamon's character in ''Film/{{Hereafter}}''. He can read people's minds and/or communicate with their dead relatives by touching their hands, and this is ''not a good thing at all''. Imagine accidentally discovering the girl who you've been flirting with [[spoiler:was sexually abused as a child by her father]]. BlessedWithSuck, indeed.
* While no actual mind reading occurs on screen, it's mentioned in ''Film/MenInBlack'' that human thought is so primitive, it's considered an infectious disease.
* A variation in {{Film/Star Trek}} when Kirk mind melds with [[spoiler:the Spock from the original timeline. Spock blames himself for the destruction of Vulcan]], and thus is feeling huge amounts of grief, guilt, and overall pain. Since Vulcan emotions are stronger than humans', and emotional transference is an effect of the mind meld, Kirk is overwhelmed and left stumbling around in a daze for a few seconds.



* In ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', Wanda is absolutely horrified when she is able to read Ultron's mind and discovers his plans to wipe out humanity.



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* Toshiko Sato of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' gains telepathy in the episode "Greeks Bearing Gifts". She races home hurt and angry after hearing the thoughts of her co-workers. On the other hand, it does help her stop a man from killing his wife and kid.
** At the same time, Jack is an utter blank to her, resulting in a NothingIsScarier situation. However, during the episode's climax, it's revealed that he may have suspected something and deliberately blocked out his mind, only letting carefully-selected thoughts slip to let Tosh know what to do. Given his past as a Temporal Agent, this could be part of his training.

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* Toshiko Sato ''Series/BabylonFive'': Pretty much every teep ever.
** Reading the minds
of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' gains telepathy dying people is implied to be even worse than other cases, because the mind reader can be "dragged" down together with the dying person. Bester, the resident creepy Psi Cop, specialized in deathbed scans... one too many of these are implied to have made him the cheerful fellow that he is.
** Played for laughs when Talia gets into an elevator with Garibaldi, then shortly afterwards hits him, implied to be for a dirty thought that crossed his mind (intentionally or accidentally is unknown).
-->'''Garibaldi:''' (''bending over in pain'') I think I'm in love.
** There is a severe shortage of telepaths willing to work
in the episode "Greeks Bearing Gifts". She races home hurt area of mundane (i.e., non-Psi Cop) criminal justice. Crawling around in the brains of murderers and angry after hearing rapists is nobody's idea of a good time.
** Telepaths have to go out of their way to generate internal PsychicStatic to [[BlessedWithSuck keep themselves from being overwhelmed]] by
the barrage of thoughts of her co-workers. On being projected by the other hand, it does help her stop a man mundanes all around them. Methods described range from killing his wife and kid.
** At
repeating nursery rhymes or EarWorm songs to visualizing a protective wall built around them to keep the same time, Jack is an utter blank to her, resulting in a NothingIsScarier situation. However, during the episode's climax, it's revealed that he may have suspected something and deliberately blocked out his mind, only letting carefully-selected white noise out. Sometimes, this isn't enough, as certain peoples' thoughts slip are louder than others. Garibaldi is evidently a particularly difficult man to let Tosh know what to do. Given his past as a Temporal Agent, ignore in this could be part fashion. One annoyed telepath points out the {{irony}} of a paranoid man who distrusts telepaths insisting on broadcasting his training.every thought at full blast.



--> '''Buffy:''' You had sex with Giles?...On the hood of a police car?!...''Twice?!''
--> '''Xander's internal monologue''': Four times five is thirty. Five times six is thirty-two...Naked girls...Naked women...Naked Buffy!
* ''Series/TrueBlood'': Sookie hears a great deal she doesn't want to, and people treat her as if she is stupid because her power makes her behave oddly. She was also a twenty five year old virgin since hearing what guys really thought was a big turn off, and she only lost her virginity when she did because vampiric minds can't be read.
** Telepaths in the show hate hanging out with normal humans- both Sookie and the bellhop-telepath in Dallas have actually mentioned their preference for the vampire community because of their power out loud, on-camera.

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--> '''Buffy:''' -->'''Buffy:''' You had sex with Giles?...Giles?... On the hood of a police car?!...''Twice?!''
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car?!... ''Twice?!''\\
'''Xander's internal monologue''': monologue:''' Four times five is thirty. Five times six is thirty-two... Naked girls...girls... Naked women...women... Naked Buffy!
Buffy!
* ''Series/TrueBlood'': Sookie hears Parodied in ''Series/ChappellesShow'' as [[Film/WhatWomenWant What Men Want]]. A woman walks into an [[UncomfortableElevatorMoment elevator]] full of men, [[AllMenArePerverts who all start thinking incredibly perverse things]] about her... [[DirtyKid including a great deal she little kid]], much to her disgust. Though the end of the sketch seems to imply they were all deliberately [[{{Troll}} trolling]] her.
* ''Series/TheCollector'': The Devil
doesn't want to, and people treat her as if she is stupid because her power makes her behave oddly. She was also a twenty five year old virgin since exactly take well to hearing what guys really thought was a big turn off, the pain and she only lost her virginity when she did because vampiric minds can't be read.
** Telepaths
evil thoughts of [[TheOmniscient everyone in the show hate hanging out with normal humans- universe]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E9Hide "Hide"]], the Doctor explains that empaths tend to be
both Sookie extremely compassionate and the bellhop-telepath in Dallas have actually mentioned their preference for the vampire community because of their power out loud, on-camera.extremely lonely.



* In ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', one of the child subjects in the [[SuperSerum cortexiphan]] trials conducted by William Bell and Walter Bishop became a telepath. When Walter found out, he had him kicked out of the trials for fear of the boy finding out the truth about the program. It turns out that he is unable to shut off this ability or even put up some sort of a mental screen. He reads the mind of anyone within 50 feet. When they find him next, he has grown up and lives alone far away from anyone. They only people he can't read are his fellow cortexiphan subjects. Of course, this is far from the only life Walter has ruined with his experiments.
* In one episode of ''Series/GilligansIsland'', a special type of seed gives the castaways mind-reading powers which lead to arguments and division. Luckily, the effects are temporary, and Gilligan, [[SmartBall in one of the smartest moves he would ever make]], burns the bush that produces the seeds so it will never happen again.
* An octopus-like [[OurMonstersAreDifferent Wesen]] in ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' can steal people's memories with his tentacles. It clearly takes its toll on the guy. Then he accidentally tries to read a Grimm's mind, which is apparently a bad idea. The last we see him, he's screaming in a jail cell, constantly reliving all the ways she's killed Wesen.
* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'': While it may not be a traditional kind of mind-reading, Will Graham's empathizing puts him in serial killer's mindsets to catch them for the FBI. His mind and sanity deplete as a result of killing people in his head in the place of the killer, to know how they think. No one ever said getting into murderers' heads was good for you...
* This happened to ''Series/{{Heroes}}''' Matt Parkman when his ability first manifested.
* Kelly from ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' develops the power of telepathy, which only heightens and exacerbates her personal insecurity as she is frequently judged harshly by the people she encounters - while she is a genuinely kind and sensitive person she's something of a rough diamond who uses her abrasiveness and slightly gaudy appearance to mask her low self-esteem. Her power causes her to break up with her fiancee, and generally hear a lot of things she'd rather not about the way people see her. Also, she tends to hit or shout at people whose thoughts particularly offend her (making her look entirely mad, of course) and she frequently embarrasses others when she blurts out their secrets without thinking, so really her power sucks for just about ''everyone'' involved.
* Emma in ''Series/MutantX'' is an empath but later "evolves" to a more powerful version. One of her new abilities is full-blown telepathy, although she tends to block out people's thoughts unless necessary. In one episode, she is forced to use all her abilities to keep their CoolPlane hidden from an army looking for them. She warns Jesse that she will be unable to block out other people's thoughts, as all her concentration is required for the "psychic cloak" and asks him to think happy thoughts. Then he accidentally glances at her low-cut cleavage, and she frowns at the unavoidable thought in his head.
* In ''Series/MyHero'', George gains mind-reading powers, and is soon shocked at the twisted thoughts within the minds of the human race.
* In ''Series/NoOrdinaryFamily'', Daphne's power is mind reading. She is initially overwhelmed, but learns to control it. Similar to the Buffy example above, it had more to do with the volume of thoughts than what she was hearing. She ends up helping her father fight crime, against her mother's wishes, become elected to student council and makes a guy like her. Eventually, her powers progress and she is able to control thoughts.
%%* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' episode "What Will the Neighbors Think?"
* An episode of ''Series/SeaQuestDSV'' involves three psychics being brought in to aid the [[TheFederation UEO]] in negotiating with other maritime nations after the discovery of the Library of Alexandria on the ocean floor. One of them is determined to prove that using psychics in this manner is a bad idea by deliberately giving false information to [[TheCaptain Captain Bridger]] (e.g. that the Libyan ambassador is bluffing when he isn't). His daughter (one of the other two psychics) admits to Bridger that she was once asked to go into the mind of a criminal, and she's still suffering the aftereffects. She also discovers that Bridger himself has latent PsychicPowers and even tries to train him a bit in using them. This is the last we hear of his powers, though.
** It's also strange that foreign dignitaries would agree to the presence of psychics, unless they don't believe in their powers.
** Dr. Wendy Smith comes aboard later and also has a high psi-factor. She doesn't use it much, though, mostly for psychiatry.



* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Pretty much every teep ever.
** Reading the minds of dying people is implied to be even worse than other cases, because the mind reader can be "dragged" down together with the dying person. Bester, the resident creepy Psi Cop, specialized in deathbed scans... one too many of these are implied to have made him the cheerful fellow that he is.
** Played for laughs when Talia gets into an elevator with Garibaldi, then shortly afterwards hits him, implied to be for a dirty thought that crossed his mind (intentionally or accidentally is unknown).
--> '''Garibaldi:''' (''bending over in pain'') I think I'm in love.
** There is a severe shortage of telepaths willing to work in the area of mundane (i.e., non-Psi Cop) criminal justice. Crawling around in the brains of murderers and rapists is nobody's idea of a good time.
** Telepaths have to go out of their way to generate internal PsychicStatic to [[BlessedWithSuck keep themselves from being overwhelmed]] by the barrage of thoughts being projected by the mundanes all around them. Methods described range from repeating nursery rhymes or EarWorm songs to visualizing a protective wall built around them to keep the white noise out. Sometimes, this isn't enough, as certain peoples' thoughts are louder than others. Garibaldi is evidently a particularly difficult man to ignore in this fashion. One annoyed telepath points out the {{irony}} of a paranoid man who distrusts telepaths insisting on broadcasting his every thought at full blast.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' episode "What Will the Neighbors Think?"
* This happened to [[Series/{{Heroes}} Matt Parkman]] when his ability first manifested.
* Kelly from ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' develops the power of telepathy, which only heightens and exacerbates her personal insecurity as she is frequently judged harshly by the people she encounters - while she is a genuinely kind and sensitive person she's something of a rough diamond who uses her abrasiveness and slightly gaudy appearance to mask her low self-esteem. Her power causes her to break up with her fiancee, and generally hear a lot of things she'd rather not about the way people see her. Also, she tends to hit or shout at people whose thoughts particularly offend her (making her look entirely mad, of course) and she frequently embarrasses others when she blurts out their secrets without thinking, so really her power sucks for just about ''everyone'' involved.
* Parodied in ''Series/ChappellesShow'' as [[Film/WhatWomenWant What Men Want]]. A woman walks into an [[UncomfortableElevatorMoment elevator]] full of men, [[AllMenArePerverts who all start thinking incredibly perverse things]] about her...[[DirtyKid including a little kid]], much to her disgust. Though the end of the sketch seems to imply they were all deliberately [[{{Troll}} trolling]] her.
* In one episode of ''Series/GilligansIsland'', a special type of seed gives the castaways mind-reading powers which lead to arguments and division. Luckily, the effects are temporary, and Gilligan, [[SmartBall in one of the smartest moves he would ever make]], burns the bush that produces the seeds so it will never happen again.



* Toshiko Sato of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' gains telepathy in the episode "Greeks Bearing Gifts". She races home hurt and angry after hearing the thoughts of her co-workers. On the other hand, it does help her stop a man from killing his wife and kid.
** At the same time, Jack is an utter blank to her, resulting in a NothingIsScarier situation. However, during the episode's climax, it's revealed that he may have suspected something and deliberately blocked out his mind, only letting carefully-selected thoughts slip to let Tosh know what to do. Given his past as a Temporal Agent, this could be part of his training.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'': Sookie hears a great deal she doesn't want to, and people treat her as if she is stupid because her power makes her behave oddly. She was also a twenty-five-year-old virgin since hearing what guys really thought was a big turn off, and she only lost her virginity when she did because vampiric minds can't be read.
** Telepaths in the show hate hanging out with normal humans -- both Sookie and the bellhop-telepath in Dallas have actually mentioned their preference for the vampire community because of their power out loud, on-camera.



* In ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', one of the child subjects in the [[SuperSerum cortexiphan]] trials conducted by William Bell and Walter Bishop became a telepath. When Walter found out, he had him kicked out of the trials for fear of the boy finding out the truth about the program. It turns out that he is unable to shut off this ability or even put up some sort of a mental screen. He reads the mind of anyone within 50 feet. When they find him next, he has grown up and lives alone far away from anyone. They only people he can't read are his fellow cortexiphan subjects. Of course, this is far from the only life Walter has ruined with his experiments.
* Emma in ''Series/MutantX'' is an empath but later "evolves" to a more powerful version. One of her new abilities is full-blown telepathy, although she tends to block out people's thoughts unless necessary. In one episode, she is forced to use all her abilities to keep their CoolPlane hidden from an army looking for them. She warns Jesse that she will be unable to block out other people's thoughts, as all her concentration is required for the "psychic cloak" and asks him to think happy thoughts. Then he accidentally glances at her low-cut cleavage, and she frowns at the unavoidable thought in his head.
* In ''Series/NoOrdinaryFamily'', Daphne's power is mind reading. She is initially overwhelmed, but learns to control it. Similar to the Buffy example above, it had more to do with the volume of thoughts than what she was hearing. She ends up helping her father fight crime, against her mother's wishes, become elected to student council and makes a guy like her. Eventually, her powers progress and she is able to control thoughts.
* ''Series/TheCollector'': The Devil doesn't exactly take well to hearing the pain and evil thoughts of [[TheOmniscient everyone in the universe]].
* In ''Series/MyHero'', George gains mind-reading powers, and is soon shocked at the twisted thoughts within the minds of the human race.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Hide", the Doctor explains that empaths tend to be both extremely compassionate and extremely lonely.
* While it may not be a traditional kind of mind-reading, [[{{Series/Hannibal}} Will Graham's]] empathizing puts him in serial killer's mindsets to catch them for the FBI. His mind and sanity deplete as a result of killing people in his head in the place of the killer, to know how they think. No one ever said getting into murderers' heads was good for you...
* An episode of ''Series/SeaQuestDSV'' involves three psychics being brought in to aid the [[TheFederation UEO]] in negotiating with other maritime nations after the discovery of the Library of Alexandria on the ocean floor. One of them is determined to prove that using psychics in this manner is a bad idea by deliberately giving false information to [[TheCaptain Captain Bridger]] (e.g. that the Libyan ambassador is bluffing when he isn't). His daughter (one of the other two psychics) admits to Bridger that she was once asked to go into the mind of a criminal, and she's still suffering the aftereffects. She also discovers that Bridger himself has latent PsychicPowers and even tries to train him a bit in using them. This is the last we hear of his powers, though.
** It's also strange that foreign dignitaries would agree to the presence of psychics, unless they don't believe in their powers.
** Dr. Wendy Smith comes aboard later and also has a high psi-factor. She doesn't use it much, though, mostly for psychiatry.
* An octopus-like [[OurMonstersAreDifferent Wesen]] in ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' can steal people's memories with his tentacles. It clearly takes its toll on the guy. Then he accidentally tries to read a Grimm's mind, which is apparently a bad idea. The last we see him, he's screaming in a jail cell, constantly reliving all the ways she's killed Wesen.



* Sister Psyche' of ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' is one of the world's strongest psychics. But her powers are so strong she can't help but hear the surface thoughts of everyone around her. Her skimpy costume does not help cultivate all-together pleasant thoughts from local teenage boys...

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* Sister Psyche' Psyche of ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' is one of the world's strongest psychics. But her powers are so strong she can't help but hear the surface thoughts of everyone around her. Her skimpy costume does not help cultivate all-together altogether pleasant thoughts from local teenage boys...



* Franchise/{{DCAU}}:
** ComicBook/MartianManhunter goes through this from time to time: In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' he is forced to read the thoughts of an entire city. The effect is... disillusioning to say the least. While he wasn't surprised by the hatred, the pure and constant [[ItsAllAboutMe selfishness]] of people almost made him leave the team because he was so disgusted by it, and [[HumansAreFlawed wondered why he should even help them]]. He regained his faith in humanity, though, [[RousseauWasRight when he stumbled upon a search party looking for a little girl in the woods]] and "heard" all the thoughts concerned purely with helping a lost little kid. Even the ones who weren't even related to her only cared about finding her.
** Invoked by Batman in an earlier episode, when almost the entire League is incapacitated by a DreamWalker villain. Batman is the last of them to keep himself awake and warns the bad guy that [[DarkAndTroubledPast his mind is not a nice place to be]]. As in, even a hostile intruder would take damage from the kind of thoughts Bruce lives with all the time.



* ComicBook/MartianManhunter goes through this from time to time; In an episode ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' he is forced to read the thoughts of an entire city. The effect is... disillusioning to say the least. While he wasn't surprised by the hatred, the pure and constant [[ItsAllAboutMe selfishness]] of people almost made him leave the team because he was so disgusted by it, and [[HumansAreFlawed wondered why he should even help them]]. He regained his faith in humanity, though, [[RousseauWasRight when he stumbled upon a search party looking for a little girl in the woods]] and "heard" all the thoughts concerned purely with helping a lost little kid. Even the ones who weren't even related to her only cared about finding her.
** Invoked by Batman in an earlier episode, when almost the entire League is incapacitated by a DreamWalker villain. Batman is the last of them to keep himself awake and warns the bad guy that [[DarkAndTroubledPast his mind is not a nice place to be]]. As in, even a hostile intruder would take damage from the kind of thoughts Bruce lives with all the time.
** Later on in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', when Manhunter tries to enter ComicBook/TheJoker's mind, it ends with him doubling over in pain.
--> '''Joker''': Scary in there, isn't it?



* A variant occurs in the pilot of season two of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': [[spoiler: When Ahsoka Tano uses a Force connection to reach out to the mind of the hotshot pilot who is attacking the Ghost, she learns firsthand that not only is this the Sith Lord Darth Vader, but also that, deep down, Vader is her former mentor Anakin Skywalker. The combination of this shocking revelation and the sheer power of the Dark Side veiling Vader's mind causes Ahsokah to scream and then faint.]]

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* A variant occurs in the pilot of season two of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': [[spoiler: When [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsTheSiegeOfLothal "The Siege of Lothal"]] has a variant -- [[spoiler:When Ahsoka Tano uses a Force connection to reach out to the mind of the hotshot pilot who is attacking the Ghost, ''Ghost'', she learns firsthand that not only is this the Sith Lord Darth Vader, but also that, deep down, Vader is her former mentor Anakin Skywalker. The combination of this shocking revelation and the sheer power of the Dark Side veiling Vader's mind causes Ahsokah Ahsoka to scream and then faint.]]faint. When she wakes up, she denies knowing anything about the Imperial pilot, and it's made clear to the audience that she's lying and deeply in denial about it.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', when Manhunter tries to enter ComicBook/TheJoker's mind, it ends with him doubling over in pain.
--> '''Joker''': Scary in there, isn't it?
29th Apr '17 10:58:02 AM nombretomado
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* In TimothyZahn's ''Distant Friends'' series, telepaths coming closer than 20 miles apart experience insanity, identity confusion, and pain. If they continue approaching each other, the strain kills them. Two of these telepaths have fallen in love. One of the two commissions a gizmo that blocks the telepathy so that he can be with his beloved; unfortunately, the inventor turns out to be a villain, tricks him into a chase ending at the beloved's house, then holds the telepathic pair hostage by threatening to turn off the machine.

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* In TimothyZahn's Creator/TimothyZahn's ''Distant Friends'' series, telepaths coming closer than 20 miles apart experience insanity, identity confusion, and pain. If they continue approaching each other, the strain kills them. Two of these telepaths have fallen in love. One of the two commissions a gizmo that blocks the telepathy so that he can be with his beloved; unfortunately, the inventor turns out to be a villain, tricks him into a chase ending at the beloved's house, then holds the telepathic pair hostage by threatening to turn off the machine.
27th Apr '17 7:10:23 PM Malady
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* [[Literature/WhateleyUniverse Phase]] uses this to his advantage when dealing with Fubar and others attempting to read his mind: In the case of Fubar, [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment he focuses hard on the sweet serenades]] of Music/BritneySpears.

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* [[Literature/WhateleyUniverse Phase]] ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':
** Phase
uses this to his advantage when dealing with Fubar and others attempting to read his mind: In the case of Fubar, [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment he focuses hard on the sweet serenades]] of Music/BritneySpears.
24th Mar '17 10:39:15 AM Dravencour
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{{Alice|AndBob}}'s life is going swell until she gains the ability to [[{{Telepathy}} read minds]]. She becomes very distraught when she discovers that the vast majority of the people around her have rather disturbing thoughts, thoughts better left unread. Her friends are only using her. Her lover has been cheating since day one. People she passes in the street are brimming with barely-contained malice and pain. Every random guy she meets wonders what she looks like naked. Most likely, all of the above and more.

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{{Alice|AndBob}}'s life is going swell until she gains the ability to [[{{Telepathy}} read minds]]. She becomes very distraught when she discovers that the vast majority of the people around her have rather disturbing thoughts, thoughts better left unread. Her friends are only using her. Her lover has been cheating since day one. People she passes in the street are brimming with barely-contained malice and pain. [[AllMenArePerverts Every random guy she meets meets]] [[DirtyMindReading wonders what she looks like naked.naked]]. Most likely, all of the above and more.
10th Mar '17 8:47:36 AM NateTheGreat
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* In ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse'', the Belcerebons of Kakrafoon Kappa were found to be in contempt by the Galactic Tribunal for smugly living lives of peaceful contemplation. As a punishment the Tribunal inflicted a terrible social disease upon them: telepathy. For some time they could only mask their minds by chattering endlessly about trivia. Their salvation came when they hosted the plutonium rock band 'Disaster Area'; music so loud it wiped their telepathic abilities out for good.

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* In ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse'', the Belcerebons of Kakrafoon Kappa were found to be in contempt by the Galactic Tribunal for smugly living lives of peaceful contemplation. As a punishment the Tribunal inflicted a terrible social disease upon them: telepathy. For some time they could only mask Now in order to hide their minds by chattering thoughts they either have to babble endlessly about trivia. Their salvation came when they hosted meaningless topics like the weather or play host to a concert by plutonium rock band 'Disaster Area'; music so loud it wiped their telepathic abilities out for good.Area'.
15th Jan '17 1:21:47 PM Aribter-Nelson
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* Sister Psyche' of ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' is one of the world's strongest psychics. But her powers are so strong she can't help but hear the surface thoughts of everyone around her. Her skimpy costume does not help cultivate all-together pleasant thoughts from local teenage boys...
3rd Jan '17 12:07:19 PM CerotechOmega
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* In Episode 7 of ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged'', Zorin is trying to {{mindrape}} Seras, only the first "repressed memory" she digs into is one of [[ItMakesSenseInContext her being sensually fed blood by Integra.]] Zorin decides to just leave that memory behind, stating that it "needs context".
27th Dec '16 12:14:43 AM bwburke94
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** Later on in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', when Manhunter tries to enter SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's mind, it ends with him doubling over in pain.

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** Later on in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', when Manhunter tries to enter SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's ComicBook/TheJoker's mind, it ends with him doubling over in pain.
29th Nov '16 10:30:55 AM SomberCaelifera
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** Subverted in one instance: When River reads Jayne's mind, she sees what appears to be [[spoiler: regret for trying to sell her out to the Feds.]] It's surprisingly sweet considering that he's spent the whole series trying to get rid of the Tams. And again in the same scene, when she gets a [[HiddenDepths brief peek]] at the [[BewareTheNiceOnes Shepard's thoughts.]]
** In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' the Operative believes this to be the reason for River's insanity, or at least a major part of it -She was driven crazy by the secrets she inadvertently picked up from the Alliance Parliament. It's also the reason the mere presence of Reavers is enough to send her into a HeroicBSOD until the film's climax.

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** Subverted in one instance: When River reads Jayne's mind, she sees what appears to be [[spoiler: regret for trying to sell her out to the Feds.]] It's surprisingly sweet considering that he's spent the whole series trying to get rid of the Tams. And again in the same scene, when she gets a [[HiddenDepths brief peek]] at the [[BewareTheNiceOnes Shepard's Shepherd's thoughts.]]
** In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' the Operative believes this to be the reason for River's insanity, or at least a major part of it -She it, that she was driven crazy by the secrets she inadvertently picked up from the Alliance Parliament. It's also the reason the mere presence of Reavers is enough to send her into a HeroicBSOD until the film's climax.
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