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19th Apr '16 10:31:58 PM ultimomant
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* Discussed in ''Series/{{BuffytheVampireSlayer}}'' - in the episode ''Earshot'', Buffy temporarily gains telepathic powers, and Giles suggests that this could improve her fighting skills by letting her foresee attacks in battle. Subverted in that Buffy is way more interested in using her power to [[MundaneUtility cheat in English class]], and within a few hours [[PowerIncontinence the ability has]] [[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead completely overpowered her]] to the point that she can barely stand, let alone fight.

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* Discussed in ''Series/{{BuffytheVampireSlayer}}'' ''Series/BuffytheVampireSlayer'' - in the episode ''Earshot'', Buffy temporarily gains telepathic powers, and Giles suggests that this could improve her fighting skills by letting her foresee attacks in battle. Subverted in that Buffy is way more interested in using her power to [[MundaneUtility cheat in English class]], and within a few hours [[PowerIncontinence the ability has]] [[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead completely overpowered her]] to the point that she can barely stand, let alone fight.
19th Apr '16 5:31:28 AM CyberTiger88
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8th Apr '16 12:21:46 PM ZenBlade
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** Her mother, LadyShiva, also has it, though for her it's from her decades of experience and complete mastery of martial arts.
* Rose Wilson aka Ravager has this, though it's a bit unclear as to how. At first, it was stated to be psychic in nature, then later retconned into being a side-effect of the super soldier serum she took which allows her to anticipate moves based on body language, similar to Cass, above. It's likely that her father, Deathstroke, has the ability as well, due to taking the same serum decades ago, but it's not really talked about as much with him.
1st Apr '16 12:16:34 PM ObsidianFire
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* General Buford makes a speech about what will happen at Film/{{Gettysburg}} if he allows the Confederates to take the high ground before the Union infantry arrives. Though this is due to being GenreSavvy as a result of decades of experience as a professional soldier rather than any superpower, he does reference the trope.

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* General Buford makes a speech about what will happen at Film/{{Gettysburg}} if he allows the Confederates to take the high ground before the Union infantry arrives. Though this is due to being GenreSavvy having SeenItAll as a result of decades of experience as a professional soldier rather than any superpower, he does reference the trope.
21st Mar '16 11:01:04 PM Tyrantosaurus
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* There are multiple ways to achieve this in ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''. With the ''Inner Eye,'' a martial artist memorizes the rhythm of the opponent's movements, and can predict where the opponent will move and attack, making their attacks nearly always accurate. The Ryusei Seikuken technique reduces the size of a Seikuken to a thin layer over the skin, letting the user dodge with just the smallest movements, however to the enemy it looks like their mind is being read.

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* There are multiple ways to achieve this in ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''. With the ''Inner Eye,'' a martial artist memorizes the rhythm of the opponent's movements, and can predict where the opponent will move and attack, making their attacks nearly always accurate. The Ryusei Seikuken technique reduces the size of a Seikuken to a thin layer over the skin, letting the user dodge with just the smallest movements, however to the enemy it looks like their mind is being read. And the Attack Trail Fight, where you form a trail of all possible attack patterns the opponent may take, having, attempting to read the next trails and block them. Needless to say, all three are very high level techniques.
22nd Feb '16 1:44:56 AM M84
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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', the BigBad of the Vandenreich arc Yhwach's signature power, "A of the Almighty", lets him see into the future. He uses this to predict his opponents' techniques and create appropriate countermeasures on the fly.
18th Feb '16 9:12:16 PM Lavalyte
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* "I, Lucifer", a ModestyBlaise novel, features an antagonist with this ability. He is eventually defeated in combat with Modesty by her getting him to concentrate too much on his predictions, effectively making him choke.
29th Jan '16 7:44:35 PM HeraldAlberich
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* There's a FanFicRecs/StarWars fan fic, "[[http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/22761239/p1/?0 The Sith Who Brought Life Day]]", in which an officer trying to figure out the identity of the pilot who destroyed the Death Star looks at some of Luke's records. He'd taken a hand-eye coordination test and caused the computer to crash.
--> At least according to the record, he'd been hitting the correct response buttons in the milliseconds after the trigger stimuli algorithm had been run, but ''before the actual images appeared onscreen'', and the computer had not been able to handle near-simultaneous input and output. He'd crashed the thing three times before he'd evidently [[CoverBlowingSuperpower decided to slow down a little and let the program catch up]].



* Canonically, this is the explanation for the [[Franchise/StarWars Jedi Knights']] superior combat-skills and ability to block lasers with their lightsabers... they've got the ability to predict the future in a limited way, so they bring their lightsabers into position to parry a shot ''before'' it's actually fired. This is brought up in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' when Qui-Gon Jinn pegs Anakin as a potential Jedi due to his ability to participate in Podracing - a sport that human reflexes simply aren't fast enough to keep up with. Jedi can also look further into the future, but this generally requires a lot more effort and is less reliable.

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* Canonically, this ''Franchise/StarWars'': This is the explanation for the [[Franchise/StarWars Jedi Knights']] Knights' superior combat-skills combat skills and ability to [[ParryingBullets block lasers with their lightsabers... they've lightsabers]]--they've got the ability to predict the future in a limited way, so they bring their lightsabers into position to parry a shot ''before'' it's actually fired. This is brought up in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' when Qui-Gon Jinn pegs Anakin as a potential Jedi due to his ability to participate in Podracing - a Podracing--a sport that human reflexes simply aren't fast enough to keep up with. Jedi can also look further into the future, but this generally requires a lot more effort and is less reliable.



** There's a [[FanFicRecs/StarWars fan fic]], "[[http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/22761239/p1/?0 The Sith Who Brought Life Day]], where an officer trying to figure out the identity of the pilot who destroyed the Death Star looks at some of Luke's records. He'd taken a hand-eye coordination test and caused the computer to crash.
---> At least according to the record, he'd been hitting the correct response buttons in the milliseconds after the trigger stimuli algorithm had been run, but ''before the actual images appeared onscreen'', and the computer had not been able to handle near-simultaneous input and output. He'd crashed the thing three times before he'd evidently [[CoverBlowingSuperpower decided to slow down a little and let the program catch up]].



* The main character Kellen in Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/TheObsidianTrilogy''. He is a Knight-Mage, and when he's fighting can see his opponent's next move just in time to get out of the way. Can also see open places before they are open.
** This is also a use of the rare [=ForeSight=] ability for {{Literature/Heralds|OfValdemar}}. Heralds with mind-reading powers have the option to do this in combat, or take it a step further and mess with their opponents' minds to make their attacks miss, though for most this is an unethical use of their power.

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The main character Kellen in Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/TheObsidianTrilogy''. He ''Literature/TheObsidianTrilogy'' is a Knight-Mage, and when he's fighting can see his opponent's next move just in time to get out of the way. Can way, and can also see open places before they are open.
** This In the Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar series, this is also a use of the Heralds' rare [=ForeSight=] ability for {{Literature/Heralds|OfValdemar}}. [[PsychicPowers ForeSight Gift]]. Heralds with mind-reading powers {{Telepathy}} have the option to do this in combat, or take it a step further and mess with their opponents' minds to make their attacks miss, though for most this is an unethical use of their power.
20th Jan '16 8:37:10 AM Willbyr
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* In ''{{Claymore}}'', it is explained that Teresa's extraordinary strength comes from her ability to read her opponent's flow of yōki so well that she can predict their movements based on where it is flowing to in their bodies, and Clare seems to have inherited this ability, being able dodge before the opponent strikes. However, this makes them weaker when faced with an opponent who can either completely suppress her yōki, or one who has so much yōki overflowing in them that she can't determine what's what, and there are also certain techniques that can't be read, such as Ophelia's "rippling" sword.

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* In ''{{Claymore}}'', ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', it is explained that Teresa's extraordinary strength comes from her ability to read her opponent's flow of yōki so well that she can predict their movements based on where it is flowing to in their bodies, and Clare seems to have inherited this ability, being able dodge before the opponent strikes. However, this makes them weaker when faced with an opponent who can either completely suppress her yōki, or one who has so much yōki overflowing in them that she can't determine what's what, and there are also certain techniques that can't be read, such as Ophelia's "rippling" sword.



* ''Manga/MiraiNikki'', being a series about people who receive ways to predict the future and are then sent to kill each other, has this in spades.

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* ''Manga/MiraiNikki'', ''Manga/FutureDiary'', being a series about people who receive ways to predict the future and are then sent to kill each other, has this in spades.



* In ''[[Manga/{{BattleAngelAlita}} Battle Angel Alita: Last Order]]'', Caerula Sanguis has this ability due to a combination of being able to read an opponent's neural impulses and 700 years of combat experience, allowing her to both perfectly predict and influence an opponent's moves.

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* In ''[[Manga/{{BattleAngelAlita}} ''[[Manga/{{Gunnm}} Battle Angel Alita: Last Order]]'', Caerula Sanguis has this ability due to a combination of being able to read an opponent's neural impulses and 700 years of combat experience, allowing her to both perfectly predict and influence an opponent's moves.



* There are multiple ways to achieve this in the HistorysStrongestDiscipleKenichi series. With the ''Inner Eye,'' a martial artist memorizes the rhythm of the opponent's movements, and can predict where the opponent will move and attack, making their attacks nearly always accurate. The Ryusei Seikuken technique reduces the size of a Seikuken to a thin layer over the skin, letting the user dodge with just the smallest movements, however to the enemy it looks like their mind is being read.

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* There are multiple ways to achieve this in the HistorysStrongestDiscipleKenichi series.''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''. With the ''Inner Eye,'' a martial artist memorizes the rhythm of the opponent's movements, and can predict where the opponent will move and attack, making their attacks nearly always accurate. The Ryusei Seikuken technique reduces the size of a Seikuken to a thin layer over the skin, letting the user dodge with just the smallest movements, however to the enemy it looks like their mind is being read.
26th Dec '15 12:15:09 PM Chadius
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* ''TabletopGame/Pathfinder'' began as a mod of D&D, so it has spells and feats representing insight bonuses. The DifficultButAwesome Divination School of spells work this way in combat, granting you huge bonuses to a limited number actions that your character predicts.
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