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* Played for laughs in ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel''. After the Mayflower space shuttle malfunctions, someone in the space traffic control room asks "What do your people think?" The audience is briefly granted the power of {{Telepathy}} so we can hear the controllers' thoughts.

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* Played for laughs PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel''. After the Mayflower space shuttle malfunctions, someone in the space traffic control room asks "What do your people think?" The audience is briefly granted the power of {{Telepathy}} so we can hear the controllers' thoughts.



** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': A justified case near the climax. Among the cacophony of thoughts at the White House, Xavier can distinctly hear Mystique's inner voice speaking, "This is for you, brothers and sisters." When you are Professor Charles Xavier, it's not convenience; it's skill.

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** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': A justified {{justified}} case near the climax. Among the cacophony of thoughts at the White House, Xavier can distinctly hear Mystique's inner voice speaking, "This is for you, brothers and sisters." When you are Professor Charles Xavier, it's not convenience; it's skill.



* Averted in "The Mind Field" (a story that appeared in ''The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction'' within the last few years--I forget the author's name). A machine is invented that lets the French government read the minds of visitors to the French White House-equivalent. The machine reveals images they think of, not words and sentences, though the images are important clues--e.g., where bodies are buried.
* In the Literature/FirebirdTrilogy, telepathic mind access provides coherent information to the accesser. This is somewhat justified, as the telepaths don't merely read the thoughts off the surface off the mind; they are actively directing what they see.

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* Averted in Rick Heller's "The Mind Field" (a story ShortStory that appeared in the January 2001 issue of ''The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction'' within the last few years--I forget the author's name).Fiction''). A machine is invented that lets the French government read the minds of visitors to the French White House-equivalent. The machine reveals images they think of, not words and sentences, though the images are important clues--e.g., where bodies are buried.
* In the Literature/FirebirdTrilogy, ''Literature/FirebirdTrilogy'', telepathic mind access provides coherent information to the accesser. This is somewhat justified, as the telepaths don't merely read the thoughts off the surface off the mind; they are actively directing what they see.



* In ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "A Penny For Your Thoughts," the protagonist gains the ability to read minds, and hears a disgruntled bank employee planning to rob the bank. After he denounces him, though, it turns out that the man's been idly ''thinking'' about robbing the bank for years, but he'd never actually go through with it.

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* In ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "A "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS2E52APennyForYourThoughts A Penny For Your Thoughts," Thoughts]]", the protagonist gains the ability to read minds, and hears a disgruntled bank employee planning to rob the bank. After he denounces him, though, it turns out that the man's been idly ''thinking'' about robbing the bank for years, but he'd never actually go through with it.



* Played with in the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Objects In Space." When River is shown reading the minds of the rest of the crew, their thoughts come in the form of clear sentences. However, in most cases they are non-sequiturs or irrelevant to the current situation or conversation. Except for the thoughts River gets when [[DirtyMindReading Zoe and Wash are making out]]; those actually come in the form of crashing ocean waves and other ''sensations'' that cause River to sway and stumble.
* Somewhat subverted in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''The Time Monster''. When making telepathic contact with Jo Grant, at first she hears a cacophony of voices. But the Doctor gets her to concentrate on the "main" one and we get a clear conversation about how to save the day.

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* Played with in the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Objects "[[Recap/FireflyE14ObjectsInSpace Objects In Space." Space]]". When River is shown reading the minds of the rest of the crew, their thoughts come in the form of clear sentences. However, in most cases they are non-sequiturs or irrelevant to the current situation or conversation. Except for the thoughts River gets when [[DirtyMindReading Zoe and Wash are making out]]; those actually come in the form of crashing ocean waves and other ''sensations'' that cause River to sway and stumble.
* Somewhat subverted in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E5TheTimeMonster The Time Monster''.Monster]]". When making telepathic contact with Jo Grant, at first she hears a cacophony of voices. But the Doctor gets her to concentrate on the "main" one and we get a clear conversation about how to save the day.



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* ''TabletopGame/TeenagersFromOuterSpace'' has a novel way of handling this; when a PC tries to use telepathy, the GM makes up three different things the target might be thinking, and the player rolls a die to determine what they pick up. Thus, you may be trying to find out if your cute classmate fancies you, only to stumble upon her plans for world conquest through absolute control of toilet paper supplies. This is entirely appropriate for the game.






* ''[[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]]'' plays with this trope. Experienced mind mage Malloy is able to pluck complex thoughts from Asia and Adrestia in the first chapter. In recent chapters novice mind mage Asia attempts to read another student's mind and is assaulted with a barrage of disjointed images without any context.


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* ''[[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]]'' [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this trope.trope]]. Experienced mind mage Malloy is able to pluck complex thoughts from Asia and Adrestia in the first chapter. In recent chapters novice mind mage Asia attempts to read another student's mind and is assaulted with a barrage of disjointed images without any context.




* Machinima/FreemansMind and a bunch of its spinoffs have characters whose thoughts are consistently coherent. Most people think with pictures or develop feeling and occasionally think with actual words when they are in deep thought, but the main character ALWAYS thinks in full sentences that are easily understandable.

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* Machinima/FreemansMind ''Machinima/FreemansMind'' and a bunch of its spinoffs have characters whose thoughts are consistently coherent. Most people think with pictures or develop feeling and occasionally think with actual words when they are in deep thought, but the main character ALWAYS thinks in full sentences that are easily understandable.



* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Boy Who Knew Too Much", where Bart is [[InnerMonologueConversation randomly able to hear Principal Skinner and Homer's inner monologues]]. Skinner's monologue is played straight, but Homer's thoughts suddenly trail off into [[EarWorm the Meow Mix jingle]].

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* ''TabletopGame/TeenagersFromOuterSpace'' has a novel way of handling this; when a PC tries to use telepathy, the GM makes up three different things the target might be thinking, and the player rolls a die to determine what they pick up. Thus, you may be trying to find out if your cute classmate fancies you, only to stumble upon her plans for world conquest through absolute control of toilet paper supplies. This is entirely appropriate for the game.

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E20TheBoyWhoKnewTooMuch The Boy Who Knew Too Much", Much]]", where Bart is [[InnerMonologueConversation randomly able to hear Principal Skinner and Homer's inner monologues]]. Skinner's monologue is played straight, but Homer's thoughts suddenly trail off into [[EarWorm the Meow Mix jingle]].

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* ''TabletopGame/TeenagersFromOuterSpace'' has a novel way of handling this; when a PC tries to use telepathy, the GM makes up three different things the target might be thinking, and the player rolls a die to determine what they pick up. Thus, you may be trying to find out if your cute classmate fancies you, only to stumble upon her plans for world conquest through absolute control of toilet paper supplies. This is entirely appropriate for the game.
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24th Apr '16 10:47:13 AM siberia82
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* Played with somewhat in ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', when Jean Grey starts to lose control of her psychic abilities. Apparently she can usually tune out the garbage and focus on the particular thoughts she's looking for, but when her [[PowerIncontinence powers start to malfunction]], she hears ''every thought of every person'' in the very crowded museum she's in. This gives her a headache, which causes her to involuntarily short out all the TV screens around her.

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* ''Film/XMen'':
** ''Film/X2XMenUnited'':
Played with somewhat in ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', when Jean Grey starts to lose control of her psychic abilities. Apparently Apparently, she can usually tune out the garbage and focus on the particular thoughts she's looking for, but when her [[PowerIncontinence powers start to malfunction]], she hears ''every thought of every person'' in the very crowded museum she's in. This gives her a headache, which causes her to involuntarily short out all the TV screens around her.her.
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': A justified case near the climax. Among the cacophony of thoughts at the White House, Xavier can distinctly hear Mystique's inner voice speaking, "This is for you, brothers and sisters." When you are Professor Charles Xavier, it's not convenience; it's skill.
29th Dec '15 9:52:08 AM nighttrainfm
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* Averted on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': The first thing the temporarily-psychic Buffy reads from a boy in her school is "Man, one day these pants are gonna fall right off my ass."

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* Averted on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': The On ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the first thing the temporarily-psychic Buffy reads from a boy in her school is "Man, one day these pants are gonna fall right off my ass."" Coherent, but not particularly relevant or meaningful. As the telepathy gets worse, she starts "hearing" everyone around her at once.
30th Nov '15 2:03:27 AM eroock
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'''[[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Johnny]]''': Did I leave the iron on?

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'''[[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Johnny]]''': [[TheTriple Did I leave the iron on?on?]]
19th Nov '15 6:46:09 PM Llygodenfawr
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* Machinima/FreemansMind and a bunch of its spinoffs have characters who thoughts are consistently coherent. Most people think with pictures or develop feeling and occasionally think with actual words when they are in deep thought, but the main character ALWAYS thinks in full sentences that are easily understandable.

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* Machinima/FreemansMind and a bunch of its spinoffs have characters who whose thoughts are consistently coherent. Most people think with pictures or develop feeling and occasionally think with actual words when they are in deep thought, but the main character ALWAYS thinks in full sentences that are easily understandable.
20th Jul '15 9:01:52 PM zoop
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* In the ''Literature/{{Relativity}}'' story "August Moon", Ravenswood is confronting the villain the story is named after and points his gun at him. Moon can read his thoughts clearly enough to predict when he'll pull the trigger, and dodges at just the right moment.
5th Jul '15 11:50:14 PM nombretomado
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* Mind-reading in ''LiveALive'' gives out fully constructed sentences.

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* Mind-reading in ''LiveALive'' ''VideoGame/LiveALive'' gives out fully constructed sentences.
27th Jun '15 5:10:38 PM Llygodenfawr
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People do not always think in complete sentences, and often idly muse on trivial things for a few seconds before passing to the next thought. However, when [[{{Telepath}} telepaths]] read minds, they don't have to sift through all of that 'mental' garbage. The thoughts that they read are usually incredibly coherent ([[ExactEavesDropping and relevant to the plot]]).

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People do not always think in complete sentences, and often idly muse on trivial things for a few seconds before passing to the next thought. However, when [[{{Telepath}} telepaths]] {{telepath}}s read minds, they don't have to sift through all of that 'mental' garbage. The thoughts that they read are usually incredibly coherent ([[ExactEavesDropping and relevant to the plot]]).



* ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}} interestingly subverted this for Mindf██k when she ''projected'' her thoughts - her subconscious associations etc. had a tendency to "bleed through", as in this telepathic conversation with Sistah Spooky:

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* ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}} ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'' interestingly subverted this for Mindf██k when she ''projected'' her thoughts - her subconscious associations etc. had a tendency to "bleed through", as in this telepathic conversation with Sistah Spooky:
17th May '15 6:41:50 AM HowlingSnail
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* In the UnratedEdition of ''Film/PrettyCool'', Howard reads his sister's friends' minds when he has sex with them, and hears them thinking about what they'd like him to do to them.
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