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14th Jan '17 1:46:01 PM LordInsane
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** The ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series creates a device with this effect, the "Mental Static Field", to elude the telepathic Second Foundation. When used [[TimTaylorTechnology at high power]], the device also doubles as a weapon against telepaths. Of course, the Second Foundationers anticipated the creation of the device, given the First Foundationers' concerns about being controlled. The whole thing was set up in order to trick the First Foundationers that they have discovered the location of the Second Foundation and neutralized them all (sacrificing 50 members in the process). Thus, the Mental Static Field would be rendered useless and, eventually, forgotten, allowing the Second Foundation to do its thing unhindered. It works, although the device is later restored through archived plans and used again.

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** The ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series creates a device with this effect, the "Mental Static Field", to elude the telepathic Second Foundation. When used [[TimTaylorTechnology at high power]], the device also doubles as a weapon against telepaths.telepaths (for more-or-less the same reasons sound can be distracting and even painful to people that can hear at points when deaf people are completely unaffected). Of course, the Second Foundationers anticipated the creation of the device, given the First Foundationers' concerns about being controlled. The whole thing was set up in order to trick the First Foundationers that they have discovered the location of the Second Foundation and neutralized them all (sacrificing 50 members in the process). Thus, the Mental Static Field would be rendered useless and, eventually, forgotten, allowing the Second Foundation to do its thing unhindered. It works, although the device is later restored through archived plans and used again.
12th Jan '17 12:02:05 AM PaulA
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* In ''Film/FlashGordon'' (1980), Dr. Zarkov beats Ming's brainwashing machine by throwing every irrelevant memory he can at it -- Einstein's formulae, passages from the Talmud, and Beatles songs -- and then faking the desired effect for his captors.

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* In ''Film/FlashGordon'' ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' (1980), Dr. Zarkov beats Ming's brainwashing machine by throwing every irrelevant memory he can at it -- Einstein's formulae, passages from the Talmud, and Beatles songs -- and then faking the desired effect for his captors.
3rd Dec '16 2:18:20 PM Milarqui
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* In ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheNightmaresOfFuturesPast'', Luna has a natural form of this, which can give anyone trying to use [[MindRape Legillimency]] on her a big headache. To warn Snape (who has taken to routinely attacking Harry's friends' minds because of his hatred of Harry) off them, Ginny and Luna trick him into using Legillimency on the latter. He most certainly does ''not'' enjoy the lesson.
22nd Nov '16 5:52:16 PM PaulA
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* In the first book of ''Literature/TheDragonKnight'', James Eckert goes over his master's thesis in his head to push back the suicide-causing noise of the Sandmirks, while Sir Brian recites prayers.

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* In the first book of ''Literature/TheDragonKnight'', ''Literature/TheDragonAndTheGeorge'', James Eckert goes over his master's thesis in his head to push back the suicide-causing noise of the Sandmirks, while Sir Brian recites prayers.
20th Nov '16 1:50:31 AM Morgenthaler
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In order to defeat {{Telepathy}}, frequently all a character has to do is fill their mind with something useless. This can take several forms. Often mentally reciting {{nursery rhyme}}s or acquiring an EarWorm will do the trick. Sometimes characters use especially compelling fantasies; conversely, sometimes they deliberately force their thoughts to be as mundane as possible. An especially {{Badass}} and unscrupulous user can [[InvokedTrope fill his mind]] with MindRape thoughts (or just bad memories of very horrible events from their life) in order to [[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead repel]] anyone trying to read it. In any case, the goal is to drive out whatever thoughts they don't want the telepath to know about.

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In order to defeat {{Telepathy}}, frequently all a character has to do is fill their mind with something useless. This can take several forms. Often mentally reciting {{nursery rhyme}}s or acquiring an EarWorm will do the trick. Sometimes characters use especially compelling fantasies; conversely, sometimes they deliberately force their thoughts to be as mundane as possible. An especially {{Badass}} badass and unscrupulous user can [[InvokedTrope fill his mind]] with MindRape thoughts (or just bad memories of very horrible events from their life) in order to [[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead repel]] anyone trying to read it. In any case, the goal is to drive out whatever thoughts they don't want the telepath to know about.
5th Nov '16 9:28:00 AM nombretomado
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* The ''{{Chaotic}}'' fan-fic ''Fanfic/OfMenAndMugic'' has an odd version where the villain uses it against a hero. Found [[http://community.chaoticgame.com/forum/Topic1207802-58-68.aspx here]]. (Warning, {{squick}}.)

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* The ''{{Chaotic}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Chaotic}}'' fan-fic ''Fanfic/OfMenAndMugic'' has an odd version where the villain uses it against a hero. Found [[http://community.chaoticgame.com/forum/Topic1207802-58-68.aspx here]]. (Warning, {{squick}}.)
30th Oct '16 11:32:26 AM nombretomado
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* Mentok tries to read the mind of washed-up motorcycle daredevil Ernie Devlin in an Episode of ''HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw''. When he does, all he gets is a sound much like a garbled radio transmission. Mentok asks if its encryption; Devlin states that he had a metal plate implanted into his skull after one nasty accident.

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* Mentok tries to read the mind of washed-up motorcycle daredevil Ernie Devlin in an Episode of ''HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw''.''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw''. When he does, all he gets is a sound much like a garbled radio transmission. Mentok asks if its encryption; Devlin states that he had a metal plate implanted into his skull after one nasty accident.
29th Oct '16 6:25:52 PM nombretomado
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* When [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Professor X]] tries to read [[spoiler:Lance]]'s mind in [[WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC "After Hours"]], the only thing he gets is an endless loop of "My Humps". Which [[spoiler:Lance]] also sings later when being interrogated by Nightwing.
* In HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality "Perfect Occlumency" involves creating an alternate personality that one presents to the would-be mind reader.

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* When [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} [[ComicBook/XMen Professor X]] tries to read [[spoiler:Lance]]'s mind in [[WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC "After Hours"]], the only thing he gets is an endless loop of "My Humps". Which [[spoiler:Lance]] also sings later when being interrogated by Nightwing.
* In HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', "Perfect Occlumency" involves creating an alternate personality that one presents to the would-be mind reader.
24th Oct '16 6:08:04 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[GarrettPI Angry Lead Skies]]'', Garrett verifies that the silver elves [[spoiler: (all right, the ''aliens'')]] are reading his mind by imagining an X-rated encounter between himself and one of them, then seeing her flinch in response.

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* In ''[[GarrettPI ''[[Literature/GarrettPI Angry Lead Skies]]'', Garrett verifies that the silver elves [[spoiler: (all right, the ''aliens'')]] are reading his mind by imagining an X-rated encounter between himself and one of them, then seeing her flinch in response.
22nd Aug '16 11:41:19 AM ZombieAladdin
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** Later into Part 3, they encounter someone with the straight-up ability to read minds. The heroes defeat him by [[spoiler:tricking him into reading Jotaro's mind without him realizing he was actually dueling against Joseph. In other words, he lost because he had mistakenly read the ''wrong'' mind and thus was unable to predict anything properly.]] Rather amusingly, our heroes do this to the mind-reader repeatedly, causing him to get frustrated at why his mind-reading isn't working and to lose his concentration in the process.

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** Later into Part 3, they encounter someone with the straight-up ability to read minds. The heroes defeat him by [[spoiler:tricking him into reading Jotaro's mind without him realizing he was actually dueling against Joseph. In other words, he lost because he had mistakenly read the ''wrong'' mind and thus was unable to predict anything properly.]] (They were playing video games, and Joseph secretly switched his controller with Jotaro's.)]] Rather amusingly, our heroes do this to the mind-reader repeatedly, causing him to get frustrated at why his mind-reading isn't working and to lose his concentration in the process.
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