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1st Oct '17 10:17:23 AM zealots
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* In an issue of ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'', Ultron was thwarted when he attempted to read a disguised Hank Pym's mind when The Wasp hypnotized him so that his subconscious would be filled with the phrase "thou shalt not kill". The concept was so foreign and confusing the the killer robot that it managed to stun him into a sort of VillainousBSOD.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''
** The psychics who have [[BrownNote survived]] reading SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's mind have reported various unsettling things, such as nonstop insane laughter, screaming, a labyrinth of funhouse mirrors, incredibly detailed descriptions of past murders, a vast battle between bat and clown faced demons, "a billion fiery locusts blotting out a dead black sun", and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Three Stooges reruns]].
** It was revealed after the "Tower of Babel" arc that Batman developed his counter-measures against the League, and J'onn in particular, by actually burying his memory and restoring it with a series of mnemonic triggers when he wanted to work on his plans, and instructed the computer to track J'onn and "activate the burial key" should the Martian come within 100 miles.
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'s mind has been stated as being too chaotic to read. His rival/friend/[[HeterosexualLifePartners heterosexual life partner]] Cable once burned off overcharged psychic powers by going into Deadpool's mind, because the effort would wear him out.
* Grant Morrison introduced the villain Prometheus during his run on ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica''. Among his talents was the ability to introduce 'neural chaff' into the minds of his opponents, making it difficult for them to concentrate. This didn't work on Captain America during a brief encounter in Book 4 of ComicBook/JLAAvengers. As Cap observed, "Try fighting [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the Wehrmacht]]. Teaches you focus."
* When ComicBook/{{Nextwave}} faced off against the ridiculous-looking but intensely powerful Forbush Man, he lifted his pot-helmet and sent all of them on a mental journey into their worst nightmares. All of them, that is, except one, who was just too air-headed for the power to work on.



* In an issue of ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'', Ultron was thwarted when he attempted to read a disguised Hank Pym's mind when The Wasp hypnotized him so that his subconscious would be filled with the phrase "thou shalt not kill". The concept was so foreign and confusing the the killer robot, it managed to stun him.

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* ''ComicBook/PS238'': The Revenant is known well enough for using Music/TheAlanParsonsProject song "Sirius" that villains treat it almost as a signature. Also, in a weird FlashBack, Kent Allard (the Revenant's main civilian guise) [[http://ps238.nodwick.com/?p=823 demonstrates.]] With the very same song.
* In an issue ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}: Team Achilles'', the MindProbe of ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'', Ultron was thwarted when he attempted Senator Sonny Terns eventually succeeds, but due to read a disguised Hank Pym's the senator's MindRape thoughts, the telepath is the one traumatized by the experience.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'':
** Doc Samson is shown to keep all his gamma fueled rage locked up in his
mind when to unleash on psychics looking to get into his head.
**
The Wasp hypnotized him so that his subconscious would be filled with the phrase "thou shalt not kill". original Gamma hero The concept was so foreign and confusing the the killer robot, it managed to stun him.Hulk can do this too.



** ComicBook/{{Rogue}} of the X-Men was originally stated to have automatic Psychic Static created by Carol Danvers' absorbed psyche, making her mind impossible for even Professor X to read. This apparently fell by the wayside even before Carol's psyche was removed from Rogue's mind.
** Also in the X-Men comics, ComicBook/{{Gambit}} has been known to employ the intentional version, at one point revealing to several Xavier Academy students that he pictures The Blob [[BrainBleach naked]] in order to make sure that telepaths like Rachel Summers and Emma Frost aren't eavesdropping on his thoughts. Under some writers, his passive empathy secondary mutation acted as literal psychic static that rendered him invisible to psychics.
** {{Wolverine}} too, due to the monkeying that Weapon X did (for precisely this reason) to his brain patterns, coupled (possibly) with the way in which his healing powers work to ameliorate his painful memories. Same goes for [[spoiler:his son {{ComicBook/Daken}},]] only it's more lethal.
** ComicBook/{{Storm}} has a literal static mind because of her weather powers.
** In ''ComicBook/NewXMen'' 130, a soldier warns Xavier that all he'll see if he tries to read his mind is "re-runs of the adult channel". Xavier learns the hard way that he's not joking. Apparently, learning to put up PsychicStatic is part of that military's training.
** Also interestingly ''inverted'' in another issue of ''ComicBook/NewXMen''. Jean Gray asks the Beast to think of "a pink door opening" in order to more easily access his medical knowledge.
** The X-Men villain [[KnightTemplar Exodus]] has a unique variant of this: being UnskilledButStrong, he generates constant wide-band PsychicStatic wherever he goes.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}: Team Achilles'', the MindProbe of Senator Sonny Terns eventually succeeds, but due to the senator's MindRape thoughts, the telepath is the one traumatized by the experience.
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'s mind has been stated as being too chaotic to read. His rival/friend/[[HeterosexualLifePartners heterosexual life partner]] Cable once burned off overcharged psychic powers by going into Deadpool's mind, because the effort would wear him out.
* ''ComicBook/PS238'': The Revenant is known well enough for using Music/TheAlanParsonsProject song "Sirius" that villains treat it almost as a signature. Also, in a weird FlashBack, Kent Allard (the Revenant's main civilian guise) [[http://ps238.nodwick.com/?p=823 demonstrates.]] With the very same song.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'':
** Doc Samson is shown to keep all his gamma fueled rage locked up in his mind to unleash on psychics looking to get into his head.
** The original Gamma hero The Hulk can do this too.
* Grant Morrison introduced the villain Prometheus during his run on ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica''. Among his talents was the ability to introduce 'neural chaff' into the minds of his opponents, making it difficult for them to concentrate. This didn't work on Captain America during a brief encounter in Book 4 of JLA/Avengers. As Cap observed, "Try fighting [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the Wehrmacht]]. Teaches you focus."
* When ComicBook/{{Nextwave}} faced off against the ridiculous-looking but intensely powerful Forbush Man, he lifted his pot-helmet and sent all of them on a mental journey into their worst nightmares. All of them, that is, except one, who was just too air-headed for the power to work on.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''
** The psychics who have [[BrownNote survived]] reading SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's mind have reported various unsettling things, such as nonstop insane laughter, screaming, a labyrinth of funhouse mirrors, incredibly detailed descriptions of past murders, a vast battle between bat and clown faced demons, "a billion fiery locusts blotting out a dead black sun", and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Three Stooges reruns]].
** It was revealed after the "Tower of Babel" arc that Batman developed his counter-measures against the League, and J'onn in particular, by actually burying his memory and restoring it with a series of mnemonic triggers when he wanted to work on his plans, and instructed the computer to track J'onn and "activate the burial key" should the Martian come within 100 miles.

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** The X-Men villain [[Characters/XMenAcolytes Exodus]] has a unique variant of this: being UnskilledButStrong, he generates constant wide-band Psychic Static wherever he goes.
** '90s X-Men recruit ComicBook/{{Gambit}} has been known to employ the intentional version, at one point revealing to several Xavier Academy students that he pictures The Blob [[BrainBleach naked]] in order to make sure that telepaths like ComicBook/RachelSummers and ComicBook/EmmaFrost aren't eavesdropping on his thoughts. Under some writers, his passive empathy secondary mutation has acted as literal psychic static that rendered him invisible to psychics.
** This trope is ''inverted'' by ComicBook/JeanGrey in ''ComicBook/NewXMen'' #141, where she asks the Beast to think of "a pink door opening" in his mind in order for her to more easily access his medical knowledge.
** Earlier, in ''ComicBook/NewXMen'' #130, a soldier warns Xavier that all he'll see if he tries to read his mind is "re-runs of the adult channel". Xavier learns the hard way that he's ''not joking''. Apparently, learning to put up Psychic Static is part of that military's training.
** Another military that trains its soldiers to resist telepaths in this way in the X-universe is the ChurchMilitant group called the Purifiers, as seen in the cases of Zora Risman/Deadeye and Adrian Luca of ''VideoGame/XMenDestiny''.
** '80s X-Men recruit
ComicBook/{{Rogue}} of the X-Men was originally stated to have automatic Psychic Static created by Carol Danvers' absorbed psyche, making her mind impossible for even Professor X to read. This apparently fell by the wayside even before Carol's psyche was removed from Rogue's mind.
** Also in the X-Men comics, ComicBook/{{Gambit}} ComicBook/{{Storm}} has been known to employ the intentional version, at one point revealing to several Xavier Academy students that he pictures The Blob [[BrainBleach naked]] in order to make sure that telepaths like Rachel Summers and Emma Frost aren't eavesdropping on his thoughts. Under some writers, his passive empathy secondary mutation acted as a literal psychic static that rendered him invisible mind because of her weather powers. When Professor X tried to psychics.
read her mind, he compared the experience to grabbing hold of a lightning rod.
** {{Wolverine}} ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} too, due to the monkeying that Weapon X did (for precisely this reason) to his brain patterns, coupled (possibly) with the way in which his healing powers work to ameliorate his painful memories. Same goes for [[spoiler:his son {{ComicBook/Daken}},]] only in his case it's more lethal.
** ComicBook/{{Storm}} has a literal static mind because of her weather powers.
** In ''ComicBook/NewXMen'' 130, a soldier warns Xavier that all he'll see if he tries to read his mind is "re-runs of the adult channel". Xavier learns the hard way that he's not joking. Apparently, learning to put up PsychicStatic is part of that military's training.
** Also interestingly ''inverted'' in another issue of ''ComicBook/NewXMen''. Jean Gray asks the Beast to think of "a pink door opening" in order to more easily access his medical knowledge.
** The X-Men villain [[KnightTemplar Exodus]] has a unique variant of this: being UnskilledButStrong, he generates constant wide-band PsychicStatic wherever he goes.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}: Team Achilles'', the MindProbe of Senator Sonny Terns eventually succeeds, but due to the senator's MindRape thoughts, the telepath is the one traumatized by the experience.
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'s mind has been stated as being too chaotic to read. His rival/friend/[[HeterosexualLifePartners heterosexual life partner]] Cable once burned off overcharged psychic powers by going into Deadpool's mind, because the effort would wear him out.
* ''ComicBook/PS238'': The Revenant is known well enough for using Music/TheAlanParsonsProject song "Sirius" that villains treat it almost as a signature. Also, in a weird FlashBack, Kent Allard (the Revenant's main civilian guise) [[http://ps238.nodwick.com/?p=823 demonstrates.]] With the very same song.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'':
** Doc Samson is shown to keep all his gamma fueled rage locked up in his mind to unleash on psychics looking to get into his head.
** The original Gamma hero The Hulk can do this too.
* Grant Morrison introduced the villain Prometheus during his run on ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica''. Among his talents was the ability to introduce 'neural chaff' into the minds of his opponents, making it difficult for them to concentrate. This didn't work on Captain America during a brief encounter in Book 4 of JLA/Avengers. As Cap observed, "Try fighting [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the Wehrmacht]]. Teaches you focus."
* When ComicBook/{{Nextwave}} faced off against the ridiculous-looking but intensely powerful Forbush Man, he lifted his pot-helmet and sent all of them on a mental journey into their worst nightmares. All of them, that is, except one, who was just too air-headed for the power to work on.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''
** The psychics who have [[BrownNote survived]] reading SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's mind have reported various unsettling things, such as nonstop insane laughter, screaming, a labyrinth of funhouse mirrors, incredibly detailed descriptions of past murders, a vast battle between bat and clown faced demons, "a billion fiery locusts blotting out a dead black sun", and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Three Stooges reruns]].
** It was revealed after the "Tower of Babel" arc that Batman developed his counter-measures against the League, and J'onn in particular, by actually burying his memory and restoring it with a series of mnemonic triggers when he wanted to work on his plans, and instructed the computer to track J'onn and "activate the burial key" should the Martian come within 100 miles.
lethal.
27th Sep '17 9:32:42 AM Rytex
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* In ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'''s seasons, it's become a RunningGag that anyone trying to keep someone with telepathy out of their mind will just keep repeating "My Humps" by Music/TheBlackEyedPeas. And it eventually spread to non-psychic means of deterring interrogation as well.
-->'''Lex Luthor''': What you gonna do with all that junk? All that junk inside yo' trunk? Imma get get get get you drunk. Get you love drunk off my hump, my hump my hump, my humps, my lovely lady--
-->*punch*
-->'''Batman''': What were you thinking when you thought that would be an acceptable answer?
2nd Sep '17 5:05:35 PM JackG
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** In the [[Film/VillageOfTheDamned1960 original version]], the protagonist is able to temporarily neutralize the creepy kids' telepathy by imagining a brick wall. [[LiteralMetaphor Literally]].

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** In the [[Film/VillageOfTheDamned1960 original version]], the protagonist is able to temporarily neutralize the creepy kids' telepathy by imagining a brick wall. [[LiteralMetaphor Literally]]. They're able to break through this with a concentrated mental assault, but it's too late.
2nd Sep '17 4:58:18 PM JackG
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* In an episode of Supernatural, Sam and Castiel visit a psychic so they can contact Bobby in heaven. When they first visit, the psychic is not surprised by Sam and can read him clearly. However, when the psychic looks at [[FallenAngel Castiel]] he says to him "What are you?". Later when Castiel asks if he can hear everyone talking in their minds, the psychic said all he could read from Castiel was "colors"

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* In an episode of Supernatural, ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Sam and Castiel visit a psychic so they can contact Bobby in heaven. When they first visit, the psychic is not surprised by Sam and can read him clearly. However, when the psychic looks at [[FallenAngel Castiel]] he says to him "What "[[WhatTheHellAreYou What are you?". you?]]". Later when Castiel asks if he can hear everyone talking in their minds, the psychic said all he could read from Castiel was "colors""colors"
* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. In "Ultraworld", the Ultras try to MindControl Vila so he'll hand over the Liberator to them. He resists by reciting limericks, while Orac sends back his illogical thought patterns as a LogicBomb.
26th Jun '17 9:28:06 AM Gravidef
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* PsychicStatic: In ''Literature/TheLuckOfBrinsFive'', Narneen sings in her head to block psychic questioning.

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* PsychicStatic: In ''Literature/TheLuckOfBrinsFive'', Narneen sings in her head to block psychic questioning.


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* There are several ways that various psychics do this in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'':
** Milla Vodello has constructed a "cage" of energy that blocks out [[spoiler: the nightmarish monsters which represent the children in her care who died in a fire]]. It could also be argued that her entire mental world--a fun, brightly-colored, loud dance party--is a form of this; a Memory Vault in her mind reveals that [[spoiler: she heard the dying children's screams as they went, and it's possible that they still haunt her to this day]], so she's trying to drown out the memory with music.
** A "natural" form of Psychic Static emerges through the form of Mental Cobwebs--brightly-colored spiderwebs that automatically form over ignored/underused parts of a person's mind. [[spoiler: Coach Oleander is able to hide the truth about his military career behind one such cobweb]]. A Cobweb Duster, which can clean the webs, is necessary when entering the minds of the mentally ill--their brains are so discordant that important portions have been covered up.
** It's implied that powerful psychics can disguise what they're thinking by "encoding" it into odd symbols and pictures. "The World Shall Taste My Eggs!", a bizarre Memory Vault found in the Dream Tumbler, is an example--it depicts a brain hatching from an egg, riding a fish across a lake, going to an amusement park, and turning one of the rides into a death tank, [[spoiler: which is essentially want Oleander and his associate Dr. Loboto are doing; replace "eggs" with "children's heads" and "ride" with "actual death tank," and you have the plan.]]
** Dr. Loboto has done something like this to his assistant Crispyn Whitehead--attempting to use a Psycho-Portal (which allows psychics to astrally project into people's minds) on him has a message from Loboto pop up saying that it's impossible to get in.
** Finally, [[spoiler: Ford Cruller]] has lost [[spoiler: his]] mind after a powerful psychic battle; [[spoiler: his]] psyche was shattered as a result (which is why [[spoiler: he can only be himself near the Psitanium Deposit underground--it allows him to concentrate his thoughts]]), so it's impossible to get into it.
14th May '17 10:37:20 AM nombretomado
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* In a Franchise/StarCraft ExpandedUniverse novel, a crime lord picks a fight with an unregistered telepath. He recruits a large number of drug addicts near his compound to confuse her [[spoiler: and hide his mind shield device until it's too late]].

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* In a Franchise/StarCraft ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' ExpandedUniverse novel, a crime lord picks a fight with an unregistered telepath. He recruits a large number of drug addicts near his compound to confuse her [[spoiler: and hide his mind shield device until it's too late]].
5th May '17 1:57:32 AM Cryoclaste
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* The Voltorb Flip feature of ''TabletopGame/PokemonTabletopAdventures'' allows characters to block mind-reading attempts by imagining playing an elaborate game of Voltorb Flip, which prevents the mind-reader from accessing anything else.
26th Apr '17 7:56:26 PM PaulA
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* ''The Damned'' by Creator/AlanDeanFoster combines this with HumansAreCthulhu: the Amplitur, the villainous aliens of the setting, can mind-control any sentient species except humans. We [[BrownNote put them into comas]].

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* ''The Damned'' ''Literature/TheDamned'' by Creator/AlanDeanFoster combines this with HumansAreCthulhu: the Amplitur, the villainous aliens of the setting, can mind-control any sentient species except humans. We [[BrownNote put them into comas]].
9th Apr '17 10:54:05 AM nombretomado
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* RoosterTeeth posits a humorous example of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncePIYlE7Hc unintentional]]'' psychic static.

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* RoosterTeeth Creator/RoosterTeeth posits a humorous example of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncePIYlE7Hc unintentional]]'' psychic static.
8th Apr '17 1:41:36 PM ClownZephyr302
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** A more direct example when Rick and Morty are helping a psychic cloud alien (who Rick named "Fart") when he's trying to read Rick's mind:
---> '''Fart:''' I came here accidentally through a wormhole located in what you call ''(Turns to Rick, who glares)'' "Get out of my head, Fart, I know you're in here, lalalala..." No, the Promethean Nebula.
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