Created By: Sparkysharps on December 19, 2009
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Dirty Mind Reading

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...And that's how Sasha learned where babies come from

Congratulations, You have just acquired the amazing superpower of Telepathy! Now you can now peek into the innermost thoughts of your friends and enemies whenever you want. Isn't that awesome?

There's a bit of a problem here, though. You see, people tend to think about sex. A lot, in fact. So, guess what you're going to find when you start mind-probing people out of curiosity?

...Yeah

Dirty Mind-Reading is what happens when someone with Telepathy has the misfortune of reading somebody's naughty thoughts, either because they can't control their powers or because they don't have the wits to use them responsibly and are simply getting their Karmic justice.

For bonus points, have them accidentally read the mind of someone in the next room actually having sex. A subtrope of A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read, though often played for comedy as well.
Examples:
  • Sasha Nein from Psychonauts accidentally wound up doing this as a child when attempting to learn more about his mother by probing his father's mind. Most of them were happy memories. A few of them were really happy (and child-scarring) memories.
  • Psycho Mantis laments his telepathy in his Final Speech in Metal Gear Solid, particularly, "how everyone thinks of only one thing".
Community Feedback Replies: 8
  • December 19, 2009
    OrangeAipom
    Is there a trope where someone does this on purpose?
  • December 19, 2009
    DannyV_El_Acme
    Happened in an issue of Ultimate Spider-Man. Jean Grey makes a comment that causes Spidey to imagine her naked. You can see Jean's expression slowly getting more annoyed, and then Spidey says "Ok, I'm done."
  • December 19, 2009
    foxley
    Buffy discovers just how often teenage boys think about sex when she gets mind reading powers in the Buffy The Vampire Slayer episode "Earshot".
  • December 19, 2009
    Nate the Great
    In Star Trek Voyager a telepath (not Kes) noted that Neelix was thinking that he'd like her to tug on his whiskers (a noted erogenous zone for Talaxians). Luckily she was attracted to him as well, so she wasn't really offended.
  • December 19, 2009
    Premonition_45
    I'm pretty sure it happened in What Women Want.
  • December 19, 2009
    yinyang107
    It's been a while since I've played, but was there a scene near the beginning of Star Craft with Kerrigan and Raynor?
  • December 19, 2009
    Dragon Ranger
    Building off of Danny V_El_Acme's: Ultimate Jean Grey actually deals with this all the time; she often makes some good-natured comment like "If I had to block out all the dirty thoughts, I'd never get any work done." In fact the comment that set Spidey off was "I'm impressed. You're the first one that hasn't automatically pictured me naked... until now."
  • December 19, 2009
    wanderlustwarrior
    Similar to What Women Want, there was a Chappelles Show skit that turned it around, "What Men Want".
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