Created By: StrawberryDanger on November 23, 2013 Last Edited By: Arivne on November 26, 2013
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All Psychics Are Women

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This is the supercharged version of empathy, and only women can have it. Men can be fake psychics, like in Psych or The Mentalist, but if you want some legit visions, you'd better have a pair of ovaries.

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  • Deanna Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation. She's half Betazoid, and has a weak empathic sense that sometimes fails to work when it would be most useful. Her mother is full Betazoid and has full telepathy.

Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • November 24, 2013
    Synchronicity
    Not entirely sure this is needed or even tropeworthy, but...

    Description really needs help, as well as example sorting. You can talk about how empathy is considered a "female" domain, etc.

    If you tie this in with Women Are Delicate, see also Waif Prophet and Psychic Children.

    • Explicit in Ace Attorney with the Fey clan, a powerful family of spirit mediums. The ability to channel the dead is only passed onto the women, which implies a Heir Club for Women and an extremely high divorce rate.
  • November 24, 2013
    Arivne
    It is trivially easy to find examples of powerful male psychics (Professor Xavier to name one). I realize that the OP is just going along with all of the "All X Are Y" names already on the wiki, but the title All Psychics Are Women is clearly wrong.

    Split off the examples in the description into a separate examples section, sorted examples by media, namespaced/italicized them and added some information so each isn't a Zero Context Example.
  • November 24, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ Add Cable to that plz. (he's even stronger than Jean Grey!)

    And examples only seem to imply that "look, this woman has psychic powers". :P
  • November 24, 2013
    Synchronicity
    Again, I'm not entirely sure this is tropable; there doesn't seem to be any trend in fiction that psychic powers are especially a lady thing. Maybe if you make it so that only women can have psychic powers in a specific work that would be something, but then I can't think of any examples as of yet. (Maybe bring up how according to Hollywood History oracles would have to be virginal women?)
  • November 24, 2013
    IndirectActiveTransport
    Well, it should be limited to settings where all the psychics are women. While most X-men are women (Jean Grey, Rachel Summers, Cassandra Nova, Selene, M, Emma Frost, Lady Mastermind, Psyloche) it still has men psychics too (Professor Xavier, Shadow King, Cable, Chamber, Apocalypse) plus as part of the wider Marvel world it also has Dr. Strange.

    Now, find us some examples where every psychic in the story is a female, see if there are any common threads between these stories and then we might have a viable trope page.
  • November 24, 2013
    Bisected8
    • This is a plot point in the Parasite Eve series. Psychic Powers come from special, evolved mitochondria, which are always inherited from the mother. All the psychics who got their powers "naturally" (from exposure to evolved mitochondria) have been female.
  • November 25, 2013
    Antigone3
    The ST:TNG example doesn't count — all Betazoids have psi abilities, not just the females.
  • November 25, 2013
    zarpaulus
    • Not quite psychics but they have similar abilities, the Bene Gesserit in Dune have to be female. Some of their tricks can be taught to men but not all of them, with the exception of the Kwisatz Haderach they spent 10,000 years attempting to breed.
      • And if you take the prequels as canon one of their precursors was an order of telepathic sorceresses.
  • November 25, 2013
    acrobox
    Isn't this covered by The Empath
  • November 25, 2013
    Bisected8
    The Empath is a type of psychic power which tends to be linked with female characters. This is more specifically about all psychic powers being associated with women.

    Speaking of which, maybe this trope should be named/described along the lines of a character type, rather than a rule (as a scifi counterpart to Black Magician Girl and White Magician Girl)?
  • November 25, 2013
    kjnoren
    From the description, it sounds like Only Women Are Psychics.

    That said, I think this is hardly tropeworthy in any of its various offered forms. Eg the X-Men are not an example, since they have non-psychic women (Kitty Pryde, Rogue), and psychic men (professor Xavier).
  • November 26, 2013
    Synchronicity
    It could work, as Indirect Active Transport pointed out, if we can find a bunch of things in common with examples with all-female psychics. The Ace Attorney one is (probably) an example, as is the Dune one. (I'm not familiar with Parasite Eve).

    Come to think of it, maybe we should just expand this to a gender neutral trope something along the lines of Single Sex Superpower and call it a day.
  • November 26, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ Would Most Common Superpower count? =P
  • November 26, 2013
    kjnoren
    ^^ At least the Dune example is problematice, since the goal of the Bene Gesserit was the Kwisatz Haderach, who would be a man and super-super-powered.
  • November 26, 2013
    Larkmarn
    ^^^ That would be Gender Restricted Ability.
  • November 26, 2013
    Synchronicity
    ^Oh. In that case, I'd say we have this covered.
  • November 26, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Yeah. Unless there's a significant number of works where psychics are female-only, examples can just go in that article.

    Closest wording I can think of to justify this trope is "if Psychic Powers is a Gender Restricted Ability, the gender is probably going to be female" as I can't think of any works where Psychic Powers is a Gender Restricted Ability and only men can use it. But even so, I think it can just go under GRA.
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