-> ''I would like you all to know that whatever thoughts of mine you're reading are totally made up. They aren't real.''
-->--'''Marco''', ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''

A character is thinking something either unflattering or romantic about another character. He's rambling on via internal monologue without a care in the world...until he remembers that the character he's thinking about [[MindReading can read minds]]. Still speaking only in his head, he gasps, "Oh God, did she just hear that?" The answer is ''always'' "Of course she did."

Usually reserved for psychic characters who either have temporary powers or are hanging out with somebody new who isn't used to their abilities yet. A common subversion is for the thinker to be pretending not to know that his thoughts are being read.

Compare DidIJustSayThatOutLoud, AMindIsATerribleThingToRead, and RightBehindMe.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* This is exactly what happens to Ranma in the climax of the ''RanmaOneHalf'' manga, where it's deliberately left ambiguous whether his declaration of love for Akane was internal or external. She reacts as though it was the latter, though.
* In ''ShamanKing'' this happens with Hao as the Mind Reader. [[spoiler: With Anna too, before she lost that power.]]
* In episode 17 of "OuranHighSchoolHostClub", this happens to Haruhi when she wonders how Tamaki and Kyouya compliment each other so well. Kyouya, being the Shadow King that he is, repeats back her pondering almost word for word.
* Deliberately invoked in ''Anime/OvermanKingGainer''. When faced with an enemy [[HumongousMecha Overman]] that can read minds (and broadcast them), Gainer throws the pilot off balance by loudly declaring what's ''really'' on his mind: Sara. Of course, that's when the "broadcast" part kicks in, letting ''everybody'' in the entire Exodus know it too(Sara included, of course).
* Subverted in ''Manga/FairyTail'', when [[ArcVillain Brain]] tells Cobra he did well against Natsu, while Cobra can hear him thinking [[YouHaveFailedMe otherwise.]] Except Brain ''knew'' this, and said what he did [[FauxAffablyEvil simply to mock Cobra.]]
* Manabe [[DefiedTrope defies]] this in ''Manga/KotouraSan'' Episode 7 by not telling anybody else about his plans since his girlfriend is a [[{{Telepathy}} telepath]] who should not know his BigSecret until TheReveal. Afterwards, he [[DiscussedTrope admits this]] as the reason behind his suspicious behavior to work around her PowerIncontinence issue, and quite literally at that.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan''. Spidey meets Storm, Jean Grey, and Kitty Pryde, and Jean makes the [[TemptingFate mistake]] of congratulating him on not mentally picturing her naked. [[SchmuckBait Naturally]], this causes him to do so... ''[[OverlyLongGag for the next 3 pages]]'', as she gets progressively more annoyed.
--> '''Jean Grey''': In fact, you're the first person in six months that hasn't pictured me naked, so I appreciate that... until now. Are you done yet?
--> '''Spider-Man''': ...okay, I'm done. (Jean glares angrily at him) ...okay now I'm ''really'' done.
* Occurred in the first issue of the ''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' Zero Hour reboot, where Live Wire, upon meeting Saturn Girl, had a number of embarrassing thoughts about her before noticing the Saturn insignia that marked her as a Titanian telepath. In a later issue he starts daydreaming about her while actually on Titan and ''surrounded'' by telepaths.
* {{Superman}} Expy the Plutonian from the comic series ''{{Irredeemable}}'' has superhuman hearing. While not the same as telepathy, it allows him to hear what everyone on earth is saying about him, ''all the time''.
* Doctor Nemesis of ''[[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} X-Club]]'' gets saddled with this problem after a telepathic starfish bonds to his head and starts broadcasting his internal monologues. He and Doctor Rao discovered the starfish was telepathic when it broadcasted that Doctor Nemesis frequently admires Doctor Rao's "shapely behind". The starfish later broadcasts Nemesis' jealousy of Cyclops' costume and his craving for his co-worker Jeffries' friendship.
* In an early issue of ''Comicbook/GoldDigger'', Gina is introduced to Seance, her father's new apprentice. She's enjoying several naughty thoughts about him when he lets her know that one of his natural magic abilities is reading people's surface thoughts, and he still has no idea how to turn it ''off.''
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[[folder:Film]]
* For some reason, this keeps happening in ''WhatWomenWant'', even though most of the female characters have no idea Mel Gibson's character has gained telepathy. One of the more painful examples has to be Helen Hunt's character thinking, "Oh, God, I just stared at his crotch!" -- and ''covering her eyes'', because that does ''not'' look suspicious at all.
* In ''MinorityReport'' main character Anderton kidnaps one of the three children used to predict future crimes and brings her to somebody to have her mind scanned, who wastes no time in wondering out loud if she's reading his mind right now and then blurts out this little gem: "Those thoughts about my cousin Elena, those were *just* - *thoughts*!"
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The Literature/{{Animorphs}} morphed into an alien creature that can read minds, and so the four characters who were present at the time were all suddenly thrust into the position of being able to hear all of each other's thoughts -- and, of course, knowing that the others could read their thoughts. The narrating character, Ax, describes the other characters' private thoughts at that moment in much more detail than his own; this is probably explained by the fact that the Animorphs engages moderately in the LiteraryAgentHypothesis. (Certainly we can assume that Ax's overheard thoughts were just as [[DeusAngstMachina angsty]] as those of the other characters). Marco breaks the tension of the moment by saying:
--->"I would like you all to know that whatever thoughts of mine you're reading are totally made up. They aren't real."
* The [[OurVampiresAreDifferent sparkly, occasionally psychic vampires]] in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' seem to experience a slight degree of this -- grossly inflated in {{Fanon}} for cheap jokes. (Edward being forced to listen in on his vampire parents having vampire sex... squick! Of course, they're fully aware. Or... ''"Dear diary... today I made Carlisle think he was in love with Edward. AGAIN! Laterz ~ Jasper."'' )
* Subverted in the ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' series: villain Opal Koboi has her none-too-bright henchmen convinced to the point of paranoia that she can read minds, simply by turning on them at random and shrieking "I heard that!"
** Right up until one of them decides to test her with the thought "Holly Short is prettier than you" and gets no real reaction.
* The last book of the Wheel of Time series includes a minor subplot about a male and female wizard bonding one another. They then fall in love. As the man reflects that some women are like expensive cloth (pretty but fragile), but his girl is tough like leather, the woman asks, "did you just compare me to...an old strap of leather?"
* Almost used in the first Literature/CiaphasCain ([[MemeticMutation HERO]] [[MemeticBadass OF THE]] [[FakeUltimateHero IMPERIUM!]]) novel when he realizes that Amberley Vail is a member of the Inquisition. His first thought is that she's a psyker, and is utterly terrified that she can read his mind, and will expose all the lies of his [[strike:completely undeserved]] reputation as a Hero. Turns out she's not a psyker, just really good at reading people.
** Later he finds out psykers can't just read people's minds like that, unless they want to (and kill the person).
** Besides, he most often stays in [[UndyingLoyalty Gunner]] [[BumblingSidekick Ferik]] [[BattleButler Jurgen's]] [[AntiMagic area of effect]].
** He also needn't worry because although Amberley Vail is an Inquisitor, she knows enough about the universe that any self-serving cowardice that doesn't directly count as treason is perfectly justifiable. She also has a soft spot for him.
* OlderThanFeudalism: In the [[Literature/TheBible Book of Genesis]], Sarah hears one of the guests saying she will have a child in her very old age, and laughs in her heart. Then, that guest tells her husband (a softened up version of) what she thought -- and Sarah realizes she was laughing at [[AngelUnaware the all-knowing God]]...
* In [[LegacyOfTheDrowSeries Siege of Darkeness]] where in order to protect himself from the mind reader he's confronting, one character will repeatedly picture himself performing gratuitous sex acts with said mind reader, repelling her.
* There is a novel that subverts and then pokes fun at this trope. A female character can read minds through some [[ItMakesSenseInContext genetic defect]], and she's turned off all men because of it. However, in the story her fiancÚ is a French Canadian. He apparently thinks in French, thus she cannot understand him. When she asks him what his first thought of her was when he met her, he says "nice ass". They have a laugh about it.
* Robin Wednesbury of ''Literature/TheStarsMyDestination'' is a reverse telepath, a telesend, who has to constantly worry that others are hearing what she thinks.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]] gets the 'temporary powers' version and finds out what Xander's ''really'' thinking:
-->'''Xander:''' "What am I gonna do? I think about sex all the time! Sex! Help! [[BookDumb Four times five is 30. Five times six is 32]]. Naked girls. Naked women! And naked Buffy! Oh, stop me!"
** Wesley hangs a lampshade on it in the same scene, admonishing everyone that, unless they exercise mental discipline, they will very likely be thinking the things they ''really'' don't want Buffy to overhear -- and immediately realizes that he is broadcasting his awkward attraction to Cordelia, and excuses himself, embarrassed.
** Cordelia, of course, was completely fine. Her thoughts ''exactly'' matched what she said!
*** Well, [[BrutalHonesty she thinks tact is just not saying true things.]]
** Needless to say, everyone (except Cordelia) tries to overcompensate for it. When Buffy finally retreats to her bedroom because the psychic din is getting to be too much, Joyce becomes the archetype of a mother caring for a sick child... in hopes that Buffy won't realize she had sex with [[TheProfessor Giles]]. On the hood of a police car. Twice.
* Used word-for-word (save for "he" instead of "she") in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' between Audrey and the telepathic Matt.
* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/TheXFiles''. After being shooed out of a room by a TV psychic for his "negative energy", Mulder meets the psychic in the hallway and shows him what negative energy really is with three words: "Read this thought." However, Mr Yappi's status of a PhonyPsychic is deliberately played to be ambiguous. He replies: "[[YourMom So's your old man]]!" Therefore, it's possibly DoubleSubverted.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** In one episode, resident telepath Talia Winters is explaining to someone that telepaths sometimes cannot avoid picking up particularly strong emotions and thoughts before entering a lift with Security Chief Garibaldi. Talia elbows Garibaldi in the gut before getting off. Garibaldi responds with, "I think I'm in love."
** One of them later mentions that they have to constantly recite poems/songs/whatever in their minds in order to keep from picking up every superficial thought. Then a group of rogue telepaths go on to blackmail people by telling them something along the lines of: "We followed every one of you for the past x days. Think, what we might know about you....".
** In another episode, Garibaldi is having an argument with the Psi Cop [[SmugSnake Bester]], and as Garibaldi glares at him, Bester says, "[[ScrewYourself Anatomically impossible]], Mr. Garibaldi, but you're welcome to try, anytime."
** In another episode, the effect is evoked deliberately by maneuvering a kidnapping suspect into Talia's presence and "cautioning" him not to think about irrelevant facts such as the current location of the kidnapping victim.
** And exploited in another episode, where Garibaldi rescues some people from telepathic pursuers by telling them to keep thinking about where he says he's taking them, but actually taking them someplace else entirely.
* ''Something Is Out There'' (a short-lived sci-fi series on NBC). The alien protagonist Ta'Ra is telepathic; unfortunately she's also a hot chick so she's constantly angry over how these Earth people want to "do that with her body" (her species has a [[BizarreAlienBiology somewhat different way of making love]]).
* In the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Greeks Bearing Gifts", when Toshiko gets hold of an alien device that enables her to read minds she's disgusted at the petty thoughts of her co-workers, more than a little upset about [[spoiler: Gwen and Owen's selfish affair]], and surprised by Ianto's pain. However when she's unable to read Captain Jack's mind (unless he wants her to) she's seriously freaked out.
** Jack has never told his team members about his past as a Temporal Agent. Given the real threat of telepathy to such an agent, it's likely that all of them receive training. Even Torchwood One members receive enough training to be able to see through weak psychic influences.
* ''MutantX'' had an episode where Emma had to fully open her mind, Jesse's thoughts are never shown explicitly but we're shown imaginary-Emma had also stripped off her shirt, leaving just the tank top underneath.
* Kelly from ''{{Misfits}}'' is an involuntary telepath, and ''always'' seems to hone in specifically on Nathan's thoughts just as he's thinking something that ''really'' would've been best kept private. His panicky attempts to "control" his thought processes usually only make things worse. His fear is certainly justified though. Often he's just fantasizing about sex, leading to mild embarrassment when he's overheard, but occasionally it's [[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead something even worse]] and Kelly -- being a rather... ''[[TsunDere boisterous]]'' young lady -- is more than likely to unthinkingly blurt out whatever secret she's just heard, or simply beat the crap out of him if his thoughts particularly offend her.
* Lwaxana Troi of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' loves pointing out embarrassing thoughts non-telepaths around her are thinking just to watch them squirm. On the other hand, she might just be making things up because she thinks it's funny and nobody has evidence to refute her.
* The Ultroonian race depicted in ''Series/MyHero'' has mind-reading as an optional extra power. When George uses it, many of the unsettling thoughts he hears are Janet's father constantly imagining killing his wife, and Dr. Piers Crispin thinking about sex while draining a cyst. The worst, perhaps, hearing cousin Arnie declaring of Janet "Boy, is she hot."
* In an early ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode, a psychic named Missouri makes a mess of a house while exorcising a poltergeist. When the lady of the house returns, Missouri volunteers Dean to clean everything up. Apparently, he's none too happy about being ordered around:
-->'''Missouri:''' Get the mop, child...and don't cuss at me!
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' cartoon, the title character is in the restaurant with his date, and his date has a look of increasing alarm on her faces (yes, faces). The following scene is typed from memory, but in essence it goes as follows:
-->'''Dilbert:''' I must admit, this is the first time I've been on a date with a two-headed telepath. Now I'm sure some of the thoughts you're picking up seem strange and disturbing, but I assure you, these are perfectly normal thoughts for a guy.
-->''The date's hair stands on end and her eyes bug out.''
-->'''Dilbert:''' Well, maybe not that last one.
** In the book, Scott Adams's commentary on the cartoon reads, "It's probably a good idea women don't know what men are thinking most of the time."
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Mint Blancmanche from ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel'' is a mind-reader, which lets her manipulate people very easily; in the VideoGame/GalaxyAngel gameverse and its manga retelling, though, her telepathy is more prone to putting her in these situations with crew members. The third game switches it around -- something happens with her powers so that ''she'' is broadcasting her thoughts to the entire crew, including some not-so-nice comments about her fellow Angels.
* Played straight, if externally, in ''{{Starcraft}}'', when Kerrigan cuts short her introduction to berate Jim Raynor on the thoughts he was having about her:
--> '''Kerrigan:''' ...and... you pig!
--> '''Raynor:''' Uhhh, what? I... I didn't even say anything to you yet!
--> '''Kerrigan:''' Yeah, but you were thinking about it.
--> '''Raynor:''' Oh, yeah, you're a telepath. Look, let's just get on with this, all right?
** One of the books[[note]]''Liberty's Crusade'' by Jeff Grubb[[/note]] reveals that he merely [[ShesGotLegs complimented her legs]].
*** That wasn't Raynor. ''Starcraft: Flashpoint'' has Kerrigan remembering the incident, and it was apparently something much more graphic.
** The first three lines were lifted almost directly from an episode of ''NightCourt''. Christine isn't a telepath, however, she just knows Fielding has a dirty mind. Fielding's final line is a slow "Fair enough..." while nodding and grinning slyly.
* Happens in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', with Raz overhearing Lili's thoughts in a cut scene ("When are you going to shut up and kiss me?" "Shut up and do ''what''?"), though near the end of the game this happens intentionally, in an IronicEcho of the earlier scene:
--> '''Lili''': (thinking) When are you going to shut up and kiss me?
--> '''Raz''': Uhh... I can hear that, you know.
--> '''Lili''': (flirtatiously) I know...
* Satori from ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Subterrenean Animism]]'' is a mindreader, to the point where nobody else will come near her. However, it's a bit of a surprise to the heroines when she's able to listen in on their thoughts -- and in [[KleptomaniacHero Marisa's]] case:
--> '''Alice''': We still have a long way to go. Let's go the depths of the underworld. Hang in there!
--> '''Satori''': "Before that, let's search the house...." you think. I won't allow that! Please head to the courtyard immediately.
--> '''Marisa''': Damn.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The ''PerryBibleFellowship'' comic [[http://pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF160-The_Dreamcatcher3000.gif "The Dreamcatcher 3000."]]
* ''TheLastDaysOfFoxhound''
--> '''Naomi''': (Yeah, I'll fix you up ''real'' good, you stupid won't-die son of a bitch...)
--> '''Mantis''': Hello? Mind reader floating ''right here''.
** The trope is also defied when Revolver Ocelot gets outfitted with anti-telepathy nanites and walks up to Mantis thinking "I'm going to kill you" over and over while relishing the fact that Mantis can't hear him.
*** This goes into MindScrew territory later on [[spoiler:when we learn that Mantis' mind reading [[ConsummateLiar never worked on Ocelot in the first place]]. Basically, Ocelot went around ''pretending to relish the fact that Mantis can't hear his thoughts'' while being immune already in order to put up a show for the person who gave him the anti-telepathy nanites.]]
* [[http://nonadventures.com/2009/02/28/its-coppering-time/ This]] ''{{Wonderella}}'' strip. Not so much an "Oh God did she just hear that" as an "Oh crap, she totally heard that".
* ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob--'' [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20100907.html Riboflavin realizes Bob has overheard his tragic origin story.]]
* This is the classic trope for ''ThinkBeforeYouThink''. It happens numerous times, but especially [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20090822-think-before-you-think here]].
* DanAndMabsFurryAdventures: Forgot about the ENTIRE SCHOOL of mind readers.
--> '''Dan''': (thinking) "I mean, what all can Cubi really do? Can they control elements? What are they prone to? Can they read minds?"
--> Ten surrounding Cubi, in unison: "YES!"
* Inverted in a ''Webcomic/BallerinaMafia'' [[http://ballerinamafia.net/index.php?pid=20101020 comic]] where a mummy curses an archaeologist by announcing to everyone nearby whatever's on his mind.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Reversed in a notable episode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''. Dexter tries to gain telepathy to read his father's mind and find out what his birthday presents are. He ends up having his every thought uncontrollably communicated to everyone, which leads numerous times to insulting people.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' when Peter turns the microphone on a listening device up way too high, allowing everyone to hear Quagmire's thoughts. Including himself.
-->'''Quagmire:''' Man this itches. I wonder who gave it to me. Probably that skank who needed a ride to the gas station. Last time I do somebody a favor. ...Oh god, they must have heard me. Oh god, ''I'' can hear me! [[PsychicStatic Nananananananana!]]"
* Occurs occasionally in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', due to the tendency to use a telepathic link for group communication (and Superboy's super-hearing doesn't help either), but subverted in "Infiltration" when Artemis is admiring Superboy:
-->'''Miss Martian''': He can hear you. We can ''all'' hear you.
-->'''Artemis''': Oh, I know.
* Subverted in a one-off gag in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
-->'''Klaus:''' Stick-in-the-mud bitch.\\
'''Hayley:''' Klaus, I can hear you.\\
'''Klaus:''' I know. I'm insulting you. I'm pissed!
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