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->'''Cole Sear:''' I see dead people.\\
'''Malcolm Crowe:''' In your dreams?\\
''[Cole shakes his head no]''\\
'''Malcolm Crowe:''' While you're awake?\\
''[Cole nods]''\\
'''Malcolm Crowe:''' Dead people like, in graves? In coffins?\\
'''Cole Sear:''' Walking around like regular people. They don't see each other. They only see what they want to see. They don't know they're dead.\\
'''Malcolm Crowe:''' How often do you see them?\\
'''Cole Sear:''' All the time. They're everywhere.
-->-- ''Film/TheSixthSense''

In some stories with paranormal elements, there are certain characters who can see and/or speak to [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghosts]]. Usually, the ghost will manifest itself as [[JacobMarleyApparel whatever it looked like at the time of death]], and will sound exactly the same. These characters are often the only ones who can see the ghost. Anyone else who walks into the room will see the spirit medium [[InvisibleToNormals talking to themselves]], and may take steps to get them "[[MedicateTheMedium proper care]]". This can be bestowed upon a character as a gift, or it can simply be something the character [[IJustKnew "just knows"]].

Curiously, it often seems that those who start seeing ghosts often don't know they are ghosts, mistaking them for living people. A character who sees dead people may become a MagneticMedium. Related to ISeeThemToo and YouCanSeeMe.

The line is a StockParody, originally used by Creator/HaleyJoelOsment in ''Film/TheSixthSense''.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Ichigo's initial power. It turns out other people can catch this ability from him.
** TV spirit medium Don Kanonji can do this, too, but he has a different method of getting rid of them.
** Any human with ''any'' kind of special powers in ''Bleach'' can see ghosts.
* This was Kuwabara's initial power in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''.
* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura's'' brother Touya. [[spoiler: He does eventually lose this ability, however, as he gives up his powers to save his boyfriend's life.]]
* Creator/{{CLAMP}} is fond of this one. Watanuki of ''Manga/XxxHolic'' spent most of the series trying to [[CursedWithAwesome lose this ability]] via a deal with Yuuko the Dimension Witch.
%%* ''Manga/ShamanKing''.
* The main point of the anime and manga ''Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends''. The main character and his grandmother were able to see spirits to a great extent.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Mana has the "demon eye" ability, which apparently allows her to see ghosts. Of course, the only ghost around is Sayo, so the demon eye doesn't see a lot of use.
** In the English dub of the second anime, Negi actually says the trope name after he successfully performs a spell that allows him to see all the ghosts in Mahora Academy. It's more than likely a ''ShoutOut'' to the Trope Namer.
* Kyouko from ''Manga/HoneyCrush'' has this ability. This allows her to see and bond with the ghostly main character.
* ''Manga/ChocottoSister'':
** While visiting an amusement park, Choco meets the ghosts of Yasuoka's wife and daughter who died while they were on their way to the same park. Choco's abilities may be explained her own supernatural origin.
** In the final chapters of the manga, Choco also has an encounter with her [[FluffyTamer beloved deceased kitty-cat Kuro]] and a woman revealed to be [[spoiler:Yurika's mother.]]
* This is a very [[BlessedWithSuck dangerous ability]] to have in the ''Manga/HellTeacherNube'' world, as being able to see and hear ghosts means that you're SupernaturallyDeliciousAndNutritious -- ones with GhostlyGoals won't stop bothering you until you help them, and the ones that are dangerous will come after you first.
* ''Manga/GhostTalkersDaydream''
* The main character Mitsuo Shiozu from ''Manga/EerieQueerie!'' has this power, they can also possess his body and talk to love ones. Throughout the series other people either gain this gift/curse or join the party always having it.
** Eventually it gets to the point that the only character, Ichi Shirai, feels left out for not having the ability.
* The protagonist of Shizuru Seino's ''Heaven!!'' can see ghosts, but it's mostly used as a [[HilarityEnsues plot device]] for Rinne to meet and interact with her [[RomanticComedy love interests]].
* In ''Anime/TsukuyomiMoonPhase'' Kouhei's spiritual powers were so great that they became a danger to him, so his family had to seal them away when he was a child. They later kept the facade that he is so spiritually unaware that ghosts and spiritual barriers that are strong enough to affect ordinary people with minimal spiritual awareness have no effect on him. However, all the photos he takes end up having ghosts present in them, and once his powers begin to manifest again, he goes to the mountains to train.
* Belarus from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' according to the official deskop mascot.
* Happens to Kagome at least once, in the Soul Piper episode of ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'', she is the only one who can see the spirits (until briefly at the end, the mother can)
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Manga/ReKan''. Hibiki can see ghosts, and talks to them regularly. But to most of the other characters, she seems to be speaking to thin air. It's also strongly hinted that Narumi can see them as well, but tries to avoid doing so as much as possible unlike Hibiki.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Jon Webb (a.k.a. Skeleton Man, [[FanNickname The Worst Superhero Ever]]) from ''ComicBook/TarotWitchOfTheBlackRose'' discovered he could communicate with the dead in the same manner as Frank from ''Film/TheFrighteners'': he survived a car crash that killed his significant other.
* Saarek of the [[GreenLantern Green Lantern Corps]]... not that anybody believes him, even though he's proven his abilities several times over.
* The ComicBook/IncredibleHulk and his ilk. Seriously.
* The protagonist of ''ComicBook/MajorBummer''.
* Brody, the protagonist of ''ComicBook/BrodysGhost'', can do this (as well as other stuff) as part of his ghostseer schtick.
* Satori Deacon of ''ComicBook/PS238'' can do this; she really wishes she couldn't, because once the ghosts notice this they never leave her alone.
* Throughout Nick Spencer's run on ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'' several characters are led along by the ghosts of deceased loved ones (Rogue sees Professor X, Havok sees Cyclops, William Stryker Junior sees his father). The implication is that they are [[spoiler:being caused by Apocalypse for some reason]], but the plot [[AbandonedArc was dropped with the change of writers]].

* ''Fanfic/{{Kitsune}}'': {{Discussed}}. Requiem, a medium, who can see and speak to ghosts and spirits, is described with "She sees dead people."
* This is Izuku's Quirk in ''FanFic/YesterdayUponTheStair''
* In the ''{{Discworld}}'' works of Creator/AAPessimal, Johanna Smith-Rhodes has temporarily retired from active Assassination to raise a family. Her olderst daughter Rebecka, practically from birth, showed signs of having magic - the fact her father is wizard Ponder Stibbons practically sealed the deal here. Bekki discovers, at the age of nine, that her family take a proud interest in her, as the first magic-user in a family that has hitherto not really selected for magical ability. The drawback is that the family members who are most proud of this are not, conventionally speaking, alive. Previous generations of the Smith-Rhodes family - to be more exact, every ancestor who has ever carried the name Johanna Smith-Rhodes[[note]]There are four deceased Johannas going back to the founding of the Family[[/note]] - wants to speak to her. The Ancestors become, sort of, [[SpiritAdvisor spirit guides]] to Rebecka, and pop up (singly or together) frequently in her life. Usually if there's a crisis brewing, such as Rebecka's mother ignoring those funny little pains she gets in her chest now and again. The great-aunt who ''did'' die of heart failure gets Bekki to do something about this, as she fears Bekki's mother will carry on hoping the pains will go away - until one day, they ''do''.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf'': "I see carnivores..."
* Norman in ''WesternAnimation/ParaNorman'', along with his uncle. [[spoiler: And Agatha.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The TropeNamer comes from a line in Creator/MNightShyamalan's film ''Film/TheSixthSense'', where Haley Joel Osment's character could speak with the dead.
* Film/JonahHex (the movie version) can bring dead people to life for as long as he's in contact with them. This leads to an interesting scene when he's getting beaten up by a furious man who turns back into a mummified corpse whenever Hex gets clear. Surprisingly enough, this power isn't scary (although the way he acquired it definitely is).
* Frank [[spoiler:and Lucy]] in ''Film/TheFrighteners''.
* Lydia in ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'', until the end of the movie.
* The horror flick ''Film/{{Gothika}}'' has Creator/HalleBerry as a woman dragged into a ghost's plot to gain revenge on her killers. Then, at the end, [[spoiler: it turns out she's one of these, as another ghost appears before her]]. Subverted in that [[spoiler: she says, "To hell with this," and just walks away -- slightly justified, as her involvement with the first ghost involved her being committed to an insane asylum and the murder of her husband]].
* Annie, sort of, in ''Film/TheInvisible''. [[spoiler: Nick is actually OnlyMostlyDead]], but the effect is the same.
* Nell in ''Film/TheHaunting1999'' is a clairvoyant when she sees ghosts of dead children from the sheets and curtains.
* Max in the ''Mostly Ghostly'' film series when he sees the ghosts of his friends, Nicky and Tara.
* Kenny Tyler in ''The 6th Man'' when he sees the ghost of his brother, Antoine.
* In ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eye_%282002_film%29 The Eye]]'', a women starts seeing dead people and death omens, with the added complication that she was formally blind and has no visual memory.
* The protagonist of ''Film/TheAlphabetKiller'' is a police detective who begins to see the spirits of the victims murdered by the killer she's tracking. It is never fully explained if these spirits are real, or just a byproduct of her [[DefectiveDetective mental condition.]]
* The first ''Film/ScaryMovie'' parodied the line as used in ''The Sixth Sense''. Shortie says "I See Dead People" to his buddies. They all laugh and agree with each other that they scored some ''really'' good weed.
* The eponymous character of ''[[Film/CharlieStCloud Charlie St. Cloud]]'' is able to see the spirits of dead people after his brother's death.
* Pincus of ''Film/GhostTown'' was an ordinary dentist until a near-death experience during a ''colonoscopy'' leaves him able to see ghosts.
* Oda Mae from ''Film/Ghost1990'', which she initially faked, at first. Once she gets the power, HilarityEnsues.
* The unfortunate tourist and Kevin Drummond in ''Film/TheHauntingOfWhaleyHouse'' can both see ghosts, which leaves them vulnerable to attack.
* In ''Film/KillerToon'', poor Seo-hyun is visited against her will by the ghosts of murder victims. She then is compelled to draw graphic, disturbing pictures of their deaths.
* Two of the characters in ''Film/MapsToTheStars'' are haunted by apparitions of dead people they knew. For past-her-prime actress Havana Segrand, it's her mother, also an actress; for spoiled-brat teen star Benji, it's a young cancer patient he visited in the hospital, in an attempt to generate some positive publicity for himself.
* Edith from ''Film/CrimsonPeak'' has the ability to see ghosts when most people can't.
* ''Film/{{Always}}'': The crazy guy at the abandoned airstrip where Ted takes shelter seems to be able to hear Pete's ghost. Pete tries to use him to send Ted a message to stay away from Dorinda, but the guy only gets about half of it, so instead staying away, Ted thinks he's being told to go after her.
* In ''Film/TheDisappointmentsRoom'', Dana is the only one who can see the ghosts in the house, which leads David to believe she's going insane.

* Every magically aware person or entity in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', even the ones that aren't human but still look the part.
** Well, kind of. When Dresden's in the graveyard in ''Grave Peril'', he is uncomfortably aware of the fact that there are hundreds of spirits around him, but he's never shown any proficiency at sensing or dealing with spirits. Mortimer Lindquist, on the other hand, is highly skilled at sensing, seeing, and communicating with all sorts of shades, specters, and ghosts.
** Mortimer names this trope live on telly, being, like Dresden, a PopCulturedBadass (the badass part comes 8 books later, but still).
* Ida, eponymous ''Literature/ShamanOfTheUndead'', is one of the few people who can see ghosts. As her job is to lead the dead to the afterlife, this is something of a {{Required Secondary Power|s}}. She can also sometimes see the moment they died, and has odd creepy life-like visions where BlackMagic was used.
* A big part of the classic Creator/CharlesDickens tale ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', wherein Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three ghosts, representing past, present, and [[strike:future]] "yet to come".
* A character in the ''[[Literature/TheDarkswordTrilogy Darksword]]'' trilogy gains the ability to speak to the dead, but at a pretty nasty price: undergoing a MindRape which causes her to lose the ability to communicate with the living.
* Unusually, ''Literature/BridgeOfBirds'' has this as a learned skill. Master Li has it among his many skills, and teaches it to Number Ten Ox.
* One of the defining abilities of witches in ''LivesOfTheMayfairWitches'' and ''TheVampireChronicles''.
* Lisa Hardman of ''Literature/TheShapeshifter'' book series has to spend a couple of hours a day writing out 'spirit communication slips' for dead people's relatives.
* In the children's book series, ''Golden & Grey'', Tom Golden can see and speak to ghosts (oddly enough, it turns out that ghosts aren't actually dead people).
* Bod Owens, the boy raised by ghosts in ''Literature/TheGraveyardBook'' by Neil Gaiman, can see ghosts because he has the "favor of the graveyard," given him when he was adopted.
* Not too surprisingly, the witches and wizards of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', who can see Death himself, can also see ghosts. So can cats, and sometimes relatives of the deceased.
* [[Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy Johnny Maxwell]], in ''Johnny And The Dead'', is the first (and for a long time the only) person who can see the Dead. He doesn't know why; it's just [[WeirdnessMagnet the sort of thing that happens to him]].
* Kalinda, Si Cwan's younger sister, in the ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'' series. She's used her necromantic abilities to help solve a murder, and was actually [[spoiler:possessed by her deceased brother when his newborn son was in danger.]]
* In ''Literature/BonesOfFaerie'' [[spoiler:Liza]] has the ability to talk to the dead and can call back the recently deceased.
* In ''Literature/OddThomas'' by Creator/DeanKoontz, Odd can see and feel the spirits of the dead. However, he can't hear them. "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." They can find ways to communicate with him in other ways, which sometimes proves useful in resolving whatever problem keeps them here. He even quotes the line "I see dead people," and adds "but then, by god, I do something about it."
* Literature/MercyThompson, a rare Native American "walker" (= coyote shape shifter), can see and talk to ghosts. [[spoiler: It's ''because'' walkers can communicate with ghosts that they're rare, as vampires have exterminated most of Mercy's kind, for fear the walkers would track down their daytime hideouts by consulting their deceased victims.]]
* Harry Keogh, the Literature/{{Necroscope}}, is the most powerful medium ever to live: his mere presence wakes the souls of the dead from their previously eternal sleep and allows them to communicate not merely with him but with each other, enabling a worldwide post-life society. Don't threaten him -- the dead won't appreciate it, and they ''far'' outnumber the living.
** Ironically, he cannot see the dead, only hear them, and yet he calls himself a 'Necroscope' which is combined from the Greek roots for 'seeing death', he ought to call himself a 'Necrophone'.
* Chloe of the Literature/DarkestPowers series is a necromancer, and quite thoroughly BlessedWithSuck. She can certainly [[CaptainObvious see ghosts]], and they can see her... but there is ''nothing'' to alert her to the fact that they're ghosts. Absolutely nothing. She couldn't tell a ghost apart from a human if they were standing right next to each other, unless they walk through something, are dressed in period clothing, vanish, or actually tell her that they're dead. Or, alternatively, if she starts talking to them and people around her stare at her like she's crazy -- which is exactly the reason that she ended up in a group home for troubled kids and was diagnosed as having schizophrenia. Even more unfortunately? Ghosts can tell that ''she's'' a necromancer, because, to them, she has a glow around her -- and hers is so strong that she's the equivalent of a bonfire in the middle of a pitch-dark prairie. Her very presence in a graveyard [[spoiler:is enough to bring dozens of ghosts ''out of the afterlife'', all of them demanding things of her]].
** As another [[SarcasmMode wonderful perk of her powers]], Chloe can raise and control the dead. However, [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke being as powerful as she is]] and depending on what she's dreaming about, she can accidentally raise the dead ''in her sleep''. And it's not just reanimating a corpse. Raising the dead involves [[FateWorseThanDeath shoving a soul back into its rotting corpse]]. Hence why she [[ProperlyParanoid tends to be paranoid about falling asleep in an unknown area]], lest there be a corpse around and she raises it without realizing, and then it's ''[[FateWorseThanDeath trapped]]'' that way. Even worse, if she even just concentrates too much on trying to summon a ghost -- not to raise a corpse, just to talk to a ghost -- the slight increase in her power output is strong enough to raise the dead anyway... or even [[spoiler:''tear open the earth'' in order to reach the corpses within, who have just had their ''souls'' shoved back inside of them]].
** And yet ''another'' bonus: [[spoiler:When a full demon from the Hell Dimension came through to our dimension, she attracted his attention -- he was ''very'' interested in her greatly-enhanced powers. Before he vanishes, he gently tilts her head up toward him and tells her, "Grow up strong, little one. Strong and powerful."]] Understandably, she is concerned by the possible implications of this.
*** Hopefully, he won't come back to check up on her in a few years. Or ever. [[spoiler:It's also unclear whether demons are interested in necromancers in general, or if he was interested in Chloe because he could tell that something or someone had severely messed with her powers]].
** There is a good reason why most necromancers eventually go insane. And the more powerful they are, the faster it happens. Considering Chloe is the most powerful necromancer in existence at the moment, or even possibly the most powerful to ''ever'' exist, this is very unfortunate.
* Creator/MegCabot's ''Literature/TheMediator'' series is based around this ability. About [[spoiler: four]] characters can talk to/touch ghosts, including the heroine.
* Beka Cooper in Creator/TamoraPierce's ''[[Literature/TortallUniverse Terrier]]'' can hear ghosts that ride on the backs of pigeons. Or possibly snatches of thought (from dead people) that are somehow attached to the pigeons.
* In the Jennifer Lynn Barnes novel ''Platinum'', Lilah has the power of "retronition" or the ability to see the past. Part of what this entails is the ability to see ghosts, as ghosts are essentially fragments of the past trapped in the present.
* Claude Sylvanshine in ''Literature/ThePaleKing'' has Random Fact Intuition, which makes him the only one who can glean any information about the ghosts that haunt Post 047.
* In ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' [[spoiler: Nico di Angelo]] can talk to ghosts.
* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', a side-effect of being shadow-kissed is that Rose can see ghosts and has to concentrate to shut them out completely. She first gets this ability in ''Shadow Kiss'', and it complicates her field experience— not to mention her life— a lot. It also becomes extremely useful later on in the series.
* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: Barbara Rutledge comes back as a ghost after her unfortunate death in ''Weekend Warriors''. Her sister Nikki Quinn, her mother Myra Rutledge, and her father Charles Martin can see her and talk to her. Later, Countess Anne "Annie" Ryland de Silva finds herself able to see and talk to her dead family members. Interestingly enough, the author herself claims that there's a ghost in her house!
* Tash Arranda, being Force-Sensitive, is the only one who's ever been able to sense the titular spirit of ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: Ghost of the Jedi''. Initially she could only sense him vaguely, but when she let go of her fear his form and voice became much clearer.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'' Muggles can't see, hear, or become ghosts but all Wizards and Witches can. [[InvisibleToNormals Same with some other creatures like Dementors]] though Muggles can still on some level "sense" that they are there.
* Austin from ''Literature/HollowPlaces'' begins to see apparitions of his dead sister after he uses a 'wishing well' found in an anomalous cave. He's the only person who can see her, though she's shown to be more than a vision through incidents where she opens doors with a touch or communicates through notes that remain even after she disappears.
* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's Literature/{{Chalion}} stories. When most people die, they are taken up by one of the gods, but some hang around [[OurGhostsAreDifferent for one reason or another]], gradually fading away. One of the side effects of sainthood is the ability to see them.
* In ''The Doctrine of Labyrinths'', Felix can see dead people while insane. (It isn't pleasant.) Vincent and Julian see them as part of their regular lives (which isn't pleasant either).
* In Janet Lunn's ''Shadow In Hawthorn Bay'', the protagonist Mairi Urquhart has second sight, which means she has visions of the future and also encounters the occasional ghost. She is very used to the ghosts; when she sees one, she just murmurs a polite greeting and then goes back to whatever she was doing before.
* Will Herondale is confirmed in the first chapter of ''[[Literature/TheInfernalDevices The Clockwork Prince]]'' to be one of the few Shadowhunters that can.
* In Robert Bloch's "Floral Tribute" the ghosts of the people buried in the local cemetery regularly visit the narrator and his grandmother, who live near it. As a child, the narrator believes they're living people with some exceedingly odd conversational topics.
* Rain Cacique in ''Literature/RainOfTheGhosts'' has the ability to see ghosts, but she requires a magical family heirloom in order to communicated
* Xhea, protagonist of the ''Literature/TowersTrilogy'', has the ability to see and hear ghosts, which is an extremely rare talent in her world.
* In ''Literature/TheRubyRedTrilogy'', Gwen can see ghosts and makes friends with some of them. She is the only character in the series who has this power, although [[SnarkyNonHumanSidekick Xemerius]] mentions that sensitive people can sometimes tell that there is ''something'' there.
* Witkacy, the hero of ''Literature/ShamanBlues'', can see ghosts and spirits thanks to being a shaman.
* ''Literature/TheSilerianTrilogy'': All of the Guardians have this ability, and it's the main thing they're known for besides their fire magic.
* This is the basis of one of the seven Blessings fae can possess in ''Stranger & Stranger''.
* In ''Literature/AFineAndPrivatePlace'', Jonathan Rebeck has been living in a cemetery for decades, having wandered in one day after his life collapsed and deciding he had nothing outside to go back to; somewhere along the way, he gained the ability to interact with the ghosts of those interred there. At the end of the novel, he finally finds a reason to rejoin the land of the living, and when he leaves the cemetery he loses the ability to see dead people.
* ''Literature/MoDaoZuShi'': The existence of ghosts and their exorcisms are a central part of this novel.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* This is the basis for the TV shows ''Series/GhostWhisperer'' and ''Series/{{Medium}}''.
** However, in ''Series/{{Medium}}'', the main character has more general psychic abilities, most prominently that she has visions of crimes. Seeing ghosts is mostly shown to be an irritating side effect of her abilities. In ''Series/GhostWhisperer'', on the other hand, this power is the protagonist's entire raison d'etre.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode ''Sub Rosa'', Dr. Crusher meets up with a ghost known only to the women in her family, except that it turns out that [[spoiler: it's really a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien who must possess women with a specific gene to survive.]]
* The title character on ''Series/TheFamousJettJackson'', demonstrates this ability on two different occasions, despite this not being a supernaturally-themed show.
* Miles on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has the ability to sense dead bodies and draw "impressions" from them. He apparently managed to use this to find the bodies of [[spoiler:Karl]] and [[spoiler:The French woman]]. "Some Like It Hoth" goes into detail about his ability: he just receives "impressions" from their last thoughts and he can't communicate with someone who was cremated. There needs to be an intact body-though he wasn't near a body when he first used it.
** Ever since [[spoiler:leaving the island]], Hurley has begun to see dead friends and have conversations with them. What's more, other people can sometimes ''see'' the dead people when they come to Hurley. [[spoiler:The guy at the asylum saw Charlie, but for some reason Sayid couldn't see Eko...]] In season 6, [[spoiler:Jacob]] abuses this so he can continue to give Hurley guidance and carry out his plans despite being dead.
** In one instance, leads to a funny scene in which the two of them argue about whose dead-people power is better.
* In the ''Series/BabylonFive'' telemovie/failed pilot "Legend of the Rangers", the Minbari Ranger was a psychic sensitive and the ship they were assigned to was haunted by the ghosts of the previous crew.
* In ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'', normal people can only see CuteGhostGirl Annie sometimes (the rules aren't clear, but it seems to have something to do with her emotional state, especially her self-confidence). Fellow supernatural entities--werewolves, vampires, other ghosts--can always see ghosts.
* Stark from ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. Helping tormented souls, alive or not, seems to be his day job.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. [[MagicalNativeAmerican Chakotay]] uses the "vision quest" to communicate with his dead father. Neelix uses the same technique after his BackFromTheDead experience -- it doesn't end well.
* The cast of ''Dead Last'' can see ghosts due to the power of a magical amulet they found.
* The Reapers from ''Series/DeadLikeMe'', as it would render the entire premise unworkable if they couldn't. In a slight variation, they only see ghosts once that person's soul has been let out of its body, and the ghost looks as its body did when it left- resulting in some rather nasty disfigurement if the Reapers don't get to it before death.
* In ''Series/ColdCase'', at the end of the episode when the cases had been solved, the officers and/or the victim(s)'s closet loved ones would see the ghost of said victim(s). More than once, the ghost would be smiling, letting the one watching them know that they are now at peace.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Bones}}'', the ghost of one of Booth's old army buddies helps him survive. Bones herself thinks that there's a perfectly scientific explanation for this; naturally, she sees the ghost herself at the end of the episode, without realizing he is, in fact, a ghost. Of course, fast forward to the end of the season, and Booth has a brain tumor that's apparently been causing him to hallucinate said ghost, and also [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Stewie]]. No, [[ItMakesSenseInContext it doesn't really make sense in context]]. At any rate, what that all means, is a bit of a FridgeLogic.
* In ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', this is said exactly word-for-word by [[spoiler:Nathan.]]
* Grandpa Jerry from ''Series/TeenAngel'' can see angels (some of which are dead people) because of a near-death experience.
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', witches (and other magical individuals) can see ghosts, but normal humans cannot.
* Haley Joel Osment's [[Creator/EmilyOsment own sister]] reportedly debated with the producers of ''Series/HannahMontana'' '''not''' to use the line in an episode. [[ActorAllusion Evidently, the producers]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzKVGs9DyZc got their way]].
* Dr. Michael Holt, the main character of ''Series/AGiftedMan'', can see the ghost of his dead ex-wife, but it's not clear if he can see others.
* In ''Series/TheFades'' roughly half the cast is dead (the [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Fades]] of the title), and a fair chunk who aren't have the power to see them.
* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' [[spoiler: Jeremy]] gains the ability to see at least some dead people after being resurrected. [[spoiler: Specifically, the ghosts of his dead vampire girlfriends Anna and Vicki]]. Later [[spoiler: Matt dies and is resuscitated, and starts to see his sister Vicki. And then the ghost (presumably) of Mason shows up and smacks Damon for killing him.]]
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Seeing ghosts is the X-file of the episode "Elegy". People report seeing wounded women who seemed silently asking for help in strange places where they had actually never appeared when alive. They always brought the ominous message "s/he is me". It turns out the apparitions happened very close to the moment of their death and only people who were close to death themselves could see them.
* ''Series/TheMastersSun'': Gong Shil does and utters these words to Joo Won the first time he comes to her house.
* A witness in episode 5 of Series/AlmostHuman seems able to speak with the dead.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' featured an episode in which Klinger--out of sorts with a high fever--is the only person who can communicate with the spirit of a dead soldier.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Ghosts are usually visible to everyone. However, in the episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS01E05BloodyMary "Bloody Mary" (S01, Ep5)]], Sam seems to be the only one who sees Jessica, his dead girlfriend, in a white dress.
** Ghosts of course can see other ghosts -- A dead Bobby Singer gets a nasty shock in "Of Grave Importance" when he enters a HauntedHouse and finds it full of ghosts killed by the MonsterOfTheWeek. That episode also shows that appearing to the living is a learned skill; Bobby has to get a more experienced ghost to appear to the Winchesters to pass on a warning.
** In a variation, angels (and apparently high-level demons) are able see reapers, which are usually only seen by the person they're coming to reap (although Sam and Dean are also able to see them in an episode where they get a psychic [[AstralProjection to project them onto the astral plane]]). It's later indicated that reapers are a subspecies of angels. Or something.
* KoreanDrama ''Series/WhoAreYou'' features as the protagonist a cop who awakens from a six-year coma to find that she is now having visions of ghosts. The ghosts are murder victims who want her to catch the people that killed them.
* In ''Series/{{Witchblade}}'', the eponymous weapon allows Sara Pezzini to speak to the shades of the dead, and she spends the entire first season with her former partner Danny Woo, murdered by a {{Mafia}} [[ProfessionalKillers hitman]] in the PilotMovie, as her ghostly companion. She has to be careful not to let people catch her talking to the air, too. Danny mentions there are "rules" about it when she asks to speak to the ghost of her BodyOfTheWeek, but these aren't explained.
* The band in ''Series/{{Dead Last}}'' [[BlessedWithSuck gains the power]] to see the dead in the Pilot, forming the basis for the series.
* Tyler Labine later stars in ''Series/{{Deadbeat}}'' where his character also has this power.
* ''Series/ThePath'': Eddie sees his dead brother during a spiritual ritual, though it's ambiguous at first if he's just hallucinating due to a mind-altering drug. The vision of his brother then leads him to information on the internet questioning his religion, Meyerism. It sparks the beginning of his doubts.
* ''Series/HandOfGod'': Pernell begins to see his [[spoiler: dead son PJ]], though it's somewhat teased as just being hallucinations.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''[[TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters Geist: the Sin-Eaters]]'' has "death sight" as one of the innate abilities of the Sin-Eaters. The ability comes as part of the whole package that comes with almost dying, ending up at the gates of the Underworld, and being led back by a [[OurGhostsAreDifferent geist]].
* In ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', the Gravewight kith of the Darklings has the innate power to see and interact with ghosts. ''Winter Masques'' notes that Fate tends to send a number of ghosts the Gravewight's way.
* In ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'', the sluagh likewise have an innate ability to see and interact with the dead.
* ''TabletopGame/WraithTheOblivion'' has two books devoted to those mortals who interact with the dead, ''The Quick and the Dead'' and ''Mediums: Speakers with the Dead''.
* Projectors in ''TabletopGame/{{Orpheus}}'' have the ability to see ghosts, even if they're not projecting themselves out of their bodies at the time.
* The imbued of ''TabletopGame/HunterTheReckoning'' have this as part of their various powers enabling them to see and identify the supernatural.

* In ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', [[MaskOfPower the masks]] Kanohi Rode (Mask of Truth) and Kanohi Elda (Mask of Detection) could sense the users of Kanohi Iden, a mask that allowed their users' souls to leave their bodies.
* Creator/GregWeisman is planning [[https://twitter.com/Greg_Weisman/status/582486299417841664?t=1&cn=cmVjb3NfZXhwbG9yZQ%3D%3D&sig=b590402104e003ee911b580df201340c9f14cfa2&al=1&refsrc=email&iid=643af5233da641e5822f371ce75e0dac&autoactions=1427754743&uid=1284968966&nid=244+143+20150329 an audioplay]] featuring a girl who can see and communicate with the dead.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Sorrow in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' and ''Webcomic/TheCobraDays''.
** In the fanfic ''FanFic/{{Stray}}'', the Sorrow's son Ocelot has this ability as well.
*** Not entirely un-canon. Although Ocelot may not ''see'' ghosts, per say, it's implied that [[spoiler: Liquid's possession of him was due in part to inheriting the Sorrow's power]]. More a case of "talking to and getting taken over by" Dead People.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'': Not only can Seimei "see" (視る ''miru'', with the radical on the left) spirits and other creatures living in the ''inkai'', he can also make ''other people'' in the vicinity see them.
* In at least the book of the game ''VideoGame/FatalFrame1'', Miku and her brother Mafuyu are sensitive to spirits and received warnings from their relatives not to act on these spiritual intuitions.
** This is true in the game too. Miku "sees things that other people don't", as does Mafuyu, and it's the reason they're so close; Mafuyu's the only one she can talk to about the visions she sees.
** This extends far beyond Miku and Mafuyu. People with a strong enough sixth sense can "see things that other people don't", and said sixth sense doesn't require inheriting it via birth to someone with it: Those who had gone through a traumatic event in life that claimed the lives of their loved ones can develop it as well, as Yuuri and [[BigBad Ouse]] in the fifth game can attest (Yuuri lost her family in a car accident, whereas Ouse lost hers -- and everyone else in her native village -- in a flood, when she was alive; both developed a strong sixth sense as a result).
* Ashley from ''VideoGame/AnotherCode'' can converse with a ghost known only as "D". She's the first person to visit Blood Edward Island in over half a century who can see or talk to him.
* Marona from ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'', which causes her great amounts of grief from [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer almost everyone.]]
* Dawn Star from ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire''. Considering the dead do not rest easily across the Empire, [[spoiler: because the Water Dragon, keeper of the gates to the Underworld, has been imprisoned and all but one of her worshipers slaughtered,]] it is a massive case of BlessedWithSuck for her.
* In ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'', the infamous "pigeon dating sim", the heroine sees dead birds. [[spoiler: LoveInterest Fujishiro Nageki, the mourning dove freshman who can only be found in the library, is a suicide victim with GhostAmnesia. Being befriended and romanced by the heroine fulfills his GhostlyGoals, and [[BittersweetEnding he has to leave for the afterlife once he remembers himself]].]]
** Ghosts can also be seen by the unhinged Higure Anghel, a FallenAngel / [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane mental case]]. In the manga and ''Holiday Star'' anyone with a pure heart can see them.
* In the endgame of the second ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'', a NPC who can somehow see the ghosts of V3 bosses you've beaten appears in [=ACDC=] Town.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has a few different levels. Most ghosts are visible to anyone, usually if they're trying to eat you. But some ghosts are invisible to players until you undergo some task or drink some potion to reveal them: the Ancient Orc spirits of Nagrand, or [[http://www.wowhead.com/quest=10227 the ghosts of Auchenai,]] fall into this third category. Ramdor the Mad is the only one who can see them... until you read from the Book of the Dead, after which you can see them too.
** While we're on the topic of ''Warcraft'': a cheat in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' is named directly after this trope ("iseedeadpeople"), but the result is not what you'd expect from the name - it only removes the 'Fog of War' from the map.
* The ghost from ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' claims to see dead people. [[ComedicSociopathy But not before firing off a few rifle rounds after seeing live people]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheLostCrown'', Nigel encounters [[spoiler: the Karswells]] without realizing they're ghosts until afterwards, and later deduces that [[spoiler: Nancy and Timmy]] are as well. In the latter case, Mr. Russett could sense their presence, but couldn't see them like Nigel could. It's obliquely implied that [[spoiler: the Vicar]] is a ghost as well, but Nigel apparently doesn't catch on to that one.
* The first two ''DarkFall'' games play with this. In the first one, Polly and Nigel's surveillance system in the Dowerton hotel mostly just picks up splotches of dark and the occasional distorted voice message, and you can get a pair of ghost-hunting goggles to see how various rooms looked in the past, or occasionally find scrawled messages on walls. In the second, ''Lights Out'', however, an advanced pair of goggles allow you to see and speak to several ghosts in the Fetch Rock Lighthouse, and occasionally ''travel through time'' just by touching photos.
* In ''VideoGame/AmberJourneysBeyond'', Roxy set up a number of CCTV cameras and electromagnetic sensors that can do this to a degree, detecting sound signals and videos of manifestations around the HauntedHouse. The titular AMBER device, however, takes it a step further by allowing you to ''see into the memories'' of ghosts.
* Krile of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' is able to see benevolent ghosts and spirits, which helps the party a few times. It's never stated in-game how she can do it.
* The title character in the Dana Knightstone games can see the ghosts of people who died with unresolved issues, which is a great professional help considering she writes historical novels.
* In ''VideoGame/IllusionOfGaia'', Will has psychic powers, see he can see and speak to spirits.
* Joshua of ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' is mentioned to have been able to see the workings of the Reapers' Game before he was a part of it, which comes off like this [[spoiler: and, in fact, ''is'' this, because everyone playing the game is dead and trying to come back to life]]. Although it's possible that [[spoiler:Hanekoma was lying about this]], several background [=NPCs=] have scan quotes that imply a similar situation. The trope namer is even quoted:
-->'''Mr H:''' See, he's a little special...\\
'''Neku:''' "Special"?\\
'''Mr H:''' Yeah. He sees things.\\
'''Neku:''' Things? Like what? "I see dead people" kind of sees things?
* In ''VideoGame/TownOfSalem'' the Medium can do this with dead Townies, asking them information anonymously in the Night Phase for any information that may be useful to relay to the living.
* In ''VideoGame/TheDarksideDetective'', one chapter features a boy who can see and hear ghosts. The protagonist temporarily acquires the ability as well (and it becomes a running gag that he has to keep stopping to explain what's going on to his sidekick, who has no idea why he's suddenly holding conversations with thin air).

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Song Yerin from ''Webcomic/{{Gosu}}'' inherited the ability to see and commune with spirits from her mother, [[spoiler:the Saintly Celestial Maiden]].
* Antimony Carver from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. While some ghosts (like Mort) are visible to anyone, it seems to be implied that other ghosts (like the boy in the hospital) can only interact with Mediums like Annie.
* In ''Webcomic/PlanesOfEldlor'', riftwalker dragons are able to see spirits as they depart from their bodies.
* Aradia Megido from ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' has a rather narrow version; she can only hear the dead and she can't control when they decide to talk to her. One of her friends, Sollux Captor, has a related ability in that he can hear the thoughts of those who are ''near'' death.
* In ''Webcomic/MoonCrest24'', Lucy's eyes can only perceive heat signatures. As a consequence, she's able to see spirits.
* "Spectrals" in ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'' can see ghosts and spirits. Initially, they only see them as "shades" (purple, see-through silhouettes) and later see them fully.
* Psychics in ''Webcomic/AGirlAndHerFed'', like Hope, can see ghosts naturally. Turns out that through the use of their implant, OACET Agents can see them too, if they know what to look for.
* The titular ''Webcomic/{{Distillum}}'' see and hear ghosts that are part of the anomalies. BadassNormal in-training, Jamie, is the only one of the main cast who doesn't, and it freaks him out a bit.
* In ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'', all mages can see ghosts and spirits, at least part of which are apparently "souls" of trollfied people and animals. Reynir discovers it when he mistakes a prowling ghost for a living troll.
* In ''Webcomic/BeneathTheClouds'', Buddhist monk Genza and his assistant Masako can see ghosts, but only during their exorcism rituals. However the ghosts can possess Masako for a limited time, giving them the ability to interact with others.
* ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'': Gravedust does.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', the Sinlarine can hear and see ghosts, allowing them to communicate with the spirits of the departed. This is why they are often referred to as ghost whisperers.
* Jimmy Trauger at ''[[Literature/WhateleyUniverse Whateley Academy]]'' can see, hear, and talk to the dead as easily as to the living, and appears to have no trouble telling the two apart. It's a bit unclear where this power comes from, as he's supposed to be a "psychic null" (that is, immune to psychic powers but not possessing any of his own either) and it's not obviously related to his being otherwise a powerful shape shifter with some control issues. In any case, from his description it seems that any ghosts hanging out around the school are still pretty much normal people not overly given to angsting about their state or obsessing about 'moving on'.
** Stygian also has this ability (appropriately enough, given that he's the incarnation of [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Hades]]), as well as the power to make the ghosts visible to those who blame themselves for their deaths. He uses this latter power against Tennyo in order to [[SuicideByCop provoke her into attacking him]], but it backfires as the ''billions'' of souls haunting the Star Stalker drive Billie into a HeroicBSOD.
* Lalita Necron from ''Literature/{{Phaeton}}'' can see and hear dead people, this extends to being able to recognise vampires and other corporeal undead by seeing the exposed part of them (fangs, scars, that spot where [[AndShowItToYou their heart was violently ripped out and shown to them]] before they died) glowing bright orange.
* Egg from ''Roleplay/{{AJCO}}'' is the only character who can see and hear dead people. Unfortunately for her, in the AJCO-verse this also means she is the only character who can be [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by dead people, leading to the fact that the Crew only find out she has the Sight when she's inexplicably taken over by a malevolent ghost hell-bent on killing them all.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Everybody in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' too, with the following arguables:
** They only rarely mention a ghost [[NeverSayDie as having been a dead person]] in the series. The Dairy King and Sidney Poindexter, notably. Desiree, the genie ghost was also described as having died, and the girl with the dragon pendant was, too. At least one of the ghosts, Boxed Lunch, was explicitly described as the child of two ghosts rather than a dead person. Though a background character from Walker's prison in "Public Enemies" implies that ''all'' ghosts are the spirits of dead people.
--->'''Prisoner:''' You'll never take me alive, coppers!\\
'''Bullet''': You're a ''ghost.''\\
'''Prisoner:''' Well... you'll still never take me!
** Youngblood is only visible to kids (or people with a child-like mindset).
* ''WesternAnimation/ElenaOfAvalor'': Elena has this power only on Dia de Los Muertos as revealed in the episode “A Day to Remember”.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': "I see dead celebrities."
** {{Parodied}} in "The Death of Eric Cartman": The other boys get so fed up with [[TokenEvilTeammate Cartman]] that they all start to ignore him, leading him to believe that he's died and become a ghost. [[ButtMonkey Butters]] was LockedOutOfTheLoop, however, and greeted him like normal, thus obviously demonstrating that he has this ability.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'': Much like its live-action feature counterpart, Beetlejuice is this to Lydia Deetz.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': The girls faced a zombie magician, Abracadaver, who was illusionist [[PunnyName Al Lusion]]. He became Abracadaver after a little girl (who strikes an uncanny resemblance to Blossom) made him become imprisoned in an iron maiden.