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->''"We'll be everywhere at once, more powerful than a whisper, invading your dreams, thinking your thoughts for you while you sleep. We will change you, Dr. Jones, all of you, from the inside. We will turn you into us. And the best part? You won't even know it's happening."''
-->-- '''Spalko''', ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''

One of the characters is captured and restrained. If they have information that the BigBad wants, or if their captors are just feeling a bit sadistic, the bad guys will break out the Mind Probe.

This device may cause a) a lot of fancy flashing lights and electronic effects, b) frightening hallucinations for the captured hero, or c) both. These devices frequently have varying levels of intensity; inevitably, the hero has to [[AgonyBeam suffer the highest one]]. Confusing and terrifying flashbacks and nightmares are often a long-term result of the Probe, especially if the hero is being made to pay for past transgressions.

While not actually touching the character in any way, when turned on, their subjects will convulse in agony. Sometimes they actually result in usable information. If the character has {{Telepathy}}, they can initiate this ''without'' the device. A telepath might try to protect themselves with a PsychicBlockDefense.

Named for a device in ''Series/DoctorWho'', where similar things were used several times.

Compare the more benign JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind. Compare/contrast MindRape -- different purpose, similar principle.

See also the MindReadingMachine. For a slightly different approach, there's the AgonyBeam, which doesn't get into a person's mind directly--it's just a good way to convince a person to tell you what you want to know.

Not to be confused with MindScrew.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/AttackNumberOne'' there is a small device built to probe each volleyball player's mind to examine their weaknesses... [[{{Narm}} that is programmed by punched tape reader.]]
* Used in ''Manga/IkkiTousen'', where a girl named Gakushin (Yue Jin) can use her kiss to dive in the minds and memories of her victims. [[spoiler:When she uses this power on a captured Kan'u in ''Dragon Destiny'', it does NOT go well; not only Gakushin discovers Kan'u's LesYay crush on Ryuubi, but also has a bloody vision involving Sousou's past self that almost causes her a VillainousBSOD]].
* Good guy example: Verossa Acous of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' reveals his ability to do this when he uses it on the villains' MissionControl at the end of the third season.
--> '''Acous''': [[BigBad Scaglietti]]'s [[EvilGenius other brain]], and the leader of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad twelve combat cyborgs]]. Number 1, [[ThemeNaming Uno]]. Shall I take a peek inside your mind?
* Parodied in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' where the resident [[{{Telepathy}} mind-reader]] Nodoka had to extract information from one of their allies (They were DividedWeFall thanks to the ChessMaster villain). It was treated as a [[MindOverManners highly forceful invasion]] when it was completely painless, albeit with no ability to defend against, leading Asuna to consider the villainous implications of their actions. Haruna responded by pointing out how the audience always [[EvilIsCool cheers for the villains]] (which brings up a bit of irony considering the [[GrayAndGrayMorality nature of the arc they were in]]).
** In fact, this is the entire point of Nodoka's artifact ''Diarium Ejus''; [[spoiler: by knowing at least the name of the target, she can easily read what that person is thinking.]]
* In the ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer vs Anime/GreatMazinger'' feature, [[TheDragon Barendos]] kidnapped ''[[Anime/MazingerZ Kouji Kabuto]]'' and used a mind-probing machine to extract information about Grendizer and the other Earth's giant war mechas -- Great Mazinger and ''Anime/MazingerZ'' -- from him.

[[folder:Audio Plays]]
* ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'':
** The Creator/BigFinish audio ''Caerdroia'' has the Eighth Doctor complaining about all the various Mind Blasters, Mind Erasers, Mind Scrapers, Mind Peelers, etc. he's constantly being threatened with and finds to be a repetitive, mostly-harmless nuisance. The villain of the story uses something called a Mind Blaster, which he stole from his employers, on the Doctor and does not find it to be a profitable exercise as the Doctor very effortlessly outwits him. Turns out [[DitzyGenius the Doctor's mind contains a croquet course, a waterslide, and some bits of old cheese.]]
** The Fifth Doctor in another audio drama is similarly unimpressed when threatened with a mind probe, stating he's endured so many he ought to write a field guide on the subject.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Ultron, of ComicBook/TheAvengers fame, has his Encephalo Ray. Doubles as MindRape, because while it can be used painlessly, Ultron prefers to use the more painful settings.
* ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' gives us the Brainwave Scanner, the creation of Cobra's original MadScientist, Dr. Venom. As described by Venom himself, it performs a thorough scan of the subject's brainwaves, long enough for its computer to generate an "image vocabulary" that would then allow it to display the subject's visual memories on a monitor.
* ''ComicBook/{{Shakara}}'': The Hierarchy use a mind probe device to scan Eva Procopio's mind after she tries to avoid their questions too much.
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** In ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', [[Franchise/GreenLantern Red Lantern Sheko]] does this telepathically to judge people. If she finds them innocent, she let them go; If she finds them guilty, she burns them down. She tried to read Supergirl's mind, but she got thrown out.
** ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1972}} Supergirl Vol 1]]'': Linda Danvers's roommate Wanda is a telepath. In the first issue, Wanda probes Supergirl’s mind telepathically.
** In ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1982}} Supergirl Vol 2]]'' #23, Supergirl fights a mutant with PsychicPowers. During the fight, said mutant attacks her mind telepathically.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', the MTM has one.
* Prior to ''Fanfic/RedFireRedPlanet'', Brokosh acquired entry codes to the Sol system by ripping them straight out of the mind of a Starfleet captain with his telepathy.
* In ''Fanfic/MegaManDefenderofTheHumanRace'', [[spoiler:Bass]] has his brain hijacked by the Stardroids, giving them access to his memories and knowledge of Earth so they can prepare for the invasion. Even scarier is that they did so through his power source, and [[spoiler:someone who wasn't the Stardroids]] actually possessed him briefly.
* In ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'', the main character constantly probes other people's minds to find out things about them, figure out their intentions or extract information. Being a telepath, he doesn't need a machine.
* ''Fanfic/DoctorWhoovesTheSeries'' is a CrossOver of ''Series/DoctorWho''. Bound to happen. Notable occurrence in ''Along Came a Spider'', by the EldritchAbomination du jour, on the Doctor, who isn't even impressed a little bit.
* In the ParodyFic ''[[Film/TheAdventuresOfCaptainProton Captain Proton]] and the Planet of Lesbians'', the Brain Probe is used on [[DamselInDistress Constance Goodheart]] and comes up [[BrainlessBeauty with a complete blank]].
* Most frequently Performed by Pauline in the ''Videogame/{{Undertale}}'' fanfic [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Fanfic/Visiontale Visiontale]], [[https://archiveofourown.org/works/8779618/chapters/20125687 posted on Archive of Our Own]] via telepathy, usually to check monsters' stats, but every character can do it.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Darth Vader, totally unaware that he's presiding over the torture of his own daughter, waves a [[RoboticTortureDevice floating black orb covered in syringes and vicious-looking doo-dads]] into Leia's cell aboard the Death Star in ''Film/ANewHope''. Interestingly, the {{novelization}} and radio drama adaptation have him dismiss the machine once they are alone and [[MindRape attack her mentally]] with TheDarkSide.
** In the novel ''Literature/SplinterOfTheMindsEye'' Leia has a BSOD when faced with another round with a Mind Probe, meaning she almost lost it off-screen.
** One of the things he does is make her believe that her father needs that information -- then, that she's burning alive and will die if she doesn't tell him. [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Huh]].
** The ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] makes him able to do this to people casually, probing their minds long enough to know if they're up to something. It happens in ''Literature/DeathStar''; a character senses his attention and it freaks her out, so she instinctively shuts him out by concentrating on the image of a blast door closing and sealing. He decides that she's strong-minded, and although that interests him, ultimately he does nothing, because he managed to remind himself of Padme.
** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Kylo tries to probe Rey's mind with the Force. This backfires on him since this awakens Rey's own latent Force potential and she turns the probe back on him. He leaves the interrogation room badly shaken, giving Rey the opportunity to use her newfound Force abilities to free herself via employing a JediMindTrick on a Stormtrooper.
* "We're going to empty your memory as we might empty your pockets... Doctor." In the 1980 film ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'', Dr. Hans Zarkov is subjected to the effects of some sort of [[http://photos24.flickr.com/36845554_740f1da34b_m.jpg twisted alien gizmo]] that's supposed to erase his mind; he must struggle valiantly to keep his memories intact.
* ''Film/ThePresidentsAnalyst'' starts to crack under the pressure of his job, imagining spies are out to get him [[spoiler: (and they are)]]. He anxiously rants about "Dr. Chin Hu and his electrodynamic process of thought reform." He's ultimately abducted by [[spoiler: The Phone Company]], whose mind probe technology is way more sophisticated and dangerous than Hu's.
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' is based on this. It is about a group of people who, using a special device, enter someone else's dreams, normally to extract key information.
* Used twice in the original film series for ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes''; the mutants in ''Film/BeneathThePlanetOfTheApes'' are able to do this with their PsychicPowers, and it is as painful as usual for the trope, while a mechanical version called the Authenticator appears in ''Film/ConquestOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', though there's apparently no pain involved.
* Tod uses one on Dick to figure out what it is that makes Marge love him in ''Film/MomAndDadSaveTheWorld''. The device apparently reads surface thoughts, as the first thing that comes up on the machine is "My back hurts."
* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Lois mentions that Zod and his followers used one on her off-screen. Superman says he was subjected to it as well. In his case this leads to a hallucination where Zod shows him his plans for Earth, and he sinks into a field of human skulls.
* ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'': When the Greater Order of the Quasi-Dead probe Riddick's mind to learn more about him.
* ''Film/EarthVsTheFlyingSaucers''. The aliens demonstrate their power on a captured general, using a beam that [[{{squick}} exposes his brain]] as they make him reveal various military secrets.

* Kazuma's SuperPoweredEvilSide uses magic to pull off mind probes in ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma''. The process makes his eyes glow and the victim convulse.
* The Psychic Probe in Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Robots-Empire-Foundation'' novels is very complicated. Because the series were originally independent from one another, there are multiple descriptions of what, ''exactly'' the probe does; in some cases it directly reads the subjects mind, whereas in others it provides information in the abstract that has to be interpreted by a psychologist. Universal across its portrayals, however, is the warning that it causes severe memory loss and brain damage if used improperly, although in skilled hands it does no worse than cause a few days of weakness. The one time a Psychic Probe does appear in actual usage (''The Currents of Space''), it is used to remove a surface emotion, except that, by mistake, it removed a similar, much deeper feeling - and everything in between, reducing the subject to an infantile state that could neither read, write, speak or even feed or clean himself. One of the main characters (a rich noble) has a secretary who has been probed into complete loyalty, while another is rumored to use such people for certain other purposes. ''Foundation and Empire'' showed that a probe could be blocked by technological interference, although the (technologically illiterate) users thought that the lack of results was because the subject had been isolated for so long that his brainwaves were too alien for the probe to understand. After the failure to probe Lathan Devers, the Emperor's Privy Secretary used his own "psychic probe" to get information from Devers: [[EveryManHasHisPrice He offered him $100,000.00]].
* Legilimency in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', particularly as portrayed in the movies.
** It's actually portrayed a bit worse in the books, though you don't get to see it. Voldemort essentially destroys the mind of Bertha Jorkins through Legilimency (possibly combined with the Cruciatus curse) who had had a [[LaserGuidedAmnesia Memory Charm]] placed on her, shattering her mind in the process. Then he kills her, because she has no mind anymore and thus is now worthless.
** But it can also be used in a way similar to the use of veritaserum, as a much less painful and more reliable alternative to torture.
* Partially subverted in the ''Literature/HammersSlammers'' series, particularly the story called ''Interrogation Team''. There, the mind probe is semi-painless and takes the form of a directed hallucination. BOTH the interrogator and the person being interrogated are given the drug, and a second interrogator asks questions while the first, in rapport with the victim, experiences his/her memories as the questions are asked. The drug in question is a combination truth serum and hallucinogen, and is described by the first interrogator as akin to a drug high. In this particular story, the interrogat-ee comes from a heavily defended town, a "red-pill target" - and when the authorization to nuke the town is given, the interrogator shares one last vision with the interrogated person - as he envisions his baby girl melted by the nuclear blast. Both the interrogator and the interrogated individual were disconnected from the machine when it happened. Creator/DavidDrake does not write ''nice'' stories - perhaps because he WAS an interrogator assigned to the 11th Cavalry during UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar.
* In ''Literature/{{Fingerprints}}'', Rae can use her PsychicPowers to mind-probe people by pressing her fingertips against theirs. The person on the receiving end only feels a slight tingle.
* The ''Literature/{{Tunnels}}'' series has the Dark Light, a device used by the Styx for interrogation. It also has a MindRape setting which is much less frequently used, as it leaves victims in no condition to answer their questions.
* Creator/HBeamPiper's future history usually used the polyencephalographic veridicator, an apparently unbeatable LieDetector, but in ''The Cosmic Computer'' it turns out TheFederation also had a mind probe (restricted to military/intelligence use):
-->"We'll get anything we want out of you," Conn told him. "You know what a mind-probe is? You should; your accomplices used one on my father's secretary. She's a hopeless imbecile now. You'll be, too, when we're through with you. But before then, you'll have given us everything you know."\\
Kelton began to protest. "Conn, you can't do a thing like that!"\\
"A mind-probe is utterly illegal; why, it's a capital offense!" Ledue exclaimed. "Conn I forbid you..."\\
"Judge, don't make me call those guards and have you removed," Conn said.
* Done twice by Wyrm in ''Literature/{{Wyrm}}''. Both times it has an effect like MindRape -- the first time, Wyrm wasn't expecting it to be so traumatizing; the second time, Wyrm intentionally made it is traumatizing as possible.
* In ''Literature/TheStarKings'' duology by Creator/EdmondHamilton, the protagonist is captured by a villain, who tries to extract a valuable secret from him with a Mind Probe. According to the villain, a few hours would have left him a mindless husk, but since the first minute showed the subject is not the man they're looking for, he got away with just a ''very'' severe headache.
* Averted in the ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series. At one point Kinnison used a "Mind Ray Machine" that produced nothing but a light show, in order to hide his then-new Second-Stage Lensman abilities.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/OrdealInOtherwhere'', Thorvald, discussing Lantee's capture, tells Charis that he's not been mind-locked, and the Company men may use this on him. [[spoiler:In fact, he put himself into a mental prison that at least kept them from using it.]]
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye|1961}}'', Zul argues that killing the animals will be a mercy, since they will be subjected to this and then killed if the Patrol gets them.
* In ''Literature/VenissUnderground'', there are professionals called Psychewitches who can use machines to extract memories from people in stasis and show them to others. Unusually for a mind probe, the process is actually more dangerous to the mind of the person receiving the memories than the mind of the person being probed.
* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' has Ixian Probes in the old Imperium and the more intense T-Probe from the scattering as a major concern for the protagonists in ''[[Literature/HereticsOfDune Heretics]]'' and ''Literature/ChapterhouseDune''

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Not actually shown in, but still inspired [[{{Narm}} mild alarm]] in the Castellan in "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]":
--->'''Castellan :''' [[MemeticMutation No! Not the mind probe!]]
** That said, other mind probes had appeared previously in "The Space Museum" and "Frontier in Space", and the Doctor didn't seem too worried about them: he even claimed to have once blown one up because he simply told it the truth (he was going to meet a pink elephant, a giant rabbit, and a purple horse with yellow spots), and the device had been unable to accept it. While it's easier to accept that there are simply a number of forms of mind probe, which vary in nastiness, some prefer the explanation that most Time Lords are sufficiently duplicitous that it was really the thought of being compelled to tell the truth that alarmed the Castellan.
** The Gallifreyan Mind Probe becomes HarsherInHindsight when it is used on Cinder in [[Recap/NewSeriesAdventuresEnginesOfWar Engines of War]] and proves incredibly painful. Apparently it could kill a human.
** In the new series episode "Doomsday", the Daleks reveal their own form of the "mind probe": their suckers can extract brainwaves from other species. [[OmnicidalManiac Daleks being Daleks]], this cooks the subject's entire head to a crisp.
** Poor Adric in "Castrovalva". So many companions before him have been captured and tortured by {{Big Bad}}s, but he may be the only one to spend ''an entire story'' strung up while the Master probes his brain. Even if the kid's ramblings in other stories [[TheScrappy break your ears,]] his desperate pleadings of "NO! PLEASE! DON'T MAKE ME DO IT!" when the Master uses the forcibly extracted computations to try and kill the Doctor will [[TheWoobie break your heart.]]
* In the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Sleeper", the team use a mind probe on [[spoiler:unwitting sleeper agent Beth, causing her to reveal her alien nature, the implant in her arm, and to tell her "name, rank and serial number" whenever asked a question.]] It's a very painful process (making for rather uncomfortable viewing).
-->'''Ianto:''' Remember what happened last time you used it?\\
'''Jack:''' That was different. That species has extremely high blood pressure.\\
'''Ianto:''' [[SarcasmMode Oh, right]]. [[DeadpanSnarker Their heads must explode all the time.]]
* The Aurora chair used by Scorpius in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', as well as methods (that can cause hallucinations) used by the Scarrans. [[spoiler:(One might also count the neural chip Scorpius put in John Crichton's head as another, alternate method.)]]
* The human Replicators in ''Series/StargateSG1'' (and the Asurans in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'') put their fingers in your brain, extract the necessary information through causing dreamlike delusions, and take them out. This really, really hurts.
** Interestingly, whether or not the method works depends on the mental prowess of the victim. In one episode, after [[spoiler:Doctor Weir]] is brought back to life with Replicator nanites, [[spoiler: the team infiltrates the Replicator city to steal a ZPM. Weir is captured and subjected to mind probe showing terrible things happening to the rest of the team until - surprise! - it's revealed that ''she's'' the one inducing delusions in the Replicators, and the team is actually making its escape from the city completely unhindered.]] Then [[StuffBlowingUp stuff blows up]].
** Also popping up in ''SG-1'' was a frightening spiky ball thing that Anubis implanted in Thor's brain to literally download his knowledge into the ship's computer. It later turned out to be a good thing - when the original Thor was comatose and essentially a vegetable, SG-1 was able to pull Thor's consciousness out of the computer so it could be downloaded into a new cloned body.
* Sticking fingers into a person's head is the favored method of Brainiac on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', not surprising since this nanotech version of the character was clearly inspired by SG-1's human replicators.
* Done without technology in ''Series/BabylonFive'' - telepaths simply rip the information from their captive's minds, evidently causing a great deal of pain and a high probability of permanent damage.
* On ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Parkman's mind-reading powers eventually evolve to this degree. He uses the Mind Probe in the Dark Future, whereas Present-Day Parkman finds it simpler to just command people to tell him the truth, seeing as how he's also developed mind control powers.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has had a number of these, most notably the Klingons' mindsifter and a corrupted "therapeutic" device for the mentally ill. By ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' the Romulans are well known for theirs (simply called Mind Probes).
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': In the chilling episode "Frame of Mind", Riker finds himself shifting between two realities, one where he's a starship officer acting out a play about a man locked up in a mental asylum, and another where he's a man locked up in a mental asylum who imagines being a starship officer. He eventually concludes that ''both'' realities are a LotusEaterMachine as he wakes up in a laboratory where the aliens who captured him are trying to probe his mind for information. Riker's mind was trying to resist the probe and created the dream as a safety measure.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Homaged in the 'Captain Proton' holodeck program in "Thirty Days". The Twin Mistresses of Evil (played by the famous Delaney twins) have Buster Kincaid (played by Harry Kim) chained up so they can use the terrible Brain Probe, which they promise will turn him into their grovelling slave ("By the time we've finished, you'll be ''begging'' to tell us everything you know!"). Harry [[TooKinkyToTorture does not seem particularly averse to the idea]].
* In the ''[[Series/{{V 1983}} V: The Final Battle]]'' miniseries, one of the heroes gets caught and put into a "Conversion Chamber" which pumps terrifying hallucinations into her mind with the purpose of brainwashing her. She nearly dies during the process, and is rescued before it can be completed. However, she notices some lingering after-effects (notably, her switch from using one hand to the other.) She's also highly susceptible to manipulation by the BigBad, who takes advantage of this fact to engineer an escape after being captured by the heroes. The trope is somewhat subverted with Diana noting that humans are proving resistant to the Conversion process, which makes it impractically slow to use beyond vital individuals they need under their control. When simple interrogation is called for, Diana is more than happy to use older methods like simple torture to get the job done.
* In ''Series/{{Lost}}'' Ben uses some goggles on Alex's boyfriend to keep him under control and away from his daughter.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' has one, when the crew dock on a prison ship.
* Variation on ''{{Series/Angel}}'', where the mind probe was a burrowing demon that Wolfram and Hart let into Lorne's head to steal the information he had from reading Cordy.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' ''Lords of Madness'' supplement, the mind flayers have a device that will allow them to get truthful answers to any question they ask. They use their tentacles to make a hole, then stick the device in and start asking questions. Then when they take it out, there's a chance that the person they were questioning will go permanently insane. Definitely not fun.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' actually calls this Mind Probe.
* Some ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' cards seem to be based on this trope. Examples: [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=46582 Psychogenic Probe,]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=107254 Psychic Possession,]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=27171 Mind Extraction.]]
* So does ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', as a mutant ability instead of a device. It's not particularly subtle, causing unconsciousness.
* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' the Europans have access to the Neural Linkage System, a device that replaces two of their fingers, and allows them to either link into Europan and Ancient Martian devices or forcibly create a psychic connection with someone.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The first ''VideoGame/ApeEscape'' game, despite its generally light-hearted and humorous nature throughout, features this just before the FinalBoss fight. Specter, using his telekinetic powers, bombards Spike with plasma, goading him to become his {{Brainwashed}} servant, or experience greater pain. It's implied that this was the very method used to brainwash Spike's friend Jake. Fortunately, Spike has the HeroicWillpower to resist it.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': The Flood gain access to a host's memories when they infect a person, and they have a hive-mind. Therefore, when Captain Keyes is infected in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', he has to make a superhuman effort to keep the parasite from learning information integral to the survival of the good guys until the Master Chief shows up to [[MercyKill put him out of his misery]].
* In ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'', Gorath is a dark elf who seeks out the humans to convince them to nip the war his kind is planning against them in the bud, because he knows his people can't risk the losses. After being escorted to someone in authority - Prince Arutha, Lord of the West - he is subjected to this to find out if he's being sincere. Which doesn't really work, as he apparently has subconscious defences, so the jury remains out on him for the rest of the game.
* The [[WhipItGood Ethelite]] of the Eltham family in {{Franchise/Nasuverse}} (specifically, ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood'') is a mind-probe/[[MindControl control]] combination - because of how small and thin it is (a nano-filament) targets generally have no idea that information is being sucked out of them. [[{{Canon}} Canonically]], the reason why everyone hates them.
* ''VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense'' features Mind Probes, which tell you the rank/stats of enemy aliens.
** Those are just the non-attack version. The Psi-Amps and similar technology allows aliens and properly trained operatives to jump into a target's mind and [[MindRape have a rape old time.]]
** ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' features something similar devised by Dr Vahlen for overcoming the language barrier, which seems to be some sort of souped-up MRI scanner... and invariably ends up ''killing'' whatever alien they subject to it.
* Albedo combines this with MindRape in ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'s'' first Episode. It's more obvious in the (supposedly censored) U/C version (where it actually has all those flashy lights), but even in the JP version, the goal was to find the Y-Data in MOMO (supposedly the last complete copy). He added the MindRape for an apparent trap later on.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Any, TheEmpath from ''Webcomic/M9Girls'', can read the most prevalent emotion of a person, and can force her way into the most deep emotions. Strong wills can block Any's attempts at emotion reading.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' has mind ripping, lets just say that they'd give up their PG rating if it was actually shown.
* [[DragonWithAnAgenda Redcloak]] mentions using them on his prisoner [[MadeOfIron O'Chul]] in Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick. [[InterrogatedForNothing When it doesn't work]], he just convinces himself O'Chul must have some special resistance.
* ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'':
** Alex's captor has been doing this to him for pretty much the entire comic.
** Eggplant goes into Samus' mind to force some information out of her. She breaks him instead. Merely by ''staring'' at him.
--->'''Samus:''' When trying to extract information using mental effects... make sure you have the stronger will.
* ''Webcomic/ElfBlood'' has TKO attempt a remote Mind Probe on Mara's father. He turns out to be an incredibly power mage, and is [[MindRape not too pleased]] at being spied on...
* Averted in ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'', as Sarine offers to [[http://www.errantstory.com/2010-02-03/4642 submit]] to one to prove she isn't concealing anything about what her fellow elves were up to. The circumstances suggest that it's an [[MindRape unpleasant proposition]]. Fortunately, the Tsuirakuans don't take her up on it.
* In ''Webcomic/CaptainUfo'', Dr. Marcuus invented one of these some times before the beginning of the series, which gets her in trouble with the law untill Celeste "recruits" her and her machine.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Literature/ArcanaMagi'', the Therapy Room commits [[{{Brainwashed}} Brainwashing]], MindRape, and [[MoreThanMindControl other various types of mental anguish]] on its victims.
* ''Literature/RaisingAngels'', Telepaths, Empaths, and other assorted mind readers reside in Mind Hall on campus where the walls are treated with a special coating to insure that everyone get to keep their thoughts for themselves.

* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' occasionally uses this:
** Soundwave's toy bio states that he is "Able to read minds by monitoring electrical brain impulses." This ability is only used a couple of times in the first season of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers''.
** In a second-season episode of the original cartoon, Megatron tried to use the Psycho-Probe on an heiress to discover her father's energy formula; her WalkingTechbane nature protected her, however. Amusingly, it was Soundwave himself who operated the device, foregoing (or forgetting about) his own mind-reading ability.
** In ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' the Predacons repeatedly mind-probed a kidnapped human scientist; sometimes this yielded useful information for them and sometimes...not. Despite claims of the probe's dangerous nature, he seemed to survive the experience pretty well. (In an awesome bit of homage, it's described in the exact terms as the G1 version, to the point where the TF Wiki puts both versions on one page.)
** WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime brings the Cortical Psychic Patch, allowing one character to enter another's mind. It's been used multiple times in the series for various reasons (usually MindRape).
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' movie '[[WesternAnimation/KimPossibleMovieSoTheDrama So the Drama]]', Doctor Drakken uses a mind probe to [[spoiler:take the plans for the Hephaestus Project from Mr. Dr. Possible's mind and use them to make his Lil' Diablo toys.]] He also tried (and failed) to use lesser mind probing devices on one Dr. Freeman in the episode 'Car Trouble'.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'', Buzz's blueskinned second in command, Mira Nova, has the ability (like all her race) to rummage through memories by literally sticking a hand in the person's brain. This is a side-effect of phasing powers, so all is good.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', when Mentok tries to Mind Probe Ernie Devlin and can't because of a metal plate in the daredevil's head. He's also thwarted by cops wearing aluminum foil hats at one point.
* In the 2003 ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'', the Triceraton invaders use this on Donatello to try and find out where the scientist they're pursuing has gone. But Splinter provides him with psychic assistance, and Don resists the probe.
* Parodied in various ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoons, usually with WesternAnimation/BugsBunny [[KarmicTrickster outwitting]] the Evil Scientist trying to swap Bugs' brain with whatever happened to be at hand.
* A very literal example in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'': these seem to be fairly commonly used by the [[GalacticConqueror Irken Empire]] as screw-like probes jammed into victim's heads.
** In the episode "Zim Eats Waffles", Zim has a human test subject with a large happiness probe stuck in his head.
** The megadoomer episode also showed the enslaved workers on a conquered world turned into [[PlanetOfHats package shipping planet]] to all have these.
* Ultron from ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has an AI patterned after the human brain. When he decides to eliminate chaos by eliminating everyone in the world, he confronts SHIELD's acting director, Maria Hill, and steals some nuclear missile codes from her brain. (See the page pic)
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/DuckTalesS1E4WhereNoDuckHasGoneBefore Where No Duck Has Gone Before]]", the aliens "strip the data [about how to get to Earth]" from Launchpad's mind.
* Some form of this is used on ComicBook/TheQuestion in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. It causes him to hallucinate about an alternate BadFuture. Question's only response (apparently even after a week of being tortured) is to [[SurvivalMantra repeat]] [[WhatTheHeckIsAnAglet random]] [[ConspiracyTheorist theories]].