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Telepathy/Mind Reading is a {{psychic power|s}} that allows a character to read another person's thoughts and/or communicate with them mentally.

At its most basic level, it functions as a short range radio, allowing the character to pick up the thoughts of those around him. Sometimes, it has limitations such as touch or proximity, or only being able to 'hear' rather than 'see' thoughts. A common hurdle comes from being unable to probe deeper into the minds of those around them, as well as being something of a FaintingSeer whenever an especially strong willed or horrifying character is around. Psychic overload is also common in crowds, represented by a PsychicNosebleed. Being a passive receptor and [[HearingVoices not being able to shut]] [[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead other people's thoughts]] out can easily drive a psychic insane, making this potentially BlessedWithSuck.

More advanced uses of telepathy involve receiving and [[ExpositionBeam transmitting thoughts and memories]], and probing beneath surface thoughts into memories, or outright going into a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind or dream travel. Some telepaths may be able to use AstralProjection, or at least see through other people's eyes.

At its strongest, a telepath will be able to MindControl others, sometimes even to the point of [[DemonicPossession possessing their bodies]], create FakeMemories after applying LaserGuidedAmnesia, create a SplitPersonality and let it [[SplitPersonalityTakeover take over]], or in general be a terrifying god who can MindRape their opponents.

It's worth noting that for the above reasons telepathy is one of the most potentially {{p|owerPerversionPotential}}ervertable powers, since it's basically an invasion of privacy of the worst kind. The telepath is the sighted man in the kingdom of the blind, and provided he's discreet he can know everyone down to their most intimate detail, [[ManipulativeBastard and can use them accordingly]]. [[BigBrotherIsWatching This is a lot worse when he's the overlord.]] Thus, mind readers in Real Life would be complete ParanoiaFuel. This is why in settings with un-{{masquerade}}d telepaths, they are often persecuted, policed, and [[SuperRegistrationAct registered]]. That is, when they aren't [[SuperhumanTrafficking used as weapons]] or [[BurnTheWitch killed.]]

Heroic telepaths are thus in a difficult position both inside and outside a story proving BadPowersBadPeople is not true. An author wants them to be heroes, but has to somehow assuage the reader the character isn't a mental voyeur (or if he is, he's got a [[ChivalrousPervert chivalrous side]]) and the character will also have to put their colleagues at ease that they aren't likely to turn into a {{Mind Prob|e}}ing HiveQueen. To solve this, they often practice what they preach with MindOverManners.

Telepathy comes in a lot of flavors:
* TheEmpath is usually treated as a low grade telepath.
* Twins will often share TwinTelepathy, sometimes to the point of {{Synchronization}} between their bodies.
* Very close people can also become MindlinkMates, if not a more generic PsychicLink.
* Aliens who are advanced enough become TelepathicSpacemen.
* A group of telepaths may create a MentalFusion.
* A telepath or empath is frequently also a LivingLieDetector.
* In science fiction ElectronicTelepathy may be achieved through NeuralImplanting people and allowing them to transmit thoughts through radio waves or some other form of wireless communication. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurotrophic_electrode#Silent_speech Quickly becoming NOT science fiction through the use of electrodes, computer programs, and sufficiently analyzed neural activity.]]
* Some telepaths can [[TheBeastmaster control]] and [[SpeaksFluentAnimal communicate]] with animals, and even [[AnimalEyeSpy see through them]].
** Others can instead [[SeeingThroughAnothersEyes tap into the senses of other humans.]]
* Many telepaths are portrayed as being able to sense the presence of each other or other people and animals, simply by being able to sense the presence of another mind. This may have a very limited range, or it may have a planetary scale; if suitably amplified. This tends to turn them into PsychicRadar.

In a setting where there are telepaths, expect people to use PsychicStatic to protect their thoughts, and telepaths to construct a PsychicBlockDefense to give each other a PokeInTheThirdEye when they're snooping. Usually indicated by the PstandardPsychicPstance. When the ability requires physical contact it's TouchTelepathy.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''MahouSenseiNegima'' has a number of examples; Negi displays very limited mind reading ability in the first chapter (he puts his hand on the target's head and gets maybe 2 words out of it). Later on, the Pactio cards are introduced, which allows Negi and his partners to [[PsychicLink communicate telepathically]]. In addition, Nodoka gets a book that allows her to read people's thoughts as her artifact; after an upgrade she can essentially listen to the thoughts of anyone whose name she knows...while another upgrade lets her find out anybody's name.
** Nodoka can also use her artifact on herself, which sometimes [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v18/c165/8.html has hilarious results]].
** [[WorldsStrongestMan Jack Rakan]] at one point [[PensieveFlashback peers into an opponent's mind to see their past]]. The only [[{{Handwave}} explanation]] we get is: "[[BadassBoast Nothing's impossible for me!]]"
** There are numerous levels and types of telepathy in Negima; it is implied to be an almost universal skill in Mages, with various degrees of power. For example telepathic communication even without Pactio's is rather basic, and WordOfGod states the reason Eva could instantly recognises Nagi as an aged up Negi is because of another form of telepathy.
* [[PsychopathicManchild Mao]] of ''CodeGeass'' has the ability to hear the thoughts of anyone within 500 meters, even on a subconscious level if he concentrates, making him a formidable opponent to the [[TheChessmaster highly]] [[XanatosPlannedThisIndex thought-oriented]] [[VillainProtagonist Lelouch]]. It does, however, have the drawback of being [[PowerIncontinence unable to turn off]], meaning he ''always'' hears ''everyone's'' thoughts within five hundred meters.
** The gender-bent Mao in ''NightmareOfNunnally'' had a similar power, which also included the ability to see into a person's memories as a bonus. To a degree, all the geass powers involve a vague form of telepathy (Lelouch controls minds, [[spoiler:the Emperor can mess with memories]], etc.). At least, the ones in the anime do.
* Any Trance user in {{Psyren}}, in the form of Mind Jacks.
* Yellow from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' can read the minds of Pokémon.
** As can [[spoiler: Lance]].
* Joshua Christopher in ''ChronoCrusade'' is able to read minds after he takes the horns of a [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demon]] from the BigBad. However, [[PowerIncontinence he can't turn it off]], so it [[HearingVoices drives him]] [[ComesGreatInsanity insane]]. Mary Magdalene is also implied to be some sort of empath in the manga version of the series, but it's averted in the anime--she specifically tells Chrono that she can only see the future, and that she ''can't'' read minds.
* Almost every ''Film/{{Pokemon}}'' movie has the Pokémon it centers around being capable of telepathy. This never happens in the anime, and the first time it happens (in, of course, the first movie) everyone is surprised. By the eighth movie, Ash is GenreSavvy enough to know that Lucario is speaking to him through telepathy.
** Actually, one ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode featuring Jynx had a Lapras who spoke to Ash through telepathy.
* Some of the Espers of ''ToAruMajutsuNoIndex'' have forms of telepathy. There are only two note worthy cases though; Haruue in ''Railgun'', and Misaki Shokuhou (aka "The Queen of Tokiwadai"). Haruue, as a Level 2, can only receive thoughts transmitted by other telepaths (such as her best friend Edasaki). Shokuhou, on the other hand, is a Level 5 telepath, and thus is capable of mass MindControl and memory manipulation.
* The Prime Minister from ''Manga/HitoHitoriFutari''.
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', [[OldMaster Kame-sennin]] reads the mind and memories of a powerful Indian mystic without him noticing, just by standing near him. Much later, Goku learns to do this, but he needs to touch his target.
* In ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', mages can communicate telepathically (but are not able to read minds), which they primarily use for communication from distances at which their voices cannot reach one another, or to communicate with one another without those in earshot finding out. An early episode features Nanoha communicating with Yuuno about the Jewel Seeds while she's still in class and he's at home.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Kyubey and magical girls can communicate with each other through telepathy.
* Satori of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' can read minds, much to Ranma's annoyance. He uses this power to [[LivingLieDetector reveal lies]], find out people's most private thoughts, and pit Akane against Ranma.
* Yukina from ''SenkouNoNightRaid'' uses this to great effect during spy missions with the Sakurai organization.
* Haruka Kotoura from ''Manga/{{Kotoura-san}}'' is a fifteen-year old telepath who can't turn her ability off. As a child her [[InnocentlyInsensitive naturally naive personality]] causes her to simply blurt out sensitive information. This causes her to be labelled as a compulsive liar, to drive her friends and classmates away, and to cause her parent's divorce. However in highschool she is finally able to meet Manabe, someone who is transparent and honest and not scared of her ability.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' is usually more concerned with physical strength, but telepathy is important to the plot every now and again. The Kais all seem to have some level of mind reading and telepathic ability (King Kai's is so powerful he can psychically communicate with an entire planet at once, from anywhere in the universe). Babidi can use his magic for it, and even Goku and Vegeta will very rarely display low-level mind reading abilities.
* Artemis and Luna from ''Anime/SailorMoon'' have displayed some telepathic power, mainly the ability to re-awaken the Sailor Senshi's memories during the second season.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', this is the signature ability of the Hidden Leaf Village's Yamanaka clan, who can possess others, read minds, perform consciousness transfers, and form psychic communication networks.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* From the MarvelUniverse:
** Professor Charles Xavier of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}} has formidable psychic powers and is probably the foremost telepath in comics. A number of others have followed in his wake; the X-Books have more telepaths than any other comics subgroup.
*** Such as Jean Grey, Cable, Rachel Summers, and Emma Frost and [[spoiler:her clone daughters]] the Stepford Cuckoos being the most prominent examples.
**** Psylocke sounds like a good name for a telepath, doesn't it? Originally, that was her only power.
* From TheDCU:
** This is one of the MartianManhunter's [[ComboPlatterPowers many, many powers]], usually used in a benevolent manner to communicate with allies or to help heal damaged psyches. When in the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, he often acts as a sort of psychic hub through which the team can communicate mind-to-mind.
** Gorilla Grodd, one of ComicBook/TheFlash's nemeses, is an evil [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys gorilla]] with telepathic powers; his good counterpart, the late King Solovar of Gorilla City, had similar powers. Grodd usually uses his powers for MindControl or [[MoreThanMindControl more subtle manipulation]], though he can also fall back on his [[GeniusBruiser natural strength]].
** Grodd has a grandson (or brother, depending on who's telling the story) dubbed Sam Simeon, one half the comedic crime-fighting duo ComicBook/AngelAndTheApe, with a watered-down version of Grodd's powers that just lets him cloud the minds of people around him so they see him as a normal human.
** Titanians (formerly Lanothians) are an inherently telepathic race. Of course, Saturn Girl, the Titanian member of the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} is the poster girl for her entire race, with abilities similar to the telepatic ones of the aforementioned MartianManhunter.
*** The ''Threeboot'' version of the Legion, placed in one of the 52 parallel universes of the DCU, features a retooled version of the Titanians. In this version their powerful telepathy borders on a collective form of SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining, as modern Titanians are a race of mute individuals, evolved without vocal cords as their prolonged use of telepathy made speech useless. Threeboot Saturn Girl may be as powerful as Mainstream Saturn Girl, but shut down her powers and she gets an instant downgrade to the resident CuteMute.
* All elves in Wendy and Richard Pini's ElfQuest graphic novels have the ability to communicate telepathically via a process known as "sending". Wolfriders can also communicate this way with their wolf-friends although this requires eye contact and is more difficult than between elves.
* Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}, famously, has the ability [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway to talk to fish]]. Or, at least [[NeverLiveItDown that's what conventional wisdom holds]]. In reality, Aquaman has a mental command over ''any'' [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower creatures even vestigially connected to the sea:]] aquatic reptiles, crustaceans, squid, seabirds, mosquitoes, and...for those of you who believe in evolution, this includes ''humans''. Or, if you like to speculate, that also includes [[EldritchAbomination friggin CTHULHU!]]
** Retooled after ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}. Taking a page from some '90s stories and the early origins of the character, Aquaman's telepathy is now greatly toned down, as he can't truly commune with fish or fish-derived life, but just implant compulsions and desires: such as the will to help him.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'', the Hermit of Hekima possesses this ability. [[spoiler: In ''The Curse of Death'', he reads Simba's mind in order to get an idea of his personality.]]
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8532906/1/iFightCrimeWithVictorious iFight Crime With Victorious]]'':
** Carly has the power to read minds and and can later sense others in her vicinity.
** Tori has the power to actually "communicate" with other minds, unlike Carly, and send thoughts across long distances, though she can't hear other's thoughts.
* Voldemort in Fanfic/MyImmortal can read minds, because he "[[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe hath]] [[RougeAnglesOfSatin tele]]''[[MindOverMatter kinesis]]''"
* In Fanfic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami, Night Yagami can use her Shinigami Ears to hear people's thoughts.
* In FanFic/KiraIsJustice, there is the telepathy necklace, which lets Justice and Landras talk to each other via telepathy. This is [[EnforcedTrope enforced]] to fix the fact that Light talked to Ryuk in his room without his family noticing. [[FetishFuel And...]]
* ''FanFic/LastOneStanding'' by [[http://www.fimfiction.net/user/kalash93 Kalash93]] features a limited for of telepathy. Alicorns can [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/72998/1/last-one-standing communicate remotely]] by using magic.
* ''FanFic/RacerAndTheGeek'', also by [[http://www.fimfiction.net/user/kalash93 the same guy, ]] introduces a kind of pseudo-telepaphy in [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/81159/7/racer-and-the-geek/teatime chapter seven. ]] by which magic users can communicate remotely.
* The {{Daria}}[=/=]ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}FanFic series ''Legion of Lawndale Heroes'' has a lot of telepaths, and deals with the problems of being a telepath. There are so many telepaths in society (albeit not revealed to the [[{{Muggles}} general public]], they operate in government, the [[SuperSoldier military forces]] of many countries, and in [[CutLexLuthorACheck the corporate sectors]]) that the nations of the world have laws enacted and adhered to by even the rogue nations that police people with not just psi-powers, but powers in general. You can actually get a legitimate job with PsychicPowers, with the understanding that if you misuse them in your work, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard it's your fault]], not the fault of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive the people who hired you.]]
* In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', the Kansael gives John the ability to communicate telepathically through water. Mostly this means he has to touch the others to “connect their water-strings,” but he can also connect them via a puddle, and he has much longer range in a body of water like the ocean, though just how long is not known. Nor is it known whether he can do more than just talk. He can, however, tap into Ringo's mindsight.
* [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/85411/reflections Reflections]], a followup story to ''FanFic/LastOneStanding'' by the [[http://www.fimfiction.net/user/kalash93 same author,]] expands further on the idea. Arparently, Luna and Celestia don't even need to speak, be in close proximity, or even use language in order to communicate with each other. They choose to communicate almost exclusively by mortal methods in order to maintain those skills as well as to respect each other's privacy.
* In ''Fanfic/SonOfTheWarp'', Joseph can read surface thoughts, including what a person is about to do. He can't probe deeper, but he does have enough control to block out thoughts.
* The title character of ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' is considered a telepath, as are the Psyches.
* When ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesGetXtreme'' [[CrossOver crosses over]] with ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' in chapter 6, the FridgeLogic behind Calvin being able to hear Garfield's thoughts is naturally [[LampshadeHanging addressed]], with Garfield's theory on the matter being that Calvin has this.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The Quasi-Dead from ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'' possess powerful telepathic powers.
* The mutants in the second ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' film are telepathic.
* Professor Charles Xavier from the ''Film/XMen'' film series, as well as a few other characters such as Jean Grey and Emma Frost
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Alfred Bester's novel ''Literature/TheDemolishedMan'' explores what would happen to human societies if telepathy were discovered to be not only real and provable, but a talent that could be developed in the manner of any other skill. With a guild to maintain ethical standards, "peepers" become valuable, contributing members of society.
* Gamina from ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'' has this ability.
* The Flame and Deca from ''Literature/TalesOfAnMazingGirl'' can do this. The Latter most sensibly, To Insider Trades on the stock market to get a huge fortune.
* Creator/AlanDeanFoster has a thing for telepathy; it's heavily featured in many of his SpaceOpera novels. Of particular note are the (extinct) Tar-Aiym and the Ulru-Ujurrians in his ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'' series and the Solarian Combine in ''Design for Great-Day'', who have developed telepathy into what is effectively a multi-species, intergalactic HiveMind. In the latter case, this is treated as the natural and [[TheSingularity penultimate evolutionary stage]] of all species.
* The telepaths in Creator/JohnBrunner's ''Telepathist'' covers the heroic range of this trope (split into "receptive" (able to listen) and "projective" (two-way),but most of all it's seen as a benefit to mankind. Actually having the ability to feel and see what someone is thinking is shown to be invaluable in,say,clinical psychology or conflict negotiation. However,when a really powerful telepath succumbs to the temptation to construct a DreamLand like their patients', they can construct a grand hallucination that another telepath has to [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind pull them out of]].
* In the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'', it seems that all magic users have the potential to become telepaths. Anyone with sufficient training can attempt resist an attack upon their mind.
* Farseeking in Literature/TheObernewtynChronicles.
* Creator/JohnWyndham's classic ''Literature/TheChrysalids'', in which the core characters can share what they dub 'thought-shapes', implied to be an intermediate stage on the way to full telepathy. In the midst of its larger points re: resistance to change and growth, the novel also acts as probably the most famous serious exploration of the fear and horror telepathy might inspire in the wider 'normal' community.
* In Creator/MarionZimmerBradley's Literature/{{Darkover}} series, the noble caste (referred to as "Comyn"), have telepathy as one of their defining features, along with [[RedHeadedHero red hair]]. With a society where most of the people (at least those who appear in the books) have telepathy has led to interesting social rules like 'Do not enter another's mind without permission' and if one accidentally 'hears' something they weren't meant too, it is considered polite not to mention it. Also, if one is suffering from mental anguish, one tries to keep their thoughts to themselves so as not to burden others with their emotions. These do not apply to the mind-blind peasant class, who treats the Comyn as descended from Gods. Interesting world, Darkover.
* Katherine Kurtz's Literature/{{Deryni}} have a full range of telepathy from an empathic sensing of emotions through Truth Reading (detecting if someone is telling a lie) through compelling them to speak the truth and all the way up to total MindControl. They can also send and receive words (Mind Speech) and images at a much faster rate than ordinary speech. These skills prove highly useful when questioning people or gathering information from scouts, not to mention facilitating private conversations in the presence of other people. The good guys tend to reserve MindControl for maintaining the {{Masquerade}}; the bad guys (and girls) have no such compunctions.
* ''Literature/MaximumRide'' has Angel. She's six years old and can make you buy her a teddy bear - or make a flying enemy fall by telling them to.
* [[Literature/HellsGate Sharona's]] Voices have perfect recall and can send and receieve telepathic messages to each other, including sensory information - sight, sound, smell, and touch, but can't read minds. On the other hand, Sifters can't send messages, but they can tell when other people are lying or telling the truth.
* [[Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries Sookie Stackhouse]] views her telepathy as a [[BlessedWithSuck curse]] and usually tries hard to block out other people's thoughts.
* Mentioned at the end of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', when Gandalf, Galadriel, Celeborn and Elrond appear to communicate without speaking. Creator/JRRTolkien wrote a more detailed account of telepathy among Ainur (lesser deities), Elves and to a lesser extent Men in the essay called "Osanwe-kenta."
* Kris/Deliann's "flashes" in ''[[Literature/TheActsOfCaine Blade of Tyshalle]]''.
* Many people in the MercedesLackey series, HeraldsofValdemar, have this ability; it's called "Mindspeech".
* Literature/JakubWedrowycz has this ability. He refers to it as a "frequency" to which one must tune himself, much like a radio.
* The technological level of the [[Literature/TheCulture Culture]] in the Iain M. Banks novels is so high that the super-intelligent A.I. Minds are capable of reading the minds of humans, thanks to some kind of 'action/sensing-at-a-distance' effect. This is, however, considered taboo.
* In the Literature/FirebirdTrilogy, both the Sentinels and the Shuhr have telepathic powers. The Sentinels are the "good guys", with strict and strictly enforced limits on how they are allowed to use their powers. The Shuhr are much less pleasant, as they do not put any limits on their use of power, leading to rather frequent MindManipulation among those they come in contact with (including the less powerful among their own race).
* Anyone in morph in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' has this ability. And Andalites and a few other races have it as part of their natural abilities.
* In the ''Literature/{{Uplift}}'' series Galactics have several technologies to enhance telepathy and use it primarily to detect sapient minds at great distances or last resort communications (the psionic equivalent of a distress beacon is called a "psi-bomb" for a reason).
* Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' features several telepathic species.
* All the Martian races in ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' are mildly telepathic- mostly this is used to control domestic animals, but can also be used to determine if someone is telling the truth during conversation. The First Born (aka Black Martians) largely do ''not'' have this ability, but their leader [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Issus]] does, which helps her cement her position as a living goddess. Certain groups have more advanced telepathic powers, such as the Lotharians (an isolated sect of White Martians who have developed tremendous powers of illusion, but become detached from reality as a result) and the kaldanes (crab-like creatures that are almost all brain and can seize control of anyone who makes eye contact with them). Earth humans, for whatever reason, can NoSell telepathic probing, something that comes in handy for Earth-born hero Carter during his adventures.
* One of the ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'''s entries references an entire planet of beings who were [[BlessedWithSuck cursed]] with telepathy. Everyone on there entire planet could hear every thought in every other mind on the planet, whether they wanted to or not -- which quickly threatened to drive them bonkers from information overload and/or sheer boredom. They solved this by adopting the habit of constantly talking loud enough to drown out the constant, unwanted incoming mental transmissions.
* Brian Lumley's ''Literature/{{Necroscope}}'' series features telepathy in vampires, as well as humans in varying degree. The humans also occasionally sport other powers, such as locating someone from a distance, clouding someone else's telepathy, or precognition. The telepathy of the titular Necroscope[[note]]as in "microscope" or "telescope," a person who can "see" or focus on the dead[[/note]] extends even to the dead.
* Present in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. Although invading the mind of a human is against wizard law - that is, reading minds and mind control - transmitting one's own thoughts is legal. This was used once in a chaotic situation, when an EldritchAbomination that could kill with a touch was released in a crowded room. A powerful wizard used magic to communicate a tactical plan for dealing with it to everyone in the room, complete with visual aids superimposed on the surroundings, all in the space of a second.
* In ''{{Literature/Twilight}}'' [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Edward]] can read people's minds, though for some reason cannot read [[LoveInterest Bella]]'s. [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Shapeshifters]] in the same pack can also do this while in wolf form.
* Appears in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' in the form of Legilimancy. Also a rare aversion of the ConvenientlyCoherentThoughts trope common to telepathy stories.
* In Creator/MCAHogarth's ''Literature/{{Paradox}}'' series the [[SpaceElves Eldritch]] and [[OurCentaursAreDifferent Glaseah]] are telepathic, the former species have little control over their powers and shun them, while the latter embrace it to the point of preferring telepathy to verbal speech. Jahir and Vasiht'h are an Eldritch and Glaseah pair of psychologists who use their abilities to affect their client's [[DreamWeaver dreams]].
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' had one of the most fleshed out portrayals of telepaths in fiction, even showing how different cultures treated their telepaths. The creator drew heavily from Creator/AlfredBester's novel ''The Demolished Man'', particularly for writing the Psi Corps.
--> The Corps is Mother. The Corps is Father.
* Matt Parkman of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' is unusual as being a telepath who ''isn't'' inordinately brainy.
** Parkman's power is actually "full control over the brain", meaning, in effect, every single power in the MindManipulation index. SuperpowerLottery to the max. Telepathy happens to be his earliest discovered ability and the most prominently featured.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** In the S3 episode "Earshot," Buffy is exposed to some AppliedPhlebotinum and gains the power of passive telepathy, which becomes progressively more powerful during the episode. Eventually, the power [[BlessedWithSuck becomes so advanced that she is overwhelmed]] by the [[PowerIncontinence incessant stream of thoughts]] and needs some more AppliedPhlebotinum to get better.
** Throughout Season 6, Willow shows the ability to communicate telepathically with the people around her at will. She can give messages to others, who "hear" her voice in their heads. She can also read people's "surface thoughts," though most of the Scoobies prefer to speak aloud when communicating with her telepathically.
* The plot of the TV series ''Series/TheListener'' is about a telepathic paramedic.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has several telepathic species, including Vulcans, [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Betazoids]] and [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Ocampa]].
* Sookie Stackhouse, the central character of ''TrueBlood'' is a telepath.
** She also met a character named Barry Horowitz, who is a telepath.
* Clark gained this ability for one episode of ''{{Smallville}}''.
* [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] (from nine onwards anyway) has a mild version of this. It mostly consists of being able to access other peoples minds and memories upon contact, transfer images/sensations on a level which only he is aware of from his mind to someone elses, and weirdly enough, what seems to be a mental version of the CooldownHug.
** This is actually present in ALL Time Lords. It's a trait of the species, as witnessed by the Master all the way back to the Third Doctor, and mentioned specifically by the Fourth Doctor in the Deadly Assassin.
** The [[SapientShip TARDIS]] is also telepathic; she most notably uses the power to translate for the Doctor and companions. However, she can directly communicate with them, although a human may need to look into her heart.
* The Auronar in ''Series/BlakesSeven'' are a race of telepaths. Cally, a member of Blake's crew, was exiled from Auron and is therefore isolated from other telepaths - all alone. Cally could be heard by other people (although reception varied) but could not read minds. She did, however, act as an [[DetectEvil Evil Detector]].
* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', members of the Scarran's ruling caste all have a certain degree of telepathic power; most of them use it for forcing their captives to tell the truth while under their influence of their [[KillItWithFire heat projection]], though a few have used it to read the surface thoughts of others.
** The Skreeth assassin, who can telepathically speak through anyone wearing its bio-organic reciever (even over thousands of light years away) and read minds by touch.
** Don't forget Zhaan's traditional Delvian mysticism, which lends itself to the occasional MindMeld.
** And of course, there's Maldis, the vampiric EvilSorcerer, who knew all the details of John Crichton's life without being told. As he said once "Your mind is an open book. Big print and lots of pictures!"
* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', River possesses one-way telepathic abilities, being able to read minds. However, she has [[PowerIncontinence the inability to control this]], the thoughts she picks up are far from coherent or clear, and [[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead they are not conducive to sanity.]] It doesn't help that she's a [[SanitySlippage traumatized]] [[TrainingFromHell wreck]] thanks to [[MindRape her experiences]] at [[SchoolForScheming the Academy]].
* In one scene of ''Series/{{Soap}}'' Chuck and Bob show off Bob's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwDbd4jQpkA telepathic abilities]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Mint Blancmanche of VideoGame/GalaxyAngel, although telepathy runs in her family. She once tries to use it to see how the [[TheOneGuy main character]] feels about the five Angels on board the [[CoolStarship Elsior]]. HilarityEnsues.
* ''NetHack'' has this as one of many obtainable abilities: when blinded in any manner, you can see the exact location of any monster on the current floor that can think.
* In ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', Link often receives telepathic messages from the quest {{mentor|s}} or the princess.
** Although it's usually through the use of a magic artifact or an item, such as the Ocarina or a magical pendant.
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'', most [[BlowYouAway Jupiter Adepts]] can read minds, and [[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Sveta]] can even do this to dead bodies.
* In ''VideoGame/PsiOpsTheMindgateConspiracy'' this is the only psychic power that psychic prodigy Nick does not have. His [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection Voice with a Psychic Connection]] Sara does however.
* Similar to ''Psi Ops,'' ''SecondSight'' has this as one of the two powers John doesn't unlock- the other being DeflectorShields. Oddly, the only psychic in the entire game that uses direct telepathy at any point is the remarkably ambiguous Jayne Wilde.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'': Hitting the ActionCommand when using Mallow's "Psychopath" spell reveals a sentence of the affected enemy's thoughts.
* The first power that Neku discovers in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' is the ability to read others' minds.
* While it's never exactly established as such, Mitsuru [[spoiler: and later Fuuka]] must use some form of telepathy in ''Persona 3'' to communicate with the protagonist and his party while in Tartarus, considering the fact that electronic devices don't work during the Dark Hour. More confusion is caused by the fact that such communications are ''displayed as electronic communications'', complete with static, even though it's been stated that that's impossible.
** The actual scouting seems to be telepathic, but the rest is just specially adapted technology. Unless her motorcycle works by telepathy too.
*** "[[PlotHole It's]] ''[[HandWave special]]''."
* [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Psycho Mantis]] is such a powerful telepath, he can [[BreakingTheFourthWall read your memory card]]. Oh, and he can also do mind control and read your controller.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has a move, Mind Reader, that allows the user to make sure that the next hit does not miss.
** A lot of Pokémon (usually Psychic types, though sometimes Ghost or legendary or just special) can communicate telepathically, and some can read thoughts and [[TheEmpath emotions]].
* The Komeiji sisters of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', being satori, can read minds using their [[ExtraEyes third eyes]] ([[EyesDoNotBelongThere which are located on their external hears]]). Though Koishi blocked this ability by closing her third eye, which somehow gave her control of the subconscious mind at the expense of being unable to read her own mind.
* Powerful magic users in the {{Warcraft}}-verse are capable of this.
* Razputin in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' has mild telepathic abilities. They generally only come into play when his LoveInterest is thinking about him, to her embarrassment.
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* [[spoiler:Kotori Shirakawa]] in the ''VisualNovel/DaCapo'' DatingSim / {{anime}}. It stems from [[spoiler:a childhood wish to be able to understand the people around her after her sudden adoption. She is ''devastated'' when depowered near the end and retreats back into the StepfordSmiler mask she wore before she got her powers]].
* In the MurderMystery VisualNovel ''VisualNovel/{{Jisei}}'', a voice that only the protagonist can hear tries to help the main character with his investigation. She is able to transmit her thoughts into his mind and read his thoughts.
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Project 0}}'' Ciro uses telepathy to broadcast a BadassBoast to an [[http://www.centralcitytower.com/2010/12/project-0-page-208-whistling.html entire]] [[http://www.centralcitytower.com/2010/12/page-209-fair-warning.html enemy battleship]] just before it explodes.
* In ''DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'', the [[HornyDevils 'cubi]] have thought hearing as an innate ability, which starts to manifest in their twenties, along with empathy, ''etc''. Actual mind reading and dream entering are advanced techniques which have to be learned.
* In ''SluggyFreelance'' all the Lysinda circle vampires have this ability, though Sam rarely seems to use it.
* The FreakAngels make heavy use of their telepathic abilities, both to communicate quickly and easily, and to [[InstantExpert absorb knowledge]] on their areas of specialty.
* In {{Juathuur}}, sometimes juathuurs communicate with each other this way. Both participants must be willing.
* The [[SpaceElves Loroi]] of {{Outsider}} have a variety of psychic abilities, mind talking being among them.
* In ''ThinkBeforeYouThink'', Brian has the ability to read minds.
* A technological equivalent appears as a plot point in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}''. All of the robots on the planet share information via that planet's equivalent of the internet using built-in radios. This is functionally a type of telepathy as it's virtually instantaneous. Overlaps somewhat with HiveMind although each robot is actually an independent entity.
* Asia and Malloy from ''[[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]]'' are Mastigoes mages with mind reading and telepathic abilities.
* ''WebComic/MagickChicks'': This is one, among many, of [[SmugSuper Faith's]] abilities as an esper. Which she's used [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/they_got_away to relay orders]] [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/make_a_break to other members]] of the student council, or to mind-sext [[spoiler: [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/it_is_for_realsies Tiffany.]]]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', several mages are capable of telepathy although the recipient can always resist a mage accessing his or her mind with enough willpower.
* This is common enough in the ''WhateleyUniverse'' that [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] has an entire Psychic Arts Department. Telepaths are required to learn the ethics of telepathhy and pass the ethics test afterward. Some telepaths like [[JerkAss Don]] [[ManipulativeBastard Sebastiano]] don't follow the rules.
* Though PsychicPowers in general are the rarest of all superpowers in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', Telepathy is definitely the most common [[PsychicPowers mental power]]. The most powerful telepath in the setting is Oracle, a former member of the Global Guardians, though the supervillain Cerebellum contests this point. Other notable telepaths are Headcase, Iron Angel, A Espada, Halazgo, and Mikula.
** The Scions are a group of four telepathic siblings. They've been pursuing a private war against their father, Cerebellum, in addition to their normal super-villainy.
* Everyone in Mind Hall from ''Literature/RaisingAngels'' are some form of telepath, empath or weirder.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the TV Series ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', a character named Taranee Cook could read the minds of her fellow guardians and talk to them through their minds.
* Aqualad of the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' animated series claims to have telepathy, but he has yet to use it on anyone who isn't a [[strike:fish]] [[YouFailBiologyForever sea creature]].
* Ribbon from the original ''MyLittlePony'' was telepathic, and also capable of sending [[TalkingInYourDreams dream messages]].
* Twilight Sparkle from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has limited telepathy, as she can alter the minds of Parasprites to not eat food and force her memories of friendship onto her friends.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Dark Heresy]]'', psykers can have a range of these powers, from simple telepathy, through mind control, to full blown mind rape.
* Naturally, virtually every superhero [=RPG=] as well as most science fiction-, horror-, or fantasy-themed ones will have some version of this. In the last case, even if the word 'telepathy' never comes up and psychic powers as such ostensibly don't exist, magic spells and items allowing their user to read or control the minds of others will still be pretty standard fare.
* {{Traveller}} deals with this in an elegant way. The Zhodani Consulate is ruled by a caste of Psi-nobles. Everywhere else psionics tends to be distrusted and severely limited. This way the PC can have widely used telepathy or not, just by being in a different part of The Traveller Universe.
* Telepathy is a standard blue ability in ''MagicTheGathering''. The [[http://magiccards.info/m10/en/74.html Telepathy]] card allows you to see your opponent's hand. There are many variants on the ability, usually involving revealing hidden information in some way.
* The current page image is that of the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' card, 'Mind Haxorz'.[[note]][[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Mind_Haxorz Yes, that is how it's spelled.]][[/note]] Its effects is functionally equivalent to reading your opponent's mind, too: by paying 500 Life Points, you get to see the opponent's hand and all their face-down cards on the field.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Language - speech and writing, in particular. (Note that this form is much less reliable than most of the fictional ones.)
* Early psychologists such as Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung believed that telepathy was an atropied sense in humans, based on the seeming mind-reading abilities of animals and what they thought were personal experience of telepathic dreams.
* Three words: [[http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/02/rodent-mind-meld/ Rodent Mind Meld.]] Scientists have successfully found a way to link one lab rat's mind to another. What is basically an electronic form of telepathy, experiments found that one rat's mind can communicate with another rat from halfway across the world when both of them are hooked up to the same electronic device. One rat is provided with a problem, and the other knows the solution and tells it to the other. Both of them usually act in tandem, both flipping a switch at the same time or what-have-you.
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