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[[caption-width-right:253:...And ''[[PrimalScene that's]]'' how Sasha learned where babies come from.]]

-> '''Kerrigan:''' Captain Raynor, I've finished scouting out the area and... You pig!\\
'''Raynor:''' What? I haven't even said anything to you yet!\\
'''Kerrigan:''' Yeah, but you were thinking it.\\
'''Raynor:''' Oh, yeah, you're a telepath. Look, let's just get on with this, okay?
-->-- ''VideoGame/StarCraftI''

Congratulations, You have just acquired the amazing superpower of {{Telepathy}}! Now you can [[MindProbe peek into the innermost thoughts]] of your friends and enemies whenever you want. Isn't that awesome?

There's a bit of a problem here, though. You see, people tend to think about sex. A lot, in fact. And sometimes their thoughts involve sex with you, [[AccidentalPervert whether you like it or not.]] So, guess what you're going to find when you start mind-probing people out of curiosity?


This isn't always the fault of the mind-readee, however. Sometimes the telepath [[PowerIncontinence can't control their powers]]. Other times, it's part of an implied lesson in [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility using one's power responsibly]] and the presence of this trope [[MindOverManners is simply karmic justice.]]

For bonus points, have him accidentally read the mind of someone in the next room [[PrimalScene actually having sex]], which can lead to SexByProxy. A subtrope of AMindIsATerribleThingToRead, though often played for comedy as well. See also ForgotAboutTheMindReader, MySensorsIndicateYouWantToTapThat, ImagineSpotting.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* An episode of ''Manga/CityHunter'' has Sara, Ryo's client, that is a young girl with a unique telepathic ability to read minds. The young girl is entranced by Ryo and his abilities, despite the fact that his mind is filled with "Mokkori" most of the time.
* An unusually friendly version is implied in ''Manga/FairyTail'' when Cobra reads Natsu's mind, then they both start laughing. [[TeamPet Happy]] asks what's so funny, and Natsu tells him "I'll explain it when you're older."
* This is how an EliteMook with a mind-reading madogu in ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'' is defeated by Domon--she suffers a wardrobe malfunction and all Domon can think of after that is "BOOBS!"
* In ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', Issei's Bilingual[[note]]a power that allows Issei to [[spoiler: communicate with the female breasts, which apparently cannot lie and will truthfully reveal what their owner is thinking.]][[/note]] fails on [[spoiler: Sairaorg's Bishop because she's ''willing'' to strip in front of Issei. Yes, ''her breasts'' tell which clothing she's going to strip next.]]
* This is actually the ''least'' of problems for ''Manga/KotouraSan'''s Haruka, as out of the few people that are willing to stand by her, Manabe and her grandfather Zenzan have sexual fantasies towards her. Provided [[BlessedWithSuck everyone else she'd ever known was afraid of or hated her]] for [[{{Telepathy}} her powers]], she's willing to put up with it. Manabe actually [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this in Kotoura to get her to stop avoiding him in the first episode, and continues to do so throughout the show [[TheGadfly just to tease her]]. Haruka's general reaction to this is to immediately start hitting him while wearing a [[LuminescentBlush red face]]. In fact, Manabe only likes to fantasize about her when he ''knows'' she's able to see it.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', you don't even need another person to find yourself in this situation, such as [[ShrinkingViolet Nodoka]] [[MindProbe Miyazaki]], who has a rather [[CovertPervert perverted subconscious]]. Much later, she meets a huge-bodied masked mercenary with creepy tentacles whose predominant thoughts are "Boobies!". Very creepy until [[SamusIsAGirl the truth]] [[DoubleStandard is revealed]].
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has a scene during [[AssimilationPlot Instrumentality]] where Shinji stumbles onto a memory of Misato's from when she was in her college days--in particular, when she skipped classes to have a week-long sex romp with Kaji. Misato freaks out about how she doesn't want Shinji to see her "like that", but Shinji just seems numb (or perhaps entranced).
** ''End of Evangelion'' also ([[EpilepticTrees maybe]]) has Asuka finding out from Shinji's memories what [[ADateWithRosiePalms he did over]] [[DudeShesLikeInAComa her comatose body.]][[note]]"I know ALL about your little jerkoff fantasies about me. Go ahead, I'll even stand here and watch...!"[[/note]] She wasn't pleased, though she was also astonishingly civil about it, given her {{tsundere}} nature.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', [[TrappedInVillainy Violet]], a {{Anti Villain}}ess from the Dressrosa arc, uses her Devil Fruit power of telepathy to look into the mind of a captured and beaten Straw Hats crew member for information. The member in question is none other than [[ChivalrousPervert Sanji]], so understandably [[OhCrap she's quite shocked]] to see [[AllMenArePerverts how many lewd thoughts run in his head]], even in a situation like this.
* Satori of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has the ability to read minds and he is ''not happy'' when the Saotomes and Tendos don't believe him. So, to prove that he can, he decides to read one of their minds and then tell them their thoughts. Unfortunately for him, he happens to choose [[DirtyOldMan Happosai's.]] It was so bad that Satori had a {{nosebleed}} and fainted.
* ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' has a weird example, in that Yakumo can't read everyone's minds, only those in love with her. However, she's very beautiful, and half the male population is head-over-heels for her, yet she's never heard anything dirty, but she just finds their obsession intimidating. She also finds Hanai carrying what's left of Nishimoto's PornStash.
* The heroine in ''Telepathic Wanderers'' is both good-looking and telepathic. Knowing a lot of people are fantasizing about raping her drives her to become a hermit.
* ''Anime/YokaiWatch'' has a G-rated version of this where Nate defeats the mind-reading Espy with thoughts of having to go to the bathroom and rapidly pulling his pants up and down, humiliating her to this effect.
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Yusuke and company force a mind reader to help them find whoever is opening up the portal to the demon world, telling him to listen for anything strange. What he comes up with is a lusty "[[HotForStudent That girl's thinking about getting it on with her teacher, dammit!]]"

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* An issue of ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' plays with this. As Spidey is meeting the X-Men for the first time, ComicBook/JeanGrey compliments him for being the first guy who didn't immediately imagine her naked, which he hadn't... [[SchmuckBait until she put the idea of doing so into his head]]. The next page and a half is her getting more and more annoyed as Spidey desperately tries to ''[[ThoughtAversionFailure stop]]'' imagining her naked.
* In ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'' the same Jean Grey, immediately after meeting Kitty Pride and telling her she's a telepath, says not to worry about the dirty thoughts that come straight to the top of her mind as Kitty instinctively thinks about what to try to hide. Apparently everyone else does the same thing.
* Poor Jean has this happen ''yet again'' in one issue of the main-continuity ''ComicBook/XMen''... as she narrates about [[BlessedWithSuck the woes of telepathy]], she mostly picks up on [[HumansAreBastards people's petty greed, anger, and resentment]], but one sales clerk is thinking, "Please walk up and down my chest in six-inch stilletto heels...."
* Her daughter Comicbook/RachelSummers, reacts to this in an early issue of ''ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}'', suddenly tar & feathering the offender. We never find out what the exact thoughts were, but when Rachel shows them to Brian Braddock (Captain Britain) by way of explaining her reaction, ''his'' temper slips as well. [[SuperStrength Thankfully]] he's prevented from actually throwing a punch.
* Also in ''X-Men'', ComicBook/{{Gambit}} deliberately invokes this trope to [[PsychicStatic keep telepaths out of his mind]]. These aren't just ''any'' dirty thoughts, though, no... they involve [[spoiler:[[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead the Blob]]]].
* In the tie in comic book for ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', the psychic superheroine, Sister Psyche, was disgusted to hear the thoughts that a teenage boy was having of her. Strange, since being [[OlderThanTheyLook sixty years old]] should have given her more time to get used to it... or at least to choose a costume that wasn't absurdly {{Stripperific}}.
* [[Creator/CrossGen Persha of the First]] has the power to see through the eyes of others. She sometimes uses it to keep track of her scheming mother Ingra, who is TheVamp. She's rather deadpan about those moments when Ingra is... [[PrimalScene busy]].

* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has Harry during his tutelage by Betsy. Since he's a [[HormoneAddledTeenager 13 year old boy]] and she is a very attractive woman in, as his telepathic teacher, a very intimate situation, the inevitable result is that Harry ends up very embarrassed indeed and has a great deal of incentive to mask his thoughts. Betsy, [[BigSisterInstinct who is fond of Harry in a big sisterly sort of way,]] mostly just seems to find it funny. As she matter-of-factly points out, she's kind of used to it since she has/had a psi-link to her twin brother, so had to get very good at blocking things out when he hit puberty.
** There's also an amusing, ShipTease heavy example in chapter 1 of the sequel, ''Ghosts of the Past'', which homages another example on this page, ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS2E4TheGirlInTheFireplace The Girl In The Fireplace]],'' between Harry and Carol when he's trying to help her with nightmares and what with the two being teens with {{UST}} in nightwear, HilarityEnsues.
* While it never actually happens in the show (bar the pleasure sensing in "Objects In Space"), rather a lot of ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' {{fanfiction}} takes River's well-established PowerIncontinence to its logical conclusion.
** In ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'', a more unusual take on this is used. Jayne deliberately thinks dirty thoughts about River to get her attention when they couldn't talk.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' story ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3560875/1/Nights_in_the_Big_City Nights In The Big City,]]'' the Sensei of the Yamanouchi ninja academy says that because of the monkey spirit's sense of humour, "I have been given the ability to read minds, but only when they are in the gutter".
* This ''Series/TinMan'' [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4044972/1/Brother_Raw_Explains_It_All_For_You fanfic]] uses a version of it. [[TheEmpath Raw]] isn't sure quite what to make of the truly strange emotions coming from two of his human friends, as Viewers handle the whole mating thing much differently. Unfortunately for him, he finds out.
--> ''Raw didn't get any sleep after all that night. He ended up pacing his room. This was worse than when the females went into season.''
* Tends to show up in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' kink meme prompts and fills, especially when Ivan (noted for being rather fond of his mind reading powers in canon) is half the pairing. Possibly nodded to in ''Dark Dawn'', when it's noted that Ivan is no longer quite so thrilled with his mind reading powers.
* Deliberately used from time to time in ''Fanfic/UndocumentedFeatures'' as a quick-and-dirty test for psi powers.
--> '''[=MegaZone=]:''' OK, you didn't hit me. You're not telepathic.
* This trope plagues poor Satori Komeiji in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fanworks, sometimes [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=264852 freaking her out]] or [[CorruptTheCutie getting to her]], other times subverting this with Satori getting ''bored'' with dirty thoughts due to overexposure. Since subconscious desire is a massive part of Freud's theories of psychology, this trope also gets used by her sister, Koishi, though she tends to be portrayed as less bothered by it. Or, indeed, [[EmptyShell anything]].
* [[http://markmak.deviantart.com/art/Can-not-be-unseen-477512918 This]] ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' fancomic features a slight variant: Bill enters Soos' mind and sees a... strange memory. [[spoiler:Involving a [[CargoShip sub sandwich]].]]
* [[http://archiveofourown.org/series/82162 Stars From Home]]: Charles is hesitant to read Scott's mind after accidentally reading his thoughts when he [[ADateWithRosiePalms "did what all teenage boys do".]]
* Inverted in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. Any time the four think their minds are being read, they deliberately think things like “Fuck you!” to see if the supposed telepath reacts. Most of the time nothing results, so either their minds are not being read, or the telepaths are inured to that kind of thing.
** Except when the unfortunate John has an ''extremely'' one-sided telepathic conversation with Trelayna, where she first chides him for using profanity in his thoughts, then yells at him for slandering her with half-formed ideas.
* Chapter 30 of ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' has Ash doing some training with [[spoiler: Anabel]], and apologizing to her because it was Iris' idea and he didn't think she would drag her (and Misty) to it too. Unfortunately, he recalls when he and Iris [[ShowerOfAwkward bathed together]] [[WaterfallShower under a waterfall]], and being a telepath, [[spoiler: Anabel]] accidentally sees the memory. They both blush in unison.

* About half of the movie ''Film/WhatWomenWant'' was this.
* Dirty [[{{Psychometry}} Object Reading]] variant: This is a RunningGag in the 1988 movie ''Film/{{Vibes}}''.
-->'''Nick:''' This is cold. Right out of the package. Never been used. (''sets the knife down and picks up another'')\\
'''Male Professor:''' Amazing.\\
'''Nick:''' This is from the cafeteria here at the college. Oh, remind me not to eat here. (''he sets it down and picks up another knife'') This is... oh God... oh Jesus...\\
'''Female Professor:''' Yes?\\
'''Nick:''' (''throws down the knife'') A woman... her husband's back... eight... ''nine times!''\\
'''Female Professor:''' ''Yes, we know.''\\
'''Nick:''' You know? How could you give that to me? Don't you know how hard it is for me to have to see things like that?!\\
'''Male Professor:''' We have to test you. In science...\\
'''Nick:''' Now I won't be able to sleep! What a sight! His... oh... (''lowers his head to the table but then suddenly lifts it back up'') Someone has had sex on this table.\\
(''the professors glance at each other guiltily'')\\
'''Female Professor:''' Thank you Mr. Deezy, that will be enough for today.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''
** Seemingly averted in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''
-->'''Jean Grey:''' Logan, you're making me blush...\\
'''Wolverine:''' Are you reading my thoughts?\\
'''Jean Grey:''' I don't have to.
** In [[Film/XMen1 the first movie]] he convinces her to read his thoughts using this trope.
-->'''Wolverine:''' C'mon. Afraid you might like it?
* In the UnratedEdition of ''Film/PrettyCool'', Howard uses his mind control powers on his sister's friends for some of this, but to be fair, it is while he's having sex with them.
* ''Film/AScannerDarkly'': Although it's only part of his own drug-induced hallucinations, Freck is able to see Barris's thoughts as he fantasizes about a pretty waitress undressing herself.
* Queenie Goldstein, a psychic from ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'', reads what men think of her in their minds, but it doesn't seem to bother her.

* When Edward of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' reveals his telepathy to Bella, he mentions that most of the people around them are thinking of either sex or money. Except one, who was thinking about their cat. It's also made pretty clear that this is one of the least pleasant parts of the high school experience. He can hear everybody's pointless horny thoughts... as well as much later hear the thoughts of a gang of thugs who were going to rape the girl he loves. [[StalkingIsLove Fortunately, he was nearby to rescue her.]]
* In one of the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' novels, three of the young characters need to join the Adult Conspiracy (i.e. learn about sex) before obtaining a magical MacGuffin that will allow one of them to lead a tribe of goblins. This is because said character is nearly blind, and the item she needs is a set of magical contact lenses that will not only fix her vision, but allow her to see into the thoughts and daydreams of others. Including the naughty ones. It was determined that she had best learn about sex the mature way, rather than from seeing the filthy thoughts of the average goblin male.
* Joshua from ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'' is an empath, like [[OurAngelsAreDifferent all angels]], and the ability increases after he forms mind bond with two of his friends. Unluckily for him, Dora and Miron have a ''lot'' of {{UST}} between them and he ends up feeling every part of it. It culminates when Dora and Miron finally [[TheyDo have sex]]. He's asleep at the time in the next room and ends up dreaming the entire thing from Dora's perspective. Ultimately played for laughs, though, when Miron suggests that the next time Joshua (who CantHaveSexEver) can watch... only maybe from Miron's perspective.
* For an example of this trope played extremely darkly, there's a book called ''Fall to Grace'' wherein the protagonist, Jiro, gains super powers on his tenth birthday. One of them is mind reading, and he can't really shut it off at first. Jiro hears his father's thoughts as he masturbates, and it's a fantasy about raping his son. Cue running away and, when he meets his father again later on, blind panic that leads Jiro to telekinetically throw three chairs, a frying pan and a couch at him.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' novel ''Beasts in Velvet'' has a "scryer" as its protagonist. Since this is the Warhammer world and her powers freak everyone out, she divides men into the ones who want to screw her and the ones who want to burn her at the stake.
* [[Creator/StephenKing Stephen King's]] ''Literature/TheShining'' has an early scene where Danny Torrance notices a female hotel guest watching a bellhop and thinking she'd "like to get into his pants." This leads to a kind of EntendreFailure, as five-year-old Danny can't understand why she doesn't just get some pants of her own to wear instead of taking his.
* This is the reason why [[Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries Sookie Stackhouse]] hasn't had a boyfriend until she met Bill Compton. She can't control her PsychicPowers, so any guy she meets (except [=LaFayette=], of course) immediately starts imagining what they'd like to do with her, and she hears all the dirty details. Bill, being a vampire, has no brainwaves and can't be read, which attracts her more than anything.
** And if she tries to be intimate with a normal human, she can hear every little thought that passes through his head. She's commented that those thoughts are more along the lines of "what huge thighs" or "is that a birthmark?" than sweet ''flattering'' nothings. Also, Sookie doesn't want to know what the significant others of the bar patrons look like naked.
* Literature/HarryPotter worries about this when he's dragging his feet on learning Occlumency (anti-mind-reading magic).
* [[Creator/DaveDuncan Dave Duncan's]] book ''Cursed'' has a family traveling in the country come through an area where an exiled telepath is hiding. Several erotic thoughts are revealed, although no names are associated with the thinkers directly. Other thoughts are revealed as well, and the patriarch decides that having a telepath living outside their enclave will be beneficial to both parties: the telepath would have food, clothing, etc., while the enclave would have a guardian to alert them to invaders or thieves.
* In the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' novels, people with strong enough "Mindspeech/Mindhearing" or "Empathy" can listen in on another's amorous encounters -- sometimes even when they're trying to screen it out.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Molly tries to examine a dead woman's last memories to help solve her murder. [[spoiler: [[DeathBySex The woman was killed by a White Court Vampire]].]] She got this trope. [[spoiler: ''Yeah she did.'']] It lead to this memorable exchange:
--> '''Dresden:''' She got something.\\
'''Butters:''' She got ''something'', all right. I haven't gotten anything like that in two years.
* Invoked in ''[[Literature/GarrettPI Angry Lead Skies]]'', where Garrett encounters a strange race of [[strike:aliens]] silver elves. Informed that the female he's confronting may be a telepath, he tests this idea by deliberately picturing the two of them having vigorous sex, then watching her shocked reaction.
* Jarlaxle invokes this trope in ''[[Literature/LegacyOfTheDrowSeries Siege of Darkness]]'' when being mind-read by the head of House Oblodra, a priestess/psion. She quickly retreated from his mind. Usually he wears a magic item to prevent such scans, but there was a worldwide disruption of magical energies going on at the time.
* {{Inverted}} in ''Literature/WetGoddess'': Ruby the bottlenose dolphin reads Zack's mind and is terrified when he shows her the full range of [[SexIsEvil humans' sexual taboos and inhibitions]].
* A DownplayedTrope example in the YoungAdult ''Literature/JackBishop'' novels by Steve Diamond. Alexandra Courtney is quite jaded as a teenager since every one of her classmates thinks about nothing but sex but all of them are desperately trying to hide it.
* Irsil in ''MissionLevity'' gets a dose of this as a result of exhaustion-caused PowerIncontinence. She is not happy about seeing her captain having GladToBeAliveSex in the next room when all she wanted was a relaxing bath.
* In ''Literature/TheEmpressGame'', it's done second-hand. Contrary to what Malkor thinks, Kayla can't read his mind, but Corinth can, and his comments indicate that Malkor's thoughts about Kayla are along these lines.
-->'''Corinth:''' It's a loop between "Can she read my thoughts? Is she doing it right now?" and "Shit! Don't think that! What if she heard it?" [...] [awkwardly] Oh. Oh, wow. He definitely doesn't want you to hear that. I'm not sharing that one.
* This is one of the reasons why the [[SuperSerum Veritas]] drug is illegal to non-[[LivingLieDetector Truthsayers]] in ''Literature/{{Blindfold}}''. Only they are not only conditioned from even before they're born to use the drug to its full effect but also trained to only use it in the name of justice and only with the consent of the person wishing to be mind-read. Ordinary people are only able to use it for a few seconds, and their desires tend to be... less noble. [[FeudalFuture Landholder]] Franz Dokken stages a public punishment for a young couple, who tried to use Veritas to read one another's mind during sex, admonishing them for their reckless disregard for the law. Then he himself does this while having sex with his mistress. [[spoiler:To his anger, he discovers that she's fantasizing about having sex with his cook and kills her on the spot]].
* In ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'', Freya enjoys flirting with people and then revealing that she can read their minds and has just heard all the dirty thoughts they had about her.

[[folder: Live Action Television ]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Buffy discovers just how often teenage boys think about sex when she gets mind reading powers in the episode "Earshot". There's one particular moment where Buffy picks up on someone thinking some very flattering things about her looks. She preens a bit until the thoughts go from "she's attractive" to "I'd like to push her against those lockers and have my way with her," at which points she freaks out a little and hurries away.
** Also in that episode, Xander.
--->'''Xander:''' (''voice over'') What am I gonna do? I think about sex all the time! Sex! Help! Four times five is 30. Five times six is 32. Naked girls. Naked women! Heh, naked Buffy! Oh, stop me!\\
'''Buffy:''' God, Xander! Is that all you think about?\\
'''Xander:''' Actually... bye. (''bolts from the library'')
** Don't forget Wesley. Right after warning everyone that they'll probably be thinking exactly what they don't want Buffy to know, he goes on a tangent about Cordelia and how he's a "bad, bad man." All Buffy has to do is raise her eyebrows at him for him to flee immediately.
** Subverted in the case of [[CloudCuckooLander Oz]], who becomes philosphical about the whole matter and begins pondering things like "If my thoughts exist in Buffy's mind, does that mean ''I'' exist in Buffy's mind, and that Buffy is me?"
** Even Buffy's mom isn't immune. She thinks about having sex with Giles in "Band Candy", because she worries about Buffy finding out.
** [[Series/{{Angel}} Illyria]] is only [[TheEmpath an empath]], but as soon as Connor enters the room, she reports, "This one is lusting after me." Perhaps not a surprise, given [[BreastPlate what she wears.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. In "The Cage", the Talosians kidnap Number One and Yeoman Colt as [[AdamAndEvePlot possible mates for Captain Pike]]. The Magistrate states (in front of all parties concerned) that Number One's IceQueen demeanor is a facade and she's often had fantasies about him, while Yeoman Colt has assumed the captain was [[IgnoredEnamoredUnderling out of her reach]], "but now is realising [[LockedInARoom this has changed]]". Also the famous scene where Pike is tempted by a LotusEaterMachine fantasy in which he's a decadent Orion slave trader.
-->"[[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Glistening green]], almost like secret dreams a bored ship captain might have..."
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. A telepath (not Kes) noted that Neelix was thinking that he'd like her to tug on his whiskers (a noted erogenous zone for Talaxians). Luckily she was attracted to him as well, so she wasn't really offended.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** Lwaxana Troi read some dirty thoughts from Picard, or at least claimed to for the sake of messing with his head. She also mentions at one point that her former valet's thoughts about her were almost pornographic.
** In the Peter David novel [[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Q-in-Law Q-in-Law,]] Q is (or at least pretends to be) appalled when Lwaxana mentions the above. Q says this is because, for a Q at least, thinking about something is the same thing as doing it, more or less.
** In one episode, Picard and Crusher were implanted with chips in their heads that ended up sending each other the thoughts of the humans. Crusher later told Picard that she read his thoughts while he was sleeping, prompting Picard to say that he cannot be held responsible for his unconscious thoughts.
* In ''Something Is Out There'' (a short-lived sci-fi series on NBC), the alien protagonist Ta'Ra is telepathic; unfortunately she's also a [[MsFanservice hot chick]] so she's constantly annoyed over how these Earth people want to "do ''that'' with her body" (her species has a [[BizarreAlienBiology somewhat different way of making love]]).
* In ''{{Series/Firefly}}'', River suffers a brush with this in the episode "Objects In Space", where she comes across Zoe and Wash making out on the bridge. Her... ''reaction''... to it says everything; she starts swaying, mouth opening and closing, and her hands start rubbing her arms, and she's forced to retreat very quickly.
* A fairly [[{{Squick}} squicky]] ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' example: shortly after Phoebe becomes [[TheEmpath an empath]], she's trying to talk to her sister Piper when a man begins to check Piper out. Phoebe feels his attraction for her sister--apparently as if it belonged to her--becomes flustered, and has to shoo him out.
** This becomes a plot point in a later season 6 episode where Phoebe wonders if all her boyfriend Jason wants from her is sex due to the intense lust she feels from him whenever she walks into the room.
** Before that, in season 3 Prue temporarily becomes an empath as well. Already stressed from the experience, she feels Piper and Leo starting to make out in the other room, and shouts out "Not now, I have a headache" loud enough for them to hear and stop in confusion.
** In that same episode, Prue enters the manor at the same time Cole is leaving, and is nearly knocked off of her feet when she feels the mutual love connection between Cole and Phoebe.
* Kelly from ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', a telepath, has the dubious honour of hearing the horny thoughts of the men around her. She hears Nathan's so often it becomes a bit of a RunningGag.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** There is a scene where Garibaldi gets into an elevator behind Talia Winters, a very attractive woman who is also a powerful telepath. She explains to another passenger, "I can screen out everyone's thoughts unless they are very strong." A few seconds later, she elbows Garibaldi in the gut. After she leaves, his response to that is priceless: "I think I'm in love."
** An earlier episode had Talia helping Sinclair mediate negotiations between Londo and G'Kar. Since Londo had just come from spending the night with his mistress, his thoughts were quite erotic.
* The empath character on ''Series/MutantX'' had to ask teammates to stop thinking such thoughts about her on (oddly only a few) occasions.
* In the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Greeks Bearing Gifts", Toshiko wears a mind-reading pendant to work and learns far more than she cares to about Gwen and Owen's illicit affair. Fortunately for her, [[AnythingThatMoves Captain Jack]] is immune to the pendant's effects.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** "The Girl in the Fireplace." The Doctor does his [[MindMeld fingers-on-temples mind-reading]] [[BuffySpeak thing]] with courtesan Madame de Pompadour, telling her that if there's anything she doesn't want him to see, she should imagine a door and close it. He then points out a few open doors. Madame de Pompadour just smiles.
** In "Deep Breath" Strax scans Clara's subconscious and sees what he generously interprets as "[[GuyOnGuyIsHot men playing sport]]".
--->'''Strax:''' Well... it ''could'' be sport...
*** It could also be guy on girl, or girl on girl, because in the same episode, Strax also showed that he has problems identifying differences between human genders.
* This happens to George in ''Series/MyHero''. He discovers that Piers thinks about sex ALL the time (Even while draining a cyst) and catches his cousin thinking "Boy, is she hot" about Janet.
* As mentioned in the Literature section, Sookie from ''Series/TrueBlood'' has this problem, due to her difficulty screening out people's thoughts.
-->Ever stand in line at the bank and hear the guy behind you thinking of how he wants to suck your toes?!
* The Belcerebon people of Kakrafoon Kappa had telepathy inflicted on them - the cruellest social disease known to sentient creatures - in just vengeance for their being perceived as tranquil and at peace with themselves. In the TV adaptation of H2G2, the animation of the Book shows one Belcerebon radiating mind-waves and another's jaw dropping open in wide-eyed shock and disgust at what he or she is picking up. As Douglas Adams remarked, the only way of shutting it out and getting some peace back is to play host to heavy metal gigs such as that of Disaster Area.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has Matt Parkman. He reads his wife and coworkers minds and finds out that they're sleeping together. Although this wasn't intentional on his part, it's still dirty mind reading, since he learned about his coworker's sex life, and his wife's.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* In a few early ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'' strips, Dilbert goes on a blind date with a two-headed telepath. It doesn't go well.
-->'''Dilbert:''' Must not think anything naughty, must not think anything naughty -- (the woman's faces freeze in horror) -- Oops.\\
'''Dilbert:''' I must admit, this is the first time I've been on a date with a two-headed telepath. Now I'm sure some of the thoughts you're picking up seem strange and disturbing, but I assure you, these are perfectly normal thoughts for a guy -- (''the woman grabs the tablecloth in disgust and horror'') -- Well, maybe not that last one.
** In another strip, when the cast is informed that the company has been sold to telepathic reptilian aliens, Wally says he's not worried since reading his mind will cause the aliens to go blind.

[[folder: Theme Parks ]]
* At Ride/UniversalStudios:
** The former ''Theatre/GhostbustersSpooktacular'' show had a pre-show where Louis Tully demonstrated the team's technology on guests, one of which being a mind-reading helmet. When put on a male participant, the helmet showed that he was thinking of things like being surrounded by supermodels or wearing a wedding dress.
** At the park's Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights event, the ''Academy of Villains: House of Fear'' show from 2016 had a scene where one of the characters put a dream-reading helmet on an asylum inmate, and what was shown first as a result was a SexySilhouette of a naked woman dancing.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'':
** Sasha Nein accidentally wound up doing this as a child when he attempted to learn more about his dead mother by probing his father's mind. Most of them were happy memories. A few of them were ''really'' happy (and [[PrimalScene child-scarring]]) memories.
** A G-rated version occurs when Raz runs into [[{{Tsundere}} Lili]] on his way to Sasha's secret training. As she laments how immature he's being, Raz accidentally reads her mind and hears that she secretly wants to make out with him. [[spoiler:Near the end of the game, she deliberately projects the same thought into his head as a CallBack.]]
* Psycho Mantis laments his telepathy in his FinalSpeech in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', particularly, "how everyone thinks of only one thing".
* In ''VideoGame/StarCraft'', we're never told in-game exactly what Raynor was thinking when he met Kerrigan, but Kerrigan's response implies that this trope was involved. According to tie-in book ''Liberty's Crusade'', it's along the lines of "ShesGotLegs".
* 6 years later in ''VideoGame/StarcraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm'' you can get an EasterEgg where Kerrigan once again reads Jim's mind. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5Uu5i9qA0s Yes, he hasn't changed a bit.]]
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': Kreia's bond with the Jedi Exile sometimes veers into this territory, with the old bag lecturing about "base thoughts" and "indignities." However, one also wonders if that misplaced [[Franchise/{{Dune}} Bene Gesserit]] is getting her kicks by it, as she's talking about it a lot.
* Invoked by Mint in ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel Moonlit Lover'', Vanilla route. While Tact and [[ShrinkingViolet Vanilla]] did share some intimate moments (not that way; Tact just got his [[EarCleaning ears cleaned]]), [[TheOjou Mint]] [[CovertPervert invokes]] this trope with some very careful wording, leading both [[LoveFreak Ranpha]] and [[CoolBigSis Forte]] to be very visibly excited over the prospect. Naturally, [[TheDitz Milfie]] and [[NewMeat Chitose]] fail to get it.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising''; when Palutena directs Pit to a stash of treasure in the second level, Pit asks her how she knows this. Palutena says that she can analyze the situation through Pit's laurels, then tells Pit that she can also use them to read Pit's thoughts while warning him that he better not be thinking of anything "naughty." But when Pit promptly sheepishly denies any impure thoughts, Palutena says she was kidding about the whole thing with the laurels.
* After recruiting supernatural [[TheCasanova Casanova]] Gannayev to your party in ''[[VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2 Mask of the Betrayer]]'', prison warden Tirzah the Old sends him off with a bitter good riddance and hopes that she never has to deal with him again. At this, Gannayev asks how she can really be so happy to get rid of him when most of the dreams he's sneaked a peek at involve them making sweet, sweet, passionate love.
* Invoked by Gault in the ''Knights of the Fallen Empire'' expansion of ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', who deliberately thinks of the most repulsive and perverse thoughts possible when dealing with Force Users as a form of PsychicStatic. It's even effective on a Force-sensitive PC, can try to read his mind only to recoil in disgust soon after.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonBallFighterZ'', after Piccolo is rescued, Bulma tries to explain the situation with the clones and spirit linking to him, but he tells her that he already got all of that information by reading her mind. She then wonders what else he could have taken from her while he was mind-reading, and Piccolo casually mentions that he ''might'' have looked at memories of her taking a bath.

* In ''[[Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures DMFA]]'', all Cubi are naturally mindreaders. (technically 'thoughtreaders': in DMFA canon, 'mindreading' is intentionally searching through a target mind's memories, not just picking up on current thoughts). Some beings think they can scare away Cubi by intentionally thinking dirty thoughts for them to read. This doesn't work, though, as 'Cubi' is short for "Incubi and Succubi"-and a being attempting to out-dirty a race whose very name comes from supernatural seducers would have to get pretty inventive. It can be inverted, however: [[http://www.missmab.com/Demo/Cubi02.php think of something boring]] or make it appear that [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_565.php your mind's not safe to read.]]
* A halfling in ''[[http://mindflayed.0nyx.com/ Mind Flayed]]'' protects herself from a mind flayer by responding to its telepathy with thoughts of "hot uncensored tentacle sex." This is doubly traumatic for a species with facial tentacles.
* This is bound to happen in ''Webcomic/ThinkBeforeYouThink'', since Brian can't turn off his mind-reading, but it becomes 10 times worse if [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20110408-chaos Brian's thoughts are also projected.]] [[http://thinkbeforeyouthink.net/?comic=20130809-don%27t-think-about-elephants He talks about it here.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'''s version of Psycho Mantis. Thanks to PowerIncontinence, he hears the thoughts of ''everyone'' in a huge radius. Being exposed to this for god knows how long has [[FreudianExcuse given him an absolute disgust with sex and women.]]
* In [[http://www.pbfcomics.com/160/ this strip]] of ''Webcomic/ThePerryBibleFellowship'', a group of scientists gets a visit by one Senator Bix, and present the Dreamcatcher 3000 to her, a machine that allows one to see other people's dreams. Hooked up to the machine is Prof. Digmund - who is at that very moment dreaming about himself and Senator Bix...

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebAnimation/MadokaAbridged'', Madoka surprises Sayaka with Kyubey's mind-reading:
-->'''Madoka:''' (''telepathy'') I just realized I can speak into your brain too, 'cause Kyubey's here!\\
'''Sayaka:''' So, can you... read my mind?\\
'''Madoka:''' Um, maybe. I'll try it. Here goes... (''{{beat}}'') What the!? Sayaka, you pervert!\\
'''Sayaka:''' Hey, what did you see!? Dammit, Madoka, if you tell anyone...\\
'''Hitomi:''' Eeew, you guys are acting gay, I'm leaving. (''runs'')\\
'''Madoka:''' Great, now she thinks I'm gay, too.\\
'''Sayaka:''' What?
* In ''WebVideo/BerserkAbridged'', Griffith worries about this happening with the [[GodOfEvil God Hand]] and sings the Meow Mix theme song in his mind before they assure him that they're used to this happening. Then they actually read his mind and are [[EvenEvilHasStandards absolutely disgusted]] at the thoughts going on in his head.
* Justified, Invoked, and Exploited by Bells in Roleplay/{{Glowfic}}, especially in Effulgence. Only with people who've agreed to it and who they're already dating, though.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo'', the Nightmaster's female minion [[PunnyName Ella Mental]] has telepathy. After she reads Yin's mind she shouts, "She can read minds?", Yo then smiles and immediately receives a black eye from her and comments, "That would be a yes."
* In an uncensored joke on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Picard asks Troi to try sensing what some aliens are thinking. Troi ends up sensing one of Picard's dirty thoughts and confusingly mentions how Picard is standing over her and begins pouring lemonade all over her... until she realizes it wasn't lemonade. Picard quickly cuts her off and changes the subject before she can finish what he's thinking, and then gives Riker a command and heads off to his quarters.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Dipper gets hooked up to a machine that translates thoughts to text. As Dipper is just hitting puberty, he's embarrassed by what comes out. In particular, there's "[[RagingStiffie Maybe if I cross my legs, no one will notice]]" and "That red bathing suit, man!" (referring to his attraction to Wendy when she wears her red bathing suit in "[[Recap/GravityFallsS1E15TheDeepEnd The Deep End]]".)
* The WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} episode "I Roommate" has Bender's thoughts interrupting satellite signals via his antenna.
-->'''Woman:''' [Your thoughts] are on my cell phone too.
-->'''Bender:''' Madame, I believe you're mistaken.
-->'''Cellphone in Bender's voice:''' Wow, that lady has a huge ass.
-->'''Bender:''' Those could be anyone's thoughts, fat ass.
** In "Into the Wild Green Yonder" while scanning a crowd's thoughts, the only thing Fry can hear from [[PeopleJars the head]] of Music/SnoopDogg is "Naked ladies. Naked ladies. Naked ladies."
* In the WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers episode, "What Color is Your Clean Suit" Dean tries to talk to a girl with telepathy but all his mind is focused on is her boobs.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* While performing for the troops during WorldWarTwo, Creator/MarleneDietrich would do a mind reading act. She would ask the audience to concentrate on whatever came into their minds, then go over to a soldier and pretend to be shocked. "Oh, think of something else. I can't possibly talk about ''that!''"