So you've got a character with awesome PsychicPowers, up to and including [[{{Telepathy}} mind reading]] and [[{{Brainwashed}} control]]. Problem is, he isn't into BadPowersBadPeople, but prior stories show how TheDarkSide can oh so ''very'' easily corrupt individuals who use these gifts irresponsibly. What's more, the powers will make them akin to a DeusExMachina if they go [[MindRape Mind Raping]], [[LaserGuidedAmnesia memory wiping]], or even "just" [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood making pacifists out of their enemies]]. Allies will be paranoid and afraid of them; suspecting that their own thoughts are heard or not their own, or are being manipulated by mundane means (telepaths are rarely dumb; their ESP seems to come with [[BrainCriticalMass lots of IQ]]). And if they ''don't'' use their powers in that manner, expect cries of ReedRichardsIsUseless and MisappliedPhlebotinum.

So how do you justify people like [[Franchise/XMen Professor X]] or ComicBook/MartianManhunter being good guys, without having them solve the plot and mind-wipe the RoguesGallery, all while avoiding sappy {{Fantastic Aesop}}s intended to [[HoldingBackThePhlebotinum hold back the phlebotinum?]]

Why, you make them the most damn ethical, trustworthy and scrupulous characters you can find, that's what! Sure, there will always be that lingering "are they really practicing what they preach?" doubt, but giving them an overall ethical attitude and behavior keeps up WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief.

They can delve a little into the grey area in telepathy, but wading too deep into murky waters (while excellent drama) has the downside of heralding a [[FaceHeelTurn full fall from grace]] or being PutOnABus while they sort out their ethics. Usually they can get away with [[FakeMemories "white lies"]] and [[LaserGuidedAmnesia forgotten memories]], a little mind control [[GodzillaThreshold if the alternative is worse]], but never MindRape or [[LossOfIdentity destroying a personality.]]

A common justification is that they [[PowerIncontinence can't turn their abilities off]]: the thoughts and emotions of their fellows are as much of a constant to them as water is to a fish. If they are mistrusted and feared, they can't escape from it; the best they can do is demonstrate that they ''can'' be trusted not to misuse their gift. Compare and contrast AMindIsATerribleThingToRead, a trope which serves as a CynicismCatalyst for many telepaths.

This also gets to be an ElephantInTheLivingRoom when mindwipes are used to protect the {{Masquerade}}, especially when it seems like it's more for convenience and not necessity.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Subverted in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' when Negi was going to wipe Asuna's mind after she finds out he's a mage (in the first episode no less!), though he had to do it because it's actually ''better than the other option,'' or at least more ethical.
** The mages themselves partially admit this by outlawing things like love potions. [[MoralDissonance What's curious is the other things they are allowed to do]].
** Played completely straight with Nodoka, whose mind-reading abilities make her one of the most feared of the TrueCompanions, leading at least Haruna to wonder if she uses it for more [[CovertPervert "sordid"]] practices. The other characters theorize that she was given one of the more unsettling powers because of her [[ShrinkingViolet shy attitude]] and [[NiceGirl sheer kindness]].
** Mage Society in general was a little too gung-ho in mind-wiping any {{muggles}} who were inconvenient. After a ''[[ReedRichardsIsUseless war]]'' over the subject and no clear answer, the plot thread was put on the back burner for the [[MagicalLand Magic World]] arc.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'''s protagonist Lelouch falls under this for most of the series; he has no problem forcing his enemies to commit suicide or sacrificing potential allies for a strategic advantage, but he holds free will in high regard, and goes to great lengths to amass his army of followers without using his HypnoticEyes to influence them, which would have made the job far easier. When he starts [[spoiler: using his powers to enslave people indefinitely]], it's a sign of [[DespairEventHorizon just how far he's fallen into despair]] - at the moment it was the ''only'' way he could continue fighting, and entirely necessary in order for him to [[spoiler: prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]].
* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] and [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] in ''Manga/KotouraSan''. [[HowWeGotHere In her]] [[DownerBeginning backstory]], Haruka Kotoura is a born [[{{Telepathy}} Telepath]] that can't tell the difference between thoughts and speech because her {{Telepathy}} is [[PowerIncontinence always on]]. Ergo, she had no sense of [[ Tatemae]] (and still doesn't sometimes). That along with being a [[CuriosityIsACrapshoot curious]] CheerfulChild, she [[InnocentlyInsensitive unknowingly hurt everybody around her]], which made her [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer socially shunned]] and even [[spoiler:broke up her family]]. [[PresentDay Later on]], she [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this to maintain a JerkassFacade [[LeaveMeAlone to keep people away from her]] as [[NeverBeHurtAgain a means to defend herself emotionally]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Professor X of the ''ComicBook/XMen''... [[strike:usually]] occasionally.
** This may or may not be subverted in ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen''. Xavier certainly ''presents'' this image...
*** While there's several hints that Ultimate Xavier may not be as scrupulous as the original, there is also an amusing double subversion when Ultimate Emma Frost tells him not to try his "hint of menace" schtick on her, because she knows him better. Of course, she'd think that either way...
*** Considering recent events in both universes [[spoiler:Primarily, but not only, an X-Men team in the 616 Universe whose existence the Professor wiped from everybody's minds]] the "real" Marvel Universe's Professor X and the Ultimate Universe Professor X are about on par as far as morality [[spoiler:maybe even switched as far as who's "good" and who's "bad"]].
*** On the other claw, Chuck-616 also did things like wipe the existence of teenaged Hank [=McCoy=] from the memory of everyone who ever knew him, ''[[ParentalAbandonment including his parents]]''. This wasn't a retcon from the DarkerAndEdgier era: it happened during ''Lee and Kirby's original run''. Xavier's long-standing status as too ethical to do such things is the actual retcon; during the original run, altering memories to preserve the X-Men's SecretIdentities was practically a [[OncePerEpisode Once Per Issue]] thing.
** A contrast is seen between Xavier and a psychic with no concept of Mind Over Manners in the X-Men[=/=]ComicBook/ClanDestine crossover: Kay (eldest daughter of the Destines) tries to rudely [[MuggingTheMonster invade Xavier's mind]] to find out what the X-Men's deal is, even [[TemptingFate going so far]] as to say she's doing it out loud. Xavier (who is several centuries her junior) responds with the psychic equivalent of a rolled-up newspaper to the face, an admonishment of her lack of ethics (and crudity of the attempt) and a subtle warning that he could and would do far worse if she tried that again.
* Teen ComicBook/JeanGrey in ''ComicBook/AllNewXMen'': her telepathy shows up unexpectedly due to the stress of seeing the future and knowing her future self dies (more than once). Kitty has to repeatedly remind her it's considered extremely impolite to read minds without permission. Jean apologizes, but her curiosity gets the better of her quite a bit. Sometimes HilarityEnsues, sometimes it leads to AwkwardMoments, but most times [[WhatTheHellHero she can't believe what people have done]]. She's getting better by the time she meets [[ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan Miles Morales]].
* The entire roster of DC heroes (save Batman, who was P.O.'d to find they'd been doing it to him, too) mind-wiped their enemies and many friends to the effect of ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'' and all the problems stemming therefrom.
* Martian Manhunter of the ''Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}}''.
** Intriguingly, it's exposure to human thoughts and attitudes later in the first series which causes J'onn's rather pleasant, calm demeanor to break down somewhat. (Apparently, Martians were just not the type to keep secrets, and the deceitfulness of humanity was something of a shock for him which led to him strongly disliking humans later on.)
** In the animated ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', when encountering the alternate universe/Justice Lord version of J'onn, Batman quietly asks if Justice League J'onn has read the other's mind yet. J'onn replies that it's not something Martians do to one another.
---> '''Batman''': Can't? Or won't?
---> '''J'onn''': Both.
** Interestingly, the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' cartoon (see below) takes the opposite position: that telepathy is so normal for Martians that the idea of it being rude is foreign to them.
* Saturn Girl of the ''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'', at least the Silver Age version. Not sure about the modern ones.
** Post-Zero hour Saturn Girl generally had pretty good telepathic manners, but was a whole lot grayer than the original flavor. Most of the instances of MindRape were accidental, though.
* Quite subverted with the Silver Age GreenLantern Hal Jordan, as he frequently used his power ring to not only read minds (including to see if a particular female was attracted to him) but to wipe memories particularly anytime someone learned his or someone else's secret identity. It was so prevalent that he even lampshades it in an issue when a villain reveals his and Barry Allen's secret [=IDs=] to their respective [=SO=]'s of the time, noting how even he was getting tired of that corny routine from having done it so often. That doesn't stop him from conveniently leaving out restoring that bit of their memories when convenient amnesia afflicted everyone in the city. He at least once used his power ring to force someone to walk into a police station and confess to framing him for a crime because it was easier for him than trying to prove his innocence in more legal ways.
* In an issue of ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', after [[spoiler:Aunt May finds out that Peter is Spidey's secret identity, Kitty begs Jean to use her powers to erase the discover from Aunt May's mind. All of the other X-men tell Kitty that this is not a good idea]]. Subverted in a different issue, where Xavier performs some sort of telepathic sedation on a super powered foreign exchange student. Spider-man asks if doing that was ethical, and Xavier admits it probably wasn't. (The student did nearly kill Spidey, Kitty, Jean, Storm, and himself when he woke up in the X-jet and blew a hole in it. Sedating him was probably the safest course of action.)
* Mind████ from ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' used her psychic powers on herself to prevent herself from becoming like her brother.
* Generally averted by Wayne Tucker of ''[[ComicBook/TheNewUniverse Psi-Force]]'', who in addition to the combat uses of his psychic powers, routinely erased the memories of both bad guys and bystanders, psychically coerced people into doing things like giving him rides wherever he needed to go, and occasionally invaded his teammates' minds without permission. (Some of these instances are understandable given that he was one of a group of runaway teenagers trying to evade a shadowy organization that apparently wanted them dead; some of them, not so much.)
* PlayedForDrama with Comicbook/DoctorStrange, who has moral lines he does ''not'' want to cross but occasionally has to in order to save the world.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/DownToAgincourt'' has a woman who's recently developed telepathy. She meets Castiel, who casually mentions that if she's been [[MindRape manipulating people with her powers]], [[BlueAndOrangeMorality he'll kill her]]. In addition to being scared of him, she is appalled that anyone would suspect she might do such a thing.
* Professor Xavier, Betsy Braddock, presumably Jean Grey, and, once his powers come through, Harry, are all scrupulous about this in ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm''. In Harry's case, it's in large part because he's terrified of going off the deep end. Other psychics are mentioned as being less scrupulous.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Jedi in ''StarWars''. Although played out as light teasing, Padmé asks Anakin if he intends to use a mind trick on her when she's reluctant to tell him about past boyfriends.
* Subverted by Spock in ''Film/{{Star Trek VI|The Undiscovered Country}}''. We don't know what exactly he did to Valeris, [[MindRape but it clearly wasn't pleasant.]]
* In ''Film/MenInBlack'', J is not happy with K being so trigger happy with the Neuralizer and even asks at one point if K ever used it on him. K denies it, though we saw him use it on J at the beginning of the film.
* In ''Film/MenInBlackII'', J gets a reputation for neuralizing people recklessly, mostly his partners. He's had good reasons each time, though. Although from the looks of things in the first movie (specifically when they're in the morgue the first time), he learned it from K.
* Averted in ''Film/MenInBlack3'', where the neuralizer is used frequently on large portions of the public and not treated as ethically problematic.
* ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' presented a much younger, less disciplined Charles Xavier who had no problem using his powers on anyone whenever it was convenient for him. That being said, he did promise Raven that he wouldn't read her mind, and he did ask for Erik's permission before searching for the brightest corner of his friend's memory system.

* Creator/{{Anne McCaffrey}}'s ''Literature/TowerAndTheHive'' series. A perquisite of Talented parenting is to immediately stomp out negative tendencies in their offspring, to avoid later turns to the darkside and misuse of powers. For the most part, this works, and evil Talents are so rare as to almost never be mentioned. Rogue Talents do start popping up in later books. Apparently, the standard procedure is for a more powerful telepath to "mind-lock" their powers... which can have adverse side-effects. The one time we see a hostile psychic being vastly more powerful than the main characters, they join their minds and crush its consciousness, killing it.
* Healers in Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's ''Literature/LiadenUniverse'' books.
* Maria V Snyder's ''[[Literature/IxiaAndSitia Study]]'' series, at least in part.
* ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar:''
** This is most of the drama in ''Arrow's Flight,'' but worse. Heralds in general would never dream of casually reading the thoughts and emotions of others, mainly because they've all been Chosen for their discretion and selflessness, and Talia is no exception -- unfortunately, it takes a long time for anyone to realize that although her Mindspeech is weak, she's a very powerful [[TheEmpath Empath]], and Empathy appearing on its own rather than as a secondary power to [[HealingHands Healing]] is very rare. As a result, her training in controlling her power is woefully inadequate, and Talia really can't ''tell'' when she's influencing someone or when she's not.
** Once she comes to full control of her Empathy, Talia develops her own sense of moral conduct with it, which is largely limited to those she considers to be good people. She openly uses MindRape against [[PayEvilUntoEvil those few individuals she considers worthy of it]], something that the other Heralds quiz her about, but accept her position on.
** It's also discussed in ''By the Sword'' between Kerowyn and Eldan, who find they must reconcile their different attitudes toward their telepathy; Eldan comes from a culture in which such abilities are commonplace and governed by [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Heraldic ethics]], while Kero has lived all her life in a culture in which being able to read others' thoughts is almost unheard of, compelling her to keep her Mindspeech a secret and refrain from using it any more than she can possibly help so as not to lose the trust of those around her.
** ''The Collegium Chronicles'' and ''The Herald Spy'' follow Mags, the most powerful Mindspeaker of his generation, [[ComingOfAgeStory from his Choosing through his early Heraldic career]]. As Mags' powers grow, he is forced to confront situations in which use of his telepathy may or may not be justified, from simple scanning of surface thoughts to actual mind probes of criminals. In ''Closer to Home'' [[BondCreatures his Companion Dallen]] takes on the responsibility of determining when Mags would be justified in taking over another's body, as Mags might worry too much about JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope to take action when it really is needed -- such as [[spoiler:to prevent mass murder]].
* Played with in ''Literature/HarryPotter;'' at least two teachers, Dumbledore and Snape, are known to be capable of [[MindProbe Legilimency]]. There's no proof that either ever used it beyond the [[LivingLieDetector casual ability to intuit if they were being lied to]], although Harry often worried that Snape could read minds. The only times the more invasive version is used is on a willing subject, for the purposes of teaching defense against it, and possibly on Kreacher by Dumbledore in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]].'' And on Harry, after he used an unknown spell to defend himself against Malfoy -- and ended up nearly killing him.
* ''Any'' mind magic on others in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is MindRape; as the human psyche doesn't react well to being externally changed. Even neutralizing a heroin addiction is BlackMagic.
** Then again, the White Council regards mind magic as a very very grey area and just prohibits it altogether, just to be on the safe side.
** It also seems to be legal to do diagnostic or corrective mental magic, providing you have the consent of the subject-- for example, in one of the books a passing reference is made to systematic attempts to pinpoint and reverse a villain's subtle mind control in members of an organization. Also, Harry himself has engaged in some mental sparring with his apprentice, so as to practice their mental defenses. Oh, and the laws of magic only apply to humans-- mind-rape on vampires or demons or whatever is totally fine.
*** It's worth noting that Harry's sparring sessions with his apprentice come from his first encounter against someone with real power in mind magic - his attempts to defend himself fail, and she mocks him even trying with what he knows. This being due to the Council's attitude toward mind magic, and Harry being who he is, the Council's customary prohibition against even training AGAINST mind magic in depth gets ignored pretty quickly afterward.
*** Actually, the Council has no prohibition on magic ment to defend one's self from mind magic. They activity train their members in it. But since [=very=] few wizards on the Council know more than the bare minimum about mind magic to properly protect themselves, it's kinda half assed. Fortunately, Harry brings up the issue( after almost dying), and a few older wizards hand out a few of the tricks they're figured out over the years.
*** Though demons and faeries and other such are protected by the sheer alienness of their minds. Try to read or manipulate the mind of a faerie and if you're ''very'' lucky you'll end up in the corner laughing at how everything is made of rainbows. (If you're unlucky, it will be something much nastier than rainbows.)
* [[Literature/TheCulture Culture Minds]] combine unfathomable processing power with machines that can manipulate matter on the subatomic level, essentially giving them ''total'' mind-reading and brainwashing powers. However, the Culture also respects individual privacy so much that actually using this power is the closest thing there is to a crime in the Culture, and will result in the Mind being ostracized even if it was done for the greater good.
** By way of example, the one Mind we come across that has done so was the ''GCU Grey Area'', which is now called ''Meatfucker'' by its peers.
* The Betazoids in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novels are usually shown as being like this. In the novel ''Well Of Souls'', from Literature/StarTrekTheLostEra, the Betazoid Ven Kaldarren refuses to telepathically scan the shady characters he's travelling with, despite their highly unpleasant personalities. He later acknowledges he was foolish not to. Indeed, they're planning to kill him, and his son.
* The tension between this trope and MundaneUtility forms most of the plot of Brenda W. Clough's ''Literature/HowLikeAGod'', and a lot of the rest is about tension between this and ComesGreatResponsibility. Along the way, the protagonist hits every trope from PsychicAssistedSuicide to ([[HeelRealization almost]]) [[NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization raping someone]]. Then again, when he finds that ThereIsAnother, [[spoiler:[[AGodAmI he looks like a saint in comparison]]]].
* The Sentinels from the Literature/FirebirdTrilogy have very strict, self-policed rules on how they are and are not allowed to use their telepathic powers. Penalties for violating the fundamental tenets of the Code range from having their powers blocked to execution. This Code keeps them "nice" and prevents the significantly more numerous non-telepathic people (among whom they live) from wiping them out due to mistrust.
** The Shuhr, a branch of the Sentinel people that do not share the Sentinel's Christian faith, and hence also do not share their codes of conduct, show us exactly why the Sentinels need to police themselves. A dozen forms of MindRape, from implantation of compulsions to erasing and/or rewriting memories to looking though an unwitting victim's eyes are routine among them, and they keep their powers from fading with age by pureeing the brains of their cloned embryos and synthesizing a telepathy booster from the result.
* The alien "Hydrans" in Creator/JoanDVinge's ''Cat'' trilogy evolved with their powers, and this trope was a natural side effect. If a Hydran makes someone else unhappy, they feel unhappy. If they cause someone else pain, they feel pain. If they ''kill'' someone else, they '''die.''' This resulted in their civilization being positively {{Utopia}}n... until humans showed up. At first humans were overjoyed to have such nice neighbors, and by some quirk, they were even [[HalfHumanHybrid genetically compatible]]. But eventually the [[HumansAreBastards Bastards among us]] realized that those fail-safes still applied - '''''but only to Hydrans and Hydran/Human hybrids.''''' Humanity simply took their entire civilization away from them, and they were unable to do anything about it.
* Subverted like hell in the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' series, where Edward Cullen reads the minds of everyone except for Bella, and that's because he literally ''can't'' read hers. In ''Midnight Sun'', he does say that he blocks people, but that's just because he finds them annoying (barring his family). He isn't bothered by mindreading anyone he wants, and is pissed when he discovers he can't know every little thing Bella is thinking.
* Subverted in ''Literature/HushHush''. Patch ''constantly'' commits MindRape on Nora, from talking to her telepathically to [[spoiler:making her think she was falling from a roller coaster to her death]].
* [[IronicNickname Happy Jack Palmer]] from the ''Literature/GhostFinders'' series refrains from intentionally reading others' minds, unless it's crucial for success in a mission for the Carnacki Institute. Played with in that, while his team lets people ''believe'' it's for reasons of this trope, it's really because A) reading others' minds intrudes upon ''his'' psyche as much as theirs, leaving him uncertain which thoughts are his own; B) the series' Verse is chock full of otherworldly threats and Beings that he'd rather block out than open his mind to sensing, for fear he'll GoMadFromTheRevelation; and C) his Institute superiors threatened to lobotomize him if he didn't quit doing it.
* In Creator/MCAHogarth's ''Literature/ParadoxUniverse'' [[SpaceElves Eldritch]] customs strongly discourage the use of their telepathy. But in a subversion most of their race aren't any more ethical than other people.
* [[HumanAlien Doctor Tachyon]] in the ''Literature/WildCards'' series is a case of this trope being used exclusively to deal with telepathy being a StoryBreakerPower. As one of the [[SupernaturalElite Psi Lords]] of the planet Takis, Tachyon comes from a culture where telepathic aristocrats such as himself are considered to be ''entitled'' to read (and control) the minds of non-telepaths. Indeed, they do so frequently both to maintain rulership over society and to try to avoid the [[DeadlyDecadentCourt frequent assassination attempts that are part of their culture]]. Yet during most of the series (set on Earth), Tachyon almost never reads the minds of those around him, which allows many of his alleged "friends" to engage in all kinds of misbehavior. One of them was even secretly abusing EmotionControl powers, and Tachyon wasn't noticing because he was studiously not looking.
* Discussed repeatedly and at length in the ''Literature/{{Deryni}}'' books, mostly by author favorites Camber and Morgan. All Deryni have some psychic ability, though it's generally low-powered and limited to close range. The good guys prefer to get permission before hacking into someone's mind, but they often drop the ethics when they're in a hurry.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The Psi Corps of ''Series/BabylonFive'' have a fairly strict set of guidelines determining when they can read people's minds and how deep they can go under what circumstances. [[TheCorpsIsMother Sometimes they even]] ''[[SuperRegistrationAct follow]]'' [[TheCorpsIsMother it]]. [[MindRape Sometimes not]].
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', telepathic "scanner cop" Matt Parkman initially uses his mind reading powers [[TheyFightCrime to fight crime]], but after he evolves the ability to completely control the minds of others he becomes much more reluctant to use his powers at all, to the point that by Volume 5 he's categorized his ability as a drug and has even checked himself into an AA group.
* Evie from ''Series/OutOfThisWorld'' needed to borrow an ESP power to help with a fundraiser. Because she is a bit young, she has a bit of trouble not commenting on the private thoughts of others, and later needed to procure a magician to lend PlausibleDeniability to her trick.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Satori Komeiji of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fame is supposedly greatly disliked by humans and youkai alike for her mind-reading powers. The fact that she ''won't stop bragging'' about reading minds probably doesn't help. It's implied that it's both a racial trait and the reason there aren't many satori left.
** In fact, the only people that ''do'' like her are animals that can't talk[[note]]and youkai that got to know her when they still were non-talking animals[[/note]]. Satori's mind-reading power lets her communicate with them, and they're very grateful for that.
** Played hilariously in the fangame ''The Genius of Sappheiros''. After refusing the protagonists' attempt to recruit her to the party, she proceeds to go on as usual and read out embarrassing things about everyone - until she realized that the now livid party (including members who are normally opposed to Reimu and Marisa's "fight first ask questions later" attitude) are all surrounding her, hell bent on beating her up.
** Koishi, Satori's sister, permanently closed her own third eye, thus eliminating her own mind-reading power, in order to avoid that sort of hate. Which it did, by way of bizarre side effects (by closing off her heart/mind[[note]]same word in Japanese[[/note]] she no longer has [[EmptyShell thoughts or feelings]], and it's impossible for other people to care about or even remember her).
* Averted in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' by Ivan, who has no sense of boundaries when it comes to his Mind Reading and in fact is eager to corner some guys in their room at the inn because he thinks they might be behind the recent thefts.
** However, Garet's objections to having his mind read by Ivan hint that Adepts normally do care about manners, and that Ivan is a special case since he had MuggleFosterParents and [[JustifiedTrope no way of learning Psynergy etiquette]]. This never comes up in the gameplay; if an NPC objects to having their mind read, [[PokeInTheThirdEye they'll just tell you so]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Played straight in ''Literature/TalesOfMU'' with the telepathic priestess Dee. Subverted with "delicate blossom" Violet, who was raised by hippies and has [[NoSocialSkills no sense of boundaries.]]
* Used in ''Webcomic/FreakAngels''. Part of the titular mutants' code of honor is not to use their mind-control powers on others, and a great deal of drama comes from asking what the difference is between brainwashing others of traumatizing experiences (as Sirkka does) and brainwashing them into doing your bidding (as Mark and Luke do).
* Most of the Psis in the ''WhateleyUniverse'', particularly really powerful Psis like Fubar. At the Whateley Academy, there's even required material on the ethics of psychic powers (which the unethical like Don Sebastiano ignore).
* In ''Literature/ChakonaSpace'' skunktaurs are taught to be like this from cubhood.
* {{Averted}} by the Adar race of ''WebVideo/TalesFromMyDDCampaign'', who incorporated their racial gift for psionics into their daily society to such a degree that bargaining, courtship, and even simple communication became MindRape when they tried to interact with members of other species (who lacked the Adar "mental immune system".)

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Used in the ''WesternAnimation/StarshipTroopers'' CGI cartoon: Dizzy Flores is claustrophobic, which hurts her on a mission where TheSquad has to go bug-hunting in an underground cavern. Carl, the team psychic, uses his powers to remove her claustrophobia, but not before debating the issue (since he's never had to do something like that before and was worried that complications might arise). He doesn't have problems [[MindRape mind-raping]] enemy [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman Brain Bugs]], however.
* Part of Maguro of the WesternAnimation/SushiPack's powers includes mind reading and mild mind control (usually just to calm someone down). She rarely uses these on anyone other than her own teammates, although she did use mind control to make a museum director hang some of Tako's art.
* Brought up occasionally in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''. While Charles does occasionally mind wipe to keep mutants a secret, moral use of the powers are incredibly important. In one episode where Jean loses control, she accidentally reads Rogue's mind, and immediately apologizes profusely for it.
* Explictly brought up and lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers.'' The team psionic, Niko, comes from a [[HiddenElfVillage sanctuary world]] that is not on any map or chart. Their ''highest'' law is "One's mind belongs to one's self."
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' explores this in different ways. [[NaiveNewcomer M'Gann]] casually uses telepathy early on because she does not realize her humans friends would find it disturbing, since it's completely normal on Mars. She manages to learn when it is or is not appropriate to use on her allies, but in "Image" uses it to knock them out in a desperate moment to hide her DarkSecret, and then {{Mind Rape}}s a psychic villain into a coma. By season two she has become a KnightTemplar, willing to do the same to other villains when it helps a mission. [[spoiler: Eventually this callousness leads her to damage one of her friends' minds very badly, after which she seems determined to play this trope straight.]]