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-> ''"Do you have anything you wish to say to me," he asked the air, "or shall I simply strike you blind where you sit?"''
-->-- '''Gromph Baenre''', ''[[Literature/WarOfTheSpiderQueen Condemnation]]'' by Richard Baker

It's a pretty well established fact that the InvisibleJerkass [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment is a]] {{Jerkass}}. [[{{GIFT}} Being able to see and do things without ever possibly being detected, much less identified, gives one a dangerous sense of]] [[AGodAmI omnipotence]]. The same is true for psychics or magicians who can use a CrystalBall, AstralProjection, precognition, [[TheEmpath empathy]] or {{Telepathy}} to [[SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands snoop where even the CIA can't]]... and ''with no possibility of detection!'' They'll gather even private information with impunity, because really, what is a {{Muggle}} [[WhatMeasureIsANonSuper going to do to stop him or her?]]

Give them a Poke In The ThirdEye.

Turns out the "undetectable" SinisterSurveillance the MadScientist cooked up ain't so undetectable. Somehow the subject can detect BeingWatched and does ''not'' take kindly to it. The voyeur will slowly be creeped out when the subject does not break eye contact with them despite supposedly being invisible, kilometers away, or ''centuries in the future'', only to follow it up by somehow [[ExplosiveInstrumentation overloading the system]], killing the AnimalEyeSpy, or jamming the transmission. If the viewing method is mystical or psychic (or [[ClarkesThirdLaw sufficiently advanced]] [[ArtificialLimbs cyber]] [[UnusualUserInterface implants]]), it can get painful for the voyeur.

The reason is that the subject has a rather painfully full bag of counter-surveillance techniques. Mystical and psychic voyeurs will be hit with the equivalent of a BrownNote [[AgonyBeam beamed]] [[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead directly into their brain]] (or Crown Chakra, whichever). If that doesn't make the voyeur [[ConvenientComa go comatose]], it will likely at least [[FaintingSeer make them faint]]. Especially [[MindRape sadistic]] mental traps will use ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow in place of a BrownNote... because people with PowerBornOfMadness [[GoMadFromTheRevelation enjoy making]] [[MadOracle oracles go mad]].

Another frequent trap, usually employed by powerful villains on foolish good guys who attempt to scry their foes, is to [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth overwhelm]] the seer and use MindControl to ''really'' mess with them. This is a favorite ploy of SealedEvilInACan.

When the 'third eye' belongs to the ''audience'', the '[[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth wall]]' is [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou being broken]].

See also ISenseADisturbanceInTheForce, PsychicStatic and PsychicBlockDefense.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* While he knew the person knew he was there, Natsu of ''Manga/FairyTail'' was able to overwhelm Cobra's ability to "hear" his thoughts by basically thinking really loud. [[IMeantToDoThat Despite Natsu's claims,]] he did this completely by accident (otherwise Cobra would have literally heard it coming).
* Nana in ''Manga/ElfenLied'' can temporarily block other dicloniuses' vector usage with a literal PokeInTheThirdEye.
* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', [[BigBad Dio]] can tell whenever Joseph is using his [[PalantirPloy Hermit Purple]] ability to observe him, though only on one occasion does he actually bother to answer when it happens.
-->'''Dio:''' Joseph Joestar... ''You're watching me, aren't you?!''
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' the "observatory" uses [[SoulFragment observer apparitions]] [[HauntedTechnology produced by catathonic mediums]] and [[InvisibleToNormals invisible for anyone except]] other mediums and Contractors, to spy around. And then they ran into one Contractor who can catch these.
* In an episode of ''Anime/NightRaid1931'', the protagonists face another super-powered individual who in addition to several other powers, can read minds. He's defeated by the telepath of the group falsely broadcasting a message that another's powers have run out, which he doesn't realize was a lie, since his powers don't allow him to separate unconscious thoughts to truthful sounding ones deliberately broadcast.
* ''Manga/KotouraSan'' [[PlayedForDrama plays it both for drama]] and [[PlayedForLaughs comedy]].
** This was {{exploited}} with much glee by Hiyori in episode 2, to the point that the local {{telepath|y}} Haruka [[spoiler:[[StressVomit vomited]]]].
** [[spoiler:[[TheShortGuyWithGlasses Daichi]] does this as well, with...better intentions, in Episode 3. He feeds Kotoura images of her strapped to a table and him ready to dissect her, thinking that neither Manabe or Yuriko will be coming...30 seconds before they arrive with lunch and Kotoura realizes he was teasing her.]]
** Manabe also regularly does a much milder form of this to Haruka. He readily admits that he'll sometimes fantasize about her (including [[SelfFanservice imagining a bust upgrade]]) just to get a reaction out of her - it's just a form of playful teasing to him. He even internally notes that fantasizing about her isn't as fun if she can't react, such as when she was briefly BroughtDownToNormal due to a cold.
* Harry's attempts to ''hack'' Melfina in ''Manga/OutlawStar''. They aren't successful once Melfina starts fighting back.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'': The Spectre has Norman [=McCay=] as an ethereal observer to all of the events of the comic. However, The Flash's RePower allows him to ''see'' Norman, and he plucks him into the "real" world, which leads to a confrontation with Superman. It's hinted that Spectre may have ''allowed'' Flash to do this so Norm would impart a specific prophecy to him.
* [[Literature/TheInvisibleMan Hawley Griffin]] in ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' thinks that his invisibility is perfect, so much so that he is willing to even approach an invading alien army alone to have a chat with them. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for him, Mr. Hyde has heat-sensing vision, which he use to rape Griffin to death.]]
* ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'' has a sequence where King Mob is captured by the Conspiracy and is being tortured and [[MindRape mind raped]] by Sir Miles, who's trying to tear through the fictions King Mob makes up in his head in order to find out who he really is. Once Sir Miles starts hitting pay dirt, however, King Mob reveals he's been trained to set up mental traps for whoever fucks with his head...
** Happens twice over in the "Black Science" arc. Mr. Quimper manages to take control of the squad leader who's got the Invisibles at gunpoint, but Robin manages to overwhelm the connection, taking control of the leader and giving Quimper a serious bout of psychic trauma. [[spoiler: Then it turns out at the end of the arc that something of Quimper got in her as well, and it has repercussions for the rest of the series.]]
* A not-so-direct example: An issue of [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]] had Martian Manhunter trying to spy on a Senate meeting as to ascertain if perhaps the current crisis in Gotham City (plagues, quakes, and a federal quarantine) had any political connections... but the second he started using his mind-reading powers, he was struck by a telepathic backlash, the result of anti-telepathy measures installed by the Department of Extraordinary Operations.
** Klarion the Witch Boy once sensed the Martian Manhunter spying on him, and gave him a near-stroke by yanking his mind the rest of the way through.
* In ''[[ComicBook/EarthX Universe X]]'', the mysterious Ronin is aware that Nighthawk is observing him clairvoyantly (and possibily precognitively). Nighthawk has no idea how Ronin is able to do this; apparently it's a small bit of magic that Ronin [[spoiler: aka Wong, Doctor Strange's manservant]] picked up over time. Ronin doesn't get to attack Nighthawk, but it's good for freaking him out.
* The world of ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' has so many nanites floating in the air at all times, including cameras, that it's practically impossible to go ''anywhere'' within civilization (barring the Reservations) without being detected. In one story, Spider manages to escape notice from the police with the help of an EM device that temporarily overloads the memory buffers of all ambient cameras. [[spoiler:He also uses an experimental [[PeoplePuppets remote control device]] in the Farsight reservation to slip into California undetected at one point.]]
** The villains, of course, generally get around this by being the ones who are responsible for the cameras.
* ''ComicBook/{{Promethea}}'' has the telepathic member of the Five Swell Guys reading Sophie's mind as she goes on a VisionQuest to learn from the previous Prometheas. As Grace leads Sophie through a ''Conan''-inspired land scape, she realizes they're being watched. "What do you think you're doing, you pervert?"
* A ComicBook/ConanTheBarbarian comic CrossOver with [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone]] had a literal example on the poking part. A magician is using his scrying pool to spy on the BigBad... who senses it, and tells his [[TheDragon Dragon]] to thrust her magical sword in the direction of the magician's point of view. Cue water leaping out of the pool and a lost connection.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} 19'', when a telepath tries to get into Doc Samson's head, he notices and blasts her with his gamma rage.
-->'''Doc Samson''': Hello. Did you really think one of the best psychiatrists in the world wouldn't be able to tell when a telepath's trying to slide in the side door?
* In ''ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi'', Nomi Sunrider and Aleema Keto do this to each other at different times during their long-distance, Force-to-Force battles.
* The original ''ComicBook/TheBooksOfMagic'' has a non-violent but effective version of the idea. The Phantom Stranger takes Tim Hunter on a walk through history. They aren't, technically, time traveling -- just looking at the past. Nonetheless, Tim gets a chance to talk to some of the powerful magicians they see. As one Atlantean sorcerer says, sarcastically, "No. Of ''course'' I can't see you. ''Or'' hear you ''either,'' for that matter. But you ''ought'' to be here at this time, or so my spells have said."
* In the ComicBook/XMen[=/=]ComicBook/ClanDestine crossover, Kay Destine impatiently decides to get answers from the X-Men by just grabbing the info from one of their minds. [[MuggingTheMonster She chooses Professor X.]] Xavier responds with a psychic swat to the nose and a scolding for her [[MindOverManners rudeness]] and [[StrongButUnskilled crudeness.]]

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Invoked in ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', when the company's new owners are [[BlatantLies described as having absolutely no psychic powers whatsoever.]] Wally isn't worried, however, because if they tried to read his mind, "They'd all go blind."

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* At the end of the third chapter of ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5673899/3/Broken-Bow Broken Bow]]'', Armani forces his mother, the goddess Artemis to experience all of the self-loathing he's experienced due to the nature of his birth (she's the maiden goddess and known for hating men) before revealing to her that he's her son. PlayedForDrama in that he realizes immediately how badly he's hurt her.
-->'''[[InnerMonologue Armani]]''': ''[[WhamLine "You just broke your mother's heart."]]''
* In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', the Raleka wizards cover the entire dead city of Ehndris with Psion Protections. The moment Ringo tries to scry anything there, he screams and falls over, having had the equivalent of a knife in his thoughts. Worse, when the four are forced to enter the city, Ringo endures constant crippling pain, leaving him unable to do anything except stumble along holding his head.
* In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone'', in a rare example of a hero poking a villain, Ringo turns out to do this naturally to unshielded telepaths who try to read his mind while he's using his mindsight. Besides giving them the mental equivalent of a sunburn, he also instantly addicts them to his mindsight! He's also so "loud" and pervasive that if he's looking at someone that mental scanners are trying to locate, they have to raise their shields so strongly to protect themselves that they can perceive only him. Which turned out to be quite useful at least once....
* In [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6260492/1/Happy_Families_Are_All_Alike Happy Families Are All Alike]], Evangeline tries to look into Naruto's mind. The Kyuubi... objects. Or eagerly embraced the opportunity to hurt someone.
* In chapter 44 of ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', Harry Dresden gets a nasty surprise when looking at one of the ''veidrdraugar'', which was created by a necromancer using the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Darkhold]], through the Sight, gaining the attention of Chthon, who mocks him and shuts him down hard. [[NiceJobFixingItVillain All this does is piss Dresden off]].
** It happens to Dresden ''again'' in the sequel, when he tries it on [[spoiler: Harry]], trying to see if there's any way he can help. Since the person in question is on the verge of snapping and [[spoiler: becoming the Dark Phoenix]], he gets shoved back into his body ''hard'' and can barely vocalise the basics of what he saw.
* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', when King Kai attempts to telepathically talk to Mr. Popo, he falls over and his antennae explode. He then complains of a really nasty headache. Mr. Popo didn't even do this on purpose, apparently his mind is so evil and malevolent it will hurt you if you so much as ''touch'' it.
* On ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'', Pinkie Pie is able to have a decent conversation with [=LittlePip=]... Nevermind the latter is watching her memories two hundred years after her death.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7578572/1/A-Study-in-Magic A Study in Magic]]'', Sherlock Holmes does this ''accidentally'' to anyone who tries to read his mind. He thinks too fast for anyone else to follow. He later reveals that they're "slowing [[his]] thought process to an agonizing crawl". Yes, for Sherlock, thinking too fast for anyone to follow is ''slow''.
* Naruto does this to Karin in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9920512/25/Reaching-for-a-Dream Reaching for a Dream]]'' when he simultaneously releasing a seal that suppressed all his chakra and opened the first [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique four Chakra Gates]]. Given that Naruto naturally has roughly as much chakra as the ''Yonbi'' and Karin had been straining her sensor abilities, she screams in agony before collapsing unconscious.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5571816/18/Win-Some-Lose-Some Hell and Back]]'', the first [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Uchiha]] experienced this due to his ability to gaze into the [[{{Hell}} Pure World]]. Eventually, something started gazing back.
* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', Soundbite's Gastro-Scramble move fills the air with white noise, blocking out anyone who's listening, even Enel. [[spoiler:Or so he thinks...]]
* ''Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi'' [[https://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/threads/dungeon-keeper-ami-sailor-moon-dungeon-keeper-story-only-thread.30066/page-3#post-6355716 Into The Darkness]] Azzathra gives Ami one when she sees him, in her Keeper Sight, which allows her see things without needing her physical eyes. It's described as "a hot poker being shoved into her inner eye".
* In ''Fanfic/TheRiseOfDarthVulcan'', Ted discovers that Luna has put some king of tracking spell glyph on Dodger and is using it to spy on Ted and his minions. He transfers the spell to himself and, knowing they will cause him to have some vivid nightmare hallucinations, partakes of certain mind-altering substances.
* In the chapter 'Soul Searching' of ''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/182126/the-mighty-warrior-of-epicness The Mighty Warrior of Epicness]]'', [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight]] tries to read Gilgamesh's mind. It doesn't go well for her, as he counters with some of the weirdest MemeticMutation the internet has devised. Turns out [[DreamWalker Luna]] had tried to do so, as well, by reading his dreams: the first thing Gilgamesh did ''there'' was punch her while shouting '[[Manga/DragonBallZ Kaio-Ken]]'.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The Beast in ''Film/{{Krull}}'' could detect hostile scrying attempts by the Emerald Seer and crushed his [[CrystalBall viewing]] [[PowerCrystal emerald.]]
* Pretty much the whole point of ''Film/{{Scanners}}''. Trying to listen in on somebody's thoughts can be [[YourHeadASplode very dangerous]].
* In ''Film/XMen1'', Mystique sabotages Cerebro to knock out Professor X next time he goes to use it.
* ''Film/DejaVu'': When first using the Snow White device to look into the past, Carlin is unnerved by Claire's apparent ability to sense that she's being watched from the future as at the time he thought he was watching surveillance footage from satellites, not realizing they were looking three days in the past.
* The main characters of ''Film/{{Inception}}'' thought that the tough part of the job would be working around established theories: Namely, they needed a way to enter a character's dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream, and once they figured out how to do so, the mission would be cakewalk. As it turns out, their target has trained his subconscious to attack dream-raiders, turning the mission into a desperate struggle for survival.
* The movie ''Film/DungeonsAndDragonsWrathOfTheDragonGod'', sequel to the first movie, has [[BigBad Damodar]] repel a scrying spell in a [[NightmareFuel Nightmare-tastic]] way, complete with LargeHam EvilGloating.
* Happens literally in ''Film/TheBeastmaster'', when the hags scry on the heroes using the eye-symbol of an enchanted ring one is wearing. One of the heroes spots the ring opening and stabs it with a burning stick, which strikes the spying hag blind.
* ''Film/{{Constantine}}''. Constantine is using The Chair to magically spy on the Mexican man possessed by TheSpearOfDestiny. When the man realizes he's being spied on, he somehow grabs Constantine by the throat and tries to strangle him.
* ''Film/PacificRim'': Newt comes up with the idea to take the "neural drift" technology that allows [[HumongousMecha Jaeger]] pilots to coordinate, and use it to link up with the still-living brain of a {{Kaiju}}. [[spoiler:Good news -- it works! Bad news -- like all neural drifts, it's a two-way street, and the kaiju are a HiveMind. Which means ''every'' kaiju now knows that Newt's tapped into their heads. And they didn't like the intrusion one bit...]]
* In ''Film/DeathstalkerIIDuelOfTheTitans'', the evil wizard kills one of his failing minions by thrusting his sword into the scrying pool he's using to communicate with him.
* In ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'', Lo Pan has a spherical spy monster with eyes on eye-stalks all over it; Lo Pan can see through the eyes, using it to detect intruders. When it is killed, Lo Pan clearly feels it.

* There's a tale involving TheFairFolk where a house maid is taken into a faerie's household and given an ointment that allows her to perceive them; however, she must wash it off when her durance is completed, otherwise she'll pay a hefty price. Thing is, she only washes it off of ''one'' eye, and is therefore able to perceive the world of the fae. At least, until she goes to market and spots one of the faeries, who realizes that the house maid can see her and decides to enact this trope -- ''[[EyeScream literally]]''.

* In Book 19 of the ''Literature/LoneWolf'' series ''Dawn of the Dragons'', Lone Wolf can opt to contact his friend Banedon telepathically with Telegnosis to confirm whether or not he survived the crash of his skyship. If he does, he discovers a wall of sorts in the astral realm blocking his attempts. During his attempts to break through the wall, he senses that Naar, who is literally the UltimateEvil, is using his own power to repair it. Lone Wolf immediately ceases his attempts to avoid giving Naar any chance at attacking his mind.

* As Agnes Nutter, witch and prophet, is burnt at the stake in ''Literature/GoodOmens'', she looks up and throws a cheerful insult at the sky. Onlookers take it to be some strange blasphemy, never once taking into account that she might be staring directly at one Witchfinder Sergeant Shadwell who is watching from a dream three hundred years later.
* In the story "The Blood Red Game" by Creator/MichaelMoorcock, the survivors of an imploding universe challenge aliens to a game of "who can MindRape the others the most?" So, the game is a constantly increasing series of these between the sides.
* In the novel ''Literature/PastwatchTheRedemptionOfChristopherColumbus'' by Creator/OrsonScottCard, an Arawak woman recites her dream of being watched through forty generations. The future people freak out and rewind their instrument twice before they continue. "I dreamed that they watched me three times," says the woman. The planet freaks out.
* "Literature/TheHoundsOfTindalos", a story by Creator/FrankBelknapLong intended as part of the Literature/CthulhuMythos, depicts an experiment in mental time travel that goes horribly wrong when the traveller is spotted by the eponymous beings, spectral creatures from another plane of existence who follow him back through time and eventually kill him.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** ''The Fellowship of the Ring''. When Frodo sits in the seat at the top of Amon Hen while wearing the One Ring, he sees many things with the seat's scrying ability, including Sauron's dark tower. Unfortunately Sauron detects him, and sends his will to locate him. Frodo barely manages to take off the Ring in time and Sauron's attack (in the form of a black shadowy arm) misses him.
** The ''palantíri'', Middle-earth's variety of {{crystal ball}}s, allow their users to scry afar and communicate with each other. The downside being that one has fallen into Sauron's possession, allowing him to intercept and {{mind rape}} anyone who tries to use one of the others, with varying results:
*** Saruman is corrupted in a distinctly MoreThanMindControl fashion, swearing allegiance to Sauron but [[TheStarscream plotting to betray him and become the Dark Lord in his place.]]
*** Sauron is unable to corrupt Denethor to evil the way he does Saruman, but by [[ManipulativeEditing forcing him to see only the might of Sauron's armies]], drives him to despair and ultimately madness.
*** Pippin gets away with nothing more than a terrible fright, but only because Sauron believes Saruman will send Pippin to him and is saving the real horror for an in-person interrogation.
*** Aragorn is (barely) strong enough to resist and actually manages to wrest control of the ''palantír'' away from Sauron, but he is visibly shaken from the effort afterward. It goes both ways: the experience unnerves Sauron enough to accelerate his timetable.
* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/SecondFoundation'' has a mechanical version, devised to jam the mental abilities of the second foundationers; the device generates a [[PsychicStatic field of static]] that prevents the [[TheEmpath second foundationers]] from sensing (and changing) the emotions of others. However, when the you increase the [[SensoryAbuse intensity of the field]], it becomes [[AgonyBeam incredibly painful]] to whoever can sense emotions. The inventor calls it a "Mental Static Generator".
* Happens a few times in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Harry Dresden suffers a rare villain-to-hero example while scrying through [[SympatheticMagic Little Chicago]] in ''White Night''. He notes in the [[TabletopGame/TheDresdenFiles RPG]] that not only is physically harming someone through a scrying normally impossible, but the villain Cowl essentially did it through two different scryings, since Harry was himself spying on a scrying. Harry is not surprised by the fact Cowl was able to do something doubly impossible.
** Harry does this to the BigBad in ''Storm Front'', to prove his point that Council wizards know more tricks than "independent" warlocks. And to piss him off.
** A variation in ''Small Favour''; Miss Gard senses Mab psychically spying on Marcone's safehouse and manages to block her sight. Mab is unharmed, but both Harry and Mab are somewhat surprised that Gard was able to interfere with something as powerful as [[PhysicalGod Mab]].
* In ''Literature/ThePiloFamilyCircus,'' while surveying the grounds with the stolen crystal, JJ finds that [[BigBad Kurt Pilo]] can detect his attempts at scrying, and while JJ isn't actually attacked, Kurt's mocking little wave is enough to make him stop watching.
* ''Literature/TheCandyShopWar'' (aimed towards kids 7 to 12) includes a scene where the characters find out that the witch has been watching them with a floating eye disguised as a bubble. They ''[[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence shoot it]]'', causing it to pop in a mess of blood. The witch only has one eye after this point.
* Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheDarkHalf'' has a scene where Thad links his mind to George to get information. George figures out what Thad is doing and uses the link to make him stab a pencil through his hand.
-->''Oh, you son of a bitch, get out of my HEAD!!''
* The Creator/LarryNiven short story "Literature/TheSoftWeapon" gave this method to torment Kzinti telepaths: think about eating vegetables. The Kzinti, being a race of carnivores, find this disgusting to the point of traumatization, actually refusing to read the mind of herbivores.
* According to the Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy, [[TheForce Force Sensitive]] people have a certain part of their brain that will reflexively do this during any attempts to probe said area, psycho-kinetically pushing the one doing the probing. The stronger the person is in TheForce, the farther the one doing the probing will be hurled.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Harry and Ron are witness to the Minister of Magic calling for Hagrid's arrest, and to Lucius Malfoy delivering an order of suspension to Dumbledore, while under the InvisibilityCloak. Dumbledore gives some sage yet cryptic advice, looking directly at the still invisible Harry and Ron, despite only Hagrid being the one seemingly aware of their presence in his hut.
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Snape attempts to teach Harry a PsychicBlockDefense against Legilimency (mind reading). The first few times Harry fails utterly; the next he gives up and angrily uses a standard Shield Charm, which effectively reverses the feed and dredges up Snape's own worst memories. Snape isn't happy about this.
* In ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'', demons who scry on a powerful sorcerer or a high-ranking demon run the risk of discovery and...retribution.
* In ''Literature/GreenRider'', Karigan views Captain Immerez through the telescope at Seven Chimneys, through a large distance. He proceeds to look up, speak to her, and [[EyeScream try to gouge out her eye with his hook-hand]].
* In one of the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures, the Doctor has been keeping snooping telepaths out of his head via PsychicStatic for most of the book. He finally resorts to this after a direct attack. Cue one catatonic would-be attacker.
-->'''The Doctor:''' She wanted to see what was on my mind. I'm rather afraid I let her.
* In ''Literature/RachelGriffin'', this happens in one of [[FaintingSeer Nastasia]]'s visions: an EldritchAbomination sees her and tries to keep her from returning to her body. When this fails, it follows her across universes and [[YourWorstNightmare into her dreams.]]
* The protagonists of ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' use this a few times when the local {{Religion of Evil}}'s priests get too intrusive with their PsychicRadar. Garion merely sends his [[LivingShadow shadow]] along the mental connection to shatter the priests' CrystalBall and knock them around a bit. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Polgara]] {{Mind Rape}}s them until they [[PsychicAssistedSuicide jump off the nearest cliff]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Matt and Mohinder have Molly use her power of Clairvoyance to locate Matt's father, Maury Parkman. In return, Maury uses his power to basically put Molly in a coma.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Lyta Alexander loves to do this. In one scene, she creeps out the rest of the cast by directly looking into the camera that they were using to watch her. When they switched cameras, so did she. In an another scene, Bester and other PSI cops are confronting her and she retaliates with telekinetically slapping them. Bester tries to call her bluff. She blusters and says that she really doesn't know what she's doing, and might "accidentally" kill someone by popping a blood vessel in their brain.
** The Shadows have their own anti-PSI defenses as well, [[spoiler:almost catching Lyta when she was trying to spy on their home planet. At one point, she purposely sets this off...and the planet explodes]].
** Also happens when Ivanova is connected to the Great Machine on Epsilon III in order to find other First Ones using the planet's advanced sensors. She happens upon the Shadows, who sense her and begin to do this. Thankfully, she's able to "avert her gaze".
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'':
** In the second season finale, the Scorpius neural clone in Crichton's brain does this to Zhaan when she attempts to connect with his mind. [[MagnificentBastard After baiting her into it, no less.]]
--->'''Scorpius neural clone:''' Hello, Delvian. 10th-level Pa'u? Pity. 12th could break this bond. Time to pray.
** Crichton gets a chance to poke the clone back once the neural chip's hardware is removed from his brain, naming him [[EmbarrassingNickname "Harvey"]] and tossing him into a dumpster just to show how impotent the clone now is.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Lazarus Rising", Pamela attempts to find the being that raised Dean from Hell. Unfortunately for her, [[EldritchAbomination Castiel is]] [[OurAngelsAreDifferent an angel.]] Seeing his true form ends in EyeScream for Pamela, although in a variation Castiel did not harm her purposely and in fact tried to warn her away.
-->'''Castiel:''' It can be... overwhelming to humans.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' has Teyla, who can enter Wraith minds, and as her powers increase, even control their bodies. The catch? It's a two-way connection with an inherently telepathic alien on the other end.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the First Evil briefly possesses Willow when she tries to scry it.
* An interesting case in ''Series/TheXFiles'' when person that kills people in their dreams appears with a third eye and consistently deals damage to his victims foreheads.
* In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', Kes has numerous psychic abilities, most of which she doesn't understand how to control. One of these seems to be scrying, and it happened to activate at a very inopportune time -- when Voyager encountered [[spoiler:Species 8472]] for the first time, a violent reaction followed that knocked her out.
* In ''Series/{{Knightmare}}'', this occurred with routine frequency. Whenever the players scry into other areas of the dungeon to spy upon its many villains, the villains have diabolical countermeasures in place to kill the wearer of the Helm of Justice if he pries for too long.
* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', after Cisco gains more control over his "vibing" powers, he is able to get more precise visions of his targets. However, he is freaked out to learn that [[BigBad Zoom]] can somehow sense being watched this way, even though it has never been previously established that a speedster can do this. Later, Cisco is able to use this to send a message to Zoom. In Season 4, the new BigBad [=DeVoe=] learns to do this by using [[spoiler:Dominic's psychic powers]]. The mental blow physically hurls Cisco backwards.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** In "The Door," Bran uses his greenseeing abilities to get a glimpse of the activities of the White Walkers and the Night's King. The Night's King sees him in the vision and grabs him by the arm. Things go poorly from there.
** In "Eastwatch", Bran tries to look at the Army of the Dead once again, this time by warging into a flock of ravens. As soon as the Night's King sees them, he breaks Bran's control over them.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu''. The spell ''Create Scrying Window'' enchants a glass window to allow viewing of the past. If the window is used to observe a creature able to cast spells, the creature can cast a spell that takes effect on the viewer's side of the window (in the future).
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** A creature being watched by a Crystal Ball has a chance to detect the observation. If a DispelMagic spell is cast on the viewport, the Crystal Ball is rendered non-functioning for an entire day.
** Any being that tries to use a Crystal Hypnosis Ball would have its mind influenced by the Ball's true owner. Probably inspired by the ''palantír'' from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** Some scrying spells have a chance of the scryer being detected. In earlier editions some also had the vulnerability that certain spells could affect a scrier... which could be taken advantage of, for e.g. MindControl.
** "Live My Nightmare", a Spelltouched feat in Third Edition's ''Unearthed Arcana'' book of variant rules, allows a character who survived (or was revived from) a Phantasmal Killer spell to unleash a Phantasmal Killer attack born of their very worst nightmares upon anyone trying to pry into their mind by magic or other means.
** "Hostile Mind", a feat from Third Edition's ''Expanded Psionic Handbook'', can inflict damage to anyone trying to use a power from the telepathy discipline on the subject -- even with beneficial or harmless effects.
** The purest form is the spell "Terminate Scrying", closing links with backlash which causes direct damage to curious spellcasters and explodes offending {{crystal ball}}s, introduced in relatively obscure {{sourcebook}} ''[[http://index.rpg.net/display-entry.phtml?mainid=8399 College of Wizardry]]''. After all, scrying spells seem to be safe when they work properly, but they all use ''at least'' as much power as a fireball, usually more.
** Third Edition's ''Book of Vile Darkness'' also has the "Psychic Poison" spell (which despite its name is more akin to a curse, although it mostly follows the mechanics of poisons) for this very purpose. When cast on a creature, item or area, it means that anyone next trying to use divination or mind-affecting magic on the subject is exposed to the psychic poison. The effects are variable, but always involve some reduction of mental stats, which can be very debilitating for a spellcaster.
** ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' novels popularized this practice. Though usually it happens when secondary functions (such as communication) are used. In ''[[Literature/TheElminsterSeries The Making of a Mage]]'' an elf given an enemy spy's crystal ball claimed "Properly used, it can burn out one magelord's mind". Archmage of Menzoberranzan Gromph threatened those spying on him with blindness (see the page quote). It's rooted well enough that ''Literature/CounselorsAndKings'' has a subversion: the wizard who fell for this ends up merely dazed instead of blindly flailing through his room, burned and bleeding from a dozen of shrapnel wounds.
** Mind-reading a [[HumanoidAbomination Daelkyr]] from the ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' campaign setting renders anyone doing so permanently insane.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting:
*** To preserve suspense, the rules for surveillance spells are modified so that they create a visible, ghostly eye (viewing spells) or ear (listening spells) at the location being spied upon. Anyone who takes the time to watch out for such manifestations can thus detect when they're being observed via magic.
*** Mind-reading some of the nastier Ravenloft creatures (like darklords, aberrations or intelligent undead) or the insane can provoke a Madness Check.
*** Adventure [=RQ3=] ''From the Shadows''. The {{PC}} party may find a 5-foot-wide magical Crystal Ball in Azalin's palace. If one of them uses it to scry on Azalin, the lich can attempt to Charm that person. If he succeeds, when the party faces him later the Charmed {{PC}} will betray the party and help Azalin against them.
** The "Remote View Trap" psionic power shoots lightning back through scrying abilities, and there are several powers, feats and class features that do nasty things to the users of Telepathy powers.
** There are several magic items and spells designed for people who enjoy their privacy. Some merely hinder attempts to scry on the wielder. Others alert the user to scrying spells used on him. Some make a stronger point by dealing significant damage to anyone scrying on the user. One in particular allows the user to express his displeasure more personally -- by teleporting directly to the location of the voyeur.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}''-compatible sourcebook [[TableTopGame/SecretsOfTheSynodHorrenda Necromancy Spells]] features a spell that protects a given area so that anyone scrying into it is either killed outright or stricken permanently blind.
* In a ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' campaign, the wizard can leave his body to scout a source of dangerous magical energies. He finds the small and cozy house of a passionate cat owner. All the cats are staring at him.
* In ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'', if a mage is being scryed (or having any form of sympathetic magic cast at him) and is able to detect it, then he can cast spells back through the connection, even if he normally wouldn't be able to cast sympathetically.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' Magic contains a few spells that counter invasions of privacy, including magical ones.
* A common theme in a lot of ''TabletopGame/WorldOfDarkness'' games is that powers allowing you to see through the eyes of other creatures also allow you to feel their pain, and may have bad things happen to you if they die. Savvy players who notice themselves being followed by a rat will often shoot it without a second thought.
* ''TabletopGame/PalladiumFantasy'' the Crystal Ball on page 256 can be countered by those who can sense it (dragons, mages about 3rd level, "most" creatures of magic and greater supernatural beings) by spending PPE to cloud it for an average of 10 hours after turning to "look directly into the camera".

* [[http://everything2.com/user/KilroyWasHere/writeups/Gone Gone in Sixty Seconds - Theatre Quest Entries]], a sixty-second play on Website/Everything2.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'':
** There is at least one seer in ''Baldur's Gate'' and its sequel who you can consult about your future and the seer will be ''noticed'' by someone in the vision.
** In ''Baldur's Gate 2'', when the [[PlayerCharacter protagonist]] and the rest of his/her party reaches [[TheAlcatraz Spellhold]], a resident Cowled Wizard takes the group on a brief tour, introducing them to Mages who have been [[GoMadFromTheRevelation driven mad]] through incautious use of their abilities. One Mage tried to scry beyond the [[AnotherDimension known planes]] of the ForgottenRealms, only to be given a PokeInTheThirdEye by whatever lives there. The Guide chillingly lampshades this, saying "Apparently whatever he saw didn't like him looking".
** A seer in Trademeet will offer to read you and your companions' fortunes. The companions' fortunes are fairly interesting and hint at their personal quests, possible epilogues, [[spoiler:and in one case a betrayal]]. Trying to read ''your'' future traumatizes the poor woman so badly that she won't read anyone else's fortunes for the rest of the game. Of course, you are carrying a rather powerful piece of ''Murder god'' inside yourself.
* Played with slightly in the obscure game ''Falling Stars''. When your party consults a seer in regards to the Big Bad, she starts rattling something off. The BBEG notices her probing and kills her from halfway across the world to keep her from saying too much.
* A major quest in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights: Hordes of the Underdark'' is centered around the results of some queen trying to spy on an archmage. In this case, he poked her with a big enough stick to [[spoiler:turn her entire city into a BizarroWorld]].
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', Cho'Gall does this to ''you''.
* The ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' Pokédex entries for Xatu state that it is silent and unmoving because it is [[NightmareFuel so horrified by its visions of the future]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Koishi Komeiji was so troubled by the hatred brought upon her due to her mind-reading (and her species' tendency to blurt out what they read) that she closed her third eye. This has the unintended side-effect of making her [[EmptyShell unable to read her own emotions and thoughts]]. This did give her the ability to manipulate people's subconscious, and she cannot be perceived by any being unless she allows it.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'':
** One of the FortuneTeller sisters in Harapa offers you a free reading, only to have a vision of you bringing disaster upon Weyard, after which she refuses to even look at you. [[spoiler: Then you bring about the Grave Eclipse...]]
** [[spoiler: The Grave Eclipse itself]] is such an assault on little Himi's clairvoyant/precognitive abilities that it puts her into a coma. Talking to some of the Yamatai [=NPCs=] while she's still out of it reveals that her similarly-gifted aunt, Lady Uzume, had the same situation after predicting the tidal wave that washed away Izumo-- she was able to warn and evacuate her people, but fell into a coma and eventually died. [[spoiler: You're able to save Himi by finding an artifact that controls her visions, and in return she joins you to put an end to the Eclipse.]]
** In the earlier Golden Sun games, there are some milder forms of the trope, mainly where it concerns other Adepts. In The Lost Age, trying to Mind Read [[EnigmaticMinion Alex]] will result in him either telling you to cut it out without letting you know anything, or thinking a rebuff instead of any real thoughts. There's only one place in the entire game where you can actually mind-read him. When you first run into Karst, an attempt to Mind Read her has her smile at you and threaten you in her thoughts for attempting it.
*** In the lost age, there's one woman who, rather than thinking it, snaps at you, out loud, for thinking she would hide anything from you. She is a good person, so her reaction is justified.
* In one cutscene in ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'', Romeo slaps Samantha across the face when he realises Ashley is scrying on her. When Ashley recovers from his vision, he has the same stream of blood flowing from his mouth Samantha had after taking the blow.
* In ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' episode 304, it's a very bad idea to try to read the mind or future of [[spoiler: Charlie Ho-Tep]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Dominions}}'':
** The spell Fate of Oedipus in ''Dominions 3'' lets you burn out the eyes of whoever was foolish enough to cast Eyes of God to scry on the entire world.
** Scrying with weaker methods in provinces where an enemy astral mage is situated has a chance of the scyer's mind basically being snapped in half by the defending mage leaving him feebleminded and unable to use magic.
* Bloody Mary from ''Videogame/TheWolfAmongUs'' can tell when other characters are scrying her with the Magic Mirror, and can hurt the mirror to end the scrying session prematurely.
* One of the [[BioAugmentation gene mods]] available in ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' allows your soldiers to send a psychic feedback pulse at an enemy Sectoid Commander or Ethereal attempting a psychic attack or MindControl. While this doesn't decrease the chance of the attack succeeding, it might not matter if the alien is already weakened to the point where the feedback pulse finishes it off. This is an alternative to the gene mod that puts up a PsychicStatic shield that drastically reduces the chance of an enemy psychic attack succeeding and makes the soldier immune to MindControl.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'', among the many random events that each foray into the [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace Shroud]] can trigger is one that has your psykers accidentally listen in on some meeting of a [[BonusBoss Fallen Empire]]'s leaders from halfway across the galaxy. If successful, you get a nice boon like some end-game tech. More often than not, however, the aliens will notice the cross-dimensional intrusion and slap you with a hefty opinion penalty that can potentially end in them [[OhCrap declaring war on you]].

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/LEGOMarvelSuperheroesMaximumOverload'', Loki tends to spy on our heroes through special powers. One instance has him spying on the Hulk and the Hulk, having realized it, punches him, giving Loki a black eye.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In the webcomic ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'', this happens occasionally.
** The first instance was when the title Seer scries upon a conspiracy of murderers with its own Seer. A "Seer Glyph" detonates his crystal ball, throws him back and alerts the target. Other times, it's a matter of one Seer peering at something or someone powerful enough to launch their own psychic attack at him.
** And then there are the more "mundane" situations like places scrying magic is forbidden to be used on--such as castles and government places...which are accompanied by magical alerts identifying anyone who ''does'' try to break this law.
** Antagonists will occasionally try and use MindControl or similar PsychicPowers on Dominic, an accomplished Seer who once used the power of TrueSight to singlehandedly break a PsychicAssistedSuicide curse on an entire town. This never ends well for them.
* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' raises this as a possibility; [[http://www.grrlpowercomic.com/archives/641 Dabbler explains how she detected the invisible X, and describes what she could in principle do about him.]]
* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', baseline humans can't detect someone [[AstralProjection projecting their consciousness]] through a [[AmplifierArtifact blinker stone]], but [[http://gunnerkrigg.com/?p=518 Renard warns Antimony]] that beings who exist in the Ether can see them just fine. This causes her some alarm when she's spotted by [[spoiler:[[http://gunnerkrigg.com/?p=612 Jack and the etheric parasite affecting him]]]], and ''[[OhCrap much more]]'' when [[spoiler:the SoulCuttingBlade-wielding ghost of the Annan Waters [[http://gunnerkrigg.com/?p=766 traps her outside her body]]]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** Part of a normal session of Sburb involves an Exile contacting one of the players from the future, and helping to guide their actions. However, Sollux has had bad experiences with people doing things in his mind, so he flips out and ''blows up the Exile's monitor'' with his PsychicPowers.
** Once Jade enters the Medium, [[spoiler: Becsprite]] notices an exile is trying to talk to her. [[spoiler: He protectively blows up the monitor.]]
* Randall Munroe, of ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' fame, occasionally [[http://xkcd.com/525/ announces "I know you're listening" to empty rooms]]. It's not a direct attack, but it would surely freak out anyone who was actually listening.
* From Swedish graphic artist Jan Stenmark (known for taking old press adverts from the 1950s and '60s and providing them with new, often darkly humorous captions): [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Oka2iN6BKas/TvuoySscKFI/AAAAAAAAAEo/6K3R41XV8wc/s1600/gud.jpg "God is everywhere!" he argued stubbornly as he flailed wildly about in the room]] [loosely translated].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'':
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-096 SCP-096 ("The Shy Guy")]]. SCP-096 knows when someone has seen its face, be it directly, in a photograph, through surveillance, or other recordings, regardless of whether they're aware they've seen it (save for [[RedShirt artistic]] [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/document-096-1 depictions]]). Any time someone sees its face, it pinpoints their exact location, hunts them down, and kills and [DATA EXPUNGED] them. Incident [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/incident-096-1-a 096-1-a]] occurred when the offending target spotted [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-096 SCP-096]]'s face in a mountaineering photo he took in 199█. Said face was [[ParanoiaFuel 4 pixels wide]].
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1529 SCP-1529 ("King of the Mountain")]]. SCP-1529 once used its signature "death by freezing" attack on someone [[spoiler: watching through a telescope from miles away.]]
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2582 SCP-2582 ("Hammer & Nail")]]. SCP-2582 occurs to people who are in the mens' restroom in a sports bar in Raleigh, North Carolina. They see a large, flat grey surface and hear the sounds of a handyman at work. In one case an experimental subject had a nail hammered through their pineal gland (an organ that some consider to be a "third eye" and involved in psychic abilities).
* Apparently not so uncommon in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. For example, even as a freshman fairly new to the school, ki mistress Chaka once tricked the infamous "Don" Sebastiano into allowing himself to be found out trying to use his mind control on her by first closing her relevant chakra to stop his attempt and then distracting him enough that he completely forgot to drop the link as he would otherwise have -- cue detention. Ironically, she didn't plan the second part. And Eldritch ([[spoiler:nee range instructor Erik Mahren]]) is not just certifiably crazy, but has deliberately turned her mind into a kind of psychic "minefield" for snooping telepaths to run into and experience some of the unpleasant parts of her former life as a marine firsthand... And Phase has now figured out a way to do this. She drove off the most powerful psychic on campus. By concentrating on a Music/BritneySpears song until said psychic begged her to stop. As he automatically reads the minds of those present, even if he doesn't want to, Phase was told off for doing this to the poor guy.
* ''Literature/ChakonaSpace'' has a very good example in ''Tales of the Folly'' ch. 7. Neal Foster burns Windsong's tail. Later, Quickdash threatens worse if Windsong doesn't get out of hir head.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** Happens so many times to J'onn J'onz in that he may as well not ever bother using his telepathy.
** In a bit of an inversion, Gorilla Grodd had placed telepathic safeguards in each member of the Legion of Doom that prevents them from having their minds read... unfortunately, the "safeguard" is shorting out the villains' synapses!
** Two simultaneous attempts by villains and heroes results in a BodySwap between Lex Luthor and Franchise/TheFlash. HilarityEnsues.
** In one episode, J'onn J'onz attempts to use his abilities to look across the world for Morgaine Le Faye. Being a powerful immortal sorceress, Morgaine doesn't look kindly to the intrusion and overpowers him with her magic. The rest of the episode involves her tormenting him with images of restoring his family and homeworld in exchange for a powerful artifact.
* On the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' episode "Supernatural Tuesday" the ogre gladiator Maximinus has a helmet that allows him to hear his opponent's thoughts and thus counter his fighting moves; Jake bests him by having the sorceror Nigel pull the school alarm bell and overwhelming Maximinus with a blast of tween angst.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' episode "The Doctor Is Sin", Doctor Orpheus attempts to probe the mind of Doctor Killinger, only to for it to backfire on him, causing him to suddenly faint and suffer an explosive nosebleed. It's left open-ended whether or not if Killinger is simply immune to psychic probing and Orpheus overexerted himself trying to read, or if Orpheus accidentally discovered something that even his mystical mind could not fathom.
* Done as a case of MuggingTheMonster and then BullyingADragon to Miss Martian in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' when psychic villain Psimon attempts to mentally assault her with her worst fears and insecurities. He wound up in a catatonic state for about five years.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' episode "The Siege of Lothal", Ahsoka and Kanan attempt to use the Force to identify the lone pilot who is singlehandedly wiping out the Rebel fleet. At first, Ahsoka looks serene and focused, but as she makes contact with Vader's mind, her expression becomes increasingly uneasy. When he recognizes her, the emotional and psychic shock makes her fall unconscious.
-->'''Darth Vader:''' The apprentice lives.