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- Diclonii in Elfen Lied possess several pairs of invisible hands called "vectors" that can pass through material objects but cut human flesh with ease. Their captors keep them inside steel spheres just thick enough for their vectors not to reach the outside.
- Galatea from Claymore can manipulate flows of yoki (demonic energy) around her just by thinking about it. Most of her encounters with powered enemies therefore boil down to calmly walking past them while redirecting each their hit to miss her with her mind.
- This is how Rolo's geass works in Code Geass. The rest of them usually require eye contact.
- In Bleach, the powerful arrancar Coyote Starrk usually fires cero beams from his "guns", but can fire them from his hollow hole without posing. This comes as a surprise to the opposition.
- By Ghosts of the Past, sequel of Child of the Storm, Harry doesn't actually need to move his hands or anything similar to use his Psychic Powers. Nor, indeed, does any sufficiently skilled psychic, mage, or similarly empowered being. However, it does seem to make it easier to focus, in the same way that using a wand does.
- Ringo in With Strings Attached and even more especially in The Keys Stand Alone, which makes him the scariest person on C'hou to anyone who realizes exactly what he could do with his telekinesis/mindsight combination. Good thing he's an Actual Pacifist.
- John, to a degree, though he needs his eyes and hands most of the time. But he can still get plenty of stuff done without themólike the time he rusted away the armor and weapons of six annoying guys.
- Although he prefers Magical Gestures, Bruce Almighty's powers count as this, as he is able to use them to do absolutely anything (except mess with free will or tell anyone he's God) simply by exerting his will.
- Fully-trained Jedi Knights from Star Wars are capable of using many of their Force powers sans Magical Gesture or eye contact (case in point: Luke Skywalker levitating C-3PO in Return of the Jedi). They still tend to do so anyway, as it's how they're trained to use their powers and it does help with focus.
- In the Clint Eastwood's movie, Firefox, one of the reasons that the Western Powers want the new Soviet fighter plane, code-named "Firefox," is that the weapons system is fired through thought processes rather than a fire button on the pilot's joystick. The hitch: the command must be given in Russian. Eastwood's character, Mitchell Gant, grew up with a Russian mother so he was qualified to steal the plane. In the finale, as he is being chased by the second prototype plane, he is shouting, "Fire rearward missile! Fire rearward missile!" It doesn't work until he thinks the command in Russian. Cue fireball on the second plane.
- Sorcerers in the The Belgariad and Mallorean series use the "Will and the Word." Belgarath says he's fairly sure you don't really need the Word, if your Will is strong enough and given that Poledra doesn't seem to need the Word at all, he's probably right.
- Magic in The Dresden Files is emotion shaped and directed by will, but wizards almost always use (made-up) incantations to help focus their minds, almost like mnemonics. When Harry casts a spell mentally, he's left with a headache and a wicked case of synaesthesia. In Changes, he summons the faerie Queen Mab just by imagining the ritual in perfect detail.
- Charlie's pyrokinetic powers in Firestarter. To a lesser degree, her parents' respective powers.
- Certain forms of Magyk in Septimus Heap, unlike other forms, can be used without the help of words or Charms.
- In The Imager Portfolio, the titular mages just need to imagine something and it happens. Comes with a nasty side of Power Incontinence, as daydreams or even regular dreams can trigger imaging. For this reason, no imager can sleep (literally sleep, not have sex) with anyone, including their spouse, parents, or children.
- In Mistborn: The Original Trilogy Kelsier explicitly points out while training Vin that you don't need to gesture to use Ironpulls or Steelpushes.
Live Action TV
- In Heroes, Hiro's teleportation and time dilation powers. Although, in one case, Ando was able to activate Hiro's powers by squeezing Hiro's eyes manually. It's possible this triggered some sort of reflex.
- Upon the arrival of the Ori Priors in the Stargate SG-1 canon, the Stargate teams had to completely overwrite their previous alien containment techniques. Against the Goa'uld, who used chicanery and technological trinkets to simulate godhood, binding and gagging their foes would be enough, but the Priors could trigger massive shockwaves by blinking, could easily perceive things others missed, and had limited telepathy.
- In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Fury", Kes returns to the Voyager with her Psychic Powers boosted Up to 11. She is shown walking through a hallway with the bulkheads exploding around her without even a hand wave.
- Most activatable powers in Champions and GURPS Supers are this by definition unless the character's creator gives them a disadvantage that requires some special activation technique. (Most powers affecting things beyond the character's own body will still require some appropriate sense to aim properly — so being blindfolded can still be an issue —, just not to activate in the first place.)
- In early editions of Dungeons & Dragons, innate creature spell powers and psionics were usually activated "at will" unless specifically described otherwise.
- Improvised spells in Mage: The Awakening are purely mental, powered solely by the mage's connection to the Supernal Realms and personal understanding of the magical discipline being used.
- Shadowrun mages can cast spells just by concentrating on doing so. It's possible for a mage to voluntarily use gestures or speech as a centering technique or be forced to do so because of a geas.
- Ace's reality warping powers evolve into this in the Justice League Unlimited epilogue.
- While most bending in Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra requires some sort of movement, Combustion Man's explosions in Last Airbender and bloodbending as used by Yakone and Noatak in Legend of Korra explicitly require only the user's focus. For the latter this is used to obfuscate that they were bending at all.