Kim: Ron, why can't my brothers be normal?In fiction, at least, it is common for twins — especially identical twins (or brother-sister twins who seem otherwise identical) — to seem to share a Psychic Link, even in series which do not otherwise have any paranormal element. This connection may vary from a vague feeling of when the other twin is in danger, to continuous telepathic communication, to being an outright Hive Mind. They often experience each other's injuries as part of their link, and frequently finish each other's sentences. In a very few cases, the siblings involved are not twins. Thanks to the Mindlink Mates trope, this level of closeness can lead to other interpretations of their relationship. Compare with other types of Psychic Links. Related to, but distinct from, Single-Minded Twins.
Ron: They're relatively normal. For twins, I mean. At least they don't speak their own weirdo language.
Ron: They're relatively normal. For twins, I mean. At least they don't speak their own weirdo language.
— Kim Possible, "The Twin Factor"
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Anime and Manga
- In Osomatsu-san, Sextuplet variants happen.
- Toyed with in the case of Shagia and Olba Frost from After War Gundam X, since they have this power yet it's not fully explained if they're normal siblings or fraternal twins.
- The Comic-Book Adaptation of Breath of Fire IV plays up the Twin Telepathy betwen Ryu and Fou-lu far more than the original video game (which merely hinted at Twin Telepathy for the most part). In fact, the connection between the two which is entirely justified as the two were Split At A Failed Summoning is an integral and vital part of the manga's plot.
- In A Certain Scientific Railgun the Sisters network is somewhere between this and a Hive Mind. Granted, they're mass production clones who're specifically engineered to share their psychic powers this way...
- Used in the Fatal Fury movie between Half-Identical Twins Laocorn and Sulia. At first it's simply an empathic and telepathic connection, but after Laocorn becomes an invincible Physical God, the connection was ratcheted up to the point where Sulia's self-inflicted wounds weakened her brother, and her suicide effectively both shut off his invincibility and released him from the More Than Mind Control state he was subjected to..
- L and R Nomura of Marginal #4 share dreams fairly often. Interestingly, the two times it's shown in the series, in the dream, R is a normal human and L is some sort of fantasy being - a vampire, or a genie.
- In Fushigi Yuugi, Suboshi learns of his twin brother Amiboshi's "death" because he can no longer sense his presence.
- Also, Amiboshi and Suboshi can "write" messages to one another on their skin. (For example, Amiboshi writes something on his left hand with his finger, and the message appears on Suboshi's left hand.)
- Trigun Maximum has a pretty literal example, with Knives's ability to invade Vash's mind and the plants' general ability to communicate with each other over great distances. When Knives is using his power, Vash can also 'feel' it from kilometers away. On the other hand, they disagree on almost everything and really don't understand each other. In fact, they suffer from a really bad communication breakdown.
- In the manga of Ouran High School Host Club, during the test of courage chapter. Hikaru and Kaoru are separated, and the latter gets locked in a classroom. Hikaru somehow manages to find Kaoru and explains that he had heard his twin's voice telling him where he was, even though Kaoru had no way of telling his twin his whereabouts and Hikaru could not have found out through someone else.
- Ako and Riko from kissxsis tend to know when the other is up to shenanigans. They even Lampshade it when one of them is having a particularly ecchi Imagine Spot by the other one calling them out on it.
- Seen in Volume 8 of Arisa; as Tsubasa is hurt, Arisa flatlines in the hospital, and Tsubasa even says not to underestimate the bond between twins as she races to help Arisa.
- Sorta used in the Vampire Princess Miyu manga, with the Minami twins. Eldest twin Rima can't leave their home because she's a fullblooded mermaid who lives in a tank, but she can see the outside world through the senses and specially the eyes of Mari, the youngest twin.
- Takuma and Kazuma from Gakuen Babysitters have this briefly during the latter's Sick Episode for the sake of a joke, where the former declares that he's fine by himself without missing a beat, causing the latter to sense the statement as he lay sick in his bed.
- Episode 20 of Space Runaway Ideon features the villainous twins Kiyaya and Dopa, who use their telepathy in working together. The telepathy extends to Kiyaya feeling her brother's death when his ship is destroyed, and she herself is killed shortly after.
- Miracle Girls is based on this trope; the main characters are identical twins with psychic powers, including telepathy with each other. (Although there have been instances where they were able to communicate with other psychics.)
- In Guardian Fairy Michel, the magnetic fairies have this bond.
- It's downplayed in Aruosumente, but Dante seems to always know when his twin Lante is crying (when they were children) or even just can't sleep.
- Mob Psycho 100 has the Shiratori twins, Kaito and Daichi, who have this as their main ability. With some training, they learn to combine their psychic powers to read the minds of others.
- In Innocents Shounen Juujigun. Laurent and Lillian have the ability to communicate through thoughts, as well as experiencing what the other is feeling to some degree. This is initially very helpful in keeping the Crusade organized, but when Lillian cuts off the link due to anger over being confused with his brother, things get complicated. Lillian brings the link back during his death scene in a desperate bid for someone to save him. Thanks to that, Laurent gets to personally witness and feel his little brother's last moments.
- X-Men did this with the Stepford Cuckoos, creepy psychic quintuplets (though two have since died). They are clones of non-twin telepath Emma Frost. Also, there were a thousand of them at one point. They are separate entities, but sometimes the same sentence will run between two, three, or even five connected speech bubbles.
- This is more because their power is that, while they are all telepathic, the group of the Cuckoos is also capable of going full hive-mind with each other and amplifying their powers. This was a major plot of why one of the quints died during New X-Men.
- This creates an interesting situation in terms of punishment. Its revealed during a mini-series that Emma "grounds" the Cuckoos by telepathically locking them in their own minds so that they can't communicate with each other like they normally would
- In ElfQuest, the maximum "sending range" (range of telepathic powers) is important to the plot on numerous occasions. Sending across the Vastdeep (ocean) requires a powerful magic amplifier. But twins Suntop and Ember, despite actually having distinct genetic code (one immortal, one wolf-blooded), can contact each other from halfway across the world, and know when the other is in distress.
- Then again, a weaker version of this connection is used for the entire family, and for any close kinship relationships the series over: They feel hurt and loss even without direct sending. The Wavedancers are particularly attuned to the loss of their tribemates.
- DC Comics Kobra series had twins with a physical telepathy (they felt the other's pain). Just after the end of the series the evil twin found a way to kill the good twin without dying himself.
- In a similar incidental story from the Marvel/DC universe, a "good" twin was suffering when his "bad" twin was imprisoned, feeling as though he was in prison with his twin. The judge in the case saw that they even share injuries and this prompted him to release the "bad" twin, despite the seriousness of the charges, on the grounds that it was unfair to the innocent "good" twin. The "good" twin then performed a Batman Gambit where he pretended to turn bad and was shot, seemingly through the heart. His "bad" twin dies instantly since they share injuries, but the "good" twin survives because of one slight anatomical difference between the twins - his heart is on the opposite side of his body to normal.
- It depends on the writer, but Jade and Obsidian had a sort of vague empathy/danger sense regarding the other about half the time.
- Robot brothers Topspin and Twin Twist demonstrate an ability to share pain, feelings, and even experiences in The Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers. Taken further, this also means that if one dies they both die. It's the result of a medical condition known as a Branched Spark, which only crops up with every one in a million Sparks.
- The short-lived "Captain Hunter" feature in Our Fighting Forces had this as part of its premise — During the Vietnam War, USAF Capt. Phil Hunter searches for his twin brother Nick, who was shot down over North Vietnamese territory. He's certain Nick is still alive due to hearing his telepathic cries for help. Phil seems to think every set of identical twins has the same limited ability to communicate telepathically
- Through Psylocke's telepathy, she and her twin brother Captain Britain share a special bond.
- In The Boondock Saints, the twins receive their calling from God at the same time. As they were both asleep before it happened, it's debatable whether it was Twin Telepathy or actual divine interference. The sequel plays with the ambiguity some more by having the twins act antsy about their past as The Saints before the plot kicks off.
- The Octopus in The City of Lost Children is practically a Hive Mind, and is referred to in the singular.
- In Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Prince Nuada and Princess Nuala can read each others' minds. It's also an instance of Synchronization, as an injury to one is an injury to the other.
- A partial example in Nadja, where Edgar is sometimes able to feel what Nadja is thinking and feeling.
- In Star Wars, Luke and Leia have a connection despite having been Separated at Birth, which conveniently doesn't appear until a crucial moment in the second film. (This may have more do with the fact that both of them are strong in The Force than with them being twins, though, as Luke demonstrates a similar connection with his father.)
- Similarly, Jacen and Jaina ( Han and Leia's twins in the Expanded Universe) have a "twin bond" which goes much deeper than the usual connections between Force-users, as do Luke and Leia.
- Notably, the telepathic bond second to their own is with their younger brother.
- Similarly, Jacen and Jaina ( Han and Leia's twins in the Expanded Universe) have a "twin bond" which goes much deeper than the usual connections between Force-users, as do Luke and Leia.
- In Tom and Thomas, the titular children share a psychic link with one another, even though they were separated soon after birth. Tom & Thomas "talk" to one another and even feel each other's pain at times. At one point, Thomas gets tripped in class, and at the same time Tom falls down.
- Happened as a source of comedy to the twins played by Jackie Chan in Twin Dragons.
- Experienced by Julius and Vincent Benedict (Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito) in the 1988 film Twins, complete with Synchronization, much to the latter's discomfort.
- The Corsican Brothers by Cheech and Chong, very roughly based on the Dumas book of the same name. The film plays the central concept for slapstick, with the brothers hitting themselves to cause injury to the other.
- Replicant: The Replicant is somehow receiving memories from his double. Since the person he was cloned from is a serial killer, this leaves him pretty horrified.
- Justified in Avengers: Age of Ultron with the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver due to Wanda's psychic abilities. This link isn't shown or implied for most of the movie, but when Pietro dies, Wanda instantly feels it even though she was nowhere near him at the time.
- The Alterien series. The Sisters of Orion are telepaths and are also linked to each other.
- Older Than Radio: Twin Telepathy is one of the main plot points of Dumas' The Corsican Brothers.
- The novel American Gods had a very minor side story about a set of twins with a form of Twin Telepathy. When one of them lost his arm, his sister's arm shriveled up and became useless, even though they were geographically separated and there was no way she could even have known about it.
- In Psy Changeling, aside from usual Psy telepathy, Ashaya and Amara Aleine have a strong telepathic bond.
- From David Eddings' The Belgariad series come the twins Belkira and Beltira. Not only can they communicate with each other, but functionally have a single mind, such that they are used to read two separate prophecies to find similarities between them. Only one character can reliably tell them apart, since they do tend to finish each other's sentences.
- From the same series, Polgara and her twin sister Beldaran. This is explored in much more depth in the actual Polgara book, as Beldaran had a normal lifespan compared to Polgara's The Ageless-style immortality, and is thus long since dead.
- In P.C. Hodgell's Chronicles of the Kencyrath, protagonist Jame and her fraternal twin brother Torisen have moments of intense connection, sometimes in dreams and sometimes in waking life. He, though, is in denial about this and many other strange things that happen around him.
- Twins in the Tortall Universe share a mild magical/empathic link with each other.
- In Song of the Lioness, Alanna and Thom share a link. Thom later exploits it to borrow Alanna's magic (without her permission) for some big project. Happens to be resurrecting Duke Roger, her mortal enemy.
- Aly and her twin Alan are mentioned to have a link in Daughter of the Lioness, but it's only mentioned by Alanna and George in that Alan can't sense much about where the missing Aly is, just that she's alive.
- In Cold Fire, the third book of the The Circle Opens series, also by Tamora Pierce, the main character teaches magic to a pair of twin girls who have this kind of connection, although, as in the previous example, it is more empathic than telepathic, and appears to be mostly restricted to knowing when the other one is hurt or in danger.
- Dexter comments on the apparent telepathy between Astor and Cody (sister and brother, she's three years older). Judging by his comments in the novels, either he's noticing it more (and finding it more worth mentioning) or it's getting stronger as they get older.
- Dexter himself seems to experience this, at least in the novel, with his older, almost identical, brother, Brian, to the extent that Dexter often finds himself inadvertently observing Brian's murders and on at least one occasion instinctively knowing his location, initially leading both he and the reader to suspect that Dexter may be the real Ice Truck Killer.
- In Dead Beat of The Dresden Files, Harry notices a pair of twins in the pub that he knows by sight that have twin telepathy. In the scene, they're playing chess together, which (amusingly) Harry finds somewhat masturbatory.
- In the first book of the Evil Genius Trilogy, Jemima and Niobe (AKA Jem and Ni) are psychic twins that used their telepathic link to coordinate several successful burglaries, until they were enrolled in the Axis Institute. Unfortunately, their bond doesn't survive the strain of the coursework, and their part in the novel ends with Ni stoving Jem's head in with a computer monitor.
- The Weasley twins in Harry Potter, especially in the movies. It's implied that they do this just to mess with people's heads.
- In Mercedes Lackey's Last Herald-Mage Trilogy, one character has this with his twin. Then one of them dies, showing the reader that twin telepathy can be a bad thing.
- The twins in Spider Robinson's Lady Slings the Booze have this to such a degree that they're basically one mind in two bodies.
- Samneric (Sam and Eric) in Lord of the Flies. Identical, inseparable, and finish each other's sentences.
- In The Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard, this is pretty much the whole point of the book. Twins Meredith and Mallory Brynn, despite being complete opposites, can communicate with each other telepathically (which they sometimes use for cheating on tests) and even have their own elaborate made up language, complete with past and future tenses.
- The Power of Five: Jaime and Scott Tyler's power; both can read minds but decided to read each other's minds instead of other people's because of the evil thoughts humanity can possess.
- In Julian May's Saga of the Exiles tetralogy, twins Kuhal Earthshaker and Fian Skybreaker are so closely linked that they more-or-less form only one person between them.
- The twin brothers Jacob and Alex Teller of The Shapeshifter series have psychic link as well as a knack for impersonations.
- In Slapstick, by Kurt Vonnegut, the main character and his sister can think as one and combine their intelligences if close together.
- Kathryn Lasky's Starbuck Family series of juvenile mysteries features two sets of telepathic twins: Half-Identical Twins Liberty and July, and their identical younger sisters, Charly and Molly. Their Twin Telepathy allows all four to communicate with any of the other three, despite the pairs being several years apart in age.
- In The Stone Prince by Fiona Patton, a novel about a royal family touched by the gods, two of the characters, identical twin princes, are linked Seers. They were Siamese twins at one point (broken apart during birth) and have complementary powers — one gets his visions at night, the other in the daytime. As knights, they fight cooperatively, without thinking, and other sets of twins in the realm try to imitate their style. And finally, when one goes insane, the other nearly goes with him. Since inheriting the throne would involve literally becoming the vessel of their God, that too would be problematic. Would the God know which one of them was first-born, or would It take both of them? If it picked on one, what would happen to the other? There are hints that this has indeed happened in the backstory, and that it ended badly. Oh, and they sleep together, though no sex is implied.
- The Angevin Empire of the Lord Darcy series does the same in Michael Kurland's A Study In Sorcery, using Twin Telepathy to send covert messages across the Atlantic and keep real-time tabs on their New World settlements. Only thirty-six people are entrusted with the secret of this communication method.
- The Robert A. Heinlein juvenile Time for the Stars uses Twin Telepathy to achieve superluminal communication.
- In Heinlein's Time Enough for Love, Opposite-Sex Clone twins Lapis Lazuli Long and Lorelei Lee Long claim to possess this. It's never verified (and the other characters display an uncharacteristic lack of interest in exploring the phenomenon), but they do talk in Finishing Each Other's Sentences and generally behave like Single-Minded Twins.
- Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield are shown to have instances of Twin Telepathy in the Sweet Valley High series, although it only seems to manifest at plot-relevant moments.
- Lampshaded at one point, when Jessica and older brother Steven are separated from the rest of the family during an earthquake, and Steven asks Jessica if she can use her Twin Telepathy to sense if Elizabeth is okay. Jessica snaps, "It's not like a psychic telephone hotline I can dial up whenever I want to."
- Bran and Matthew Maddox of A Swiftly Tilting Planet possess the ability to sense what the other is feeling. It's implied that this is a limited version of "kything," the magical form of communication used by a number of characters in the series.
- In Warrior Cats, Squirrelflight and Leafpool had this in their earlier books.
- Kestrel and Bowman Hath, the main characters of William Nicholson's The Wind on Fire trilogy, have this for no adequately explained reason. Actual telepathy, not just an empathic connection.
- Two randomly-introduced young characters in the otherwise entertaining Young Wizards series' eighth book walk up to Nita on the Moon and subsequently: finish each other's sentences; declare in stereo that they're a "Twychild" (apparently, that's Speech for "annoying twins with a hive mind"); burst into laughter as if talking in sync with each other is some sort of awesomely hilarious novelty that everyone should be amazed and delighted at; and then walk away. How the main characters did not find this irritating is a mystery to many.
- They aren't exactly twins, but in The 39 Clues, Amy and Dan can sometimes tell what the other is thinking just by looking at each other.
- In The Bad Place, the characters Verbina and Violet have this as well as the ability to form a telepathic link with all nonhuman animals.
- In The Sevenwaters Trilogy, this is pretty much a given at Sevenwaters, both between twins (there's a set in every generation) and between Sorcha and several of her brothers.
- Almi and Merrill of Within Ruin not only share a mind but a soul. Any twins born to elves possess this unique feature, with the caveat being that if one dies so does the other. To avoid any dilemmas this may cause, Elven parents always murder any twins born to them. Problem solved!
- In the book version of The Prestige, Andrew has always felt a psychic connection with someone he believes to be his long-lost twin. The truth is rather complicated. The "twin" is real, and was created by Tesla's duplication machine when Andrew was a young boy.
- Invoked in the backstory of Miss Level, a witch from the Discworld novel A Hat Full of Sky. She is, in fact, one person born with two bodies, but most people assume she is a set of twins. She took advantage of this to perform a mind reading act in her circus days, as well as an impressive juggling routine.
- In Harry Harrison's The Stainless Steel Rat Goes to Hell, the Big Bad has dozens of copies of himself, all of which share one mind, since they were created by traveling to some universe that appears to duplicate everything on a quantum level. When one of Jim's sons goes through a portal to another universe, he suddenly seems to be in two places at once, having been connected in the same manner to his twin brother on the other side. This is Hand Waved as the twins having been one cell at one point in their development. Finally, when both twins fall in love with the same woman, who also falls in love with both young men, she use the Big Bad's method to duplicate herself, thus allowing herself to be with both of them at the same time (still one mind but now shared by two bodies).
- In False Colours by Georgette Heyer, protagonist Kit Fancot and his twin brother, Lord Denville, know when their twin is in some sort of trouble ... which is why Kit, a junior diplomat, comes back to England in the first place, just in time to get entangled in a Twin Switch.
- In the Dragonriders of Pern short story "Ever the Twain", the bond (emotional/mental/possibly both since psychic power is a real thing in the setting) between the fraternal twins Nian and Neru is so strong that it actually prevents the dragons from sensing Neru's potential as a candidate for Impression. The strength of their bond is such that Nian's concern for Neru when it seems like he failed to Impress is so strong that she doesn't even notice when she Impresses the newborn queen Quinth, who has to knock her down to get her attention.
- In Zeroes, Flicker assumed that this was the nature of her superpower when it first manifested as the ability to see through her twin sister's eyes. When her ability developed further and she learned to see through any person's eyes, it made her power a lot stronger, but she also was somewhat disappointed that her bond with her sister wasn't as unique and special as she'd initially thought.
- In The Bridge of San Luis Rey, when either Esteban or Manuel is coming home, the other twin knows it when his brother is still blocks away.
"...telepathy was a common occurrence in their lives...."
- In Expiration Date, Pete and his twin sister frequently know what each other is thinking and can finish sentences in unison. It's explicitly stated that, despite the physic phenomena going on in the rest of the novel, they don't have a psychic link, they just know each other really well.
Live Action TV
- Played with in one episode of Cheers. A character who's pregnant with twins stops a pair of adult identical twins as they're leaving the bar, and asks if it's true that twins can read each other's minds. They stand there silently for a second, and she says, "Well?" One responds, "Oh, we're discussing it." (More than likely, they were pulling her leg.)
- The Babylon 5 verse already has non-twin telepaths. The Centauri, however, place special value on telepathic twins, using them as the Emperor's personal communication system despite the presence of the much more mundane FTL radio in that verse. The Centauri Court upholds old customs and imperial decrees almost religiously, so that may be why they still use the twins.
- In Star Trek: The Next Generation, a species called the Binar are all born as twins with built-in telepathy.
- In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the Miradorn are all like this, and if one twin dies, the other suffers in ways that weren't made perfectly clear (but the remaining twin went on a crusade to kill the one who killed his twin, and considered this "all he had left.")
- In Star Trek: Voyager, a pair of twin boys rescued from the Borg quite possibly shared this trait, if only because they were Borg.
- The Creepy Twins in The X-Files episode "Eve". Though raised by different parents 3000 miles apart, they "just knew" about each other's existence and murdered their fathers in the same unusual manner. They actually weren't twins, but clones. They were the result of a eugenics project Gone Horribly Wrong.
- Gem and Gemma from Power Rangers RPM take this to its logical, creepy conclusion. They show every sign of being incapable of independent thought, speech, or action for their first several episodes, though they got better when Gemma started seeing a guy (namely, Flynn.) Gem wanted no part in that, so they developed on-again off-again individuality and the ability to speak independently on occasion. Each got a Good Troi Episode apiece of being featured as an individual.
Gem: We don'tGemma: split upGem: Ever!
- The Suite Life of Zack and Cody: Zack says he'll use his twin telepathy to get Cody, explaining that twin telepathy is how he knew Cody broke his arm that one time. Carrie says Zack is the one who broke his arm.
- This was the central premise of the British kids' show The Gemini Factor. Two teens, a teacher's pet girl and a rebellious boy, meet and start having Psychic Link flashes. Turns out, of course, that they're twins who were Separated at Birth.
- In Jekyll, the protagonist's twin sons display some form of this in the end, when they imply that they are able to "switch bodies." However, they are fraternal twins rather than identical.
- Tracker had a race called Orsians who were always born in pairs and each set of twins had a telepathic link to one another.
- The episode of The Wizard "Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves" has a girl starting to have psychic visions of her twin, fostered by evil gypsies.
- The Salamanca brothers from Breaking Bad use this. In fact, it's the only way they communicate.
- Les Revenants: Camille and Léna. It's revealed that this was the unintentional cause of Camille's death.
- The conjoined twins Bettie and Dot from American Horror Story: Freak Show possess this.
- Fraternal twins Kate and Kevin on This Is Us have occasional moments of knowing each other's emotions and thinking alike. When Kate is hospitalized on Christmas Eve with appendicitis, Kevin is seen in the waiting room clutching at his side while she's being operated on.
- Mako Mermaids: An H2O Adventure has long lost Siblings Zac and Mimmi who sometimes share visions, particularly when one of them is in trouble or distressed, though whether they are twins was never stated.
- On Cheap Seats and other Sklar Brothers projects like Sklarbro Country and Dumb People Town, comedians Randy and Jason Sklar repeatedly demonstrate that they can speak in unison as if telepathically linked.
- Warhammer 40,000: On the rare occasion that twins are born to the Eldar they possess a strong psychic bond, often they are used as steersmen for Revenant Titans that operate in pairs. When one twin is killed their soulstone is almost always bonded to a Wraithknight and the surviving sibling pilots it, using their bond to become one with their vehicle.
- A core part of the plot in the Mega Man Battle Network games, where it functions between the material world and the Internet. In over half the games, part of the gameplay, too.
- In Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates, Yuri and Chelinka can speak telepathically with each other after the Time Skip, since Chelinka lost her voice after watching their adoptive father die. She's slowly trying to get better, though.
- Slight subversion from the Code Geass Nintendo DS game: though the main villains are psychopathic twin princes Castor and Pollux, only the former possesses Twin Telepathy; Pollux has a superior version of Lelouch's own Magical Eye.
- In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Tate and Liza of Mosdeep City's Gym are fraternal twins who specialize in the Psychic type, and use their own psychic powers to finish each other's sentences. They are the only Gym Leaders in the entire series to be faced in a Double Battle.
- Second Sight, two minor characters featured were Tanya and Ivan: according to Dr Grienko's notes, these twins are both psychic, and as such possess not only the standard Psychic Link but also telekinesis and other powers. However, these powers are only active while the two are in close proximity; once they're separated, the twins are powerless.
- BloodRayne featured a pair of psychic Nazi twins who were born as conjoined twins and then separated. Attacking one hurts the other. They're probably among the most sympathetic villains in the game.
- In Yoshi's Island, the Yoshi only know where to find Baby Luigi because of Baby Mario's link with him.
- There are several bosses in World of Warcraft that hinge around a twin theme. They tend to have identical (or complementary) abilities and share a single health pool. Oftentimes the encounter is staged such that you have to kill both of them within a short time window (say, fifteen seconds) or the dead one will resurrect and you'll have to start over. Another common mechanic is that when one twin dies, the other inherits their twin's magical abilities.
- Lady Sacrolash and Grand Warlock Alythess are collectively known as "The Twins" encounter in The Sunwell.
- Eydis Darkbane and Fjola Lightbane are a Yin Yang themed pair of twin Val'kyr in the Crusader's Coliseum.
- Morchok and Kochrom (see what they did there?) are completely identical — they even have the same move set. Kochrom appears only in the heroic version of Dragon Soul.
- The original twin boss fight in Wo W, of course, is the Twin Emperors (Vek'lor and Vek'nilash) in the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj. One is immune to physical damage, one immune to magic, and if they're standing close enough to one another they heal constantly.
- The Throne of Thunder raid in Mists of Pandaria features Suen and Lu'Lin, the Twin Consorts of the Thunder King.
- In Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, Porom knows when Palom's in trouble half the world away. This might seem odd, given that the two are Polar Opposite Twins, except for the one thing both have in common: magical prowess.
- A subversion of sorts: They're not related at all, but this trope was the prime reason that many players assumed that Link and Zelda were twins (or at least siblings) in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The characters share a telepathic bond through much of the game, and Link's uncle's final words in the English version were to tell Link that "Zelda is your...", which many people thought was supposed to have been finished by the word sister. This line was removed in the Game Boy Advance port, and re-added (although slightly different in the American translation) in the Bonus Dungeon when you encounter a boss pretending to be your Uncle.
- You can debate whether you want to call them twins, but Luke and Asch have a mental connection that allows them to speak to each other. It's one-sided, though, as Asch is the only one that can initiate it between himself and Luke. Lorelei can speak with both of them, but again it's one-sided.
- This could possibly be attributed to quantum entanglement, as the clones are supposedly replicas using special vibrating particles of magic that match the original.
- Roderick and Madeleine Usher have a form of this in Dark Tales: Fall of the House of Usher. In particular, any physical injury which befalls one twin will also happen to the other.
- Subverted in College Roomies from Hell!!!: when Roger's Half Identical Twin sister Lily tries to read Roger's mind, she manages to almost correctly divine the major events of the past four months in-story, except reversing or twisting around the details (e.g., she claimed he'd shot God with a Satanic missile, when in fact he's shot Satan with a blessed shotgun). Roger dismisses this as coincidence, a strange attitude for someone who was so immersed in the bizarre.
- Mary and Sue have this in Dubious Company. Sal refers to it as the "upgraded" version of twin empathy. It is not without its downside. When Mary becomes The Mole, she gushes over Elator more often than provide useful information. Cue Sue smashing her head into the table to turn it off.
- In Umlaut House 2 Electronic Telepathy is commonplace, but twins Alice and Lain are almost always wire-linked together. And they apparently use twinspeak in the link.
- Sent up in Dumbing of Age.
- Gwen and Liesel from Camp Weedonwantcha think they have this, but it's implied that they're just weird.
- In the Whateley Universe this is the primary mutant power of Michael and Edward Samson (Heckel and Jeckel), two pranksters who tend to lose track of their own identity at times. At Whateley, they had been Underdogs, but they later used their abilities to good effect in the USMC as members of the Equalizer unit, aka the Dragonslayers.
- Used only once with Vex and Vax in Critical Role, to powerful effect. When Vax falls unconscious while he's separated from the group in Episode 25note , Matt mentions that Vex feels an inexplicable sense of dread, and that she immediately knows her brother is in danger.
- Para Imperium: A part of the House of Silver's control of the Federation is their telepath breeding program. Telepathically linked twins aren't the only form of faster-than-light communication, but Quantum Entangled Comms have a limited lifespan and wormholes are incredibly expensive to construct and place.
- The twin bounty hunters I and Am in Samurai Jack. They use this to great effect in springing traps: one twin to watches from afar while the other twin, who had buried himself in the snow and couldn't actually see the target, sprung the trap. It still wasn't enough against Jack.
- In the Western cartoon SilverHawks, Steel Heart and Steel Will had such a link.
- Yin and Yang from Yin Yang Yo! exhibit rare flashes of this when they're separated and in trouble.
- In Kim Possible, the heroine's younger twin brothers often display examples of this trope.
- In the 80's G.I. Joe cartoon, identical evil twins Xamot and Tomax displayed this and synchronicity as well.
- They demonstrate this in G.I. Joe: Renegades as well.
- Mas and Menos of Teen Titans apparently have this, as Mas was able to sense when Menos was frozen. Which makes sense, since they have Wonder Twin Powers anyway.
- He-Man and She-Ra exhibited instances of this trope from time to time, although not frequently.
- Invoked on Young Justice, when Superboy and Miss Martian go undercover as supervillain twins. Since Miss Martian is psychic, Superboy uses this trope to explain how they communicate with each other.
- Transformers Prime: Dreadwing, spark-twin to Skyquake, actually felt his brother's demise over the vast distances of space. This is never explained in depth, but a few things were clear: He knew his twin was dead, and he was PISSED.
- Another example when Starscream cloned himself. He got to feel their pain as they were killed one by one.
- Discussed in Gravity Falls—Wendy asks if Dipper and Mabel have this, and Dipper says no, but sometimes they have a weird thing where their allergies act up at the same time.
- In Justice League, a link develops between Supergirl and her Cadmus-created clone Galatea, causing Supergirl to pick up images of Galatea's black-ops assassinations and Galatea to start being inhibited by Supergirl's conscience.
- Dragons: Riders of Berk: Ruffnut and Tuffnut, they call it twintuition, although there's no evidence in-universe to be anything more than just coincidence.
- According to various real-life stories, this trope is indeed Truth in Television, at least occasionally.
- In an episode of Iron Chef America, guest judges Tia and Tamera Mowry noted that the challengers, identical twin chefs Nicola & Fabrizio Carro, were a lot quieter than everyone else and communicated more with slight glances and motions. The girls said they did the same thing. Of course, that comes more from simply being extremely familiar with each other than anything that would mean kicking one means the other feels it.
- A pair of French identical twins, appropriately known as Les Twins, are a dance duo that have said that they can "feel what the other is going to do before he does it". This can be seen in their freestyle dance battles, where the two are effortlessly in sync with one another.
- Horrifyingly tested by the Nazis in Wold War II. Mengele in particular was fascinated with identical twins and would perform experiments to see if they could feel each other's pain or distress by separating them and giving one good conditions and then torturing or inducing diseases in the other.
- A somewhat less fantastical possible explanation for identical twins, at least as children while their environment has been mostly the same, seeming to know each other's thoughts and mimic one another's actions unprovoked: given the same genetic predispositions and similar parenting and resources, they're wired to have predictably similar thoughts and actions, and to make similar decisions given the same stimuli.
- Which means the real life examples are rather Single-Minded Twins, not as extreme as in fiction, of course.
- Conjoined twins Abby and Brittany Hensel can type emails without talking to each other even though each girl only controls one hand; they just know what the other wants to say.
- Even stranger is that while being interviewed, you will occasionally see either one or the other put both hands to her face. Keep in mind that each girl only controls one hand. Apparently they either know when the other is going to perform this gesture or they just have really fast reaction time (and great aim).
- Conjoined twins Krista and Tatiana Hogan are joined at the head and brain and really do share thoughts and sensory information between themselves. Tickle one, both laugh; put a pacifier in one's mouth, the other stops crying. Born in 2006, doctors haven't yet confirmed how extensive this sharing is as the girls have been too young to fully explain their shared awareness.
- As seen in 2010 and 2014 documentaries, it is clear that they do share sensory input, to the point of being able to see through each other's eyes, taste what the other eats, and feel what the other touches.
- Neuroimaging studies have shown that identical twins think much more similarly than nontwin same sex siblings.