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* Hive England in the ''Literature/HiveMind'' series has about 0.1% of their population with borderline telepathy. Real telepaths are much rarer, about one in every five million. Exactly where this ability came from is unknown.


* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E5PlanetoftheSpiders Planet of the Spiders]]'' and ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsofWengChiang The Talons of Weng Chiang]]'' depict PsychicPowers as a dormant ability set to develop in humanity's future, and which may potentially emerge now.

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', *''Series/DoctorWho'''s ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E5PlanetoftheSpiders Planet of the Spiders]]'' and ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsofWengChiang The Talons of Weng Chiang]]'' depict PsychicPowers as a dormant ability set to develop in humanity's future, and which may potentially emerge now.


* In Series/DoctorWho, ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E5PlanetoftheSpiders Planet of the Spiders]]'' and ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsofWengChiang The Talons of Weng Chiang]]'' depict PsychicPowers as a dormant ability set to develop in humanity's future, and which may potentially emerge now.

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* In Series/DoctorWho, ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E5PlanetoftheSpiders Planet of the Spiders]]'' and ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsofWengChiang The Talons of Weng Chiang]]'' depict PsychicPowers as a dormant ability set to develop in humanity's future, and which may potentially emerge now.

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* In Series/DoctorWho, ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E5PlanetoftheSpiders Planet of the Spiders]]'' and ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsofWengChiang The Talons of Weng Chiang]]'' depict PsychicPowers as a dormant ability set to develop in humanity's future, and which may potentially emerge now.
** ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseofFenric The Curse of Fenric]]'''s Haemovores are descended from a potential timeline in which chemical pollution has mutated humanity into leech-like aquatic vampires, whose telepathy renders them vulnerable to the psychic barrier mounted by the faith of their intended victims.


This trope may have first arisen from science fiction writers keen on initial research into claims of psychic powers in the 1960s and 1970s. In modern day such claims are generally considered bogus, but in the past, it seemed yet another body of knowledge just about to unfold, fooling more than one respected scientist along the way. Creator/JosephWCampbell, editor of ''[[Magazine/{{Analog}} Astounding Science Fiction]]'', was one such believer, and he encouraged his writers (including luminaries like Creator/IsaacAsimov and Creator/RobertAHeinlein) to write stories including psychic abilities.

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This trope may have first arisen from science fiction writers keen on initial research into claims of psychic powers in the 1960s and 1970s. In modern day such claims are generally considered bogus, but in the past, it seemed yet another body of knowledge just about to unfold, fooling more than one respected scientist along the way. Creator/JosephWCampbell, Creator/JohnWCampbell, editor of ''[[Magazine/{{Analog}} Astounding Science Fiction]]'', was one such believer, and he encouraged his writers (including luminaries like Creator/IsaacAsimov and Creator/RobertAHeinlein) to write stories including psychic abilities.


This trope may have first arisen from science fiction writers keen on initial research into claims of psychic powers in the 1960s and 1970s. In modern day such claims are generally considered bogus, but in the past, it seemed yet another body of knowledge just about to unfold, fooling more than one respected scientist along the way.

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This trope may have first arisen from science fiction writers keen on initial research into claims of psychic powers in the 1960s and 1970s. In modern day such claims are generally considered bogus, but in the past, it seemed yet another body of knowledge just about to unfold, fooling more than one respected scientist along the way.
way. Creator/JosephWCampbell, editor of ''[[Magazine/{{Analog}} Astounding Science Fiction]]'', was one such believer, and he encouraged his writers (including luminaries like Creator/IsaacAsimov and Creator/RobertAHeinlein) to write stories including psychic abilities.


* Hinted at in the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series with Silver the Hedgehog, who is from 200 years in the future, and has psychic powers for no other adequately-explained reason. Likewise, his friend [[DefrostingIceQueen Blaze]] has [[PlayingWithFire pyrokinesis]].

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* Hinted at in the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' series with Silver the Hedgehog, who is from 200 years in the future, and has psychic powers for no other adequately-explained reason. Likewise, his friend [[DefrostingIceQueen Blaze]] has [[PlayingWithFire pyrokinesis]].


* Isaac Asimov went down this route with the Mule, the Second Literature/{{Foundation}}, Gaia, and, in a much different way (less mind reading/control more telekinesis) the Solarians.
** The Mule was justified as a mutation when he appeared but later retconned [[spoiler: into an outcast of Gaia]].
** The Second Foundation was justified in that the entire purpose of the Second Foundation was a deep understanding of human psychology on both the personal and civilization levels, so they developed the ability (and technology) to screw with minds [[spoiler: and keep Seldon's plan in motion]].
** Forget how Gaia was justified, [[spoiler: Except for the part where robots did it]].
** And the Solarians' developed genetic modification and personal separation to such an extent that their modified brains can harness the thermal energy of the massive amounts of land each individual has in order to convert it into other forms of energy.

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* Isaac Asimov went down this route Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''{{Literature/Foundation}}'': This ScienceFiction series, set in the far future, has several different sources of spacefaring people with PsychicPowers.
** Introduced in "Literature/TheMule",
the Mule, [[AntagonistTitle titular antagonist]] as a {{mutant|s}} whose EmotionControl ability allows him to EmotionBomb his enemies and {{Brainwash|ed}} individual characters to serve him indefinitely. He's even used it to kill. His actions are a direct cause for each major conflict until ''Literature/FoundationAndEarth''.
** While their [[PsychicPowers mental powers]] were assumed in "Literature/TheMule" ("Part Two"),
the Second Literature/{{Foundation}}, Gaia, and, in a much different way (less mind reading/control more telekinesis) the Solarians.
** The Mule was justified as a mutation when he appeared but later retconned [[spoiler: into an outcast
Foundationers weren't introduced on-screen until "Literature/SearchByTheMule". They gained their powers of Gaia]].
** The Second Foundation was justified in that the entire purpose of the Second Foundation was
{{telepathy}} and subtle {{Brainwash|ed}}ing from a deep understanding of human psychology on both the personal and civilization societal levels, so they developed naturally developing the ability (and technology) to screw with minds [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and [[XanatosSpeedChess keep Seldon's plan in motion]].
motion]]]].
** Forget how Introduced in ''Literature/FoundationsEdge'', Gaia was justified, [[spoiler: Except for is a HiveMind of humans, plants, bacteria, and even the part where robots did it]].
** And
non-biological systems of air and rock contribute to the Solarians' developed genetic modification and personal separation to gestalt. Individual parts (such as humans) have some psychic abilities, such an extent that as [[TheEmpath empathic senses]] and EmotionControl, but tend to avoid using their modified brains can harness powers as much as possible. Working together gives them the ability to affect other people across astronomical distances.
** Introduced in ''Literature/FoundationAndEarth'', the Solarians are {{Transhuman}}s who have became {{Hermaphrodite}}s and bio-engineered "Transducer Lobes" in their brains, which harnesses local
thermal energy of the massive amounts of land each individual has in order to convert it into other forms of energy.give them MindOverMatter powers.


* ''Film/HardcoreHarry'': The film is set in the future, and the main villain Akan has powerful telekinetic abilities. [[PsychicNosebleed Blood comes out of his mouth]] when he uses them.

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* ''Film/HardcoreHarry'': ''Film/HardcoreHenry'': The film is set in the future, and the main villain Akan has powerful telekinetic abilities. [[PsychicNosebleed Blood comes out of his mouth]] when he uses them.


* Some mutant beggars living on Mars in ''Film/TotalRecall1990'' make a living trying to impress tourists by reading their minds and guessing their birthdays.

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* Some mutant beggars living on Mars in ''Film/TotalRecall1990'' are psychic. Some are beggars make a living trying to impress tourists by reading their minds and guessing their birthdays.birthdays. Kuato, a resistance leader, is much more powerful.
* ''Film/HardcoreHarry'': The film is set in the future, and the main villain Akan has powerful telekinetic abilities. [[PsychicNosebleed Blood comes out of his mouth]] when he uses them.



** ''Literature/TheDemolishedMan'', with its espers, may be the trope-maker.

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** ''Literature/TheDemolishedMan'', has espers (from "ESP"), who make getting away with its espers, may be the trope-maker.murder almost impossible.



** ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'': Mike learned psychic powers from the Martians, he teaches it to his followers as well.

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** ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'': Mike learned psychic powers from the Martians, he Martians. He teaches it to his followers as well.


* In the 1985 revival of the ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', the episode "Quarantine" is set in a future where survivors of WorldWarIII have reverted to living in {{Arcadia}}, eschewing all mechanical technology, but having developed a wide range of psychic powers and OrganicTechnology.

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* In the 1985 revival of the ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'', the episode "Quarantine" is set in a future where survivors of WorldWarIII have reverted to living in {{Arcadia}}, eschewing all mechanical technology, but having developed a wide range of psychic powers and OrganicTechnology.

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* ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'' is a post-apocalyptic ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' setting where nearly every intelligent creature has some kind of psychic ability.

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* Saturn Girl and the other natives of Saturn's moon, Titan have telepathy. It varies in different continuities whether the various aliens in ''ComicBook/TheLegionOfSuperHeroes'' are HumanAliens or Earth colonists who got superpowers.


* ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' has a option to eventually develop a psychic technology for your species, human or otherwise.



* In the ''Literature/ChakonaSpace'' verse psionics are usually possessed by genetically engineered human-animal hybrids, mostly Chakats and Skunktaurs, but it's the same principle. Chakats are almost universally empaths, while Skunktaurs are divided into three "Houses" with different powers, telepathy, telekinesis, or astral projection. Chakats whose sires or grandsires (species comes from the mother) were Skunktaurs tend to inherit their powers.


** The [[Literature/RedDwarf]] say that the luck virus works mainly by enhancing a person's sixth sense.

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** The [[Literature/RedDwarf]] [[Literature/RedDwarf novels]] say that the luck virus works mainly by enhancing a person's sixth sense.

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