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* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', telepathic "scanner cop" Matt Parkman initially uses his mind reading powers [[TheyFightCrime to fight crime]], but after he evolves the ability to completely control the minds of others he becomes much more reluctant to use his powers at all, to the point that by Volume 5 he's categorized his ability as a drug and has even checked himself into an AA group.

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* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', telepathic "scanner cop" Matt Parkman initially uses his mind reading powers [[TheyFightCrime to fight crime]], crime, but after he evolves the ability to completely control the minds of others he becomes much more reluctant to use his powers at all, to the point that by Volume 5 he's categorized his ability as a drug and has even checked himself into an AA group.

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* Discussed in the Curtis Sittenfeld novel ''Sisterland'' where Kate is dismayed to learn her twin sister Violet has revealed that she has telepathy (something both of them have), as Violet predicts an earthquake is going to hit St. Louis. Kate feels annoyed that Violet is turning the situation into a media circus when she has no guarantee her vision is definitely going to happen, while Violet counters that if Kate had received the vision, she would have sat on the information and told no-one and possibly endangered innocent people's lives to maintain her image as the perfect wife and mother.


* In ''Manga/KotouraSan''. [[HowWeGotHere In her]] [[DownerBeginning backstory]], Haruka Kotoura is a born [[{{Telepathy}} Telepath]] that can't tell the difference between thoughts and speech because her telepathy is [[PowerIncontinence always on]]. Ergo, she had no sense of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatemae Tatemae]] (and still doesn't sometimes). That along with being a curiou] CheerfulChild, she unknowingly hurt everybody around her, which made her socially shunned and even broke up her family. [[PresentDay Later on]], she [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this to convincingly pose as a jerk to keep people away from her as a means to defend herself emotionally.

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* In ''Manga/KotouraSan''. [[HowWeGotHere In her]] [[DownerBeginning backstory]], Haruka Kotoura is a born [[{{Telepathy}} Telepath]] that can't tell the difference between thoughts and speech because her telepathy is [[PowerIncontinence always on]]. Ergo, she had no sense of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatemae Tatemae]] (and still doesn't sometimes). That along with being a curiou] curious CheerfulChild, she unknowingly hurt everybody around her, which made her socially shunned and even broke up her family. [[PresentDay Later on]], she [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this to convincingly pose as a jerk to keep people away from her as a means to defend herself emotionally.

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* PlayedForDrama in the ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' animated series. A flashback showing a young Charles Xavier has him read the mind of his step-brother Cain Marko (pre-Juggernaut), and discover that he thinks his father loves Charles more than himself. Charles tries to assure him that's not the case, but this clues Cain in that Charles is a mutant.


* Evie from ''Series/OutOfThisWorld'' needed to borrow an ESP power to help with a fundraiser. Because she is a bit young, she has a bit of trouble not commenting on the private thoughts of others, and later needed to procure a magician to lend PlausibleDeniability to her trick.

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* Evie from ''Series/OutOfThisWorld'' ''Series/OutOfThisWorld1987'' needed to borrow an ESP power to help with a fundraiser. Because she is a bit young, she has a bit of trouble not commenting on the private thoughts of others, and later needed to procure a magician to lend PlausibleDeniability to her trick.


*** Actually, the Council has no prohibition on magic ment to defend one's self from mind magic. They activity train their members in it. But since [=very=] few wizards on the Council know more than the bare minimum about mind magic to properly protect themselves, it's kinda half assed. Fortunately, Harry brings up the issue( after almost dying), and a few older wizards hand out a few of the tricks they're figured out over the years.

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*** Actually, the Council has no prohibition on magic ment meant to defend one's self from mind magic. They activity train their members in it. But since [=very=] few wizards on the Council know more than the bare minimum about mind magic to properly protect themselves, it's kinda half assed. Fortunately, Harry brings up the issue( after almost dying), and a few older wizards hand out a few of the tricks they're figured out over the years.


* Quite subverted with the Silver Age GreenLantern Hal Jordan, as he frequently used his power ring to not only read minds (including to see if a particular female was attracted to him) but to wipe memories particularly anytime someone learned his or someone else's secret identity. It was so prevalent that he even lampshades it in an issue when a villain reveals his and Barry Allen's secret [=IDs=] to their respective [=SO=]'s of the time, noting how even he was getting tired of that corny routine from having done it so often. That doesn't stop him from conveniently leaving out restoring that bit of their memories when convenient amnesia afflicted everyone in the city. He at least once used his power ring to force someone to walk into a police station and confess to framing him for a crime because it was easier for him than trying to prove his innocence in more legal ways.

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* Quite subverted with the Silver Age GreenLantern ComicBook/GreenLantern Hal Jordan, as he frequently used his power ring to not only read minds (including to see if a particular female was attracted to him) but to wipe memories particularly anytime someone learned his or someone else's secret identity. It was so prevalent that he even lampshades it in an issue when a villain reveals his and Barry Allen's secret [=IDs=] to their respective [=SO=]'s of the time, noting how even he was getting tired of that corny routine from having done it so often. That doesn't stop him from conveniently leaving out restoring that bit of their memories when convenient amnesia afflicted everyone in the city. He at least once used his power ring to force someone to walk into a police station and confess to framing him for a crime because it was easier for him than trying to prove his innocence in more legal ways.


* Traditionally, [[Film/XMen Professor Xavier]] is an absolute example of this, but not exclusively - ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' reveals that he messed with Jean's memories when she was a child to deal with the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide personality known as the Phoenix]], which Logan calls him out on, and which eventually backfires spectacularly. ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' presented a much younger, less disciplined Charles Xavier who had no problem using his powers on anyone whenever it was convenient for him. That being said, he doesn't go into personally private memories, promised Raven that he wouldn't read her mind, and asked for Erik's permission before searching for the brightest corner of his friend's memories - though he ''does'' erase Moira's memories, either to protect her following the events of Cuba, or to demonstrate his power to the CIA and warn them to back off (or both).

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* Traditionally, [[Film/XMen [[Film/XMenFilmSeries Professor Xavier]] is an absolute example of this, but not exclusively - ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' reveals that he messed with Jean's memories when she was a child to deal with the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide personality known as the Phoenix]], which Logan calls him out on, and which eventually backfires spectacularly. ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' presented a much younger, less disciplined Charles Xavier who had no problem using his powers on anyone whenever it was convenient for him. That being said, he doesn't go into personally private memories, promised Raven that he wouldn't read her mind, and asked for Erik's permission before searching for the brightest corner of his friend's memories - though he ''does'' erase Moira's memories, either to protect her following the events of Cuba, or to demonstrate his power to the CIA and warn them to back off (or both).


* Satori Komeiji of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fame is supposedly greatly disliked by humans and youkai alike for her mind-reading powers. The fact that she ''reads people's thoughts out loud'' probably doesn't help. It's implied that it's both a racial trait and the reason there aren't many satori left.
** In fact, the only people that ''do'' like her are animals that can't talk[[note]]and youkai that got to know her when they still were non-talking animals[[/note]]. Satori's mind-reading power lets her communicate with them, and they're very grateful for that.
** Played hilariously in the fangame ''VideoGame/TheGeniusOfSappheiros''. After refusing the protagonists' attempt to recruit her to the party, she proceeds to go on as usual and read out embarrassing things about everyone - until she realized that the now livid party (including members who are normally opposed to Reimu and Marisa's "fight first ask questions later" attitude) are all surrounding her, hell bent on beating her up.
** Koishi, Satori's sister, permanently closed her own third eye, thus eliminating her own mind-reading power, in order to avoid that sort of hate. Which it did, by way of bizarre side effects (by closing off her heart/mind[[note]]same word in Japanese[[/note]] she no longer has [[EmptyShell thoughts or feelings]], and it's impossible for other people to care about or even remember her).

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* Satori Komeiji of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fame is supposedly greatly disliked by humans and youkai alike for her mind-reading powers. The fact that she ''reads people's thoughts out loud'' probably doesn't help. It's implied that it's both a racial trait and the reason there aren't many satori left.
** In fact, the only people that ''do'' like her are animals that can't talk[[note]]and youkai that got to know her when they still were non-talking animals[[/note]]. Satori's mind-reading power lets her communicate with them, and they're very grateful for that.
** Played hilariously in the fangame ''VideoGame/TheGeniusOfSappheiros''. After refusing the protagonists' attempt to recruit her to the party, she proceeds to go on as usual and read out embarrassing things about everyone - until she realized that the now livid party (including members who are normally opposed to Reimu and Marisa's "fight first ask questions later" attitude) are all surrounding her, hell bent on beating her up.
** Koishi, Satori's sister,
''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Koishi permanently closed her own third eye, thus eliminating her own mind-reading power, in order to avoid that sort of hate.hate her blabbermouth sister Satori earned. Which it did, by way of bizarre side effects (by closing off her heart/mind[[note]]same word in Japanese[[/note]] she no longer has [[EmptyShell thoughts or feelings]], and it's impossible for other people to care about or even remember her).


* Professor Xavier, Betsy Braddock, Jean Grey, and, once his powers come through, Harry, are all scrupulous about this in ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm''. In Harry's case, it's in large part because he's terrified of going off the deep end, and - being enormously powerful and even after extensive tutoring, aware how ignorant he is of the full scope of his powers, accidentally influencing

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* Professor Xavier, Betsy Braddock, Jean Grey, and, once his powers come through, Harry, are all scrupulous about this in ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm''. In Harry's case, it's in large part because he's terrified of going off the deep end, and or - being enormously powerful and even after extensive tutoring, aware how ignorant he is of the full scope of his powers, accidentally powers - unconsciously/accidentally influencing those around him (particularly [[spoiler: Carol, after their PsychicLink is established]]).


* Professor Xavier, Betsy Braddock, Jean Grey, and, once his powers come through, Harry, are all scrupulous about this in ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm''. In Harry's case, it's in large part because he's terrified of going off the deep end.

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* Professor Xavier, Betsy Braddock, Jean Grey, and, once his powers come through, Harry, are all scrupulous about this in ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm''. In Harry's case, it's in large part because he's terrified of going off the deep end. end, and - being enormously powerful and even after extensive tutoring, aware how ignorant he is of the full scope of his powers, accidentally influencing


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** A more morally grey example is provided by the Askani, who taught Xavier a lot of the fine detail of his powers, and while they're not villainous, are described as not being overly ethical when pursuing their own interests.
** Xavier himself, as mentioned, is usually the gold standard for this trope, but when getting answers from Sinister he coldly threatens to "peel his [Sinister's] mind like an orange." Sinister, wisely, starts talking.


** Other psychics, such as Voldemort, Sinister, and [[spoiler: Maddie Pryor]] before her HeelFaceTurn (though in the latter case, that's because she genuinely doesn't know that it's wrong), all ''don't'' subscribe to this mentality, and the side-effects are described in loving and horrifying detail, comparing MindRape to actual rape (and psychic manners in general to physical consent), and playing the FreakyFridayFlip for NightmareFuel.

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** Other psychics, such as Voldemort, Sinister, and [[spoiler: Maddie Pryor]] before her HeelFaceTurn (though in the latter case, that's because she genuinely doesn't know that it's wrong), , all ''don't'' subscribe to this mentality, mentality (in [[spoiler: Maddie's]] case, she was raised to have BlueAndOrangeMorality by Sinister and genuinely didn't know), and demonstrate it, with the side-effects are being described in loving and horrifying detail, comparing lovingly horrific detail. For instance, MindRape is compared to actual rape (and psychic manners in general to physical consent), and playing the FreakyFridayFlip is, unusually, played for NightmareFuel.



* ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' presented a much younger, less disciplined Charles Xavier who had no problem using his powers on anyone whenever it was convenient for him. That being said, he did promise Raven that he wouldn't read her mind, and he did ask for Erik's permission before searching for the brightest corner of his friend's memory system.

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* Traditionally, [[Film/XMen Professor Xavier]] is an absolute example of this, but not exclusively - ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' reveals that he messed with Jean's memories when she was a child to deal with the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide personality known as the Phoenix]], which Logan calls him out on, and which eventually backfires spectacularly. ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' presented a much younger, less disciplined Charles Xavier who had no problem using his powers on anyone whenever it was convenient for him. That being said, he did promise doesn't go into personally private memories, promised Raven that he wouldn't read her mind, and he did ask asked for Erik's permission before searching for the brightest corner of his friend's memory system.memories - though he ''does'' erase Moira's memories, either to protect her following the events of Cuba, or to demonstrate his power to the CIA and warn them to back off (or both).
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' has him grow out of this, learning to let go and let people make their own choices, Raven especially. Additionally, in ''Film/XMenApocalypse'', he repudiates Apocalypse's plans to use his telepathy to completely violate every principle of this, and restores Moira's memories with an apology.


* Double-subverted in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' once the title character learns he can [[DemonicPossession take control of people's bodies]] in his sleep. At first, he has no problem using it [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman because it only seems to work on]] [[PlantPerson Watermelon Stevens]], who he was helping in and would probably do whatever he told them anyway. Then Steven accidentally possesses Lars, and decides to use it to get Lars [[CannotSpitItOut to admit he loves Sadie]]. When ''that'' goes predictably terrible, Steven regrets his actions and never possesses a human again.

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* Double-subverted in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' once the title character learns he can [[DemonicPossession take control of people's bodies]] in his sleep. At first, he has no problem using it [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman because it only seems to work on]] [[PlantPerson Watermelon Stevens]], who he was helping in with an emergency and would probably do whatever he told them anyway. Then Steven accidentally possesses Lars, and decides to use it to get Lars [[CannotSpitItOut to admit he loves Sadie]]. When ''that'' goes predictably terrible, Steven regrets his actions and never possesses a human again.


* Zig-zagged ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' once the title character learns he can [[DemonicPossession take control of people's bodies]] in his sleep. At first, he has no problem using it [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman because it only seems to work on]] [[PlantPerson Watermelon Stevens]], who'd probably do whatever he told them anyway, and he was helping them in an emergency. Then Steven accidentally possesses Lars, and decides to use it to get Lars [[CannotSpitItOut to admit he loves Sadie]]. When ''that'' goes predictably terrible, Steven regrets his actions never possesses a human again.

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* Zig-zagged Double-subverted in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' once the title character learns he can [[DemonicPossession take control of people's bodies]] in his sleep. At first, he has no problem using it [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman because it only seems to work on]] [[PlantPerson Watermelon Stevens]], who'd who he was helping in and would probably do whatever he told them anyway, and he was helping them in an emergency.anyway. Then Steven accidentally possesses Lars, and decides to use it to get Lars [[CannotSpitItOut to admit he loves Sadie]]. When ''that'' goes predictably terrible, Steven regrets his actions and never possesses a human again.

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