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Luke: You know, when we were fighting those sentinels down there, something happened to me. To us. We were so close in the Force that it was like we'd become a single person. It was... it was something very special.
Mara: Really? How special?
Luke: You're not going to make this easy for me, are you?

This is a romantic trope where lovers share not just their lives and beds, but actually their consciousness. Most often they're from an already telepathic race, but this telepathy goes even further; maybe they're always aware of the other, not just when communicating but always; or they understand each other better than anyone else; or they actually feel exactly like the other, or something like that. Sometimes successful reproduction is tied to it. Sometimes the sanity of one, usually the male, or both partners depends on the mindlink. Often the link is not unsoliticious. It goes both ways, so if something bad happens to one of them...

Could real humans stand this kind of closeness, let alone enjoy it? We literally can't know and relationships in which peoples' minds are always linked seem like they'd come with serious downsides. Even so it's often presented as superior to a normal relationship, more fulfilling or close or "true". It can also be taken as a "metaphor" for a very close relationship in which parties know and understand one another very well.

This is a subtrope of Fantastic Romance. Also see: Mental Affair.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Played for Laughs in the first episode of Asteroid in Love. Mira and Ao looks at the activity program of the newly merged Earth Sciences club, and they have such similar opinions that Ao says the first half of the sentence and Mira finishes the rest. As a result, Mari suggests some kind of telepathy to be in play.note 
  • Dragon Ball: After Vegeta's self-destruction to stop Majin Buu, his wife Bulma is shown to sense his death long before it was actually confirmed to her.
  • Makoto Mizuhara does this with Ifurita at the end of the El-Hazard: The Magnificent World OAV. He's capable of synching with El Hazard technology, and she's a battle-gynoid.
  • In Four Knights of the Apocalypse, Guinevere does not share her fated lover Lancelot's telepathy, but she is strongly precognitive, which enables her to finish his sentences and deeply understand his personality before even meeting him (because she's seen almost everything he will do and say over the course of his life). When they first meet, Lancelot even thinks Guinevere is reading his mind because she can predict his thought and behavior patterns so perfectly.
  • The protagonists from Seo Kouji's oneshot Half & Half get linked this way by the local variant of Kami-sama as part of a life-extension deal in which they had to decide which one would die. This system was partly to keep them from trying to off one another and partly so that the one to die would have more miles under the metaphorical belt. There seems to be a feedback filter implied somewhere.
  • In Hidamari Sketch Honeycomb's Episode 3, Hiro and Sae are shown to be able to communicate like this. Their mental conversation appears on the screen accompanied by beeps.
  • One episode of Kino's Journey touched upon this concept, with less than desirable results.
  • Played straight with Lalah Sune and Amuro Ray from Mobile Suit Gundam. Both became attracted to each other because of their mind link connection, and were noted as the first of their kind to become Newtypes. Even after Lalah's death, Amuro was still strongly connected to her. It's also said Lalah was Amuro's first great love.
    • This routinely occurs in the Universal Century between powerful Newtypes, and never ends well. In Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, Kamille Bidan and Four Murasame fall into love because of their emergent Newtype abilities, but Four is simply too insane from her Cyber-Newtype conversion to enter into a functional relationship, and she dies in his arms later. From the same series, meanwhile, Paptimus Scirocco intentionally manipulates Newtype women to his side through his mental power, but doesn't reciprocate their affections and only uses the situation to manipulate them.
    • In Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, Judau Ashta is an absolute Chick Magnet, though his strongest relationship (with Elpeo Ple) is more of a brother-sister relationship (though Ple is unusually intense about it). Meanwhile, Haman Khan is attracted to him, but unable to handle her emotions properly, and Judau repeatedly rejects her.
    • Char Aznable gets a section of his own, as his inability to relate to others causes much of the conflict in the various stories. When it came to Lalah Sune, he was almost as infatuated with her as Amuro was, and Lalah reciprocated, but that didn't stop him from subjecting her to horrific Mind Rape. Later in life, he was Haman Khan's first crush, but he completely failed to notice that, and combined with what Haman saw as his abandonment of his duties, broke Haman and turned her into the villainous commander of Neo-Zeon. Then Reccoa Londe attached herself to him, and they kissed at one point, but he never actually felt anything for her, and Reccoa's realization of this led to her Face–Heel Turn. Finally, in Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack, he's become no better than Scirocco, callously manipulating a thirteen-year-old girl into thinking he loves her and using her as a weapon.
  • In Naruto Chapter 677, during the series' climactic battle against the Big Bad Ensemble, Naruto and Hinata become this. As Madara finally enacts his Infinite Tsukuyomi plan, every living creature on the planet is caught in the illusion, except for Team 7, who are protected by Sasuke's Susanoo. The last person shown is Hinata, who mentally calls out to Naruto in despair. The very next panel shows Naruto suddenly looking very alarmed and eager to jump right out of the safe zone, which Sasuke wisely stops him from doing so.
  • In Psychic Academy, Ai and Mew form a mental link due to their auras being 100% compatible. This causes considerable awkwardness due to the fact that Ai is dating Orina, Mew's roommate and Ai's childhood friend (The most extreme point being an evening at a Love Hotel being ruined because Ai realizes that Mew is in danger). The psychic who is able to measure aura compatibility does make a point of mentioning that aura compatibility is not the same thing as personal compatibility, citing two classmates whose auras are only 30% compatible but are utterly smitten with each other as an example. He eventually does choose Mew over Orina—but only just before she dies.
  • Ashura and Yasha in RG Veda. Thanks to their swords, Shurato and Yamato, being connected, they share a special psychic link, but it only started to manifest after Shuratou was stored into Ashura, effectively making Ashura a part of the sword in someway. This was useful to found Yasha in the ice fortress when Aizen-myoh kidnapped him and to know that Yasha was in danger when Rasetsu returned.
  • In Sailor Moon, Mamoru and Usagi can feel each other's pain and Mamoru knows when Usagi is in trouble—it's actually a plot point when he doesn't even know that he's rushing to her defense as he blacks out and becomes Tuxedo Mask. In the first anime there's also a one-episode character (Rhett Battler) who knows when Luna is in trouble, but it's mostly used as a humorous homage to Mamoru.
  • In Sekirei, the titular aliens have an empathic bond with their destined partners, called Ashikabi. Beyond sensing the emotions of their partner, it's been shown that an Ashikabi can sense when their Sekirei is terminated in battle.
  • Downplayed in Soul Eater where partners can combine their souls using Soul Resonance. With the exception of Maka's parents and possibly Stein and Marie, at one point in time, none of the teams are actually dating. One of the more blatant examples of Ship Tease from the series, however, happens when Maka visits Soul's soul, has a moment of She Cleans Up Nicely, and the two dance. Soul is also able to read Maka's thoughts.

    Comic Books 
  • Doom Patrol: Coagula and Robotman in the Rachel Pollack run.
  • ElfQuest:
    • Elves are telepathic, but they can form an even closer bond where they undergo "Recognition" of each others soul and body's capability to mate and a need to mate. This leads to the affected pair mating like bunnies, so possibly the body is involved as well as the soul. This can also happen even if the couple don't like each other, or one is already in a relationship, which can lead to awkwardness. Or more often, threesomes. The Elfquest Gatherums have specifically stated that Recoginition is strictly for reproduction; the series indicates those who Recognize and lifemate are far more likely to have more then one child — or any child — than a non-Recognized couple. The only exception to this rule are the Go-Backs, who don't need Recognition to make more babies since they've essentially discarded most kinds of elf "magic".
    • Also, Skywise and Cutter recognized, even though they are both male, because they already shared a soul.
    • Nightfall and Redlance aren't technically Recognized, but when Nightfall had to heal Redlance's mind by bonding with him she managed to merge their souls permanently.
  • Empowered: Sistah Spooky and Mindf██k were these once. It's really the only way that Mindf██k can have good sex.
  • The Eternals: This is a tradition of the Eternals when they get married. Sersi, defying traditions chose the Black Knight (a human, instead of an eternal) as her "Gann Josin", and got the link. But Dane was not asked if he wanted the link, and certainly did not.
  • Supergirl: Downplayed in the story Demon Spawn. There was not telepathy involved per se, exactly, but Supergirl and Geoff's minds were bonded somehow, and that bond gave strength to Supergirl to break free when a villain was taking over her body.
    Supergirl: It was someone entering my mind, letting his thoughts flow in with mine that allowed my will to live to ultimately win!
  • Superman: Subverted in the storyline The Great Phantom Peril. As part of a plan to escape from the Phantom Zone, Faora Hu-Ul uses her telepathic powers to pose as the deceased wife of a lonely widower called Jackson Porter. Mr. Porter misses his wife so badly that Faora is able to create a psychic link between them which is strong enough to allow inter-dimensional communication.
  • X-Men:
    • While their marriage was still blissful, Jean Grey and Scott Summers had a form of this.
    • Scott and his instant replacement interest Emma Frost have a version of this.
    • Rachel Summers provides a siblings example. She created a psi-bond with Cable shortly after his birth. It is unknown if that link still exists, however.
    • Of a sort between Rachel and Korvus — she absorbed the power of his Phoenix Blade and it led to a mental connection and them dating, as well as influencing her personality for the darker. In the end, Rachel recognized this and broke up with him, presumably breaking the link too (though her mother taking back the Phoenix fragment she absorbed might also have been behind it), though they remained on good terms.

    Fan Works 
  • Amelia (TanaNari) features this between a lesbian and a straight girl. It doesn't influence her sexuality, just romance, which causes issues. Largely Played for Drama, with several characters questioning how much the link is influencing their personalities and catastrophic changes when it's removed. In the finale, the world is restructured to feature hundreds of Mindlink Mates.
  • The Teen Titans (2003) fanfiction As the Dust Settles begins an entire series where this plays a huge plot point for Starfire and Robin. Be warned, the stories are rated for a reason.
  • The Awakening of a Magus features a non-romantic artificial variant, in the form of the Magus Circle. The number of people in it presents a considerable problem, because the vulnerabilities are there. When one of the Circle dies, everyone is depressed for a long time, while Harry goes catatonic for a while. After that, they start working on ways to take care of the obvious Achilles' Heel. It is mentioned then (and was earlier described in a Recursive Fanfiction) that when Darius the Magus died, the only living member of his Circle went mad and massacred the wizards he held responsible.
  • This concept is explored deeply in the Haikyuu!!/Pacific Rim crossover fanfiction But for Me, There is a Storm, where the Drift, or psychic connection between pilots, is a big part of all relationships between copilots.
  • X-Men: First Class: The fic Charlotte Francine Xavier, has this develop between Erik and Fem!Charles.
  • Child of the Storm plays with this in the sequel between Harry and Carol thanks to an accidental permanent Psychic Link. Unlike most examples, unless one or both is trying to use it, the link mostly just extends to a tangential awareness that the other is around and what they're feeling. Even still, the possibility that the link is affecting one or both of them is discussed. Since Harry is a devout believer in Mind over Manners and one of the most powerful psychics ever to live, he is terrified of (in his mind) accidentally committing an unforgivable crime. However, Carol points out that the very fact that he's asking that question goes some way to suggesting otherwise, which he eventually concedes. The immediate romance is also subverted - while the UST sparks fly all the stronger, they still don't get together until chapter 46, largely because of their remaining issues.
  • A Crown of Stars: Asuka's Red Whirlwind is a two-seater vehicle with a control interface that allows telepathic communication between the two pilots. Shinji and Asuka find "interesting" uses for the telepathic mind-link.
  • Danny Phantom and Sam were supposed to have such a link in the original premise of the series, only for it to be jettisoned. Apparently, some fan writers have decided to plug it into their stories.
  • This is quite common with Doctor Who fanfiction too, particularly with Doctor/Master. Their mind meld hasn't hurt matters. Most people just assume that any Time Lord marriage-relationship-thing of more than a passing nature must needs also involve a mind-meld-y telepathic Bond which tends to be Capitalized. The famous Ship Tease scene in "The Girl In the Fireplace" between 10 and Reinette, which involved a lot of implied Dirty Mind-Reading (10 was embarrassed, Reinette's smirk says she absolutely wasn't), and introduced the idea that even a non-psychic on the receiving end could enter the other partner's mind - "a door once opened can be walked through in any direction." As a result, there are legions of Rose/9 and Rose/10 fics in which this is the case.
    • Also a fair amount in Torchwood fics, mostly for Jack/Ianto and usually including Ianto having some sort of super-empathic powers. There is a very marginal justification for this in that Jack explicitly has psychic training from his time with the Time Agency, with even powerful telepaths unable to read his mind, and Ianto is implied to have undergone something similar (but far less sophisticated) at Torchwood One. However, Jack's abilities are canonically totally defensive and Ianto's, if he had any, would have extended to the ability to spot Psychic Paper.
  • The Horseshoe Nail series for Firefly had River accidentally pulling one of these with Jayne. Neither were amused when they found what had happened.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic, A Growing Fire In My Heart, Ember explains to Spike that in dragon culture, the bonding ritual used when two dragons become life mates (essentially the dragon equivalent of marriage) links their souls. They can feel what their mate feels, and in some cases if the bond is strong enough they can hear what the other thinks. This is also why dragon culture follows Together in Death, because when one life mate dies the bond shatters and to the surviving mate it feels like they also slowly begin to die without it. It is seen as a mercy to die a painless death and join their loved one than to live without them while feeling half dead already.
  • Frequently used in the Harry Potter fandom.
    • Very prominent in the "Dangerverse" between Remus and Danger.
    • Harry/Ginny is also a popular target—someone made a list, and it's long. In most soul bond fics, the bond is made when Harry rescues Ginny from the Chamber of Secrets. Since the canon event involved damage to Ginny's soul, it's an easy spot to diverge into an AU. The exact specifics vary from fic to fic, but it's not uncommon for Ginny to skip a year because she now has access to all of Harry's knowledge. And of course it's quite common for them to suddenly gain weird magical abilities as a result of the bond.
    • The Amplitude, Frequency, and Resistance of the Soul Bond is a reconstruction of Harry/Ginny soul bond fics, and subverts most of the conventions of the genre. Harry and Ginny do not instantly fall in love because of the bond, their bond actually makes them do worse in class because they can't focus, and they gain no extra powers besides being able to talk to each other and see through each other's eyes. The "bonded pairs have to touch or they'll die" is specifically given a Take That!; Sirius warns them that they absolutely cannot have sex before they're seventeen, and everyone roundly mocks the idea of two teenagers being forced to touch (it turns out Sirius was lying about the magical consequences because he just didn't want them to have sex too young). The plot also takes a sharp turn when Voldemort finds out about the bond; Ginny is made Hogwarts champion instead of Harry because she's not as well-protected, but their bond means that Voldemort can steal the blood protection from her as well. It also turns out that Tom Riddle had a soul bond of his own. While he was always evil, he only went insane when his bonded mate died, and he wants to do the same to Harry to break him in front of the world.
    • To list the number of Drarry creature fics that declare this is true of Veela and their mates would take the better part of a month.
    • Also quite common in Harmony (Harry/Hermione) fics.
  • In this Invader Zim story, I think I'm in love with Zim, has its own interesting explanation for how this works between Zim and Dib. It's later Played for Drama/Deconstructed when Zim is killed.
  • In the Service provides a rare negative portrayal. Wolkenritter in skin-to-skin contact are no longer individuals in a meaningful sense. They find this both frightening and unpleasant, and consequently inter-Wolkenritter romances don't work.
  • Generally the focus of the RWBY fic Linked in Life and Love. Mate's Marks are a normal part of Faunus mating and are formed by essentially implanting a piece of one's aura in another. They allow emotion sharing as well as a general feeling of the location of a Faunus' partner(s). They also allow something referred to as "instinct sharing" where one partner can send an action or series of actions to another. In rare cases the mixing of auras creates what is known as an Affinity, which is a kind of "second Semblance." In Team RWBY's case, this ends up being Semblance sharing, essentially allowing all four girls to use each others' Semblances.
  • Occurs fairly frequently in The Lord of the Rings fanfiction as well, especially with elves—but then there is some vague Canon evidence for telepathy.
  • The ancient marriage ceremony in Lords Among the Ashes establishes a soul bond between the two recipients so long as they have both reached at least Lord level of Aura mastery. Jaune and Cinder's soul-bond is so strong that it allows them to sense each other's emotions, bolster each other's Auras, and combine their Auras to form a dual Semblance, Ruin.
  • Sasuke and Sakura seem to be this in Naru-Hina Chronicles:
    • At the end of Chapter 2, Sakura is shedding tears at her home, thinking about Sasuke who still hasn't returned to Konoha. The next few panels show Sasuke having some "weird feeling", giving the impression that he sensed her reaction.
    • In Chapter 75, while fighting the bandaged man, Sasuke can hear Sakura saying his name even though she's too far away for him to hear her.
  • Read the Fine Print (Evangelion): Because Shinji's soul is owned by Asuka and both are riding the same Eva, the border between their individual minds starts blurring until they're finishing each other's sentences and sharing sensory information.
  • Fanworks from The Sentinel often have some sort of empathic/telepathic link between Jim & Blair; there is a whole subgenre of 'bonding fics' that are almost-but-not-quite Slash.
  • In the Signverse AU, Star and Marco's bond from the Blood Moon grants them the ability to telepathically communicate, feel each other's emotions, and even switch or share bodies.
  • A trait of at least magical girls with soulbonds in The Soulmate Timeline, different from usual magical girl telepathy as it operates on a 'separate' channel from regular Magical Girl telepathy and appears to have a wider range. They also share emotions and dreams between Soulmates, which is both good and bad: it makes it a lot easier for Homura to get things done because her Soulmates can tell her good intentions but it also means that her secrets and bad moods can also be transmitted and cause distress.
  • Turns up a lot in the Star Trek fandom, mostly the original series and Enterprise, because of the Vulcan cast.
    • Kirk/Spock and Spock/McCoy fic, in particular, make a Very Big Deal out of the "mindlink" aspect—in K/S, Kirk is generally portrayed as very enthusiastic about the bond. In contrast, S/Mc often makes an issue of McCoy's distaste of the mind-meld and his eventual acceptance.
    • The trope is discussed in His Golden Smile (alternative link here), between an elderly Spock and his student.
      "When planned for and dealt with properly, it is reduced from a chimera to the simple, sweet cement of a bonding. We have extra reason to love our bondmates, we Vulcans—more so than any other species in the galaxy. They give us life as they give us love."
  • In the Star Trek: Lower Decks fanfic Two of Two, Mariner and Boimler are assimilated by the Borg, and while they are freed from the greater collective, Dr. T'Ana is unable to sever a separate neural link between just the two of them without fatally damaging their brains. This results in Mariner and Boimler being able to hear each other's thoughts, feel each other's pain, share memories, and even see everything the other person sees.
  • In the Digimon fanfiction series, A Sticky Situation, the Renamon line apparently form these types of bonds.
  • Supernatural fandom took Cas' canonical telepathy, the "profound bond" comment, and the fact that Cas literally left a brand on Dean's body, and ran with it. Often, it's one-way (Cas can sense Dean, not the other way around), and for whatever reason Cas doesn't bring it up—at least until the events of the given story.
  • Surrogate of Zero: In this fic Asuka died by childbirth, but her soul is connected to Shinji and both share a mind-link.
  • Amusingly done (and subverted) in Chapter 7 of oneshot collection Tale of Two Stars, where Aquarius responds to everything Ophiuchus says before he even talks.
    Ophiuchus: Would you mind telling me if you have psychic abilities?
    Aquarius: And no, I don't have psychic abilities, I just know you well, love.
  • In the Snapped offshoot of Team 8, this is implied—Naruto is killed, but manages to hook his consciousness onto that of the Kyuubi as it leaves his body for Itachi's, and then when this kills Itachi both enter and inhabit Hinata (who is still young enough, unlike Itachi, for her chakra coils to stretch enough to survive the Kyuubi's chakra). Later it is stated that Hinata "always has very interesting dreams".
  • This is where the titular "bond" in Their Bond comes from. Zelda and Impa have a special connection where they can talk to one another without verbal words and can share images with one another using their minds.
  • Thousand Shinji: As they develop Psychic Powers, Shinji and Asuka become this. When they fought Leliel, their minds virtually became one.
  • In the Twilight Princess fanfic "Til the Sun Grows Cold and the Stars Grow Old," Link and Princess Zelda have met in dreams since they were very small children, which is part and parcel of their targeted reincarnation love affair of many lifetimes. Its true significance comes at a point when Link thinks Zelda might be dead, and the fact that he can't find her in his dreams only seems to prove it.
  • Turns up in a couple of Tin Man fics, where it's handwaved as a means for an Ozian sorcerer/sorceress to focus and replenish their magic. The Lavender-eyed Queen and Ahamo (or, rarely Glitch) are usually depicted as having this kind of bond, but it also turns up in DG/Cain fics.
  • In Total Drama Comeback, Ezekiel and Heather have complimentary dreams about each other. In this case, is not explicitly supernatural, it just sort of marks their growing feelings and Character Development.
  • In the Phineas and Ferb fanfic Two Halves Make A Whole, Doofenshmirtz makes an Inator that merges the souls of any 2 things that get hit by it. Phineas and Isabella get hit by it, as do Vanessa and Perry.
  • In X-Men 1970, Jean Grey creates a telepathic mind-link between Scott Summers and herself after their wedding.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Jaguar Paw and Seven from Apocalypto. When Jaguar Paw has a minor Heroic BSoD, Seven (who is trapped in a cave of sorts) physically shows the distress he is experiencing and reminds him to "come back" to her. When Blunted wishes Jaguar Paw to "journey well", Jaguar Paw responds with "I can't go now".
  • Avatar provides a non-psychic example: Na'vi intimacy includes the physical connection of nervous systems via the partners' queues.
  • The first incident of dreamfasting between Jen and Kira in The Dark Crystal was unintentional, though it certainly helped along their fast friendship. Since The Dark Crystal was directed at kids, actual romance was only implied.
  • Endless: Riley starts to share parts of Chris's mind after they connect when he's a ghost, for instance taking up his food and music tastes.
  • In In Your Eyes, Dylan and Rebecca develop a romantic relationship through their psychic connection.
  • A central theme in Upstream Color: the two main characters become a romantic couple after being hypnotized with a substance that opens up empathic links with other people. They become so attuned to each other that they start confusing each other's memories for their own. They are also linked to a mated pair of pigs, which have been implanted with the same substance used on them. The human couple occasionally get feelings they don't understand as a result of things happening to the pigs.

  • Ramses and Nefret Emerson, of the Amelia Peabody detective series, have a one-way link, whereby Nefret knows when Ramses is in imminent danger.
  • In the Anita Blake series, this meets either Love Dodecahedron or Polyamory, but either way, it is complex. To take the relationship tree the story revolves around: Jean-Claude took Anita as his human servant and Richard as his animal to call, making a connection between all three of them. Anita, being a necromancer and animator, picked up some of the vampire power, and so now has Damian, her vampire to call, and a number of animals to call, because she keeps picking up various wereanimals that she might be able to turn into—but really doesn't want to. And until the first change, a person can keep picking up new wereanimals, so this probably isn't going to stop any time soon. And breaking the link between vampire and servant is severely damaging to both parties, but if the human dies that means the vampire is hurt and maybe goes insane, and if the vampire dies an unshielded human will die or go insane.
  • In Awaken the Stars, Rex and Euan eventually develop a mental connection as their relationship strengthens.
  • In Beyond The Glass by Antonia White, the main character has this with the man she falls in love with after the failure of her first marriage. And then the intensity of their relationship is a contributing factor to her going insane...
  • The Marat in the Codex Alera form telepathic bonds with totem animals. In the first book, Furies of Calderon, a Marat girl named Kitai accidentally forms such a bond with the main character, Tavi. The two become a couple as the series progresses and display some aspects of this trope, such as being able to sense one another's presence and moods. It also means that when Tavi begins to develop furycrafting, Kitai develops it as well.
  • Rye and Sonia develop one of these fairly early on in the Deltora Quest's Three Doors trilogy. Late in the second book, they are able to reach out to Rye's brother Sholto using this method when they cannot risk calling to him.
  • Once Peter and Elizabeth drink the mixture of Death’s Rose and Alchemist’s Powder in The Dragon DelaSangre they can see, feel, and think what the other sees, feels, and thinks. It does a lot to enhance their wedding night.
  • Duncton Wood has this occurring between Rebbecca and Bracken. Despite this they don't actually mate until very late in the book because something horrible keeps getting in the way.
  • In the Firebird Trilogy, telepathic Pair Bonding creates a link between the couple, allowing them to always sense each others' emotions when in proximity, and leaving a feeling of emptiness when separated. When the bond is broken, the surviving spouse goes into bereavement shock and can take years to regain a semblance of normalcy.
  • Andy and Vicky, the parents in the Stephen King novel Firestarter survive the drug trial that kills most everyone else by forming a psychic connection.
  • In the Griffin And Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence trilogy, the titular characters have a version of this, seeing each other's paintings and eventually building a very long distance relationship.
  • Hell's Gate by David Weber features a world of psychics and a world of mages in a war. On the psychic side called Sharona, about 1/4 of the population has a form of psychic talent, ranging from telepathy to being able to teleport small objects. There are two types of psychic bonds shown. Married couples get a bond allowing a form of telepathy between them, even when only one is a Voice able to do true telepathy. (It's also shown to be extremely useful when one is a Voice, a telepath specializing in distance communication and perfect recall of memories, and the other has a power such as mapping where they can terrain map anything with in 5 miles.)
    • The second type of bonding is a form of recognition. Much like a bond such as in ElfQuest, but the bond is implied to be one and only soulmates. This is stated to be the source of most of the great romantic and tragic literature of Sharona, due to recognition ignoring if one of the soul mates is already married.
      • This type shows up prominently in the sequel, Hell Hath No Fury. Characters who have never met before encounter one another and instantly begin behaving as if they've been together (happily) for years. There's little comment made about it.
  • In Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar universe, this is called a lifebond. Overused in her earlier books given its supposed rarity, but less frequent later in the series, and characters in several later books discuss or illustrate the potential negative aspects of such a bond. In Winds of Fury, Stefen speculates that in many cases lifebonds occur between someone who is extraordinarily powerful but emotionally unstable and someone who is much more mentally grounded; he proves his point by being able to describe with great accuracy the lifebonded partner of Herald Talia without ever having met the man, purely based on his encounter with Talia's out-of-control Empathy back in Arrow's Flight.
    • One particularly dramatic case goes a long way towards showing that a lifebond is not necessarily all that desirable, and also supports Stefen's theory: In Brightly Burning, Lavan's lifebonded is his Companion, the horse-shaped angel meant to guide and support him. It's noted within the book how screwed up the relationship is and that it means that Lavan (had he lived) would have been one giant mess of emotional issues, even for a Herald. It's only the extremely extenuating circumstances (Lavan is unable to control the full extent of his Gift, on his own, and his Companion has to be 'bonded with him to provide the extra control) that prevent anyone from trying to undo things. When his Companion dies at the end, he mentally collapses and unleashes fiery doom on the entire battle field, effectively ending the war and killing himself in the process. Lifebonding is far from an unambiguously good thing.
      • A less dramatic example (which also illustrates how much of an Oddly Common Rarity lifebonds are in the early books in the series), Keren in Arrows of the Queen breaks down when her lifebonded partner Ylsa is killed, and is only saved from willing herself into death by the intervention of Sherrill, who is also lifebonded to Keren and would have, other characters speculate, formed a three-way lifebond with Keren and Ylsa if the situation had been recognized prior to Ylsa's death. Usually if one member of a lifebonded pair dies the other soon follows, or else never entirely gets over their deaths.
    • The Last Herald-Mage Trilogy has Vanyel as the lifebonded of the Herald in training Tylendel. 'Lendel, despite loving Van, becomes an Angsty Surviving Twin and uses Van quite cruelly to take revenge on his brother's killer before dying himself. Van attempts suicide several times before managing a degree of stability and never really gets past his anguish, at least until Tylendel's reincarnation Stefan comes into his life. Stefan is the more stable partner who can try to keep Vanyel centered but is himself nearly Driven to Suicide when Vanyel dies.
    • In The Black Gryphon, after two people hook up quite melodramatically one of them expresses annoyance at the rumors that they turned out to be lifebonded. He remembers hearing friends who are talk about it as something extremely difficult, but rewarding if it works.
      "Lifebonding is hardly as romantic as the ballads make it out to be. Both of you have got to be strong in order to keep one from devouring the other alive. And you'd better hope that both of you are ready for the kind of closeness that lifebonding brings, especially between two people who are Empaths. You can't fight or argue—you feel your partner's pain as much as your own. You become, not two people precisely, but a kind of two-headed, two-personalitied entity, Tamsin-and-Cinnabar, and you'd better hope that one of you doesn't suddenly come to like something that the other detests because you wind up sharing just about everything!"
      "But when it finally works, it is a good thing, a partnership where the strengths are shared and the weaknesses minimized. I think that the good points all outweigh the bad, but I have reason to."
    • On the not technically a lifebond side, characters with Psychic Powers can often mentally connect and enjoy each others' company without uprooting their lives in the same way as lifebonded couples, able to allow the connection to wax and wane. Tarma and Kethry after becoming sworn siblings have a minor empathic connection. If they're separated and Kethry gets in trouble, Tarma knows. Kethry, as a mage, has slightly more awareness of their bond and can feel Tarma's loneliness and grief as well as her own when they're in bed together, and can try to relieve it.
  • Treecat mates, in the Honor Harrington series, since the species as a whole is telempathic.
    • Later in the books, it's revealed that Honor herself has one of these with Hamish Alexander, whom she later marries, though the link is empathic in nature, not telepathic. She comes by it honestly: her mother Allison and father Alfred also have an empathic bond.
  • In The Irregular at Magic High School, Tatsuya and Miyuki have a low-level example because part of her magic is devoted to suppressing his. When Miyuki dies, as in the Reminscence arc, Tatsuya knows she's gone because the suppression is.
  • Jane Eyre plays with this idea but doesn't quite commit to it. Not only are Jane and Mr. Rochester incredibly attuned to each other's thoughts and feelings, but it is his voice "calling" on her for help from miles away that finally persuades her to return to him at the end of the novel. Even Jane thinks it might just be a coincidence; they do spend quite a bit of time thinking about each other. Alternatively, since she was praying for guidance about her love life at the time, perhaps it was divine intervention.
  • Journey to Chaos: Eric and Kasile's minds are linked together by Tasio which enables them to communicate telepathically. This leads to them becoming Like Brother and Sister with Eric's crush on her transforming into Big Brother Instinct.
  • Joanne Bertin's The Last Dragonlord has it sort of built in. A Dragonlord is a being with half a human's soul, half a dragon's; before they are born these souls are split in twain and reassigned. Dragonlords pine after their soultwins, and there's mention of the horrifically tragic case when one's soultwin turned out to be a normal human. It's also said that most soultwins are just a little closer than really close human couples, but the title character of The Last Dragonlord envies those who are much closer, so close that it's physically painful for the two to be apart for more than a few hours. It seems there are also some who can't stand each other—not because of differences in personality or interest, which is unheard of, but because they are individuals who hate themselves.
  • Abramm and Maddie in the series Legends of the Guardian-King have this. (That's how Maddie knows Abramm is Not Quite Dead, even though he's been missing for a year.
  • The Liaden Universe calls this "lifemating". It's stated to be extremely rare in Liaden society, yet somehow it seems to happen to just about every main character in the series (though some of them have to wait decades to find their lifemate); it's vaguely suggested that it has something to do with the telepathic tree they take care of.
  • Troll wedding ceremonies in Malediction Trilogy involve drinking a magic potion that makes the couple feel what the other partner feels at all times. As a result, when one married troll dies, the shock is so severe that the other usually commits suicide soon after.
  • In Andre Norton's Ordeal in Otherwhere, Charis and Shann develop a Psychic Link, though they have to take care to keep it from overwhelming them. That it led to marriage becomes clear in Forerunner Foray, when their son recounts how the Wyverns trained him because of it.
  • A young adult science fiction novel, A Place of Silver Silence by Ardath Mayhar, has this going on via technological means—arranged marriages between ten year olds based on scientific psychological testing. The main character got to enjoy her husband's death vicariously as a result. We get shown, not told how he died—by having his internal organs rearranged in an artistic manner. In a book listed on Amazon as 7th Grade and Up!
  • Robin Hobb's Realm of the Elderlings trilogy plays with this. Kettle (Kestrel) describes having this type of bond with her lover, before discovering him to be sharing the same kind of bond with her twin sister, Gull. Similarly, the Fool seems to experience an unrequited version through his feelings for Fitz.
  • In The Redemption of Althalus, all of the main characters eventually develop a non-romantic version of this, but the couples end up with special, private links.
  • In the Relentless series by Karen Lynch, Mohiri mates can speak to each other telepathically once they consummate the bond.
  • In The Sharing Knife series, Lakewalker marriage essentially involves becoming a limited form of this—no mind reading, but they can tell if the spouse is alive, and one character can tell the general direction her husband is in.
  • Shatter the Sky: Maren is mentally linked with the girlfriend Kaia, it turns out, experiences flashes of things she goes through. It appears to be one way though. The same thing happens with her and Sev too.
  • Lisanne Norman's Sholan Alliance Series has a large number of Leska pairs that fill this. It doesn't work very well for some pairs.
  • In Nora Roberts' Sign of Seven Trilogy, Fox and Layla are both telepathic and even have a steamy sex scene where they are psychically linked.
  • In Gene Roddenberry's novelisation of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Kirk's mind calls to Spock from light-years away—this is what causes him to fail to achieve Kolinahr. Even with Spock's fluctuating-as-the-plot-demands telepathic abilities, that is really indicative of a mind-link. Slashers forevermore have had a field day with this, since the only mention we hear of person-to-person mindlinks without physical contact is in the context of the marriage bond.
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe: As the quote above indicates, it happened to Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade—though this connection only happens when they both choose to reach out for it, which they don't until a good ten years after they meet and become friends, and they spend most of their time less thoroughly entangled. In Survivor's Quest Mara explicitly points out that they can't use this connection to talk in words, but they use it in fighting to be a kind of single two-bodied entity that strikes with total precision.
    • Also between a male Player Character and Bastila Shan in Knights of the Old Republic.
    • It's not the same in Jedi Apprentice, but it is noted that a good early sign that the Master-Padawan bond is working as it should is for both parties to sometimes think the same thing in unison. Notably, this doesn't mean either can read the other's mind, though they may become close enough to know what the other is thinking.
  • The Fey in the Tairen Soul series bond this way. As the breeding of girl children depends on the mindlink and the probability of one forming between any two given individuals is low, there always is a serious skew in the sex distribution. This is "compensated" by the men killing themselves after so many centuries if they don't form a mindlink.
    • It should also be noted that truemates cannot share thoughts (without using magic, anyway) until their bond is complete, which can take some time. This rule conveniently allows for romantic tension between the truemated-but-not-fully-bonded-yet protagonists.
  • Tales of the Bounty Hunters: Dengar has aspects of this in his relationship with Manaroo, as her people use a device which lets them share emotions. It's standard among her people, and helps to recover some of his lost emotions from sharing hers.
  • Trapped on Draconica: "We're twins; united in body and soul." Presumably Erowin being Ben's twin serves as an 'anchor' which allows her to stick around and help after Mordak kills her.
  • The Twilight Saga: An Inverted Trope. For Our Vampires Are Different reasons, Edward can read the thoughts of everyone except for his Love Interest, Bella. In this way, their Paranormal Romance is surprisedly normal: He has to trust his partner — he can't magically guarantee that she's be honest with him.
  • The Wheel of Time series has the "Warder bond" between the Sword and Sorcerer Warder and Aes Sedai. Many of the bonded are not lovers, but Green Aes Sedai who only take one Warder are usually married to them. Of the major characters: Rand and his harem, Nynaeve and Lan as soon as there's a second to spare, and, as of The Gathering Storm, Gareth Byrne and Siuan.Towers Of Midnight adds Egwene and Gawyn. Note that this also includes one-way compulsory magic, so the romantic aspects are often downplayed.
    • Rand's harem finds out the hard way that their jury-rigged version of the bond isn't one-way, especially during moments of strong emotion; to make it worse, one of the harem has a female Warder separately, of her own, who finds out that she can feel much more than she wants to. She ends up getting severely drunk to block out the effect. (Which may also have been a measure of giving her own back, as they'd earlier learned that drunkenness can also travel up the Warder bond.)
    • Married Asha'man do something quite similar to the "Warder bond" with their wives, specifically because of this trope, but completely without the compulsion. As one put it, it's just really reassuring to know that your wife is okay.
    • And the Asha'man Androl ends up bonding a Red Ajah Aes Sedai who had just bonded him more or less against his will. They end up becoming rather close by more than just necessity after that.
  • Ingrey and Ijada in World of the Five Gods' The Hallowed Hunt share an empathic-level bond created by Horseriver to keep control of Ingrey as part of his plan. His breaking it when he starts the final step of the plan sends Ijada and four companions chasing after them.
  • Wizards in the Young Wizards 'verse experience this if they end up romantically intimate with each other—a fact learned and demonstrated during A Wizard Abroad when Nita's crush on the Irish wizard Ronan turns into her first kiss. It's broken off when she sees more in his mind than she expected: Ronan is the new host for the One's Champion.
  • Zero Sight: Mages can become a weft pair, which means they understand each other's emotions and thoughts, know where their partner is and transfer mana from one to another. The main couple of the series becomes one by accident. In-Universe the most famous pairs even have cards dedicated to them.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In an early episode of Babylon 5, a telepath says that having sex with another telepath invokes this trope, comparing it to mirrors endlessly reflecting one another.
  • In Beauty and the Beast (1987), Vincent and Catherine can usually tell when the other is in trouble. When the mind-link breaks, it almost drives Vincent crazy.
  • In Doctor Who, for a long time, it has been hinted that the Doctor and TARDIS are mentally linked, to the extent that the TARDIS's translation circuits depend on the Doctor's health. Similarly, there's a Running Gag that there seems to be some kind of Cargo Ship going on; the Doctor calls his time machine "dear" and "sexy", and even companions joke about how he strokes her console. It's all but confirmed in an episode in which the TARDIS is forced into a human body, and the two characters spend nearly the entire episode flirting, having sexual tension, or tearful heartwarming moments. The name of the episode: "The Doctor's Wife".
  • In Farscape, Zhaan's species can do this with each other as part of their spiritual/psychic bag of tricks. It's eventually revealed that the crime which got Zhaan imprisoned by the Peacekeepers was using this link to kill her lover, an important political leader who was going to start a bloody coup d'etat (by hiring the Peacekeepers to take over their planet). The psychic backlash from this basically drove her insane, but she used her years in solitary confinement to achieve a measure of inner peace through meditation. When she's forced to do this again, the level-headed pacifist undergoes an abrupt personality shift for several episodes, becoming violent and short-tempered until she can find a way to recenter herself.
  • First Kill features Cal and Juliette, who become linked after Juliette bites Cal on the neck. They begin sharing dreams when they sleep, detecting when one is near, sensing their emotions, and even hearing each other in their heads. Cal's family performs a ritual to try and sever the connection, but it fails.
  • Fringe:
    • Oliva and John Scott have this even after he's dead via the sensory deprivation tank.
    • Later in the series, Peter and Olivia develop an odd (and especially impressive) variation of this which, par for course with the series, defies the very laws of time and space with unclear moral consequences: After he writes himself out of the time-line and then reappears in the present, his presence and her unique abilities and brain chemistry bring forth her memories from the original timeline (including them falling in love). Unfortunately, this eventually completely replaces her memories of the new timeline, effectively killing that version of Olivia in favor of the One True Pairing favored/required by The Multiverse.
  • Hannibal has a downplayed, non-magical version aided by Will's empathy and the exceptional intimacy between Will and Hannibal. While Hannibal and Will don't actually share a consciousness, they understand each other so deeply that they're able to reproduce the other faithfully in their respective Mind Palaces, making it "as if" the other were actually interacting with them. For example, Will uses this to have an effective conversation with his Mind Palace version of Hannibal in "Secondo" that helps him better understand the real Hannibal's childhood, and Hannibal points out that he and Will share certain chambers in the palace and he found a 'victorious' version of Will there in "Digestivo". This is also played with in the discarded season 3 stinger, where the viewer is left to wonder if Hannibal and Will are truly in the Norman Chapel, or if perhaps they're now metaphorically together in their shared Mind Palace.
  • In How I Met Your Mother, Marshall and Lily have been shown to have done this on occasion.
  • The titular product in Made For Love is a pair of microchips that, when implanted in the brains of a couple, allow them to effectively share a consciousness. The "better version of a normal relationship" part of this trope is subverted, though; when the tech genius who developed the product tries to impose it on his wife in the hopes of bringing them closer, she flees his home in the middle of the night and tries her damndest to cut him off completely.
  • In Pretty Little Liars, Paige and Emily have stated on separate occasions that they 'have a connection', have several parallels in their stories, their coming-out ones are especially very similar, when Emily cheated on Paige, it was Paige who rationalized and figured out what happened and why before Emily herself even did and Emily seemed to agree, they both knew and understood each other when nobody else did, and gave each other the benefit of the doubt when needed and both complement each other perfectly. In season five, Paige was so in-tune with Emily that she was able to discern when she wanted her back and made the first move and kissed Emily and beat her to the punch so she wouldn't have to apologize and beg her to return, and even though they break up before the series ends, their breakup continues to illustrate that they have a complete understanding of one another, and ultimately breaking up is their final Act of True Love:
    Emily: I have to do this.
    Paige: I know. That's what makes you Emily.
  • Starting in season 2 of Sense8, Will and Riley engage in a sexual relationship with each other. Naturally, their psychic connection makes them this. At one point, Will has to take blocker pills to prevent Whispers from being able to visit him, and they acknowledge that kissing isn't as intense without their psychic connection.
    • Kala and Wolfgang also fit this trope, although circumstances mean they don't get to meet in person until the Grand Finale. Their situation is also complicated by the fact that Kala is married to another man.
    • Jonas and Angelica, the mother of the main characters' Cluster, also fell in love via their connection. Jonas describes loving someone within your Cluster as "the purest form of love".
  • Star Trek:
    • Star Trek: The Original Series: In "Amok Time", Spock is revealed to have had a mindlink placed in him as part of an Arranged Marriage when he was a child. This mindlink is suspiciously easily overcome.
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
      • Troi and Riker were like this early on, talking to each other telepathically a lot. This was dropped or forgotten, later, though it was picked up again in the novels, especially Peter David's Imzadi.
      • Much later, in the seventh season episode "Attached", Captain Picard and Doctor Crusher are mind-linked for an episode due to neural implants. During this time, they come to terms with their feelings for each other and decide to keep things professional (because of personal history and because Status Quo is God).note  The Series Finale does show that they did get together in the future, but later divorced.
    • Trip Tucker and T'Pol in Star Trek: Enterprise have a psychic bond and are in love (largely due to T'Pol's damaged emotional control from drug abuse). Their first hint is when they find themselves sharing the same daydream, despite being on different starships.
  • The Twilight Zone (2019): In "Meet In The Middle", Phil abruptly forms a telepathic connection with a woman named Annie. Over time, they fall in love, with Phil eventually going to meet her. However, it turns out she's been manipulating him.
  • The Wheel of Time (2021): Alanna is lovers with both her Warders. Like all Aes Sedai and Warders, the trio have the Bond, which lets them feel what the other does and be aware of their location. With one, Maksim, she mostly masks the Bond since they found it uncomfortable. He confirms this is not the case in bed though.
  • Played with on The X-Files between Mulder and Scully, though oddly (given the paranormal premise of the show) never truly explored. The most overt of this implied "link" is the fact that they dream of each other while the other is abducted; Mulder dreams of Scully being tortured in season two, while Scully does the same in season 8. In fact, this becomes so regular that Scully panics when she stops having the dreams, for fear that Mulder's death might be the reason.

  • Believe it or not, the Golden Earring song "Radar Love" is about a motorist trying to to his girl after she telepathically tells him "I need you here". But it doesn't change that it's an awesome driving song.

  • In Metamor City telepaths temporarily fuse consciousnesses when they have sex, then afterwards they try to sort out which memories are whose and piece themselves together. People without telepathy can't do the last part so all but the weakest teeps are rather limited in their choice of partners.

    Video Games 
  • The epilogue text in Dragon Age: Origins suggests that the male Warden and Morrigan may be able to sense each others' emotions/thoughts to some limited degree, due the pair of enchanted rings that they both wear.
  • If you pursue Mint's route in Galaxy Angel, something like this happens. Mint is the only natural-born telepath in the Angel-tai, but as she falls for Tact, she feels like he can read her thoughts as well as she can read his. There is no explanation for this.
  • Galerians has elements of this for Rion and Lilia, due to each one having one half of the virus program in their heads. Rion and Lilia can telepathically communicate, and Lilia feels pain when Rion is hurt. Whether or not it's romantic is somewhat debatable, but they are, at the least, very close best friends.
  • A variation on this is created between Gordon Freeman and Alyx Vance in Half-Life 2: Episode Two. In the process of healing Alyx from a mortal wound, the vortigaunts weave Gordon's "life essence" with Alyx's. This is similar to the "preservation of sanity" variant—here, it is implied that the link is critical to reviving Alyx physically. And nothing suggests that the link couldn't work in reverse.
  • The male protagonist of Knights of the Old Republic has this with Bastila, if you decide to pursue the romance. The PC in the second has a non-romantic version with Kreia, and a straight example with Visas.
  • For the Asari in Mass Effect, the only way for them to mate and reproduce is to link their neural network with another creature's. This has the added benefit of enabling them to mate with any species, regardless of gender.
  • Meryl and Johnny show signs of this near the end of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, as they shot enemies only the other one could have seen and shove new magazines into guns held in their direction without looking at it. Which is even more interesting as the SOP-system was supposed to do exactly that, but Johnny never managed to work with the rest of the team, as he lacked SOP. Once the system is shut down and Meryl has to act on her "real" instincts, they work together amazingly.
  • Sion and Riesbyfe have this in Sion's good ending in Melty Blood: Actress Again. Explained in that Riesbyfe's entire existence is now a physical projection from the data inside Sion's head.

    Visual Novels 
  • Exploited in combination with Love Transcends Spacetime in Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors. Zero's primary goal is to use mindlink between Junpei and Akane and give her information she needed to survive 9 years prior to when game takes place. The fact that they're in love results in particulary strong connection, which is why he was kidnapped.

  • Dreamless: Central conceit of the story. They can only block each other out when they're sleeping at the same time. Being in different timezones this can get a bit difficult to coordinate. They've shared consciousness since they were babies so they can speak multiple languages and get twice the experience.
  • Freefall: The Chief of Police and the AI in his mobility rig (which needs a thorough neural link to work with him properly) have apparently grown into a relationship like this. He has called her "literally my better half" and implied through awkward silence that the relationship is not platonic.
  • According to Kin in Goblins, the closest Yuan-Ti come to what humans would call "Love" is "True-Seeing": when two Yuan-ti grow especially close, they can sense one another's feelings and pain as though they were their own. Minmax starts to think that he and Kin might be True-seeing one another, but she doesn't believe him... until she sees his hand is bleeding and remembers experiencing an unexplained jolt of pain in her own hand.
  • Kevyn in Schlock Mercenary while bantering with his sister made a dirty joke about her cyborg husband and a ship's AI.

    Web Original 
  • Iriana and Mille have this in Ilivais X. It's due to both of them having similar Drive Cores, which contain an empathic maintenance and observation function, but in their case it's very strong. However, it only works in full when either one is in the Ilivais or they're both in close proximity, though it is shown they can detect a general emotional state from afar. They also have an internal compass that lets them find one another, though that's from a makeshift blood transfusion that uses both Mille and Iriana's regenerative abilities to have those blood cells be drawn to the other.
  • Ward: The "Kiss/Kill Effect" can result in this: when multiple people all trigger their superpowers at the same time, their minds become linked and they begin to share dreams and memories. It's also believed that personality traits can "bleed over" between members of a cluster. It's noted that members of a cluster will often form very strong emotional links to each other as a result, and romances are not uncommon in such situations, hence the "Kiss". The flipside, the "Kill" part of the name, comes from the fact that the "strong emotional links" formed are not always positive, which just as frequently leads to homicidal tendencies between members of a cluster. And some people get both Kiss and Kill for another one of their cluster...

    Western Animation 
  • Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers had a hint of this between Shane and Niko. Niko was already a Psychic Action Girl, and could usually read the gents with ease. However, in the episode "Changeling," Shane was gravely wounded and had no way to communicate a "do not shoot" order to his team. In desperation, he used his implant and sent a telepathic message to her. The fact he was able to actively use telepathy during that one instance has led to a great deal of speculation on the part of fan writers.
  • Source of a major Ship Tease in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, when Jimmy and Cindy's brains are mixed together for a short time.
    Cindy: Did you um, notice, when our brains were floating inside that thing together, which was disgusting, by the way! One of us was imagining us walking down a country lane, holding hands, and um, kissing?
  • American Dragon: Jake Long: Jake and Rose were dating in magic dreams for a time.
  • Spoofed in the rather infamous Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Handbanana". Handbanana mindlinks with Carl and immediately makes creepy threats about coming for him in the night. Then he rapes him. Repeatedly.
  • Aelita and Jérémie from Code Lyoko shared a mind link in the episode "Frontier".
  • Early promotional material for Danny Phantom hinted at a "psychic connection" that Danny was supposed to share with Sam "She Is Not My Girlfriend" Manson. This was dropped in the series proper.
  • Gargoyles had an unusual case, with three souls inhabiting one body (Coldstone), two of which were in love. They lamented being unable to feel physical things, but one can only imagine what it's like to not just be in each other's minds but be each other's minds... together. Made worse by the fact the third guy also loves the girl, hates the other guy, and everyone involved knows it.
  • In Steven Universe, Ruby and Sapphire are very close, and spend most of their time fused, which they even refer to as a "relationship". The fusion is Garnet.


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