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Jean doesn't have to lift a finger to lift Hank.

"…yeah, I can break necks with my mind."


Telekinesis/Psychokinesis: the ability to move stuff and/or people just by thinking. Although it fundamentally only requires a thought to work, hand gestures can also help, especially if they make the user look focused. How does the glass lift up but not everything else nearby? Because the glass is what the hero wanted to lift up.

As superpowers go, it's one of the most useful and straightforward, and in its more refined form, it allows the user to manipulate any object in a wide number of ways, not only the more intuitive lifting and moving around. Nevertheless, it is very rarely used up to its full potential, as almost every fight would become trivial if it ended with a telekinetic Neck Snap. This is usually justified by stating or implying the user is not dexterous and/or precise enough to give his foe anything more than a good rough push or pull, although sheer psychic strength is often enough to crush or squash an enemy in a less subtle way.


Being a Psychic Power, we don't have to worry so much about violating the laws of physics. That said, its major limitation seems to be precisely its scalability: it is almost always harder to lift a heavy object than a light one, and a person with this superpower will often be seen to be visibly straining to accomplish it, as if their telekinesis took the form of a long but entirely physical "invisible arm" with all the normal physical limitations that normally implies. Pushing this ability past its limit often leads to a Psychic Nosebleed or even passing out, and it is even possible to die due to the effort.

This power is the most recognizable form of Psychic Powers, only matched by Telepathy in popular consciousness. As such, they are often more associated with each other than the rest of skills on the list: many telekinetic characters are also telepaths and vice versa, and even whenever they are not, odds are that any strictly telepathic but sufficiently spirited mental duel will have visible, physical effects on the users' surroundings or bodies. Sometimes Flight will be added to the mix as well, as theoretically nothing impedes a telekinesis user from lifting their own body.


For whatever reason, telekinesis seems to be more common for characters outside the usual superhero tradition, as classic The Cape-style superheroes rarely have this as a power. One possible explanation is that if the character is already a Flying Brick, giving them telekinetic powers can run the risk of turning them into an Invincible Hero by giving them too many advantages. In a superhero series featuring an ensemble cast, telekinesis is usually reserved for characters who specialize in it or who are weak in the physical field. Some non-corporeal characters, such as ghosts, can interact with normal matter only via telekinesis. Creatures without fingered hands, or without limbs at all, often will have such powers, allowing them to comfortably interact with the world.

It's also very light in terms of Special Effects demand (no need for expensive fire effects or CG energy projectiles, just use some strings or an air-cannon to blast stuff around), making it popular with Live Action shows. It's also very simple to pull off in 3D animation. See Coconut Superpowers.

Single Substance Manipulation is a Sub-Trope for when this can only be done for one type of object, with magnetic fields and glass being sub-sub-tropes.

Note that the term "mind over matter" originally had nothing to do with telekinesis, it was coined in reference to what Tropers would call Heroic Willpower (or maybe Charles Atlas Superpower); the mind forcing the body beyond its normal limits.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • From the New World (aka Shin Sekai Yori) lives and breathes this trope.
  • Tomobiki Rinji from Choujin Sensen gains telekinesis as a result of participating in the [Superhuman Game].
  • Kuttsukiboshi: Kiiko Kawakami is able to use telekinesis, which she gained as the result of an accident.
  • Accelerator in A Certain Magical Index can manipulate the vectors of almost anything imaginable. This can effect the direction of objects with mass, but also phenomena like ultraviolet radiation or electrochemical signals in a brain's neurons.
  • For an extreme end of power, see Tetsuo Shima in the manga and anime AKIRA.
  • The vectors of Diclonii in Elfen Lied is effectively a very limited form of telekinesis. Ironically, despite LITERALLY being invisible arms, Diclonii never seem to suffer from increased stress when moving heavier objects. There is, however, a strain based on range, which Lucy finds out the hard way when she spreads said arms worldwide.
  • Asagami Fujino in the third The Garden of Sinners book/movie can do a very specific form; she can bend things. It doesn't sound like much until you add in the fact that she can do this to anything she thinks is remotely bendable — in particular, human limbs. At the end of her story as she is cornered by Shiki, she gets a Desperation Attack upgrade in the form of boosted power and clairvoyance, which removes her one weakness — having to actually see the thing in order to bend it. Asagami to suspension bridge: BEND!!!!!!.
    • According to the novel, and somewhat implied in the anime, she actually has two powers. She can rotate things clockwise... and can rotate them counterclockwise. The bending happens when she does both at once. Also, she completely averts the "harder to move heavier objects" aspect. If she can imagine a fulcrum, she can rotate it.
  • It was revealed that Il Palazzo can do this at the end of the Excel Saga anime, along with various other psychic powers.
  • Maou in The Devil Is a Part-Timer! can use telekinesis among other abilities (with him being the dark lord and all). He used it to stop a bridge from collapsing on Chiho and Emi.
  • School Rumble's Tenma Tsukamoto can bend spoons with her mind, though it is not given nearly as much emphasis as her younger sister's, Yakumo's, powers of Telepathy. Notable in that unlike many other people with Psychic Powers, who tend to have higher-than-usual intelligence as a sort of Required Secondary Power, Tenma is a complete ditz.
  • Miya Alice from Dangaioh has Psychic Powers that allow her to release enormous waves of telekinetic energy.
  • Pokémon:
    • Psychic-type Pokémon usually have this power. Some humans do as well.
    • Mewtwo takes this Up to Eleven in the first movie.
    • Pokémon Adventures: Yellow's powers are limited to controlling a Pokeball tied to the end of her fishing line, but it has proved to be incredibly useful in many situations.
  • Aries Mu from Saint Seiya has this in spades, combined with telepathy, Psychic Powers and pink hair. He can lift up houses, and his apprentice, Kiki, likes to hurl great big rocks at people with his mind.
  • In Psyren, Telekenesis is the most basic psychic ability of the "Burst" category. Marie and Grana are specialized in this, using it with great precision and power (especially Grana).
  • Telekinesis shows up a number of times on Ghost Hunt. Such as a case where a teenage girl unknowingly uses telekinesis to imitate/mimic a haunting to convince her classmates that she can see ghosts, or a case that involves a girl who claimed to be able to bend spoons, and of course there's Naru whose telekinesis is so powerful he risks getting a heart attack any time he uses it.
  • The Stands from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure combine this and other Psychic Powers with the Fighting Spirit trope. Since only Stand users can see other people's Stands, normal people perceive Stand activity as psychic phenomenon, as demonstrated by Jotaro Kujo when he seemingly willed a bullet aimed at his head to stop in mid-air (when his stand, Star Platinum, really grabbed the bullet before it could kill him), then caused the bars of his prison cell to bend so he could step out (that would be Star Platinum grabbing the bars and pulling them apart).
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Various characters do this; it's not always clear if it's another use of Ki Manipulation or something else.
    • As early as Dragon Ball, Chiaotzu was shown to have telekinetic abilities.
    • In Dragon Ball Z, Guldo of the Ginyu Force uses this to immobilise Gohan and Krillin, and nearly impales them with a sharpened tree trunk. Captain Ginyu uses it to lift the Dragon Balls, Frieza uses it to hurl boulders at Goku, Cell builds his arena this way and the Kaioshin uses it to make super hard metal float.
    • An early filler scene shows Piccolo lifting an entire pyramid while meditating, though it takes his full concentration. Goku does something similar when he sneaks out of hospital to train.
  • In Trigun, Legato often demonstrates that in a world where one has to generally pull a trigger to kill someone, the ability to break bones and control people with thoughts is rather potent.
  • In Tiger & Bunny, the Sternbild mayor's baby son, Sam, has this as his NEXT power. Young as he is, at the moment he only causes things to break or fly into the air when he cries. Even so, it was enough to spoil the plans of a trio of kidnappers who thought they were kidnapping a pair of harmless, non-superpowered, children.
  • One episode of Haruhi-chan had this as one of Nagato's powers.
  • Ran does this to Amu in one scene in episode 6 of Shugo Chara!. Amu is not amused.
  • Ryoko in Tenchi Muyo! has some minor telekinetic powers, but she almost never uses them, and never for anything serious. Mainly for animating the "tail" on one of her favorite outfits.
  • Aoi Miyoshi from Night Raid 1931 can use telekinesis to deflect incoming attacks or push away unwanted enemies or objects. However, there is a certain time limit attached to his powers.
  • Several of the Domain Control abilites belonging to the Knights of the Ring in The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer are just forms of applied telekinesis.
  • Femto of Berserk has this as just one of his many abilities upon his ascension as one of the God Hand during the Eclipse, used most prominently to hurl Guts in full berserker mode away from him as he's having his way with Casca before allowing his minions to hold him down and make him watch.
  • Most, but not all, Espers in Mob Psycho 100.
  • In Taboo-Tattoo, the Spell Crest of Arya's clone sister Bukka grants her powerful telekinesis. Bukka has used these abilities continuously since she lost her arms in an accident and has become incredibly skilled with them, being able to manipulate objects from great distances and grant herself the ability to fly.
  • My Hero Academia: Izuki's mom, Inko Midoriya, has telekinesis as her Quirk, but it's only strong enough to move small objects.
  • Aion of Chrono Crusade anime has this as just one of his many abilities upon his ascension as one of the Sinners during the World, used most prominently to hurl Chrono in devil mode away from him as he's having his way with Azmaria before allowing his minions to hold him down and make him watch.
  • The Goddess Vulcan in The World God Only Knows may be blind, partially deaf and immobile but their telekinetic powers more than enough makes up for it.

    Comic Books 
  • One Retcon of Superman's abilities proclaimed that all his super-powers were telekinesis or another psychic power; this became explicit with Superboy, a part-Kryptonian part-human clone with "tactile telekinesis", allowing him to telekinetically manipulate anything he could touch. Then it got RetConned away again...
    • The powers of the Superman Conner Kent from the Bad Future of the Titans Tomorrow story arc are upgraded from tactile telekinesis to full-blown telekinesis in the interim, which pretty much gives him the combined power of Superman and Phoenix.
    • For Superman these abilities were retconned, but not for Superboy. In fact, the New 52's Superboy possesses telekinesis on par with/greater than the "Titans of Tomorrow" version, and also can manipulate his powers to mimic Superman (super strength by channeling TK through limbs, X-ray vision by telekinetically scanning the contents of a building/ship, which requires touching it, heat vision by intensifying his TK and channeling through his eyes, etc.)
  • The X-Men's Jean Grey is one superhero with general-purpose telekinesis (as are her various genetic descendants). Initially, the Phoenix power was simply this at its highest level — rearranging any and all matter down to the sub-molecular level.
    • Of her descendants it is the various Nate Summers' who top out the scale. Nate "Cable" Summers once had a fight with the Silver Surfer destroying his base, Providence, which was the size of an island; And wrecking much of Sydney, Australia, but telekinetically rebuilt it mere moments after they plowed through them. He was also stated by Rachel Summers as a kid to have the power to extinguish a star without any conscious effort. Cable's powers, though, are usually mostly devoted to stopping the techno-organic virus that would otherwise overtake his body, hence his reliance on BFGs for most of his history. Unencumbered, his powers at their height are easily Phoenix class.
    • Nate Grey a.k.a. X-Man, unencumbered by the techno-organic virus, is even stronger. He's theoretically capable of destroying the Moon in one shot, flattened a continent on an alternate Earth, stopped time by accident, treated the Multiverse as his personal step ladder, casually phased through walls and people, shut down an alternate Magneto's powers, frequently manipulated things on a molecular level to borderline Reality Warper degrees, and once negated gravity to send a Great Beast (something the size of a small mountain) into space. Later, he graduated to full on Reality Warper status.
    • Their big sister, Rachel Summers, is more or less as strong as they are (with Cable's constantly fluctuating powers, Nate's inconsistency, and her own connection to the Phoenix, it can be hard to tell). However, molecular manipulation is a signature trick of hers, as is time travel, across millennia and multiple alternate timelines.
    • Also among the X-Men, Psylocke can do it, though her powers are altered so much it had to be seriously, not Lampshade Hanging-ly, acknowledged on-panel. She can focus her full power into a blade that can cut through anything, and she can choose to fry the brain of a living victim without cutting them physically (even when her telepathy is explicitly down).
    • Though said to be telepathic only, Professor X has been known to affect matter on rare occasion with intense concentration, once even bringing down a Sentinel singlehandedly with a pinpoint, full-power attack. Telepath Emma Frost can't, though interestingly, a power-copying mutant once did so while using her powers.
      • Some versions of Xavier's backstory have him surviving a car wreck as a teenager by telekinetically shielding himself, but losing that portion of his powers due to a head injury.
    • Julian Keller aka Hellion is also a telekinetic mutant. For a while after M-day, he was the only telekinetic mutant left on Earth. He's not on the same level as Phoenix or X-Man, but when he has nothing holding back his power he's able to tear through Sentinels (the giant killer robots specifically designed to wipe out mutants) like they were tissue paper.
    • According to Jonathan Hickman's X-Men, the strongest telekinetic mutant of the lot is Bennet du Paris a.k.a. Exodus, who is listed among the 14 living omega level mutants and is the only one with Telekinesis as his "omega power". This would place him above even Jean Grey (who is listed as an omega-level telepath, but not telekinetic) and all the other characters on this list, though it is possible that the deceased/MIA/not listed mutants such as Cable and X-Man might meet or surpass him (X-Man in particular almost certainly does), at least in power. In precision, though, it's hard to find a feat surpassing his reassembly of Professor X's brain by way of telekinetic Psychic Surgery.
    • On the villain's side, Apocalypse can manipulate living beings, inanimate objects, and to some extent energy.
  • Using her force fields, Sue Richards of the Fantastic Four can do it by putting something in a field and then moving the field.
  • ElfQuest has Rayek, whose telekinesis was at his first appearance more of a party trick. Years of training and some other boosts let him push the limit, far enough to fly while carrying someone else, and/or repel arrows shot at him.
    There are only two others, Egg and Trof, making telekinesis one of the rarer powers.
  • The run-of-the-mill foot soldier in The Red Star is trained in telekinesis; spinning your standard-issue bayonet so fast it blocks bullets is a basic skill.
  • In Irredeemable, this is Plutonian's real power; all applications of his powers are really him using his telekinesis unconsciously. Modeus remarked that he could alter probability, reverse entropy, and see through time, and that's just the tip of the iceberg of what he could do if he became aware of it.
  • Rising Stars answers the Fridge Logic part by mentioning one girl who had telekinesis but only over small objects working as an assassin. Turns out a carotid artery is a small object...
  • Lifter and Olga from Strikeforce: Morituri had this power.
  • Lampshaded by Maddie Sullivan in Astro City, a mid-level telekinetic who briefly considered becoming a super-heroine with the codename "Mind Over Maddie".
  • Star Trek: Untold Voyages: In "Worlds Collide", the creatures living on a newly discovered M-Class planet gather together and use their collective mental energy to divert the asteroid that was about to strike their planet and wipe them all out. Admiral Kirk guesses that they were able to detect the approach of the asteroid due to a herd mentality.
  • Superman foe and occasional Suicide Squad member Manchester Black can do this. Being a Darker and Edgier take on the '90s Anti-Hero archetype, his favorite tricks include giving people strokes and telekinetically stopping their hearts.
  • Queen Bee: The plot of the story is that both Haley Madison and Alexa Harmon have psychokinesis, in which they often use to the other girl's detriment. It's implied that they're actually long-lost sisters.
  • Wonder Woman:
  • Touch: Brian and Jordan get telekinetic powers. Brian's takes the form of immobilizing people in bright prisms of light, while Jordan's is moree slight of the hand/ flip over a car kind.
  • Critter: Cassia is a telekinetic like her mother. However unlike her mother Cass cannot control her abilities effectively and often uses her TK as a stat boost rather than a psionic attack.

    Fan Works 
  • Ancient Sins: Humane Twilight gains greater telekinesis, which she learns to use in a variety of different ways, which range from: disassemlbing and reassembling things on the sub-atomic scale, creating shields of psychic energy, and even manipulating the forces of gravity.
  • Haruhi takes on this in Kyon: Big Damn Hero in order to have fun with supernatural powers without causing total havoc.
  • Ringo in With Strings Attached. Extraordinarily powerful, inasmuch as, by using his TK in conjunction with his mindsight, he has incredibly precise control and can reach at least a hundred miles with it. It does not tire him out to use it. His upper level of strength is not known, but he can toss people around and move them very rapidly. One limitation he has is that he must constantly concentrate on an item to keep it moving, and his concentration fails after 5-7 seconds, or if he's terrified, or if he's being jounced around. Still, he can do a lot in 5-7 seconds.
  • The title character of Empath: The Luckiest Smurf as well as all Psyches have telekinetic abilities.
  • Father Leo/Ultraman Lugeno in Ultraman Moedari spams telekinetic powers all the time. Lunaram and Finem are lesser examples.
  • Alex in Ultraman Orion uses telekinesis to some extent.
  • One key point in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic/XCOM: Enemy Unknown crossover fanfic Arad's Stardust is that Twilight's telekinetic powers would be hard for XCOM to combat if she was on the other side.
  • The Secret Return of Alex Mack: This is Alex's most notable power. She's limited to approximately two hundred pounds of force (although that gradually improves with practice), but she can divide that force over multiple objects at once, and exert very fine control, enough to easily turn screws and safely pinch carotid arteries shut. Furthermore, since she herself weighs quite a bit less than two hundred pounds, she can fly at over 80 miles an hour, or at slower speeds with enough force left over to work or fight.
  • In the Jackie Chan Adventures/Teen Titans crossover fanfic A Shadow of the Titans, the Rooster talisman becomes fused into Jade's body, giving her 'natural' telekinesis.
  • Rune from the Worm fanfic A Tale of Transmigration is telekinetic.
    • Oracle is considered the world's strongest and a Mirror Cape to Simurgh by virtue of catching a building she threw and then beating her with it.
  • In the Worm fanfic Atonement, a traumatic event triggers Madison's telekinesis powers, upon which she renames herself Tether.
    • Specifically, her power allows her to attach intangible "lines" between any two (nonliving) objects, and pull them together or push them apart at will. Heavy objects or capes with Super Strength are partially immune to being pushed and pulled, however.
  • Ren kidnaps Hanyuu via telekinesis in the Inuyasha fanfic Beyond Tomorrow.
  • Taylor of the Worm fanfic Acceleration can freely modify the vector value of almost anything, much like Accelerator of A Certain Magical Index.
  • Child of the Storm:
    • Harry Thorson (né Potter) develops Psychic Powers that manifest intermittently at first (and in the sequel, are revealed to have been doing so since early childhood), then fully in chapter 60 and after tuition from Betsy 'Psylocke' Braddock, goes from lifting salt shakers, chairs, and tables, to stopping a hail of bullets in mid-air and throwing around thousands of tons of zombified giant. By the sequel, he's getting increasingly creative with them - when wearing a Power Limiter, he demonstrates that he can use it Superboy-style to imitate Super Strength, saying that "while I'm not going to be winning any arm-wrestling contests with the Hulk, I'd still have my arm afterwards if I tried." Tuition by Magneto helps refine his senses and range, allowing him to manipulate light and other forms of energy, as well as matter.
    • The above is largely down to his being related to usual suspect Jean Grey, who, naturally, also has these abilities - and is even stronger, exponentially stronger, than he is. At one point, Harry speculates that she could drive the entire town of Bayville down into the Earth's core, and there is no indication whatsoever that he's mistaken. Her stolen-at-birth twin, Maddie Pryor, formerly Rachel Grey, is every bit as powerful as she is, though she prefers her telepathy.
    • The Red Son, being Harry, or at least, his reprogrammed body is exceptionally powerful and terrifyingly lethal.
    • Most magic users are also capable of using this to one degree or another.
  • This is the "default mode" of Lisa Vanette's awakened mage gift in the Bubblegum Crisis fanfic Drunkard's Walk II: Robot's Rules of Order
  • The Command & Conquer: Tiberian Series/Mass Effect fanfic Eagle's Fall faces humanity against telekinetic biotics the Asari.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic/Fallout crossover fanfic Fallout: Equestria, Littlepip's only magic is telekinesis, which all unicorns can do, but the sheer level of her capability is staggering; during The Pit fight, she manages to levitate herself, an ally, a lance and several gallons of toxic goo, the last being stretched out to cloak them from snipers. And then she decides to pick a lock, without tools, by grabbing the tumblers from inside. And succeeds. She's extremely taxed by the feat but it would probably be flat-out impossible for any other pony short of Celestia or Luna. (Admittedly she had spent several traits on this.)
  • Noa from Hard Being Pure has a telekinetic aura around her that automatically cleans dust and other impurities. When she focuses on something, she can lift somewhere around a full backpack.
  • The Kinetics in the Firefly fanfic Forward are telekinetics.
  • Chimei in the fanfic Futari wa Pretty Cure Dragon. She uses it on Hiroshi at least once in episode 9, in a Shout-Out to a scene in episode 6 of Shugo Chara! where one of Amu's Charas forces her to dance using a similar form of telekinesis.
  • The raven Sage is a telekinetic in the Sonic the Hedgehog fanfic Future Generations.
  • In the Worm fanfic Intrepid, Rune (Cassie) gained telekinesis, triggered by being locked in solitary and wanting to get out, and can move non-living things she touches with her mind.
    Cassie: The walls kept getting smaller and I wanted out. I wanted the walls to stop shrinking. I wanted the walls to get out of my way. I wanted the walls to move. So they did. The walls moved because I wanted them to. They moved because I told them to, and then I got out.
  • One of Sevag's powers in the Sonic the Hedgehog fanfic Journey Into Darkness.
  • Benny of the Heroes fanfic Pisay Heroes has telekinesis.
  • In the Firefly fanfic Presets, Matthias's wife is a Reader who happens to be telekinetic. But in order for her to do anything, she must expend the same amount of mental energy it would take to do the task physically. So anything more than a windstorm is generally impossible.
  • Each Cure's powers in Pretty Cure Transient Cross NEWTON is based around an area of physics; Kaneda manipulates "Motion".
  • All shinigami in the Bleach Alternate Universe Fic Project Tatterdemalion have telekinesis.
    • Ryuuken is forced to reveal his psychokinetic Quincy powers as a saving throw after the attempt to destroy the mass transporter nearly fails.
  • Shepard faces off against the powerful biotic telekinetic Wrex in the Mass Effect/XCOM crossover fanfic Psi Effect.
  • Finn gets telekinesis after the Mass Super-Empowering Event in Ed, Edd n Eddy fanfic Red Lightning.
  • In the Teen Titans fanfic Reflections Lost on a Dark Road, Raven initially has her full telekinetic powers from the series, but then has them drained so much that they become near useless.
  • One of the tests Jumba has Experiment 419 perform in the Lilo & Stitch fanfic Alpha and Omega is to see if she has levitation powers, as that was one of the things he'd been planning on working on before his accident.
  • Socharis, and later Enigma in the Streets of Rage fanfic Behind the World.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Swordstorm, Blackblade has a unique ability to levitate any object. He is a bat pony and not a unicorn, so he isn't using unicorn magic. Whether or not it is "considered" magic, is unknown.
  • Most people skilled with Ki manipulation in the Dragon Ball Z fanfic The Fall of Lord Frieza have at least a little, but Frieza trained his telekinetic powers into a deadly weapon. In his sixth form, he can casually smash gigantic icebergs together with little strain.
  • In the Total Drama/BioShock crossover fanfic Total Drama Raptured, as of chapter 25, Telekinesis is part of the group's current plasmids. Unlike the game, Steinmann has this power as well.
  • This is Psion's superpower in An American Superhero In Japan. He is strong enough to toss cars around, and also uses it to fly
  • In the Danny Phantom/Reign Storm crossover fanfic Harmless Poindexter has telekinesis over everything in Casper High while he is on the grounds.
  • In the The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen parody fanfic JUST THE BEST MARY SUE, EVER!, Fellaurora sends a statue flying across the room with her mind.
  • One of psychic Pokémon N's powers in Natural Liberated is telekinesis. Sebrina, Reshiram, and Zekrom have it as well.
  • Sunsplit Saga: How Twilight mainly moves things about, like "[levitating the journal] away from [Sunburst's] hoof, writing frantically on the page."
  • Elementals of Harmony: Unicorns have telekinesis, which they usually apply in Mundane Utility to carry things, like in "Even on the Battlefield", where Address Unknown uses it to hold letters.
  • Adjacency: Part of Unicorn magic, usually used for Mundane Utility like flipping book pages.
  • Triptych Continuum: Part of Unicorn magic, usually used for Mundane Utility like carrying things and putting food into their mouths.
  • Casey Steele: Usually shortened from "Telekinesis" to "TK". Power and finesse are usually mutually exclusive — you can either lift a lot of mass or handle small objects — and being able to do both is considered very impressive.
  • Steel Soul Saga: Steel Soul: Unicorn telekinesis, cast through their horns, for the Mundane Utility of moving things around.

    Films — Animation 
  • La Muerte from The Book of Life, is able to pull Xibalba closer without actually touching him. And at one point, managed to retrieve the rest of Luis's body with only a snap of her fingers.
  • In The Secret of NIMH, Nicodemus' Amulet of Concentrated Awesome gives Mrs. Brisby the power to levitate the cinder block that serves as her house.
  • In Fire and Ice, this is how Nekron's magic works. In the opening of the film, he uses this on an entire glacier to destroy Larn's village, allowing him to achieve military conquest without even leaving his throne room. Moving something that big clearly takes a lot of effort, given his concern about moving the glacier all the way to Fire Keep. Controlling the movements of people on the other hand is a trifling matter as Teegra's brother learns the hard way when Nekron forces him to impale himself on his own sword. It is however less than effective against Darkwolf, who is strong enough to fight through it (possibly because he's a god incarnate).

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The film adaptations of Stephen King's Carrie, described in more detail below under Literature. The sequel The Rage: Carrie 2 also has Carrie's half-sister Rachel developing the same powers.
  • Patrick Swayze's Ghost is an example of the "mind over matter only" convention.
  • In The Matrix, Neo can fly and stop bullets with his mind. You'd think he'd be able to do more stuff (like disarming enemies), but apart from one scene where he pulls some weapons from across the room, stopping bullets seems to be it.
    • However, this power is only given to him because he is within a A.I programmed world of which he has limited, but powerful enough, mental control of.
  • The Strangers in Dark City possess Telekinesis, as does the hero Murdoch. However, individual Strangers seem limited to levitation and opening apparently nonexistent doors; only by combining their powers and interfacing with special machinery can they perform more impressive feats. Only Murdoch and the Stranger Leader Mr. Book have more developed "throw objects and people around with your mind" abilities — though by the end of the film Murdoch's powerful enough to warp The City's layout at will.
  • The super power/action film Push has several characters with this ability, who make creative use of it during gunfights and fistfights.
    • Interestingly, the name of the film has nothing to do with telekinesis (telekinetics are called Movers in the film). Pushing is actually a More Than Mind Control ability.
    • The two main Movers in the film, Nick and Victor, are a fairly even match, although Victor is initially stronger as Nick hasn't had much practice with his abilities. During the climactic battle, Victor is able to hold off dozens of Mooks spraying him with gunfire by putting up telekinetic shields, typically using one hand to hold the shield and another to throw the shooters through the windows/walls. Victor and Nick are also seen augmenting their punches and kicks with telekinesis.
  • Star Wars:
    • For all its spiritual bent, the vast majority of what we see the Force do is just lift, shove, choke, or crush things. But then it is called the Force.
      • The most likely reasons being limits in terms of special effects and that in the first movie telekinesis is basically non-existent, the Jedi only seen using Mind Over Mind and [Blindfolded Vision ESP] (to the point of sensing a planet's population's collective fear many lightyears away).
  • The terrible direct-to-video horror movie 5ive Girls gives the eponymous girls bizarre "powers", one of them being telekinesis.
  • In the wuxia film The Mighty One, Hsiang Kuei the Water Knight can move objects with his mind thanks to his chi, such as lifting three enemies in the air and smashing them together, throwing two benches simply by waving his hands without touching them, and probably the most powerful moment of all, during the fight in a temple mid-movie, moving a two-ton bronze urn to pin an enemy into a wall by sheer willpower.
  • In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the title character can use a staff of some kind to make rubble float in the air. He also uses this to destroy the tanks trying to shoot him.
  • In Dreamscape, limited telekinetic abilities are displayed by the protagonist, Alex, though his primary abilities seem to be telepathic in nature.
  • The three main characters in Chronicle gain telekinetic powers. Similar to Irredeemable, as they practice with their powers, they learn to fly by lifting themselves, and to pull of a decent simulation of Nigh-Invulnerability by creating a "barrier" around themselves.
  • In Modern Problems, the main character gets these powers. Lots of Power Perversion Potential ensues.
  • In Looper, telekinesis, or "TK", has been discovered by 2044, with 10% of humanity born with the potential for it. However, most people can't do much more than clumsily levitate quarters, with varying degrees of focus and effort required. Sarah can easily levitate a metal cigarette lighter and casually spin it around in smooth circles. Cid can levitate all the furniture in a room, apply enough force to flip a moving vehicle, send out a shockwave that knocks over everything within a hundred yards, and make people explode. And that's before he learns to focus his abilities...
  • In Freddy vs. Jason, Freddy Krueger can easily move objects with his mind in the dream world. He even plays an ad-hoc game of pinball with Jason's body.
  • Children of the Corn
  • One of the powers displayed by Imhotep in The Mummy Trilogy was this. In the first film, he brings down Rick's airplane with a sandstorm that has his face on it. In the second film, he repeats the trick, but with water and a dirigible. In one scene in the second film, he also levitates two of his own Mooks and violently smashes them against each other for nearly killing Rick's son.
  • Matilda, the movie based on the book, features her with telekinetic powers. Unlike the book, where she lost her powers at the end, she kept them, but only used them for trivial purposes.
  • X-Men Film Series
  • In Bruce Almighty, this is one of the things Bruce uses his powers for, such as to test his powers (by moving salt and pepper pots), and to shut his apartment door.
  • In American Hero, a slacker and partygoer is discovered to have telekinetic abilities. He mainly uses them for fun until he dies for several minutes. He then decides to change his life and trains to fight criminals. His abilities go from lifting his handicapped friend's wheelchair a foot off the ground to hurling cars and stopping shotgun rounds in mid-air.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Loki demonstrates telekinetic abilities in Thor: The Dark World when he trashes the interior of his cell in a fit of anguish and rage after being told his mother is dead.
    • This is the first power Scarlet Witch shows in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, moving and pulling apart several wooden blocks. Wanda can tear apart Ultron's vibranium shell and densify Vision enough to make him crash several stories down a building. She also has the power to project red telekinetic energy as blasts to destroy Ultron sentries and destroy the Mind Stone while holding back Thanos who had five of the Infinity Stones.
    • Ebony Maw in Avengers: Infinity War has some impressive telekinetic powers at his disposal. Amongst other things, he uses them to disassemble objects, deflect projectiles, cut cars in half, pin people to walls while restraining them with bricks, turn sidewalks into looping tendrils of concrete, fly by levitating a chunk of ground beneath his feet, and slowly drive large needles into people’s skin.
  • Niamh in Dark Touch displays psychokinetic powers. Initially, they're not under her control, and the effect is more like an angry poltergeist throwing things around and coincidentally killing the people hurting her. Later, she gains control and decides who to kill.
  • The Polish-French film The Young Magician has a boy named Peter discover that he has telekinesis. He is ostracized by his peers for being "weird" but befriends an aspiring cellist. Then the military loses a canister with a highly-volatile substance (think nitroglycerin Up to Eleven) that threatens to destroy the entire city, and Peter's abilities are the only thing that can contain it. He has trouble focusing them, but his friend ends up talking him through it and inspiring him to focus enough to seal the leaking canister (with each drop causing a sizable explosion) and save the town. In the epilogue, he attends his friend's first public cello performance, then causes all the flowers in the room to fly to the stage.
  • Fast Color: This is the main ability of Bo, Ruth and Lila, along with other women in their family. Bo and Lila both demonstrate an ability to mentally "unmake" objects then put them back together. Ruth can't control hers at all to begin with. At one point, Bo reduces the guns of some government agents to dust.
  • Carrie (2013): Carrie's power of telekinesis. She's seen reading lots of books and watching videos on the topic, perfecting her ability over time.
  • Meba the Venusian from Supersonic Saucer had a minor version of this power as he used it to dial 999 from a phone box to call the police - although due to being a youngster, his power wasn't very strong (with him having to physically lift the phone off its holster).
  • Thelma: Thelma is capable of moving objects, vanishing them, teleporting, levitating and starting fires with her mind. At first she can't control it, but can by the end of the film.

  • This is a power in the Lone Wolf gamebooks. Early on it's not the most important of Kai powers, as it is mostly used to open locks, disarm traps or cause small distractions, although there're opportunities for it to be useful in at least every book. It gets more and more awesome as the books go on with Nexus, the upgrade of Mind Over Matter: by Book 9, you can move objects with your mind, wade through toxic fumes and intense heat with little difficulty, and put out fires with your mind. It is never used offensively, however, Lone Wolf having plenty better options for that.

  • The Alterien series features a different kind of telekinesis. The Alteriens' telekinesis is based on the amount of energy one is able to project with the amount of intensity and force necessary to initiate movement. What they can move and at what duration is completely dependent upon the level of energy they have inside their bodies at the time.
  • In Adam R. Brown's Astral Dawn, the high spirits have psychokinesis. Their power is actually the projection of their energy directed by their thoughts.
  • Larry Niven's Gil Hamilton has a telekinetic arm, which manifested due to "phantom limb syndrome" after his real right arm was amputated. The imaginary arm is physically weak, but can touch anything that seems within arm's reach, even if it's really much further away. This includes reaching through solid barriers, manipulating objects in a live TV image, or sifting the dust in a live hologram of the lunar surface.
    • Also, the weakness of the lifting power doesn't make it useless. Gil performs a "floating cigarette trick" to pick up women at a bar, and later there's some tastefully implied Power Perversion Potential. In a less fun context, when Gil was captured and bound, he used the arm to reach into his captor's chest and stop his heart.
  • The title character of Stephen King's Carrie. It's a Puberty Superpower that she had as a child, but which she only really develops control over in her teenage years. She winds up using her powers to pull off a supernatural version of the Columbine massacre, killing almost everyone at her senior prom after a Deadly Prank pushes her over the edge and then burning down most of her town.
  • Firestarter's main character could also do this, though it wasn't nearly as strong as her main power. Her mother also had some minor drug-induced telekinesis.
  • In an unusual inversion of Puberty Superpower, everyone on the world of Timothy Zahn's A Coming of Age has telekinesis until they hit puberty.
  • In Christopher Stasheff's Warlock of Gramarye series, all the female witches on Gramarye have telekinesis (their male counterparts have flight and teleportation instead).
  • Discworld:
    • At one point, Rincewind the Wizzard needs to open a lock and uses Mind Over Matter to do so. However, it appears that it is affected by the laws of physics, as he has to be careful not to push too hard or his brain might start coming out of his ears.
    • The same series gives us an odd variant in the case of a witch named Miss Level. She was born with two bodies managed simultaneously by the same mind. One is killed during the events of A Hat Full of Sky; the other survives with a sort of full-body phantom limb syndrome. Given some coaching by Granny Weatherwax and the nature of belief on the Disc, she finds that she can use this sensation as a second body, essentially becoming this trope. This makes her "juggling twins" act rather impressive.
  • Anne McCaffrey's Talents series has telekinetics so powerful they can fold space to teleport mass over light-years, thus making them the invaluable cornerstone of an interstellar civilization. They require outside energy sources to power their higher-grade uses of this ability, but that requirement gets de-emphasized with each book in the series and each generation of Talents to the point where it's practically a Magic Feather.
  • In Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series, this is one of the expressions of "laran", which is possessed by the highly-evolved alien Chieri, some humans and their Half-Human Hybrid descendents. Very few humans can manifest this kind of power without the aid of natural or artificial "matrix crystals" (aka. "starstones"). However, a group of "laran"-gifted humans working with a powerful enough (usually artificial) matrix can level entire cities.
  • In John C. Wright's Chronicles of Chaos, one technique of power.
  • In Wild Cards, minor telekinesis is one of the most common powers, but most can only levitate small items such as coins and paper clips. The Great And Powerful Turtle can lift battleships. But only in the safety of his armored "shell" does he feel comfortable enough to do so.
  • So very many times in Roswell High. It appears to be the basis of most of the aliens' powers. It's all about manipulating molecules — moving them, shifting them. Of course, it doesn't show itself like telekinesis all the time, but there are examples — like when they shove the molecules of a non-working car forward so that it moves.
  • Caine has this in Gone. He can lift and move incredibly heavy objects, "carry" something 80 feet, throw it farther. The same standards apply to people — he can use his power on them, as well. He can break an object or even a building with his mind (he made a church crumble in book 1). Presumably he could do the same thing to a person, but he seems to prefer throwing them to their deaths instead, or just letting the other super-powered Coates kids deal with them. He can use it to propell himself through the air, although that is not revealed until book 3. All any of it requires is subtle hand motions. He is one of the 3 most powerful mutants in the series.
  • Subverted in The Saga of Darren Shan. The main character's vampire mentor, Mr Crepsley, likes to use Super Speed to snatch objects out of peoples' hands so quickly they don't notice him doing it, and snaps his fingers to draw their attention while doing so. Darren assumes he's using telekinesis for the first couple of books, and only finds out the truth when Crepsley catches him trying to make something fly by snapping his fingers.
  • Many Adepts in Jean Lorrah's Savage Empire are telekinetic.
  • Largely averted in the Lensman universe—for all the Lensmen's other psionic talents and all the other cranking up to eleven this universe does, this is one capability they specifically do NOT have. On the other hand, the Arisians—their ultimate benefactors—have it in spades, and it's implied that the eventual goal of the Galactic Patrol (long after the canon events are complete) will be to develop independence of the need for physical weapons.
  • One of the main powers of sufficiently strong telepaths in the Firebird Trilogy. The best of the best can even use telekinesis on themselves to control their own rate of fall.
  • The Silicoids in Sergey Lukyanenko's Line of Delirium emit and manipulate focused EM fields, which they use for locomotion (being columns of solid rock), intraspecies communication, and object manipulation. Their early spaceships were propelled by the combined efforts of the crew. They got the idea of adding external drives from other races.
  • In Roald Dahl's Matilda, Matilda learns how to move small objects with her mind. But she can only lift small things and for only a short period of time. It's revealed that she loses the power at the end of the book, because she's been moved to tougher classes and doesn't have any brain space left over.
  • In the Aunt Dimity series, Dimity will sometimes initiate a conversation by making her journal fly off the shelf in the study. She will also occasionally place Reginald so as to draw Lori's attention to something.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • Corran Horn, in the X-Wing Series and beyond, is the grandson of a Jedi and inherited various Force skills... but he can't use telekinesis nearly as easily as most Jedi, needing to absorb other energy first.
    • During Galaxy of Fear it is revealed that Tash Arranda is Force-Sensitive, but she has no idea how to use the Force and so it usually serves as Significance Sense. In Clones she starts developing her telekinetic skills, though even minor efforts tire her.
    • Ben mostly uses his telekinesis in very subtle ways throughout Star Wars: Kenobi, though keeping a dewback from landing on Annileen when he thinks no one is looking does make A'Yark suspicious. Later, when his cover is blown among the Tuskens, he throws two of them into sand dunes to keep from having to harm them permanently.
  • In Dorothy Gilman's The Clairvoyant Countess, Madame Karitska, teaching two psychics, has them turn pages in a book.
  • The Sorceresses of Rossak in the Legends of Dune prequels are able to do this. However, they mainly use their powers to suicide-bomb cymeks. The most powerful of them, Norma Cenva was actually able to rebuild her body after destroying it with a psychic blast, turning from dwarfish and unattractive into a stunning white-haired beauty. By the end of the Butlerian Jihad, many of the Sorceresses have sacrificed themselves to kill cymeks, while many more died from the mutated Synthetic Plague. By Sisterhood of Dune, only a dozen or so Sorceresses remain. The majority of the Sisterhood is made up of a new breed of women with different powers, who are the original Bene Gesserit. By the end of that novel, The Emperor has the rest executed for their part in a plot to render him sterile.
  • Anne Rice tends to use Psychic Powers as opposed to Functional Magic in her novels. In both The Vampire Chronicles and Lives of the Mayfair Witches human psychics, spirits and vampires exhibit varying degrees of telekinetic powers. In the case of the vampires, it is the actual force that animates them, and accounts for their Super Strength, Super Reflexes and Super Speed.
  • The titular protagonist of The Girl With The Silver Eyes, Katie, is telekinetic. The book involves her search for other children like herself.
  • Trash in the novel Hidden Talents and its sequel True Talents, is telekinetic, but unaware of it. Because he doesn't know he has them, he can't control his powers, and they manifest by things flinging themselves across any room he happens to be in, causing him endless trouble when teachers and students at his school believe he's vandalizing classrooms and deliberately disrupting classes by throwing things. He ends up ostracized and alone at an alternative middle school, where no one wants to talk to him for fear of getting hit in the face. Once he accepts that he has powers, he does learn much better control.
  • In Poul Anderson's Sargasso of Lost Starships, the aliens. Fighting them includes flying spears.
  • Robert Doru is the only spirit user to demonstrate this ability in the Vampire Academy series. He is a powerful telekinetic vampire.
  • Heralds of Valdemar: Telekinesis is a relatively rare Psychic Power, referred to as the Fetching Gift. Some Fetchers are also capable of teleporting objects vast distances, useful for conveying wartime missives to and from the front. The series has yet to feature a Fetching protagonist, so its precise abilities and limits have not been explored.
  • In Neogicia, there are five levels of Bio-Augmentation. Telekinesis is rare and usually shows up at the highest levels if it shows up at all, with emergence at the third level being considered preccocious. One of the elements that make the protagonist special is that she developed the talent at the lowest level.
  • "Clockpunk and the Vitalizer" has a curious version in The Vitalizer, whose telekinetic powers only work on inanimate objects (hence his name: he "vitalizes" them).
  • In The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School, Amy develops a telekinetic ability that lets her cause objects to float (or to become heavier than usual) and eventually to move them about at will. She also has a Flight ability that basically amounts to making herself float and then moving herself around telekinetically. In the sequel, The Haunting of Drearcliff Grange School, Amy encounters another telekinetic whose preferred manifestation is to planes of force which she can move around to bludgeon or crush, or arrange into invisible stairways and walkways that give her Not Quite Flight.
  • In Shaman Blues, ghosts who have amassed enough emotional energy can influence the physical world in this fashion.
  • Animus dragons in Wings of Fire have the ability to control objects, which at a basic level lets them do this, though they are also capable of more powerful enchantments.
  • In Super Powereds, there are two telepaths/telekinetics (those two seem to go together) in the current HCP class. Mary is the more powerful (in fact, some think she's the most powerful telekinetic in the world). Alex is weaker, but he hates it when people call him a telepath or a telekinetic. As far as he's concerned, he's a Jedi, using the Force to sense emotions and move objects. Others just think he's a weirdo. Strangely, he may be more right than people think. Normal telekinetics are unable to affect things made of Pure Energy, but Alex can (especially when he gets pissed off at people calling him a telekinetic). Also, when the resident power-copier attempts to use his power the same way he just used Mary's, it doesn't work until Alex gets him to think of it as calling to the Force. Mary's mentor is Professor Esme Stone, an elderly woman who used to go by Emerald Hydra in her Hero days. She exhibits incredible control over hundreds of objects simultaneously, showing that Mary may have the potential to become great, but she still has much to learn. After Alice discovers her Gravity Master powers, she start to most frequently exhibit them in a way not dissimilar to this trope.
  • In the novella A Taste of Honey, Lucretia develops telekinetic powers at the age of eight due to her divine descent. Usually she uses it to make arrows fly where she wants them to, but she also lifts the heavy new gate of the Menagerie to assist the workers in raising it.
  • In The Dresden Files, Wizards and other magic users can achieve this. Harry Dresden, a young and still mostly inexperienced Wizard by the start of the serie, first utilizes wind magic to push or pull things as needed. As he gains experience, he learns to use kinetic energy, among other things, to control his environment with more finesse.
    • In another instance, his mentor Ebenezer McCoy appears to do this outright to choke a vampire who pissed him off.
    • Even further into the series, a slightly different iteration is used by divine beings and those worshiped as such. Rather than using magic to use telekinesis, they can use sheer might of will to subdue or kill other beings.
  • In Renegades, two prodigies, Ace Anarchy and Bandit, can use telekinesis, the latter by stealing it from the former, up to and including levitation. Ace in particular is said to be especially powerful, being able to uproot entire skyscrapers in his prime.
  • In Ravenor, Patience Kys is a psyker who specializes in telekinesis. She wields a collection of handle-less knives, or “kineblades”, that she manipulates with her mind, and she can also use her powers in subtler ways like picking locks without a pick or “feeling” the contours of a room to locate secret doors. Ravenor himself can use telekinesis, most memorably to pin a man against a wall and squash him flat with sheer telekinetic force.
  • In Shadow of the Conqueror, Lightbringers with the miracle of movement gain full telekinetic powers, which maxes out at about ten times the combined strength of their body. As with most of the light-based magic in he setting, the weakness of this ability is that it can't be used in darkness. Curiously, the Shade can use their lightblaring magic to move objects at a distance as well, though they're reliant on darkness rather than weakened by it.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Babylon 5:
    • Talia Winters developed telekinesis when her telepathic abilities were enhanced. Other "Teeks" are generally clinically insane, and the attempt to create a more stable telekinetic... didn't end well.
    • Lyta Alexander hints that she's way more advanced than others in this regard, capable of popping blood vessels in the victims' brains. Bester expresses doubt about her TK abilities, although this is reasonable because he knows about all of Psi Corps' failed attempts in this area. Lyta does however use her powers openly in front of Garibaldi (smashing a security camera) and G'kar (shattering the wrist restraints station security had her in).
    • The Technomages use Shadow technology to mimic these abilities. The Passing of the Techno-mages novel trilogy describes them in great detail. One of these involves simulating levitation by creating an invisible flying platform under the technomage, although they frequently add holo-illusions of a Magic Carpet or a dragon. Similar to a telekinetic, this requires constant concentration, as the tech only works as long as the technomage holds the "spell" in his or her mind. Technomages train from a young age to keep multiple "spells" in their minds.
  • In The Secret World of Alex Mack, the title character has this as one of her powers, and was the one used most often.
  • Courteney Cox's character on Misfits of Science had this as her superpower.
  • The very first power stolen by Sylar on Heroes. He nabs several others before and during the series, but flinging stuff at things remains his hallmark all-rounder.
    • Sylar also manages to display a version of telekinesis known in some corners as "microscale TK" — using telekinesis as a cutting weapon.
    • Sylar actually uses his telekinesis in an unusually diverse number of ways. Practical applications include personal levitation, augmenting his physical strength (like Vader, he's fond of the one-armed throat choke), shielding his body against physical attacks, a Barehanded Blade Block, and a ranged slashing attack (which can actually miss and hit further away objects)
    • Sylar is so deeply associated with telekinesis that when he finally mimicked flight moments before killing Nathan, many viewers believed it was also just a clever use of his telekinesis.
    • Sylar also managed to hold onto telekinesis after he [[spoiler: recovered from the shanti virus. When he recovered, he was only able to retain telekinesis and his original power of intuitive aptitude.
    • Sylar's biological father has the same core ability as his son (i.e. to sense how things work and steal powers). He also manages to "acquire" telekinesis from some pool soul. Peter Petrelli gets telekinesis from being around Sylar due to his empathic ability. When Arthur steals his powers, he gains this as well. In fact, he is much more proficient in them than Peter ever was, using telekinesis to snap Maurie's neck with a wave.
  • Uncle Martin on My Favorite Martian could move objects on incredibly obvious strings by pointing at them.
  • In Power Rangers in Space, Kerovians have telekinetic powers. Andros seems to think the skill can be learned by any human (despite clearly being an alien, Andros considers himself "human": in the Power Rangers universe, "human" seems to be a generic term for non-monstrous sentient bipeds), though his sister Karone never shows any evidence of possessing them outside of a flashback to her youth.
  • In Red Dwarf, a holovirus gives Rimmer telekinetic powers.
  • The Ori and nearly-ascended beings in the Stargate-verse.
    • The Goa'uld have experimented with creating Hok'tar - humans with some Ancient abilities to use as hosts. Cassandra, at one point, is able to manipulate EM fields enough to levitate a magnetic chess piece. Nirrti's experiments with an Ancient DNA sequencer result in several mutants, some of which use telekinesis (one uses it to kill her). One of the best examples is Kalek, an artificial human created by Anubis. His telekinetic abilities are very advanced, and he uses them to deflect bullets. For bonus points, he's played by Neil Jackson, who went on to play Victor, the "evil" telekinetic in Push.
  • There are a half-dozen examples in Star Trek.
  • Prue and Paige Halliwell in Charmed as well as some of their ancestors and descendants. People that are half-whitelighter, i.e. Paige, have telekinetic orbing, a combination of the orbing and telekinesis powers.
    • Billie Jenkins also has this as a power. It had also become very common power in the later seasons for most witches.
    • Macy Vaughn's power from the 2018 reboot.
  • Bethany Chaulk from the Angel episode "Untouched" has this power.
    Angel: What do we know about telekinesis?
    Wesley: Ah. Yes. The power of moving things with one's mind. [beat] That's... pretty much it. The power of... moving... I-I'm better with demons, really.
  • In the Supernatural episode "Nightmare", Max Miller, one of Azazel's special children, could lift objects with his mind. Demons and angels have this power too. In the later seasons, Sam and Dean spend a lot of time being slammed into walls because of it, especially when the guy doing the slamming is Crowley.
  • Cally from Blake's 7, a telepath in canon, manifested it once under conditions of EXTREME stress, and not entirely voluntarily.
  • Doctor Who:
    • As if the Weeping Angels didn't have enough powers, they also can apparently use a version of telekinesis to short out lights. While this might not sound very deadly, you have to remember that being unable to see an Angel even for a split second easily gives it enough time to kill you (and if there isn't a light source, you're going to be blind for longer than a split second). They can reach a person standing several feet away and kill them in the time it takes for someone to blink, after all...
    • The Doctor himself temporarily gains TK-like powers thanks to the Archangel Network and every single human being on Earth thinking about him with hope at the same exact moment. He not only restores his youth (having been artificially aged by the Master) but uses TK to form a bubble around him that blocks the Master's laser screwdriver. When the Master turns to fire at the Doctor's companions, the Doctor knocks the screwdriver out of the Master's hand from half a room away. He also uses it to float. Given the nature of the ability, the Doctor only has it for less than a minute.
  • A natural ability of Vardians in Tracker. Often accompanied by a flick of the head in the direction the item was being thrown.
  • An early First Wave episode has a villain of the week with telekinesis. Surprisingly, for a show about aliens creating genetically-engineered Half-Human Hybrids and downloading their minds into them, the character is human. According to a government agent, her power first manifested when her father had a horse-drawn cart fall on him back in Ukraine. She lifted the heavy cart with barely an effort. Interestingly, she mostly uses her power to torture people to death by increasing air pressure around them. She nearly suffers a Karmic Death when Cade tricks her into entering a hyperbaric chamber and turns up and then down the pressure, while she's throwing random objects at him at high speeds with her mind. Even Mabus, the alien leader with enormous Psychic Powers, didn't have powers like that.
  • The Thundermans has main characters Max and Phoebe. This is their most commonly used power.
  • Witches and Warlocks on Bewitched use this power frequently. Indeed, objects being floated around by characters like Tabitha are a common threat to The Masquerade that Darren and Samantha have going on.
  • Finn from Misfits gained this power during the storm. However, it requires extreme effort and concentration just to move a small object across a short distance. When panicked or angered, however, he is able to throw large and heavy objects across a room with little effort.
  • All of the telepaths in Believe, with varying levels of strength. Bo, the most powerful of them, even manages to redirect a lightning strike during a storm.
  • The Twilight Zone (1959):
    • In "The Prime Mover", Jimbo Cobb has possessed the power of telekinesis all of his life. When he was young, he assumed that everyone had this ability. He stopped using his ability as it frequently got him into trouble in school and gave him headaches. He is forced to reveal it when a car turns over outside of the Happy Daze Café, which he owns with his friend Ace Larson, and there is no other way to save the people inside. Ace sees the possibilities of Jimbo's power and the two of them take a trip to Las Vegas, where Jimbo uses his ability to move the dice as Ace pleases.
    • In "Black Leather Jackets", Scott, Steve and Fred have telekinetic powers.
  • Some of the more powerful Hexenbiests in Grimm are capable of this, although they don't use it much. It's mentioned off-handedly that this is due to their intimate connection to the "primal forces". After getting her powers back, Adalind is surprised at the extent at which she's able to do this, to the point of getting a Verrat soldier to shoot himself (although she claims to have been trying to get him to drop the gun). Her infant daughter (3/4 Hexenbiest and 1/4 Royal) is able to manipulate objects remotely without any effort, besides other powers. Juliette is also able to do this after becoming a Hexenbiest (according to another Hexenbiest, a very powerful one), forcing a Manticore to stab himself with his own sting and exploding a car engine in a fit of anger. Later, Juliette/Eve uses telekinesis as her primary mode of attack, either forcing enemies' heads to explode or throwing them up in the air and then slamming them down. She even gets to have a telekinetic fight with Conrad Bonaparte, a full Zauberbiest, who proves to be too strong even for her. Meanwhile, Adalind's daughter Diana is able to kill Renard's girlfriend from half a city away by suffocating her with her own bedsheet.
  • In Ultraseven, Dan Moroboshi used this power every now and then in human form, more often in his natural alien form. By the time the events in the first episode of Ultraman Leo left him without the ability to transform, this became the way he could weaken and even physically move kaijuu so that Leo could finish them off.
  • In Ultraman Ginga, Tarou's use of psychokinesis (similar to Seven's) suggests that other Ultramen have the same power.
  • The protagonist from the failed SyFy pilot Three Inches could move objects with his mind but only, well, three inches.
  • The Outer Limits (1995):
    • In "The Choice", Aggie Travers' telekinetic powers begin to develop when she is about ten. They typically manifest when she is angry or upset, most often when other children make fun of her. Her school suspends her as a result of the numerous injuries to these children which Aggie denies causing. Unsure of how to handle their troubled daughter, her parents Joe and Leslie hire a nanny named Karen Ross. What they don't realize is that Karen was sent by a secret organisation of women who possess the same telepathic powers, which diminish as they grow older. Karen is able to teach Aggie to channel and control her powers.
    • In "Monster", the US government is conducting experiments with people possessing telekinetic powers, whom they employ to assassinate foreign leaders who pose a threat to the United States and its interests.
    • In "The Shroud", Marie Wells is impregnated with a clone of Jesus created using samples taken from the Shroud of Turin. After studying the clone's DNA, Dr. Gail Cowlings compares it to that of a man who displayed telekinetic powers on a small scale. She theorizes that the original Jesus was a one in ten billion genetic aberration whose powers were seen as supernatural in ancient times, which led to him being considered the Son of God. Reverend Thomas Tilford rejects the notion, proclaiming that it was and is nothing less than a miracle. While still in her womb, Marie's unborn son is able to move the toys in his nursery so that they surround his mother.
    • In "Revival", Luke possesses the power of telekinesis thanks to an advanced piece of technology disguised as a Bible. He uses it to take Sheriff O'Brien's gun and shoot him with it in an attempt to frame Ezra Burnham for murder.
  • Eleven on Stranger Things has this among her many supernatural abilities. Some of her more impressive feats include launching a van into the air, dragging a railroad car across the ground, exploding the brains of government agents sent to recapture her, and telekinetically slamming the bedroom door on her adoptive dad when he interrupts a makeout session with her boyfriend.
  • The 4400:
    • In "Pilot", Orson Bailey develops telekinesis, becoming one of the first of the 4400 to exhibit powers. He can't control his telekinetic powers, which manifest when he is angry and intensify the angrier that he gets.
    • Isabelle develops telekinetic powers by the time that she is six months old. In "Wake-Up Call", she uses her ability to make Reverend Josiah shoot his elder son Gabriel and later to make his younger son Owen shoot himself. In "Voices Carry", after a motel manager is rude to Lily, Isabelle opens the cash register using telekinesis and Lily steals the money, which she and Richard desperately need.
    • At the end of "Mommy's Bosses", Richard develops telekinesis after going off the promicin inhibitor. To his surprise, he is able to move a coffee cup just by thinking about. In "The New World", he inadvertently causes numerous objects in his 4400 Center apartment to fly across the room as he is stressed about Lily's Rapid Aging. In "The Ballad of Kevin and Tess", Richard is still having difficulty focusing his ability to the point that he fails numerous times to place scrunched up balls of paper into a garbage can. However, Heather Tobey helps him to unlock his potential and he is able to harness his ability. He practices by mentally throwing knives against the wall.
    • In "Gone, Part I", having realized that Matthew Ross has no control over her, Isabelle lifts him up into the air and almost crushes his windpipe as a warning to leave her alone in future.
    • In "Gone, Part II", Isabelle uses her ability to induce a heart attack in Richard after he objects to her relationship with Shawn. However, she is hit by a wave of remorse and stops herself before her father can suffer any permanent harm.
    • In "Graduation Day", after Matthew Ross tries to prevent her from finding the member of the Nova Group who caused Shawn to go insane, Isabelle uses her telekinesis to induce a stroke. This time, she does not stop herself and Matthew dies within seconds.
    • In "Fifty-Fifty", when it becomes apparent that there is no other way to stop her, Richard uses his telekinesis to inject Isabelle with the substance that Tom was given by the woman from the future who posed as Sarah Rutledge in "Gone, Part II". She does not die as both Tom and Richard expected but she is rendered completely powerless.
    • In "Daddy's Little Girl", Richard's telekinesis is so finely attuned that he can stop the flow of blood to Isabelle's brain for several seconds, rendering her unconscious. He later pins Tom, Diana and Kyle to the walls and ceiling of the safe house where he has taken Isabelle.
  • Logan's Run:
    • In "The Innocent", Lisa is telekinetic.
    • In "Crypt", Dexter Kim has the power of telekinesis.
  • Sydney Novak on I Am Not Okay With This can move objects with her mind, with enough power to topple several trees in a shockwave blast. In a manner akin to Carrie White, the strength of her power is tied to her emotional state; under normal conditions, she can't do much more than break open a lock, with her greatest feats coming when she's angry or stressed-out.
  • Stargirl (2020): Brainwave is capable of stopping things like cars with just his mind.
  • Pandora: Tom discovers that in addition to telepathy, he has mild telekinetic abilities.
  • In Fate: The Winx Saga, as a Mind Fairy one of Farah Dowling's powers allows her to move objects such as opening and closing doors and throwing a Burned One across the room in battle.

  • The music video for David Guetta's "Titanium" features a telekinetic teenage boy (the video starts with the aftermath of his powers wrecking a school corridor), played by Ryan Lee of Super 8.
  • The music videos for M83's "Midnight City", "Reunion" and "Wait".

  • The mini-playfield in The Twilight Zone, where the player uses flipperless "magna-flips" to battle The Power.
  • The magna-save mechanism on certain pinball tables, like Black Knight, can use magnetic force to levitate the ball away from outlanes and the outhole, safely putting it back over the flippers to keep it alive.
  • In the virtual pinball adaption of the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, developed by Zen Studios, E.T. himself can levitate the ball to save it from draining after using his powers to heal a withered chrysanthemum, done by spinning a flag 100 times. He can also use his levitation powers to lock a ball for a dedicated levitation mutliball mode, where the balls hang in mid-air and drop down directly into the playfield

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • There's a fifth level arcane spell simply called "Telekinesis", and a bunch of more specialized versions.
    • The psionic powers, present from the first edition but more formalized in the second with The Complete Psionics Handbook, has "psychokinesis" as a whole discipline, one of the most versatile.
  • Telekinesis advantage in both GURPS. Also a whole line of spells, beginning with the Apportation.
  • Psionics: The Next Stage in Human Evolution: Telekinetics and, to a lesser extent, technokinetics. The more powerful they are, the more weight and objects they can manipulate.
  • Champions has a Telekinesis power set.
  • Dark Heresy gives psykers a telekinesis discipline. This being Warhammer 40,000, it doesn't just allow one to move items with their mind, it allows players to catch projectiles out of mid-air ala Neo from the Matrix, form improvised armour, crush the life out of enemies, create and use a melee weapon "as little as a molecule thick" in addition to the more mundane magic missile-esque force barrage and the usual moving stuff around.
    • Rogue Trader's basic Telekinesis technique is even called Mind Over Matter.
  • One of the potential origins from Gamma World (7th Edition) is Telekinetic.
  • Starblazers Adventures, based on the 1970s-80s British science fiction Comic Book. Telekinesis is a specific type of Psionic skill available to aliens and mutants. Characters must spend a Fate point each time they affect a different object. Since the game occurs in a star travel setting, the rules note that telekinesis is easier in zero gravity.
  • Exalted: She Who Lives In Her Name has an entire Charm tree branching off Mind-Hand Manipulation. It starts as the ability to hold people with your mind and eventually goes through the creation of whirling death zones of random debris around you to the power to crush souls.
  • Spanners in Continuum can develop this, among other psionic abilities, although most spanners consider it window dressing compared to their ability to travel in time and space at will.
  • Psychic powers in Rocket Age include telekinesis, among the many other options.
  • Vampire: The Masquerade has this in the form of the Thaumaturgy path Movement of the Mind, which allows the vampire to fly and manipulate objects at range.
  • As is appropriate for a ghost game, Wraith: The Oblivion has this in the form of Outrage, which allows a wraith to affect the physical from the afterlife. It starts with writing in dust and flipping switches, and ends with being able to rend someone's being with the raw force of the user's rage.



    Web Animation 
  • The Strong Bad Email "super powers" reveals that the blue ornament on his mask grants Strong Bad telekinetic abilities... that extend only to opening beer bottles. He confesses it's not much, but apparently it's "a big hit with the ladies", and he soon figures out how to apply his powers to popping off Homestar's hat.
  • RWBY: Glynda Goodwitch possesses this powerset. Her semblance is Telekinesis, and she primarily uses it for repair and construction work. She is shown repairing a massive hole in volume 2 in a matter of seconds.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • In the Whateley Universe, there are enough kids with Psychic Powers at Whateley Academy that there is an entire department offering classes in this. The teachers in the department are also psychic, so a lot of the characters have Mind over Matter abilities. Some of them do the Superman thing using said abilities, while others have the Jean Grey package, although no one in this universe has those levels of power. Slightly subverted, in that there is lots of discussion about how it works, and what the power limitations are, and so on.
  • The Omega Universe has several telekinetics (Tempest, for example). Magic users can use telekinetic "rotes" i.e. spells that briefly emulate telekinesis.
  • The Academy of Superheroes has several. Breaker is notable in that she was a very weak teke who used her powers to emulate wuxia-style martial arts i.e. high leaps, slow falls etc.
  • Chakona Space features Bluepaw skunktaurs who are usually very powerful telekinetics. A team of Bluepaw skunktaurs can combine their abilities to do industrial level lifting.
  • The retelling/sequel of the text-based game What Time Is It, Mr. Wolf? features a little girl displaying telekinetic power.
  • In Worm, several variations of this power are represented:
  • The inspiration for this ironic "Teach the Controversy" t-shirt
  • Yoda in Revenge of Staszek is too cool to just put papers in drawers with his hands.
  • SCP Foundation
    • SCP-2014 ("Zsar Magoth"). SCP-2014 has the power of telekinesis with a range of up to 24 meters. He has used it to help a skater pull off impressive maneuvers and to manipulate a pen for the purpose of writing.
    • SCP-2757 ("Dr. Wondertainment's Projector Fantastico™"). When the SCP-2757 projector is used with the film SCP-2757-1e The Valiant Crusaders, one of the powers gained by the experimental subjects is telekinesis.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Portica has telekinesis.
  • Dreamscape: Telekinesis is probably Melissa's most frequently-used power, the same goes for her (former) master, Melinda.
    • Keedran can either do so using Eye Beams (in her monster form), or just good ol' telekinesis. (in her true form)

    Western Animation 
  • Used in Transformers Animated, where the school of Cyber-Ninjutsu that Prowl and Jazz practice features mastery of "processor over matter" as its ultimate technique. It's used by mechanical beings.
  • In Teen Titans, Doom Patrol leader Mento has this, and it seems to also be part of the standard package for the Superpower Lottery winners, among which we have most prominently Raven, Brother Blood and even — on one occasion never mentioned again — Slade.
  • In X-Men: Evolution, Jean is the most prominent user of this. At first, she's fairly limited, but after going through a power surge early in season 2, during which her powers go out of control and she displays the ability to manipulate matter on a fundamental level, making her a borderline Reality Warper, she settles at a much stronger level than before.
    • Legion is even stronger than Jean.
  • Family Guy: Stewie after being exposed to nuclear waste.
  • In Pinky and the Brain, Pinky once makes some paperclips fly in the air. When an astonished Brain asks about it, Pinky just casually says "Comes and goes."
  • Unicorns in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic are all magically gifted, which is usually portrayed as some form of telekinesis. This really comes in handy in their daily lives, since it allows them to easily do things like reading books, carrying small objects etc. despite their lack of fingered hands. Twilight Sparkle, however, specializes in magic and is thus extremely powerful (e.g. plucking all apples from tens of trees at once, then neatly putting them in baskets). The only other unicorn we've seen with anywhere near her level of power is Trixie, and even she pales in comparison.
    • Actually Trixie never does anything all that impressive, least of all with her telekenesis, as she really only handles her hat and a rope using it. Rarity, on the other hand, has demonstrated rather impressive telekenesis on a couple occasions. In one episode, she levitated roughly a dozen mannequins at once, and in another, she summons a couch from her house for the sole purpose of fainting melodramatically onto it because she realized she forgot to bring plates on their picnic.
    • To some extent they can create objects from nothing, as seen when Trixie conjures up flowers during her show. Sure, they might not be real (she performs tricks after all), but the freaking storm cloud she uses to embarrass Rainbow Dash certainly was.
      • This is backed up in the Winter Wrap Up episode, where Twilight mentions that the Unicorns in Canterlot use their magic to change the weather(or at least the seasons).
    • Twilight's telekinesis is also capable of handling extreme loads such as rebuilding a dam after it has burst, or levitating a full water-tower, and possibly the Ursa (depending on just how heavy a bear literally made of the sky really is).
    • Starlight Glimmer's telekinesis is powerful enough for her to levitate herself with similar finesse to Pegasus flight. Not even Twilight can claim that level of power.
  • Yumi of Code Lyoko can perform telekinesis while in the virtual world of Lyoko, most often using it offensively to crush XANA's monsters under boulders. She can also use it to levitate her teammates on occasion.
    • In the short pilot "Garage Kids", unlike in the main series, Yumi can use this power while in the real world.
  • In W.I.T.C.H. Cornelia gains telekinesis as her power upgrade in season two. Will also has telekinesis as part of her power of Quintessence but it only applies to inanimate objects.
  • In an episode of Almost Naked Animals, Howie gets a remote control stuck to his head. He gains telekinetic powers after it gets wet while he tries to remove it.
  • Used in its original meaning in Batman Beyond, when a villain turns out to be nigh-invulnerable purely by convincing himself that he is. Apparently, all you need when you're falling from a high-rise is to imagine that you can't get hurt, and you'll be fine. Bruce utters this trope's title.
  • In the 1973/74 Super Friends episode "The Balloon People", the title characters have modest telekinetic power. When acting together, they can move a doghouse.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, most bending is controlled by physical actions. Only a handful of benders have surpassed this limitation:
    • King Bumi can bend the earth from a distance with his face.
    • "Combustion" Man wields an unusual form of Firebending that projects explosive blasts from the third eye tattoo on his forehead.
    • Yakone and his sons Amon/Noatak and Tarrlok can do this with Bloodbending since they have a natural talent for it. They can twist an entire roomful of people into pretzels without even lifting a finger.
    • Ming-Hua is missing her arms, but this handicap doesn't stop her from being a potent Waterbender. She simply psychically bends water to fashion replacement limbs.
    • Ming'Hua's comrade P'Li is even better at Combustion-bending than the original Combustion Man, being able to curve her shots around cover.
  • Danny used this power to hand The Box Ghost a broom after he got ahold of Pandora's Box.
  • In Wanda and the Alien, telekinesis is Alien's main speciality.
  • Wander over Yonder: Major Threat has a ton of psychic powers, such as telekinesis, brainwashing, and forcefields.
  • What's with Andy?: Discussed in "Scary Teri" when Andy tries to convince everybody that his Big Sister Bully Jen's best friend Teri is telekinetic.
  • The Martian Manhunter was depicted with telekinesis being among his powers on The Batman and Young Justice (the latter also giving it to Miss Martian).
  • In Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! this is one of the many supernatural powers Skeleton King possesses. Chiro learns this the hard way in their first fight when Skeleton King telekinetically tosses him around his throne room.

    Real Life 
  • Magnets can pull, push, and even levitate other objects with a magnetic field without the two objects touching each other via an invisible magnetic field than transmits their energy.
  • A gadget known as the Myo Armband is able to control electronic devices from a distance without touching them based on gestures within the user’s arm.
  • Some technology, including toys, can move and push objects via brain signals transmitted into it via a headband worn around the user of the device’s head.
  • VR technology is advanced enough to allow some hand movements on a remote to move virtual objects without the items being touched in some simulations.

Alternative Title(s): Telekinesis, Psychokinesis


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