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The power to detect lies. Not to be confused with Telepathy or Truth Inducement. Opposite to Truth Detection.

Also Called

  • Intuitive Polygraphy
  • Lie Sensing
  • Mendacity Detection


The user can sense when they are lied to by various means.


  • Empathy by reading the emotions of another person to try and see if they are telling the truth.
  • Enhanced Hearing by hearing the heartbeat increase.
  • Enhanced Smell by smelling pheromones.
  • Enhanced Vision by seeing physical body ticks, such as twitching fingers or an increase in blinking.
  • Seismic Sense by reading the vibration from one's heart.
  • Precognition by using intuition to know that it is a lie


  • May not differentiate between a white lie or a secret.
  • Versions based on pulse difference may not be able to differentiate lies if subject/targets have no pulse difference.
    • Pace makers just beat at one pace.
    • Those who are skilled can control their heartbeat or emotions.
  • Divided Mind would allow a user to defeat this technique, by only allowing one personality to know.
  • Power can be subconsciously blocked when around someone the person trusts. Say a best friend or a family member.
  • Versions based on emotions are useless against Apathy.
  • May not work against brainwashed targets.
  • May not be able to sense the reason behind the lie.

Known Users

  • Sue Landers (Heroes)
  • Sylar (Heroes)
  • Viola (One Piece)
  • Phoebe Halliwell (Charmed); via Empathy
  • Empaths (Charmed)
  • Veritas (Supernatural)
  • Karl Pilkington (An Idiot Abroad); As Bullshit Man
  • Fibber/Experiment 032 (Lilo & Stitch: The Series)
  • Clement MacDonald (Torchwood: Children of Earth); via his Supersmelling
  • Phoenix Wright (Ace Attorney Series); via Magatama
  • Apollo Justice (Ace Attorney Series); via Justice Bracelet
  • Toph Beifong (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
  • Aiwei (Avatar: The Legend of Korra)
  • Severus Snape (Harry Potter)
  • Voldemort (Harry Potter)
  • Steve Jinks (Warehouse 13)
  • Rachel Pirzad (Alphas); via Enhanced Senses
  • Daredevil (Marvel Comics); via Superhearing
  • Wolverine (Marvel Comics); via Superhuman Senses
  • Rachel Summer (Marvel Comics); via telepathy/empathy
  • Wonder Woman (DC Comics)
  • Mobian Dragons (Archie's Sonic The Hedgehog/Sonic SATAM)
    • Dulcy The Dragon
  • Wisdom Thumbs (Super/Lette)
  • CJ Ward (Tower Prep)
  • River Tam (Firefly/Serenity)
  • Werewolves (The Vampire Diaries/The Originals)
  • Rebekah Mikaelson (The Vampire Diaries/The Originals)
  • Elijah Mikaelson (The Vampire Diaries/The Originals)
  • Karin (Naruto); via Chakra Sensing
  • Galand (Nanatsu no Taizai)
  • Kyle (Kyle XY)
  • Jessi (Kyle XY)
  • Call Lightman (Lie to Me)
  • Holo (Spice and Wolf); via Enhanced Hearing
  • Chameleons (Shadow Falls/Shadow Falls: After Dark); via Enhanced Hearing as vampires or Empathy as faes
    • Kylie Galen
  • Vampires (Shadow Falls/Shadow Falls: After Dark); via Enhanced Hearing
    • Della Tsang
    • Burnett James
    • Chase Tallman
  • Faes (Shadow Falls/Shadow Falls: After Dark); via Empathy
    • Derek Lakes
    • Holiday Brandon
  • Maggie (Twilight Saga)
  • Charles (Twilight Saga)
  • Geordi LaForge (Star Trek)
  • Vitto Montesino (Los Unicos)
  • Hyde (Jekyll); vis Enhanced Hearing and Smell
  • Confessor's (Legend of the Seeker)
    • Kahlan Amnell
  • Emma Swan (Once Upon A Time), not reliable when emotional
  • Verity Willis (Marvel Comics)
  • Luna Maximoff (Marvel Comics); via empathy
  • Zebra (Toriko); via Enhanced Hearing
  • Sora (No Game No Life)
  • Toto (Gone)
  • Bruno Buccellati (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Vento Aureo); via licking someone's sweat
  • Senritsu (Hunter x Hunter); via Enhanced Hearing
  • Alien mermaids (Level E); but kills the person when detected a lie
  • Soul Dowser (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Spider-Girl (Marvel Comics/MC2)
  • Crusch Karsten (Re:Zero)
  • Yu Narukami (Persona 4)
  • Melody (Hunter x Hunter)

Known Objects

  • Judgement Field (Fairy tail Zero)
  • Shining Lie Detector (Nanana's Buried Treasure)