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The power to sense the thoughts of people. Sub-power of Telepathy.

Also Called

  • Telereceive
  • Thought Reading


The user can sense the thoughts of other people, usually hearing them like ordinary speech, but possibly by other senses such as sight. Usually they sense the surface thoughts (including other mental communications), but they can also learn to push farther into subconscious and memories.





  • Does not work on mindless beings (corpses, animated objects, robots, etc.).
  • May be limited to a certain range to work, including touch only.
  • May be limited to one target at a time.
  • May be unable to "turn off" their power and have to constantly hear thoughts.
    • Since the user constantly hears thoughts, this limitation makes mind reading ineffective in large crowds.
  • May not be able to read impulsive actions.
  • Users of Psychic Shield are either immune or highly resistant.
  • May get overwhelmed by too many thoughts.
  • Unless one is multilingual or has the automatic ability to translate and decrypt, ability may not work if the target is thinking in alternate languages or encrypted codes.
  • The more intense the thought, the louder it sounds to the user.

Known Users


  • Goddesses (Ah! My Goddess); only when granting wishes
  • Yuu Otosaka (Charlotte)
  • Kanie Seiya (Amagi Brilliant Park)
  • Goku (Dragon Ball)
  • Suu (Monster Musume)
  • Kousuke Seto (Kagerou Daze)
  • Dufort (Zatch Bell!)


  • Matt Parkman (Heroes)
  • Maury Parkman (Heroes)
  • Peter Petrelli (Heroes); temporarily and via Power Replication
  • Mind Readers (Angel)
  • Telepathic Demons (Buffy, the Vampire Slayer)
  • Buffy Summers (Buffy, the Vampire Slayer/Angel); temporarily
  • Mason Tarkoff (Witches of East End)
  • Killian Gardiner (Witches of East End)
  • Siu May (Mermaid Got Married)
  • Clark Kent (Smallville); temporarily
  • Ryan James (Smallville); due to a tumor
  • Han (The X-Family); via Spell Casting
  • Trained magickinds (Arkwell Academy trilogy)
    • Dusty Everhart
    • Captain Gargrave
    • Mr. Deverell
    • Eli Booker
    • Moira Nimue-Everhart
  • The Night Man (Night Man); he could only hear evil thoughts


  • Rachel Summers (Marvel Comics)
  • Neuro (Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu)
  • Francine Nebulon (Lloyd in Space)
  • Phillip J. Fry (Futurama: Into The Wild Green Yonder)
  • Hutch Waterfall (Futurama)
  • Nine (Futurama)
  • Legion of Madfellows (Futurama)
  • Elton (Monster Buster Club)
  • Charles Zenith (Ben 10)


  • Certain Magicians (Inheritance Cycle)
  • Dragons and their Riders (Inheritance Cycle)
  • Sookie Stackhouse (The Southern Vampire Mysteries)
  • Edward Cullen (Twilight Saga)
  • Edythe Cullen (Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined)
  • Aro (Twilight Saga)
  • Sulpicia (Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined)
  • Jayfeather (Warriors)
  • Jealousy (Karakuri Dôji Ultimo)
  • Sascha Starfin (Wild Cards); surface thoughts only

Video Games

  • Krystal (Star Fox)

Known Objects

  • Millennium Eye (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
  • Mind Reader Conch (Xiaolin Showdown)
  • Gan Xiang Sapphire (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness)


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