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"Contract...I am thou, thou art I...The forbidden wisdom has been released. No illusions shall deceive you any more"
― Necronomicon (Persona 5)
"This taste...Is the taste of liar!! Giorno Giovanna!!"
― Bruno Bucciarati (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5 Golden Wind/Vento Aureo)

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


  • 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 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.
    • Pacemakers just beat at one pace.
    • Those who are skilled can control their heartbeat or emotions.
  • May not work against brainwashed targets.
  • May not be able to sense the reason behind the lie.
  • May be based on what the target believes to be true.

Known Users


  • Ryuji Maesaka (Darwin's Game)
  • Yuri Dreyar (Fairy Tail Zero); via Judgment Field
  • Inspector (Goblin Slayer); via Sense Lie
  • Melody/Senritsu (Hunter x Hunter); via Enhanced Hearing
  • Telence T. D'arby (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part III: Stardust Crusaders); via Atum
  • Tamami Kobayashi (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part IV: Diamonds are Unbreakable); via The Lock
  • Bruno Buccellati (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind/Vento Aureo); via licking someone's sweat
  • Alien Mermaids (Level E); but kills the person when detected a lie
  • Naomasa Tsukauchi (My Hero Academia)
  • Karin (Naruto); via Chakra Sensing
  • Nagato/Pain (Naruto); via Jigokudo/Naraka Path
  • Sora (No Game No Life)
  • Viola (One Piece)
  • Crusch Karsten (Re:Zero)
  • Galand (The Seven Deadly Sins)
  • Asmodeus (Seven Mortal Sins)
  • Holo (Spice and Wolf); via Enhanced Hearing
  • Zebra (Toriko); via Enhanced Hearing
  • Makoto Tsukauchi (Vigilante - My Hero Academia: Illegals)
  • Yuma Kuga (World Trigger)


  • Mobian Dragons (Archie’s Sonic The Hedgehog/Sonic SATAM)
    • Dulcy The Dragon
  • Toph Beifong (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
  • Aiwei (Avatar: The Legend of Korra)
  • Wonder Woman (DC Comics); via Lasso of Truth
  • Fibber/Experiment 032 (Lilo & Stitch: The Series)
  • Daredevil (Marvel Comics); via Superhearing
  • Luna Maximoff (Marvel Comics); via Empathy
  • Spider-Girl (Marvel Comics/MC2)
  • Rachel Summer (Marvel Comics); via Telepathy/Empathy
  • Verity Willis (Marvel Comics)
  • Wolverine (Marvel Comics); via Superhuman Senses
  • Sunset Shimmer (My Little Pony: Equestria Girls)
  • April O'Neil (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 TV series)


  • Toto (Gone)
  • Severus Snape (Harry Potter)
  • Voldemort/Tom Riddle (Harry Potter)
  • 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)
  • Bene Gesserit Truthsayers (Dune series)

Live Television/Movies

  • Rachel Pirzad (Alphas); via Enhanced Senses
  • Karl Pilkington (An Idiot Abroad); as Bullshit Man
  • Empaths (Charmed)
  • Phoebe Halliwell (Charmed); via Empathy
  • The Doctor (Doctor Who)
  • River Tam (Firefly/Serenity)
  • Sue Landers (Heroes)
  • Sylar (Heroes)
  • Hyde (Jekyll); via Enhanced Hearing and Smell
  • Kyle (Kyle XY)
  • Jessi (Kyle XY)
  • Confessors (Legend of the Seeker)
    • Kahlan Amnell
  • Call Lightman (Lie to Me)
  • Vitto Montesino (Los Unicos)
  • Emma Swan (Once Upon A Time); not reliable when emotional
  • Geordi LaForge (Star Trek)
  • Veritas (Supernatural)
  • Clement MacDonald (Torchwood: Children of Earth); via his Supersmelling
  • CJ Ward (Tower Prep)
  • Werewolves (The Vampire Diaries/The Originals)
  • Rebekah Mikaelson (The Vampire Diaries/The Originals)
  • Elijah Mikaelson (The Vampire Diaries/The Originals)
  • Steve Jinks (Warehouse 13)

Video Games

  • Phoenix Wright (Ace Attorney series); via Magatama
  • Apollo Justice (Ace Attorney series); via Justice Bracelet
  • Yu Narukami (Persona 4)
  • Soul Dowser (Valkyrie Crusade)

Known Objects

  • Lasso of Truth (DC Comics)
  • Judgement Field (Fairy Tail Zero)
  • Shining Lie Detector (Nanana's Buried Treasure)
  • Box of Truth (Star vs. the Forces of Evil)