" Boy...you read my thoughts! You've got the Shinning."
"You mean "Shining."
"Shh! You want to get sued? But don't be reading my mind between four and five. That's Willy's time!"
― Groundskeeper Willy and Bart Simpson (The Simpsons)
"The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure. Thoughts are not etched on the inside of skulls, to be perused by any invader. The mind is a complex and many-layered thing, Potter. Or at least most minds are... It is true, however, that those who have mastered Legilimency are able, under certain conditions, to delve into the minds of their victims and to interpret their findings correctly."
― Severus Snape (Harry Potter)
"I have the Shining now!"
"And Chris has the Shining now."
― Chris and Lois Griffin (Family Guy)

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

Also Called

  • Legilimency
  • 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 (highly resistant) and Psychic Immunity (impervious).
  • May get overwhelmed by too many thoughts.
  • May get overwhelmed by too many thoughts, especially the ones which are too complicated (e.g. a genius' mind which is doing calculus), detailed (e.g. an artist's or photographer's mind which has a photographic memory), insane/morally corrupted (e.g. "murder is good", "I will create my idea of the perfect world by genocide", "burning folks to death is helpful"), and/or ones which don't make any sense (e.g. "2+2=5", "a square circle", "a one-ended line").
  • Depending upon the user's ability, skill, and tolerance, attempting to read certain minds (e.g. genius or the insane) may be hard, impossible, or self-destructive.
  • 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
  • Kanie Seiya (Amagi Brilliant Park)
  • Yuu Otosaka (Charlotte)
  • Mao (Code Geass)
  • Utsugi Tsukimiya (A Destructive God Sits Next to Me)
  • Goku (Dragon Ball)
  • Lord Slug (Dragon Ball Z)
  • Wisely Kamelot (D.Gray-man Hallow)
  • Anna Kushina (K Series)
  • Kotoura Haruka (Kotoura-San)
  • Gods (Kubera); via Insight
  • Taraka (Kubera); via Insight
  • Yuta (Kubera); via Insight
  • Suu (Monster Musume)
  • Kousuke Seto (Kagerou Daze)
  • Kaito and Daichi Shiratori (Mob Psycho 100)
  • Momozo Takenaka (Mob Psycho 100)
  • Fairy Clan (Nanatsu no Taizai)
  • Nagato/Pain (Naruto); via Ningendo/Human Path
  • Kim Dokja ("Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint")
  • Unown (Pokemon)
  • Kusuo Saiki (Saiki Kusuo no Psi-nan)
  • Hao Asakura (Shaman King)
  • Anna Asakura nee Kyōyama (Shaman King)
  • Hilda (Shaman King)
  • Sadao Makihara/Gourmet (Yu Yu Hakusho); after consuming Murota's ability
  • Murota (Yu Yu Hakusho)
  • Dufort (Zatch Bell!)
  • Aldoron (Fairy Tail: The 100 Years Quest)
  • Hearts (Super Dragon Ball Heroes)

Live Television/Movies

  • Maggie Vera (Charmed 2018)
  • Trained magickinds (Arkwell Academy trilogy)
    • Dusty Everhart
    • Captain Gargrave
    • Mr. Deverell
    • Eli Booker
    • Moira Nimue-Everhart
  • 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
  • Abaddon (Supernatural); via Partial Possession
  • Renn (Legend of the Seeker)
  • Han (The X-Family); via Spell Casting
  • The Night Man (Night Man); he could only hear evil thoughts
  • Gary Navarro (The 4400)
  • Memorella (Power Rangers Dino Charge)
  • Zayto (Power Rangers Dino Fury)
  • Angels (Midnight, Texas)
    • Bowie
    • Joe Strong
  • Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious (Star Wars); via Sith Rituals
  • Kylo Ren (Star Wars); via Mind Probe technique
  • Darth Maul (Star Wars); via Mind Probe technique
  • The Grand Inquisitor (Star Wars); via Mind Probe technique
  • Seventh Sister (Star Wars); via Mind Probe technique
  • Linda Twist (Round the Twist); one off via hairdressing
  • Zack Greenburg (The Zack Files); one off via the headset
  • The Children's (Village of the Damned)


  • Professor Xavier (Marvel Comics)
  • Franklin Richards (Marvel Comics)
  • Jean Grey/Phoenix (Marvel Comics)
  • Emma Frost (Marvel Comics)
  • Elizabeth Braddock/Psylocke (Marvel Comics)
  • Rachel Summers (Marvel Comics)
  • Nate Grey (Marvel Comics)
  • Kid Omega/Quentin Quire (Marvel Comics)
  • Ruth Aldine/Blindfold (Marvel Comics)
  • Monet St. Croix (Marvel Comics)
  • Masikura (All Hail King Julien)
  • 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)
  • Horde Prime (She-Ra and the Princesses of Power)
  • Charles Zenith (Ben 10)
  • Ultimate Aggregor (Ben 10: Ultimate Alien)
  • Sunset Shimmer (My Little Pony series)
  • April O'Neil (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012)


  • 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)
  • Azul (Geronimo Stilton: The Kingdom of Fantasy)
  • Legilimens (Harry Potter)
  • Jealousy (Karakuri Dôji Ultimo)
  • Sascha Starfin (Wild Cards); surface thoughts only
  • Nightwings (Wings of Fire); only while born under one, two, or three full moons
  • Darkstalker (Wings of Fire)
  • Moonwatcher (Wings of Fire)
  • Caleb Budde (Power Pills)

Video Games

  • Anita (Darkstalkers)
  • Mint Blancmanche (Galaxy Angel)
  • Dreamcatcher (Skylanders); only while subject is sleeping
  • Masker Mind (Skylanders)
  • Brain (Skylanders)
  • Krystal (Star Fox)
  • Espy (Yo-kai Watch)
  • Satori Komeiji (Touhou Project)


  • Fox Alistair (RWBY)

Known Objects

  • Helmet of Truth (American Dragon: Jake Long)
  • EarPods (Doctor Who)
  • Gan Xiang Sapphire (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness)
  • Mind Gem (Marvel Comics)
  • Experimental Neuro-Headset (Some Assembly Required)
  • Millennium Eye (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
  • Mind Reader Conch (Xiaolin Showdown)


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