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The 20 Most Powerful Telepaths, Ranked

Updated July 25, 2019 4.0k votes 364 voters 6.1k views20 items

List RulesVote up your favorite telepaths who can use their minds to manipulate people.

Not to be confused with telekinesis, superheroes with the power of telepathy are able to read people’s minds and, in some cases, even manipulate their actions. Characters who can use telepathy are able to reach directly into the minds of their enemies (or friends) and read their thoughts, memories, and even communicate with them directly.

Superhero telepaths can utilize these powers due to a genetic mutation or superhuman power. In some rare cases, like with Charles Xavier and Jean Grey, these heroes have learned to use telepathy with dedicated practice without any other outside influences. The best comic book characters with the power of telepathy include mutants, heroes with gained or inherent superpowers, and those who have been self-taught. Which of these heroes do you think is the strongest telepath?

Make your voice heard by casting your vote for who you think is the strongest telepath.

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    Jean Grey, or Jean Grey-Summers, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics and is a founding member of the X-Men. Jean Grey has been known under the aliases Marvel Girl, Phoenix, and Dark Phoenix. She is known for her relationship with Cyclops, and for her central role and transformation in the X-Men storyline "The Dark Phoenix Saga". Jean Grey is a mutant born with telepathic and telekinetic powers. ...  more
    • Appears In: X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men, X2, Marvel Universe, Earth-11052
    • Powers & Abilities: Extrasensory perception, Flight, Psychokinesis, Telepathy, Eidetic memory
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    • Appears In: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: First Class, Magneto, X2
    • Powers & Abilities: Extrasensory perception, Psychokinesis, Telepathy, Eidetic memory, Empathy
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