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Telepathy is a catch all, or umbrella, term used broadly to describe subjective powers similar to the topic name. For instance, Magic is used to describe any kind of mystical ability. Catch all terms can also be used to denote other powers such as Energy Projection used for any blast powers.
Saturn Girl is one of the most accomplished telepaths of the 31st Century.

Saturn Girl is one of the most accomplished telepaths of the 31st Century.

Sometimes called "telepathic communication", Telepathy is a term used to describe the ability of some characters to manipulate, or communicate with, others using only the power of the mind. Certain characters are born with the ability, others must learn the skill over time, and others use magic. While others, like Mento, use technology to manipulate someone's mind.

Telepathy leaves the mind open to many other mental abilities such as Mind Control and/or Telekinesis. A favorite technique of people who use telepathy are "mind wipes". This specific use of the power forces the victim or target to lose memory either entirely or from specific events. Batman was mind wiped as well as Arthur Light. While mind wipe may be a power specifically outside Telepathy, it is almost always used in conjunction with Telepathy.

Martians are an example of characters that are born with the ability to communicate with their minds and develop further abilities such as mind wipe, direct telepathy and senses over time. Zatanna is an example of a character that uses this as a form of her magic and therefore is sometimes untrained in the use of it.

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