Psychic Powers Commonly Used in Fiction


Written by Frankie Cameron

Do you believe in psychic powers? Mind reading, the ability to move objects with your mind, or predicting the future all seem like things from a science fiction movie. On the contrary,  Psychology Today states that 40% of people believe in psychic abilities.

Psychic powers have always fascinated me. I remember watching the movie Escape to Witch Mountain when I was a kid and wishing I had those abilities. It may be the reason that my characters in Hollow Edge have psychic abilities.

There are multiple types of psychic powers, but these are the common ones used in fiction. Hollow Edge features some of these powers, but I won’t tell you which ones. You’ll need to read the book to find out.

1. Aerokinesis

The ability to control and manipulate air or wind. Characters with these powers include Cyclone (Marvel Comics), Jean Grey (X-Men), and Thor (Marvel Comics).

2. Apportation

The ability to disappear or undergo materialization, also known as invisibility. For example, Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland), Harry Potter (Harry Potter, with the invisibility cloak), Mystique (X-Men), and Susan Storm (Fantastic Four) all had these powers.

3. Astral Projection

The ability to project out of your body. Characters that can astral project include Dalton (Insidious), Prue (Charmed), and Steven Strange (Dr. Strange).

4. Aura Reading

This happens when a sensitive person can see the coloured air surrounding another person or animal. For example, Princess Aura (Flash Gordon), Mia Rosetti (Among the Shrouded), and Nicholas Flamel (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel).

5. Bilocation

The ability to be in two or more places at one time. Constantine (Constantine and Legends of Tomorrow), and Mary Sibley (Til Death Do Us Part) are fictional characters with this power.

6. Clairaudience

The ability to be hear things without the use of your physical ears. Characters with this ability include Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman) technically not psychic but bionic, and Thunderbird (The Gifted).

7. Clairvoyance

The ability to perceive a person, object or location through extrasensory perception. Examples include Olivia Dunham (Fringe), and Lydia Martin (Teen Wolf).

8. Eidetic Memory

The ability to recall images from Memory after a brief exposure with high precision without the use of a mnemonic device. Fictional characters with a photographic memory include Sage (The Gifted), Shawn (Psych) and Lisbeth Salander (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

9. Empathy

The ability to feel emotions from another person. Empathic characters include Esme, Phoebe and Sophie Frost (The Gifted), Melinda May (Agents of Shield), and Yoda (Star Wars).

10. Levitation

The ability to fly or float in the air. Fictional characters that can fly include Clark Kent (Superman), Peter Pan (Peter Pan), and Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins).

11. Precognition

The ability to perceive future events. Fictional characters that can predict the future include Thunderbird (The Gifted), Kes (Star Trek), and Bran Stark (Game of Thrones).

12. Pyrokenisis

The ability to start and control fires with the mind. Charlie McGee (Firestarter), Azazel (Supernatural), and Johnny Blaze (Ghost Rider) are characters that can start fires with their minds.

13. Technopathy

The ability to relate to technology psychically. Fictional characters that can commune with computers include Sage (The Gifted), Caleb (Buffy the Vampire Hunter), and Kelly Bailey (Misfits).

14. Telekinesis

The ability to move objects with your mind. Examples include Matilda (Matilda), Cara Coburn (The Tomorrow People), and Tony Malone (Escape to Witch Mountain).

15. Telepathy

The ability to transfer thoughts without speaking mentally. Fictional characters include Stephen Jameson (The Tomorrow People), Professor X (The X-Men), and Tia Malone (Escape to Witch Mountain).

YA Books Featuring Psychic Abilities

According to Goodreads, these books all feature characters with psychic powers.

  • Among the Shrouded by Amalie Jahn
  • The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
  • Arcadia’s Gift by Jesi Lea Ryan
  • Into the Deep by Lauryn April
  • Fire in the Frost by Alicia Rades
  • The Mind Reader by Lori Brighton
  • Evermore by Alyson Noel
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • Kaya Abaniah and the Father of the Forest by Wayne Gerald Trotman
  • Haunted Tree by Scott Robert Scheller

Likewise, other excellent books featuring psychic powers include The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken and Confessions of a Teenage Psychic by Pamela Woods Jackson.

Movies Featuring Telekinesis

TVovermind reports that these are the top movies with telekinesis:

  1. The Fury
  2. Scanners
  3. Zapped
  4. The Medusa Touch
  5. Chronicle
  6. Carrie
  7. Matilda
  8. Phenomenon
  9. Firestarter
  10. Push

Other notables on their list of 20 include Escape to Witch Mountain, Momentum and Seconds Apart. It is a wonder that none of the X-Men movies made this list.

TV Series with Psychic Abilities

Scifanworld lists these popular television series as involving psychic powers or supernatural abilities.

  • Alphas
  • Believe
  • Constantine
  • Dominion
  • Fringe
  • Heroes
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
  • Lucifer
  • Preacher
  • Riverdale
  • Salem
  • Second Chance
  • Sense 8
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Stranger Things
  • Supernatural
  • The Magicians
  • The Tomorrow People
  • The Visitor
  • Touch

The Gifted should have been on this list, but that is the problem with lists. They are subjective.

Final Thoughts

As you can see from the long list of books, movies and television shows, psychic powers are very popular. What do you think, are psychic powers real? Which abilities would you like to have? Let me know in the comments.


Until next time


Feature photo by Wyron A on Unsplash.

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