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|Telepathy could extend to incorporate aspects of Bliss and horror.||Bob Bishop says that like his father, Matt Parkman can manipulate people's actions. (Out of Time)|| + Maury created similar sensations to these during the "raid" on his apartment by Nathan and Matt (Fight or Flight). While he may not be able to create the emotions themselves, he can certainly create a mental scenario which leads to them, which is essentially the same conclusion.|
|Telepathy may be, more so then most powers, a corruptive influence on the user.||Angela says to Matt Parkman: "If you take this secret from me, you're not just like your father; you are him!"|| + Maury and Future Matt were both noticeably dark individuals. Matt has certainly become more like them as the show progresses, ripping out and implanting thoughts as his power develops, plus trapping Maury in his own nightmare (a very Biblical form of revenge). This trend of using his powers to get what he wants may continue as his powers grow.|
- Matt trapped Maury in his nightmare but it was really the only way to defeat him without giving him the Shanti Virus and was thus somewhat more humane as it wouldn't kill him. Also Matt has only used his powers to implant thoughts and things like that for a good cause and not to harm anyone like Future Matt and Maury do.
|Telepathy could extend to mimicking/nulling/etc. abilities.||Bob Bishop claims that Matt Parkman can manipulate any of the functions of the brain (Out of Time)|| + If it can control anything the brain controls, and the brain controls abilities, telepathy may be able to control abilities.|
- Matt was unable to control Arthur Petrelli's telepathy in It's Coming, nor Daphne's super speed when she ran away in The Eclipse, Part One, even though he was trying to stop both of them.
|Telepathy, mental manipulation, and ability suppression should be considered separate abilities.||None.|| + The definition of telepathy is communication from one mind to another (i.e. hearing another's thoughts). Thus telepathy would have nothing to do with control over another's mind.|
+ Mental manipulation would be the ability to change or control the thoughts of another person, or block or erase memories, or anything else in their mind, etc. Matt, Maury, The Haitian, and Arthur appear to have the ability of mental manipulation. The Haitian's ability of "ability suppression" should be a separate ability in itself, and not part of mental manipulation, because it appears to be a passive ability in which he does not control another's thoughts.
|Being telepathic would allow a person's mind to survive after their physical body's death.||None.|| + The minds of Charles Deveaux and Hana Gitelman both seem to have survived their physical deaths through their abilities.|
+ This would allow Maury Parkman to return, whether it be in someone's head or in a new body which would make for an interesting plot device.
+ Sylar's consciousness was able to survive within Matt Parkman's mind for an expended period of time following a mental expulsion, possibly due to Sylar's subconscious refusing to allow his conscious mind to be overwritten. It can be derived that if honed well enough, telepathy could be used as a sort of "mental possession", allowing their consciousness and mental activity to transfer and take over another living being's, allowing them to outlive physical bodies many times over.
|With enough training of opening their mind, a telepath could discover telekinesis as another byproduct.||Jean Grey processes both telepathy and telekinesis.|| - The way abilities work in Heroes is different than how it works in the Marvel universe.|
|Telepathy can be used to find people.||None.|| + It was shown that telepaths can access anyone's mind from a great distance. If so, nothing prevents them from learning the location of their targets.|
|See Also: 9 • Red • Time travel • Telepathy|