For some things, like monetary wealth and getting myself out of dangerous situations, I’d have no scruples and use my abilities to their utmost but for interpersonal relations, I’d try my hardest not to use it. I’d prefer to have no friends than people who I know (instead of just suspect) would rather spend their time watching paint peel than associate with me.
So if you were getting raped by someone, you wouldn’t use this ability to change their mind about it and make them stop? You see someone that isn’t paying attention, you wouldn’t use your power to correct their course and save them from a potentially lethal crash?
Mind control sounds fun, but the power to make people soil themselves is even better. Nobody’s gonna beat you up if they have a load in their pants
A good-guy mind-controller would be fascinating to play in a supers role-playing game.
Unfortunately, due to the aforementioend possiblity of rampant abuse, I’m guessing that the point-buy for that power would be astronomical, and you wouldn’t be able to get any back-up powers, and, as a good guy, you wouldn’t want to use it except in situations like Incubus described, so you’d be damn near useless in combat. It could work in a dark, non-combat-oriented campaign, though.
You don’t need to see his identification. We don’t need to see his identification.
These aren’t the droids you’re looking for. These aren’t the droids we’re looking for.
He can go on about his business. You can go on about your business.
Move along. Move along! Move along!
Cause I would seriously mind control myself into being less inhibited, less shy, more outgoing, more confident, excersice regularly, eat well, sing more, call my family more even if I can’t stand them, be neater, work harder, learn new things more often…
Etc. You get the idea. I would use it to make myself a better person.
Charles Xavier is an… uhm… BLEEEEEEP, since we’re not in the Pit. If you were Charles Xavier, you would have it very easy to be a better person.
every time he makes a speech in public, mutant-hate goes up.
“a world where mutant and human can live together and in peace”. Dude, that implies mutants ain’t human. The scary part about mutants, or about anybody with any kind of fancyschmatzy powers, is that we know they are humans… they get angry, they get hurt… some of them are petty, some would balk at nothing to get what they want. For someone who reads minds, he sure don’t know jack about how to influence them.
might does not mean right, except if it’s His Xaviery Lordship doin’ it. HE is allowed to break all the rules which he’d like others to follow. I know quite a few people like this irl, for example lots of politicians who have done their best to rob their countries blind (but oh, let nobody else put is hand in the honey pot).
Would the “mind control” come with “mind reading”? As in “you can do some superficial reading without having to enter the person’s mind, sort of like when you read their facial expressions.”
I would feel sorely tempted to use it to get Mom to leave my house after only 2x the time for which she was officialy coming. She’s been known to spend 3 weeks when she came for one, 10 days coming for 3, etc. But I would try to restrain myself.
If I could read her mind, I might be able to learn what is it I need to say so she’ll go, while not offending her, and once I knew it I wouldn’t have to look again. Wouldn’t want to “go in” to her mind of anybody else’s… I’m sure I’d be running into TMI pretty fast and I’m a very private person myself so I respect other’s privacy.
Hell, I just wish I was better at reading people :dubious:
First step would probably be to convince someone to hire me as an at-home consultant with no duties in particular and a very large salary. A lot of my other uses would probably involve setting up a mild zone of stress and fear around me, so that anyone coming around to bother me would start feeling like maybe they should just go somewhere else.