Telekinesis is an ability of the witches to move objects with their mind through force of will. Witches commonly use this power to bring objects to them or generate concussive force to push people away. This power can also be activated through a spell though commonly performed non-verbally, is evoked through the Latin-based term "Motus".
Throughout The Vampire Diaries
Bonnie has used this power from feats as small as lifting small objects into the air to forcefully shoving people away from her without making physical contact. Unbeknownst to her use used this power to cause the water, during the car wash to 'explode' and splash Tiki, in You're Undead to Me. Her first active demonstration of this power to her friend Elena was in 162 Candles, when she revealed to be a witch by using her powers to lift dozens of feathers from a pillow into the air. In Isobel, Damon, not trusting in Bonnie's abilities (to remove the spell on the Gilbert Device) demonstrates her power by concentrating on a named book, suggested by Damon and telekinetically flinging it to him off the bookshelf. In Founder's Day, Bonnie fakes removing the spell upon the Gilbert device by floating the spelled piece into the air, causing the fire to blaze and the lights to flicker.
In The Return she used this power to open the doors of the Lockwood Mansion when Katherine Pierce tried to feed upon her. Once the doors were open, she was forced her to stop at risk of exposing herself as a vampire to the guests at the wake. In Know Thy Enemy, while upset for the role that Damon played in the transition of Caroline she used the non-verbal form of this power to turn on a water hose so she could use the water as a magical catalyst to set Damon on fire. In Know Thy Enemy, while concentrating on the grimoire that contained the spell to harness a deceased witch's power, she caused the book to telekinetically fly off the bookshelf. In The Last Dance, she used this power several times; she demonstrates her power to Damon, using the power of the harnessed magic from the dead witches to throw him to the ground and as well as to protect Elena and herself from Klaus. Klaus, reveals that he was possessing Alaric Saltzman's body and was there to kill her and advances on them though she throws him across the hall with her non-verbal power; as they run, she telekinetically closes two doors, attempting to buy more time as they escape. Not much later she attempted to injure Klaus, using this power to break his wrist, making him drop the knife he held. She continues to break his shoulder and leg, forcing him to the ground, though the protection spell is strong and he his is trying to get up. Stefan and Elena rushes to her, though she blocks there path, magically shutting the doors, barring enter into the room as she uses the last of her, seemingly dying in the process. Klaus escapes, having taken down the witch. Bonnie usually activates this power by lifting her arm or hands towards to the object she wishes to move and then moves it in the direction she wishes the object to go, but she has also used her eyes and mind alone.
In Disturbing Behavior, the Darkness as Anna describes it, sets a bunch of Grimoires on fire, one of which was in Jeremy's lap. Bonnie quickly telekinetically moves the burning book off his lap and uses her magic to quench the flames.
In Season Six, when she regained her powers, she began using her telekinesis in the form of a verbal spell, and usually performed it by thrusting her arm toward the object or person she intended to move and chanting "Motus!" to complete the spell; she is the first to use a verbal form of the basic power.
Emily has only been seen to use this ability whilst possessing her descendant, Bonnie in History Repeating, so it is unknown if she tapped into Bonnie's powers, used her own or both. It is more likely that Emily didn't use Bonnie's powers as whilst possessed, Bonnie performed more powerful magic than she had ever done up to that point, and she was not strong enough to produce such powerful magic again for some time. She used this ability twice: to close and lock all the doors after she went into the bathroom, and to send Damon flying onto a tree branch when he tried to attack her.
In Know Thy Enemy, it is assumed because of Damon's comment ( Screw you too, Emily), that Emily telekinetically slammed the door on the old witch house in his face after she de-spelled his daylight ring.
In Katerina, Luka reveals to Bonnie that he too is a witch. He does this by pouring salt on the table and using this basic power to levitate the salt.
Jonas used this power a few times during his run on the show. The most notable time was in The Dinner Party when he burst into the Gilbert house and pinned Jeremy Gilbert to the wall with his powers, took Bonnie's magic from her, and then stormed out before telekinetically slamming the door shut behind him. He activated this power by splaying his fingers forward and threw his arm towards Jeremy before he went flying to the wall. He was pretty skilled in the use of this power, as he was able to keep Jeremy pinned to the wall while maintaining most of his concentration on taking Bonnie's powers away from her. Later in The House Guest, he uses this power to break the lights in the Mystic Grill, trying to force Bonnie into giving him Elena. He would also cause the liquor bottles to explode so he could magically set the alcohol a flame.
Maddox used this power quite a bit during his siding with Klaus. The most notable time was when Carol Lockwood had been compelled to call her son; after she'd asked "Why did I say that?", he replied, "Because you've had a terrible fall." He then used his telekinetic powers to push her over the banister so she'd fall and end up in the hospital, which he could use to successfully lure her werewolf son Tyler to town for Klaus to use in the sacrifice. Maddox activated this power by splaying his fingers and pushing his hand towards Carol's head. She then went flying to the ground. He would later use this power on Damon to fling him off of himself shortly before his demise.
Greta used this power once during Klaus' sacrifice ritual in The Sun Also Rises. She used it to separate Elena and Jenna Sommers by flinging Elena through the air so she could trap them in the enormous rings of fire and feed Jenna her blood to complete her transition. She activated this power similarly as she activated her pyrokinesis -- she splayed her fingers and pushed Elena away from her. Elena then went flying through the air and landed on the rough ground just as Greta had intended.
In Do Not Go Gentle, uses this power to force a large gash on Elena's palm and forcefully took her blood in order to finish her spell to turn Alaric into an Enhanced Original Vampire. Shortly thereafter, Esther was seen using the basis telekinesis when she controlled the movements of Jeremy's and Matt's weapons, forcing the gun and the crossbow to face each other.
In Original Sin, Damon attacked her, though she was about to quickly subdue him with a pain infliction spell. After which she telekinetically throws him across the room before vanishing from the cabin. In Death and the Maiden, she would encounter Silas after he halted her Anchor Transference ritual. She proceeded to telekinetically throw glasses at him, though he easily avoided them. Upon the final glass, he caught it and threw it back at her, distracting her (as she missed it) only to be stabbed with a fire place rod-iron.
After being cured of Immortality, Silas, in Handle with Care, used the non-verbal, basic form of this power to telekinetically open the curtains in the Salvatore Boarding house living room . Thereafter, he forced the crossbow that Jeremy was holding to fire, hitting Elena in the leg. When pressed, he claimed the next one would hit her in the heart. In Death and the Maiden, he would again used the basic form of this power to impale Qetsiyah's shoulder with a fireplace rod-iron.
As powerful witches of the Gemini Coven who have been trained in witchcraft since young children, both Liv and Luke have been seen using telekinesis, having highly advanced control and precision that many witches lack. In Rescue Me, she used the Motus! incantation to fling Tyler, a hybrid, along with all the furniture around him, across the room after he confronted her regarding the conversation with Jeremy and referred to her as a "newbie witch." Later she ambushed Elena at school, where she telekinetically threw her against a wall, and, at the same time, sent wooden debris at the wall to pin her there by her biceps without any effort. Luke, attempting to rescue her from Damon, was ambushed by Jeremy, Matt and Tyler. Tyler having incredible speed over Luke was able to prevent him from using the verbal incantation to stop them. In Promised Land, Liv is seen performing her most powerful feat with telekinesis. She was able to lock and control the movement of a running SUV while also throwing it back and forth, though, she had assistance from her twin brother Luke. While Luke forced the SUV to drive forward, Liv created a telekinetic wall in front of her, causing the SUV to crash. It should be noted that Olivia was able to perform this powerful demonstration of telekinesis both by using spirit magic, which draws on the power of deceased witch spirits, as well as traditional magic, believed to be a "weaker" form of witchcraft because it draws power from the witch herself and can easily drain a witch of their energy if they overexert themselves.
As a powerful witch of the Gemini Coven who had been trained in witchcraft since he was a young child, Kai was seen using telekinesis quite often during his screen time and his control over it was highly advanced, as he was able to fling Alaric into a tree. He also used this power when he ruined Jo and Alaric's wedding and exploded the glass thus flinging everyone back. He also displayed this power when he flung Bonnie into the wall.
- Beau was seen in Live Through This, throwing Damon Salvatore across the room by waving his arm Damon flew a great distance.
- Nora Hildegard has been one of the few witches to use an incantation to active this basic power. In Day One of Twenty-Two Thousand, Give or Take, she uses a variant incantation to knock a girl, who was running away from her, Mary Louise and Valerie, with the door of an SUV. Slamming into it, she falls to the ground and moans in pain. In Days of Future Past, she uses the original spell to attack Enzo. The spell was strong enough to cause some bones to break as he struggled against the spell, though he eventually breaks free.
- Nora's Incantation: Phasmatos Motus
- Mary Louise is the second heretic to perform, yet another variation of the original incantation. In Day One of Twenty-Two Thousand, Give or Take, she along Nora torments a young girl. As Nora knocks her to the girl with telekinesis, she uses a second to pull her across the ground. Her and Nora grabs her and Valerie proceeds to feed on her, killing her.
- Mary Louise's Incantation: Vido
- Oscar performed a variant incantation in Age of Innocence, attacking Damon and causing him to be flung up into the air.
- Incantation: Aerodux Motus
- Valerie Tulle --TBA--
Throughout The Originals
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Before Davina lost the overwhelmingly powerful magic of the three other Harvest Witches, Davina has caused an entire church to shudder on more than two occasions; on one occasion, she distorted the entire church to the point of shattering its windows, causing the furniture to break away, and knocking out an Original hybrid, and on the other, levitating four witches into the air and snapping each of their necks simultaneously. However, this earth-shaking ability may be geokinetic in nature rather than telekinetic. Despite losing her collective Harvest abilities, Davina has exhibited telekinesis on a lower scale, though she still has immense power in her own right, having managed to snap Marcel Gerard's neck, throw Klaus Mikaelson through a set of French doors, and toss Kol Mikaelson (while possessing the witch Kaleb Westphall) around a room.Rebekah from other witches, throwing away two of the Kindred witches against opposite walls simultaneously while also throwing a third up against the ceiling of the Dowager Fauline Cottage. She later showed even more power by breaking and throwing away the gate to the Cottage after undoing the barrier that held all the witches of the asylum imprisoned. She also managed to break through the magic-dampening power of the Cursed Shackles she was wearing to break the chain connecting the shackles and snap Klaus' neck within moments. She also snapped all The Strix's necks simultaneously.
As a powerful witch and a first born of her bloodline, Dahlia has been seen using telekinesis during her fight with Klaus and Mikael. She has also used this power snapped the necks of several enhanced werewolves and ripped out Aiden's heart. Her telekinesis was strong enough to match Elijah's speed. As well as to forcibly bring Klaus to the White Oak Stake in her hand.
The powerful witch Eva, while channeling eight teenage witches, has been seen using Telekinesis when she flung Hayley across the room and away from Hope, who Eva was trying to take so that she could steal her power so that she could complete the Rite of Nines. As well as later when she again used this power to break Marcel's neck.
A powerful witch, a member of the Treme Coven, and the current Regent, Vincent was seen using Telekinesis when he flung Marcel through glass and later when he removed the cursed shackles from Eva's wrists. He also used this power to stop the moving SUV in A Ghost Along the Mississippi.
A former member of the Sisters, Madison has shown proficiency in Telekinesis and is capable of performing it to great effect with little to no effort. She was first seen using it to levitate the almighty Klaus Mikaelson and breaking Camille's bones while on a mission to retrieve the Wooden Knight in Dead Angels.