Empathic manipulation is the ability to alter others' emotions and feelings.
- Syn Anders has this ability.
- Morgan Harvey has this ability.
- Joseph Sullivan had this ability.
Syn has the ability of altering people's emotions by physically touching them. She can control a myriad of sentiments, both positive and negative. So far, it has been reported that she's capable of inducing happiness, joy, sympathy, anger, depression, sadness and fear. Syn can also control the intensity of these emotions: for instance, the positive emotions she creates can range from a simple smile to extreme happiness. The current emotional state of a person does not seem to pose a problem: she can suddenly move someone to tears who was previously experiencing intense joy. It appears that Syn can also affect multiple peopl eat once: for instance, she can cause an agry mob or let the joy she creates spread to others.
So far, Syn cannot manipulate her own emotions.
Additionally, Syn has learned how to use her ability to persuade and manipulate others by altering their emotional state. She can even lead someone to suicide by evoking extreme depression.
Recently, Syn discovered a new aspect of her ability that allows her to feel the emotions contained in objects. She could feel the same emotions of some characters of a painting. The full extent of this aspect of her ability remains unclear.
In a list, Edgar said that Joseph Sullivan "controls emotions". Joseph was able to make Eric Doyle lose control over his ability and collapse. What emotions he manipulated to achieve this are unknown. Unlike Syn and Morgan Harvey, Joseph does not appear to require touch to use his ability.