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The power to instantly learn, speak and understand any language fluently.

Also Called

  • Allspeak/All-Tongue
  • Ciphering/Deciphering
  • Innate Multilingualism
  • Interpretation
  • Language Interpretation
  • Lingual Intuition
  • Linguistic Assimilation
  • Omnilingual Translation
  • Polyglotism

Capabilities

User can speak, write, understand and communicate in any language, including computer codes, languages they have never been heard before, sign language (even lip-reading), illegible words, and backwards speech and writing with little or no training. The user may even communicate with non-human animals or read body language. This ability works by any one or more of three faculties.

  • Projective Omnilingualism - emit a field that translates every language spoken inside it, causing everyone to understand what others are speaking.
  • Receptive Omnilingualism - the translation of any written language into the user's own native tongue, or through subliminal intuition of what by physical communication means. This ability may even employ telepathic faculty, where the psychic energy is read (by hearing or sight) to understand what the message is meant to convey.

Usually, this ability is reciprocal, so that the user and the subjects can understand and communicate with one another efficiently.

Variations

  • Botanical Communication (Annuallingualism/Botanilingualism)
    • Ability to communicate with flowers, trees, fruits, vegetables, pollens and other botanical life. The user can communicate either telepathically, by speaking verbally, or by touching it physically.
  • Cyberlingualism (Technopathy)
    • Ability to communicate with machinery, computers and other electronics. The user can hack into cyber systems, restore information and break computer codes.
  • Divine Communication
    • Ability to communicate with Deities. The user can indirectly or otherwise communicate with and influence deities.
  • Electronic Communication (Technoligualism)
    • Ability to communicate with electronic, digital, and radio waves.
  • Extraterrestrial Communication (Xenolingualism)
    • Ability to decode any communications with aliens, i.e. an Earthling being to understand Martian (Mars) language.
  • Faunal Communication (Zoolingualism)
    • Ability to decipher any animal communication and perform any fluently. The user can understand and speak with animals. Animals still have wills of their own, so this power shouldn’t be confused with Faunal Manipulation.
  • Omni-Communication
    • Ability to communicate with anything/everything.

Universe Differences

  • May know speech/language before recognition of obtained language.
  • May need to carry out a related task or behavior before obtaining knowledge of a language.
  • May need to know the basics of grammar and semantics to fully utilize the learned language.

Associations

Limitations

  • May require physical contact with one who speaks the language.
  • Should not be mislead of user obtaining Manipulative Skills (Puppet Mastery).
  • Some users may only be able to translate and/or interpret the language.
  • May be limited to the forms of communications that the user can perceive. If the language involves, say, sounds beyond the user's hearing, they aren't able to understand it.
  • Ability to communicate depends on the user's ability to replicate the form of communication.

Known Users

Folklore/Mythology

  • Santa Claus (Folklore)

Anime/Manga

Film/Television

  • Illyria (Angel)
  • Glory (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Whitelighters (Charmed)
    • Leo Wyatt
    • Paige Matthews
  • The Traveler (Heroes)
  • Protocol droids (Star Wars)
    • C-3PO
  • Spock (Star Trek)
  • Nero (Star Trek)
  • Data (Star Trek)
  • Arturis and his entire species (Star Trek: Voyager)
  • Any traveler in a TARDIS (Doctor Who)
  • The Doctor (Doctor Who)
  • The Judoon (Doctor Who); via Translation devices
  • Andalites (Animorphs); via brain implants
  • Anna Levy (Alphas)
  • Wizards (Young Wizards Series)
  • Sydney Bristow (Alias)
  • Valeria (Ángel o Demonio)
  • Rose Arvale (The Messengers)

Cartoons/Comics

  • Tamaraneans (DC Comics)
  • Superman (DC Comics)
  • Batman (DC Comics)
  • Zatanna (DC Comics)
  • Wonder Woman (DC Comics)
  • Supergirl (DC Comics)
  • Medphyll (DC Comics)
  • Black Adam (DC Comics)
  • Catherine Cobert (DC Comics)
  • Brainiac (DC Comics)
  • Darkseid (DC Comics)
  • Hawkman (DC Comics)
  • Recorder (DC Comics)
  • Superboy-Prime (DC Comics)
  • Sinestro (DC Comics)
  • Kal Kent (DC One Million)
  • Dick Grayson (DC Comics)
  • Silver Banshee (DC Comics)
  • Starfire (Teen Titans/DC Comics)
  • Vision (Marvel Comics)
  • Wolverine (Marvel Comics)
  • Deadpool (Marvel Comics)
  • Professor X (Marvel Comics)
  • Namor (Marvel Comics)
  • Eternity (Marvel Comics)
  • Uatu (Marvel Comics)
  • Firelord (Marvel Comics)
  • Cypher (Marvel Comics)
  • X-23 (X-Men: Evolution/Marvel Comics)
  • Darius (Super/Roulette)
  • Bubbles (Powerpuff Girls)
  • Bubbles (Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z)
  • Spawn (Image Comics)
  • Scrooge McDuck (Disney)
  • Nokama (BIONICLE)
  • Darwin Watterson (The Amazing World of Gumball)

Video Games

  • Krile (Final Fantasy V)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Bluehog (Bluehog Gaming Studio)
  • Solid Snake (Metal Gear)
  • Liquid Snake (Metal Gear)
  • Characters with the Polyglot epic feat (Dungeons & Dragons)
  • leShay (Dungeons & Dragons)
  • Nokama (Bionicle); via Great Kanohi Rau.
  • Haliduth Orspriir (Forgotten Realms)

Literature

  • Gandalf (Lord of the Rings)
  • Kate Jones (Ripley's Bureau of Investigation)
  • Ninu (Lionboy)
  • Kendra Sorenson (Fablehaven); limited to Fairy languages

Known Objects

  • Universal translator device (Adventure Time)
  • The TARDIS (Doctor Who) can translate every Language on-the-fly for it's passengers.
  • Judoon Translation device (Doctor Who)
  • With a Babelfish (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) in your ear you can understand, but not speak, every language.
  • The Kanohi Rau, the Mask of Language (Bionicle) allows in its Great form the user to understand any language as well as be able to speak and write them. The Noble form can only apply its powers to the written word.
  • Translation Gummy (Doraemon)
  • Communication Translation Rings (Outbreak Company)

Known Powers

  • Tongue of Sun and Moon (AD&D)

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