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Omnilingualism
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The Traveler (Heroes) can understand and utilize verbal or non-verbal communication without any prior knowledge of the language

Power/Ability to:

Instantly speak and understand any language fluently

The power to instantly speak and understand any language fluently.

Also Called

  • 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. User may even communicate with animals or read body language. This ability works by either or both of two faculties:

  • Projective Omnilingualism - emit a field that translates every language spoken inside the it, causing everyone 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

  • Cyberlingualism (Technopathy)
    • Ability to communicate with machinery, computers and other electronics. The user can hack into cyber systems, restore information and break computer codes.
  • 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.
  • Plant 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.

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 users hearing, they aren't able to understand it.
  • Ability to communicate depends users ability to replicate the form of communication.

Known Users

  • Santa Claus (Folklore)
  • Leo Wyatt (Charmed)
  • Paige Matthews (Charmed)
  • Whitelighters (Charmed)
  • 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)
  • Kal Kent (DC One Million)
  • Dick Grayson (DC Comics)
  • Vision (Marvel Comics)
  • Wolverine (Marvel Comics)
  • Deadpool (Marvel Comics)
  • Professor X (Marvel Comics)
  • Namor (Marvel Comics)
  • Sinestro (Marvel Comics)
  • Eternity (Marvel Comics)
  • Uatu (Marvel Comics)
  • Firelord (Marvel Comics)
  • Cypher (Marvel)
  • Starfire (Teen Titans (DC))
  • X-23 (X-Men: Evolution (Marvel))
  • Darius (Super/Roulette)
  • The Traveler (Heroes)
  • C-3PO (Star Wars)
  • Spock (Star Trek)
  • Nero (Star Trek)
  • Data (Star Trek)
  • Arturis and his entire species (Star Trek: Voyager)
  • Bubbles (Powerpuff Girls)
  • Bubbles (Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z)
  • Any traveller in a TARDIS (Doctor Who)
  • Andalites (Animorphs); via brain implants
  • Anna Levy (Alphas)
  • Kate Jones (Ripley's Bureau of Investigation)
  • Valeria (Ángel o Demonio)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic the Hedgehog/Archie Comics)
  • Bluehog (Bluehog Gaming Studio)
  • Spawn (Image Comics)
  • Gandalf (Lord of the Rings)
  • Scrooge McDuck (Disney)
  • Nokama (BIONICLE)
  • Sydney Bristow (Alias)
  • Solid Snake (Metal Gear)
  • Wizards(Young Wizards Series)
  • Liquid Snake (Metal Gear)
  • The Doctor (Doctor Who)
  • Characters with the Polyglot epic feat (Dungeons & Dragons)
  • leShay (Dungeons & Dragons)
  • Nokama (Bionicle); via Great Kanohi Rau.
  • Kendra Sorenson (Fablehaven); limited to Fairy languages.
  • Haliduth Orspriir (Forgotten Realms)
  • Shiro (No Game No Life)
  • Jibril (No Game No Life)

Know Objects

  • The TARDIS (Doctor Who) can translate every Language on-the-fly for it's passengers.
  • 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.

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