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The power to instantly learn, speak and understand any language fluently. Sub-power of Omni-Communication. Opposite to Alternative Communication.

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.

  • Linguistic Assimilation - know another one's language through physical contact.
  • 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.
  • Telepathic Translation - translate all languages and cause others to hear language they understand and vice versa.

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

Variations

Universe Differences

  • May need to 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

  • Ability to communicate depends on the user's ability to replicate the form of communication.
  • Doesn't work on nonverbal communication.
  • Users of Alternative Communication cannot be learned.
  • Should not be mislead of user obtaining Manipulative Skills (Puppet Mastery).
  • May require physical contact with one who speaks the language.
  • May not be able to read/write the foreign language.
  • 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.

Known Users

Folklore/Mythology

  • Santa Claus (Folklore)

Anime/Manga

  • Makoto Misumi (Moon-Led Journey Across Another World)
  • Shiro (No Game No Life)
  • Jibril (No Game No Life)

Live Television/Movies

  • 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
  • Lucifer Morningstar (Lucifer)
  • 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)
  • Kryptonians (DC Comics)
    • Superman
    • Supergirl
  • Batman (DC Comics)
  • Zatanna (DC Comics)
  • Wonder Woman (DC Comics)
  • Medphyll (DC Comics)
  • Martians (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)
  • Thaal Sinestro (DC Comics)
  • Kal Kent (DC One Million)
  • Dick Grayson (DC Comics)
  • Silver Banshee (DC Comics)
  • Starfire (Teen Titans/DC Comics)
  • Noodle (Gorillaz)
  • Captain America (Marvel Comics)
    • Steve Rogers
    • James “Bucky” Barnes
  • Vision (Marvel Comics)
  • James “Logan” Howlett/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)
  • Laura Kinney/X-23 (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 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 TARDIS (Doctor Who) can translate every Language on-the-fly for it's passengers.
  • Judoon Translation device (Doctor Who)
  • Translation Gummy (Doraemon)
  • Communication Translation Rings (Outbreak Company)
  • With a Babelfish (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) in your ear you can understand, but not speak, every language.

Known locations

  • Neighborhood 12358W (The Good Place)

Known Powers

  • Tongue of Sun and Moon (AD&D)

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