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Zoolingualism
DrDolittle
The most famous zoolinguist Dr. John Dolittle (Dr. Dolittle) communicating with a bear

Power/Ability to:

Communicate with animals

The power to talk to animal life forms and understand their reactions. Variation of Omnilingualism.

Also Called

  • Animal Communication/Whispering
  • Dolittling
  • Faunal Communication

Capabilities

The user is able to understand the speech or emotions of animal life forms. This ability is quite uncommon and multifaceted. Some variations are magic-based while others are natural talents or mental powers, similar to Telepathy (but limited to animals). The use of Zoolingualism is sometimes imagined as imitating animal sounds, like the barking of a dog. Zoolinguists are normally shown using their abilities in their native language, in an animal-language (like Parseltongue or Mangani), or even mentally without any spoken words.

Some users are able to understand animals in every imaginable way, which results in enormous knowledge and foreseeability of their actions.

Variations

Associations

Origins

Magic-based

Some cases of magical Zoolingualism are known. A well-known example might be Parseltongue, the magical language of Snakes (Harry Potter). The title character himself was able to speak this mysterious language, without even recognizing it. Parselmouths (users of Parseltongue) are able to understand the thoughts of snakes and even give them commands.

Another form of magical Zoolinguism is the telepathic connection of a Dragon Rider to his Dragon (Eragon). Dragons, shown as intelligent and civilized creatures, may stand on the same level as humans or even higher, but they aren't able to talk.

Both examples are limited to a specified type of nonhuman creatures.

Natural ability

Zoolingualism as a natural ability is quite uncommon, especially amongst humans. That would assume a physiological component, like a body part or an organ. However, the humanoid alien race of the moon Pandora, the Na'vi, are able to establish a special physical connection with their fauna, called Tsaheylu (Na'vi for "The bond"). Tsaheylu allows the Na'vi, to link their mind with the brain of animals to wield influence in their actions, without taking their free will.

Mental/Psychic

Even in the Pokémon franchise, a world without any normal animals, Zoolingualism is present. The young Pokémon Trainer and "Frontier Brain" Anabel showed the ability to sense the feelings of any Pokémon and communicate with them without even using words, Telepathy. That gives her a great advantage in a Pokémon-Battle, because the enemy is always unaware of her next move. Similiar to her, but less apparent, is the gym leader Sabrina, who shared a psychic connection with her Pokémon Kadabra. Both, Anabel and Sabrina, are psychic-type trainers.

Heredity

Some variations of Zoolingualism seem to be hereditable. It's known, that Dr. Dolittles daughter Maya Dolittle inherited the ability from her father. The parselmouth Tom Riddle (alias Lord Voldemort) also inherited this ability, as his mother and his whole maternal kinship, back to his ancestor Salazar Slytherin, consisted of a long line of Parselmouths.

Limitations

  • May be limited to certain kinds of animals.

Known Users

See Also: Speaks Fluent Animal.

Film/Television

  • Dr. John Dolittle (Dr. Dolittle)
  • Charisse Dolittle (Dr. Dolittle)
  • Maya Dolittle (Dr. Dolittle)
  • Jefferson Reed (The Meteor Man)
  • Katrin (Katrin und die Welt der Tiere)
  • Cole Evans/Red Wildforce Ranger (Power Rangers Wild Force)
  • Maya (Power Rangers Lost Galaxy)
  • Chase (PAW Patrol); limited to beavers and owls
  • Layla's Mother (Sky High)
  • Na'vi (Avatar)
  • Dar/The Beastmaster (Beastmaster)
  • Ferals (Feral)
  • Moon (Bug Me Not); to insects only
  • Marvin Forman (Marvin Marvin)
  • London Tipton (The Suit Life Movie); temporarily, with cetacean and fish
  • Giselle (Enchanted)
  • Eleventh & Twelfth Doctor (Doctor Who)
  • Nita (Brother Bear 2); via The Great Spirits' spell

Cartoons/Comics

  • Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
  • Lilliput (Darkwing Duck); via helmet, limited to ants
  • Roxy (Winx Club)
  • Widget (Widget The World Watcher)
  • Elizabeth "Eliza" Thornberry (The Wild Thornberrys)
  • Tavros (Homestuck)
  • Spawn (Image Comics)
  • Spider-Man (Marvel Comics);To Arachnids only
  • Lizard (Marvel Comics);To Reptiles only
  • Grace (El Goonish Shive)
  • Guineas (El Goonish Shive)
  • Hedge (El Goonish Shive)
  • Vlad (El Goonish Shive)
  • Kronk (The Emperor's New Groove)
  • Dawn (Total Drama Revenge of the Island)
  • Super Commando Dhruva (Raj Comics)
  • Buddy Baker/Animal Man (DC Comics)
  • Bubbles (The Powerpuff Girls); to squirrels only
  • Fluttershy (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
  • Blythe Baxter (Littlest Pet Shop)
  • Jane Boolittle (Monster High)
  • SheZow (SheZow)
  • Anne Marie (All Dogs Go to Heaven)
  • Penny (The Rescuers)
  • Ness (EarthBound)
  • Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)
  • Cinderella (Cinderella)
  • Pocahontas (Pocahontas)
  • Jasmine (Aladdin)
  • Ariel (The Little Mermaid); to fish only
  • Tiana (The Princess and the Frog)
  • Prince Naveen (The Princess and the Frog)
  • Ant Man (Marvel); via cybernetic helmet, limited to ants and other higher order insects
  • Squirrel Girl (Marvel); to squirrels only
  • Kevin Whitney (Krypto The Superdog); via universal translator
  • Cody (The Rescuers Down Under)
  • Sofia the First (Sofia the First); via Amulet of Avalor
  • Kate (Puppy in My Pocket: Adventures in Pocketville); via Friendship Heart

Literature

  • Parselmouths (Harry Potter); can talk only to snakes
  • Tarzan (Tarzan of the Apes/Disney's Tarzan)
  • Jack Stevens (Ripley's Bureau of Investigation), except for snakes
  • Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson and the Olympians); only with fish, horses, and horse-kin
  • Faes (Shadow Falls); those gifted with animal communication
  • Chameleons (Shadow Falls); with fae powers
    • Kylie Galen; to wolves alike
  • High-ranked werewolves (Shadow Falls); could talk to wolves
  • Radagast (Lord of The Rings)
  • Billy Raven (Charlie Bone)
  • Mowgli (Jungle Book)
  • Larka (The Sight); to birds only

Videogame

  • Luke Triton (Professor Layton)
  • Arietta The Wild (Tales of the Abyss)
  • Aigis (Persona 3); to dogs only

Anime/Manga

  • Mutsumi Otohime (Love Hina)
  • Anabel (Pokémon)
  • N (Pokémon)
  • Tony Tony Chopper (One Piece)
  • Seto Kousuke (Kagerou Project)
  • Yellow (Pokemon Special Manga)
  • Mew Ichigo (Tokyo Mew Mew); to cats only
  • Mew Mint (Tokyo Mew Mew); to fowls only
  • Mew Pudding (Tokyo Mew Mew); to monkeys only
  • Mew Zakuro (Tokyo Mew Mew) to wolves and dogs
  • Miu Misaki (Towa no Quon)
  • Guardian Characters (Shugo Chara!)

Miscellaneous

  • Dogsled Girl (Valkyrie Crusade); to canines only.
  • Beastmaster (Valkyrie Crusade)

Known Objects

  • Dragon's Heart (Folklore)
  • Tongue of Saiping (Xiaolin Showdown)
  • Universal translator (Krypto The Superdog)
  • Cybernetic Helmet (Marvel)
  • Dreamcast controller (Seamen); to Seamen only
  • Food of Understanding (Dot and the Kangaroo)
  • Amulet of Avalor (Sofia the First)
  • The One Ring (Tolkien)
  • Friendship Heart (Puppy in My Pocket: Adventures in Pocketville)
  • Wyrm's Heart (The Spiderwick chronicles)

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