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" Everything is language. I am language. I am everything."
― Doug Ramsey/Cypher (Marvel Comics)

The power to speak, understand and decipher any and all languages. Sub-power of Omni-Communication. Opposite to Alternative Communication.

Also Called

  • All-speak/All-Tongue
  • Ciphering/Deciphering
  • Ears of Sand (Midnight Occult Civil Servants)
  • Enhanced Language Understanding
  • Language Interpretation
  • Language Intuition
  • Lingual Intuition
  • Linguistic Assimilation/Intelligence
  • Multilingual
  • Multilingualism
  • Omnilingual Translation
  • Universal Translation
  • Speaking in Tongues

Capabilities

The 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 these faculties.

  • Aligist - able to speak, read, write and understand all languages. This however does not mean animals or anything other than human languages. Some certain type of aligist may also be able to understand underwater creatures but they are quite rare.
  • Intuitive Multilingualism - capable of intuitively translating and learning new languages, including alien languages.
  • 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.

Applications

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.
  • May not work on nonverbal communication.
  • May not work on users of Psychic Shield, Psychic Immunity and Indomitable Will.
  • Cannot understand users of Alternative Communication.
  • 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.
  • Users may not be able to tell which language they are speaking in; they switch to whichever language their companion talks to them in.

Known Users

See Also: Omniglot

Anime/Manga/Manhwa

  • Satou Pendragon (Death March to Parallel World Rhapsody)
  • Makoto Misumi (Moon-Led Journey Across Another World)
  • Shiro (No Game No Life)
  • Jibril (No Game No Life)
  • Whis (Dragon Ball Super)
  • Touya Mochizuki (In Another World With My Smartphone) via Translation
  • Kamui Caim (Mairimashita! Iruma-kun)
  • Team Rocket's Meowth (Pokémon)
  • Bubbles (Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z)
  • Sung Jin-Woo (Solo Leveling)
  • Immortals/Sennin (Twelve Kingdoms)

Live Television/Movies

  • Translator Alphas (Alphas)
    • Anna
  • Illyria (Angel)
  • Glory (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Whitelighters (Charmed)
    • Leo Wyatt
    • Paige Matthews
  • Chuck Bartowski (Chuck) via Intersect 2.0
  • The Traveler (Heroes)
  • Protocol droids (Star Wars)
    • C-3PO
  • Data (Star Trek)
  • Arturis and his entire species (Star Trek)
  • Any traveler in a TARDIS (Doctor Who)
  • The Doctor (Doctor Who)
  • The Judoon (Doctor Who); via Translation devices
  • Lucifer Morningstar (Lucifer); human languages, limited to speaking
  • En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse (X-Men Movies)
  • Andalites (Animorphs); via brain implants
  • Anna Levy (Alphas)
  • Wizards (Young Wizards Series)
  • Sydney Bristow (Alias)
  • Valeria (Ángel o Demonio)
  • Rose Arvale (The Messengers)
  • Solon (Power Rangers Dino Fury)

Cartoons/Comics

  • Tamaraneans (DC Comics)
  • Kryptonians (DC Comics)
    • Superman
    • Supergirl
  • 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)
  • Kal Kent (DC One Million)
  • Dick Grayson (DC Comics)
  • Silver Banshee (DC Comics)
  • Starfire (Teen Titans/DC Comics)
  • Various Metahumans (DC Comics)
  • Noodle (Gorillaz)
  • Various Mutants (Marvel Comics)
  • Captain America (Marvel Comics)
    • Steve Rogers
    • James “Bucky” Barnes
  • Doug Ramsey/Cypher (Marvel Comics)
  • Vision (Marvel Comics)
  • James “Logan” Howlett/Wolverine (Marvel Comics)
  • Wade Wilson/Deadpool (Marvel Comics)
  • Professor X (Marvel Comics)
  • Namor (Marvel Comics)
  • The Living Tribunal (Marvel Comics)
  • Eternity & Infinity (Marvel Comics)
  • Uatu (Marvel Comics)
  • Sapna (Marvel Comics)
  • Firelord (Marvel Comics)
  • Cypher (Marvel Comics)
  • Laura Kinney/X-23 (Marvel Comics)
  • Man-Thing (Marvel Comics); after regaining the ability to speak
  • Various Characters (G.I. Joe)
  • Toothiana/The Tooth Fairy (Rise of the Guardians)
  • Darius (Super/Roulette)
  • Bubbles (Powerpuff Girls)
  • Spawn (Image Comics)
  • Scrooge McDuck (Disney)
  • Nokama (BIONICLE)
  • Darwin Watterson (The Amazing World of Gumball)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog)

Folklore/Mythology

  • Santa Claus (Folklore)

Literature

  • Gandalf (Lord of the Rings)
  • Kate Jones (Ripley's Bureau of Investigation)
  • Ninu (Lionboy)
  • Kendra Sorenson (Fablehaven); limited to Fairy languages
  • Polyglots, for instance, Sophie Elizabeth Foster and Master Cadence Telle (Keeper of the Lost Cities)

Tabletop Games

  • Mercane (Planescape)

Video Games

  • Krile (Final Fantasy V)
  • 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)

Web Series

  • SCP-682 - Hard-to-Destroy Reptile (SCP Foundation)
    • Disk Jockey

Known Objects

  • Babble Node (Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • 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 Intersect (Chuck)
  • 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.
  • Drake Tongue (The Spiderwick Chronicles)
  • Universal Translators (Star Trek)

Known Locations

  • Neighborhood 12358W (The Good Place)

Known Powers

  • Tongue of Sun and Moon (AD&D)
  • Allspeak/All-Tongue (Marvel Comics)
  • The System (Solo Leveling)

Gallery

Anime/Manga/Manhwa

Cartoon/Comics

Live Television/Movies

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