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23rd Jun '16 2:16:19 PM DaibhidC
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->'''Hurley''': Wait a second - you're not translating anything I say to ''him'' - which means ''you'' totally understand me, dude!

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->'''Hurley''': -->'''Hurley''': Wait a second - you're not translating anything I say to ''him'' - which means ''you'' totally understand me, dude!


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* An episode of ''Series/{{Doctors}}'' featured an Asian bus driver who saved a boy's life with his [[WorthlessForeignDegree Worthless Foreign Medical Licence]], and then claimed not to speak English to avoid dealing with the fallout. Unfortunately, the translator they called in knew for a fact he ''did'' speak English.
-->'''Translator''': He's my husband. And an idiot.
3rd Jun '16 3:48:38 PM PixelKnight
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* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'': One of the foreign leaders does this to Fudge at the World Cup. His only reason is that watching Fudge mime everything "vos very funny."

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* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'': One of the foreign leaders does this to Fudge at the World Cup.Cup, with the added benefit of not actually having a translator. His only reason is that watching Fudge mime everything "vos very funny."
22nd May '16 3:45:05 PM dmcreif
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* In ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'', Wesley acts as a translator between the leaders of the gangs that work with Fisk. It turns out Madame Gao can speak English (she claims she can speak ''[[{{Omniglot}} every ]]'' language), but pretended not to as part of her ObfuscatingStupidity. Nobu, meanwhile, can speak English fluently, but not ''perfectly'', making Wesley's translation [[DownplayedTrope non-vital, but not entirely redundant]]--mostly Nobu just takes issue with Wesley's TactfulTranslation. And then it turns out Fisk can speak both Mandarin and Japanese, which was something else Wesley didn't know.

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* In ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'', James Wesley acts as a translator between the leaders of the gangs that work with Wilson Fisk. It turns out Madame Gao can speak English (she claims she can speak ''[[{{Omniglot}} every ]]'' language), all]]'' languages), but pretended not to as part of her ObfuscatingStupidity. Nobu, meanwhile, can speak English fluently, but not ''perfectly'', making Wesley's translation [[DownplayedTrope non-vital, but not entirely redundant]]--mostly Nobu just takes issue with Wesley's TactfulTranslation. And then it turns out Fisk can speak both Mandarin and Japanese, which was something else Wesley didn't know. He even seems to have a "What the fuck am I doing then?" look on his face when Fisk's fluency is revealed to him.



* In an episode of ''Series/BreakingBad'', Gus is acting as translator between the English-speaking Jesse and the Spanish-speaking cartel men. That is, until the chief chemist reveals that he can speak English when Jesse calls him an asshole. Jesse is unfazed and [[RefugeInAudacity still intimidates the men into complying with]] ''his'' method of cooking Walt's meth.

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* In an the ''Series/BreakingBad'' episode of ''Series/BreakingBad'', "Salud", Gus Fring is acting as translator between the English-speaking Jesse and the Spanish-speaking cartel men. That is, until the chief chemist reveals that he can speak English when Jesse calls him an asshole. Jesse is unfazed and [[RefugeInAudacity still intimidates the men into complying with]] ''his'' method of cooking Walt's meth.
15th May '16 1:06:57 AM Shaid
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** Another episode parodied this when Toshi's mother says "Why do you only speak Japanese? I don't even speak Japanese!" And when she meets Francine, the latter doesn't understand her perfect and accent-free English, calling out to the room "Does anybody speak sushi hostess?"
13th May '16 2:55:45 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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** Shown in ''The Special Relationship'' biopic, Creator/MichaelSheen's TonyBlair has just been elected Prime Minister. His advisor tells him that the French President Jacques Chirac is on the line to congratulate him. Even though Chirac knows English, the advisor tells Blair that he'll probably speak French as a political statement. In response, Blair, who knows French, replies in English.

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** Shown in ''The Special Relationship'' biopic, Creator/MichaelSheen's TonyBlair UsefulNotes/TonyBlair has just been elected Prime Minister. His advisor tells him that the French President Jacques Chirac is on the line to congratulate him. Even though Chirac knows English, the advisor tells Blair that he'll probably speak French as a political statement. In response, Blair, who knows French, replies in English.
22nd Apr '16 2:52:21 AM Malachi108
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->''"Wait a second - you're not translating anything I say to ''him'' - which means ''you'' totally understand me, dude!"''
-->-- '''Hurley noticed this trope, {{Series/Lost}}'''



* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': The leader of the people at the temple speaks English, he just doesn't like doing it, necessitating a translator.

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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': The Dogen, the leader of the people at the temple speaks temple, knows English, he just but doesn't like doing speaking it, necessitating a translator.translator. He eventually drops the act.
->'''Hurley''': Wait a second - you're not translating anything I say to ''him'' - which means ''you'' totally understand me, dude!
4th Apr '16 12:12:39 AM erforce
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* Done in ''TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' in a meeting between Kim Jong-Il and a Chechen terrorist.

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* Done in ''TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' in a meeting between Kim Jong-Il and a Chechen terrorist.



* A justified (from the "foreigner's" perspective) example, from ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean: At World's End'', where the pirate boss has a ''huge'', imposing BadassBaritone 'translator' to speak for him. When the translator says the wrong thing at the wrong time and gets shot for his trouble, the pirate leader eventually speaks up... [[VocalDissonance in a hilariously soft and squeaky voice]].

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* A justified (from the "foreigner's" perspective) example, from ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean: At World's End'', ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', where the pirate boss has a ''huge'', imposing BadassBaritone 'translator' to speak for him. When the translator says the wrong thing at the wrong time and gets shot for his trouble, the pirate leader eventually speaks up... [[VocalDissonance in a hilariously soft and squeaky voice]].
17th Dec '15 10:34:08 PM dmcreif
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* In an episode of ''Series/BreakingBad'', Gustavo Fring acts as a translator to the mexican cartel when they hire Jesse Pinkman [[spoiler: to teach them how to cook Walter's blue meth]]. The chief chemist reveals that he can speak english when Jesse calls him an asshole. Jesse is unfazed and [[RefugeInAudacity keep being rude]].

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* In an episode of ''Series/BreakingBad'', Gustavo Fring acts Gus is acting as a translator to between the mexican English-speaking Jesse and the Spanish-speaking cartel when they hire Jesse Pinkman [[spoiler: to teach them how to cook Walter's blue meth]]. The men. That is, until the chief chemist reveals that he can speak english English when Jesse calls him an asshole. Jesse is unfazed and [[RefugeInAudacity keep being rude]].still intimidates the men into complying with]] ''his'' method of cooking Walt's meth.
28th Nov '15 6:50:17 PM FuzzyBoots
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* In ''Film/{{Gambit}}'', a Japanese businessman seems to be employing a very incompetent translator, but it's quickly revealed that he doesn't need the translator, but finds it keeps his opponents off-guard.
23rd Nov '15 7:28:36 AM Phys101
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''*[[ShootTheMessenger Shoots translator]]*''\\
'''Kim Jong-Il''': '''DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW [[PrecisionFStrike FUCKING]] BUSY I AM?!'''

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''*[[ShootTheMessenger Shoots translator]]*''\\
'''Kim Jong-Il''': Jong-Il''':''*[[ShootTheMessenger Shoots translator.]]*'' '''DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW [[PrecisionFStrike FUCKING]] BUSY I AM?!'''


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** ComicallyMissingThePoint: Even when discussing the need for a translator, the Scarecrow and Jack are talking with each other and responding to what each other says:
-->"Won't you take a chair while we are waiting?" \\
"Your Majesty forgets that I cannot understand you," replied the Pumpkinhead. "If you wish me to sit down you must make a sign for me to do so." The Scarecrow came down from his throne and rolled an armchair to a position behind the Pumpkinhead. Then he gave Jack a sudden push that sent him sprawling upon the cushions in so awkward a fashion that he doubled up like a jackknife, and had hard work to untangle himself. \\
"Did you understand that sign?" asked His Majesty, politely.
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