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19th Apr '17 4:38:45 PM cybertoy0
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* ''ComicBook/Starfire'' has the ability to learn any language through a [[MagicKiss kiss]]. In her solo series, she uses this power to communicate with a dolphin at an aquarium. She literally presses her lips against its beak. And before anyone gets their undies in a bind, please note that dolphins ''are'' intelligent.
12th Apr '17 1:52:46 PM Derkhan
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* ''Literature/ATasteOfHoney'': Aqib, though he initially is not aware of it and thinks animals listen to him because he grew up among them. Turns out he's SemiDivine through his mother's line of descent and his special power is talking to animals.
4th Apr '17 1:22:20 PM margdean56
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* In ''ComicStrip/SafeHavens'' children are able to communicate with their pets. As they grow up, though, most of them start to lose that ability (as seen with Jenny). Only those who retain some aspect of their childhood, like Samantha did, manage to keep the ability to talk to animals into adulthood. It's noted that many of those that do go on to become vetinarians.

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* In ''ComicStrip/SafeHavens'' children are able to communicate with their pets. As they grow up, though, most of them start to lose that ability (as seen with Jenny). Only those who retain some aspect of their childhood, like Samantha did, manage to keep the ability to talk to animals into adulthood. It's noted that many of those that do go on to become vetinarians.veterinarians.
4th Apr '17 1:20:55 PM margdean56
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** [[UnbuiltTrope It's worth noting]] that it is not as simple as making animal sounds - Doctor uses tails of his jacket to mimic movements of the tail, he must make a lot of effort holding his breath when talking to underwater animals.

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** [[UnbuiltTrope It's worth noting]] that it is not as simple as making animal sounds - -- the Doctor uses the tails of his jacket to mimic movements of the tail, he must make a lot of effort holding his breath when talking to underwater animals.animals, etc.



* In the ''Literature/MaryPoppins'' books, all babies can talk to animals. Ms. Poppins happens never to lose this ability (a dog informs her of her uncle's laughing fit). Just showed how she was Practically Perfect in Every Way.

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* In the ''Literature/MaryPoppins'' books, all babies can talk to animals. Ms. Poppins happens never to lose have lost this ability (a dog informs her of her uncle's laughing fit). Just showed how she was Practically Perfect in Every Way.



** Similar to the above, a footnote in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' points out that [[BlessedWithSuck it's tough to understand the actual meaning of bird calls]]. Every time you step outdoors, you're regaled by stuff like "Bugger off, this is ''my'' bush!" and "Have sex with me, I can make my chest big and red!"
* In ''Literature/CharlottesWeb,'' Fern is able to understand what the animals are saying when they talk to each other, although she is not showing speaking to them herself.

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** Similar to the above, a footnote in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' points out that [[BlessedWithSuck it's tough to be able to understand the actual meaning of bird calls]]. Every time you step outdoors, you're regaled by stuff like "Bugger off, this is ''my'' bush!" and "Have sex with me, I can make my chest big and red!"
* In ''Literature/CharlottesWeb,'' Fern is able to understand what the animals are saying when they talk to each other, although she is not showing shown speaking to them herself.



** Percy can also speak to sea creatures. Pretty self explanatory.

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** Percy can also speak to sea creatures. Pretty self explanatory.self-explanatory.



* In ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheRedKing,'' [[HeroicAlbino Billy]] has this power. It's harder than talking to humans, though, because animals tend to think in different ways and still seem to be generally less intelligent.

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* In ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheRedKing,'' [[HeroicAlbino Billy]] has this power. It's harder than talking to humans, though, because animals tend to think in different ways and still seem to be generally less intelligent.



* John Stretch from the ''Literature/GarrettPI'' novels is a [[UpliftedAnimal ratman]] who can communicate with his un-altered rodent kin. This allows him to use them as scouts and spies, although their usefulness is limited by their poor vision, limited brainpower, and inability to understand speech by anyone ''but'' him.

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* John Stretch from the ''Literature/GarrettPI'' novels is a [[UpliftedAnimal ratman]] who can communicate with his un-altered rodent kin. This allows him to use them as scouts and spies, although their usefulness is limited by their poor vision, limited brainpower, and inability to understand the speech by of anyone ''but'' him.



* In Literature/{{Relativity}}, the supervillain known as Cricket can speak to insects and spiders. He wants to use his powers to do legitimate research on insects, but no-one believes he has the ability. He uses bugs to help him steal things just to prove that he can do it, rather than out of any desire to be evil.

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* In Literature/{{Relativity}}, the supervillain known as Cricket can speak to insects and spiders. He wants to use his powers to do legitimate research on insects, but no-one no one believes he has the ability. He uses bugs to help him steal things just to prove that he can do it, rather than out of any desire to be evil.
4th Apr '17 1:11:03 PM margdean56
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* Danielle Moonstar from the Creator/MarvelComics ''ComicBook/NewMutants'' had a secondary mutation before secondary mutations were cool. Apart from (originally) manifesting people's worst fears holographically, she could communicate on a low-level with animals; basically furry creatures automatically liked her. Sub-bonus in that she soon joins the team with Rahne, a mutant who can shapeshift into a wolf, so when Rahne transforms, they can communicate over long distances.

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* Danielle Moonstar from the Creator/MarvelComics ''ComicBook/NewMutants'' had a secondary mutation before secondary mutations were cool. Apart from (originally) manifesting people's worst fears holographically, she could communicate on a low-level low level with animals; basically furry creatures automatically liked her. Sub-bonus in that she soon joins the team with Rahne, a mutant who can shapeshift into a wolf, so when Rahne transforms, they can communicate over long distances.



* Parodied in ''Comicstrip/TheFarSide'' with a scientist that invents a dog translator. Immediately he discovers that "woof! woof! woof!" means "eh! eh! eh!"

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* Parodied in ''Comicstrip/TheFarSide'' with a scientist that invents a dog translator. Immediately he discovers that "woof! woof! woof!" means "eh! eh! eh!""hey! hey! hey!"



** The modern version can still do this to an extent, but instead of controlling or communicating, she can just summon birds, similar to Franchise/{{Batman}}'s Ultrasonic Bat Signal in 'ComicBook/BatmanYearOne''.

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** The modern version can still do this to an extent, but instead of controlling or communicating, she can just summon birds, similar to Franchise/{{Batman}}'s Ultrasonic Bat Signal in 'ComicBook/BatmanYearOne''.''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne''.



* The Horsewoman in ''ComicBook/DemonKnights'' can communicate with horses through a force in the blood that binds all animals together (ie [[ComicBook/AnimalMan The Red]]).

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* The Horsewoman in ''ComicBook/DemonKnights'' can communicate with horses through a force in the blood that binds all animals together (ie (i.e. [[ComicBook/AnimalMan The Red]]).
4th Apr '17 1:06:21 PM margdean56
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The ability to talk to animals is also a common superpower. In the early days, it was fairly common, but due to the perceived lameness of Aquaman-style "talking to fish", it's now most often given to the SuperTeam's WackyGuy or PluckyComicRelief as a sort of [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway joke power]]. It's more useful when you can [[TheBeastmaster command the animals you communicate with]]; sometimes, the communication part is left out, and they can only really command animals to do things, rather than actually converse with them. This tends to avoid the problems mentioned above, in that you might be able to assume the animals are simply being compelled to carry out the commands by whatever magic or AppliedPhlebotinum gave the character the powers in the first place.[[HeartIsAnAwesomePower Sometimes a character can make both work for them.]]

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The ability to talk to animals is also a common superpower. In the early days, it was fairly common, but due to the perceived lameness of Aquaman-style "talking to fish", it's now most often given to the SuperTeam's WackyGuy or PluckyComicRelief as a sort of [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway joke power]]. It's more useful when you can [[TheBeastmaster command the animals you communicate with]]; sometimes, the communication part is left out, and they can only really command animals to do things, rather than actually converse with them. This tends to avoid the problems mentioned above, in that you might be able to assume the animals are simply being compelled to carry out the commands by whatever magic or AppliedPhlebotinum gave the character the powers in the first place. [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower Sometimes a character can make both work for them.]]
4th Apr '17 1:05:57 PM margdean56
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It seems as if the presence of someone who speaks Animal heightens an animal's intelligence. They will verbally express an understanding of human actions that the animal's own actions up to then gave no indication.

The ability to talk to animals is also a common superpower. In the early days, it was fairly common, but due to the perceived lameness of Aquaman-style "talking to fish", it's now most often given to the SuperTeam's WackyGuy or PluckyComicRelief as a sort of [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway joke power]]. It's more useful when you can [[TheBeastmaster command the animals you communicate with]]; sometimes, the communication part is left out, and they can only really command animals to do things, rather than actually converse with them. This tends to avoid the problems mentioned above, in that you might be able to assume the animals are simply being compelled to do the commands by whatever magic or AppliedPhlebotinum gave the character the powers in the first place.[[HeartIsAnAwesomePower Sometimes a character can make both work for them.]]

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It seems as if the presence of someone who speaks Animal heightens an animal's intelligence. They will verbally express an understanding of human actions that the animal's own actions up to then gave no indication.

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The ability to talk to animals is also a common superpower. In the early days, it was fairly common, but due to the perceived lameness of Aquaman-style "talking to fish", it's now most often given to the SuperTeam's WackyGuy or PluckyComicRelief as a sort of [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway joke power]]. It's more useful when you can [[TheBeastmaster command the animals you communicate with]]; sometimes, the communication part is left out, and they can only really command animals to do things, rather than actually converse with them. This tends to avoid the problems mentioned above, in that you might be able to assume the animals are simply being compelled to do carry out the commands by whatever magic or AppliedPhlebotinum gave the character the powers in the first place.[[HeartIsAnAwesomePower Sometimes a character can make both work for them.]]
5th Mar '17 10:44:56 AM nombretomado
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* Danielle Moonstar from the MarvelComics ''ComicBook/NewMutants'' had a secondary mutation before secondary mutations were cool. Apart from (originally) manifesting people's worst fears holographically, she could communicate on a low-level with animals; basically furry creatures automatically liked her. Sub-bonus in that she soon joins the team with Rahne, a mutant who can shapeshift into a wolf, so when Rahne transforms, they can communicate over long distances.
* ComicBook/SquirrelGirl, also from MarvelComics, has the ability to talk to squirrels. Among other many vaguely defined talents. Oddly, the squirrels have the ability to talk with the reader. Apparently, she also believes that other animal themed super heroes have this ability as well. Cue her trying to get ''[[ComicBook/{{X23}} Wolverine]]'' to try to talk to a wolverine.

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* Danielle Moonstar from the MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics ''ComicBook/NewMutants'' had a secondary mutation before secondary mutations were cool. Apart from (originally) manifesting people's worst fears holographically, she could communicate on a low-level with animals; basically furry creatures automatically liked her. Sub-bonus in that she soon joins the team with Rahne, a mutant who can shapeshift into a wolf, so when Rahne transforms, they can communicate over long distances.
* ComicBook/SquirrelGirl, also from MarvelComics, Creator/MarvelComics, has the ability to talk to squirrels. Among other many vaguely defined talents. Oddly, the squirrels have the ability to talk with the reader. Apparently, she also believes that other animal themed super heroes have this ability as well. Cue her trying to get ''[[ComicBook/{{X23}} Wolverine]]'' to try to talk to a wolverine.
4th Mar '17 11:30:33 AM nombretomado
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* Subverted on a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch called "Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals". It's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin; MarkWahlberg talks to animals. [[ThisIsReality They don't talk back]].

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* Subverted on a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch called "Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals". It's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin; MarkWahlberg Creator/MarkWahlberg talks to animals. [[ThisIsReality They don't talk back]].
28th Feb '17 7:16:23 PM PaulA
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* In ''[[Literature/GrandCentralArena Spheres of Influence]]'', [[spoiler:Son Wu Kung]] shows the ability to speak with just about any animal in the Nexus and environs.

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* In ''[[Literature/GrandCentralArena Spheres of Influence]]'', ''Literature/SpheresOfInfluence'', [[spoiler:Son Wu Kung]] shows the ability to speak with just about any animal in the Nexus and environs.
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