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[[caption-width-right:250:Like all good crimefighters, Hawkman regularly talks with his network of [[IncrediblyLamePun stool pigeons]]]]

->''"Are fish really worth talking to? Our genius scientists taught a gorilla sign language, and do you know what we learned? 'Banana is pretty! Banana make gorilla happy!'"''
-->-- '''[[http://www.seanbaby.com/superfriends/aquamanb.htm Seanbaby]]''', on ''Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}''

A character is able to talk to animals.

In the prototypical version, which usually ends up being the main character and the focus of the show, this means having full-on conversations with them, rendered in English via the TranslationConvention. Most of the time we will, at some point, be shown the TranslationConvention explicitly by showing the character making, say, squirrel sounds back and forth with a squirrel. Oddly, he or she can also converse verbally with animals that don't use vocal communication at all.

Note that this makes every animal in the world qualify as a SpeechImpairedAnimal of sorts, since they're all at least intelligent enough to use a language. This makes carnivorousness [[CarnivoreConfusion morally sketchy]] for both animals and humans. [[ElephantInTheLivingRoom Don't expect this to be addressed one bit.]] (Imagine what would happen if one of these characters ended up in a slaughterhouse!) Not only can someone who speaks Animal talk to every kind of animal, but every kind of animal usually seems to speak the same AnimalTalk too.

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.]]

Speaking of which, unrelated shows with lots of magic or AppliedPhlebotinum running around can sometimes result in a device that can replicate these kinds of effects for a one episode story.

This is Level 5 on the SlidingScaleOfAnimalCommunication.

Don't confuse this ability with TalkingAnimal, which is when an animal can speak a human language. Also, note that if you [[{{Animorphism}} shapeshift into an animal]] or a BeastMan, you'll usually learn how to speak AnimalTalk too. See also AnimalEyeSpy, where the character can see through the eyes of an animal. Compare SuddenlyFluentInGibberish which is an ability to speak gibberish or some other made up language.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In the badass commanding-animals-in-battle category, Shido Fuyuki of ''GetBackers''. The manga goes into a little more detail: apparently, any member of the Maryuudo (i.e., Amon Natsuki, who was asked to help rescue Madoka by monkeys) can talk to animals, but it is Shido's tribe, the Shiki, that has the ability to awaken the animals' ability to think and act on the level of humans. There's also the Maryuudo's mortal enemies, the Kiryuudo, who communicate with and command bugs.
* Belldandy in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' even makes sure to use [[JapaneseHonorifics polite honorifics]] when talking to animals. Or to some [[HauntedTechnology inanimate objects]].
* Chopper from ''OnePiece''. Not only is he able to talk to just reindeer, he can talk to other animals as well. Although he is a reindeer himself, he is qualified because he had eaten a devil's fruit which allows him to become semi human.
** [[{{Filler}} Apis]] would also qualify.
** Mermaids can naturally talk to fish, and Jinbe also displays this ability (remarked to be unusual for a fishman).
* In one episode of the original ''Anime/AstroBoy'', a naturalist develops a machine that can control animals using ultrasonic waves to affect their brains. He uses it in an attempt to stop a land developer from destroying a forest, first by attempting to assassinate the construction company's executives & their families with things like attack dogs & raging bulls, & when that fails, using hordes of every animal imaginable to overrun the city, before he is killed by the title character ([[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope don't feel too bad, he was about to throw a bomb into a room full of hostages]]). In later versions of the series, Astro's little sister, Uran has the ability to communicate with animals, presumably based on the same technology, which she uses at one point to convince fellow Tezuka manga star Leo/Kimba the White Lion not to eat a terrified schoolboy.
* Prince Cab in ''TransformersSuperGodMasterforce''.
* ''FreshPrettyCure'' has Inori gaining the ability to talk to animals (and Chiffon, even thought she doesn't really qualifies as an animal) during her power-up episode.
* Panda's owner, Mimi, in ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}''. In fact, she's the ''only'' human able to talk to the Ham-Hams and understand their speech.
** Though in some instances during Laura's diary entries, it seems almost as if Laura and Hamtaro can communicate telepathically, as sometimes Hamtaro mentally responds to what Laura is thinking as she writes her diary, and Hamtaro explicitly states that he can't read.
* In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', apparently Sousuke has a great affinity to animals. Putting together numerous different canons (the LightNovels, manga, anime, etc.), it would appear that he can communicate and has some understanding when they speak. In the manga, there's the instance where he takes care of "Mousuke," a highly intelligent little mouse that [[FriendToAllLivingThings is extremely attached to him]]. He's later shown having a conversation with Mousuke, which Kaname witnesses. She's very bewildered and unnerved that Sousuke is... talking to a mouse. In the novels, Sousuke is also shown to be able to communicate with Shiro ("Whitey"), a white tiger that he grew up with. He can understand Shiro's growls and even translate them to Kaname. And in the anime, while Sousuke is disguised as Bonta-kun, he's able to communicate with the disturbing Pony man (who only says "pony pony pony" while wearing his mask) which no one else seems to be able to understand.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DotAndTheKangaroo'' and its sequels, Dot can talk to animals when she eats a special root called "the fruit of understanding."
* Miyabi "Professor" Oomichi of ''GAGeijutsukaArtDesignClass'' appeared to be able to communicate with the chickens on the campus.
* Since it's necessary to resolve his curse, and came about ''because'' of the curse, Junpei, the protagonist of ''NyanKoi!'', can understand cats. The cats can understand him too.
* [[FriendToAllLivingThings Harima]] from ''SchoolRumble''.
* {{Yaiba}} is apparently able to speak with tigers, gorillas, vultures and owls.
* Alice/Mokuren in ''PleaseSaveMyEarth'' was a "Kiches Sarjalian," who had multiple powers, including the ability to speak telepathically with animals.
* Tadayasu Sawaki, the main character of ''{{Moyashimon}}'' can communicate with bacteria, yeasts, and other microorganisms, in addition to being able to see them with the naked eye.
* ''PokemonSpecial''. Being blessed by the Viridian Forest, both [[FriendToAllLivingThings Yellow]] and [[WellIntentionedExtremist Lance]] can read the minds and hearts of Pokémon through telepathy.
** Also, Dr. Footprint can accurately tell what a Pokémon is thinking by simply looking at its footprints alone, like when a Staravia was about to drop him and when a Drapion wanted to be free of its JerkAss trainer.
** Interestingly enough, Special's version of N may be able to ''speak'' Pokémon, but not very ''fluently''. He may like to give devastating [[HannibalLecture Hannibal Lectures]] to people about why humans can never truly have relationships with Pokémon, but it ''is'' shown that his interpretations of a Pokémon's thoughts and feelings may not necessarily be correct.
** Iris from the anime can read the hearts of Dragon-types, though this ability triggers conveniently enough to be a DeusExMachina.
* Hibiki Ganaha of ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'' can talk to her pets.
* In ''Manga/AnimalLand'', humans like Tarouza can understand animals.
* In ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', Ichigo can converse with cats.
* Ao Nanami of ''Manga/YozakuraQuartet'' early on jokes about having an "intelligence network" after using her {{Telepathy}} to communicate with birds, though it doesn't come up much afterward.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* As mentioned above, Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} telepathically commands ''all'' aquatic life. Doesn't ask, telepathically commands. However, many of them are quite stupid. Shark: "This is a nice hole." When Aquaman rescues them from a tuna net: "Let us look at the hole some more."
* {{Hawkman}} can talk to birds. Given the kind of stick Aquaman's been given though, he keeps quiet about it these days.
** Comicbook/TheFalcon can talk to birds telepathically.
* ComicBook/AntMan's cybernetic helmet lets him talk to ants.
** Lampshaded in the classic ''SpiderMan'' story, "The Sinister Six"; at one point J. Jonah Jameson starts shouting at a spider in his office, thinking that Spider-Man can communicate with spiders the way Ant-Man communicates with ants. The rest of the Daily Bugle staff just look at him thinking that the old man has finally lost it.
** Also parodied in a recent ComicBook/MarvelAdventures Spider-Man story, in which Spider-Man forces a bank-robber to surrender by making hand gestures, announcing, "I'm summoning the spiders. I'm Spider-Man and you are making me mad. I'm summoning the spiders, they will come to my call. Hundreds of them, thousands, all of them at my command. ({{Beat}}) [[LargeHam Because I'm SPIDER-MAN!]]"
* Talking to animals is one of the lesser-known powers of WonderWoman, though this is [[DependingOnTheWriter sometimes]] just written as her being a FriendToAllLivingThings.
* ''{{Freshmen}}'' had Charles Levy, or The Green Thumb, who can talk to plants. The whole "eating things that can talk" thing is brought up, and since he's a vegetarian ol'Charles is up shit creek. And his ficus thinks he's cheating on her.
* Norbert Sykes, hero of ''ComicBook/TheBadger''.
* Danielle Moonstar from the MarvelComics ''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.
* 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.
* It was revealed in her spin-off comic that Gran'ma Ben (AKA Rose) from the ''{{Bone}}'' comics could speak to dogs.
* In the "Mork Whisperer" {{arc}} of ''StrontiumDog'', one of the {{bounty hunter}}s' targets turns out to be able to communicate flawlessly with any animal, particularly morks. He doesn't get along too well with humans.
* Parodied in ''Comicstrip/TheFarSide'' with a scientist that invents a dog translator. Immediately he discovers that "woof! woof! woof!" means "eh! eh! eh!"
* Buddy Baker aka ''Comicbook/AnimalMan'' can communicate with whatever animal species he's borrowing abilities from.
* Plant Elementals (i.e. Comicbook/BlackOrchid and Comicbook/SwampThing) can communicate with animals that are a large part of the forest's ecosystem.
* ''ComicBook/ExMachina'': Mitchell Hundred's "arch enemy" Jack Pherson had this power. It was not played for laughs at all.
* [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] ComicBook/BlackCanary could use her sonic powers to hypnotically control birds.
** 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''.
* [[DetectiveAnimal Detective Chimp]] actually gained the power to talk to all animals (along with significantly slowed aging) from the fountain of youth. He mostly communicates with Humans, though.
* The {{New 52}} version of [[OurBansheesAreLouder Silver Banshee]] can speak any verbal language, which she demonstrates by talking to doves.
* The Horsewoman in ''DemonKnights'' can communicate with horses through a force in the blood that binds all animals together (ie [[ComicBook/AnimalMan The Red]]).
* Tara Freemont from ''ComicBook/{{Femforce}}'' is a size-changing JunglePrincess who can communicate with animals.
* In a blatant example of FurryConfusion, the [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Donald Duck]] comic "Making Waves" involves Donald gaining the ability to communicate with non-anthropomorphic birds.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Fauna in Roleplay/DCNation has this as one of her powers, and was a bit surprised when she found out Beast Boy didn't. Unlike her {{Shapeshifting}} and [[TheBeastmaster Beastmaster]] abilities, she is completely comfortable using it.
* ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' actually does address the issues surrounding the CarnivoreConfusion that may occur once communication with animals is introduced: Harry, after discovering that he can talk to snakes, becomes a vegetarian, from the fear that all animals may have the level of sapience that snakes seem to have when they are spoken to.
* Assassin/zoologist Johanna Smith-Rhodes in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fic ''Fanfic/NatureStudies''. At least, with the Great Apes. it comes of knowing the Librarian.

* ''Fanfic/ANewChanceSeries'': The fan-series diverges from the canon Pokemon universe after [[PokemonHeroes movie 5]]. Ash, through a soul-bounding technique, ends up saving the life of Latios, and as side effect gains the power to understand Pokemon, to his joy. [[spoiler: And according to Ho-oh, it won't be the only side effect.]]
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon:
** Kronk from ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' can talk to little woodland creatures, thanks to his Junior Chipmunk training.
** Disney's ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' has conversations with her mice friends, although this may be the mice speaking human.
** All the Merfolk from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' can communicate with sea creatures. Melody, Ariel's daughter later inherits this trait. Deconstructed, her powers alienate her [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer peers,]] because they think she's a freak.
** ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' speaks fluent animal (he even ''teaches'' it to other human characters). However, for all his skill there are some animals who just aren't interested in talking. Like Sabor.
** Mama Odie from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''. Strangely, her pet snake does not speak.
** Mowgli from ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' actually gained the ability to talk to animals (such as Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther) because of the fact that he was raised by them and understands what they're saying.
** Penny and Cody in ''Disney/TheRescuers'' movies. Adults don't appear to be able to understand animals, though neither character is seen interacting with other children in their respective movies.
* Anne-Marie from ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven''. In this movie animals can only talk to members of their own species, which is really what makes Anne-Marie's gift special outside of the traditional talking-to-animals cliche in many talking animal movies for children.
* Ro in ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAsTheIslandPrincess'', including growing up on an island with an elephant, peacock, and red raccoon.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Gordy}}'', it is said that anyone can understand animals if they took the time to listen. Although only the two leading kids are able to understand him, only having five seconds of silence with the pig.
* ''Film/DoctorDolittle'', the 1967 film musical based on the Literature/DoctorDolittle novels. As in the novels, Doctor Dolittle learns how to speak with the animals from his talking parrot. A Translation Convention is not used; conversations are shown taking place in gestures and animal noises, with Dolittle translating the important parts into English for the benefit of his human companions. The meat problem is mentioned: Dolittle explains that he is now a vegetarian because he doesn't like to make a habit of eating his friends, but he doesn't require the same discipline from his human friends.
* ''Film/DrDolittle'', the 1998 film starring EddieMurphy distantly inspired by the Literature/DoctorDolittle books. In this version, Dolittle is a surgeon in modern-day America, and his ability to speak with animals is an innate gift, which his daughter inherits.
* A brief scene in ''Film/KPax'' has Prot engage in a "conversation" with Dr. Powell's dog and "translate" it for everyone. Of course, like all things in the movie, it's hard to tell if he really can or if he's just crazy.
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[[folder:Folklore and Fairy Tales]]
* Shows up in tons of folk and {{Fairy Tale}}s.
** A boy learns to talk to dogs, frogs, and birds, representing [[ElementalPowers three elements]] or states of matter (earth, water, air).
** A man saves a snake who counsels him to ask for this power as his reward from her father. Only drawback is he can't tell anyone about it, or he'll die. His wife bugs him over a related issue that he finally decides to tell her, but then a passing rooster makes him reconsider and order her to just stop asking. (Well, the original involved him ''beating'' her until she stopped, but....)
** Talking with animals is sometimes an unremarkable power, that is, the rather simple hero saves some ants or bees and they say "We'll never forget this!" and come back to help him in the second half of the tale, but his ability to understand this and to later ask them for help is never explained.
** Often leads to treasure. E.g., the boy with the power hears birds talking about how treasure is buried beneath the tree but the humans are too stupid to look.
** In one odd example, a man who gains the ability to talk to all animals talks to two hungry ravens...and kills his horse so they'll have something to eat. Apparently he didn't stop to ask the horse's opinion of this.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The ''Literature/DoctorDolittle'' series of children's books, whose Doctor Dolittle learned how to speak with the animals from his talking parrot. It's an actual plot point that animals have ''different'' languages, and just because you can speak to dogs doesn't mean you can speak to, say, crayfish. Dolittle puts lot of effort into learning more languages. It is also established that any human who makes the effort ''could'' learn animal tongues.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' gained the power to talk to snakes the first time BigBad Voldemort tried to kill him. Parselmouths are people who can talk to snakes by hissing at them. When a snake talks to a Parselmouth, they hear the hissing as if it were in their native language.
** Both Ron and Dumbledore use this ability in nice subversions. In the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows last book]], Ron manages to open the Chamber of Secrets by remembering the Parseltongue phrase that ''Harry'' had spoken previously, while in the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince sixth book]], Dumbledore is implied to have learnt to understand spoken Parseltongue, but is not capable of actually speaking it.
* In ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'', people with the Sha-Dar ability can communicate telepathically with horses. The Disciples of Aldur (and it is implied anybody else who commands [[MagicAIsMagicA the Will and the Word]])can also speak with animals, usually ones whose forms they have taken before. Polgara can speak with all birds and Belgarath and Belgarion can fluently speak Wolf. Even Belgarion's son, Geran, learns how to speak Wolf while he's still a toddler.
* 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.
* In ''Literature/TheSeaOfTrolls'', Jil is exposed to dragon blood, the magic of which allows her to understand birds. It is not clear whether she can speak back to them, however. Also, this turns out [[BlessedWithSuck to suck]] because the birds never have anything worthwhile to say and '''[[MostAnnoyingSound won't shut up.]]'''
* In the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series, wizards can communicate with animals because the Speech, the LanguageOfMagic, is sort of the proto-language which all things and creatures can understand. Plus, depending on a wizard's specialty, this can be taken further: Nita, who specializes in living things, can converse with microbes, while Kit, who specializes in inanimate objects, can commune with rocks and TV remote controls.
* In Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'', drinking dragon's blood gives the ability to understand the speech of animals. Subverted in that many animals lack human intelligence, so they don't say much besides "Run!" or "Hey! Hey! Hey hey! Hey!"
* In ''Literature/TheHobbit'', Bard can understand the language of the thrush and therefore knows where a dragon had his one small vulnerability.
** Beorn can also talk with many animals.
** Radagast, The Brown Wizard.
** [[Literature/TheSilmarillion Celegorm]], son of Fűanor.
* In Piers Anthony's ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' novels, Dor has the power to communicate with ''inanimate objects.'' It is expressly stated that it is his magic that "animates" them. Almost all Xanth humans are born with a magical Talent, but Dor's is impressive enough that he is classed as a "Magician," and presumptive heir to the throne, which is always occupied by a Magician.
** The counterpoint to Dor is Grundy the Golem who can speak to any living thing (including plants). Unlike Dor, his talent is not considered Magician caliber due to the fact that anyone who tried hard enough could theoretically learn the language of any living thing. The trope is somewhat justified here due to the magic of Xanth making every living thing at least somewhat intelligent.
*** In fact, at one point after the Sea Hag captures him, he even teaches a ''beetle'' a few sentences of dragon language so it can pass on a message for him.
* ''TheChroniclesOfAncientDarkness'': Torak. Only with wolves, ravens, and bears though.
* In ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'', after Arthur Dent learns how to fly, he also teaches himself the language of birds. This turns out to be a mistake, since all they talk about is nuts, bugs, sex and power-to-lift ratios. This means he's constantly surrounded by their inane chatter, but he ignores them as much as possible.
** 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.
* Creator/TamoraPierce's ''[[Literature/TortallUniverse Immortals]]'' quartet is based around the principle of the heroine being able to speak to animals. Later she can even turn into them. At one point she even addresses the meat-eating dilemma, saying that after being hunted in both deer and goose form, she was down to only being able to eat chicken, mutton, and fish.
* Grizzly of the ''SeekersOfTruth'' can communicate with animals to a degree, but animals generally don't have much to say, boiling down to "Hey, get off my branch!", "Come have sex with me!", or "Holy crap, what was that?". He usually uses this to get large, angry animals to leave hikers alone. (Of course, that's not to say that talking to animals doesn't occasionally come in [[PlotTailoredToTheParty very, very handy]].)
* In ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' Grover, a Satyr, can speak to all animals and Percy can speak to horses, zebras and hippocampi, as horses (and their counterparts) were created by his father, Poseidon.
** Percy can also speak to sea creatures. Pretty self explanatory.
* In ''Spindle's End'', a "Literature/SleepingBeauty" retelling by RobinMcKinley, this is the last of the 21 blessings bestowed by fairy godmothers on the princess on her christening day.
* In ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' it's stated that the Fairy gift of tongues extends at least to dogs (and it is implied to some other animals). Confirmed in ''The Time Paradox'', where Holly can not only talk to all of the animals in a zoo, she can talk to all of them at once.
* 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.
* Nakata from HarukiMurakami's KafkaOnTheShore uses his ability to understand cats to find people's lost pets.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' story "Beyond the Black River", some men can talk to some animals, "Only such as remember Jhebbal Sag." Fortunately for Conan and Balthus, as one of them can command such animals to attack the two of them.
* In ''Literature/MosesManOfTheMountain'', after reading the book at Koptos Moses knows, among other things, "the language of the birds of the air, the creatures that people the deep and what the beasts of the wild all said". However, he's never seen using this power until the very end of his life.
* In ''The Girl with the Silver Eyes'' by Willo Davis Roberts, Katie Welker can speak to and understand (telepathically) cats and dogs, among other powers.
* In ShannonHale's ''Literature/BooksOfBayern'' series, people born with various gifts can gain ElementalPowers by learning the languages of the elements. Those who learn the "languages" of animals, trees, and [[MindControl people]] can control those things too. Animal-speaking is really only used in the first book, ''The Goose Girl'', whose protagonist can talk to birds.
* In ''Literature/TheShadowSpeaker'', Ejii discovers she can talk to animals and read their minds when she hears the thought of a cat eating a dead animal.
* In the ''Lionboy'' series Charlie can converse with cats after an accident when he was young, which involved getting scratched by a leopard cub.
* 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.
* One of Cheri's powers, alongside superhuman math skills. It comes in handy for ''Literature/TheUltraViolets'' numerous times.
* John Stretch from the ''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.
* In the ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series, many fairies can do this, and are good friends with animals.
* 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.
* Katie, in ''Literature/TheGirlWithTheSilverEyes'', can talk to animals. She's also [[MindOverMatter telekinetic]].
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* During his first interview on ''Series/TheColbertReport'', Creator/ShermanAlexie and StephenColbert were joking around about this idea when talking about weird misconceptions that people have about Native Americans.
--> '''Colbert:''' [[MagicalNativeAmerican So you don't have any magical powers]]? You can't talk to animals?
--> '''Alexie:''' No, I can't talk to animals. I don't have any Dr. Doolittle abilities.
--> '''Colbert:''' Pocohontas could talk to animals [[{{Disney/Pocahontas}} in that one movie]].
--> '''Alexie:''' Well, she could talk to Creator/MelGibson. [[TakeThat I guess he's kind of an animal]].
* Heavily subverted in an episode of ''EerieIndiana'', in which a kid's braces give him the ability to talk to animals... [[spoiler:and he finds out [[ParanoiaFuel they are planning a full-scale]] [[GaiasVengeance takeover of the Earth]] and will probably kill him for knowing too much.]]
* The title character from ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr'' regularly has conversations with his horse Comet, who doesn't know he's a horse.
* Vince Noir from ''TheMightyBoosh'' has this ability in the first series. His companion Howard Moon feels that it's wasted on him because he only uses the gift to talk about how much he admires Gary Numan.
* The Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho'' speaks all languages, including those of animals. He talked to a cow in one comic, and convinced a cat to investigate a strange room for him in ''The Lodger'', as no one would notice it and he could understand its meows.
** There's also a RunningGag in which the Doctor [[BabyLanguage speaks baby]]...and no one believes him.
** He speaks Horse as well, and stands up for a transgender horse in the Old West.
** He's never been shown to get any useful or verifiable information this way, so this may just be ConfusionFu.
* Spock from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' can communicate through Vulcan telepathy with many beings that would count as being basically animals. In ''Film/{{Star Trek IV|The Voyage Home}}'', he actually mind-melded with Earth whales and deemed them most intelligent.
* Subverted on a ''SaturdayNightLive'' sketch called "Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals". It's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin; MarkWahlberg talks to animals. [[ThisIsReality They don't talk back]].
* Shiro Akebono (Battle Kenya) in the ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series, ''Series/BattleFeverJ'' is a wild child that can talk to animals.
** Later on, [[NamesTheSame another Shiro]] ([[Series/ChoudenshiBioman Red One]]) is also able to talk to animals as part of his power.
** Kakeru Shishi/Gao Red from ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'' can talk to animals as well as being an actual vetenarian. He tried to have a similar talk to Orgs... which failed and shocked him.
*** His ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' counterpart Cole can also do this (Which is slightly more justified by the fact he was raised in the jungle.)
* George Sunday in ''MyHero'' uses a device called the Interspecies Interpereter in Series 3 #3 which allows him to talk to animals (except dung beetles, as George says "why would you want to, they live in dung"), specifically his in-laws' dog.
** It returns in Series 6 #3 where George in his new persona, George Monday, uses it on the in-laws' cat to find out why Janet gives it so much attention.
* River Tam in {{Firefly}} once speaks to a cow. It's unclear whether she was utilizing her PsychicPowers or just being her typical CloudCuckooLander self.
* In ''{{Misfits}}'', Kelly's telepathy allows her to read the mind of anyone, including animals. She learns some disturbing things about what her dog gets up to when she's not at home.
* Snow White in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is able to translate a crow's caws into English.
* The titular character of ''MarvinMarvin''.
* Tootie can talk to penguins in the ''TheFairlyOddParents'' live action special "A Fairly Odd Christmas".
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Dog Dean Afternoon", as the only witness to a murder is a dog, Dean takes a potion that lets him temporarily understand animals.
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* In the Germanic myth of the Nibelungs (later adapted into a series of operas by Creator/RichardWagner), the hero Sigurd gains the ability to talk to birds.
* Melampus, in a [[GreekMythology Greek myth]] OlderThanFeudalism, raised a pair of baby snakes in his youth after their mother was killed. The grateful serpents repaid him by giving him the power to understand animal speech. He eventually earned a kingdom and a wife with it.
* King Solomon allegedly had this ability, though some interpretations suggest that he just knew a lot about animal behavior and could figure out details about his environment not evident to humans by paying attention to them.
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* The TabletopRPG ''VampireTheRequiem'' allows vampires to learn how to speak with animals, summon them, control them and eventually take over their bodies. Many use the lower-level power to get food. "Here, kitty, kitty."
* In ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', the Contract of Fang and Talon has this as the basic ability. A changeling needs to learn each sort of animal language separately.
** The Animalism disclipine was carried over from ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', where it was mainly used by the Gangrel and Nosferatu clans.
* In ''[[SeventhSea 7th Sea]]'', those who possess a certain type of shape-shifting sorcery can talk to animals as well, with the catches being the farther away the sorcerer is from their home land or the more domesticated the animal is, the harder it is to communicate with it.
* Gnomes possess this as a racial ability in ''DungeonsAndDragons'', and both druids and rangers gain access to similar abilities through spells.
** Xvarts (aka svarts or xivorts), a race of blue-skinned little humanoids, can speak with bats and rats in some editions of the game. 4th Edition explicitly makes them {{Evil Counterpart}}s of gnomes.
* The Speak with Animals and Speak with Plants advantages in ''{{GURPS}}'' do [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what they say]] with the caveat that some animals are barely sentient and most plants don't experience the world in a way remotely similar to us.
* The superheroine Lynx in the ''GURPSSupers'' supplement ''Supertemps''. She's a FriendToAllLivingThings as well,
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* The [[MaskOfPower Great Mask Of]] [[TranslatorMicrobes Translation]] in ''{{Bionicle}}'' allows the wearer this power, on top of its Noble Mask counterpart's writing-translation abilities. Several characters have also mastered [[AnimalTalk Bird Talk.]]
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Guy (or [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Gus]]) from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' can talk to beavers. If he can talk to other animals, it isn't said.
* Krile from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' is fluent in moogle and speaks some chocobo, although these two creatures are more intelligent than regular animals.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'', there is a woodsman who can talk to animals. You recruit him at one point to help with a village where animals seem to run things... and then he reveals that he can't talk to ''these'' animals because they're [[BalefulPolymorph people who were turned into animals]]. He ''can'', however, speak to the humans in the village, because they're transmogrified animals.
* Luke from ''ProfessorLayton'' can talk to animals (though in the first game the translation merely makes him a FriendToAllLivingThings). In the second game, he gets the idea to talk with a group of cows (who moo while he makes rather polite conversation) to find out which two of them were swapped with one another. Layton, who has consistently been shown throughout the first game as the sensible one, wonders why he hadn't thought of that himself.
* Your character in ''VideoGame/MySims Agents'' seems to be able to understand what dogs and wolves say, and they can understand your [[SpeakingSimlish simlish]].
* [[CheerfulChild Nami Kamishiro]] from ''LuxPain'' has the power to talk to animals. This is a plot point in the story as she's able to tell that Atsuki has PsychicPowers when she's first introduced and she's able to figure out who the serial killer is. She's also able to tell that [[spoiler: the person that killed Mako]] was not the serial killer and can determine when bad things are going to happen. Near the end of the game during the witch hunt, [[spoiler: when Melody is killed by Graham]]l, she reveals that she can control the animals around her because of her powers. As [[spoiler: Graham]] comments, "I'm going to have to fight mother nature, am I?" [[spoiler: Her powers are not enough to stop Graham and he easily defeats her.]]
* N from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' can communicate with Pokémon. [[spoiler: He came to have this power when his father abandoned him with injured Pokémon.]]
** The aforementioned Dr. Footprint from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' debuted in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'', where he tells you what your Pokémon is thinking based on its footprints. [[FridgeLogic Even if they don't have feet.]]
** A little girl in the Battle Frontier in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Emerald]]'' could translate Pokémon dialogue directly to help you find out their happiness level, though she put it into little kid terms (i.e. using the word "ouchies" for injuries and wounds).
* The protagonist from ''MajinAndTheForsakenKingdom'' can talk to animals (and by extension the majin). Most of the [=NPCs=] are rats and birds.
* Minsc the ranger from the ''BaldursGate'' series has frequent conversations with his miniature giant space hamster Boo. While it's more than likely that he's just a little crazy, a talking miniaturized space hamster wouldn't be the weirdest thing in the setting.
* Ness from ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' can communicate (possibly telepathically) with pretty much any animal that's not in the middle of trying to kill him. In general, they're about as helpful as human [=NPCs=].
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', Link gains the ability to talk to animals when he shapeshifts into a wolf.
* In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestV'', the wizard Crispin gives Graham a piece of magical white snake to eat, which allows him to communicate with the animals he comes across. Less understandable is how said animals know that he'll understand them.
** In [[VideoGame/KingsQuestIII the third game]], a certain spell Alexander can cast allows him to understand animals, though not to actually speak back to them.
* ''SoulBlazer'': The hero can talk to animals and also plants; the rest of the humans can't.
* In ''{{Terranigma}}'', the hero can talk to animals as well as plants [[spoiler:at first, but loses this ability after humans are revived]].
* In {{Persona 3}}, Aigis can understand the thoughts of the team dog Koromaru. This leads to Kormaru having input in the team's discussions. She's kind of a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] though: While she can translate what he's thinking, she cannot actually talk to him because "canines do not have their own language."
* In ''TheSims 2: Seasons'', any sim with a gold gardening talent badge (including all plant sims) can speak with plants. This fulfills the need for social interaction (and the plant sim's "love" need).
* In ''VideoGame/ShiningWisdom'' once you find the Whisper Conch you can talk to animals...and [[WiseTree Trents]].
* In the ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' series, NPC animals have coherent thoughts for Mind Read-capable Adepts. So do [[BalefulPolymorph certain trees]]. In ''The Lost Age'', Felix and friends can conduct an entire trading sidequest with a series of animals this way to unlock a BonusDungeon.
* Franklin can do this in ''GrandTheftAutoV'', being able to understand what some animals are saying. [[LampshadeHanging Even he thinks this is weird]].
* Henry from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' can understand not just animals, but anything sentient. Including plants.
* In ''Emberwing: Lost Legacy'' people who can speak to dragons, a rare ability, are known as Emberwings.
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* Grace, and by extension the other chimeras, in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' can talk to animals (squirrels at least). At one point, Tedd used her as a negotiator with the squirrels on his lawn.
** Raven later has Grace talk to his cat as a test of her claimed abilities.
* Krosp of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is a cat created with opposable thumbs, human intelligence, human speech, and the ability to command cats. Unfortunately, cats are idiots, and even if they can understand his commands, they tend to [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny get distracted three seconds later]].
* Paz, the unlucky girl from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', can talk to animals. We've only seen her talk to a mouse so far. Turns out, mice don't have a lot of important things to say.
--> '''Mouse:''' Yes, yes! I see! I see, I see! Oh yes, I see!
-->I'm a mouse!
* Gail [[PowerIncontinence temporarily]] has this power in ''WhenSheWasBad''.
* [[RulesLawyer Nelson]] from FullFrontalNerdity, as is his wont, figures out a way to [[http://ffn.nodwick.com/?p=992 powergame this]].
--> '''Nelson:''' A hundred squirrels acting in concert could bring down our nation's power grid.
* In ''Webcomic/SpareKeysForStrangeDoors'', this is one of Andrew Cole's abilities.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Several characters in the WhateleyUniverse, including Avatars of some animal spirits, like Aquerna (who can talk to squirrels and order them around) or Arachne (who can talk to spiders but spiders don't make really good spies because they're not very smart).
** And we've now seen the TranslationConvention: Aquerna talks to the squirrels and ''vice versa'' in what seems like English to her, but everyone else hears freaky squirrel noises.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* From ''CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'', Ma-ti, with the power of [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway heart]].
* Ron from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', most often with Rufus. He has also shown that he can communicate very well with other animals: Chippy, Roachie, and Professor Dementor's giant dogs, to name a few.
* Bubbles from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' can speak to animals. In one episode in which this would have been exceptionally useful, she loses her voice due to a bee stinging her throat.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that Bubbles' particular power is the ability to speak ''any'' language.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', the Tongue of Saiping lets the user speak with and command animals.
* Dexter of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' wanted to speak with a dog; constructed a translator device and learned that the dog was saying: 'Hey! Hey! I'm a dog! Look! Look, it's a thing! Over here! A dog!' -and so on.
* In the ''JimmyNeutron'' episode "Raise the Oozy Scab" Jimmy has a device that allows him to speak to fish, which he hopes to use to ask for directions to a sunken treasure. It fails, as the fish just want to talk gossip. Later, when the sub is attacked by a giant squid, Jimmy modifies the device to be able to speak squid and convince it to let them go.
* Communication with animals was one of the abilities given to ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower.'' For some reason it wasn't frequently in evidence on the show.
* Eliza Thornberry, in ''TheWildThornberrys''.
* Several instances involving Bender in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** In the episode "The Birdbot of Alcatraz", Bender suffers an accident that causes him to reboot, and automatically goes into "Penguin mode" due to penguins being the first thing he sees upon reactivating. Interestingly enough, after he later returns to his default "human" mode, he appears to retain the ability to speak Penguin, encouraging them (in their own language) to attack the people trying to hunt them. Whether or not he can perform all this with other animals is unknown, but it seems entirely possible.
** In "The Sting" Bender is given a bee language cartridge to allow him to communicate with the space bees. So he's likely able to communicate with any animals with the right software.
* In his appearances in ''JusticeLeague'', Aquaman's ability to command the creatures of the sea is again referenced, and since this is [[AdaptationDistillation the DCAU]], he uses it to much more BadAss effect. Like dropping a killer whale on people and riding it into battle.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' TOS episode "Werewolf of the Timberland", the Indian named White Feather could speak to wolves and owls (and presumably other forest creatures).
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', baby Kate can talk to dogs and cats. To them, people speak pure gibberish.
** Indeed, a story in the program's thirteenth season confirms that, in fact, all babies can speak to animals. As they start to grow up, they gradually begin to lose this power.
* Fluttershy in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is able to talk to the animals she takes care of (though some scenes suggest that animals just naturally understand pony-speak, the same way Snoopy and Garfield understand humans) and can interpret the sounds they make as well.
** Also doubles as an ActorAllusion in "Hurricane Fluttershy", when Twilight Sparkle, voiced by Tara Strong (the voice actor for Bubbles), is chattered at by a squirrel, to which her response is "Do I LOOK like I speak squirrel?"
** ''MyLittlePonyG3'' has Pinkie Pie. She's ''usually'' not as reality-bendingly madcap as her FIM counterpart, but there are two exceptions: her 'squink' thinking procedure, her obsession with the color pink. How [[CatchPhrase positively pink]] is she? She was once able to command some pink fireflies to basically act as flashlights for the gang during their quest. When asked how she'd managed that, Pinkie Pie matter-of-factly answers, "I speak pink."
* Apparently Beast Boy from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' possesses this ability as he was able to communicate with a group of raptor-like dinosaurs while mimicing their form when they found themselves stuck in a LostWorld stuck in time. Subverted as the translation revealed they still intended to eat the team of heroes, culminating in a short skirmish.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Bolin speaks fire ferret to talk to [[TeamPet Pabu]]... or just chomps his teeth to indicate that Pabu should do the same to the rope.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer is shown on numerous occasions to be an extreme {{Omniglot}}. In one episode, where he joins the Naval Reserve and later is believed to have stolen a nuclear submarine, he meekly informs each aircraft-carrier surrounding him that "It's his first day" in their respective language, to hordes of laughter. This includes that of the ''SS Antartica'', crewed entirely by ''penguins''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Patrick can apparently communicate with birds in whistle language. Apparently, [[AchievementsInIgnorance he thinks he's just speaking Italian.]]
** Spongebob has been shown to communicate with Gary, and one episode confirms he can understand snail language.
* SantaClaus in the ''{{WesternAnimation/Frosty The Snowman}}'' cartoon ''speaks fluent rabbit''.
* Diego from ''DoraTheExplorer''. In his spinoff ''GoDiegoGo'' the animals talk as well, and it carried on to crossover episodes of its parent series ([[SuddenlyVoiced notably in Baby Jaguar's case]]).
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SheZow'' episode "[=SheSquatch=]", [=SheZow=] gains the power to understand and communicate with animals.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' could speak to the animals in the cartoon show, though Nat Smurf in both his adult and Smurfling incarnations was the primary conversant of the series, being a NatureLover.
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