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->'''Kronk''': Squeaky uh... squeak squeaker... squeaken.\\
'''Bucky''': ''*squirrel noises*'' [[note]][[RuleOfFunny Not actual squirrel noises]][[/note]]\\
'''Kronk''': Jaguars. No kidding. Brutal.

There are times when the heroes come across an alien or an animal whose help they need, but find themselves unable to communicate. Suddenly, TheDitz or the {{Cloudcuckoolander}} steps forward and starts talking with it and the other party responds. [[{{Handwave}} Somehow.]]

Suddenly Fluent In Gibberish refers to a character displaying the unexpected ability to communicate with somebody or something that should be impossible to speak to. The conversation is always done in gibberish, whether that includes beaver talk, Martian talk or anything similar. The skill comes without any prior {{Foreshadowing}} and is invariably PlayedForLaughs. When asked how they learned it, TheDitz will more often than not respond that they [[SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat always knew that]]. The other characters will usually be left aghast and try not to think how it makes sense.

SisterTrope to SuddenlyBilingual, which involves sudden fluency in an actual language. When a character has speaking to animals as a StockSuperPower, that's SpeaksFluentAnimal.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Bubbles' counterpart on ''Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ'' shocks her teammates when she starts talking to puppies while they're trailing Him.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[BunnyEarsLawyer Angie]] from ''ComicBook/PS238'' can somehow understand what [[TheUnintelligible Prospero]] is saying. Nobody knows how.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'': Kronk is versed in the languages of little woodland creatures, thanks to his [[strike: [[ScoutOut Boy Scout]]]] Junior Chipmunk training.
** The gag carries over to ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'', where the Kuzco Academy has lessons in squirrelese.
* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'': Dory claims to speak whale language. Marlin is less than impressed, until it gets them to Sydney. Dory also knows how to read English and Spanish.
* Sid in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge4ContinentalDrift'' converses with the non-speaking Hyrax via a stream of gibberish and pantomime.
-->'''Diego''': ''That'' they got?
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', Fix-It Felix Jr., despite being an 8-bit character, can speak [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4xdmpy3ESs Q*Bertese.]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext Don't ask.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheMeteorMan'': Speaking with animals turns out to be one of the meteor's powers, learned when casually asking the dog what he wanted to eat.
* In ''Film/{{Tooth}}'', at one point the main characters come across a mermaid and out of nowhere the sister is fluent in mermaid language, which consists entirely of glub sounds.
* Famously done in ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' where a passenger volunteers to translate for another passenger who only speaks "jive."
** The jive passenger is black, as you'd expect. The translator? A white grandma, played by Barbara Billingsley, aka the mother on ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''.

* The Librarian from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', who is an orangutan, only ever says "ook" and occasionally "eek". This ''should'' be incomprehensible, but some characters perfectly understand what he's saying. As time passes, more and more characters develop this comprehension, generally depending on how long they've known the Librarian.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Doctor can speak baby... or at least enough to tell Craig that his son Alfie prefers the name Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All. The Doctor can also understand it when baby [[spoiler:Melody Pond/River Song]] makes fun of his hair and bow tie. He also speaks ''Horse''.
* In ''Series/HappyDays'', Richie has an unexpectedly rough first day at work and he is so tired coming home that he can't speak coherently. Fortunately, Fonzie is fluent in Tired and provides translations.
* In ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}'', Quinn, the MadScientist {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, is very concerned about her pet alpaca, Otis, whom she left back home. Zoey arranges for Otis to come to school. Quinn makes alpaca noises at Otis, and Otis makes the noises back. Nicole says, "Quinn speaks alpaca?" Zoey's response: "Are you surprised?" (We later see Quinn and the animal playing chess.)
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': In the episode "TabletopGame/AdvancedDungeonsAndDragons" (the role-playing game episode) Abed, as Dungeon Master, speaks in the voice of NPC Kyle the Gnome. He only speaks Gnome, and Britta discovers from her CharacterSheet she's the only who can understand him, and must ask him the necessary question about acquiring a Pegasus -- which she doesn't because she gets sidetracked by gnomish civil rights. [[LampshadedTrope Lampshaded]] and [[ParodiedTrope parodied]] when Abed as the Goblin recognizes the word "Pegasus" in the players' conversation -- "A word I understand in ''all'' languages".
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'': In "Fins, Femmes and Gems", Joxer thinks he is 'Atis, the Ape Man' and claims to be able to speak to animals. It is unclear if he actually can or if this is just part of his delusion.
* When Jean Stapleton guest-starred on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', she revealed the Swedish Chef's shameful secret - that he doesn't really speak Swedish. Fortunately, Jean was fluent in Mock Swedish and was able to convince him to switch to his native language - Mock Japanese.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Masato Yoshino was inexplicable able to understand PSYCHO's gibberish when the latter came visiting Wrestling/DragonGate from Kaientai Dojo. He attributed it to having met PSYCHO many years before in Mexico.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* A variant occurred in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'': In the first town you reach after leaving home, you encounter a mentally stunted man who with great difficulty tells you to help safeguard some livestock. If your character has a very low intelligence score, you will be able to converse with him in very erudite grunting (the translation is given in parentheses), conveying fairly complex information.
* Guy in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' (the real one, not the one that was actually ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' in Japan) can speak beaver language -- even though, at least in ''Dawn of Souls'', he has a little trouble with English. It's a little jarring.
** An ''actual'' example in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' (DS version) is in the Feymarch, where you meet Whyt and his family face-to-face for the first time. Rydia acts as their interpreter.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' when the [[AxCrazy not-quite-stable]] [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Princess Sapphire]] has a chat with the mentally regressed Mao:
-->'''Mao:''' Ba, babuu
-->'''Sapphire:''' Oh it's you, Sir Mao. What's wrong?
-->'''Mao:''' Babloo
-->'''Sapphire:''' Oh, is that so? We're allowed to kill these guys?
-->'''Almaz:''' Princess, you can understand what Mao's saying?
-->'''Sapphire:''' No, I just thought [[MurderIsTheBestSolution it'd be easier if that was the case.]]
* In ''VideoGame/Persona3'':
-->'''Junpei:''' Wait, does that mean... this dog's a Persona-user!?
-->'''Aigis:''' He says, "This is a place of peace, so I protected it."
-->'''Junpei:''' Uh, Aigis? Don't tell me you can translate dog language too...
-->'''Aigis:''' Canines do not have their own language. However, speech is not the only means of communication.

* Subverted in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'': Fighter seems to have figured out the Lefanish language, but he still hasn't [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2007/01/13/episode-795-language-barrier/ quite got the hang of it]]. [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2007/02/15/episode-809-office-party/ Or has he]]?

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedSeries'': Naruto's group come face to face with Zabuza... except they initially can't understand a word he says because of his face mask. Cue Kakashi revealing he can speak muffle.
* From ''WebSite/NotAlwaysRight'' spinoff site ''Not Always Friendly'', [[http://notalwaysfriendly.com/i-have-no-words/33796 this girl]] is apparently suddenly fluent in CrazyHomelessPeople.
* ''WebVideo/GoldenSunTheAbridgedSeries'': When Isaac and his gang finally reach Kolima, Ivan demonstrates an ability to speak tree. Garet's understandably sceptical... until the tree actually ''answers him''.
** Ivan: Knock knock knock knockety... knock.\\
Garet: Ivan, a tree doesn't-\\
Tree: *knocking sounds*

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', Bubbles has the ability to speak to squirrels, [[{{Omniglot}} among other things]], which comes in handy on occasion.
** A throwaway joke in another episode mentions that she is also fluent in Spanish. Eventually it's revealed that she can speak [[{{Omniglot}} everything]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', the kids are trying to save babies at a hospital. Numbuh Three, TheDitz, reveals that "I speak baby," and indeed she does.
* The second season of ''WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussycats'' has the team flying into outer space and encountering a [[SmallAnnoyingCreature dog-bird alien]] named Bleep, who communicates as follows: "Bleep bleep bleep." Melody, the Ditz, says, "Bleep bleep bleep, bleep bleep?" Bleep responds, "Bleep bleep bleep, bleep." Melody then gives an English translation.
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' where the main gang ends up in England, Babs reveals she's fluent in "royalese," which was necessary in order to talk to Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
* In the "Underfist" special of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', Irwin pleads with Hoss, Skarr, and Jeff that, among other things, Mindy was kidnapped by a marshmallow bunny. However, his hysterical InelegantBlubbering couldn't be understood by anyone save Jeff, who speaks "crybaby."
* Happens in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': (as Patrick is whistling) "Patrick, I didn't know you spoke bird!" "No, that's Italian, Spongebob."
* At one point in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', while Phineas and Ferb are helping Buford search for his lost goldfish, Phineas mentions that Ferb can [[InformedAbility communicate with dolphins.]] Another episode also reveals that Ferb can also speak Martian.
* One episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama World Tour]]'' has Izzy, the queen [=Cloudcuckoolander=], is able to talk to a camel. It's even been confirmed that camel is her favorite foreign language.
-->'''Izzy:''' *grunting sounds* I just introduced myself in camelese.
** She then asks the camel where they can get some lemonade. It leads them to the finish line.
* On the ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' HalloweenSpecial, ''Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space'', B.O.B. tries to reason with the evil pumpkins because, since he's part tomato, he's fluent in produce.
-->'''Dr. Cockroach:''' Well, what did he say?\\
'''B.O.B.:''' Horrible things! About my mother, in a salad bar.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Roachie", Ron befriends a giant cockroach and soon begins having full conversations with it, imitating its clicking-noise speech and understanding its replies.
-->'''Kim:''' You're like the Roach Whisperer.
-->'''Ron:''' Y'know, if you're trying to speak 'roach, you've got it all wrong, KP. You've gotta click with your mandible.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Pinkie Pie interprets a frog's ribbit for Twilight: "Nice catch."
** [[MyLittlePonyG3 G3's]] Pinkie Pie had the ability to communicate with any pink creature (although this was only shown when she talked to some pink fireflies in ''Twinkle Wish Adventure''). Apparently Pink is a language in G3-land.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer's status as an {{Omniglot}} is clarified to include fluent comprehension of Penguin.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'' episode "The Legend of Sherry Bobbleberry", Sherry can speak to hummingbirds, something no fairy generally does.
* On ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'', Zilly's sole redeeming talent is being able to translate the goobledygook of noises and sound effects coming out of Klunk.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'', titled "Fred, The Last Idiot", Weasel finds a specimen of feral humans thought extinct, named Fred. Unfortunately, Fred can only communicate in unintelligible gibberish, but Baboon reveals that he's fluent in it, and says Fred is speaking "Idiot".
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Stoked}}'', Bummer is apparently able to comprehend seagulls.