->'''Groot''': I ''am'' Groot.\\
'''Rocket''': So what it's better than eleven percent? What the hell does that have to do with anything?\\

-->-- ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''

A character talks in some sort of [[SpeakingSimlish Simlish]], because they are TheUnintelligible or a HeroicMime, but at least one of the other characters has no trouble understanding them. Comedy is often derived from this when the characters [[TranslationYes get something complex, eloquent or otherwise plain long from a short phrase]] like "[[Literature/{{Discworld}} ook]]".

Fiction may exaggerate, but this trope is [[TruthInTelevision not unheard of in real life]]. People with speech impediments or thick foreign accents tend to be easier to understand by family and longtime friends, leading to conversations that can certainly appear as this trope to onlookers. Similarly, [[BabyTalk babies who are learning to talk]] will often be understood by their families much more easily than by adults who haven't been around toddlers anytime lately.

Often results in RepeatingSoTheAudienceCanHear. A subtrope of BilingualDialogue. The character who understands them might act as a TranslatorBuddy.

If people can understand them even though they're not saying ''anything'', you have a SilentBob.


[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Enrique]] can only communicate by saying 'gau'. However, his accomplice has no trouble understanding him... In fact, the first thing he does in his big reveal is [[http://xreader.net/Soul-Eater/60/22 say a dirty joke that neither the reader nor the other characters understand]].
* Daikichi Komusubi from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' communicates in a language made up of grunts and one-word sentences known as "powerspeak", which can only be understood by strong men like [[GentleGiant Kurita]], [[BloodKnight Gao]], or [[BoisterousBruiser Mizumachi]] (and, for some reason, [[TeamMom Mamori]]).
* In ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', [[{{Mooks}} Snackies]] communicate entirely in monkey-like "kii!" utterances. Nevertheless, the antagonists can understand exactly what they're saying.
* Ash Ketchum has a knack for deciphering his Pikachu's dialog in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, even though Pikachu can only say his own name.
** This seems to be true of most trainers, since they're always around their Pokémon and learn to understand them.
** Pikachu does have a number of [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Ash%27s_Pikachu#Pikachu.27s_language recurring phrases.]]
* The strange animals on ''Manga/NagasareteAirantou'' start this way to Ikuto. Everyone understands their nonsense but him until after he spends an episode trying to look for Kuma-Kuma. Seems that after that they can be heard speaking Japanese. Apparently he 'got used to life on the island'.
* Tama-chan the Hot Springs Turtle seems to be understood by Mutsumi in ''Manga/LoveHina'', despite only ever saying "myuh".
* In chapter 14 of ''Manga/{{Ojojojo}}'', Haru has a brief conversation with Tsurezure, who replies to all of her brief word fragments with "Mm". They understand each other completely, to Akane's disbelief.
-->'''Akane:''' Mm? And they understand each other? For Real?
* In ''Manga/Classi9'', Schumann is either a SilentBob or speaks too softly for most people to understand what he says. His classmates and the Chopin-Liszt duo, who are used to him, understand him perfectly well, and it is possible Tchaikovsky is learning too. Liszt plays the TranslatorBuddy and also does the RepeatingSoTheAudienceCanHear in chapters 16 and 23.
* Deconstructed in the ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'' doujinshi "[[NeverTrustATitle The Sixth Destroyer Division Will Be Best Friends Forever]]". It starts with Hibiki returning from Russia, having finished her remodelling into Verniy. However, as a side effect, she can now only speak Russian. The rest of the 6th Destroyer Div. can still seemingly understand her due to their friendship. And in the end, Verniy is seemingly at peace, surrounded by her friends. [[spoiler: Then came TheReveal: the rest of the 6th Destroyer Fleet ''completely misunderstood'' pretty much everything Verniy said. She actually hates the green tea she's been given, and has no idea who's this "Hibiki" that they keep talking about, because she was strapped to a [[LaserGuidedAmnesia mind-wiping machine]] as part of her remodelling process, which [[DeathOfPersonality erased her entire personality]].]]
* [=MarineAngemon=] in ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' has a rather unique way of speaking in the Japanese version. His Tamer Kenta manages to know what he's saying perfectly.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Arseface from ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' who due to massive facial trauma cuh uhluh tuh luh thuh (can only talk like this). Most characters can understand him, however.
** So can the reader, if they sound it out.
* Played with in an issue of ''ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', where Maximus of the Inhumans can apparently discuss complex scientific concepts with Groot, despite the fact all Groot is saying is "I am Groot!" Of course, since his full name is Maximus ''the Mad''...
** Justified by Groot being incredibly intelligent - his lack of verbosity is due to his advanced age - and Maximus being a powerful psychic, as well as crazy.
* In the ''ComicBook/LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', Golliwog verges on this if the reader doesn't apply enough fuzzy logic to him; he's speaking English, sort of, but using incredibly bizarre word choices to do it.
* Mazikeen in ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' and ''Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'' is missing half her face, making her vocalizations barely intelligible to the reader, but the other characters can understand her just fine. In ''Lucifer'' her face was eventually turned normal, so that she could experience proper character development without annoying the hell out of readers trying to interpret her speech bubbles.
* Doop from ''ComicBook/XForce'' borders on this. As a general rule his speech is rendered in bizarre hieroglyphics and the other characters don't have a literal, word-for-word understanding of what he says. They do, however, tend to get the gist of what he means.
* In ''ComicBook/TheBojeffriesSaga'', Uncle Festus's dialogue is mostly rendered in pseudo-Cyrillic gibberish-font. The other characters, however, can all understand him.
* Prospero in ''ComicBook/PS238'' talks in strings of weird alien symbols. This is incomprehensible to all the cast except, for some reason, Angie. Unfortunately, because Angie talks entirely in New York slang, she's ''also'' incomprehensible to most of the cast...

[[folder: Fanworks]]
* Reimu and Youmu from the latter parts of the ''Fanfic/Gensokyo20XX'' series (and, a branch off, ''Foundling''), though the latter is especially this, considering that most of what she says is "Muh" and whatever variant comes from that, the which other kids can understand. An example of this would be, in one chapter of 20XXV, that she exclaimed "Muh!" and an equally toddler-aged Sanae said, agreeing, "What Youmuh said!".
* [[spoiler:WildChild]] Ryuuko from ''Fanfic/CellarSecrets'' plays with this, as she can talk and is mostly this when she communicates with gestures, the which few people besides her sisters and would translate/interpret for her in any situation where no one else can understand, as was pointed out in chapter 26, where Nui says, vehemently, "I'm not translating ''any'' of that!" in response to Ryuuko's gestures towards Nonon.
* In ''FanFic/ThomasAbridged'', Bert can only communicate by grunting. For some reason, 'Arry can understand him completely.
* In ''Fanfic/FatesCollide'', Frankenstein only speaks in grunts and growls. A few characters like Nora Valkyrie, Henry Jekyll, and her father James Moriarty can understand her.

[[folder: Film -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'': Stitch can persuade someone to let them go, and help Stitch save his [[TrueCompanions ohana]] with a simple "Ih." Later on it turns out that "ih" just means yes, which makes sense given that it was in response to "After all you put me through, you really expect me to help you, just like that?!"
* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': Aladdin, and sometimes the viewer, can understand Abu the monkey, even though he talks in gibberish. (The most intelligible of Abu's phrases is "Aladdin, wake up!")
** In the sequels and TV series, Iago can understand Abu as well.
-->'''Abu''': ''(Angry chattering)''
-->'''Iago''': Hey, do I insult your mother?
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' has one of the sons of clan leaders who speaks in an unintelligible manner, but his father appears to have no problem understanding him. (As can anyone in the audience familiar with the thicker of the Scottish accents.)[[note]][[Creator/KevinMcKidd was actually directed to speak in gibberish as Young [=MacGuffin=], but he convinced the directors to let him speak in his native Doric dialect, which is sufficiently unintelligible to most Anglophone viewers.[[/note]]
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', Videogame/QBert only speaks in what's referred to as "Q*Bertese", and Fix-It Felix has to act as an interpreter.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movies, Dragon can only speak in facial expressions and roars. Donkey seems to understand what each roar means, however.
* Fish Out of Water in ''Disney/ChickenLittle.'' Double Subverted with the alien kid, who can only be understood by Fish and the alien mother.
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'': Cri-Kee communicates in cheeps that Mushu, and no one else, can understand. Mushu can also translate for Khan.

[[folder: Film -- Live Action]]
* ''Film/HotFuzz'' features an elderly cop whose thick rural Gloucestershire mumbling is intelligible to everybody in the Sandford Police Service except Angel (justified since Angel is the only one who wasn't raised in that particular village), and later facilitates a three-way translation of another old man with an even thicker accent who not even Danny can understand. The Gloucestershire accent is so notoriously thick that even the BBC subtitle the worst cases of it. Like most things in this film, the three-way translation (city cop <-> local cop <-> local farmer) is based on a true story that Nick Frost and Simon Pegg collected when preparing for the film.
* [=R2D2=] from the ''Franchise/StarWars'' films communicates entirely in bleeps. 3PO is normally the one to translate (or [[RepeatingSoTheAudienceCanHear otherwise reveal]]) what he is saying for the benefit of the audience, although Luke is shown using a monitor in his X-Wing to translate for him in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. In the prequel trilogy, Anakin is able to understand him.
** Chewbacca as well, only Han, [=C3PO=], Obi-Wan, and maybe Lando are able to understand him.
** The various alien anatomies would make it impossible for everyone to be able to speak one standard language, but understanding other languages is fairly easy - Chewbacca understands [[TranslationConvention Basic]] but can't speak it, while Han understands Shyriiwook but can't speak it (without sounding like an idiot at least). Anyone wanting to get by as a trader, merc or other interplanetary profession would need to learn at least a half-dozen common languages. Protocol droids like [=C3PO=] provide special services as they can both understand and synthetically speak several thousand languages. Also, R2-D2's bleeping is a language of its own, which service droids use and people can learn to understand.
** Continuing the tradition of beeping astromechs is BB-8 from ''Film/TheForceAwakens''. Rey and Poe have no problem understanding him.
* Herbie Film/TheLoveBug.
* Bubo, the mechanical owl from the 1981 version of ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}''. What sounded like clicks and whistles to everyone else was perfectly understandable by Perseus. Justified by the fact that it was a gift from the goddess Athena.
* Groot's vocabulary in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' is composed almost entirely of "I", "am", and "Groot" (always said in that order). Rocket Raccoon has no trouble understanding what he's saying. And [[spoiler:neither does Star-lord]] in TheStinger of [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 the second movie]].
* In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', Thor can also understand what Groot says. He claims he took Groot's language as an elective when he was in school.

* Also known as "The Librarian-speak Conundrum" after the Librarian in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', who communicates only with "ook", but seems to able to be understood with perfect clarity by many (but not all) characters, although a period of exposure to his unique speaking patterns seems to be required.
*** The Librarian also occasionally says "eek", which is usually either an expression of displeasure (or some other negative emotion, such as anger or shock) or a "no", although the exact content of the statement can include a great deal more than that.
** Similarly, the Death of Rats communicates entirely by saying [[AC:Squeak]], but the few people he interacts with don't have much trouble understanding him, and Quoth the raven is usually around to translate for him.
** In ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'', Tiffany meets a man who has been trapped in fairyland for years. He can only say "Sneebs!", but when he says it, the sentence he ''meant'' turns up in her head.
* Sunny in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''. Often used in the general NotNowKiddo frustrations, as she often observes crucial details but only the other Baudelaires can understand her.
* In the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' book ''The Long Patrol'', Corporal Rubbadub speaks only in drum noises, complete with gratuitous {{Rimshot}}s after jokes made by the other Patrollers. They all seem to understand him perfectly well.
* In the many ''Franchise/StarWars'' novels, there are many characters who can understand R2-D2 or Chewbacca. In a conventional novel, there would be no reason not to include sentences like "And then Chewie said, in Shyriiwook, 'Pass me the peanuts.'" However, to preserve the ambience from the films, their dialogue is never provided directly like that. Instead, you get something like, "Chewie grunted a request. Han said, 'Sure, pal,' and passed him the peanuts."
** Ralrracheen (first introduced in ''[[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Heir to the Empire]]'' is a notable exception, due to his speech impediment that allows non-Wookiees to understand him more easily. He's still speaking Shyriiwook, but the impediment neutralizes the thick accent most Wookies have from a Basic speaker's perspective.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': [=BloodDrinker=], a sword, speaks in humming and flashes of light that Basilard can interpret as words.

[[folder: Live Action Television]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': When Buffy meets The Shadow Men, they only speak an unidentified language, probably from prehistoric Africa (subtitled, of course), but Buffy is somehow able to understand them perfectly.
* Lanny in ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' is TheSpeechless, but Matt (and only Matt) understands him perfectly. One gag involving this is when Dad answers the phone and gets silence; Matt says, "That's for me" and "Hi, Lanny!"
** Another gag had Lizze and Matt [[FreakyFridayFlip switch bodies]] and had Lizzie able to understand him.
* Subverted on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', when Beaker says something to Miss Piggy and she snaps, "Beaker, I told you never to talk to me like that!" After he leaves, she turns to the camera and adds, "Because I can't understand it." Similarly, there's a scene where the Swedish Chef is complaining to Kermit, and Kermit keeps going, "I understand." Once the Chef leaves, Kermit gives an AsideGlance and comments, "I don't understand." However, [[RuleOfFunny when it's funnier]] for them to be understandable, Beaker and the Chef sometimes play this straight.
** Also played with in the case of the Swedish Chef who is himself TheUnintelligible, but has been shown to have a perfect understanding of Beaker and in instance, some other FunnyForeigner Muppets.
* Latka Gravas of ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' speaks in [[SpeakingSimlish an elaborate, yet barely intelligible language]]. However [[TheDitz Tony]] does know what he's talking about.
* When we finally meet the Breen in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', they speak in an unintelligible electronic buzzing. Despite that, everyone understands them perfectly (as long as their UniversalTranslator is up-to-date), and even complements them on their eloquence.
* Cousin Itt from ''Series/TheAddamsFamily''.
* The Monkey Priest in ''Series/FatherTed'' communicates only in 'oohs oohs', but all of the other characters understand him.
* In episode 9x05 of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', ''The Deadly Bees'', Mike Nelson temporarily dresses as a bee and proceeds to communicate with Tom Servo and Crow in bee language (which involves lots of wiggling around but no actual spoken dialogue). Crow is confused, but Servo understands perfectly.
* In the mostly-lost series ''His Lordship Entertains'', the maid Effie's voice [[TheVoiceless makes no sound that the audience can hear]], but the other characters can understand her.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* This trope is older than they think, used as early as ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', with Snoopy being the only character who can understand Woodstock. The adults in the television series are also incomprehensible to the audience, but the characters understand them with full clarity.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/HunterJohnston Delirious]]'s speech tends to be pretty hard for most to pick up on and his hand writing tends to be even worse. Yet a select few wrestlers have no problem at all understanding him, such as Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels and Wrestling/DaizeeHaze. Some fans have even managed to pick out ''most'' of what he tries to communicate.[[/folder]]

* Played with in "[[Radio/TheGoonShow The Last Goon Show of All]]".
-->'''Little Jim:''' (gibberish)
-->'''Bluebottle:''' I don't understand what he's saying.
-->'''Eccles:''' Just a minute, I'll ask him. What did you say, Little Jim?
-->'''Little Jim:''' (gibberish)
-->'''Eccles:''' Oh... he says he doesn't understand what he's saying, either.
-->'''Bluebottle:''' He's one of Mrs Thatcher's incomprehensives. ''(a reference to Britain's Comprehensive schoolteachers)''

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Mario and Luigi in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'' talk only in pseudo-Italian gibberish, which the English/Japanese-speaking inhabitants of the Beanbean and Mushroom kingdoms understand perfectly...most of the time, anyway.
* The Guru from ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'' engages in a lot of this, particularly with Bentley and Murray.
* Honda Tadakatsu in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', despite only making mechanical noises, seems to have no problems when it comes to communication since other characters are able to hold conversations with him.
** Most of the time, these "conversations" consist completely of other characters monologuing. Ieyasu, however, clearly understands what Tadakatsu wants to say to him on some occasions.
* In the ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' expansion Old World Blues, Dr. 8 talks in a string of computer code. With a high enough Science skill, the player character can understand him. The player still can't, though, you can only guess by looking at the different responses provided to you.
** This applies to many other robot characters in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series, such as ED-E, and also the few animals that can be talked to during the series, such as companions Dogmeat and Rex.
* Darth Nihilus from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' speaks in bizarre language that is possibly generated telepathically. None of the major characters have any trouble understanding it (including the PlayerCharacter), but the player is left clueless, as his dialog is not subtitled, in contrast to all the other characters' lines, which are (even when they're speaking perfectly clear English).
** It's possible that he's speaking the ancient Sith language, which, since it's not subtitled, may be the Star Wars universe's version of BlackSpeech.
** T3-M4 communicates in beeps and whistles. His dialogue is subtitled, but is not actually translated - it's written out as "Beep-bwoop? [whistle]" and such. The protagonist understands him perfectly, he persuades a pazaak champ to fake-sell him in order to infiltrate a warehouse, and he manages to sass off three assassin droids who can't believe his bravado.
* King/Armor King in ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' only speaks in jaguar growls, but everyone can understand what they're saying just fine. This also extends to Kuma (Bear)/Panda, Roger (Kangaroo), Alex ([[RaptorAttack Velociraptor]]), Mokujin (A wooden object brought to life), and Ogre (a 'fighting god' who growls and spews a really, really ancient language).
* Teisel, Tron, and the Servbots from the ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' series have no problem understanding Bon Bonne, who [[PokemonSpeak can only say "babu"]].
* Ma-San in ''VideoGame/UmJammerLammy''. Even the player can understand if you turn on the subtitles!
* VideoGame/{{Octodad}} is quite eloquent in his diary entries, but being an octopus, speaks only in a series of blubs. Somehow everyone understands him perfectly and nobody suspects a thing.
* The title character in ''Wizard's Work'' goes around with a smallish dragon which never makes any noise other than ''barking'' and repeats to the game audience what it's supposedly saying. Whether he can actually understand it or is just pretending [[{{UnreliableNarrator}} is debatable]].
* In ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', most of the monkeys only talk in a monkey version of PokemonSpeak, but the player, and the characters by extension, always gets a perfect translation.
* Although he's perfectly intelligible to the player and [[SpeaksFluentAnimal the Phantom Thieves]], Morgana from ''VideoGame/Persona5'' sounds like just any ordinary cat to anyone who hasn't been in the Metaverse for long enough to notice anything strange. Actual speaking outside the Metaverse may be a TranslationConvention, however, as his real-world dialogue is always accompanied by a "meow" WrittenSoundEffect.

[[folder: Web Animation]]
* Tuba from ''WebAnimation/BamanPiderman'' speaks only with tuba sounds, but everyone else understands her.
* Several cast members of ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' fall into this, especially The Cheat and Pom Pom.
-->'''Homestar:''' Whoa, Pom Pom! Let's tone down the language before the contest, huh?
* In ''WebAnimation/BrainPOP'', the robots speak in beeps, but humans can understand them.
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', the Meta speaks in mainly grunts and snarls, but his partner Wash has no problem understanding him. [[spoiler:It's because he got shot in the throat.]]
* ''WebVideo/FinalFantasyVIIMachinabridged'''s interpretation of Jessie is this due to an appointment with a [[BackAlleyDoctor Back Alley Dentist]].
-->'''Biggs''': Jessie, was the alley dentist really worth what you saved?
* Dilan from ''WebAnimation/MokeysShow''. He only speaks in weird Donald Duck noises, yet everyone can understand him perfectly.

* The only thing George of ''Webcomic/AMomentOfPeace'' ever says is 'Meep,' but his human friend Evi holds extensive conversations with him over tea and [[spoiler: while plotting to capture monsters.]]
* Metool D2 from ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' is a ShoutOut to [=R2D2=], so his friends have no trouble understanding him. It helps that his friends are superintelligent robots (sort of).
* In ''Webcomic/TheLifeOfNobTMouse'', Bricky speaks Latatian; a language consisting only of various intonations of "pop", [[http://www.nobmouse.net/1999/07/07/nasties-part-7/ as demonstrated by this translation]] from the ''Nasties!'' storyline.
** To make things even more complicated, in [[http://www.nobmouse.net/2009/07/03/linguistic-troubles/ one comic]] he acts as a ''translator'' for another unintelligible character.
* ''Webcomic/{{Dreamkeepers}}'': Whip is only understood by his friend, Mace.
* ''Webcomic/{{Roza}}'': [[http://www.junglestudio.com/roza/?date=2007-05-19 Nik]]
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has Guineas ([[HalfHumanHybrid human / guinea pig hybrid]] shapeshifter) who in his default form talks via sounds rendered as "Squeek! Squee squee *snort* squee?". His siblings understand this speech though they also can talk with squirrels and [[HybridMonster hedgecats]][[note]]i.e., cats with hedgehog spines[[/note]]).
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in [[http://dummcomics.com/2012/02/03/elevator-inaction/ this Frog Raccoon Strawberry]]
* For [[WeaselMascot Socks]] from ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'', it's a little hard to tell for most of the comic, especially since Nin Wah can't understand him. [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2013/02/17/blue-screen-of-dook/ Then this page outright confirms that at least Ace can speak fluent ferret]].
-->'''Ace:''' Whoa... look at 'em all!\\
'''Socks:''' Dook? Dook?\\
'''Ace:''' I'm willing to bet they ''did'', Socks.
* Bubbles the Water Cooler in ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' can only say the sentence "Service is my only joy", or sections thereof. Moustachio knows exactly what she's saying, though.
-->'''Chris:''' Dude, you can understand her?\\
'''Moustachio:''' Of course. One only needs to learn five words.\\
'''Chris:''' Robot logic is weird.
** She becomes a bit more intelligible to the rest of the cast after she is given a gynoid RemoteBody, and learns some body language.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', "Zombie Boy" (Bonz) says only "brains", and the cast seem to pull deep philisophical musings from the whole thing.
** Often subverted and averted when characters just interpret what they want to hear or can't understand him at all (Marik's Evil Council Of Doom).
** And often people can't understand him when he talks, as in Evil Council of Doom 4.
** That was only Dartz, meaning it was likely just HypocriticalHumor derived from having a character whose accent makes certain statements sound dangerously ambiguous criticize the "pwonownication" of someone that speaks quite clearly.
* In the [=DarkSideIncorporated=] version of ''WebVideo/YuGiOhGXTheAbridgedSeries'', Chumley communicates through short grunts.
* In ''WebVideo/CatFace'', Box Cat can only communicate by growling, but Cat Face understands him anyway.
* Gorilla from ''Glove and Boots'' speaks only in variations on "meh", yet Mario and Fafa seem to understand him just fine. Occasionally, [[RuleOfFunny if it makes the joke work better]], it seems more like he just speaks in an accent that renders most but not all syllables as "meh", and the audience can thus figure out that he's saying a specific word or short phrase. For instance, in "The History of Television", [[Series/ILoveLucy "Vitameatavegamin"]] is rendered something like "meh-ta-meata-meh-ta-muh".
* In Website/CollegeHumor's video "Lebron Ditches Film/Spacejam", UsefulNotes/LeBronJames can apparently understand Taz's gibberish.
-->'''[=LeBron=]:''' Don't talk. About. My mama like that!

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Nibbler zaps Leela with a beam to allow her to understand Nibblonian, which to the audience sounds like gibberish.
* Kenny from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' drifts in and out of this trope; it's a rare character on the show that can't understand him, but that's partly because most of his lines are perfectly normal English just spoken quickly and muffled. Even the audience can pick up what he's saying sometimes... and that explains ''why'' he's usually muffled, because [[SirSwearsALot his lines would have to be bleeped out otherwise]].
** In "Obama Wins", Butters becomes temporarily unintelligible when his face swells up from an almond allergy. Kenny ends up being the only one who can understand him, so that he'd slur a sentence, then Kenny would repeat the same thing muffled so Stan and Kyle would know what he said.
** Handi-capable classmate Timmy [[PokemonSpeak can usually only say his own name]], but gets his point across through emphatic gestures. Turns out his parents are the same way.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'', only Zilly can understand Klunk, which is presumably why Dick Dastardly tolerates Zilly.
-->"What did he say? What did he say?"
* Coco in ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''. Whether this is applies to everyone or just people around Foster's isn't consistent: it took a while in the pilot until Mac or Bloo could understand her, but she's been able to do things with strangers (like getting a job) that would require talking.
* The seal pup in the Tom and Jerry episode "Little Runaway".
* BountyHunter Sixsix of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' communicates in an alien language that's left untranslated. Vilgax, Kraab and Vulkanis, at least, can understand him perfectly well... And he seems pretty abrasive.
-->'''Kraab:''' ''"No need to get ''personal''."''
* Shnitzel from ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' only says "Radda radda", but everyone can understand him. This gets multiple {{Lampshade Hanging}}s.
* On ''WesternAnimation/SushiPack'', only other members of the Pack can understand Wasabi. His "[[TheUnintelligible mustard speak]]" is occasionally used for a RepeatingSoTheAudienceCanHear version of an OrphanedPunchline:
-->'''Ikura:''' No, Wasabi, that's the rodeo. Clowns don't dive in a barrel in golf.
* Boomhauer from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' isn't ''completely'' incomprehensible, just hard to understand. However, regular characters have no trouble understanding him, and in fact consider him the wisest and most eloquent character. There's a running gag where they can't understand him due to phone static or basically any reason ''but'' his manner of speaking and occasional gags about minor characters not understanding him at all, though.
** This seems to only be true in Arlen; in one episode he falls asleep while innertubing and wakes up in Austin, where a policeman thinks Boomhauer's schizophrenic.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Rabbit's Kin". it is possible to understand the little rabbit's speech, it's just sped up to the point of near unintelligible, if one were to slow it down you can clearly hear what he's saying.
** This also holds true for [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts Disney's]] ''Chip 'n Dale''.
* Both WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob|SquarePants}} and Sandy can understand Gary.
-->'''Sandy:''' He has such a way with words.
** And Mr. Krabs:
-->'''Mr. Krabs:''' [=SpongeBob=], what's wrong with you?
-->'''Gary:''' Meow!
-->'''Mr. Krabs:''' The Suds?!
* Done on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' in a running gag wherein two old men are sitting in armchairs and one of them will mutter something unintelligible and the other one will understand it and give a reply which leaves the viewer amusingly perplexed as to what the first man could have been saying.
--> "[[AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering Yes yes, I know, but where on earth are we going to find a duck and a hose at this hour?]]"
* H.E.L.P.eR. from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' The characters who understand him have spent a large amount of time with him.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Hank and Dermott in the episode "Momma's Boys", where they discuss that they are able to understand H.E.L.P.eR, but have no idea ''how'' they are doing it.
* Octocat from 'WesternAnimation/{{Spliced}}'' can only say meow, but all the other characters can understand her.
* [[KidAppealCharacter Bumblebee]] of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' can't speak normally due to losing his voice processor, rather like his movie counterpart, instead communicating through beeping noises. The other Autobots seem to have no problem understanding him. The only ''human'' who gets what he's saying is the ChildProdigy.
** And even he is unsure why this is...
** The original series had an alien mercenary named Slizardo, whose speech comprised of high-pitched babbling. The Autobots and Decepticons couldn't understand him, but other aliens could.
** The Mini-Cons in the ''WesternAnimation/UnicronTrilogy'' initially speak in beeps, (which the humans can somehow understand), although they later learn human language.
* The Twins from ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack: The Series''. Everybody besides J seems to have no trouble understanding them.
* Ookla in ''WesternAnimation/ThundarrTheBarbarian'' speaks only in unintelligible growls, but Thundarr and Ariel have no problem understanding him.
* The Godpigeon from ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' is very mumbly; Bobby typically translates for him. Sometimes Pesto does so, usually when Bobby is not around. Squit is the only Goodfeather that does not understand what the Godpigeon is saying. (In fact, in one episode, when neither Bobby or Pesto was around, Squit mistook what he was telling him for worldly advice; actually, he was asking if Squit wanted to go with him to poop on cars.)
* Ivor, from ''Ivor the Engine'', is only able to communicate by blasts from his three-toned whistle. Although he's incomprehensible to most of the human characters, his driver, Jones the Steam, is capable of holding conversation with him. The obvious AlternateCharacterInterpretation, that Jones the Steam is harmlessly insane and "Ivor" a mere CompanionCube, might well have been intentional.
** In "The Dragon", however, Ivor won't make any noises when the lady from the antiquarian society is there, implying to her that the dragon was also imaginary, but to the viewer that he ''does'' really talk the rest of the time.
* Meap from "The Chronicles of MEAP" episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' speaks only the word "meap". Once he tears the Intergalactic Translator Mustache off of his foe Mitch and dons it, Meap is quite articulate.
* Poof from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' varies between only being able to say "poof" and being able to speak but incapable of formulating a sentence, yet everyone understands him. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in one episode where Foop says he can't believe Poof got a part in the play, as he's "a much better actor, who can actually speak real words!"
* PlayedWith on ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''--[[CoolHorse Lady Rainicorn]] speaks Korean, and while her boyfriend [[CanineCompanion Jake]] and best friend [[EmperorScientist Princess Bubblegum]] can understand her, others cannot. She, for whatever reason, [[BilingualDialogue understands English but doesn't speak it]] (although she has spoken it once)
** [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Considering what Lady Rainicorn usually says...]]
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/{{My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic}}'', where Pinkie Pie acts like she understands her alligator Gummy, despite his having no real means of communication. It quickly becomes clear that she's just guessing. [[SpeaksFluentAnimal She does seem to understand frog, though.]]
* [[SyntheticVoiceActor Puppycat]] from ''WebAnimation/BeeAndPuppycat'', speaks gibberish with voice of [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Oliver]]. While the audience can't understand him without subtitles, everyone else can understand him just fine. Bee even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it:
-->'''Bee:''' Hey, you talk. Kind of.
* On ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', [[EnfantTerrible Onion]] and his father Yellowtail both speak a weird, mumbling language. Onion's mother Vidalia and half-brother Sour Cream can understand them, and the latter once unconsciously started speaking the same way. Greg may understand them as well, since he and Yellowtail were doing a business transaction in one episode.
* All of the dogs in ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'' (Blue, Magenta, and Green Puppy) speak in a kind of canine whine that is completely unintelligible to the audience. All of the other characters seem to have no problem understanding them.
* Bluey from ''WesternAnimation/AvengerPenguins'' speaks in gibberish, but everyone seems to understand him just fine.
* [[MeaningfulName Quack Quack]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' can only say "Quack", But Kaeloo, Eugly and Mr. Cat can usually understand what he is saying. [[TheDitz Stumpy]], on the other hand, cannot.
* Poppi the dog, who appears in several episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AvezVousDejaVu''. He has been called as witness in a court case, he's had a successful career as a hostage negotiator, as a Shakespearean actor and as a radio show host, and he's often seen working in a recording studio. All he ever says is "woof".
-->'''Woman''' ''(calling Poppi's radio show)'': Hello, Poppi? I have been with my husband seventeen years now, but lately I find that he is...
-->'''Poppi''': Woof.
-->'''Woman''': Yes, that's it! And sometimes I even...
-->'''Poppi''': Woof.
-->'''Woman''': I'LL KILL HIM! I'M GONNA FLAY THE SWINE!! ''[click]'' ''[dial tone]''