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Pokémon Speak

"Well, that's not exactly... what I meant. Is your name all you can say?"
Ash Ketchum, Pokémon

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When the Verbal Tic sufferer is pushed well past Smurfing all the way to its logical conclusion and practically becomes The Unintelligible, this is the result. A speech disorder suffered by some types of monsters.

The symptom is repeating its own name or a part thereof over and over. It's especially strange when one considers that dogs don't go around saying "Dog! Dog!" et cetera.note  Sometimes it's part of an attack or an affirmative of master's commands. Often it's the only thing the monster ever says, which may require Repeating so the Audience Can Hear.

Can be a Justified Trope if the monsters in question made their sounds before people named them, and decided to name them that - which happens once in a while in real life. For example, the Chinese word for cat is Mao. In Egyptian, it's called Mau.

According to the style of writing PoKéMoN in the Pokémon games (PKMN), Leetspeak and UnrEaDaBLe INTerNet wr1tINg are called "Pokémon Speech" in Poland.

Compare with Smurfing, Speaking Simlish, Planet of Steves, Speech-Impaired Animal, Verbal Tic Name, and A Dog Named Dog.

Examples

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    Advertising 
  • The Aflac duck.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Almost all Pokémon in the Pokémon anime, who can say only their names or parts thereof, hence the name. For example, Bulbasaur might be named Bulbasaur simply because the sound it makes is "Bulbasaur," or a variation thereof. note note  With a little careful listening to regular cast members (such as Pikachu) in the original Japanese, though, it's possible to make out patterns. Ash (Satoshi) is "Pikapi" while Togepi, during the seasons that Misty was with them, was "Pipipi." Likewise, Misty (Kasumi) herself is "Pikachupi" and after Team Rocket finishes their motto it says "Pi-Pikachu Here is a collection of what's been discerned with fair certainty.
    • Lampooned (of course) in Pokethulhu, which basically says that this is either because Eldritch Abomination Mons communicate with a Starfish Language, or because they're just not very bright.
    • As shown in the quote at the top of the page, this was lampshaded in the first episode.
    • Notably, the cuter or more humanoid a Pokémon is, generally the more likely it is to use Pokémon Speak. Certain Pokémon (especially legendaries) can speak telepathically. Beastly and monstrous Pokémon simply roar, screech, trill or bellow. A few Pokémon are in-between; they make animal-like cries that sound vaguely like their namesnote , just like some real animals.
    • While played straight in the anime and most other adaptations, the original Pocket Monsters manga subverts this with most pokemons capable of talking, with the exception of Red's Pikachu who plays it straight.
    • Mostly averted in Pokémon Special;, again with the exception of Red's Pikachu, Pika, which plays it straight in rare occasions. The English Translation by Viz occasionally add a few combat SFX that plays this straight, that are not present in the original Japanese language version.
      • Makes sense, with the recent revelation that other existing countries speak other languages and call Pokémon different names.
    • Also averted in the animated trailer for Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, where the Pokémon make regular animal sounds.
      • Also averted in Pokémon Origins, which is a much closer counterpart to the games than the anime.
    • Pokémon X and Y seems to be aiming for a compromise between the two portrayals — in speech bubbles, pokémon like Espurr hiss and make mewling noises, while Lucario says "cario".
    • Team Rocket's Meowth averts this, as at some point he learned how to speak by spending weeks trying to mimic humans and words in books. This implies that Pokemon can learn to speak human language if they put in the effort.
  • Zakennas in Futari wa Pretty Cure suffer from this, as do Uzainas, Kowainas, Hoshinas, Negatones and Akanbes.
    • An exception is the butler zakennas which speak human language, only saying "-zakenna" to end their sentences. There's also a quiz-based Akanbe capable of saying questions and answers, but aside of that goes back to saying 'Akanbe'.
  • Chao also do this, at least in the Sonic X series.
  • Chii in Chobits is named after the only word she could say at the time.
  • In Sailor Moon,
    • Some Monsters of the Week in the original anime, do this. (Those that don't generally have their name or part of it as a Verbal Tic.)
    • Chibi-Chibi was named the same way. In the manga, she got it because of Ikuko. Ikuko didn't remember Chibi-Usa anymore, but found a teacup with her name on it which seemed to jog her memory. When she heard the doorbell ring, she ran to it thinking it was Chibi-Usa and muttered "Chibi... chibi..." in confusion when she saw the little red-haired girl instead. So she basically took the first word(s?) she heard and made it her name, since she was named by the time we saw her next. In the first anime, however, she just says "chibi" for no particular reason.
  • Lucy in Elfen Lied was named Nyu when Kouta and Yuka found her at the start of the series for the same reason as the above two examples. Gradually she learns to speak properly, and after a 4 month time skip she is shown to be able to hold normal conversations.
  • Baby level Digimon, in most seasons. (Digimon Adventure 02 and Digimon Frontier had perfectly articulate Baby Digimon.) Various characters and season have had their share of Verbal Tics, however.
    • The first Frigimon encountered in the series had a fondness for yelling his own name, but could speak just fine besides (especially after getting un-Brainwashed.)
    • Meramon, when under the control of a Black Gear, shouted "Burning!" a lot, which in Japanese would have been "Mera," making it Pokespeak there. (In English, yelling "Burning! BURNING!" made him sound Ax-Crazy... which he was at the time, driven mad by his own flame burning him and being a bit scary.)
  • Chu-chu, the monkey-mouse type creature in Revolutionary Girl Utena.
  • Several Zonders in GaoGaiGar can only say "ZONDAAAAA!!"
  • The dog Potato in Air, which can only say "piko" over and over and occasionally "pikori" (not his name, but same idea).
  • In Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, Sōsuke's Bonta-kun mascot-mecha can only produce the catchphrase "Fumoffu!". In the episode "The Hard-Sell Fetish", they catch a pervert with a mechanized horsehead mask in the park. The ensuing conversation goes like this:
    Pervert: Pony? Pony pony pony pony. Pony... pony, pony, pony, pony.
    Bonta-kun: Fumoffu, fumoffu.
    Pervert: Pony!
    Bonta-kun: Fumo!
    • This is all done only to be interrupted by Chidori with an Armor-Piercing Slap from her Paper Fan of Doom to "Stop acting like you can understand each other!" In later episodes, she becomes Bonta-kun's translator.
  • In s-CRY-ed after the Hammer is caught, and subsequently Mind Raped by the mainlanders all he ever says is "Hammer," "Ham," and he even once merely said "mer."
  • Boota in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has a vocabulary of four words most of the time: "Boota," "Boo," "Ta" and "Oink."
  • Gainax is at it again: Chuck the dog... zipper... thing from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt can only say his name. Fastener, his Evil Counterpart, says his own name as well, but it sounds much more strained, so he often just devolves into growling and hissing noises.
  • The two year old boy Ikura Namino in Sazae-san can only say three words.
  • Bistro Recipe/Fighting Foodons, known to many as that Widget Series where chefs turn food dishes into Mons, was rather odd about this. Some Foodons could only say their names, some could say their names and a series of stereotypical phrases (I.E. a british dumpling speaking only in "pip pips" and "tally-hos"), and some were able to speak a full lingual range.
  • In YuYu Hakusho, Yusuke's spirit beast, Puu, is named after the only sound he can make before transforming into a giant blue eagle.
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga Volumes 6-7, the Monster World characters Pau and Pokii say their own names.
  • In Yu Gi Oh ZEXAL, most of Yuma's syllable monsters speak only their name. For example, Gagaga Girl often says "Gaga."
  • Parodied in Tora Dora, where Ryuji gets so excited whenever it sounds like Inko-chan, his parakeet, is going to say her name. Inko-chan always stutters, then blurts out a word that is much more difficult to pronounce than "Inko".
  • Kabaji in Prince of Tennis has never been heard saying anything other than "Usu" (Yeah)
  • In Hamtaro, the youngest hamster, Penelope, is known for only saying the word, "Ookyu", but later in the series, it became, "Ookwee".
  • Ichika's pet, or whatever it is, in Ano Natsu De Matteru only communicates with various intonations of "Na." That's right: its whole language is one syllable.
  • Domo! is all Domo-Kun says.
  • Another reverse example in Ao No Exorcist - Shiemi's Familiar, a Green Man Sprout, can only make the sound 'Niiii!', so she names him 'Nii-chan'. (Which is, of course, also a common contraction of the japanese term for 'Big brother', making it a bit of an Ironic Nickname too, given his tiny size.)
  • Most of the monster characters in Anpanman have evolved into this. Originally, Ankora would simply speak in third person and Kaze Konkon spoke fluently, but now, they're reduced to speaking only their own names. Koankora, Ankora's child, is only a baby, so it's at least justified a little for him. Despite this, Poppo-chan, a baby train, used to speak fluently, adding "poppo" randomly to sentences or just saying it whenever. Now, "poppo" is the only thing she says.
  • Doskoi the sumo wrestler from the Dragon Ball Z movie "Bojack Unbound", even as he's being strangled to death by Bido the only thing he ever says is his name.
  • In Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion, Kyubey only says "Kyuppu!" for the first hour or so, to trick people into viewing him as a harmless sidekick.
  • All of the "Puchidols" in Puchimas! Petit Idolmaster.

    Comic Books 
  • In an amusing "Civil War" (Marvel Comics) parody, Wolverine speaks only in "Snikt" and "Bub". Almost everyone is able to understand him, anyway. Example.
    "Dammit, where's my Logan-to-English dictionary?"
  • WEN-DI-GO!
  • Rover, the heroic Sentinel in the X-Men storyline "Here Comes Tomorrow" only says the word "Destroy!" Tom Skylark understands him perfectly. Rover also has a couple of appearances in Wolverine and the X-Men, including an entire episode revolving around his relationship with Marrow, who spends most of her time with him trying to teach him more words...with absolutely no success.
  • I am Groot! In the Marvel comic Guardians of the Galaxy, the tree-alien Groot is only capable of saying the phrase "I am Groot!" (and occasionally very simplistic sentences like "Groot am ow"). Apparently he's very smart and if you're capable of hearing the slight nuances, he can provide very detailed explanation. When saying "I am Groot!".
  • Grog in the comic strip B.C. can only say his name. Gronk the dinosaur as well, but he seldomly does it in recent times since he got Suddenly Voiced.
  • Kvack the duck in Hägar the Horrible only goes "Kvack!" (It's a Viking duck).
  • In the original French version of Astérix and the Great Crossing, Obelix calls the turkeys "glubglubs". In English, he calls them "gobblers". Or "kluckkluckar" (cluck-clucks) in the Swedish translation.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • From the Disney film The Three CaballerosThe Aracuan.
  • A few of the robots in WALL•E, namely WALL•E himself, EVE, and M-O could only say a couple of words, one of which was their name.
  • Finding Nemo's seagulls.
    "Mine! Mine! Mine-Mine-Mine! Miiiiine! Mine! Mine? Mine!"
  • About half the dialogue for Steve the monkey in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is just "Steve." Correction: it's "STEEEEVE."
  • The rather vicious looking dog in Over the Hedge was only able to say "Play?" when chasing R.J. and his wagon of food.
  • In Aladdin, all Abu the monkey can ever say, apart from some sporadic quasi-English gibberish, is a chittery "Abu!" (That is, when he's a monkey; when he's an elephant, all he can make are trumpeting sounds.)

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • Hodor, the gentle-if-limited giant from A Song of Ice and Fire says nothing but his own name. It's eventually revealed to be the other way around; his real name is Walder, but everyone started calling him "Hodor" because that's all he says.
    Bran: Hush, Hodor, no more Hodoring!
  • The World According To Garp: After significant brain damage in World War Two, Technical Sargent Garp requires constant care at a hospital and can only say "Garp." As time goes on, this is shortened to "Arp" and eventually, "Arrrrr."
  • Asmodeusssss and Balisssss in the Redwall booksssss.
  • In The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Gollum got his name from the swallowing sound he makes in the back of his throat.
  • In the Myth Adventures series, Gleep the dragon is named after the one sound he makes, "Gleep!" Subverted in that it just sounds like "Gleep" to the untrained ears of the other characters, in fact he's quite erudite as is seen when an adventure is narrated from his POV.
    • A lot of the time, though, "Gleep!" just means "Gleep!" - it seems a dragon's vocal cords are the last thing to develop. And that dragons, like Trolls in the series, tend towards Obfuscating Stupidity when dealing with outsiders.
  • Canadian children's show The Polka Dot Door had a character called the "Polkaroo" who just said "Polkaroo!" in varying tones.
  • The Marcats in Christopher Anvil's short story "Experts in the Field" baffle the humans by behaving as if they are having a conversation, but all the humans can hear is each one repeating its own name.
  • Where's Wally? (or Where's Waldo? if you prefer) has Woof the dog.
  • Oy the billy-bumbler from The Dark Tower actually does have the ability to speak, or at least to parrot human words. He's still named for his most common exclamation, however.
  • In the children book Dinosaur with an Attitude the main character's pet Compsognathus can only say portions of its name right after hatchingnote , but it acquires fluency in its owner's language very soon. It reverts to Pokémon Speak when it is annoyed, however (which is quite often, actually).
  • Eriond in The Belgariad. When he's first introduced, all he knows how to say is "Errand" in different tones of voice. The rest starts calling him Errand because they can't keep calling him "boy". Later on in The Mallorean he learns to speak properly.
  • The Arrandas in Galaxy of Fear find a child who appears to be a year old and only says "Eppon!", so that's what they call him, assuming it's his name. It is his name. Though it's actually "Weapon".
  • Amusingly, in The Magician's Nephew, Uncle Andrew is mistaken by the animals of Narnia to be named "Brandy", because that's the sound he keeps making.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Mr Blobby, the British children's craze of the 1990s, only communicated through repeated use of his name.
  • Daikenjin Zuban of GoGo Sentai Boukenger.
  • In Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, when Luka transformed into him, this became a Verbal Tic.
  • Annyong of Arrested Development is called this because he keeps saying "Annyong!" (which is Korean for "hello") to everybody. His real name is Hel-Loh.
  • Gadget the robot from the Doctor Who special "The Waters of Mars".
  • The British preschool series In the Night Garden... has every character (except for Igglepiggle and the Pontipines, as well as the non-speaking characters) doing this.
  • All That: JUPITER!
  • Brazilian show TV Pirata had Barbosa, who could only repeat his name or the last word said to him.
  • Binyah Binyah Polliwog from Gullah Gullah Island.
  • Ultra Series
    • Ultraman: "Zetton!"
      • DAAAAADAAAAAAAA!!!!
    • Both versions of the monster Kyrieloid from Ultraman Tiga only say "kiri" in repetition.
  • Hodor on Game of Thrones, like in the books.

    New Media 
  • Many software development libraries will fall into this as an anti-pattern. For instance, take this line from the config file for the "awesome" window manager on Debian:
    { "Debian," debian.menu.Debian_menu.Debian }

    Puppet Shows 
  • In Team America: World Police, Matt Damon never says anything other than his own name. This is allegedly because the creators thought the puppet they made looked too stupid to be able to say anything else.
  • Sesame Street: the alien Yip-Yips.
    Yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip uh-huh uh-huh uh-huh uh-huh.... nope nope nope nope nope nope book book book book....
  • Mahna Mahna and Hugga Wugga of The Muppet Show, each of them originating from a specific sketch where they would Troll various other Muppets while singing/scatting/rhythmically speaking the syllables of their names.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In the 6th edition Warhammer Armies Orcs book for Warhammer there was a brief mention on one page of the Waaagh-Waaagh tribe of Savage Orcs, living in the distant jungles of the Southlands. "Waaagh!" is the traditional Orc war-cry, which all Orcs tend to yell at the top of their lungs when charging into battle, but the language of the Waaagh-Waaagh tribe consists of only one word - Waaagh!, naturally - which differs in meaning based solely on the tone and volume with which it is shouted.

    Theater 

    Toys 
  • The international versions of the large electronic toys from the Transformers movieverse toyline are like this, in order to avoid language barriers. Instead of saying full phrases, the toys only say their names and non-language-specific terms (such as faction names).
  • Many Incredible Hulk toys say simply "HULK SMASH!"
  • The Nixels in LEGO's Mixels line only say "Nixel" and "Nix" ad nauseum. Their much smarter leader averts this.

    Video Games 
  • Generally averted in the Pokémon main series games, with exceptions. The audio cries of Pokémon do notably not sound like this in the games (although in some cases they might sound a bit like their Japanese names; particularly Clefairy and Chatot), and their typical NPC dialogue text consist of either garbled letters, or as random grunts/roars/squeaks/utterances (such as "Tralalalala" for Petilil).
    • A small number of Pokémon species play this trope straight in their NPC dialogues, such as Pikachu, Chansey, and Azumarill. This does seem to become something of an Ascended Meme in later main series games, though, where quite a few NPC Pokémon say their names when spoken to. As mentioned above, the animated trailer for Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 suggests that Pokémon Speak isn't as standard as it is in the anime's continuity.
    • The starter Pikachu in Pokémon Yellow has the only instance of Pokémon Speak in audio form, but this only applies to the starter Pikachu. All other Pikachus whose trainer ID is not the same as the player's ID use the standard cry.
    • This returns in X and Y which Pikachu in fact uses the voice clip, as a homage to Yellow. Raichu and Pichu still use their game cries though.
    • A few Pokémon species has their NPC dialogues sounding similar to their Japanese names. Clefairy (Pippi) has "Pipipi" and Jigglypuff (Purin) makes "Pupupu".
    • In the Spanish translations of the games, all Pokémon have Pokémon Speak. Whether this counts as Woolseyism or They Just Didn't Care is up to you.
    • The Pokémon Vietnamese Crystal bootleg, naturally, shows little regard for either version. Pokémon instead say random English phrases; Pidgey says "LITTLE STRAWBERRY ME BABY", Farfetch'd says "FEARFUL", etc.
    • More recent games will occasionally have Pokémon Speak in a Pokémon's textbox on the overworld, but this is inconsistent and other Pokémon in the exact same game will growl and hiss in their textboxes instead. In X and Y, for example, a Lucario will say "Car.." when spoken to, while an Espurr only hisses or growls, and a Fletchling chirps.
    • DELELELEWHOOOOOOOOP. Kricketune's game noise, if you were curious.
    • Played straight in Super Smash Bros.; not only do most Pokémon say their names, but they're also joined by Yoshi, below. There are a few exceptions: Lucario, who can pronounce English, presumably having something to do with Aura; Charizard, who merely roars and growls; and Mewtwo, who speaks in the Japanese version and doesn't say anything at all beyond grunts and other wordless vocalizations provided by the Japanese seiyuu in the English version).
    • Hey You, Pikachu!! and Pokémon Channel are full of this, even moreso than the anime. Just take a look this video.
    • Used for Voice Grunting in PokéPark Wii, but all of the Pokémon in the game can speak, the exception being one Roggenrola in the Tech Area who still only says his name, though it's translated anyway.
    • Pokémon Ranger Guardian Signs have Pokémon speak to a very small degree.
  • The first boss, Odolwa, in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask always and continuously chants his name during your battle with him.
  • In the computer game Diablo 2, various fallen repeatedly call the names of some of their greatest heroes (boss critters). Especially said bosses themselves, Rakanishu, Bishibosh, and Colenzo. Notably when the PC approaches the Fallen to attack, they usually scream something like "Back off!"
  • In Neverhood, Bill the Robot says only two words that sound like "Me/Big Bill."
  • In Atlantica Online, the Spartan character only says/utters/yells "Sparta!" as his battle quotes.Though he calls his attacks normally like everyone else.
  • Yoshi stereotypically fits in this trope, despite 1) making other unintelligible noises and 2) there being several games where he is capable of full speech. Super Mario World, Tetris Attack, Super Mario 64, Paper Mario, Mario Party 3, and Super Mario Galaxy 2 are just some examples of this aversion.
    • A possible justification for everything except Paper Mario: According to the end of Yoshi's Island DS, one green Yoshi was born as a Star Child. He may therefore be the only one who speaks normally, implying that he's the main one you find in Super Mario World and Galaxy 2 and the one who translates for you in Super Mario RPG.
    • Also, the Chapter 6 boss of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. SMORG SMORG SMORG SMORG SMORG SMORG...
  • Mone-chan in Yumeria only says "Mone" or parts thereof. (It is unknown whether or not "Mone" is her real name; it was (unsurprisingly) the only thing she said when asked what her name was.)
  • Fallout 3 has the "Gary" clones from Vault 108: "GARRRRRY!" "Gary?" "Evening, Gary." "Haha! GARRRRY!"
  • Domingo in the GBA remake of Shining Force.
  • The Cobra Squad of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater love calling out their own names. Especially The Fear... THE FEAR!
  • In Soul Calibur III, which marked Amy Sorel's debut as a playable character, all of her speech (in one of Raphael's endings, and when she is selected by the player) simply consists of her saying her own name. She was given proper speech in the sequel.
  • In the Katamari series, most of the cousins' dialogue when rolled up by the player simply consists of them repeating their own names over and over again.
  • A Touhou meme attributes a mantra of this nature to Parsee Mizuhashi in fanart and comics. "Paru paru paru..."
  • Dragon Quest VIII has a scene after you beat a moleman boss of his subordinates speaking in nothing but "dig" and "dug." You can understand them just fine in the dialog box text, despite this.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey: "Bugaboo! Bug! Bug! Boo! Jimenez!"
  • In Skies of Arcadia, Vyse's loyal dog... um, "huskra" is named Pow. note 
  • In the English version of The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, the Minish merely speak bits of the word "Picori". After acquiring the Jabber Nut, they appear to speak normally.
  • The Elite Mooks in Gears of War sometimes speak only their own name "BOOM" "GRIND" and the like.
  • In League of Legends, when Skarner stands idle in a bush, he does this. "Skar, Skar, Skarner!"
  • Bon Bonne from the Mega Man Legends series, who can only say "babu". Justified, since he is a baby.
  • In the Arfenhouse games (and movies), besides Pikachu (usually), there are Pringles cans that yell "BUUUUH!" all the time.
  • In Super Adventure Rockman Beat speaks only his name.
  • WildStar's Skeech frequently pepper their vocabulary with the word "Skeech."
  • In the X-Men arcade game, Wendigo comes off like this due to his voice clips consisting only of him yelling his name.

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • In Dora the Explorer most animals talk, but if Dora or her friends are being menaced by dangerous/creepy animals like sharks or snakes, they say "Sharks! Sharks! Sharks!", "Snakes! Snakes! Snakes!", ect.
  • South Park: Timmy can only say his name and a string of gibberish, as do his parents, Richard and Helen, due to being mentally handicapped. Strangely, in more recent episodes Timmy seems to be more intelligent and can try to communicate complex ideas using different inflections and hand motions to augment his single-word vocabulary.
  • Being just a baby fairy, Poof usually says his name. But, he can also say other things, such as Timmy's name because he loves his godbrother dearly.
  • The Oogle Boid from Rocky and Bullwinkle? Oogle oogle oogle!
  • Coco in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Frequently, the other characters repeat her lines ŕ la Repeating so the Audience Can Hear: "Coco coco!" "Ripoff artist?!"
    • Sometimes the writers were more clever about it, like when an extremely sick Bloo made them think a ghost was loose in the house.
      Coco: (picks up a telephone)
      Wilt: A telephone? Who ya gonna call?
      Coco: Co-coco!
      Wilt: Nah, they went out of business years ago.
    • They were able to get get crap past the radar with Coco's lines now and then too. In one episode, everyone was wondering how to get a great room Mac accidentally gave away.
      Coco: (while talking in a clearly sinister tone of voice) Co-co Cocooo.. >_>
      Mac: Um, Coco.. I'm pretty sure if we did that, we'd go to jail.
    • Even her diary and a note she wrote reads "Coco coco coco cococococo." Pokémon Writing?
  • The Tick included the space alien races of the "Hey"s and the "What"s, each of whom had a language consisting of that said word. However, one of the What's was able to learn Earth languages perfectly, and the Heys had enough linguistic complexity to manage the four term fallacy.
  • In ˇMucha Lucha!! the wrestler Snowpea usually only repeats his (or her) name. Except at the end of one episode, where he said the name of his MMORPG Author Avatar, "Rutabega."
  • The Tookie bird in George of the Jungle, both in the cartoon and the movie (where he becomes a toucan to further justify the name, yet still says "Tookie tookie!").
  • The title characters in the short-lived Cartoon Network series Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto! could only say their own name each, with different inflections to indicate their emotions.
  • This trope is parodied in a Robot Chicken skit where Pikachu and Squirtle are talking to each other.
    Pikachu: Pika! Pika Pika Pikachu! Pika Pikachu!
    Squirtle: Squirtle! Squirtle Squirt! Squirtle! Squir— WHAT THE FUCK AM I SAYING!? No, I mean it! This shit makes no sense at all!
    Pikachu: (whispering) Just say the line, Earl, or you'll get the gas!
    Squirtle: For the love of Christ, kids, go read a book or something!
  • Parodied in ReBoot, since no Pokémon parody would be complete without this. When the hero's reboot in the Pokémon-style game Frisket becomes a Pikachu expy, instead of barking he would say "frisket."
  • Bjornbot, Bjorn Bjornson's robot double from Robotboy can only say "Bjorn!!" (usually with as much pathos as TIMMMEH) - And "Ja!!". Since his only purpose is to be the world's greatest fighting robot, it is possible that Bjornson just didn't bother to program him to say anything else.
  • In-universe example: Guano from Kappa Mikey engages in Pokémon Speak on Lily-mu.
  • Dexter's Laboratory: Something similar happened to Dexter in the episode, "The Big Cheese", when he attempted to use science to cheat on a French test by uploading his vocabulary phrases straight into his brain. The audiobook he was using became stuck on "Omelette du Fromage", and when he awoke in the morning he could only say "Omelette du Fromage" for the remainder of the episode. At first those around him were swayed by his apparent class and sophistication, landing him popularity, money, and sponsorship deals, but it also rendered him unable to speak the password to access his lab, which caused it to blow up.
  • Moe and Spewter in Mutant League. Of course, they are so dumb that all Moe can say is "Eat dirt," and all Spewter can say is "Dead meat."
  • Shnitzel from Chowder, can only say "Radda." When he drew a card in a board game and read it, the card contained the text; "Radda radda radda."
  • The coffee bean from Regular Show only said "coffee", and he had Mordecai and Rigby sign a contract written in Pokémon Speak. Possibly lampshaded by the fact that his translator is Japanese.
    • Same goes for the Cool Cubed. All he says is "Freeze!" Like the coffee bean, he has a translator.
  • The Transformers: In the season 2 episode Kremzeek, the little electrical creature can only say its name (Kremzeeeeeek!)
  • Snarf in ThunderCats (2011) can only say his name and make animal noises, as a Casting Gag (his voice actress plays Togepi and Pichu in Pokémon), and a Mythology Gag to the original's Verbal Tic.
  • Secret from Young Justice speaks this way. Apparently, it's due to the circumstances surrounding her death: the last thing she saw before being murdered was the word "secret" on a neon sign.
  • In Superfriends, The Wonder Twins' pet/mascot Gleek communicated by saying only his name.
  • In Wolverine and the X-Men, in the Bad Future, reprogrammed Sentinel Rover is only capable of saying one word with various inflections due to having been built from scrapped parts: "Destroy".
  • The Pidgits in the The Super Mario Bros. Super Show episode "Mario's Magic Carpet".
  • Before she overcame her camera-shyness, Blythe's vocabulary in Littlest Pet Shop (2012) was reduced to just her name when put in front of a TV camera.
  • Adventure Time has James Baxter, a horse, voiced and animated by James Baxter, who can only say his name. He does a spectacular job as a motivational speaker regardless.
    Jake: He always knows just what to say to cheer a guy up!
  • Bleep in Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space.
  • The Simpsons: In part two of 'Who Shot Mr. Burns?' when Mr. Burns wakes up all he can say is ‘Homer Simpson’. Even then he can’t remember Homer’s name.
    Dr. Nick: Now how are you feeling?
    Mr. Burns: Homer. Simpson Homer, Simpson.
    Dr. Nick: Hmm, that seems to be all you can say. When you were in that coma did you feel your brain getting damaged?
  • In Gravity Falls, Shmebulock the gnome can only say his own (unusual) name. Other gnomes (who also have more conventional names) speak English fluently.

    Real Life 
  • Various languages name some animals after the sounds they make (as mentioned near the top of the page).
    • Many birds are named after the sounds they make, such as the bobolink, the chickadee, the phoebe, and most famously, the cuckoo.
    • The Coqui from the island of Puerto Rico.
    • There's a Brazil-native bird known in portuguese as "Bem-te-vi" (something like "I-saw-you-well"), named after an aproximated onomatopoeia of the sound it always makes.
    • The tokay gecko is notable because both "tokay" and "gecko" are onomatopoeia for the sound it makes. I mean, when it's not shrieking.
    • The dik-dik, ridiculously cute critter that it is, is so named for making a noise that sounds like "dik-dik" or "zik-zik".
    • The killdeer is another bird named for it's call.
    • One hypothesis for the origin of the word "owl" is the proto-Germanic "uwwa", which is an imitation of an owl's hoots.
    • In Last Chance To See, during the trip to New Zealand, Mark Carwardine tells Douglas Adams that the kea is one of those species that announces its own name, and it would be great for birdwatchers if the Pallas grasshopper warbler would learn the same trick.
  • "Chicken chicken chicken" chicken Chicken Chicken, chicken chicken chicken chicken chicken chicken chicken CHICKEN. Chicken chicken chicken chicken chicken chicken.
  • Interestingly, it's remarkable how many different languages have similar sounds for the word meaning "mother". Some wonder if the reason is because the first language-like sound babies make is "ma" (Note that another early sound babies make is "da"), so of course the parent took it on. Or maybe they just heard their older siblings going "Mom-mom-mom-mom-mom-mom-mom-mom-mom..."
  • Humans with severe aphasia may speak like this, such as Broca's famous patient who was nicknamed "Tan" after the only sound he could make.
  • Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino of Jersey Shore tends towards this.
  • Samuel Silva, Samuel Silva, Samuel Silva Samuel Silva. Samuel Silva Samuel Silva Samuel Silva, Samuel Silva.
  • It is common in aviation and military use for a speaker to acknowledge a message directed at them by simply repeating their callsign or code. For example;
    Caller: “Denver High, R Twenty-five." (Caller states who they are speaking to, then their own ID)
    Receiver: “Denver High.” (The Receiver acknowledges)
    Caller: “Request direct Denver for Northwest Three Twenty-eight.”
    Receiver: “Northwest Three Twenty-eight direct Denver approved. H.F.”
    Caller: “G.M.”

    Other 
  • Stan Freberg inverts this in his track "John & Marsha", in which John and Marsha only say the other person's name.

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