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* Besides being acclaimed in his home country as a national hero, Filipino nationalist and intellectual Creator/JoseRizal (of ''Literature/NoliMeTangere'' fame no less) was known for being able to speak ''twenty-two'' languages, including Spanish, French, Latin, Greek, German, Portuguese, Italian, English, Dutch, and Japanese. He also knew some Malay and could also speak Chavacano, Cebuano, Ilocano, and Subanon.


* In ''Series/Lucifer2016'', the title character can speak every language; he can't read them though, he thought speaking was more useful. Though when they find a book written in ancient Mesopotamian he needs his brother Amenadiel to translate it.

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* In ''Series/Lucifer2016'', the title character can speak every language; he can't read them all, though, as he thought speaking was more useful. Though when When they find a book written in ancient Mesopotamian Mesopotamian, he needs his brother Amenadiel to translate it.


* ''Fanfic/AKnightsTaleAsInquisitor'' provides a justified example through TheProtagonist: because of [[{{MacGuffin}} the Mark/Anchor's]] influence on her current existence, Arturia finds herself knowing languages of countries that never existed in [[DarkAgeEurope her era on Earth]], she's automatically understands and speaks languages of ''[[UpToEleven a completely different world]]'' (i.e. [[StandardFantasySetting Thedas]])

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* ''Fanfic/AKnightsTaleAsInquisitor'' provides a justified example through TheProtagonist: because of [[{{MacGuffin}} [[{{PlotDevice}} the Mark/Anchor's]] influence on her current existence, Arturia finds herself knowing languages of countries that never existed in [[DarkAgeEurope her era on Earth]], she's automatically understands and speaks languages of ''[[UpToEleven a completely different world]]'' (i.e. [[StandardFantasySetting Thedas]]) Thedas]]).

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* ''Fanfic/AKnightsTaleAsInquisitor'' provides a justified example through TheProtagonist: because of [[{{MacGuffin}} the Mark/Anchor's]] influence on her current existence, Arturia finds herself knowing languages of countries that never existed in [[DarkAgeEurope her era on Earth]], she's automatically understands and speaks languages of ''[[UpToEleven a completely different world]]'' (i.e. [[StandardFantasySetting Thedas]])


* Fujiwara of ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'' is the daughter of a diplomat, so she's fluent in five languages (the exact languages are never specified outside of Japanese and French, though one of them is probably German due to her love of board games). Kaguya is also skilled enough in French to deliver a BreakingSpeech to a French girl [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend that insulted Shirogane]] (though she notes that she has trouble with pronunciation due to the rarity of nasal vowels in Japanese).

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* Fujiwara of ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'' is the daughter of a diplomat, so she's fluent in five languages (the exact languages are never specified outside of Japanese and French, though one of them is probably German due to her love of board games). Kaguya is also skilled enough in French Ironically, she sucks when it comes to deliver her native Japanese (the official fanbook even lists it as her worst subject) since she spent so much time speaking other languages as a BreakingSpeech to a French girl [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend child that insulted Shirogane]] (though she notes that she has trouble with pronunciation due to the rarity of nasal vowels in Japanese).her fluency atrophied.


* Most [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] in his world learn languages literally before hatching, but Literature/{{Temeraire}} [[spoiler:and presumably other Celestials]] continue to absorb languages like a sponge when they reach full growth.
** The wanderer Tharkay, while lacking draconic natural advantages, has demonstrated good to excellent knowledge of Cantonese, Mandarin, multiple Turkic languages, and the language of a wild dragon tribe in the Tien Shan mountains.

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* Literature/{{Temeraire}}
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Most [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] in his world learn languages literally before hatching, but Literature/{{Temeraire}} the titular dragon [[spoiler:and presumably other Celestials]] continue to absorb languages like a sponge when they reach even after reaching their full growth.
growth. Temeraire can pick up and speak a language to something approaching a basic level after spending only a few days around it, allowing him to act as a translator in his and his retinue's many globetrotting adventures in addition to being, you know, a flying death machine.
** The wanderer Tharkay, while lacking draconic natural advantages, has demonstrated good to excellent knowledge of Cantonese, Mandarin, multiple Turkic languages, and even Durzagh, the language of a wild dragon tribe in the Tien Shan mountains.mountains that has click consonants and is designed for draconic vocal tracts and not human ones.

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* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'''s Detective Serena Stevens is said to be a "linguistic savant". Largely an InformedAbility; in her entire (admittedly short) run on the show, she uses the skill exactly once, in her first episode.


* Some of Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' characters (the [[MagicalNativeAmerican Hawkbrothers]] particularly) have good relations with ''dyheli,'' a species of [[SapientSteed sentient]] [[{{Telepathy}} telepathic]] [[TheMarvelousDeer deer-like creatures]], which will obligingly use their telepathy to pick up languages and [[ExpositionBeam put them into people's heads]]. This grants native-level proficiency in the language.

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* Some of Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' characters (the [[MagicalNativeAmerican Hawkbrothers]] particularly) have good relations with ''dyheli,'' a species of [[SapientSteed sentient]] [[{{Telepathy}} telepathic]] [[TheMarvelousDeer deer-like creatures]], which will obligingly use their telepathy to pick up languages and [[ExpositionBeam put them into people's heads]]. This grants native-level proficiency in the language. It also causes a headache and the receiver to pass out. How long and how painful this is depends on how many languages the receiver 'gains'.


* Drew Saturday from ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'' states she speaks 37 languages. Ulraj claims to speak 15 of their "surface languages", but he doesn't seem to know what countries they come from, but what do you expect for someone who lives underwater?

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* Drew Saturday from ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'' states she speaks 37 languages. Ulraj claims to speak 15 of their "surface languages", but languages," though he doesn't seem to know what countries they come from, but what do you expect for someone who lives underwater?


Not to be confused with the website [[https://www.omniglot.com/index.htm Omniglot]]. Has nothing to do with ExtremeOmniGoat either.

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Not to be confused with the website [[https://www.omniglot.com/index.htm Omniglot]]. Omniglot.]] Has nothing to do with ExtremeOmniGoat either.


** Used for humour in when teen Indy engages in a duel of languages with a girl he's met in England, loses and is asked: ''Is it possible that someone named Jones doesn't speak Welsh?''
** Later in the series, Indy encounters another omniglot who claims to speak more languages then he does. The man challenges him to a wager, which Indy wins using sign language. The man calls a draw. In Icelandic.

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** Used for humour in when teen Indy engages in a duel of languages with a girl he's met in England, loses and is asked: ''Is it possible that someone named Jones doesn't "You mean your name is Jones, yet you don't speak Welsh?''
Welsh?'"
** Later in the series, Indy encounters another omniglot who claims to speak more languages then he does. than him. The man challenges him to a wager, which him, but Indy wins using manages to impress him with his knowledge of sign language. The man calls a draw. In draw in Icelandic.

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* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/CarmenSandiego'' knows many languages because she was raised in a highly multilingual environment.


* Fujiwara of ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'' is the daughter of a diplomat, so she's fluent in five languages (the exact languages are never specified outside of Japanese and French). Kaguya is also skilled enough in French to deliver a BreakingSpeech to a French girl [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend that insulted Shirogane]] (though she notes that she has trouble with pronunciation due to the rarity of nasal vowels in Japanese).

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* Fujiwara of ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'' is the daughter of a diplomat, so she's fluent in five languages (the exact languages are never specified outside of Japanese and French).French, though one of them is probably German due to her love of board games). Kaguya is also skilled enough in French to deliver a BreakingSpeech to a French girl [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend that insulted Shirogane]] (though she notes that she has trouble with pronunciation due to the rarity of nasal vowels in Japanese).

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* Though he only uses this ability to learn Dwarven, the titular ''VideoGame/{{Tomba}}'' can learn anyone's language by biting a few different people who speak it.


** Somewhere along the line, they even picked up ''Tyrannosaurus rex''(!), as the Twelfth Doctor was able to understand one almost immediately after his regeneration.

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** Somewhere along the line, they even picked up ''Tyrannosaurus rex''(!), ''TyrannosaurusRex''(!), as the Twelfth Doctor was able to understand one almost immediately after his regeneration.






* The Spy from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is French, and is fluent (apparently) in English, French, Spanish and Italian (and possibly other languages too).

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* The Spy from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is French, and is fluent (apparently) in Fighting game characters seem to have this inherently:
** ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' includes people who should be speaking Japanese,
English, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, Thai, and Russian. They converse with each other without issues.
** ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' is even worse ... Japanese, English, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish at least. And then there's four animal characters, none of whom share species, yet seem to converse perfectly fine with each other and occasionally the humans as well. This doesn't even address why one Chinese girl seems to only speak Japanese, or the Mexican wrestler just uses jaguar snarls.
** ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'' has Greek, Japanese, Korean,
French, Spanish English, German, Tagalog, Chinese (which has its own numerous dialects), one of the Native American Languages, Spanish, and that's to start.
*** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the background fluff where Mitsurugi had difficulty finding work as a mercenary in Europe due to language barriers.
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* In ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'', Mike Thorton is noted as having an unusual gift for languages, which is why the agency recruited him. If you pick the soldier background, the e-mail describing Mike says he picked up Arabic during his tour of duty in Iraq, just by interacting with native speakers. He apparently speaks the language at a fluent level, as well as being capable of understanding and conversing in Russian,
Italian (and possibly other and Mandarin Chinese with no apparent difficulty. Technical specialist Mike, meanwhile, has a [=PhD=] in linguistics and is outright stated to know English, Farsi, Arabic, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Mandarin (Chinese) and Japanese.
* Fenris from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is an ex-slave with no formal education and memory issues to boot, but nonetheless speaks at least three
languages too). his native Tevinter, the Free Marches common tongue, and Qunlat. He picked up the last one by listening to them.
* ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'' plays with this in regards to Bucket, and by extension all other Rank-Rajat Minds. He has the capability to speak any and every language but is limited by which dictionaries he currently has loaded. Bucket himself doesn't have many at a time, but he still has more than any meatbag.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'': Mog, a moogle who can speak the same language as humans effortlessly (when all other moogles can just say "Kupo!"). This is justified by the moogle himself, who explains that the Esper Ramuh taught him to speak their language in his dreams, and told him to seek the party out and help the cause. He still uses "Kupo!" at the end of some sentences, however.
* Player characters in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' possess a power known as the Echo, one of the effects of which is the ability to understand any spoken language.



* As the protagonist of ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', you know almost every language you come across, seeing them as subtitles. A Wookiee character is surprised that you can understand him -- really, to facilitate BilingualDialogue most Star Wars characters understand if not speak several languages -- and you have the option to wonder to an assassination droid with translator capacities why you can't understand the Sandpeople tongue. HK tells you that he knows you pick up languages with the help of TheForce, but it doesn't substitute for actual linguistic training (he speculates that the Sand People being deliberately obscurantist with their language contributes; they don't ''want'' you to understand). Towards the end of the game, [[spoiler:only you can]] understand Rakatan, which startles your companions. As [[spoiler:the Dark Lord Revan, you]] ''ripped the language out of their heads'' and forced them to comprehend Basic.
** ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' handles the situation a little more believably; you don't actually know all those languages, but a small sonic imprint sensor you picked up in the first level is equipped with a translator unit that helps you out and you don't run across anyone who speaks anything obscure.
*** [[spoiler:Except [[HumanoidAbomination Darth Nihilus.]]]]

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* As the protagonist The Protheans from ''Franchise/MassEffect'' are shown to be capable of ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', you know almost every learning another language you come across, seeing them as subtitles. A Wookiee character by using touch-telepathy to empathically view memories. Their technology is surprised that you can understand him -- really, to facilitate BilingualDialogue most Star Wars characters understand if not speak several languages -- and you have the option to wonder to an assassination droid capable of similar feats, with translator capacities why you can't understand the Sandpeople tongue. HK tells you that he knows you pick up languages with the help of TheForce, but it doesn't substitute for actual linguistic training (he speculates that the Sand People being deliberately obscurantist with their language contributes; they don't ''want'' you to understand). Towards the end of the game, [[spoiler:only you can]] understand Rakatan, which startles your companions. As [[spoiler:the Dark Lord Revan, you]] ''ripped the language out of their heads'' and forced them to comprehend Basic.
** ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' handles the situation a little more believably; you don't actually know all those languages, but a small sonic imprint sensor you picked up in the first level is equipped with a translator unit that helps you out and you don't run across anyone who speaks anything obscure.
*** [[spoiler:Except [[HumanoidAbomination Darth Nihilus.]]]]
Vigil learning English via radio-chatter.



** According to some bios and the novelization for VideoGame/MetalGearSolid, Decoy Octopus is fluent in ''twelve'' languages, at least some of the languages being English, Spanish, French, German, and Ebonics (the first two are presumably his native languages, seeing how according to those sources, he was born in Mexico).
** Monsoon in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' is fluent in his native Khmer, as well as Chinese, and English.
* Fighting game characters seem to have this inherently:
** ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' includes people who should be speaking Japanese, English, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, Thai, and Russian. They converse with each other without issues.
** ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' is even worse ... Japanese, English, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish at least. And then there's four animal characters, none of whom share species, yet seem to converse perfectly fine with each other and occasionally the humans as well. This doesn't even address why one Chinese girl seems to only speak Japanese, or the Mexican wrestler just uses jaguar snarls.
** ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'' has Greek, Japanese, Korean, French, English, German, Tagalog, Chinese (which has its own numerous dialects), one of the Native American Languages, Spanish, and that's to start.
*** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the background fluff where Mitsurugi had difficulty finding work as a mercenary in Europe due to language barriers.

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** According to some bios and the novelization for VideoGame/MetalGearSolid, ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Decoy Octopus is fluent in ''twelve'' languages, at least some of the languages being English, Spanish, French, German, and Ebonics (the first two are presumably his native languages, seeing how according to those sources, he was born in Mexico).
** Monsoon in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' is fluent in his native Khmer, as well as Chinese, and English. \n* Fighting game characters seem to have this inherently:\n** ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' includes people who should be speaking Japanese, English, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, Thai, and Russian. They converse with each other without issues.\n** ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' is even worse ... Japanese, English, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, and Spanish at least. And then there's four animal characters, none of whom share species, yet seem to converse perfectly fine with each other and occasionally the humans as well. This doesn't even address why one Chinese girl seems to only speak Japanese, or the Mexican wrestler just uses jaguar snarls.\n** ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'' has Greek, Japanese, Korean, French, English, German, Tagalog, Chinese (which has its own numerous dialects), one of the Native American Languages, Spanish, and that's to start.\n*** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the background fluff where Mitsurugi had difficulty finding work as a mercenary in Europe due to language barriers.



* In ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'', Mike Thorton is noted as having an unusual gift for languages, which is why the agency recruited him. If you pick the soldier background, the e-mail describing Mike says he picked up Arabic during his tour of duty in Iraq, just by interacting with native speakers. He apparently speaks the language at a fluent level, as well as being capable of understanding and conversing in Russian, Italian and Mandarin Chinese with no apparent difficulty. Technical specialist Mike, meanwhile, has a [=PhD=] in linguistics and is outright stated to know English, Farsi, Arabic, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Mandarin (Chinese) and Japanese.
* The Protheans from ''Franchise/MassEffect'' are shown to be capable of learning another language by using touch-telepathy to empathically view memories. Their technology is capable of similar feats, with Vigil learning English via radio-chatter.
* Fenris from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is an ex-slave with no formal education and memory issues to boot, but nonetheless speaks at least three languages -- his native Tevinter, the Free Marches common tongue, and Qunlat. He picked up the last one by listening to them.
* ''VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy VI}}'': Mog, a moogle who can speak the same language as humans effortlessly (when all other moogles can just say "Kupo!"). This is justified by the moogle himself, who explains that the Esper Ramuh taught him to speak their language in his dreams, and told him to seek the party out and help the cause. He still uses "Kupo!" at the end of some sentences, however.
* Resident CuteBookworm Kosuzu Motoori of the ''VideoGame/TouhouProject'' spinoff series Forbidden Scrollery bears the power to decipher any book just by touching it.
* Player characters in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' possess a power known as the Echo, one of the effects of which is the ability to understand any spoken language.
* ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'' plays with this in regards to Bucket, and by extension all other Rank-Rajat Minds. He has the capability to speak any and every language but is limited by which dictionaries he currently has loaded. Bucket himself doesn't have many at a time, but he still has more than any meatbag.


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* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** As the protagonist of ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', you know almost every language you come across, seeing them as subtitles. A Wookiee character is surprised that you can understand him really, to facilitate BilingualDialogue most ''Star Wars'' characters understand if not speak several languages and you have the option to wonder to an assassination droid with translator capacities why you can't understand the Sandpeople tongue. HK tells you that he knows you pick up languages with the help of TheForce, but it doesn't substitute for actual linguistic training (he speculates that the Sand People being deliberately obscurantist with their language contributes; they don't ''want'' you to understand). Towards the end of the game, [[spoiler:only you can]] understand Rakatan, which startles your companions. As [[spoiler:the Dark Lord Revan, you]] ''ripped the language out of their heads'' and forced them to comprehend Basic.
** ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' handles the situation a little more believably; you don't actually know all those languages, but a small sonic imprint sensor you picked up in the first level is equipped with a translator unit that helps you out and you don't run across anyone who speaks anything obscure.
*** [[spoiler:Except [[HumanoidAbomination Darth Nihilus.]]]]
* The Spy from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' is French, and is fluent (apparently) in English, French, Spanish and Italian (and possibly other languages too).
* Resident CuteBookworm Kosuzu Motoori of the ''VideoGame/TouhouProject'' spinoff series Forbidden Scrollery bears the power to decipher any book just by touching it.

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