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"Are fish really worth talking to? Our genius scientists taught a gorilla sign language, and do you know what we learned? 'Banana is pretty! Banana make gorilla happy!'"

A character can talk to animals, and they (mostly) answer as if they, too, were human.

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

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


It seems as if the presence of someone who speaks Animal heightens an animal's intelligence. They will verbally express an understanding of human actions that the animal's own actions up to then gave no indication of.

The ability to talk to animals is also a common superpower. In the early days, it was fairly common, but due to the perceived lameness of Aquaman-style "talking to fish", it's now most often given to the Super Team's wacky guy or Plucky Comic Relief as a sort of joke power. It's more useful when you can command the animals you communicate with; sometimes, the communication part is left out, and they can only really control animals, rather than actually converse with them. This tends to avoid the problems mentioned above, in that you might be able to assume the animals are simply being compelled to carry out the commands by whatever magic or Applied Phlebotinum gave the character the powers in the first place. Sometimes a character can make both work for them.


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

This is Level 5 on the Sliding Scale of Animal Communication.

Don't confuse this ability with Talking Animal, which is when an animal can naturally speak a human language. Also, note that if you shapeshift into an animal or a Beast Man, you'll usually learn how to speak Animal Talk too. See also Animal Eye Spy, where the character can see through the eyes of an animal. Compare Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish which is an ability to speak gibberish or some other made up language. If the animals they communicate with and control are "unpleasant" ones like rats or cockroaches, then they'll be a Pest Controller. A character with this ability is often a Friend to All Living Things or an Animal LoverDon't know the difference? .


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Belldandy in Ah! My Goddess even makes sure to use polite honorifics when talking to animals. Or to some inanimate objects.
  • In Animal Land, it first seems humans like Tarouza can understand animals and talk to them. Later this is revealed to be an extremely rare empathic-based power, neither natural or exclusive to humans.
  • In one episode of the original Astro Boy, a naturalist develops a machine that can control animals using ultrasonic waves to affect their brains. He uses it in an attempt to stop a land developer from destroying a forest, first by attempting to assassinate the construction company's executives & their families with things like attack dogs & raging bulls, & when that fails, using hordes of every animal imaginable to overrun the city, before he is killed by the title character (don't feel too bad, he was about to throw a bomb into a room full of hostages). In later versions of the series, Astro's little sister, Uran has the ability to communicate with animals, presumably based on the same technology, which she uses at one point to convince fellow Tezuka manga star Leo/Kimba the White Lion not to eat a terrified schoolboy.
  • Shiori of Castle Town Dandelion has an exaggerated form of this as her Royalty Superpower. Specifically, she can speak to literally anything, inanimate objects included.
  • In Dot and the Kangaroo and its sequels, Dot can talk to animals when she eats a special root called "the fruit of understanding."
  • Fresh Pretty Cure! has Inori gaining the ability to talk to animals (and Chiffon, even thought she doesn't really qualifies as an animal) during her power-up episode.
  • In Full Metal Panic!, apparently Sousuke has a great affinity to animals. Putting together numerous different canons (the Light Novels, manga, anime, etc.), it would appear that he can communicate and has some understanding when they speak. In the manga, there's the instance where he takes care of "Mousuke," a highly intelligent little mouse that is extremely attached to him. He's later shown having a conversation with Mousuke, which Kaname witnesses. She's very bewildered and unnerved that Sousuke is... talking to a mouse. In the novels, Sousuke is also shown to be able to communicate with Shiro ("Whitey"), a white tiger that he grew up with. He can understand Shiro's growls and even translate them to Kaname. And in the anime, while Sousuke is disguised as Bonta-kun, he's able to communicate with the disturbing Pony man (who only says "pony pony pony" while wearing his mask) which no one else seems to be able to understand.
  • Miyabi "Professor" Oomichi of GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class appeared to be able to communicate with the chickens on the campus.
  • In the badass commanding-animals-in-battle category, Shido Fuyuki of Get Backers. The manga goes into a little more detail: apparently, any member of the Maryuudo (i.e., Amon Natsuki, who was asked to help rescue Madoka by monkeys) can talk to animals, but it is Shido's tribe, the Shiki, that has the ability to awaken the animals' ability to think and act on the level of humans. There's also the Maryuudo's mortal enemies, the Kiryuudo, who communicate with and command bugs.
  • Panda's owner, Mimi, in Hamtaro. In fact, she's the only human able to talk to the Ham-Hams and understand their speech. Though in some instances during Laura's diary entries, it seems almost as if Laura and Hamtaro can communicate telepathically, as sometimes Hamtaro mentally responds to what Laura is thinking as she writes her diary, and Hamtaro explicitly states that he can't read.
  • Hibiki Ganaha of The Idolmaster can talk to her pets.
  • Tadayasu Sawaki, the main character of Moyashimon can communicate with bacteria, yeasts, and other microorganisms, in addition to being able to see them with the naked eye.
  • In My Hero Academia, Koji Koda has this as his Quirk; he can talk to animals to ask for information or help from them. It extends to bugs, but tough luck, he's scared to death of them.
  • Nadia, the heroine of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, can speak with animals and is also able to read their letters.
  • Since it's necessary to resolve his curse, and came about because of the curse, Junpei, the protagonist of Nyan Koi!!, can understand cats. The cats can understand him too.
  • One Piece:
    • Not only is Chopper able to talk to just reindeer, he can talk to other animals as well. Although he is a reindeer himself, he is qualified because he had eaten a devil's fruit which allows him to become semi human.
    • The Filler character Apis has this as power from a devil fruit.
    • Mermaids can naturally talk to fish, and Jimbei also displays this ability (remarked to be unusual for a fishman).
    • There is the Mermaid Princess Shirahoshi who can talk to sea kings, which give her the ability to sink island. We learned later that she's the current form of Poseidon, one of the three ancient weapons feared by the World Government.
  • Alice/Mokuren in Please Save My Earth was a "Kiches Sarjalian," who had multiple powers, including the ability to speak telepathically with animals.
  • Pokémon Adventures:
    • Being blessed by the Viridian Forest, both Yellow and Lance can read the minds and hearts of Pokémon through telepathy.
    • Also, Dr. Footprint can accurately tell what a Pokémon is thinking by simply looking at its footprints alone, like when a Staravia was about to drop him and when a Drapion wanted to be free of its Jerkass trainer.
    • Interestingly enough, Adventure's version of N may be able to speak Pokémon, but not very fluently. He may like to give devastating Hannibal Lectures to people about why humans can never truly have relationships with Pokémon, but it is shown that his interpretations of a Pokémon's thoughts and feelings may not necessarily be correct.
  • Pokémon:
    • Iris can read the hearts of Dragon-types, though this ability triggers conveniently enough to be a Deus ex Machina.
    • Ash is a Downplayed version of this. He can't translate Pokémon Speak word-for-word, but he's close enough to Pikachu and the others to get the gist of what they're saying.
    • Valerie, the Gym Leader of Laverre City, can speak the languages of Fairy-type Pokémon. Whether or not she can do the same with others is unknown.
    • "The Poke Spokesman" featured Simon, who seemed to have this ability, although the true extent is not really revealed.
  • Shuu from Pokémon Getto Da Ze! can speak to Pokemon with a device.
  • Hibiki can do this in Re-Kan!. Unfortunately, Ero-Neko, the main cat we hear speaking is very perverted. She closes the window on him after hearing him mention watching the girls change in their locker room.
  • Harima from School Rumble.
  • Princess Nana Deviluke of To Love-Ru has the ability to talk to animals. This is how she finds out that Haruna has feelings for Yuuki. Haruna's pet dog Maron spilled the beans, much to Haruna's dismay.
  • In Tokyo Mew Mew, Ichigo can converse with cats.
  • Prince Cab in Transformers: Super-God Masterforce.
  • Yaiba is apparently able to speak with tigers, gorillas, vultures and owls.
  • Ao Nanami of Yozakura Quartet early on jokes about having an "intelligence network" after using her Telepathy to communicate with birds, though it doesn't come up much afterward.

    Comic Books 
  • Angel Catbird: After becoming the titular hero, Strig finds he can perfectly understand animals.
  • In Apama - The Undiscovered Animal, this is part of the titular superhero's power set. It doesn't help him much, as while the animals' words are translated into English, the syntax usually of the You No Take Candle variety, and differs from animal to animal.
  • Aquaman telepathically commands all aquatic life. Doesn't ask, telepathically commands. (Depending on the Writer; during the Peter David run it was a plot point that he did have to ask.) However, many of them are quite stupid. Shark: "This is a nice hole." When Aquaman rescues them from a tuna net: "Let us look at the hole some more."
  • Aqualad had the command ability at one point, lost it, then regained it (or so he thought) only to find out he no longer commanded them; he had to ask them nicely to help out instead.
  • Hawkman can talk to birds. Given the kind of stick Aquaman's been given though, he keeps quiet about it these days. Unlike Aquaman, he doesn't command them, but asks them to spy on anything suspicious and report back to Hawkman.
  • The Falcon can talk to birds telepathically.
  • Ant-Man's cybernetic helmet lets him talk to ants.
    • Lampshaded in the classic Spider-Man story, "The Sinister Six"; at one point J. Jonah Jameson starts shouting at a spider in his office, thinking that Spider-Man can communicate with spiders the way Ant-Man communicates with ants. The rest of the Daily Bugle staff just look at him thinking that the old man has finally lost it.
    • Also parodied in a Marvel Adventures Spider-Man story, in which Spider-Man forces a bank-robber to surrender by making hand gestures, announcing, "I'm summoning the spiders. I'm Spider-Man and you're making me mad. I'm summoning the spiders, they will come to my call. Hundreds of them, thousands, all of them at my command. (Beat) Because I'm SPIDER-MAN!"
  • Sophia Sanduval, a.k.a. Chat, a mutant with this as her power.
  • Talking to animals is one of the lesser-known powers of Wonder Woman, though this is sometimes just written as her being a Friend to All Living Things and is usually a low level psychic power.
    • This power is back as of Wonder Woman (Rebirth), though because animals don't really have the capacity for big concepts and mostly think about food there's really not much conversation to be had.
    • The villain Purrsia from Wonder Woman and the Star Riders can communicate with animals, mostly doing so to order her magic cat Panthera. There is no indication that Panthera is any more intelligent than a normal cat, she can just tell what her owner wants her to do in a simple sense.
  • Freshmen had Charles Levy, or The Green Thumb, who can talk to plants. The whole "eating things that can talk" thing is brought up, and since he's a vegetarian ol'Charles is up shit creek. And his ficus thinks he's cheating on her.
  • Norbert Sykes, hero of The Badger.
  • Danielle Moonstar from the Marvel Comics New Mutants had a secondary mutation before secondary mutations were cool. Apart from (originally) manifesting people's worst fears holographically, she could communicate on a low level with animals; basically furry creatures automatically liked her. Sub-bonus in that she soon joins the team with Rahne, a mutant who can shapeshift into a wolf, so when Rahne transforms, they can communicate over long distances.
  • Squirrel Girl, also from Marvel Comics, has the ability to talk to squirrels. Among other many vaguely defined talents. Oddly, the squirrels have the ability to talk with the reader. She tends to assume that other animal themed super heroes have this ability as well. Cue her trying to get Wolverine to try to talk to a wolverine. Or even trying to get Tigra, Black Cat, Kitty Pryde, Hellcat etc. to talk to a cat.
  • It was revealed in her spin-off comic that Gran'ma Ben (AKA Rose) from the Bone comics could speak to dogs.
  • In the "Mork Whisperer" arc of Strontium Dog, one of the bounty hunters' targets turns out to be able to communicate flawlessly with any animal, particularly morks. He doesn't get along too well with humans.
  • Parodied in The Far Side with a scientist that invents a dog translator. Immediately he discovers that "woof! woof! woof!" means "hey! hey! hey!"
  • Buddy Baker aka Animal Man can communicate with whatever animal species he's borrowing abilities from.
  • Plant Elementals (i.e. Black Orchid and Swamp Thing) can communicate with animals that are a large part of the forest's ecosystem.
  • Ex Machina: Mitchell Hundred's "archenemy" Jack Pherson had this power. It's not played for laughs at all.
  • Golden Age Black Canary could use her sonic powers to hypnotically control birds.
    • The modern version can still do this to an extent, but instead of controlling or communicating, she can just summon birds, similar to Batman's Ultrasonic Bat Signal in Batman: Year One.
  • Detective Chimp actually gained the power to talk to all animals (along with significantly slowed aging) from the fountain of youth. He mostly communicates with Humans, though.
  • The New 52 version of Silver Banshee can speak any verbal language, which she demonstrates by talking to doves.
  • The Horsewoman in Demon Knights can communicate with horses through a force in the blood that binds all animals together (i.e. The Red).
  • Tara Freemont from Femforce is a size-changing Jungle Princess who can communicate with animals.
  • In a blatant example of Furry Confusion, the Donald Duck comic "Making Waves" involves Donald gaining the ability to communicate with non-anthropomorphic birds.
  • In the Fractured Fairy Tale comic Garulfo, the titular frog is still able to speak with animals after being turned into a human, while the human prince changed into a frog becomes able to speak with animals and keeps this ability after reverting back to human.
  • Starfire has the ability to learn any language through a kiss. In her solo series, she uses this power to communicate with a dolphin at an aquarium. She literally presses her lips against its beak. And before anyone gets their undies in a bind, please note that dolphins are intelligent.
  • Nikki Finch of Valiant Comics' Secret Weapons is a "psiot" who can communicate with birds.
  • In Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Salem couldn't talk until the 1990s show popularized it enough that it was added back into the comics. The Archie Comics (2015) reboot acts as a middle-ground: Sabrina and her aunts can understand Salem however muggles can't. He's speaking in Animal Talk.

    Comic Strips 
  • In Safe Havens children are able to communicate with their pets. As they grow up, though, most of them start to lose that ability (as seen with Jenny). Only those who retain some aspect of their childhood, like Samantha did, manage to keep the ability to talk to animals into adulthood. It's noted that many of those that do go on to become veterinarians.
    • In a non-traditional example, Patina Welding is teaching herself how to speak 'cat'. Predictably, swearing was the first thing she picked up.

    Fan Works 
  • In Ashes of the Past, Ash's Aura powers allow him to understand Pokémon Speak. He eventually teaches his various traveling companions to do the same. (And also Simon, a Pokémon interpreter whom Ash met in the anime; this time, Ash figures out he actually has a latent talent at Aura and gives him a guide book to help him improve on his skills.)
  • Fauna in DC Nation has this as one of her powers, and was a bit surprised when she found out Beast Boy didn't. Unlike her Shapeshifting and Beastmaster abilities, she is completely comfortable using it.
  • A Diplomatic Visit: Fluttershy can speak the wolves' language, and it's noted that she made a point of learning it and about their culture after meeting Well-Hidden, one of the civilized wolves, when he passed by her home at some point while on his meditation journey.
  • Empath: The Luckiest Smurf: Tapper Smurf on a few occasions, mostly those in story adaptations from the cartoon show where the pre-Smurfling adult Nat Smurf originally appeared. In the situations where there are dangerous animals, however, Tapper invokes the name of Jesus Christ to ward them off.
  • In Faded Blue, Steven inherited this ability from his mother Blue Diamond, but does clarify that this only counts for animals that communicate verbally. Things like insects, which communicate via pheromones or through motion, he can't speak.
  • Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality actually does address the issues surrounding the Carnivore Confusion that may occur once communication with animals is introduced: Harry, after discovering that he can talk to snakes, becomes a vegetarian, from the fear that all animals may have the level of sapience that snakes seem to have when they are spoken to.
  • Assassin/zoologist Johanna Smith-Rhodes in Discworld fic Nature Studies. At least, with the Great Apes. it comes of knowing the Librarian.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Damian Wayne, the fourth and current Batman, is able to telepathically communicate with animals that have bonded with him. Because of this, he leads a legion of his pets, which includes dogs, cats, a dragon-bat, and a Japanese dragon while cleaning up the streets of Gotham.
  • A New Chance Series: The fan-series diverges from the canon Pokemon universe after movie 5. Ash, through a soul-bounding technique, ends up saving the life of Latios, and as side effect gains the power to understand Pokemon, to his joy. And according to Ho-oh, it won't be the only side effect.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines has "Bloodliners", humans born with Pokémon-related abilities. One variant particularly stands out: Type Heart Bloodliners are associated with a single specific element, and one of their abilities is being capable of talking to and understanding any Pokémon that is at least part the same type as them.
    • Ash, meanwhile, is capable of speaking telepathically to any Pokémon he is close to. This is implied, although not confirmed, to be use of Aura, since he's a Lucario Species Bloodliner.
  • Symbiosis, an another Pokemon fanfic, Ash can speak to pokemon due to him being raised by wild pokemon since he was orphaned at age two.
  • They're Not Pussywillow Pixies: Tracker Smurf.
  • Weasley Girl introduces a magical charm that gives you the ability to talk to any animal of your choice; the Animaloqui or Animal Talk Charm. The charm's usefulness is limited by the fact that while under the charm you can only talk to that animal and lose the ability to talk human language. Not to mention, unless you know non-verbal magic it becomes difficult to cast any other spells since you're incapable of speaking the incantation properly.

    Films — Animation 
  • Disney Animated Canon:
    • Kronk from The Emperor's New Groove can talk to little woodland creatures, thanks to his Junior Chipmunk training.
    • Disney's Cinderella has conversations with her mice friends, although this may be the mice speaking human.
    • All the Merfolk from The Little Mermaid can communicate with sea creatures. Melody, Ariel's daughter later inherits this trait. Deconstructed, her powers alienate her peers, because they think she's a freak.
    • Tarzan speaks fluent animal (he even teaches it to other human characters). However, for all his skill there are some animals who just aren't interested in talking. Like Sabor.
    • Mama Odie from The Princess and the Frog. Strangely, her pet snake does not speak. The books also reveal that Tiana and Naveen have retained this ability even after returning to their human forms.
    • Mowgli from The Jungle Book actually gained the ability to talk to animals (such as Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther) because of the fact that he was raised by them and understands what they're saying. See Literature.
    • Penny and Cody in The Rescuers movies. Adults don't appear to be able to understand animals, though neither character is seen interacting with other children in their respective movies.
    • The animal fairies from Disney Fairies Franchise. Of these fairies, Fawn is especially gifted. Rosetta could also do this when she became an animal fairy for a while due to Zarina's Pixie Dust Alchemy swapping her talent with Fawn's and giving her talent to Iridessa.
  • Anne-Marie from All Dogs Go to Heaven. In this movie animals can only talk to members of their own species, which is really what makes Anne-Marie's gift special outside of the traditional talking-to-animals cliche in many talking animal movies for children.
  • Ro in Barbie as the Island Princess, including growing up on an island with an elephant, peacock, and red raccoon.
  • Sebastian in 'Frostbite is able to understand dogs after he is transformed to a vampire.
  • The human version of Fluttershy gains this ability in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Legend of Everfree. While Fluttershy was always a Friend to All Living Things, her magic geode allows her to speak to animals directly, including having full conversations.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In The Dark Crystal, Kira can talk to all the creatures on Thra.
  • Doctor Dolittle, the 1967 film musical based on the Doctor Dolittle novels. As in the novels, Doctor Dolittle learns how to speak with the animals from his talking parrot. A Translation Convention is not used; conversations are shown taking place in gestures and animal noises, with Dolittle translating the important parts into English for the benefit of his human companions. The meat problem is mentioned: Dolittle explains that he is now a vegetarian because he doesn't like to make a habit of eating his friends, but he doesn't require the same discipline from his human friends.
  • Dr. Dolittle, the 1998 film starring Eddie Murphy distantly inspired by the Doctor Dolittle books. In this version, Dolittle is a surgeon in modern-day America, and his ability to speak with animals is an innate gift, which his daughter inherits.
  • Tia from Escape to Witch Mountain can telepathically communicate with animals and get them to do her bidding. She psychically tames a wild horse and later summons the horse to help her and her brother escape from the bad guys. Turns out the two kids are aliens.
  • In Gordy, it is said that anyone can understand animals if they took the time to listen. Although only the two leading kids are able to understand him, only having five seconds of silence with the pig.
  • The Hawks and the Sparrows: In the story of the two friars, they actually learn the language of hawks and sparrows. They squawk noisily at the hawks, dialogue that's rendered onscreen in subtitles. Then it gets even sillier when Ciccilo figures out that sparrows communicate by hopping, followed by Ciccilo and Ninetto hopping around in a field in front of the sparrows while that is also rendered onscreen in subtitles.
  • A brief scene in K-PAX has Prot engage in a "conversation" with Dr. Powell's dog and "translate" it for everyone. Of course, like all things in the movie, it's hard to tell if he really can or if he's just crazy.
  • Logan: Charles Xavier gets one last heroic moment when he holds himself together long enough to focus and telepathically calm the Munsons' panicky horses.
  • Judy, who has a flair for languages, becomes fluent in Bear with Paddington's help. Later it becomes a Chekhov's Skill.
  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu has Tim, who's able to understand the titular character in human speech. To everyone else, it still comes out in Pokémon Speak.

    Folklore & Fairy Tales 
  • Shows up in tons of folk and Fairy Tales.
    • A boy learns to talk to dogs, frogs, and birds, representing three elements or states of matter (earth, water, air).
    • A man saves a snake who counsels him to ask for this power as his reward from her father. Only drawback is he can't tell anyone about it, or he'll die. His wife bugs him over a related issue that he finally decides to tell her, but then a passing rooster makes him reconsider and order her to just stop asking. (Well, the original involved him beating her until she stopped, but....)
    • Talking with animals is sometimes an unremarkable power, that is, the rather simple hero saves some ants or bees and they say "We'll never forget this!" and come back to help him in the second half of the tale, but his ability to understand this and to later ask them for help is never explained.
    • Often leads to treasure. E.g., the boy with the power hears birds talking about how treasure is buried beneath the tree but the humans are too stupid to look.
  • In the Brothers Grimm fairy tale "The White Snake", a king can communicate with animals because he regularly eats a bite from a white snake. When the servant who serves the king his food secretly eats a piece of the snake, he gains the same ability and uses it to rise socially. In one odd turn, the servant overhears a bunch of hungry young ravens lamenting that they will starve without food, and straightaway kills his own horse so they will have something to eat. Apparently he does not care to ask the horse's opinion of this.
  • The Saga of the Volsungs: After tasting the blood of dragon's heart, Sigurd understands the language of the birds. This power is critical to the plot only once, though.

  • In Belgariad, people with the Sha-Dar ability can communicate telepathically with horses. The Disciples of Aldur (and it is implied anybody else who commands the Will and the Word) can also speak with animals, usually ones whose forms they have taken before. Polgara can speak with all birds and Belgarath and Belgarion can fluently speak Wolf. Even Belgarion's son, Geran, learns how to speak Wolf while he's still a toddler.
  • The Doctor Dolittle series of children's books, whose Doctor Dolittle learned how to speak with the animals from his talking parrot. It's an actual plot point that animals have different languages, and just because you can speak to dogs doesn't mean you can speak to, say, crayfish. Dolittle puts lot of effort into learning more languages. It is also established that any human who makes the effort could learn animal tongues.
    • It's worth noting that it is not as simple as making animal sounds — the Doctor uses the tails of his jacket to mimic movements of the tail, he must make a lot of effort holding his breath when talking to underwater animals, etc.
  • Harry Potter gained the power to talk to snakes the first time Big Bad Voldemort tried to kill him. Parselmouths are people who can talk to snakes by hissing at them. When a snake talks to a Parselmouth, they hear the hissing as if it were in their native language.
    • Both Ron and Dumbledore use this ability in nice subversions. In the last book, Ron manages to open the Chamber of Secrets by remembering the Parseltongue phrase that Harry had spoken previously, while in the sixth book, Dumbledore is implied to have learnt to understand spoken Parseltongue, but is not capable of actually speaking it.
  • In the Mary Poppins books, all babies can talk to animals. Ms. Poppins happens never to have lost this ability (a dog informs her of her uncle's laughing fit). Just showed how she was Practically Perfect in Every Way.
  • Mask 2020: Mae, aka "Violet Vortex", discovers she can communicate with animals early in the book.
  • In The Sea of Trolls, Jil is exposed to dragon blood, the magic of which allows her to understand birds. It is not clear whether she can speak back to them, however. Also, this turns out to suck because the birds never have anything worthwhile to say and won't shut up.
  • In the Young Wizards series, wizards can communicate with animals because the Speech, the Language of Magic, is sort of the proto-language which all things and creatures can understand. Plus, depending on a wizard's specialty, this can be taken further: Nita, who specializes in living things, can converse with microbes, while Kit, who specializes in inanimate objects, can commune with rocks and TV remote controls.
  • In Mercedes Lackey's Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, drinking dragon's blood gives the ability to understand the speech of animals. Subverted in that many animals lack human intelligence, so they don't say much besides "Run!" or "Hey! Hey! Hey hey! Hey!"
  • In The Hobbit, Bard can understand the language of the thrush and therefore knows where a dragon had his one small vulnerability.
    • Beorn can also talk with many animals.
    • Radagast, the Brown Wizard.
    • Celegorm, son of Fëanor.
  • In Piers Anthony's Xanth novels, Dor has the power to communicate with inanimate objects. It is expressly stated that it is his magic that "animates" them. Almost all Xanth humans are born with a magical Talent, but Dor's is impressive enough that he is classed as a "Magician," and presumptive heir to the throne, which is always occupied by a Magician.
    • The counterpoint to Dor is Grundy the Golem who can speak to any living thing (including plants). Unlike Dor, his talent is not considered Magician caliber due to the fact that anyone who tried hard enough could theoretically learn the language of any living thing. The trope is somewhat justified here due to the magic of Xanth making every living thing at least somewhat intelligent.
      • In fact, at one point after the Sea Hag captures him, he even teaches a beetle a few sentences of dragon language so it can pass on a message for him.
  • The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness: Torak. Only with wolves, ravens, and bears though.
  • In Life, the Universe and Everything, after Arthur Dent learns how to fly, he also teaches himself the language of birds. This turns out to be a mistake, since all they talk about is nuts, bugs, sex and power-to-lift ratios. This means he's constantly surrounded by their inane chatter, but he ignores them as much as possible.
  • In Charlotte's Web, Fern is able to understand what the animals are saying when they talk to each other, although she is not shown speaking to them herself.
  • Tamora Pierce's Immortals quartet is based around the principle of the heroine being able to speak to animals. Later she can even turn into them. At one point she even addresses the meat-eating dilemma, saying that after being hunted in both deer and goose form, she was down to only being able to eat chicken, mutton, and fish. Before that she often hunted herself and confused people in that regard; considering the animals she knows has no problem hunting other animals, all she needs to do is cut off her senses and hunt like a regular human. But after her experiences in that regard, she can't do it anymore. Her father, who is a minor god of the hunt, is rather disappointed in her stopping her hunting.
  • Grizzly of the Seekers of Truth can communicate with animals to a degree, but animals generally don't have much to say, boiling down to "Hey, get off my branch!", "Come have sex with me!", or "Holy crap, what was that?". He usually uses this to get large, angry animals to leave hikers alone. (Of course, that's not to say that talking to animals doesn't occasionally come in very, very handy.)
  • In Percy Jackson and the Olympians Grover, a Satyr, can speak to all animals and Percy can speak to horses, zebras and hippocampi, as horses (and their counterparts) were created by his father, Poseidon. Percy can also speak to sea creatures. Pretty self-explanatory.
  • In Spindle's End, a "Sleeping Beauty" retelling by Robin McKinley, this is the last of the 21 blessings bestowed by fairy godmothers on the princess on her christening day.
  • In Artemis Fowl it's stated that the Fairy gift of tongues extends at least to dogs (and it is implied to some other animals). Confirmed in The Time Paradox, where Holly can not only talk to all of the animals in a zoo, she can talk to all of them at once.
  • In Children of the Red King, Billy has this power. It's harder than talking to humans, though, because animals tend to think in different ways and seem to be generally less intelligent.
  • Nakata from Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore uses his ability to understand cats to find people's lost pets.
  • In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "Beyond the Black River", some men can talk to some animals, "Only such as remember Jhebbal Sag." Fortunately for Conan and Balthus, as one of them can command such animals to attack the two of them.
  • In Moses, Man of the Mountain, after reading the book at Koptos Moses knows, among other things, "the language of the birds of the air, the creatures that people the deep and what the beasts of the wild all said". However, he's never seen using this power until the very end of his life.
  • In The Girl With The Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts, Katie Welker can speak to and understand (telepathically) cats and dogs, among other powers. She's also telekinetic.
  • In Shannon Hale's Books of Bayern series, people born with various gifts can gain Elemental Powers by learning the languages of the elements. Those who learn the "languages" of animals, trees, and people can control those things too. Animal-speaking is really only used in the first book, The Goose Girl, whose protagonist can talk to birds.
  • In The Shadow Speaker, Ejii discovers she can talk to animals and read their minds when she hears the thought of a cat eating a dead animal.
  • In the Lionboy series, Charlie can converse with cats after an accident when he was young, which involved getting scratched by a leopard cub, and some of their blood went into the other's body. He can also talk to a chameleon named Ninu, but only because Ninu knows Cat, too.
  • In Spheres of Influence, Son Wu Kung shows the ability to speak with just about any animal in the Nexus and environs.
  • One of Cheri's powers, alongside superhuman math skills. It comes in handy for The Ultra Violets numerous times.
  • John Stretch from the Garrett, P.I. novels is a ratman who can communicate with his un-altered rodent kin. This allows him to use them as scouts and spies, although their usefulness is limited by their poor vision, limited brainpower, and inability to understand the speech of anyone but him.
  • In the Rainbow Magic series, many fairies can do this, and are good friends with animals.
  • In Relativity, the supervillain known as Cricket can speak to insects and spiders. He wants to use his powers to do legitimate research on insects, but no one believes he has the ability. He uses bugs to help him steal things just to prove that he can do it, rather than out of any desire to be evil.
  • Anyone who spends enough time with Holois in Tough Magic can understand her, even though she only speaks in mrows.
  • The gnomes of Gnomes and its various spinoffs such as The World Of David The Gnome can converse with all kinds of vertebrate animals.
  • A Taste of Honey: Aqib, though he initially is not aware of it and thinks animals listen to him because he grew up among them. Turns out he's Semi-Divine through his mother's line of descent and his special power is talking to animals.
  • The True Game: Jinian Star-Eye has the ability to speak to animals until the planet's Gaia decides to withdraw all talents from humans.
  • Obviously applies to Wild Child characters like Mowgli and Tarzan because they were raised by animals. This may however be restricted to just one species.
  • In Hawksmaid, Matty can communicate with falcons. This starts as an instinctual understanding of their thoughts and feelings, but gradually progresses to the point where can understand their speech and talk back to them.
  • Fate/strange fake: Enkidu, as a nature attuned being created by the gods, can talk to animals. A good thing because his Master is a wolf.
  • In Doglands, there are some humans, such as Jodi, called "Dog Talkers". They can communicate fluently with dogs. It's mentioned that they're not speaking "dog tongue" but are speaking some other sort of language.
  • Villains by Necessity: Kaylana is capable of communicating with basically any animal, many of whom are friendly with her, and even can control some (aside from those bound to other mages).
  • Played with in Anthony Ryan's Draconis Memoria trilogy. The White can telepathically communicate with the spoiled, but it doesn't understand human languages, and the spoiled do not understand the "language" it speaks. It can, however, broadcast intent or show images, and have the spoiled tell it what words human use for those images. For example, it could identify one of its spoiled as a scholar, but didn't know the word "scholar", so it had to transmit a picture of a scholar and have the spoiled tell it the right word.
  • In North To Benjamin, Edgar finds himself able to communicate with Benjamin, a dog, but it comes at the cost of losing his ability to communicate with humans. He still sounds like a human to himself, but other humans hear him talking like a dog.
  • Early in Castle Hangnail, Molly finds a spell in the castle library that lets her communicate with animals. It frequently comes in handy over the course of the story.
  • Alyssa Gardner from the Splintered Series can hear the thoughts of insects and flowers, and communicate with them.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Vince Noir from The Mighty Boosh has this ability in the first series. His companion Howard Moon feels that it's wasted on him because he only uses the gift to talk about how much he admires Gary Numan.
  • In Misfits, Kelly's telepathy allows her to read the mind of anyone, including animals. She learns some disturbing things about what her dog gets up to when she's not at home.
  • In Mortified, Taylor has frequent Imagine Spots where she imagines she can talk to animals and they speak back to her in fluent English.
  • George Sunday in My Hero uses a device called the Interspecies Interpreter in Series 3 #3 which allows him to talk to animals (except dung beetles, as George says "why would you want to, they live in dung"), specifically his in-laws' dog.
    • It returns in Series 6 #3 where George in his new persona, George Monday, uses it on the in-laws' cat to find out why Janet gives it so much attention.
  • Snow White in Once Upon a Time is able to translate a crow's caws into English.
  • Subverted on a Saturday Night Live sketch called "Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals". It's Exactly What It Says on the Tin; Mark Wahlberg talks to animals. They don't talk back.
  • Sean the dolphin trainer in Scrubs, possibly.
    Eliott: Do you actually talk to each other?
    Sean: Come on, Eliott, he's just a dolphin.
    Dolphin: Annoyed-sounding squeaks
    Sean: Because, Bruce, then she'd think I was crazy!
  • Spock from Star Trek: The Original Series can communicate through Vulcan telepathy with many beings that would count as being basically animals. In Star Trek IV, he actually mind-melded with Earth whales and deemed them most intelligent.
  • In the Supernatural episode "Dog Dean Afternoon", as the only witness to a murder is a dog, Dean takes a potion that lets him temporarily understand animals.
  • Shiro Akebono (Battle Kenya) in the Super Sentai series, Battle Fever J is a wild child that can talk to animals.
    • Later on, another Shiro (Red One) is also able to talk to animals as part of his power.
    • Kakeru Shishi/Gao Red from Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger can talk to animals as well as being an actual vetenarian. He tried to have a similar talk to Orgs... which failed and shocked him.
      • His Power Rangers Wild Force counterpart Cole can also do this (Which is slightly more justified by the fact he was raised in the jungle.)
  • Wonder Woman (1975): In "The Deadly Dolphin" and "Light-fingered Lady", Wonder Woman pacifies guard dogs with a smile. In "The Man Who Could Not Die" she commends a lion to stand down. "A Date With Doomsday" she gets information from a pigeon. "The Girl from Ilandia" shows it best as Wonder Woman gives telepathic commands to a dog named Tiger who then executes them perfectly.
    Wonder Woman: Tiger, you take care of her and if she's in trouble you come and find me. Understand?
    Tiger: barks (and later carries out these orders to the letter)

    Religion & Mythology 
  • In the Germanic myth of the Nibelungs (later adapted into a series of operas by Richard Wagner), the hero Sigurd gains the ability to talk to birds.
  • Melampus, in a Greek myth Older Than Feudalism, raised a pair of baby snakes in his youth after their mother was killed. The grateful serpents repaid him by giving him the power to understand animal speech. He eventually earned a kingdom and a wife with it.
  • King Solomon allegedly had this ability, though some interpretations suggest that he just knew a lot about animal behavior and could figure out details about his environment not evident to humans by paying attention to them. Islam is a little more explicit about Solomon being literally able to talk to animals, what with (most famously) the hoopoe telling him the Queen of Sheba was coming and Solomon being ready to receive her early. (In Islam, Solomon is considered a prophet, and every prophet has a miracle; for Solomon, his was talking to animals.)

  • Downplayed with Hyeon from Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues, whose ability to converse with animals is presented in a more realistic and less convenient way: rather than holding perfect conversations with them, he's only able to convey general ideas and short sentences. This also varies depending on the animal- birds and cats he can talk to with relative ease, but his pet squirrel can't really speak back to him and only gets the gist of what Hyeon tells it.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Vampire: The Masquerade: the Animalism discipline, mainly used by the Gangrel and Nosferatu clans, gives vampires power over animals.
  • The Tabletop RPG Vampire: The Requiem allows vampires to learn how to speak with animals, summon them, control them and eventually take over their bodies. Many use the lower-level power to get food. "Here, kitty, kitty." <Chomp>
  • In Changeling: The Lost, the Contract of Fang and Talon has this as the basic ability. A changeling needs to learn each sort of animal language separately.
  • In 7th Sea, those who possess a certain type of shape-shifting sorcery can talk to animals as well, with the catches being the farther away the sorcerer is from their home land or the more domesticated the animal is, the harder it is to communicate with it.
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • In 3rd Edition, Gnomes have the racial ability to speak to communicate with burrowing mammals through magic, albeit only for a minute a day. Fifth Edition changes this to only Forest Gnomes, but they can do it at will and it applies to any animal of small or smaller size, including non-burrowing animals.
    • Both druids and rangers can learn a spell that lets them communicate with animals for a brief period.
    • Xvarts (aka svarts or xivorts), a race of blue-skinned little humanoids, can speak with bats and rats in some editions of the game. 4th Edition explicitly makes them Evil Counterparts of gnomes.
    • Sea Elves can communicate with aquatic animals in most editions.
    • Tritons can communicate simple ideas to sea creatures, but they lack the ability to understand anything that an animal tries to say to them.
  • The Speak with Animals and Speak with Plants advantages in GURPS do exactly what they say with the caveat that some animals are barely sentient and most plants don't experience the world in a way remotely similar to us.
    • With the Sapience Enhancement in the "Powers" supplement, however, one can carry on a conversation with an animal or plant as easily as they can with a human being.
  • The superheroine Lynx in the GURPS Supers supplement Supertemps. She's a Friend to All Living Things as well.
  • In Spirit of the Century, this is the province of the Animal Friend (one particular kind of animal) and King of the Beasts (an entire broad category like land animals, sea animals, or "vermin") stunts. Add Call of the Wild as well ("calling out in a 'native' voice" to summon friendly creatures that can understand you via one of the other two) and you, too, can play your very own pulp-style Nature Hero.
  • The One Ring: Beorn the Skinchanger has this talent and can teach it to a trusted character. It's not quite "fluent" though, requiring a skill check to work out what the animal is saying.


    Video Games 
  • Guy (or Gus) from Final Fantasy II speak beaver. It's because of being a Wild Child, though it's not mentioned in-game.
  • Krile from Final Fantasy V is fluent in moogle and speaks some chocobo, although these two creatures are more intelligent than regular animals.
  • In Dragon Quest VII, there is a woodsman who can talk to animals. You recruit him at one point to help with a village where animals seem to run things... and then he reveals that he can't talk to these animals because they're people who were turned into animals. He can, however, speak to the humans in the village, because they're transmogrified animals.
  • Luke from Professor Layton can talk to animals (though in the first game the translation merely makes him a Friend to All Living Things). In the second game, he gets the idea to talk with a group of cows (who moo while he makes rather polite conversation) to find out which two of them were swapped with one another. Layton, who has consistently been shown throughout the first game as the sensible one, wonders why he hadn't thought of that himself.
  • Your character in MySims Agents seems to be able to understand what dogs and wolves say, and they can understand your simlish.
  • Nami Kamishiro from Lux-Pain has the power to talk to animals. This is a plot point in the story as she's able to tell that Atsuki has Psychic Powers when she's first introduced and she's able to figure out who the serial killer is. She's also able to tell that the person that killed Mako was not the serial killer and can determine when bad things are going to happen. Near the end of the game during the witch hunt, when Melody is killed by Grahaml, she reveals that she can control the animals around her because of her powers. As Graham comments, "I'm going to have to fight mother nature, am I?" Her powers are not enough to stop Graham and he easily defeats her.
  • Pokémon:
    • N from Pokémon Black and White can communicate with Pokémon. He came to have this power when his father abandoned him with injured Pokémon.
    • Dr. Footprint debuted in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, where he tells you what your Pokémon is thinking based on its footprints. Even if they don't have feet.
    • A little girl in the Battle Frontier in Pokémon Emerald could translate Pokémon dialogue directly to help you find out their happiness level, though she put it into little kid terms (i.e. using the word "ouchies" for injuries and wounds).
  • The protagonist from Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom can talk to animals (and by extension the majin). Most of the NPCs are rats and birds.
  • Minsc the ranger from the Baldur's Gate series has frequent conversations with his miniature giant space hamster Boo. While it's more than likely that he's just a little crazy, a talking miniaturized space hamster wouldn't be the weirdest thing in the setting.
  • The protagonists in the Mother series can communicate telepathically with pretty much any animal that's not in the middle of trying to kill him. In general, they're about as helpful as human NPCs.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Link gains the ability to talk to animals when he shapeshifts into a wolf.
  • In King's Quest V, the wizard Crispin gives Graham a piece of magical white snake to eat, which allows him to communicate with the animals he comes across. Less understandable is how said animals know that he'll understand them.
    • In the third game, a certain spell Alexander can cast allows him to understand animals, though not to actually speak back to them.
  • SoulBlazer: The hero can talk to animals and also plants; the rest of the humans can't.
  • In Terranigma, Ark can talk to animals as well as plants at first, but loses this ability at the end of the second chapter, when humans are revived.
  • In Persona 3, Aigis can understand the thoughts of the team dog Koromaru. This leads to Kormaru having input in the team's discussions. She's kind of a subversion though: While she can translate what he's thinking, she cannot actually talk to him because "canines do not have their own language." Justified in that Koromaru is at least smart and self-aware enough to use a persona and fight shadows. Less justified with the other animals Aigis (or her predecessors) interacted with.
  • Persona 5: Morgana, a mysterious shapeshifting cat, can be heard speaking perfect Japanese by Persona users (i.e. the player party and anyone else who's entered the game's Adventure Friendly Mental World ). Everyone else just hears a cat meowing. This becomes a plot point when a certain character claims to have been awakened to a Persona recently even though he understood Morgana perfectly fine in June.
  • In The Sims 2: Seasons, any sim with a gold gardening talent badge (including all plant sims) can speak with plants. This fulfills the need for social interaction (and the plant sim's "love" need).
  • In Shining Wisdom once you find the Whisper Conch you can talk to animals...and Trents.
  • In the Golden Sun series, NPC animals have coherent thoughts for Mind Read-capable Adepts. So do certain trees. In The Lost Age, Felix and friends can conduct an entire trading sidequest with a series of animals this way to unlock a Bonus Dungeon.
  • Franklin can do this in Grand Theft Auto V, being able to understand what some animals are saying. Even he thinks this is weird.
  • Henry from Fire Emblem Awakening can understand not just animals, but anything sentient. Including plants.
  • In Emberwing: Lost Legacy people who can speak to dragons, a rare ability, are known as Emberwings.
  • The player in Fantasy Life understands animals. Some characters besides the player seem to be able to do this while others clearly can't, but the setting isn't clear on how frequent this is.
  • Several characters in the Dragon Age series seem to understand Mabari warhounds (a dog breed with magically enhanced intelligence) well enough to have a conversation, even though it sounds like random barks to the player. The Mabari definitely understand English; a common saying is that they're "smart enough to talk, wise enough not too."
  • Cassie from Paladins seems to understand her bird Zigs well enough.
    Cassie: Zigs, what do you think of our chances?
    (Zigs responds)
    Cassie: Oh, well... let's just keep that to ourselves.
  • Utawarerumono: Aruruu displays the ability to speak to and understand animals, most prominently displayed with Mukkur, her pet tiger-god. She is given the title "Yaana Mauna", or "Mother of the Forest", for this. In the sequel she claims that while it's rare, the trait is not unique, and says that she believes Rulutieh is also a Yaana Mauna. Rulutieh is very close with her giant bird Cocopo, but she says she's never been able to understand him to the extent that Aruruu can.
  • Operation: V.I.D.E.O.G.A.M.E. has a level where Numbuh Three has to stop Knightbrace from using fireflies to manufacture a line of luminous toothpaste called Bug-Brite. Much to Knightbrace's hilarious annoyance, Numbuh Three succeeds because the fireflies are able to tell her what she needs to know to shut down Knightbrace's operation.
  • In Farnham Fables, Prince Philip is able to talk to animals. In Episode 1, he communicates with a sick fox to help cure him of his illness, then asks it to track the lost Gloria. In Episode 3, he uses his talent to convince the escaped creatures to wait for him in the gym.
  • Divinity: Original Sin II: Characters who take the Pet Pal talent can converse with animals, whose ability to string a sentence together varies widely — chickens have a very short train of thought and cluck a lot, while bulls can prove surprisingly philosophical.
  • It's implied that the Mario Bros. are fluent in Yoshi, seeing as how the text boxes of Yoshis in most games consist of a variation of "Yoshi!" followed by the actual text in parentheses. Fitting, considering that they were Raised by Yoshis.

  • Rowan, the baby from Boy and Dog, can understand both Murphy (a dog) and Milo (a cat).
  • Grace, and by extension the other chimeras, in El Goonish Shive can talk to animals (squirrels at least). At one point, Tedd used her as a negotiator with the squirrels on his lawn. Raven later has Grace talk to his cat as a test of her claimed abilities, then brings her along to try to work out a peaceful resolution with an enchanted, super-sized feral pig. The pig can understand her just fine, but it still doesn't work out.
  • Krosp of Girl Genius is a cat created with opposable thumbs, human intelligence, human speech, and the ability to command cats. Unfortunately, cats are idiots, and even if they can understand his commands, they tend to get distracted three seconds later.
  • Paz, the unlucky girl from Gunnerkrigg Court, can talk to animals. The first thing we see her talk to is a mouse. Turns out, mice don't have a lot of important things to say. It comes in much more useful when it lets her speak with Lindsey, who's very intelligent but normally needs a computer to communicate.
    Mouse: Yes, yes! I see! I see, I see! Oh yes, I see!
    I'm a mouse!
  • Gail temporarily has this power in When She Was Bad.
  • Nelson from Full Frontal Nerdity, as is his wont, figures out a way to powergame this.
    Nelson: A hundred squirrels acting in concert could bring down our nation's power grid.
  • In PS238 this is one of the powers of the Flea. He's limited to communicating only with insects, but he uses it to good effect.
  • In Spare Keys for Strange Doors, this is one of Andrew Cole's abilities.

    Web Original 
  • Several characters in the Whateley Universe, including Avatars of some animal spirits, like Aquerna (who can talk to squirrels and order them around) or Arachne (who can talk to spiders but spiders don't make really good spies because they're not very smart).
    • And we've now seen the Translation Convention: Aquerna talks to the squirrels and vice versa in what seems like English to her, but everyone else hears freaky squirrel noises.
  • Web Original/Howtohero mentions heroes who can control animals or talk to animals in the entry on Animal Sidekicks
  • In Kid Time Storytime, Hooty speaks in hoots and Two-Tone speaks in meows, but Storyteller translates for the viewer.

    Western Animation 
  • In the The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius episode "Raise the Oozy Scab", Jimmy has a device that allows him to speak to fish, which he hopes to use to ask for directions to a sunken treasure. It fails, as the fish just want to talk gossip. Later, when the sub is attacked by a giant squid, Jimmy modifies the device to be able to speak squid and convince it to let them go.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: In "The Question", Gumball goes to the forest so the animals will teach him the meaning of life. He makes random noises at a squirrel, and gets slapped by it. Darwin says Gumball unknowingly insulted the squirrel, and makes random noises that the squirrel actually understands.
  • In Arthur, baby Kate can talk to dogs and cats. To them, people speak pure gibberish. Indeed, a story in the program's thirteenth season confirms that, in fact, all babies can speak to animals. As they start to grow up, they gradually begin to lose this power. The fact that the babies in question aren't human themselves isn't brought up.
  • From Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Ma-ti, with the power of heart.
  • In the Dexter's Laboratory episode "Dexter's Lab: A Story", Dexter wants to speak with a dog, so he constructs a translator device and learns that the dog is saying "Hey! Hey! I'm a dog! Look! Look, it's a thing! Over here! A dog!" and so on. When the dog's owner turns up, his speech patterns are identical.
    Man: It's my dog! It's my dog!
    Dog: It's my man! It's my man!
  • Diego from Dora the Explorer. In his spinoff Go, Diego, Go!, the animals talk as well, and it carries on to crossover episodes of its parent series (notably in Baby Jaguar's case).
  • The Dragon Prince: Prince Ezran turns out to be able to understand animals, a skill which plays a key part of the events in the third season.
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • In one of the Oh Yeah! Cartoons shorts, Timmy wishes for this as part of a short where he was making himself a superhero. This sets up a Running Gag of him seeing a mayfly go from infant to old man in 24 hours.
    • Tootie can talk to penguins in the live-action special A Fairly Odd Christmas.
  • Flipper and Lopaka: Lopaka is an 11-year-old Polynesian boy with the ability to converse with sea creatures.
  • Santa Claus in the Frosty the Snowman cartoon speaks fluent rabbit.
  • Several instances involving Bender in Futurama:
    • In the episode "The Birdbot of Ice-Catraz", Bender suffers an accident that causes him to reboot, and automatically goes into "Penguin mode" due to penguins being the first thing he sees upon reactivating. Interestingly enough, after he later returns to his default "human" mode, he appears to retain the ability to speak Penguin, encouraging them (in their own language) to attack the people trying to hunt them. Whether or not he can perform all this with other animals is unknown, but it seems entirely possible.
    • In "The Sting" Bender is given a bee language cartridge to allow him to communicate with the space bees, so he's likely able to communicate with any animals with the right software.
  • The Hollow: Mira is capable of understanding and talking with animals as well as asking them to do various tasks, and almost none of them refuse her.
  • In the Jonny Quest episode "Werewolf of the Timberland", the Indian named White Feather can speak to wolves and owls (and presumably other forest creatures).
  • In his appearances in Justice League, Aquaman's ability to command the creatures of the sea is again referenced, and since this is the DCAU, he uses it to much more badass effect. Like dropping a killer whale on people and riding it into battle.
  • Ron from Kim Possible, most often with Rufus. He has also shown that he can communicate very well with other animals: Chippy, Roachie, and Professor Dementor's giant dogs, to name a few.
  • Larry & Steve is a short about a man named Larry who understands a dog named Steve. As a result, Larry rescues Steve from the local pound.
  • In The Legend of Korra, Bolin speaks fire ferret to talk to Pabu... or just chomps his teeth to indicate that Pabu should do the same to the rope.
  • In Littlest Pet Shop (2012), Blythe Baxter, for reasons that no-one is really sure of, not even the animals, can understand and talk to animals. Though they assume it was due to hitting her head while inside a falling dumbwaiter. She keeps it a secret in fear of being called "weird". Though interestingly, the animals are almost always doing human activities, such as playing cards, performing magic tricks, and reading books, yet none of the other human cast seems to take notice and assumes they're just average non-sentient animals. The final season reveals that Blythe's late mother also had the ability to talk to animals, which she got from her, and her father knew the whole time.
  • Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run may (or may not) provide an example of a Funny Animal communicating with non-anthro animals. When Lola Bunny is stuck in the ocean with Bugs Bunny, Lola says she can "speak dolphin" and asks them to send "a nice yacht, a big one, with a Jacuzzi" to save them. Mac and Tosh's yacht immediately appears. However, it's a bit of an Ambiguous Situation since the only "dolphins" we see are actually sharks.
  • My Little Pony:
    • My Little Pony (G3) has Pinkie Pie with her "squink" thinking procedure, her obsession with the color pink. How positively pink is she? She was once able to command some pink fireflies to basically act as flashlights for the gang during their quest. When asked how she'd managed that, Pinkie Pie matter-of-factly answers, "I speak pink."
    • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
      • Fluttershy is able to talk to the animals she takes care of (though some scenes suggest that animals just naturally understand pony-speak, the same way Snoopy and Garfield understand humans) and can interpret the sounds they make as well. In "The Cutie Map", when the heroes are imprisoned and their powers taken away, Fluttershy tries to ask a nearby bird for help, but it doesn't respond to her and she cannot understand its speech, meaning that her ability is magical in nature. Note that while she can talk to and understand animals, she does not control them and most of the animals she interacts with are simply nice enough to listen to her. In "A Health of Information", royal jelly from a special beehive is needed to cure Zecora's illness. Fluttershy tries to explain her circumstances and politely ask for the royal jelly, but the bees don't care and attack her anyway, and she's forced to find another way to get it.
      • Also doubles as an Actor Allusion in "Hurricane Fluttershy", when Twilight Sparkle, voiced by Tara Strong (the voice actor for Bubbles), is chattered at by a squirrel, to which her response is "Do I look like I speak squirrel?"
      • Iron Will can understand what his goats say.
  • Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls can speak to animals. In one episode in which this would have been exceptionally useful, she loses her voice due to a bee stinging her throat. Justified in that her particular power is the ability to speak any language.
  • The Rocketeer: Sylvester Slapdash understands what his pet ferret Lilith says.
  • In the SheZow episode "SheSquatch", SheZow gains the power to understand and communicate with animals.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power:
    • It's indicated that Razz can communicate with horses, since she understands Swift Wind before he figures out how to speak to humans. The tie-in book Island of Magical Creatures also confirms that Swift Wind can communicate not only with other horses, but is also fluent in hedgehog, God only knows how or why.
    • Mermista can communicate with seagulls. Whether she can communicate with other sea life is unknown. She taught Sea Hawk how to talk to seagulls, though he is a little rusty.
  • Communication with animals was one of the abilities given to She-Ra: Princess of Power. For some reason, it wasn't frequently in evidence on the show.
  • In The Simpsons, Homer is shown on numerous occasions to be an extreme Omniglot. In one episode, where he joins the Naval Reserve and later is believed to have stolen a nuclear submarine, he meekly informs each aircraft-carrier surrounding him that "It's his first day" in their respective language, to hordes of laughter. This includes that of the SS Antartica, crewed entirely by penguins.
  • The Smurfs can speak to the animals in the cartoon show, though Nat Smurf in both his adult and Smurfling incarnations is the primary conversant of the series, being a Nature Lover.
  • Sofia the First:
    • Sofia is able to communicate with animals and other beastly creatures that normally do not speak English (such as pegasi), due to the magical power of her amulet. A couple of episodes revolve around her being unable to understand them after losing her Amulet. Like the rest of the other magical properties of her amulet, she keeps this a secret from everyone else. The backdoor pilot to Elena of Avalor has Sofia's family be surprised at the existence of Talking Animals in Avalor, which is host to talking jaquins and animal spirits.
    • Cedric understands his crow companion, Wormwood, due to being a sorcerer. Likewise, other magical characters, such as the people of the Mystic Isles, understand animals as well.
  • In SpacePOP, despite the Space Pets speaking only in beatboxing, everyone can fluently communicate with them.
  • Spongebob Squarepants:
    • Patrick can apparently communicate with birds in whistle language. Apparently, he thinks he's just speaking Italian.
    • Spongebob has been shown to communicate with Gary, and one episode confirms that he can understand snail language.
  • Apparently Beast Boy from Teen Titans possesses this ability, as he's able to communicate with a group of raptor-like dinosaurs while mimicking their form when the team finds itself stuck in a Lost World stuck in time. Subverted as the translation reveals that they still intend to eat the team of heroes, culminating in a short skirmish.
  • Eliza Thornberry from The Wild Thornberrys. She uses this power to converse with the various animals her family documents. However, if she ever reveals her power to a human, she'll lose it.
  • WordGirl: "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Crime" reveals that Mr. Botsford can speak bear. He took a few classes in college.
  • In Xiaolin Showdown, the Tongue of Saiping lets the user speak with and command animals.
  • A recurring plot point in 101 Dalmatian Street is that humans don't understand the dog protagonists. Despite this, a virtual assistant in one episode has a language setting for Dogs, and a later human villain can inexplicably understand them.

    Real Life 
  • Hugo Chávez, president of Venezuela, died in 2013. His death was followed by new presidential elections. Nicolás Maduro claimed that a little bird told him that he should lead Venezuela. Not just any random bird, but a bird with the reincarnated spirit of Hugo Chávez. And this is not a joke. Maduro even used a hat resembling a nest and with a little bird on it, in the last days of the presidential campaign. Again, that's no joke. That man is now the president of Venezuela. Yes, for real.


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Alternative Title(s): Talk To The Animals, The Dr Dolittle, Talking To Animals, The Doctor Dolittle


Blythe talks to animals

After an accident with the dumbwaiter and hitting her head, Blythe somehow gains the ability to talk to animals and understand them.

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