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Basic Trope: A human can communicate with non-human animals.

  • Straight: Alice can talk to and understand animals, and they can talk to and understand her.
  • Exaggerated: Alice can speak to all animals, even insects.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice can say some words to some animals.
    • Alice and the animals around her can get the gist of each others' talking, even if it isn't word-for-word.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is a superhero, witch, alien, fairy, or whatever.
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    • Alice has spent years studying and interacting with animals and has learned through experience how to communicate with them.
  • Inverted: Alice is a dog who can speak to humans.
  • Subverted: Alice is seen talking to a cat, but can't understand another cat.
  • Double Subverted: That's because the cat was meowing too fast.
  • Parodied: When animals make noises, Alice hears words. When a dog from France barks, she hears it in French.
  • Zigzagged: Whether Alice and the animal can communicate depends on the animal's species, the day of the week, whether or not Alice is hungry, whether or not the animal is distracted, etc, etc.
  • Averted: Alice cannot understand non-human animals.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "How did you learn to speak Animal Talk, Alice?"
  • Invoked: A wizard invents a potion to be able to make humans speak to animals.
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  • Exploited: Alice can get the animals to do her bidding or ask them for advice. She can also ask mosquitoes not to bite.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: Alice gives Bob a lesson on how to speak 'horse'. Bob asks a lot of how and why questions.
  • Conversed: "I wish I could talk to animals like that character on TV".
  • Implied: Alice is seen talking to some animals, who appear to understand.
  • Played for Laughs: Alice is arguing with a squirrel, and a passer-by makes the 'cuckoo' sign.

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