LANGUAGE ARTICLE

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21st June 2009

NOTE: The format below is most likely NOT how this article will eventually look. Instead, much like the idea itself this will be a work-in-progress.

The joke goes, “If a person who speaks three languages is a trilingual, and someone who speaks two languages is bilingual… what do you call someone who speaks only one?” The answer: an American.

Since a majority of the characters in the Marvel Universe are from the United States, it comes as no surprise that almost all of the characters speak English. However, some of them are not only from other countries, but some of the American heroes and villains are actually multi-lingual. Unless otherwise stated, it is assumed that the characters below speak English, so the languages listed next to them are any other languages that they speak.

Bi-lingual by Character

Angel
Real Name: Warren Kenneth Worthington III
Languages:
Spanish [Uncanny X-Men #504]

Armor
Real Name: Hisako Ichiki
Languages:
Japanese [Astonishing X-Men (3rd series) #13]

Aurora
Real Name: Jeanne Marie Beaubier
Languages:
French (raised French-Canadian)

Beast
Real Name: Hank McCoy
Languages:
French:
Latin:
Japanese [X-Men (2nd series) #21-22]
Pashto (mispelled as "pushti") [X-Men Annual (2nd series) #1]
Russian
Spanish [Uncanny X-Men #504]

Brand, Special Agent
Real Name: Abigail Brand
Languages:
Kree (multiple dialects fluently) [Secret Invasion #5]
Skrull (limited vocal ability) [Secret Invasion #5]
Multiple unrevealed non-Terran languages [Giant-Sized Astonishing X-Men #1]

Cable
Real Name: Nathan Christopher Charles Summers
Languages:
Askani (raised in Askani future)

Cerise
Real Name: Cerise
Languages:
Shi’ar (raised in Shi’ar Empire)

Cheney, Lila
Real Name: Lila Cheney
Languages:
Skrull (source?)
Shi’ar (source?)

Colossus
Real Name: Piotr Nicoleivitch Rasputin
Languages:
Russian (raised in Russia)

Cyclops
Real Name: Scott Summers
Languages:
Mandarin Chinese* (telepathically taught by Emma Frost) [New X-Men Annual 2001] - possibly temporary
Russian [Uncanny X-Men #153] (telepathically taught by Xavier)

Daken
Real Name: Akihiro
Languages:
German (inferred)[Wolverine: Origins #11-12]
Greek [Wolverine: Origins #26]
Japanese [Wolverine: Origins #26]

Darkstar
Real Name: Laynia Petrovna
Languages:
Russian (raised in Russia)

Darwin
Real Name: Armando Munoz
Languages:
Shi'ar [Uncanny X-Men #478]
*theoretically, Darwin's power makes him omni-lingual

Empath
Real Name: Manuel Alfonso Rodrigo de la Rocha
Languages:
Spanish (Castilian) [Raised in Spain]

Fantomex
Real Name: unknown
Languages:
French

Feral
Real Name: Maria Callasantos
Languages:
Spanish (source?)

Emma Frost
Real Name: Emma Frost
Languages:
Mandarin Chinese* (telepathically self-taught) [New X-Men Annual 2001]

Gambit
Real Name: Remy LeBeau
Languages:
French (raised in New Orleans French quarter)

Karma
Real Name: Xi’An Coy Manh
Languages:
French
Vietnamese (raised in Vietnam)

M II
Real Name: Monet Yvette Clarisse Maria Therese St. Croix
Languages:
French [X-Factor (3rd series) #15]

Maggott
Real Name: Japheth
Languages:
Afrikaan (raised in South Africa)

Magik I
Real Name: Illyana Rasputin
Languages:
Russian (raised in Russia)

Magik II / Daytripper
Real Name: Amanda Sefton
Languages:
German (raised in Germany)

Magma
Real Name: Amara Aquilla
Languages:
Latin (raised in Nova Roma)

Magneto
Real Name: Magnus
Languages:
French [Classic X-Men #12]
German [X-Men: Magneto Testament LS]
Russian [Uncanny X-Men #150]
Ukrainian [Classic X-Men #12] (presumed, language not referenced, but was in Ukrainian village

Ms. Marvel
Real Name: Carol Danvers
Languages:
Kree
Arabic [Ms. Marvel (2nd series) #30]
Russian [Before the Four: Ben Grimm & Logan LS]

Multiple Man
Real Name: Jamie Madrox
Languages:
French [X-Factor (3rd series) #43]
Hawaiian [Madrox #3]
Russian [Madrox #3]

Mystique
Real Name: Raven Darkholme
Languages:
French
German
Korean [Mystique #7]
Portuguese (Brazilian) [Mystique #13]
Spanish [Mystique #1-6]

Does not speak: Afrikaan [Mystique #8]

Notes: Mystique claims to speak 11 languages fluently [Mystique #8]. Presumably this would be 10, not counting English.

Nightcrawler
Real Name: Kurt Wagner
Languages:
German (raised in Germany)
Russian [Uncanny X-Men #153] (telepathically taught by Xavier)
Spanish [X-Men: Divided We Stand #1]

Northstar
Real Name: Jean-Paul Beaubier
Languages:
French (raised French-Canadian)

Professor X
Real Name: Charles Francis Xavier
Languages:
German [Uncanny X-Men #161]

Mikael Rasuptin
Real Name: Mikhail Rasputin
Languages:
Russian (raised in Russia)

Renascence
Real Name: Sofia Mantega
Languages:
Spanish (raised in Venezuela) [New Mutants (2nd series) #1]

Revanche
Real Name: Kwannon
Languages:
Japanese (raised in Japan)[X-Men (2nd series) #22]

Dr. Cecilia Reyes
Real Name: Cecilia Reyes
Languages:
Spanish

Rictor
Real Name: Julio Richter
Languages:
Spanish [X-Force Annual ‘99]

Rogue
Real Name: Anna Marie
Languages:
French

Sabra
Real Name: Ruth Bat-Seraph
Languages:
Hebrew (modern) – (raised in Israel)

Sasquatch I
Real Name: Walter Langkowski
Languages:
French [Alpha Flight (1st series) #108]
German [Alpha Flight (1st series) #108]

Selene
Real Name: Selene
Languages:
Latin [New Mutants (1st series) #9]

Shadowcat
Real Name: Katherine “Kitty” Pryde
Languages:
Hebrew
Japanese [Kitty Pryde & Wolverine] (earlier?!?)
Russian [Uncanny X-Men #153, 160]
Skrull [X-Men (2nd series) #90, 95 & 96, Uncanny X-Men #376]

Shatterstar
Real Name: Benjamin Russel
Languages:
Spanish [X-Force Annual ‘99]

Silver Samurai
Real Name: Kenuichio Harada
Languages:
Japanese (raised in Japan)

Skin
Real Name: Angelo Espinosa
Languages:
Spanish (raised in Latin area of Los Angeles)

Storm
Real Name: Ororo Munroe
Languages:
Arabic (presumably, raised in Egypt)
Russian [Uncanny X-Men #153] (telepathically taught by Xavier)

Sunfire
Real Name: Shiro Yoshida
Languages:
Japanese (raised in Japan)

Sunpyre
Real Name: Leyu Yoshida
Languages:
Japanese (raised in Japan)

Sunspot
Real Name: Roberto “Bobby” DaCosta
Languages:
Portuguese (Brazilian) – (raised in Brazil)
Latin (non-proficient) [X-Treme X-Men #34]
Askani [X-Force (1st series) #47, 50]

Surge
Real Name: Noriko Ashida
Languages:
Japanese [New X-Men (2nd series) #7]

Takiguchi, Yuriko
Real Name: Yuriko Takiguchi
Languages:
Japanese [Uncanny X-Men #506]
Russian [Uncanny X-Men #506]

Tarot
Real Name: Marie-Ange Colbert
Languages:
French (raised in France)

Thorn
Real Name: Lucia Callasantos
Languages:
Spanish (verification?)

Thunderbird III
Real Name: Neal Shaaara
Languages:
Hindi? (raised in India)

Wolverine
Real Name: “Logan” / James Howlett
Languages:
Farsi [Wolverine: Origins #32]
German [Wolverine: Origins #8]
Japanese [X-Men (1st series) #118]
Korean [Rampaging Wolverine #1]
Mandarin Chinese [New X-Men Annual 2001]
Pashto (mispelled as "pushti") [inferred, X-Men Annual (2nd series) #1]
Russian [Uncanny X-Men #153] (telepathically taught by Xavier)
Thai [Wolverine: Dangerous Games #1]
Vietnamese (though it’s “rusty”) [Wolverine (2nd series) #4]
Doopspeak [X-Force (1st series) #120]

Mariko Yashida
Real Name: Mariko Yashida
Languages:
Japanese (raised in Japan)

Yuko
Real Name: unknown
Languages:
Japanese (raised in Japan)

X-Man
Real Name: Nate Grey
Languages:
German [X-Man: All Saints Day]

Xorn I
Real Name: unkown
Languages:
Mandarin Chinese* (raised in China)

Xorn II
Real Name: Shen Xorn
Languages:
Mandarin Chinese* (raised in China)

Bi-lingual by Language

Afrikaan: Maggott
Arabic: Storm
Chinese: Cyclops, Emma Frost, Xorn I, Xorn II
French: Aurora, Fantomex, Gambit, La Nuit, Northstar, Rogue, Northstar

German: Mystique, Nightcrawler, Professor X

Hawaiian: Multiple Man
Hebrew: Kitty?, Sabra
Hindi: Thunderbird III

Japanese: Beast, Sunfire, Sunpyre, Wolverine, Mariko, Silver Samurai, Yashida, Yuko,
(Banshee, Colossus, Cyclops, Storm,

Latin: Beast, Magma,
Portuguese (Brazilian): Mystique, Sunspot

Russian: Colossus, Darkstar, Magik I, Multiple Man, Mikael Rasuptin, Shadowcat

Spanish: Mystique, Dr. Cecilia Reyes, Rictor, Saint Anna, Shatterstar, Skin

Vietnamese: Karma, Wolverine (partial)

Fictional languages

Askani: Cable, Rictor

Doopspeak: Anarchist, Coach, Dead Girl, Doop, El Guapo, Mr. Sensitive, Phat, U-Go Girl, Venus Dee Milo, Vivisector, Wolverine, Zeitgeist

Kree: Ms. Marvel

Skrull: Professor X, Shadowcat

Shi’ar: Cerise, Professor X