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Universal Translator
Universal Translator
Invented by Farnsworth
Purpose of invention to translate every language
First appearance A Clone of My Own

"This is my Universal Translator, although it only translate into an incomprehensible dead language" - Hubert J. Farnsworth

"Hello!" - Cubert Farnsworth

"Bonjour!" - machine

"Crazy gibberish" - Hubert J. Farnsworth

The Universal Translator was one of a long series of "half-inventions" created by Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth.


Farnsworth intended for it to be able to translate every language which was currently in use. However, because of a malfunction, it could only translate words into an unknown and long-dead language, which is revealed to be French. Upon hearing a translation while demonstrating the device to Cubert, Farnsworth describes it as "Crazy gibberish!"

Another version is used by Zapp Brannigan to negotiate a peace treaty with the Conquerons although it is the same shape and design externally this version is smaller and can translate into English.

Trivia Edit

  • Star Trek first popularized the idea of an universal translator.
  • French was already established as a dead language in "Space Pilot 3000."
  • In the French translation of the series, the "dead language" was German.

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