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"This is my Universal Translator, although it only translates into an incomprehensible dead language."
Hubert J. Farnsworth
"(speaking into the mic) Hello!"
Cubert Farnsworth
Universal Translator
"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.


  • 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.