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Spanish Episode Titles Offered By The Local Network (1999 Rerun)

by Terylene

Every time a book, album, motion picture or TV program, among others, sells internationally and reaches countries speaking another language, alas, a subtle semantic war is declared. As soon as certain "translators" take over the hard task of turning original titles, text and/or dialogue into something clear, coherent and understandable to local consumers, it is evident that many authors and scriptwriters must cringe.

Translation is an art, a profession one earns at university such as architecture, medicine or economics. Consequently, for the sake of the public and the art itself, translation should be approached with seriousness, dedication and effort. Sadly, this is not always the case when it comes to literature or performing arts.

We're not saying that translators can't enrich their work adapting names or giving alternative translations, for instance, whenever it's appropriate or in such cases where the material makes sense in its original language, but its literal translation does not. We may not agree entirely with the name The Avengers is known by in France, Germany or Italy. However, nobody could argue that Chapeau Melon et Bottes De Cuir ("Bowler Hat and Leather Boots"), Mit Schirm, Charme Und Melone ("With Umbrella, Charm and Bowler Hat") and Agente Speciale ("Special Agent") respectively, are good—though not brilliant—adaptations. Likewise we may accept that The Forget-Me-Knot is a challenging title to translate literally into Spanish since as with many other plays on words Clemens employed, it makes sense only in its original language.

But by any means, one could ignore some dreadful, completely improper translations the local network made, such as The Silent Tiger instead of The Hidden Tiger; Something Magic instead of Thingumajig; A Chorus Of Toads instead of A Chorus Of Frogs; or The Men Of Medicine instead of The Medicine Men, to name but a few. This is not a free adaptation of the Avengers titles. This is a complete nonsense showing the alarming ineptitude of those who carried out the translation (could we call them "translators" anyway?).

In the table below you'll find many more examples of the aforementioned. Translations marked have been especially discussed in "Traduttore, Traditore!" ("Translator, you're a traitor!"), where we have added our acerbic views.

Note: All titles are arranged according to their production order. The first column contains the original English title, the second the Spanish title offered by Uniseries, the local channel that has been rerunning The Avengers since 1999, and the third our own re-translation into English—if applicable—of the titles shown on the second column. The initials VS and MK stand for Venus Smith and Dr. Martin King, respectively.

  Keel Season  
Original Title Spanish Title Translation of Spanish Title
The Frighteners Los Extorsionadores The Extortioners
  Cathy Gale Seasons  

Original Title

Spanish Title Translation of Spanish Title
Dead On Course (MK) Muerte En Camino As original
Mission To Montreal (MK) Misión A Montreal As original
The Sell-Out (MK) La Traición The Treason
Death Dispatch Despacho De Muerte As original
Warlock El Brujo As original
Propellant 23 Propulsor 23 As original
Mr Teddy Bear Not aired
The Decapod (VS) El Decápodo As original
Bullseye Tiro Al Blanco Target Practice
The Removal Men (VS) Hombres Asesinos Killer Men
The Mauritius Penny El Penique Mauritius As original
Death Of A Great Dane La Muerte De Un Gran Danés As original
Death On The Rocks Not aired
Traitor In Zebra Un Traidor En Zebra As original
The Big Thinker El Gran Pensador As original
Intercrime Intercrimen As original
Immortal Clay Cerámica Inmortal As original
Box Of Tricks (VS) La Caja De Sorpresas As original
The Golden Eggs Los Huevos De Oro As original
School For Traitors (VS) Escuela Para Traidores As original
The White Dwarf El Enano Blanco The White (male) Dwarf
Man In The Mirror (VS) El Hombre En El Espejo As original
Conspiracy Of Silence La Conspiración Del Silencio The Conspiracy Of The Silence
A Chorus Of Frogs (VS) Un Coro De Sapos A Chorus Of Toads
Six Hands Across A Table Not aired
Killer Whale Ballena Asesina As original
Concerto Concierto As original
Brief For Murder Alegato Para Un Asesinato As original
The Nutshell Cáscara De Nuez As original
The Golden Fleece El Vellocino De Oro As original
Death à la Carte Muerte A La Carta As original
Man With Two Shadows Hombre Con Dos Sombras As original
Don't Look Behind You No Mires Hacia Atrás As original
The Grandeur That Was Rome La Grandeza Que Era Roma As original
The Undertakers Not aired
Death Of A Batman La Muerte De Un Ordenanza As original
Build A Better Mousetrap Construir Una Trampa Mejor To Build A Better Trap
November Five El 5 De Noviembre The Fifth Of November
Second Sight Segunda Vista As original
The Secrets Broker Not aired
The Gilded Cage La Jaula Dorada As original
The Medicine Men Los Hombres De La Medicina The Men Of Medicine
The White Elephant El Elefante Blanco The White (male) Elephant
Dressed To Kill Vestida Para Matar She Is Dressed To Kill
The Wringer El Extorsionador The Extortionist
The Little Wonders Las Pequeñas Sorpresas The Little Surprises
Mandrake Not aired
Trojan Horse Not aired
The Outside-In Man Not aired
The Charmers Not aired
Esprit De Corps Not aired
Lobster Quadrille Not Aired

Emma Peel Season


Original Title Spanish Title Translation of Spanish Title
The Murder Market El Mercado De Los Asesinatos As original
The Master Minds La Inteligencia Superior The Superior Intelligence
Dial a Deadly Number Discar Un Número Mortal To Dial A Mortal Number
Death At Bargain Prices La Muerte A Precios Regalados As original
Too Many Christmas Trees Demasiados Árboles De Navidad As original
The Cybernauts Los Cibernautas As original
The Gravediggers Los Sepultureros As original
Room Without A View La Habitación Sin Ventana The Room Without A Window
A Surfeit Of H2O Un Exceso De Agua An Excess Of Water
Two's A Crowd Dos Son Multitud As original
Man-Eater Of Surrey Green El Canibal De Surrey Green As original
Silent Dust Polvo Silencioso As original
The Hour That Never Was La Hora Que Nunca Existió As original
The Town Of No Return Pueblo Sin Retorno Town Of No Return
Castle De'Ath Castillo D'Muerte As original
The Thirteenth Hole El Hoyo Trece As original
Small Game For Big Hunters Un Juego Simple Para Grandes Cazadores A Simple Game For Big Hunters
The Girl From Auntie La Chica De Auntie As original
Quick-Quick Slow Death Una Muerte Rápida, Rápida Pero Lenta A Fast, Fast, Yet Slow Death
The Danger Makers Los Amantes Del Peligro The Danger Lovers
A Touch Of Brimstone Un Toque Diabólico A Diabolic Touch
What The Butler Saw ¿QuéVio El Mayordomo? What Did The Butler See?
The House That Jack Built La Casa Que Jack Construyó As original
A Sense Of History Con Sentido Histórico With An Historical Sense
How To Succeed... At Murder Como Triunfar En El Crimen How To Succeed At Crime
Honey For The Prince Miel Para El Príncipe As original

Emma Peel Season

(in color)

Original Title Spanish Title Translation of Spanish Title
The Fear Merchants Los Mercaderes Del Terror The Terror Merchants
Escape In Time Escape En El Tiempo As original
The Bird Who Knew Too Much El Pájaro Que Sabía Demasiado As original
From Venus With Love De Venus, Con Amor As original
The See-Through Man El Hombre Invisible The Invisible Man
The Winged Avenger El Vengador Alado As original
The Living Dead Los Muertos Vivos The Alive Dead
The Hidden Tiger El Tigre Silencioso The Silent Tiger
The Correct Way To Kill Matar Con Corrección To Kill With Correctness
Never, Never Say Die Nunca Digas Morir Never Say Die
Epic Épico As original
The Superlative Seven Los Siete Magníficos The Magnificent Seven
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Station Algo Gracioso Ocurrió Camino A La Estación As original
Something Nasty In The Nursery Algo Feo En La Nursery As original
The Joker El Bromista As original
Who's Who??? ¿Quién Es Quién? As original
Death's Door A Las Puertas De La Muerte At The Gates Of Death
Return Of The Cybernauts El Regreso De Los Cibernautas As original
Dead Man's Treasure El Tesoro Del Muerto As original
The £50,000 Breakfast El Desayuno De 50.000 Libras As original
You Have Just Been Murdered Usted Ha Sido Asesinado You Have Been Murdered
The Positive Negative Man El Hombre Eléctrico The Electric Man
Murdersville El Pueblo De La Muerte Death Town
Mission... Highly Improbable Una Misión Altamente Improbable As original
Tara King Season
Original Title Spanish Title Translation of Spanish Title
Invasion Of The Earthmen La Invasión De Los Hombres De La Tierra The Invasion Of The Men From The Earth
The Forget-Me-Knot No Me Olvides Don't Forget Me
The Curious Case Of The Countless Clues Not Aired
Split! Transferencia Transference
Get-A-Way! La Huida Escape
Have Guns - Will Haggle Si Tiene Armas, Puedes Regatear If You've Got Arms, You May Haggle
Look... (Stop Me If You've Heard This One) But There Were These Two Fellers Miren... Iban Esos Dos Tipos Look... Those Two Fellers Were Going
My Wildest Dream Mi Sueño Más Alocado My Craziest Dream
Whoever Shot Poor George /XR40 Quién le disparó A XR40 Whoever Shot XR40?
You'll Catch Your Death Atrapará A Su Muerte As original
All Done With Mirrors Todo Hecho Con Espejos As original
Super Secret Cypher Snatch Robo De Cifras Super Secretas Super Secret Cypher Theft
Game El Juego The Game
False Witness Falso Testigo As original
Noon Doomsday Juicio Final, Al Mediodía As original
Legacy Of Death El Legado De La Muerte The Legacy Of The Death
They Keep Killing Steed Siguen Matando A Steed As original
Wish You Were Here Deseando Que Estés Aquí Wishing You Were Here
Killer Asesino As original
The Rotters La Cárcoma The Wood Borer
The Interrogators Los Interrogadores As original
The Morning After El Día Después The Following Day
Love All Amar A Todos As original
Take Me To Your Leader Llévame Con Tu Líder As original
Stay Tuned Mantente En Sintonía As original
Fog Niebla As original
Who Was That Man I Saw You With? ¿Quién Era Ese Hombre Con El Que Te Vi? As original
Pandora Pandora As original
Thingumajig Algo Mágico Something Magical
Homicide And Old Lace Homicidio Y Encaje Antiguo As original
Requiem Requiem As original
Take-Over Apoderarse To Take Possession
Bizarre Extraño Strange

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