Secret Identity Vocal Shift YKTTW Discussion

Secret Identity Vocal Shift
When a character is in costume, their speech (i.e. tone of voice, accent, etc.) markedly changes
(permanent link) added: 2011-06-28 18:45:34 sponsor: Jordan edited by: JonnyB (last reply: 2012-01-26 06:23:03)

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Up for Grabs. Think this is distinct from the more appearance-oriented Clark Kenting (also thought it would be good to have something to cover the non-evil instances of Evil Sounds Deep). This is an effective way to maintain a Secret Identity and it can also suggest a case of Secret Identity if you consider that the person's two identities have totally different voices and mannerisms.


Anime and Manga

  • In The Dark Knight Saga, the deepening of Bruce Wayne's voice when he puts on the Batman costume is taken Up to Eleven- he sounds like he's gargling with gravel. Oddly, he still does this even when he's talking to people as Batman who know his secret identity.
    • He takes this to another level in Batman Begins where he has his normal Bruce Wayne voice, a raspy voice for talking to allies as Batman, and the gravel-gargling voice he uses when trying to scare the crap out of bad guys.
  • In Green Lantern, Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan plays with this a bit - speaking in his dramatic superhero voice when trying to impress Carol Ferris as Green Lantern, but she soon sees through this.
    Carol: I've seen you NAKED! Did you think I wouldn't recognize you because you covered up your cheekbones?!
  • Senator Palpatine/Darth Sidious. Palpatine loses the "normal" voice entirely after Mace Windu's attack, when he becomes Emperor.

Western Animation
  • In DuckTales, Fenton Crackshell is a nebbishy accountant with a voice to match, but when he puts on the Gizmo Duck costume, he becomes The Cape and starts talking in stock hero speak.
  • While less drastic than in the Nolan films, in Batman: The Animated Series, Batman has a lower voice than Bruce Wayne.
  • In The Spectacular Spiderman, Quentin Beck who is a fairly mild-mannered guy talks in a hammy faux-British accent when being Mysterio.
    • The Green Goblin has a personality so different from his civilian identity that it is appropriately represented by giving the two separate voice actors. Interestingly, this version of the Goblin isn't crazy (Well, technically. He's probably a psychopath, but he doesn't have multiple personality disorder).
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