Secret Identity Vocal Shift
When a character is in costume, their speech (i.e. tone of voice, accent, etc.) markedly changes
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.
Examples: Anime and Manga
Examples: Anime and Manga
- Hei of Darker Than Black has his voice deepen when he goes from his persona as Li into his identity as the "Black Reaper". It's not for nothing they call him ChineseElectricBatman
- Lelouch from Code Geass speaks with his regular teenager voice when in his civilian, Rich Idiot with No Day Job persona, but switches to a much deeper, booming (read: much more epic) voice when acting as the Rebel Leader Zero.
- The Dark Knight Trilogy
- 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 in Star Wars. Palpatine loses the "normal" voice entirely after Mace Windu's attack, when he becomes Emperor.
- In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in the scenes where Bond is impersonating an expert on heraldry George Lazenby is dubbed by the actor who played the real expert.
- In the Batman television series, Bruce Wayne was put into a situation involving him Holding Both Sides of the Conversation. Since he's on a phoneline, it's just a simple matter of switching between his Batman voice and his Bruce voice.
- The Ur-Example is probably the 1940s Radio Drama The Adventures of Superman, in which voice actor Bud Collyer shifted his speech down an octave each time he switched from Clark Kent to the costumed hero. (This carried over to his later work in Superman cartoons, as previously mentioned.)
- Ratchet & Clank
- In Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, the Thief sounds like a digitally distorted man while wearing their costume, but she has a regular-sounding female voice once the costume is off.
- In Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time, at one point, Ratchet pretends to be Dr. Nefarious in order to use the laser in his space station to destroy his fleet of ships. This disguise, of course, comes with that character's voice.
- In Dumbing of Age, whenever Amber changes into her Amazi-Girl disguise, her voice gets noticeably more gravelly, which is signified by the normally black text on white becoming white text on blue.
- 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.
- 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).
- Just like the original Batman, in Batman Beyond Terry's voice also changes in when he's in the bat-suit, though it's explained to be something the suit actually does somehow to help disguise his identity.
- Also from DCAU, the Batwoman in Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman has a voice unlike her real identity (that is, any one of the three), though this overlaps with Cast as a Mask.
- Parodied by Buttercup/"Mange" in The Powerpuff Girls episode where they decide that they all need secret identities to be "real" superheroes.
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