The Distaff Counterpart
to Badass Baritone
: If a female character's voice is noticeably lower than other women's in the work, it's a sure sign that she is a lot more dangerous than them. As such, contralto
voices are usually reserved for tough Action Girls
and Femme Fatales
Some female characters, in the meantime, may go from a higher-pitched voice to a menacing contralto only when they're about to kick someone's ass.
Compare and contrast Women Are Delicate
, at least when it comes to a "feminine" vs. "masculine" voice. May overlap with Evil Sounds Deep
in the case of a Dark Action Girl
Anime and Manga
Film — Animated
- The tough-as-nails Space Marine Sergeant Calhoun from Wreck-It Ralph has the lowest female voice (she is voiced by Jane Lynch) and is by far the most overtly badass character in the movie.
- Megara from Hercules has a sultry, husky voice, atypical of both Disney female Love Interests in general as well as for female characters in the movie. She's also working for Hades (albeit unwillingly), and at one point tries to seduce Herc into revealing his weaknesses, though she just ends up falling for him instead.
- Galadriel from The Lord of the Rings, a character often described by lesser mortals as incomprehensible and dangerous (which isn't surprising considering she hails from an age when her kin was the main source of trouble in the Middle Earth), speaks in a deep contralto in the book.
- Descriptions of Admiral Michelle "Mike" Henke in the Honorverse frequently include her 'husky' contralto voice. While she is neither a Femme Fatale nor a classic Action Girl, she is an extremely dangerous commander with a devious mind, and a full-fledged Lady of War (and member of the royal family) to boot.
- In Xena: Warrior Princess, Xena's voice is much deeper than Gabrielle's, since among the two, Xena is a seasoned fighter, while Gaby is a bard.
- Bernadette from The Big Bang Theory usually has an adorably squeaky voice... until she gets pissed off. Then her voice drops low and the other characters know she means business.
- This is a common shtick of voice actress Jennifer Hale. She has a range of lower and higher pitched voices to use for weaker or tougher female characters respectively. One of the best examples of this is her voice for Jean Grey and her Super-Powered Evil Side, the Phoenix, which are higher and lower, respectively.
- Avatar The Last Airbender: June, a bounty hunter Zuko hires to find and capture Aang, has a deeper voice than the other female characters to portray her as dangerous.
- The Legend Of Korra:
Will go under Always Female
, Characterization Tropes
, and Voice Acting Tropes