The Screecher YKTTW Discussion
A voice that can etch glass
There is a certain vibrational pitch that makes people feel it in their back teeth, if on long enough it gives you a headache. That's where this voice comes in. The Screecher is a voice that aims to be nasally in tone and often coinciding with being high-pitched, generally meant to sound unnatural and be obnoxious. If not obnoxious, it still makes them vocally in a very different register than most people. It is typically used for The Ditz or a very sweet and bubbly girl. Some characters may not always have the voice naturally but slip into it when excited, angry or scared (like when they are screaming). Male characters rarely have this voice, but if they do it usually is done to convey an animalistic nature. If a man is going to have the Vocal Dissonance of a woman, this kind of voice is often Contrast the Guttural Growler, whose voice instead feels like a subwoofer. Examples:
- Lina Lamont from Singin' in the Rain.
- Harley Quinn from Batman: The Animated Series.
- Elliot from Scrubs can have the voice when she screams.
- Starscream in most Transformers incarnations, the original famously voiced by Chris Latta (who also voiced Cobra Commander). Transformers Prime is the only real exception, Steve Blum gives him a pitch that is appropriate for the character but it isn't nasally.
- Frank Welker's original Megatron voice was of a normal pitch, but very scratchy. Whenever he got excited the voice would slip into here.
- Cobra Commander from G.I. Joe had this, although later versions tended to go with a more menacing tone while still keeping the higher pitch.
- Bernadette from The Big Bang Theory.
- Lois from Family Guy.
- Gabriel Iglesias has his "perky high school girl" voice that he switches to that fits into this.
- Jennifer Tilly, whose unusual voice has been commented on by herself.
- Fran Drescher, especially on display in The Nanny.