Created By: KJMackley on December 6, 2011

The Screecher

A voice that can etch glass

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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.

Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • December 6, 2011
    Jool, from Farscape, had a metal-melting scream. Literally. A few times, other characters intentionally made her scream in order to help with repairs around the ship.
  • December 6, 2011
    Reading the laconic, I thought this was going to be about people who actually break glass with their voice.
  • December 6, 2011
    ^^ The Nanny eventually has fun with it, one episode has C.C. Take Fran to a sushi bar and Fran overloads on wasabi. After nearly suffocating, it really clears her nose and she sounds smooth and nice... Only to have it block up again as she starts to enjoy it.
  • December 7, 2011
    From Whose Line Is It Anyway, Kathy Greenwood's impression of a '20s mobster moll during one playing of Weird Newscasters brought on the comment by Colin, "This just in, dogs in a five mile diameter go deaf." Also, her 'bratty teenage daughter' routine in a different Weird Newscasters comes close
  • December 7, 2011
  • December 7, 2011
    Karen from Will And Grace.
  • May 8, 2012
  • May 8, 2012
    • Tintin: Bianca Castafiore can shatter glass with her voice but she might fall under another trope.
  • May 9, 2012
    A sound that can actually shatter glass (including human singing) is Glass Shattering Sound.
  • May 12, 2012
    ^This is being confused with that trope. The laconic ("can etch glass") and first paragraph of description ("certain vibrational pitch") are almost certainly misleading.
  • May 12, 2012
  • May 14, 2012
    ^^ I don't think it is even that. It's just people assuming what the trope is actually about rather than paying attention to what all the details say. Still, that's evidence of future misuse if this trope is launched and I'm up for suggestions.
  • May 15, 2012
    I think Cute But Cacophonic covers this well.

    Truth In Television: A girl's squeal of excitement can hit 97 decibels.
  • May 15, 2012
    Screech himself, from Saved By The Bell?
  • May 15, 2012
    Pokemon has the move 'screech' which lowers the opponent's defense.