->''My voice sounds like I dragged my vocal chords down a dirt road and then doused it in Jack Daniels and mentholated Cools.''
-->-- '''Cree Summer'''

The female counterpart of both Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson and Creator/PhilLaMarr.

'''Cree Summer''' (born July 7, 1969) is a American-Canadian (born in Los Angeles, raised in Saskatchewan) voice-actress whose career began in 1983 when she was cast as the voice of niece Penny on the original cartoon version of ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''. Her unique, throaty voice was instantly recognizable to casting agents (as well as viewers even today), who began frequently casting her in animated programs.

In all, Summer has voiced over 100 animated characters since 1983, many of them African-American girls[[note]]she herself is half-white, one-quarter African American, and one-quarter Native American. In fact, her name "Cree" is the name of one of the largest American and Canadian Indian groups in North America, and she was adopted into the Canadian Plains Cree First Nations Tribe[[/note]], though she has voiced her fair share of white girls, such as Elmyra Duff from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' (and the infamously bad ''WesternAnimation/PinkyElmyraAndTheBrain'') and Penny from ''Inspector Gadget''[[note]]she also auditioned to voice Meg Griffin on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', but show creator Creator/SethMacFarlane thought it would be in poor taste to have a black woman voice a white girl, despite that Cree Summer has done it before and there hasn't been any outrage over it[[/note]]. These have spanned the realm of video games, cartoon television series, animated films and commercials.

Fun fact: her father is Music/{{jazz}} musician Don Francks, and her younger brother is [[Series/StargateAtlantis Rainbow Sun Francks]]. There was a time where she was credited as "Cree Summer Francks," but she dropped the last part, as she felt that name made her sound like a brand of hot dogs. She is married to filmmaker and photographer Angelo Pullen, and they have two daughters, Brave (born March 2011) and Hero (born January 2013).
!!Notable roles:
* Miss Green from Advertising/MAndMs commercials

* Herself in ''Film/IKnowThatVoice''
* Princess 'Kida' Kidagakash in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' (her first major role in an animated film)
* Mena in ''[[Disney/{{Bambi}} Bambi II]]''
* Penelope in ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAsRapunzel''
* One of the talking seagulls in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater''
* Mercy Graves in ''WesternAnimation/SuperManDoomsday''

!!!Live-Action TV
* Freddy in ''Series/ADifferentWorld'' (her only significant ''live-action'' role)

!!!Video Games
* Alison Crestmere/Magma in ''VideoGame/XMenLegends''
* Archangel Auriel in ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' and ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm''
* Belgemine and young Tidus in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''
* Calli and Lenne in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2''
* Evil Cynder from the first ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro'' game
* Dr. Penelope Young in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum''
* Lynette in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}''
* Medusa in ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising''
* Mindy in ''[[VideoGame/TonyHawksProSkater Tony Hawk's American Wasteland]]''
* Dr. Sinclair in ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}''
* Protoss Executor Selendis in ''VideoGame/StarcraftII''
* Kit Brinny as well as several Chua [=NPCs=] in ''VideoGame/WildStar''
* Tatjana in ''VideoGame/ArcTheLadTwilightOfTheSpirits''
* Teledoor in ''VideoGame/BrokenAge'' (as well as bit parts such as Vella's mother and the "fun size" maiden)

!!!Western Animation
* Aka Pella in ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}''
* Beast Girl in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo!''
* Bethanie Ravencroft in ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman''
* Blackarachnia in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''
* Catnip in ''WesternAnimation/HelloKittysFurryTaleTheater''
* Chilly Cooper in ''Slimer! and WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters''
* Chloe in ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries''
* Cleo in ''Literature/CliffordTheBigRedDog''
* [[spoiler:[=Cookie BaBoom=], the Mayor's deranged "exotic dancer" ex-girlfriend]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'' (episode - "Flight as a Feather")
* Dulcy the Dragon in ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM''
* Elmyra Duff and Mary Melody in ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/PinkyElmyraAndTheBrain''
* Foxxy Love, Strawberry Sweetcake, Super Nanny, Ni-Pul, Xandir's Girlfriend, Captain She-Ro, Letta Lame, the other Foxxy Five members, Queen of Mexico, Georgina in ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether''
* Frightwig in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}''
* Granny May from ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl''
* Hyena in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''
* Jamzy and the Flexer Teacher in ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}''
* Princess Kitana in ''WesternAnimation/MortalKombatDefendersOfTheRealm''
* Princess Kneesaa in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ewoks}}'' (season 1)
* Prince Louie in the later episodes of ''WesternAnimation/JungleCubs''
* Lady Macbeth in ''WesternAnimation/ProjectGeeker''
* Madame Xanadu and Aquagirl in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''
* Maxine Gibson in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''
* Miranda in ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger''
* Nebula in ''WesternAnimation/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''
* Nefertina in ''WesternAnimation/MummiesAlive!''
* Numbuh 5/Abigail Lincoln and her sister [[TheDanza Cree]] Lincoln in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''[[note]] While Abby is Cree using her more or less standard 'character' voice, she uses her actual speaking voice for the character Cree.[[/note]]
* The offscreen singer for the [[Disney/TheLionKing "Tiger Prince"]] episode in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''
* Panthera in ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}''
* Penny in early seasons of ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''
* Pilgrim the dog, Kermit's star, and Kermit's mother in ''Film/KermitsSwampYears''
* Sheba Beboporeba in ''WesternAnimation/TheTwistedTalesOfFelixTheCat''
* ComicBook/SheHulk in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibleHulk'' (season 2)
* Spitfire in ''WesternAnimation/RobotAndMonster''
* ComicBook/{{Storm}} in ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow''
* Susie Carmichael in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp''
* [[BetaBitch Tiff]] on ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot''
* Valerie Gray in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''
* ComicBook/{{Vixen}} in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''
* Wuya in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinChronicles''
* Ace on ''WesternAnimation/DinoTrux''
* Haruna's mother on ''WesternAnimation/MilesFromTomorrowland''
* Denzel on ''WesternAnimation/HenryHugglemonster''
* Edna Peopleson on ''WesternAnimation/VampirinaBallerina''
* Thunder on ''WesternAnimation/DCSuperHeroGirls''
* ActingForTwo:
** As sisters Abigail and Cree in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''.
** As Lenne and Calli in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2''. In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' she had also voiced Tidus's younger self (who doesn't appear in the second game).
** In ''The Land Before Time XI'' as Lizzie and Bonehead.
** As Elmyra Duff and Mary Melody in ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''.
* ActorAllusion: In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' she voices an original character named Penny Young, a reference to her first major role - Penny in ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''.
* ActorInspiredElement: Miranda Killgallen was going to be white, but was changed to a black girl when Cree was cast.
* TheCastShowOff: Susie becomes an aspiring singer in ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'', allowing Cree to show off her singing talents.
* CrossCastRole: She's voiced white characters before, as well as voiced little boys.
* TheDanza: As Cree in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', though her more prominent role in the show is Cree's little sister Abigail.
* InkSuitActor: When voicing Princess Kida, the animators modelled her movements and gestures off Summer while she was in the studio.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfRoles: In ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' she voices eight other characters in addition to Foxxy Love.
* MagnumOpusDissonance: The favourite character of hers that she's voiced is actually Princess Kida. She jokes that she considers her a Franchise/DisneyPrincess even if she isn't in the line-up.
* NonSingingVoice: She provides Lenne's speaking voice in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' but the singing is done by Jade Villalon, who also sings for Yuna. However in ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' she does sing for Susie.
* TheOtherDarrin: She's the Other Darrin for minor character Calli in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'', but is two years older than the first game, justifying the change.
* TheOtherMarty: Was originally cast as Meg Griffin in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' before getting replaced by Lacey Chabert - who was likewise replaced by Mila Kunis. On the flip side, she replaced Ralph Hall on ''Henry Hugglemonster''.
* PigeonholedVoiceActor: Need a SassyBlackWoman? Cree Summer is your girl. Half the examples on the page are voiced by her.
* PlayingAgainstType:
** Miranda Killgallen in ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' is not particularly sassy and is actually a manipulative scheming BetaBitch. Cree Lincoln from ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' is in a similar vein. Not coincidentally Summer uses a similar voice as Miranda's.
** Princess Kida in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' is TheChiefsDaughter.
** Both characters she voices in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' - Calli is an AdorablyPrecociousChild, while Lenne is a MysteriousWaif. In the previous game she voiced Tidus's younger self as a BrattyHalfPint.
** She voices Edna Peopleson on ''WesternAnimation/VampirinaBallerina'' , Poppy and Edgar's nice, but Normal mom.
* PlayingWithCharacterType: Susie in ''{{WesternAnimation/Rugrats}}'' has some sass from time to time but she's usually the OnlySaneMan or the moralistic {{Foil}} to the more exaggerated personalities on the show.
* RelationshipVoiceActor: With Creator/TaraStrong in many projects. It also helps that they're best friends in real life. Both have dual citizenship, allowing them to work in both America and Canada.
* RomanceOnTheSet: She was in a long term relationship with Kadeem Hardison during the run of ''Series/ADifferentWorld''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/SethMacFarlane initially chose Summer to play Meg in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' before she was replaced by an uncredited Creator/LaceyChabert and later Creator/MilaKunis, but, depending on who you ask, either Creator/SethMacFarlane thought having a (half-white) black woman play a white girl would be in poor taste or Summer turned down the offer because she didn't want to voice white girls anymore. In other interviews she's said that she simply wasn't the right choice for the role.
** Miranda on ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' was written to be white, but changed to a black girl when Summer was cast - also in an attempt to diversify the cast.