Voice archetype: a guy who sings bass. Allow us to rephrase that: a guy who sings '''BASS''', a bass singer's '''BASS''', a '''BASS''' that makes Music/BarryWhite's bass sound like a [[superscript:[--boy soprano--] ]].

''Basso profundo'' (also spelled ''Basso profondo'') is the technical term for the lowest of all voices. To qualify, the character must be able to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z6gVn6qwAA give a tuba a run for its money when it comes to low notes.]] Many may be "Oktavists", men who sing a ''full octave'' below the normal bass range. Also known as Russian Bass due to its prevalence in Russian Orthodox chant and other Slavic music.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Creator/ChristopherLee (though his singing is in the bass-baritone range).
* Voice actor Creator/JamesEarlJones (the voice of, among others, [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] and [[Disney/TheLionKing Mufasa]]) is noted for being this.
* While not a singer, actor Kevin Grevioux has an ''extremely'' deep voice, to the point where many people watching ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' thought his voice was altered. Not only is Grevioux playing a brutish enforcer (and looks the part), but he's also the one who came up with the idea for the movie in the first place [[GeniusBruiser thanks to his degree in microbiology]].

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Referenced in ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' by the bass guy who says nothing but '''"Oh, yeeeah"'''. [[spoiler:Except when confronted by Susan, when it changes to "Oh, noooooo".]] Also, [[TheGrimReaper Death]] is repeatedly described as having an incredibly deep voice, explicitly referred to as a bass in ''{{Discworld/Maskerade}}''. Naturally, most of the adaptations have ChristopherLee doing his voice, as Pterry has openly admitted that he's one of the few people in the world capable of speaking in bold capital letters in real life.
* In ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'', the villain is said to have such a voice, which Luke disparagingly calls a faux-Vader voice. Like with Vader, it's not the speaker's original. [[spoiler: [[TheManBehindTheCurtain The villain is actually a very old man putting his voice through filters]].]]
* Face Loran, a FormerChildStar in the XWingSeries, can modulate his voice. When he has to improvise a fake identity in a hurry, part of what he does is push his voice down to the lowest register humanly possible, which is described as making things on the desk in front of him ''rattle''.
* In the ''NewJediOrder'' novels, [[EvilOverlord Supreme Overlord Shimrra]] is described as having a "bone-shivering" bass voice.

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* Guinness world record holder for lowest note ever sung and widest vocal range, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJcjCztvn70 Tim Storms]]. He is able (proven by technology) to vibrate his vocal cords at 7 cycles per second, well below the lower human hearing threshold. That's right -- he sings so low you ''can't hear it''.
* Richard Sterban of Music/TheOakRidgeBoys, most famously on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdFghZmdwXk their song "Elvira"]]. Another example is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9bPj_gk16I Dream On]]
* Harold Reid of Music/TheStatlerBrothers
* J.D. Sumner of Music/TheBlackwoodBrothers and The Stamps Quartet held the Guinness World Record for lowest recorded human voice for a 1968 recording of "Blessed Assurance." He would match his feat singing backup for the 1977 ElvisPresley song "Way Down".
* ThurlRavenscroft did the the voice of Tony the Tiger. He's also the bass lead of the Mellomen, the group that sings "Grim Grinning Ghosts" in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyworld, and was the vocalist for "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch".
* George Sanders is another deep bass, as evidenced by Shere Khan's "That's ... what ... frieeeeends ... are foooooooor" in the Disney version of TheJungleBook. Pick some guy you ''think'' is a bass, and have him try to hit that last note.
** Technically, that was Bill Lee ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Lee_(singer) this one]]) doing that note, since George Sanders was unavailable.
* In the song "North To Alaska" Johnny Horton hits a basso-profondo note ("way up noooooooooorth").
* JohnnyCash, at times, too.
* Trace Adkins, he of "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" (and ''Celebrity Apprentice'') fame.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxCzfybdI_c Barry Carl]], the bass guy from [[Series/WhereInTheWorldIsCarmenSandiego Rockapella]]
* Isaac Freeman of the Fairfield Four.
* Paul Robeson, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiJx1Hbn_KM as demonstrated here.]]
* Boris Christoff: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cgCDHz6G1s&feature=related the start of this is a good example]]
* The late American bass [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerome_Hines Jerome Hines]] tried singing Wotan, but gave it up because the pitch was '''too high''' for him.
* Parodied in "The Dooright Family" by Music/RayStevens, where the bass singer in the titular gospel family band (voiced entirely by Ray) is asked to "go for another octave". He does (by way of studio trickery on Ray, who is a baritone at best in RealLife), causing him to [[MadeOfExplodium explode onstage]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Beo_jHowU-I Noriel Vilela]], a Brazilian samba singer.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2PhAQAJ7so Michel Bell]], Tony-nominated actor-singer and former member of the Fifth Dimension.
* Male choir Chanticleer features bass Eric Alatorre, whom you can hear in all his glory in John Tavener's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9_FAZAEeJM "Village Wedding"]] (listen for him during the tenor's solo that starts with "let them throw white rice like a spring shower").
* One of the background singers on Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn's "Anything, Anytime, Anywhere" is an oktavist. Listen particularly at the end.
* Paul David Kennamer from Valour Music. His solo starts at 1 minute 54 seconds in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNXZKiecs6U here]].
* [[Music/TomWaits Tom Waits]] is best known as a basso profondo singer, though in his earlier career he was better known as a smooth-voiced baritone.
* Yuri Wichniakov is a particularly low basso profondo, whose lowest recorded note is an E1 during [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7ZRrh4s8f0 "Evening Bell"]] at about 4:00 in.
* Peter Steele of TypeONegative usually sang in the upper register of his voice, but was certainly capable of this; he often noted that their shows were so loud he couldn't even hear himself sing.
* Boyz II Men's Nathan Morris.
** Mike [=McCary=] even more so.
* Avi Kaplan of Music/{{Pentatonix}} is the reason fans of the group always recommend listening with headphones.
* Music/AtsushiSakurai of Music/BuckTick can do this as part of his extraordinary range.
* [[InsistentTerminology His Excellency Demon Kogure]] of Music/SeikimaII is even more notable for it - he can reach almost all ranges from here to high tenor verging on falsetto.
* The two well-known vocalists of Music/MaliceMizer, Gackt[[note]]yes, ''that'' '''''Music/{{Gackt}}'''''[[/note]] and Klaha, though Gackt is more of a Bass Baritone, rather than Basso Profondo. Fairly evident in their most well-known (and sadly, their last) hit, "Beast of Blood", where Klaha manages to combine his low register with a PerishingAltRockVoice.
* Ittoku "Sally" Kishibe, Lead Bassist of Music/TheTigers, who had easily the most recognizably distinct voice of the band, matching his instrument.
* Ken Turner takes this trope to [[StealthPun a whole new low]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxJXtF3FQCM "Rainbow of Love"]].
* Josh Turner hits a basso profundo note on "Would You Go with Me" ("If we rode from town to town and never shut it ''down''").
* One of the most famous basses in recent history, late great [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feodor_Chaliapin Feodor Shalyapin]], ironically wasn't a Basso Profondo, but instead a higher and more lively Basso Cantante. He ''could'' go as low as he wanted, but personally preferred to sing closer to a baritonal register.
* The Spine of SteamPoweredGiraffe has been known to hit ridiculously low notes in some of the band's harmonies; what makes this even more remarkable is his tendency to jump from bass straight into an impressive falsetto.
* Italian singer [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RgWAGY99i0 Mario Biondi]], who's voice has been compared to Barry White's.
* Stefan Poiss of mind.in.a.box and Thyx.

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* In ''SouthPacific'', "There Is Nothing Like a Dame" includes a one-line solo that descends to an impressively low note.
* Caiaphas in ''JesusChristSuperstar'' is usually one of these.
* Osmin in Mozart's ''Abduction from the Seraglio''. PlayedForLaughs, as the singer with the manliest voice plays... a Eunuch!

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