->''"He hates crime, he hates due process. He apparently hates his vocal cords, too."''
-->-- '''UGO''' on [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Christian Bale's Batman]], [[http://www.ugo.com/movies/the-angriest-men-on-film?page=6 The Angriest Men on Film]]

A character who speaks with a deep, throaty rasp, characteristic of Chain Smokers. This style of speaking gives the character an ominous or solemn tone, so it's usually the domain of {{Anti Hero}}es, protagonists of DarkerAndEdgier works, and [[EvilSoundsRaspy villains.]]

Often overlaps with EvilSoundsRaspy and EvilSoundsDeep (but not always).

For music, see HarshVocals for the use of growled vocals and BassoProfondo for someone whose voice is simply extremely low. May also be half of a SopranoAndGravel duet.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Kaidou Kaoru from ''PrinceOfTennis''. How a fourteen-year-old has rumbly bass like a grumpy avalanche is beyond me. And yet, it's strangely hot.
* Quincy in ''BubblegumCrisis''.
* Vegeta, in the first English dub of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', as voiced by Creator/BrianDrummond. Creator/ChrisSabat as well, if less so.
** As well as both English versions of fellow [[HeelFaceTurn heel turned villain]] Piccolo.
* Croquet in ''Anime/YuGiOh''.
* Lucy from ''ElfenLied'' provides a female example of this trope.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'''s Gaara as voiced by LiamOBrien. It sort of works, but it's still quite strange in Part I considering at the time Gaara was ''[[Vtwelve.''
** Madara Uchiha, as well.
* Garterbelt in ''PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt''.
* [[BigBad Raoh]] from ''{{Fist of the North Star}}'' in the animated adaptations.
* The initial BigBad of ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', Cherubimon, sounds like this, even during the flashbacks to before his FaceHeelTurn.
* Creator/JohnSwasey's Crocodile from ''Manga/OnePiece'' sounds reminiscent of WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries' Two-Face at times.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* Rorschach in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''. His speech bubbles are ragged and frayed. He also uses clipped syntax, and several characters note his eerie monotone voice.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Rorschach from ''Film/{{Watchmen}}''.
* Creator/GeorgeCScott's characters, most notably Film/{{Patton}} and [[Film/DrStrangelove Buck Turgidson]]. Only in rare occasions did Scott [[{{averted}} avert]] this trope and speak in a relatively mellow voice.
* Film/TheDarkKnightSaga's Franchise/{{Batman}} speaks this way, partially to conceal his identity. This has its origin in the comics, where Batman is stated to disguise his voice while in costume, although other interpretations of Batman's voice, such as KevinConroy's, were nowhere near as extreme.
* Creator/ClintEastwood characters, especially his westerns and his later roles, such as Walt Kowalski in ''GranTorino''.
* Vincent Valentine in ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'' and its game sequel, ''DirgeOfCerberus''.
* Marv from ''Film/SinCity''.
* Joe Cabot, ''Film/ReservoirDogs''.
** Lawrence Tierney generally, although not so much when he was younger.
* Snake Plissken from ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'' and ''[[Film/EscapeFromLA LA]]'', although there's a bit of a Creator/ClintEastwood hiss in there, too.
* The Beast from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' is a heroic example.
* Character actor Michael Wincott is known for his gravelly voice. He is probably best known for his villain roles in TheNineties, such as ''Film/TheCrow'', ''StrangeDays'' and ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves''.
* Freddy Krueger of ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' and its sequels.
* Edgar Frog from ''Film/TheLostBoys'' movies.
* The Humungous in ''TheRoadWarrior'': his voice sounds just as devastated as what little we can see of his face looks.
* Any character played by British actor James Mason.
* KarlUrban in ''Film/{{Dredd}}''.
* In ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' The Doctor's voice is one part crazy snake and two parts Darth Vader, and he even manages to drop it an octave lower [[spoiler: when he upgrades to Cobra Commander]].
* TomWaits, whenever he acts in things like ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus' or ''SevenPsychopaths''. Unsurprisingly, his singing career is best-known for the HarshVocals.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Fenrir Greyback's voice is described this way in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books. The audiobook version by [[ManOfAThousandVoices Jim Dale]] does too.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''NightLords'' series describes [[DemonicPossession The Exalted]] as having a voice like this, which is best demonstrated in the audio drama ''Throne of Lies''.
** It gets bonus points for having the only speaking role requiring the Legion's birth language and BlackSpeech for extra creepy and evil.
* Butler from ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' is described as having a 'gravelly bass'.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Wesley but it's justified in the aftermath of his throat-slitting. He adopts a sotto voice for the remainder of the show, and the scar remains visible for a long time.
* Odo from ''Series/{{Star Trek Deep Space Nine}}'' has a raspy voice.
* [[KnightTemplar The Inquisitor]] on ''Series/RedDwarf''. On the commentary, it's mentioned that the actor originally shouted all his lines, but was told to growl them because shouting made him seem less in control.
** Hudzen 10 is this as well, so as to mask the actor's strong Scottish accent.
* Alec Baldwin and Will Arnett qualify, such that when Arnett guested on ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'', Liz Lemon said they could have a "talking like this contest". (Obviously audio would be needed here; when she said that, she was [[SelfDemonstratingArticle speaking low and raspy]].)
** In another episode, Liz Lemon attempts to mock Jack Donnaghy's voice and management style, but ends up slipping into a Franchise/{{Batman}} impression.
* Eliot from ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' definitely qualifies.
* The Cookie Monster from ''Series/SesameStreet''.
** Animal, one of ''TheMuppets''
** Chuck, the leader of the Riverbottom gang in EmmetOttersJugBandChristmas.
* Lurch from Series/TheAddamsFamily. Originally he was supposed to be mute. Then Ted Cassidy [[ThrowItIn threw in]] a ''"You rannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng?"''
* Gleb Zheglov from ''TheMeetingPlaceCannotBeChanged''.
* Fans often complain about Chuck Bass doing this on ''GossipGirl''. His father was the same way...
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Dean has become increasingly gruff over the seasons (seriously, listen to season one compared to season six). Castiel too is fairly growly, although this is on purpose; actor Misha Collins felt that as Castiel's natural voice shatters windows and makes people's ears bleed, his voice in his human vessel should be rather tough-sounding. (He has also confirmed that he and Jensen Ackles 'compete' during their scenes together to see who can sound growlier, although this [[SarcasmMode may not be literally true]].) Bobby could also be considered an offender, as could Crowley... it's pretty much just a cast full of [=BatVoice=].\\
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Dean's growling voice was awesomely lampshaded at least twice: once in "The Real Ghostbusters" when a fan was pretending to be Dean, and once in "The French Mistake" when Jensen was [[MindScrew playing Dean playing Jensen playing Dean.]] ("That's how he does it.")
* Richard Harrow on ''BoardwalkEmpire.'' Actor Jack Huston said that he figured the deformed veteran had had operations on his throat and jaw that would affect his voice, so he [[DoingItForTheArt stuffed his mouth with cotton balls]] and came up with the voice for the audition.
* Michael from ''Series/{{Nikita}}'' has this as well, although this is actually how Shane West's voice sounds. Lampshaded by Alex in Episode 1x16.
* William Adama from ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]''. This is how he got the callsign "Husker"
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': Various monsters had guttural growler voices, but the most notable character who talked like this would be [[TheDragon Goldar]].
* Yukio Yamagata, who was therefore quite an appropriate choice for the wild-animal-themed ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'' theme.
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[[folder:New Media]]
* Strong Bad on the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' website, though it has been toned down over the years.
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick'' has a tendency to growl when her anger levels are starting to rise.
* Creator/OlanRogers uses this for many of his characters, most of which are parodies of {{Anti Hero}}es. He's a LargeHam.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Trekkie Monster from ''Theatre/AvenueQ''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Manfred von Karma from the ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' series (both versions).
* Nearly every single Chaos unit in ''DawnOfWar'', but Khorne Berserkers [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpKN-U1-bWk really take the cake]].
* Krosshair in ''DonkeyKong64''.
-->'''GET OUT'''!
** King K. Rool in the same game.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'': Solid Snake has a ridiculously guttural voice, especially in the fourth installment of the series. However, one could argue that his voice isn't like that just for the sake of it: he is both old and a lifelong smoker.
** Supposedly, part of the reason Snake's voice got so guttural is because as the actor aged he found it harder to do the voice properly.
** Apparently, the drastic upgrade in Snake's growling from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' to ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' was DavidHayter's idea; he thought that Snake's voice would completely fall apart as he prematurely aged. His voice for Naked Snake/Big Boss in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' is almost as growly, but still young-sounding, while his older Big Boss voice for ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' is as harsh as Old Snake's but doesn't sound as sickly.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', Raiden becoming this when he's in [[AxCrazy "Jack]] [[BloodKnight the]] [[CombatSadomasochist Rip]][[SociopathicHero per"]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide persona]].
* Marcus Fenix and the Locust Horde from ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar''. Marcus has the gravely voice of a chain smoker, whereas the voice of the locusts pretty much are gravel and bass in and of themselves. This contrasts with the harsh windy whispery voices of the therons.
* Torn and Damas from the ''JakAndDaxter'' series.
* Alex Mercer from ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' sounds like he's in serious need of some menthol tablets when he's yelling (which is often), though he has a deep voice to begin with. It's just clear that shouting in it requires effort.
* Cole [=McGrath=] from ''VideoGame/InFamous'' is an excellent example. [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]] likened his voice to "a blender filled with gravel." It becomes noticeably less gravely in the sequel; he's still raspy but at a higher register.
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII Firion]] in ''DissidiaFinalFantasy''. Strikes a good contrast with the cheery-sounding characters. Interestingly for this trope, Firion is about as far from "dark and edgy antihero" as one can get, being optimistic, caring, and [[RealMenWearPink fond of flowers]]. He's practically {{Moe}}.
** Also Kefka at times. It's actually [[MoodWhiplash a bit jarring]] to hear him go from high-pitched, gleeful cries of joy at the prospect of maiming his opponent to snarling in a way that is most definitely ''not'' humorous.
* Garland (Garr) sounds like this when fighting in VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII.
* "Visions" from ''RockBand 2'' deserves special mention here. Absurdly guttural, nigh incomprehensible lyrics. Sung by a woman, no less!
* Thane from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has a perpetual rasp, which seems to be a racial trait for the drell, as Kolyat has a similar (if less pronounced) effect to his voice. Wrex, Grunt and the rest of the krogan also have slight rasps to their voices.
* Ghouls in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' universe speak this way, due to their decomposition (even the women, though they have a slightly higher register). Chris Haversam, a perfectly normal human who believes he is a ghoul, speaks with a similar rasp; as you first hear him over a PA it leads you to believe he actually is a ghoul. It's averted in the case of Dean Domino of the Dead Money DLC, who seems to have kept his lounge singer voice after all these years. Super Mutants and Nightkin also apply.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has at least three Super Mutants that, oddly, speak in a normal human voice: Neil from Black Mountain, Marcus from ''Fallout 2'', and an unnamed Super Mutant Master in Jacobstown. Raul the ghoul companion has a much less gravelly voice than other ghouls, one ghoul member of the Followers has a clear voice, and Jason Bright has an echoey synthetic-sounding voice (electronic voicebox?).
** Ulysses in ''Lonesome Road''.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
** The male [[TheUndead Forsaken]].
** The male [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Worgen]] in ''Cataclysm''.
* Rexxar and Mannoroth in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII''.
* The male [[LooksLikeOrlok Nosferatu]] in ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''.
* Sam Gideon, the protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Vanquish}}'', as well as Col. Robert Burns' dump-truck-full-of-rocks-in-a-giant-bass-drum vocalizations.
** GideonEmery, who voiced [[TheDanza Sam Gideon]] embodies this trope in many of his other [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII video game roles]] as well.
* [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis The Nemesis]], with his infamous "S.T.A.R.S" grunt before he tries to kill you.
* Geralt of Rivia from ''TheWitcher''.
* Caleb from ''VideoGame/{{Blood}}''.
* Adam Jensen from ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution''. His voice actor's natural voice doesn't sound all that different, oddly enough...
* [[BadassLongcoat Auron]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''.
* [[BloodKnight Sergei "Eater" Brynner]] from ''VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizonLegacy''. A few of his squadron members also qualify.
* [[BigBad Bowser]] from ''SuperMario64'' onwards, but not in ''SuperMarioSunshine''. He regained this type of voice in ''SuperMarioGalaxy''.
* [[TalkingToHimself Every single Dark Elf male]] in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' speaks in a low gravelly rasp that sounds not unlike [[{{Metalocalypse}} Nathan Explosion]].
** [[LizardFolk Argonians]] tend to have very raspy voices.
** One of the default male voices in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' is rather deep and growling and is generally associated with particularly brutish characters like Farkas or Arnbjorn.
* Albert Wesker from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' is given this kind of voice after sounding more like a [[AristocratsAreEvil posh-sounding]] EvilBrit in the previous games.
* The Narrator from ''{{Bastion}}''.
* The Soldier class from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' speaks in an iconic gravelly bark. He is shown smoking in canon, but his constant rasp is really attributed to his [[DrillSergeantNasty lack of an indoor voice.]]
* Black Doom in ''VideoGameShadowTheHedgehog''.
* Leo from ''AnarchyReigns'' has an interesting take on this. When he gets shouty, his voice does become strained but keeps a high register. This is most notable in the second fight against Jack, and it makes him sound feral, which ties into his lion motif.
* Victor Lazarin of ''VideoGame/WildStar.'' Unsurprising, considered he's voiced by JimCummings.
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[[folder:Webcomic]]
* ''Webcomic/{{The Monster and The Girl}}'': Kenrick's speech bubbles are extremely frayed, rough edged, and a bold type face is used.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In TheChroniclesOfTaras, Ghost (A sixteen-year-old girl) speaks with a throaty rasp described as sounding like she "[[BodyHorror swallowed a bag of thumb-tacks]]".
* The ''HowItShouldHaveEnded'' video on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seBpXt8_6xs The Dark Knight]]:
-->'''Superman''': Wait, is that your stage voice?\\
'''Batman''': [growling] Yeah? What about it?\\
'''Superman''': Yeah, well, are you gargling marbles or something? ''I can barely understand you.''
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'': Sweetie Belle. She used to sing for a DeathMetal band, and she sounds the part.
* JacksFilms' [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA6687CF25DE17420 "Your Grammar Sucks"]] [[DrinkingGame drinking specials]], where Jack puts on the persona of a bro-dude named "Chad Broseph Huntington". [[note]]starting with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el5rMq0TMUM&list=PLA6687CF25DE17420&index=21 episode 21,]] followed by another once every ten episodes from then on.[[/note]] Keep in mind, the drinking part always comes in after a few minutes of standard Your Grammar Sucks material, probably [[ItMakesSenseInContext to not freak out or confuse anybody who's watching an episode of YGS for the first time.]] Especially with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz3UZWq49uk&list=PLA6687CF25DE17420 YGS 51]]....
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* {{Metalocalypse}}'s Nathan Explosion [[ExaggeratedTrope exaggerates this trope]] [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]], to the point that his normal voice sounds like a death metal growl. Somehow, when he's singing, it gets even ''more'' guttural. It must be heard to be believed.
* Shnitzel from ''{{Chowder}}'', quite fitting since apparently he's made of gravel.
* Froggo from ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': Dr. Mrs. The Monarch (formerly Dr. Girlfriend), which leads to a few Transvestite jokes (though she's apparently just a heavy smoker).
* Prolific voice actor Creator/ScottMcNeil has this as one of his primary vocal archetypes, heard best in his roles as [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Dinobot]], [[XMenEvolution Wolverine]], and other similar characters. To be fair, he's smoked for much of his life, which has helped him develop this voice, though he still warns his fans that they shouldn't follow his example.
* Nearly any incarnation of ''DCComics''' {{Darkseid}}. Nearly every actor to voice him has pitched his voice way, way down (notably Creator/FrankWelker, perhaps best known as Fred from ''ScoobyDoo''). Even MichaelIronside in the DCAU was pitched down for the character's initial appearances on ''SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', although his later appearances have Ironside pretty much using his actual voice, which is growly and guttural already.
** Two-Face also qualifies, especially the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' versions.
* Dr. Claw in ''InspectorGadget'' is one of the most well known examples.
* [[spoiler: Kenny]] of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' speaks like this while in his guise as Mysterion, except for a couple points where he's so surprised by something that he responds in his normal voice before correcting himself.
** Cartman does this to a somewhat lesser extent while as The Coon.
* ''TransformersGeneration1'': A number of characters (typically Decepticons) speak like this, such as Kup, Thundercracker, Blitzwing, Scrapper, Bombshell, and the Dinobots. Soundwave is another, more subtle example, since his voice actor (Frank Welker) uses his "Dr. Claw" voice[[note]]As revealed by a production error in the episode "Role For It",[[/note]], but it is played through a vocoder to give it a musical quality.
** Megatron gets this voice full-stop for [[Film/{{Transformers}} the film series]]. Likewise for Soundwave, whose voice wasn't vocoded this time.
** On the newer TF side of things, ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' has Megatron reprised by Creator/FrankWelker with VocalEvolution, Starscream voiced by Creator/SteveBlum, and Dreadwing voiced by Creator/TonyTodd. The second season also introduced Hardshell, an Elite Insecticon voiced by DavidKaye (imagine a more growling ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' Megatron).
*** If Hardshell counts, so does ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'''s Lugnut, with whom he shares his voice actor.
* Shadow Weaver from ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' is a female example.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]] (yes, ''that'' Homer Simpson) talks like this a lot in the Hungarian and French-Canadian dubs.
* Alfe in ''TheProblemSolverz'', though he's anything but solemn.
* Wolverine in the ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' animated series.
* King Sombra in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
* Timber Wolf from ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperheroes'', his voice gets even deeper and raspier when he enters his more bestial form
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Music/TomWaits talks and ''sings'' with this kind of voice.
* Canadian voice-over artist Bill Mitchell was famous (and much-imitated) for his throaty basso-profundo delivery, which will forever be associated with film trailers. He also did a good OrsonWelles impression. His voice came about due to a childhood bout of mumps which affected his vocal cords.
* [[ProfessionalWrestling Wrestler]] Wrestling/BrianPillman had a voice like this due to multiple childhood bouts with throat polyps.
* Music/MilesDavis had throat surgery and wasn't supposed to talk for a certain period of time. However, he became so angry at someone that he started shouting, and ended up speaking like this for the rest of his life.
** The same thing happened to Bonnie Tyler. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise; her first song with the gravelly voice ("It's a Heartache") was also her breakthrough hit.
** Actor/Musician Tone Lōc, known for the song "Wild Thing" got his voice due to the fact that as a child, his mother had him drink a concoction of hot tea and brandy.
* Canadian actor Michael Wincott. [[EvilSoundsDeep He's usually cast as villains because of his voice]].
* One of voice actor Creator/ScottMcNeil's more well-used voices. Examples include [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Dinobot]] and [[DawnOfWar Lord Bale]].
* Almost anytime SteveBlum voices a particularly tough {{Badass}}, a villain, or both, this is often the result.
** His voice as [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Oghren]] is more guttural than most of his previous performances, and [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 Grunt]] is more guttural and deep than Oghren.
* Hungarian stage actor Szilveszter Szabo often ends up sounding like this, such as in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qll4I-i9HKI&feature=related this video]] of him as Tybalt in ''[[RomeoEtJulietteDeLaHaineALamour Romeo es Julia: a Musical]]''.
* Japanese voice actor NorioWakamoto is [[MemeticMutation infamous]] for this, combined with his characters being {{Large Ham}}s.
* The late Creator/DonLaFontaine was best known for this type of voice. You probably know him best as that voice that used to say "InAWorld" in ads for movies.
* JohnDiMaggio is pretty much famous for this trope. Among his roles is the above mentioned Marcus Fenix.
* ShozoIizuka is another anime voice actor who often does this, especially when voicing lead villains.
* Creator/TonyTodd
* Eric Adams sings in this voice in certain songs. He can do clean singing very well also in others.
* BenicioDelToro
* [[Music/{{Rammstein}} Till Lindemann]].
* Blues musician Music/HowlinWolf.
* Creator/PeterCullen sometimes uses this kind of voice.
* Noam Chomsky.
* Creator/JimCummings
* Carl [=McCoy=] of FieldsOfTheNephilim.
* Music/LeonardCohen
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