->Would you like to see my mask? I use it in my experiments. Now, probably not very frightening to a guy like you, but these crazies, they can't stand it. They scream, and they cry. Much as you're doing now.
-->-- '''Dr. Jonathan Crane''', ''Film/BatmanBegins''

Not every villain has to sound like one. Perhaps, instead of having a [[EvilSoundsRaspy malevolent rasp]], a [[GigglingVillain gloating shrill]], or a [[EvilSoundsDeep booming bass]], the villain's voice is instead light and low. They don't yell or intimidate, and might not even be impolite -- instead, they speak with a soft tone that seems unassuming, meek, or even kind, with a soft chuckle and a sort of warm energy... hiding the menace within. The end result is something dissonant and creepy, a monster who might describe just how horribly he's going to mangle you, while speaking in a voice that's anything but monstrous.

Keep in mind this doesn't always mean the character in question is a {{Sadist}}--it's just AddedAlliterativeAppeal.

See also AffablyEvil, FauxAffablyEvil, DissonantSerenity, CreepyMonotone, and CreepyHighPitchedVoice, and compare WickedCultured and PoliteVillainsRudeHeroes. Note that if and when they eventually drop this soft-spoken demeanor, then that's a surefire sign things are going to get worse. Contrast with EvilIsHammy, though a ColdHam can cover both.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Frieza from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', in all but the Brazilian dub, where he had a BadassBaritone instead.
** In the Latin-American dub [[PlayingWithATrope it's a bit of both]]: Creator/GerardoReyero is also a BadassBaritone, but as Frieza, he [[AffablyEvil speaks in a very smooth tone and with quite polite speech patterns]]. [[VillainousBreakdown Until he's on the losing side, that is.]]
** Then there's the [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged Abridged version]]. He keeps calm throughout most of the series, even when he is beating up the heroes. He does lose it when he's livid, however to a degree.
** His brother Cooler is also this, especially in the Latin dub. Not only that, he never raises his voice in any of his appearances. Though it's subverted in his fifth from, which gives him a deep, gravelly, growling voice.
** Same for [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged Abridged Cell]], but [[SubvertedTrope he plays the Sadist part moreso than most people.]]
** Goku Black from ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' speaks in a soft polite tone even as he is commiting genocide across multiple worlds or if he is about to murder Future Trunks in great delight.
* ''LightNovel/DateALive'': Unlike all other villains like [[CuteAndPsycho Kurumi Tokisaki]] who is a homicidal maniac who has no composure when her crazy-side breaks out and [[TheAce Minerva Liddell]] who is a insane psychotic soldier who loses her cool when she is torturing someone, [[BigBad Isaac Westcott]] is fully capable of causing pain in other people with losing his clarity and calm.
* [[Creator/ShowHayami Sosuke Aizen]], [[Creator/KojiYusa Gin Ichimaru]], [[Creator/KosukeToriumi Szayel Aporro Grantz]] and [[Creator/DaisukeOno Shuukuro Tsukishima]] from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'': Of the four Dark Masters, Machinedramon is easily the most prolific killer, effortlessly slaughtering dozens of Numemon with no hesitation whatsoever and being willing to bring down entire cities to capture his targets. He also barely raises his voice above a cold, robotic whisper and has little interest in idle banter. It truly is something to hear him [[CallingYourAttacks call his]] [[WaveMotionGun Giga Cannon]] in a completely lifeless, quiet voice.
* [[Creator/AkiraIshida Xellos]] from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''.
* Dio Brando From ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has a calm tone when speaking with Polnareff or Kakyoin, at least, in the Playstation 3 game, the anime approaches more to a AffablyEvil route. Interestingly, Creator/TakehitoKoyasu is the same voice actor in both version, it's amazing how he can voice the same character with different tones and still sound menacing, albeit in different ways.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'':
** Itsuki's [[Creator/KoujiTsujitani smooth, mellow voice]] tends to hide his [[PsychoSupporter inner crazy]].
** [[Creator/MegumiOgata Kurama]] is a heroic example. He's always polite and charming, even though he's ''even more'' willing to brutally kill or maim (or both) his enemies than [[Creator/NobuyukiHiyama Hiei]], [[{{Foil}} who generally fights with a sort of controlled anger instead.]] In the manga, he takes particular pleasure in messily killing an opponent who threatened his [[MoralityPet mother]].
** A very disturbing example is Karasu during the Dark Tournament arc. While he's otherwise dismissive of his own allies and the other contestants, he takes a creepy liking to Kurama, and is ([[SmugSuper mostly]]) [[FauxAffablyEvil polite to him while he calmly and elegantly goes on about how he'd love to kill the kitsune demon personally]]. His DissonantSerenity before and during the battle manages to ''scare Kurama''.
* [[Creator/MamoruMiyano Light]] [[Creator/BradSwaile Yagami]], VillainProtagonist of ''Manga/DeathNote'', who stays cool and calm even while delivering his judgments face-to-face. [[spoiler:Poor Naomi Misora.]]
** Later subverted, [[spoiler: once he is outed as Kira.]] By the final episode of the series, he [[VillainousBreakdown seems to have forgotten]] how [[LargeHam inside voices even work]].
* In the American dub of ''Anime/StarBlazers'' Desslok has an almost feminine voice, which makes him far more creepy than his original bog-standard Japanese villain growl.
* [[Creator/NozomuSasaki Johan Liebert]], the eponymous ''Manga/{{Monster}}''. He speaks in the quietest and most innocent sounding voice possible.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'''s male villains tend to speak like this as well. [[Creator/KanetoShiozawa Dirmando]], [[Creator/TsutomuKashiwakura Sapphire]] and [[Creator/ToshioFurukawa Tiger Eye]] are some nice examples.
* Mukuro and Byakuran from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''.
* [[TheBeautifulElite Iason]] [[BastardBoyfriend Mink]] of ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'' as part of his BeautyIsBad persona.
* Kanzaki from the ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'' TV anime is a ManipulativeBastard who betrayed his best friend. In contrast to his ominous voice and mannerisms in the OVA, his voice comes across as reserved and completely ''normal'' in the TV series -- which makes his villainy all the more chilling.
* Vincent Nightray from ''Manga/PandoraHearts'', [[AmbiguouslyEvil though not exactly evil]], has done quite a few morally ambiguous things and takes any chance he gets to act needlessly sadistic. [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9f010htqE1rek056o1_1280.jpg This picture]] sums it up quite nicely.
* Kyubey in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' was voiced by [[Creator/EmiriKatou the same woman]] as [[Manga/LuckyStar Kagami Hiiragi]] and [[LightNovel/BakeMonogatari Matoi Hachikuji]] and shares their high, thin voices, and seems to be like another cutesy MagicalGirl series mascot. [[spoiler:[[CosmicHorrorStory This is not]] [[BlueAndOrangeMorality the case]].]]
* ''Anime/CardfightVanguard'': Picture it, a boy with [[ShrinkingViolet Aichi]]'s unfailing politeness and [[BigBad Ren]]'s sadistic personality. That's [[spoiler:how Aichi acts under [[FaceHeelTurn the manipulation of Ren]]]].
* For the most part, Russia from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''. Despite being a huge man who finds it amusing to bully, he usually speaks in a soft, high, [[PsychopathicManchild childlike]] voice and he has a sweet, [[StepfordSmiler gently smiling,]] blushing face to match.
* Illumi Zoldyck from ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' is very [[DissonantSerenity serene]] and [[TheStoic rarely emotes at all]], but he's just as (if not ''more'') sadistic as [[MonsterClown Hisoka]].
* ''Franchise/KagerouProject'': The series' BigBad, [[spoiler:the Wide-Open Eyes Snake]], is like this so long as he's possessing [[spoiler:Kenjirou]], but if he's on his own or possessing [[spoiler:Konoha]], [[EvilIsHammy all bets are off.]]
* Griffith from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''.
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' uses this trope for some of its most terrifying antagonists.
** Eto combines her terrifying cruelty and manipulation with a sweet, girlish performance by Creator/MaayaSakamoto. She frequently comes across as cute and quirky, even while tearing apart minds or bodies.
** Dr. Akihiro Kanou speaks in a warm, fatherly manner suited to a doctor with excellent bedside manner. He never raises his voice, or strays from this kindly behavior....whether he's visiting a recovering patient or torturing victims ForScience.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' has Torch Weaver. He's a constantly-grinning, overweight blonde man who looks like a stereotypical suburban dad. He's even a teetotaler and prefers using "shucks" and "golly" instead of actual cursing. He is also a bounty hunter and a professional pyromaniac who has little reservation using his flamethrower on defenseless targets. According to him, he even burned his wife and child alive.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Jack "The Drought", one of the most dangerous pirates alive and a gigantic hulking brute that can transform into a mammoth and is known for being completely immune to bargaining (to the point his response to any attempts to reason with him seems to just be "sever a limb and move on") and rampages so bad places struck by him look like an actual drought's ground them down over the years. All of this would lead one to think of a bloodthirsty, bombastic man, but he ''never'' raises his voice, just speaking like he's relaxed or even bored at all times even when [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique torturing people for information]] or [[ColdBloodedTorture for fun]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Spider-Man's enemy Tombstone is a large, albino mobster whose teeth have been filed to points. He's vicious enough to hold his own against Marvel's other colorful gangsters (Hammerhead, Silvermane, the Kingpin, etc.), strong enough to fight Spider-Man, and his dialogue balloons are always edged with a dotted line to underscore how how soft his voice is.
* Kurt Gerhardt in TheNineties ''{{Foolkiller}}'' series. He was said by a drug kingpin to be crazier than ThePunisher, yet he was not the boiling angry man with a gun that was Frank Castle. His modus operandi was always to have a Socratic debate with his intended target, just so that he could uncover a logical fallacy or hole in their argument. The coda of each debate always being his bottom line followed by "I think you're a fool. I kill fools". It was always important to Gerhardt that his targets knew why they were being killed; equally important that witnesses understood as well.
* Tarn from ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' uses "Weaponized Conversation" where he can [[BrownNote literally talk someone to death.]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'':
** Gravemoss, who's responsible for the resurrection of ancient Asgardian undead nightmares, wields [[spoiler: the Darkhold]] and routinely conducts horrific experiments on people, has a voice which is regularly described as soft and disturbingly lulling. Apparently this is either an affectation or a natural talent, because Gravemoss actually notes to Lucius Malfoy that it's far easier to sacrifice people if they're nice and calm. However, those who get past the lulling effect note that it's strangely... dead.
** The sequel has [[spoiler: Sinister]], who's arguably even worse. He sounds like a fairly ordinary, if somewhat distracted, scientist, most of the time. He's also a one man production line of solid gold NightmareFuel.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/TheJungleBook'':
** Kaa (played by Sterling Holloway), especially in the first movie where, despite having the gentle voice of an genial old man, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRASn4tcXFE is menacing enough to scare]] ''[[PapaWolf Bagheera]].'' Later, he uses that soft quality in his voice to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSVkY-01r5o "convince" Mowgli to trust him]]. Especially creepy given that there's almost no audible difference between Kaa's voice and [[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Pooh Bear's]].
** Shere Khan qualifies even more, ever keeping his deep voice light and low for most of the time.
* Bradley Uppercrust III in ''WesternAnimation/AnExtremelyGoofyMovie'' has a light, mild voice, and is so evil he has [[spoiler: life-threatening assault, arson, and attempted murder]] under his belt. The vast majority of the other series antagonists are saints compared to him.
* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' has the BigBad [[spoiler:Commander Rourke]], who always speaks pleasantly no matter what heinous things he's discussing. Even when the chips are down and he's finally be pushed to anger, he ''still'' talks quite calmly:
-->'''[[spoiler:Rourke:]]''' Well, I gotta to hand it to ya, you're a bigger pain in the neck than I would have ever thought possible. I consider myself an even tempered man. It takes a lot to get under my skin, but congratulations, you just won the solid-gold kewpie doll.
%%* Scar from ''Disney/TheLionKing''

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Garland Greene from ''Film/ConAir'' almost always have a [[DissonantSerenity dissonant smile]] on his face, takes time out of their criminal escape to have a tea party with a cute little girl, and is more than happy to pleasantly talk to whoever sits by him. At the same time, he gets the full [[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]] treatment when being transported, has nearly all the other hardened criminals on the plane ''terrified'' of him for the atrocities he's committed, and the things he talks about? He calmly discusses his murders and his twisted views on semantics and human psychology without a shred of regret for the things he has done. [[KarmaHoudini And he gets away in the end]].
* Angel Eyes from ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''.
* ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'': Hannibal Lecter.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'': Col. Hans Landa, sometimes.
* Mr. Blonde from ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' is a very cool-headed, soft-spoken individual who always exudes a casual aura. This makes it all the more unnerving when [[AxCrazy he slaughters a store's worth of people after the alarm goes off]], or when he calmly describes to a captured cop [[PsychoForHire how much he will enjoy]] giving him a slow, painful death.
* Quentin Tarantino apparently likes this trope. His character Richie in ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' is a sadistic rapist with a soft, calm voice.
* Sir from ''Film/TruthOrConsequencesNM'' is an icy, calm ProfessionalKiller who never raises his voice, even when he's cutting off someone's fingers or in a massive shootout wielding a shotgun.
* Anton Chigurh from ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'' embodies this trope to a disturbing degree.
* Gaear Grimsrud from ''Film/{{Fargo}}'', when he is not [[AxCrazy snapping]] randomly.
* ''Film/TheThiefOfBagdad'' has Jaffar, an EvilVizier and EvilSorcerer who raises his voice once, in order to cast a spell at sea. It sort of gets rid of the common "who would trust ''that'' guy" FridgeLogic about more ObviouslyEvil viziers: he sounds extremely trustworthy. Too bad he isn't.
* Toht (the bespectacled Nazi) from ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' is usually smirking and speaks with a halting, breathy delivery as if he's on the verge of chuckling.
* Dr. Jonathan Crane is easily the most softspoken character in ''Film/BatmanBegins.'' [[spoiler:(He also sprays people with a toxin designed to cause intense panic attacks, tries to burn people alive, and gives his fear toxin to someone who supposedly told him the plan was to hold the city to ransom.)]]
* Mister Teatime in the adaptation of ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Hogfather]]''.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** Loki in ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', when he isn't being a zealous would-be ruler, is overwhelmingly cool and polite. When the Avengers are all gathered on the [[spoiler: flying aircraft carrier]], the [[spoiler: imprisoned]] Loki actually seems to be the calmest of them all. And even though, when things stop going his way, [[EvilIsHammy he breaks that pattern]], he's right back to it at the very end.
--->'''Loki:''' If it's all the same to you, [[INeedAFreakingDrink I'll have that drink now]].
** ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'': Ebony Maw, Thanos's NumberTwo, always speaks softly and regally, which can distract from how cruel and sadistic he can be, as demonstrated by torturing Doctor Strange.
* Esther from ''Film/{{Orphan}}'' is soft spoken and very rarely raises her voice, even if she's threatening your life with a gun.
* Nurse Ratched in ''Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''
* In ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'', Marty finally comes face to face with the BigBad, Cosmo, who he's thought long dead. Cosmo speaks casually of crashing entire countries' economies. Plus this little gem:
-->'''Cosmo:''' I cannot kill my friend. ''[to his henchmen]'' Kill my friend.
* HAL 9000 of ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' has this, overlapping with CreepyMonotone.
* Creator/RichardBurton's portrayal of O'Brien in the film release of ''Film/NineteenEightyFour''. He never raises his voice and, in his own creepy way, actually seems to think he is being ''kind'' in torturing Winston.
* ''Film/{{Nightbreed}}''. A major contributing factor to how creepy the psychotic Dr. Decker is is how calm and collected he always remains even during his hands-on murders.
* ''Film/HenryPortraitOfASerialKiller'': Henry rarely raises his voice, and his apparent shyness almost comes across as endearing. [[spoiler: Trusting him, however, will get you killed, as Becky finds out the hard way.]]
* Christopher Guest's portrayal of Count Rugen in ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' is a particularly scary example, because almost the ''entire'' rest of the film falls soundly in the LargeHam category.
-->"As you know, the concept of the suction pump is centuries old. Well, really, that's all this is. Except that instead of sucking water, I'm sucking life. I've just sucked one year of your life away. I might one day go as high as five, but I really don't know what that would do to you. So, let's just start with what we have. What did this do to you? Tell me. And remember, this is for posterity, so be honest -- how do you feel?"
* Lord Cutler Beckett in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''. Especially when compared with Barbossa, Davy Jones, and Blackbeard, who are all loud, [[EvilIsHammy hammy]] villains, he's very calm, and rarely shows any extreme emotion.
-->"You can fight, and all of you will die. Or you can surrender, in which case only ''most'' of you will die."
* ''Film/TheGodfather'':
** Don Vito's voice is so quiet it's sometimes hard to tell that he's actually saying words. He's also probably the most powerful criminal in New York.
** Michael Corleone, the series' VillainProtagonist, is polite, icy and ruthless. He remains totally calm even as he gives the order to [[spoiler:murder his own brother.]] The only time in the first two movies that he raises his voice is when [[spoiler:Kay reveals that she got an abortion to spite him]]. He's... [[HairTriggerTemper decidedly less collected]] in ''Part III''.
* Cobra Commander from ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation''.
* Solomon Lane from ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'' never raises his voice above a whisper, but that doesn't stop his cruelty.
* Kylo Ren from ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' has many fans of his oddly relaxing and mesmerizing voice. His behavior is hardly timid.
* Darth Maul from ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' sees much, says little, and says it calmly and quietly.
* Warden Norton from ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption''.
* Keyser Soze from ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'' arguably takes full advantage of this trope.
* Salieri from ''Film/{{Amadeus}}''.
* The spoilerific revealed antagonists from Christopher Nolan's first feature Following, ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'', and ''Film/ArtSchoolConfidential''.

* Vireka in ''Literature/TheForgesOfDawn'' can definitely be quite soft spoken as he muses aloud all the horrible ways he's going to torment you.
* In ''Literature/{{Masques}}'', the ae'Magi. He is universally considered a very nice and kind man, and his mild-mannered behaviour contributes to this. He even ''murders'' people with a kindly smile on his face.
* Lord Roose Bolton from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' might be the ultimate example of this trope - mild-mannered, courteous, and speaks so softly that others have to listen closely to hear anything he says. He's as cold-blooded a lord as the Seven Kingdoms can offer. His family uses a flayed man as their sigil and has a legendary reputation for torture. Although unlike his AxCrazy and StupidEvil son Ramsay, Roose isn't [[ObviouslyEvil blatantly obvious]] about his sadism, and cultivates a VillainWithGoodPublicity image (besides the whole "[[FlayedAlive flaying people]]" thing, but that's a family tradition; it's the Bolton sigil).
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Snape is described as being able to keep a whole class at attention without going much louder than a whisper in the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone first book]], and though his speech often contains contempt and sarcasm, he rarely ever does anything but speak softly - which serves to make the times he does outwardly show his rage all the more significant. Demonstrated when he and Sirius have an argument; as they both get closer to violence, Sirius loses his indoor voice while Snape gets tenser and more waspish.
** Umbridge's fluttery, girlish, high-pitched voice belies her true nature, though most everyone sees through it immediately as shown in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix book 5]].
** Voldemort speaks in an almost snake-like whisper, especially shown during the first chapter of [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Book 7]]. He rarely raises his voice, and when he does, it is supposedly extremely terrifying.
** Crabbe and Goyle spend so much time serving as Malfoy's DumbMuscle that Harry hardly ever hears them speak. When he finally does in book seven, he's surprised by how soft Crabbe's voice is. By this point, Crabbe's had plenty of lessons on torture from the Carrows, so he definitely fits the "sadist" part.
* ''Literature/DragonBones'': The person who [[spoiler: eventually betrays the heroes]] afterwards talks softly to Ward, as if nothing happened. It creeps him out.
* Nurse Ratched in ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''.
* In Creator/VernorVinge's ''Literature/AFireUponTheDeep'', Flenser is described as having a voice like this.
* Lord Vetinari of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', in his scarier moments, though he's at least nominally a good guy.
* After decades of being the very face of AxCrazy and EvilIsHammy for the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' franchise, the ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' series has revealed that Kharn the Betrayer's voice was once "soft, low, and measured" before he became the herald of [[WarGod Khorne]].
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has Nicodemus, who's two thousand years old and in a willing partnership with a FallenAngel who feeds off pain and suffering. His demeanor is usually completely calm, reasonable, and friendly, and, when he (only occasionally) slips, he quickly regains control. Harry specifically notes that when Nicodemus laughs, it is with the rich laugh of the supremely confident, rather than the typical sadistic EvilLaugh of a CardCarryingVillain (and Harry's had enough experience to tell the difference). The fact that most of Harry's enemies are DrunkOnTheDarkSide to one degree or another makes Nicodemus' reserve all the more noticeable.
** Harry's earlier encounters with [[TheDon Gentleman Johnny Marcone]] led him to think of Marcone this way, but it becomes apparent that Marcone cannot really be considered "evil", nor is he in any way sadistic, being far too pragmatic to be anything other than [[TrueNeutral ruthlessly efficient]][[note]]except where [[spoiler:[[BerserkButton children]]]] are involved[[/note]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Adam never ever loses his cool or faux affability, yet he kills a child for the hell of it in his first few minutes.
* [[TortureTechnician Desaad]] from ''{{Series/Smallville}}'', who never loses the creepy, even tone as he kills tons of people by [[NightmareFuel making them bleed to death from the inside]].
-->'''Desaad:''' When is the last time [[TheSmartGirl you]] had a [[BreakTheCutie good, hard cry]]?
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The Bolton family use a flayed man as their sigil and have a legendary reputation for torture. Roose Bolton is as calm and courteous a lord as Westeros can offer, but [[EstablishingCharacterMoment in his very first scene]], he advocates torturing prisoners for information as if it's the only logical course of action, even while acknowledging that few if any of them will have any useful intelligence. [[spoiler:He also [[MoralEventHorizon betrays Robb at the Red Wedding]]]]. Bolton doesn't actually whisper his lines as he does in the books (it's [=McElhatton=]'s usual deep voice) but his dialogue stands out because of how impeccably enunciated it is, in stark contrast to the OopNorth brogue often exhibited by the other Northern lords. And then there's [[spoiler:his [[BastardBastard bastard son Ramsay]]]]. In every sense of the word.
** In Cersei's monstrous actions during "The Winds of Winter," she keeps a very soft tone of voice. This is especially apparent in her treatment of Sister Unella.
** The Tickler never raises his voice while conducting his interrogations.
* The Reaper from ''Series/CriminalMinds''. He's condescendingly soothing while stabbing Hotch in "Faceless, Nameless". In "100", he uses a cool, conversational tone to taunt Hotch on speakerphone while calmly playing toy soldiers with Hotch's son. He even covers the kid's ears and spells out "D-I-E-S". He plays it so well, the kid isn't even sure if he's a bad guy. This is seconds before he [[spoiler:murders Hotch's ex-wife while he listens]].
* In ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "What's in the Box", Sterling Holloway (his second time on this list!) plays a mysterious but malevolent television repairman who he acts the role of the friendly old blue-collar worker, who gives an exasperated man some extra perks in his cable, and then gets to watch, smile, and subtly gloat as his "product" ruins two lives, never dropping the benign facade.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** The Cigarette-Smoking Man has a pleasant, avuncular New England accent. (Except for the times he has a pleasant, avuncular [[OohMeAccentsSlipping Canadian accent]].)
** The death fetishist Donald Pfaster from season 2 episode "Irresistible" has an unsettling soft voice.
* In the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek: TOS]]'' episode "Wolf in the Fold," John Fiedler played a serial-killing alien, and he spoke in the same tremorous, timid voice he used when he was playing [[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Piglet.]]
* Adelai Niska, ''Series/{{Firefly}}'''s resident psychotic crime lord, can be very soft-spoken in the tone of a kindly old man. The fact that he does this while he's [[ElectricTorture zapping the living daylights out of you]], [[EarAche cutting off your ear]], or [[ColdBloodedTorture even worse things]] makes him ''utterly rutting creepy''.
* Marlo Stanfield from ''Series/TheWire''. He's very soft-spoken and almost never raises his voice--even when ordering the murder of a man and his family.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Lucifer is very calm, collected, and acts in a casual and gentle manner. He also tortures and kills anyone to get what he wants.
** [[VanHelsingHateCrimes Gordon Walker]], the [[BlackAndWhiteMorality overly-devoted]] vampire hunter, speaks in a calm, reasonable tone...which makes his [[ColdBloodedTorture torturing]] [[VegetarianVampire Lenore]] and attempts to murder Sam ''that much creepier''.
* The [[PuppeteerParasite Goa'uld]] Tanith in ''Series/StargateSG1''. Unlike most of his kind, who are very much of the LargeHam variety, Tanith preferred to coldly taunt his enemies before utterly destroying them. Politely wiped out a civilization.
** Ba'al, after spending [[GoingNative too much time]] on Earth, eventually stopped using his Goa'uld-voice entirely, with his later interaction with [=SG-1=] was conducted in a rather pleasant, if sardonic, tone of voice. No one is fooled that he's not still the same guy who repeatedly used a Sarcophagus to revive Jack after torturing him to death.
* Wynn Duffy from ''Series/{{Justified}}'', played by Jere Burns, is a ruthless Dixie Mafia henchman, but he has a very soft, almost meek voice.
* On ''Series/BurnNotice'', Anson Fullerton, the DiabolicalMastermind behind Michael's burning, affects this, in keeping with his PsychoPsychologist persona. Played by Jere Burns, as with Wynn Duffy above.
* Arnold Rothstein from ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' is polite and soft-spoken - but he's a ruthless gangster, who once tricked a man into choking to death just for his own amusement.
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'' Captain Sheridan gets captured and is brought to a TortureTechnician to be physically and mentally broken until Sheridan disavows his cause and publicly supports the fascist regime of [[PresidentEvil President Clarke]]. The torturer is a skinny, balding, older man with glasses who looks and sounds as if he should be teaching math to children.
* The killer in the ''Series/LawAndOrder'' episode "Hubris." [=McCoy=] tells the jury that he's going to ask them to realize that this "nicely dressed, soft-spoken young man" is a murderer.
* In the third season of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', the Governor very rarely raises his voice, but he definitely enjoys killing.
* Deucalion in ''Series/TeenWolf'' is like this whether he's exhorting someone to murder, scheming, or disciplining his subordinates. Except the time he screamed "I AM THE DEMON WOLF!" at the top of his lungs, but that's very much the exception.
* In NBC's 2013 ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' series, serial killer Hannibal Lecter speaks calmly and softly at all times.
* Wyatt from ''Series/PrisonBreak''. He sounds like he's telling his son a bedtime story, just as he's about to kill you.
* Gus Fring in ''Series/BreakingBad'' is a kingpin who rarely ever raises his voice, to the point that he's a lot more menacing when he does raise it.
* Emmett Milbarge from Chuck. Imagine the gentle-voiced Buster Bluth of Arrested Development, only he's a sociopath and has delusions of authority. That's Emmett, and both characters are played flawlessly by Tony Hale.
* The [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Nightmare Man]] of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' is a classic example of this trope, with a very soft, quiet voice and an absolutely unnerving presence.

* From the Harold Pinter play ''One For The Road'', Nicholas is an extremely genial person who happens to be in charge of torture for his government.
* [[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} CLAUDIUS]]. Dear God, Claudius.
* Theatre/SweeneyTodd, in his Sondheim incarnation.
--> ''Inconspicuous Sweeney was,
--> quick, and quiet and clean he was.
--> Back of his smile, under his word,
--> Sweeney heard music that nobody heard...''
** Which makes it fantastically ironic that [[LargeHam Hearn]] was cast as Sweeney, really.
* In ''Theatre/MarginForError'', the Consul speaks calmly and unctuously so long as he feels assured of himself, especially when he's issuing veiled threats.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[MagnificentBastard Yuri]] from ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2''.
* Leon in ''VideoGame/StarFox'' is implied to be a sadist in more ways than one. Character-wise, however, he fits.
* Dutch Van Der Linde of ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' has a rather quiet, soft voice, which contrasts sharply with his violently insane nature.
* Ingun Black-Briar in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' fits this trope quite well. She's always very polite, happily greets you and thanks you for your [[FetchQuest hard work on her behalf]] and rewards you nicely. However, she also reveals herself to be a NightmareFetishist with a penchant for alchemy and mixing poisons, largely because she finds glee in the horrors these poisons can inflict on a person.
* Lord Ghirahim in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' frequently swings between this trope and EvilIsHammy, but even when he has his temper under control, he still threatens to beat Link within an inch of his life and talks rather casually about burning him to a crisp in the Earth Temple.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock|1}}'': Subverted with [[spoiler: [[BitchInSheepsClothing Atlas (alias Frank Fontaine)]]]], who spends a good two-thirds sounding friendly, jovial and humane before TheReveal gives us his [[BrooklynRage actual voice]]. [[VideoGame/BioShock2 Sofia Lamb]] plays it straight (ala her TautologicalTemplar personality). Both were designed to contrast Andrew Ryan's LargeHam persona.
* [[spoiler:Iris]] in ''{{VideoGame/Rosenkreuzstilette}}''. She may certainly look {{Moe}}, and even speak politely, [[spoiler:but that doesn't stop her from causing suffering for others for her own entertainment, does it?]]
* Osmund Saddler, the leader of Los Illuminados from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. This quality makes him all the more creepier, seeing how he managed to convert an entire village to his insane cult with pure charisma, even before they were injected with [[HatePlague Las Plagas]].
* Jamie Washington in ''[[VideoGame/SplinterCell Splinter Cell: Double Agent]]'' is kind of geeky with somewhat poor social skills and would be the lovable dork in any other story, but in this one he's a cold-blooded PoisonousFriend with absolutely no qualms about killing anyone.
--> '''Jamie [[spoiler:(After shooting a hostage if Sam refuses to)]]:''' Sorry... (chuckles sheepishly) s-sorry.
* Akechi Mitsuhide from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', a consummate CombatSadomasochist, speaks using a seductive yet sinister purr in both the [[Creator/ShowHayami Japanese]] and [[Creator/VicMignogna English]] versions. However, in the Japanese he tends to turn into a LargeHam when excited.
* Julian Day, a.k.a. Calendar Man in the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'' is very soft spoken. To date he's only raised his voice(making it much rougher) once.
** In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', Scarecrow was a LargeHam GigglingVillain. After his mauling at the hands of Killer Croc, he returns with a [[Creator/JohnNoble new voice actor]] in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', where he is stoic, calm, and collected, [[ColdHam with every single line dripping with utter contempt and hatred]], and a newly fueled desire to [[HopeCrusher utterly break Batman in every way possible]].
-->'''Scarecrow:''' Shhhhh... It's okay to be afraid.
* [[TortureTechnician Thresh]] in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends''. Nearly all of his many lines are playful, sadistic mockery spoken in a magnified, echoing whisper. Pretty much the only times he raises his voice are when he's been killed and when he's laughing.
** Since his rework, Karthus dabbles in this. Most of his lines have a serene calm to them one wouldn't expect from a lich. [[LargeHam Once the pops the Requiem though....]]
** Jhin speaks almost exclusively like this, musing on the beauty of a perfect death in a gentle, calm tone. He breaks this facade occasionally with "stage directions", his laughing, and his death.
* [[BreakoutVillain Hazama]] of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''. He is a [[BeautyIsBad quite handsome]] FauxAffablyEvil man, who is always polite and soft-spoken to everyone despite creeping them all out at the same time. (To further emphasize this, the Japanese version of the game has him referred to himself with [[UsefulNotes/JapanesePronouns "watakushi"]], a very humble pronoun, and call everyone with the formal albeit somewhat distant "anata".) However, it's soon revealed that he's a {{Sadist}} who happily [[{{Troll}} trolls]] the hell out of everyone until [[MindRape their mind break.]] He cares about [[LackOfEmpathy nobody]] [[ItsAllAboutMe but himself]] and will happily kill you if he wants to, all the while sporting a PsychoticSmirk.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Erika Furudo in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' speaks in a soft, polite and composed manner most of the time. She also defines herself as an "intellectual rapist" who loves to unveil people's secrets against their will and [[LackOfEmpathy utterly lacks anything ressembling human empathy.]] Even when she snaps and screams, she keeps using polite forms.
* ''VisualNovel/RoseGunsDays'' Season 3 introduces Gabriel Kaburaya, [[TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard Special officer in charge of counter-measures against organised criminal activities.]] This ManOfWealthAndTaste very rarely shows any other expression than a soft smile... and wants to "try and drench his own hands in mafia blood". He also does ''something'' to Butler in the toilets that isn't shown nor described, but is unlikely to be anything pleasant -- with the same smile all along.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Carl in ''WebAnimation/LlamasWithHats'' is comically nonchalant about killing people, though he does raise his voice a bit more often in the last two episodes [[spoiler:after he's destroyed all other life on Earth.]]
-->'''Carl:''' In that case, I should probably mention I've been filling our luggage with orphan meat.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://www.daemonslayers.net/characters.htm The Daemonslayers]] Lady Blood (aka Aster), a [[HornyDevils seductive demoness]] whose sole purpose in life is to torture, interrogate and ultimately break her prisoners into serving the demonic armies, which she does with orgasmic relish. It was Aster who eventually broke Blackjack's mind when he was transformed into a dracosvulf by the late demon queen Shine and stripped of his memories to make him more pliable.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'', Dr. Carolyne Provencal is known for acting sweet, kind, and polite. She is also one of the most sadistic villains in the RPG.
* ''WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses'': Ask That Guy's voice tends to remain calm and even cheerful as he goes on about the bizarre murders, rapes, kidnappings, and assorted other crimes he's committed.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Katz from ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' only ever sounds mildly annoyed, even while sending people to their deaths or strangling a troublesome dog.
%%* Catbert: Evil Director of Human Resources is portrayed this way in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}'' animated series.
* Pythor in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ninjago}}'' certainly counts since it's a part of his AffablyEvil image. [[FauxAffablyEvil Unless he gets angry.]]
-->'''Pythor''': Humbly, I am Pythor P. Chumsworth.
%%* Mozenrath from the ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'':
** Airachnid likes to eviscerate her victims inside-out. She also has smooth feminine voice and likes to make small talk with her victims in order to torment them psychologically.
** Shockwave is disturbingly effective at this. Especially when applying the [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind Cortical Psychic]] [[MindRape Patch]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** The Clock King always talks naturally because he has no emotions to display except maybe annoyance. So, he can deliver a YouHaveNoChanceToSurvive speech [[CreepyMonotone without any emotional intonation]].
** The same goes for Mr. Freeze, whose CreepyMonotone is more effective and spine-tingling than all the LargeHam rants the likes of ComicBook/TheJoker can muster.
--->'''Mr. Freeze:''' Remember, [[IronicEcho there might be some momentary discomfort]].\\
''[cut to people ''outside'' the building hearing gasps of fear turning into bloodcurdling screams]''
** The Scarecrow, as revamped in ''The New Batman Adventures'', is another disturbing example, thanks to Creator/JeffreyCombs's delivery.
* Marvin the Martian from ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' is quiet, soft-spoken, and polite. This makes his frequent attempts to commit genocide all the more unnerving.
-->'''Bugs:''' 'Scuse me, Doc. Can you direct me to the bus back to Oith?\\
'''Marvin:''' The Earth? Oh, the Earth will be gone in just a few moments.\\
'''Bugs:''' Oh, well, never mind then. No point tryin' to get back to da Oith if it -- zuh?!
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Zaheer may be the prime example. Zaheer is always soft-spoken, polite, and nice to his opponent. But below his affable likable exterior rests a sadistic man who will go to any lengths to secure his goals. His lack of remorse or empathy to his victims is simply disturbing. [[spoiler: It also doesn't help that he's a BombThrowingAnarchist to boot]] and will kill anyone who could possibly stand in the way of achieving his goal. It's to the point where the fanbase started disliking his voice in the beginning, but fully saw him as this in the end.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' had many [[EvilIsHammy hammy villains,]] but Señor Senior Sr. was entirely different: Courteous, composed, and gentlemanly. [[AffablyEvil Good manners, good sportsmanship,]] and domination of the world were his three priorities. It certainly helps that there was no real malevolence behind his schemes; he is simply a bored, [[Fiction500 very rich]] old man who took up supervillainy as a hobby.
-->'''Señor Senior Sr.:''' We will meet again, Kim Possible. Until then, be well!"
* Darth Maul is like this in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''. He's usually very calm, and even when he's angry, his voice simply gets tenser rather than louder. He is also willing to kill anyone, even [[WouldHurtAChild kids]], if it benefits him in any way, and is also obsessed with making Obi-Wan suffer as much as possible.
* One of the villains the protagonists of ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'' encounter is [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The Milkman]], who's voiced by Creator/PaulReubens and speaks in a polite, friendly tone while doing things that are... [[FauxAffablyEvil neither polite nor friendly, to say the least]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': [[spoiler: [[CloudCuckooLander Navy]], a Homeworld Gem]] speaks only in a sort of half-whisper and [[CuteAndPsycho doesn't seem at all intimidiating]]. She has a lovely time hanging out with Steven, Lapis and Peridot, until she [[spoiler: takes them on a trip with the Roaming Eye and tricks Steven into opening the door, causing everyone but her to get ThrownOutTheAirlock. Even when she says she brought them onto the ship (instead of just stealing it when no one was looking) to see the look on Steven's face when he realized he'd been tricked, her voice never raises above a soft, sweet whisper]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The (in)famous fire and brimstone preacher Johnathan Edwards often delivered his terrifying sermons in a calm, quiet voice.
* [[UsefulNotes/{{Cambodia}} Pol Pot]] was by all accounts very calm and spoke with a soft voice.