->''"Attention, all personnel. Due to conditions beyond our control, we regret to announce that lunch is now being served."''
-->-- The [[DeadpanSnarker smartass]] '''PA Announcer''' ([[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen who is never seen, addressed, or named]]) on ''[[Series/{{Mash}} M*A*S*H]]''

A variant of HeWhoMustNotBeSeen. The Voice describes characters who are heard but never seen. In older time periods, they are on the other side of telephones; later on, they are brought to you by [[NewTechnologyIsEvil eerie Surround Sound]]. If the adventure is of a magical or spiritual bent, it may literally be the voice in your head. Is it a [[TheGhost guardian angel]] or something [[EnemyWithin rather more sinister]]? More often than not the very omnipotence the Voice commands puts it beyond the [[TheChessmaster petty scrabblings of mortal morality.]]

The Voice is in fact a level up from TheFaceless because whereas we have a vague idea of what we're dealing with in the latter, the former could be ''anything''. An agent of the secret service? [[UnwittingPawn The organisation we are supposedly fighting?]] [[AIIsACrapShoot A mad computer?]] [[TimeTravel You from the future?]] Whatever it is, it's an authority so powerful that it does not even have to appear in person to see its will made flesh; just its distinctive dulcet tones are enough for the characters to quickly jump to. This trope is happy to appear on the heroes' side just as much as the villains', but it must be said that Evil is far fonder of it, for the simple reason that NothingIsScarier. In cases such as these, bear in mind that EvilSoundsDeep and you know you're in ''serious'' trouble when you're being addressed by the VoiceOfTheLegion.

On the good side, this trope can easily be played for comic relief. Perhaps it is the heroes' overbearing mother, calling at an inappropriate time to ask why he doesn't keep in touch. Maybe it is a bumbling ObstructiveBureaucrat, wanting to know why the hero isn't playing by the rulebook. In these cases, the trope is used to highlight how out of touch the comic relief character is with how things are going down on the street, and how detached our hero has become with the mundane.

Occasionally, especially in cartoons, The Voice will also be TheUnintelligible. This is often an authority figure, who calls up (with coincidental timing) to chew out the main character. As with TheUnseen, the funny part is the reactions from the on-screen character.

In parodies, these characters are frequently the target of gags that posit ridiculous or unexpected appearances they might actually have. The opposite trope is TheVoiceless, in which the character is seen but not heard.

Not to be confused with the TalentShow ''Series/TheVoice'', [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim the Thu'um]], or Music/SiIvaGunner.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* [[spoiler: Morgana Mode Gone]] from Anime/DotHackSign. We don't even hear her name in the series, she is just an omnipresent, powerful, resentful force; presented as a woman's voice. (Technically, she's in the credits, and her existence is explained in the games.)
* SSS (Three-Speed) in ''Anime/{{MADLAX}}''.
* All members of [=SEELE=] from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
** Well, we do see [[BigBad Keel Lorenz]] (which is his given name and which is his surname is one of Evangelion's lesser mysteries).
** In an early episode we see all of them, we just have no clue as to their identities and importance yet.
** Throughout the series, quiet scenes set in the hospital feature an intercom voice making announcements, paging hospital staff, etc. It's never attached to a human being, and in fact the hospital staff are barely if ever seen onscreen. Inside NERV headquarters, the CPU also has a voice that announces whatever is going on, [[spoiler: even after all but four of NERV's staff have been killed]].
** Asuka's stepmother is heard but never physically appears. She makes her first full appearance in the manga adaptation of the show.
* [[spoiler: Tieria Erde]] ultimately becomes this in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', [[spoiler: after his body is shot to death but he uploads his conscience into VEDA]].
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Sakura's mother, though she is seen later on in Anime/NarutoTheMovieRoadToNinja and in one Naruto Shipuuden episode post movie
* A. J. Topper and [[LargeHam Brad Best]] from the English dub of ''Beyblade''
* Koyuki's Mother in ''Manga/{{Beck}}.''
* Dokurobee, the unseen leader of ''{{Anime/Yatterman}}'''s TerribleTrio, who communicates with them by means of radio devices and exploding recorded messages a la Series/MissionImpossible. Until TheReveal in the final episode.
* In the anime version of ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', Yui's mother is heard on the phone when Miaka calls her house, but never actually seen. In the manga, both of Yui's parents are seen briefly.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the Franchise/DCUniverse, several characters have heard a voice they believed to be God's. In some cases (e.g., The Spectre's) it was, and in others (Hawk & Dove) it wasn't.
* The handlers in ''ComicBook/ButtonMan'' are referred to as "Voices" because they are only heard over the telephone, never seen. [[spoiler: After Harry begins to hunt the Voices, they are given faces and names.]]

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ComicStrip/AndyCapp's mother-in-law.
* ''Everyone'' besides the three main characters in ''ComicStrip/{{Arnold}}'' is this.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' used to depict [[InvisiblePresident the President]] or other real-life political figures in this manner, although this was eventually discarded in favor of depicting them on the page via symbolic icons (a waffle for UsefulNotes/BillClinton, a battered centurion's helmet for UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, etc.).
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' has had a few over the years, including Miss Grinchley (Jason's original teacher) and Denise's parents. There were at least two strips where Grinchley was seen; one of them can be seen [[http://www.gocomics.com/foxtrot/2001/04/27 here]].
* B.A.'s mom from ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable''.
* While adults were famously absent from ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', a few early strips featured off-panel dialogue from Linus and Lucy's parents.
* British children's comic ''The Sparky'' had a regular strip based on the denizens of the comic's editorial office, in which The Editor/Proprietor was a loud imperious and unseen voice shouting from behind his office door, and whose word was absolute law. WordOfGod is that [[TakeThat this was a dig]] at the poor working conditions and feudal nature of being an artist, scriptwriter or other lowly creative working in what were then the rather feudal and insecure conditions of British comic publishers such as IPC or DC Thomson.
* Peter's pen pal in ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'' qualifies. Peter will write a question on a tablet, and throw it into the sea to be carried away by the tide. After some time, another tablet comes floating back with a (usually) sarcastic answer. Whoever's answering Peter's letters has never shown his face.

[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* Harv from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', whose voice is only heard from Lightning [=McQueen's=] radio.
* Lucius's wife Honey in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* George Lorrison in ''Film/TheBadAndTheBeautiful'' is only heard on a phonograph recording of a monologue from ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''.
* Worth mentioning is the Metatron from ''Film/{{Dogma}}'', who's nominally the Voice of God (and referred to by one character simply as "The Voice"), but shows up in the bodily form of Alan Rickman for several scenes in the movie.
* Marshal Nevsky in ''Film/FailSafe''.
* Korben Dallas' mother in ''Film/TheFifthElement''.
* The title character's mother in ''Film/{{Gigi}}'' is just a voice occasionally heard singing off-screen.
* The leader of the racketeers in the first of ''Film/TheGreenHornetSerials'' delivers his orders via an intercom in the office of his second-in-command Monroe. [[spoiler:Actually, Monroe himself is the boss, using pre-recorded orders as a cover.]]
* Rockin' Ricky Rialto, the DJ at the local radio station, in ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'', though the viewer does see his picture on a billboard at one point. He's also apparently the HeroOfAnotherStory.
* Sometimes happens in documentary films. In ''Film/HarlanCountyUSA'', filmmaker Barbara Kopple is heard occasionally questioning the subjects of her interviews, but she never appears onscreen.
* Lt. Raine's C.O. in ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' (supposedly voiced by Harvey Keitel).
* Captain Culpepper's wife and daughter in ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld''.
* Bill in ''Film/KillBill: Vol 1''. We finally see his face in the second film.
* Nearly everyone other than the main character, Leon, in ''The Last Will And Testament Of Rosalind Leigh'': Every character he directly speaks with is a voice on the phone, or, in one case, an unseen person on the other side of the front door. Even when we eventually see the title character in person, we hear her giving PosthumousNarration rather than speaking aloud.
* ''Film/MadMax''. An unseen female dispatcher primly announces directives that bear little relevance to the brutal gang-plagued world the underfunded Main Force Patrol is trying to keep in line.
-->''The Captains of the Hall have asked that pursuit officers refrain from using the slang "Bronze" for the Main Force Patrol. The word is considered disrespectful and citizens should be actively discouraged from its use.''
* ''Film/MisterRoberts''. At regular intervals an unseen crewmember laconically announces "Now hear this, now hear this" followed by Captain Morton's latest act of petty tyranny.
* Hal Phillip Walker, the Presidential candidate in Creator/RobertAltman's ''Film/{{Nashville}}''.
* ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' -- Norman's "mother". [[spoiler: Well, she does make an on-screen appearance at the very end. [[MummiesAtTheDinnerTable Sort of]].]]
* ''Film/RosemarysBaby'' -- Donald Baumgart, the actor who Guy takes over for after he's blinded (dubbed by Tony Curtis).
* "Father" in ''Film/TheSacrament'' is only heard over an intercom for the first half of the film.
* Bill Hader is credited as "The Voice" in the ''Film/{{Scott Pilgrim|vs The World}}'' movie - he's the narrator and fight announcer.
* ''Film/ASingleMan''. The film's protagonist, George, receives a phone call from a relative of his lover Jim to inform him that [[spoiler:Jim has died in a car crash, and that he's not allowed to go to the funeral]]. The caller is voiced by Creator/JonHamm, and his conversation with George is brief, but very poignant.
* TheAntichrist figure known only as The Leader is heard only in his radio broadcasts in ''Film/SixTheMarkUnleashed''.
* Hermie's mother in ''Film/SummerOf42'' (dubbed by Maureen Stapleton).
* The DJ/Narrator from ''Film/TheWarriors'' -- except for her mouth and chin.

* The owner of the motel Bernie's dad runs in the ''Literature/BernieMagruder'' series.
* ''Literature/TheGraveyardBook'': ''"We are the Sleer..."''
* ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'': Uyulala, the rhyming voice of silence beyond the No Key Gate.
* Rose, aka "Mother" in the ''Literature/PhulesCompany'' books. Atypically for this trope, we see the real person, but off the air she is shy to the point of invisibility.
* "The Prophecy" in ''Literature/TheBelgariad''.
* The Speaker who makes the announcements and warnings over the loudspeaker in ''Literature/TheGiver''.
* In ''Literature/TheSouthernReachTrilogy'', the operator responsible for Control's mission and the one he reports to via phone is only known as "the Voice" to him. As a joke, he imagines the Voice as some kind of talking megalodon. [[spoiler:The Voice is revealed to be Lowry, who we see in flashbacks in ''Acceptance''.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* On ''Franchise/{{Emergency}}'' actual Los Angeles County Fire Department dispactcher Sam Lanier was the voice heard when the tones sounded, directing Station 51 -and, with large fires, other stations to the incident. The scene would always be the same. The station's tones (alarm) would sound, followed by Lanier's voice announcing which units were being dispatched, the nature of the call (fire, traffic accident, medical emergency, etc.), the address, the nearest cross-street and the time of the call. Lanier would also be heard answering whenever a firefighter character called into dispatch (Typical exchange would be as follows. Gage: "L.A., this is Squad 51." Lanier: "Go ahead, 51.")
* Likewise, in ''Series/AdamTwelve'' (also by Jack Webb), the dispatcher was played by actual LAPD dispatcher Sharron Claridge.
* The BigBad of early 1960s BBC aviation adventure series ''Series/GarryHalliday'' was credited simply as ''The Voice''.
* Charlie from ''Series/CharliesAngels'' (dubbed by John Forsythe in the original series and movies; replaced by Victor Garber in the {{revival}}).
* Mr. Bell from the first season of ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow''. Voiced by Kevin Pollak, who made an appearance in the flesh in the season finale, in which the character was fired (and replaced the following season by [[Creator/CraigFerguson the better-known Mr. Wick]]).
* Robin Masters from ''Series/MagnumPI'' (dubbed by Creator/OrsonWelles).
* Carlton the Doorman from ''Series/{{Rhoda}}'' (occasionally appeared as TheFaceless) (dubbed by the late Lorenzo Music, Jr., who was a writer on the show and would later do the voices of WesternAnimation/{{Garfield}} and Peter Venkman on ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', among other roles)
** Lorenzo Music would revive Carleton in an animated show called ''Carleton Your Doorman'', in which Carleton was a beer-swilling layabout who was being sexually harrassed by one of the building's tenants. Carleton also had a cat named Ringo, whom he tried to disguise as a dog at one point.
* Orson on ''Series/MorkAndMindy''.
* The unnamed giver of recorded briefings on ''Series/MissionImpossible''.
* Elizabeth Collins, Sam's sister, in ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'', voiced by Kath Soucie, is usually heard when relaying a message from their mother.
* Troy of Anterias on ''Series/OutOfThisWorld'': Evie's alien dad who communicates with her from another planet via a glowing cube in her room (dubbed by Burt Reynolds).
* Peg's mom in ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''. Simply because of the fact she is described as unbelievably fat- beyond the reasonable limits for even really big actresses- and causes everything to shake when she thuds into a room. She's also considered TheDreaded and [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen incomprehensibly horrifying to look at]] to Al (so we see Peg's mom in a way that upholds that view), making this unseen nature PlayedForLaughs.
* Dr. Kahn, the camp director in ''Series/SaluteYourShorts,'' who is only ever heard making announcements over the camp PA system. ([[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in one episode where a briefly-seen issue of the camp newspaper has the headline "Dr. Kahn: Man or Myth?")
* The Magic Voice from ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. Pretty much all we know is she had advance notice of commercial sign, she turned into an energy being when the ship hit the edge of the universe, and she doesn't get along very well with other disembodied voices, especially creepy ones who talk about sleeping with 80-year-old women.
* The BigBad of the first two seasons of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' was only ever shown in silhouette; the official character name was "Humanoid Figure", but fans dubbed him "Future Guy" (which quickly caught on; even Memory Alpha used the name for a while). His true identity was never revealed.
* Voice, which only communicates with Hel through an implant in her jaw, in ''Series/{{Cleopatra 2525}}''. However, Voice did appear on camera in the SeriesFinale.
* The PA announcer in ''Series/{{MASH}}''. Sometimes problematical when such an announcement came right before or after a scene set in the clerk's office, where the microphone for the PA was located. Was the announcer broadcasting from a second location, or just invisible?
** The announcer was voiced by [[TheOtherDarrin a couple different actors]] during the show's run, both of whom actually did appear onscreen in an episode each... but playing other characters.
*** This is carried over from the film, where the PA system was used to tie scenes together as a "fix" for a film that all involved believed to be too choppy.
** The PA announcer is quite unique in that he's a completely peripheral character whose only role is to announce news, and whom no one ever names or even discusses, but still has a distinct personality — perky, cheerful, a long-suffering smartass, eternally flippant about the horrors of war no matter how dire the news he is announcing is, and quite harshly sarcastic about the camp and its inhabitants, often insulting higher-ranking officers.
** The episode "Who Knew?" centers around a nurse who is killed by a landmine while taking a late-night stroll after a tryst with Hawkeye. While we never see her onscreen (she's [[PosthumousCharacter already died]] when the episode begins), we do hear her voice narrating her diary, which Hawkeye (who's been assigned with delivering her eulogy) reads while trying to find out more about her.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
** Howard's mother. Later episodes like to tease the viewers further by having her in circumstances where she could logically appear. In one episode the only thing between the audience and her ''was a curtain'' while she was trying on clothes. Another episode had her show up at Leonard's apartment the morning after the gang had played 48 straight hours of a Star Wars MMO RPG, and ended ''just as she was about to enter''. In 'The Spoiler Alert Segmentation', she finally appears. In the background. And we don't see her face. Unfortunately, [[TheCharacterDiedWithHer the actress who played her passed on and her character went with her.]] [[spoiler:However Howard and Bernadette's daughter took up this role as essentially her reincarnation]].
** The trope was also subverted in one episode, when Raj fell in love with the voice of Siri in his [=iPhone=] and [[spoiler:dreamed he]] went to Apple headquarters to meet her, thus showing the world the face behind that snarky little voice.
* Margaret on ''Series/LittleBritain''. The fact that she never comes out from the back to actually help in person is justified by the revelation that [[spoiler:she has no arms or legs.]]
* Rasputin, the Petrovskys' Russian wolfhound on ''Ivan the Terrible'' (1976), was never allowed out of the bedroom out of which came his savage barking.
* The Boss Man on ''Series/TheLatestBuzz''; only ever heard as a voice at the other end of D.J.'s telephone.
* Vera on ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' (primarily TheUnseen, also occasionally TheFaceless)
** Also Sam's brother Derek.
* The "Dirk Niblick" segments on ''Series/SquareOneTV'' -- His mother.
* ''Series/GossipGirl'': The Gossip Girl herself.
* [[Series/ChildrensHospital Attention hospital staff.]] I am voiced by Creator/MichaelCera. I make droll, non-sequitur announcements [[OnceAnEpisode once a week]] and sometimes again in [[TheStinger the credits]]. I also [[http://twitter.com/#!/AttentionStaff briefly had a Twitter feed.]] That is all.
* The Console in ''Series/{{Pixelface}}''.
* Donny on ''Series/TrailerParkBoys'' (actually voiced by the actor who plays Bubbles). Always off screen complaining about the various antics in Sunnydale, most famously "What in the fuck?" and "Fuck off with the guns!"
* ''Series/{{Haven}}'' has Laverne the police dispatcher. She is finally seen in the end of Season 5.
* In ''Series/AlphaHouse'' Gil John's wife is heard only by phone from his district where she is running his campaign.
* In all live action ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series (''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', as well as ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', and ''Series/StarTrek'') Federation computer systems all responds with the same unseen voice, that of Creator/GeneRoddenberry's widow, Majel Barrett, though with less consistency in the earlier episodes and the first six films. She gained screen time by portraying Nurse Chapel in The Original Series, and Deanna Troi's mother Lwxanna in ''The Next Generation.'' No one ever notices that Lwxanna Troi's voice is the same as the computer.

* In Music/ElectricLightOrchestra's "The Diary of Horace Wimp", Horace Wimp is a rather shy and ineffectual chap who ends up finding true love after a disembodied voice (implied to be the voice of God) basically yells at him to man up and sort his life out.
* Music/BlueOysterCult's ''Black Blade'' is a retelling of ''Literature/TheElricSaga'' mythos of Creator/MichaelMoorcock. At the end of the song the Black Sword itself is given its own voice to explain how evil and inhuman it is.

* Ma Glum from 1950s radio show ''Radio/TakeItFromHere''.
* Radio/TheShadow, in the radio show of the same name.
* Radio/CabinPressure has Carl, the sarcastic ATC.
* Every radio character ever, in fact.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''[[TabletopGame/ProseDescriptiveQualities Dead Inside]]'' has The Voice as a tool for the GM to use to give the players hints as to what their characters should be doing next to solve the current situation. It's stated that nobody has ever seen the speaker of The Voice, nobody knows what it is, but it's suggested that it might be the literal Voice of the game-universe's God.
* ''Vox'', another [[TabletopGame/ProseDescriptiveQualities PDQ]] system game, has each PlayerCharacter HearingVoices which are definitely more than just hallucinations - they might know things the [=PCs=] don't, for one. It's up to the GameMaster and players from game to game what the Voices might actually be, as they could be guardian spirits, ghosts, God, the Devil, manifestations of some psychic gift, or wholly unexplained. A character can end up with multiple Voices, and it's not unheard-of for two or more characters to start sharing Voices. A character's Voices are played by the other players for the most part, incorporating table chatter and suggestions that regular characters couldn't actually make to one another (such as by being split up) but that players do all the time.

* The Angel in the first part of ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'', right until her Big Entrance at the very end. She's even credited earlier on in the script as "The Voice". There are also a couple of pre-recorded announcer bits played in the second part, for which the same actress usually provides voice again.
* The main characters' parents in ''Theatre/{{Rent}}''.
* Ed Sullivan in ''Theatre/ByeByeBirdie''. (The movie, unlike the original production, had Ed Sullivan AsHimself, but he appeared in person.)
* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': At act I Scene III, The play notes only show ''"A Voice"'' to describe the person threatening Montfleury, and Le Bret, terrified, identifies it as Cyrano’s voice. Only at the end of the scene we see our protagonist:
-->'''A voice''' ''(from the middle of the pit):'' Villain! Did I not forbid you to show your face here for a month?
* A professional run of ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'' turned Tubal into this by having him ''call'' Shylock, rather than speak with him in person. This was meant to heighten the idea that Shylock is utterly alone--his only friend is that faraway voice on the other end of the telephone who can offer no help.
* Similarly, one reading/performance of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' takes a philosophical conversation between Hamlet and Horatio from the "bad" quarto and inserts it at the beginning; Hamlet, being a teen NietzscheWannabe, runs a tape recorder so that he can listen to the discussion again. When he turns it on a few scenes later, he's horrified to hear the voice of his father's ghost speaking to him through the static...
* The title character of ''Paul Bunyan'', whose non-appearance is made even more mysterious by being a speaking role in an opera.
* Snarky, exasperated Mrs Bald in ''Theatre/{{Road}}''.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* The Ghost Host of ''Ride/TheHauntedMansion'' is always heard but not seen. We see a glimpse of his "corruptible mortal form" [[DrivenToSuicide hanging in the stretching room]], but his ghostly form is never seen barring a few commercials in TheNineties.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Admiral Steven Hackett of ''Franchise/MassEffect'' until ''The Arrival'' DLC in the second game.
* Ness' father from ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}''.
** Hilariously, during the credits, when we're seeing every character walk past, [[PaintingTheMedium Ness's father is represented as a telephone.]] Heck, according to the strategy guide, Ness's father ''is'' a telephone.
** Ninten's father from ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}'' is the same way, at least in the original Japanese version. The [[NoExportForYou unreleased translation]] (and later the GBA remake) add a scene that shows him calling Ninten from a phone booth.
* The Administrator, of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' fame. The Combine Overwatch from ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''. And [=GLaDOS=] from ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'', until the last ten minutes of the game. Fittingly, they're all voiced by the same person.
** The Demo/Soldier War Update has revealed [[http://www.teamfortress.com/war/administrator/ The Administrator]].
* Mr. Gabberly, from ''VideoGame/WallaceAndGromitsGrandAdventures''.
* The parents who call the kids for dinner in ''VideoGame/BackyardBasketball''.
* The mysterious Commissioner, who sends ''VideoGame/SamAndMax'' on their baffling and idiotic assignments. In a throwaway joke, ''[[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]]'' gets a call from him during [[VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople Dangeresque 3]].
* The 'Voice' from ''VideoGame/IntelligentQube''.
* Fuse from ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5'', who never appears on screen because he's back at the station.
* In a variant, one of the many creepy presences in ''The Lost Crown'' can be overheard typing near the phone booth on Station Lane. Peeking in a nearby window gives you a look at an old manual typewriter, but also causes the sounds to fall silent so long as you're watching it, suggesting that the presence, whether living or ghostly, doesn't want to be spied on.
* Dormin in ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'', the voice that tells you what to kill.
* Tim in ''VideoGame/TheIncredibleMachine'', who just gives you your bare-bones story, objectives, and hints.
* Sparkly the Crow from ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''. She asks you to leave warm and soft items in her nest, and when you quit and log back on, they've been exchanged.
* The recorded voice of a woman is heard at the beginning of each game in the Videogame/DarkParables series, explaining to the detective just what fairy tale mystery is about to unfold. She's never identified, but is presumably the game's MissionControl.
* Hamish, in the [[VideoGame/AliceInWonderland video game adaptation]] of Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'', is never shown onscreen but is heard shouting for Alice at the beginning and end of the game.
* [[EvilMatriarch Toni Cipriani's mother]] from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' and its prequel, ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoLibertyCityStories''. Their family owns a restaurant and she can be heard abusing Toni in both games from her apartment above, though she's never actually seen in either game.
** Also, some mission's bosses are never seen in game, just heard through a payphone, like El Burro and King Courtney. (Although, El Burro has a artwork in the game cover and loading screen and King Courtney appears "physically" in ''Videogame/GrandTheftAutoAdvance''.)
* In ''Videogame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'', Mr. Black, a boss who gives you hitman missions, only appears as a voice through a payphone, similarly to some bosses of Grand Theft Auto III.
* ''VideoGame/{{Messiah}}'' has a voice occasionally speak to you to guide you throughout the game. It claims to be someone who is on your side, but imprisoned and helpless. [[spoiler:Turns out, it's Satan himself, using you as an unwitting pawn. He continues speaking to you after you discover this, though just to taunt you.]]
* In Zork, The Grues. (Monsters that are never seen because they only exist in the purest darkness) while most of the games lacked sound, in VideoGame/ZorkGrandInquisitor they make chomping slobbering sounds as they eat you.
* Videogame/{{Enchanted Arms}} has [[IdiotHero Idiot Hero]] Atsuma being led into an underground labyrinth under his university as he follows [[ItMakesSenseInContext strange whisperings coming from his arm]]. [[spoiler: This culminates into him releasing the Queen of Ice, leading to the destruction of his hometown as he transforms into a monster and gets sent to jail when he loses consciousness.]] And that's only the beginning of the game!
* The ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' series has [[FanNickname Phone Guy]], whose voice is heard in every game ([[AbsenteeActor save for the]] [[Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys4 fourth game]]), but his face is never seen. This also applies to his SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute in the [[Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3 third game]], termed Phone Dude.
* The ''Videogame/YouDontKnowJack'' video game franchise has so far had '''five''' hosts (Nate Shapiro, Guy Towers, Buzz Lippman, Cookie Masterson, and Josh "Schmitty" Schmidtstinstein) and '''[[LoadsAndLoadsofCharacters countless]]''' other staff members, and none of them fully appear on-screen. Naturally, give the kind of game ''YDKJ'' is, this is frequently PlayedForLaughs.
-->'''Buzz:''' ''(after a question about The Gong Show's Unknown Comic)'' [[LampshadeHanging I mean, who wants to listen to bad jokes by a guy they never see?]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'': [[spoiler:[[PhysicalGod Hanyuu]] is the mysterious voice that we usually hear ''about''. Even when she appears, she's invisible to everyone except Rika until the last arc.]]
* In the MurderMystery VisualNovel ''VisualNovel/{{Jisei}}'', a mysterious voice helps the protagonist with his mystery. She happens to be a {{telepath|y}} who can communicate with the protagonist via his mind and thoughts.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' has an unknown and unseen pony who [[TheHeckler heckles all of Mayor Mare's speeches]]. Also, Twilight Sparkle is reduced to just a voice in "Sister Angst"--for the whole episode, she hangs around just off-screen and shouts at Rarity at the most awkward times.
* Principal Nubbins from ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool''. He's only heard over the PA system.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Shawn, the player on the other end of the webcam, in ''Webcomics/FullFrontalNerdity''. On occasions where they are shown as their characters, his character's head is a webcam.
* In ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' due to it's format, every character aside from the three main characters (and occasionally Batman) is The Voice.
* The [[AIIsACrapshoot Oracle]] in ''Webcomics/{{SSDD}}'' uses the phone to communicate in the present day, the future version has a hologram.
* Charlie in ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' (a reference to the ''Series/CharliesAngels'' example above).
* In ''Webcomic/TheChapelChronicles'', the readers never see any character who isn't Chapel, her brother, or her pet hedgehog (unless one counts her Alice in Wonderland-themed fantasy, and even then Lady Gaga/the Red Queen is only heard and not seen). Sometimes they communicate with Chapel by yelling from another room, sometimes she overhears their conversations, and sometimes she talks with them on the phone, but most often the artist composes the scene in such a way that they're just off-panel.
* Ted's wife in ''Webcomic/RedMeat'' is always off-screen when talking.
* Tabitha's Mother in ''Webcomic/FarOutThere'' is presented a voice [[http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1803060/page-570-such-a-hassle/ over the intercom]], and that's a step up from her [[http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1090127/page-297-as-far-as-she-knows-we-just-came-home-early/ previous]] [[http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1090325/happy-non-fatal-thanksgiving/ status]] as TheGhost.
* In ''Webcomic/FreeSpirit2014'', Winnie Goodwin's superior from the witches' realm manifests itself as a disembodied voice known as, "The Stranger."
* Tailsteak in ''Webcomic/OneOverZero''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Harry Osborn in ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'' can often be heard [[CallingTheOldManOut arguing]] with [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn his father]] from off-screen, but never actually appears.
* Chuck "WebSite/SFDebris" Sonnenburg, unlike virtually all other VideoReviewShow hosts, has never appeared on camera. He "explains" this in his [[TheCameo cameo]] on WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall (in which he is visually represented by his logo):
-->'''Obscurus Lupa''': Wait, where's the picture?
-->'''[=SFDebris=]''': Picture? There is no picture! Cameras steal your soul! This is all you're getting.
* In ''Series/{{Noob}}'' [[spoiler:Ystos and]] Sparadrap's grandmother is sometimes heard but never seen.
* While {{WebVideo/RockedReviews}} isn't exactly camera shy, he usually doesn't appear on screen during his standard 4 minute album reviews.
* LetsPlay/ChristopherOdd almost never uses a facecam during his gameplay videos.
* Same goes for {{WebVideo/Xiil3gendaryzetsubou}}, where the most seen of the two hosts are their digitally-drawn portraits.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Trixie's grandmother from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong''.
* An episode of ''{{WesternAnimation/Bonkers}}'' has MickeyMouse as this.
* On the PBS Kids series ''WesternAnimation/TheCatInTheHatKnowsALotAboutThat'', both of the main characters' mothers were this, but only for the first few episodes. After that, the creators of the show apparently changed their mind and decided to actually show the mothers most of the time.
* Charlie from ''WesternAnimation/CBBears''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'' -- The General.
* Almost every ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' TV special or show featured appearances by adults who stood just offscreen and whose "voices" were dubbed by muted trombones ("wah mwah mamahh mwaaaah mm waahhm wahaah," etc.).
* In a surprisingly dark ''WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther'' cartoon, "Pink Panzer", the Pink Panther is shown listening to a calm voice, telling him that he should take his lawnmower back from his neighbor. The voice becomes increasingly conniving, and tells him to do terrible things to him when his neighbor doesn't return them. The voice also tells the neighbor to get back at him. This escalates to the neighbor calling in the National Guard, and the two start a war. Subverted when the voice turns out to be the devil, and reminds the viewer to return the lawnmower they borrowed.
** Two other cartoons had an unseen voice communicating with the Panther. "Pinkfinger" convinces the Panther he'd make a terrific secret agent, while "Shocking Pink" had the voice browbeating the Panther into doing things around the house instead of lying around in a hammock.
* ''WesternAnimation/PotsworthAndCompany'' -- The Nightmare Prince's Mother. The two of them interact the same way Dick Dastardly does in the above mentioned series.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Reboot}}'':
** Al, slow-witted owner and chef of "Al's Wait-And-Eat", whose dialogue is always one simple word: "WHAT?!"
*** We do see him tied up at one point, but all we can see are his legs. Though he is obviously a 1-Binome.
** The System Voice which announces events in Mainframe and other systems -- most commonly "Warning: incoming game," and "Game over."
* Revered Reverence from ''WesternAnimation/RoboStory''.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'':
** Hera's mysterious contact "Fulcrum" was this. Not only have they only appeared as a voice, but their voice is obviously disguised, so even the character's gender was unknown. It is played this way until the season finale, where it is revealed that "Fulcrum" [[spoiler:is female]], and not only that, [[spoiler:"Fulcrum"'s identity is Ahsoka Tano from the previous animated ''Franchise/StarWars'' series, ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'']].
** Season 3 reveals there are multiple Fulcrums, all of whom serve as this trope to the rebel cells they're in contact with. Season 3's Fulcrum II, by the way, [[spoiler:isn't as straight an example, as he also interacts with one of the protagonists in person in the first episode he appears as Fulcrum, although said protagonist didn't know that he was Fulcrum]].
* The Thing Upstairs from British Claymation series ''WesternAnimation/TheTrapDoor'' is never seen but is frequently heard bellowing orders. In the one episode where he is seen, it turns out he's an EldritchAbomination (a writhing pink sack with ExtraEyes, to be specific).
* The Mayor's wife in the ChristmasSpecial ''WesternAnimation/TheYearWithoutASantaClaus''.
* Several characters from ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'' have been heard, but not shown, such as Mitchell's mom.
* The 1993 ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' series had the Biker Mice listen to a radio DJ named Sweet Georgie Brown in several episodes. The one time he's seen in person is in the episode "Vicious Cycles", where the main villain Lawrence Limburger has him tied up while he takes over his station. Even then, his face is obscured by a brown paper bag over his head.