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

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

This voice range is rare, just like women able to sing in Whistle register. Even more rare are men with who speak naturally within this register, a trait that almost always overlaps with BadassBaritone and EvilSoundsDeep. Compare GutturalGrowler.

!! Examples:


[[folder: Anime ]]

* [[SexyScandinavian Sweden]] and to a lesser extent, [[GermanicDepressives Germany]] from Anime/AxisPowersHetalia.
* Creator/DanGreen sometimes does this in his voice roles, particularly the Pharaoh from ''Anime/YuGiOh''.


[[folder: Film ]]

* Creator/ChristopherLee (though his singing is in the bass-baritone range).
* Creator/JamesEarlJones (the voice of, among others, [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] and [[Disney/TheLionKing Mufasa]]) is made of this. There is a reason that he is always associated with Darth Vader, simply because the voice is so iconic and badass.
* While not a singer, actor Creator/KevinGrevioux has an ''extremely'' deep voice, to the point where many people watching ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' thought his voice was altered. Not only is Grevioux playing a brutish enforcer (and looks the part), but he's also the one who came up with the idea for the movie in the first place [[GeniusBruiser thanks to his degree in microbiology.]]
* The Swedish voice actor Stefan Ljungqvist sings in a deep bass comparable to Christopher Lee above. Perhaps most famously in "[[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Hell]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckwgbtWMZeE fire]]" He is a proper soprano singer after all.


[[folder: Literature ]]

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


[[folder: Music ]]

* Guinness world record holder for lowest note ever sung and widest vocal range, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJcjCztvn70 Tim Storms]]. He is able (proven by technology) to vibrate his vocal cords at 7 cycles per second, well below the lower human hearing threshold. That's right -- he sings so low you ''can't hear it.''
** [[http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/lowest-vocal-note-by-a-male He's since gone even lower than that]], somehow reaching down another ''two octaves'' to 0.189hz.
* Richard Sterban of Music/TheOakRidgeBoys, most famously from the "oom papa mow mow"s on [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icO_ggaox2w "Elvira"]].
* Harold Reid of Music/TheStatlerBrothers.
* J.D. Sumner of Music/TheBlackwoodBrothers and The Stamps Quartet held the Guinness World Record for lowest recorded human voice for a 1968 recording of "Blessed Assurance." He would match his feat singing backup for the 1977 Music/ElvisPresley song "Way Down."
** Southern Gospel music, which is what made Sumner famous, has a ton of low-down basses, including Ken Turner, Paul Downing, Rex Nelon, Tim Riley, Mike Holcomb, Glen Dustin, George Younce, Tim Duncan, London Parris and numerous others, all of which regularly reach notes on a night-after-night basis that would make the average operatic or doo-wop bass singer cringe.
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khxx3sCVhtE Tennessee Ernie Ford]] was another below-the-staff Southern Gospel singer before moving on to country and crossover success.
* Melvin Franklin of Music/TheTemptations was renowned for his extremely rich and deep bass voice, which gave the Tempts a truly unique harmony during his tenure with the group.
* Creator/ThurlRavenscroft did the the voice of Tony the Tiger. He's also the bass lead of the Mellomen, the group that sings "Grim Grinning Ghosts" in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyworld, and was the vocalist for "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch."
* George Sanders is another deep bass, as evidenced by Shere Khan's "That's... What... Frieeeeeends... Are foooooor" in the Disney version of ''Disney/TheJungleBook''. Pick some guy you ''think'' is a bass, and have him try to hit that last note. Technically, that was Bill Lee ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Lee_(singer) this one]]) doing that note, since George Sanders was unavailable.
* In the song "North To Alaska" Johnny Horton hits a basso-profondo note ("way up noooooooooorth").
* Music/JohnnyCash, at times, too.
* Music/TraceAdkins, he of "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" (and ''Series/CelebrityApprentice'') fame.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxCzfybdI_c Barry Carl]], the bass guy from [[Series/WhereInTheWorldIsCarmenSandiego Rockapella.]]
* Isaac Freeman of the Fairfield Four.
* Paul Robeson, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiJx1Hbn_KM as demonstrated here.]]
** Technically, Robeson was a bass-baritone with an extended low range.
* Boris Christoff: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cgCDHz6G1s the start of this is a good example.]]
* The late American bass [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerome_Hines Jerome Hines]] tried singing Wotan, but gave it up because the pitch was '''too high''' for him.
* Parodied in "The Dooright Family" by Music/RayStevens, where the bass singer in the titular gospel family band (voiced entirely by Ray) is asked to "go for another octave". He does (by way of studio trickery on Ray, who is a baritone at best in RealLife), causing him to [[MadeOfExplodium explode onstage.]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Beo_jHowU-I Noriel Vilela,]] a Brazilian samba singer.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2PhAQAJ7so Michel Bell,]] Tony nominated actor-singer and former member of the Fifth Dimension.
* Male choir Chanticleer features bass Eric Alatorre, whom you can hear in all his glory in John Tavener's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9_FAZAEeJM "Village Wedding"]] (listen for him during the tenor's solo that starts with "let them throw white rice like a spring shower").
* One of the background singers on Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn's "Anything, Anytime, Anywhere" is an oktavist. Listen particularly at the end.
* Paul David Kennamer from Valour Music. His solo starts at 1 minute 54 seconds in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNXZKiecs6U here.]]
* Eric Alatorre of Chanticleer is one of few powerful American profondos, reaching down to a solid F♯1 ("Ease on Down the Road") and perhaps beyond.
* Music/TomWaits is best known as a basso profondo singer, though in his earlier career he was better known as a smooth voiced baritone.
* Yuri Wichniakov is a particularly low basso profondo, whose lowest recorded note is an E1 during [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7ZRrh4s8f0 "Evening Bell"]] at about 4:00 in.
* Peter Steele of Music/TypeONegative usually sang in the upper register of his voice, but was certainly capable of this; he often noted that their shows were so loud he couldn't even hear himself sing.
* Boyz II Men's Mike [=Mc=]Cary.
* Club for Five's Tuukka Haapaniemi. One of the strongest vocal basses in contemporary a cappella, also a trained classical vocalist. Just... [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laCn0STKhA0 Watch.]]
* Avi Kaplan of Music/{{Pentatonix}} is the reason fans of the group always recommend listening with headphones.
* Music/AtsushiSakurai of Music/BuckTick can do this as part of his extraordinary range.
* [[InsistentTerminology His Excellency Demon Kogure]] of Music/SeikimaII is even more notable for it - he can reach almost all ranges from here to high tenor verging on falsetto.
* The two well-known vocalists of Music/MaliceMizer, Gackt[[note]]yes, ''that'' '''''Music/{{Gackt}}'''''[[/note]] and Klaha, though Gackt is more of a Bass Baritone, rather than Basso Profondo. Fairly evident in their most well-known (and sadly, their last) hit, "Beast of Blood", where Klaha manages to combine his low register with a PerishingAltRockVoice.
* Ittoku "Sally" Kishibe, Lead Bassist of Music/TheTigers, who had easily the most recognizably distinct voice of the band, matching his instrument.
* Ken Turner takes this trope to [[StealthPun a whole new low]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxJXtF3FQCM "Rainbow of Love"]].
* Josh Turner hits a basso profundo note on "Would You Go with Me" ("If we rode from town to town and never shut it ''down''").
* In Pitch Perfect 2's soundtrack, bass singer Elliott Michael repeatedly hits notes in the F1-G1 range, even hitting E♭1 during their mash-ups. He also has a surprising baritone and falsetto register ("Sugar Medley" "[=Talk2Me=]").
* One of the most famous basses in recent history, late great [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feodor_Chaliapin Feodor Shalyapin]], ironically wasn't a Basso Profondo, but instead a higher and more lively Basso Cantante. He ''could'' go as low as he wanted, but personally preferred to sing closer to a baritonal register.
* The Spine of Music/SteamPoweredGiraffe has been known to hit ridiculously low notes in some of the band's harmonies; what makes this even more remarkable is his tendency to jump from bass straight into an impressive falsetto.
* Italian singer [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RgWAGY99i0 Mario Biondi]], whose voice has been compared to Barry White's.
* Stefan Poiss of mind.in.a.box and Thyx.
* Tim Foust of Home Free. His last note in their cover of [[http://youtu.be/0l3dsHCScxU "Ring of Fire"]] will rattle your floorboards. Likewise his impressive E1 on a cover of the aforementioned "Elvira", where he out-basses even Sterban!
* Music/LeonardCohen, though it only started to set in during the eighties; his voice on his seventies records is noticeably higher. He remarked that when he started recording 1984's Various Positions after a five year break, his voice had deepened almost an octave, and it only got deeper.
* Music/JonathanYoung, known for his covers of Disney music. Sometimes it fits really well, like when he's doing [[Disney/TheLionKing Scar]] or [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Frollo.]] But then you hear him doing [[Disney/{{Frozen}} Elsa]] or [[Disney/{{Hercules}} the Muses]]... Somehow, it still works.
* In the 1960s and 70s, fans of world music put on the Nonesuch recording ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cCxy9RHxRU Liturgical Music of the Russian Cathedral]]'' and wondered what had happened to the speed on their turntables. It was just Michael Trubetzkoi, the unbelievable basso profundo of the Johannes-Damascenus Choir of Essen, [[https://youtu.be/lXRAmoQ91oY?t=6m14s chanting verses from Paul's epistle to the Romans]]. Blogger [[http://chiseler.org/post/118698330106/no-i-dont-understand-a-word Derek Davis]] describes hearing it for the first time:
-> ... starts in the subbasement of the human voice and ascends, step by step, a full octave, until hes half way up the cellar stairs. Then stops. Its chilling, unnerving, exhilarating a mountain asking for permission to roam the world.
* T.J. Osborne of Brothers Osborne can sing basso-profundo, as demonstrated on "It Ain't My Fault".
* Music/RandyTravis hits a basso-profundo note on "If I Didn't Have You".
* Mikhail Zlatopolsky's documented lowest note is E♭1, which means his voice was so low that accordingly it made his nearby singers tremble. Hear for yourself: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyIB3yPTivM]].


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* In ''Theatre/SouthPacific'', "There Is Nothing Like a Dame" includes a one-line solo that descends to an impressively low note.
* Caiaphas in ''Theatre/JesusChristSuperstar'' is usually one of these.
* Osmin in Mozart's ''Abduction from the Seraglio''. PlayedForLaughs, as the singer with the manliest voice plays a eunuch (although that's technically possible if he was castrated after his voice changed).
* Sarastro, the AntiVillain of ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'', sings very deep but lyrically.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''Disney/MakeMineMusic'', the lowest of Willie the Whale's three voices was baritone, but could reach these levels, as demonstrated when Willie played the lead role in ''Mefistofele'' (which requires one of these).
* While being a distinguished operatic singer, Samuel Ramey is perhaps best known as the voice of The Beast in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall''.
* In the infamous Season 3 episode 'Carnage in C-Minor' of Franchise/TransformersGeneration1, there was a character literally named "Basso Profundo". He was part of a ThemeNaming trio with the other two being "Allegra" and "Z-Bop Scandana".