[[quoteright:324:[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mouth-of-sauron_2908.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:324:"[[TropeNamer My]] master, Sauron the Great, bids thee welcome."]]

->''"Metatron acts as the voice of God. Any documented occasion when some yahoo claims that 'God' has spoken to them, they're speakin' to me. (Or they're talking to themselves.)"''
-->-- ''Film/{{Dogma}}''

A character may be strictly HeWhoMustNotBeSeen, but they need to transmit orders to their subordinates and intimidate their enemies.

The solution? Hire this guy. His job (although sometimes not his only job) is to talk for (and sometimes even impersonate) the real HeWhoMustNotBeSeen, who often [[TheManBehindTheMan is standing somewhere in the background]].

The Mouth of Sauron often serves as TheDragon and/or NumberTwo, and can sometimes be a villainous counterpart to a SupportingLeader: when the real villain is in the background [[TheChessmaster pulling strings]], he needs someone to go out and lead his EvilArmy against the forces of good.

Sometimes, the Mouth of Sauron is set up to be the BigBad and is even believed to be so by everyone except the real BigBad's most trusted advisers. In this case, it overlaps with TheManBehindTheMan.

While many examples and the TropeNamer are villainous, this is not necessarily an "evil-only" trope: any heroic MysteriousEmployer is likely to have one, and this is frequently the role played by the ArchangelGabriel (or, as shown by the page quote and plenty of examples here, Metatron) regarding [[{{God}} the big guy himself]].



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/DeathNote'':
** The unseen "Kira" at first only attracts a widely scattered cult following, but as his influence grows and he becomes a VillainWithGoodPublicity, it becomes necessary for Kira to select an official representative. The position is filled first by Hitoshi Demegawa, and then more successfully by Kiyomi Takada, [[spoiler:who also passes secret messages between Light and Mikami and is actually entrusted with the killings for a while]].
** Watari is this for L who speaks via a laptop before agreeing to meet the police.
** As is Lind L. Tailor, as L's plan hinges on everyone being convinced that Tailor is L.
* One would say the Secretary Ship Nagato serves in this capacity for the Admiral in the anime adaptation of ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'', relaying deployment orders and instructions to the rest of the fleet girls.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Pain is considered the unseen "God", and Konan is his "messenger angel". Doubled down on by the fact that Pain is TheHeavy for Akatsuki, with Tobi being the one truly in charge.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', it becomes clear that Miss All-Sunday, a.k.a. Nico Robin, was serving as one when the top Baroque Works agents were finally brought together to meet the leader of the organization. They were all stunned to find that their leader was none other than the well-known and popular hero of Arabasta, Sir Crocodile, who was also one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/FearItself'', the Serpent has his "Mouth", a lizard-like representative with a huge tongue sent to recruit Hela.
* During the ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' obscure Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica villain Libra was retooled to serve this role to ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}. More traditionally, a character named Glorious Godfrey has served as Darkseid's mouthpiece.
* Lewis Prothero in ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' is the Voice of Fate, the person who speaks on behalf of the government. The general population are led to believe that the Voice of Fate is the supercomputer Fate itself, rather than a spokesman, and the first serious hit the government takes is when V exposes the ruse as a side effect of driving Prothero mad.
* ''Franchise/XMen'' gives us a few examples:
** During the '90s [[Characters/XMenAcolytes Exodus]] served this role to ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, even outright calling himself the "Voice of Magneto".
** Also introduced in the '90s was Ozymandias, a character created to serve this role for ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}}. As is typical for servants of Apocalypse, he eventually ended up betraying his master (which makes more sense when one remembers he was originally an official in AncientEgypt who was "[[WhoWantsToLiveForever blessed]]" with immortality by Apocalypse so that he could be Big Blue's slave forever).
** In the ''ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse'' the External Candra served this role to Apocalypse. This being the [[CrapsackWorld Age of Apocalypse]], it didn't take long for someone to kill her off in pursuit of the ever-coveted KlingonPromotion.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/196256/the-moons-apprentice The Moon's Apprentice]]'', Twilight Sparkle takes this role when recruiting allies to help her and Nightmare Moon.
* In ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/99980/nightmare-lulamoon Nightmare Lulamoon]]'', Trixie takes this role for Nightmare Moon, because Nightmare Moon is little more then her EnemyWithin due to being hit with the Elements of Harmony.
* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', the Bloodline King has an emissary he uses to communicate with the outside world on his behalf. Considering the man can [[VillainTeleportation teleport]], it's no surprise he was chosen for the job.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' films gives us the page image, though only in the Extended Edition.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse''
** ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' has a character like this called "the Other" who greatly resembles the TropeNamer[[note]][[http://i.imgur.com/0XA0x1v.jpg If you recognize Alexis Denisof underneath the makeup and phalanging, you win a star.]][[/note]] and, in the opening scene, facilitates the deal with Loki for an army in exchange for the Tesseract. Midway through, the two of them have a psychic conversation about how much Loki owes their master and how boned he'll be if he can't make good on his word. [[spoiler:TheStinger reveals that he's working for Thanos.]]
** The Other reappears in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', until Ronan gets annoyed and [[NeckSnap turns his head around]], then demands to speak to his master directly.
** ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' has Ebony Maw, who acts as the Other's replacement and preaches to the populations of defeated worlds that they should be honoured to serve his master’s grand designs by being slaughtered. [[Film/IronMan Tony Stark]], [[DeadpanSnarker naturally]], is unimpressed with Maw’s shtick and interrupts him the first chance he gets.
* A DeletedScene from ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' reveals that [[spoiler:General Steppenwolf has been communicating with ComicBook/LexLuthor, presumably on behalf of ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}, whose coming Lex proclaims.]]
* Metatron shows up as one of the central characters of ''Film/{{Dogma}}''.
* In ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'', Libria dictator "Father" is all over the television, but almost no one meets him personally. Vice-Council Dumont is explicitly described as "Father's Voice." Turns out [[spoiler:to be a subversion: the real Father died years before, and Dumont is actually running things while ''pretending'' to be the Mouth of Sauron]].
* [[spoiler: Benji]] is this unwillingly in ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'', when Lane kidnapps him and places him [[spoiler:with a time-delay bomb strapped to him]] at a local in London. He's forced to repeat the words Lane tells him via headset to Ethan.
* Billy the CreepyDoll in the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' films, who speaks for Jigsaw to his victims.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Darth Vader, in addition to serving as TheDragon, performs this duty for Emperor Palpatine. It's not obvious at first glance, but notice that Vader has frequent contact with Imperial commanders, to whom he frequently gives commands. Palpatine is ''never'' shown speaking to any of his other underlings except Vader in the original trilogy (with the exception of [[spoiler:"Fire at will, commander!"]]
* "Mr. Kobayashi" serves as the voice and agent for Keyser Soze in ''Film/TheUsualSuspects''. It turns out that this person [[spoiler:is one of the few factual elements from Verbal's story. His existence is factual at any rate. Anything Kint said about his involvement is open for debate.]]
%%* Guy Shepard from ''Film/TheWorldsEnd''.

* The [[TropeNamer Mouth of Sauron]] from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', who serves as EvilOverlord Sauron's herald, and lieutenant of the Dark Tower. He comes out of the Black Gate to insult the Fellowship and try to persuade them Frodo is their captive, but Aragorn and Gandalf refuse to believe him. In the book version, Aragorn scares the Mouth off with a DeathGlare as he speaks (which causes the Mouth to claim he's practically been assaulted), but in the film version, he marches right up and [[OffWithHisHead chops off the Mouth's head]].
* In ''Literature/ColdfireTrilogy'', this is exploited and inverted by the Hunter Gerald Tarrant. He makes frequent visits to places outside of the Forest pretending to be a mere servant of the Hunter. It helps that almost nobody knows what the Hunter actually looks like or if he's even human. He explains to Damien that it's more convenient this way -- people don't mess with him out of fear of provoking his "master's" wrath. On the other hand, if he showed up as the Hunter, everyone would be trying to kill him in the hopes of getting in a lucky shot (it would have to be a ''very'' lucky shot, since he's a master of earth and dark ''fae'' who once easily defeated an army the Church sent into the Forest after him [[OneManArmy by himself]]).
* In ''Literature/ConsiderPhlebas'', Bora Horza Gobuchul, the primary protagonist who hates Literature/TheCulture alleges that his Balveda is one of these for the Culture, in that while she (an attractive humanoid) presents herself to outsiders as its representative, the actual representative of the Culture is the knife-missile armed drone hovering next to her.
* In ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', [[spoiler:Violette]] becomes the voice of the horde's leader, as he's above talking to [[SonOfAnApe apes]]. He somehow beams his intent to her mind and she speaks for him even when he's present.
* Metatron and Beelzebub, for God and Satan respectively, in ''Literature/GoodOmens''.
* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' is another example of Metatron in this role, with the twist that [[spoiler:he's also TheStarscream]].
* A heroic example in ''Literature/HorusHeresy''. With the Emperor being locked up and warring beneath the Imperial Palace, Malcador -- the only person with psychic contact with him -- becomes his herald and regent, telling the Imperium its Emperor's will, and sometimes even turning into WillingChanneler for [[FanNickname Emps]].
* Creator/EEDocSmith's Literature/{{Lensman}} stories feature the Eddorian mouthpiece who always starts his speeches "Helmuth, speaking for Boskone". Helmuth himself doesn't know about the Eddorians, as there are several layers of Mouth between him and them; he's aware of the Eich and may ''suspect'' there's something above them (because he's not dumb), but he doesn't know anything for certain. On the other side of things, it's generally assumed by a lot of Boskonians (and by the Patrol when they first find out about him) that Helmuth uses "speaking for Boskone" as an affectation and that he's the real top dog of the organization.
* The [[CorruptChurch Obligators]] from ''{{Franchise/Mistborn}}'' are basically a whole ''organization'' of these; [[EvilOverlord the Lord Ruler]] is almost totally uninterested in the day-to-day running of his empire and almost never makes public appearances, so it's their job to keep everything running and keep the noble/skaa class system functional.
* Walker, from Simon R. Green's ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' series is the Voice of the Authorities, the hidden rulers of the Nightside.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':
** Palpatine's Grand Vizier, Sate Pestage, also has elements of this about him. Per some sources, he was originally created for ''Empire Strikes Back'' but was cut because having Vader take his orders from a flunky rather than the Emperor himself made him seem too weak.
** In ''ComicBook/{{Legacy}}'', Darth Wyyrlok (I, II and III), whenever Darth Krayt went into stasis, served as "Voice" of the [[EvilOverlord Dark Lord of the Sith]]. This continued even after Wyyrlok III [[spoiler:killed Krayt]]. At least until Krayt decided that was going too far, and [[spoiler:killed Wyyrlok back.]]
** In the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'', [[TheJester Onimi]] will occasionally be used for this, transmitting orders that [[EvilOverlord Shimrra]] sees as beneath him or doesn't want made public. [[spoiler: Except it's actually the other way around, since Onimi controls Shimrra telepathically; as a member of the Shamed caste he could never rule the Yuuzhan Vong himself, but he ''can'' do it by using Shimrra as the face and spokesman for his rule with everyone else in the dark as to who's really calling the shots]].
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series, [[http://wot.wikia.com/wiki/Shaidar_Haran Shaidar Haran]] (nicknamed "Superfade" by fans) acts as the mouth of the Dark One, never getting personally involved but giving direct orders (and threats) to the Forsaken. [[spoiler: It's eventually revealed that Haran essentially ''is'' the Dark One, or at least a less powerful copy of his personality, and gets reabsorbed into him when the Dark One is able to affect the world enough that he doesn't need a mouthpiece anymore]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': Edison Po is the only member of [[NebulousEvilOrganization Centipede]] who speaks directly to their [[TheGhost mysterious]] leader, The Clairvoyant, and passes on his orders. [[spoiler:In "The Magical Place", the Clairvoyant kills him and replaces him with [[TheHeavy Raina]]. And after Raina's arrest, at the end of that episode Ian Quinn seems to have replaced her. As of ''his'' arrest in "T.R.A.C.K.S.", the Clairvoyant seems to have abandoned having a Mouth of Sauron in favor of a [[TheBrute Brute]], Deathlok.]]
* In the first season of ''Series/{{Alias}}'', Mr. Sark served in this role for "The Man," who revealed their identity in the season finale. Afterward, he just became TheDragon and, often, TheHeavy.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Eve and Marcus in Season Five are representatives of the Senior Partners. Holland Manners and Lilah Morgan also acted in this capacity once each after their deaths. Also the creature that lived in the White Room and looked like a CreepyChild, and its successor the Conduit. It's in this capacity that Holland gives his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. Marcus was also their [[TheDragon Dragon]], but the others were strictly there to talk.
** Likewise, the Oracles and the Conduit served in a similar capacity to the Powers That Be.
* ''Series/BabylonFive:''
** Mr. Morden is the human mouthpiece of [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness The Shadows]]. Sheridan tosses him into a holding cell and offers to torture him until he talks, but Delenn points out the Shadows will just kill Morden and replace him with another mouthpiece.
** Later, Sheridan meets another such mouthpiece who does a similar job but has a higher rank with the hierarchy the Shadows have set up.
** The Lumati also frequently engage in this during diplomatic functions since they are a highly isolationist and elitist race that refuses to deal with "inferior species" and when communicating with anyone they perceive as the latter, they will speak via proxy using a symbiotic mechanism. Once you gain their respect, however, they will simply speak with you directly.
* Samson acts as this for Management in ''Series/{{Carnivale}}''.
* Bosley from ''Series/CharliesAngels'', for Charlie... though the phone is a more literal example.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Daleks cannot exposit for any length of time, due to their slow speech. (Just imagine a Dalek barking, "[[AC:Have a nice cup of tea and sit down, this may take a while!]]") So, Davros was introduced as their humanoid creator. Of course, the gag with Davros is that he talks and acts exactly like a Dalek himself, breaking his words into syllables and screaming his lungs out, but he also spends a good deal of time chatting politely with the Doctor.
--->'''[[http://them0vieblog.com/2015/09/26/doctor-who-the-witchs-familiar-review/ Darren Mooney]]:''' One of the smarter touches of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E1TheMagiciansApprentice The Magician's Apprentice]]" was to delineate the two. "I created the Daleks," Davros advises the Doctor. "I do not control them." So, if Davros is separated from the Daleks... then what exactly does he do? "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E2TheWitchsFamiliar The Witch's Familiar]]" suggests that the answer is quite simple. Davros does what Davros always does. Davros talks.
** The Time Lords in the Classic Series would occasionally send someone to relay a message to the Doctor. In "Terror of the Autons" one travels 29,000 light years to warn the 3rd Doctor the Master has come to Earth, though his coordinates slipping means he appears in mid-air. In "Genesis of the Daleks", in a scene partially based on ''Film/TheSeventhSeal'', a Time Lord appears to tell the 4th Doctor he has been sent to Skaro to avert the creation of the Daleks.
** In AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho, in the New Eighth Doctor Adventures and the first Dark Eyes Straxus takes this role.
* In ''Series/FallingSkies'' the aliens have to use one of these, as the Espheni are a purely telepathic race and the Skitters speak an incomprehensible language. They typically use a harnessed child, with [[spoiler:Karen]] as one for the primary Espheni, eventually becoming TheDragon. [[spoiler:And later still, a DragonAscendant]].
* In Season 4 of ''Series/{{Justified}}'' Adam Arkin was unavailable to reprise his role as Detroit mob boss, Theo Tonin. Accordingly Mike O'Malley was brought in to play Nicky Augustine, one of Theo's top henchmen, who coordinates the hunt for Drew Thompson, speaks on his behalf, and represents his interests in Harlan County, Kentucky.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
** This is effectively [[spoiler:Richard Alpert]]'s job: to act as a representative for [[spoiler:Jacob]] so they don't have to interact with anyone directly.
** Lennon also does this for Dogen in season 6 as well as act as a translator, although it's a less solid example, as Dogen is always present for these conversations and [[spoiler:it's soon shown that he can understand English perfectly, he just doesn't often care to directly interact with people]].
* A Latino gang in an episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' is essentially being run by someone pretending to be this. Gibbs reveals this to some lower gang lieutenants, revealing that they and Gibbs' team were both played for fools, and that Gibbs has nothing he can stick on him, implying that the other gang members need to dispose of the Mouth of Sauron member for his duplicity.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': One of the rare non-villainous versions with the [[BenevolentAI Machine]] and its "analogue interface", the {{Machine Worship}}ping Root. Normally Root just relays orders, but when things get serious, she can repeat what the Machine is telling her word for word as a mouthpiece. When its EvilCounterpart [[TheComputerIsYourFriend Samaritan]] appears on the scene, it chooses a child genius hacker called [[MeaningfulName Gabriel]] to communicate in a similar manner, whereupon the trope is played straight.
* Number Two in ''Series/ThePrisoner'' serves as public face and chief administrator on behalf of the Village's unseen authority, Number One.
* ''Series/{{Revenge}}'': The [[NebulousEvilOrganization Americon Initiative]] communicates with the Graysons through their assassin the White Haired Man. After [[spoiler:he is framed and killed]] in early season 2, a woman from the Initiative starts speaking to Conrad directly.
* In the Kromaggs' first appearance on ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', they stood in the shadows and telepathically communed with a human slave who spoke on their behalf. She explained that the xenophobic aliens refused to speak a human language. [[spoiler:The ending revealed that they do speak English, and the supposed interpreter was only there to win the sliders' trust as a HeelFaceMole.]]
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', this was originally the role that Locutus was meant to play for the Borg (even [[MeaningfulName his name]] is Latin for "he who has spoken"). ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' {{retcon}}ned this so as to make Locutus's primary function that of a "counterpart" for the [[HiveQueen Borg Queen]].
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** Weyoun serves as this for the Female Changeling. The Female Changeling, by extension, serves as the mouthpiece for all Changelings, and the Dominion as a whole.
** The Vorta as a whole generally serve as this to the Founders, delivering the Founder's orders to subject races and the Jem'hadar, most of whom have never seen a Founder and, in the case of the former, really don't want to. One Dominion citizen descibes dealing with the Dominion as the Vorta show up on your world and tell you what to do, and then you do it immediately, or else you deal with the Jem'hadar.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Very few of the angels have actually seen God, so their orders are passed on from the ones who have. Though later it's revealed that none of their orders come from him, they're actually from the corrupt higher-level angels and Joshua is the only one God actually speaks to. Metatron's job was to write down the Word of God, which can only be read by prophets. (See the Religion section.)

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* The Metatron, or the Voice of God: an archangel who WasOnceAMan, the prophet Enoch, and served as an intermediary between God and mankind in Jewish theology. He is identified with the Pillar of Fire from the Book of Exodus. He does not explicitly appear in Christian canon, the only oblique reference being in Genesis: "Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away." (Every other human mentioned in the passage describing the lineage is said to have 'died'). He is sometimes used by theologians as an explanation for why God's judgement seems much harsher in the Old Testament than the New--in the Old Testament, God's interventions are actually Metatron acting on God's behalf and suffering from either HumansAreBastards himself or, now being [[PureIsNotGood pure]] due to being raised to an archangel, is particularly disgusted by his own people and hard on them.
* There's also a Christian (Catholic) version of this idea: In the works of Thomas Aquinas and St. Denis, angels are described as beings who transmit the words or will of God to human beings through a divine game of Chinese whispers. This was done mostly to reconcile Christianity with Neoplatonic idealism. Basically God tells the Seraphim and Cherubim, they tell the Dominions, Virtues and Powers, and they in turn tell the Principalities, Archangels and Angels. Only the Archangels and Angels interact directly with the world as we know it.
* The prophets of most modern religions can also be considered this.
* In most versions of Gnosticism, the highest God (or ''Monad'') is just too pure to have anything at all to do with the physical universe; there are several layers of "emanations" below the Monad before reaching the Demiurge, who actually rules the physical universe and serves as the interface between it and the spiritual levels above. (In a subversion, though, the Demiurge is also frequently too ''ignorant'' about what he really is and ''thinks'' he's the actual God.)

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* This is a manager's primary role if the wrestler himself isn't a very good wordsmith. A prominent example is Wrestling/PaulHeyman for Wrestling/BrockLesnar.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'', the Dreaming Dark -- essentially a living nightmare of god-like proportions and the GeniusLoci of the DreamWorld [[note]]confusingly, also the name of an organization dedicated to serving said entity[[/note]] -- is one of the most powerful, evil threats facing the setting. However, it is so vast and incomprehensible that even its quori minions -- nightmare spirits that themselves are somewhere between [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]] and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s -- cannot commune with it directly without being overwhelmed. Only one quori, the Devourer of Dreams, possesses sufficient power to talk to the Dark directly, and his job is to tell the other quori what their master/god/thing wants done.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': Due to endemic ChronicBackstabbingDisorder amongst the [[BigBad Deathlords]] they are rarely able to leave their seat of power for an extended time, necessitating the Abyssals to hold this position. Doubly so when the Deathlord in question has corruption of mortal societies as part of their agenda.
** [[UpToEleven Particularly disturbing example]] is the Abyssal known as Weeping Raiton Cast Aside (or just 'Raiton'), who claims to serve the Neverborn directly, making her the Mouth in respect to the Deathlords.
** ''Any'' character can be a Mouth of the Neverborn. Spend a long time in the Labyrinth and listen to their Whispers, and eventually their Will as well as their Secrets will become clear to you. [[GoMadFromTheRevelation Not for the faint of heart.]]
* In the BackStory of ''TabletopGame/InNomine'', Metatron holds his traditional role. Lucifer kills him, starting off the events of the Fall.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'':
** The main characters are technically criminals and mercenaries-for-hire, and most people who hire shadowrunners want to avoid publicly associating with them. Hence came the system of the "Mr. Johnson", a MysteriousEmployer responsible for directly contacting, hiring and paying the shadowrunners without their bosses getting anywhere near them. In some rare cases the Johnson is the employer directly, but mostly they are just representing whoever wants the job done.
** Also, dragons in the setting commonly had interpreters (when the dragons first awakened, they could only communicate telepathically and didn't speak English) who often made public appearances on their patron's behalf. Since dragons can [[VoluntaryShapeShifting shape-shift]], some of them even exploit this by appearing as their own Mouth of Sauron (though given they're easier to kill in metahuman form, most don't).
** Hestaby is known for not having a translator, instead using magic to project her voice magically.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': After being ''[[BodyHorror compleated]]'' by New Phyrexians, now Atraxa fulfills this role as the Voice of the Praetors, although the latter have been shown and have their own cards. Appropriately, she's an angel.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Monokuma of the ''Franchise/{{Danganronpa}}'' franchise, a series of bear-shaped robots whose job it is to speak [[VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}} to]] [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganronpa2 the]] [[VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3 students]] for the mastermind.
* Thomas Macabee, the Necron Pariah in ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'': ''Dark Crusade''. Sort of. His master isn't this great unseen evil, in fact it's the Necron Lord of Kronus, your main HeroUnit in the campaign. It's just that [[TheVoiceless regular Necrons can't speak]], so the Pariah speaks in his stead.
* There's no one else better in ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' to be the herald for the all-powerful but mindless [[EldritchAbomination Giygas]] than Ness's obnoxious neighbor Porky.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The Dark Brotherhood, an illegal [[MurderInc organization of assassins]] whose membership mostly takes a [[PsychoForHire sadistic glee]] in killing and who practice a ReligionOfEvil, has the Listener as the [[DragonInChief de-facto leader]]. The Listener is the only person who can speak to the [[OneBadMother Night Mother]], the unholy matron who chooses which contracts the Brotherhood will accept. Without a Listener, they can't receive any contracts the normal way, which forces them to rely on word-of-mouth to hear if anyone has performed the Black Sacrament (the ritual prayer for an assassination heard by the Night Mother and spoken to the Listener).
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' has this as part of the [[TheClan Great House]] [[TheMagocracy Telvanni]] questline. Since the mage-lords who rule the House are too busy with their various magical experimentation and backstabbing, in order for anything to actually get ''done'', they employ a council of personal servants actually ''called'' Mouths to attend to the day-to-day business and assign tasks to lower-ranking members to perform. As part of your advancement through the House, you have to first become a Mouth yourself to the House's most progressive Lord (his current one wants to retire) and then finally gain one yourself when ''you'' become one of those mage-lords. Interestingly enough, once you have a Mouth of your own, you can actually send ''him'' on quests for a couple of artifacts he think would be useful.
* The Speaker in ''VideoGame/EmperorBattleForDune''. It serves as a mouthpiece for the Executrix -- all four of them.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'', Kala is an unwilling example. Due to the monster HNA [[HalfHumanHybrid overwhelming her own genetic code]], if she experiences enough trauma the monster hivemind will [[DemonicPossession overwhelm her]] and make her its mouthpiece. Suffice to say, the hivemind for a legion of perfect predators doesn't have the nicest things to say.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', President Eden's [[TheDragon Dragon]], Colonel Autumn, acts as the Enclave's primary spokesperson and commander in the field, since Eden himself is [[spoiler:an AI running on a ZAX supercomputer]].
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', Mr. House always communicates to the NCR and the Three Families via his robots, or, alternately, ''[[PlayerCharacter you]]''.
* ''VideoGame/TheFourthAgeTotalWar'' is notable for using the TropeNamer himself to play with this trope. Namely, He/It survived the fall of his master and Mordor and fled into the shadows, only to assume the mantle of Dark Lord and BigBad [[spoiler: and the name of Herumor for himself. He's spent the last several years orchestrating]] the enemy attacks from without and corruption from within the Reunited Kingdom of Gondor and Rohan that have brought it low and seriously weakened it. It gets to the point that the part of the realm secedes as the "Kingdom of Adunabar" in Ithilien and Mordor. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, this kingdom and its' leader are in the thrall of Herumor and thus its' King is the Mouth of Sauron to the former trope namer.]] However, since Adunabar can choose its own destiny, this trope might wind up [[NiceJobFixingItVillain backfiring on the Shadow.]]
* In ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' Death's Hand appears to be abusing his position, with Emperor Sun Hai reduced to a figurehead- but it's eventually revealed that, rather than using his authority for his own advancement, Death's Hand is merely a tool of [[spoiler: the Emperor himself, who's avoiding taking the blame for the various atrocities he's having committed.]]
* The Collector-General in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' serves this role for [[spoiler:Harbinger]], though Shepard never sees him, either (unless you play Arrival before the final mission). We sure do hear him, tho- '''''[[InterruptingMeme ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL.]]'''''
* In ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria'', Hugo abuses his privileges as the 'mouthpiece' of Prophet Noah, who the Alistel citizens have complete and total faith in. They trust Noah, and by extension, trust whatever Hugo tells them to do, [[spoiler:until the war goes bad and they demand to see Noah for themselves. They eventually break out in a panic when they see he has been DeadAllAlong]].
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'':
** Metatron also shows up in the series, holding his usual role. YHVH does actually speak for himself in some of the earlier games, but starting with ''[[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne Nocturne]]'' YHVH stopped taking direct action in the games' plots and now speaks exclusively through Metatron or one of his avatars.
** Beelzebub also serves Lucifer in this capacity as well, though the big man himself is quite active.
* Morris from ''VideoGame/StardewValley'' is the manager of the local Joja-Mart, a PredatoryBusiness that wants to drive out local businesses and obtain the resources that Stardew Valley offers. He's the closest thing that this SimulationGame has to an antagonist.
* In ''Videogame/{{Tyranny}}'', the protagonist is a Fatebinder, an agent of [[TheDragon Tunon the Adjudicator]] whose role is to serve as a representative of [[EvilOverlord Kyros]] and to sort out problems on the Court's behalf.
-->'''The Fatebinder:''' Did you know that, legally speaking, my word is the same as Tunon's word unless the Archon contradicts my word as Fatebinder? Rhogalus says the legal term for that is ''[[AltumVidetur Proxy Decisis]]''. Calio says the legal term is [[SophisticatedAsHell "fuck you, I'm the law"]].
* Kel'thuzad for the Lich King in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII''. The dreadlords would like you to believe that they do the same job, but really they work for the Burning Legion and are there to ''control'' the Lich King, rather than serve him.
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' has the Reaper games led by the Game Master who enacts the will and design of The Composer. While the Composer's influence is felt every step of the way, the players never actually see or hear him directly.
** On top of which, the Composer has The Conductor, who is effectively his number-two and decides who will be the Game Master in the next week, acting as The Composer's "mouth" more directly.
* ''VideoGame/XCOM2'' has the Speaker, who appears on the [[VichyEarth ADVENT Administration]]'s broadcasts on behalf of the "Elders." He looks to be an improved version of the [[HughMann Thin Men]] who appeared in the [[VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown previous game]], and the only signs of his inhuman nature are the patches of scales around his collar and wrists, and the fact that he never removes his SinisterShades.
* The Speaker from ''{{VideoGame/Destiny}}'' is a rare heroic example. He speaks to [[BigGood the Traveler]] and conveys its decrees to the Guardians and other inhabitants of the City. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Except not really]]. As he admits to Ghaul, the Traveler has never actually spoken to him; he just says what he believes it would've wanted him to.]]
-->"[[spoiler:Ghaul... I speak [[ExactWords for the Traveler... I never said it spoke to me]]...]]"
* ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' features a morally-ambiguous example in the form of [[IceQueen Bong Cha]], Voice of the Dragon. Because Dragon-allied players are forbidden from speaking to the [[AChildShallLeadThem Golden Child]], they receive orders solely from Bong Cha, who also serves as their contact and handler while in the field. [[spoiler: Issue #11 ends with her being unceremoniously fired, memory-wiped, and replaced with Daimon Kiyota.]]
** In a much more straightforward example, the [[TheDisembodied Black Signal]] (AKA [[TomTheDarkLord John]]) is formally referred to as the messenger of [[EldritchAbomination the Dreamers]] - who at this point are still trapped in the Dreaming Prison and unable to speak to the players except through very rare psychic dreams. Accordingly, John spends most of his time communicating with players via his own unique Lore system, trying to usher in new converts to the worship of the Sleeping Ones. [[AffablyEvil He's pretty amiable about it, too.]]

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* In ''Podcast/TheAdventureZoneBalance'', whenever Merle calls a Parley with [[EldritchAbomination the Hunger]], the Hunger's representative is a well-dressed human man named John.

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* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s "The Crystal Empire" two-parter: King Sombra, a PresentAbsence-type villain like the original Sauron, obviously lacks the screentime to explain himself properly, and since he has no {{Mooks}} -- only [[spoiler:BlackMagic {{Booby Trap}}s]] -- all of the information about who he is and what he's capable of come from Celestia and Luna -- who fought him together 1,000 years ago -- and his SlaveRace the Crystal Ponies.
* Hammerhead from ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''. Everyone knows that the Big Man of Crime is New York's most powerful ganglord, but because the Big Man keeps his true identity secret, he uses Hammerhead as his public face and voice of his organization. [[spoiler: Later in the second season, the Big Man loses confidence in Hammerhead's competence and takes direct control of his empire; this leads the insulted Hammerhead to become TheStarscream]].