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The inverse of Evil Sounds Deep. Just as characters with unnaturally deep voices can sound scary, so can characters with unnaturally high voices. May be combined with Evil Sounds Raspy for a very shrill, unpleasant sounding voice.
As noted on Evil Sounds Deep, deep voices are usually seen as attractive, which can lend itself well to villainous characters. This has the opposite effect, by making villains sound sickly and grotesque. This works especially well when the heroes are Badass Baritones with more "manly" voices.
Note that for the most part, this trope does not include evil women or children because they usually do have higher voices. However, a villainess or Creepy Child could count if their voice is exceptionally high, especially considering that villainesses sometimes have a Contralto of Danger voice.
- In Dragon Ball Super, Goku Black is a sadistic, sociopathic, mass-murderer and the Evil Twin to Goku, who shares his voice actress and the same high-pitched voice as his good counterpart, albeit in a lower register.
- Yami Bakura from Yu-Gi-Oh! is voiced by a woman in the Japanese version despite looking like a teenage boy, which creates an impish, Creepy Child effect and an odd juxtaposition with his rude speech patterns. He also giggles.
- Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas, who is regarded as the Pumpkin King and the scariest of all the monsters, has a tenor voice. Although he sometimes lowers his voice when he's trying to be intimidating, he is also prone to high-pitched Evil Laughs, cementing him as a Terror Hero.
- King Candy from Wreck-It Ralph has a goofy high-pitched voice, complete with a lisp, which helps his image as a comical Expy of Ed Wynn's performance as the Mad Hatter. He keeps this voice even as we start to learn that he's not as friendly as seems. His true form as the psychopathic Green-Eyed Monster Turbo has an almost identical voice, minus the lisp, which serves as an early hint that Candy is Turbo when we first hear Turbo's voice in a flashback sequence. And his voice gets even more terrifying in the climax, when he starts glitching between his forms as King Candy and Turbo, heavily distorting his voice.
- The Joker's pitch fluctuates throughout The Dark Knight, but whenever he's joking or mocking someone, he puts on a very nasally voice to do it, only succeeding in making him look more unstable and dangerous.
- In Goosebumps, Jack Black gives the Demonic Dummy Slappy a high-pitched voice reminiscent of Mark Hamill's performances as The Joker.
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit:
- The Big Bad Judge Doom's voice turns squeaky when he is revealed to be a psychopathic Toon in disguise. Due to his Uncanny Valley-inducing transformation and extra-hammy behavior, it's absolutely terrifying.
- Smarty, the leader of the Wicked Weasels, has a low voice, but the others' voices are higher, especially Psycho.
- Harry Potter:
- The wicked Voldemort is described as having a high-pitched voice.
- Dolores Umbridge is described as having a very high-pitched, girlish voice that grates on Harry's nerves. She turns out to be one of the most vile characters across the series.
- The orc Grishnakh from Lord of the Rings is described as having a voice that is high yet still menacing and evil. This is in contrast to fellow orc Ugluk who is more Evil Sounds Deep. This trait is also in the films where Grishnakh's voice is high and raspy, which highlights that he is a nasty piece of work even for an orc.
- Scourge from Warrior Cats, in addition to being The Napoleon, had a very high-pitched and brittle voice. This made him even creepier as a villain, as he gave off the appearance and sound of a kit, but with the mind of a sociopathic and murderous dictator.
- The average Dalek from Doctor Who screams every single word with a shrill monotone. This tips viewers off to the Daleks' inhuman natures immediately, if that wasn't given away by the salt shaker-shaped tanks they live in or by their delightful catchphrase, "Exterminate."
- Capt. Simcoe, the seething psychopath villain of Turn, has a high-pitched piping voice, to go along with being very tall and having a cold stare. The overall effect is unsettling.
- Bioshock Infinite: Songbird, the giant mechanical bird that hunts and potentially kills Booker, has a high pitched scream.
- Umlaut, the magical Villainous Harlequin head who taunts you throughout the game, has a very shrill voice. It goes especially high when he does his Signature Laugh.
- Dr. Klot, the Mad Doctor clown enemy found in the Big Top level, speaks with a high pitched voice. Funnily enough, there's also a midget clown enemy called Smeek who has a deep, gravelly voice!
- Ickybod Clay from ClayFighter series has a high-pitched voice, specially notorious in CF63 1/3. Also his stage in this game (a haunted house) has high-pitched ghostly laughs.
- Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location: Despite being a bulky robotic bear, Funtime Freddy's voice is surprisingly high-pitched and clownish, making him perhaps the most Laughably Evil of the game's Hostile Animatronics.
- The titular antagonist of I. M. Meen has a very high-pitched voice. Fitting, considering that he's a bit of a Psychopathic Manchild.
- Joka from Klonoa has this in all of his appearances. How exactly it sounds depends on who's voicing him - his voice may sound like a Creepy Child, or more clownish, but either way, his voice is always high-pitched - barring the scene before his boss battle in Door To Phantomile, where he suddenly gains a Voice of the Legion.
- Overwatch: The villainous Mad Bomber Junkrat has a high-pitched voice, fitting for his Animal Motifs. His partner Roadhog, on the other hand, has a very deep voice.
- Ratchet & Clank:
- Hugh Bliss from Sam & Max: Freelance Police has a rather effeminate high-pitched voice, which combined with his Dissonant Serenity, as well as being albino, lend him an air of creepiness, which turns out to be fitting when he is revealed as the Big Bad of Season 1.
- Boo from the Super Mario Bros. series is a ghost enemy that has appeared since the first games. Since Super Mario 64 and beyond, Boo has assigned a high-pitched laugh and voice.
- Super Solvers: Morty Maxwell, the self-proclaimed Master of Mischief and Big Bad of the series, has a high-pitched voice.
- Undertale: Flowey the Flower has high-pitched sounds for his Voice Grunting, and as we quickly learn, he is cruel and sadistic. Justified in that his true form is that of a child.
- Blue Laser, the enemy fighting force in Cheat Commandos, all speak in incredibly shrill, high-pitched screeches.
- Acquisitions Incorporated: Played for Laughs and lampshaded in the intro of the episode "Five Heads are Better than None", which starts with The Narrator narrating in a high-pitched voice, but then it is paused, a sound options menu is opened, and the voice being changed from "Weird old creep" option to "Regular voice".
- Dragon Ball Z Abridged: The dub of Episode of Bardock has the villainous Lord Chilled speak in a cartoonishly high falsetto, similar to Tiny Tim.
- Aaahh!!! Real Monsters: Downplayed with the Gromble. He has a high-pitched voice and is a Large Ham, and acts like a Sadist Teacher sometimes, but deep down, he seems to really care for his students.
- The Dover Boys: Dan Backslide speaks - or rather, shouts - with a very shrill voice.
- The evil Skeletor from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) has a very reedy voice.
- Eric's tech-savvy peer Techrat from Jem has a nasal, high pitched voice. He helps Eric with his schemes.
- The Mad Scientist Dr. Doofenshmirtz from Phineas and Ferb speaks with a high-pitched voice with an accent that the creators describe as "vaguely Eastern European."
- HIM from The Powerpuff Girls has a very effeminate-sounding voice, fitting for his status as a Sissy Villain. Although the reverb effect in his voice is one of the things that actually make him legitimately scary.
- Demongo the Soul Collector from Samurai Jack is a demonic henchman working for Aku, who has an amusingly high-pitched voice that contrasts greatly with his overall appearance. Jarringly enough he's voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson, who's better known for playing many other characters on the same show that have very deep voices.
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