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He is a manly man, and he has a manly voice to prove it.

A character of this sort must fulfill two criteria:

  1. Obviously, the character must be a badass.
  2. The character must have a deep voice of baritone register. Bass register is also possible but is rarer and almost always overlaps with being evil.

Such a character may range from Cool Old Guy to Testosterone Poisoning. While this trope is much more commonly applied to male characters, female characters are eligible as well, although in their cases it will likely be Played for Laughs.

See also Evil Sounds Deep, Guttural Growler, Power Makes Your Voice Deep, Rated M for Manly, and Voice of the Legion. The Distaff Counterpart would be Contralto of Danger. Contrast Effeminate Voice and Child-Like Voice.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Attack on Titan provides several examples.
    • In the Funimation English dub, Captain Levi is provided one by Matthew Mercer. He's even called "Humanity's Strongest" by the common folk.
    • Commander Erwin Smith of the Survey Corps has one in both the Japanese and the English versions.
    • Reiner Braun has the deepest voice among the 104th Trainees Squad, to go along with being built like a linebacker. Yoshimasa Hosoya's performance is particularly deep compared to some of his other notable roles.
  • Berserk:
    • The One-Man Army protagonist Guts is generally cast an extremely deep voice, the only exception being the original Japanese 1997 casting, where he had a relatively high-pitched (yet still very angry) voice.
    • Griffith qualifies in the original Japanese and English casting of the 1997 anime, as well as the English dub of the movies. Don't let his looks fool you; Griffith is an absolute monster of cunning whose ambitions end up changing the world.
  • Sebastian Michaelis, the iconic Battle Butler from Black Butler, has this in both the original Japanese and the English version.
  • Death Note has L in the English dub, courtesy of Alessandro Juliani, contrasting Villain Protagonist Light Yagami's tenor.
  • In Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, in contrast to the Japanese voice acting performance, where Zenitsu talking through his sleep trance only has Hiro Shimono drop all nervousness from his usual Zenitsu voice, sounding just calm as a result, the English performance in the Mugen Train movie has Aleks Le making his voice sound much deeper as if trying to hammer the point harder that Zenitsu in his trance is a tough demon slayer.
    • Inosuke has an extremely deep and gravelly voice, fitting for a Rated M for Manly Wild Child who dresses in a Boar mask and randomly demands to battle people. Hilariously also Vocal Dissonance considering he has an incredibly beautiful and feminine facial appearance.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Whenever the English-dubbed version of Goku goes Super Saiyan 3, he invokes this trope by lowering his voice an octave to show he means business. And let's not get started on the badassery that is Super Saiyan 4...
    • The English dub also has Piccolo, who has an incredibly deep and booming voice; and Vegeta, who is more of a Guttural Growler. Both were once enemies of Goku, and both gave him a run for his money when they first fought him, and both continue to be badasses after.
    • Beerus and Whis both have deep voices. Beerus is a Guttural Growler and a God of Destruction who is not to be trifled with. Whis's has a more Campy quality to it but remains deep. He is also Beerus's mentor.
    • The Brazilian and Mexican dubs turned Frieza into one of this.
    • Cell's voice is this in both the Japanese and Mexican dubs. In Japanese, his voice is more booming due to him being voiced by Norio Wakamoto; in the Mexican dub, his voice is more guttural.

  • Souther from Fist of the North Star has a voice that seems deeper than what is naturally possible.
    • Raoh and Kaioh have very impressive baritones.
    • Oddly enough, Toki has his own Badass Baritone going on as well.
    • The main character, Kenshiro, also speaks in this pitch but prefers high-pitched "A-TA" sounds whenever he strikes.
    • The narrator speaks in a considerably deep tone of voice in Season 1, a sharp contrast to the high-pitched screaming he went for from Season 2-onwards.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist has several notable examples.
  • Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin has Riki, the badass Leader of the Ohu Army.
  • Alucard from Hellsing. A nigh-unstoppable killing machine, he routinely tears his way through anyone unfortunate enough to face him. Both Crispin Freeman and Joji Nakata are known for their deep voices.
  • Yūki Kaji, who usually voices young males, plays the Big Bad in The Heroic Legend of Arslan and with a much deeper pitch than his usual one.
  • Sesshomaru in Inuyasha has a very deep, rumbling, voice in the Japanese version of the show, provided by Ken Narita. In the English version, it's a slightly lighter voice, done by David Kaye but still qualifies as a Badass Baritone.
  • Jotaro Kujo of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, the most straightforwardly badass of the Joestar lineage, is invariably cast with a low baritone despite being merely a teenager. Heck, the English dub even has Matthew Mercer voicing him.
  • Anos Voldigoad, the protagonist of The Misfit of Demon King Academy, has an incredibly deep, menacing voice in the anime, as befitting a recently reincarnated, all-powerful Demon King.
  • Naruto has numerous examples, with characters like Kakashi actually deepening their voices while in battle. Pain's baritone is no less legendary. See also Gaara as voiced by Liam O'Brien and his Japanese seiyuu.
  • One Piece: Crocodile is a former boss of a mass criminal syndicate as well as being a former Warlord of the Sea. He has one of the deepest (if not the deepest) voice(s) in the series to boot.
  • The English dub of Pokémon: The First Movie has Philip Bartlett cast as Mewtwo, whose deep voice adds an extra layer of menace to the titular villain.

  • Transformers: More than Meets the Eye has a moment when Whirl tries to imitate Optimus Prime (See Western Animation below) and fails. He lampshades it.
    Whirl: How can anyone's voice be that low?

    Films — Animated 
  • Beauty and the Beast:
    • No one has a baritone like Gaston! Indeed, Gaston has a whole song (sung by him and the rest of the town) describing how badass and uber-manly he is.
    • The Beast himself is a baritone as well. The towering Beast's ferociousness terrifies most other characters into submission with a single roar. Within the movie, he single-handedly drives off a hungry wolf pack threatening Belle, defeats the aforementioned badass Gaston, and rules his staff of household objects with an iron fist.
  • Hiro Hamada from Big Hero 6. Even though Hiro's voice is not necessarily deep, it is pretty low for a kid who is in his early teens.
  • Smaug in the Animated Adaptation of The Hobbit, as befits a titanic dragon, voiced by Richard Boone. It really adds to the effect of his Badass Boast.
  • The Lion King: Mufasa! A commanding voice literally fit the king of beasts. Shenzi certainly thinks so. "Oooooh.... say it again!"

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Many incarnations of Batman have him lowering his voice while in costume to sound more menacing.
    • In The Dark Knight Rises, Bane has a voice amplifier that gives him an extremely peculiar contrast between the trope (in vocal range) and jovial, eloquent word choice and mode of speech, in comparison with Tom Hardy's fairly nasal voice.
    "You think darkness is your ally, but you merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man. By then, it was nothing to me but blinding!"
  • An early sign that short, frail, sickly Steve Rogers is destined for a life of badassery is that he already sounds like Chris Evans. Sure enough, he soon graduates directly to One-Man Army, and from that to leader of the Avengers. With that being said, off duty, his voice softens to a warm and gentle, almost musically soft one that's as comforting as it is reassuring.
  • Anyone played by Vin Diesel.
  • Sam Elliott is noted for his resonant bass-baritone voice, which automatically makes all of his film characters badasses.
  • In the 1966 film adaptation of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Miles Gloriosus is played by the deep-voiced Leon Greene.
  • Any character played by Mel Gibson.
  • Roadblock from G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He is played by Dwayne Johnson.
  • Kevin Grevioux has an incredibly deep Basso Profundo voice, which led many people watching his character Raze in Underworld (2003) to assume it had been altered in some way. He's also a Genius Bruiser, having degrees in microbiology and genetic engineering and having come up with the idea for the movie in the first place.
  • All roles by Alan Rickman, except Marvin the Paranoid Android. And many, including Hans Gruber, enter Evil Sounds Deep, too.
  • Charlton Heston famously had one of the deepest, most heroic voices in the history of cinema, which is probably why he was a natural for playing larger-than-life heroes in films like The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, etc.
  • Thorin, as played by Richard Armitage, in The Hobbit. Warrior, rightful king returning, general monster-killing badass, and a baritone. He even gets to sing a song perfectly suited for his voice.
  • James Bond. All of his incarnations have a deep, manly voice that perfectly suits a Casanova super spy, with Sean Connery's version arguably providing the deepest and manliest voice of them all.
  • The 1937 edition of King Solomon's Mines featured Paul Robeson, professional baritone singer, as Ignosi. Ignosi is a brave warrior who returns to Kukuanaland, defeats the usurper King Twala in battle, and reclaims his throne. Since he's played by Paul Robeson, he gets to sing a couple of songs, too.
  • In The Last Witch Hunter, the eponymous character, an 800-year-old witch hunter, is played by Vin Diesel, with all the voice the man brings to the part.
  • Christopher Lee sometimes played this when he wasn't playing villains. His voice was perfect when he played the Discworld role of Death since Terry Pratchett has always described Death's voice being deep and foreboding like the slamming of a coffin lid. Also, whenever Death speaks in the novels, his lines are rendered completely in upper-case. And who else, but Christopher Lee knows how to speak in capital letters?
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a powerful, deep voice, rather fittingly making him sound like the hero of an ancient epic. Heimdall has one as well, courtesy of Idris Elba. It gives him a very fitting air of gravitas.
  • Another major Samuel L. Jackson example would be Nick Fury, Badass Normal Big Good to the mostly transhuman heroes of the MCU.
  • Likewise Elba's character Marshall Pentecost in Pacific Rim. When he talks about cancellin' the Apocalypse, you believe him!
  • Any character played by Ron Perlman.
  • Leon in The Professional has a gruff, deep voice courtesy of his actor Jean Reno.
  • The titular RoboCop is often depicted as having a deep, intimidating voice. Of course, having some of the actors who've played him like Peter Weller and David Sobolov (the latter in the Alpha Commando cartoon) naturally have deep voices helps, too.
  • Star Trek Into Darkness: Benedict Cumberbatch's John Harrison delivers Badass Boasts in a deep, chilling bass voice.
  • Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequel trilogy (as a rule, any time Samuel L. Jackson is in the film's cast, expect his character to be one of these). Darth Vader is the more villainous example, courtesy of James Earl Jones, but he's still one of the most badass villains on the screen.
    • While the Dark Side isn't exclusively evil, many fallen to it have either a deep, hushed or raspy tone to their voices. Maul sounds like he's almost whispering, while Ventress sounds like your classic Witch. Palpatine himself sounds like could rule a Retirement Home single-handedly.
  • Atticus Finch, as played by Gregory Peck, a Badass Pacifist and incorruptible attorney who fights to the bitter end to save an innocent black man's life.
  • Both Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender pull this off as Magneto in the X-Men Film Series. Magneto, both young and old, has a deep voice and has consistently proven himself as one of the most badass characters in the series.
  • James Gunn has said that while developing The Suicide Squad, he concluded that King Shark, having a bodybuilder-like wide chest, needed one of those. The deep voice he imagined was Sylvester Stallone, who thankfully accepted the role.

  • Private Kolya Vlasov from David Benioff's City of Thieves. Quick-fisted fighter of cannibals who sings in a "strong, confident baritone".
  • Death from the Discworld is described as having a voice like a lead coffin lid slamming, even if his voice is more felt than heard. It is rendered as All Caps.
  • Harry Dresden of The Dresden Files is very much a badass and is described as having a resonant baritone.
    • Also, Sanya. Knight of the Cross with a nice Basso Profundo voice, and the only person manly enough to make Dresden feel inadequate, being roughly of a height with Dresden and muscle-bound enough to make Michael, who is notably strong, look puny, whereas Harry is all wiry muscle.
    • Played with in regards to Toot-Toot, whose voice is described as sounding like a cute cartoon character, but for a six-inch pixie his voice is a resonant basso. While his prowess is somewhat limited by his size, "badass" is, if anything, something of an understatement when applied to Toot-Toot.
  • Admiral Augustus Khumalo of the Honorverse, whose badassery was severely underestimated by his fellows in the Royal Manticoran Navy, has a voice which is consistently referenced in the text as "deep", even in comparison to other male characters in the series.
  • Journey to Chaos: Fairtheora is described as having a deep and intimidating voice that suits his status as a Terror Hero and Royal Sentinel.
  • Kvothe from The Kingkiller Chronicle: he comments on his stage-trained baritone and certainly is a badass, who became an in-universe legend before the age of twenty. As an accomplished musician, he also played an active role in shaping his own legend through stories and songs.
  • Zack State of The Mental State is described as having a baritone voice, and he is probably the biggest badass in the entire story.
  • Bahzell Bahnakson, chosen of the war god and demon slayer in David Weber's The War Gods series speaks in a deep voice, likely thanks to his unusually huge size.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Arrow:
    • Both the Arrow and the Dark Archer use voice changers most of the time while in costume.
    • Stephen Amell does this to great effect for Oliver Queen's private persona, too. The effect is a manifestation of character development, changing from the "normal" voice that closely resembles Amell's natural tone in the initial flashbacks to the present-day tone.
  • Any character played by James Spader is sure to be this, but the best example may be Raymond Reddington from The Blacklist. He has an incredibly smooth, deep voice that is sheer pleasure to listen to, and he is easily the most dangerous character in the show (if you get on the wrong side of him, anyway).
  • Walter White from Breaking Bad becomes this eventually. He starts out with a quiet and non-threatening voice, but as the series goes on and he and his actions become more despicable, he grows into a very intimidating baritone mixed with Guttural Growler.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Fourth Doctor has an unusual, velvety voice about an octave deeper than all of the other Doctors. For the most part, this is used to make the Doctor seem more commanding and suggest a gravitas he might otherwise disguise — yeah, he comes in dressed in a ridiculous outfit handing out sweets and smiling at people, but no one with a voice like that could possibly be as weak and undistinguished as he initially likes to appear. A couple of the more interesting exploitations: In "The Deadly Assassin", he speaks in a higher-pitched voice while trying to appear beneath the notice of some other characters. In "The Robots of Death", he develops one of his more specific New Powers as the Plot Demands when we discover Time Lord larynxes aren't affected by helium, just so he can continue sounding cool in one specific scene. In "The Power of Kroll", he generates a subsonic frequency that shatters a window.
    • The Twelfth Doctor has a gravelly voice with a wide range, which can occasionally drop quite low. It's worth noticing that Peter Capaldi sometimes on purpose imitates Tom Baker's voice, who played the aforementioned Fourth Doctor.
    • Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart cuts an impressive figure as the head of UNIT, defending Earth from extraterrestrial threats while trying to keep the Doctor's chaotic energy in check. His commanding voice is certainly an asset in this role, filled with enough authority to speak at least one trope into existence:
      "Jenkins? Chap with wings, there. Five Rounds Rapid."
  • Fargo: Bear Gerhardt has a voice that could shake the fillings from your teeth. He also proves to be the most formidable Gerhardt brother.
  • Shepherd Book from Firefly. It really comes into play more when you learn his backstory and what a badass he used to be, but he’s still badass later, doing some kneecap shooting in “War Stories” and freaking out an Alliance guy in “The Messenger”
  • The cast of Game of Thrones presents a wide array of delightful voices. On the lower side of the register we have:
    • Tywin Lannister, played by Charles Dance. He sounded as intimidating as he looked.
    • Roose Bolton, played by Michael McElhatton. His soft, deep, and commanding voice certainly made his scheming less annoying than Littlefinger's.
    • Also Gregor Clegane as played by Ian Whyte in Season 2 (Season 1's Gregor doesn't get enough dialogue to be sure). Later, when his actor changes again, it's just about the only aspect of Whyte's portrayal that Thor Bjornsson carries over into his own. He's also capable of cutting off a horse's head with one swing or crushing a man's head with his bare hands. Any time he shows up, nothing survives direct confrontation with him. One-Man Army indeed. For a sense of perspective, there are five or six men Jaime Lannister thinks possess at least as much killing ability as him. The list includes Barristan Selmy, Loras Tyrell, Sandor, and Gregor.
    • Ned Stark has quite a deep voice. Interestingly, he is more of a Guttural Growler in his prime, as seen in the Season 6 flashback.
    • Tyrion Lannister is a Badass Bookworm gifted with the smooth, deep voice of Peter Dinklage.
    • Jorah Mormont's voice sounds deep and refined.
    • Barristan Selmy, due to Ian McElhinney's deep, slightly scratchy voice.
    • Drogon's roar is notably a lot deeper than his brothers, and he's also the strongest of them.
    • Aeron Greyjoy. Michael Feast speaks in a very low and menacing baritone.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation gave us Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Lieutenant Commander Worf, the only Klingon member of the Enterprise, and the resident Proud Warrior Race Guy. Michael Dorn played Worf so gruff for so long that his voice actually got significantly deeper as a result.
  • Ben Sisko in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine once punched Q in the face (while Q acted smug about it, he avoided DS9 thereafter) and is one of the most badass captains in the Trek franchise. It's particularly convincing because he's played by Avery Brooks, whose voice is a rich baritone that even on a good day sounds like distant thunder — and in the later seasons of DS9 Sisko has very few good days.
  • Supernatural:
    • Dean's voice sounds noticeably lower in the show's later seasons. According to Jensen Ackles, this was because of his own voice changing.
    • Castiel. Misha Collins has said that he regrets it — he thought he would only be a guest star and was just trying to sound badass, but when he was brought back to be a major supporting character he was forced to keep it and finds using the voice so much to be annoying, difficult, and mildly painful.
      Misha Collins: So in the first episode that Castiel shows up in, um — he's trying to communicate with Dean, and in so doing, his voice, his angelic voice, is exploding television sets and breaking windows — and so I, consummate guest star that I am, thought — oh, you know, I'm gonna do this [deepens voice], really deep, gravelly, commanding, kickass, kind of window-breaking voice... And I may be running into medical problems now. It has been brutal on my throat.

  • Mark Sandman from Morphine was this trope in spades, having a hypnotic, seductive voice that commanded respect and attention.
  • The Swedish singer Roger Pontare is notable for his very deep voice both when talking and singing.
  • Trace Adkins is a Country Music singer known as much for his bass-baritone voice as for his very tall, muscular stature and often masculine songs (e.g. "Hot Mama", "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk", etc.). Bonus points for having had a pinky finger reattached after an accident, and having survived getting run over by an off-road vehicle.
  • Metallica's James Hetfield. Accidentally stepped into a pyrotechnic, and lived.
  • Ringo Starr is this. He is a badass, despite allegedly not even being the best drummer in The Beatles, and listening to him sing will tell you that he is a baritone.
  • Benjamin Burnley of Breaking Benjamin is known for his deep, soulful voice that can quickly descend into a Metal Scream.
  • Neil Peart of Rush. In hearing him interviewed, his voice had a very deep register. With his tall (6'4") muscular build, he came across as a Cultured Badass.
  • Rappers RM, SUGA, and j-hope and vocalist V from BTS. V is probably the most well-known example of this trope in the group, with his warm baritone voice providing excellent contrast to the other vocalists' voices.
  • Matt Berninger from The National is one of the most well-known and acclaimed examples of not only a baritone but indeed a badass in modern indie music. You can watch any live performance this band has done, and still be completely blown away by Matt's vocal and stage performance every time.
  • Joakim Brodén of Sabaton definitely qualifies. Coupled with his huge physique and massive biceps (not to mention the steel vest he wears onstage), his deep, Swedish-accented voice defies expectations for the Power Metal genre, which typically favors higher, almost screechy voices.
  • Gianluca Ginoble of the opera trio Il Volo is the baritone and the other two are tenors.
  • The deep baritone of Joy Division's Ian Curtis was crucial to the band's dark sound. In live performances, he could sound positively ferocious.
  • Johnny 3 Tears and Funny Man from Hollywood Undead. What also helps is the fact they’re both the tallest members of the band.
  • Type O Negative's Peter Steele is a famous example. While his vocal tessitura was more in Basso Profundo territory, he typically sang near the upper end of his range in the Baritone register. With his broad and muscular 6'8" stature, Barbarian Longhair, and brooding vampyric image, the badass side of the trope is certainly accounted for too.
  • Frank Zappa, aside from being a monster guitarist, got a lot of use out of the lower register of his voice — especially after an "accident" in 1971 (a fan jumped onstage and pushed him into the orchestra pit, breaking several bones and crushing his larynx) lowered it even further. He claimed his actual vocal range was barely an octave afterwards.
  • Rick Astley has such a deep voice that, when he began his career, the record producers he sent his tapes to didn't believe his low voice could come from a thin, white young man like him, so he had to go sing directly in front of them to convince them otherwise.



    Video Games 
  • Rodin shows off how extremely deep his voice is while beating up angels in Bayonetta.
  • Guilty Gear's sister series BlazBlue has examples of its own, including Ragna the Bloodedge, the moody Anti-Hero of the series; Iron Tager, a large and imposing yet calm and thoughtful man who looks like a demon; Hakumen, an armored Knight Templar whose voice has a distinct echo; and Azrael, an uncouth Blood Knight who doesn't need any weapons to kick your ass.
  • Caleb, protagonist of the aptly named FPS game Blood has all the quips and one-liners of Duke Nukem and twice the charm and wit. But if that didn't sell you already, he sings show tunes for god's sake. Stephan Weyte is a godsend.
  • Alucard from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. A bit of a contrast with his appearance.
  • Dawn of War has Gabriel Angelos, especially when he's voiced by Paul Dobson. Hear for yourself.
  • Fallout:
    • In Fallout: New Vegas, Legate Lanius from the base game, Joshua Graham from the Honest Hearts DLC, and Ulysses from the Lonesome Road DLC are all badass and have very deep voices. Doubly notable for being extremely cool, competent, and collected and none of them use profanity in a game where it is plentiful.
    • Fallout 2 gave us Frank Horrigan, an enormous, mutated high ranking member of the Enclave, with a voice as deep as the ocean. He also fits the Badass criteria VERY, VERY well. There was also Marcus, a mutant who'd been a member of the Master's army, then founded his own town after the Master's death, where he still serves as sheriff. Give him a hand, and he can join you in running around melting Enclave goons with a plasma rifle. Being voiced by Michael Dorn certainly helps in the baritone department.
    • Fallout 4 has Strong, the Token Heroic Orc companion, who has a voice that sounds like cinderblocks dragging across asphalt.
  • Auron from Final Fantasy X has a deep, guttural voice. He's a Ronin-themed warrior with all the killing power you'd expect from a Final Fantasy character, plus an armour-piercing sword, who clawed himself back from the grave to keep a promise, and periodically uses the flask of booze on his belt to create nonstandard results, such as fire and black holes.
  • Both Basilio and Lon'qu from Fire Emblem Awakening have very deep voices and great stat growths, with Basilio's badass nature getting mentioned several times in-story.
    • Not to mention Prince Chrom, as voiced by Matthew Mercer. He's the leader of the Shepherds, after all.
  • Fire Emblem Fates features Prince Ryoma of Hoshido, who’s also voiced by Matthew Mercer. There’s also his ninja retainer Saizo, whose voice is a far cry from the voice Ben Diskin uses for Hayato and Jakob.
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses has quite a few examples of its own, including Dimitri, who has a deep but calm voice pre-Time Skip which drops down towards Guttural Growler post-Time Skip; Dedue, Dimitri's fiercely loyal retainer; Jeralt, The Hero's father and a mercenary and former knight of great renown; the Death Knight, who is full-on Evil Sounds Deep; and the Flame Emperor, whose deep voice is calm, yet no less menacing. The Flame Emperor subverts this since he is revealed to be Edelgard, a woman who speaks with a Contralto of Danger filtered through her face-concealing mask.
  • God of War protagonist Kratos, in addition to being rage and machismo incarnate, features a deep commanding voice courtesy of Terrence C. Carson. Even after aging up and calming down somewhat by the time of God of War (PS4), he's still pure badass and Christopher Judge takes his voice to an all-new level of deep.
  • Sol Badguy in Guilty Gear is the manliest nerd ever, and he's on a mission to hunt down and wipe out an entire race of destructive Eldritch Abominations because he had a hand in creating them and unleashing them on the world, nevermind he's one himself. Luckily he has a rough, deep, action hero-esque voice to go with his backstory. Special mention needs to go to his English voice in Overture, thank you very much, Troy Baker. His voice was also pretty deep back when he was an Author Avatar for Daisuke Ishiwatari.
  • In the Halo franchise, most male Spartans speak this way, with the Master Chief especially having a very recognizable smooth baritone (which sounds even deeper due to that he hardly ever raises his voice). On the other side, every male Sangheili/Elite has a very deep voice, with some also fitting under Guttural Growler (incidentally, Halo 5: Guardians gives Sangheili females a similar Contralto of Danger). The Jiralhanae/Brutes, meanwhile, have voices so deep and rough they border on Basso Profundo.
  • The ultimate Big Bad of Kingdom Hearts is Xehanort, an evil Keyblade wielder whose power, cunning, and ambitions have cast a shadow over countless worlds; it's only natural that he'd have a deep voice to match. He and his various incarnations have been voiced by such powerhouse actors as Chikao Ohtsuka, Akio Ōtsuka, and Norio Wakamoto in Japan, and Leonard Nimoy, Billy Zane, Richard Epcar, and Paul St. Peter in English.
  • Iori Yagami from The King of Fighters has a deep, menacing voice, putting him in even sharper contrast with his much lighter-voiced rival, and The Hero of the series, Kyo Kusanagi.
  • Kirby has Meta Knight, who has very deep Voice Grunting in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and in his only fully voiced appearances, namely in Super Smash Bros., also has a very low voice. He also more than qualifies for the badass part of this trope, given his title as The Strongest Warrior In The Galaxy and Master Swordsman status.
  • Mass Effect:
    • Expert sniper Garrus Vakarian, infamous mercenary Zaeed Massani, and unmatched assassin Thane Krios have the deepest voices on your team.
    • David Anderson has Keith David's distinctive baritone and is no slouch in a direct fight despite being a naval officer. Most of his badassery is offscreen or in his history — but direct comparisons to Shepard's service record are easily available.
    • Urdnot Wrex has a very deep, booming voice. Notably, he typically speaks rather quietly but is no less menacing for it. He also spends the time between the first and second games headbutting his way to dominance over an entire culture of Blood Knights, and his first appearance in the Citadel DLC for Mass Effect 3 involves him taking down an entire shuttle full of heavily armed and armoured mercenaries by himself, unarmed.
    • It's a krogan trait. Your other krogan squadmate, Grunt, is a genetically engineered perfect krogan with an incredible healing factor, and one of only two characters who can wield the Claymore shotgun, the other being Shepard themself. He's voiced by Steve Blum.
    • The Reapers all have voices so deep that they echo off basically any scenery. They are an endless fleet of species-killing living warships that have a billion-year history of slaughter behind them.
    • Shepard himself, rightfully considered to be one of the biggest badasses in the franchise, has the pleasant baritone of Mark Meer. Female Shep gets a Contralto of Danger courtesy of Jennifer Hale.
  • Proto Man, Mega Man (Classic)'s older brother who is known for helping him out and giving him advice throughout the latter's adventures and is at least similarly as powerful, is portrayed in Mega Man Powered Up as having a voice like this.
  • Solid Snake, the hero of the Metal Gear series, is a Guttural Growler in the English dub but very much one of these in the Japanese dub, where his voice is very resonant but also surprisingly warm and calm — done to give the impression of Dissonant Serenity, according to Hideo Kojima. The same goes for his father Big Boss, and his twin Liquid Snake (who injects some Evil Brit into his voice as well).
  • Shao Kahn and Quan Chi in Mortal Kombat have this. They also serve as the announcers for various installments.
  • In No Straight Roads, DJ Subatomic Supernova, the Large and in Charge charter of Vinyl City's Cast Tech District, speaks with a smooth baritone voice courtesy of his voice actor, Mohammad "Uncle" Ali Imran. It helps that he used to be an astrophysicist who taught at a university before becoming a DJ.
  • Persona:
    • Persona 2: In Innocent Sin, stoic badass Tatsuya Suou has a very deep voice for a high schooler, even considering that he's already eighteen. In Eternal Punishment, all of the male party members have deep voices, though it's justified by most of them being working adults; Katsuya Suou is an elite detective, Baofu is a shady criminal who can kill you with nothing but a single coin, and Kei Nanjo is already quite experienced at dealing with Persona-related incidents.
    • Persona 3: Shinjiro Aragaki has an imposing baritone, his friend Akihiko Sanada has a smoother one, and the two are the most physically imposing members of the team; Akihiko is a star boxer, while Shinjiro can single-handedly intimidate entire gangs.
    • Persona 4: The Ace Yu Narukami has a smooth baritone befitting of the Investigation Team's level-headed leader, while delinquent Kanji Tatsumi has a rough baritone befitting of a physical powerhouse who once took down an entire biker gang by himself.
    • Persona 5: The protagonist has a fairly deep voice that becomes particularly evident whenever he's in Phantom Thief mode, and his Persona Arsene has a baritone that borders on being downright sinister. Yusuke Kitagawa has an even deeper baritone that belies his effeminate appearance and artistic inclinations but perfectly fits him being one of your team's hardest hitters.
  • Vhailor from Planescape: Torment definitely counts since he's basically the avatar of justice and wields an axe so heavy that literary no one else can lift it.
    • Even more impressive than the above-mentioned Vhailor is The Transcendent One voiced by Tony Jay. He's also a Physical God.
    • Let's not forget the main character. He may not be an avatar of justice, but he's actually one of the most powerful living beings in all of existence, on par with any of the gods, and capable of literally anything he wills, as long as his belief is strong enough.
    • Dak'kon has a very dark and raspy voice and wields a sword that, if used correctly, can cut a hole in reality.
  • Postal gives us the amazing voice of Rick Hunter as The Postal Dude. Just listen to it.
  • ShadowVerse: A good number of cards (especially from older male Dragoncraft and Swordcraft cards) spot deeper voices. Special mention to Albert, Levin Saber, who is considered to have one of the deepest voices of Swordcraft followers and is pretty badass for a 5 play point follower.
  • Big Band, from Skullgirls, is a Large and in Charge Cyborg with brass instrument-themed armaments and an incredibly deep voice to match.
  • Knuckles from the Sonic the Hedgehog series has a noticeably deep voice when voiced by Scott Drier in Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Heroes. This fits his previous characterization as the calm and stoic loner.
    • Shadow's voice tends to be low and booming with the exception of his voice actors David Humprey and Kirk Thornton.
    • In English, Espio sports one of the deepest voices among the other two members of The Chaotix, Vector and Charmy, despite only being 16 (compare this to similarly-aged characters or even Vector, who is four years Espio's senior). Coupled with his lack of eccentricities, this only serves to make Espio come across as even more serious. He's more of a tenor in Japanese.
    • Metal Sonic was suddenly given this in Sonic Heroes but it's Sonic's voice with an electronic makeover.
  • In Splatoon, the male Octoling's voice is much deeper and quieter than a regular Inkling's voice, fitting to the Octolings' serious demeanor.
  • From the StarCraft universe, while most named male Protoss we meet "speak" in a smooth tenor, Zeratul has a deep, slightly gravely baritone voice (voices, rather). On the human side, Gabriel Tosh has a deep voice coupled with a Caribbean accent, while Tychus Findlay's smooth and very deep baritone (almost a basso) is accompanied by a smooth Southern drawl.
    Tychus: Those people aren't ready for the raw sex appeal I'd inject into their gray little lives...
  • In the Trails Series, Chancellor Giliath Osborne has a very deep and commanding voice provided by both Joji Nakata in the Japanese version and Peter Beckman in the English version. Cold Steel IV shows off his badassery and players start crapping their pants and realize that he has enough power to end the series if he really wanted to.
  • The Walking Dead:
    • Lee speaks with an authoritative baritone, which makes it easier to earn the respect of others. Especially after Lilly kills Doug/Carley, where it drops to a frightening growl.
    • Just before he brutally kills Carver, Kenny's voice drops to a frightening growl.
    Kenny: Go on and wait outside...I only need a minute.
  • Yakuza:
    • Series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima, whose least badass accomplishments include beating two fully grown tigers in a fistfight, also speaks in the deep, harmonic rumble of Takaya Kuroda.
    • Goro Majima, one of the few people who can match Kiryu in the badass department, and who has (in all the senses of the word) disassembled yakuza families single-handedly, usually speaks in a screechy, sing-song falsetto with a thick Kansai accent, as befits his status as a general-purpose nutter. However, when things get serious he drops the act, and his voice becomes a smooth, cultured, butter-rich baritone.
    • Ryuji Goda, villain of Yakuza 2, is one of the few people who can match Kiryu in a straight fight, and is a mountain of a man with a voice so deep it almost sounds electronically altered.
    • Yakuza 4 introduces Taiga Saejima who's more on the Unskilled, but Strong side of the achievements that Kiryu has done over the series. He's broken out of at least two different prisons, able to rip road signs and power transformers off the street and use them as weapons, and even fought the Yama-Oroshi hand-to-hand in the Hokkaido mountains first in the dead of a night blizzard after escaping prison, then the second time after finally tracking it to its lair.

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  • Played for laughs in the trailer for The Amazing World of Gumball. Darwin narrates the trailer in a baritone surprising for a kid his age, referring to it as his, "Movie Voice". When Gumball questions the need for it, Darwin replies in his normal voice, "Look, do you want this trailer to be average, or do you want it to be good?"
  • Batman as voiced by Kevin Conroy ("I am vengeance! I am the Knight! I am Batman!"). It's even deeper when Batman is older, demonstrated in this video.
    Phil LaMarr: I remember one episode… Everybody was speaking in, like, bass tones. There was Clancy Brown and, I think, Powers Boothe, and Carl [Lumbly] was here, Kevin Conroy was here in the studio.
    Andrea Romano: And you. You were there.
    Phil Lamarr: Yes, I was doing my low voice… To the point where you were just feeling it through the floor.
  • Played for laughs in the Dexter's Laboratory episode "Dee Dee Be Deep". Dexter tried to improve his sister Dee Dee's awful singing voice with one of his inventions, but thanks to Dee Dee messing around with it she became a very exaggerated baritone. While she didn't get into the school choir, it worked out for her in the end; she joined a Barbershop Quartet instead.
  • The Fairly OddParents: In one of the pilot shorts, Timmy wishes to be a superhero. When he finds he still has a little boy voice, he asks Cosmo and Wanda to change it to a more "heroic" voice. They deepen it until it's a baritone.
  • Smytus in My Life as a Teenage Robot.
  • Goliath from Gargoyles. Being voiced by Keith David, his voice is practically deeper than those of all the other characters.
  • The title character of Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart looks cute yet brash, being a black cat with large green eyes. That is until you hear him speak like he's narrating an action film.


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Alternative Title(s): Badass Bass



While he puts a dramatic flair to his speech, his voice is impressively booming, and as one of the Rulers of Sin, he's amongst one of the more powerful demons, with the otherwise frighteningly powerful Stolas being unable to counter his insults. It enters Evil Sounds Deep levels when he drops the theatrics and seriously tells Moxxie and Millie to Get Out! after they defy his set rules more than he can tolerate.

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