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The Distaff Counterpart to Badass Baritone: If a female character's voice is noticeably lower than those of other women in the work, it's a sure sign that she either is a lot more dangerous or more masculine than the other girls. As such, contralto voices are usually reserved for tough Action Girls, Tomboys, Lad-ettes, Ladies of War, Bifauxnen, Femme Fatales, and even young boys.

Some female characters, in the meantime, may go from a higher-pitched voice to a menacing contralto when they're about to kick someone's ass, or during changes of their persona when the character gets serious. A common reason for a change in persona is for the character to tap into some mystical power. Being taken over by her Super-Powered Evil Side could be another reason for this since Evil Sounds Deep. Or maybe she just gets in the zone during Let's Get Dangerous! moments and the deep voice is reflecting that.


Compare and contrast Badass Baritone, and Women Are Delicate, at least when it comes to a "feminine" vs. "masculine" voice. May overlap with Alto Villainess and Evil Sounds Deep. May also have a Tomboyish Voice.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Accel World: The anime has Yuniko (AKA Scarlet Rain) put up an act with high pitched voice to seem cute so she can get closer to Haruyuki, but when she drops that facade her normal speaking tone is much more deep, gruff, and angry to emphasize her Little Miss Badass and Cute and Psycho character traits.
  • Miu of Blend-S already is the female character with the deepest and most mature voice, but her voice gets even deeper when her imagination gets really wild and somewhat unsettling.
  • Burst Angel: Jo is a tough Action Girl, and a accomplished GunSlinger mecha pilot, and have the deep voice to match.
  • Most members of the eponymous Amazon Brigade in Claymore have low, contralto voices, even though women with higher registers ought not be trifled with either.
  • Elfen Lied: Whenever the protagonist is in her Nyu persona, she is like an innocent young girl. When she switches to her Lucy persona, she has a much lower voice to match her dangerous and threatening nature.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • While Envy is technically genderless, both of their voice actors are female, and use a remarkably low-pitched and guttural growl that's fairly low even for a male.
    • Lust is the only clearly female Homunculi, and has an extremely low and seductive voice to match.
  • Ghost in the Shell: Major Motoko Kusanagi is typically voiced as a contralto and is hands-down the biggest, baddest ass-kicker (cyber or real world) in Section 9.
  • High School D×D:
    • Xenovia's normal voice, which is deeper than any other female in the series and fitting for her role as the Big Girl of the main cast. Made even more evident when she practiced "how to be a normal teenage girl":
    Xenovia: (voice several pitches higher than her usual coarse-and-masculine voice) Let's get along, 'kay, Issei-kun!
    Issei: That cutesey voice does NOT suit you!
    Xenovia: (switches straight back to her normal-unfeminine voice) I know, I tried to copy Irina, and it was SO difficult.
    • In the dub, however, Xenovia doesn't even TRY to sound like a normal teenage girl in that scene:
    Xenovia: (barely any different in inflection/volume) It looks like we get to work together, Issei.
    Issei: Don't try to sound cute while making that face!
    Xenovia: My goal was to mimic Irina, but I guess I just didn't quite get it right.
  • Kill la Kill:
    • Evil Matriarch Ragyo Kiryuin and her daughter, Satsuki Kiryuin have noticeably prominent deep voices compared to the rest of the women in the cast. This is especially evident when they exercise their authority over others, although they have their share of action as well.
    • Ryuko Matoi has a very noticeable growl in her voice and is the only good Action Girl in the series. At least until episode 17, when Satsuki and the Elite Four turn out to be Good All Along.
    • Inverted with Nui Harime, who has a high pitched and cute sounding voice, which ends up being played for danger, and fear instead by contrasting Satsuki (some have even described her voice as "sickly sweet"). She's also highly competent in battle despite not having Clothes Make the Superman applied to her like other characters. Though being a Life-Fiber Construct, she doesn't need special clothing...
  • Kill Me Baby: Sonya has a far deeper voice than anyone else in the show. She’s a trained assassin.
  • Nana Mizuki is often known for voicing high-pitched action girls (like Fate and Riful), which seems out of place with this trope. However, because she will almost always sing within the series she plays in, the truth of her powerful voice is revealed, and expect plenty of asskicking to the tune of her awesome songs. Some of her roles, like Inner Moka (see below) or Tsubasa, play it perfectly straight, though.
  • Lucky Star: Akira Kogami pretends to be a cheerful, high-pitched 14-year-old for the camera, but as soon as it's switched off, she reverts to her borderline psychotic, abusive real self with a husky contralto. This is implied to be the result of several years of smoking, due to the crushing pressure and anxiety of being a child star.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
  • Setsuna Sakurazaki in Negima! Magister Negi Magi has a very low and powerful voice for such a slender and petite woman and is unarguably among the best fighters in the series. This also extends to the fact that she can pass for a male.
  • Kyoko Sakura from Puella Magi Madoka Magica has quite a low voice. The third Drama CD, Farewell Story, revealed that her voice used to be much higher, until her father went crazy upon learning the truth about the increased attendance of his church being a result of his daughter's mahou shoujo powers and went Pater Familicide upon everyone in the family, killing everyone except Kyoko (who was the only survivor because of said mahou shoujo powers).
    • Homura also speaks in a fairly low and stoic voice. This is deliberate on her part; her natural voice, heard whenever her stoic facade breaks (as well as before she developed it), is considerably higher.
  • Revy, Roberta and Balalaika of Black Lagoon, the three scariest and most badass women in the entire series, all speak with a contralto.
  • While Moka Akashiya of Rosario + Vampire fame is normally a Genki Girl who talks in a higher pitched voice, when her rosary is removed and Inner Moka is let loose, her deeper, more guttural tone is just one indication that the S-class monster is released and someone is about to "learn their place".
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's:
    • Aki Izayoi has a rather deep voice for a Yu-Gi-Oh! heroine. She is also a Dark Action Girl and a psychotic psychic in the first two seasons, and even as a child, her voice was noticebly low, especially when she discovered her psychic power. However, since the third season, when has become a genuine Action Girl, her voice doesn't drop lower like in the previous seasons when she is about to kick ass.
    • Carly's voice becomes much lower after becoming an Ax-Crazy Dark Signer.
    • Misty, who is also a Dark Signer, has a low and mature voice even in her normal appearance. However, she is not really Ax-Crazy, but her calm, low voice reflect her Tranquil Fury character.
    • Both Carly and Misty get even lower voices and Voice of the Legion when the Earthbound Immortals take control of them, which happens when they try to redeem themselves.
    • Sherry LeBlanc is a Badass Action Biker Babe and a very skilled duelist who can rival even Yusei. She eventually has a Face–Heel Turn, but then Crow and Aki defeat her and she joins the crew.
  • Tokyo Ghoul primarily inverts this, in a very subtle way. While Action Girl Touka tends to use a rougher, lower voice, most of the truly dangerous women in the series have high-pitched and girlish voices. As part of her role as the Fake Cutie, Roma speaks in a high-pitched and squeaky voice while Big Bad Eto speaks in a girlish, playful voice that adds to her childlike disguise.
  • Rachnera in Monster Musume has the deepest voice of all the girls. She is the most monstrous of Kimihito's roommates, being a gigantic spider, and delights in tormenting others and tying them up in her webs bondage style.
  • Emeraldas, the Distaff Counterpart of Captain Harlock and probably the second most badass being in the Leijiverse, also had the lowest-pitched voice among notable female characters in every one of her many incarnations.
  • Temari from Naruto is one of the few Action Girls with a competent record voiced by Romi Park.
  • In Charlotte, Yusa's Hot-Blooded Tomboy sister Misa speaks with a noticeably lower voice than she does. She doesn't get to act on it terribly often, but Misa is also quite willing to jump to more violent solutions if she finds it necessary (she throws threats around with her fire powers occasionally).
  • Future Diary's Uryuu Minene has a very low voice range among the females, Japanese or English dub. Inverted with Japanese!Yuno.
  • When in serious mode, Tenchi Muyo!'s Mihoshi's Yuko Mizutani voice goes from sounding like Minnie Mouse to raspy and hulking.
  • PriPara:
    • Shion has the deepest voice out of the six main characters, fitting for her Hot-Blooded The Ace status.
    • Love Tochiotome has a low voice and is physically strong and a passionate tennis player.
  • Code Geass: Among the Brittanian Princesses shown, Cornelia has the deepest voice. She also is the one who fights in a mecha suit and conquers nations among them.
  • The 16th Pokemon movie, Pokémon: Genesect and the Legend Awakened, features a female-voiced Mewtwo, whose serious, commanding voice harks back to her counterpart from the first movie and its sequel.
  • Ozen the Immovable in Made in Abyss not only has a really low voice to begin with, she makes it even lower when being threatening.
  • In the anime adaptation of Talentless Nana, Nana speaks in a sweet, chipper, and youthful tone when speaking to others. Once she drops the friendly facade her voice becomes much deeper and ominous, especially when she's monologing about how she has meticulously planned her latest murder.

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    Fan Works 
  • Bait and Switch (STO): When not the viewpoint character, Captain Kanril Eleya is usually described as having a rough contralto voice (the author always casts her as Jennifer Hale). She's a Lad-ette who trained in the Bajoran Militia and is as deadly with small arms and knives as with a battleship's phaser bank.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines: Belladonna Tyrian is noted to speak with a rather deep voice, and fits the "danger" part to a T, given that she's absolutely ruthless towards those who hurt her loved ones.
  • Since she was a king prior to the story, it should be no surprise that Arturia Pendragon has one in A Knight's Tale as Inquisitor. Her voice, as heard by other characters, is strongly firm and sovereign, being naturally full of authority due to many years of ruling.

    Films — Animation 
  • The tough-as-nails Space Marine Sergeant Calhoun from Wreck-It Ralph has the lowest female voice (she is voiced by Jane Lynch) and is by far the most overtly badass character in the movie.
  • Megara from Hercules has a sultry, husky voice, atypical of both Disney female Love Interests in general and female characters in the movie. She's also working for Hades (albeit unwillingly), and at one point tries to seduce Herc into revealing his weaknesses, though she just ends up falling for him instead.
  • Played straight by Adagio Dazzle and Aria Blaze, the villains of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks, but averted by Sonata Dusk, who has an airheaded Valley Girl-type voice.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Mina Harker's normal voice isn't exactly high-pitched (she even does an Alan Quartermaine impersonation at one point), but it really dips down when she says, "Save your bullets, these men are mine!" right before turning vampirey and attacking the mooks going after them.
  • Gogo Yubari's introduction in Kill Bill has her wearing a stereotypical Japanese schoolgirl uniform and speaking in a stereotypical high-pitched voice. Then Chiaki Kuriyama drops the smile, drops the business end of a spiked meteor hammer to the floor, and drops her voice an octave or two. Beatrix Kiddo knows she has a real fight on her hands.
  • In The Force Awakens, Rey has this trait, and can certainly take care of herself in a rather dangerous galaxy.
  • In Guardians of the Galaxy and later Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, Nebula has a very low, growly voice, and speaks in an almost constantly threatening tone. Karen Gillan said the voice is "an impression of Marilyn Monroe and Clint Eastwood", with the former being what director James Gunn asked her to do.
  • Fright Night. As a vampire, Amy's voice is much much deeper (and openly seductive) than her normal squeaky teen voice.
    Amy as vampire: What's the matter, Charley? Don't you want me anymore?
  • In The Dark Knight Rises, Selina Kyle initially plays the part of a flustered maid to Alfred, the other servants, and Bruce Wayne. It's only after Wayne almost instantly figures out that she's there for more than just work that her voice drops a bit.
    Catwoman: Oops.
  • Return to Oz: The villainess Mombi is deep-voiced, especially when she drawls "Dorothy Gale!!!!".

  • Galadriel from The Lord of the Rings, a character often described by lesser mortals as incomprehensible and dangerous (which isn't surprising considering she hails from an age when her kin were the main source of trouble in the Middle Earth), speaks in a deep contralto in the book. In the movie she's played by actress Cate Blanchett, who isn't exactly squeaky-voiced either.
  • In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Amelia Bones' voice is described as "booming" and in between Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince she gave Death Eaters a hard time and Voldemort himself had to come out of hiding to kill her. It is implied she put up a fight too.
  • Descriptions of Admiral Michelle "Mike" Henke in the Honorverse frequently include her 'husky' contralto voice. While she is neither a Femme Fatale nor a classic Action Girl, she is an extremely dangerous commander with a devious mind, and a full-fledged Four-Star Badass (and member of the royal family) to boot.
  • Darwi Odrade from Heretics of Dune is described as having a "soft contralto" voice. She is a Bene Gesserit, so the badass part goes without saying.
  • In The Belgariad, Polgara the Sorceress is described as having a deep, rich voice to go with her legendary reputation as three-thousand-year-old guardian of the Rivan Kings and, by extension, the Western lands.
  • Inquisitor Amberley Vail, from the Ciaphas Cain series, has a rich contralto singing voice and is just as good at causing death and destruction as Cain is.
  • City of Bones by Martha Wells: Elen has a deep voice for a woman and is a well-connected, high-class Magic Knight.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Game of Thrones: Yara Greyjoy's voice is deep and quite raspy, basically making her a female Guttural Growler.
  • In Xena: Warrior Princess, Xena's voice is much deeper than Gabrielle's, since between the two, Xena is a seasoned fighter, while Gaby is a bard.
  • I, Claudius averts this with Messalina. She has a high, feminine voice, while being a rather villainous character.
  • Bernadette from The Big Bang Theory usually has an adorably squeaky voice... until she gets pissed off. Then her voice drops low and the other characters know she means business.
  • Shirley from Community normally speaks in a high-pitched voice to try and show she's friendly but her voice drops at least an octave when she drops the façade.
  • Sue Sylvester from Glee portrayed by the deep-voiced Jane Lynch, which adds to her dry sarcasm and her Flowery Insults. Her lackeys, particularly Santana and Quinn, also have deep voices and shows their power over others because they're popular cheerleaders.
  • Jane Rizzoli from Rizzoli & Isles played by Angie Harmon is an example of this. Her voice is much deeper than her costar's Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander). It is also notable that her voice gets lower and raspier than when she is upset or angered.
  • Funnily enough, while Jessica Alba does not qualify for this trope, her dubbing actress in the French dub of Dark Angel has quite a deep voice befitting Max's Action Girl status. It does not work that well with later roles of Alba though.
  • Rosa Diaz on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, resident Badass Biker and Knife Nut. Her actress, Stephanie Beatriz, actively pitches her voice lower, and the few times that Rosa has spoken closer to Beatriz's normal register tend to terrify her fellow detectives.
  • Yo-Yo Rodriguez on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a Hot-Blooded, ass-kicking badass with Super Speed, and she has the deepest voice of all the female cast.


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    Video Games 
  • Mass Effect:
  • Halo:
  • Eileen the Crow in Bloodborne has a deep, smooth Yorkshire-accented voice, fitting for a middle-aged enhanced beast-slayer and Hunter of Hunters.note 
  • Diablo III: Jennifer Hale does it again, this time with nightmarish effect, when Leah is possessed by Diablo following Adria's betrayal.
  • Metroid Prime: When she's not a Heroic Mime, Samus has a notably low voice (surprise surprise, she's also voiced by Jennifer Hale). Other games (notably Super Smash Bros.) use different voice actresses, but keep the badass contralto.
  • Onmyōji: Even though Tamamo no Mae is a guy, his voice is provided by Romi Park. He sounds as seductive and badass as you can imagine, but also pretty feminine, making even the players mistake his gender.
  • Planescape: Torment continues the Jennifer Hale marathon with her contributing the voice of Fall-From-Grace. Grace is a demonic seductress who was captured by the insanely tyrannical devils, tortured, survived, bested them in a contest, won her freedom, redeemed herself, and is now a non-evil priestess of a sect following Epicurean beliefs. She runs a brothel where you can pay incredibly intelligent beautiful women to be nerdy with you and accompanies an amnesiac immortal on a dimension-hopping adventure, battling twisted angels, literal legions of devils, nightmarish shadows made from snuffed lives, an insane immortal witch, and many more with nothing but her spells, her kiss, and her bare hands. It's even more awesome than it sounds.
  • Ilona, in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, has a thick, low Russian accent, and is the only Action Girl in the main cast.
  • Guilty Gear's Baiken speaks in this tone, indicative of how violent and aggressive she is, and also alluding to the fact that she is based off Kenshin Himura, whose seiyuu, the aforementioned Mayo Suzukaze, also spoke in a contralto for him. Justice also speaks in this tone, as befits the leader of the Gears.
  • Likewise, Natsume from Ninja Master's - Hao Ninpo Cho is a very violent and aggressive female fighter with a voice that's deeper than usual for Japanese women in video games.
  • Due to the nature of how the female characters are portrayed, most female champions in League of Legends sport this. This is especially true with any champion voiced by Karen Strassman note , where the said champion will sport a deep voice, especially with Fiora, who sports a a French accent. Just to make the list shorter, here are the female champions that doesn't sport a deep voice: Lulu, Tristananote , Annienote , Luxnote , and Jinx note .
  • Zigzagged in Akatsuki Blitzkampf. Mycale plays it more or less straight as she's a pseudo-Magical Girl whose voice is deeper than her child-like looks would make one expect, but the Dark Action Girl Marilyn Sue completely averts it with her high-pitched and almost shrill voice. In the meantime Kanae has a rather mature voice but sounds more squeaky when she gets hit, Perfecti borders on an antagonistic version of Cute, but Cacophonic, and the softspoken Anonym manages to reach a happy medium of sorts.
  • Skullgirls's Painwheel, voiced by Danielle McRae, has an intensely deep Guttural Growler voice: quite fitting for an angry science experiment with a major bone to pick.
  • A different take on this trope where Maria is given a seductive, deep voice provided by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn in the re-casting of Silent Hill 2. Considering that she's a projection made by Silent Hill to torment James, it fits in it's own way.
  • Fire Emblem Awakening:
  • Fire Emblem Fates has Effie, who, being a hugely strong big-eating Lovable Jock, has a very deep voice to go with her.
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses has Ingrid and Catherine, who are more than capable physical fighters, with some of the deeper voices amongst the female cast, especially Catherine.
  • Morrigan has a noticeably deeper voice than the other two female party members in Dragon Age: Origins. She's also the one who's the most offense oriented by default, as she starts out with only damage-dealing and debuff spells.
    • First Enchanter Vivienne has quite the silky voice to go with the leader of a kingdom's mages and power in the court.
    • Cassandra is one of your party's warriors, and as a Seeker of the Chantry has the voice to intimidate those she wishes.
    • If you so choose, you can give your female Inquisitor this voice by choosing the American voice (Sumalee Montano).
  • Overwatch:
    • Zarya, being a 195cm (6'5") tall bodybuilder and soldier known as The World's Strongest Woman, unsurprisingly sports the deepest voice of the game's female cast, complementing her thick Russian accent.
    • Moira, a Mad Scientist whose strongest emotion at any given time seems to be cool disdain, has a low contralto voice. Coupled with some of her voice lines,note  Moira definitely falls into the colder side of this trope.
  • Ballora, the ballerina animatronic in Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location, has a low and soothing but ominous voice, which she puts to good use by softly singing in the distance while she stalks you and directly asking you if you're sneaking around her room. She's also one of the most dangerous of the animatronics in the game.
  • BlazBlue's got several examples:
    • Throughout the series, Noel is a generally harmless girl, though a competent combatant (mostly thanks to her weapon, the Bolverk), with a high and girly voice. When she's forced into the form of Mu-12, which harnesses the power of Kusanagi, the Godslayer, her voice plummets several octaves. Crosses over with Evil Sounds Deep, and even once she gains conscious control of the transformation and joins the heroes again, using her Murakumo form still causes a noticeable difference in tone.
    • Bullet's voice is the deepest of the female cast and she's pretty aggressive and pushy to boot.
    • Kokonoe's voice is rather low in comparison to other characters, and she's pretty aggressive on top of owning a large vault of nukes.
  • Paladins:
    • Ash is a tanky, close range bruiser and Blood Knight with a very raspy, deep voice that makes her sound very threatening.
    • Seris is a dark and mysterious seer who has the deepest voice of the female champions with a reverb that emphasizes how eerie she is.
  • Princess Maker 2:
    • The major part of the female combatants avert the trope, but the tough and no-nosense Natasha Dripsikova plays it completely straight. Her deep voices goes quite well with her stripperiffic looks and how she fights with a mace.
    • This is completely averted by Anita Cassandra, a Cute Bruiser who doubles as the Daughter's Fighting Rival. Her voice has a very girly and high pitch, though to be fair, she's just 14 when she issues her challenge.
  • In Tales of Berseria, Cristina Valenzuela starts off by giving Velvet Crowe a high-pitched girly voice reminiscent of Marinette Dupain-Cheng. After her brother is killed, her village is wiped out, and she is tossed in a hole in the ground for three years with nothing to subsist on save daemons, her voice drops about three octaves to symbolize her new attitude. Her original Japanese voice actress, Rina Sato, goes through a similar portrayal for the character, going with a cutesy, higher voice for the Velvet of the prologue before adopting a deeper and more intimidating performance for the vindictive and ruthless Velvet of the rest of the game.
  • Ivy Valentine of the Soul Series speaks with a booming, commandingly deep cut-glass RP accent, which suits her character as one of the more mature and intimidating women in the series.
  • In Splatoon, the female Octoling's voice is noticeably lower than the female Inkling's iconic high-pitched voice to better fit the Octoling's serious demeanor.
  • The Empress from A Hat in Time is definitely deeper in tone than any other female in the game, and she's definitely intimidating enough to rock the voice.
  • Portal: What signals GLaDOS's turn from seemingly bumbling evil to a new level of Let's Get Dangerous! is when her voice deepens after Chell accidentally destroys her Morality Core.
  • Megaera in Hades talks with a deep, raspy voice. She also talks barely above a whisper to show how in control she is.
  • Yuna in Ghost of Tsushima has a husky contralto, courtesy of Sumalee Montano, which matches her character as a badass thief and Action Girl.

    Visual Novels 
  • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc: Sakura Ogami is a teenage girl with the built of a body-builder, the fighting skills of a master martial artist, and a deep, mature voice. Despite her intimidating demeanor, she's only dangerous when you threaten her friends, especially Aoi Asahina.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry: In the remake games and anime adaptation, Rika's voice deepens drastically during scenes where she drops her cute facade, and lets her cynical persona from reliving a Stable Time Loop slip through. It's played for fear and mystery. According to one image song it's not only for the audience, her friends notice it too but never mention it.
  • Ace Attorney: Any time Franziska von Karma is fully voiced, she has a rather deep voice. Also, Elise Deauxnim in case 3-5 uses the lower-pitched voice blips normally used for male characters (except in the Trilogy HD release for iOS), indicating that she has a deep voice, and she's actually Misty Fey, the master of the Kurain Channeling Technique with unparalleled spiritual power.
  • Saber from Fate/stay night has a rather deep register, fitting her nature as a powerful swordswoman and a Lady of War. It's insinuated that this has to do with the fact that she's King Arthur, who disguised her identity and presented herself to Camelot as a male. Her more "relaxed" versions in Fate/Grand Order, such as her younger self and her swimsuit version, have her speak in a higher voice.
    • This also applies to another fellow Servant, Caster (who serves as a significant antagonist in two routes; she is also coincidentally voiced by the same actress as Kusanagi above.)
  • Eleonore von Wittenburg from Dies Irae not only has the deepest and raspiest voice of the entire female cast, but also ranks among the most dangerous and nastiest members of the Longinus Dreizehn Orden.
  • In contrast to the Urashima Woman's high-pitch, Kubitarou's voice in Spirit Hunter: NG is low and dangerous, which also contributed to her being mistaken for a burly man.

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    Web Original 
  • Diamanda Hagan has an impressively deep voice most of the time, however when she's angry her voice realistically gets higher. But considering the body count she racks up in her videos the "dangerous" part of this trope is still in full effect.
  • Carmilla the Series: Carmilla has a much deeper voice that suits her snarky brooding vampire self.
  • The Veronica Exclusive: Jane has the lowest voice of all the female characters, and the second-lowest voice of the cast overall, second only to Kurt Kelly. She's also a murderous psychopath.
  • Critical Role: While all the female party members are dangerous and skilled fighters (being high-level PCs and all), Vex has the lowest and sultriest voice of the lot, and is quite deadly, having been trained by her tutors in the art of assassination.
    • This carries over to Beau in Campaign 2, who has a deep voice to go with her sour attitude - at least compared to Jester and Yasha.

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • There are several Japanese voice actresses who make a career out of playing deep-voiced women in who either are in positions of command or have great fighting skills. The biggest example and possible Trope Codifier for anime is Yoshiko Sakakibara (Haman Kahn, Integra Hellsing, Queen Nehelenia, etc); other members of this "club" are Sanae Kobayashi, Romi Park, Ai Orikasa, Mitsuki Saiga, Minami Takayama, Megumi Ogata, Masako Katsuki, Yoko Soumi, Mayo Suzukaze, Marina Inoue, Miyuki Sawashiro, etc. Notice how many of these women aren't incapable of using higher tones, but are often recognized by these kinds of roles; they even bother to use these voice tones to even unexpectedly voice young male characters as well, invoking Cross-Dressing Voices.
  • This is a common shtick of Canadian voice actress Jennifer Hale (just see how many times she's mentioned in the Video Game and Animation sections above). She has a range of lower and higher-pitched voices to use for weaker or tougher female characters respectively. One of the best examples of this is her voice for Jean Grey and her Super-Powered Evil Side, the Phoenix, which are higher and lower, respectively.
  • This trope is not as common in Latin-American Spanish dubs, since many female VA's play many different roles regardless of their voice tones. Still, each country has its examples:
    • Mexican dubs: the sisters Sylvia and Rocío Garcel (and the first may be the Trope Codifier in Mexico), the late Liza Willert and her daughter Gabriela, Nancy McKenzie, Belinda Martínez, Alejandra de la Rosa, Laura Torres, Mónica Manjarrez, Gisela Casillas, Ilia Gil, Anabel Méndez, Marú Guerrero, Rebeca Patiño, Rebeca Manríquez.
    • Venezuelan dubs: Maythe Guedes, Rocío Mallo.
    • Chilean dubs: Rosario Zamora, Sara Pantoja.
  • If Julie d'Aubigny a.k.a. La Maupin isn't the Ur-Example, she's certainly the Trope Maker. She was a star of the Paris Opera nearly as famous for her wild escapades as a duelist and her multiple love affairs (with both men and women) as she was for her vaunted contralto voice. She was also the first contralto to sing the lead role in the Opera.
  • Margaret Thatcher was coached to lower the pitch of her speaking, in order to come across as more authoritative and reinforce her image as the "Iron Lady".
  • Shohreh Aghdashloo's character in The Expanse, 24, and several other appearances.
  • Barbara Stanwyck had a deep, Brooklyn drawl, which she didn't hide when she was acting in films. It really helped for villainous characters, such as her Femme Fatale in Double Indemnity, and her screwball comedy characters in Ball of Fire and The Lady Eve.
  • Claudia Black whenever she plays an Action Girl. Exhibit A: Morrigan. Exhibit B: Chloe Frazer. Exhibit C: Jessica Valiant.
  • This is basically the schtick of any Takarazuka Revue otokoyaku note  when playing roles that has villainy or action.
  • Deep, husky voices were fashionable for American women in the 1930s-1960s, especially in films, radio, and television, likely due in part to the high prevalence of cigarette smoking. Almost any seductive woman in media during that time was guaranteed to have a voice like this.
  • Several roles for female villains have the actors in their middle age, due to the fact that voice deepens into old age.
  • Elizabeth Holmes speaks in a noticeably deep voice that people question whether it's as fake as her company's business. (also, some have taken the supposedly commanding tone as instead resembling a Simpleton Voice, "Romy White doing a TED Talk")


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