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""Later," said a second voice. This too belonged to a man, but it was strangely high-pitched, and cold as a sudden blast of icy wind. Something about that voice made the sparse hairs on the back of Frank's neck stand up."

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.

It should be noted that, unlike Evil Sounds Deep, which is usually just plain intimidating, this trope can be used to make villains sound creepy or comical... or both.

Also note that for the most part, this trope does not generally 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.

Often associated with the Monster Clown, the Mad Scientist, The Imp, and other creepy characters. Can also apply to Sissy Villains and the like, especially when Eunuchs Are Evil.


Related to Helium Speech and Effeminate Voice. May overlap with Vocal Dissonance, Giggling Villain, and Soft-Spoken Sadist.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • 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.
  • Most of the lesser Automata from Karakuri Circus have almost-annoying high-pitched voices even before they reveal their monstrous true forms.
  • 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.

    Film - Animated 
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas:
    • Jack Skellington, 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 Horrifying Hero.
    • As you would expect from a creepy clown, the Clown with the Tear-Away Face has a very screechy voice, at least until he tears away his face.
  • King Candy from Wreck-It Ralph has a goofy high-pitched voice complete with a lisp, which helps his image as a Sissy Villain and a comical Expy of Ed Wynn's performance as the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland. 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 Chief Blue Meanie from Yellow Submarine speaks in a very high pitched effeminate voice, it becomes deeper and more menacing when he gets angry.

    Film - Live-Action 

  • 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 The 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.
  • Toothguard in Tailchaser's Song all talk in a high-pitched whisper accentuated by slithering their words. It makes them look all the more like deformed newborn kittens.
  • 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 Hellbound Heart: One of the sadomasochistic Cenobite Humanoid Abominations has a voice that's "light and breathy — the voice of an excited girl", in stark contrast with the dozens of pins driven into its head, face, and tongue. This and its sexual ambiguity are scrapped in the film adaptations, which make Pinhead deep-voiced and male.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Batman (1966): Cesar Romero's flamboyant, silly portrayal of The Joker was helped greatly by the clownish voice he used for the role.
  • Doctor Who: The average Dalek 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".
    • Dalek leaders such as the Dalek Supreme or the Emperor fall firmly under Evil Sounds Deep. The Dalek Prime Minister on the other hand is definitely this trope. Combined with his oddly conversational manner, instead of the usual No Indoor Voice Robo Speak, and the effect is bizarrely creepy. And let's not even get started on Dalek Caan...
  • Played with in Farscape: series Big Bad Scorpius normally speaks several octaves higher than most of the cast; combined with his soft-spoken delivery and urbane manners, it serves to contrast his monstrous, leather-clad appearance. However, it turns out that this is a deliberate affectation on his part, and when Scorpius gets angry, his voice drops to a demonic snarl.
  • 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.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Paul Bearer, in his role as an evil mortician, used a very high-pitched voice, most evident when he said his Catchphrase, "Oh, yes!"

    Puppet Shows 
  • The slimy, power-hungry Skeksis Chamberlain in The Dark Crystal speaks in a sinister whine, peppered from time to time with a grating Verbal Tic ("Hmmmmmmmmm!").

    Video Games 

    Visual Novels 
  • Spirit Hunter: NG:
    • When the Urashima Woman speaks, her voice is modulated so that it comes out in an unnaturally high, warbling tone.
    • Like the Urashima Woman, Killer Peach's voice is edited to be unnaturally high-pitched, first heard by Akira and the player when she laughs wickedly while stalking them.

    Web Animation 
  • The Commander of Blue Laser, the enemy fighting force in Cheat Commandos, speaks in an incredibly shrill, high-pitched screech. This also applies to his in-universe voice actor, around whom Crack Stuntman, another actor in the cartoon, seems to feel uncomfortable.

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    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • In normal conversation, Adolf Hitler had a deep, raspy voice but during his speeches, he shouted with a high-pitched, maniacal screech. This was because of a scar on his neck incurred from a piece of shrapnel during WWI.


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