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In fiction, often a female character will have a deep or raspy voice to emphasize that she is One of the Boys or The Lad-ette. This is more common with child/preteen characters than adults but appears in all age brackets.

Compare Contralto of Danger, for when a low female voice signifies a villainous character or Action Girl, the latter of which is often a tomboy in her own right.


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    Fan Works 
  • The tomboyish Vinyl Scratch has a low voice in I Am Octavia. Her voice is rougher than her more feminine friend Octavia's.

    Film — Animation 
  • In the anime adaptation of A Silent Voice, Yuzuru Nishimiya has a low sounding voice for her age courtesy of Aoi Yuuki and Kristen Sullivan. Yuzuru is a Bifauxnen who initially pretended to be her older sister's boyfriend because she's overprotective of her and didn't want Shouya to befriend her.
  • Wreck-It Ralph:
    • Sergeant Calhoun is a badass, tough-as-nails Space Marine with a very masculine personality and has a gruff voice courtesy of Jane Lynch to match.
    • Vanellope Von Schweetz is a Badass Adorable tomboyish aspiring go-kart racer with a raspy voice.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Detective Rosa Diaz in Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a tough and violent Hell-Bent for Leather Badass Biker Lad-ette who is more masculine than the rest of the women (and most of the men) of the main cast, and has a deep and gruff voice that emphasizes this. Much laughs off the set ensue for fans who learn that her actor Stephanie Beatriz has a much higher and feminine speaking voice in real life.
  • Sam Puckett from iCarly is an abrasive tomboy who speaks with a low voice for a girl.
  • Punky Brewster was a tomboy in the first two seasons of her show, and her raspy voice complimented it.

  • Elphaba from Wicked usually has a somewhat husky voice. She is androgynous (the books even imply she is intersex) and is not particularly feminine, though she isn't particularly boyish either. Her singing voice is a mezzo-soprano.

    Video Games 
  • In BlazBlue, Bullet was Raised by Dudes and thus she's a pretty rough mercenary; she also hates miniskirts. She has a deep, powerful voice.
  • Sakura Ogami in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc has a low, gruff voice in all dubs to almost qualify as a Badass Baritone. It causes her to come off as more intimidating to the other students.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Sully from Fire Emblem Awakening has a deeper voice than the other girls in the game courtesy of Momoko Ohara and Amanda Céline Miller to emphasize her status as The Lad-ette.
    • Fire Emblem Fates
      • Hinoka is the more militant and rough of the two Hoshidan princesses and has a rougher and deeper voice than her little sister, Sakura, courtesy of Kaori Nazuka and Elizabeth Daily.
      • In the English dub, Effe one of the deepest female voices in the game, and her aggressive traits, while present in the Japanese version, were played up a bit more in the localization.
  • Naoto Shirogane in Persona 4, especially given that she's a Bifauxnen detective whose character arc has her intentionally pose as a boy to avoid the sexism she would encounter in the police force. Doesn't hurt that in Japanese, she's voiced by Romi Park, the voice actress who made her name voicing young boys and tomboys alike.
  • Senran Kagura:
    • Daidouji the 25-year-old third-year high schooler (It Makes Sense in Context) has a manly, muscular build and has an appropriately deep voice.
    • Murakumo of Gessen Girls' Academy speaks in a very low voice and she acts far from girly... with her mask on. Without it, she regressed into a moeblob with a very cute voice.
  • In Undertale, Undyne is a Hot-Blooded Action Girl and has some of the deepest Voice Grunting.

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