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"Black Mage has got some sort of screaming demon background noise reverb thing going on with his voice. I think he just wants attention."
Fighter, 8-Bit Theater

Evil characters get a lot in the way of cool toys, powers, and even wardrobe options, but one of the coolest additions a sufficiently evil and powerful character gets is being able to speak with the Voice of the Legion.

The character's voice gains a reverberating echo, sometimes a completely different voice(s) speaking in tandem and just slightly out of sync, almost mathematically calculated to just be able to distinguish one from another. The character's voice will often drop a tritone or a full octave and become deeper, though even a falsetto can become jarringly creepy with the reverb alone.

The cause can be anything from channeling spirits, a "Freaky Friday" Flip situation, Demonic Possession, or an Eldritch Abomination (or its servants) deigning to speak in English rather than the Black Speech, except their accent bleeds through (like blood from the throats of so many virgin sacrifices) and makes the English they speak in sound positively scary and nightmarish. This is distinct from the Creepy Monotone in that the character may not speak in a monotone, but the voice itself is creepy.

If the individual speaking is possessed, this may be an indication that there are Many Spirits Inside of One. (Or it could just be one with a really creepy voice.)

Heroes or good characters can use this power, Dark Is Not Evil, after all, and the possessing/channeled spirits might not be evil. Often, a good character will get this from performing a Fusion Dance with another good one, rather than a Demonic Possession. Gods, especially the Abrahamic one, are often portrayed with such voices, as well. Either way, this character is not to be trifled with.

In Manga and Comic Books, this is represented with stylistic indicators (e.g., using very large, heavy strokes) used in Speech Bubbles for "monster voice".

This trope is named for I Am Legion, the mental version. Sometimes overlaps with Voices Are Mental. May contain Vader Breath, may be used when Hearing Voices. Contrast Speak in Unison, where many people speak as one. Compare Guttural Growler, Evil Sounds Deep, and Evil Sounds Raspy. No relation to Man of a Thousand Voices.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Eren Jaeger from Attack on Titan sometimes sounds like this when speaking from inside his titan form in the anime version. Thank God no one else seems to be able to hear him.
  • In Birdy the Mighty Decode, Birdy is a Human Alien galactic superheroine who merges her body with Tsutomu, a typical high school boy who she mistakingly kills during an intense battle with an alien criminal. Over time, Tsutomu's mind begans to claim dominance over Birdy's, his memories eventually melding with hers. This leads to Tsutomu inhabiting Birdy's body instead of his own for a short period, resulting in his (and her body's voice) speaking in sync of each other. However, no one else can hear this since this is in his own thoughts.
  • In Bleach, whenever Ichigo or one of the Visoreds don their Hollow mask, their voice gains an echoey filter. Hollow Ichigo has this by default. Word of God explains this as their inner Hollow speaking at the same time.
  • Parodied in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo when Bo-bobo, Don Patch, and Jelly Jiggler merge to form Bo-Patchiggler. He talks in all three voices, just not at the same time. All the other Bo-bobo Fusions, however, only speak with one voice.
  • When Chrono from Chrono Crusade begins to transform into his true form, his voice takes on an ethereal-sounding echo. (However, once he transforms his voice sounds normal, only deeper.) This is particularly noticeable in the second episode, when he's trying to transform without Rosette releasing the seal.
  • Claymore: When Claymores begin to Awaken, they start to speak like this. Yoma and Awakened Beings speak with an evil echo whenever they're not disguised as humans.
  • D.Gray-Man has Jasdevi speak in this fashion when the two combine.
  • Digimon Adventure: Characters performing a Fusion Dance speak with the voices of both entities involved in the process (though each individual will speak on his/her own at times). There are exceptions — in the third season, this trope only applies to the American dub, as the Japanese version has the fused character speak in a third and singular voice.
  • Dragon Ball Super gives us the example of Fusion Zamasu in the Future Trunks Saga after Black and Zamasu fuse with Potara earrings. It's his own voice doubled because Black is just another Zamasu in the body of another Goku.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Any Fusion Dance character (except the Kais, who retain the Supreme Kai fusee's voice) will speak with the voices of both their fusees in tandem, which might be the originator of this variation.
    • In the original Japanese version, Vegeta gains an echo effect to his voice when he becomes a Great Ape. In most English dubs, his voice as a Great Ape is pitch-shifted down considerably to create a similar effect.
    • The Portuguese dub gives Piccolo this kind of voice, which suits him very well considering his status as alien and former status as "Demon King".
    • The Greek dub takes this trope to the extreme: almost every "evil" character, like King Piccolo, Piccolo Jr., Nappa and Vegeta (But not Raditz), Freeza, Cell, Babidi, Buu, the Ginyu Force, all Namekians (even though they're good) have this voice effect applied. Vegeta's voice actor changed a few times, at which point he isn't given the effect (maybe it didn't work well with his new voice), but it comes back as soon as the old actor does. Tien's voice is also given the effect a couple of times, even though he doesn't have it to begin with. In the Dragon Ball GT and movie dubs, the voice effect is completely missing.
    • Averted in Z's Hungarian dub, save for a single sentence (Gotenks naming himself/themselves). They actually attempted it, but the actors found it too hard to do, so the fusions had only one voice. In GT, however, they pulled it off.
  • In Dragon Ball Z Kai, Goku's voice turns slightly demonic for a short while just as he turns Super Saiyan for the first time.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, there's the Truth, Envy in One-Winged Angel form, Pride, and Father toward the end of the series.
  • One of the first of a series of horror stories from the manga Gakkou de Atta Kowai Hanashi has the main character, Ootsuka Kaho, and her three friends receive a cursed text message. When two of her friends suddenly disappear, Ootsuka begins to panic, fearing that she will be next, but is calmed by her remaining friend, Maaya, who reassures her that the other two will be found eventually. When Ootsuka, though her texts, finds Maaya on the roof, she notices her talking in a completely different voice, which then become many voices. In a Twist Ending, it's revealed that it was Maaya who was sending her the cursed texts. Her negative emotions were absorbed and amplified by malevolent spirits, covering her body in misshapen faces, including Ootsuka's two missing friends, who were jealous of Ootsuka's relationship with a popular boy they were attracted to.
  • Lots of examples in Inuyasha; standard anime monster speech.
  • The original Mazinger Z has Baron Ashura, who speaks in a female voice when only their female half is visible, a male voice from the other side, and both at once when both sides of their face are visible.
  • Buggy in the 4Kids dub of One Piece shouts like this whenever he's angry.
  • In the late Ranma ˝ manga, the cursed form of Rouge is the Vedic demon Ashura, who got three faces. The three mouths tend to talk simultaneously... though they don't always agree.
  • In Tokyo Ghoul, one of the effects of the Kakuja form is an echoing, distorted voice. The Creepy Child-like Eto speaks like this normally, one of our early clues that there's some very strange about her.
  • In Transformers: Energon, the Alpha Quintesson's fifth, unseen "true face" sounds like many voices talking at once because it is — "the voice of all those lost" when Unicron made a meal of his solar system.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Whenever Marik possesses somebody, his voice overlays theirs. This later happens to Marik himself after his Split-Personality Takeover. Normal Marik has a high, nasal quality — Dark Marik's voice is lower, snarlier, and overlaid by at least two or three others, some lower, some higher. Throw in the constantly stretching face, and you get the impression that something even worse than our resident villain is fighting to get out. This is exclusive to the 4Kids dub — in the Japanese original, Marik just takes on an eviler tone.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Supreme King Judai/Jaden has this in the English dub.

    Asian Animation 
  • The humanoid version of the Dark Demon seen in Season 7 of Flower Fairy speaks with a deep voice that has another deep voice layered on it.

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    Comic Books 
  • Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire: He-Who-Must-Be-Watered speaks from many mouths and with many voices, humorously undercut by one mouth that speaks out of turn, paraphrasing whatever the other mouths just said in a more colloquial style. He is, apparently, the personal servant of Lord Thezmothete, who is considered a Class 1 Power. (Humanity, by way of reference, is a Class 12 power.)
  • Alpha One of The Mighty has this by showing a unique red outline in his speech balloons. Any human given his powers has the same effect with a blue outline, which is pointed out as something they have to suppress to keep their new abilities secret.
  • In Preacher, Jesse's words are in red when he's using the Word of God... except when the typographer slips up, which happens.
  • The Spectre: The eponymous Spectre typically speaks in dripping green speech balloons.
  • Jei-san in Usagi Yojimbo and anyone who is possessed by him/it.
  • Venom: The titular Horrifying Hero is occasionally mentioned to have this, sometimes illustrated by black speech bubbles with distorted outlines.
    Spider-Man: That weird-double sound when they talk through the suit. Like somebody yelling into a loudspeaker...
  • During the 1990s, the X-Men villain Exodus's speech bubbles were unique, somewhat like Deadpool's, except they were purple-bordered instead of yellow. The effect they're going for was implied to be that he's always speaking verbally and telepathically simultaneously. Like many interesting '90s character tics, this was quietly dropped/forgotten about, as his post-'90s speech balloons have been of ordinary color and border — perhaps he simply developed greater control over his powers off-panel.

    Fan Works 
  • Samael/The Boy in the Theater from Angel of Massacre speaks in an alternating bold and italic accent. The author has complained about the difficulty involved.
  • In Amazing Fantasy, Izuku's voice is distorted when he tries to speak while using his Intangibility power, making it sound like four of him are speaking at once: one close, one far, one soft, and one loud.
  • A poltergeist girl in Calvin & Hobbes: The Series has this when angered.
  • Child of the Storm:
    • Harry develops the ability to do this, with two voices speaking at once, indicated by italicised writing. It proves to be one of the very things that can get the Weasley Twins to shut up instantly, something noted by Hermione. It unnerves him and everybody else, especially since he can't initially control it, and no one's entirely sure where it comes from.
    • Further confusing matters is the fact that in chapter 58, the Phoenix (which turns out to also be Lily Potter) speaks through him, the text being rendered in bold italics. Ditto in the sequel, with the Dark Phoenix.
    • When Chthon possesses someone and speaks through them, his voice is a) creepy, b) constantly subtly shifting, c) makes reality scream. Needless to say, he's the Big Bad.
    • The Elder Wyrm, Arc Villain of the Of Dungeons and Dragons arc in the sequel, has a voice described as resonating in the bone, rendered in bold.
  • In Code: Pony Evolution, X.A.N.A is implied to have every kind of scary voice at once.
  • A Diplomatic Visit: A heroic example comes from chapter 6 of the first sequel, Diplomat at Large — Pinkie temporarily speaks with two voices when another Power briefly inhabits her body so that the two can deliver a simultaneous message of encouragement to her friends.
  • In Gensokyo 20XX, Reimu does this when she talks to Yume Ni in everyone's voices (including her own), after stabbing the latter with a pair of scissors. This is indicated by the use of Zalgo text.
  • In Halo: Combat Deformed, the Master Chief speaks in a deep, satanic rumble whenever he gets very angry.
  • In Inner Demons, when Queen Twilight Sparkle succeeds in transforming into an Alicorn, it's commented on that her voice sounds like two voices speaking at once.
  • Kenny's voice become like this in the first story of The Mysterion Mythos after he finally joins with the Shadow.
  • In Poké Wars, Giratina's voice is described as "dozens of voices speaking in some unholy chorus and echoing from the darkest corners of the world".
  • A Pony Out of Place: In Flames and Twilight, after Flare and Nightmare Moon become Knightmare Nova, he has the voices of Flare and Nightmare Moon speaking at once.
  • In The Power of the Equinox, the voice of Dimmed Star, Twilight Sparkle's Superpowered Evil Side, is described to be as if an older mare, a younger mare and a filly were speaking all at once, with their voices echoing around each other. The author imagines the voice's effect to be like with Amnesia Pinkie Pie in this video.
  • In Time Lords and Terror, the My Little Pony G1 villain known as the Smooze is reimagined as the S'Müz, a being so infused with unreality that its voice is described as "a billion different voices in a billion different tones, a low flanging and echo present in it's [sic] ominous timbre". This is represented via text with bold italicized block capital letters colored red.
  • Time to Plan:
    • Love's voice consists of a stallion and mare speaking simulataneously, and they always refer to themselves as "we" and "our". This is because they are an immortal alicorn fusion of Shining Armor and Princess Cadence.
    • As the entity Magic Incarnate, Princesses Trixie Lulamoon, Sunset Shimmer, Starlight Glimmer, and Twilight Sparkle speak as one, due to their minds and souls fusing together to form a Hive Mind. As is the case with Love, Magic's alicorn bodies all refer to themselves as "we" and "our".
  • Warriors Kingdoms: The Prophecy Begins features a heroic example. When healers reveal prophecies, they speak in a voice of a thousand ancestors.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Mysterious Stranger in The Adventures of Mark Twain is voiced by a male and female speaking simultaneously.
  • Tetsuo talks like this in the Streamline Pictures dub of the AKIRA film when he mutates into the giant mass after losing control of his powers; in the Pioneer dub, his voice remains normal until he tells Kaneda to get out of his body while he still can and screams in pain.
  • In Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation, the villain Dark Heart speaks this way occasionally.
  • Played with in Chicken Little. The title character and his dad are abducted and put in a black room where a sinister bunch of eyes yells at them in a deep voice... and then a woman is heard telling said bunch of eyes to "turn off the Big Voice." A door opens and we find out that the owner of those eyes is about the size of the alien kid that Chicken Little was returning to them.
  • The Other Bobinsky towards the end of Coraline. "Not even that... anymore."
  • Himuro talks like this in the English dub of Lupin III: Blood Seal ~Eternal Mermaid~ after he injects himself with Bikuni's blood, causing him to become a giant hulking monster.
  • Pokémon: The First Movie touches on this trope for a few lines, though there's a somewhat mundane explanation: Mewtwo is communicating telepathically with the heroes as himself while, at the same time, the possessed Nurse Joy is speaking his dialogue aloud. The sound of their combined voices, particularly when both of them respond to a failed attack with "child's play", makes for one of the creepiest moments in the movie.
  • One of the experimental voices of God in The Prince of Egypt involved using every voice Moses had ever heard in life at once. After creating "many excellent voices for Satan" and apparently running out of time they dropped all the special effects in favor of just having God use Moses' voice (though there is a kind of whispery after-affect audible).
  • The Witch-King of Angmar in the Rankin-Bass version of The Return of the King is a manaiacal screech underscored and echoed by a mechanical grind, somewhere between Darth Vader and Judge Doom's Deranged Animation form. Some people think the screechy voice sounds like Skeletor or Starscream.
  • Aisling briefly speaks with this in The Secret of Kells as she's attacked by Crom Cruach.
    "Turn the darkness into... light."
  • Kuruku, a living puppet, has this as his usual speech pattern in Unico in the Island of Magic. Given his backstory, it makes perfect sense — he is, after all, a puppet that came to life after being cast aside. As such, he'd have been voiced by many people at some point prior to being thrown away.

    Films — Live Action 
  • Hamlet's father, in Kenneth Branagh's movie, has a Darth Vader rasp, a deep voice, and there's a mike (not shown, but you can hear it) inside his helmet. Possibly done to show just how scary William Shakespeare meant it to be when Hamlet is visited by his father's ghost.
  • In the Artemis Fowl film, Holly Short speaks with the voice of the legion when trying to use the mesmer on Juliet Butler to get her to take off her sunglasses. Both her normal voice and a distorted, deep echoing voice can be heard atop it, reverberating, her eyes glowing yellow. It doesn't work, and Artemis appears to say as much and that they have protection. Since Short was trying to get Juliet to take off the sunglasses, Artemis is presumably referring to some sort of auditory protection.
  • David Lynch depicts the Voice used by the Bene Gesserit to control minds in Dune (1984) this way. It gets especially creepy when Alia does it, being not yet 7 years old at the time.
  • Doctor Strange (2016) treats the voice of Dormammu, overlord of the Dark Dimension, this way, by blending several different voice pitches together to create a booming voice fit for a giant, eldritch monster.
  • Elves (2017): Anyone who the elf doll speaks through has their voice distorted to sound this way. Although, it may be less to do with being possessed by the doll, and more the doll playing with its victims' minds so it appears this way to them.
  • Also used in The Exorcism of Emily Rose when the priest orders the possessing demon to name itself. Several voices answer back, in different languages, each overlapping. One of them actually identifies itself as Legion.
  • Regan from The Exorcist might be the ur-example of this trope.
  • 5ive Girls, appropriately used for people possessed by Legion.
  • Used for the voice of Drazuul in the film The Gamers: Dorkness Rising
  • Ghostbusters (1984): "There is no Dana, only ZUUL!" Immediately lampshaded: "What a lovely singing voice you must have".
  • Blackheart from Ghost Rider (2007) originally only has the reverberating echo effect on his voice. It is not until the end of the film that this effect is enhanced after he's possessed by hundreds of evil souls, first used with the additional emphasis when he says the line "I Am Legion, for we are MAAAAANNNNNNNYYYYY!"
  • The Angel of Death in Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Interestingly, one of its voices sounds a lot like The Faun, both of whom were played by Doug Jones.
  • Hellraiser: Judgement: The angel Jophiel talks in an echoing voice to enhance her eerie, otherworldly nature.
  • In Howard the Duck, Dr. Jenning often has this sort of voice after the Dark Overlord possesses him (especially when he and the main characters are conversing at the truck stop).
  • In Ilya Muromets, that's how Svyatogor, the giant knight, speaks at the beginning of the movie before turning to stone.
  • When Jennifer is possessed in Killer Party, her voice becomes deep and masculine and gains distortion and reverb.
  • Killer Under the Bed: Chrissy starts talking in this voice when the doll possesses her body.
  • Good ol' Satan from The Last Temptation of Christ speaks in quite a few voices, one of them being this.
  • The Last Witch Hunter: the Witch Queen has a serious case of multiple voices, ranging from an odd echo to four or five speaking at once.
  • Dr. Emilio Lizardo/Lord John Whorfin sounds this way in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.
  • Mileena, one of Outworld's warriors, has this in Mortal Kombat (2021). You can hear two distinct vocal tracks each time she talks.
  • Oblivion: During the final confrontation, "Sally's" voice is layered with a very robotic voice.
  • When Newt speaks for the Precursors in Pacific Rim: Uprising, his voice gets a sinister-sounding overlay.
  • Paranormal Activity: A mockumentary, Blair Witch-like movie about a guy, Micah, who videotapes his girlfriend, Katie, as she is repeatedly tormented by a vicious unseen "demon" that has haunted her since her childhood. The attacks get progressively worse until the demon drags her from her bed and bites her. Right after the incident, she hysterically pleads to get out of the house. When making preparations for leaving, Micah finds Katie in bed, noticeably calm and wishing to stay despite her earlier pleas. When Micah leaves the room in confusion, Katie (in one of the scariest moments in the movie) whispers "I think we'll be OK now", her voice layered with a chilling undertone, and then smiles eerily, suggesting she has been possessed by the demon. This is boosted by the fact that they die that very night, or Micah anyway.
  • Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings:
    • The Fellowship of the Ring: "In place of a Dark Lord, you would have a queen! Not dark, but beautiful and terrible as the dawn! Treacherous as the sea! Stronger than the foundations of the earth! All shall love me, and despair!" This scene is almost Large Ham levels of Narm in the movie.
    • Also Gandalf's voice overlaid with Saruman's in The Two Towers, purely for the purpose of confusing the viewer as to which character is speaking (as his face is obscured). Both the overlayed voices imitate each other's style of speech for extra confusion.
    • When Gandalf speaks the Ring verse in Rivendell, which is only seen in the extended cut of the film, but present in the book.
    • The Mouth of Sauron from the extended version of The Return of the King. As the envoy for the undisputed lord of Darkness across all of Middle-Earth, the Voice of Sauron's actual voice is six kinds of creepy — a hammy Russian accent, turned up to 11 and distorted considerably.
    • Sauron himself gets a few lines of this in The Fellowship of the Ring, either when speaking as the Ring (appropriately, in Black Speech) or when addressing Frodo directly: "YOU CANNOT HIDE. I SEE YOU. THERE IS NO LIFE IN THE VOID. ONLY. DEATH." Charmed to meet you too, sir.
  • Tia Dalma in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End has this voice when she turns into Calypso.
  • Mewtwo in Pokémon Detective Pikachu, in a contrast to earlier depictions, speaks with one male and one female voice layered over one another, presumably to highlight its androgynous nature.
  • Zoe speaks like this when she awakens after being possessed by the spirit in Savaged.
  • In the Stargate movie, Ra's voice definitely sounds like it's coming from the bowels of Hell, contrasting with his innocent Bishōnen face. The TV series uses the effect also.
  • The Thing (1982): According to Word of God, whenever The Thing roars, it's roaring with the voices of all of its many victims.
  • Upgrade: It's unclear whether this is happening In-Universe or only for the audience's benefit, but once STEM takes over Grey's body completely, he talks with both voices simultaneously.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse: En Sabah Nur sometimes sounds like he speaks with multiple voices, and Bryan Singer has explained that this is the result of the character absorbing many "souls" throughout his lifetime.

  • In The Bartimaeus Trilogy (specifically the first book, The Amulet of Samarkand), the demon Ramuthra's voice sounds as if spoken by a large group.
  • The Belgariad: In Polgara the Sorceress, an adolescent Polgara shows off at one point by singing with three voices (and three different vocal ranges) at once.
  • Soulcatcher from The Black Company speaks in the voices of all those whose souls she's caught, although usually only one at once, each with regular human intonation; listeners still get freaked out by the rapid switching of gender, age and mood, though.
  • Used by the Raggedy Man in Cell. The Raggedy Man himself is the psuedopod of a massive Hive Mind and can only speak through other characters.
  • A somewhat inverted example occurs in The Children of Man, in which the Oracle of Nikela speaks like this when delivering her prophecies, despite the fact that in that state she is the direct mouthpiece of Lior (this world's equivalent of the Christian God).
  • Discworld:
    • An apparent literary example would be DEATH, whose voice is often described as going to the brain while skipping the ears. Theatrical example!
    • An arguably more creepy version is actually a subversion. The Auditors of Reality do not have voices as one would think of them; instead, they simply alter the nature of reality such that they have already spoken. You just suddenly remember that something was said moments ago, the words appearing fully formed in the mind, which is represented as their dialogue being without speech marks. Unfortunately, this was replaced with more generic italics in Thief of Time.
    • The voice of the Big Bad in The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, like Death's, goes directly into the mind without entering the ears:
      It was all hisses, and it slid into the mind like a knife.
    • In Sourcery, the Archchancellor's Hat plays this trope straight, which is appropriate for something that derives its intelligence from its hundreds of previous wearers.
    • In a variant from Maskerade, Agnes demonstrates her ability to sing multiple notes simultaneously.
  • The lazar of The Death Gate Cycle speak with two voices, slightly out of sync — the body's voice speaks first, and then the soul's follows more quietly about a word behind. Living people who interact with them generally find the effect incredibly frustrating and unsettling.
  • The Goddess Verra in the Dragaera series. Vlad compares it to two identical voices speaking slightly out of sync.
  • In Fancy Apartments, when Carr pushes his bond with Fancy to the max, his voice takes on a reverb. He doesn't know what to make of it; but tries his best to ignore it, having more important problems to deal with.
  • In Gorgo the Ogre one of the Black Ogres speaks to this effect as he has two heads talking at the same time.
  • Raezazel the Cunning from the Grey Knights novel Hammer of Daemons is said to speak with a hundred voices at least.
  • In Isaac Asimov's Utopia, the twin Master Computers Dum and Dee speak like this — Dum has a deliberately crude Robo Speak voice synthesizer, Dee a more human-like voice. When they operate in tandem they speak in unison but their words don't quite sync up, the result being wwrriitteenn lliikkee tthhiiss.
  • The Silicoids in Line of Delirium are floating columns of rock which natively communicate via modulated electromagnetic fields. Since most races communicate vocally, the Silicoids have learned to vibrate their entire bodies to produce sound, turning them into huge speakers. Due to this effect, a Silicoid sounds as if a choir is speaking. This is a non-evil example, though.
  • In Mithgar, all necromancers must deal with this when trying to find out information. Nothing is hidden from the dead, but whenever a corpse is raised, hundreds of spirits try to speak through it, and only a necromancer's intimidating power can force the voice he wants to speak just ever so much more loudly. Considering what most necromancers are like, this is hardly a surprise.
  • A rare literary example of the tandem voice occurs in Perdido Street Station, where the representative of the demons appears as a perfectly normal human man with a perfectly normal voice... followed on a slight delay by the faint and far more unsettling voice of his true form.
  • The Quantum Thief: Done in a Creepy Awesome scene in Fractal Prince when Matjek Chen Prime assumes his true form:
    The Vir dissolves around them. Matjek assumes his Prime aspect, the voice of a billion gogols, the Metaself, the keeper of the Plan, the Father of Dragons.
  • In a non-demonic example, the two-headed Puppeteers in Ringworld are the only species physically able to speak their native language, because all other races in Known Space only have one throat.
  • In Second Apocalypse, Kellhus can do vocal tricks when playing himself up as a prophet. When one of his "imprompta" sermons kicks into high gear, an audience member notes how his voice splits, and he seems to be speaking as a chorus of voices.
  • In The Zombie Knight, a reaper servant's hyper state causes the reaper's and servant's souls to temporarily fuse, causing them to speak an a one-physical-one-mental double voice.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Arrowverse:
    • When Arrow introduces Ragman in Season 5, he talks like this when using his powers. It's creepy, which even he admits.
    • The Flash (2014):
      • Barry learns to do this to disguise his voice by vibrating his vocal cords really fast. This is particularly necessary with Iris, with whom he grew up, and the cops he works with (those who aren't in the know). Usually, he also vibrates his face to obscure it, realizing that Clark Kenting is unlikely to protect him.
      • The first three Big Bads all use this trick, to the point that the second two are voiced by completely different actors when suited up, keeping both the characters and audiences guessing about their real identities:
        The Reverse Flash does this near-constantly, except he makes his voice sound downright demonic and gives himself glowing red eyes for good measure.
        Zoom can make his voice even deeper and more echo-y than Reverse Flash. Whenever he's in full costume, he sounds like Tony Todd with added distortion.
        Rounding out a trio of evil speedsters, Savitar's armor gives a metallic edge to the voice of whoever's wearing it.
      • When Caitlyn Snow taps into her metahuman powers, everything she says is underscored by a distorted, inhuman whisper, marking a transition into an evil "Killer Frost" persona. Interestingly for this trope, it seems both involuntary and exclusively tied to her powers; if she goes long enough without using them, her speech will revert to normal. It's notable that when Killer Frost makes a Heel–Face Turn in the season 3 finale without fully reverting to Caitlyn, the voice is one of the aspects that she loses.
    • Supergirl: Reign the Worldkiller speaks with a reverbing echo. Combined with her mask, this prevents the others from recognizing her as Samantha Arias.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    • Invoked on more than one occasion, including Willow in the midst of her black magic rampage, Caleb after merging with the First, and The Anointed One, who being a child had a high regular voice.
    • A non-evil version happens when a ritual grants Buffy the combined power of the Scooby Gang, she speaks with all four of their voices simultaneously.
  • Doctor Who:
  • Evil (2019): Bridget, the seemingly possessed child killer who's not the latter and probably not the former talks like this in the episode "Vatican III".
  • Arch-villain Sylar occasionally talks like this on Heroes, although there's no real plot-related reason why he does. The writers have admitted they put it in just because it sounds cool.
  • Occurs in an early episode of Malcolm in the Middle when the boys steal back their TV from Lois, who's trying to interrogate them for allegedly ruining her dress.
    Lois: Go to your rooms...NOW.
  • Many villains and monsters in Power Rangers have some kind of effects added to their voice. Your average Monster of the Week will simply add a bit of growliness In contrast, Super Sentai only rarely uses this trope, with most villains and monsters speaking in normal human voices. Desumozorlya from from Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger is a rare counterexample.
  • The 2014 Halloween episode of Saturday Night Live includes a sketch where Halloween store owner Geoff has been possessed by the demon Galadriel.
  • In Smallville, Darkseid does this frequently, although Evil Sounds Deep is more prominent.
  • Stargate:
    • The Goa'uld from Stargate SG-1 can do this at will, along with Glowing Eyes of Doom for the sole purpose of intimidation. The idea behind is that they're manipulating the vocal cords directly rather than talking indirectly through their host's brain. They can talk normally, and do so at length to infiltrate their enemies' strongholds. For fun too, I guess.
      • The Tok'ra also do this, but only so people can tell if it's the host or symbiote speaking.
      • The Goa'uld seem to see their unique vocal pattern as symbolic of their claims of being gods; hence Baal (who unlike most Goa'uld doesn't fall for his own propaganda, instead being rather flippant about his "godhood") being prone to speaking normally to people who know he's not a god, reserving the Voice of the Legion effect for intimidation and for maintaining the illusion among his true believers.
      • The effect changes over the years too. At first it was harsher than the movie's smoother version, perfect for Apophis but not so much Hathor. Later, the voice wasn't deepened as much by it.
    • Stargate Atlantis: The voice of the Wraith have a bit of reverb too. Wraith queen's mind control also echoes in the victim's head.
  • Star Trek: "WE ARE THE BORG." This is because they actually are all talking at once. An individual drone speaks with a slight "electronic" tone.
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Becomes literal when the Borg abduct and assimilate Jean-Luc Picard; renaming him Locutus of Borg—roughly, The One Who Speaks for the Borg.
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: When Gul Dukat becomes the Emissary of the Pah-Wraiths during the Grand Finale so that he can destroy the Alpha Quadrant and gains superpowers in the process, his voice becomes significantly deeper and echoes.
    • Star Trek: Picard: When Seven Of Nine temporarily assumes the Borg Queen mantle in "Broken Pieces", she gains the reverberating, layered voice of other Borg, just with her voice dominant among the many.
  • In contrast to Super Sentai, Ultraman, when aliens speak, applies effects to their voices, especially the reverberating laughter of Baltan-seijin.
  • In the Tales from the Darkside episode "I'll Give You a Million" the Devil speaks in a multitracked voice when he comes to collect the souls of both men who made a pseudo-Faustian bargain.
  • In the "Small Worlds" episode of Torchwood, the fairy things sound like multiple voices as once whenever they talk.
  • In True Blood, Sookie hears people's thoughts with this effect. This gets specially creepy when she tries to read Maryann's mind where Creepy Monotone and Gratuitous Greek are added to said effect.
  • Used for the disembodied voice of Satan in one The Whitest Kids U' Know sketch. It rather helps the comedic effect of the Lord of All Evil reprimanding a demon that "You know our first priority is to entertain."

  • Behemoth: The album Demigod was both lauded and criticized for extensive use of this technique. The backwards Sumerian at the beginning of the single, "Slaves Shall Serve", stands out, but the vocals for the majority of the album are heavily layered for this effect.
  • Clamavi de Profundis: The demon in "Boic Bravesoul" speaks with a strong reverb effect, making it seem as though multiple voices are all droning at the same time when it speaks.
  • Coldplay: This is used in "Rainy Day" in one verse. Hearing Chris Martin singing near the top and bottom of his vocal range simultaneously is both creepy and very cool sounding. (Likely the way it was meant to come off, considering the hodgepodge tone of Rainy Day.
  • Eminem incorporates reverb of this sort into his songs from time to time. It usually presents Eminem's alter ego, Slim Shady. Examples include "Bad Guy" and "Deja Vu".
  • Nile:
    • The chant at the end of the song "4th Arra of Dagon" features no fewer than fifty overlapping voices, according to the producer.
    • "Ketti Sotha Shemsu", from "Black Seeds of Vengeance", has a small chorus of vocalists credited to it. They even have a bit of Soprano and Gravel thrown in, to disturbing effect, c/o guest vocalist Scott Wilson.
  • Oingo Boingo: In "New Generation", Danny Elfman briefly sings a duet normally and with a deeper, distorted version of his own voice.
  • P.D.Q. Bach: In "The Seasonings", the soothsayer's voice is represented by a soprano and alto singing in harmony, for no clear reason.
  • The Protomen depicts a post-Face–Heel Turn Proto Man has having a mechanical reverb to his voice.
  • Tengger Cavalry uses the throat singing and combine it with folk metal.

    Mythology & Religion 
  • Older Than Feudalism: The Bible:
    • Daniel sees a vision of a man who spoke with "the noise of a multitude" (Daniel 10:6).
  • Legion, a man apparently possessed by several demons, is the Trope Namer. When asked his name, he answers "I am legion, for we are many."
  • In The Aeneid, when the Cumaean Sibyl is prophesying, she speaks with "a hundred voices from a hundred mouths."

    New Media 
  • "Scary"/"in G Major" videos (ab)use this effect. There are various ways of achieving it, from simple reverb to layering multiple "voices" in different pitches over each other.

  • In Gospels of the Flood the narrator's voice switches to this when he reads the text written on the wall of Bartholomew's church.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • While it's hard to call Winter a good person(Family Wrestling Entertainment's attempt to push her as a babyface failed), she did use this power for a benevolent purpose in TNA, scaring Sarita and Rosita away from Angelina Love. Winter herself didn't have good intentions for Love either, as it turned out, but the legion voice was used for good all the same.
  • Vampiro's unseen master in Lucha Underground speaks in this manner. And we know it is in this manner because Vampiro uses "master" in the singular.

    Puppet Shows 

  • The BBC radio adaptation of Pet Sematary has the undead speak (or in the case of Church, meow) like this, all except for Gage.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Fugaris' Helm, an abominable relic of the Death Guard in the 8th Edition of Warhammer 40,000, attracts a massive swarm of daemon flies to the wearer. These flies swirl around the wearer of the helm, repeating his words as the voice of the swarm. In-game, this helm increases the range of the wearers aura abilities to represent this loud, multitudinous voice carrying over the din of battle.

  • Fafner in Richard Wagner's Siegfried has a bass voice amplified by megaphone, and sings mostly in tritones before being mortally wounded by Siegfried.
  • The extra-terrestrial "messenger" Astron, in Michael Tippett's opera The Ice Break, is sung simultaneously by a tenor and a mezzo-soprano, to emphasise its alien-ness and sexlessness.
  • The voice of the Giant (who is usually the same person who plays the role of Cinderella's Mother) sometimes uses this effect in the Sondheim/Lapine musical Into the Woods.
    • Averted in the 2002 revival when they asked the already mighty-voiced Dame Judi Dench to voice the Giant.
  • Satan in the musical The Book of Mormon uses this effect in "Spooky Mormon Hell Dream." Because, well, he's Satan.
  • In Pokémon Live!, MechaMew2 speaks with heavy reverb and a male/female voice similar to the Mewtwo/Nurse Joy example above, though at that point it had turned good.
  • Used in the Hamilton songs "The Adams Administration" and "The Reynolds Pamphlet" to represent the public in the face of Hamilton's audacity, voiced by the Lin-Man himself.
  • In the Ruslan and Ludmila opera, the Head (of a decapitated giant) is voiced by a chorus of basses.


    Video Games 
  • In the Nintendo 3DS Sound application that comes on every Nintendo 3DS, this can be achieved by applying any of three effects to a voice recording: "Low Harmony", "High Harmony", and "Synth Harmony".
  • Taken from Alan Wake fluctuate from their normal voice to a strained voice to a creepy, deep, snarly voice.
  • In Asura's Wrath, Chakravartin speaks like this.
  • At one point in Baldur's Gate II, you are spoken to by a future version of yourself, voice-acted with practically every reasonable possibility simultaneously. Male and female voices of both higher and lower pitch can be distinctly singled out if one listens closely. Also, in the beginning of the same expansion the "spirits" speak a prophecy in this sort of voice.
  • BARK: The puppy's owner speaks with a very deep voice sounding like this. It's likely a design choice to emphasize just how scared of his owner the puppy is.
  • The Great Mizuti in Baten Kaitos has this, presumably due to the mask Mizuti's always wearing. It comes off at one point, taking the Voice of the Legion with it. Similarly, Guillo of Baten Kaitos Origins has two voices: one Samuel L. Jackson impersonation, and the other a Sassy Black Woman. It works well with its constant sarcasm, as well as seeming quite inhuman.
  • Countess Ingrid from Battalion Wars gets a Voice of the Legion; souls of the undead soldiers (named the Iron Legion) fuse into a demon and possess her, giving her Magical Eyes and an echoey voice. It becomes more pronounced when anguished.
  • Bendy and the Ink Machine:
    • "Alice's" voice is underscored by a deep, growling distortion. Depending on her mood at the time, her voice switches dominance between the harsher persona and the softer register, even when mid-sentence.
    • When Henry finally fights him in Chapter 5, Sammy Lawrence speaks with multiple voices stacked on top of each other.
  • BioShock Infinite: Zachary Hale Comstock's voice gains an eerie echo whenever he's speaking to Booker/the player over a loudspeaker. It's deeper than his normal tone and out of sync just enough to be creepy.
  • BlazBlue:
    • Considering Arakune's background, this trope is just icing the cake on how freaky he is. For a less synchronized version, listen to Ragna when he's under the effect of Blood Cain.
    • In one of the Story Mode Bad Endings, the Black Beast speaks with the combined voices of Ragna and v-13.
  • God Rugal in Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium uses this. It's actually a bit less intimidating than regular Rugal's voice in the eyes of some players.
  • In Clive Barker's Jericho, the mysterious child (later revealed to be the Firstborn) speaks with an echoey, high-pitched, childlike voice, and a deep, booming male voice at the same time.
  • Black Pearl Cookie from Cookie Run Kingdom speaks with this voice when she is in her true, colossal form.
  • The eponymous Darkness from The Darkness speaks in a form like this — sometimes guttural, a dry whisper or demonic screeching, often changing in between words in a sentence. Extra super creepy points go to Mike Patton for voicing the part and not using any post-processing to achieve the effects, just his own voice.
  • Dawn of War:
    • The Dark Eldar all speak with this voice, most notably with the Scourge and the Haemonculus.
    • Your Mission Control while playing as the Tyranids in Dawn of War II is apparently part of the Hive Mind, and sounds like male and female voices speaking in monotonous unison.
  • In the first Devil May Cry game, players initiating a new game from the title screen will be greeted by a growling male and chanting female voice uttering "DEVIL MAY CRY" in unison.
  • Diablo:
    • Many characters in I and II, including all Prime Evils and Lesser Evils, Archbishop Lazarus, the Nephalem (Barbarian Ancients)... virtually every talking monster.
    • Tyrael from Diablo II is a rare example of an angel getting this ability. Strangely enough, while Baal does have the Voice of the Legion at the end of Act 5, he does not have it in the original game when he's impersonating Tyrael, even though Tyrael does have it.
  • In Doomł, the villain Malcolm Betruger, who has somehow become corrupted by the demons of Hell, spends the second half of the game taunting the player about how Hell will reign, how your soul will be his etc, in a typically villainous, nasal voice. However, when you reach the final boss at the end, you suddenly hear Betruger again: "So you made it this far?" in a cavernous, echoing roar. It's quite clear that something rather fundamental has changed about Dr Betruger, but we don't learn what until the final scene in the game. The souls which created the Soul Cube also have this.
  • Dragon Age:
    • The demons have a distinct deep growling echo below their normal voices, it's very effective for raising the player's wariness when dealing with them since some have normal seductive voices or are Affably Evil. The spirits also have an effect similar to the ones from the hanar mentioned above.
    • The darkspawn speak unintelligibly and laugh evilly in very low-pitched, echoing, death-metal-growl voices.
    • Listen to any character possessed by a demon. If you listen closely, you can just make out another, appropriately demonic, voice under their own.
    • Anders in Dragon Age II, whenever Justice (the spirit he's sharing a body with) asserts himself. Usually, they're in perfect sync, but there can be differences in tone if one is struggling to overcome the other.
  • In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, this applies to Fused Zamasu as well as Goku in Ultra Instinct. Unlike Zamasu, UI Goku's has a deeper reverb overlayed with his normal voice, sounding like a much deeper Super Saiyan 4 Goku, so Power Echoes applies as well.
  • In Dragon Quest XI, Gyldygga speaks in tandem with her regular Mia voice and a beastly sounding voice after transforming into her One-Winged Angel form.
  • Dragon's Dogma: The Seneschal's voice consists of a male voice and female voice merged together, until it takes off the hood and reveals to be Savan, an Arisen who achieved godhood, or any other Arisen who replaced him after he is set free.
  • Manah likes to do this in the Drakengard series.
  • Xel'lotath in Eternal Darkness has two voices with apparently different personalities. Its Greater Guardian has a standard Voice of the Legion.
  • Jack of Blades in Fable does this. Ironically, the higher-pitched voice in the original Fable sounds a lot more impressive and evil than the deep voice in The Lost Chapters.
  • Fallout:
    • The Master from the first Fallout has four voices that he alternates between. The dominant one is of an old man, another of an aggressive man, a sultry woman, and a Creepy Monotone computer-like voice. Creepy.
    • Jason Bright from Fallout: New Vegas, a glowing ghoul leading the Bright Brotherhood, employs this in lieu of the typical raspy voice and hissing of most ghouls. Since he's a good guy (he's a prophet), it's used well to make him sound supernatural and enlightened rather than creepy.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • In Final Fantasy X-2, upon revealing himself, Shuyin speaks with both his own voice and that of the person he's possessing, first Nooj and then Baralai.
    • In Final Fantasy XIII, Orphan's shell speaks in male and female voices in unison and refer to themselves in the plural.
  • In an earlier English translation patch of Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, killing the final boss Julius, who is the reincarnation of the dark dragon Loptous with Julia and her Naga tome causes him to utter his final dying words in all caps, except the first letter of each word is in lowercase, kIND oF lIKE tHIS. Intentional or otherwise, it really makes his death that much more awesome. Newer updates to the translation make it completely in all caps, and this extends to killing Julius with Seliph and his sword Tyrfing.
  • God of War:
  • In Gradius Gaiden, the villain periodically taunts you in such a voice, sometimes in ways that don't fit a Voice of the Legion:
    "Don't think you've won! I'll be back!"
    "You think you can beat
    me with that? Loser!"
    "That doesn't hurt!"
    "I hope you can entertain me."
    "How did you come this far?"
    "You die here!"
  • Granny: Grandpa has a deep, demonic voice. It, along with his and his wife's eyes glowing red when they are angry and their ability to keep coming back after being killed clearly indicates that they are no longer human and have become undead entities.
  • Guilty Gear:
    • Zappa does this occasionally; several of his lines, both during fights and in Story Mode conversations with other characters, are delivered in his own voice and S-ko's at the same time.
    • Testament exhibits it all the time. In the first game, they speak in a clear male/female duality, which sounds extra creepy during some of their more vocal specials. This effect was changed to a subtle trinoidal voice for the remaining games, though the effect was pumped up in Accent Core Plus, presumably to raise their creepy factor.
  • Chaos in Hades speaks with a masculine and feminine voice at the same time. This represents that they are the Primordial Chaos — before gender, before singularity, there was Chaos.
  • Arguably the G-Man from Half-Life. Done in an exceedingly cool and creepy way, as the guy's voice drops and heightens in pitch, elongates syllables and pauses completely at random. Similarly, although they're only footsoldiers who use vocoder devices, the Civil Protection and Transhuman Overwatch forces of the Combine fit this trope to the point where it's hard to understand them.
  • Halo:
    • The Gravemind speaks like this, all the creepier for also being in trochaic heptameter.
      "This one is machine and nerve,
      And has its mind concluded.
      This one is but flesh and faith
      And is the more deluded."
    • Cortana also gets one in the similarly named level of Halo 3 when the aforementioned Manipulative Bastard Gravemind seems to be attempting to assimilate her. It gets to the point where the hologram of Cortana switches to the Gravemind's odd tunnel vision effect.
  • Homeworld Cataclysm:
    • The Beast uses the parts of all the transmissions it had recorded over millions of years to synthesize its own messages, resulting in overlapping male and female voices, along with other disconcerting verbal habits... like referring to the units in its fleet as "selves" and to the enemy ships as "parts".
    • Ever heard the Naggarok's death scream? This plus Big "NO!", drawn out for 25 seconds, even after the ship itself explodes. Creepy...
    • When you play as the Beast in Skirmish mode, all of your units will have distorted voices.
    • Whenever a ship's being attacked by The Beast, they'll send out a distorted distress call (either just asking for help or the ambient screams of the crew). Whether this is due to the comm systems malfunctioning or the crew being assimilated is unknown.
  • In the Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death first-person shooter based on the comics, Dredd's arch-enemy Judge Death talks in a ghostly, echoing voice along with his usual Sssssnake Talk.
  • Gaol in Kid Icarus: Uprising has this, which hides the fact that she's actually a woman. In her later appearance, she still has an echo to her voice, but speaks with a much more feminine voice.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Riku gets to do this in the first Kingdom Hearts after allowing Ansem to take partial possession of him. Their voices speak in a creepy-yet-awesome unison for the next few scenes, until Riku starts to disagree with some of the decisions they're making and tries to reassert his own will.
    • In Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, Xion's voice has a reverberating quality when she shifts into her final battle form.
    • In Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, this happens to Ven when he is possessed by Vanitas. Jesse McCartney's and Haley Joel Osment's voice qualities are similar enough that their voices mesh a little too well.
  • In League of Legends, the champion Kalista speaks like this because she invites the souls of betrayed people to join her in her crusade against traitors in exchange for exacting their revenge.
  • The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon:
    • Malefor speaks with a pronounced echoing effect. Unfortunately, it's done to such an extent that he's almost incomprehensible without the subtitles on.
    • Cynder gets it for a short time thanks to the above's influence.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past: Ancient Stone Tablets, Ganon's voice has an echoing, rumbling effect.
  • The monster/demon/zombie/thing boss Chaos from Loom does this.
  • Mass Effect:
    • The hanar communicate with bioluminescence, but the Translator Microbes give them a "forward echo" effect to their speech.
    • The turians all have a slight flanging effect on their speech, but Saren is the only really evil one we ever see.
    • The first Mass Effect plays this trope completely straight with Sovereign. For bonus points, it even says that "We are Legion" at one point.
    • Mass Effect 2:
      • Harbinger attains this when possessing other collectors.
      • The game reveals this to be true of all individual Reapers. Much like Geth platforms, the Reaper itself is merely the vessel housing multiple consciousnesses, operating with a singular directive and purpose.
      • Ironically, the geth sniper that comes to be known as Legion doesn't use this trope, despite its consciousness consisting of 1,183 separate and distinct software programs. These pieces of software all have a single purpose, so it makes sense that Legion would only have a single voice, as only one program would have that purpose.
    • In Mass Effect 3, the Catalyst speaks in a child's voice but alternates its echoing voice between male and female Shepard voices. For the Refusal Ending, it drops the child's voice all together for a much scarier one. Commander Shepard also gets this in the Control Ending. "ETERNAL. INFINITE. IMMORTAL."
  • Colonel Redips from Mega Man X: Command Mission gets this when he uses the Supra-Force Metal to become Great Redips.
  • The B&B corps from Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots speak with two voices overlapped — one female, different for each member, and the male beast, shared between all 4.
  • Every Nazgúl speaks like this in Middle-earth: Shadow of War, including Talion after he turns into one.
  • Mortal Kombat:
    • As befitting his status as a Crossover Combo Villain, Dark Kahn from Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, a fusion of Darkseid and Shao Kahn, speaking with both of their voices.
    • In Mortal Kombat 9, the otherworldly ninja Ermac is composed of the souls of thousands of slain warriors and speaks with a strongly echoed/reverbed voice to reflect this. Going a step further, Ermac refers to himself with the first-person plural: "We are Ermac. We are many. You are but one."
  • Mr. TomatoS: In the event that Mr. Tomatos unleashes one of his many forms, his voice takes on a more sinister tone. If the player makes him angry ten times, his voice will suddenly turn deep, barely comprehensible and satanic, while when you feed him enough food without maxing out his anger meter or put all of the food in the blender, his voice will become distorted, but not deep.
  • In Neverwinter Nights, Aribeth de Tylmarande gets this when she goes over to The Dark Side.
  • In Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, both the White Witch and her council of Zodiarchs speak with the voice of the legion.
  • The Conductor from Obsidian speaks in a tone that shifts between a smooth female voice and a low, almost male computerized voice, with both types usually blending together. As if her robotic, almost movie star-like outfit and lightning halo cap weren't enough, her mouth never moves when she speaks, and her face flashes blue with each syllable instead.
  • Persona:
  • Deionarra, the ghostly lover of your past incarnation in Planescape: Torment, speaks with the typical supernatural reverb.
  • Portal 2:
    • Wheatley says "Welcome", and then, in a much deeper tone (with an echo): "TO MY LAIR!"
    • In the credits, GLaDOS's song "Want You Gone" has this effect at some points, hinting that she might not have deleted Caroline after all.
  • In Prince of Persia (2008), the god of darkness has two distinct voices (one male and one female) that alternate speaking and will sometimes overlap. Each individual voice also has a reverberating echo to it.
    Ahriman: All you have to do is ask. THE ASKING IS YOURS.
    The Mourning King: You know that is that I ask!
    Ahriman: If you would have your wish... THEN GIVE ME MINE.
  • Resident Evil: Revelations: As if Rachael's Creepy Children Singing voice and mannerisms weren't enough, her "regular" voice is echoed by a much lower and sinister voice.
  • In a trailer of RuneScape, the narrator's voice becomes this as she announces the begin of the God Wars. Interestingly, the "other" voice is actually higher than usual.
  • The Big Bad in the first Shadowman game speaks in a multitude of reverberating voices of various tones and pitches at the same time. Fitting, considering he is Legion himself.
    "My name is Legion, for we are many!"
  • Shade: Wrath of Angels have the Angel of Faith, whose dialogue appears to be multiple voices resonating together, all at the same time, and her words all ends with a resonating echo.
  • The Dormin in Shadow of the Colossus speak with a male and female voice. Even in Simlish, it's creepy.
  • In Sin and Punishment, Achi gains this during the events of the game, and near the end, before the final boss battle against the Earth Mimicry, uses it to deliver a message to Saki.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
  • The narrator of the diary from Soul Sacrifice speaks simultaneously in a male and female voice. Librom does the same in the Japanese voice track, but not in the English.
  • Soul Series:
    • Abyss in Soulcalibur III has this going on.
    • Algol and Nightmare in Soulcalibur IV.
    • In Soulcalibur V, there is an option to add varying levels of this to custom characters. It is referred to in-game as "malfestation".
  • Near the end of Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers, after Sludge Vohaul places his consciousness into the brain of Roger's son, Vohaul's voice is overlaid with that of the body he's in.
  • In Spiritfarer, Daria's voice gains a layered reverb whenever she and Stella enter the alternate dimension triggered by the latter playing Daria's song.
  • StarCraft:
    • The Protoss in general, including Dark Archons and the regular Archon.
    • And the Zerg Overmind. The Terran hero units also get a bit of it if they've been infested.
    • Samir Duran already has this when he poses as an infested terran in Kerrigan's service and gets worse when he meets Zeratul on the Dark Moon.
  • Star Fox: Assault: The Aparoid Queen speaks with a very low voice and a high voice simultaneously, which makes them sound sinister.
  • The Hive Mind advisor voice in Stellaris is several voices speaking in not-quite-unison (quite fitting, for a Hive Mind).
  • Super Robot Wars:
  • Sword of the Stars:
    • The Liir, being hermaphroditic telepaths, have a deep male and high female voice speaking slightly out of sync and in different tones of voice as their menu and combat sounds.
    • The Suul'ka (very old, very large, and very insane Liir) speak in deep menacing echo.
  • System Shock:
    • SHODAN starts alternating between thousands of distinct voices after being hacked to remove her morality controls. Her distorted voice, which also stutters, slows or speeds up, and has a lot of background noise, is actually meant to mimic a malfunctioning sound card. With her inconsistent diction, she can alternate between Evil Sounds Deep and its inversion for equal menace, especially when all her distinct voices join in the same pitch change simultaneously.
    • The Many from System Shock 2 have three voice actors. A variation, as each voice speaks distinctly and separately, but with identical tempo and diction.
  • Tales Series:
    • Tear in Tales of the Abyss speaks with the Voice when Lorelei possesses her so it can communicate with the party.
    • Richard in Tales of Graces has moments of this once Lambda fully takes over.
  • Viktoria of the Thief series, played by SHODAN's voice actress, also drifted in and out of this when revealing her true form. Sounds different from SHODAN's version, though.
  • In Ultimate Custom Night, Mangle is given voiced lines, but in order to continue the Running Gag about their gender, they speak in both a male and female voice at once. This has the benefit of adding an even creepier effect to the near Machine Monotone the animatronics as a whole have. (The female voice is more prominent, though.)
  • Guillaume, the Mad Scientist vampire of Vampire Night, has an echo voice. The clear one is a voice you'd expect from a guy in his 20s/30s who's off his rocker. The echo one sounds like that of a little girl. Both voices have a metallic ring to them.
  • The Collective in Warzone 2100 address the player and their own units in a menacing, reverb-laden voice.
    "Warriors of the Collective, attack! Attack and destroy all who resist the machine!"
  • The Draug in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings uses this to great effectiveness.
  • A lot of the characters in Warcraft and World of Warcraft, particularly those of undead, eldritch, demonic, or deity-based origins.
    • The Lich King himself speaks with the voices of Arthas and Ner'zhul when the minds join together in the beginning, but then reverts to the old-fashioned type by the arrival of the next game.
    • Arthas undead Nerubian servant Anub'arak.
    • The arch-lich Kel'Thuzad.
    • Ashbringer (which happens to be a weapon corrupted along with its wielder by the Lich King's influence). In addition, the voice of the Lich King can be heard while it speaks, but it's more difficult to discern what is being said. However, in the final clip both voices are united in saying "Kill... them... all!" Creepy.
    • Most demons, and a lot of the eredar.
    • All the elementals, servants of the Old Gods, with special mention to Ragnaros the lord of the fire elementals. Including the new Neutral Fire Lord hero.
    • The construct of Chaos, Setesh and Earthrager Ptah.
    • N'zoth gets a double whammy in the "Warbringers: Azshara" cinematic. While seen in his fully glory he speaks with the traditional echoing voice, but he also has a subtle moment before that. As he talks with Azshara, his voice can also be heard laughing at the same time.
    • Death knights in World of Warcraft have this as a selectable option in the game's sound menu.
    • Some of the dragons, especially the corrupted black dragon Deathwing. The Old God Yogg-Saron can sometimes be heard speaking in unison with Deathwing, showing how heavily corrupted he has become.
    • Thaddius, one of the main bosses in Naxxramas, also has such a voice. If you listen carefully, you can hear a female voice when he speaks. Thaddius is "built from the flesh of women and children, it is said that their souls are fused together — eternally bound within that foul prison of flesh." Upon killing him, they say "Thank... you..."
    • In Warcraft III, when Arthas and Ner'zhul merged into the new Lich King, their only line was the two voices speaking in unison. In WoW, however, this was scrapped and it's just a single (completely original) voice actor with echo added. This is because the evil side of Arthas has taken control and proverbially killed both his good side and Ner'zhul. For whatever exact reason, you can briefly hear two voices when he growls after being hurt in the Wrathgate cinematic.
    • Ner'zhul also had the echoing version of this trope before the merge.
    • Dentarg in Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal has such a voice. The main reason seems to be simply that his two heads are speaking in perfect unison.note 
    • Paladins in Warcraft II also have a low voice with a reverberating echo.
    • Members of the Infinite Dragonflight tend to speak with an echoing voice.
    • Aeonus, the dragon of the Infinite Dragonflight, appears to speak with several voices at different time intervals as a result of him being "lost" in time.
      "The time has come to shatter this clockwork universe forever-orever-rever-ever. Let us no longer be slaves-aves-aves of the hourglass-ass-ass, but I warn you-ou-ou-ou, those who do not embrace this greater path-ath-ath shall become victims of its passing-assing-assing-assing..."
    • Although now impossible to loot, the Corrupted Ashbringer would speak to the player. In the first eleven speeches, Highlord Mograine, the Ashbringer himself, speaks as does an unknown voice. In the twelfth final speech, the voices merge. They closely resemble that of the Lich King and command the player to "kill them all".
    • The Cthulhu Mythos-inspired Old Gods C'thun and Yogg-Saron. The latter can also impersonate other voices, such as the voice of his female mortal form, Sara.
    • And many, many more-more-ore-ore...
  • The language of the aliens in XCOM: Enemy Unknown seems to emerge from a radiant abyss of Hell.

    Visual Novels 
  • Because it's a combination of multiple spirits, Tsukuyomi's voice in Spirit Hunter: NG has multiple reverbs to match the multiple people that are speaking as one.

    Web Animation 
  • Dreamscape: When Melinda fuses with the Posessor Ghost to become Ghost Melinda, she gains a voice like this.
    Dylan: [after Melinda explains how she turned into Ghost Melinda] Well, that's about as twisted as your new voice!
  • Helluva Boss: In "Truth Seekers", Stolas does this when speaking through a possessed human:
    "What's the matter, demon hunter? Never seen a real demon before?"
  • The final episode of Power Star gives a sickly, echoing voice to Mario, as an indicator that the demons within him are doing the talking and not Mario himself.
  • Red vs. Blue:
    • When the Meta talks (as opposed to snarling), you can make out a number of distinct voices speaking in unison, as befitting a composite consciousness.
    • The A.I. Sigma has a deep echo to everything he says, which sharply contrasts his actual voice.
    • In Season 12, while we don't actually hear what Control sounds like, the way their transmissions are distorted creates this effect.
  • Hazel from RWBY talks like this as opposed to his regular Guttural Growler tone after stabbing himself with several Yellow Dust Crystals.

  • In Looking for Group, Richard's undead warlock voice comes across as red and black Speech Bubbles.
  • A Miracle of Science does this to the extreme by having the box filled with echoing voices when a martian is channeling the Hive Mind.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Xykon's creepy speech is represented with black Speech Bubbles. In his case, we actually have in-comic (well, in-prequel-book) confirmation that he speaks with the Voice of the Legionnote :
      Xykon: Hey, what's up with my voice?
      Redcloak: Well, you're undead now, you don't have a trachea or a larynx, much less lungs to expel air through them. So your voice is magically created by the negative energy that powers you now.
      Xykon: Sweet! I like the little bit of reverb on it. Really gives it that "evil mastermind" vibe.
    • The demonic-based characters like Qarr the imp get this effect too, along with V after he/she makes a Deal with the Devil.
  • In Girl Genius, Castle Heterodyne gets double bordered Speech Bubbles, rectangular with rounded corners.
  • The Sidera in Earthsong get big Speech Bubbles with multicoloured, multifonted speech all saying the same words, which tend to be few. They are the collective consciousness of the stars.
  • Possibly the case in Gunnerkrigg Court: in chapter 7, Robot's regular speech-bubble effect (pointed and white) is covered up by a round, purple speech bubble. This is Annie's first clue that he is Not Himself.
  • 8-Bit Theater: When Black Mage is at his most evil his voice gets a "screaming demon background noise reverb" and is shown with a different bubble.
    • Presumably applies to Sarda as well.
  • The Xul'kgmarhin aliens from The Fan have no word bubbles, and their lines switch between red and green to create the impression that they use two distinct voices that speak in tandem.
  • In Paranatural, Max (or whatever is possessing him) speaks with two tails on his speech bubbles when conversing with Doorman in Chapter 3. Doorman is visibly disturbed by this, claiming in Cursed Words that his master does not fear 'broken gods'. This implies that whatever's possessing Max, it's far from good news.
  • In Stand Still, Stay Silent, Sleipnope speaks in this manner. The reason is that it is an amalgamation of souls (human or otherwise). Whenever it talks, its separate souls often break into tangents of their own, usually something along the lines of "Help", "I'm tired" or "I want to go home".
  • Debugging Destiny demonstrates this whenever Ignacia has all the people she's dominated using her Hypnotic Eyes speak together. It's depicted as a bunch of overlapping text boxes, all saying the same thing.
  • DICE: The Cube That Changes Everything: The Final Die talks with overlapping questions at once.

    Web Original 
  • Winnie the Pooh, of all people, gets one in Dirty the Pooh and the Hundred-Acre Shitpile, Chapter Three: "I want souls... Thousands and thousands of doomed souls..."
  • This effect is the whole point of a minor YouTube fad called "Extra Scary", where the video is placed in a weird colour scheme and the voice track has several pitches playing in equal widths apart in a voice-of-the-legion-esque style. Also commonly done in YouTube Poop for the same effect.
  • From AJCO: Kaja normally speaks in an unremarkable but pleasant female voice, until she drops the 'humanoid angel' act and enters her true form - at which point her voice warps into many speaking at once and is generally pretty terrifying.
  • In the Dragon Ball Z Abridged version of Lord Slug, Goku develops a Legion-esque voice when he goes pseudo-Super Saiyan.
  • The voice given to Super Smash Bros.' Tabuu in The Dubspace Emissary.
  • The Administrator from Echo Chamber speaks for the whole wiki — he uses a Royal "We" whenever he speaks except for The Stinger in episode 10 and has punished a troper for "refer[ing] to himself in the first person."
  • In the Metro City Chronicles, Squid Kid will occasionally adopt a voice that's described as "three-part Harmony-of-the-Damned."
  • Representatives of the Anonymous movement are typically rendered this way, such as in this video, which is about the danger of NDAA.
  • Skitter from Worm learns to do something like this using massed swarms of all different kinds of bugs. She can do this either alongside her own voice or with just the swarm itself.
    • Glaistig Uaine's speech sounds like dozens of people talking at once.
  • Sailor Moon Abridged gives one to Prince Darien.
  • In Vaguely Recalling JoJo, Chaka and Khan get this when possessed by Anubis.
  • Zig-zagged in Bee and Puppycat. The monster in episode two has two mouths, but only one is speaking; the other is whispering vague creepiness.
  • This tends to crop up in a few official Vinesauce highlight videos, usually for humorous effect.
  • Caddicarus uses a deep distortion of his voice frequently as part of his Sensory Abuse.
  • Jacksepticeye, in his Undertale playthrough, uses a pitch-shifted and duplicated voice when reading the dialogue of Omega Flowey.
  • In the Crystal Kingdom arc of The Adventure Zone: Balance, each verse of "Crystal Kingdom" replicates this effect, adding more and more voices to it's midst. Eventually, it's revealed that the voice is that of the aptly-named Legion, a group of malcontent spirits imprisoned in the Astral Plane for trying to leave the afterlife. John/The Hunger eventually also talks like this.
  • The Hidden Almanac:
    • The many-mouthed plague god that a cult almost sacrifices the interns to does this.
    • Mord, after surviving being eaten by the aforementioned plague god, starts doing it too any time he's really angry.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time:
    • Bufo. Justified, because he's actually a group of poliwogs, and it's hard to understand them if they talk out of sync.
      "Dang it, Leonard! If we don't all talk at the same time, no one can understand us!"
    • Princess Monster Wife, a mishmash of body parts the Ice King stole from various princess to make his own princess. Because her misshapen head is made from the face parts of Princess Bubblegum, Lumpy Space Princess, and Turtle Princess, she speaks in all of their voices.
    • Maja the Sky Witch has a reverberating demonic overlay on her regular voice.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: Nicole is super pissed that there's a party going on without her permission. She kicks the door in and tells everyone to clean up and get out. Someone makes the mistake of taunting her, which ends up being a really bad idea. This happens to her again in "The Limit" when she goes on a monstrous rampage after her husband encourages her children to shoplift.
    "You need to run... NOW."
  • Amphibia:
    • Anne has this sort of voice whenever she's in her Super Mode.
    • When Marcy was possessed by the Core, she gains an undertone of deep male and female voices blended with her own voice when speaking. This could be justified that the Core is made up of the minds of Amphibia's most smartest and powerful rules, one of them being Andrias' father Aldrich.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: When the current Avatar enters the Avatar State, they speak with the voices of their past incarnations — all 1,000+ of them. And as Aang has shown us, when the Avatar's mad, the effect is quite terrifying. However, Avatar Korra eventually loses this ability completely after the Book 2 finale, where Unavaatu destroys Raava and subsequently, her connection with the past avatars. However, as long as her successors of the new cycle will continue living and doing their duty until the rest of their term, this trope may come back.
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes: In "Emperor Stark", Jarvis is uploaded into Vision and they spend most of the episode speaking like this, though they could both still speak independently.
  • Ben 10:
    • Gwen in her Anodite form speaks like this (but not in Omniverse).
    • Kevin 11 sounds like this, after his constant changing between the alien forms he absorbed from the Omnitrix, leaves him in a misshapen amalgam of all of them. Some Nightmare Retardant stands for one gem, though, where you hear that voice call Ben Tennyson a chicken, clucking and all.
  • Centaurworld: When the taurnado sings, its part is a chorus of voices singing together to represent its assimilated souls. When she's pulled into the taurnado, Glensdale's voice harmonizes into the chorus.
  • Code Lyoko, people possessed by XANA's specters and Polymorphic Clones talk like this, at least once they're unmasked (along with serious reduction of vocabulary). Also happens to the mind-controlled heroes on Lyoko, most notably William who spends the whole Season 4 like this.
  • In Codename: Kids Next Door, the Delightful Children From Down the Lane are a voice of a legion. Seriously, five kids acting like just one kid?
  • The Cuphead Show!: In "Sweater Off Dead", the goat in Cuphead's nightmare speaks in an odd tone moments before transforming into the Devil himself.
  • Desiree from Danny Phantom. Quite spooky. All ghosts have a reverb effect to their voice, (including Danny in ghost mode) however with most it's much more subtle.
  • Tiamat in the Dungeons & Dragons (1983) cartoon, as she has five different dragon heads.
  • Family Guy
    • In "Petergeist", when Stewie is sucked through the television in a parody of "Poltergeist", he speaks to the family in a wavy, disjointed semi-multi-voice from the other side. He takes this opportunity to sing a section from "In The Air Tonight" by Phil Collins.
    • Partial example: In a Cutaway Gag, Brian dresses in a barbershop quartet outfit and sings 'Moonlight Bay' for the Griffin family, singing in full four-part harmony with himself.
  • Zoidberg demonstrated this ability in Futurama as he sang a parody of the Monster Mash. Amy lampshaded it, apparently creeped out that he was able to harmonize with himself.
  • Gargoyles This trope is masterfully used in the episode "Grief", where two characters, Jackal (a villain) and the Emir (a hero), fuse with Anubis, the guardian of the dead (and patron of the embalmers, incidentally), one after the other. Both fusions use Anubis' and the other characters' voice on top of each other, but in the case of the villain-Anubis, they are out of sync, creating a very disturbingly chaotic and insane impression, while when the hero does the fusion, his and Anubis' voices are one, in harmony. This is backed up by An Aesop of the episode: The Emir learns after assuming Anubis' power to accept his son's death, thus reaching harmony with death itself, while Jackal just wanted the power to kill everyone.
  • On Gravity Falls, Bill Cipher knows LOTS OF THINGS...
  • In The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, whenever Junior takes the form of another person, he speaks with his original voice overlaid with theirs.
  • In the UK dub of Insektors, Queen Catheter speaks like this.
  • In Jackie Chan Adventures, Shendu, his son Drago and the other Demon Sorcerers all have eerie effects added to their voices, indicating their ancient, mystical evil.
  • When Luthor and Braniac merge into one being in Justice League, so do their voices. Sometimes one or the other is slightly dominant, based on the subject of conversation: Luthor tends to do the egotistical boasting, while Brainiac is only interested in the task at hand.
  • The Lion Guard: The Captain of the Guard (generally regarded as the fiercest animal in the Pride Lands) is endowed with a unique ability called the Roar of the Elders, so named because, when they roar, the spirits of previous Lion Guard members (presumably) and the Great Kings of the Past roar with them.
  • Miraculous Ladybug: Monster of the Week Oblivio speaks with both a male voice and a female voice at the same time, because they are in fact two people (Nino and Alya) who were akumatized together into one body.
  • Some characters in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic gain such voices temporarily if they're pushed to the limit out of frustration or anger.
    • Princess Luna just has No Indoor Voice (she's running on extremely outdated etiquette where shouting at your subjects is proper), but when she gets angry she moves into this category. Said outdated etiquette also causes her to use the Royal "We" when referring to herself.
      "BE STILL!"
    • Pinkie Pie, when she thinks a pinkie promise is broken.
    • Queen Chrysalis spoke with this in her first appearance. Initially, it was implied to be her "default" voice, however this was later retconned in all subsequent appearances, where her voice lacks this effect.
    • This happens to Fluttershy, of all ponies, when the animals in the royal garden refuse to let her dote them.
    • The Kirins introduced in "Sounds of Silence" have these when they turn into their Superpowered Evil Side known as Niriks, as demonstrated by Autumn Blaze when she rushes to save Applejack and Fluttershy.
  • The Owl House:
    • Eda has this voice whenever she turns into her harpy form.
    • In "Thanks to Them", when Belos possesses Hunter, he speaks with both of their voices.
  • Him, from The Powerpuff Girls, is an example of this trope with a falsetto. And it is damned creepy.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show:
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: In "The Portal", Catra's voice gains a robotic reverb after being partially erased from existence.
  • In The Simpsons episode "Homer Alone", a stressed-out Marge yells "Get Out!!" at Bart and Lisa in this tone when they fight in the car.
  • Venom of Spider-Man fame. The 90s and Unlimited version is your standard voice-with-effect-added, which doesn't suck, but the Spectacular version really sounds like two entities talking at once, with the voices not in sync or always at the same speed. (Namely, Eddie's voice, and the voice the symbiote used when speaking to Spidey in the Journey to the Center of the Mind episode.) It is awesome. For some reason, Spidey wearing the black suit never has the voice. One possibility is that Peter hasn't fully embraced the symbiote, while Eddie has — Spider-Carnage of the 90s cartoon finale had the Ax-Crazy nature of Carnage and the voice to go with it.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Mother Talzin of the Nightsisters' words echo in a voice far deeper than her own.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Usually, a fusion will have a unique voice, depending on their stability. This trope occurs when the fusion is breaking apart or their components are disagreeing, such as the case of Alexandrite, or the fusion is forced and unstable in the first place, seen in Malachite.
    • The Cluster, a huge entity made of millions of gem shards has a voice that sounds like millions of people, and is rather... unsettling, though how much it actually talks beyond "Noooo..." and "Want to" is up for contention.
  • Master Cyclonis of Storm Hawks occasionally had just enough of a creepy reverberation in her voice to drive the point home that there's something very wrong with her.
  • Used by two different characters in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: the first was The Ultimate Drako — two villains, The Ultimate Ninja and Drako, in one body — who used in whenever it said something both characters felt. The second was the Ring of Ying-possessed April O'Neil in the episode "The Engagement Ring".
  • In the episode "Aftershock" of Teen Titans (2003), Raven speaks like this during her fight with Terra. She also does this when she freaks out on Dr. Light during "Nevermore". This happens when her demon side is taking over, and you really wanna be elsewhere when it happens, especially if you're who pissed her off. It's too late by then, though.
  • Baron Violent in The Tick cartoon, when he's wearing his power belt. When Arthur starts using the belt, he starts speaking like this.
  • Mal from Total Drama All Stars, when not pretending to be Mike, speaks with an occasional reverb.
  • Transformers:
    • Transformers: Generation 1: Devastator (and many other combiners over the years, especially on the Decepticon side) has/have a very effective version of this, to represent a gestalt entity speaking. Some non-gestalt examples would be the giant Omega Supreme, both G1 and Animated, and Astrotrain. The Insecticons have one, but Shrapnel really is repeating the end of his sentences, sentences. Primus gets this too, and Unicron in The Transformers: The Movie. What did you expect from Physical God Transforming Mecha with planets as their altmodes? It's really something else with Unicron, because in addition he's such a Large Ham he should have a curly tail. In many series, every Transformer's voice has an effect that makes it sound a bit more "electronic", sort of like they're talking over a radio. In Beast Wars it's a plot point: none of the beast-bots have it, but Optimus Primal gains it when he takes on his ancestor's spark and gains a new, more vehicle-like form.
    • Transformers: Prime: Soundwave's single line of dialogue in the episode "Minus One" (and, in all likelihood, the entire series) comes out this way, thanks to heavy digital distortion.
      Soundwave superior, Autobots inferior.
  • In TRON: Uprising Cyrus has a subtle version of this, made even creepier by the fact that he (normally) speaks very quietly and calmly.
  • This is Callie's version of shouting in Ugly Americans.
  • In The Venture Bros., Monstro speaks like this, as does Henchman 24's ghost.
  • Happens in the We Bare Bears episode "Coffee Cave" when Ice Bear gets addicted to coffee to the point of going on a murderous rampage.
    "Ice Bear needs more coffee."
  • Phobos talks like this in the first season finale of W.I.T.C.H. after getting a power-up by stealing some of Elyon's magic. Later on, Cornelia briefly has this kind of voice when wielding the powers of all five Guardians, as does anyone who uses the Seal of Nerissa (once it has absorbed all of the past Guardians and gifted the wielder with all of the elements) and Cedric, after eating Phobos and absorbing both his powers and those of the Seal.
  • Xiaolin Showdown: Gigi, the plant that rised from the Heylin Seed, normally speaks with a French accent. After it gets angry, it speaks with a deep, echoing voice, complete with Nightmare Face.
  • In Young Justice (2010) we have a (mostly) heroic example. Dr. Fate (Nabu) speaks with his very deep voice overlying the voice of his host.

    Real Life 
  • Throat singing is an art form practiced by many different peoples, though it's most commonly associated with the Inuit, the Tibetans, the Mongols, and the Tuvan people of southern Siberia. In the case of the latter two cultures, two or more pitches sound simultaneously over a fundamental pitch, producing a mesmerizing, even entrancing sound. They sing in more than one voice, as they are able to sing harmonies with one person.
    • This video breaks down the five main styles of Tuvan throat singing.
  • A live chorus will give this effect while performing, preferably in a music hall or a cathedral with good acoustics. As will a bunch of people reciting something from memory at the same time, or repeating after someone, such as the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Similar to the throat singing, there's a technique when playing wind instruments called dual harmonics. The player plays one pitch on their instrument and sings another. This is most easily done with notes that are harmonically related otherwise the interference can make the sound difficult to control.
  • And we've all spoken into a fan at least once.
  • More than a few Anonymous videos use this, sometimes combined with a Speak in Unison effect.
  • Songbirds vocalize using a syrinx, a double-corded version of a larynx that can produce a different pitch of sound on each side.
  • This can happen via Electronic Speech Impediment, such as having a recorded voice playing on a warped or scratchy tape.
  • The software Audacity allows you to invoke this on your own, you can add echoes, altering pitches and reverbs. And if you did it right...
  • In a reverse of inhaling helium, inhaling a gas that is substantially denser than air, such as sulphur hexaflouride, can make your voice sound like this.
  • What do you get when you have a bunch of local news stations owned by the same company, which then requires them to issue the same scripted message about the dangers of fake news? Probably something a lot creepier than Sinclair Broadcast Group intended.


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Alternative Title(s): Reverb Of Doom


Ahrimen's Whispers

Though Elika succeeded in resealing Ahrimen, it came at the cost of her own life. Unwilling to accept this, "the prince" begins to undo the seal, encouraged by Ahrimen, who speaks of the apparent injustice of his imprisonment and the futility of Elika's sacrifice. That with the last of Ormazd's followers gone it is only a matter of time before the spell wanes again.

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