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{{trope}}[[File:Unlimited_Power_9591.jpg|link=Revenge of the Sith|frame|[[Star Wars|Emperor Palpatine]] [[Drunk on the Dark Side|demonstrates this trope]] at its '''[[Memetic Mutation|UNLIMITED POWAH!]]''']]
[[File:Unlimited_Power_9591.jpg|link=Revenge of the Sith|frame|[[Star Wars|Emperor Palpatine]] [[Drunk on the Dark Side|demonstrates this trope]] at its '''[[Memetic Mutation|UNLIMITED POWAH!]]''']]
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But if a hero is a [[Large Ham]], or there is a [[World of Ham]], it's not this [[Trope]] (unless the villain [[Ham-to-Ham Combat|manages to still out-ham everyone]]).
 
But if a hero is a [[Large Ham]], or there is a [[World of Ham]], it's not this [[Trope]] (unless the villain [[Ham-to-Ham Combat|manages to still out-ham everyone]]).
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* In ''[[Code Geass]]'', the 98th Emperor of the Holy Britannian Empire, Charles, could count as this. Then again, in the Japanese version he's voiced by [[Norio Wakamoto]], so it's to be expected.
 
* In ''[[Code Geass]]'', the 98th Emperor of the Holy Britannian Empire, Charles, could count as this. Then again, in the Japanese version he's voiced by [[Norio Wakamoto]], so it's to be expected.
 
* You have to give it to Dynamis of ''[[Mahou Sensei Negima]]'', it takes a damn good villain to keep up the trolling even after {{spoiler|being cut in half.}}
 
* You have to give it to Dynamis of ''[[Mahou Sensei Negima]]'', it takes a damn good villain to keep up the trolling even after {{spoiler|being cut in half.}}
* This was mostly averted in ''[[Puella Magi Madoka Magica]]'' since the closest to a [[Big Bad]], {{spoiler|Kyuubey}} was more [[The Stoic]]... but then {{spoiler|Walpurgisnacht}} came in and single-handedly engulfed the scenery in thick, high-pitched, crazy ham.
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* This was mostly averted in ''[[Puella Magi Madoka Magica]]'' since the closest to a [[Big Bad]], {{spoiler|Kyuubey}} was more [[The Stoic]]... but then {{spoiler|Walpurgisnacht}} came in and single-handedly engulfed the scenery in thick, high-pitched, crazy ham.
* In ''[[Princess Tutu]]'', {{spoiler|Mytho}} acts like a very hammy villain after {{spoiler|he has been poisoned by the Raven's blood.}}
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* In ''[[Princess Tutu]]'', {{spoiler|Mytho}} acts like a very hammy villain after {{spoiler|he has been poisoned by the Raven's blood.}}
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{{quote| ''"Why won't you love me?!"''}}
 
{{quote| ''"Why won't you love me?!"''}}
 
* General rule in ''[[One Piece]]'': The hammier the villain, the more likely they are to be [[Curb Stomp Battle|curb-stomped]] by the Straw Hats. More difficult opponents aren't as hammy. Crocodile wasn't hammy at all ([[Evil Laugh]] aside), and was one of Luffy's hardest enemies. Subverted with Oars. Since, well, he ''was'' [[Freaky Friday Flip|Luffy]].
 
* General rule in ''[[One Piece]]'': The hammier the villain, the more likely they are to be [[Curb Stomp Battle|curb-stomped]] by the Straw Hats. More difficult opponents aren't as hammy. Crocodile wasn't hammy at all ([[Evil Laugh]] aside), and was one of Luffy's hardest enemies. Subverted with Oars. Since, well, he ''was'' [[Freaky Friday Flip|Luffy]].
* The Espada from [[Bleach]] were a mixed bag since some (Barragan, Grimmjow, Yammy, Nnoitra, Szayel, {{spoiler|[[Drunk with Power]]!Aizen}}) were very hammy and others (Ulquiorra, Halibel, Stark) were much calmer. But once the Vandereich appeared, they started to put on the pork with total and unapologetic gusto.
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* The Espada from [[Bleach]] were a mixed bag since some (Barragan, Grimmjow, Yammy, Nnoitra, Szayel, {{spoiler|[[Drunk with Power]]!Aizen}}) were very hammy and others (Ulquiorra, Halibel, Stark) were much calmer. But once the Vandereich appeared, they started to put on the pork with total and unapologetic gusto.
 
* Piedmon, in the dub of ''[[Digimon Adventure]]''/
 
* Piedmon, in the dub of ''[[Digimon Adventure]]''/
   
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* Profion in ''[[Dungeons and Dragons (film)|Dungeons and Dragons]]''.
 
* Profion in ''[[Dungeons and Dragons (film)|Dungeons and Dragons]]''.
 
* M. Bison in ''[[Street Fighter (film)|Street Fighter]]'', [[Memetic Mutation|OF COURSE!!!]]. [[Raul Julia]] certainly gave himself a '''[[Memetic Mutation|DELICIOUS]]''' send-off. (Sagat is also a ham, he just pales in comparison to Bison.)
 
* M. Bison in ''[[Street Fighter (film)|Street Fighter]]'', [[Memetic Mutation|OF COURSE!!!]]. [[Raul Julia]] certainly gave himself a '''[[Memetic Mutation|DELICIOUS]]''' send-off. (Sagat is also a ham, he just pales in comparison to Bison.)
* Palpatine in ''[[Star Wars]] Episode III - [[Revenge of the Sith]]'', once it's known he is a Sith Lord. When he had his good guy facade on, he acted normally. When his evil side showed up, he started acting hammier. When he finally dropped the act altogether, he went to town (as ''[[Return of the Jedi]]'', [[Anachronic Order|done many years before]], shows).
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* Palpatine in ''[[Star Wars]] Episode III - [[Revenge of the Sith]]'', once it's known he is a Sith Lord. When he had his good guy facade on, he acted normally. When his evil side showed up, he started acting hammier. When he finally dropped the act altogether, he went to town (as ''[[Return of the Jedi]]'', [[Anachronic Order|done many years before]], shows), embracing his '''''UNNNLIMITED POWWWWWEERRRRR!'''''
 
** In ''[[Dark Empire]]'', Palpatine actually says "[[I Am the Noun|I AM the Dark Side!]]"
 
** In ''[[Dark Empire]]'', Palpatine actually says "[[I Am the Noun|I AM the Dark Side!]]"
** This is actually something of an occupational hazard for Sith, since they draw their power from raw passion and self restraint is, consequently, not exactly on the agenda. Notice that Palpatine is always at his hammiest when using or about to use [[The Dark Side]].
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** This is actually something of an occupational hazard for Sith, since they draw their power from raw passion and self restraint is, consequently, not exactly on the agenda. Notice that Palpatine is always at his hammiest when using or about to use [[The Dark Side]].
 
* ''[[The Chronicles of Riddick]]'': Colm Feore (The Lord Marshal), [[Karl Urban]] (Vaako), and [[Thandie Newton]] (Dame Vaako). Note that all three characters mentioned are Necromongers.
 
* ''[[The Chronicles of Riddick]]'': Colm Feore (The Lord Marshal), [[Karl Urban]] (Vaako), and [[Thandie Newton]] (Dame Vaako). Note that all three characters mentioned are Necromongers.
* Almost every villain in ''[[Tron: Legacy]]'' is a [[Large Ham]] (with the exception of [[The Quiet One|Rinzler]]), but especially the [[Big Bad]]. Clu uses his hamminess to make our world open and available to all of his programs. Yes! '''[[Memetic Mutation|TO ALL OF THEM!!!]]''' And that's before you get to his agent {{spoiler|Zuse, who chews the scenery with his Bowie-esque nature.}} A ying and yang of hams, if you think about it.
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* Almost every villain in ''[[Tron: Legacy]]'' is a [[Large Ham]] (with the exception of [[The Quiet One|Rinzler]]), but especially the [[Big Bad]]. Clu uses his hamminess to make our world open and available to all of his programs. Yes! '''[[Memetic Mutation|TO ALL OF THEM!!!]]''' And that's before you get to his agent {{spoiler|Zuse, who chews the scenery with his Bowie-esque nature.}} A ying and yang of hams, if you think about it.
 
* [[Lex Luthor]] in ''[[Superman (film)|Superman]]'' wasn't really hammy, just full of himself, but General Zod is a true ham. [[Kneel Before Zod]]'s ham. Although his first instance was justified in that he was desperately pleading to avoid [[A Fate Worse Than Death]].
 
* [[Lex Luthor]] in ''[[Superman (film)|Superman]]'' wasn't really hammy, just full of himself, but General Zod is a true ham. [[Kneel Before Zod]]'s ham. Although his first instance was justified in that he was desperately pleading to avoid [[A Fate Worse Than Death]].
** Luthor wasn't much hammier in ''[[Superman Returns]]'', was h-'''[[Big Wrong|WROOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG!!!]]'''
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** Luthor wasn't much hammier in ''[[Superman Returns]]'', was h-'''[[Big Wrong|WROOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG!!!]]'''
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{{quote| '''Lois Lane:''' But millions of people will die!<br />
 
{{quote| '''Lois Lane:''' But millions of people will die!<br />
 
'''Lex Luthor:''' ''BILLIONS!'' Once again, the press underestimates me. }}
 
'''Lex Luthor:''' ''BILLIONS!'' Once again, the press underestimates me. }}
 
* ''[[The Rocky Horror Picture Show]]'': "I'm just a Sweet Transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvaniaaaaaaa..."
 
* ''[[The Rocky Horror Picture Show]]'': "I'm just a Sweet Transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvaniaaaaaaa..."
 
** Come to think of it, 90% of [[Tim Curry]]'s roles fall under this. If he's playing a villain, it's a good chance it'll be a an awesomely hammy performance. [[Tim Curry]] does not know any other way to act other than completely over the top, chewing every piece of scenery in sight. And we love him for it.
 
** Come to think of it, 90% of [[Tim Curry]]'s roles fall under this. If he's playing a villain, it's a good chance it'll be a an awesomely hammy performance. [[Tim Curry]] does not know any other way to act other than completely over the top, chewing every piece of scenery in sight. And we love him for it.
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{{quote| "[[IT|Excuse me, sir]]!! Do you have Prince Albert in a can?? YOU DO?? Well, ya better let the poor guy out!"}}
 
{{quote| "[[IT|Excuse me, sir]]!! Do you have Prince Albert in a can?? YOU DO?? Well, ya better let the poor guy out!"}}
** [[Tim Curry]] outshines every Muppet as a [[Genre Savvy]] Long John Silver in ''[[Muppet Treasure Island]]''.
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** [[Tim Curry]] outshines every Muppet as a [[Genre Savvy]] Long John Silver in ''[[Muppet Treasure Island]]''.
 
* Freddy Krueger in the later ''[[A Nightmare on Elm Street]]'' films.
 
* Freddy Krueger in the later ''[[A Nightmare on Elm Street]]'' films.
 
* As said above, a requirement for any ''[[Batman (film)|Batman]]'' movie villain. Possible aversions are from [[The Dark Knight Saga]]: Ra's al Ghul is notably suave and subdued, and Two-Face is dead serious, particularly compared to [[The Joker]].
 
* As said above, a requirement for any ''[[Batman (film)|Batman]]'' movie villain. Possible aversions are from [[The Dark Knight Saga]]: Ra's al Ghul is notably suave and subdued, and Two-Face is dead serious, particularly compared to [[The Joker]].
 
* [[Christopher Lee]] occasionally indulges in this. Although fully capable of being subtle and understated, he knows what's expected of him. His performance in ''[[The Return of Captain Invincible]]'' especially showcases this.
 
* [[Christopher Lee]] occasionally indulges in this. Although fully capable of being subtle and understated, he knows what's expected of him. His performance in ''[[The Return of Captain Invincible]]'' especially showcases this.
* [[Al Pacino]] as the devil in ''[[The Devil's Advocate]]''. Hell, Pacino in ''any'' role that's even ''remotely'' villainous.
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* [[Al Pacino]] as the devil in ''[[The Devil's Advocate]]''. Hell, Pacino in ''any'' role that's even ''remotely'' villainous, but here...'''''wow'''''.
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{{quote| ''God... is an ''absentee landlord!''}}
 
{{quote| ''God... is an ''absentee landlord!''}}
 
* Lord Voldemort in the ''[[Harry Potter (film)|Harry Potter]]'' films. The same goes for [[Jason Isaacs|Lucius Malfoy]] and [[Helena Bonham Carter|Bellatrix Lestrange]] (with the latter's scenery eating making her all the more scary).
 
* Lord Voldemort in the ''[[Harry Potter (film)|Harry Potter]]'' films. The same goes for [[Jason Isaacs|Lucius Malfoy]] and [[Helena Bonham Carter|Bellatrix Lestrange]] (with the latter's scenery eating making her all the more scary).
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** Cochrane in ''[[Blue Thunder]]''.
 
** Cochrane in ''[[Blue Thunder]]''.
 
* [[Galaxy Quest]]: Oh, Sarris...
 
* [[Galaxy Quest]]: Oh, Sarris...
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{{quote| "[[You Fool!]]! You fail to realize that, with your armor gone, my ship will tear through yours like '''tissue papaer'''."<br />
 
{{quote| "[[You Fool!]]! You fail to realize that, with your armor gone, my ship will tear through yours like '''tissue papaer'''."<br />
 
"Prepare a tear-harness! '''For the Female'''." }}
 
"Prepare a tear-harness! '''For the Female'''." }}
* [[Orlando Bloom]] as the Duke of Buckingham in ''[[The Three Musketeers (2011 film)|The Three Musketeers 2011]]''.
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* [[Orlando Bloom]] as the Duke of Buckingham in ''[[The Three Musketeers (2011 film)|The Three Musketeers 2011]]''.
 
* This trope is seen in a nutshell in the famous "I am the law!" scene in ''[[Judge Dredd]]''. The good guy spits out the ultra-hammy "You betrayed the law!" and just to show that evil go one step further, the bad guy responds with "LAAAWW!!!!" taken [[Up to Eleven]].
 
* This trope is seen in a nutshell in the famous "I am the law!" scene in ''[[Judge Dredd]]''. The good guy spits out the ultra-hammy "You betrayed the law!" and just to show that evil go one step further, the bad guy responds with "LAAAWW!!!!" taken [[Up to Eleven]].
* Magneto from the ''[[X-Men (film)|X-Men]]'' movies, played by [[Ian McKellen]], has a few moments of this, but he's calm the rest of the time.
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* Magneto from the ''[[X-Men (film)|X-Men]]'' movies, played by [[Ian McKellen]], has a few moments of this, but he's calm the rest of the time.
 
* Many [[James Bond (film)|James Bond]] villains, such as Jonathan Pryce's [[Corrupt Corporate Executive]] media mogul Elliot Carver, from ''[[Tomorrow Never Dies]]''.
 
* Many [[James Bond (film)|James Bond]] villains, such as Jonathan Pryce's [[Corrupt Corporate Executive]] media mogul Elliot Carver, from ''[[Tomorrow Never Dies]]''.
 
* ''[[Inglourious Basterds]]''. [[Adolf Hitler]], natch.
 
* ''[[Inglourious Basterds]]''. [[Adolf Hitler]], natch.
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* ''[[Megamind]]'' It's all in the PRESENTATION!.
 
* ''[[Megamind]]'' It's all in the PRESENTATION!.
 
* [[Mean Character, Nice Actor|Andy Robinson]] is decidedly... [[Obviously Evil|unsubtle]] as the Scorpio Killer in ''[[Dirty Harry]]''.
 
* [[Mean Character, Nice Actor|Andy Robinson]] is decidedly... [[Obviously Evil|unsubtle]] as the Scorpio Killer in ''[[Dirty Harry]]''.
* ''[[Blue Velvet]]'' is a movie where most of the characters are pretty low key but the villain, [[Dennis Hopper|Frank]], yells nearly every line..
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* ''[[Blue Velvet]]'' is a movie where most of the characters are pretty low key but the villain, [[Dennis Hopper|Frank]], yells nearly every line..
* Loki in ''[[Thor (film)|Thor]]'' and ''[[The Avengers (film)|The Avengers]]'' tends to alternate between being frighteningly intense and [[Soft Spoken Sadist|unsettlingly collected]]. {{spoiler|Although that one "mewling quim" line does establish him pretty solidly as a [[Large Ham]]}}.
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* Loki in ''[[Thor (film)|Thor]]'' and ''[[The Avengers (film)|The Avengers]]'' tends to alternate between being frighteningly intense and [[Soft Spoken Sadist|unsettlingly collected]]. {{spoiler|Although that one "mewling quim" line does establish him pretty solidly as a [[Large Ham]]}}.
* In the 1980's film [[Masters of the Universe (film)|He-Man]], Frank Langella made Skeletor a Shakespearean villain with relish. He ultimately made him a force to be feared of with his performance from that of a campy villain in the cartoons.
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* In the 1980's film [[Masters of the Universe (film)|He-Man]], Frank Langella made Skeletor a Shakespearean villain with relish. He ultimately made him a force to be feared of with his performance from that of a campy villain in the cartoons.
   
   
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* Averted by Lily Weatherwax in ''[[Discworld/Witches Abroad|Witches Abroad]]''; she's actually somewhat menacingly toned down. What makes this instance notable, though, is the way her sister, Esmerelda "Granny" Weatherwax, reacts; the very fact that Lily isn't [[Chewing the Scenery]] enrages her as much as all the damage she's done to innocent lives over the years. Lily went off to be the bad sister, leaving Esme to be the good one, but Lily spent the whole time deluding herself that she was the good one, so even though there was no doubt which sister she was, ''she never took the opportunity to enjoy it.'' To Granny this is almost as bad as denying Esme the choice in the first place.
 
* Averted by Lily Weatherwax in ''[[Discworld/Witches Abroad|Witches Abroad]]''; she's actually somewhat menacingly toned down. What makes this instance notable, though, is the way her sister, Esmerelda "Granny" Weatherwax, reacts; the very fact that Lily isn't [[Chewing the Scenery]] enrages her as much as all the damage she's done to innocent lives over the years. Lily went off to be the bad sister, leaving Esme to be the good one, but Lily spent the whole time deluding herself that she was the good one, so even though there was no doubt which sister she was, ''she never took the opportunity to enjoy it.'' To Granny this is almost as bad as denying Esme the choice in the first place.
 
* Venandakatra the Vile in the ''[[Belisarius Series]]''. He is a devotee of every vice known to man, and some that haven't been discovered to this day. He loves hurting people, except when they fight back. He wages war by pitching an array of tents that are more ostentatious and less tasteful then the palaces of more [[Modest Royalty]] and then makes guarding his comfort a primary objective of his campaigns. He has the most expensive feasts constantly dumped into his mouth and he treats slave girls much like food, to be consumed and the husks discarded; and sex to him is no fun unless combined with torture. The book also makes a point of mentioning that he is called The Vile and not The Cruel because the latter might imply respect. In general, the chief pleasure a reader takes in his character is that it is almost impossible to imagine someone so extravagantly and flamboyantly evil - even if we know [[Truth in Television|such people exist]] in [[Real Life]].
 
* Venandakatra the Vile in the ''[[Belisarius Series]]''. He is a devotee of every vice known to man, and some that haven't been discovered to this day. He loves hurting people, except when they fight back. He wages war by pitching an array of tents that are more ostentatious and less tasteful then the palaces of more [[Modest Royalty]] and then makes guarding his comfort a primary objective of his campaigns. He has the most expensive feasts constantly dumped into his mouth and he treats slave girls much like food, to be consumed and the husks discarded; and sex to him is no fun unless combined with torture. The book also makes a point of mentioning that he is called The Vile and not The Cruel because the latter might imply respect. In general, the chief pleasure a reader takes in his character is that it is almost impossible to imagine someone so extravagantly and flamboyantly evil - even if we know [[Truth in Television|such people exist]] in [[Real Life]].
* Kerrigor in ''[[The Old Kingdom]].'' "Blood for the breaking!"
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* Kerrigor in ''[[The Old Kingdom]].'' "Blood for the breaking!"
 
* Baron Vladimir Harkonnen in ''[[Dune]]''.
 
* Baron Vladimir Harkonnen in ''[[Dune]]''.
 
** Ian McNeice definitely shows it in his portrayal of the baron in the miniseries.
 
** Ian McNeice definitely shows it in his portrayal of the baron in the miniseries.
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== Live-Action TV ==
 
== Live-Action TV ==
 
* Although [[William Shatner]] usually negates this trope since he's the hero, when Captain Kirk was split into good and evil selves in the ''[[Star Trek: The Original Series]]'' episode "The Enemy Within", the evil side was much hammier.
 
* Although [[William Shatner]] usually negates this trope since he's the hero, when Captain Kirk was split into good and evil selves in the ''[[Star Trek: The Original Series]]'' episode "The Enemy Within", the evil side was much hammier.
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{{quote| "I'm Captain Kirk! ''I'm Captain Kirk!'' '''IIIIII'M CAPTAIN KIRK!'''"}}
 
{{quote| "I'm Captain Kirk! ''I'm Captain Kirk!'' '''IIIIII'M CAPTAIN KIRK!'''"}}
 
** He does it again when we briefly see the evil [[Mirror Universe]] Kirk in "Mirror, Mirror".
 
** He does it again when we briefly see the evil [[Mirror Universe]] Kirk in "Mirror, Mirror".
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** ''NO ONE! OUT HAMS!'' '''DAVROS!!!'''
 
** ''NO ONE! OUT HAMS!'' '''DAVROS!!!'''
 
** The Eighth Doctor, in the [[Big Finish]] audios, functions as almost a controlled experiment in this trope. When he's himself, he's quite soft-spoken (so you turn up the volume). Then if he gets turned evil, he has [[No Indoor Voice]] (and you scream and fling your mp3 player of choice as he assaults your ear drums when ''he'' turns up the volume too).
 
** The Eighth Doctor, in the [[Big Finish]] audios, functions as almost a controlled experiment in this trope. When he's himself, he's quite soft-spoken (so you turn up the volume). Then if he gets turned evil, he has [[No Indoor Voice]] (and you scream and fling your mp3 player of choice as he assaults your ear drums when ''he'' turns up the volume too).
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{{quote| '''I AM BECOME {{spoiler|ZAGREUS}}!'''<ref>The Doctor is never too evil and hammy to make [[wikipedia:J. Robert Oppenheimer#Trinity|highbrow]] [[wikipedia:Bhagavad Gita#Influence|references]].</ref>}}
 
{{quote| '''I AM BECOME {{spoiler|ZAGREUS}}!'''<ref>The Doctor is never too evil and hammy to make [[wikipedia:J. Robert Oppenheimer#Trinity|highbrow]] [[wikipedia:Bhagavad Gita#Influence|references]].</ref>}}
** Most incarnations of [[The Master]] serve up large slices of ham, notably [[John Simm]], Anthony Ainley, and (in spoof "The Curse of Fatal Death") Jonathan Pryce.
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* Most incarnations of [[The Master]] serve up large slices of ham, notably [[John Simm]], Anthony Ainley, and (in spoof "The Curse of Fatal Death") Jonathan Pryce.
*** Although he only plays The Master for a few minutes, [[Derek Jacobi]] manages to be pretty hammy himself. Quite the change from the mild mannered {{spoiler|Professor Yana}}.
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*** Although he only plays The Master for a few minutes, [[Derek Jacobi]] manages to be pretty hammy himself. Quite the change from the mild mannered {{spoiler|Professor Yana}}.
** The Racnoss Empress in "The Runaway Bride" is truly one of the largest hams the series has ever seen. [[Catherine Tate]], in her first appearance as companion Donna Noble, counters with [[Ham-to-Ham Combat]].
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** The Racnoss Empress in "The Runaway Bride" is truly one of the largest hams the series has ever seen. [[Catherine Tate]], in her first appearance as companion Donna Noble, counters with [[Ham-to-Ham Combat]].
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** The Beast, when he possessed human form in particular, was hammy beyond belief.
 
** A villain called Androvax from a species whose [[Planet of Hats|hat]] is [[Grand Theft Me]] pays our heroes a visit on ''[[The Sarah Jane Adventures]]''. [[Elisabeth Sladen]] was clearly having a lot of fun as a possessed Sarah Jane.
 
** A villain called Androvax from a species whose [[Planet of Hats|hat]] is [[Grand Theft Me]] pays our heroes a visit on ''[[The Sarah Jane Adventures]]''. [[Elisabeth Sladen]] was clearly having a lot of fun as a possessed Sarah Jane.
** She's always been brassy, sassy, and flirty, but [[Brainwashed and Crazy]] {{spoiler|River Song}} from "Let's Kill Hitler" could stock a deli counter all by her lonesome.
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** She's always been brassy, sassy, and flirty, but [[Brainwashed and Crazy]] {{spoiler|River Song}} from "Let's Kill Hitler" could stock a deli counter all by her lonesome.
 
** Soldeed from The Horn's of Nimon is infamously campy. So much so that his [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRUqJSCOyZ4 confrontation with Romana] has a [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98MxxpzIoyg dance remix]. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6gyUgPl1SU "MY DREAMS OF CON-QUEST!"]
 
** Soldeed from The Horn's of Nimon is infamously campy. So much so that his [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRUqJSCOyZ4 confrontation with Romana] has a [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98MxxpzIoyg dance remix]. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6gyUgPl1SU "MY DREAMS OF CON-QUEST!"]
 
** '''''BY ALL THE MOONS OF CALLUFRAX, YOU WILL PAY FOR YOUR FAILURE TO NOT MENTION THE PIRATE CAPTAIN FROM THE CLASSIC SERIES SERIAL THE PIRATE PLANET! MR. FIBULI! MR. FIBULI! WHERE IS THAT NINCOMPOOP, MR. FIBULI?!?'''''
 
** '''''BY ALL THE MOONS OF CALLUFRAX, YOU WILL PAY FOR YOUR FAILURE TO NOT MENTION THE PIRATE CAPTAIN FROM THE CLASSIC SERIES SERIAL THE PIRATE PLANET! MR. FIBULI! MR. FIBULI! WHERE IS THAT NINCOMPOOP, MR. FIBULI?!?'''''
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** A Goa'uld could tone it down if it ever needed to pretend to be human, but the hammy-ness returned the instant its true nature got discovered.
 
** A Goa'uld could tone it down if it ever needed to pretend to be human, but the hammy-ness returned the instant its true nature got discovered.
 
** Case in point:
 
** Case in point:
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{{quote| '''Anubis''': ''I'' am ''Anubis.'' Humans of the Tau'ri! Your ''[[Endofthe World As We Know It|End Of Days]]'' finally '''approaches! [[No Quarter|There will be no mercy!]]''' <br />
 
{{quote| '''Anubis''': ''I'' am ''Anubis.'' Humans of the Tau'ri! Your ''[[Endofthe World As We Know It|End Of Days]]'' finally '''approaches! [[No Quarter|There will be no mercy!]]''' <br />
 
'''Jack O'Neill''': Aw, c'''mon''. [[Lampshade Hanging|Who talks like that?!]] }}
 
'''Jack O'Neill''': Aw, c'''mon''. [[Lampshade Hanging|Who talks like that?!]] }}
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* Invoked in ''[[Mighty Morphin Power Rangers]]'', where Kimberly is kidnapped, by Zed's minions. They try a failed [[Hypnotize the Princess]] spell on her, but she fakes it working by acting like Rita, in all her scenery chewing glory.
 
* Invoked in ''[[Mighty Morphin Power Rangers]]'', where Kimberly is kidnapped, by Zed's minions. They try a failed [[Hypnotize the Princess]] spell on her, but she fakes it working by acting like Rita, in all her scenery chewing glory.
 
** And let's not forget Rita herself, as her line in the opening of the show proves it:
 
** And let's not forget Rita herself, as her line in the opening of the show proves it:
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{{quote| '''Rita Repulsa''': AAAAHHH!! [[Sealed Evil in a Can|After 10,000 years]], I'm FREE! It's time to CONQUER EARTH!}}
 
{{quote| '''Rita Repulsa''': AAAAHHH!! [[Sealed Evil in a Can|After 10,000 years]], I'm FREE! It's time to CONQUER EARTH!}}
 
*** It's basically required for any [[Power Rangers]] villain to be hammy enough to reach [[Camp]] status.
 
*** It's basically required for any [[Power Rangers]] villain to be hammy enough to reach [[Camp]] status.
 
** In addition, [[Tokusatsu]] villains in general tend to be like this.
 
** In addition, [[Tokusatsu]] villains in general tend to be like this.
* Nevel on ''[[ICarly]]''.
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* Nevel on ''[[ICarly]]''.
 
* In the 2006 BBC production of ''[[Robin Hood (TV series)|Robin Hood]]'', NO ONE chews more scenery than the Sheriff of Nottingham. NO ONE.
 
* In the 2006 BBC production of ''[[Robin Hood (TV series)|Robin Hood]]'', NO ONE chews more scenery than the Sheriff of Nottingham. NO ONE.
 
* In ''[[Red Dwarf]]'', any of the characters from WaxWorld's "Villain World" qualify. Among the villains are the particularly hammy Caligula and Napoleon.
 
* In ''[[Red Dwarf]]'', any of the characters from WaxWorld's "Villain World" qualify. Among the villains are the particularly hammy Caligula and Napoleon.
 
* Russell Edgington, Vampire King of Louisiana, in the third season of ''[[True Blood]]''. *rips news anchor's spinal cord out, waves it around* "We! Will EAT YOU. ''AFTER'' we eat your children! [[[Beat]]] [[Mood Whiplash|And now for the weather. Tiffany?]]"
 
* Russell Edgington, Vampire King of Louisiana, in the third season of ''[[True Blood]]''. *rips news anchor's spinal cord out, waves it around* "We! Will EAT YOU. ''AFTER'' we eat your children! [[[Beat]]] [[Mood Whiplash|And now for the weather. Tiffany?]]"
 
* In the first season of ''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer]]'' The Master had moments of incredible ham.
 
* In the first season of ''[[Buffy the Vampire Slayer]]'' The Master had moments of incredible ham.
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{{quote| Yes, shake, Earth! This is a sign! We are in the final days! My time is come! Glory! GLORY! *pause* [[Mood Whiplash|What do you think? 5.1?"]]}}
 
{{quote| Yes, shake, Earth! This is a sign! We are in the final days! My time is come! Glory! GLORY! *pause* [[Mood Whiplash|What do you think? 5.1?"]]}}
 
** And [[Physical God|Glory]] was just ''made'' of ham. Seriously, she might not have had a single scene that wasn't gloriously hammy. Overcompensating for your lost hell-empire will do that to you.
 
** And [[Physical God|Glory]] was just ''made'' of ham. Seriously, she might not have had a single scene that wasn't gloriously hammy. Overcompensating for your lost hell-empire will do that to you.
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* In ''[[Kamen Rider OOO]]'', Kougami (an ''extremely'' [[Large Ham]] as is) makes a [[Kamen Rider]] movie in-universe. ''Everyone'' playing a villain in the film suddenly becomes a gigantic ham, especially [[Evil Mentor|Ankh]] as the [[Big Bad]], who gives Kougami a run for his money. Of course this might be because he's still kind of a villain anyway.
 
* In ''[[Kamen Rider OOO]]'', Kougami (an ''extremely'' [[Large Ham]] as is) makes a [[Kamen Rider]] movie in-universe. ''Everyone'' playing a villain in the film suddenly becomes a gigantic ham, especially [[Evil Mentor|Ankh]] as the [[Big Bad]], who gives Kougami a run for his money. Of course this might be because he's still kind of a villain anyway.
 
* In ''[[Smallville]]'' Clark would become far hammier whenever he was under the influence of Red K, or switched out for an evil doppelganger. And that's without getting into the series' villains. Between [[John Glover]] as Lionel Luthor, [[James Marsters]]' terrifyingly cold performance as [[Robotic Psychopath|Brainiac]], Michael Rosenbaum's [[Lex Luthor]], Steve Byers' as the ungodly slimy Desaad, and Callum Blue's [[Chewing the Scenery|scenery chewing]] as the horrifically [[Villainous Breakdown|unstable]] Major Zod, the show had this trope covered.
 
* In ''[[Smallville]]'' Clark would become far hammier whenever he was under the influence of Red K, or switched out for an evil doppelganger. And that's without getting into the series' villains. Between [[John Glover]] as Lionel Luthor, [[James Marsters]]' terrifyingly cold performance as [[Robotic Psychopath|Brainiac]], Michael Rosenbaum's [[Lex Luthor]], Steve Byers' as the ungodly slimy Desaad, and Callum Blue's [[Chewing the Scenery|scenery chewing]] as the horrifically [[Villainous Breakdown|unstable]] Major Zod, the show had this trope covered.
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{{quote| "Unlike you I will lead from a throne, not from the shadows. Everyone on Earth, including the woman you love, will [[Kneel Before Zod]]!"}}
 
{{quote| "Unlike you I will lead from a throne, not from the shadows. Everyone on Earth, including the woman you love, will [[Kneel Before Zod]]!"}}
 
* ''[[Dexter]]'' seems to be rather fond of this one for the seasonal [[Big Bad]]. Season 3 had Jimmy Smits, season 4 had [[John Lithgow]], and season 6 has Edward James Olmos AND Colin Hanks.
 
* ''[[Dexter]]'' seems to be rather fond of this one for the seasonal [[Big Bad]]. Season 3 had Jimmy Smits, season 4 had [[John Lithgow]], and season 6 has Edward James Olmos AND Colin Hanks.
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* ''[[Dawn of War]]'', since it takes place in ''[[Warhammer 40000|Warhammer 40,000]]'', [[Evil Versus Evil|everyone is evil]], and hence [[World of Ham|everyone is hammy]], even if they are a [[Magnificent Bastard]].
 
* ''[[Dawn of War]]'', since it takes place in ''[[Warhammer 40000|Warhammer 40,000]]'', [[Evil Versus Evil|everyone is evil]], and hence [[World of Ham|everyone is hammy]], even if they are a [[Magnificent Bastard]].
 
** Special mention must go to the [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-gSJW3sHXE Chaos Space Marines], however. Especially Crull, the Chaos Lord from the ''Winter Assault'' extension. [http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=the%20end%20chaos&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CDAQtwIwAg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DDliMrKCpeww&ei=xhw8T-GkOKie0QW26p1t&usg=AFQjCNGAqKSvdoEDkYtWRWesde-bwvSsIA&cad=rja Oh dear Emperor, Lord Crull...]
 
** Special mention must go to the [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-gSJW3sHXE Chaos Space Marines], however. Especially Crull, the Chaos Lord from the ''Winter Assault'' extension. [http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=the%20end%20chaos&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CDAQtwIwAg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DDliMrKCpeww&ei=xhw8T-GkOKie0QW26p1t&usg=AFQjCNGAqKSvdoEDkYtWRWesde-bwvSsIA&cad=rja Oh dear Emperor, Lord Crull...]
** In ''Retribution'' {{spoiler|Kyras}} make them all look sane and stable.
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** In ''Retribution'' {{spoiler|Kyras}} make them all look sane and stable.
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{{quote| {{spoiler|'''Kyras''':}} BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD, SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THROWN...LET THE GALAXY...BUUUUURRRRRRNNNNN!!!}}
 
{{quote| {{spoiler|'''Kyras''':}} BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD, SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THROWN...LET THE GALAXY...BUUUUURRRRRRNNNNN!!!}}
 
* Arius from ''[[Devil May Cry]]''. "OH! NO! I was going to be KING of this world!"
 
* Arius from ''[[Devil May Cry]]''. "OH! NO! I was going to be KING of this world!"
** Arkham and {{spoiler|his devil trigger Jester}} also is a rich source of Ham. With the latter it's intentional, as he tried to act like a fool in order to effectively {{spoiler|play the sons of Sparda and Lady against each other}}. And it could also be a way of unleashing his inner goofball beneath that serious facade.
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** Arkham and {{spoiler|his devil trigger Jester}} also is a rich source of Ham. With the latter it's intentional, as he tried to act like a fool in order to effectively {{spoiler|play the sons of Sparda and Lady against each other}}. And it could also be a way of unleashing his inner goofball beneath that serious facade.
 
* Flemeth in ''[[Dragon Age]]'' is very hammy when she isn't pretending to be simply a batty old lady, and gets much more so in ''[[Dragon Age 2]]''. Being voiced by [[Star Trek: Voyager|Captain Janeway]] really helps.
 
* Flemeth in ''[[Dragon Age]]'' is very hammy when she isn't pretending to be simply a batty old lady, and gets much more so in ''[[Dragon Age 2]]''. Being voiced by [[Star Trek: Voyager|Captain Janeway]] really helps.
 
** {{spoiler|Loghain}} becomes much hammier after his [[Face Heel Turn]].
 
** {{spoiler|Loghain}} becomes much hammier after his [[Face Heel Turn]].
 
** Though averted for the most part in the first game, since the Darkspawn can't, you know, ''talk''. Until Awakening, when they ''can'' talk and get their full opportunity to be hammy.
 
** Though averted for the most part in the first game, since the Darkspawn can't, you know, ''talk''. Until Awakening, when they ''can'' talk and get their full opportunity to be hammy.
*** Special mention goes to the ham-tastic Mother.
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*** Special mention goes to the ham-tastic Mother.
 
** Knight-Commander Meredith in ''[[Dragon Age 2]]'' is one of the best examples in the entire series.
 
** Knight-Commander Meredith in ''[[Dragon Age 2]]'' is one of the best examples in the entire series.
*** Not to mention {{spoiler|[[Well-Intentioned Extremist]] teammate Anders}}; while he's only hammy in combat (actually, he's usually soft-spoken otherwise), his combat taunts (and [[Screaming Warrior|screaming]]) are a bountiful platter of ham.
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*** Not to mention {{spoiler|[[Well-Intentioned Extremist]] teammate Anders}}; while he's only hammy in combat (actually, he's usually soft-spoken otherwise), his combat taunts (and [[Screaming Warrior|screaming]]) are a bountiful platter of ham.
 
* Liquid Snake manages to do this every chance he gets in ''[[Metal Gear Solid]]''.
 
* Liquid Snake manages to do this every chance he gets in ''[[Metal Gear Solid]]''.
 
* ''[[Xenosaga]]'' gives us [[Large Ham|Albedo Piazzolla]], [[Chewing the Scenery|an incurable muncher]], complete with rampant [[Evil Laugh|evil laughs]] at any given opportunity.
 
* ''[[Xenosaga]]'' gives us [[Large Ham|Albedo Piazzolla]], [[Chewing the Scenery|an incurable muncher]], complete with rampant [[Evil Laugh|evil laughs]] at any given opportunity.
 
* [[Evil Chancellor|Vice President]] '''[[Say My Name|RIICHAAARD!!]]''' Hawk in ''[[Metal Wolf Chaos]]'' [[Incoming Ham|opened his every appearance]] with an [[Evil Laugh]] and gleefully delivered lines such as...
 
* [[Evil Chancellor|Vice President]] '''[[Say My Name|RIICHAAARD!!]]''' Hawk in ''[[Metal Wolf Chaos]]'' [[Incoming Ham|opened his every appearance]] with an [[Evil Laugh]] and gleefully delivered lines such as...
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{{quote| '''RICHARD:''' "This wild dog of war is on the move, Michael! It'll bite you if you don't move it! It's time for my afternoon tea. There's nothing like sipping some delicious Darjeeling tea...and watching you getting your clock cleaned!"}}
 
{{quote| '''RICHARD:''' "This wild dog of war is on the move, Michael! It'll bite you if you don't move it! It's time for my afternoon tea. There's nothing like sipping some delicious Darjeeling tea...and watching you getting your clock cleaned!"}}
 
* ''[[Blaz Blue]]'': Hazama/Yuuki Terumi. Part of the reason he's so [[Laughably Evil]] is because his voice actors are clearly having a ''hell'' of a time.
 
* ''[[Blaz Blue]]'': Hazama/Yuuki Terumi. Part of the reason he's so [[Laughably Evil]] is because his voice actors are clearly having a ''hell'' of a time.
 
* Sir Richard Hawksmoor in ''[[Ghost Hunter]]''. Sir Michael Gambon practically introduces himself with "I ''want'' '''FLESH'''." An incredible contrast with his role of Dumbledore in the [[Harry Potter|movies]].
 
* Sir Richard Hawksmoor in ''[[Ghost Hunter]]''. Sir Michael Gambon practically introduces himself with "I ''want'' '''FLESH'''." An incredible contrast with his role of Dumbledore in the [[Harry Potter|movies]].
* Nergal from the 2003 game ''[[Fire Emblem Elibe]]'' wasn't THAT hammy until we got to see {{spoiler|his disfiguring scar}} by the end of the game. ''Then'', he unleashed his inner ham and let it run wild.
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* Nergal from the 2003 game ''[[Fire Emblem Elibe]]'' wasn't THAT hammy until we got to see {{spoiler|his disfiguring scar}} by the end of the game. ''Then'', he unleashed his inner ham and let it run wild.
 
* In ''[[Starcraft]]'', the Zerg Overmind's first line is: "Awaken, my child, and embrace the glory that is your birthright." Every one of its subsequent lines is equally epic and pompous.
 
* In ''[[Starcraft]]'', the Zerg Overmind's first line is: "Awaken, my child, and embrace the glory that is your birthright." Every one of its subsequent lines is equally epic and pompous.
 
** "Know that I am the Overmind, the eternal will of the Swarm, and that you have been created to serve me..."
 
** "Know that I am the Overmind, the eternal will of the Swarm, and that you have been created to serve me..."
 
* '''[[Dan Green]]''' as [[Obviously Evil|Mephiles the Dark]] is one of the ''very'' few good points of ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 (video game)|Sonic the Hedgehog 2006]]'' for precisely this reason.
 
* '''[[Dan Green]]''' as [[Obviously Evil|Mephiles the Dark]] is one of the ''very'' few good points of ''[[Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 (video game)|Sonic the Hedgehog 2006]]'' for precisely this reason.
** Eggman has always showed spades of this, but in more recent games (especially in [[Sonic Colors]] and [[Sonic Generations]]) he's been invoking this full-on.
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** Eggman has always showed spades of this, but in more recent games (especially in [[Sonic Colors]] and [[Sonic Generations]]) he's been invoking this full-on.
* In ''[[Portal (series)|Portal]]'', once {{spoiler|you escape the fire pit}}, GLaDOS starts along this path. She really goes to town once you {{spoiler|you incinerate her morality core}}.
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* In ''[[Portal (series)|Portal]]'', once {{spoiler|you escape the fire pit}}, GLaDOS starts along this path. She really goes to town once you {{spoiler|you incinerate her morality core}}.
** In [[Portal 2]] {{spoiler|Wheatley}} gains several levels in ham when you {{spoiler|yank [[G La DOS]] out and plug him in}}. Apparently, a certain amount of hamminess is literally hardwired into the system.
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** In [[Portal 2]] {{spoiler|Wheatley}} gains several levels in ham when you {{spoiler|yank [[G La DOS]] out and plug him in}}. Apparently, a certain amount of hamminess is literally hardwired into the system.
 
* The ''[[Sengoku Basara]]'' versions of [[Oda Nobunaga]], [[Toyotomi Hideyoshi]], and Ishida Mitsunari. The first is absolutely, baby-eatingly, skull-cup-usingly [[Obviously Evil]], and even has ominous background music and [[Dramatic Thunder]] to back him up. And he's voiced by [[Norio Wakamoto]]. Hideyoshi is the type to surround three armies at war, and demand ALL of their surrenders at once in a loud voice and with an even louder fist. He then goes ahead and obliges some hotblooded heroes. He also parts the seas. Mitsunari really likes shouting about what he is going to do to his enemies, specifically those who side with Ieyasu. Mitsunari does not say "Ieyasu!" He says, "IEEEYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASU!!!!!!!!"
 
* The ''[[Sengoku Basara]]'' versions of [[Oda Nobunaga]], [[Toyotomi Hideyoshi]], and Ishida Mitsunari. The first is absolutely, baby-eatingly, skull-cup-usingly [[Obviously Evil]], and even has ominous background music and [[Dramatic Thunder]] to back him up. And he's voiced by [[Norio Wakamoto]]. Hideyoshi is the type to surround three armies at war, and demand ALL of their surrenders at once in a loud voice and with an even louder fist. He then goes ahead and obliges some hotblooded heroes. He also parts the seas. Mitsunari really likes shouting about what he is going to do to his enemies, specifically those who side with Ieyasu. Mitsunari does not say "Ieyasu!" He says, "IEEEYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASU!!!!!!!!"
 
* The ''[[X-Men (video game)|X-Men]]'' arcade game introduces us to MAGNETO, MASTER OF MAGNET! Who wants those X-CHICKEN to know that THEY ARE NOTHING and would like to welcome them TO DIE!!
 
* The ''[[X-Men (video game)|X-Men]]'' arcade game introduces us to MAGNETO, MASTER OF MAGNET! Who wants those X-CHICKEN to know that THEY ARE NOTHING and would like to welcome them TO DIE!!
 
* ''[[Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood|Assassin's Creed Brotherhood]]'': If Cesare wants to live, he lives. If he wants to take, he takes. If he wants you to die, you die, and if he wants to ham, he ''''' HAAAAAAAAAMS!'''''
 
* ''[[Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood|Assassin's Creed Brotherhood]]'': If Cesare wants to live, he lives. If he wants to take, he takes. If he wants you to die, you die, and if he wants to ham, he ''''' HAAAAAAAAAMS!'''''
* The [[Complete Monster|evilest]] of all ''[[Suikoden]]'' villains, Luca Blight, is also the hammiest, with lots of exclamation marks, distinctive [[Evil Laugh]] of "'''HOO HOO HOO HA HA HA HA HA!!!'''" and of course his famous last words "It took hundreds to kill me, but I KILLED BY THOUSANDS! LOOK AT ME!!! I AM SUBLIME!!! I AM THE TRUE FACE OF EVIL!!!!! *[[Evil Laugh|Evil Laughs]] to death*"
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* The [[Complete Monster|cruelest&nbsp;and&nbsp;evilest]] of all ''[[Suikoden]]'' villains, Luca Blight, is also the hammiest, with lots of exclamation marks, distinctive [[Evil Laugh]] of "'''HOO HOO HOO HA HA HA HA HA!!!'''" and of course his famous last words "It took hundreds to kill me, but I KILLED BY THOUSANDS! LOOK AT ME!!! I AM SUBLIME!!! I AM THE TRUE FACE OF EVIL!!!!! *[[Evil Laugh]]s to death*"
 
* Jegran in ''[[Crystal Bearers]]'', after he drops pretending to be good.
 
* Jegran in ''[[Crystal Bearers]]'', after he drops pretending to be good.
 
* {{spoiler|Barlowe}} in ''[[Castlevania]]'': ''[[Order of Ecclesia]]'' normally speaks with a very neutral and verbose tone. However, once his true colours are revealed, he goes nuts with wild abandon, laughing manically the whole time.
 
* {{spoiler|Barlowe}} in ''[[Castlevania]]'': ''[[Order of Ecclesia]]'' normally speaks with a very neutral and verbose tone. However, once his true colours are revealed, he goes nuts with wild abandon, laughing manically the whole time.
 
** And Dracula. In pretty much every game with voice acting.
 
** And Dracula. In pretty much every game with voice acting.
** Death from ''[[Castlevania: Lords of Shadow]]'' simply never shuts up in his 5 minutes hammy speech {{spoiler|even though he has been quite normal when he stayed as Zobek, your ally.}}
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** Death from ''[[Castlevania: Lords of Shadow]]'' simply never shuts up in his 5 minutes hammy speech {{spoiler|even though he has been quite normal when he stayed as Zobek, your ally.}}
 
* Lord Ghirahim in ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword|The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword]]'', aka Mr. Furious! OUTRAGED! SICK WITH ANGER!! Zant from ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess|The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess]]'' is similarly hammy, especially during his [[Villainous Breakdown]]. [[Big Bad|Ganon]] is also somewhat hammy ([[Pig Man|literally, in certain situations]]), but he's rather restrained compared to the other two.
 
* Lord Ghirahim in ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword|The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword]]'', aka Mr. Furious! OUTRAGED! SICK WITH ANGER!! Zant from ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess|The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess]]'' is similarly hammy, especially during his [[Villainous Breakdown]]. [[Big Bad|Ganon]] is also somewhat hammy ([[Pig Man|literally, in certain situations]]), but he's rather restrained compared to the other two.
 
* Geldoblame, of ''[[Baten Kaitos]]: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean'', is far and away the hammiest character in the game, and (unintentionally) probably the best-voiced character, just because it's so amusing.
 
* Geldoblame, of ''[[Baten Kaitos]]: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean'', is far and away the hammiest character in the game, and (unintentionally) probably the best-voiced character, just because it's so amusing.
 
* The ''[[Professor Layton]]'' series isn't exactly a [[World of Ham]], often going with one hammed line per game, but it is ALWAYS said by a villain.
 
* The ''[[Professor Layton]]'' series isn't exactly a [[World of Ham]], often going with one hammed line per game, but it is ALWAYS said by a villain.
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{{quote| '''Don Paolo:''' ''Heeere I come.... '''READY OR NOT!'''''<br />
 
{{quote| '''Don Paolo:''' ''Heeere I come.... '''READY OR NOT!'''''<br />
 
'''Anton:''' '''''LAAAYTOOOON!!'''''<br />
 
'''Anton:''' '''''LAAAYTOOOON!!'''''<br />
 
'''{{spoiler|Clive:}}''' ''This isn't happening... It can't end this way... '''IT WON'T END THIS WAAAY!!''''' }}
 
'''{{spoiler|Clive:}}''' ''This isn't happening... It can't end this way... '''IT WON'T END THIS WAAAY!!''''' }}
 
* You can summon a prime example of this in [[The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim]] by using a "Conjure Dremora Lord" spell.
 
* You can summon a prime example of this in [[The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim]] by using a "Conjure Dremora Lord" spell.
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{{quote| ''[[No Indoor Voice|I HONOR my LORD!]]'' ''By '''DESTROYING YOU!'''''<br />
 
{{quote| ''[[No Indoor Voice|I HONOR my LORD!]]'' ''By '''DESTROYING YOU!'''''<br />
 
*Impales helpless bandit*<br />
 
*Impales helpless bandit*<br />
 
''[[Badass Boast|THERE CAN BE NO OTHER END!]]'' }}
 
''[[Badass Boast|THERE CAN BE NO OTHER END!]]'' }}
 
* [[Big Bad|The Galactic Emperor]] from [[Gotcha Force]] is this trope, pure and simple. Let's look at his nice little pre-final battle speech...
 
* [[Big Bad|The Galactic Emperor]] from [[Gotcha Force]] is this trope, pure and simple. Let's look at his nice little pre-final battle speech...
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{{quote| '''Galactic Emperor:''' ''[[Evil Laugh|MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!]] PUNY HUMANS, JUDGMENT TIME HAS ARRIVED! I'LL FINISH YOU ALL HERE! FIRST THIS PLANET, THEN THE WHOLE GALAXY! YOU AND YOUR SILLY GOTCHA BORGS WILL BE EXTERMINATED!! MWAHAHAHAHA!!''}}
 
{{quote| '''Galactic Emperor:''' ''[[Evil Laugh|MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!]] PUNY HUMANS, JUDGMENT TIME HAS ARRIVED! I'LL FINISH YOU ALL HERE! FIRST THIS PLANET, THEN THE WHOLE GALAXY! YOU AND YOUR SILLY GOTCHA BORGS WILL BE EXTERMINATED!! MWAHAHAHAHA!!''}}
   
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* As if their film versions weren't hammy enough, [[A Very Potter Musical|Team StarKid's]] versions of Snape, Voldemort, Bellatrix, Lucius, and Umbridge take this trope [[Up to Eleven]].
 
* As if their film versions weren't hammy enough, [[A Very Potter Musical|Team StarKid's]] versions of Snape, Voldemort, Bellatrix, Lucius, and Umbridge take this trope [[Up to Eleven]].
 
* ''[[Doctor Horribles Sing Along Blog]]'': Doctor Horrible gets some rather hammy moments.
 
* ''[[Doctor Horribles Sing Along Blog]]'': Doctor Horrible gets some rather hammy moments.
** His [[Anti-Hero]] counterpart [[Nathan Fillion|Captain Hammer]] on the other hand is a full on [[Large Ham]] throughout the show.
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** His [[Anti-Hero]] counterpart [[Nathan Fillion|Captain Hammer]] on the other hand is a full on [[Large Ham]] throughout the show.
 
* The AI O'Malley from ''[[Red vs. Blue]]''. Just one example, after he's been asked to examine one of the Blue Team:
 
* The AI O'Malley from ''[[Red vs. Blue]]''. Just one example, after he's been asked to examine one of the Blue Team:
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{{quote| '''O'Malley:''' We want something from you, but we're not going to tell you what it is, until we need it! [[Evil Laugh|Huhuhuhuahahahaha]]!<br />
 
{{quote| '''O'Malley:''' We want something from you, but we're not going to tell you what it is, until we need it! [[Evil Laugh|Huhuhuhuahahahaha]]!<br />
 
'''Church:''' No way! I'm not agreeing to something without knowing what it is!<br />
 
'''Church:''' No way! I'm not agreeing to something without knowing what it is!<br />
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* Every vilain in ''[[Stupid Mario Brothers]]'' is this especially The Darkness.
 
* Every vilain in ''[[Stupid Mario Brothers]]'' is this especially The Darkness.
 
* Dark Chaos in [[Chaos Storm]] displays this on a regular basis. Being [[Stupid Evil]], his [[Large Ham|hammy lines]] aren't taken too seriously.
 
* Dark Chaos in [[Chaos Storm]] displays this on a regular basis. Being [[Stupid Evil]], his [[Large Ham|hammy lines]] aren't taken too seriously.
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{{quote| '''Dark Chaos''': Dark Chaos? [[Drunk on the Dark Side|My power has become far greater than you can imagine.]] [[Large Ham|I am]] [[Names to Run Away From Really Fast|Dark Mayhem]] [[Large Ham|now!]]<br />
 
{{quote| '''Dark Chaos''': Dark Chaos? [[Drunk on the Dark Side|My power has become far greater than you can imagine.]] [[Large Ham|I am]] [[Names to Run Away From Really Fast|Dark Mayhem]] [[Large Ham|now!]]<br />
 
'''[[Deadpan Snarker|Chris]]''': A nut by any other name is just as lame. }}
 
'''[[Deadpan Snarker|Chris]]''': A nut by any other name is just as lame. }}
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* Mr. Burns from ''[[The Simpsons]]''. "Moments from now, I will wreak a terrible vengence on this town! NO ONE WILL BE SPARED! '''NO ONE!'''
 
* Mr. Burns from ''[[The Simpsons]]''. "Moments from now, I will wreak a terrible vengence on this town! NO ONE WILL BE SPARED! '''NO ONE!'''
 
** To say nothing of Sideshow Bob.
 
** To say nothing of Sideshow Bob.
* From ''[[Teen Titans (animation)|Teen Titans]]'', Brother Blood, Trigon and a lot of the minor villains (notably Mumbo, Mad Mod, Killer Moth, and Dr. Light) are all rather hammy. Averted with the show's main [[Big Bad]], Slade, however, who almost never varies his voice from a very [[Creepy Monotone]], and the Brain, season five's [[Big Bad]], who speaks through a voice synthesizer and really ''can't'' ham.
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* From ''[[Teen Titans (animation)|Teen Titans]]'', Brother Blood, Trigon and a lot of the minor villains (notably Mumbo, Mad Mod, Killer Moth, and Dr. Light) are all rather hammy. Averted with the show's main [[Big Bad]], Slade, however, who almost never varies his voice from a very [[Creepy Monotone]], and the Brain, season five's [[Big Bad]], who speaks through a voice synthesizer and really ''can't'' ham.
 
** While The Brain can't ham, Monsieur Mallah, his talking gorilla assistant does a pretty good job of it.
 
** While The Brain can't ham, Monsieur Mallah, his talking gorilla assistant does a pretty good job of it.
 
* ''[[Gargoyles]]'' covers the whole spectrum:
 
* ''[[Gargoyles]]'' covers the whole spectrum:
 
** [[Magnificent Bastard|Xanatos]] and his wife [[Dark Action Girl|Fox]] are always very calm and poised, and their [[Battle Butler]] Owen is absolutely (and deliberately) wooden.
 
** [[Magnificent Bastard|Xanatos]] and his wife [[Dark Action Girl|Fox]] are always very calm and poised, and their [[Battle Butler]] Owen is absolutely (and deliberately) wooden.
** [[Big Bad|Demona]] can range from dangerously understated to completely hammy depending on her mood, as can [[Evil Twin|Thailog]]. [[Mad Scientist|Sevarius]] loves to ham it up when he's got an audience, but is calmer and more businesslike otherwise.
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** [[Big Bad|Demona]] can range from dangerously understated to completely hammy depending on her mood, as can [[Evil Twin|Thailog]]. [[Mad Scientist|Sevarius]] loves to ham it up when he's got an audience, but is calmer and more businesslike otherwise.
** On the far end of the spectrum you've got [[Evil Sorcerer|the Archmage]], [[Jerkass Gods|Oberon]], and most of [[Psycho for Hire|the Pack]], who are absolutely and continually hammy.
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** On the far end of the spectrum you've got [[Evil Sorcerer|the Archmage]], [[Jerkass Gods|Oberon]], and most of [[Psycho for Hire|the Pack]], who are absolutely and continually hammy.
 
* Done intentionally in the Dreamworks animated film ''[[Megamind]]''. The title character even believes that supervillainy isn't just about villainy, it's about PRESENTATION!!!!
 
* Done intentionally in the Dreamworks animated film ''[[Megamind]]''. The title character even believes that supervillainy isn't just about villainy, it's about PRESENTATION!!!!
 
* When he gets on a roll, The Monarch from ''[[The Venture Brothers]]'' is the pinnacle of this trope.
 
* When he gets on a roll, The Monarch from ''[[The Venture Brothers]]'' is the pinnacle of this trope.
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* Zim from ''[[Invader Zim]]''.
 
* Zim from ''[[Invader Zim]]''.
 
* [[Maurice LaMarche|Father]] from ''[[Codename: Kids Next Door]]''. What scenery he does not [[Kill It with Fire|burn]], he [[Chewing the Scenery|chews with abandon]].
 
* [[Maurice LaMarche|Father]] from ''[[Codename: Kids Next Door]]''. What scenery he does not [[Kill It with Fire|burn]], he [[Chewing the Scenery|chews with abandon]].
* Most ''[[Care Bears]]'' villains
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* Most ''[[Care Bears]]'' villains
 
* A number of villains in ''[[The Spectacular Spider-Man]]''
 
* A number of villains in ''[[The Spectacular Spider-Man]]''
 
** Especially in the appearances after his first, Doctor Octopus becomes a cunning [[Card-Carrying Villain]] down to having an [[Evil Genius]] coffee mug, and accordingly, becomes immensely hammy ("TREACHERY!!!" anyone?).
 
** Especially in the appearances after his first, Doctor Octopus becomes a cunning [[Card-Carrying Villain]] down to having an [[Evil Genius]] coffee mug, and accordingly, becomes immensely hammy ("TREACHERY!!!" anyone?).
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** Depictions of Saddam Hussein: ''[[Animaniacs]], [[South Park]]'' and maybe ''[[Deadliest Warrior]]''.
 
** Depictions of Saddam Hussein: ''[[Animaniacs]], [[South Park]]'' and maybe ''[[Deadliest Warrior]]''.
 
** Idi Amin, whose full title is "[[Overly Long Name|His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda]]".
 
** Idi Amin, whose full title is "[[Overly Long Name|His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda]]".
** [[Muammar Gaddafi]], especially during the [[Libya|Libyan]] uprising/civil war, and during his last days.
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** [[Muammar Gaddafi]], especially during the [[Libya]]n uprising/civil war, and during his last days.
 
* "Evil" is probably going too far, but it's worth noting that test audiences for ''[[Good Night and Good Luck]]'' complained that the actor playing Senator Joe McCarthy of the [[Red Scare|House Un-American Activities]] was really overdoing it. It was, of course, archive footage of the man himself.
 
* "Evil" is probably going too far, but it's worth noting that test audiences for ''[[Good Night and Good Luck]]'' complained that the actor playing Senator Joe McCarthy of the [[Red Scare|House Un-American Activities]] was really overdoing it. It was, of course, archive footage of the man himself.
   

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Megamind: Oh, you're a villain alright. Just not a super one.

Titan: Oh yeah? What's the difference?

Megamind: PRESENTATION!

In many conflicts between good and evil, who is going to be doing the lion's share of Chewing the Scenery? The villain(s) more likely than not. It's one way they are Obviously Evil and Drunk on the Dark Side.

As for why, it's not known for sure. Maybe it's a reflection of their total lack of inhibitions. Maybe they've decided that since they've already punted a few puppies, called down the lightning, and donned the Spikes of Villainy, they may as well have fun with it. And maybe the moral depravity of their act is balanced by how much fun they are to watch. Or this is used to indicate how Power and Evil feel Good. Whatever the reason, scenery is an important part of every villain's daily balanced breakfast.

That isn't to say the heroes never get to have such moments, but the villains will get the clear majority of them. Of course, when they both do, the awesomeness factor increases tenfold. A Genre Savvy Villain Protagonist will act hammy just because it's expected.

Also, when the villains are pretending to be good guys in some stories, they don't really act hammy, but when they show who they really are, they let loose, almost as if being a Large Ham is their true nature.

Often overlaps with Ham and Cheese.

Contrast Soft Spoken Sadist (the villain is the calmest one in the room).

But if a hero is a Large Ham, or there is a World of Ham, it's not this Trope (unless the villain manages to still out-ham everyone).

Examples of Evil Is Hammy include:


Anime & Manga Edit

  "Why won't you love me?!"

  • General rule in One Piece: The hammier the villain, the more likely they are to be curb-stomped by the Straw Hats. More difficult opponents aren't as hammy. Crocodile wasn't hammy at all (Evil Laugh aside), and was one of Luffy's hardest enemies. Subverted with Oars. Since, well, he was Luffy.
  • The Espada from Bleach were a mixed bag since some (Barragan, Grimmjow, Yammy, Nnoitra, Szayel, Drunk with Power!Aizen) were very hammy and others (Ulquiorra, Halibel, Stark) were much calmer. But once the Vandereich appeared, they started to put on the pork with total and unapologetic gusto.
  • Piedmon, in the dub of Digimon Adventure/


Comicbooks Edit


Fan Fiction Edit


Film Edit

 Lois Lane: But millions of people will die!

Lex Luthor: BILLIONS! Once again, the press underestimates me.

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show: "I'm just a Sweet Transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvaniaaaaaaa..."
    • Come to think of it, 90% of Tim Curry's roles fall under this. If he's playing a villain, it's a good chance it'll be a an awesomely hammy performance. Tim Curry does not know any other way to act other than completely over the top, chewing every piece of scenery in sight. And we love him for it.

 "Excuse me, sir!! Do you have Prince Albert in a can?? YOU DO?? Well, ya better let the poor guy out!"

  God... is an absentee landlord!

 "You Fool!! You fail to realize that, with your armor gone, my ship will tear through yours like tissue papaer."

"Prepare a tear-harness! For the Female."


Literature Edit

  • Visser Three in Animorphs. While thought-speak can be directed at one, several, or even everyone in range, the Visser is CONSTANTLY BROADCASTING HIS PRESENCE to all, including his enemies. In fact, in the whole series (when in an Andalite body), he speaks to one person at a time a grand total of ONCE.
  • Averted by Lily Weatherwax in Witches Abroad; she's actually somewhat menacingly toned down. What makes this instance notable, though, is the way her sister, Esmerelda "Granny" Weatherwax, reacts; the very fact that Lily isn't Chewing the Scenery enrages her as much as all the damage she's done to innocent lives over the years. Lily went off to be the bad sister, leaving Esme to be the good one, but Lily spent the whole time deluding herself that she was the good one, so even though there was no doubt which sister she was, she never took the opportunity to enjoy it. To Granny this is almost as bad as denying Esme the choice in the first place.
  • Venandakatra the Vile in the Belisarius Series. He is a devotee of every vice known to man, and some that haven't been discovered to this day. He loves hurting people, except when they fight back. He wages war by pitching an array of tents that are more ostentatious and less tasteful then the palaces of more Modest Royalty and then makes guarding his comfort a primary objective of his campaigns. He has the most expensive feasts constantly dumped into his mouth and he treats slave girls much like food, to be consumed and the husks discarded; and sex to him is no fun unless combined with torture. The book also makes a point of mentioning that he is called The Vile and not The Cruel because the latter might imply respect. In general, the chief pleasure a reader takes in his character is that it is almost impossible to imagine someone so extravagantly and flamboyantly evil - even if we know such people exist in Real Life.
  • Kerrigor in The Old Kingdom. "Blood for the breaking!"
  • Baron Vladimir Harkonnen in Dune.
    • Ian McNeice definitely shows it in his portrayal of the baron in the miniseries.
  • Invoked in The Tamuli when the normally restrained Sir Bevier goes undercover at the villain's camp as a mercenary. He attempts to appear "dangerously competent" but his stage training takes over, and as a result he ends up looking like a homicidal maniac and leaves the entire camp terrified of him.


Live-Action TV Edit

  • Although William Shatner usually negates this trope since he's the hero, when Captain Kirk was split into good and evil selves in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Enemy Within", the evil side was much hammier.

  "I'm Captain Kirk! I'm Captain Kirk! IIIIII'M CAPTAIN KIRK!"

    • He does it again when we briefly see the evil Mirror Universe Kirk in "Mirror, Mirror".
    • Same goes for every character in the mirror universe episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise. Most of the actors were at near-Shatner levels of hamminess even during the normal episodes, but their evil counterparts take things Up to Eleven.
    • Mirror Universe episodes of Deep Space Nine were the same, and "Our Man Bashir", had Avery (Sisko) Brooks making a meal of the holographic scenery as a James Bond-style Super Villain.
  • Any Doctor Who villain worth his or her salt. But DAAALEKS ARE-SUPERIOR-HAMS-TO-THEM-AAALL!.
    • NO ONE! OUT HAMS! DAVROS!!!
    • The Eighth Doctor, in the Big Finish audios, functions as almost a controlled experiment in this trope. When he's himself, he's quite soft-spoken (so you turn up the volume). Then if he gets turned evil, he has No Indoor Voice (and you scream and fling your mp3 player of choice as he assaults your ear drums when he turns up the volume too).

 I AM BECOME ZAGREUS![1]

  • Most incarnations of The Master serve up large slices of ham, notably John Simm, Anthony Ainley, and (in spoof "The Curse of Fatal Death") Jonathan Pryce.
      • Although he only plays The Master for a few minutes, Derek Jacobi manages to be pretty hammy himself. Quite the change from the mild mannered Professor Yana.
    • The Racnoss Empress in "The Runaway Bride" is truly one of the largest hams the series has ever seen. Catherine Tate, in her first appearance as companion Donna Noble, counters with Ham-to-Ham Combat.
    • The Beast, when he possessed human form in particular, was hammy beyond belief.
    • A villain called Androvax from a species whose hat is Grand Theft Me pays our heroes a visit on The Sarah Jane Adventures. Elisabeth Sladen was clearly having a lot of fun as a possessed Sarah Jane.
    • She's always been brassy, sassy, and flirty, but Brainwashed and Crazy River Song from "Let's Kill Hitler" could stock a deli counter all by her lonesome.
    • Soldeed from The Horn's of Nimon is infamously campy. So much so that his confrontation with Romana has a dance remix. "MY DREAMS OF CON-QUEST!"
    • BY ALL THE MOONS OF CALLUFRAX, YOU WILL PAY FOR YOUR FAILURE TO NOT MENTION THE PIRATE CAPTAIN FROM THE CLASSIC SERIES SERIAL THE PIRATE PLANET! MR. FIBULI! MR. FIBULI! WHERE IS THAT NINCOMPOOP, MR. FIBULI?!?
  • The Goa'uld of Stargate SG-1 pretty much had hammy-ness as a species trait. This was justified because all the Goa'uld were egotistical, bought into their own act of playing gods, and based their entire civilization on ruling through fear. Their Cool but Impractical technology, their outfits, and their behavior all went along with this trope. Nothing like a booming "KNEEL BEFORE YOUR GOD!" accompanied with some Glowing Eyes of Doom to get the peasants in line.
    • A Goa'uld could tone it down if it ever needed to pretend to be human, but the hammy-ness returned the instant its true nature got discovered.
    • Case in point:

 Anubis: I am Anubis. Humans of the Tau'ri! Your End Of Days finally approaches! There will be no mercy!

Jack O'Neill: Aw, c'mon. Who talks like that?!

    • The Priors could also ham it up occasionally, especially when quoting the Book of Origin.
  • Invoked in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Duet". A Cardassian assumed the identity of another Cardassian who ran a death camp to make Cardassia admit to the crime. He acted hammy when pretending to be that man, but acted normally when the ruse was revealed.
    • Also, an early episode where Dr. Bashir came down with a bad case of Grand Theft Me thanks to a dying evil space criminal gave Alexander Siddig the chance to let his ham flag fly.
    • And let's not even get started on the holodeck Bond villain played by Captain Sisko, which allowed Avery Brooks to chew up every bit of scenery around him in ways taken Up to Eleven (and obviously had the time of his life doing it.)
  • Invoked in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, where Kimberly is kidnapped, by Zed's minions. They try a failed Hypnotize the Princess spell on her, but she fakes it working by acting like Rita, in all her scenery chewing glory.
    • And let's not forget Rita herself, as her line in the opening of the show proves it:

  Rita Repulsa: AAAAHHH!! After 10,000 years, I'm FREE! It's time to CONQUER EARTH!

      • It's basically required for any Power Rangers villain to be hammy enough to reach Camp status.
    • In addition, Tokusatsu villains in general tend to be like this.
  • Nevel on ICarly.
  • In the 2006 BBC production of Robin Hood, NO ONE chews more scenery than the Sheriff of Nottingham. NO ONE.
  • In Red Dwarf, any of the characters from WaxWorld's "Villain World" qualify. Among the villains are the particularly hammy Caligula and Napoleon.
  • Russell Edgington, Vampire King of Louisiana, in the third season of True Blood. *rips news anchor's spinal cord out, waves it around* "We! Will EAT YOU. AFTER we eat your children! [[[Beat]]] And now for the weather. Tiffany?"
  • In the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer The Master had moments of incredible ham.

  Yes, shake, Earth! This is a sign! We are in the final days! My time is come! Glory! GLORY! *pause* What do you think? 5.1?"

    • And Glory was just made of ham. Seriously, she might not have had a single scene that wasn't gloriously hammy. Overcompensating for your lost hell-empire will do that to you.
  • Babylon 5 invokes this in the Season 4 finale. A future propagandist is using holographic versions of several main characters to engage in some historical revisionism. When Evil Capitan Sheridan is making a speech in front of a group of about-to-be-executed prisoners, Bruce Boxleitner hams it up for all he's worth.
  • In CSI, Nate Haskell hams it up no end at his trial for stabbing Langston. It's clearly the character being hammy, as the actor can do a very good subtly creepy when he wants to.
  • In Kamen Rider OOO, Kougami (an extremely Large Ham as is) makes a Kamen Rider movie in-universe. Everyone playing a villain in the film suddenly becomes a gigantic ham, especially Ankh as the Big Bad, who gives Kougami a run for his money. Of course this might be because he's still kind of a villain anyway.
  • In Smallville Clark would become far hammier whenever he was under the influence of Red K, or switched out for an evil doppelganger. And that's without getting into the series' villains. Between John Glover as Lionel Luthor, James Marsters' terrifyingly cold performance as Brainiac, Michael Rosenbaum's Lex Luthor, Steve Byers' as the ungodly slimy Desaad, and Callum Blue's scenery chewing as the horrifically unstable Major Zod, the show had this trope covered.

  "Unlike you I will lead from a throne, not from the shadows. Everyone on Earth, including the woman you love, will Kneel Before Zod!"

  • Dexter seems to be rather fond of this one for the seasonal Big Bad. Season 3 had Jimmy Smits, season 4 had John Lithgow, and season 6 has Edward James Olmos AND Colin Hanks.
  • Sherlock's Moriarty, to a certain extent. He's very hammy when he feels like it, but is just as good at being calm and creepy when that suits him better.
  • Mister Hyde in Jekyll.


Theater Edit

  • Any Pantomime villain worth his salt.
  • The Wolf from The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf requires a Large Ham, to contrast with his lethargic attorney.
  • Cora in Anyone Can Whistle is a first-class scene stealer.


Video Games Edit

  Kyras: BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD, SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THROWN...LET THE GALAXY...BUUUUURRRRRRNNNNN!!!

  • Arius from Devil May Cry. "OH! NO! I was going to be KING of this world!"
    • Arkham and his devil trigger Jester also is a rich source of Ham. With the latter it's intentional, as he tried to act like a fool in order to effectively play the sons of Sparda and Lady against each other. And it could also be a way of unleashing his inner goofball beneath that serious facade.
  • Flemeth in Dragon Age is very hammy when she isn't pretending to be simply a batty old lady, and gets much more so in Dragon Age 2. Being voiced by Captain Janeway really helps.
    • Loghain becomes much hammier after his Face Heel Turn.
    • Though averted for the most part in the first game, since the Darkspawn can't, you know, talk. Until Awakening, when they can talk and get their full opportunity to be hammy.
      • Special mention goes to the ham-tastic Mother.
    • Knight-Commander Meredith in Dragon Age 2 is one of the best examples in the entire series.
      • Not to mention Well-Intentioned Extremist teammate Anders; while he's only hammy in combat (actually, he's usually soft-spoken otherwise), his combat taunts (and screaming) are a bountiful platter of ham.
  • Liquid Snake manages to do this every chance he gets in Metal Gear Solid.
  • Xenosaga gives us Albedo Piazzolla, an incurable muncher, complete with rampant evil laughs at any given opportunity.
  • Vice President RIICHAAARD!! Hawk in Metal Wolf Chaos opened his every appearance with an Evil Laugh and gleefully delivered lines such as...

 RICHARD: "This wild dog of war is on the move, Michael! It'll bite you if you don't move it! It's time for my afternoon tea. There's nothing like sipping some delicious Darjeeling tea...and watching you getting your clock cleaned!"

  • Blaz Blue: Hazama/Yuuki Terumi. Part of the reason he's so Laughably Evil is because his voice actors are clearly having a hell of a time.
  • Sir Richard Hawksmoor in Ghost Hunter. Sir Michael Gambon practically introduces himself with "I want FLESH." An incredible contrast with his role of Dumbledore in the movies.
  • Nergal from the 2003 game Fire Emblem Elibe wasn't THAT hammy until we got to see his disfiguring scar by the end of the game. Then, he unleashed his inner ham and let it run wild.
  • In Starcraft, the Zerg Overmind's first line is: "Awaken, my child, and embrace the glory that is your birthright." Every one of its subsequent lines is equally epic and pompous.
    • "Know that I am the Overmind, the eternal will of the Swarm, and that you have been created to serve me..."
  • Dan Green as Mephiles the Dark is one of the very few good points of Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 for precisely this reason.
    • Eggman has always showed spades of this, but in more recent games (especially in Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations) he's been invoking this full-on.
  • In Portal, once you escape the fire pit, GLaDOS starts along this path. She really goes to town once you you incinerate her morality core.
    • In Portal 2 Wheatley gains several levels in ham when you yank G La DOS out and plug him in. Apparently, a certain amount of hamminess is literally hardwired into the system.
  • The Sengoku Basara versions of Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Ishida Mitsunari. The first is absolutely, baby-eatingly, skull-cup-usingly Obviously Evil, and even has ominous background music and Dramatic Thunder to back him up. And he's voiced by Norio Wakamoto. Hideyoshi is the type to surround three armies at war, and demand ALL of their surrenders at once in a loud voice and with an even louder fist. He then goes ahead and obliges some hotblooded heroes. He also parts the seas. Mitsunari really likes shouting about what he is going to do to his enemies, specifically those who side with Ieyasu. Mitsunari does not say "Ieyasu!" He says, "IEEEYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASU!!!!!!!!"
  • The X-Men arcade game introduces us to MAGNETO, MASTER OF MAGNET! Who wants those X-CHICKEN to know that THEY ARE NOTHING and would like to welcome them TO DIE!!
  • Assassin's Creed Brotherhood: If Cesare wants to live, he lives. If he wants to take, he takes. If he wants you to die, you die, and if he wants to ham, he HAAAAAAAAAMS!
  • The cruelest and evilest of all Suikoden villains, Luca Blight, is also the hammiest, with lots of exclamation marks, distinctive Evil Laugh of "HOO HOO HOO HA HA HA HA HA!!!" and of course his famous last words "It took hundreds to kill me, but I KILLED BY THOUSANDS! LOOK AT ME!!! I AM SUBLIME!!! I AM THE TRUE FACE OF EVIL!!!!! *Evil Laughs to death*"
  • Jegran in Crystal Bearers, after he drops pretending to be good.
  • Barlowe in Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia normally speaks with a very neutral and verbose tone. However, once his true colours are revealed, he goes nuts with wild abandon, laughing manically the whole time.
    • And Dracula. In pretty much every game with voice acting.
    • Death from Castlevania: Lords of Shadow simply never shuts up in his 5 minutes hammy speech even though he has been quite normal when he stayed as Zobek, your ally.
  • Lord Ghirahim in The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword, aka Mr. Furious! OUTRAGED! SICK WITH ANGER!! Zant from The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess is similarly hammy, especially during his Villainous Breakdown. Ganon is also somewhat hammy (literally, in certain situations), but he's rather restrained compared to the other two.
  • Geldoblame, of Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean, is far and away the hammiest character in the game, and (unintentionally) probably the best-voiced character, just because it's so amusing.
  • The Professor Layton series isn't exactly a World of Ham, often going with one hammed line per game, but it is ALWAYS said by a villain.

 Don Paolo: Heeere I come.... READY OR NOT!

Anton: LAAAYTOOOON!!

Clive: This isn't happening... It can't end this way... IT WON'T END THIS WAAAY!!

 I HONOR my LORD! By DESTROYING YOU!

  • Impales helpless bandit*

THERE CAN BE NO OTHER END!

  Galactic Emperor: MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! PUNY HUMANS, JUDGMENT TIME HAS ARRIVED! I'LL FINISH YOU ALL HERE! FIRST THIS PLANET, THEN THE WHOLE GALAXY! YOU AND YOUR SILLY GOTCHA BORGS WILL BE EXTERMINATED!! MWAHAHAHAHA!!


Web Comics Edit


Web Original Edit

 O'Malley: We want something from you, but we're not going to tell you what it is, until we need it! Huhuhuhuahahahaha!

Church: No way! I'm not agreeing to something without knowing what it is!

O'Malley: Huhuhuhuhuhuh Oh yes you will. You will or your little friend Tucker will die, die a most horrible death. And you know his blood will be on your hands. Years from now, you'll drive yourself mad wondering if there was anything you could have done to save him, so you will agree to what I want. You will agree even though what I want is something mysterious, what I want is something frightening, what I want is something PUUUUUUUUUURE EEEEEEEEEEVIL, AAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!

 Dark Chaos: Dark Chaos? My power has become far greater than you can imagine. I am Dark Mayhem now!

Chris: A nut by any other name is just as lame.

  • Pathetic from the french Kingdom Heart saga mp3 parody Kingdom Paf is basically the incarnation of this trope. She acts hammy even when washing her hands, preparing her lunch or playing video games.


Western Animation Edit


Other/Real Life Edit

Notes

  1. The Doctor is never too evil and hammy to make highbrow references.
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