Created By: ElbrunoDecember 9, 2011 Last Edited By: ElbrunoFebruary 26, 2012

Situational Ham

Only certain conditions will trigger the Large Ham in them.

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A Situational Ham is the character that, when put under certain conditions, will start to Chew The Scenery in a way that would make a professional Large Ham proud. Decibels will suddenly increase, cows will be milked and emphasis SHALL. ENSUE.... at least for the time this situation lasts. Take these conditions away and the Situational Ham will slowly go back to his normal, not scenery chewing self -- until the moment calls for it again.


Examples:

Anime
  • Jack Atlas of Yu Gi Oh 5 Ds is the Dueling King, and boasts that as such he's expected to put on a show for the crowds and entertain them.
  • Kamina of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann puts on the brave, manly act to inspire confidence in Simon and the other members of Team Gurren. He privately admits to Yoko that he's as scared as any of them most of the time, but when he puts on the act he can be confident that Simon will make his hollow boasting a reality.
  • In a One Piece filler is revealed that Robin of all people is the greatest ham in the crew, but she does it only for musicals.

Literature
  • One very large hedgehog in Redwall is a textbook Gentle Giant, but when enemies are nearby he stands up to his full height and roars out a Badass Boast that sends the vermin fleeing. Once they're gone he collapses, panting from the effort and apologizing for his language.
  • Sir Bevier from The Elenium becomes much more hammy while he's disguised as an Ax Crazy, one-eyed mercenary. Even his own companions think that he's overdoing.

Music
  • Metal musicians are often cases of Cool Guy, Hammy Performer, like WARREL DANE! of Nevermore.

Video Games
  • Ace Attorney's Phoenix Wright trends to be a calm guy when he's out investigating, talking with suspects and witnesses, or just enjoying some free time. Put him inside the courtroom and he becomes the Hot Blooded, Desk-Slamming, OBJECTION!-shouting, Finger-Pointing attorney people know and love.
  • Many of the characters in Kingdom Hearts, most notably Sora, and definitely Axel.

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Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • December 10, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    Hmm. I submitted an example under Faux Ham that would also fit here. I wonder if the two tropes ought to be combined?
  • December 10, 2011
    DracMonster
    Big Pork Button?

    Since this is like Berserk Button for hamminess?

    (Maybe I'm trying too hard to snow clone here...)
  • December 11, 2011
    Elbruno
    Maybe a snow clone title of Berserk Button could work, anyone got another idea of one?
  • December 11, 2011
    Tambov333
  • January 9, 2012
    ScanVisor
    • Many of the characters in Kingdom Hearts, most notably Sora. And definitely Axel.
    • Metal musicians are often cases of Cool Guy, Hammy Performer, especially WARREL DANE! of Nevermore.

  • January 9, 2012
    Chabal2
    Push Button Receive Ham?

    • One very large hedgehog in Redwall is a textbook Gentle Giant, but when enemies are nearby he stands up to his full height and roars out a Badass Boast that sends the vermin fleeing. Once they're gone he collapses, panting from the effort and apologizing for his language.
  • January 9, 2012
    MiinU

    Web comics

  • January 10, 2012
    Ryuuma

    Anime

    • In a One Piece filler is revealed that Robin of all people is the greatest ham in the crew, but she does it only for musicals.

    Literature

    • Sir Bevier from The Elenium becomes much more hammy while he's disguised as an Ax Crazy, one-eyed mercenary. Even his own companions think that he's overdoing.
  • January 12, 2012
    ScanVisor
  • January 13, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    Here's that example I mentioned:

    Herbert O. Yardley describes one of these in his memoir The Education of a Poker Player. The guy ran a backroom poker game in his bar and occasionally sat in himself; as a poker player, he was loud and histrionic, particularly when betting and raising the pot. Yardley played there in his youth and eventually discovered the man's tell [[hottip: a change in behaviour that indicates the contents of the player's hand]]: when he was bluffing, he added chips to the pot with his left hand, and when he had a strong hand, he did so with his right. Yardley was able to beat the man for a sizeable pot and was later offered a job for his success.
  • January 13, 2012
    ScanVisor
    Real Life:
    • Politicians are generally Push Button Receive Ham because if they were hams all the time they'd do stupid, career-ending stuff.
  • January 13, 2012
    Tambov333
    ^You mean "stupid, career-ending stunts", right?
  • January 13, 2012
    ScanVisor
    that would be "pull stupid, career-ending stunts" but either works, frankly.
  • February 23, 2012
    Elbruno
    I almost forgot this one! Bumping it back.

    I like Push Button Receive Ham, I might change the title to that.
  • February 23, 2012
    pawsplay
    Okay, it's not super witty, but .... Hammy Moment, anyone?
  • February 23, 2012
    Elbruno
    Hammy Moment... I don't think so, this is less about a character getting a hammy moment, and more about something that makes a not-hammy character release the pork.

    PS: Could someone elaborate the Kingdom Hearts example, it lacks the something that triggers the ham, and I haven't played the series.
  • February 23, 2012
    pawsplay
  • February 24, 2012
    Cider
    I'm not convinced, Chewing The Scenery is a specific moment of overacting. Large Ham is regularly overacting. Wouldn't all examples of a character who ordinarily is not a large ham simply belong on chewing the scenery?
  • February 24, 2012
    pawsplay
    I suspect this is a subtrope of Chewing The Scenery. How distinctive are the examples?
  • February 24, 2012
    Cider
    Oh, vary distinctive, Chewing the scenery's examples are basically tropers just listing every large ham they can find...which technically is not incorrect but you also have characters like Light in Death Note, who only chews the scenery when he's playing Kira.
  • February 26, 2012
    pawsplay
    Having a subtrope would allow examples to be divided up somewhat.
  • February 26, 2012
    KingZeal

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