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->''"Everyone seems to be playing a game of who can overact the worst. You have [[CargoCult religious zealots]] who want to throw everyone in the holy recycling pit, you have people delirious from the sun [[{{Hallucinations}} stammering and jumping around]], you have [[TheApunkalypse the leather clad smokers]], and the granddaddy of them all Creator/DennisHopper. You would think the man would slow down in his old age but it seems like he’s doing just as much drugs as his ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' days."''
-->-- '''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Miles Antwiler]]''' [[http://moviemoses.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/waterworld-kevin-reynolds-kevin-costner-1995/ on]] ''{{Film/Waterworld}}''

There are {{Dark World}}s, {{Crapsack World}}s, {{Crapsaccharine World}}s, [[WorldOfBadass Worlds of Badass]], {{Dystopia}}s,
{{Wretched Hive}}s, [[WorldOfChaos Worlds of Chaos]], [[WorldOfSnark Worlds of Snark]], [[WorldGoneMad Worlds Gone Mad]], complex {{Layered World}}s, even brutal {{Death World}}s...

...and then there are '''Worlds of Ham'''.

Basically, a World of Ham is an entire universe populated by {{Large Ham}}s and the HotBlooded, where everything that happens is extremely dramatic, and every activity is ''deadly'' SeriousBusiness, where in every conflict '''''[[DisproportionateRetribution every]][[LawOfDisproportionateResponse thing]]''''' is on the line. Not [[{{Melodrama}} because of the treatment it receives]], but because ''[[RuleOfCool it just works]]'' when done that way! [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Moments of Awesome]], SugarWiki/FunnyMoments, SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments, and {{Tear Jerker}}s happen almost one after another, giving works with this sort of setting unbearably high {{Holy Shit Quotient}}s.

Every factor (characters, plot, pacing...) is configured to produce the maximum possible amount EmotionalTorque, [[ActionFilmQuietDramaScene the more low-key scenes]] being used efficiently to make the more dramatic and action-filled scenes all the more taking.

In such a world, you cannot merely ''act'' - [[SuddenlyShouting YOU MUST]] ''[[NoIndoorVoice OVERACT!]]'' Scenery[[DramaticPause ...]] will be ''[[ChewingTheScenery chewed]]'' -- ground to ''fine dust''. [[MilkingTheGiantCow Giant cows will be milked]] ''dry''. ''Every single line'' of dialogue will be given as if it were a pronouncement from '''Heaven''' itself, or ''[[RageAgainstTheHeavens unto the Heavens]]'' ''[[SkywardScream themselves]]'' -- '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis WITH! ADDED! EMPHASIS!]]''' Furthermore, there's a '''good''' chance that '''[[BrianBlessed BRIAN BLESSED]]''' can be found STOMPING around somewhere. In this kind of world, it may seem like everyone's [[DoingItForTheArt having a ball]] being as [[LargeHam over the top]] as possible, but, in fact, it is the setting that ''requires'', nay, '''''DEMANDS''''' it... and by '''GOD''', its demands will be ''met!''

Works that take place in a World of Ham tend to be TropeOverdosed, and contain {{Melodrama}}, as well as plenty of HamToHamCombat. They also preclude EvilIsHammy, as that required just one side to be hams.

For a world actually made of hamlike substance, see MeatMoss. It'll probably be just as badass, though.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* ''SoulEater''. All attacks must be called in the LARGEST POSSIBLE FONT, and explaining your strategy to the enemy mid-battle is expected. It gets to the point that enemies ''help each other'' in battle with their explanations. Interestingly, meisters tend to ALL be hot-blooded and hammy. Notable [[LargeHam hams]] include: Black*Star, Gopher, Asura(as of recent), Ox, Giriko, Kiddo, and, to a point, [[BadassBookworm Maka]] herself.
--> '''Soul:''' ''SOUL HACK!!!!!''
* A lot of ''ShonenJump'' manga can easily fall into this trope (yes, even the most [[Manga/DeathNote cynical ones]]).
* Most of the SuperRobot genre, with special mention to ''GaoGaiGar'', ''GGundam'', and ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. The RealRobot genre split off specifically by doing away with the ham.
** ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' took this to another level in the second movie; the cast ham it up even ''more'' than they did in the original series. The best example is probably Lordgenome, who goes from saying "OVERLLOOAAAAD!" in the original series, to "OOOOOAAAVAAALOOOOWWAAHHHHDDDDAAAAH!!!" in the second movie. Possibly, the greatest mistake of the English dub is ''not'' providing the incredible ham that was constant in most early dubs.
** Lordgenome is just the tip of the iceberg. While the Antispiral was somewhat hammy in the original (as being hammy generally led to spiral power, which [[CaptainObvious is against the Antispirals]]), the movie took it up to 11. [[spoiler: Case in point: "Interesting! Then... Anti Spiral... Giga... DOOOORRRIILLLL.... BREEEEAAAAAKKKKAAAAA!!!!!"]]
** Essentially, Spiral Energy runs on hamminess.
** ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' might just be [[UpToEleven even more full of Ham]]. Between [[TropeOverdosed all of the over-the-top martial arts cliches]], [[HamToHamCombat the speeches given in between every punch]], and the entire premise of [[RuleOfCool fighting a martial arts tournament with giant robots to determine the next ruler of the world]], it's impossible to not invoke this trope. That's not even including the fact that ''everyone'' and ''everything'' is HotBlooded (from the WrenchWench main love interest to the stereotypically KnightInShiningArmor Frenchman to a ''horse'').
** There's also ''Manga/GiantRobo''.
** And ''Anime/ShinMazinger'', too; the ''narrator'' is probably the biggest ham in the show. In fact, maybe we should just say ''every'' SuperRobot show directed by Yasuhiro Imagawa will be set in a World Of Ham.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' is quite a World Of Ham, despite being more of a RealRobot series. Just look at Ali and Graham...
*** Setsuna gets pretty hammy in the final episodes, too: "Gundam Exia. Setsuna F. Seiei. SLASHING THROUGH THE FUTURE!". Then Exia body-slams the O Gundam into an asteroid.
* {{Anime/Redline}} takes place in a very [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness soft sci-fi]] one... Racing is apparently the galactic pastime, and lord is it SeriousBusiness. Everyone has moments of ham, '''especially''' the announcers, and racers indulge in quite a bit of ham behind the wheel.
-->'''Announcer''': "THA MAD BROZAZ LYYYYNCHUUMAN ANDO JOHNNYBOYAAAAA!"
-->'''Announcer''': "MIKI ANDO TODOROKIIAAAAAAAAAAAAA [At this point, I shit you not, it sounds like the announcer is going into convulsions.]
* ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo''. '''[[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs That is all]]'''.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is unique in that the acting for a lot of characters is more in line with the SuperRobot series, despite being about [[RealRobot Real Robots]]. Even the ''scenery'' is incredibly over the top, [[UnnecessarilyLargeInterior gigantic imperial halls]] and [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas blazing shiny towers]] in the Imperial Enclave separated only by a railway from [[WretchedHive incredibly dirty and impoverished slums]], on diametric opposites of the SlidingScaleOfShinyVersusGritty, and soundtrack keeps pace too.
** ''"Everything is'' '''''[[color:red:Fa]][[color:orange:b]][[color:yellow:u]][[color:green:l]][[color:blue:o]][[color:purple:us]]!'''''''"''
* ''Anime/StarDriver'' takes'' Anime/CodeGeass'''s camp and ramps it way up. It is a series chock-full of ''stupid, stupid concepts'', executed with such ham and panache and brio that you can't help but gape in ''awe''. You know what the protagonist is called? GALACTIC {{BISHONEN}}! And when the villains [[SayMyName scream it]], ''[[NarmCharm they manage to make it sound threatening]]''.
* ''Manga/MedakaBox'' gets a mention for a scene that was all about [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/medaka_box/v04/c028/19.html OPENING A DOOR!!]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece''. The only show in which characters will treat '''declaring war on the entire world''' as a ''matter of fact''. We're kidding you not: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5zQpL25PtQ they actually did that]]. Usopp (sorry, Sogeking) even took the opportunity to brag about his new slingshot.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' is full of hammy villains and heroes. Especially evident in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.
* ''Manga/KarakuridoujiUltimo'' seems to be this. It doesn't help that part of the writing is done by '''{{STAN LEE}}'''.
* ''{{Manga/Hellsing}}'', ''especially'' the {{OVA}}s.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara''. The games are pretty hammy. The anime is made of bacon: while it has its share of low-key characters, the incredibly unrealistic (and ''very awesome'', past the initial surprise) way the battles are rendered, the fraction of ''exceptionally'' HotBlooded or just ''[[BloodKnight batshit insane]]'' characters present, even for anime, and the high drama and gravity of the events there depicted, all with incredibly rousing music in the background, make this anime fall ''squarely'' into this definition.
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''. The excessive amount of drama and bloodshed ''[[YourHeadASplode MAKE HEADS EXPLODE!]]''
** Exemplified by Creator/ShigeruChiba's iconically hammy narration. It started off as an inside joke -- he began delivering his "next-episode" bits [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_D_p-zZafA in an increasingly demented Hot-Blooded voice]], just to see how long he could go on gradually cranking it up before someone noticed. The fans noticed, all right, to the extent that when he leveled it off (out of fear of wrecking his voice or giving himself an aneurysm) they would come up to him in the street and ask why he stopped.
* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure''. It is often referred to as 'The [[{{Main/GlamRock}} glam rock]] version of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''' for a reason.
** Why talk when you can '''SHOUT?!''' Why walk when you can '''SWAGGER?!''' Why jump when you can '''LEAP?!''' Why stand when you can '''POSE?!''' Why monologue when you can '''GIVE A SPEECH?!'''
** The 2012 anime maintains the global hamminess. World of Ham + TalkingIsAFreeAction = someone is ChewingTheScenery every single line.
* ''Anime/DeltoraQuest'', or at least, the English dub. There's the villains, the guardians of the Gems, and a tribe of SuperOCD [[NeatFreak Neat Freaks]], among other hammy things.
* About the only characters in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' that aren't at least a five on the ham-o-meter are Sailor Pluto and Sailor Saturn (who go for [[EmotionlessGirl the other extreme]]), Usagi's parents (incidental characters at best) and... maybe some background extras. It seems [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Histrionic_Personality_Disorder Histrionic Personality Disorder]] is just a natural side-effect of magic and super science. Even [[ShyBlueHairedGirl Ami]] eventually takes her hamminess UpToEleven with her character-based special about ''studying''. Let's not get started on all the villains except for Saphir and Dimande.
** Minako/Sailor Venus takes it UpToEleven. In the main series she usually tones it down to not outshine Usagi/Sailor Moon, who is super hammy herself, but whenever she doesn't risk that... Well, she's so hammy that in one occasion ''the MonsterOfTheWeek [[LampshadeHanging protested she was being too hammy]]''.
** Then there was the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] episode where she had to impersonate Sailor Moon to make it appear it wasn't Usagi, who had been captured ''and'' got her TransformationTrinket taken away. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvALBIfDB9c She hammed it up so much that Kaolinite, Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune were completely fooled and failed to notice the bad disguise and that Sailor Venus was not around]]. And Usagi was '''[[HypocriticalHumor totally embarrassed]]''' by the time Venus was done.
* ''{{Manga/Naruto}}'' has perhaps the single ''least'' [[HighlyVisibleNinja subtle ninjas]] in fiction. For some reason they feel the need to explain their tactics to the enemy, at length, ''in mid battle'' with [[CallingYourAttacks calls of "___ no Jutsu!"]], overly dramatic jutsus themselves and mad headbands.
* In the world of the original [[Manga/YuGiOh ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' manga]] by Kazuki Takahashi (Viz: first seven volumes, ''Duelist'', and ''Millennium World''), games and gaming in general are taken very seriously.
** ''Anime/YuGiOh'' Anime series. Every series makes a [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries children's card game]] [[SeriousBusiness a matter of life and death]], but Yami Yugi plays every single card with the sort of drama normally reserved for parting the Red Sea.
** Heck, English dub Yami Yugi manages to ham up ''[[MundaneMadeAwesome drawing a card at the start of his turn]]'' (in fact, the introduction of Duel Disks for Battle City onwards seems partly so the characters can use more than just their upper bodies to flourish their card draws). He has to, as he is voiced by DanGreen.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XU-nKVzCpss Here's a video]] comparing English dub Yami Yugi and ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' Yami Yugi. Looks like English dub Yami Yugi is ''extremely'' dramatic and takes things too seriously.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya''. As one of the most famous and classic shonen mangas, full of HotBlooded characters who adore to make passionate speeches about ThePowerOfFriendship and [[CallingYourAttacks loudly scream the names of their special techniques]], this is very much to be expected. At this rate, Saori/Athena and [[spoiler: Shun/Hades]] are pretty much the only main characters who act somewhat low-key in a regular basis.
** And the latter actually '''is''' hammy when [[spoiler: he's not possessed by Hades]]!
** The Italian dub was ''forced'' to take it UpToEleven: [[{{Woolseyism}} to convey for Italian viewers the same sense of mystery and awe that classical mythology, which they are all too familiar with, inspired in the culturally distant Japanese, the dub director cranked up the epicness of the dialogues, added quotes from classical Italian poems including the]] '''Literature/DivineComedy,''' [[{{Woolseyism}} and generally raised the stylistic level of all dialogues.]] The end result is one of the hammiest dubs ''in history''... And the viewers getting the sense of epicness.
** The Latin-American dub from Mexico was no slouch in this either. Led by the always hammy JesusBarrero as Seiya, both newbies and seniors were obviously having MASSIVE fun as they screamed their lines at each other and hammed it up like there was no tomorrow. There's a damn good reason the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Pnl_-KeXa4 A OTRA DIMENSION]] meme came from the LA-Spanish fandom.
* ''Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku (Manga/TheLegendOfKoizumi)'' is made of this. They play Mahjong with tiles made of depleted uranium.
* ''Manga/LuckyStar'' has one of the best examples of this every time Konata goes to the HotBlooded anime store. You have not seen a true ham [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EX9QeZw32s UNTIL YOU HAVE HEARD HIM SCREAM (and why he screamed).]]
** What a lot of people don't realize was that was a cameo for the mascots of the Japanese anime shop, ''Animate''. The shop is so wildly popular that these characters will be getting their own movie: ''AnimeTenchoXTouhouProject''
* ''Anime/AngelBeats'' usually isn't this, but becomes one in the OVA due to "Operation High Tensions Syndrome", which translates to "[[HamAndCheese be the most insane hams]] [[HamToHamCombat you can be]]".
** It even has a meter on the screen constantly to measure exactly how hammy everyone is being at that particular moment. Turns out the meter can go [[ReadingsAreOffTheScale Over]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V19qAVRFnhY 9000.]]
* The first 8 or so episodes of ''NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'' is just one epic ham after another. They're being chased by a tank! Now they're on a battleship! Now a submarine! Wait, something about Atlantis? That thing is going to shoot FrickinLaserBeams!?
* ''RanmaOneHalf'' is all Martial Arts Mayhem involving InvoluntaryShapeshifting and ham!
* ''Manga/SchoolRumble'': A show that takes the standard LoveDodecahedron, misunderstandings, and big personalities of your typical RanmaOneHalf-esque shows, and then ramps it up to ''eleven''. Exemplified rather nicely by one of the main characters: "Thank ''GOD I'' was born stupid!"
* The only character in ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' that isn't made of unrelenting ham is Brief, and the universe [[ButtMonkey constantly]] [[ChewToy punishes him for it]].
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' seems to be one of these.
** Seems? It makes countries into {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s that, more than talking, actually '''yell''' at each other 90% of the time. That's pork and then some more.
* The members of ''Manga/FairyTail'' shout half of the things they say on the top of their lungs, such as "WE ARE FAIRY TAIL!"
* The world of ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'' is equal parts Ham, {{Slapstick}}, and {{Moe}}.
* As a {{melodrama}}tic {{shoujo}} from TheSeventies, OniisamaE fits in very well. ''Specially'' in the anime where we have [[EmpathicWeather dramatic thunderstorms]], lots of MoodWhiplash and ''hundreds'' of both {{Repeat cut}}s and {{Pastel Chalked Freeze Frame}}s [[Creator/OsamuDezaki coming from the Master of said Freeze Frames himself]].
* ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'' in all its incarnations.
* ''{{Manga/Toriko}}'' literally does this with food.
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'': Most lines are not spoken, but shouted. You don't open a door, you kick it across the room. The protagonist eats a lemon as you'd eat an apple, just so you can see how badass she is. Steal a school uniform? Get a gruesome death and have your corpse hung on display as a warning to others.
** Every time a new character is introduced, dramatic music and sound-effects blare out as their name and role flashes on the screen in '''HUGE BRIGHT RED BLOCK CAPITAL FONT'''! Even the wimpiest secondary character will tend to be introduced with maximum impact.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. It doesn't matter whether you're five or 50 feet away. Everyone who isn't [[TheStoic a stoic]] generally shout and scream at one another or themselves like their blood consists of sugar, Red Bull and cocaine.
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* During the SilverAge, pretty much every comic book storyline happened in a World Of Ham, probably the best example being [[MarvelComics Marvel's]] [[TheMightyThor Asgard]]: an entire ''Dimension'' of Ham!
** This could be said of most things written by StanLee. ''[[CatchPhrase Excelsior!]]''
* And the BronzeAge brought us Jack Kirby's NewGods Saga, a senses-shattering cosmic god-war between ''two'' Worlds of Ham! With Earth, the Doomed Dominion, caught in-between!!!
* ''ComicBook/SinCity.'' Just about everything written by FrankMiller debatably exists in such a world, but ''Sin City'' particularly thrives on RefugeInAudacity on several levels.
* ''{{Nextwave}}''. Plot? Dialogue? Sanity? OH NOES! If you can't accept it as it is, WarrenEllis shall kick you. And then you shall [[MadeOfExplodium explode]].
* ''{{Transmetropolitan}}''. Halfway justified because the main cast are two halfway psychotic journalists/bodyguards, a bunch of politicians running for president, an editor-in-chief, and a {{cyberpunk}} HunterSThompson.
* ''TheTriganEmpire''.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''Fanfic/TokyoMewMewNoHopeLeft''. ''Every'' character is a large ham. Even characters who are only mentioned for a sentence scream at the top of their lungs or burst into dramatic tears.
* ''Fanfic/{{Deserving}}''. Exhibit A is ''Literature/HarryPotter'' MilkingTheGiantCow and casting fireworks with his wand in order to ''comment on someone's birthday party''. Then we have glorious dialogue such as "[[MundaneMadeAwesome LUBE!]] Always lube. Don't make me repeat it." ([[http://wtffanfiction.tumblr.com/post/12632386622/lube-always-lube-dont-make-me-repeat-it ... came the menacing voice]].)
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[[folder:Film]]
* Too many {{Bollywood}} films to count qualify as this trope.
* ''Film/{{Amadeus}}'': Mozart's music is awesome by itself, but, as a soundtrack, it ''blows your mind''. [[TheResenter Salieri's]] attitude doesn't help tone things down either.
* ''Film/BattlefieldEarth''. Copious amounts of HamAndCheese from everyone.
* ''Film/TheExpendables''. This is a movie which features Creator/SylvesterStallone, Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger and Creator/BruceWillis ''in the same scene'', and we are not even counting the ''rest'' of the cast.
** The film should have been named Ham-singularity, and given [[Creator/ChuckNorris who's going]] [[Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme to be in the sequel]], HamToHamCombat is inevitable.
* ''Film/TheProducers''. Let's just say this: ''Creator/GeneWilder was the understated one'' among the lead characters, and his EstablishingCharacterMoment had him screaming "I'M HYSTERICAL". Which his character is.
** When paired against ZeroMostel, one can't ''help'' but be a little understated.
** The [[RecursiveAdaptation film adaptation of the Broadway adaptation]] is even hammier.
--> I'm in pain, and I'm wet...AND I'M STILL HYSTERICAL!
* ''Film/FlashGordon'', which has BrianBlessed in it, and a soundtrack by {{Queen}}.
-->[[HesBack GORDON'S ALIVE?!]]
* ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'' is another notable musical example. It's a wonder any of the set was still standing after the cast was finished [[ChewingTheScenery munching on it.]]
* ''Film/{{Troy}}''. [[LoveItOrHateIt Say what you will about the film]], but even a resenter will have a bit of fun seeing Peter O'Toole, Brian Cox, Brendan Gleeson and even BradPitt compete in a scenery-devouring contest.
** Consider this: [[Film/{{Hulk}} Eric Bana]] is [[OnlySaneMan the quiet one]]?
* ''Film/RatRace''. Besides [[NoRespectGuy Breckin Meyer]], everyone hams up.
* ''[[Film/ThreeHundred 300]]''. It is a world of ham. It is filled with PEOPLE OF HAM! DIALOGUE OF HAM! CREATURES OF HAM! ''THE VERY LAND ITSELF BLEEDS WITH THE BLOOD OF HAM!'' This is a world where it is apparently perfectly sensible to use the corpses of your enemies as construction mortar, where no-one questions the logic of a king who wages a losing war for the sole purpose of seeing a {{Badass}} KneelBeforeZod. Almost every single line, every single action, every single ''frame'' is '''overflowing''' with Ham.
** This is Hamness!!
** THIS! IS! '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis HAMWORLD!]]'''
* ''Film/TheRef'' is pretty much one hammy ReasonYouSuckSpeech after another.
* The FakeOutOpening to ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''. Imagine an AnachronismStew MegaCrossover and lines like "Well, I brought My [[EverythingsBetterwithDinosaurs DINOSAUR]], WHO EATS [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot FORCE FIELD DOGS!]]" and "[[InsistentTerminology That's MR.]] [[CardCarryingVillain Evil Dr. Pork Chop]] to you!" taken perfectly seriously.
* ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' : '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugR-Iyp-e1k FREEEDHAAAAAAAAM]]'''
* ''StarWars''. Just for starters, every installment has a BigNo.
* Anything with Creator/BruceCampbell. YouKnowTheOne about "if thine eye offend thee, then pluck it out?" Well, in ''Franchise/EvilDead 2'', his EvilHand attempted to strangle him, so he cut it off with a chainsaw, declared the [[ChainsawGood Chainsaw Groovy]] and [[ArtificialLimbs grafted it to the stump]].
** ''[[Franchise/EvilDead Army of Darkness]]'' is the most popular due to completely discarding the horror and concentrating on the ham. Undead, medieval, ''steampunk'' ham.
** By the same token, ''Film/{{Bubba Ho-Tep}}''. Bruce Campbell playing the "late" Elvis... Ossie Davis as JFK; nuff said.
* ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow'': Jude Law is AcePilot Joe Sullivan. He battles HumongousMecha with his [[DoAnythingRobot Do Anything Plane]]. There are [[StupidJetpackHitler Clockwork Nazi Robots]] and [[LegoGenetics mouse-sized elephants]]. And two of every animal on earth being loaded into a rocket ship.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'': There's Lt. Aldo Raine, the Bear Jew, AdolfHitler, Dr. Goebbels, and probably more.
* ''Film/XXx''
** The movie opens with Creator/VinDiesel BASE-jumping off a sports car that he's just driven off a bridge, and it just goes uphill from there.
** Right before that, a Rammstein [[DarkWorld concert]] with obvious people of ham and a ham-spy dressed like Film/JamesBond...
* ''MoulinRouge!''. {{Melodrama}} and [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs absinthe trip-like]] [[DisneyAcidSequence musical numbers]] where the [[SceneryPorn (wonderful)]] scenery is gleefully chewed.
** "[[{{Madonna}} Like A Virgin]]" deserves special mention - to say nothing of the wonderful HamToHamCombat of the two main characters trying to outdo one another, but then the entire ''wait staff'' joining in in a way over the top dance number.
** Also by Baz Luhrmann, ''[[Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet Romeo + Juliet]]''. Keeping Shakespeare's original text (see Theater, below) probably helped the cast to really liven up - [[DragQueen Harold Perrineau]] being the best example.
* Speaking of Musicals, ''JesusChristSuperstar'' is ''The Passion'' set in a World Of Ham and [[NewAgeRetroHippie 60's counterculture]]. Every single line between Jesus and [[TheResenter Judas]] is HamToHamCombat, sung in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjOvk7RFYTU#t=4m56s notes so inhuman few actors can sing them]]
** "Actors" being the key word there; singers don't find those notes all that difficult.
* ''Film/BramStokersDracula.'' Every actor is gloriously hamming it up except for KeanuReeves, [[DullSurprise for whom overacting seems physically impossible]].
** Though one could argue that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=moaW8LRusak#t=116s actual facial expressions]] ''are'' overacting for Keanu Reeves. It's all a matter of perspective...
** Also Creator/RichardEGrant and Creator/AnthonyHopkins having [[HamToHamCombat a good time together]]
* ''Film/HarryPotter''. Kenneth Branagh, JasonIsaacs, '''Creator/EmmaThompson''', Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, Miranda Richardson, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Creator/DavidTennant ([[OneSceneWonder brief though his role may be]]), '''{{HELENA BONHAM CARTER}}''' and even JessieCave (the girl who played Lavender Brown) have entire scenes devoted to their hamminess.
** Rumor has it that during Chamber of Secrets JasonIsaacs, Kenneth Branagh, and Alan Rickman had an ongoing wager seeing who could get the hammiest takes into the final cut.
* You get your first taste of ham in ''RockyHorrorPictureShow'' when the Criminologist begins explaining the plot in the most over-the-top fashion possible, but it's not until the Time Warp and Sweet Transvestite that the true depths of hammitutde are revealed. Of course, at any good screening, the biggest hams in the movie will be the [[AudienceParticipation audience]].
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride''. Cary Elwes, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, AndreTheGiant and Billy Crystal in one film. It's as beautiful as it sounds.
** Hey, what about Creator/MandyPatinkin? He's got the coolest line of all time! JustForFun/{{Hello}}. MyNameIsInigoMontoya. YouKilledMyFather. PrepareToDie.
** Cary Elwes vs. Mandy Patinkin - the duel is a [[YouFightLikeACow glorious]] combination of {{Flynning}} and HamToHamCombat. IAmNotLeftHanded indeed.
** Bizarrely, Christopher Guest's acting doesn't [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap go to eleven]]. "And certainly NOT TO FIFTY!"
* Frequently played for fun in the ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy. Few things are more delightful than Tom Wilson picking on Crispin Glover.
** And Christopher Lloyd. ''1.21 GIGAWATTS!'' ''[[CatchPhrase GREAT SCOTT!]]''
* Also played for fun in ''Film/ShortCircuit''. All of the human characters except for [[FunnyForeigner Ben]] seem to forget what an indoor voice is.
* The comics were pretty hammy to begin with, but the film adaption of ''ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' takes this trope even further.
* ''Film/{{Excalibur}}''. Example: During a siege, Uther asks one of his knights if he's seen Merlin. His response: "I '''HAVEN'T!!!'''"
** Another good example is Merlin himself. John Boorman said something to the effect that the actor was capable of inflecting every vowel sound possible into a single syllable.
-->"A dream...to some. A NEE-YIGHT-MAY-UH TO UH-THUHS!!!"
* The NewYorkCity of ''KingOfNewYork'' is a World of Ham.
* As is the BigApplesauce of ''Film/GangsOfNewYork''. With a [[VaudevilleVillain mustachio-twirling, top hat-wearing]] Creator/DanielDayLewis as the villain.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean!'' '''''Captain''''' Jack Sparrow plus B''[[TalkLikeAPirate arrrr]]''-bossa plus Elizabeth ("I just wanted the pleasure of doing that myself!") plus Davy Jones ("A lost bird that never learned to fly!") plus KeithRichards... pure HamToHamCombat. Orlando Bloom playing it normal brings things down a bit though.
* ''Film/BigMoneyHustlas'' has plenty of this going around. But first, you gotta HYPNOTIZE THAT MOTHERFUCKA!
* ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious''. A RatedMForManly series that from jumpy cameras to cars flying down suspiciously empty streets to [[{{Stripperiffic}} every girl dressed like a stripper]] to every other line of dialogue uttered [[PunctuatedForEmphasis REALLY intensely FOR no DISCERNIBLE reason]].
* ''Film/PootieTang'' is set in a world of Ham and [[DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff Badass Belts]].
* ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'' is like day-old pizza: delicious, ridiculously cheesy, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick and you could catch ebola from it]]. Consider the ham pedigree: Creator/JamesEarlJones (''StarWars''), Creator/MaxVonSydow (''Film/FlashGordon''), and finally Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger (''everything he's ever been in''[[note]] as in cheesiness, [[DullSurprise not overacting]][[/note]]).
** Even the ''[[IncomingHam opening narration]]'' by Mako. And ''then'' you have... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBGOQ7SsJrw Conan The Musical!]]
* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. Intensive {{Melodrama}}, helped by beautiful visuals and music, and everyone overacting at least once, with [[EvilIsHammy The Wicked Witch of the West]] being the best example.
* ''Film/{{Network}}'', which gives every actor a CharacterFilibuster at least once - and they all take full advantage.
** JustifiedTrope: They are all insane.
* Asgard in ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and [[ThorTheDarkWorld its sequel]]. Visually stunning and basically every inhabitant is boisterous.
** Quite appropriately, AnthonyHopkins is the King of Hamminess. He manages to shut down one of Chris Hemsworth's NoIndoorVoice speeches with a single line of dialogue.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' - Bob Hoskins is the only one who doesn't get in on the shtick [[spoiler: until the end]], but even he goes a bit over the top with his hard-boiled noir detective style. The toons are, of course, toons, and ChristopherLloyd is brilliantly nuts. The supporting cast alternates between depressed (when Valiant or Doom are around) to joining in on the cartoonish fun and games (when Roger is present), and Acme and Maroon are very nicely overplayed for such small roles.
* ''Film/IvanTheTerrible'': Everyone shouts a lot and gestures as if they are speaking from the other end of a football pitch, but Tsar Ivan is the supreme ham. "For the sake of the [[PunctuatedForEmphasis GREAT! RUSSIAN! KINGDOM!]]"
* Nearly everyone on the ''Film/ConAir'' airplane (Creator/NicolasCage, Creator/JohnMalkovich, Creator/SteveBuscemi, Creator/DannyTrejo, Creator/VingRhames, M.C. Gainey, the CampGay "Sally Can't Dance"), plus Colm Meaney as a federal agent, is clearly having fun on their roles :
-->'''Cyrus:''' Don't move or the bunny gets it.
* The 1937 film ''The Great Garrick'' is an invoked example of this trope, as all the actors ([[spoiler: except for Creator/OliviaDeHavilland]]) are playing [[LargeHam very large hams]] who are engaged in a [[HamToHamCombat a spitting match]] over comments allegedly said by one of them. By the end of the film, there is very little scenery left as everyone [[spoiler: except Olivia De Havilland]] gets a large taste of the sets.
* ''Film/TheATeam''. Highlights include firing the cannon of a falling tank in an attempt to fly it into a lake.
* ''Film/JudgeDredd''. "LAAAAAAAW!"
* Most of the kids in ''TheSandlot'' are big hams.
* ''Film/TheAvengers'' has this in noticeable doses, but it seems to be more a function of having six people with massive egos and over-the-top schticks (Tony, Natasha, Thor, Loki, Steve, and Fury) all crammed into a very small space under stressful conditions, while the only humble, normal people are kept out of the action (Hill and Coulson), sit on the sidelines snarking bitterly at everyone (Bruce), or get brainwashed and kidnapped moments after showing one of the most level-headed displays of reason in the first half of the film (Clint).
* ''Film/TheManWithTheIronFists'' What do you get when a rapper makes a kung-fu film. Lots of ''BadBadActing'' and ''RussellCrowe'' ''ChewingTheScenery''. Nice cinematography but the dialogue is pure kung-foolery.
* ''Film/TheWarriors''. Can you DIG THE HAM suckas?
* ''Film/StreetsOfFire'' might as well be the SpiritualSuccessor to ''The Warriors'', which it is since Walter Hill is responsible for both movies.
* ''Film/SuckerPunch'' in the fantasy sequences at least.
* ''Film/TheGoonies''. Hollywood long ago decided that children communicate solely in shouts or screams and just never calm down. To some extent this is [[TruthInTelevision truth in television]], but "to some extent" is parsecs below where this film is.
* Plenty of Creator/{{Troma}} movies, but especially ''Film/TromeoAndJuliet''.
* In ''Film/TheHungerGames'', the Capital is this. Aside from [[BigBad President Snow]], everyone acts flamboyant and\or [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes dresses ridiculously]], with the standouts being [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrLpJw_hwCE Caesar]] and [[http://thehungergames.wikia.com/wiki/Gallery:Effie_Trinket Effie]].
* Everybody in the [[FilmOfTheBook film adaptation]] of ''Literature/BeautifulCreatures'' {{camp}}s it up with great enthusiasm, with the champion of ham being Creator/EmmaThompson as Sarafine.
* The 1984 film of ''Literature/{{Dune}}''. The hammiest is Baron Harkonnen, but everyone else is close behind him.
* ''Film/TheBigLebowski''. Every major character has some lines that they repeat with increasing emphasis.
--> '''Walter''': This is what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass, Larry. [...] YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS? THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FUCK A STRANGER IN THE ASS! HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS, LARRY! HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FUCK! A STRANGER! IN THE ASS!
* ''TheFifthElement'' looks straight out of a sci-fi magazine, with colorful and\or downright ridiculous clothes, and features both GaryOldman as the villain and Chris Tucker as a CampStraight radio host.
* ''Film/TheLivingWake'' takes place in a MontyPython-eque world where everyone has some extreme quirk (or several), everyone is over-the-top and dramatic, and random dance numbers just happen sometimes. At one point, one character ''literally throws ham'' at another.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', both the [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Disney film]] and the book.
* All the works of Creator/AlexandreDumas ''ouvre''. Especially ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' and ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers''.
* Creator/FriedrichNietzsche seems to think the world we live in should be like this. His style, which tends to reflect Scripture style, is so hammy, offensive and pretentious NO author has probably ever topped him afterward.
** Only in ''The Birth of Tragedy'' and ''Thus Spoke Zarathustra''. In the former case, he added a preface to the second edition of the book in which he explicitly repudiated the bombastic elements of his youthful style. In the latter, he wrote half-a-dozen books after it, and none of them came anywhere close to the histrionics of ''Zarathustra''.
*** In the former case, he repeats the EXACT SAME PARAGRAPH in different words for [[OverNineThousand Over 9000]] pages.
* ''Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire'', by Creator/NeilGaiman, is a short story about a writer living in a World of Ham, who tries to write "realistically", but fails - his attempts to depict life in the world of Gothic novels he lives in inevitably turn into parody (or is it satire from his point of view?). In the end he decides to write fantasy instead, and that's when he gets into normal family drama. Only to be interrupted by his long-lost brother jumping in through the window with a sword...
* Alexander Pope's ''Literature/TheRapeOfTheLock'', set InAWorld where people go on being hammy even after they die, and where haircuts are SeriousBusiness.
* The fact that ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' gets away with this to the extent that it does imply that we ourselves may be living in a World Of Ham.
** ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' is included with the scriptures? Hmm... Considering it has a RockOpera based on it,[[note]]"[[Music/BlindGuardian Nightfall In Middle-Earth]]", sung in the [[PowerMetal Key of Ham]][[/note]] and features an entire {{Gotterdammerung}} against hordes of demons and dragons through the [[ThePowerOfRock magic of song]]... .
* ''{{Redwall}}''. Name one character who hasn't had at least one hammy line.
** Corp. Rubbadub (''Long Patrol'') only talks in beatbox, but that probably still counts.
* As an AffectionateParody and satire of both opera in general and ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' specifically, Creator/TerryPratchett's Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Maskerade'' qualifies. Discworld is a fairly hammy place to be in any case, but basically every trope from opera is taken and [[UpToEleven hammed up massively]]. This includes, among other things, a character who can sing in harmony with herself, a grandiose, emotional aria whose actual lyrical content is along the lines of "This damn door sticks! It sticks no matter what I do!" and the villain's death scene, which was played in true operatic style, right down to the [[spoiler:sword being between his arm and his chest, rather than actually cutting him. He dies anyway, from the sheer density of ham involved in opera.]] Literally -- he's so caught up he doesn't realize it's fake until it's too late.
* JackChalker's ''DancingGods'' books pretty much embody this, with everything but everything governed by THE RULES to ensure proper [[HeroicFantasy Swords And Sorcery]] action.
* Creator/WilliamShatner? Ham. Shatner at a Shatner-focused convention? The whole pig. A [[http://jeffburk.wordpress.com/shatnerquake/ Shatnerquake]] with Shatner, [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]], [[TJHooker T.J. Hooker]], {{Rescue 911}} Shatner, [[BostonLegal Denny Crane]], and just about every character William Shatner has portrayed? If that doesn't scream "World of Ham", nothing does.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Creator/{{ESPN}}. Even the straight people there have their hammy moments.
* Pick a SoapOpera. Any SoapOpera. But ''especially'' South American ''telenovelas''.
** ''{{Passions}}'' deserves special mention, though: in what other show have you seen an old lady fight off a mountain lion while water-skiing? (We won't mention the orangutan-nurse's love scenes.)
** However, there are some soaps that fall under World Of DullSurprise. ''Fair City'', I'm looking at you.
* ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' is like this.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', particularly whenever anyone is morphed, and villains at any time. Especially in [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers the]] [[Series/PowerRangersZeo early]] [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo seasons]].
** Almost all {{Toku}}satsu, really; since everyone is wearing rubber suits, they all compensate for lack of visible faces and occasionally freedom of motion by [[NoIndoorVoice SHOUTING REALLY LOUDLY]] and using a lot of [[HeadBob exaggerated]] [[MilkingTheGiantCow body language]]. Those ''not'' in rubber suits ham it up too, probably so as to not be left behind. Even the original Franchise/{{Godzilla}}!
--->"Serizawa! '''[[BigNo SERIZAAAAWAAAAAAAA!!!]]'''"
** Bringing this wonderful trope to a beautiful extreme is ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'', penned by the man who wrote the aforementioned ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. Not one episode goes by without mass scenery chewing, MilkingTheGiantCow, bombastic characters or wild and out-of-control battle sequences.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' is basically a ''Universe'' of ham.
** [[WilliamShatner The...TOS episode...Spock's Brain...isthe...absolute...EPITOME! OF! THIS! TROPE!]]
** [[NarmCharm Ham and ham! WHAT IS HAM?!]]
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' had a ShowWithinTheShow in the holodeck program "The Adventures of Captain Proton!", an AffectionateParody of 1930's ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|Serial}}''-type serials; both the holodeck characters and any Voyager crewmember playing them ham things up as much as possible.
* The ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' franchise contains Creator/BrianBlessed, Creator/TomBaker, Creator/StephenFry, Rik Mayall, Rowan Atkinson, Miranda Richardson, Ronald Lacey a.k.a. [[OneSceneWonder The Baby Eating Bishop of Bath and Wells]] (and also Major Toht from ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''), Creator/HughLaurie, Robbie Coltrane, Ade Edmondson, and many, many others.
* ''Series/AlloAllo'' is very similar to ''Blackadder'' in the amount of Ham. Virtually every actor was chosen for their ham qualities.
* ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'' features not only an enormous cast of naked, oily Large Hams battling to the death in the arena but also LucyLawless as a rare female of the species.
* ''{{Glee}}'', and arguably TruthInTelevision as well, considering that the primary cast is a group of high-schoolers; theatrical, drama-nerd high-schoolers no less. And when you consider the fact that virtually the entire show takes place from the warped, surreal viewpoint of one character or another... yeah.
* ''Series/{{Monkey}}'', both the original Japanese series, and the BBC dub.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has every villain of the week trying to out-ham the last, with the Doctor himself out-hamming them all. When the Doctor and the Master are in the same room, you know no piece of scenery will be free of bite marks before the day is over. Still, the winner is either the captain from "The Pirate Planet" or Davros. (The destruction! OF REALITY! '''ITSELF!''')
** John Lumic probably also deserves a special mention.
--> And how will you do that FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE.
** As does Omega, BigBad of ''The Three Doctors'', whose every line exemplifies PunctuatedForEmphasis.
--> I. AM! THE CREATOR. OF ''TIME LORD.'' '''SOCIETYYYYYY!'''
** But special, special mention goes to ''Mindwarp'', with {{BRIAN BLESSED}}, Creator/ColinBaker, Nabil Shaban shouting about The Magnificence...
* There's no doubting that ''GilligansIsland'' was an island full of ham - and we're ''not'' talking about the wild boar.
* ''ZekeAndLuther'', where skateboarding is SeriousBusiness.
* Series/BabylonFive: being [[TheEpic an epic]] it pretty much has to be. But it is [[TropesAreNotBad well done]] ham.
** This gets {{Lampshaded}} early and often. In one episode Garibaldi attempts to have a SeinfeldianConversation[[note]]Specifically, if one should fasten the button on his pants before zipping it up, or vice versa[[/note]] with Sinclair, stating that "not every conversation has to be about the end of the world." In another, Ivanova accuses a character of having "the worst case of TestosteronePoisoning I've ever seen." And both these examples are just from the First Season.
* The ''{{Stargate}}'' universe is one of these, where EVERY villain except the Replicators is incredibly bombastic (Jack O'Neil even [[Quotes/IncomingHam reacted properly]] to one's [[IncomingHam introductory line]]). And maybe it's no coincidence that the SGC is headed by General [[IncrediblyLamePun HAMmond]].
--> '''[[LargeHam Ba']][[EvilIsHammy al]]''': You '''dare''' mock ''me''!?
--> '''[[TheSnarkKnight O'Neil]]''': C'mon, [[BigBad Ba'al,]] you should know [[BunnyEarsLawyer me]] [[LampshadeHanging by now.]] Of ''course'' I dare mock you!
* ''Series/TheItCrowd'' is this, except for the titular IT department. This was deliberate, the writers wanting the day to day office life to approximate a South American SoapOpera and to try and portray the IT department as OnlySaneMan (for a given value of sane).
* While not one normally, the world of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' often spontaneously morphs into one of these, due to the fact that everything that happens is either Ted's twenty-year-old, emotion-tinted, perspective-skewed memories, or Ted's extra-colorful retelling of twenty-year-old, emotion-tinted, perspective-skewed memories (or perhaps a blend of the two).
* ''TheAquabatsSuperShow'' There isn't a single character who isn't over-the-top.
* ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia. Even [[OnlySaneMan the Lawyer and the Waitress]] have their moments.
* Arguably, ''Series/WhereInTimeIsCarmenSandiego''. A fun game would be for the viewers to try to pick the hammiest actor on the show.
** It gets even better when you realize that the producers of the show fully expected the contestants to be just as involved as the host and other actors were. Whenever the Chronoskimmer was attacked, Kevin (the host) would go absolutely nuts, running around and screaming that they were in "big trouble" as alarms flashed and the camera shook like crazy. Half of the time, you'd see one or two of the kids on the show ''not reacting at all,'' or slowly swaying back and forth. It's understandable--they were kids trying to win a game show, not break into acting--but it's still great for some unintentional humor.
* ''{{SCTV}}'' evoked this trope with their parody movie trailers for such epics as "How the Middle East Was Won" and "The Man Who Would Be King of the Popes", starring the likes of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Katherine Hepburn, and Peter O'Toole all loudly determined to outact each other.
** The ''{{SCTV}}'' characters themselves are all over the top.
* In ''{{Danger 5}}'', every character is over-the-top.
* ''Series/{{Dads}}'': "Over-the-top" is every character's default tone.
* ''Series/FatherTed'' is notable for having many [[OneSceneWonder one-off characters who proceed to chew as much scenery as they can in their limited time onscreen]]. Honourable mentions go to the racist townsfolk from ''Are You Right There, Father Ted?'' ("Feckin' Greeks! They invented gayness!"), Henry Sellers ("Sack ''me''?! I ''made'' the BBC!") and the [[LargeHam particularly-hammy]] priest from the Christmas Special ("You must excuse me for my ''impetuous'' interruption!").
** And this is on top of the regular characters, including [[TheAlcoholic Father Jack Hackett]].
-->'''Jack''': RATS! HAIRY JAPANESE ''BASTARDS''!
* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' got like this quite often. Kind of a given when your main cast is Roseanne, John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf and the supporting cast includes Estelle Parsons, Martin Mull and Sandra Bernhard.
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[[folder:Music]]
* A hallmark of the Romantic period.
* All of Music/{{Eminem}}'s narrative universe: "You better LOSE/ yourself in da music...". Except for his most recent album, in which he seems to have settled down into a much more "adult" persona, with the music changing accordingly, becoming much more understated but at the same time much more contondent.
* There are entire genres which exist for and through incredible levels of ham. Starting with ThePowerOfRock, through PowerMetal and finally back to ''Music/TenaciousD'':
** "AND HE SAID: "Be thou angels?" And we said NAY, we are but MEN, ROCK!! OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNN!!!"
** Master Exploder. Just JackBlack's [[YourHeadASplode Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!]]
* Absolutely everything by [[Music.DragonForce DragonForce]].
* Every song written by Music/JimSteinman. Ever.
** Taken UpToEleven when said songs are performed by Music/MeatLoaf.
* HeavyMetal in general. PowerMetal takes this UpToEleven. Brilliantly parodied in ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap''.
* Even though the pieces are lyricless, Gustav Holtz's "The Planets" seems to indicate that we are living in an entire Solar System of Ham.
* The entire discography of Music/{{Muse}}
* Music/LinkinPark and their back catalogue.
* '''''Music/{{Manowar}}'''''. Dear Jesus, just Manowar.
* Music/PublicEnemy - nothing is half-hearted, everything is full of passion and conviction. FIGHT THE POWER!
* The video for Creator/WeirdAlYankovic's "Tacky" manages to do this even though Weird Al is the only one whose voice can be heard, since every single guest star and Al himself have cranked up their strutting and posing to scenery-destroying levels. Creator/JackBlack is probably the most overacted though.
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[[folder:Opera]]
* Pretty much all of it, be it Romantic or not. Inevitable when your medium is the narration of every little thing that happens to you via really loud singing while OrchestralBombing plays in the background. The music isn't always hammy (see: Gluck, Mozart) but the characters are usually way larger than life; ChewingTheScenery with NoIndoorVoice is standard practice due to overlarge theaters, no microphones, and inattentive audiences, thus forcing every action and word to be heavily telegraphed; and the plots are usually so far gone, contrived and over-the-top - often based in mythology - that there's really no other way to be. To say nothing of often having to jump the language barrier ''and still come across''. Modern practice is making it a little more subtle and realistic with time, but there are still all the logistic and artistic problems to address. There's a reason that the genre SoapOpera uses "opera" in its title.
** And let's not even get started on any aria and solo parts.
* Creator/RichardWagner, Lord High [[GratuitousGerman Kapellmeister von der]] Schinkenwelt. After all, he composed the ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq0POBWEIuM Ride of the Valkyries]]'', [[MusicToInvadePolandTo Music to Conquer]] [[ImperialGermany Empires By]]. And his lyrics are just as [[LargeHam Hamtastic]], as in this from ''Theatre/DieWalkuere'':
--> ''Holiest longing's highest need,''
--> ''Yearning desire's searing demand''
--> ''Burns for me bright in my breast,''
--> ''Drives to death and deed!''
--> ''Needful! Needful I name thee, o sword!''
--> ''"Needful! Needful!" Envied steel!!''
--> ''Show forth thy sharpness's shearing fang!''
--> ''Come forth from thy scabbard to me!''
* Georges Bizet's ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}'' is pure unleaded ham. Not only does it take just about every popular trope of the late 19th century (gypsies, Spain, tobacco, smuggling, dangerous women, soldiers, bullfighting, unrequited love) and turn it up to eleven, it does so in the hammiest way imaginable. Escamillo's "Toreador Song" is a five-minute long blast of ham in which he repeatedly compares his prowess in the ring with his prowess in bed.
** There is also "Écoute, écoute, compagnons". Another hamtastic blast about how sneaky you have to be to smuggle cigarrettes.
* Somewhat related: the J.G. Wentworth opera commercials.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Pro Wrestling. The whole thing. All of it. No need to go into detail, because everything about it is a World of Ham. In most cases, a wrestler's position on the card is directly proportional to the amount of scenery they chew.
** As with the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' example above, this was originally a matter of practicality. If you're in the middle of a ring surrounded by thousands of fans, taking part in a largely non-verbal performance, you ''need'' to overact so that the guys in the cheap seats can see what's going on.
*** A wrestler also needs to be rather loud when screaming in pain, or when doing anything else in general. Granted, in the larger arenas, the cheap seats won't hear it, but it's the effort that counts.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Religion and Mythology]]
* Holy scriptures. Any holy scriptures. ANYTHING involving Gods as protagonists. Literature/TheBible. Literature/TheQuran. TheSilmarillion. GreekMythology. NorseMythology. If a fictional character from any work is invoking the name of GOD (especially in cases of [[AGodAmI having the role of God]]), [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe his speech shall reflect the poetry of the Bible]] or Qur'an, with overdosed injections of mythical allusions added in their sentences. And behold, that makes this trope OlderThanFeudalism.
** Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Damien" where [[TheAntiChrist the eponymous character]] and in some cases Jesus himself talk in [[HollywoodApocrypha Poetic]]. Damien only gets mocked for it.
** The Manga Bible actually succeeds in making it even MORE hammy. Not one character there can say anything without posing dramatically and bellowing his dialogue like he's at an amateur dramatics convention.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Sports]]
* [[TheBeautifulGame Soccer/Football]]. Every goal is celebrated like it won you TheWorldCup, and '''every''' "[[WoundedGazelleGambit injury]]" [[TheatricsOfPain is played up to draw a penalty]]. Bonus points if the ref doesn't buy it, and the player jumps right back up and joins the flow like nothing happened.
** Enters a whole other dimension of ham with Spanish-speaking commentators, hot Latin blood and all that:
--> Number 5! Number 5! Number 5! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO[cut for length]OOOOOOOOAAAALL!!!
* Professional ballroom dancing, particularly the Latin category. The costumes are skimpy, usually in flashy colors and covered in glitter and rhinestones. The dancers, even the men, wear tons of makeup and fake tans. Not to mention the always huge, even more fake smiles to display the whitened teeth.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Virtually any tabletop roleplaying game has the potential to be this, depending on the inclinations of the Dungeon Master and the players.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', in whatever media form it takes. The game itself almost requires the player take on this sort of attitude. The novels are bombastically hammy. The ''DawnOfWar'' game series is made of Awesome and Ham. HamToHamCombat is inevitable. The Imperium is based around being as ostentatious as physically possible in veneration of the Emperor ("Be faithful! Be strong! Be vigilant!"). Chaos is based around going ''beyond'' the physically possible, because the Dark Gods demand even more ("MAIM! BURN! KILL!"). Orks consider being LOUD AND MEAN to be valid battle tactics ("WAAAAAAAGGGGHHH!"). The Eldar and Tau are relatively sedate, but in a non-World Of Ham setting they would blow everyone away. The only factions that ''isn't'' pure ham and cheese are the Tyranids, who can't exactly speak, and the Necrons, who appear to be completely mute! (to their enemies; the wireless communication Lords and Crypteks use is given a long raspy tone in the TranslationConvention)
** Even then, the Necrons are magnificently hammy even without speaking. Necron Lords in every medium, stomp, not walk, ''stomp'' around the battlefield pissed they didn't get the [[StarWars Imperial March]] for theme music. And the Tyranids? Well, somehow they seem to be a hammy HordeOfAlienLocusts.
** The presence of Tyranids can cause other people to get hammy in ApocalypticLogs.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' is all about this trope when it's done well.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' world ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' is designed like this. "ACTION POINTS!"
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. This is a game where there are three base stats, three skills and an entire combat system governing your ability to make epic, bombastic speeches and generally persuade people via [[ChewingTheScenery scenery-chewing]]. The game actively encourages you to do this and being [[RuleOfCool sufficiently awesome]] will impress the gods of the laws of physics, convincing them to pull a few strings in your favor. (Seriously; this is how the fluff justifies stunting.)
* ''TabletopGame/{{TORG}}'' had among its realities the "Nile Empire", inspired by pulp dime novels. A world full of [[ContractualGenreBlindness stereotypical]] villains, [[TheAce dashing (super) heroes]] and [[DistressedDamsel distressed damsels]]
* ''TabletopGame/TeenagersFromOuterSpace'' demands this of its players:
--> "You've just been grabbed by the foot by an unknown thing on an alien planet. If you aren't screaming like a cat dipped in Nair, you aren't grasping the seriousness of the situation."
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[[folder:Radio]]
* ''TheNavyLark''. Somehow, even on ''radio'', the cast managed to chew enough scenery to keep a good-sized Shakespeare festival supplied for years.
* Most RadioDrama sounds like this to many used to tv, considering that the actors ''have'' to talk about what they're doing as the audience doesn't have any visual aids.
* ''Prairie Home Companion''
* A March 1952 episode of ''TheJackBennyProgram'', which already starred the prosciutto-rich Benny and Phil Harris featured as guest stars Creator/FrankSinatra, Creator/GeorgeBurns, Creator/DannyKaye, and '''[[MarxBrothers Groucho Marx]]''', leading to perhaps the least kosher radio show in history.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Theatre]]
* ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', pun unintended. ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' a lot more so.
** If given to the right actors, any of Shakespeare's plays. Done properly (enunciated, with stilted hand gestures and a very serious look) it can either be filled with {{Narm}} or exceptionally Hammy.
** It can be argued that many of Shakespeare's plays were originally ''meant'' to be hammy. For much of his career the man had to compete against such traditional London pastimes as drinking, whoring and [[ValuesDissonance watching a bear fight dogs while getting jabbed with a pointed stick.]] He did it, successfully, with as much overacted innuendo, swordplay and comedy as he could cram into a show.
* Creator/HenrikIbsen wrote a {{horny vikings}} play in 1859, while still a young man: ''Theatre/TheWarriorsAtHelgeland'' is ''exessively'' hammy from beginning to end, containing sword fights, badass boasting, and a cataclysmic climax where the designated heroine Hjørdis jumps off a cliff in the middle of a thunder storm only to be collected by {{the wild hunt}}. Ibsen never topped the amount of hamminess he achieved in this play.
* If Creator/CirqueDuSoleil has taught us anything with its shows, it's that you don't need lots of intelligible dialogue/lyrics to be hammy. Gestures and expressions pick up the slack -- and all on top of the often jaw-dropping feats the performers pull off.
** Circus in general is an extremely hammy art form (not necessarily a CircusOfFear, though that can certainly qualify as well). When the entire soundtrack consists of a whistle, a brass band, maybe some clown horns, and a steam-powered organ so loud that it can be heard ''for miles'', how can it all not be hammy ''in excelsis''? Taken UpToEleven by recent editions of the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus, where even ''[[HammyHerald the ringmaster]]'' sings and dances.
* Count the number of Broadway musicals that ''aren't'' this. The most {{egregious}} examples are from Creator/GilbertAndSullivan, Creator/MelBrooks, and StephenSondheim.
* AndrewLloydWebber: ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', his most successful work, is a full-on balls-to-the-wall {{Melodrama}} in which several of the characters (including two of the three leads) are ''opera singers''. If that doesn't bring the ham, nothing will.
* Pantomime is built on this trope, and when you have amateur actors involved, the [[{{NO INDOOR VOICE}} SHEER EAR-SHATTERING VOLUME]] and HamToHamCombat can reach ridiculous (but hilarious) levels.
* ''{{Fools}}''.
* ''Theater/WeWillRockYou'' wears this trope proudly on its sleeve.
* ''Theatre/{{Starship}}''. Even the background is hammy when it needs to be.
* "[[Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors Little Shop, Little Shop of Horrors]]! [[LyricalDissonance Bop shu bop, you'll NEVER stop the terror]]!"
* ''Theatre/PeterPan'': Neverland is this, since it's the product of children's imaginations. The pirates especially tend to be [[LargeHam enjoying themselves]], with Captain Hook the hammiest of them all.
* In the 2013 stage adaptation of ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', little Charlie and his parents are the only characters who ''don't'' ham it up at least once. Most everyone else hams it up as a way of life, none more so than Willy Wonka. Of course, in a world where there's scenery that can be ''literally'' chewed upon, can one blame them for indulging?
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series. Even the most serious and stoic characters have at least one hammy moment. One of the biggest running gags is the over-the-top mental breakdowns both the heroes and villains have.
* ''BaldursGate''. For reference, Jaheira is probably by any standard the least hammy, most "normal" major character in the entire game. She goes around screaming "FOR THE FALLEN!" and "NATURE TAKES THE LIFE SHE GAVE!" in a fake-Russian accent. In most other circumstances she'd be the cast's LargeHam.
** And, on the opposite side of the spectrum, we have Minsc. This man is undisputedly considered among the series' greatest hams. The man's mere ''presence'' is an IncomingHam. What does he say for simply walking? "Stand back, '''FOR JUSTICE'''" at the top of his lungs.
-->You point...I PUNCH!
--> Go for the eyes Boo! ''GO FOR THE EYES!'' YAAH! *squeeek*
--> SWORDS not words!
--> SWORDS FOR EVERYONE!
--> Buuuutt-kicking... FOR GOODNESS!!
** In fact, once battle comes around, the curse of hamminess tends to find even your most level-headed companions. And as if proof was needed that hamminess makes no discrimination, it affects companions from all across the sliding scale of good and evil, law and chaos. A few samples:
--> '''[[BlackKnight Dorn]]''': Hah! I'll '''rip you apart''', you whey-faced cur!
--> '''[[NatureHero Cernd]]''': [[GaiasVengeance THE SILENCE OF NATURE WILL CLAIM YOU]]!
--> '''[[EvilSorceror Edwin]]''': Your ''worthless'' lives ''end here''!
--> '''[[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Korgan]]''': Blood and glory, ''now you die''!
--> '''[[ThePaladin Keldorn]]''': ''Good is on our side this day''!
--> '''[[WarriorPoet Haer'Dalis]]''': For the Doomguard, '''I strike a blow'''!
--> '''[[FarEast Yoshimo]]''': Pay attention... [[TranquilFury you will get no second chance]]!
--> [[spoiler:'''[[PromotedToPlayable Sarevok]]''': Death comes for you; feel its icy breath!]]
* Also to some degree ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''.
* ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'': The initial training mission is an alien invasion which you complete by taking the superhero Ironclad (who is a ham of titanic proportions all by himself) ''[[CrazyAwesome and shooting him out of a cannon at the alien mothership.]]'' And it only ramps UP from there....
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' likes this trope in its settings. The ''Tiberium'' universe is less blatant about it, but it's a very hammy CrapsackWorld once you get past the in-progress apocalypse. The ''Red Alert'' universe, on the other hand... ''Red Alert 1'' was hammy but sane. ''Red Alert 2'' embraced the pork and experimented with some zany ideas. ''RedAlert3'' has Tim Curry, Jonathan Pryce, J.K. Simmons, and George Takei as major characters. It's worth noting that the Ham Acting is entirely intentional in the later game. You can see the big-name actors are having a lot of fun with it.
*** And with TimCurry's character deceased in ''Uprising'', Malcolm [=McDowell=] and RicFlair are right there to yank the ham from his jowls.
** By ''Tiberium Wars'' the Tiberium setting has upped the ham. [[EvilIsHammy Kane]] himself is hammy enough, but then you get [[StarWars Billy Dee]] Williams as the director of GDI and you know it's gonna be awesome.
** ''Generals'' was relatively sedate, but the ''Zero Hour'' expansion was extra hammy to make up for it - possibly to avoid UnfortunateImplications.
** All three series have their hammy units and unit quotes, implying that the troops on the field are just as hammy as their leaders. Notable examples include the USA Paladin tank from Generals, The Nod emissary from the Tiberium Universe, and practically everything that can talk from Red Alert 3.
* The PocketDimension of ''[[MortalKombat MORTAL KOMBAAT!]]'' is powered by Ham and FLAWLESS VICTORY.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry''. Even the ''sets'' manage to be hammy! But nothing can match the sheer hamminess of the series' main character.
* ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness''. '''Captain Gordon, Defender of Earth!''' definitely takes the cake, but Laharl's attempts at being evil (not to mention his personal special attacks) are pretty hammy as well, and [[LoveFreak Flonne]] is, well...very enthusiastic about her heroism and ThePowerOfLove. Vulcanus and Mid-Boss also get plenty of good posturing done, and [[spoiler:Prinny Kurtis]] [[IncomingHam makes an entrance in style]] as well. ''Etna'', of all characters, comes off as one of the most sedate during the body of the story--yes, the same character known for her over-the-top, [[NeverTrustATrailer wildly inaccurate]] chapter previews which rival even Gordon for hamminess.
** The sequels all continue this trend, and every game has at least a few hams. VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}} has Rozalin and Axel, [[VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice 3]] has Mao and ''especially'' Mr. Champloo, and [[VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten 4]] features Axel again as well as Valvatorez, who has given up ham for "the power of SARDINES!"
* ''DynastyWarriors'', in which it's worth unlocking every single one of the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters just to find how many new and ham-tastic variations on "I DEFEATED AN OFFICER!" are possible.
** Particularly excellent is Zhang Jiao's shriek that ''"The Heavens have SPOKEN!!!"''
--> "Unnleash your raaaage, my [=CHOsen=] [=CHILdren=]. Unnnnleash-your-rage-upon-the-Han, and bring forth, THE AGE of the Yellow TURBANS!"
--> "I don't belieeeeve in magiiiic... ONWAAAARD"
--> "So, you summon-a-rainstorm, with your magic. Whahahat of it?"
** Or his henchman Zhang Bao:
--> "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XF-MDuXXiSI Feel the power of my MMMMMMAAAAAAGIIIIIC!]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeSMpetv34M You flaming idiots!!]]"
--> "I AM LU BU!!!"
--> [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5madfK_fJF4&feature=related DID YOU THINK THAT I'D RESPOND TO ALL OF YOUR TAUNTS?]]
** Then there's ''DynastyWarriorsGundam'', which even has the normally stoic RealRobot characters taking a cue from [[GGundam Domon and friends]] and abandoning Kosher. Say it with me now... "'''[[ZetaGundam Camille's]] a man's name! AND I'M A MAN!!!'''"
*** Let's just hope they don't get too crossover-happy and do ''Dynasty Warhammer 40k''... that could implode the world with awesome...
* ''FreedomForce''.
* While well acted, ''EternalDarkness'' certainly qualifies for its melodramatic script.
--> ''[[MemeticMutation MAY THE RATS EAT YOUR EYES!!!]]''
* ''GearsOfWar 2'''s single player qualifies with Marcus' and Dom's outbursts. Otherwise it's just TestosteronePoisoning like its predecessor.
--> '''Marcus:''' It's- It's a '''GIANT HAM!''' '''THEY'RE SINKING CITIES WITH A GIANT HAM!!!'''
* ''GodHand''.
* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', even the rocks are Large Hams! Kratos spends most of the time killing everything, but when he speaks...
-->'''KRATOS:''' [[IncomingHam ZEUS!! I BRING THE DESTRUCTION OF OLYMPUS!!!]]
** The titans deserve special mention. Near the beginning of the second game:
--> "YOU WILL PAY... FOR THAT... KRAAAAAAAATOOOOOOS"!
* ''InazumaEleven'' is a kids' game about soccer. The first game can get a little [[CallingYourAttacks over-the-top]] for a middle school soccer tournament, But then we get to the ''second'' game. It's an AlienInvasion. [[SeriousBusiness With soccer]]. Suffice it to say, the overall tone of the series can be summed up as "''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' [[XMeetsY meets]] soccer".
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' gives us the Old World Blues DLC set in BIIG MOUNTAIIIN!, where everybody talks like a hammy actor from a 1950's B movie. You can even indulge in some scenery-chewing hammery by channeling your inner MadScientist.
* The ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' series has probably the highest concentration of ham in any media, ever! It's easier to list the characters that are not completely hammy. In the four main games, there are more than 20 villains, every single one a LargeHam in their own right. They can even make a [[TheStoic stoic]] LadyOfWar out to be a LargeHam.
** And then there's Liquid Ocelot, the King of Ham, who out-hams all other characters in the game combined.
-->'''Liquid Snake''': I'm ''you''! I AM YOUR '''[[EvilCounterpart SHADOW]]'''!
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', where even supposedly low-key strategy/planning scenes are filled with wall-smashing punches and [[SayMyName epic, manly name shouting]].
* The ''SoulSeries'' is the unquestionable king of this trope. Every battle quote is as over-the-top and poetic as possible, and when a character wins a match they do a little dance with their sword, punch the ground/bend over provocatively, and SCREAM ABOUT THEIR BACKSTORY.
** Rock is a World of Ham all of his own: "Spirits, grant me strength! I'LL CRUSH YOU! THIS IS THE END! BAAAAANGOOOOOOOOOOO!"
** [[LargeHam Nightmare]] is '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis IN! A! LEAGUE! OF! HIS! OWN! GRAAAAAAUGH!!]]''' (It's to be expected, though, considering [[NobuyukiHiyama who he's voiced by]]).
*** "You will be in Hell...[dramatic sword sheath] ...long before me!"
* In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', everyone but the Master Chief seems to be a big ham.
** Captain Keyes would only be a medium ham, but everything he says lets you know what a great officer he is.
** Cortana has her moments, but in ''Halo 3'' she digs into the ham for all that it's worth.
** Sgt. Johnson is another Large Ham, and he knows it.
** All of the Prophets count, but the Prophet of Truth easily steals the cake.
** Though he pales a bit compared with the other characters of the game, the Arbiter is a serious ham in his own right.
** The Ship Master Rtas 'Vadum only has a loud ham voice and a calm ham voice, and nothing else.
** And then there's Gravemind, the pure and awsome manifestation of hamminess. When it first reveals itself, its first words are '''"I am a monument to all your sins!"'''
* ''StreetFighter'', [[MemeticMutation OF COURSE!!!]].
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' especially due to how tongue in cheek the characters are. That, and the fact that you have a crossover of ''multiple'' HotBlooded, over-the-top [[ScreamingWarrior Screaming Warriors]] from across the multiverse.
** [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration SANGER, SANGER ZONVOLT,]] '''''THE SWORD THAT CLEAVES EVIIIL!'''''
* As mentioned above, ''DawnOfWar'', in which everyone from the lowliest Chaos Cultist to the narrator to the fiery incarnation of the God of War and Murder is always hammy, all the time. ''Winter Assault'' is the absolute pinnacle, including the [[{{Determinator}} indomitable]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu4jH3YP5ZA General Sturnn]], the AxCrazy [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DliMrKCpeww Lord Crull]], and [[EnsembleDarkHorse of course]] the LaughablyEvil [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QV_BklBHjQY Warboss Gorgutz 'Eadhunter]]. When Gorgutz and Crull meet, it is truly [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9r5OKlQIkk a sight to behold]].
** The ''Soulstorm'' Chaos Lord's rant on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO3MttgvHUY metal boxes]] became [[MemeticMutation incredibly popular]] for the sheer ham value. The video also has Lord Bale's infamous "SINDRIIIIII!" from the first campaign.
** ''Soulstorm'' adds the Sisters Of Battle, more bombastic and strident than the orks. Build a flame-thrower tank and the driver will announcer herself with "Behold...''THE IMMOLATOR!'' '''''BURNING GLORY!'''''"
** The bloody Commissars. "''FEAR ME'', BUT ''FOLLOW''!"
*** Which continued into ''DawnOfWar 2''. "Be like General Tarsus of yore, BULLETPROOF, AND FREE OF FEAR!"
** Or the Space Marine Scouts: "FOOOO THE EMPRAH!"
** The sequel's voice acting was more sedate, to the dismay of some fans. Probably why Araghast, the Chaos Lord in ''Chaos Rising'', is so popular. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb889frNf1E "FACE ME, IF YOU DARE."]]
** EvilIsHammy is taken very seriously, as demonstrated here. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-gSJW3sHXE FORCES OF CHAAAOOOOOOOSSSSSS, FiLL ME WITH POWWAAAAAAAAAAHRRRHRHGLGLHHH!!!!]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' probably is a world full of hams. From the High Heavens above, we have the Archangels [[BigGood Tyrael]], [[HotBlooded Imperius]], and even [[GeniusBruiser Itheriel]] and [[HopeBringer Auriel]] when they speak. From the Burning Hells, we have the [[BigBadDuumvirate Three Prime Evils]] Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal. And so on and so forth with the player characters and among their followers. Even the funny Ghost of the Cow King himself is hammy...or rather, [[{{Pun}} beefy]].
* Power levels are very clearly defined by hamminess in ''ShinMegamiTensei'' games. Basically, the tougher the enemy is, the less afraid he'll be, the more boastful he'll be, and the more awesome and powerful he'll be.
* ''Franchise/{{Starcraft}}'', where everyone from Tassadar down to basic Terran Marines is overacted unless they have some kind of special reason not to be. The Zerg Overmind is perhaps [[EvilIsHammy the worst offender]].
** ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' even more so. For example, Arthas is prone to proclaiming things like "Betrayer of the Light!" when you send him into battle. Even if said "battle" consists of [[{{Narm}} bashing open a defenseless barrel]]...
** ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' takes the ham of the first game and up-hams it to almost unnerving levels. After a few hours of hearing one unit after another trying to out-ham all the others, it's actually nice to hear Mohandar's calm, soft voice for a change.
* Hyrule, as interpreted by ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames''. It's accompanied with plenty of [[MilkingTheGiantCow huge, unnecessary hand gestures]].
* ''VideoGame/KingsQuestMaskOfEternity''. Everybody speaks in YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe, even the peasants.
* Filgaia in ''VideoGame/WildArms4''. When you have synchronized dramatic speeches, a guy wearing a rocket pack and wielding an anti-tank chainsaw, and another person punching out a missile followed by yet another dramatic speech, you ''might'' just live in a world of ham.
* ''GaiaOnline''.
* The ''VideoGame/StarFox'' games. Especially ''VideoGame/StarFox64'' with its over-the-top voice acting.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
** One of the Heavy Weapons Guy's sandvitch eating quotes is even "[[http://tf2wiki.net/w/images/c/c5/Heavy_sandwichtaunt06.wav DON'T RUN, IT'S JUST HAM!]]"
** What can you say about a world where Billy the Kid, Stonewall Jackson, UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln, Alfred Nobel, John Henry, NikolaTesla, Sigmund Freud, Davey Crocket, and Fu Manchu were the main characters' predecessors? (That someone dropped the ball by not sending Teddy Roosevelt back in time to join the fun.)
* ''BrutalLegend'', which you probably should expect from a game created entirely from pure METAL!
--> '''''DECAPITATTIIIIIIIIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNN!!!'''''
** Given that it basically boils down to Jack Black VS Tim Curry in a world that has replaced physics with HEAVY METAL...
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. The only characters who aren't hammy are [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarkers]]. Mind you, most are both. They manage to ham up being deadpan, it's amazing.
* As the SpiritualSuccessor to ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'', it should come as no surprise that ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' makes prodigious use of this trope as well.
* Outside of combat, the ''ValkyrieProfile'' series is closer to NarmCharm than this, but certainly has aspects of it, particularly in the [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe "English"]] translation. In combat, the ham is so overwhelming, "It shall be engraved upon your soul!" (It helps that every playable character gets a fully voice-acted PreAssKickingOneLiner, PreMortemOneLiner, [[CallingYourAttacks called special attack]], and BondOneLiner.)
** Every wizard has their chance to overdo their lines when they call down the Great Magics. Put a couple big casters in with the right weapons against Lezard Valeth and watch the HamToHamCombat with great glee.
* ''VideoGame/{{Sacrifice}}'' takes place in one of these. The gods lead by scenery-chewing example, and their devotees follow suit.
* ''VideoGame/EvilZone'': Just look at Danzaiver and Greg, add Setsuna and Midori as well.
* Nosgoth, the world where the ''LegacyOfKain'' games are set, has the ham flying in all directions. Between Simon Templeman's (justly) pompous, over-articulated delivery of [[MagnificentBastard Kain's]] lines, and Michael Bell's dramatic, simmering rendition of [[TheWoobie Raziel's]] voice, the ham gets delivered by the truckload, with all the other characters frantically trying to stack their ham higher than the protagonists. ''"But does one ever truly ''have'' a ''choice''? One can only match, ''move'' by ''move'', the machinations of Fate..."''
** Which makes for a funny moment in the [[HilariousOuttakes Outtakes]], where the director asks Rene Auberjonois to ramp the Ham UP. Michael Bell's reaction? "WHOA! License to kill! Let me and the scenery out of the room!"
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. Good Lord, ''Kingdom Hearts''. It's easier to list the moments when characters, particularly villains, ''aren't'' hamming it up than when they are.
** '''''[[MemeticMutation DARKNESS!]]'''''
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Hisoutensoku'' doesn't have a voice track but that doesn't stop the characters from [[FeedMe gesturing in wild and exaggerated manners]].
* Whatever world that ''OsuTatakaeOuendan'' and ''EliteBeatAgents'' takes place in is certainly a hammy one. Whether it's an overwhelmed babysitter, a ramen shopkeeper seeking customers, or Cleopatra trying to lose weight, the distressed victim is sure to emit a sky-filling scream... which promptly attracts the team of cheerleaders/dancers/agents, who immediately proceed to help solve the problem with [[ThePowerOfRock The Power Of Dance]].
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''. Most characters are either stupidly stoic or hams. And even the stoics say some overdramatic lines. It doesn't take itself too seriously though, and it has DRACULA for god sake. Dracula's always gonna be hammy. It arguably increases the series' appeal, especially ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight Symphony of the Night]]''. [[MemeticMutation What is a man]], indeed.
* ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}''. When even the [[TheStoic straight-laced, get-right-to-the-point]] [[{{Badass}} Captain Falcon]] (note that he is ''not'' the BoisterousBruiser as seen in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'') breaks out some hickory-smoked scenery-chewing ''without even batting an eyelash'', you know that the Ham levels are at an all-time high. It should also be pointed out that {{Card Carrying Villain}}s (and that is to say, pretty much ''every'' villain aside of [[TheManBehindTheMan Deathborn]] and ''maybe'' [[BigBad Black Shadow]]) are more like '''[[UpToEleven Billboard]]''' Carrying Villains.
* ''AirForceDelta Strike'' turns it way up and serves up wholesale ham both in the EnemyChatter in missions and in the stillshot character interactions between missions. The look on [[AlmightyJanitor Almighty Mechanic]] Grandpa Bob's face when you crash a plane is priceless, but can be easily confused for [[spoiler: extreme constipation]].
* ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline: Eberron Unlimited'' seems to be this way, with voiced [=NPCs=] chewing the scenery whenever possible. The [=DMs=] also tend to speak in a deep, ominous voice for no particular reason sometimes. And the WORST offender is Cellimas Villuhne, a cleric NPC you meet early on in the game. The ONLY line she delivers that isn't over the top is at the end of the first dungeon, when she offers a reward for your help. She only shows up in three dungeons, but the way she acts you'd think she chewed enough of the scenery to dig them all out herself.
* ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'', so, ''so'' much. It's combined with CasualDangerDialog and NoFourthWall, to boot! Everyone with a speaking role is a LargeHam, DeadpanSnarker, or (most commonly) both.
* ''JustForFun/PokemonVietnameseCrystal'' is an extremely poorly translated bootleg of ''Pokemon Crystal Version''. Everyone in the game speaks in all caps, has very poor grammar, and comes off as very hammy.
** There are little gems like this all throughout the game: "I AM VERY DISGUSTED WITH THE TRASHY MAN. IN SPITE OF THE MONSTER, AND THE COACH, ONLY TRASHY, I WILL BEAT DOWN THEM ALL. FOR THIS I MUST STRENGTHEN MYSELF. THE MONSTER IS THE SAME TOO. COLLECT ALL THE TRASHY, RIGHTEOUS FELLOW ALL ARE UNPARDONABLE! YOU DON'T AFFECT ME. THE TRASHY STROLLING IS AN EYESORE!"
* Hell is an Afterlife of Ham in the videogame ''VideoGame/DantesInferno''. If people aren't screaming lamentations or cackling madly, something's wrong.
* With the exception of [[{{Vampire}} Rachel Alucard]], who is too busy being TheOjou to get hammy, every other character in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' is hammy to the umpth degree. And they come in all possible kinds of flavors, too, from [[AntiHero Ragna]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Bloodedge's]] cocky, shounen-heroic ham; [[EldritchAbomination Arakune's]] [[LaughingMad insane]], [[TheUnintelligible gibbering]] ham and [[KnightTemplar Hakumen's]] sheer [[{{Badass}} badassy]] ham to [[IdiotHero Bang]] who is simply a walking LargeHam scene (so much, in fact, that his SuperMode comes complete with a ThemeMusicPowerUp about how awesome he is)... And then there's [[FauxAffablyEvil Hazama]] / [[{{Troll}} Terumi Yuuki]], [[EvilIsHammy who outhams them all]].
** Go ahead and look up a match on YouTube to get an idea. Just be sure to turn your headphones down before you do so.
* ''AsurasWrath'' is full of this, with Asura himself and his mentor Augus being stand out examples.
** Perhaps the best way to describe just how hammy it is is this: It's Dragon Ball Z X God of War. Yeah.
* We can add yet another BioWare IP to the list. A wide variety of characters in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' and ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' (particularly your cohorts in ''Storm of Zehir'') merrily ham it up. And a sizable majority of the PlayerCharacter voices (even the ladies) seem to be channeling '''BrianBlessed'''. And like BioWare's subsequent ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series, when they're not hams, they're {{deadpan snarker}}s, and sometimes they're both.
* SpaceChannel5 doesn't just have a world of ham, it has a GALAXY of ham.
* ShadowHeartsCovenant is this in spades. It starts out fairly mild, with a few wacky folks like the tailors but pretty normal. And then comes [[IncomingHam Joachim Valentine]] and it goes from there. At one point [[TheHero Yuri]] and [[DirtyOldMan Roger Bacon]] are discussing losing something important to them with sad music in the background. It's about a porno mag.
* VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}. Notable examples include [[TheBerserker Axe]], [[DemBones Clinkz and Skeleton King]], [[DrunkenMaster Brewmaster]], [[ShockAndAwe Storm Spirit]] and [[MagicKnight Sven]], whose responses are mostly battle roars.
* The world of LollipopChainsaw. You are a cheerleader with a chainsaw killing zombies, with the fashion accessory of your boyfriend's severed talking head on your belt. You kill zombies that moan that they have [[EarWorm Katy Perry songs stuck in their head]] and spew rainbows when you kill them thanks to [[AwesomenessIsAForce simply being awesome]]. Yeah, that's the normal stuff.
* The world of ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' is incredibly hammy. Even the ninjas, animals, and non-speaking robots are overflowing with ham!
* PlanescapeTorment joins the fine constellation of TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons games which fit this trope. From a ChivalrousPervert floating skull asking you to spare female zombies for [[ILoveTheDead needs a floating skull doesn't have a means of acting upon]] to a mad mage who is eternally on fire as a torment for being a pyromaniac - and enjoys it - nearly everyone is hammier than a Christmas ham wrapped in bacon on a bed of pork chops. Even the few apparently level-headed characters are just one or two conversation options away from a HeroicBSOD. But the hammiest ham is the BigBad.
--> BigBad: "I can forge planes with my power - I can unmake ''you''."
* ''VideoGame/BillNyeTheScienceGuyStopTheRock'' has so much ham, the ''only'' person who averts this is the news reporter.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''
** TRIFLING GNOME! YOUR ARROGANCE SHALL BE YOUR UNDOING!
** Suffer, mortals, as your PATHETIC magic BETRAAAAAAAAAAYS yoouu!!!
** MADNESS SHALL CONSUME YOU!!!
** I am ''DEATHWING'', the DESTROYER, the END of all things... unstoppable... indomitable... I! AM! THE CATACLYSM!!!
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Nothing, absolutely NOTHING qualifies more for this trope than Webcomic/AxeCop.
* Being a world ruled by [[ForScience Mad Science (badly!)]], ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is definitely a World of Ham.
* Thanks to the always-over-the-top actions of its residents, the world of ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'' sure seems like this.
* ''Webcomic/DoubleK'': five words - ''GurrenLagann'' FanWebComic. If that isn't a recipe for incredibly loud shouting, we don't know what is.
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', the Radical Land definitely qualifies, where "radical" and "ham" are pretty much interchangeable, and the main universe the work takes place in isn't far behind.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'': [[CatchPhrase ATTENTION DUELISTS!]] The main character is voiced by {{DAN GREEN}}!
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUSnoXaCMZI Golduck Productions]]. Every single character in this SoBadItsGood flick. "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUSnoXaCMZI GOLD]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwtilmZ7f7M DUCK]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvvf55sbVc8 PRODUCTIONS]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6piL1nNT7Sk PRESENTS]] ..." Get my point, the first link leads to the "Some Sucky Action Movie" and the rest simply link to the sequels and spinoffs.
** WE'RE ALLLLLLL GOOOOOOOOOOOOOONA DIEEEEEEEEEEE!" NoIndoorVoice Indeed.
* ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'', where lots of geeks got known for their over-the-top reviews of... well, everything. Even more in the anniversary specials...
** The ''WebVideo/TGWTGYearOneBrawl, where the site's reviewers and WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd show [[WimpFight they can't fight]], [[HamToHamCombat except on the overacting field]].
** ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'', with the exception of [[TheStoic President Baugh,]] who never raises his voice even when his country is invaded, and his family, who never look up from their books.
** Then came ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'' and ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee''. Helped by the fact that some of the reviewers are aping hammy performances.
** [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick Nella's]] "pony melodrama", which manages to include a whore teacher with a heart of gold, a polar bear as Jesus and family relationships getting torn apart.
* ''{{Sockbaby}}''.
* ''AVeryPotterMusical'' and its sequel. To the point that they became the inspiration for HamToHamCombat
* In ''WebVideo/TheFantasticFavioBros'', every character is a LargeHam, from the overly ChivalrousPervert hero Favio and his CloudCuckoolander brother Tony to the ObviouslyEvil villains who think that EverybodyMustGetStoned.
* [[FantasyKitchenSink The]] [[CityOfAdventure world]] [[WeirdnessMagnet of]] ''TheQuestportChronicles''.
* ''[[WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory EPIC!!! RAP!!! BATTLES!!! OF!!!! HIS! TO! RY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]]''
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Disney/{{Fantasia}} 2000'': Has freaking FLYING WHALES. Anyway, what did you expect from pieces such as the "''Firebird'' Suite" or Beethoven's 5th Symphony?
** The original counts as well.
** This just proves that anything can become [[MundaneMadeAwesome overly dramatic]] if you set it to [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome properly bombastic music.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': with a few exceptions, pretty much everyone gets a moment of ham.
** Special mention goes to [[CloudCuckoolander Pinkie Pie]], [[DramaQueen Rarity]] and [[NoIndoorVoice Princess Luna]].
* Also, the Disney version of ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'': pretty much all of Wonderland is quite hammy.
* Apparently, in the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture near future]] according to ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', people don't have as much trouble with constant screaming nowadays.
** EVERY world in ''Invader Zim'' is a World of Ham.
-->'''Zim''': SOON I shall bring The Tallest close enough to [[EvilIsHammy WITNESS MY INGEEEEENIOUS EEEEEVIL!]] AH HAAAA HA HA HA HAAAAAAA HO HA HO HAAAAAAA I said evil!
-->'''Dib''': [[BigNo NOOOOOOOOOOO!]]
-->'''Membrane''': Son, there'd better not be [[NoodleIncident any walking dead]] up there!
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' is run ''entirely'' on RuleOfCool, taking [[Series/{{Batman}} the 1960s Batman's]] hamminess and cranking it up a few notches. [[TransformingMecha THE BATMOBILE IS A MECHA]]!!
** Not just any mecha. It appears to be some kind of [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Ganman]] / [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Gunmen]].
** Then there's AQUAMAN!!! And ''then'' there's the Music Meister, who turns the hamminess UpToEleven with a MusicalEpisode that features ''Batman's RoguesGallery doing a VillainSong''.
* The alternate reality seen in the ''JusticeLeague'' episode "Legends", which took many aspects of the Adam West ''Batman'' show and the ''{{Superfriends}}'' cartoon, threw in a [[CaptainErsatz pastiche version]] of the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica, and put them alongside the more serious modern Justice League. Cue LampshadeHanging on everything from a police department consisting of two Irishmen, kid sidekicks, and villains leaving hammy clues for the heroes to follow.
* Most ''{{Transformers}}'' continuities take place in universes of Ham. Optimuses are especially notable - most of them are hammy ''even without trying to be dramatic'', as their voices have Just. That. Much. Gravitas. Megatrons are more [[EvilIsHammy traditionally hammy]], however. ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' is especially hammy - it may have featured tigers, dinosaurs, and insects, but every bot there truly transformed into a heck of a ham, [[VerbalTic yessss]].
** Creator/DavidLetterman once did a TopTenList of "things that sound cooler when being spoken by a giant robot." [[Film/{{Transformers}} Movieverse]] Optimus Prime puts in an appearance. How well does it work? Even his "David, nice to be here" is awesome.
** Honorable mention goes to Primus and Unicron, who are simultaneously tremendously hammy, and [[GeniusLoci sapient worlds]]. Primus even has a particularly hammy robot population living on him. (They were created in his image, after all.)
* ''TheSuperHeroSquadShow''. The entire MarvelUniverse in {{Chibi}} LargeHam form in ''[[CityOfAdventure one city]].''
* Everyone in AngryBeavers hams it up every thirty seconds or so. Except [[TheresNoBInMovie Oxnard]] [[BadBadActing Montalvo]].
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''.
* ''WesternAnimation/ElTigre'' belongs in this category - [[CatchPhrase THIS I SWEAR!!!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' had an episode featuring a planet populated only by costumed superheroes, and Darkwing, having no powers, became the designated [[DistressedDude "Ordinary Guy"]].
** Not that the Masked Mallard himself was light on ham back home. He was, after all, the Terror that Flaps in the Night.
* ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha'' world. Well, what can be expected from a show about ''wrestlers'' with a tendency to [[CallingYourAttacks call their attacks]]?
* The early episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' were very over the top. "Send Carl to THE HOME!!!"
* All of ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler''. From over-the-top armies and war machines to [[StoutStrength giant brigands]] who treat a DICTIONARY as if it were the Holy Grail, the whole world is made of ham. "''The BALLS ARE GONE! My KINGDOM will COME to DESTRUCTION AND DEATH!!!!''"
* The clan of Scotsmen from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' fit this trope perfectly. "''SHEEP STOMACH STUFFED WITH MEAT AND BARLEY!!!''"
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' is a world of yelling, exaggerated gestures and wild facial expressions. And yet, even in this world of ham, King Julien and Skipper stand out.
* ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' turned [[UpToEleven the ENTIRE TIME-SPACE CONTINUUM]] into this!
* The world of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYsHE0ObkIE heavily relies on this,]] given the massive amount of ComedicSociopathy, [[BlackComedy its sense of humor]], and basically the [[SadistShow nature of the show as a whole.]] Even the generally sane Brian has [[http://www.whoisthemonkey.com/videos/26family-guy-brian-flips-out-on-baby his moments.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' is hammier than the hammiest ham... Times infinity.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' absolutely embodies this trope. To ''epic proportions.''
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': WHAT TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIME IS IT?
* ''[[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants [=SpongeBob=] [=SquarePants=]]]'' also qualifies to a fault, at least most of the time. It's way easier to list the characters who don't have hammy tendencies rather than the ones that do.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'': Everything [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fz93UFClpo Storm does.]]
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Rogue:
--> Lighten up on the speeches, Sugar.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bobs Burgers}}'' due to the excessive amount of screaming from certain characters ([[NoIndoorVoice Gene]] especially, [[CloudCuckoolander Louise]], and even from [[OnlySaneMan Bob]]) at least OnceAnEpisode.
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[[folder:Multiple]]
* Anything with Franchise/TheMuppets, from ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' to their movies, or even their guest spots on talk shows. The Muppets always bring the ham. And no, that's not a pig joke. "'Pig joke'?! I'll show YOU a pig joke!! HIIIIIIIII-YAH!!!"
** They also had some pretty over-the-top guests, most notably the late Zero Mostel, whose "Fears" sketch featured even his index finger overacting.
* This is a defining trait of the Creator/MontyPython troupe. If a given skit, scene, song, what have you doesn't start with at least one character being a large ham, just give it a few minutes...
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* In some sections of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City, the use of intense speech patterns and a theatric eloquence at parties, among friends, or even during family squabbles is the norm.
** "Young MAN, if I EVER see BEFORE ME this kind of MANIFESTATION of INSOLENCE from my own FLESH AND BLOOD again, you will regret the HONOR your parents GAVE YOU in ALLOWING YOU To! Be! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORN!"
* Most amateur improv shows turn into this very quickly.
* UsefulNotes/{{Argentina}}.
** Now imagine Music/IronMaiden [[RockBand live]] in Argentina: "[''(relatively) somber''] Fear of the Dark [''ham''] ARGENTINA!! [[EvilLaugh Muhahahaha]]! [''somber again''] I have a constant fear that something's always near."
** Also UsefulNotes/{{Brazil}} and UsefulNotes/{{Italy}}. Italians are so hammy they tend to ''not realize when not-Italians are being hammy''.
** '''''[[UsefulNotes/{{Mexico}} VIVA MÉXICO, GÜEY!!!!]]'''''
* Sarmatism, a cultural movement in the 17th and 18th centuries among the ''szlachta'', the nobility of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. In theory, it was meant to emulate the customs of ancient Sarmatians (from whom the Polish and Lithuanian nobility claimed descent), but in practice, it was a nationwide exercise in creating a World of Ham. Heavy cavalry? Have them wear leopard skins and giant metal wings. A speech? Infuse it with so much Gratuitous Latin there's hardly any Polish left, and don't forget to cry. Political protest? Fall to the ground, block the door with your body, rip your shirt and shout [[YouShallNotPass you'll let no one pass]]. Funeral? Doesn't count if there's no fully-armed Hussar riding into the church in full gallop and breaking his lance against the coffin stand, and ritual demolition of the dead man's insignia of office.
* OlderThanFeudalism: the fashion in Roman courts for opening and closing speeches in the 1st century BCE was the "Asiatic style", a long, thrilling LargeHam performance lasting several days, complete with [[MilkingTheGiantCow florid hand gestures]] and ManlyTears. Every lawyer was supposed to do this at trial, meaning that the Roman courts were veritable festivals of ham for several decades. Then Creator/{{Cicero}} showed up in the trial of Verres with [[SimpleCountryLawyer a different plan]]...
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[[folder:Meta]]
* [[HomePage THIS VERY WIKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII]]! It IS THIS TROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPE! We tropers can get a bit... PASSIONATE about our FAVOURITE SEEEEEEERIEEEES!
** Seriously...look at all the caps we've put on this page alone. We had way too much fun doing this...
** This is especially obvious when someone who has... let us say a "more balanced attitude"... toward a particular work, or a particular genre, or a particular type of work (animation, horror movies, Korean comic books, whatever) makes an edit that, while inoffensive and normal in and of itself and made with all the best intentions, is taken as a purposeful affront by [[FanMyopia a fan of the work, genre, or whathaveyou]] because of the "anyone with any sense would be as fanatic about this Work/Genre/Type of Whatever as I am, and since you disagree you are '''''EVIL!!!!!'''''." (It helps to read that last word in Creator/ErnestBorgnine's Mermaid Man voice.)
** Consider that as tropers, despite using english as a common tongue, we are all spread across the globe. As stated above, we are all hammy, or at least sometimes we tend to exalt ourselves when discussing our favourite subjects. Basically what I mean to say is: WE ARE THE VERY PROOF WE LITERALLY LIVE. IN. A. [[TitleDrop WORLD. OF. HAAAAAAAAAAAAAM]]!
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