Large Ham: Anime

This hamminess HAS BEEN PASSED DOWN THE ARMSTRONG FAMILY FOR GENERAAAAAAAATIONS!

In Japan, Large Hams are known as "daikon", meaning "white radish". And Now You Know.

Now, on to business...


  • The entire cast of Dog Days.
  • Chrono Crusade
    • Aion very, very much applies. In his first appearance, he is introduced by Biblical Plagues out of nowhere, including a black sun and a red moon. When he first appears on stage, he is introduced by an earth-quake, and immediately proclaims that he will fight against God, and Breaking Speeches everyone, pointing out how he 'saved' them from God.
    • Rosette Christopher also counts, due to her being extremely Hot-Blooded and often overly dramatic. In the manga she occasionally makes Aion look relatively restrained in comparison.
  • The Big O
    • Schwartzwald. In contrast to the largely taciturn cast, Schwartzwald delivers long, rambling monologues VERY LOUDLY, often while setting things on fire. Also applies to Beck.
    • After becoming the pilot of Big Fau, Alex Rosewater gets a number of hammy lines as well.
  • Mazinger series:
    • Mazinger Z: Kouji is the poster boy for Hotblooded, No Indoor Voice The Hero with a tendence to make dramatic speeches accompanying them with dramatic gestures. However, he was completely out-hammed by Big Bad Dr. Hell. After all, Kouji was capable to talk in a normal fashion... but Hell always needed acting in the most dramatic way possible, constantly Milking the Giant Cow while he made dramatic speeches seated on his throne or on the top of a wind-battered cliff overlooked by the full Moon.
    • Great Mazinger: Tetsuya could be a Large Ham... but The Dragon Ankoku Daishogun/Great General of Darkness was large in ALL aspects. Not only he was a thirty-meters-tall, bearded Badass with a flowing Badass Cape trailing behind him and a BFS dangling from his belt, but his dramatic speeches and Badass Boasts ("The strength of the General of Darkness, commander of seven armies of Mykene… Now it shall descend upon you!") were legendary.
    • UFO Robo Grendizer: Unlike Kouji and Tetsuya, Duke was calm and reserved most of the time. however, he still WAS a Hotblooded character, and when something fired him up or got him riled up or angry, he easily was a larger ham than them.
  • YuYu Hakusho has quite a few of these. Hiei, during his time as the first Big Bad, arrogantly gloats nonstop from the moment he shows up to the moment he's defeated. After his defeat, however, he turns to the good side and becomes The Stoic instead. The much later villain Seaman is another character who has incredibly hammy while a villain but pretty normal afterwards. The biggest ham in the series is The Beautiful Suzuka, who, despite having a fair bit of villainous lead-in time, and having a lot of flash (in more ways than one), receives a beating of a lifetime for his trouble. See Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh! ("DRAW! MONSTER CARD!"), voiced in English by DAN GREEN, one of several stock actors for 4Kids dubs.
    • And then he got the perfect role for him: Final Fusion... APPROVED!!
    • In the uncut version of Yu-Gi-Oh! his Large Ham tendency is taken Up to Eleven, by the end of Yugi's first duel with Kaiba, Dan Green and Eric Stuart have gleefully leapt straight into Chewing the Scenery territory and are shouting their lines at each other. And it is awesome.
    • One of the voice actors for the original series was Marc Thompson, aka Duke Devlin, Rafael, Valon, and a few others. Then in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX he voices Dimitri, a copycat duelist who steals Yugi's deck and copies not only his dueling style, but also his mannerisms. The thing is, he copies Yami Yugi's mannerisms, thus giving us the unique pleasure of listening to Marc Thompson imitate Dan Green's Large Ham and take it Up to Eleven. And it is also awesome.
      Dimitri: "What I'm going to do is play thisDedication Through Light And Darkness! It takes Dark Magician, and turns him into something even more powerful, the legendary Dark Magician of Chaos. Chaos Magician, RISE!...Oh, and in case you haven't done the math yet, Bladedge doesn't have the most attack points anymore - Chaos Magician does!"
      Jaden: "Twenty-eight hundred!?"
      Dimitri: "YES! Now watch them all in action! Scepter Strike!"
      • All that while the Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon theme plays, which is a theme that rivals the original OST of Yu-Gi-Oh! in terms of awesomeness. Watch for yourself here.
    • Jack Atlas was like this in both versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's (even more in the dub, where he called himself "The Master of Faster"). Of course, he was in show business. He mellowed a little after his Heel-Face Turn... But not completely.
    • In fact, Pro League Duelists in general are like this, which is justified, seeing as they do it in front of an audience.
  • In all versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! (manga, anime, or dub), Maximillion Pegasus. In the Yu-Gi-Oh! dub by 4Kids, Marik was mischaracterized as a Large Ham, which in retrospect is a good thing, as it spawned the awesomeness that is Marik from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series.
    Marik: "FOOLISH FOOL! There are no women in Yu-Gi-Oh! There are only extremely girly men, and I am the most girly of them all!"
    Pegasus: "Keep telling yourself that."
  • Dragon Ball Z
    • Frieza, especially as portrayed by Linda Young. When he's in full Villainous Breakdown, he's practically screaming his line:
    Frieza: Now learn. LEARN WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU MESS WITH THE MOST POWERFUL BEING IN THE UNIVERSE!!
    • Cell, who becomes hammier as he becomes more perfect. By the time of his death, he was eating the scenery.
    • And let's not get into Chris Sabat (Vegeta and Armstrong) and Kyle Hebert (teenage Gohan (in other words, THE GREAT SAIYAMAN) and the narrator, as well as Kamina).
    • The entire dub cast listing of Dragon Ball Z may as well have said "Chris Sabat" (Major Roles: Vegeta, Piccolo, Yamcha, Kami, Shenron, Grandpa Gohan, King Vegeta, Porunga, Zarbon, Jeice, Recoome, Nappa, Adolf Hitler, etc)
  • Another 4Kids offender is the voice of Dan Green's Yu-Gi-Oh! rival Kaiba, Eric Stuart...though that isn't the only anime he's done this in. I AM A FLAMING MOLTRES!
    • To be fair, Kaiba/Stuart did deliver some downright bitchy lines in the Duelist Kingdom arc.
  • Vector from Yu Gi Oh ZEXAL. Done in a very devilish, cruel sort of way. The amount of psychological damage he inflicted on a 13 year old boy is scary.
  • Ryoma of Jin gets hammier with his every appearance, scaring the hell out of Jin. You don't have any money? HA! I don't have any money either! POWAH!!!
  • Crispin Freeman has been known to do some stuff like this: Alucard (mentioned below) and Heughes from Baten Kaitos Origins.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
    • K-HAMina. Most of the main characters get a moment of Hot-Blooded or five, but Kamina's tendency to be this way constantly makes him ask "WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK I AM?!"
    • He doesn't have just a Large Ham. It's a freaking Epic Ham!
    • The Anti Spiral brings epic levels of ham in the final confrontation, at least in the English dub. "BURRRN IN THE EVERLASTING HELLFIRE OF CREATION! BE UTTERLY ANNIHILATED!! DOWN TO THE LAST! SCRAP! OF DEEEEEEEEEE-ENNNNNNNNN-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!"
      • Then again, he was effectively throwing the Big Bang at the heroes. With great power comes great hamminess or something.
      • The Japanese version was also hammy, but only when it/they are being Hot-Blooded and fighting. Its normal tone of voice is a Creepy Monotone, just for added contrast.
      • In the movie remake "Lagann-hen", the Anti-Spiral is so hammy it borders on narm, considering he was portrayed as emotionless before.
      • Justified by Nia's dialog, nobody can supress the Spiral instinct (read, Hammy hot-bloodedness) forever.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist brings us Major Alexander Louis Armstrong, a flamboyantly hammy muscle man with a big boomy voice, the strange tendency to sparkle, and a serious love for losing his shirt. You could say this trope has been passed down the Armstrong family line FOR GENERATIONS!
    • His sister, General Olivier Mira Armstrong, is hammy in her own way - except where Alex is Played for Laughs, Olivier is always dead serious. Whenever the two siblings are together, they will inevitably enter a raging battle of Ham-to-Ham Combat.
    • Major Alex Louis Armstrong: THE ONLY MAN ALLOWED TO SPARKLE!!!!!!!!!!
      • When Major Armstrong meets Sig Curtis, they communicate entirely through muscle flexing and sparkles. Then they kick Sloth's ass; they kill him until he dies. It is awesome.
    • If anything, compared to the previous series, Christopher Sabat turned Armstrong's hamminess Up to Eleven in the Brotherhood dub... by the first episode! It's every bit as amazingly awesome and/ or hilarious as it sounds.
    • Flame vs. Fullmetal. You know the lines.
      "When I'm Führer, there will be changes. On that day, all female officers will be required to wear... TINY MINISKIRTS!!!
      • Bonus points: the voice actor based his performance in those scenes on his failed audition for the role of... Armstrong.
    • Neither Izumi nor Sig Curtis are hammy by themselves, However, when they are together they have shared intense moments of loving passion for one another, even in the heat of battle. In those moments, their hamminess is immeasurable.
    • Jerso and Zampano in the final episode when they exclaim how they're going to travel with Al. They essentially pull a Maito Gai pose.
    • THE TERRIBLE SERIAL KILLER, FEARED BY ALL: BARRY THE CHOPPER!!!! A possible visual pun occurs when he introduces himself to Al. Actual hams fill the background.
  • Code Geass
    • Lelouch Lamperouge, especially once he gets his Zero costume. Lampshaded almost immediately when another character comments that they didn't expect the genius strategist to be such a ham. Only really applies when he's in his Zero guise.
    • Lelouch can be more of a ham without the mask, and seeing the relatively low-key Lelouch act like Zero in R2 episode 20 is actually rather terrifying.
    • The Emperor. Even when the man whispers, his voice booms (thank you Norio Wakamoto and Michael McConnohie). The man is larger than life, so it's to be expected.
      • Even with Wakamato/McConnohie as a father, Lelouch manages to out-ham him in Episode 21 of R2: One month after mind-controlling God into getting rid of the Emperor, he calmly strides into the imperial throne room wearing his school uniform, calmly sits down on the throne, and declares himself Emperor. After The Dragon spinkicks the guards away, Lelouch uses his Geass to force all present to acknowledge him as Emperor, sitting back with a smirk on his face as they chant "ALL HAIL LELOUCH!".
    • Jeremiah "Orange" Gottwald starts off the series looking pretty slick and arrogant, but after nearly getting killed, and turned into a cyborg, he seems to suffer from brain damage getting hammier with each passing appearance, up until the very end of the series. ALL HAIL BRITTANNIAAAAAAAAA!!!, indeed. And "Take this! The storm of my LOYALTY!". Bonus points for being voiced by Ken Narita and Crispin Freeman.
      • Season 2, especially his fight with Anya.
    • Code Geass is so made of this trope that even the soundtrack can be hammy. Not that we're complaining.
      • The Britannian Anthem. That is all.
    • Code Geass is full of Magnificent Hamstards.
  • For someone who holds a respectable position in a prosecutor's office and leads a life of such extreme regularity that Immanuel Kant himself would envy it, Mikami Teru of Death Note is an extra-juicy ham. His ham moments (which contain a healthy, or perhaps unhealthy, dose of Mundane Made Awesome) are the more startling because they appear in a series that is relatively realistic, notwithstanding L's and Near's deductions ex machina.
    • SAKUJO, SAKUJO, SAKUJO!
    • And then there's Ryuk the shinigami, a gothic crow-winged psychopomp with a giant mouth, but even so he manages to be hammier, particularly in the English dub ("THE SYMPTOMS ARE STARTIIIING!").He is voiced by Brian Drummond, the original dub voice actor for Vegeta.
    • The truly blood-curdling Potato Chip Eating Scene by Light Yagami:
      "I'll take this potato chip... AND EAT IT!!!!!"
    • Misa also. She's at her hammiest at the beginning of episode 18 (just look at those facial expressions). Lampshaded in-universe, when L accuses her of overacting when practicing her reactions to being interrogated. Perhaps being an actress herself (in-universe) helps.
  • Vice Principal Uchiyamada in Great Teacher Onizuka.
  • Dantalion, Bal Masque's Mad Scientist in Shakugan no Shana.
  • For an anime full of over the top characters, Master Asia from G Gundam takes OTT and corny to new levels.
    • "This hand of mine is burning red. Its loud roar tells me to grasp victory and to defeat you! Bakunetsu God Finger!!"
    • Domon does have THE HELP OF KYOJI!
  • Prince Ali, HAMMY IS HE, Ali Al-Saachez!
    • Graham Aker, a.k.a. Mr. BUSHIDO, is incredibly hammy as well, especially in season two.
      • In the game Gundam SD G generation wars he gets even hammier; repeat after him; God GRAHAM FINGER!!!
      • If using his Mr. Bushido identity when performing the God Finger, he goes: "LOOK!! BUSHIDO IS BURNING RED!!!"
    • AEU Ace! Patrick Colasaur isn't far behind in the scale hamminess either.
    • Nor, for that matter, is the epicness that is Hallelujah.
      "You're all so dependant on Veda. You don't have what it takes to beat us anymore!"
      "HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! THE RESURRECTION OF THE SUPER-SOLDIER!"
  • Gundam 0083's Anavel Gato with Four words: SOLOMON! I HAVE RETURNED!!!! *wipes out EFSF fleet with a nuke*
  • The Big Bad of Turn A Gundam,Gym Ghingnham, manages to take complete control of any scene he is in. Takehito Koyasu's performance is so amazingly over-the-top that it has to be seen to be believed; Gym remains one of the most entertaining Gundam villains to watch just because of the utterly bombastic ham he exudes.
    • No mention of Gym's hamminess is complete without his famous: "GEKKOOOUUUCHOOOOUUUUU DE ARUUUUUU!"
    • Resident Char Clone Harry Ord can be a bit of a ham as well.
      UNIVEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRSSSEEEEEEEE!!!
  • Might Guy from Naruto, as he's a parody of an over-excited coach from a Sports Anime. Constantly makes declarations about "The Fire of Youth" and Dynamic Entries.
  • To say that Sky High in Tiger & Bunny has a flare for the dramatic would be an understatement: he speaks in an high exaggerated tone and makes grand hand and arm gestures, sometimes even when off the job. He also loves to shout his name when unleashing particularly powerful attacks.
  • Trigun:
    • Millions Knives has many Punctuated! For! Emphasis! moments and likes Chewing the Scenery when he's not busy intellectualizing or Wangsting.
      Knives: LET'S WIPE OUT! ALL THE SCUM!! HAHAHAAAA!
    • Legato, whose over-the-top psycho badassery is manifested even when he eats (while laughing maniacally or in-between torturing people).
    • Needless to say, that Vash, with his sympathy and determination, he's so in love with Rem's ideals that he's so over the top, it's glorious, "LOVE AND PEACE!" never have felt so awesome in any manga for that matter.
  • The English dub of the Deltora Quest anime has the villains ham up and scream in almost every sentence. If this doesn't annoy the crap out of you, then I don't know what will.
  • The Count in Gankutsuou qualifies to some extent, especially with his melodramatic poses and obvious histrionic enjoyment.
    The Count: BERTUCCIO! LET'S GO TO PARIS! WHERE EVIL CRAWLS! HAHAHAHAHAAA!
    • The fact that he yells this with a dandy pose and with an expression of absolute insanity just after he sobbed desperately like a wounded kid emphasizes the spectacular aspect of the scene.
  • Haruka Suzushiro from Mai-HiME (and Haruka Armitage from Mai-Otome) may very well be the queen of anime and manga Large Hams, with a flair for shouting and dramatic gestures (especially finger-pointing) that is too great to be ignored.
    • On the villainous side, Tomoe (post-Yandere snap) tries to out-ham Haruka in Zwei.
  • Now and Then, Here and There has King Hamdo, voiced by Jack Taylor in the English version, in which the way he acts, he should be called King HAMdo.
  • Ergo Proxy has a few of these. The creators of the show seem to know exactly how pretentious they were and reveled in it. Many of the Proxies have a tendency toward the overly dramatic, but none more so than MCQ, who out of boredom created his battle arena as an elaborate gameshow he hosts with great enthusiasm. The Magnificent Bastard Proxy One is also worth mentioning, as he goes out of his way to act and look as melodramatic as possible.
  • Perhaps to make up for the (in comparison) low-key main cast, a lot of side characters behave this way in Princess Tutu. Particularly in the ADV Films dub, where the actors were obviously enjoying themselves. Some of the more notable examples:
    Professor Cat: "If you don't do well in your studies...I WILL HAVE YOU MAAAAAAARY ME!!!"
    Femio:"[cymbal crash] OH, HEAVEN! [cymbal crash] POUR JUDGMENT UPON...THIS SINNAAAAAAAH!"
    • (In the Japanese version, his hammiest moments sound like they're spoken over a loud-speaker!)
    Autor: "And to think that the stories are so powerful that the endings even had to be torn out! ISN'T IT THRILLING?!"
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!
    • Jack Rakan makes the likes of Might Guy and Armstrong look normal. At least he does know that a move can't have too long a name.
    • Evangeline also does this on occasion; when she destroyed a massive demon giving her Evil Gloating speech about how powerful she was. Asuna points this out immediately: "Eva-chan is really enjoying herself, isn't she?"
    • And for the other side of the spectrum, Dynamis can be counted. From the minute he removes his mask for the first time, he immediately begins to compete with Rakan for the title of "Most Hammy Character".
    • There's also the Narrator for Negima?! "AND, WITH THAT, THE CASE IS CLOSED!"
  • Dragon Ball Z
    • The Quirky Miniboss Squad known as the Ginyu Force, particularly Ginyu and Recoome.
    • Or, for that matter, teenage Gohan's attempts to become a Large Ham through his "Great Saiyaman" identity in the Buu saga?
      • Gohan's training with the Z-Sword. Where he's swinging at nothing and then just stops, raises it to the air, points at it and starts yelling "HOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!"
    • Or, you know, Vegeta? Goku's power level is not a meme for nothing.
    • Vegeta was notable for this but most of the villains and a good chunk of the heroes also had their moments of this trope.
      Cell: [while gloating about how he's going to absorb the androids, turns to #18] And you, my little peach... I'm going to gobble you up!
      • Cell could probably be more hammier in Kai. For example in the Next Episode Preview for Episode 83:
      Cell: Greetings out there in TV Land! My name is Cell and I am here to announce my upcoming tournament! But first, for those who have labeled me as a quote-unquote monster: As you can see, that term no longer applies. I have achieved the perfect body! Go on, admire it. Admit it, you know you're jealous.
      • Also Super Buu
      "PROOODUUUUUUUCE!"
    • The Narrator, who enthusiastically sums up the episodes preceding and proceeding the current one.
    "Next time, on Dragon Ball Z!"
  • Everyone in Sailor Moon with the absolute king of it being Professor Tomoe of the Death Busters.
    • Lampshaded in one episode that focused on a production of Snow White, with Usagi playing the Wicked Witch. When she was at home practicing, Shingo shouted something that was translated as "Ham actress!" to antagonize her.
    • The nicest thing you can probably say about the DiC/Cloverway dub's voice actresses would be that they are this. Serena's second voice actress in particular, who made her synth-music-backed transformations very dramatic; and Susan Roman, Jupiter's voice actress, too. "I call upon the forces of thunder and lightning to VANQUISH this evil! SUPREME... THUNDER... CRASH!"
      • In the same dub, Queen Beryl and Queen Nehelenia were very much this. Also, the late Kirsten Bishop deserves a mention for her memorably hammy performances as villains Zoycite, Emerald, Kaori Knight, Queen Badiyanu, Tellu, and oh so many monsters of the day.
    • Minako/Sailor Venus is, by far, the hammiest of the Sailor Soldiers. At least she's the only one whose In The Name of Venus speech was criticized as 'too long' by the Monster of the Week...
      • In one occasion, Kaolinite of the Death Busters had guessed that Usagi was Sailor Moon and thus had kidnapped her and taken away her brooch. When the Outers had apparently derailed her plan, Kaolinite decided to get a victory by announcing Usagi's true identity... And in that exact instant, Sailor Venus showed up disguised in a bad Sailor Moon disguise and hammed her performance so much that not only Kaolinite and the Outers couldn't see it was a fake, but Usagi (the largest ham of the Sailor Senshi after Venus herself) was completely embarrassed (but that could have been caused by how Venus and Mars had insulted her while they convinced Kaolinite the brooch was merchandise...)!
    • OHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHO! There's no mention of me, Esmeraude? That's RIDICULOUS! OHOHOHOHOHOHO!
  • Soul Eater features a rather hammy major character, Black★Star (Yes, the "★" is important), who has a tendency to grossly overact, but exhibits less hammy moments as well. Excalibur is much, much worse.
    • It is telling that Black★Star is deliberately a parody of the aforementioned Naruto ...
  • Sasagawa Ryouhei of Katekyo Hitman Reborn! does it TO THE EXTREME.
    • Umm, hello? "VOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOIIIII!!!"
  • Commander Taiga from GaoGaiGar couldn't be more hammy if he sat in the deli case at your local grocery store. In the dub, he's played by DAN GREEN!
    • Which just makes it even more of a shame the dub was never finished.
  • America from Axis Powers Hetalia. There's a reason why his image song is called "HAMburger street!"
    • Prussia! Prone to maniacal laughter and crazy antics, all while technically not existing anymore.
    • Cuba. Not only the guy is larger than life, but 90% of his dialogue is made by him YELLING his lines.
    HEY, AMERICA! WHAT ARE YOU DOING HEEEEEEREEEEE!!!?"
    • That's nothing. Each time that The Axis and the Allies would fight each other in season 1, the sounds of spotlights flicking on in the distance, a chorus of trumpets blaring triumphantly, and all countries looking nervously at the ocean... only to see a blinding light and THE ham of the series: an ENORMOUS Roman Empire traveling on a boat or a bed accompanied by a harem of beautiful women singing the following warning:
    Roman Empire: In heaven, the police are British, the lovers are Italian, the chefs are French, the engineers are German, and the bankers are Swiss. In hell, the police are German, the lovers are Swiss, the chefs are British, the engineers are French, and the bankers are Italian!
    • His eldest grandson Romano (South Italy) is no better, at least in the English dub. Prone to long-winded insults and strange noises, it's no surprise that pork is one of the more well-eaten dishes in Southern Italy.
    Romano (to Germany): THIS WEATHERMAN'S PREDICTING A 99% CHANCE OF SHITSTORM AND IT'S COMING RIGHT AT YA!
  • Hellsing
    • Alucard dominates any scene he's in, and is even more hammy when voiced by Crispin Freeman in the English dubs for both the original series and the OVA.
    • The Major himself probably achieved his position by clubbing all other competitors to death with the sheer size of his ham. When he can launch into a ten-minute speech about how much he loves war and make it awesome, you've got a true ham on hand. That must have been one of the performances of Nobuo Tobita's life.
    • Integra Hellsing's "Kill 'em All" speech in volume 3, or the Valentine Bros in 2.
    • And Father Anderson? Aaaaaaaameeeeeeeen!!!
      • Anderson's Dynamic Entry rescue of Integra in Ultimate 5 was hand-crafted for Norio Wakamoto because it is oozing with so much ham and Narm, that only Wakamoto could pull it off while retaining the awesomeness of the moment. Steven Brand does an even hammier version of it with his native Scottish accent in the dubbed OVA, too.
  • Persona 4: The Animation has a surprising example in the form of Yu Narukami, a former Silent Protagonist who is usually comically stoic, but as the series progresses, he gets a few chances to ham it up, such as when he goes fishing and treats it like he's fighting a Shadow (complete with glasses and facial cut-in), describing the Mega Beef Bowl in the English dub, and the infamous King's Game scene.
  • The Prince of Tennis: Everything about Atobe Keigo just screams Large Ham, and is a large part of why the character is ridiculously popular with the fans.
    • Example: his most well-known line, "Ore-sama no bigi ni yoi na!", roughly means "Be awed by my prowess".
      • And the musical version takes it up a notch turning the line into a song and dance number titled ''Ore-sama no bigi ni boogie woogie'’. This includes other characters fainting when he blows kisses, and he takes the time to sample bottled water in a wineglass as if it were wine, in the middle of a tennis match.
    • Normally, Takashi Kawamura is a softspoken Nice Guy. But if you put a racked in his hands, he not only goes totally Hot-Blooded, but also unleashes his inner ham and lets it go wild.
  • Mark Oliver, the voice actor for Rau Le Creuset in the dub Gundam SEED. The scene where he reveals Kira's history as the Ultimate Coordinator is incredibly dramatic, but while Toshihiko Seki simply has Rau raise his voice, Oliver chews the scenery with relish.
    "If the world knew ABOUT WHAT YOU TRULY ARE THEY WOULD WANT TO BECOME JUST LIKE YOU! THERE IS NO PLACE IN THE WORLD FOR ONE LIKE YOU! EVEN I, THE CLONE OF A MAN WHO THOUGHT HIMSELF SUPERIOR, AM NO EXCEPTION!.
  • Creed from Black Cat. His super evil over-the-top laugh, paired with him constantly screaming praises of Train make him a rather Large Ham indeed.
  • Tamaki Suoh of Ouran High School Host Club is very interested in educating himself in the ways of the common people's ham.
    • Renge Houshakuji, complete with Noblewoman's Laugh.
    • It's hard to tell whether the seiyuu or the voice actors were having more fun, but let's face it — even if he wasn't into Ouran by the time it was licensed, Tamaki's Berserk Button animation and personality kinda pinpointed who would eventually play him.
  • Ayame Sohma of Fruits Basket would love nothing more than to embrace his little brother and clutch him to his hamly bosom.
    • Ayame is so hammy he managed to keep his hair long by giving the Principal a long, made-up, extremely hammy speech about his hair being sacred.
    • Hamminess may be a side effect of the family curse. Hatori and Yuki seem to avoid it (most of the time), but Kagura, Momiji, Ritsu, Shigure...
    • Hatsuharu is an interesting case. Usually he tends to lean more towards The Comically Serious, but when he turns into Black Haru, he becomes very hammy.
    • Motoko Minagawa is the local Alpha Bitch as well as Yuki's Nş1 fangirl. Contrasting with her idol, she is EXTREMELY prone to overreaction and screaming.
  • Mad Scientist Komui Lee of D.Gray-Man transforms into ham around his sister, Action Girl Lenalee. Yet another one voiced by Katsuyuki "Kamina" Konishi, you see.
  • A few characters in Baccano!. For Isaac and Miria, it comes with the ditzy Refuge in Audacity territory. And then there's Ladd...
  • Some of the Devil Bats of Eyeshield 21 can be pretty hammy, Monta and Taki come to mind, but some of the guys on the other teams are really hammy, as well as the announcers (although, they are sports announcers so...).
  • Nozomu Itoshiki from Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei.
    "I AM IN DESPAIR! OVERLY MELODRAMATIC ACTING HAS LEFT ME IN DESPAIR! "
  • While usually understated, Robin from One Piece turns into a faux-Shakespearian actor after cast in a play, turning pedestrian dialog into melodramatic tragedy. It's implied that this is because she doesn't know any other style of theatre.
    • In One Piece, it's not just the characters, THE ENTIRE WORLD is like this!
      • Perhaps more than anyone, however is CP9 member Kumadori, who's a large ham even by One Piece's standards. Which is fitting, since his character design is based off of Kabuki theater. In addition to screaming his every line and reciting poems before an attempted deathblow, he even rambles on in faux-Shakesperian speech patterns as he fights.
        "NOOOOOOOOW THOOOUUUU AAAAART MIIIIIIIINE!!!!!"
      • Ceasar Clown was already pretty over the top in the manga, but the anime seems taking things even further.
  • Bandou from Elfen Lied proves that you can be a Large Ham in a Manga, even with no voice acting involved at all. Not helped by how, in the anime, he's voiced by Joji Nakata.
  • Dr. Jail Scaglietti of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. He speaks dramatically when he gives instruction. He speaks dramatically when he makes an observation. He speaks dramatically when he's facing defeat. Even when he's been incarcerated for three years, he still speaks dramatically when being interrogated in StrikerS Sound Stage X. And when he's actually broadcasting in front of a camera, hoo-boy... It probably helps that he's voiced by Ken "Orange-kun" Narita.
  • Tsukiyo from Sketchbook tends to respond overly dramatic when she isn't recognized by the other students—this happens quite often.
    • And Kuma. Then again, he was being voiced by Joji Nakata.
  • The Furukawas of CLANNAD are made of this trope. Quite appropriate; the father was formerly an actor.
    • Yuusuke Yoshino is like this too, although he's much more low-key and quiet about it.
  • Princess Amelia of The Slayers, the "HAMMER OF JUSTICE!". Her father, Philionel, is the same ("GOODWILL TO ALL LIVING THINGS SMASH!").
    • Naturally, episode 16 of season 1 took it so far Lina had to lampshade her own hamminess during the stage battle.
    • Princess Martina, who hams it to the max in her worship of the MONSTER ZOAMULGUSTARRRR!!
    • Wizer Freyon from Revolution. "I hereby arrest you for the crime of BEING LINA INVERSE!!!!" Not surprising, given that he's voiced by ham-lord Dan Green.
  • In the anime of Umineko no Naku Koro ni, Beatrice the Endless Witch has definitely been delivering the Large Ham.
    Beatrice: "Let's start torturing each other... Ushiromiya BAAAATORAAAAA!"
  • Gauron from Full Metal Panic!. Everything the guy does is made incredibly hammy (along with having rapist vibes). And in the novels, he eats ham while dramatically giving orders to the AI when he hijacked the Tuatha de Dannan. Partially lampshaded during the last arc of Season 1, where Mao notices him on the top of the tallest building, not putting any effort to conceal himself, which makes everyone else go "WTF." He then proceeds to hammily yell out "All you people from Mithril~! I've missed you all!" and tell them that "It's party time! Let's dance!!! <3"
  • Kyoko from Skip Beat! is consistently hammy. Almost everything she does is saturated with Mundane Made Awesome and Hot-Blooded-ness, and there's even a running gag with her using daikon radishes for a variety of things — cold remedies, talent auditions, etc.
    • Also Lory Takarada, the president of Kyoko's agency, always makes a huge entrance wearing the most bizarre outfits (usually a throwback to historical or extravagant settings, such as harems, the renaissance, etc.) flanked by lots of people, presumably his employees who have nothing else to do.
  • Yukimura from Sengoku Basara. But only when dealing with or talking to or thinking about his OYAKATA-HAM-A!! So, all the time.
    • Just Yukimura and Shingen? Every character from that anime has vast amounts of ham. Oda Nobunaga is even voiced by the Japanese incarnation of ham.
    • Special mention to Mitsunari's scenery chewing whenever thinking about/encountering IEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!
  • Dark Schneider from Bastard!!.
DS:"Oh Lord, why must you make me so KICK-ASS STRONG!!!"
  • Karna, the alien "Anime Chinese girl" from Niea_7, is EXTREMELY vocal about alien emancipation. And for the love of all that's holy, don't make fun of her antenna!
    "LISTEN TO MEEEEEEE!!! "
  • Pokémon
    • "I. LOVE. FOSSILS!"
    • Also, Harley, who is defined by this trope and his Disproportionate Retribution towards May.
    • Team Rocket. Their entire introduction alone is a good enough reason for them to be listed under this trope.
    • Baron Alberto as well.
    • Cilan gets turned from a rather shy character in the games to a FABULOUS Gym Leader with a seiyuu to match.
  • Space Deputy Kogoro of Keroro Gunsou is made of this. Keroro also has his hammy moments.
  • Koihime†Musou: THE WAY OF THE FIVE GRAINS!
  • Lotte, the German karate kid in Sasameki Koto. WELL MET MY CHOSEN!...
  • Noda of Angel Beats! manages to stand out from a cast of at least 50% pure grade-A hams by screaming almost every line, usually punctuated by flourishes of his ever-present halberd axe.
    • Everyone in the OVA. Yuri forces them to be as hammy as possible in the hopes that it will confuse Angel.
  • In Bleach, unless your name is either Ulquiorra, Starrk, and Harribel, you simply can't be a member of the Espada and not be damn hammy. The most triumphant example is Barragan, um, BarraHAM Luisenbarn, the Second Espada: his Villainous Breakdown before he died was pure, pure HAM.
    • Yammy Rialgo's powers are fueled by rage, which he gets from everything that doesn't directly please him. Aaroniero's acting as Kaien is purely hammy, since he laughs maniacally half the time while taunting Rukia.
    • Szayel Aporro may be one of the most triumphant examples.
    • Zommari lost his fight because of how hammy he was.
    • Grimmjow gave us "ESPADA SIX: IS GRIMMJOW AGAIN! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!" And Nnoitra's "I AM THE MOST POWERFUL ESPADA EVER CREATED!"
    • Also, there's the most... um, colorful member of Barragan's Fraccion, the very quirky and surprisingly popular Charlotte Cuulhorne. Only in death he wasn't hammy.
      • Harribel's Amazon Brigade make up for their mistress's stoic personality quite nicely. Sung-Sun is rather quiet and snarky, but Apacci and Mila Rose simply can't be in the same panel without yelling at each other.
    • In the side of the good guys we have Ichigo's father Isshin, with his over the top attacks and either crazy or perverted antics toward his three kids. GOOOOOD MORRRRNINNNNNG ICHIGOOOOOOOOO!!!!
    • Don Kanonji.
    "Spirits are ALWAYS WITH YOU!" *pose* "BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"
    • Even Aizen himself get this. In the fight vs Ichigo.
    • *AHEM* "Who is lucky? I am lucky. None so lucky but me! That's right, I said Me~" Seriously Ikkaku's dialogue is either borderline Narm, Large Ham or Crazy Awesome.
    • No mention of Arrancar Grand Fisher? You know you cannot win with your zanpakuto, because as we all know - The size of one's Zanpakuto is directly proportional to one's SPIRIT ENERGYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!
    • When in a good fight, Kenpachi jumps onto the ham bandwagon as well.
    • Mayuri Kurotsuchi, as it befits the local Mad Scientist and owner of really creepy Nightmare Faces, can get pretty hammy when he wants to. Not just that, but his and Szayel Aporro's "fight" was finished with a loud and merciless "The Reason You Suck" Speech that was porky to the n-th degree. Including jewels like "I SPIT ON PERFECTION" and "HOW DARE YOU CALL YOURSELF A MAN OF SCIENCE?!" While he sliiiightly toned the words down in the last arc, the increase of the nightmare faces and the ridiculous outfit he wears make up for it.
    • Among the Fullbringers, we have Giriko. But ONLY when he's Drunk with Power. Riruka Dokugamine and Moe Shishigawara also had their hammy moments as well.
    • In the final arc, Hikifune and Tenjirou from the Zero Squad proved that they were no slouches in this. In fact, in 521 Hikifune went so over the top with her entrance that she almost threw Ichigo and Renji off a floating platform without even noticing.
    • Quincies are pure ham. It seems to be in their blood - they have a natural talent for turning any moment into one that abounds with ham. It makes sense when realising Juhabach aka The Leader is so huge and imposing-looking that he manages to be the kind of ham that doubles as The Stoic. Until he kills Yamamoto and eliminates his lifeless body, where he temporarily but fully unleashes his hamminess and some more.
      • Uryuu Ishida has always been the King of Ham within Ichigo's group: "Tell Aizen that a Quincy has come! For the one you truly have to fear is not a Shinigami but a Quincy!" (Boy did that turn out to be true!)
      • Ebern Azgiaro was pretty porky and that got him kicked off Ichigo's bed among other things, but Kirge Opie was the evil ham was at.
      • Mask de Masculine, a Masked Luchador who acts like he's theatrically performing for a wrestling crowd even when there's no-one around to watch. Turns out this is part of his power, since he's revived by the cheers of his fan(s).
      • As Nodt was introduced as The Stoic when he made mincemeat out of Byakuya and almost killed him, but he inexplicably went hammy when attacking Yamamoto and almost paid for it with his life. And once he returned to action and found Byakuya and Rukia, he went all Drunk with Power and became this. With gusto.
      • In fact, the only Quincy that hasn't descended into hamminess is also the only Quincy that has turned his back on his heritage - Ryuuken Ishida's stoic personality seems to be keeping the ham well beyond the other side of the snark line.
    • In 591, we see that being Back from the Dead can make Arrancars even hammier than they once were. Now that Charlotte, Dordonni, Cirucci and Luppi have been 'revived' by Mayuri as zombies, the first three have turned up the porkitude levels to like, over 9.000, with a totally deadpan Luppi lampshades how loud they are. And then Mayuri, being... who he is, zaps them to get them to shut up. It has to be seen to be believed.
  • From the Fate/stay night visual novel and anime, Ilya's use of the word BAHSAHKAH is more than enough.
    • I am the bone of my sword...
    • Every single Servant when using their Noble Phantasms. Every last one.
    • Gilgamesh has an immeasurably huge ego, and hams up his appearances every other line.
    • Although Kirei Kotomine isn't loud, every single line is spoken with the same gravity, intensity, and seriousness normally reserved for funeral services. That said, when he lets loose in his final battle in the visual novel, which is also the last battle in the game he really starts picking up that ham.
  • Absolutely everyone in Rose of Versailles, which goes with the fact that it's a quite early anime series and easily one of the most melodramatic ever.
  • Winner Sinclair from Karin. EVERY line he utters is incredibly hammy and ridiculously accented. "TIME FOR TALK IS OVER! I CHALLENGE YOU TO DUEL!"
  • Saint Seiya is already a World of Ham, but Gemini Saga is a special case. He's a rather stoic and serious Tragic Hero at first sight, but when under he's the effects of a Split Personality Take Over, the guy unleashes his inner ham and lets it run WILD. His Evil Gloating and Evil Laugh are truly a sight to behold.
    • Cranked Up to Eleven in the MEMORABLE Latin-American dub, where it's obvious that his VA Javier Rivero was having waaaaay too much fun as he delivered his lines.
    • By the way, talking about the Latin-American dub, Gemini Saga was voiced in three chapters by Carlos del Campo, the temporal voice that he had during the Split Personality Take Over in the final battle of the Sanctuary saga, and he chewed the scenario.
      • Then again, Carlos del Campo soon went to voice Professor Tomoe and Principal Kuno, and both times the man unleashed even more hamminess. That poor scenery.
  • 007 from Cyborg 009 most definitely fits this. Justified Trope, since he was a clasically trained actor in his backstory.
  • Tomo from Azumanga Daioh.
  • Shizuo Heiwajima from Durarara!!. He enters half the scenes by throwing a vending machine or something heavy at Izaya, followed by him yelling "IIII-ZAAA-YAAAA!!"
  • It might not seem so at first, but after about 60 episodes of Gintama, you start to realize that Katsura is a large ham.
    • There are a surplus of hammy characters, but an honorable mention belongs to Gintoki himself. Especially the strawberry milk speech.
    Listen up! Let's say you drink too much strawberry milk, and have to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. But it's cold outside your bed. You don't want to get up, but the urge to urinate is just too strong! You make up your mind to go! You run to the bathroom, stand in front of the toilet, and let loose! You think that all your life has led to this moment! But then you realize! It isn't the bathroom! You're still in bed! That feeling of lukewarm wetness spreads like wild fire! But you don't stop! You can't stop! That's what I'm talking about! That's the truth of the strawberry milk! DO YOU GET IT!?'''
  • The titular character of Haruhi Suzumiya has some very hammy moments, particularly when she's waxing lyrical over her plans for her SOS Brigade.
  • Fairy Tail has had its fair share...
    WE ARE FAIRY TAIL!
  • ZOIDS Chaotic Century and Guardian Force have their fair share of these.
    • Big Bads Gunther Prozen and Hiltz. Protagonist Van Flyheight gets a fair few as well
    • "The Baron of Wings" and "The Sword of Storms*, aka Rosso and Viola, once they acquire the Storm Sworders, whose tendency to make grand entrances and deliver dramatic monologues while kicking the ass of whatever nefarious character or minion thereof happens to be around is so hammy it borders on intense Narm - but it's still awesome.
    • The same can be said for Stinger, an effeminate mercenary who hams it up almost every time he opens his mouth.
    • From the same franchise, Steve Toros and Dr. Layon are MADE of this trope. Taken Up to Eleven when the two come face to face.
  • Homura Akemi from Puella Magi Madoka Magica is one of the few hams who are also The Stoic or a Sugar and Ice Personality. Blame it on her tendence to dramatically appear out of nowhere.
  • Hosaka of Minami-ke is an absolutely enormous ham.
  • Viscount Druitt from Black Butler is a huge ham, especially in the second season.
    • Grelle Sutcliff.
  • Super Atragon gives us no less than four characters who serve up big, steaming platters of ham:
  • Principal Edajima Heihachi in Sakigake!! Otokojuku practically leaps off the pages with the sheer force of his hamminess. Him being voiced by Daisuke Gōri in the anime only adds to this.
    "Washi ga Otokojuku jukucho, Edajima Heihachi de aru!" (Translation: "I am the principal of Otokojuku, Edajima Heihachi!")
  • Dead Leaves, in English at least, is a butcher shop of ham which makes sense when you see that Hiroyuki Imaishi directed it. Unfortunately, he forgot to make it funny in Japanese, so the dubbing crew took up most of the work, so it is undoubtedly funnier in English. But what the hell am I doing without examples?
    • Retro: Virtually all of his dialogue... it's incredibly hard to find a bit of dialogue where he's not freaking out, insane, or being a Screaming Warrior. The number of lines that don't chew the scenery is barely enough to be counted on both hands.
    • Triple-six: "YOUUUUU! PRISONER NINE-THREE-OOOOOOOOONE!"
      • "I wouldn't use those crappy bullets to SCRATCH MY ASS!!"
  • Kazemakase Tsukikage Ran: Meow can be... enthusiastic when she introduces herself and other occasions. This involves a louder voice and practiced posing.
  • Yumekui Merry: Chaser John Doe.
  • In Mirai Nikki, the moment Twelfth started putting his costume on to his death, every time he's been on screen is to Parody Sentai superheros in the most over-the-top manner possible
  • Mawaru-Penguindrum gave us the Princess of the Crystal and her "SURVIVAL STRATEGYYYYYY!" first, but charas like Masako Natsume and Yuri Tokikago hammed it up as well. To say nothing about Masako's grandpa Sanbei, who manages to ham it up from beyond the grave!
  • Everyone in Nichijou is a Large Ham, but special mention is given to the schoolgirl trio of Yuuko, Mio, and Mai, who manage to provide noteworthy hammy moments in basically every episode.
  • From the English dub of Beyblade we have one of the tournament commentators, "BRAAAAAAD BEST".
  • Hanamichi Sakuragi from Slam Dunk is, undoubtly, one of the hammiest Sport Anime leads EVER.
    "Muahahahahahahaha! I'm a GEEEEEEENIUS!"
  • Hidenori in Daily Lives of High School Boys hides his big ham tendencies under a (paper-thin) stoic shell. His Distaff Counterpart Yanagin doesn't even have that shell.
  • Trinity Blood gives us Brother Petros, Knight Templar leader of the Vatican Inquisition Division and enemy to vampires everywhere!! Observe.
  • Carina's father, Archduke Verritti, in Shukufuku no Campanella. In his first appearance in the series, Nina trips him and sends him face first onto the floor (by orders of the Duchess, his wife) because he's about to traumatize Minette with his hamminess.
  • Rufus Barma in Pandora Hearts is a perfect example of this trope. He speaks in old English and often does so in a ridiculous manner.
    • Xerxes Break is another ridiculous example. "I must say, in return for showing me such a repulsively wonderful dream, ALLOW ME TO GIVE YOU YOUR PUNISHMENT."
  • Mewtwo in the English dub of Pokémon: The First Movie. To put it in perspective, the Japanese version is slightly more philosophical and restrained in his demeanor. The English version, on the other hand, is much more flamboyant, being more prone to boasting and delivers his lines as if he was in a Shakespearean play, not to mention having an appropriately deeper voice. He's even a bit hammy in the moments right before he went stark raving bonkers.
  • Zone of the Enders: Dolores, i gives us Baan Dorfloum, an inspector who is racist against Martians and is absolutely obsessed with finding and killing protagonist James Links, who he insists on calling John Carter. Every on-screen appearance is glorious.
    John CARTER is perpetrating EVIL on MAAAAAAAAAAAAAARS!
  • In Detective Conan, Kogoro Mouri has some tendancies toward this.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's anime applies hamminess to practically everything, including Combat Commentary, with the end result that most battles involve more hammy shouting than you can shake a stick at. Keeping that in mind, Takehito Koyasu's Dio Brando is in a league all of his own: Even his non-combat interactions are dominated by near-constant scenery-chewing.
  • Rider of Fate/Zero is the living embodiment of this trope. Between his epic speeches, multiple CrowningMomentsOfAwesome, and general badassery, he steals the spotlight with every moment of screen-time he gets.
  • Robotech: So many examples. But mostly in a good way. It's worth remembering that the quirks and eccentricities in the original Japanese track would be totally lost in translation due to cultural differences. This is why the more recent straight dub of Macross tended to seem flat in comparison.
    • Khyron: As voiced by Greg Snegoff. His voice is actually more memorable than the original Japanese voice which just made Khyron seem a little naughty. Snegoff's Khyron oozes evil. The novelizations noted that Khyron sounded like actor James Mason. He does, actually.
    • Exedore: As voiced by Ted Layman. Spock on "speed".
    • Ben Dixon as voiced by Richard Epcar. "HA HA HA HA HA.....".
    • Angelo Dante, Dana Sterling, Anatole Leonard, Col. Fredericks, Zor Prime, Rand, Annie.
  • Space Battleship Yamato: In the Star Blazers dub, Eddie Allen gave Desslok a much more sibilant voice, making him seem very Camp. In the original (voice by Masato Ibu), Desler had a typical bad guy's deep voice. Desslok's English language voice, however, does appear to fit in a different way as it emphasizes the decadent ruler that Desslok was at the time. Unfortunately, it became less fitting in Season 2 and 3.
  • Rurouni Kenshin gives us an incredible, glorious ham in Houji Sadoshima. The Evil Genius in Shishio's Juppongatana, Houji is both a great strategist and an incredibly Hot-Blooded guy who doesn't have the fighting skills of others, so he expresses his more passionate side via shouting half of his lines, showing his Undying Loyalty in very painful ways, having a massive Villainous Breakdown after Shishio's death, commiting suicide in an incredibly showy way , and finally laughing in joy as he goes to Hell, finds Shishio and Yumi there, and joins their plan to take HELL ITSELF over.