Whenever a character casts a spell in Arc Rise Fantasia, with the exception of Rastan, they're almost always over the top. Dyno's summoning chant is particularly notable amongst the fanbase, and easily the most memorable line in the game.
Gears of War: Private Augustus Cole. His usual manner of fighting the enemy involves amusing insults and taunts, which escalates into a Crowning Moment of Awesome in Gears 2, Act 4 when Delta hacks into the Locust Queen's propaganda and Cole delivers a frenzied slew of insults over the loudspeakers of the entire capital city.
Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warriors, and the Warriors Orochi crossover games (in short, KOEI's entire Warriors franchise) has this in spades; a majority of the characters, both male and female, act according to an apparently obvious (often "judge a book by a cover" level) archetype.
SNK's Fighting Games have their share of Large Hams as it is, but special mention must go to Wolfgang Krauser, voiced by B. J. Love. Krauser's lines range from the slightly narmy "I'LL CHISEL YOUR GRAVESTONE! SLEEEEEP WELL!" to his ending in Fatal Fury Special, in which he bellows out, "WOW! WHAT A TOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!" without even trying to fix the mistranslation.
Bethesda simply must have had too much fun when making the Dark Brotherhood quest "Recipe for Disaster," where you kill the fake Emperor through poison. It involves you pretending to be a cook, so as to slip poison into his evening meal. You can choose one of three dialogue options when talking to your understudy. One is a very level-headed response, as if speaking normally, another is always just a bunch of ellipses that she takes as a silent test, and the third, well...
You: DO NOT QUESTION THE GOURMET!
Most villains in the Metal Gear Solid games qualify for this, particularly Magnificent Bastard Revolver Ocelot and Liquid Snake; when the two end up sharing a body, the ham goes to untold levels. The incredibly melodramatic Death Seeker Fortune is even insultingly called a ham actress by one of the other characters... In this case, Ocelot himself.
Snake? Snake?! SNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE!!!
Let's Play: General Ironicus noted that Otacon is the only character in Metal Gear that doesn't overact by nature.
And everyone else. Is there anyone who isn't hammy?
The person playing Max from Tales of Eternia was obviously having a blast playing him, exclaiming "YEAH!" with great gusto at every possible opportunity, and generally overacting to hilarious degrees in a ridiculously manly voice. This is all the more noticeable next to most of the rest of the English version voice cast, who, by contrast, tend to sound rather bored or half-asleep at even the most dramatic moments in the game.
Same thing applies to battle. Even in the Japanese. Everyone else's battle shouts are up to par, but Fog just takes it to the next level with his "BAANING FORCE!" Pity the anime didn't include him.
Starting from Destiny 2, any invocation of any Hi-Ougi by any character will do this. Emotionless characters will intone oaths and spells with great gravitas, more Hot-Blooded ones let out their Screaming Warrior, and bosses, especially of the final variety, will reach off the scale ham levels declaring their intent to rend time, space, and creation.
Kyoshiro Senryo of the Samurai Shodown series is an actualLarge Hamactor. However, his overacting fits the kabuki stage perfectly, and he's a huge hit. He even calls his "clone" out on that if he wins in the first game
Id and Grahf in Xenogears, as well as Big Joe! and the Captain of the Thames. "I! *pose* AM A MAN! *pose* OF THE SEA! GWAHAHAHAHAHA!"
Bob Page in the final act of Deus Ex. Sure he does a fair bit of begging for his life as your victory becomes more and more likely, but other than that he loves nothing more than to mock you and proclaim himself a god.
The three other factions in that scene are little better, actually. As you get closer to accomplishing their goals they go on and on about how Right they are for whatever reason.
The voice samples the player has to choose from for the PC of Neverwinter Nights are almost all examples of epic ham. It really makes it hard to play a taciturn character when your PC keeps shouting "My STEEL...will STRIKE TRUE!"
"Attack! Ah sayyyyyyyyyy, attack!"
"Prepare to become one... with eternity."
"DIE! DIE! DIE! DIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEhehehehe..."
"TIME FOR A BIT OF A GAME!"
"I'M HERE! FIGHT ME!"
Some of the NPCs' voicesets do this too. Quoth Valen: "Into the flames we leap!"
They actually kept the original voicesets for Neverwinter Nights 2, as well as added some new ones. Among these is the "Dramatic" voiceset...
"Your death has been TOO long DELAYED!"
King Drake the third from Makai Kingdom, who comes complete with ridiculously overblown posing, pyrotechnics when he says his name, and a leitmotif that sounds like someone's national anthem. Oh, and he's voiced by Norio Wakamoto. His hamminess is the major reason why the other overlords consider him a first-class twat.
Zetta's first appearance is so hammy that it not only leaves chew marks on the scenery but also sets it on fire (literally), but he mellows down after his unfortunate transformation. Which isn't to say that he no longer hams it up:
Zetta: Disperse, loyal battle monkeys! Do my bidding and bust a cap!
Hey! Double points for he's voiced here by Crispin Freeman in the English version.
Likewise Zetta's long time love Salome hams it up big time in the final chapter of the game, shocking even Zetta with her scenery chewinginsanity.
It is a job requirement for every Demon Overlord in the NI Sverse to ham it up as strongly and often as possible.
Sanger Zonvolt from Super Robot Wars becomes one of these in battle. Many characters have In the Name of the Moon speeches, but his consists of loudly declaring his name, his self-appointed title of "the sword that cleaves evil", a very loud battle cry, and a post-mortem reminder that there's nothing his BFS can't cut through. This may or may not be preceded by him telling his enemies to "Shut up! And listen!"
Agnus in Devil May Cry 4. Dante even engages him in what appears to be a battle to see who can be the most ham in one cutscene.
Arkham! Seriously, he's the hammiest character in 3. "Now, after two millenniums of confinement, it can at LAST fulfill the PURPOSE for which it was INTENDED!"
You're not just whistling dixie. They even wrote it that way in the subtitles: "THAT is WHAT the SOMETHING is!"
A lot of the dialogue in those Castlevania games that actually have dialogue, especially Lament of Innocence and Curse of Darkness due to the use of fairly accurate but still excessive Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe. But the Ham-hat goes off to the English dub of Symphony of the Night, especially this legendary exchange between Dracula and Richter Belmont, sadly retranslated in the PSP remake:
Richter: "DIE monster! You don't BELONG in this world!"
Dracula: "It was not by MY hand that I am once again given FLESH! I was called here by HUMANS who wish to pay ME Tribute!"
Richter: "TRIBUTE?!! You steal men's SOULS and make them your SLAVES!"
Dracula: "Perhaps the same can be said of ALL religions."
Richter: "Your words are as empty as your SOUL! Mankind ILL NEEDS a savior such as YOU!"
Dracula: "WHAT IS A MAN?! *Throws wine glass* A MISERABLE LITTLE PILE OF SECRETS! But enough talk...HAVE AT YOU!"
The Dracula X Chronicles has its moments, both in Rondo and in Symphony:
Richter: "The only one I'm here for is you. To HELL with your heresy! You're nothing but a blight on mankind!"
Dracula: "Hah! Mankind... *Wine glass* A cesspit of HATRED AND LIES! Fight for them, then, and die for their SINS!"
And thanks to Albus mode, you get to hear his hamminess every time you perform a special attack. It's a completely different set of lines, despite being the exact same attacks, just for that extra ham flavor.
Dawn of Sorrow has these in Japanese, as it was never translated into English, voicewise. The fight against Soma Cruz as Dracula is particularly notable, with his marvellous evil laugh, and the way he calls out the name of the person you are using while throwing his wine glass away. "Julius... BERUMONDOOOOOAAAAA!"
The Baldur's Gate series is a textbook example of a World of Ham. There isn't a single character who isn't awesomely over the top and loving it. Even so, some characters stand out as being especially hammy:
Minsc is a Boisterous Bruiser-flavored ham with his constant shouting of battlecries and enthusiasm.
"I grow tired of shouting battlecries when fighting this mage! Boo will finish his eyeballs ONCE AND FOR ALL so he DOES NOT RISE AGAIN!EVIL! MEET MY SWORD!'' SWOOOOOORD! MEEEEEET! EEEEEEEEVIIIIIIIIIL!"
His Evil Counterpart Korgan is nearly as bad with his over-the-top Violent Glaswegian acting. Most of the villains get some epic scenery-chewing lines as well, but most of them, with the possible exception of Irenicus, also know when calmness is called for.
The Command & Conquer RTS series of games is legendary for its wonderfully cheesy FMV cutscenes and a healthy dose of Deadpan Snarkerey, but the Red Alert games take it to a whole other level of, er... enthusiasm. A few specific examples:
All in all, the Soviet Campaign is far more Ham-heavy than the Allies. It may be something in the vodka.
Command & Conquer 3 outdoes them all by including Billy Dee Williams who speaks EVERY line in the same tone used by Lando Calrissian when hitting on Princess Leia. It gets creepy when he's talking about the death of millions of people this way. Then theres Joseph D. Kucan who returns as Kane, with more Ham than ever before.
"Go ahead my son. Push the button. Inscribe your place in history with the blood of GDI. "
"How could my own brothers believe that what transpired at the Temple Prime did not unfold exactly as I had planned? Of course I could not have planned for an ambush BY MY OWN FORCES!"
In the intro to Kane's Wrath, Kane's epic speech is so hammy that it comes complete with earthquakes punctuating his sentences.
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 has the hammiest cast list possible – Tim Curry, Jonathan Pryce, J.K. Simmons, and George Takei. The film sets which haven't been chomped to pieces by the actors are strewn with awesome levels of cheese and ham. ALL the actors seems to having the time of their lives - especially Tim Curry, who dominates any scene he's in.
And in a marked contrast to RA 2, the Allied campaign is the hammiest of them all-Eva is about the only one who isn't consistently munching on scenery and pork alike every second she's on screen, but she has her moments. The Soviets are no slouches, either, but the Empire campaign leaves something to be desired in the ham department-the Imperial actors would be hammy in any other game, but simply can't match the Allies and Soviets.
The Red Alert 3: Uprising expansion is set to feature Malcolm McDowell and Ric Flair. EA is trying to create some sort of Ham Singularity (or "Aporkolypse.")
The Ace Attorney series typically has several hams in each one (despite having little voice acting). Although a special nod goes to Damon Gant from the first game, and Luke Atmey from the third, both with dramatic gestures, thunder-splitting personalities and dramatic theme music.
The awesome hamminess of "OBJECTION!", "TAKE THAT!", "HOLD IT!", and "GOTCHA!". Particularly enjoyable when the lawyers get into shouting matches with each other. "OBJECTION!""OBJECTION!""I SAID OBJECTION!""I SAID OBJECTION FIRST!"
And Valant Gramarye.
Or Furio Tigre.
Godot's ability to consume ungodly amount of coffee is a direct result of the sheer density of his hamminess creating a singularity in his metabolism.
Franziska is almost sane compared to the rest of the cast, but this doesn't stop her from attacking everyone in sight with her whip, ranting at both Phoenix and Edgeworth for besmirching her family's honor, and using the word "fool" approximately twenty-seven times per sentence when she gets upset. Edgeworth even snarks about her "flair for the histrionic."
Apollo Justice specifically trains his No Indoor Voice to be as hammy as possible. He mentions it constantly and calls it his Chords of Steel.
Lampshaded in the demo version of the game where Apollo loses his voice in the middle of the trial due to overdoing his vocal chords training.
The fifth game gives us Yuri Cosmos, Robin Newman who does this as part of her Sweet Polly Oliver routine, and Bobby Fulbright who has almost no understanding of emotion and is overcompensating.
Some of the enemy commanders from Supreme Commander serve a large side of ham with their taunts to the player, including Commander Godwyn (Operation Unlock) and Commander Eris (Operation Metal Shark and Operation Defrag). The largest ham award, however, goes to Commander Ariel, of Operation Shining Star. At any given moment, she's just barely restraining a maniacal evil witch laugh.
Blizzard tends to ham up the voice acting in all their games with delightful results, but the crowning glory is the opera event in World of Warcraft's Karazan instance. Merely reading a transcription of the script doesn't really do justice to the voice actor's BRIAN BLESSED-inspired performance and the audience going "oooooh! ahhhhhh!"
Kael'thas definitely qualifies, especially his death emote in the Magisters' Terrace instance:
My demise accomplishes nothing! The Master will have you! You will drown in your own blood! The world shall burn! Aaaghh!
Kael'thas is wonderfully hammy. He just never seems to stop talking.
He was even hammy back in WarCraft III. Facing the undead with naught but STICKS and HARSH LANGUAGE, anyone?
And that was nothing compared to the generic Blood Mage's Stop Poking Me rant about blood.
Blood Mage: My blood cries out for the vengeance of my people's blood, which can only be repaid with at least twice as much blood! Or maybe three times as much blood! Like if you went to hell, and it was full of blood, and that blood was on fire, and it was raining blood, THEN MAYBE THAT WOULD BE ENOUGH BLOOD! Eh...but probably not.
Almost all of the lines said by Lord Jaraxxus in Trial of the Crusader
Jaraxxus is such a ham that most players will refer to him by both his name and his full title, Eredar Lord of the Burning Legion.
The fight with Instructor Rasuvious is particularly hammy.
Instructor Rasuvious: I'm just getting warmed up!
Instructor Rasuvious: You should've stayed home!
The player character, with many voice-acted emotes.
"THE SIN'DOREI WILL PREVAIL!"
"Rend flesh with me!"
"For the GLORY OF QUEL'THALAS!"
WarCraft III has every male unit, but notably the Paladin. He actually has an indoor voice, but lines like "SMITE with great VENGEANCE!" "In Lightbringer's name, HAVE AT THEE!" and "Is that a sword? LUXURY! Is that a horse? SLOTH! Is that a helmet? VANITY!".
The Frozen Halls instances from patch 3.3 all have their hammish bosses, but Scourgelord Tyrannus takes the cake.
"Rimefang! Trap them within the tunnel! BURY THEM ALIVE!"
Eadric the Pure, one of the 2 Argent Crusade Bosses of Trial of the Champion, would be considered a Large Ham of the Light, especially compared to the Argent Confessor Paletress. Ironically, he's an easy boss compared to the Confessor.
Blizzard would like you to know that despite the typical byline of "women can't become liches or be hammy", that this is patently false necro-sexist propaganda. Observe Lady Deathwhisper actually gasping for breath in between lines. Now we know why Kel'Thuzad got a Right-Hand Cat instead: Liches need some peace and quiet too.
I suggest we rename Icecrown Citadel to Largeham Citadel.
Lord Marrowgar.BBBBOOOOOONNNNNNEEEEEESSSSSSTTTTTOOOOORRRRRRMMMMMMM!note "Laaaaanguish in damnaaaationnnnn..." Funny enough the joke went around that Sindragosa's most powerful ability was her incessant raspy voice.
It was the same way back in WarCraft 2, as narrator Bill Roper tells us of the Alliance arming itself with Dwarven cannon and Elven STEEL to fight the Tides of Darkness.
Another special mention to Deathwing, who ranks as one of the hammiest, loudest Warcraft characters there is, particularly is the intro for Cataclysm
All will BURN beneath the SHADOW...OF MY WIIINGS!
Also in the Twilight Highlands:
Look upon me and you see Death incarnate, the unmaker of worlds.
His best ham comes from the Madness of Deathwing fight:
(at start) YOU HAVE DONE NOTHING! I WILL TEAR YOUR WORLD APART!
(Final phase) I AM DEATHWING! THE DESTROYER! THE END OF ALL THINGS! INEVITABLE! INDOMINABLE! I! AM! THE CATACLYSM!
Deathwing's hamminess is the embodiment of cringe-inducing narm.
TOO SOON. YOU HAVE AWAKENED ME TOO SOON, EXECUTUS.
YOU CALLED, LITTLE SHAMAN. AND THE FIRELORD HAS ANSWERED!
Funnily enough Ragnaros has ceased speaking in all caps in his own realm of the Firelands. Perhaps he doesn't wish to out-ham his new ally, Deathwing.
And then there's Cho'gall, who has two heads—one of them deep-voiced and portentous, the other flat-out crazy—which spend most of the Bastion of Twilight instance making over-the-top speeches in wonderful Honeybaked counterpoint. It's not often you find a character in Ham-to-Ham Combat with himself.
Foolish mortals - (Usurper's children!) Nothing you have done - (SPAWN OF A LESSER GOD!) I am trying to speak here! (Words, words, words! The Master wants MURDER!)
They get back into agreement when attacked:
Enough! (To His will all flesh succumbs. From His kingdom, chaos comes!) Yes - what he said.
Contiuning the trend, the new heroics gives us several hammy bosses. The king of it must be the snake boss, High priest Venoxis. His quotes aint much changed since the original, but his VA forces so much ham into it, you hardly believes hes dying when uttering "MYYYY DEATTH... MEAAANS NOOOTHINNGG!". You have to hear it to believe it.
Not to be outdone by the men, Vanessa Van Cleef takes a page from Kael'thas' book and tries to Evil Gloat her opponents to death.
And now...we have the Firelands, aka the Dimension Of Smoked Hams. When FrandalStaghelm is the subtle one, it makes one wonder if Ragnaros goes out of his way to find minions that remind himof himself.
Lord Rhyolith in particular can't seem to decide whether he's a grumpy old man or Optimus Prime, switching between bitter complaints about the small nuisances around him to bombastic, booming threats and proclamations, i.e. "Ooooh! You little beasts!" to "SUCCUMB TO LIVING FLAME!!"
4.3 Takes the Ham level and raises it hamazingly high...
Starting with Archbishop Benedictus...
There is no good, no evil, no Light. There is only POWAH!
I am the beginning of the end... the shadow which blots out the sun... the bell which tolls your doom... For this moment ALONE was I made. Look upon your death, mortals, and despair! Now is the Hour of Twilight!
In the StarCraft universe, it's the ones who aren't hams that are rare. While the Ghost may get his Creepy Monotone, he can keep it, because almost everyone else is pure unabridged ham. Third prize: Tassadar's big speech at the beginning of the final mission. Second prize: Terran Firebats. And the grand prize goes to...The Siege Tank. Honorary mentions go to the Terran Marine, the Terran Dropship, the Protoss Zealot, the Terran Wraith, both Protoss Archons, the Zerg Overlord, and the Terran Vulture. Some voice actor was evidently having a lot of fun while recording that game.
Ansem from Kingdom Hearts (Actually, Xehanort. The true "Ansem" is actually very good at avoiding this). His first few scenes has him speaking in a Creepy Monotone...and then comes the epic Final Boss battle, in which every line he speaks (in both the battle and cutscenes surrounding it, in both Japanese and English versions) is made of pure ham:
Ansem: So, you have come this far and STILL you understand NOTHING. Every light must fade, every heart return to DARKNESS!
His new VA in KHII turns up the ham even more with his rendition.
His Nobody, Xemnas, is this to a lesser degree. His voice is an emotionless drone, but he likes to inflect alot of his words and make outrageous body gestures while doing so. "Hearts are power! Nothingness...iiiis...eternaaaaaal!"
While perhaps only a sandwich compared to the honey-glazed goodness of Ansem /Xehanort, Maleficent in the first game also is a bit hammy.
A bit? Do you remember "THE TRUE DARKNESS!" or "You think you can defeat me?ME, THE MISTRESS OF ALL EVIL!?"
Frustrated with her period of Villain Decay in Kingdom Hearts II, Maleficent gets even hammier. "A DOMINION FIT TO BE CALLED KINGDOM HEARTS MUST BE MY DOMINION!" "I DON'T TAKE ORDERS FROM YOU!" "THIS CASTLE WILL BE MIIINE!"
And then there's Hades who, in the first game, only really yelled once: a restrained "He makes me CRAZY!" But in the second game, he yells, "YOU ARE FIRED!!" during his battle with Auron, with little provoking. And then, during the final battle with him:
Hades: HOW DARE YOU HAVE A HAPPY ENDING! HOW DARE YOU!
Seems this is endemic with anyone associated to Xehanort as Birth By Sleep's Big Bad, Master Xehanort, can give Ansem/Xehanort's Heartless and Xemnas a run for their money. Natch, because he's the precursor to all of them. Helps to be voiced by Leonard Nimoy.
Master Xehanort: "BEHOLD! These lifeless keys used to be full of power. United with the hearts of their masters, on this barren soil, Keyblades of light and darkness were locked in combat! As the great Keyblade War RAAAGGED!"
Vanitas' helmet seems to act as a ham filter, as he spends most of his time with it on talking in the smug voice of a Magnificent Bastard who knows there's nothing the heroes can do to stop him. Once it's off, you can tell his voice actor (in both versions) really starts to enjoy himself.
Let's just face it, if you're a villain, and you're in KH, you're a ham. The amazing voice actors definitely help.
In Re:Coded, Sora gets his own hammy moment. It is then lampshaded.
Sora: I never would have made it here without the three of you. But it's my turn now. Let me be your light, and I'll show you the way home!
Donald: Um, isn't that hamming it up a little?
SHODAN from System Shock and its sequel (the being illustrated atop this page) does plenty of hamming, especially with her secondary voices:
"Approach your work as you see fit, but accomplish, human... (Disappointment) DisapPOINTMENT is not something I will accept from a speck (A SPECK!) SUCH AS YOU! (such as you...) "
"Look at you, hacker. A pathetic creature of meat and bone, panting and sweating as you run through my corridors. How can you challenge a perfect,immortalmachine?"
"You THINK like an insect! You MOVE like an insect! You ARE an insect!"
"We can examine the possibilities... of A REAL ALLIANCE!!
"Remember that it is my will that guided you here. It is my will that gave you your cybernetic implants... the only beauty... IN THAT MEAT YOU CALL A BODY! If you value that meat (VALUE that meat) you will do AS I TELL YOU! (As I tell you!) (I tell you!) (I tell you!) (I tell you!) (I tell you!) (I tell you!)"
"YOUR BLOOD FOULS MY DOMAIN..."
"I AM SHODAN!"
Her echo voices get even hammier. For example, after she says, "I lust for my revenge" in the second game, another one of her voices says, "my REVENGE!"
Loboto: I hate to be so blunt, m'boy, but you have the insanity... of a MANATEE!
Loboto: You'll be singing a different tune. A tune in the key of BRAINS!
Ginny Westcott as the Den Mother. Even in a game notable for its Large Hams her scenery chewing stands out. "The milk is NOT ready, and YOU are NOT ready for the MILK!"
But Coach Oleander takes the cake.
Despite not having any voiced dialogue, Rawk Hawk from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is insanely hammy. This is fitting, though—he's a professional fighter, and grandstanding is part of the biz. If you mess with the Hawk, you're gonna get RAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWKED!
Flint Cragley, as well as some of the villians, in Super Paper Mario certainly qualify.
Ganondorf's pretty good at this all around. Let's keep in mind that, as Ganon, he is literally a Large Ham.
"CURSE YOU SAGES! CURSE YOU ZELDA! CURSE YOU LINK!"
I believe you mean, "CURSE YOU ZELDA! CURSE YOU Link!"
Ganondorf's Expy in The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, Malladus, might be a pretty extreme example: He gets barely three lines in the whole game, but each of them is so incredibly hammy, Ganondorf himself would probably back off:
"This body... is rejecting my spirit... I'm... slipping from it... ... I can't hold on for long... but the world will crumble in the time I have left!"
The Imperial Psyker isn't far behind either. "WITNESS YOUR DOOOOOOOOM!"
Ditto the priest. "LET ME PREACH HIS NAME!"
A lot of Imperial Guard units are like this. The Kasrkin never get old: FOR THE IMPERIUM OF MAN!AAAAAAUUUGGGHHH!! And then there's the Spess Mehreen Chaplain, where it must be in the job description.
It is in the job description. Chaplains are supposed to whip Space Marines into a religious frenzy. "Rally to me brothers, AND WE WILL WIN!"
Even the Necrons don't get off kosher. The Necron Lord stomps around the battlefield like he's pissed off he didn't get the Imperial March for his theme tune, managing to ham it up even though he's mute!
Canoness Selena Agna in Soulstorm was a rare female example, and she was magnificent: "Fire! Fire my sisters! Do not falter, do not BLINK until the enemy are CINDERS!CINDERS AND ASH!!!"
Dawn of War II.
Force Commander: "SHOW ME WHAT PASSES FOR FURY AMONGST YOUR MISBEGOTTEN KIND!!"
The status reports are made of this practically, something in the Space Marine genome must make them be unable to stop chewing on the scenery given how every single time they say something this Trope applies.
"THEY FIRE UPON US AND WE SHALL RETURN IT!"
"THE ENEMY WISHES TO FIGHT, BROTHERS! LET US INDULGE THEM!"
"THE ENEMY HAS CLAIMED ONE OF OUR BATTLE BROTHERS. THE ENEMY MUST PAY!"
"ONE OF OUR BATTLE BROTHERS HAS DIED. DO NOT LET HIS SACRIFICE BE IN VAIN!"
"DRIVE ME CLOSER! I WANT TO HIT THEM WITH MY SWORD!"
"THIS QUIET OFFENDS SLAANESH! THINGS WILL GET LOUD NOW!"
Eldar Farseer: "If you ever want to see peace again, make war now with all your heart!"
Top honors still go to Retribution'sBig Bad Azariah Kyras for this Uber-Ham of a Chaos Battlecry:
Several of the Purify Weird Soul moves in Valkyrie Profile are an excuse to sacrifice an enemy to the altar of ham. Some people even build their party specifically for maximum ham (it helps that a party of Lenneth, Aelia, Jayle, and Shiho is both fairly effective and extremely hammy).
In the same vein, Lezard Hameth in the sequel gets progressively creepier and hammier.
Suo's Narm-tastically epic "BODY AND SOOOOOOOUL SHALL BE TOOOOORN ASUNDA!! OUGI!! HYOUUUUSOUUUUHOUJIN!! or , to a lesser extent, Grey's "IIII invoke the POWERR of the GLACIAL BLAAAADE!!"among others. The hilariously-bad quality of the voice acting of the first game is a goldmine of ham in all flavors.
Final Fantasy IV, in the DS remake. Every character gets to ham it up at one point or another, but Cid in particular near eats the scenery whole.
Final Fantasy V, one of the sillier Final Fantasies, has Exdeath, the biggest ham this side of the VOID! Just as an example, here's one of his hammier lines. Oh, and for bonus points, he actually says it twice over the course of the game.
Exdeath: Time for your viscera to see the light of day! Now die!
Anything his lackey, Gilgamesh, says. Anything. It is not limited to this game either, he's become a Breakout Character spanning multiple games, and whenever he appears in any of them, Incoming Ham can certainly be expected. Gilgamesh IS ham. Here's some of his quotes from across the series:
"Let's see how you handle the mighty ME! And by me I mean GILGAMESH! And by handle, I mean DIIIE!"
"I'd say you've been hitting the oxyale a bit too hard!"
And then they gave him a voice actor for Final Fantasy XII. John DiMaggio of all people too!
"FOOLS! You face the mightiest warrior in all IVALICE! You face ME! GILGAMESH!!! Long have I sought the blade of legend, SCOURED have I the furthest marches, East and West, and now my search brings me here, to YOOOUUU!! 'YOUR WEAPONS ARE FORFEIT TO MEEE!!!"
"Shut up! Sit your ass down in that chair and drink your goddamn TEA!!"
Barret and a few of Shin Ra's higher-up employees qualify.
FFX!Cid's son, known only as Brother, inherits this in Final Fantasy X-2, thereby proving that overacting is genetic. He bellows his orders to the Gullwings in thickly accented English and milks a giant cow every chance he gets.
Dr. Cid from Final Fantasy XII doesn't get a lot of screentime. And what few scenes he does get, he devours with great enthusiasm.
"A TRIAL for Ashelia B'Nargin Dalmasca!"
"Let us use the stone! FINISH THIS VENAT!"
"Come! Ffamran! REVEL IN THE GLORY OF MY TRIUMPH!"
And holy crap, Dissidia: Final Fantasy takes the hammiest villains (and Shantotto) from across every numbered Final Fantasy game at the time. Sure, some of them are subdued, like Sephiroth and Ultimecia (the latter being strange, as she was a textbook Ham in her actual game), but the others? There's varying levels of hamminess, but the best of them are screaming every attack. But in the interest of space, let's just go with a sampling tray of the different flavors of ham, taken from their EX-Bursts.
Garland: "Know your LIMIT! CAN YOU STAND THIS?!MiserableINSECT! The Emperor: "Suffer! All is MINE to COMMAND! *low chuckle* Lowly worm!" Cloud of Darkness: "True darkness! Unleash the SHADOWS! Hmmhmmhaahahaha!" Golbez: "Guide, my inner shadow. Light and dark above... TRANSCEND THE STARS!" Exdeath: "To the silent BEYOND!! Embrace the stillness of eternity..." Kefka: "Be careful! Watch this! ... It's FILLING ME UP!" *kaboom* "That was titillating!" Kuja: "Curtain rise!" *boom boom boom boom* "Here comes the FINALE!" Jecht: "You are just out of luck! C'mon c'mon c'monc'mon! This is my show!" "One more!" "OH YEEEEEAAAAAH!" Shantotto: "NOW I'M MAD!!Oooohohohohoho! I'm driven to DESTROY!" Gabranth: "By my SWORD! KNOW THIS PAIN!Hmph hm hah!Take your last breath. Surrender now to OBLIVION!!"
And the Big Bad Chaos outhams them all. But then, he's voiced by Norio Wakamoto in the Japanese version and Keith David in English—could anyone match that level of ham?
"KNOW DESPAIR! Hollow beings!" "You are weak...CEASE TO EXIST!" "Face the ultimate! ON YOUR KNEES! FEAR ME! THIS IS THE END!" "Tremble...in the presence of pure CHAOS!"
And for a perfect example of Incoming Ham, his introductory taunts to the heroes. Apparently the only appropriate response to ham is to be even hammier yourself.
To Warrior of Light: "Do not ATONE! Just PERRRRISH!!!!"
To Terra: "You do not need power, for I am power."
Sydney: "They twisted your very soul, Ashley. Your despair at losing your "family" turned to hate for the lawless jackal that killed them. Hate that should be reserved for yourself." Ashley: "YOU...LIE!" Sydney: "Do I? Are your new-found abilities not proof enough? You believe Leá Monde responsible? You are remembering the killing arts you learned in a past life." Ashley: "Noooooo!"
Every single character in God Hand. Especially Gene, who has a smartass wisecrack for every situation and strikes goofy poses after most of his stronger moves. If you actually happen to connect with the impossibly slow yet extremely useful Yes Man Kablam move, he will look around and enjoy being cheered on by an invisible crowd.
Par for the course for Star Fox villains. Played with in the character of Andrew Oikonny in Assault, who was obviously a cheesy wannabe villain who was never meant to be taken seriously, and thus plays it way over the top.
Scolar Visari from Killzone 2 (voiced by the mightly Brian Cox), especially during propaganda videos.
"We shall unleash such terrible vengeance, that generations yet unborn will cry out in anguish!"
"WE WILL SMITE THE INVADERS FROM OUR SKIES!"
"We will shatter their dreams and haunt their nightmares, drenching our ancestors' graves with their blood. And as our last breath tears at their lungs; as we rise again from the ruins of our cities... they will know: Helghan belongs to the Helghast."
Even when he's cornered by guys with guns, he still manages to sound incredibly intimidating: "And who are you, soldier?"
Hakha from the first game draws attention to himself with each word that comes out of his mouth, whether he's talking about the mission at hand or making a simple observation.
Rico: "Sev, Garza! Heads up! You've got two companies heading your way!"
Garza: "What's the good news?"
Rico: "YOU GET TO KILL THEM."
Chairman Stahl and Admiral Orlock, the main Helghast leaders from Killzone 3, are every bit Visari's equal thanks to the talents of Malcolm McDowell and Ray Winstone respectively. Given that they're also bitter rivals, they engage in generous servings of Ham-to-Ham Combat at Helghast committee meetings.
Barry Burton from Resident Evil. As in "a DINING room!" "You would have been a JILL sandwich!" This man is truly the biggest ham in video game history.
"Just - take - a - look - at - this! It's FOREST! Oh. My. COD!"
"What a monster! I can't believe - WHAT THE HELL IS THIS PLACE, ANYWAY?!"
Barry's hamminess is thoroughly topped by Wesker in Resident Evil 5. How hammy is he? He spends the final chapter engaging in one long monologue after the other, even going so far as to pause in the middle of a fightfight with his gun to Chris' head just so he can keep telling Chris how much of an awesome god he will be. This hamming has been justified by his Villainous Breakdown.
"A new Genesis is at hand, and I will be its CREATOR."
Has it never occurred to you that this planet is overpopulated!? Only a handful of humans TRULY matter. Everyone else is just so much chaff. So now, I have to seperate this chaff from the wheat. And with Uroboros, I can FINALLY accomplish this!
"I'M TAKING THE TWO OF YOU WITH ME!!!"
WHY CAN'T YOU UNDERSTAND, CHRIS!?!? DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THE WORLD IS WORTH SAVING!?!?
"Natural selection leaves the survivors STRONGER AND BETTER! Humans have escaped this winnowing for FAR TOO LONG!"
"War and pestilence whereEVER you go! EVERYWHERE!NOTHING but LOATHSOME HUMANS!
Let's face it - every. Single. Line. That comes from Wesker's mouth, comes out being incredibly hammy.
No wonder Chris invokes Shut Up, Hannibal!. "I've had enough of your bullshit!" Even though he himself is a bit of a ham here. Albiet, far less of one.
Leon from Resident Evil 4 is a walking Large Ham/ Deadpan Snarker. As soon as minor supporting characters start to die, he switches to ham mode. "MIIIIIIIIIIIIIKE! LUUUUUUUUUISLEEEWWWIIISSS!" Then, if a friend of yours were to die, you'd scream like that too.
The twins from Code: Veronica much?
"You want it? You are not worthy of its power!" (She's less hammy in Darkside Chronicles, though)
"Do try to keep me amused, and do not disappoint me by dying too soon. I do want to enjoy this... Eheheheh~"
Wesker's foil, Sergei Vladimir is every bit as hammy, being a ridiculously over the top Russian, who speaks every line in a deep booming voice, and looks as though he's just walked out of a 1950s propaganda movie.
"EVERYTHING EVERYTHING EVERYTHING! DAMN IT ALLLL!!!" Edge Maverick, Star Ocean The Last Hope. True, he did just accidentally cause the blowing up an alternate dimension's Earth, killing billions of people, but the way the scene played out was just hilarious. His emotions in general are acted oddly.
The cast of Team Fortress 2, in one way or another. The Heavy, Soldier, and Demoman are the biggest ones, but they all have their moments. The Medic has a large number of voice lines that just consist of laughter, ranging from disturbingly happy giggling to mean chuckles to completely bonkers crazy laughter. (Not to mention his amazing scenery-chewing as a Mad Scientist in the official Meet the Medic video.) The Sniper and Spy are the most reserved, but appropriately hammy moments can mostly be found in some of their domination/revenge lines.
The same Spectral Halloween Scream Fortress 2012 event that brought us Merasmus also added a lot of new voice lines to several classes (only triggered when on the event map Ghost Fort), of which the Medic's new voice lines (coupled with his fakeGerman accent) are especially noteworthy.
Medic: "I HAFF SO MUCH POWER!"
"I am coming for you, vizard!"
"Oh ho hoh! I have been in zhe wrong profession. I must learn zhis magic!"
Jak and Daxter has a bunch. Samos; Erol after he develops Omnicidal Mania; Baron Praxis (IF THE CITY MUST DIE, THEN WE ALL DIE!!!), and several minor characters, especially the fisherman in the first game.
Ratchet & Clank loves this trope. With a villain named Doctor Nefarious, is there any other way it could go?
From Big Bang Beat: "SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUPAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODO" "DAIGO EYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYE"
Though the villains in the first F.E.A.R. game are fairly low-key, Project Origin has Colonel Richard Vanek, who is physically incapable of notscreaming at everyone around him, even when he's talking quietly. Just look at some of his lines, and remember every single one of them is being screamed at the top of his lungs by an extremely irate general officer:
"I DON'T CARE IF ITS KING TUT! YOU FUCKING KILL THEM!"
"ANY AND ALL FUCK-UPS, GET BACK TO ADMIN! WE NEED REINFORCEMENTS!"
"WHY IS THAT FUCKING SOLDIER STILL ALIVE? SOMEBODY JUST FUCKING SHOOT HIM ALREADY!"
In FEAR 3, Paxton Fettel starts heading into hammy territory once he gets pissed. Peter Laurie really had fun hamming up some of Fettel's most unstable moments, especially his Evil Laughter.
Dot Hack//GU has Haseo who can get pretty hammy, as can Piros the 3rd and Sakaki.
ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL. , WE ARE HARBINGER. and a multitude of other synthetic(but no less porcine) declarations will fill your eardrums whenever you fight the Collectors.
The bone-rattling ham hocks of Sovereign.
We impose order on the chaos of organic evolution. You exist because we allow it, and you will end because we demand it.
Once he loses his cool, he firmly sinks his giant metal tentacles into the scenery, and refuses to let go until you blast him off it.
Sovereign is nearly unique among hams though, due to his Creepy Monotone. Somehow the mix of incredibly hammy writing, over the top voice effects, and a forceful yet monotone delivery blends together in such a way that avoids narm. It's a shame the same can't be said of Harbinger...
I AM SOVEREIGN, AND THIS STATION IS MINE!
Foolish lesser creatures! No mention of Niftu Cal, BIOTIC GOD? He shall be included here, for He is biotics made HAM!Fear Him! but first, He needs to take a nap...
Viewtiful Joe had quite a few characters, but one in particular stands out amo-
DAAAAAAAVIDSON IS IN THE HOUUUUUUSE! HULK DAVIDSON IS BOOOORN TO BE WIIIIIILLLLD!
Dragon Age: Origins' Loghain Mac Tir. STAND WITH HIM AND WE SHALL DEFEAT EVEN THE BLIGHT ITSELF!!!
Loghain is a lightweight compared to Uldred from the Circle of Magi. Ham oozes from his every sentence.
"Ah ... look what we have here. An intruder. I bid you welcome. Care to join in our … revels?"
"RESISTANCE! EVERYWHERE I GO, RESISTANCE!"
"You are a thorn in my side, and I will remove you before you fester!"
"Killing you would be a waste! Your raw potential combined with the strength of a demon would make you UNSTOPPABLE!"
"FIGHT if you must! It will only make my victory all the SWEETER."
Kolgrim, the leader of the crazy dragon cult.
"The Prophetess Andraste has OVERCOME DEATH ITSELF and has RETURNED to her faithful in a form more RADIANT than you can imagine! Not even the Tevinter Imperium could hope to slay her now! What hope do YOU have?"
While still possessed by a demon, Connor shows off a bit of ham.
"Ever since you sent the knights away, you do nothing but deprive me of my fun! Frankly, it's getting dull. I crave EXCITEMENT! And ACTION!"
Varric seems to be a kind of information broker but seems to make a living primarily from writing adventure novels. The entire game is told in four long flashbacks he tells to his interrogator, and at some points he really goes overboard with his artistic license. Instead of having it narrated, you actually play the scenes which are hilariously over the top.
Anders's combat chatter is delicious ham. "MY MAGIC WILL DESTROY YOU!"
The Black Emporium DLC gives you the titular shop's proprietor, Xenon the Antiquarian, who combines this trope with speaking like William Shatner.
"Don't... MAN-handle the uuuurrrchin! He's not... for sale... FIND YOUR OWN!"
Sims may not have dramatic pronunciations, but they are far more hammy than the average human being they're supposed to simulate. This is an aspect of gameplay - it's a lot easier to know that a Sim is hungry or angry when they dramatically moan and rub their belly or shake their fists while screaming.
Wario's hammiest portrayal has probably got to be in Wario World. Just hearing his loud laugh or his many quotes throughout the game will make you want to hug Charles Martinet for giving him such a huge and admirable ego!
Doubles as Fridge Logic when you understand the psychology behind the Shadows. They represent the repressed id, the basic impulsive mind overridden by self-control, discipline and denial by the superego. They have literally no self-control. This is especially true of the Yamato Nadeshiko Yukiko, whose mild demeanour hides a bitter resentment at being held back and having fate decided for her, and her desire for freedom.
The opening narrator for Jericho as he describes how the world hangs in the balance over the forces of darkness. Every word positively oozes with theatricality and OVERBLOWN DRAMA! Before long he starts to sound more like a fire and brimstone preacher than a video game narrator.
And just remember: If the world is still here tomorrow, now you know why.
Half the fun of Air Force Delta Strike, is a script which runneth over with ham, much of it coming from in-mission Enemy Chatter. Of particular note are the Stand By missions after you down the random enemy guest star pilots. Who knew there were so many pilots with over-the-top redneck accents and No Indoor Voice?
In Necroquest Deluxe the dialogue for the villain seems perfectly normal villain fare but the voice actor accidentally went over the top and came out sounding like a large ham. you can see the trailer on youtube.
The Time Gate on Styx is exceptionally hammy. "REEEESIIIIGN THYSELVES! REEESIIIGN THYSELVES!"
The ManaKhemia games have Flay "Defender of Justice!" "FLAYvor of Evil!" Gunnar. Words cannot express his sheer hammy insanity. His rival Tony Eisler has plenty of moments of his own too, frequently devolving into Angrish and vowing revenge.
There is a LOT of prime ham in the MK games, especially in Fall of Alchemy. Practically everyone except Razeluxe is a ham at some point, and Chloe even manages to be a monotone Large Ham. Reicher comes in a pretty close third behind Flay and Tony, which is no small feat. It doesn't hurt that he shares a voice actor with Dissidia's Kefka.
Star Wars: The Old Republic gives us a canned ham in Darth Baras, who while mostly responding to your optional snark with dry deadpan or mild exasperation, has one scene where he loses his temper so spectacularly that it's achieved meme status.
Though it's only in text, we can get the idea that OFF's Enoch is one BigBacon indeed.
"Yaaaahahaha!!! In the shadow of death valley you shall fear the apostle of darkness!"
Ether Vapor has the Scene 2 boss, Daniel Pachelbel. Introduces himself to Luca by saying that Luca has picked a fight with Chaldea, the world's MIGHTIEST nation! Preaches dramatically about trying to come to an understanding with his enemies. When Luca calls him "baldy", Daniel calls him out for his act of PERSONALOPPRESSION! before opening fire on him.