Lemongrab, from Adventure Time. Sweet mother of Glob, Lemongrab. What is his first line in the show, and the first thing he says when he enters the Candy Castle? "This castle is... in... unacceptabllle... CONDITIIION! UNACCEPTABLLLEEE!!!" Though many, if not most, of the characters in Adventure Time are large hams, our pal Lemongrab takes the cake as the largest ham, thanks to his shrill, high-pitched, constantly shrieking voice, unnecessary charisma, and sheer, undiluted rage towards everything that even remotely disagrees with him.
The monologue at the beginning of "Blackbot the Pirate" is a veritable banquet of ham:
"At last! My very own time machine! Now I can proceed with my cleverest plan of all time: Gathering the four most important items in the history of Mobius! The all-powerful Chaos Emeralds! With them, I will possess: Invisibility,invincibility,immortality, and finally, the power of life itself. With the Chaos Emeralds, no one can stop me from becoming the supreme high Robotnik! Today: Mobius. Tomorrow: THE UNIVERRRRSSSE!!!"
It's not one of his most known quotes, but easily the quote of Robotnik's that best describes him is "300 pounds of ham!"
Invader Zim: "WHO?! WHO DID THIS?! WHO DARES TO SOIL MY NORMAL BOY HEAD WITH THIS... PORK COW?!?!"
Zim is the king of this trope. Pretty much every single line he says has him screaming something.
GIR. "I WAS THE TURKEY ALL ALOOOONG!!"
Interestingly enough, when Dib breaks into his house during the Halloween special, he doesn't start yelling until after Dib ignores pretty much everything he says.
Zim: Help?! You?!
Dib: You're the only one with the technology—
Zim: HELP?!?! YOU?!?! Come to me? Your greatest, most amazing enemy? Your future slave-master and you ask for HELP?!?
Ham seems to be a class feature of Irkens, whether it's the Almighty Tallest ("Soon, all the races of the universe will serve... the IRKEN EMPIRE!"), Tak ("I should have been an Invader! I should have been part of the Great Assigning! I shouldn't have to be stealing this planet from you!"), or even little Skoodge ("So that no Irken boot has to come into contact with any unsavoury alien filth! HOO-AH!")
"Mortal enemies, teaming up for THE GREATER GOOD!"
I AM THE SHADOW HOG! WHAT IS IT YOU WANT FROM ME, CHILD WHO CONJURED ME, AND CHILD WHO WAS BLESSED WITH PIG SENSES?
Ms. Bitters does this every once in a while.
Just about any character played by Richard Steven Horvitz is going to be a ham in some fashion or another. See: The hammily demented Daggett Beaver of The Angry Beavers, the hammily moronic Billy of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, and the hammily… well, I don't know what to call him—Rodney in Squirrel Boy. Richard actually pointed this out several times, saying that Zim is the hardest role he's ever done, because even his NORMAL speaking voice is shouting.
Professor Membrane, as well as quite a few other Rodger Bumpass roles.
Coach McGuirk from Home Movies, especially in the episode where he's deprived of sleep.
"HA! I GOT YOUR HAT! TAKE THAT, HATLESS! NOW GO BACK TO THE QUAD AND RESUME YOUR HACKEY-SACK TOURNEY! I'M NOT GONNA LIE DOWN FOR SOME FRAT BOY BASTARD WITH HIS DAMN TEVA SANDALS AND HIS SKOAL BANDITS AND HIS ABERCROMBIE AND FITCH LONG SLEEVE, OPEN STITCH, CREW NECK HENLEY SMOKING HIS STICKY BUDS OUT OF A SODA CAN WHILE WATCHING HIS FAVORITE DOWNLOADED SIMPSONS EPISODES EVERY NIGHT! YES, WE ALL LOVE "MR. PLOW!" OH, YOU'VE GOT THE SONG MEMORIZED, DO YOU? SO DOES EVERYONE ELSE! THAT IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF IDIOT YOU'D SEE AT TACO BELL AT 1:00 IN THE MORNING! THE GUY WHO JUST WHIFFED HIS WAY DOWN THE BAR SKANK LADDER!"
"WAAAHHH! WAAAHHH! YOU LIKE THAT, HUH?! YOU LIKE THAT?! WAAAAHHHH! YOU'LL JUST TUNE THIS OUT, DON'TCHA?! WAAAHH! WELL, TUNE THIS OUT! WAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!"
Out of everyone in general, taking the pork is Jeff, who cranks it up to a unbelievable level.
Hedonism-bot has only two defining characteristics: hamminess is one, and, well, his name kind of gives away the other one.
"Let us frolic and cavort like the Greeks of old! ...You know the ones I mean..."
Fry has apparently spent so much time around these large hams that he can no longer take an interest in anything, even the destruction of the universe, unless it is communicated to him in a hammy fashion. In Into The Wild Green Yonder, he instructs Number 9 Guy in basic ham oration:
Nine: So dig this, Fry. Our commune has been monitoring the universe's life energy for, like, a really long time, and we're grokking some super weird junk.
Fry: Um, I don't mean to be rude, but it's kind of hard to take you seriously when you say junk like "grok" and "junk."
Nine: What about "commune"?
Fry: Especially "commune." Come on, it's the fate of the universe, puff it up a little. Like you could say your ancient order is sensing deep upheaval in the cosmic life energy field.
Nine: Okay. I'll try. So, like, a really, really long time ago... [Fry motions "longer" with his hands.] Eons ago? [Fry nods, approvingly] EONS ago!
Megatron from Transformers. Although he varies between series, it's usually agreed that the Beast Wars version has the greatest taste for pork, followed closely by G1.
Starscream enjoyed pork, but not enough to truly qualify as Large Ham - until Transformers Animated. When Bumblebee blasts him with electricity while he was talking to Megatron, his reply is to grab Bumblebee, pull him to within an inch of his face, and shout, "You interrupted MY SPEEEEEEEEEEECH!"
The literally planet-sized ham that is Unicron! Especially when he's voiced by Orson Welles himself.
While Unicron's good counterpart, Primus, isn't nearly as talkative, when he does speak up, it is with an appropriate tone of Biblical proportions.
Big Bad Apocalypse has ham as far beyond mutants as they are beyond you! He is the ham ETERNAL! And he's voiced by no less than John Colicos - aka Kor, the first Klingon in Star Trek. Who of course returned in DS9 even hammier than he was in TOS.
I am the rocks of the eternal shore. Crash against me... and be broken!
"Long ago in a distant land, I, Aku, the shapeshifting Master of Darkness, unleashed an unspeakable ham! But, a foolish samurai warrior, wielding a magic sword, stepped forth to oppose me. Before the final blow was struck, I TWORE open a portal in time, and flung him into the future, where my ham is LAW! Now the fool seeks to return to the past, and undo the future that is AKU!!!"
The series has another large haggis- er, ham, in the Scotsman. Big, bold, brash, and very strong, his voice just doesn't seem to have a volume controlnote except when stealthing past Celtic demons, of course. In his first appearance, there's a point where Jack is surprised that an attack of his did not break the Scotsman's sword. The Scotsman's response?
It's telling that the Joker had the most frequent Do Not Adjust Your Set plots, so he could broadcast his villainous (and hammy) acts to the world. Hell, let's just say that if you're playing the Joker, you're gonna ham it up.
DCAU Joker was played by MarkHAMill, who would practice his Evil Laughs when driving along LA highways, trying to be as hammy as possible.
Averted for Scarecrow in The New Batman Adventures when the showrunners realized that, though entertaining, Crane's hamminess was working in direct opposition to his scariness. The resulting changes to his design and vocal direction worked wonders.
Director Dan Riba: They just had him whisper. And that whispery rasp was so scary... and we realized, you know, maybe we were trying too hard earlier.
The Penguin has his moments as well. Lampshaded in the episode "Almost Got 'im":
Penguin (telling his story to the other crooks): Greetings, Batman! You have taken the bait, as I knew you would. Now, prepare to meet your end, within my Aviary of Doom! Poison Ivy (interrupting): Aviary of WHAT? Joker: Yeesh, Pengers! How corny can you get? Penguin: Fah! Just because you mundane miscreants have no drama in your souls! Anyway, there he was in my Av... uh, big birdhouse...
Maxie Zeus is a textbook example. Schizophrenically believing you're the reincarnation of a Greek god tends to do that to you.
Do not be too hasty in entering that room; I had Taco Bell for lunch!
Fetch me my BLUE WINDBREAKER!
And the Monarch can ham it up with the best of them when he's in his full-on villain mode.
With every fiber of my being, I stab at thee! As long as blood flows through this heart, I will hunt you down! I will be the stuff of your children's nightmares! *muffled* ...AND THEN, when nothing can be heard but your cries of agony, I will PULL THE CHAIN and let the beast devour you! Mark my words...I will have my revenge... DOCTOR VENTURE!!
"...Yes, Dr. Venture, WIRED! Like a bomb strapped to a killer whale, set to go off the moment you try to free yourself!!"
Even more when he's disguised in the Fire Nation as WANG FIRE.
Jeong Jeong. Every line that Jeong Jeong said was super serious and dramatic, especially when he angsted about how much of a BURDEN firebending is. Add to that that his voice itself is quite hammy, no matter what he is saying. Hey, his pupil Zhao had to get it from somewhere.
"What would a boy know of destiny? If a fish lives its whole life in this river, does he know the river's destiny? NO! Only that it runs on and on out of his control! He may follow where it flows, but he cannot see the end. He cannot imagine the ocean!"
"I've always wished I were blessed like you [[Katara]]. Free of this BURNING CURSE."
"Water brings healing and life. Fire brings only DESTRUCTION and PAIN."
Like in everything else, Azula follows closely in her father's footsteps. Unlike lots of other Large Hams, she doesn't have to resort to shouting every single one of her lines. Instead she has the overwhelming charisma and just the right amount of insanity to make almost everyone cower before her instinctively. Then, once they are shaking with fear, THE HAM IS UNLEASHED!
Azula appears just right after Season One villain Zhao was defeated (even the same episode). When it came to hamminess, her predecessor was just like her.
Zhao: "I am... a legend now. The Fire Nation will for generations tell stories about the great Zhao, who darkened the moon! They will call me Zhao the Conqueror! Zhao the Moon Slayer! Zhao, the INVINCIBLE!!!"
While usually more of the Deadpan Snarker type, Toph also enjoys some really good hamming from time to time. Usually while beating the crap out of large numbers of much larger men by throwing around boulders. Among other things, giving the (intentionally) most hammy performance of the entire series:
"Please, do people really want to see two little girls fighting?"
Before any of that, we were given the "Professional Earthbenders", especially "The Boulder." Let's see...he's a pastiche of Dwayne Johnson, both in looks (sort of) and personality (Johnson's legendary character The Rock), and is voiced by another professional wrestler, Mick Foley, who is a friend of The Rock's and can be — and has been — as over-the-top and cheesy as other wrestlers. One listen to The Boulder's lines tells you that Mick was having a grand old time voicing The Boulder.
Being one of the greatest Self Parodies in recent years, The Ember Island Players are overacting the entire time, trying to out ham each other.
"I'm so filled with hope that I'm TEARBENDING!"
The prison warden who imprisons Haru. It helps that he's voiced by George Takei.
I guess so. Mr. Director from Animaniacs and Nostradamus from Histeria!! also fall under this, as does Rugg's live-action character of Manny the Uncanny from Disney's One Saturday Morning.
Mr. Guitierrez definitely counts. If you need proof, just remember that "HE IS NOT A WEENIE! YOOOOOOU ARE THE WEENIE!!!"
The Histeria!! episode with the Wright Brothers has Froggo asking them for a bag of marshmallows and a crate of leeches, and then later for a tambourine and a vat of spam; both times they tell him no. His responses: "NO?! NO?! OH NOO! NO, IT CAN'T BE!! AAAHHHHH!!!!" and "NO! NO!NOOOOO!! THIS IS A DISASTER!!!"
Most cartoon knocks off of Elvis Presley in cartoons such as Johnny Bravo.
In one episode called "Bearly Enough Time", Johnny meets a talking, equally hammy bear who claims himself to be "Chronos, master of all TIME!!"
Wait! I haven't tried toadying, kowtowing and butt-kissing yet! I'm still begging here!
Your duck? Bah! I belong to the world.
Hey, come here! Come here! Give me a close-up. A close-up! (circle irises around him) This is a close-up?!? A CLOSE-UP, YA JERK!! A CLOSE-UP!!!
All right. Enough is enough. This is the final, the - the very, very last straw! Who's responsible for this? This... I demand that you show yourself! Who are you? Huh?
And his hammiest line of all.
(Coming out of Porky's refrigerator dressed in winter gear) "What a trip! What a trip! Blizzards all the way! Snow 20 feet deep! But we had to get that serum through! It was mush, mush, mush all night! (Grabbing the dog and pushing him like a sled dog) Come on, mush, mush, mush, mush, mush!Suddenly, the glacier cracks! There's a roar! Tons of ice! No escape! AAAAAAAHHHHHHH!How have things been with you?"
Batman himself is a rather unusual case. He delivers every line like an overblown stage performer giving a live reading of a comic book, but somehow still manages to play the straight man. He even gets away with shouting overblown one-liners every chance he gets.
You are styoopid! You are styoopid! And don't forget, YOU ARE STYOOPID!! (and this wasn't even the regular voice actress!)
"AT LAST! MY GRRRREATEST CREATION IS COM-PLEEEE-TED!" *holds up a plate of cookies*
"OOOOOOHH! What does this button do???"
Dr Weird from Aqua Teen Hunger Force. There's his Catch Phrase "Gentlemen...BEHOLD!" and then there is his tendency to announce even the most mundane of actions in a loud booming voice. "Observe, as I...ADJUST THE HEAT! MWA HA HA HA HA HA HAAAAA!!"note Do note, though, that he was turning it up to 300 FREAKING DEGREES!
"Gentlemen... BEHOLD! I have made LOVE to this MACHINE! And now, upon retrospect, I ASK WHY!"
On the villain side, Doctor Wongburger and balloon Hitler.
Mother Brain of Captain N: The Game Master, who was voiced by the lead singer of The Four Tops (you know; the one who voiced the ever-hammy Audrey II). Always dramatic, always flamboyant, always fantastic.
It won't be long before I, the beautiful goddess that I am, become queen of Videoland!
Simon Belmont was barely any better.
The eponymous Big Guy of Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot is prone to making pronouncements like this one: "No not of this Earth surgical probe wielding invaders are going to deprive this planet's children, and their growing bones, of even one glass of wholesome milk!" The contrast between the understated, somewhat cynical Lieutenant Hunter and the overblown, jingoistic personality he takes on while piloting the Big Guy mech goes a long way to explain why almost no one ever catches on that they are one and the same.
Brother Blood has a flair for the dramatic and a tendency to go quite over the top when his plans are working (or when they're not and he's angry at someone because of it, for that matter). Word of God says this was done deliberately to make a contrast with the previous two seasons' Big Bad, Slade.
Bluster Kong needs to be listed simply for this one scene from the episode "Hunka Hunka Burnin' Bluster":
(while combing his hair) "There, how could Candy possibly resist me now? (looks at his comb) What's this?! Hair?! My hair?!? AAAAHHHH!!! My hair's falling out! Don't panic, don't panic. I've got just the tonic. 'For beautiful manageable hair'. 'For full-bodied hair'. 'For silky hair'. WHAT ABOUT FALLING OUT HAIR!? Keep calm, I'll... I'll combine them all together!"
"Ugh, what a smell. I can't use this. So what if I've lost a bit of hair? (looks at his comb again)AAAHH!! More hair! I'm shedding!!"
The Big Bad King K. Rool. I dare anybody to find a line of his that isn't hammy to some extent.
Filmations Ghostbusters is, in many people's opinion, a fairly tedious animated series. However, it does have the magnificently malevolent Prime Evil as portrayed by Alan Oppenheimer. Prime Evil alone makes it well worth the price of admission.
The Great and Powerful Trixie (surprisingly not voiced by St. Germain this time, but by Kathleen Barr) is pretty much made of pork, appropriate for her role as a Stage Magician and Fake Ultimate Hero. Then she returns two seasons later and is every bit as hammy as before, if not more so, due to the Alicorn Amulet causing her to go Drunk on the Dark Side. She's even a Large Ham when she's apologizing for her behavior after making a Heel-Face Turn once the Amulet is removed.
Beavis and Butt-Head: Beavis' Cornholio persona, who shouts at the top of his lungs in a faux Spanish accent, demanding t.p. and ranting about the almighty bunghole, all in a dramatic, over the top fashion.
"ARE YOU THREATENING ME?! YOU DO NOT WANT TO FACE THE WRATH OF MY BUNGHOLE!!!"
The Littlest Pet Shop 2012 features Zoe Trent being as hammy as possible and even in a happy mood. She's also a walking CMOF most of the time.
The Pound Puppies (2010) episode "Prince and the Pupper" features Squirt meeting his deadringer, Cuddlesworth P. Wigglebottom. And he is outright deliciously hammy, even with shades of adorkable when he tries to fit in with the gang by using Squirt's teachings and manners. And Mr. Cuddlesworth brings back the ham for his second appearance in "The Ruff Ruff Bunch".
Beetlejuice. The limelight is never too bright for him. Claire Brewster (Lydia's school rival) is a close second.
Rare non-verbal example: Harchi from Oscars Oasis. He frequently enjoys dancing, acting goofy and even flashes a series of over-the-top poses for scoring a single point in a game of tennis.
The Duke of Detroit in Motorcity, to the point where he always needs to make entrances like he's a rock star (appropriate, as he's voiced by Dee Snider). Texas is also this, when he's deluded that he's the leader of the group. And to a lesser extent, Abraham Kane.
Fillmore!: Principal Folsom has many talents, but the ability to control her volume when agitated is not one of them.
"RAYFORD! A metaphor!"
Regular Show has some Large Hams: Rigby, especially when he yells "STOP TALKING!!!"; Muscle Man, mainly when he go "WHOOO!!!" and whenever he squeals like a pig; Benson, chiefly when he's pissed off; The Senesei who let out three Big "NO!" in "Death Punchies."
Mordecai had his moments of hamminess and it's very unusual to hear JG Quintel raise his voice.
Louise. Good luck finding an episode where she doesn't scream.
While there are several good choices to pick from in the Ben 10 Universe, there are two top picks that must be mentioned. Doctor Aloysius James Animo Hams up every appearance he makes, even which makes sense when you realize that he is voiced by Dwight Schultz (The Original Captain H. M. "Howling Mad" Murdock of the A-Team), and while many of Ben's Transformations Ham it up, including Feedback (his favorite), Spidermonkey, Bullfrag, Humungosaur, and Atomix... just to name a few,... one form tops the list... Rath, so much so that he's a Ham even when someone else is somehow transformed into him, and other characters have actually stated they like to just pull up a chair and sit back with a tub of popcorn to watch Rath in action. Between his calling out his attacks, yelling at anything and everything, talking in the 3rd person, using full names and titles to talk to people, mixing his metaphors and adages, and staring lines with "Let me tell you something..." Rath Hams every moment up when he appears and chews scenery like nobody's business.
Rath: "LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING COUNTLESS TROPERS UNIFIED TO COLLECT, COMMENT, AND QUANTIFY EVERY PIECE OF FICTIONAL AND FACTUAL TROPINESS... RATH DOESN'T LIKE BEING PUT IN A NEAT BOX, DON'T TRY TO PUT RATH IN A NEAT BOX, YOU WOULDN'T LIKE RATH IN A NEAT BOX, CAUSE RATH IN A NEAT BOX IS LIKE AN ANGRY CAGED TIGER!!! SO THERE!!! AND YOU, TVTROPES SITE, RATH WILL BREAK YOU, RATH WILL CRACK YOU LIKE THE WEAK GIRLY EGGMAN YOU ARE MENTIONING AT THE TOP OF THIS LIST!!!"
If anyone else is around, Helga of Hey Arnold! is an aloof Deadpan Snarker. But once she's alone (or at least thinks she is), Helga G. Pataki unleashes a level of ham that would be impressive for a world-traveling adult, let alone a middle-school girl. Whether it be interfering with people's lives with a vaudevillian flair stolen straight from Snidely Whiplash, mooning over Arnold with an intensity that makes fireworks seem subdued, or just wrestling with her own mental issues, Helga produces enough ham that all of P.S. 118 could never hope to consume it all.