"Chocolate? Did you say "chocolate"?! Chocolate?!! CHOCOLATE!!!!! CHOOOOOOOOCOOOOOOOOLAAAAAAAATEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
. Nearly any emotion will do here, so long as it's EXTREME!
A common term for a scene where an actor's acting so damn hard that they're picking bits of scenery out of their teeth for days. Actors who really go "all out" are said to chew the scenery
. Sometimes scenes can actually require this, but more often the actor and/or director just has the character go over the top.
This can include Berserk Button
, Freak Out
, and other exaggerated emotions.
It's well worth noting that this trope is one of the biggest causes of memes
While this can often be a bad thing and ruin a scene, just as often it can add to the fun, whether a work is So Bad, It's Good
or genuinely good. In a Police Procedural
, this will often be due to a Perp Sweating
or an Exasperated Perp
This is a Super Trope, which includes:
A Sister Trope
, Narm Charm
Contrast Dull Surprise
(emotionless moments when emotion is called for), Dramatic Deadpan
(when the dramatic punch is from how low key it's presented).
Not to be confused with This Billboard Needs Some Salt
(actually munching on the scenery), even when it looks like it is happening
(that's just the camera
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- Most of the main cast in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann acts like this on a regular basis via Hot-Blooded ranting.
- Episode 3 of Mai-Otome Zwei gives us Nina's Big "NO!" after Nao is petrified. A good portion of that OVA (and the last few episodes of the main series, 22, 24 and 25 in particular) has Tomoe's teeth marks all over it.
- In the same vein, during some of the later episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion the English dub cast did this sort of thing in quite a few scenes, perhaps most in Tiffany Grant's portrayal of Asuka's climactic battle in The End Of Evangelion and when Ritsuko destroys the "Reiquarium", sounding absolutely insane in the English dub while Yuriko Yamaguchi had a much more detached delivery in the original Japanese.
- Scenery-chewing is hardly exclusive to the dub - Megumi Ogata's screams, for instance, could raise the dead, and especially in the climax of Evangelion 2.0.
- Dragon Ball Z's Super Buu brought us such lines as "PROOOOOOODDDUUUUUUUUUCE!!!!" and "FEED ME, YES, EVERYONE FEED ME NOOOOOW!"
Vegeta: People of the Earth. RAISE YOUR HANDS RIGHT NOW OR YOU'RE ALL GOING TO DIIIIIIE!
- YOU WON'T ESCAPE... MY WRAAAAAAAAAAAATH!!!
- Sean Schemmel doing Goku's epic Super Saiyan 3 scream.
- Sailor Moon's villains love feasting on the scenery, especially in the English dub:
- Queen Beryl: You are MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE!!!!!!!!!!!
- Naz Edwards even manages to make her screams digest the scenery.
- Everything that comes out of Rubeus' mouth.
- Queen Nehelenia: ''ZIRCONIAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!"
- In the climactic episode of Record of Lodoss War, evil sorcerer Wagnard gets to chomp on many bits of scenery, especially during his death scene. (His English VA does likewise, but that's hardly a drawback. It actually works in the character's favor.)
- Harry Ord, the resident CHAR of Turn A Gundam, wants you to know that you'll feel the wrath of his revenge across the UNIVAAAAAASE!!!
- Still, Harry is no match for Gym Ghingham and GEKKOCHOU DE ARU!! Heck, he chews up so much of the scenery in this clip of SD Gundam G Generations that he devours Super-Ham Master Asia along with it.
- The whole point of the Giant Robo Anime and its main Charm Point is providing every single character with one of these on a regular basis. There's not a single person in the final episode who can be accused of underacting, even the random redshirts.
- The 2012 anime adaptation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure made Dio even more memetic thanks to the dulcet tones of Takehito Koyasu taking large bites out of the scenery, in and out of battle. The entire cast does quite a bit of scenery chewing, but Dio really takes the cake.
: (after forcibly kissing Erina) "You thought you would get your first kiss from JoJo, BUT IT WAS ME
- Gaara's Minor Injury Overreaction in Naruto in both Japanese and English:
- Itachi's Motive Rant from episode 136 of Shippuden. If you pay attention, you could hear his seiyuu literally GASPING for breath between sentences!
- Jiraiya: "When you've reached the stature I have... THE LADIES... KNEEL AND WORSHIP... AT YOUR AWESOMENESS!!!"
- Chapter 579: Complete with shaky text to indicate insanity:EVEN HE COULDN'T BECOME A TRUE SAGE IN THE END JUST LIKE ME! My power in the sage mode...If you're Dr.Snakes, I hope you keep that in your mind... I'm no longer a snake... The perfect force of sage helped me shed my snake skin...AND I'M A DRAGON NOW!!
- Koutarou Taiga from GaoGaiGar.
- The rest of the cast dutifully attempts to keep up. They mostly succeed.
- Light in Death Note whenever he's Kira-ing, and Mikami at times, mostly when he's "deleting" people. The best example is during the penultimate episode when he attempts to kill Near, the rest of the SPK force, and all of the task force members apart from Light, which would get rid of anyone who is in Light's way. He's get more psychotic than ever, and goes into an absolutely insane deleting spree, repeating the word over and over again as he writes down all the names and it culminates with him screaming the word at the top of his lungs towards the sky.'' Terrifying for some, but probably quite entertaining for others.
- Baccano!'s psycho hams, Ladd Russo and Graham Spector. Of course, then there's Claire Stanfield, who's in a category all his own. But he still manages to ham up his philosophy while fighting Graham and Ladd.
- Dantalion is quite fond of taking hamminess Up to Eleven For Science!!
- TAKE THIS! THE STORM OF MY LOYALTY!!!
- The Fullmetal Alchemist dub has Roy Mustang's famous miniskirt line in episode 13.
- Excel Saga: Any time Lord Il Palazzo annouces that "This world, is corrupt!". Or whenever Excel is extolling the virtues of ACROSS to the ignorant masses. Excel's dub VA got landed in the hospital for this one.
- Domon Kasshu.
- And friends!
- Even in this World of Ham, Master Asia stands out above all others.
"I shall become the Undefeated of the East, West, North, South, and Center! I shall become SUPER ASIA, and be master of all!
- Kimi Ga Aruji De Shitsuji Ga Ore De begged the question of Hikari Ni Nare versus Shining Finger, the answer will leave you full for a week.
- I'M IN DESPAIR! SHOUTING OUT THINGS THAT BUG ME IN OVERDRAMATIC WAYS HAS LEFT ME IN DESPAIR!
- In One Piece, Marshall D. Teach aka Blackbeard enjoys doing this, whether showing off his powers to Ace, announcing his plans at Impel Down, or Declaring war on the World after stealing Whitebeard's powers. Of course, this being One Piece there are bound to be others.
- Minori in Toradora!, especially near the end of the series. Although sometimes she's just overdramatic just for fun... diet warriors, indeed. The homeroom teacher also really chews the scenery during the Pro Wrestling event and has to be carried off.
Minori: Nosebleeds are tears of the heart!
- In Niea_7, Tomoko Kawakami is clearly having the time of her life voicing Karna, tearing through every scene in which she occurs with almost limitless abandon—but especially during the "alien awareness meetings".
Karna: I've been an elite ever since I was born... and I'm so beautiful!
- Sayaka Ohara's role as Beatrice in Umineko no Naku Koro ni. My god, she really was having a blast at that role.
- "Let's start chewing scenery together, USHIROMIYA BATTORAAAAAAAA!!"'
- Kinzo doesn't express anything half-way. Ooooooooooo, Beh-aaaaah-to riiiichiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!
- Kaoru does this intentionally in Amagami SS.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds' Lucciano should really calm down before he hurts himself.
- The English Dub of Hellsing Ultimate is full of this. The best example is probably the Major's Speech, which is simply glorious.
- This seems to be the entire point of Amelia's character in the Slayers series.
- The evil sultan in the classic Astro Boy story "The Greatest Robot In The World" not only chews scenery figuratively, but in one scene he does it literally.
- Lord Djibril in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, as he prepares to fire the Requiem.
- Speaking of Gundam, we have Duo's infamous scream when his Gundam gets destroyed, which is so overblown that it reaches into space. His English VA, Scott McNeil, said that the scream was a copy of the one he did when he saw his wife back over his motorcycle in the driveway.
- Roman Saotome from SKET Dance takes this to a whole 'nother level; she warps the scenery via Otome Vision, much to the shock of Himeko and Bossun.
- Roger Smith calling his mecha, Big O, normally uses tame levels of shouting, but in some episodes he really goes all-out.
- Ichiko Sakura from Binbougami Ga, transforming into Kenshiro when she needs to avoid her newest classmate. Her equally hammy rival Momiji sees this, so she — and eventually everyone else in the area — copies her.
- Kamille Bidan in Zeta Gundam. Especially due to the histrionic nature of the character. It's evident in both the original Japanese and the dub.
- Pervasive during the silent film era. Justified in that, because audiences couldn't hear them speak, actors relied on exaggerated facial expressions and gestures to convey emotion.
- Forrest Gump to Jenny, as she's about to leave with her radical lefty boyfriend:
Forrest: "You know what I think? I think you, should go back, to Green-Bow, AL-A-BAM-A!"
- The waitress in Maximum Overdrive: "WE MADE *YOU*!!!"
- It may be easier to list who doesn't in Pirates of the Caribbean.
- Kirk's infamous "KHAAAAAAAN!" scream in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. In fact, William Shatner has one of these at least every five minutes, in everything he's ever done.
- The Khan thing is actually deliberate, since, if you remember what happens immediately thereafter (that it was all a ruse to make Khan underestimate them), it's made apparent that Kirk is the one who is acting, not Shatner.
- Meanwhile, in Star Trek 2009.....
I WANT SPOCK DEAD NOW!!!
Admiral Marcus: "War is coming! AND WHO'S GONNA LEAD US?! YOU?! If I'm not in charge, our entire way of life IS DECIMATED! So you want me off this ship, you better KILL ME!"
- It is also so noticeable in Wrath of Khan because it is, by a long shot, Shatner's most restrained performance with this being the one time he goes rather over the top.(seriously, watch a bunch of Shatner's other stuff, especially in recent years when he has become essentially a parody of himself, and then watch Wrath of Khan, the subtlety he shows is both brilliant and quite shocking giving Shatner's normal acting style).
- In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Christopher Plummer as Klingon General Chang also does his best to out-ham Shatner. Especially in the climax, when he endlessly quotes William Shakespeare at the top of his lungs, and spin in his captain's chair..
- William Atherton as Walter Peck in Ghostbusters when he demands the arrest of the Ghostbusters after forcibly shutting down the containment unit.
- Alternate Trope Namer via Memetic Mutation: The Monster Audrey 2 from Little Shop of Horrors, whose signature phrase is "Feed Me, Seymour!" played by deep-voiced and enthusiastic Levi Stubbs.
- Mortal Kombat has a handful, such as when Sonya gets captured by Shang Tsung:
"NOOOOO!!!!! PUT ME DOOOWWWN!!!"
- Morpheus' speech to Zion in The Matrix Reloaded, although he had good reason to shout as the cave had no PA system.
- Mel Gibson in many movies, especially all the FREEEEEDOOOOOM!!s
- Al Pacino in The Devil's Advocate. Practically his whole performance, but especially the line "God... is an absentee landlord!"
- Not to mention his final Big "NO!", which is so massive it basically causes the movie to implode on itself.
- Many, MANY Pacino movies qualify.
- Marlon Brando's cry of "STELLaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!" in A Streetcar Named Desire.
- Dennis Hopper's character in Blue Velvet, Frank Booth, provides one of the scarier example of this trope.
- A review of Jeremy Irons in the horrid Dungeons & Dragons film commented he was chewing so much scenery they had to rebuild the sets twice.
- Christopher Walken as Max Zorin in A View to a Kill.
- Grendel in 2007's Beowulf, perpetually shrieking and moaning and having difficulty walking.
- "They SAY... you have a MONSTAH here? They SAY... your land is cursed! My name is Beowulf. I am here to kill your MONSTAH!"
- King Leonidas in 300. And yes, we know what this is, thank you.
- Blasphemy? Madness? Athens?
- Daniel Day-Lewis in every movie he stars in.
- Agnes in Despicable Me.
- Darth Vader's Big "NO!" at the end of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
- Also added to the Blu-ray release of Return of the Jedi, in the scene where Palpatine tries to electrocute Luke, to the chagrin of much of the fan base. One even parodied it in a YouTube video.
- "POWWWWWWAAAAAHHHH!!!! UNNNNN-LIMITED..POWWWWWWAAAAAAHHHH!!!! " Playing bumper cars with the Galactic Senate boxes while cackling like a loon has to count, too.
- Luke during the entire Luke, I Am Your Father scene. "He told me enough! He told me you killed him! (...) No... that's not true! That's impossible! (...) NOOOOOOOOO! noooooo..."
- Many of Anakin's lines in Attack of the Clones are either this, garbage, or just plain normal, depending on your point of view. But a special mention goes to his confession on Tatooine:
- I... I killed them. I killed them all. They're dead. Every single one of them. And not just the men, but the women, and the children, too. They're like animals, and I slaughtered them like animals! I hate them!
- Iron Man: TONY STARK WAS ABLE TO BUILD THIS IN A CAVE! WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!
- Any time Harvs and Batsy are within a hundred feet of each other in The Dark Knight turns into this. (One expected them to break out the Big "NO!", but NOOOOOO...)
- Well, Harvey did, Batman was just a little late for it.
- Just about any time Harvs or Batsy got pissed off in the second half of the movie.
- It's not about what I want, IT'S ABOUT WHAT'S FAIR!!!
- What do you believe in, huh? WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN?
- WHHHHHHERE IZZZZZZHEE?!
- Speaking of Batman, how about Poison Ivy in Batman & Robin?
- What killed the dinosaurs? THE ICE AGE!!
- As Ebert's Bigger Movie Glossary notes, "no Nicolas Cage movie is complete without the scene in which Cage's character finally loses his temper and screams at the top of his lungs."
"How'd it get burned? HOW'D IT GET BURRRRNED?"
"KILLING ME WON'T BRING BACK YOUR GODDAMN HONEY!!!"
"YOU WANT SOME OF THIS?!? *thonk*
"I'VE LOST MY HAND!!! AND I'VE LOST MY BRIDE!!!"
- When he incarnates Castor Troy in Face/Off : "Ha HA HA HA HA Ha!"
- In fact, every time he plays a dangerous lunatic.
- As Big Daddy in Kick-Ass he mimics the speech pattern of Adam West.
- Perhaps the most over-the-top performance in his entire career comes in Vampire's Kiss, in which he portrays a vampire or a paranoid schizophrenic or possibly both.
"I'M A VAMPIRE! I'M A VAMPIRE! I'M A VAMPIRE! I'M A VAMPIRE! I'M A VAMPIRE!"
"WHAT AM I, A FUCKING RETAAARD, MAAAN!? AM I A FUCKING RETAAAARD, HUUUH!?"
"HE'S SCRAPING AT THE DOOR! SCRAPING AT THE DOOOOOOOOOOAAAAHHHH!!"
- In Serenity, any scene where River has a mental breakdown. Especially when she collapses in the streets of Miranda, screaming a frantic prayer in Chinese.
- Sharon Stone's performance in Casino isn't looked too fondly upon now because it frequently involved this. Roughly the entire last third of the movie seems to involve her screaming at either Robert De Niro or Joe Pesci about something.
- Jack Nicholson in The Witches of Eastwick (most notably in his speech about women towards the end). But, hey, what did you expect? It's Jack Nicholson playing the freakin' Devil.
- Charlton Heston's performance in Planet of the Apes:
You cut up his braaaaaaiiiinnn!
- Soylent Green: "You tell everybody. Listen to me, Hatcher. You've gotta tell them! Soylent Green is people!"
- Brian Cox in Troy certainly qualifies. Then again, Brian Cox in almost anything. That man is definitely not kosher.
"I will smash their walls to the ground! HEAR ME, ZEUS!"
- John Noble chews the scenery while munching on everything remotely edible in The Return of the King. And he has atrocious table manners.
- When Pink in Pink Floyd The Wall decides that he is a British fascist leader and sings "In the Flesh". Just watch as a rock star (Bob Geldof) playing a rock star (Roger Waters) during an insane fantasy of being a fascist dictator while in front of an audience of Pink's rock fans during a concert.
- Jim Carrey's comedic styling. Which is part of what makes the live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas! so much fun to watch. Green eggs and ham, indeed.
- Certain bites of James "Jimi" Kinstle's performance as Norman Osborn (a.k.a. The Green Goblin) in the Spider-Man fan film The Green Goblin's Last Stand. As may be expected from a classically-trained actor playing a homicidal maniac, this is genuinely frightening at times. That joke about Osborn being scarier without his mask on? It's true here.
- The last two scenes of the second flashback in The Bad and the Beautiful got this from Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner respectively.
- The saving grace of Daredevil was a delightfully over-the-top portrayal of Bullseye by Colin Farrell. He barely speaks and rarely raises his voice, but his snarling, twitching, and whispered ramblings chew the scenery in a big way. He kills people with pencils, peanuts, and paper clips in scenes that cross the line into Comedic Sociopathy. Just about every scene he's in is simultaneously hilarious and disturbing because of his overacting juxtaposed with the sadistic character.
"He made me...miss. I never miss!"
- Robin Williams is this trope made flesh.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger's performance in Kindergarten Cop, a film where he spends half his time screaming incomprehensibly at small children.
IT'Z NAHT!! A TWOMUR!
Bring your toy back to the CAHHPEHT!!
- UHF "Stupid! You're so stupid!"
- Happens in Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2. GARBAGE DAY! Now a staple of memetic mutations.
- Michael Stephenson in Troll 2. Has to be seen to be believed.
"And you can't piss on hospitality! I WON'T ALLOW IT!"
- Don't forget Deborah Reed as Creedence.
"Think about the CHOLESTEROL! Think about the TOXINS!"
- COME TO ME, SON OF JOR-EL! KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!
Lois Lane: But millions of people will die!
Lex Luthor: BILLIONS! Once again, the press underestimates me.
- And Cabin Fever has an example of chewing the scenery in a literal sense, PANCAKES!
- Because I am NOT one of you FANS!
- Tina! Bring me the ax!
- The Variety review of Mommie Dearest stated: "Dunaway does not chew scenery. Dunaway starts neatly at each corner of the set in every scene and swallows it whole, costars and all."
- Gary Oldman in Leon/The Professional:
"What do you mean "everyone"?"
- 'Street Fighter: Raul Julia makes quite a exit from acting in his last role, and is the best thing in it:
Something wrong, Colonel? You come here to fight a madman, and instead you found...a god!? You still refuse to ACCEPT...my godhood?! KEEP your own god! In fact, this might be a good time to PRAY to Him! For I beheld Satan as he FELL FROM HEAVEN! LIKE LIGHTNING!!!
- The Producers:
- Adolf Hitler's Villainous Breakdown in the movie Downfall. Bruno Ganz's scenery-chewing has become a Memetic Mutation thanks to the Gag Subs applied into it. For example, Hitler gets banned from Xbox Live.
- Woody Harrelson's DELICIOUS turn as a mad conspiracy theorist in the new 2012 movie practically screams this trope.
- Hans Conried as the villainous Dr. Terwilliker in The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T.
- Captain Rhodes in Day of the Dead:
'I'M RUNNIN' THIS MONKEY FARM NOW, FRANKENSTEIN, AND I WANNA KNOW WHAT THE FUCK YOU'RE DOING WITH MY TIME!!!
CHOKE ON 'EM!!!
- Zadok, the drunken old sea dog in Cthulhu (2007).
"They came out of the sea AND KILLED LOTS OF PEOPLE!"
- Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory had Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka:
- In fact, any time Gene Wilder freaks out and/or loses his temper in a film, so much so that his face goes redish purple. Will & Grace: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6WxmAAvpCc
- Gene Wilder period. "ANY SIGNS THAT THEY ARE SLOWING!" "THE PRESERVATION OF LIFE!"
- Or Antonio Banderas in Assassins. He's quite hammy to begin with, but he chews the scenery in such a way that it gained the status of being the Ensemble Dark Horse.
" YOU BLEW IT!!! I AM STILL ALIVE!!! HAHAHA!!!"
- Best bit is when he is sharpening his marksmanship skills by shooting fruit and he turns to an orange that he has beside him : "Ha Ha Ha! I just killed YOUR BROTHER!'
- IT WOULD TAKE A THOUSAND OF YOUR TINY MEALS TO SLAKE MY GIGANTIC APPETITE!!!
- Just about ANY Villain Song in a musical. Audrey however, gets special notice for one song. That song? "Feed Me." of course! "Mean Green Mother" might also count.
- Battlefield Earth is a Universe of Ham, but Jonnie "Goodboy" Tyler and Terl are easily the biggest scenery chewers.
- Jonnie: (to his tribemates) Has anyone here ever seen one? (prances around them excitedly) A demon... a monster... a beast! YAAAAAAH!!!
- Terl: (to Ker) While you were still learning how to SPELL YOUR NAME, I... was being trained... TO CONQUER GALAXIES!!!
- The entire film of Doubt. Case in point, the Confrontation scene "YOU HAVE NO RIGHT!!" or "I HAVE MY CERTAINTY"
- Just about anything with Jack Palance in it. Hell, if Tim Burton's impersonation of the man on Batman's commentary track is any indication, the man chewed as much scenery in real life as he did on celluloid!
- Jurassic Park, near the beginning: SHOOT HA! SHOOOOT HAAAA!
- Satoris, the evil cult leader from the MST3K episode, The Final Sacrifice, is very fond of chewing scenery (and spitting it out again).
- Prince John, Robin Hood (2010): I declare him, to be an OUTLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAW!!!!
- Dr. Strangelove. Most of ... well, Strangelove himself's lines.
- Animals... vill be brred... and SLAUGHTERED... HAAAAAA! (wrestles with own arm) MEIN FUHERER! I CAN WALK!!!
- One of the actors (George C. Scott) was forced to ham it up to unbelievable levels, which he himself HATED. The director most frequently chose these takes, and the actor was outraged.
- Stanley Kubrick actually tricked Scott into doing this (as General Buck Turgidson). For each scene he told Scott to go completely over the top in the first few takes, before playing it straight in the later ones, promising to not use the earlier, wilder ones. (He lied).
- Brad Pitt plays a total loon in Twelve Monkeys.
- Bill Murray actually shouts out "Feed me, Seymour!" at the end of the movie Scrooged to encourage the theater audience to respond to his hilariously over-the-top ad-libbing throughout the film, most notably in the dinner sequence.
Frank: (thinks he sees a ghost) AH-HAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaa!
Waiter: Oh no sir, that's the Baked Alaska, sir, that's a dessert.
- The Addams Family was all about this; between Raul Julia and Christopher Lloyd there wasn't a set unchewed.
- For that matter, anything Raul Julia has acted in. OF COURSE! Chris Lloyd is no slouch, either.
- Nick Nolte. Full stop.
- Nick Nolte's character in Lorenzos Oil crying and wailing hysterically over the numerous side effects of his son's illness.
- And he does it pretty frequently in Hulk (2003), with the scene pictured above being his ultimate moment.
- Inglourious Basterds:
"TEDDY FUCKIN' WILLIAMS HITS IT OUT OF THE PARK!!!!! Fenway's on it's feet for Teddy!!! FUCKIN' BALL GAME!!!!!"
- Tom Hardy in Bronson: almost the whole scene with the librarian. (Quicker, quicker, QUICKER, QUICKAH!, QUICKAH!, FUCK OFF! SIT DOWN! Awesome, believable and completely justified.
- Also the lip sync of 'When I'm a RAHCK AND ROWLLLLLLL STAAAAH!'
- The 1996 William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, main offenders Harold Perrineau and Leonardo DiCaprio. This makes Mercutio's death unintentionally hilarious.
- Robert Mitchum as the crazy industrialist in Dead Man. He spends most of his time "talkin' to a goddamn bear" or hiding behind his desk, shotgun in hand.
Mah boy is dead!
Oh, I ain't askin' this time. I'm tellin'. And if somebody don't like it, I'm prepared to do a little killin' of my own! (later)
I want this out over the wires. Post a $5000 reward from here to hell and back. Bring everybody in. I want that bastard's head. And make sure you include a full description of my Pinto
. I want that horse back
- Sure, the Masters of the Universe movie was pretty bad, but Frank Langella as Skeletor sure did chew himself some scenery, especially in this scene.
Now. I, Skeletor, am Master of the Universe
! YES! Yes... I feel it, the power... fills me. YES
, I feel the universe within me! I am... I am a part of the cosmos! The power flows... Flows through me! Of what consequence are you now? This planet, these people. They are NOTHING
to me! The universe is POWER!
Pure, unstoppable POWER!
am that force! I
am that power! KNEEL BEFORE YOUR MASTER!
Fool! you are no longer my EQUAL!
I am more than man
, MORE THAN LIFE! I... am... a... GOD!
Now. You... will... KNEEEEL!!!!!
- Bram Stoker's Dracula has Keanu Reeves in his usual mode... but this is redeemed by Anthony Hopkins as Doctor van Helsing, particularly when he actually roars "Feed me!" for an unintentional invoked trope.
- Willem Dafoe in The Boondock Saints:
- "THERE WAS A FIRE FIGHT!!!!!!!!!"
- Alan Rickman in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves as the Sheriff of Nottingham was gloriously hammy in his portrayal. His best line was probably (at the end of a long list of canceling donations to various charities) "...and call off Christmas!"
- Herbert Lom as Inspector Dreyfus tends to do this a lot after Clouseau unwittingly succeeds in pushing him over the edge mentally, esp. in the Pink Panther Strikes Again installment, where he plays an Evil Overlord.
- Paul Giamatti as King John in Ironclad. "YOU DARE TO QUESTION MY REIGN!!!!"
- John Tuturro in Anthony Hopkin's confusing art flick Slipstream, playing a over the top growling, insane producer who is sidesplittingly funny as well and this a year before Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder. In one scene, he loses it with the director when he brings his child to the filming and almost nearly attacks him like a wild animal. I don't know if it was ment to be this way or if Tuturro was just hamming it up big time, though he would be in competition with Christian Slater, who literally dies of overacting in the movie as the actor playing a menancing gangster along with Jeffrey Tambor who is at least subtle about it. Though in Slater's case it might just be that the script called for his chewing the scenery.
- Crispin Glover in River's Edge, I know he was suppose to be a cokehead but Glover played him too much like the dark side of George Mcfly complete with stuttering threats and nervous chatter. I know he got high praise for the role, but I couldn't help but think he wasn't just Chewing the scenery so much that the character rose laughs out of me instead of fear or intimidation.
- Reb Brown in almost anything he does, compelete with over the top yelling at the top of your lungs acting style like most 80s action stars, his highlight though would be Space Mutiny with lines such as
"SON OF A BITCCCCCCCCCCCCCHHHHHHHHHHHHH!"
"LEEEEAAA WAAATTTCCHHH OOUUUUTTTT!"
"C'mon MOOOVVEEE, MOOOVVEEE,MOOVVVEEE, MOOOVVVVEEE,MOOOVVVEEE!"
"Let's get out there and KICCCKKK SOOMMMEEE ASSSSSS!"
- And in another movie called Strike Commando after a little kid dies he screams the villians name like this
- That Tom Riddle fellow in the Harry Potter Films. In every. Single. Scene. He consumes more scenery than unicorn blood. All of Voldemort's portrayers have their moments, but Ralph Fiennes especially. He even has videos dedicated to the anticipation of his most hammiest of moments on Youtube.
- TROLL IN THE DUNGEON!!!!!
- Ever After: Everyone is occasionally (probably consciously, due to the quick changes between humor and seriousness) guilty of this, child!Danielle in particular.
- Honourable mention to Marguerite who throws a full-blown temper tantrum with stamping and screaming and yelling in front of the Queen of France.
- "I would rather die a thousand deaths than SEE MY MOTHER'S DRESS ON THAT SPOILED! SELFISH! COW!"
- The scenery literally fell apart when Tobey Maguire starts wrecking the kitchen in Brothers. See it here. (1:07 onwards)
- YOU KNOW WHAT I DID!!!!????
- "In place of a dark lord, you would have a QUEEN! NOT DARK BUT BEAUTIFUL AND TERRIBLE AS THE DAWN! TREACHEROUS AS THE SEA! STRONGER THAN THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE EARTH! ALL SHALL LOVE ME AND DESPAIR!"
- Sir Ben Kingsley as Don Logan in Sexy Beast: "You're the problem! You're the fuckin' problem you fuckin' Doctor White honkin' jam-rag fucking spunk-bubble! I'm tellin' you, Aitch, you keep lookin' at me I'll put you in the fuckin' ground, promise you!"
- "I WAS FROZEN TODAY!
- "I ... AM... MEGATRON!!!
- The audio commentary for Priest mentions that many of Karl Urban's scenes seem to exist for the purpose of letting Urban chew scenery.
- Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Thor and The Avengers singlehandedly accounts for approximately 70% of the scenery-chewing in those movies.
- Watch Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer munch away on the beautiful Russian country side in The Last Station.
- Almost everyone in Judge Dredd, especially when pronouncing the word "law"/"lauwh"/"lllaaaawww". The most notable is probably Armand Assante's notorious delivery.
- In one of the Hilarious Outtakes of The Avengers, Cobie Smulders' Maria Hill does a Comical Overreacting to Agent Coulson's death that must be seen to be believed.
- David Johansen really chews up the scenery in Tales from the Darkside: The Movie. Even when a cat is crawling down his character's mouth, he manages to keep chewing the scenery.
- Virtuosity: Russell Crowe is a one-man feeding frenzy.
"Hey buddy! How's the wife and kid? Still dead, huh?"
Live Action TV
- 30 Rock: Tracy Jordan. And Tracy Morgan in real life. Seriously, just watch any of his interviews on The Daily Show.
- Babylon 5: While most people understandably get quite boisterous in a good mood, one hat of the Centauri, particularly Londo Mollari, is to really ham it up when they're happy, or drunk or (most commonly) both at the same time. They're otherwise quite normal, if a bit eccentric in an Eastern Bloc sort of way.
- Not to mention the half a dozen times Delenn gives a REALLY intense speech to some foe (or the leaders of her government). The first time it's pretty awesome, but the lack of variation each time she gives that speech makes it a little redundant.
- Bruce Boxleitner gets several of these as Captain Sheridan as well, most notably with his over-the-top "No more Nightwatch" speech during "Ceremonies of Light and Dark". JMS specifically cites him for "Chewing the Scenery" in the director's commentary when Holo-Sheridan gives a "programmed" propaganda speech in "Deconstruction of Falling Stars."
- The most egregious example was Ivanova's challenge to the commander of the Shadow-enhanced destroyer force in "Between the Darkness and the Light": "I am Death incarnate...God sent me..." Completely over the top, and only fueled the fires of the enemy propaganda machine. Although it's not like she hasn't done that before. Like the time she reprimanded a pilot that almost got himself fried by the planet B5 orbits. That time, she said that she was God.
- Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined): Any scene where Edward James Olmos ends up having a emotional breakdown in his cabin and starts punching the wall, his ship or Colonel Tigh. Double points if he gets drunk and starts drooling or vomiting on himself. The producers have admitted they put a few too many of these in during the final episodes. The first was heartbreakingly effective for many, but by the end it was like, suck it up man! Smashing the wooden ship, that wasn't a prop, nor was Olmos scripted to do that (he was a little too in character). It was a very expensive museum piece on loan to the production. Ooops. Luckily, it was insured.
- Boy Meets World: Eric did this more and more as he got crazier, such as yelling at a waitress for the check when trying to get out of a restaurant and a Big "WHAT?!" reaction after learning that Mr. Feeny is retiring. In season 7 when he became a full-on Cloudcuckoolander he did this almost every episode.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: James Marsters as the newly-souled vampire Spike during the final season — especially during the first couple of episodes, with Spike being constantly tortured by his guilty conscience and acting totally bonkers. Especially during the scene where Spike, after a lengthy tragic monologue, drapes himself over a church cross and his skin starts to sizzle.
- Doctor Who:
- Every incarnation of the Master. Especially the John Simm version; he's so hungry and no amount of scenery will satisfy him. Or food, in "The End of Time". However, special mention regarding John Simm's portrayal must go out to when he chases down two homeless men before bellowing out at the top of his lungs;
- Peter Pratt's version of the Master from "The Deadly Assassin" deserves mention too.
The Master: You craaaaaaven-'earted... SPINELESS... Poltroon!
- And a few of the Doctors as well, such as Tom Baker and Colin Baker. "Gurning" David Tennant must surely count too ("ALLONS-Y!").
- TELLLLL MEEEEEE YOOOUUUUR NAAAAAAAMMMMEAHHH!!!!!
- This comes after the Monster of the Week says "We... are... rising!", and the Doctor is mocking it. That doesn't mean he isn't a ham, just not this time.
- In David Tennant's first episode as the Doctor, he gets that line thrown at him, but played straight. His reply is a mocking "I DOOON'T KNOOOOOOOOOOW!"
- "Burn with me."
- The Ninth Doctor's rants to the Dalek in "Dalek". He's literally frothing at the mouth.
9th Doctor: I watched it happen! I MADE IT HAPPEN!!!
9th Doctor: The Daleks have failed! Why don't you finish the job and make the Daleks extinct? Rid the universe, of your FILTH! WHY DON'T YOU JUST DIE?!!
- Another Ninth Doctor example — at the end of "The Doctor Dances", when he cries "JUST THIS ONCE... EVERYBODY LIVES!" he milks the line so hard that a little skoonspruit shoots out from under his tongue.
- Davros defines this trope. "THE DESTRUCTION! OF REALITY! ITSELF!!!"
- And the Seventh Doctor mocks him for it/lampshades this in "Remembrance of the Daleks".
- And while we mention Davros, there are also the dreaded Daleks.
- "Those words are BLLLASPHEMYYYYYYY!"
- "I... AM... A human DALEK! I am... YOUR FUTURE!" was said by a Dalek-Ham hybrid in the new series.
- Mark Strickson, who played the Fifth Doctor's companion Turlough, chowed down on the scenery on more than one occasion. "AN INFECTIOOOOON." However, it was made awesome by his willingness to not only slobber on himself, but to take the complete and utter piss out of it by re-enacting it with ever-increasing amounts of bacon at conventions for the next 20 years.
- The Wire, a one-episode villain, was very much this trope. In fact, her catch-phrase was in fact "FEEEEEED MEEEEEEE!" Perhaps a Shout-Out to a certain plant...?
- The Empress of the Racnoss from "The Runaway Bride". There was not enough scenery in the entire SERIES to account for that amount of chewing.
- Timothy Dalton as the Time Lord narrator in "The End of Time" was literally spraying at the end of the first part.
- Worth mentioning again: John Simm as the Master. "HERE! COME! THE DRUMS!"
- The Eleventh Doctor is looking right at home putting teeth marks on the scenery.
- From "Victory of the Daleks", whilst beating on a Dalek with a giant wrench: "I AM THE DOCTOR!!! AND YOU ARE THE DALEKS!!!"
- "Do not whiz around in your silly little spaceship while HE. IS. TAAAAAAAALKING!!!"
- "Those words. 'Run away.' I want you to be famous for those exact words. I want people to call you Colonel Runaway. I want children laughing outside your door, 'cause they've found the house of Colonel Runaway. And when people come to you and ask if trying to get to me through the people I LOVE ...is in any way a good idea, I want you to tell them your name. Look, I'm angry, that's new. I'm not really sure what's going to happen now."
- Arthur Darvill gets his chance to snack on some scenery in "The Girl Who Waited".
- All of the secondary characters from "Terminus" chewed the scenery a fair bit.
"This is a lazar ship, where all the lepers come to die! We're all going to DIE!"
- John Barrowman's Capt. Jack Harkness is known for many things. The majority of the time, subtlety ain't one of them.
- Zaroff from "The Underwater Menace" was a fandom injoke for how much he milks the line "NOTHINK IN ZE VORLD CAN SHTOP ME NOW!!", which is used as The Stinger at the end of the official DVD trailer. And, of course, "BANG! BANG BANG!"
- While it's not extreme overacting in the context of Doctor Who overacting, Steven's behaviour during Katarina's death scene deserves an honourable mention as it saved the clip from being consigned to the same Missing Episode oblivion as the rest of the serial. Peter Purves played Steven and became a Blue Peter presenter later. To celebrate a Doctor Who anniversary, a clip of this scene was played, so the other Blue Peter presenters could tease him about his Scenery Chewing. This clip is one of the only bits of the whole story that still exists.
- Farscape: John Crichton tends to do this whenever he goes undercover. Or starts to lose his mind. Or is enduring horrendous torture. Or when he tries to get under the skin of the villain. Which is to say, almost all the time. Although Scorpius is usually quite calm, cool and collected, when his temper gets the better of him and his Scarran side takes over he can get pretty hammy. Even then, scenes between Scorpy and Crichton tend to turn into serious Ham-to-Ham Combat. Scenery chewing of a literal sort occurred in the episode "Eat Me," when part of the crew is stranded on a dying Leviathan slowly being eaten alive by its crew of mutated Peacekeepers.
- Frasier: Kelsey Gammer was absolutely brilliant at this — totally a Justified Trope in that a defining trait of his character is being an overdramatic, pompous, Hot-Blooded, arrogant, flamboyant Large Ham.
Frasier: What you are feeling is that this woman has reached into your chest, plucked out your heart, and thrown it to her
hell-hounds for a chew toy! And it's not the last time either! Because that's what this woman is! She is the Devil! There's
no use running away from her, because no matter how far you go, no matter how many years you let pass, you will never
be completely out of reach of those bony fingers! So drink hearty, Franklin, and laugh! Because you have made a pact
with Beelzebub! And her name is MARY ANNNNNNNNNE!!
- Spoofed in Garth Marenghis Darkplace - Todd Rivers clearly thinks he's doing this but it comes across as Comical Overreacting for several reasons - first, he's not very good at it; second, he is clearly doing it due to being an Attention Whore (such as striking poses whenever he enters a room); and third, he does it all the time, never switching it off even for casual lines of dialogue, which he milks out with drawn-out vowwwwwels and lots of eyebrowwwwwws.
- iCarly: Nevel gets some very campy (both types) scenery chewing moments for a 14 year old.
- Jane Eyre: In this BBC adaptation, it got rid of its scenery by letting Ciaran Hinds eat it all up. Just jump to 3:00 and watch. Also it has a zoom in a bit in that crosses over into Narm.
- Kamen Rider Double: XTREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEME!!!!!!!!!!
- Kath and Kim: Kim has a tendency to do this.
- The effect is doubled when she and Sharon get into an argument.
Sharon: Since I've met Marriat, his love and support has given me the strength to stand up to you, Kim.
Kim: Marriat? MARRIAT?! You haven't even met Marriat, Sharon!
Sharon: TAKE THAT BACK! I am warning you Kim. If you say one more thing about Marriat, I swear I will kill you! Do you hear me? I WILL KILL YOU!
- Kenan & Kel:
- Law & Order: Criminal Intent: There is an Urban Legend that Vincent D'Onofrio had a clause in his contract for this show that simply read: "Feed me!", for when he goes into full Perp Sweating mode. Justified in that he's supposed to be a Bunny-Ears Lawyer to a certain extent. Though to be fair D'Onofrio isn't the only one, usually during the last few minutes of each episode, somebody cracks into a hammy performance, either the culprit or like one of the culprits friends or family.
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Sharon Stone does some painful scenery-chewing in the episode "Shattered". She'd been snacking on the scenery in earlier episodes, but "Shattered" is by far the worst, especially when she picks up the corpse of a boy who was killed during a kidnapping gone wrong and shouts "YOUR SON NEEDS YOOOOOOOOOUUUU" at his mentally unstable mother. Again, many of the other guest stars/characters chew the scenery on the show including the show's stars. The most memorable though to me was in "Rage" with an unexpected hammy performance from Matthew Modine who starts doing hammy gestures like choking himself to Stabler to coax him into trying to hurt him while screaming "I'M A PSYCHO KILLER, I'M A PSYCHO KILLER!". Either that or the neo-nazi father and son gun shop owners in "Raw" and also the fat skinhead who are just so hammy with their racism. And also the over the top over protective manipulative mother played by Diane Vernora in "Home" who goes on a over the top tirade when she is being dragged away by the cops, her kids are equally hammy in their being completely screwed up except that one that got away.
- LOST: Sometimes Matthew Fox not only overacts, but also pulls the weirdest facial expressions possible, the so-called "Jackfaces" (fine gallery of examples).
- Lost Girl: Reynard (the escaped mental patient) in general, but especially when he was in Lauren's body. Zoie Palmer looked like she was having a lot of fun. Also, the Norn can go from calm to scenery chewing like flipping a switch.
- Merlin: Merlin is a subtle, quiet Deadpan Snarker that usually conveys emotions purely by his eyes and slight changes in his tone. His alterego, Dragoon, is not. Apparently, Merlin decided to have fun with Dragoon, so Colin Morgan got to take a break from all the subtle acting and mercilessly devour the scenery whenever he played Dragoon. It's a joy to watch.
- Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Rita Repulsa, especially after a defeat. "I'VE GOT SUCH A HEADAAACHE! GET ME AN ASPIRIN!" However, in one memorable occasion, Kimberly out-hammed her: because Lord Zedd had chosen her as her new queen and Goldar had kidnapped her and took away her morpher while attempting a brainwashing, she tried to buy time by imitating Rita... A little too well. See it here.
- MST3K: Previously on the Satellite of Love....
- Once Upon a Time: The Evil Queen devours the scenery every single chance she gets. Evil Is Hammy is in full effect. Interestingly, Regina the mayor is far more reserved (except when she's the mayor playing the role of the Queen), suggesting she may be hamming it up for kicks.
- Revolution: Sebastian "Bass" Monroe starts out as so calm that he's practically robotic. However, episode 3 has one of his men, Jeremy Baker, implying that this is a facade, because Bass has not been particularly stable since Miles Matheson left him. Monroe's facade starts crumbling when in episode 9, he yells for the first time at Rachel upon discovering that she is making a bomb to blow them all up and not the power amplifier he wanted her to make. From then on, Bass begins showing his Ax-Crazy tendencies in an obvious manner. In fact, episode 18 has this real gem in which Bass finds out that Randall Flynn was holding out on him about the Tower and he confronts him on the subject of the Tower. When Flynn tries to placate him, Bass loses his patience and screams out:
I DON'T LIKE YOUUUU!!!! And I don't trust you either.
- Robin Hood: The Sheriff of Nottingham played by Keith Allen takes a leaf out of Rickman's book from Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, and dines on the castle walls using stolen silverware and big knives at any available opportunity.
- Samurai Sentai Shinkenger: Shinken Blue is noteworthy for his supreme fealty to his Lord. "TONOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Shinken Gold is even hammier than Shinken Blue, and that's saying something. Played up even further in the crossover episodes with Kamen Rider Decade. His facial expressions must be seen to be believed — you can see his entire capillary system popping out of his neck.
- SCTV: Rick Moranis' performance in the "Revenge" sketch. Helped by how energetic Moranis tends to be on the show.
- Seinfeld: Kramer.
- Smallville: Michael Shanks guest-stars in the two-hour episode "Absolute Justice". Michael Shanks, who can play subtle, obviously realizes that he is playing the role of a guy with wings and a silly mask who carries a really big mace on a superhero show. Michael Shanks is not going to play subtle. Carter Hall/Hawkman is so over the top you will believe a man can digest scenery. Also, Callum Blue's Major Zod was always a Large Ham, but it's during his Villainous Breakdown in the finale that he really cuts loose. He raves, twitches, screams about how everyone will Kneel Before Zod, and then finally throws himself at Clark with a knife.
- Spartacus: Blood and Sand: John Hannah plays Magnificent Bastard Batiatus. As just about the only recognizable actor in the series alongside Lucy Lawless, he hams it up to a ridiculous extent, particularly during his many Villainous Breakdowns or when he's boasting of his ludus' glory.
Batiatus: "Continue on this path, and we will have the WOOOORLD! BLAAAAARGH!"
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: Counselor Troi had some moments in the premiere when she sensed the pain of an imprisoned alien. It doesn't quite come off, as Wil Wheaton notes in his recap:
Troi opens up her mind to find... pain. Lots and lots of pain. Boy, there sure is a lot of pain.'
- John Delancey's acting method as Q seems to be 10% condescension, 20% tomfoolery, and 70% scenery chewing. To the point where the few scenes where he gives an understated performance (like when he first introduces the Enterprise to the Borg) are downright chilling.
- Star Trek: The Original Series:
- You might want to sit down for this one: Lowly Ensign David Bailey manages to pull off an epic Heroic BSOD in the episode "The Corbomite Maneuver". After staring death in the face for the majority of the episode (complete with countdown of doom), he has a memorable Freak Out scene:
Bailey: What, are you all out of your minds?! End of watch? It's the end of everything! WHAT ARE YOU, ROBOTS?! Wound up, toy soldiers?! Don't you know when you're dying?! Watch and regulations and orders? What do they mean?!?
- Okay, so here's the "are you sitting down" part — William freaking Shatner was on set at the same time. And he looked like the subtle one.
- In the episode "The Doomsday Machine", William Windom as Commodore Decker chews so much scenery and so thoroughly that he makes William Shatner look downright subdued. That's right, he plays opposite the North American archetype of the Large Ham and out-hams him! His performance is so convincing and so disturbing that even the ominous music AND the reaction shots of William Shatner seem shallow and flimsy in comparison (And this is Star Trek TOS where even the music was a Large Ham).
- Shatner plays it both ways in the first season episode "The Enemy Within". A transporter accident splits Kirk into good and evil halves. The good Kirk is quiet, thoughtful and restrained. The evil Kirk is chewing the scenery magnificently.
I SAID GIVE ME THE BRANDY!!!! I WANT TO LIVE!!!
- That '70s Show: Kelso easily qualifies. Any time he appears on the scene (regardless of where it is or what else is happening), the focus tends to immediately go to him. It helps that he typically bursts onto the scene Kramer-style, right before saying something COMPLETELY off the wall.
- The Thick of It: Playing the resident Magnificent Bastard, Malcolm Tucker, requires Peter Capaldi to act so damn hard his temple veins start throbbing. He says he finds the role "exhausting" and it shows.
- Tomica Hero Rescue Force: Several of the actors start to do this later in the series.
- Twin Peaks: When shooting a scene during the first season where Benjamin Horne and his creepy brother interrupt the family dinner to devour Brie & butter sandwiches, the actor Richard Beymer, who played Benjamin, was repeatedly told by David Lynch to "really eat it." Each take they took Lynch would yell "cut" and tell him, "No, really ... eat it. Dig into it." After something like 20 takes or so with this sort of encouragement, Beymer finally realized just how insane his character was intended to be. The result is that Benjamin buries his whole face in the thing while moaning like a madman.
"I'M A MOOOONSTERRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!"
- The Unit: Dennis Haysbert has a few memorable moments. Combined with "Punctuated! For! Emphasis!" in Season 1 Episode 1: "Get off this plane! GET OFF THIS PLANE!! GET OFF!! THIS PLANE!!!"
- Victorious: "DON'T BE A WEENIE!"
- The Walking Dead: Merle Dixon has this in spades.
- Weeds: Andy, after Nancy drops his banana bread in the season premiere of season 5: "My beautiful loaf. YOU RUIN EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH!"
- The West Wing: Lionel Tribbey ("LEO!") and Lord John Marbury ("GERALD!").
- Wizards of Waverly Place: There’s an episode where Justin casts a spell to ham it up and burst on stage saying "Do you mind if I chew a little scenery?"
- Exalted, being a game designed to let players be over the top in all they do, allows your character to live this trope. There's even a mention of player characters getting a dying monologue, no matter how they die.
- Dragon Blooded, almost literally, chew the scenery when they use a lot of 'mana', because their anima banners start doing damage to everything within a few yards. Accordingly, they tend to furnish their homes with sculpture and heavy stone furniture, so they don't have to buy a new couch every time someone gets pissed off.
- In the source book for the Infernal Exalted, the Storytelling chapter has a section on how to use them as Card Carrying Villains (their original intent) entitled "This Scenery Looks Delicious." In fact, at one point in the book it's explained how the player of a 'Green Sun Prince' can even receive mechanical benefits from dramatic monologuing under the right circumstances.
- Warhammer 40,000's Orks. Especially their leaders. And, to a varying extent, everyone else on the battlefield. (See Dawn of War for the canon voice acting.)
- Any scene featuring Nightmare in Soul Calibur.
"YES! YES! THIS IS IT!"
"MY THIRST... IS ENDLESS!"
"SOULS! COME UNTO ME!"
- Possibly in an incredibly strange homage to A Streetcar Named Desire, normally nonham Senel from Tales of Legendia screams "STELLAAAAAAAAAAA" at one point in the game in a very over the top manner.
- Joneleth Irenicus, Big Bad of Baldur's Gate, has less screentime than most Big Bads, but damn does he make up for it.
- Devil May Cry: "I should have been the one to fill your dark soul with LIGHT!"
- Another Capcom title, Sengoku Basara is the such a samurai World of Ham, it's a wonder there's any scenery left. There's Mouri's "I AM THE CHILD OF THE SUN, NOW COOOOOOME!!", and Nobunaga's "I AM THE DEVIL KING OF THE SIXTH HEAVEN!!! (plus he's played by Norio Wakamoto). But even the other voice actors have expressed respect and sympathy for Soichiro Hoshi who voices Hot-Blooded Yukimura who has No Indoor Voice and who really, really, really loves his "OYAKATA-SAMAAAAAAAAA!!!!!"
- Halo: The Gravemind eats everything it can find, including the scenery. And it speaks only in poems in trochaic heptameter (which actually matters, given Bungie's self-acknowledged obsession with the number seven).
- Ace Combat 6: "MAAAAATILDAAAAAAAAA!"
- That scene was then MSTed with hilarious results by Unskippable. Which was beautifully parodied even more with the plane crash in the opening of Haze, also by the Unskippable lads.
- Kane from Command & Conquer. Every scene involving him has some of the most awesomely bombastic, larger-than-life acting one could ask for. Hell, in the intro to Kane's Wrath, his pre-battle speech comes complete with explosions, thunder, and earthquakes.
- Red Alert 3 goes for a World of Ham with Tim Curry as the Soviet Premier, George Takei is the Japanese Emperor and J.K. Simmons as the American President. The only denser concentration of ham is a purely theoretical double act with William Shatner and BRIAN BLESSED. Adding Ric Flair in the mission pack is the icing on this ham-cake.
- The funny thing is, he's actually fairly quiet and charismatic in a completely different way (with one memorable lapse) throughout the original game. Not that anybody's complaining either way.
- Metal Gear Solid 4. The whole thing. Double points for any scene with Liquid Ocelot, who can blow things up by pointing at them dramatically. He Points. Bang. *Helicopters falls out of sky*; Pulls his other arm up as everyone is collapsing, and starts to make MACHINE GUN noises! " BANGBANGBANGBANG..."
- Also right after the Metal Gear fight when the game does a modern version of the end of the first game with "Fox..." "...Die!" Liquid jumps up, says, "Not this time!" then giggles and dances around like a little girl before running away.
- Then there's "SSSSSNNNNNNAAAAAAAAAAKKKKKEEEEEE!! from everyone. There are other overly acted out scenes but they never really yell.
Behold! GUNS of the PATRIOTS!
- By no means is this limited to the fourth installment:
"What was she fighting for? What am I fighting for? WHAT ARE YOU FIGHTING FFOOOORR?!?"
Colonel? I've got Emma Emerich here... We've managed to avoid DROWNING!
- Resident Evil is full of them, with Barry "Jill Sandwich" Burton from the original PlayStation version being a prime example.
"It's Forrest! Oh my COD !"
"Just - take - a - look - at - THIS!"
"Run Jill! He's insane!"
- The Raccoon City Police Chief was another one: "But you're not leaving my town! Everyone's gonna DIE!"
- Wesker (or "WESKERRRRR!!") has some of the most over-the-top villainous monologues ever.''
- RE4 wasn't so bad and never had anything over-the-top, but RE5 and has Chris overacting every scene. Wesker's gem monologues are good, and become awesome when he throws his glasses at Chris so he can punch him whilst he's distracted!
"Seven minutes is all I have 2 pleh with you."
"CHHHRRIIIISSS!!!! SSSHHHEEEVVVVVAAAA!!!!!" EEEXXXXCCCCEEELLLLLAAAAAA!!!
"Uroboros will be released, resulting in complete, GLOBAL, SATURATION".
- Mega Man X: Zero's infamous WHATAMIFIGHTINGFOOOOOOOOOOORRRAAAAGH!!!!. Recently redubbed.
- In Maverick Hunter X, X prepares for his climactic battle with Sigma by vigorously devouring the scenery. It's actually quite chilling. Possibly justified by the fact that the Vile battle (and Zero's fate) were shifted from the first Sigma stage to the third, meaning that X had just watched Zero die minutes before, not a whole fortress ago, and therefore the pain and fury are nice and fresh.
- Practically all of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Most known for this one. The dialogue was completely redone in the PSP port The Dracula X Chronicles (which also included Castlevania: Rondo of Blood), for better or for worse.
- Sergeant Reznov from Call of Duty: World at War must have gotten really hungry after the events of the level "Vendetta", because starting with "Their Land, Their Blood", he can't stop yelling at his men to keep killing Germans wherever they find them. Commissar Markhov, however, manages to outeat even him, as his lack of volume control for his voice, coupled with the fact that half his lines are spoken from a megaphone, ensure that he can be heard all the way over in Berlin.
- Tales of Vesperia has Zagi:
"''I will carve your NAME into my BLOOOOOOOD!"
- All of the assassins in No More Heroes at some point.
- Nathan Copeland, from Desperate Struggle, is one of the best examples.
- The eponymous Kain of the Legacy of Kain series is able to sustain himself on both blood AND scenery
- Saavedro in Myst III: Exile is prone to this - his despairing cries when you trap him are particularly gnawful.
- Tony Jay in Planescape: Torment: "I WILL TEACH YOU MUCH... OF PAIN!"
- Dog gets so much of this in Half-Life 2, without even speaking.
- Metal Wolf Chaos has the President and Vice President of the United States engaged in Ham-to-Ham Combat when battling each other in Humongous Mecha.
- Xenosagas Albedo rides the line between this and Large Ham. Margulis also gets a couple of these. They usually involve him screaming "UZUKIIIIIIIIII!'"
- The dremora from the The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Their level in badass in Skyrim is accompanied by a level in ham, too.
"I honor my lord, by destroying you!"
- Even in the World of Ham that is the Dynasty Warriors series, Lu Bu's reaction when you kill his Love Interest Diao Chan stands out.
"Diao Chan! Ohhh, Diao Chan!!"
- One word for Dead Rising fans: STORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRE!
- Kingdom Hearts:
DARKNESS CONQUERS ALL WORLDS!!!
Voice of the Legion:
will open a door, one that leads to ALL WORLDS!
Then, Keyblade-bearing warriors will flock here from each and every one of them, to battle for the light within KINGDOM HEARTS!
And just like the legend says, the Keyblade War will BEGIN!
- Lani Minella, the voice actress for several Wrath of the Lich King bosses, arguably reached the pinnacle of this trope with the undead dragon queen Sindragosa.
- Minella's no stranger to huge portions of Large Ham. Listen to her voice acting as Adria in Diablo.
Adria: "The Butcher IS A SADISTIC CREATURE..."
- Just about every boss in World of Warcraft, but Yogg-Saron wins by being made of mouths to chew with.
- Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon:
- Sin and Punishment: Star Successor
- Destroy All Humans!: RADIOACTIVE EXPLODING ZOMBIE COWS!!!!
- From Asura's Wrath: Gongen Wyzen. "AAASSHHUUURRAAA THE TRAITOR!!! AAAASSSSHHUUURRRAAA THE DESTRUCTOR!!! YOU DO NOT BELONG TO THIS WORLD!!! (Commences finger poke of doom) DDDDDDDDDIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!"
- Dr. Robotnik was having way too much fun at the beginning of the game. "You know NOTHING, fools! It's Chaos, the GOD of DESTRUCTION!!! MUAHAHAHAHAHA'!!!"
- In Sonic Generations, even his past self is thrown off by his scenery chewing tendencies.
- Also, the Anti-Climax Boss of Sonic Heroes, the Metal Overlord comes out with such gems as "This victory shall soon turn into DESPAAAAAIIIIRRR!!!", "IT'S! TOO! LAAATE!!" and, of course, "BUUURRNNN! TOOOOO DEEEAAATTHHH!!!", complete with voice echo! What's more, he is ACTUALLY eating the ship while he's on while doing so (implied). What's more, he gets worse after he takes off!
- Loghain in Dragon Age: Origins.
- Who, unsurprisingly, shares a voice actor with Kain, above. Simon Templeman seems to subsist on a steady diet of scenery whenever he's voicing a game character. Not that anyone's complaining.
- The Arishok in Dragon Age II when Hawke gets in a duel with him. Snarky!Hawke him/herself gets in on the act in the "Mark of the Assassin" DLC where s/he decides that the only way to act like a noble is to be as over-the-top and obnoxious as possible.
- In Tali's loyalty mission in Mass Effect 2, Paragon Shepard can approach the Admiralty Board to defend her with an impassioned speech. If you're playing as female Shepard, Jennifer Hale simply demolishes the scenery and then spits what's left of the Migrant Fleet out into your stunned face.
- Every villain in the Professor Layton series (Don Paolo, Anton, Clive and Descole) has one thing in common: At some point in their game/movie, they will shout Layton's name very loud.
- Cyril Kalmar in Rift, at least in the Guardian intro cinematic.
"You are our salvation. You are a Guardian!"
- Kefka in Dissidia: Final Fantasy, with an encore in its sequel Duodecim. A sample of what I mean.
- Parodied in Saints Row: The Third by Josh Birk/Nyte Blade.
- The news anchor from Bill Nye the Science Guy: Stop The Rock, played by Pat Cashman of Almost Live! and Super Smash Brothers Brawl narration fame, loves this trope. Best exemplified by his screaming rant on Day 5:
- Hakeev in Star Trek Online. By the time Obisek/the Romulan PC finally kills him, it's questionable if there's a piece of scenery in the entire Beta Quadrant without teeth marks on it.
"This isn't over! When the Iconians get here—"
- While the anime of Umineko no Naku Koro ni didn't give the actors the occasion to chew much scenery, the PS3 remake of the sound novel does. Let the torture begin… Ushiromiya BWATORAAAA!!!
- Sparks in Girl Genius are usually rather normal whenever they're not in The Madness Place — but when they are, this trope applies to damn near everything they do. Which counts as a deconstruction, since Mad Scientists chew the scenery due to being, well, mad — oscillating between psychotic breaks from reality and psychotic breakthroughs into reality.
- ...which is why they also easily slip into loud mood swings. Or jump into loud mood swings. Childish flares of rage are all the rage among the Sparks, too.
- That does explain Othar Tryggvassen, GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER! quite well.
- The chapter where Agatha meets Gilgamesh Wulfenbach enter "The Madness Place" was named "Gil Chews the Scenery". After some rumours, this episode later was explicitly referenced as "chewing the furniture".
- Goblins had a scene that the author actually changed because he thought it was too narmtastic. A mook is getting painfully transformed into a pile of snakes and screams, "I feel sick... Oh God, it hurts!
- The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!: Galatea lives and breathes this trope. "'Crazy? Me? You dare?! All the world is mad and only I am sane!" "We are a new race, more intelligent than man and obliged to supplant him! We... are the ubermensch!!!... Or is that ubermenschen... or uberfrauen... or..." "SO ENDS THE AGE OF MAN!" "Heed me, Butane! This is Captain Galatea Martin of the starship Lathe of Empires!... I promise you wise and just leadership... if you surrender... NOW!''
- Ren from The Ren & Stimpy Show in almost every episode. "What do you MEAN you don't agree with me?! DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE DEALING WITH??!!!!"
- "Do you have to keep tapping like that?! You bloated sack of protoplasm!"
- From the episode Stimpy's Fan Club':
Ren: "I... I was nice today. Nice to those insipid little monkeys, answering their stupid letters. My hands... DIRTY! THE DIRT WON'T COME OFF! AAAAAAAHHHH! [Lying in bed] President... Ha! What a joke. President...President of WHAT?! [Enviously looking over at Stimpy] His fan club?! How they love him! Look at him, lying there asleep. [Creeps over to Stimpy's side]The idol of millions. He's a fool! Blind, silly little fool. How easily I could end the farce... with these hands! These DIRTY hands! AND WITH THESE HANDS I HOLD THE FATE OF MILLIONS!!! They think he's a god, but he's as mortal as we. I know! [Visually drawing a dotted line along Stimpy's neck] Just..one...quick...TWIST! And it's over. Just one... Just... AAAAH! It's happening again! MY BRAIN! MY HOT... STINGING... BRAIN!!!! WHAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!! WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!"
- For the LAST TIME! I! WANT YOU! TO BE! QUIET!!!!!
- "It is not I who am crazy. It is I who am mad!"
- "I told ya I'd shoot! But you didn't believe me! WHY DIDN'T YOU BELIEVE ME?!"
- "Oh no! I know what you want! YOU COVETETH MY ICE CREAM BAR!"
- "I've had this ice cream bar since I was a CHILD!! PEOPLE! ALWAYS TRYING TO TAKE IT FROM ME! WHY WON'T THEY LEAVE ME, AAAALOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNEEEEEEEE!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
- "YOU FILTHY SWINE! I WILL KILL YOU!!!!"
- Justin Roiland's gorgeous performance as Lemongrab in Adventure Time. He didn't chew the scenery- he completely DEVOURED IT! And he came back a year later later to reprise the role, HUNGRY FOR MORE SCENERY TO RAVENOUSLY FEAST UPON!
Lemongrab: This castle Is... In... UNACCEPTABLE CONDITION! UNACCEPTABUUUL!!!
Lemongrab: NO ONE... NO ONE UNDERSTANDS! I AM ALONE! AND YOU MADE ME LIKE THIS! YOU MADE MEEE! YOOOU MAAADE MEEE!!! YOU'RE... MY... GLOB! YOU'RE MY GLOB!!!
- In the words of Tom Herpich (one of the two writers of Lemongrab's episodes) on Justin's performance as Lemongrab: "He crushed it perfectly."
- Invader Zim: HE IS ZIM!!!
FOOLISH EARTH PIGS!!
LIES! THIS FILTHY EARTH BOY LIES!
No! You lie! YOU LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIE!
- Any character voiced by Richard Steven Horvitz will chew the scenery given half a chance.
"But, invader's blood marches through my veins, like giant RADIOACTIVE RUBBER PANTS! THE PANTS COMMAND ME! DO NOT IGNORE MY VEINS!"
- The vampire Joker is like this constantly in The Batman vs. Dracula, constantly screaming and moaning and even once said the titular line, right before eating a cockroach.
- Mark Hamill's Fire Lord Ozai in Avatar: The Last Airbender, particularly in the series finale War Room meeting. In fact, any of Mark Hamill's villains could fit on this page, especially the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series Joker and Hobgoblin in Spider-Man: The Animated Series.
- Professor Dementor in Kim Possible was created with this trope in mind.
- Henry Gyrich of X-Men fame was always a little unhinged, but his appearance in the last episode shot him straight into scenery-chewing territory. Acoustic feedback from his microphone fails to slow him down. By the end of the scene, for the character's swan song, Barry Flatman shifts gears from merely chewing the scenery to practically devouring it.
- Storm was wondering if you could MEET HER AT THE MONORAIL!
"WE'RE HERE TO MAKE EVERYTHING METAL! BLACKER THAN THE BLACKEST BLACK TIMES INFINITY!"
"CA-CA-CA-YEAAAAAH! IT'S ME DOCTOR ROCKZO THE ROCK 'N ROLL CLOOOOWWWWWWN! YOU KNOW WHAT I DO BA-BA-BA-BABY?! I DO COCAAAAAAINE! CA-CA-CA-YEAH! COCAINE!"
- Calculon of Futurama and his UNHOLY ACTING TALENT:
- Decepticons in Transformers Animated are prone to scenery-chewing:
- Lugnut. Especially with anything in reguard to his GLORIOUS leader.
STASIS LOCK ITSELF COULD NOT DETER ME FROM YOUR GRAND AND GLORIOUS PLAN! OH WISE AND NOBLE MEGATRON!
- The Boondocks: FUCK YOUR COURT, NYUKKA!
"Bitch ass, punk ass, faggot ass, pussy ass, BITCH ASS NIGGA!"
"Who in the hell parked in my spot! That's like calling 1-800-COLLECT-AN-ASS-WHOOPIN', but NO, that ain't no toll-free call!"
- Gin Rummy is a frequent culprit as well. Being voiced by Samuel L. Jackson probably makes it more severe
"I'd be dead on his ass like Spenser For fuckin' Hire. I'll hunt him down and feed him his own testicles. And I'll do it in a jiffy. And I don't care if his mama there, his grandmama, innocent bystanders, little kids, baby-sitters, bill collectors. Whatever! I'll leave his whole block filled with hot brass if I have to. And you know why? BECAUSE I JUST DON'T GIVE A FUCK!
- My ability of chewing the scenery must be the work of...FAIRY GOD PARENTS!
- The Spectacular Spider Man:
- Notably lampshaded in an episode of Teen Titans, where Cyborg gets a virus that messes with his programming. As a result, he literally starts eating the scenery...you can guess what happens.
- Tom and Jerry: The Movie: "We've GOT to have......MONAY!!!"
- He is the Terror that Flaps in the Night. He is the Caped Crusader who chomps chewy chunks from the scenery as he counters cheesy chumps. He is ... Darkwing Duck!
- Every single character on the show has moments of this. One especially cheesy episode lampshades this trope by showcasing a giant space slug which chews up the set in the background. Darkwing (of course) thinks it's ridiculous.
- Bonus points to Lilo for doing it on an actual stage
- If I fed Pudge tuna It'd be an ABOMINATION!!!!
- Nani's breakdown after Lilo is abducted by Gantu: "LILO! SHE'S A LITTLE GIRL, THIS BIG, BROWN EYES, AND WAS HANGING AROUND WITH THAT THING!!" (referring to Stitch)
- South Park: Some of the characters Trey plays can leave a hole in the scenery.
- Cartman lives and breathes this:
- Randy. Constantly. In later episodes.
- Unusually, Mr. Mackey in "Royal Pudding".
: (to Kyle, taking over Ike's role as Tooth Decay)
You call rolling your fat ass out on the stage and lazily blurting out your lines like a turtle takin' a shit
, YOU CALL THAT TRYIN'?!
- Beast Wars. Three words. FOR THE ROYALTY!!!
- Aku from Samurai Jack:"Samurai, samurai. Why. Won't. You. DIIIIIEEEE?!"
- "...and GREAT FLAAAMMING EYEBROWS!"
- The Venture Bros. Seriously, is there a single character who isn't Hammy to the extreme?
- Jeremy Shada as Finn in ''Adventure Time."
Finn: I'LL KILL YOU, LUMPY SPAAACE!!!
- Tom Kenny as The Ice King:
Ice King: I have powers, TOO, you BUTTS!
- Sweet holy mother of Glob, Justin Roiland as the earl of Lemongrab:
Lemongrab: This Castle Is... In... Unacceptabllle Conditiiiooon! UNACCEPTABLLLEEE!!!"
- Benson from Regular Show, big time, but only when provoked.
- Binky the Clown from Garfield and Friends spends the whole time screaming, to the point where there were shorts called "SCREAMING WITH BINKY". The cartoon played this for laughs quite often; at one point he was temporarily given a job as a newscaster, where he kept his signature mannerisms.
- Robotnik from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog often overdoes his lines, like here.
Robotnik: Why is my precious rocket ship drifting off into deep space?! Why am I reaching you at the coordinates of the abandoned space station?! WHY?! WHY?! WHHYYY?!
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Rarity. Oh so very much.
...until there isn't an inch of Equestria that hasn't been utterly transformed by my! creative! GENIUS!
- Danny Phantom "Say my name! SAY MY NAAAAAAME!"
- In Thundercats 2011, Will Friedle is clearly getting very into it whenever his Lion-O recites the famous, "Thunder! Thunder! Thundercats! HO!" Battle Cry. In fact, it sounds like he's trying to roar the line more often than not.
- Hercules: When Hades gets mad, he will literally get fired up, as in blowing flames in all directions. And then there're the Titans...
Hades: Brothers! Titans! Look at you, in your squalid prison! Who put you down there?
Hades: And now that I set you free, what's the first thing you're going to do?
Titans: DESTROY HIM!!!!
Hades: Good answer.
- Sideshow Mel of The Simpsons is all over this trope. Every. Single. Line.
- In the episode "Behind the Laughter" during the period where the family split up to pursue solo careers Homer mentions having a short lived stage career where he literally chewed the scenery (as in he ate part of the set).
- Zoe from Littlest Pet Shop not only chews the scenery, she sets it on fire.
"GAIL'S TRAPPED INSIDE THE LARGEST EVER PET SHOP!!!!!"
- Dill from Stickin' Around...actually, scratch that, because saying that he's chewing the scenery would be the understatement of the CENTURY.
- Most Disney villains fit this trope, but their songs are always an excuse to pull out all the stops.
- Most politicians have shades of this, especially more than a century ago. You can guess why, in a world without microphones, booming voices and exaggerated mannerisms might be advantages when giving a speech.
- The politicians in the ancient Greek and Roman democracies may have been even more extreme. Unfortunately all we have are the texts of their speeches.
- Although the movie Mommie Dearest seems to have Joan Crawford thoroughly digesting the scenery, according to her daughter, Christina Crawford, the performance was understated.
- Adolf Hitler tended to do this every time he spoke in public. The movies (like the Downfall example above) aren't really that far from the truth this time. Most other dictators have a tendency to indulge in the same style.
- It was Hitler's ranting in the Downfall movie, coupled with the subtitles and the German, that inspired the Hitler parodies that are popular on the internet.
- Hitler was reputed to do this a bit more literally in less-public venues. William Shirer mentions at one point in Berlin Diary that in some circles, he was referred to as Der Teppich-Fresser (the carpet eater), because it was rumored that when he was agitated, he would throw himself to the floor and start chewing the edges of the rugs.
- Somehow, against all logic, BRIAN BLESSED has managed to accomplish this in real life. Observe his performance as guest host of Have I Got News for You, with lines such as "PETROL! WE'RE RUNNING OUT!" and, referring to the beleaguered Prime Minister Brown, '"GORDON'S ALIVE!"
- Transylvanian stage actor Gyorgy Kárp, who, among other roles, played Juror#3, is often seen turning red and yelling so loud, it makes you wonder how come he didn't spit out his own lungs.
- Fidel Castro. He used to deliver speeches taking 3 or 4 hours, even in front of the United Nations. They weren't quite amused...
- He was once asked an inane question at a party and spoke for FOUR HOURS without stopping. Dear god man...
- Nikita Krushchev's infamous "We will BURY you!" speech, as well as a separate incident at the UN where he took off his shoe and started banging it against the table.