Megamind: Oh, you're a villain alright. Just not a super one.In many conflicts between good and evil, who is going to be doing the lion's share of Chewing the Scenery? The villain(s), more likely than not. It's one way they are Obviously Evil and Drunk on the Dark Side. Muwahahahahaaaa! As for why, it's not known for sure. Maybe it's a reflection of their narcissism and total lack of inhibitions. Maybe they've decided that since they've already punted a few puppies, called down the lightning, and donned the Spikes of Villainy, they may as well have fun with it. And maybe the moral depravity of their act is balanced by how much fun they are to watch. Or this is used to indicate how Power and Evil feel Good. Whatever the reason, bacon and scenery are important parts of every villain's daily balanced breakfast. That isn't to say the heroes never get to have such moments, but the villains will get the clear majority of them. Of course, when they both do, the awesomeness factor increases tenfold. A Genre Savvy Villain Protagonist will act hammy just because it's expected. Also, when the villains are pretending to be good guys in some stories, they don't really act hammy, but when they show who they really are, they let loose, almost as if being a Large Ham is their true nature. Often overlaps with Ham and Cheese. Contrast Softspoken Sadist (the villain is the calmest one in the room). If a hero is also a Large Ham, or there is a World of Ham, it's not this trope unless the villain manages to still out-ham everyone. Dastardly Whiplash is a specific character type that embodies this trope—you know, the one with the twirling moustache and cape.
Titan: Oh yeah? What's the difference?
Megamind: [comes out of a giant representation of his head to Welcome to the Jungle in midair] PRESENTATION!
Titan: Oh yeah? What's the difference?
Megamind: [comes out of a giant representation of his head to Welcome to the Jungle in midair] PRESENTATION!
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Anime & Manga
- Many villains from 1970s and 80s Super Robot series. Examples worthy of mention are:
- Mazinger Z: Dr. Hell and Baron Ashura.
- Great Mazinger: Great General of Darkness.
- UFO Robo Grendizer: Lord/Lady Gandal.
- Kotetsu Jeeg: Queen Himika.
- Combattler V: Prince Garuda.
- Voltes V: Prince Heinel.
- Daimos: Richter.
- Panzer World Galient: Both Marder and Hy Shaltat are prone to spout big, dramatic speeches and declarations.
Marder: What is the point of eternal peace? Life and death clash against each other. Lusts and ideals intertwine, and joys and sorrows color this world. Therefore, paradise... can only be unbearable grief. It can only be unbound joy. The paradise of all living things is, indeed, in chaos.
- Just about every named mook in Fist of the North Star, with the main villains slightly less so.
- In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, the only truly hammy characters are Rau Le Creuset and Lord Djibril. Neither is particularly over the top by anime standards, but they both chew far more scenery than the rest of the cast put together.
- In Dragon Ball, Piccolo Jr. was an Ax-Crazy Card-Carrying Villain as a bad guy, prone to maniacal laughter and long winded monologues. After his Heel–Face Turn, he became The Stoic.
"Splendid! Now, this was a real fight! I'd totally hug you right now if that was something I did!"
- He was freshly hatched as the reincarnation of the even Ax Crazier Piccolo Daimaou during his villain arc. One timeskip later and we have an older, more mature Piccolo Jr. forced into an Enemy Mine with Goku, leading to Piccolo's face turn. So his progression from hammy to stoic is probably justified as just Piccolo growing up.
- In the anime series proper, Cell was more-or-less a straight villain. In the video games, however, he steps it up on the ham, with each new release making him even hammier. Dragonball Xenoverse, especially, has him at his hammiest, as his lines as your mentor prove.
- Basically every villain in Sailor Moon. Queen Beryl, Wiseman, Dr. Tomoe, Mistress 9, Queen Nehelenia, Galaxia, the four generals, the Black Moon Clan (especially Esmeraude), Black Lady, any monster-of-the-day, take your pick.
- In general, every villain voiced by Norio Wakamoto except for Vicious from Cowboy Bebop.
- Inverted AND played straight in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. The heroes are the largest hams, but the Anti-Spiral King STILL manages to out-ham them in the final battle. Lordgenome in his Disc One Final Boss Anti-Villain part is no slouch in hamming up either.
- The evil Pope in Saint Seiya has some of the most hammy evil laughs ever in anime. For more contrast, his true personality is Gemini Saga, a quite more stoic Tragic Hero.
- Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to introduce a fellow from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS by the name of Jail Scaglietti. ESPECIALLY when he actually gets to be in front of a camera.
- In Code Geass, the 98th Emperor of the Holy Britannian Empire, Charles, could count as this. Then again, in the Japanese version, he's voiced by Norio Wakamoto, so it's to be expected.
- Magic Knight Rayearth has the Big Bad of Season 2 called Debonair. She has an extremely loud evil laughter that severely chews any scene she's in.
- You have to give it to Dynamis of Mahou Sensei Negima!, it takes a damn good villain to keep up the trolling even after being cut in half.
- Evangeline Athanasia Katherine McDowell is a completely evil vampire mage who sneers at the very idea of friendship, and whose devoted servant Chachamaru will crush you like an insect if you so much as look at Eva-sama the wrong way. Any Pot Holes to the contrary are the most vile sort of anti-Evangeline propaganda, and will be met with divine retribution from the Harbinger of Woe, the Dark Evangel, the Walker of Nightmares, the... hey, where are you going?! She's just getting warmed up here!
- This was mostly averted in Puella Magi Madoka Magica since the closest thing to a Big Bad, Kyuubey, was more The Stoic... but then Walpurgisnacht came in and single-handedly engulfed the scenery in thick, high-pitched, crazy ham.
- And as soon as Homura had a Face–Heel Turn in The Rebellion Story, she blew both of them out of the water.
- In Princess Tutu, Mytho acts like a very hammy villain after he has been poisoned by the Raven's blood.
"Why won't you love me?!"
- General rule in One Piece: the hammier the villain, the more likely they are to be curb-stomped by the Straw Hats. More difficult opponents aren't as hammy. Crocodile wasn't hammy at all (Evil Laugh aside) and was one of Luffy's hardest enemies. Subverted with Oars... since, well, he was Luffy.
- The Espada from Bleach were a mixed bag since some (Barragan, Grimmjow, Yammy, Nnoitra, Szayel, Drunk with Power!Aizen) were very hammy and others (Ulquiorra, Halibel, Stark) were much calmer. But once the Vandereich appeared, they started to put on the pork with total and unapologetic gusto, with people like Mask de Masculine and non-Stoic!AsNodt as their top hams.
- Piedmon, in the dub of Digimon Adventure.
- Etemon, too. Specially as Metal Etemon. Malomyotismon wasn't a slouch either.
- As awkward as it is to call them "hammy", there's no denying that the skinless chickens from the second episode of Humanity Has Declined fit this trope. Sadly, the only character present for their Evil Gloating In-Universe was too busy adjusting the subtitles to notice.
- Mewtwo, during his stint as a villain in the English dub of Pokémon: The First Movie, which is not that surprising, considering 4Kids was the one who did the dub.
- Freed Sellzen in High School Dx D fits this trope. An Ax-Crazy exorcist who gets off on killing devils and does so for the hell of it. He'll also overact whenever he makes his onscreen appearances as well.
- Ragyo Kiryuin in Kill la Kill is not always hammy, but whenever she's in the middle of one of her evil speeches, or gloating, her ham factor shoots through the roof.
- Prussia in Axis Powers Hetalia is one of the series' few "mostly villainous" characters, and (rather impressively) beats out most of the cast in sheer haminess.
- Light from Death Note is such a ham that he'll "take a potato chip.....and EAT IT!"
- Ryuk wasn't exactly the most quiet villain, either. "THE SYMPTHOMS ARE STARTING!"
- In Cyborg 009, Von Bogoot was mostly as Softspoken Sadist. But his boss, Scarl, was a magnificent ham. Guess who voiced him?
- Kagerou Project: The Big Bad of the series, the Wide-Open Eyes Snake. This trope comes into effect particularly in the anime's twelfth episode when he possesses Konoha. The scene lasts all of five minutes, but it's almost made completely Worth It by how gloriously hammy he makes those five minutes.
- Villains of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure are never subtle, with DIO leading the army of hammy villains.
- Shuu Tsukiyama from Tokyo Ghoul has on several occasions tried to eat Kaneki and his friends. However, he practically has an orgasm when smelling Kaneki's blood on a piece of cloth, and his gratuitous use of French, Italian, and English phrases makes the character deliciously cheesy.
- In Endride, Ibelda clearly thinks the scenery tastes delicious.
- Many Spidey's villains. Two examples would be Norman Osborn and Doctor Octopus.
- In Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man, Lex Luthor and Doctor Octopus are permanently trying to outdo each other in this department. Neither of them manages to impress their archenemies, though:
Doctor Octopus: Curse you, wall-crawler! Am I never to be free? Will you hound me forever? Will there never be an end?
- Lex Luthor loves hearing himself talk:
Lex: I'm the only sane inmate of Asylum Earth. I'm not eager to hand tomorrow over to an interplanetary extremist with laser eyes. There's only room on this world for one leader, Superman. When I'm finished with you, every last gibbon out there will know you for the menace you are... and they'll realize that Lex Luthor is their savior.
- And so Brainiac does. Not even when he was dying in Whatever Happened to The Man of Tomorrow? he could stop stalking:
Brainiac: I... am coming for you... Kryptonian... my victory... is inevitable...
- In Krypton No More, one-time supervillain Protector likes being overly dramatic. His verbosity doesn't impress Superman or Supergirl, though:
Protector: I warned you, Superman! I told you to leave the polluting industries alone! But no — you wouldn't listen! You've set yourself up as judge, jury, and executioner — and to that, the Protector says NO!
- Alien overlord Mongul is pretty hammy. In War World:
Mongul: We had a deal, Kryptonian, and you will honor it — or I will crush your three hapless friends with a single gesture!
- Lex Luthor loves hearing himself talk:
- Many Supergirl's villains are verbose:
- Nightflame in Demon Spawn:
Nightflame: Nay! Your chrome-plated chariot does not frighten me! Now you shall know of the power of Nightflame! And of my flame-sword!
- Blackstarr in Supergirl Volume 2:
Blackstarr: Fool! You think all there is to reality is what is seen? Yes – I appear young – and I may be younger still... or even be you, if I so desire!
- Nightflame in Demon Spawn:
- Doctor Doom: Silence, You Fool!! Nobody possesses more ham than DOOM!!
- The very cosmos itself is the scenery upon which eternal Galactus chews, mortal. Literally.
- The League of Evil Exes from Scott Pilgrim, especially the ones who are particularly evil. The film just makes it more obvious in most cases.
- The first Robotnik from Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog showed a bit of this; Eggman does as well, especially once his sanity starts slipping.
- Baron Karza from Micronauts, just about all the time.
- Pretty much every single goddamn villain written by Grant Morrison. This is especially apparent when he writes lines for Darkseid, such as in Final Crisis.
- The Dark Judges are easily the most melodramatic villains in Judge Dredd. As they go around dispensing their own brand of justice, they do basically nothing but spew Catch Phrases. Maybe undeath just breathed new life into them...
- Daemon from the Tamers Forever Series comes off as this.
- As if their film versions weren't hammy enough, Team StarKid's versions of Snape, Voldemort, Bellatrix, Lucius, and Umbridge in A Very Potter Musical take this trope Up to Eleven.
- Though several villains from Yu-Gi-Oh! are hammy already, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series like to take it to comical extremes:
- Marik is so hammy that he can hardly express himself like a regular person. And it goes Up to Eleven when Melvin takes over: he is hammy even when trying to open a door.
- While usually more posed and calm than Marik, Bakura has his moments too.
- Dartz combines it with a ridiculous accent that makes him almost impossible for his minions to understand.
- Movie villains Anubis ("NOW YOU WILL DIE, AND THEN YOU WILL BE DEAD, BECAUSE I WILL HAVE KILLED YOU ! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA") and Paradox ("PWOTAGONISTS !") take it to such extremes it becomes ridiculous even for the main characters.
- The Iconians in any Star Trek Online fic involving Worffan 101. Supreme High Lord Inevitably-Fated-for-Greatness is noteworthy for the sheer laughable arrogance of his introductory speech in Beat the Drums of War, but all Iconians fit this trope. Worffan 101 has repeatedly stated his dislike of STO's portrayal of the Iconians, and reacted by taking the hammy Sufficiently Advanced Aliens of the game to their logical extreme.
- Doctor Dire of Dire Worm plays this trope, lampshades it, exploits it, and generally enjoys herself immensely. For example, facing Leviathan:
"YOU FACE DIRE NOW, AND MAY GOD HELP YOU FOR THE DEVIL SHALL NOT! HE FEARS HER!"
"CHECKMATE IN TWO."
- Again, facing several soon-to-be-defeated opponents:
Films — Animated
- The Disney Animated Canon villains are prone to being incredibly hammy. More often than not, they also perform a bombastic Villain Song.
- The Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, especially after magically disguising herself as an elderly woman.
- Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, a name that just screams "ham". Even the live-action version with some Adaptational Heroism doesn't forget to give Angelina Jolie the Card Carrying Villainess moments necessary to unleash the ham.
- The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland has quite a Hair-Trigger Temper. Off with their heads!
- Captain Hook from Peter Pan, a Dastardly Whiplash-esque pirate captain.
- Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmatians, who also got a live-action version, with Glenn Close clearly enjoying herself.
- Shere Khan from The Jungle Book.
- Prince John from Robin Hood.
- Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective, voiced by no one else but Vincent Price.
- Ursula from The Little Mermaid.
- Gaston from Beauty and the Beast. Forte (voiced by Tim Curry) in the sequel as well.
- Jafar from Aladdin.
- Scar from The Lion King played by Jeremy Irons. Zira in the sequel, too.
- Hades, the car salesman from Hell, from Hercules. Unlike most characters originated in a movie with a Celebrity Voice Actor, Hades has had the same voice actor in every incarnation, because James Woods just enjoys doing it that much.
- Clayton from Tarzan, voiced by the one and only BRIAN BLESSED!
- Yzma from The Emperor's New Groove. Eartha Kitt really hams it up.
- The EEVIL GEN-EE-OUS Jumba from Lilo & Stitch is a Card-Carrying Villain Mad Scientist alien with a faux Russian accent. He's not as evil as he claims, though.
- Doctor Facilier from The Princess and the Frog. ARE YOU READY?!
- Gothel in Tangled.
- Tamatoa in Moana is a hammy Giant Enemy Crab with similar mannerisms to David Bowie.
- Done intentionally in the Dreamworks animated film Megamind. The page quote even shows that the title character even believes that supervillainy isn't just about villainy, it's about PRESENTATION!!!!
- Marvin McNasty in Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw. He shouts just about EVERY line and chomps on every scene he's in.
- The Chief Blue Meanie in The Beatles movie Yellow Submarine.
- Arguably one of the better parts of The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue is Martin's dramatically hammy performance in the later portion of the film performed by Eric Idle, who seems to have loads of fun delivering every last line. He doesn't just chew the scenary as Martin, he gobbles it up whole, shats it back out, and then gobbles it up again, rinse and repeat twice more. ("You'll be happy. Oh, so happy, if you just SAY YYYYYYYYEEEEEEESSSSSSSS!!!!!")
- Nigel the cockatoo from Rio is a Card-Carrying Villain with a penchant for dramatic poses.
Films — Live-Action
- Profion (played by Jeremy Irons) in Dungeons & Dragons.
"Ha-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta""Myyyyyyyy DESTINNNYYYY!""You can run your Ladyship, but YOU'LL NEVER RUN FAR ENOUGH!""Let their blood RAAAAIIIIIN FRROOOMMMM THE SKKKKKYYYYY!"
- Spider-Man Trilogy:
"Find him. Or I'll peel the flesh off her bones..." (while a tentacle opens and closes akin to a biting gesture)
- The Green Goblin.
- Whenever Doctor Octopus tries to be menacing, he talks as hammy as possible.
"Ooh, my Spider Sense is tingling, if you get what I talking about. Tiger."
- Eddie Brock after bonding with the Venom symbiote.
- M. Bison in Street Fighter, OF COURSE!!!. Raul Julia certainly gave himself a DELICIOUS send-off. (Sagat is also a ham; he just pales in comparison to Bison.)
- Palpatine in Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, once it's known he is a Sith Lord. When he had his good guy facade on, he acted normally. When his evil side showed up, he started acting hammier. When he finally dropped the act altogether, he went to town (as Return of the Jedi, done many years before, shows).
- In Dark Empire, Palpatine actually says "I AM the Dark Side!"
- This is actually something of an occupational hazard for Sith, since they draw their power from raw passion and self restraint is, consequently, not exactly on the agenda. Notice that Palpatine is always at his hammiest when using or about to use The Dark Side. His apprentices Count Dooku and Darth Vader also frequently talk in a menacing to the point of exaggeration mannder (with Vader having the bonus of gesturing given his face is obscured by a mask).
- General Grievous serves as a proto-Darth Vader, and is even hammier than him, never dialing down on the dramatic speech (punctuated by coughs).
- General Hux in Star Wars: The Force Awakens....mainly during that Rousing Speech of his before Starkiller blasts away The Hosnian System.
- The Chronicles of Riddick: Colm Feore (The Lord Marshal), Karl Urban (Vaako), and Thandie Newton (Dame Vaako). Note that all three characters mentioned are Necromongers.
- Almost every villain in TRON: Legacy is a Large Ham (with the exception of Rinzler), but especially the Big Bad. Clu uses his hamminess to make our world open and available to all of his programs. Yes! TO ALL OF THEM!!! And that's before you get to his agent, Zuse, who chews the scenery with his Bowie-esque nature. A ying and yang of hams, if you think about it.
- Lex Luthor in Superman wasn't really hammy, just full of himself, but General Zod is a true ham. Kneel Before Zod's ham. Although his first instance was justified in that he was desperately pleading to avoid A Fate Worse Than Death.
Lois Lane: But millions of people will die!Lex Luthor: BILLIONS! Once again, the press underestimates me.
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show: "I'm just a Sweet Transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvaniaaaaaaa..."
- Come to think of it, 90% of Tim Curry's roles fall under this. If he's playing a villain, there's a good chance it'll be an awesomely hammy performance. Tim Curry does not know any other way to act other than completely over the top, chewing every piece of scenery in sight. And we love him for it.
- "Excuse me, sir!! Do you have Prince Albert in a can?? YOU DO?? Well, ya better let the poor guy out!"
- "Wuh-HUH! Wuh-HUH! Wuh-HUH!"
- "They float... THEY ALL FLOAT!!!"
- Tim Curry outshines every Muppet as a Genre Savvy Long John Silver in Muppet Treasure Island.
- Annie1982. Eaaaaaaaaaaasy streeeeeeeeeeeeeet.
- Legend (1985). Curry in the film has a full pork dinner.
- Freddy Krueger in the later A Nightmare on Elm Street films, as he started to have more fun tormenting his victims and became a theatrical wisecracker.
- As said above, a requirement for any Batman movie villain. Possible aversions are from The Dark Knight Saga: Ra's al Ghul is suave and subdued, and Two-Face is dead serious, particularly compared to The Joker.
- Christopher Lee occasionally indulges in this. Although fully capable of being subtle and understated, he knows what's expected of him. His performance in The Return of Captain Invincible especially showcases this.
- Al Pacino as the devil in The Devil's Advocate. Hell, Pacino in any role that's even remotely villainous.
God... is an absentee landlord!''
- Every incarnation of Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter films whether he's possessing, younger or his present snake faced wizard.
- Just about every Malcolm McDowell villain role.
- Galaxy Quest: Oh, Sarris...
"You Fool!! You fail to realize that, with your armor gone, my ship will tear through yours like tissue papaer.""Prepare a tear-harness! For the Female."
- Orlando Bloom as the Duke of Buckingham in The Three Musketeers (2011).
- This trope is seen in a nutshell in the famous "I am the law!" scene in Judge Dredd. The good guy spits out the ultra-hammy "You betrayed the law!", and just to show that evil goes one step further, the bad guy responds with "LAAAWW!!!!" taken Up to Eleven.
- X-Men Film Series:
- Magneto, played by Ian McKellen, has a few moments of this, but he's calm the rest of the time. His younger self, portrayed by Michael Fassbender, also overacts whenever he's overtly threatening.
- The title villain from X-Men: Apocalypse. Rolling Stone reported it was "a performance that director Bryan Singer calibrated by asking for 'quarter Skeletor,' 'half Skeletor' or 'full Skeletor.' Needless to say, 'You can fire your arrows from the Tower of Babel, but you can never strike God!' called for full Skeletor."
- Many James Bond villains, such as Jonathan Pryce's Corrupt Corporate Executive media mogul Elliot Carver, from Tomorrow Never Dies.
- In Inglourious Basterds, Adolf Hitler.
- Whenever someone gets possessed in Night of the Demons (1988) and its sequels, you can bet they'll start chewing scenery as well as faces.
- In the live-action adaptation of The Last Airbender, Commander Zhao, played by Aasif Mandvi. Averted with Fire Lord Ozai, who is somewhat of a Large Ham in the original cartoon, but is soft-spoken and contemplative in the film.
- Andy Robinson is decidedly... unsubtle as the Scorpio Killer in Dirty Harry.
- Blue Velvet is a movie where most of the characters are pretty low key, but the villain, Frank, yells nearly every line..
- Marvel Cinematic Universe:
- Loki in Thor and The Avengers (2012) tends to alternate between being frighteningly intense and unsettlingly collected. Although that one "mewling quim" line does establish him pretty solidly as a Large Ham.
- Then there's Ultron, who is Tony Stark turned into an evil robot, along with uncannily puppet-like exaggerated movements and even singing a Disney song.
- From the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Obadiah Stane, The Abomination ("YOU DON'T DESERVE THIS POWER!"), Ivan Vanko, Justin Hammer, Red Skull, Rohan the Accuser and The Mandarin (both the hammy actor used as a front and Aldrich Killian once he embraces his villainous plan) are frequently exaggerated or just plainly enjoying themselves.
- Honestly, it's easier to name the Big Bad that aren't hammy. The Winter Soldier is fairly low key and has barely any lines in the movie (the only time he's Suddenly SHOUTING!, it's played for drama), Alexander Pierce is Soft-Spoken Sadist and Baron Zemo never raises his voice about slightly loud as he's a solider on the revenge quest, he's not a cackling villain.
- The franchise' Greater Scope Villain Thanos hasn't had much screen time, in his scene in The Stinger of The Avengers he manages to ham without even talking. It only goes up from there when he actually gets a speaking role in Guardians Of the Galaxy.
- In the 1980's film He-Man, Frank Langella made Skeletor a Shakespearean villain with relish. He ultimately made him a force to be feared of with his performance from that of a campy villain in the cartoons.
- The Mayflowers in Hudson Hawk, full stop.
Darwin Mayflower: If da Vinci were alive today, he'd be eating microwave sushi, naked, in the back of a Cadillac with the both of us! History! Tradition! Culture! Are not concepts! These are trophies I keep in my den as paperweights!
- Salma Hayek, Benicio del Toro and Demián Bichir play the villains in Savages and do it with devilish glee. Especially del Toro's Ham and Cheese performance.
- Salman Rushdie in the movie International Guerrilas definitely is this.
- The Wicked Witch of the West in Oz: The Great and Powerful is supposed to be terrifying, but instead she is incredibly hammy, complete with Narm and Scenery Chewing.
- In Jack the Giant Slayer Stanley Tucci is in non-stop ham mode as Roderick. For the giants, being hammy is almost a requirement.
- Colin Farrell's scene chewing role as Bullseye in Daredevil takes this trope and just runs with it to its funnest extent.
- The Doctor from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Even before he becomes Cobra Commander, he had his hammy moments.
- Star Trek Into Darkness: Let's face it, Harrison is DEVOURING the scenery.
- From the previous film, we have Nero, who gave some choice quotes.
Khan: I've done worse than kill you. I've hurt you. And I wish to go on hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her...marooned for all eternity in the centre of a dead planet...Buried alive...Buried aliiiiiiive...note
- Before those, F. Murray Abraham's Ru'afo in Star Trek: Insurrection, Christopher Lloyd's Kruge in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and (of course) Ricardo Montalban's "Wrath Of" Khan were magnificently over-the-top, with Khan in particular even giving William Shatner - in his most over-the-top mode - a run for his money.
- The Highlander franchise gives us the likes of The Kurgan (Clancy Brown) in the first movie, General Katana (Michael Ironside) and David Blake (John C. McGinley) in Highlander II: The Quickening, Kane (Mario Van Peebles) in Highlander III: The Sorcerer, Jacob Kell (Bruce Payne) in Highlander: Endgame and The Guardian (Cristian Solimeno) in Highlander: The Source, all to varying degrees of success.
- In Scanners II: The New Order, The Dragon Peter Drak is by far the most melodramatic of the villains, gleefully killing people with his mind and laughing about it afterwards. By contrast, during his most evil act (murdering David's elderly mother for no reason) he is deliberately calm and quiet.
- In Cube Zero Canadian actor Michael Riley is completely hamming it up as Jax, the main bad guy the controllers upstairs send down. He's basically an over-the-top caricature who just revels in his evil and is clearly enjoying himself thoroughly.
- Downfall: Hitler, who's going on a movie-long Villainous Breakdown. "THAT WAS AN ORDER! STEINER'S ASSAULT WAS AN ORDER!'' Who do you think you are to disobey an order I give?! So this is what it has come to... The military has been lying to me... Everyone has been lying to me, even the SS!"
- Gordon Currie's part in the Left Behind movies is the hammiest of all, possibly because Currie was the only one who noticed what kind of movie he was in. He plays The Antichrist. You do the math.
- The evil god Braxus in the third Beastmaster (Direct-to-Video) film.
- Rhys Wakefield as the "Polite Leader" of the gang trying to invade Ethan Hawke's house in The Purge.
- In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Snow's conversation with Katniss doesn't involve him shouting or gesticulating or anything like that, but now that he's dropped his facade, his stoic expression and soft monotone have been replaced with openly evil sneering and sadism.
- Retroactive: The murderous Frank, as played by Jim Belushi, is constantly cracking bad jokes and chewing up the scenery around him.
- Calvera in The Magnificent Seven owns every scene he's in with relish.
- The hamminess is been disputed between Jellon Lamb (John Hurt), who drunkly chews every piece of the bar's scenery, and the Burns family led by Arthur (Danny Huston) in The Proposition. Then Arthur kills Lamb for trying to kill Charlie, leaving the hammy niche to him.
- Shao Kahn in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation is hammy whenever it's possible, and It! Is! GLORIOUS!
- Chancellor Adam Sutler in V for Vendetta cranks up the ham dial progressively as the country gets out of his fists.
- The Hobbit has Smaug, much like in the source material. Along with overly dramatic dialogue lifted from the book, he's voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Going further than book he manages to some theatrical gestures, despite being a giant snake like creature with no hands, like Circling Monologue and shows of the sheer scope of his massive most showoffy way he can.
- Evil Chancellor Jaffar in Sinbad of the Seven Seas hams it up in every scene he's in, even to the point where other characters start commenting on it.
- The villains of The First Dwarf King seem to think they're in a stage opera. Then again, so does everyone else, but Pathruushkè and Trang Barok take it Up to Eleven — especially when they argue.
- Visser Three in Animorphs. While thought-speak can be directed at one, several, or even everyone in range, the Visser is CONSTANTLY BROADCASTING HIS PRESENCE to all, including his enemies. In fact, in the whole series (when in an Andalite body), he speaks to one person at a time a grand total of ONCE.
- Averted by Lily Weatherwax in Witches Abroad; she's actually somewhat menacingly toned down. What makes this instance notable, though, is the way her sister, Esmerelda "Granny" Weatherwax, reacts; the very fact that Lily isn't Chewing the Scenery enrages her as much as all the damage she's done to innocent lives over the years. Lily went off to be the bad sister, leaving Esme to be the good one, but Lily spent the whole time deluding herself that she was the good one, so even though there was no doubt which sister she was, she never took the opportunity to enjoy it. To Granny, this is almost as bad as denying Esme the choice in the first place.
- Venandakatra the Vile in the Belisarius Series. He is a devotee of every vice known to man, and some that haven't been discovered to this day. He loves hurting people, except when they fight back. He wages war by pitching an array of tents that are more ostentatious and less tasteful than the palaces of more Modest Royalty, and then makes guarding his comfort a primary objective of his campaigns. He has the most expensive feasts constantly dumped into his mouth and treats slave girls much like food, to be consumed and the husks discarded; and sex to him is no fun unless combined with torture. The book also makes a point of mentioning that he is called The Vile and not The Cruel because the latter might imply respect. In general, the chief pleasure a reader takes in his character is that it is almost impossible to imagine someone so extravagantly and flamboyantly evil - even if we know such people exist in Real Life.
- In addition, his Royal Brat status means that a good chunk of his dialogue consists of loud, semi-coherent rage.
- Kerrigor in Sabriel. "Blood for the breaking!" Apparently, he was a flamboyant guy who loved having every eye on him even while alive; after becoming undead, getting Drunk on the Dark Side, and becoming quite possibly the most powerful active being on the planet, this natural tendency got taken Up to Eleven.
- Baron Vladimir Harkonnen in Dune.
- Ian McNeice definitely shows it in his portrayal of the baron in the miniseries.
- Invoked in The Tamuli, when the normally restrained Sir Bevier goes undercover at the villain's camp as a mercenary. He attempts to appear "dangerously competent", but his stage training takes over and, as a result, he ends up looking like a homicidal maniac and leaves the entire camp terrified of him.
- Used differently with each of the three most powerful Forsaken in The Wheel of Time.
- Ishamael is a rather impressive ham in his persona as Ba'alzamon, giving some rather spectacular Card-Carrying Villain rants owing to being Drunk on the Dark Side. Subverted when he comes back later in the series as Moridin, and is much calmer and more restrained, coming across as almost resigned at times, and is much scarier for it.
- Lanfear is usually Affably Evil, especially around Rand. Just don't mash her Berserk Button, because we're not kidding about the "berserk" part. Lanfear is one of the most deadly channelers of all time, and in a screaming temper she's more than capable of blasting just about anyone in her way to ash.
- Demandred appears at first to be a complete aversion; the guy is stoic to the point of hardly ever showing genuine emotion except for the occasional glimpse of the seething core of epic rage at the heart of his personality. Then in the final book he finally lets all that hate out, in the process becoming the Large Ham he was born to be.
- Many of Harry Dresden's enemies are this to some degree. Drunk on the Dark Side is quite common throughout the series, and coupled with the Antiquated Linguistics of many supernatural creatures, this is a great recipe for some serious ham. The standout example is probably Lord Raith, who is explicitly compared to a movie villain in his extremely over-the-top and melodramatic dialogue, but many other characters also fit the bill.
- The main villian in Fancy Apartments is Vrotheus the Vile, who hams up any line he can. It's hard to tell if that's his nature, or if he just likes being dramatic. Oddly enough, he still seems a serious threat despite it.
- Opal Koboi from Artemis Fowl practically invented Evil Is Hammy. Especially in the eighth book. She even lampshades it.
"He is mine. The ultimate power is mine. I have the lemur."
- Babylon 5: Invoked Trope in the Season 4 finale. A future propagandist is using holographic versions of several main characters to engage in some historical revisionism. When Evil Capitan Sheridan is making a speech in front of a group of about-to-be-executed prisoners, Bruce Boxleitner hams it up for all he's worth.
Yes, shake, Earth! This is a sign! We are in the final days! My time is come! Glory! GLORY! *pause* What do you think? 5.1?"
- In the first season of Buffy, The Master had moments of incredible ham:
Angelus: "Uh-ohhh! Vampire with a gun!"
- And Glory was just made of ham. Seriously, she might not have had a single scene that wasn't gloriously hammy. Overcompensating for your lost hell-empire will do that to you.
- In both Buffy and Angel we have Angelus, who uses those vampire teeth to chew all the scenery he can find. Particularly in his second appearance. Good lord, man, switch to decaf.
- The Chronicles of Narnia: All of Barbara Kellerman's roles in the BBC TV adaptations of the book series, i.e. the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the Hag in Prince Caspian, and the Lady of the Green Kirtle in The Silver Chair. Her attempts to sound angry are more likely to send the audience into giggles than intimidate them.
- CSI: Nate Haskell hams it up to no end at his trial for stabbing Langston. It's clearly the character being hammy, as the actor can do a very good subtly creepy when he wants to.
- Dexter: The show seems to be rather fond of this one for the seasonal Big Bad. Season 3 had Jimmy Smits, season 4 had John Lithgow, and season 6 has Edward James Olmos AND Colin Hanks.
- Doctor Who:
- While the show is in general a World of Ham, any Who villain worth his or her salt will out-ham the heroes. But DAAALEKS ARE-SUPERIOR-HAMS-TO-THEM-AAALL!
SF Debris: Doctor Who is a world where no villain has an indoor voice.
- NO ONE! OUT HAMS! DAVROS!!!
- The Eighth Doctor, in the Big Finish audios, functions as almost a controlled experiment in this trope. When he's himself, he's quite soft-spoken (so you turn up the volume). But if he gets turned evil, he has NO INDOOR VOICE (and you scream and fling your mp3 player of choice as he assaults your ear drums when he turns up the volume too).
I AM BECOME ZAGREUS!note
- Most incarnations of The Master serve up large slices of ham, notably John Simm, Anthony Ainley, and (in spoof The Curse of Fatal Death) Jonathan Pryce. Although he only plays The Master for a few minutes, Derek Jacobi manages to be pretty hammy himself. Quite the change from the mild-mannered Professor Yana.
- The Racnoss Empress in "The Runaway Bride" is truly one of the largest hams the series has ever seen. Catherine Tate, in her first appearance as companion Donna Noble, counters with Ham-to-Ham Combat.
- John Lumic starts hamming it up the very minute he wheels on screen.
John Lumic: And how will you do that FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE?
- A villain called Androvax from a species whose hat is Grand Theft Me pays our heroes a visit on The Sarah Jane Adventures. Elisabeth Sladen was clearly having a lot of fun as a possessed Sarah Jane.
- She's always been brassy, sassy, and flirty, but Brainwashed and Crazy River Song from "Let's Kill Hitler" could stock a deli counter all by her lonesome.
- Soldeed from "The Horns of Nimon" is infamously campy. So much so that his confrontation with Romana has a dance remix. "MY DREAMS OF CON-QUEST!"
- BY ALL THE MOONS OF CALLUFRAX, YOU WILL PAY FOR YOUR FAILURE TO NOT MENTION THE PIRATE CAPTAIN FROM THE CLASSIC SERIES SERIAL THE PIRATE PLANET! MR. FIBULI! MR. FIBULI! WHERE IS THAT NINCOMPOOP, MR. FIBULI?!?
- Much like Eight, Eleven is a scenery-chewer to start with but gets even hammier when infected with Cyberman-tech in "Nightmare in Silver". Matt Smith's Acting for Two moment as the Cyber-Planner Mr. Clever manages to out ham the Doctor... as the Doctor! "THEEEEEEEY'RRRRRREEE HEEEEEERRREE!"
- King Yrcanos from the story "The Trial of a Time Lord: Mindwarp", which is no surprise since he's played by BRIAN BLESSED! However, he only really had that status at the start of the story — The evil, that is. Not the hamminess. In fact, the hamminess just kept increasing as the story progressed.
- The Fourth Doctor is a ham to end all hams when he's his NORMAL self, but the various Robot Me, evil computer selves, Evil Knockoffs, and the various times he pretends to be evil for plot, humour or Superdickery all involve universe-shattering levels of overacting. In the last case, it's justified, as the Doctor himself is clearly loving the opportunity to be evil for a while because he loves dramatics.
- One of the Fourth Doctor's most cunning moments is in "Shada", where he teases the villain Skagra about his emotionlessness being an affectation, because there is no way he would be fighting someone who didn't have a "manic gleam" in the eye and keep announcing things like "The universe belongs to me!!" Skagra pretends to be above that sort of thing, but still heads headfirst into Villainous Breakdown between his plan failing and the Doctor intentionally annoying him, eventually being reduced to having a manic gleam in the eye and shouting things like "The universe belongs to me!"
- Averted in the Tenth Doctor audio story "Dead Air", in which the sound creature impersonating the Doctor's voice is almost right and can semi-convincingly get the patter down but has a noticeably flatter and less dramatic delivery to its words than the (actual) Doctor narrating the events.
- Professor Zaroff is so shouty, mad-eyed and completely over-the-top that it keys off the Genre Savvy Doctor into knowing he's Obviously Evil long before anyone else has figured it out. And no-one else seems to understand this, much to the Doctor's confusion.
- The Master (not that one) possessing Padmarsambhavar in "The Abominable Snowman" endlessly, hopelessly overacts everything he says and pulls this off in the audio recording. You can even hear the microphone popping as he hisses and spits his consonants.
- The Seventh Doctor lampshades this when he interrupts Davros in "Remembrance of the Daleks".
Davros: The Daleks shall become Lords of Time! We shall become all-Seven: Powerful! Crush the lesser races! Conquer the galaxy! UNIMAGINABLE POWER! UNLIMITED RICE PUDDING! ET CETERA, ET CETERA!
- While the show is in general a World of Ham, any Who villain worth his or her salt will out-ham the heroes. But DAAALEKS ARE-SUPERIOR-HAMS-TO-THEM-AAALL!
- Pretty much every villain in Wizards Vs Aliens, especially the Nekross King, voiced by none other than BRIAN BLESSED. The Nekross' hamminess makes them surprisingly lovable!
- "The Nekross Shall Feast!"
- The Flash (2014): Leonard Snart was originally a calm and methodical criminal who planned every robbery out to the second. He succeeded every time without any real trouble, but he wasn't enjoying it. After the Flash beat him for the first time and he got a freeze gun, he embraced his new "Captain Cold" identity with gusto. He clearly knows exactly what kind of show he's in and is loving every second of it.
Cold: AT LAST! THE SCARLET SPEEDSTER!
- Game of Thrones: Ramsay Snow, Lord Bolton's bastard son. Initially, while pretending to be Theon Greyjoy's friend and rescuer, he seems quite calm and soft spoken; however, the moment he reveals his true colors, he turns into a giggling, jumpy, mood-swinging, psychotic Large Ham.
- Horrible Histories: Portrays historical villains this way occasionally, especially Caligula. Phillip II of Spain has his hammy moments too.
- iCarly: Nevel.
- Jekyll: Mister Hyde.
- Kamen Rider OOO: Kougami (an extremely Large Ham as is) makes a Kamen Rider movie in-universe. Everyone playing a villain in the film suddenly becomes a gigantic ham, especially Ankh as the Big Bad, who gives Kougami a run for his money. Of course, this might be because he's still kind of a villain anyway.
- Dan Kuroto, the Big Bad of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, leaves no scenery unchewed as he becomes more and more unhinged and his god complex grows. His Slasher Smile moments even get special camera effects and sounds. He was actually more of a calm and dignified villain at the beginning but it's clear that that's just a mask and one he's not able to keep on for long periods.
- Robbie Rotten of LazyTown, with an eccentric delivery mixed with Jim Carrey-level facial contortions. Exhibit A.
- Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers:
Rita Repulsa: AAAAHHH!! After 10,000 years, I'm FREE! It's time to CONQUER EARTH!
- Invoked Trope, where Kimberly is kidnapped by Zed's minions. They try a failed Hypnotize the Princess spell on her, but she fakes it working by acting like Rita in all her scenery chewing glory.
- And let's not forget Rita herself, as her line in the opening of the show proves it:
- Rita's boss Lord Zedd manages to equally as hammy with No Indoor Voice. His volume typically consists either of shouting, or really shouting.
- It's basically required for any Power Rangers villain to be hammy enough to reach Camp status.
- Tommy / the original Green Ranger. As a good guy, not really much hammier than the other Rangers. As a bad guy? "MUHAHAHA! I will DESTROY the Power Rangers!" He reverts to this when brainwashed by Gasket in Zeo.
- There's also Astronema/Karone, who was INCREDIBLY hammy as a villain, but no more so than other characters after making a Heel–Face Turn.
- In addition, Tokusatsu villains in general tend to be like this.
- Once Upon a Time:
- The Evil Queen and Rumpelstiltskin are both rather hammy in the Enchanted Forest. Rumpelstiltskin combines this with Giggling Villain, The Evil Queen absolutely devours the scenery. Regina and Mr. Gold, their human Storybrooke counterparts, however, are not.
- Rumpelstiltskin is probably hammier than Mr. Gold because he's also far crazier, Regina on the other hand was probably hamming it up for kicks.
- You thought the Evil Queen was hammy? Wait until you see her impersonate Ursula. Lana Parrilla is clearly having the time of her life.
- Dr. Whale's true identity turns out to be Dr. Frankenstein. He's as hammy as you'd expect.
- Red Dwarf: Any of the characters from WaxWorld's "Villain World" qualify. Among the villains are the particularly hammy Caligula and Napoleon.
- Revolution: Captain, no, Major Tom Neville engages in this at times. Bass describing how he'd use a working Blackhawk helicopter against the other republics is pure ham.
- Robin Hood: In this 2006 BBC production, NO ONE chews more scenery than the Sheriff of Nottingham. NO ONE.
- Sherlock: Moriarty, to a certain extent. He's very hammy when he feels like it, but is just as good at being calm and creepy when that suits him better.
- Smallville: Clark would become far hammier whenever he was under the influence of Red K or switched out for an evil doppelganger. And that's without getting into the series' villains. Between John Glover as Lionel Luthor, Creator/Michael Rosenbaum's Lex Luthor, and Callum Blue's scenery chewing as the horrifically unstable Major Zod, the show had this trope covered.
"Unlike you I will lead from a throne, not from the shadows. Everyone on Earth, including the woman you love, will Kneel Before Zod!"
- Stargate SG-1:
Anubis: I am Anubis. Humans of the Tau'ri! Your End Of Days finally approaches! There will be no mercy!Jack O'Neill: Aw, c'mon. Who talks like that?!
- The Goa'uld pretty much had hammy-ness as a species trait. This was justified because all the Goa'uld were egotistical, bought into their own act of playing gods, and based their entire civilization on ruling through fear. Their Cool, but Impractical technology, their outfits, and their behavior all went along with this trope. Nothing like a booming "KNEEL BEFORE YOUR GOD!" accompanied with some Glowing Eyes of Doom to get the peasants in line.
- A Goa'uld could tone it down if it ever needed to pretend to be human, but the hammy-ness returned the instant its true nature got discovered.
- Case in point:
- The Priors could also ham it up occasionally, especially when quoting the Book of Origin.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
- Invoked Trope in the episode "Duet". Aamin Marritza, a Cardassian filing clerk who worked in a forced labor camp run by the brutal Gul Darhe'el impersonates the latter both to make Cardassia admit to the crimes committed there against the Bajorans and to soothe his guilty conscience over not being able to stop it. While impersonating Darhe'el he acts pretty hammy, but when the ruse is dropped, he acts far more subdued. This is used to great effect when Kira confronts him with the truth and Maritza gives another hammy rant only to break down in tears once the memories and the guilt start flooding in.
- Also, an early episode where Dr. Bashir came down with a bad case of Grand Theft Me thanks to a dying evil space criminal gave Alexander Siddig the chance to let his ham flag fly.
- And let's not even get started on the holodeck Bond villain played by Captain Sisko, which allowed Avery Brooks to chew up every bit of scenery around him in ways taken Up to Eleven (and obviously had the time of his life doing it.)
- Star Trek: The Original Series:
"I'm Captain Kirk! I'm Captain Kirk! IIIIII'M CAPTAIN KIRK!"
- Although William Shatner usually negates this trope since he's the hero, when Captain Kirk was split into good and evil selves in the episode "The Enemy Within", the evil side was much hammier.
- He does it again when we briefly see the evil Mirror Universe Kirk in "Mirror, Mirror".
- Same goes for every character in the mirror universe episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise. Most of the actors were at near-Shatner levels of hamminess even during the normal episodes, but their evil counterparts take things Up to Eleven.
- Star Trek: Voyager.
"FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL! You shall PAY for your inCOMPetence! SEIZE HIM!"
- Emperor Scientist Dr Chaotica in that Flash Gordon (serial) holodeck homage, The Adventures of Captain Proton. The entire program is a World of Ham with even Captain Janeway joining in, so naturally the villain has to outham everyone or get left behind.
- Inverted in "Living Witness", where a 'historical recreation' of Voyager shows the crew as squabbling genocidal thugs with a side of ham. Yet the most evil characters in the simulation, Janeway and the Doctor, speak in a calm undertone that contrasts with their normal hammy personas.
- True Blood: Russell Edgington, Vampire King of Louisiana, in the third season. *rips news anchor's spinal cord out, waves it around* "We! Will EAT YOU. AFTER we eat your children! [Beat] And now for the weather. Tiffany?"
- In the BBC's 2008 adaption of Charles Dicken's Little Dorrit, Andy Serkis is clearly a ball playing the villain of the piece Rigaud
- Adolf Hitler as depicted in the 1988 miniseries War and Remembrance. It actually did the now infamous Hitler Rant made famous by Downfall. While arguably Downfall pulled off the scene better, this version cranks the evil ham Up to Eleven.
"THIS IS THE END!! TREACHERY! INCOMPETENCE! COWARDICE!! THE END! THE END! I SHALL KILL MYSELF! MY DECISION IS IRREVOCABLE! BETRAYED! DOUBLE-CROSSED! DECEIVED! SURROUNDED! BY! LIARS! I can't... I CAN NO LONGER GO ON! I SHALL DIE. IN. BERLIN! THE WAR IS LOST! LOST! LOST! LOST! LOST! LOST! LOST, STUPID. INCOMPETENT. IDIOTS!!"
- Quark. In "The Good, the Bad and the Ficus", a Negative Space Wedgie creates an evil version of our heroes.
Quark: (calmly) Ficus, program Maneuver Plan Red. Jean, give me as much power as you can.Jean: Yes sir.(cut to other ship)Evil!Quark: FICUS! Program ATTACK Plan RED! (grabs Jean's shirt) Jean, give me more POWER or I'll BREAK your face!Evil!Jean: (grabs Quark's shirt) Commander, you're such a SPACE-HEAD, I'M taking over this ship!Evil!Quark: Try it, transmute, and you're SPACE JELLY!
- Shakespears Sister's "Stay" is a Concept Video where Marcella Detroit and Siobhan Fahey portray Anthropomorphic Personifications of life and death and fight over a comatose man. Fahey's performance as death is definitely the more over-the-top of the two, mainly due to her dramatic gestures and facial expressions.
- Any Pantomime villain worth his salt.
- The Wolf from The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf requires a Large Ham, to contrast with his lethargic attorney.
- Cora in Anyone Can Whistle is a first-class scene stealer.
- In Twice Charmed, Franco DiFortunato definitely is hammy, as are Lady Tremaine and the stepsisters.
- In Pokémon Live!, all the villains are hammy, especially Jessie and James.
- In Shrek The Musical, Farquaad really cranks up his hammy tendencies, with a generous dose of campy flair added for good measure.
- At Universal Studios:
- Mad Scientist Dr. Nefarious of the Ratchet & Clank series. He simply delights in being as over-the-top ham as possible, despite wanting to exterminate all organic life from the universe. It really says something that, in a World of Ham like Ratchet and Clank, he manages to continuously out-ham everyone.
- Ghaleon from Lunar: The Silver Star and its first remake.
"My coming out party can begin! Send in the clowns!"
- Pick the Big Bad of a Kingdom Hearts game. Any one of 'em. They're this trope. Ansem, Seeker of Darkness/Xehanort's Heartless gets an extra special mention here. Also, see the Disney Villains list above.
- Xemnas is an exceptional example. It's in his character to be as hammy as possible. Having no emotions, he makes up for it with exaggerated hand gestures and stretches out a lot of his lines to seem more emotional. His voice actor in the Japanese version certainly helps.
- Ends up being inverted in Kingdom Hearts 3D, where one of the villain remains calm and demure until he does turn full-on evil. He's Xehanort from the past, before he was corrupted by Darkness. Given that Master Xehanort is one of the characters with the highest potentials for Ham, apparently Evil Makes You Hammy.
- Wesker in the Resident Evil series.
- The Dark Savant in Wizardry 8.
- In Dissidia: Final Fantasy, the entire Chaos faction exemplifies this trope with all of the hammiest villains of the series. The only exceptions are Golbez ( but he isn't really part of the Chaos faction...), Sephiroth and Ultimecia, who are fairly restrained. Odd because Ultimecia was quite hammy in her respective game. ("KURSE YOU SEEDS!")
- Kane in Command & Conquer becomes ever increasingly hammy as time goes on.
- Dawn of War, since it takes place in Warhammer 40,000, everyone is evil, and hence everyone is hammy, even if they are a Magnificent Bastard.
"RAISE OUR STANDARD! LET IT STRIKE FFEEEAARR!""FOR KOMORAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!!!"
- Special mention must go to the Chaos Space Marines, however. Especially Crull, the Chaos Lord from the Winter Assault extension. Oh dear Emperor, Lord Crull...
- In Retribution, Kyras make them all look sane and stable.
Kyras: BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD, SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE...LET THE GALAXY...BUUUUURRRRRRNNNNN!!!
- The Dark Eldar in Soulstorm embrace this whole-heartedly.
- Arius from Devil May Cry. "OH! NO! I was going to be KING of this world!"
- Arkham and his devil trigger, Jester, is also a rich source of Ham. With the latter, it's intentional, as he tried to act like a fool in order to effectively play the sons of Sparda and Lady against each other. And it could also be a way of unleashing his inner goofball beneath that serious facade.
- Flemeth in Dragon Age: Origins is very hammy when she isn't pretending to simply be a batty old lady and gets much more so in Dragon Age II. Being voiced by Captain Janeway really helps.
- Loghain becomes much hammier after his Face–Heel Turn.
- Though averted for the most part in the first game, since the Darkspawn can't, you know, talk. Until Awakening, when they can talk and get their full opportunity to be hammy.
- Special mention goes to the ham-tastic Mother.
- Knight-Commander Meredith in Dragon Age II is one of the best examples in the entire series.
- Liquid Snake manages to do this every chance he gets in Metal Gear Solid.
- Xenosaga gives us Albedo Piazzolla, an incurable muncher, complete with rampant evil laughs at any given opportunity.
- Vice President RIICHAAARD!! Hawk in Metal Wolf Chaos opened his every appearance with an Evil Laugh and gleefully delivered lines such as...
RICHARD: "This wild dog of war is on the move, Michael! It'll bite you if you don't move it! It's time for my afternoon tea. There's nothing like sipping some delicious Darjeeling tea...and watching you getting your clock cleaned!"
- Kid Icarus: Uprising: After dispatching the comparatively serious Medusa, Hades steals the show, absolutely ravishing in his evilness like if Tim Curry was an evil god.
- BlazBlue: Hazama/Yuuki Terumi. Part of the reason he's so Laughably Evil is because his voice actors are clearly having a hell of a time.
- In Platinum's Gag Reel, when Litchi becomes the Evil Overlord 'Boob Queen', she becomes so overly hammy in nearly everything. In canon, however, Litchi is well-reserved and not that hammy (unless you count her suggestive moans of pains to be 'ham'), and even if she's Forced into Evil and in the NOL group, she didn't even become hammy, still retaining her calm. Tsubaki, on the other hand, becomes even more vehement and probably 'hammy' in trying to force the NOL order after her Evil Costume Switch.
- Sir Richard Hawksmoor in Ghost Hunter. Sir Michael Gambon practically introduces himself with "I want FLESH." An incredible contrast with his role of Dumbledore in the movies.
- Nergal from the 2003 game Fire Emblem wasn't THAT hammy until we got to see his disfiguring scar by the end of the game. Then, he unleashed his inner ham and let it run wild.
- In Starcraft, the Zerg Overmind's first line is: "Awaken, my child, and embrace the glory that is your birthright." Every one of its subsequent lines is equally epic and pompous.
Narud: It is only beginning. Amon whispered of this from the stars. He told you of his return... he told you of ruin... extinction... the end of all things.
- "Know that I am the Overmind, the eternal will of the Swarm, and that you have been created to serve me..."
- Duran's appearance in Starcraft II is an interesting case: in disguise as Emil Narud, he has a perfectly normal speaking tone. Once he drops the disguise and shows his true colors, though, out comes apocalyptic levels of ham.
- DAN GREEN as Mephiles the Dark is one of the very few good points of Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) for precisely this reason.
- In Portal, once you escape the fire pit, GLaDOS starts along this path. She really goes to town once you incinerate her morality core.
- In Portal 2, Wheatley gains several levels in ham when you yank GLaDOS out and plug him in. Apparently, a certain amount of hamminess is literally hardwired into the system.
- The Sengoku Basara versions of Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Ishida Mitsunari. The first is absolutely, baby-eatingly, skull-cup-usingly Obviously Evil, and even has ominous background music and Dramatic Thunder to back him up. And he's voiced by Norio Wakamoto. Hideyoshi is the type to surround three armies at war, and demand ALL of their surrenders at once in a loud voice and with an even louder fist. He then goes ahead and obliges some hotblooded heroes. He also parts the seas. Mitsunari really likes shouting about what he is going to do to his enemies, specifically those who side with Ieyasu. Mitsunari does not say "Ieyasu!" He says, "IEEEYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASU!!!!!!!!"
- The X-Men arcade game introduces us to MAGNETO, MASTER OF MAGNET! Who wants those X-CHICKEN to know that THEY ARE NOTHING and would like to welcome them TO DIE!!
- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood: If Cesare wants to live, he lives. If he wants to take, he takes. If he wants you to die, you die. And if he wants to ham, he HAAAAAAAAAMS!
- The evilest of all Suikoden villains, Luca Blight, is also the hammiest, with lots of exclamation marks, a distinctive Evil Laugh of "HOO HOO HOO HA HA HA HA HA!!!", and, of course, his famous last words "It took hundreds to kill me, but I KILLED BY THOUSANDS! LOOK AT ME!!! I AM SUBLIME!!! I AM THE TRUE FACE OF EVIL!!!!! *Evil Laughs to death*"
- Jegran in Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, after he drops pretending to be good.
- Barlowe in Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia normally speaks with a very neutral and verbose tone. However, once his true colours are revealed, he goes nuts with wild abandon, laughing manically the whole time.
- And Dracula. In pretty much every game with voice acting. In most games' Japanese dubs, he's voiced by the above-mentioned Norio Wakamoto.
- Death from Castlevania: Lords of Shadow simply never shuts up in his 5 minutes hammy speech even though he has been quite normal when he stayed as Zobek, your ally.
- Lord Ghirahim in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, aka Mr. Furious! OUTRAGED! SICK WITH ANGER!! Zant from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is similarly hammy, especially during his Villainous Breakdown. Ganon is also somewhat hammy (literally, in certain situations), but he's rather restrained compared to the other two.
- Geldoblame, of Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean, is far and away the hammiest character in the game and (unintentionally) probably the best-voiced character, just because it's so amusing.
- Bowser of Super Mario Bros. gets hammier with every game.
- Fawful in the Mario & Luigi series is a hammy lunatic who speaks in the most over the top way possible. Him being the villain in Bowser's Inside Story and being against the aforementioned Bowser is one of the reasons it's seen as so funny.
- In Super Paper Mario, most of the hammier characters are the villains. Let's see, there's O'Chunks, Count Bleck, Dimentio, Mr. L, and to a lesser extent, Mimi and Francis. And there's also Bowser as always, so it's probably safe to say that this trope is in full effect in this game.
- The Professor Layton series isn't exactly a World of Ham, often going with one hammed line per game, but it is ALWAYS said by a villain.
Don Paolo: Heeere I come.... READY OR NOT!Anton: LAAAYTOOOON!!Clive: This isn't happening... It can't end this way... IT WON'T END THIS WAAAY!!
- In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, you can summon a prime example of this by using a "Conjure Dremora Lord" spell.
I HONOR my LORD! By DESTROYING YOU!*Impales helpless bandit*
- The Galactic Emperor from Gotcha Force is this trope, pure and simple. Let's look at his nice little pre-final battle speech...
Galactic Emperor: MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! PUNY HUMANS, JUDGMENT TIME HAS ARRIVED! I'LL FINISH YOU ALL HERE! FIRST THIS PLANET, THEN THE WHOLE GALAXY! YOU AND YOUR SILLY GOTCHA BORGS WILL BE EXTERMINATED!! MWAHAHAHAHA!!
- Dr. Nero Neurosis of Brain Dead 13 tends to shout whenever he gets irritated or scared.
- The Reapers in Mass Effect are very hammy. Especially Harbinger, who is ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL!
- Every single Prime Evil in Diablo is this. Diablo, Baal and Mephisto really love to Chew The Scenery to dust. Just listen to them speak, and even Zoltun Kulle is also an offender.
- Poquelin from Icewind Dale, especially before your final fight with him.
"Over?, OVER?!!! On the contrary, my time has just begun!!!"
- LEGO Dimensions features a whole plethora of classically hammy villains,Including... and the Original Generation villain, Lord Vortech, still manages to out-ham them all.
Lord Vortech: Welcome to the end of chaos...AND THE BEGINNING! OF! PERFECTION!
- Thorgar from Warhammer: Mark of Chaos. Seriously, he's probably the most hammy video game character ever. Just listen to the guy. Of course, the other warriors of Chaos are (almost) as hammy as him, and the Skaven are pretty fond of unleashing the hog as well:
BUUUUURRRNNN THEM ALLLLLLL!!!
- Blizzard loves this trope when it comes to antagonists and raid bosses. It's rare to find one that isn't a giant ham.
MADNESS WILL CONSUME YOU!'
- One of the Old Gods, Yogg-Saron, greatly delights in shouting pretty much everything in a booming voice, in direct contrast to the Creepy Monotone of fellow Old God C'thun.
You are FOOLS to have come to this place! The icy winds of Northrend will CONSUME YOUR SOULS!''Suffer, mortals, as your pathetic magic BETRAAAAYYYYYSSSSSS YYYYOOOOOUUUU!''
- Sindragosa, the second-to-last boss of Icecrown Citadel, chews the scenery with gusto.
- "Cower, fools! MERASMUS IS HERE!"
- Lord Whitehill in Telltale's Game of Thrones.
WHAT?! GONE?! That was MY JUSTICE to deliver, BOY, and YOU denied me of it!!
- In Bayonetta, Final Boss Father Balder has a gleefully campy World of Ham to live up to... and manages to outdo the rest of the cast. His fashion sense does a good chunk of the work alone, but his tendency to both chew and hurl the scenery, along with his brutal execution of the gigantic demons Bayonetta conjures to kill him carry him over the top.
- Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis: When Nur-Ab-Sal fully possesses Sophia, she really chews the scenery there.
The woman who was is now THE KING THAT SHALL EVER BE!
- Handsome Jack, the Big Bad of Borderlands 2, is not a subtle man. As the story of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! goes on, he goes from having a relatively standard acting range to utter scenery-chewing excess as his dark side becomes steadily more dominant.
Jack: Forgive me. Where's your husband now?
Helena Pierce: He's dead.
Jack: That is a heartbreaker, but...[Gunshot] YOU GOT SOMETHING IN COMMON WITH HIM NOW AT LEAST!
- In Persona 5, during the boss fight with The Mole after their betrayal, they really go all out.
Goro Akechi: KILL THEM! PERSONA!!!
- In Umineko: When They Cry, after a relatively understated introduction (at least as far as the anime goes), Beatrice becomes the queen of this trope. Subverted. She's not the evil one. Bern is. And she's actually an Emotionless Girl. Although, after The Reveal, she does get a lot more very expressive faces.
- The AI O'Malley from Red vs. Blue. Just one example, after he's been asked to examine one of the Blue Team:
O'Malley: We want something from you, but we're not going to tell you what it is, until we need it! Huhuhuhuahahahaha!
Church: No way! I'm not agreeing to something without knowing what it is!
O'Malley: Huhuhuhuhuhuh Oh yes you will. You will or your little friend Tucker will die, die a most horrible death. And you know his blood will be on your hands. Years from now, you'll drive yourself mad wondering if there was anything you could have done to save him, so you will agree to what I want. You will agree even though what I want is something mysterious, what I want is something frightening, what I want is something PUUUUUUUUUURE EEEEEEEEEEVIL, AAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!
O'Malley: I've also been told a $20 co-pay is pretty much standard.
- Resident Villain Tobe on Pucca. Taken to insanely OTT levels in the Spanish dub.
- Tyrian of RWBY is a constantly cackling, Ax-Crazy lunatic of a man who positively exults in battle and general violence. He's also surprisingly eloquent and has a penchant for the theatrical.
Ruby: "What do you want?"Tyrian: [Melodramatic gasp] "The rose has thorns! Why, my little flower, I'm here to whisk you away!"
- The vast majority of the villains in The Order of the Stick. Though Xykon and Tarquin are the most prominent.
- In Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic, Lewie the Lich chews more than his fair share of the scenery. Lampshaded in "The Art of Villaininess".
- Royce Lashiec, from Heartcore. To say he has a flare for the dramatic would be a grave understatement.
- Dracula from Deep Dive Daredevils, complete with Evil Laugh.
- Dr. E. M. Balmer from Awful Hospital is a Shady Real Estate Agent but for corpses, and probably the most loud-mouthed, egotistical, and flamboyant embalming machine you'll ever see.
Dr. Balmer: There is a bad thing polluting this environment, madam. A bad thing so contrary to the matter-law that you would be familiar with, it could very well thrive under conventional decontamination procedures, unless of course we can correctly identify a sample and adapt our formulation. One miscalculation, one pseudo protein away from perfection, and this entire vessel could undergo a Category D Extrapaisley Reconfiguration Event! The chaos! The exquisite madness! I'm simply swooning with UNIMAGINABLE terror! Mmmm....yesss....
- Homestuck has Caliborn, the epitome of evil who speaks exclusively in ham large enough to overshadow his constant use of capital letters and who speaks so much about conquering everything that you'd wonder if he could just talk them all to death.
- Dr. Insano from The Spoony Experiment and Atop the Fourth Wall, and also his Alternate Universe counterparts, including Linksano.
- Nella from The Nostalgia Chick is already the hammiest woman on That Guy with the Glasses, but turns it up a few notches when she becomes Dark Nella.
- Doctor Steel loves Chewing the Scenery.
- Agamemnon Tiberius Vacuum, the Inarguable Eternal Leader of the glorious and superior Planet 3. "THE VACUUM CONSORTIUM: SUBMIT WILLINGLY!"
- Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog:
- Every villain in Stupid Mario Brothers is this especially The Darkness.
- Dark Chaos in Chaos Storm displays this on a regular basis. Being Stupid Evil, his hammy lines aren't taken too seriously.
Dark Chaos: Dark Chaos? My power has become far greater than you can imagine. I am Dark Mayhem now!
Chris: A nut by any other name is just as lame.
- Pathetic from Kingdom Paf is basically the incarnation of this trope. She acts hammy even when washing her hands, preparing her lunch, or playing video games.
- Many members of the Yogscast, such as Ross from Hat Films, Simon Lane, Turpster and Lewis Brindley, become considerably hammier when playing Garry's Mod Murder.
- Good evening, viewers. I AM OBLIVI-LEON!!! Like Leon but from an alternate dimension where instead of uploading YouTube videos I am dedicated to studying the DARK ARTS, OF BLACK MAGIC!!
- Vegeta in Dragon Ball Z Abridged. While he can be restrained when snarking at others, for the most part he lets massive ego show in everything he says, and it only goes up if he gets angry.
- Most Disney TV animated villians.
- Magica DeSpell in DuckTales. She gets so carried away.
- Fat Cat and Prof. Norton Nimnul in Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers.
- Don Karnage in TaleSpin
- Darkwing Duck's Evil Twin, Negaduck.
- Zurg, the Card Carrying Evil Emperor from Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
- Pretty much every Kim Possible villain except for Shego (the Deadpan Snarker and Only Sane Woman).
- Dark Lord Chuckles the Silly Piggy from Dave the Barbarian, literally and figuratively.
- Dr. Doofenshmirtz of Phineas and Ferb.
- Pavel of TRON: Uprising.
- Lord Hater of Wander over Yonder.
- Gideon Gleeful and Bill Cipher from Gravity Falls.
- Aku, the shape-shifting master of darkness, from Samurai Jack.
- In a related note, Duck Dodger's alarm clock from the episode "Samurai Quack", as it was voice by Mako himself and hams it up from the start of the episode to where the clock turns into Aku.
- Plankton from SpongeBob SquarePants.
What a night be this. Crew! Howl with me, that we might set the seven seas, ablaze with fear! AWOOOOOOOOHHHH!!!
- The Flying Dutchman.
- Most of the Megatrons of Transformers tend towards dramatic speeches, bombastic tones, and a flair for impressive presentation.
- There's a lot of Ham with all the Decepticons (and Predacons and Vehicons); Megatron just happens to be around the most.
- Admiral Zhao and Fire Lord Ozai of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Azula too, sometimes.
- The Ember Island Players' version of Ozai is even worse.
- Dr. Ivo Robotnik from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
- Sonic Boom calls him Dr. Eggman, but he's still as hammy as ever.
- Mr. Burns from The Simpsons. "Moments from now, I will wreak a terrible vengeance on this town! NO ONE WILL BE SPARED! NO ONE!
- To say nothing of Sideshow Bob.
- From Teen Titans, Brother Blood, Trigon, and a lot of the minor villains (notably Control Freak, Mumbo, Mad Mod, Killer Moth, and Dr. Light) are all rather hammy. Averted with the show's main Big Bad, Slade, who almost never varies his voice from a very Creepy Monotone, and the Brain, season five's Big Bad, who speaks through a voice synthesizer and really can't ham.
- While The Brain can't ham, Monsieur Mallah, his talking gorilla assistant, does a pretty good job of it.
- Gargoyles covers the whole spectrum:
- Xanatos and his wife Fox are always very calm and poised, and their Battle Butler Owen is absolutely (and deliberately) wooden.
- Demona can range from dangerously understated to completely hammy depending on her mood, as can Thailog. Sevarius loves to ham it up when he's got an audience, but is calmer and more businesslike otherwise; seeing as how he's voiced by Tim Curry, hamminess is to be expected.
- On the far end of the spectrum, you've got the Archmage, Oberon, and most of the Pack, who are absolutely and continually hammy.
- When he gets on a roll, The Monarch from The Venture Bros. is the pinnacle of this trope.
- Really, the same could be said for literally ANY villain on the show and a good number of the heroic side-characters (looking at you Jonas Venture Sr. and Jr.).
- El Supremo from obscure British animated film Freddie as FRO7 takes this Up to Eleven. Being voiced by BRIAN BLESSED doesn't hurt either. Check it out starting at 6:15.
- Zim from Invader Zim.
- Father from Codename: Kids Next Door. What scenery he does not burn, he chews with abandon.
- Most Care Bears villains.
- A number of villains in The Spectacular Spiderman
- Especially in the appearances after his first, Doctor Octopus becomes a cunning Card-Carrying Villain down to having an Evil Genius coffee mug, and accordingly becomes immensely hammy ("TREACHERY!!!" anyone?).
- Electro has a Hair-Trigger Temper on account of his Power Incontinence and can instantly be prompted into a violent rampage by anyone calling him Max (his name before transformation). On some level, he's kind of amusing, but it's also pretty distrubing given his clear Sanity Slippage.
- Green Goblin is a highly amusing Faux Affably Evil ham who retains his original version's wacky personality, manipulative planning, and amazing acrobatism. he is shown to crack sadistic jokes.
- Mysterio seems to have walked out of the Silver Age, having an immensely hammy Evil Sorceror persona, talking in a Fake Brit accent, and throwing around Gratuitous Latin. As with the Goblin, Mysterio interestingly isn't all that hammy in his civilian identity. In Mysterio's case, he's partly Doing It for the Art, and for both, it's a combination of a supervillain perk and to hide how dangerous and cunning they actually are.
- On G.I. Joe, we have Cobra Commander, who has No Indoor Voice. Then there's Destro, The Baroness, Tomax and Xamot...Why don't we save time and say that being a Large Ham is pretty much a requirement in order to move up in the ranks of COBRA?
- Nightmare Moon, Discord, and Queen Chrysalis, all three from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
- While more jerkish than evil, the Great and Powerful Trixie is also a very Large Ham.
- Hammy Pony Villains go back to the original G1 pilot with Tirek. "Behold the Rainbow of DARKNESS!! Bring forth The Night That Never Ends!!!"
- His G4 incarnation isn't as hammy at first, until he drains enough magic to get his strength back, and gets even hammier as he take more magic.
- While most of the villains from spin off series Equestria Girls are as high on ham as their main series counterparts, particular attention should be paid to Gloriosa Daisy. Given that she's pretty hammy by default it's no surprise that her line deliveries after being corrupted rival Palpatine in their oddness and hilarity, nicely illustrating that she's more crazy than evil.
- Mumm-ra the EEEEVEEEERRR-LIIIIVVVIIIING! of ThunderCats (1985) and ThunderCats (2011)
- Mojo Jojo of The Powerpuff Girls.
- Lots of Danny Phantom villains are hammy: Box Ghost, Lunch Lady, Undergrowth, and even Vlad Plasmius all have their moments. But the prize for the largest ham goes to Technus, self-proclaimed "Master of Long-Winded Introductions."
- Despite The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! being a World of Ham, Queen "I Hate Pirates!" Victoria manages to out-ham the heroes.note
- It's almost a requirement to be a SWAT Kats Villain. Indeed, it would be easier to isolate which ones are not hammy.
- Similar to the above, it's a required (or heavily preferred) prerequisite to get on Megas XLR, from Warmaster Gorath to Magnanimous, but the REGIS Mark V takes the cake.
REGIS: You will all beg for mercy, in vain. The debris of your planet shall litter this solar system. I shall suck upon your very atoms.
- Subverted on Young Justice. After her plan to take over Qurac is foiled, cameras catch Queen Bee shaking her fist at the presidential palace, screaming that "Qurac will be mine!" However, she turns out to actually be M'gann, disguising herself as Queen Bee so that people would know she was behind the scheme. Later when M'gann meets the real Queen Bee, she turns out to be a Softspoken Sadist who calls her performance "a bit over-the-top."
- Played straight with Gordon Godfrey. He's a news anchor voiced by Tim Curry, who is secretly an agent of Darkseid. So far he hasn't been seen off his news show so that persona could very well be an act.
- Adventure Time has Ricardio The Heart Guy. He's voiced by George Takei, so it's to be expected.
- The Batman: The Animated Series episode "The Clock King": the eponymous villain, who is The Stoic and a Softspoken Sadist, but just when he grasps the Near Villain Victory, he commits Bond Villain Stupidity, Evil Gloating and Evil Laugh.
- Tabaluga's Big Bad, Arktos the Evil Overlord snowman, also is greatly vain, loves the sound of his own voice, and is prone to hamming it up all the time.
- Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot: Grizzle, the bears' main antagonist during that incarnation of the franchise, is as hammy as they come.
- Swayzak from Toonami's voice actor probably had some fun voicing him.
- Peridot from Steven Universe was introduced as a calm and cold villain, but quickly became on of the hammiest characters on the show after she got stranded on Earth. She shouts her lines, laughs maniacally and sometimes even makes faces at the heroes. Surprisingly, she becomes even hammier after her Heel–Face Turn.