When a work is populated by more than one Large Ham
, and at least two get a scene together, it will usually turn into Ham-to-Ham Combat, where they try to out-over dramatic each other. The scene can become either really funny
or really corny
, or both, and really fast
. If it goes too far, it may reach a Hormel Event Horizon
Note that they do not
have to be enemies. It can be the Big Bad
and The Dragon
trying to out-evil-laugh
each other, or a pair of heroes spouting Bond One Liners
as they mow down the Mooks
. The point is that their screen presences and overacting are competing.
Compare World of Ham
. Bigot vs. Bigot
is when these characters are not only hammy, but extremely opinionated as well. Contrast Snark-to-Snark Combat
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- Tintin: The "I am more evil than you!" argument that Rastapopulos and Lazlo Carreidas have in Flight 714 after they both take truth serum.
- Turnabout Storm: Hot-Blooded attorney Phoenix Wright gets into a legal battle of wits against the Great and Powerful Trixie. How many miles away from Ponyville can the generated pork be seen?
- Substitute Harmony: Trixie and Twilight Wish get into this; Gilda complains about it.
- The premise behind Family Honor is that Walburga Black's portrait meets Major Armstrong.
- Many scenes in Sonic X: Dark Chaos are quite hammy, but Episode 75 takes the pork pie; Jesus Christ and Satan try to outham each other!
- A Very Potter Musical has three extremely Large Hams (Voldemort, Malfoy, and Snape). They finally get a scene together and it turns into this. And it's totally awesome.
- Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
- The latest thus far is Goku vs Frieza. The latter loses his cool the more Goku demonstrates his stupidity by being oblivious of Frieza's insults and making random shouts at each other. Frieza finally snaps and goes all Large Ham and so does Goku upon becoming Super Saiyan.
- Recoome spends his sweet time boasting and yelling in his fight with Vegeta, who in turn tried to shut him up, right after they had a theme song introduction.
- Ginyu vs Goku. Impressive considering the fight was only seen for a few seconds. Ginyu compliments Goku's skill in battle whereas Goku comments on his skin color (purple).
- The Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney fandub of "Rise from the Ashes" evokes the game's Ham-to-Ham Combat nicely, which is impressive given that Phoenix and Edgeworth are the same actor.
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- Judge Dredd. Dredd, as an over-the-top police officer, and Rico, as an over-the-top villain, ham it up throughout the entire movie. When they finally meet near the end, though, the pork hits the fan. Justified, in that they are revealed to be long-separated twins. Clones, actually. "YOU BETRAYED THE LAW!!" "LAAAAAAAW!"
- The Lord of the Rings has the massive ham-off between those two old thesps, Christopher Lee and Ian McKellen as Saruman and Gandalf. "You have chosen the way of pain!" indeed. No piece of the scenery is left unchewed.
- A Few Good Men:
- Pirates of the Caribbean:
- The Live-Action Adaptation of Josie and the Pussycats has a scene where Parker Posey and Alan Cumming try to out-laugh each other. Out-Evil Laugh each other, to be exact.
- Star Trek:
- William Shatner says that scenes in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country between him and Christopher Plummer were like "two ham-asauruses". When Iman turns into William Shatner in one scene, the Rifftrax commentary jokes that Shatner is trying to out-ham himself.
- Star Trek II. William Shatner on one starship, Ricardo Montalban on the other, spending the entire film blasting the crap out of each other while shaking the galaxy with their thunderous overacting. Via video link — they never share a room with each other. Scream it with me now: KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAN! Shatner and Montalban never even met on set; they filmed their roles months apart and were hamming it up with (mostly) the script girl who was reading their counterpart's lines.
- Star Trek III. William Shatner vs. Christopher Lloyd: Figuratively, literally, and Taken to Eleven. The acting and fight choreography are so over-the-top that an entire planet is destroyed.
- Obviously for a movie set in a World of Ham, Repo! The Genetic Opera encounters this quite a bit. The most notable example is in the song "Mark It Up", where all three Largo siblings are trying to out-ham each other.
- Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Emperor, Mace Windu and the Emperor (during the lightning-fest) and Luke and Vader during The Reveal.
- Flash Gordon, especially the 1980s movie. Pick any scene with more than one character on screen. No exceptions, especially with Mr. Ham himself.
- Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian: Kamunra and Lawrence after the later crashes the Wright Brothers plane.
- The Duke and Zilder in Moulin Rouge!, most noticeable in the "Like a Virgin" scene.
- Charles Laughton and Peter Ustinov in Spartacus.
- Face/Off: John Travolta vs. Nicolas Cage. Even better, they are out-hamming each other while taking the other actor's mannerisms Up to Eleven.
- Vincent Price vs. Robert Quarry in Dr. Phibes Rises Again
- The Princess Bride:
- Very interestingly averted: when Cary Elwes and Chris Sarandon finally meet, it looks like they're about to engage in ham-to-ham combat, but Elwes' character instead instantly defeats the prince with his classic To the Pain speech.
- The "Battle Of Wits" between Cary Elwes and Wallace Shawn, however, definitely qualifies. Which is rather a bit of a subversion as well, because Cary Elwes subdues his part quite a bit while Wallace Shawn, well...
- Mary of Scotland: In the 1936 Katharine Hepburn and Fredric March film, the entire cast seems to be engaged in ham-to-ham combat, with the possible exception of John Carradine, who during filming once said to "Katherine of Arrogance," who had expressed a desire to play both Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I, "If you did that, how would you know which queen to upstage?" If John Carradine is the least hammy member of your cast, something has Gone Horribly Wrong. Or maybe right.
- William Shatner and Ernest Borgnine commenced Hammification against each other in the So Bad, It's Good Religious Horror flick, The Devil's Rain.
- Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes as Zeus and Hades, respectively, in the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans. Any time they are onscreen together (or hell, onscreen with any other actor). No exceptions.
- Batman Forever buries the needle on the Ham-o-meter when Tommy Lee Jones (Two-Face) and Jim Carrey (The Riddler), team up in the middle of the movie. Observe.
- Danny De Vito (The Penguin) and Michelle Pfeifer (Catwoman) in Batman Returns, or Arnold Schwarzenegger (Mr. Freeze) and Uma Thurman (Poison Ivy) in Batman & Robin. Then again, it is Got Ham City.
- Inglourious Basterds: Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz. Both are massive Hams stealing the attention of any scene they are in separately, and when they meet at the end there is clear competition.
- Malcolm McDowell is tough to out-ham, but Lori Petty manages to match him in Tank Girl.
- In an outtake from Liar Liar, the opposing attorney defeats Jim Carrey in a shouting match with the accusation: "Overactor!" To which Carrey responded (complete with shifty eyes), "They're on to me!"
- The scene with Lynch and Pike in the car together in The A-Team movie screams of this. It's clear they're both just having fun with the movie, and then they get in a conversation together...
- The Dark Knight Saga:
- The Dark Knight: Christian Bale vs. Heath Ledger as Batman and the Joker.
- Batman Begins makes this a plot point; Ducard teaches Bruce Wayne that theatricality can be a powerful weapon, and Bruce Wayne, the character, starts Chewing the Scenery to intimidate criminals. He ends up facing Dr. Jonathan Crane, who dresses up as Scarecrow and uses similar tactics. The Dark Knight follows the same concept; Bale vs. Ledger is going on, but Batman vs. Joker is ham to ham combat in the story.
- And then there's Batman vs. Bane, whose nature is also rather hammy.
- Spy Kids 3: Sylvester Stallone and Ricardo Montalban were arch nemeses. They knew exactly what kind of movie they were in. They enjoyed themselves.
- Heat: Averted in Michael Mann's film. With Al Pacino chewing large chunks of scenery elsewhere, and Robert De Niro himself not unknown to it, their first scene together, ever, should easily have been one large hamfest. Instead, on purpose, we got a low key chat in a diner over coffee.
- Dungeons & Dragons features the rare treat of Jeremy Irons locked in a battle of the hams with his own eyebrows. A scene had a weird variant: Overacting vs Underacting, with Irons' bombast against Thora Birch's Dull Surprise.
- Glengarry Glen Ross: There are several examples, but the best comes near the end between Ed Harris and Al Pacino, as Ed Harris is on his way out of the office.
- Mrs. Henderson Presents: Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins.
- Kung Pow! Enter the Fist: Absolutely any scene with more than one character. For example, Ling and Betty's face-off and the final battle between Betty and the Chosen One.
- Thor: L.A.M. gives us a celestial-level Ham-to-Ham Combat when the Norse gods took it to scenery eating levels. During the banishment scene, arguably the scene featuring this trope, Hopkins takes this to new levels when he inexplicably barks at Loki. (This has become a meme among the fandom. "HAAAAWWWWWRRRRR!")
- Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in any of the Road to ...... movies.
- Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern have a brief scene to this effect in Home Alone 2 when their characters try to trick Macauley Culkin into thinking they've been hit by paint cans.
- Par for the course for anything Dracula related. See Bram Stoker's Dracula: In the blue corner: Anthony Hopkins as an antiheroic Mad Scientist! In the red corner: Gary Oldman as a heavily accented Classical Movie Vampire in a wig! On the outside left: Tom Waits as The Renfield! Not even the power of Keanu Reeves can prevent the ensuing hamfest.
- In the film version of Arsenic and Old Lace, director Frank Capra told Cary Grant and Raymond Massey to go wild on camera. The result is Grant playing the dashing yet hapless hero Mortimer to the scenery-chewing maximum, while Raymond Massey plays his psychotic older brother Jonathan in reverent homage to Boris Karloff whom his character is supposed to resemble.
- Twisted in on itself when Men in Black III uses time travel to have Jemaine Clement's character trying to out ham his younger self.
- Tim Thomerson goes up against Tim Thomerson in Trancers 5
- A literal (and oddly serious) example can be found at the climax of Bigas Luna's Jamon Jamon (1992), which has the female lead's two love interests come at each other with actual smoked hams.
- Disney's The Apple Dumpling Gang brilliantly pairs Don Knotts and Tim Conway as Stupid Crooks Theodore and Amos. Hilarity doesn't just ensue; it devours all the scenery in sight.
- Groucho and Chico Marx in just about every movie.
- The famous darts scene in Son of Frankenstein. You might as well replace Basil Rathbone and Lionel Atwill's dialogue with "See here, I'm about to out-act you!" "Oh really? Well, I say I'M about to out-act YOU!"
- This scene is parodied in Young Frankenstein — that is, if it's possible to parody something by doing basically the exact same thing.
- Alan Rickman versus Ralph Fiennes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, at the very beginning. Interestingly enough, rather than go the whole nine yards with their roles ("NYEEEEEEEHHHHHHH!" and "POTTER!" respectively), they seemed to be having a contest about who could be the most subdued while still being the most dramatic. At several points, Fiennes even uses dramatic pauses like Rickman is famous for.
- Into The Storm features a battle between Winston Churchill (as played by Brendan Gleeson, a famous Large Ham) and General Montgomery (as played by Patrick Malahide) having a one-scene showdown of pure Ham.
- A mythic scene from French cinema is in La Traversée de Paris, the dispute between Jambier (Louis de Funès) and Grandgil (Jean Gabin). The script required for Gabin's character to be as loud as possible; Gabin was a living legend and de Funès was not the King of French Large Ham yet. Nevertheless (and despite being visibly intimidated), de Funès held his own, and was noticed by a lot of people.
- De Funés and Gabin were reunited in the movie Le Tatoué, and most of their interactions there are Ham-to-Ham Combat.
- One scene from A Seriesof Unfortunate Events has Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep trying to outact each other.
- Ernest Scared Stupid gives us a Hamto Ham Combat between Jim Varney and Eartha Kitt.
- "Agony" from Into the Woods, complete with ripping shirts open, kneeling and swooning in the waterfall, before getting up in search of a more dramatic-looking part of the waterfall to sing at. Did we mention it's set in a waterfall?
- In the Ciaphas Cain novel Cain's Last Stand, the confrontation between Cain and Warmaster Varan starts out like this. Then they fight.
- The Duel of Insults from the Redwall novel Marlfox certainly counts as this.
- The argument between Severus Snape and Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix escalates quickly into childish name-calling. Considering both characters are scene-stealing and bombastic on their own, the fact that they have a scene together at all should make the wizarding world explode. Just imagine if the scene had been in the movie.
- The first meeting between Gustav Adolph and Mike Stearns in 1632 is described as a lion (Gustav) fighting a tiger (Mike).
- This is invoked when Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, in Fritz Leiber's "Swords in the Mist", where the two heroes meet unexpectedly as the champions of opposite sides in an arranged combat. They use traded insults and challenges to covertly establish the rules of what becomes, unbeknownst to their respective employers, a staged combat instead of a battle royal.
- Basically a recurring element in Soap Operas. This can go Up to Eleven with Latin American telenovelas, and Filipino teleseryes which were influenced by the aforementioned telenovelas.
- As in the case of Maria Mercedes and its 2013 Philippine remake, and countless others that are basically rags-to-riches fairy tales with the underdog emerging from the slums and managing to out-rant at the aristocratic snobs...
- ...and in the children's drama serye Annaliza where the eponymous Shrinking Violet ends up getting bullied and pissed at by her Attention Whore sister.note It degenerates even more to a full-blown ham battle when even the adults are pissing the living daylights out of each other due to issues within their family, all while a Big Bad is plotting something sinister at Anna and her family.
- A scene in Friends has Joey and Gary Oldman devolving into one of these as both attempt to spit more in their dialogue.
- Doctor Who is a bastion of Ham-to-Ham Combat.
Cyberman: Daleks be warned, you have declared war on the Cybermen!
Dalek: IT. IS. NOT. WAR! IT. IS. PEST. CONTROL!
- Whenever the Tenth Doctor and Donna get into a ham-off, it's epic. And Catherine Tate's very first appearance as Donna Noble had her up against the Racnoss Empress, truly one of the largest hams the series has ever seen. Tate as Donna Noble also has another special distinction: In "Partners in Crime," thanks to a sheet of soundproof glass, she and David Tennant had what might be one of the first silent examples of Ham-to-Ham Combat.
- River Song is an incredible ham when she's very young, and Alex Kingston has a lot of fun overacting when her character gets to meet the Doctor for the first time (from her perspective). Eleven decides to accessorize with an impeccable top hat and tails tuxedo for the occasion while wildly gesticulating with a cane. It's glorious.
- "The Crimson Horror". In one corner, Matt Smith as the Doctor. In the other, Dame Diana Rigg as the Ax-Crazy old crone Mrs. Gillyflower. The winner: Everybody.
- Every time Strax shows up. He will find an excuse to pick a fight with anything that moves and promptly obliterate it with anything from laser monkeys to acid traps, and grenades. ESPECIALLY grenades.
- "Nightmare in Silver" has Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor compete against an even hammier Matt Smith as the Cyber Controller, and it is glorious.
- In the 2013 Christmas Special, Matt Smith hams it up against every Dalek attacking Trenzalore.
- Matthew Morrison and Neil Patrick Harris in Glee, competing for a role in Les Misérables, singing Aerosmith's Dream On and getting progressively more over-the-top. It is unbelievably awesome.
- In Robin of Sherwood, guest star Lewis Collins and Nickolas Grace had a competition to see who could out-camp the other. The results are magnificent and full of glorious Ho Yay.
- Basically, any time any group of Power Rangers face their Big Bad. Especially when a Hot Blood'd Red Ranger faces their Big Bad.
That was your lesson for today! Your homework: Feel the emotion that rages within you. It is called—FEEEEEEEEAR! [Best if imagined in Macho Man Randy Savage's voice.]
- Any scene in Mork and Mindy with Exidor and Mork. Exidor is a role that requires the finest hamming, and Mork is... well, Robin Williams.
- An episode of Roseanne had Roseanne's cousin Ronnie visiting from New York. Cousin Ronnie was played by Joan Collins. A rare female case of Ham-to-Ham Combat ensued.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat was really the basis of Hawkeye and Trapper's (later B.J.) whole relationship in Mash. This was as much their characters desperately trying to deflect the horror around them with silly puns, as it was Alda, Rogers, and Farrel having altogether too much fun working together.
- Babylon 5:
- Londo and G'Kar, pretty much every time they met in the first couple of seasons led to a spectacular argument with actors Peter Jurasik and Andreas Katsulas trying to out-ham each other.
- Ham is part of the job description for any Centauri ambassador.
- The climax of "Moments of Transition" turns into three-way Ham To Ham Combat between Delenn, Neroon, and Shakiri. The part where Neroon makes his Heroic Sacrifice elevates the whole thing to Narm levels.
- The British impressions show Dead Ringers had a repeated sketch in which Ian McKellen and Alan Rickman battled it out in Ham-to-Ham Combat for token British bad guy roles. They were inevitably blown out of the water by a dramatic entrance from BRIAN BLESSED!!.
- The rivalry between Frasier and Cam Winston was truly a joy to behold.
- Whenever Frasier and Niles got worked up with each other was the cue for an impromptu ham-off, due in equal parts to their natural pompous demeanors, their high education levels and established familiarity with theater, opera, and musicals, and their Sibling Rivalry urging them to show off by trying to outdo each other in the dramatically complex insults and long, hard-to-pronouce words departments. Also, Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce having too much fun for their own good.
- iCarly: Spencer and Jack Black in "iStart A Fan War".
- 3rd Rock from the Sun:
- John Cleese versus John Lithgow!
- And when Lithgow's boss, the Big Giant Head, appeared, he was... William Shatner!
- On 30 Rock, whenever occasional guest star Will Arnett's character gets into it with Jack Donaghy. Lampshaded by Liz Lemon when she affects a deep, gravelly, "intimidating" voice and asks if they're going to have a "talking-like-this contest".
Devon: I'm honestly not trying to make this sound gay.
Jack: No one is, it's just happening.
- Rome: Any scene in involving Pompey, Cicero and Cato. Pompey and Cicero will attempt to out-bumble each other, and Cato and Pompey will attempt to out-snarl each other.
- The Colbert Report:
- Stargate SG-1: Put two System Lords in a room together, and this is the inevitable result. It helps that their voices are extremely deep and they often like to display their Glowing Eyes of Doom.
- James Nesbitt as both Tom Jackman and Billy Hyde in Jekyll.
- The main characters in How I Met Your Mother absolutely love, love, LOVE doing this, usually over very bizarre, trivial, or theoretical disputes, and usually while sitting in their booth in McLaren's. So commonplace is it to see them over-dramatically (and often over-eloquently) yelling and cussing at each other in the middle of the crowded bar over, say, what the most common food in America is, that Fridge Logic forces the conclusion that their Ham To Ham Combat must be a well-known, taken-for-granted fixture of the bar, or else it would draw dozens of gawking spectators or scare customers away.
- Star Trek:
- In the finale of each episode of RuPaul's Drag Race, the two worst contestants are forced into a "Lip Synch for your LIFE!" dance-off.
- In the second episode of Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza, Jeff Davis and Chip Esten get into one of these while singing that little-known jazz ballad "Dust Storm". Near the end, Jeff puts his hand over Chip's mouth, then Chip grabs Jeff's microphone and sings the last line into two mics at once.
- In the Kamen Rider crossover movie Movie War Megamax, Shotaro Hidari meets Gentaro Kisaragi. "Right!" "Right!" "Right!" "Right!"
- Psych: There are at least flashes of this in either of William Shatner's appearances as Juliet's dad, any time he and James Roday share screen time.
- The song "Under Pressure". Freddie Mercury and David Bowie duet.
- Bowie and Mick Jagger dueting in "Dancing in the Streets", too, especially in the video.
- Anywhere that Gackt and Yoshiki appear together. Also contains major shades of Ho Yay or possibly Foe Yay.
- We could be here all week if we tried to list all the examples in the genre of Power Metal considering the prominence of Large Hams and guest vocalists. Special mention, however, goes to the following:
- Ayreon is described on its page as an excuse for the "who's who of Progressive Metal to compete to out-ham each other."
- Avantasia, much like Ayreon, gets this as a direct result of the numerous guest vocals. The songs "The Wicked Symphony" and "Stargazers" in particular have managed to bring together three (four in the case of "Stargazers") of the largest hams in power metal by having Tobias Sammet, Russell Allen, Jorn Lande and, in the case of "Stargazers," Michael Kiske all sing on the same songs.
- Allen/Lande is a superband that came together entirely for the purposes of this trope in regards to the aforementioned Russell Allen and Jorn Lande.
- From the realm of classical music comes Rossini's "Duetto buffo di due gatti" ("Comic duet for two cats"). Any sopranos who do not use this song as an exercise in competitive hammery are just doing it wrong.
- Depending on whom you ask, Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman's Spirituals in Concert & Mythodea concerts were either the most sublime music of their genre (especially the latter) or a massive friendly showdown of two divas trying to outham each other (especially the former).
- Heavy metal is made of this trope, especially if a band has two lead guitarists (Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing of Judas Priest, most famously). They'll hit all the highest notes, play the fastest riffs, and do everything short of tickling their guitars to death. The hammiest of them can not only short-circuit their guitars, but cause them to melt.
- In Journey's "Chain Reaction" music video singer Steve Perry and guitarist Neal Schon engage in this, culminating in Steve laying the smackdown on Neal.
- The Flanders and Swann song "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better" ends every verse with a singing duel between the two duetters. The ham level is high enough it can alter your blood cholesterol.
- Daemonic Angel's song "That Which Is Wrought of Fear." It consists entirely of two "Metal Screaming" vocalists, playing the part of a demon and a monster slayer, talking trash on each other. It then ends with a flurry of lyrical trade-offs before the both of them let out a massive unison roar.
- Meat Loaf and Ellen Foley during the second half of "Paradise By The Dashboard Light". "LEMME SLEEP ON IT!" "WILL YA LOVE ME FOREVER?" "LEMME SLEEP ON IT!" "WILL YA LOVE ME FOREVER?!"
- Led Zeppelin once opened for The Doors. Led Zeppelin once opened for The Doors. If only we could've gotten Jim Morrison and Robert Plant on stage at the same time...
- Korn's "All in the Family," a sort-of rap battle between Jonathan Davis and Fred Durst that ends with the two of them just screaming at each other.
- During the legendary Jack Benny-Fred Allen feud, any time either of the two appeared on the other's show, the hamminess reigned unrestrained.
- The two princes singing "Agony" in Into the Woods frequently takes this form. It's in the script. "Agony! Far more painful than yours!"
- Older Than Radio: Mozart's opera-within-an-opera Der Schauspieldirektor has two sopranos both insisting "Ich bin die erste Sängerin" ("I am the prima donna") and seeking to prove their claim with abundant coloratura.
- Wicked has a scene set almost immediately after Dorothy leaves munchkinland in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz where Elphaba and Glinda begin bickering and eventually catfight. Now, Glinda is miscast if she's not a Large Ham but the special treat in this scene is the actress playing Elphaba beginning to ham it up as well. It's also the last comic scene in the show too, so the actresses clearly like to have fun with it.
- In a recorded production of Jekyll & Hyde starring David Hasselhoff as the eponymous character(s), he's at his highest level of ham in the climactic song "Confrontation". Why is that an example of this trope? Because Jekyll and Hyde both sing that song. That's right, The Hoff can have Ham-to-Ham Combat with HIMSELF.
- Cirque du Soleil's Mystere turns the eternal struggle that is Order Versus Chaos into this, pitting the conceited emcee Moha-Samedi against story-intruder Brian Le Petit. This climaxes with the emcee declaring "GET OUT!" and Brian taking on a look sooooooo pitiable that one can't help but "Awwwww..." for him... which is his intention — effectively calling upon hammy reinforcements.
- Chicago: The climactic scene of the original play note is a contest between Billy and Roxie to decide who can do more to guilt the jury into exonerating her. Billy makes his closing argument furiously Chewing the Scenery, but Roxie, not willing to let her lawyer steal the show from her, wins without uttering a single line of dialogue.
- Les Misérables: Any scene between Valjean and Javert. Notable on the original cast album with Colm Wilkinson and Roger Allam , taken to extremes with Alfie Boe and Norm Lewis in the 25th Concert.
- The Forgotten Realms is a World of Ham, but having Big Bad Irenicus (David Warner) facing off with Crazy Awesome Minsc (Jim Cummings) in Baldur's Gate is incredibly, epically hamtastic.
Irenicus: Once my lust for power was everything, but now I hunger only for revenge, AND I. SHALL. HAVE IT!
Minsc: I am tired of shouting battle-cries at this mage! Boo will finish his eyeballs once and for all so that he does not rise again! Evil! Meet my sword! Sword! Meeet eeeeviiiil!
- Metal Gear lives on this trope. Rather try to find any characters that are completely unhammy.
- Metal Gear Solid: Ocelot, Grey Fox, Vulcan Raven, Psycho Mantis, Sniper Wolf, LIQUID!
- Metal Gear Solid 2: OCELOT!, Vamp, Fortune, Fat Man, Solidus.
- Metal Gear Solid 3: Ocelot, Boss, Volgin, THE PAIN!, the Fear, the Fury.
- Metal Gear Solid 4: Snake, Ocelot, Raiden, Vamp, Laughing Octopus, Raging Raven, Screaming Mantis.
- The End, the Sorrow, and Crying Wolf are probably the only villains in the entire series who are not Large Hams, but mostly only because they can't draw the breath to yell all the time.
"I'M COVERED IN BEES!"
- Final Fantasy:
- Final Fantasy VI. Trust us, this is hammier in the actual game:
SABIN: Kefka! Wait!!!!
KEFKA: "Wait," he says... Do I look like a waiter?
- The final boss fight in Dead Space 2, where both Issac and Nicole/The Marker take their scenery-chewing levels Up to Eleven.
- Planescape: Torment has one where Ravel (Crazy Ham) meets The Transcendent One (Evil Sounds Deep). Or the ending sequences of PS:T in the Fortress of Regrets for that matter. You don't even need the sound. The writing at that point is sufficiently epic to convey the "hamminess" all by itself.
- Dante vs. Agnus before their fight in Devil May Cry 4. A bizarre in-universe example, complete with stage lights and noticeably more poetic dialogue than usual. It really has to be seen. The fight just happens to be on the stage of an opera house. Dante decides to behave accordingly, and Agnus follows. The people running the stage lights must still be there and help, possibly for fear of evisceration.
- Warhammer 40,000 games:
- Dawn of War: Dark Crusade. Any stronghold mission featuring two of the following: Space Marines, Orks, Chaos, Imperial Guard, and Eldar (exception: if Eldar are on defense). Two grimdark hams will duke it out along with their armies.
- Especially apparent in the Disorder campaign of Winter Assault. Watching the Ork Warboss and Chaos Champion talk to each other is...impressive. . This is, of course, completely and lovingly appropriate for the setting.
- In Dawn of War II every single unit (except the Tyranids, for obvious reasons) has the habit of making brilliantly (yet, in many cases, appropriately) hammy remarks both while fighting and not. In the first case, this leads to a ham-to-ham combat during an actual one - that is, if you can hear it over the ludicrous amounts of dakka. For some of the narmiest, try ordering your units to take cover in bushes.
- Taken Up to Eleven in Soulstorm, which adds the Sisters of Battle and Dark Eldar, who somehow manage to be even hammier than their Space Marine/Craftworld Eldar counterparts.
"FIRE!!! FIRE, my sisters! Do not falter, do not BLINK, until the enemy are CINDERS! CINDERS
"RAISE! OUR! STANDARD!! LET IT STRIKE FEEEAARR
- Check out an average match sometime. Ye Gods.
- Any time Ragna and Jin meet.
- Special mention for when Bang and Makoto, two of the most hammy and Hot-Blooded characters, fight. This video demonstrates.
- Another notable example lies in Hazama vs Ragna matches, in which the entire fight consists of both shouting at the top of their lungs for the other to die.
- At the end of the level "The Covenant" in Halo 3, the Arbiter, Gravemind, and the Prophet of Truth all have a scene together. Truth's participation ends with:
Truth: I! Am! Truuth! The vooiiice of the Covenant!
Arbiter: And so, you must be silenced. (stab)
- At that point, Gravemind chimes in with an evil laugh and a rhyming verse describing how he's now unstoppable.
Gravemind : Now the gate has been unlatched, headstones pushed aside! Corpses shift and offer room, a fate you must ABIDE!
- The levels in Halo 2 when you fight the Elite heretics as the Arbiter. The Elites being a race of BigHams, this trope crops up frequently.
Sesa Refumee: I wondered who the Prophets would send to silence me. An Arbiter... I'm flattered.
Rtas Vadumee: He's using a holo-drone. Come out so we may kill you!
Sesa: Heheh... get in line.
Arbiter: Turrrrn, heretic.
Sesa: Arbiter. I would rather die by your hands than let the Prophets lead me to slaughter.
Arbiter: Who has taught you these liiies?
- Super Robot Wars Original Generation 2 has Sanger Zonvolt, the Sword that Cleaves Evil! fighting his own
clone undead cyborg alternate universe counterpart Wodan Ymir, the Sword of Magus! By the time the conflict reaches Critical Ham, however, they immediately turn around and unleash it on a common foe.
- Team Fortress 2:
- A better selection of fine military-grade ham you are not likely to find. While the Heavy ("YAAAAAAARGH!" CRY SOME MORE!"), the Soldier ("This is MY WORLD! YOU are not WELCOME in MY WORLD!") and the Demoman ("I'm gonna stick me ''thumbs'' in yer ''eyes'' and hang on 'til ye'r ''dead!''") are the obvious choices, we also have the Scout ("BONK!" "LOOK AT ME!" "I am a frickin' ''blur'', here!"), The Medic ("Would you like a second opinion? You are also ugly!" "Oops! That was not medicine!" "A-ha-ha! Oktoberfest!"), and the Sniper ("Thanks fer standin' still, wanker!" "Wave goodbye to yer head, wanker!" "Standin' around like a bloody idiot!"). Even the Pyro has hammy-sounding muffled grunts and a truly porcine interpretation of a Tusken Raider. The least hammy are the Engineer and the Spy, but even those two can have their moments.
- Even the Spy hams it up sometimes, especially after dominating an opponent, or getting hit by Jarate.
- Those two don't need ham. A short "Oh dear, I made quite a mess" is more effective than anything else in the game. Especially if you just got stabbed...
- The Engineer's Evil Laugh does wonders whenever he breaks it out, and additionally his subdued "I told you don't touch that darn thing" still manages to be hammy.
- Command & Conquer:
- It's been that way since the beginning, but Red Alert 3 goes all out for the World of Ham.
- Tiberium Twilight gives it a good showing between Joseph Kucan and Iona Morris.
- Tiberian Dawn averts this for the vast majority of the game... but not through a lack of ham from the actors (most of the recurring ones ham up at one point or another). There just aren't all that many scenes with more than one actor.
- Almost all dialogue in the God of War games defaults to this. It was ancient Greece, they hadn't invented indoor voices yet.
- Shadow vs Mephiles in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). Mephiles spends his sweet time chewing the scenery while Shadow tries to shut him up. In Shadow's self-titled game, it's basically him vs. Black Doom vs. Dr. Eggman. Oddly enough, Shadow's fairly low-key in Sonic Adventure 2, his debut game.
- Air Force Delta Strike: The combat flight sim has the "Stand By" missions and the largest aerial ham to ham combat ever produced in a video game.
"WHERE'S YER DRIVE, GAWD-DAMMIT?!"
- The Witcher: Though Geralt of Rivia tends to play low-key, the banter between him and Azar reaches a crescendo with the climax of their battle.
- Dantes Inferno: Dante is rather hammy by himself, but it's only when he faces Old Nick that they both crank it up to sufficiently scenery-chewing intensity.
- Brutal Legend: The core gameplay has two military leaders trying to destroy each others' Rock Stages.
- Wallace and Vaida's supports in Fire Emblem Rekka no Ken. Wallace is already a loud Boisterous Bruiser by himself, but when he meets this Dark Action Girl with a scarred face and a no-nosense attitude, the scenery becomes all dense with their combined hamminess. Observe:
Vaida: There you are, you bald old fossil. Still smarting from our competition?
Wallace: Bald old fossil!? You spitting cobra! Are you trying to make me share in your bitterness at being so soundly defeated the other day?
Vaida: Spitting cobra? I rather like that! But victory was mine the other day... So now which one of us is bitter?
Wallace: You talk madness, woman! By that reckoning do you believe I lost to your pathetic display? Surely we are not talking about the same battle! I was perfection unleashed... Those lance thrusts were blindingly fast, intoxicating in their sublime form!
Vaida: Wishful thinking, teapot! You were no prize on the battlefield! I saw you poke each unit one by one with your little needle... The whole thing took ages!
Wallace: Well, all I saw was a big lump of grey flesh flitting about in the sky and belching on occasion! And your wyvern wasn't much better!
Vaida: ...Well, obviously, we have not settled our score at all!
- Bowser against Fawful and Midbus (a literal Large Ham) in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge: Several of the boss battles can qualify (and the final battle definitely does).
- First take Jack, whose natural hammy theatrics are Turned Up to Eleven when in Musical Assassin mode then pit him in dance fights with huge song and dance sequences — complete with backup dancers (no, really, you can actually sing and dance most the bosses into submission Broadway style) — against the following:
- Oogie Boogie, who is voiced by Ken Page, who has voiced some of the hammiest musical characters in in the last 30 years.
- Lock, Shock, and Barrel - each one seems to have been personally trained in the ways of ham by Oogie himself.
- And Dr. Finkelstein, the local Mad Scientist whose been Brain Swapped and Crazier (nuff said).
- Several Gundam games allow crossovers where the hammiest characters from each series can battle each other. Here is what happens when the aforementioned Master Asia and Gym Ghingham are pitted against one another.
- Sengoku Basara is Ham 'n' Slash in Sengoku era Japan.
- Street Fighter has several, including the Rival Matches in IV between El Fuerte vs. Zangief and Dee Jay vs. Rufus
- Kingdom Hearts has a cast of Large Ham villains from the Disney Animated Canon... and Xehanort's incarnations. In every game he is in, Xehanort's incarnation wins the battles handedly. There's a reason his Terra-Xehanort's form Heartless is the picture for the Large Ham for Video Games page.
- Killzone 3 casts Malcolm McDowell and Ray Winstone as Chairman Stahl and Admiral Orlock, the top rivals for leadership of the Helghast. They chew much scenery during committee meetings, and eventually go to the logical extreme of literal combat while still spitting scenery at each other.
- Kid Icarus: Uprising has a large amount of hams in its cast, and they get into combat a lot.
Vridi: Darn it, Hades! Get your filthy troops out of my bomb depot!
Hades: You're really cute when you're flustered, rosebud.
- Diablo III, being the World of Ham that it is, often has this during dramatic scenes. The most obvious example is the cinematic between Act I and II, depicting Tyrael and Imperius' argument that led to Tyrael's (willing) fall.
TYRAEL! The ancient law of the High Heavens strictly forbids us from interfering with the mortal world. Yet YOU have done so! BRAZENLY! Tyrael:
All I am guilty of, Imperius, is bringing JUSTICE! While you hide, COWERING, behind your throne! Imperius:
SILENCE! You will now answer for your transgressions! Tyrael:
You CANNOT judge me! I am Justice itself! We were meant for more than this—to protect the INNOCENT! But if our precious laws BIND you all to INACTION... then I will no longer stand as your brother! Imperius:
- Two PSP Mega Man remake games, Mega Man Powered Up and Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X have mountainous piles of ham thanks to the new voice acting they were given. Highlights include X and Sigma's final dialogue in Maverick Hunter X, featuring none other than Mark Gatha (former voice of Domon Kasshu) as X, and Fire Man saying anything to anyone in Powered Up, but especially Bomb Man and Doctor Wily.
- The feud between The Angry Video Game Nerd and The Nostalgia Critic goes this way almost any time they're on screen together.
- That Guy with the Glasses: Apparently it's some kind of employment requirement (along with being freaking gorgeous) for Channel Awesome to be able to ham it up when necessary. And sometimes when it's not, too.
- In Kickassia, very much a World of Ham, The Nostalgia Critic and The Spoony One have a particularly egregious example of this at the beginning of part 2. It stands out against all of the other extremely hammy cast members, and that says something. The battle between Nostalgia Critic and Dr. Insano is the Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Haminess.
- Played With in The Nostalgia Critic's review of Dungeons & Dragons, when he ordained a contest between Profion's hammy overacting and the Empress' quiet underacting. Ultimately he decided they both sucked equally.
- And again in The Langoliers, when the very hammy villain gets into an argument with a hallucination of his equally hammy father; the Critic decided to give them points based on how far their mouths opened while screaming.
- The ham continues and escalates in To Boldly Flee as we get scenes with General Zod (played by Doug Walker) Mechakara (played by Lewis Lovhaug) and Terl (played by Noah Antwiler). It is pure, unfiltered pork.
- Lindsay, Elisa and Nella go all out with each other in the Dark Nella Saga. Nella just about wins through Evil Is Hammy, but the other women put up a surprisingly good fight.
- Linkara's crossover with Spoony to review Warrior #2 and #3 causes Insano versions of much of the Channel Awesome crew at the time to manifest at the end of the review and start fighting each other whilst taking advantage of the opportunity to gleefully overact. Special mentions go to Dr. InsanJoe, who channels Emperor Palpatine's over the top gesturing, and Dr. Bearsano, who in spite of being a teddy bear riding atop a mind-controlled Benzaie, manages to overact for two without actually speaking.
- From Cerberus Daily News: VOLUS FIGHT!
- Despite being a collaboration, The Runaway Guys often find themselves in combat. Mostly Chuggaaconroy and ProtonJon yelling and insulting each other.
- Whateley Universe example: in "Boston Brawl", The Necromancer and Fey have a one-on-one magical battle in the middle of Boston, complete with calling their attacks.
- The entire point of Epic Rap Battles of History. Two famous people have a rap battle.
- Optimus and Megatron are the masters of this trope, pretty much in every continuity (and they usually play it up during actual combat). Megatron and Starscream have their moments, too.
- Unicron, Primus, and the Original 13 (7?), too, ham it up every time they activate their vocal processors, and go into overdrive when running combat subroutines.
- In Beast Wars Megatron and Tarantulas have formulated an Evil Plan. They begin to laugh in celebration. This becomes an Overly Long Gag as they try to have the last laugh.
- Just about every fight between Autobots and Decepticons are this.
- Invader Zim: Anybody going against Zim will inevitably be involved in one of these, although Tak is probably one of the best examples. Dib vs. Zim is an odd aversion: while both are accomplished Large Hams in their own right, whenever they have a scene together one or the other will generally fall into a more subdued Straight Man role.
- Danny Phantom: Technus (who was a grade A ham from the start) versus Super Danny (who, apparently, is one of the hammiest characters of all without his human side to subdue it).
- Colonel Gathers and General Treister in The Venture Bros..
Gathers: Don't kill yourself, you crazy bastard!
- Anytime Brain and Snowball face off in Pinky and the Brain.
- From ''Xavier: Renegade Angel," Xavier's epically stupid battle with himself, from "Shakashuri Blowdown."
Xavier: You sound like the ugliest son of a bitch I ever heard!
Other Xavier: YOU sound like the physical manifestation of some LOSER'S inner DEMONS!
Xavier: YOU sound like some total chode's inability to confront his past actions!
Other Xavier: If I ever hear one more word from your stinky mug, I swear to Jack-off I'll knock your clock off!
- Adventure Time:
- In Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century, just about any exchange between Beth Lestrade and Professor Moriarty...
- Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: There's a reason the World of Ham trope is listed on this show's page.
- Every scene with Buzz Lightyear and the EVIL Emperor Zurg. Every. Single. Scene.
- For that matter, XR's exchanges with Nos-4-A2 and Warp Darkmatter...
- In Spongebob Squarepants, Plankton and Mr. Krabs commonly do this.
- In The Amazing World of Gumball, this trope is the natural state of Gumball and Darwin.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, guest star "Weird Al" Yankovic got into a music battle with the show's biggest ham, Pinkie Pie. The result is what you would probably expect.
- Frequently seen in high school drama classes, both on stage, and even more often it will happen when participating in improvisation games.
- Model United Nations can on occasion descend into this when representatives of two unpopular countries, like North Korea and Myanmar, end up in a debate with each other.
- World War II: Patton and any other general. Special note goes to him and Montgomery: The invasion of Sicily would have probably been a lot less bloody for the Allies if the two weren't trying to show each other who was the better conqueror. The movie Patton had Patton say this line:
Hell, I know I'm a prima-donna, I admit it. The thing that bothers me about Monty [UK General Bernard Law Montgomery] is he won't admit it
- The British House of Commons, because of the incredibly adversarial setup of the Chamber, often features attempts by the Members to out-ham one another. A typical exchange generally goes like this:
Minister: (outlines government policy)
Goverment MPs: HEAR HEAR, HUZZAH, GREAT, HEAR HEAR!
Opposition MPs: SHAME! CORRUPTION! HOW DARE YOU!
- Really, any parliamentary government will get into this on a regular basis.
- On the battlefield, feudal Samurai often engaged in single combat, all the while exchanging colorful and extravagant insults and self-promotions. It occasionally got to the point that they'd momentarily stop dueling just to argue or praise their own combat prowess.
- Salt Lake City Comic Con 2013 had a panel featuring, for the first time ever, William Shatner and Adam West on stage together.
- The Norwegian constituent assembly of 1814 had several. Most notably the on going feud between the speaker, principal of the University Georg Sverdrup known for his lack of indoor voice, and the priest Nicolay Wergeland (the father of Henrik Wergeland), known for his lengthy speeches. They continued out-hamming each other even when the constitution was signed and sealed. To be fair, the lot of them were in ham combat territory, especially the priests.