"Doctor Who is a world where no villain has an indoor voice."
There are Dark Worlds
, Crapsack Worlds
, Crapsaccharine Worlds
, Worlds of Badass
, Worlds of Chaos
, Worlds of Snark
, Worlds Gone Mad
, complex Layered Worlds
, even brutal Death Worlds
...and then there are Worlds of Ham
Basically, a World of Ham is an entire universe populated by Large Hams
and the Hot-Blooded
, where everything that happens is extremely dramatic, and every activity is deadly Serious Business
, where in every conflict everything
is on the line. Not because of the treatment it receives
, but because it just works
when done that way! Moments of Awesome
, Funny Moments
, Heartwarming Moments
, and Tear Jerkers
happen almost one after another, giving works with this sort of setting unbearably high Holy Shit Quotients
Every factor (characters, plot, pacing...) is configured to produce the maximum possible amount Emotional Torque
, the more low-key scenes
being used efficiently to make the more dramatic and action-filled scenes all the more taking.
In such a world, you cannot merely act
- YOU MUST OVERACT!
will be chewed
— ground to fine dust
. Giant cows will be milked dry
. Every single line
of dialogue will be given as if it were a pronouncement from Heaven
itself, or unto the Heavens themselves
— WITH! ADDED! EMPHASIS!
Furthermore, there's a good
chance that BRIAN BLESSED
can be found
STOMPING around somewhere. In this kind of world, it may seem like everyone's having a ball
being as over the top
as possible, but, in fact, it is the setting that requires
, nay, DEMANDS
it... and by GOD
, its demands will be met!
Works that take place in a World of Ham tend to be Trope Overdosed
, and contain Melodrama
, as well as plenty of Ham-to-Ham Combat
. They also preclude Evil Is Hammy
, as that required just one side to be hams.
For a world actually made of hamlike substance, see Meat Moss
. It'll probably be just as badass, though.
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Anime and Manga
- Soul Eater. All attacks must be called in the LARGEST POSSIBLE FONT, and explaining your strategy to the enemy mid-battle is expected. It gets to the point that enemies help each other in battle with their explanations. Interestingly, meisters tend to ALL be hot-blooded and hammy. Notable hams include: Black*Star, Gopher, Asura(as of recent), Ox, Giriko, Kiddo, and, to a point, Maka herself.
Soul: SOUL HACK!!!!!
- A lot of Shonen Jump manga can easily fall into this trope (yes, even the most cynical ones).
- Most of the Super Robot genre, with special mention to GaoGaiGar, G Gundam, and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. The Real Robot genre split off specifically by doing away with the ham.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann took this to another level in the second movie; the cast ham it up even more than they did in the original series. The best example is probably Lord Genome, who goes from saying "OVERLLOOAAAAD!" in the original series, to "OOOOOAAAVAAALOOOOWWAAHHHHDDDD!!!" in the second movie. Possibly, the greatest mistake of the English dub is not providing the incredible ham that was constant in most early dubs.
- Lord Genome is just the tip of the iceberg. While the Antispiral was somewhat hammy in the original (as being hammy generally led to spiral power, which is against the Antispirals), the movie took it up to 11. Case in point: "Interesting! Then...Anti Spiral...Giga...DOOOORRRIILLLL....BREEEEAAAAAKKKKAAAAA!!!!!"
- Mobile Fighter G Gundam might just be even more full of Ham. Between all of the over-the-top martial arts cliches, the speeches given in between every punch, and the entire premise of fighting a martial arts tournament with giant robots to determine the next ruler of the world, it's impossible to not invoke this trope. That's not even including the fact that everyone and everything is Hot-Blooded (from the Wrench Wench main love interest to the stereotypically Knight in Shining Armor Frenchman to a horse).
- There's also Giant Robo.
- And Shin Mazinger, too; the narrator is probably the biggest ham in the show. In fact, maybe we should just say every Super Robot show directed by Yasuhiro Imagawa will be set in a World Of Ham.
- Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is quite a World Of Ham, despite being more of a Real Robot series. Just look at Ali and Graham...
- Setsuna gets pretty hammy in the final episodes, too: "Gundam Exia. Setsuna F. Seiei. SLASHING THROUGH THE FUTURE!". Then Exia body-slams the O Gundam into an asteroid.
- Redline takes place in a very soft sci-fi one... Racing is apparently the galactic pastime, and lord is it Serious Business. Everyone has moments of ham, especially the announcers, and racers indulge in quite a bit of ham behind the wheel.
Announcer: "THA MAD BROZAZ LYYYYNCHUUMAN ANDO JOHNNYBOYAAAAA!"
Announcer: "MIKI ANDO TODOROKIIAAAAAAAAAAAAA [At this point, I shit you not, it sounds like the announcer is going into convulsions.]
- Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo. That is all.
- Code Geass is unique in that the acting for a lot of characters is more in line with the Super Robot series, despite being about Real Robots. Even the scenery is incredibly over the top, gigantic imperial halls and blazing shiny towers in the Imperial Enclave separated only by a railway from incredibly dirty and impoverished slums, on diametric opposites of the Sliding Scale of Shiny Versus Gritty, and soundtrack keeps pace too.
- "Everything is Fabulous!"
- Star Driver takes Code Geass's camp and ramps it way up. It is a series chock-full of stupid, stupid concepts, executed with such ham and panache and brio that you can't help but gape in awe. You know what the protagonist is called? GALACTIC BISHONEN! And when the villains scream it, they manage to make it sound threatening.
- Medaka Box gets a mention for a scene that was all about OPENING A DOOR!!
- One Piece. The only show in which characters will treat declaring war on the entire world as a matter of fact. We're kidding you not: they actually did that.
- Dragon Ball is full of hammy villains and heroes. Especially evident in Dragon Ball Z.
- Karakuridouji Ultimo seems to be this. It doesn't help that part of the writing is done by STAN LEE.
- Hellsing, especially the OVAs.
- Sengoku Basara. The manga is pretty hammy. The anime is made of bacon: while it has its share of low-key characters, the incredibly unrealistic (and very awesome past the initial surprise) way the battles are rendered, the fraction of exceptionally Hot-Blooded or just batshit insane characters present, even for anime, and the high drama and gravity of the events there depicted, all with incredibly rousing music in the background, make this anime fall squarely into this definition.
- Fist of the North Star. The excessive amount of drama and bloodshed MAKE HEADS EXPLODE!
- Jojos Bizarre Adventure. It is often referred to as 'The glam rock version of Fist of the North Star' for a reason.
- Why talk when you can SHOUT?! Why walk when you can SWAGGER?! Why jump when you can LEAP?! Why stand when you can POSE?! Why monologue when you can GIVE A SPEECH?!
- The anime version of Deltora Quest, or at least, the English dub. There's the villains, the guardians of the Gems, and a tribe of Super OCD Neat Freaks, among other hammy things.
- About the only characters in Sailor Moon that aren't at least a five on the ham-o-meter are Sailor Pluto and Sailor Saturn (who go for the other extreme), Usagi's parents (incidental characters at best) and... maybe some background extras. It seems Histrionic Personality Disorder is just a natural side-effect of magic and super science. Even Ami eventually takes her hamminess Up to Eleven with her character-based special about studying. Let's not get started on the villains.
- Naruto has perhaps the single least subtle ninjas in fiction. For some reason they feel the need to explain their tactics to the enemy, at length, in mid battle with calls of "___ no Jutsu!", overly dramatic jutsus themselves and mad headbands.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!. Every series makes a children's card game a matter of life and death, but Yami Yugi plays every single card with the sort of drama normally reserved for parting the Red Sea.
- Heck, Yami Yugi manages to ham up drawing a card at the start of his turn (in fact, the introduction of Duel Disks for Battle City onwards seems partly so the characters can use more than just their upper bodies to flourish their card draws). He has to, as he is voiced by Dan Green.
- Here's a video comparing anime Yami Yugi and Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series Yami Yugi. Looks like anime Yami Yugi is extremely dramatic and takes things too seriously.
- In the original manga, games in general are taken very seriously.
- Saint Seiya. As one of the most famous and classic shonen mangas, full of Hot-Blooded characters who adore to make passionate speeches about The Power of Friendship and loudly scream the names of their special techniques, this is very much to be expected. At this rate, Saori/Athena and Shun/Hades are pretty much the only main characters who act somewhat low-key in a regular basis.
- Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku (The Legend of Koizumi) is made of this. They play Mahjong with tiles made of depleted uranium.
- Lucky Star has one of the best examples of this every time Konata goes to the Hot-Blooded anime store. You have not see a true ham UNTIL YOU HAVE HEARD HIM SCREAM (and why he screamed).
- What a lot of people don't realize was that was a cameo for the mascots of the Japanese anime shop, Animate. The shop is so wildly popular that these characters will be getting their own movie: Anime Tencho X Touhou Project
- Angel Beats! usually isn't this, but becomes one in the OVA due to "Operation High Tensions Syndrome", which translates to "be the most insane hams you can be".
- It even has a meter on the screen constantly to measure exactly how hammy everyone is being at that particular moment. Turns out the meter can go Over 9000.
- The first 8 or so episodes of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water is just one epic ham after another. They're being chased by a tank! Now they're on a battleship! Now a submarine! Wait, something about Atlantis? That thing is going to shoot Frickin' Laser Beams!?
- Ranma ½ is all Martial Arts Mayhem involving Involuntary Shapeshifting and ham!
- School Rumble: A show that takes the standard Love Dodecahedron, misunderstandings, and big personalities of your typical Ranma ½-esque shows, and then ramps it up to eleven. Exemplified rather nicely by one of the main characters: "Thank GOD I was born stupid!"
- The only character in Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt that isn't made of unrelenting ham is Brief, and the universe constantly punishes him for it.
- Axis Powers Hetalia seems to be one of these.
- Seems? It makes contries into Anthropomorphic Personifications that, more than talking, actually yell at each other 90% of times. That's pork and then some more.
- The members of Fairy Tail shout half of the things they say on the top of their lungs, such as "WE ARE FAIRY TAIL!"
- The world of Nichijou is equal parts Ham, Slapstick, and Moe.
- As a melodramatic shoujo from The Seventies, Oniisama e... fits in very well. Specially in the anime where we have dramatic thunderstorms, lots of Mood Whiplash and hundreds of both Repeat cuts and Pastel Chalked Freeze Frames.
- Space Battleship Yamato in all its incarnations.
- Toriko literally does this with food.
- Kill la Kill: Most lines are shouted. You don't open a door, you crush it. The protagonist eats a lemon as you'd eat an apple, just so you can see how badass she is. Steal a shirt? Get a gruesome death.
- During the Silver Age, pretty much every comic book storyline happened in a World Of Ham, probably the best example being Marvel's Asgard: an entire Dimension of Ham!
- And the Bronze Age brought us Jack Kirby's New Gods Saga, a senses-shattering cosmic god-war between two Worlds of Ham! With Earth, the Doomed Dominion, caught in-between!!!
- Sin City. Just about everything written by Frank Miller debatably exists in such a world, but Sin City particularly thrives on Refuge in Audacity on several levels.
- Nextwave. Plot? Dialogue? Sanity? OH NOES! If you can't accept it as it is, Warren Ellis shall kick you. And then you shall explode.
- Transmetropolitan. Halfway justified because the main cast are two halfway psychotic journalists/bodyguards, a bunch of politicians running for president, an editor-in-chief, and a cyberpunk Hunter S. Thompson.
- The Trigan Empire.
- Too many Bollywood films to count qualify as this trope.
- Amadeus: Mozart's music is awesome by itself, but, as a soundtrack, it blows your mind. Salieri's attitude doesn't help tone things down either.
- Battlefield Earth. Copious amounts of Ham and Cheese from everyone.
- The Expendables. This is a movie which features Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis in the same scene, and we are not even counting the rest of the cast.
- The Producers. Let's just say this: Gene Wilder was the understated one among the lead characters, and his Establishing Character Moment had him screaming "I'M HYSTERICAL". Which his character is.
I'm in pain, and I'm wet...AND I'M STILL HYSTERICAL!
- Flash Gordon, which has BRIAN BLESSED in it, and a soundtrack by Queen.
- Repo! The Genetic Opera is another notable musical example. It's a wonder any of the set was still standing after the cast was finished munching on it.
- Troy. Say what you will about the film, but even a resenter will have a bit of fun seeing Peter O'Toole, Brian Cox, Brendan Gleeson and even Brad Pitt compete in a scenery-devouring contest.
- Rat Race. Besides Breckin Meyer, everyone hams up.
- 300. It is a world of ham. It is filled with PEOPLE OF HAM! DIALOGUE OF HAM! CREATURES OF HAM! THE VERY LAND ITSELF BLEEDS WITH THE BLOOD OF HAM! This is a world where it is apparently perfectly sensible to use the corpses of your enemies as construction mortar, where no-one questions the logic of a king who wages a losing war for the sole purpose of seeing a Badass Kneel Before Zod. Almost every single line, every single action, every single frame is overflowing with Ham.
- The Ref is pretty much one hammy Reason You Suck Speech after another.
- The Fake-Out Opening to Toy Story 3. Imagine an Anachronism Stew Mega Crossover and lines like "Well, I brought My DINOSAUR, WHO EATS FORCE FIELD DOGS!" and "That's MR. Evil Dr. Pork Chop to you!" taken perfectly seriously.
- Braveheart : FREEEDHAAAAAAAAM
- Star Wars. Just for starters, every installment has a Big "NO!".
- Anything with Bruce Campbell. You Know The One about "if thine eye offend thee, then pluck it out?" Well, in Evil Dead 2, his Evil Hand attempted to strangle him, so he cut it off with a chainsaw, declared the Chainsaw Groovy and grafted it to the stump.
- Army of Darkness is the most popular due to completely discarding the horror and concentrating on the ham. Undead, medieval, steampunk ham.
- By the same token, Bubba Ho-Tep. Bruce Campbell playing the "late" Elvis... Ossie Davis as JFK; nuff said.
- Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow: Jude Law is Ace Pilot Joe Sullivan. He battles Humongous Mecha with his Do Anything Plane. There are Clockwork Nazi Robots and mouse-sized elephants. And two of every animal on earth being loaded into a rocket ship.
- Inglourious Basterds: There's Lt. Aldo Raine, the Bear Jew, Adolf Hitler, Dr. Goebbels, and probably more.
- The movie opens with Vin Diesel BASE-jumping off a sports car that he's just driven off a bridge, and it just goes uphill from there.
- Right before that, a Rammstein concert with obvious people of ham and a ham-spy dressed like James Bond...
- Moulin Rouge!!. Melodrama and absynth trip-like musical numbers where the (wonderful) scenery is gleefully chewed.
- "Like A Virgin" deserves special mention - to say nothing of the wonderful Ham-to-Ham Combat of the two main characters trying to outdo one another, but then the entire wait staff joining in in a way over the top dance number.
- Also by Baz Luhrmann, Romeo + Juliet. Keeping Shakespeare's original text (see Theater, below) probably helped the cast to really liven up - Harold Perrineau being the best example.
- Speaking of Musicals, Jesus Christ Superstar is The Passion set in a World Of Ham and 60's counterculture. Every single line between Jesus and Judas is Ham-to-Ham Combat, sung in notes so inhuman few actors can sing them
- "Actors" being the key word there; singers don't find those notes all that difficult.
- Bram Stoker's Dracula. Every actor is gloriously hamming it up except for Keanu Reeves, for whom overacting seems physically impossible.
- Harry Potter. Kenneth Branagh, Jason Isaacs, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, Miranda Richardson, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, David Tennant (brief though his role may be), HELENA BONHAM CARTER and even Jessie Cave (the girl who played Lavender Brown) have entire scenes devoted to their hamminess.
- Rumor has it that during Chamber of Secrets Jason Isaacs, Kenneth Branagh, and Alan Rickman had an ongoing wager seeing who could get the hammiest takes into the final cut.
- You get your first taste of ham in Rocky Horror Picture Show when the Criminologist begins explaining the plot in the most over-the-top fashion possible, but it's not until the Time Warp and Sweet Transvestite that the true depths of hammitutde are revealed. Of course, at any good screening, the biggest hams in the movie will be the audience.
- The Princess Bride. Cary Elwes, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant and Billy Crystal in one film. It's as beautiful as it sounds.
- Frequently played for fun in the Back to the Future trilogy. Few things are more delightful than Tom Wilson picking on Crispin Glover.
- Also played for fun in Short Circuit. All of the human characters except for Ben seem to forget what an indoor voice is.
- The comics were pretty hammy to begin with, but the film adaption of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World takes this trope even further.
- Excalibur. Example: During a siege, Uther asks one of his knights if he's seen Merlin. His response: "I HAVEN'T!!!"
- Another good example is Merlin himself. John Boorman said something to the effect that the actor was capable of inflecting every vowel sound possible into a single syllable.
"A dream...to some. A NEE-YIGHT-MAY-UH TO UH-THUHS!!!"
- The New York City of King Of New York is a World of Ham.
- As is the Big Applesauce of Gangs of New York. With a mustachio-twirling, top hat-wearing Daniel Day Lewis as the villain.
- Pirates of the Caribbean! Captain Jack Sparrow plus Barrrr-bossa plus Elizabeth ("I just wanted the pleasure of doing that myself!") plus Davy Jones ("A lost bird that never learned to fly!") plus Keith Richards... pure Ham-to-Ham Combat. Orlando Bloom playing it normal brings things down a bit though.
- Big Money Hustlas has plenty of this going around. But first, you gotta HYPNOTIZE THAT MOTHERFUCKA!
- The Fast and the Furious. A Rated M for Manly series that from jumpy cameras to cars flying down suspiciously empty streets to every girl dressed like a stripper to every other line of dialogue uttered REALLY intensely FOR no DISCERNIBLE reason.
- Pootie Tang is set in a world of Ham and Badass Belts.
- Conan the Barbarian (1982) is like day-old pizza: delicious, ridiculously cheesy, and you could catch ebola from it. Consider the ham pedigree: James Earl Jones (Star Wars), Max Von Sydow (Flash Gordon), and finally Arnold Schwarzenegger (everything he's ever been innote ).
- The Wizard of Oz. Intensive Melodrama, helped by beautiful visuals and music, and everyone overacting at least once, with The Wicked Witch of the West being the best example.
- Network, which gives every actor a Character Filibuster at least once - and they all take full advantage.
- Asgard in Thor and its sequel. Visually stunning and basically every inhabitant is boisterous.
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit - Bob Hoskins is the only one who doesn't get in on the shtick until the end, but even he goes a bit over the top with his hard-boiled noir detective style. The toons are, of course, toons, and Christopher Lloyd is brilliantly nuts. The supporting cast alternates between depressed (when Valiant or Doom are around) to joining in on the cartoonish fun and games (when Roger is present), and Acme and Maroon are very nicely overplayed for such small roles.
- Ivan the Terrible: Everyone shouts a lot and gestures as if they are speaking from the other end of a football pitch, but Tsar Ivan is the supreme ham. "For the sake of the GREAT! RUSSIAN! KINGDOM!"
- Nearly everyone on the Con Air airplane (Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, Ving Rhames, M.C. Gainey, the Camp Gay "Sally Can't Dance"), plus Colm Meaney as a federal agent, is clearly having fun on their roles :
Cyrus: Don't move or the bunny gets it.
- The 1937 film The Great Garrick is an invoked example of this trope, as all the actors ( except for Olivia De Havilland) are playing very large hams who are engaged in a a spitting match over comments allegedly said by one of them. By the end of the film, there is very little scenery left as everyone except Olivia De Havilland gets a large taste of the sets.
- The A-Team. Highlights include firing the cannon of a falling tank in an attempt to fly it into a lake.
- Judge Dredd. "LAAAAAAAW!"
- Most of the kids in The Sandlot are big hams.
- The Avengers has this in noticeable doses, but it seems to be more a function of having six people with massive egos and over-the-top schticks (Tony, Natasha, Thor, Loki, Steve, and Fury) all crammed into a very small space under stressful conditions, while the only humble, normal people are kept out of the action (Hill and Coulson), sit on the sidelines snarking bitterly at everyone (Bruce), or get brainwashed and kidnapped moments after showing one of the most level-headed displays of reason in the first half of the film (Clint).
- The Man with the Iron Fists What do you get when a rapper makes a kung-fu film. Lots of Bad Bad Acting and Russell Crowe Chewing the Scenery. Nice cinematography but the dialogue is pure kung-foolery.
- The Warriors. Can you DIG THE HAM suckas?
- Sucker Punch in the fantasy sequences at least.
- The Goonies. Hollywood long ago decided that children communicate solely in shouts or screams and just never calm down. To some extent this is truth in television, but "to some extent" is parsecs below where this film is.
- Plenty of Troma movies, but especially Tromeo And Juliet.
- In The Hunger Games, the Capital is this. Aside from President Snow, everyone acts flamboyant and\or dresses ridiculously, with the standouts being Caesar and Effie.
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame, both the Disney film and the book.
- All the works of Alexandre Dumas ouvre. Especially The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.
- Friedrich Nietzsche seems to think the world we live in should be like this. His style, which tends to reflect Scripture style, is so hammy, offensive and pretentious NO author has probably ever topped him afterward.
- Only in The Birth of Tragedy and Thus Spoke Zarathustra. In the former case, he added a preface to the second edition of the book in which he explicitly repudiated the bombastic elements of his youthful style. In the latter, he wrote half-a-dozen books after it, and none of them came anywhere close to the histrionics of Zarathustra.
- In the former case, he repeats the EXACT SAME PARAGRAPH in different words for Over 9000 pages.
- Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire, by Neil Gaiman, is a short story about a writer living in a World of Ham, who tries to write "realistically", but fails - his attempts to depict life in the world of Gothic novels he lives in inevitably turn into parody (or is it satire from his point of view?). In the end he decides to write fantasy instead, and that's when he gets into normal family drama. Only to be interrupted by his long-lost brother jumping in through the window with a sword...
- Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock, set In a World where people go on being hammy even after they die, and where haircuts are Serious Business.
- The fact that The Lord of the Rings gets away with this to the extent that it does imply that we ourselves may be living in a World Of Ham.
- Redwall. Name one character who hasn't had at least one hammy line.
- Corp. Rubbadub (Long Patrol) only talks in beatbox, but that probably still counts.
- As an Affectionate Parody and satire of both opera in general and The Phantom of the Opera specifically, Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel Maskerade qualifies. Discworld is a fairly hammy place to be in any case, but basically every trope from opera is taken and hammed up massively. This includes, among other things, a character who can sing in harmony with herself, a grandiose, emotional aria whose actual lyrical content is along the lines of "This damn door sticks! It sticks no matter what I do!" and the villain's death scene, which was played in true operatic style, right down to the sword being between his arm and his chest, rather than actually cutting him. He dies anyway, from the sheer density of ham involved in opera. Literally — he's so caught up he doesn't realize it's fake until it's too late.
- Jack Chalker's Dancing Gods books pretty much embody this, with everything but everything governed by THE RULES to ensure proper Swords And Sorcery action.
- William Shatner? Ham. Shatner at a Shatner-focused convention? The whole pig. A Shatnerquake with Shatner, Captain Kirk, T.J. Hooker, Rescue 911 Shatner, Denny Crane, and just about every character William Shatner has portrayed? If that doesn't scream "World of Ham", nothing does.
Live Action TV
- A hallmark of the Romantic period.
- All of Eminem's narrative universe: "You better LOSE/ yourself in da music...". Except for his most recent album, in which he seems to have settled down into a much more "adult" persona, with the music changing accordingly, becoming much more understated but at the same time much more contondent.
- There are entire genres which exist for and through incredible levels of ham. Starting with The Power of Rock, through Power Metal and finally back to Tenacious D:
- Absolutely everything by DragonForce.
- Every song written by Jim Steinman. Ever.
- Heavy Metal in general. Power Metal takes this Up to Eleven. Brilliantly parodied in This Is Spinal Tap.
- Even though the pieces are lyricless, Gustav Holtz's "The Planets" seems to indicate that we are living in an entire Solar System of Ham.
- The entire discography of Muse
- Linkin Park and their back catalogue.
- Pretty much all of it, be it Romantic or not. Inevitable when your medium is the narration of every little thing that happens to you via really loud singing while Orchestral Bombing plays in the background. The music isn't always hammy (see: Gluck, Mozart) but the characters are usually way larger than life; Chewing the Scenery with No Indoor Voice is standard practice due to overlarge theaters, no microphones, and inattentive audiences, thus forcing every action and word to be heavily telegraphed; and the plots are usually so far gone, contrived and over-the-top - often based in mythology - that there's really no other way to be. To say nothing of often having to jump the language barrier and still come across. Modern practice is making it a little more subtle and realistic with time, but there are still all the logistic and artistic problems to address. There's a reason that the genre Soap Opera uses "opera" in its title.
- And let's not even get started on any aria and solo parts.
- Richard Wagner, Lord High Kapellmeister von der Schinkenwelt. After all, he composed the Ride of the Valkyries, Music to Conquer Empires By. And his lyrics are just as Hamtastic, as in this from Die Walküre:
Holiest longing's highest need,
Yearning desire's searing demand
Burns for me bright in my breast,
Drives to death and deed!
Needful! Needful I name thee, o sword!
"Needful! Needful!" Envied steel!!
Show forth thy sharpness's shearing fang!
Come forth from thy scabbard to me!
- Georges Bizet's Carmen is pure unleaded ham. Not only does it take just about every popular trope of the late 19th century (gypsies, Spain, tobacco, smuggling, dangerous women, soldiers, bullfighting, unrequited love) and turn it up to eleven, it does so in the hammiest way imaginable. Escamillo's "Toreador Song" is a five-minute long blast of ham in which he repeatedly compares his prowess in the ring with his prowess in bed.
- Somewhat related: the J.G. Wentworth opera commercials.
- Pro Wrestling. The whole thing. All of it. No need to go into detail, because everything about it is a World of Ham. In most cases, a wrestler's position on the card is directly proportional to the amount of scenery they chew.
- As with the Power Rangers example above, this was originally a matter of practicality. If you're in the middle of a ring surrounded by thousands of fans, taking part in a largely non-verbal performance, you need to overact so that the guys in the cheap seats can see what's going on.
- A wrestler also needs to be rather loud when screaming in pain, or when doing anything else in general. Granted, in the larger arenas, the cheap seats won't hear it, but it's the effort that counts.
Religion and Mythology
- The Navy Lark. Somehow, even on radio, the cast managed to chew enough scenery to keep a good-sized Shakespeare festival supplied for years.
- Most Radio Drama sounds like this to many used to tv, considering that the actors have to talk about what they're doing as the audience doesn't have any visual aids.
- Prairie Home Companion
- A March 1952 episode of The Jack Benny Program, which already starred the prosciutto-rich Benny and Phil Harris featured as guest stars Frank Sinatra, George Burns, Danny Kaye, and Groucho Marx, leading to perhaps the least kosher radio show in history.
- Hamlet, pun unintended. Macbeth a lot more so.
- If given to the right actors, any of Shakespeare's plays. Done properly (enunciated, with stilted hand gestures and a very serious look) it can either be filled with Narm or exceptionally Hammy.
- It can be argued that many of Shakespeare's plays were originally meant to be hammy. For much of his career the man had to compete against such traditional London pastimes as drinking, whoring and watching a bear fight dogs while getting jabbed with a pointed stick. He did it, successfully, with as much overacted innuendo, swordplay and comedy as he could cram into a show.
- Henrik Ibsen wrote a horny vikings play in 1859, while still a young man: The Warriors at Helgeland is exessively hammy from beginning to end, containing sword fights, badass boasting, and a cataclysmic climax where the designated heroine Hjørdis jumps off a cliff in the middle of a thunder storm only to be collected by the wild hunt. Ibsen never topped the amount of hamminess he achieved in this play.
- If Cirque du Soleil has taught us anything with its shows, it's that you don't need lots of intelligible dialogue/lyrics to be hammy. Gestures and expressions pick up the slack — and all on top of the often jaw-dropping feats the performers pull off.
- Circus in general is an extremely hammy art form (not necessarily a Circus of Fear, though that can certainly qualify as well). When the entire soundtrack consists of a whistle, a brass band, maybe some clown horns, and a steam-powered organ so loud that it can be heard for miles, how can it all not be hammy in excelsis? Taken Up to Eleven by recent editions of the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus, where even the ringmaster sings and dances.
- Count the number of Broadway musicals that aren't this. The most egregious examples are from Gilbert and Sullivan, Mel Brooks, and Stephen Sondheim.
- Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Phantom of the Opera, his most successful work is a full-on balls-to-the-wall Melodrama in which several of the characters (including two of the three leads) are opera singers. If that doesn't bring the ham, nothing will.
- Pantomime is built on this trope, and when you have amateur actors involved, the SHEER EAR-SHATTERING VOLUME and Ham-to-Ham Combat can reach ridiculous (but hilarious) levels.
- Starship. Even the background is hammy when it needs to be.
- "Little Shop, Little Shop of Horrors! Bop shu bop, you'll NEVER stop the terror!"
- Peter Pan: Neverland is this, since is it the product of children's imagination. The pirates especially tend to be enjoying themselves, with Captain Hook the hammiest of them all.
- Ace Attorney series. Even the most serious and stoic characters have at least one hammy moment. One of the biggest running gags is the over-the-top mental breakdowns both the heroes and villains have.
- Baldur's Gate. For reference, Jaheira is probably by any standard the least hammy, most "normal" major character in the entire game. She goes around screaming "FOR THE FALLEN!" and "NATURE TAKES THE LIFE SHE GAVE!" in a fake-russian accent. In most other circumstances she'd be the cast's Large Ham.
- And, on the opposite side of the spectrum, we have Minsc. This man is undesputedly considered among the series' greatest hams. The man's mere presence is an Incoming Ham. What does he say for simply walking? "Stand back, FOR JUSTICE" at the top of his lungs.
You point...I PUNCH!
Go for the eyes Boo! GO FOR THE EYES! *squeeek*
SWORDS not words!
SWORDS FOR EVERYONE!
Buuuutt-kicking... FOR GOODNESS!!
- Also to some degree City of Heroes.
- Champions Online: The initial training mission is an alien invasion which you complete by taking the superhero Ironclad (who is a ham of titanic proportions all by himself) and shooting him out of a cannon at the alien mothership. And it only ramps UP from there....
- Command & Conquer likes this trope in its settings. The Tiberium universe is less blatant about it, but it's a very hammy Crapsack World once you get past the in-progress apocalypse. The Red Alert universe, on the other hand... Red Alert 1 was hammy but sane. Red Alert 2 embraced the pork and experimented with some zany ideas. Red Alert 3 has Tim Curry, Jonathan Pryce, J.K. Simmons, and George Takei as major characters. It's worth noting that the Ham Acting is entirely intentional in the later game. You can see the big-name actors are having a lot of fun with it.
- And with Tim Curry's character deceased in Uprising, Malcolm McDowell and Ric Flair are right there to yank the ham from his jowls.
- By Tiberium Wars the Tiberium setting has upped the ham. Kane himself is hammy enough, but then you get Billy Dee Williams as the director of GDI and you know it's gonna be awesome.
- Generals was relatively sedate, but the Zero Hour expansion was extra hammy to make up for it - possibly to avoid Unfortunate Implications.
- All three series have their hammy units and unit quotes, implying that the troops on the field are just as hammy as their leaders. Notable examples include the USA Paladin tank from Generals, The Nod emissary from the Tiberium Universe, and practically everything that can talk from Red alert 3.
- The Pocket Dimension of MORTAL KOMBAAT! is powered by Ham and FLAWLESS VICTORY.
- Devil May Cry. Even the sets manage to be hammy! But nothing can match the sheer hamminess of the series' main character.
- Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. Captain Gordon, Defender of Earth! definitely takes the cake, but Laharl's attempts at being evil (not to mention his personal special attacks) are pretty hammy as well, and Flonne is, well...very enthusiastic about her heroism and The Power of Love. Vulcanus and Mid-Boss also get plenty of good posturing done, and Prinny Kurtis makes an entrance in style as well. Etna, of all characters, comes off as one of the most sedate during the body of the story—yes, the same character known for her over-the-top, wildly inaccurate chapter previews which rival even Gordon for hamminess.
- The sequels all continue this trend, and every game has at least a few hams. Disgaea 2 has Rozalin and Axel, 3 has Mao and especially Mr. Champloo, and 4 features Axel again as well as Valvatorez, who has given up ham for "the power of SARDINES!"
- Dynasty Warriors, in which it's worth unlocking every single one of the Loads and Loads of Characters just to find how many new and ham-tastic variations on "I DEFEATED AN OFFICER!" are possible.
- Particularly excellent is Zhang Jiao's shriek that "The Heavens have SPOKEN!!!"
"Unnleash your raaaage, my CHOsen CHILdren. Unnnnleash-your-rage-upon-the-Han, and bring forth, THE AGE of the Yellow TURBANS!"
"I don't belieeeeve in magiiiic... ONWAAAARD"
"So, you summon-a-rainstorm, with your magic. Whahahat of it?"
- Or his henchman Zhang Bao:
"I AM LU BU!!!"
- Then there's Dynasty Warriors: Gundam, which even has the normally stoic Real Robot characters taking a cue from Domon and friends and abandoning Kosher. Say it with me now... "Camille's a man's name! AND I'M A MAN!!!"
- Let's just hope they don't get too crossover-happy and do Dynasty Warhammer 40k... that could implode the world with awesome...
- Freedom Force.
- While well acted, Eternal Darkness certainly qualifies for its melodramatic script.
- Gears of War 2's single player qualifies with Marcus' and Dom's outbursts. Otherwise it's just Testosterone Poisoning like its predecessor.
Marcus: It's- It's a GIANT HAM! THEY'RE SINKING CITIES WITH A GIANT HAM!!!
- God Hand.
- In God of War, even the rocks are Large Hams! Kratos spends most of the time killing everything, but when he speaks...
- The titans deserve special mention. Near the beginning of the second game:
"YOU WILL PAY... FOR THAT... KRAAAAAAAATOOOOOOS"!
- Inazuma Eleven is a kids' game about soccer. The first game can get a little over-the-top for a middle school soccer tournament, But then we get to the second game. It's an Alien Invasion. With soccer. Suffice it to say, the overall tone of the series can be summed up as "Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann meets soccer".
- Fallout: New Vegas gives us the Old World Blues DLC set in BIIG MOUNTAIIIN!, where everybody talks like a hammy actor from a 1950's B movie. You can even indulge in some scenery-chewing hammery by channeling your inner Mad Scientist.
- The Metal Gear Solid series has probably the highest concentration of ham in any media, ever! It's easier to list the characters that are not completely hammy. In the four main games, there are more than 20 villains, every single one a Large Ham in their own right. They can even make a stoic Lady of War to be a Large Ham.
- And then there's Liquid Ocelot, the King of Ham, who out-hams all other characters in the game combined.
I'm you! I AM YOUR SHADOW!
- Sengoku Basara, where even supposedly low-key strategy/planning scenes are filled with wall-smashing punches and epic, manly name shouting.
- The Soul Series is the unquestionable king of this trope. Every battle quote is as over-the-top and poetic as possible, and when a character wins a match they do a little dance with their sword, punch the ground/bend over provocatively, and SCREAM ABOUT THEIR BACKSTORY.
- In the Halo, everyone but the Master Chief seems to be a big ham.
- Captain Keyes would only be a medium ham, but everything he says lets you know what a great officer he is.
- Cortana has her moments, but in Halo 3 she digs into the ham for all that it's worth.
- Sgt. Johnson is another Large Ham, and he knows it.
- All of the Prophets count, but the Prophet of Truth easily steals the cake.
- The he pales a bit compared with the other characters of the game, the Arbiter is a serious ham in his own right.
- The Ship Master Rtas 'Vadum only has a loud ham voice and a calm ham voice, and nothing else.
- And then there's Gravemind, the pure and awsome manifestation of hamminess. When it first reveals itself, its first words are "I am a monument to all your sins!"
- Street Fighter, OF COURSE!!!.
- Super Robot Wars especially due to how tongue in cheek the characters are. That, and the fact that you have a crossover of multiple Hot-Blooded, over-the-top Screaming Warriors from across the multiverse.
- As mentioned above, Dawn of War, in which everyone from the lowliest Chaos Cultist to the narrator to the fiery incarnation of the God of War and Murder is always hammy, all the time. Winter Assault is the absolute pinnacle, including the indomitable General Sturnn, the Ax-Crazy Lord Crull, and of course the Laughably Evil Warboss Gorgutz 'Eadhunter. When Gorgutz and Crull meet, it is truly a sight to behold.
- The Soulstorm Chaos Lord's rant on metal boxes became incredibly popular for the sheer ham value. The video also has Lord Bale's infamous "SINDRIIIIII!" from the first campaign.
- Soulstorm adds the Sisters Of Battle, more bombastic and strident than the orks. Build a flame-thrower tank and the driver will announcer herself with "Behold...THE IMMOLATOR! BURNING GLORY!"
- The bloody Commissars. "FEAR ME, BUT FOLLOW!"
- Which continued into Dawn of War 2. "Be like General Tarsus of yore, BULLETPROOF, AND FREE OF FEAR!"
- Or the Space Marine Scouts: "FOOOO THE EMPRAH!"
- The sequel's voice acting was more sedate, to the dismay of some fans. Probably why Araghast, the Chaos Lord in Chaos Rising, is so popular. "FACE ME, IF YOU DARE."
- Evil Is Hammy is taken very seriously, as demonstrated here. FORCES OF CHAAAOOOOOOOSSSSSS, FiLL ME WITH POWWAAAAAAAAAAHRRRHRHGLGLHHH!!!!
- Diablo probably is a world full of hams. From the High Heavens above, we have the Archangels Tyrael, Imperius, and even Itheriel and Auriel when they speak. From the Burning Hells, we have the Three Prime Evils Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal. And so on and so forth with the player characters and among their followers. Even the funny Ghost of the Cow King himself is hammy...or rather, beefy.
- Power levels are very clearly defined by hamminess in Shin Megami Tensei games. Basically, the tougher the enemy is, the less afraid he'll be, the more boastful he'll be, and the more awesome and powerful he'll be.
- Starcraft, where everyone from Tassadar down to basic Terran Marines is overacted unless they have some kind of special reason not to be. The Zerg Overmind is perhaps the worst offender.
- Warcraft III even more so. For example, Arthas is prone to proclaiming things like "Betrayer of the Light!" when you send him into battle. Even if said "battle" consists of bashing open a defenseless barrel...
- Starcraft II takes the ham of the first game and up-hams it to almost unnerving levels. After a few hours of hearing one unit after another trying to out-ham all the others, it's actually nice to hear Mohandar's calm, soft voice for a change.
- Hyrule, as interpreted by The Legend of Zelda CD-i Games. It's accompanied with plenty of huge, unnecessary hand gestures.
- King's Quest: Mask of Eternity. Everybody speaks in Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe, even the peasants.
- Filgaia in Wild ARMs 4. When you have synchronized dramatic speeches, a guy wearing a rocket pack and wielding an anti-tank chainsaw, and another person punching out a missile followed by yet another dramatic speech, you might just live in a world of ham.
- Gaia Online.
- Team Fortress 2.
- One of the Heavy Weapons Guy's sandvitch eating quotes is even "DON'T RUN, IT'S JUST HAM!"
- What can you say about a world where Billy the Kid, Stonewall Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Alfred Nobel, John Henry, Nikola Tesla, Sigmund Freud, Davey Crocket, and Fu Manchu were the main characters' predecessors? (That someone dropped the ball by not sending Teddy Roosevelt back in time to join the fun.)
- Brütal Legend, which you probably should expect from a game created entirely from pure METAL!
- Given that it basically boils down to Jack Black VS Tim Curry in a world that has replaced physics with HEAVY METAL...
- Dragon Age: Origins. The only characters who aren't hammy are Deadpan Snarkers. Mind you, most are both. They manage to ham up being deadpan, it's amazing.
- The Ace Attorney series, to the point where coutroom battles resemble actual battles. Complete with weaponry.
- As the Spiritual Successor to Devil May Cry, it should come to no surprise that Bayonetta makes prodigious use of this trope as well.
- Outside of combat, the Valkyrie Profile series is closer to Narm Charm than this, but certainly has aspects of it, particularly in the "English" translation. In combat, the ham is so overwhelming, "It shall be engraved upon your soul!" (It helps that every playable character gets a fully voice-acted Pre Ass Kicking One Liner, Pre-Mortem One-Liner, called special attack, and Bond One-Liner.)
- Every wizard has their chance to overdo their lines when they call down the Great Magics. Put a couple big casters in with the right weapons against Lezard Valeth and watch the Ham-to-Ham Combat with great glee.
- Sacrifice takes place in one of these. The gods lead by scenery-chewing example, and their devotees follow suit.
- Evil Zone: Just look at Danzaiver and Greg, add Setsuna and Midori as well.
- Nosgoth, the world where the Legacy of Kain games are set, has the ham flying in all directions. Between Simon Templeman's (justly) pompous, over-articulated delivery of Kain's lines, and Michael Bell's dramatic, simmering rendition of Raziel's voice, the ham gets delivered by the truckload, with all the other characters frantically trying to stack their ham higher than the protagonists. "But does one ever truly have a choice? One can only match, move by move, the machinations of Fate..."
- Which makes for a funny moment in the Outtakes, where the director asks Rene Auberjonois to ramp the Ham UP. Michael Bell's reaction? "WHOA! License to kill! Let me and the scenery out of the room!"
- Kingdom Hearts. Good Lord, Kingdom Hearts. It's easier to list the moments when characters, particularly villains, aren't hamming it up than when they are.
- Touhou Hisoutensoku doesn't have a voice track but that doesn't stop the characters from gesturing in wild and exaggerated manners.
- Whatever world that Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan and Elite Beat Agents takes place in is certainly a hammy one. Whether it's an overwhelmed babysitter, a ramen shopkeeper seeking customers, or Cleopatra trying to lose weight, the distressed victim is sure to emit a sky-filling scream... which promptly attracts the team of cheerleaders/dancers/agents, who immediately proceed to help solve the problem with The Power Of Dance.
- Castlevania. Most characters are either stupidly stoic or hams. And even the stoics say some overdramatic lines. It doesn't take itself too seriously though, and it has DRACULA for god sake. Dracula's always gonna be hammy. It arguably increases the series' appeal, especially Symphony of the Night. What is a man, indeed.
- F-Zero. When even the straight-laced, get-right-to-the-point Captain Falcon (note that he is not the Boisterous Bruiser as seen in Super Smash Bros.) breaks out some hickory-smoked scenery-chewing without even batting an eyelash, you know that the Ham levels are at an all-time high. It should also be pointed out that Card Carrying Villains (and that is to say, pretty much every villain aside of Deathborn and maybe Black Shadow) are more like Billboard Carrying Villains.
- Air Force Delta Strike turns it way up and serves up wholesale ham both in the Enemy Chatter in missions and in the stillshot character interactions between missions. The look on Almighty Mechanic Grandpa Bob's face when you crash a plane is priceless, but can be easily confused for extreme constipation.
- Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited seems to be this way, with voiced NPCs chewing the scenery whenever possible. The DMs also tend to speak in a deep, ominous voice for no particular reason sometimes. And the WORST offender is Cellimas Villuhne, a cleric NPC you meet early on in the game. The ONLY line she delivers that isn't over the top is at the end of the first dungeon, when she offers a reward for your help. She only shows up in three dungeons, but the way she acts you'd thing she chewed enough of the scenery to dig them all out herself.
- Kid Icarus: Uprising, so, so much. It's combined with Casual Danger Dialog and No Fourth Wall, to boot!
- Pokemon Vietnamese Crystal is an extremely poorly translated bootleg of Pokemon Crystal Version. Everyone in the game speaks in all caps, has very poor grammar, and comes off as very hammy.
- There are little gems like this all throughout the game: "I AM VERY DISGUSTED WITH THE TRASHY MAN. IN SPITE OF THE MONSTER, AND THE COACH, ONLY TRASHY, I WILL BEAT DOWN THEM ALL. FOR THIS I MUST STRENGTHEN MYSELF. THE MONSTER IS THE SAME TOO. COLLECT ALL THE TRASHY, RIGHTEOUS FELLOW ALL ARE UNPARDONABLE! YOU DON'T AFFECT ME. THE TRASHY STROLLING IS AN EYESORE!"
- Hell is an Afterlife of Ham in the videogame Dante's Inferno. If people aren't screaming lamentations or cackling madly, something's wrong.
- With the exception of Rachel Alucard, who is too busy being The Ojou to get hammy, every other character in BlazBlue is hammy to the umpth degree. And they come in all possible kinds of flavors, too, from Ragna The Bloodedge's cocky, shounen-heroic ham; Arakune's insane, gibbering ham and Hakumen's sheer badassy ham to Bang who is simply a walking Large Ham scene (so much, in fact, that his Super Mode comes complete with a Theme Music Power-Up about how awesome he is)... And then there's Hazama / Terumi Yuuki, who outhams them all.
- Go ahead and look up a match on YouTube to get an idea. Just be sure to turn your headphones down before you do so.
- Asura's Wrath is full of this, with Asura himself and his mentor Augus being stand out examples.
- Perhaps the best way to describe just how hammy it is is this: It's Dragon Ball Z X God of War. Yeah.
- We can add yet another BioWare IP to the list. A wide variety of characters in Neverwinter Nights and Neverwinter Nights 2 (particularly your cohorts in Storm of Zehir) merrily ham it up. And a sizable majority of the Player Character voices (even the ladies) seem to be channeling BRIAN BLESSED. And like BioWare's subsequent Dragon Age series, when they're not hams, they're deadpan snarkers, and sometimes they're both.
- Space Channel 5 doesn't just have a world of ham, it has a GALAXY of ham.
- Shadow Hearts: Covenant is this in spades. It starts out fairly mild, with a few wacky folks like the tailors but pretty normal. And then comes Joachim Valentine and it goes from there. At one point Yuri and Roger Bacon are discussing losing something important to them with sad music in the background. It's about a porno mag.
- Dota 2. Notable examples include Axe, Clinkz and Skeleton King, Brewmaster, Storm Spirit and Sven, whose responses are mostly battle roars.
- The world of Lollipop Chainsaw. You are a cheerleader with a chainsaw killing zombies, with the fashion accessory of your boyfriend's severed talking head on your belt. You kill zombies that moan that they have Katy Perry songs stuck in their head and spew rainbows when you kill them thanks to simply being awesome. Yeah, that's the normal stuff.
- The world of Video Game/Tekken is incredibly hammy. Even the ninjas, animals, and non-speaking robots are overflowing with ham!
- Plane Scape Torment joins the fine constellation of Dungeons & Dragons games which fit this trope. From a Chivalrous Pervert floating skull asking you to spare female zombies for needs a floating skull doesn't have a means of acting upon to a mad mage who is eternally on fire as a torment for being a pyromaniac - and enjoys it - nearly everyone is hammier than a Christmas ham wrapped in bacon on a bed of pork chops. Even the few apparently level-headed characters are just one or two conversation options away from a Heroic BSOD. But the hammiest ham is the Big Bad.
: "I can forge planes with my power - I can unmake you
- Bill Nye The Science Guy Stop The Rock has so much ham, the only person who averts this is the news reporter.
- Anything with The Muppets, from The Muppet Show to their movies, or even their guest spots on talk shows. The Muppets always bring the ham. And no, that's not a pig joke. "'Pig joke'?! I'll show YOU a pig joke!! HIIIIIIIII-YAH!!!"
- They also had some pretty over-the-top guests, most notably the late Zero Mostel, whose "Fears" sketch featured even his index finger overacting.
- This is a defining trait of the Monty Python troupe. If a given skit, scene, song, what have you doesn't start with at least one character being a large ham, just give it a few minutes...
- In some sections of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City, the use of intense speech patterns and a theatric eloquence at parties, among friends, or even during family squabbles is the norm.
- "Young MAN, if I EVER see BEFORE ME this kind of MANIFESTATION of INSOLENCE from my own FLESH AND BLOOD again, you will regret the HONOR your parents GAVE YOU in ALLOWING YOU To! Be! Born!"
- Most amateur improv shows turn into this very quickly.
- Now imagine Iron Maiden live in Argentina: "[(relatively) somber] Fear of the Dark [ham] ARGENTINA!! Muhahahaha! [somber again] I have a constant fear that something's always near."
- Also Brazil and Italy. Italians are so hammy they tend to not realize when not-Italians are being hammy.
- Sarmatism, a cultural movement in the 17th and 18th centuries among the szlachta, the nobility of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. In theory, it was meant to emulate the customs of ancient Sarmatians (from whom the Polish and Lithuanian nobility claimed descent), but in practice, it was a nationwide exercise in creating a World of Ham. Heavy cavalry? Have them wear leopard skins and giant metal wings. A speech? Infuse it with so much Gratuitous Latin there's hardly any Polish left, and don't forget to cry. Political protest? Fall to the ground, block the door with your body, rip your shirt and shout you'll let no one pass. Funeral? Doesn't count if there's no fully-armed Hussar riding into the church in full gallop and breaking his lance against the coffin stand, and ritual demolition of the dead man's insignia of office.
- Older Than Feudalism: the fashion in Roman courts for opening and closing speeches in the 1st century BCE was the "Asiatic style", a long, thrilling Large Ham performance lasting several days, complete with florid hand gestures and Manly Tears. Every lawyer was supposed to do this at trial, meaning that the Roman courts were veritable festivals of ham for several decades. Then Cicero showed up in the trial of Verres with a different plan...
- THIS VERY WIKI! It IS this trope! We tropers can get a bit... PASSIONATE about our favorite series.
- Seriously...look at all the caps we've put on this page alone. We had way too much fun doing this...
- This is especially obvious when someone who has... let us say a "more balanced attitude"... toward a particular work, or a particular genre, or a particular type of work (animation, horror movies, Korean comic books, whatever) makes an edit that, while inoffensive and normal in and of itself and made with all the best intentions, is taken as a purposeful affront by a fan of the work, genre, or whathaveyou because of the "anyone with any sense would be as fanatic about this Work/Genre/Type of Whatever as I am, and since you disagree you are EVIL!!!!!." (It helps to read that last word in Ernest Borgnine's Mermaid Man voice.)