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.
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 "OOOOOAAAVAAALOOOOWWAAHHHHDDDDAAAAH!!!" 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!!!!!"
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.
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. Usopp (sorry, Sogeking) even took the opportunity to brag about his new slingshot.
Sengoku Basara. The games are 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 exceptionallyHot-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.
Exemplified by Shigeru Chiba's iconically hammy narration. It started off as an inside joke — he began delivering his "next-episode" bits in an increasingly demented Hot-Blooded voice, just to see how long he could go on gradually cranking it up before someone noticed. The fans noticed, all right, to the extent that when he leveled it off (out of fear of wrecking his voice or giving himself an aneurysm) they would come up to him in the street and ask why he stopped.
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 all the villains except for Saphir and Dimande.
Naruto has perhaps the single leastsubtle 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.
Heck, English dub 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.
The Latin-American dub from Mexico was no slouch in this either. Led by the always hammy Jesus Barrero as Seiya, both newbies and seniors were obviously having MASSIVE fun as they screamed their lines at each other and hammed it up like there was no tomorrow. There's a damn good reason the A OTRA DIMENSION meme came from the LA-Spanish fandom.
Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku (The Legend of Koizumi) is made of this. They play Mahjong with tiles made of depleted uranium.
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
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 Over9000.
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!?
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!"
Kill la Kill: Most lines are not spoken, but shouted. You don't open a door, you kick it across the room. The protagonist eats a lemon as you'd eat an apple, just so you can see how badass she is. Steal a school uniform? Get a gruesome death and have your corpse hung on display as a warning to others.
Every time a new character is introduced, dramatic music and sound-effects blare out as their name and role flashes on the screen in HUGE BRIGHT RED BLOCK CAPITAL FONT! Even the wimpiest secondary character will tend to be introduced with maximum impact.
During the Silver Age, pretty much every comic book storyline happened in a World Of Ham, probably the best example being Marvel'sAsgard: an entire Dimension of Ham!
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 BadassKneel Before Zod. Almost every single line, every single action, every single frame is overflowing with Ham.
"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.
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.
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!
Asgard in Thor and its sequel. Visually stunning and basically every inhabitant is boisterous.
Quite appropriately, Anthony Hopkins is the King of Hamminess. He manages to shut down one of Chris Hemsworth's No Indoor Voice speeches with a single line of dialogue.
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.
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.
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 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.
The 1984 film of Dune. The hammiest is Baron Harkonnen, but everyone else is close behind him.
The Big Lebowski. Every major character has some lines that they repeat with increasing emphasis.
Walter: This is what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass, Larry. [...] YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS? THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FUCK A STRANGER IN THE ASS! HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS, LARRY! HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FUCK! A STRANGER! IN THE ASS!
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...
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.
Almost all Tokusatsu, really; since everyone is wearing rubber suits, they all compensate for lack of visible faces and occasionally freedom of motion by SHOUTING REALLY LOUDLY and using a lot of exaggeratedbody language. Those not in rubber suits ham it up too, probably so as to not be left behind. Even the original Godzilla!
Glee, and arguably Truth in Television as well, considering that the primary cast is a group of high-schoolers; theatrical, drama-nerd high-schoolers no less. And when you consider the fact that virtually the entire show takes place from the warped, surreal viewpoint of one character or another... yeah.
Monkey, both the original Japanese series, and the BBC dub.
Doctor Who has every villain of the week trying to out-ham the last, with the Doctor himself out-hamming them all. When the Doctor and the Master are in the same room, you know no piece of scenery will be free of bite marks before the day is over. Still, the winner is either the captain from "The Pirate Planet" or Davros. (The destruction! OF REALITY! ITSELF!)
John Lumic probably also deserves a special mention.
This gets Lampshaded early and often. In one episode Garibaldi attempts to have a Seinfeldian Conversationnote Specifically, if one should fasten the button on his pants before zipping it up, or vice versa with Sinclair, stating that "not every conversation has to be about the end of the world." In another, Ivanova accuses a character of having "the worst case of Testosterone Poisoning I've ever seen." And both these examples are just from the First Season.
The Stargate universe is one of these, where EVERY villain except the Replicators is incredibly bombastic (Jack O'Neil even reacted properly to one's introductory line). And maybe it's no coincidence that the SGC is headed by General HAMmond.
The It Crowd is this, except for the titular IT department. This was deliberate, the writers wanting the day to day office life to approximate a South American Soap Opera and to try and portray the IT department as Only Sane Man (for a given value of sane).
While not one normally, the world of How I Met Your Mother often spontaneously morphs into one of these, due to the fact that everything that happens is either Ted's twenty-year-old, emotion-tinted, perspective-skewed memories, or Ted's extra-colorful retelling of twenty-year-old, emotion-tinted, perspective-skewed memories (or perhaps a blend of the two).
It gets even better when you realize that the producers of the show fully expected the contestants to be just as involved as the host and other actors were. Whenever the Chronoskimmer was attacked, Kevin (the host) would go absolutely nuts, running around and screaming that they were in "big trouble" as alarms flashed and the camera shook like crazy. Half of the time, you'd see one or two of the kids on the show not reacting at all, or slowly swaying back and forth. It's understandable—they were kids trying to win a game show, not break into acting—but it's still great for some unintentional humor.
SCTV evoked this trope with their parody movie trailers for such epics as "How the Middle East Was Won" and "The Man Who Would Be King of the Popes", starring the likes of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Katherine Hepburn, and Peter O'Toole all loudly determined to outact each other.
The SCTV characters themselves are all over the top.
Roseanne got like this quite often. Kind of a given when your main cast is Roseanne, John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf and the supporting cast includes Estelle Parsons, Martin Mull and Sandra Bernhard.
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.
Public Enemy - nothing is half-hearted, everything is full of passion and conviction. FIGHT THE POWER!
The video for "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Tacky" manages to do this even though Weird Al is the only one whose voice can be heard, since every single guest star and Al himself have cranked up their strutting and posing to scenery-destroying levels. Jack Black is probably the most overacted though.
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.
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.
The Manga Bible actually succeeds in making it even MORE hammy. Not one character there can say anything without posing dramatically and bellowing his dialogue like he's at an amateur dramatics convention.
Enters a whole other dimension of ham with Spanish-speaking commentators, hot Latin blood and all that:
Number 5! Number 5! Number 5! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO[cut for length]OOOOOOOOAAAALL!!!
Professional ballroom dancing, particularly the Latin category. The costumes are skimpy, usually in flashy colors and covered in glitter and rhinestones. The dancers, even the men, wear tons of makeup and fake tans. Not to mention the always huge, even more fake smiles to display the whitened teeth.
Warhammer 40,000, in whatever media form it takes. The game itself almost requires the player take on this sort of attitude. The novels are bombastically hammy. The Dawn of War game series is made of Awesome and Ham. Ham-to-Ham Combat is inevitable. The Imperium is based around being as ostentatious as physically possible in veneration of the Emperor ("Be faithful! Be strong! Be vigilant!"). Chaos is based around going beyond the physically possible, because the Dark Gods demand even more ("MAIM! BURN! KILL!"). Orks consider being LOUD AND MEAN to be valid battle tactics ("WAAAAAAAGGGGHHH!"). The Eldar and Tau are relatively sedate, but in a non-World Of Ham setting they would blow everyone away. The only factions that isn't pure ham and cheese are the Tyranids, who can't exactly speak, and the Necrons, who appear to be completely mute! (to their enemies; the wireless communication Lords and Crypteks use is given a long raspy tone in the Translation Convention)
Even then, the Necrons are magnificently hammy even without speaking. Necron Lords in every medium, stomp, not walk, stomp around the battlefield pissed they didn't get the Imperial March for theme music. And the Tyranids? Well, somehow they seem to be a hammy Horde of Alien Locusts.
The presence of Tyranids can cause other people to get hammy in Apocalyptic Logs.
Paranoia is all about this trope when it's done well.
Exalted. This is a game where there are three base stats, three skills and an entire combat system governing your ability to make epic, bombastic speeches and generally persuade people via scenery-chewing. The game actively encourages you to do this and being sufficiently awesome will impress the gods of the laws of physics, convincing them to pull a few strings in your favor. (Seriously; this is how the fluff justifies stunting.)
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.
Peter Pan: Neverland is this, since it's the product of children's imaginations. The pirates especially tend to be enjoying themselves, with Captain Hook the hammiest of them all.
In the 2013 stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, little Charlie and his parents are the only characters who don't ham it up at least once. Most everyone else hams it up as a way of life, none more so than Willy Wonka. Of course, in a world where there's scenery that can be literally chewed upon, can one blame them for indulging?
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 undisputedly 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.
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.
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 Kurtismakes 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!"
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 stoicLady of War out 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.
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.
Rock is a World of Ham all of his own: "Spirits, grant me strength! I'LL CRUSH YOU! THIS IS THE END! BAAAAANGOOOOOOOOOOO!"
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 think she chewed enough of the scenery to dig them all out herself.
Pokémon 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.
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.
The alternate reality seen in the Justice League episode "Legends", which took many aspects of the Adam West Batman show and the Superfriends cartoon, threw in a pastiche version of the Justice Society of America, and put them alongside the more serious modern Justice League. Cue Lampshade Hanging on everything from a police department consisting of two Irishmen, kid sidekicks, and villains leaving hammy clues for the heroes to follow.
Most Transformers continuities take place in universes of Ham. Optimuses are especially notable - most of them are hammy even without trying to be dramatic, as their voices have Just. That. Much. Gravitas. Megatrons are more traditionally hammy, however. Beast Wars is especially hammy - it may have featured tigers, dinosaurs, and insects, but every bot there truly transformed into a heck of a ham, yessss.
David Letterman once did a Top Ten List of "things that sound cooler when being spoken by a giant robot." Movieverse Optimus Prime puts in an appearance. How well does it work? Even his "David, nice to be here" is awesome.
Honorable mention goes to Primus and Unicron, who are simultaneously tremendously hammy, and sapient worlds. Primus even has a particularly hammy robot population living on him. (They were created in his image, after all.)
All of The Thief and the Cobbler. From over-the-top armies and war machines to giant brigands who treat a DICTIONARY as if it were the Holy Grail, the whole world is made of ham. "The BALLS ARE GONE! My KINGDOM will COME to DESTRUCTION AND DEATH!!!!"
The clan of Scotsmen from Samurai Jack fit this trope perfectly. "SHEEP STOMACH STUFFED WITH MEAT AND BARLEY!!!"
The Penguins of Madagascar is a world of yelling, exaggerated gestures and wild facial expressions. And yet, even in this world of ham, King Julien and Skipper stand out.
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! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORN!"
Most amateur improv shows turn into this very quickly.
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...
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.)