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* Creator/PiperLaurie in the 1976 version of ''Film/{{Carrie|1976}}''. Upon reading the script, she believed that the film was a BlackComedy due to how over-the-top her character, Carrie's [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist]] [[MyBelovedSmother mother]] Margaret, was, to the point where director Creator/BrianDePalma at one point had to pull her aside to remind her that they were, in fact, making a serious horror film. It still didn't stop her from hamming it up and laughing hysterically between takes. [[TropesAreTools It ultimately turned out well for everybody involved]], as her performance was the reason why Margaret White became one of the most terrifying villains in horror movie history. The kicker? She ''[[http://www.npr.org/2013/10/18/236234923/carrie-had-the-power-but-mom-had-the-scary-going-on still]]'' thinks the film is a BlackComedy.

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* Creator/PiperLaurie in the 1976 version of ''Film/{{Carrie|1976}}''. Upon reading the script, she believed that the film was a BlackComedy due to how over-the-top her character, Carrie's [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist]] [[MyBelovedSmother mother]] Margaret, was, to the point where director Creator/BrianDePalma at one point had to pull her aside to remind her that they were, in fact, making a serious horror film. It still didn't stop her from hamming it up and laughing hysterically between takes. [[TropesAreTools [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools It ultimately turned out well for everybody involved]], as her performance was the reason why Margaret White became one of the most terrifying villains in horror movie history. The kicker? She ''[[http://www.npr.org/2013/10/18/236234923/carrie-had-the-power-but-mom-had-the-scary-going-on still]]'' thinks the film is a BlackComedy.


* Creator/BobDylan's line in United Support of Artists' {{Glurge}}fest CharityMotivationSong "We Are The World" has been described by ''Salon'' podcaster Chris Molanphy as "Bob Dylan's hilarious Bob Dylan impression".

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* Creator/BobDylan's Music/BobDylan's line in United Support of Artists' {{Glurge}}fest CharityMotivationSong "We Are The World" has been described by ''Salon'' podcaster Chris Molanphy as "Bob Dylan's hilarious Bob Dylan impression".


* In ''Series/{{Batman}}'', Victor Buono loved appearing on the show as King Tut since cutting loose and being a LargeHam with the overacting was practically a job requirement.

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* In ''Series/{{Batman}}'', ''Series/Batman1966'', Victor Buono loved appearing on the show as King Tut since cutting loose and being a LargeHam with the overacting was practically a job requirement.



* In the early 90s, after Wrestling/{{Demolition}} split up, they needed something new for Smash, aka Barry Darsow, to do. He wound up becoming the Repo Man, a guy in a Lone Ranger mask and a crusty old trench coat who would "repossess" the belongings of ordinary schmucks and wrestlers alike. Silly as the gimmick was, Darsow, for his part, ''completely'' sunk his teeth into this gimmick, cackling like a ''Series/{{Batman}}'' villain, snooping around with exaggerated double-takes, and just playing everything as over the top as possible. The Repo Man gimmick only lasted from late 1991 to early 1993, but it's a longtime favorite of the gang at Website/{{WrestleCrap}}.

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* In the early 90s, after Wrestling/{{Demolition}} split up, they needed something new for Smash, aka Barry Darsow, to do. He wound up becoming the Repo Man, a guy in a Lone Ranger mask and a crusty old trench coat who would "repossess" the belongings of ordinary schmucks and wrestlers alike. Silly as the gimmick was, Darsow, for his part, ''completely'' sunk his teeth into this gimmick, cackling like a ''Series/{{Batman}}'' ''Series/Batman1966'' villain, snooping around with exaggerated double-takes, and just playing everything as over the top as possible. The Repo Man gimmick only lasted from late 1991 to early 1993, but it's a longtime favorite of the gang at Website/{{WrestleCrap}}.


* InUniverse in the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' Decemberween special "Dangeresque: Puppet Squad - the Hot Jones Hi-Jack!" As with most [[ShowWithinAShow Dangeresque]] [[StylisticSuck productions]], every character is either [[BadBadActing a horrible actor]] or they TookTheBadFilmSeriously, as with [[BigBad the King of Town as Perducci]] and [[FemmeFatale Marzipan as Sultry Buttons.]] Not the case with Homestar Runner, who evidently got really into his role as "Stingy Relenque," French-Canadian smuggler and Decemberween-themed bad guy, and [[ContrastingSequelAntagonist hammed it up]] with a most ''[[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail outrageous]]'' French accent that gets so thick he needs subtitles at one point!



* InUniverse in the ''WebVideo/HomestarRunner'' Decemberween special "Dangeresque: Puppet Squad - the Hot Jones Hi-Jack!" As with most [[ShowWithinAShow Dangeresque]] [[StylisticSuck productions]], every character is either [[BadBadActing a horrible actor]] or they TookTheBadFilmSeriously, as with [[BigBad the King of Town as Perducci]] and [[FemmeFatale Marzipan as Sultry Buttons.]] Not the case with Homestar Runner, who evidently got really into his role as "Stingy Relenque," French-Canadian smuggler and Decemberween-themed bad guy, and [[ContrastingSequelAntagonist hammed it up]] with a most ''[[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail outrageous]]'' French accent that gets so thick he needs subtitles at one point!

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* InUniverse in the ''WebVideo/HomestarRunner'' Decemberween special "Dangeresque: Puppet Squad - the Hot Jones Hi-Jack!" As with most [[ShowWithinAShow Dangeresque]] [[StylisticSuck productions]], every character is either [[BadBadActing a horrible actor]] or they TookTheBadFilmSeriously, as with [[BigBad the King of Town as Perducci]] and [[FemmeFatale Marzipan as Sultry Buttons.]] Not the case with Homestar Runner, who evidently got really into his role as "Stingy Relenque," French-Canadian smuggler and Decemberween-themed bad guy, and [[ContrastingSequelAntagonist hammed it up]] with a most ''[[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail outrageous]]'' French accent that gets so thick he needs subtitles at one point!



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* InUniverse in the ''WebVideo/HomestarRunner'' Decemberween special "Dangeresque: Puppet Squad - the Hot Jones Hi-Jack!" As with most [[ShowWithinAShow Dangeresque]] [[StylisticSuck productions]], every character is either [[BadBadActing a horrible actor]] or they TookTheBadFilmSeriously, as with [[BigBad the King of Town as Perducci]] and [[FemmeFatale Marzipan as Sultry Buttons.]] Not the case with Homestar Runner, who evidently got really into his role as "Stingy Relenque," French-Canadian smuggler and Decemberween-themed bad guy, and [[ContrastingSequelAntagonist hammed it up]] with a most ''[[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail outrageous]]'' French accent that gets so thick he needs subtitles at one point!


** Such a good time that he kept finding [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLL90q3as4M hilarious]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyxNviCGLoI new]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjoVHG-H3TQ ways]] to be Albert Wester long after the game was completed.

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** Such a good time that he kept finding [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLL90q3as4M hilarious]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyxNviCGLoI new]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjoVHG-H3TQ ways]] to be Albert Wester Wesker long after the game was completed.


* ''Series/TwentyFour'' had its very lackluster seventh season that was part of a multiple-season DorkAge where one of the primary memorable scene stealers was Jon Voight as Jonas Hodges, an over-the-top CorruptCorporateExecutive that had little to no trouble chewing the scenery whenever he showed his face in a scene. Not too shockingly, after Hodges was taken out of the picture the majority of the fans felt that the rest of Season 7 [[SeasonalRot completely nosedived]].

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* ''Series/TwentyFour'' had its very lackluster seventh season that was part of a multiple-season DorkAge where one of the primary memorable scene stealers was Jon Voight Creator/JonVoight as Jonas Hodges, an over-the-top CorruptCorporateExecutive that had little to no trouble chewing the scenery whenever he showed his face in a scene. Not too shockingly, after Hodges was taken out of the picture the majority of the fans felt that the rest of Season 7 [[SeasonalRot completely nosedived]].



*** ''Dirge of Cerberus'' is a bad game with a bad story and an AudienceColoringAdaptation of ''Final Fantasy VII'', but it also cast Paul Eiding as a giggling, howling gothic-horror themed mad scientist who has survived after his death by downloading his body into the internet, something that it's hard to argue wouldn't improve basically any work of media.
*** Cast as a [[{{Expy}} ripoff]] of [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Sniper Wolf]] and given nonsensical dialogue to read, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn takes it through the ceiling with sinister cooing, yelling and OrgasmicCombat moans in one of the most deliciously silly Russian accents burned to a disc.

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*** ''Dirge of Cerberus'' is a bad game with a bad story and an AudienceColoringAdaptation of ''Final Fantasy VII'', but it also cast Paul Eiding Creator/PaulEiding as a giggling, howling gothic-horror themed mad scientist who has survived after his death by downloading his body into the internet, something that it's hard to argue wouldn't improve basically any work of media.
*** Cast as a [[{{Expy}} ripoff]] of [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Sniper Wolf]] and given nonsensical dialogue to read, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn Creator/MaryElizabethMcGlynn takes it through the ceiling with sinister cooing, yelling and OrgasmicCombat moans in one of the most deliciously silly Russian accents burned to a disc.


-->-- '''Creator/MichaelIronside''' on his role in ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening''

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-->-- '''Creator/MichaelIronside''' on his role of '''General Katana''' in ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening''

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* Wrestling/BrayWyatt post-[=WrestleMania=] 35 came back as...a Mr. Rogers-like children's show host. The concept may have been strange at first, but it's clear that Bray absolutely ''revels'' in his role, being so over the top in his portrayal that it's hilarious...[[SubvertedKidsShow until he reveals]] his DarkSecret to the world.


You arrive on set to find what seems to be a film GoneHorriblyWrong, complete with SpecialEffectsFailure, [[DullSurprise bad actors]] and a worse script. So what do you do? You could go "ScrewThisImOuttaHere", storm off and refuse to associate with the film ever again, you could [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously take the film seriously]], try with all your might to make it work... ''or'' you could unleash [[LargeHam The Hog]], [[MilkingTheGiantCow milk the giant cow]] dry, and [[ChewingTheScenery chew the scenery]] into ''dust''.

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You arrive on set to find what seems to be a film GoneHorriblyWrong, complete with SpecialEffectsFailure, [[DullSurprise bad actors]] and a worse script. So what do you do? You could go "ScrewThisImOuttaHere", storm off and refuse to associate with the film ever again, you could [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously take the film seriously]], try with all your might to make it work... ''or'' you could unleash [[LargeHam The Hog]], [[MilkingTheGiantCow milk the giant cow]] dry, and [[ChewingTheScenery chew the scenery]] into ''dust''.



You may notice that these performances tend to appear in tandem with ones that TookTheBadFilmSeriously, if only because they are such obvious [[{{Foil}} Foils]] for each other. Also, compare OneSceneWonder; both roles/actors in these films play memorable, often over-the-top enjoyable performances and can make them one of the best parts of a film. Compare the SugarWiki/RuleOfSeanConnery; the rule often applies to actors who know exactly when to serve up the Ham and Cheese.

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You may notice that these performances tend to appear in tandem with ones that TookTheBadFilmSeriously, TookTheBadFilmSeriously if only because they are such obvious [[{{Foil}} Foils]] for each other. Also, compare OneSceneWonder; both roles/actors in these films play memorable, often over-the-top enjoyable performances and can make them one of the best parts of a film. Compare the SugarWiki/RuleOfSeanConnery; the rule often applies to actors who know exactly when to serve up the Ham and Cheese.



* ''VisualNovel/DiabolikLovers'', in terms of its sadomasochism and the misogynist nature of the series, many are left disgusted at the fetishized abuse. That being said, it is generally agreed that the anime would have been less enjoyable if it wasn't for the overly dramatic voice acting in the English dub, particularly Creator/ChrisPatton's Ayato and Creator/MaggieFlecknoe's Yui. Given that ''Creator/SentaiFilmworks'' seems to have licensed it for contractual reasons, and the general reputation of the series, they seemed to have put as much intentional ham as they could knowing it's not exactly an arthouse masterpiece.

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* ''VisualNovel/DiabolikLovers'', in terms of its sadomasochism and the misogynist nature of the series, many are left disgusted at the fetishized abuse. That being said, it is generally agreed that the anime would have been less enjoyable if it wasn't for the overly dramatic voice acting in the English dub, particularly Creator/ChrisPatton's Ayato and Creator/MaggieFlecknoe's Yui. Given that ''Creator/SentaiFilmworks'' seems to have licensed it for contractual reasons, and the general reputation of the series, they seemed to have put as much intentional ham as they could could, knowing it's not exactly an arthouse masterpiece.



** Creator/JeremyIrons, who manages to outham the entire cast and special effects department by virtue of his eyebrows alone. He gave a more restrained performance in ''Eragon'', probably in an attempt to give Ed Speelers' acting career a chance.

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** Creator/JeremyIrons, who manages to outham out-ham the entire cast and special effects department by virtue of his eyebrows alone. He gave a more restrained performance in ''Eragon'', probably in an attempt to give Ed Speelers' acting career a chance.



** Creator/UmaThurman's performance in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''. She clearly thought she was signing up for something good (Batman? And Creator/GeorgeClooney and Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger are gonna be in it? Sounds awesome!) aAnd then she got the script. And saw the sickeningly neon costumes. She plays Poison Ivy as a completely over-the-top villainess, and she's clearly having a fabulous time doing it. One of the very few saving graces of that movie. The same goes for Schwarzenegger, who admitted to hating the [[AnIcePerson Mr. Freeze]] armor [[DyeingForYourArt he had to keep wearing]]. He sure looks like he's having fun though.

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** Creator/UmaThurman's performance in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''. She clearly thought she was signing up for something good (Batman? And Creator/GeorgeClooney and Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger are gonna be in it? Sounds awesome!) aAnd awesome!) ...And then she got the script. And saw the sickeningly neon costumes. She plays Poison Ivy as a completely over-the-top villainess, and she's clearly having a fabulous time doing it. One of the very few saving graces of that movie. The same goes for Schwarzenegger, who admitted to hating the [[AnIcePerson Mr. Freeze]] armor [[DyeingForYourArt he had to keep wearing]]. He sure looks like he's having fun though.



--> '''Cage (as Edward Malus)''': Ah, no! [[MemeticMutation Not the bees!! NOT THE BEES!!!!]] AAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!

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--> '''Cage -->'''Cage (as Edward Malus)''': Ah, no! [[MemeticMutation Not the bees!! NOT THE BEES!!!!]] AAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!



* ''Film/NoHoldsBarred'' is a {{Narm}}-heavy star vehicle for Wrestling/HulkHogan, released in 1989. It's basically Hulk being an InkSuitActor and playing the same AllAmericanFace he already was, with a plot about a CorruptCorporateExecutive trying to sign him to his fledging network. It failed to make Hogan into a prominent leading man in Hollywood, since Hogan's acting skills were... let's say, limited. But the villain of the movie, Zeus, was played by Tom "Tiny" Lister, who establishes himself as a WrestlingMonster with huge, incoherent screams, chest-beating, lazy, googly eyes and absolutely NoIndoorVoice. He's easily the most entertaining performance in the film, simply for how insane he acts nearly every time he's on screen.

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* ''Film/NoHoldsBarred'' is a {{Narm}}-heavy star vehicle for Wrestling/HulkHogan, released in 1989. It's basically Hulk being an InkSuitActor and playing the same AllAmericanFace he already was, with a plot about a CorruptCorporateExecutive trying to sign him to his fledging fledgling network. It failed to make Hogan into a prominent leading man in Hollywood, since Hogan's acting skills were... let's say, limited. But the villain of the movie, Zeus, was played by Tom "Tiny" Lister, who establishes himself as a WrestlingMonster with huge, incoherent screams, chest-beating, lazy, googly eyes and absolutely NoIndoorVoice. He's easily the most entertaining performance in the film, simply for how insane he acts nearly every time he's on screen.



* Creator/JamesDoohan is overplaying things just a tad in ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'', best exemplified in the scene where - in the midst of [[PrideBeforeAFall talking about how how he knows the ship like the back of his hand]] - he hits his head on a doorframe and does a hugely over-sold collapse to the ground.

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* Creator/JamesDoohan is overplaying things just a tad in ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'', best exemplified in the scene where - in the midst of [[PrideBeforeAFall talking about how how he knows the ship like the back of his hand]] - he hits his head on a doorframe and does a hugely over-sold collapse to the ground.



-->'''The Master''': ''(in full Gallifreyan robes)'' I always '''drezz''' for the occassion!

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-->'''The Master''': ''(in full Gallifreyan robes)'' I always '''drezz''' for the occassion!occasion!



** Over in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': You are Creator/PatrickStewart. You have a dodgy script that isn't likely to be filmed very well for an episode called "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS7E16Masks Masks]]". You also have a prop with a distinctly phallic shape. What do you do? a) Try manfully to turn in a good performance; b) Sleepwalk through the episode, or c) Hold the prop with its base right in front of your crotch, emphasize the words that make the best euphemisms in that scene, and make Creator/JonathanFrakes [[{{Corpsing}} crack up ]]?

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** Over in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': You are Creator/PatrickStewart. You have a dodgy script that isn't likely to be filmed very well for an episode called "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS7E16Masks Masks]]". You also have a prop with a distinctly phallic shape. What do you do? a) Try manfully to turn in a good performance; b) Sleepwalk through the episode, episode or c) Hold the prop with its base right in front of your crotch, emphasize the words that make the best euphemisms in that scene, and make Creator/JonathanFrakes [[{{Corpsing}} crack up ]]?



** Sadly, the same couldn't be said of the franchise's ''other'' renowned trainwreck, ''[[VideoGame/SonicBoom Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric]]''. They got Creator/PatrickSeitz to voice the main villain of the story, the titular Lyric, and...he tried. Sadly, even [[VideoGame/MortalKombat Scorpion]] just couldn't make the truly obnoxious dialogue work [[note]]though to be fair, neither did the other actors - at least Seitz didn't have to say "BOUNCE PAD!"[[/note]] and Lyric today is remembered as one of the lamest villains of the entire franchise, to the point he ended up more-or-less [[RetGone rectonned]]. No wonder the villain in the next Boom game was silent!

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** Sadly, the same couldn't be said of the franchise's ''other'' renowned trainwreck, ''[[VideoGame/SonicBoom Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric]]''. They got Creator/PatrickSeitz to voice the main villain of the story, the titular Lyric, and...he tried. Sadly, even [[VideoGame/MortalKombat Scorpion]] just couldn't make the truly obnoxious dialogue work [[note]]though to be fair, neither did the other actors - at least Seitz didn't have to say "BOUNCE PAD!"[[/note]] and Lyric today is remembered as one of the lamest villains of the entire franchise, to the point where he ended up more-or-less [[RetGone rectonned]]. No wonder the villain in the next Boom game was silent!

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-->'''The Master''': ''(in full Gallifreyan robes)'' I always '''drezz''' for the occassion!


Say you're an actor, and a damn good one at that. You're hot stuff in Hollywood, with directors throwing money at your feet to be in their film. So you pick the one [[MoneyDearBoy that gets you the most cash]] or sounds the most promising in general. [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong It'll all be fine, right?]]

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Say you're an actor, actor and a damn good one at that. You're hot stuff in Hollywood, with directors throwing money at your feet to be in their film. So you pick the one [[MoneyDearBoy that gets you the most cash]] or sounds the most promising in general. [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong It'll all be fine, right?]]



You arrive on set to find what seems to be a film GoneHorriblyWrong, complete with SpecialEffectsFailure, [[DullSurprise bad actors]] and a worse script. So what do you do? You could go "ScrewThisImOuttaHere", storm off and refuse to associate with the film ever again, you could [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously take the film seriously]], try with all your might to make it work... ''or'' you could unleash [[LargeHam The Hog]], [[MilkingTheGiantCow milk the giant cow]] dry, and [[ChewingTheScenery Chew The Scenery]] into ''dust''.

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You arrive on set to find what seems to be a film GoneHorriblyWrong, complete with SpecialEffectsFailure, [[DullSurprise bad actors]] and a worse script. So what do you do? You could go "ScrewThisImOuttaHere", storm off and refuse to associate with the film ever again, you could [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously take the film seriously]], try with all your might to make it work... ''or'' you could unleash [[LargeHam The Hog]], [[MilkingTheGiantCow milk the giant cow]] dry, and [[ChewingTheScenery Chew The Scenery]] chew the scenery]] into ''dust''.



You may notice that these performances tend to appear in tandem with ones that TookTheBadFilmSeriously, if only because they are such obvious [[{{Foil}} Foils]] for each other. Also compare OneSceneWonder; both roles/actors in these films play memorable, often over-the-top enjoyable performances and can make them one of the best parts of a film. Compare the SugarWiki/RuleOfSeanConnery; the rule often applies to actors who know exactly when to serve up the Ham and Cheese.

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You may notice that these performances tend to appear in tandem with ones that TookTheBadFilmSeriously, if only because they are such obvious [[{{Foil}} Foils]] for each other. Also Also, compare OneSceneWonder; both roles/actors in these films play memorable, often over-the-top enjoyable performances and can make them one of the best parts of a film. Compare the SugarWiki/RuleOfSeanConnery; the rule often applies to actors who know exactly when to serve up the Ham and Cheese.



* The English dub of ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' is a glorious slab of glazed ham exactly for this reason. Not because it's a bad series, far from it, but given its reveling in some of the most suggestive dialogue and grossout humour this side of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', they're all clearly having a blast, especially the two leads who take all the double-entendres and [[ClusterFBomb filthy lines of dialogue]] coming from the angelic divas as passionately as they can.

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* The English dub of ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' is a glorious slab of glazed ham exactly for this reason. Not because it's a bad series, far from it, but given its reveling in some of the most suggestive dialogue and grossout gross-out humour this side of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', they're all clearly having a blast, especially the two leads who take all the double-entendres and [[ClusterFBomb filthy lines of dialogue]] coming from the angelic divas as passionately as they can.



** Had a cast of veteran actors, including big profile stars Creator/AaronEckhart and Oscar winner Creator/HilarySwank. Yet Creator/StanleyTucci seems to have been the only person in it that was aware of the utter ridiculousness of the plot and thus provided a really campy performance. He is arguably the most entertaining thing in the movie. You can't necessarily tell from his performance, but Aaron Eckhart later admitted [[http://www.urbancinefile.com.au/home/view.asp?a=7475&s=interviews in an interview]] that he could barely keep a straight face through most of his lines.

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** Had a cast of veteran actors, including big profile big-profile stars Creator/AaronEckhart and Oscar winner Creator/HilarySwank. Yet Creator/StanleyTucci seems to have been the only person in it that was aware of the utter ridiculousness of the plot and thus provided a really campy performance. He is arguably the most entertaining thing in the movie. You can't necessarily tell from his performance, but Aaron Eckhart later admitted [[http://www.urbancinefile.com.au/home/view.asp?a=7475&s=interviews in an interview]] that he could barely keep a straight face through most of his lines.



** The director himself gives as good as his cast in the DVD commentary. It's either exquisite self-parody turned up to eleven, or he really believes he was "staying true to his vision" and that the movie is untrammelled, if under-appreciated, genius. Either would explain a great deal.

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** The director himself gives as good as his cast in the DVD commentary. It's either exquisite self-parody turned up to eleven, or he really believes he was "staying true to his vision" and that the movie is untrammelled, untrammeled, if under-appreciated, genius. Either would explain a great deal.



** He's only in a few scenes, the title for the largest ham in ''Eragon'' has to go to Creator/JohnMalkovich, who, along with his silly over the top costume, emphasises every single syllable and sound. The Podcast/RiffTrax for ''Eragon'' refers to John Malkovich as "the [[LargeHam ham's]] [[IncomingHam ham]]. He makes Creator/AlPacino look subtle."

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** He's only in a few scenes, the title for the largest ham in ''Eragon'' has to go to Creator/JohnMalkovich, who, along with his silly over the top costume, emphasises emphasizes every single syllable and sound. The Podcast/RiffTrax for ''Eragon'' refers to John Malkovich as "the [[LargeHam ham's]] [[IncomingHam ham]]. He makes Creator/AlPacino look subtle."



* Creator/EwanMcGregor in ''Film/TheIsland''. He also shows a bit of it in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels, although generally he's just reading his lines, rather like Sir Creator/AlecGuinness did in the same role for the original film. He enjoys himself much better when fighting than when talking, really.

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* Creator/EwanMcGregor in ''Film/TheIsland''. He also shows a bit of it in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels, although generally generally, he's just reading his lines, rather like Sir Creator/AlecGuinness did in the same role for the original film. He enjoys himself much better when fighting than when talking, really.



* Creator/AlanRickman's completely over-the-top, campy performance in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves''. He must have realized the film was going to be critically killed, because he signed onto the film on the condition that ''he get to play the part however he wanted''. Similar to Raul Julia above, he [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon also got to be a]] TropeNamer due to this film.

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* Creator/AlanRickman's completely over-the-top, campy performance in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves''. He must have realized the film was going to be critically killed, killed because he signed onto the film on the condition that ''he get to play the part however he wanted''. Similar to Raul Julia above, he [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon also got to be a]] TropeNamer due to this film.



** Creator/UmaThurman's performance in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''. She clearly thought she was signing up for something good (Batman? And Creator/GeorgeClooney and Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger are gonna be in it? Sounds awesome!) and then...got the script. And saw the sickeningly neon costumes. She plays Poison Ivy as a completely over-the-top villainess, and she's clearly having a fabulous time doing it. One of the very few saving graces of that movie. The same goes for Schwarzenegger, who admitted to hating the [[AnIcePerson Mr. Freeze]] armor [[DyeingForYourArt he had to keep wearing]]. He sure looks like he's having fun though.

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** Creator/UmaThurman's performance in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''. She clearly thought she was signing up for something good (Batman? And Creator/GeorgeClooney and Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger are gonna be in it? Sounds awesome!) and then...aAnd then she got the script. And saw the sickeningly neon costumes. She plays Poison Ivy as a completely over-the-top villainess, and she's clearly having a fabulous time doing it. One of the very few saving graces of that movie. The same goes for Schwarzenegger, who admitted to hating the [[AnIcePerson Mr. Freeze]] armor [[DyeingForYourArt he had to keep wearing]]. He sure looks like he's having fun though.



* Michael York's performance in ''Megiddo: Film/TheOmegaCode 2'': what is otherwise a terribly acted, terrible special effect filled Christian BMovie becomes a SoBadItsGood laugh riot solely due to York playing his role as the Antichrist with record breaking amounts of ham. You can tell he's enjoying himself immensely.

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* Michael York's performance in ''Megiddo: Film/TheOmegaCode 2'': what is otherwise a terribly acted, terrible special effect filled Christian BMovie becomes a SoBadItsGood laugh riot solely due to York playing his role as the Antichrist with record breaking record-breaking amounts of ham. You can tell he's enjoying himself immensely.



** The Guardian acts ludicrously over the top in every scene he's in in ''Film/HighlanderTheSource''. As [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] pointed out, every word out of his mouth is a wisecrack.

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** The Guardian acts ludicrously over the top in every scene he's in in ''Film/HighlanderTheSource''. As [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] pointed out, every word out of his mouth is a wisecrack.



* Completely by accident, Creator/JohnTravolta does this a few times in ''Film/BattlefieldEarth''. It's accidental because [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously he thought the film was going to be great]], otherwise he might have been doing that in every scene. Forest Whitaker, [[MoneyDearBoy on the other hand...]]

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* Completely by accident, Creator/JohnTravolta does this a few times in ''Film/BattlefieldEarth''. It's accidental because [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously he thought the film was going to be great]], otherwise otherwise, he might have been doing that in every scene. Forest Whitaker, [[MoneyDearBoy on the other hand...]]



* ''Film/SLCPunk'' is a basic stoner movie, but Til Schweiger shows up as Mark, a unhinged wealthy European, and steals his scenes with this weird wild-eyed enthusiasm (as seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZAjHrL3iHA here]]), even though he's not super-loud, like some examples on this list.

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* ''Film/SLCPunk'' is a basic stoner movie, but Til Schweiger shows up as Mark, a an unhinged wealthy European, and steals his scenes with this weird wild-eyed enthusiasm (as seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZAjHrL3iHA here]]), even though he's not super-loud, like some examples on this list.



* About 50% of the ouevre of Creator/ChristopherWalken is this, especially since TheNineties. It is an article of faith in Hollywood that, if you have a real stinker of a movie, just give a supporting role to Walken, [[SugarWiki/RuleOfSeanConnery and that'll be good for an extra two or three stars on]] Website/IMDb. And you know what? It's true.

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* About 50% of the ouevre oeuvre of Creator/ChristopherWalken is this, especially since TheNineties. It is an article of faith in Hollywood that, if you have a real stinker of a movie, just give a supporting role to Walken, [[SugarWiki/RuleOfSeanConnery and that'll be good for an extra two or three stars on]] Website/IMDb. And you know what? It's true.



* A rare intentional case, Creator/ChrisCooper's villian in ''Film/TheMuppets'' is written with over the top ham, and you can tell that he's having a ball with it.

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* A rare intentional case, Creator/ChrisCooper's villian villain in ''Film/TheMuppets'' is written with over the top ham, and you can tell that he's having a ball with it.



* The [[{{Film/Spawn}} film adaption]] of ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'' is considered lackluster at best, with a weak story and special effects that looked old when it was released in the 90's. Among all this however is Creator/JohnLeguizamo, who seemed to realize what he was acting in, and hammed up his scene stealing role as [[MonsterClown The Clown]]/[[OneWingedAngel The Violator]].

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* The [[{{Film/Spawn}} film adaption]] of ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'' is considered lackluster at best, with a weak story and special effects that looked old when it was released in the 90's. '90s. Among all this however is Creator/JohnLeguizamo, who seemed to realize what he was acting in, and hammed up his scene stealing scene-stealing role as [[MonsterClown The Clown]]/[[OneWingedAngel The Violator]].



* The 1964 adaptatiom of ''Literature/LordJim'' is pretty boring... until you meet Creator/EliWallach 's [[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 Calvera]]-like Arab overlord "The General", a lisping, mincing man with an awful buzzcut, who struts around in a black vest, pretty much having the time of his life.

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* The 1964 adaptatiom adaptation of ''Literature/LordJim'' is pretty boring... until you meet Creator/EliWallach 's Creator/EliWallach's [[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 Calvera]]-like Arab overlord "The General", a lisping, mincing man with an awful buzzcut, who struts around in a black vest, pretty much having the time of his life.



* Someone informed Travis Fimmel and Ben Foster in ''Film/{{Warcraft}}'' that this was the best option to take if you found yourself in a video game adaptation. Fimmel as Anduin Lothar brought a very LargeHam, while Ben Foster as the villain Medivh paired it with perfectly aged Cheese. Paula Patton as Garona TookTheBadFilmSeriously which makes the UnfortunateImplications sex scene with Lothar go down reasonably well despite the FridgeLogic. This is a film best enjoyed with a bottle of your favorite GargleBlaster and good friends, whether you've played''VideoGame/Warcraft''or not.

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* Someone informed Travis Fimmel and Ben Foster in ''Film/{{Warcraft}}'' that this was the best option to take if you found yourself in a video game adaptation. Fimmel as Anduin Lothar brought a very LargeHam, while Ben Foster as the villain Medivh paired it with perfectly aged Cheese. Paula Patton as Garona TookTheBadFilmSeriously which makes the UnfortunateImplications sex scene with Lothar go down reasonably well despite the FridgeLogic. This is a film best enjoyed with a bottle of your favorite GargleBlaster and good friends, whether you've played''VideoGame/Warcraft''or played ''VideoGame/Warcraft'' or not.



** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E7TheCelestialToymaker The Celestial Toymaker]]" was a script heavily hampered by NoBudget conditions and the fact that the plot's central point had been made impossible by copyright disputes, leading to much of the story being basically {{Padding}}. On the other hand, Michael Gough chews on scenery hand over fist and is obviously loving the opportunity to be an over-the-top, hammy villain. He even takes the script seriously in some places to deliver some surprisingly intense interactions with the Doctor.
** Professor Zaroff in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E5TheUnderwaterMenace The Underwater Menace]]" is likely this. Most fans (and the cast and crew) find "The Underwater Menace" hokey, nonsensical and generally stupid, but Joseph Fürst played Zaroff so outrageously over-the-top and with so much ChewingTheScenery that he becomes an entertaining and memorable villain (although the interview with Anneke Wills on the [[MissingEpisode reconstruction audio]] suggests that she thought he TookTheBadFilmSeriously, and that she and Troughton would constantly make him repeat his line "NOTHINK IN ZE VORLD CAN SHTOP ME NOW!!" to laugh at him ''and he never realised they were mocking him'').

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** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E7TheCelestialToymaker The Celestial Toymaker]]" was a script heavily hampered by NoBudget conditions and the fact that the plot's central point had been made impossible by copyright disputes, leading to much of the story being basically {{Padding}}. On the other hand, Michael Gough chews on the scenery hand over fist and is obviously loving the opportunity to be an over-the-top, hammy villain. He even takes the script seriously in some places to deliver some surprisingly intense interactions with the Doctor.
** Professor Zaroff in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E5TheUnderwaterMenace The Underwater Menace]]" is likely this. Most fans (and the cast and crew) find "The Underwater Menace" hokey, nonsensical and generally stupid, but Joseph Fürst played Zaroff so outrageously over-the-top and with so much ChewingTheScenery that he becomes an entertaining and memorable villain (although the interview with Anneke Wills on the [[MissingEpisode reconstruction audio]] suggests that she thought he TookTheBadFilmSeriously, and that she and Troughton would constantly make him repeat his line "NOTHINK IN ZE VORLD CAN SHTOP ME NOW!!" to laugh at him ''and he never realised realized they were mocking him'').



** Patrick Troughton spends a lot of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E6TheSpacePirates The Space Pirates]]", a rather convoluted story in which he has virtually nothing to do, hamming it up as much as he can get away with. This involves a lot of TookTheBadFilmSeriously, as he plays his scene where he nearly kills everyone perfectly and terrifyingly straight, but also involves him extending his vowels as far as he can while trying to look clever in front of Zoe.

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** Patrick Troughton spends a lot of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E6TheSpacePirates The Space Pirates]]", a rather convoluted story in which he has virtually nothing to do, hamming it up as much as he can get away with. This involves a lot of TookTheBadFilmSeriously, as he plays his scene where he nearly kills everyone perfectly and terrifyingly straight, straight but also involves him extending his vowels as far as he can while trying to look clever in front of Zoe.



** The 1979 story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E5TheHornsOfNimon The Horns of Nimon]]". Despite Graham Crowden's legendary chewing of scenery, there was plenty of set left for other actors to dine on. One of the other characters the co-pilot, played by Malcolm Terris has the catchphrase "WEAKLING SCUM!" that he delivers in increasingly over-the-top pantomimic ways. Even more delicious is that during his death scene, he overacts so spectacularly that his trousers visibly split. According to ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'', "'''''WEAKLING SCUM!!!'''''" ''wasn't even in the script'', Terris came up with it all by himself. Pop him between two slices of bread and you'd have a ham and cheese sandwich you could use to beat a bear to death.
** Creator/ColinBaker: no matter how awful the Sixth Doctor's attitude (and Baker's personal life at the time) got, his truly marvellous overacting always made up for a lot.

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** The 1979 story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E5TheHornsOfNimon The Horns of Nimon]]". Despite Graham Crowden's legendary chewing of scenery, there was plenty of the set left for other actors to dine on. One of the other characters the co-pilot, played by Malcolm Terris has the catchphrase "WEAKLING SCUM!" that he delivers in increasingly over-the-top pantomimic ways. Even more delicious is that during his death scene, he overacts so spectacularly that his trousers visibly split. According to ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'', "'''''WEAKLING SCUM!!!'''''" ''wasn't even in the script'', Terris came up with it all by himself. Pop him between two slices of bread and you'd have a ham and cheese sandwich you could use to beat a bear to death.
** Creator/ColinBaker: no matter how awful the Sixth Doctor's attitude (and Baker's personal life at the time) got, his truly marvellous marvelous overacting always made up for a lot.



** Creator/RobertCarlyle manages the rare feat of being both this ''and'' TookTheBadFilmSeriously due to the dual nature of his character Rumplestiltskin. One moment he's giving a heart wrenching performance as a tragic villain, only for him to chew the scenery for all it's worth as the Dark One in the very next scene.

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** Creator/RobertCarlyle manages the rare feat of being both this ''and'' TookTheBadFilmSeriously due to the dual nature of his character Rumplestiltskin. One moment he's giving a heart wrenching heart-wrenching performance as a tragic villain, only for him to chew the scenery for all it's worth as the Dark One in the very next scene.



* While being a LargeHam is in the job description, special mention should go to Wrestling/DustyRhodes. Many wrestling observers saw his time in Wrestling/{{WWE}} in the 1980s as shameful, as it involved him dancing around the ring in a polka-dot suit and getting his head stuck in toilets. Rhodes, however, has since said that was the most fun he had as a wrestler, since he didn't have to worry about booking duties and backstage politics like he did in WCW.

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* While being a LargeHam is in the job description, special mention should go to Wrestling/DustyRhodes. Many wrestling observers saw his time in Wrestling/{{WWE}} in the 1980s as shameful, as it involved him dancing around the ring in a polka-dot suit and getting his head stuck in toilets. Rhodes, however, has since said that was the most fun he had as a wrestler, wrestler since he didn't have to worry about booking duties and backstage politics like he did in WCW.



* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels used this to do a TakeThat to Hulk Hogan, when backstage politics led to him getting buried in a match. Michaels, rather than try to turn in the normal top-tier performance you're supposed to try for a PPV, spent the whole match [[http://gifcrap.com/d/1258-1/Shawn+Michaels+overselling+for+Hulk+Hogan.gif flying around the ring]] in ways that would make a RagdollPhysics programmer think he was overdoing it. You can also count on this whenever Michaels teams up with Wrestling/TripleH (rarely these days, unfortunately) in D-Generation X. Wrestling/{{WWE}} is so intrinsically absurd anyway that you tend to [[SeenItAll get used to all the folderol]] and usually manage only a mild chuckle - but DX will make you laugh right out loud. ''Uncontrollably''.

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* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels used this to do a TakeThat to Hulk Hogan, Hogan when backstage politics led to him getting buried in a match. Michaels, rather than try to turn in the normal top-tier performance you're supposed to try for a PPV, spent the whole match [[http://gifcrap.com/d/1258-1/Shawn+Michaels+overselling+for+Hulk+Hogan.gif flying around the ring]] in ways that would make a RagdollPhysics programmer think he was overdoing it. You can also count on this whenever Michaels teams up with Wrestling/TripleH (rarely these days, unfortunately) in D-Generation X. Wrestling/{{WWE}} is so intrinsically absurd anyway that you tend to [[SeenItAll get used to all the folderol]] and usually manage only a mild chuckle - but DX will make you laugh right out loud. ''Uncontrollably''.



* ''VideoGame/MetalWolfChaos'' is, arguably, an enforced version of this. The plot and writing is so completely ridiculous that anything less than [[LargeHam extreme doses of B-movie overdramatics and yelling]] would've ruined the charm. This is a Japanese game with NoExportForYou - yet it is ''entirely in over-the-top English'' and '''recorded by people who speak English natively''' for a game '''''released only in Japan'''''.

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* ''VideoGame/MetalWolfChaos'' is, arguably, an enforced version of this. The plot and writing is are so completely ridiculous that anything less than [[LargeHam extreme doses of B-movie overdramatics and yelling]] would've ruined the charm. This is a Japanese game with NoExportForYou - yet it is ''entirely in over-the-top English'' and '''recorded by people who speak English natively''' for a game '''''released only in Japan'''''.



* Sir Michael Gambon (Dumbledore in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' movies) plays the ghost of 16th century knight Sir William Hawksmoor in ''VideoGame/GhostHunter'', his only video game appearance to date. Whether he's threatening the heroine, "I ''want'' '''FLESH'''", performing Creator/WilliamShakespeare on a high-school stage (yes, seriously), giving orders to the ghost of a killer who died in the electric chair, pleading for his unlife with an unseen Parliament, or negotiating with modern day military, it's pure HamAndCheese.

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* Sir Michael Gambon (Dumbledore in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' movies) plays the ghost of 16th century 16th-century knight Sir William Hawksmoor in ''VideoGame/GhostHunter'', his only video game appearance to date. Whether he's threatening the heroine, "I ''want'' '''FLESH'''", performing Creator/WilliamShakespeare on a high-school stage (yes, seriously), giving orders to the ghost of a killer who died in the electric chair, pleading for his unlife with an unseen Parliament, or negotiating with modern day military, it's pure HamAndCheese.



* The entire point of ''VideoGame/RedAlert3'' was to get as many good actors as possible in on the project (none of them are A-listers, but Creator/KellyHu, Creator/GeorgeTakei, Creator/JonathanPryce, Creator/TimCurry, Creator/PeterStormare and Creator/JKSimmons are all respected character actors with decent, if perhaps not glowing, resumés), and have them [[HamToHamCombat competitively]] [[ChewingTheScenery chew scenery]]. The end result is comparable to pizza in it's cheesy, ham-laden glory.

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* The entire point of ''VideoGame/RedAlert3'' was to get as many good actors as possible in on the project (none of them are A-listers, but Creator/KellyHu, Creator/GeorgeTakei, Creator/JonathanPryce, Creator/TimCurry, Creator/PeterStormare Creator/PeterStormare, and Creator/JKSimmons are all respected character actors with decent, if perhaps not glowing, resumés), and have them [[HamToHamCombat competitively]] [[ChewingTheScenery chew scenery]]. The end result is comparable to pizza in it's cheesy, ham-laden glory.


* ''AudioPlay/DiabolikLovers'', in terms of its sadomasochism and the misogynist nature of the series, many are left disgusted at the fetishized abuse. That being said, it is generally agreed that the anime would have been less enjoyable if it wasn't for the overly dramatic voice acting in the English dub, particularly Creator/ChrisPatton's Ayato and Creator/MaggieFlecknoe's Yui. Given that ''Creator/SentaiFilmworks'' seems to have licensed it for contractual reasons, and the general reputation of the series, they seemed to have put as much intentional ham as they could knowing it's not exactly an arthouse masterpiece.

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* ''AudioPlay/DiabolikLovers'', ''VisualNovel/DiabolikLovers'', in terms of its sadomasochism and the misogynist nature of the series, many are left disgusted at the fetishized abuse. That being said, it is generally agreed that the anime would have been less enjoyable if it wasn't for the overly dramatic voice acting in the English dub, particularly Creator/ChrisPatton's Ayato and Creator/MaggieFlecknoe's Yui. Given that ''Creator/SentaiFilmworks'' seems to have licensed it for contractual reasons, and the general reputation of the series, they seemed to have put as much intentional ham as they could knowing it's not exactly an arthouse masterpiece.


* Irons hams it up magnificently. Creator/ThoraBirch, however, TookTheBadFilmSeriously, and their scenes together are a sight to behold.



* Creator/JeremyIrons in ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'' hams it up magnificently. Creator/ThoraBirch, however, TookTheBadFilmSeriously, and their scenes together are a sight to behold.



* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels used this to do a TakeThat to Hulk Hogan, when backstage politics lead to him getting buried in a match. Michaels, rather than try to turn in the normal top-tier performance you're supposed to try for a PPV, spent the whole match [[http://gifcrap.com/d/1258-1/Shawn+Michaels+overselling+for+Hulk+Hogan.gif flying around the ring]] in ways that would make a RagdollPhysics programmer think he was overdoing it. You can also count on this whenever Michaels teams up with Wrestling/TripleH (rarely these days, unfortunately) in D-Generation X. Wrestling/{{WWE}} is so intrinsically absurd anyway that you tend to [[SeenItAll get used to all the folderol]] and usually manage only a mild chuckle - but DX will make you laugh right out loud. ''Uncontrollably''.

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* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels used this to do a TakeThat to Hulk Hogan, when backstage politics lead led to him getting buried in a match. Michaels, rather than try to turn in the normal top-tier performance you're supposed to try for a PPV, spent the whole match [[http://gifcrap.com/d/1258-1/Shawn+Michaels+overselling+for+Hulk+Hogan.gif flying around the ring]] in ways that would make a RagdollPhysics programmer think he was overdoing it. You can also count on this whenever Michaels teams up with Wrestling/TripleH (rarely these days, unfortunately) in D-Generation X. Wrestling/{{WWE}} is so intrinsically absurd anyway that you tend to [[SeenItAll get used to all the folderol]] and usually manage only a mild chuckle - but DX will make you laugh right out loud. ''Uncontrollably''.


** Chris Egan had only a bit part as Roran, but managed to spin it into a staring role on the vastly superior but tragically short-lived ''Series/{{Kings}}'' alongside the legendary Creator/IanMcShane.

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** Chris Egan had only a bit part as Roran, but managed to spin it into a staring starring role on the vastly superior but tragically short-lived ''Series/{{Kings}}'' alongside the legendary Creator/IanMcShane.

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